The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1817 Norfolk Chronicle newspaper Selections

January 1st 1817

At a public meeting held at the Guildhall, Norwich, a subscription was opened for the relief of the labouring and manufacturing poor. Upwards of £3,050 was contributed, and several works were commenced for the improvement of the city. At Yarmouth over £1,000 was subscribed, and 460 men were employed in forming roads to the bath-house, jetty, &c.

January 4th 1817

Several coach advertisements were published this month. On the 4th it was announced that the Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester, Chelmsford, and London Accommodation coach (J. Noller and Co.) set out every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from the Coach and Horses, Bethel Street, Norwich. The proprietors of the Expedition coach announced that a “single body coach upon a now construction” would start from the White Swan, St. Peter’s, Norwich, every afternoon at three o’clock, and travel by Thetford and Newmarket, to London, where it arrived on the following morning at eight o’clock. “For the better accommodation of outside passengers the coach has a car attached to it with an awning and sliding curtain.”

January 4th 1817

“Died lately, at an advanced age, Mr. Christopher Jarvis, many years a miller at Wendling, and was wounded at the memorable battle of Minden.”

January 20th 1817

Mr. Mathews, of Covent Garden Theatre, appeared at Norwich Theatre as Goldfinch (“The Road to Ruin”), Somno (“The Sleep Walker”), and in his sketch entitled “The Humours of the Playhouse.”

January 20th 1817

On the bells of St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich, were rung 5,016 changes of Norwich Court Bob Maximus in four hours two minutes, the first length of that intricate peal ever rung in England on twelve bells. It was conducted by Mr. R. Chesnut.

January 25th 1817

“Messrs. Squire, Son, and Hills, of St. Faith’s Lane, Norwich, in addition to the rectifying and vinegar departments have erected extensive works for the purpose of making flour of mustard.”

January 26th 1817

Died at Grosvenor Place, London, Caroline, Dowager Countess of Buckinghamshire, widow of John, Earl of Buckingham, of Blickling, and mother of Viscountess Castlereagh. “She requested in her will that none of her family should wear mourning for her.” The funeral was at Blickling.

January 26th 1817

The church of St. Michael Coslany, Norwich, was opened for Sunday evening lectures, in addition to those of St. Andrew and St. Stephen.

January 27th 1817

Miss Kelly appeared at Norwich Theatre as Peggy (“The Country Girl”), and Annette (“The Maid and the Magpie”).

February 1817

The Prince Regent this month conferred the honour of knighthood on Lieut.-Col. Robert John Harvey, K.T.S., in recognition of his distinguished services in the Peninsular War.

February 1st 1817

“Died lately, aged 87 years, John Hoy, of Hackford, near Reepham. He was a soldier in the 48th Regiment of Foot under General Wolfe, and saw him fall on the plains of Abram, in North America. When on saying his noble commander was slain he was knocked down by a Lieut. Clarke with the butt end of a musket. Hoy was a soldier 18 years, 17 of which he passed without once reposing on a bed.”

February 4th 1817

A loyal address was voted by the Corporation of Great Yarmouth congratulating the Prince Regent upon his escape from the attack made upon him on his return from the opening of Parliament on January 28th. The Corporation of Norwich adopted a similar address on the 24th.

February 6th 1817

The complete peal of 5,040 changes of Grandsire Triples was rung by the ringers of Wells-next-the-Sea on eight bells in three hours seven minutes.

February 13th 1817

The new silver coinage of crowns, half-crowns, shillings, and sixpences was exchanged for the old at the Guildhall, Norwich, and at the Town Hall, Yarmouth. The bankers to whom the new coins were sent were:—Gurneys and Co., Norwich, Halesworth, Fakenham, Holt, Harleston, Lynn, Wells, and Yarmouth; Bagge and Bacon, Lynn; Day and Co., Swaffham; Willett and Son, Thetford; Payne, Tuffnell, and Co., Wells; Kett and Back, Norwich; Harvey and Co., Norwich; and Day and Sons, Norwich.

February 14th 1817

Died, aged 70, at his house in the Close, Norwich, Mr. Robert Partridge, alderman for the Conisford Ward. He was Sheriff in 1780 and Mayor in 1781.

February 15th 1817

Mrs. C. Kemble appeared at King’s Lynn Theatre in the character of Mrs. Oakley (“The Jealous Wife”). The proceeds of the performance were in aid of a fund for the relief of the poor.

February 15th 1817

“On the secession of Mr. Hindes at the close of the Norwich theatrical season, he will be succeeded by Mr. Smith, and the acting management will devolve upon Mr. Bellamy.”

February 15th 1817

Great distress still prevailing among the poor of Norwich, the Relief Committee granted the further sum of £200 to be expended in labour. It was decided to cut a road through Butter Hills to Carrow Bridge.

February 15th 1817

(Advt.) “The public are respectfully informed that _on February the 18th only_ Irish, French, and plain silver will be taken at the Theatre Royal, Norwich.”

February 21st 1817

The Right Hon. George Horatio Cholmondeley, Earl of Rocksavage (eldest son of the Marquis Cholmondeley), was elected Member of Parliament for Castle Rising, in place of the Hon. Cavendish Bradshaw.

February 22nd 1817

“A Yarmouth correspondent is anxious to know (1) by what authority the communication between the body and aisles of St. George’s Chapel has been cut off; and (2) why the Mayor or Lord Bishop is not applied to to remove the nuisance to the congregation?”

February 25th 1817

An inquest was held at Norwich on the body of Elizabeth Pope, aged 83, “who on Sunday evening, being alone in her apartment _over the portico of St. Lawrence’s church_, accidentally set herself on fire, and was burnt in a terrible manner.”

February 26th 1817

Died, aged 75, at Swaffham, Mr. Francis Blomfield, “the last male branch of the family of Blomfield, the county historian.”

February 27th 1817

Mrs. C. Kemble appeared at Norwich Theatre as Mrs. Oakley (“The Jealous Wife”). On subsequent evenings she took the parts of Letitia Hardy (“The Belle’s Stratagem”), Caroline (“The Prize”), Lady Teazle, and Myrtelle (“The Broken Sword”).

March 3rd 1817

A single wicket cricket match was played in Chapel Field, Norwich, between “a noted player from Sussex,” named Michan, an ex-officer, and a Hertford man, named Pratt. The latter won by six wickets, and decided “considerable bets.”

March 8th 1817

(Advt.) “Cocking. A match for cocks will be fought at Holkham New Inn on the 10th and 11th of March, between the gentlemen of Wells and the gentlemen of Holt. To fight for £10 a battle and £50 the odd; and two turn outs for £20 a battle. To fight in silver spurs. Feeders: Lamb for Wells, Nash for Holt.”

March 10th 1817

Miss Davison, of Drury Lane Theatre, commenced an engagement at Norwich Theatre, during which she appeared as Rosalind, Juliana (“The Honeymoon”), Margaretta (“No Song, no Supper”), Lady Townley (“The Provoked Husband”), Miss Tomboy (“The Romp”).

March 14th 1817

A charge of blasphemy was exhibited before the magistrates at East Dereham against one Henry Balls, for publishing a handbill entitled “The Great Assize.” (There is no further record of the case.)

March 19th 1817

The Revenue cutter Ranger, Capt. Sayers, of Yarmouth, captured a large lugger with an armed crew of 36 men. In the action the Ranger lost three killed and seven wounded. The cargo consisted of 507 ankers and 945 halves of spirits, 27 bales of tobacco, and 47 bales of Bandannas, the whole worth £8,000.

March 24th 1817

At the Norfolk Assizes, which commenced at Thetford on this date before Sir Robert Graham, one of the Barons of the Exchequer, the _crim. con._ action, Laton _v._ Beauchamp, clerk, was tried. The special jury, without leaving the box, gave a verdict for the defendant.

March 24th 1817

Mr. Bartley appeared at Norwich Theatre as Dr. Cantwell (“The Hypocrite”) and the Mock Doctor. Mrs. Bartley on the 29th played Lady Constance to Mr. Bartley’s King John. On subsequent evenings he impersonated Capt. Allclack (“The Invisible Girl”), and Sir Adam Contest (“The Wedding Day”).

March 24th 1817

Mr. Blanchard, at Lynn Theatre, appeared as Ollapod (“The Poor Gentleman”), and Crack (“The Turnpike Gate”).

March 26th 1817

Died at Trowse Old Hall, aged 77, General John Money, Colonel of the 3rd Regiment of Norfolk Yeomanry Cavalry. He entered the Army as a volunteer in Elliott’s Light Horse in the Seven Years’ German War, and was with them at the battle of Tillinghausen. He was afterwards a captain in the 9th (or Norfolk) Regiment of Foot, and in the American War was Deputy-Assistant Quarter-Master General to the army commanded by General Burgoyne. He was the author of several pamphlets on military and other subjects. About 40 years before his death he built the mansion known as Crown Point, where for more than 30 years he gave an annual ball.

April 3rd 1817

A grand performance of sacred music was given at St. Andrew’s Church, Norwich. Mrs. Card, a native of the city, was the principal vocalist, and the choruses were sustained by local amateurs.

April 3rd 1817

Norwich Infantry Barracks (disused) were sold by auction, without reserve, by Mr. R. Cana, auctioneer.

April 4th 1817

A terrible explosion occurred on Wright’s Norwich and Yarmouth steam packet at Foundry Bridge, Norwich. Of the 22 persons on board, five men, three women, and a child were killed; six women with fractured legs and arms were conveyed to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, where one died; and the remaining seven escaped without sustaining material injury. The sum of £350 was raised for the relief of the sufferers. A boat worked by horse power was subsequently placed upon the river. “The four horses walked as in a thrashing machine or mill. Each in his path which was 18 feet in diameter. The horses by walking a distance of two miles propelled the vessel six or seven miles.”

April 5th 1817

A county meeting was held at the Shirehall, Norwich, pursuant to requisition and presided over by the High Sheriff (Mr. H. N. Burroughes), “for the purpose of congratulating the Prince Regent on his escape from the late atrocious attack upon his person, and of praying his Royal Highness to dismiss from his presence and councils those advisers who, by their conduct, had proved themselves to be alike enemies to the Throne and the people.” The resolutions were moved by the Earl of Albemarle, seconded by Mr. S. T. Southwell, and supported by Mr. T. W. Coke, M.P., and the Rev. George Glover. They were opposed by the Hon. Col. Wodehouse, Mr. Edmond Wodehouse, Mr. Serjeant Firth, and Mr. J. Harvey. The High Sheriff declared the resolutions to be carried “by a most decided majority.” An address founded on the resolutions was also adopted, and was presented to the Prince Regent by Mr. Coke at the Levée on April 21st.—In consequence of these proceedings a document, known as the “Norfolk Declaration,” was signed by upwards of 900 noblemen, gentlemen, clergy, and freeholders of the county, who considered the Ministers “eminently entitled to the gratitude of their Sovereign and the country.” The Declaration was presented to the Prince Regent at the Levée at Carlton House on July 1st, by the Lord Lieutenant of the county, accompanied by the Earl of Orford, the Earl of Ancram, Lord C. Townshend, the Hon. Col. Wodehouse, the Hon. Edward Harbord, Mr. Edmund Bacon, Mr. Edmond Wodehouse, M.P., Mr. Charles Harvey, M.P., &c.

April 7th 1817

Mr. Incledon commenced a five nights’ engagement at Norwich Theatre previous to his departure to America. He appeared as Hawthorn (“Love in a Village”), and Harry Blunt (“The Turnpike Gate”).

April 14th 1817

A “three double days’ play of cocks” commenced at the White Swan Inn, Norwich, between the gentlemen of Norwich and the gentlemen of Cambridgeshire, for 10 guineas a battle and 200 guineas the odd. Feeders: Fisher for Norwich, Thompson for Cambridgeshire. The match was won by Cambridgeshire.

April 14th 1817

A peal of eight bells, including a new tenor cast by Mears, of London, was opened at North Elmham by the St. Peter Mancroft company of ringers, who rang 5,040 changes of Norwich Court Bob in three hours nineteen minutes.

April 16th 1817

A new tragedy, entitled “Edwin, Heir of Cressingham,” founded on Mrs. Porter’s historical romance, “The Scottish Chiefs,” and written by Mr. Edward Ball, of Norwich, was produced at Norwich Theatre for the first time, and received with much applause.

April 21st 1817

Mr. A. T. Fayerman, “surgeon professor” to the “Royal Medical Institution,” Red Lion Street, Norwich, presented to the Prince Regent, at the Levée at Carlton House, the first annual report of the proceedings of the institution, with an address from “the Brunswick Knights of Norwich, and the two lodges of the Ancient and Royal Order of Stagorians,” congratulating his Royal Highness on his “escape from the late attack.” The Knights and Stagorians, with a band of music and colours, set out from the Rampant Horse Inn to meet their President on his return to Norwich on the 22nd, “but the harmony and conviviality of the meeting were completely outraged by the assembled mob, who broke the windows of Mr. Simmon’s house at Prussia Gardens, tore up the shrubs, threw vollies of stones at the processionists who were on horseback, and broke the windows of Mr. Fayerman’s house in Red Lion Street.” (The Stagorians were a society founded in 1728.)

April 28th 1817

Died, at his house in Berners Street, London, aged 61, Sir Jacob Henry Astley, Bart., M.P. He was succeeded in his title by his eldest son.

April 28th 1817

Died in St. Giles’, Norwich, Mrs. E. Layton, aged 100 years.

May 1st 1817

Mr. Crisp Brown and Mr. Thomas Thurtell, the two senior aldermen below the chair, were returned to the Norwich Court of Aldermen without opposition, and on the 3rd Mr. Brown was unanimously elected Mayor.

May 5th 1817

Mr. A. Guggle, of Wells-next-the-Sea, introduced an “improved double bathing machine, so constructed as to render it perfectly safe at all times, and regulated in a few seconds to any depth of water preferred by the bather.”

May 8th 1817

The Norwich Court of Guardians ordered a new valuation of property in the city and hamlets.

May 19th 1817

The election to fill the vacancy caused in the representation of the county by the death of Sir H. J. Astley, commenced at Norwich. The candidates were Mr. E. R. Pratt, of Ryston, and Mr. Edmond Wodehouse, of Sennowe Lodge. The polling continued for five days and closed on the 23rd, when the result was declared as follows:—Wodehouse, 3,896; Pratt, 3,321.

May 27th 1817

Died at his seat, Great Melton Hall, aged 86, Sir John Lombe, Bart. He was succeeded in his title by his great nephew, Mr. Richard Paul Jodrell. The deceased baronet bequeathed his large estates to Mr. Edward Beevor, of the Middle Temple, barrister-at-law, who by special Act of Parliament, which received the Royal Assent on July 7th, was authorised to assume the surname and bear the arms of Lombe instead of those of Beevor, in compliance with a condition in the will of the deceased.

May 28th 1817

The birthday of Mr. Pitt was celebrated by a dinner at the Assembly Rooms, Norwich, at which Mr. Charles Harvey, M.P., presided.

May 28th 1817

Died at St. George’s Tombland, Norwich, Mrs. Phœbe Crow, aged 77, “who in 40 years’ practice as a midwife brought into the world 9,730 children.”

May 31st 1817

Mr. Betty appeared as Hamlet at Norwich Theatre on the closing night of the season, when Mr. Smith, the new manager, delivered an address at the conclusion of the performance.

May 31st 1817

The Brampton Indianman was launched from Mr. Bottomley’s yard, and the Wodehouse brig from Messrs. Lauker and Spong’s yard, King’s Lynn.

June 4th 1817

King George III. entered upon his 80th year. The event was celebrated in Norwich by the ringing of bells and by a parade of the Light Horse Volunteers and Yeomanry Cavalry.

June 9th 1817

Two thousand spectators were present at “the 10th annual grand wrestling match for prizes given by a society of amateurs for the encouragement of gymnastic exercises,” held at Kirby Cane. There were 24 competitors, and the winner was Martin Hingle.

June 17th 1817

Guild Day at Norwich. Mr. Crisp Brown, the Mayor elect, observed all the ancient customs, and entertained 300 guests at the guild feast.

June 18th 1817

A meeting of resident gentry, clergy, yeomanry, and principal householders of North Greenhoe and Brothercross Hundreds, was held at Wells-next-the-Sea, under the presidency of Sir William Bolton, when resolutions were passed expressive of their deep concern at the insults offered to Mr. T. W. Coke, M.P., at a meeting held at Norwich on the previous Saturday and during the county election, and an address was ordered to be presented in accordance with the terms of the resolutions.

June 19th 1817

Mr. Mathews gave his entertainment, “Mail Coach Adventures,” at Norwich Theatre.

June 22nd 1817

Moses Levi, aged 62, “of the Jewish persuasion,” was baptised by the Rev. George Baldero at the parish church of Rainham St. Martin.

June 25th 1817

A severe hailstorm occurred in West Norfolk. Some of the hailstones measured six inches in circumference. Much damage was done. Many rooks were afterwards found dead.

July 5th 1817

Haddock’s exhibition of automata was opened in the Great Room, Davey Place, Norwich.

July 7th 1817

At the Holkham Sheep Shearing, which commenced on this date, the address voted at Wells-next-the-Sea on June 18th was presented to Mr. T. W. Coke, M.P., who, in reply, said he did not attribute blame to the poorer classes who had been deluded into the belief that he was their enemy, but he did blame the Mayor of Norwich, who, in his official capacity, should have prevented what had taken place. These remarks led to a very long and acrimonious newspaper correspondence.

July 9th 1817

The Rev. Charles Nourse Wodehouse was installed a prebendary of Norwich Cathedral, in place of the Rev. John Pretyman, D.D., who died at Lincoln on June 5th.

July 15th 1817

The salt marshes near Wells-next-the-Sea were inundated by a high tide during a northerly gale, and nearly 300 sheep, the property of Messrs. Tuthill, Moore, and John Blomfield, of Warham, were drowned.

July 15th 1817

A meeting of the gentry, clergy, and yeomen of the Hundreds of Guiltcross and Shropham was held at East Harling, under the presidency of the Earl of Albemarle, when an address was voted to Mr. Coke, M.P., and presented to him at Thetford Wool Fair on July 26th.

July 19th 1817

Thomas Carter was publicly whipped in Norwich Market Place for stealing a cow.

July 19th 1817

At the Norwich Court of Mayoralty, the Mayor stated that complaints had been made to him of offences committed in the city by bakers, foggers, and others, exercising their trades on Sunday. The Court gave notice that it was not lawful “to make or bake any bread, rolls, or cakes of any sort or kind on the Lord’s Day, commonly called Sunday,” nor to deliver them “at any time after half past one of the clock in the afternoon of that day.”

July 24th 1817

Skipper, the pedestrian, undertook for a wager of 25 guineas to walk from Norwich to Thetford and back, a distance of 55 miles, in 12 hours. “He walked 54 miles, but having only four minutes to perform the last mile, gave in.”

August 6th 1817

Died at his house in the Lower Close, Norwich, aged 55, Mr. Frank Sayers, M.D., author of “Poems, including Sketches of the Northern Mythology,” and “Disquisitions, Metaphysical and Literary, Antiquarian and Historical.” A monument, with a Latin inscription by the Rev. F. Howes, was erected in the Cathedral to the memory of the deceased.

August 7th 1817

Died at Hoveton St. John, Mr. Thomas Blofeld, D.L., for many years one of the chairmen of the Norfolk Quarter Sessions.

August 11th 1817

Sports were held at Reedham under the patronage of Mr. Layton, of Reedham Hall. The principal event was a wrestling match, taken part in “by twenty-four as fine athletic young fellows as England can produce.”

August 12th 1817

A cocking match, “fought in silver,” between the gentlemen of Norwich and the gentlemen of Yarmouth, commenced at the Feathers Inn, Yarmouth, and concluded on the 14th. Feeders: Lamb for Norwich, Nash for Yarmouth.

August 15th 1817

The first stone of the Nelson Monument on the South Denes, Yarmouth, was laid by the Hon. Col. Wodehouse (chairman of the sub-committee), in the presence of the Mayors and Corporations of Yarmouth and Norwich. A civic dinner was given, and in the evening a ball, attended by 350 persons, took place at the Town Hall.

August 15th 1817

Mrs. Rigby, wife of Dr. Rigby, gave birth, at Framingham, to three boys and a girl. One lived 18 days, and the other three from eight to ten weeks. At a quarterly meeting of the Norwich Corporation on September 12th, the Court of Aldermen resolved that a piece of plate be presented to Alderman and Mrs. Rigby in commemoration of the birth, to which the Commons “cordially acquiesced on the understanding that if the same event should happen in their own body they should put in a claim for a similar complimentary memento.” A violent personal dispute ensued between two members of the Common Council, “which so alarmed eight of the members for the Ward beyond the Water that they left the room without leave of the Speaker, the consequence being that the whole proceedings proved abortive.” Another meeting was held on the 27th, when the presentation was amicably agreed to, and on December 24th Dr. and Mrs. Rigby were given a silver bread basket, “with the names of the children and the arms of the family richly emblazoned thereon.”

August 16th 1817

The thirteenth annual exhibition of the Norwich Society of Artists was opened in Sir Benjamin Wrenche’s Court. Mr. W. M. Sharp was president, Mr. J. Freeman vice-president, and Mr. P. Barnes, secretary. The Norfolk and Norwich Original Society of Artists advertised their thirteenth exhibition to be held at the New Room, Theatre Plain—Mr. R. Ladbrook, president; Mr. J. Sillett, vice-president; Mr. J. Thirtle, secretary. Both exhibitions were honoured by the presence of the Mayor and Corporation.

August 16th 1817

Died at his house, Chapel Field, Norwich, Mr. John Ninham, aged 63, artist and engraver.

August 23rd 1817

Mr. Keen performed at Norwich Theatre in the character of Richard III. On succeeding nights he appeared as Othello, Bertram, Sir Giles Overreach, Sir Edward Mortimer, Selim (“Barbarossa”), Shylock, Octavian (“The Mountaineers”), and Paul (“Paul and Virginia”). He afterwards fulfilled an engagement at Yarmouth Theatre.

August 26th 1817

A contested election took place at Norwich for the office of freemens’ Sheriff. Mr. John Lovick was returned with 807 votes as against 718 polled by his opponent, Mr. George Harvey.

September 6th 1817

“Last week two troops of the 5th Dragoon Guards, under the command of Major Irwin, marched into Norwich Barracks, and relieved the two troops of the Royal Dragoons, ordered to Scotland.”

September 10th 1817

The Bishop of Norwich confirmed 800 persons of both sexes at a special service held at Norwich Cathedral.

September 13th 1817

“Died lately, at Madrid, at the house of her sister, Lady Whitlingham, Barbara, wife of Mr. Bartholomew Frere, his Majesty’s secretary to the Embassy at the Ottoman Porte. The marriage had been solemnized by proxy according to the usual forms, but Mr. Frere having been detained at Constantinople, neither had the happiness of seeing each other since their union.”

September 26th 1817

Skipper, the pedestrian, undertook to walk 60 miles in 12 successive hours on the bowling-green at the King’s Head Inn, East Dereham. “He was so exhausted in the last two miles that he could not accomplish his task.”

September 26th 1817

A meeting was held in St. Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, when an auxiliary association to the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews was established, with the Lord Bishop as president.

September 27th 1817

Died at Kirby Cane parsonage, from injuries received by the accidental discharge of a gun, the Hon. C. J. Keppel, fifth son of the Earl of Albemarle.

September 27th 1817

A party of Indian jugglers gave a performance at Mr. Noverre’s ball-room, “near Messrs. Gurney’s bank,” Norwich.

October 1st 1817

(Advt.) “Christopher Woods has been a prisoner in Norwich Castle during four and a half years, and there must remain for life, unless assisted with £20 to enable him to put in an answer to a bill in Chancery. The attention of the truly Charitable is earnestly requested in behalf of this unhappy man, his distressed wife, and four children.”

October 11th 1817

Mr. Robert Baker, glover and breeches maker, of Wells-next-the-Sea, was found murdered in Market Lane, about 200 yards from the town. His skull was beaten in and his throat cut. The county magistrates, assembled for other business at the Shirehall, Norwich, ordered the printing of 3,000 handbills giving notice of the murder. These were taken by the constables to every coach, fish cart, and other conveyance leaving Norwich. A man named James Johnson, 29 years of age, was apprehended on suspicion at the King’s Head Inn, Hethersett, on October 15th. The prisoner was tried at the Norfolk Assizes, held at Thetford on March 19, 1818, when, after a trial lasting seven and a half hours, the jury returned a verdict of guilty, and he was sentenced to death by Mr. Justice Dallas, “his body to be delivered to the surgeons to be anatomised” on the Saturday following. On the prisoner asking for “a longer period than two days in which to prepare for eternity,” the judge ordered death to be postponed until the following Monday, on which day the execution took place on the Castle Hill, Norwich, in the presence of 5,000 spectators. “Mr. Wilson, a gentleman from London, and Mr. Austen, a pupil of Mr. Dalrymple’s, performed the dissection and prepared the subject for the lectures which have been daily delivered by Mr. Crosse.” At the trial an indictment was preferred against an accomplice of the prisoner, one William Hardiment, not in custody. A third man, Benjamin Neal, was in custody charged with being an accessory before the fact, but the bill was thrown out by the Grand Jury. (See March 28th, 1822.)

October 14th 1817

Under the direction of Messrs. Beckwith and Pettet a grand Musical Festival began at Norwich, and was continued until October 19th. Miscellaneous concerts were given in St. Andrew’s Hall, and selections from oratorios in St. Peter’s church. The principal performers were Mrs. Salmon, Miss Frith, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. Hawes, and Mr. Bellamy.

October 22nd 1817

A single wicket match was played at Holt by Frost, a member of the Holt Cricket Club, and Pilch, of the Litcham Club, for £10 a side. Pilch was the winner.

October 28th 1817

Mr. W. Finch announced that he had acquired Harper’s Gardens, “near St. Stephen’s Gates, Norwich.” Mr. Harper, the former proprietor, removed to the Falcon Inn, Ditchingham.

October 30th 1817

Died, in his 85th year, James Vines, for upwards of 60 years a member of the St. Peter Mancroft company of ringers, at Norwich.

November 5th 1817

A salmon trout, measuring 40 inches in length and weighing 21 pounds, was killed at the New Mills, Norwich.

November 7th 1817

An express arrived at Norwich bearing tidings of the death of Princess Charlotte. “Three post chaises and four followed a few hours after with gentlemen from some of the first London houses, to buy up all the black bombazines that the manufacturers had on hand, some of whom, however, had earlier intelligence of the melancholy event by letter brought by the express messenger, who arrived here on horseback.” It was subsequently stated: “Notwithstanding the immediate and necessary exertions of all persons employed in the manufacture of bombazines and other articles of sable hue, they have not yet been able to satisfy the demand for goods of this description, whilst the dressmakers, &c., have found it difficult to execute all the orders they have received. During the last week all the coaches have departed heavily laden with manufactured goods.” On November 19th, the day of the funeral, black was worn generally, St. Peter’s bell was tolled, and the Mayor and Corporation attended service at the Cathedral. “The Mayor substituted for the official cloak of justice one of black crape, and he also wore weepers.”

November 10th 1817

Messrs. Adams’ troupe of equestrians commenced a season at the Pantheon, Norwich.

November 14th 1817

Died, whilst on a visit to Holkham Hall, Elizabeth, Countess of Albemarle.

November 15th 1817

“There have recently been cast at the bell foundry at Downham five clock bells for the new General Post Office, Dublin. A large bell is now preparing at the same place for erection in the Wabash, Indiana State, North America, by a religious society of Germans who have settled there.”

November 20th 1817

Several persons “who had long resisted the threats and entreaties of the inhabitants of Old Buckenham” were convicted before a magistrate at Larlingford, and fined for playing cricket on Sunday, October 2nd, on Old Buckenham green.

December 5th 1817

At a special assembly of the Corporation of Norwich addresses of condolence were voted to the Prince Regent and to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, expressive of the deep grief felt by the citizens on the death of the Princess Charlotte. Similar addresses were presented by the Corporations of Yarmouth, Lynn, and Thetford.

December 5th 1817

Died in St. Stephen’s, Norwich, in his 74th year, Mr. James Hardy, of Hethersett. He served the office of Sheriff of Norwich in 1800.

December 6th 1817

Messrs. Caldwell, Waterhouses, and Co., advertised the establishment of a service of “new light caravans upon springs.” The conveyances left Norwich every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning at eight o’clock, and arrived at the Swan-with-two-Necks, Lad Lane, London, on the following morning at six o’clock. They were despatched from London every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evening at five o’clock, and arrived in Norwich the next afternoon at three o’clock. The rate of carriage from London to Norwich was 9s. per cwt., and from Norwich to London 11s. per cwt.

December 15th 1817

A three days’ cocking match commenced at the White Swan, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich, between the gentlemen of Norfolk and the gentlemen of Suffolk. A main of 31 cocks was won by Norfolk six battles ahead, and a match of 11 chickens by Norfolk one battle ahead. The byes, of which 14 were fought, were even. Stakes: £10 a battle and £200 the odd; chickens, £5 a battle and £50 the odd; byes £10 per battle. Feeders: Lamb for Norfolk, Nash for Suffolk.

December 16th 1817

A prize fight took place on Bungay Common between Sutton, the Black, and Ned Painter, who was accompanied from Norwich by a large number of his supporters. Fifteen rounds were fought in one hour forty-two minutes for a purse of £100, £80 for the winner and £20 for the loser. Painter, “the best man of the day with Norfolk training,” won. “Several well-dressed women were present at the fight.”

December 20th 1817

The Fakenham and London post coach, the Patriot, was advertised to run from Fakenham on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The proprietors were Robert Leamon, Fakenham; T. W. Woer, Swaffham; Thos. Golding, Newmarket; George Barton, Cambridge; and John Eames, London.

December 20th 1817

Joseph Penny, of Yarmouth, who impersonated Neptune at the Peace festival at Yarmouth on April 21, 1814, was drowned with his son whilst sailing a small boat in stormy weather.

December 27th 1817

“The commissions executed and presents sent from this land of turkies greatly exceeded any former year. It is calculated that upwards of 4,000 have been despatched by different conveyances from Norwich during the past week, which, averaged at nine pounds each, at 10d. per pound, amounted to £1,500.”