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December 26th 1880

On Saturday afternoon a serious accident befell a ten year old boy named Payne who resides with his parents at Borley.
It appears that the unfortunate lad had been to Sudbury and was returning home in his donkey and cart and whilst at full gallop he turned the corner at Rodbridge, one of the wheels ran up the bank and the conveyance was overturned, the boy was thrown violently to the ground and the cart falling on him. Mr Alfred Parkington of Sudbury happened to be passing at the time and extricated him from his perilous position.
Dr Horsford of Melford was promptly in attendance and the sufferer was taken to his fathers house at Borley. It was at first feared that the boy would lose his life but we learn his condition is more hopeful, but for the prompt help from Mr Parkington there is every reason to think that the foolish boy would have lost his life.

March 8th 1881

On Thursday evening some evil disposed person or persons placed on the highway at Foxearth, a gate taken from a gateway to a field. Mr Allen, a dealer of Glemsford was driving along the road and being very dark his horse was thrown down on the gate and pitching Mr Allen into the road and severely injuring him. We are glad to hear the sufferer is recovering, we trust the dastardly ruffians capable of indulging in such wanton acts may be brought to justice and receive his just reward for the condition.

May 17th 1881

It is proposed that Sudbury shall form a cricket club.

August 9th 1881

After feed to be let up to Christmas next - 23© acres on a productive meadow land near Melford chemical manure works and close to Melford station.

September 27th 1881

Live and Dead Farming stock to be sold by auction at Goldingham Hall, Bulmer by George Coote and Henry Meeking, auctioneers.
29 horses including foals and a dun pony - 21 head of neat stock - 40 fat sheep - 100 lambs - 20 swine and implements for 500 acres.

September 27th 1881

At Kitchen Farm, Bulmer on instructions from Mr Edward Lee Baker who's tenancy has expired, he has been a yearly tenant at a rental of 44s per acre and tithe at 11s an acre, an application for a rent reduction was not acceeded to by his landlord, Mr St George Burke of the Aubries. Mr Baker also farms extensively at Belchamp at Eyston Smyths and Lodge farm. The horses were in poor condition which Mr Balls accounted for by the reason of a long and protracted harvest and the heavy work incident thereto. Derby, a chestnut mare - T.P.Brand 89 guineas - Chestnut filly foal - T.P.Brand 12© guineas.

November 29th 1881

On Saturday night at about half past nine a serious fire broke out on the premises of Houghton Hall, Cavendish, occupied by Mr George Leach and it prove of a very destructive character. The steward and his son by the name of Prike, shortly after retiring to bed observed that one of the barn roofs was in flames, on reaching the spot they happily succeeded in releasing from their perilous position, 18 horses and 27 cows but 3 valuable pigs burnt to death. Out of seven stacks of wheat, straw and oats only three were saved, they contained the entire produce of a large breadth of land and were of considerable value.
2 barns, stables, granary and plough tackle, machinery and agricultural carriages fell prey to the flames. We understand a insurance had been affected and the loss is a good deal covered. The Sudbury fire brigade under the conductorship of Supt.Wright in addition to the Cavendish staff were present and rendered every assistance, the origin of the fire is at present a mystery. The scene of the conflagration was visited by several hundred persons from the neighbourhood on Sunday.

January 17th 1882

The will of the late Lt.Col.Hubert Plunkett Burke of the 8th Hussars and late of the Aubries, Bulmer, was proved by Walter St Geo.Burke and Francis Eustace Burke,(brothers). The personal estate valued at exceeding £ 20, 000 pounds, the testator bequeathed all the plate, pictures, furniture, carriages, horses, cattle, farm stock, crops and all personal effects to his brother, Walter St George Burke.

February 21st 1882

George Chattis, labourer of Otten Belchamp, employed by Mr Pratt, farmer, of the same place was charged with riding without reins at Melford, Fined 2s 6d and 6s 6d costs.

April 25th 1882

A handsome munificent drinking fountain has just been presented to Sudbury Borough by the daughters of the late Mr Samuel Brown, a wealthy tradesman of this town. The fountain contains two lower basins for dogs, an upper one for cattle and one for ordinary drinking.The structure is on the north side of St Peters Church facing the town hall.

April 25th 1882

Thomas Wordley, Alfred and Thomas Farrance, Leonard Chatters, Joseph Smith and William Plume all of Glemsford were charged with assaulting P.C.Claxton at Cavendish. P.C.Claxton said there was a disturbance at the Railway Arms and he was violently assaulted opposite the road that goes to Glemsford near the Chapel. 3 months hard labour at Ipswich gaol.

November 14th 1882

Late on Saturday night a fire broke out on the premises of Liston Hall the seat of Col.Palmer, resulting in the destruction of the extensive coach houses and stabling. It appears that shortly after before midnight, the housekeeper was awakened by some unusual noises and a sound of glass cracking and on looking from her window observed smoke and flames issuing from the direction of the buildings referred to, immediately the entire household was aroused and the alarm given, assistance was speedily at hand. Happily the valuable horses were rescued from their perilous position, the carriages were likewise rescued and only suffered slight damage but the harness was destroyed. The Melford Fire Brigade were in attendance but could not afford much aid as the hoses were insufficient. Good service was rendered by a small engine kept on the premises. The fire is believed to have originated fom a chimney flue. Col.Palmer wa insured in the Suffolk Alliance Office but not to the full amount of the loss which is estimated at £ 600. Many hundreds of people visited the scene on Sunday, we understand it is exactly 12 years since the mansion and contents were destroyed in a similar manner.

February 12th 1870

Daniel Hartley and John Argent of Cavendish were charged with stealing 12 lbs of wood from their master Mr Pratt Viall of Colts Hall, Cavendish. Daniel Angel, farm bailiff, stated that the prisoners were employed that day in riving firewood. P.C.Bullet deposed that he took the wood from their frial baskets as they were going home.
Mr Viall said he hoped the men would be dealt with leniently as he had nothing against them before and would employ them again. Guilty - 7 days imprisonment.

February 19th 1870

On Saturday, Mr Ager a carrier from Clare was descending Pentlow Hill when he alighted from the cart to ease the horse, in doing so he fell and dislocated his knee. He is now progressing well we are happy to say

March 5th 1870

Hobarts Hall or otherwise the Old House, Belchamp Otten, for sale comprising 158 acres also The Lodge Farm, Foxearth, comprising 156 acres. In the spring.

August 30th 1870

There was an inquest on Monday at Cavendish before the Deputy Coroner, Mr J.W.Ion, on the body of George Underwood aged 33 years, crossing keeper. Deceased was keeper at the level crossing called Offord's crossing situated between © and 3/4 of a mile on the Clare side of Cavendish railway station at a spot a poor woman was run over by a train about a year ago. The place is on a decline towards Cavendish and is usually passed at about 30 miles an hour. On Saturday afternoon, James Tracey the engine driver observed at a distance of between 300 and 200 yards that the gates were closed, he immediately sounded his whistle and reversed the engine and called on the stoker to apply the brakes. As soon as he sounded the whistle deceased came from his hut. Deceased had an accident sometime ago and had only one arm, he was opening the second gate and was partly across the the line when he was struck and thrown into the garden adjacent to the line, the driver getting off the engine, found a button of a mans coat sticking to the wheel and apprehensive of what had happened he drove on to Cavendish station. The station master and the porters proceeded immediately to the spot but the poor fellow was deceased, dying immediately. Dr Waring who had drove up to the crossing at the time of the accident pronounced him dead.
Accidental death with addendum that the driver was entirely without blame. The poor fellow was steady in his habits and left a wife and three small children who were gleaning in a field when the accident occurred.

August 29th 1896

The extensive maltings which were erected a few years ago at Melford by the Lion Brewery Company and used for making malt solely for the company has been offered for sale by tender and purchased by Messrs Fred Branwhite and Sons, malsters of Long Melford.

September 5th 1896

On Sunday morning a boy named Charles Parmenter, aged 13 years was drowned at Lyston Old Mill Pool