HAA007 BREAKOUT ARTICLE 1: Christopher Buckle

The Lancashire Archives was contacted in the hope of finding more pertinent details about the case of the "extensive robbery'.  Unfortunately there are no surviving records of the former Liverpool Borough Sessions. [1]  

Further research conducted in the British newspapers of the time reveals that Christopher Buckle was a linen draper originally from Manchester.  This was not the first time he had successfully prosecuted for theft, witness the following article from the Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser

Mr Buckle was not without his own worries.  He had already been declared bankrupt in Manchester in 1822 as per this article in the Royal Cornwall Gazette, Falmouth Packet & Plymouth Journal.


Furthermore his current partnership with John Marsh was to dissolve and also end in bankruptcy in the next couple of years. [2] 

This leads us to ponder our first question in the story of Margaret Taylor (née Jones).  Why did Christopher Buckle prosecute?  Could Buckle's history of prosecution be seen as an exercise of power of a representative of the middle class over the working class?  Were his prosecutions an attempt to aggrandize himself or perhaps an example of "vindictive prosecution" as described in Babette Smith's Australia's Birthstain with regard to the Berkeley poachers' case? [3]

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[1] Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser (Manchester, England), Saturday, February 02, 1828; pg. 4; Issue 162. British Library Newspapers, Part III: 1741-1950.

[2] "Bankrupts" Royal Cornwall Gazette, Falmouth Packet & Plymouth Journal (Truro, England), Saturday, April 06, 1822; Issue 980. British Library Newspapers, Part II: 1800-1900.