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Document Number:0504108
Title:Solicitors Brief
Date:01 October 1854
For Sale:40.00
Fair. Grubby on the cover sheet and at the edges but otherwise good.
Paper : 10 sheets (of which 8 are written on) 40cm x 33cm
Summary of contents:
John Oldcott of Burslem, Staffordshire, Coal Higgler
Samuel Perry of New Hall Toll Gate, Staffordshire, Tollkeeper

This concerns an 1854 traffic offence committed by the driver of an Ass and Cart! On 21/7/1854 John Oldcott was convicted at the Staffordshire court of having evaded a turnpike toll by driving around the toll gate on private land. The toll would have been 6d and he was fined 2/1/0d. The case was brought by Samuel Perry, the toll keeper at the Smallthorn toll gate.

John Oldcott is appealing against the conviction and this brief relates to the appeal. We are told that the appeal is really being made by colliery operators Messrs May of Sneyd in the parish of Burslem who lease extensive collieries on the Sneyd estate of the Earl of Macclesfield.

Their case is that John Oldcott was actually driving on a private road leading to their colliery and that no toll was due. Unfortunately the document makes many references to a map of the area and this map has not survived - so it is impossible to assess the strength of their case.
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