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)
ACKLINGTON HISTORY SLOT
POSTMAN HUDSON’S TERRIFYING ENCOUNTER
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
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
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