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Rent row and a dung ding-dong

Spalding County Court was busy this week 100 years ago with cases were heard by His Honour Judge Sir George Sherston Baker.

John Litherland was in court to claim arrears of rent totalling £7 2s 6d from and James C Howes of Donington.

The plaintiff (Mr Litherland) bought a cottage and employed the defendant, one of the terms being that he should have the cottage rent free as long as he remained in the plantiff’s employment.

Mr Howes was ‘called up’ and plaintiff made arrangement with Mrs Howes that she would pay 2s a week rent.

She continued to pay the rent until December 23, 1917, when she convinced herself that soldiers’ wives need not pay rent.

She was written to and agreed to pay the 2s a week rent and 1s a week towards the arrears, but this stopped after a time and she refused to pay more.

His Honour said it made no difference whatsoever and soldiers’ wives must pay rent or else they were liable to be summoned.

Judgment was given – the rent and arrears to be paid in stalments of 10s per month.

Meanwhile, there was a disagreement about payment for a load of manure.

Plaintiff, milkman Wallace Watts, of Cowbit Road, Spalding, claimed he should have been paid either £2 for the delivery of a heap of manure or 5s per load by J W Winkley, of Clay Lake, Spalding.

Mr Watts said he wanted to sell the manure by the load, but Mr Winkley would not agree and wanted to buy by the heap and offered to pay £2 after looking at it.

Plaintiff told the defendant he thought there were eight or nine loads there.

His Honour said it looked like the defendant had bought ‘a pig in a poke’ and the ‘pig’ had turned out not to be as big as expected. However, he ruled for Mr Watts.


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