[ Worcester Quarter Sessions, 1895. ] Printed item signed and annotated by Sir Richard Harington: 'A Calendar of Prisoners, for trial at the Easter Quarter Sessions of the Peace'.

Worcester Quarter Sessions, 1895; Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet [ John William Willis Bund; Richard Holmden Amphlett; Oxford Circuit; Victorian assizes ]
Publication details: 
'To be held At the County Hall, Worcester, on Monday, the 8th day of April, 1895.' Printed by Deighton and Co., High Street, Worcester.
SKU: 19599

[12]pp., 4to. Aged and worn pamphlet, with rusted staples. The title-page states that the cases are heard 'Before John William Willis Bund, Esq., Chairman, and Richard Holmden Amphlett, Esq., Vice-Chairman.' The calendar consists of a table of fifteen prisioners, over four double-pages, with entries divided into fifteen columns, giving name of prisoner, age, trade, 'Degree of Instruction', details of committing magistrate, date of warrant, date of receipt into custody, details of 'Offence as charged in the Commitment'. Signed 'Rich Harington' at head of title-page, and annotated by him with pleas, sentences, names of attorneys (e.g. 'Vachell v Cranstown'). One prisoner, defended by Harington, was Arthur Read, labourer, who 'On the 11th March, 1895, at the parish of Tardebigg, feloniously did steal one dinner napkin and certain bread and meat sandwiches, the property of one Charles Owen; and also at the same time and place did feloniously steal one pork pie and a piece of cake, the property of one Joseph Edwards; and also at the same time and place did feloniously steal a quantity of meat and wasted bread, the property of one Thomas Tongue'. The blank final page carries a long list of ships (Harington was an enthusiastic sailor), including the Cutty Sark ('woodsheathed | blk. SL:') and 'Maravilla – iron bk. Spikebowsprit – green painted | an ugly vessel', with crude caricature of a man's head in profile and '17th June next sessions'. Harington was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. Called to the Bar in 1886, he practised on the Oxford Circuit before taking up an appointment as a Puisne Judge in the High Court of Justice at Fort William in Bengal in 1899. He returned to England in 1913, and was appointed High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1918, having succeeded to his father's title in 1911. No other copies of any of the nine items traced either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. Surviving material on assizes is held by the National Archives. From the Harington family papers.