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History of Bowers Gifford >> Bowers Gifford Snippets
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here is one for Bowers Gifford about an arson - an all too common event for the farmers.
Times 28 January 1832
On Monday night, between 10 and 11 o'clock, a fire was discovered in the Rectory barn, at Bowers Gifford, which burnt with considerable violence, and was soon demolished; it contained some unthrashed oats and oat-straw. The wind being high, the fore communicated quickly to some adjoining buildings, cart-lodge, etc., all entirely destroyed, with a rick of clover hay and a stack of beans. The wind having taken a favourable turn, a coach-house and stable, and a part of a rick of meadow hay, were saved.
A number of gentlemen were soon on the spot. The borderers in the neighbourhood were also prompt in their attendees and very active in their exertions, by which some valuable horse and cattle were preserved. Their cannot be the slightest doubt that the fire was the act of incendiary
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Bowers Gifford - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Bowers Gifford - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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