Drunk and Disorderly 1700s Style

Declaration of Elizabeth Jarrett and John Rye dated 23rd January 1788 at Pevensey

Town and Liberty of Pevensey

Whereas Complaint hath been made unto me John Breden, one of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace in and for the said Liberty of Pevensey, by Elizabeth Jarrett of this Parish aforesaid in the Liberty aforesaid and John Rye Constable of the Parish and Liberty aforesaid, upon oaths on this twenty third day of January, 1788.


When examined saith that on this Evening about 8 o’clock John Winter of the Parish of Pevensey came to the house  of the said Elizabeth Jarrett and demanded some beer in a disorderly manner upon which the said Elizabeth Jarrett sent for the Constable but he the said John Winter struck at Elizabeth Jarret  but happened to miss her and then threatened her Life and when John Rye the Constable came he, the said John Winte,r gave him a violent Blow with a large stick or club across his Eye , insomuch that he thought his Eye was out and he further added that he had got a Brace of Pistols about him


And he afterwards broke Elizabeth Jarrett’s windows in the front of her House before he could be secured


Taken and Sworn the day

first above mentioned                                                              Eliz Jarrett

John Rye

John Breden

PEV/78 Sworn Document found amongst a bundle of Parish papers  at the Keep