Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 19 January 2018), July 1817, trial of HENRY ROGERS JOHN ROSE EDWARD CHAPLIN (t18170702-139).

HENRY ROGERS, JOHN ROSE, EDWARD CHAPLIN, Theft > theft from a specified place, 2nd July 1817.

1068. HENRY ROGERS , JOHN ROSE , and EDWARD CHAPLIN , were indicted for stealing, on the 14th of June , 100lbs, of lead, belonging to Margaret Pugh , and fixed to the dwelling-house of John Gurnell .

WILLIAM JONES . I am a grocer , and live in Roodlane; Margaret Pugh is my aunt. The lead was fixed to the top of her house, 37, Sloane-square, Chelsea , which is let to John Gurnell - I saw it fixed to the building.

CORNELIUS REYNOLDS . I am a watchman. On the 14th of June, between three and four o'clock in the morning, I was called by the servant of No. 36, Sloane-square, who said she was sure some persons were in the next house. I went into the area and found the door open; I then went up to the top floor, and heard some persons making their way out on to the roof. I found the lead in the garret. I went on to the roof, over three houses, and found the three prisoners concealed in a gutter, behind some chimneys - I tied them together, and brought them down; I met Maybank in the house coming to assist me. I found two knives and a screw-driver, with the lead. I saw the lead fitted afterwards.

RICHARD MAYBANK. I went up and found the prisoners on the roof with Reynolds, we took them to the watch-house, and fitied the lead to the house-top-it exactly fitted.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

ROGERS - GUILTY . Aged 16.

ROSE - GUILTY . Aged 17.


Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.