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Cambridge Chronicle, 18 January 1822, P3, Assault on Gamekeeper


Henry Wagstaff was indicted for an assault on John Hazlewood, gamekeeper to Dr Smith, of Dry Drayton, who had laid an information against Mr Edward Rawlings for sporting on Drayton Manor, being unqualified, and who was fined £5. The prosecutor stated, that after attending before the Magistrates in November last he was about to return home, when he was accosted by the defendant, who asked if he was not the gamekeeper, and said he should go to Peter’s the cuttler and have his ears clipt, that he might be known for an informer; and the defendant also said he had got a soot-bag for prosecutor’s head and followed him across the Market Hill, abusing him and pulling him about, followed by a great number of people, hooting and hallooing calling him “Informer”, “Rascal” and other approbrious names; one person threw mortar at him and struck him; the defendant and a mob followed in a riotous way to the Angel Inn, where they prevented him entering; and from thence they drove him to the Kings Head where a brick bat was thrown in and vociferating “Turn him out,”  “a damned informer”. The defendant Wagstaff was always conspicuous; and the mob waited a considerable time outside the inn, so that prosecutor dare not make his appearance till dusk in the evening.


Many witnesses followed on the part of the prosecutor, corroborating the above testimony in effect, and further that the prosecutor was threatened with similar treatment whenever he came to Cambridge, which was urged to be the motive for this prosecution and not from vindictive feelings towards the defendant. At the recommendation of the Court it appearing that the defence would occupy the court till a late hour, a compromise was entered into, in which the defendant agreed to pay part of the prosecutor’s costs and enter into his own recognizance to keep the Peace. The learned Recorder said it was with satisfaction he stated to the jury that and arrangement had taken place, for certainly a more clear case, by more respectable evidence could not have been produced. The plea of not guilty was withdrawn and guilty put in. The recognizance is £100 for two years.


Cambridge Chronicle 6 February 1824, P3, Sale Butcher's Shop


To be sold by auction by Elliot Smith, at the Black Horse public house in Dry Drayton, on Friday the 20th day of February 1824, at 7 o’clock in the evening, in two lots;

A very good farm-house, with barn, stable, large yard and garden, and capital close of pasture land adjoining; together with another house, and well accustomed Butcher’s Shop and slaughter house, all contiguous; as now occupied by Mr John Chapman, and his tenant, Mr Vials.

Also a valuable allotment of arable land, containing upwards of 1½ acres and situate close to the village at the entrance from Cambridge, also occupied by the said Mr Chapman.

The whole is copyhold.

For future particulars enquire on Mr Harris, Attorney at Law, Petty Cury; or of Ellio smith, Cambridge.


Cambridge Chronicle, 15 April 1825, P5, Butcher’s Shop and Slaughterhouse


Above advertisement repeated.


Cambridge Chronicle, 24 June 1825, P1, Dry Drayton Court Leet


As advert 9 May 1801


Cambridge Chronicle, 30 June 1826, P3, Horse stolen from C.Francis.


On Tuesday morning early a valuable mare, the property of Mr C.Francis of Dry Drayton, was stolen from a pasture near the farm.


Cambridge Chronicle, 31 October 1828, P2. Inquest Lydia Rutter.


An inquest was taken at Dry Drayton, on Wednesday last, before John Ingle Esq, one of the Coroners for this County, on view of the body of Lydia Rutter, aged about 37, who for many years past had been subject to fits. It appeared that the unfortunate woman had been to the pond to draw some water on the preceding day, and was found in the pond about four o’clock in the afternoon quite dead. The jury being of the opinion she had been seized with one of her usual fits, returned a verdict to that effect.


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