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Lydia Sanders - Transported Convict

The following is taken from work done by office staff [CRT130Eversholt4]. Lydia Sanders of Eversholt, aged 19, was accused with two young men of the same parish of stealing a lamb, and committed to prison on 6th July 1829. At the Summer Assizes they were sentenced to death but this was commuted to seven years transportation. The men were removed to the Hulks at Woolwich in September and Lydia was also taken down to Woolwich by the gaoler and put on board the Eliza transport on 14th October 1829.

Before she left two pairs of shoes were purchased for her from Thomas Smith the shoemaker which cost twelve shillings and the following cloth and clothing were purchased for her from the draper, J B Langley of Bedford on the same day, 10th October [QSR1829/751]. Needless to say the men got nothing.

  • 5¼ yards Flannell at 10 per yard – 4s 4½d
  • 8¼ yards Cloth at 1/- per yard – 8s 3d
  • 7¼ yards Stuff at 10d per yard – 6s ½d
  • 7¼ yards Print at 9d per yard – 5s 5¼d
  • 3 3/16 yards Olive Cotton at 9d per yard – 2s 4¾d
  • 2 Handkircheifs at 9d each – 1s 6d
  • 1 yard Black Calimanco at 18d per yard – 1s 6d
  • Ferrit [a stiff cotton or silk] and Cotton 1s. – 1s
  • 2 pair Black Hose at 16d – 2s 8d
  • 1 pair Cotton Hose at 16d – 1s 4d
  • Making 3 Shifts at 6d each – 1s 6d
  • Making 3 Peticoats at 8d each – 2s
  • Making 2 Gowns at 2/- each – 4s
  • Apron and handkercheifs – 6d
  • 4 yards Lining at 5d per yard – 1s 8d
  • Calico 3d Tape 2d – 5d

Total cost £2/4/7

The gaol register [QGV10/1] tells us that Lydia was 5 feet 1inch tall. She had dark brown hair and a brown complexion.