The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1806-1809 Bury and Norwich Post newspaper archive

January 22nd 1806

John Woodgate for stealing a bushel of his master's, Mr Jones of Sudbury, barley, to the house of correction for 12 months.

April 9th 1806

At Bury Assizes. George Norman for stealing 2 silk handkerchiefs from John Spring of Sudbury, one month and to be publickly whipped.

May 28th 1806

On the 20th inst.died at his seat at the Aubries near Sudbury in his 80th year, Robert Andrewes Esq, late Receiveral General for the County of Essex. He was as a active and impartial magistrate (of which he was the oldest in Essex if not also in Suffolk), as a landlord as a master as a friend and father of a numerous family, his loss is deeply felt and lamented.

May 28th 1806

Messrs Buck and Greene of Westgate Brewery at Bury, beg leave to respectfully inform the public that they will be ready by the 1st week in June to execute any order they may be favoured with for table beer and shortly afterwards for Porter and Old beer.

June 15th 1806

To be sold-freehold farm situated in Stanstead and Shimpling called Elms Farm, the house is on an eminence, 52 acres, occupied by Mr Smith.

August 6th 1806

On Monday last there died at Ovington Hall near Clare, Mr T.Chickall.

August 17th 1806

There was an inquisition at Stoke by Nayland on John Limmer who was riding on the bar of a stage coach drawn by four horses when the body of the coach broke and it fell on him, killing him immediately, inside the coach was a newly married couple from Colchester.
On the same day at Nayland an inquisition on Henry M'Gee a Private soldier who fell from a chamber window at about 3 o'clock in the morning at the Queen's Head at Nayland where he was quartered. It is supposed he was walking in his sleep, he was wounded in the head and survived until the evening.

August 17th 1806

At Monks Eleigh on Saturday, there was an inquisition on the body of Robert Ford who had having behaved in an unbecoming way to his father, he had taken up a pair of hempen sacks and struck his father, unfortunately there was a hog knife in one of the bags and it penetrated the vertebrae and wounded his father Robert Ford that he died the following day.

September 3rd 1806

The Board of Agriculture has this year offered various premiums for promoting various sciences which includes," to the person who produces a draft of the best and cheapest cottage on the scale of 1" to 1ft with an estimate for erecting from 5 guineas to 10 guineas according to merit.
It has been suggested to the Board that some roads in some parts of the Kingdom much carriers work is done by one horse and cart and it is suggested that in some cases it is concievable that it might be easy for such carriers to substitute an ox or a spayed heifer for the horse, the Board will give to the carrier who should make such a comparison experiment in the most satisfying manner during one year and to report to the Board, 50 guineas, it is required that the ox be fed the same as a horse and not be under 5 years

October 1st 1806

Lost from a drove of sheep on Friday 17th between Cowlinge and Hartest, 4 ewes of the Southdown-Suffolk breed, marked with red ochre on the neck, information to the Rev Fiske of Shimpling or to the Rev Poley at Hartest, they will be paid for their trouble and if stolen and bringing the offender to justice will receive 30 guineas

October 1st 1806

As the Bury coach was passing through Sudbury on Saturday night the coach and four horses went over a child playing in the road without it receiving any injury as it laid perpendiculary under the pole.

October 22nd 1806

On Sunday last there died at Cavendish in his 44th year after a long affliction occasioned by a heavy cold and fever caught while engaged in the expedition to Holland, George Bernard Esq, Barrack Master of Makers Heights, Plymouth, and Ensign in the 56th Reg.of Foot, brother to Mrs Jay of Cavendish.

October 29th 1806

To be sold--The live and dead stock at Coopwell Farm at Stanstead.

December 3rd 1806

The Rev John Smythies A.M. is instituted to the Rectory of Alpheton.

December 31st 1806

Poachers have been busy at Brandon, a few nights ago one of the lodges on Brandon warren was broken into and 11 dozen rabbits taken away together with a gun.

January 11th 1807

The Rose and Crown Inn at Sudbury for sale, situated near the Market Hill with every convienience for Noblemen, gentlemen, merchants and tradesmen, possession on Lady Day.

March 25th 1807

Bury Assizes. For stealing one ewe the property of Thomas Murrels of Glemsford, John Skelton received the death sentence which afterwards he was reprieved.
Susanah Carter for stealing a large quantity of fancy articles from William Parsonson of Sudbury, 7 years transportation. Robert Mathias for stealing 48 rabbits from Robert Eagle's warren at Brandon, 7 years transportation.

March 25th 1807

On Monday se'nnight aged 67 years, there died Admiral Sir Hyde Parker of Benhall.

March 25th 1807

Freehold farm at Otten Belchamp called Otten Hall for sale 166 acres, good farmhouse and buildings.

April 22nd 1807

On Monday last Mr Thomas Stearn of Houghton Hall, Cavendish, was married to Miss Ann Sparrow, daughter of William Sparrow of the same place.

June 3rd 1807

Yesterday se'nnight 1070 persons were confirmed at Chelmsford Church by the Bishop of Exeter now translated to the See of Salisbury, vacant by the death of Dr Douglas. The Bishop of London was prevented from attending by indisposition.

July 1st 1807

On Friday last, Abraham Hearn and Ann Cran were exposed on the pillory in Chelmsford Market place, the former for assaulting Jane Habberton with intent to rape and the latter for abetting him in the atrocious design, on being taken down from the pillory, both the culprits were begrimed with rotten eggs with which they were pelted from every direction during their elevation and on their return to the gaol for the remainder of their sentence they were assailed with indignant shouts and execrations.

July 22nd 1807

At Bury Assizes, William Scotcher to be transported for 7 years for stealing two pigs from John Jardine Esq of Wixoe.

July 29th 1807

26 soldiers were tried at Chelmsford Assizes for applying ointment and pretending it to be affects of opthalmia, they were discharged on condition that they served for life in some regiment abroad.

August 4th 1807

William Skelton committed to Ipswich gaol from stealing 50 dollars (Prussian) from the body of Mr Bedezee a Prussian Officer which was cast upon the beach at Eastoe

August 4th 1807

Lately died, Mrs Meekings, wife of Thomas Meekings a draper of Foxearth in Essex and second daughter of Mr Scott of Bradley.

August 12th 1807

Yesterday se'enight a fire broke out in a hay stack at Small Bridge Farm, Bures St Mary, it communicated with six other stacks which were totally destroyed, damage is estimated at 1000 pounds.
To be let--A large warren with a farm in Norfolk. Apply Dugmore, Swaffham.

August 26th 1807

James Strutt was committed to our gaol charged with stealing 60 hempen sacks, 8 bushels of flour, 1 bushel of malt and 1 bushel of wheat the property of Josiah and Joseph Stammers, millers of Sudbury. Joseph Amey was also committed for stealing 76 hempen sacks from Messrs Stammers.

August 26th 1807

TO WARREN FARMERS--Wanted during season a weekly supply of 50-60 dozen prime rabbits. Letters to No 1 Poultry, Cheapside.

September 2nd 1807

So fine a harvest as present one scarcely remembers, the wheat was got up perfectly dry and abundant, barley and oats, less although well stored.

September 2nd 1807

Inquisition on Samuel Raynam of Lt Waldingfield who was found dead on the road leading from Lt Waldingfield to Brent Eleigh.
Visitation of God.

October 7th 1807

A stack of prime hay, valuable dead and livestock including 9 cows for sale at The Hermitage farm in Cavendish near Clare.

October 7th 1807

The return match of cricket between Newmarket and Mildenhall announced for the 6th inst was not played, the Mildenhall gentlemen having the evening previous declined to play, in consequence of which the two innkeepers having provided sumptuously for the entetainment were by necessity compelled to distribute the luxurious and ample fare to the poor of Newmarket.

December 2nd 1807

There was an inquisition at Glemsford on James Pettit who accidentally drowned in the parish.

January 20th 1808

Married recently, Thomas Rayner on Walter Belchamp to Mrs Poole, a widow of Upper Yeldham.
To be sold at Brockley-a valuable dairy of cows and the entire farming stock of John Coe who has taken up the Bull Inn at Cavendish.

January 20th 1808

To be sold--Park Farm at Lavenham--460 acres with a wood of 41 acres, in occupation of William Kemball.

February 10th 1808

On Thursday last J.Corder, a malster of Melford married Mrs Balckader, widow of James Blackader.

February 10th 1808

Between about 10-11 o'clock at night on Saturday as Richard Gosshawk, a jobber of Somerton, was returning from Sudbury market, he was stopped by two footpads,(within a mile of Boxted), one seized his poney's bridle and demanded money saying they knew plenty about him, on his resistance the other villian snapped his pistol at him which fortunately flashed in the pan, they then dragged him from his horse into a field, threw him down and stuffed his mouth with a handkerchief and rifled his pockets of notes and cash to the amount of 63 pounds, two notes were 10L Bank of England-two 5 pound notes of the Braintree Bank and three 5L notes of the Clare bank and about 10L in small notes. One villian appeared to be in the habit of a soldier and they are supposed to have seen Mr Gosshawk taking money at Sudbury market.

March 9th 1808

Early on Friday morning the 12th, a shepherd and his page, employed by Mr Frost from Brinkley near Newmarket, both perished in the snow.

May 9th 1808

Married at Belchamp Walter, Samuel Raymond, eldest son of the Rev S.Raymond of Belchamp Walter to Sarah the daughter of the Rev Cooke of Ashen.

May 9th 1908

A few days since, the skeletons of a woman and child were discovered by some labourers who were clearing a ditch in Glemsford, upon investigation it is supposed they were murdered 8-9 years since, a person has been apprehended on suspicion of perpertrating the deed and has been committed to our gaol for further investigation.

June 1st 1808

Henry Butcher was committed to our gaol by James Coe of Melford for having on Thursday last morning malilciously cut out the tongue of a horse, his property.

June 15th 1808

Some miscreant on the night of the 7th cruelly cut out the tongue of a fine horse the property of James Filewood of Sible Hedingham.

June 15th 1808

To be sold. Desirable Villa called Spring Hall with a valuable farm adjoining called Cowpell, situated in Stanstead. Spring Hall contains 103 acres and Cowpell 105 acres. On Spring Hall there is new mansion house comprising of breakfast room, dining room, withdrawing rooms, 7 sleeping rooms, dressing room and closets, good stable and chaise house.
Comprising complete residence for genteel family, situated on an eminence commanding beautiful picturesque prospects of the surrounding countryside-gardens with a canal well stocked with fish, lawns, plantations and grounds laid out in the last two years, shrubs and ornamental trees. One of the most desirable estates in the neighbourhood, abundant game and fox hunting within an easy ride.
On Cowpell farm there is newly erected buildings and stables, cottage for labourers near the road from Boxted to Melford, abundant chalk and gravel on the premises.

June 22nd 1808

Several hundred brick layers have for some time been engaged at Grays in Essex in making bricks for the Government they are intended for the purpose of erecting Martello Towers on the East coast.

July 4th 1808

Yesterday a very desperate assault was committed by John Perry of Melford on John Fenn Esq of Henny in the road from Melford to Sudbury, Perry was in the state of intoxication, the attack was without provocation striking Mr Fenn's horse and afterwards his person and threatened to take his life away.
Advert (in the same issue) I John Perry of Melford, being in the state of intoxication on the Melford to Sudbury road did meet and strike Mr Fenn's horse and without provocation and assaulted his person and threatened to take his life away. I humbly beg his pardon and am grateful that he will not prosecute me in consideration of my family of children and I will pay 5s to be given in bread to the poor of Melford, witnessed by my hand. John Perry.

July 20th 1808

The thermometer in shelter at at Hartest rose to 97 degrees, supposed to have been the highest ever recorded in the county.

July 27th 1808

On the 13th inst there was an inquisition at Lavenham on Thomas Lea who whilst leading a calf was pushed by the animal and fell on a hog knife which was in his pocket, he died in one hour.
On Monday last there died the Rev Richard Waddington of Cavendish.

August 3rd 1808

It is said that no fewer than five Martello Towers are to be built on the coast of this county.

August 17th 1808

At Bury Assizes, Henry Butcher, was discharged for cutting out the tongue of a horse belonging to J.Coe of Melford on condition he joins the Marine Corps.

September 12th 1808

A prime dairy of 18 fine cows will be sold on the premises of William Mayhew of Cotton.

December 7th 1808

Three bakers were convicted for selling bread short of weight. L.Smith of Steeple Bumpstead, 8 deficient loaves of 16 ounces.
Widow Golding of Ashen for selling 12 loaves deficient of 35 oz. John Hawkins of Castle Hedingham, 29 loaves deficient of 91 oz. Defendants to pay 2s 6d per ounce deficient.

December 12th 1808

On Monday se'nnight there was an inquisition at Clare on the body of William Hilsden, it appears that two or three waggoners had got hold of a quantity of rum which they secreted in the stable at the Cock Inn at Clare and on Sunday deceased was invited to the stable to partake of it, he drank so much of it as to occasion his death. Died by excessive drinking.
On the same day there was an inquisition at Waldingfield on Thomas Wright a 13 year old youth who was killed by a horse falling on him.

December 21st 1808

The Rev Thomas Castley A.M. is presented to the valuable rectory of Cavendish.

December 21st 1808

At Belchamp on Monday last, Mr Staff a draper of Stanton was robbed of a pack of goods valued at 50 pounds.

January 4th 1809

On Wednesday night as two young men were returning to Bradfield when they were attacked by four footpads about 200 yards past the new gaol, one of the young men was severely beaten about the head with a bludgeon and robbed of 25s and a pair of new boots. Within a few minutes of the previous attack, Mr Langham a farmer at Cockfield was also attacked and pulled off his horse, one of the men stuck a pistol in his back and another held one at his head and demanded money, he gave them ten one pound notes and 30s, the villians all appeared to be dressed in military grey, had the parties raised the hue and cry when they reached Sicklesmere Turnpike Gate and returned to Bury with armed assistance these men could probably been apprehended.

April 9th 1809

At Bury Assizes it was stated that a letter had been received from the Mayor of Warwick that a Serjeant belonging to the 103rd reg of Foot had been apprehended for shooting at a farmer in the neighbourhood and was to take his trial in the county, he had in his possession a pocket book and a pair of half boots, he had confessed that he had taken them from two men in this neighbourhood of Bury, these were the shoemakers. The Mayor of Warwick said he was to take his trial in the county and he is of the opinion that their case is proved. One Alderman requested that he may be detained if aquitted at Warwick.

April 9th 1809

The Chief Magistrate of Bury received a letter from the Mayor of Warwick that by his own confession, Serjeant Wickam of 103 reg and four Privates of the same regiment named Brogan, Stacy, Brady and Jordan had been convicted, the two latter had been executed at Warwick and the Serjeant will also suffer the same fate. Stacy and Brogan are now deserters at large.

January 4th 1809

Stephen Ponder, George King and Nathaniel Garner were charged with stealing three hempen sacks from a barn of Mrs Piper of Gt Waldingfield and three coombs of barley.

January 4th 1809

Lately retired farmer Philip Hibble of Cavendish has died.

February 15th 1809

The Rev Daver's hounds unkenneled a fox at Stanstead Wood and after a severe chace of 3© hours he took refuge in Sir Harry Parker's cellar at Melford Hall where the huntsmen took him from behind a cask of " Old Stingo" and gave him to the hounds, of the 100 horsemen in the field when he broke cover only forty were in at the death. Sir Harry treated the gentlemen present with a degree of hospitality so truly becoming of the dignity of an English Baronet.

March 8th 1809

Lord Falkland who was lately killed in a duel had recently occupied Acton Hall in Suffolk.

March 15th 1809

Lord Falkland did not reside at Acton Hall but upon a house on Melford Green.

March 22nd 1809

At Chelmsford Assizes, four soldiers of the 4th Reg of Foot were indicted for the murder of W.Wrack a private of the Lincoln Militia at the Woolpack Inn at Colchester, on Christmas Eve last a quarrel took place between the two parties of these corps which proceeded to blows, deceased was knocked down by a poker by the prisoner Costello and died, Costello was found guilty and sentenced to death.

March 22nd 1809

At Bury Assizes, William Bear and James Hale for stealing a truss of woollen cloth from William Crissel a carrier of Melford. William Halls for stealing ? from the J.Newman at Sudbury, these prisoners were convicted but had not been sentenced before we went to press. April 5th 1809. William Bear and James Hale to be transported for 7 years. One year prison for William Halls and George Leggot.

April 5th 1809

A fire broke out at Mr Boggis's farm at Bures owing to the carelesness of a bricklayers boy who lit a fire and laid the tinder down near a haulm wall which caught a light and soon spread and a clover and hay stack then to a barn which was 90ft long, all consumed. it is estimated the loss is 1600 pounds.

April 12th 1809

Inquisition at Cavendish on the body of George Smith a child of two years who fell in a pond and drowned.

May 24th 1809

Whereas it is intended to build a straight neat substantial bridge of brick and timber on the road from Melford to Cavendish called Glemsford bridge, being considered unsafe and incapable of effective repair. Notice is hereby given that who may be desirious of the contract for the same are requyired to send the plans and estimates to Mr Quanbrough at Melford.

June 19th 1809

At 2 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, Ensign P.Mahon and Assistant Surgeon Lewis O'Hara of the 11th Reg lying at Maldon met upon Woodham Mortimer Common and exchanged shots, each missing but on the second fire Mr O'Hara was wounded with a ball in his body and he expired, the quarrel arose over a game of cricket, Mr Mahon was taken into custody but escaped. There died last Thursday, Mrs Andrews, wife of the Rev Charles Andrews of Gt Henney.

July 26th 1809

Thomas Tyler a shopkeeper of Hartest was convicted in the penalty of 20s besides costs for having in his possesion sundry weights not standard, this is his third offence.

August 16th 1809

Yesterday the bells were rung at Bury in honour of Sir Arthur Wellesley's victory over France.

August 30th 1809

Several shopkeepers in Essex have been fined 5L for refusing to take in common business, halfpence, commonly called Tower halfpence as they are legal coin of the realm.

September 13th 1809

All the valuable stable of horses, sheep and steers for sale at Babergh Hall, Gt Waldingfield, property of the late Rev Dawson. 150 tons of old and new hay-80 steers, some fit for slaughter, etc.

September 20th 1809

Married at Broomstown near Fort George-Major Thomas Fortye of the 6th Loyal Veteran Battallion to Miss Jane Athole Gordon Campbell, the fifth daughter of the late John C.Campbell of Melford.
(Perhaps of Lyston Hall?) (G.H.)

October 11th 1809

Two publicans of Bury were fined 10s each for suffering tippling in their houses during Divine Service.

November 11th 1809

Inquisition at Sudbury on a poor man who imprudently was riding in an empty waggon committing the care of the horses to a little boy when by some means they took fright and ran away, in attempting to jump out of the waggon, the wheel went over him and he lanquished a few days then died, he leaves a wife and several children.

November 18th 1809

Subscriptions at Sudbury raised 250 pounds and on the day of the Jubilee it was distributed to upwards of 2500 poor persons at 2s each.

November 15th 1809

On Friday there died at Houghton Hall, Cavendish, William Sparrow who had recently retired from business.

November 22nd 1809

Rev Smythies was married to Isabella, daughter of the Rev S.Raymond of Belchamp Hall.

November 22nd 1809

In Mr Young's-View of Agriculture- Mr Pennington of Sussex says on the working of oxen, the only way it is profitable is while the growth of the oxen pays for it's keep, it cannot do that while at hard work and if driven hard at severe labour beyond it's strength it falls victim to it's sacrifice in one hour.

December 13th 1809

A party of German sharp shooters marched into Ipswich on Friday from Harwich where they had been landed from Walcheren. During the last three months, 150 of our brave soldiers from Walcheren who died from illness havre been buried in St Margaret's churchyard at Ipswich.