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Night watchmen's journal for the pre-Victorian Belper district of Derbyshire.
Belper Feb. to July 1836, 1833. Unpublished manuscript on paper, 4to., ca. 372pp., some ink fading but generally legible, ca. 372pp., bound in the original vellum boards, title in ink on upper cover, the covers rather soiled but generally in very good condition. Night watchmen's reports for a provincial English rural town over a period of almost 3½ years providing a vivid picture of both conscientious town management as well as petty urban crime. The reports record water levels in the River Derwent which ran through the town, the condition of public clocks and street lighting as well as petty crime of one sort or another. 'On May 28, 1833, at 3 in the morning. A great disturbance at Gin Shop occasioned by Wm Minton pulling a man down stairs & on Saml Ward saying he had served him right was immediately knocked down by a person (unknown) who ran away as soon as he had done it,' May 26 (1833) 'Richard Narden lying drunk on pavement at Turners at 11 o'clock; May 27, Sam'l Marsh came to work beastly drunk and behaved very improperly'; Sunday 31 Aug 1834, Herbert Spencer, Samuel Wood, John Jackson, M. Flint Jnr. Had been stealing apples from Mrs. Tolpises of the Holly Seat, Shottle. Spencer was seized and found to have about 2 pecks of pears in a bag - was locked up and took before the Magistrates when he was sentenced to 3 mo's imprisonment'. And there are several other reported incidents of anti-social behaviour, including drunkenness, shouting, brawling, and pilfering, all here reported by the night watchman on duty. The ledger includes some accounting notes and calculations, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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