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Mirfield Eastthorpe

This view of Eastthorpe looking towards Newgate shows little change to the left hand side of the road, but note the complete absence of buildings on the right hand side.
 The building in the background, now Speights Lighting, no longer has its ridged roof; as it was destroyed by a fire in the late 1970's.
The shop on the left with the bay display window used to be "Leslie Brook's Toy Shop" and for many years the children of Mirfield stared through that window counting their pocket money in the hope of being able to afford  some magical toy within.

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7th December 1844


HENRY HARGREAVES (32) was indicted for having, on the 1st October last, at Mirfield burglariously broken and entered the dwelling-house of Ann Sharp, and feloniously stolen therein five pieces of Irish linen, one hundred pairs of black worsted stockings, fifty pairs of men's worsted stockings, four pieces of stuff, one hundred cotton handkerchiefs, six ends of muslin, and four pairs of men's shoes.
 Mr. INGHAM and Mr. OVEREND were for the prosecution; the prisoner was undefended.
The prosecutrix, Ann Sharp, keeps a linen draper's shop at Mirfield, which was broken into on the night of the 1st October, and the articles mentioned in the indictment were stolen there from. The prisoner lodged with his brother at Kirkheaton, about a mile from Mirfield, and this brother and his wife, together with a man called Godfrey Hudson, were the principal witnesses against him. From their evidence it appeared that on the night of the 4th of October the prisoner went to his lodgings, having a bag with him, and after getting his supper he went out again, and the following morning, about six o'clock, he returned without the bag. The same morning the prisoner had some conversation with his brother, who had heard of the robbery at Mirfield, and to him he acknowledged that "the stuff" he had in the bag had come from Mrs. Sharp's house, and said that he had sold it to Hudson, of Deighton, and got the money; but he threatened him that if he ever said any thing about it he would take his life. Hudson, when called into the witness-box, deposed that he had bought a pair of shoes and a pair of stockings from the prisoner, for half-a-crown, on the 5th of October: which, when the constable came to search the house in which he (Hudson) lived, he threw out of the window. The shoes and stockings were identified, and some other evidence was adduced in confirmation of the previous witnesses, but it was not of a very definite character.
 The prisoner cross-examied the witnesses with considerable tact, and elicited that his brother and wife were actuated by vindictive feeling against him, and that they were also people of bad character; and that Hudson's house had been searched on previous occasions for stolen property. The latter also in reply to a question from the Judge, admitted that when he bought the shoes and stockings, he had some suspicion that they were stolen.
 In his address to the Jury the prisoner merely asserted his entire innocence of the charge.
 The JUDGE in his summing up cautioned the Jury against placing too much reliance on the evidence of the prisoner's brother and his wife, and of Hudson, which might be given from interested motives; and directed them to examine closely the amount of corroboration it had received.
 The Jury retired to consider their verdict, and after being absent nearly an hour. returned a verdict of Guilty.
 A previous conviction was also proved against the prisoner.

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28th December 1844


A robbery was committed at the shop of Mrs. Sharp, draper, &c., Mirfield. In October last. Henry Hargreaves, the person who committed the robbery, was sentenced to be transported for life, at the late Assizes. After his conviction he made known to a person of the name of Makin, who was in the same ward with himself, that a quantity of handkerchiefs, stockings, and shoes, the property of Mrs. Sharp, were lodged in a barn at Dalton.
 He wished Makm to send him some handkerchiefs and stockings, and keep the rest for his trouble; instead of which, he acquainted Mrs. Sharp, who found the property where the prisoner had described, of the value of about three pounds ten shillings.

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14th September 1833

NOTICE is hereby given, that at a Public Meeting. held at the Poor-house in the Township of Mirfield, in the County of York, on Thursday, the l9th Day of August Instant,—

It was Resolved, That all Person and Persons whomsoever, who now stand in Arrears for Bastardy due to the said Township should be proceeded against according to Law, unless such Arrears he forthwith paid.

And NOTICE is hereby also given, that in future all Sum and Sums to accrue and become due for the Support and Maintenance of all such Children, being Bastards, and chargeable to the said Township of Mirfield, must be paid to the Overseers of the Poor of the said Township every Month ; and no longer Period will in any case be allowed.—By Order.
Overseers of the Poor of the Township of Mirfield.
Mirfield, near Dewsbury, Aug. 30th, 1833.

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