By Susan Chambers,Peter Ollerhead
Foul Deeds round Crewe takes the reader on a desirable trip via centuries of neighborhood crime and conspiracy, assembly villains of all types alongside the best way - informal killers and robbers, murderous husbands and fans, prostitutes and poisoners. This revealing e-book recollects many grisly occasions and unhappy or unsavoury contributors whose behavior throws a harsh mild at the heritage of Crewe and the encircling nation-state. one of many acts of wickedness the authors bear in mind are surprising crimes from the hot previous – the daughter who poisoned her father, a homicide in a stately domestic, brothers who conspired to kill their father, a mysterious ritual drowning and the killing of a policeman. yet additionally they conceal in shiny aspect the early legal background of the world - the robbery of sheep, livestock and horses, crop-wrecking, rural attacks, land-disputes, poaching and street theft. The ruthless punishments meted out to convicted criminals – public humiliation, imprisonment, the...
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The intruders claimed they wanted money and Green violently flung the old man into a chair in the living room, held him down and thrust a pistol into his chest demanding cooperation or ‘I’ll let light into you’, and crushed his foot ‘to a munch’ by stamping on it. Meanwhile, the other man, Green’s brother-in-law 27-year-old Thomas Allmond, forced open a chest he had found in the parlour in which was about £17 and a lease. ‘Give us two pounds of bacon and we’ll go,’ demanded Green when they had taken everything they wanted.
Cheshire Archives and Local Studies) The busy market town of Nantwich provided ample opportunities for troublemakers. In the early 1600s John Wood and William Clowes, well-known drunkards and haunters of ale houses, caused a great tumult in the market place on several occasions. In one incident they almost killed people by pulling down a market stall in front of a shop where a chapman (trader) had his wares on sale, resulting in these being flung into the street. The shop itself belonged to William Lea who every market day had to suffer his customers being frightened off by the brawling of these men, and their threats to pull the whole building down.
A cucking stool was a device designed to give a good dousing to a noisy, troublesome woman by plunging her into a river or pond, and it was believed this would cure abuse and nagging. These are recorded as being in use in Sandbach, Nantwich and Cholmondely. Fear of ‘rogues and vagabonds’ was immense, an ever increasing horde of wanderers who no longer had the charity and alms of the monasteries to depend on after Henry VIII closed them down. Innkeepers were warned not to give lodgings to these people and would be taken to court if they did.