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January 9th 1872.

In August 1776 news reached Sudbury of merry making at Belchamp st Paul, at the end of harvest, men started wrestling and finished up fighting, one man, Daniel Dobson, received a blow which left him senseless (he later died). A Sudbury comment was-it hoped this will prove a caution to harvest men who too often after harvest endings, instead of being merry and sociable over good liquor they are part-taking of, they go quarrelling and abusing each other and commit acts as they have great cause to regret afterwards.

January 9th 1872

BEET SUGAR FACTORY LAVENHAM SUFFOLK Contracts for the purchase of sugar beet Mr Duncan is prepared to contract with growers for 800 acres of sugar beet for the ensuing season or for a longer period. Prices as follows-- 20s per ton for roots properly trimmed and free from dirt delivered at Lavenham.
Or 18 shillings per ton delivered into rail trucks not exceeding 18 miles from Lavenham, reduction of 1d per mile greater distance.

January 9th 1872

Mary Copsey, innkeeper of the Cock Inn, Glemsford, was charged with encouraging drunken behaviour in her house at Glemsford.
P.C.Ward said that on the 18th of December at about 11 at night, I found 20 to 30 people in the tap room amongst them was Daniel Suttle who was the worse for drink and riotous, when I entered the room Suttle said" how do you do Ward" and I said" how do you do Suttle", he then made use of indecent language and challenged me to fight using threatening language.
Def.was fined £ 2 10s and 11s costs.

July 20th 1872

Pentlow Church Sunday School for more than half a century has been carried on with little fluctuations through the exertions of the late regretted Rector the Rev.E.Bull and his predecessor the Rev.J.Bull. Many who are now aged can look back with pleasing rememberances of the of the time they were taught in the school. The annual gathering is always hailed with joyous anticipations nevertheless, throughout its whole history no parallel can be found in this years treat. The present worthy Rector, the Rev.J.Darnell, soley at his own expense, gave the school children and teachers a substantial dinner on the 17th at 2 o'clock. Ample provision was made for the whole village and at 6 o'clock all the residents of the village sat down to a spread of beef, mutton, ale, etc, it was partaken by the sons of toil and their families with great zest. Not only were the receivers of this great kindness delighted, but the wothy giver seemed equally pleased.
The Cavendish Fife and Drum band were in attendance and gave pleasure to the days enjoyment.

December 17th 1873

A few days since, as Capt.Bence and a party of gentlemen were shooting over an osier bed near the river at Cranmore Green, Melford, one of the dogs caught a young otter.

January 21st 1873

Charles Pryke of Lavenham, was charged with using violence to Ambrose Grimwood during a strike at Lavenham sugar beet factory. 1 months hard labour.

January 21st 1873

Nails have been found in sugar beet at Lavenham sugar beet factory in an attempt to harm machinery during the strike.

February 18th 1873

Charles Howe of Lavenham was charged with inciting others to put nails in sugar beet at Lavenham, so injuring machinery.
150 hands are employed at the factory. Bail was granted.
(Note:- There had been trouble because Belgians had been brought in as strike breakers.)(G.H.)

March 17th 1873

At Sudbury County Court.-Hannah Allcock v Rev.Fisher of Liston. The action was brought to recover £ 3 5s. for attendance on the defendants wife. Defendant payed 4s 6d into court and denied any further liabilty. Plaintiff had been engaged when Mrs Fisher had had an accident resulting in a stiff arm. She said she had been engaged at 10s per week but only received 5s. Def.said he engaged her on condition she cured his wife as he had heard she was good at curing such things and she did not cure her. Verdict in favour of Rev.Fisher.

June 24th 1873

George Carter, a watchmaker of Cavendish, was charged with allowing his horse to stray on the highway. Fined 1s with 4s costs.

August 19th 1873

John Suttle of Glemsford was charged with carrying a gun without a licence. P.C.Bullet said I was near Glemsford Station at about 2-30 am when I saw Suttle, I am sure it was Suttle as he had a long barrelled gun, a very peculiar gun. Case proved-fined full penalty-£ 10.

August 19th 1873

William Bird, a brickmaker of Cavendish, was charged with employing a child under 13 years of age. Guilty-fined £ 4 with £ 1 17s costs.

January 13th 1874

While brewing yesterday morning, Mr James Prior, landlord of the White Horse Inn, Halstead, had occasion to ascend the ladder in the brewhouse, whilst descending his foot slipped and he fell backwards into the large mash tub of boiling liquor, the unfortunate man died at 4 o'clock the same afternoon.

March 17th 1874

Mr R.T.Long of Munt Farm, Walter Belchamp, committed a determined act of suicide by drowning himself in a canal behind his premises, he was 26 years old. He took possession of the farm last Michaelmas. His matrimonial engagement had been broken off.
At the inquest it was said that he had entertained some friends to tea and that they had seperated at a late hour, at daybreak on Sunday, his body was found by his labourers, his hat and pipe were on the bank.
Open verdict-death due to an accident.

March 6th 1874

The inquest took place on George Slater, aged 18 years, of Glemsford. Mr William Bigg deposed saying I work for Mr Deaves, on Tuesday morning I came back from breakfast at between 10 and 11 o'clock, I found the earth had caved in on deceased, Mr Deaves and Elliston were getting the earth off the deceased, he was quite covered, the gravel pit was between 10 and 12ft deep. Mr Deaves said, deceased and I were getting gravel, I only wanted a few loads, I kept telling him not to undermine, I heard the earth fall and said to Elliston " where is Slater", when we got him out he was quite dead.-Accidental death.

March 17th 1874

Edward Joselyne, a chimney sweep from Melford, was charged with stealing one bushel of soot valued at 6d, the property of Mr Henry Westropp of Melford Place. Mr Westropp said, I am the owner of a cottage that has since been pulled down, and I saw defendant carrying a soot sack while he was passing in my gig, I challenged him with taking the soot, he said " I have been up the chimney for that" and that Mr Green had given him permission to take it, I replied that Green was not my agent. - Guilty, 7 days prison

September 1st 1874

Enoch Piper, aged 11, of Glemsford, was charged with stealing apples and pears to the value of 1d. Guilty-6 strokes of the birch rod.

September 15th 1874

Samuel Cattarwall, a labourer of Walter Belchamp was charged with lying in a straw stack at Gt Waldingfield. Having been in custody for two days he was dismissed with a caution.

April 6th 1875

Sale of imported timber to be held at Melford railway station by the auctioneers George Coote. 15000 ft of superior mamel, red and yellow deals, planks and battens, pines, christiana deals, boards, prepared flooring, scantlings, uffas and other material.

April 6th 1875

At Melford Perseverance by the direction of the proprietress who has decided to give up the brewing business.
As new 200 gallon brewing copper, furnace, 4 coomb mash tub, underback, guile tub, two coolers, wort tubs and troughs, malt crusher, seven 90 gallon storage casks, five 60 gallon ditto.
On Friday, April 16 at 10 o'clock.

April 15th 1875

David Roper of Melford begs to inform the Gentry and farmers that he has commenced busines laying asphalt floors. Prices- 1 inch 1s 6d per yard-1© inches 2s 3d per yard-3inches 3s per yard.

June 8th 1875

To be sold by auction by George Coote at Sudbury Rose and Crown - 6 substantial 4 roomed freehold cottages situated at Pentlow and occupied by Skeemer-Deeks-Chambers and others. Also a beerhouse at Cavendish, the Fir Trees held by Mrs Mauldon and others.

June 22nd 1875

A valuable horse, the property of Mr Henry Westropp of Melford Place Farm, was struck dead by lightning whilst grazing in a meadow adjoining the railway arch in Rotten Row.

August 3rd 1875

William Wells of Cavendish was charged with drunken and riotous behaviour in Cavendish street, he did not appear and was sent to prison for 7 days hard labour.
August 17th 1875, William Wells of Cavendish was charged with assaulting P.C. Bullett, def.pleaded guilty and was fined £ 1-10s with 10s costs which he paid immediately.

August 31st 1875

At the annual licensing meeting held at Melford, a fresh licence was granted to William Debenham of Finstead End Glemsford, to carry on a house newly erected at Glemsford as a fully licenced house.

September 7th 1875

At Foxearth Hall, Foxearth, by Balls and Newman by directions of the executors of the late Walter Chickall who are quitting the farm. Live and Dead farming stock as used at the above farm, Liston Hall and Hoptons Farm.
30 Suffolk horses, amongst them will be 20 mares and geldings-16 cows and heifers-21 Hereford steers fit for slaughter-178 Ewes-220 Lambs-2 Tups.
Nearly new 10 hp steam engine by Claydon and Shuttleworth.
Pitcher and elevator by Pickering-2 corn drills-10 road and harvest waggons-10 tumbrils-10 foot ploughs-etc.

February 15th 1876

A meeting of the East Essex Hunt Supporters Association was held at Braintree, Captain White, master of the hunt said he had placed his resignation in the hands of the secretary, Mr Charles Page Wood and would only withdraw it on condition that Sir Charles Du cane and Mr Round M.P. give a written undertaking that they would preserve foxes on their estates. During the seven years he had hunted the East Essex country he had found but one wild fox on the Braxted estate(Sir Charles Du cane's) and but one in Layer wood the last time he drew it, even this was a" bagman" and the hounds were too high minded to give tongue to him. Several gents defended Sir Charles and Mr Round from the imputation of being fox destroyers, pointing out that in regard of Sir Charles, he had only just returned home after seven years absence as Governor of Tasmania. After considerable discussion the following resolutions were proposed. 1-That Captain White be required to continue the Mastership for one more year. 2 - A small committee be appointed.
3 - That a new master be advertised for.

August 22nd 1876

The dispute between Sir Charles Du-cane and Mr Round with Captain White, Master of the East Essex Foxhounds has ended with Capt.White selling his 34 couple of hounds to the Glamorgan Hunt.

April 18th 1876

Noah Fitch, labourer of Hundon, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Chilton Hamlet. Fined 5s and 7s costs.

May 2nd 1876

We find this week it is our duty to report a melancholy accident. At ten in the morning, Mrs Viall, wife of Mr Pratt Viall of Colts Hall, Cavendish, accompanied by her two daughters, started in a phaeton, driven by Mrs Viall and pulled by one horse. It appears that it was the first time the horse had done any work for some time and was therefore spirited, the animal was proceeding quietly along a private road leading from the Hall when just before going down the hill near Cavendish it started to kick because the harness did not fit properly and it was soon galloping furiously, as Mrs Viall held the reins tight in a state of desperation, it appears that Mrs Viall's daughter pulled the off side rein which turned the animal to the right and causing the animal to run up the bank, capsizing the carriage. Miss Kate Viall was thrown into the road and the vehicle turned over on to her, no-one was about to render assistance and leaving one daughter under the carriage not thinking she was fatally injured and the other insensible, she proceeded to Cavendish a few hundred yards distant, she went to Dr Waring's and they set off to the scene of the accident. Before they reached it a man named Smith had removed the young daughter from under the carriage and had found her quite dead, further assistance was received and they returned to Colts Hall, the body of the girl was then taken back to the Hall and all what had appeared happy and cheerful a few hours ago had now turned into sadness. John Parmenter of Cavendish, said he heard some screaming and met Mrs Viall and family, both young ladies were now under the carriage the horse must have moved as it lay on the ground. He got one young lady out from under the carriage and the other did not move and seemed quite dead, a man present lifted her head, she fetched a breath and died. Accidental death.

May 6th 1876

On Saturday morning it appears that some men were walking to work at the flax mills at Lyston at about quarter to six when they observed something in the water on the Essex side of the river at Lyston. The body was taken out of the water and found to be a female.
News soon spread and throngs of people went to the spot and someone recognised her as housekeeper to Mrs Bolton of Hall street. The body was removed to the premises of Mr Steele of Lyston Mills to await the Coroners investigations.

May 23rd 1876

John Mower of Little Cornard, a supporter of the Argricultural Labourers Movement, was summoned for using abusive and insulting language to Mr John Prigg of Walter Belchamp on Sudbury market hill. It appears that the agricultural labourers of Little Cornard were on strike and that they had marched into Sudbury market hill on the 11th and held a meeting. The defendant was the principal speaker and the words used to Mr Prigg were " your old father got his money by grinding the poor man down, he is a old rascal, I knowed him when he only had a bunch of straw to lie down on and it stunk worse than a sow's court.
Evidence was given that the complainant was going to fight the defendant but was advised not to. The bench inflicted a fine of £ 1 and 14s costs, one month in defection.

June 15th 1876

At Melford Horse Show and Gala, Mr George Orbell of Pentlow won 2nd prize with a hunter and the Reverend J.Foster of Foxearth won 2nd prize with a riding mare or gelding.

January 2nd 1877

The annual servants ball took place at Kentwell Hall, Melford, through the kindness of Mr E.R.S.Bence. A goodly number of guests arrived about 9 o'clock and dancing began. The centre piece of the decorations was a large mistletoe bough.

January 2nd 1877

Ambrose Crisell and Harry Crisell, labourers of Stansted were charged with assaulting Walter Britten, Britten said they worked on the same farm and the defendants had checked him about something he had done a long time ago and also threw dirt and mud into his face. The defence was that that Britten had hulled a rake at the defendants and dauzled them. Fined 2s 6d each and 5s 3d each costs.

January 2nd 1877

As usual at this time of the year the pretty little church of Borley was decorated tastefully, a cross on the was composed of evergreens interspersed with immortelles. Thanks are due to the Rev H.D.E.Bull and family for the admirable way they beautified the sacred edifice.

January 30th 1877

Frederick Hurrell, a lad from Pentlow was charged by P.C.Bontell with being drunk and riotous at Cavendish. Defendant pleaded guilty and was fined 5s with 7s costs.

April 19th 1877

Mathew Seeley, labourer of Cavendish was charged with being drunk in charge of a waggon and horses at Cavendish. P.C.Gobbett said that at about 5 o'clock on March 28th defendant was sitting on the front of the waggon, he was holding on with two hands with the reins dragging on the ground his head lying over the side of the waggon, his face was cut and bleeding. I stopped the waggon and helped him off. The waggon belonged to Mr George Leech of Houghton Hall. Defendant said he had been to Stannard's mill at Nayland and had set off at 12 o'clock the previous night, he had had only 1© pints of beer. The bench taking into consideration that he had been away from home for 17 hours and had but little food fined him 5s with 11s costs.

May 8th 1877

A pure blood Essex hog has been killed by Mr Warren of Prittelwell, Essex, weighing 94 stone 1lb.

June 5th 1877

The bench granted extension licences of two hours to the inns of Cavendish for the annual fair, to Mr Mortimer of the George, Mr George Wallace of the Bull, Mr Wordley of the Bells, Mr Murells of the White Horse and Mr W.H.Smith of the Railway Arm.

June 26th 1877

A inquest was held on Nathan Finch aged 51 years, a labourer of Borley. Henry Hardy, of Melford, said yesterday afternoon I was getting gravel near the railway station at Melford, on returning from dinner I saw two horses and carts one with gravel anf one with soil and no-one in charge. The horses began to get fidgety so I went into the Perseverance for the carters, they both asked me for beer, I said they looked as though they had too much already, they followed me out and got hold of me saying I should give them some beer. Before they started off, Finch said someone had stolen his coat, he then pulled off his jacket and offered to fight anyone in the yard, they eventually started off, Finch was unsteady but knew how to drive his horse. Mr John Chickall, yeoman of Foxearth said he met the two men about 20 rods on the Foxearth side of the Tollgate, they met some bullocks at that spot and they pulled in to let them pass, he did not notice anything amiss with the men. William Simpson of Borley, driver of the first cart, said he did not miss his mate until they got round some winding corners, he happened to turn round and saw the horse but no driver, he went back 30 or 40 yards and found him lying in the road with his head crushed almost flat, it was evident a wheel had gone over him and his brains were pressed out, the accident happened soon after they passed some bullocks.
The Jury returned a verdict of accidental killing.Deceased was generally a well conducted man and left a widow and no family.

October 8th 1877

Alice East and Elizabeth Mitchell of Melford, girls of a tender age were charged with stealing two turnips valued at © p the property of Mr Henry Westropp of Melford Place, the charge was proved.
Fined 6d and 4s 6d costs each .

January 1st 1878

In the Christmas decoratioms at Foxearth church we noticed the good taste and care which is constantly displayed here.
The vases on the super altar were beautifully arranged with arum lilies, white hyacinths, narcissi and scarlet geraniums. The delicate tracery of the reredos and chancel screens were carefully followed by slender wreaths of arbor vitae studded alternatively with white everlastings and holly berries. The pulpit carving is relieved with holly and on the lectern there is the same decoration with arum lilies in the centre. The octagonal piers in the nave were prettily ornamented with laurel leaf bands with small sprigs of evergreen branching out, these decorations run perpendicularly up four sides of the pillars.
The font also shows great care and harmony with the rest of the Christmas decorations. Great praise is due to the directress of these decorations.

January 15th 1878

Frederick Garrod, farm bailiff, of Melford pleaded guilty to a charge of obtaining approximately £ 5 from Henry Westropp of Melford Place with intent to defraud. 6 months hard labour.

February 5th 1878

We are pleased to hear that Mr J.E.Page who left the village of Cavendish two years ago for New Zealand has been appointed city treasurer and accountant to the corporation Wellington. Mr Page was well known at the Sudbury and Clare markets as managing clerk to Mr J.S.Garrett.

February 12th 1878

Mathew Seeley a labourer of Cavendish was charged by P.C.Bullet for being drunk in charge of a waggon and horses in Cavendish. The defendant handed a letter to the bench purporting to have been written by Mr Ellis Smith, farm bailiff to Mr George Leech of Houghton Hall, stating he was a sober and well conditioned man, on the other hand it was shown that the police and his master had frequently complained about his drunken behaviour and he had recently been charged with the same offence. The police said they would enquire into the letter. Fined £ 2 with 7s costs.

March 19th 1878

At the Lawn, Bulmer. By direction of the executors of the late Mr George Badhan. Live and dead stock - 20 pure bred Jersey cattle including the celebrated prize winning bulls-Horn-Silver Back Grey Lad and 17 cows and heifers which have taken prizes at the Royal and local shows.

June 11th 1878

At Clare railway station - 18000 ft of stout weather board - 18000 ft of scantlings - 3000ft of sawn balks - redwood deals battens. By the auctioneers George Coote.

June 11th 1878

Queensland emigration. Female domestics and Farm labourers free passage.

July 30th 1878

George Andrews, farmer of Wales End, Cavendish, was summoned by his brother Charles Andrews for assaulting him.
Disagreement had occurred about a cheque which was entrusted to the defendant to be changed and he kept £ 2 of it. Defendant had struck him in the mouth. Fined 1s and 7s costs

August 13th 1878

Under a bill of sale. The contents of Pentlow Hall to be sold by auction on the premises on the 20th of August. Walnut suite upholstered in rich silk damask-chimney and pier glasses pianoforte by Collard and Collard-The dining room contents in Spanish mahogony-valuable paintings-contents of the hall including a splendid carved oak sideboard-services of silver-rich table china-excellent general furniture and appointments of six bedrooms.

September 10th 1878

Henry Wright, a matmaker of Melford, was charged with nutting on the Acton Hall estate, the seat of General Darvall. Guilty and fined 10s with 5s costs or 14 days. Defendant said " I have not got any money". The chairman said very well you must go to gaol, he was then removed to the cells.

September 24th 1878

The annual harvest home was celebrated at Foxearth last week with divine service at the church which was prettily decorated by the ladies, Mrs Foster, Miss Raymond, Miss Ray, etc. There was a show of cottagers vegetables in a tent in the rectory grounds, Mr Wiffen, gardener at the Croft, was the judge. About 200 people attended the dinner, with guests, labourers and wives. Amongst those not belonging to the labouring classes were the Rev and Mrs Foster, Rev Ewen, Rev Andrews, Rev Raymond and Miss Raymond, Mr and Mrs Brand, Mr and Mrs E.Baker, Mrs and Miss Andrews (Sudbury), Mr J.Chickall, Mr and Mrs Branwhite, Mr Ardley, etc.

January 14th 1879

On Thursday night, the 9th instant, through the liberality of Mr and Mrs Poley, the servants ball was held at Boxted Hall.
The ball is usually given at the start of the New Year, the company assembled at 8, besides the servants were several friends from the surrounding villages. Dancing commenced at once until 11 when the party partook of supper which was served in splendid style. After supper dancing was resumed and during the interval some songs were sung. In the course of the evening Mrs Poley honoured the company with her presence for a time and her health was drunk with musical honours by all present.

January 14th 1879

Alfred Gridley, a labourer of Melford was charged with stealing two hens eggs, valued at fourpence. He was sentenced to four months hard labour as he had been convicted before for the same offence.

January 21st 1879

Acton Hall, the seat of General Darvall, had a festive appearance last Wednesday night, the occasion was the servants ball, they were invited to bring a friend and a elegant supper was provided with a capital string band providing entertainment, it was the small hours when the party broke up.

March 5th 1879

To be let - Pentlow Hall - close to Cavendish railway station - a detached old fashioned residence approached by two long drives (one with a lodge). six principle bed chambers on first floor, attic and a bedroom on the second floor, three reception rooms, vestibule, handsome entrance hall of panelled oak with covered entrance forming a conservatory, a small business room and office on ground floor and good cellarage, three stalled stable, loose box, coach house, harness room, loft, pigeon house, poultry house, wood shed, cellars etc, lodge and garden cottage each containing four rooms, flower beds, lawns, one acre garden, kitchen garden three quarters of an acre, orchard of © acre with best fruit trees, seed house, potato pit, cowshed,, potting house, second garden orchard of one acre with paddock, six acre meadow, lawns with ornamental surroundings, fount, two rustic bridges, nut walk, two summer houses, plantation, in all 16 acres 1r.
1p., two light greenhouses with vine walls of 520 feet in kitchen garden.
Church adjoining the grounds. There is a private chapel attached to the house. Shooting over 800 acres. The tenant will have the right to fish for one mile on the river Stour. - Apply Wheelers and Westoby, auctioneers and estate agents, Sudbury.

July 1st 1879

Albert Angel, labourer of Cavendish was charged with being drunk and riotous at Cavendish on June 11th. P.C.Claxton said he saw defendant going into the White Horse where he was refused to be supplied, he spoke to defendant who then threatened to strike him.
Supt.Roberts said defendant had given them a great deal of trouble.
Fined 10s with 5s costs.

September 23rd 1879

To be sold by auction at Butlers Hall, Belchamp St Pauls on instructions of the exors.of Mr Halden. - 7 active cart horses, entire roan (Boxer), two yearlings and a roan foal, weight carrying cob and a brown pony, 20 jointing pigs, 120 poultry, 5 waggons, 2 tumbrils, Smyth two yard corn drill, etc.

December 30th 1879

On Sunday morning, 14th instant, between 10-11 a m the residence of Colonel Palmer of Liston Hall was entered and several articles of jewellery were taken and other things. It appears that a tramping gent having seen the family go to church, went to the Hall and by his own confessions he owns that he went in at the front door, upstairs and into two or three rooms after which he walked downstairs and opened two doors leading to the coach drive and away.
Although the man had a heavy pair of boots on and the butler and other servants were at home he got away unobserved. We are glad to say that he was apprehended at Cavendish the following evening by Sergeant Ward and the articles of jewellery were on him, he was brought before the bench and committed for trial. There are a great many tramps moving about and the above caution should be taken.

January 13th 1880

At Essex Quarter Sessions, Henry Winfield pleaded guilty to entering the dwelling house of Col.Frederick Palmer at Liston Hall on December 14th and stealing two jet bracelets, a bead chain and pendant, a collar stud and other articles valued at 35s, the property of Henrietta Louisa Grimes. In extenuations the prisoner stated that at the time he was out of work and he might have taken hundreds of pounds of property but he only took what realised 4s 6d. 6 months hard labour.

January 6th 1880

On Thursday last, Thomas Pledger, a porter and groom, met with a fatal accident at Cavendish. Deceased was a porter for Mr C.J.Love, a chemist from Clare, after leaving he was engaged in the service of Mr Edgar Mann, soap manufacturer of Sudbury, at the time of the accident he was removing his household goods from Clare to Sudbury, the deceased's wife was sitting in the van and he was walking beside the horse, suddenly she heard him shout and she found her husband lying on his back in the road, the situation arose from him trying to get on the shafts. On being picked up he was taken to the Fir Trees Inn and Doctor Waring was sent for, he found deceased suffering from concussion of the brain and within two hours he was dead, leaving a wife and two children.
It appears that the wife did not realise the seriousness of the situation and went on to Sudbury in the van, expecting her husband to follow on the evening train. Accidental Death.

February 24th 1880

On Monday morning at quarter to eleven, two barley stacks the produce of 23 acres, standing in a field in the occupation of Mr Smith of Belchamp Walter, were found to be alight. There was a high wind and although help was at hand it was useless and the stacks were soon burnt to the ground. The stacks were 200 yards apart and the fire was no doubt caused wilfully, the police have no clue to the offence.
It may be stated that a sale of Mr Smith's effects recently took place and the stacks were covered by a bill of sale.

March 6th 1880

The sudden death of Doctor Waring of Cavendish has been reported. He said he felt unwell and within a few minutes he was a corpse. He was nearly seventy and was regarded as a skilful practioner.

March 23rd 1880

A serious fire took place at the flax works at Melford on Saturday morning. One of five large flax straw stacks valued at £ 3000 was alight, it is thought that a spark from a nearby chimney caused the fire. The village brigade supplemented by Cavendish and Sudbury brigades attended, the five stacks were burnt down.

Mat 18th 1880

Mr G.Cardinall will hold a sale by auction at Melford fair on May 20th at 11-30 pm. 30 hoggets-70 ewes and lambs.

June 1st 1880

Valuable small farm for sale at Pentlow by directions of the exors of the late Mr James Orbell. Known as Parmenters farm and containing 29 acres 3 perches with a barn and four cottages, the cottages are leased for £ 50 per annum.

July 27th 1880

Messrs Balls and Newman will sell by auction at 3 o'clock on August 23rd, the Green Man Inn at Belchamp St Pauls by the directions of the trustees of the late Mr Alfred Chinery.

August 3rd 1880

There was a fire at Pentlow Mill with three cottages destroyed, the buildings were thatched, a traction engine had passed recently. There were plenty of willing hands but it was to no avail and the buildings were burnt down.

September 21st 1880

A destructive fire took place at Liston with five large barley stacks being burnt down on the farm of Mr Ray.(Liston Place)(G.H.). Several reasons have been assigned for the origin of the fire, but we have reason for attributing it to overheating.

September 21st 1880

Wales End Farm, Cavendish, to be sold by auction by the directions of the exors of the late Mr J.Andrews. - Live and dead stock. - 12 powerful cart horses and foals - bay hackney - 6 milch cows 5 heifers - 61 sheep - 60 swine.

October 5th 1880

Jane Seeley a girl of tender years was charged with stealing two swede turnips from Bull field Cavendish, valued at 1d.
Fined 1s 6d with 1d damages and 5s costs.

November 2nd 1880

David Roper, an asphalt floor layer carrying on business at Borley was summoned for disorderly conduct at the Perseverance Hotel, Melford, by refusing to quit the premises on Saturday evening. Frederick Boby, agent for Mrs Medcalf the landlady, said defendant entered the house at about 5-15 and immediately became troublesome, asked to leave he wanted witness to strike him, he remained there until about 20 past 6 when I pushed him out. The defendant never got drunk at the Perseverance but after doing so at other places invariably went there to annoy other customers. Fined £ 1 and 8s costs.