Wordless Wednesday – A Great Read

This amazing book relates the history of the author’s family in the Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire. I think it would be of interest to any family historian and especially to those who lived around this area.  The period covering the miner’s strike brought back such memories – not good ones. As this is a Wordless Wednesday post I’m not going to go into detail, but … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday – A Great Read

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustlers part IV

(For Part I click here) (For Part II click here) (For Part III click here) The last time we met John & William Richardson, they had admitted their guilt to the York Assizes and were on their way to Millbank prison in London to await transportation for ten years. Following their stay in Millbank they were moved to the prison hulk York moored off the … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustlers part IV

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part III

(For Part I click here) (For Part II click here) So John and William found themselves in York Castle prison, charged with two counts of sheep theft.  On 23rd of December 1843, the York Herald reported that they had pleaded guilty to both counts and William also admitted to having stolen a bay gelding from Robert Williamson the previous September. Since 1742 theft of sheep … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part III

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part II

(For Part I click here) William and John Richardson’s freedom following their discharge by the York magistrates was short-lived.  The following Saturday a warrant was issued for their arrest; evidence had been discovered of further sheep thefts carried out by the brothers.  John was arrested at a farmhouse in Wheldrake, while William had arrived at the Station House of his own accord. They appeared before … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part II