West House, Commondale

West House, a former farmstead on the road to Westerdale. In 1871 a vagrant, Sam Edmunds from Staffordshire, called at the farm looking for work. The farmer agreed but later that evening it seems Edmunds became worse for drink and threatened the farmer. The farmer bolted himself in and a farm servant managed to slip away to get help from New Row, a terrace of ironstone miners’ cottages, a good mile away in Kildale. Sometime later the servant returned with two other men and confronted Edmunds near the railway bridge, a short distance from the house. In the resulting scuffle Edmunds hit one of the men with a stick who died the next afternoon. Edmunds received the death sentence at York assizes.

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