Notable Events In Week Thirtyfive

Ian Curley

Col Robertson Our first Chief Constable
Lt. Col Daneill , Col Robertson's replacement

Hertfordshire Police Historical Society

This Week In History

Saturday 28 August 1880

Hertford Mercury and Reformer
Candidates for the appointment of Chief Constable, now vacant, are requested to address their applications, in writing (marked “Chief Constable”), to the Justices in Quarter Sessions, under cover to me not later than the 30th September next. Copies only of Testimonials should accompany applications, but the originals should be forthcoming in the event of an applicant being required to attend the Constabulary Committee. The salary will be decided by the Court of Quarter Sessions; but it is anticipated that it will £400 a year, with an additional allowance of £100 for the keep of two horses and the maintenance of a carriage, which the Chief Constable will be required to provide.
The following regulations apply to a Chief Constable; His age, unless he is promoted or transferred from another office in the Police, or under other special circumstances to be approved of by the Secretary of State, must not exceed forty-five years. must be certified by a medical practitioner to in good health and of sound constitution, and fitted to perform the duties of the office.
Richd. NICHOLSON, Clerk of the Peace.
SI. Albans, August 21st, 1880.

Tuesday 30 August 1904

Islington Gazette
On Friday morning last., a contingent of the, Y division left Upper Holloway about nine o’clock in a well-appointed four-horsed brake, and the “turn-out” placed another feather in the cap of Messrs. Southern and Co., of Brewery Road. The destination was Watford, to meet the Hertfordshire Constabulary in a friendly cricket match on the beautiful county ground. The Northerners, with their friends (many of the latter going by rail), arrived at the “George” Hotel in good time and sat down to a substantial repast, to which justice was done. The day was beautifully fine, and many people witnessed a very pleasant game, which resulted as follows: —Metropolitan Police (Y division), 67; Hertfordshire Constabulary, 142 for 8 wickets. After the match the party returned to the hostelry, where about 50 sat down to tea, which was followed by a few toasts and speeches and a most enjoyable concert. Some of the occupants of the brake were dressed up in comical costumes and “make-ups,” such as clowns, sailor, a Jew, Etc., and the effect, with the Chinese lanterns and several musical instruments, including a portable harmonium, was the cause of the leading street being completely blocked by hundreds of the inhabitants to give the visitors a hearty “send off,” and a most delightful outing came to an end at about 11.30 p.m. There is no doubt that such exchanges of good fellowship between the police and tradesmen causes a lasting friendship.

Saturday 29 August 1868

Watford Observer
ANOTHER VICTIM TO DUELLING. The barbarous practice of duelling has just demanded another victim. On Wednesday evening a student of the name Ferry offered a very gross insult to a young Lieutenant von Kheinbaben, whom he met accidentally at Meser’s Salon, a place of public amusement in Berlin. The lieutenant is reported to have displayed a good deal of self-control, but as the insulting language was continued, he eventually challenged the student. A bystander ascertained where the meeting was to take place, and immediately gave information to the police. The Lieutenant of police of the district, accompanied by some constables, accordingly repaired to the spot, found the parties on the ground, and having taken possession of the pistols, left the principals their liberty. Nothing could be more absurd than such a course as this, for either the police officer cannot have been in earnest in wishing to prevent the duel, or he must have assumed that the duellists were not in earnest in wishing to fight one. The only result was that the parties made an appointment for a meeting a few hours later in the neighbourhood of Spandau. The police again received information of their murderous intentions, but, unfortunately, too late. The officers hurried to the second place of rendezvous, but before they reached it, they met a cab containing Lieutenant von Kheinbaben supporting in his arms his recent adversary, whom he had shot through the lungs. There is no hope of Ferry’s recovery, and his state is such that the judge has not been able to take his depositions.

Saturday 02 September 1865 Watford Observer


The number of persons sentenced to death last year was thirty-two. In nineteen of the cases the convicts were executed; in the remaining thirteen cases the capital sentence was committed to penal servitude.

The following are the particulars, given in the official Judicial Statistics, of the cases of those who were executed in 1864:

Bucks. – William John Stevens, aged twenty-four. Murder apparently through Jealousy, of a girl to whom was attached; he cut her throat, and afterwards his own, but not effectually.

Essex – Francis Wane or Toddy, aged forty-four, labourer. Murder, by cutting her throat, a woman with whom he had cohabited, and who left him on account of his ill-treatment of her, and engaged herself to marry another man.

Gloucester – Lewis Gough, aged fifty-five, labourer. Murder, striking her with hammer and afterwards cutting her throat, blind woman, with whom he was on intimate terms, and who he thought had encouraged another man.

Hertford – Thomas Watkins, aged twenty-seven. Beat out the brains of his wife with a stick, because she had appeared against him before the guardians of the poor.

Liverpool – James Clitheroe, aged thirty-two. A married man. Cut the throat of a woman with whom he intrigued.
Henry Brown, aged thirty-two. Murder (with Thomas Llndon. sentenced to penal servitude for life), of a man with whom they had quarrelled; Brown thrust pistol into his eye.

Central Criminal Court, London – John Lyons, aged twenty-two; Francisco Blanco, aged twenty-three; Ambroslo or Mauricio Duranna. aged twenty-five; Marcus or Walter Vartos, aged twenty-three; Miguel Lopez, aged twenty-two. These five men were seamen on board the merchant ship Flowery Land, and were tried and executed in London, for the murder (assisted by others), when in a state of mutiny, of the captain of the ship.
John Devine, aged twenty-one, poor hanger-on at public houses and in the streets. murdered a man, by fracturing his skull with iron bar, for the sake of robbing him.
Frederick Charles Bricknell, aged twenty-three, waiter at an Inn. Through Jealousy, he stabbed to the heart the barmaid, with whom he was in love.
Franz Muller, aged twenty-three, a German, a tailor, He murdered In a railway-carriage a fellow passenger, whom he robbed.

Notts. – Richard Talker, aged twenty-nine, a butcher. When drunk he quarrelled with his parents, and shot them both; his mother died of her wound.

Stafford. – Charles Brough, aged twenty-four. He murdered an old man, whose house he entered in the evening, plea—that he was labouring under disease and morbid depression of mind.
Stafford. – Richard Hall, aged thirty. Murder, assisted by the woman with whom he was cohabiting, of his illegitimate child, by strangling.

Yorkshire – Joseph Myers, aged forty-three, saw-grinder. Murder of his wife stabbing her with a pair of scissors, after a trifling quarrel.
James Sargisson, aged twenty four, labourer. Murder a man whom he robbed. He alleged that another person was the principal in the murder.

The thirteen cases in which the sentences were commuted were as follow: –

Cheshire – Salone Marsh, aged forty, a married woman, who had been deserted by her husband. Murder, by throwing it into a canal, of her infant, born of another father.

Liverpool. – Thomas Lindon, aged twenty-seven. Murder (with Henry Brown; of a man with whom they had quarrelled. Lindon kicked and struck him.
Ellis Green, aged forty-six, labourer. Murder, when In a drunken passion, of his wife’s sister, by beating her with brutal violence.

Central Criminal Court – Basilio Del los Santos, aged twenty-two, and Marcelino, aged thirty-two, seamen on board the ship Flowery Land. Murder (with others) when In a state of mutiny, of the captain.
Mary Hartley, or Annie Bowen, aged twenty-nine. Murder of her child.

Somerset. – John Allen, aged fifty-two, labourer. Murder of his wife cutting her throat, apparently in consequence of jealousy, and a threat on her part to leave him.

Stafford. – Celia Baker, aged thirty. Found guilty with Richard Hall with whom she was cohabiting, of the murder of his illegitimate child; she caught the child when it ran from Its father and brought It back to him. She was respited on account of pregnancy, and her sentence was commuted.

Warwick – Ann Eastwell, aged twenty-one. Murder her new-born child by cutting its throat.
George Hall, aged twenty-two. Murder, by shooting her, of his wife, who had left him for a trifling cause; she appeared to have been unfaithful to him.

Worcester. – John Butler, aged sixty-two, canal lock keeper. Murder of his housekeeper, whom he had turned out of doors; on her venturing to return, he killed her and threw her into the canal.

York. – Alice Wilson, aged twenty-five. A married woman who had deserted her husband. She murdered by drowning her infant born of another father.

Pembroke. – Mary Trout, aged twenty-two. A poor half-witted girl; she murdered her infant by throwing it into a pit.

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