From Old Newspapers
* Wantage Chronicle, 7
October 1876, page 8.
At the divisional petty session, Thursday, Mary Ann
Black a gipsey's wife, who made an attack upon her
sister-in-law in the presence of the magistrates at
Hungerford, Wednesday, was committed for trial.
* Abingdon Herald, 11 May 1889,
BOROUGH POLICE - TUESDAY. [7th]
A DISTURBANCE AMONG DEALERS. - Jabez Buckland,
hawker, was charged with being drunk and disorderly
and further assaulting Amos Black, the previous day.
John Buckland, also described as
a hawker, was charged with attempting to rescue Jabez
Buckland from the custody of the police. - The two
former pleaded guilty.
P.C. Goodey, in regard to the
charge of attempted rescue, deposed that on the
previous evening, about six o'clock, he and P.C.
Molden had Jabez Buckland in custody in Bath-street,
the latter having assaulted Black. On the way to the
station John Buckland did all he could to get
prisoner from him. Witness told him that if he did
not desist he should charge him. He, however,
continued his attempts, and eventually he took him
Accused said he was trying to
prevent his brother from fighting with Black. The
constable stated that Black was not near at the time.
P.C. Molden corroborated, saying prisoner attempted
for a quarter of an hour to rescue Jabez Buckland.
Inspector Heath said John
Buckland's conduct was very objectionable throughout
the day. In the evening he (witness) found the
sergeant and two constables in High-street with Jabez
Buckland in custody. They were surrounded by a mob of
people, who, by hooting and hustling, contributed a
good deal to the disturbance. Some persons who
assisted the police were interfered with by
The complainant Black, a dealer,
of Inkpen, said he came to the fair the previous day
with some ponies, and Jabez Buckland abused his boy
for not running a horse for him. Witness told him he
kept the boy for his own use, and Buckland then
challenged him to fight for o5. Witness said he would
rather have something to drink with him than fight,
and they went into a publichouse [sic], where
prisoner threw some liquor in his face. They
afterwards came outside, where Buckland knocked him
down and made him partly insensible. He, however, did
not wish to press the charge, as he and the Bucklands
The Deputy-Mayor asked
complainant if his black eyes were the result of the
quarrel. - Complainant said they were. Sergeant
Turner stated that he heard Buckland challenging
Black to fight. When they took the former into
custody the whole family tried to rescue him.
The prisoner Jabez Buckland said
the dispute occurred through "Nanny Gloucester,
Jim Bishop's wife," who refused to let the boys
run his horse.
The Bench having consulted, the
Mayor remarked that they could not allow this sort of
conduct on fair days or other occasions, and for
disorderly conduct John Buckland [sic - Jabez] would
be imprisoned for 14 days. As Black did not press the
charge of assault, that part of the case would be
dismissed. In attempting to rescue his friend, John
Buckland had committed what the law regarded as a
serious offence, and he must go to gaol for 21 days.
An application for the
alternative of a fine was refused. The result caused
quite a sensation among the prison.
In connection with this case the
Bench granted a summons for assault, the complainant
being a youth who had assisted the police.