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1619 oct 7 THOMAS Thomas s John a Traveller

1714 apr 11 LEWIS Ann dau of Isaac , Traveller
1716 mar 31 WILLIAMS Francis s of a r Traveller
1750 Apr 29 REED Mary d Joseph a Traveller
1780 sep 10 BUCKLAND Sylvia d Manuwell Traveller
1831 jul 17 BOSWELL Ann d Levi & Elizabeth lab
1831 jul 24 BUCKLAND Terence??? s George & Sarah Travelling Gipsy
1835 Aug 19 LANE Susuanna d Thomas & Mary Anne Travellers Grove Berks
1837 jun 12 SKERRY Jonas s Joseph & Mary travelling brazier Biscester
1844 Jul 7 DAVIES Henry Davies s Zachariah & Fanny Travelling Gipsy
1844 Oct 13 FLETCHER Selina d Vincent & Selina lab

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1835 Teana dau of George & Sarah BUCKLAND Bledlow Road Side Travelling Tinman b 18 Nov bp 22 Nov

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THE GHOST OF A GYPSY PIPER     Elvet Bridge
 

At the Saddler Street end of Elvet Bridge stood St Jamess Chapel
which was replaced by a House of Correction in 1632.
Two PRISON CELLS associated with the long since demolished
Great North Gate in Saddler Street can be seen beneath the western
land arch of Elvet Bridge. The cells are reputed to be haunted by the
 GHOST OF JIMMY ALLAN, a gypsy piper who was one of the most
 notorious and colourful characters in the history of Northumbria. Jimmy was an adopted member of the Faas, a famous gypsy clan who inhabited the Cheviot Hills on the border between England and Scotland. Jimmys father Will Faa had taught him to play the Northumbrian pipes at a very young age and the young mans musical talents caught the attention of people far and wide until he eventually succeeded in becoming the official piper to the Duchess of Northumberland, a post he held for two years.

Unfortunately Jimmy was a man of many diversions with a great love of drinking and gambling and an eye for pretty women, many of whom he conned out of purse. Cattle stealing was another of Jimmys vices but his favourite pastime seems to have been enlisting and deserting from British and Foreign armies. On the run for most of his life, Jimmy was pursued far and wide for desertion and other crimes. He was locked up twice and escaped twice, running off to Edinburgh and Dublin where he astonished the residents of those cities with his musical abilities. His journeys took him much further still to the Dutch East Indies via India and to the Baltic "without any passport but his pipes".

In 1803 Jimmy was finally arrested at Jedburgh in the borders for stealing a horse from Gateshead in the County of Durham. From Jedburgh he was taken to Durham where he was tried and sentenced to death. Luckily for him someone intervened and his sentence was reduced to life imprisonment . Jimmy remained locked up in the cell beneath Durhams Elvet Bridge for seven years where he eventually died in the year 1810 aged seventy seven. He was rather unfortunate because a pardon had been granted which arrived only a few days after his death. As for the cells underneath Elvet Bridge, it is said that if you listen carefully you may still be able to hear the eerie, haunting musical sounds of Jimmys Northumbrian pipes - it is Jimmys ghost of course !

http://www.northeastengland.talktalk.net/DurhamCityElvet.htm

  Victorian Crime and Punishment Web Site
A few extracts below

Edward Draper (Prison record)
Offence: Assaulting one James Randall and violently stealing from his person one purse, one handkerchief and 18 shillings and sixpence in money, at Luton on the 17th Oct. 1864.
Sentence: 9 Calendar Months Hard Labour
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John Brown (Prison record)
Offence: Burglary and Horse stealing
Sentence: Death
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William Smith (Prison record)
Offence: Want of Sureties to keep the peace
Sentence:
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Plato Smith (Prison record)
Offence: Riot and Violent Assault
Sentence: 7 Days Hard Labour
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John Smith (Prison record)
Offence: Suspicion of passing Bad Shillings knowing them to be such
Sentence:
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John Smith (Prison record)
Offence: Suspicion of passing Bad Shillings knowing them to be such
Sentence: 12 Months and find Sureties
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Soloman Smith (Prison record)
Offence: Suspicion of passing Bad Shillings knowing them to be such
Sentence: 12 Months
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James Smith (Prison record)
Offence: Having bad Notes in his possession
Sentence: 14 Years Transportation
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Hezekiah Draper (Prison record)
Offence: Stealing a Male Ass
Sentence:
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John Smith (Prison record)
Offence: Non performance of Bond of Filiation
Sentence: 3 Months Hard Labour or pay 5 pounds 10 shillings
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Elijah Smith (Prison record)
Offence: Want of Sureties
Sentence:
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Moses Welch (Prison record)
Offence: Assault
Sentence: 1 Calendar Month

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