Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 28 November 2021), June 1821, trial of ROBERT HOLDING CHARLES WADE (t18210606-62).

ROBERT HOLDING, CHARLES WADE, Theft > burglary, 6th June 1821.

761. ROBERT HOLDING and CHARLES WADE were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Benjamin Croydon , about two o'clock in the night of the 26th of May , with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing therein ninety-six pair of shoes, value 26 l., and fifty-three pair of boots, value 27 l., his property .

BENJAMIN CROYDON . I live in Blackmoor-street, Clare-market , and am a boot and shoemaker . On Saturday, the 25th of May, I went to bed at half-past one o'clock in the morning - the shop was shut up about five minutes after twelve o'clock. I was the last person up, and secured the house myself. I rose about eight o'clock next morning - it was daylight; and found the shop window was nearly stripped of every thing; the till had been tried, but not successfully; boots and shoes were taken from eight different parts of the shop. The window grating was forced up, the persons could then enter, and get through the cellar and up the stairs into the shop, without hindrance. I lost the property stated in the indictment.

Cross-examined by MR. ARCHBOLD. Q. Only two pair of boots were found on the prisoners - A. No.

JAMES ELLIS . I am an officer. I went on Sunday morning to apprehend Holding, I met him and Wade in the street, and asked where they lived - Holding said they had no lodging, and were out of employ. I ascertained they lived at No. 71, Crown-street; we took them there, up stairs, and Holding produced the key of the padlock, which was on the door, and the key of the common lock, and unlocked the door, and there we found the two pair of shoes, a crow-bar, and some skeleton keys.

JOHN FURZEMAN . I am an officer, and accompanied Ellis. I found two pair of shoes, both new, and asked where they got them - they said one pair belonged to each of them, and that they bought them. I found the crowbar, and picklock keys up the chimney - some are skeleton keys - there were thirteen in all.

Cross-examined. Q. You cannot say they belonged to them - A. No. They said they bought the shoes a fortnight before.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

WADE'S Defence. I do not exactly live there. I only know Holding by going backwards and forwards.

THOMAS INGRAM . I know the prisoners. I keep a public-house. I saw them dealing with a man for shoes, a fortnight or three weeks ago.

COURT. Q. You saw them dealing - A. Yes; they were new shoes. I do not know that they bought them - I do not know where they lived.


First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Garrow .