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robert.snell1@ntlworld.com

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BILL MOULDS (alias WINTERFLOOD?)

Records can be unreliable from book to book when dealing with events 200 years ago, with any one sports chronicler of the time having their own opinion. One example is Bill Moulds, maybe also known as Bill Winterflood, or in some annals of pugilism, just known as “the Bath Champion”?

The records I hold say that in Fistiana and Handbook to Boxing by Owen Swift in July 1821 Sam Hazle bt. Winterflood near Bristol, other records do not seem to mention this fight. Records then jump to March 1827 when Bill Moulds bt. Newman (a tumbler) near Banbury (Bill Matthews Records), nothing in Fistiana or Handbook to Boxing.

April 1828 shows Luke Rogers bt. Winterflood nr. Bath (mentioned in Fistiana and Bill Matthews Records), not in Handbook to Boxing.

January 1829 shows Bill Moulds bt. Henry Clay, Nottingham Meadows (Bill Matthews Records and Fistiana), but by Winterflood in Handbook to Boxing. In May 1829 Bill Moulds bt. Frost, Langley Mills (all records I hold) and in July 1829 Dick Hill bt. Bill Moulds, Breston, Notts (all records I hold).

In April 1830 Bill Moulds bt. Bill Broadhead, nr. Nottingham (all records I hold).

In June 1831 Bill Moulds bt. George Walker, Bagthorpe Common (mentioned in Bill Matthews Records and Handbook to Boxing) not in Fistiana.

In May 1833 Bill Moulds drew with Bill Brassey, nr. Manchester, possibly a turn up (Moulds mentioned in Fistiana as Young Waterflood, but not at all in Handbook of Boxing) Bill Moulds also fought Sam Turner, no date is given anywhere, his opponent mentioned as Winterflood in Fistiana, Moulds in Bill Matthews Records and not at all in Handbook to Boxing.

Confused yet? Several theories, my opinion like most records was that Bill Moulds used the alias of Winterflood, because hiding from the law was quite common practice for those times because bareknuckle contests were classed as illegal. However if they were two separate men who was it that fought and lost to Bendigo in October 1833, Bill Moulds or Bill Winterflood or possibly both?

Bill Moulds was described as full of character, strength and courage, however lacked a lot of fighting skills.