Local Criminals

The following details come from two on-line resources:

1.         Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service (BARS) database of entries from local gaol registers etc. It covers 1801 – 1879, with some gaps. Their aim is to eventually add all the surviving County Gaol and House of Correction registers held for 1801 – 1901. [Listed below as from “B”.]

http://apps.bedfordshire.gov.uk/grd/search.aspx

2.         Buckinghamshire Victorian prisoners entering the County Gaol in Aylesbury in the 1870s.  [Listed below as from “C”.]

http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/centre-for-buckinghamshire-studies/online-resources/victorian-prisoners/

…and I thank them, their staff and their volunteers for making such interesting information available and searchable. Researchers are directed to the links above to see if there are further details about the prisoners or cases involved.  I have located further details about a few of these cases in local newspapers, this information is given in [brackets].

I have extracted all details I can find for prisoners who were born or resided, or the offence was committed in Woburn Sands, Wavendon or Aspley Guise. I have included the various spellings of “Hogsty End”, (the previous name of Woburn Sands), “Wandon” (the earlier name for Wavendon) etc, and prisoners who just used “Aspley” as either their birth place or residence.  I have not included prisoners where “Woburn” alone was used for birth place, residence or location of offence.  The only exception to this is the incorrigible Mr. Alfred Hirdle (you will see why……!)

Please note: The fact that a person was committed to goal for a crime is not necessarily an indication of guilt or eventual conviction!  Further research should be done on these cases before using the data in your family history etc.

N.B. Most of the prisoners listed from the BARS database are also listed on another website, Victorian Crime and Punishment, which details Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Huntingdonshire prison records from 1817-1898.  This site also describes the Victorian prison system, and is an ideal learning resource for teachers. See http://vcp.e2bn.org/

Forename Surname Age Date Offence Sentence Trial Description Birth Town Residence From
James Abbott 19 28/09/1824 Misbehaviour as an Apprentice 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 3 inches; Hair colour: Light; Eye colour Hazel; Complexion: Fair; Trade or occupation: Shoemaker; Occupation category: Hand and Treadmill; Marriage status: Single Wavendon Marston B
Arthur Askew 21 08/09/1843 Game Laws 3 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 4 inches; Hair colour: Light Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Stout, scar on the nose; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill; Marriage status: Single Wavendon Wavendon B
George Ayres 18 24/05/1878 Assault [Abetted in the assault on William Boxford by Joseph Page in Aspley Wood] 14 days hard labour or 26/6 Height: 5 feet 4 inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Occupation: Baker; Education: Imperfect; Form of Religion: E Woburn Sands None given B
Thomas Ayres 35 05/02/1874 Stealing a pipe and case; 21 days [Northants Mercury 7 Feb 1874 – Goods valued at 2s 6d belonging to George Scott of The Chequers at Fenny Stratford] Occupation: Bricklayer Previous convictions: one Wootton Woburn Sands C
Thomas Ayres, theft of pipe and case, 1874.
Thomas Ayres, theft of pipe and case, 1874. [Image courtesy of Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies]
Elizabeth Barratt 28 17/05/1856 Manslaughter 4 Years Penal Servitude Summer Assizes Height: 5 ft 0 ¼ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Trade or occupation: Lacemaker; Education: Read; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Husborne Crawley B
Samuel Barrett 23 06/11/1822 Stealing Fowls 1 Month Hard Labour and fined 1 shilling Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Dark Brown; Complexion: Fresh None given Aspley Guise B
Samuel Barrett 65 02/04/1856 Killing and slaying one Ellen Barratt at the Parish of Aspley Guise on the 30th day of March 1856 12 Calendar Months Hard Labour[Parents Samuel and Susannah (and their eldest daughter Elizabeth) were convicted of starving and beating their youngest daughter to death after forcing her and her other sisters to work all day and half the night at lacemaking without food.] Assizes Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Grey; Eye colour: Grey; Visage: Long; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Cut mark under left eyebrow & under chin – hair thin on top of head – scars on right knee & leg; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: 11;  North Crawley Aspley Guise B
Susannah Barrett 64 02/04/1856 Killing and slaying one Ellen Barratt at the Parish of Aspley Guise on the 30th day of March 1856 4 Years Penal Servitude Assizes Height: 5 ft 5 ½ inches; Hair colour: Grey; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: 11 Warrington Aspley Guise B
Thomas Billington 18/05/1816 Debtor Occupation: Higler None given Aspley Guise B
William Billington 30 02/04/1880 Drunkenness 14 days hard labour or 20/6 Height: 5 ft 6¼ inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Form of Religion: E Aspley Guise None given B
John Bowler 32 14/10/1852 On 13th October 1852 at Aspley Guise stealing 2 planks the property of William Handscomb of the value of 5 shillings None entered Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair colour: Black; Eye colour: Grey; Visage: Round; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Small scar over left eyebrow – scar on forefinger left hand; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: 3 Pavenham Wavendon B
John Bowler 41 16/04/1868 Debt: £1 0s 9d 14 days Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Eye Colour: Grey; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying Features: Proportionate; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marital Status: Married Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
John Bowler 45 07/07/1870 Debt: £1 10s 8d 10 days Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Eye Colour: Grey; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying Features: Proportionate; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marital Status: Married Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
James Brown 36 21/11/1846 Idle and Disorderly person 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 9 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Blue; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Stout – scar on the forefinger of the left hand; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Brown 28 04/03/1853 Night poaching 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour and find Sureties for one year or be imprisoned Hard Labour 6 Months more Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 8 inches; Hair colour: Light; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Square; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Scar on first finger of left hand; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Emily Butcher 14 25/01/1845 Stealing cotton print 2 Calendar Months Lent Assizes 1845 Height: 4 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Fresh; Education: Read Wandon End Woburn Sands B
Joseph Butcher 21 06/01/1854 On the 6th December 1853 at Aspley Guise stealing six bushels of Potatoes the property of Benjamin Dalton 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour Assizes Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Ruddy; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Woburn Sands B
Joseph Butcher 21 11/11/1853 Stealing Potatoes 21 Days Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Ruddy; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Write; Marriage status: Single; Religion: Church of England Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Joseph Butcher 29 12/11/1859 Not given Not given Occupation: Agricultural Labourer; Notes: A very Bad Character Aspley Guise Woburn Sands C
Thomas Butcher 23 18/10/1850 On 9th October 1850 at Aspley Guise stealing one live tame Rabbit the goods of William Waterman 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 5 ½ inches; Hair colour: Black; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: One small scar on the forehead; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
George Chance 25 27/03/1846 Night Poaching 21 Days Hard Labour and find Sureties Height: 5 ft 6 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Dark brown; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Stout – scar on the right thumb; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: Unknown Wavendon Wavendon B
Charles Clarke 31 07/10/1853 On 5th October 1853 at Aspley Guise assaulting a Police Constable in the execution of his duty 21 Days Hard Labour or pay 2 pounds 6 shillings and sixpence Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 4 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Round; Complexion: Ruddy; Trade or occupation: Sawyer; Education: Read Imperfectly; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: 3 Woburn Sands Brickhill, Bucks B
Charles Clarke 32 29/01/1855 Neglect of Family 6 Weeks Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying marks: Fish tattooed on right arm CC on left; Trade or occupation: Sawyer; Education: Read Imperfectly; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: 4 Woburn Sands Woburn Sands B
Ebenezer Clarke 37 18/11/1845 Stealing a Potatoe fork Height: 5 ft 5 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Dark; Identifying marks: Lost top left thumb; Education: Read and Write Newport Aspley Guise B
Catherine Collier 22 18/09/1823 Lewdness 1 Whole Year Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 0 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Long nose;  Trade or occupation: Lacemaker; Occupation category: Washing; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Steppingley B
George Cook 15 29/12/1852 On the 5th November 1852 at Aspley Guise unlawfully and maliciously breaking an iron fence the property of the Churchwarden of the Parish 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or pay 2 pound 3 shillings Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 2 ½ inches; Hair colour: Rather light; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Long; Complexion: ruddy; Identifying marks: Mole on right cheek and another just under nose; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read Imperfectly; Marriage status: Single Wavendon Aspley Guise B
John Cook 32 04/03/1854 On the 3rd March 1854 at Husborne Crawley unlawfully killed a Hare 6 Weeks Hard Labour or pay fine and costs 3 pound 9 shillings and sixpence Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 3 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Ruddy; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: 4 Husborne Crawley Aspley Guise B
Thomas Cook 19 18/05/1852 On 17th May 1852 at Aspley Guise by false pretences obtaining from Charlotte the wife of James Burton 12 quarts of beer value 4 shillings 1 Year Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 6 inches; Hair colour: Black; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Thin; Complexion: Brown; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read; Marriage status: Single Ridgmont Ridgmont B
John Cooper 62 16/07/1880 Drunkenness 14 days hard labour or 18/- Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Form of Religion: E Aspley None given B
Thomas Cooper 30 01/12/1821 Felony For further examination. Fully committed for trial by G.Cardale 02/12/1821 Lent Assizes 1822 Height: 5 ft 8 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Complexion: pale None given Aspley Guise B
Thomas Cooper 35 06/01/1829 Stealing Hay Height: 5 ft 8 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Complexion: pale None given Aspley Guise B
Robert Crick 37 19/07/1847 Rogue and Vagabond 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Blue; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Stout – scar on the left side of the face; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill; Marriage status: Married Brackley Aspley Guise B
Daniel Crute 18 04/04/1848 Larceny 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 2 inches; Hair colour: Light Brown; Eye colour: Blue; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Stout – blue mark form of a man but faintly seen; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Daniel Crute 18 18/03/1848 Stealing oranges 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 2 inches; Hair colour: Sandy; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Blue mark right arm; Education: Read and Write Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Edward Crute 21 18/09/1827 Damaging fruit trees 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 3 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Complexion: Dark None given Aspley Guise B
Edward Crute 24 29/12/1829 Maliciously destroying a clothes line 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 3 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Complexion: Dark None given Aspley Guise B
Edward Crute 30 06/05/1834 Cutting and Maiming Transportation for Life – Removed to the Justitia Hulk – Woolwich Midsummer 1834 Height: 5 ft 3½ inches; Hair Colour: Dark; [Injuring a horse property of William Bird]; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying Features: Has lost one leg None given Aspley Guise B
John Crute 40 21/09/1825 Misbehaviour in Service 7 Days Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Eye Colour: Hazel; Complexion: Fair; Occupation: Labourer; Marital Status: Married; Prison Work: Handmill Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Robert Crute 20 08/11/1852 On 19th Sep.1852 at Aspley Guise assaulting and beating Thomas Snoxall 14 Days imprisonment Gaol or pay 1 pound 8 shillings and sixpence Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 6 ½ inches; Hair colour: Sandy; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fair; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Robert Crute 45 05/12/1879 Stealing a fork 1 calendar month hard labour[He thought Nathanial Cartwright's house was empty and the fork abandoned. Sold it to Mr Rich coal merchant. Mrs Cartwright called police. Said he would not have taken it if he knew.] Height: 5 ft 5½ inches; Hair Colour: Light; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Read; Form of Religion: E Aspley None given B
William Crute 24 18/02/1819 Vagrant 21 Days Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 4 inches; Hair colour: Sandy; Complexion: Fresh None given Aspley Guise B
William Daniel 13 15/04/1853 On the 5th Nov.1852 at the Parish of Aspley Guise breaking and damaging a certain fence to the amount of 5 shillings the property of the Church Wardens of the Parish of Aspley Guise 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or pay 2 pounds 3 shillings Summarily Convicted Height: 4 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Dark Hazel; Visage: Round; Complexion: Ruddy; Identifying marks: Small red mark on lower lip; Trade or occupation: Goes with his father in brick laying; Education: Read and Write; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
George Daniels 19 25/06/1850 On 28th April 1850 at Holcot assaulting and beating Thomas Atkinson 7 Days imprisonment Gaol or pay 1 shilling and sixpence fine 20 shillings and sixpence costs Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 6 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: One small mole on the neck and small scar on the side of face; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Thomas Daniels 18 15/02/1822 Felony Lent Assizes 1822 Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Complexion: Dark None given Aspley Guise B
William Daniels 15 03/12/1855 Stealing one live cock fowl the property of Frederick Shetlock value 3 shillings 6 Weeks Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 1 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Ruddy; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Daniels 15 15/02/1856 Did on the 5th day of February 1856 assault at the Parish of Aspley Guise assault one Hannah Smith 21 Days Gaol or pay 1 pound 7 shillings and a penny Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 1 ½ inches; Hair colour: Dark Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Cut mark and wart over right eyebrow – mole right side of neck – burn marks back of neck – mole on chin – several moles on left cheek – lame right hip having been dislocated; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Daniels 19 15/02/1822 Felony Lent Assizes 1822 Height: 5 ft 3 ½ inches; Hair colour: Dark; Complexion: Dark None given Aspley Guise B
William Daniels 65 09/08/1867 Debt – £7 3s 2d 14 days Height: 5 ft 3 inches; Hair Colour: Grissled; Eye Colour: Grey; Complexion: Jaundiced; Identifying Features: Proportionate; Occupation: Bricklayer; Education: Read; Marital Status: Married Aspley Aspley Guise B
Thomas Devereax 36 05/06/1858 Debt – £2 4s 6d 14 days Gaol Height: 5 ft 1 inches; Hair Colour: Dark; Eye Colour: Hazel; Complexion: Pale; Identifying Features: Slight Built; Occupation: Shoemaker; Education: Read and Write; Marital Status: Married Woburn Woburn Sands B
Thomas Devereax 37 03/09/1858 Debt – £4 18s 6d 20 days Gaol Height: 5 ft 4 inches; Hair Colour: Grey; Eye Colour: Grey; Complexion: Sallow; Occupation: Shoemaker; Education: Read and Write; Marital Status: Married Woburn Woburn Sands B
Alfred Devereux 22 14/12/1883 Game Laws 14 days hard labour or 22/6d Height: 5 ft 5¼ inches; Hair Colour: Sandy; Occupation: Labourer; Education: None; Form of Religion: Primitive Methodist Woburn Sands None given B
George Dolton 17 14/07/1854 Feloniously ravishing and carnally knowing one Ann Brazier against her will on the 6th of May 1854 at Toddington None entered Summer Assizes Height: 5 ft 0 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly; Marriage status: Single Woburn Sands Woburn Sands B
William Dolton 20 01/11/1873 Stealing Money 2 months Occupation: Groom Woburn Sands Akeley C
William Dolton – convicted of theft 1873
William Dolton – convicted of theft 1873. [Image courtesy of Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies]
Kisby Draper 24 07/03/1859 Not given Not given Notes: Looks like a gypsy. Alien to good feelings; Occupation: Horse Dealer Aspley Little Brickhill C
Joseph Eaton 25 25/10/1844 Game Laws 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 9 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Grey; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Stout – scar on the left hand;  Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill; Marriage status: Single  Wavendon Wavendon B
Thomas Emerton 22/04/1851 Debt: £29 10s 0d Occupation: Rope Maker None given Aspley Guise B
William Emerton 23 08/12/1820 Deserter from the 48th Regiment of Foot Height: 5 ft 7 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Complexion: Fair None given Aspley Guise B
William Emerton 28 25/02/1825 Rogue and Vagabond 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 8 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying marks: Scar on the left side of the neck; Trade or occupation: Bricklayer; Occupation category: White washing; Marriage status: Married Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Henry Emmerton 18 21/01/1822 Stealing 10 pounds Lent Assizes 1822 Height: 5 ft 5 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Complexion: Fair None given Aspley Guise B
William Emmerton 39 12/06/1816 Bastardy Sentence: 3 Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Complexion: Fresh None given Aspley B
William Emmerton 53 13/12/1827 Obtaining goods under false pretences 4 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Complexion: Fresh None given Aspley Guise B
William Fawkner 18 30/01/1819 Game Laws 3 Months Height: 5 ft 3 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Complexion: Fresh None given Aspley Guise B
Hair colour: Brown; Complexion: Fresh
Jesse Fossey 28 21/01/1851 On 30th Jan.1851 at Aspley Guise unlawfully assaulting and beating Elizabeth Noble 6 Weeks imprisonment Gaol or pay 20 shilling fine 27 shillings costs Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 6 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Scar on the top of left cheek; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write;Marriage status: Single Husborne Crawley Husborne Crawley B
Joseph Foxley 23 09/09/1842 Stealing Money from a Dwelling House 1 Year Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 11 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Dark; Identifying marks: Cut on left hand – long fingers; Education: Read and Write Crawley Aspley Guise B
John Freeman 22 09/05/1840 Sheep stealing 10 Years Transportation [Northampton Mercury 16 May 1840 – Killed a sheep belonging to Harry Richard Checkley at Ridgemont. Took the skin and sold it to someone at Woburn Market for 5s.] Height: 5 ft 8 ¾ inches; Hair colour: Light; Eye colour: Light hazel; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Very quick looking; Education: Neither Luton Aspley Guise B
William Garratt 35 26/02/1846 Assault 21 Days or pay 19/- Height: 5 ft 6 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Broad face; Education: Neither Aspley Guise Kempston B
William Garrett 41 12/11/1850 On 14th December last at Kempston stealing one live Turkey value 7 shillings the goods of Thomas Mitchell 3 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Blue; Visage: Round; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Several marks in coals on the left arm; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither;  Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Northampton B
Henry Going 21 23/03/1872 Stealing a cap 1 month Occupation: Wheelwright; Father: William Miller Woburn Sands Northampton C
Father: William Miller
Henry Going stole a cap 1872. [Image courtesy of Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies]
William Goodal 21 13/10/1826 Want of Sureties 2 Calendar Months Height: 5 ft 4 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Complexion: Dark None given Aspley Guise B
James Goodale 27/06/1844 [Debtors Cells] Occupation: Bricklayer None given Aspley Guise B
George Goodall 28 03/05/1850 On 28th April 1850 at Holcott assaulting and beating James Terry 21 Days imprisonment Gaol or pay 20 shillings fine 25 shillings costs Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Light Brown; Eye colour: Blue Visage: Round; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Impediment in his speech talks very thick; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: 1 Wavendon Holcot Northants B
George Goodall 35 16/08/1877 Debt – £38 3s 6d 21 days Height: 5 ft 9 inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Eye Colour: Grey; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying Features: Proportionate; Occupation: Timber Dealer; Education: Read and Write; Marital Status: Married Aspley Guise Woburn Sands B
Thomas Goodall 30 25/10/1844 Game Laws 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 8 inches; Hair colour: Dark Brown; Eye colour: Blue; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Stout – scar on the left little finger; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill; Marriage status: Married  Wavendon Wavendon B
William Goodall 21 18/10/1826 Assault 12 Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 6 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Marks of being burnt over the back and sides; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Handmill; Marriage status: Married Not able to say Hogsty End B
John Goss 37 13/08/1856 Stealing an Alpacca coat and vest value 2 shillings the property of George White of Wavenden at Aspley Guise on the 2nd August 1856. Stealing a jacket the property of J.Buck value 2 shillings at Battlesden 8th Aug.1856 21 Days Hard Labour and 21 Days further Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Lost one upper front tooth – many moles on both arms – a large mole 8 inches below left breast – proportionate; Trade or occupation: Baker; Education: Well; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: 1 St Ives Woburn B
William Hartwell 21 02/04/1880 Assault 7 days hard labour Height: 5 feet 4½ inches; Hair Colour: Dark Brown; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Form of Religion: E Aspley None given B
William Haynes 23 11/12/1818 Suspicion of a Felony 6 Months Hard Labour and Publicly Whipped Height: 5 ft 8 inches; Hair colour: Light Brown; Complexion: Fair Not entered Wavendon B
John Henman 28 21/09/1819 Leaving his Family chargeable 14 Days Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Complexion: Fresh None given Aspley Guise B
John Henman 28 21/09/1826 Killing a Cow Lent Assizes 1827 Height: 5 ft 4 ½ inches; Hair colour: Dark Brown; Complexion: Dark None given Aspley Guise B
John Henman 46 15/04/1841 Assault 6 Weeks or pay 39 shillings and sixpence Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Complexion: Brown; Identifying marks: Large hands; Education: Neither Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Alfred Hirdle 17 27/08/1868 Drunkenness 21 Days Gaol or 21/6 Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 0 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 18 27/01/1870 Attempting to upset a train Acquitted Previous Convictions: 1 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 19 05/11/1870 Want of Sureties 3 Calendar Months Gaol Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 2 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 19 03/04/1871 Want of Sureties 3 Calendar Months Gaol Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 3 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 20 16/11/1871 Want of Sureties 3 Calendar Months Gaol Summarily Convicted Previous Convictions: 4 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 21 16/09/1872 Want of Sureties 6 Calendar Months Gaol Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 5 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 22 29/11/1873 Drunkenness 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour, or 34/- Summarily Convicted Previous Convictions: 6 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 23 05/12/1874 Arson Acquitted Previous Convictions: 8 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 24 25/08/1875 Drunk & Riotous (2 charges) 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour or 43/6. 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 9 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 24 28/12/1875 Drunkenness 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or 66/6 Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 10 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 24 16/06/1876 Drunkenness 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour or 40/- Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 12 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 24 10/05/1875 Drunkenness (Borough) 7 Days Hard Labour or 11/6 Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 9 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 25 23/10/1876 Drunkenness 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or 54/8 Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 13 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 25 02/02/1877 Drunkenness 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or 55/6 Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 14 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 25 16/04/1877 Drunkenness 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour, or 46/6 Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 15 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 26 11/10/1877 Drunk & Riotous 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or 55/6 Summarily convicted None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 26 10/12/1877 Drunkenness (Borough) 7 Days Hard Labour or 11/6 Summarily convicted None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 26 11/04/1878 Disorderly person 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or 56/6 Summarily convicted None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 26 05/07/1878 Drunkenness. Wilful Damage 3 Calendar Months Hard Labour or £5.17.6.; 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour or 23/6 Summarily convicted None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 27 06/12/1878 Drunkenness 14 days hard labour or 25/6 Height: 5 feet 4 inches; Hair Colour: Dark; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Form of Religion: Church of England; Previous Convictions: 20 Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle 27 07/12/1878 Drunkenness & Assaulting P.C. 14 Days Hard Labour or 20/11. 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour Summarily convicted None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 28 16/06/1879 Drunkenness 1 calendar month hard labour or 26/6 Height: 5 feet 4 inches; Hair Colour: Dark; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Form of Religion: Wesleyan; Previous Convictions: 21 Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle 28 05/12/1879 Drunkenness 6 weeks hard labour or £3.14.6. 14 days hard labour or 20/6 Height: 5 feet 4 inches; Hair Colour: Dark; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Form of Religion: Wesleyan; Previous Convictions: 22 Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle 28 02/04/1880 Drunkenness 2 calendar months hard labour or £5 19s 6d Height: 5 feet 4 inches; Hair Colour: Dark; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Form of Religion: Wesleyan; Previous Convictions: 23 Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle 29 24/09/1880 Drunkenness 2 calendar months hard labour or £5.18.0 Height: 5 feet 4 inches; Hair Colour: Dark; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Form of Religion: E; Previous Convictions: 29 Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle 29 11/02/1881 Drunkenness 14 days hard labour or 21/6 Height: 5 feet 4 inches; Hair Colour: Dark; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Form of Religion: E; Previous Convictions: 30 Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle 29 22/04/1881 Drunkenness 14 days hard labour or 21/6 Height: 5 feet 4 inches; Hair Colour: Dark; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Previous Convictions: 31 Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle 29 30/07/1880 Drunkenness 1 calendar month hard labour or 25/6 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle 30 21/10/1881 Assaulting P.C. & Drunkenness 2 calendar months hard labour. 14 days hard labour or 22/6 Height: 5 feet 4 inches; Hair Colour: Dark; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Form of Religion: E; Previous Convictions: 32 Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle 30 02/06/1882 Want of Sureties 6 calendar months Gaol Height: 5 feet 4 inches; Hair Colour: Dark; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Form of Religion: E; Previous Convictions: 33 Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle 31 03/04/1883 Wounding 5 years penal servitude – Removed to Pentonville [See footnote] Height: 5 feet 4 inches; Hair Colour: Dark; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Form of Religion: Church of England; Previous Convictions: 34; [See note at end of page…] Aspley Guise None given B
John Hudson 29 06/07/1826 Larceny 1 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 7 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Mole corner right eye; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Treadmill; Marriage status: Married Aspley Guise Cranfield B
James Hutton 29 04/05/1843 Assault 2 Months or pay 2 pounds and 1 pound 2 shillings Height: 5 ft 6 ½ inches; Hair colour: Light; Eye colour: Grey; Complexion: Fair; Education: Neither Crawley Aspley Guise B
John Ireland 48 29/08/1859 Debt – £8 14s 10d 30 days Gaol Height: 5 ft 4 inches; Hair Colour: Grissled; Eye Colour: Grey; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying Features: Scar on tip of nose. Bow legged; Occupation: Publican; Education: Read and Write; Marital Status: Married Woburn Sands Luton B
Robert Jefferies 20 26/06/1852 On 25th June 1852 at Aspley Guise stealing one worsted plain gown, one pair of worsted tweed trousers and one woollen and tweed coat the property of Soloman Hedges Not entered Height: 5 ft 6 ½ inches; Hair colour: Light Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Visage: Flat; Complexion: Brown; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write; Marriage status: Single Cork Cork B
William Jenkins 26 04/04/1848 Larceny 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 4 ¼ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Pale; Identifying marks: Slender – scar on the forefinger of the left hand; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: Unknown Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Jennings 27 28/12/1871 Shooting at – with intent [at P.C. Jesse Stonell at Wavendon on Christmas Day] 15 months Occupation: Labourer Woughton Wavendon C
William Jennings – on the left, when convicted in 1871 of Shooting at – with intent" and on the right – two years later when he lived in Woughton and was convicted of stealing Fowls. [Images courtesy of Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies]"
Hannah Johnson 38 07/11/1817 Bastardy 1 Year Height: 5 ft 3 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Complexion: Fresh None given Aspley Guise B
George Keens 18 05/01/1847 Larceny 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 9 ½ inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Slender – scar on the lower knuckle of the forefinger of the left hand – mark on the third finger of the right hand; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill;Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Luton B
John Keens 48 11/11/1812 Stealing Cleft Wood 1 Week and fined 1 Shilling Height: 5 ft 9 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Complexion: Fair None given Aspley Guise B
John Kendrick 32 07/10/1831 Assault Height: 5 ft 9 inches; Hair colour: Dark Brown; Complexion: Fresh None given Aspley Guise B
George Kidrope 32 01/02/1850 On 29th Jan.1850 at Aspley Guise assaulting Caroline Woodin 14 Days imprisonment Gaol or pay 10 shillings fine 11 shillings and sixpence costs Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 4 ¼ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Dark; Identifying marks: Anchor and cable also a woman in full statue and a cross marked in India ink on the left arm; Trade or occupation: Engine fitter; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly; Marriage status: Married Rasterick Aspley Guise B
Samuel Kingstone 12/04/1833 [Debtors Cells] Occupation: Butcher None given Aspley Guise B
Robert Leonard 21 25/10/1844 Game Laws 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying marks: Stout – scar on the left thumb and on his head; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill; Marriage status: Married Wavendon Wavendon B
John Markham 35 19/02/1824 Breach of the Game Laws 3 Calendar Months Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying marks: Marked with the small pox Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Wardsman; Marriage status: Married Wavendon Kempston B
William Marriott 46 01/07/1852 On 29th May 1852 at Woburn stealing 1 pound 1 shilling and 7 pence of the moneys of William Jenkins 3 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 9 inches; Hair colour: Light; Eye colour: Grey; Visage: Long; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Little finger on right hand crooked – scar on lower knuckle forefinger right hand; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: 5 Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Henry Marshall 22 22/07/1842 Stealing a Fork 6 Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 4 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Broken nose; Education: Read Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Marshall 22 18/10/1842 Larceny 6 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 4 inches; Hair colour: Dark Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Stout – scars on both hands Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill; Marriage status: Married Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
James Meakins 45 14/02/1845 Stealing Wood 14 Days Hard Labour Lent Assizes 1845 Height: 5 ft 10 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Bald Headed; Education: Read and Write Aspley Guise Leighton Buzzard B
James Meakins 55 24/12/1855 Neglect of Family 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 9 ½ inches; Hair colour: Has none; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Is a little deaf and has lost all his hair from the effects of fear; Trade or occupation: Shoemaker; Education: Read and Write; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: 5 Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Joseph Millard 23 02/12/1836 Stealing Barley 4 Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 11 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Upper front teeth over each other; Education: Neither None given Aspley Guise B
James Newman 51 23/02/1842 Stealing a Sheep Skin [belonging to Theodore Lindsell of Warden] 7 Years Transportation. Put on board the Warrior Lent Assizes 1842 Height: 5 ft 4 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Aliases: James Pierce; Complexion: Fresh; Trade or occupation: Tramp; Education: Read Wandon None given B
Bernard Page 22 04/02/1825 Breach of the Game Laws 3 Months Height: 5 ft 8 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying marks: BG and AC on the right arm – lame on the left foot; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Handmill; Marriage status: Married Husborne Crawley Hogsty End B
Caroline Page 23 29/10/1851 Neglecting to maintain her two children whereby they have become chargeable to the Parish of Aspley Guise 21 Days Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 2 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Complexion: Pale; Identifying marks: Mole on chest; Trade or occupation: Dressmaker; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly; Marriage status: Widow; Number of children: 2 London London B
Joseph Page 16 06/02/1842 Arson 1 Year Hard Labour Lent Assizes 1842 Height: 4 ft 10 ½ inches; Hair colour: Light Brown; Eye colour: Dark Hazel; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Well looking; Education: Neither Woburn Sands Crawley B
John Paine 41 29/06/1847 Larceny 6 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 7 ½ inches; Hair colour: Black; Eye colour: Grey; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Slender – scar on the left arm; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill; Marriage status: Married Wyboston Aspley Guise B
James Pearce 30 17/10/1821 Larceny 1 Year Hard Labour fined 1 shilling and whipped Height: 5 ft 6 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Two scars over the left eye; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Common Labourer; Earnings: 1 shilling per week; Marriage status: Single Wavendon Brill B
Thomas Perry 27 25/02/1856 Stealing at the Parish of Aspley Guise on the 23rd day of February 1856 one sack of the value of 1 shilling and sixpence the property of the estate of the late William Warr 3 Calendar Months Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 8 ¼ inches; Hair colour: Auburn; Eye colour: Grey; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Pale; Identifying marks: A small red birth mark on right cheek near the corner of mouth – sandy whiskers under the chin – mole above right elbow – both little fingers contracted – stout made; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marriage status: Married Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Thomas Perry 50 30/03/1850 On 29th March 1850 at Aspley Guise stealing a piece of wood value 3 pence and also 1 iron pair of pincers and 3 iron and zinc holdfasts value 6 pence the property of W. F. How – gentleman 3 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 8 inches;Hair colour: Dark Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying marks: One small scar on the right side of the face and one tooth out in front; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: 4 Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Perry 27 19/09/1861 Debt: £2 0s 2d 25 days Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Eye Colour: Grey; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying Features: Proportionate; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write; Marital Status: Married Aspley Guise Conduit Street, Bedford B
William Perry 34 27/10/1869 Debt: 12s 9d 14 days Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Eye Colour: Grey; Complexion: Fair; Identifying Features: Proportionate; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write;Marital Status: Married Aspley Guise Conduit Street Bedford B
William Perry 35 14/07/1870 Debt: £2 0s 9d 10 days Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Eye Colour: Hazel; Complexion: Fair; Identifying Features: Proportionate; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write; Marital Status: Married Aspley Guise Conduit Street, Bedford B
William Perry 38 10/01/1873 Debt: 15s 5d 7 days Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Eye Colour: Hazel; Complexion: Fair; Identifying Features: Proportionate; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write; Marital Status: Married Aspley Guise Conduit Street, Bedford B
James Pierce 51 23/02/1842 Stealing a Sheep Skin 7 Years Transportation Lent Assizes 1842 Height: 5 ft 4 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Aliases: James Newman; Complexion: Fresh; Trade or occupation: Tramp; Education: Read Wandon None given B
William Pilgrim 20 13/10/1820 Breach of the Game Laws 3 Months Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Dark Hazel; Complexion: Dark; Identifying marks: Mole on the right side of the chin; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Common Labourer; Earnings: 1 shilling per week; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Pilgrim 22 14/01/1822 Felony Height: 5 ft 9 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Complexion: Sallow None given Aspley Guise B
William Pilgrim 29 21/02/1825 Burglary Death Recorded 18 Months Hard Labour Lent Assizes 1825 Height: 5 ft 9 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Complexion: Sallow None given Aspley B
Thomas Plowman 32 29/12/1838 Examination 2nd January 1839 Height: 5 ft 7 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Light; Complexion: pale; Education: Read and Write Wavendon London B
James Quarry 18 12/07/1850 On 2nd July 1850 at Aspley Guise stealing a steel watch guard chain of the goods and chattels of John Billingham value 1 shilling [A “paltry-looking” guard chain. Found on the neck of a 13 year old girl who said Quarry gave it to her!] 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour Summer Assizes Height: 5 ft 8 ½ inches; Hair colour: Sandy; Eye colour: Blue; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: One small wart in the corner of the right eye and also freckled in the face; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
George Rich 20 31/05/1850 On 22nd May 1850 at Aspley Guise unlawfully assaulting William Clay 14 Days imprisonment Gaol or pay 2 shillings and sixpence fine 21 shillings costs Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 6 inches; Hair colour: Dark Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: One long scar on the right shoulder; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
John Roberts 25 27/11/1862 Debt: £4 5s 10d 20 days Height: 5 ft 8 inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Eye Colour: Grey; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying Features: Proportionate; Occupation: Shoemaker; Education: Neither; Marital Status: Married Clapham, Beds Aspley Guise B
John Roberts 25 27/08/1863 Debt: £4 18s 1d 20 days Height: 5 ft 8 inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Eye Colour: Grey; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying Features: Proportionate; Occupation: Shoemaker; Education: Neither; Marital Status: Married Clapham, Beds Aspley Guise B
Lemual Robinson 18 06/01/1854 On the 6th December 1853 at Aspley Guise stealing six bushels of Potatoes the property of Benjamin Dalton 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Assizes Height: 5 ft 0 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marriage status: Single; Religion: Church of England Woburn Woburn Sands B
Thomas Robinson 26 16/06/1823 Breach of the Game Laws 3 Months Height: 5 ft 10 inches; Hair colour: Light Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Sandy whiskers; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Wardsman; Marriage status: Married Husborne Crawley Hogsty End B
Charlotte Rooker 24 02/01/1844 Larceny [Stealing a quantity of linen the property of Thomas Smith of Luton] 6 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair colour: Dark Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Stout – three marks on the right shoulder; Trade or occupation: Lacemaker; Occupation category: Mending Prison linen; Marriage status: Single Woburn Sands Luton B
William Rooker 27 14/01/1839 Stealing Flour 1 Year Hard Labour Lent Assizes 1839 Height: 5 ft 10 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Complexion: Fair; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly Wendon Aspley Guise B
Kitty Rutley 45 22/12/1840 Stealing Linen Height: 5 ft 5 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Brown; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Scott 18 03/05/1850 On 28th April 1850 at Holcott assaulting and beating James Terry 21 Days imprisonment Gaol or pay 20 shillings fine 25 shillings costs Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 9 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Blue; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: One tooth out in front has his shoulder bone broken – one small scar on the top lip and one on the end of the nose and the right hand has been smashed; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly; Marriage status: Single Wavendon Wavendon B
William Scott 23 03/11/1853 Assaulting a Police Officer 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour or pay 2 pounds 8 shillings and sixpence Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 8 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly; Marriage status: Married; Religion: Church of England Wavendon Wavendon B
Alfred Smith 17 05/01/1844 Game Laws 10 Weeks Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Stout – scar on the back of the left hand and a mole also; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Catherine Smith 18 15/02/1856 Stealing at the Parish of Aspley Guise on the 23rd day of December 1855 one common prayer book of the value of 3 shillings the property of Elizabeth Cole Assizes Height: 5 ft 0 ½ inches; Hair colour: Dark Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Full; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Stout made; Trade or occupation: Plaiter; Education: Imperfect; Marriage status: Single Ampthill Aspley Guise B
Eliza Smith 19 24/05/1842 Stealing a box and money 1 Month Hard Labour Height: 4 ft 10 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Light hazel; Complexion: pale; Education: Read Aspley Guise Woburn B
Frederick Smith 21 14/12/1883 Game Laws 14 days hard labour or 22/6d Height: 5 ft 1¾ inches; Hair Colour: Sandy; Occupation: Labourer; Education: None; Form of Religion: Church of England Woburn Sands None given B
Hannah Smith 12 14/07/1854 Stealing gloves and money 6 Calendar Months Hard Labour Summer Assizes Height: 4 ft 9 inches; Hair colour: Dark Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Sallow; Trade or occupation: Plaiter; Education: Read Imperfectly; Marriage status: Single Ampthill Woburn Sands B
Hannah Smith 15 15/02/1856 Stealing at the Parish of Aspley Guise on the 10th day of February 1856 one cotton purse and four pence worth of half pence of the value together of five pence the property of Elizabeth Garratt 12 Calendar Months Hard Labour Assizes Height: 5 ft 0 ¼ inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Round; Complexion: Fresh; Trade or occupation: Plaiter; Education: Read; Marriage status: Single Ampthill Aspley Guise B
Jacob Smith 56 15/02/1856 Feloniously stealing one Hymn Book of the value of one shilling the property of Maria Bond of Aspley Guise also other books the property of persons at present unknown. Stealing a horse rig property of George Gascoyne Woburn value 8 shillings. Assizes Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair colour: Grey; Eye colour: Grey; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying marks: Bald headed – bridge of nose has been broken – burn mark outside left leg; Trade or occupation: Gardener; Education: Read; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: 7 Maulden Aspley Guise B
Jesse Smith 17 27/09/1856 Stealing 3 shillings and 1 penny the property of William Holmes at Aspley Guise on the 11th September 1856 3 Calendar Months Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 2 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Scar back of right leg – proportionate; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Marriage status: Single Wavendon Aspley Guise B
John Smith 19 27/03/1840 Assault 1 Calendar Month Height: 5 ft 8 ½ inches; Hair colour: Light; Eye colour: Grey; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Well looking – quick smart fellow; Education: Neither Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
John Smith 21 02/07/1844 Examination Stealing Money Summer Assizes 1844 Height: 5 ft 9 ½ inches; Hair colour: Light Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Scar on left cheek; Education: Neither Aspley Guise None given B
John Smith 21 17/02/1843 Damaging a table 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 8 ½ inches; Hair colour: Light Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying marks: Stout – scar on the left side of his face; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
John Smith 22 03/01/1842 Stealing Linen Height: 5 ft 8 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Complexion: Fair; Education: Neither Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Mary Smith 56 15/02/1856 Stealing at Aspley Guise on the 15th day of February 1856 one copper saucepan and one Russian glass of the value of 2 shillings and sixpence the property of James Burton Assizes Height: 5 ft 4 ½ inches; Hair colour: Grey; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Pale; Identifying marks: Mole on right cheek – wart on right upper eyelid – cut mark on inside of thumb left hand; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: 7 Old Warden Aspley Guise B
Robert Smith 25 24/11/1848 Assault 21 Days or pay 14 shillings Height: 5 ft 6 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Blue; Complexion: pale; Identifying marks: Scar on the forefinger of the left hand; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly Maulden Aspley Guise B
Robert Smith 26 17/12/1850 On 14th Dec.1850 at Woburn assaulting and beating William Morris 14 Days imprisonment Gaol or pay 5 shilling fine 20 shillings and 3 pence costs Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Blue; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Pale; Identifying marks: Scar on the back of left hand; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Robert Smith 26 30/12/1850 On the 14th Dec.1850 at Woburn assaulting and beating John Quilby a police constable in the execution of his duty 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour or pay 20 shilling fine 20 shillings and 3 pence costs Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Blue; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Pale; Identifying marks: Scar on the back of the left hand; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Thomas Smith 35 14/08/1823 Refusing to obey an order in Bastardy 3 Months Hard Labour or pay 5 pounds Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Light Hazel; Complexion: Dark; Identifying marks: Large cut on the left hand; Trade or occupation: Shoemaker; Occupation category: Mill; Marriage status: Married Milton Bryant Aspley Guise B
Thomas Smith 48 10/12/1841 Further examination for House Breaking Fully committed 17th Dec 1841 by Bucks Magistrate Court Aylesbury Height: 5 ft 2 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying marks: Ball on the crown; Education: Read Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
David Spreckley 52 11/01/1884 Drunkenness 14 days hard labour Height: 5 feet 5 inches; Hair Colour: Light Brown; Occupation: Butcher; Education: Imperfect; Form of Religion: Church of England Wavendon None given B
William Stairs 19 15/09/1812 Misdemeanour in Apprenticeship 14 Days Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair colour: Black; Complexion: Dark None given Aspley Guise B
William Tansey 19 13/10/1820 Breach of the Game Laws 3 Months Height: 5 ft 6 ½ inches; Hair colour: Light; Eye colour: Light Hazel; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Scar on the forehead; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Common Labourer;  Earnings: 1 shilling per week; Marriage status: Single; Number of children: Unknown Hogsty End Hogsty End B
Charles Tipple 40 30/09/1881 Game Laws 1 calendar month hard labour or 14/6 Height: 5 ft 7 inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Form of Religion: Roman Catholic Aspley Guise None given B
Charles Tipple 45 08/08/1884 Assault [on James Collins at Woburn Sands] 14 days hard labour Height: 5 ft 7½ inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Occupation: Labourer; Education: None; Form of Religion: Roman Catholic Aspley Guise None given B
Charles Toone 35 24/04/1845 Stealing Sundry Goods Height: 5 ft 9 inches; Hair colour: Black; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Dark; Identifying marks: Lost 2 upper front teeth; Education: Read and Write Aspley Ampthill B
John Townrow 63 11/11/1822 Receiving Stolen Property Height: 5 ft 4 inches; Hair colour: Grey; Complexion: Florid None given Aspley Guise B
John Travell 30/12/1775 [Debtors Cells] Occupation: Maltster None given Aspley Guise B
Edward Turland 28 22/05/1871 Drunkeness 14 days Occupation: Labourer Milton Woburn Sands C
Alfred Webb 19 17/11/1848 Game Laws 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 7 ½ inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying marks: Slender – scar on the little finger of the left hand; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Occupation category: Mill; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Webb 23 06/07/1852 On 4th July 1852 at Goldington openly exposing his person in a public highway with intent to insult Emma Clark 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 7 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Brown; Visage: Thin; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Large scar from a burn on lower part of right leg; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly; Marriage status: Single Woburn Sands Goldington B
William Webb 25 26/12/1854 Stealing 20 onions the property of George Gardiner at Goldington on the 20th August 1853 2 calender Months Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 8 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly; Marriage status: Single; Complexion: Pale Woburn Sands Goldington B
William Webb 26 28/05/1855 Stealing a Gun 9 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 8 inches; Hair colour: Dark; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Sallow; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Goldington B
Samuel Wesley 23 27/03/1856 Feloniously stealing an iron kettle of the value of 2 shillings the property of Robert Collett Sharfold of Woburn also stealing plate etc. 21 Days Hard Labour 1st offence acquitted 2nd offence Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 7 ¼ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: Cut marks under left eye and on left cheek bone – upper front teeth apart from each other – scar on right knee; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Marriage status: Married; Number of children: 1 Wavendon Woburn B
Henry Whitbread 19 03/12/1851 On 27th nov.1851 at Aspley Guise stealing one sovereign and one five pound note the property of C. H. Smith Esquire. A second charge of stealing shirts 7 Years Transportation 1st charge 1 Week Hard Labour 2nd charge Height: 5 ft 6 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Brown; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Fresh; Identifying marks: One scar on the left knee; Trade or occupation: Servant; Education: Read and Write Imperfectly; Marriage status: Single Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
James Whitbread 22 18/10/1850 On 9th October 1850 at Aspley Guise stealing one live tame Rabbit the goods of William Waterman 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour Height: 5 ft 9 ½ inches; Hair colour: Black; Eye colour: Hazel; Visage: Oval; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying marks: One small mole on the back of the right hand; Trade or occupation: Labourer; Education: Neither; Marriage status: Married Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Wilson 26 04/02/1881 Game Laws 1 calendar month hard labour or 50/- Height: 5 ft 6½ inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Occupation: Labourer; Education: Imperfect; Form of Religion: E; Previous Convictions: 7 Aspley Guise None given B
John Woodland 30 05/03/1842 Stealing Pots 2 Months Hard Labour Lent Assizes 1842 Height: 5 ft 4 ½ inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: Sallow; Identifying marks: Scar on the nose; Education: Read Aspley Guise Woburn B
Marcia Woodland 19 21/06/1837 Assault 3 Calendar Months Height: 5 ft 0 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Eye colour: Grey; Complexion: Fair; Identifying marks: Well Looking; Education: Read Imperfectly Husborne Crawley Aspley Guise B
William Woodland 60 25/04/1837 Assault 2 Calendar Months Height: 5 ft 4 inches; Hair colour: Grey; Eye colour: Hazel; Complexion: pale; Education: Neither Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Thomas Worster 17 27/08/1821 Stealing in a dwelling house Allowed Kings Evidence Lent Assizes 1822 Height: 5 ft 5 inches; Hair colour: Brown; Complexion: Fair None given Aspley B
Robert Wright 37 28/12/1858 Debt: £49 4s 0d Height: 5 ft 8 inches; Hair Colour: Brown; Eye Colour: Hazel; Complexion: Florid; Identifying Features: Proportionate. Moustache; Occupation: Cabinet Maker; Education: Read and Write; Marital Status: Widower Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B

The Nothampton Mercury, of 24 August 1889, reports on “A Humerous drunkard”. Alfred Hirdle had been found drunk near Woburn Town Hall at 11.30pm on the night of Woburn Flower show.  In Court, asked how old he was, he replied he wasn’t an old man, he was 38, and if sent to prison this time he would have been inside 37 times. He said to the Bench, “What do you think of that all the way you go?” He told them they should see what a diffence a clean shave made to him. On being removed for a month, he said what an easy task it would be!

Luton Times and Bedfordshire Advertiser, November 2nd, 1900:
“Death in Gaol
The death is announced of Alfred Hirdle one of the best known characters in the Woburn district. Hirdle has been convicted of drunkenness etc over 50 times, and when his death occurred he was undergoing a sentence in Bedford gaol. For many years poor Alfred was always anxious to spend his Christmas in gaol because of the special treat provided at that time. The police constables have lost the best customer, for when out of gaol he was invariably disorderly in one of the villages near his home and the Woburn justices will also miss his familiar face. The inquest was held at Bedford prison on Friday, Mr A. G. Western, Governor of the prison stated the deceased was admitted on August 30th from Ampthill, under sentence of 3 calendar months hard labour for wilful damage to the workhouse and for being drunk and disorderly. He died 12:50 a.m. on Thursday. The deceased was described as a labourer and was a married man, but had been living apart from his wife for a number of years.  He  (Mr western) had communicated with his wife and she visited him in company with the prisoner’s sister the day before he died. Hirdle was taken to the infirmary early on Sunday morning and from that time had not been left night or day. He had been taken with a fit and was conscious from that time until he died. Deceased was 49 years of age. When the prisoner came in he was apparently in good health and he made no complaints. Mr R. H. Kinsey, surgeon to H. M. Prison stated that he found the deceased in his bed breathing heavily and there were other signs of profound disturbance of the brain. A day and night nurse was procured for him and he was kept clean and dry and witness saw him twice a day until 8.30 on Wednesday evening when he was sinking. Dr Kinsey attributed death to the effusion of blood on the brain due to a rupture of an artery.  The body was fairly well nourished.  A man who had drunk much was apt to have arteries degenerated prematurely.  The Coroner remarked that there was no suspicion of any neglect on the part of the authorities, but he was bound to hold an inquest in all cases of persons dying in prison.  The jury found that death was due to apoplexy.”

Mr Hirdle was infamous in the area, as his 59 convictions, mostly for being ‘Drunk and Disorderly’ bears testimony! One obituary states he was originally from Ridgmont. Every landlord for miles must have breathed a quiet sigh of relief!

 

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