Winteringham Crime and Punishment

Winteringham Local History and Genealogy

Crime and Punishment in Winteringham - the 19th century

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Whisked off to Hull
February 8th 1819
A sheep and two sacks of corn were stolen from a farmer in the village, and it is thought were then taken to Hull.

Hard Labour for 5 shillings
22nd October 1824
George Brown, late of Scawby, a labourer, was convicted of stealing a canvas purse and five shillings from Thomas Snowden of Winteringham.  He was committed to Kirton Bridewell to hard labour for two calendar months.

Passing Counterfeit Coins - 12 months imprisonment, 1826

Hull Sessions Thursday 27th July 1826, from the Hull Packet of 1st August 1826
Ann Denton was charged, upon the oath of Christiana Bell, the wife of Francis Bell, of Winteringham, in the county of Lincoln, farmer, and others, with having uttered and paid to her, the said C. Bell, one counterfeit half-crown, she the said Ann Denton having at the same time one other half-crown and a counterfeit shilling in her possession.  To be imprisoned twelve calendar months, and find sureties for her good behaviour for two years.

Gun Crime, 1828

Hull Packet, 8th December 1828
SERIOUS OUTRAGE.- The following has been transmitted  to us by a correspondent :- “A serious occurrence, to which I was an eye-witness, took place on Friday the 8th inst. at Wintringham.  Three men, a father and two-sons, named Pickersgill, who bear an indifferent character, entered the village about six o’clock in the evening, in a state of intoxication, and commenced quarrelling with the inhabitants. After the three had been fighting with some persons for a short time, the father, finding their antagonists getting the better of them, ran up to his house, a distance about 200 yards, swearing he would shoot two of the inhabitants, and the constables who had interfered for the preservation of the peace. He was seen to charge his gun, after which he returned down the street. One of the constables, and several inhabitants, endeavoured to wrest the weapon from him to prevent mischief. Finding himself overpowered, he cocked the piece and fired. There were at the time nearly 200 persons assembled. The shot struck the ground and rebounded, wounding a woman and her daughter who were standing at their own door, and a girl and boy, the latter of whom is considered to be in some danger, he having received three shots in his body.  The rage of the populace was powerfully excited at this desperate act; they seized the gun and dashed it to pieces, and could scarcely be restrained from executing summary vengeance upon its owner. He was however handcuffed and placed in a situation of security during the night, and on the following morning conveyed to Burton.”  Our correspondent adds that, after an investigation into the particulars of the case, the magistrate, Sir Robert Sheffield, committed the prisoner for a limited period to Kirton house of correction, in consequence of one of the inhabitants stating that he considered his life in danger from his violence. The two sons, who had also been in custody were released.  It is said that the parishioners of Wintringham are determined to bring the affair to trial at the sessions.

Not wanted here
19th June 1843
An order was obtained for the removal of Ann Meggitt, the wife of George Meggitt, late of Market Rasen, but (at the time of the order) a prisoner in Louth House of Correction, on a charge of felony, from Market Rasen to Winteringham.  [Ed: she would be a cost on the town/village, and it was regarded that she was Winteringham's responsibility, not Market Rasen's].

Sovereigns Taken
27th October 1843
At Lindsey Sessions, Kirton Lindsey: Thompson Kelsey aged 19 was charged and found guilty of stealing a purse containing 7 sovereigns, 4 half-crowns, and some small silver coins from William Smith at Winteringham.  He was sentenced to six calendar months hard labour.

Double Burglary
14th April 1847
The dwelling house of Joseph Leggit in the village was burgled, and two superfine cloth coats, a white wool scarf, a pair of silk bracelets, a silver teaspoon, and other valuable objects were stolen.

15th April 1847
A burglary of the house of Jefferson Sugget in the early morning, saw a variety of articles stolen.

Fowl Deeds
4th March 1851
Fowl-stealing was on the increase in Winteringham, and on this night Mr James Sewell had seven-couples stolen.  Suspicion fell on a Mr Sargeson, and his premises were searched.  None of the seven couples were found, but a single duck was identified by Henry Burkill as his property.  Mr Sargeson was taken before Barton magistrates and from there committed for trial at Kirton sessions.

Staying Put
11th July 1851
The Stamford Mercury reported that an order for the removal of Robert Meggitt "a criminal lunatic pauper" (Ed: the papers didn't mince their words, did they) to Winteringham parish, was quashed on appeal.


13th July 1855
George Pickersgill had been summoned by the jury.  Mr Cooper, the constable, had been sent to the house of Mr Somers, where Mr Pickersgill had instruded, and in a state of drunkenness was helpless on the floor.  The constable could make nothing of him, and needed assistance to carry him to gaol.  Mr Pickersgill stated that he had got 2 or 3 3d-worths (of liquor) and "they" had put something in them.

Coal-Cart Race down Low Burgage

Hull Packet, 3rd December 1858
RACING PROHIBITED.- On Saturday afternoon a spirited race between four coal carts took place here from the Gate-end to the Waterside.  After much flogging, and in spite of accident, Jonathan came in first by about a length, and the rest in rotation.  Previous to starting they indulged in a “leetle” drop, and it was supposed that Jock had slipped out and removed the lynch pin from Jonathan’s cart wheel, but strange to say, the wheel kept in its place to within about 20 yards of the grand stand, and what is more strange the vehicle was going at such a rate as to prevent it overturning.  The same night the bellman was sent round the town at Winterton to warn the parties that if the scene occurred again they would be prosecuted according to law.

Night Jury reports vandalism ...

Hull Packet, 3rd December 1858
THE NIGHT JURY AGAIN.-On Sunday night, or early on Monday morning, several gates were thrown off their crooks into the middle of the roads in the parish.  The garden of Mr. Reed had also been entered, and some winter greens pulled up.

Tenant ejected

Hull Packet, 7th October 1859
WINTERTON Police Court
The overseers of the poor of Winteringham applied for an order of ejectment against Mary Jackson, a tenant of a parish house in Winteringham.


Attempted Burglary

Hull Packet, 27th July 1860
On Monday night [23-7-1860] the inmates of the house of Henry Burkill Esq. Were awakened by someone trying to open a chamber window, and on search being made a man was just seen making his escape down a ladder, which had been taken from an adjoining farm yard.

Not guilty of trespass

Hull Packet, 13th January 1871
George Fowler and Wm. Ashley, charged by Mr Arthur Burkill with trespassing in pursuit of game, on land at Winteringham, over which he had the right of shooting, were discharged as it appeared that they had been sent to catch rabbits for Mr. Marshall, and had not gone beyond his boundary.


Concealment of Birth

Hull Packet, 24th March 1876






Elizabeth Bell (24), single woman, was indicted for unlawfully endeavouring to conceal the body of a certain female child, at Winteringham, on the 10th September, 1875.  Mr. Horace Smith, instructed by Messrs. Hett (Freer and Hett) prosecuted, and Mr. Buzzard, instructed by Mr. E. Laverack, of Hull, defended the prisoner, who was found guilty but was recommended to mercy.  Fourteen days hard labour.


Obstructing the footpath

Hull Packet, 19th April 1878



Francis Robinson, Robert Jarvis, and Joseph Robinson, of Winteringham, were summoned by P.C. Worsdale for obstructing the footpath at Winteringham on Sunday, March 31st.  Defendants were fined 5s. and 8s. costs each.


Drunk at the Bay Horse - 1

Hull Packet, 28th November 1879


Robert Lundy, of Winteringham, for being drunk on licensed premises at Winteringham, on the 7th inst., was fined 10s. and 9s. 6d. costs.  P.C. Baines proved the case.
William Bell, landlord of the Bay Horse Inn, Winteringham, was summoned by Inspector Dain, for permitting drunkenness on licensed premises on 7th inst.  Case dismissed.


Drunk at the Bay Horse - 2

Hull Packet, 13th February 1880

FEB. 6: Before SIR R. SHEFFIELD, and the Revs. J. E. CROSS and W. CHAPMAN, Esq.

William Bell and Harriet, his wife, of the Bay Horse Inn, Winteringham, were summoned by P. C. Baines for being drunk on their premises on 30th of January and were fined 10s. and 9s. 6d. costs.

21 days for stealing wood valued at 6d.

Hull Packet, 13th February 1880

Samuel Ashton, of Winteringham, was charged with stealing a quantity of wood, value 6d., the property of Robert Kendall, on 3rd inst.  Prosecutor stated that on 2nd inst. he had 13 plum trees lying in his orchard.  On the following day he missed one about 12 feet long, and gave information to the police.  He identified the pieces now produced as his property.  P.C. Baines said he found the wood cut up in the prisoner's back kitchen.  Prisoner pleaded guilty and was committed for 21 days.

Fined for steam engine 24 yards from highway, when it should have been 25 yards!

Hull Packet, 11th February 1881

WINTERTON PETTY SESSIONS. [held on 4th February 1881]

Friday: Before the Revs C. Knowles and J. E. Cross, W. Chapman and E. Peacock, Esqs.

William N. Marshall, of Winteringham, for allowing to be erected a steam engine on his premises, within 25 yards of the highway (viz., 24, yards), on 21st ult., was fined 10s and costs.

Being too far from cart

Hull Packet, 9th December 1881


(Before the Revs. C. Know1es and J. E. Cross, and W. Chapman, Esqs.)

Mark Reed, of Winteringham, for being at such a distance from his cart as to have no control over the horse, paid 5s 6d costs, and the case was withdrawn.

Not going to school

Hull Packet, 12th May 1882


Before the Revs C. Knowles and J. E. Cross, and W. Chapman and J. G . Constable, Esqs.
Wesley Grant, higgler, summoned for allowing his horse to stray on the highway on the 21st ult., was find 7s 6d, including costs.
Attendance orders were made on ... Thomas Threadgold, George Clayton, and George Lloyd, of Winteringham, to send their children to the National Schools.

For looking after a horse

Hull Packet, 2nd March 1883

BARTON COUNTY COURT 22nd February 1883

Bell v. Dougherty.
- The plaintiff, a publican at Winteringham, sued defendant, a publican at Goole, for 19s 3d for keep of a horse for three days.  The plaintiff said a man took the horse to his house and left it there the time stated, and alleged that the defendant belonged to the horse and would pay for it.  Defendant denied any knowledge of the affair.  Plaintiff was nonsuited.

Game Trespass

Hull Packet, 11th May 1883


May 5th: Before Sir Robert Sheffield, the Rev C. Knowles and Mr W. Chapman
Frank Bell, George Burkill, and George Chapman, all of Winteringham, summoned for game trespass on the lands of Mr J. Tombleson, on Sunday the 22nd ult., were fined 10s each and costs.

Drunkenness at Bay Horse

Hull Packet, 8th February 1884


Before the Rev C. Knowles (chairman), J. Cliff and  W. Chapman, Esq, and the Rev F. A. Jarvis. 

Wesley Grant, of Sluice-lane, Winterton, summoned  by Police-Constable Gadsby for drunkenness at the Bay Horse Inn, Winteringham, on the 16th ult., was fined 5s.  and 5s 6d costs.

Straying pony, and deserter discover in Button’s Brickyard

Hull Packet, 23rd May 1884


On Friday [16th May 1884] (before Rev C. Knowles and E. Peacock, J. Cliff, Esq., and Rev. F. A. Jervis. -
George Fowler, of Winterton, was summoned by P.C. Gadsby for allowing his pony to stray on the highway at Winteringham on 7th inst.  Defendant had tied it to his cart on a piece of waste ground, but it broke loose.  Fined 2s 6d, and 5s 6d costs.

Samuel Armal was brought up in custody charged with being a deserter from the 15th Regiment, and was remanded to Lincoln prison till the regimental authorities can be communicated with.  The prisoner was detected working in Button's brickyard by P.C. Gadsby.


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