The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1893-1894 Bury and Norwich Post newspaper archive

January 3rd 1894

The " World" says now that we have seen accounts of all the great shoots of the year, nothing has come up to the rabbit days at Grimsthorpe Park at Lord Ancaster's. In the 2nd week of November 5.500 rabbits were shot, all runners, among the 6 guns were Sir Henry Ewart of Kentwell Hall.

January 13th 1893

There was an inquest at Sudbury Town Hall on William Eighteen aged 3 years 7 months. Alice Eighteen of 51, Cross Street, Sudbury, said she left the house for 20 minutes, the child was with four other children, when she returned she found the child badly burned, what she gathered from her deaf and dumb daughter Alice, aged 9 years was the child leant over the fire and his trousers caught alight.
Accidental death.

January 10th 1893

Henry Smith from Little Yeldham was charged with assaulting and beating James Smith a horsekeeper of Tilbury. Complainant said defendant visited his house while a wedding party to celebrate a wedding was taking place, he told defendant to sit down or go, he left but shortly afterwards returned and slapped his face, giving him a black eye.
2s 6d with 12s costs.

January 10th 1893

Sudbury Market-Red wheat 25s-29s. Barley 19s-28s.

January 10th 1893

William Parmenter, Thomas, Henry and Ernest East and James Woodgate, labourers of Acton were charged with beating Henry Pryke a labourer of Little Waldingfield at Acton Crown. 15s each with 6s 6d costs.

February 28th 1893

The downpour of rain during Tuesday night caused one of the largest floods seen in Clare for many years. Looking across from the railway bridge the mill meadows have the appearance of a small lake broken only by hedge and tree tops, at the junction of the Poslingford- Chilton road, the water is 2©-3 feet deep.

March 31st 1893

For sale at the Rose and Crown, Sudbury, by Geo.Coote.
Houghton Hall, Cavendish. Residence, homestead, 4 labourers cottages-530 acres 2r 25p, situated in Cavendish, Clare and Poslingford. The auctioneer said it was some of the best land in the county and he thought it was about 19 years ago it was purchased for £ 19000, there were no bidders.

March 31st 1893

A few days ago on a field belonging to Mr W.S.Goodchild of Glemsford, on the road leading to Melford, two stacks of wheat in a 27 acre field caught light. A large group rendered assistance but the stacks, the produce of 27 acres were destroyed. Mr Goodchild said it was the best crop of wheat he had ever seen and estimated it at 15 coombs an acre. It is suggested that children playing with matches were the cause, not malicious damage as Mr Goodchild is very popular in the district.

March 31st 1893

There was a shocking accident to a girl named Ambrose employed at the Flax mills at Melford on Tuesday, the girl who was attending a machine got too close to the back of the machine and got caught up in the rollers which carry multitudes of spikes, with the result her arm was torn off at the shoulder. The poor girl was conveyed to St Leonards Hospital.

April 4th 1893

On Tuesday last the live and dead stock at Houghton Hall, Cavendish, was disposed of including a steam ploughing tackle. 14 horses.-Smart an 8 year old chestnut mare to H.Bloomfield for 41 guineas.Brisk a bay mare 10yrs to R, Bear for 25© gns. Moggy a bay mare 6 years old to Bloomfield for 53 gns. Boxer a bay horse to Mr Mervin for 34 gns. A shorthorn milch cow to Mr Jarvis for £ 8. 4 sows £ 6 5s-£ 3 15s and several shoats at 16s a head all to Mr Prentice of Cavendish. A considerable amount of hay, straw and mangels. The steam ploughing tackle realised £ 44.

April 18th 1893

The pulpit at Cavendish Congregational Church is to be replaced by a handsome platform. The work which will begin at once has been placed in the hands of Mr Graham of Cavendish.

April 18th 1893

There was quite a commotion in North Street, Sudbury, on Sunday afternoon through the freaking of a bullock, one of a number being driven to the station for conveying to London. When partly down North street the animal became frightened and ran about, rushing up North street and into the school yard, then up the street towards Melford road where it fell and the body began to swell up. James Sillitoe, the slaughterman for Mr Worters came and killed it. The bullock was the property of Mr Payne of Borley.

April 18th 1893

Wm.Richardson and Wm.Ince, labourers of Sudbury pleaded guilty to taking a jack from the Stour with a snare, this is the first prosecution in the district under the Fisheries Act. Fined 6d with 3s 6d costs.

April 18th 1893

There was an inquest at Chilton Street White Hart on the body of William Ince junior, a labourer for Mr Dennis. Thomas Ince said his son returned home on Tuesday saying he had been kicked by a horse, he went upstairs to bed and the doctor was sent for but he expired on Wednesday. Elizabeth Price said she was talking to the deceased on Tuesday afternoon when a donkey and cart belonging to Mr Dennis was going up the road, deceased waved his hat to quicken the steps of the lagging donkey as he waved his arms he went to the horse's head when it turned and kicked him in the body.

May 2nd 1893

On Saturday there was much excitement in Sudbury by the fact that a strange Police Inspector and two strange constables, all in uniform were pursuing in hot haste up North street two soldiers whom they captured near the Rifle Arms Inn. The men, Private Nicholls and Cook of the Suffolk Regiment were handcuffed and taken to the police station where they were charged with attempting burglary at the Bull in Colchester. The police walked all the way from Colchester to the Five Bells at Cornard where they hired a horse and trap. The prisoners we understand will also be charged with desertion departed by the 10.17 train for Colchester.

May 2nd 1893

Julia Cooper and Fuzzy Brown, girls of Cavendish were charged with stealing wood, the prosecutor did not turn up and they were discharged.

May 9th 1893

The new Roman Catholic church is to be built on the Croft at Sudbury. For some years now the R.C. community of this town have been attending services in the priest's residence on the Croft. George Grimwood is to be the contractor.

May 16th 1893

We hear that the 70 hands at Glemsford are now in full work under the new proprietor, Mr Hume of Halstead.

June 17th 1893

The historical freehold property of Hedingham Castle was offered for sale in London on Tuesday. There was a large attendance, Mr Lumley wielded the hammer and gave an interesting account of the estate, particulary of the Norman keep. Queen Matilda, wife of King Stephen is supposed to have died there. Apart from the castle grounds there are eight farms with a return of £ 2704 per annum, the auctioneer said will someone start me with £ 80000, come on give me a bid, there were no bidders. Withdrawn.

July 4th 1893

Alphampstone was the scene of a burgarly on Tuesday at Ivy cottage. All the family, Mr and Miss Stebbing were out. Articles taken were a gold watch worth £ 60, a gold chain two yards long, a short gold chain, a spade half guinea, a gold ring, two brooches, two silver bracelets, a small American time piece and one ham weighing 12 lbs.

August 22nd 1893

C.M.Wilson a Clerk in Holy Orders was charged with assaulting Mary St Leger, wife of the Vicar of Ridgewell. The Rev St Leger, like many of his neighbours is suffering from the agricultural depression and had taken duty at Clapham with the view to increase his income, his duties at Ridgewell were taken by Mr Ware and the defendant the Curate. At the time of the assault there was nobody in the house only Mrs St Leger and the children, defendant sent for Mrs St Leger to go to his room where they had a conversation during which defendant made an improper suggestion and said she was a lovable person, she pushed him away. Mr Wilson went to Stambourne for the day and returned at 10-15, he called from his study that he wanted some cocoa, as she went into the study, defendant caught hold of her and threw her down on the sofa and committed an offence, she escaped and ran into the night nursery where she locked the door and spent the night. Dismissed. As defendant left the court the prosecutrix rushed at him and threatened to kill him.
Defendant left the village on the 5 o'clock train.

August 29th 1893

We understand that a new silk factory is to erected in Sudbury, the site will be on Cornard road near the matting factory of Messrs Armes. Kipling and Dennler will be the proprietors but the company will be in the hands of a limited company.

August 29th 1893

For sale at Newhouse farm, Poslingford, by directions of the executors of the late James Ambrose. The live and dead stock and effects of 600 acres.

September 12th 1893

Henry Bowers of Waldingfield was charged with assaulting Sarah Bowers, wife of James Bowers. Complainant who appeared with a handkerchief bound round her forehead and her left eye much discoloured said she went down to the beerhouse between 8-30 and 9 pm to get her husband to come home which he would not, when half way home she heard someone behind her, turning round she saw Henry Bowers who started to kick her and struck her. Ester Diggens said she met complainant on the road going towards the Fox, afterwards she met Henry Bowers who said he had knocked her snout off her face. The landlady of the Fox said complainant came in to her house after her husband and was swearing, she ordered her out for her filthy language, complainant's husband knocked her down three times and banged her head three times on the wall. 5s with 9s costs.

September 19th 1993

At the sale of live and dead stock at Newhouse Farm, Poslingford, stock was brought from Bulley Green, Lynns and Assington Green, there was a large attendance with 286 lots realising £ 1.113. The 8 h p steam engine with threshing machinery was bought by Mr Allen for £ 125.

September 19th 1893

Sarah Ranson, a young girl from Alpheton was charged with damaging a fence at Alpheton. Thomas Baker a farmer said the case arose through gleaning, he caught defendant gleaning in a field with a shock standing in it indicating that it was not ready for gleaning, when he expostulated she sang " ta-ra-boom-de-ay" and said she did not give a ---- for him or anyone else. 1s with 7s 6d costs and 6d damages.

October 10th 1893

Bankruptcy of Charles Riches, headmaster of Cavendish grammar school with liabilities of £ 578 and assets of £ 75.

October 10th 1893

A child, Frederick George Malyon, son of the landlord of the Rifle Arms, Sudbury, was found to be missing from his home at 1-45 am, his mother at once made a search and found him floating in a ditch, a tributaty of the Stour which runs at the bottom of their garden. It appears the gate to the ditch was left open and the poor little fellow strayed through it and thence to the fatal spot where the water is 2ft deep. Accidental death.

October 10th 1893

Some very large potatoes hve been grown in Sudbury this year, they were exhibited by Mr Bell of the Horn Inn, the species in question were " Suttons Satifaction" and weighed from 16 to 20 ounces each.

October 31st 1893

On Wednesday afternoon owing to the bravery of P.C.Pawsey, a young constable stationed at Sudbury, an accident was averted. A waggon and three horses belonging to Mr Brand of Brook Hall, Foxearth was left standing in Melford road for a few seconds when they bolted down North Street, Pawsey at great risk to himself rushed to the leader but was unable to stop it, he then clutched the animals in the shafts and managed to stop the horses. The children from North Street school were at the time returning home, fortunately no-one was hurt.

December 19th 1893

A disasterous fire broke out in the mill at Chilton belong to Armes and Sons of Sudbury.

January 2nd 1894

Over 100 dinners were given away on Saturday afternoon at the kitchen in Gaol Lane, Sudbury. Each recipient having a quarter a pound of meat, potatoes, plum pudding and a penny loaf. Any donations in aid of this work will be thankfully received by Mrs and Miss Ransom of Friars Street.

February 20th 1894

There was a meeting of the allotments committee at Sudbury Town Hall on Friday evening. The Mayor said it was the business of the evening to ballot for positions on the Gallows Hill allotments for plots that vary from 10 to 40 rods.

March 6th 1894

Clare market hill was the scene of pleasant excitement on Friday when a large number of women and a few of the sterner sex assembled to secure tickets for the gift of coal to be provided in accordance with Miss Brown's will. Each person eligible paying 6d entitling the bearer to 2cwt of coal. 300 tickets were issued for 30 ton of coal.

March 6th 1894

Frederick Martin of the White Hart in Sudbury had a splendid take of fish in the Stour, in three hours he caught 70 roach, 16 of which weighed around one pound.

March 20th 1894

Between 9 and 10 on Friday evening last week, an old man named Samuel Boreham aged 80 years of Lavenham, while leading Mr Thomas Baker's hunter home from Alpheton had a narrow escape from drowning.
After having some food he started back to Lavenham, no doubt because his eyesight was defective he mistook his way in the darkness and walked into Mr Henry Coe's horse pond at Dunstan farm which is situated 100 yards from the highway. Mr Coe was in his dining room when he heard screams coming from his pond where he found the poor old fellow up to his armpits in water and unable to get out as he was stuck in the mud.
Mr Coe ran for assistance and with the help of his horsekeeper, Charles Creasey, got him out with a rake and a clothes line. When rescued Boreham was in a sinking condition but soon revived after some brandy. Mr Coe drove him home to Lavenham none the worse.

March 27th 1894

While the Sexton of St Peter's Church in Sudbury was in the steeple tolling the bell on Tuesday evening, a choir boy informed him that there was a woman causing a disturbance near the pulpit. He removed the woman who was drunk, when outside the door she hit him with an umbrella, cutting his ear, the offending party hails from Newton.

April 17th 1893

There was an inquest at the Hare Inn at Melford on George Ford, formerly a gamekeeper. Harriet Ford the daughter of the deceased said her father had been drinking heavily and suffered from delirum tremens, she was sent for last Tuesday and found him dead in the garden. Dr Horsford said his death was due to excessive drinking.

May 15th 1894

Property Market. Ancient Elizabethan residence known as Salters Hall in Stour Street, Sudbury, with gardens and orchard of © an acre, sold to Mr Oates of Kent for £ 535.

July 3rd 1894

The public bathing place at Sudbury was opened by the Mayor with the borough flag flying and streamers decorating the front of the bathing place. It is a semi circular building comprising a series of compartments as well as private boxes and a compartment for the attendant, around the building is a iron screen 6ft high and about 150ft round which crosses the river and bolted to pitch pine piles. the entrance is on Pulling Pit meadow near the Croft. The bridge over the river is a pitch pine foot bridge. The bath is 23ft round by 60ft with concreted bottom, inside the basin the water is 4ft deep within a barrage for nom swimmers, beyond is a depth of 8ft. Work is by Mr Bertie Berry, builder of Sudbury.

July 3rd 1894

At Melford there is a prolific and original crop growing in one of the parish allotments, there is 80 rods of what is called cow mumble, cowgrass or hog weed. In the hot summer of 1893 it was cut four times for cattle, horses, rabbits and stock of all sorts are fond of it.
It is of the comfrey family and grows to 4ft, this year it is being saved for seed, the crop also makes fine shelter for game and is a first class food.

July 31st 1894

At the Ipswich provision market. Potatoes 1© d a lb-cut flowers 1d a bunch-onions 6d a quarter-radishes 2 bundles 1d-lettuces 1d each-cucumbers 3d to 6d-plums 3d per pint-grengages 5d a pint- gosseberries 1-1© d a pint-red currants 1 3/4d a pint-black currants 1© d a pint-peas 9d a peck-cherries 3d a pound-strawberries 3d a pint- rasberries 5d a pint-tomatoes 4d to 10d a pound-turnips 1d a bundle- broad beans 5d to 6d a pound-fowls 4s 6d to 6s per pair-butter 1s 1d a pound-eggs 14 for 1s-cream cheeses 1s each.

July 31st 1894

There was an inquest at Sudbury on Joseph Seagrave who was killed near the Sudbury station on the Melford side as he was crossing the line, deceased was very deaf. The doctor, Mr Kilcharst said he was summoned to the spot and saw the body which was not a pretty sight, the whole of the back of the skull was completely empty, the right arm was broken in several places and the ribs were crushed. Joseph Norman the station master said he warned deceased about crossing there, he was 79 years old. Accidental death.

August 7th 1894

A short time ago it was reported that an otter had been seen in the Stour at Clare, on Friday morning word went round that a scratch pack of dogs would meet at the Half Moon on Monday morning at 7 o'clock, after waiting for the laggards, a start was made from the iron bridge to beat the river downhill. Mr Dawson of Chilton Street was in charge, the dogs although unused to the sport worked well, the banks being well searched they continued to Cavendish with no trace of the interesting visitor, a big dark body was seen but it turned out to be a large rat.

August 7th 1894

2000 people assembled at Dunmow to witness the award of the Dunmow Flitch, the committee gave the flitch to Mr and Mrs Fahie.

August 14th 1894

Wednesday was a red letter day at Glemsford, the popular owner of the Court who recently took a wife gave a dinner at the Court. The invitations were by Mr Byford and the guests were chiefly the widows of the parish. Nearly 100 people partook of his hospitality, on the lawn the tables were set with roast beef etc. A novelty was provided by Mr Byford who from time to time has been the winner of valuable silver cups with his agricultural exhibits, the widows of Glemsford were afforded the opportunity to drink from each of these prized vessels, the bumpers being full to the brim, one of the cups was worth 100 guineas. A concert followed by Mr Percy Keeble on the pianoforte.

August 31st 1894

As a man named Hume was loading peas on a farm near his home in Bulmer, he fell breaking both legs, he was conveyed to St Leonards hospital where his legs were amputated.

September 11th 1994

Mr and Mrs Angelo Fahie have left Lyston where they were spending a holiday, they are going to Derbyshire en route for their home at Monkstown near Dublin. Mr Fahie and his consort, it will be remembered, competed successfully in the celebrated Dunmow Flitch last bank holiday. Special interest was attached to the proceedings this year owing to the fact that Mrs Fahie is an Essex lady (being the only daughter of Mr J.Campbell Lambert the well known and popular land-owner of broad acres in the parishes of Foxearth and Lyston, near Melford. Mr Fahie being somewhat given to study antiquarian lore, manifested lively interest in the history and examination of the fine old churches which abound so largely in Essex and Suffolk, notably the remarkable fine specimens of pure Gothic to be found in the noble piles of Melford and Lavenham.

September 18th 1894

Sale of live and dead stock at Butlers Hall farm in Bulmer by orders of the executors of the late Mr P.Nott. 6 horses-nag mare-bay foal and equipment for 220 acres.
Sale of live and dead stock at Truckets Hall, Boxted. 24 horses and equipment for 450 acres.

September 25th 1894

Sale at the Poole, Gt.Yeldham. 36 horses-270 swine80 Suffolk ewes and agricultural implements for 750 acres. 4© ft threshing drum by Ransome and Sims-chaff cutter-2 Smyth drills-12 tumbrils-12 waggons-2 Dobbin carts-Oxford cart. Some of the machinery has been removed from Thurstons-Meekings-Bar Hall-Grays-Bandyshe and Lovingtons for convenience.

November 14th 1894

Frederick Golding and Harry Mortlock, labourers of Cavendish were charged with causing wilfull damage to the Fir Trees beerhouse at Cavendish. George Richardson, landlord of the Fir Trees said at closing time at 10 pm on October 9th he went to the back of the house being called by his wife who said stones were coming through the window.
he saw Harry Mortlock who said come outside or we will break every ---- window in the house, windows were being broken and ornaments on the toilet table and door panels were broken and damaged at an estimate of £ 8 10s. Richardson said there had been no trouble that night but he had knocked Golding down the previous night. Witness said a man named Ives had come into the house for protection and that his wife and Ives had held a mattress up at the window for protection. Charles Ives said he left the Fir Trees at 10 and met the defendants who threw stones at him and struck him in the head. £ 1 each with damages os £ 1. Golding said he would take a month instead.

December 14th 1894

To be sold by auction at Colts Hall, Cavendish.the live and dead stock. 19 horses-100 poultry-hackney mare-brown cob- Ransomes 7 hp steam engine-6ft threshing machine-elevator-chaff cutter etc.