This Day in Groucutt History

It’s unclear which Groucutt was on the other side of the law, but the Birmingham police were not having it.



Before Messrs. T.C.S. Kynnersley and W. Middlemore

OFFICIAL INTERFERENCE WITH “POPULAR AMUSEMENTS.’ – John Mack, a resident of London ‘Prentice Street, was brought up on the charge of having meditated a breach of her Majesty’s peace. It seemed that, on Monday last, the assessed had been engaged in a pugilistic tournament with one Groucutt, who had been apprehended by the police, and bound over to keep the peace, but who still “eager for the fray,” meant to renew the contest yesterday. An active constable, named Moon, having got an inkling of the proposed content, took effectual means to prevent it, by placing one of the principal “performers” (the prisoner), in confinement. – The Bench made an order that the prisoner should be bound over, in two sureties of £10. each, to keep the peace for the next six months.

“Birmingham Police Court,” 11 Dec 1863, The Birmingham Daily Post, pg 2, col 6; online images, ( : accessed 28 Nov 2020),

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