Bedminster.

 

1776 Apr 11. At the assizes at Taunton, which ended on Friday last, 9 persons were capitally convicted and received the sentence of death; Viz: Thomas Scott for breaking open the house of Hannah Jones, Bedminster, and robbing her of three silver tankards, and two silver pints.

 

1822 Sep 2. Marriage on Aug 29, Mr William Bowden of Bedmister, to Eliza youngest daughter of the late Mr R Skidmore, Guinea Street.

 

1838 Jul 21. Marriage on July 15 at Bedminster church, Mr Thomas Piffe to Miss Sophia Periam, both of this city.

 

1838 Jul 21. Death on Jul 18 aged 40 years after a long and severe affliction, Mr T Clark, Sydney Row, Bedminster, formerly of the Old Park St. Michael’s.

 

1852 Dec 4. Marriage on November 29th at Bedminster church, Mr Joseph Little, baker, late of Chippenham, to Miss L E Gardner, niece of Peter Marly Esq, of Keynsham, Somerset.

 

1854 Oct 21. Imprisonment of two years (the first three months of each year in separate confinement): Robert Hall, assaulting William Henry Green, with intent to rob him, at Bedminster.

 

1858 Mar 20.

Deaths: Mar 8 at Bedminster, aged 73 years, Mrs Ann Hodges, widow of Mr Samuel Hodges, late of Kingsland road.

Mar 14, at her residence, Southville, Bedminster. Harriet, relict of the late Mr Thomas Wilson Hall, of this city.

 

Mar 14 at Lower Colston’s Parade, after a short but severe illness, to the great grief of her family and friends, aged 18 years, Caroline, youngest daughter of the late Mr B J Room of Bedminster.

 

1860 Mar 17. Casualties. William Butler, a collier, aged 50, who had received a severe blow from a truck in the Dean Lane Colliery, Bedminster, and Elizabeth Rowles, aged 3, of Parsonas Street, badly burnt in the face, chest and arms, have been recently received into the Bristol General Hospital, in a precarious state.

 

1870 Jan 8. William Joseph Lacey, a young man was charged under a warrant, with neglecting to support his wife and child, whereby they became chargeable to the parish of Bedminster. Mr Tompkins proved the case, stating that the prisoner’s family has received relief to the amount of £4-10s-10d. He informed the bench that the accused had neglected his family because a fortune-teller had told him that he would not be able to live with his wife. The parties were allowed to retire and arrange the matter.

 

1870 Feb 5. James Davis was brought up in custody, charged with neglecting to maintain his wife and two children, whereby they had become chargeable to the parish of Bedminster. The accused received a very bad character, and had been more than once convicted. The magistrates committed him for 14 days hard labour.

George Bartlett, a respectably dressed young man, was charged with neglecting to support wife and two children, whereby they had become chargeable to the common fund of Bedminster Union. Bartlett said he had given his wife a £1 a week for the last 14 months and had given her a £1 as recently as the 21st instant. The wife said that had gone to pay “back debts”. Defendant had since lost his situation through his misconduct and had broken up his home. The wife said she had traced her husband to a brothel in Temple Street, where she saw him sitting at a table with a girl, opposite him. The magistrates recommended the parties to retire and endeavour to come to some agreement. On returning into court, Mr Tompkins said defendant had agreed to return to live with his wife, and to treat her kindly for the future. Discharged.

Henry Stokes, a lad, charged with being in the shop of Mr Close, East Street, Bedminster, for the purpose of committing a felony, was sentenced to six weeks hard labour, as a rogue and a vagabond.

 

1870 Apr 30. James Davidge was charged with violently assaulting his step-mother, Sarah Davidge and his mother in law, Harriet Davidge. A medical certificate was put in setting forth that Mrs Davidge was so much injured that she was unable to attend. Harriet Davidge stated that the accused came to her mother’s house, and called her (witness) a very improper name. She remonstrated with him and her mother interposed, when he assaulted both of them, pulling her mother down several steps, whereby she was seriously hurt. The defendant, who was said to be a hairdresser at Bedminster, was remanded until his mother in law was able to attend.

 

1870 May 14. Marriage on May 6, at Lodge Street Chapel, by the Rev John Cort, Mr Joseph Henry Harris, of Little Paradise, Bedminster, to Miss Annie Hoskins, of Redbourgh, Gloucestershire.

 

1870 May 14. Death on May 11 at Prince’s-Street, Bedminster, Charlotte wife of Mr George Champion, aged 58 years.

 

1870 June 28. Death June 28 at Mount Pleasant Terrace, Bedminster, Sarah Ann daughter of Mr W Machin, aged 25.

 

1870 Oct 29. James Raybould was charged with deserting his wife and family, and leaving them chargeable to the parish of Bedminster since the 11th of July. Mr Stiles proved the charge and said on the warrant being issued in July the accused absconded, and was apprehended this week in London by P C 164. When in Bristol the defendant was drunk constantly, and left his wife and children with only dry bread. Defendant denied this. The magistrate thought his conduct to his wife and five children very bad, and they sentenced defendant to two months, hard labour.

 

1871 Feb 18. Edwin Hucker was charged with stealing a quantity of iron, the property of the Ashton Vale Iron Company. Mr Abbot appeared for the complainants and Mr Mosely defended the prisoner. Hucker was a haulier employed by the company, and was engaged in hauling iron from the complainant’s works to the Welsh back. One load of iron which the prisoner hauled was found to be 3½ cwt short, and inquiry being made, two or three pigs of iron were found concealed in a pig-sty in Wakefield’s yard, Bedminster, which he would have passed on his journey. When charged the prisoner said he had taken the iron off the cart to ease the horse. The prisoner was remanded until Monday.1871 Apr 1. Henry Jenkins was charged with neglecting to maintain his wife and family and leaving them chargeable to the parish of Bedminster. Mr Styles reliving officer, proved the charge, and said the wife had only £4 from the prisoner these last four years-scarcely 6d per week. He was brought up about six months ago, and sent to goal for three months.  The accused now begged hard to be let off, promising to pay 10s per week till the debt due to the parish was paid, but the reliving officer said his word was not to be depended upon; and he was sent to prison for three months, with hard labour.

 

1872 Jul 2. Death on Jun 28, at Mount Pleasant Terrace, Bedminster, Sarah Ann, daughter of Mr W Machin, aged 25 years.

 

1873 Apr 5. William Daw, of Bedminster, was charged by his master, Mr George Rich with embezzling the sum of 3s 6d. The prisoner was sent for some coke with the above amount, which he embezzled. He had nothing to say in defence, and was committed for trial.

 

1884 Nov 21. Serious accident to a labourer. Yesterday mid-day a serious accident occurred to a labourer names George Dowling, 44 years of age, residing at 2, Bright Bow, Bedminster. The man was walking across the kitchen floor, and when near the fireplace he was seized with a fit and in falling knocked down a kettle of boiling water that was on the fire, the contents going over his arms and body, severely scalding him. He was immediately conveyed to the general hospital and detained.

 

1875 Jul 3. Margaret Field,24, servant, was charged with stealing £6 in gold, at Bedminster on the 15th of April, the property of Mr Lambert Jeffries, Mr Hooper prosecuted.  The prosecutor on the night in question slept at the George Inn, at Knowle and went there under the influence of liquor. On the following morning he missed £6 in gold from his trouser pocket. The prisoner, a servant in the house, was suspected, and on being apprehended a purse and sovereign was found in her bedroom and she admitted having the money but alleged that during the night the prosecutor took liberties with her and gave her £6 to say nothing about it. The chairman said that the probability was that this was a trumped up story, and the jury having found the prisoner guilty, said a previous conviction being reported against her, she was sentenced to 18 months hard labour.

 

1878 Aug 17. Harriet Thomas, a young woman, a pauper, was charged on remand with indecent behaviour in Bedminster Workhouse, on the 8th inst. The master, Mr James H Stone, stated that he had frequent complaints of the behaviour of the prisoner, and the bench having heard the evidence, sentenced her to 21 days hard labour.

James Jones and Alfred Trott, of Bedminster and Thomas Cole of Dundry, were summoned for keeping dogs without license. Trott who did not appear, was fined 40s, the other two defendants 25s each.

 

1880 Sep 11. William Ward, a tramp, previously convicted, was charged by Mr J H Stone, master of the Bedminster Union, with refusing to work in the workhouse on the 8th instant, and he was sentenced to a month’s hard labour.

Benjamin Weaver, for absconding from the workhouse with clothes belonging to the Guardians, was committed for a month’s hard labour.

 

1881 Jun 4.

Robert Bishop of Bedminster-down, was charged with assaulting a little boy named James Hiscooks by setting a dog on him, but the case was dismissed.

 

1882 Jul 3. Mary Smith, an elderly woman, was charged with stealing two hens and two saucers, the property of Edward Knapp, of St Lukes Road, Bedminster. Amelia Coles, a widow, living next door to the prosecutor, said that on Friday afternoon she saw the prisoner enter Mr Knapp’s garden fowl house, came out with a fowl in her apron, and walk down the street with it. Shortly afterwards Smith returned, and carried away two saucers in her bag. Robert Davies, who had charge of the fowls, proved the loss, one of the birds having been taken on Thursday. P C 52B said the property had not been traced. He arrested the accused in St Philips-marsh on Friday night, and searched her house, but could not find the fowls or saucers. In answer to the charge Smith denied having any knowledge of the fowls, saying it was corn she had in her apron, and that her daughter sent her for the saucers. Remanded till today.

 

1882 Sep 21. A man, named James Barnet living at Bedminster Down, was charged with being drunk and disorderly on Tuesday. The prisoner was found by P C North in the river, he having fallen in from the quay, fortunately at a spot where the water was shallow. Discharged with a reprimand.

 

1882 Sep 30. Charge of Highway Robbery and Assault at Bedminster Down. On Saturday, before J Ford Esq Mark Williams and Herbert Cooksley, colliers of Bedminster Down, were brought up in the custody of P S Knight, charged with stealing a gold stud and a hat from Mr Jacob Joel of Stroud Farm, Winford. On Thursday evening about ten o clock, Mr Joel was driving home, and when on Bedminster Down two men came from the hedge to the cart, and began to search about for something in the cart. Mr Joel went to them when he was knocked down several times. On some person giving alarm the two men ran away across the fields. On the police receiving information, Sergeant Knight soon found out the ruffians, and apprehended them on Friday evening, at Bishopsworth. They were remanded.

 

1874 Aug 8. On Thursday evening, between seven and eight o’clock, a fire broke out amongst some hay-mows in a field near Sheen Lane, Bedminster, belonging to the Bristol and Exeter railway. The Bedminster police were soon on the spot, but finding their hose not long enough, they had to wait until the arrival of the reels from the various offices. When the hoses were joined the fire was quickly put out. Two ricks were nearly destroyed and the damage done is estimated between £30 and £40 ponds.

 

1880 Nov 6. Thomas Taylor, a tramp, was charged with being drunk and breaking a pane of glass in the Bedminster workhouse on Wednesday. He was sent to goal for seven days.

 

1885 Sep 14. Samuel Chappell and Moses Harvey of Bedminster Down were summoned by the Bedminster School Board for neglecting to send their children to school. They had both been several times previously fined. Orders for attendance were made in each case.

 

1892 Oct 7.John Williams, a young man, was charged with pocket-picking at Henglers Circus on the previous night. Mrs Elizabeth White of 95, St. Lukes Road, Bedminster, said that on the previous evening she attended the Circus at the Drill hall and had her purse in her pocket. It contained 7½d and two keys, after she had paid for her ticket. During the performance of the lions she felt a hand moving her cloak, and then she missed her purse. She had previously noticed the prisoner come to her side and press against her.  She said to him “ I want my purse”. He said “I,ve not got your purse” and tried to push through the crowd. Then her little girl observed him drop the purse and it was afterwards picked up. Peter Spencer, a groom at the circus, said he saw the prisoner edge his way towards the woman and then covering one hand with his programme, he fumbled about with it. Afterwards he dropped the purse. Prisoner, who had previously said he knew nothing of the occurrence, pleaded guilty. He had done no work for the past six weeks and had been in Bristol only a few days. P C 19C said that the prisoner had 12s in silver and some coppers when he was arrested. Prisoner was remanded in custody for a week for inquires.

 

1894 Feb 16. Yesterday morning a child named Albert James Duffey, aged four years; living with his parents at 4 Kent street, Bedminster, was playing near his home when he was run over by a horse and cart. He was removed to the General Hospital and detained, suffering from a broken thigh.

 

1894 Apr 4. Bedminster Guardians. At yesterdays board meeting there were present: Mr W Mereweather (senior vice-chairman), who presided in the absence of the chairman, Mr F Weatherly, Messrs Stephen Harding (junior vice-chairmen), J H Shorland, W Winstone, W H Hill, J Hardwick, E H Chambers, G J Thomas, H Crossman, A Batt, W C R King, E Button, H T Beaven, S Lloyd, T Cidgey, J Winstone, R Weekes, W Gormen, J Savery, E Rider, W Naish, J Marsh, I Bennett, W Baster, W Horlick, G W Ewans, J Davis, H Crossman, V Down, H J Mirehouse, J P the Rev H T Watson and Miss S J Peddar.

The Contract Committee met previous to the meeting of the Board, and after opening the tenders sent in decided to recommend the Guardians to accept the following: Groceries and necessaries, Mr W Shepherd, 104 Redcliff Hill; Meat Mr G H Harding, 97 Redcliffe Hill; Coal Ashton Vale Colliery Co (South Liberty Coal); Spirits, Messrs Giblett and Boone, East Street Bedminster; Bread and flour for work-house Mr James Parker, Backwell; Petroleum, paint, earthenware and brushes, Mr J Fanson, 64 Wells Road, Totterdown; Ironmongery, Messrs Chivers and sons, West Street, Bedminster; Leather Mr J C Latham, Redcliffe Street; Drugs Mr Henry Matthews, Lewins Mead; Plumbers work Mr James Shepherd, Nailsea. Beer Messrs R W Millier and Co Ltd, Stokes Croft; Clothing Messrs Jones and Co, Wine Street; Timber Mr George Harris, Bedminster Bridge; Bread for the districts 1 and 1b of Bristol, Mr G Phillips, West Street, Bedminster; Bread for district 1a of Bedminster Mr G Blake, West Street; Bread for the districts of Clevedon and Nailsea Mr G H Yendole, Nailsea; Bread for the district of Yatton Mr G Burge, Yatton; Bread for the district of Pill and Portishead Mr G Newbury, Pill; Meat for the three Bedminster districts, Mr G Turner, East Street, Bedminster; Groceries for Bedminster districts, Mr John Owen, East Street, Bedminster. Spirits for Bedminster; Messrs Giblett and Boone; Coffins for Bedminster, Mr E Hodges, 104 East Street, Bedminster; Coffins for the other districts, Mr B Gregory, Yatton.

 

1896 Feb 15. A haulier named Henry Cox was summoned for driving a timber wagon on the main road in the parish of Bedminster, at night without having a lamp or light on the front and rear of the carriage, contrary to the bylaws.  The defendant pleaded guilty, and stated that he had a lamp and lit it several times, but it was jolted out. P. C. James gave evidence as to seeing defendant driving a timber wagon along the road at Upper Knowle on January the 20th. A fine of 2s 6d, including costs, was imposed.