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  Henry Hooper goes begging  

The Breconshire court papers from 1854 include another case of a "Rogue and Vagabond" in Builth.
His name was Henry Hooper, and the first part of the paper which records his case is shown below.


Court paper,1854 "Be it remembered, That on the Second Day of May in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty four at Builth in the County of Brecon, Henry Hooper is convicted before me the undersigned, one of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace in and for the said County of being a Rogue and Vagabond..."
  Court paper,1854 "...for that the said Henry Hooper on the first Day of May instant at the parish of Builth in the said County did go about and beg for alms..."

In this case Henry Hooper was accused of begging for money, and not just of wandering around with nowhere to stay as in the case of Mary Ann Phillips from the later date of 1866.
The authorities were very hard on people caught begging, and Henry Hooper was to be imprisoned in the County Gaol at Brecon, and "there to be kept to Hard Labour for the space of fourteen days". He would have been forced to leave the county after his sentence.

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