THE FIERY CONFLAGRATION
Prior to these haystack fires there had been bad blood between Benjamin Poole and William Wall, the latter being a farmer living in Duck Lane, Ken, with 15 acres
and a cow. Wall had a cider-house on his property within which a gang of nine sheep and potato-stealers would frequent, get drunk and make merry.
The village of Ken, Somerset in the 19th Century. Benjamin Poole's Laurel Farm is in the centre (38) and protagonist William Wall lived at Duck Lane, lower right. Note number 44: Execution Field!
Found guilty, Wall was fined 20 pds equivalent to 1,400 pds today or $2,200. In addition, Parsons was awarded the same amount as the fine because he was a 'Common Informer'. Blaming Poole for his servant's actions, and incandescent with rage, Wall decided to take revenge.
"Mary Wall. Aged 32, height 5 ft 2 inch, Stout build, Fair complexion, Round faced, Dark brown hair, Grey eyes, Scar on forehead, pock marked, Born Cclevedon, labourer, able to read and write..."
"John Rowley. Aged 30, height 5 ft, 5 inch, stout build, Dark Complexion, Oval Faced, Dark Hair, Dark eyes, Black mark on left cheek and cut left eye, freckled in face..."
"Richard Clarke, Aged 19, height 5 ft, 7 inch, stout person, Sallow complextion, Round faced, Dark brown hair, Dark eyes, large full eyes..."
Death for burning hay! More in the next post by Bob Hollyman-Mawson on by gone days amonst his ancestors in Somerset, United Kingdom....
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