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1888: Absconding in swapped clothes

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At the Horsham Police Court on Saturday, John Grinstead, a tramp, was charged with absconding from the Workhouse on September 5th, 1807, and carrying with him a suit of clothes, value £1. Until Wednesday last prisoner had not been seen. He then applied for and ticket of admission, and was taken into custody. He said he ‘swopped’ the clothes with a chap in the Cuckfield Union. Sentenced to two months’ hard labour.

Mid Sussex Times 13 March 1888

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.

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