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The following articles are taken from the British Library collection of 19th century newspapers which have been digitised and made available on the British Newspapers 1800-1900 website. This remains ‘work in progress’ as there a huge number of articles to view and evaluate. For example a simple search of “Astle” across all newspapers returns over 40,000 articles, (although many of these have turned out to contain Castle or other similarly  false hits).  I do intend to add articles relating to ASTLES, ASTELL and ASTELL  as time  permits.

Name


Date

Newspaper

Article

Abel

Astle

Monday

30/12/1895

Birmingham Daily Post

Attempted Murder near Stafford

Albert

Astle

Wednesday

15/06/1859

Derby Mercury

Deaths - On  11th instant, Albert, son of Mr Simon Astle, Wellington Street Derby aged 9 weeks.

Ann

Astle

Wednesday

16/04/1842

Derby Mercury

Derby Flood death of Ann Astle

Ann

Astle

Monday

06/05/1867

Pall Mall Gazette

Deaths - Astle, Ann widow of Rear Admiral G. Astle at West Cliffe Terrace, Ramsgate 3rd inst.

Ann

Astle

Wednesday

21/08/1867

Derby Mercury

Deaths - On  12th inst. At  residence of her Brother in law Mr R. D. Cook, Market Place Belper, Ann relict of  late Mr William Astle.

Annie Ada

Astle

Saturday

11/04/1900

Birmingham Daily Post

Marriages – Shawley – Astle On  3rd inst. At St Silas Church Leeds by  Rev. W. Brown vicar, Herbert Brindley Shawley youngest son of Mr G Shawley to Annie Ada eldest daughter of Mr J Astle of George Street Lozells.

Arthur

Astle

Tuesday

19/12/1882

Birmingham Daily Post

Willenhall - Assaulting a Wife - At the Police Court, yesterday, Arthur Astle (25), was fined £2 and costs for badly assaulting his wife and turning her out of the house into the snow. Through defendant's drunkenness the wife appeared to have led a very unhappy life.

B.M.

Astle

Thursday

24/10/1834

Trewmans Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser

Deaths - At the residence of Jone Bone Esq, surgeon St Aubyn St Devonport, B.M. Astle Esq of Edenderry, in the King's County, Ireland.

Catherine

Astle

Wednesday

14/06/1865

Derby Mercury

Deaths – On  5th inst. Suddenly at 87, Whitecross Street Derby, Catherine wife of Mr John Astle, late of Darley Abbey.

Catherine

Astle

Wednesday

26/02/1868

Derby Mercury

Marriages - On  17th inst. At Wilne Church by  Rev. W. Lloyd,  Mr Edward Saxton to Catherine youngest daughter of Mr Thomas Astle both of Draycott.

Charles

Astle

Wednesday

29/05/1833

Derby Mercury

Commitments to Derby County Gaol;- Charles Astle and James Smith, charged with stealing from  person of William Salt, at Ashbourne, one white calico purse, containing a sovereign, about twenty shillings in silver and a small key.

Charles

Astle

Wednesday

17/09/1862

Birmingham Daily Post

Wolverhampton - Caution to Undutiful Apprentices. - Yesterday, at the Wolverhampton Police Court, two apprentices named Charles Astle and Benjamin Edmonds were charged with neglecting their work at Messrs. Lea's brassfounders. It was shown that the two prisoners had neglected their work during the previous week from the Tuesday. It was stated that the elder defendant, Astle, had openly boasted of his contempt of the consequences of his conduct saying that he had been in prison for the same offence once before, and that he preferred to go there again. Astle was committed for 2 months and Edmonds for 1 month's hard labour.

Charles

Astle

Wednesday

01/04/1864

Derby Mercury

Charles Astle servant to Mr T. Wainwright, was summoned for riding in a cart without having the horses attached to it under proper control at Etwall. The constable found the defendant asleep in the cart, of which he took possession, and drove the cart to the village, where he aroused the defendant. It appeared that the defendant, a young man, had been at work all day, and then despatched late at night to Burton for grains. - The Bench thought it was not surprising that the defendant should be found asleep. - Fined 6 shillings and costs, 12 shillings and sixpence.

Charles Edward

Astle

Tuesday

06/01/1891

Birmingham Daily Post

Inquests in Birmingham: -  The Coroner (Mr. Hawkes) held five inquests at his court, Moor Street, on Saturday. In the case of Charles Edward Astle aged one year and seven months, whose father lives at 148, Angelina Street, the first witness called - a young woman named Kate Davis - stated that she was aunt to the deceased. The mother was dead. Deceased was insured for £3. The child had been very delicate up to three months ago, when he seemed to get better. On Wednesday last he was sick, and she gave him a teething powder. The child gradually got worse, and on the following morning he was seen by Dr. Brown, who prescribed. The doctor's instructions were followed, but the child died the same day. - Dr. Brown said that he visited the child twice, and on the second visit found the deceased past his aid. He was of the opinion that the child had been improperly fed, and that this caused the convulsions. deceased was also suffering from bronchitis and teething. - The jury returned a verdict of 'Died from convulsions'.

Christiana

Astle

Saturday

03/02/1844

Manchester Times

and Gazette

Marriages - On  29th ult. at  Collegiate Church, Mr Joseph Thyer of Hulme to Miss Christiana Astle of Liverpool.

Constan ce

Mary

Astle

Saturday

06/08/1887

Cheshire Observer (Chester)

Marriages – On  31st ult. at Hawarden Parish Church by  Rev S.E. Gladstone rector, George Pritchard of Foregate Street in this city to Constance Mary Astle of Sealand.

Daniel

Astle

Wednesday

12/07/1826

Derby Mercury

Deaths - At Uttoxeter, June 28th,  Rev. Daniel Astle aged 82. Minister of Bromshall near Uttoxeter.

Doris Madeline

Astle

Wednesday

01/03/1893

Daily News (London)

Births – Astle – 25th February at  Cedars Bickley, Kent, wife of W.G. Devon Astle, of a daughter.

Edith

Astle

Friday

23/11/1900

Western Mail (Cardiff)

Amateur Theatricals at Merthyr. - Composed principally of the leading residents of the town, there was a crowded gathering at the Merthyr Temperance hall on Wednesday night to witness the performance by a company of local amateurs of Pinero's pretty little drama, "Sweet Lavendar", the proceeds of the play being intended to be applied to the formation of a fund for the organisation of a bazaar to be held next spring in aid of Penydraden Church. The part of "Lavender," the heroine was admirably portrayed by Miss Edith Astle, a clever young lady, who in many other directions than those of histrionic art has shown herself possessed of singular ability.

Edmund

Astle

Wednesday

03/04/1833

Derby Mercury

King's Own Regiment of Staffordshire Militia - Edmund Astle gent. To be Ensign.

Edmund

Astle

Sunday

28/09/1856

Era (London)

An Unqualified Medical Practitioner Committed for Manslaughter.

Edmund

Astle

Monday

03/09/1900

Leeds Mercury

Edmund Astle, of Cowling, was at Skipton, on Saturday, sent to prison for six months for cruelty to his wife and five children, The defendant had been previously convicted twenty-three times.

Edward

Joseph

Astle

Saturday

10/03/1860

Leicester Chronicle: or, Commercial and Agricultural Advertiser

Marriages – On  4th inst. At St Mary’s Church, by  Rev J. Wing, Mr E.J. Astle, plumber of Northampton to Miss Mary Ann Wingell of Lee Street of this town.

Edward

White

Astle

Wednesday

03/06/1896

Derby Mercury

Local Patents – Complete specification accepted – 13720  - Edward White Astle, 3, Exeter Street Derby and Charles Erskine Terry–Terry, Duffield near Derby for “Improvements in chimney or ventilator hoods or cowls”; July 18th 1895.

Edwin

Astle

Wednesday

25/04/1866

Derby Mercury

Burton Petty Sessions - Tuesday - William Atkin and Edwin Astle were charged with trespassing in pursuit of game, on land preserved by the Marquis of Anglesey at Branstone, on the 3rd inst. The defendants denied the charge, but the case was satisfactorily proved by a witness named William Shorthouse; and Atkin was ordered to pay a fine of 5 shillings and costs of seven shillings and threepence, and Astle in default of paying a fine of 10 shillings and costs of seven shillings and threepence, was committed to Gaol for 14 days.

Eliza

Astle

Friday

22/09/1893

Manchester Times

The Country: - Accident at Penmaen Head.

Elizabeth

Astle

Friday

16/07/1847

Liverpool Mercury

Marriages – On Tuesday last, at St John’s Church, Chester Mr John Dempsey, Printer of Chester, to Miss Elizabeth Astle of London.

Elizabeth

Astle

Thursday

30/01/1858

Cheshire Observer and General Advertiser: for Cheshire and North Wales (Chester

Marriages – On  21st inst at  Registry Office, Liverpool Mr John Griffith to Mrs [Elizabeth] Astle widow of  late Joseph Astle, Butcher of this city.

Elizabeth

Astle

Wednesday

19/11/1873

Derby Mercury

Deaths - Astle – Nov 13 at Aston on Trent, Elizabeth Astle wife of Charles Astle aged 38.

Elizabeth

Astle

Saturday

14/04/1883

Leicester Chronicle: or, Commercial and Agricultural Advertiser

Deaths – Astle – On  4th inst. At Kegworth, Eliza Astle wife of Frederick Astle aged 25.

Ellen

Astle

Saturday

02/06/1832

Manchester Times

and Gazette

Marriages - On  17th ult. at Wilmslow, Mr Joseph Nightingale , Surgeon to Ellen daughter of Mr John Astle of Colshaw House near Wilmslow.

Ellen

Astle

Wednesday

22/06/1859

Derby Mercury

Deaths - On  6th Instant at Burton on Trent, Ellen wife of  late Mr George Astle formerly of Mickleover, in  90th year of her age, much and deservedly respected for integrity of character.

Ellen

Astle

Wednesday

06/06/1883

Daily News (London)

Marriages – Martin – Astle – June 2 at St Maw’s Denmark Hill, L.A. Martin of St Johns Wood to Mary Ellen daughter of W. Astle of Denmark Hill.

Emily

Astle

Friday

14/11/1890

Birmingham Daily Post

Died – Astle On  6th inst. Emily, dearly beloved wife of W.G. Astle. Interred at Yardley on  12 inst. Deeply Lamented.

Emma

Astle

Wednesday

02/01/1861

Derby Mercury

Marriages - On  26th ult. at Ashbourne by  Rev G.A. Festing, Mr George Yeomans, to Emma Astle

Eric

Astle

Saturday

10/01/1891

Daily News (London)

Births – Astle – 7th inst. At Bickley,  wife of L.G. Devon Astle, of a son.

Frederick

Astle

Monday

24/10/1881

Birmingham Daily Post

Terrible Railway Accident Near Leicester - Three killed and many injured.

George

Astle

Friday

23/10/1828

Belfast Newsletter

Married - On the 22d ult. at All Soul's Church, Mary-la-bone, London, by the Rev. H. Latham, George Astle, eldest son of Rear Admiral George Astle, of Clapham Rise, Surry, to Louisa, eldest daughter of Capt. Edward Johnston, R.N. formerly of Woodbine Cottage, White-House Shore, near Belfast.

George

Astle

Wednesday

25/04/1838

Derby Mercury

Deaths – On  7th instant, at Newington Green London, Mr George Astle, eldest son of  late Rev. Daniel Astle of Uttoxeter.

George

Astle

Thursday

28/10/1841

Bradford Observer

Deaths - On  17th George Astle infant son of Mr Christopher Sewell, Silversmith, Westgate

George

Astle

Wednesday

09/08/1854

Derby Mercury

Poaching in South Derbyshire - Gamekeeper seriously injured.

George

Astle

Friday

22/12/1876

Birmingham Daily Post

A Railway Company Censured - Death of George Astle.

George

Astle

Tuesday

24/04/1894

Birmingham Daily Post

The Alleged Murder & Outrage at Cannock: - Three men are now in custody in connection with tha above. They are Frederick Holford, labourer, Watling Street, Four Crosses; George Astle, Banksman, Calf Heath; and George Winfield, Banksman, Calf Heath. The two latter were arrested on Sunday night after church, they having attended the service. They were taken before Mr. B. Gilpin, at Cannock, yesterday evening, and formally remanded till after the inquest, which takes place today. No further information has been supplied to the press by the police, but it is known that the three prisoners were drinking at the Royal Oak, Cannock, on Saturday, where the deceased was also drinking, and their homes lie in the same direction from Cannock as the deceased's

George

Astle

Wednesday

13/02/1895

Derby Mercury

Deaths – Astle – On February 1st at Little Chester, George Astle aged 66 years

George

Astle

Monday

30/12/1895

Birmingham Daily Post

Attempted Murder near Stafford

George Devon

Astle

Wednesday

22/01/1890

Daily News (London)

Marriages – Astle – Smith – 19 Inst. At St Margaret’s Lothbury by  Rev. Canon Ingram Rector, William George Devon eldest son of William Astle of 160 Denmark Hill to Ellen Emily (Nellie) eldest daughter of Henry Smith of 41 Lothbury and of Court Lodge Fawkham Kent.

Harriet

Astle

Saturday

06/05/1821

Jackson's Oxford Journal 

Married - Sir Stephen Shairp of Russell Place to Harriet widow of  late Edward Astle of Prince’s Court Westminster.

Harriet

Astle

Wednesday

15/05/1867

Essex Standard, and General Advertiser for  Eastern Counties (Colchester)

Deaths - Shairp – May 11th on  Royal terrace Sound, Lady Harriet Shairp relict of Sir Stephen Shairp, Knt Russian Consul General; and also of  late Edward Astle Esq. of  Exchequer Office in her 79th year.

Harriet

Astle

Wednesday

23/12/1874

Derby Mercury

Marriages - Simpson – Astle, Dec 20 at Traffic Street Chapel Derby, by  Rev. Abraham Worsnop, Mr George Simpson to Miss Harriet Astle, both of Derby.

Harriet Elizabeth

Astle

Wednesday

22/04/1891

Derby Mercury

Deaths – Astle – On April 10th at 57 Shaftesbury Street Harriet Elizabeth Astle aged 9 years

Henry

Astle

Wednesday

13/10/1858

Derby Mercury

Marriages - On  5th inst. At Little Comberton, by  W. Parker, rector, Henry Astle, third son of  late James Darbishire Esq. of Green Hays, Manchester to Eliza, only daughter of  late G. Byng Paget Esq. of Sutton Bonnington, Notts.

Henry

Astle

Wednesday

12/12/1866

Derby Mercury

Marriages - On  2nd inst. At Ashbourne by  Rev. Stanhope, Mr Henry Astle to Elizabeth Heathcote.

Jabez

Astle

Wednesday

05/04/1882

Derby Mercury

Sudbury Petty Sessions March 27th. - Jabez Astle and William Ward both of Hilton, labourers were summoned for keeping dogs without licences on the 26th February and 5th March. - Each fined 2s. 6d. And costs.

James

Astle

Saturday

05/03/1842

Manchester Times

and Gazette

Marriages - On  28th ult. at  Collegiate Church, by  Rev C.K. Prescott, Mr James Astle of Gatley to Miss Martha Davies of Capesthorne, Cheshire

James

Astle

Saturday

12/02/1870

Cheshire Observer and General Advertiser: for Cheshire and North Wales (Chester)

Deaths - On  9th inst. Mr James Astle, Oulton Place Chester.

James

Astle

Wednesday

19/02/1890

Derby Mercury

Deaths – Astle – On February 12, at Derby Road Draycott James Astle

James

Astle

Saturday

27/01/1894

Cheshire Observer (Chester)

Deaths – Jan 19 at Sanghall James Astle aged 28 years.

James

Astle

Saturday

25/09/1897

Cheshire Observer (Chester)

Deaths – Astle – September 22 at 42 Upper Northgate Street Annie relict of James Astle of Sanghall aged 38 years.

Jane

Astle

Saturday

04/10/1817

Jackson's Oxford Journal 

Married - Mr William Thornton of Nelson Square to Jane only daughter of Wm. Astle Esq. of Islington Road.

Jane

Elizabeth

Astle

Wednesday

25/04/1827

Derby Mercury

Deaths - At Uttoxeter on  15th instant Jane Elizabeth, eldest daughter of  late Rev. Daniel Astle.

Jane

Astle

Saturday

12/05/1832

Manchester Times

and Gazette

Marriages – On  9th inst. At  Collegiate Church, Mr Abel Daniels of this town to Miss Jane Astle of Cheadle in  county of Chester.

John

Astle

Thursday

21/05/1818

Derby Mercury

Committed to  county gaol, George Massey and John Astle of Ticknall, labourers, charged with stealing on  4th instant out of a cowhouse at Ticknall, a quantity of hay, the property of John Hurdy.

John

Astle

Thursday

06/07/1818

Derby Mercury

Two men of  names Upton and Trowell on  evidence of a confederate named Page, were apprehended and committed to Stafford Gaol a few days since, charged with being concerned in a robbery at Mrs. Lathbury’s at Horninglow, near Burton on Trent; and John Astle, and his female servant, were committed on suspicion of receiving goods knowing m to have been stolen,  property of  said Mrs. Lathbury.

John

Astle

Wednesday

07/08/1839

Derby Mercury

Death of John and William Astle (brothers) at  Slitting Mills.

John

Astle

Saturday

03/06/1848

Jackson's Oxford Journal 

Deaths – At Monkstown near Dublin, John Astle esq. in his 54th year only son of  late William Astle Esq. of St John Street Road, Clerkenwell.

John

Astle

Wednesday

16/04/1862

Derby Mercury

Burton on Trent - Petty Sessions - John Astle, for being at such a distance from his cart and horses as not to have control over the animals, in High Street, on the 1st instant was fined 5 shillings and costs of 10 shillings and sixpence.

John

Astle

Saturday

01/01/1870

Cheshire Observer and General Advertiser: for Cheshire and North Wales (Chester)

Deaths - On  21st ult. aged 66 John Astle Esq. Cheadle Cheshire.

John

Astle

Wednesday

13/12/1882

Birmingham Daily Post

Rugeley - Petty Sessions - At these sessions on Monday, John Astle (13) and Ernest Hickman (12) both of Chorley were charged with having assaulted Arthur Gee, son of James Gee, on 23rd October. The three boys were returning from school, when the defendants sprang upon the back of the complainant, inflicting such injuries to the spine that it is anticipated the lad will remain a cripple for life. - In consideration of the youth of the defendants, the Bench inflicted the very light penalties of 10 shillings and sixpence and costs on Astle, and seven shillings and sixpence and costs on Hickman.

John

Astle

Saturday

04/04/1885

Birmingham Daily Post

At  the Manchester Police Court, Thomas Mottershead and John Astle, two goods guards in the service of the Midland Railway Company, have been committed for trial on a charge of stealing a quantity of hosiery, to the value of about £10., while in transit on the railway.

John

Astle

Tuesday

31/12/1889

Daily News (London)

Deaths – Astle – On Christmas Day at Bushey Park Villas South Teddington, John Astle Journalist aged 63 years.

John G. E.

Astle

Saturday

07/07/1894

Western Mail

Journalistic Dispute at Merthyr: - The Purchase of the "Dowlais Times.": - A Reporter Obtains £75 Damages. - At Glamorganshire Assizes (Nisi Prius Court) on Friday an action was tried in which Mr. John G. E. Astle, journalist, of Merthyr, claimed £1,000 damages from Messrs.Daniel W. Jones, Daniel John Evans, and Harry James, late proprietors of the Merthyr Times (previously the Dowlais Times), as damages for alleged libel in their newspaper.

Joseph

Astle

Wednesday

18/04/1849

Derby Mercury

Police Office Derby - April 11th, Joseph Astle charged with being found in a certain outhouse in Sadler Gate belonging to Mr W. Wallis for an unlawful purpose, was committed to the house of correction for 14 days as a rogue and a vagabond.

Joseph

Astle

Saturday

07/05/1864

Leicester Chronicle: or, Commercial and Agricultural Advertiser

Deaths - On  4th inst. Aged 69 Mr Joseph Astle, Carrington Street

Joseph

Astle

Saturday

07/10/1899

Cheshire Observer (Chester)

Deaths – Astle – October 3 at Miltou Street, Joseph Astle aged 43 years

Kate

Astle

Friday

22/09/1893

Manchester Times

The Country: - Accident at Penmaen Head.

Louisa

Astle

Saturday

31/05/1822

Jackson's Oxford Journal 

Married – Charles R. Sperling Esq. of Dynes Hall Essex to Louisa only daughter of  late T. Astle Esq. of Gosfield in same county.

Louisa

Astle

Wednesday

04/06/1823

Suffolk, Essex, Cambridge, Ely, and Norfolk Telegraph.

Married – Yesterday sen’night Charles R. Sperling Esq. youngest son of John Sperling.Esq. of Dynes Hall Essex to Louisa only daughter of  late Col. Astle of Gosfield.

Louisa

Astle

Tuesday

03/06/1879

Bury and Norwich Post, and Suffolk Herald (Bury Saint Edmunds).

Died - On  28th ult. at Elderslea, Bushey Heath, aged 76, Louisa widow of  late Charles R Sperling Esq. of  Manor House, Stanmore and Hargrave lodge Stanstead and only daughter of  late Colonel Astle of Gosfield Hall Essex.

Lucy

Astle

Saturday

05/03/1892

Leicester Chronicle: or, Commercial and Agricultural Advertiser

Deaths – Astle – On  29th Ult. at 122 Twycross street Leicester, Lucy widow of Mr George Astle aged 60.

Marcus

Astle

Wednesday

20/01/1864

Derby Mercury

Marriages - On  31st ult. at Shakespeare Street Chapel Nottingham by  Rev. J. Swann Withington, assisted by  Rev. J. Cuttell , Mr Marcus Astle of Derby to Priscilla only daughter of J. Page Esq. Nottingham.

Martha

Astle

Wednesday

15/12/1824

Derby Mercury

Married - On Monday se’nnight, at Newport, Shropshire by  Rev. W. Sandford, Mr John Harper of that place to Martha youngest daughter of  Rev. Daniel Astle of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.

Mary

Astle

Thursday

04/01/1816

Derby Mercury

Married - On Monday last at Duffield Mr Isaac Marshall of Belper, Architect, to Miss Astle of  same place.

Mary

Astle

Wednesday

31/08/1831

Derby Mercury

Committed to  County Gaol,  Mary Astle charged with stealing at sundry times in  parish of Ashbourne, divers articles of mercery goods,  property of Mary Collins.

Mary

Astle

Wednesday

26/11/1834

Derby Mercury

Inquests before Mr Joseph Sale, Coroner. – On Thursday 13th instant at  Chesterfield Arms Inn, Hartshorne, on  body of William Gadsby aged 6 years who was burnt to death.  deceased set fire to his clothes whilst warming himself by  fire. Mr Bostock of Hartshorne who was passing the house at  time, had his hands much burnt in his humane but fruitless endeavours to extinguish  flames. – On Monday 17th instant at  Royal Oak Inn, Ticknall on  body of Mary Astle aged 10 years who was also burnt to death.  jury in both instances returned a verdict of “accidental death”.

Mary

Astle

Thursday

07/05/1857

Bradford Observer

Deaths - On Thursday last, aged 66, Mary wife of Joseph Astle, Commercial Street.

Mary

Astle

Saturday

27/11/1875

Manchester Times

Marriages - How – Astle On  25th inst. By license at St Gabrials Parish Church, Hulme, by  Rev William Milner, rector, James How of Row of Trees Chorley, Cheshire to Mary daughter of Samuel Astle of Morley Cheshire.

Mary Ann

Astle

Wednesday

09/02/1876

Pall Mall Gazette

Married - Grosvenor – Astle at St Mary and All Saints Church Trentham, Staffordshire, Mr Frederic Grosvenor of Glasgow to Mary A, daughter of  late Dr Edmund. Astle of Newcastle under Lyme. Feb 3.

Mary

Astle

Saturday

11/01/1879

Cheshire Observer (Chester)

Marriages - On  4th inst. At Darlington Street Chapel Wolverhampton by  Rev. James Yeames, Charles Thomas Chivers of Stockport to Mary Bagnall, eldest daughter of  late Mr William Astle of Wolverhampton.

Robert

Astle

Tuesday

31/08/1855

Essex Standard, and General Advertiser for  Eastern Counties (Colchester)

Deaths - Aug 24th at Sidmouth, aged 34, Robert Astle only son of Robert Hills Esq. of Colne Park.

Samuel

Astle

Saturday

29/10/1842

Manchester Times

and Gazette

Marriages - On  17th inst. At Cheadle, Mr Samuel Astle of Handforth to Ann, daughter of Isaac Rylance esq. of Dean Row.

Samuel

Astle

Wednesday

04/09/1861

Derby Mercury

Marriages – On  20th ult. at  Cadral, Manchester by  Rev. W.W. Johnson, M.A. Mr Samuel Astle of Draycott near Derby to Ellen second daughter of Mr John Higgins of Leaf-street Hulme.

Samuel

Astle

Wednesday

16/12/1868

Derby Mercury

Deaths - At Chellaston, on  3rd inst. Mr Samuel Astle aged 87.

Sarah

Astle

Wednesday

14/07/1858

Derby Mercury

Deaths - On  1st Inst. At Aston, Sarah wife of Thos. Astle wheelwright aged 49.

Sarah

Astle

Wednesday

01/06/1859

Derby Mercury

Deaths - On  20th ult. At Ashbourne, Mrs Sarah Astle aged 54.

Sarah Ann

Astle

Tuesday

03/03/1863

Liverpool Mercury

Marriages - Edwards – Astle – Feb 26th at Rhyl Church by  Rev H. Morgan M.A., Mr George Brookes Edwards of  Custom House at this town to Sarah Ann Astle, Green Bank Rhyl.

Sarah

Astle

Saturday

20/05/1865

Leicester Chronicle: or, Commercial and Agricultural Advertiser

Deaths - On  15th inst. Aged 50, Mrs Sarah Astle, St Nicholas Street.

Sarah

Astle

Wednesday

02/01/1867

Derby Mercury

Deaths - On  14th ult. Sarah Astle aged 80.

Susanna

Astle

Tuesday

30/04/1861

Bury and Norwich Post, and Suffolk Herald (Bury Saint Edmunds).

Died – On  22 inst. At Hargrave, Stanstead Essex, at her son’s in laws, Charles R Sperling Esq in her 94th year, Susanna widow of  late Colonel Astle of Gosfield Hall in  same county.

Thomas

Astle

Friday

26/06/1801

Morning Post and Gazetteer  (London)

Married - On Tuesday, Thomas Astle, jun Esq. to Miss Brogden.

Thomas

Astle

Saturday

04/11/1820

Jackson's Oxford Journal 

Deaths – At Gosfield Hall in Essex, Colonel Astle.

Thomas Powis

Astle

Wednesday

11/06/1834

Derby Mercury

Deaths – Yesterday at Burton on Trent, Mr Astle, plumber and glazier, deservedly esteemed for  integrity of his conduct, and  strict performance of his domestic and social duties.

Thomas

Astle

Thursday

05/04/1883

Birmingham Daily Post

The Result of Interfering in a Quarrel.

Thomas

Astle

Thursday

08/05/1884

Birmingham Daily Post

In the Nisi Prius Court of the Leeds Assizes, on Tuesday, a colliery engineman named Thomas Astle obtained £350 as damages from the M.S. and L. Railway Company for personal injuries sustained by his wife in a collision near Mexborough in August last.

Thomas

Astle

Monday

16/02/1885

Birmingham Daily Post

An Insolent Beggar - At the Police Court, on Saturday, Thomas Astle (60) of no fixed home, was sentenced to one month's hard labour for begging. On Friday the prisoner went to the Atherton Arms, Oxley Street, and demanded relief. When refused he used bad language. After the officer who arrested him had given evidence, the prisoner thratened to give him a "good" hiding; and when sentenced he jocularly remarked that he could do it "on his head".

Wagstaffe

Astle

Saturday

21/04/1832

Manchester Times

and Gazette

Deaths – On  17th inst. Aged 64, Mr Wagstaffe Astle of Heaton Norris.

William

Astle

Wednesday

23/04/1828

Derby Mercury

An Order in Bastardy

William

Astle

Sunday

28/10/1838

London Dispatch and People's Political and Social Reformer

Died – On  16th inst. At Windsor, Mr William Astle aged 72, many years a highly respected inhabitant of  town.

William

Astle

Wednesday

07/08/1839

Derby Mercury

Death of John and William Astle (brothers) at  Slitting Mills.

William

Astle

Saturday 26/10/1839

Staffordshire Advertiser

An Embryo Horse stealer aged 9.

William

Astle

Wednesday

29/09/1841

Derby Mercury

Marriages – On  18th instant at Hanbury, Staffordshire, Mr William Astle, Aston on Trent to Mary Lathbury fourth daughter of Mr Wm. Lathbury, farmer, Draycott in  Clay.

William

Astle

Friday

29/12/1848

Liverpool Mercury

Marriages – Dec 26th at St John  Baptist Church, Mr Wm Astle to Miss Maria Hughes both of Toxteth Park.

William

Astle

Sunday

04/03/1855

Reynold's Newspaper (London)

Deaths - (Crimean War) At Kululee - Sergeant William Astle 97th regiment, dysentery, Feb 6th.

William

Astle

Wednesday

09/06/1858

Derby Mercury

Deaths - On Saturday 29th Ult. In his 17th year, William Dawson, youngest son of Mr William Astle, Borrowash Mills.

William

Astle

Wednesday

04/09/1861

Derby Mercury

Deaths – On Sunday 25th ult. William, son of Mr Joseph Astle, Carrington St Derby aged 11 years.

William

Astle

Wednesday

26/03/1862

Birmingham Daily Post

Three New Weslyan Chapels for Wolverhampton – It was also announced that Mr W. Astle had resolved to erect, at his own cost, a substantial building in Springfields, to serve also the purpose of Ragged and Sunday Schools. The meeting passed a unanimous vote of thanks to Mr Astle.

William

Astle

Tuesday

22/04/1862

Birmingham Daily Post

The Bilston Catastrophe – The Millfield Works still posses a melancholy attraction for vast numbers of persons, some of them travelling many miles to inspect the ruins. The works are, however, kept closed to the multitude. On Sunday as many as 4,000 persons are computed to have been present at the open-air service which was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Jackson of Bilston, the Rev. Mr. Shaw of Wolverhampton, and Mr. W. Astle of Wolverhampton.

William

Astle

Wednesday

29/04/1874

Derby Mercury

Burton on Trent - Fatal Accident. - On Tuesday a fatal accident occurred at Messrs. Ind, Coope, and Co.'s brewery, to William Astle a carpenter in the employ of the firm. It appears that whilst at work he fell a considerable distance and alighted upon some barrels. He was removed to the infirmary, and hopes were first entertained that he would recover, but death ensued at midday on Wednesday. [Death registered as William Hassall aged 44!! No sign of a William Astle on 1871 census.]

William

Astle

Tuesday

03/02/1891

Birmingham Daily Post

A Rector Fined for Assault.

William

Astle

Friday

08/03/1895

Birmingham Daily Post

Gleanings: - Before the Liverpool Stipendary, on Wednesday, William Astle, cattle-dealer, Waverton, near Chester, was fined £5. and costs for exposing for sale, at the abattoir, in Trowbridge Street, four quarters of beef unfit for human food.

William

Astle

Tuesday

08/10/1895

Birmingham Daily Post

Rushall - Police Court: A Gross Attack: - Jonah and John Ferguson and William Saunders, miners, Daw End, were convicted of assaulting William Astle of the same locality, and were fined 20s. Each and costs (15s.), or one month's imprisonment. On the night of the 30th ult. they went to the complainants house burst open the doors, knocked the complainant down with a blow on the head, and kicked him as he lay on the ground, rendering him unconscious. Police-constable Wood was called in and he rendered aid to the unfortunate man.

Abel and George Astle - Attempted Murder near Stafford. Birmingham Post, Monday 30th December 1895

On finishing work on Friday evening the two men spent some time together drinking, and on reaching home Abel, according to a statement he subsequently made to the police, immediately went to bed. Not long afterwards he heard his brother quarreling with his wife, and he states that he heard the woman threatened, whereupon she left the house, taking the children with her. It is then alleged that George ran upstairs, and, entering Abel's bedroom, said that he was going to assassinate him. Abel rose in bed and said "Give me a chance." He then jumped out of bed, received a blow on the face, and directly afterwards he felt some sharp instrument penetrate his arm. The brothers closed, and a struggle ensued, in which Abel received further wounds. He eventually got out of the house, and went to that of a neighbour. The affray took place between half past nine and ten o'clock, and Police sergeant Potto, of Great Haywood, received information about half past ten o'clock. He at once went to Hixon and saw Abel lying on a sofa in a neighbour's house with his shirt saturated in blood. Shortly afterwards Mr. Swales, surgeon arrived, and on examination it was found that Abel had received an incised wound underneath his chin, half an inch long and deep, a similar wound on the left arm an inch and a half long and deep, and a scar on the abdomen, apparently caused by a large pocket knife, of which the police have taken possession. The officer proceeded to the house where the attack took place, and found Abel's bedroom in a state of great confusion, with a large quantity of blood on various articles denoting that a severe struggle had taken place between the men. Police sergeant Potto went in search of George, but did not capture him until three o'clock on Saturday morning. Prisoner was charged before Major Johnson at the office of the magistrates clerk, on Saturday morning, with having attempted to murder his brother, and sufficient evidence having been given by Police sergeant Potto to justify it, a remand was granted, and the prisoner was removed in custody. [Sentence]

Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper (London) Sunday January 5th 1896.

Stafford - At the police court today George Astle, a painter, of Hixon, was charged with attempting to murder his brother, Abel Astle, after nine on Boxing night. The prisoner and his wife, with whom Abel lodged were quarreling. Prosecutor, who was upstairs in bed, shouted to the prisoner to be quiet. The prisoner thereupon went upstairs and hit the prosecutor in the eye. In a struggle of some duration it was alleged that he also stabbed his brother. The prosecutor received a serious wound in the arm, and slight wounds about the face and stomach. The accused went out after the event to the public house in the village and told a man that he was tired of his brother and his wife carrying on, and he was so aggravated that he went upstairs and stabbed him. The parties are young men, and are painters. They have recently been employed on Earl Shrewsbury's estate Ingestre. he was committed to the assizes.

Ann Astle - Calamitous Flood at Derby and Loss of Life. Derby Mercury, Wednesday 16th April 1842.

Between one and two o'clock on Friday morning last, Derby was visited with, probably, the most calamitous inundation either within living memory, or of which there is any record. The last occurrence of this nature which did extensive damage was in 1795; but the late flood rose considerably higher, and from the increased population in the town, and the far higher character of the different shops, and the expensiveness and variety of goods sold, a very much larger amount of loss has been sustained. In the present instance, we believe, we are not greatly wrong in estimating the gross loss at £25,000 or £30,000. The damage done to the streets bridges and other town property, is rated at £1,000 at least.

Arising out of these calamitous circumstances we have to lament the loss of one life, that of a female named Ann Astle, who resided in Brook Street, and who was endeavouring to escape the fury of the flood - the house being filled with water- was drowned. She has left three children and was herself near her confinement.

An inquest was held on the body before Mr. Bryan Balguy, coroner on Saturday and the following evidence was adduced:- John Astle, being sworn said:- I am husband to the deceased. I was awoke yesterday morning about 3 o'clock by my wife who called to me and said, "Oh dear what is amiss, do get up and see." I rose immediately and went to the window and saw nothing, but I heard a crashing as of things falling. I went down stairs and immediately went over head in water which was in my house. It was up to my chin. I extricated myself, and returned to my wife. I told her the state the house was in and desired her to remain in bed or she would be drowned. I said I would go down and see whether I could get anyone to come in.

I did so, and forced my way through the water into the entry, and tried the door but could not open it. Whilst there I heard my wife scream, and returned to her. I went into the chamber where I had left her, but could not find her. I then got into the water again and kept moving about in the hope and expectation of finding her, but I could not. I then went again to the entry-end and by some means, how I don't know, got the door open. On getting into the street I met two persons on horseback to whom I told what had happened. They accompanied me to the yard and we all tried to force the door, but the water by that time had risen so rapidly that we could not force it, and there being no other way of getting into my house, I went off to my wife's mother's house in Bridge Street to tell her what had happened. There was no water in Bridge Street at that time and she sent me back again to see if I could find her (my wife).

I went back but could not see anything of her, and then went to my mother who lives in Moreledge. I there got fresh clothes, and went again to my house to endeavour to find my wife. By this time the water had got into Bridge Street and was nearly three feet high. It had also increased very much at my house. I should think it could be no less than six feet. I tried the entry door, but I could not open it. When returned to my mother's I felt so exhausted that I was obliged to be put to bed after. When the water was down in the street I went again, and the neighbours told me she was found. I have since seen her lying in the house dead.

William Harlow who lives in Brook Street, said:- I heard a noise about half past 7, and, on enquiry, I was told the cause was a woman had been drowned in Brook Street. I went to Astle's house; the water there took me up to the middle; I looked round but saw nobody; i then went up stairs and saw no-one; I returned into the yard and walking along I felt something soft on my shoe; there were two persons in the yard searching for the dead at that time; I told them what I felt, and with the assistance of a brush, which one of them gave to me, I found the body, and pushed it until it appeared on top of the water, when I took it up by the arm and got it out, and carried up the stairs, and placed it on the bed. She was quite dead.

A verdict was returned in accordance with this evidence.

Edmund Astle - An Unqualified Medical Practitioner Committed for Manslaughter.

Era (London), Sunday September 28 1856.

Mr W.S. Rutter, county coroner concluded on Monday, an inquest adjourned from Saturday, on the body of Hannah Newton, aged 41, the wife of a shopkeeper residing at Barton upon Irwell, who , according to the evidence had fallen victim to the unskillful treatment of an unqualified medical practitioner, named Edmund Astle. The woman, who was the mother of 17 children, nine of whom were living, was again near her confinement on Wednesday the 17th inst. when Mr Astle was called to attend her. He was with her some time, in the presence of a midwife and on leaving he said that he could do nothing for her. Shortly afterwards the woman said to her husband, speaking of Astle, "He's murdered me." Two surgeons (Messrs. Walsh and Roel) were called in; the woman was delivered of a still-born child; and about 24hours afterwards she died. The medical gentlemen said that the woman's death was the result of the unnecessary violence which had been used before they arrived, and which showed gross ignorance on the part of the person who had resorted to it. The jury returned a verdict of Manslaughter against Mr Astle, who was removed to Kirkdale under the coroner's warrant.

Eliza and Kate Astle - Accident at Penmaen Head. Manchester Times, Friday 22nd September 1893.

At Old Colwyn on Friday, an inquest was held on the body of Miss [Eliza] Astle, of Birkenhead, a visitor, who met her death by falling over Penmaen Head. The evidence showed that Mr. Kirkwood, a resident gentleman, at great personal inconvenience, went out in his boat to endeavour to find the body. There was a heavy swell on the water, and when he got off the foot of Penmaen the surf was breaking heavily on the shingle, and his boat was filled once or twice by the water that dashed over her. With the aid of John Jones, of Landulas, Mr Kirkwood got the body on board, and rowed to the shore opposite the railway subway. Kate Astle, 14 years of age, went on Thursday round Tanylan and up the rocks. As it was her sister's wish to see the place they sat at the edge of the path. Her sister was reading a story book and the umbrella, which was the witness's, slipped over the edge. "You get it Katie," her sister said, and she replied, "Oh, I can't." "I'll get it then," said her sister, and she went forward to get it. The umbrella slipped again, and her sister, who had got too far down, could not climb up, and called "Help me, Katie." Witness called "Oh I can't," and she ran for assistance. She was only away ten minutes, and when she went back she saw her sister's hat floating on the water. Other witnesses having been called a verdict of accidental death was returned, a rider being added to the effect that a fence should be put up at the dangerous spot where the accident occurred.

Frederick Astle - Terrible Railway Accident Near Leicester - Three killed and many injured.

Birmingham Post, Monday 24th October 1881.

Great excitement and alarm prevailed in Leicester on Saturday on its becoming known that the Burton and Leicester express, due at Leicester at 9.22a.m., had been wrecked near Desford Station. The tidings that there were several killed and many injured caused the greatest consternation among those who had relatives on the train. On our correspondent reaching Desford he found that a disastrous collision had occurred owing to the express running into a coal train which had been shunted into a siding. At Desford there is a very steep incline and the express, it is stated, could not have been travelling at less than forty-five miles an hour when it reached the points in question. Instead of attending to his duties Butler [signalman] admits that he was talking to a shunter, and when the express came rushing along he forgot all about having left the points open, and was only reminded of it when he saw the express dash into the siding. The engine, a very powerful one, dashed the mineral train to atoms, and cut completely through six wagons laden with coal. The engine then fell on its side across the main line. Frederick Astill [sic] (37), foreman copper-smith, Burton on Trent, compound fracture of the left leg.

Birmingham Post, Monday 26th October 1881.

The Leicester Railway Accident - A fourth death has occurred from the Desford accident George Astle [sic] aged 47, coppersmith, Burton on Trent, was admitted to the infirmary with a compound fracture of the leg. It was amputated on the same day and the sufferer became extremely ill. On Monday he rallied, but he has since succumbed.

Birmingham Post, Monday 26th October 1881.

The Desford Railway Collision - An inquest on the body of Frederick Astle, who died from the results of injuries received in the Desford railway collision, was opened last night, and adjourned after formal evidence of identification.

George Astle - Another Poaching Affray in Derbyshire . Derby Mercury, Wednesday 9th August 1854.

We are called upon to narrate another poaching encounter in South Derbyshire, and which, though happily not attended with fatal consequences, was of a most serious nature. On Sunday evening about six o'clock a party of four poachers left Derby armed for the purpose of taking game in the preserves at Bretby Hall the seat and training quarters of Lord Chesterfield, which is situated about nine miles from Derby, and three from Burton. There is no doubt that the poachers had a traitor amongst them, for Lord Chesterfield's keeper, James Dawson received information that they would pay a visit on Sunday evening and prepared accordingly. About 2 o'clock on Monday morning Dawson and the other keepers saw four men coming towards them in what is called "The Philosophers Plantation". On seeing the keepers one of the poachers said "Heigh up, lads here they are; go into them; and set two dogs at the keepers; the dogs flew at the keepers and a volley of stones were thrown at them by the poachers. The poachers then closed in upon them and a determined struggle ensued. Two of the keepers George Astle and Samuel Baldwin received very severe injuries. Eventually after a very hard conflict three of the poachers were secured, the fourth making his escape. On them was found nets and bags containing four and a half couple of rabbits. After the affray two bludgeons, one marked with blood, were picked up on the spot, both belonging to the poachers. At eight o'clock on Monday morning they were conveyed to Burton on Trent police station. On Tuesday morning at eleven o'clock they were brought up for examination at Burton on Trent before Sir Oswald Moseley. The prisoners gave their names as William Wright, William Wall and Joseph Dakin, all three residents of Derby, and the two former have been in Derby gaol several times for poaching.

[James Dawson gave evidence to the effect that he was assisted by George and William Astle, Samuel Baldwin and Robert Baldwin. When the dogs attacked the keepers one bit Astle on the leg, and the encounter lasted a quarter of an hour during which George Astle and Samuel Baldwin received severe injury.]

George Astle, assistant gamekeeper said - About two o'clock in the morning we met four men in the "Philosopher's Plantation" some with sticks and stones. They began to throw the stones and use their sticks. i received a very severe blow on the head from William Wright by a stick or bludgeon. I was rendered senseless for about five minutes. When I came to myself, I helped take the three men into custody. The other got away. i was obliged to have medical assistance. i was bit by one of the dogs belonging to the prisoners. The prisoners being duly cautioned were fully committed to take their trial at the next Derbyshire assizes.

George Astle - A Railway Company Censured. Birmingham Post, 22nd December 1876.

Mr. Parry, coroner for Flintshire, has been investigating a case for three days in which some remarkable evidence has transpired in regard to the management of the Wrexham, Mold, and Connah's Quay Railway. Some ten days ago George Astle, brakesman, was on an open wagon in front of five other wagons being pushed in front of the engine from Connah's quay to Buckley. A gate at Little Dublin, guarding a level crossing intercepted the way. The wagons came in violent contact with it, five were knocked off the line, and Astle was buried beneath the ruins and killed. Peters the gatekeeper, was not at his post at the time, and it was stated that he had left because he thought the last train had passed for the night. It was proved however that he was afterwards acquainted with the fact that a train would pass, and that he did not go to the gate. It also came out that there was not a danger signal on the line to exhibit at night. To aggravate matters John Jowell, assistant guard deposed that the signals "stuck". They always regarded a "caution" signal as "all right". After some consultation the jury returned a verdict of "accidental death", and censured the railway company and the persons charged with conducting the traffic.

John and William Astle - Death of John and William Astle (brothers) at  Slitting Mills.

Derby Mercury, Wednesday 7th August 1839.

A most melancholy and distressing accident occurred at the Slitting Mills in this town on Friday morning last when two men named John and William Astle (brothers) in the employ of Messrs. Evans and Co. unfortunately lost their lives. It appears that John was in the large wheel for the purpose of making some repairs when the iron bar used to prevent it turning suddenly broke and William in endeavouring to rescue his brother was drawn in and they were both instantly killed. An inquest was held on the bodies before B.T. Balguy Esq., coroner when a verdict of accidental death was returned. We regret to say that one of them has left a wife and family and the other an aged mother who looked to him for support.

Thomas Astle - The Result of Interfering in a Quarrel. Birmingham Post , Thursday 5th April 1883.

Birmingham Police Court - Yesterday  - Samuel Pipe, Court, Barford Street was charged on remand with stabbing Thomas Astle, 4 House, 10 Court, Barn Street on the 5th ultimo.  Astle said that he was in Bradford Street on the night in question about a quarter to ten o'clock. He saw a crowd of people,a and upon going up to it found the prisoner quarreling with a woman whom he thought was his wife. He went to prevent the prisoner assaulting her, when he struck him in the side. He made a second blow, but missed him, and then ran away. Witness some time after became very sick and he was taken home, but at that time he did not know he had been stabbed. When in bed the next morning he discovered for the first time that he had been stabbed. He was taken to the hospital, and remained there for three weeks.  Since the occurrence the prisoner had shaved off his whiskers. The house surgeon at the General Hospital confirmed that [Astle] was admitted on the 6th ult. he was suffering from a punctured wound on the left side of the abdomen. It was a deep wound which must have been caused by some sharp instrument and could not have resulted from a fall on the kerbstone or on the ground. The prisoner was committed to the Assizes for trial, bail being refused.

Birmingham Post , Thursday 26th April 1883.

A Bad Case - Samuel Pipe (41), wood turner, was indicted for having at Birmingham on the 5th of March last, feloniously wounded Thomas Astle, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm. The prosecutor said that on the date given he was in Bradford street at about a quarter past ten o'clock in the evening. His attention was drawn to a crowd of people, and going to the spot, he found the prisoner assaulting a woman, who was said to be his wife. He interfered to save the woman from his violence, when the prisoner turned upon him and struck him a blow just below his heart. The woman escaped, and he left the place unconscious that he had been cut. When he reached home he felt stupefied, and went to bed. Between twelve and one o'clock he awake, and putting his hand to where he received the blow found he was bleeding. He was taken to the General Hospital, and detained there for nearly three weeks. Mr Barling, the house surgeon at the hospital, said the prosecutor when admitted to the institution, was suffering from a punctured wound to the left side, which must have been inflicted with some sharp instrument. The woman who had been living with the prisoner was called, and described the quarrel, which took place in Bradford street on the night in question. The prisoner was a very violent man, and when he began upon her she screamed very much, because she dreaded his violence. She had a child who was a cripple, otherwise she would not have stopped with the prisoner as long as she had done. It appeared that after the attack on Astle the prisoner ran away, and was stopped by a policeman who asked him what was the matter. He said he had been quarreling with his wife in Bradford Street. The officer thereupon took him back, but finding that the woman had gone, and that there was nobody who made charge against the prisoner, he did not detain him. When the prisoner was arrested on the 16th of March, it was found that he had cut off his whiskers; nevertheless the prosecutor identified him. The jury found him guilty of unlawful wounding. His Lordship said the prisoner had been convicted five times previously of assaults. As a case of unlawful wounding this was the worst he had ever tried. If he had been on the jury he should have found prisoner guilt of the graver charge. It was a bad case and he should pass the maximum sentence for a case of this kind, which was penal servitude for five years. His Lordship recalled Astle and ordered him a reward of £5 for his pluck in defending the woman from the prisoner's brutality.

William Astle - An Order in Bastardy. Derby Mercury, Wednesday 23rd April 1828.

William Astle v An Order in Bastardy. - Ellen Bates, a married woman, was delivered of a child in the month of September last, which she had affiliated on Astle, upon whom the disputed order was in consequence made, and in support of which it now became necessary to prove non-access of the husband. Thomas Banister stated that he resided at a village called Branstone, near Burton upon Trent, about ten miles from Lichfield, and was the father of the said Ellen Bates. That in the month of Septemvber 1823, she married to Abraham Bates, who the following month ran away and left her, and whom witness had never since seen or heard of. His daughter had constantly resided with him from the time of her marriage up to June last, when being pregnant she was removed. Witness in his cross examination stated that he went out to work and was frequently frome home from morning till night. Daughter also went out to work. James Walker stated that he was at Woolwich in April 1826, and that Bates was then serving in the Woolwich Division of Marines. Witness resides at Packington, ten miles from Branstone, and had never seen anything of Bates since he was at Woolwich. For the appellant Sarah Taylor was called, who swore positively to seeing Bates at Lichfield about a year and a half ago. He was on one side of the street and she the other. She knew his person very well he having previously worked at a place where she was in service. She could not therefore be mistaken. The Court were of the opinion that the best evidence had not been given which the nature of the case in support of the order required, considering that the fact of non-access would have been more satisfactorily proved by an official communication from the War Office, which might have been easily obtained. - Order discharged.

William Astle - An Embryo Horse stealer aged 9 Staffordshire Advertiser, Saturday 26th October 1839.

Staffordshire Michaelmas Sessions before F. Twenlow Esquire, Chairman. - William Astle aged 9, was brought to the Bar but on account of his diminutive stature was obliged to stand on the bench on which the prisoners usually sit in order to be seen. The charge against him was that of stealing 2 sixpences and 1 penny the property of Charles Apted at Uttoxeter. Mr Kinnersley appeared for the prosecution but the prisoner pleaded guilty and the case was not gone into. The name of the lad appears in the Calendar twice, once being charged with the offence to which he pleaded guilty and again for horse stealing!! In this latter instance the Grand Jury threw out the Bill but we understand however that this lad took a mare out of a field in the neighbourhood of Uttoxeter in the daytime using a halter which was remarkable for the neatness with which it was made. He offered the mare on the road to a man for sale saying she was his uncle's. The man thinking he was joking took no notice of him, the lad then turned the mare's head and rode her into the town of Uttoxeter, it is thought with the intention of taking her to the village of Hilton in Derbyshire from where  he comes. The owner, Mr Apted seeing a strange lad passing along the street on his mare's back stopped him and asked him whose mare he was riding - he replied his uncle's. He had him taken into custody and he was kept during the night at Mr Apted's house where he contrived to rob the till of 2 sixpences and a penny. Young as this lad is we understand he has likewise ben confined in the lockup at Derby for stealing apples and some time ago was detected picking pockets at Burton upon Trent. The Chairman said he felt some difficulty in disposing of the prisoner, it happened that he had no parents to take care of him and had been neglected by his grandmother with whom he had been living. He thought it would not do to turn him loose on the world without some attempt to reform him. The Court the most proper thing would be to sentence him  to be transported for 7 years with a view of getting him into the Reformatory.

William Astle - A Rector Fined for Assault. Birmingham Post, Wednesday 3rd February 1891.

A Rector Fined for Assault: - At the Rugeley Petty Sessions, yesterday - before Sir Charles Wolseley, Bart., and Mr. F. Bonney - the Rev. F. de lacy White, Rector of Mavesyn Ridware, near Rugeley, was summoned for assaulting  William Astle (11), on the 26th ult. Mr. W. Armishaw defended. - It appeared from the evidence of the boy and his mother that on the previous Monday morning, about eleven o'clock, defendant went to the house of the complainant and enquired how it was that the children had not gone to school. The mother told him she thought there was no school that morning, the schoolmistress being away, when defendant told the boy, who was standing by, to wash himself at once and go with him to school, at the same time striking him lightly on the knee with his stick. The boy said he should not go to school after that, and ran out of the house. Defendant followed him and was alleged to have caught hold of him by the back of the neck and to have struck him two heavy blows with his stick. - It was urged in defence that the action of the defendant in looking-up the children and seeing that they obeyed the law by going to school was meritorious. It was admitted by the defendant that he struck the boy one blow, but under provocation. - The Chairman said that the Bench were exceedingly sorry to have to convict, but defendant had admitted one assault, and must not take the law into his own hands. He would be fined 20s and 11s. 6d. costs.