On June 24th, 1833, John Pickard, a publican of Wistow, approached the police to ask them to help him clear his yard of people fighting.
At about 10.30 Edward Foreman, a constable, assisted by Thomas Samworth, a butcher of Peterborough, went with Pickard to the yard and, according to Foreman’s court deposition, saw “two or three hundred men assembled” who were told to clear the yard.
Foreman took hold of one John Page, a labourer of Wistow, and had started to escort him from the yard when Isaac How, of Warboys, attempted to free Page. Foreman struck How with his staff, and was then knocked down by How and assaulted by several persons unknown. On taking Page into custody, Foreman was then assaulted by William Taylor, a labourer of Warboys.
In a court deposition Mary Foreman, wife of the constable, said that she went along to Wistow to “see after” her husband because she had heard that he would “get murdered”, and witnessed the assaults on him by How and others.
In his court deposition Thomas Samworth confirmed that he had accompanied Edward Foreman to Wistow “to suppress a riot” and had seen John Behavey and Richard Buddle adjusting their clothes as if they had been fighting and saw John Page and Samuel Buddle fighting together. It was at this point that Foreman attempted to apprehend Page. Subsequently, Samworth was knocked down by Samuel King and other persons unknown.
Heritage Day 2009