Monday, 23 November 2015

A Moonlit Bicycle Ride

Heath and Reach, 1905 [Z1130/57/4]

Tuesday 23rd November 1915: School teacher Miss Mabel Bosence of Heath and Reach has been fined ten shillings for riding a bicycle without a light at Heath on November 14th. As Miss Bosence was unwell Mr George Hubbard, who was with her at the time of the offence, appeared in her place and pleaded guilty on her behalf. Special Constable Arthur Rolls of Rushmere was on duty on Bird’s Hill when he was approached by some cyclists. Miss Bosence’s bicycle showed no light and when he felt the top of her lamp it was quite cold. Mr. Hubbard gave his name to the Constable and said he would take all responsibility. He told the court he had asked the Constable to feel inside the lamp and when he did so he found it was warm. The wick needed trimming and the light had gone out. As it was a moonlit night and the couple were riding together they had not noticed when this happened[1].

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 30th November 1915

[1] George Hubbard and Mabel Bosence married in the Leighton Buzzard area in 1917. Census records show that George was born in Norfolk but by 1901 he was living in Heath and Reach where his father was a gamekeeper. In 1911 he was working in Penzance (Cornwall) as a newspaper reporter. This is presumably where he met Mabel who was a native of that town.

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