The Foxearth and District Local History Society
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Jan.3rd 1900

Emigration to Canada-Free Farms Offered in Canada.
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Jan.3rd 1900

An evening of entertainment was given by the school children of Borley, Liston and Rodbridge on Tuesday evening. The evening was an exceedingly bad with rain and gales, this had no effect on the production and the house was packed. There were songs and recitations by the children, the show lasting three hours, they were exceedingly well trained by the teacher, Miss Thompson.

Jan.3rd 1900

There was a house to house collection for the War Fund at Pentlow. The Rector and church warden, Mr.W.S.Orbell, divided the village up and made domicilliary visits. £ 11 was sent to the Lord Mayor's Fund for widows and orphans of those killed in the war.

Jan.10th 1900

The Transvaal War.-
In common with most villages, a house to house collection was made at Belchamp St.Pauls. Miss Eagle took Church Street, Miss Flower took Shearing Place district, Miss Florence Eagle took Hickford Hill, Miss Goody the Post Office district, Miss Alice Smith the village green, George Offord took Feriots Farm to Pollards Green, Miss Denson took Gages road, Miss Martha Harrington, Knowl Green- Jessie Wright took the Vicarage area. In total £ 13 was collected, to be divided between Mansion House Relief Fund and Essex Soldiers Relief Fund.

Jan.10th 1900

As Mr.Ketteridge, a farmer living at Bulls Bridge farm, near Steeple Bumstead, was threshing some wheat stacks, upon the roof of one, amongst the top sheaves, a fine rabbit was discovered which evidently had been an existing tenant since last harvest, having been taken in one of the sheaves as youngster.

Feb.21st. 1900.

A sad and extraordinary case of accidental drowning was reported on Sat.evening.The deceased was Arthur Gibbons, a milkman employed by Mr.A.T.Walford of Brundon Hall. He mistook the bridge by the mill leading to Brundon Mill, with the result that he and the horse and cart were whirled into the enormous volume of water which flows by the mill in times of flood, the unfortunate man sinking in sight of two men who made all possible efforts to save him. It appears this was the short way to Brundon which can also be reached from Ballingdon. Deceased had driven over the same bridge many times before in time of flood. He only had one lamp on the cart which the jury thought may have accounted for him mistaking his way.
Accidental Drowning.

March 14th. 1900

Death of Mr.Walter Chinery of Belchamp st.Paul. He was put to rest in the churchyard of the above parish. Mourners were W.Chinery,(son) and D.Baggs,(son in law), J.Carder,(nephew). Owing to ill health his widow and daughter were unable to attend, there were numerous other mourners.

April 4th. 1900./p>

Edward Goodall Dawson a clerk in holy orders and until recently rector of Otten Belchamp, was summoned by his wife for wilful neglect to provide maintainance for her (his wife). The chairman said they had considered the case and def. would have to pay 10s.a week.

April 11th. 1900./p>

The death of Mr.Samuel J.ST.Clere Raymond of Belchamp Walter at the early age of 40 years has been reported after a severe illness lasting 20 weeks. He had only succeeded to the family property for six years. The bulk of the collection of art at Belchamp Hall was disposed of some years ago. At the Hall were to be seen some reliques taken out of the ships of the Spanish Armada, an ancestor of the family commanded a small vessel of the English Fleet. The fortunes of the family has been greatly affected by great depression in agriculture.

June 19th. 1900./p>

Last Thursday, Pentlow parish was startled by a sudden flash and a solitary explosion, shrieking women indicated where the damage had been done, it was at once seen that the chimney of a cottage had been knocked off and part of the thatch. The lightning appeared to have gone through the cottage by the chimney, along an iron bedstead, taking a knob off, through the floor at the foot of the bed and out of the window. A little boy was sitting near the window having his dinner when the electric fluid passed through him, singeing his hair and breaking the skin from his shoulder to his ankle, tearing his clothes and left boot to pieces. The little fellow is now lying very sore and suffering from shock, it is difficult to tell if he is much hurt internally or not. His mother had only buried her husband a few days before and much sympathy is felt for her. Men at work in Pentlow declared that the explosion was accompanied by smoke.

June 20th 1900

Drowned in the Floodgate Hole at Lyston
The inquest was held on the body of Henry Salter, aged 70 who was drowned in the floodgate hole at the Old Lyston mill, the inquest was held at the millhouse on Saturday before the coroner Mr.Harrison. The deceased was formerly a horse hair worker but had been confined to the asylum for about 12 months. He was seen in the water by two labourers who were returning from work, it was alleged that they saw the poor fellow grasp at the side of the deep pool and the grass giving way and had witnessed the body go under the water and that they made no attempt at rescue nor even raised any alarm. This allegation of inhuman conduct caused some sensation, but the statement made puts rather a different light on the matter. It is understood that they thought the man was in a bathing costume and enjoying a cool bath, and being on their way home to Foxearth thought no more of it until the next day on going to work they learned that there was a man missing when they recalled the fact of having seen the supposed bather. A search party recovered the body from the deep pool on Thursday evening at about 5-30 with fishing tackle and was placed in a shed at the Old Mill House awaiting the inquest. The deceased's legs were firmly tied together wih a pocket handkerchief.

June 20th. 1900.

A festival of united choirs was held at Belchamp st Pauls on Wednesday last. The choirs of the following parishes attended (surpliced) Belchamp st Pauls, Pentlow, Foxearth, Little Yeldham, Great Yeldham,(unsurpliced)Steeple Bumstead, Birdbrook, Tilbury, Stambourne, Otten Belchamp, Ashen and Ovington. In all there were 183 voices.

Mr.D.Ward,(Foxearth)was the organist for the occasion and accompanied with great taste and judgement.

July 4th.

Belchamp Otten Hall Estate has been sold to Mr.W.Morley of Fordham All Saints for £ 1450.

Aug.8th. 1900.

There a firework display on Borley Green given by the Rev.A.T.Suckling whose sister lives at Borley. Rockets, Roman Candles, Squibs, Ballons etc. Mr.Suckling brought a large number of wax lighters which he dispersed among the children. Mr.Suckling let the fireworks of with his own hands, seldom have so many people assembled on Borley Green before.

Sept.19th. 1900

Congregational Chapel reopened after renovation.
The old congregational Chapel at Foxearth, which has probably a hundred years of history behind it, has been reopened after renovation, and special services in connection with the Harvest Festival celebration have been held to mark the event. Two special sermons were preached on Sunday by thr Rev.T.Devine. The chapel is attached to that at Melford, and has been ministered by the Rev.gentleman and occasional local preachers. It had been closed for five weeks for renovation, which cost about £ 40. This has been in measure defrayed by the church at Melford, assisted by the congregation at Foxearth. The proceedings commenced with a public tea, to which a large number sat down. At the evening meeting the Chapel was packed-uncomfortably so. The interior of the Chapel looks all the better for the re-colouring and decorating.
Dr.H.D.King (Chairman Of the Suffolk Congregational Union)presided and proceeded to speak on " Why we are Free Churchmen" saying that in the Free Churches they found greater prominence was given to the essential teachings of Christ than in the established Church. The Rev.I.Ashworth,(Sudbury) said at the present time there seemed to be a great deal of materialism; men sought ardently after the things of the world. There was a danger of the old noble spirit of Puritanism dying out in the villages. He knew people who had to suffer for there religion, and had to leave home and go away, this ought not to be in a free country. They had not yet secured freedom and there was a great need for a revival of the old spirit of Puritanism. The choir creditably rendered the harvest anthem," We praise thy glorious name". The collection amounted to £ 2 10s.

Oct.24th 1900

On Sunday morning, seven horses belonging to Earl Howe of Wales End farm, Cavendish, gained entry into a barn where wheat is stored.
On Monday morning all these horses were suffering from stoppages, three of them dying.

Nov.7th. 1900

Robert Billing was buried in Borley churchyard on Sunday last. He was a highly respected man, a civil and obliging gatekeeper at Rodbridge crossing, though the gate house stands in Foxearth he expressed a wish to be buried in Borley. The funeral was held on Sunday to enable the railway staff to attend.

January 7th. 1901

The inquest was held on William Mingay, shoemaker of Belchamp Otten, who died in the workhouse at Sudbury. William Pearson, landlord of the Green Man, said deceased lodged with me for eight years and was ill around Christmas, I sent for Dr.Metcalfe who ordered him to the workhouse infirmary. George Chinery, carrier, said he took his open spring cart to the Green Man and conveyed deceased to the workhouse.
Dr.Metcalfe gave evidence, he said he had attended deceased for some time as he suffered from phthisis caused by alchohol and three years ago he fell off a stack. Death due to syncope caused by consumption.

Jan.30th. 1901.

The very sad intelligence of the beloved Queen's decease, was received at Foxearth by wire at eight on Tuesday evening, by previous arrangement with the Post Office and Mr.David Ward. A muffled peal was rung on the church bells. At the parish council meeting on Saturday last, Mr, J.C.Lambert, chairman, referred to the Queens death and moved a vote of condolence which was seconded by Mr.Ward. The chairman proposed a vote of congratulation to the new King, seconded by Mr.C.S.Ewer.

March 6th. 1901

There was buried in Borley Churchyard, on Feb.19th. Ezra Sutton John Howe, aged eleven years who met his death while sliding on the river Stour at Rodbridge. There were many mourners and wreaths including one from Borley school.

Feb.13th. 1901

The Rev.Felix Pepys Bull was appionted Rural Dean.

April 3rd. 1901

The late Mr, S.J.ST.Clere Raymond of Belchamp Hall who died recently, has left his estate to the family. The estate has been valued at £ 20, 000 gross.

April 10th. 1901.

Kenhart- South Africa-March 12th. Reuters Report.
- A patrol of 23 of Orpens Horse and Cape Police under Lieut.Fisher (Son of the late Rev.T.R.Fisher of Lyston) encountered about 20 Transvaalers and 30 Rebels near Kenhart. Firing commenced at 7 am and lasted 4 hours. Our men did excellent work emptying 5 saddles with the first volley.

April 24th. 1901

At a parish meeting of Belchamp St Pauls parish council it was decided that faggots and other wood were not to be allowed to remain on the parish green for more than seven days.

May 27th. 1901

Elias Skeemer, aged17 a labourer of Pentlow was summoned for illegally leaving the service of the Rev E.P.Bull without a weeks notice. Damages of 10s 6d were claimed. Ordered to pay 10s 6d damages and 6s.costs. The chairman thanked the Reverend gentleman for bringing the case forward, the Rev.Bull said it was his duty to do so.

May 29th. Red Cow purchased by Mr.Beer for £ 1, 300.

July 3rd.1901. At the South Suffolk Show at Clare, the prize money for the Hackney class shown in harness, was donated by Messrs.Ward and Son of Foxearth.

July 24th. 1901

At Belchamp St Pauls on Friday, a valuable horse the property of Mr.Eagle, whilst at work at Wood Barns, dropped down dead, it is supposed owing to the extreme heat.

July 24th. 1901

Harry Gooday aged 37 of Belchamp St Pauls was summoned for being asleep and not having control over three horses at Birdbrook.
Fined 5s.and 12s costs.

July 31st. 1901.

The Rev.E.N.Dalton was inducted at Belchamp St Pauls on Sunday last.

July 31st. 1901

GOOD BROWN ALE 3s.and 3d.per 4© gallon Light Brown Ale 4s.and 3d. per 4© gallon Nourishing Stout 6s. per 4© gallon

August 7th. 1901

Mrs.Butcher, wife of George Butcher, landlord of the Half Moon in Belchamp St Pauls, died suddenly on Friday. Siezed by a fit she never recovered.

August 7th. 1901

. A little boy playing with matches set fire to a stack at Scott's Farm Cavendish, belonging to Mr.S.E.Ambrose. The news was quickly spread by a man on horse back, who sent for the fire engine.
Considerable anxiety was caused as the farm bailiff was lying dead in the homestead, having died on Sunday morning. The engine unfortunately failed to work, due to not having been used for three years. Three stacks were burnt.

August 21st. 1901

There was a serious stack fire at Borley Place Farm, belonging to Mr.R.T.B.Payne, several stacks were destroyed, some men were employed on the stacks, thatching. The stacks were near church but not dangerously near. A large crowd watched the burning masses and some good photographs were taken by Mr.E.King of Sudbury.

Sept.18th. 1901

A sale of work was held at Carbonells Farm, the residence of Mr.David Ward. There were many articles of needle work by the girls of the high school at Thorpe, Norwich. Proceeds were for coals for the poor.

Sept.25th 1901

Mr.A.Ives of Cavendish, took fourth prize worth £ 3, at the all England onion show held at Norwich.

Nov.20th. 1901.

Samuel Felton and Alfred Deal, labourers of Belchamp St Pauls, were summoned for assaulting Charles Smith, a drayman of Walter Belchamp. The Superintendent said that the defendants had been working in London and since they came back they thought they could do what they liked.- 1 months hard labour

December 4th. 1901

In bankruptcy-J.A.Firmin of Eyston Hall, Bel.Walter.

Jan.1st. 1902

Sir William Hyde Parker kept his appointment to bring his harriers to Otten Belchamp to hunt the fields of Bevington, the host being Mr.W.C.Parmenter. After an excellent lunch at the rectory by the Rev.Harry Parmenter, the Home Farm fields were tried and a hare was hunted over Mr.Eagle's land to Dollery wood, from there to Eyston Lodge and on to the Foxearth road where she was lost.

Feb.5th. 1902

Joseph Maxim, a labourer of Long Melford, was summoned for trespassing in search of game on land belonging to Mr.A.V.C.Lambert of Foxearth. Def.said he had shot a blackbird and was following it in Rushy Meadow which adjoins the road. Mr.Chas.Ewer gave evidence.

March 19th. 1902

Robert Nicholls, a farmer of Otten Belchamp was fined 10s.and 7s.costs for not being in control of three horses and a waggon at Little Yeldham.

May 28th. 1902.

Totsy Twinn aged 28, a labourer of Glemsford was charged with trespassing in search of game at Belchamp St Pauls, on land belonging to Mr.W.Eagle, William Bruity, farm bailiff, gave evidence. Fined 15s.and 12s.6d.costs.

March 5th. 1902

Funeral of Mrs.Ward at Foxearth.
The funeral of Mrs.Ward(widow of the late Mr.George Ward, and mother of Mr.David Ward) whose death occurred on Tuesday at the Brewery House, took place on Friday afternoon. The deceased lady was one of the oldest parishioners, and until five years ago was associated with the firm of Ward and Son. The service throughout was conducted by the Rector, Reverend W.J.Pressey. Before its commencement Mr.C.Sillitoe, who took the place of Mr.David Ward on the organ, played" O rest in the Lord," The hymns sung were " A few more years shall roll," and " Abide with me," The psalm was sung to Felton's tune. The lesson was read by Mr.J.C.Lambert. The choir sang the Nunc Dimittis, and Mr.C.Sillitoe played the Dead March from Saul as the cortege left the church.
The mourners were Mrs.Oakley; Mrs.Youngman, Walsham le Willows; Mr.David Ward, Miss Ward, Miss Winifred Ward, Master Bernard Ward, Messrs Harold and Martin Bailey, Cambridge; Mr. T.Leggett, Mr.Farrance the Haverhill agent; and the brewery staff and employees. A number of parishioners also attended. Mr.Rice of Cavendish was amongst those present. The panelled oak coffin bore the following inscription and breast plate;
In loving memory of Charlotte Ward who died Feb.25th.1902 aged 78 years
Wreaths and other floral tokens were inscribed as under;- " In loving memory of our dear mother from David and Louie". " With kindest thoughts and remembrance from Miss Barnes and Mabel". " In kind remembrance from Kate, May, and Arthur." " In affectionate remembrance from Tim and Ada".
" In loving memory and much sympathy from the brewery staff"." With fondest love and memory from her dear granchildren, Gertie, Winnie, Brenard, Madge and Harold". " With much sympathy and regret from Mr.H.B.Bailey, Arlington House, Cambridge". and Mr.M.A.Bailey, Wadham College, Oxford, with sincere sympathy". " The Rector and Mrs.Pressey".
" In loving memory and sincere sympathy from Hannah (servant)". The funeral arrangements were efficiently carried out by Mr.R.J.Boyce, undertaker, Sudbury. A muffled peal was rung after the funeral as a mark of respect. Much sympathy is felt for Mr.Ward and family. Mrs.Ward is unfortunately suffering from a serious illness.
Mr.C.Sillitoe, organist at St.Gregory's Church, Sudbury, took Mr.Ward's place ar the organ throughout Sunday.

June 11th. 1902

Coronation Festivities A meeting was held to discuss how to celebrate the event at Foxearth, the fund at present amoynts to £ 30. Committee- Rev.Pressey, Mrs Pressey, Mrs.Foster, Miss M.Andrewes (teasurer), C.T.Ewer, T.P.Brand, Woolfe Brown, A.V.C.Lambert and David Ward.

June 25th. 1902

George Deal, a blacksmith of Belchamp Walter, was cleared of setting fire to three straw stacks belonging to Mr.J.H.Prigg. The prisoner said that he lit his pipe and accidently dropped a match.

August 6th. 1902

Brundon Hall for sale-- 462 acres 2 rods 21 perches, which includes 94 acres of excellent meadows and 13 acres of wood.

August 13th. 1902

Coronation festivities were held at Foxearth. At six o'clock bells rang out witha joyous peal, flags and decorations being flown throughout the village. Divine service was held at 2 to 3, then all adjourned to the beautiful rectory grounds, an excellent course had been laid out by Mr.Woolfe Brown for sport and a capital lot of prizes to be competed for. At 5 o'clock all sat down to a excellent tea, at 9 o'clock there was a display of fireworks.-A memorable day.

Sept.3rd. 1902

At Hall Farm, Belchamp St Pauls, Alfred Cutmore was using a reaper drawn by two young horses when it is supposed flies made them bolt, throwing Cutmore on to the knife, he was badly cut about the the arms and shoulders. Strange to say a few years ago he had a son killed by a mole plough and another son lost his arm by the same machine on the same farm.

November 3rd. 1902

At noon at St.Mary's, Bury St Edmunds, the nuptual rites were celebrated between William Gostling of Fishers Farm, Walter Belchamp and Miss Edith Jane Pearson, daughter of James Pearson of the Eight Bells Inn.

November 19th. 1902.

The Rector and his bride returned home from their wedding tour to Belchamp St Pauls, when near the vicarage the horses were taken out of the carriage and was drawn home by the members of the night school.

November 26th. 1902

Walter Chambers was summoned by the inspector of nuisances for over crowding. The inspector stated that there were ten people adults and children sleeping in a two bedrooms, The bench made an order for the nuisance to be abated.

Jan.7th 1903

A pleasant evening took place on the school breaking up for the Christmas holidays on the last evening of the quarter at Pentlow school. A good number of parents and relations were present. Carols were sung and musical drill given by the children under Miss Wright, the head mistress and Miss Gravely, assistant teacher. During the year 14 children were present on every occasion, few schools can show better records. Miss Pressey presented the prizes.

Jan.7th. 1903.

There was a choir tea at Pentlow Hall on New Years night.
After a sumptuous tea taken in the panneled hall, the gramophone was introduced and various songs sung. Presents of tobacco were distributed to the older members and sweets for the younger ones. Mr H.Kemp the oldest member thanked Mr.and Mrs.Marsh for a pleasant evening.

Jan 14th. 1903

On Tuesday night at Clare, a cow which had come from Norwich by train and was being driven to Mr.Stockwell's farm, escaped from the drover and went down the Cavendish lane and turned into the Bell Hotel yard and entered the hotel by the back door, proceeded up the long passage into the narrow passage and was about to enter the smoke room when Mr.Gerald Bareham, son of the proprietor, shut the door in its face, it then entered the commercial room. The only damage done in this extraordinary affair was the breaking of one of a pair of ostrich eggs in the commercial room.

Jan.21st 1903

Alfred Wicks, a labourer of Belchamp st Pauls, was charged with being drunk and disorderly on the highway at Belchamp. P.C.Herbert Bird gave evidence saying the def.fell flat on is face opposite me. In reply to the chairman, the Rev.Bull, the P.C.stated that the def.used to be an engine driver but after an accident he couldn't follow his occupation. Fined 5s. and 4s.costs.

Jan.21st 1903

A vacancy has occurred on the Essex County Council for the Belchamp division owing to the death of T.B.Brand, Mr.Charles Brewster of Little Maplestead is the only nomination.

April 22nd 1903

The death took place at his residence at Walter Belchamp of Mr James Pearsons in his 78th year. Mr Pearsons was an old inhabitant of the village and well esteemed. He carried on the business of brewer and licencee of Belchamp Bells. Funeral on Saturday.

May 13th 1903

For sale at Borley--2 Free-hold cottages of brick, timber and slate roofs-1 containing 6 rooms the other 4 rooms. Large gardens with walnut and fruit trees-The yard is at the rear with brick built bake house with oven, brewing copper, weather boarded pig and poultry houses. A pump and a well of water. Situated by the side of the road on the road leading from Borley to Belchamp Walter near Bardfield Bridge.
The smaller house is occupied by James Felton, estimated rent,£ 10 per annum.

June 10th 1903

Lovelands estate at Belchamp st Pauls for sale on June 25th. Fine residence with pleasure and fruit gardens. Capital buildings and 6 cottages. 200 acres of arable and wood.

July 15th 1903

At the South Suffolk Show at Lavenham, Mr.C.S.Ewer of Foxearth won second prize with a Shire mare and foal. Mr. A.H.Cobbald of Eldo House, Bury, won 1st prize with a sow and sucking pigs. C.S.Ewer-1st with Middle White--2nd with Large Black A.H.Cobbald.

July 22nd 1903

The Essex otter hounds met at Pentlow Hall at 7-30 on Monday, when members took part in the hospitality of Mr Marsh of the Hall where breakfast was laid out in the reception hall. A large field of nearly one hundred took part. The river was worked round the moat and towards Cavendish Mill where they found, but the beast made its escape.
The master showed good sport, 20 couple of hounds and five terriers were hunted, the latter being very good workers.

July 22nd 1903

The inquest was held in Pentlow at Skillett's Farm on the death of Henry Skeemer aged 60, who died after an accident the previous Friday. Mr S.Wells was foreman, the coroner was Mr Harrison.
Thomas Skeemer said deceased was his father. On Friday last he heard there was an accident and on going to the meadow where his father was working, saw him lying on the ground. He got him home as soon as possible, dec.riding part of the way on a horse and walked the rest. He the dec. was perfectly sober, and blamed no one for the accident. Henry Chatters said between five and six o'clock on Friday he and Skeemer were loading hay for Mr Orbell, for whom they worked. They were both on the load and the other two men were pitching to them. Witness heard some thing fall to the ground and on looking saw it was the dec. The waggon was standing still at the time. They had had some beer but were quite sober. Walter Plumb corroborated and added just before dec.fell, he asked him how the load lay, and on looking he found Skeemer had fallen to the ground. He ran round the waggon and asked him if he was hurt much and dec. replied that he did not think so. They had three pints of beer that day and dec. was in no way intoxicated. Dr Waring said he was called on Saturday to the dec. and found a large swelling on the left chest which was due to air having escaped from the lung. The fourth and fifth ribs were fractured and had lacerated the lungs. Dec. was almost in a state of collapse and his body was cold and bedewed with perspiration. He had gradually been sinking and died on Monday about 9 am. speaking to the doctor said he turned dizzy and did not blame anyone. Death was due to shock and exhaustion caused by a fracture of the ribs.

August 12th 1903

An inquest was held on the body of Mary Ann Must, aged 78, of Mill Hill, Sudbury, who was killed on the crossing at Brundon Hall whilst she was picking up sticks. Several women who were employed on agricultural work nearby shouted warnings but dec.who was deaf never heard them. The remains were placed in the stable at Brundon. The coroner heard that the head was completely smashed and the left hand was severed from the arm and the body badly mutilated.-Acc.Death and a request that the drivers whistle before arriving at the crossing.

August 19th 1903

Arthur Byford, lab.of Ovington, was charged with stealing half a crown and half a soveriegn from Daniel Amos of Belchamp st Pauls. Ethel Barnes gave evidence, saying she saw def.with a ladder against a window on Amos's house. The chairman said they would not send him to prison but to receive six strokes of the birch rod.

September 2nd 1903

The marriage of Miss Frances Mary Fisher of Lyston to the Rev.George Bird M.A. vicar of Bradwell in Derbyshire has been reported.

Nov.18th 1903

The death of William Byham 71 of Acton, a veteran of the Crimean war has been reported. He had been in receipt of a pension of 1s per day for many years. Byham could relate many experiences of the war and weary days and nights spent in the trenches.

December 23rd 1903

The East Essex Foxhounds visited Belchamp st Pauls on Tuesday. They put up a brace of foxes in Mr Chickall's wood, one they hunted and killed the other swam the river and getting in front of the train on the line, ran in front of the engine to Clare station where it left the line and entered some bushes at the foot of Castle hill, it being viewed by some men watching the hunt, was put out and caught by Mr Ellingham and his wife. It was taken to Mr Chickall and will no doubt " run another day".

January 6th 1904

The sad death occurred at Cavendish last week, a labourer by the name of Thomas Oakley aged 30, was found dead by the side of the road near where he lived, he lived alone. P.C.Kent said he found the dec.lying beside the road after being informed of a body being there. Mrs Emma Deeks, landlady of the Five Bells said dec. had 2d worth of rum, 1 pint of beer and a half a pint. Robert Savage, labourer, said he saw dec.lying in the middle of the road at about 11 pm and offered to help him and take him home but the offer was refused. Harry Charles Ballard, labourer, said as he was going to work in the morning he found dec.lying dead beside the road. P.C.Kent said dec.spent most of his time in public houses.-Accidental Death from exhaustion and lack of food and exposure.

Febuary 3rd 1904

The annual parish tea took place at Belchamp st Pauls on Wednesday in the school room. Entertainment was opened by the Rev.Marsh and Mrs Marsh with a duet on the piano, Mr Edward Hills of Sudbury worked his Punch and Judy show to the delight of young and old alike. Mr Hills of Otten Hall sang some capital songs.

March 16th 1904

A confirmation service took place at Foxearth on March the 10th. The Bishop of Barking conducting the service, there were 53 candidates from the following parishes, Walter Belchamp-2 Bulmer 11- Foxearth 21- Lyston 4 - Middleton 9 and Twinstead 5.

March 30th 1904

I beg to inform the parishioners of Acton that the old communion rails discovered by the vicar, were bought by me off the Rev.H.Thompson when he was leaving the parish and witness to the purchase was the church warden. signed The Village Carpenter.March 20th 1904. The funeral of the late Colonel Dawson J.P. took place at Tilbury.
inscription on the coffin read FREDRICK DAWSON M.A. J.P.

May 11th 1904

The death took place on Wenesday evening of Mrs Ward, wife of Mr David Ward, of Lower Hall, Foxearth. Two years ago last January, Mrs Ward underwent a severe operation at a private hospital in London, by Dr Harrison Cripps for cancer; and for a few months seemed to make progress, this however did not continue for long and despite the best medical skill and nursing succumbed to the malady. Deceased was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Leggot, of Sudbury and had lived at Foxearth for 20 years, and the keenest sympathy was felt for her in her illness and for Mr Ward and family on her demise. There was a large attendance at the funeral on Monday at Foxearth.As the long procession of mourners passed the school, the school boys were lined up and standing erect and bare headed, saluted the coffin with impressive effect. The Rev.Pressey conducted the service and Mr George Marsh presided at the organ. The inscription on the polished oak coffin with brass furniture was; LOUISA WARD FELL ASLEEP 4th MAY, 1904, AGED 48years; R.I.P.
The following were the family mourners:-Mr David Ward; Misses Gertie, Winnie and Madge Ward, daughters; Bernard and Harold, sons; Mrs Youngman, sister; Mr J.Leggot, brother, Mrs Watkinson, sister, Mr T.Leggot, Mrs Leggot, sister in law; Mr W.Watkinson, brother in law; Flora and Nellie, nieces: Mr and Mrs Barnes, Mr Martin Bailey, Mr Harold Bailey, Mr Tebutt, Mr Fuller, Mr J.Fuller, Mr and Mrs Game, Mrs Copsey, and the nurses.Among the general congregation were-Mr C.J.N.Row, W.M.Armes C.Sillitoe, F.Jennings, Miss Fisher, Dr.J.A.Horsford, Mrs Lambert, A.V.C.Lambert, Mrs Foster, M.Barton, C.Mauldon jun. and Miss Mauldon, S.Ewer, Frederick Branwhite, Wesney Branwhite, Mrs Brand, R.Duncan, B.H.Hurst, D.Theobald, Mr and Mrs Hervey.D.Copsey, Mr and Miss Harrison, Mr Byford, Mr and Mrs Diggins, J.Rice, Mr Whittle and some 48 employees and a number of inhabitants of the parish.

On Monday the 9th, directly after the funeral the following band of ringers ascended the steeple and rang upon the bells, deeply muffled, a touch of Bob Major containing 560 changes as follows-S.W.Adams treble- S.Slater, conductor,-Charles Honeybell, Frederick Wells, Samuel Evans, W.P.Gridley, Arthur Maxim, Oliver Garwood, tenor. During the evening the following band rang another touch of Bob Major 560 changes.
Z.Taylor, A.Maxim, W.Gridley, George Moore, F.Finch, R.Finch, S.Evans, conductor, R.Mingay, tenor.

May 11 1904

We are pleased to find that Messrs Ward and Son, brewers of this place, have again been favoured with a large order from Sir Thomas Lipton Limited for the supply of their well known ales and stout for the large military encampment at Landguard Fort next week. This enterprising firm must be congratulated on receiving the patronage of this eminent firm for their productions for the third year in succession.

May 11th.

On Thursday last, Mr Thomas King was the recipient of a presentation watch from Miss Palmer of St Winifreds, Beckenham, formerly of Lyston Hall, in whose service he has been for 20 years.

May 25th 1904

Prize giving day at Walter Belchamp school. Full attendance-Harriet Wright. Samuel Pearsons. Frank Scrivener. Felix Theobald. John Law. Bertie Yeldham. William Catterwell. Philip Pearsons.
Harry Scrivener. William Reeve. John Pearsons. Lizzy Wright. Florence Theobald. Jenny Thompson. Jenny Wicks. Rose Hayles. Annie Wicks. Julie Pearsons. Jenny Hales. Hannah Revell. Half a day missed-Rose Bugg. Roger Hawkins. George Bugg. One day missed-Nellie Brown. Connie Bustin. Ann Wright. Percy Reeve. Present for good manners-Annie Edwards.Prize for one years perfect attendance-Hannah Revell.

(Note:-Fred Chatters says John Law was an orphan brought up by Lydia Smith, a widow who fostered a lot of children and lived in a house opposite the council houses in Belchamp Walter. John Law was killed serving in the navy during the first world war. Harry Wright and George Bugg were killed and Felix Theobald was wounded. Miss Stonebridge was Fred's teacher and lodged at the Munt, she was also the organist and choir mistress. )

June 8th 1904

Funeral of Mr W.C.Parmenter of Bevingdon, Belchamp Otten, aged 78 years.

June 8th 1904

Miss Stonebridge has been appointed head teacher at Belchamp Walter school.

August 10th 1904

On Wednesday afternoon a sad and terrible accident occurred to a little boy near Pentlow Mill. The little lad's name was Samuel Clarry aged 6 years, he was crossing the railway line opposite the flood gates near the Mill. His companions were on the other side of the metals and Clarry in his eagerness to join them did not notice the approaching train and essayed on to the line. In an instant the engine was upon him, the buffer knocking him down. The poor lad's right arm being completely severed from his body and his head frightfully mangled.
There have been many narrow squeaks at this place but this is the first fatality. P.C.Kent said the path over the railway was used a great deal during the summer as it led to the flour mill and to the overflow from the mill where children went to paddle.

September 21st 1904

Boardman and Oliver have been favoured with instructions from the exors of T.P.Brand to sell by auction at Pentlow Street on Monday 3rd of October the valuable farm stock. 24 head of horse stock etc etc.

September 28th 1904

Ward and Son gave another outing to their employees, numbering 40. London was the place decided on and breakfast was produced on arrival. Some visited St.Pauls cathedral some Madame Tussauds and were delighted by the waxworks. At 12-30 all met at Earls Court exhibition where a capital spread was provided at Spier and Ponds fine dining saloons which was presided over by Mr D.Ward supported by Mr W.H.A.Barnes, who was a former brewer to the firm and by Mr H.B.Bailey of Cambridge, Mr Leggot taking the vice chair. The homeward journey was very pleasant with toast and song. Mr Leggot proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Mr D.Ward, Mr Ward responded saying it was the largest party he had taken out and said it was gratifying to note that an increase in employment meant an increase in trade. He also made kind allusions to those who had assisted him in this last year. A special vote of thanks to Mr Fuller the brewer. A happy memorable day.

October 5th 1904

Sale at Pentlow Street Farm.
Messrs Boardman and Oliver conducted a sale of live and dead farming stock on Monday under the instructions of the exors.of T.P.Brand.
The farm has been taken over by Mr Brand, junior, who has vacated a farm at Coddenham. The principal feature of this sale was the disposal of the horse stock, 25 in number, and these made as under:- Boxer, bay cart gelding 5 years-23gns. Prince, bay cart gelding 7y 21gns Duke, brown cart mare 6y-14 gns.Violet, brown cart mare, 9y -31 gns.Short, bay gelding 7y -61gns. Violet chestnut cart mare, 10© gns.
Darling, Bay cart mare, 4y, 23© gns. Gilbert, bay stallion 7y 12© gns.
Tricker, black cart gelding, 13© gns. Darby, brown cart mare 7y 20gns.
Duchess, brown cart mare 18gns. Bragg roan mare, 15gns. Boxer, black cart gelding 4y 23 gns. Blossom, black cart mare 13 gns. Prince, bay cart gelding rising 4y 23.gns. Brag, bay cart mare rising 4y 23© gns. Gilbert, bay cart gelding rising 7y 37 gns. Bay, 3y gelding 18© gns. Bay filly foal 16gns. Brown filly foal, 12 gns. Chestnut foal, 15 gns. Bay filly foal 16gns.
The purchasers were Messrs Nott, Bunton, Jarvis, Collins, Reeve, Emson, Stammers, Meadows, Chaplin, G.P.Whorlow, Eales, Turner, Coe, Orbell, W.B.Gurdeen. The following prices were obtained for neat stock. Red polled cows,£ 11 10s.£ 12,£ 9 5s.
£ 5,£ 12,£ 10, a red polled cow and her calf made £ 10.and 60s.Red ans white shorthorn heifer £ 16 and her calf made 50s. Red and white heifer,£ 11 10s and her bull calf 70s. roan polled cow,£ 17. roan shorthorn cow,£ 11 15s.
white shorthorn heifer,£ 10 15s, and a Buckinghamshire shorthorn bull (roan) 23 months £ 12. The buyers were Messrs G.Goodchild, Collins, Bowyer, Beeton, Nott and Cornell.

October 6th 1904

Anna Smith, domestic servant, aged 13 years of Walter Belchamp was charged with stealing 3 books, 4 flower pots, 1 meat stand, 1 kettle holder, 1 india rubber ball, 1 doll and 60 walnuts to the value of 2s, the property of Joseph Carder of Belchamp Walter Mill. She and her father were bound over in the sum of £ 5.

November 22nd 1904

William Sandford of Belchamp Walter, aged 15, a labourer in the employ of the Rev.A.P.Pannel, was charged with stealing a pair of stockings. It appears that Colonel Burke of Bulmer sent a large quantity of articles to a jumble sale at Belchamp and the def.was found wearing the stockings. He was ordered to be sent to a reformatory school until he was 19 years of age.

Deccember 7th 1904

William Laver, Alfred Laver and Albert Pannell, labourers of Little Yeldham, were sent to prison for 14 days for trespassing in search of game or rabbits on land at Bevingdon, Belchamp Otten.

December 14th 1904


December 28th 1904

Foxearth-An unfortunate contretemps, a correspondent informs us, occurred at the church on Boxing day. A jolly jack tar and his bride were unable to tie the nuptial knot owing to Jack having forgotten the certificate. Jack went away reflecting that it was only a short postponement and many worse things happen at sea.

December 28th 1904

Mr Ward of Foxearth displayed his usual hospitality at Christmas by distributing over 500lbs of beef, a large number of turkeys and bottles of whisky amongst his employees and old people of the village. The Misses Ward were likewise busy looking after the old ladies and children with tea and presents from Santa Claus.