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From: Fred <>
Subject: Essex Prisons
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 22:45:35 +0100
The nearest local holding gaol/jail to Takeley would have been at
Newport in the north of the county. It is still there and in private
use. The others were at Ilford, Rayleigh and Colchester. There will be
The new and present County Gaol at Springfield was opened about Autumn
1827 and only just completed, if it was by then finished. The system
may have been evolving, so the old 1782 Moulsham Jail, a Chelmsford
prison by the river, might have been a possible destination prior to the
trial. Being "conveyed to Chelmsford" might also have referred to him
being conveyed direct for trial to the Assize Court at Chelmsford, and
after sentence to the prison hulks, possibly down on the Thames or at
Portsmouth. Thence the transfer onto a ship bound for the Antipodes.
>My GG Grandfather James Sach, was found guilty along with other
>accomplices for " Sheep Stealing". Along with 2 other accomplices they
>were sentenced to Death, then sentence commuted to 14 years
>transportation to Pt. Jackson. The Trial was held March 13th 1828 Lent
>I contacted the ERO and asked what Gaol James Sach was sent too.. but
>they had no record of him being sent to Chelmsford.. yet from the notes
>I received from an O'seas Researcher it states in the article quote"
>Samuel Richards stated that he conveyed the prisoner Sach and others to
>Chelmsford." Source: The Kent and Essex Mercury Newspaper. -British
>Library Newspaper.- dated Tuesday March 18th, 1828 P.3 col.1-2
>Would there have been another Gaol within the area.. my James came from
>and committed the crime in the Village of Takeley, County Essex, I know
>that James committed the Crime on the 31st December,1827 so he must
>have been held somewhere between being charged and his Trial.
>Fay Fraser. Australia.