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March 15th 1890

Messrs Dunn of Ipswich have received an order to erect a complete roller mill for W.H.Dennis of Chilton Mills.

May 3rd 1890

At Hedingham Petty Sessions the case against Samuel Moss, thatcher, and his wife Mary Ann for stealing £ 4 10s from their neighbour John Marshall, engine driver, at Foxearth was adjourned last week as Mrs Moss was ill, she has since died and the case was therefore dimissed. The chairman the Rev Foster said that had Mrs Marshall attended and given evidence at the time she applied for the summons it would have been the duty of the bench to have sent the defendants for trial. (In the census returns for the period, the Marshalls and the Moss family lived in Huntsmans road where Orry Claydon now does)(G.H.)

April 3rd 1890

On Tuesday last a young lad named Robert Smith was engaged in working in the chalk pit at Ballingdon, he had a narrow escape from death when he fell down from the summit some 40 ft and was quite unconcious when the foreman George Smith found him and with the help of Harry Amey he was conveyed to St Leonards Hospital.

April 3rd 1890

A few days since, a party of lads were enjoying them selves on the meadows through which the Great North Eastern Railway runs, it was suggested that one of them should lay himself on the line for the train to pass over him for a penny. The feat was hailed with great enthusiasm by the other lads and a penny was forthcoming. The lads name was Heard. It is given as a fact that he laid down on the line in a gutter way between the sleepers and the train passed over him.

October 11th 1890

Mr E.Garrett got up four matches for Cavendish Cricket Club this season agaist other clubs which were Ridgewell,(twice) and Clare twice. There was a stipulation that the teams were to consist of men from the respective parishes, if only this rule was carried out everywhere country cricket would be more interesting. The second match has been reported in other issues. These are agaist other clubs on September 16th.- Clare batted first and made 81 - T.Mitson 27 - E.Love 19 - E.Hart 11. Cavendish made 60 - J.S.Page 24 - Allen 9 - Game 7.
S.J.Garrett played a characteristic innings of forty minutes for 3 runs Clare made 39 for 9 wickets on the second time of asking.
The two matches played at Clare on September 30th. Cavendish batted first and a prettily played innings of 17 by D.Thompson and 23 extras they made 66, Clare failed to reach this total by 15 runs - Barnes 15 not out H.Mitson 7. The visitors were fortunate in getting rid of the best batsman, T.Mitson without scoring, Allen dismissing him with a wonderful slip catch. The visitors went in a second time and hit at anything and paid the usual penalty reaching 40. - Brown 10 - E.S.Garrett 9 - Chiney 8 - Thompson 9. It should be mentioned that Hale played a wonderful game at one end and took 5 wickets at small cost.

November 19th 1890

On Saturday last Mr Joseph Orbell of Hoggs Farm, Pentlow, was driving to Belchamp with his two sons when the young horse became restless and ran up the bank. Mr Orbell was thrown out onto his shoulder, dislocating it, his sons escaped with a few injuries.

November 22nd 1890

Sunday was observed as the ninth anniversary of the opening of Finsted End mission room.
December 18th 1890. Mr T.P.Brand of Brook Hall, Foxearth, won third prize at Smithfield Show (£ 8) in a class for cross bred pigs and was commended for two nine month old pigs.

January 3rd 1891

Through the kindness of Rev J.Foster and Messrs Cook and Drakeford of Sudbury, gave one of their dissolving view entertainment on Tuesday night in the National schoolroom. A lecture was illuminated by powerful oxy-hydrogen lime light and entitled " a holiday in Ireland", was given, concluding with some very comic sets, in the absence of Mr Drakeford, an Irish gentleman gave the lecture and his brogue greatly enhanced the effect.

January 17th 1891

Sudden death at Pentlow of Daniel Offord of Pannels Ash, he was a farmer, miller and malster.

June 20th 1891

Property sale at Cavendish. At the Rose and Crown Sudbury. Church Farm 29 acres 1 rod 1 perch was purchased by Mr Edgar Ambrose for £ 1080 - 2 cottages with 3 acres of meadow, Mr Newman of Cavendish for £ 210 - 4 acres, Mr Deeks of Richmond £ 85 - 3 cottages with gardens J.S.Garrett £ 125 - Ducks Hall Farm, 78 acres 3 rods 10 perch J.S.Garrett £ 800

August 28th 1891

On the 25th instant, Mrs David Ward presented her husband who is the junior member of the Brewery firm of Ward and Son, for the first time with a baby boy, on the same evening in honour of the happy event Mr Ward entertained a number of friends and neighbours at his house, the chair being occupied by the Rev Pressey, curate of Foxearth. This latest addition to Mr Ward's household goods curious to say was born precisely on the anniversary of his own birthday, while the birthday of Mrs Ward, senior and junior also falls on the same date.

September 19th 1891

We are informed that Lieutenant Fisher of the Melford Company of Sudbury Volunteers will proceed to South Africa accompanied by his cousin Colthurst Fisher of Liston. The young gentlemen will return in a few months after sightseeing.

September 26th 1891

A labouring man by the name of George Newman met with a shocking accident at Mr Pratt's farm at Otten Belchamp. His coat sleeve had caught in the threshing machine.
At the inquest P.C.Skingle said he was at the farm when the accident happened and saw deceased standing on the machine he then heard the machine make a strange noise, he then went up the machine and found deceased with his left arm drawn into the machine as far as possible, deceased had no right to have been on that part of the machine and he thought he was drunk. He was taken by cart to St Leonards hospital and admitted but died within an hour of admission. Harry Skeemer of Pentlow corroborated the constables evidence. Accidental death.

November 14th 1891

As Mr Hammond of Nether Hall, Cavendish, was riding along the Pentlow road, he was run into by a team of horses drawing a waggon. When he was extricated it was found his right arm was broken.

February 1st 1890


April 20th 1892

Oliver Bros., of Sudbury have purchased the Swan Inn, Melford for £ 690.

June 11th 1892

Melford Horse and Fancy Fair was held as usual on the green on Thursday. There were all kinds of games, shooting galleries etc.
Several horses exchanged hands, Mr Bantock of Lavenham sold forty five horses, Mr Eastwood of Kent bought twelve aged horses at prices from £ 35 to £ 48, Mr Youhall of Romford bought eight at between £ 25 and £ 35.
Mr Knight of Stratford bought twenty four, Mr Clarkson of London bought seventeen, Mr W.Paddle of Boxford sold eight Irish beauties suitable for carriage work averaging £ 40, he refused several offers for six Killarney trotters. Mr Paddle also sold two Irish hunters for £ 100 total.
As the afternoon wore on crowds poured into Melford despite the Suffolk show at Bury.

July 16th 1892

On Friday afternoon as some men were at work carting clover on the Houghton Hall Estate, Cavendish, Walter Argent a man of about sixty years residing in Cavendish was on top of a load assisting to tighten the rope while others pulled below when the rope suddenly parted and Argent fell off the back of the waggon breaking his neck and was taken up dead.

September 24th 1892

To celebrate the marriage of Miss Florence Brand to Mr F. Branwhite of Melford, upon the invitation of the bride's father, Mr T.P.Brand of Brook Hall, Foxearth, labourers, young and old with wives and sisters numbering about fifty were entertained at the Plough Inn, Sudbury, on Saturday last. The dinner was served in excellent style by Mr Thomas Wheeler, proprietor, the bill of fare consisted of boiled beef, legs of mutton etc.. The chairman, Mr W.Smith, having given the loyal toast, the health of the bride and groom were drunk with enthusiasm also the health of Mr and Mrs Brand and Mr and Mrs Branwhite. In the evening tea was served and each adult received 2s 6d and boys receiving 1s, Mr Branwhite contributed to the expense of the evening, several songs were rendered.

March 18th 1893

The Walter Belchamp labourers dispute is at an end, the farmers have intimated to the Rev Pelly that they are now willing to pay the men 11s per week for them to work from 6am to 6pm.
At a meeting in the Bells public house the Rev Pelly said was glad an arrangement had been arrived at and that the farmers still had plenty of fight left in them and advised the men not to forget the past kindness of the farmers. Mr Pelly said the settlement is not due to me but to my trusty and valued friend Mr Prigg.

May 6th 1893

The late Miss Mabel Starkie Bence of Kentwell Hall, Melford, left £ 8, 525.

May 13th 1893

In competion, the tender of Mr W.G.Jarvis of Clare, builder, for work to be carried out for the Clopton Trust at Weston Hall, Foxearth, at £ 1.225 has been accepted.

May 18th 1893

At Hedingham magistrates, Edgar Whittle of Melford was charged with stealing two hens eggs the property of Mr Charles Ray of Foxearth. Defendant is employed by Mr Neaves of Melford and was sent to Mr Ray's farm at Foxearth with a horse. Joseph Mersey said he saw def.
leave the hen-house and accused him of stealing eggs, he gave one up and he took the other from him. Defendant's father was bound over in the sum of £ 5.

June 10th 1893

Mr J.S.Gardiner of Borley writes to say he has been farming for fifty seven years and he has never known such a drought.

October 14th 1893

A lad, name Robert Poulter, employed by the Rector of Melford, Rev.Topham, was employed in brushing on Friday when Mr Topham and a friend were out shooting when by a extraordinary oversight he got in the line of fire just as Mr Topham discharged his gun, the lad received a large portion of the shot in various parts of the body and the eye, he will probably be conveyed to St Leonards hospital as he is still causing anxiety.

October 28th 1893

An was inquest was held at Belchamp on the body of a child called Alice Kemp, aged 8 years, who died from congestion of the liver, it transpired that the mother had been administering to her daughter a mixture which she had bought from a labourer called Nathan Chaplin.
The child had been ill for two weeks and no medical man had been called until the day she died. Dr Barnes refused a certificate. Nathan Chaplin said he was in the practice of mixing herb medicine for the people of Belchamp as his father had for many years before him, when the child's mother called on him for something for jaundice, he made her a decoction of salatine and tumeric, about a pint, for which the mother paid him 2s.
Dr Medcalfe said he did not think the mixture caused death as the deceased died from acute congestion of the liver. Death from natural causes.

November 25th 1893

A story was circulating in Melford last week that a drayman employed by Messrs Ward of Foxearth had been stopped at Bridge Street by a gang of men and had been violently beaten and robbed of £ 3.
The man called at Melford police station in a deplorable condition with his clothes covered in slud and outward signs of his state being troubled. Inspector Hunt of Melford took steps to have every constable in the district apprised with the situation. He then proceeded with the drayman to the spot, Inspector Hunt was perplexed to find no footprints in the soft ground, he therefore became suspicious of the tale, it did not need much cross examination to fix the informant and he admitted he invented the story saying he had lost the money belonging to the firm.
We understand that the money has since been made up to his employers and Mr Ward wishes to thank the police.

January 13th 1894

George Brewster, Ezra Slater and Bertha Brewster of Glemsford were charged with assaulting P.C.Mobbs at Glemsford.
P.C.Mobbs said he was on duty on the 18th at night when he observed six men approaching him, when he was near enough to observe him Brewster ran away, I pursued him and took a ferret from him, I was then set upon by Slater and Brewster who was determined to have his ferret back, he was obliged to release the ferret bag and at last regained his feet, I attempted to follow Brewster but was too exhausted, the female defendant also assisted in holding him down by sitting on his legs, she also struck him. The male defendants received one month hard labour and the female preferred to take fourteen days instead of a 13s fine.

March 31st 1894

The newly formed cricket club at Cavendish played their opening match. Mr Offord's eleven made 45 runs and Mr Garrett's team made 48.

March 31st 1894

A small barn and piggeries in Gallows lane Cavendish was destroyed by fire, there was no livestock in the buildings but a small stack of wheat straw was burnt.

June 16th 1894

This week to the amazement of the parish of Melford a portion of the street has been kerbed and laid down with excellent gravel from Acton pit, it is proposed to kerb through the street.

July 14th 1894

On Sunday afternoon, a valuable persian cat belonging to Mr Nathan Chinery of Melford, was shot on rectory meadow. Mr Chinery is making enquiries with the view to prosecute.

July 14th 1894

Earnest Brown of Cavendish charged his father James Brown with assault at Cavendish on July 4th. It appears that complainant met his father and three year old sister coming down a lane, he wanted to take his sister home but his father struck him with a rub which he uses to sharpen scythes he then trampled on him. Two men named Parmenter and Savage pulled his father off of him, evidence was also given by John Newman, Jessie Savage and Harold Parmenter. Defendant was sent for trial.

July 28th 1894

The marriage was recently celebrated at Bournemouth of Mr William Byford of Court Farm, Glemsford, to Miss Anna Fickling of Bournemouth. The happy couple arrived home on Wednesday evening by the 6-35 train at Glemsford, on the journey home the horses were taken out of the carriage and Mr and Mrs Byford enjoyed the pleasure of being dragged home by men working on the farm. Spectators numbered about 1000 people and Mr Byford thanked all who met him and his beloved. Credit is due to N.Ward, P.Keeble and C.Pettit.

August 24th 1894

At the Black Lion Hotel, Glemsford, Mr R.J.Smith of London offered three prizes for the nine heaviest potatoes of one sort.
Mr James Suttle of potato renown to be the judge, Mr E.Game to weigh the potatoes. 1st prize winner with Reading Giant was Mr O.Sore weighing 9lb 1oz - 2nd was Mr Jarman with White Hebron weighing 7© lbs - 3rd was Mr Stannard from the Black Lion, Melford, with Suttons Satisfaction weighing 7lb 6oz - highly commended was Mr A Wordley.
August 25th 1894. The victors of the Dunmow Flitch at Sudbury.
Mr Fahey J.P. of Dublin city and his wife who is the daughter of Mr Lambert of Liston Hall are spending a portion of their holiday in the neighbourhood of Sudbury. On Sunday last the happy pair attended the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and St John the Evangelist, when their identity became known after the spiritual excercises of the community, they were warmly congratulated by the congregation on their return to their carriage.

November 10th 1894

George William Pegg of Cavendish, aged 17 years, a railway porter, met his death at Manea near March. He had been employed by the G.E.R.for four months. It can only be assumed that two trains passed in Manea station, he watched one pass and went to cross the line and stepped into the path of the other train. The poor fellow was cut to pieces with his head being severed and also his arms.

March 2nd 1895

On Sunday evening two young lads by the name of Harry Lumley and George Ainger caught two young otters near the flax mills at Melford, one was severely wounded by the dogs but the other is doing well. The custodians have been offered a handsome price for the live one by a young lady while the skin of the other is being stuffed.

June 1st 1895

Henry Meekings is offering for sale a dwelling house with a shop of lath and plaster at Foxearth with outbuildings situated in Foxearth street. Rent is £ 12 a year. - withdrawn at £ 195.

August 24th 1895

An an inquest was held on Walter Walpole, a labourer aged 65 years who was found dead in a hut in Bull Cross Wood, Edwardstone. The hut was used for pheasant watching and deceased was occasionally allowed to sleep there by the gamekeeper. William Bigg said he left him on Sunday afternoon near the wood, he had borrowed 6d of him and proposed to pay him back next day. The deceased visited the White Horse on Monday evening, on going to the hut on Tuesday, Bigg found him lying dead. Natural causes.