The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1895-1897 Bury and Norwich Post newspaper archive

January 1st 1895

Sale of live and dead stock at the chaff works at Lavenham by orders of the executors of the late Mr Reginald Odell on August 7th. All the horses and a collection of carriages and moveable plant. 6 horses-2 first class spring waggons-2 ditto without springs- van-4 spring one horse carts-water cart-collection of harness-20 stack and waggon cloths-500 chaff bags-120 corn sacks and other implements.

January 1st 1895

On Friday morning, Mr Hy.Coe, a tenant farmer of Downtowns Farm (probably Duntons)at Melford, comitted suicide by blowing his brains out with a gun. At the inquest his wife said he was 35 years old and had been depressed recently by the low corn prices and that he had money problems. Charles Creasy, horseman, said he saw deceased on Friday afternoon when he kept walking back and forwards and said " Master Creasy how bad my head feels". Dr Turner said there was insanity in the family. Temporary insanity.

February 5th 1895

Kirby Hall at Castle Hedingham has been bought by Mr Payne of Wixoe, the former tenant. The welcome news was received by the vicar the Rev H.Lake who convened a meeting to consider the great distress caused. All the former labourers would be required at once.

February 26th 1895

Sale of live and dead stock at Duntons Farm, Melford, by orders of the executors of the late James Coe. 8 horses- 8 milch cows etc.

February 26th 1895

Arrangements have been made at Clare for the distribution of soup to the needy poor of Clare, this will continue during this spell of severe weather. Mr W, Bowyer of Church Farm gave away a large quantity and the supply will continue by subscription.

April 23rd 1895

Ballingdon Brewery for sale with extensive out buildings and a dwelling house in Ballingdon street. With the Railway Bell, Ballingdon-White Horse, Great Waldingfield-White Hart, Boxford-Case is Altered beerhouse, Assington.

June 18th 1895

The annual lamb sale was held in Sudbury on Monday with 1500-2000 lambs consigned. Trade was reported good. Mr Stuck of Alphamstone had 50 black faced lambs make 26s 6d each with one fat ewe making 50s-30 cross lambs from the late Mr Col?is from Pebmarsh 25-26s.
30 from Mr J.Turpin of Twinstead made 49s 6d-50 from Robert Dyer of Bures made 43s 6d-40 from George Nott of Pebmarsh 27s.-100 Suffolk lambs from Col.Burke of the Aubries made 24s-40 half breeds from Smeetham Hall Bulmer made 32s 6d-30 Black faces from Col Barnardiston at Henny Ryes made 35s 6d-40 South Down ewes from Fred Branwhite of Melford made 48s 6d-94 black faces from E.Sikes of Henny made 33s-20 Black faces from Geo Wade at Lt Waldingfield made 45s 6d.-? from Robert Smith of Walter Belchamp made 31s.-20 fat lambs from J.Mills Rodbridge made 36s.

June 25th 1895

Mr George Booth the station master from Cavendish expired suddenly on Thursday after witnessing the departure of the 7-38 to Cambridge he had entered into conversation with the porter, Pegg, when Pegg left for a short time and went back and was shocked to find deceased lying on the floor dead. The deceased was 67 years old and had been station master at Cavendish for 30 years, he leaves a widow and four children, all employed by G.E.R.. Dr Waring attributed cause of death to synocope, he was interred in the cemetery.

July 2nd 1895

Charles Foakes, a tramp was charged with sleeping on Brundon Hall farm and using abusive language. 7 days hard labour.

August 20th 1895

On Wednesday afternoon a carpenter named Frederick Deaves, employed by George Grimwood, fell from a scaffold while helping to build the new brewery for Messrs Oliver on Cornard road, he fell 15ft and severely injured his left foot.

August 20th 1895

The marriage of Dr Holden to Miss Sikes, daughter of the late Mr John Sikes J.P. has taken place.

August 20th 1995

Ezra Slater, a labourer of Glemsford, was charged with being on premises for unlawful purposes. Jane Savage said she kept fowls and when she went into the yard she saw defendant stooping down over the fowls, he then ran off. 5s with 5s costs.

August 20th 1895

Kate Fairweather, wife of an engine driver from Colchester drowned herself in a well of water used by a group of cottages near Bridge Street Rose and Crown at Melford. One of the cottages is occupied by the deceased's mother whom she was visiting.
Alfred Fairweather said he sent her to her mother for the benefit of her health and was in very low spirits, she was 33 years old. William Bowers, her brother in law, said his wife came to him at when he was at work at 6 am saying her sister was missing, he looked into the well and saw her petticoat floating on the surface. Suicide.

September 10th 1895

Hall Farm, Gestingthorpe. The live and dead stock to be sold on the instructions of Mr John Green who's tenancy has expired.
16 horses-entire donkey-135 lambs etc. Sale of live and dead stock at Grove farm, Chilton, on instructions of the executors of the late Job Groves. 8 horses-Marshall 6 hp steam engine-7 heifers-154 sheep-22 pigs- threshing machin by Ransome etc.

September 10th 1895

John Woodley a bargeman from Stratford St Mary was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Sudbury. P.C.Broom said he was put out of a public house for using bad language and then he wanted to fight him. The Mayor said he helped to pick a man up out of the gutter as he thought the man was dying but he was drunk, he was like a wild animal, witness wondered where these people got their drink and that such people that sold it to them should be brought before the magistrates. As he had been locked up since Saturday night he was discharged.

October 1st 1895

Charles Chaplin, a telegraph messenger of Glemsford was charged with unlawfully wounding a lad named Charles Jarmin. Jarmin went to the Glemsford post office on Saturday morning to sort letters when Chaplin and another lad came in, Chaplin took a revolver from the wall, Jarmin then heard a bang and felt that he had been hit in the mouth, as there was no evidence to show defendant had any intentions to shoot Jarmin the case was dimissed. The lad was then apprehended on a warrant from a third party.

October 29th 1895

Bury Market. Wheat 27s 29s per quarter - barley, malting, 24-33s. Fat cattle, stall fed, to £ 29 5s.

December 31st 1895

Agricultural wages in the Eastern Counties stand at 11-12s per week for men of 20 years upwards - 18s in Scotland and in Dorset, Berks and Wilts, 10s.

January 5th 1897

Early on Friday morning Clare Fire Brigade received a message the two cottages at Belchamp St Pauls were on fire. The semi detached cottages belonged to Mr Goody, one was used as a store room.

January 5th 1897

Emma Oakley of Glemsford, aged 18 years pleaded guilty to perjury. Totsy Twinn, a hawker, was indicted for suborning Oakley to commit perjury. It appears that Twinn and a man named Oakley were charged with tresspassing in search of rabbits at Robbs farm at Cavendish, a farmer named Ambrose had seen them when he was going home from church, near Robbs gate. Oakley had sworn that Twinn had went with her and his wife to Belchamp St Pauls for the weekend which was untrue.
Bound over.

February 23rd 1897

Joseph Samuel Page the late postmaster at Cavendish was charged with embezzlement, he was taken into custody and will be brought before the magistrates on Friday and charged with embezzling £ 20.

March 2nd 1897

A 100 yard race with man v horse took place on the Chilton road at Clare. The race was between Mr Frederick Driver a farmer from Hundon and Alfred " Fuddle" Parker on his cob. Parker won by 20 yards, the stake was £ 1, there were about 200 spectators.

March 2nd 1897

James Bruty a young child of Bridewell street, Clare, died from burns. It appears the child suffered from fits and was left in charge of an older child while it's mother visited the town. Accidental death.

March 2nd 1897

Joseph Page the late sub postmaster of Cavendish was charged with embezzling John Ince a labourer of Cavendish. John Ince said he deposited £ 20 last month, he was always notified when he had made a deposit but on this occassion he had heard nothing, he went to see the prisoner several times when prisoner asked him to sign a blank piece of paper. Defendant said he had used the money to pay his bills. Committed for trial.

March 9th 1897

On Shrove Tuesday the old established Horse fair took place at Lavenham, it was attended by dealers from all over the district.
There was a large supply of horses but trade was hardly brisk. During the afternoon there was a special train from Lavenham to Sudbury and then to London to convey the horses.

April 13th 1897

The circus visited Sudbury on Thursday having signed a contract to stand on the Market Hill for a toll, which was the custom.
The vans had been formed in a square and the horses taken out when the manager was informed that they must go to the Croft as a influential resident on the Market Hill was ill. There was a little displeasure shown but the Mayor and the manager saw the man who was disposed and the dispute was settled so with compensation they moved to the Croft.

April 20th 1897

Joseph Page the late postmaster at Cavendish was sentenced to three months hard labour for embezzeling £ 20 and ordered to repay the money.

May 18th 1897

The services of the Cavendish Fire Brigade was required at Pentlow Hall when a round thatched building standing among the trees and known as the " old court house" was found to be in flames during the afternoon. Miss Stoughten was in the building burning some rubbish and it is supposed a spark fell from the chimney on to the thatch.

May 18th 1897

Traces of one or more otters have again been seen at Clare. Mr Jarvis from Newmarket brought his otter hounds for a hunt, there were about 50-60 persons at the start from Clare towards Cavendish, they got the scent twice but they not did not succeed in passing from " scent to view".

June 8th 1897

On Friday evening, George Salter, a drayman for Messrs Ward of Foxearth was unloading at Holland and Barrets in Sudbury when for some unknown reason his horse was suddenly startled, Salter with some of the contents of the cart were thrown off as the animal galloped down Friars Street to Kilboy lane which is very narrow, just avoiding a perambulator containing two children, through Christopher lane and across Sepulchre street in to Curds lane to Church Walk where it collided with a post where the horse cleared from the cart it then ran to the Croft.
Mrs Ward from Foxearth was in town, on hearing the lady proceeded to to the store where she found Salter in a weak condition, she took him to Dr King's and then home to Foxearth.

July 20th 1897

On Friday some children were at play in the Bear and Crown yard at Clare when one of them, Kate Deeks, the child of Walter Deeks who is employed by C.W.Byford, was swinging on the handle of a mangel mincer when the machine overbalanced and fell upon her, two boys raised the machine and John Lewis carried her home. Doctor Piggot said she had a large wound on her right temple and she never recovered, dying in 10 minutes. The Jurors gave their fee to her father as did Willie Bareham the landlord of the hotel who handed over his fee for use of the room.

July 27th 1897

An open meeting of the Wanderers Football Club took place at the Green Dragon, Sudbury. Thje balance sheet showed 10s to the good, officers elected were, P.C.Leggett capt. J.Harmer sub captain, secretary and treasurer H.C.Cutmore.

August 3rd 1897

A garden party was held at the Old Rectory, Cavendish, by invitation of Miss Carverly and Mrs Green. Over 100 people attended and several snapshots were taken by Mr Pettit the photographer from Cavendish.

August 3rd 1897

The landlord of the Fir Trees, Cavendish,(King Richardson) invited a number of friends to spend the evening in his garden last Thursday. There was dancing to the strains of the Houghton Hall band until 10 o'clock.

August 3rd 1897

Frank Adams of Great Waldingfield was charged with assaulting Herbert Thorington, a beerhouse keeper of the same place.
Complainant said that defendant set his dog on to his, his wife tried to stop the fight and when he tried to help her defendant knocked him down.
10s 6d with 9s 6d costs.

August 3rd 1897

John Deeks, a labourer of Melford was summoned for assaulting Joseph Byford, a farmer from Rodbridge. Complainant said he spoke to defendant about his neglecting his work when defendant armed himself with a two tined fork and demanded his " halfpence", he then struck him with the handle on the arm, then threatened to run him through with the tines, witness then siezed him and threw him off the farm. 2s 6d with 7s costs.

August 17th 1897

On Thursday evening at about 8 pm a severe storm visited Glemsford, lasting 40 minutes. A large barn, 40 yards long and 8 yards wide was struck by lightning and set alight, the lightning struck the east end and set light to some chaff in the barn, a messenger was sent to Cavendish for the fire brigade but on arriving at the farm where the engine is kept it was found that it had been dispatched to another fire. Clare engine received the message but an hour had elapsed and the whole barn was destroyed. The barn belonged to Mr Goodchild.

August 17th 1897

A block of four thatched cottages in Bridge Street, Glemsford, opposite the Crown Inn were struck by lightning and set alight. The cottages were occupied by George Grimwood, Alfred Jarmin and Charles Smith a hawker who also used the fourth cottage as a storehouse.
The lightning struck the chimney on the end house, ran along the roof, into the bedroom in Jarmin's house in which two children were asleep, then entered the room where there was a baby in it's cradle, the lightning struck the feeding bottle throwing it across the room leaving the pipe in the child's mouth. All were safe but the cottages were burned down.

August 31st 1897

An accident befell Mr A. Angel a labourer of Cavendish on Monday, he was engaged for the harvest at Colts Hall by Mr E.Ray.
Angel was getting off the corn stack and thinking he could do without a ladder he jumped but in doing so he caught his foot in something and fell, breaking his collar bone.

September 7th 1897

The men employed by Mr Thomas Mortlock were entertained to supper at the Five Bells, Cavendish. After the cloth was removed a capital evening was spent.

September 14th 1897

(Advert) The rush for the gold fields will cause vacancies for a large number of farm hands in Canada next year, persons wishing to go should join our emigration club. A payment of 2s a week will take one passenger to the best wheat growing districts. A large number of girls are required for domestic work. Apply to Gaze's emigration club, just off Churchgates, Bury St Edmunds.

November 30th 1897

There was an inquest at Hendon in Middlesex on the body of Sidney Smith aged 62, a native of Suffolk. Mrs Wooley, a farmer's wife said that Smith had been working on farms in the district around the Hendon and Mill Hill areas and had been poorly lately, he refused to go to the workhouse and slept in a barn with their permission. She sent for the relieving officer who found him dead and had been so for at least two hours, his eyes had been gnawed out by rats also other parts had been eaten. Death from inflamation of lungs and dropsy.

December 14th 1897

There was a severe fire at Lavenham at the rear of the Lion Hotel, in one of the stables there was a horse called Gunboat, a well known steeplchaser which had done well at the Alpheton steeplechase recently, also a black pony, both being burnt to death.

December 14th 1897

An application for discharge of bankruptcy has been made on behalf of Henry Foot a silk manufacturer of Glemsford and Cavendish. In 1882, Foot opened as silk factory in Glemsford then in 1885-86 he took a factory in Cavendish where he commenced the manufacture of silk by steam power. Suspension for another two years.

December 14th 1897

The annual cricket club tea took place at the White Horse Hotel in Cavendish with 40 members present. The chairman, Mr Hutchinson, also the captain, proposed the toast to the Queen and a toast to Cavendish cricket club was proposed by Mr T.E.Ambrose. Mr O.Thompson gave an account of the last season, membership stood at 59 and subs ammounted to £ 10 11s with expences of £ 10 11s 4d. 11 matches were won with 10 being lost and one drawn. J.Chinery made the best score of 50 not out, highest average was by Mr Rymer of Foxearth who received a bat from Mr Hammond. The second bat was won by P.Deaves, being presented by our old friend from London, Mr Pope. C.Mortlock won the walking stick for best bowler and for performing a hat trick C.Bullock was presented with a hat by the Rev Baxter. Dr Waring has offered a purse for best fielder.