1666 Quarter Sessions.1666 Wells Session.

The court desires Francis Vaughn, Samuel Gorges and John Tint, Esquires, justices, to enquire into a dispute between John Godwin of Naylezey and John Lawrence touching an alleged detention of wager from the latter; and if they find that any wages are due, to compel Godwin to pay them, with coats, binding him over to appear at the next sessions if he refuses. The matter was referred at last sessions to the two first-named justices, but nothing has been done, Mr Gorges having been lately sick.


1676 Ilchester Sessions; Discharge on appeal of an order by Sir Hugh Smith KB and Bart and Edward Gorges, Esq justices for the removal of Nicholas Rogers from Nailesey (to Clutton) and order that he be absolutely settled at Nailesey.


1853 Aug 6. Nailsea Horticultural Show. The show of garden produce took place in a capacious tent, which had been kindly lent for the occasion by Mr Wason of the royal hotel, Clevedon.

The specimens sent in for competitive exhibition were confined by the rules to the growth of resident cottagers, but the surrounding gentry evidenced their good-will towards the object by sending in greenhouse plants of various descriptions and many fine varieties of fruit and cut flowers, to grace the principal stands. Amongst the most liberal contributors  were Mrs Rodbart, Miss C Wilcox, Mr W J Farler, Miss Chapman, the Rev F Brown, Mr John Wedmore, Mrs F Brown. The cottage specimens were many of them remarkable fine.


Vegetables. Kidney potatoes. 1st price. John Whitehead, 2nd Henry Besant. Round potatoes. 1st Robert Watkins, 2nd. Henry Johnson. Cabbage 1st Samuel Durston, 2nd. H. Besant. Broadbeans 1st Thomas Wedmore, 2nd George Wedmore. Scarlett runners 1st S Durston, 2nd Charles Cook. Turnips 1st James Sainsbury, 2nd Mary Methin. Carrots 1st John Bailey 2nd Jacob Broom. Parsnips 1st M Methin 2nd J Bailey. Peas 1st T Wedmore, 2nd H Besant. Onions 1st M Methin 2nd George Squires. Lettice 1st M Methon 2nd George Manfield. Pumpkins S Durston. Ornamental basket of vegetables 1st S Durston 2nd J Bailey. Dwarf beans and ornamental basket of flowers and fruit. G Squires.


Fruit. Apples 1st Wm Jones, 2nd John Wright. Plumbs 1st G Squires. White currants 1st George Day, 2nd  J Bailey. Red currants. 1st G Day 2nd J Bailey. Black currants 1st J Bailey 2nd Thomas Culverwell. Gooseberries (flavour) 1st Charles Brimble 2nd Samuel Morgan. Gooseberries (weight) 1st J Bailey 2nd S Morgan.


Flowers. Fushias 1st Henry Winter 2nd Jacob Broom. Nosegay in garden flowers. 1st G Day 2nd  Thomas Culverwell.  Device in wild flowers (by schoolchildren) 1st Albert Methin 2nd Mary Baker.


1863 Nov 21. Henry Martin, was summoned by Mr Supt. Jones for having in his shop, at Nailsea, several unjust weights, and was fined 10s 6d including costs.


1870 Jul 2. Amos Browning, a publican, was charged with maliciously injuring a hat and doing damage to the amount of 6s, the property of Caroline Rowley. On June 15 complainant was engaged at the New Inn, Nailsea, sewing for the landlady, when the defendant came in, seized her hat, which had been left in the parlour, and took it away. In the evening defendant and his friends threw it from their trap into the road. It was then greatly damaged. Browning on Friday offered complainant half a sovereign “to make up”. The magistrates advised the parties to settle the matter out of court, and defendant consented to this course.


1871 Sep 9. William Bryant of the Red Lion beer-house, Nailsea applied for the renewal of his license, but considering the state in which he presented him self the magistrates adjourned their decision till next meeting.


1875 Jan 23rd.An inquest was held on Wednesday night by Mr. R. Biggs, the deputy-coroner for Somerset, at the Butcher’s Arms, Nailsea, on the body of Hannah Maria Blakes a child one year and ten months old, who was accidentally poisoned. The circumstances of the sad story may be gathered from the evidence of Mary Ann Blakes, mother of the child, who deposed that on Tuesday night, the 19th instant, being much troubled with mice, she put a piece of bread and butter covered with white arsenic in the pantry. The poison was given to her by a man named Durbin, who was employed in the glass works, and who used it in his trade,


On the morning of the 16th instant, when she came down stairs, she found the pantry door open, and the children told her it was the eldest boy who had unfastened it. The deceased, had been brought down-stairs by the eldest boy, a few minutes before witness left her bedroom. Witness looked into the pantry and missed the bread and arsenic. Suspecting that the infant had eaten the bread and poison, she ran over to the house of Mr Adams, surgeon, and that gentleman sent some medicine, and afterwards came to the house, and he and Dr Adams his son, continued to attend the child till her death, which occurred at 20 minutes past four o’clock the same afternoon.

The coroner summing up said he thought the jury would be of the opinion that no special blame was to be attached to the mother in this case. He did not think that they could bring a criminal charge against Durbin, but that there was gross negligence in the matter there could be no doubt. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidentally poisoned,” and the proceedings terminated.


1878 May 27. George Walker and Charles Walker of Yatton, were charged on remand with stealing a fowl, the property of Miss Ellizabeth Willcox of Nailsea Court. Frederick Brimble deposed, that he was servant to Miss Wilcox, and on the evening of the 14th inst, he was in a field close by the premises, and he saw the prisoners waiting about. The prisoner George walked towards the house; witness watched him, and in a few minutes saw him coming away with a fowl in his hand. Both prisoners were together and cutting the wings off the fowl and witness asked the prisoner George, where he had got the fowl form. He said he bought it at Midgel farm. Witness said “ that is not true, someone has been watching you.” Prisoner told witness to tell his mistress that it was the colliers who took it.

The prisoner George use to work for Miss Wilcox. Miss Wilcox had four Dorking cockerels, and had lost one a few days before and on the morning of the 15th she missed another one. The fowl was of a price breed, and worth at least £3. The prisoner George Walker had been in her service about two or three years ago for a short time. In answer to the charge both prisoners pleaded guilty, and were each sent to Shepton Mallet goal for one months hard labour.


1878 Aug 17. Robert Barrell of Nailsea was summoned for being drunk and riotous was fined 12s including costs.


1880 Nov 6.

John Bryant, Frederick Watkins and Henry Cave? three  boys of Nailsea, were summoned for playing pitch and toss on Sunday. The practice had been a great annoyance in the neighbourhood for a long time past. They were each fined 4s, including costs or seven days.


1880 Sep 11. George James of Nailsea was fined 5s for disobeying orders to send his children to school Mr Henry Tipper School Attendance Officer, proved the case.


1881 Jun 4. Cornelius Shepstone of Nailsea was summoned for furious driving on the highway, and was fined £1 8s including costs.


1881 Jun 4. Mr Mark Cock of Nailsea was summoned for assaulting Henry Durbin at that place on the 28th. The bench having heard the evidence, fined the defendant £1 4s including costs.


1885 Jan 3. John Burge, an elderly man, of Nailsea, was charged with assaulting and threatening his wife. The prosecutor said she had been married to the prisoner 30 years, and during that time he had frequently beaten her. He never gave her any money, and sometimes did not come home for months, but she was obliged to leave the door unlocked so that he could enter whenever he liked. On December 27th he came home, and catching her by the throat, shook her and threatened to kill if she did not find a handkerchief he had lost. He twisted her neck, and she had been obliged to go to the Doctor. Edward Burge a son, deposed that he saw his father rush at his mother, catch hold of her by the throat, and shake her. After shaking her for some time, he picked up a poker, but he (witness) separated them. His father was always very violent, and ill-used his wife frequently. The defendant since last Whitsuntide had never given any money to support the family. P C George Palmer stated that he had know the defendant for ten years and Palmer, and on several occasions had received complaints as to the way in which he treated his wife. The defendant did not work regularly, and spent most of his money drink. On last Sunday morning he saw marks on the complainants neck. The wife was a hard working and industrious woman. In his defence, the defendant said his wife commenced the quarrel by striking him on his head with a shovel. The prosecutrix in answer to the court, said he husband used to keep a razor under his pillow, and had threatened to kill her with it. The bench considered the case a most distressing one, and sent the prisoner to goal for a month, and ordered a judicial separation.


1892 Sep 16. The North Marsh Troop of the North Somerset Yeomanry assembled for drill on Monday afternoon at the Royal Oak under Lient. Benthall who has been lately transferred from the Wincanton Troop to the North Marsh Troop. The men and horses presented a smart appearance as they marched from the Royal Oak to a field lent by Mr S Davis, there being a good muster.


1899 Feb 4. As Miss Young, who lives alone in a house near Christ Church School, did not make her appearance on Thursday week, the neighbours forced an entrance in the evening and discovered her lying in bed unconscious, having had a seizure.


1900 Mar 3. Death. February 28th at South Common, Nailsea, James Thomas Lawrence, aged 47.