1918 Free Press

March 22nd – Pontypool Police Court

Collier Hitchler’s Lapse: – William Stinchcombe, head hitchler, Goytrey, pleaded guilty to a charge of sleeping in the mine in the Crumlin Valley Colliery on March 7th – Mr W J Everett, solicitor, Pontypool prosecuted.
David Green, overman, said that at about 6.50 on March 7th he found defendant asleep in the cabin at the bottom of the pit shaft. He took his lamp away and called another workman to wake him up.
Defendant offered no excuse for his conduct and he was fined £3.

March 29th – A Free Ride

James Crowen, ships fire-man was charged with travelling on the G.W.R. without having paid his fare at Nantyderry on March 22nd. Defendant said he had been discharged from his ship in Liverpool and after a ‘spree’ in which he had spent all his money, decided to reach Cardiff to re-ship there.
The Bench took a lenient view and fined him 20s or one day.

April 19th – Supplementary Rations

Goytrey – Residents in the Pontypool Rural District who have applied for Supplementary Ration Cards may obtain same at the Food Office, Club Chambers, Pontypool, between the hours of 9.30 am and 5.30 pm, on Friday and Saturday next, the 26th and 27th of April on presentation of Meat Cards.
Meat cards may be sent by messenger or post at the owner’s risk, but in the letter a stamp must accompany.

June 6th – Freehold Public House, Nantyderry

Messrs Pitten & Sons have been instructed to sell by Public Auction, in June 1918, the Valuable Freehold Public House, known as The Refreshment Rooms, Nantyderry.
Also the adjoining Freehold Dwelling House, together with about 40 acres of Valuable Freehold Land in the same neighbourhood.

June 14th – Glan-y-Nant Cottage Mamhilad

Valuable Freehold Dwelling House, Garden and Orchard.
Messrs Pitten & Sons have received instruction to sell by Public Auction at the Crown Hotel, Pontypool, early in July. Further particulars will appear later. (Entry in the Free Press on July 26th Glan-y-Nant sold privately and will not be offered for sale by Public Auction.)

June 28th – Pontypool Police Court

Robert Sidney Mainwaring, farmer Penpellenny, was summoned for selling milk which contained 5.06 per cent of added water to Inspector Lewis at Penpellenny on May 4th.
Defendant pleaded not guilty and said that the milk was sold as it came from the cow. – Fined £3.

July 26th – Valuable Properties

All that Freehold Double-Licensed Public House, known as The Refreshment Rooms, with Stables, Outbuildings and Garden belonging thereto, situate close to Nantyderry Station, in the County of Monmouth, now in the occupation of Mr David Hutchinson.
This lot is excellently situated for Business Purposes and the House is a Free House.
Lot 2
All that Valuable Freehold Dwelling House, adjoining lot 1, now let as a Post Office, situate at Nantyderry, aforesaid, with the garden belonging thereto and now in the occupation of Mr Leonard Lloyd, at the low rent of £11 per annum, the tenant paying rates.
Lot 3.
All that Valuable Freehold Dwelling House adjoining Lot 2, with the garden belonging thereto, and now in the occupation of Mr Edwin Poole at the low annual rent of £6, the tenant paying rates.
Lot 4
All that Valuable Freehold Dwelling House, adjoining Lot 3, with the Garden belonging thereto and now in the occupation of Mrs Thomas at the low annual rent of £6, the tenant paying rates.
Lot 5
All that Valuable Freehold Dwelling House, adjoining Lot 4, with the garden adjoining thereto, and now in the occupation of Mr Frederick Leworthy at the low annual rent of £6, the tenant paying rates.
Lot 6.
All that Valuable Freehold Field containing 11 acres and 29 perches, situate at Nantyderry and at the rear of Lots 1-5, now let to Mr William Knipe at the low rent of £12 per annum.

August 2nd – Roll of Honour – Lance-Corporal P.T. Lewis

(In Obituaries)

August 31st – Nantyderry Market Garden Training Centre

A large gathering assembled at Nantyderry House on the occasion of the first gathering at this School of Market Gardening to women.
The Chairman, (Mrs James,) explained that the gardens at Nantyderry had only been in the Committee’s hands since the end of April. Eight students had been in residence since last year, and five scholars had passed the Royal Horticultural Society’s examination in March, after tuition from Miss Warlerg (?) Formerly student and lecturer of Swanley Horticultural College.
This term three scholars, seven students and seven land workers, making 17 in all were in residence.
Miss Jackson, secretary, said that the Market Garden Training Centre had been inaugurated by the Monmouthshire Agricultural Education Committee, who offer six scholarships of £40 a year to women over 18 years of age, resident in the County for training in garden dairy and poultry work, during 44 weeks.
The scholars are expected to pass to preliminary qualifying examination.
Three scholarships would be vacant in September, for the subsequent two terms. The fees for public being £66 per year, including board, residence and tuition, the scholars are expected to to contribute at the rate of £26 a year towards their expenses. Pupils could enter for a shorter time, but the Committee hoped that the majority would stay at Nantyderry for two terms then pass on to specialised training or professional garden work.
At the request of Mrs James, Lady Mather Jackson, chairman of the Mon. Women’s War Agricultural Committee, gave a short address.

September 6th – No Lights

Joseph Mayers, Goytrey, was fined 5s for driving a horse and cart without lights at Llanvihangle-Pontymoile on August 17th. P.O. Merrick gave evidence.
Defendant explained that his horse fell lame and he had walked the animal for five miles before his lamp went out.

September 6th – Burgwm, Goytre

About 2 miles from Nantyderry Railway Station.
Unreserved Sale of Useful Live and Dead Farming Stock, comprising:
Active Four-year-old Roan Half-bred Mare, 13 hands, good worker:
3 Prime Dairy Cows and Heifers:
3 promising Yearling Heifers:
4 Capital Bull and Heifer Calves:
2 Prime Bacon Pigs;
Wheat and Oats in straw:
About 1 acre Great Scott Potatoes:
Well built pleasure trap:
Crank axle Cart:
Harness &c
Which John H Rennie has been instructed by the administrators of the late Mr John Davies to offer for sale by Auction on Thursday September 12th at Two o’clock.

September 6th – For Sale Ty Cooke

A charming residential and agricultural estate about 4 miles from Pontypool, having an area of 190 acres and 2 rood.


Tyr-y-wen Farm, Goytre, Chestnut Cottage, Glanynant Cottage, Oviel Garn Cottage and Rose Tree Cottage, which Messrs Newland, Hunt & Williams have been instructed to offer for sale by auction, at the Mart, 19, Commercial Street, Newporton Wednesday September 11th 1918.

September 6th – Roll of Honour

Second Lieutenenat Llewellyn Richards

(In Obituaries)

November 8th – Pontypool Police Court

Another dismissal; Annie Stinchcombe, produce dealer, Goytrey, was summoned by the Pontypool Food Control Committee for selling a wild rabbit at a price in excess of the Food Controller’s price in the Pontypool Market on October 23rd.
Mr I Watkins-Evans, Executive Office prosecuted and Mr Harold Saunders, solicitor Pontypool, for the defendant.
Mrs Edith Rapley, Pontypool said she purchased a rabbit weighing one pound ten ounces from defendant in the Market on October 23rd and was charged 2s for it. The price for the rabbit should have been 1s 3d.
Defendant said she had no recollection of selling a rabbit to Mrs Rapley and in any event, as the rabbit in question was not re-weighed in her presence she could not swear as to the weight of it – the summons was dismissed.

November 15th – Pontypool Police Court

Furious driving charge dismissed.
Frederick Gregory, lorry driver, Abergavenny was summoned for driving a motor-car in manner dangerous to the public.
Ed. Charles, farmer, Goytrey, said that, when going up the Pentwyn Hill with three horses, drawing a load of lime, he saw a large motor lorry approaching him and being driven at from 30 to 35 miles an hour. The driver of the car gave no warning of his approach and the sight of the car so frightened the three horses that they turned round, broke the shafts off the cart and ran wild down the hill.
The car then stopped and he asked the driver (defendant) why he was driving so quickly.
He replied “The horses were coming along the road so quietly that I did not think it necessary for me to pull up.”
Cross-examined: The front horse shied first and frightened the others. The car was about 70 yards away from him when he first saw it and it was within about 16 yards of him when the driver first began to pull up. The car skidded that distance and pulled up before reaching him.
He did not tell defendant that the sound of his horn first frightened the horses; By Supt. Barry, the horses ran about 80 yards down the road before he stopped them by throwing one of them to the ground and breaking the set of harness to pieces.
Abraham Jenkins Pentwyn Farm corroborated. Albert Lyford, waggoner, Goytrey, also gave corroborative evidence.
P.C. Merrrick said he measured the wheel marks and found they had skidded for 16 yards. The car had pulled up right opposite the front of the wagon.
Witness saw defendant at Abergavenny on the 26th ult. and spoke to him. He said, “I was not driving fast” Charles told him it was the sound of the horn which frightened the horses, the car weighs 8 tons, if I am summoned I shall not have to pay.
Case dismissed.

November 29th – Re John Davies, Deceased

John Davies of Burgwm Cottage, Goytrey, Mon, deceased and Emily Davies of Burgwm Cottage, Goytrey, deceased afterwards of Pentre Cottage, Goytrey.
All persons having any claim or demands against the estate of the above named John Davies who died on the 25th day of July 1918, or against the estate of the above named Emily Davies, who died on the 6th day of November 1918 are requested forthwith to send detailed particulars thereof to me.
W J Everett, Solicitor, Pontypool.


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