It’s In the Papers

It’s In the Papers

We’ve scoured the pages of newspapers recently added to the British Newspaper Archive website to bring you some P*rr*tt related articles.

Marylebone Mercury (London) 27 May 1922

DEATH OF MR. W. J. PARRATT. We regret to announce the death of Mr. William James Parratt, at the ripe age of 96. Deceased was one of the oldest members of the Wesleyan Chapel, Lancaster Road, North Kensington, and some years ago was engaged in the pianoforte trade. Formerly he resided in Talbot Grove, but in latter years at 22, St. Ervan’s Road, Westbourne Park. The funeral took place at Kensington Cemetery Hanwell, prior to which the body was taken into the Wesleyan Chapel, Lancaster Road, where a short service was held, the Rev. J. H. Hockin, the pastor, officiating. Messrs. Papier and Sons, 157, Lancaster Road, were entrusted with the funeral arrangements..

Evening Mail (London) 23 October 1918

MR. J. R. PERRETT. The death took place at Torquay on Monday of Mr. J. R. Perrett, naval architect, and for nearly 30 years a leading official of Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth, and Co. (Limited). He was associated principally with the development of the warship building section, and for 14 years was Chief Naval Architect and General Manager. In 1902, when Sir Philip Watts left Elswick to become Director of Naval Construction at the Admiralty, in succession to the late Sir William White, Mr. Perrett was appointed in his place. On retiring in 1916, Mr. Perrett went to live at Torquay. Mr. Perrett was much liked by the foreign customers of the Elswick firm, and received decorations from Japan, Italy, and Turkey. He was about 70 years of age, and is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Dundalk Herald (Louth) 2 January 1886

EXCITING INCIDENT IN THE HUNTING FIELD. Mitchelstown, Monday. An exciting incident took place on Saturday at Glanworth in connection with the meet of the local hounds. A drag hunt was announced, and large crowds of farmers and artisans attended to witness the sport. About one hundred and fifty ladies and gentlemen were present ; amongst others Mr Perrott, farmer ; and Mr Montgomery, Killee House. The presence of these gentlemen, whose dealings with their tenantry have made them unpopular, caused a commotion. Umbrage was instantly taken at their presence by the populace, and the members of the hunt, it is stated, connived, fearing that hunting might be altogether stopped. Both gentlemen were groaned and hooted, and cheers given with equal voice and spirit for the evicted parish priest of Castlelyons, whose landlord, it was stated, was Mr Perrott. In the excitement Mr Perrott was thrown from his horse, which was taken possession of in its wanderings by the people, and subsequently returned to him. Both gentlemen retired from the hunt, which was continued uninterruptedly, and was taken part in by many of the people.

Evening Mail (London) 7 March 1898

LONDON COUNTY SESSIONS. Charles Perrett, 22, convicted of having stolen a purse in the Fulham road from Miss Maud Coleridge, niece of the late Lord Coleridge, was sentenced to 15 months’ hard labour.

John Bull (London) 22 May 1920

A CHEAP SERVANT. DRUDGE WORKS FIFTEEN YEARS FOR NOTHING. A lot is heard these days about the high wages demanded for domestic servants, but that the rule in such matters is subject to important exceptions was proved in a case recently heard by His Honour Judge Lindley at the Wellington (Somerset) County Court. The plaintiff in the action was a Miss Florence Howlett, her claim against the defendant, Mr. C. G. Perrett, of Poole Farm, being for £100, the girl having been employed by the farmer for 15 years, during which period it was alleged she had received no wages at all.

Persons ignorant of the niceties of law would hardly have expected Mr. Perrett to win, in view of his admission that he had paid the girl no wages. He had fed her as he was bound by law to do and she had at times been permitted to deck herself out in Mrs. Perrett’s cast off garments ; but from the age of 17, when she entered the farmer’s employment, she had received not a penny of remuneration, unless it were a few coppers given her to spend on the rare occasions when she was permitted to enter the town of Wellington. Morally the poor girl’s claim was indisputable, but legally it contained a fatal flaw. There was no proper contract of service, so the Judge found ; and the girl’s case, therefore, fell to the ground. “The girl entered into service,” said His Honour, “on terms of food and clothing, and there is no evidence to satisfy me that these terms have been altered.” It remains for Mr. Perrett, as a man of honour, to redress the injustice that is left untouched by the law.

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