Shalfleet Newspapers

Also including Calbourne and Newtown Parishes

1800 - 1830

Hampshire Telegraph – 10 May 1802

The illumination in Newport on Saturday last in consequence of the Peace was general and brilliant. There was a grand display of fire-works, on Honey Hill, near the town. Sir John Barrington of Swainston, had a bonfire, made of 2000 bavans, cord wood and tar barrels, accompanied with a magnificent display of fire-works. The whole had a most beautiful effect and passed off without the least accident. The Calbourne Volunteers were assembled on the occasion, to whom Sir John gave two hogsheads of strong beer.


Portsdown Gentleman – 5 December 1803

Isle of Wight Volunteers, South West Battalion, Shalfleet Company. – Ensign W. Urry to be Lieutenant; H. Hill, Gent. to be Ensign, vice Urry.


Jackson’s Oxford Journal – 18 July 1812

On of the most extraordinary trials that ever disgraced the annals of atrocity took place on Friday at Winchester. John James, a youth of 19 years of age, was indicted for the wilful murder of his mistress, Elizabeth Hill, at Shalfleet, near Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. It appeared, from the most clear and satisfactory evidence, that his master, to whom he was apprenticed as a shoemaker, was gone with his son to church on the Morning of Sunday 21st June last, leaving his wife and this lad at home. On their return in company with a neighbour, they discovered Mrs Hill lying on the kitchen floor, with three deep wounds inflicted by a hatchet on her head and face, and her throat cut across. On interrogating the boy, who was deliberately walking before the house, he very calmly confessed the foul deed without being able to assign the most latent motive that could induce him to commit it. He stood at the bar, during the whole of the trial, with his eyes beat on the ground, in a kind of melancholy apathy. He viewed the dreadful instruments, produced in court, with unaltered aspect; he heard the awful sentence with indifference, and retired without having uttered a word, beyond a refusal to say anything. He declares he entertains no sorrow for the action; for had any one come in his way, he should have done the same thing. His mistress he says, was always too good to him. He feel no terror at his approaching fate, but expresses himself truly happy and content to die. When strongly interrogated as to the probable motive of his conduct, he referred the inquirers to the 3rd chapter of Job. He appears an enthusiast in the Methodist persuasion. The Judge (Sir Alan Chambre) commented with much feeling and perspicuity, on the dangerous effects of vulgar and literal constructions of scriptural passages.


Jackson’s Oxford Journal – 18 July 1812

EXECUTION. – Monday, about 8 o’clock in the morning, John James, convicted at the late Winchester Assizes, of the wilful murder of Elizabeth Hill, at Shalfleet, in the Isle of Wight, was taken from the county gaol, to the usual place of execution, and after spending a considerable time in devotion with the Ordinary of the prison, was launched into eternity; after hanging the usual time, his body was taken to the County Hospital for dissection. At the place of execution he maintained the same composure that has distinguished him ever since he committed the act, and even at the last moment; not the smallest trace of fear or dread was discoverable in his countenance. It does not appear he was given to vicious habits, or like the generality of the victims of justice had become progressively wicked; and, just before he left the prison declared that he had no motive whatever for committing the dreadful act, and could by no means account for it.


Hampshire Telegraph – 5 April 1819


To be LET, at Lady-day next, - A comfortable FAMILY- HOUSE called WARLANDS, in the pleasant village of Shalfleet, six miles from Newport and three from Yarmouth; consisting of two parlours, five sleeping rooms, kitchen, wash-house, and convenient offices; a stable for two or three horses, a very large excellent garden and orchard.

The house is pleasantly situated, a part commanding an excellent view of Newtown River, the Sea and opposite Coast; and being only a mile distant from the River, has the great advantage of sea bathing.

Particulars may be known (if by letter, post-paid), on application to the Bailiff, at the Parsonage, Shalfleet.


Hampshire Telegraph – 18 December 1820

As proof of the Isle of Wight being a very healthy spot, we need only notice, that, for the space of 12 months and 10 days, but one person died within the parish of Shalfleet; this occurrence took place last year.


Hampshire Telegraph – 22 January 1821

Lady Barrington, of Swainston-house, has most generously bestowed on the poor of the parish of Calbourne, 400 coats, 80 jackets, and 1000 faggots


Hampshire Telegraph – 15 October 1821

Robert Clarke, Esq., has been elected Mayor of the Borough of Newtown for the ensuing year.


Hampshire Telegraph – 14 January 1822

NEWPORT. The following contraband goods have been seized and deposited in the Excise Store here:- 59 tubs of liquor seized at Newtown, 79 tubs at Freshwater, 2 at Bembridge, and 58 bags of tea at Yarmouth.


Hampshire Telegraph – 29 July 1822

Newtown Fair. On Monday, was productive of much sport to the lovers of fun and amusement, particularly a donkey-race announced to take place – the last ass in to be the winner. A considerable number of donkeys, being remarkably slow goers, made their appearance, each owner or his boy riding the other’s donkey, and upwards of 500 people were present anxious to see the sport, which terminated, after continued cheers, in favour of an ass belonging to poor man. – The race was so particularly gratifying, that it is to form part of every Anniversary.


Hampshire Telegraph – 25 November 1822

On the 17th inst. Lieut. J Moore, Chief Officer of the Preventive Boat Stationed at Newtown, seized 90 casks foreign spirits, near Thorness Bay, at the moment 50 of sixty smugglers were hauling them on shore by a rope.


Hampshire Telegraph – 17 February 1823

At Guildhall, on Saturday, William Baker, of Calbourn Bottom, was convicted in the penalty of £100 for having smuggled spirits, tea, &c. on his premises.


Hampshire Telegraph – 2 October 1823

Yesterday, Lieutenant Moore, commander of the Preventive Boat at Newtown, crept up 71 casks of spirits off Hamstead.


Hampshire Telegraph – 17 May 1824


To be SOLD at AUCTION, by Mr FRANCIS PITTIS, at the Bugle Inn in Newport, on Saturday the 12th day of June 1824. at six o’clock in the evening, (unless previously disposed of by Private Contract). – A valuable and very desirable FREEHOLD ESTATE, comprising the entirety of a compact FARM and LANDS, called WARLANDS, consisting of an excellent Farm House and all requisite Out Buildings, and upwards of 90 acres of LAND, in convenient inclosures, lying within a Ring Fence.

Two UNDIVIDED THIRD PARTS of the PARSONAGE and GLEBE LANDS of SHALFLEET, comprising a good Family Dwelling-house, Barns and Out Buildings, and upwards of 70 acres of LAND, in convenient inclosures.


TWO UNDIVIDED THIRD PARTS of the TYTHES of upwards of 2000 acres of land, and the entirety of a Fee Farm Rent.

This Property is situated in the Parish of Shalfleet, in the Isle of Wight, about six miles from Newport, and two from Yarmouth, and one mile from the sea, presenting altogether a most desirable opportunity of investment.

Printed particulars, and Maps of the Estate, may be had six weeks before the Sale, by applying to the auctioneer, or Messrs. Sewell and Hearn, Newport, Isle of Wight.


Hampshire Telegraph – 30 June 1828

A malignant act of revenge was committed a few days since at Hamstead Farm, near Shalfleet, by a very fine horse belonging to John Nash Esq. the proprietor of the Farm being poisoned, as was made manifest on the carcase being opened. – Suspicion having fallen on two men who were recently discharged from the farm, they were apprehended. And brought before a Magistrate, when there not being sufficient evidence to commit them both, one was discharged, and the other stands for re-examination to-day.


Hampshire Telegraph – 8 June 1829

Two young men of the names Wadham and Cass, were on Saturday last, convicted by the magistrates in petty Sessions, of cutting, and intending to carry away, some timber from a coppice near Shalfleet, the property of Sir Fitz William Barrington, Bart. The offenders being unable to pay the penalty inflicted, £5 each, were committed to bridewell for two months, with exercise of the tread mill.


Hampshire Telegraph – 15 February 1830

On Saturday last, the following persons appeared before the Magistrates, pursuant to summonses on information previously exhibited against them at the insistence of the Board of Excise, for harbouring and concealing smuggled liquor, in the quantities as set forth below in their respective habitations, - Israel Rolf, of Gatcombe, one gallon of brandy; Henry Rolf, of Chillerton, one gallon ditto; David Scammell, of Wellow, one pint and a half, ditto; James Gallop, of Mottistone, half a pint of brandy, and a quarter pint of hollands; Simon Singleton, of Whitwell, three quarters of a pint of brandy, and half a pint of hollands; and Wm. Warne, of Atherfield, a quarter of a pint of brandy, who were all severally convicted and sentenced to pay the mitigated penalty of £25 each.


Hampshire Telegraph – 22 February 1830

On Saturday, before the Magistrates in Petty Sessions, Mary, wife of John Sweatman, of Ryde was convicted of concealing smuggled brandy, and sentenced to pay the mitigated fine of £25; - James Stagg, of Calbourne, was at the same time also convicted of the like offence, and adjudged to pay the mitigated penalty of £50.


Hampshire Telegraph – 15 March 1830

On Wednesday, the 3rd instant, the farmhouse of Mr William Way, of Calbourne, New Barn, was broken into, and twelve large hams in a state of being dried stolen and carried away. A few days later, the house of a man name Goodall, a labourer in full employment in the neighbourhood, was searched, on suspicion of the stolen goods being there; when, not only were the hams, but a great number of other articles were there found; in short, it appeared a regular depôt for such goods. Goodall himself was soon taken into custody, as were four others also supposed to be confederates will him in his system of plunder, and are now awaiting an examination before the Magistrates, which will take place today.


Hampshire Telegraph – 26 April 1830

HANTS EASTER SESSIONS. The following prisoners were tried, and received sentences as under:-

Seven Years’ Transportation – John Goodall, for stealing six hams, the property of Wm. Way, of Calbourne, Isle of Wight ………


Hampshire Telegraph – 22 November 1830

On Saturday, last before the Magistrates, the following persons were charged and convicted for infractions of the Revenue Laws, at the instance of the Board of Excise ……… David Scammell, selling beer without a licence, at Wellow, fined £25.

1831 - 1840

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