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Morpeth Herald 1859-1892

Extracts from the Morpeth Herald newspaper (Morpeth, Northumberland, England)

extracted by Valerie Taylor, 2008


Wandless-Apr 27th 1861- Morpeth , 21st inst, aged 50, William engine man N.Shields

Wanlace-June 28th 1862-Kirkwhelpington, 18th inst, aged 78 Jane, daughter
of the late Stephen Wanlace , formerly of Sweethope


Wanlace-Nov 29th 1862-At Ballarat, Australia, 6th Sept, Joseph Wanlace to
Anne, daughter of William Dinning of Warkswood and formerly of Belsay.

Henderson-MAY 23rd 1863-Cambo church, 14th inst, Cuthburt Henderson, of Cambo, to Isabella Mary, daughter of George Wanlace farmer of Saugh Houses.

extracted by Holly from, Aug 2014

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 10 September 1859
Singular Discovery – In cleaning out a ditch at Wallsend on Tuesday, ina field belonging to Mr. Thomas Wanless, merchant, the workmen discovered a number of leeches imbedded among the mud at the bottom of the ditch. On account of the dry season there was little or no water in the ditch, yet the leeches were brisk and lively. The workmen picked up about a hundred of them. They appeared to be similar in all respects to the leeches imported from Germany. They are of various sizes, some apparently very young, which shows that they must have bred in the ditch. Mr Wanless will be happy to show the leechs to any one who may be curious to see them.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 06 November 1858
Deaths – at Choppington Colliery, on the 2nd inst, aged 1, Christopher, son of Mr Christopher Wanless

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 10 December 1859 (my paraphrasing)
Northumberland Winter Assizes – William Dobson (33), Roger Dobson (26), Richard Archbold (25) and Thomas Wanless (30), the first named being a butcher and the latter three pitmen, were charged with unlawfully entering a certain close of land in the night time together for the purpose of taking game, at the parish of Bolam, on the 10th of November last. Lord Decies, who lives near Morpeth, has a cover called the Milestone Wood, in which is kept some game, and on the night of the 11th of Nov, two men were on watch in that plantation. They stationed themselves behind a fence and while lying there, they observed a greyhound come out of the field south of the plantation. Two men appeared on the dyke behind them, who were identified as Archbold and Wanless, who shouted “here, lads, here”. On this, the other 3 men came out of the wood, all with guns, and uttered menacing language before returning to their avocation. The gamekeeper happened to be nearby on the military road at about half past midnight and met 5 men, 2 with sticks and 3 with guns, who threatened to shoot him, but he calmed them and was able to identify them, having seem them at Bedlington a few months earlier. Each was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment with hard labour.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 21 January 1860
Married at Horton, 31st Dec, Mr. John Scott, to Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. Christopher Wanless of New Delaval.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 17 August 1861
Births – at Bedlington, 22nd inst., the wife of Mr Henry Wanless, of a son

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 31 August 1861
Deaths – at Northseaton, 26th inst, aged 84, Alice, widow of the late Mr Henry Wanless

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 09 November 1861
Mr Alexander Wanless presided on the occasion of the workment of North Seaton Colliery presenting a testimonial of their respect to Mr John Short, engineer, at the Ship Inn, Cambois, on the occasion of his leaving that place. The testimonial consisted of a box of mathematical instruments and a valuable gold watchguard. [more detail followed about Mr Short’s career]

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 26 July 1862
Mr. Wanless, a respectable solicitor in Newcastle, has died under melancholy circumstances. He had been visiting the Exhibition and was returning to Newcastle in the Sentinel, when he was attacked by sea sickness, from which he appears to have sufered greatly, and to have at last died. He was in good health when he left London on Saturday evening but died about midnight on Sunday. His body was brought to the Tyne and an inquest was held upon it on Monday. The jury found a verdict of “died from natural causes”.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 30 January 1864
Died at Rose Bank, Tweedmouth, 20th inst, aged 75, Mr Thomas Wanless, highly respected.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 21 October 1865
Married at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, North Shields, 14th inst, Mr. George Wanless to Miss Mary Jane Wilkinson, both of Northseaton.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 11 February 1865
Married at Harbottle Presbyterian Church, 2nd inst, Mr James Young, to Mary, eldest daughter of the late Mr Archibald Wanless, farmer, Biddleston.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 04 May 1867
Born at North Seaton Colliery, 29th ult, to the wife of Mr J. Wanless, a son

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 28 December 1867
Born at Seaton Delaval, 4th inst, the wife of Mr Thomas Wanless, of 3 sons, all of which have since died

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 01 August 1868
Died at Blackpool, Longhorsley, 24th ult, aged 7, Jane Ellen, daughter of Mr Thomas Wanless

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 10 July 1869
Married at Newcastle St. Nicholas, 17th ult, Mr John Cobb to Ann, daughter of Mr. M.C. Wanless, both of New Delaval

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 04 September 1869
Died at North Seaton Colliery, 29th ult, aged 31, Anne, wife of Mr Thomas Wanless

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 05 February 1870
Mr Martin Wanless of Eland Green was a judge in the ploughing competition of the Stannington Agricultural Society

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 05 August 1871
Died at Forster’s Pit, Seaton Delaval, 28th ult, aged 65, Mr Christopher Wanless, much and deservedly respected.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 17 February 1872
Died at Blackpool, Longhorsley, 13th inst, aged 90, Elizabeth, wife of Mr Thomas Wanless, farmer.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 16 May 1874
Married at Rosehill, 2nd inst, Mr Alfred Pyner to Miss Isabella Wanless, both of Blyth.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 12 December 1874
Died at Black Pool, Longhorsley, 9th inst, aged 86, Mr Thomas Wanless, farmer.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 15 May 1875
Died at Seghill, 10th inst, aged 51, Elizabeth, wife of Mr Joseph Wanless, of Backworth.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 11 January 1879
Died at Earsdon Moor, 8th inst, aged 2 & 3/4, Robert Wilson, son of Mr John Wanless, farmer

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 18 January 1879
To be let – Earsdon Moor Farm, at present occupied by Messrs. Wanless, containing 329 acres more or less

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 03 May 1879
Stock of Mr Wanless of Little Harle Well House to be sold:  20 H.B. ewes and lambs, 40 Cheviot ewes and 4 B. lambs, 2 Leicester Tups, 2 Farrow Cows, 1 Pony (5 yrs old)

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 14 June 1879
Inquest at Morpeth County Lunatic Asylum – On Friday week, Mr. G.E. Watson, coroner, held an inquest at Morpeth Asylum on the body of Mark Wanless, late of Little Harle Well House, unmarried, aged 52, a private patient, who had died on the previous night. The evidence showed that the patient was violently suicidal and had of late to be kept in a padded room. He had died from pleurisy and pneumonia, superinduced by fractured ribs, but how they became broken was not known. The jury returned a verdict embodying the fact just stated.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 16 September 1882
The members of the Shankhouse branch of the Cramlington Co-Operative Society and the Cricket Club assembled at the Shankhouse schoolroom on Wed the 6th inst to present Mr Thomas Wanless Bruce with a splendid gold watch on his leaving this country for New Zealand, in recognition of his valuable services in connection with the above branch.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 02 December 1882
Died at Mount Hooly, Whittingham, 26th ult, aged 70, Ann, wife of Mr William Wanless.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 04 August 1883
Died at Earsdon Moor, 29th ult, aged 35, Eleanor, wife of Mr John Wanless and youngest surviving daughter of Robert & Jane Wilson, Longhorsley, deeply lamented.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 18 September 1886
There was good attendance at the house of Mr Thew, Burradon, on Saturday, to witness a bicycle race between Wm. Wanless and George Shanks, both of that place. The distance covered was 2 miles by road, and a very exciting game was the result, Shanks winning by two yards. Wm. Durey was judge.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 16 July 1887
Married at Longhorsley, St Helen’s Church, 7th inst, by the Rev. W. Mason DD, William, third son of Mr. T. Wanless, Blackpool, to Ann, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Edward Ogle, Abshields.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 31 March 1888
Died at Alnwick, 26th inst, aged 24, Archbold, son of Mr Robert Wanless.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 30 June 1888
Born at Hare Dene, Longhorsley, 8th inst, a daughter to Mr William Wanless and his wife

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 15 September 1888
In races held by the Holywell Bates Amateur Bicycle Club, at the bicycle track near the Old Pit near Bates Cottages, in the one mile open (machines not less than 30 lbs), Joseph Wanless was in a race.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 10 November 1888
Thomas Wanless, butcher, Alnwick, was summoned for being drunk & disorderly at Alnwick on the 29th ult. He was arguing with a man named Jobson in the middle of the night in Fenkle Street. He was very drunk. The constable said he was “only half drunk, not mad drunk”. Other companions swore he was sober. Case was dismissed.
On the same page, Robert Wanless, electric engineer, Warkworth Harbour, testified in a wire theft case about the value of the wire and the danger of stealing it.

Morpeth County Debt Court, 11 May 1891
Thomas Wanless, provision merchant, Shields Road, Byker, sued Wm. Younger, Hepscott Hall, and John Younger of Glororum for the balance of rent as joint occupiers of a farm known as the Well Hill Farm near Morpeth, and also for about 40 tons of manure the defendants had removed from the Well Hill farm and placed upon land not owned by the plaintiff. Wanless bought the farm in June 1890 from Lord Carlisle, with the tenants in residence. He paid £2500 for the farm, which has about 214 acres. He had been brought up on a farm until he was 17 yrs old and knew something about farming. The dispute was about how much the rent should be. The case was continued and the 13 June paper reported the plaintiff won a judgement for about £13 plus costs.

Morpeth Herald – Saturday 29 October 1892
On Saturday last, members of the Hastings Arms Leek Club held a show at the house of Mr Wm Harper, Seaton Delaval. There was a good display of leeks well arranged by [various people named]. In connection with the show were a host of curiosities, most of them being of wood taken from the wreck of the Gothenburg City at Old Hartley last year, cut out with an ordinary pocket-knife by and old man aged 81 – Thomas Wanless, of Old Hartley. Mr Wanless was born at Wallsend an dbrought up at Old Hartley, where he yet resides. During his lifetime he has never visited Sunderland nor so far north as Morpeth. About a couple of years ago, he walked to Wallsend to see his native village and the house in which he was born, and expressed his desire for a small portion of the floor as a relic of his childhood days. Mr Wanless recalls with pleasure the memorable day of his birth, viz, the 6th of June 1812, when the famous Napoleon Bonaparte crossed the Alps to Moscow. Up to the last ten years he has worked in the mines. At the Hartley Catastrophe in 1862, Wanless lost three sons. For a number of years, he has been a thorough vegetarian and a total abstainer, and is yet in possession of his full faculties and can walk from Hartley to Blyth. In his leisure time, he has made many curiosities, some of which were on view this Saturday. Amongst the lot was a case which contained an ordinary tallow candle and a common pipe, which were taken from the pockets of one of his sons. There was also an elephant with a monkey on its back – a most real specimen. A polar bear, also cut in wood, attracted a good deal of attention. Two models, representing a fight between a bull and a dog, were very natural, as were also an ass and colt. A model in case representing Dick Turpin’s ride to York, where he jumped the gate – the view is a good one and is cut out in wood by a grandson of Mr Wanless.

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