Burglary in Chiswick End
The following report appeared in the Cambridge Chronicle newspaper on 9th August 1851:
MELDRETH-Burglary-On the night of Monday, the 14th of July, about 12 o’clock, the dwelling-house of a poor man named William Carter, residing at Chiswick End, in the parish of Meldreth, was feloniously and burglariously entered. The entrance was effected by taking out the sash of a window at the back of the premises, the inmates being from home at a neighbouring farm-house, burning [sic] their daily bread. A quantity of men’s wearing apparel, a watch and other articles, were stolen, to the amount of £4.Information was given to the constable of ? parish, who being an intelligent officer, examined Carter’s house and premises, and from subsequent enquiries made by him, apprehended John Pepper, late of Meldreth on the 24th of July, at the Essex Serpent, Charles Street, Westminster, whom he found in possession of a part of the stolen property, which was afterwards identified by Carter. The prisoner was brought back to Royston on the following day, taken before a Magistrate, and remanded till the 30th, to afford the constable time to make further enquiries, when the prisoner was again brought up before John George Fordham, Esq., at Royston, who fully committed him for trial at the next Cambridge Assizes. The prisoner in his defence stated that he “swopped” his own things for the stolen goods with a navvy, who wore a white slop.
Census records show that the victim of the burglary, William Carter, was a 30 year old agricultural labourer, who lived in Chiswick End with his wife Mary Ann, aged 25.