Parish Notes

Shopkeeper threatened with Boer War Gun, 1904
The Teesdale Mercury 27/07/1905 reports the story of one John Harris who had a shop in the Horse Market, and built two projecting windows. This was objected to on the grounds that the windows protruded into a public footpath.

Some people took a large Boer War gun relic from its place in Galgate and pointed it at the windows with a notice saying "Surrender or Die". Mr. Harris responded by placing a notice saying "No surrender".

The case finally went to the High Court where it was dismissed with the UDC having to pay costs.
Source: Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale