Charles Rowell and Henrietta Disbury married in 1891. They were living in 1891 at 16 Waverley Road, Paddington but by 1895 were living here. Charles Rowell (world famous walker and runner) before his marriage had been based in Chesterton at the Bleeding Heart pub run by his brother.
27.9.1895: (Cambridge Independent Press) Charles and Henrietta witness robbery.
THE CHESTERTON ROBBERY. Seven Lads Implicated. At the Cambridge Division Petty Sessions on Saturday, before H. W. Pemberton, Esqs, and other magistrates, Charles Wilson (15), 2, Blossom street ; Charles Utteridge (13), 5, Britannia-place, East-road ; Percy Crowe (12), George Crowe (10), Frederick Henry Crowe (8), 75, King-street, and George Richardson (12), 2, Albert-street, and Thomas Mansfield (10), Hobson-street, were charged with entering the dwelling-house of John Goldsmith, 37, Milton-road, Chesterton, and stealing therefrom one gold ring, one silver brooch, one George 111 2s. 6d., one American dollar, 13 foreign coins, one pocket knife, one pencil case, and one compass, the property of John Goldsmith, between the 16th and 18th September.—John Goldsmith, the prosecutor, said on September 16th he left his house to go to Chatteris. Before leaving he saw the doors and windows perfectly fastened. He returned on the morning of the 19th and found the house had been entered and all the cupboards and drawers opened, the contents being scattered about the rooms. The property (produced) he could swear was his, except the coins. They were perfectly safe in his house when he left, but were not there when he returned. He left some wax vestas, similar to those produced in the house. The intrinsic value of the property was £4. —Mrs. Mary Catherine Sheldrick, wife of Joseph Albert Sheldrick, of 19, City-road, Cambridge, said she had the key of Mr. Goldsmith’s (her father’s) house. On September 18th she went to ascertain if there were any letters. She got to the house about six o’clock. She opened the front door, and noticed that the door leading into the greenhouse was open. She went through into the greenhouse, and found the outer door open. She went away, and returned with a man named Thurlburn. The glass in the greenhouse door was broken, and the bolt slipped back. The glass in the breakfast room was also broken, and the window down. The glass of the door leading from the glasshouse into the hall had been broken just over the lock, the key taken out from the , inside, and the door opened from outside. All the rooms in the house were disturbed, but the bedrooms especially so. Some boxes, a drawer, and all the cupboards had been opened and the contents scattered about the room. She subsequently informed the police of the matter.—Mrs. Henrietta Rowell, wife of Charles Rowell, of 19, Milton-road, said between 4-30 and 5 o’clock p.m. on the 18th, she saw the seven prisoners. Three were Iying on the grass and the other four had gone up the road. They came back soon afterwards. She saw Mansfield giving certain articles to all the other prisoners. They all sat down and smoked cigarettes. George Crowe, Richardson, and Mansfield again went up the road, leaving Frederick H. Crowe to mind some carrots, etc, they had. Wilson, Utteridge, and Percy Crowe went up to meet the others. When they met they again divided something Mansfield had. She saw the boys for about three-quarters of an hour; Percy Crowe took a ring, put it on his finger, and expressed his satisfaction. A few minutes after they left.—Edward Morley 13, Botolph-lane, a watchmaker and jeweller, said about 4 p.m. on the 18th Wilson went to his shop and asked him if he bought old silver coins. Witness said he did. Prisoner produced two coins (produced) from his pocket, and asked what he would give for them. Witness eventually bought them for 3s. 6d. On Friday he handed the coins to Detective White. Nellie Brown (14), 33a, King-street, in service at 28, King-street with Mrs. Mather, said on September 18th about 3.30 she was on Christ’s Pieces, and saw Wilson with two other boys. He asked one of the boys he wanted brooch (produced). The boy did not want it. Wilson asked her if she would have it. She said Yes,” and he gave it to her. She afterwards gave the brooch to a policeman.—Ernest Dixon, of 14, Crispin-street, ice cream vendor, said on the 18th he saw Richardson in Norfolk-street. He showed witness two coins, and asked him to give him some hokey for it. Witness gave him two, and took the two coins. Witness gave the money to Sergeant Dean on Friday —Albert Brown, 7, Brunswick Cottages, errand boy, employed by Mr. Holt, Peas Hill, said about 7 o’clock p.m. on the 18th he saw Richardson with Percy and George Crowe. Richardson showed him the knife (produced). Witness told him he would give him 2d for it on the following Saturday night. Richardson said he must hold something for it, and gave him his shut knife. Witness eventually got the knife. The police got the knife from witness’s brother. Detective White, of the Borough Police, said on the 19th he went with Superintendent Burrow to apprehend the prisoners, excepting Utteridge, whom he apprehended and handed over to the Superintendent. When witness went to his house, Utteridge put his hand in his pocket and pulled out the eleven coins (produced). On the 20th he received the 2s 6d and dollarpiece from Mr. Morley.—Mrs. Lydia Crowe, a widow, of 75, King-street, mother of the prisoners Crowe, said on the 18th Percy gave her the ring produced. On the following day she gave it to Sergeant Dean —Superintendent Burrow said on September 19th he apprehended Wilson, Percy Crowe, and Richardson in Cambridge. On Wilson were found two matches similar to those left in the house by Mr. Goldsmith. On Richardson was also found a match. —Sergeant Dean, stationed at Chesterton, also gave evidence of the receipt of the stolen property —George Crowe, Frederick Henry Crowe, and Thomas Mansfield were ordered to come up for judgment if called upon. The other four prisoners were committed for trial at the next Quarter Sessions for the county. Bail was allowed of their parents in £5 each.
In June 1897 Charles Rowell became licensee of the Maypole Inn in Cambridge.
A H Dall
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