4th Mar 1916. Lighting Regulations



The attention of the President of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries have been drawn to the possibility of farmers, and shepherds, by carrying lights at night when attending stock, rendering themselves liable to prosecution under the Lighting Regulations at present in force. Lord Selborne has been in communication with the Home Office, and is advised that the sole requirement is that such lights must be properly screened. The use of any particular pattern of lamp is not necessary. One simple arrangement which has been adopted is to place the light in a biscuit tin with straight sides.


Emma Sowerbutt, draper, 41 Albert Street, Rugby, and Charles William Jolley, wardrobe dealer, 121 Railway Terrace, Rugby, were summoned under the Lights Order for not reducing or shading lights on February 19th. Peter Dryden, laundryman, 54 James Street, Rugby, was summoned for not screening three skylights in his laundry in Pinder’s Lane on February 23, and George Henry Waugh, medical practitioner, 93 Albert Street, Rugby, was summoned for not screening a window on February 23rd.

Mr Harold Eaden defended Dryden, who pleaded not guilty.

P.O Percival stated that he noticed that three skylights in defendant’s laundry were showing very brilliant lights into the sky. He went inside and pointed out to defendant that the lights were not shaded, and he replied that he had shaded them with brown paper but it had fallen off. One skylight was half covered with paper, but there was no sign of any shading on the other. The rooms were lighted by incandescent gas lamps.—By Mr Eaden: It was not a fact that it was a windy night, and that defendant told him the wind had blown the paper off.—The Chairman: That is no defence, you know.—Witness said there was no evidence of paper having been tacked on to the skylight, and there was no ricksheet over another.—Inspector Lines corroborated, and said he saw something flapping up and down on a skylight in the back room, and there were sheets of paper hanging down from the other skylights. He had warned defendant three times previously about unshaded windows, and his house at night was like a searchlight.—Mr Eaden then withdrew the plea of not guilty, and pleaded guilty. He pointed out that defendant s position was a difficult one, because he carried on a trade under which he was strictly bound down by the Factory Act. In the ironing of clothes in a damp state a considerable quantity of steam naturally arose, and under the Factory Act he was required to have sufficient ventilation in the roof. If he carried on his business at night, the only ventilation he could got was through the skylight, and if this was closed it would be impossible for anyone to remain in the room with a due regard to their health. Defendant was thus between the devil and the deep sea ; he had either to close down his business or, according to the evidence, he had to commit an offence. On the evening in question the skylight was opened a few inches, and was blown off its hinges by the wind. A tarpaulin sheet was put over the skylight in another room.—The Chairman told defendant he had taken very little trouble to reduce his lights, and he was fined £3.

Mr H Lupton Reddish represented Dr Waugh, and pleaded guilty.—Sergt Percival said at 8.40 p.m. on the day named he saw a bright light shining from an upstairs bay window at defendant’s house, the Venetian blinds being either broken; or not properly drawn.—By Mr Reddish: The light was not put out while the police remained near.—Inspector Lines said the light was shining across the street on to a building opposite.—For the defence, Mr Reddish said Dr Waugh told his boy to light the gas and pull the blind down in the front drawing room, but apparently the laths did not fall into their proper place. When attention was called to the matter it was attended to.—Sergt Percival said he had warned defendant about the lights at his house on three previous occasions.—A fine of £3 was imposed.

Jolley pleaded not guilty.—P.S Percival said there was a brilliant light on to the footpath through the doorway of defendant’s shop.—Inspector Lines corroborated, and said there was also a light from the window.—Defendant, who had been previously cautioned, said he had only been in the shop a fortnight.—Fined £1.

Mr Eaden appeared for Mrs Sowerbutt, and pleaded not guilty.—P.S Percival said there was an unshaded electric light in each side of the window. The front blind was drawn, but not those at the side.—By Mr Eaden: The lamps inside the shop were effectively screened, but there were no articles of clothing to obscure the lights complained of.—Insp Lines said the naked lights could be distinctly seen from the street. He had previously called Mrs Sowerbutt’s attention to the side lights and blinds.—Mr Eaden said there was evidence that his client had made serious attempts to comply with the order, and on this particular night, immediately before the police arrived, a lady purchased a blouse, which was obscuring the light.—He called Frances Isom, domestic servant in Mrs Sowerbutt’s employ, who saw there was “ just a little light shining on the step,” thrown there by a light two feet from the window and near the ceiling. She informed her mistress, who was going to see to it just as the police came in.—Mr Eaden put in a sketch showing the alleged position of the lights, which was disputed by the police.—The Chairman said the Bench proposed not to give their verdict till next Tuesday, and as the magistrate went home those able would call at the shop, and, in company with Insp Lines, would investigate the matter.

William Gibbs, apprentice, 22 Warwick Street, Rugby, was summoned for riding a bicycle without front or rear lights at Rugby on February 15th.—Pleaded guilty.— P.C Lovell said the offence was committed at 6.10 p.m ; he pointed out to defendant that lighting-up time was 5.40 p.m under the new Act, but the man persisted that this was not so.—The defendant said his diary gave lighting-up time at 6.12, and the Chairman informed him that it was evidently out of date, and would have to get a new one. He would be fined 3s.

IRREGULAR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE.—Charles T A Taylor, bricklayer, 8 Bridle Road, New Bilton (3 cases), William Peers, labourer, 20 New Street, New Bilton, and Louisa Burbery, 26 New Street, New Bilton, were summoned by John Gilbert Satchell, school attendance officer, Rugby, for neglecting to send their children to school. Samuel Watson, labourer, Brinklow, was summoned by Arthur J Poxon, of Wolston, for a similar offence,—Mrs Watson pleaded guilty, and the officer said the child had only made 87 attendances out of a possible 212.—The excuse was that the child suffered from headaches due to defective eyesight.—Fined 2s 6d. Mrs Taylor admitted the offence respecting her three children, and the officer said the attendances had been 72, 73, and 79 respectively, out of a possible 86.—In one case defendant was fined 5s, and the other cases were adjourned. Mrs Burbery pleaded guitly, her boy having made 55 attendances out of 76. She said her boy was not well.—Fined 2s 6d. Mrs Peers pleaded guilty.—There was a previous conviction. The excuse was that the child was delicate.—Fined 5s.

CURTAILED HOURS AT POST OFFICE.—On and after Monday, March 13, Rugby Post Office and town sub-offices will be open on week-days for postal business from 9 a.m to 7 p.m only.

The Rugby Building Trades Federation have this week approached the employers with a request for an all-round advance of 1½ d per hour, urging in support of the decreased purchasing power of wages, and the fact that operative builders in other towns have received advances.


It has been definitely decided to provide a motor ambulance from the proceeds of the British Farmers’ Red Cross sale held at Rugby on Boxing Day. The vehicle will bear the name “ Rugby District Farmers’ Red Cross Ambulance,” and it will be on view at the Cattle Market on Monday next from 9 a.m. A ceremony of dedication will take place at 12 noon.


Twenty-one single men attested at Rugby on March 1, the last day for voluntary enlistment. During the last few days, a fair number of men presented the themselves, but there is still a considerable number in the district who have waited to be fetched.

The local conscripts have been warned to join the colours, and the first batch is due on March 9th. Married men can transfer from the reserve to any units which are open, but single men can only join infantry regiments.


Mr E C Eadon, eldest son of Mr W Eadon, Hillmorton Road, Rugby, has joined the 3rd Infantry Battalion of the Honourable Artillery Company.


The Press Association is authoritatively informed that proclamations will be posted during the week-end calling the first of the married groups to the Colours. Eight groups—25 to 32 inclusive—are summoned in this call. The proclamations are dated March 7, and state that the groups will commence to be called up from April 7. The men affected by this call are those between 19 and 26 years of age. It is understood that the call for these groups is partly due to improved War Office arrangements for handling recruits, and partly owing to the largo number of temporary exemptions which have been given during the last few weeks. It is stated unofficially that the remainder of the married groups will be called upon within a short time, and that all married men, except those who obtain exemptions, will be serving long before autumn.



PARIS : Friday.—A semi-official review says:The battle of Verdun was renewed yesterday. The losses of the enemy who is attacking on ground broken up and already covered with bodies, have been enormous. As in the former attacks, the enemy has nowhere gained a footing in our trenches. It is with absolute confidence that the issue of the German blow on Verdun may be awaited. The first phase of the battle failed, and the second will meet with no better success.




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