Harsh Punishment for Scrumping

1886 – Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News – Saturday 14 August.

Stealing Fruit  – Thomas Oban, a lad living in Smithfield Square, was charged with stealing pears, the property of Henry Franklin, of the Raven Hotel, on the 10th inst (10th August).

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Raven Hotel (left) on Castle Street, Shrewsbury
Richard Wild, foreman to Mr. Franklin, said he saw a number of boys in the garden taking fruit.

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‘Scrumpers’ Henry Towneley Green (1867)
He pursued them, and caught the prisoner.  Police Constable Lloyd said he searched the prisoner and found a pear in his pocket.  The Bench ordered prisoner to received strokes with the birch rod.

child birch Illustrated Police News - Saturday 10 February 1877
Illustrated Police News – Saturday 10 February 1877

THE END.

 

Actual article below.

FRUIT Wellington Journal - Saturday 14 August 1886
Wellington Journal – Saturday 14 August 1886

 

 

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