View Full Version : Newington Robbery not quite Wadhurst

15-10-2005, 7:20 PM
James Johnson, William Pope and William Payne were indicted of burglarious breaking and entering, on the night of 4th Sept, the house of Charles Newington, at Ticehurst and stealing 14 silver spoons and a pruning knife, the property of Mr. Newington.

Mr. .Newington who is a Surgeon at Ticehurst, had ,on the night of the 4th of September, when he retired for the night, taken particular notice that his house was fastened in every direction. On the 5th of September, the servant perceived that the house had been broken open in three different places. In the kitchen a pane of glass had been removed from the window and the spoons mentioned in the indictment removed. As the door of the kitchen leading to the interior of the house was fastened, further admittance at that part was impossible. It then appeared that the robbers being disappointed had forced an entry into the dressing room. An attack had also been made on the parlour window, but with less success, as they had been unable to open it. The only property taken were the spoons mentioned and a pruning knife. When Mr. Newington heard of his loss he called a number of his neighbour’s to his assistance and sent them in every direction to obtain any information with regard to the robbery.

15-10-2005, 7:21 PM
The effect of this search was that within the next day, he heard that three suspicious persons had passed the turnpike gate at Heathfield. A pursuit was instantly commenced and two days later the prisoners were found sitting on a bank near East Grinstead. They were seized and the constable assisting it the pursuit began to search them. Pike then said “he was not going to stand all that time, for he was tired.” He threw himself into a dry ditch, as if to rest himself; but on searching the ground where he had laid a number of Mr. Newington’s spoons were found. Two spoons and the pruning knife were found in the pocket of Payne. On searching Johnson, they found a pocket knife, with the point broken: and in the frame of the parlour window which had been attempted, the point of a knife was found which exactly tallied with the knife now found in the pocket of the prisoner. The spoons lost were now produced and sworn to be worth £31.10s by a silversmith.

The jury found the prisoners Guilty. Sentenced to Death

Source :- Times Archive 20th December 1822

17-10-2005, 11:45 PM
No overcrowding of prisons then