The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1922 Suffolk Free Press newspaper archive

January 5th 1922

Inquest in Hartest schoolroom on the death of Mark Smith an agricultural labourer aged 68. Charles Boyte nephew of the deceased said that on Christmas day at about 6-45 they were walking to Brockley with a man named Payne when they saw a light coming towards them at a “fair lick,” deceased was a pace behind Payne and himself when he heard a crash, he looked round and saw Smith lying in the road, he was nearly dead.
Richard Payne said he was gamekeeper to Mr Poley, he saw deceased stop to light his pipe, he was in the middle of the road. Leonard Boreham of Brockley said he riding his bicycle from Brockley to Hartest when he passed two people on his left near the new houses, he rang his bell, just as he was getting up to them deceased stepped back onto the road and his front wheel hit him.
Dr McArthur of Hartest said he found deceased on a couch in a collapsed state, death was due to a fracture of the skull.

January 5th 1922

There was a disastrous fire at the Rose and Crown Hotel at Sudbury, the last of “ye town arms”. damage of £30,000 was estimated. The fire destroyed the famous Rose and Crown and two shops, one was a tailor’s shop and the other was an outfitters shop.

At Melford Petty Sessions, Raymond Stowe a labourer of Monk’s Eleigh was summoned for trespassing in search of game on land in possession of Charles Makin who said he heard some shots when he was at the bottom of Lion Field, he ran to the top of the field where he heard the shots and saw some partridges which had been shot, he saw Head and Vince in the distance but he did not see defendant, he met him along the road about ½ an hour later and accused him of shooting partridges, defendant said he had shot two landrails.
Defendant said he was passing Mr Makin’s field “Lion Field” when he saw two landrails, he stood up in his cart and shot them. Wilfred Stowe brother of defendant said his brother gave him two landrails fresh killed. £2

March 9th 1922

At a meeting of Long Melford Licensing Sessions Mr David Ward of Foxearth brewery applied for alterations to be made at the “Bull” at Cavendish, accommodation would be improved and a tea room would be added and other conveniences for persons staying at the Bull.

Bulmer. A new call office will open at Bulmer Post Office on the 9th of March, the fee for use of the call office will be 3d, it will be possible to communicate to any call office in the country.

March 23rd 1922

An application was made to Belchamp District Council by Albert Rowe of Bulmer to build a new bungalow at Bulmer, a question was asked about water supply, it is understood he would sink a new well or get water from neighbouring sources.

April 6th 1922

Whilst men were at work in a field belonging to Mr Ray at Colts Hall at Cavendish they came across an underground wall and digging down beside it came across a brick enclosure which appeared to be a vault.
There is a legend in Cavendish that there is an underground passageway from Colts Hall to Cavendish church, it was thought perhaps this was the opening to the tunnel, an expert was called in and he gave his opinion that it was an old brick kiln which was no doubt used at the time Colts Hall was built and when of no further use it was covered up, it was customary to make bricks on the premises in out of the way places.

At the Bell Hotel at Clare Messrs Boardman and Oliver offered for sale the Bell Inn at Tilbury, it was sold to Mr H.Bareham for £175.

May 4th 1922

Glemsford. The first tenants to occupy the new council houses at Glemsford were moving in on Monday.

May 11th 1922

Belchamp St Pauls. In this parish there is an interest in Mr Ambrose Smith’s charity of which there was an account of appeared in last weeks issue at Cavendish.
Mr Smith at one time held a farm at Belchamp and left £5 a year to be distributed on the same terms as at Cavendish Charity which to be four men and four women, those receiving this years money were James Golding—John Clark---W.Saines—James Amos—Widows Wix—Maxim—Collins and Golding.

May 18th 1922

At a meeting of the Belchamp and District Council the surveyor said he visited West Mills at Foxearth which belongs to the Flax Cultivators Ltd where gipsies were in the habit of encamping there, he found van dwellers were there continually without sanitation, he had written to the company but got no reply.

it was agreed the medical officer should pay a visit, Mr Lambert said “these people were a nuisance to him and other farmers”.

June 1st 1922

At the Four Swans at Sudbury the Cottage at Foxearth, a freehold country residence with stabling, gardens and a paddock of 1 ½ acres was sold to Mr David ward for £800.

June 8th 1922

Foxearth. Messrs Boardman and Oliver have disposed of Bradfields farm, Eyston Smiths and Hubbards farms by private treaty for the sum of £4,000.

July 13th 1922

“Looking back 20 years” Inquest at Hunt’s farm at Finchingfield on the death of a lad aged 11 the son of a shepherd who was found dead in a heap of sheep fleeces, deceased was working with his father shearing sheep and was missing for some hours before he was discovered. Death was due to suffocation following a fit.

July 20th 1922

We understand the Rose and Crown site at Sudbury has been sold to a Sudbury syndicate for £700, the ruins of the famous hostelry is a wilderness of brick rubbish constituting an eyesore.

August 3rd 1922

On Friday a young man named Slater who was drawing water from a well at the bottom of Church Hill in Glemsford when his hand slipped from the handle and the fast revolving spindle struck him on the left hand leaving a long deep wound.

September 7th 1922

Mr J.W.Shenfield addressed the following letter to us. Sir. I am requested by the unemployed men of Sudbury to allow their condition to be brought before your readers, two meetings of the unemployed have been held at the George and Dragon in Sudbury and they decided they want work not relief.

September 21st 1922

Melford. Frederick Parsons a underkeeper on the Kentwell Estate lost his wife on Wednesday last, she was missing from her home in the early morning and could not be found, a neighbour found the poor woman’s body in a pond she was 37 and had child of eight. Of unsound mind. There was 140 unemployed in Sudbury in 1921 and now in 1922 there are 2,812.

October 5th 1922

At a meeting of Belchamp Council the surveyor was ordered to improve the corner between Ropers farm at Pentlow and Pentlow rectory.

October 19th 1922

Died at Bulmer Mr Joseph Coe aged 58, he has resided in Bulmer for many years coming from Gestigthorpe where he carried on a successful threshing machine business and subsequently added farming to his business.

November 2nd 1922

Cavendish. Old landmarks are slowly being removed at Cavendish to make room for more up to date buildings, the last one is the malthouse situated at the tower end of the village next to the Congregational Church which has been bought by a Cavendish builder who is having it pulled down and will erect two new villas on the spot.

There was a dinner at the Fox Inn at Bulmer in connection with Bulmer cricket club with the Rev Pannel presiding, 18 marches were played and 10 were won 7 were lost and one drawn, the health of the captain Mr H.Chinery was drunk.

November 9th 1922

Lavenham reserves drew 2 each with Foxearth and Borley. Borley team-- H.Scrivener—B.Farrance—J.Mills—A.Pilgrim—A.Finch—A.Farrance—J.Mills—F.Martin.--.B.Evans—T.Plumb—W.Chambers-F.Chinnery.

There was a fire on Mr Walter Radley’s farm at Ballingdon when two straw stacks were destroyed, the fire was observed by P.C. Carrington who was on duty near the King’s Head when he noticed a glare in the sky, he sent a man who is a member of Sudbury football club to ring the electric fire alarm on Ballingdon bridge.

As Mr Clarke of Bury was crossing the improvised bridge near Scotchford bridge which is being rebuilt in Glemsford, the left wheel of his pony and cart got off the track with the result the horse and vehicle fell into the stream knocking down the railings, Mr Clarke and his horse were not injured, after being extricated by the men working on the bridge.

December 7th 1922

Thomas Firbank a labourer of Glemsford was summoned for assaulting Walter Hartley, defendant pleaded guilty. The complainant said he and his wife were walking in Glemsford street when the defendant came up to him and said “I want to speak to you for a minute” he immediately landed him “one on the jaw”, defendant said witness had done him out of a job at Flax Cultivations with the company a suggestion which was unfounded. 27 days in prison.

December 14th 1922

Four clover seed stacks and a wheat straw stack together with an engine and the seed drawer were destroyed by fire at Ford Hall, Bridge Street, Melford on Thursday November 3rd, three men from Alpheton W.Bruce, W.Long and T.Cook were walking along the road when they saw flames in a field, they investigated and found the engine in flames, Melford fire brigade attended and they procured water from the Chad brook at Alpheton mill.

December 21st 1922

Sudbury Inn raided. Eight men were summoned for gaming on licensed premises at the Queen’s Head at Balllingdon, Harry Beer the landlord was fined £5 for suffering gaming on licensed premises followed by the following for aiding and abetting, Ronaldo Riamo and engine driver of Sudbury, Levi Linclon a gardener from Gt Cornard, Frederick Cole, Joseph Bryant, George Hume, Robert Harrison, William Somerset and Godfrey Bullard all labourers were all bound over in the sum of £5 for three months.

December 21st 1922

The inhabitants of Otten Belchamp had an unusual experience of inspecting one of the latest bombing aeroplanes, the monster came down on a farm the property of Mr Tilbrook of Walter Belchamp, it was an magnificent machine on it’s first trip and was to be delivered to Martlesham, it was under the care Capt Broom one of the most trusted and experienced officer in the service, the machine was designed to carry a large number of bombs a long way.

1923 Suffolk Free Press newspaper archive

January 4th 1923

18 months ago three building firms in Sudbury were employing 140 men, the week before Christmas the same firms were employing 10.

January 25th 1923

The opening of the New Year was a disastrous one for Sudbury with a terrible fire in the early hours at Cross Street with four families being made homeless and no fewer than 24 people were affected
It was due to the strenuous efforts of the fire brigade that the outbreak did not involve other premises, the premises destroyed were No’s 50-51-52-53 just at the foot of Ballingdon bridge.

Gunner Lewis Chinery a parishioner of Gt Henny stationed at Cologne in Germany with the R.F.A. had an unenviable experience in that city on New Years eve, he was on his way back to his barracks when he was attacked from behind by four German civilians, he could not defend himself as he was unarmed, he received wounds over his left eye a broken arm and collar bone and his thumb was put out of joint, he is now lying in the 3rd General Hospital in Cologne and is progressing favourably.

February 1st 1923

At Sudbury corn market there was a moderate supply of wheat at 9s per quarter to 9s 4 ½ d delivered at the mill, this is in sympathy with delivered imported wheat.

February 8th 1923

For sale by order of the Sheriff of Essex-----At Hurral Hall farm at Bulmer near Sudbury on Thursday next. Brick and tile machinery—farm stock—2 pug mills—barrows—wheeling and running plant—tip carts—250,000 roofing tiles—18,000 bricks—4 horses—10 heifers—poultry.

February 8th. (30 years ago) Hundreds of people travelled to Middleton Hall in traps on horseback and by foot to witness the annual coursing meeting, the dogs worked well and hares were plentiful.

February 22nd 1923

At a meeting of Belchamp Rural Council the surveyor reported that the steam roller had been at work in Gt and Lt Henny, Bulmer and Borley, there was great difficulty in obtaining water in Borley it having to be carted from the river up to the Green as the water in ponds had dried up.

Plans were passed for the building of a new bungalow in Bulmer street for Mr Boggis a builder.

March 1st 1923

Football. Walter Belchamp v Henny, played at Henny who won 1-0, C.Nears scoring the only goal of the match.

March 15th 1923

Frederick Sansum 67 a mat maker from Melford was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Ipswich street, Bury St Edmunds, defendant said he came to see a grand game of football, Melford v Stowmarket by excursion train, his daughter paid his fare, he lost the train back home to Melford who also lost.
The chairman said “so you lost all round” we will let you off with a caution so next time”, Sansum intervened saying there will be no next time (laughter).

March 15th 1923

Diamond Wedding . Mr and Mrs Deeks of Rodbridge, Long Melford, celebrated their diamond wedding on Monday, they were married in 1863 the bridegroom being born in the house where they now live in the hamlet of Rodbridge.
Mr Deeks is now in his 86th year and his wife in her 81st, when about 10 years old Mr Deeks went work at Borley Hall and was on the same farm when he retired, his wages were 9s a week from which they raised a family of six children to clothe and feed, in Mrs Deeks he had a splendid helpmate she adding to the family income by her earnings with a loom, when a child she was apprenticed to a velvet weaver in Sudbury, she carried on the occupation after marriage.
Mr Deeks did not apply for old the old age pension although he qualified and continued to work for Mr Payne until 1909. During the harvest of 1917 there was a demand for virile manhood as the nation was denuded of the labour on the farms, Mr Deeks went back to work full time for 15 weeks his pension being stopped,
Whilst living at Rodbridge he has seen the hamlet grow from 2 or 3 houses clustered around the toll gate to the size it is now, the tollgate was in full operation when they married, one gate spanning the high road from Sudbury to Bury and the other gate prevented admission until the toll was exacted upon all vehicles and animals, the road which branches off at Rodbridge leads to the river Stour and several Essex parishes.

March 22nd 1923

30 years ago. Mr J.Carder who has been butler at Belchamp Hall for 60 years was presented on his retirement with a handsome loving cup, the gift of the Rev J.M.St Clere Raymond and Mr and Mrs S.J. St Clere Raymond, the cup which is of silver is inscribed presented to Joseph Carder after 60 years service at Belchamp Hall.

May 17th 1923

Advert. Gardiner and Bell Motor Engineers Long Melford—repairs to all motors and tractors, tyres etc, cars for hire—official repairers to the A.A.
Advert. Yeldham Auction Market. Messrs Benson and Fish hold a weekly sale of fat and store cattle, horses-swine poultry, eggs and produce of various kinds, no market next Monday as it is a bank holiday.
Messrs Balls and Balls have been favoured with instructions from the exors of the late Thomas Goodchild to sell by auction at the Masonic Hall, Braintree the valuable estate comprising 8 farms viz Gt Yeldham Hall with a family residence and pleasure grounds, 268 acres---Mancross farm, 16 acres—Highlands farm, 65 acres—Scotneys farm, 115 acres—Gunces farm, 248 acres-- Greenfields farm 43 acres—Borleys farm, 43 acres—Church farm, 80 acres, in all nearly 1000 acres.

May 24th 1923

An alarming fire occurred at Clare on Sunday night as a result of which a range of stabling and sheds were destroyed and a horse and three goats were burned alive, the premises belong to Mr Willoughby Parker a dealer of Common street, damage is estimated at £300.

May 24th 1923

General Booth’s visit to Sudbury. The grand old leader of the Salvation Army was received everywhere with an unfeigned and hearty welcome, as the car which the General was seated pulled up on the Market Hill he was received with hearty welcome.

May 24th 1923

The Cross Keys Inn at Melford was sold to Mr Charles Butters of Ipswich for £410.

June 21st 1923

An army aeroplane came to grief in Bulmer on Monday morning when a flight officer from Duxford was flying to Norwich, when in the neighbourhood of Sudbury it developed magneto trouble and was forced to land in a barley field near Gentry’s farm occupied by Mr E.Nott, when on the ground the machine taxied and the right wheel dropped into a depression in the ground tilting the plane and the propeller struck the ground and smashed it, later in the day mechanics arrived from H.Q. and the machine was removed.

July 5th 1923

William Martin a small holder from Glemsford was summoned for being drunk and disorderly in Glemsford, defendant pleaded guilty and said he had some home made wine which overcame him.

July 12th 1923

There was fire at Fyshe Hall farm at Bures resulting in the destruction of the farm buildings and the death of a horse, the flames spread so rapidly that within an 1 ½ hours the whole of the buildings were destroyed, the property belongs to Miss Badcock, the cause is unknown but it is supposed the great heat must have affected the fresh coal in the shed the gases from which ignited and the fire caught dry wood.

July 12th 1923

During the week end a sensational accident occurred at Glemsford resulting in the death of William Collar an old resident, Mr Collar who was an active old man went to water his garden and was later found dead in the cesspool of the garden, it is supposed he was drawing water when he slipped and fell upon the bucket which stunned him and his head was covered in the filth from the cesspool and he was asphyxiated.

August 2nd 1923

30 years ago. Sudbury. The old Bell Inn in Friars Street which for many years did a good trade with the stage waggons and coaches is to be pulled down.

August 9th 1923

At a meeting of Belchamp District Council a petition was received from a number of inhabitants of Belchamp Walter drawing attention to the state of the village pond as it is in a unhealthy condition.

August 16th 1923

Gestingthorpe. At the Four Swans Hotel in Sudbury, Messrs Rutter offered for sale the small estate known as Hill Farm in Gestingthorpe, containing 256 acres with a farm house, usual buildings, the farm house contains three sitting rooms, eight bedrooms and a bathroom with hot and cold water. The property was put up as one lot and withdrawn at £3,600. In lots the results were Hill Farm and 186 acres was withdrawn at £3000, enclosure of woodland at Wiggery Wood road, 24 acres withdrawn at £130, enclosure and garden ground withdrawn at £10, several enclosures of arable and pasture land 45 acres was withdrawn at £300.

August 23rd 1923

20 years ago. The Rev H.F.Bull, rector of Borley said that on Sunday he was sitting in his study when the doors and windows were shaken and he believed he heard a rumbling sound, it was his belief it was due to an earthquake shock, the same sound was also heard in Sudbury.

The death was announced in Glemsford in her 100th year of Miss Rebecca Clarke, late of Potash farm in Glemsford, where she was born and spent nearly all her life there.

August 30th 1923

A painful sensational was caused on Friday morning in Melford when it became known that there had been a tragic discovery at the White Hart Inn, Little St Mary’s, when the landlord Mr Harry Stanhope was found hanging from a beam in the stable, he was 64 years of age and had been at the White Hart for 20 years.

Bertie Brown of Glemsford a milkman was summoned for being drunk in charge of a horse and milk float. Sgt Hammond said he was sitting in his house at 6 pm on August 6th when he saw defendant driving past in a milk float sitting on the seat but hanging on to a milk churn, the reins were loose and by his appearance he thought he was drunk, witness mounted his bicycle and caught up with him in Broadway, he was serving milk but unable to walk straight. 10s.

September 6th 1923

Messrs Balls and Balls have been favoured with instructions to sell by auction at Pauls Hall, Belchamp St Pauls, the live and dead stock of J.A.Gallienne who is giving up the farm. 10 horses-3 milch cows-3 weanels-182 sheep-2 fat pigs-325 poultry—Overtime tractor-3 furrow plough-threshing tackle etc on September 13th.

September 13th 1923

To be sold at Hill farm, Gestingthorpe, the live and dead stock—12 horses-Freisian cow in profit with calf at foot-4 waggons-2 scotch carts and tumbrils-self binder-shepherds hut-etc-6 hp Edington portable engine-set of threshing tackle by Garret, on Saturday 22nd of September.

September 27th 1923

To be sold at Truckett’s Hall farm by A.T.Grain by direction of J.Mann who is leaving the farm—19 horses-14 head of cows and steers-240 poultry-threshing tackle and tractor-Sanderson tractor recently overhauled at a cost of £100, on October 9th. Also the entire herd of pedigree Essex pigs to be sold by Messrs Taylor.

Another nasty accident occurred at Rodbridge corner on Wednesday afternoon when Miss Mayhew of Foxearth was driving a motor car from Sudbury to Borley when her car was in collision with a motor cycle ridden by Mr Charles Polley of Toleshunt d’Arcy, both drivers were unharmed.

September 27th 1923

On Tuesday afternoon whilst steam ploughing in a field at Glemsford belonging to Mr W.S.Goodchild a young man by some means caught his foot in the hind wheel of the plough with the result that it pinned him underneath the wheel and running up his leg and across his body and chest crushing him severely, as quickly as possible an ambulance was provided and he was hurried to St Leonards hospital in Sudbury where he died shortly after being admitted, he was a native of Haverhill and was employed by Messrs Baldock Brothers, he was only doing temporary duty whilst one of the men had tea, he had only been on the machine a few minutes.

October 4th 1923

At a meeting of Belchamp District Council the sanitary inspector reported that in cleaning out the pond in Belchamp Walter 216 loads of mud-2 loads of stone and 2 loads of old tins were removed therefrom, it was directed by the Council that a notice be placed near the pond warning the public not to throw refuse into the pond.

October 4th 1923

At an inquest on Horace Claydon aged 15 from Haverhill his father said his son was 15 years old and worked for Mr Baldock, his sight and hearing were excellent, Benjamin Cooper said he was foreman engine driver and on Tuesday evening he was working at Mill Hill farm, they had two traction engines, one each side of the field, they were connected to the steam plough, he heard a shout and looked down and saw Claydon lying on his back, he signalled the other driver to stop, it customary to have a boy on the plough and deceased was a big boy for his age. Accidental.

October 25th 1923

At a special meeting of the Stour Drainage Board it was decided to offer Mr W.B. Clark the engineer for the river £7 per week with expences.

November 1st 1923

At a meeting of Belchamp District Council the surveyor said with regard to the fence round the village pond at Belchamp Walter which was falling into decay that the tender from Mr G.H.Cadge at £16 and 10 ½ d be accepted for the erection of concrete posts and galvanised iron railings.

Golden wedding at Gestingthorpe. Mr and Mrs Samson Butcher celebrated 50 years of marriage at their home in Newhouse Cottages on the Halstead road, they married in 1873 and since they have lived in the same house, they brought up one son and seven daughters, Mr Butcher has been employed on the same farm all his life.

November 8th 1923

Thomas Firbank a labourer from Glemsford was summoned under the poaching act having eight rabbits in his possession and Charles Brown a flax worker was charged with aiding and abetting.
P.C. Digby said he was on duty at Skates Hill when he met the defendants with another man he did not recognise, after they had passed he could see Firbank was carrying rabbits and Brown’s pockets were bulging, he asked Firbank where he had got them from he replied “find out”, Sgt Hammond came up and Brown ran away with the other man across the allotments, he took possession of the rabbits and a spud Fairbank was carrying.

November 15th 1923

Glemsford. The memorial cross was unveiled at Glemsford by Sir Courtney Warner M.P., it carries the names of the men who gave their lives for their country. E.Alright—G.Bradnam—C.Brewster A.Brown—J.W.Byford—W.Chatters—W.A.Clarke—G.Clarke—G.W.Clarke—J.Cole—E.Cross—W.Debenham—S.Downs—C.F.Game—L.Goody—A.Hartley—G.Honeywood—W.Jossylin—E.Keefe—B.Oakley—F.Oakley—E.Piper—H.Playle—T.Pearman—A.Rutter—W.Slater—S.Smith—W.Sparham—A.Suttle—A.Twinn—G.A.Twinn—W.Twinn. Mr W.G.Fenn in thanksgiving for the safe return of his three sons kindly gave the site near the pleasure grounds.

November 15th 1923

A notice is to be erected near the drinking trough in Balllingdon forbidding the taking of water from it by steam waggons and traction engines.

At a meeting of the Sudbury branch of the National Farmers Union a resolution was passed that every effort should be made for a subsidy or bonus on home grown grain.

Thomas Firbank and Charles Brown were acquitted on the charge of poaching at Glemsford.

December 13th 1923

30 years ago. 25 men in Sudbury who have been without work for some time have been at work making a pit on Gallows Hill at Sudbury.