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Thu, 02 Mar


Willand Village Hall

2 March 2023 Members Monthly Meeting

'Was Jane Austen's Aunt a Shoplifter?' David will examine one of the earliest cases of shoplifting in high society, when Jane Austen's wealthy aunt was accused of theft in Bath in August 1799. and tried at Taunton Assizes in March 1800.

2 March 2023 Members Monthly Meeting
2 March 2023 Members Monthly Meeting

Time & Location

02 Mar 2023, 14:00

Willand Village Hall, Willand, Cullompton EX15, UK

About the Event

Well known to many of us as the Mid Devon Councillor for Cullompton Outer Ward. David will ask "Was she guilty of theft or were the shopkeepers guilty of perjury?" Through David's extensive research into this notorious case he will present us with the evidence and ask us, the audience for our verdict.

David has a special interest in causes célèbres in the West Country in the 19th century. David is also Honorary Archivist of the Western Circuit. From the Middle Ages until 1971 two High Court judges traveled round this circuit twice a year. Since 1971 two High Court judges act as Presiding Judges on the circuit. The Western Circuit is also the organisation of barristers who practice on the circuit.

Arrive anytime after 1:30 to socialise, meet other members, browse the Interest Group tables and find a seat. Refreshments are served after the speaker.

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