Preston Guardian, Saturday, October 28, 1871.
RAIKES HALL PARK, GARDENS, AND AQUARIUM COMPANY,
BLACKPOOL.—The report to be presented at the first general meeting of the
shareholders of this company has been printed and circulated.
It states that the number of shares applied for exceeds
that to be allotted, and that nearly one-half of the shares have been taken up by
the inhabitants of Blackpool and vicinity, “who have thus shown their confidence in
the success of the undertaking."
The directors had offered premiums of £70, £30, and £20
for plans for laying out the grounds, and showing designs for a pavilion,
conservatory, fresh water and marine aquaria, and other structures, and 12 sets of
plans had been sent in. The report makes mention of the fact that at the annual
licensing session, held recently at Blackpool, the justices granted, provisionally,
a license for Raikes Hall, and it had since been confirmed by the Home Secretary,
Alterations were now being carried on at the hall for the purpose of making it into
an hotel. The directors had engaged an experienced head gardener, who would carry
out the works of laying out the gardens according to the plans selected. A
collection of rare ferns and plants had been purchased on very advantageous terms,
so that a fine display might be made as soon as the gardens were opened.
BLACKPOOL PETTY SESSIONS,
Before the Rev. R. Moore (chairman), and T. L. Birley, J.
Bryning, T. Hoyle, R. Dunderdale, and J. Hardman, Esqrs.
Thomas Lunt, of the Commercial Hotel, South Shore, was
summoned for knowing and unlawfully permitting drunkenness in his house on the day
of the South Shore Races.—Mr. Blackhurst appeared for the defendant.—P.C. Durham
said that on Saturday night, the 30th September, at ten minutes past ten o'clock,
he visited the defendant's house. On going into the vault he found about a dozen
men in it, amongst whom were two men fighting and lying on the floor. Lunt was
watching the fight, along with the other men. Defendant said to witness that he
could not help the two men fighting, left the two men, and went behind the
Witness had some difficulty in getting the men separated,
and when he had succeeded he found that they were both drunk. The men in the vault
were all cursing and swearing, and urging the men to fight. Constable Camp came
into the house at that time, and they went forward into the taproom, where they
found a man of the name of Fisher fast asleep in one corner of the room with a
glass of ale before him. They awoke him and found that be was very drunk, and was
unable to walk. In another corner of the same room they found a man of the name of
Jolly, who was also asleep and drunk. Jolly was hardly able to get across the
floor, and a friend of his came and took him away.
Witness told the defendant that he would report him for
permitting drunkenness and disorderly conduct in his house.—P.C. Camp
corroborated.—Mr. Blackhurst said that there was no evidence to prove that the
defendant had permitted drunkenness in his house, or that the men had got drink
there.—The Bench thought the case proved, and fined the defendant £1 and costs.
William Jolly, John Kirkham, John Fisher, and John Fenton were charged with aiding
and abetting-—P.C.'s Camp and Durham proved the offences.—The Bench ordered a
warrant to be issued for the apprehension of Jolly, who did not appear, and the
other defendants were each fined 5s. and costs.
Riding without Reins.
A youth, named Septimus Lee, was summoned for riding
without reins in New-road, Blackpool, on the 11th October.—P.S. Whiteside proved
the offence, for which the defendant was fined 2s. 6d. and costs.
Assaulting a Police Sergeant.
A young private of the 8th Regiment of Foot, now stationed
at Fleetwood, named Edward Barnes, was charged with assaulting Sergeant Eastham
whilst in the execution of his duty in Fleetwood, on Saturday evening last.—The
Sergeant stated that about nine o'clock on the night named, there were two soldiers
stripped, going to fight in West-street, Fleetwood, with about 40 soldiers around
them. He went to them, and upon his interfering two or three of them struck him in
the face. He got away from them, and whilst against the wall he drew his staff. The
prisoner then came up to him, and struck him on the jaw with his belt, causing
blood to dew from the wound-—Prisoner was fined 10s. and costs, in default 14 days'
imprisonment in the House of Correction.
Obtaining Money by False
Gross Imposition.-A respectably-dressed woman, named Alice
Thompson, was charged with obtaining money by false pretences.—The Rev. James
Pearson, of Queen's-terrace, vicar of Fleetwood, said that the prisoner came to his
house last week. She said that her name was Miss Grunton, and that she was
collecting contributions for the Blind institute in Preston. She produced a book
containing names of those who had given her money. Dr.Orr, she said, had given her
half-a-crown. She said she was staying at the Victoria Hotel in Fleetwood, and had
done so for some time. Witness gave her five shillings. He afterwards made
inquiries at Dr. Orr's and Mr. Gaulter's, and found that her statement was false.—
Prisoner was remanded for a week, and was committed to the House of Correction to
await that time.