The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1893-1899 Suffolk & Essex Free Press newspaper archive

Jan.4th. 1893

There was entertainment at Pentlow school for the parents of children attending the school. A duet was sung by the Misses Fisher from Lyston, who also played the mandolin and guitar, Mr.James Sergeant.

March 1st. 1893.

The labourers of Belchamp Walter, came out on strike this morning owing to the farmers refusal to give them 11s a week, quite 50 men are standing off.

March 20th 1893

John Chinery, a labourer of Foxearth, was charged with carrying a gun without a licence. Def. pleaded guilty. J.W.Thornber of Sudbury prosecuted. Charles Chapman, said I am a gamekeeper and live at Pentlow, I saw def.on the road from Foxearth to Borley in a field, as soon as he saw me he got on to his own field. Def.said the field was three acres, for which he paid £ 8 a year for and it was no good if he did not scare vermin off of it as he had a large family to keep. Proved - fined £ 5 and 14s 6d costs. (Probably Belly Bones G.H.)

March 9th 1893

There was a fire at Borley Post Office on Saturday afternoon, the post office is run by William Theobald. Sudbury fire brigade were quickly on the scene but the thatched premises were quickly enveloped, the bakehouse and the Post Office were consumed by flames. The firemen remained for 6 hours, they were invited to partake of bread, cheese and beer. Some rough necks intruded on them and conflict ensued, Fire Officer Making resented the intrusion and very soon gave them a taste of his mettle so that they were glad to desist. Their conduct was disgraceful in interfering with the men doing their work.
The Post Office which belonged to Mr J.S.Gardiner, was insured, the stock belonging to Mr.Theobald was not.

June 28th. 1893.

The funeral of the Rev.Fisher, rector of Liston, took place last week.He had been rector of the village for 38 years. He took holy orders in 1853 after serving as a ensign in the Madras Light Infantry for 9 years.Liston was his first and only preferment.

June 28th. 1893.

Samuel Amos of Pauls, was killed when the horse he was riding slipped into a ditch, when the horse was removed, he was found to have a broken neck. Amos was employed by Mr. Thomas Eagle of Woodbarn.

Aug. 9th.1893.

In the picturesque little village church of St.Catherine's Lyston, the wedding took place between Angelo Fahie, of 84 Eaton Place, Monkstown, County Dublin, and Annie Elizabeth Campbell Lambert, daughter of John Campbell Lambert of Lyston and grand daughter of Capt.Richard Lambert, J.P. of Castle Lambert, County Galway, and of the late Robert Chambre Vaughan, J.P. of Burlton Hall, Shropshire. The bride was given away by her father, the best man was the bride's brother, Archibald Vaughan Campbell Lambert, there was a triumphal arch near the church.

Aug.30th. 1893

The death of Mrs. Macro, shopkeeper of Foxearth, was announced, she will be remembered for her kind and frugal ways.Heart disease was the cause of her death.

Oct.11th. 1893

Thomas Martin, a carrier of Otten Bel. was charged with ill treating a sow in Otten. Emily Davey, said I am the school mistress at the school in Otten, I saw def. beating a black and white sow in the road. Fined 5s. 11s.6d.costs

Nov.8th. 1893

The funeral took place of Will.Fancis Foster, aged 18, at Argeles De-Biggore in the Pyrenees. He was the son of the Rev J.F.Foster and grandson of the late Rev John Foster. He had been seriously ill for 9 months, he was removed from Foxearth and rallied for a time, but the disease gained a hold.

Dec. 1893.

The funeral of the Rev.J.M.St Clare Raymond of Belchamp Hall.

April 5th 1993

On Thursday an alarm of fire was brought to Sudbury by Mr David Ward of Foxearth Brewery, who summoned the captain of the Sudbury fire brigade, Mr Charles Wright, who soon gathered most of his men, and with the engine " well horsed" by Mr Will.Feakes of the Black Horse Inn, East Street, in about twenty minutes the brigade were on their way to the conflagration.
The news soon spread about the market amongst farmers and commercial men, and caused considerable excitement when it was known that it was on the farm of Mr Shepherd Ewer, of Weston Hall, Foxearth, who is well known in the town and neighbourhood, Mr Ewer had only arrived in Sudbury a short time when the news came. The brigade was quickly on its way to the spot. When about two miles out of town, heavy columns of smoke were discerned on the hill, but no flames were visible till Mr Brand's farm had been passed, and then it could be seen that two monster wheat stacks were burning. Some hundreds of people from Cavendish, Melford, Glemsford and other villages were gathered in the farm yard besides a large number of vechicles. It was rumoured that the Hall had been taken, but this proved untrue.When the Sudbury Fire Brigade arrived, the Cavendish Brigade under Capt.Chinery had been on the spot for three quarters of an hour, and had made a gallant fight with the flames, with the object of preventing the fire reaching the house. This is partly of lath and plaster. The Sudbury Brigade were soon in the " fray" and worked with a will, their large engine pouring heavy volumes of water on to the sheds around, there being plenty of water nearby. The fire broke out at about 3-30 pm, at the left corner of the " mixing" house, and about all the sheds and granaries etc. were burnt to the ground. The fire was very fierce while it lasted, and it can hardly be conceived that in so short a time so much destruction of property could have taken place. Some of the sheds were thatched and boarded but others were slated and it is no doubt, that owing to it being so dry that the flames so rapidly devoured the buildings. When Mr Ewer left home there were two men and a boy on the premises, but how the fire originated is at present one of the mysteries to be unfolded. The area of ground where the buildings stood is about two acres, and in the field about fifty yards, were the huge wheat stacks already alluded to, the produce of 30 acres, 60 combs of peas and 10 tons of " cake" were destroyed in the barn. Soon after 5 o'clock all danger to the house was over as everything was under the power of the Fire Brigades. Among the willing workers were Mr Lambert J.P. and his son from Liston, who helped clear the granary. Many of the neighbouring farmers had left their homes for Sudbury.
Those who were present at the fire worked like " niggers". Mrs Ewer was much frightened and worried, it was stated that as she was closing the windows of the Hall, the heavy fumes nearly suffocated her. The only livestock that were burnt were two fine calves, the pony and the cow being released by Mr Eldred. The buildings that were burnt to the ground were a large double shed in the bullock yard, with a long row of loose boxes, a large cow house, mixing place, riding and harness room, hen house, two large horse sheds, a very large barn and big stables, two wheat stacks, the produce of 30 acres, also machinery. Mr Ewer is unable to estimate the damage. P.C.Galley of Foxearth and P.C.Tuthill of the Suffolk Force attended. The farm is insured in the Royal Exchange. Mr Ewer with the Alliance. The farm belongs to Bury Hospital. Damage is estimated at £ 6000 to £ 7000.

April 5th 1893

Nearly the whole of the farm labourers of Walter Belchamp, are this week in enforced idleness. The fields are deserted, the farm buildings quiet, flocks and herds attended by the owners or strangers. The men and lads are leaning on the door posts or dicussing affairs with mine host at the " Bells". A labour dispute is raging, affecting about ten farms, half a dozen farmers and about 50 labourers. The masters are, Mr Firmin of Eyston Hall, where there are 7 men out, only one lad remaining at work, Mr Stunt of Monks farm, two men out and four at work,- Mr Deeks of Fish Farm, five men and a boy out, two at work,- Mr Brand, Clarks Farm, seven men out, and four at work.Mr Prigg, Crows, Larrets and Largess Farm, ten men out and two men, two boys and the engine driver at work. Belchamp Hall and St Mary Hall Farm, for both of which Mr Prigg, acts as farm manager for the Rev.St Clare Raymond, of the Hall, there are nine men out and two at work, Mr Hustler of White's also has his men out. Only one large employer of labour is paying the recent wage of 11 shillings a week and his men are at work.
At a meeting in the upstairs club room at the " Bells" public house, the chairman was Mr Sage of the N.A.U., he opened the proceedings by stating the facts of the case and the issues at stake. The vicar of Bulmer cum Belchamp, the Rev.A.F.Pelly, spoke, saying when he was curate of Belchamp, his heart ached many a time when he saw men with large families, he had puzzled how they managed. They all knew in their heart of hearts that this was a very bad time for the farmers and land owners.
Now knowing this, could they not find some mode of composing matters between the two parties, if there as anything he could do towards this end he would gladly do it.

Note:-According to A.F.Brown in his book " Meagre Harvest", published in 1990,
" 50 men from the Belchamps moved off to Carlisle to work on a rail extension, on one day in April 1873". From the same source, commenting on the Belchamp srike, " The local leaders called for no militant campaign to gain higher wages, but for a prolonged defence of existing wages, to have demanded increases would have provoked the kind of retaliation that finally crushed the union at Belchamp Walter".
Joseph Arch, addressing Belchamp Walter farmers during the 1893 dispute, said," if employers thought they could starve out good working men like Mr Pilgrim, they would find themselves mistaken. The union would support him, Mr Pilgrim happened to be a man who could figure, write and cast accounts, and the men said to him," will you be our branch secretary?, and because he was branch secretary, he was to be starved. He would not be starved because the union had more money than any farmer in Belchamp Walter". But it did not save Pilgrim," the secretary of Walter Belchamp was dimissed," for the unpardonable sin of being branch secretary", after being persecuted for a year. (G.H.).

January 1st 1894

A Sunday school treat was held in the school room at Foxearth, they were regaled with tea, cakes and buns. Certificates were issued to Sidney Galley, Amy Gridley, Frank Galley, Lizzie Brett, Ned Hurst, H.Chinnery, Lilley Galley, D.Byford and Charles Hurst.

January 31st 1894

Thomas Brown senior and George Brown, matt makers of Glemsford, were charged with coming off land at Foxearth. P.C.Galley of Foxearth, said he was on duty at Potters Hill, when he saw the defendants coming off land in the occupation of Charles Ray of Foxearth Hall, they had a dog with them, I said I will search you, and finding a gun on Thomas Brown, def.resisted, and I called for help. Harry Dade, gamekeeper for Col.Palmer of Liston Hall, said he remembered Galley calling for assistance. Thomas Brown said," I will not put any questions as it is no good questioning a liar," Fined 10s each and 10s 6d costs, the gun to be confiscated.

January 31st 1894

James Smith and John Deal, labourers of Walter Belchamp were charged for being on land in search of conies on Dec.
22nd, Charles Chapman, gamekeeper for Mr T.P.Brand, said they had sticks and were puggling rabbit holes. The chairman said they were foolish young men, and if caught again they would be severely punished. Case dismissed.

January 31st 1894

On Sunday last, the Rev.T.L.V.Simkin was inducted to the living of Belchamp Walter.

February 14th 1894

Advert----Wanted, up to 100 young lads to work in Yorkshire, preferably able to milk and plough.--Liberal wages and free rail pass. Apply Wm.Alexander Todd, Crown Brewery, York.

February 8th 1894

West Mill, Foxearth. To be sold by auction on March 2nd. Live and dead stock, 3 house cows, 2 heifers, 50 pigs, millers cart, etc. The effects of Mr Ambrose who is leaving the district.

March 7th 1894

Sale. The effects of Mr J.Orbell, who is in bankruptcy.
At Hoggs Farm, Pentlow, - 7 horses - 1 hackney - 2 cows - implements for 300 acres, by direction of the official receiver.

March 11th 1893

Foxearth. A narrow escape from serious injury occurred to a man named Hurst and two valuable horses on Wednesday last. The 12 o'clock passenger train was proceeding from Glemsford to Melford when it ran into the hind part of a tumbril which was crossing the line. The men were carting manure for Mr C.J.Ewer of Western Hall, the driver whistled frequently and the other man with Hurst shouted at him, fortunately only slight damage was done, the man might have been killed and also two valuable horses.

April 11th 1894

A well known character from Borley died last week. In David Felton the district has lost a very good man, besides being adept at catching rats and other vermin he was no mean hand at the veterinary business, if you had a cow, dog or pig ill, you called David Felton. A local chemist once said." old Felton is pretty well up in our secrets of the trade". The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, a large number being present.
Note:------Fred Chatters says Felton lived at Bardfield Cottages, also that the lane from the cottages up the hill was called locally " rat catchers lane". (G.H.)

August 18th 1894

The Lord Bishop of St Albans conducted what is believed to have been the first time at Pentlow, the confirmation service, in this pretty little church, there were more than twenty males and about twenty females confirmed from Pentlow, Foxearth, Borley and Liston.

March 30th 1894

THE BELCHAMP COLLECTION A sale of old masters and other valuable items took place at the Drill Hall, Sudbury, the property of the late Mr Raymond. China, delft and porcelain sold very well. A Gainsborough made £ 21 - A Constable (Dedham Lock) made £ 35, and several works by Vickers.

August 8th 1894

Mr Prigg of Walter Belchamp, sold some early red wheat to Mr Clover of Sudbury Water Mill, the quality is said to be good.

August 8th 1894

Sale of live and dead stock at Foxearth Hall Farm, for Charles Ray whose tenancy has expired. 12 good cart horses, 12 shorthorn cows, 1 shorthorn bull, 150 Suffolk ewes, 80 head of swine.

January 16th 1895

On Wednesday last, Belchamp St Pauls parish council held its first meeting. The Rev Saulez was elected chairman, Mr Charles Ray, vice chairman, other councillors - W.H.Eagle - James Smith - Walter Ward - William Wiffen - Robert Smith.

March 13th 1895

Joseph Copsey was charged with refusing to pay the poor rate at Foxearth, amounting to £ 5 10s. Mr David Ward,(overseer), said two half yearly rates were due. Ordered to pay due rates and 6s costs.

March 27th 1895

On Wednesday evening, an accident occurred at Walter Belchamp, resulting in the death of a young man, Albert Martin, aged 19 years, son of the landlady of the Prince of Wales. Deceased had been out scaring birds and perhaps shooting rats, he was returning home with a loaded gun in the cart, the weapon got displaced, he attempted to remove it when it exploded, the charge entering his body above the hips shattering his body. Much sympathy was expressed for his mother who lost her husband 12 months ago. Deceased was the eldest of 9 children.
Accidental Death.

May 31st 1895

Foxearth. House and shop to be sold by direction of the exors of the late Mrs Macro. - Warehouses - bakeries - piggeries - stables.

May 1st 1895


June 9th 1894

George Coote and Son are favoured with instructions to sell by auction, early in July, in numerous lots, the important Foxearth Brewery. Erected in the most substantial modern manner, with Brewery House, managers residence, extensive premises, beerhouse, gardens and paddocks, in occupation of Mr David Ward, under a repairing and insuring lease, having 15 years to run, from Lady Day next, when the entire property, with its accruing increment falls into the freeholder, thus rendering it an investment far superior to Consoles. Several small occupations, Model Dwellings, numerous cottages and gardens, Blacksmiths shop, etc. forming almost the entire pretty village of Foxearth.
The advowson and right of Patronage and Perpetual Presentation to the Rectory or Parish Church of Foxearth, with charming residence and grounds, a highly restored and beautifully adorned church, about 23 acres of Glebe Lands, and commuted tithe rent charge of £ 443 per annum, the age of the present Rector is ----- years.

August 1st 1894

We are pleased to hear that Messrs Ward and Son have purchased the well known freehold brewery at Foxearth, with managers residence, brewing house etc. by private treaty. The business was founded 13 years ago, since that time its ales and stouts have gained increasing popularity. The latest development being bottled ales and stouts with patent stoppers, which are sold at a moderate price and are in great demand.

June 6th 1894

George Coote and Son are favoured with with instructions from the trustees, to sell by auction in early July, in numerous lots, the valuable and first class farm known as " Carbonell's", containing about 131 acres of the richest deep staple free working arable and old pasture in the district, now occupied by Mr Charles Ray, a yearly tenant.

There are no copies of the Free Press for 1896

January 6th 1897

Two cottages belonging to Mrs Gooday at Belchamp St Pauls, were discovered to be on fire. Clare Fire Brigade were sent for and rendered valuable service by containing the fire, several cottages being in danger.

January 13th 1897

At Belchamp St Pauls, the vicar and Mrs Saulez gave all the school and choir a treat,(80) in all. With oranges, sweets, crackers and buns, there was a splendid Xmas tree and presents for all.

June 19th 1895

Cardinalls or Carbonells Farm, to be sold. A valuable compact farm, first class farm - superior modern residence. About 133 acres. Also valuable building land with several cottages, close to the rectory and church.

June 18th 1895

Cricket - Cavendish v Hundon. Cavendish batted first, scoring 97 runs. Pratt and Kendrick started the innings for Hundon, but on being given out l.b.w. by his own umpire, the visitors captain protested and refused to go on with the match.
Stumps were drawn accordingly. Cavendish 97 runs. Hundon 1 wkt -1 run.

September 25th 1895

On Tuesday the usual harvest festival was held in Foxearth church at 7-30 pm, to give the workmen a chance to be present, it was repeated on Sunday evening

September 25th 1895

Eli Cranfield, a labourer of Belchamp Walter, was charged with being drunk and disorderly on Sept. 14th. P.C.Scott said he saw the def.outside the Eight Bells, fighting with another man named Smith and refused to go home. Fined 2s 6d and 12s 6d costs.

October 9th 1895

Wanted - A horseman for off-hand farm, good house and garden, must have good character from last employer. Apply Mr T.P.Brand, Brook Hall, Foxearth.

November 25th 1895

Tuesday the 2nd of November, will long be remembered as a red letter day for people livng in the parish of Pentlow. A spring of water has at last been discovered, mainly through the efforts of the family living at Pentlow Hall, it is available for public use.
In the spring, Gataker, the water expert, was in the neighbourhood, and indicated five places where water could be found. A well was dug on a spot and a strata of chalk being struck giving a good supply of water.
When the pump was ready for use, Mrs Stoughton invited one member from each dwelling and all the school children to an opening ceremony.
Mrs Stoughton pumped the first pail, and two children pumped the second, it was tasted and pronounced very good. A plentiful meal was laid on in the school room. Funds are to be raised as there is still £ 12 outstanding. Expences of the well - £ 38-8s-8d. Proceeds from rumage sale and donations - £ 26 6s 6d.

December 4th 1895

The marriage of the Rev.Felix Pepys Bull, rector of Pentlow, took place recently, to Charlotte Phipson of Norwich.

December 4th 1895

Fred Boughton, of Foxearth, George Brewster and William Farrance, matt weavers of Glemsford, were charged with trespassing on land in occupation of Mr T.P.Brand of Foxearth. Charles Chapman, gamekeeper for Mr Brand, said he chased them but did not catch them but he saw them throw a ferret down a hole. Farrance was fined 5s and 5s 6d costs, Brewster was fined £ 1 and Boughten £ 1.

January 4th 1896

Suffolk Foxhounds met at Melford Hall on Saturday last. A large concourse of spectators were present, it is 25 years since there was a meet in the grounds of this historic mansion. The present occupier of the Hall, Mr Uzuelli, dipensed hospitality right royally, everyone being invited to partake of breakfast. At 11 o'clock the hunt moved off to Acton Wood. An unfortunate accident happened to Mr Row, jun.of Melford, when proceeding to the meet, his horse shied at something in the street and wheeled round sharply and bolted for home.
Mr Row was thrown on the way home, sustaining concussion of the brain. We are happy to announce that he is well.

April 22nd 1896

While cutting hay from a rick on a farm at Harrow, the hay cutter struck through a mans arm, the body was that of a working man and must have been there since the stack was built 12 months ago.
Whether he crawled in during the night and suffocated or he was covered up and built in without being observed, will remain a mystery.

September 1st 1896

On Sunday evening, Mr J.Turpin of Twinstead Hall, was driving his trap, when the mare was attacked by a swarm of wasps, they severely stung the horse which bolted, but Mr Turpin, with great presence of mind avoided an accident.

September 5th 1996

Crime at Pebmarsh. The victim was Mr Robert John Cockerill of Prestons Farm, Pebmarsh, who was steward to Mrs Colliss of Clay Hill or Branttons Farm, whos son was the perpetrator of the ghastly crime. It is known that Colliss threatened his sister, Mrs Turpin, the previous day. Colliss farms a small holding known as Valiants Farm and is about half a mile from his mothers farm.

January 29th 1897


April 21st 1897

Mary Ann Twichett, of Otten Belchamp was summoned for assaulting Elizaabeth Martin of the same place. Defendant pleaded guilty, saying she had only one witness and that was the one above. Both parties bound over and to share the costs.

May ? 1897

By auction in London on the 1st of June - Lavenham Sugar Beet Factory. The premises being near Lavenham station, is fitted with modern machinery and plant for beet sugar diffusion. The factory is the only one in England for making beet sugar, the land in the neighbourhood is suitable for growing beet sugar.

June 23rd 1897

Jubilee Festivities in Foxearth. The bells rang out merrily on Sunday last, large congregations were present at the church where the Rev Pressey preached two excellent sermons on the long and glorious reign of our beloved Queen. On Tuesday the day started as early as five o'clock with the bells pealing forth, signalizing the glorious reign with sixty ring " fires". The day was a general holiday, with the masters giving the men a present of money as well as a days pay. For a small parish like Foxearth it was a most loyal demonstration of affection and love for our Queen. The village was decorated with flags, banners, mottoes and flowers. At the brewery of Messrs Ward and Son, a very affective triumphal arch was erected, with flags and streamers floating in the breeze from the top of the brewery. At Mr Hensby's establishment, pretty flags were flown and several cottages were also gay with flags. Mrs Foster gave a treat to the old folk and women and children, consisting of a substantial meat tea. A capital display of fireworks closed a happy day.

August 11th 1897

Samuel Edwards, a labourer of Walter Belchamp, was charged with stealing tares and grass, valued at three pence, the property of James Edgar Hostler of the same place. Hostler said that the prisoner had been in his employ for about five years. P.C.Scott said he saw defendant coming from a field with a bag containing grass and tares.
Hostler said defendant came to my house and asked forgiveness. Fined 10 shillings.

August 18th 1897

A rare bird, a honey buzzard, was shot in Bull's Cross Wood, on the Edwardstone Estate, by a gamekeeper who mistook it for a pigeon. It is a perfect adult and can be seen in Mr Travis's shop, Bury.

August 25th 1897

We deeply regret to announce the death of Col.Frederick Palmer.J.P., who expired at his residence at Liston Hall, on Saturday morning at about quarter before six o'clock.
The deceased was formerly Colonel of the 2nd Battallion of Scots Guards.He was the only son of the late Sir Ralph Palmer, Chief Justice of Madras, by Margaret Eliza, daughter of Major General R.B.Pearson, C.B.
The deceased had for thirty years resided at Liston Hall, about three miles from Sudbury. He attended Divine Service on the 8th instant, but by the following Tuesday he became seriously unwell, Dr.Heresford was called in. The symptons however assuming a grave character, Dr Latham of London, subsequently attended the patient, and all that medical skill could avail was done, but the internal complaint was of so serious nature that he died as above stated to the great grief of his relatives and friends. He was 66 years of age. Some twenty five years or more, Lyston Hall was burnt down, and Col.Palmer who was occupying it, was very energetic in directing and assisting the efforts to extinquish the flames. The fine mansion which then belonged to Captain Lambert, was completely wrecked. It was entirely rebuilt, and we believe that the Colonel took a long lease on the estate. Col.Palmer was a most courteous gentleman, quite an officer of the old school, free from ostentation, kind and generous to his dependents and most charitable to the poor. He never married, his sisters lived at the Hall. He attended Hedingham bench where his presence and advise were highly valued. He was a member of the Board of Guardians at Sudbury. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon.
The courtege was announced to arrive at Lyston Church at three o'clock, but sometime before that there was a large congregation assembled both inside and outside the sacred edifice. The coffin, which had rested in the morning room at the Hall, which was converted into a chapel ardente, was placed on a bier and wheeled by the employees on the estate, the distance to the church being half a mile. Immediately following the remains were the deceased three sisters, Miss Palmer, Miss M.E. and Miss A.E.Palmer; Mrs Foster,(widow of the late rector of Foxearth), Col.the Honourable Vanneck,(Scots Guards), H.Turton-Norton and G. Biddulph, eqs., Col.C.Hay, the butler,(Mr Maxim),(Father of Doris Sandford, Fred Maxim and Winnie Chinnery,)(G.H.). lady's maid(Miss Hawes), housekeeper(Miss Judd), coachman King, and footman, F.W.Baker. The officiating clergy, Rev S.T.Fisher and the Rev.W.J.Pressey, rector of Foxearth, waited for the arrival of the courtege at the small gate of the churchyard, the former read the first portion of a beautiful service. The Rev Fisher said the concluding sentences, the coffin being lowered down the gradient into the brick vault.
Amongst the large congregation to pay a farewell tribute, were, Rev Sir William Hyde Parker, Bart, The Dowager Lady Hyde Parker, Mr Laurence Hyde Parker, Col.Travers, Lieut.Col.W.St George Burke, Major Barnidiston, Mr St Clare Raymond and numerous others. Beautiful floral tributes included one from Mr and Mrs Brand, from G.Newman and daughter, from Mrs George Palmer, Lady Hyde Parker and Mrs Battye. A thunderstorm broke out over the neighbourhod while the service was in progress.

August 25th 1897

Death of Thomas Prosser Hale, of Somerton Hall, Somerton. He was a large farmer and keen sportsman to whom coursing afforded great pleasure, he was owner of several valuable dogs.Deceased was only 49 years of age and married to a daughter of T.M.Golding a solicitor of Walsham le Willows.

October 13th 1987

The funeral of Mr Orlando Payne took place at Borley.
Mourners were, Miss E.M.Wood, daughter?, deceased's four sisters, Mrs H.Pyke, Miss J.Payne, Lizzie Payne, Emma Payne, D.Brand. Mr B.Gardiner,(brother in law), Miss Philips,(nurse). Wreaths included, the family from Borley, the Rodbridge scholars, Mr and Mrs Shepherd Ewer, Western Hall, and Liston scholars.

October 20th 1897

Sarah Pearsons, was charged with neglecting her children at Walter Belchamp. Defendant, wife of James Pearsons who was a hard working man who earned 11 shillings a week, lives in a cottage at Chappel Hill. Susan aged 12 years, Annie, aged 7 years and Jane had been neglected.-- 1 month hard labour.

November 17th 1897

Death of the Rev T.A.Parmenter at Otten Belchamp.
Mr Gooday of Belchamp St Pauls, has been picking strawberries.

December 1st 1897

A gale of hurricane force developed over Belchamp St Pauls on Sunday evening, causing a great deal of damage in the neighbourhood. A brick mill belonging to Mr Cornell was perfectly decapitated, the sails blown off and carried some distance, stacks were bared and tiles blown off.

December 22nd 1897

Correspondence from W.C.Parmenter of Belchamp Otten.
" I am sorry to state that my appeal for subscriptions to help the unfortunate miller of this parish who had his mill top blown off,(which will cost £ 120 to put right and quite beyond his power to meet,)has resulted in only one subscription,£ 10 from Mr S.J.Garret of Cavendish.
Will some kindly people assist this gentleman by adding to this."

January 5th 1898

There was a presentation to Supt.Elsey at Castle Hedingham police station, he received a beautiful oak liquer stand on his retirement. He served his county for 42 years and 10 years in the navy before that.

April 2nd 1845

To be sold by auction at the Cock Inn, Glemsford, on Friday, April 4th, 1845

7 substantial cottages at Foxearth, with gardens to each and 1© acres of good arable land adjoining on which are 13 large trees, stands and pollards. The cottages are in the several occupation of Thomas Chambers - John Gibbons - Thomas Gibbons - William Lee - Elizabeth Ferns - George Lee. Also Bury Hospital farm, late in occupation of Mary Adams.

July 2nd 1845

For sale - Mill Hill Farm, Glemsford. Valuable estate of 162 acres, the dwelling house is capacious and pleasantly situated on an emminence commanding extensive and picturesque views of the surrounding neighbourhood. The farm lies upon gentle declivities and is healthy for sheep. Annual rent - £ 200.

August 8th 1845

Larriots Farm, Walter Belchamp, for sale. 92 acres 1r 1p.
At the Six Bells Inn. The farm is at present in occupation of Mr Robert Raymond.
August 14th 1845.Sewells Farm Belchamp St Pauls. 26 acres 2r 31 p. Tower Windill, 2 enclosures of land comprising of 20 acres 32 p called Caven Field.

January 26th 1898

Daniel Plum of Pentlow, was charged with neglecting to slaughter a pig under the contagious diseases act. Inspector Jones said he paid a visit to defendant's premises and asked what he had done with the sow which he had purchased in Sudbury six days ago. Defendant said " I have got it in a tub". Witness said it should have been killed two days ago. Defendant said he received a paper when he bought the sow, but could not read or write.

January 26th 1898

Drunk at Belchamp. Alfred Dare, labourer of Walter Belchamp, was charged with being drunk in charge of a horse at Belchamp Walter. P.C.Scott said he found defendant lying in the road under a horse. Def.said he had been to the blacksmiths and went to the " Bells" public house. Fined £ 1 6d. 21s 6d costs.
Thomas Radley, labourer of the same place, was charged with the same offence. P.C.Scott said that the facts were the same as in the previous case, Scott said he refused to let the def.proceed as he was drunk, there upon def.put his fists up as if to strike him, def.denied this. Fined 7s.
with 13s 6d costs.

February 2nd 1898

Correction to our report last week under - Drunk at Belchamp. We said that the was Dare, it was Reeve, and both him and Radley came from Borley.

February 9th 1898

Susan Gibbons, aged 66 years, was charged with selling beer without a licence. P.S.Skingle, said acting on information received, I watched a house at Hickford Hill and saw many people go in and out. He searched the house and found a cask and some bottles also various records for beer delivered in January. Defendant said her husband was 76 years of age and only received 8 shillings a week.
Def.was sent to prison for 14 days. Def.said P.S.Skingle had better not whistle when he passes a certain house on Hickford Hill again. Casks to be returned to the brewer.

March 2nd 1898

Sale of brewing equipment at Henny Swan. Copper casks, cart, 2 cows and 2 heifers.

March 9th 1898

William Cutmore, labourer of Otten Belchamp, was charged with being in a stable for unlawful purposes at the Green Man, Otten Belchamp. P.S.Skingle said he saw foot prints in the dung leading to the stable. Prisoner said he had lain down to sleep. P.S.Skingle said that he said to the prisoner" I know what you have come in here for" as there was a mare pony in the stable. The prisoner then tried to get away.
The sergeant said he had inquired as to what was going on and he wanted to put a stop to it as he had seen the prisoner in the stable before on previous occasions. The chairman said he had no doubt he was there for unlawful purposes. 14 days imprisonment.

April 13th 1898

Sale at Gestingthorpe. Mrs Rayner's brick and pot works. 1st lot - brick and tile dwelling house and offices - 3 kilns and pipe and tile making equipment. Situated facing the road leading from Gestingthorpe to Halstead. Mr Balls started the proceedings saying that a syndicate was trying to get a light railway through Hedingham to Melford. Property was withdrawn at £ 500.

May 4th 1898

Ward and Son, brewers of Foxearth, were summoned for employing a young person under the age of 16 years named Harry Whittle, without obtaining a medical certificate. Ward and Son were also charged with employing another young person, Vivian Mayhew, after the hour of two o'clock on Saturday. Whittle said he worked from six in the morning till six in the evening. Mayhew said he worked until 2 o'clock on Saturdays and was 13 years old and earned 5s a week bottle washing.
Whittle said he earned 12s a week and was nearly 16 years old. Ward and Son were fined £ 7 7s 2d.

May 18th 1898

A meeting of Cavendish Football Club. Played 18 games won 11, drew 4, lost 3. Application to join Suffolk County Association was made. A presentation photograph of the 1897-98 team was made to Mr C.Hammond.

June 15th 1898

Houghton Hall, Cavendish, to be sold this day. An ancient residence in the centre of the farm. Superb buildings. 530 acres 2 rods 25 perches. 2 brick and tile cottages.

July 20th 1898

A memorial service was held at Foxearth on June 27th in memory of the Rev John Francis Foster, who entered in to his rest at Argeles-Gazost in the Pyrenees, where he had been Anglian Chaplain for the last 7 years.

August 3rd 1898

An inquest was held on Thomas Brand, aged 5 years, of Clarke's Farm, Belchamp Walter. Joseph Edmund Brand, said I live at Clarke's Farm, yesterday I was on my horse on the highway between Clarke's Farm and Fishers Farm, my little boy Thomas came to me and wanted a ride on my horse, my son Oliver, who is deaf and dumb, lifted him up and I got hold of him, the horse reared and we both fell off, he died soon after. Accidental Death.

August 24th 1898

Hedingham Petty Sessions. An application was received for a full licence for a beerhouse at Borley. Messrs Steed opposed, saying he did not want to say who he acted for but that they were leading inhabitants of Borley. Granted, subject to approval at the quarter sessions.

October 19th 1898

Conclusion of the first enquiry on regarding the Melford - Hedingham railway line, passing through Borley, part of Bulmer and Belchamp Walter and on to Yeldham. James S.Gardiner and Col.Burke opposed the building of the line, the Rev Bull and Mr J.St Clare Raymond considered it a good thing.

December 28th 1898

Gifts of warm petticoats were made to women over 60 at Otten Belchamp, 24 in number, also 16 old men over 60 years, received scarfs or mittens, these were gifts from Miss and Mr Nicholson. Married men earning nothing received gifts of 3cwt of coal. Mr Charles Nunn of the Hall, also distributed meat to his men. Mrs Nunn also made gifts to widows and the sick.

January 25th 1899

Sale of Glemsford Silk Factory.

February 23rd 1899

Proposal for rebuilding Acton church tower.

March 8th 1899

Josiah Downs of Gestingthorpe, was summoned for erecting a steam engine within 25 yards of the road, not being properly screened.
The chairman observed that the screen was often worse than the engine, but a waggon load of straw in front of thew engine was sufficient. Fined 2s 6d with 2s costs.

March 8th 1899

As Mr J.Twitchett of Ovington was driving his pony and cart down Pinch Hill, Bulmer, his back strap broke, letting the shafts down and breaking the pony's leg. The animal had to remain there until someone came to shoot it. It is a severe loss to the old man who is between 60 and 70 years.

March 22nd 1899

While returning from Sudbury, a trap driven by Mr F.Deanes of the George Hotel, Cavendish, in company with H.Clark, overturned near Pat Carter's plantation at Pentlow. Fortunately no damage was done.

March 22nd 1899

A fatal accident occurred at Cavendish on Friday last.
Deceased was employed by Mr Norton of Hooks Hall, Boxted.note:-(no names given) (G.H.).
The men were in charge of barn work being removed from Robbs Farm Cavendish. The deceased was riding the shaft horse while his mate rode the leader, they proceeded through the farmyard onto the highway, looking back the first man was horrified to see his partner stretched out in the road. The man lived until 12 that night, he had been married 12 months and leaves a widow and 1 child.

April 5th 1899

At Borley, on Easter Even, two weddings took place, the first bride was the daughter of the manager of Borley Mill, her bridegroom hailed from Melford. The other bride being the daughter of the shopkeeper and beerhouse keeper of Borley Green, her bridegroom coming from Belchamp Walter. (no names given) (G.H.).

April 12th 1899

At a meeting of the Vicar and church wardens at Belchamp St Pauls, instructions were given to Messrs Taylor of Loughborough to take down the church bells. The work was carried out by one of their bell hangers, Mr W.A.Tyler, last week, the five bells are being taken away to be restored.

June 28th 1899

Alfred Wicks, a labourer of Belchamp Walter, employed by Mr John Prigg, had a finger removed in an accident with a grass mower, two other fingers were damaged.

June 28th 1899

Charles Malyon, aged 34, a baker from Glemsford, was charged with driving a cart in Foxearth without a lighted lamp.
P.C.Brooks gave evidence. Defendant said laws in Essex differed from Suffolk. Fined 1s and 6s 6d costs.

July 19th 1899

Considerable excitement was caused in Cavendish on Saturday night when a pony belonging to Mr Addison of the White Horse Hotel, galloped up the street with only the shafts attached. The trap had been hired to drive a party to Sudbury in the afternoon. Several men set off at once to look for the occupants, but met them not more than a mile from home. It appeared that one of the men alighted to ease the load for the pony up a hill this side of Pentlow Street Farm. The cart still hung and the shafts broke, the pony making straight home.

July 19th 1899

At Wickhambrook and South Suffolk Show, held at Sudbury, T.P.Brand of Foxearth won reserve with a horse foal by Colonel V1, out of Foxearth Depper.

August 2nd 1899

A serious accident befell a lad named Fitch in the employ of Mr R.Allen of Houghton Hall, Cavendish. It appears the lad was entrusted with a pistol to frighten birds, while loading it by some means it exploded, severely damaging his thumb, Dr Waring found it necessary to amputate.

August 9th 1899

Firework display at Borley. The Rev.Suckling, brother of Miss Suckling of Borley Place, gave Borley people a treat. He ordered fireworks from London, squibs were doled out to the youngsters. A large crowd of people were highly delighted.

August 23rd 1899

Ezra Slater aged 20 years, of Glemsford.employed by Mr C.Ewer, was convicted of doing wilful damage to a stub at Foxearth. Harry Dade, gamekeeper to Mr Norton, gave evidence.

August 20th 1899

We regret to announce the death of Mr Joseph Stammers Garrett, J.P., which took place on Sunday night about 10-30, at his residence, Blacklands Hall, Cavendish, after a short illness. Mr Garrett, who was highly respected, was brought up as a farmer and malster, and was a merchant carrying on an extensive business for many years in Suffolk and Essex as well as London. The deceased gentleman bought Blacklands Hall Eastate in 1853 from Colonel Sir Ruggles Brise, C.B., and he resided there ever since. The late Sir William Hyde Parker had previously resided at the fine old Hall. Mr Garrett was one of the leading agriculturists in the district, farming extensively in Cavendish and the neighbourhood for 40 years.
He leased one farm from Mr J.G.W.Poley, of Boxted Hall, also one from the Right Honourable Earl Howe, besides hiring one from Mr Yellowly, making up a large and compact estate of 1.400 acres, 900 of which was his own freehold, most of it being first class land, the picturesque residence of Blacklands forming as it were, a centre. For many years until a quite a recent date, Mr Garrett carried on a large business as a malster, miller, and corn merchant, attending Mark Lane regulary on Friday's where he was a well known figure. He was equally well known at local markets and was considered a very shrewd man of business. He also carried on extensive maltings in London, he owned three maltings in Cavendish, one in Sudbury, and for some time hired one at Chilton, near the Maldon Grey.
When the projected scheme for the railway line from Sudbury to Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds was first brought out, he took a deep interest in this extension of the local railway system; indeed it was mainly by his persistent support, with the aid of other friends, that the new line became an accomplished fact. It was a great responsibilty at the time, but the late Mr Garrett never swerved or faltered in maintaining that the extension was necessary and would ultimately pay.
Fortunately, Mr Garrett's shrewdness was not at fault, and the railway extension proving most beneficial to the neighbourhood, and finacially sucessful. Mr Garrett was a staunch Nonconformist, ever ready to help the cause with his purse and his influence. He built the Congregational Chapel at Cavendish, which is a neat and commodious building, afterwards he presented a handsome organ for the use of the congregation. He built the fine lecture hall, which was used for the purposes of the British Schools. For the last quarter of a century, he has been a most ardent supporter of these schools, and there is little doubt that owing to his liberality and support in this way that the parish has been saved the expenses of a school board; he may indeed be said to have financed these schools during this long period. Mr Garrett was the owner of the Old Rectory at Cavendish, having purchased it from the late Mr E.F.Fisher, who resided there for some time. About five or six years ago, he handed over the maltings to his son, Mr S.J.Garrett. Up to the period when the late Mr Gladstone framed his Irish Home Rule Bill, Mr Garrett had always been a member of the Liberal Party, but he felt himself quite unable to follow Mr Gladstone on the Irish question, and did not hesitate to join the Liberal Unionist Party, to which he was attached up to the date of his death. Some years ago, Mr Garrett, was placed in the Commission of the Peace for the County, taking his seat at Melford and Clare Benches. He was what is termed " a wonderful man for his age", when he was over 80 attending markets and transacting his business and displaying his usual acumen.
However he became weaker, until at last he had to give up mercantile pursuits and the large estate was announced in our columns to be sold by that well known auctioneers, Messrs Balls and Balls of Castle Hedingham and Haverhill. Deceased who was of cheerful disposition and one of the best of fathers, was 86 years of age, and only predeceased his wife about five weeks. He leaves a family of five sons and seven daughters. The funeral takes place at Cavendish on Thursday at 2-30 pm.

September 27th 1899

For sale - Blacklands Hall, seat of noble Cavendish family. 932 acres 1 rod 1 perch.

October 4th 1899

Messrs Ward and Son, of Foxearth Brewery, gave their annual outing to their employees on Tuesday last, a trip to London was decided on. The party numbered thirty, visited the London Monument, Electric Railway, Regents Park, Zoological Gardens and the Greater Britian Exhibition, places of interest being pointed out en route. Breakfast was provided for the staff in the saloon carriage, especially reserved for the firm by the Great Eastern Railway Company through the kindness of Mr Gibbs, Station Master at Long Melford.
An excellent dinner was served at six o'clock pm, in the Exhibition.
Mr David Ward took the chair, supported by Mr W.H.A.Barnes, the brewer, whilst Mr T.Leggot occupied the vice-chair. Mr Barnes proposed the health and prosperity of Mr Ward and Mrs Ward senior, and success to the firm, which was enthusiastically recieved by employees with musical honours and three times three. Mr Ward ably responded. Mr Leggot eloquently proposed a vote of thanks and success to Mr Barnes for ably directing the party during the day, which was heartily received and responded to by Mr Barnes. The various entertainments in the exhibition were attended, especially the " water shute", and on the return journey, refreshments were again provided, and the time passed with songs.
The weather was all that could be desired, and a most enjoyable day was spent, thanks to the liberality of the firm.

October 4th 1899

The estates of Blacklands Hall and Houghton Hall, have been withdrawn from sale after failing to meet the reserve price.

October 11th 1899

Sale of William Byford's Suffolk horses announced.

October 4th 1899

On Sunday last, the annual harvest thanksgiving service at Borley took place, the church was tastefully decorated by the Misses Bull of the Rectory, the altar and the chancel especially looked very nice and a good collection of fruit was displayed in the window recesses.
The morning service was conducted by the Rector, Rev H.Bull, the service in the evening was heartily rendered by a good congregation, with the sermon being preached by the Rev W.Bankes-Williams, vicar of Acton. Mr E.Ambrose presided at the organ. Offertories throughout the day were devoted to the Society for Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts and St Leonards Hospital, Sudbury.