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Cambridge Chronicle 24 October 1840 P2 Death of Jane Constable


A lamentable accident happened on the road leading from this town to Huntingdon on Tuesday the 13th instant, by which an unfortunate young woman named Jane Constabe lost her life. An inquest was held before Mr G.J.Twiss, one of the County Coroners the same day. When it appeared that the deceased who had that morning left her place at Cherry Hinton was on her way to her parents at Dry Drayton, and that the master whose service she was leaving having occasion to send a drill to Dry Drayton she took the opportunity to ride upon it. On descending the hill about three quarters of a mile from How’s House the ridge chain broke and the deceased was thrown forward and her head cut and fractured in so frightful a manner by the near wheel passing over it that she died on the spot. The driver, who was likewise riding was also seriously hurt. It did not appear that there had been any carelessness on the part of anybody, and the jury found a verdict of accidental death.


Cambridge Chronicle, 19 November 1842, P2 Fatal Accident to Mr Wilmot a butcher


On Saturday afternoon last, a fatal accident happened to a young man of the name of Willmot, a butcher, residing at dry Drayton, as he was proceeding home from the Cambridge Market with his horse and cart. It appeared that he walked by the side of the horse for some miles as he had no reins to guide it; at length however he got into the cart, and for some time the horse went very quietly and steadily, but all at once the animal took fright and ran away. The deceased attempted to get out in front but as he was trying to do so one wheel went into a ditch, upset the cart and he was thrown under the horse and killed on the spot. On Monday last an inquest was held upon the body by G.J.Twiss, Esq, Coroner at the Three Horse Shoes, when the above facts having been sworn to by a woman of the name of Badcock (who was thrown out of the cart and much bruised). The jury returned the verdict of “Accidental Death”.


Cambridge Chronicle, 6 November 1847, Incendiary Fire


Yesterday se’nnight, about half-past nine, a fire broke out in a barn, the property of Mr Few, in the occupation of Ansell and others, which was very speedily consumed, together with some houses adjoining, belonging to Mr Sneesby. Fortunately the wind was blowing in a direction away from the fire or the consequences would have been very disasterous.


On the same night some combustible matter was placed under the manger in a stable belongoing to Mr Badcock of the same place, which fortunately burnt out before any damage was done. On Monday following the fire a meeting of the parishioners took place in the church, when it was agreed to apply to Her Majesty’s Government for a reward and free pardon for any accomplice who would give such evidence as would lead to conviction. This request has been acceded to, and a reward of £100 has been offered for the apprehension of the offenders.


Cambridge Chronicle, 11 November 1848, P2. Barley Stack destroyed by fire.


About three o’clock on Thursday morning, a fire broke out in this village, which consumed a barley stack and was extinguished without doing further damage.


Cambridge Chronicle, 10 March 1849, P2. Fire – bean stack


On Sunday night last, about eight o’clock, a fire broke out in this village, in a bean stack on the premises and property of Mr Kidman. Assistance was at hand immediately, and the labourers soon demolished the stack, which prevented communication with some wheat cobs which were standing on the other side of the quick. The position of the bean stack and the place therein where the fire broke out leave no doubt that an incendiary was the cause of the conflagration thus happily confined within so small a compass. Mr Kidman is insured.


Cambridge Chronicle, 19 May 1849, P2. Sheep stealing


Last Monday morning, a lamb the property of Rev Joseph Fenn, was found slaughtered at Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton. A reward of £5 has been offered on conviction of the offenders.


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