Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 March 2023), October 1810, trial of TIMOTHY KEMPSHALL, alias KEMPSHAW (t18101031-59).

TIMOTHY KEMPSHALL, Theft > theft from a specified place, 31st October 1810.

831. TIMOTHY KEMPSHALL, alias KEMPSHAW , was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 8th of October , a carpet, value 4 s. a curtain, value 1 s. a sheet value 1 s. 6 d. six chair covers, value 2 s. 6 d. a candlestick, value 9 d. a pair of bellows, value 1 s. 6 d. a bolster, value 4 s. 6 d. a bed, value 4 l. a table, value 10 s. The property of Susannah Maria Erskine , in her dwelling-house .

ANN BURNHAM . I was lady's maid to Mrs. Erskine; I left town with her on the last day of July. The house was left furnished in the care of Jane Kempshaw .

Q. Do you know the man at the bar - A. Yes, he had permission from Mrs. Erskine to sleep there.

SUSANNAH MARIA ERSKINE . Q. You resided in Poland-street, Manchester-square - A. I did, I quitted the house on the 31st of July, I left all the furniture in the house in the care of Jane Kempshaw . I gave permission for her to have her husband to sleep at the house.

Q. When did you return to town - A. Last Friday evening I went to my house, expecting that I had beds to go to; there were bedsteads, but no furniture; the furniture had been all taken away.

MRS. ROBINSON. My husband is an upholsterer; my husband was employed by Mrs. Erskine to take an inventory of the furniture in the house; Mr. Hall the pawnbroker, applied to me to know if I could identify a table, I could not. I went with him to Mrs. Erskine's house to take an inventory with me; I examined the state of the dining parlour, there were only one chair left, and the furniture of all the beds were in the house were gone; Jane Kempshaw was in the house then, and the furniture of the whole house had been stripped; there was only one bed left in the house, that was in the garret, upon which the man and his wife slept, the man said he was not guilty, but that his wife was. This was on the 8th of last month. On the 9th the prisoner was taken in custody.

Q. Were there any duplicates found on searching the house - A. Mr. Hall made her produce the duplicates.

Q. Look at the ticket and see whether there is any mark by which you know it - A. I was at home whenthe constable found it, he brought it to me, I marked it.

HENRY HOWARD . I am a constable; I took that ticket out of a waistcoat pocket in the garret of Mrs. Erskin's house on the 9th of last month; the prisoner told me it was his waistcoat, it was a duplicate of a chair cover, said he knew nothing of pledging any thing, nor how it came there; he did not know the waistcoat was under the bed in the garret. The house was stripped of every thing.

WILLIAM JACKSON . I am an officer of Marlborough-street; I was sent for to Mrs. Erskine's house, I apprehended the prisoner, he said he knew nothing of the robbery, nor of the pledging any thing.

Q. What became of the woman - A. I do not know.

JOSEPH BAYLESS . I am a pawnbroker, No. 3, Adams Row, Hampstead Road, I have some chair covers, pledged by a woman.

Q. Who brought the stove, that you lent three pounds upon - A. I do not know.

Q. You have taken articles day after day, tables, chairs, &c. do you mean to say that you do not know that this man pawned any of these articles - A. If I knew I would tell. I could swear to the woman if I saw her; the whole of the articles are at our house.

JAMES HALL . I produce part of a curtain, and some chair covers, pledged by a woman whom I stopped on the 8th of October, she came in the evening to pledge a table, I stopped her, I never saw the prisoner before the Monday night; the bed was brought into the shop, by a woman.

MR. MARRAT. I produce some chair covers pledged by the name of Collins; I enquired of my young man before I came here, none of the articles pledged at my house were pledged by a man.

Prisoner's Defence. I never took any thing out of the house, and always gave a strict charge not to touch any thing whatever.

The prisoner called two witnesses, who gave him a good character.


Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.