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1917 court: Stolen purse funds a day out at Foreshore

The losing of a purse containing a ten shilling note, a 6s postal order, and four penny stamps on October 24th, by Mrs Grace Johnson, 64, William Street, led to complications which resulted in several children being charged at the Children’s Court, on Tuesday, with having stolen the purse.

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The  rear of North Terrace, Scarborough. The block of terraced houses which were once the Amicable Societys school premises.

Nostalgia: Help for destitute children

Most of Scarborough’s post-Reformation almshouses places were offered to the elderly, the infirm and destitute widows; only the parish workhouse took in children under the age of seven and afterwards “put them out” to apprenticeships. Charity provision for children was made for their moral welfare and their future employment. “No charity in Scarbrough (sic) has been so liberally suported as this, and the donations amount to a considerable sum”, such were the published words of Joseph Brogden Baker in his history of the town in 1882 when referring to its Amicable Society.

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Nostalgia: HMS Walrus

Nostalgia: HMS Walrus

HMS Walrus pictured in Scarborough’s South Bay at low tide.

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Every year there was frequent reports of drowning in the harbour and out at sea.

Nostalgia: Death – ‘by the visitation of God’

Anyone who still harbours residual, romantic notions about the times of Jane Austen should take an antidote such as Scarborough’s records of the contemporary crimes, accidents and punishments. In those days, death often came suddenly, unexpectantly and inexplicably.

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1917 court: Hotel managers fail to keep food record

1917 court: Hotel managers fail to keep food record

Kate Lawless, manageress of the Ramshill Hotel; Edith Mary Taylor, manageress of the Cambridge Hotel; Cecilia Yates, manageress of the Balmoral Hotel; James Jackson Busby, Victoria Hotel, were summoned, respectively for having failed to keep a register of the number of meals and the quantity of food used at the hotels between August 25th and September 14th.

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Nostalgia: South Cliff baths

Nostalgia: South Cliff baths

View along Ramshill Road towards St Andrew’s United Reformed Church.

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View looking south from Holbeck towards White Nab where the body of Miss Lydia Bell was found at low watermark.

Nostalgia: Violent murder at White Nab

In the summer of 1803, William Hutton and his daughter Catherine spent 18 happy days on holiday in Scarborough. The following year, William’s A Tour of Scarborough appeared in print. He had many complimentary comments to make about Scarborough, but one in particular that seems doubtful was that during those 18 days in June 1803 he had not seen “one beggar in the streets”: doubtful because the fragmentary surviving evidence from constables’ bills and court reports suggest that in season the town was plagued with “strollers”, “straingers” who were up to no good, and fraudsters of every kind who had come there to exploit and steal from the rich and gullible spawers.

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1917 crimes: Man peels back jacket to reveal stolen spuds

1917 crimes: Man peels back jacket to reveal stolen spuds

At the Scarborough Police Court, Joseph McConville (20), soldier, 2a, Phillips Park Road, Manchester, was charged on remand with absenting himself from the 5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers on October 9th.

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Nostalgia: Paddle steamer Cambria

Nostalgia: Paddle steamer Cambria

The paddle steamer Cambria returns to port loaded with visitors possibly from a trip down to Flamborough Head.

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Newborough Bar and Borough jail, 1845, by Henry Barlow Carter

Nostalgia: The Borough – a law unto itself

Though the old, unreformed Scarborough Corporation had no direct responsibility for the care of the parish poor, the Royal Commission inquiry of 1833 into its constitution, composition and conduct revealed that the Town Hall still retained substantial authority in matters of felony, misdemeanour and punishment.

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1917 court: Conscripts face court over exemption cases

1917 court: Conscripts face court over exemption cases

The Scarborough Tribunal sat at the Town Hall. Dr Everley Taylor presided at the outset. Several cases were dealt with.

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Nostalgia: New lake Peasholm Park

Nostalgia: New lake Peasholm Park

A view over the newly developed Peasholm Park looking towards Scarborough cricket ground on North Marine Road and Woodall Avenue.

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Distribution of charity was usually the responsibility of either the vicar of St Marys and his churchwardns or the Corporation.

Nostalgia: Caring for the town’s poor

Distribution of charity to the poor was usually the responsibility of either the vicar of St Mary’s and his churchwardens or the Corporation. For instance, the Rev John Kirk, vicar from 1782 until 1828, had given the proceeds of the annual rent of £9 9s of Burr Head Causeway Close of five acres in the form of bread on Old May day at St Mary’s. This bequest might have evolved from that of Thomas Sedman made a century earlier and referred to in last week’s article. 

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1917 crimes: Woman pawned goods entrusted in her care

1917 crimes: Woman pawned goods entrusted in her care

At the Scarborough Police Court before Mr J Sinfield, in the chair, and other magistrates, a young married woman was sent to prison for three months in the second division, on a charge of having stolen goods whilst bailee.

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Nostalgia: Castle-by-the-Sea hotel

Nostalgia: Castle-by-the-Sea hotel

A view along Castle Road towards Scarborough Castle and the Castle-by-the-Sea hotel.

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Trinity House on St Sepulchre Street. Money left to the town in Admiral Sir John Lawsons will enabled the purchase of a plot of land for the Society of Owners, Masters and Mariners first hospital.

Nostalgia: ‘The greatest of these is charity’

If two centuries ago the national system of poor relief was on the point of collapse, in Scarborough it survived only because it was supported by voluntary charity. As the Royal Commission inquiry of 1833 revealed, the town had a bewildering number of old and new endowment and legacy properties and funds, many of which were operative, while others had disappeared mysteriously, but all were originally for the resident poor. Here there is space for only a few representative examples of Scarborough’s chief charities.

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1917 court: Boy ‘beyond control’ after spate of thefts

1917 court: Boy ‘beyond control’ after spate of thefts

A deplorable story was told at the Children’s Court at Scarborough. A boy of ten pleaded guilty to three counts of stealing. A basket of fish valued at 4s, the property of George Harrison and another fish merchants on November 10th; three milk cans, valued at 7s 6d, the property of the Woodlands Dairy Co, on November 19th; and 4s 6d, the money of Louisa Tyson, Mill Street, on November 20th.

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Nostalgia: Beach Station, North Bay Railway, Scarborough

Nostalgia: Beach Station, North Bay Railway, Scarborough

Beach Station on the North Bay Railway had two staggered platforms and was roughly half way between Peasholm and Scalby Mills.

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St Peters Church, Hackness

Nostalgia: ‘A small romantic village’

In the published words of Thomas Hinderwell written in 1811, Hackness was then “a small romantic village ... visited by all persons of taste and fashion resorting to Scarborough”. Though it was necessary to travel six miles through “places of little interest” to reach it, the destination was worth the journey. In fact, Hinderwell’s recommended route to Hackness from Scarborough reads like a ride through Raincliff woods and past Everley (“the wild boar clearing”) along the valley of the Derwent, rather than the alternative from “the picturesque village” of Scalby.

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1917 Court: Mariner’s gold watch pocketed by a soldier

1917 Court: Mariner’s gold watch pocketed by a soldier

The story of a sea captain’s drunken spree, and the subsequent loss of his gold watch, which he valued at £7, was told at the Scarborough Police Court when a soldier of the West Yorkshires, Frank Bee, 36 Cross Street, who wore two wound stripes and a good conduct badge, also a bombing badge - battalion bomber - was charged with having stolen the watch from the person of Pierce Roberts, master of a steamship.

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