1843 – Child drowns in Cesspit
In July 1843, William Andrews, a little boy aged 2 drowned in a cesspit in his father’s garden.
He was an only child, and had been left alone in the house; one could only begin to imagine the self – recriminations of his parents.
1852 – Sacrilege at Michaelchurch Escley
In mid May 1852, the parish church of Michaelchurch Escley was broken into. The thieves removed part of the window in order to gain entry, and a chest containing the communion plate etc. was forced open.
The communion cup bearing the inscription “Michaelchurch Escley” was stolen; this was the third time that sacrilege had been committed here, and there was a huge suspicion that the perpetrators were local.