1897

January

The ‘Times’ in January 1897 takes us round the streets of Conisborough on Christmas Eve – when there was 18 butchers in the township!
And values were different when a man is fined 50 shillings for a 1p mottying offence
and a pony driver 20 shillings for wounding a pit pony
Then there’s one month’s imprisonment for pawning a coat and waistcoat and the same for non payment of maintenance to a wife.
A chip shop owner is prosecuted for running a competition guessing the number of peas in a jar – with 3 spice fishes as prizes !
The parish council debates the Postal Facilities and the fire brigade
There’s unsafe lamps and a drowned horse
While rabbit poachers catch the headlines
and another burning fatality when a young miner carries a candle

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