The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1894 Bury Free Press newspaper archive

January 20th 1894

. On returning from Mr D.Alston's funeral at Stanstead on Saturday an accident happened to Mr Fred Branwhite's brougham when near Cranmore Green, the front part of the carriage broke away from the body and the driver was precipitated into the road but the passengers were unhurt.

February 10th 1894

Bankruptcy of Capt Miller. The first meeting of the creditors of James Gordon Miller described as a retired Militia Captain of Lt Thurlow Park was held at the offices of the official receiver at Cambridge.

February 21st 1894

The Salut Public (Lyons) published on Monday a letter from Monsignor Ledochowski which gave extracts from a report by a priest who lately visited some villages on the right bank of the river Ubang in Africa. According to the Father cannibalism prevails to a frightening extent among those people, it is custom to bring slaves to market in order that people might be sold like butcher's meat, people who are unable to purchase a whole slave bought an arm or a leg or a head, as in one case marked off with white chalk and when the unfortunate victim was selected he was killed and distributed to the customers.

April 14th 1894

Advert. Wanted situation as general or otherwise. Respectable country girl aged 16, address Kate Bird of Gt Waldingfield near Sudbury.

May 26th 1894

Bury Corn Market-Redwheat to 25s-white to 27s-grinding barley to 13s 6d per 400lbs.

June 2nd 1894

The Madrid Bull Ring. Sunday afternoon was the scene of terrible excitement in Madrid, the first bull was a splendid animal of the Miura breed, it killed four of the horses and showed much fierceness when the Banderilleros fixed their darts into his neck, 16,000 spectators watched the celebrated Manuel Espatero, a fine handsome man of 28 years as he approached the bull with his usual daring he was knocked down, recovering to his feet he attacked the bull again close to a dead horse and plunged his Toledo blade to the hilt into the shoulder of the animal which though dying caught tossed and gored the bullfighter, the unfortunate Espartero was carefully raised bleeding from a ghastly wound in the stomach, on arriving at the infirmary attached to the ring, he was speechless and the doctor pronounced his wound mortal, priests promptly administered the extreme unction in the presence of many of the gorgeously attired bullfighters, before he expired he murmured the name of his sweetheart to whom he was shortly to be married to.

June 9th 1894

Agnes Dorman, a school teacher aged 33 was charged with stealing half a crown from Alice Sains at Clare and with obtaining by false pretences from Harriet Mills food and lodgings to the value of 10s, the prisoner pleaded guilty. Mr Blofeld said the prisoner had been in the Catholic school at St Helens in Lancashire and was dismissed for drunkenness, she then went to Lawshall where she got a job as governess where she was also dismissed for drunkenness, she then went to Bury where she decamped , after that she went to Clare and committed the offence of which she is charged, his Lordship said she is a habitual criminal.
18 months hard labour.

June 9th 1994

Maurice Dyer aged 24, Harry French 18,David Deaves, 19, labourers of Cornard were charged with robbing Thomas Hayward and stealing 2 ½ d and a walking stick valued at 6d at Lt Cornard on April 13th. Thomas Hayward said he was a gardener aged 60 years, he received his wages on Friday evening, at about 9 he went to the Brook Inn at Cornard and stayed there until it closed, Dyer lived about 40 rods from the Brook Inn, the others lived in Bures, when the complainant said he got to Dyer's gate after leaving the Brook when Dyer got hold of him and wanted to pull him into his house, complainant got away from him. His Lordship said all the prisoners were guilty of the offences which should be stamped out, he did not think long sentences would do any good as they were strong young men able to earn their living, Dyer would have 12 months hard labour and to be flogged with 20 lashes of the cat, French would have 2 months and a flogging of 18 lashes, Deaves would have 1 month and 15 lashes.

June 9th 1894

At a sale at Sudbury on Tuesday, a collection of pictures from Belchamp Hall a picture of the "Countess Dundonald" by Gainsborough was purchased by Mr Walter Greene of Nether, Pakenham at £1,275.
The Countess Dundonald was a Miss Raymond of Belchamp.

June 9th 1894

Inquest at Gt Waldingfield on Edward Andrews, labourer, aged 23 who expired on Thursday last, Robert Head said he and the deceased were cutting lucerne wirth a chaff cutter when the sleeve of the deceased was caught in the cogs and his arm was crushed. Dr E.F.Smith of Lavenham said there was a deep wound and blood poisoning set in. Accidental.

June 16th 1894

Hundon. All the crops here look well.

August 4th 1894

Letters to the Editor. Sir, I have been looking at the bill concerning the Horticultural Show at Glemsford and am surprised to find Haverhill band has been engaged instead of preference to our own band ,etc etc. As the matter stands now the money will be given to "foreigners" who neither know or care whether the men are starving or not. Glemsford band is comprised of hard working men, just now most of the men have been working short time and the money which is their lawful right would come as a great boon to them, etc etc.

Yours truly,

Pro Bono Publico.

August 18th 1894

Clare. A few days since Herbert Coley, baker of Clare, reported to Inspector Hunt at Melfprd police station that a parcel of clothing had been extracted from his trap as he was coming at a walking pace up the hill past the old Melford Tollgate when his attention was drawn to the fact that several men were loitering behind the trap but darkness prevented him from seeing them clearly, the following day Inspector Hunt noticed a man named James Salter who has been convicted several times was wearing a clean shirt, Salter being questioned gave several answers which the Inspector considered sufficient to warrant his arrest whereupon he admitted the theft and gave information which led to the recovery of the stolen property. Salter was remanded.

September 15th 1894

Inquest at Hartest Bell Inn on Walter Maxim aged 63 years whose body was found in a pond at Pickles Farm, Hartest. George Abbot said deceased was his uncle, he had been deaf for many years and latterly his eyes were failing him. Witness said he had heard him say that he wished his time had come to be buried in Boxted church yard. Found drowned.

September 22nd 1894

Sale at Slough Farm, Little Waldingfield by direction of the executors of the late John Long. 12 horses-brougham mare-bay foal-8 pigs-120 shoats-collection of implements and carriages.
Sale at Trucketts Farm, Boxted. The live and dead stock-24 horses-34 head of neat stock-79 ewes-102 swine implements etc.

October 6th 1894

Situation Wanted. As plain cook, Bury preferred, 20 years, 3 years character. Apply near Bower Hall, Pentlow. Johnson Pentlow, Cavendish.

October 27th 1894

For sale this day at Cavendish rectory by instructions from the Rev Peter who is leaving the district. Household furniture-3 dozen Comet port-outdoor effects include 3 Jersey cows and 1 calf-60 poultry-2 stacks of meadow hay.

October 27th 1894

Cavendish. Labour Army. On Tuesday night a large attended meeting of working people in this parish was held in the Old Baptist Meeting Room of this place. The cause of the drawing together of people was the address by Mr W.A.Andrews of the New Labour Army. Except for occasional interruptions from a drunken man who rolled into the meeting and seated himself as the chairman and the right hand supporter. Many special thanks to Mr Maxim for providing the room and to Mr Andrews for free use of the room.

November 3rd 1894

James Brown, 44, labourer of Cavendish was found guilty of wounding his son Earnest on the 13th of July, the judge in his address to the prisoner said his son had behaved well and he had asked that his punishment should not be severe. 1 month hard labour.

November 3rd 1894

Deaths. Hogger on October 6th at Barrackpore, India. Gunner Thomas Hogger of the 43rd Field Battery R.A., 2nd son of Spencer and Ann Hogger of Shimpling aged 25 years.

November 24th 1894

On Friday evening a public tea organized by the Glemsford Band took place at the Plough Inn, Glemsford when about 61 people responded to invitations, after full justice was done to "good things" a "free and easy" meeting took place. 1st item on the programme was an overture entitled "the sleep of Dianna" given by the Band in a pleasing style, Mr Lawrence gave a song "muddled and mixed", Mr Leggett gave "after the fall", G.Crick gave "simple little pimple", David Ward of Foxearth gave the "educated bloke" "Bush Ranger in Ausrtralia" by C. Twinn, a duet by Middleditch and Twinn "old miller", C.Sore "mona, Miss M. Twinn "a soldier minstrel", E. Sore gave "swinging to and fro", the chairman "strolling in the sands" and "mother kissed me", Mr E. Game, "the club house", Mr W. Farrance "e dunno where ee are", Mr Eli Watkinson "when Jone's ale was new", Mr Sore gave "success to the football club". The band played the National Anthem and all dispersed home.

December 29th 1894

David Bull was charged with cruelty to a horse at Melford, the animal was seen by Inspector Jones at Sudbury, it was dreadfully emaciated, defendant promised to have it killed but he was seen working it again by P.S.Reeve at Cavendish, he said it had running sores another witness said he found it in a lane at Melford dead. As defendant who has previous convictions before was sentenced to 1 month's hard labour.

1895 Bury Free Press newspaper archive

January 26th 1895

Notes from West Australia contributed by F. A. Jaggard who is a native of Walsham le Willows, Suffolk. Some observations.

This week 800 people arrived at Freemantle they are attracted by the glowing descriptions of the country as yet unseen by them, I was standing on the pier watching S.S.Rockton come in with a ship load of passengers, nearly all are bound for Coolgardie (Hotogardie) more appropriate, every class and conditions of men were to be found on that boat and not a few women mostly bound for the goldfields, those who came saloon look more likely to fit positions in a merchant's office more fit for the pen than the pick and shovel under the broiling sun and yet some are forced by adversity to come. Many will curse the will that brought them here over the months, only yesterday a friend of mine who has just come in from Coolgardie told me that in returning he met several young men footsore and despairing, ready just to lay down and die, when told they had a certain distance to go they sat on the roadside and shed bitter tears that brought no relief. Upon the Rockton there was another class of passenger those who occupied the steerage, strong healthy bronzed young men who have been foremost in many a rush on our goldfields and upon whose brow determination is stamped to see the last chance to make a pile but there are some on the boats who are unfit for work, their noses are like red pepper pots, many of the arrivals will succeed as it is the need of a strong man who is not afraid of hard work.

January 26th 1895

We learn that a meeting was held on Monday at Bury in connection with the soup kitchens when it was decided that the kitchens would open as follows.
The Cemetery road and Eastgate kitchens on Tuesdays and Fridays, Raingate street Thursdays, Northgate street on Fridays. The committee have decided to continue supplies as long as required.

January 26th 1895

Suffolk Winter Assizes. The grand Jury found a true bill against Henry Herring aged 13 years an agricultural labourer who was charged with stealing a whip thong valued at 1s the property of William Hall of Sternfield on December 10th. P c. Fairweather said he received information and saw the prisoner at the blacksmith's shop and told him he was suspected of taking it, he went to the father's house and the boy produced the thong. Not guilty.

January 26th 1895

Charles Parmenter, a lad of 13 was charged with causing grievous bodily harm to Lily Thompson at Melford, the prisoner pleaded guilty but his Lordship refused to receive the plea and directed not guilty to be recorded. The prosecutrix said her boy was playing in the street at Melford with other boys, he was crying, I asked him what the matter was, he said a boy had hit him, the Judge "what did you do" the prosecutrix said I "I pulled his ear and told him if he did that again she would chastise him" "I suppose he started to cry", she replied he came up to me and said he would throw a stone at her, she felt a stab in the arm and knew nothing more until she was in the doctor's surgery.

February 2nd 1895

A team of England cricketers have arranged a series of matches in the West Indies arrived at Barbadoes on Monday they were received with great enthusiasm.

March 16th 1895

West Suffolk County Council. The county surveyor certified that a new bridge has been completed at Fern hill, Glemsford and he had been completely satisfied.

March 30th 1895

Lavenham. On Friday evening a meeting was held at the Angel Hotel in Lavenham to consider forming a cricket club at Lavenham, there was a good attendance and Mr Roper was asked to preside, Charles Hitchcock was elected captain and R. Roper vice captain.

April 14th 1895

Suffolk Senior Cup at Portman Road, Ipswich. The teams left in the cup were Long Melford and Saxmundham, the Saxmundham men through their victory over Ipswich Town seemed sure of defeating the West Suffolk side on the Portman Road ground at Ipswich but this was not the case, the Melfordians who it may be mentioned held the cup in 1887-88 ran out victorious by beating their opponents 2 goals to 1.

The Melford team received a great reception upon their return home, upon receiving the welcome news that Melford had won a crowd numbering 1600 to 1700 gathered at the railway station, they gathered in a large square in front of the station and the special train steamed in at 9-30, the cheering was deafening, the appearance of the popular captain, Bernard Hurst, bearing the cup was the signal for tremendous cheering, no time was lost in moving to the club headquarters, the brake conveying the team was drawn by willing hands, they were preceded by Melford Brass Band playing "see the conquering heroes come", scores of flags and banners were aloft en route to the headquarters a mile distant.

June 6th 1895

Mr Alex. Hurst of the High Street, Long Melford, has been appointed correspondent for this paper and he will be pleased to receive any items of news from Melford and outlying districts.

June 13th 1896

Inquest at Melford on Robert Barker aged 47, Charlotte Barker said deceased was her husband and he was a fruit dealer, he sometimes broke out drinking, she saw him the previous morning at 8-30 and. in the evening she opened the door and saw him lying dead, he was led home the previous evening.

Died from heart condition brought on by alcoholic poisoning.

August 24th 1895

John Jocelyn a chimney sweep of Glemsford was charged with refusing to quit a licensed premises at Melford also with using threatening language towards the landlord, J.Hale and towards Mr Blythe, greengrocer of Melford. Bound over for 6 months.

August 24th 1895

Inquest at the Rose and Crown at Long Melford on the death of Kate Fairweather aged 33 years. Mary Hart, mother of the deceased, said the latter was the wife of Alfred Fairweather of Nayland in Suffolk, she had been staying with her for about ten days, she had not been well, witness's other daughter, Mrs Bowers, went to look for her when she went missing and she found her in the well at the bottom of the garden. Alfred Fairweather an engine driver from Nayland, deceased's husband, said she had not been well since last May, she suffered from low spirits, her mother had been in a lunatic asylum, William Bowers of Melford said deceased was his sister in law, he said his wife came to him in a field and said she could not find her sister, she said "dear me she aint in the well as she had a look in there", they then had a look again and saw a petticoat, the well was 20ft deep. Suicide.

September 28th 1895

Cowlinge. Partridge shooting was commenced on the Cowlinge estate last week under the leadership of Mr J.Hargreaves of Barrow who hires the shoot, the season all along promises good sport with plenty of partridges, much time and trouble has been expended in preserving the covers, the bag for four days comprised 107 brace of partridges and 18 hares.

October 5th 1895

Ernest Brown and Frederick Angel of Cavendish were charged being drunk and disorderly on the highway at Cavendish.
Supt. Bardwell gave Brown a bad character and it was him that got Angel into trouble. Brown £1 with 5s 2d costs and Angel 10s with 5s 9d costs..

October 5th 1895

A consignment of Suffolk horses consisting of 3 in foal mares and 3 entire horses have been forwarded to Russia by Mr Sturley Nunn of Welnetham Hall, after a stormy passage of 15 days they all disembarked safely, the consignment also included two handsome mares from Mr Byford of Gelmsford.

November 2nd 1895

Some remarkable news fro San Fancisco concerning a British ship the Aberfoyle which arrived there a few days ago with a cargo of coal, It is reported that soon after sailing the Captain began drinking and became unfit to command, he retired to his cabin and left the vessel in charge of Norton the 1st officer to act as Captain, a storm blew up during which Norton was washed overboard and lost, next day the Captain committed suicide by drinking carbolic acid, none of the crew understood navigation and the ship sailed aimlessly for several days when it was sighted by the steamer Tagliaferro, the crew reported they were without an officer who could navigate to the Captain of the steamer so he placed a man aboard her as 2nd mate and he took her into Sa Francisco safely.

November 2nd 1895

At Clare Petty Sessions, Bert Twitchett of Clare, a dealer was charged with breaking a window at the Plough Inn, Hundon on June 30th. Mr J.Brown, landlord at the time of the Plough Inn said that on the Sunday morning after the Kedington Fair he was awoken by stones hitting the window, he looked out and saw several people who were asking him to let them have some beer, he refused, he recognised Twitchett and saw him raise his arm and throw a stone. 2s 6d fine damages of 5s and costs 6s 9d.

November 9th 1895

Wanted. An engine driver to drive a portable or traction engine, good character from last employer. Apply to Mr T.Debenham, Lawshall, Suffolk.

November 2nd 1895

Shimpling. Inquest at the Little Cottage, Shimpling, on the death of Alfred Debenham, farmer of Shimpling, aged 67. Elizabeth Debenham widow of the deceased that about 3-45 pm she saw the deceased who had been to Sudbury, drive past, she got up to help him get things out of the cart as she usually did, just as she got to the door she saw the wheel of the cart strike the gatepost, the deceased fell out the other side of the cart, she went to him, he was bleeding from the mouth and the nose, he did not speak or move, she got him into the house and sent for the doctor. Jane James, widow said she lived opposite deceased's house, she saw the wheel strike the gatepost, she ran to help. Mr Lucius Nicholls, surgeon from Hartest said he went at once to see the deceased, he found him quite dead, the jaw bone was fractured and there was also a fracture of the frontal bone, deceased weighed between 12-13 stones. Accidental.

December 14th 1895

Herbert Cawston, labourer of Hartest was charged with loitering near the church porch at Hartest. P.C. Birch said he was smoking and laughing at the entrance to the church, persons entering the church were much annoyed.

December 14th 1895

All persons having claim on the estate of the late Alfred Debenham of Shimpling are requested to send particulars thereof to us the undersigned. Woolnough Gross, Bury St Edmunds.