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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Innocent of Manslaughter

On Wednesday 13th June 1877 the London Daily News reported the proceedings from the Police Courts held in the Guild Hall, London.  They reported the case of John Teatheredge, of 2 Braithwaite Place, Hall Park, Paddington and Arthur Willis Payne who were charged with manslaughter.  John was  the driver of an omnibus belonging to the London General Omnibus Company plying for trade between Paddington and London Bridge, while Arthur was the driver of another omnibus belonging to the same company, but plying for trade between Bayswater and London Bridge.  Both men were charged on remand, before Alderman Nottage, with racing their omnibuses in Newgate Street, London and thereby causing the death of Patrick Twohig, a costermonger, who was in the street at the same time.  The two drivers were committed for manslaughter but were liberated on bail. 

The accident happened on 25th May 1877 at about 8 o’clock in the evening.  From reading the various accounts of the accident it would appear that the two omnibuses were coming down Newgate Street in the same direction, with Teatheredge’s omnibus kerbside and Payne’s omnibus on the “off side”.  One report says that they were so close that their wheels appeared to be touching.  Teatheredge’s horse is described as stumbling and knocking the man down.  The reports give varying accounts of the speed of the omnibuses, several saying they were speeding with estimates of the speed being anything from 3mph to 20mph!  The passengers on Teatheredge’s bus were consistent in saying they were going 4-5 mph, "barely more than a walking pace". Patrick Twohig died several days after the accident.  When arrested John Teatheredge claimed he was innocent “for the other bus caught his wheels and that was what caused the accident."
A Calendar of Prisoners tried at Assizes Quarter Sessions at Her Majesty's Gaol Newgate shows that John and Arthur were brought into custody “standing indicted for feloniously killing and slaying one Patrik Twohig”. The two drivers were tried at the Old Bailey on 25th June 1877.  All the evidence was submitted and if you are interested you can read the details at the Old Bailey Proceedings on line.

The prisoners received good character references and witnesses testified to their skill and care when driving.  They were both found NOT GUILTY .

So who is John Teatheredge, who has one of the rarer versions of the family name?
He was born as John Francis Teatheredge in Camberwell London in 1852 one of 4 children born to James Teatheredge and Emily Wing.  John married Elizabeth Hurdle in 1881 at St John the Baptist,  Islington and they had 3 children Alice Maud born 1881, Herbert James born 1882 and Albert Edward born in 1885 died 1886.  John  moved around east London in 1861 and 1871 he was at 12 Orchard Road, Camberwell St Giles. In 1881 he was living at 112 Wenlock -Street ,Shoreditch and 1891 and 1893 he was living in 4 Belham Street, Camberwell where he rented two rooms unfurnished on the first floor.  John died in Camberwell in 1896 aged 44.

John’s occupation remained an omnibus driver / bus driver so no black mark was put by his name from the incidents mentioned above.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Wordless Wednesday 4 Tidridges of Winchester

Tidridges from Winchester

14 October 2015

Photograph taken in 1909 in Winchester, Hampshire
Fred Tidridge born 1900and
Laura Tidridge born 1903
children of Frederick Charles Tidridge and Ada Jane Fiford

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Wordless Wednesday 3 George and Georgina Titheridge

George Titheridge and Georgina Hanniball and 8 of their  children

7 October 2015

A faded photo from 1901 of Titheridge family of London
Back row: Lily b1888; Samuel b1885; Ruth b1883; Mary b1886
Middle row: Georgina b1864; George b1862; Joseph b1889
Front row: Wiilam Henry b1892, Ernest b 1900 and Edith
(I think Edith must be a nickname for Daisy b1895 or Rose b1897)
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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Golden weddings anniversaries – diamond weddings anniversaries

Recently I found an obituary on the Internet for William John Titheridge of Penticon, British Columbia, Canada who died on August 27 2015, just shy of his 60th wedding anniversary. Bill was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1929 and died aged 86.  His obituary can be read at the following link

The fact that Bill had been married for 59 years made we wonder how many family members have celebrated their golden (50th) or diamond (60th) wedding anniversary or are Bill and wife Norma among the longest married Titheridges, Titheradges, Tidridges etc.

Within my own Meaker family my parents celebrated their diamond wedding and my grandparents celebrated their 58th Wedding Anniversary.

The challenge this week is for you to tell me family members who have been married for 50 years or more –they can be male or female Titheridges, Titheradges, Tidridges etc. If you email me the information I will start a list - better still if you can add a picture of the happy couple.

Individuals who have celebrated 50 or more years of marriage

Gladys Titheradge ( born 1913 Walthamstow  – died 2003 Walthamstow)
Gladys Sach (nee Titheradge) and Len Sach
in Washington in 1977

Gladys Titheradge (Michael’s Aunt) married Leonard Sach in August 1936.  In 1986 they celebrated their golden wedding with a large family party and then went on to celebrate a diamond wedding in 1996 and finally a 67th wedding anniversary.

Please send me the names of any other happy couples who have been married for 50+ years.

16 November 2015
John and Maureen Tidridge

John and Maureen Tidridge

John Tidridge of Canada  tells me "Maureen and I have been married just over 58 years, 59 on February 2, 2016. We were married at Thornhill, Baptist Church, Thornhill, Southampton, Hampshire. The photo was taken in Canmore, Alberta Canada."