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Bridget Court of Hanwell

Bridget Court, alias Smith, of the Parish of Hanwell, was indicted for taking a Canvas Bag, value a Penny, and Five Shillings one Penny Farthing in Coins, on the 12th of April 1698 but there was not sufficient evidence to convict her, and she was acquitted. The money belonged to Magdalene Lambert, a widow.


On the 30th June, 1714 at the Old Bailey Jacob Cooper, John Ayres, William Harris, Nicholas Robinson, Charles Smith, Edmond Dew, Thomas Lambeth, Randolph Furnley, Richard Court, John Player, Jacob Price, & Samuel Albrittain were drawn up as the London Jury

The trial days were On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, being the 30th of June, and 1st, 2d, 3d and 5th Days of July, 1714.

The London jurors for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, being the 6th,7th, and 8th of June,1717 were: Richard Court , George Dent , William Wright , Edward Dew , John Player , Thomas Becket , John Body , Ambrose Lee , Jeffrey Goodchild, John How & Nicholas Exon.

The London jurors for Wednesday the 11th,  Thursday the 12th, and Friday the 13th of October 1732 Richard Court,  Thomas Hill , Hickman Young , Caleb Acton , Thomas Parks , Joseph Wilcox, Nathaniel Benbridge, John Gray, William Chapman , John Harrison , Thomas Blakesly & James Carpenter.

Theft of two brass stopcocks from Samuel Court of St James’s, Westminster

Gerrard Pell, of St. James's Westminster, was indicted for feloniously stealing two Brass Cocks, valued at 4s. from the house of Samuel Court the 22nd of May 1718. The Samuel Court said that the prisoner came to his house and called for a pint of drink, and afterwards wanted to go to the Necessary House (loo) in the Cellar, which he did, and came up again, that then he called for another pint of drink, and took an excuse to go into the cellar a second time, and came up and passed by him and went away, saying, your Humble Servant; he saying, Sir, you are kindly Welcome, not knowing what he had done. The Servant said the same, adding that he going down into the cellar to draw some cider, met the prisoner on the Stairs different from what he went down, and asking him what he did there, he pretended he had mistaken his way; but when he came into the cellar saw the cock taken out of the barrel of stout, and another out of the cask of cider, and the liquors running about the cellar; however the prisoner got off for that time, but was afterwards taken by accident. The prisoner denied the fact, or that he ever was in Samuel Court’s House in his Life. The contrary being sufficiently proved, the jury found him guilty to the value of 10d and was sentenced to 7 Years transportation.

Theft from the house of Joshua Court on the 29th of June 1722 in St Mary, Newington

Nathaniel Allen, alias John Wright, alias Joseph Wright, alias John Marshall, and Richard Robinson, alias Humphrey Jones, of St. Mary at Newington, were indicted for stealing, a Silver Cup, value £3 15s a Watch, £5 and other items, on the 29th of June last from the house of Joshua Court. It appeared that the prisoners lodged with the Joshua Court, who coming home one night, found their drawers broke open, and the goods and prisoners gone. Some of the goods were found, by Allen's Information, at a Goldsmiths in Bishops Gate Street. The prisoners, in their defence, said they owed money and were forced to abscond from their lodgings. They were acquitted.

Pick Pocketing

Robert Robinson, was indicted for stealing one pair of silver buckles, value 23s the property of William Court from his person secretly on the 24th June 1752. The prosecutor did not appear, his recognisance was ordered to be estreated .

John Court, theft: petty larceny, 15th July, 1767

John Court was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of William Benge on June 26th 1767. The prisoner being a foreigner, an interpreter was sworn.
William Benge: I am a messenger of the Navy-office. On the 26th of last month, about ten at night, coming out at the Post-office, Lombard-street, I felt something tug at my pocket; I turned about in about three or four yards going, and laid hold of the prisoner; (I was in a little crowd.) I said, I believe you have made free with my pocket; he said, me no understand English; he had his hand behind him; I pulled it forward; he had my handkerchief in his hand; I took him to the watch-house.

Prisoner's defence: I found it under a coach.

Prosecutor: He had not time from the time I missed it to stoop, much less to take it from under a coach.

Guilty: Transportation

Receiving stolen goods & theft, 9th December, 1767

Matthew Henley was a third time indicted for stealing 200 pounds weight of sugar, value £3 the property
of Thomas Dickinson and Christopher Court, in a certain lighter lying on the river Thames, Nov. 20 1767

Guilty: Transportation

JOHN COURT: Simple grand larceny on the 3rd June, 1824

John Court was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of May, a coat, value 30 s. , the goods of Robert Hogard .

Guilty: Transportation.

Clement Court and John Ford were indicted for stealing a cloth hammer cloth, value sixteen shillings, and a coach window glass value sixteen shillings , the property of Dame Laetitia Beauchamp Proctor , widow, August 10th 1775 ++. Note: a Hammer cloth was a cloth covering the drivers seat or 'box' in a family coach which could be made of a variety of materials.

Watchman: As I was taking the prisoners to the watch house, they attempted to make their escape, Court pulled out a knife, I observed it and took it from him and put it in my pocket, I thought it would be safer there; when we came to the watch house Ford pulled out a knife and cut me across the chin, and then made a stroke at my arm, and cut through two coats and my shirt; but as Providence would have it, did not cut the flesh; he made another stroke at my wrist and cut through my coat.

Court's Defence.
Going to Berkley-square, I met a woman who asked me to give her something to drink; we went and had a pint of beer, then she asked me to go to this place, and this gentleman came and laid hold of me.


Sentence: Transportation for seven years


Not an Old Baily Trial but still Courts in Court

James Court, c1765 - 1790, convicted for the theft of 16 fowls on 28 0f December 1787 at the Maidstone Quarter Sessions. Sentence: 7 years transportation.
Delivered to the hulk on 15 of May 1789 aged 22.
Embarked on the Neptune on the 12 November 1789 but he died on board. The Neptune arrived in Australia in June 1790

Southwark Police Court - May 1851

Two men sentenced for the theft of an horse and cart the property of William Court a grocer of Red Cross Street, Southwark