The Harp Inn - c1910.
Chester Chronicle - Saturday 30th June. 1894
JUDGE LYNCH AT THE WIRRAL COLLIERY:
A MAN 'TREACLED' AND FEATHERED.
An exciting scene was witnessed at the Wirral Colliery, Neston, on Saturday evening. Between six and seven p.m. loud screams were heard in the dwelling occupied by Samuel Lawton and directly afterwards Agnes Lawton, aged 13 years, rushed into the road in a very agitated condition and complained to a neighbour that she had been assaulted by the lodger, Thomas Jones, a collier employed at the local colliery. The father and mother of the girl were both away from home at the time and shortly afterwards the lodger was seen to emerge from the house with all his belongings tied up in a bundle, as if he was taking his departure from the district. By this time the statement had spread throughout the colliery cottages and Jones was at once surrounded by a crowd, principally composed of excited matrons, who quickly proceeded to take summary veneance on the alleged offender. In less time than is occupied in narrating the affair he was thrown to the ground and annointed with several pounds of black treacle, which covered his head and the upper part of his body and trickled down his clothing in a series of tiny rivulets. The contents of one or two feather pillows were scattered over the sticky compound and, thus adorned, the man was set at liberty and made the target for a number of missiles, composed of bags of flour, which soon added to the peculiarity of his appearance. He was chased up the Colliery lane by a howling mob and notwithstanding the fact of the manager (Mr. Platt) interposing to protect him, the pursuit was continued to the outskirts of Neston...
At the Neston Petty Sessions, on Monday, the man was charged in custody before Mr. R. Bushell with the assault...
Seargent Wilson stated that he recieved information of the assault at 10:30 on Saturday evening and he afterwards arrested the prisoner in a house in Bridge Street, Neston.
The Bench now committed the prisoner for trial at the quarter sessions.