Mark Rimmell (markrimmell) wrote,
Mark Rimmell

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Working on the map of London 1897

I just came to a road name that was damaged beyond my comprehension. Unfortunately it doesn't appear on modern maps, either having been renamed or removed by the Luftwaffe.

One of my research weapons is The Proceedings of the Old Bailey website... where I found this little cautionary tale.

1191. WILLIAM BROWN was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of August, two shirts, value 10 s.; two table cloths, value 5 s.; two sheets, value 7 s.; one pair of trowsers, value 5 s., and one towel, value 6 d. , the goods of William Hibbert .

MARY HIBBERT . I am wife of William Hibbert , a stonemason. On the 16th of August, about two o'clock, I left these things in a clothes basket, in our drying-ground, at No. 5, Bentinck-street, Vauxhall-road. I went to the next house, and in the mean time there was a great bustle in the street - I heard a cry of Stop thief! several times, looked round to my right, and saw a man coming down with a black bundle under his left arm; he ran into Douglas-street, and there I lost him - I went into my yard, and missed the articles stated in the indictment. I went out and met Lawrence leading the prisoner by the collar, and bringing back a bundle, which I suppose to be the one I saw him pass my door with; it contained my property, we took him to Queen-square - he must get over two walls to take them.

BENJAMIN LAWRENCE . I was at my door, No. 30, Rochester-row, Westminster, heard the cry of Stop thief! I ran through my passage into Cobourg-row, and stopped the prisoner with a bundle of linen under his left arm; he said "For God's sake, let me pass." I took him back to the prosecutrix, and then to Queen-square.

Prisoner. Q. I said, "There goes the man who stole the thing" - A. There was another man a-head of him, but he had the property.

WILLIAM POUCHER . I saw him running with the bundle, and Lawrence take him with it. I saw him turn down by the hospital into Rochester-row.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 17.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

It was Bentinck Street I was looking for and I was able to follow Mrs Hibbert's and Mr Lawrence's accounts of the incedent on the map. They were pretty tough on linen thieves back then.

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