The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1815 Norfolk Chronicle newspaper Selections

January 6th 1815

At Brighton Pavilion the Prince Regent conferred the honour of knighthood on Colonel Kerrison, 7th Hussars.

January 12th 1815

Mr. Crisp Brown, as “Mayor” of the Castle Corporation, Norwich, presented to Mr. Thomas Back a silver vase in recognition of his “zealous and liberal support of the loyal and constitutional principles of the society.”

January 13th 1815

At a public meeting held at the Guildhall, Norwich, presided over by the Mayor, it was unanimously resolved to petition Parliament against the continuance of the Property Tax under any modification whatever. Both Members for the city supported the resolutions. A meeting of the owners of estates, and other contributors to the Property Tax, in Norfolk, took place at the Shirehouse under the presidency of the High Sheriff. Similar resolutions were adopted on the ground that the tax was “unjust, unequal, and inquisitorial.” At Yarmouth, Lynn, and other towns in the county like protests were made.

January 14th 1815

Equestrian performances were given at Norwich Theatre for a short season, commencing on this date. The “beautiful and surprising troop of horses” appeared in the dramatic spectacles of “Timour, the Tartar,” “Blue Beard,” “The Tiger Horde,” and “Lodorska.”

January 14th 1815

“All those who have witnessed the performance of Mons. du Pain, at the Angel Inn, Norwich, particularly his emersing his hands and feet in boiling lead, express their astonishment at his feats, and the room is crowded every day.”

January 14th 1815

“Died, lately at Lynn, aged 70, Mr. William Munsen, who pursued the employment of a shoeblack. He was reported to be the illegitimate son of a nobleman, and would never accept offers of pecuniary assistance which were secretly made to him by his unknown parents. He supported himself for 50 years by his humble employment, and was generally known as “Billy Boots.” (A detailed account of this individual was compiled by Hone from the notice in the NORFOLK CHRONICLE.)

January 16th 1815

The fifth great main of cocks between the gentlemen of Norwich and the gentlemen of Cambridgeshire commenced at the White Swan Inn, Norwich, and after a sharp contest, which lasted the two following days, was won by the home representatives by a single battle. Betting was in favour of Cambridgeshire.

January 21st 1815

“The game bull which has been frequently baited near Carrow Abbey is a very gentle animal, but no dog has yet been found that can pin him down.”

January 24th 1815

A prize fight took place between Pegg, “the noted bruiser,” and Fox, a horse dealer, of Costessey. “It lasted an hour, when the former received such a ‘pegging’ that he was carried off in a state of insensibility.”

January 24th 1815

A sea eagle, measuring seven feet six inches from tip to tip of its expanded wings, and three feet from the crown of its head to the end of its tail, was killed at Rollesby.

February 4th 1815

“Messrs. Mackie, of Norwich, in a very handsome and public-spirited manner, have presented the trustees of Carrow Bridge with nearly 500 plants of the Cœrulean willow, and have also been at the whole expense of planting them on each side of the road leading towards Thorpe.”

February 7th 1815

The new Theatre at Lynn was opened under the management of Mr. John Brunton with “Lovers’ Vows” and “Raising the Wind.” In addition to the manager, the company included Mr. Foote, of the Theatre Royal, Dublin; Mr. and Mrs. Hall, from the Theatre Royal, York; Mr. Tokeby, Mr. Renaud, Mr. Gomery, and Mrs. Grove, of the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. On the 9th Mr. C. Kemble appeared as Macbeth; on the 11th, Miss Eliza Brunton made “her first appearance on any stage” as Desdemona to Mr. Kemble’s Othello; and on March 25th Mrs. Jordan appeared as Widow Cheerley in “The Soldier’s Daughter,” and on succeeding evenings as Miss Hoyden in “The Trip to Scarborough,” as Widow Belmour, and as Nell in “The Devil to Pay.” A brilliant season terminated on April 18th. It was said that “in beauty, simplicity, and correctness of style” this house could “hold competition with any theatre out of the Metropolis.”

February 9th 1815

Fifty thousand persons assembled to witness a balloon ascent by a Mr. Steward from the Prussia Gardens, Norwich. The balloon rose a short distance and fell in Messrs. Mackie’s nursery grounds, went up again and descended in a garden. The mob rushed in, tore the balloon to pieces, and would have roughly handled the aeronaut but for General Money taking him into his carriage and conveying him to a place of safety. A public subscription had been opened for some weeks previously to defray the cost of the ascent; and another list was started to recoup Mr. Steward his loss.

February 27th 1815

A cocking match took place at the Lobster Inn, St. John Maddermarket, Norwich, between North Walsham and Norwich. Feeders: Lamb, for North Walsham; Stafford, for Norwich.

March 1815

A number of human bones and upwards of 20 urns, containing bones in a calcined state, were this month dug up at a farm at Markshall, adjoining the Roman camp at Caister, near Norwich.

March 1st 1815

The poor freemen of Great Wymer Ward, Norwich, presented a silver cup, of the value of 50 guineas, to Mr. Samuel Mitchell, one of the nominees of the ward.

March 1st 1815

A match was decided at Blickling Park between three horses belonging respectively to Mr. Sheppard and Mr. Roper, of Coleby, and Mr. Wright, of Aylsham. The best of three one mile heats was won by Mr. Sheppard’s horse. A second race between two horses, the property of Mr. Gay, of Oulton, and Mr. Smith, of Aylsham, was won by the former.

March 4th 1815

Died, at Drayton, Sarah Codenham, aged 105. “This poor woman had been so long in poverty and affliction that, according to the overseer’s calculation, she had cost them £500.”

March 8th 1815

At a meeting held at the Guildhall, and presided over by the Mayor, it was resolved to petition the House of Lords against the Corn Bill, which had been passed by the House of Commons by a majority of 119. (The Bill was passed by the Lords and received the Royal Assent on the 23rd.)

March 15th 1815

The Expedition coach arrived in Norwich “with the gratifying account displayed in large letters on its panels” of the ratification of the Treaty of Peace with America. The bells of St. Peter Mancroft were rung, and a bonfire was lighted in the Market Place.

March 17th 1815

Mr. T. W. Coke, M.P., Lord Albemarle, and other gentlemen, while attending a cattle show held on the Castle Ditches, Norwich, by the Norfolk Agricultural Association, were attacked by a mob in consequence of their supposed support of the Corn Bill before the House of Commons. The mob drove them into the Angel yard, and it was not until the Brunswick Hussars had been called out, and the Riot Act read, that the disturbance was quelled. By strategy Mr. Coke and his friends escaped through the back gate of the Angel Inn and drove to Quidenham Hall. Some of the rioters were apprehended, and one of the Brunswickers was wounded by a stone. The Mayor and magistrates of Norwich received the commendations of Government for their activity and exertions in suppressing the disturbance. The Grand Jury at the Norfolk Assizes, held at Thetford on March 29th, resolved “to enter into a subscription to bring to justice the instigators of the late premeditated attack on Mr. Coke and other gentlemen.” On May 2nd the Corporation of Norwich accorded their thanks to Col. Von Tempsky and the officers and privates of the Brunswick Hussars for their prompt assistance in quelling the riot.

March 17th 1815

A curious race took place in Chapel Field, Norwich. The competitors were Thomas Jenner and William Palmer, “two men with two wooden legs each.” The wager of £1 was won by the former.

March 25th 1815

In the official year, ending this date, Norfolk (including Norwich) raised the sum of £219,238 10s. 1d. for the poor, church rate, highway rates, &c.

March 27th 1815

At the Norfolk Assizes, which commenced at Thetford on this date, before Mr. Justice Heath, a curious case, the King _v._ Garratt, was heard. This was a criminal indictment which had been moved by _certiorari_ into the Court of King’s Bench, and was tried at _nisi prius_. “It was for a nuisance complained of by the exposition of a stallion in the public market of East Dereham.” The Judge was of opinion that the mere fact of leading a stallion to market was not an offence indictable at law, and the defendant was acquitted.

April 6th 1815

A new farce (“written by an eminent artist resident in the city”), founded upon the story of “John Gilpin,” and interspersed with music, was produced at the Theatre Royal, Norwich. On the 17th another new production was staged, “an historical operatic drama in two acts, called ‘The Rebellion, or Norwich in 1549,’” by Mr. George P. Bromley, a member of the Norwich Company.

April 22nd 1815

Died, at his son’s house in Weymouth Street, London, aged 67, Mr. William Wilkins, of Newnham, near Cambridge, patentee of the Norwich Theatre Royal.

April 22nd 1815

The staff of the West Norfolk Militia, stationed in Norwich, received orders to raise men by beat of drum instead of by ballot. Recruiting parties were sent out for that purpose. It was announced on May 13th that these parties, under the direction of Capt. Borrow, had been very successful in obtaining men.

April 24th 1815

A smuggling lugger was captured off Hunstanton by the Tiger revenue cutter with 840 tubs of Geneva on board.

April 26th 1815

Died, at Norwich, aged 89, Dr. John Beevor, an eminent physician.

May 2nd 1815

The Norwich Court of Guardians having employed surveyors at a great expense to make new assessments of property in the several parishes within the walls of the city for the purpose of equalising the poor-rates, St. Saviour’s Vestry meeting passed a resolution protesting against it on the ground that it would have the effect of increasing both general and local taxes. The vestries of other parishes passed similar resolutions. At this time the Norwich Guardians raised about £20,000 annually for the relief of the poor.

May 11th 1815

Early in the morning a boat’s crew from his Majesty’s ship Cadmus, at Yarmouth, when passing down the river to the harbour’s mouth with impressed seamen, were attacked by a mob on both banks, and several of the sailors were severely wounded with stones. The mob seized the gig belonging to the Cadmus and destroyed her. The Admiralty offered a reward of £20 for the conviction of the offenders. At the Norfolk Assizes held at Norwich on August 14th, 1816, before Lord Chief Justice Gibbs, seven persons were indicted for riotously assembling and rescuing from the press gang, legally authorised, a person who had been impressed. The defendants, with one exception, were found guilty. In the following December they were sentenced in the Court of King’s Bench to nine months’ imprisonment each.

May 13th 1815

Died, in St. Giles’ Street, Norwich, aged 20, Mr. H. Fisher, son of Mr. David Fisher, manager of the Norfolk and Suffolk Company of Comedians.

May 18th 1815

At this date a series of disturbances occurred at Norwich Theatre. Mr. F. A. Vining, a member of the company, in a letter dated May 18th, and addressed to the patrons of the Theatre, referred to the “injustice and cruelty which had been heaped upon him within its walls.” He had left Norwich to accept an engagement at Covent Garden Theatre and appeared there with success for 90 or 100 nights. At the end of the London season he accepted a further engagement at Norwich, when, it was alleged, that Mr. Vining, “being found unworthy of a situation in another theatre,” Mr. Jones, a member of the Norwich Company, was “discharged to make room for him.” Mr. Vining denied any personal knowledge of the matter. On May 29th several friends of Mr. Jones were committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions for creating disturbances at the Theatre. At the Quarter Sessions on July 11th the recognisances of the sureties who had been bound over for the accused were discharged, “it being the intention of the prosecution to prefer an indictment at the ensuing Assizes.” At the Assizes held on July 25th the Grand Jury found true bills against the defendants, when the indictments were traversed and the accused discharged till the next Assizes. On that occasion the defendants entered into recognisances to appear at the next ensuing Assizes, and no further record is given.

May 20th 1815

“The diversion of hawking, a sport antiently much used, has been revived in this country on a considerable scale by Lord Rivers, Major Wilson, of Didlington, and Mr. Downes, of Gunton. Their subscription hawks, under the management of German falconers, have afforded much amusement to numerous spectators. Last week they were exhibited at Newmarket after the races, and flown off at some rooks in the Flat, which they speedily brought down.”

May 25th 1815

A Methodist Missionary Society for the Norwich District was formed at a meeting held at Calvert Street, Norwich.

May 29th 1815

The prisoners in the City Gaol, Norwich, returned thanks to the Mayor and Corporation “for 10s. worth of beer given them on the anniversary of King Charles Restoration.”

June 4th 1815

King George III. attained his 78th year on this day (Sunday). The Corporation of Norwich attended service at the Cathedral, the Brunswick Hussars fired a _feu de joie_ in the barrack square, and the Light Horse Volunteers, commanded by Major J. Harvey, marched into the Market Place, and after thrice discharging their pistols gave three cheers for the King. “The children belonging to the Sunday School of the Independent Chapel at Lynn, about 800 in number, were regaled with cake and wine.” On the 5th a society at Norwich, known as “The Loyal Heroes,” celebrated the Royal birthday by dining at the Pigeons, Charing Cross.

June 6th 1815

Married at St. Peter Mancroft church, Norwich, Lieut.-Col. Robert John Harvey to Charlotte Mary, only daughter of Mr. Robert Harvey, of Watton. After the service “the wedding party returned to their carriages, a wedding peal was rung, and the Norwich Light Horse, forming a guard of honour, acted as escort to the bride and bridegroom, and fired a _feu de joie_ in front of their house.”

June 12th 1815

A grand camping match took place at Ranworth. “They played 24 a side, but neither party goaled the ball, and it was decided by a bye.” Between 2,000 and 3,000 persons were present.

June 12th 1815

A wrestling match for a subscription purse of £5 took place at the Bird-in-Hand, Kirby. The prize was won by a Reedham man. “A grand milling afterwards took place between Chapman and Ellis, the Newmarket Lad. It was strength and ferocity against science and steady courage, and was won by the latter, who blinded his opponant in 25 minutes.”

June 17th 1815

The Brunswick Hussars, commanded by Col. von Tempsky, left Norwich on their route to Harwich to embark for the Continent.

June 23rd 1815

News was received at Norwich of the battle of Waterloo, fought on June 18th. Cannon were fired, and bells rung in celebration of the victory. The rejoicings were renewed on the 27th, when the Expedition and other coaches brought intelligence of the second abdication of Buonaparte. The Expedition coach, decorated with laurel and flags, was dragged through the streets to the singing of “God save the King” and “Rule Britannia,” and a bonfire, fed with the stalls from the fish-market, and with other stolen material, was lighted at night.

June 24th 1815

“That long and justly complained-of nuisance, St. Stephen’s pit, is about to be removed. The Corporation of Norwich have ordered a lease of it to be granted to Mr. Edward Bacon, builder, and four houses are to be erected on its scite agreeable to a plan delivered by him for that purpose.”

July 3rd 1815

Holkham Sheep Shearing commenced. Among the implements exhibited was a machine for spreading hay. “It was drawn by one horse, and by means of strong iron rakes affixed to an axle or centre completely spread a number of swathes (three or four according to the length of the rakes) as fast as the horse could walk.”

July 6th 1815

A “long and scientific battle” took place between Chapman and Ellis on a meadow on the Suffolk side of the Waveney, near St. Olaves Bridge. “From the first to the 17th round the superior size and strength of Chapman carried him through, and betting was two and three to one in his favour; but, in the 18th, Ellis went in and gave his opponent three desperate facers, which brought the betting even till the 31st round, when Chapman beginning to show evident marks of severe punishment, had his right eye closed; betting, two to one on Ellis. In the 54th round the left eye was closed, and his head became truly terrific, and had from its swollen state a giant-like appearance.” Ellis was the winner after a contest of one hour, 12 minutes, for a subscription purse of £7!

July 8th 1815

Died at Swaffham, aged 88, Thomas Chesney, gardener. “What is very remarkable he never was more than four miles from Swaffham.”

July 8th 1815

The following names were published as those of local officers present at the battle of Waterloo:—Lieut.-Col. Charles West, 3rd Regiment of Guards; Lieut. the Hon. Horace G. Townshend, 1st Regiment of Guards; Lieut. Sigismund Trafford, 1st Royal Dragoons, eldest son of Mr. S. Trafford Southwell; Ensign Alfred Cooper, 14th Regiment, youngest son of Mr. C. Cooper, Norwich; Col. Sir Edward Kerrison, 7th Dragoons (? Hussars); Lieut.-Col. Archibald Money, 11th Light Dragoons; and Major Sir George Hoste, Royal Engineers.

July 11th 1815

At Norwich Quarter Sessions, John Watson was indicted for conspiring with two other persons unknown to fraudulently obtain a bank note for £10 from Thomas Starling. The prisoner and two persons, apparently strangers, were boasting at a public-house how much money they possessed, when the accused taking prosecutor aside told him that if he could lend him a £10 note it would enable him to win a wager. The prosecutor went out, borrowed the money, and placed it in the hands of the prisoner, who with the other conspirators went away, taking the money with them. The prisoner was sentenced to seven years’ transportation.

July 13th 1815

Arrived at Yarmouth two transports from Ostend with 300 sick and wounded soldiers of the Duke of Wellington’s army. They were removed in keels from the ships to the hospital on the Denes.

July 15th 1815

“The Postmasters-General have established a penny post six days a week to Stalham, with open letter boxes for the receiving of letters at that place, Neatishead, and Hoveton, near Wroxham Bridge.”

July 28th 1815

The High Sheriff, in compliance with a requisition signed by the county justices in Quarter Sessions, convened a meeting at the Shirehall, Norwich, when, on the motion of Mr. Robert Fellowes, seconded by the Hon. Col. Wodehouse, a subscription was opened for the relief of the wounded survivors, and the widows and children of the soldiers who fell at Waterloo. This subscription amounted to £7,000. Collections were also made in the city and county churches.

July 29th 1815

A balloon ascent was made from the Ranelagh Gardens, Norwich, by Mr. Sadler. “All night long hundreds continued to flock into town, and at daybreak the roads were literally thronged with people. Some hours before noon the principal avenues to the Market Place were blocked up with vehicles for which accommodation could not be found in the inn yards, and horses were picketed in the streets. Lodging and accommodation at the inns were very difficult to obtain, and in many instances a guinea was given for a bed.” Miss Bathurst, daughter of the Bishop of Norwich, presented the aeronaut with a banner previous to the ascent. The balloon rose at 3.35 and descended at 4.30 p.m., in a field near Sprowston Hall. “Among the company present in the Ranelagh Gardens was General Money, who 30 years previously, namely on Saturday, July 23rd, 1785, made a similar ascent, and was blown out to sea, where he was rescued by the Argus Revenue cutter.”

July 31st 1815

A baker was fined before the Mayor of Norwich for “exposing bread to sell on the Lord’s day before the hour of ten o’clock in the morning.” Shortly afterwards 15 persons were summoned for like offences, and the Master and Wardens of the Bakers’ Company applied that the fines might be strictly enforced.

August 1st 1815

A cricket match was played on Hempton Green between the united parishes of Litcham, Dunham, and Brisley, and of Walsingham and Fakenham. “The latter team, although unparalleled in the annals of cricketeering, did not get a single notch.”

August 5th 1815

“Mr. Bellamy, the favourite comedian of the Norwich Company, is engaged by the managers of Covent Garden Theatre at a liberal salary.” The London Press criticised his “provincial twang,” and described his performance of the part of Polonius as “somewhat outlandish.”

August 8th 1815

Died, at Downham Market, Mr. Zachary Clark, “one of the people called Quakers.” He founded a Lancasterian school in the town, and in 1811 published an account of the different charities belonging to the poor in Norfolk.

August 13th 1815

A serious fire occurred near the church of St. Lawrence, Norwich. Six houses were destroyed. The fire originated at the house of a cabinet maker named Hubbard.

August 15th 1815

The first division of the West Norfolk Militia marched from Norwich for Ipswich under command of Major Barnham; the second division, under Lieut.-Col. Nelthorpe, marched on the 16th, and the remainder on the 17th. The strength of the regiment was upwards of 500 rank and file, chiefly raised in three months by beat of drum. The corps embarked at Harwich, and sailed for Ireland on August 28th.

August 15th 1815

A division of the King’s German Legion, under command of Capt. Meyer, marched into Norwich from Harwich, where they had landed from Cuxhaven.

August 19th 1815

“Last week a well-contested battle was fought at Cley between John Bell and the noted Matthew Randall, well known for his skill in gymnastic exercises. Betting was two and three to one in favour of Randall. After 20 minutes’ hard fighting Bell won. The known bottom of Bell and the tried science of Randall drew a considerable concourse of people, among whom were noticed many distinguished characters of the neighbourhood. A handsome subscription was made for the conqueror, who was taken from the ground in a gentleman’s carriage.”

August 19th 1815

The Norfolk, Suffolk, and London Accommodation Coach, owned by John Noller, was advertised to leave the Norfolk Hotel, Norwich, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning at eight o’clock, and to travel through Scole, Eye, and Debenham. Fares: Insides, 18s.; outsides, 12s.

August 19th 1815

“Died, last week, aged 94, John Minns, worstead weaver, of St. Paul’s, Norwich. He had anticipated the event 16 years ago, and had then his coffin made, which he had ever since kept in an adjoining room, and actually used as a cupboard.”

August 22nd 1815

The Corporation of Yarmouth elected Mr. Robert Alderson, Steward of Norwich, Recorder of that borough.

September 3rd 1815

A lad, named Henry Thirkettle, when nutting in Hempnall Wood, touched the wire of a spring gun, and the charge entering his body inflicted terrible injuries. William Ebbage, in the service of Mr. Henry Usborne, of Heydon Hall, was on October 28th similarly injured. Mr. Gurney, barrister, was consulted as to the legality of the use of spring guns. His opinion was that their use was not lawful, and that in case of death a verdict of murder might be returned against the master who authorised the use of, and the servant who set a spring gun. A contrary opinion was expressed by another barrister.

September 6th 1815

Died at Ber Street, Norwich, aged 68, Martin Drummee, a noted bird fancier, “by which business he had accumulated considerable property.”

September 9th 1815

“According to the Charter of the borough of Yarmouth, the Aldermen and Common Councilmen are annually to assemble and choose _before they separate_ ‘the most discrete’ alderman to be Mayor. The election of Mr. Cory did not take place until after a strong trial of patience and abstinence on both sides. The electors assembled on the _Tuesday_ noon, and remained shut up (with only such provisions as they carried in their pockets) until ten o’clock on the _Thursday_ night, when the six whose supplies were first exhausted found themselves obliged to agree with the other six who were better provided, and to surrender their votes to avoid starvation, and a third night’s confinement in the Church Hall.”

September 16th 1815

Equestrian performances commenced at the Pantheon, Harper’s Gardens, Norwich, under the management of R. Usher, “late clown at Astley’s Royal Amphitheatre, and J. Clarke, the celebrated equestrian of the Royal Circus, London.”

September 19th 1815

At the Yarmouth Race Assembly on this date “it was the general remark that there was too much display in the ball-room, attributed by some to the ladies in the hurry of setting off having left, what ought to be considered a necessary article of dress, behind them.”

September 25th 1815

Married, Mr. D. Fisher, manager of the Norfolk and Suffolk Company of Comedians, to Miss F. B. Bane, niece to Mr. Aldrich, of Pulham.

September 25th 1815

Died at Burnham Westgate, Sir Mordaunt Martin, Bart., aged 75. He passed the last 50 years of his life in retirement at Burnham Thorpe, devoting his time principally to the study and practice of agriculture.

September 26th 1815

Died at Yarmouth, aged 50, Mrs. Holland. “Her death was occasioned by her being frightened by the stories of a Mrs. Spaul, who pretended to tell fortunes.” Mrs. Spaul was committed to gaol by the Mayor.

September 29th 1815

Mr. Thomas Thurtell, alderman, and Mr. William Foster were sworn into office as Sheriffs of Norwich, and entertained a large company to dinner at Chapel Field House.

October 1st 1815

Died at his house on Tombland, Norwich, Robert Dixon, aged 35. He studied at the Royal Academy, settled in Norwich as an artist in 1800, and gave lessons in drawing. “As a scene painter Mr. Dixon stood proudly pre-eminent, and Norwich Theatre may boast of monuments of his greatness.” A public exhibition of his works was held in the room of the Norwich Society of Artists, and on January 22nd, 1816, a performance was given at the Theatre, for the benefit of his widow and children.

October 17th 1815

At the Norwich Quarter Sessions the Grand Jury made a presentment on the defective state of the pavements, and expressed the opinion that, the streets were inadequately cleansed and lighted.

October 19th 1815

A grand musical performance was given at St. Stephen’s Church, Norwich, in aid of the Blind School. The principal performers were Miss King, Mr. Barrow, and Mr. French; leader of the band, Mr. Fish; at the organ, Mr. Pettet.

October 21st 1815

The Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester, and London Post Coach was advertised to start from the Norfolk Hotel, Norwich, at eight o’clock every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning.

November 4th 1815

“Died lately, aged 101, Mrs. Stockings, of East Harling.”

November 11th 1815

The Day Norwich and London New Post Coach was advertised to perform the journey between Norwich and the Metropolis in 14 hours. It started from the Rampant Horse Inn every morning at six o’clock, and arrived the same evening at the Black Bull Inn and Spread Eagle Inn, Gracechurch Street. It left London at six o’clock on the following morning. The proprietors were Richard Gurney, Ann Nelson and Sons, T. and J. Boyce, Samuel Bright, and William Jones.

November 14th 1815

The Duke of York arrived at Quidenham Hall on a visit to the Earl of Albemarle for a week’s pheasant shooting.

November 16th 1815

In the Court of King’s Bench, Benjamin Branford, Joshua Forby, James Jessup, and William Quant, convicted at the Norfolk Assizes of conspiring to falsely accuse Mr. Henry Goggs, of Whissonsett, of a serious offence, were sentenced, Branford to twelve months’, Forby to six months’, and Jessup and Quant to three months’ imprisonment in Norwich Castle.

November 24th 1815

Died, at Thursford, Sir George Chad, Bart., aged 84.

November 27th 1815

The Marquis Cornwallis, Earl and Lady Chatham, and other notabilities, passed through Norwich on their way from Blickling Hall to Henham Park.

November 30th 1815

The Duke of Gloucester, the Lord Bishop of Norwich, and the Earl and Countess of Albemarle, visited Mr. T. W. Coke at Holkham.

December 1st 1815

Lord Sydney visited Yarmouth and was presented with the patent of the office of High Steward of the borough. His lordship invited the Corporation to dinner at the Nelson Hotel, and General Loftus, M.P., by whom he was accompanied, gave a ball at the Town Hall.

December 7th 1815

A sixteenth share of the lottery prize of £50,000 three per cent. consols was drawn by Mr. C. Davy, farmer, Great Plumstead.

December 16th 1815

Died at his house in St. James’s Square, London, in his 70th year, Charles Howard, Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal and Hereditary Marshal of England. He was succeeded in his titles, hereditary honours, and principal estates, by Mr. Barnard Edward Howard, of Fornham, near Bury St. Edmund’s.

December 18th 1815

Colombier’s French Company of Equestrians commenced an engagement at the Pantheon, Norwich.

December 24th 1815

Died, Mrs. Mary Dye, of Elsing, aged 101.

December 24th 1815

Lord and Lady Castlereagh arrived in Norwich, and after dining at the Norfolk Hotel, proceeded on a visit to Lord Suffield, at Blickling Park.

December 30th 1815

“A fire engine completed by Mr. Jordan, an ingenious mechanic, of this city (Norwich), and requiring only 18 men to work it, was tried against one of Hadley and Co.’s patent engines in the Market Place yesterday, and proved equal, if not superior, to it in power. Messrs. Hartley’s engine cost £180 and Mr. Jordan’s only £80.”