Twiggy on Who Do You Think You Are? – Grace Meadows in the newspapers

Posted on October 9th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Twiggy used historical newspapers during her WDYTYA? episode to research the life of her great-great-grandmother, Grace Meadows.

 

Grace Meadows charged with stealing bank notes

The York Herald printed the following article about Twiggy’s ancestors on Thursday 9 July 1874. Grace Meadows and her 14-year-old daughter Lucy were charged with stealing ‘three Bank of England notes for £20 each’ from Lucy’s employer.

The newspaper article states that Twiggy’s ancestors were initially discharged as there was no evidence. Grace Meadows was said to have made ‘much show of virtuous indignation [and] threatened the prosecutor with a civil action’.

 

Twiggy's ancestor Grace Meadows was mention in the York Herald in 1874.

York Herald – Thursday 09 July 1874
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Twiggy’s ancestors stole money to pay their taxes

The newspaper article goes on to reveal that one of the stolen £20 notes was found to have been paid into the Bank of England by a rate collector. The note had been collected from Grace Meadows two days after the robbery.

Twiggy’s ancestor was called back to court and admitted to the theft. She returned two £20 bank notes and £8, which remained of the third note.

 

Grace Meadows appeared in the York Herald, now available at The British Newspaper Archive.

York Herald – Thursday 09 July 1874
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