The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1907 Suffolk & Essex Free Press newspaper archive

January 16th 1907

To farmers and builders. For sale at Bulmer Brick and Tile Works. Land drain pipes of various sizes-roof tiles-floor bricks- pamments red and white - stable clinkers. George English, the Brick and Tile Works.

January 16th 1907

Sudden death at Lyston of Mr C.B.Graham of Lyston Hall.

February 6th 1907

Lieut Oates of Gestingthorpe has recently been appointed adjutant of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons in Egypt, on Saturday he was promoted to Captain. Captain Oates was wounded during the Boer War.

February 13th 1907

An accident happened to Mr J.Wright of Foxearth in Girling Street, Sudbury, he slipped and fell, breaking his leg.

February 13 1907

The Brewsters Sessions at Hedingham. The Bench referred to the adjourned licenses with the view to reduce the number of " off licences" in the area. The following were referred to at the Sessions. The Prince of Wales at Belchamp Walter, the licence is held by Mrs Martin, an on licence. The Greyhound at Bulmer held by George Dixey.
Bottle Hall at Sible Hedingham held by Willaim Smith. Mr Adams asked by what grounds did the Bench refer to Bottle Hall, it was a mile from any other licensed house and carried on by a man who was also in business as a blacksmith. With regards to the Half Moon at Belchamp St Pauls and the matter of a footpath at the back door, Mr Miller said it is not desirable to have a footpath at the back door as it could be used to get in behind the house, P.C.Lindsey said a bridge had been erected over a ditch, the Chairman said it could be a reason to refuse a license as it meant there were two ways in to it. Mr Adams said if the Bench desired it the would be done away with.

March 6th 1907

The Price of Wales at Sudbury came under the hammer at the Four Swans. Fully licensed house with a brewery, at the corner of New Street and Prince Street. The property was built about 40 years ago. It was knocked down to Mr D.Ward of Foxearth for £ 2200.

March 13th 1907

At the adjourned Licensing Sessions at Castle Hedingham there was an application for renewal of eight licenses. The Prince of Wales at Belchamp Walter-the Greyhound Bulmer-the Oak at Belchamp St Pauls-the Butchers Arms at Castle Hedingham-the John Barleycorn at Steeple Bumstead also the Wheelwrights Arms at Steeple Bumstead-the Wheatsheaf at Castle Hedingham-the Chestnuts at Toppesfield. On the Prince of Wales at Belchamp Walter, Supt Terry said Elizabeth Martin was the tenant, it is situated on Mill Hill a mile from any other licenced house, it is a " free house" and an " ante" 1869 beerhouse, it was last transferred in 1895, in the parish there is 1 beerhouse and 1 fully licensed house, attached to the house is a general shop, it's structure badly need repairing, it is dirty inside and out, there is a pathway at the back of the house leading across the fields making it difficult to police, there are only a few cottages in the vicinity so the people who frequent it come from other villagers, the rateable value is £ 10, trade is about 2© barrels a week. Supt Terry said people drunk a good deal in the neighbourhood. Elizabeth Martin said she took the licence about 14 years ago when her husband died, he had held the licence for 31 years and the family had held it since it was a licensed house, it belonged to her sister who lived with her, the back door was never used by customers.
Frank Martin, her son produced a petition signed by 87 people who used the house. Mr Bates, addressing the Bench, said that the house was the widow's ewe lamb and that there were no inducments for people to use the house except their own wants. Referred. Next the Greyhound at Bulmer, Supt Terry said it was situated on the Halstead-Bulmer road and an " ante" house since 1869, in the parish there were two fully licensed houses and two beerhouses with a population of 645. The house was in good repair and clean, boarders were taken during the summer months when three dozen bottles beer and an average of one barrel per week were sold. There was one conviction against the house in 1902. The house was bought for the purpose of surrender 4-5 years ago, it was nice house and beautifully clean, the nearest house was the Fox which was about 1© miles away. The brewery held the house for surrender purposes, the owners were Smith and Garwood of Bow. The tenant was over 80 years old and had held the licence for 40 years. Refused.
Mr Phillips applied for the renewal of the " Oak" at Belchamp St Pauls an off licence, the tenant was Sarah Smythe aged 66 years and was tenant of the " Half Moon" for 22 years. There were 5 licensed premises in the parish with a population of 525, the Bench did not wish to take the widow's living away as she was respectable and the Board of Guardians boarded two children with her. Sarah Smythe said she had lived at the " Oak" for 5 years. Messrs Adams let her have the house rent free. The Bench said the house must be closed. Bottle Hall licence to be renewed.

March 20th 1907

Frank Maxim, a machinist from Glemsford was charged with stealing two mangel wurzels from Mr Shepherd Collie Goodchild who said he saw him shortly after 7 am coming from a clamp on West Mill land on the Suffolk side of the river, when defendant reached the road a mangel dropped from under his coat and he saw another one under his coat. Defendant said he did not think he was doing anything wrong as he saw the mangel lying beside the road. 5s.

April 27th 1907

Letters to the Editor. Sir, kindly allow me a few lines in your paper to ask Mr Garret a question.
" The Cricket Club at Cavendish not being run on a political grounds", or " Mr Heaton Armstrong M.P." being an old vice president, why did he think it necessary to call a special meeting to consider the acceptance of this political donation, the name of Mr Heaton Armstrong was submitted last year to the committee, not by the Hon Secretary as I was given to believe by members of the committee, it was rejected, Mr Garret was present at the meeting and knows by whom it was proposed. The parish meeting, held on March the 4th when a poll was demanded by Mr Garret, the parish council elections were held on the 27th of March, Mr Garret wrote between these dates to Mr Heaton Armstrong, yet he wished your readers to believe the parish council elections had nothing whatever to do with his writing, his quibbles are of no avail.
yours faithfully, R.R.F.Cavendish.

May 8th 1907

There was an inquest at Clare Cock Inn on George Livermore, a helper employed by the proprietor of the steam circus, who's charred body was found in an old van which was burnt out just after midnight on Saturday. It is supposed he took a lantern into the van and either from the lamp or from a cigarette the van was set alight. The jury viewed the body in the fowl house in the Cock yard where the fire took place, it presented a shocking spectacle. John Bloom, a lad in the employ of Mr Greenway the proprietor, identified the body, he would say he was 18-20 years old, he was a great smoker but a teetotaler. Mrs Greenway said they provided accomodation for the employees and that the had no business sleeping in the van. Accidental.

May 15th 1907

A meetimg was held at Sudbury to consider forming a working mens cricket club, there were a good number of persons present.
Mr Smythe took the chair and was elected captain, sub captain G.Boggis, ?Thwaite and G.Tomlinson on committee.

May 15th 1907

A Clerk in Holy Orders who until recently resided in Sudbury was on Friday morning placed in the dock at Castle Hedingham police court on a charge of indecent behaviour at Gestingthorpe. The principal witness was Ruth Stammers, her evidence was corroborated by a girl named Nice. Allowed bail on the sum of £ 100.

May 22nd 1907

Monday was the opening day for the newly established golf club at Newton. They found the ground in good order, the first medal being won by Dr Ritchie of Cavendish with a first round of 41 and a second of 46. Bogey for nine holes was fixed at 38.

May 29th 1907

On Tuesday afternoon, Harry Debenham a builder from Glemsford was working on a well at Duffs Hill Farm when an accident occurred, he was suspended in a bucket within a few yards from the top attending to slight repairs when without warning the rope snapped, he fell to the bottom which was about 90 feet, fortunately there was about 6ft of water at the bottom which mitigated the fall, another remarkable fact was the bucket did not touch any of the stays built into the well, only a slight deviation would have resulted in disaster, the man at the top quickly grasped the situation and lowered a rope down and Mr Debenham although cut and bruised was able to tie the rope to the bucket and he was quickly hauled to the top. He was conveyed to Dr Ritchie at Cavendish and is going on satifactory.

June 5th 1907

Messrs Balls will offer on instructions from Mr D.Offord, at the Rose and Crown in Sudbury the fully licensed property know as the Bull at Cavendish. A red brick front elevated timber and tiled construction situated in the centre of the town of Cavendish, commanding a good position for trade with a brewery attached and a 30 coomb steep malting offices with foremans house situated not far distant from the brewery on the opposite side of the road. The whole occupied by Mr William Wallace who gives up possession in October.

June 5th 1907

At the Suffolk Assizes, Thomas Newman, aged 38, appeared in military uniform on a charge of two offences against Ethel How, a girl under 16 years of age at Milden. Defendant, a Sergeant instructor in the army was on furlough at his native Edwardstone, he is a widower with one child, defendant said the girl looked older than her age, she looks 18-20.
He asserted that he was fond of the girl would marry her and take her back to India. Aquitted. There was loud clapping from the public gallery, his Lordship said it is not the place for such an exhibition and having noticed a young man applauding, asked him why, the young man said he did not do so but had knocked with a stick, th Judge ordered him to be detained for 1 hour.

July 24th 1907

Mr R.Cavendish of Blacklands Hall, Cavendish, was summoned for assaulting Harry Rice, a painter of Cavendish, he pleaded guilty.
Defendant was tenant of Blacklands Hall and Mr Goodchild was the owner.
The complainant was engaged in painting the outside of the Hall and a cosiderable amount of friction had arisen between the tenant and the painter as to how and where the painters should work, on the morning in question these matters culminated on the question of where the painting should go on and the defendant seems to have absolutely lost control and struck the complainant several blows to the mouth, the assault was witnessed by two of the complainant's men, one of whom said " if you do that again I will knock you down", defendant then cooled down. £ 1 and 16s costs.

September 25th 1907

Walter Firbank, a school boy from Glemsford was charged with stealing a piece of wood valued at 6d the property of William Scott at Foxearth. Inspector Berry said he saw the defendant coming from Foxearth Mill with a piece of wood. To receive four strokes of the birch rod.

October 16th 1907

The following letter has been received by Major Tippet, captain of the Newton Golf Club from Earl Howe,(Lord of the Manor) who from the commencement has taken keen interest in forming the golf club and its progress.

Dear Major Tippet, It will give me great pleasure to become President of Newton Green Golf Club and I am glad to hear of the events that promise so well for it's success. Thank you for the kind letter and will you please thank the members for thinking of me, Believe me, yours faithfully, Howe.

October 16th 1907

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October 23rd 1909

A regretable incident occurred at a funeral at Melford, it appears that webbing used to lower the coffin was an old one and in a dilapidated condition, the consequence was that when the coffin was being lowered, one piece of webbing broke and the head of the coffin was precipitated to the bottom of of the grave to the consternation of the mourners.

October 30th 1907

Henry Border a labourer of Sudbury was summoned for refusing to leave the Lamb and Flag beerhouse and Joseph Heard wanted to ammend his previous statement that he was in the house only for a few minutes which was not correct. Mrs Bezzant, landlady said both refused to quit the house when asked to do so and they were using bad language. 8s with 14s costs.

November 6th 1907

Fredrick Linton, a young man living at Clare, a grocer's porter, was charged with indecent conduct with intent to insult Rose Argent aged 13© on the highway at Pentlow who stated that her and three other girls were walking on the Cavendish road when they met defendant pushing a bicycle, he went into the drive at Pentlow Hall and committed the offence. £ 1 with 14s costs.

November 6th 1907

William Butcher, a labourer from Tilbury was charged with stealing 6 fowls from Mrs Eagle of wood Barn, Belchamp St Pauls. 6 weeks hard labour.

November 20th 1907

Henry Golding and William Brown, labourers from Glemsford were charged with trespassing on land at Foxearth belonging to A.V.C.Lambert. Frank Jackson, gamekeeper for Capt.Crook of Great Barton, said he heard a gun being fired in the direction of Potters Hill and that behind a clover stack he found a dead rabbit and a hare. £ 1 with £ 1 14s costs.

December 18th 1907

Boardman and Oliver held a fat stock sale at Sudbury on Thursday. A pair of bullocks from Mr S.Harwood of Battisford won 1st prize and were bought by Mr Jolly of Hundon for £ 23 15s and £ 27 10s. 2nd prize pair from Mr W.Gosling of Belchamp made £ 24 each. Best fat heifer from Mr C.Ray of Clare made £ 26 14s. Best steer from Mr Blacker of Goldingham Hall, Bulmer, to Mr Gooding of Halstead for £ 33.

December 18th 1907

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

December 18th 1907

Advert. Support Home Industries. Drink English Beers. Ward and Son, Foxearth. Special Brews for the Private Family Trade.

December 25th 1907

After a fortnight lying in a cottage at Canhams Road, Gt Cornard, the body of a child belonging to a man named Maxim and a mother named Boreham, was interred on Friday evening at about five o'clock. The obsequies being performed by the light of a lantern, this was after the body was taken to the vicarage and burial was demanded, the mother had appeared before the Board of Guardians on Thursday morning and an officer visited the house where the body was lying, at 3-30 in the afternoon the mother took the 4s fee to the Sexton who immediately dug a grave. It was a pathetic scene, the Rev Singleton read a special service for those not baptized.