The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1865-1867 Suffolk & Essex Free Press newspaper archive


The news in Britain in 1865

January 17th 1865

Maurice Whittle of Melford was charged with stealing a faggot of wood the property of Messrs Brassey the railway contractors.
James Beaument said I am in the employ of the contractors who have a brick yard 200 yards of the boundary in Essex where there is a quantity of faggots, the faggots produced were some of it. P.C.Skipper said I was on duty near the Liston bridge, I saw defendant in the brickyard.
3 months hard labour.

January 24th 1865

Since the commencement of the railway line from this town, the Sudbury to Clare line, there has been a record of accidents on the line in a deep cut near Brundon, accidents have occurred on several occasions, several fatal. It is said that the navvies are careless at the times of the accidents which have happened in this deep cut by men excavating near the foot of the embankment and letting the soil fall by its own weight and sometimes falling before the men could get out of the way. Last Thursday afternoon a fall, not caused by any fault of the men occurred, a small mass weighing not more than 20lbs knocked down two men, one of them died within two minutes.His name was Alfred Finch, he left a wife and two children. It appears the men have to load a certain amount of trucks per day and they fulfill this task more easily when they undermine.

February 14th 1865

On the right of the road from Ballingdon to Middleton is a large chalk pit, the property of Mr Allen. It appears a young man named John Harrington in the employ of Mr John Todd of Alphamstone accompanied by a man named Whiting had been sent to the pit for some chalk. Harrington and Whiting commenced filling their tumbril when a large mass of about 50 tons of earth fell on them, Whiting was barely covered and got out, the other poor fellow, Harrington, could not be seen and it required the labour of 20 men from 8 till 12 before his corpse was recovered. Suffocated by a fall of chalk.

April 1865

The Stag beerhouse in Westgate Street, Melford, for sale at the Black Lion Hotel, with bakehouse attached which is doing a capital trade doing upwards of 300 sacks per annum. Cottages adjoining now occupied by Mrs Charlotte Bixby and Isaac Biggs.

May 2nd 1865

On Tuesday a splendid yacht built for Lord Paget was launched in Melford in gallant style. It was built by Messrs Harvey, ship builders.

May 9th 1865

Neat stock will be taken at Melford park from May 29th at 4s a head for stock over 2 years, 3s per week for yearlings. Money to be paid when taken out.

June 6th 1865

Nathan Chinery of Acton was summoned by Inspector Ginn for selling beer during prohibited hours. P.C.Backley said he went to Chinery's beerhouse at Acton on Sunday morning and asked him for a pint of beer, he brought it to me and I paid him 6d, he gave me 4d change, there were two other men there, I was in plain clothes. Defendant pleaded that the men were strangers and therefore travellers. Fined 2L and 8s 6d costs.
Samuel Oakley of Melford was charged with the same offence. P.C.Backley said he went to defendant's house at Rodbridge Street at Melford. 1L with 8s 6d costs.
Alfred Wrigley of Melford, same offence. P.C.Backley said he went to defendants house at half past seven on Sunday morning at Cock's Green, Melford and asked for a pint of beer, he did not ask if I was a stranger. 2L and 2s 6d costs.

June 6th 1865

George Chinery a dealer from Belchamp was summoned fro allowing his servant, a boy named Wadley, to use a horse which was lame in Sudbury. 5L.

July 25th 1865

Joseph Maxim of Cavendish was charged with stealing a linen bag containg mutton belonging to James Jay of Belchamp St Pauls.
Jay said he was in the Bear Inn at Clare in company of defendant, I had a bag containg mutton on the table, shortly afterwards I missed it. John Martin a labourer of Clare said he saw the prisoner take the mutton.
P.C.Picknes said he overtook the prisoner on the way to Cavendish, he dropped the meat behind him. 14 days hard labour.

August 1st 1865

Reuben Humphrey aged 13 was summoned by his employer, Mr A.Eagle, for throwing a stone at a ewe thereby breaking it's leg and damaging it to the extent of 2L. 5L and 5s 6d costs.

August 1st 1865

Walter and William Boreham, brothers of Glemsford were summoned by P.C.Wood for fighting in Broom Street, Glemsford. To find sureties of 10L each for 6 months.

August 8th 1865

Alfred Goody was charged with creating a disturbance on Mill Common, Sudbury. P.C.Scott said he was on duty at a cricket match when he saw defendant stripped to the waist and fighting with another person, the offence took place in the refreshment tent which was erected for the convenience of the cricket players, the prisoner was tipsy.
2 months hard labour.

August 15th 1865

On Sunday as the Parliamentry train was coming from Bury, as it was crossing the Marsh near Ballingdon bridge the driver saw several horse on the slope of the embankment, he shut off the steam but a pony was frightened and tried to cross the line and was struck by the buffers. One of the railway sub contractors was accustomed to turning the horses on to the line on Sundays to feed not knowing a train was due, the pony which was feeding with them belonged to Mr Amey of the Spread Eagle Inn.

August 15th 1865

John Leffley a fish hawker of Sudbury was charged with beating his wife. To keep the peace for six months.

August 15th 1865

On Wednesday last, Mr Foster the son of the Rev Foster of Foxearth left a lady in his chaise while he went into the residence of th Rev Faulkner in Westgate Lane, Melford, during his absence the horse started off at a rapid pace, the lady was thrown out but not hurt, the chaise was upset on Melford Green.

August 15th 1865

Abraham Chinery, a butcher from Cavendish was charged with assaulting a six year old boy named Frank Underwood at Cavendish by throwing him into the village pond. Defendant admitted the charge and said the boy was throwing stones at his geese on the pond. The bench said it was a foolish cowardly thing to do. 20s and 9s costs.

September 5th 1865

Mr J.Carter Jonas will sell by auction at West End farm, Foxearth on the 10th of September by the direction of the executors of the late Shepherd Ewer, the valuable live and dead stock. 13 useful mares and geldings-5 colts-8 Suffolk milch cows-12 two year old heifers- 10 1 year old steers-90 half bred Leicester ewes-quantity of swine and agricultural machinery.

September 12th 1865

At Buntings Farm, Pentlow, the live and dead stock composed of 4 mares and geldings-1 colt-2 cows- poultry-Westons 4 hp threshing machinery with chaff cutter by Ransome and Sims-road waggon.

September 12th 1865

At Brook Hall farm by the directions of the executors of the late Sarah Orbell, to be sold by auction the live and dead stock. 21 powerful mares and geldings-3 hackneys-120 blackfaced shearling ewes-6 fat Hereford oxen-70 swine. Excellent furniture- handsome mahogany dining and drawing room chairs and sofas-mahogany secretaire and book case-telescopic dining table-mahogany and rosewood loo and card tables-pianoforte-Brussels and Kidderminster carpets- chimney and other glasses-all the valuable and appropriate furniture to fit four bedrooms and dressing rooms-excellent linen-china and glass and other effects.

September 19th 1865

A well known old house on Cavendish green traditionaly known in the neighbourhood as the original residence of the now Ducal house of Devonshire has recently been purchased by Mr Hardy who on pulling down the large chimney in the hall, discovered hidden behind the mantleshelf, a massive stone carved with the arms of the Cavendish family and gilt. It is inexcellent state of preservation although at least 300 years old. The stone has been inspected by Mr Almack, an experienced antiquarian, who at once communicated with the Duke of Devonshire, his Grace expressed a wish to have it. Mr Almack accordingly sent it to Holker near Windemere, one of the Duke's mansions and his Grace very handsomely forwarded a cheque for 10 guineas to Mr Hardy.

September 26th 1865

The live and dead stock at Woodhall Farm for sale by directions of Mr Culling Hunter who is quitting the farm. 12 mares and geldings-2 cows-handsome riding bay pony-2 poll cows-100 splendid Leicester ewes-50 swine-machinery for 300 acres.

September 26th 1865

The cattle in the parish of Melford are still suffering from the destructive disease (Murian), Mr H.Westropp of Place Farm has lost 17 cows from his dairy also Mr James Beaumont and Mr Joseph Byford have each lost several as has Mr Butcher. The cattle in Melford park are going on favourably.

October 3rd 1865

This week the cattle disease has carried off the remainder of the fine dairy herd 30 in number and one bull belonging to Mr H.Westropp of Place Farm, Melford. Mr Joseph Byford of Rowhedge and Mr James Beaumont of Cranmore Farm have lost several.

November 7th 1865

The 18th annual meeting of the Sudbury Agricultural Society took place at Wood Hall on Tuesday. Ploughing prizes-Edward Springett for A.Segars, 1st,£ 2. Boy class-James Pegg for Walter Lord,£ 1- 15s.

November 14th 1865

Elizabeth Amos of Belchamp pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at Clare. 5s and 6s 6d costs.

November 14th 1865

As workmen were digging in the Castle Bailey at Clare near the entry to the railway station they turned up one of the most interesting relics yet found in the district, it was a gold cross and a chain which was about two foot in length.

November 14th 1865

A man named Smith was charged with allowing his donkey and cart to stand from 10 in the morning till 3 in the afternoon in Cross Street, Sudbury, opposite the Weavers Arms. £ 1 and 13s costs.

December 26th 1865

A chaste and handsome pavement of Mintons encaustic tiles have just been laid in Stanstead church as an appropriate Christmas present from a member of the Rector's family. It was designed by James Fowler, architect of Louth in Lincolnshire and has been executed under his personal superintendance, it is supposed to show much good taste and judgement. A visit will repay those who take interest in such matters.

The news in Britain in 1866

January 2nd 1866

While his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was shooting with Lord Alfred Paget in Lineage wood at Melford, a fox was disturbed. On Tuesday last the Suffolk Hunt visited the wood and soon the notice that Reynard had gone away was given, he crossed the railway cutting to a small plantation, thence through Hoggs Grove then across the road to Bryants Wood into Rectory Wood, Bulston Hall Grove into Paradise Wood then across the cutting again to the fox's old quarters in Lineage.
10 minutes before the hounds got there, Reynard was dislodged from Lineage and ran in the direction of Cockfield where after a good run he was killed. The brush was handed over to Sir William Hyde Parker, a true foxhunter and worthy of esteem. We regret to say that Mr William Mann of Lodge farm broke his arm when his horse fell on him. On Monday, Lord Paget and party who are staying at the Melford Hall had a partridge brush and shot the woods again.

March 13th 1866

Friday is fixed as the day of humiliation on account of the cattle plague. Two services were held in Melford parish church and collections were made at the close. Sudbury day of humiliation was on Wednesday.

March 27th 1866

Mr Cox will sell a large quantity of household goods and furniture at Lyston Hall near Sudbury on April 3rd. By orders of the executors of the late Mrs Thornhill.

April 24th 1866

Planton Studd, a dealer from Glemsford was charged with illegally moving cattle under the cattle plague order. James Maxim said " I am a drover and employed by defendant, I took 30 pigs in a van from Sudbury to Mr Orbell's farm at Pentlow, Mr Orbell told me he had not got room for them so I took them to the Bull Inn, Cavendish where I lodged them". The defendant said Maxim had disobeyed orders as he was to wait at Mr Orbell's until his master arranged a place for them. 20s with 16s costs.

May 1st 1866

We are happy to announce that the Melford and Sudbury district is now free from the cattle plague though the legal time has not expired to allow Glemsford to have a clean bill of health. The freemen's cows are now able to graze the North meadows at Sudbury.

May 22nd 1866

As a woman named Maxim was returning from Cavendish to the house of her son who is bailiff to Mr Orbell at Bower Hall, Pentlow, being of 80 years of age and very deaf she was unable to hear the approaching train from Melford to Cambridge at 11-45 a m, the poor woman was passing over the line at the crossing when the buffers of the train struck her and hurled her down, she was conveyed home a distance of © a mile but died shortly after.

May 29th 1866

Samuel Hempstead was charged with assaulting a lad named Brown at Brundon. Brown said he was in the barn at Brundon helping to catch some sheep when defendant told him to pick up some wool, he said he would in a minute as he was doing something else. Defendant hit him three times on the head and flung him down, he was hurt by the fall. Hard labour for 21 days.

June 10th 1866

On Thursday morning last, a poor servant girl named Anna Osborne aged 15 was walking alone from her parents home in Somerton to her situation in Melford, she was half way between Cranmore Hill and Melford windmill when a man without shoes or stockings and she had never seen before sprang out of the hedge and asked her if she had any money, she said no, he laid hold of her calling her a b----y varmit, he felt in her pocket and stole 18d. She returned to Somerton and told her parents who immediately sent for P.C.Hughes who employed a young man to drive him and the girl in a horse and cart to Glemsford, Cavendish, Melford and Sudbury, he was not found.

June 24th 1866.

We are requested to state that the police have investigated the alleged highway robbery at Melford and that in their opinion little reliance can be placed upon them.

June 30th 1866

On the 1st of June, Glemsford, as a passenger station appeared for the first time on the railway timetable.

July 3rd 1866

George Braybrook and Frederick Hubbard were charged with fighting at Cavendish fair. 20s each 6s 6d costs. James Maxim and Henry Wells of Cavendish was charged with attempting to rescue one of the defendants in the previous case. To find sureties for 10L for six months.

August 7th 1866

William Keeble of Wood Hall farm, Sudbury, was charged with unlawfully ploughing up a footpath across Hall Hill Field.
Defendant did not appear.

November 13th 1866

There was an inquest at the residence of Mr Mumford at Causton Hall, Little Cornard, on the body of a labouring man named Isaac Mower aged 33 years who was killed the previous day by a fall of earth upon him while he was sinking a well on Mr Mumford's premises.
The well had been dug to the depth of aboout 22ft and deceased had come to a strata of fine sand and he had not used the proper cylinder provided by his master, saying he did not need it till he reached water.
The sides gave way and 15ft of earth fell on him. The body could not be got out until Wednesday evening, the men having to work with great care.
Deceased left a widow and five children. Stephen Rice, labourer, said he was working with deceased pulling up the rope and saw the earth fall on him, he had warned the deceased to use the cylinder. Accidental death from suffocation. We are glad to hear collections were made at the Tithe dinners in Great and Little Cornard.

December 11th 1866

The Duke of Edinburgh visited Melford Hall, the residence of Lord Paget to shoot over the well stocked preserves. The Royal party arrived at Melford station at about quarter to seven in the evening and were conducted along the platform by Mr Row, station master.
The following morning the party shot Spelthorne Wood and bagged 592 head of game-224 pheasants-6 partridges-99 hares-1 woodcock and 242 rabbits.
On Friday the party shot Lineage Wood and shot 196 pheasants-3 woodcock- 3 partridges-119 hares and 328 rabbits, totalling 649 head.

December 18th 1866

We understand that Lord Paget will leave Melford Hall to live at Bushey Park.

December 18th 1866

It has been decided to purchase a piece of ground situated in Newton road, for the site of the new hospital at Sudbury.


The news in Britain in 1867

February 26th 1867

Robert Godden a labourer of Bures was charged by his employer for misbehaviour in husbandry on the 9th. Charles Boggis said defendant was employed by him to look after 400 sheep and was paid 13s per week, he had not discharged defendant but left it to the bench. 14 days hard labour. (This is for absenting himself from work. G.H.)

March 19th 1867

There has been many robberies in the Glemsford district recently, 2 coombs of beans from Mr Smith of Braggons, a large quantity of poultry from J.Smith of Hill farm, 2 bushels of peas from Mr Goodchild from Mill farm, a shop at Finsted End was plundered, the dwelling house of Mr Smith of Braggons was entered, 2 guns and poultry from Mr Maxim of Lodge farm, poultry and 2 ducks from Mr Hale of Finsted Hall. Many farmers now sleep with guns or revolvers by their sides as these gangs continue to prowl about. Some people think crime is on the decrease but in the Glemsford and Cavendish district we have more thieving and receiving than many other parts of the country per head of population.

May 7th 1867

At a meeting of the Sudbury Town Council it was decided to call together the cattle plague committee and to have an inspection of all the cowsheds in the borough. The inspector is also to examine every cow to be turned out on the common.

May 7th 1867

Glemsford church was reopened on Sunday after being closed for upwards of four years except for Divine service, the tower has been entirely rebuilt. A collection at the door amounted to 12L 11s 8d.
It was pleasing to witness the amount of coppers dropped into the plate by the labouring classes.

August 13th 1867

George Pawsey of Glemsford was charged with being a deserter from the 3rd of Foot Regiment stationed at Glasgow. P.C.Skipper said that he admitted he was a deserter. To Bury gaol while the military authorities are communicated with.

August 27th 1867

George Hartley of Glemsford was charged with assaulting Thomas Green from Melford who said he between 8 and 9 he left the Three Tuns Inn at Glemsford in company of William Leeks, when they got to Burtons Farm defendant who had followed them struck him. Fined 5s.3s 6d costs.

September 3rd 1867

An inquest was held in the White Hart Inn at Clare on the body of John Bareham aged 51 years. On Saturday afternoon deceased was harvesting with others in a field at Chilton belonging to Thomas Dennis. Deceased was on top of a waggon loading which was not quite completed when the waggon passed over some water furrows and he was pitched off, landing on his head. Accidental Death, he was quite sober.

September 10th 1867

Great excitement was caused on Monday evening by a alarm that fire had broken out at Borley Hall, the residence of Mr H.Gardiner. It appeared that the homestead was alight but the flames were from the stackyard at the rear of the premises. Two stacks were consumed, one of 50 sacks the other of 100 sacks. The Sudbury fire brigade were soon on the spot and stopped the fire spreading to other stacks. It is supposed that children playing with lucifer matches were to blame.

September 17th 1867

The Sudbury stock market was reopened on Thursday with a good showing of cows and horses, a spectacle to which for a long time the inhabitants of the Market Hill will find strange.

October 1st 1867

Abraham Savage a very troublesome fellow from Cavendish was summoned for pushing over part of the churchyard wall at Cavendish. 2L and 18s costs.

October 22nd 1867

A murder was committed in Sudbury on Saturday night by a bricklayer named William Martin of Ballingdon. The man killed was named Burbridge, aged 23 years, a resident of Sudbury. Both men, with a brother of Martin, had been drinking in the Plough public house in Stour Street until 11 o'clock when they were turned out, they went a little way further to the Rose Inn in Stour Street which is a licenced house, they had been quarreling. The landlord of the Rose saw the state they were in and refused to serve them, they then went outside where they continued to quarrel when William Martin pulled a knife out and gave a heavy thrust at the side of Burbridge who fell down, they then hurried away. Doctor Williams told the young man that he was mortally wounded and pressed him into saying who did it, after some hesitation he named the man and said " dont hang him". The men were looked for by the police who searched all next day and on Monday but unsuccessfully. The men bear a very bad character in the neighbourhood and are much addicted to drink and fighting. The men were captured on Thursday morning in their own beds.

October 29th 1867

On Thursday at about 6, a lad named Brown employed by his father who is a bricklayer, in building the Crown Inn in Melford, lost his balance when on the upper joists and fell to the ground, luckily nothing was broken.

October 29th 1867

At the annual Sudbury Agricultural Society meeting, Samuel Ward won 1st prize for rearing the greatest number of lambs with the smallest loss of ewes (195 lambs from 140 ewes) recommended by Mrs Ewer.(probably Western Hall, Foxearth).
The president of the show,(Mr N.Barnadiston) alluded to the murder recently committed in the town and said that there were those who indulged in drink on Saturday nights till passions and crime ensued, he prayed to God it might be a warning to other young men to keep from the beer shops and public houses, he understood 200 years had passed since a similar event in Sudbury.

November 11th 1867

On Friday morning a man in the employ of Mr George Ruffel of Rodbridge Street Farm, found concealed in a straw stack near the turnpike road, 9 bottles and a jar of jam, supposed to have been stolen from Mr J.Grubb on the Sudbury road.

November 19th 1867

The foundation stone of the new hospital in Newton road was laid last week by Maj.Parker, M.P.
December 12th 1867. At the Suffolk Assizes, William Martin aged 24 years a labourer of Ballingdon was charged with the murder of John Burbridge also of Ballingdon, his brother Charles Martin a labourer of Ballingdon was charged with aiding and abetting. Charles Martin was found not guilty and was released, William Martin was found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years penal servitude.

December 24th 1867

On Wednesday morning a young man named Henry Ranson aged 17 was assisting in the repair of lead guttering on St Peter's Church, Sudbury, when a piece of coping he was standing on gave way as he went to step on to the ladder, precipitating a fall to the ground, a distance of 25 ft, at the foot of the ladder was a tombstone which he struck his back. In little over a © an hour he expired. Accidental Death.

December 31st 1867

David Crick a foreman at the Cocoa factory in Glemsford charged John Clarry aged 16 with breaking the wing of his duck by throwing stones at it. Fined 6d with 1s costs. Fred Suttle, John Suttle and William Pettit for stealing a quantity of turnips from Mr Cobden Morley of Gelmsford to be whipped with a birch rod not exceeding 10 strokes.