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Minchinhampton Church
Minchinhampton Church

From The Morning Chronicle, Tuesday, December 22, 1840:

THE LATE FATAL AFFRAY AT MINCHINHAMPTON - In a former paper we stated that an affray took place at Minchinhampton, between Nathaniel Bamford and a man named Thomas Wood, on the 10th of November. Bamford, according to the evidence before the coroner's inquest, was walking along the street in company with Wood's wife, in an indecently familiar manner, when they were met by Wood, and a quarrel ensued. Wood was knocked down and stunned by Bamford, and he died from the effects of the violence on the following evening. Previous to his death his wife conducted herself very disgracefully, and refused to let anyone see her husband. A verdict of manslaughter was returned against Susannah Wood and Nathaniel Bamford, and the former was committed to prison, but the latter escaped into the ironworks on the hills in Monmouthshire, and continued at large till Tuesday se'nnight, when he was apprehended at Beaufort Ironworks by Charles Griffin, one of the rural police of this county. He has since been committed for trial.- Gloucester Journal

From GLOUCESTERSHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS in The Bristol Mercury, Saturday, October 23, 1841:

Henry Miles, 21, was found guilty upon two indictments of stealing fowls, at Minchinhampton, the property of John Viner and others, and was sentenced to seven months' hard labour for the first offence, and to eight months' hard labour for the second - the last month of each solitary.

From GLOUCESTERSHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS in The Bristol Mercury, Saturday, October 21, 1843:

Before Mr.Curtis Hayward

Hannah Clark, 18, for stealing, at Minchinhampton, a blanket, the property of D. Richards, was sentenced to six months' hard labour.

From GLOUCESTERSHIRE SESSIONS in The Bristol Mercury, Saturday, January 6, 1844;

TRANSPORTATION. -Seven Years: Cornelius Drew, for stealing fowls at Minchinhampton (second conviction).

From The Bristol Mercury, Saturday, December 13, 1845:

SUDDEN DEATH.-At Minchinhampton, on the 2nd instant, Mr. Viner of the Blue Boys Inn, while in an adjoining public-house called for a pint of beer, and whilst it was being warmed he dropped something on the ground, and when in the act of picking it up fell lifeless on the floor.

From CORRESPONDENCE in The Preston Guardian, Saturday, November 17, 1849 (Excerpt from a letter):

THE DEAD POISONING THE LIVING - (...) ...I would direct your attention to the recent outbreak of fever at Minchinhampton. This is a town containing about 900 inhabitants. It is pleasantly and healthily situated on a declivity, and has been remarkably exempt from fever. Mr. D. Smith, a highly respectable surgeon, had practised in the town for fourteen years without meeting with a single case of typhus fever. In the autumn of 1843 the church was rebuilt, and it was thought expedient to lower the surface of the grave yard within a foot or two of the remains of those buried. Many bodies were disturbed during this process, and re-interred. The earth so removed - of a very dark colour, and saturated, in fact, with the products of human putrefaction - was devoted to the purpose of agriculture. Upwards of nine hundred cart loads were thus employed, some as manure on the neighbouring fields, some in the rector's garden, and some in the patron's garden. The seeds of disease were thus widely sown, and the result any man of common sense might have predicted. The family of the rector, and the inhabitants of the street adjoining the churchyard, were the first attacked and the greatest sufferers. The rector lost his wife, his daughter, and his gardener; the patron's gardener also, who had been employed in dressing flower beds with human manure, was attacked. In short, wherever the earth had been taken, fever followed.

The children who attended the Sunday School caught as they passed the up-turned surface of the grave yard, went home, and died. Mr. Smith states that since its commencement seventeen deaths have occurred from fever.

Minchinhampton Market Square
Minchinhampton Market Square

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