I’m trying to accumulate documentary evidence John Phetheon’s life. I have documents showing when and where is was transported (Tasmania) and that he received a free pardon after 7 years. John may have returned to England briefly but then went back to Hobart along with wife Susan and possible two children in 1849. I have other circumstantial evidence confirming that his wife was called Susan, and also a record of a marriage between a John Phetheon and one Susan Burt in Lambeth, 1839.
The trial is described below :
From: Henry Buckler; Central Criminal Court. Minutes Of Evidence, Vol X11; Session VII to Session XII; George Herbert, Cheapside, London, 1840
2038. JOHN PHETHEON was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of February, at St. George, Hanover-square, 4 salt-cellars, value 41; 6 ladles, value 1/. 5s.; 18 forks, value 91.; and 6 spoons, value 11.; the goods of Thomas Robert Baron Hay, his master, in his dwelling-house :— 2nd Count, stating it to be the property of the Earl of Kinnoull, in Scotland.
Continue reading Trial of John Phetheon – transported 14 years, 1840
I often get asked this question so here is my standard response:
There is no legal coat-of-arms for the Phethean family. There has been a hand-drawn one that someone showed me many years ago but it is a contrivance and I refuse to depict it as it is thoroughly misleading, and in the UK would be illegal to display.
Continue reading Is there a Phethean Coat-of-Arms?
The developers have withdrawn the planning app relating to the pub and they will be re-submitting another one for just the housing behind it. Not sure what the fate of the pub is now. Lets hope that the campaign to save it results in listed-building status.
Read previous post regarding the history of the “H&H”.
Classic archive footage of Bolton steeplejack Fred Dibnah.
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There has been a planning application made to demolish the “Old Hare and Hounds” pub in Breightmet, Bolton. Local residents have been campaigning to save it but it has been empty since 2008 so it does not seem to have much of a chance for survival.
The “Old H & H” has been a key focal point in Breightmet since the 1700s and two generations of my family were landlords from about 1770. It is strange in this day and age to see that the sale of spirits was of course expressly forbidden : Continue reading Plans to demolish the “Old Hare and Hounds” pub in Breightmet, Bolton