The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1906 Suffolk Free Press newspaper archive

January 3rd 1906

Advert. For sale, a copy of the late Sir William Parker’s History of Long Melford. Address Y from the Free Press Office.

January 3rd 1906

Advert. 6 capital cows for sale and 3 shorthorns polled, all due to calve with 2nd calf by January 29th , warranted all over. Apply James Eldred, Sudbury.

January 3rd 1906

Glemsford. The Prince of Wales Club held it’s annual dinner on Friday night when between70 to 80 people sat down to a beautiful spread provided by host Mr R.Crossman.

January 3rd 1906

Cowlinge. A serious fire occurred at the Three Tuns, Cowlinge on Wednesday morning, the fire was seen in the thatched roof and in a short time the whole building was alight, the Westgate Fire Brigade was not summoned before 3 o’ clock, the building was entirely gutted, the owners Messrs Greene, King and Sons were not insured.

January 17th 1906

Glemsford. The fame of the giant carpet at the Winter Palace of Olympia at West Kensington has spread to all corners of the world and brought into prominence the skill of the carpet weavers of South Suffolk. The managers of Olympia are daily receiving letters asking for particulars of the famous carpet.

January 24th 1906

Alpheton. Mr William Chinnery who for a long space of 32 years has acted as rural postman between Melford and Alpheton, he was the recipient last week of a testimonial from the inhabitants of the latter parish in recognition of the satisfactory way he carried out his duties during that period. Chinnery who is not entitled to a pension is 70 years old and has been compelled to resign because of ill health. Mr John Flatt kindly drew up a subscription list and collected £3, the Rector and Churchwardens headed the number of subscribers who represented all classes in the village. At a moderate computation Mr Chinnery walked 20 miles a day on his round so in 32 years he has walked 185,000 miles.

February 7th 1906

At Essex Assizes, Frederick Samuel Thistlewood a farmer of Otten Belchamp who was indicted for acts of indecency, medical evidence was called to show the prisoner although not insane was of weak intellect. The Rector where he lives gave him a good character. 12 months hard labour

February 14th 1906

To be sold by the directions of the exors of the late L.G.Fisher, two cottages in Foxearth to be sold at an early date, the two cottages are near the corner from Belchamp to Pentlow.

February 8th 1906

Boxted. An aged labourer aged 71 named Walter Mortimer met his death in extraordinary circumstances at Boxted, Mortimer who lived with William Fisher got up about 7 in the morning to get a bucket of water from the well when it is supposed he overbalanced and fell down the well striking his head on the brickwork as his skull was fractured. Accidental.

February 8th 1906

Sudbury Market. There was a small supply of wheat which met with a steady trade. English barley 27s to 33s, feeding barley to 22s 6d for 400 lbs.

March 17th 1906

To be let from next Michaelmas, Gooch’s Charity farm at Pentlow, Essex, about 16 acres with a cottage, particulars from the rectory, the trustees do not bind themselves to accept the highest bidder.

March 28th 1906

Two Cottages at Foxearth near the road from Pentlow to Belchamp in occupation of William Carter and John Marshall at rents of £9,12s per annum was sold to David Ward for £105.

April 4th 1906

Mr Edwin Cleary of Bury Street, St James, lessee of Olympia, appeared at the bankruptcy court on Wednesday for public examination, he attributed his failure to the refusal of the Football Association to allow any club to play football at Olympia, the cost of a giant carpet was £2,345.

April 18th 1906

Gestingthorpe. The members of the 1st Sudbury 248 company of the Boys Life Brigade held a field day at Hill Farm, Gestingthorpe where they were heartily received by Mr Taylor, they were about 40 strong and under the command of Capt Mattingly, company drill was engaged in and a football match was arranged but owing a heavy shower the match was abandoned, tea was served at 4-30 in the meadow, the wants of the company were ably looked after by the wives of the officers assisted by the Misses Taylor and the Misses Coe. Three cheers were given for Mr Taylor, they then all made for home.

March 16th 1906

For Sale a country residence known as “Bachelor’s Hall” in Hundon with own gardens and approached by a carriage drive of 140 yards, 5 bedrooms etc, 8 acres, constant supply of water supplied by gravitation from Hundon waterworks.

March 23rd 1906

Walter Grimwood aged 46 a groom from Belchamp St Pauls was charged with stealing 1 bushel of maize, 1 bushel of barley, ½ a peck of wheat, and a sieve the property of George Chickall of Belchamp St Pauls. 1 month hard labour.

March 23rd 1906

Joseph Kiddy a timber carter from Stradishall was charged with being drunk in charge of a horse at Lt Wratting, P.C.Pettit of Kedington said he was standing near Blunt’s Hall when he heard the sound of horse’s feet on the road some distance away, after about five minutes he could not hear the horse, on going in that direction he found an entire horse standing in the middle of the road which Kiddy was in charge of “in fact it was Kiddy’s horse” he found Kiddy lying on his back asleep, he had however the reins in his hand, witness went to Mr Sainsbury and asked if he could put the horse up for the night, he woke Kiddy up and said “I will have to report you, Kiddy replied “I hope you will not do that, I will give you ½ a sovereign” . 2s 6d with 15s 6d costs.

March 23rd 1906

Mr Geldup a coach builder has recently opened an extensive carriage works at Bridge Street, Melford, on Wednesday night he held a “house warming” party at the works where he had invited prominent tradespeople.

March 30th 1906

Some years ago a fire occurred at Foxearth flour mills which is situated on the Essex side of the river near Glemsford railway station which destroyed the dwelling house and the flour mills, a capital set of farm buildings remained but these have been allowed to decay and tumble down, no-one apparently owns the property and adventurous boys have made the place their haunt. A lad named Chatters exploring last week found lying on a rafter 4 half crowns, the search was continued but no other treasures came to light, the date of one of the coins was 1891 which suggests a labouring man may have made the place his savings bank but perhaps death or illness prevented him from disclosing his secret.

June 6th 1906

There was an unfortunate accident in Station road, Sudbury last Saturday morning when the Rose and Crown bus horse which was standing there started off and collided with a pony and cart, the pony was unhurt but the trap was slightly damaged.

June 6th 1906

There was a daring robbery at Shalford in the early hours of Wednesday 30th, the booty was mainly wearing apparel belonging to a couple who were shortly to marry, the police scoured the countryside and were soon on the track ok two men Gaskin and Grey who for the last two or three weeks have living in vans near the site of the old flour mills at Foxearth, the vans were searched by the police but nothing was found, not content with the search the Glemsford police, Inspector Barry and P.C.Gowing, made a thorough search and starting near the old cowsheds, stables and barns, in one of the stables is a loft at the top of the building where they came upon the missing articles which were carefully secreted, the two men were walking about apparently unconcerned but when they saw police with a ladder they knew the game was up and under the pretence of going to attend their ponies the men slipped off concealed by high hedges and got safely away, the police followed but got away although they might be hiding.

June 27th 1906

To be sold, 6 houses in St Catherine’s road, Long Melford, of brick and tile, let to good tenants for rental of £54 12s, known as Star Cottages.

July 4th 1906

There was a record number of lambs at Barham lanb sale, Mr Blencoe said he never before had 7000 sheep to sell.

August 1st 1906

Death at the School House, Borley, of Miss Fanny A. Thompson aged 59, for 24 years headmistress of Borley and Lyston School.

August 29th 1906

Fire broke out at Monk’s Eleigh in a barn situated of the farm premises of Mr Frederick Gage, the occupation is fairly extensive one and as harvest was early, in the stack yard there was 7 or 8 stacks, in the engine house there was 200 gallons of oil, the stacks were totally destroyed.

August 29th 1906

Cavendish. Houghton Hall which consists of 630 acres with a fine old residence has been withdrawn from public auction as Messrs Boardman and Oliver have disposed of it by private treaty to Mr R. Miller of Clapham Common, London.

September 5th 1906

Advert. Tenders are invited from builders for building new offices etc at Foxearth brewery for Messrs Ward and Son, plans may be seen at the offices of A.Ainsworth, architects of Sudbury and Bury.

September 12th 1906

To be sold at Kirby Hall, Castle Hedingham by instructions from the exors of the late Frederick Payne, the live and dead stock comprising 31 horses, a dairy herd of 23 capital Shorthorn cows, 182 swine, 162 sheep, 180 swine, 104 poultry and a large assortment of machinery.

September 19th 1906

Glemsford. A correction in reference to Mr Game giving evidence at the Local Government Inquiry as to the water supply, he was credited with saying the average wage in Glemsford was 30s when the average wage is 10s per week. Cavendish. At a meeting in the Lecture Hall it was decided to re-start the football club.

October 10th 1906

As Mrs West of Stour Street, Sudbury, was out in a bath chair on Monday drawn by a man employed for the purpose, along Melford Road the man ran the vechicle on to a bank, Mrs West was thrown out but with no serious injury.

October 10th 1906

Clare. Died on September 17th at Pinetown, South Africa, Frances Cecily, son of the late Alfred Butcher of Clare, aged 21

October 17th 1906

Newton. About 12-30 on Tuesday the body of a man was discovered hanging from a tree in a field called Mill Field, it was identified as that of a man named Arthur Chaplin, the body was cut down and medical tests say he could have been hanging from the tree for some time. Suicide.

November 28th 1906

Advert. Wanted a young woman to assist generally at the Orbell Temperance Hotel and Coffee Rooms at 1 Station Road, Sudbury.

December 12th 1906

Sudbury. On Thursday night another debate was held by the debating society, Mr Prewer proposed that football has a brutal demoralising effect on spectators and players, the proposal was defeated by a large majority.

December 12th 1906

Alpheton. Arthur George Pawsey was charged with trespassing on land in search of game on December 2nd at Shimpling, the prisoner pleaded guilty, Walter Hurrell, gamekeeper said he saw the prisoner kill two rabbits, nothing was known against the prisoner. 5s with 11s 6d costs

December 12th 1906

Hundon. There was an inquest at Hundon Rose and Crown on the body of Samuel Ling aged 28, Christiana Ling widow said her husband was a thatcher and she never heard him say he would destroy himself, they lived on good terms, he was sober steady man and a good husband, he was found hanging from a beam behind a stable door. Suicide.

December 19th 1906

Sudbury. Should golf be allowed on Newton Green, this is question which is agitating residents of Newton, some gentlemen in Sudbury are desirous of a club and Newton happens to be the only suitable place with it’s short turf and sandy soil within 20 mile radius.

December 19th 1906

At Messrs Boardman and Oliver’s Christmas Fat Stock sale there was a good entry of fat stock, the prize for the best pair of fat beasts was won by Mr Blacker of Goldingham Hall, Bulmer, when they came into the ring one was sold to Mr English from Halstead for £38 and the other to Mr Wheeler of Sudbury for £39 10s, for the best steer Mr Blacker was again the winner and was sold to Mr Segers of Melford for £34.

December 26th 1906

On Christmas Eve over 140 dinners were served at the soup kitchen in Sudbury.

1907 Suffolk Free Press newspaper archive

January 2nd 1907

Glemsford. During last week five people died in Glemsford, all of the people were of advanced age, the youngest was 75 and the oldest was 91, their untied age was 568 years.

January 2nd 1907

The estate of Robert Mattingly who died aged 66,clothier and outfitter of Sudbury has been proved at £12, 774.

February 30th 1907

Gestingthorpe. Lieut Oates (son of the W.E.Oates of Gestingthorpe Hall) has recently been appointed adjutant of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons in Egypt was on Saturday promoted to a Captaincy, Captain Oates was wounded in the Boer war.

February 30th 1907

At the Brewster Sessions in Sudbury the number licenced houses remains the same as last year which means there are 22 Inns, 14 beerhouses and 2 off licences making a total of 38, there are also 6 grocers with licences, this gives 1 licence for 187 persons.

March 6th 1907

The Prince of Wales Inn at Sudbury was knocked down to Mr David Ward of Foxearth for £2,200.

April 3rd 1907

Henny. Mr Sim of Aberdeen has taken the tenancy of Rye’s Hall, the Lodge and sheepcot farms making altogether 400 acres.

April 10th 1907

Funeral at Gestingthorpe of Mr Taylor junior took place on Thursday August 4th, the cortege left Hill farm at 2 o’clock the remains being carried on the village bier drawn by six men from the farms, he was 36 years of age, arrangements were by Mr A.Pannel who also made the coffin.

May 8th 1907

There was an inquest at the Cock Inn at Clare on George Livermere aged 17 years, a helper employed by the steam circus, his charred body was found in a van just after midnight on Saturday, it is supposed deceased took a lantern to bed into the van which was burnt out just after midnight on Saturday, the van was partly filled with packing material and that the fire was started either from the lantern or a cigarette. The jury viewed the body which was in a fowl house in the Cock Inn yard, it is thought he suffocated, the fair was held in a meadow behind the Cock Inn Accidental.

May 15th 1907

A serious charge against a clergyman named Thwaite G. Tomlinson who until recently has been residing in Sudbury was made on Friday when he was brought before the Magistrates at Castle Hedingham charged with indecent behaviour at Gestingthorpe, the accused was arrested in Yorkshire the previous day, the principal witness was a girl named Ruth Stammers and her evidence was corroborated by a girl named Nice. Remanded until May 21st on bail of £100.

May 22nd 1907

Thwaite George Tomlinson a Clerk in Holy Orders was charge with unlawfully, wilfully and openly committing an act of indecency with intent to assault Emma Nice on the highway at Gestingthorpe on April 22nd. The Rev F..E.P.Bull said as defendant was a clergyman he would withdraw. Mr Bates, defending said defendant had three times been in a lunatic asylum and had recently been let out, defendant had a similar charge laid against him at Derby Assizes in 1903. The bench were willing to allow him to be placed in a home.

May 29th 1907

Advert. Australia. 35s a week and lodgings for farmhands—200 wanted, free passage, apply Waters and Son, Ipswich.

May 29th 1907

Violet Oates of Gestingthorpe Hall was charged with allowing two dogs on the highway without collars at Gestingthorpe. 2s 6d with 4s cost.

June 26th 1907

Harry Charles Butcher, late schoolmaster at Glemsford was charged with stealing 84 lbs of coal valued at 1s 3d from a truck in Glemsford station the property of Mr Byford, coal merchant. To have benefit of the first offence and discharged with payment of 30s towards the costs.

August 14th 1907

Mr Edward Turpin has passed away at his residence at Middleton Hall, he had been ill only three weeks and was only 57 years of age, he is greatly lamented by his wide circle of friends, perhaps hardly anyone would be sorely missed, at Sudbury market his commanding figure and genial presence always attracted attention, he possessed great physical strength and with handsome proportions he probably the heaviest man in the county he weighed 24 stones, his geniality and kindness to all were typical of the old school of the English farmer, as a master he was beloved by his men between them there was always a friendly relationship, he employed 30 men, he took great pride in his dairy herd of Shorthorns. Mr Turpin has lived at Middleton Hall for 40 years, he is survived by his widow but he had no children, chief mourners were Mrs E.Turpin the widow, Miss Teverson, sister in law, Henry Teverson brother in law, Mr and Mrs John Turpin, brother and sister in law, Miss Minnie Teverson, sister in law and Miss Maud Teverson.

August 14th 1907

Clare. On Tuesday morning the pump which stood on the market hill for longer than any inhabitant can remember was taken away now that pure liquid is provided although the quality was not above suspicion, but to wayfarers, children and dogs it was well used, we think provisions should be made to meet the needs of those who look to it for casual supply.

September 25th 1907

Died on September 2nd at Trimulgherry, Deccan, India, Arthur Heard of the 2nd Fuseliers C. Company of enteric fever, son of Mrs Henry Heard, Widow, of 14 Church Street, Sudbury, Suffolk aged 23.

October 16th 1907

Advert. West Australia. 160 acres of land free-assisted passage from £6—Apply Agent General for West Australia 15 Victoria St. London.

October 23rd 1907

A regrettable incident happened at Melford, it appears at a funeral at the lowering of the coffin the webbing broke and the head of the coffin was precipitated to the bottom of the grave much to the consternation of the mourners, apparently the grave digger could not find the proper webbing and used some old webbing.

November 20th 1907

Inquest at Withersfield White Horse Inn on the body of Earnest Williams aged 13 who was found dead under some chaff, Frank Smith, farmer said deceased worked for him, on Monday morning he sent the boy to get some chaff which was piled to a considerable height in a barn, at about 9-30 he remarked to the yardman it was strange if the boy went home without saying anything, he looked in the stable and saw the boy’s basket and coat and he said to the yard man “surely he is not under the chaff”, they then poked in the chaff but could not find anything and left to do other jobs, he was not satisfied and then took a fork and searched the chaff again and found the lad dead. Accidental.

November 27th 1907

On Thurday last a nasty accident befell Stephen Bullock an employee of Messrs Garret at Pentlow Mill, it appears he was getting over a rail surrounding a pig stye when he slipped on an uneven paving stone which threw him forward and injured his knee, he was conveyed home in horse and cart and is now progressing favourably.

December 4th 1907

Melford. Mr William Ward passed away peacefully at the ripe old age of 79, he was the proprietor of the old established business known as the “Foundry” which was established in 1843 by Messrs David Ward and John Silver.

December 4th 1907

A Pentlow shepherd named George Plumb applied for an exemption from a dog licence, the Chairman of Hedingham magistrates said he believed it was a terrier but Inspector Wapling said that in his report the dog was used for attending the sheep. Granted.

December 11th 1907

Mr W. Jarvis of Church farm, Clare,obtained a 2nd prize in a class of 16 for malting barley at the Brewers Exibition in London, in 1904 he receive 1st prize and in 1905 he had 2nd prize.

December 18th 1907

At Hedingham Petty Sessions Mr H.S.Oliver applied for new licence for the Cherry Tree Inn at Belchamp St Pauls. The licence was granted in the name of George Chinery, deceased, and his widow was granted a new licence under the Act of George 1V.