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.

Eastbourne Chronicle (Eastbourne) – 1 September 1883

INTERESTING PRESENTATION. On Monday evening a meeting was held at Langney road Day Schools for the purpose of bidding farewell to Mrs. Jennie Perrett, who is leaving Eastbourne to reside at Sutton in Surrey, where her husband, the Rev. J. Perrett, has just been stationed as Wesleyan Minister. Mrs. Perrett, whose works of fiction and religious essays are well known, has won many friends in Eastbourne by her interest in all temperance and philanthropic movements. Most of the members of the Band of Hope were present, and in the name of the society, Mr. Birchfield handed to Mrs. Perrett a beautifully engraved silver medal in token of her services as player of the harmonium since her residence in Eastbourne. On Sunday evening at the Wesleyan Chapel, Pevensey road, the Rev. J. Perrett preached his farewell sermon to a numerous congregation. He leaves Eastbourne for his new appointment carrying with him the good wishes of a great number of the people of Eastbourne, and especially of the members of his own congregation, amongst whom he was much loved and respected. The children of the lady named were also presented with medals by Mr. Birchfield in the name of the Wesleyan Band of Hope, as a token of kind regard.

Daily News (London) – 20 November 1940

POOR WOMAN DID NOT KNOW SHE HAD £20,000 IN AN OLD TIN BOX. “A most romantic story” in the words of the judge of treasure in a tin box was told in the Chancery Division yesterday. Securities of the value of £20,000, it was stated, were found in a tin box in the home of a woman who was living in poverty and was about to be taken to a poor house. Before the Court was a summons taken out by Westminster Bank Limited, the administrators of Nathan William PerrottCaroline Perrott and Caroline Elizabeth Barker. The respondents were Mrs. Caroline Kate Newman, of Theberton Street, Islington, who claimed to be a granddaughter of Nathan William Perrott and to be interested in his estate under his intestacy, and Mrs. Elizabeth Harris, of Oakridge Road, Bromley, Kent, who claimed to be a niece. Mr. Wilfrid Hunt, for the bank, said that Nathan William Perrott died in 1912, and letters of administration were granted to the bank in January, 1939. The question raised was whether the Court could presume the marriage of Nathan William Perrott with Caroline Perrott. Nathan, who was a woodturner, and Caroline Perrott had lived with the daughter Elizabeth in a very frugal, small way. After the deaths of Nathan and Caroline Perrott, Elizabeth earned her living sometimes by selling flowers in the street and sometimes by cleaning. When she became too old to work it was suggested, in 1938, that she should go into a “poor house.” Miss Perrott then spoke of a locked tin box which her father had left and which had never been opened. The box was broken open, Mr. Hunt explained, and in it were found securities which, with accumulated interest, were now worth about £20,000. Mr. Justice Morton decided that the marriage could be presumed and that the bank could deal with the estate accordingly.

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