1849 – Assault

Thomas Turner, Labourer of Adforton, was charged by Mr. John Titley, Farmer of the same place, with having assaulted him on the night of Monday on the road near the complainant’s house.

The charge having been fully proved, Turned was fine 20s and 8s 6d costs, or in default, one month’s imprisonment.

1843 – The Effects of Passion

Adforton and the neighbouring villages were hugely excited by a fatal row between reapers who were working at Grange Farm belonging to W. Child Esq. It seems that there was a dispute amongst the reapers who were rather drunk (probably on the free cider that was liberally given to farm workers) about how well and fast they reaped – blows were exchanged, before one chap, Thomas Turner, decided to use his reaping hook. This was a tad unfair, and resulted in the death of John Stephens from Wigmore, and serious wounding of James Thomas.

John Stephen’s body was taken to the house of Mr. Titley at Adforton in readiness for the inquest. Thomas Turner of Adforton was charged with the two offences.

Richardson, the Police Officer of Leintwardine took him to the house of the wounded man, James Thomas, who was laid up in bed, and where William Mason, Magistrate attended.

James Thomas, speaking from his bed, said that he was reaping in Mr. Child’s field along with the prisoner, and chastised him for working too slowly saying that he would *cut the calf skin”, meaning the gaiters he had on where were of calf skin. He then said that ten minutes later they had angry words between them, ending with the dead man, John Stephen, saying to Thomas Turner “if you do not shut your mouth, I will shut it for you” Next thing he saw was John Stephen lying on the ground bleeding, and when he went to investigate Thomas hit him with the reaping hook, both on the hip and thigh.

Further testimonies bore out what had already been said, and the prisoner declined to comment.

A verdict of Manslaughter was returned, and he was committed for trial at the assizes

1858 – Nasty accident

“An accident of an appalling nature occurred to Mr. Longmore of Adforton who was on his return from Orleton fair; riding at a rapid pace when turning a sharp curve in a narrow part of the road, he was thrown from his horse with such violence as to cause his death a few hours after”

1859 – Death by Poisoning at Adforton

Thomas Passey died from poisoning, but just before he passed away he stated that a man named Clement Baldwin gave him the poison.

A very lengthy and thorough inquest resulted in the jury deciding that Thomas Passey died from poison, but that there was nothing to implicate Clement Baldwin in any way, and in fact it was most likely that Thomas had taken the poison himself, albeit unknowingly.

1864 – A Desertion

Thomas Davies of Adforton, Labourer, was charged by P.S. Edwards with being a deserter from her Majesty’s 7th Regiment of Hussars.

1884 – Man Kicked by Horse at Adforton

John Edwards of Adforton was carting away dirt piles which had been scraped from the road.  After a while his horse grew restless, and eventually reared up over John, kicking him on the shoulder and immediately dislocating it.

The injuries did not end there, because as the horse came down its chest banged into John’s head with some violence.  He was knocked out for some time, but on coming round managed to get himself home where he lay in agony until the doctor arrived to put his shoulder back into place

1886 – The Leinthall Herefords

The Hereford herd was established at Coston Hall in 1869, its nucleus having been animals obtained by Mr. Tudge from his father, the late William Tudge of Adforton, whose stock acquired such a world wide reputation.