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Seven Years

posted Jan 28, 2012, 8:26 AM by Paul Sampson   [ updated Jan 29, 2012, 3:53 PM ]

This news report of William Styles (1879-1957), being charged - aged 9 - with not being looked after properly was printed (as you can see) on 1889-02-02 and relates to his appearance at the police courts on the preceding Thursday (1889-01-31). They didn't hang about and he turns up in the admissions register of the Ragged and Industrial School as entry number 918 on the very day he was picked up.

The newspapers had other things to report on the 31st of January. Many of them being preoccupied with the sudden death of Crown Prince Rudolph, but there's no evidence that this induction has any connection.

TWAS E.AP/8/1 Admissions Register
Entry 918

Where, when and by whom ordered to be detained

Police Court 31 Jan 1889
Ordered to be detained by Tho Geo Gibson Esq JP, Edward Culley Esq JP

With What Charged

Ind Sch acts amendment act 1880 Section 14 - Not under proper guardianship found living in a brothel by S B O Scott.

Name address Occupation and such other particulars
as can be given respecting the parents or stepparents

Mother Julia Styles is a singlewoman living at 1 Ellison Terrace (a brothel). This boy lodged with Mrs Smith at McKenzies Passage, Bigg Market, he slept there & got his breakfast there his mother paying [guess] 2/6 per wk [guess] previously he lodged with Mrs Naysmith 7 Barker St & before that at Gateshead.

This boy says his mother says he is in her way. This stepfather Frank Furness (a man living in the house) wants him out of his wad [guess]way[guess]. This FF was imprisoned for Keeping a Brothel & Julia Styles has gone to So Shields c/o Mrs Knox, 11 Alderson St.

Name William Styles
Aged 9 3/12
Term of Detention 6 9/12
Admitted Jan 31 1889
Religion Ch of Eng
Character Not known

He's recorded in the 1891 census (RG12-4212 folio 125 page 3), aged 11, with his address as Jubilee Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, as an inmate of the Ragged & Industrial Schools, Newcastle upon Tyne. His birthplace is recorded as South Shields.

He was there until they released him, aged 16. By the time of the 1901 census, he's married Annie and they're living at 17 Norman Street, Felling (which does not appear to be still extant) where he's recorded as being a Barman.

We have been unable to discover anything about Frank Furness

Paul Sampson,
Jan 28, 2012, 8:26 AM
Paul Sampson,
Jan 28, 2012, 8:26 AM