Posted on: August 20th, 2017 by Reg Jackson
1900 23 Feb. Aged 18, he was charged with stealing a quantity of earthenware articles, value 17s, the property of his employers, Pountney & Co. Ltd. of Feeder Road. On Tuesday morning P.C. Blackmore was on the Marsh Bridge and saw a cart being driven by George Nutt, a licensed hawker, who sometimes purchased seconds from Pountneys. The cart was empty. Later in the morning he saw the cart standing in a road at the back of the pottery. There was earthenware in the cart. Sheppard had given a box containing earthenware to Nutt and this was witnessed by Thomas Garbutt, a foreman at the pottery. Sheppard subsequently confessed that he had given the box to Nutt but Pountneys recognised Sheppard was a young man and said they would give him another chance in their employ, as they felt he had probably been misled. Sheppard was discharged but Nutt was sentenced to two months with hard labour (Western Daily Press).
1901 Possibly the George Sheppard, aged 18, a general haulier, living at Atlas Street, St Silas parish (01C). If so he was the son of Annie Sheppard and the brother of Lily Sheppard, both recorded as potters.


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