Victorian Trials – 1900-1901

This is a list of some trials in Britain between 1900 and 1901.

This is not, of course, a definitive inventory. It is likely that details of the case were reported in the news. If you can find the name you are searching please make contact by using the enquiry form. I will see if any archive material is available. If you cannot find the person you are searching don’t worry – please enquire anyway. I will do a search and get back to you.

The data for these British trial pages is sourced from references more than 100 years old and took a long time to transcribe and digitise for the internet. They make fascinating reading and create temptation for us to find out more. They cover all life from murder to executions, libel, slander, bankruptcy, love affairs, divorce, wills, land disputes – it’s all there for us to discover and read about in the newspapers generations on.

I have transcribed these pages as faithfully as possible with little change to the language and style. I have taken time-out to remove any references that, today, we might find racist or offensive (as language and attitudes towards life has changed dramatically since the days of these court proceedings).

William Chard Williams 41 and Ada Chard Williams, 24 charged with the murder of Selina Ellen Jones 21 months old (entrusted to the care of the female prisoner Aug 1899) the woman found guilty and sentenced to death the man acquitted, 17 Feb, 1900

Mr E Vizetelly journalist v Mudie’s library, (limited) for a libel in ” Emin Pasha his Life and Work” plaintiff awarded £100 damages, 6 March, 1900 (appeal dismissed with costs 27 April)

Howard Gray, charged with contempt of court in regard to a scurrilous article on Mr Justice Darling in the Birmingham Daily Argus fined £100 and £25 costs, 28 March, 1900

Reg v Stoddart Mrs Ada Stoddart, fined £50 with costs under the Betting Act 1853 for keep­ing or using a house or office for betting or re­ceiving money in lieu of payment of money dependent on the result of a race, 21 Nov, 1900

Reg v Cockerton,, 20 Dec, 1900

Benjamin Green Lake, 62 solicitor of high stand­ing sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment for converting to his own use trust funds, 22 Jan, 1901

Victorian Trials – 1900-1901