Our visitors can get a good sense of what it must have been like standing as a defendant or a witness in the Pateley Bridge Police Court.
Perhaps they can imagine being there on Saturday 31 October 1936:
Jim Wroe, an ice-cream vendor of Kirkburton, was summoned for trespassing and for firing a gun within 50 feet of the centre of the highway between Greenhow and Harrogate. For the prosecution, Mr. J. G. Kingford Smale described it as “a brazen, and impudent attempt in pursuit of game”.
The witnesses were a local gamekeeper, Thomas Benjamin Myers, and a tenant farmer, Benjamin Simpson, who saw the defendant jumping from his vehicle, shooting from a double barrelled gun, and then rushing into a field to pick up a partridge.
Though he declared his innocence Wroe was found guilty by the presiding magistrates and fined 40 shillings for trespass, plus 30 shillings for witnesses’ fees. For firing a gun on the carriageway he was fined 10 shillings. He was allowed a month in which to pay.
[Report in our Museum archives, Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale Herald, 6/11/36.]