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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.

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