The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1912 Suffolk Free Press newspaper archive

January 12th 1912

At a meeting of Cavendish Parish Council the question of fees for the bearers at paupers funerals came up, the relieving officer of Sudbury Board of Guardians consented to the increase of fees by 6d per bearer, the fees to be paid through the Clerk of the Council.

January 12th 1912

William Wells an elderly labourer of Glemsford was charged with sleeping out and being without visible means of support, P.C.Gibbons said he found the prisoner lying under hay in a cart shed at Glemsford at 5-30 in the morning, he warned him not to go there again, the relieving officer Mr Scace said the prisoner applied to him for permission to go into the workhouse as he could get no work, witness told him he could get a job at Mr Marsh’s at Hawkedon, the prisoner refused saying it was too far, the prisoner was an able bodied man, he said Hawkedon was too far as it was 8 miles from Glemsford, there were a score or more of Glemsford men who did the journey. It was decided to let the prisoner go on condition he promised to get work.

January 12th 1912

Gestingthorpe. The death of Mr A.J.Pannel has occurred at York,Western Australia, on Sunday last, he was suffering from typhoid fever and it kept him so weak he could not master it, he was the son of Mr Pannel of Gestingthorpe. Before he left England he lived at Henny on Amos Hill where he was generally liked as he was in Australia, he leaves a widow and three small children, he was 42 years of age.

January 17th 1912

At Suffolk Assizes at Ipswich, Samuel Clarke a gamekeeper empl;oyed by Maj. Foster of Blackman Hall, Clare, sued Herbert Wilson of North Cove for damages for slander, Samuel Clarke said he was 33 years of age and now in the service of Major Foster, in 1906 he was in the employ of the defendant’s father when defendant said to him he knew all about the other wife he had. To pay £125.

February 7th 1912

At a meeting of Belchamp Rural Council the Council had before them a letter from the Board of Guardians with reference to the case of Alice Martin who was at present in Chilton sanatorium stating the girl could be removed home if the Council would grant her a shelter near her home, the Rev Bromwich said he had seen her mother and it appeared she had bought a bed for the poor boy who died and now she had another lad at home whom the doctor feared was tubercular, Mr Ward said the shelter the girl would occupy would be very cold in reply Dr Holden said all shelters are cold, it was carried that the present shelter should be repaired at a cost of £1 to 30s.

February 28th 1912

Sudbury. Advert. Wanted employment for a number of workers belonging to the Territorial Force. Employers in want of labourers should apply to the O.C. co. 5th Suffolk Regiment, Drill Hall, Sudbury .

February 28th 1912

Free-hold property for sale known as “Swains Cottage” in Bulmer also three cottages in Bulmer street next the Chapel with gross rental of £10. Five cottages with large gardens known as “Upper Houses” also in Bulmer.

March 6th 1912

Rodbridge. The 4-30 train from Sudbury had on Thursday a timely escape from coming in collision with a runaway horse attached to a waggon which had got on the line at Rodbridge crossing, it transpires that the horse and waggon belongs to Mr A.V.C.Lambert of Lyston and was being driven home from Melford station when about 200 yards of the crossing, the animal bolted, the train from Sudbury was due and the gates were closed, the animal dashed straight at the obstacle with such force that the fastenings of the gate were broken and it dashed onto the line with the waggon covering the 4 ft way, the gateman Mr Dixie with great promptitude went up the line a few yards and frantically signalled the train to stop , the driver jammed on his brakes and was successful in stopping the train, highest credit is due to the Driver Nunn of Cambridge.

March 16th 1912

Glemsford. About 6 on Friday evening a serious accident occurred to a man named Brown at the mat factory near the Three Turns Inn at Glemsford on the Cavendish road, it appears he was working in connection with a fibre mill which has recently been established, the machine he was using is to pull particles of fibre to pieces, his arm became entangled in the spikes of a rolling mill, the result was his wrist and hand were torn off completely, the man in question is 57 years old, Dr Ritchie was sent for and ordered him to removed to St Leonards Hospital at Sudbury, we are informed the man is progressing favourably, as a further touch of sadness the man had been out of work since the closing of Messrs Kolle’s factory and had only been working there for three weeks.

March 16th 1912

At a meeting of Belchamp Rural Council it was reporte that Belchamp St Pauls school had been closed for a month on account of whooping cough, it reopened on February 16th.

March 16th 1912

At a special sitting of Melford Petty Sessions, Richard Nunn, M.D. late of Hartest was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Hartest on the 27th ult, P.C.Olring proved the case, the bench dismissed the defendant on a promising to leave for London.

March 6th 1912

For the building of two new cottages at Foxearth, Mr Ward has received the following tenders—Mr Mason of Haverhill-£420—Messrs Theobald of Melford-£410—Messrs Bareham’s of Clare for £380 was accepted. Mr Leonard Crowfoot of Melford is the architect.

April 3rd 1912

Property sale at the Rose and Crown Hotel, Sudbury, Messrs Wheeler disposed of property situate in Bulmer street and The Scutchers Arms in Long Melford with an adjoining cottage was sold to Messrs Greene King for £830. Detached dwelling house in Bulmer Street known as “Swains Cottage” to Mr Harry Dixey of Bulmer for £260. Three cottages adjoining the Chapel at Bulmer to Mr Harry Bareham of Clare for £126. 5 cottages at Upper Houses, Bulmer, to Mr Philip Rowe of Bulmer for £175.

April 10th 1912

At a meeting of Clare Rural District Council the surveyor said he had received numerous complaints caused by cattle being fed on the roadside, there is no doubt they do considerable harm by stamping in gully’s and waterways, the last thing the roadmen did before leaving work was clean the gully’s out, (roadmen in those days left to work on farms during the summer), the Rev Gipps said that while cycling to Lidgate he passed several cattle feeding on the roadside he had also seen a flock of lambs in charge was a very small boy.

April 24th 1912

Foxearth. On Sunday morning the Rev Carpenter made touching allusions to terrible Titanic disaster that had taken place during the week and his prayers were offered for all the sufferers.

May 22nd 1912

At a meeting of Belchamp Council the surveyor said he had seen Mr Weston, the owner of West Mill at Foxearth, in respect of taking off a corner on that property and he has given permission to the Council to do the work which would cost 35s. Permission was given for the erection of a telegraph pole near Lyston church to the junction of the Foxearth road. It was decided that roadmen should receive 13s per week.

June 5th 1912

Stour Navigation property sale at the Rose and Crown at Sudbury. The property is situated in Sudbury, Gt Cornard and Lamarsh. - Lot 1 A large well built granary with three floors abutting a navigable river, facilities for loading and discharging barges with adjacent cottage let to Mr Francis, withdrawn at £350—Lot 2 Small granary with two floors let to Messrs Barton, sold to Mr P.H. Oliver for £135—Lot 3 Engineers workshop on the west side of the Quay basin to Mr P.H.Oliver for £210—Lot 4—Large well built brick and tile shed ?. Lot 5-Two well built cottages adjoining Lot 3 at the entrance to the Quay to Mr G.C.Gooday for £125—Lot 6-Boat house with slipways into the river to Miss Holder for £185—Lot 7 Nonsuch meadow possessing considerable value for building to Mr Jaggard for £760---Lot 8 The island near Lady’s bridge to Mr F.Boggis for £27-At Gt Cornard Lot 9-A piece of land near Cornard lock to Mr Oliver for £27—Lot 10 at Lamarsh, a filed near Pitmere Lock about two acres to Mr Lupton for £30. At Bulmer two freehold cottages at Lower Houses withdrawn at £72 10s.

June 12th 1912

For sale at the Rose and Crown Sudbury, at Wickham St Pauls a valuable estate known as Wickham Hall, about 474 acres together with 14 cottages, also Bullock;s Hole farm. Messrs Balls have received instructions from Miss Jessie Gardiner to sell 7 cottages on Borley Green.

June 26th 1912

Messrs Balls sold at the Rose and Crown, Sudbury, a pair of freehold cottages at the Common, Belchamp Walter to Charles Smith for £55 also the adjoining pair for £52. The 7 cottages on Borley Green were sold to Messrs Holmes of Braintree for £230.

July 17th 1912

The new picture palace erected by Messrs Grimwood and Sons for the Gainsborough Theatre Company was opened on Monday and Sudbury now possesses a picture house.

July 31st 1912

On Friday about 110 inmates of Walnutree House including children from Rodbridge Cottage Home were entertained at the Aubries by Col. and Mrs W. st. Geo. Burke.

July 31st 1912

Charles Hooker, 13, Joseph Hurrell, 13, Robert Brownbridge, 11 and Frederick Hurrell 11,all lads of Melford were summoned for assaulting Charles Malyon 14, together with Austin Palmer, Bernard Tolchard and William Neave who were cycling to Sudbury, when they got to Water Lane they saw Hooker and the other boys standing behind a bridge, they started flinging stones at them, there was a horse and cart coming along and one of the stones hit the horse which jumped forward, the boys then ran away as fast as their legs could carry them. The Chairman said throwing of stones was fast increasing in Melford and the Bench decided to make an example of the defendants and they would be fined 2s each.

August 14th 1911

2. To let the “Red Lion” at Otten Belchamp, excellent beerhouse, would suit dealer, apply Pheonix Brown, Sudbury.

August 14th 1912

Death on July 1st at Los Angeles, California, of Harry Scott Baker the youngest son of the late William Baker of Brundon Hall, Sudbury, he passed away suddenly of heart disease, he was a member of Cambridge University and had entered Lincoln’s Inn before he went to America as a young man, he became a member of the New York Bar and was an eminent lawyer, it was said of him that he was one eight greatest lawyers in New York, he leaves a widow one son and three daughters

September 18th 1912

To be sold at Waites farm, Belchamp Walter the live and dead stock, 10 horses-1 Alderney cow- 26 swine-agricultural implements-2 governess cars-gig-trade cart.

September 18th 1912

The work on erecting the new bridge at Ballingdon is progressing, the first part of the construction has been opened to the public, the contractors (Messrs Holloway Bros) are now busily engaged in demolishing the second half of the old bridge which has been bearing the traffic while the new one of ferro concrete was constructed.

September 18th 1912

At a meeting of Belchamp Rural Council the medical officer of health, Dr Holden, has taken a sample of water from the well at Plough Inn, Belchamp St Pauls, and found it was still being used for drinking purposes, it was not very pure but better than it was, he said people in the parish have been drinking that water all along, he said pigs were still being kept within a few yards of the well, it was decide to communicate with the owners, Messrs Oliver.

September 18th 1912

The cricket club at Cavendish which was restarted this year, have played 12 matches this year and won seven, T.B.Ambrose topped the batting and bowling averages with 16.6 runs and 40 wickets at 3.2 runs.

September 18th 1912

Clare. One of the army biplanes passed over Clare on Monday evening, the loud motor noise brought many people out and they had a splendid view as the machine sailed off towards Haverhill, there was no wind and the biplane travelled at very steadily at a height of 300 ft.

September 25th 1912

A double inquest was held in the quiet village of Thurlow on Friday, on Tuesday night a civilian driver named Walter Horlock aged 22 of Gosport was killed by a kick from a horse at Thurlow park where he was performing his duty in connection with army manoeuvres. On Friday another civilian driver named Charles Carter was killed not far from the same place by the overturning of a R.A.M.S. transport wagon. Both accidental.

October 8th 1912

Eight express trains have arrived at Gt Yarmouth from Aberdeen and the far north of Scotland on Saturday, some of the Highland girls travelled in a corridor coach fitted with electric light, some thousands of these females fish workers have now arrived but there is plenty of work for all.

October 8th 1912

Glemsford. Death of Mr W.S.Goodchild. . Mr William Samuel Goodchild died at his residence at Mill Hill, he was a native of Gt Wratting where his father was a substantial farmer, he has lived at Glemsford where he farmed about 1000 acres for 49 years,he leaves a widow and eight sons and a daughter.

October 16th 1912

The building of the new town hall at Clare has now commenced.

October 16th 1912

Quite a sensation was created in Melford and Sudbury by the report that a young man named Gowers employed at Melford as a hawkers assistant had while out walking with a companion met a tragic death and a chemist’s assistant at Sudbury had been taken into custody, it appears the deceased and his companion George Stanhope, a labourer of Melford, met on the night in question at the Lecture Hall in Melford, they left there and started to walk to the station to catch the last train to Sudbury with the intention of visiting the Picture Palace, arriving at the station they saw the last train steaming out, they continued their walk along the main road then turned back near Mr Branwhite’s malting, they were going back singing when they met two young men who stopped them, Stanhope was struck three or four times on the shoulder, Gowers, it is said ran off at this and was afterwards found lying insensible on the path, he was taken to the Perseverance Hotel which was nearby and medical aid was summoned and he was taken to hospital, every thing was done to save his life but he did not recover and death took place two hours after he was admitted to hospital, Inspector Nunn journeyed to Sudbury the next morning and arrested Leslie Maurice Ratcliffe and Lewis Colbeck a chemist’s assistant, they were conveyed to Melford and remanded in custody until Friday (the following day), a special sitting of the magistrates discharged Ratcliffe and Colbeck allowed bail in the sum of £50.

December 4th 1912

Celebrations at Twinstead. Mr and Mrs John Stebbing of The Roses entertained a large party of young friends in honour of their daughter Miss Violet Stebbing’s coming of age, a merry evening was spent with music and dancing which was kept up till morning, her father’s employees with their wives on Saturday night sat down to a dinner of good old English fare, cigarettes and tobacco were handed round and the evening was brought to a close with the National Anthem.

December 11th 1912

The new bridge at Ballingdon was formerly opened on Thursday. The proprietors of the Gainsbourgh Electric Theatre are thoroughly up to date with programmes for Christmas with Dicken’s Christmas Carol.

1913 Suffolk Free Press newspaper archive

January 1st 1913

Permission to inspect the fine new mills at Cornard was obtained from Mr Pertwee the popular representative of Messrs Turner of Ipswich who supervised the building of the new mills and in company with Mr Baker we went through the mill, we learnt that Cornard mills had been in the Baker family for over 60 years, Mr Edward Baker had a mill at Long Melford but in 1851 he took over Cornard mills at the same time as the railway at Sudbury was opened and under his able management the business prospered, he died in 1891.

January 22nd 1913

On Tuesday night the Foxearth ringers, numbering about a dozen, were entertained by Mrs Foster at the Cottage to good old English fare of roast beef and plum pudding, the coach house at the Cottage had been made comfortable by David Inch, gramophone records and singing composed the after dinner entertainment.

February 19th 1913

On Monday evening a lecture which had been advertised in the Radical Magazine was to have been given in Foxearth Chapel by the agent and secretary of the Gladstone League, the lecturer had a special conveyance from Edwardstone and brought with him a fine spirit incandescent lantern and a big range of slides, a beautiful white screen was erected and doors were opened at 7-30 but there was no audience, not a single radical turned up, not even a distant mugwump turned out, only two Unionists looked in to wish success to the truth, the agent rolled up his tent and fled without being able to show “hungry forties” or “protection for East Anglia”, these having been played out a long while ago and Foxearth was having none of it, the meeting was brought to a close by three cheers for Proby. (Proby was the Unionist candidate for the Saffron Walden Division)

February 26th 1913

The following letter has been received in the current issue of the “Eton College Chronicle”. The late Captain Oates was one of the hardest riders to hounds I have ever met he was so devoted to the sport he took out to India at his own expense a pack of hounds and soon established a reputation, he took his own horses to Ireland and was successful in winning the Grand Military at Puncheston, he was a fine shot with gun, revolver and rifle, he was also a bold and skilful sailor and never happier than while cruising about in his own small yacht, a gallant gentleman.

April 2nd 1913

To be sold at Grove farm, Glemsford the live and dead stock of Mr George Crick who is leaving the neighbourhood. Sudbury. Preparations for the erection of the Gainsborough statue have commenced, the workmen have been making a foundation in reinforced concrete of two feet deep, the weight of the statue is about 17 tons.

April 2nd 1913

Mr William Samuel Goodchild of Mill Hill Glemsford who died last year left an estate of £20,321, 11d

April 30th 1913

Staff Sergeant Farrier Robert Turkentine, a member of Ballingdon detachment A.S.C. received injuries in an accident on Saturday afternoon when he was thrown from his horse, members of the detachment were engaged in a route march at Bulmer when the Sergeant was mounting his horse he was thrown to the ground, he had one foot in the stirrup when it threw him over it’s head, the Sergeant was taken home in a waggonette and is under attention from Dr Huntley.

May 7th 1913

The following lines were taken from the Ottawa Daily Herald which will be of interest in Glemsford, they refer to the retirement of Lt Colonel William Clark who first saw the light of day in Glemsford, at a very early age he left Glemsford to join the Imperial Service and he retires from Civic Service this week, Col Clark went out to the Crimea as a battery trumpeter when a mere boy and since then he has been teaching what he learnt in the Imperial Service, that was any years ago though he resigned the offices he held for so long, it is generally hoped that he will remain among us, he has become such a figure that Guelph would not be the same without his familiar face, for many years this gallant old soldier has done his part to make the city cleaner and it’s young people more fit, we wish him health and happiness after 32 years faithful service.

May 7th 1913

Evidence of the good feelings that exist among workmen were not wanting the other day at Messrs Ripper’s joinery works at Hedingham when the fellow workers of William Ince of Halstead recouped almost entirely the loss of half a sovereign which he lost by a collection.

May 14th 1913

Glemsford. On Whit Monday afternoon a race which was promoted by Mr Parker of the Cock Inn as a go as you please race of 10 miles took place, the route traversed was over the Glemsford crossing through Foxearth to Rodbridge, through Melford to Stanstead via Faulkners Hill, up Glemsford Church Hill to Bells lane, Tye Green then home. First was C.Debeham with a time of 1 hour 12 minutes, £2 2s—2nd A.Levitt, 1 hour 12 min, £1--3rd A.Chatters in 1 hour 16 min, 10s—4th W.Cousins 9 gallons of ale—5th Arthur Brown 4 ½ gallons ale—6th G.Brewster 4s 6d cash—7th B.Chatters goods to the value of 4s—8th C. Brown 2s 6d—9th bottle of whisky to H.Taylor—10th G.Oakley bottle of whisky—11th H.Starling ½ lb of tobacco—12th B.Theobald goods to the value of 2s. Bottle of whisky to the first man past the Three Turns C.Brown—bottle of rum to last man in time allowed T Beevis—stone of flour to man with largest family winning a prize to T.Beevis .

May 21st 1913

Empire day was celebrated in Foxearth by the first organised cricket match being played in the recreation ground which thanks to many liberal supporters has been taken over by the parish in an enthusiastic meeting which was held in the schoolroom on the 20th of March with Mr A.V.C.Lambert in the chair, it was resolved to hire the glebe meadow as a recreation ground for the village in general, the following were elected-Messrs G.Bernard Ward, secretary, H. Stebbing Carter, treasurer, D.Inch, S.Evans, A.Maxim, E.Harper and F.Woods. Quoit beds have been laid.

June 4th 1913

Tuesday was a memorable day for Sudbury on the unveiling of the Gainsborough statue by Princess Louise.

June 18th 1913

In response from a Canadian settler who wrote to the chairman of Bury St Edmunds Board of Guardians with the object of obtaining a wife, the communication which was published in the Suffolk and Essex Free Press and other papers elicited 120 replies from would be brides, it is expected the answers will be sent to the Canadian settler who is in want of a suitable mate so that he select one who desires to become Mrs A.E.Ayton of Byron near London, Ontario.

June 25th 1913

John Hart of Lt Yeldham was summoned for allowing 4 horses to stray on the highway, defendant said it is to do with barbed wire and “I can’t help that”, P.C.Robinson of Belchamp Walter said he was on duty at North End, Gestingthorpe, when saw 4 horses grazing on the roadside, a man came running from the direction of the farm and said the horses have only just broken out, in answer to the Bench the witness said horses frequently broke out as there was nothing to stop them, defendant said he could not keep them in as sometimes he had 50 to 60 horses even 100 at a time and they burst through the fences. 2s for each horse and 4s costs.

June 25th 1913

Death at his residence Chauntry House, Haverhill, William Basham Gurteen (late senior partner of the firm of D.Gurteen and Sons) aged 77.

July 30th 1913

On Tuesday evening, Frank Sparrow, a drayman for Messrs Oliver and Sons of Sudbury met with a serious accident at Acton by falling off a dray, it is stated he fell from his seat and sustained very serious injuries to his head, he was taken to St Leonards hospital where he as well as can be expected.

August 6th 1913

Clare. What could have been a serious accident occurred on Thursday afternoon to Miss Bromley and Miss Wiffen, they were cycling from Clare to Sudbury, when near the Fir Trees Inn at Cavendish a party of men were tree felling and there was no-one stationed to warn persons of danger, Mr Ken Waring was a little behind the ladies and saw the tree felling and shouted to the ladies to stop, Miss Bromley’s cycle was thoroughly wrecked and she was badly bruised, Miss Wiffen got off lightly with her cycle damaged.

August 13th 1913

A school treat was held at the Aubries, Bulmer, when about 18 children made perfect attendances during the year, two namely Philip Rowe and Bertie Felton have made six perfect attendances, an excellent tea was provided with games and sport in the park where up to 90 pupils and members of the choir being present.

August 20th 1913

Letters to the Editor. Sir, Will you allow me to correct a wrong statement which appeared in your issue last week on a report of a stack fire at Duff’s Hill, Glemsford, it was stated that the engine and members of the brigade and the pumpers stayed the night in the Crown Hotel yard, this is wrong the engine with members of the brigade and the pumpers remained on the scene of the fire all night till 8 the next morning. R.Palmer, Capt. Long Melford Fire Brigade.

August 27th 1913

At a meeting of Belchamp Rural Council a petition was received which was signed by 81 inhabitants of Borley asking the Council why 12 protective boundary stones were removed on the road at that place, Mr Payne said the inhabitants of Borley felt very much aggrieved over the removal of the stones, it had done away with a footpath which the stones previously guarded, it was stated that a few hours after the stones were removed motors and other traffic encroached on the side walk, Capt Daniels said the stones were raised and they became extremely dangerous, before they were raised they were not a nuisance, Mr Payne gave notice to remove the original motion and the surveyor the path be raised and the stones replaced as a kerb. ( The path is from the Blacksmith’s to the end of Brookhall lane).

September 24th 1913

Troubles of next door neighbours in Oliver’s Yard in Gregory Street in Sudbury, Mrs Portfleet the defendant told the bench that she had made herself ready to go to the football match when she was called by her neighbour “a dressed up old monkey”, unpleasantness followed which resulted in Mrs Felton taking out a summons for assault. As a result of conflicting evidence the bench decided to dismiss the case.

October 1st 1913

An accident occurred in Ballingdon street at about 2-30 in the afternoon, the victim was Eleanor Gladys Catton aged 5 years of Catford in London who was staying with her grandmother Mrs Brown in Ballingdon, the child was coming across the street when she was knocked down by a motor car driven by Mr Percy Middleditch of Gedding Hall near Bury st Edmunds to whom no blame could be ascribed, he carried the little girl in and fetched the doctor and the police, the child has a broken collar bone

October 8th 1913

A meeting of the Eastern Counties Otter hounds was started from the railway station in Sudbury, they hit a drag near Ladies bridge and hunted it down stream, they reached Cornard lock when the Master viewed it in the old river, for 3 ½ hours the hunt continued, going down as far as the Casing Works and back again to the lock, he tried to get into deeper water by going over land, here he was pulled down proving to be a dog otter of 22 lbs, this is the 40th kill this season, a record.

October 15th 1913

Belchamp Rural Council. Mr Payne moved that the order to remove kerb stones at Borley should be recinded, motion carried.

October 15th 1913

The County Council have decided to apply for a loan for the purchase of Pannel’s farm at Belchamp St Pauls consisting of 22 ½ aces with buildings, the amount is for the purpose of letting the same to small holders.

November 5th 1913

Messrs Ward and Son, brewers of Foxearth have eclipsed all previous records at the Brewers Exhibition in London this week by being awarded the Champion Gold Medal for their Imperial Pale Ale in the cask, this is one of the most covetous and valuable trophies, they also won a 2nd prize for Special Oatmeal Stout, during the last five years this firm has been awarded two gold medals and six first prizes, the entries this year were over 440 exhibits.

December 10th 1913

Notice. Mr H.E.Ham begs to give public notice, reports have been circulating that he has given up the business of carrying, such reports are incorrect and he is still doing the carrying between Foxearth and Sudbury, all orders entrusted to him will be promptly attended to. Leaves the Anchor in Sudbury at 4-30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.