LAW & ORDER – Deserting a wife and family at near Redcar

Accreditation The Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea Gazette 22/02/1878


On Tuesday (19/02), at the Guisborough petty sessions, a man named Henry Houldsworth, was charged with deserting his wife and family at Warrenby, near Redcar, and leaving them chargeable to the Guisborough Union. Mr. Cyrus Smith, relieving officer, stated that the prisoner left his wife and family about ten months ago, and relief had been given them to the amount of £3.2s. Inquiries were made as to his whereabouts, and ultimately he was found at Brighouse, near Leeds. In consequence of the expense which had been those incurred, a sum of £5.7s. was now claimed from him on the part of the Guardians. The money was ordered by the bench to be paid forthwith, and as prisoner was unable to pay it, he was committed to prison for two months with hard labour. It transpired during the hearing of the case that prisoner had been twice previously married, both wives were still alive, and that he had deserted them in a similar manner. On being apprehended. He was found living with another woman.


Lol Hansom November 8, 2015 Law & Order, Warrenby