August 8 to August 15, 2011

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100 YEARS AGO:
On Sunday a plucky rescue was effected by a young man named Albert Harrison, aged 22 years of Hylton Road. A little boy named Harry George, aged six of 2 Court, Tybridge Street, was playing at The Pinch when he fell off the wall into the river which is about 10 or 12 feet deep at that spot. Harrison saw the boy fall and jumped straight into the river with all his clothes on and brought the boy safely ashore, little the worse for his experience.

Harrison and his brother are getting quite a record for saving children from the river, Albert having brought out five children in the past 18 months, and his brother Henry four, while the grandfather of the youths, William Harrison has a medal for saving life similarly.

150 YEARS AGO:
AGNES Smith was charged at Malvern Police Court with stealing a silver watch of the value of £3, the property of Samuel Pugh of Bransford. It appeared that on the night of Wednesday last the prisoner went to the cottage where the prosecutor, who is a labourer, resides and had some supper given to her. Whilst she was eating it, Pugh wound up his watch and placed it on the mantelshelf. He then went out of doors and the prisoner took the opportunity of stealing the watch. She was later apprehended by the police with the article in her possession. She was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment with hard labour.

200 YEARS AGO:
MALVERN. This lovely and romantic spot appears to acquire fresh attractions every season, if we may judge from the increased number of its visitors.

Indeed, the lodging accommodations have been so greatly improved and so much pains have been taken in the formation of walks, erecting seats, about the hills, that we are not surprised at the preference which has been recently so decidedly given a place on which nature has lavished her beauties with an unsparing hand and has presented her admirers with abundant sources of contemplation and delight.

Recent arrivals have included the Earl and Countess Harcourt, Earl and Countess Spencer, Earl and Lady Bathurst, Earl and Countess Egmont, Lord and Lady Monson, General and Countess Lefebvre, and many more whom our limits will not allow us to particularise.

250 YEARS AGO:
To be sold on Tuesday next at the town hall in Worcester to the largest bidder for the term of 200 years, a large commodious inn called the King’s Head, situated in the High Street of the said city, with the stables and outhouses thereto belonging, together with three tenements in the Shambles, adjoining, the whole at the yearly rent of £56 or thereabouts. Likewise a large building, commonly called the Meeting House with a garden and banqueting house thereto adjoining, situated near the inn, for a term of 40 years, renewable according to the custom of the said city. For particulars, enquire of Thomas Dickenson, or Thomas Wakeman, chamberlains.

300 YEARS AGO:
It being Worcester Fair, there was stole out of the house of Thomas Costin at the Green Dragon in Foregate Street, Worcester, a large silver tankard, marked with three letters “CTE,” with a crack between the hinge and the top of the lid. It holds about three pints.

Whoever shall give notice to the said Thomas Costin, or Bonham Caldwall in Bewdley, or John Bickerton in Bridgnorth, or Mr Fosbrook at the Raven in Shrewsbury, Mr Bridgen, proctor in Ludlow, or Mr Ford at the Red Streak Tree in Hereford, or Mr Cook at the Black Horse in Gloucester, shall have two guineas reward, and no questions asked.

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