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Trouble at Low Valley – Domestic Delights

August 1929

Mexborough and Swinton Times August 9, 1929               

Trouble at Low Valley. 

Domestic Delights

An amusing dialogue on domestic relations was heard at Barnsley on Wednesday, when Eliza Candlin of Low Valley made an application for an order against her husband, Ernest W Candlin, miner, on the grounds of desertion.

The wife stated in evidence that her husband thrashed her every Sunday night since New Year’s Eve, and has several times threatened to kill her.

Replying to M J Rideal ( for the wife), a daughter said both she and her mother were afraid of the defendant.

Defendant: What have I done at home? Have I not washed the pots?

Witness: Yes.

Made beds?—Yes.

Washed dishes?–Yes.

Washed ?—Witness: helped to.

What did I do when mother was poorly bed?—Witnesss: We washed.

Defendant: Well, that is quite enough.

Candlin told the magistrates that on eight or nine occasions he had asked his wife to come home. She refused to do so. “I have never done now’t wrong to her in my life, he added. “I have gone down on my knees to ask her to come back.

Recalled, the wife was reminded of the fact that she had four children and was asked if she was willing to return to her husband. She replied that she could not continue to live with her husband.

An order for the payment of 15s. a week was made.