Mystery from a Court Case
In the article below I have highlighted something that is a bit of a mystery to myself and others. Does anyone know what thousand heads are?
Nottinghamshire Guardian. Thursday, April 12, 1860
Wm. Powell, an old man, of Mansfield, was brought up by police-sergeant James Gibson, and charged with having, between one and two o’clock in the morning of the 7th instant, stolen two pecks of thousand-heads from a field on Mansfield Forest, in the occupation of W. Wilson, Esq., of Sherwood Hall. Prisoner was met about 150 yards from the field in question by police-sergeant Gibson and police constables Richard Hind and John Stevenson, and on being asked by Gibson what he had got, prisoner replied “Some turnip tops.” On examining the stuff he had in his basket they proved to be thousand-heads.
Later in the morning the above members of the police force went and compared what had been taken from prisoner with those growing in the field, and both corresponded exactly, some of them being broken off in a peculiar manner. Sentenced to 14 days’ hard labour in the House of Correction, Southwell.