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Imprisonment - Kings Lynn

Ann Douglas & Sarah Ann Parker


          Name: Ann Douglas Parker
 Date of Trial: 28 Oct 1858
      Location: Kings Lynn, Norfolk
         Crime: Larceny
      Sentence: 12 months hard labour

          Name: Sarah Ann Parker
 Date of Trial: 28 Oct 1858
      Location: Kings Lynn, Norfolk
         Crime: Larceny
      Sentence: 12 months hard labour

NOTE: At the time of Ann Douglas Parkers incarceration her other children would 
      have been around the ages of 10, 7, 5 and 3 years of age.
Newspaper Articles  

06 October 1858 - Norwich Mercury - Norwich, Norfolk.

Ann Douglas, the wife of James Parker, of West Lynn, labourer, and her daughter, 
Sarah Ann Parker, aged 13 years, was charged, the latter with having stolen, and 
the former with having received, knowing them to have been stolen, two gowns, 
belonging to Mary Chesson, of Tower Street, old clothes dealer. The evidence showed 
that the younger prisoner was seen near the shop about the time that the gowns were 
missed. Police-constable Leader, upon searching the prisoner's house at West Lynn, 
found the gowns in a box there. The younger prisoner said that she had stolen them, 
and told her mother that Miss Walker had given them to her. The two prisoners were 
further charged, as the last case, the one with stealing, and the other with 
receiving five sprigs of bunch of artificial flowers, belonging to Mrs.Cox, of 
Railway Road. The prisoners were further charged in the same manner with a theft at 
the shop of Mr. John Thorlcy, of High Street, draper. The properly this case was 
about yards of alpaca, which was found  in the prisoner's house. The daughter this 
case said that the had seen a lady knock a bundle down from a heap of other pieces 
of dresses piled up the shop door and that she had taken it home and said that Miss 
Walker had also given her this. The he magistrates committed both the prisoners for 

09 October 1858 - Norfolk Chronicle - Norwich, Norfolk.

Committed for trial Wholesale Robbery.- Sarah Ann Parker (12), and Ann Douglas 
Parker, her mother, and wife of a navigator, were charged, the first with stealing, 
and the second with receiving, two gowns, value 95., the property of Mrs. Chesson, 
of Tower-street, old clothes dealer (the same person mentioned the case under the 
Divorce Act)  The dresses were safe on the 22nd September, but on the following 
morning, one (a brown one) was  missed from a nail near the shop door. In the 
evening of the 24th Mrs. Chesson heard a ring at the bell attached to the gate in 
the shop door-way, and on going out, found the younger prisoner close; on asking her 
what she wanted, the girl said -" Some hurdy-gurdies reached over the gate to ok at 
some clothes, and made the bell ring." Mrs. Chesson told her to go away, and she did 
so, and the same evening the other dress (an alpaca one) was missed. They were 
subsequently found the possession of the older prisoner at West Lynn ; and she 
represented that they had been given to her daughter by Miss Walker. The admitted 
the theft, but said she had told her  mother the things were given to her by Miss 
Walker. - Both prisoners were committed for trial.

30 October 1858 - Norwich Mercury - Norwich, Norfolk.

Sarah Ann Parker, aged twelve years, and her mother, Ann Douglas Parker, were 
charged, the former with receiving, and the latter with having stolen two dresses, 
belonging to Elisabeth Chesson. The jury found the prisoners guilty, and they were 
each sentenced to one year's imprisonment, with hard labour, at Wymondham. The 
above prisoners were further charged with stealing and receiving before, a number 
of artificial flowers, belonging to Joseph Cox. The prisoners were found guilty, 
and were each committed one year's imprisonment, with hard labour at Wymondham. 
This sentence was to run concurrent with the preceding one .

06 November 1858 - Norfolk Chronicle - Norwich, Norfolk.

Sarah Ann Parker, a girl aged 12, and Ann Douglas Parker, her mother, were charged 
with several acts of theft, to all of which the former pleaded guilty, and the 
latter not guilty.- Mr. D. Browne prosecuted two cases, and Mr. S. Reeve in a third.
-The circumstances evinced a shocking degree of criminality on the part of both 
prisoners, and especially of the mother, who appeared to have been in the habit of 
letting the child wander about the streets will, and receiving and profiting by the 
produce of her pilferings, which she had become quite an expert. The first charge was 
that of having stolen two gowns on consecutive days, from a second hand clothes shop 
kept by a Mrs. Chesson, in Tower-street. The second was for stealing five sprays 
artificial flowers, from a millinery shop kept by Mrs. Cox, in Railway-road. In both 
these, a verdict of guilty.