History of Rayleigh

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High Street, Rayleigh, c.1957
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Rayleigh Court Cases

For a full explanation of these court cases and how to further research them, please look at our Essex Court Cases page.

The information is supplied in the following format:

  • (d) defendant's name, age and occupation (when given)
  • (v) victim's name, age and occupation (when given)
  • (w) witness names, age and occupation (when given)
  • Offence
  • Place offence committed and places mentioned where the (d), (v) or (w) lived. Some of the defendants may have been from neighbouring parishes not mentioned by name, or itinerant wanderers.
  • The court hearing the case.
  • The source newspaper or archive reference.

  • Case
  • (d) Charles Neville Syer draper 21 and Georgiana Neville Syer 20
  • (v) James Bentall draper
  • Theft
  • Rayleigh
  • Essex Quarter Sessions
  • Ipswich Journal 6 July 1844
  • Case
  • (d) James Ewen
  • (v) John Sach
  • Arson
  • Raleigh
  • Essex Assizes
  • Ipswich Journal 18 December 1830
  • Case
  • (d) William May
  • Arson
  • Rayleigh
  • Essex Assizes
  • Jackson's Oxford Journal 7 March 1840
  • Case
  • (d) Isaac Purkiss 67 labourer
  • (v) Joshua Murray
  • Theft
  • Rayleigh
  • Calendars of prisoners for Essex Quarter Sessions, Essex Assizes and Special Sessions of Gaol Delivery, 1861 Q/SMc 9, Essex Record Office
  • Case
  • (d) William King 41 labourer, Stephen Nunn 40 carter
  • (v) William Clemance
  • Theft
  • Rayleigh
  • Calendars of prisoners for Essex Quarter Sessions, Essex Assizes and Special Sessions of Gaol Delivery, 1861 Q/SMc 9, Essex Record Office
  • Case
  • (d) Samuel Britton 37 labourer
  • (v) William Dodd
  • Theft
  • Rayleigh
  • Calendars of prisoners for Essex Quarter Sessions, Essex Assizes and Special Sessions of Gaol Delivery, 1862 Q/SMc 9, Essex Record Office
  • Case
  • (d) Henry Humphries 59 bricklayer
  • (v) Francis Mountain
  • Theft
  • Rayleigh
  • Calendars of prisoners for Essex Quarter Sessions, Essex Assizes and Special Sessions of Gaol Delivery, 1863 Q/SMc 9, Essex Record Office
  • Case
  • (d) George Fitzjohn 38 labourer
  • (v) Josiah Bloomfield, William Bloomfield
  • Theft
  • Rayleigh
  • Calendars of prisoners for Essex Quarter Sessions, Essex Assizes and Special Sessions of Gaol Delivery, 1863 Q/SMc 9, Essex Record Office
  • Case
  • (d) William Sulting alias Butcher 24 fitter and soldier 37th foot
  • (v) Joseph Pease
  • Theft
  • Rayleigh
  • Calendars of prisoners for Essex Quarter Sessions, Essex Assizes and Special Sessions of Gaol Delivery, 1863 Q/SMc 9, Essex Record Office
  • Case
  • (d) William Dennis 24 sawyer
  • (v) Zachariah Wilshere
  • Theft
  • Rayleigh
  • Calendars of prisoners for Essex Quarter Sessions, Essex Assizes and Special Sessions of Gaol Delivery, 1865 Q/SMc 9, Essex Record Office
  • Case
  • (d) Stephen Nunn 60 carter
  • (v) Thomas Dodd
  • Theft
  • Rayleigh
  • Calendars of prisoners for Essex Quarter Sessions, Essex Assizes and Special Sessions of Gaol Delivery, 1868 Q/SMc 9, Essex Record Office
  • Case
  • (d) William Wilson 20 farm labourer
  • (v) John Edwards
  • Theft
  • Rayleigh
  • Calendars of prisoners for Essex Quarter Sessions, Essex Assizes and Special Sessions of Gaol Delivery, 1870 Q/SMc 10, page 17 Essex Record Office
  • Case
  • (d) John Elston 22 horse dealer
  • (v) William Burchell
  • Theft
  • Rayleigh
  • Calendars of prisoners for Essex Quarter Sessions, Essex Assizes and Special Sessions of Gaol Delivery, 1873 Q/SMc 10, page 107 Essex Record Office
  • Case
  • (d) John Spittle alias William Bowler 17 circus rider
  • (v) James Drory
  • Theft
  • Rayleigh
  • Calendars of prisoners for Essex Quarter Sessions, Essex Assizes and Special Sessions of Gaol Delivery, 1873 Q/SMc 10, page 107 Essex Record Office

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