Ann Duck, Ann Barefoot ++, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 17th October 1744.

Reference Number: t17441017-23
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

459, 460. + Ann Duck *, and Ann Barefoot ++, otherwise + Wells , of Sepulchre's, London , were indicted for assaulting George Cheshire , on the King's highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him 4 d. in monies, the monies of the said George Cheshire , September 21st .

* She was tried this Sessions, with Thomas Wells , Theophilus Watson , Joshua Barnes , and Thomas Kirby , for robbing Alexander Forfar , and acquitted. see Trial 435. in the 1st Part of this Session's-paper.

++ She is that same person who was convicted with Ann Gwyn , on the preceding Trial, and is the reputed wife of Thomas Wells , who was indicted for robbing Alexander Forfar .

George Cheshire . On the 21st of September I was robbed in Thatched Ally , in Chick-Lane , between 8 and 9 at night; I had been in a house to drink a dram, and in less than the space of a minute, after I came out, three women came out of the house, and two of them followed me, the Prisoners are the persons; Mrs. Barefoot came on my left side, and put her right arm round my neck, and with her left confined my arm; Ann Duck was on my right side, and put her left arm round my neck, and with her right hand picked my pocket and took out 4 d. I resisted, and they began to beat me, and Ann Duck gave me several blows. I cried out murder, and then they called out for assistance; upon their calling out for help, there came one man, and one woman, one of whom gave a mopstick into the hand of Ann Duck , with which she gave me several blows upon my arms and back, and particularly one upon my left eye, which swelled my eye up, and cut it pretty much, and Ann Barefoot gave me a blow on the side of the head, with something she had in her hand, which I took to be a stone, or a brickbat, for it was very hard. I was so bad with their usage, that I could not work at my business for a fortnight. I went home directly to my landlady, I told her how I was used, and asked her to few my eye up, and she did something to my eye.

Q. What business are you?

Cheshire . I am a Cutler, and work with Mr. Bolton - He lives in Red-Lion-Street, behind the Counter in the Borough of Southwark; he did live upon London Bridge.

Q. Was the money taken from you by force?

Cheshire . Yes.

Q. Was you hindered so that you could not have prevented it?

Cheshire . Yes, for they confined me on both sides.

Q. Had you any more money in that pocket?

Cheshire. I believe I had a penny, or a half-penny more, but I will not say more than I know.

Q. Did you know the Prisoners before?

Cheshire . I knew them by sight, I have seen them sometimes, as I live in the neighbourhood; I knew Ann Duck by name very well.

Q. Did you ever keep company with the Prisoners?

Cheshire. No, never in my life.

Q. Where do you live?

Cheshire. I lodge at Mrs. Dale's, in Cross-Keys-Court in Chick-Lane.

Ann Duck . And please your Lordship, and the Court, I was discharged last night from a robbery, and now the persons, who belong to Clerkenwell Bridewell, have brought this man in order to swear my life away.

Q. Were you ever before a magistrate with these women?

Cheshire . No, I was not.

Q. Why did not you endeavour to get them taken up?

Cheshire . I went to Freeman's , a publick-house in Chick-Lane, the next day, and enquired after them, and they told me they durst not tell me their names for fear of having damage done them, and I never heard any more of them, till I was sent for; after they were taken up.

Jane Dale . I live in Cross-Keys-Court in Chick-Court, the Prosecutor lodges with me.

Q. What business is he?

Dale. He is a cutler.

Q. Where does he work?

Dale. He works on London Bridge.

Q. What is his master's name?

Dale. I can't tell, I forget, I am always so; this young man, [the Prosecutor] had been out, and when he came in, he said, Mrs. Dale, pray bring a needle and thread; and he said, Mrs. Dale, if you knew what a case I am in you would come and help me; said I, What is the matter with you? He said, Nan Duck and two other women have abused me in this manner . His eye was cut very much. Mrs. Freeman, who keeps an Ale-house in the neighbourhood, knows this too, but she will

not come without she is fetched, because she thinks as she lives in the neighbourhood it will be a prejudice to her. I took a needle and thread and sewed his eye up, and put a piece of beef upon his face to lay the swelling; for it was swelled very much, and I believe he could not go out of the house for 6 or 7 days.

Q. How along is this ago?

Dale. I think it is about a fortnight ago, or it may be three weeks - I know it is but a small time ago.

Q. Where about on the eye was the wound?

Dale. He was wounded upon the eye lash. Guilty Death .


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