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Crime & Punishment

The details below are transcribed from records held in the National Archives UK with the following series references:-

Criminal Registers, England and Wales; HO 26 and HO 27
A Calendar Of Prisoners Tried At The General Quarter Sessions Of The Peace: HO 140
Central Criminal Court: After Trial Calendars of Prisoners: CRIM 9
Registers of convicts in the hulk Dolphin', moored at Chatham, with gaoler's reports, 1823-1833: ADM6/420
Description book of convicts in the hulk 'Ganymede', moored at Chatham, 1814-1831: ADM6/422
Metropolitan Police, Criminal Record Office, Habitual Criminals Registers and Miscellaneous Papers: MEPO6

Name

Age

Date

Location

Offence

Punishment

Ref.

Charles

Astell

33

11 May 1840

Central Criminal Court, Middlesex, England

Burglary

15 years Transportation

HO 26 and HO 27

Charles

Astell


26 February 1870

Winchester Castle, Hampshire, England

Poaching

18 months hard labour

HO 26 and HO 27

Emma

Astell


4 January 1854

Coventry, Warwickshire, England

Fraud

4 Months

HO 26 and HO 27

Lydia

Astell


Lent Assizes, 1819

Sussex, England

Larceny

7 years Transportation

HO 26 and HO 27

Samuel

Astell

21

30 November 1843

Preston Lancashire, England

Larceny

1 month and whipped

HO 26 and HO 27

Sarah

Astell


Michaelmas sessions, 1832

Leicestershire, England

Larceny

9 months

HO 26 and HO 27

George

Astelles

24

29 June 1836

County Sessions, Staffordshire, England

Larceny

3 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Ann

Astells

48

28 June 1842

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Larceny

4 months

HO 26 and HO 27

William

Astile


8 March 1871

Nottinghamshire, England

Wounding with intent to murder

Penal servitude for life

HO 26 and HO 27

Charles

Astill


31 December 1849

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Embezzlement

3 months

HO 26 and HO 27

George

Astill


15 October 1884

Shire Hall, Nottinghamshire, England

Larcerny simple with previous conviction proved

8 months with hard labour

HO 26 and HO 27

Henry

Astill

35

31 December 1844

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Larceny

4 Months

HO 26 and HO 27

Henry

Astill


1 March 1870

Leicester, Leicestershire, England

Embezzlement by servant

6 months

HO 26 and HO 27

James

Astill


Epiphany sessions, 1831

Warwickshire, England

Larceny

6 months and whipped

HO 26 and HO 27

James

Astill


Mar 1832

Warwickshire, England

Larceny, before convicted with felony

Not Guilty

HO 26 and HO 27

James

Astill


Midsummer sessions, 1832

Warwickshire, England

Larceny, before convicted with felony

7 years Transportation

HO 26 and HO 27

John

Astill


2 January 1867

Leicester, Leicestershire, England

Larceny

3 months

HO 26 and HO 27

John Tindall

Astill


22 October 1855

Old Bailey, City of London, England

Embezzlement

Guilty (sentence unclear)

HO 26 and HO 27

Joseph

Astill


July 1820

Leicester, Leicestershire, England

Larceny

3 months and whipped

HO 26 and HO 27

Joseph

Astill


January 1821

Leicester, Leicestershire, England

Larceny

7 years Transportation

HO 26 and HO 27

Joseph

Astill


3 November 1884

Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England

Larceny and receiving after previous conviction

12 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Robert

Astill


December 1848

Queens Bench, Middlesex, England

Libel

3 months in Warwick Gaol (sentenced 3 March 1849)

HO 26 and HO 27

Thomas

Astill

20

Michaelmas sessions, 1834

Leicestershire, England

Larceny

Not Guilty

HO 26 and HO 27

William

Astill


14 October 1850

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Larceny

Not Guilty

HO 26 and HO 27

William

Astill


12 April 1869

Birmingham, Warwickshire, England


Acquitted

HO 26 and HO 27

William

Astill


1 November 1878

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Assault and Robbery with violence

5 years penal servitude

HO 26 and HO 27

William

Astill


29 April 1887

Lincoln, Nottinghamshire, England


Discharged

HO 26 and HO 27

Albert

Astle


1912

Nottinghamshire, England

Housebreaking

6 months with hard labour

HO140/ 229

Ann

Astle


6 January 1857

Derby, Derbyshire, England

Larceny from the person

Not Guilty

HO 26 and HO 27

Annie Alice

Astle


30 May 1888

London

Victim

Slayed by Sarah Ann Ward who was acquitted

CRIM9/ 34

Charles

Astle


Midsummer Sessions 1833

County Assizes, Derbyshire, England

Larceny

7 years Transportation

HO 26 and HO 27

Charles

Astle


14 April 1851

Newington, Surrey, England

Keeping a disorderly house

Acquitted

HO 26 and HO 27

Devon

Astle


23 September 1888

Surrey, England

Victim

Burglary and theft of a coat and other articles by James Everington who received 10 years penal servitude.

CRIM9/ 24

Edmund

Astle


6 December 1856

Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Manslaughter

Not Guilty

HO 26 and HO 27

Edward

Astle


2 July 1874

Rotherham, Yorkshire - West Riding, England

Robbery with violence

Remanded to West Riding Assizes

HO 26 and HO 27

Edward

Astle

23

4 August 1874

Yorkshire, England

Assault and robbery with violence

9 months with hard labour

HO140/ 28

Edward

Astle


9 July 1878

Derby, Derbyshire, England

Larceny

4 months with hard labour

HO 26 and HO 27

Eli

Astle

19

2 December 1844

Salford, Lancashire, England

Larceny

6 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Eliza

Astle


July 1806

County Assizes, Cheshire, England

Stealing Apparel

Acquitted

HO 26 and HO 27

Elizabeth

Astle


October Sessions 1816

County Assizes, Cheshire, England

Larceny

1 month

HO 26 and HO 27

Elizabeth

Astle

32

5 April 1843

Lichfield, Staffordshire, England

Larceny

3 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Elizabeth

Astle

22

7 April 1898

Chester, Cheshire, England

Stealing money

4 months with hard labour

HO140/ 182

Ellen

Astle


Lent Assizes 1812

County Assizes, Cheshire, England

Larceny in a dwelling house

Death

HO 26 and HO 27

Ellen

Astle

21

4 April 1894

Shire Hall, Derby, Derbyshire, England

Obtaining goods by false pretences

Bound over for £10 to come up for judgement when called upon and one surety of £5

HO140/ 151

Ellen

Astle


1894

Shire Hall, Derby, Derbyshire, England

Obtaining goods by false pretences

Failed to answer bail and a warrant was issued

HO140/ 151

Geo.

Astle


Lent Assizes 1811

County Assizes, Cheshire, England

Larceny

3 months

HO 26 and HO 27

George

Astle

37

9 March 1896

Stafford, Staffordshire, England

Attempted Murder

6 months with hard labour

HO140/ 172

Henry

Astle


31 December 1861

Quarter Sessions, Derby, Derbyshire, England

Housebreaking

8 months

HO 26 and HO 27

James

Astle

21

21 October 1841

County Assizes, Northamptonshire, England

Larceny

6 months

HO 26 and HO 27

James

Astle

21

26 October 1846

Liverpool Borough Sessions, Lancashire, England

Assault

No Bill

HO 26 and HO 27

John

Astle


July Sessions 1809

County Assizes, Cheshire, England

Larceny

3 months

HO 26 and HO 27

John

Astle


Summer Assizes 1818

County Assizes, Derbyshire, England

Larceny

3 months

HO 26 and HO 27

John

Astle


Summer Assizes 1818

County Assizes, Staffordshire, England

Receiving stolen goods

Not Guilty

HO 26 and HO 27

John

Astle


July Sessions 1827

County Assizes, Derbyshire, England

Feloniously lopping timber trees in the night time

1 month

HO 26 and HO 27

John

Astle


October Sessions 1829

County Assizes, Derbyshire, England

Larceny

7 years Transportation

HO 26 and HO 27

John

Astle

27

1829

Leicester, England

Stealing Fowls

7 years Transportation

ADM6/4 20

John

Astle

28

1829


Stealing Fowls

7 years Transportation

ADM6/4 22

John

Astle


15 October 1877

Quarter Sessions, Lancaster, Lancashire, England

Larceny as a Servant

12 months

HO 26 and HO 27

John

Astle


1877

Kirkdale, Lancashire, England

Larceny as a Servant

12 months

HO140/ 38

John

Astle


2 February 1883

County Assizes, Chester Castle, Cheshire, England

Perjury

1 month hard labour

HO 26 and HO 27

John

Astle


9 April 1885

Quarter Sessions, Manchester, Lancashire, England

Larceny as a Servant

9 months with hard labour

HO 26 and HO 27

John

Astle

23

17 May 1898

Warwickshire, England

Assault and grievous bodily harm to a constable

9 months with hard labour

HO140/ 189

John

Astle

52

25 March 1909

County of London Sessions

Habitual drunkeness

Committed to a certified inebriate reformatory for 3 years

MEPO6/ 83

John

Astle

56

31 October 1912

Westminster Court

Drunkeness

Committed to a certified inebriate reformatory for 3 years

MEPO6/ 86

Joseph

Astle


Lent Assizes, 1826

County Assizes, Staffordshire, England

Burglary

Death

HO 26 and HO 27

Joseph

Astle

19

8 March 1843

County Assizes, Leicestershire, England

Larceny

No Bill

HO 26 and HO 27

Mary

Astle


Michaelmas Sessions 1831

County Assizes, Derbyshire, England

Larceny

6 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Mary Ann

Astle


January Sessions 1829

County Assizes, Lancashire, England

Larceny

3 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Rebecca

Astle

34

19 October 1841

County Assizes, Derbyshire, England

Larceny

1 month

HO 26 and HO 27

Richard

Astle


October Sessions 1829

County Assizes, Lancashire, England

Uttering counterfeit coin

Not Guilty

HO 26 and HO 27

Stephen

Astle

56

10 October 1898

Stafford, Staffordshire, England

Stealing money

1 day

HO140/ 188

Thomas

Astle

39

15 March 1843

County Assizes, Derbyshire, England

Larceny

18 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Thomas

Astle


3 January 1860

Derby, Derbyshire, England

Larceny

4 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Thomas

Astle


8 April 1862

Derby, Derbyshire, England

Larceny - previous conviction

8 months with hard labour

HO 26 and HO 27

Thomas

Astle


6 January 1881

Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

Attempting to steal from the person after a previous conviction for felony

15 months with 3 years Police supervision.

HO 26 and HO 27

Thomas

Astle


31 October 1884

Derbyshire Winter Assizes at Leicester, England

Indecent assault

9 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Thomas

Astle


30 June 1885

Derby, Derbyshire, England

Larceny - before convicted of a felony

4 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Thomas

Astle

60

1 July 1885

Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, England

Stealing

4 months concurrent

HO140/ 79

Thomas

Astle

60

2 July 1885

Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, England

Stealing

4 months concurrent

HO140/ 79

William

Astle

9

15 October 1839

County Assizes, Staffordshire, England

Larceny

7 years Transportation

HO 26 and HO 27

Ann

Astles

22

25 March 1839

Chester, Cheshire, England

Fraud

3 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Caroline

Astles


7 March 1889

Warwick, Warwickshire, England

Uttering counterfeit coin

6 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Edward

Astles


27 November 1861

Nether Knutsford, Cheshire, England

Larceny

6 months

HO 26 and HO 27

George

Astles


5 August 1874

Chester Castle, Cheshire, England

Conspiracy to defraud

Acquitted

HO 26 and HO 27

George

Astles


19 February 1877

Nether Knutsford, Cheshire, England

Larceny

Not Guilty

HO 26 and HO 27

John

Astles


19 February 1877

Nether Knutsford, Cheshire, England

Larceny

2 months

HO 26 and HO 27

John

Astles


8 April 1886

Chester Castle, Cheshire, England

Receiving stolen goods

6 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Joseph

Astles


5 December 1863

Staffordshire, England

Attempting to commit bestiality

15 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Joseph

Astles


13 October 1879

Nether Knutsford, Cheshire, England

Larceny

3 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Joshua

Astles


6 January 1836

Staffordshire, England

Larceny

Acquitted

HO 26 and HO 27

Robert

Astles


8 October 1866

Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

Simple Larceny

4 days

HO 26 and HO 27

William

Astles


10 April 1850

Nether Knutsford, Cheshire, England

Receiving

2 months and whipped

HO 26 and HO 27

William

Astles


29 June 1863

Stafford, Staffordshire, England

Receiving stolen goods

5 years penal servitude

HO 26 and HO 27

Wm

Astles


April 1808

Lancashire, England

Larceny

12 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Thomas

Hassels alias Astles

30

28 March 1846

Cheshire, England

Maliciously maiming cattle

3 months

HO 26 and HO 27

Mary alias Elizabeth

Morris alias Astles


4 August 1859

Chester, Cheshire, England

Uttering counterfeit coin after previous conviction

3 years penal servitude

HO 26 and HO 27










Albert Astle

Albert Astle, aged 34, Painter together with Isaac Poyser aged 45 convicted of  breaking and entering the house of Thomas Stanley Birkin with intent to steal goods and money between 14 and 15 September 1912. They were also convicted of having unlawful possession by night of housebreaking implements, to wit, a jemmy and a file.

Both pleaded guilty to the offences. Poyser was bound over under probation whilst Astle received two sentences of 6 months imprisonment with hard labour to run concurrently.

Astle has been previously convicted at Nottingham Petty Sessions on 17 October 1909 with stealing a leather bag (as Albert Astle) and at Ilkeston Petty sessions on 6 January 1910 of stealing 18 shillings (as Albert Astill).

Edward Astle

Edward Astle, age 23, Collier, Assaulting Joseph Wright and stealing from his person a purse and 13s 6d, his property at Sheffield on 29 June 1874. tried 2 July 1874 and remanded to the West Riding Assizes. Convicted 4 August 1874 of Robbery with violence and sentenced to 9 months imprisonment with hard labour in the House of Correction at Wakefield. A previous conviction of drunkenness at Derby on 13 March 1871 for which he received 7 days was recorded.

Elizabeth Astle

Elizabeth Astle, aged 22 convicted on 7 April 1898 of stealing 6s 6d from Joseph Sutton at Crewe on 21 February 1898. Elizabeth pleaded guilty and was given 4 months hard labour. – Her previous convictions were:-

Industrial school till 16 years of age, 22 January 1890 Chester City petty sessions. Stealing a loaf,
Sent to a home 11 January 1893 Chester City petty sessions, Obtaining goods by false pretences
4 months hard labour 1 May 1895 Chester City petty sessions Stealing £5 from person,
3 months hard labour 12 October 1896 Chester City petty sessions Stealing 8s 8d from person
5 times summary for loitering &c.

Ellen Astle

Ellen Astle on bail failed to appear at Court when her name was called and a Bench warrant was issued for her apprehension and her bail was estreated.

Charges were as follows:- Obtaining by false pretences from one Lizzie Abraham divers goods, to wit, hose, gloves, chemises, handkerchiefs, corsets, an ulster, a shawl, shoes and other articles of clothing together of the value of £4 11s 10d or thereabouts, the goods of one William Abraham with intent to defraud at Ashbourne on 17 October 1893 and divers other days.

On a certain day between 31 May and 10 June 1893 at the parish of Ashbourne unlawfully, knowingly and designedly did falsely pretend to one Ada Gossard that she the said Ellen Astle was Miss Hambleton of Hope Dale and that she the said Ellen Astle had contracted to become the domestic servant and was about to enter the service of one Joseph Bradley of Sandybrook by means of which false pretences the said Ellen Astle did then unlawfully obtain from the said Ada Gossard one dress, one blouse, one pair of shoes, one umbrella and sundry other articles of apparel together of the value of £2 9s 9.5d or thereabouts the property of one Sarah Ann Gossard with intent to defraud.

Obtaining by false pretences from the said Ada Gossard one hat, one cape and sundry other articles of wearing apparel together of the value of £0 12s 5.5d or thereabouts the property of Sarah Ann Gossard with intent to defraud at Ashbourne on 10 July 1893.

At Ashbourne on 4 July 1893 unlawfully, knowingly and designedly did falsely pretend to one Arthur Keeling that the name of her the said Ellen Astle was then Miss Hambleton of Hope Dale and that she was then in service at Mr. Bradley’s of Sandybrook by means of which false pretences the said Ellen Astle did then unlawfully obtain from the said Arthur keeling, one cape, one………..

Ellen Astle aged 21, Housewife pleaded guilty to the above offences on 4 April 1894, she was bound over in the sum of £10 to come up for judgement when called upon and one surety in the sum of £5.

George Astle

George Astle, aged 37, Painter, tried on 9 March 1896 for on 27th December 1895 at the parish of Stowe of feloniously wounding Abel Astle with intent to kill and murder him. 2nd count with intent to grievous bodily harm. Guilty of unlawfully wounding sentenced to 6 months hard labour. (Two previous convictions for drunkenness).

John Astle

Registers of convicts in the hulk Dolphin', moored at Chatham, with gaoler's reports, 1823-1833

John Astle aged 27, Boatman, convicted of stealing fowls 20 October 1829 at Derby and sentenced to 7 years. (With John Cope Robinson). Received on hulk Dolphin, moored at Chatham 11 November 1829 from Derby – could not read or write.
Discharged 23 April 1830 to the convict ship David Lyon which sailed for Van Diemen’s Land 29 April 1830 arriving approximately 29 December 1830.

Description book of convicts in the hulk 'Ganymede', moored at Chatham, 1814-1831

John Astle (as above) aged 28 height 5’8” dark complexion dark eyes and black hair, born Ticknall, Labourer, married, scar over right eye.

John Astle

John Astle aged 23, porter with John Scott and Thomas Hardy charged with stealing a side of bacon and other articles the property of the London and North Western Railway Company at Warrington on 10 October 1877. John Astle and Thomas Hardy also charged with stealing 2 bottles of port wine the property of same at the same time. Tried 31 October 1877 – pleaded guilty to larceny as a servant and imprisoned for 12 months.

John Astle

John Astle aged 23, Grinder tried on 17 May 1898 that on 23 April 1898 at Birmingham inflicted grievous bodily harm upon Herbert Leach and unlawfully assaulted him being a Constable in the execution of his duty. Found guilty and sentenced to 9 months hard labour. Six previous convictions for assault & c. once sent to an industrial school.

Stephen Astle

Stephen Astle, aged 56, Shoemaker, convicted 18 August 1898 of stealing £1 9s 2d the money of William Pownall. found guilty of Larceny, 1 days imprisonment.

Thomas Astle

Thomas Astle aged 60, Groom,convicted 1 July 1885 of stealing 1 linen saddle cover, 1 towel, 1 box of harness paste and 2 pairs of spurs together the value of 19 shillings and sixpence the property of Thomas Goodwin Green at Hartshorne on 25 May 1885. Sentenced to 4 months with hard labour concurrent see below.

Also convicted 2 July 1885 of stealing 6 hen eggs of the value of 5 pence the property of John Whittingham and 1 woollen scarf of the value of 7 pence the property of George Fern at Rosliston on 26 May 1885. Sentenced to 4 months with hard labour concurrent see above.

Previously convicted on 14 October 1884 of stealing 1 tame duck and sentenced to 21 days hard labour.

Other previous convictions appear to have been as follows:-
West Bromwich on 11 January 1868 Drunk and assaulting police, fined 40 shillings and costs.
Burton on 28 March 1885 Drunk and riotous, 14 days
Burton on 20 April 1885 Drunk and riotous, 14 days
Burton on 6 May 1885 Drunk and riotous, 14 days