Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 25 March 2019), December 1780, trial of ANN MULLINS (t17801206-15).

ANN MULLINS, Theft > grand larceny, 6th December 1780.

16. ANN MULLINS was indicted for stealing a linen bed-gown, value 6 d. a linen gown, value 18 d. a cotton handkerchief, value 1 d. a stuff petticoat, value 10 d. a woman's silk hat, value 2 d. and a linen cap, value 1 d. the property of Elisabeth Canks , spinster , October 26th .


On the 26th of October I lost the several things mentioned in the indictment (repeating them) from the Coach and Horses, Belton-street, Coal-yard . I was washing my pots in the yard; I saw the prisoner go up stairs, and come down with a bundle. I went up stairs about a quarter of an hour after and missed my things. We had lodgers in the house, so I thought she had gone up to some of the lodgers. Upon missing them I went to the first pawnbroker's, which was Mr. Mills, in Short's-gardens, there I found the hat. The prisoner was taken up at the Sun, the corner of Brownlow-street, the next morning. She was taken before the justice and there she owned she had taken the things.

Were any promises or threatenings made use of to induce her to own it? - No. She took us to Little St. Andrew's-street, and Lumber-court, where we found all the rest of the things.


I am a pawnbroker. I have a gown the prisoner brought to me to pawn, between eleven and twelve o'clock at noon of the same day it was stolen.

(The gown was produced in court and deposed to by the prosecutrix.)

Davis. I have a bed-gown, but I could not find it; and I have a handkerchief I took in of her at the same time.


I keep a clothes-shop in Lumber-court, Seven-Dials. I have a stuff petticoat I bought the same day of the prisoner, in the open court. She was an old clothes woman; I have dealt with her before. The prisoner, the prosecutrix, and the constable came to my shop for it the next day.

(The petticoat was produced and deposed to by the prosecutrix.)


I met a woman I had worked with at an upholsterer's; she said she wanted to make up her rent, and asked me to pawn these things for her, which I did.

GUILTY of stealing the goods to the value of 10 d.

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron PERRYN .

[Whipping. See summary.]