Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 15 August 2018), February 1781, trial of JOHN CLARKE (t17810222-45).

JOHN CLARKE, Theft > theft from a specified place, 22nd February 1781.

176. JOHN CLARKE was indicted for stealing 300 lb. wt. of lead, value 20 s. the property of Lady Diana Beauclerk , widow , the said lead being affixed to a certain wall belonging to the dwelling house of the said Diana , Feb. 16th .

( It appeared that the lead had been stolen from an observatory in the middle of the garden, and not from the wall; the prisoner was therefore found NOT GUILTY ).