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.