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.
Gravesend Journal (Gravesend) 7 January 1888
Mrs. Perrett, 3, RICHARD VILLAS, OLD DOVER ROAD, Facing Pelham Road (Late of New Road). BEGS to say she has opened a Laundry in connection with the dyeing business. Curtains cleaned and framed to equal new, from 8D. PER PAI. Everything else equally cheap. Price list on Application at above Address.
Reading Standard (Reading) 21 June 1935
MEADOW LENT FOR CHURCH FETE. Owner Fined for Moving Cattle from Field. William Perrett, a farmer, of 84, Surley Row, Caversham, was summoned at the Reading Borough Police Court on Wednesday for causing to be moved 19 Irish cattle from a place of detention before the expiration of the required six days. Frederick Prictoe, of 4, Edinburgh Road, Reading, was summoned for moving the cattle. Mr. Eric D. Berry appeared for the defendants. P.c. Blake said he saw the cattle in King’s Meadow at Grove Farm, Emmer Green, one day, and the next day he found they had been removed before the expiration of the six days. When interviewed, Perrett said he let the field to St. Barnabas’ Church for a fete, and as they wanted to get the field ready he moved the cattle to another. Witness added that the cattle had to go on to the highway to reach the other field. Perrett said that in moving the cattle to another field they had to go on the highway for a short distance. The licence was made out of King’s Meadow, but on one or two other occasions it had been made out for Grove Farm. The summons against Prictoe was dismissed on payment of costs, 4s., and Perrett was fined £2.
Stockton Herald (Stockton on Tees) 24 August 1878
SUPPOSED DROWNING IN THE TEES. On Saturday afternoon two men, Thomas Parrott, 26, labourer, Garden street, Middlesbrough, and Richard Travers, went down the river as far as Mrs Brown’s staith in an open boat. Parrott then left with a gun, and went amongst the slag for the purpose of shooting. Travers waited about three hours, and then came back to Middlesbrough, thinking Parrott had gone home some other way. Next day he found that such was not the case, and on Monday search was made amongst the slag. The gun was found, but nothing could be seen of Parrott, and it is supposed that he has been drowned and carried down the river.
Llanelly Guardian (Llanelli) 10 July 1873
TAKING WATER. Matilda Perrott, wife of Richard Perrott, Prospect Place, was charged by William Isaac, collector, with taking water from one of the public taps of the Board of Health in Prospect Place, without making an agreement with the collector for a supply. Richard Perrott appeared for his wife, and said he paid his landlord for all rates in the rent. The Bench stated that no landlord had a right to use the water of the Board without first agreeing for a supply, and if he had made any agreement with the landlord, his way would be to pay the water rent, and recover the same from the landlord. Defendant was fined 2s. 6d. and costs 6s. 6d., and if the amount is not paid in a week, to be committed to the House of Correction for 7 days.
Llanelly Guardian (Llanelli) 30 April 1874
THE RESULT OF COUGHING. William Perrott, Dolau, Llanelly, charged David Owens, Llanelly, with assaulting him on 23 rd instant. There was a cross summons charging Perrott with the assault. Mr. Howell appeared for Owens. It seems from Perrott’s account that he was on his way to the potato field, when he met Owens, who told him not to make fun of him and his wife, and caught him by the throat until his face bled, and said that Perrott’s wife owed £3. Perrott admitted when cross examined that his wife gave Owens a black eye, and struck him with a shovel. Owens in evidence denied all this, and said that the defendant was coughing at him.
Blandford Weekly News (Blandford Forum) 10 December 1891
FIRE AT A WORKSHOP. Early on Sunday morning, a fire was reported at the workshops in St. John’s Wood Road, occupied by Mr. Perrett, printer, and recently belonging to Messrs. Lawson and Donkin, builders. It appears that the employees left the building at three o’clock on Saturday afternoon apparently safe. The fire was discovered at 6.20 a.m. on the following morning, and an alarm sent by telephone to the Fire Brigade and Captain Worth from Mr. G. J. Lawson’s house. The East engine was at once on hand, and, with a good pressure of water on the stand pipe near, soon put out the flames. It was then seen that the floor of the workshops was burnt through. The fire is supposed to have been caused by a stove, which was on an iron plate, heating the wooden flooring, which was filled in all its interstices with inflammable wood chippings, &c. The damage done was not very great, and is estimated at about £40.
Gravesend Journal (Gravesend) 8 September 1883
ATTEMPT TO DESTROY A FISH POND. John Kirby, 21, boiler maker, 39, New street, James Ramsell, 20, boiler masker, and Frederick Perritt, blacksmith, 24, of 5, Edward street, Deptford, were charged on warrants with unlawfully destroying the dam of a certain fish pond at Scadbury Park, Chislehurst, the pro of the Right Hon. Earl Sydney, with intent to take the fish in the pond. Mr. Holmes Moss, appeared for Ramsell. Mr. Charles Jeal, gamekeeper, said that, between one and two o’clock on the 28 th , he went to the pond in Scadbury Park, just below the larches. When he arrived, the prisoner Perritt was removing clay from the dam. The other prisoners were close to him, and their feet were covered with clay. Perritt was removing the clay with a shovel, and witness took hold of him, and asked what he was doing. The man replied that he was trying to get some of the fish. About three yards of clay had been removed. Witness said they had better go to the station, and they agreed to go quietly, but when near the gate at Camden Park they ran away. Perritt, however, was stopped by a policeman, and the other two got away for the time. The pond was stocked with tench and carp. Cross examined, witness said no water had escaped the pond when he arrived. He estimated the damage done at 10s. John Crouch, carman, of Chislehurst, deposed to being in company with Jeal. Witness corroborated the previous witness’ statement, and added that the prisoners had a water can and a shovel with them. Inspector Frost deposed that Perritt, when at the station, said he borrowed the can from Mr. Oxenden, of No. 2, the Orchard, Deptford, to take the fish in. After some argument, the charge was altered to one of wilful damage. The prisoners were convicted, and fined 40s., and Kirby and Ramsell 7s. 6d. costs and 3s. 4d. damage each, and Perritt 5s. 6d. costs and damage 3s. 4d. The money was paid.
Potteries Examiner (Staffordshire) 19 June 1875
ALSAGER. SHOCKING DEATH AT THE RAILWAY STATION. A young man named Samuel Parrott (18), was killed on Monday morning, at the Alsager Railway Station. Deceased was employed on the North Staffordshire line as number taker, and was so engaged on Monday morning. He had been in the habit of jumping on to the trains while in motion, and attempting it on Monday, he did not jump far enough. The plate being slippery, he fell off, and his back was broken. Death was almost instantaneous. An inquest was held on Wednesday, at the Alsager Arms Inn, and a verdict in accordance with the facts was returned.