REWARDS FOR INFORMANTS

ID: 21095
£250.00
Castle Combe Association for the Prevention of Robberies and Thefts, and for the Protection of Persons and Property.

BROADSIDE: CASTLE COMBE ASSOCIATION,, Castle Combe Association for the Prevention of Robberies and Thefts, and for the Protection of Persons and Property. The following rewards, independent of those allowed by Act of Parliament, are to be paid to any person (not being a member of this Society) who shall give information, upon oath, of the person or persons guilty of any of the respective offences following .. Calne, Baily, printer, n.d. [paper watermarked '1808'].

broadside (385 x 240 mm), untrimmed. A fine, large, copy.

Almost certainly rare. Not found in COPAC.

A nice broadside, locally printed on handmade paper (watermarked 'Rose & Turners 1808'), and published by the Castle Combe Association which represented a group of five villages (Castle Combe, Grittleton, Nettleton, West Kington and Yatton-Keynel) between Chippenham and Bristol. The Association offered substantial rewards to informants for information leading to criminal convictions. The table of rewards ranged from 5-5-0 for murder, burglary and other serious offences, to 1-1-0 for stealing pigs or poultry, to 10s 6d. "for stealing, pulling up or destroying turnips, or other roots or vegetables ..". The Association comprised some 20 members including The Hon. T.R. Arundell, William Scrope Esq. and three local clergymen. William Scrope (1772-1852), the distinguished artist and sportsman, exhibited at the Royal Academy, was a director of the British Institution and author of noted books on deerstalking and salmon-fishing.