Drunk and Hell Fire

March 1882

Mexborough and Swinton Times, March 31.

Drunk and Hell fire.

Lawrence Catill, sickle maker, very loudly acknowledged that he had been drunk in the Eagle and Child Inn, Conisborough, on the 11th inst was probably told to pay 22 shillings in fine and costs, or go to prison for a fortnight. He pleaded that he had been under medical treatment, and asked for time.

Henry Hanson, Forgeman, of Conisborough, had been drunk in the Star Inn, in that place on a Saturday. His punishment was 17s 6d.

Joseph Davey is a pot hawker, a fat man, of Doncaster and he had been drunk on a Friday evening while in supposed charge of a horse and cart at Conisborough. Policeman Pilmer saw the horse and cart opposite the Star Inn, and then viewed Davey, now drunk, swearing, seizing the rains, and declaring that the animal and vehicle were his and no man should have them. The officer wouldn’t let him have them, and he returned to the Inn, and another man took them away. Later, Davey was seen reeling on the cart by Mr Charles Ledger, who is connected with the gas works. Davey could not remember this, and rubbed his chin, and said he didn’t think he was so bad as described. The amount of his penalty was 40 shillings.

Edward Clarkson, labourer, of Conisborough, had been turned out of the Star Inn at night, drunk and shouting, “Hell fire! Hell fire!” He didn’t appear now, and was ordered to pay 15 shillings, fine and costs.

George Ackroyd, a labourer, of the same place, was represented by his wife. He was in the midst of a disturbance, and then walked into the Fox Inn, and later, were brought out drunk and defiant. He also had to pay 15 shillings fine and 12 six costs.