Wife beatings and weddings


1844 – Old Man Dies in Fire

James Jones, an 80 year old clerk to the parish, was alone in his house when he tripped and fell into the fire.
He was so badly burnt that he died soon afterwards.

1863 – Sudden Death at St. Margarets

Anne Price aged 63 was found dead in her kitchen by her son Henry – she having been quite well the day before.
The surgeon who examined the body thought that Anne had died from heart disease, and the fact that she had been exerting herself rather a lot the previous day probably was the cause.

1866 – Wife Beaten at St. Margaret

Richard Smout, a labourer of St. Margaret, was convicted of violently assaulting his heavily pregnant wife.
A neighbour had heard her screams, and saw Richard with a handful of his wife’s hair which he had torn from her head.
Richard was sent to gaol with three months hard labour.

1867 – The Wedding of H.H. Wood of Whitehouse, St. Margarets

After a tour of Scotland, H.H. Wood and his bride returned to Whitehouse where a Union Jack had been hoisted in their honour.
On their way they were met with many a cheering sight, – the keeper of the Bachow turnpike had made a beautiful arch, and at Vowchurch, Mr. Jones erected something similar. As they approached the church at Turnastone, there was another welcoming garland and near to the Rectory on yet another arch, a local poet had penned a welcome to the happy couple.
As the pair approached the drive they were met by the Longtown band; the school children and many friends, and were escorted home where the master of the parish school read an address of welcome from the parishioners. A presentation was made of a lovely silver inkstand from the parishioners, which was handed over by a little blind boy.
An old servant of the family read an address, and then Mr. Burnett, the oldest tenant on the estate, on behalf of the tenantry and some friends, presented a glorious silver salver.
Mr. Wood was very touched at the affection shown to himself and his new wife, and gave a speech reflecting this. He invited his friends inside, where tables were covered with all manner of delicacies. Huge amounts of beef and other meat were distributed to the parishioners outside, and the children were given tea and cake.
Everyone having eaten and drunk their fill, they turned their attention of the outdoor games and sports which were hugely enjoyed by all, and their energy knew no bounds because afterwards they began to dance. The bride and bridegroom joined in with gay abandon, until late in the evening when everyone agreed that it had been a stupendous day.
There were so many people there, that it was thought every inhabitant of St. Margaret’s, Vowchurch and Turnastone had been present.