Crime

There have been several crimes committed in, or connected to, Wold Newton.  The first one we know about is a riot in 1308. 

An entry in the Patent Rolls for 11th November 1308 tells us that a Commission of oyer and terminer (hear and determine) was granted to Edmund de Eyncourt and others on complaints by Edmund de Chauncey and William de Chauncey that a number of people of both genders, including Germain de Capella of Newton, assaulted him at Wold Newton and carried away his goods.  Germain de Capella was accompanied by people from Gunnerby, Croxby, Beelsby, Rothwell, Waithe and Alvingham. 

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Murders

Some Sessions of the Peace in Lincolnshire 1381-96

The Court Papers in the Lincolnshire Archives are referred to in the Lincolnshire Archivists' Report 20, the relevant extract of which is attached below.  It contains the story of Ruth and Thomas Goodhand of Wold Newton who attacked the rector and made off with two of the church bells, as well as lead, iron and wood from the church.  The third bell was spared and hangs in the church today.

History tends to tell the stories of the rich and powerful.  An example of the vulnerability of most of society is given in the following description of an incident in 1830:

"The situation of the poor and the severity of the authorities appeared in the neighbouring village of Wold Newton.  A labourer’s wife, who had recently given birth to a child, resisted attempts to evict her from their cottage.  Her landlord’s men then proceeded to evict her by pulling it down over her head.  Driven to despair, she set fire to the pile of ruins, and for this she was convicted of arson and sentenced to transportation for life."

Extract from “A History of Grimsby” by Edward Gillett   

For the court report, click here.

... and Corruption

Extracts from Lincoln Record Society volume 78, dated 1988, an account of “The 1341 Royal Inquest into Lincolnshire”, which was set up by Edward III to inquire why the taxes and levies he put in place( to finance his various wars in France etc) were extracted from the people but not paid to his treasury due to corruption on the part of officials. (This wasn't confined to Lincs., other counties were similarly subject to inquests, which became quite wide-ranging in their use as courts).





It's not clear if these three extracts actually refer to just one event, and refer to the different parts people played in it (e.g. was Robert de Sewerby working for Herbert de Gressseby and Nicholas de Staunford who in turn were in league with Gilbert of Leatherhead?)   However, Robert Rider is obviously a tenant of a farm at Wold Newton and sending a good quantity of wheat and malt (barley) to Gainsborough to be shipped.
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Tramping Irish women apprehended in Wold Newton  90k v. 1 28 Mar 2010, 10:08 Christopher Buckle
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Contains the story of the Goodhands' misdemeanors  107k v. 1 7 Mar 2010, 02:36 Christopher Buckle
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Accidental death  39k v. 1 28 Mar 2010, 10:21 Christopher Buckle
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Theft of sheep skins from William Wright  93k v. 1 28 Mar 2010, 10:19 Christopher Buckle