NEWSPAPER TRANSCRIPTS 1880's (listed in date order)
a succession of dots ...... after an article, denotes more detail.

IW Advertiser, Ryde & Ventnor Times 00/05/1880 - Borough Petty Sessions
James Matthews
, blacksmith, Arreton, was summoned for the offence of a crowded bedroom. The Inspector deposed that he always found the house overcrowded. Defendant worked for Mr Barton of Heasley Farm, and lived in a house of two rooms, one above the other. The bedroom was 13ft square and badly ventilated and contained only 650 cubic feet of air. The father, mother and five children slept in it. He had been twice summoned for the nuisance, but neglected to abate it either time as ordered. Dr Foster deposed that each individual member of the family ought at the very least, to have 200ft cube of air, while at present each child has less than 190, and had it not been for the extreme cleanliness of the wife, the consequences might have been very serious, not only to the family, but to the district. Mrs Matthews said they had been promised a better house, and the case was adjourned for a month.

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IW Advertiser, Ryde & Ventnor Times 24/04/1880 - Borough Petty Sessions

George Henry Winscom, a dwarf, who is employed as a shoemaker, was summoned for using abusive and threatening language - Edwin Winscom said he was the father of the defendant and on Saturday 3rd inst he met him on the corner of Mill-street, when he swore at and made use of threatening language towards him.  The defendant had frequently made use of abusive and threating language when he happened to meet him.  A man named Whittaker gave corroborative evidence.  Defendant was fined 2s.6d and 5s. costs.

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IW Advertiser, Ryde & Ventnor Times 04/12/1880 - Ryde Borough Police
Two children, Isabel Tammidge and Thomas Saunders, who were said to frequent the company of reputed thieves, were ordered to be sent to industrial schools, on the application of Mr Flux, clerk to the School Board.

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IW Observer 25/06/1881 - Charged
Yesterday (Friday) morning Rosina Hawker (nee Redstone), of Oakfield, was charged with stealing a gold watch, the property of Alfred Francis Gibb, of Lyndhurst, and was sentenced to two months' hard labour.

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IW Advertiser, Ryde Times 26 Apr 1884 - Affiliation
Richard Body, a gentleman of independent means, living at Chinfield near Reading, was summoned at Newport on Saturday by Lydia Hawkins, domestic servant, Ventnor, in respect to her illegitimate male child, whom she alleged the defendant was the putative father - it appeared the parties met at Ventnor, the complainant waiting upon the defendant, who resided for some three days at the establishment where complainant was servant. Defendant who had come expressly from Brussels to attend the case was ordered to pay 5s. per week and the costs £1.15s.6d. *

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IW County Press 27/12/1884 - Notice
Receiving Order and date of Public Examination:  Joseph Duncan Shilling, late of the Marine Hotel, Shanklin, now 1 Sydney Villa, Atherley road, Shanklin, late Hotel-keeper, now out of business, January 14th, Newport and Ryde.  Adjudication ditto, dates of orders and petition, December 22nd.

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IW County Press 27/12/1884 - Attempted Suicide - Ryde
On Friday evening of last week a young woman named Calloway, a domestic servant whose parents reside in Monkton street, attempted to drown herself in the Canoe Lake.  She was fortunately rescued by a gentleman who heard her screams and she was taken to the Infirmary.

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IW County Press 09/01/1886 - County Petty Sessions
Jane Groves of West Cowes, was summoned by her sister Matilda Rhodes, for wilful damage. Complainant stated that on the 19th ult. defendant put her fist through five panes of glass in one of the windows of witness's house. The damage was 3s. - The parties indulged in some very unsisterly recriminations - Defendant said she was "shoved" through the windows by a man - P.C. Marsh stated that when he served the summons on the defendant, she said "give my love to my sister and tell her I'm ready to do another six months for her". - The Bench ordered defendant to pay 3s. damage and 9s. costs.

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IW County Press 30/01/1886 - Accident - Ryde
Mr Jas. Stay, of this town, accidentally fell and broke his leg at Ventnor on Saturday morning last.  He was brought by train to Ryde and conveyed to the Infirmary.

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IW County Press 13/02/1886 - Newport Borough Police
Sarah Denness of South street, (on remand) was charged with stealing 2s.6d., the moneys of John Ash of Gunville.  The parties it appeared, met at the Antelope and afterwards went to the prisoners house, where it was alleged the theft was committed, but the Bench considered prosecutor's word unreliable and the prisoner was discharged, though the Bench said the complaints received with respect to her and her house, rendered it necessary that they should caution her.

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IW County Press 13/02/1886 - Ryde Borough Police
Ernest Willis. 17, a labourer, South street, pleaded guilty to having been drunk and disorderly in Monkton street on the 2nd inst. - PC Flaherty proved the offence, saying the defendant who was in charge of a horse and cart, was so drunk that he fell under the horse's legs.  He had to be removed in one of Messrs. Pickford's vans - Defendant, who expressed sorrow for what had happened and promised that it should not occur again; was fined 2s.6d. and 7s.6d. costs.

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IW County Press 18/12/1886 - Presentation
Mr Robert Ellman, relieving officer and registrar of births and deaths for the Ryde district, has completed his fifty years service -- a service which has been distinguished by conspicuous conscientiousness in respect to his duty to the Guardians, and at the same time by the kindliest consideration towards the poor. In celebration of the jubilee, Mr Ellman was on thursday last presented by his brother officers with a handsome time-piece, accompanied by an address, expressive of the cordial feelings of those with whom the worthy recipient has been associated in the performance of his official duties .......

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IW County Press 01/01/1887 - Worthy Gesture
Mr W.Dredge of Kingston, made a distribution of beef on Christmas Day amongst his labourers and the poor of Whippingham, who greatly appreciated the worthy farmer's liberality,

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IW County Press 26/02/1887 - County Petty Sessions

Thomas Hart Bird, West Cowes, was summoned for selling bread otherwise than by weight - this case was adjourned for a fortnight on account of the defendants illness.

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IW County Press 26/02/1887 - County Petty Sessions
Charles Harding, labourer of Yafford, was summoned to show cause &c. The complainant in this case was Kate Heal, a single woman living at Shorwell.  Mr W.H.Wooldridge defended and witnesses having been heard, an order for payment of 1s. a week till the child reached the age of 16, was made.

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IW County Press 26/02/1887 - Sanitary defects - Ryde
It was decided to serve a notice on the owner of the premises in School-street, Oakfield, late in the occupation of Mr Humber, to carry out certain sanitary work within a month, with the intimation that if not complied with, the Board would do the work.

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IW County Press 28/01/1888 - County Petty Sessions
William John Palmer of Cowes, was summoned by Ellen Shirlaw of Newport, for arrears under an affiliation order.  The case had previously been before the court.  Mr Colenutt appeared for defendant and said he was willing to pay a reasonable sum, but the order made was too high; - As complainant did not appear, the summons was dismissed.

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IW County Press 25/02/1888 - Freshwater
Mr Arnold White requests all the intending emigrants to meet him at Farringford on Monday the 27th at 8 oclock in the evening (by favour of Lord Tennyson).  A first rate lady-nurse will accompany the emigrants on June 28th in the "Athenian" and will remain with the new colony for one year at least.

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IW County Press 17/03/1888 - Newport Borough Police - Monday
George Ash, Chain lane, charged with not sending his child to school and whose case has been several times adjourned, was to have attended before the magistrates again today.  Mr Frederic Stratton appeared on behalf of the School Board, who he said regretted the action of the Bench in granting so many adjournments, which had evidently not produced a good effect and the Board asked that a penalty might be imposed.  As the defendant was undergoing a term of imprisonment for an assault on the child in question, he did not appear and the case was further adjourned for a fortnight.

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IW County Press 17/03/1888 - Newport Borough Police - Monday
Frank Fisher, baker, St Thomas's square, for being drunk and incapable on the previous Saturday evening, was fined 5s. with 5s. costs.

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IW Advertiser, Ryde & Ventnor Times 11/08/1888 - Furious Driving
Noah Cooley, driver, Ventnor, has been summond for furious driving - PC Ryal deposed that on Wednesday the 11th ult., while on duty in the Belgrave road Ventnor he saw the defendant driving a horse and carriage.  Defendant was going at a furious pace - Cooley stated that he started with two gentlemen who wished to overtake a coach that had just started.  He denied the policeman's allegation of furious driving.  In this he was corroborated by another witness who had seen him drive past the Royal Hotel.  He was not exceeding 9 miles an hour - He was fined 1s. and 12s. costs.

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IW Advertiser, Ryde & Ventnor Times 1/12/1888 - Exhibitors
Among the successful exhibitors at the Crystal Palace show of poultry, pigeons and rabbits, were Mr S.Salter, Mr H.M.Maynard, and the Rev Maynard of Ryde, for pigeons and Mr John Drayton of Arthur street, Ryde, silver cup for the best Angora rabbit in the show.

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IW County Press 09/03/1889 - Gun Accident - Ryde
On Saturday afternoon, a young man named Beale, a pupil of the Rev. G.Croke Robinson, was shot in the arm by the unexpected discharge of a fowling-piece with which he was shooting gulls on the shore.  Dr. Hastings attended to the wound.

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