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100 YEARS AGO: WEDDING DAY BLUES IN SALFORD

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The marriage of your daughter or even your son - although in my case I'm not holding my breath - should be a time of happiness and rejoicing, and hopefullly a decent buffet and not a "boiled ham" do.
 
Sadly this would not be the case for the Jones family who had attended their daughters wedding, followed by an appearance at Regent Road Police Station, Salford Royal Hospital and finally Salford Magistrates Court, so quite an eventful day.
 
Robert Hunter Jones who resided at Brighton Street, Salford with his long suffering wife Ada, appeared at Salford Magistrates Court charged with assaulting his wife on 18 June, 1919 the same day as the nuptials.
 
Superintendent Clark told the Court that both parties had attended their daughters wedding were both of them, "appeared to have taken more drink than was good for them"..
 
Robert went with Ada to a local beerhouse, he left at 9pm and left Ad in there, she left an hour later, when she arrived home this is when the trouble started.
 
Robert told he Court that he wanted to go to sleep, however Ada who was obviously enjoying herself wanted to sing at the top of her voice.
 
He asked her to stop singing so that he could get some sleep. when she refused he walloped her over the head with a frying pan to shut her up!
 
Ada made her way to regent Road Police Station, no doubt with her head ringing, she saw P.C. Sumner who took her to Salford Royal Hospital for treatment to her injuries.
 
She was examined by Doctor Ghosh who found that she had suffered two cuts to her scalp but not serious to be detained and was sent home.
 
Robert had been arrested but was released on bail the following day to appear at the Magistrates Court.
 
When charged he said, " Yes it is correct that i hit her on the head with a frying pan, but she annoyed me because she wouldn't stop singing"
 
Not the best defence line I have heard.
 
The Stipendiary Magistrate asked Ada if she had been drinking?
 
She replied that she had only taken four glasses of beer and that they had both been drinking at the wedding, but not a lot.
 
Superintendent Clarke said to him it would appear to have been a drunken quarrel, which is underestimating it a bit in my opinion.
 

The Stipendiary Magistrate asked Ada if she was afraid of her husband?
 
"Only at weekends when he is drunk" was her reply.
 
Robert was bound over to keep the peace for 12 months, a lenient sentence.
 
As for Ada I should imagine she limited her singing to when her hubby wasn't in the marital home.
 
Photo: Brighton Street 1962



Tony Flynn



 

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