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What did he steal?
« on: Wednesday 06 January 21 16:27 GMT (UK) »
Hi - having trouble working out what the last word is in the line that begins "Stealing a quantity of...]
I can't think of any word that would fit the apparent letters. Any help much appreciated.

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Re: What did he steal?
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 06 January 21 16:57 GMT (UK) »
Some context might help - what is the document you are looking at? Can you post a link to it?
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Re: What did he steal?
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 06 January 21 17:00 GMT (UK) »
A quantity of worsted, perhaps?
Was this in a woollen mill area?
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Re: What did he steal?
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 06 January 21 18:29 GMT (UK) »
It's a very large page from the Admissions Register of Saltley Reformatory, in 1885. I can't post a link because it is a photo I took myself, some years ago, hence the indifferent resolution of the snippet I posted. He lived, and committed his crime, in Wednesbury, in the Black Country near to Birmingham. Not noted for its textiles, but it is possible he stole from a shop. Unhelpfully, I could not find a report in the British Newspaper Archive.

If it is 'worsted' it's rather mangled!

I attach the original photo of the full page, if that will help with context.

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Re: What did he steal?
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 06 January 21 18:42 GMT (UK) »
I agree with Mike in Cumbria that it is Worsted.
The top part of both the s and the e are very faint, and the d at the end is barely visible. But the W is very clear - compare Wednesbury elsewhere on the page.

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Re: What did he steal?
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 06 January 21 18:51 GMT (UK) »
In the boxes describing previous crimes,  stealing worsted is the last. It is clearer and matches.
currently concentrating on a number of Staffordshire families.

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Re: What did he steal?
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 06 January 21 18:55 GMT (UK) »
OK then, worsted it is. Many thanks for the help - poor eyesight is a great hindrance!

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Re: What did he steal?
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 06 January 21 19:11 GMT (UK) »
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Re: What did he steal?
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 06 January 21 19:26 GMT (UK) »
I was concerned about sexism in the pages of the school entrance - all referred to HE criminals. No She Criminals. However there were both.


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