Tenbury Advertiser

Here are some articles from old copies of the Tenbury Wells Advertisers in the collection, more will follow in due course

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The objectionable elements of a race meeting wero not wanting on Thursday last, for in addition to those who commanded a standing on the race ground, others were content to " view afar off," and stayed on the field adjoining the Swan Hotel, where various disagreements resulted in a general melee in which a few of the participators were more or less damaged.
Mr. FOSTER'S OTTER HOUNDS met at Newnham Bridge on Saturday last. There was a numerous company, including Sir Francis and Lady Winnington, Lady and the Hon. Miss Churchill'., Mr. C. B. Charlton, Mr. Bailey, and others. The hounds made a start To the Rea, and on the waters were quickly "on the trail of an otter, whioh kept the company employed for over four hours, when he eventually succumbed to the attacking party.

A terrible tragedy is reported from the village of Foxlydiate near Redditch. A man named Middleton and his wife quarrelled over money matters on Friday evening, and early on Saturday morning the cottage in which they lived and an adjoining cottage occupied by on elderly woman were found to be on fire. The Redditch Fire Brigade were called to the scene, but could not save the cottages although they succeeded in saving some furniture belonging to Mrs. Hossal, who also escaped. After the fire was subdued the charred body of Mrs Middleton was discovered; and suspicion of foul play on the part of the husband are entertained. It is stated that he was heard to threaten to " do " for his wife, and also that he would burn the house down. He has been arrested.


In the provision of funds for a new Caister lifeboat a curious misunderstanding arose. Three months ago Mr. Henry W. Lucy ("Toby, M.P." of Punch), wrote to the committee of the National Lifeboat .Institution offering £1000 to build a new boat. He was told that it was not yet decided that a new boat would be necessary. Later it was reported that Sir William Beauchamp whose mother provided the first boat, had undertaken to replace it, Mr. Lucy then bequeathed £1000 to the Hythe lifeboat. But the report of Sir William Beauchamp's intentions was unfounded, and the management committee of the institution resolved to accept Mr. Lucy's offer. In reply to this acceptance Mr. Lucy sent a cheque for £1000 and the Caister boat will be called the Nancy Lucy, after his wife The Hythe gift will remain undisturbed. Mr. Lucy is a prolific writer and a journalist of high repute. Besides his clever contributions to Punch he is one of the most familiar figures in the Parliamentary Lobby as the writer of graphic descriptions of scenes in the Legislature for the Daily News, a paper whose editorial chair he once filled.

4th January 1910

Tenbury Workhouse


At the Tenbury Workhouse the Christmas of 1909 will long be remembered, the efforts put forward on their behalf being in advance of any previous year. The bright and smiling faces of the children, the middle-aged and the aged all testified to their appreciation of the efforts put forward on their behalf. The Board Room had been specially decorated for the occasion with holly, artificial fiowers made by the Staff, Chinese lanterns, Japaneae flags, and bunting, two mottoes "A Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you all, motto with lucky horse shoes " Good Luck to-you all," and " Welcome to all." The treatment of the beams was very effective with trailings of hops. A well laden Christmas tree was placed in the Board Room for the children, The dining hall and kitchen were also decorated with holly, mistletoe; etc.
On Christmas Day the whole of the inmates were given a substantial dinner ot roast beef, plum pudding, mince pies, beer, cider, minerals, etc. At the conclusion of the repast the Master called for cheers for the Guardians which were enthusiastically given, and also for the Staff and all who had helped to make the day such a
successful one, A supply of extra tobacco had been supplied the old men, and Mr B Robinson kindly contributed 3 dozen Churchwarden pipes for their use. Sweets and oranges were given the children and extra tea and sugar for the women. At night each ot the old men were regaled with a pint of beer


William Martin, quaryman, Clee Hill, appeared to answer to a summons for a paternity order taken out at the instance of Ellen Dyer, of Coreley, to shew cause, etc. Defendant admitted paternity. The complainant having given evidence, an order was made against defendant to contribute 2s. per week towards the child's maintenance.



A strange story was told at an inquest on an inmate, named Nelson, of the Holborn Workhouse, Mitcham. Owing to his loud snoring the other inmates complained, and to stop it deceased tied a handkerchief round his head to keep his mouth shut. It stopped the snoring, but he made what a witness called "a nasty inward granting noise." The witness warned him that he might hurt himself.. On Wednesday mornng Nelson was found dead in bed with his head in the handkerchief. The medical officer stated that death was due to strangulation through the head being- tied up.


A man named William Lyons escaped from the Silksworth lock-up at Sunderland by means of a cleaver ruse. While exercising under guard he fell apparently in a faint. The constable after a hasty examination of the man, went to fetch some water for him leaving open in his hurry a door which led to liberty. When the constable had gone Lyons got up, ran out of the door, and escaped. The whole of the Wearside side district police have been searching for him in vain.

1st January 1907


A little after 9 o'clock on Christmas morning was the time fixed for the marriage of an employee of the Brentford District Council. The prospective bride reached St. Paul's Church, accompanied by her friends and bridesmaids, at 20 minutes to nine, and the clergyman was there ready for the service. No bridegroom, however, turned up, and after a long wait some of the party went off to search for him. Arriving at his house they found that he had forgotten all about the wedding. He had, it appeared, gone to work as usual at six that morning, and had returned to breakfast shortly offer nine. He was hurried into his wedding clothes and the ceremony was duly performed.

8th January 1907

A problem in Church

Dr. Casartelli, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Saltord, has requested that ladies approaching the Communion rails should not wear such large hats, as he has frequently been caught in the eye by the feathers.

The Chelmsford Union

The scattered homes of the Chelmsford Union, in which there are nearly thirty girls, are proving very economical, the cost of maintenance being only 3s. 5 1/2d.' per head per week, as against
4s 2 3/4d, in the union house.

A Sad Tale from Tenbury 8/1/1907

After a period extending over 70 years, the licences of the Barn and Barrel and Tanners' Arms are now extinct. Both tbese houses have suffered under the Licensing Act of 1901, and in neither case was the respective holder of the licence able to show before the proper authorities—Worcestershire Compensation Committee—that they were needed for the requirements of tbe district. In neither case am I able to say how long the licence has been in existence, but it is believed that of the Tanners' Arms is one of the oldest beer houses in the neighbourhood, and that it derives its name through being visited by the tanners who were employed in tbe tan-pits which used to be worked years back in Berrington Lane. As a beerhouse the Barn and Barrel is not very old, but it is noted far and wide as the old ciderhouse, and, it is believed, to derive its name from the large barrels that used to be visible there in the time of one of the early occupants, coupled with the fact that customers used to assemble in a barn for drinking purposes—hence its name, Barn and Barrel.

News Item

4th March 1884
The report that the graves of several of the British soldiers, who fell in the course of the recent war in Egypt, have been desecrated for the purpose of carrying off any spoil that was to be found, need not occasion much surprise, as Europeans set the example of desecrating the tombs of ancient Egyptians. All the principal museums in our own country are provided with at least one Egyptian mummy, and bone dust, imported from the land of the Pharaohs, has been used in fertilising our fields.

24th August 1886 (nothing changes!)

The anniversary of the relief of Londonderry was celebrated there on Thursday with the customary rejoicings and processions. The Maiden City 'Prentice Boys' Band was passing along .John Street in procession when two bottles each loaded with gunpowder, and with a burning fuse attached was thrown at them; before the fuses, however, had time to burn the bottles were smashed to pieces. The fragments were handed over to the authorities. As an Orange procession was making the circuit of the city walls stones were flung by a mob gathered at the Castle gate, and several processionists were wounded. The Rev. John Olphert, curate of the cathedral; who was on his way to attend the anniversary service, received a severe blow on the mouth. Later in the day, when the procession was passing Hogg's factory, some girls threw stones, and the processionists retaliated, but no serious, accident occurred, nor was there any other disturbance of note. The processionists everywhere cheered the Highland regiment. Mr. McDade of Belfast, speaking at a meeting in the evening, denied that the Orange leaders in Belfast connived at the riots. On the contrary, they deplored them. Mr. McClintock, Orange Grand Master, said that when Orangemen were required to fight, their leaders would supply them with better ammunition than brickbats.

2nd December 1900

A Gilbertian situation has been created at Portsmouth . On the last day of the year the corporation take over the tramways from the company that has hitherto run them, but the manager to this company insists that the corporation must also take over a number, of hearses and omnibuses which the company own This proposal he caps by threatening that after the corporation have perforce acquired these vehicles he will obtain an injunction to prevent them being municipally worked, as the corporation have no legal powers to run anything but trams. The corporation on Wednesday decided not to purchase the hearses if they can avoid it


Nightingale sings no more.

A nightingale, which had been attracting crowds nightly by its singing in a coppice near St. Helens (Lancashire), has been found, together with many other birds, electrocuted by a cable which, lying in a field, conveys current to a colliery.

Farm Fire at Brimfield.

On Saturday morning a serious fire brokeout at the Highlands, Brimfield, the farm occupied by Mr. Davies. The fire was dis­covered about two o'clock by Mr. Davies, who found the whole of his buildings, con­sisting of cowhouse, stables, barns and bays, were on fire. The Leominster and the Lud­low fire brigades were summoned, as the house was in danger. The Ludlow brigade under Capt. Parker arrived first, but it was found they could do very little, as there was only a small pool of water, which was wanted for the cattle. Water was thrown over the house, and the fire in the buildings was allowed to burn itself out, only one shed of the whole buildings being saved. The cause of the fire is unknown. The damage, which is covered by insurance, is considerable.

Neen Sollars.

The Women's Institute held an exhibition and sale of work, with a rummage sale and short entertainment, on June 19th, and a very pleasant time was spent. Several members from neighbouring institutes were present, and the exhibits of needlework were specially admired. The proceeds, which were in aid of the funds of the Institute, amounted to over £12.

Surrey Star Nearing " W.G's " Record.

(NB, This occured before the end of June - I doubt if it would be possible now! Ed.)

Jack Hobbs the Surrey Star made the 123rd century of his career at Edgbaston on Wednesday, his 10th of the season, and his 4th in successive innings. He went further than that, for he exceeded the second century and made his highest score of the season-215. Hobbs wants four more centuries to beat the record of the late W. G. Grace.


The daughter of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, (the Hon. Helen Cecil Douglas Scott Montagu or Clark Kennedy), of St. James's Square, SW was granted a decree of divorce in the Court of Session at Edin­burgh, The ground of the petition was the desertion of her husband (Arthur John Clark Kennedy, of Dumfries House, Mains, Cumnock, Ayrshire). The petition was undefended.
Mrs. Clark Kennedy, in evidence, said that in Au(nust, 1916, she went to America to fulfil a professional engagement, and made the acquaintance of respondent, to whom she was married the same year. In June, 1918, he returned to this country for business reasons, but said he could not afford to take her with him. After a time her allowance from him ceased, and in October 1918, owing to an outbreak of influenza in America which caused the closing of the theatres in New York, she found herself penniless. He was a Scots­man, and, she understood, the son of a dis­tinguished soldier. -
A letter from Mrs. Clark Kennedy to her father, Lord Montagu, was read, in which the following passages occurred: "Since about four weeks ago I am absolutely penni­less. 'The landlady here is very kind and trusts me. She also gives me a little food when 1 can't get a meal otherwise. I have had to borrow right and left. Please cable some funds, as I am getting desperate for fear they should turn me out."
Lord Moutagu of Beaulieu gave evidence of his efforts to get respondent to provide for the petitioner.

A great, roar of motor-car and motor­cycle exhausts, the sounding of horns, and deafening cheers greeted W. L. Handley, the hero of the Tourist Trophy motor-cycle races in the Isle of Man, upon his return to Coventry on Wednesday night.
Handley, who won the Junior and ultra­lightweight races on Rex-Acme machines, and appeared likely to perform the " hat" trick by winning the lightweight race when his front tyre burst, was met at the railway station by representatives of local manu­facturing firms and carried shoulder high to one of numerous waiting motor-cars.
He passed through streets lined by a cheering throng.
The procession halted at the Council House, where in the Council Chamber the T.T. winner was received by the Mayor (Alderman F. Snape), the Deputy Mayor (Alderman W. H. Grant), members of the City Council, Mr. Arthur Brampton, presi­dent of the Cycle and Motor-Cycle Manu­facturers' Union, and local manufacturers.
The Mayor congratulated Mr. Handley upon his success, which he said had done much to uphold the prestige of Coventry.
The procession afterwards proceeded to the Crown and Progress Works in Stoney Stanton Road, at both of which the famous Rex-Acme exponent was presented with a laurel wreath.
Later Handley was entertained to dinner at the Craven Arms Hotel.

Thrills at the Tenbury Picture House.
Those who love clean, exciting entertain­ment have it, and no mistake, at the Picture House, 'Teubury, next week, where the film of Baroness Orczy's famous story " I Will Repay " is being shown.
The adventures of that dashing figure the Scarlet Pimpernel are among the best­ known and best-loved, in the whole field of romance. It would be difficult to say how many millions all over the world have revelled in these exploits, gloried in their dazzling courage, been fired by a timely ap­pearance or baffled by equally timely dis­appearances In the film version at the Picture House - played by that clever actor, Holmes Her­bert - The Scarlet, Pimpernel is there in all his glowing charm and bravery, and he must he a dull dog indeed who does not glory in a thoroughly delightful and thrilling film.
Included in a brilliant cast is clever Flora Le Breton, as the girl of the death-bed oath, and the well-known American " star " Pedro de Cordoba, in the part of her lover and victim.
The film has been produced by Henry Kolker. It is one which we can- heartily recommend to all our readers, young as well as old to see.