The Peterborough Standard of 26 February carried a brief and to the point report on events of this day. Brought before magistrates' court were Griffiths Everitt, a drover, and labourer William Seaton, both of whom were charged with being drunk and riotous in Peterborough on this Sunday. Mr A. Allen of the Black Boy and Trumpet at the Westgate end of Long Causeway reported that Everitt was committing a nuisance in front of their house and on being reproved, used very bad language. At the same time as this was happening outside, Seaton was abusing his mother, and making a great noise in the newsroom corner of the hostelry. The court was advised the Griffiths Everitt had not been charged on a similar matter before. He was, therefore, fined 1s with 14s costs and was advised that, should he default on either the fine or the costs, he would be imprisoned for seven days. The magistrates were advised that Seaton, however, had been previously convicted. As a result, he was fined 17s and 6d, with 12s and 6d costs. In his case, defaulting on either element would result in him having twenty-one days' hard labour!
Taken from The Peterborough Book of Days by Brian Jones, The History Press, 2014.