1900 Free Press

January 26th – Ty Cooke Farm

M/s Marfell & Poole have been instructed by Mr D Thomas who is leaving the above farm, to sell by auction on Thursday, February 8th 1900 the whole of his Live and Dead stock.

32 Head of Hereford and Cross bred cattle viz:
12 in calf cows and heifers; 7 two year old steer and heifers; 1 fat cow; 10 weaned calves; two Hereford bulls:
47 cross bred and Radnor (in lamb) ewes; 2 ram lambs; 3 fat porkers:
Horses – cart mare rising 4 years; roan cart mare 4 years, 17 hands; black mare, 6 years, on short legs; 3 year old cart filly; 2 year old cart colt:
Implements – include mowing machine; whee plough (by Kell;) chain harrows; iron harrows; scuffler (Banbury): gumbo; horse rack’ long, abrot GO and trap harness; sundry tools; ladders:
20 sacks of black oats; also a few lots of household furniture and dairy utensils:

Luncheon at 11.30: Sale at 1 o’clock prompt.

March 2nd – Lan Farm

Sale of farming stock and produce
M/s Marfell & Poole have been instructed by Mr William Lewis who is giving up the farm, to sell by auction on the premises as above on Thursday, March 8th 1900, the whole of his Live and Dead farming stock.

16 head of cattle, viz:
4 cows in calf; 4 two year old bullocks; 3 heifers ditto; 6 yearling:
Sheep – 20 fat megs, 24 ewes in lamb:
Horses – mare in foal; 3 year old mare; two year old ditto:
Implements – include wheel and swing ploughs; riding ditto; harrows; horse hoes; pair horse scufflers; Banburys; iron roller; sheep racks; wood roller; mowing machines; horse rakes; reaper; corn drill; turnip ditto; wagons; b.w.cart; n.w.ditto; market trap; chaff machine; long, short and g.o. harness; ladders; 5 dozen hurdles; sundry tools &c.
Produce – 2 ricks hay; part rick clover; wheat straw; mangolds; swedes and potatoes.

Luncheon at 12 o’clock. Sale 1.30 prompt.

March 9th – Fowl stealing at Goytrey

Abersychan Colliers Costly Supper
John Phillips and Edward Williams, colliers, Abersychan, was charged with stealing with two cockerels and two hens from Tynewydd, Goytrey.
The owner, Francis Prosser, a labourer, locked the fowls up at his house on the Sunday at 5.30. Next morning he missed them.
P.S. Groves, Abersychan and P.C. Davies, Llanover, went at 12.15 on Monday night to Phillips’s house at Abersychan. On a dish on Phillips’s table and on the plates of Phillips and his wife, were the remains (produced) of some fowl.
Phillips said his wife bought the fowl at Pontypool market on Saturday, but he afterwards said he took it while under the influence of drink which he had obtained at the Carpenters Arms, Goytrey.
In consequence of a statement made, Sergt., Groves went to the house of the other prisoner, Williams at 2am. The prisoners were both taken to the station. Williams said that he and Phillips after leaving the Carpenters Arms at 10 o’clock on Sunday night went up the lane and Phillips left him for a quarter of an hour. When Phillips came back he had a brown fowl under his arm.
Williams asserted that he never went of Prosser’s premises at all.
P.C. Davies, Llanover, having given co-oberative evidence.
Phillips said ” I was in beer, I lost my senses.”
Asked if he took the four fowls, he said that he was not aware that he did. Only one he knew about and only one the police found on him.
Phillips was fined 40s and Williams was discharged, there being insufficient evidence against him. He had been convicted previously for larceny. There was no previous conviction against Phillips.

R. Dobbs Benefit Society

The concert recently held in the schoolroom, Penpellenny, for the benefit of Richard Dobbs, realised the gross amount of £9 3s 10d, from which £1 13s 10d had to be deducted, leaving the sum of £7 10s which has been handed to the recipient Messrs Alfred Jones and William Evans.

Saron Baptist Chapel

The Sunday school held their annual entertainment on Thursday, the 22nd ult., when a good and appreciative audience listened with rapt attention to the rendering of the long programme, which consisted of recitation, dialogues, solos, quartettes and hymns by the choir, all of which were rendered admirable.
In the absence of Mr Ingram, Mr Bert Thomas, of Newport, ably filled the chair. After the usual vote of thanks and the singing of the Doxology, the chairman called upon the Rev. D Davies, Hanover, who so kindly came to assist, to pronounce the Benediction.
The brought a most enjoyable evening to a close.
Miss Carpenter and Miss Mabel Brown accompanied.

16th March – letter to the editor

The Goytrey Fowl Stealing Case
Sir, – kindly allow me a short space in your paper to contradict some of the evidence given at the Pontypool Police Court on Tuesday the 6th inst., with regard to the above case.
Phillips said he took the fowl whilst under the influence of drink. This I most emphatically deny. The men charged with the case came into my house at ten minutes past nine pm and remained until 10 o’clock and left my premises sober.
I have taken the trouble to visit Mr Prosser’s premises, which is one of the most awkward places to find in the parish of Goytre, especially on a dark night, as it was on the 4th inst. This house is a considerable distance from the road, these men would have to travel to go to Abersychan.
I found, on my visit, that this man, to get at the building where the fowls were, went through two gates which were fastened with chains, also over two hedges, one of which is quite six feet from the bottom of a ditch and the hedge was not broken. Mrs Prosser pointed out the foot marks to me. Everything was put back, even to the chain on the fowl house door, as Mr Prosser left it.
This was not the work of a man under drink. It would have been better for this man to have spoken the truth when he was brought back before the Justices of the Peace than to try and cloak his bad deeds by speaking the truth. Had this case been adjourned I could have taken witnesses to prove that these men were sober when they left my premises,
F J Harris, Carpenters Arms, Goytre, March 13th 1900

March 18th – Attempted Suicide at Goytrey

Henry Crump, an aged man, living at Pengroesoped Farm, appeared to answer a charge of attempting to commit suicide by cutting his throat on Monday evening last.
William Crump, son of defendant, said he believed his father to be 74 or 75 years of age. On Monday last witness drove to Abergavenny where he met his father who had been staying at his daughter’s for nine or ten months. For the past three weeks however, he had been staying with witness, so they returned home to Pengroesoped Farm together and arrived at about 7 or 8 o’clock.
Witness then put the horse in the stable and was proceeding towards the house when he found his father lying down on the paving stones with a knife in his hand. They took the knife from him, but he did not see and cut, but he noticed that his father bled a little. His father told him that if the knife had been sharper, he would have finished himself.
The only reason that he could give for his father committing the offence was that he was not satisfied with the amount of money he had to spend.
Replying to the Clerk, Henry Crump (the defendant) said he had had some drink and that was the cause of the trouble. He had no quarrel with his son and would never repeat the offence.
William Crump was asked if there was anyone at the farm to take care of his father. He replied that there was no-one but himself.
It was decided to remand the defendant until the following day, when his daughter would be responsible for him.

The Attempted Suicide
Henry Crump was again brought up on a charge of attempting suicide at Pengroesoped Farm on Monday last.
Wm. Crump gave the same evidence that he did on Tuesday before the court.
P.C. Davies, stationed at Llanover, said that from information received he went to the Pengroesoped Farm, where he found Henry Crump. He accused the prisoner of injuring himself and unfastened his collar and found a cut on his throat. He admitted doing it himself. Witness charged him with attempting to commit suicide and brought him to the police station. Afterwards prisoner was taken to Dr Haslett’s who dressed the wound.

Mrs Nash, residing at the Plough Inn, near Abergavenny, said she was Henry Crump’s daughter and he had been living with her for almost twelve months, but for the past three weeks had been staying with her brother. During the time her father had been staying with her sometimes he was low spirited. His condition caused her anxiety on  more than a few occasions . She was willing to do all in her power for her father and take charge of him.
Prisoner said he would not do anything of the sort again and was willing to go with his daughter.

On the assurance of Mrs Nash to take care of her father he was discharged but had to pay costs, 29s.

August 17th

Charles Byrde, second son of the late Col. Henry Byrde, of Goytre House, Pontypool, in Colombo, Ceylon, on July 23rd.

October 5th – Goytre and District Farmer’s Association

Annual Ploughing Match willl be held on Thursday October 18th at Parkybrain Goytre by the kind permission of Mr Charles.

Parish of Goytrey

Mr T H Tomkins has been instructed to offer for sale by auction at the Greyhound Hotel, Abergavenny on Tuesday 23rd October 1900, all that convenient and well-built;
Country Shop and Dwelling House with Garden and Stabling known as “The Pengroesoped Shop,” situate in the parish of Goytrey.

November 2nd – Pentwyn Farm

Mr H Knipe has fixed Thursday November 29th 1900 for his annual sale of fat & store stock etc.

Damages for a smashed trap.

Mrs Rosser, Goytre, sued Henry Knipe, farmer, Goytre, for the sum of £5 damages to a trap. Mr Bowen, Pontypool appeared for the defence. The case was adjourned from the previous court to allow the production of witnesses.
The evidence was to the effect that while driving home from market, her trap was run into by a trap being driven by Mr Knipe near Cwrdy wood. One of the shafts of her trap was smashed off, the trap was very much battered and she lost her whip.
His Honour considered that plaintiff was entitled to damages and awarded £3 and costs.

December 21st – Goytrey Roadman Summoned

David Morgan (55) haulier, Goytrey, appeared to answer a charge of obstructing the highway by placing stones thereon at Goytrey on Dec. 6th.
P.C. Davies, Llanover, received complaints and found two tons of limestone placed in about six sets in the middle of the road and extending about 44 feet.
They were there from 11am to 7pm. He took steps to have them removed, as they were highly dangerous – defendant explained how it came about and was fined costs, 4s 6d.


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