Lady White's mansion damaged by fire

1914, 19 January: The Scotsman: The burning of Lady White's mansion: Woman committed for trial: At Chertsey on Saturday morning, Phyllis Brady a young woman was accompanied by two wardresses was charged that during the night of March 19th 1913 she feloniously and maliciously set fire to a certain house in the possession of Lady White, namely Trevethan at Englefield Green, Surrey. It was stated damage to the extent of £4,000 was done.

Police Constable Gayter said on the 19th March he was on The Causeway Egham at 9 pm when two ladies passed him. He had a good view of them. On April 7th at Holloway Prison thirteen ladies were paraded and at a second attempt he picked out two one of whom was the prisoner, whom he thought he had seen on the Causeway.

Police Constable Pickett said he was on duty when two ladies cycled towards him, one he had no doubt was the prisoner. One of the lights on the bike was out and he called "Where is your light?" One lady dismounted and said "Polly my light is out. Have you the matches?" She replied "Yes". They lit the lamp and rode on. On April 17 PC Pickett picked out the two women from amongst others in the yard at Holloway Prison.

Inspector Stevens, Surrey Constabulary, Egham, said that he went to the house at 2.15 am and found it alight. The windows had been opened and he found pieces of paper in the rockery with the words "Stop torturing our comrades in prison".

Superintendent Mears, Surrey Police (sic) said the house comprised of twenty rooms and was three stories high and had practically been destroyed. He saw the prisoner at Holloway and read the warrant to her and she made no reply but then said "I will reserve my defence for the trial".

The prisoner was committed for trial at Surrey Assizes and said "I do not expect to appear then. I am almost certain not to appear."

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