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Wednesday 2 May 1851 - Alfred Bearcroft accidentally caused fire in the rickyard of Mr Samuel Taylor

Category Wickhamford
The Worcestershire Chronicle
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SERIOUS FIRE. – It appears that the fire in the rickyard of Mr. Samuel Taylor, of Wickhamford, which consumed five wheat ricks containing between 400 and 500 bags of wheat, and one straw rick, of about fifteen tons was entirely the result of accident, being caused by a boy named Alfred Bearcroft, who was employed by Mr. Taylor to shoot rooks; he fired at a rook, and the wind blew the wadding into a straw rick and set it on fire.