Includes the Petty and Quarter Sessions, JPs, Police, and the Criminals.

23 January 1869


Samuel Andrews, William Woods, and Joseph Gardener pleaded guilty to the stealing of some Mistletoe from the trees of Mr T Lunnon of Bourne End, were ordered to pay 8s 1d each costs. 


Will the telephone be introduced into Slough Police Station?

At the last meeting of the Standing Joint Committee, the Chief Constable (Major Mayne) read a letter from the National Telephone Company, stating that they had opened an exchange at Slough, and inquiring whether the Committee desired the Police station connected with that exchange. A charge of £10 per annum would be made, in addition to 3d for every three minutes' conversation outside a twenty-five miles radius. It would be most convenient if they were connected with the exchange, as it would put them in communication with Scotland Yard. The committee decieded to refer the matter to the Chief Constable to make a report on it to them.

For keeping a dog without a licence, Edwin Tripp, jun, of Chalfornt St Giles was fined £1; and for a like offence Dan Goodall of Seer Green, was ordered to pay 12s 6d.

2nd February 1867

John Thatcham, on the 2nd February 1867 was convicted of Night Poaching in Horden Wood. He was caught at 1.30 am. Punishment 3 months hard labour

The Amersham Magistrates Court known as Petty Sessions originally started meeting at the Crown Inn. It also met at the Police Station and Amersham Union Workhouse.

Below are a group of cases involving transport and roads.

“Irish Annie” Again
Annie Wilson, better known as “Irish Annie” as charges with being drunk and disorderly at Datchet on October 24th.

Before the Beaconsfield Petty Sessions - Beaches of Education Act March 1897

15th December 1866

Arron Simmons was convicted of placing a steam image and threshing machine on the Highway after pleading Guilty.

Costs 8s, Penalty 1s, Constable 2/6.


A note in the front inside  cover of the Amersham Magistrates Evidence Book in 1872.

25th February 1874 

Ephrain Glenister was convicted of using a snare, or rather 10 snares. Fine of £2 10s and 12s costsin default two months hard labour.

George Saunders was fined 1s with 14s 6d costs for using a snare. With 14 days if in default.


13th October 1827


The state of Aylesbury gaol, on a comparison with former years, is highly satisfactory. The total number of prisoners was on Wednesday last only 101; last year at the same time it was 124. It is gratifying also to find that there has been a diminution in the number of persons committed for poaching during the year.


On Tuesday an inquest was held in the parish of Wooburn, on view of the body of a poor man, named Stephen Hance, aged 68 years, a pauper of that parish, who was found dead the previous day in a barn of Mr.Andrews, of the Mother Red Cap public-house. Verdict - "Died by the visitation of God."