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Mill Road junction with Willis Road

4 Mill Road

History of 4 Mill Road


Alexander Frew, 30, tailor and draper, b Scotland

1902CIP 18.4.1902: MATRIMONIAL MISERY : DRINK AGAIN. Alexander McClellan Frew, of 4 Mill-road, was summoned by his wife for persistent cruelty, and she also made an application for a separation order.—Mr. Vinter appeared for the complainant, and Mr. O. Papworth represented defendant —The complainant said she was married on January 20th, 1897, to the defendant and there was one child by the marriage. About three months after the wedding he came home and struck her a violent blow on the face, causing her to have two black eyes, and making her nose bleed. He expressed his regret next morning, but her eyes and nose were bad for a week. Just after the birth of her first child defendant came home at midnight the worse drink. He used very abusive language, and slapped her face. About a year afterward he brought a man home with him and she objected to his coming, as she considered him the cause of her husband’s frequenting public houses. After the man had gone, her husband struck her on the eye, blacking it. She, in defence, threw a flower pot at him, and in, holding him, tore his shirt and cuff. During 1898 defendant came home very frequently under the influence of drink, and he used most sabusive language. In the same year, owing to his condition, she went home to her father, and another occasion, in 1899, she locked herself in a bedroom owing to his condition. He burst open the door, and pulled her nose very hard. Later in consequence of his treatment, she left him for seven weeks, during which time he allowed her 10s. per week. She came back on his promising to do better, but twelve days afterwards he smashed everything in the dining-room and a few days later he threw the tea caddy at her. She dodged it, and it went through the window. He also struck her. In March of the present year she took out a summons against the defendant but he promised to reform and sign the pleadge and she withdrew it. Since then she had to leave the house on account of his conduct, and he had hit her on the back of the head. By Mr Papworth : She admitted she had a temper, but she was not hysterical. On one occasion she said she would either do for herself or for him. That was on account of the way he had been treating her. She did pick up a knife, but her husband took it from her, and cut his thumb doing so.—Evidence in support of complainant’s case was given by William John Gallyon, gun-smith, of 24, Guest-road, her father; Elizabeth Peel, of 25, Gwydir-street, formerly in her employ as domestic servant ; Edith Halls married woman, of 9, Albion-road [Albion Row]; and  Frederick Edward Mote of Kingston-street, formerly shop boy in defendant’s employ —In defence  Papworth called the defendant, who said that five or six weeks after their marriage the complainant ran away from him without any cause. He admitted striking her about three months after the marriage, but it was on account of the provocation she had given him. She had often run away to her father. On one occasion she threw a flower pot him and he hit her on the cheek with his open hand. She complained of his being out late, and coming home for drink. His business took him out late at night, and he had never come home drunk. He had not struck her than four or five times, and when he did it was through her words and provocation- Papworth submitted that there was no persistent cruelty.—The Chairman said the Bench had decided to grant a separation order and gave the complainant custody of the child and ordered defendant to pay 15s. per week to his wife, and to pay the costs, £2 4s. 6d. , 


Charles Rogers, tobacconist and fishing tackle dealer


D G Edards, motor factor


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