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Offline HERB COLLECTOR

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Re: pugilistic battles
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2018, 22:24:40 »
Shameful Occurrence at Sheerness.
On Sunday, a shameful occurrence took place at the Half-way House between Minster and Sheerness. A wellknown character, belonging to Sheerness, and a contract rigger, fought a pitched battle for five guineas a side: they displayed their abilities while the people were going to church, and had 75 rounds, which lasted two hours - the former came off victorious.
   From The Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser. 23rd March 1811.

Prize Fighting in Kent.

A correspondent writes: Another prize fight took place early on Monday morning at a little frequented spot close to Chalk, and about a couple of miles from Gravesend. The principals and their seconds followed the example set them at the recent prize fight at Orpington, and went under assumed names. One called himself "Dodger," and was seconded by a man who answered to the name of "Slippery;" while the other pugilist and his attendant were addressed respectively as "Cheatham" and "Hookam." The men entering the ring at about five o'clock, in the presence of about 30 persons - backers and friends - and, a referee having been chosen and corners tossed for, they quickly got to work.

"Cheatham" was by far the larger and more powerful man, but it soon became evident that "Dodger" had the most science, for the latter walked around his man, and hit him when and where he pleased, until at the conclusion of the twelfth, "Cheatham" presented a pitiable appearance. He, however, did not give in until after fighting thirty-one rounds in one hour and a few minutes, when his strength completely deserted him, and he was unable to respond to the call of time.

He was so severely punished that his second "Hookam," and another man were compelled to carry him to a closed carriage that was waiting, and which, as soon as "Cheatham" and one or two others had got on board, drove off at a rapid pace in the direction of Gravesend. "Dodger" was comparatively unhurt, and he and some friends - one of whom appeared to be exceedingly jubilant over the fact of having won what he termed a "pony" - walked off in an opposite direction to that taken by the vehicle containing "Cheatham." There is only one police-constable stationed at Chalk, and this, perhaps, accounts for the impunity with which the fight under notice was carried out. It is understood that the principals were two well-known London pugilists, and the stakes were 25 a side.

      From The Cardiff Times. 29th September 1883.

Prize Fight in Kent.

A determined fight between two local pugilists took place in Canterbury yesterday. The contending parties were a barber named Bennet and a bricklayer named Brett. After fighting three-quarters of an hour, and damaging each other considerably the men agreed to a draw. The police knew nothing of the fight.
     From the South Wales Daily News. 31st December 1887.

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Re: pugilistic battles
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2012, 15:01:15 »
 Item headings from The Sheerness newspaper held in the Sheerness Library.

            Illegal fight lasting 2hr-25 mins                                               1862 Mar 29th

            Fight 100 miles of London, 1,000 stake                                  1863 Mar 28th

            Fight at Queenborough 53 rounds                                             1881 Jan 16th

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Re: pugilistic battles
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2012, 09:39:24 »
My dad who was born in 1909 used to talk about the happy times he'd had at Strood Fair.  They usually had a boxing booth there and if you won you would get a money prize.  The pugilists nearly always won but they didn't want to hurt anybody too much as it put people off paying their money and getting into the ring.  On one occasion one of the local lads, who worked in Chatham Dockyard, fought and knocked out the professional but they wouldn't pay him out and ganged up on him so he had to leave.  According to my dad he came back with his mates the following day and wrecked the boxing booth. I don't know when this happened but it would have been before WW2.

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Re: pugilistic battles
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2010, 11:16:19 »
Interesting reading anymore? Used to be a few bareknuckle fights bottom of Coney Banks, Chatham but haven't heard of any for a few years now.

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2010, 15:55:13 »

"BOXING - a pitched battle -
As was previously agreed on, was determined at Hearne Bay on Saturday evening last between Thomas BROWN and Robert SMITH two natives of Reculver.  The combatants fought 25 minutes in a more scientific style than usually seen, except among professed bruisers;    after 20 rounds in which many severe blows were given and received, they parted by mutual consent, and have declared a drawn battle. -  A large company of spectators was present, and many bets were speculated on the occasion, which the event made void."
(Kentish Gazette   July 12 1808 back page col.4)
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A pugilistic contest took place yesterday in Lord Cowper?s Park, near this city, between WORRALL a butcher, a noted character in Canterbury, and ELLIOTT a post-boy.  The match was for a purse of Ten Pounds, but there had been some animosity between the parties, from the blustering conduct of the former.  About noon the combatents entered the ring.  MARTIN, the Jew, being second to WORRALL and LOVELL to ELLIOTT.   On the first round, WORRALL ran in with full confidence with victory, but it was soon evident that he was no match for his cool antagonist, and after 19 rounds in the space of 26 minutes, he was so severely punished as to be unable either to rise or move, in which state he was put into a cart and conveyed to his home.? (Kentish Gazette 11 May 1819 back page,  ?Canterbury?, col.4 near top)

Prize fight:    ?A severe battle at Langley Green near Colebrook took place between Mr George COULTHAM, native of Canterbury and a man by the name of HIN
ES, alias ?The Rough Countryman?.  The match has been long pending and was for 100-guineas.  They fought 24 hard rounds in 48 minutes;  when COULTHAM was declared the victor.?   
(Kentish Gazette 17 Nov 1820 back page col.3)


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