NOTES ON THE CAST MEMBERS
the time of the trial, Mr. Fulford was 45, wealthy and single. He lived
with a large household of relatives and servants on an estate called
Great Fulford* near Dunsford, some 7 miles west of Exeter. Baldwin
Fulford opened a copper mine on his estate in 1848.
37 when he was assaulted, the 1851 Census describes Thomas Legge as a leather worker by trade
so perhaps he left the Force after his assault. The Torquay District Police was founded on 3 August 1835 when Mr
Charles Kilby was created Principal Constable and two subordinate
constables were also appointed. In 1841 five more constables were
appointed with Mr Kilby being promoted to Captain of the Force.
in the 1851 Census Return, Robert Stentiford is described as Keeper of
the Happy Return, he makes no appearance in this drama nor did he
on the night in question. It was his wife Elizabeth who is described in court as
the Beer House Keeper during the hearing.
readers of the 1955 Hayward-Osborne notes will be surprised to find
Francis playing a leading part in this drama, as, according to that
document, he died in 1826. Happily this was not so and in 1849 he was a
Beer House Keeper himself, trading in the rather inaptly-named Temperance Street
on the other side of Union Street.
cannot be said for certain which Mr. Jolly attended the victim in his
hour of need - a father and son, both practising surgeons, lived in
nearby Abbey Place at this time. The father, William Jolley, is the
favoured option as John Jolley is known to have practised in the St.
Marychurch area but in an emergency, either may have attended.
the 1851 Census, John Parsons is described as a policeman by occupation. He
is stationed in St. Marychurch rather than down in the main part of
Torquay. His role in this event seems to have been that of the modern-day Custody
identity may never be resolved but a favoured option for this James
Sullivan is a house carpenter born in nearby Dartmouth who later moved
away from Devon. At the time of the incident, this man would have been
24 and could well have been temporarily resident in Torquay
because of the building boom. He would have been in prison at the time
of the 1851 Census and is hidden from us by the use of initials instead
of convict's names in the Census Return.
this man's identity may never be known. He too may have been an
itinerant worker or crew member of a fishing vessel. Neither Sullivan or
Burgess shows on the 1851 Census of Devon.
most likely candidate to be this person, who is only referred to during
evidence as having been present, is a John McClean whose mother was an
Innkeeper in Torquay. He was 25 at the time.