Category Archives: crime and punishment

logbook #3

  I feel sorry for the small animals at Laneshawbridge village school. Not the current bunch – if they have any – but those in 1932. The headmaster wrote on 13 Sep, “Mr Pelham, school caretaker reports to me an … Continue reading

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rules is rules (1897)

NO children allowed and NO drunks, scruffs or smokers ONLY 1 book out at a time NO touching the books without permission Do NOT go into the librarian’s enclosure AND, damage a book and risk 6 months in prison or, if … Continue reading

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slip sliding away

I’m not too sure why sliding on icy roads and pavements was taken so seriously, but I’ve certainly seen cases of people being brought before the magistrates and fined – it was no idle threat. I can see the dangers … Continue reading

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palisades, pistols and bludgeons

A few months after the initial flare-up which saw the new police force driven from the streets of Colne, the town experienced far worse disturbances which left Joseph Halstead dead. The troubles back in April had led to a tripling … Continue reading

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thrashing the police

The serious disturbances in Colne in August 1840 that saw Special Constable Joseph Halstead lose his life are usually referred to as the Chartist riots. James Carr in his Annals of Colne (1878), gives a quite detailed account of what … Continue reading

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bad boys ?

A handbill from 1767 tells a story of two Colne lads who fell in with a bad lot, followed a crooked path and eventually paid the ultimate price. Thomas and Richard Boys, a god fearing pair from a good home, ended … Continue reading

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