Caistor Diary 1900

1900 The Clerk then brought before the Council the fact that the Rural District Council had issued to the Overseers of Caistor a precept of an extra rate for special expenses thus making two rates for special expenses in one year and asked the Council to allow an extra renumeration on the basis of his salary for making out & collecting the extra rate. It was stated by Mr. Smith (the Overseer) that nine pounds would be on a fair scale of the present salary and he would propose that this amount be paid to the Assistant Overseer…. Caistor Town Council Minutes19th December 1894 – 7th June 1910
1900 Average attendance C. of E. Primary School 85


Wesleyan Day School 136

1900 Wesleyan Chapel has a new organ costing £200 and the entrance was moved ‘from a direct approach in Chapel Street to the present’ side entrance.

1900 January 6th – Death – At Caistor, on Dec. 29th, Edward Firth, aged 78 years; At Caistor, on Jan 2nd, William Henson, aged 65 years
A Caistor man poisoned – An exceedingly painful case of accidental poisoning occurred at Mansfield late on Wednesday night, the victim being Mr. John Spilman, aged 20 years, of Clixby House, Caistor. It appears that the unfortunate young man, who is the son of a farmer at Caistor, arrived at Mansfield on Friday last on a visit to Councillor G.A.Fish, iron founder of Portland Street. On Saturday he complained of having a cold, and as he didi not improve Dr. Hunnard was sent for. The medical gentleman considered that the case was one of typhoid fever, and forwarded a bottle of medicine to be taken by the patient, and a bottle of carbolic acid, to be used for disinfecting purposes. Some of the carbolic acid was used for that purpose. About ten o’clock at night Mr. G. Fish Jun., offered to sit up and watch the patient whilst his mother went to bed, and instructions were left with him to administer a dose of medicine about twelve o’clock. The medicine bottle was placed on the mantlepiece along with the bottle containing the carbolic acid. About one o’clock in the morning Mrs Fish was called upon by her son, and found Spilman looking very bad. A messenger was at once dispatched for Dr. Hunnard, who upon examination found that the young man was dead. From enquiries it is understood the Mr. George Fish Jun. had administered carbolic acid in mistake for the medicine.
We have to record the death, on the 2nd inst., of Mr. William Henson, relieving and school attendance officer for the Caistor District. For some considerable time the deceased had been in very indifferent health, but was able to carry out his duties until a few days ago, when the disease his has suffered from increased. Death was due, according to the certificate of his medical attendant, Dr. Garman, to cirrhosis of the liver. He was 65 years of age, and leaves a widow and fourteen children. The funeral was held on Thursday afternoon, the vicar officiating. The deceased was a native of Barsby, Leicestershire, and was stationed at, among other places, Holbeach (Inspector) and Market Rasen (Superintendent). On the 12th March 1881, he was appointed relieving officer for Caistor district.


Under the auspices of the Caistor Temperance Guild, a public ball was held in the Town Hall on the evening of the 1st inst., and was well patronised. The executive committee were the Rev. W. F. W. Westbrooke and Mrs.Westbrooke, Miss Tritton, Miss Haddelsey, Miss S. Robinson, Rev. T.S. Phillips, and Messrs. A. R. Bush, Charles Hopper and J. W. Kay. Layton’s Band was engaged, and refreshments were provided by Mrs. E. Rogers, Red Lion Hotel. Dancing was enjoyed until three o’clock the following morning. Fancy dress was optional. The M.C.’s were Messrs. Bush, Hopper and Kay. Market Rasen Mail

1900 January 13th At a meeting of the Lindsey Standing Joint Committee on Tuesday, an application was received from the Justices of the Caistor Petty Sessional Divisional that the Court House there might be lighted by gas. The letter from the Clerk, Mr. Cousans, dated Dec. 2nd, stated that the present illumination was paraffin lamps, which were somewhat dangerous. – Mr. Martinson said the courthouse was a miserable place , and he would be glad if any light could be thrown on it. (Laughter). The estimated cost is £11 12s – Mr. Wyatt moved that the work be done , and said he was not aware that there was any Courthouse in the Kingdom that was not lighted by gas. – Mr. Martin seconded, and the proposition was carried without a dissentiant. – An application for extra books for the use of the Justices of the Wragby Petty Sessional Division was refused. Market Rasen Mail

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Court House and Arts Centre, Caistor High Street. Now demolished.

1900 January 29th ….. the [Fire Engine] Committees recommendation be adopted and the fire escape purchased ….. the Council to postpone purchasing the fire escape until after March 25th as the expense had not been calculated for in the present Poor Rate … cash discount might be obtained possibly, by paying ready money & the delay was agreed to.

Four acres of allotments having been given up by Mrs. J. Foster it was proposed …. that the four applicants – Mrs. Clarke, Mr. Munding, Mr. Geo. Wright and Mr. Joseph Wright – have one acre each.

….. A request that a gas lamp might be placed in Bogs Lane , near to Cromwell Terrace was read and it was proposed … the application be granted.

…. Messrs. J. H. Wood, J. Wilkinson, Edwd. Kennington and W. Johnson be nominated as constables for the ensuing year.

The Chairman spoke of the unsatisfactory state of the highways and footpaths in this Parish and it was proposed ….. that the whole Council meet at the Public Hall and go round and inspect the highways and footpaths …

The Clerk then brought before the Council the fact that the Rural District Council had issued to the Overseers of Caistor a precept of an extra rate for special expenses thus making two rates for special expenses in one year and asked the Council to allow an extra renumeration on the basis of his salary for making out & collecting the extra rate. It was stated by Mr. Smith (the Overseer) that nine pounds would be on a fair scale of the present salary and he would propose that this amount be paid to the Assistant Overseer…. Caistor Town Council Minutes19th December 1894 – 7th June 1910

1900 January 20 – There is a probability of the famous Tichbourne case being revived.The missing baronet is stated to be an old inmate of an asylum in New South Wales. His name is William Gresswell , and a committee of the Legislature of that colony has been hearing evidence in support of the claim. It is stated that two medical experts have examined the man on the committee’s behalf, and they report that he bears fifteen of the known marks or characteristics of Sir Roger Tichbourne.

Caricature of the Tichbourne imposter.

At an Occasional Court, held on Saturday last at the Court House, before Mr. F. A. Dorrington (chairman), and Mr. W. H. Coates, the following poor rates were signed- Swallow 1s 4d in £; and Cuxwold 2s in the £.
An extension and an occasional licence was granted to Mrs. Emily Rogers, Red Lion Hotel, Caistor, for Wednesday evening the 17th inst., being the occasion of the Annual Ball in aid of the National School Fund.
Exemption under the Vaccination Act was granted [to] William Henry Brumby, Caistor, and refused in the cases ofRichard Plaskitt (who could state a conscientious belief that vaccination would be injurious to the health of his child Harold, born October 1st 1899) and of John W. Fowlston of North Kelsey (whose child Cyril was born 28th Nov. 1898.
In the case granted, the Chairman, on being told by Brumby that the child, Clarice Brumby, born 9th Oct., 1899, was a very delicate one, remarked, “I hope you will have sense when it is strong enough to have it vaccinated.

1899 Brigg Road.

William Sanderson, farm labourer, Claxby Moor, in the employ of Mr. John Burton, was summoned at the insistence of Mr. Benjamin Marshall, Nettleton New Farm, farmer with the theft of a rabbit trap on the 31st Dec. last.
The complainant deposed that the defendant lived in a house adjoining his farm. He had never given him permission to catch rabbits or to take away traps. He could not swear to the trap produced, but had bought a good many like it. He valued it at 6d. He had missed traps previously, but could not account for their disappearance. Other traps produced were similar to those he used.
Charles Leonard, shepherd to Mr. Marshall, a near neighbour of the defendant’s, deposed that on the 29th December last, he set some traps for rabbits in a field belonging to his employer, and adjoining to Mr. Burton’s land, but five or six chains from it.. There were three hedges between the field and the defendant’s house. He went on Saturday night the 30th ult., and found the traps alright. He went on Sunday morning about eight o’clock and found one trap gone out of the three he had set.. He noticed footprints to and from the place where the trap had been, in the direction of the defendant’s house. It was a very rainy morning. He sent for the Holton Constable, and accompanied him to the defendant’s house. This was about eleven o’clock. He left the constable at the defendant’s and went home. Afterwards he brought the traps to him, all of which he identified as the property of his employer. In the afternoon, in the presence of the constable, the defendant said to him, “Two of the traps had been set in Mr. Burton’s hedge either by you or someone else, and the other I fetched out of Mr. Marshall’s field this morning.” The other two traps had been lost some considerable time. He had been with Mr. Marshall six years come next May.
P.C. Thurlby, stationed at Holton-Le-Moor, corroborated the statement of the last witness, and stated that he on going to the defendant, who was engaged in the turnip field among sheep, and telling him he was suspected of stealing a rabbit trap from Mr. Marshall’s land, he admitted the theft, and went to his house and got the trap from out of a box upstairs.
As Mr. Marshall did not apply for any costs for himself or servant the defendant was fined 3s 6d, and 6s 6d ordinary costs. Market Rasen Mail

1900 February 7th .. a special meeting … for the survey of the highways and footpaths of Caistor Parish.

…. it was unanimously resolved that the following portions of the highways and footpaths required immediate attention:-
The footpath leading from High Street to North Street.
The High Street from Mr. E. Popple’s house to the Stotts Well spring.
The footpath in front of Hanson’s Terrace requires curbing and backing up.
A footpath required from the Stott’s Well spring, westward, to meet Union Road footpath.
The road past Mr. W. Shearsmith’s to be heightened in the centre, and Wesleyan Chapel Gate Causeway to be backed up.
The road past Parish Rooms to be raised in centre.
The footpath from Bank (West corner) connecting and repairing.
The Market Place requires repairing and raising all over and footpaths repairing all round.
The road from Market Place to High Street (past Mrs. Glew’s) to be repaired.
The road and footpath between Mr. Winter’s and Mr. Ransley’s shops requires levelling & repairing.
Sessions Hall Lane requires repairing and backing up at the foot.
Wall requires repairing opposite Mr. J. Button’s house.
The footpath in South Street leading from Mr. J. Madam’s house to South Dale requires curbing & repairing.
The footpath south of South Dale requires backing up and repairing and a narrow footpath laying from thence to the school.
Curbing north side of National School required.
The footpath leading from the Vicarage to Horse Market requires levelling and repairing, also the surface ground about Mr. Eyre’s house.
The footpath in front of Sanderson’s cottages requires remaking and wall repairing.
A decent footpath requires to be made to the Pigeon Spring & Engine House front from the highway.
Curbing and channel opposite Horse Market now requires repairing.
Ground levelling and repairing opposite Mr. Dixon’s shop, Mr. Jenkinson’s house and the Primitive Chapel.
Crossing taking up opposite Miss Marris’s doors in Church Street and making good with road material.
The gutter in front of Mr. J.Kennington’s (Ironmongers) requires lowering or the road heightening.

The Council are of opinion that there are many other minor defects in the state of the highways and footpaths of the Parish but the above named urgently require immediate attention. Caistor Town Council Minutes19th December 1894 – 7th June 1910
1900 March 26th …. Mr. Rawlinson, as Chairman of the Lighting Committee stated that he, in conjunction with Mr. Mairs had selected a site for the lamp to be placed near Cromwell View.

[Highways and footpaths] report be adopted and an addition made to the effect that the footpath leading from the George Inn Yard to the Foundry needed repairing, and that a copy of this Report be sent to the Rural District Council urging their attention in these matters.

The report from the Rural District Council regarding the water supply of Caistor was read and …. that it be laid upon the table until the next meeting of the Council.

An application for a gas lamp to be placed near Mr. E. Topliss’s corner … be deferred to the next meeting… and that the Clerk ascertain … whether the Gas Co. would carry gas there without expense to the Council.

A letter from Mr. Bridgeman regarding the bad state of the footpath leading from High Street into North Street ….. The Council were of the opinion that the grievance referred to had been already sufficiently dealt with. Caistor Town Council Minutes19th December 1894 – 7th June 1910

1900 March 26th …… that, in view of the Parish Council premeditating the purchase of a Fire Escape, that Council shall be empowered to call for a rate not to exceed 6d in the £ for General Expenses in the ensuing year, if necessary….. Caistor Town Council Minutes 4th December 1894 – 21st February 1961

1900 April 20th The water supply of Caistor was … brought before the Council, and after having carefully looked into the matter it was unanimously agreed, that to force any scheme which would fall upon the rates would be most unjust, as the Council was of the opinion that the owners of property could secure a good water supply by digging their wells a little deeper without much expense, & that they should be compelled to do so.

The question of placing two gas lamps down the Nettleton Road was considered and it was shown by Mr, Rawlinson that if two lamps were placed there it would do away with the necessity of placing one near Cromwell View as the light would shine across the valley…

Mr. Rawlinson drew attention to the loose & dirty way in which the engineer carried out his duties in connection with the fire engine …. the Fire Engine Committee look into the matter..

…. the gas lamps at the top of Plough Hill be removed to Mr. Ainger’s corner, if permission can be obtained.
… the gas lamp near Mr. Turner’s shop might be altered to give a better light ..
…. the tree near the Foundry obstructing the light from the gas lamp near by…
…the lighting of the street lamps be discontinued after April 21st 1900. Annual Meeting Caistor Town Council Minutes 19th December 1894 – 7th June 1910

1900 June 18th …. the resolution …. granting a gas lamp for the benefit of Cromwell View be recinded…
…..that the two gas lamps be placed on the Nettleton Road, the position to be decided upon by the Lighting Committee. Also, that the Lighting Committee wait upon the Directors of the Caistor Gas Company ….. and ask the Directors to meet the Parish Council in the expense of the service connected with the two lamps, and that, if favourable terms can be agreed upon, the Lighting Committee be empowered to act in the matter.
…. That the gas lamp near the Wesleyan Chapel become a public lamp of the Parish. Caistor Town Council Minutes 19th December 1894 – 7th June 1910

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1900 June 23rd At a meeting of the Directors of the Caistor Gas & Coke Co. Ltd. …. Messrs Rawlinson, Staniland & Meanwell, as members of the Lighting Committee of the Parish Council were present, and requested that the lamp on Mr. Turner’s house might be altered, that the lamp on the top of Plough ill might be removed to Mr. Ainger’s house corner and that two new lamps might be placed down Nettleton Road. The Directors promised to draw up an estimate of the cost …. Caistor Town Council Minutes 19th December 1894 – 7th June 1910

1900 July 16th …. the estimate of the cost of the proposed alterations to gas lamps and two new gas lamps [was read], which estimate amounted to the sum of £6 : 10 : 0 … the estimate be accepted ..
… the Committee adjourned there [Nettleton Road] immediately … It was there resolved that one lamp shall be placed on the east side of Lord Tennyson’s gate, and the other near the stable opposite Cromwell View, Mr. Rawlinson to choose the exact position at the time of fixing. Lighting Committee Caistor Town Council Minutes 19th December 1894 – 7th June 1910
1900 August 13th …. alterations to the gas lamps … approved …. that the Gas Company’s estimate of £6 : 10 : 0 be finally accepted.
The purchase of the Fire Escape was considered ….. the Fire Engine Committee undertake to make all preparations prior to the purchase being made, and seek out a proper place to keep the Fire Escape in…
…. The gas lamp near the Wesleyan Chapel become a public lamp …. carried
…… the street lamps be lighted on and after Sep. 15th……. Caistor Town Council Minutes 19th December 1894 – 7th June 1910

1900 October 22nd …. A letter from Mr. Hy. Taylor, as Steward to the Trustees of the Wesleyan Chapel, was read, giving graciously to the Parish Council the street gas lamp near the Chapel Yard that it might become a public lamp of the Parish.
Mr. Rawlinson stated that he had not yet been able to find a suitable place for a fire escape to be kept in and that he would still continue to search for one.
Mr. Smith …. at the next meeting … the unsatisfactory state of the Fountain Street spring…. a small committee to ascertain if any improvement can be suggested ….. Caistor Town Council Minutes 19th December 1894 – 7th June 1910

1900 November 21st … the sum of £100 be levied for the purposes of the Lighting and Watching Act for the ensuing year.
… persons in receipt of Parish relief be excused the Rate. Caistor Town Council Minutes 4th December 1894 – 21st February 1961

1900 December 10th Board of Guardians. At the meeting on Saturday. Mr. G. A. Bellwood presiding, it was decided that the inmates have the usual Christmas treat, including beer. Nurse Cotterill was appointed superintendent nurse at a salary of £45 per annum, and Nurse Pimblett assistant at £30. Hull Daily Mail


1900 December 17th …. No suitable place in which to keep a fire escape having been found …. the Fire Engine Committee wait upon Miss Kent with a view of ascertaining whether the old malt kiln would be a suitable place for the purpose……
…. The Council suggested that owing to the removal of Mr. Ransley’s house one or two lamps might be dispensed with.
….. write to the Gt Central Railway Co asking them to provide a waiting room or shelter on the west side of Moortown Station. Caistor Town Council Minutes 19th December 1894 – 7th June 1910