Poaching Rabbits at Sandridge

From the Herts Advertiser, 13th December 1860


Henry Cramphorn, of St Albans, was convicted of trespassing on land in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Smith, the Pound Farm, Sandridge, on Sunday, November 25th, in search of rabbits.

Mr Henry Cox, and James England, in his employ, proved the offence.

The Chairman [G. R. Marten, Esq.] said defendant had been convicted of similar offences several times before, and had been imprisoned for non-payment of the full penalty. The Bench could only repeat the same sentence - a fine of £2, with £1 0s. 6d. cost; or in default of immediate payment, two month’s imprisonment with hard labour.

Cramphorn was taken to his old quarters – the Liberty goal.

Henry Cramphorn was almost certainly the son of Robert and Mary Cramphorn, who were living in Half Moon Yard, St Albans, with their family, including Henry, at the time of the 1851 census. I note that he was also convicted of ferreting rabbits in 1858 - and there may have been many other offences. He was not living in St Albans at the time of the 1881 census.

The Thomas Smith of Pound Farm is the Thomas Smith who was married to Elizabeth Hill on the family tree in Who is releated to whom?

For further information on the Cramphorn family see:

CRAMPHORN, St Albans, late 19th century

Stealing Turnip Tops in St Peters, St Albans in 1864

Trespass in search of Conies in St Michaels, St Albans in 1866

Fraudulently dealing in Straw Plait, St Albans in 1882

If you can add to the information given above tell me.