Poaching and Petty Thieving in St Albans

A Talk by Chris Reynolds

The Stratton Family

Collecting firewood and chasing Rabbits - 1861

ST ALBANS LIBERTY PETTY SESSIONS

Magistrates present: G. R. Marten Esq., (in the chair) H. H. Toulmin, W. H. Solley  and T. Kinder, Esqrs.

BREAKING AND DESTROYING A HEDGE

William Stratton and George Bamfield, both of St Albans, were convicted of breaking and destroying a hedge fence, the property of Mr Samuel Henry Cullum, at Townsend Farm, near St Albans, on Sunday, October 20th, and were each fined 3s with 7s costs. In default of payment they were committed to the house of correction for one month with hard labour.

On enquiry by the Bench, Mr. Deayton, the governor of the goal, said his book testified against them.  

William Partridge, of Harpenden Common, and Joseph Stratton, of St Albans, neither of whom appeared, were convicted of [trespassing after rabbits], on lands occupied by Mr. George Young, in the parish of Sandridge, on the 18th of October, and were fined 2, with 17s 3d costs; or in default of payment, to be imprisoned for two months, with hard labour.

Herts Advertiser 2nd November 1861