By Geoffrey Howse
Barnsley and the encircling zone has a gloomy and sinister previous. there have been many foul deeds dedicated in the course of the centuries of the main heinous variety -and many suspicious conditions. Poverty used to be on the root of a number of the early situations. in the course of the Victorian interval a few likely uncaring magistrates looked as if it would take the view that to be negative was once a criminal offense to be handled seriously and meted out severe consequences. the sad nation of a few 'criminals' led to finishing their days within the workhouse. in the course of the twentieth century the realm was once periodically rocked with homicide circumstances which frequently made the nationwide headlines.
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Hoyle Mill, where the assault on Mrs Mary Ann Dodman took place on Wednesday 7 April 1910. Chris Sharp of Old Barnsley INHUMAN PARENTS SENT TO PRISON, BARNSLEY, 1915 He weighed only seven pounds instead of the fourteen pounds he should have weighed normally. On Wednesday 1 September 1915, an inquest was held at Barnsley Town Hall on the body of eight-month-old John Henderson Summons, the illegitimate child of bricklayer’s labourer, James Henderson and Laura Summons, of 21 Cooper Street, Barnsley.
She raised the alarm and with assistance was able to extinguish the flames. Luckily, although not without considerable difficulty, a box containing the clothes of the girl who had been engaged to replace Woodward, was saved from the flames. Mrs Coward told the court that she was certain that Ann Woodward was the last person upstairs before the fire broke out. Woodward said that she took a candle upstairs on Friday night, but the candle went out. She relighted it with matches which she threw upon the closet floor, thinking they were out.
At that time they had only on child, the one that the prisoner, Summons, now had in her arms. Mr Rideal said that because of the child’s dirty and neglected condition Inspector Chappell had to repeatedly caution the mother. Regarding the dead child, it was proved at the inquest that its death was hastened by the parents’ neglect. The child did not weigh what it should weigh normally and young as the child was, the mother used to leave him alone in the house and remonstrations by neighbours and warnings by the NSPCC, were to no avail.