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1843: Daring robbery in Bolney

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Brighton Gazette - Thursday 08 June 1843

BOLNEY

Daring Robbery


On Thursday evening last a daring robbery was committed at Old Malthouse Farm, the residence of Mr Renville. It appears that Mr R. and his wife were at supper about nine o’clock, when six fellows, with crape over their faces, knocked at the door, and asked if they could have lodgings. On being told that they could not, two of the party seized Mr Renville, and two others forced Mrs Renville to show them where their money was, saying that money they would have, and that they would not hurt them; whilst the remaining two kept watch outside.



Having taken £10 in gold and silver, and a yellow bag, the villains locked Mr and Mrs Renville in a pantry, and decamped. They were traced the next morning across several fields to the turnpike road, where the footmarks were lost. No clue has been obtained which is likely to lead to the apprehension of the offenders; but there is every reason to believe, from the circumstance of their faces being disguised, that they belong to the parish, and are still in it.


See the following link for more on Malthouse Farm: https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4157954


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