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Crime and punishment
  1 -The case of the stolen gold sovereigns  

The case which starts on this page involved Elizabeth Price, a servant girl just twelve years old, who worked for the innkeeper at the Queen's Head in Builth in 1866.
The document below is part of the court papers from the Breconshire Quarter Sessions of that year, when the girl was accused of stealing a purse from her employer.


Court document,1866
Drawing by
Rob Davies

This part of the paper reads -
"Elizabeth Price stands charged before the undersigned, two of her Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County of Brecon this eighth day of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty six for that she, the said Elizabeth Price, on the second day of October instant at the parish of Builth in the County of Brecon feloniously did steal take and carry away one purse of the goods and chattels of one David Llewellin and certain monies to wit, Fifteen pounds and ten shillings in Sovereigns and half Sovereigns of the said David Llewellin".

Young Elizabeth was then asked if she had anything to say in answer to the charge, but simply replied "I have nothing to say".
There were three witnesses in the case, and they did have something to say, unfortunately for poor Elizabeth...

Evidence from the inn-keeper's wife...


Drawing of child
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