TOO MUCH HOSPITALITY
One hundred years ago the local Ashbourne paper reported that the then Vicar of Tissington, one Revd Arthur Gage Hall, was involved in an ‘extraordinary court case, accused of using abusive language and interfering with the comfort of passengers on a Midland railway train between London and Derby.’
The article went on to say that the defendant (the Vicar) called Colonel Dalgleish a ‘pro-german’ and alleged he was in league with the Prussians, and that an altercation took place somewhere between St Albans and Harpenden.
Quite why the fuss started the paper does not relate but Gage Hall was fined £1 and ordered to pay £5 costs, which equates to £350 in today’s currency.
What is intriguing about this is that we have a Cellar Book from that period when Sir Hugo was in residence. An entry dated 2nd September 1918 records that the Vicar came to dinner at the Hall and that one bottle of Barsac and two bottles of Port Bin 29 were consumed! He seems to have been quite a character.