History Articles - Mailbag Robbery

For six years I wrote a short history article in the monthly parish magazine, The Pelican.  One of the articles is shown in the column opposite.

Articles can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate title from the index below.

If anyone has any old photographs or parish information which they would like recorded (for present and future generations to share) then please get in touch with me.

    John Davison (Website Co-ordinator)
           Telephone: 01670 760609
      Email: jdavison26@btinternet.com

63   Dec 2011 We'll Weather the Weather
62   Nov 2011 Alan's Ackl'n Appearances
61   Oct 2011 Ackl'n Marriages 1913-14
60   Sep 2011 Old Photographs Required
59   Jul 2011 A Tower With A Tale To Tell
58   Jun 2011 A Well Kept Secret
57   May 2011 Fishy Business
56   Apr 2011 Acklington Warrior Stone
55   Mar 2011 The Church of St John
54   Feb 2011 Deep and Chrisp
53   Dec 2010 For Whom The Bell Tolls
52   Nov 2010 Which Village?
51   Oct 2010 A Pilot's Memories
50   Sep 2010 Acklington Black Poplar
49   Jul 2010 Street Names
48   Jun 2010 RAF Memorial
47   May 2010 Crowning Glory
46   Apr 2010 Badminton Club
45   Mar 2010 Murder On The Train
44   Feb 2010 Guyzance Tragedy
43   Dec 2009 Acklington Park
42   Nov 2009 Dye House (Part 2)
41   Sep 2009 Dye House (Part 1)
40   Jul 2009 History Making Heads
39   Jun 2009 Acklington Main Street
38   May 2009 James Raymond Smith
37   Apr 2009 The Age of Steam Trains
36   Mar 2009 Fred Wilson
35   Feb 2009 Guyzance School
34   Dec 2008 Acklington W.I.
33   Nov 2008 Lych Gate
32   Oct 2008 Village Hall Disaster
31   Sep 2008 Summer Crowds
30   Jul 2008 Spot The Differences
29   Jun 2008 Sunday School
28   May 2008 National Finalist
27   Apr 2008 What's in A Name
26   Mar 2008 Railway Inn
25   Feb 2008 Osprey
24   Dec 2007 The Guyzance 10
23   Nov 2007 Bowls Club
22   Oct 2007 Village Harvest
21   Sep 2007 Wedding Bliss
20   Jun 2007 The Other Acklington Artist
19   May 2007 The La'Well Tree
18   Apr 2007 The German Spy
17   Mar 2007 The Winter of 47
16   Feb 2007 Les Birkett's Memories
15   Jan 2007 Railway Station
14   Dec 2006 Jane Chapman
13   Nov 2006 Witches
12   Oct 2006 Jack Taylor
11   Sep 2006 Black Ralph
10   Aug 2006 School Photographs
09   Jul 2006 Pig Killings
08   Jun 2006 Village Hall Disaster
07   May 2006 Cricketers
06   Apr 2006 On Yer Bike
05   Apr 2006 Cricket
04   Mar 2006 Mailbag Robbery
03   Feb 2006 Storm of 1886
02   Jan 2006 Football
01   Dec 2005 Help Required


On the 7th October 1920 a daring robbery took place in Acklington which made news headlines throughout the country. The North of England Daily Paper “Illustrated Chronicle” devoted its whole front page to pictures of what it referred to as “A Mail Robbery Sensation.” Page 2 of the paper then went on to give the full story of the robbery, including witness accounts, diagrams and statements. Here is just a small part of the report from that paper…..

Acklington, the quiet country place between Newcastle and Berwick, was the venue of a scene reminiscent of an act in a Wild West drama, yesterday. In the early hours of the morning, the local postman was surprised, taken to a hut near the railway, and bound, gagged, and blindfolded.

Three men are implicated in the sensational affair, and so far as the facts can be pieced together, their objective appears to have been some valuable which was in transit through the post.

At any rate the men seized the mail bags which, according to custom, had been thrown into the net provided for the purpose by a passing mail train. After a search of the mail bags, all that was taken was a parcel of registered letters, the other letters being left strewn on the floor of the hut.

Beyond the natural shock of his rather terrifying experience, the postman suffered no bodily injury. He appears to have comported himself with commendable bravery, but, of course, taken unawares, was no match for three assailants. Unfortunately he is unable to give any description of the three men.

It was only when, some time later, the post-man from Amble called for his letters at the Acklington Post Office that something was found to be amiss. Inquiries were at once set on foot. Despite the fact that every possible avenue was investigated by the police, no trace of the thieves, who are said to have made their escape in a motor-car, could be found. Up to a late hour last night no arrests were reported, but the police are stated to be trying to trace a blue motor-car.

As far as I am aware, no arrests were ever made and the case remains open – so if you drive a blue motor-car you’d better watch out!

                                                              John Davison  01670 760609