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  The fighting women of Builth...  

The court records from 1855 include a case in which two women from Builth were accused of attacking and beating another local woman.
The victim of the assault was Jane Lloyd, a labourer's wife.


Court document,1855
Drawing by
Rob Davies
"Be it remembered, that on the Ninth day of July in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty five at Builth in the said County [Breconshire] Mary Cooke is convicted before the undersigned, two of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the said County for that she, the said Mary Cooke, on the 28th day of June last at the parish of Builth in the County of Brecon did unlawfully and violently assault and beat one Jane Lloyd, the wife of John Lloyd of the said parish of Builth in the said County of Brecon, Labourer, contrary to the form of the statute in such case made and provided..." Ready for a fight

Mary Cooke was not alone when she was attacking Jane Lloyd, for she had a bit of help from a friend...

Mary and Harriet go into battle...


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