The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1792-1794 Bury and Norwich Post newspaper archive

January ? 1792

On Thursday morning a fire broke out in the stable of Mr Gooch, a farmer from Glemsford. One fine horse was burnt and a large barn of corn, a nearto stack was also burnt, happily the dwelling house was saved by the assistance of the inhabitants.

January ? 1792

On Saturday at Melford there died Francis Tweed, about three weeks ago he was bitten by a mad dog in the throat and neck and though every precaution was taken and the Ormskirk medicine was administered by a surgeon he was siezed with hydrophobia.

February 8th 1792

Advert. Wright's of Charing Cross has now on sale, laying in the county of Norfolk, some quite remarkable fine deer, will be delivered, this being the season of catching. Large or small lots 5 to 6 hundred head to those who want or in five brace to twenty brace lots.
Delivered to any part of the kingdom.

February 8th 1792

While whipping a horse in the stable, George Bruce, a servant of Mr John Green of Lt Saxham, received a kick in the stomach from which he has since died.

February 15th 1792

Few packs of hounds can boast of more gallant sport than those of Sir Charles Davers, on February the 3rd the chace proved the finest ever ran in this county or any other. The fox was un kennelled at Sir Charles park and ran through Oxfield, Bradfield, Cockfield, Lawshall then to the Old Park at Coldham Great Woods to Hawstead, Welnetham through Fritney wood to Chadacre to Boxted park to Stanstead wood where the deep and strong earth saved it's brush. We are sorry to hear without benefit of clergy, from fatigue of the chace which lasted three hours that a familiar hunter belonging to the Rev Philips died at night, also two more died, one belonging to Mr Tyrell another to a farmer. 102 horsemen started only 20 finished. Mr Philips had refused 150 guineas for his horse.
Mr Coke's hounds killed a leash of foxes near Melford and will hunt at Hedingham for the rest of the week.

February 15th 1792

A meeting of the inhabitants of Bury was held with James Mathew chairman, it was resolved to petition Parliament for the abolision of the slave trade.

February 22nd 1792

On Saturday morning, as two boys from Cavendish were going to school they were bitten by a mad dog, though they were a mile distant from each other, one boy was named William Ives, son of a wheelwright the other was named Thomas Ambrose the son of a farmer. The former was bitten in the arm the latter in the leg, they were both brought to this town (Bury) by their friends with a view of obtaining some sporific as a remedy, they applied to a physician who ordered an exision of the part of each lad and the pieces were taken out by two surgeons at the Green Dragon Inn.

March 14th 1792

Mr Paine the celebrated author of " The rights of Man" is now on a visit to his friends in Thetford.

March 21st 1792

There was an inquisition at Chilton near Sudbury on the body of Richard Everett who going to warm himself at a lime kiln when slipped in and was suffocated.

April 4th 1792

Mr Houndslow opens his new theatre at Clare on April 9th with the opera, Inkle and Yarico.

April 11th 1792

There died at Sudbury at the age of 82 the Rev Henry Crossman, rector of Lt Cornard. William Oliver will sell by auction the valuable furniture of John King of Melford Place.

April 16th 1792

To be sold by auction a model new built mansion, residence of the late William Holmes. Situated at Glemsford in fine hunting country.

May 2nd 1792

James Harrington of Pentlow was married to Elizabeth Mayes of Cavendish.

May 9th 1792

Stolen from a pasture called Holgate pasture, one wether sheep marked with red ochre on back, the property of Charles Hubbard a butcher of Sudbury, any person discovering the offenders shall receive 50s from the Association held at Ballingdon King's Head also for the prosecution of the offender a further three guineas will be paid and half a guinea if strayed away.

May 16th 1792

The Western Regiment of the Suffolk Militia met here on Monday last, but the clothes and hats did not meet them their appearance was not very military.

July 11th 1792

A few days since, Mr Jolin May, a respectable farmer at Halstead, Essex, had taken his cattle into a clover field, in threequarters of an hour four cows and a bull were dead by over feeding.

July 11th 1792

On July 30th, to be sold at the Half Moon at Clare, a public house at Stoke by Clare called the Six Bells in occupation of John Kempe. Also an estate at Stoke by Clare consisting of 41 acres, good farmhouse in occupation of Mr Paske.

August 1st 1792

John Smith for fraudulently obtaining three whips from John Pearson a saddler of Lavenham. To be transported for 7 years.

August 22nd 1792

On Wednesday evening as Mr Simson, a farmer of Whepstead, and Mr Simpson a miller, when returning from market were stopped on the highway near Horringer Red House and robbed of 20 guineas and a watch.

September 26th 1792

Wood Hall farm at Sudbury to be sold, property of Andrew Hayward who is going into decline of his business. 9 milch cows- 12 shots-4 waggons and sundry.

September 26th 1792

John Morley was committed to our gaol charged with burgarly at the dwelling house of Branwhite Oliver of Sudbury and stealing several articles of wearing apparel and some monies.

October 17th 1792

At Braintree Fair last week, lean cattle were sold at higher prices than at Woolpit. The shew was chiefly confined to Fifeshire and Highland Scots which were soon bought up.

October 31st 1792

Advert. Lands in British America, for persons desirious of settling in the township of New Stonham, 12 miles from Quebec where there is a good market for grain and other production from the earth. The land is capable of producing Wheat-Oats-Peas-Barley and Hemp, the Hemp raised will be taken by the Government at a fixed price, the barley will sell at half a crown a bushel to the Quebec brewers, any other grade and quantity will find certain sale at a large distillery near the township. The acreage is 65, 0000 of which 1 seventh is reserved by the Government for the Rector in lieu of tithes and the remaining 45, 0000 acres is ready to be divided up into lots of 200 acres to such willing settlers.

November 7th 1792

The inhuman and barbarous practice of bull baiting which has been suppressed by the magistrates in the country is still continuing here this ferocious practice. On Monday last it was nearly the cause of loss of life to several individuals as a girl about twelve years old was tossed by an exasperated animal and much hurt that it was feared for her life, one Burton, a wool comber, was also dreadfully gored.
The bull had got loose and ran through the principal streets of our town as far as Pakenham before he was overtaken by his numerous idle pursuers.

November 7th 1792

On Thursday there died at Rodbridge near Sudbury, Mrs Lungley, wife of Samuel Lungley of Rodbridge.

January 2nd 1793

A meeting of farmers convened by Arthur Young at the Angel Inn at Bury was thinly attended, the business was postponed till a future date.

January 2nd 1793

Glemsford Association. At a meeting at the Cock Inn, Glemsford, to which nearly all the land owners and principal inhabitants of the parish were present, it was resolved unanimously that we are sensible to the blessings derived from our present form of Government and we do make this public declaration of our allegiance and fidelity to our King. signed, The Rev Butts, chairman.

January 16th 1793

At a parish meeting of Cavendish, a handsome collection of money was made for the poor that loyalty and charity go hand in hand.

February 13th 1793

On Friday last the East Suffolk regiment marched from Ipswich to Lowestoft and Yarmouth and on Monday the 2nd division of the West Regiment of Norfolk marched through this town on their way to Landguard Fort and Harwich.

March 13th 1793

Deserted from a party of the 66th Regiment of Foot, quartred at Clare, Richard Francis aged 21 years, brown hair, grey eyes, whoever give information or bring him to the Cock at Clare shall receive 2 guineas.

March 27th 1793

On Monday last, the Cambs Militia marched from this place to Sudbury, Lavenham, Stowmarket and Needham in order to be near the coast. During their stay here they behaved in a most orderly manner.

April 1st 1793

The committee for administration of relief to French immigrants find themselves under disagreeable neccessity of continuing to implore the public munificence on their behalf.

April 3rd 1793

At Bury Assizes, John Morley for robbing the house of Branwhite Oliver at Sudbury, to prison for six months. Freeman Howlett for stealing a piece of wood to be imprisoned for 5 minutes then released. Luke Moss was committed to our gaol charged with stealing a horse belonging to Barnard Golding of Ketton.

April 17th 1793

On Saturday last, Edward How was publicly whipped in Sudbury market place for stealing earthenware the property of Mr Hallet of Melford. There died last week Mrs Rogers, wife of James Rogers of the Cock Inn at Clare also John Bigg of Glemsford.

March 15th 1793

We are sorry to hear that the Western Battallion of the Suffolk Regiment stationed at Portsmouth are very unhealthy, 16 having died and 130 ill. It is attributed to the unwholesomeness of the Hilsea barracks.

March 27th 1793

A at meeting of the magistrates to take consideration of the state of our prison at Bury it seemed unanimous that a new and more commodious gaol should be erected.

May 29th 1793

The King has been pleased to grant to John Timms of Stoke near Clare and his issue his Royal Licence and authority to take the named of Hervey and Elwes in addition to the surname of Simms.

March 27th 1793

To be sold at Stoke near Clare. The George Inn in Stoke near Clare in occupation of Rayner Wakeling, tenant.

June 12th 1793

On Monday last fire broke out at the dwelling house of George Piper, a farmer at Cornard Heath, it partly consumed the same also 150L worth of timber. In the night of the 27th a dog got among some sheep belonging to Mr Say at Cavendish, it destroyed 10 and bit several others.

June 26th 1793

We hear that Arthur Young is appointed Secretary to the Board of Agriculture lately established by the Government.

July 31st 1793

A few days since, a blacksmith from Tuddenham drank some water from a well near his house when he occassioned sickness at his stomach for several days, in order to relieve he took some emetic tartar and yesterday morning he voided a frog of more than an inch long which is alive and he is quite recovered.

August 7th 1793

Mr Jonathan Stammers a miller from Nayland married Miss Crown of Maplestead in Essex.

August 7th 1793

Henry Haylock who was convicted of sheep stealing at our last Assizes was executed here. His behaviour at the place of execution appeared firm and collected, he took affectionate leave of several aquaintances declaring that he died at peace with all men and owed no-one the least ill will.

August 28th 1793

To be sold by private contract--Valuable Freehold farm called Chilton Street, a Hamlet of Clare. 180 acres and 6 acres of wood- excellent gravel pit from which the neighbouring parishes fetch material for the roads. Present tenant is Robert Porter.

August 28th 1793

At Ipswich lamb fair a great deal of business was done with a large quantity of lambs for sale which went off very quickly to 14L per score. Mr Prick from Hardwicke sold some at 14L 15s a score.

September 4th 1793

Yesterday at Alpheton there married Mr William Brewer an eminent tea dealer from Newgate Street to Miss Smythes, daughter of the Rector of this parish.

September 4th 1793

Mr Andrew Burton is appointed corn inspector for Sudbury.
There are several erroneous accounts in some of the local papers relative to the Ipswich lamb fair, most respecting the competition between Sir Charles Davers and Lord Bristol, in fact neither were there.
Comparison between the Norfolk and Southdown breeds have excited graziers the lambs of the Southdown at Ipswich sold for 13L 10s per score and half breeds at 14L 10s and locally from a capital flock of Norfolk's near this town sold at less than 11L a score and Southdown half breeds on a much inferior walk sold at 12L.

September 4th 1793

A few days since there died at Baythorn End, Mr Edward Brown formerly a West Indian tea planter.

September 4th 1793

To be sold at the Crown at Hartest a copyhold messuage and good accustomed Blacksmiths shop, almost new, now in occupation of James Albon.

September 11th 1793

At Horringer fair on Wednesday last there was a considerable shew of lambs. Sir Charles Daver's esteemed flock from Welnetham sold to 14L per score but generally the run was much lower, the want of feed and unpromising turnips being the cause.

September 25th 1793

A CAUTION TO POACHERS. Whereas the game on the Manor of Langham in Suffolk has been much destroyed by poachers. Notice is hereby given that steel traps are set every night in the woods, plantation and gardens in the occupation of Mr Elwes of Langham Hall. A reward of 5gns will be given for information upon conviction of any poachers on the Manors of Stanton, Bardwell and Langham.

October 2nd 1793

To be seen during Bury Fair, the Pelican of the Wilderness and the Royal Tiger, it is of the same kind that carried off the son of Sir Hector Monro in India.

October 2nd 1793

Mr and Mrs Westhorp of Staningfield were returning from Bury when they were attacked by highway men near Welnetham, one struck Mr Westhorp with his pistol on the head but as he was wearing a high crowned hat he was unhurt. They were robbed of 7© guineas and © a crown, one man was mounted on a very high horse and both appeared dressed genteely.

October 9th 1793

To be sold at the Hare Inn at Melford. Freehold farm lying in Stanstead and Shimpling, in occupation of John Gardiner under lease of which remains 9 years.

October 9th 1793

PUBLIC NOTICE. I, John Payne, of the parish of Long Melford do hereby beg pardon off Mr Todd of Acton Hall for my wife's gleaning of barley three days after the barley being carted off, he took the corn from my wife and carried it home. I leave to an impartial public whether I have a right or not. I am a poor man, I submit. John Payne.

October 16th 1793

On Friday next the West Kent Militia will march from Harwich for their winter quarters in this town (Bury) and Melford and Sudbury.

October 23rd 1793

Yesterday fortnight there visited our new Bridewell, Sir George Onesiphorous Paul, which he thought was insufficiently secure and not properly constructed for the accomodation of differrent species of offenders.

November 6th 1793

To be sold at Lavenham, a small farm called " Polly's" of 55 acres. Also well accustomed Inn called the Angel situated in the market place.
Last week a box containing 90L belonging to Weston ( the dwarf who exhibited himself at out fair) was broken into and the 90L stolen.
On Monday last James Prigg, a pauper at Brockley workhouse fell down the stairs and died.

November 13th 1793

Bulmer. Notice is hereby given that the lime kiln (belonging to the late Robert Andrews Esq) the late customers and public in general may be supplied with any quantity of lime at the usual price and the favours of their commands will be gratefully acknowledged. Yor humble servant John Denis,

November 13th 1793

Suffolk Game Duty. Richard Moore, Lord of the Manor at Houghton Hall, Bulley Hall and Impey Hall in Cavendish, Poslingford and Clare. Gamekeeper--William Sparrow. Manor of Melford. Sir Harry Parker- gamekeeper, Richard Smith. Poslingford Hall, Alexander Adair, Over Hall and Nether Hall. Gislingham alias Goldingham Hall, Lord of the Manor, John Frere. Gamekeeper-John Lynch Studd. Polstead Hall and Boxted Boar House, William Neale Brand Lord of the Manor, gamekeeper Edward Smith.
Kentwell and Monks in Melford, the manor of Glemsford and Melford rectory, Richard Moore and John Leroo (Clerk). William Otley, gamekeeper.

November 20th 1793

Yesterday, William Plumb was committed to our gaol by Lord Cadogan for stealing one rabbit from thr warren of Robert Eagle of Wangford.

November 27th 1793

To be sold in the Cock Inn at Clare. Estate in Stoke next Clare comprising 38 acres now in occupation of William Fitch under lease. 2 acres are copyhold of the manor of Eibury otherwise Stoke with Chilton.

December 4th 1793

A servant of Mr Sims of Pentlow in Essex having carelessly left the door of the wheat barn open, four colts got in and ate such a quantity of dressed wheat as to occassion the death of of all in 24 hours. Last Wednesday there died at Fingrinhoe, Mr Stammers a considerable miller of Fingrinhoe.

December 11th 1793

One night last week a man slept with the ostler at the Bull Inn at Melford whom the latter left in bed but soon after decamped having broken open a box and stolen money and clothes belonging to the servant.

January 1st 1794

A drove of Galloways, Scots, Highlanders and Heifers will be shewn at the Swan Inn at Harleston on January 2nd.

February 5th 1794

Yesterday fortnight there married James Rogers of the Cock Inn at Clare to Mrs Scott of Pentlow.

February 5th 1794

A Main of Cocks to be fought at the Black Boy, Aylsham, Norfolk, to fight for 5L a battle and 20L the odd.

February 26th 1794

Persons willing to be concerned in building our new gaol and are desired some estimates and plans for consideration at the Quarter Sessions.

March 5th 1794

A large pike was caught by the Mayor of Sudbury.Mr Oliver, in the river near Melford, it weighed 10lb and when opened there was in the belly, a jack weighing 1© lb. The pike was sent as a present to the Officers of the West Kent Militia at Sudbury on fast day.
To be sold. Freehold farm called Bright's at Lavenham of Lavenham Park Farm, 190 acres.

March 26th 1794

At the Assizes on Wednesday last, 6 prisoners were capitally convicted and received the death penalty. John and Nathan Nichols for the inhuman murder of Sarah Nichols, the daughter of the former and sister of Nathan Nichols, in the parish of Fakenham, in this case they cruelly beat her with a hedge stake and afterwards strangled her. Sentenced to be executed this day at Bury with the body of John Nichols to be hung in chains near the spot where the act was perpetrated and the son Nathan to be dissected and anatomised.
April 2nd 1794. On Wednesday morning at about 10 o'clock, John and Nathan Nichols were executed, the concourse of people assembled for the occasion was astonishing, at their arrival at the fatal tree both persisted in their innocence not withstanding the ample confession of the boy that his father was innocent. John Nichols was about 60 years and Nathan under 20, the former had been employed for many years by the Duke of Grafton as a hedge carpenter.

March 26th 1794

William Plumb and Edward Hudson for stealing a rabbit of the warrens of Messrs Eagle and Robinson at Wangford, 6 months imprisonment in the house of correction.

March 6th 1794

There was an inquisition on the body of John Argent of Cavendish, a servant of Mr Seth Eagle of Cavendish, who riding on the shafts of a cart when he accidentaly fell off and the wheels going over his body, killing him immediately.

April 30th 1794

Advert---To cover this season at 15s 6d a mare. A capital light chestnut cart stallion from the flock of Mr Andrew Blake's horse out of a capital mare. He is four years, 16 hands 2 inches high, short legged and full of bone, he is the property of John Fitch of Melford. At the same place will be his famous old horse whose flock is well known in the neighbourhood, at 9s a mare, money to be paid at covering, those not stinted by the young horse may be covered next year at 7s 6d.

May 14th 1794

The West Kent Militia, quartered at Bury, Sudbury and Melford, marched to Botesdale on their way to camp at Gorleston. Their baggage waggon received an aquisition of several smart girls of this town of Bury and one servant maid much afraid of being distanced that she wanted the banns called which was not practible, they appropriated her wages to purchase a special licence. The above are a regiment of fine men and it is thought they have left in the town many tokens of their gallant conduct which will be taken care of at parish expence.

June 4th 1794

On Thursday last there was an inquisition on the body of Thomas Pareman, a boy of 7 years of age from Glemsford who was picking stones in a field belong to Robert Cook behind a tumbril loaded with clay, the driver did not see the child and let down the tumbril down which fell on the boy's head, the father of the deceased was in the field and he ran to extricate him and endeavouring to lift the tumbril he broke his collar bone.

June 4th 1794

To be lett and entered upon immediately---The George Inn at Halstead--stabling for about 30 horses--in centre of the town, opposite the market place where the stage coach passes daily and possess the the peculiar advantage of unlikely to be burdened by soldiers.

June 25th 1794

On Friday a litle boy of about 4 years was brought home dead by by his step father at Ketton, he appeared to have been murdered, his head being nearly cut off. Yesterday evening Benjamin Brett the boy's stepfather was committed to our gaol charged with the wilful murder of the infant whose name was Thomas Baker.
Last Thursday an inquisition was held at Kedington otherwise known as Ketton on the body of Thomas Baker aged 3 years 8 months, the natural child of Mary Brett. Verdict wilful murder by Benjamin Brett who was committed to our gaol.

August 13th 1794

At Suffolk Assizes held at Bury, Benjamin Brett was charged with the wilful murder of Thomas Baker the natural child of Mary Brett his third wife who he inhumanly killed by a violent blow on the back of the head with a spade while in a field at Kedington. He was sentenced to be executed on Monday and afterwards be anatomised and dissected.
At the same Assizes, Thomas Osborne for breaking into the house of George Mortlock of Hundon and stealing six loaves, a pot of honey and 2s.
Daniel Chapling for breaking into the house of William Smith at Ipswich and stealing a jacket and a cloth coat, both to be executed on the 27th and the 30th, the latter at Ipswich.

September 10th 1794

On Saturday fortnight a farmer from Boxtead in this county, on returnimng from Sudbury market ordered his boy to fetch him him a loaded gun out of his house, which of his complying with, he instantly shot the horse he had been riding through the head killing it, the horse was of esteemed value being a fine 3 year old colt, from what cause it is unknown futher than that the rider appeared to be bewildered out of his senses by intoxication.

September 24th 1794

On Saturday last, the corn market at Sudbury began precisely at noon where a great number of buyers and sellers who assembled at an early hour. Among those present were-William Jones and Stephen Oliver of Sudbury-Jeremy Stannard of Wiston-Philip Mortlock of Gt Cornard-William Hubbard of Henny-William Shepherd of Glemsford-Mr Campbell of Langham, there were several merchants from Colchester and Manningtree.

October 22nd 1794

The Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, have this year voted a gold medal to Lewis Majendie of Castle Hedingham for having planted upwards of 10 acres of Spanish Chestnuts for timber and 19000 Ash trees.

October 29th 1794

To be sold. A desirable messuage and farm with barns and buildings, 60 acres of rich arable situated in the parishes of Borley and Belchamp Walter, late in occupation of Nathan Burroughes and his under tenant.

December 10th 1794

A few days since, Samuel Vachel of Bow was married to the youngest daughter of Robert Andrews of the Aubries in Essex.