Old Tring News

from New Zealand Newspapers




As an example of the type of information that can be found in overseas newspapers I have selected a number of news items from the PapersPast website - run by the National Library of New Zealand.

Initially mail came by sea - months after the events in England - often in the form of a copy of the Times. Later news by telegraph became available and news appeared with a day or two of the story appearing in British papers. While most of the stories will have appear in England the "distant" view helps to select some of the more interesting items which can be overlooked in the mass of English newspaper information available.


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Otago Witness

20 May 1854


... ...

Great Snow Storm in England. - This country has just been visited with an extrordinary snow storm. On the night of the 3rd January, and an the morning of the 4th, the traffic of the metropolis suffered a complete interruption. ... ... The first train arriving at the Euston station from Northampton was considerably behind its time, the guard reporting that the snow had drifted three feet high in the streets when he left. The Liverpool and Manchester train was eight hours behind its time. There was a heavy fall of snow at Tring, where the trains came to a dead lock, and remained embedded in the snow five hours. ...

Lyttelton Times

17 February, 1858

 ... At the dinner of the Tring Agricultural Association on Oct. 21, Sir Edward Lytton made a manly English speech on India, and expressed most emphatically his opinion that the duty of all is to support the Executive Government, no matter in whose hands it is placed. We must be careful not to utter a single word to weaken their authority." "If at this moment a mad bull were let loose amongst us, I don't think the best grazier in Yorkshire would induce us to listen to a lecture on the management of horned cattle in general. I think the wisest man would be, not he who could instruct you in the best method of dealing with dangerous cattle generally, but the man who made the shortest work of the bull. Gentlemen, this is now our object, we must make short work of the bull," ...

Southland Times

8 February 1864

THE ACCOMPANIMENTS OF A PRIZE FIGHT. - A Watford correspondent of the Times says As a prize fight within 18 miles of London is happily of rare occurrence, you will permit me to inform you that our quiet town was yesterday the focus of a collection of as great scoundrels as possibly ever congregated of the lowest and vilest of our London thieves? It appears a fight was to have come off at Tring, whither the men, their backers and patrons started from London by an early train, but after fighting a considerable time the fight was stopped by the police. - The select party then returned by train, alighted at the Watford station, and within a few fields fixed the ropes and recommenced the fight, and after fighting an hour and a half, the fight was bought to an end by one of the men being considered dead to all "time." The men, frightfully punished, bleeding from every wound, swollen and disfigured to a fearful extent. But for a plentiful supply of water from the river Colne, one of the two would have left. the field a corpse. ...

Lyttelton Times

15 March 1866


... The balloon left the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, at 5h 16m, nearly an hour and a half after the sun had set. The wind was from the S.E. We kept in this current till 6h 18m. At this time we were nearly over Tring at an elevation of 3500 feet, when a strong wind was felt, proving that the balloon was at this instant in one current and the car in another; shortly afterwards we entered a S.S.W. current, and moved N.N.E. till 6h 48m, at which time, whilst adjusting an instrument, the lamp fell over the side of the car, and the jar caused the-light to go out. On descending the S.E. current was again met with, and, as near as could be determined, at the same elevation. ...

Bruce Herald

14 March 1873


The total amount qf landed estates, &c, sold and registered at the Estate Exchange for the past year has been 9,901,220, against 5,769,384 in the previous year. The two largest sales were the Crimstone Park estate, Yorkshire, and the Tring Park estate, in Herts, each of which realised between 200,000 and 300,000.

New Zealand Herald

3 November, 1873

(Story from The Times and repeated by other papers)


Mr. Arthur Loxley, of Norcott Court, Herts, writes to say .that Mrs. Elizabeth Leatherlund, of the age of 110 years, reaped two.sheaves of wheat recently in a field .belonging to Mr. John Mead, of TringHerts. Her baptismal certificate may by seen at Mr. Tompkins's, ironmonger, Tring. 

New Zealand Tablet

24 October 1874

A woman named Betsy Letheron is now living at Tring who last birthday reached the extraordinary age of 111 years. During the harvest last year she cut several sheaves of wheat, and intends, if all is ell, making her appearance this year upon the farm of Mr Mead, situated between Tring and Little Tring


16 June, 1876


. There was an attempt to revive the Easter Monday Volunteer Review at Tring, a place in Hertfordshire, about thirty miles from London, which proved a failure. The most strenuous exertions could not put more than 7000 men in the field, and the manoeuvres, though the papers do not say so, were a farce as far as instruction of the volunteer was concerned. 

Otago Witness

24 June 1876


EASTER MONDAY. This great English holiday was not quite so joyous as usual this year, the weather being dull and rather chilly. Nevertheless, a great many people left the towns on country trips, and the usual Volunteer review and sham fight took place. On this occasion they came off at Tringin Bucks, 32 miles from London, the number ot men engaged being about 8000. Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar was in supreme command, while the attacking and defending forces were commanded by Lord Abinger and Colonel Fielding respectively. The roads were so heavy that the artillery - consisting of four 40 pounders could not be drawn up hill, and was, therefore, left on the ground of the defenders. There was a good deal of marching about, but the result was indecisive. At Dover, there was another review and sham fight, in which a good many regulars and Volunteers took part. ...


26 October 1878


Three Irish sailors quarrelled and fought in a train upon the North-Western Railway, and upon being removed from the carriage at Tring were found to be severely wounded by the knives which they had used.

New Zealand Herald

27 September 1879

[A very lengthy report of a divorce case, involving the Rev. Christopher Newman Hall, minister of Christ Church, Suffolk, his wife, and her lover, Frederick Waters Richardson, son of an inn keeper of Tring.]


10 April, 1890


LONDON                                                                               April 8

Mr Gladstone, speaking at Tring, said that the Irish tenantry would probably repudiate the advances made under Mr. Balfour's Bill.


6 August 1890

A herd of Kangaroos has been turned loose in the Rothschild Park at Tring

Bush Advocate

16 August 1902


Harding. - On June 25, at Tring, Herts, England, Thomas Harding, aged 61 years

Auckland Star

21 February, 1903


Charles Rothschild has perhaps the most curious museum of any collector in Europe. At Tring Park he keeps thousands and thousands of fleas. The museum is in charge of Dr. Jordan. Every animal and bird has its particular kind of flea. Very many have several different kinds. It clearly follows that the gathering of fleas affords diverse material for the collector. In the Rothschild collection is one mole flea (Hystriehopsylla talpae) a fifth of an inch in length.


7 September, 1908


Mr. Reid, the Blenheim manager of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, writes informing us that the Jereey Bull Dalesman, recently selected at Home by Mr. H. D. Vavasour and imported on board the steamer Mamari, was for Mr. Charles Goulter, of Hawkesbury, Blenheim. The animal was, selected from Lord Rothshild's herd at The Home Farm, Tring Park, Herts. It is now in quarantine on Somes Island, and is said to be .well worth inspection.

Wairarapa Daily Times

6 August 1912



Press Association - Electric Telegraph - Copyright

Received Tuesday, 11.40 am

LONDON, Monday

     Though rough weather prevails in the South of England, one hundred thousand scouts and other boys are under canvas.

     The Cadets are Lord Rothschild's guests at Tring Park.

Hawera & Normanby Star

6 August 1912


The visiting Cadets are Baron Rothschild's guests at Tring Park and of Mr Lewis Hacourt at Nuneham.

It should be noted that the majority of "hits" when searching for Tring are OCR errors - often repeated many times in adverts which sometime appeared daily! There were others because a number of people had the name "Tring".

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