Bardney Law and Order

  • In 1853, a Justice of the Peace came to make a list of those qualified to be Constables, they included:
  1. James Cook (Saddler)
  2. William Green (Corn merchant)
  3. John Rangell (Threshing machine) man,
  4. Henry Harrison (Butcher)
  5. Mark Pickwell (Farmer)
  6. Eli Musgrave (Farmer)
  • A summons obtained for Charles Mackinder for not maintaining his wife and children, and he be taken the first time he appears. Unfortunately, there is a very sad end to this event. Charles Mackinder did appear, and was given work in the gravel pits, where he was killed along with John Garnish and John Sandy, as the side of the pit collapsed on to them.
  • The Constables were there, as officials, who decided the fate of wrong-doers, the actual arresting was done by the Beadle, or after 1856, a Policeman who was paid by the County 23 shillings a week, which was twice the pay of an Agricultural workman.
  • The type of person required for the job, according to Captain Bignall, the newly appointed Chief Constable, was an agricultural labourer, who was clean, active, and intelligent, of good height, good character, and well made, and under 40yrs, broken down tradesmen were of no value!
  • 1871 George Stennett was the Police Sergeant
  • The Constables had at their disposal, the stocks, situated under the Stockshill Tree outside the Nags Head, for the reprimand of drunks, usually for 6 hours. There was the Lock Up, but where this was situated is not clear. But in 1872, a Rueben Pacey died there and a referral to the Magistrates in Lincoln.
  • Constables were selected by the Parish Council on 10th January 1895. They included:
  1. George Cook
  2. John Pask
  3. William Duckett
  4. Thomas Sleight
  • A number of local people were deported to Australia, during the early 1800's, after committing crimes. (see Local Convicts)
  • During WWII, Special Constables were Mr Puttegill and Mr Lill.