Crime and punishment
|Strangers on the tramp|
The most common entry in the journal
of Constable Jones is "nothing to report",
which is an indication of how peaceful life in the borderlands was most
of the time. Constable Jones had to deal with things like quarrels
between neighbours and stray animals on the road.
PC Jones' spelling
was not too good
and he probably
had not had much
saw two men on the road by the Fir Tree Beer Shop. They looked to be labours
stated thay ware from Shropshire and thair names was John Thomas and David
Jones, And thay ware going to Llanfyllin to try to get a job to drive some
We can see from this that most people "on the tramp" were poor people looking for work or a way of making a living.
|Mr Jones suspected that
poor strangers might be desperate enough to steal
from local people so he kept an eye one them. (See
the case of theft in Welshpool for
evidence of strangers doing just that).
In June 1844 he was sent to deal with strangers at Criggion...
was sent for by Messrs Ridge and Jones of Criggion. Thare was a lot of som[e]
tramping people with donke[y]s and horses tresspassing
on them. I sent them all clier [clear] a way.
Thare was a large Beef given to The Poor at the Ardline Public House. I
No doubt the strangers were passing through the area, buying and selling small items and doing odd jobs. They were probably camping on the lands of these two local farmers.