The Durham Chronicle Friday October 18 1850


MAJOR KIRBY (56) was charged with stealing a shirt, the property of Matthew Peacock. Mr. Wilkinson stated the case. Prisoner lodged with prosecutor, who is a publican at Coxhoe, and on the 27th July had left without paying for his keep, and had taken a shirt and handkerchief away belonging to the prosecutor; but it appeared that prosecutor’s wife had been in the habit of lending prisoner a shirt, and he was acquitted.

Durham Chronicle Friday 7 March 1851.


ASSAULT> Matthew Peacock, publican, of Quarrington Hill, was charged with having, early Sunday morning, the 23rd ult., assaulted Thomas Wrangham, whilst in his house. Mr. Brignal appeared for the defendant. Wrangham conducted his own case. The evidence was remarkable for its conflicting nature. It was stated by Wrangham, and affirmed by his brother and Thomas Fenwick, that on the night of Saturday, the 22nd ult., Peacock sent for complainant to come to his house, who declined the invitation. Peacock afterwards went for him himself, when he accompanied him. It was then a little before 11 o’clock. Wragham had four or five glasses of whisky in the house, but was sober. Between 3 and 4 o’clock in the morning a dispute arose about playing at dominoes, complainant declining to play defendant in consequence of the early hour. Complaintant also told Peacock he was a blackguard, or an indifferent character. Peacock the struck him, and a fight ensued, when Wrangham informed defendant that he would bring him up for assault. Peacock, on the other hand, stated that Wrangham and his brother laid down the poker on the floor, and commenced sparring over it, and that he interfered to prevent a breach of the peace between the brothers in his house, when complainant struck him. This version of the affair was maintained by Mr. James Dowling and Ann Coutts, housemaid to Peacock. The bench thought that Wrangham’s evidence was most straightforward and consistent, and remarked that the fact of Peacock’s keeping his house open at improper hours was greatly against him. He was therefore fined £1, including costs.


Durham Chronicle Friday 9 May 1851.

Matthew Peacock, Innkeeper, at Coxhoe, for keeping open his house, and allowing drinking during prohibited hours, was fined 10s and 8s costs.


The Durham Chronicle Friday June 10th 1853.

REFUSING TO REPAIR THE HIGHWAY. Robert Storey, of Hutton Henry, charged by Matthew Peacock, South Wingate, for refusing to repair a highway in the township of Hutton Henry; adjourned.

The Durham Chronicle Friday 16 March 1855.

James Carter, South Wingate for an assault on Matthew Peacock, of the same place, on the 17th ult., was fined 27s and costs.

Durham County Advertiser Friday 22 February 1856


INSOLVENT DEBTOR, to be heard before the Judge of the County Court of Durham in the County of Durham, at the COUNTY COURT HOUSE in Durham, on Saturday, the eighth day of March, 1856, at 10 o’clock in the morning precisely.

MATTHEW PEACOCK, late of South Wingate, near Castle Eden, in the County of Durham, Butcher, Grocer, and Retailer of Drugs, Gunpowder, Leather, and Tin, previously of Sunnyside, in the town of Hartlepool, and in the said County, Beer House Keeper, formerly of Coxhoe, in the said County, Publican, Grocer, and Retailer of Drugs and Tin.