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Newspaper Stories 1890-1894

1890-02-04 Unmuzzled dogs Maidstone Journal
Dartford Magistrates: "A fine of 2s 6d and costs was imposed upon Thomas Martin of Hartley, for a similar offence.  In this case the fine was reduced because the dog had a muzzle on, but a strap had slipped and the muzzle was not properly fastened."

1890-02-22 Land for Sale at Station Road, Longfield Gravesend Reporter
"Freehold plot of building land, 59ft frontage to Station Road, about 100ft deep, close to railway, to be sold, price £90 or offer.  Apply to Mr Toms, Railway Station, Fawkham"

1890-02-25 Sale of Hartley Manor Maidstone Journal
"By order of the Executors of the late Colonel Evelyn - Hartley Manor Kent

Mr Hodsoll is instructed to sell by auction, on the premises, as above, on Friday, March 7th, 1890 at 11.30 the whole of the genuine household furniture and effects, comprising the appointments of 10 bedrooms, an excellent carved oak sideboard, oak dining room suite, upholstered in Utrecht velvet, white and gold drawing room suite in satin, oak, mahogany, and rosewood, dining and other tables, a handsom 5ft 6in Buhl ebonised cabinet, chimney glasses, black marble and ormolu manel clocks, a few choice oil paintings and other pictures, ornaments, plate and plated articles, china and glass, culinary and dairy utensils, and numerous useful miscelleneous effects."

1890-03-01 House for Sale at Station Road, Longfield Gravesend Reporter
"Pleasing villa residence, containing 9 rooms, in Station Road, Fawkham (sic), close to railway, to be let or sold; in perfect repair, garden back and front; rent £18; price freehold £200.  Apply to Mr Toms, Railway Station, Fawkham."

1890-03-01 Position Wanted Bromley Times
"Under housemaid for girl (15); waits well, good needlewoman, Dartford preferred - Apply Taylor, Hartley Green, near Dartford."

1890-03-04 Sale of Hartley Manor Maidstone Journal
"At the London Auction Mart, on Wednesday, Messrs Beal, Son and Chartres, sold by auction the freehold residential estate, called 'Hartley Manor' situate near Fawkham and Gravesend.  On the estate is a moderate sized family mansion, approached by a carriage drive, with good stabling and attractive grounds; also a smaller residence known as 'Hartley Court' 14 cottages and a captial farm house and buildings.  The entire extent of the property is nearly 600 acres of arable, paster and woodlands in a ring fence.  There was a good attendance, but the bidding was not very spirited; starting at £8,000 offers gradually rose to £10,000 when the hammer fell.  About this time last year the auctioneers made an offer on behalf of a client of £15,000 to the owner of this estate, which he refused to accept."

1890-03-15 Sale of Stock at Hartley Court Gravesend Reporter
"By order of the Executors of the late Colonel Evelyn - Hartley Manor and Hartley Court, about 1½ miles from Fawkham Station, LC&DR

Mr William Hodsoll is instructed to sell by auction at Hartley Court, on Wednesday, March 19th 1890, at 12 for 1 o'clock, all the valuable live and dead farming stock comprising 13 powerful and active draught horses, a 2 year old cart colt, a ditto nag ditto, bay geldin, quite to ride and drive, bay pony, young roan cow in full profit, 2 goats with 2 kids, black sow with 7 pigs, black boar and 3 store pigs.  The agricultural implements include 2 waggons, spring van, 9 dung carts, liquid manure cart, ploughs, harrows, drills, land rollers, mowing and reaping machines etc, a large iron cistern, also a clamp of Regent and Hebron seed potatoes (about 12 tons) and a quantity of cut underwood.  Catalogues may be had on the premises and of the auctioneer, 188 Parrock Street, Gravesend and Farningham."

1890-03-18 Drunk and Disorderly at Longfield Maidstone Journal
"William Baker was charged with being drunk and disorderly and assaulting PC James Trill at Longfield, on the 14th March, and John Beggs was charged with being drunk and disorderly and assaulting PC Walter Humphrey, at the same time and place - Prisoners were each sentenced to 21 days' hard labour."

1890-05-24 Attempted Suicide at Longfield Gravesend Reporter
"A woman, name unknown, attempted to take her life on Sunday evening last, by jumping into a pond near Longfield Hill.  She was rescued by a name named John Masters, and conveyed to Dartford Union, where she now lies in a precarious condition."

1890-06-14 Sale of Hartley Manor St James Gazette
"Kent - Freehold residential estate, about 1 mile from Fawkham Station on the London, Chatham and Dover Railway, 6 miles from Gravesend and Dartford, and about 24 miles from London.

Messrs Daniel Smith, Son and Oakley have received instructions to offer for sale by auction in the month of July (unless previously sold by private contract), the Hartley Manor Estate, in the parishes of Hartley and Longfield, comprising a gentleman's residence of moderate size, a large farm house, outbuildings, several cottages, and 585 acres of land in a ring fence, of which about 137 acres are thriving woodlands and the rest arable and pasture, offering a good opportunity for investment, and also for occupation and sporting.  The house, known as Hartley Manor, stands of high ground, approached by a long carriage drive, and contains 7 bedrooms, 2 attics, entrance hall, dining room, library, drawing room, conservatory, and usual domestic offices.  There are also 2 farms known as Hartley Court and Hartley Bottom, each having farm house, homesteead and several cottages respectively.  The estate contains a valuable bed of brick earth and pottery clay, and also of flints, which are now being worked with a siding on the railway....."

[Interesting for being the earliest reference to Manor Drive.  It was not mentioned when the property was marketed in 1884, and so the road can be dated to the period 1884-1890.

According to the Maidstone Journal it was the second sale of the year.  The Bromley Times of 5.9.1890 reported that Mr F D Barnes of Bickley was the purchaser by private contract.  The paper's edition of 23.1.1891 reported that the sale price was £10,000 - for nearly half the area of Hartley!]

1890-07-08 Theft Charge Maidstone Journal
Dartford Magistrates: "George Henry Skinner was charged with stealing 2lb of tobacco, of the value of 9s on the 23rd April; 1lb value 4s 6d on the 16th April; and 1lb value 4s 6d on the 30th April, the property of Alfred Francis Penney, provision merchant, at Dartford - Mr WE Chancellor (Ridley & Chancellor) appeared for the prosecutor, and Mr Studd, managing clerk to Messrs Venn and Woodcock for the prisoner - It appeared from the evidence that prisoner was in the habit of going around in the Kingsdown and Fawkham district taking orders on Wednesdays.  The goods ordered were delivered the following Wednesday, when payment was made for them.  On the dates above mentioned he sold the goods which he was charged with stealing, to Mr William Wither, who then kept the Portobello at [West] Kingsdown, but has since gone to live at Gravesend.  The tobacco had been taken from the stores, without Mr Penney's knowledge or consent, and the money which he had received for it from Mr Kither, had not been paid to Mr Penney, nor in any way accounted for.  - Prisoner was remanded till Saturday."

1890-08-09 Longfield Cricket Club Gravesend Reporter
"Green Street Green v Longfield YMFSCC - this match was played on the ground of the latter, on Saturday last, although the best of the Longfield bats failed to do anything, resulted in a win for the home team by 10 runs on the first innings."  Green Street Green 22 and 40, Longfield 32 and 13.  Longfield team: F Langford 0 & 1, G Lynds 2, W Bridges 4 & 6*, J Ashdown  8 & 4*, J Bridges 0, W Stewart 0, W Rye 2, E Carey 7, H Hyde 1, D Carey 3, F Lynds 0*, Extras 5 & 2.  Green Street Green team also listed.

1890-08-23 Outing to the Seaside Gravesend Journal
"The Town Band Excusion to Ramsgate and Margate - Quite in keeping with the successful career enjoyed by the promoters, as a local institution, the Town Band excursion to Ramsgate and Margate, on Monday was a great success.  At 7 o'clock in the morning, the members mustered at their headquarters, the Darnley Arms, Trafalgar Road, and then marched through the principal streets of the town, playing lively airs, as a reminder to intending participators in the happy event.  On reaching West Street station of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway, they found the special train which had been chartered for the occasion standing in the platform and a large number of excursionists already seated.  Others joined afterwards, bringing the total from Gravesend up to more than 200.  Smaller contingents were taken up at the various stations between Gravesend and Chatham, the largest being a part of 60 at Fawkham.  These additions brought the aggregate total up to about 400.  A little delay was occasioned at Farningham Road in order that the boat train might pass, but the run afterwards was a good one, the destination being reache at half past ten.  The bank being in the front part of the train, rendered the journey much more pleasant that railway travelling generally proves, by performing a well selected programme of music.  The majority of the party went onto Ramsgate where, in the afternoon, the band played on the beach for 2 hours.  Bathing, boating, drives and sightseeing served to pass the time very happily, the fine weather throughout the day being no small contributor to the means of enjoyment.  The homeward journey was commenced at half past eight, instead of quarter to eight as had been announced by the committee, this being in consequence of the railway company having about 60 excursions on their line the same day.  The result was that Gravesend was not reached till past 11 o'clock, too late for the last up train to Greenhithe, adn the last train on the Tilbury line.  A number of the party belonged to Grays, and these were conveyed across the river in watermen's skiffs (at the expense of the committee and Mr J Higgins) to Tilbury, whence they walked home.  But for this unavoidable little incident, everything passed off without a hitch, and the arrangements reflected the highest credit upon the indefatigable secretary Mr E Dennis, and the committee, who were Messrs F Fothergill (chairman), C Tunstall (treasurer), A Stickings, F Sunnucks, A Eves and C Cox.  The success of the venture will doubtless encourage the band to make an execursion to the seaside an annual event."

1890-11-01 Sale of Wood at Hartley Manor Gravesend Reporter
"Mr William Hodsoll is instructed by FD Barnes esq to sell by auction at the Railway Tavern, Fawkham Station, on Wednesday November 5th, 1890 at 2 for 3 pm, about 18 acres of capital underwood, in convenient lots; also 2 acres of oziers."

1890-11-18 Local News in Brief Maidstone Journal
Dartford Magistrates: "(1) Henry Thomas Fairman was summoned for allowing a dog to be at large, at Longfield, on the 10th November, without a collar.  PC Trill proved the case, and defendant was fined 2s 6d and costs."; (2) Arthur Chapam was charged with being asleep, while in charge of a horse and cart, at Longfield on 31st October.  The case was proved by PC Trill, and defendant was fined 5s and costs."

1891-01-17 John Middleton, 103 Folkestone Herald
"A man named John Middleton, of Hartley, died in Dartford Workhouse last week at the advanced age of 103 years.  Deceased maintained all his faculties till the last, and enjoyed the Christmas festivities with the other inmates."

[Gravesend Journal 28.3.1891 adds "He was formerly a shepherd, and lived for several years in a field hut." and that his birthday was in September]

1891-01-27 Hartley Manor and Court for Sale Maidstone Journal
"The Estates Gazette says that last year the county sales in Kent were more numerous, and land and residential properties in better demand than in the previous year, and good prices were obtained.  One of the earliest transacions it reports 'was the sale, by private treaty, for about £14,000 of Shortlands House with about 16 acres at Bromley, the seat of Sir Arthur Blackwood, KCB.  This was shortly followed by the sale of Wateringbury Place and 83 acres, near Maidstone, which was purchased by Alderman Davies, for £20,000, while Hartley Manor and 585 acres near Fawkham was sold for £10,000.  These 3 properties were all sold within the first 2 months of the year, the last-named property again changing hands later in the season for £12,000."  Farmland in general going for £7 to £75 per acre.

1891-01-31 Hartley House to let Gravesend Reporter
Rayner Kidwell & Bridgland of 16 New Road Gravesend have Hartley House to let - "Bijou residence comprising 3½ acres, 3 receptions, 6 bedrooms, stabling, greenhouses, well stocked orchard etc."

1891-04-04 Wheelwright's Business for Sale Gravesend Reporter
"To Wheelwrights, Carpenters and Undertakers.  Hartley: Kent.  To be disposed of, either with or without the convenient residence, the old established business, which has been so ably and successfully carried on for many years by the late Mr Deane.  Stock at valuation.  Apply to Mr Hodsoll, auctioneer, Farningham and Gravesend."

1891-04-07 No Name on Cart Maidstone Journal
Dartford Magistrates: "Robert Wakeman of Longfield, was summoned for using a cart which had no name on it.  PC Kitney proved the case.  Defendant said he only had the cart on trial, and the case was dismissed."

1891-04-07 Fraud Charge at Fawkham Maidstone Journal
Dartford Magistrates: "James Vietch, bailiff, of Scudders Farm, Fawkham, was charged with stealing £9 15s 6d, the money of Henry Bertie Hohler, on the 25th March - Mr Hohler brother of the prosecutor, conducted the prosecution - The Hon Eric Rollo, who manages the Fawkham Estate, belonging to Mr Hohler, said the defendant had notice to leave, and his notice expired on the 26th March.  It had been the habit of the estate for the men to be paid on a Friday, and an order was usually given by witness to defendant upon Mr Whiting, a village tradesman, who cashed the order, and the defendant paid the men with the money so received.  Friday the 26th March being Good Friday, the men were paid on Thursday instead, and witness gave defendant an order on Whiting for £15 7s 6d, giving him also his own cheque for £2 10s for wages due to him.  At first he refused to give the defendant the order to pay the men, as his time was up, but upon his representing to him that it would look better for him to pay the men as usual, as it might affect his character if he did not, he gave him the order.  He had ascertained that the defendant had cashed the order, and that 4 men, named Trevelyan, Darby, Shepherd and Bennett, had not been paid by him.  He had spoken to the defendant about this, and he refued to pay them - Defendant said his agreement with Mr Hohler was that he was to have 30s a week wages, and that 5s a week was to be stopped till Michaelmas, when the whole of the accumulations were to be paid, and the money he had stopped was to satisfy his claim in this matter - Mr Hohler said this statement was not correct, but had had not the agreement with him, and contended that, even if it were as stated by the defendant, he had no right to keep money given to him for a specific purpose, but should seek his remedy in another way - The magistrates were not satisfied with the case for the prosecution, and adjourned the case for a week, the chairman remarking that by then perhaps they would be able to present a case before the Bench in a more intelligible form, and they must bring the agreement."

[Paper of 14.4.1891 reported that the parties had settled out of court: Dartford Magistrates: "James Beach of Scudders Farm, Fawkham, appeared to answer a charge of fraudulently witholding money, the property of Mr Henry Booth Hohler.  The case was remanded from Saturday last, and it was now stated that the matter had been settled, and the case was, with the consent of the magistrates, withdrawn."  Once again this seems an attempt by the powerful to use the criminal law for what was basically a civil matter]

1891-04-18 Houses to let at Longfield Gravesend Reporter
"Two pretty villas to let, together or separate, pleasantly situated, near Fawkham station, LC & Dover Railway, containing 7 rooms each, garden back and front; rent £20 each per annum.  Apply, No 2 Longfield Villas."

1891-04-25 Rochester Stock Market Chatham News
Report mentions "capital stock of lambs" sent for sale by Mr Hohler of Fawkham.

1891-04-28 Stock for Sale at North Ash Farm Maidstone Journal
"North Ash, Wrotham, 2 miles from Fawkham Station LC&DR

Messrs W Wood and Son will sell by auction in a meadow on the North Ash Farm (by the kind permission of Mr G Day) on Friday, May 1st 1891, at 1 o'clock, the live and dead farming stock, the property of gentlemen in the neighbourhood, comprising 14 useful cart and nag horses, 2 nag colts (2 years old), 70 beasts, 1 bull, 6 cows in milk and in calf, 100 Kent and half bred tegs, 7 sows, 8 pigs, quantity of poultry, 3 trucks, 3 dung carts, covered sheep van, pony van, Kent plough complete, 2 iron ploughs, iron broadshare, 2 brakes, mower, scarifier, 2 hop nidgets, 3 ox harrows, 2 sets of Yorkshire harrows, set of zig-zag harrows, 5 share drill, 3 horse rakes, 2 chaff cutters, cake mill, turnip cutter, elevator (with horse gear complete), 200 hurdle gates (new), 2 30 stave ladders, 2 corn chests, 3 plough harness, 2 chain harness, 2 quoiler harness, 2 horse nets, 3 nose bags, 3 head stalls, beam and scales, wire hen coop, wire vermin trap, 2 dog kennels, 4 wheel dog cart, waggonette, dog cart, wheelbarrow with moveable top (new), churn, etc.  All further entries respectfully solicited.  All entries received to April 27th will be inserted in the catalogue.  Arrangements will be made for conveyance to meet the trains at Fawkham Station.  Offices - Cooling, Rochester and at 31 High Street, Rochester."

1891-05-09 Sale of Furniture from Bay Lodge Chatham News
"Bay Cottage", Hartley, Kent: Mr Hodsoll is instructed by the executors of the late Mr Deane, to sell by auction on the premises, as above, on Friday, May 15th, 1891 at 12 for 1pm all the valuable household furniture.  Comprising mahogany, Arabian and other bedsteads, superior feather beds and bedding, mahogany chests of drawers, washstands with marble tops, toilet tables and glasses, Brussels and other carpets, mahogany secretary and bookcase, couches, chairs, loo and other tables, chimney glasses, silver plate, plated articles, china, glass, Baker's patent mangle, culinary utensils etc....."

[The Gravesend Reporter of 4.4.1891 carried a brief advert to sell the business.]

1891-05-29 Sale of Bay Lodge, Ash Road Bromley Times
"By order of the executors of the late Mr Deane - Hartley Kent

To wheelwrights, carpenters, undertakers etc. Mr Hodsoll will sell by auction, on the premises, as above, on Friday June 5, 1891 at 11 for 12 o'clock, the valuable stock in trade, comprising seasoned oak, ash and elm planks and boards, wheels, felloes, spokes, naves and other useful timber, axles and other iron work, timber chains, pit and cross cut saws, ladders, quantity of tools, nuts, bolts, screws, nails, undertaker's furniture, and numerous useful effects. Catalogues may be had at the Black Lion Inn, Hartley, and of the auctioner, Farningham, Kent."

1891-06-03 Want Position Times
"Coachman, single handed.  Drive well pair or single.  Age 24.  2 years 6 months good character.  Leaving or giving up.   Married when suited.  F Day, Hartley House, Hartley, Near Dartford, Kent."

[The adverts are written in a kind of standard shorthand.  Mr Day's employer was leaving Hartley so he needed to find a new situation.]

1891-07-24 Black Lion Pub Bromley Times
Dartford Magistrates: "On the application of Mr H E Baily, solicitor of Dartford, the magistrates granted an extension of time to Mr Wansbury, of the Black Lion Inn, Hartley, till 11 o'clock on the 20th inst, on the occasion of a Forester's fete and dinner."

1891-08-15 Warning to Traders Chatham News
"About 3 weeks ago, two lady shopkeepers at Rochester received a communication from a person signing himself 'Horace Barnes' of Hartley Green, near Fawkham, asking that fancy work and other articles might be sent on to him, as he was about to make a present to some friends in Australia, and wished to select something both handsome and costly.  The parcels were to be left at Fawkham Station until called for.  Both ladies made inquiries, and finding that everything was apparently all right, sent the parcels on by rail.  One parcel contained £20 worth of goods, while the other was made up with articles to the value of £15.  Nothing more has since been heard of either the parcels or the writer, and consequently the matter has been placed in the hands of the police, who, upon investigation, found that the supposed 'Horace Barnes' and his wife hired a room at a cottage near Fawkham Station, for 2 or 3 days. During that time, at their request, their landlord fetched various parcels from the station for them  They have since left the neighbourhood, and at present nothing is known of their whereabouts. The police have a possible clue, and it is hoped that the 'smart' visitors ay soon be run to earth."

1891-09-25 West Yoke Farm for Sale Sevenoaks Chronicle
"West Yoke Farm, Ash, Wrotham, Kent, about 3 miles from Fawkham and Meopham Stations, and 4 from Wrotham, LC&DR.

Messrs Cronk [of Sevenoaks and 12 Pall Mall SW] have received instructions from Mr Day, who is leaving, to sell by auction on the premises, as above, on Friday, October 9th 1891, at 12 o'clock precisely the valuable live and dead farming stock, comprising 5 powerful cart horses, 61 Kent ewes in lamb, Hampshire ram lamb.  The implements comprise, narrow wheel waggons, dung carts, captial light spring dog cart, captial mowing and reaping machines by Hornsby and Samuelson, cleaning machine, Kent and other ploughs, ox and small harrows, iron horse rake, Cambridge and other land rollers, iron land presses, Bentall's broadshare, scarifiers, hop nidgets, oilcake crushers, and chaff cutting machines, turnip pulpers, collar, chain and plough harnesses, stack cloths, poles, pullies, and ropes, about 400 slat gates, quantity of wire netting, scale beam, scales and weights, weighing machine, ladders, grindstone and frame, sheep troughs, cages and numerous other effects."

1891-10-10 Theft from Fawkham Resident Chatham News
Fawkham: "A resident in this parish had a very unpleasant experience on Saturday evening.  She had been 'below London' to fetch home her little girl, who had been spending a lengthened holiday at a friend's.  On arriving at Victoria Station by the Brighton train, she found the train she had expected to catch on the London, Chatham and Dover Railway had been taken off, and that she had no alternative but to wait between 3 and 4 hours.  She sat down with the child in one of the waiting rooms, and placed a box,c ontaining the little girl's clothing and presents, beneath one of the seats, almost close to her.  When she went to get the box about 9 o'clock - the train started at half past - she found that it had been stolen.  It is thought mother and child, fatigued by their journey and the tedium of wating, went to sleep for a few minutes, and that some thief, probably a female, who had been waiting for the opportunity, seized the box and walked off with it.  The contents were of some value."

1891-12-19 Christmas at Chatham Chatham News
"…. Mr C Harrison [butcher] has some 20 good Devon and Scotch beasts, southdown sheep from Mr Smith, of Hartley, with pigs, poultry and rabbits…."

1892-01-02 Delivery Area Gravesend Journal
Advert for William Box, Grocer and Tea Dealer, 18 High Street and 52 Queen Street, Gravesend - Delivers as far as Greenhithe, Longfield, Cobham [Hartley, Ash, Meopham not listed].

1892-01-08 First Local Chemist Gravesend Reporter
(Local gossip by Nota Bene): "Mr Robson of Longfield has at last succeeded in gaining his point with regard to the proposed dispensary at Fawkham Station for the convenience of Poor Law patients.  The two medical officers concerned were against the idea at first, but the Board of Guardians being determined that the scheme should be tried, they have gracefully submitted.  The dispensary will be a great boon to the people of that neighbourhood, who hitherto have had to walk a dozen miles to get a bottle of physic or a box of pills, and occasionally the journey has had to done a second time."

[A report of the Dartford Guardians meeting said Dr Smith reported he had ordered a medicine chest at a cost of £10.10.0 - Bromley Times 29.1.1892.  The local Guardians claimed it wasn't well used about a year later - Maidstone Journal 20.4.1893]

1892-01-26 County Council Election Maidstone Journal
"Dartford (No 1) - Mr W Chambers will again seek election, and as Colonel Hartley, who was also a candidate at the first election, does not intend to again come forward, there will possibly be a walkover."

1892-02-12 Fowl Stealing Extraordinary Dartford Chronicle
"A couple of somewhat remarkable fowl stealing cases came on for hearing before the Dartford Magistrates, at the Petty Sessions on Saturday.  Those magistrates occupying the seats on the bench were: Mr Thomas Bevan (in the chair), Major Frobrisher, Mr E.J.Elgood, and Mr F.T.Tasker.

In the first case, Richard James Crouch, and George Thomas Davis, both young men, were charged, on remand, of stealing three fowls, and one live duck, valued at 10/-, the property of Mr Henry Smith, at Fawkham on November 24th.

In relation to this charge, the following evidence was adduced:-

John Wane, of West Hill, Ash, farm labourer, stated that he went down to his employer's stables at seven o'clock in the morning, at Court Lodge Farm, Fawkham, on November 24th.  Witness went into the henhouse, to feed the chicken and the ducks.  He noticed that there was a duck missing.  After he had fed the ducks he went into the henhouse and saw a couple of heads lying upon the floor.  He sent word to Mr Day, who had the looking after Mr Smith's place, and to him he showed the heads.  Mr Smith was the tenant.  There should have been four ducks and a drake, whereas there were but three.  The witness said he noticed that the staple had been drawn from the henhouse door.

Mr Day, in the employ of Mr Henry Smith, deposed that his attention had been drawn to the henhouse on the 24th November.  He saw the two heads produced lying upon the floor, and he took charge of them.  Witness gave information to Instructing constable Rhodes.  Witness afterwards saw police constable Humphrey at Fawkham Green, to whom he also gave information.  The henhouse was examined the next day (November 25th) by police constable Humphrey.  This witness said there should have been 60 chickens in the henhouse on Sunday, the 24th.  He counted 57 only.  Witness valued the three chickens and duck at 10/-.  Witness locked . the henhouse up on November 23rd, at about 4.30 pm.  The fowls were quite safe at that time.

Mrs Elizabeth Ludlow, of Mile End Green, Horton Kirby stated that the prisoner Crouch came to her about a fortnight previous, and asked her if she would like to buy a fowl.  This was about six o'clock (at this point the witness commenced to cry bitterly).  She said she asked the man what he wanted for one, and he said 2s.  Witness said she gave the man the 2s for a dark fowl, similar in colour to that produced.  The head had been removed.

In reply to Mr Elgood, the witness said the man Crouch brought the chicken to her about a fortnight previous, she could not remember the exact date.

Police Constable Walter Humphrey (stationed at Hartley) stated that the saw the two prisoners on Sunday night last.  He noticed that Crouch had a brown paper parcel under his left arm, and said "What, do you carry parcels about, on Sunday night now, Dick?" and he said "Yes, sometimes".  Witness said "What is inside it?" and he replied "Nothing particular." Witness however said he wanted to see it, and began to examine it, and found it contained a lot of feathers.  Witness then said "there are some feathers here, have you got any fowl?" and he said "Yes, I have two, I gave 3s for them, ls 6d each." Witness took the white fowl out of the parcel, and next a duck.  He said "I have a duck here," and Crouch said "Yes, I forgot that; I gave 4s 6d for it." Witness then asked the prisoner from whom he bought the fowls, and he said "Of a man who was by our place at it half past ten last night."  In reply to a further question the prisoner said he had never seen the man before, and he should not know him again if he were to see him.  Witness told prisoner he was not satisfied, and stated that they answered the description of some stolen fowls, and he should take him to Fawkham in order to see if they could be identified.  Both prisoners were afterwards taken to witness Day's house at Fawkham by the witness, who, in their presence, asked Day if he had seen the fowls before.  Day said "I can swear to this one out of a hundred" (the brown), and he also said with reference to the white fowl that "he would fetch a head that would fit it." Day further said that the duck had no particular mark on it, but that it was exactly similar to one stolen.  The constable asked Crouch if the young fellow Davis knew anything about the fowls, and he said "No." Witness then said that he should arrest Crouch for stealing the fowls, but to Davis he said "I shall not arrest you now." He brought Crouch to Dartford, and on Tuesday morning, February 2nd, he accompanied Rhodes to Fawkham, where they saw the prisoner Davis.  He said "Crouch has made a statement implicating you in this fowl robbery."  And he said "Oh!  Has he: that is what I expected when I first saw you.  He's a nice chum to round on me." He also said on the 13th January.  He saw Day near the tavern.  They asked him if he would buy any fowls, and he replied that he bought anything.  Day had the fowls on top of his van.  They were dead.  To the best of witnesses recollection there were three hen birds.  It was agreed that he should pay 2s apiece for the birds, but he had not yet paid the money.  Witness said that he did not look at the birds before he bought them.  He had on several occasions had rabbits of the prisoner Day.

Cross examined by Mr Chancellor, witness said the van Day was driving was a coal van.  He bought the fowls from Day, and this was all he could say.  The fowls were not concealed in any way.  He had he said bought lots of wild rabbits of the prisoner Day.  Sometimes he paid at the time he bought them, and sometimes afterwards.  He bought some thousands of rabbits.

Police Constable Humphrey stated that on January lst he had visited and examined the place belonging to Rev W. Allen, and he found that the hen house had been entered the same as had been described by the witness Wells.  He saw the prisoner Day at Longfield on the same day, January lst, and witness said to him that he believed the young fellow Davis was at his (prisoners) house on the previous night, and Crouch also.  Day said, "Yes, they were there having a sing-song." Asked when they came, he said about eight o'clock, and that they went about half-past eleven.  Witness asked if they brought anything with them, and he said he had not.  He also asked him if he saw the men again after they had gone.  He said "No, why?" Witness said "Because some fowls were stolen from Mr Allen's last night, and things seem to point very much to Crouch and Davis having taken them." He also said, "If you want to know anything about it, I have not seen anything." On February lst the witness said he saw the prisoner Day near the Church at Hartley, and he said, "I hear Dick Crouch was taken last night," and witness replied, "Yes he was, for fowl stealing." He also said to Day, "Are you sure you don't know anything about those who came from Mr Allen's, as he and the other young fellow were at your house last night?" He said, "No, I don't know anything about it." If I had I should have told you on the next day when you asked me." On the following morning (Tuesday), witness accompanied instructing constable Rhodes to the prisoner Davis at Fawkham respecting the last charge.  Having been told that he was implicated, Davis said, "He's a nice chum to round upon anybody, if it had not been for him I should not have helped done Mr Allen's job." (This evidence referred to Crouch).  "As soon as we left George Day's house at twelve o'clock, he said (meaning Crouch), let us take some of Mr Allen's fowls." They then went to the hen-house and made a hole through the thatched roof.  Davis said he had in there six fowls; the others made such a noise that we ran away.  We then took them to Day's house.  He (Crouch) promised me 4s for my share, but I have never had anything." They afterwards took prisoner Davis to Fawkham "he came to my place at about twelve o'clock on Saturday night and asked me to come and take some of Mr Smith's fowls, I told him I should not go as he had not 'squared up' for the last job at Mr Allen's.  He promised me 4s for this, but I never had any money.  He persuaded me, and I went with him to Mr Smith's, and helped him break open the door.  We took them to my stable, and kept them till last Sunday night.  All I have had is one shilling for one or two of the fowls he took away a night or two afterwards." Davis was afterwards brought to Dartford and was charged.  Instructing Constable Rhodes was with witness when Crouch made his statement, and upon this being repeated before Davis, Crouch replied that it was correct.

Instructing Constable Rhodes deposed that on the 2nd inst. at 9.30 am he conveyed the prisoner Crouch to Dartford police station.  He asked witness if he had seen his father, and he replied that he had, and prisoner then wished to know how he took it.  The witness replied that he was very much cut up about the affair, and he said, "Long un (Davis) was with me when I did it, and they were in his stable until we shifted them on Sunday night." He corroborated the statement as made by himself to Humphrey.  They were both charged with jointly stealing the fowls and duck on November 23rd, and they made no reply.  The feathers produced were found in Davis's employer's stable.  Davis had not a stable of his own.

Another charge, that of stealing six live fowls from the fowl-house belonging to the Rev Whitton Allen, at Hartley, on December 31st, or morning of January lst last, was next preferred against Davis and Crouch.  A man named George Day was also charged in this case with having received the 3 fowls into his possession, well knowing them to have been stolen.  Day was defended by Mr Chancellor.

William Wells, gardener, in the employ of the Rev Whitton Allen (Hartley) said he had locked the fowls up securely on December 31st, in the hen-house.  He said he could not say how many there were.  Witness went the next morning to the hen-house.  This would be on January lst, when he found that someone had broken in.  The fowls were in two compartments.  The window was broken of one compartment, and into the other compartment an entrance had been effected through the roof, the thatch having been pulled off.  Witness said that the three fowls which were in one compartment the night previous were missing on January lst.  These were very common fowls.  A dead fowl lay with its head off.  The head produced was similar to the head of the dead fowl.  Witness valued the fowls at 2s each.

George Mills, of South Street, Dartford, General Dealer, deposed to purchasing three fowls of a. Mr Day.  He met the accused when he was coming home from Fawkham railway station and they said to Day, "Those fowls have gone to your place which were stolen from Allen's place on Saturday night."  Day said, I don't know anything about them." In consequence of what was said, Police Constable Rhodes told both that they would have to accompany him to the Police Station, as he was not at all satisfied about them.  Day afterwards said (with some hesitation) "Crouch and Davis were at my house on New Year's Eve and left about twelve.  About an hour afterwards they came back and Crouch gave me six fowls and I gave him 9s for them then.  We ate one and I kept the other five for nearly a fortnight.  Then I let George Mills have them, he never gave me anything for them as he said they were too far gone."  Day and Davis were taken to the Police Station and Crouch was informed of the statements made by Davis and Day.  They were then charged with stealing six fowls the property of Mr Allen.  Crouch said when charged "Yes there were six, and you (meaning Day) gave me 7s for them." Day said "No it wasn't, it was 9s".  They then told Day that he would be charged with receiving the six fowls, well knowing them to be stolen, Day replied, "The reason I did not tell Humphrey was because I did not wish to get into trouble.  They brought them to me (the other two prisoners) and I had them."

At this juncture Mr Chancellor wished to ask privately some questions of Crouch and Davis, whereupon Superintendent Webster objected.

The magistrates, however held that Mr Chancellor had a perfect right to ask any questions he chose of the accused for the purposes of the defence.

Mr Chancellor cross-examined the witness Humphrey.  Instructing constable Rhodes (A-b), deposed that he saw the prisoner Davis respecting the previous charge, at Fawkham, and he corroborated the evidence of Humphrey, which was, this witness said, correct.  Day said, after they had gone into his house, to his wife, "This comes of those fowls which young Dick brought."  Day's wife then said, "Good gracious, I hope there's nothing wrong."  Day replied, "It's all wrong for me; give me my jacket." Instructing constable Rhodes stated that Crouch and Davis were first charged with stealing three fowls which were missing.

Instructing constable Barnes (Farningham) said that on Wednesday last the prisoners were liberated out on bail.  The prisoner Day accompanied him to the police station to receive his property, and during his conversation with witness he said, "How do you think I shall got on, think it'll be a fine?" and witness replied that he could not tell.  Pointing to the other prisoners, who were just ahead of Day, he said if they had said they had stolen three or four fowls I should have been all right, as I should have paid full value for them."

1892-02-27 County Council Election Gravesend Journal
"To the electors of the Dartford No 1 Division.  Comprising the parishes of Ash, Darenth, Fawkham, Hartley, Horton Kirby, [West] Kingsdown, Longfield, Ridley and Southfleet.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I again beg to offer you my services as county councillor for the ensuing 3 years.  I have during my term of office carried out to the best of my ability the furtherance of those questions which have been brought before the council for the gneral benefit of my constituents.  The question of old age pensions was introduced by me last year, with a view of taking the opinion of the council thereon; but, unfortunately, my motiom was not allowed by the chairman to be discussed.  Should you again honour me with your confidence, I will endeavour to carry out the duties you have placed upon me.  I beg to remain, ladies and gentlemen, your obedient servant.  William Chambers.  Manor House, Southfleet, Gravesend.  February 13th, 1892."

1892-03-26 Nurse Wanted Gravesend Reporter
"A nurse wanted at once, not under 17, must understand and be fond of children - Mrs Walter Newcomb, Lyndhurst, Longfield."

[Rare for such an advert to be phrased like this then, obviously Mrs Newcomb was a loving mother]

1892-05-20 Alleged Embezzlement Bromley Times
Dartford Magistrates: "George Day was charged with embezzling 8s 6d, the money of his employer, Mr Harry Lacey Fraser, at Fawkham, on the 18th August; also 8s 6d between June and November; and 4s 3d on the 24th December - Mr Ridley, who appeared to prosecute, said that defendant had been in Mr Fraser's employ as a carman, and had to receive money for coal and coke he delivered. There were other sums besides these mentioned, which had not been accounted for - Mr Gregory, Solicitor of Bromley defended - The evidence given last week was read over, and Mrs Feild recalled, and examinde by Mr Gregory, said she paid the money at her house when the man called.  She believed she paid on the 18th August last - James Martin, who resided near the Black Lion Inn, Hartley, said he purchased a firkin of ale on August 25th of last year, of Mr Fraser.  He believed the prisoner delivered the ale.  He produced the receipt, and said he did not pay for the ale on delivery.  He paid for it about 12 days or a week afterwards.  He paid the money to prisoner - Susan Simes, wife of Ashton Simes of Fawkham, deposed to purchasing some beer from Messrs Fraser on the 24th December.  She paid for the beer within a month; and she paid the money to Mr Day, who gave her a receipt - Mr Donald Fraser stated that in August 1891, no money was paid into them as having been received from Mr Martin by the prisoner.  there was no entry in the cash book.  the counterloil of the beer sent to Mrs Simes was also produced, and teh cash book showed no entry in respect of the receipt of 4s 3d paid by Mrs Simes.  He saw Day before the case came on during the previous week, and he said then that he was quite willing to pay whatever it would cost, if it was £5 or £10 - Mr Gregory: That was after prisoner had been arrested - Cross examined by Mr Gregory: Witness could not say how much money would pass through the prisoner's hands in the course of a month.  He gave prisoner no receipts, and so far as he was concerned he was at the mercy of the cash book.  Witness admitted that prisoner had to pay Mr Conford every week from the money he collected in, the sum of about 26s or 30s for fodder.  He admitted that he said to prisoner, 'Don't get a defence.' - Mr Gregory: What did you mean by such an expression.  Why should not the man be defended? - To this witness gave no answer.  The witness also admitted that he had accused the prisoner of receiveing £2 19s 6, for which he had not accounted, but it was afterwards shown that this money had been accounted for on September 25th.  He admitted also that he had charged prisoner with not accounting for a sovereign.  He would not say that he charged him with stealing it. - Mr Gregory: It comes to the same thing, you know.  Ist it not a fact that you offered Day four and a half gallons of beer to 'square it'.  (laughter) - Witness: not to square it.  I believe I gave him four and a half gallons of beer - The Chairman did not think any jury would convict after what had been stated, and Day was discharged amidst applause."

1892-05-21 Bay Lodge, Ash Road for Sale Gravesend Reporter
""By order of the trustees of the will of Thomas Deane (deceased)
Hartley, near the Fawkham Railway Station, Kent.  A valuable freehold property, situate on the High Road, leading from Fawkham Station to Ash, Kingsdown and Kemsing.

Messrs Glover & Homewood have received instructions to submit to auction on Wednesday, May 25th, 1892 at the New Falcon Hotel, Gravesend at 3 o'clock precisely, a charmingly situated detached residence, standing in a garden containing 29 perches, on the High Road in the parish of Hartley, Kent, in the occupation of Mr T R Mabe, at £16 per annum; also the Wheelwright's Shop, Lodge, Sawpit and premises adjoining, let on lease to Mr Elvy Cooper, at £10 per annum; the whole possessing a frontage to the high road of 200 feet, and producing a rental of £26 per annum, clear of all rates......."""

1892-05-21 Local News in Brief Gravesend Reporter
(1) Confirmation Service held at Cobham by Bishop of Rochester.  Many candidates from Meopham, Shorne, Longfield etc.; (2) William Seager, 17 of Longfield Hill, admitted to Gravesend Hospital with contused hip, caused by cart falling on him.

1892-06-04 Longfield Cricket Club Gravesend Reporter
"Longfield v Gravesend St Andrews CC - this match was played at Longfield, on Saturday last, and resulted in victory for the visitors by 41 runs.  The bowling of Mann, 4-9 and Nicholls 4-11 and the batting of F Keating 24, Morris 16, Nicholls 13no and Mann 13, greatly contributed to the result.  Blackhall for Longfield, performed the hat trick."  List of 'Saints' squad.

1892-07-09 Longfield Church Gravesend Reporter
Article about Stone Castle mentions that "The property is now vested in the rectors of Crayford, Fawkham, Gravesend, Milton-next-Gravesend, Luddesdown, Ridley, Stone and Swanscombe, with the vicars of Cobham, Northfleet, Plumstead, Dartford, Eltham, Frindsbury, Greenwich, Halling, Higham, Shorne, Horton Kirby and Chatham, in trust under the will of the Rev Dr Thomas Plume, who died archdeacon of Rochester in 1704, for the augmentation of small livings within the diocese, and for other good and charitable purposes connected with the Church of England.  The worthy archdeacon lies bured in a simple grave near the chancel wall of Longfield Church."

1892-08-19 Dispute at Longfield Church Gravesend Reporter
"The relationship which exists between the Rector of Longfield and a section of the parishioners is creating some amount of interest.  On Tuesday last week a vestry meeting which was to have been held did not come off.   The rector would not meet his parishioners.  There was a large congregation outside the church and several of the Rector's supporters tried to create a discussion, but the parishioners who called the meeting would not debate matters wth them, and retired.  Mr Robson, the peoples' warden, having been prevented from carrying on his duties, had decided to retire at once and hand all monies he has received for the Church to the rector forthwith."

[The unnamed Rector is William Hare Duke (1818-1894), said by Gravesend Reporter (20.1.1894) to have died of a sudden violent internal pain.  It is uncertain what the dispute was about, but at this time the Vestry also ran civil matters too.]

1892-10-07  Dartford Chronicle
Estimates of road repairs following damage in June 28th storm: Hartley £23.8.0, Longfield £9.15.0, Ash £12.15.0, Fawkham/Ridley nil

1892-10-15 Gravesend Hospital Gravesend Reporter
Longfield Village Club Box raises £3.8.0 for the Hospital Saturday Fund.

1892-12-31 Funeral of J Caddel Gravesend Reporter
"The remains of the late Mr J S Caddel of King Street were interred, on Wednesday last, in the family vault in Hartley Churchyard, near Longfield.  The funeral cortege, consisting of a Washington car and 5 coaches, left Gravesend soon after 12 o'clock, the mourners including Mr J S Caddel jun and his 4 brothers, and other relatives and friends, among whom we noticed Messrs George Rackstraw, Gaynam Rackstraw, Richmond, Gould (Harmer Street), J L Boorman, S Smither and Guy Fletcher, the two last coaches being occupied by the employees of the late Mr Caddel  The coffin was made of best oak, polished with brass fittings, and it was literally covered with floral mementoes of esteem and affection.  The Rev W W Allen, vicar, read the burial service, while the funeral arrangements were carefully carried out by Messrs J T Cooper & Son, King Street."

1893-01-08 Colonel Hartley's Cab Fare People
"Westminster - Carman and Fare: Lieut-col Hartley of the Old Downs, Hartley, near Dartford, summoned a cabdriver, named Henry George Eliven, of Monra Mews, Notting Hill, for misconduct.  The prosecutor availed himself of a right which is very rarely exercised, viz that of ordering the cabman who disputed with his fare to drive forthwith to the nearest police court, there to have the immediate adjudication of the sitting magistrate.  On the forenoon of the 22nd ult, Col Hartley came from Portobello Road, Notting Hill, to Victoria Station in defendant's cab  with 2 packages outside.  He gave defendant 2s 6d, and said that he was about to give him another 6d, when the man demanded 4s - complainant asked the cabman to show his badge and book of fares.  Eliven had neither, and followed witness into the station, demading his card and abusing him.  Mr De Rutzen, taking into account the cabman's sacrifice of time, fined him 5 shillings and costs."

1893-04-08 Restoration of All Saints' Church Maidstone Journal
"The church of All Saints' Hartley, near Fawkham, which is one of the oldest edifices in the county, and with the Manor of Hartley formed part of the large possessios of Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, half brother of William the Conqueror, has recently, through the munificence of the esteemed Rector of the parish, the Rev W W Allen, undergone some very necessary repairs, more particularly to the western end and the spire, which has been rebuilt entirely at the cost of the reverend gentleman.  These renovations have been carried out in a very thorough manner under the superintendence of the well known church architect, Mr St Aubyn.  At a recent vestry meeting the generous action of the Rev W W Allen was referred to, and on the motion of Mr F D Barnes JP, the present Lord of the Manor of Hartley, the following resolution was passed unanimously - "That this vestry, while congratulating the Rev W W Allen on the completion of the restoration of the parish church, desire to acknowledge and to record the deep and lasting obligtion under which the parish rests to its rector, who, at his sole charge, has rebuilt the western end and the spire of the church and so preserved the ancient fabric from decay and handed it down to posterity unimpaired, as a lasting testimony of his and our love for the church, and for his love for the parish with which he and his father before him have been so long identified."

1893-04-20 Longfield Dispensary Maidstone Journal
Dartford Board of Guardians: "It was decided that it was not necessary for the Medical officer to attend at the Longfield Dispensary on fixed days in future, there having been but 11 patients during the last quarter."

1893-06-01 No Dog Licence Maidstone Journal
Charles james Phillips of the Railway Hotel, Longfield fined 10 shillings for no dog licence.

1893-06-03 Property for Sale at Longfield Gravesend Reporter
"Re Goldfinch, deceased… Important sale of valuable freehold and leasehold properties… Messra Glover and Homewood are favoured with instructions to sell by auction at the New Falcon Hotel, Gravesend on Wednesday June 14th 1893 at 3 o'clock precisely the following...Nos 1,2 & 3 Jubilee Terrace and Paul's Cottage, Whitehill, Longfield, within a few minutes' walk of the Fawkham Station LC&DR let to capital tenants at rents amounting to £47 9s per annum."

1893-07-08 Railway Accident Canterbury Journal
"Faversham - Tradesmen's Benefit Society's Annual Excursion - Narrow Escape on the Return Journey….." 50/60 went by train to Blackfriars then boat to Hampton Court, returning to London to catch midnight train extended especially from Chatham to Faversham.... "All went 'merry as a marriage bell' until on the return journey, the train reached Fawkham, where it ran into a truck laden with ashes, which by some extraordinary mistake, had been left standing on the down main line after the goods train from New Brompton has shunted out traffic.  The train was running at a good speed at the time, and as consequences of the collision the buffers of the engine were broken, the obstructing truch was smashed to pieces, and the engine driver (named Head), who fell forward, sustained a severe cut on the face.  The passengers felt the concussion, and not a few of them were knocked off their seats, but happily none sustained any injury.  The engine being disabled, another had to be procured, and as Head did not feel equal to continue the journey, his place was filled by another driver.  The accident occasioned a delay of over 2 hours, and instead of reaching Faversham at 2 o'clock yesterday morning, it was nearly half past four when the party arrived home, congratulating themselves, as we congratulate them, on having experienced a very lucky escape."

1893-08-05 Cycling Accident Gravesend Reporter
"On Sunday, Joseph Kirby, aged 32, living at Hartley, Longfield, was admitted into Gravesend Hospital, suffering from injury to his left eye, caused by falling off a cycle."

1893-08-19 Longfield School Treat Gravesend Reporter
"The second annual treat was given by the Longfield Village club to all the children of the parish and their parents, on Saturday last, in the meadow adjoining 'The Briars' which was kindly lent by the President of the Club, Mr P Waterer.  A procession was formed outside the post office, adn headed by the brass band of the boys of the Arethusa, the children marched to the field, the parents bringing up the rear.  Never has Longfield had such a gala day.  The children, with their many coloured flags adn preceded by the club banner and the band playing a stirring march, made up altogether a very pretty sight.  Once in the field, the President welcomed one and all in a few well chosen words, after which the youngsters dispersed to eh many amusements waiting them.  Tea time cam in due course, over 400 parents and children partaking in the meal.  Then came the sports; flat races for boys and girls, skipping races, sack races for boys, obstacle races and races for the club members, which were very exciting.  As the time for departure drew near, teh succesful competitors were presented with their prizes by Miss Easterbrook, after which every child received a toy and a large bun on leaving the field.  Three hearty cheers were given to Mr Waterer for his goodness in adding so much to everybody's enjoyment, and then headed once more by the band, the children marched homewards in high spirits, and a thoroughly enjoyable treat was brought to a most successful close."

1893-08-19 Gravesend Should Emulate Longfield Tip Gravesend Reporter
Letter to paper by 'Sanitarian': "Sir - The question of collecting house refuse has perplexed the minds of our local parliament, and stirred up breezes within the walls of the august chamber in which they meet, more, perhaps, than any other domestic matter.  Once again the trouble has cropped up, and all the old arguments on the merits or demerits of a daily collection, whether the council should do the work itself, how the refuse should be disposed of, etc, had been trotted out.  It is a poor compliment to the officials generally, and to the efficient sanitary inspector in particular, to suggest, as was done at Wednesday's meeting, that the work could not be performed so cheaply, all things considered, by the council, as by a contractor.  It is something like teh steam roller bogey.  One is practically bought every few years, yet the town does not possess one of its own.  Municipal reform and a 'penny wise and pound foolish' policy can never associate amicably.

The report presented to the council last Wednesday by the Sanitary Inspector was a clear, concise statement, and worthy of that officer's tact and enterprise, but I venture to think that he might have looked nearer home for an illustration as to how the council could do its own collecting, and that with a prospect of making the system almost, if not quite, self supporting after the initial outlay.

The overcrowded South London Parish, known as Newington, has solved the problem of dust disposal by utilising it upon the land, which I believe, is what the present Gravesend contractor has done with advantage.  Newington saves £3,000 a yar by removing its refuse without the contractor.  Of course, there is no comparison between the size of Newington and Gravesend, or the quantity of refuse to be disposed of, so, the overburdened ratepayers of the borough need not build enormous castles in the air.  Neither can the 'rule of three' be safely applied.  Yet there is no reason why the principle could not be successfully adopted to the Gravesend collection.

At Longfield - 2 miles from Meopham, an exemplary system of dealing with refuse has been established by the Vestry of Newington.  Refuse of every kind is sent and treated on the spot by the Vestry's own workmen, whose cottages form part of the Vestry's property.  Numerous bays are provided for the reception and treatment of the refuse, which passes through 2 or 3 processes.  First it is pitched from the railway sidings into special bays, where it is allowed to be untouched for a period, so that a good deal of the matter rots away.  Afterwards it is sifted by the men and women engaged for the purpose, who work on piece.  The ashes, manure, and fine dust are placed in separate receptacles, and then disposed of - the ashes to brickmaking firms, and the manure to farmers.  There is a large furnace in constant use for the burning of inflammable materials.  As a proof of the efficiacy of town refuse for the treatment of land, it may be mentioned that near this depot was a large field which had been barren for years.  The owner determined to try the manure, which has become famous among the farmers as the 'Newington Mixture'.  He put a thousand tons of it upon the land, and this year he is growing splendid crops.  Inasmuch as Gravesend is likely to continue - despite the stigma - the old fashioned system of cesspits, instead of main drainage, there is every facility for our borough to establish a reputation for a 'Gravesend Mixture' of similar character.  Yours faithfully, Sanitarian.  August 14th 1893."

1893-10-12 Longfield Roads Maidstone Journal
Dartford Highway Board - "It was decided to improve the highway at Longfield, near the railway bridge, at an estimated cost of about £10."

1893-11-06 Charge of Indecent Assault Maidstone Journal
"Samuel Shiers, a hawker, was charged with indecently assaulting a little girl, named Esther Godden, aged 5 years, at Hartley, on October 24.  Mr Ridley appeared to prosecute.  Prisoner was caught by a man named Cheeseman with the girl in a field, and behaving in a grossly indecent manner.  Another little girl, named Eldridge also saw the assault. Prisoner was committed for trial at the assizes.

Kent and Sussex Courier (24.11.1893): Kent Assizes - Monday - His lordship took his seat at 11 o'clock.  Samuel Spicer, 42, labouerer, was indicted for indecently assaulting and ill treating Esther Godden, aged 5 years, at Hartley, on October 24th.  Mr Hohler prosecuted.  Prisoner practically admitted to the police that he did interfere with the child, but he was in drink; and 2 persons gave evidence as to what they saw prisoner doing in a field near Hartley Church.

The jury returned a verdict of guilty, and his Lordship passed sentence of 3 months' imprisonment, stating that he should have exactly the term he told the police he expected (laughter).

[Esther Godden's family had moved to Hartley Court Cottage, about 1891.  The report of the trial shows how such cases were treated in the past.  It seems that they are not treated as seriously as they would be today, and there was no attempt to protect the identity of the victim.]

1893-11-17  The Standard
Best - in everloving memory of our dear father George Best, late of Middle Farm, Hartley, near Dartford Kent, who died at Vigo Cottage, Ash, near Wrotham on the 17th November 1883. Gone but not forgotten.

1894-01-20 Obituary of Rev W H Duke Gravesend Reporter
"The Rev William Hare Duke, rector of Longfield, near Gravesend, has died suddenly.  He had been in good health, but was all at once seized with violent internal pain.  An injection of morphia gave him a few hours' rest.  When he awoke, he uttered a fervent prayer for the welfare of the Church and his parishioners and passed peacefully away.  He was 76 years of age, and was formerly for many years chaplain of the Chatham Convict prison."

1894-03-19  Melbourne Age
Notice of death on 13.3.1894 of John Treadwell of Maldon, son of late William Treadwell of Fairby Farm, aged 61.

1894-05-10 Weights and Scales Maidstone Journal
Dartford Magistrates: "Henry Tomlin, baker and grocer of Longfield, was summoned for using certain scales which were unjust - Inspector Tucker found a pair of scales (produced) in defendant's bakehouse, which were 1½ ozs unjust - Defendant said these scales were never used for weighing purposes, and pointed out that the Inspector found the rest of his weights and scales in good order.  He was fined 10 shillings and costs."

1894-06-02 Sale at North Ash Farm Gravesend Reporter
"Mr William Hodsoll will sell by auction at the Railway Tavern, Fawkham Station, on Friday June 8th, 1894 at 4 for 5pm the luxuriant growing crops of about 62 acres of grass, 5½ acres of peas, 1 acre of cabbage, and 1½ acres of Strawberries on North Ash Farm; and the excellent crop of fruit, comprising about 1 acre redcurrants, ½ acre strawberries, ½ acre raspberries, and ¾ acre plums and apples on Middleton Farm, Longfield, also about 1 acre of cabbage at West Yoke, Ash."

1894-06-20 Judgement Debt Commercial Gazette
"22 May - Elvy Cooper of Hartley, Near Dartford, Blacksmith - £14 6s 7d"

1894-07-28 Cycling Club Gravesend Reporter
"The members and friends of the Swanscombe Cycling Club took their usual Sunday morning's run last week and attended service at Hartley Church. There was a very good muster and it is gratifying to say the numbers increase every week.  Members of other clubs and all cycling friends are cordially invited to attend....."

1894-08-18 Attempted Wife Murder at Longfield Rochester Journal
"At the Dartford Police Court, on Friday afternoon in last week, Reuben Whitehead, an elderly man, was charged, on remand, with attempting to murder his wife, early on the morning of the 29th July, by cutting her throat with a knife at Brickfield Cottages, Longfield.

Julia Adelaide Whitehead, the wife, stated that the presioner had been strange in his manner towards her for two months, accusing her of conduct of which she was innocent.  Shortly after 4 on the morning in question witness gave him a drink of water in bed, and scolded him for spilling some of it.  Witness went to sleep again, but was awakened, and found blood flowing from her throat.  Prisoner was sitting by the side of the bed with a knife in his hand, and she said 'You are murdering me.'  He replied with an oath, 'I mean to.'  Witness struggled for her life, prisoner having got her on to the floor, with her head between his knees.  He had a knife in his hand, and remained sitting on the side of the bed.  Prisoner still tried to cut her throat, and she continued to struggle and scream, getting near the door.  She was still on the floor when her two children came, and she got outside.  Witness knocked at the window of Mrs Ridge's next door, but nobody answered.  then she got to the end house of the row, and Mrs Swan opened the door.  When she asked to be atken in as she was being murdered, Mrs Swan refused her admittance.  Then she saw a Mr Jenkins, and he took her to Mrs Woolley, who at once let her into her house, where Dr Lace attended her later in the morning.  Witness has since received a letter from the prisoner asking her to forgive him.

Cross examined - Prisoner has often asked her to let him go to Dr Lace to see what was the matter with him and the reason she refused was because she thought it would get better.

James Jenkins of Brickfield Cottages, said that he met Mrs Whitehead as described.  He saw a gash in her throat, and took a knife from her hand.  He then went and saw prisoner, who admitted having cut his wife's throat, saying that he had told her he would do it.  Witness sent the eldest boy for the doctor, and prisoner laughed at them, telling the boy to be quick or he would lose his mother.  Prisoner afterwards left the house, whereupon witness went for the police.

Dr Lace said that when he got to the house he found the bed clothes soaked in blood.  On the left side fo teh neck there was an incised wound 3 in long, and on the right side there was another incised wound 4½ in long, whilst on the right cheek was a scratch.  On the right temple was a small wound, and altogether there were 7 wounds on the shoulders from half an inch to an inch long.  The wounds in the throat had been caused by a sharp instrument, such as the knife produced, and the smaller wounds looked like stabs with the point.  Teh wound on the right side of the neck was an inch deep, and the one on the left side was only half an inch deep.  The woman had lost a lot of blood, and if the wounds had broken out again she might have died.  Witness now expected her to recover completely.

PC Trill stated that he arrested prisoner at Southfleet the same afternoon.  When charged prisoner said, 'All right, poilceman, I know what I have done.  I am not ashamed of it, Bob Peacock has cause all this.  He is a bad man, and my wife is a bad woman.'  On the way to Dartford, prisoner said, 'It's a wonder the old woman isn't dead.'  When witness was examining his shirt, he said 'You'll find no blood on that, as I was not wearing it when I did it.'

Prisoner who had nothing to say was committed for trial."

[Bob Peacock in another report was said to be a young engine driver.  At the assizes he was acquitted of attempted murder but found guilty of Grievious Bodily Harm and given 18 months.  Paper says he was 62 - Canterbury Journal 1.12.1894]

1894-10-05 Poultry Keeping in Kent Dover Express
County Council have organised lectures by Edward Brown FLS on "poultry keeping for profit."  He will be speaking at Longfield on the next 4 Thursdays.

1894-11-02 The Farmer's Missus's Dog Bromley Times
Dartford Magistrates: "James Woodward, farmer of Longfield was fined 10 shillings and costs for keeping a dog without a licence at Longfield - Defendant said his 'missus' had deceived him as to the age of the dog.  It was her dog."

1894-12-13 Hartley Parish Meeting Maidstone Journal
"The parish meeting of Hartley was held on the 4th inst in the school room.  The meeting elected Mr F D Barnes, JP of Bickley, the owner of Hartley Manor property, as chairman for the year, and the electors decided they would not apply to the county council for a parish council nor be grouped with any other parish, but would manage their own affairs under the parish meeting clause of the act.  The Rev W Whitton Allen MA, rector of Hartley, was nominated as a guardian to represent the parish on the District Council of Dartford."

1895-02-01 Child Maintenance Bexleyheath Observer
"Elizabeth Day of Hartley, summoned Elvey Wiggins (18) of Hartley to show cause etc.  Defendant pleaded not guilty.  Prosecutrix  stated that defendant was receiving £9 a year at the farm where he was  employed, in addition to his living in the house.  Defendant replied that he only got £7 and his 'keep'.  After hearing the evidence the Bench made a order for 2 shillings a week until the child is 16."

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