10 - Near Lanchester – a burglarious attack 1833
Description‘Family Annals by Road and Rail, By Flood and Field’ By Samuel Tuke Richardson Of Darlington c.1890 ‘My brother Jonathan & I had been out on a shooting excursion to Lanchester late in the Autumn of 1833. Returning home through Greencroft Woods as we were going up a hill in the deepening twilight, we were suddenly aware of a man who jumped up on to the rail behind the Gig apparently with the intention of garrotting us. My brother was sitting with his Gun between his knees while I was driving the horse George. On catching a glimpse of some one behind I seized the reins in my right hand & sent my left elbow sharply back into his chest when he instantly fell back onto the road. We did not stop to enquire if he was hurt but drove on a rapid rate & saw no more of our would be companion.
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