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Title: A Tonbridge Jeweller
Post by: Lyn L on December 08, 2011, 21:45:49
 20th January 1881.

John Slater Nye of Marden called on Mr Payne , a Tonbridge jeweller, telling him that he would like to take away a selection of jewellery for a lady to select from. He left the shop with rings, bracelets and watches worth 11,000 at today's value.  Mr Payne had no initial worries as he knew Nye well enough and had no problems. Nevertheless, after a few weeks he began to be uneasy and wrote asking Nye to settle his account. Nye visited a second time and left with jewellery worth 7,000 .

As the weeks went by Mr Payne's anxieties returned. He saw Nye again and was promised half of the account before Christmas. No payment was made and the Police were finally called and Nye was arrested.

At the  Maidstone Assizes, the jury heard that Nye had pledged all of the articles and he was found guilty of stealing. He was sentenced to 12 months.

John Slater Nye was the curate of Marden.

Taken from A Grim Almanac of Kent.  by W H Johnson.