Mr. Idwal Jones (Col.)Index Terms:
Larceny by Morris Dancers: Notes
I.T.Jones Collection, Written 1983, Ref.L4-1
Retford and Gainsborough Times (1881) gives details of a hearing of Brigg Petty Sessions at which 5 men from Messingham were charged with stealing two tins of preserved fish from a shop in New Brumby. It was claimed that they came into the shop dressed as morris dancers and had asked for a copper or two but the shopkeeper declined to give them anything.
Information on who the men were and what they had been doing might be obtained from court records or from census returns. I could not look up the Lincolnshire Chronicle for 1881 in the Lincoln Library when I visited in 1983 because it had been sent away to be microfilmed.
This research is described in I.T.Jones (1983)
Locations: Messingham, Lincs. (SE8904); New Brumby, Lincs. (SE8909) Years: Written 1983; Occurred 1881 Subjects: Court Case; Petty Sessions; Larceny; Morris Dancers People: Mr. Idwal Tudor Jones (Col.) Archives: Ref.: TD00574; I.T.Jones Collection, Ref.L4-1