Aireborough Historical Society

1843 Poachers Yeadon




Title
Poachers Yeadon
Date december 1843
Location Yeadon
Photo ID
V410
Comment

" David Hudson and John Gill, two young men from Yeadon were brought before the West Riding Justices charged with being upon the lands of J Barstow Esq. - armed in the night time for the purposes of killing game.

    The game-keepers of Mr Barstow were called, who proved the fact of their having been there in company with others and that Hudson had repeatedly threatened to shoot them if they advanced.

     Mr Ferns advised the bench on behalf of Hudson and called a witness to  prove an alibi.

Mr Rhodes, in delivering the judgement of the Court, said that the gentlemen who had addressed the Court on behalf of Hudson had very clearly and ably pointed out to them the danger of attending poaching.

It leads to every crime and ends in the disgrace of a respectable family by a child's misconduct and if persisted in eventually brings the parties to an untimely and ignominious end ; and after a most affecting address from the Bench, fined Hudson £5 and costs and Gill 40s (£2) and costs and hoped what had been said would be a warning for the future".

 Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling


 

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