Law and Order

Here you can find reports of some Meldreth court cases and learn about the way crimes were dealt with in previous times – often very different to what might happen today.

We also plan to include information on the police, the courts and other aspects of the criminal justice system, covering not just what sentences were passed but how they were carried out.

Page link: Paupers, Workhouses and Guardians
Paupers, Workhouses and Guardians
Supporting the Poor of the Parish
Page link: Ponies, Turkeys and Transportation
Ponies, Turkeys and Transportation
Punishing Rural Crime in early Nineteenth Century Meldreth
Page link: A Capital Conviction
A Capital Conviction
17 March 1820
Page link: Ale House Tipplers, Unjust Measures and Refusing to Quit Licensed Premises
Ale House Tipplers, Unjust Measures and Refusing to Quit Licensed Premises
Keeping the Law in Nineteenth Century Meldreth Public Houses
Page link: The Wing Family: Seduction Scandal in Meldreth in 1820
The Wing Family: Seduction Scandal in Meldreth in 1820
Seduction of a young girl by a medical man ends in court
Page link: 'Cutting and Maiming at Meldreth', 1842
'Cutting and Maiming at Meldreth', 1842
Labourer Attacked Former Neighbour with Reaping Hook
Page link: Discord in the Affairs of the Parish, 1843
Discord in the Affairs of the Parish, 1843
'Great spirit of contention and religious difference' in Meldreth
Page link: Is there no Constable in the Village?
Is there no Constable in the Village?
Magistrate expresses concern about Meldreth, 1845
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"The Old Cow Got Round It"
How 10-year-old John Casbon was sentenced to seven years' transportation
Page link: Dispensing Justice for Meldreth
Dispensing Justice for Meldreth
The Magistrates Court in Melbourn
Page link: Surgeon 'Intoxicated and Using Abusive Language'
Surgeon 'Intoxicated and Using Abusive Language'
Refused ticket to board train at Meldreth
Page link: Meldreth Smallpox Victim Charged with Exposure, 1877
Meldreth Smallpox Victim Charged with Exposure, 1877
Prosecution brought by Sanitary Authority Inspector of Nuisances
Page link: Pecks, Bushels and Prison
Pecks, Bushels and Prison
A Meldreth breach of trust case, 1877
Page link: Desperate Struggle with and Capture of a Horse Stealer
Desperate Struggle with and Capture of a Horse Stealer
'Audacious' attempted theft at Meldreth farm, March 1878
Page link: Another Attempt at Horse Stealing
Another Attempt at Horse Stealing
'Somewhat Exciting Chase from Royston to Epping'
Page link: Strickland v. Coleman
Strickland v. Coleman
Breach of a Promise to Marry, 1882
Page link: 'Unpleasant Relations at Meldreth, 1888'
'Unpleasant Relations at Meldreth, 1888'
Solicitor warns of Serious Risk of Disorder following Family Dispute
Page link: Parents, Truants and Attendance Officers
Parents, Truants and Attendance Officers
Keeping Meldreth's Children at School in the late 19th Century
Page link: Inspector Ron Brooksbank (Retired)
Inspector Ron Brooksbank (Retired)
One of the last Police Sergeants to work at Melbourn