The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1855 Bury Free Press newspaper archive

July 28th 1855

Glemsford. About 6 on Saturday evening as Mr Flinn, a travelling draper from Bury was driving from Glemsford to Boxted 
Whilst passing a flock of sheep, his gig was upset and he was precipitated on to the ground, he was not much injured and proceeded as far as Boxted church where his gig was upset again and persons passing going to his assistance found him senseless and he was removed to the Bell Inn at Hartest.

August 11th 1855

Glemsford. Mr C. Morley of Lodge farm, Glemsford, commenced harvesting operations on Monday last by cutting wheat, some peas were also made up. A sow belonging to Charles Bradnam of Glemsford gave birth to 20 fine pigs, 19 are still living. A cricket match between Hartest and Glemsford was decided on the 1st innings in favour of Glemsford. Hartest 82 runs and Glemsford 91.

Auigust 11th 1855

At the London Corn Exchange-wheat to 84s.

September 1st 1855

Upon application of Ann Pearman of Lavenham an affiliation order of 1s 6d per week was made on Thomas Bantock.

September 1st 1855

Inquest at Acton on Mordecia Simson aged 63, deceased was in the employ of Samuel Tiffen and was pitching sheaves from a load on to a stack when he fell to the ground. Accidental death.

September 1st 1855

Application has been made to the Board of Guardians at Sudbury on behalf of Sarah Ives of Walter Belchamp, a widow of about 100 years who enjoyed good health up to Tuesday evening while paring potatoes for dinner was taken ill.

September 15th 1855

At Melford Petty sessions, Martha Wells, wife of a labourer was convicted of cutting ears from standing corn and sheaves belonging to Mrs Coldham of Cavendish. 14 days.

September 22nd 1855

On Saturday last Mr Rowling sen. of Wickhambrook thrashed two acres of Matchless Rivets wheat which yielded 31 coombs and one bushel.

September 22nd 1855

Married at Brockley Church-George Reed of Brockley to Ann, widow of the late W. Sparkes of Barnardiston.

October 20th 1855

The opening of St Peter's church in Sudbury after restoration took place on Tuesday which owing to the notoriety the church has attained in consequence of the Puseyite Formularies practiced therein caused great excitement among the inhabitants.

November 10th 1855

David Bray, a boy under the age of 10 years was charged with stealing a cotton gown from Sophia Mays of Bury, this is his fourth conviction for felony. 3 months hard labour and to be whipped.

November 14th 1855

The corpse of Ellen Heard who last week went missing from home in Sudbury has been discovered in the Stour almost opposite the Union House. Found drowned.

December 1st 1855

Caledon Alexander Esq. from Bulmer in Essex has been elected President of the Literary Institution at Sudbury for the ensuing year.

December 1st 1855

On Saturday last a lad of about 18 years occupied as pot boy at the Angel Inn at Hadleigh, Suffolk, was married at Hadleigh church to a mere child in appearance, the parties regaled themselves with gin before going to the church, when they returned the bridegroom found he had lost his job as his master did not want to employ a married man.

December 1st 1855

Bury Market---Wheat to 89s per quarter-malting barley to 45s-beans to 50s-oats to 32s.

December 22nd 1855

Inquest at Lawshall on an aged couple, George and Elizabeth Goldsmith. 
It appears from evidence that the neighbours of the old people were alarmed between 5 and 6 in the evening by screams in the road and a widow woman named Ruse was called by Mrs Goldsmith "neighbour come here, my husband is taken ill" she went into the house and found the poor old man sitting in a chair, 
she said "Lord have mercy your husband is dying", 
she said "don't say so, I went to the shelf and found some powder which I thought came from Mr Bailie's for my sister Ann when she died, I mixed it in a basin and took part myself and gave the rest to him, I thought it was arrowroot".
Witness said she saw deceased had been vomiting and ran for Robert Pate the constable who shortly arrived, he spoke to Goldsmith who did not answer, he had hardly any pulse and was perspiring violently, Pate went to find someone to go to for Mr King the surgeon at Hartest, 
Mr Snell sent one of his men but Goldsmith expired before he arrived. Mr King said he administered emetic to the woman and she vomited but later died. A post mortem was made on the bodies by Mr King and found the usual symptoms resulting from poisoning. 
Verdict-cause of death was by arsenic administered by the wife, not intentionally, she doubtless thought it was arrowroot
Mr Image said Goldsmith doubtless had the arsenic by him for many years as it was not coloured as required by the law.

December 22nd 1855

An affiliation order of 2s a week was made on application of Betsy Coe against William Sturgeon of Gt Barton.

December 22nd 1855

The new Metropolitan Cattle market was the centre of attraction to some thousands of the agricultural interest
The advent of the new Smithfield Market is to retain the name so long borne and recognised of the great live meat market in London. 
The supply of meat was unusually large there being stall room for 7,000 head of cattle and for about 26,000 sheep, the show of beasts was very fine, the most promising feature was the general absence of preposterously fat meat, formerly the was a great preponderance of fat unconsumable meat, today there is a greater preponderance of fine healthy flesh. (Up till 1850 the fat off the meat was the only source of lubrication for the new industries when mineral oil and grease became available)
Prince Albert exhibited some good stock but nothing could touch the show of Scotch beasts which were particulary fine and numbered about 850 head, from Norfolk came 760 head, the West Country about 500 head, the North West Railway brought up to 3,000 head. 
Supply of sheep was tolerably large but too many were inferior sheep. The state of the trade was variable, some beasts did not realise more than 5s a stone and many good beasts fetched no more than 4s 8d a stone, sheep fetched an average of 5 guineas for the best, the heat had gone an unfavourable change and butchers were reluctant to purchase, demand for mutton was dull, the top price being no more than 5s 2d a stone. 
There were a great number of Dutch sheep on sale for this time of the year. Top rate for 1st rate beef was about 5s 4d a stone but some made 5s 6d, the general rate was 5s 2d a stone.

December 29th 1855

On Sunday afternoon last there was an inquest at Boxford on John Ardley, a miller and well known frequenter of Inns.
He had spent the day in the Chequers Inn according to custom and had taken of some beef steak when he choked, the Doctor was sent for but he died on his arrival.
He was in his 86th year and very much addicted to drink. 
Natural causes.