PRINTED SUMMONS TO 'LUCY KIRKLAND OF WETLAND ROCKS NEAR LEEK, in the county of Stafford for being drunk and riotous. Partially completed in manuscript by the local Constable Frederick Howard, with further indecipherable signature by a Justice of the Peace, and dated 15th June 1874, Leek.
1875. Single sheet, 240 x 195, printed on recto and verso on blue paper stock, and partially completed in manuscript seemingly in a couple of hands; margins a little dust-soiled and stained, and with evidence of previous horizontal folds. An interesting social history document: a legal summons issued by the County Court of Staffordshire to one ‘Lucy Kirkland of Wetley Rocks near Leek’, in response to an accusation made by Mrs Mary Ann Turner that on June 5th 1875 she was ‘drunk and while so drunk were then and there guilty of riotous behaviour’. Mrs Kirkland it therefore charged to appear before magistrates at the Court House in Leek. The template document appears to have been completed by the Constable Frederick Howard, with his signed deposition that he has served the writ. A further note on the verso states that the case was adjourned. There is a further signature which is unfortunately illegible, but is presumably that of the Justice of the Peace.