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TitleBill for legal expenses, Charles Henning, solicitor.. Dispute over the old turnpike road passing through Poxwell estate of Trenchard and Pickard families to Osmington church. (Note: In 1830 this road was discontinued as a turnpike and a new one built.) Thomas Pickard the then owner of Poxwell gave up some of his property for this new road in return for which he was given sole use of the old road. Unfortunately this fact was never mentioned in the minutes of the trustees of the Turnpike and hence there was no written evidence for John Trenchard Trenchard to confront Edward Atkins Wood with when after Pickard's death he began to make trouble over the obstruction of the road. Between 1830-1843 road was closed except for small gate at boundary fence to allow passage of a horse. In February 1843 Wood stated that a wall was erected in place of the gate and indicted Trenchard for this in 1844. In 1844 as a result of indictment, Trenchard applied to trustees for legal order to stop up road, but this was refused as the trustees said they had abandoned it for past fifteen years. Wood and Trenchard are the main contestants in the case though the writ of summons was served by William Mayo, surveyor of highways for Poxwell, with Wood as one of the several defendants. Trenchard took the case to the Queen's Bench but failed to gain satisfaction because it was stated that too much time had elapsed since the road was first closed. The ultimate result of the case is not clear. There are copies of the magistrates orders to stop up the road in 1845, yet in 1846-7 the case Mayo v. Scriven and others was still in progress..
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