January 2nd 1883
Melford. Robert Payne who has distinguished himself by rescuing more than one person from drowning by jumping into the River Stour at the risk of his own life, he saved the life of George Howard who had attempted suicide, the inhabitants of Melford have subscribed £5 as an expression of Payne’s bravery, he has also received from the Royal Humane Society a testimonial inscribed on vellum setting forth particulars of his gallantry for which it was granted.
January 16th 1883
George Bantock and Henry Springett, labourers of Gt Waldingfield were charged with being drunk on the highway at Sudbury, P.C. Bailey said both appeared very drunk and they fell twice in his presence, the Mayor said “you know it a disgraceful thing to be drunk on a Sunday and you must pay a fine of 12s altogether”.
February 6th 1883
On Tuesday an inquest was held at Foxearth on the death of Annie Rose Theobald aged 6 months, the daughter of William Kirby Theobald a shopkeeper of Borley, Sarah Theobald said deceased is my child, it always appeared healthy, on Saturday last at about 12 I had just got into bed when my husband brought the child to me and laid it by my side in the bed, on waking the following morning I found the child just as it was placed, quite dead, she was lying between me and my husband, the face was pale and her hands were clenched, I have never seen her convulsed. Mr J.C.Lynch, surgeon said he was sent for to see the deceased, there were marks of vomit about it’s dress, to my best judgement she was asphyxiated from breathing of the niephitic vapour from the bed. Accidental.
March 6th 1883
To let, the Shimlingthorne Farm, Shimpling,, containing 108 acres of good land, 2 ½ miles form a station, rent moderate. Apply to E.P.Okeden at Wrentham, Thetford.
March 6th 1883
Inquest at Stoke by Clare at the Lion Inn on Elizabeth Frost aged 83 who died under the following circumstances. Annie Orbell 15 said when she passed deceased’s house on Tuesday afternoon she saw smoke coming out of her door, she went in and in the front room she heard deceased groaning and she ran for help. Joseph Eldred, carpenter, said he went to deceased’s house and succeeded with assistance in putting the fire out, it appeared to him deceased’s dress had caught fire, she was childish through age. Accidental
March 20th 1883
Died on January 3rd at Auckland, New Zealand, William Snazell the eldest son of the late Thomas Gardener of Moulton, aged 40.