The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1867 Bury and Norwich Post newspaper archive

The news in Britain in 1867

January 15th 1867

Died at Manor Farm, Otten Belchamp in her 72nd year-Mary Ann, wife of Mr Isaac Hilsdon.

January 15th 1867

Died on the 27th at Shimpling in his 41st year, Samuel Butcher the eldest son of Mr Butcher of Shimpling Mill, leaving a wife and three young children.

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.