Penelope Lovesy 25/04/2020 14:51:31
In 1816 Martha Hurdle of Poole was summoned to appear before the Justices on a charge of possessing smuggled lace.
Town and County of Poole} To Martha Hurdle of the said Town and County
Whereas an Information hath this day been made by David Lander Collector of His Majesty's Customs at the Port of Poole who prosecutes as well for the Poor of the Parish of Saint James in the Town and County aforesaid as for himself in this behalf, before us Samuel Weston and Peter Jolliff Esquires two of the Justices of our Lord the King assigned to keep the Peace of our said Lord the King in and for the said Town and County, and also to hear and determine divers Felonies trespasses, and other misdemeanours in the said Town and County committed , (setting forth that after the twenty fourth day of June One thousand Seven hundred and thirty Six to wit on the twenty Sixth day of February in the Year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Sixteen at the parish of Saint James in the said Town and County of Poole , David Lander being one of His Majesty’s Officers of the Customs , did find and seize upon and in the Custody of you Martha Hurdle late of the Town and County of Poole aforesaid One Silk Shawl Four Silk half Handkerchiefs Thirteen Silk Handkerchiefs Twenty four pair Leather Gloves One Silk Lace Shawl Two Lace Silk half Shawls of great Value to wit of the value of Thirteen ~~ ~~Pounds Eleven shillings of lawful money of Great Britain being Goods Wares and merchandise prohibited to be imported into this Kingdom And also Twenty One yards of Lace of Great Value to wit of the value of Five Pounds five shillings of lawful Money of Great Britain.
The Justices fined her the enormous sum of £56 8s which they later reduced to £20. She was put in to …"the Custody of the Keeper of the said Common Gaol…until she shall pay”.