Shalfleet Newspapers

Also including Calbourne and Newtown Parishes

1831 - 1840

Hampshire Telegraph – 19 September 1831

TO MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS. The Situations of SURGEONS and APOTHECARIES for the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Districts of the Isle of Wight will become available as and from Michaelmas next. Such medical gentlemen as may be willing to undertake the care and attendance of the SICK POOR within all or either of these Districts until the Annual Meeting of the Guardians of the Poor within the Isle of Wight, in June 1832, are requested to send their Tenders in writing to the undersigned, on or before the 29th September instant, accompanied with testimonies of skills &c. The Election will take place on the 30th instant……….

District No. 6 – Comprises the Town of Newport, part of Northwood, part of Carisbrooke, part of St Nicholas and part of Shalfleet , and is present attended by Messrs. Waterworth and Wavell, for the annual salary of £95.

No. 7 – Comprises the Parishes of Brooke and Mottiston, and parts of Brixton and Shorwell, St. Nicholas, Shalfleet, Calbourn, and Carisbrooke, and is now attended by Mr Barrett, for the annual salary of £75. ………

GEORGE RIALL, Secretary of the Guardians of the Poor

House of Industry, Sept. 9th, 1831.


Hampshire Telegraph - 8 October 1832

On the night of Monday, the 1st inst., that active and spirited Officer, Lieut. Marshall, R N, Chief Officer on the Newtown Station captured off Hamstead 123 tubs of Smuggled Liquor, being the only seizure made there in the last five years, and the largest in the Island for two or three years past. Lieut. M. is just retuned from Suffolk, where in the space of 18 months he captured between 5 and 600 Tubs of Spirits, and took a cart loaded with smuggled Tobacco, to accomplish which he was obliged to shoot the horse drawing it.


Hampshire Telegraph – 26 August 1833

The following persons were fined for using false weights and measures ……… John Gannaways, Calbourne, 5s


Hampshire Telegraph – 27 January 1834

George James and James Ford, of Shalfleet, for stealing wood from F. Mew, were each fined 5s, and in default committed for ten days to hard labour.


Hampshire Telegraph – 28 July 1834

A woman of the name of Holbrook, is now living, in good health, in Newtown, in this Island, who is in her hundredth year. She has been blind about eight years, but is in tolerable enjoyment of her other faculties, and, with assistance, is in the constant habit of walking a short distance almost daily, in her garden.


Hampshire Telegraph – 21 March 1835

As Mr Richard Urry, jun. of Wellow, was driving a mare in his father’s cart, on Thursday, she began kicking, and as he was jumping out, she struck him a violent blow, by which both his legs were broken below the knee.


Hampshire Telegraph – 12 October 1835

Sale of Hamstead Farm and 500 South Down Sheep etc. (Late J Nash) – Not transcribed.


Hampshire Telegraph – 7 March 1836

NEWPORT. – At the Town Hall on Saturday last, before the County Magistrates, Jas.Taylor, of Northwood, for stealing Turnips from Capt. Wilkinson, of Gurnard, was sentenced to one month’s hard labour; Isaac Lewis, of Shalfleet, for poaching, convicted in the penalty of £1.


Hampshire Telegraph – 27 June 1836

Three Cottages were burnt to the ground on Friday night the 17th instant, at Stone Steps, near the village of Calbourne, supposed to be the work of an incendiary.


Hampshire Telegraph – 19 December 1836

On Thursday night, the Watch House, belonging to the Newtown station, was launched from Mr White’s slip; the building goes by the name Noah’s Ark.


Hampshire Telegraph – 25 February 1837

Died, at Newtown, Mrs Blanche, aged 101.


Hampshire Telegraph – 18 March 1837

An inquest was lately taken at Newtown, before H Sewell, Esq. on the body of Thomas Taylor, who died suddenly on Friday night. Verdict – Died by Visitation of God. 


Hampshire Telegraph – 24 April 1837

NEWPORT. – At the Town Hall on Saturday last, John and James Woodford, of Calbourne, and W. Read, of Shalfleet, were fined 13s each, for being found in pursuit of game.


Hampshire Telegraph – 22 May 1837

NEWPORT. At the Town Hall on Saturday the 13th inst., W. Read, of Shalfleet, for poaching, was fined £2, in default committed for six weeks, before C. B. Roe, Esq.


Hampshire Telegraph – 4 September 1837

The new Church at Newtown will be opened in the course of this month; the building has a noble appearance in the Gothic style.


Hampshire Telegraph – 2 October 1837

COWES. Sixty-three casks of spirits were deposited in the Customs warehouse at this port on Saturday last, which had been crept up off Hamstead, near Newtown, by the crew of the Sprightly, in conjunction with the coast guard officers on the station.


Hampshire Telegraph – 6 December 1837

The new Church at Newtown, parish of Calbourne, was consecrated on Wednesday, by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese, the Worshipful Chancellor, Dr. Dealtry, and Chaplain, Rev. Mr. Boyles, Rev Mr. Woodrooffe, Rev. Sir Henry Thompson, Bart. (of Fareham), the Mayor and Corporation of Newtown, and the resident Divines of the Island, viz.- S. Wilberforce, Richard Walton Wight, Sedgwick, Fenwick, Geneate, Gother, Middleton, Fowler, Arney, Dodd, Henry Thompson (Brading), Holditch, &c. The Rev, Mr. Woodrooffe read the prayers, and the Lord Bishop delivered a very appropriate discourse, from the 26th Psalm and the 8th verse. The following were also present: the Earl of Yarborough, Sir Richard Simeon, Bart. And Hon. Capt. Waldergrave, R.N. – The church will hold about 130 persons, and all free sittings. Mr. Livesay, of Portsmouth is the architect, and Mr. Wm. Wheeler, of West Cowes, the builder, who has done his work in a manner that does him much credit. The pulpit is of stone. The building is dedicated to the Holy Spirit. No collection was made, although it was usual. There was a sumptuous lunch prepared at the Guildhall of the ancient borough. The Lord Bishop remains at Brixton Vicarage for a few days.


Hampshire Telegraph – 19 March 1838

At the Petty Sessions on Saturday last, Edward Woodnutt, of Newbridge stood charged with stealing a number of fir plants, the property of Sir R. G. Simeon, Bart. was sentenced to three month’s imprisonment and hard labour.


Hampshire Telegraph – 23 June 1838

We are happy to state that Mr. James Wheeler, of Wellow, who was seriously injured by the kick of a horse, and reported to be dead, is now in a fair way of recovery.


Hampshire Telegraph – 16 July 1838

The splendid Painted Window at the East-end of Newtown Church being now completed, we would recommend this chef d’œvure to the special attention of the tourist; a visit to Newtown would well repay the trouble. Admirers of painted glass in the olden style, will find there the most successful production in the art of staining, which this century can boast of; the artist avoiding the gaudy and inharmonious colouring which characterizes most painted glass of the present day, has given the Newtown window that chaste though elaborate character so peculiar to ancient painted glass, or glass of bye-gone times. It was put up at the joint expence of Lord Yarborough, Sir R. Simeon, and the Hon. A’court Holmes.


Hampshire Telegraph – 21 January 1839

Mr Charles Allen, Superintendent of rural police, laid two informations against Richard Gladdis, at Newport, in the Parish of Shalfleet, for having on the 24th December, and 1st January, sold beer by retail, whereby he had forfeited the sum of 20s for each offence. Defendant pleaded not guilty. It appeared that Thomas Hensler and Charles Flux, two of the rural police, went into Gladdis’ house on the 1st January at 12 o’clock at night and saw 22 persons in the room, men, women and children; there was one quart cup before them, one pint, a glass full of beer, and a pipe: there was also a dice-box and a piece of beef on the table; Gladdis said he had only been selling a little beer; he did not say been raffling for plum-cakes or beef. Mr Worsley, for the defendant, called several witnesses who said they were customers of Gladdis, who sold bread and cheese, soap and candles, and they were invited to spend the evening there, and paid for nothing they drank. Andrew Taylor, a witness for the defence, was cross-examined by Mr.C.Allen, and admitted that he had raffled for Mrs. Jacob. For the beef, twelve put in three-pence each; witness won it. George Sutton, another witness for the defence, admitted the were raffling for fourpenny plum-cakes; he had no money with him; asked for a drop of water , and they gave him some beer. James Barton (13 years of age) deposed that he was at Gladdis’s on the 24th December; Pollard and Sutton each called for a quart of beer, which Mrs Gladdis brought, and for which Sutton paid with a shilling; he (Barton) and Isaac Brewer had a pint of beer between them for which they paid 3d; there was a house full of people; he was not invited. The Bench, for the first offence, fined him £5 (the lowest sum allowed by law) and 7s costs; and for the second offence £6 and 7s costs. The defendant having declared his inability to pay the penalties, was committed to gaol - one month for the first offence, and six weeks longer for the second offence.


Hampshire Telegraph – 2 February 1839

Hezekiah Hills was fined 5s, and costs, for suffering his beer house at Ningwood Green, to be open after hours allowed by law.


Hampshire Telegraph – 23 February 1839

Moses Pitman Pitman, the poacher, was placed at the bar, and Sir Richard Simeon’s Bailiff, John Scott being sworn, stated that it was not more than half past five in the morning, when he heard the first gun fired in Hummet’s Coppice by the poachers on the 8th inst., (the evidence against Pitman last week did not go beyond six o’clock, but this today being half an hour earlier, placed the offence of being armed in the night beyond a doubt, and within the statute on such offence.) Scott then signed his deposition. Richard Barton, one of the rural police, sworn – my situation at night is at Newbridge; Moses Pitman and Cooper, (who fired at the keeper,) live at Newbridge; on the 8th saw Moses Pitman and Cooper, coming from the direction of Newbarn to Newbridge; they were both wet and dirty, as though they had been out some time; I went towards them and recognised them, I tracked them by their footprints to Hummet’s Coppice; on the way they appeared to have gone up to the hedge and then left it again; I searched the grass there, and found two guns (produced to the bench, one had a flint and the other was a percussion, and were handy little weapons for the purpose), this was about a quarter mile from Newbridge, in one of farmer Moorman’s fields; I gave them to William Allen, jun., of the Bridewell. I have seen the prisoner with a gun before this occurred; I assisted his apprehension on the 9th; went to his house and brought him to Newport; on the way he said, I hope I shall not have a long imprisonment; I said, you would not have had much, if you had not fired at the keeper. He said he did not fire, it was Cooper. When Pitman understood I had found two guns, he said one was a percussion the other had a flint; the latter he said had been fired off; but the former was loaded; on examination I found this to be the case. The Earl of Yarborough, - Did you ever see Cooper in your night patrol? No, my Lord. Earl of Yarborough, Moses Pitman, you stand here charged with felony, if you have anything to say, why you should not be tried for it at the next Assizes, now is your time to speak. Pitman said nothing. He was them committed to take his trial, on the twenty eighth inst., in the second degree, for drawing a trigger of a loaded gun, with intent to kill and murder.


Hampshire Telegraph – 2 March 1839

On Thursday the 28th, the annual coursing fete, called “The Pork and Cabbage Hunt,” took place on Calbourne Down, by permission of Sir Richard Simeon, Bart, when a large field of tradesmen were present. Ten hares were killed, and after the day’s sport, a large party of them dined together at the Sun Inn, Calbourne; and the dinner was served up, in good style, by Mr John Buckler.


The Era – 10 March 1839


Moses Pitman was indicted for maliciously shooting at William Ringer, at Calbourne, in the Isle of Wight, There were other counts, charging the prisoner with aiding and assisting one Charles Cooper in committing the act by shooting at Ringer with intent to do him bodily harm. – Frem evidence it appeared that on the morning of the 8th February the bailiff heard the report of a gun proceeding from a wood a short distance from the farm. He called several persons, among whom was Ringer, and about six o’clock started to the wood. They lay in wait until they saw two men in the wood. They immediately followed them, when one of the two (Cooper) levelled his gun and fired at Ringer. The shots came against his hat, but did not injure him. Prisoner was close to Cooper at the time he fired his gun. The two men then ran away, and the prisoner dropped a coat, in the pockets of which game was found. – Baron Maule, in summing up the case to the jury, stated that the evidence did not show the parties to be near the wood in the night-time; for, by a late Act of Parliament, The night was to be defined as being within one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise, and as the men were not seen until half past six o’clock, that could not be legally considered as the night; therefore those counts failed. The parties were then charged with having discharged the gun at Ringer with intent to do him some bodily harm. The only question therefore, for their consideration was, whether Cooper had discharged the gun with intent to do to Ringer bodily harm, and whether there had been a common purpose between to prisoner and Cooper to do the act. The jury, after consideration, returned a verdict of Not Guilty.


Hampshire Telegraph – 5 August 1839

An inquest was held at Swainston, on Saturday last, on view of the body of an Infant, found in the privy the day before, belonging to one of the laundresses, named Mew, and of which she had delivered herself about a fortnight since. According to the testimony of the Medical Gentleman, it was born alive. A cord was found tied tight round its neck, no doubt for the purpose of strangulation; and, however strange, it may appear to the public, not one of her female companions in the house, when sworn, acknowledged being aware of her situation previous to delivery: it is equally strange, that the Jury found her guilty, not of wilful murder, but merely of the minor offence, viz., concealing the birth.


Hampshire Telegraph – 30 September 1839

Committed to the County Gaol – Mary Mew, for murdering her infant child, at Calbourne, Isle of Wight.


Hampshire Telegraph – 21 October 1839

The annual fair was held at Shalfleet on Monday, which was better attended than it had been for some time past. Several rustic sports took place.


Hampshire Telegraph – 30 December 1839

Kimber, Leonard and Fuller, the three notorious boys, who were committed a few days ago for robbing a shop at Calbourne, were further committed to be tried for another felony, in stealing a copper bowl-dish from the Rev. Wm. Elliott, of Wellow, on the same day as they robbed the shop.

Daniel Woodnutt, a boy, was sentenced to hard labour for a fortnight, for stealing turnips from a field at Calbourne, belonging to the Rev. Mr. Woodroofe.

1800 - 1830

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