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The Speed Of Motor Cars
 
As Mr A. Rendall, M.P., was proceeding in his motor through the village of East Chinnock (Somerset), a Mrs. Axe ran out from her house to cross the road. To avoid running into her the driver ran the car into the hedge, but the mudguard struck the woman and she fell and became unconscious. She is now progressing favourably. Mr. Rendall and the driver were unhurt.   
 
Source: The Times, Tuesday, Aug 24, 1909; pg 9; Issue 39046; col B.
 
 
Forced Entry & Robbery

Sunday evening last the dwelling house of Robert Gibbs, Esq., of East Chinnock in this county, was broke open by two daring ruffians. - They forced into the house about seven in the evening, armed with bludgeons and two long knives, and, with the most dreadful threats to murder the maid and her master, demanded the keys of the bureau, They afterwards rifled every part of the house, and carried off a five guinea Wincanton banknote, a silver watch, and Several other articles. We are happy to learn, that one of the men was secured by Magrie, of Weymouth, on Wednesday last, at a public house at Haselbury. Part of the property being found in his possession, he was committed to prison by H. Rodbard, Esq., and will take his trial at the ensuing Taunton assizes. His accomplice made his escape.   
Whitehall Evening Post  (London, England) Thursday, March 18, 1790;  Issue 6493
 
 
Donkey Ill Treated

Samson Chant, of East Chinnock, was summoned for ill treating a donkey, on April 17th. Mr E. Colmer defended. Defendant was fined 2s. 6d., and costs.   
The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (Bristol, England) Thursday, July 5, 1894; Issue 14399
 
 
Centenarianism

Mr Clinker writes to us from Hillside, Yeovil:   

"It was recently announced in the newspapers published in this part of the country that John Chaffey, an inmate of the Yeovil Workhouse, had attained his 104th birthday. The disciples of the late Sir G.C. Lewis instantly demanded the evidence on which the statement was founded, and some of them gave us to understand, pretty plainly that no evidence would convince them. With the last named class it is clearly useless to argue; but for the benefit of reasonable people I get to communicate to you the following piece of evidence, which has just been forwarded to me by the Rector of East Chinnock, a parish in the Yeovil Union: - 'In the register of baptisms in the parish of East Chinnock in the year 1772 there is the following entry, - "John, son of Samuel and Betty Chaffey, bap. May 31." ' Probably the sceptics will throw doubt on the identity of the old man now in Yeovil Workhouse with the babe that was baptized in May, 1772. If any do question that identity I will seek for evidence by which to establish it. Chaffey says he was a young man at the time of the French Revolution, and that he distinctly remembers the execution of Louis XVI."
Source: The Times, Tuesday, Sep 28, 1875; pg.8; Issue 28432; col B.  Category: News:
 
 
Poor-House Falls In

A shocking accident happened on Tuesday night last, at East Chinnock, near Crewkerne.  Between ten and eleven at night, the wind blowing a complete hurricane, the poor-house in that parish fell in, and, melancholy to add, buried several persons in its ruins.  A man, named William Cupper, who was in bed with his wife and three children, was killed on the spot, as were two of the little ones.   None of the others were materially hurt.  A Coroner's Inquest sat on the bodies on Thursday, who returned a verdict of Accidental Death.  
Source: The Morning Chronicle (London,England), Thursday, December 25, 1817; Issue 15179 The Late Verdicts
 
 
Outcry Amongst The Poultry

CREWKERNE- On Saturday last, as a daughter of Mr Thos. Taylor, of East Chinnock, was retiring to rest, she heard an outcry amongst the poultry.  She immediately proceeded to the place, and found a fellow who had killed one fowl and in the act of killing another, she seized him and held him till assistance came to her aid, and he was secured and has since been committed to prison; his name is Ephraim Sartin.
Source: The Bristol Mercury (Bristol, England), Tuesday, November 16, 1830; Issue 2117 Postscript
 
 
Sow Fallowed Thirteen Pigs

A few days since, a sow belonging to Mr J. Bartlett of East Chinnock, near Crewkerne, fallowed thirteen pigs, one of which, that only survived a few minutes, was peculiarly remarkable, having the appearance of a parrot on one part of its body, its hind legs across, and its head like that of a dog.  
Source: The Hull Packet and East Riding Times (Hull, England) Friday, April 28, 1843; Issue 3045 Compendium of General News
 
 
Fatal Accident with a Gun

A distressing accident happened on Thursday last to Mr Samuel Young, son of a respectable farmer of East Chinnock, aged eighteen.  He had but a short time before left his father's house for the purpose of shooting.  He was getting over a hedge, and it is supposed was in the act of drawing the gun after him, when it went off, and the charge entered his mouth, taking an upward direction, and shattering the skull in a frightful manner.  A female afterwards, on passing by, saw the gun in the road, and on looking over the hedge, the body of the unfortunate youth presented itself in a lifeless state.  An inquest was held on Friday, verdict Accidental Death.  
Source: The Bristol Mercury (Bristol, England) Saturday, December 28, 1844; Issue 2858 Category: News
 
 
Blind Man's Record Breaking Walk

Mr T. Voyzey of East Chinnock, who is blind, and 66 years of age, walked eight and a quarter miles a day for 365 days, up to the 24th September.  The total amount was three thousand and eleven miles and one quarter.
Source: The Bristol Mercury (Bristol, England) Saturday, October 10, 1835; Issue 2381 Category: Arts and Entertainment
 
 
Penal Servitude For Theft

Four Years: Mary Shier, stealing a pair of gloves, the property of Charles Sartin, of East Chinnock.
Source: The Bristol Mercury (Bristol, England) Saturday, July 14, 1855; Issue 408 Somerset Midsummer Session
 
 
Bullocks Shot Dead

On Saturday and Sunday se'night Mr. Donne, Clerk of the Peace of Somerset, and Mr Oake, by Order of the Quarter Sessions held at Brewton, for the said County, went to the Parish of East Chinnock, in that County, and caused all the infected Bullocks there to be shot dead, their skins to be slashed and cut from head to tail &c. and immediately bury'd seven or eight feet deep; then bought the remainder of the cattle that had herded with them, and in like manner caused those to be killed and buried, in order (if possible) to prevent the spreading of the Distemper.

General Advertiser (1744) (London, England) Thursday, April 23, 1752; Issue 5464