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May 1871

Hampshire Telegraph – Agent Mr. THURLOW

May 3rd 1871:  POLICE COURT – On Monday Henry STEWART, baker, High-street, was charged with selling bread otherwise than by weight.  Elizabeth SILVESTER, wife of a Police constable, stated that on Friday afternoon she went to defendant’s shop and purchased a stale loaf.  Defendant did not weigh it.  Mr. BURT, inspector of weights and measures said this was the first complaint of short weight in Ryde and was the first case of its kind which had come before the Bench. Defendant was fined 5s. and costs 5s.

May 10th 1871:  ARRIVAL – Mrs. Crawshay BAILEY (nee Countess METAXA) has arrived at Cleveland-square, Hyde-park, on a visit to the Count METAXA, for the season.

May 13th 1871:  PAINTING – We are informed that Mr. FOWLES, the well-known artist, of Ryde, is engaged in painting a picture of the “Livonia” to be lithographed.

May 20th 1871:  WORKS ON THE FORESHORE – At a special meeting of the Ryde Town Council, Messrs. HEARN and FARDELL were appointed as solicitors in the matter of the Ryde Gas Works; and the board resolved themselves into committee on the foreshore question, in order to give those of its members (including the mayor) who were shareholders in the pier company, an opportunity of explaining their views on the subject which they could not legally do at a meeting of the board.  The burgesses in the gallery and the representatives of the press were requested to withdraw.  Mr. Henry KNIGHT declined to accede to this request, and it was only on the town-crier receiving instructions to enforce it that he left the gallery.

May 20th 1871:  MEDICAL OFFICER – Mr. G. A. WATERWORTH, M.B., of Newport, was on Wednesday appointed as the hon. medical officer of the Royal Isle of Wight Infirmary, at Ryde.

May 20th 1871:  PRESIDENT – The Marquis of Cholmondeley has consented to become president of the Ryde Young Men’s Christian Association, in place of the late Captain MAYNARD, R.N.

May 20th 1871:  LEAVING – The Rev. G. C. STENNING, curate of Holy Trinity, Ryde, is to leave Ryde on Monday, having been appointed curate to the Rev. Basil WILBERFORCE, rector of St. Mary’s, Southampton.

May 27th 1871:  FOR SALE – Messrs. Francis PITTIS and Son are instructed to sell by auction at Yelf’s Hotel, Ryde, on Thursday 15th day of June 1871 at three o’clock in the afternoon, two superior semi-detached residences, known as Turret Villa and Castle Lodge.  The houses are substantially built of stone, each containing, Ground Floor: Dining Room with French windows opening on to a lawn, Store closet, Water closet, and in the rear, Kitchen, Larder, Scullery, Small bedroom, Water closet, First Floor: Drawing-room, Bedroom, Dressing-room, Lobby, Top Floor: Four Bedrooms.  Each house has a garden opening on to the Esplanade, also an entrance from the Strand.

May 31st 1871:  HARD CASE – On Monday morning at the Town-hall, a chimney sweep, named George JAMES, was charged with keeping a horse and vehicle without paying a license.  The vehicle in question was a light truck with a seat which defendant was in the habit of using to take home soot, and when he went to get orders, and on one occasion he was seen driving his wife out on it. The magistrates had no option but to inflict a fine, and as they thought it a hard case, imposed the lightest penalty in their power, 5s. and costs.