The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1854-1856 Bury and Norwich Post newspaper archive

January 4th 1854

On Tuesday last two boys, John Game and John Fares lost their lives at Little Waldingfield from sliding on a pond, the ice giving way. Game was quite dead when taken from the water but Fares lingered till Thursday then died. An inquest returned the verdict of accidental death.

February 15th 1854

A handsome gold watch with chain and seals also a purse of five sovereigns was presented to Mr P.R.Cross the chief constable of Sudbury as a token of the esteem for his service as an acting intelligent officer. The testimonial originated from Mr Samuel Vial of Foxearth and other gentlemen who frequent our market at Sudbury and desired to evince the sense of his courage when he apprehended the parties who robbed Mr John Firman of Goldingham Hall in December 1852 as he was returning from the Sudbury market.

April 5th 1854

The church at Pentlow with its round tower and the apse chancel is considered one of the most interesting and ancient in the county of Essex. Here one of the first Sunday schools in the county was formed and the carefully trained village choir has existed for fifty years. An old and imperfect organ was last week removed from the church and a new one installed built by Mr Robson of the Pollonicon rooms in London, it contains nine stops and a general swell an octave and a half of German pedals and an octave of Bourdon pedal pipes extending to CCC.
The instrument was used for the first time on Friday week and was beautifully played by Mr William Ambrose the Professor of Music from Sudbury. A considerable body of neighbouring clergy attended and the prayers were read by the Rev.Charles Badham of All Saints, Sudbury, when the sweet and powerful tones of the organ seemed most congenial. The sermon was preached by the Rev.Sidney of Great Cornard. A collection amounted to 14L 18s 1d.

April 12th 1854

After a few days severely ill, Harriet the second daughter of Mr F..W.Bethell of Foxearth has died. She was the wife of Mr A.Hall of New York.
Note:-(In the 1851 census there was a Frederick Bethell living at what is now Mole End, Foxearth. He was a straw plait factor.
G.H.).

April 12th 1854

A few days since, the body of a young woman of about twenty years was seen floating in the river Stour at Ballingdon.
Decompostion was of considerable extent and it was thought she must have been in the water for several weeks, her linen was marked S.M. and among the crowd who were attracted to the spot no-one could identify her, an inquest in the absence of evidence could only return the verdict of found drowned. The interment took place next day in All Saints churchyard, after the ceremony was completed and while the sexton was filling in the grave, a stranger arrived in considerable agitation and stated that he had a missing daughter for several weeks and had travelled many miles in search of her when he had heard that the body of a young female had been found in the river at Sudbury he had come over to see if it was that of his lost child. The grave was at once opened and the body was identified as that of his daughter. It appeared that her name was Sophia Moore daughter of Mr Robert Moore a jobber of Bury St Edmunds. She had been in service at the Rev Robinson's of Rattlesden but owing to a difference of opinion with her mistress she left her place about six weeks ago. On the 12th of March and being without employment she came over to the " March Fair" at Sudbury which is a pleasure fair. Young and friendless she became the prey of a seducer, shame and remorse prevented her returning home, after the 15th she was never seen again, affording more proof of the baneful influence of what are called " pleasure fairs", they are the usual resort of the idle and dissolute which has led to the ruin of many thousands.

April 26th 1854

At Blacklands, Cavendish. Messrs Isaacson and Tattersall will sell by auction the valuable furniture the property of a lady who is changing her residence. Post bed and tent-french bedsteads and feather beds-wool and other mattresses-set of mahogany dining tables- Pembroke and dressing tables-whatnot-chest of drawers- Brussels and drugget carpets-chimney and dressing glasses-iron balance garden roll- cloth and figured damask recreen curtains and kitchen requisites.

June 7th 1854

Henry Smith in the employ of William Hart a horse dealer of Bechamp Walter was convicted on the evidence of Mrs Alsop of Braintree and others of the cruel use of a horse, using it to pull loads with extensive wounds on it's body. Fined 2L and costs.

July 12th 1854

The wardens of Melford hospital have determined upon dividing up the Shimpling Hall estate. It will be let as under Shimpling Hall farm, a fine occupation of 310 acres of arable and pasture. The remaining portion of the estate will comprise of 200 acres. There will be complete homesteads provided for each occupation.

July 12th 1854

William Oakley of Glemsford was sent to prison for six months for stealing some horse beans the property of Mr Sadler.
George Oakley and George Bean of Glemsford for stealing 1 duck from Mr J.F.Smith. 4 years penal servitude each. James Gibbons of Glemsford aged 18 years for stealing a donkey collar from Mr G.Chatters. 3 months.

April 2nd 1854

James Wells of Glemsford was found guilty of ravishing Eliza Bean his step daughter. The jury found him guilty of attempted rape. 2 years hard labour.

August 9th 1854

Messrs Coote submitted for sale by auction at the Rose and Crown, Sudbury, the " White Horse Estate" at Otten Belchamp in occupation by Mr Carter. The estate after spirited bidding was knocked down to Mr G.W.Andrews for 3.240L. ( Fred Chatters says there is no White Horse Estate in Otten and he thinks it should read White House Estate. G.H.).

September 20th 1854

To be sold by auction in three lots on the 26th, the valuable estate situated in the centre of Glemsford known as the " Glemsford Garden Farm". Capital farm and homestead-double barn-stables- cart lodge-bullock lodge-piggeries-orchard. Entrance near Fair Green, now in occupation of Josiah Sparkes-it is bounded by the lands of - Eaton esq. The house and buildings have been erected within a few years in the best possible manner and are within the easy reach of the factories. The division of the property is arranged to offer advantages to parties wanting to build in this thriving and populous village.
The live and dead stock of Place Farm Glemsford to be sold, in occupation of Mr John Walter Bigg whos retiring.

October 11th 1854

A labouring man named Scott living with his blind father on Acton Green, Sudbury, cut his own throat in a fit of jealousy, a young woman in Great Cornard to whom he was engaged had deserted him, we understand the wounds are not mortal.

October 11th 1854

The oldest men and women of Great Cornard partook of a good dinner and tea at the Five Bells Inn. It was provided for them by the more opulent parishioners. The 27 people who partook had an average age of 77© years.

October 18th 1854

A tragedy occurred at Little Waldingfield when William Game a labourer cut his wife's throat then his own. The wife died but Game is still alive, he is 50 and the wife was 37.

November 15th 1854

Some men in the employ of Mr Green were excavating soil for a cellar at Mr Henry Goldsmith's in Burkitts Lane, Subury, when at a depth of 4 ft they found 9 skeletons and another 4 nearby next day they found 4 more and they were buried in St Gregory's churchyard. There is no account or tradition of a burial place on the site.
December 13th 1854. On Monday evening about 7 o'clock, seven stacks belonging to Mr Smith of Ashfield, Glemsford, were consumed by fire.

December 20th 1854

The burial board of Sudbury met to receive reports on various grounds offered as a cemetery. The committee recomended twelve pieces of land off Newton road and belonging to Mr Jones which was offered at 210L an acre. A field in Ballingdon was offered at 1200L but as it borders on low lying ground it was thought unfit for a cemetry. The piece of land at Newton road called " Moons Hall" was adopted as the most elegible site.

January 10th 1855

On Monday morning a fire broke out at Mill farm, Stanstead, belonging to Mr Starkie Bence and in the occupation of Mr Daniel Alston of Stanstead Hall. The produce of 8 acres of wheat were destroyed with stables and lodge. The man from the cottage in the yard lost no time in securing the stock which were 14 bullocks and two horses. The cause is a mystery.

January 10th 1855

Thomas Sillitoe of the Ship and Star, Sudbury, was summoned for selling beer during divine service. Dismissed.

January 31st 1855

As labourers were excavating in the brickfields at the Grove, Ballingdon, at about 15ft from the surface they found the tusk of a mammoth. The teeth of this extinct species have been found in Lamarsh and Brundon, they are in the possesion of Mr Fulcher of Sudbury.

February 28th 1855

There was an inquest at Cavendish on Walter Wells aged three years who was left in the care of his ten year old sister while his mother went to church. The sister wanting to get some water from the brook took the child to his grandfather across the road where there were two other grandchildren in the house, the grandfather did not miss the child when he slipped out back to his own house and in a few minutes returned with his clothes alight. Mr Waring the surgeon was called out of church but the poor child died next day.

April 11th 1855

At Bury market fat beasts were making 7s 6d a stone.
Fat sheep 7s to 8s a stone. Fat Hogs-6s 6d to 7s a stone. Fat calves 7s 6d to 8s a stone. Wheat at Sudbury market 68s a quarter.

April 25th 1855

A fire broke out on the premises in occupation of Mr Thomas Chinery at New Hall, Belchamp St Pauls and the property of Mr Ambrose Smith of Cavendish. A barn-stable-cow house-piggeries-shed-bean stack-threshed and unthreshed wheat-barley and tare stack and agricultural machinery. The cottages abutting were saved. Chinery was not insured.

May 21st 1855

There was an inquest at Glemsford on Walter Slater aged four, who when his mother went for a pail of water set fire to himself.
After three weeks suffering he died. Accidental death.

July 4th 1855

On Tuesday last on an off hand farm occupied by Capt Jaques of Great Waldingfield was destroyed by fire, a stack and three tenements were destroyed. From information discovered by the police it appears the fire was discovered in a haulm wall leading from the cottage to the barn. A child of 2 to 3 was seen standing nearby and it had been playing with matches.

August 1st 1855

Mr W.Rolfe has been favoured with instructions from Caledon Alexander of the Aubries, Bulmer, to sell by auction at Armsey farm, Bulmer, 1000 pure bred Southdown sheep, the above have been bred from stock of the Duke of Richmond, Jonas Webb, Lugar and Harris.

September 12th 1855

FOXEARTH NEAR SUDBURY TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION BY MESSRS BLENCOE AND BIDDELL On Thursday 20th of September at the Rose and Crown Hotel, Sudbury, at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, by direction of the Trustee under a power of sale, the under mentioned ESTATES, well situated in the pleasant village of Foxearth within three miles of Sudbury.
Lot 1-An enclosure of rich arable land adjoining the mill premises and containing about an acre Lot 2-Is situated on the opposite side of the road and contains two and a half of excellent arable land together with a cottage and garden adjoining thereto, occupied by Messrs Inch and Eady and another cottage and garden adjoining occupied by Messrs Golding, Inch and Deal.
The above lots are Freehold Lot 3-A double Tenement and garden in the Street occupied by Maxim and Farrant. Copyhold.
Lot 4-The Lion Beerhouse occupied by Mr E.Deal wherein a good retail trade is conducted, pleasantly situated in the Street and containing good rooms and offices, Yard garden etc. Copyhold.
Lot 5-The neat genteel residence of Miss Ince which contains entrance hall, dining and drawing rooms, keeping room, kitchens and store closets, seven bedrooms, detached scullery, bake house, brew house and tub house. Two stables and granary over chaise house, large and productive kitchen garden in the rear and neat fancy grounds in the front and an enclosure of valuable pasture adjoining. A malting office of about 12 coombs steep. A dwelling nearly adjoining occupied by Mrs Scott.
A dwelling house and shop occupied by D.Branwhite. Also adjoining the residence of Miss Ince in the tenure of Chinery and Maxim.
This lot is all freehold and contains about two acres.
The property is well deserving the attention of those who are seeking investments in a respectable locality from which high rates of interest will arise and offers eligigble opportunities for securing votes for tha Northen Division of Essex. Futher particulars from Mr Tiffen or Mr F.Eldridge Wash, solicitors, Sudbury or the auctioneers at Bradfield Lodge and Hawstead Hall

September 12th 1855

To be sold by auction the live and dead stock of the late Mr William Baker of Brundon Hall, Sudbury. 15 powerful horses-14 choice Shorthorn cows and a handsome Shorthorn bull-43 bullocks-135 lambs-34 fat sheep-100 swine and implements for 500 acres.

September 26th 1855

The property of the late Mr William Perry a builder of Clare came under the hammer on Wednesday last. Notwithstanding the reputation attached to Mr Perry as a man of property, it was found on his decease that he had left creditors to such an amount of mortgage that as to entirely absorb his property.

October 10th 1855

Messrs Isaacson and Tattersall have received instructions from the executors of the Samuel Vial gent., to sell by auction on the premises at Foxearth,(Lower Hall) on Friday the 12th of October the live and dead stock comprising 12 capital Suffolk Horses (chestnut mares and geldings) from 4 to 8 years-clever pony in harness- 12 handsome yearling heifers- 73 half bred Leicester lambs-3 yearling colts and fillies-Alderney milch cow in profit-20 fine shoats-7 waggons- 6 tumbrils nearly new. Excellent agricultural equipment for 500 acres- capital stationery threshing machine with 8 hp Hornsby steam engine- timber jim and well seasoned wheelwrights stuff.

October 10th 1855

At a meeting of the Sudbury Corporation tenders were received for the erection of a new bridge called Croft bridge. Mr Bean's tender was 102L with brick ends and 93L with oak ends-Mr Webb with 65L and Mr Elliston with 87L, the tender of Mr Webb's was accepted.

November 7th 1855

Sudbury Agricultural Association held it's 8th show at the Wood Hall estate, there were 47 ploughs. Champion ploughman was Joshua Lingley for Mrs Warren with a prize of 2L. Horsemen with long service-J.Cranfield with 41 years with H.H.Baker and John Piper with 30 years at Richard Aldham of Foxearth Hall.

November 21st 1855

The corpse of an unfortunate girl, Ellen Heard was recovered from the river nearly opposite the Union. It appears that the employment at which she had been engaged was very distasteful to her and she had had several altercations with her master. Found Drowned.

February 6th 1856

In the small village of Stanstead three people have died within nine days. They were Widow Ives 82-Widow Game 77-Widow Rutter 91.

March 5th 1856

On Friday 22nd an accident nearly attended by death occurred at Belchamp Hall, Belcham Walter, the seat of Mr S.M.Raymond. It appears that after the family had retired to bed two of the maids filled a large iron pail with heated coke and placed it in their bedroom, at about 7 in the morning Mr Oliver Raymond of the Stock Exchange who was staying at the Hall for a few days was suddenly awakened by his father who said he feared something dreadful had happened upstairs as he had heard dreadful shrieks from the room where the two servants slept. In a few short moments a dreadful spectacle presented itself, there lay the victims of their own thoughtlessness their faces purply blue with their eyes set their hands clenched and limbs rigid and to all appeared dead.
The mother of one of the girls had been to call them had found herself standing over the inanimate form of her child, she uttered a scream.
Doctor Lynch of Sudbury was sent for but an hour had elapsed before his arrival in the meantime Mr O.Raymond contrived to open their mouths with a spoon and managed to get some cold water into them and at last by the dint of friction and hot water on the feet he was successful in bringing the vital spark back which was well nigh gone for ever. There is every probabilty for their recovery. It is extraordinary that after several similar cases have occurred from igniting burning coke or charcoal in the bedroom at night with the windows closed and often the chimney stopped up that we have to report a fresh instance.

March 19th 1856

On Saturday a man named Joseph Rutter of Boxted was driving a wagon along Melford road a short distance from Sudbury when he endeavoured to stop the horses and fell down with two wheels passing over him causing instant death. He leaves a widow and three small children to mourn his loss.

April 16th 1856

The funeral of Sir Hyde Parker took place on Tuesday last. Sir William Hyde Parker attended as chief mourner accompanied by Mr N.C.Barnadiston his father in law and many gentry from the neighbourhood.

April 16th 1856

Death of Mr R.A.Allen of Ballingdon Grove. He expired very suddenly at the home of his brother Mr Mathew Allen in St Johns Wood, London. This sudden event has been recieved with sorrow among the many engaged in many branches of Mr Allen's mercantile business, the employees have lost an indulgent and liberal master and the poor of Ballingdon a kind and liberal benefactor.

May 2nd 1856

On Saturday night two fat sheep were stolen from the field of Mr Ruffle of Melford. The skins etc.were left in the field.

June 4th 1856

Important Sale Of Wine. The whole cellar of rare wine which had been selected by the late Sir Hyde Parker regardless of cost.
600 dozen of fine old Madeira, Port, Sherry, Claret, Laffite, Hock, Champagne, Moselle, etc. 6© dozen of fine old Jamaica rum which has had 200 years in the bottle.

June 25th 1856

The sale of wine at from the cellar of the late Sir Hyde Parker attracted a distinguished company. Sherry 63s to 100s per dozen.
Madeira 60s to 100s. Port to 120s. Claret 95s, Rum 200 years in the bottle 195s.

June 25th 1856

A few days since, Bacon, the gamekeeper at Tindone, Essex, to protect a nest of pheasant's eggs loaded a spring gun with stones broken glass and nails and remarking that " if anyone came that he wished to detain they would have to wait till his return the next morning". The next morning due to negligence and carelessness he neglected to disconnect the wire, he sprang the gun and the contents lacerated him in dreadful manner, amputation was performed but mortification set in and he died.

July 16th 1856

William Fenn a carrier of Glemsford was charged with stealing 80 lbs of stover from the Rev Coldham of Glemsford. Not guilty.

August 27th 1856

At a general meeting of the commissioners of Sudbury Borough, Mr Gotto the engineer engaged to alter the sewerage system of the town, recommended that the discharge into the river near Bullocks Lane would not be a nuisance.

September 17th 1856

Sale at Pentlow Hall of the live and dead stock of the late William Orbell. 15 horses-grey riding mare-28 steers-218 ewes- 60 lambs- and implements for 450 acres.

September 17th 1856

Green Man Inn, Belchamp Otten for sale. Two entrance halls-Bar parlour-Club room 21ft by 14ft-Taproom-Kitchen with malt chambers above-Scullery-Five bedrooms-Upper sitting room-Brew house- Large cellar-Coal and wood house-Large gareden and yard.

October 1st 1856

Pentlow Hall to let. Superb family residence in excellent repair. Entrance hall-vestibule-five best bedrooms-three servant rooms-dining and drawing rooms-stables for four horses, brew house-coach house-gardens-cottage and lodge-well stocked pleasure gardens-wall garden-ornamental water well stocked with fish-seven acres in all-good hunting in the neighbourhood-excellent shooting over 250 acres.

October 22nd 1856

On Tuesday last the wife of a labourer named Price was feeding a threshing machine upon the premises of Mr Joseph Dennis of Chilton Street, Clare, when she reeled and fell her, left arm went right down the mouth of the threshing machine, when she was extricated she was in a state of insensibility her arm being crushed to atoms and torn out of the socket. The poor woman was 63 years old and was subject to epileptic fits, she had been employed for a week in untying the wheat sheaves and was standing on the flat top of the machine. Accidental death.

October 22nd 1856

There was an inquest at Cavendish on the body of William Brown aged 66 who was seen to fall from a barrow he was sitting on. He was employed at scraping the road. Accidental death.

October 22nd 1856

The village of Poslingford has for the last 12 months been suffering from the fever. Out of a population of 370 there has been 35 cases with six deaths and two more expected to die. The attack begins with pain to the back of the head followed by delirium. Poslingford is situated on high ground but the cottages are small and closely built and thickly inhabited, at the back of most of them runs a large ditch which for want of heavy rains this last 18 months has accumulated a great deal of offensive matter from the houses which added to the scanty supply and bad quality of the water for domestic use has no doubt been the cause of this visitation. A subscription to dig a well has been set on foot and well digging has begun, at present without success, stringent measures have been adopted to compel the removal of offensive matter but there has been difficulty in enforcing cleanly habits.

October 29th 1856

A serious affray took place on the night of 18th October, four men, Smith, East, Rogers and Easy were drinking in the White Horse, Lavenham, when a quarrel and fight took place between Smith and Rogers. On Smith leaving to go to Brent Eleigh he was followed by the others into the meadows and there beaten and kicked in a cruel manner that broke his ribs and they pressed into his lungs. The three men were apprehended and examined by magistrates at Boxford. Smith and East were committed to Bury gaol, Easy was bailed.

November 9th 1856

A robbery was committed at Sudbury this last week on Monday evening when a pig was stolen, it belonged to a poor but honest man by the name of Hale, a say scourer by trade and living adjoining Church Walk. The pig was traced to North Street where it was found although with it's tail pulled off, it is supposed in trying to lift it out of it's stye. The parties are as yet unknown.

December 3rd 1856

A few days since a man in the employ of a plumber at Ongar in Essex purchased at a sale an old fashioned high backed chair.
The wife had a mattress to restuff and thinking the hair in the chair would answer the purpose cut it open and found a small parcel containing seven fine diamonds which were valued at 7L each.

December 10th 1856

On Sunday morning last at about nine o'clock, Thomas Shepard Ewer a large farmer at Foxearth,(Western End), put a period to his life in a extraordinary manner. The family having waited for breakfast after he had left the house an unusually long time, searched for him and he was found in the privy, the door of which he had fastened on the inside, quite dead. He had not suspended himself from any part but his handkerchief was around his neck as to prove fatal to him. It appears he was a man in good circumstances and much respected, he left a wife and a large family to deplore their loss.
Note:-The Ewer family seem to have had a good deal of bad luck through the years. In the summer of 1858 the family who were still living at Western End farm lost three children from Diphtheritis, there is a memorial to them in Foxearth churchyard which is now a listed monument. It reads, Maria Ewer aged 6 years-Mary Ewer aged 16 years-Harry John Ewer aged 12 years- Thomas Chickall aged 10 years. Thomas Chickall, I would think was a cousin. Samuel Vial who's body was later snatched from Foxearth churchyard farmed at Lower Hall, Foxearth, was Mrs Ewer's father. In the 1851 census Thomas William Chickall was two years old and living with his parents at Clarrit Hall, Ashen.
In 1893 the farm buildings at Western Hall were burnt down, only the farmhouse being saved, Charles Shepard Ewer, a brother of dead children was then the tenant. In December 1945, the son of Charles Shepard Ewer, John Shepherd Ewer, committed suicide by drowning in the pond at Claypits Hall, Foxearth.

December 31st 1856

On Saturday week a labourer from Boxford named Griggs had been offering for sale some gold and silver coins, inquiries were instituted by Inspector Whitcombe and it was ascertained that Griggs and other labourers had found several hundred old coins while " stocking up" in a wood in the occupation of Mr Daniel Tiffin of Boxford.
The treasure consists chiefly of half crowns, shillings and gold nobles of the reign of Elizabeth, some half nobles were from the reign of Henry 7th. All were in an excellently preserved state and were found loosely scattered in the earth near the surface. It is supposed that they are part of the proceeds of a burgarly committed at Colchester a few years ago for which several men known as the " Kersey Gang" were transported and who at the time were suspected of hiding part of the booty in " Justice Wood" which appears to lie in the parish of Polstead.