Friday, 20 December 2013

News from Brotton, Bilsdale and Castleton: 1 March 1877

From The Weekly Exchange
(Price One Penny)

Thursday, 1 March 1877

NEW RECTORY. – The erection of the new rectory for the Rev J Bell, M.A., has just been commenced by Mr Thomas Dickinson, builder, of Saltburn, from plans prepared by Messrs Ross and Lamb, architects, of Darlington


ACCIDENT. – A narrow escape from drowning happened one day last week, near Bilsdale.  Mary Ann Collier, the wife of William Collier, Carnforth, who lives in one of the Mount Cottages, was across at the village of Chop Yat, with her two children. 
The road is over a foot bridge across the beck, and the latter being rather swollen with the late heavy rains, on returning, the elder child, about 4 years of age, slipped off the bridge into the stream.  At the place where the bridge crosses is a whirlpool of great depth, but the mother, fearless of any danger where the life of her child was concerned, dashed into the water and rescued the child, though not without difficulty. 
The husband had just returned from work, and the cottage being only about fifty yards from the beck, hearing a scream, he rushed off to the water's edge in time to assist his thoroughly exhausted wife and child home, where, it is needless to add, they were soon delivered from their uncomfortable situation.


At the Guisbrough Petty Sessions on Tuesday, before Canon Yeoman, R Yeoman, and James Merryweather, Esqs., James Raw, woodman, Castleton, who did not appear, was charged by Mr Appleton, schoolwarden, with neglecting to send two of his children to school.  The children, the warden stated, had missed 14 times during the past few weeks.  The case was adjourned for a short while for the production of the bye-laws of the Board.  On returning into court, Mr Appleton produced the bye-laws, stating in answer to the Bench that he was not aware there was any sickness in the family.
Hannah Watson was then charge with not sending two of her children to school at Danby, by the same officer.  The defendant was a widow, with a family of five children.  She lived close to the school, and had been warned of the non-attendance of her children.
Isaac Smith was similarly charged.  He was a millwright, and had not a large family.  The child had only attended seven times in January.
Order made to attend school and pay the costs.

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