Newspapers – In Trouble with the Law

We have come across various newspaper reports of Pitmans being brought before the Bench, often for incidents which nowadays seem remarkably trivial.

Gloucester Citizen 4th October 1894


Henry Pittman pleaded guilty to removing 35 pigs from Charlton Kings to Prestbury contrary to the order of the Council. – Mr. E. T. Brydges said he had made enquiries in the case, and he did not think it one for anything more than a nominal penalty. The pigs were removed from one farm to another, and only passed through a small portion of the borough. – The Bench took a lenient view of the case and ordered defendant to pay 3s. 6d. costs.

Almost certainly the Henry Pittman in this report is Henry born 1865 in Compton Abdale.

Gloucester Citizen 24th January 1895


Albert Pitman pleaded guilty to leaving his horse and cart unattended outside the Grapes public- house in Gloucester-place. – Defendant pleaded that he was delivering milk, but as it was a very wet night he stayed to have a drop of warm beer. – The Bench gave defendant a caution, and dismissed the case.

It is difficult to be certain of the identity of this Albert Pitman but he is either Albert James born 1858 in Prestbury or his son, Albert Richard born 1879 in Culkerton.

Gloucester Citizen 19th July 1895


Henry Pittman, errand boy, of Prestbury, was charged with stealing from the shop, 91, Winchcomb-street, on the 15th instant, a pocket knife, value 1s. 6d., the property of Richard W. Jackson. -P.C. O’Rourke said he charged the prisoner with the theft, and he replied that he was taking some beans to a lady’s house and found the knife amongst them. Some boy knocked it out of his hand and ran away with it. As the result of further enquiries he received the knife from a lad named Dutton. –Edward Dutton of Rutland-street, said the prisoner and another lad came up to him, and Pittman asked him if he wanted to buy a knife. He replied “No,” and the prisoner asked him for a halfpenny, as he wanted a smoke, and had not had one all the morning. Witness then gave a halfpenny for the knife. –The prosecutor said he missed the knife from a shelf in his shop. He had engaged the prisoner on the previous Saturday as errand boy, and he commenced work on the day previous to the loss of the knife. He accused the boy of stealing the knife, and he at first denied the theft, but afterwards confessed. –The Bench admonished the boy, and discharged him.

The Henry Pittman involved in this “questionable” case appears to be Henry Charles Pitman who was born in Prestbury in 1883.