The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1837 Bury and Norwich Post newspaper archive

January 4th 1837

The new Bury Corn Market was opened on Wednesday.

January 4th 1837

Inquis-- at Newton on William Watson aged 12 years who fell down in a quantity of snow on his way home from Boxford and died from exhaustion and the inclemency of the weather.

January 4th 1837

The stop of communications from place to place was extensive on Wednesday evening, the Sudbury-Bury road was not cleared of snow until Saturday when the coach Phenomem which had been lying in Sudbury all week came into Bury then proceeded to Norwich. Many people who had been visiting friends and relatives were snowbound for a week.

January 18th 1837

William Eley for stealing 5 ducks from Mr Parsons of Boxted.William Pearman for stealing a clock and other articles from the house of Sarah Mansfield at Glemsford and Rebecca Watling for stealing 3 quarts of sherry from her master the Rev Butts from Hartest, all 7 years transportation.
George Wilding for stealing 400 feet of timber from Sudbury Workhouse, 6 months. Robert Brown for stealing a gun from F.Steggles at Glemsford, 2 months. Benjamin Shepherd, Henry Hartley, Abraham Brewster, James Thompson and John Mortlock were charged with stealing a pair of boots from Thomas Hayward at Glemsford and William Browne was charged with stealing some bran and some scraps from the cart of Isaac Knobs at Glemsford. All acquitted.

February 1st 1837

12 convicts were removed from Bury gaol to be put aboard the Leviatham Hulk lying Portsmouth Harbour amongst them was William Pearman of Glemsford.

February 15th 1837

A petition has been presented to the Secretary of State of the Home Office Department, a prayer for mitigation of the sentence of Rebecca Whatling aged 34 years who was convicted of stealing three quarts of wine the property of the Rev E.B.Butts of Hartest her master and was ordered to be transported for 7 years, the petition was signed by the church wardens, the overseers and the principal inhabitants of Hartest, it states the prisoner was committed on Monday January 9th and arrived at the gaol at five in the afternoon she was tried and convicted the next day, Tuesday, and being 50 miles from her friends and relations who had no time to speak of her character and the Rev Edward Barlee the rector of Southwold certified he had known the prisoner for some years and she was far above the crime she was supposed to have committed.

February 22nd 1837

Died at Hartest in his 72nd year, the Rev William Weller Poley.

February 22nd 1837

The committee of Sudbury Union met to investigate the accounts of Edmund Bailey one of the relieving officers of the Union, a number of charges of fraud alleged to have been committed by him. Committed for trial and removed to Sudbury gaol.

March 1st 1837

Died on the 20th inst at Lawshall, William Farrow, aged 76. The deceased was a particulary industrious man, having brought up a large family with scarcely any assistance from the parish. He was 55 years on the Lawshall Hall farm and went foreman through more than 50 harvests, on the recommendation of the Rev Dr Colvile he lately received two pounds from the Agricultural Association which he laid up to defray his funeral expenses.

March 1st 1837

On Wednesday evening the inhabitants of Halstead in Essex were aroused by the cry of fire, it was ascertained it was on the premises of Mr Nunn of Parley farm, such was the rapidity of the flames, the whole range of buildings adjoining the road were consumed, two barns, stables, cowhouse and other buildings totally. Most of the livestock wwere removed except for one sheep and two lambs and a great quantity of fowls perished. It is thought it was the work of an incendiary as on Thurday morning an empty box of lucifers was found by Johnson the constable.

March 1st 1837

Wanted at Sudbury Union Workhouse a master and Mistress capable of taking on the entire management of the workhouse. 30L per annum with lodgings and maintenance and 20L for the Mistress.

March 1st 1837

Messrs Blunden and Rolfe annouce the sale at Houghton Hall, Cavendish, of the live and dead stock and household furniture on Tuesday, March 11th.

March 1st 1837

Bury Corn Market. Wheat trade brisk with an advance of 1s a quarter-red wheat, to 28s 6d a quarter, white to 30s 6d, malting barley to 16s 6d, grinding barley to 14s, peas to 22s, oats to 15s.

March 15th 1837

Edmund Bailey, late Receiving Officer for Gt and Lt Cornard in the district of Sudbury Union and indicted for embezzlement of various sums. The prisoner was appointed soon after the the erection of the Union in 1835. One of the cases of fraud was instanced by the peculiar hardship of Dorothy and Mary Brunning, mother and daughter, the mother for old age and the daughter for sickness, the prisoner had charged the Guardians 1 pound 17s 6d for wine being furnished for those poor creatures and their deaths were hastened by want of these necessaries. Verdict not guilty.

March 22nd 1837

Inqui-- at Cowlinge on Mary Ann Potter aged 10 who ran out into the street to hear musicians and immediately expired.
Committed to Bury gaol, George Oakley, Joseph Twitchett and Daved Cooper charged with stealing two pigs from Henry Cross at Boxted.

April 5th 1837

Death of Mr Constable R.A. at Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square, aged 60 years. Mr Constable began his career in life at a point very remote from the paths of art, he was originally a miller near Woodbridge but early in life he showed a strong passion for art which he could not control and friends placed him under an instructor. He left several children to deplore their loss and are now complete orphans, their mother having died six years ago.

April 5th 1837

Mary Ann Whiterod aged 18 was charged with setting fire to a stack of beans and barley of her master John Balls of Stanstead.
Not guilty.
James Boutell for breaking into the shop of Abigail Ward at Newton and stealing a qunatity of articles. 7 years transportation.

April 12th 1837

Inqu--at Hartest on John Kent who when returning from Lawshall the previous evening fell in a roadside pond and drowned.
Spooner, Tiffin and Boutell for shop breaking at Newton. Transportation for life.

April 12th 1837

Committed to Bury gaol, John Robinson who was charged with stealing 4 sheep skins from Rennilder Robinson at Clare.

April 12th 1837

Mary Mott and Thomas Philips were charged with stealing a quantity of eggs from William Goodchild at Ketton.

April 19th 1837

At Bury Sessions. John Watts, hostler of the Black Boy at Sudbury for stealing a quantity of coal from his mistress, Eliza Must.
6 momths, two of them solitary.
John Ardley 16 for stealing 3 horseshoes from Isaac Death a blacksmith of Bures where he had went to warm himself. 2 months and a whipping.
Mary Mott 73, James Catling 17 and Thomas Philips 13 for stealing eggs from William Goodchild at Ketton, the old woman, 6 months, two of them solitary, Catling, 2 months and a whipping, Philips to be well whipped and discharged.
On Wednesday last, the following were removed from Bury gaol to be put aboard the Abraham Hulk lying at Woolwich, James Boutell, Abraham Spooner and John Tiffin who were transported for life. William Pearman for stealing irons from a gate, the property of Sidney Eldred of Glemsford.
5L for non payment of previous fines.

April 26th 1837

Edmund Bailey, late the Relieving Officer of Sudbury Workhouse has been appointed Inspector of Hawkers Licences.

May 3rd 1837

For some time farmers in the Horringer area have been missing a considerable amount of lambs, last week, Mr Bidwell of Horringer Hall, lost two lambs and a search was instituted which led to the discovery of 6 lambs at a notorious house in Field Lane kept by a person named Crisp. A man and a woman were committed for further examination, another man was liberated.
James Coe and Mary Coe were charged with stealing two lambs from Mr Bidwell at Horringer.

May 3rd 1837

Mr Heathcoat's invention of a steam plough was tried before a deputation from the Highland Association of Scotland at Red Moss near Bolton, it was found to draw a furrow 304 yards long, 18" wide and 9" deep, in 41/2 minutes, being the rate of 1/2 acre an hour.

May 10th 1837

Between 11 and 12 on Wednesday night, deperadoes numbering 7 or 8 entered the rookery at Shimplingthorne for the purpose of stealing rooks, a man and a boy who were employed to watch the rooks were overpowered and obliged to retire, further assistance was obtained and Samuel Ruffell and his son received several blows, one of the ringleaders named Henry Steward of Lavenham was captured and another absconded.
Inquis--at Lawshall on the body of a female child found in a pond adjoining Mr Ransom's garden, it was wrapped in an apron. Mr King, surgeon from Hartest, said the child had been dead at least six days and he had no doubt it had been born alive. Wilful muder.

May 10th 1837

Pebmarsh Windmill to be sold it was built in 1820, on the side of the highroad.

May 17th 1837

Patrick Havers, George Boat and James Smith for vagrancy in Glemsford and wandering about in a state of nakedness. 14 days.

May 17th 1837

A statement in Manchester Chronicle says a woman named Mennel from Benhall in Suffolk with 10 children who had migrated from Benhall in Suffolk under direction of the Poor Law Commission had five children working in the Harwood fields but were barbarously treated by the workmen, they all removed to the mill at Kershaw but owing to the dullness of trade worked only 4 days a week, the woman says if she was back in Suffolk it would take a team of horses to draw her away again.

May 23rd 1837

Timber sale at Kentwell Hall, Melford. 400 capital rift ash-Oak stands-Elm and other Birchwood etc, the sale will commence in Stanstead Wood and finish in Hare Plantation.

May 31st 1837

Married at Cavendish--On Tuesday the 16th, Mr Jacob Rice of Glemsford to Sarah the youngest daughter of Mr H.Stammers, carpenter and builder of the former.

June 7th 1837

The Spring Meeting of South Suffolk Agricultural Association held at Sudbury. Best stallion-J.Pratt of Otten Belchamp, 4L.
Best Entire Colt-Thomas Green of Semer 3L. Best Cart Mare-T.Lazell Tiffin of Newton, 2L. 2nd Thomas Fitch of Gt Cornard. Best Sow-Richard Aldham of Foxearth Hall. Labourer servant-John Smith having brought up 7 children with no parish relief-Sophia Deeks with 13 years service with Mr D.Mills at Melford (Rodbridge)--John Nice aged 14 of Gt Cornard having brought up 38 lambs from 27 ewes, 1L. Ploughing-John Griggs employed by W.Sparrow at Newton, 2L 10s. 2nd, Samuel Griggs for W.Sparrow at Newton. George Chenery employed by John Orbell of Foxearth (Brook Hall) 2L. Abraham Maxim employed by Samuel Viall of Foxearth (Lower Hall) 15s. William Smith for Ambrose Smith of Cavendish. Mr Hart Logan of Kentwell Hall congratulated the company on a brilliant assembly and said the only hope left for agriculture was the removal of the malt tax.

June 14th 1837

Inquis--at Bury on Abraham Ransom aged 2© years who was found dead in bed, it appears the child was put to bed by a little girl who at his request covered him up with bed clothes in consequence of his fear that the sweeps might get him.

June 14th 1837

Joseph Twitchett and Joseph Newman were charged with stealing two lambs from Mary Coldham at Cavendish.

June 20th 1837

Valuable estate at Stansfield to be sold, known as Cordell's Hall and an adjoining farm called Purton Hall in the tenure of Mr Slater, an excellent tenant whose lease expires at Michaelmas 1840, with the rent at 370L.

June 28th 1837

Tidings of the news of the King's death have been received in Bury with deep regret, the proclamation of our young and amiable Queen took place on Monday last at 2 o'clock.

June 28th 1837

William Perry was charged with having on the night of 21st inst stolen 3 coombs of malt from the maltings of Joseph Stammers Garrit at Pentlow. To be transported for 7 years.
James Bexill 32, a traveller, was charged with stealing at Cavendish a 5L note from William Clarke, the prosecutor was in a state of intoxication at the fair and was in the same party of the prisoner in a house where there was a good deal of drinking going on. Transported for 7 years but later commuted to 6 months gaol.

July 19th 1837

Married at Pebmarsh, Essex, William Nott to Selina Maria, youngest daughter of William Porter of Wickham St Pauls

August 16th 1837

Nearly the only offences after October 1st 1837 which will remain punishable by death will be--high treason-murder-attempted murder-house breaking with violence-house burning-destroyings ships or attempting to-rape-unnatural offences.

August 23rd 1837

Pebmarsh Tower Windmill to be sold. Built new in 1820 upon a beautiful eminence adjoining the high road in the midst of a highly populated area, three miles from Halstead and six from Sudbury.
The mill contains 4 floors-2 French Burr stones-excellent dwelling house-Bake office-stables-garden and yard also excellent pightle of capital grass land.
August 23rd 1837.By orders of the assignee of Samuel Downes at Glemsford. For sale blacksmith's shop with traverse-3 cottages in occupation of Bradman and Clark with one uninhabited.

August 30th 1837

John Wathe and Robert Brook for stelaing turnips from a field in Lavenham, this being their second offence. 2 months and a whipping.

September 6th 1837

The Rev Dr Price has rendered an important service to humanity by a statement of a Negro slave recently freed from apprenticeship, the statement says " I am about 18 years, I was a slave to Mr Senior and his sister and brought up in the place where they live called Penhurst in Jamacia in St Anne's parish, I have been ill treated by Mr Senior and the magistrate when the new law came in, apprentices get a good deal of punishment since they were slaves, the master to spite do all they can to hurt before free they come, I have heard my master say " those English devils say we to be free but he will pretty well weaken us before the 6 and 4 years be done and we shall be no use to ourselves afterwards".

September 13th 1837

To be sold in Foxearth, Essex, at the Bull Inn at Melford, the freehold estate of John Macro, deceased-good dwelling house withj three rooms-cellar-three bedchambers - carpenters and wheelrights shop-stables-outhouses-garden-fenced in yards-brewhouse. Lot 2- All copyhold properties situated in the centre of the village in occupation of Joseph Woolard-William Cock and William Symonds, these having been erected within a few years at considerable expence.

September 20th 1837

Inqu--at Horringer on Monday last on Alfred Last, an able bodied man in the employ of Mr Double at Horringer, while superintending the work of a threshing machine, became later in the afternoon, intoxicated, his foot he placed incautiously among the wheels of the machine and received severe fractures of the leg.

October 1st 1837

The Melford Yeomanry Cavalry commanded by Capt Hallifax assembled on the 13th at Sudbury for 8 days permanent duty and passed with high compliments for their soldier like appearance, on Saturday the troop met at Chadacre to fire at a target for a silver cup which was won by Mr Cook of Groton. The Captain entertained the men to dinner in a marquee erected in the park for the occasion.

October 25th 1837

There was an attempted arson at Halstead at about 2 a m on Tuesday morning, some waggoners in the employ of Messrs Newton and Hadans were passing the property of Mr Yeldham about a quarter of a mile from the town when they noticed flames issuing from under the thatch of a barn, they alerted Mr Yeldham and assisted by the waggoners they put the fire out. A man named Arnold a shoemaker from the town was apprehended on suspicion when he was in his bed on Tuesday, he was remanded for further examination as this is the 9th fire since November last, the damage at Mr Vaisey's last week was 3000L.

November 1st 1837

James Carter, a blacksmith, was charged with breaking into the shop of Thomas Warren also a blacksmith and stealing from thereof. Transported for 10 years.

December 13th 1837

On Tuesday the 5th a well contested ploughing match between 23 ploughmen, the servants of the tenants of Sir Hyde Parker took place for 9 prizes which were given by the worthy Baronet. The ploughs having been taken home the ploughmen returned in the evening to Barston Hall Farm where the match was contested and sat down to supper provided by the worthy Baronet, the judges also attended and the those who arranged the ploughs for starting were provided for in a seperate apartment, after supper they adjourned to the ploughmen's room and the prizes were awarded also 1s 6d to each person who took part, the evening was spent in a jovial manner till 11 pm when all departed in a orderly manner.

December 27th 1837

On Christmas day upwards of 100 poor families at Cavendish received the annual gift of bread from the worthy Rector the Rev Castley.