This Day In ... 1865
ARREST FOR KICKING FIRE-BALL ON GUNPOWDER PLOT ANNIVERSARY
Cantankerous Austin Barnett was the archetypal neighbour from hell. Bigamist, pugilist and landlord of Church Street's Sun and Railway Inn, he gardened in Waterfurlong on and off for ten years during the late 19th century and had first come to the attention of the courts as a teenager in 1865:
'Two disturbances of the peace on the anniversary of the "Gunpowder Plot" - a man named Stokes, ostler at the Crown Inn, and Austin Barnett, a boy of 14 - appeared before the borough magistrates on Saturday. Stokes brought some burning straw into Red Lion-square, and Barnett was seen kicking a fire-ball in Crown-lane. The offenders were admonished and discharged.' Lincolnshire Chronicle 23 November (1)
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