The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1896 South-West Suffolk Echo newspaper archive

February 29th 1996

At Clerkenwell magistrates court, John Richardson of Bridewell Street, Clare, was summoned for sending a carcase of mutton to Sepulchre Street, London, in unsound, unwholesome and being unfit for human consumption, as he has had one previous conviction he was fined £ 35 with costs.

March 21st 1896

The annual parade of entire horse took place on the Market Hill, Sudbury, on Thursday afternoon, only three horses were exhibited.

March 28th 1896

After the guests departed from the mayoral banquet last November, a dispute arose between the Town Hall keeper and the caterer, it ended with the former striking the latter with the loving cup which had been used in honour of the Mayor being elected that day. A grear indent was made on one side of the cup, thus adding to it's history, the Mayor said the cup would be repaired.

April 4th 1896

Robert Reeve, a police sergeant stationed at Glemsford, was charged with assaulting Thomas Brown Porter, a mat trimmer from Glemsford. The complainant said he was walking to Beeton's beerhouse when he saw the Sergeant standing near the Plough Inn, the Sergeant ran after him and grabbed him by the throat and threw him violently to the ground, complainant said he not say he would like a a go at the Sergeant and the Sergeant did not say that he had had enough of him for one night. Walter Game, a silk weaver, said he saw the Sergeant throw Porter to the ground with enough force to break every bone in his body, he afterwards had a conversation with the Sergeant and told him he had exceeded his duty in knocking a little man about, as they were talking a stone hit a tree nearby, a great number of people had gathered and the Sergeant said if he was attacked he would call upon witness and a man named Copsey, in the Queen's name to assist him, Copsey then persuaded four or five men to go home. The bench did not consider that the Sergeant had assaulted Porter. Case dismissed.

April 18th 1896

At a meeting of Sudbury Town Council a warning was given to bicylists about riding on footpaths, a bye law says that a £ 5 fine can be imposed.

May 2nd 1896

There was a disasterous fire on Monday night at Hall Farm, Shimpling, occupied by Mr T.P.Brand of Foxearth.Two trefoil stacks and a stack of stover were destroyed. Bury fire brigade could see the fire and were mustered ready for a call but did not receive one. It is believed to be the work of an incendiary.

July 4th 1896

The will of William Bowyer dated 1883 and 1891 was proved by Mrs Bowyer of Stratford and his son Joseph William Bowyer a meat salesman. Mr Bowyer farmed Church farm, Clare, and was of the firm Bowyer and Son and East, of London Central Meat Company of West Smithfield, meat slaughterers and meat traders. The ultimate residue to all his children.
His personal estate was valued at £ 11.637.

July 11th 1896

There was an inquest at Melford on Edward Totman aged 63 years who expired suddenly while pitching hay for his employer, Mr David Ward of Melford. Harry Mitchell and Harry Stanhope, fellow workers, said he was engaged in pitching hay from a waggon to the elevator when he suddenly came down from the waggon and ran towards the river and fell down dead. Dr Horsford said he had a rupture of a blood vessel in the brain.

July 18th 1896

Butlers farm at Belchamp St Pauls for sale. 118 acres with farm buildings and dwelling.

July 18th 1896

The Three Tuns, Glemsford, has been burnt down together with a fibre shed adjoining. The property belongs to the landlady, Mrs Smith and is at the junction of the three roads hence it's name. It has only just been repaired with a new slate roof.

July 18th 1896

At Sudbury corn market. New wheat, 23-24s. Red wheat 23 2d. No Barley. Peas 24s. Beans 20s.

July 18th 1896

At the Rose and Crown, Sudbury. Otten Belchamp Hall estate, 165 acres, was knocked down to Mr Charles Crookes of Leavenheath for £ 1300.

July 18th 1896

As Harry Theobald of the Rising Sun in Sudbury was driving his aunt and cousin (Mr and Miss Sillitoe) from Sudbury to Borley, they had a serious accident near the Stone houses in Melford road. Mr Gridley from Acton was driving a young horse when it took fright and drove into Mr Theobald's trap, injuring Mr and Miss Sillitoe.

October 31st 1896

Many families in the Sudbury area are now making their own bread as the price of bread has increased to 2d three farthings for a 2lb loaf and 5d farthing for a 4lb loaf.

October 31st 1896

As Mr Rice, a glazier of Cavendish, was repairing some hinges at Lap Farm in Cavendish, he fell and received a severe shaking.

November 21st 1896

During the last few days there has been an unusual sight in Sudbury in the Old Market Place, North Street and East Street.
A scarifier is breaking up the road, 6 months ago a steam roller was introduced to Sudbury and some 20-30 men were engaged breaking up the old surface with pick axes, with the scarifier attached to the steam roller only two to three men are required. North Street is being repaired with a new principle and the experiment has proved successful, the new road is like a bowling green with no loose stones flying about.

November 28th 1896

The annual institution of the soup kitchen in Clare will re-open this Saturday at the Cliftons, the residence of Miss Jones.
The soup will be distributed among the poor at 1d a quart during the season.

December 12th 1896

As the coachman for Mr Reginald Smith of Inward House, Melford road, Sudbury, was driving Mrs Smith and a child up Ballingdon hill to a meet of the hounds at Bulmer, the horse fell, breaking the shafts and throwing the occupants out. Thankfully there were no injuries.

December 19th 1896

Sudbury Union Contracts. Mr Taylor, Sudbury, bread at 4d farthing for 4lb loaves and flour at 1s 6d a pound, the bread to be made from best seconds. Meat, Mrs Ruse at 5d farthing for beef, 7© d a lb for mutton and for ox heads 2s 6d each, suet at 4© d a pound. Potatoes, Mr George at 3s a cwt. Beer and Stout, Messrs Oliver at £ 1-1s a barrell and stout at 19s a barrell.