The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1858-1859 Bury and Norwich Post newspaper archive


The news in Britain in 1858

February 16th 1858

At Sudbury market - White wheat-49s to 54s per quarter. Red wheat-40 to 49s. Rivets wheat-39 to 42s. Grinding barley 34-36s. Malting barley-38 to 41s. Oats-24 to 28s. Mazagan-36 to 40s.
Grey peas-40 to 44s.

March 16th 1858

An accident happened to a man named Piper who was engaged in loading a waggon with chalk in a pit at Middleton when the earth above him gave way and he was killed on the spot.

March 30th 1858

On Monday last a fire broke out on the premises of Mr Weybrow at Shimpling Hall consuming two straw stacks. Two men, John Claydon of Hargrave and William Wenlock of Great Bacton were arrested on suspicion.

May 4th 1858

As Henry Strutt was taking up some eel lines with some creepers near Ladies Bridge at Sudbury he drew up the body of an infant wrapped in a dark handkerchief. The verdict of the jury was wilful murder.

June 2nd 1858

On Wednesday, Mr and Mrs Meadows the master and mistress of St.Andrews school at Halstead had with their child spent the day at Bures with Mr Macartney the master of the Union school accompanying them on horseback. In the evening Mrs Macartney went a short distance on the road to meet them, she mounted the hind seat of cart to ride home with them when it is supposed the pressure of the belly band caused the horse to rear and plunge forward violently, dashing Mrs Macartney to the ground and killing her instantly. The frightened horse finding itself without a driver set off at a fearful rate throwing Mr Meadows out also, the horse dashed down the hill in the town and over the bridge when it came in contact with some cottages throwing mother and child to the ground, although considerably injured they are not seriously hurt.
Accidental death on Mr Macartney.

June 2nd 1858

Joseph Nott a farmer of Pebmarsh was summoned by Mr Cardinall the auctioneer of Sudbury for using abusive and threatening language to him, it was proved by Mr Hostler of Mill Hill, Sudbury that defendant made threats and breached the peace. Fined 5s with 14s 6d costs.

June 2nd 1858

The supply of cattle at Melford fair was somewhat larger than usual, but of ordinary quality, accordingly few sales were made. The greatest attraction was the steam driven machinery.

June 8th 1858

On Thursday last a serious accident happened at the new chapel being built at Ridgewell, a man named Thomas Dalton a labourer from Sudbury in the employ of Mr Webb was ascending the ladder and when he reached the scaffold he lost his balance and he fell 24 feet breaking his thigh.

June 8th 1858

For many years the inhabitants of Sudbury have been accustomed to enjoy the boating and quiet walks by the river bank. Since the warm weather these have stopped especially for the females as assemblages of young men in Friars meadow are dabbling in the water quite nude. These nuisances must be stopped by the police.

July 27th 1858

An unusual accident happened a few days ago to a horse belonging to Mr W.Gatward at Great Maplestead. The animal which was in the stable was irritated by flies which it tried to rid itself of by scratching with its hind foot as well as with its mouth, the two extremities were thus in contact when the fetlock got entagled with its teeth, although the animal threw itself to the ground it could not untangle itself till Mr Garwood arrived and freed it.

August 3rd 1858

Clock House farm, Glemsford was sold to George Oliver Brand for 6000L.

September 21st 1858

Live and Dead Stock for sale by order of Mr George Brand who is relinquishing Slough Farm, Acton. 7 horses-2 cows-110 blackfaced sheep.

September 21st 1858

At Goldingham Hall, Bulmer, by order of Mr John Firmin who is relinquishing the farm. 18 horses-5 two year old chestnut colts-grey nag filly-bay pony-2 milch cows-8 hiefers and steers-1 fat steer-2 year old bull-35 swine-dairy and brewing equipment and implements for 400 acres.

September 21st 1858

County Court. George Welham v Henry Halls, action for damages laid at 50L. The case for the plaintiff, a 14 year old boy was that he was in the dairy of defendant's father at Lavenham where he was employed, he was asked by the dairymaid to taste the milk to see if it was sour, while doing so, defendant came in and asked him who had been taking the milk, defendant then took hold of a stout stick and violently beat him about the head and back until he was insensible after which he dragged him into the stable and took him home in a cart. The plaintiff was examined by Mr Barkway a surgeon of Lavenham who said he was suffering from concussion of the brain and in his present state it was impossible to predict the outcome, the plaintiff was examined but became insensible, adjourned.

November 2nd 1858

At the County Court at Sudbury. Welham v Halls where action was brought to recover 50L damages from Henry Halls a farmer of Lavenham. 5L damages.

November 16th 1858

David Butcher a farm bailiff of Stoke by Clare admitted to the paternity of the bastard child of Matilda Meakins of Stoke by Clare who had been keeping house to defendant. 1s 6d per week.

November 31st 1858

Sale of brushwood at Acton Place wood 1 acre 2 rods.
Barston Hall wood, Acton, 2 acres. Butlers wood at Bulmer 4 acres. Birch wood, Bulmer 2 acres, Hasell wood, Bulmer, 2 acres, Parsonage wood, Bulmer, 1 acre, Northy wood, Cavendish, 2 acres, Easty wood, Cavendish, 2 acres 2 rods, Waterfield wood, Cavendish, 1 acre 2 rods, Wastefield Grove, Newton, 1 acre.

November 23rd 1858

Mr John Isaacson of Clare having retired from Isaacson and Tattersall in 1855 wishes it to be known that the firm is now dissolved.

The news in Britain in 1859

January 11th 1859

Frederick Boreham and James Good of Glemsford were charged at Melford Petty Sessions with shooting partridges on land belonging to Mr E.Hale at Cavendish. Alfred Makin proved he saw Boreham fire a gun at partridges. Good discharged and Boreham fined 11s 6d with 5s 6d costs.

February 15th 1859

Joseph Paske and Ewen Binks pleaded guilty to stealing a quantity of straw from an off hand farm at Kedington the property of Mr George Ambrose. 2 months hard labour each.

February 22nd 1859

A fatal accident occurred in Sudbury on Tuesday last. A man employed in building a new house at Melford road fell from the first floor through the opening left for the stairs and into the cellar. Deceased was a plasterer an had been employed by Mr Grimwood for about four days, he had previously been on the tramp. Nobody knew his name but a pawn brokers ticket in his coat for a trowel pledged, said he was George Raiser. It appears he had four pints of beer during the day and was " freshy". Accidental death.

February 22nd 1859

William Goult and Walter Bantock of Great Waldingfield were charged with stealing a book valued at 1s 6d. Charles Theobald a labourer said he left a book hid in a holly stub and it was missing. Goult sold it to Mrs Bowers saying he had bought from the blacksmith on the Heath. 21 days hard labour.

March 22nd 1859

John Suttle and David Suttle of Glemsford were charged with trespassing on land in Cavendish belonging to Mr Norton. Walter Mills deposed said he saw defendants in Round Wood. Mr Norton said, I saw defendants in a lane leading to the wood, one had the barrel the other had the stock of the gun. I said " I have had a good many runs after you two, now I have got you", they replied we know you have and used abusive language. Fine 30s each and 7s 9d costs.

March 29th 1859

On Friday there was a destructive fire on the premises of Mr Charles Petitt at Mount Bures. 2 large barns, stables, sheds, 2 stacks of barley, 2 stacks of hay and several pigs and fowls were burnt.
A number of valuable horses nearly shared the same fate, damages is estimated to be about 1000L. We understand a travelling medicant is in custody on suspicion. He called at the house for charity and was refused, it is supposed he caused the fire in revenge.

March 29th 1859

Robert Ward a retailer of beer in Poslingford was charged with allowing beer to be drunk on his premises. Thomas Youngman deposed, I called at his premises and found 15 people smoking and drinking in there. Fined 14s 9s and 11s costs.

April 5th 1859

There was an inquest on the death of Mr William Garret of Pound Hall in Melford and formerly of Borley Mills. The deceased gentleman was in his usual good health on Monday evening and nothing further was ascertained respecting him till the following morning when not appearing at his accustomed time, one of the inmates of the house entered his bedroom and found the vital spark had fled. Mr R.Jones Esq, surgeon was immediatley sent for and on his arrival he stated he had no doubt his life had been extinct for several hours. He was nearly a cripple from rheumatism and Mr Jones stated he had ascertained when attending him for some trifling ailment, that he had an organic heart disease of the heart. Natural causes.

April 19th 1859

Thomas Jolly a labourer of Hundon was charged with furiously riding a horse at Stradishall. Mr John Jardine said he was driving his gig at Stradishall when defendant passed him at a furious rate upon a horse without a bridle. Defendant said he had nothing to say. Fined 20s and costs.

May 10th 1859

There is now in Sudbury Union House an aged woman who claims the honour of being with her husband on board the Victory, Nelson's flag ship at the battle of Trafalgar. The old heroine is in her 78th year and is a native of Stoke by Nayland, her maiden name was Susan Olley. She had married an Irish seaman who served aboard the Victory at Trafalgar but was afterwards drowned in an accident. She states that during the battle she was stationed near the powder magazine and was employed during the action in receiving and handing cartridges to boys who carried them to the guns. If her tale be true and it appears there is little doubt, surely something ought to be done to add to the comfort in her old age of one who served her country in the greatest naval victories that graces the English annals.

May 31st 1859

On Tuesday last,(the Queen's Birthday) the completion of the memorial tower at Pentlow was celebrated in the presence of a party of friends whom the reverend gentleman invited. From the top magnificent views are obtainable, embracing 41 churches, 60 windmills, 2 castles and several large halls and estates.

June 28th 1859

William Mills of Clare pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at Cavendish fair and assaulting Superintendant Death on the 11th. Fined 10L and 6s 6d costs.

July 5th 1859

On Wednesday last a deputation of silk weavers from London arrived in Sudbury to induce the weavers of this town to operate a movement to obtain an advance in prices. The meeting was held in the Waggon and Horses Inn, there were 200 people present. Mr Spencer explained the reason in calling the meeting and Mr Wade read a list of prices now being paid by velvet manufacturers in Sudbury, which were from 5d to 14d per yard and the difference in London prices. Mr Shepherd then spoke about the umbrella and parasol trade and said there was a difference of 2© d a yard paid in Sudbury and London or a difference of up to 7s 6d a week. In the evening an open air meeting was held on the Croft, the meeting terminating with the formation of a society on the same plan as the London weavers.

July 12th 1859

Isaac Wordley a labourer from Glemsford was charged of being on land in occupation of Mr Cross of Boxted with a gun. Fined 10s.with 4s 3d costs.

July 26th 1859

Hariett Howe, a girl of 12 years and living at Lawshall was charged with stealing 1lb of horse hair from Mr List a hair manufacturer from London. William Allen deposed, saying, I am foreman at the horsehair factory at Lawshall and give out hair to weavers, Caroline Goldsmith has a loom at her house where the prisoner serves her, Goldsmith having missed some hair told me about it. Fined 8s or 21 days.

July 26th 1859

James Ross, a seaman who had deserted his ship, H.M.Agamemnon, was charged with begging at Melford. To be returned to his ship.

August 9th 1859

As Joseph Hearn, the postman for Henny was passing through the village on Sunday morning, he was suddenly attack by Samuel Tuffen, a labourer who is out of his mind. The madman ran at him with a bludgeon and attempted to strike him but he eluded the blow and fled into a cottage nearby. The maniac was secured but escaped and was found next morning in the river near the Swann Inn. After medical advise he was sent to the lunatic asylum.

August 9th 1859

George Cutmore a labourer of Poslingford was charged with stabbing Joseph Ince at Poslingford. Ince said I live at Clare and was at Ward's beerhouse at Poslingford, I went at 5 and left at 10, a man named Twitchett and the prisoner left at the same time. Twitchett was thrown down the steps and I went to see what had happened, Cutmore wanted to fight me, I was struck and returned the blow when he struck me again with something and I felt blood trickling down my leg. Twitchett had said he could beat all Poslingford men and put them in his pocket.
Walter Cutmore was offended by this remark and wanted to fight Twitchett, there were about 20 people in the beerhouse and Twitchett was thrown down the steps. John Ward, the beerhouse keeper, said there was a quarrel between Ince and the prisoner and he turned them out of his house and said Ince came up to the prisoner and " catched him on the side of the face a good whisker of the head". Aquitted.

September 6th 1859

A young man name Muggeridge left the railway station at Sudbury where he worked and procceeded down Friars Street to a lane called Scarlin's Walk where he went to the river Stour and drowned himself. A disappointed love affair was the cause. At the inquest, Thomas Owers of the Railway Bell said deceased lodged with him and when drunk had a portrait of his daughter in his hand which he frequently kissed, when the body was found he had a portrait of Miss Owers tied to it. Temporary insane. The deceased was nearly related to the Sheriff of London.

September 27th 1859

Sale of live and dead stock at Potters Farm, Acton, by order of Mr Oliver Brand who quitting the farm.

September 27th 1859

James Twitchett a labourer of Stoke by Clare was charged with assaulting Mary Houldgate who said her husband keeps the Millers Arms at Clare and is also a miller on 27 acres. Witness said 4 men came into our house and had 7 quarts of beer and some chops, they afterwards disputed the reckoning and knocked me and my husband down.
Fined 2L.

September 27th 1859

On Tuesday last the annual fete and exhibiton of garden produce was held at Boxted Hall in the beautiful park. The attendance of gentry and others was numerous. Longest servitude with good character-William Blackshire aged 65 with 45 years service,£ 1.
John Bruce 76 served 44 years 15s. William Rayner with 43 years, 12s 6d.
Potatoes-D.Middleditch-Onions H.Claydon-Carrots T.Hunt- Parsnips, Granger.Cabbage, D.Wodley.-Lettuce, Rushbrooke.-Celery, Boreham.- Cucumber, Boreham.-Peas, Wodley.-French Beans, Gowers.- Horseradish, Preston.-Collection of vegetables, Briggs.

October 4th 1859

William Byford of Ballingdon a labourer who is in the employ of Mr R.Weston of Ballingdon Hall was charged with beating his wife Eliza. She said during this last fortnight she had suffered much from her husband's conduct, on Friday when he was paid his wages he only brought home 1s and wanted her to go out and buy some mutton to fry for his supper, she remonstrated with him and he struck her. 3 months hard labour.

October 4th 1859

Charles Brown was charged with committing an assault on Maria Hartley aged 8© years. 4 months hard labour.

October 4th 1859

William Goodey and Nether Clarke of Glemsford were charged with carrying a certain fire on a stick on the highway at Glemsford. Fined 15s and cautioned about the danger of which might issue from such practice.

October 18th 1859

Elijah Whittle of Glemsford was charged with stealing a plough spud the property of Mr Alston of Stanstead. Charles Wheeler said I work for Mr Alston and was ploughing in a field, when I left off at 3 o'clock the spud was on the plough. The bench took a lenient view and hoped it would be a warning for his future conduct. 14 days in prison.

November 1st 1859

Fanny Beer of was charged under the Weavers Act with neglecting her work for 8 successive days. James Slater the superintendant of the silk manufacturers Morris and Hughes proved the case but defendant pleaded to be allowed to finish her work. Adjourned.

November 1st 1859

Josiah Johnson a labourer of Cavendish was summoned for assault by p.c.Spinks by kicking his legs. The p.c. said he was on duty at Cavendish Green on Sunday afternoon when near the church gate defendant made low expressions, I told him not to use such words and he said I will do what I like. I took him by the collar and he kicked me twice, there had been complaints made of disgusting conduct by persons standing on the green on Sunday afternoons. Fined 10s and 7s 6d costs.

November 22nd 1859

On Tueday last a young lad of 16 years named James Hempstead of Melford was charged by a young woman named Fanny Mitchell of Bridge Street of criminally assaulting her at 11 at night near her home at Bridge Street. The evidence was unfit for the public. Committed for trial.

November 29th 1859

John Risen of Melford was charged with stealing 29 doz. rabbit and hares skins valued at 5L from William Prigg a marine store dealer. To appear at the next sessions.

December 13th 1859

An accident has happened to an old man of between 70 and 80 from Melford named Copsey. Copsey lived a comfortable life by selling produce from his large garden but as he has paralytic fits his son and daughter in law came to live with him. It was discovered that a large hutch where he kept his clothes and money had been broken into and between 6L and 9L had been taken, there was a hole in the thatch and a broken pane of glass where it is supposed the thief entered, when this was discovered the old man uttered a few words of grief then sat near the fire and died.