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By Geoffrey Howse
Barnsley and the encircling zone has a dismal and sinister previous. there have been many foul deeds dedicated through the centuries of the main heinous type -and many suspicious situations. Poverty was once on the root of a number of the early circumstances. in the course of the Victorian interval a few likely uncaring magistrates seemed to take the view that to be negative used to be against the law to be handled seriously and meted out severe consequences. the sorrowful kingdom of a few 'criminals' led to finishing their days within the workhouse. through the twentieth century the world was once periodically rocked with homicide instances which regularly made the nationwide headlines.
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High Street, Grimethorpe, seen here in the early twentieth-century. Grimethorpe Colliery was situated about a hundred yards further down the street. Chris Sharp of Old Barnsley. NIPPER LAMPS DEPUTY, GRIMETHORPE, 1919 … injury to the deputy resulted in him being off work for two days. A fifteen-year-old lad from Grimethorpe appeared in the Children’s Court at Barnsley in February 1919. Described as a ‘nipper’ (boy miner) by occupation, the lad appeared in connection with a breach of the Coal Mines Act.
When Sergeant Branagan went to the constable’s aid he was assaulted by Flowers and Hill. Flowers and Hill denied the charge from the dock, and suggested it was the police officers who were to blame as they were drunk when they entered the Freedom Inn. The Bench, however, did not attach much credit to the prisoners’ version of events and fined each of them twenty shillings and costs, or one month imprisonment in default. Also at the same hearing, Robert Pinder, a labourer at the Elsecar ironworks, was charged with having, on 22 June, at Hoyland Nether, assaulted Police Constable Jones, into whose custody he had been given for breaking, whilst in a state of intoxication, a quantity of crockery belonging to a hawker.
I was in along with my two little girls. My husband was sober. ’ I said ‘I was at St. ’ He said, ‘You are a liar. ’ I said, ‘About ten o’clock, as near as I can tell. ’ He then up with his fist and gave me a blow on the right side of my head, and I have no recollection of anything afterwards. When I came to myself, I found I was laid upon a swab. At the time I was struck by the prisoner I had been ironing some clothes. When he came in I had the iron flat on the table. There was another iron on the fire.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and Around Barnsley by Geoffrey Howse