13 and 20 November 1869 - Two cases of Poaching at Hartley
(13.11.1869) Edward Dicks was charged with having been trespassing on land belonging to William Allen esq of Hartley, in search of rabbits. Fined 20 shillings and costs; in default of paying, one calendar month's imprisonment.
(20.11.1869) John Badd and George Hind were charged with stealing 5 rabbits, the property of William Marshall (King's Arms) of Hartley on the 6th November. They were also further charged with having stolen a rabbit, the property of Thomas Mitchell of Hartley, on the same day. 2 months' hard labour in each case.
2 March 1870 - First Communication Cord Prosecution
Unnecessarily Stopping a Train - The first prosection by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway Company against a passenger for unnecessarily stopping a train to be stopped by means of the apparatus provided for communicating with the guard was instituted last week, and the case heard at the Dartford Police Court on Saturday. The defendant was Mr John Usher, an auctioneer, of Canterbury, who was a passenger from Canterbury to Rochester, and having failed to alight at the last named city communicated with the guard when near Farningham Road Station, the consequence being that the train was immediately stopped. A fine of 40 shillings and costs inflicted.
16 May 1870 - Attempted Suicide
South Eastern Gazette
This case reminds us that until the Suicide Act 1861, it was a crime in this country to attempt suicide. John Ware (1819-76) in 1861 had been living at Hartley Court Cottage, but in 1871 had moved to Darenth Cottages, so it looks like that when his employer fired him, he evicted him from his home as well.
John Ware, a labourer of Hartley was charged with attempting to commit suicide by hanging himself. It appeared that about 6 o'clock on Monday morning last, prisoner got up early and went into a shed adjoining the house; his daughter Elizabeth saw him, and told her younger sister to go and see what her father was about. She accordingly went and found her father hanging by the neck from a beam, suspended by means of a neckerhief. She called her sister, who cut him down. He fell to the ground insensible, assistance was at once procured, and he was carried indoors, but he was unable to speak for 6 hours. Mrs Ware said the only way she could account for his doing this was that some time ago he was severely struck on the head with a stone, and he has since been at times rather strange; also he had been discharged from his work as farm labouerer in consequence of his bad sight, which she thought preyed upon his mind, more especially as his sight was getting worse. Upon the prisoner's promising that he would make no further attempts upon his life, the bench dismissed him.
4 February 1871 - Theft of Ferret
On Wednesday before S C Umfreville esq, Edward Longhurst was charged with stealing a live ferret, value 4 shillings, the property of Henry Bensted at Hartley, on the 19th inst (January). Fined 20 shillings, 5 shillings costs and 4 shillings the value of the ferret, or 21 days' imprisonment.
13 February 1871 - A Fox Hunt at Hartley
A highly controversial topic today, but there is no denying it was a popular sport among many of the gentry in Victorian England. An earlier report in 1868 suggests that the hunt was not always very popular in Hartley and Ash.
Sport seems to be the correct word to use, because it is clear they did not see themselves as being involved in pest control, the reference to coverts - little copses of wood in fields, gives the game away, for they are actually encouraging the fox population, so they will have something to hunt.
The West Kent Hounds.
Sir - being sure it will give pleasure to many of your readers, I propose sending you a short account of the doings of the above on the 4 advertised days of last week........
On Thursday we met at Hartley, a certain find, and very few minutes after throwing into covert, Charley was afoot, and the big pack close at him. Happily Mr Allen was busied at the lower side of Hartley Wood with his men at stone cart, and our fox was headed going for Horton. A lot of men stopped back for a view (which they got at a second fox) but dear it cost them. The hunted fox went away at best pace through Foxberry Wood, Nine Horse Shoes, White Ash and Viney Woods, up and down the hills and across the valley of Stansted, to Mr Rigg's preserves, when, heading short, after running straight out for 5 miles, he slipped back to the left through Hall Wood, Meopham Banks and Elbows Wood, shortly after which a second fox being afoot, and the hounds dividing, Mr James Russell (on his second horse) the cold put the body of the pack back to Tom Hils, who was sticking with about 5 people of his hounds to the line of, as we thought, the beaten fox, to Hartley Wood, where was no getting to ground. Here we hunted for an hour, when half a dozen jays jabbering overhead we thought our fox was dyng in the corner of Foxberry Wood, but it was not so The hounds took the line across the open by Red Libbets and Pennis Woods to the Horton Coverts, where, though the hunting was slow, there was no dwelling, it was either St Margaret's or Darenth Wood, when Captain Laurie, who was going home, gave us a welcome halloa, seeing our fox lay down in the open. He was away before the hounds could be got up, and the fog increasing, and pace improving, those who got thrown out now has no chance of nicking in, our gallant fox shunning some of the coverts of the morning, but in the main, running the same line, though at a faster pace, managed at 4 o'clock to save his brush for another day, by slipping into earth about 300 yards from Stansted Church. The hounds seemed as though they would not be denied, and men were not wanting, who tried by ineffectually, to get him out by candlelight.
22 April 1871 - Theft of Boots
William Wells was servant to Rev W W Allen, rector of Hartley; he lived at Rectory Cottage at the bottom of Hoselands Hill.
Charles Russell, a tramp, was charged with stealing a pair of boots, value 2 shillings, belonging to William Wells, groom, at Hartley. Prosecutor said he left his boots in the stable on the 10th April. His daughter sw prisoner come out of the stable and shut the door. PC Bailey went in pursuit of prisoner, and found him in the Railway Tavern, Southfleet, with the missing boots on. 1 month's hard labouer.
2 October 1871 - Sale of Farm Stock at Hartley Court
Farming Stock and Implements, 3 stacks of oats computed 200 quarters.
Messrs Dann & Son have received instructions from Mr William Allen (quitting the farm), to sell by auction on the premises, as above, on Friday 6th October 1871 at 12 for 1 o'clock, 9 powerful cart horses, 3 breeding sows, 34 head of poultry, 3 handsome beagles, 3 ferrets. The implements comprise 3 captial cylinder iron land rollers, 3 strong waggons, 5 dung carts, turnrise and Ransome's iron ploughs, ox, small and iron harrows, Suffolk drill brakes, sowing machines, sets of chain and plough harnesses, 30 quarters of corn, sacks, tools, ladders, 350 new hurdles, iron garden roller, 14 inch law mowing machine, and numerous items. May be viewed the day previous to the sale. Catalogues had on the premises, the inns in the locality and of the Auctioneers and Estate Agents, Bexley, SE.
21 October 1871 - Donation to Gravesend Hospital
Dispensary and Infirmary - The Hon Treasurer (G Sams esq) acknowledges with thanks the sum of £4 3s received as collection at Ash Church, on Sunday the 8th inst. Also £6 1s 3d amount of collection at Cobham Church by the Rev O M Ridley MA and £1 13s 4d, a thank offering for harvest, collected at Hartley by the Rev W W Allen.
11 December 1871 - Woodland for sale
Valuable Underwood, Hartley Court, Kent.
Mr Robert Allen has been instructed to sell by tender, about 34 acres of Valuable Underwood, varying from 11 to 14 years' growth, growing in Hartley and Goss Woods, Hartley Court.
Any person desirous of tendering for the same may obtain the necessary form from William Turvill, Hartley Court, near Dartford, or of Mr Robert Allen, Ruxley, near Foot's Cray, which must be forwarded to Mr Robert Allen on or before Tuesday the 26th of December 1871.
Mr Robert Allen will not pledge himself to accept the highest or any tender.
13 January 1872 - Robbery at Hartley Rectory
Burglary - between 7 and 8 o'clock on the evening of Thursday the 4th inst. the dwelling house of the Rev W W Allen, the Rectory, at Hartley, wa entered, and some amount of property stolen, an old fashioned French watch, an old French gold hunter, a lady's gold Geneva, a gold bracelet set with turquoise and rubies, a gold turguoise ring, three pebble brooches, a white cornelian brooch, an enamelled locket, a heart shaped locket, a child's chased silver mug engraved "W.W.A", £8 in money, and other smaller articles. Entrance was effected by a ladder to the bedchamber window. A reward of £30 is offered for information for the apprehension of the parties.
24 May 1872 - The Movement among Farm Labourers
On Monday two large gathering of labourers of the western parts of the county of Kent were held, the first on the Brent, near Dartford, and the other at the Royal Oak, Northumberland Heath, near Erith, for the purpose of discussing their grievances and organising branches in cooperation with the Agricultural Labourers' Union, recently established at Maidstone. The attendance was very numerous at both places, and there was a manifest determination to join earnestly in the agitation for increase of wages and reduction of the hours of labour. Mr Simmons of Maidstone, and other connected with the movement addressed the meeting. It was said that already there were in Kent some 1,200 labourers in union, and as arrangements were made for the forming of about 18 additional branches, no doubt, in 2 or 3 months, they would number five or six thousand members. Arrangements were made for the formation of branches of the Union at Dartford and Erith, and the proceedings terminated....
10 June 1872 - Opening of Longfield Station
Fawkham: Opening of a Railway Station
The inhabitants of this parish have at last succeeded in obtaining what they much required - a railway station on the London, Chatham and Dover line. For several years many attempts have been made to induce the company to open a station at Fawkham, but without success. A short time ago H B Hohler esq, came to reside there, when that gentleman took the matter in hand and succeeded. The new station was opened on the 1st of June.
4 July 1872 - Hartley House and other properties for sale
The results are given in the Daily News 29.7.1872
Longfield Court £5,000
9 acres and 2 cottages at Hartley Green £1,050
Hartley Cottage (House) £1,080
Land at Grub Street £800
Bay Lodge wheelwrights £415
Forge Cottage £310
Longfield, Hartley and Ash, Kent, 5 miles below Dartford, in an exceedingly picturesque locality
Longfield Court, a charming old fashioned gothic residence, standing in very tastefully disposed pleasure grounds, with padocks of about 22 acres, and having stabling for 8 horses, coach house, gardener's and keeper's cottages, pheasantry, and extensive domestic offices, situate close to Longfield Church and Fawkham Station on the London, Chatham and Dover Railway.
Also about 9½ acres of choice building land, contiguous to the aboe, adjoining the railway station, having frontages on 3 sides to good roads.
A capital enclosure of arable land, about 9 acres, and 2 cottages at Hartley Green.
Hartley Cottage (now called Hartley House), a comfortable detached residence in large garden, with stabling, orchard etc, together about 3 acres.
Also 2 detached cottages, in good gardens, with wheelwright's and blacksmith's shops respectively; and also an enclosure of arable land, about 9 acres, all situate in Grub Street, in the parish of Hartley, about 1½ mile from Fawkham Railway Station. (Forge Cottage and Bay Lodge)
And 2 cottages and about 2½ acres of arable land at West Yokr, in the parish of Ash.
31 August 1872 - Sunday Trading at the King's Arms
William Letchford, George Munn, John Fincham and William Packman were summoned for having been found for the purpose of drinking in the house of Mr John Callow the Kings Arms, Hartley, who was convicted at the court a fortnight back for illegally opening his house on July 21st. Accused pleaded guilty, and were fined 2s 6d, costs 7 shillings each.
1 October 1872 - Sale at Hartley Wood Farm
South Eastern Gazette
The farm is now called Hartley Manor. The proprietor quitting the premises would be William Bensted, listed as living here in the 1871 Census.
Hartley Wood Farm, Hartley near Dartford, Kent.
Messrs Hodsoll & Ray are instructed by the proprietor (who is quitting the farm) to sell by auction, on the premises as above, on Friday October 11th 1872, at 12 o'clock.
The valuable live and dead farming stock, comprising 4 powerful and active draught horses, mare in foal with colt at foot, milch cow, 8 calves, 2 waggons, 5 dung carts, 2 rollers, 5 share Kent drill, an excellent 2 horse thrashing machine, galvanised iron water barrel on carriage and 4 wheels, ox harrows, hop nidgets, bean and pea brakes, cleaning machine, 75 hop bins and cloths, 160 new hurdle gates, sheep cages and troughs, harness etc. Also a portion of the household furniture.
Catalogues may be had on the premises, and of the auctioneers, Farningham and Horton Kirby, Kent.
21 October 1872 - Sunday Trading at the King's Arms (2)
John Callow, landlord of the Kings Arms, Hartley, was also summoned for opening his house for the sale of liquor before 12.30 on the morning of Sunday July 21st, PC G Webster (KCC) said that on visiting th house at 11.30 in the forenoon, he found 4 men in a wash house at the rear, 2 were standing, one holding a glass in his hand, the third was seated in a chair beside a table, and the 4th sat on the table, on which was quart pot containing beer. The men were William Letchford (Hartley), George Munn, John Fincham (working at Red Cow Farm) and William Packman (Hartley). Witness observed to the landlord that he supposed he knew he was doing wrong. Defendant said Letchford had represented himself as a traveller. Witness said that he should report the same. Defendant said Letchford.... (rest of photocopy missing)
4 January 1873 - No red flag at Longfield
The Locomotive Act 1865 required self propelled vehicles to have someone with a red flag at least 60 yards in front of the vehicle, to warn of its approach. Mr John Samuel Evenden of Meopham had been fined £5 for not having someone with a red flag at Longfield on 30 November.
Traction Engine on Highways
The following letter has been addressed to the editor of the South Eastern Gazette: Sir, Seeing in your edition of December 24th an account of my being fined by the Dartford bench of magistrates for allowing a traction engine to proceed upon the highway in the parish of Longfield, allow me to say that it was upon a very unfrequented road, where you may travel in the daytime for hours without meeting anything, much less so at the time the engine was moving, shortly after 5 o'clock in the morning and pitch dark. The engine was travelling with its proper lights, but a man with a red flag would be as useless at 60 yards from the engine as he would have been 6 miles off. Yours truly, John S Evenden.
13 September 1873 - King's Arms loses its licence
The photocopy is indistinct down the left margin due to the binding of the original.
King's Arms (late) Hartley
Mr [...] Hilder, solicitor of Gravesend and [.....] of this district, appeared as representative of John Finch in respect of certain premises at Hartley Bottom, lately known as the Kings Arms. He said the licence was unfortunately lost last licencing day, through no fault of the present tenant, but an inadvertency of the [....] not appraising him of the circumstances, [....] he might have taken proper action. What was sought was the revival of an old licence which had been in existence over 50 years.
Supt Fread (KCC) said he had given notice [.....] neighbourhood did not require the house [.....] also that the house had been misconducted.
[....] of the court (to the Solicitor): "You treat [....] as one for which a new licence is sought?" Mr Hilder said he had given notice as such; but [....] as an old house, becaue the application [....] different circumstances that if the same had never been used for such proposes.
[.....] was presented, on behalf of applicant from the parish of Meopham, where he [....] resided, signed by the clergyman, churchwarden, overseers, and others, and speaking of him as a man of sober life and conversation.
The magistrates were unanimous n refusing a renewal.
24 October 1874 - Governess wanted
Governess - a situation required by a lady accustomed to tuition ; acquirements - English, French, Music, and singing. Excellent testimonials. Address P.M. Post Office, Hartley, Dartford.
14 November 1874 - Beginnings of the Longfield Tip
South London Chronicle
A new feature in the arrangements for the sale of street and house refuse was introduced by the Depot Committee which recommended that as depots for the storage and sale of road sweepings etc, 2 acres of freehold land adjoining the Longfield siding be purchased of Mr Eborell at the price of £300; and that 4 acres of land adjoining the goods siding a the Meopham Station, on the London, Chatham and Dover Railway, be taken on lease for 21 years, at a rent of £20 per annum. In moving this, Mr Barker pointed out how, from making a profit on their refuse, they had come at length to pay very heavily for having it taken away, and even then the parish was always in hot water about the slop shoot. At lenght the depot was established, and although, and although they had done the work of removal better than the ontractors, they had still been at a great loss in the sale of refuse. One reason for this loss was that while they were obliged to get the refuse taken daily from the depot, the farers would only purchase in the winter time. He had long thought that if country depots could be secured for the storage of the refuse when not purchased, that they would be able to dispose of it at a better price, by not being at the mercy of any one farmer or set of farmers. This opinion had now been verified, for alrady they, by the greater publicity, had had an offer of 2 shillings per ton, a great advance upon their former sales. By these depots, he believed they would be able to realise 2s 6d, and even 3 shillings per ton, which latter price would effect a saving to the parish of £2,000 a year. He also referred to the sanitary improvement that their arrangements offered and claimed for Newington credit for having solved a great parochial problem.
After remarks from Messrs Snell, Malthouse, Salway and Dr Cortis, the motion was unanimously agreed to.
6 February 1875 - Fare Evasion
Pall Mall Gazette
Just to show there is nothing new under the sun, this type of fare evasion still goes on today.
Samuel Shrubook, a builder's foreman, living in Grange Road, Bermondsey, was summoned at Lambeth yesterday, for having travelled on teh London, Chatham and Dover railway without having paid his fare, ad with intent to avoid payment. The defendant took a ticket from Farningham Road to St Mary Cray, for which he paid a few pence. He did not allight, but travelled onto Herne Hill, where he was met by a woman who gave him a ticket from there to the Elephant and Castle. He thus avoided payent for the journey between Herne Hill and St Mary Cray. It was stated that frauds of this description were frequently committed. Mr Ellision said it was a shameful fraud, and ordered the defendant to pay a fine of 40 shillings and £1 10s costs, with the alternative of 1 month's imprisonment. The magistrate regretted that he had no power to inflict a heavier punishment.
25 June 1875 - Road Traffic Offence
At the Dartford Petty Sessions on Saturday last, Alfred Parker, Hartley, was summoned by Mr Superindent Fread, for riding on a wagon without reins on the 20th May, at Ash The defendant was very deaf, and appeared to understand but imperfectly what was said to him, in explanation of the charge, which was substantiated by PC Taylor. The superintendent said he did not wish to press for a penalty, as he did not consider the defendant a proper person to be entrusted with a team, being very deaf, and he was also lame. Fined 2s 6d and costs. John Forester in the employ of Mr Ricomini of Ash, was summoned for a similar offence, viz driving a wagon at Kingsdown on the 29th May in such a way as not to have control of the horses. PC Taylor said the defendant was riding on the shafts and had no reins. Fined 2s 6d and costs.
25 December 1875 - Christmas Fare at Dartford
Mr Burton, High Street, had 6 Scots, 6 Devons, 4 shorthorns, 20 Southdowns from Mr J T Smith, Hartley; 10 half-breeds, from Mr Pigou; and a choice calf from Mr G Solomon, Joyce Green. Mr Jones, Lowfield Street had 10 Scots, 4 Shorthorns, half-breed sheep, and a choice calf. Mr Filmer, High Street, 6 beasts, including one bred and fed and exhibited at Smithfield by Mr Walter Farthing, Stoney Court, Somerset; sheep and 9 porkers. Mr Roots, Spital Street, had 2 prime Sussex beasts, and some good southdowns from Mr Stoneham, Crayford. Mr Kemp, Lowfield, exhibited some good seasonable beef and mutton. Mr Cosson, 2 Norfolks and Kent Sheep; Mr Manners, a fine pig, 11 months old, weight 60 stone, fed by Mr Faulkner, Erith; and another from Mrs Plummer, Belvedere, about 45lbs; also a good show of geese, turkeys etc. High Street had a very gay appearance, from the shops of the grocers, drapers, stationers, Birmingham houses etc being set off very tastefully. We should not omit to mention also the shops of the confectioners and fruiterers, which were not deficient in picturesque effect.
5 April 1876 - Lawrie v Grindey
Queen's Bench Division - Tuesday - Sittings at Westminster before the Lord Chief Justice and a Common Jury
This was an action to recover £55 10s on a dishonoured cheque. The defendant pleaded no value or consideration.
Mr Holl and Mr Giles were counsel for the plaintiff, Mr Kemp was counsel for the defendant.
The paintiff was formerly a proctor in Doctors' Commons, and was now engaged in farming pursuits, and residing at Hartley Court Farm, near Dartford, and he defendant was a horse and cattle dealer, also residing at Dartford. It appeared that the plaintiff was the owner of a very valuable dray mare, about 16 hands 1 inch, which became lame in consequence of her having an enlarged hock, which rendered it necessary that she should be blistered and turned out. The mare, if sound, was admitted to be worth between £90 and £100 and the defendant after examining her, agreed to give 50 guineas for her; she was taken away, but a day or two after she was sent back, and the cheque stopped. The defence was that the plaintiff when he sold the mare, warranted her to be all right and fit for work, when in reality she was not The evidence, as in all these cases, was contradictory, and the question was to whom the jury were to give the most credence.
At the conclusion of the evidence for the defence, the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff for the full amount claimed.
8 July 1876 - No dog licence
Mr Best was the tenant of Middle Farm.
Several persons were summoned at the petty sessions at Dartford on Saturday for keeping dogs without being in possession of licences. Mr George Best, farmer, Hartley, pleaded guilty to an offence of the kind. Mr Anderson, supervisor, Tonbridge, presented for the Board of Inland Revenue, and said the defendant had 2 dogs for which no licence had been obtained. In reference to an observation of Mr Best, that he had not been called upon last year, the supervisor said it would be impossible for the officers to call upon everyone. The notices were always pasted at the church doors. The mitigated penalty of 25 shillings was ordered to be paid.
19 August 1876 - A Promising Youth
Mr Gambrill lived at New House Farm.
On Thursday, Joseph Lane of Ash, who had only recently left gaol, was brought up on remand before S C Umbreville esq, at the magistrates' clerk's office at Dartford, and charged with breaking and entering the dwelling of Thomas Gambrell at Hartley, and stealing therefrom two brushes and half a pint of milk, his property. Evidence was given by a servant of prosecutor, Ellen Tomeetz, to the effect that the articles named were in the pantry when she fastened it at 10 o'clock on the 31st July, and it was shown that hte pantry had been entered by a window, only secured by string to a nail. The prisoner was taken at Mr W Russell's farm, and admitted the theft, saying he had hidden one of the brushes in a garden, belonging to Alfred Elham, and the article was found by the latter and given up to Mr Supt Fread. The prisoner was then further charged with having stolen about 3 gallons of peas, a sack, bag, stone bottle, tin bottle, and 2 keys, valued at 10 shillings, the property of William Russell at Ash, on about the 5th August. The prisoner also admitted this charge when apprehended, and on Thursday made no defence. He was comitted to the sessions on both charges, Supt Fread said the prisoner had been convicted on three previous occasions, once for sacrilege, and twice for larceny. He had only been out of prison a few days. Mr Russell said the prisoner was a native of Ash.
21 October 1876 - Cleared of Child Neglect
George Day, labourer of Hartley, who did not appear, was again summoned for neglecting to provide sufficient nourishment for his daughter, whereby she became chargeable to the common fund of the Dartford Union. Dr Tucker of Farningham, stated that when he saw the child it was suffering from low fever, but he could not say that it was caused by neglect. Mr McClary, the relieving officer, stated that his attention was drawn to the child by Colonel Evelyn and the Rev W W Allen, rector of the parish, and he reported the facts to the guardians, who ordered these proceedings to be taken. The bench dismissed the case.
28 April 1877 - Hartley's first shop?
This advert for cold medicine mentions the shop of Mr Wansbury of the Black Lion.
..... Fardon's Balsam of Aniseed is sold at every shop where medicines may be purchased, and by the following agents:-
Fawkham - Mrs Webster
Hartley - Mr Wansbury
Meopham - Mr Bishop....
26 May 1877 - Arson suspected at Darenth Cottages
It seems William Longhurst did not emigrate as he said he was
thinking of. He is probably the William Longhurst buried at Hartley on
14 October 1915, aged 87. Although other members of the Longhurst
family did emigrate later to Australia. William had a police record - Gravesend
Journal 28.11.1866 - William Longhurst given 2 months’ hard labour for
stealing 12 rabbits from Hartley Manor estate on 12 November. Gravesend
Journal 15 June 1870 - William Longhurst given 2 months’ hard labour
for stealing pair of scales belonging to Fanny Parris. But was also the
victim of crime - Dartford Chronicle 25.10.1879 - Thomas Spicer fined
5s for assaulting William Longhurst at Longfield)
Charge of Arson: William Longhurst, a
middle aged man of poor appearence, was charged on remand with having
maliciously set fire to two cottages at Hartley, on the 12th inst.,
several persons being at the time therein. George Day living at
Hartley, said the one cottage belonged to him, and the other to his
father. They were tenants under T H Fleet esq. Prisoner, who lived in a
shed between the two cottages, came in on that morning at about a
quarter to two. Witness and his brother Henry were sitting up late
talking, and were surprised at the visit. Prisoner went out threatening
that he was going to leave the country and they should not be there
long. Shortly afterward he found his own cottage on fire, and both were
burned down. Henry Day brother, and Annie Day, daughter corroborated.
William Cherry spoke to having seen prisoner walking fast along the
Longfield Road without his hat. Mr Cooper, agent, said he went to Mr
Longhurst’s hut, and that finding him apparently asleep, he roused him.
PC Law said that the prisoner, when charged, made no reply. The case
was sent for trial in the usual manner, prisoner briefly protesting his
21 July 1877 - Cleared of Arson
This is the trial at the Assizes of William Longhurst, for more details see the commital proceedings of 26 May.
Charge of Setting Fire to Dwelling
Houses: William Longhurst, 50, labourer, was indicted at the Kent Summer
Assizes on the 13th inst. for setting fire to two houses, several
persons being therein, the property of T H Fleet esq. at Hartley, on
the 12th May. Mr Waring prosecuted, and Mr Dean defended prisoner.
George Day, a labourer, said that he occupied a cottage next door to
his father near the Black Lion, at Hartley. The roofs were thatched.
About one o’clock at night the prisoner came into the room, where
witness was talking with his brother. Prisoner remained about a quarter
of an hour and left. Before he left he said he was going to leave the
country, and witness would not stop much longer. Shortly after
prisoner left a smell of fire was notices. He saw the house was on fire at the eaves. Witness commenced getting his goods out and dropped his hat. Henry Day, brother of last witness, corroborated, and identified the hat produced as
the one worn by prisoner. William Cherry deposed to seeing
William Longhurst coming from the direction of the fire shortly after it
commenced. Prisoner had no hat on then. Witness afterwards found the
hat produced near where the fire originated. Annie Day, daughter of
George Day, corroborated her father’s evidence, and said she saw the
prisoner take her father’s hat from his head and put it on his own
whilst the house was on fire. George Day recalled, acknowledged to
being apprehended once on a charge of setting fire to a stable. The case
was dismissed without Mr Dean addressing the jury.
8 December 1877 - Amount of refuse sent to Longfield and Meopham
South London Chronicle
A previous report in the paper of 24.11.1877 said in the previous 2 weeks the Walworth depot had received 2,243 loads of refuse and sent away 1,631 tons to Kent.
Newington Vestry meeting
A report received from the Depot Committee stated that durig the last fortnight 2,157 loads had been received at the [Walworth] depot, and 1,830 tons sent away by rail. The same committee recommended 'That they be empowered to purchase additonal horses for the work of the parish'.
Mr Stuart Barker sen, in moving the adoption of this recommendation, said that at the present time the horses were working too much. If the recommendation wre adopted, tehy would be enabled to give some over worked horses a day's rest, which would be beneficial both to the animals and the parish.
Mr Sale seconded, and it was carried unanimously.
7 October 1878 - Flints for sale
South Eastern Gazette
To contractors and others: Broken flints for roads, fine flints for paths, in trucks at Longfield siding, or delivered at any station of London, Chatham and Dover Railway or lines in connection with it.
For terms apply to the Manager, Flint Quarries, Hartley Manor, near Dartford
28 December 1878 - The Wrong Scales
Dartford Petty Sessions before A W Bean esq in the chair and J G Hepburn - George Charles Wansbury, grocer and publican, of Hartley was fined 10 shillings and costs for having unjust weights and scales in his possession.
15 November 1879 - A Newington Vestry Dinner
South London Press
There is a slightly different account in the South Eastern Gazette of 15.11.1879. Newington Vestry had a depot in Hartley Bottom Road by the railway line where they sold manure from the streets of Walworth called "Newington Mixture", and also ashes from burning coal to the brickmakers. At this time they held annual dinners for their customers and members of the Depot Committee.
The dinners were very controverial in Newington. The 1877 dinner cost £50, and some members said the 1878 dinner at the Bull, Dartford was an unlawful item of expenditure because the Vestry hadn't approved it, although the council retrospectively approved it. It was hinted that the auditors were guilty of a conflict of interest because they attended the dinner too as they would do again in 1879.
Both local papers criticised the expenditure with the South London Chronicle saying (31.5.1879) "The fierce light which beats upon an election is a rare revealer of secrets. This week there has been a Vestry election in Newington, and more than one curious fact of the doings of the past yer has come to light. The members of the Depot Committee of the said Vestry especially have been exposed to this fiery trial. They are a gay festive lot, and do not believe in serving the public without a fair return in the shape of 'cakes and ale'. But really, gentlemen of the Depot Committee, £12 for champagne, and £7 for other wines, £3 for cigars and £5 9s for railway fares, all to set forth one dinner at Dartford, is a 'leetle' too stiff in these hard times. The Depot Committee has something to do with the parochial dust, if I mistake not. £19 worth of wine ought to wash a goodly amount of dust down Vestry throats. Evidently Dartford is the place to spend a happy day."
The report drew a letter from T Taylor of Walworth in the paper of 29.11.1879. He noted Mr Malthouse had previously been against the project, and had defeated Mr Taylor at the last election by criticising him for attending last year's dinner at The Bull, Dartford - an event he said he would have glady paid to stay away from!
The 4th annual dinner of the Depot Committee of the Newington Vestry to the farmers and brickmakers who are their customers took place at the New Falcon Tavern, Gravesend, on the 7th inst, when Mr Charles Hart, the chairman of the Depot Committee, occupied the chair, and Mr William Malthouse, the vice chair There were also present: Messrs C Vinson, St Paul's Cray; Reed, Newington; S Ballard, Ash near Sevenoaks; J Clinch, Green Street Green; J Allen, Honchill Green; J Allen jun, Honchill Green; F Goodyear, Eynsford; Pascall, St Paul's Cray; Quaife, Gravesend; A C Hedgcock, Meopham; H Jackson, Swanley; T Wood, Upper Ruxley; T Wood jun, Upper Ruxley; J Ashdown, Meopham; R French, Southfleet; G Featherby, New Brompton; W Richardson, Teynham; B Miles, Swanley; W A Conford, Green Street Green; Hammond, Hunton; G French, Meopham; J Hartridge, New Brompton; Bennett, Eynsford; and Colonel G P Evelyn, Hartley Manor. The following members of the Depot Committee were also present: Messrs J C Emmett, J B Harris, R Higs, Malthouse, Newsham, Parker, Poulton, Renton, Stokes, Dr Waring, Churchwardens Chester and Ditch, and the auditors Messrs Williams (vice-chairman of St Saviour's Union), Sexton and Vince. 56 sat down to a bountiful spread.
The chairman gave the usual loyal and patriotic toasts, that of "The Army, Navy and Reserve Forces" being suitably replied to by Colonel Evelyn.
(The South Eastern Gazette adds his speech: "he had seen a good deal of fighting in his youthful days, and he did not know that he should object to see a little more. There was, however, a bill to pay as a result of war, and a considerable portion of it fell on that unfortunate class of individuals, the owners and occupiers of land, so that if war were not necessary they had better ot engage in it [applause]. As to their present complications with Russia and Turkey, he could not help thinking it would be better if they were clar of the whole business.")
The chairman then rose to propose the toast of the evening He called upon the men of Newington to drink to the prosperity of their friends and customers. He was pleased to see so many farmers present on that occasion, but still he should have liked to have had the gratification of presiding over a greater number. (Hear, hear and applause). Nevertheless, he hoped they would return home satisfied, and increase, if possible, the number of customers for the refuse at the disposal of the Depot Committee (Hear, hear). The past season, from first to last, had been bad for the farmers, and he hoped it would be the worst they would see for many years to come, for Byron had said when things were at the worst they sometimes mended. All he could say was that if their friends wanted treble the amount of manure, they could not do better than deal with the Newington Vestry (hear, hear). He was at the West Kent agricultural meeting the previous week, when gentlemen were expected who did not attend. He referred more particularly to Sir W Hart-Dyke and Sir Charles Mills, and he thought it would have been better if they had made an effort to be present (hear, hear). It was exceedingly gratifying to find that some of what was formerly the worst land in Kent had taken prizes through patronising the depot of Newington and Mr Goodyear of Eynsford was the recipient of the first prize at the show. Their excellent vestry clerk had reminded him that he must not forget the brickmakers, who dealt largely with them. He should feel that he had grossly neglected his duty as chairman if he allowed himself to be so unmindful. They were good customers, and he trusted they would continue to be so. He believed their motto would be 'nil desperandum', and he hoped as next year woudl be an exceptional one, being 5 Sundays in February, that their crops would be unusually heavy (hear, hear). He therefore begged to propose 'Health and prosperity to the farmers and brickmakers, the friends and customers of Newington Vestry.' coupled with the names of Mr Richardson, Mr Reed, Mr Allen, Mr Vincent and Mr Goodyear (cheers).
Mr Richardson responded for the brickmakers, observing that he liked to do business with Newington, as he had alsways found matters satisfactory.
Mr Reed, as a young farmer, had had about 1,000 tons of the 'Newington Mixture', and it appeared to him to be worth more now than formerly (hear, hear).
Mr Allen thought such gatherings cemented friendships and increased business, and he felt there was honour conferred upon them by the presence of Colonel Evelyn (cheers). He considered that they had done good service to the district, for John Wood and himself were the first to take away from Newington that which was a burden to them. However, he would remind the vestry of the wisdom of not puttinig up the price too high (hear and laughter).
Mr Goodyear then followed, remarking that when he had a good order, as a commercial man he invariably invited his customers to dinner. (hear, hear and laughter). It was true he had received a first class prize for growing swedes through using the Newington Mixture, which he had a belief in. After all, he considered the fact of his winning the prize a very good advertisement for the Newing Depot Committee (hear, hear).
Mr Visnon was the next to respond and in doing so said he felt indebted to the Newington Vestry for the facilities they had offered the farmers, and which had enabled them to grow heavier crops (hear, hear).
Mr W Malthouse (vice chairman), proposed 'The Health of the Chairman of the Depot Committee, Mr Charles Hart' (cheers). That gentleman was indefatigable in carrying out the duties of his office, and he hoped he would long continue to do so (hear and cheers).
The chairman heartily thanked the vice-chairman for the kindly mention of his name, and also for the way in which it had been received by the company. He had been 10 years closely connected with the Newington Vestry, and he considered that he had been amply repaid that evening by the way in which his services - such as they were - had been appreciated (cheers). Mr Allen proposed 'The Auditors' coupled with the names of Mr Williams, Mr Goodall, and Mr Sexton (hear and applause).
Mr Williams, as one of the auditors of Newington Vestry, was quite prepared to assert that, so well were the accounts kept, that it was but one roudn of pleasure in being an auditor. The proceedings of that evening had been a source of pleasure to him, and especially so in listening to the remarks of Messrs Vincent, Richardson, Allen, Goodyear and Reed. He ahd no doubt but that the vetry of Newington would at all times be ready to business with the in a liberal spirit (hear and cheers). He was gratified at the fact of a first class prize having been won by Mr Goodyear. Indeed, there appeared to be no doubt - in fact, it had been admitted - that if gentelmen wished to grow large crops, they could not do better than use the 'mixture' (laughter and cheers).
Mr Goodall, as auditor, also responded.
The chairman then 'The Health of the vice-chairman, Mr W Malthouse'.
The vice-chairman, in response, observed that the interests of Newington were in a great measure bound up with the farmers of Kent, on behalf of whom he fanied he could again see the silver cloud of prosperity looming in the distance. He thanked the chairman for the compliment, as also the farmers of Kent for the cordial receiption of his name, and wished them every properity (hear and cheers).
Mr J Marsland proposed 'The Agricultural Interest' coupled with the name of Mr Hartridge, who replied, and proposed 'The Vestry Clerk' (hear, hear).
Mr Dunham, in reply, stated although the prizes given by the Vestry for the best roots grown from land manured with the Newington Mixture had been this year handed over to the West Kent Agricultural Association for distributionn, he was in favour of such prizes being awarded at these annual meetings, as only a limited number of those taking 'the mixture' had an opportunity of competing. It must not be thought from this suggestion that he would advise the vestry to withdraw their connection with the West Kent Association. There were other ways in which the vestry might give their support to this association, and he ahd no doubt that the Deot Committee would help them to make their annual meetings in the future as successful as they had been in the past.
The company shortly after separated, one and all having expressed themselves well pleased with the proceedings of the meeting. The members of the committee left Gravesend by the 10.45 train for London.
27 December 1879 - Christmas Fayre at Dartford
Mr Barton, in High Street, showed 10 Aberdeens, a Hereford ox from Mr J T Smith (Hartley), a shorthorn, bered and fed by ditto, and also a calf and 10 sheep; 10 sheep from Mr Cox, St Albans; 15 ditto from Mr Wells, Metropolitan Market, and pigs. Mr Jones, Lowfield Street, exhibited prime Scot and down sheep; Mr Filmer had the second prie Devon in class 2 of the Smithfield Club Show, and 2 Norfolks. Mr G Penney sowed a choice Scot bullock, purporting to be of the same breed and quality as the beat from which her Majesty's 'baron' had been cut. Mr Cossen, Lowfield Street, showed 2 bullocks from Essex, Scots from the London market, and sheep fed by Mr G Upton, and homefed pork; Mr Ticehurst a prime Scot and sheep from Farningham Market; and Mr Roots and Mr A Cosson (Spital Street) provided according to requirements. Mr Grindey, Hythe Street , showed a fine bast, fed by F Friend esq, Footscray; a prize sheep from the Smithfield Club Show, and other animals. Mr Manners pork butcher and poulterer, had a good resisting pace suspended from his front premises in the form of a pig of his feeding, and weighing about 70 stone. Here was also to be seen a fine display of turkeys and geese from Normandy and Suffolk, the latter ranging in price from 8 shillings to 14 shillings. Mr Tyer and Mr Penney, provision merchants, also had large supplies of the feathered adjuncts on sale. At Mr Winch's grocery establishment (late Taylor & Co) the first prize (£20) Cheddar Cheese at the Smithfield show was on view.