Beccles Newspapers 1870-1872 
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BECCLES NEWPAPERS 1870 - 1875
1870
East Suff Gaz, 4 Jan 

CHRISTMAS DAY AT THE UNION WORKHOUSE  The  Guardians of this Union  Rundly gave the
inmates their usual treat of roast beef and plum pudding, with vegetables, for their dinner; after which the
men were supplied with porter, pipes and tobaccoand the women and children with tea. Oranges, nuts,

sweets etc were distributed to the children, and young and old passed a very happy day. On Tuesday to
finish the festivities, a Christmas tree was provided, as in other years, by the kindness of friends. It was
well  hung  with  useful  things,  such  as  warm  scarves,  gloves,  mits,  cuffs,  handkerchiefs,  combs  and

brushes, knives and forks, scissors, shut - knives, boxes, trunks, dolls etc, with plenty of toys for the
younger ones. The schoolroom,  which  was gaily decorated for the occasion was filled  with eager and
happy faces. The tree having been stripped, several pieces were sung suitable for the season, and a good

large bun was given to each child. The recipients then retired, expressing their thanks by words as well as
looks.
EDUCATION: FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL Gymnasium

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East Suff Gaz, 4 Jan 

East Suff Gaz, 18 Jan 
East Suff Gaz, 18 Jan 
East Suff Gaz, 25 Jan 

BRIDGE: Committee set up to deal with Beccles Bridge and the magistrates etc
ASSEMBLY ROOM - plan for redocoration inside ( not done for 7 years) and outside
LICENCE of George and Dragon transferred from Won Collier to John Girling

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East Suff Gaz, 25 Jan 
East Suff Gaz, 25 Jan 
East Suff Gaz, 1 Feb 

BEER & WINE: William Thornton of Station Road to sell beer, foreign wine etc
POLICE COURT: 2 MEN charged by Mary Ann Ayers landlady of the Plough - dismissed
BANKRUPT: CHARLES GOLDSMITH, Sale of one fifth share from sale of the Plough of 2 dwellings

and gardens in Northgate
LEAVING TOWN: REV. JOHN YELLOLY
STAMP OFFICE: Mr Taylor leaving town. Mr Jarman appointed.

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East Suff Gaz, 15 Feb 
East Suff Gaz, 22 Feb 

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East Suff Gaz, 22 Feb 

DROWNING:  Narrow escape: Accident on the ice near Mr  Garrod’s Tannery, by which eight or ten
persons were thrown into the water. Mr AE King was engaged in teaching his son, a lad of about three
years of age, to skate, and ventured on a portion of the ice weakened by the hot water and steam issuing
from the Tannery, which consequently gave way and they were suddenly immersed in deep water. An

alarm  was raised and several other men were immersed in endeavouring to render assistance. Mr King
succeeded in keeping himself and his son above water until a wooden trough was pushed to him which he
grasped with one hand while supporting his son with the other. With the assistance of a young man,

George Wright, who gallantly plunged into the water, the sufferers were safely landed. Nearly a quarter of
an hour had  elapsed and the poor little fellow was insensible, but Dr Metcalfe was soon in attendance and
he was fortunately restored.

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East Suff Gaz, 1 Mar 
East Suff Gaz, 1 Mar 
East Suff Gaz, 15 Mar 

WATERWORKS BILL agreed to by Council after much discussion and argument.
BRIDGE: Corporation would not contribute towards the bridge.
EDUCATION: NATIONAL SCHOOLS:  Inspector’s Report. Boys’s School: The instruction is not yet

advanced; but it is  much improved since last year. I hope that at the next examination a  much  larger
proportion  of  the  boys  will  be  presented  above  the  third  standard.  The  order  is  very  creditable.  An
Admission Register is much needed. I have to report favourably of the teaching of the Assistant Master.

 
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Girls’ School. The School is in all respects in a vert satisfactory state of efficency.
DEATH: Mr John Lay, butcher, aged 76.
TO LET: Spacious Store Room 66ft x 23ft & a Granary 37ft x 23ft. The Buildings are Brick & Tile & in

East Suff Gaz, 22 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 15 Mar 

good repair. Situate alongside the River Waveney with Right of Wharfage. Rent clear of outgoings 16
pa. Apply William Woodroffe, builder, Beccles.
BANKRUPTCY of Charles Haddingham, Miller and Merchant, London Road

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East Suff Gaz, 29 Mar 

East Suff Gaz, 29 Mar 
East Suff Gaz, 29 Mar 
East Suff Gaz, 12 Apr 

DEATH: Mr Richard Shore of White Lion, Smallgate, aged 43
WATERWORKS: PARLIAMENT: Beccles Water Bill read a third time
FIRE at William Spear, Newmarket quickly put out

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East Suff Gaz, 12 Apr 
East Suff Gaz, 19 Apr 
East Suff Gaz, 26 Apr 

FISHING: Pike weighing eighteen and a quarter pounds caught by Alfred Darby.
BRIDGE: Norfolk & Suffolk both interested in improving the Bridge. Would Beccles contribute?
BRIDGE: Council agreed to contribute 500

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East Suff Gaz, 26 Apr 

ACCIDENT  TO  PIG: A pig purchased at sale of Messrs H & J Read being driven up Blyburgate ran
under the wheels of one of Mr John Crisp’s carts & was crushed to death.
DRAINAGE:  Opposition  to drainage  of  town  by  J  Crisp,  J  Edwin  Crisp,  WE  Crowfoot,  H  Sharpin,

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East Suff Gaz, 26 Apr 

Samuel Bland, Edward Buck, Richard Bohun, George Wright, Henry Stacey, Richard Thornton, FS Rix,
Talbot Johnston, Robert Ward, SW Rix, etc

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East Suff Gaz, 17 May 
East Suff Gaz, 17 May 

WATERWORKS: PARLIAMENT: Beccles Bill passed through Parliament
4th  SUFFOLK  ARTILLERY  VOLUNTEERS:  Mustering  40  on  Sunday  marched  to  Barsham  Church
with their Band. Rev RA Suckling, Chaplain to the Corps, preached

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East Suff Gaz, 17 May 
East Suff Gaz, 17 May 
East Suff Gaz, 24 May 

CORPORATION MARSHES: 320 acres let up to 20 December next. 770, or 200 less than last year.
DRAINAGE: Plans for the drainage of the town put forward by Mr Bruff. Great dissension in Council.
FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL: Headmaster appointed: Rev Henry St John Read, MA: Open Scholarship,

University College, Oxford. 1st Class Part 1; 2nd Class Part 2; in 1862.  Now senior assistant master at
Haileybury.
EAST  SUFFOLK  ELECTION:  Lord  Mahon  (Conservative)  3,456  (in  Beccles  141);  Sir  Alex  Shafto

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East Suff Gaz, 7 Jun 

Adair (Liberal) 3286 (in Beccles 212)
MURDER:  Girl  murdered  on  pathway  to  Ringsfield  Road  (known  as  Jordan’s  Loke)  from  Beccles.
Discovered at 2 am.

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East Suff Gaz, 7 Jun 
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East Suff Gaz, 21 Jun 

4th SUFFOLK RIFLE VOLUNTEERS: Gun Drill: Tuesday & Wednesday at 6.45 & 7.30 pm. Saturday
7.30 pm. General Parade 7.30 pm for Company Drill. Band to attend, Tunics & Battery Caps. The Range
will be open for the use of the Corps on Tuesday & Wednesday & on Saturday until 5 pm. RI Metcalfe,

Commandant; Lieut Read, officer.
14th  SUFFOLK  RIFLE  VOLUNTEERS:  Parade  7.15  pm  on  Monday  for  Company  &  Light  Infantry
Drill. New Shakos issued on Friday at 5 pm. Ball practice: Range on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

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East Suff Gaz, 21 Jun 

from 5 pm. Period Shooting from 5 pm on Saturday. CO WM Crowfoot, Lieut Read, officer.
DRAINAGE: Deputation to Town Council headed by WE Crowfoot aimed at curbing expenditure on
drainage. WE Crowfoot said that deaths in the town were the result of bad sewerage, but considered it

1870
East Suff Gaz, 5 Jul 

was merely the need to cover cess pits.
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DROWNING:  Mr  Stanford  &  CF  Parker  saved  four  men  from  drowning,  whose  boat  capsized  near

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East Suff Gaz, 19 Jul 
East Suff Gaz, 26 Jul 

Oulton Broad.
FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL: Presentation to Rev Hartley, 17 years in town, Also Centenary of School’s
existence. Nearly 60 boys on school list - about 40 of them Boarders. A handsome silver epergne costing

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East Suff Gaz, 26 Jul 

120, 2 ft high, presented by Arthur Peskett.
APPRENTICE  WANTED  as  out-door  apprentice  to  General  Drapery.  No  premium.  Apply  Samuel
Parkhouse.

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East Suff Gaz, 2 Aug 

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East Suff Gaz, 2 Aug 
East Suff Gaz, 9 Aug 

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COUNCIL: agreed to go ahead with some of the Drainage Scheme, appointed Committee to consider
details.

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East Suff Gaz, 9 Aug 
East Suff Gaz, 9 Aug 
East Suff Gaz, 16 Aug 

missing pages: trial of Jacob Ling for murder. He was acquitted.
FRANCO PRUSSIAN WAR
PRINTING WAYZGOOSE:  Caxton Printers:  40  men & apprentices set off at 8 am  in two-pair horse

conveyances from White Lion. Stop at half way house, arrived Suffolk Hotel at 10 am. Dinner there at 1
pm. Tea there at 6 pm. Left at 10 pm.
FATAL ACCIDENT: Robert West, a gardener, carting barley from a field owned by John Crisp abutting

1870
East Suff Gaz, 28 Aug 

London Road & Peddar’s Lane, fell from the wagon & was killed. The fall was no more than eight feet.
Broke his neck.
COUNCIL: to give 20 to repair of Church BELLS.

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East Suff Gaz, 13 Sep 
East Suff Gaz, 27 Sep 

BURGLARY: The Counting House at the Tannery of Messrs Garrod broken into. Mr AE King on going
there early in the morning found the place ransacked. Thieves found only nine shillings.
RAILWAY: More than 100 people went on cheap railway trip to London, Monday to Thursday.

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East Suff Gaz, 4 Oct 
East Suff Gaz, 11 Oct 

EVENING  CLASSES  for  men  &  youths  over  14  in  National  school  Room:  Reading,  Writing  &
Arithmetic by voluntary teachers. 2d a week, if it can be afforded.
TOWN CLOCK being given illuminated dials. Now one placed on the east side

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East Suff Gaz, 11 Oct 
East Suff Gaz, 18 Oct 

ELECTORAL ROLL: Burgess list revision: WW Garnham omitted. Said he resided within 15  miles of
Beccles and possessing a room in Manor House Lane, for which he received no rent and paid rates. Mr
Kent also. He occupied a place in Beccles two or three days a week. Both were allowed.

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East Suff Gaz, 18 Oct 

WORKING MEN’S INSTITUTE: second anniversary. Small attendance. WW Garnham had given them
the room for the Institution.
WATERWORKS: struck copious water in their well at 80 ft.

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East Suff Gaz, 25 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 25 Oct 

Beccles Bridge: Cost would be 5,000. Waveney Valley Navigation offered 1,100, Beccles Corporation
500. Cost would be 3,500 between Norfolk & Suffolk. Inconvenience caused by bend in road at its two
extremities. Norfolk City Magistrates did not recommend such an expenditure.

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Adaire of Flixton advocated concrete bridge with iron girders for strengthening, like Homersfield
OLD MARKET: Bear & Bells: Landlord William Barber.
COUNCIL: Mr J Mayhew re-elected Mayor.

East Suff Gaz, 1 Nov 
East Suff Gaz, 15 Nov 

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East Suff Gaz, 20 Nov 
East Suff Gaz, 6 Dec 
East Suff Gaz, 20 Dec 

RAVENSMERE: Plough Inn: Mary Ayers, landlady. Drawing liquor before 4 am on Monday morning.
LIQUIDATION: Horsley & Son in Liquidation. Paying ten shillings in the pound.
missing papers: 20 December 1870 - 3 January 1871 inclusive.

EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1871

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East Suff Gaz, 24 Jan 
East Suff Gaz, 31 Jan 
East Suff Gaz, 7 Feb 

COUNCIL: Alfred Kent resigned from Council
COUNCIL ELECTION: Mr W Stanford elected, majority of 29 over Mr S Parkhouse.
EMIGRANTS:  Notice  to  intending  emigrants:  The  USA  &  Canadian  Emigration  &  Banking  Agency

furnish free of charge every information and advice and employment on arrival for  mechanics, clerks,
drapers, agriculturists and others able to pay their fares.
SOUP KITCHEN: During the last three weeks 300 families had been relieved three times a week. [40

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East Suff Gaz, 14 Feb 

had previously been given by the Council]; a further 20 was voted. [Total cost so far was 44.]
COUNCIL: agree to contract of Mr Acock of 734 to complete No 2 sewer in the town.
BECCLES ACADEMY: one of the Masters, Arthur Gayfer,  passed exam for Dublin University.

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East Suff Gaz, 28 Mar 
East Suff Gaz, 18 Apr 

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East Suff Gaz, 18 Apr 

BRIDGE:  Suffolk  refused  to  consider  a  new  bridge  any  further  on  account  of  its  expense.  Norfolk
magistrates then came to the same conclusion.
COUNCIL:  Oziers  to  be  disposed  of  on  Council  land.  To  be sold  at  1s  6d or  1s  9d  a  bundle  to  Mr

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East Suff Gaz, 18 Apr 

Markwell.
COUNCIL: agreed to sell two swans to Mr Hunter for 1- 1s
MANOR OF BECCLES: Council to consider purchase of Manor of Beccles.

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East Suff Gaz, 18 Apr 
East Suff Gaz, 18 Apr 

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East Suff Gaz, 2 May 

IRON WORKS: Ingate Iron Works: William Elliott, Engineer, Millwright, Agricultural Machinist, Iron &
Brass Founder. Manufacturer of improved safety steam generators & high pressure engines.
Head Man Wanted: Wages 1s per week above day wages, with free house.
WORKHOUSE:  Election of Master & Matron. Master 70 pa, Matron 20 pa. with board, lodging &

 
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East Suff Gaz, 2 May 

washing. Man & wife without encumbrance.
WATERWORKS Shares: details
CIVIL SERVICE EXAM: passed Indian Civil Service Exam: SS Jones, son of late Headmaster of Leman

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East Suff Gaz, 2 May 
East Suff Gaz, 2 May 

School, for some time a pupil at the Fauconberge School under AO Hartley
COUNCIL: Watering the Streets: Experiment for one month agreed.
SALE: William Jecks sells household furniture at Arnold House, Lowestoft. Moved to Kirkley.

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East Suff Gaz, 9 May 
East Suff Gaz, 30 May 

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East Suff Gaz, 6 Jun 

WORKHOUSE: Mr H Stammers elected to be Master of Wangford Union in place of Mr H Butcher, who
has resigned through ill health. Stammers schoolmaster there for six years.
TO  LET:  Two  houses  in  Station  Road.  Apply  WW  Woodroffe,  builder  near  Northgate  or  Mr  Henry

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East Suff Gaz, 6 Jun 

Cutting, Station Road.
COUNCIL: Contract for Sewer Two signed and seal affixed.
COUNCIL: SEWER TWO: Commencement can be seen on Marsh on the left hand side of the Avenue as

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East Suff Gaz, 13 Jun 
East Suff Gaz, 5 Jul 

the visitor passes to the Common.
RAILWAY: Over 70 trains pass through Beccles Station every day.
AGRICULTURAL SHOW: First visit in its 41 year history. Men of town and neighbourhood came up

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East Suff Gaz, 5 Jul 
East Suff Gaz, Jul 

with subscriptions and special prizes. Supplemented by Horticultural & Poultry Shows.
Show given contributions of 450: 100 from Council; 10 gns from John Crisp; 10 each from Gurney,
Lacon, Garrod Bros, Thornton etc. & others 5.

 
 
 
 

Samuel Darby erected required shedding for 84 & built grandstand by the horsering. (he paid 2 for the
right) 
Agricultural Show held on the Common. In the centre of which is a plantation [Boney’s Island] covering

 
 
 
 

several  acres,  which  is  intersected  with  neat  gravel  paths  and  forms  an  agreeable  promenade  in  the
summer, This is on the north side of the Show. Approached by gravel walk a quarter of a mile long with
handsome gates and palisading at each end. On either side there is a neat edging of grass and a well-kept

flower bed planted with trees, flowers and shrubs. A large dyke in which are a number of fine swans,
intersects the path at about two thirds of its length and is crossed by an iron bridge. At the entrance is a
pretty octagonal arbour and two others of different shape at the end.

 
 

On a passenger alighting at the Railway Station a few yards brought him to the entrance to the Avenue,
where a hut was erected for the purpose of taking tickets.

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From the entrance he appearance was picturesque and animated. On the right, on a piece of level meadow
land, were the beautiful  marquees in which the Horticultural and Poultry Shows were held, with flags
floating gaily in the breeze from their summits. Looking beyond the broad Avenue, with a row of flags on

either side, were long rows of shedding standing out in bold relief from the umbrageous background of
the plantation, with the neater tents for the judges and secretary and refreshment booths towering above.
There  was  a  shed  for  cattle  90  ft  long,  next  to  this  the  32  lb  cannon  of  the  4th  Suffolk  Artillery

 
 

Volunteers, from which floated a large Royal Standard. Another double row of shedding with stalls for
bullocks, riding horses and cattle 270 ft long. At the back pens for sheep and pigs 360 ft long, a water
tank and a few more stalls for the bullocks

 
 

The stalls for riding horses, at the upper end of the ground, a single row of stalls 260 ft, a double row 230
ft and another single row of 220 ft. Near the centre of the ground were refreshment booths and ladies’
cloaks. Refreshments by Messrs Snowden, Beccles. In the centre the Riding Horsering 40 yards by 120

yards with a grandstand for 600 people at prices of 1 or 2 shillings. There were hurdles and water jumps
of 12 ft. and a platform for the Band near the centre.
On  the  left:  stalls  for  agricultural  horses  450  ft  by  250  ft,  and  carriages  and  heavier  agricultural

 
 

implements.
DECORATIONS FOR THE SHOW: In Station Road there were 14 arches at intervals of 25 yards down
the whole length of the road, with flags and greenery. In Ballygate a neat little arch of evergreens spanned

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East Suff Gaz, Jul 

the entrance to EJ Crisp’s grounds and further on at the entrance to St Mary’s, at the brow of the hill
leading into the town from Bungay, Rev St john Reade had erected a very neat arch, dressed with pretty
contrasting sprigs of laurel and fir. On it were three inscriptions in white letters on a red ground, more

classical and appropriate than intelligible to the majority of those who looked at it.
In the Old Market, Mr Barber at the Bear and  Bells had two flags and in Hungate Mr Ward & Kent had
the prettiest arch.

 
 

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East Suff Gaz, 25 Jul 
East Suff Gaz, 1 Aug 
East Suff Gaz, 8 Aug 

LICENCE: Spread Eagle from William Goffin to Charles Roper.
TOWN CLOCK struck 200 or 300 instead of 11 at 11 pm. The Parish Clerk stopped it.
WORKS OUTING for men of Garrod’s Tannery.  Craft lent by Messrs J Crisp. 65 men started at 6 am for

Oulton with the Band of the 14th Suffolk Rifle Volunteers. Returned to Beccles at 10 pm. They watched
Oulton Regatta.
WORKHOUSE at Shipmeadow: 63 boys and girls with the Master and Matron and the schoolmaster and

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East Suff Gaz, 15 Aug 

his wife to  Lowestoft. A subscription for the cost organized by the Mayors of Beccles (J Mayhew) &
Bungay. Had a bathe in the sea, afterwards a sail out, a substantial dinner in a tent on the beach and a
good tea, returning home by the 6.25 train.

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East Suff Gaz, 15 Aug 

THORNTON  BREWERY  OUTING: 30  men in a wherry to Oulton Broad. Roast and boiled meats for
dinner. Sailed over Broad. Started for home at 6 pm. Arrived home at midnight.
REGATTA: Breeze from the south east. Hot.

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East Suff Gaz, 15 Aug 
East Suff Gaz, 15 Aug 

LAWSUIT: Richard Bohun [16 Ballygate] against William Beckett, butcher [20 Ballygate] for allowing
slaughter house, with blood put in a muck bin etc, so that it was injurious to health.
Richard Bohun: “ I live in Ballygate near the premises. He suffered from a severe smell. The stench was a

 
 

serious nuisance and the house was poisoned by it. Inspector Cole was also Inspector of Nuisances: I
inspected the premises on Friday 28 July. There was nothing to complain of in the slaughter House, but
several pigs were kept in a court, and beyond there was a blood pit, which contained a great quantity of

blood, almost three quarters full and into it thrown two or three bushels of fresh grain. The blood was in
an  advanced  stage  of  decomposition  and  the  pigs  had  been  fed  from  it,  the  trough  and  floor  being
saturated as well as the pigs. The smell  was most dreadful and I had to go away to get some fresh air

before I could see what I wanted.
On the 31st of July there was not so much blood in the pit and the pigs were not so dirty. In the muck bin
there  was  a  great deal  of  filth,  which  had  been  emptied  from  the  stomachs  of  the  animals  and  were

 
 

smelling very high. The muckbin was full and had laid there some time.
 SW Rix said he lived on the opposite side of the road and suffered from the smells. Six weeks ago he was
called into one of the bedrooms next the street, and on opening one of the windows, there came in such a

 
 

stench as he hoped he should never smell again. He would have rather sat up all night than slept in that
room. Mr Jordan had taken great pains to prevent smells. James Mullett [4 Ballygate] said the smell was
intolerable. Mr Beckett’s premise were to the west. Mr Kerrison [23 Ballygate] gave similar evidence. Mr

Fiske [25 Ballygate] the same. 
Mr  Beckett:  “There  is  a  paved  yard  at  the  back  of  my  house  [20  Ballygate],  with  a  fall  of  four  feet
towards the garden. I have a flagged slaughter house, which is limewashed once a month and when the

 
 
 
 
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killing is done it is washed down. Adjoining the slaughter house there is a tank which will hold 12 pails of
blood. We mix the grain with this blood & the pigs devour it faster than I can get it. There were two
bullocks and a calf killed yesterday and the blood will all be eaten by tonight. The muck bin is at the

further end of the yard & the entrails when thrown  into the bin are covered with stable  muck. In the
middle of this bin there is a pump by which liquid matter is taken away before it becomes disagreeable.
The muck bin is cleared out every full moon: men come with a water cart at 11 o’clock at night and the

whole thing is done by 5 the next morning and everything cleaned up. The pig sty is white washed once a
fortnight. There is no other way of emptying cesspools than carrying it away in carts. The place was not
emptied until two days after the usual time last month because the men were busy with the hay.”

 
 

The Magistrates: The muck bin is to be emptied at once and in future emptied every seven days. If the
nuisance continued the slaughter house would have to be moved elsewhere.
DEATH of last Tontine bond holder. Lapsed. Dated July 1786. 31 pa extra to the Council.

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East Suff Gaz, 17 Oct 
East Suff Gaz, 17 Oct 
East Suff Gaz, 31 Oct 

ELECTORAL ROLL: New Burgess list: 865 people.
COUNCIL: No 2 Sewer completed. Total sum 924-19s-1d
BAPTIST CHAPEL: Rev J Blake to be Pastor.

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East Suff Gaz, 7 Nov 

RECTOR’S  SUICIDE:  It  would  be  difficult  to  describe  the  mingled  feelings  of  surprise  and  horror
excited  by  the  sad  report  which  was  whispered  at  every  breakfast  table  in  the  town  on  Wednesday
morning.  Seldom  has  such  a  gloom  been  cast  over  the  town,  and  the  rumour  was  at  first  deemed

incredible. It had long been the habit of the Revd. gentleman to retire to his room and pursue his studies
for some hours after the other members of his family had gone to bed. On Tuesday evening, he attended a
meeting of the National School committee, when he appeared to be in his usual health and spirits. He then

returned home, conducted family prayer as usual, and went to his study, while the remainder of the family
retired to rest. Nothing was heard of him during the night. The next morning, Mrs. Johnson, on awaking,
was surprised and alarmed at the discovery that her husband had not been to bed...”

 
 

The  Parish  Clerk  was  sent  for.  He  found  the study door  locked  and broke  two  panes  of glass  in  the
window of the room. The Rector had hanged himself.
Dr. W. M. Crowfoot was the principal witness at the Inquest, when the Jury found that the deceased had

 
 

committed suicide in a fit of temporary insanity, caused by over-work.
He was 57 years old and had been Rector for 16 years. He spent some years as a Missionary in Ceylon
and was at one time a  member of the Wesleyan Church. The living is worth 370 pa. Rev Hollond of

 
 

Benhall is patron.
RECTOR’S SUICIDE:  Headmaster of National School, Mr WM Anderson, who was a witness at the
Inquest wrote to the paper:

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East Suff Gaz, 14 Nov 
 
 

The conversation with the Rector related to John Barrell, the assistant master at the National School. On
Tuesday 31st, Barrell was brought before WE Crowfoot, magistrate, charged with wandering about the
streets of Lowestoft at midnight. He was discharged. He came to see me and from his conversation and

threat to commit suicide, I decided he was insane. I went to see the Rector, who said I should inform a
Magistrate, who had  him put under restraint.
Isaiah Copeman, butcher, taken premises in Blyburgate, recently occupied by Robert Reeve & for many

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East Suff Gaz 21 Nov 

years in the occupation of Robert Copeman.
EMIGRATION: ‘Alan Line’ to America. Mail steamships from Liverpool every Thursday to New York -
Cabin passages 18-18s; & 15-15s; Intermediate 9-9s including beds, bedding & utensils, dining and

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East Suff Gaz, 21 Nov 

sleeping apart from steerage. Steerage passengers 6-6s.
WEATHER: Heavy fall of snow on Sunday evening.
SCHOOL BOARD to be formed. Unanimous decision at meeting chaired by Rev St John Reade

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East Suff Gaz, 5 Dec 
East Suff Gaz, 5 Dec 

1871
East Suff Gaz, 12 Dec 

WEATHER: River Frozen. The floods on the Marshes provided a fine opportunity for skating. The roads
are in a frightfully dangerous condition. On Friday last, a horse attached to a waggon, while coming over
the Bridge into the town, fell down broadside on the road. Being an aged animal it was too exhausted to

rise, and had ultimately to be killed. Heavy loads of corn are continually being brought into the town, and
when a waggon reaches the crest of the bridge, the incline is so severe that it comes down with a run, to
the imminent danger of any vehicle which may be coming from the opposite direction ... when three or

four accidents of this kind have occurred we suppose the necessity of anew bridge will be recognised.
RECTOR’S WIDOW: Presentation to Mrs Johnston, widow of the Rector, of collection of  money by
Churchwardens etc of 324-11s-6d as a tribute.

1871
East Suff Gaz, 12 Dec 
1871
East Suff Gaz, 19 Dec 

FIRE in chimney of Mr Watson in Smallgate [15 Smallgate]. As  Mr Tilney’s premises [17 Smallgate],
where a considerable amount of gunpowder is stored adjoin - some alarm was felt lest the burning flakes
of soot, which fell thickly, might extend the fire beyond the flue, Superintendent Gobbett used the Water

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Company’s turncock & hose to hydrant and within seven minutes of summons water was thrown on the
blazing chimney top and extinguished.
RAILWAY TICKET: The case against Surgeon Dentist Mr Neep, accused of not having a ticket on a

1871
East Suff Gaz, 28 Dec 
train journey. Found not guilty.
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EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1872
1872
East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 

CHURCH   OF   ENGLAND   Young   men’s   Institute:   decided   to   dissolve   it.   Better   without   any
denomination.
READING ROOM & LITERARY INSTITUTE to be formed - a new society

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 9 Jan 

PRIMITIVE METHODISTS: Chair taken by Mr Masters. Rev Joseph Blake, Pastor of the Baptist Church
spoke: sympathy for their ideas.
WORLINGHAM  BELLS:  First time rung since their restoration. Sir Charles Clarke & Churchwardens

1872
East Suff Gaz 16 Jan 

provided funds. Bells re-hung in oak frame etc. New floor. Work done by George Day of Eye. Ringing by
the Beccles Company.
DEATH: Sarah Steel, wife of Samuel Steel, aged 50.

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 16 Jan 

East Suff Gaz 30 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 30 Jan 

BANKRUPTCY of Horsley & Sons, coachbuilders. To pay 3s 6d in the .
BREWERY of Messrs Thornton: Workmen’s dinner at the Marquis of Granby provided by Mark Mills.
50 sat down. Chair taken by RB Snowden.

1872

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 30 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 13 Feb 

RECTOR: Why has no Rector been appointed? We have not got a Curate either.
RAILWAY COLLISION: The Leiston branch train standing on the station on the up line, waiting for the
8 o’clock down train from Ipswich in order to proceed to Aldeburgh - run into by special ballast train at

full speed. Engines etc damaged. “line of rails not much damaged, so that with the efficient help of Mr
Bent and his staff of men the traffic was not long delayed.”
COURT: Mr Neep, surgeon dentist, accused of suborning witnesses in his previous trial about not paying

1872
East Suff Gaz 20 Feb 

for his train fare. Case sent to Assizes.
COMMISSIONER OF OATHS: Mr Alfred Kent of firm of Kent & Clowes Smith, solicitors.
TO BE LET: Old established Stone Mason’s in Northgate. Apply HJ Kerrison

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 20 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 12 Mar 

1872
East Suff Gaz 19 Mar 

IRON WORKS: J Oldrin taken Old Market Iron Works, old established Engineer, Agricultural Machinist,
Iron & Brass Founder & General Smith.
SMALLPOX: One family has smallpox. Two daughters died some time ago, the father & son moved to a
house at the other end of the town, both died last week.

1872
East Suff Gaz 19 Mar 

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 19 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 26 Mar 

BANK HOLIDAYS ACT accepted in Beccles.
SCHOOLS: BOARDING & DAY: London Road, conducted by Miss Garrard: sound English education,
accomplishments, good moral training & home comforts.

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 2 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 9 Apr 

pages missing
DEATH: Sudden death of Mr George Whincup, aged 70, driving a bullock to Messrs Read’s sale fell
down  dead  near  Mr  Cooper’s  Mill  on  Ellough  Road.  Left  Willingham  at  10am  with  his  Grandson.

Evidence of Mrs Louisa Brown: “I live at Willingham. I was returning from Beccles. He came up as if he
would speak, he was leaning on his stick and seemed to be staggering. When he got within a yard of the
pony I was driving he fell down. I have known him for about fifty years.”

1872
East Suff Gaz 16 Apr 

SMALLPOX: Death of 2 men, Wilson. 2 women also died. The man left the house in Puddingmoor after
the death of the woman and went to the house where they subsequently died. After the death of the men
the women went back to their old house carrying the infection.

1872
East Suff Gaz 28 Apr 

SUICIDE: by hanging of Mrs Peck, aged 64, wife of Samuel Peck, beer house keeper, Saltgate. Unsettled
since the suicide of Talbot Johnson [the Rector, who lived nearby] had religious mania - thought she had
taken the Sacrament unworthily. Hanged herself in the cellar. [listed in Puddingmoor in 1871  (number

313)]
ACCIDENT: Workman on Waterworks in Ringsfield Road, fell into a reservoir, 13ft deep, more or less
empty

1872
East Suff Gaz 14 May 
1872
East Suff Gaz 21 May 

FAIR: The annual Stock & ‘Pleasure Fair’ was held on Monday. The Stock Fair was held as usual on the
Common, and the Pleasure Fair, which consisted of the usual swinging boats, steam horses etc in the
Newmarket.

1872
East Suff Gaz 21 May 

RAILWAY  EXCURSIONS:  On Saturday to London, return tickets extending over four days. Also ran
first excursion of Season to Lowestoft & Yarmouth. First of a series on Mondays & Thursdays throughout
the Summer.

1872
East Suff Gaz 21 May 

DROWNING: boy Knights, aged 6, son of a wherryman, who lived in Northgate drowned, fell into the
River. Father George Knights; Mother, Harriet Knights: “There are 2 steps to the River at the end of the
lane where my house is situated” [They lived in Thurlow’s Yard, Northgate in 1861 & 1871]  Witness,

his brother, Arthur aged 9: “On Monday evening I & a boy named Wiggett [He also lived in Thurlow’s
Yard] were playing opposite my father’s house. I saw my brother in a boat, pulling up the chain attached.

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I had seen him before that time rowing towards a wherry, about ten yards distant. I last saw him in the
boat a few yards from the wherry. He could row, and used often to get into the boat. About ten minutes  
after that I heard a boy named Ward [also lived in Thurlow’s Yard] say the boat was half way across the

river, empty. I looked and my brother was not in the boat. I went & told my father, who came at once.
The body was found directly with the creepers [things to drag the bottom of the river.”
RECTOR:  Rev  Frederick  Francis  Tracy,  MA,  late  of  St  Pancras,  Chichester,  appointed  Rector  of  

1872
East Suff Gaz 21 May 

Beccles. Officiated for the first time on Sunday.
MAINTENANCE OF THE POOR : The Parish of Beccles, during the half year contributed to the Poor
1,227. The number of indoor paupers 119; out-door paupers, 374. Contribution of Beccles 754 & also

1872
East Suff Gaz 4 Jun 

the County Rate 35. Rateable Value of parish is 14,781.
A servant in the employ of Mrs Collins, grocer, was engaged in some household work, 7 was standing on
the top of the copper, when she, stepping on a piece of soap, slipped and fell into the copper, the water in

1872
East Suff Gaz 4 Jun 

which was nearly at boiling point. Of course the girl screamed out, & Mrs Collins, who was near, rushed
into the kitchen, and lost no time in rescuing the girl from her perilous position, when she found the poor
girl’s legs were scalded, but fortunately not severely.

1872
1872 ?East Suff Gaz 11 Jun 

East Suff Gaz 18 Jun 

TO BE LET: Two furnished apartments. Apply Mrs Thornton, Northgate
On Sunday afternoon about 3pm a boat was hired from John Mills, waterman, Northgate [Fen Lane] by a
party of five: Mrs Nelly Gardiner, Miss Kitty Press (classed as “unfortunates” & three men, Walter West,

fisherman, Barsham, Harry Newson & William Clarke, employed at the Tannery, Beccles, all of whom
were worse for drink.
Imprudently enough, the wind being very strong & blowing in sudden & dangerous gusts, they hoisted a

 
 

sail, and when  in one mile reach a sudden gust of wind upset the boat, throwing the whole party in the
water. A young man Henry Shiplee, who was in the boat not far from the scene of the accident, quickly
rowed to the spot & succeeded in rescuing the woman Gardiner. Clark, who could swim well, swam on

shore, and with his assistance Newson, who was an indifferent swimmer, also reached the bank, but the
man West and the woman Press, sank.
It is stated that the man West, who had for some time on a fishing voyage, in which he had been pretty

 
 

successful, had been about Beccles for a week without going to his own home, and had been spending his
hardly earned money in dissipation.
NATIONAL SCHOOL: Meeting concerning National School decide to keep it as a church school.

1872
 

East Suff Gaz 10 Jul 
 

WE Crowfoot: About 60 years ago a few ladies in the town, with the sanction of the Rector, hired two
small cottages almost opposite this room  [the girls’ National  Schoolroom in Ravensmere]  which they
knocked into one room and there educated 30 or 40 children. This went on for several years, numbers

increased. The Corporation & the Feoffees lent one room for boys and another for girls. This lasted until
1837. 500 was raised and rooms were built [the National Schools buildings in Newgate.]. At the same
time the British Schools were founded [the Non-Conformist schools]. In 1867 the present schools were

built at a cost of 2,000 & could accommodate 400 children.
LEMAN SCHOOL: “Considering that of the fifty free boys in attendance, 44 are the sons of tradesmen
residing in the town; it is from this fact, that the Leman School is worthy of some recognition on the part

1872
East Suff Gaz 30 Jul 

of the inhabitants.
FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL: Headmaster: Rev H St John Reade; 64 boys in the school.
SHIPPING TO  BECCLES: Albert Mannall intends running a vessel from  South Devon Wharf,  Lower

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 30 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 23 Jul 

East, Southfield for conveyance of goods to Lowestoft & Beccles every alternate Wednesday - saving in
price of freight.
COUNCIL: Report of Committee visiting sewage works: Mayor (Mr Laws), Mr Mayhew, Dr Metcalfe &

1872
East Suff Gaz 23 Jul 

Mr Fenn. Visited Romford, Croydon, Leamington, Warwick, Banbury & Crossness.
SALE: Property in Jones’s Score, next the River
LOT 1: A most excellent Cottage fronting Northgate in the occupation of James Linder

1872
 

East Suff Gaz 8 Aug 

 
 

 
 
 

ALSO three comfortable Cottages occupied by R Linder, Widow Oxborough [No 7] & H Farrow
ALSO: Substantial detached Cottage now in the occupation of Albert Lockwood
LOT 2: Four good Cottages at the West End of Lot 1, in the occupation of John Winsdale [No 5], B Ward

 
 

[No 4], John Goffin [No 3], & Thomas Bean [No 2] 
LOT  3:  Valuable  business  premises,  substantially  built  brick  &  slated  Dwelling  House,  large  Boat
Builder’s Shop, Stable, with other buildings & offices adjoining, having a good River Frontage. In the

 
 
 
 

1872
 

East Suff Gaz 6 Aug 

ALLEGED DUCK STEALING, 
Robert Gosling, Beccles, labourer, was charged with having, on the 21st of July, stolen two live ducks,
the property of Robert Clark, of the Pickerel, Mr. Smith appeared for defendant.

 
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The prosecutor, who gave his evidence in a somewhat incoherent manner, proved that he had ten ducks
safe when he went to bed at ten o’clock. He was called up about twelve by Noah Gray, [who lived at 11
Puddingmoor] and then missed five ducks, but the next  morning he found two  more  in a neighbour’s

garden, and so had only lost three. About half-past five or six two ducks were brought to his house by the
police, which were his property. There was one old one – a black and white duck, and a young one -a
dark grey. The feathers produced were the feathers of the ducks. He valued them at 2s. 6d.

By Mr. Smith : Never got drunk, hadn’t money enough ; the ducks’ feathers produced were his; always
went to bed about ten. Had been robbed every year he had lived in the Pickerel. Knew it was 12 o’clock,
as any one else would, when the clock struck. Didn’t hear the clock strike. Didn’t see these ducks after

seven o’clock the night they were stolen; he didn’t sit up half the night as to watch his ducks.
Noah Gray, of Puddingmoor, Beccles, labourer, said: My house is on the opposite side of the way, a little
higher up than Clark’s, about 40 or 50 yards from it.  

 
 
 
 

Last Sunday night week I went to bed about 10 o’clock, and after I had been in bed a little while, I heard
somebody in the road, and in consequence of that, I looked out of the window. I saw two men standing
against  the  Pickerel  pales,  and  then saw  them  go  on  to    the  prosecutor’s  premises.  It  was  a  bright

moonlight  night. When the men went into Clark’s premises I heard some fowls making a noise. I saw the
men come out of Clark’s premises, and one of these came past my  house. I don’t know who he was, he
appeared as if  he had a handkerchief on the ground and did something up in it. The next morning I went

to the spot, and  found a bunch of green onions with a single feather adhering to it. The two men then
joined company again and went towards the church, but came back and went his down Mr. Bellward’s
loke [lane]. I have seen the prisoner before, but I don’t know anything about him and have never been in

his company or spoken to him.
After  I  had seen this  I  went  and  called  up Mr.  Clark,  it  was  about  12  o’clock.  About  four  the  next
morning, in consequence of what I was told, I went down to Bellward’s Quay and saw a boat, in which

 
 

two ducks were lying. At 12 o’clock, when I saw these men go on to Clark’s premises, another man was
lying in the road asleep. The man who passed my house was a tallish man, walked  with a rolling gait, and
was dressed in a dark Guernsey  or coat and light trousers.

 
 

Cross examination by Mr. Smith : I heard the clock  strike 12 when I was looking out of my window; I
live  just opposite Tyrrell’s; the man who was lying in the road did not appear to he sober.
Samuel Bellward remembered the morning of the 22nd July. Got up about 4 o’clock, when he missed one

 
 

of his boats. Saw it lying on the Suffolk side of the river near the bathing place. Went after it and found a
man named Barrett in it with two ducks. Barrett said he did not know how either himself or the ducks
came there. Fastened the boat Barrett was in, to his boat, and was rowing down the river when Barrett

jumped out, and in doing so fell partially into the river. Fancied they were Clark’s ducks, and took them
to him, and said, pointing to Barrett who was coming down the wall, “There goes the man now.”
Mr Smith said he apprehended the case against his client could not proceed, as the evidence pointed to

 
 

another man in whose possession the ducks were found, as being the perpetrator of the robbery.
The  Chairman  said  certainly  no  evidence  had  at  present  been  given  connecting  the  prisoner  with  the
robbery, but the case must go on.

 
 

 
 

 
 

By Mr Smith: The ducks had been killed by having their necks wrung.
PC William Peak said: I remember 21

st
 of July. I was on duty during the fore part of the evening, and saw

the prisoner in various parts of the town in company with two other men. In consequence of information
received,  I  went  to  Clark’s  house,  and afterwards  to  prisoner’s. When  I  went  into  prisoner’s  house  I  

noticed his hands were stained with blood, and they looked as if the blood had been pressed between his
fingers, and I picked off his hand a small duck’s feather.

 
 

Prisoner  was  asked  to  account  for  this  feather  and the  blood,  and  he  made  no  reply.  I  produce  the
garments prisoner wore that night – a dark coat and light trousers: they are marked with blood, and a
feather is still adhering to the trousers. On the way to the station, prisoner said, “Is Barrett locked up?”

had not said  a word about Barrett. The feathers produced were taken from prisoner’s clothing.
Police-constable Balaam spoke to going to prisoner’s house. He found the feather produced just inside the
house, and squeezed blood from it.

 
 
 
 

This was the case for the prosecution, and Mr Smith addressed the bench for the defence, contending
there was no evidence of identification as to the fowls being Clark’s property, or as to the prisoner being
one of the men who was seen to go on Clark’s premises.

 
 

The Bench did not consider there was sufficient evidence to warrant them in committing prisoner for trial,
and he was accordingly discharged. Barrett had not at present been apprehended.
DRUNKENNESS

 
 
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George Pitchers was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Puddingmoor-street, Beccles, on the 22
July.
Defendant was the man spoken of in the previous case as being found lying asleep in the road, and the

 
 

evidence showed that when he was woke up he was very riotous.
Fined 4s and 6s costs, which he paid.
BECCLES  RACES:  Proposed  reestablishment  of  Beccles  Races.  Sixteen  years  since  the  last  races.

 
1872

 
East Suff Gaz 6 Aug 

Thomas Read  in the Chair.  Committee formed: TM Read, Holland,  Darby,  Buck,  Kindred,  Boggis &
Webster. James Crisp, Treasurer; Robert King, Secretary. [The idea was turned down.]
INDUSTRIAL ACTION: Movement of builders: bricklayers, carpenters & painters for increased wages.

1872
 

East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 
 

None of employers attended proposed meeting.
SALE: LOT 1: Seven convenient Cottages in Meachem’s Yard & with excellent frontage to Northgate, in
the occupation of Widow Smith,  S Moore,  C Aldous, Widow Barber, Widow  Cooper, W Secker  & F

1872
East Suff Gaz 2o Aug 

Rouse. 160 may remain on mortgage.
occupation of Samuel Wright, Boat Builder.. All in good condition. [No 1]
LICENSING LAWS: New Act of Parliament required public houses to close at 11pm unless an order by

 
1872

 
East Suff Gaz 27 Aug 

the Magistrates varied the time to 10pm or 12 midnight.
WEATHER: On Saturday afternoon a heavy thunderstorm. Pells’s windmill struck by lightning and one
of the sails damaged, although not to a very great extent.

1872
East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 
1872
East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 

WORKHOUSE TREAT: Through the kindness of some ladies & gentlemen more than 50 children were
taken  in  three  wagons  to  Southwold,  under  the  care  of  the  Governor,  Matron,  Schoolmaster  &
Schoolmistress. They started at an early hour. The surprise of many of the youngsters upon looking at the

sea for the first time. The afternoon was wet, The Vicar lent the Schoolroom for tea.
LICENSING DAY for pubs: No convictions during the year, all houses well conducted in an orderly way.
For the first time every Publican and Beer House Keeper has to sate the name of the landlord.

1872
East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 
 
 

James  Barkway  landlord  of  the  Red  Lion  applied  for  extension  until  midnight  once  a  month  when
Ancient Order of Foresters met there. No decision could be taken.
COUNCIL bought seven swans, they had been marked and set on the river.

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 

COUNCIL wishes to provide a Bathing Place, but difficult to find a place where the owner was prepared
to sell. Mention of the executors of Robinson & Crisp.
COUNCIL order Mr James Beale to remove encroachment created by his new shop in Hungate.

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 

COUNCIL: Some of Lanes in town in bad state - tradesmen driving through them had to lay flat to avoid
scratching from brambles & bushes: Kemp’s Lane, Sandy Lane, Mill Stile Lane & Bullock’s Lane.
CHURCH: Subscription List for presenting a brass lectern of a suitable size and character.

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 10 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 10 Sep 

CARPENTERS meet two of the employers, Mr Pells & Mr Woodroffe. They earn 20 shillings a week for  
ten hours work a day. They wanted 22s a week.
CARPENTERS  to  get  1s  3d  more  a  week.  They  will  end  work  on  Saturday  at  5pm  instead of  6pm.

1872
East Suff Gaz 17 Sep 

Bricklayers to get 1s more a week & end work on Saturday at 4pm.
POLICE COURT: George Pitchers drunk & disorderly in Blyburgate - loitering about for two hours while
sewerage works were in progress. Got into a fight with one of the workmen. Last time 7 August. Fined 1

1872
East Suff Gaz 17 Sep 

& costs.
14th  SUFFOLK  RIFLE  VOLUNTEERS:  parade  in  Old  Market  under  Capt  WM  Crowfoot.  57  of  all
ranks.

1872
East Suff Gaz 24 Sep 

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 

STOCK MARKET: 104 bullocks & cows; 88 sheep & lambs; 310 pigs; 42 cart & hackney horses.
LICENSING: These were given leave to open at 5.30 am  instead of 6 am:  Robert Mills (Falcon); John
Green (beer house Hungate); Charles Howlett (Refreshment Rooms, Blyburgate); William  Baldry (the

Bell);  James  Cutler  (Queen’s  Head);  William  Woolner  (Queen’s  Arms);  Nathaniel  Blyth  (Crown,
Blyburgate); Philip Jermy (Fox & Hounds); Robert Kent (Hermitage); Jeremiah Brooks (Fleece); Alfred
Grice (George & Dragon); Edward Bailey (Duke) - all granted

 
 

Additional hour till midnight refused to Mr Webster (King’s Head); James Barkway (Red Lion); - when
Foresters attend.
NORTH  COVE: Alfred Woolner of  North Cove guilty of thrusting his head into North Cove Church

1872
East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 

during services and hooting - and then running off. There have been a number of disturbances. Fined,
with costs 10s 6d.
ACCIDENT AT BECCLES STATION: Isaac Riches, a striker in the blacksmith’s shop at Beccles Station

1872
East Suff Gaz 8 Oct 

hit by train - passed over the lower part of his legs, cutting off right foot above ankle. Attended by Messrs
Crowfoot   and   Dr   Metcalfe   (who   did   operation)   amputated   leg   below   the   knee   and   left   foot.

Taken to the Infirmary. “Deficient supply of beds and bedding. No provision for maintenance of patients
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whilst in the Institution; and the missing capabilities are not adequate to the requirements of needing night
and day attendance. The medical or surgical care and attention which cannot be obtained by the poor in
their own homes. Beccles with its population of 5,000 ought to have its Infirmary or Cottage Hospital.”

1872
East Suff Gaz 15 Oct 

BOARD SCHOOL: Mr Alfred Buscall elected Master of Board School in Peddar’s Lane. Miss Rachel
Drewell is temporary Mistress. [daughter of Gaoler, Samuel Drewell, born 1823]
ACCIDENT VICTIM: Isaac Riches injured in Railway accident died. (Coroner’s Court on accident.)

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 15 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 16 Oct 

James Moore, butcher moved from Blyburgate to Northgate, for many years occupied by Mr Lay, lately
by Isaiah Copeman
NATIONAL SCHOOL: Parents of National Day & Sunday Schools given tea. 400 present. Rector, Mr

1872
East Suff Gaz 22 Oct 

Tracy:  “Little  more  than  seven  years  ago he  was  in  charge  of  a  small  country  parish  of  about  350
inhabitants, and whilst in that parish he had what would appear the very obvious advantage of knowing
every individual in it. He knew every individual not merely by name, but he had this intimacy - which he

feared he could not have in a town the size of Beccles - he could walk into a cottage and say “Well how
are  you  tonight?  Have you  got  a  cup  of  tea?”    Well,  down  there  in  Dorsetshire,  he  used  to  do  that
frequently. As soon as he went in they would say “Now do’e sit down, sir, and have a cup of tea;” and

this was a most cheering reception. now when he first came to Beccles, he thought “What in the world
shall I do for a quiet cup of tea, a quiet bit of bread and butter, a quiet bit of cake (laughter). He had
turned this over in his mind till he got quite tired of it, and wished he could go again to Dorsetshire and

take a cup of tea. (applause and laughter). Well, he thought to himself, in Beccles he would take the will
for the deed, it became his pleasure thus to return the compliment. He could assure them it was a very
great pleasure to him to see such a goodly company assembled there, and see so much enjoyment, in that

very neatly decorated room over plenty of tea, bread-and-butter & plum cake (applause).”
14th  SUFFOLK  RIFLE  VOLUNTEERS:  Private  JR  Mills,  of  Worlingham  -  emigrated  to  Canada  -
continuing his success in rifle shooting.

1872
East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 19 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 19 Nov 

BOARD SCHOOL: Miss Mackenzie, late of Hampstead, Mistress of Board School in Peddar’s Lane.
WORK  HOUSE:  Robert  Chilvers,  late  of  Beccles,  blacksmith,  absconded  from  Shipmeadow  Union
House with a suit of clothes owned by the Guardians. Charge proved by Mr Stammers, the Master. To

Ipswich Gaol for six weeks hard labour.
DEATHS of Sir Henry Hickman Bacon, Bart, aged 53. Also Constable Robert Norman.
POLICE DINNER: The members of the Police Force stationed in Beccles entertained by the Mayor at the

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 19 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 19 Nov 

Britannia Shades, Landlord Mr Snowden.
WHERRY Teazer, property of Samuel Darby of Beccles, sailed from Yarmouth laden with deals and ten
tons of cement for sewerage works in Beccles - crossing Breydon Water, capsized and sank. The Master,

1872
East Suff Gaz 3 Dec 

George Lovett.
WATERWORKS Company, unauthorised dug a trench over the Bridge, buried a pipe in it and filled up
the trench.

1872
East Suff Gaz 10 Dec 

1872
1872

East Suff Gaz 10 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 10 Dec 

BECCLES ALMANAC for 1873 produced by Mr Johnson.
COLLISION: Rev GA Whittaker’s coachman driving from the Station, turning round the corner near Mr
Collins’s shop, not noticing the sewerage works were in progress there and the road was blocked by a

piece of timber placed across and a lamp to warn passengers, but little damage done.
WEATHER: Strong Gales: wall in Blyburgate in which a letter-box was fixed was blown down.
FEOFFMENT CHARITY: ended 2 December 1872

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Income & Cash in Hand
Costs & Distribution: 
Poor Rate, Land Tax, Tithe Charge

 
 
479
 

57-9-1
13-2-10

 
 
 

 
 
 

Repairs
Printing, Stationery, Miscellaneous
Salaries

 
 
 

 
 
 

13-19-4
24-3-0

 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Sick Tickets 
Subscription to schools & charities
Volunteer Rifle Corps 

 
 
 

10-0-0
53-12-0
5-5-0

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Cash Distribution to Poor
Blankets for the Poor 
Coals for the Poor 

 
 
 

72-0-0
19-15-0
 74-17-4

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Lighting & Regulating Town Clock 
Recipients Of Rev. Thos Farr’s charity 
 

10-0-0
20-0-0
374-3-7

 
 
TOTAL
 
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GB Angell elected Collector for next year
50 voted for Infirmary.

 
 
BALANCE 
105-13-9 
 
 
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East Suff Gaz 24 Dec 

CHRISTMAS TREE in behalf of new Primitive Methodist Church on view  in  Corn  Exchange on 26
December. New Chapel rapidly approaching completion.
RECTOR’S INFANT SON, George Herbert Tracy presented by the children of the National School with

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a silver  fork and spoon in the assembly  Room. The  Board  Schools also invited to attend. About 400
children.
DOG SHOT by Sir Charles Clarke’s gamekeeper when pursuing a rabbit on his land. Sir Charles did not

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approve the action.
EAST SUFFOLK GAZETE 1873

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East Suff Gaz, 7 Jan 
East Suff Gaz, 7 Jan 

MAGISTRATE: John Crisp appointed for Eastern Counties Division
COUNCIL: gave donation of 100 to new Infirmary. Mr John Crisp gave piece of ground adjoining the

new Wesleyan Chapel as a site for the new building. Offertory of Church for the new Infirmary 21 - 8s.
COUNCIL:  Cottage Hospital: contain 6 or  8 beds for general occupation 7 2 in accident ward.  Land
offered. Plans submitted by Mr Clements gratuotously. Cot about 1000. At present 400 in hand. 100

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gift from the Council carried unanimously.
COUNCIL: SEWERAGE: Agreed that contractor be allowed 90% instead of 75% of advance on contract
because of wetness of weather. (Councilor Masters wanted to keep to business arrangement of  75%)

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East Suff Gaz, 7 Jan 
East Suff Gaz, 14 Jan 

RATE to be raised to pay for the Board School running expenses of 200
TRAMP, James Thompson chargd with begging in Blyburgate - He was locked up, but tore up all his
clothes. The charge had to be held in one of the cells. Given 21 days hard labour.

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East Suff Gaz, 11 Feb 

page missing
LITERARY INSTITUTE: 80 members; Secretary AE King
COUNCIL: agreed that Mr Groom could hold Horse Show for three days in July on the Common, which
will be closed for two days and open the third day, the day of the Horse Race

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East Suff Gaz 11 Feb 
East Suff Gaz, 25 Feb 
East Suff Gaz, 25 Mar 

TO BE LET: Waveney Lodge. Apply James Crisp
NATIONAL SCHOOLS to be kept independent & obtain more subscribers.
SOUP KITCHEN: Tuesday & Friday from 14 December 1872 to 14 March 1873: 28 deliveries to 6,731

applicants [average 240 people] received 21,865 pints of soup at 1/2d a pint = 45 -  11s.  Corporation
grant 68 -17s - 4d
FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL:  H  St John Reade leaves Beccles to become Head of  Godolphin School,

1873
East Suff Gaz, 1 Apr 

Hammersmith
SOLICITOR’S PARTNERSHIP: Kent & Clowes Smith dissolved
PUBLIC LIBRARY: Miss Grigson resigned. Miss Drake appointed.

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East Suff Gaz, 15 Apr 

FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL:  Rev AO  Hartley,  for  17 years Headmaster of the School will resume as
Headmaster & reside at St Mary’s until a permanent appointment is made.
MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH: Dr Metcalfe appointed to No 1 District, Loddon.

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1873

East Suff Gaz, 15 Apr 
East Suff Gaz, 15 Apr 

SERMON: Rev St John Reade preached farewell sermon. He entertained Assistant Masters & 64 boys to
farewell supper
page missing

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East Suff Gaz, 22 Apr 
East Suff Gaz, 22 Apr 
East Suff Gaz, 22 Apr 

BECCLES FAIR: GB Angell the owner applied for it to be abolished. Representations to him 16 May.
THE AVENUE: The huts on the Avenue to be sold at next Marsh Letting.
BOARD SCHOOLS: Number of boys & girls attending: 70 or 80. There were 96 on the books.

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East Suff Gaz, 22 Apr 
East Suff Gaz, 22 Apr 

BATHING PLACE: Council hoped to obtain the Old Bathing Place from the Trustees of Mr Robinson.
VESTRY MEETING:  Question of replacing Gas lighting in Church:  WE  Crowfoot : “At the time the
present gas burners were fixed, he opposed it on the ground that they ought not to cut those fine old

pillars - and the reply he got was that they bored into them and they were brick.”  Mr Kerrison: “They are
stone.” Crowfoot: “That is the answer I got.”
Rector gives a dinner at the Rectory to the Corporation & Churchwardens & some friend. A party of 30

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East Suff Gaz, 29 Apr 
East Suff Gaz, 6 May 
East Suff Gaz, 6 May 

DEATH: George Boast, carpenter & builder
BUSINESS: Jonathan Lockwood taken over business of George Boast
INDEPENDENT CHURCH: Rev John Flower to resign from Pastorate after 40 years.

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East Suff Gaz, 6 May 

DEATH: Dr Henry Bence Bence Jones, MD, FRS, whose grandfather, Rev Bence Bence was Rector of
Beccles & his father a surgeon at Lowestoft. Dr Jones married Millicent Acheson daughter of 2nd Earl of

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Gosford. (married 1842) They had several sons and daughters. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity
College, Cambridge. BA 1836, MA 1840. In 1836 commenced studyof medicine. 1846 Physician to St
George’s  Hospital.  1869  Hon  Sec  of  Royal  Institution.  Erected  new  laboratories.  Wrote  a number  of

books.
Outbreak of a low kind of fever in Grove Road. 1 boy has died. Premises in bad condition, gastric fever.
Mr Garnham could not get people to enter the premises and empty the pits, result of sewage poison.

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Councillor WM Crowfoot said it was not likely to spread, except by bad water.
COUNCIL to ask sanction from the Local Government Board to appoint a Medical Officer for 30 pa.
HORSE SHOW: Mr Groom to be allowed use of Common free of charge for Horse Show.

East Suff Gaz, 6 May 
East Suff Gaz, 6 May 

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East Suff Gaz, 6 May 

BATHING  PLACE:  Suggested  place:  The  old  Granary  &  building  on  the  banks  of  the  River,  until
recently used by Mr Bellward, but too expensive.
DOLPHIN Landlord,  Charles Frampton, sent for police to remove John Playford - drunk & disorderly.

1873
East Suff Gaz, 6 May 

One month’s hard labour.
GRANARY: Removal of Granary - see Property
SCHOOLS: Elementary Schools set up in surrounding villages under Elementary Education Act 1870

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East Suff Gaz, 27 May 

FAIR: Beccles Fair abolished. No future Fairs on Whit Monday or other times. Fairs have been “in most
cases  degenerated  into  occasions  for  the  utmost  license,  and  been  distinguished  by  the  undisguised
prevalence of vice and debauchery. Under these circumstances, it is certainly not to be regretted that fairs

are gradually being abolished.
ORGANIST: Mr Livock, played for the Archdeacon’s Visitation.
WATER WORKS: Management will be carried on by Mr Read Crisp. Applications for laying on services

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East Suff Gaz, 17 Jun 

& for supply of water - in Office in Smallgate.
SEWERAGE  WORKS:  6,000  to  be  lent  by  Public  Works  Loan  Commissioners  at  three  and  a half
percent, to be repaid within thirty years. Mayor: certain amount of  “red tapism”.

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East Suff Gaz, 6 May 

COUNCIL:   Councillor  Steel,  during  appointment  of  Medical   Officer  “After  some   remarks  from
Councillor Steel, who seemed unable to comprehend what was going on....”
COUNCIL:  Councillor  Steel said that “at the last meeting it was reported that he did not comprehend

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East Suff Gaz, 17 Jun 

what was going on. It was quite right that he had a defect in his hearing, but his intellect was not at all
defective.”
[Editorial  comment:  “We  are  totally  unable  to  account  for  the  rage Mr  Steel  seems  to  have  worked

 
 

himself  into on account of our Report of the  last  meeting... we are sure he very greatly impeded the
business  of  the  Council  by  the  frequent  repetitions  it  was necessary  to  make  in  order  that  he  might
understand the nature of the business under discussion ... we are of the opinion that the Members of the

Council would have no reason to deplore his retirement into private life, especially as he appears to have
lost all regard for common decency.”]
GOSPEL TENT: A large tent has been erected in Station Road, neat the Wesleyan Chapel, where on

1873
East Suff Gaz, 24 Jun 

Sunday last a religious service was held and the Gospel preached. The persons who preach, and take part
in the Service are quite unknown in Beccles and seem to be attached to no denomination.
THEFT: John Maddis stole horse hair from William  Horsley & Son, coachmakers. William  Harmer, a

1873
East Suff Gaz, 24 Jun 

coach trimmer said that Maddis was employed by Horsley: “at the dinner hour after the bell had rung he
saw Maddis in the Engine House putting a quantity of horse hair (which he was employed to pick) into
the lining of his coat. The whole of the bottom of the coat was filled with hair, valued at two shillings &

six pence.  Given three weeks hard labour.
14th SUFFOLK RIFLE VOLUNTEERS: Inspection by Lt-Col Leathes. Capt Crowfoot away, Lieut Read,
sick. Lieut GB Angell in command. 70 men paraded at 6.30pm. The Corps headed by its band, marched

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East Suff Gaz, 1 Jul 

to  the  Common,  ranks  were  opened  and  minute  inspection  of  arms,  accoutrements,  etc.  The  Corps
marched past in quick and double time,  line was formed, and the manual, firing, and bayonet exercises
were gone through; then followed several Company movements, the whole concluding with skirmishing.

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THE HORSE  SHOW: A  Ring is to be erected for judging the Trotting 420ft  x  240ft. The shedding is
3,000 ft in length. A new feature is the engagement of two professional lady riders - one took first prize
for riding at Alexandra Park Horse Show last week.

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East Suff Gaz, 1 Jul 
East Suff Gaz, 8 Jul 

COURT CASE: John Ling, rat catcher is mentioned
The Honorary members of the Choir, with their wives, to the Rectory to tea. Discussion for improvement
of Choir

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East Suff Gaz 15 Jul 

LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE: Church Service first: Corporation, the Choir, boys & girls of the
National School headed by bands of 4th Suffolk Artillery & 14th Suffolk Rifles (united) under command
of Band Master Fowler, 4th Suffolk Artillery Volunteers, proceeded to the site singing hymns “Onward

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Christian Soldiers etc.
The  Rector  offered  some  appropriate  prayers,  after  which  Lady  Clarke  came  forward  to  lay  the
Foundation Stone. A trowel, having been handed to her by the builder, Mr RA King, she deftly spread the

 
 

mortar, & a bottle containing an appeal on behalf of the Hospital, a list of the subscribers to the building,
a copy of the East Suffolk Gazette for the current week, & a list of the Municipal Officers of the Borough,
was deposited in a cavity prepared for it by Master Claude Metcalfe. The stone was then lowered into its

place  &  Lady  Clarke  assisted  by  Mr  JL  Clemence,  the  architect,  having  “proved”  &  delivered  the
customary taps with a mallet, declared the stone to be “duly & truly laid.”
Sir Charles Clarke said “ They certainly none of them possessed any prophetic power & they knew not

 
 

what a day might bring forth - they couldn’t assert what would happen to them a day, a month or a few
years hence, but there was one thing of which they were all  most perfectly aware, and the poor would
never cease to be of the land, and that disease of every character & nature would never cease out of the

land. Therefore  with that conviction, it was advisable that this hospital should be erected, where such
distress should be met & relieved by those qualified by education & knowledge to attend to it.
They  had  in  their  Architect  a  gentleman  fully  known  for  his  thorough  honesty  of  purpose  &  for  his

 
 

practical knowledge of all the details of building. They had also in their contractor a man well known by
every one there & no step would be wanted in the building of the Hospital.
The other work .. almost all the fittings & other work had been taken by persons residing in the town.

 
 

 
 

EDITOR: The Contractor Mr Hindes; the Bricklayer Mr King.
NEW SCHOOL DESK recently patented by Mr SF Pells, combining a sloping writing desk and desk, flat
table for tea-meetings and a backed seat with book board for services. The mechanical arrangements by

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East Suff Gaz 15/22 Jul 

wheels, these changes are effected is of a most simple description.
THE HORSE SHOW: The stalls in which the horses are to be placed erected in the form of a square &
are all covered with canvas. Accommodation for: 30 stallions, 50 hunters, 54 hackneys & roadsters, 21

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East Suff Gaz 22 Jul 

cobs, 35 ponies, 50 agricultural horses, 20 horses in harness, 16 for trotting & 26 for jumping. Inside the
enclosure a horse ring - an ellipse of 200ft in circumference, where trotting & jumping trials will take
place. At the side of the ring a Grandstand 300ft long to accommodate 1000 people. 20 Classes; prizes

ranging  from  20  to  4  &  prizes  for  jumping,  trotting  etc.  Tents  for  refreshment  at  the  Horticultural
Show.  Many  Entries.  Band  of  33rd  (Duke  of  Wellington’s  Own)  Regiment.  Will  end  with  Fireworks
Display.

 
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On Second Day a Sale of Horses by George Fenn. 100 entries.
Anniversary of Beccles Company of Ringers. Dinner at the White Horse. Rector Presided. Mayor present.
A company of thirty including other towns. Capital Dinner by Jonas James.

East Suff Gaz 22 Jul 
 
 

Rector: He had non sympathy with the extraordinary developments of ritual which had attracted so much
public attention, but had as little sympathy with those lower tones of church feeling & church opinion
which practically reduced the position of Church & of Churchmen to that of one of the Christian Sects.

 
 

 
 

He would wait until he got the Curate he wanted, he was not in a hurry.
He  said  he  was  passionately  fond  of  music  &  hoped  they  would  have  harmonious  music  within  the
Church.

 
 

Mr Stimpson said the social position of Ringers had much improved & people did not now, as formerly,
become bellringers that they might have frequent opportunities to get drunk.
TEA in the Assembly Room given by the Mayor to old ladies of Beccles. 108 ladies over 60 attended -

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East Suff Gaz 22 Jul 

the oldest 95. Average 69. Grace was sung. Mrs Hunter, the Mayor’s daughter, at the harmonium.
HORSE SHOW: on 23, 24 July. Good hot weather - high praise. Fire works each night.
MARRIAGE of WP Garrod to Miss Ann Bond, daughter of Mr T Bond of Pullham St Mary.

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East Suff Gaz 19 Aug 

CHURCH: Agreed to have gas lighting on Capitals of the Pillars throughout the Church. Would cost 44
- 5s.
COUNCIL. Authorise loan of 6,000 officially. 326 pa until 1903. 

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East Suff Gaz 19 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 19 Aug 

COUNCIL:  Some  members critical of Mr  Fenn’s work as Surveyor.  Committee to consider duties of
Surveyor. Motion by Crowfoot in less critical language than Parkhouse’s original one.
FAUCONBERGE HEADMASTER: JH Raven, MA. Term begins 13 September

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East Suff Gaz 26 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 2 Sep 

PUBLIC LIBRARY given 250 original drawings by Joseph Arnold of Mediterranean, South America &
Java, the gift of Mrs Edward Arnold of Norwich.
PRINTERS’ WAYZGOOSE: On Saturday all the employees of Caxton Works to Lowestoft. Nearly 200

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East Suff Gaz 2 Sep 

met  at  the Works  at  8.30,  marched,  headed  by  the  Band to the  Station.  9am  train.  Dinner  at  2pm  in
marquee at back of Suffolk  Hotel. Afternoon tea later at Suffolk.  Younger ones returned at 9.30, the
remainder by special train at 11pm.

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East Suff Gaz 30 Sep 

SURVEYOR: Attacks made on the Surveyor, George  Fenn, chiefly by Parkhouse, Mullett & Masters.
Defended by Mayhew.  Council voted to ignore the criticisms of Fenn and pass on to other business.
Several members walked out at this point. (The Mayor had done all he could to defend Fenn. “Mr Fenn is

not the sort of man to be sent for and cross-examined. Mr Crisp: “He felt that Mr Fenn was more or less
in a false position, as he was more fitted to govern than obey.”
NATHANIEL BLYTH of Crown Inn has lost licence given to him & applied for replacement

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East Suff Gaz 30 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 30 Sep 

Death on 22 Instant [September] at Beccles of Mrs Chalker, relict of late James Chalker, Esq. of Aldeby,
aged 75 years
DESTRUCTIVE FIRE

1873
East Suff Gaz 7 Oct 

NO  little alarm was caused in Beccles on Tuesday morning last by the solemn sound of the fire-bells,
which were heard pealing forth from the church tower. On inquiry, it was found that a fire had broken out
in the warehouse of Mr. Jeremiah Tyrrell, Pudding-moor, who is well known as a general furniture dealer

 
 

and broker. In as short a time as possible the fire engines were on the spot, as were also the police, under
the command of Superintendent Gobbett and Inspector Cole, and besides these, the Mayor (T. A. Laws,
Esq.). the Town Surveyor (Mr.  G. Fenn), and other of the borough officials were also present, giving

directions and personally doing all in their power to get the flames under.  
Notwithstanding that there was abundance of help and that plenty of water was available from the river, it
soon  became  evident  that  all  attempts  to save  the  warehouse  (a  weather-boarded  and  asphalt-roofed

 
 
 
 

building, containing articles of almost every possible description), in which the fire originated, would be
worse than useless. Accordingly, the efforts of the firemen and those who were present were directed to
saving  the  dwelling-house  of  Mr.  Tyrrell  with  the shop  adjoining,  together  with  their  contents.  In  an

incredibly short space of time these buildings were emptied of their contents, one of the fire-engines
meanwhile playing upon them to keep them cool, whilst the warehouse, in which the fire first broke out,
was left to its fate, and was quickly being consumed. The rapidity with which the flames spread was

something  unprecedented,  and notwithstanding  the  most  strenuous  efforts,  it  was  found  impossible  to
prevent the flames spreading to the shop, and dwelling-house, all the woodwork of which was consumed,
merely the roofs and walls being left standing. fortunately, however, the flames were prevented spreading

beyond  the  property of  Mr.  Tyrrell,  although  the  adjoining  property  was  very  much  damaged  by  the
quantity of water that was obliged to be plentifully bestowed upon them. In a little  more than an hour
from the time of the commencement of the fire, the flames were well under control, and all danger of their

spreading further was at an end, but it was of course necessary to keep the engines playing upon the
debris
Although the damage sustained is very considerable, it is nothing to what might have been the case. From

for some time longer.
 
 

what has since transpired,  it seems that in a box beneath the shop, to which we have said the flames
extended, and all the woodwork of which  was burnt, were stored no less than 200 cartridges, and had
these exploded (and it is  marvellous they did not, as they were in close proximity to the flames), the

results must have been most disastrous, probably both to life and property. Providentially, no such serious
catastrophe occurred, and by 11 o’clock all further need of the fire engines was at an end, and shortly
after the premises were left in charge of the police. The cause of the fire is unknown, but Mr Tyrell is

insured to the extent of 510. The total value of the premises and stock consumed is estimated at upwards
of 1,159.
We cannot conclude our report without a word of praise to all those who were present for the energetic

 
 

manner in which they endeavoured to get the command of the flames, and for their praiseworthy efforts in
saving the property in danger. [The property destroyed was number 40 Puddingmoor]
Rev - Neville, new Curate of Beccles

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East Suff Gaz 7 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 14 Oct 

ELECTORS’ LIST: 900 names.
DEATH  of  George  Wright,  who  for  half  a  century  has occupied  a  public  position  in  the  town,  with
unsullied  honour,  irreproachable  character  and  constant  benevolence.  He  commenced  his  ministry  in

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Beccles in April  1822 and in May 1823 was unanimously chosen as Pastor. He continued until April
1870, aged 81.
RETIREMENT of Rev John Flower; 325 collected for presentation.

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East Suff Gaz 14 Oct 
 

Presided over by SW Rix, with R Ward & JL KENT (deacons) & Rev J Blake, SK  Bland & H Stacey
(Beccles), Rev J Brown (Wrentham) etc.
Rix: “They meet that night under very affecting circumstances. It was not merely that they were parting

 
 

with their old Pastor; but one could not help feeling the singular fact that another Minister in the town,
only yesterday had left his church - had left it indeed in a good old age. It was true he had retired before,
but he had now left it altogether. His life had ended at a good old age ... Never, truly, had a minister or

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man left this town more universally respected than their friend Mr Wright.
Robert Ward gave a history of Congregationalism in Beccles & gave him the present. Mr Kent gave Mrs
Flower a plated tea & coffee set.

 
 
 
 

Mr Flower: He came to Beccles on a Summer evening forty years ago, and during the earlier part of his
visit he wept as he walked about to think that his future years would be passed where no hills arose to
vary the landscape, and to send gladness into the soul, but he had since learned to drink  in  joy from

communion in nature in her gentle aspects, and to believe there is beauty everywhere.
Soon,  he was ill for eleven months commencing with pleurisy - he recovered, against expectation and
resumed his duties. After twelve years he broke down utterly and suffered from nervous debility.  Rev

 
 

Hickman was appointed to assist him and for the last seven years Rev Henry Stacey has been afternoon
preacher.
During these years there  were changes to the Chapel: enlarging and adding galleries cost 1,000; The

 
 

Schools cost over 400. He had seen several ministers, who by remaining too long in the pastoral office
had outlived their own usefulness, and in some degree at last lost the love and esteem of their people. He
had gradually found himself getting weaker ...

 
 

That  for  so  long  a  period  they  had  laboured  so  long  and  harmoniously  together  would  do  well  to
commend  Congregationalism,  for that could not be a bad system under which the pastoral labours of  
three ministers had covered a whole century.

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East Suff Gaz 21 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 21 Oct 

MEETINGS of:-  1. English Church Union   2. Society for Propagation of the Gospel
TO BE LET: Residence of late Mrs Chalker, containing on Ground Floor: Entrance Hall, Dining Room &
Drawing Room leading into Conservatory & Fernery. Housekeeper’s Room & well arranged & complete

domestic offices. On the First Floor: five Bedrooms, 2  Dressing Rooms & water closet. On the Upper
Floor: Servants’ Rooms.
The  Outbuildings  comprise:  2  Coach  Houses,  Stable  &  2  Lose  Boxes,  Harness  House,  Laundry  &

 
 

Offices.
The Pleasure  Grounds are about one acre in extent, in  which are  Vinery, capital  Orchid House, Stove
House, etc.

 
 
1873
East Suff Gaz 28 Oct 

SALE of  Stove &  Greenhouse Plants: Up to 1,800 plants in pots, many large Stove Plants, Orange &
Lemon Trees, Fuschias, Geraniums etc. Bedding-out plants & seedlings in boxes & about 300 Strawberry
plants in pots.

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East Suff Gaz 28 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 28 Oct 

BANKRUPTCY of Joseph Norman Harmer of Beccles, jeweller.
LOCAL  LIQUIDATION  CASE:  James  Johnson,  printer,  bookseller,  stationer  of  Newmarket,  now  of
Mark Lane, City of London & of Dove Terrace, Stratford, Essex.

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East Suff Gaz 4 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 4 Nov 

FREE & OPEN CHURCH ASSOCIATION - small attendance, including the Mayor & Rector.
ELECTION: Four retiring Members: Darby, Crisp, Pells & Rix. - renominated. Also Campling, Brown,
Gill & Eastaugh nominated. Campling & Pells did not wish to stand. Darby, JE Crisp, FS Rix & Eastaugh

elected.
SEWERAGE PIPES tested. Finished at the hydrant opposite Mr Kerrison’s house in [25] Ballygate & at
the Town Hall - & the water flowed satisfactorily to the Old Market man hole.

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GEORGE FENN paid 50 extra for work done on the sewerage scheme.
COURT CASE: Mrs Frampton, landlady of the Dolphin.
COURT CASE: Charlotte Gibbons, landlady of the Rose & Crown.

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East Suff Gaz 9 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 9 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 16 Dec 

KNIGHTS COUNTY HANDBOOK for 1874, published for 6th time.
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY: 400 people present. Food provided
LIQUIDATION: Benjamin Brown, saddler & harness maker.

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East Suff Gaz 16 Dec 
SEWAGE: Mr Prentice’s scheme accepted. Tenders for work to be invited.
EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1874

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East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

INSPECTOR OF NUISANCES: AG Love, elected.
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE Christmas Day: Usual treat of roast beef, vegetables & plum pudding.

After dinner a pipe, 1 oz of tobacco and two pints of porter to every man. The women, tea & sugar. From
5pm to 8 pm all members of a family allowed to spend their together.
PARTNERSHIP dissolved between William Cowles senior & W Cowles, junior, schoolmasters, Beccles

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East Suff Gaz 20 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 20 Jan 

DEATH: Richard Ward, formerly of Beccles, since of Brighton, died.
WEDDING of third daughter of Mr JK Garrod to Mr George W Dickson. Mr Garrod’s employees, about

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60 in number, entertained at the King’s Head
SCHOOLS: Northgate Street Seminary: the Misses Spencer
London Road, Boarding & Day School - Miss Garrard

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Miss Ecclestone
Northgate Street, Mrs RF Thompson, (she has two furnished rooms to let.) 
Leman School, Henry Boyce.

 
 

 
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East Suff Gaz 20 Jan 

COUNCIL: Mr  Bent has spoken to the Town Clerk about the strip of land near the Station on the left
hand side going to the Avenue, which the Railway Company would be glad to get rid of; more than an
acre.

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Mr Betts at the Gas House given 10 shillings for taking charge of the Calves Hurn Gate.
ASSEMBLY ROOM CELLAR: The old Chain (6cwt 14lbs) sold at sale. Also lamp pillars.
COUNCIL: Tar the path from the corner of Love Lane (St Mary’s Road) to Mr John Crisp’s house

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East Suff Gaz 20 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 20 Jan 

Mr EB Crowfoot elected Medical Officer for the Borough.
MR JECKS leaving the country. Wished to sell his buildings on the Quay to the Council for 75.
Referred back.

 

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East Suff Gaz 10 Feb 

TOWN CLOCK to be looked after by Mr Alecock at same price as predecessor.
GENERAL ELECTION: Viscount Mahon & Lord Rendlesham - Conservative candidates- both elected -
Colonel Tomlin the Liberal - not elected. Majority 1,122 & 822 out of 7000 voted. Constituency of 9484.

[The Ballot Act of 1872 had made voting secret for the first time]
EXCISE SUPERVISOR: Mr Crowe moved to Maidstone. Mr J Cass takes over.
MAYOR’S COURT: Auditors appointed: William Read, bank cashier; Arthur Edward King, accountant;

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Assessors: George Yallop, draper; Henry William Catling, clerk.
NATIONAL SCHOOLS: 380 422 scholars on books; average attendance 300. They must build a fence to
separate themselves from neighbouring fields. [Curate seems to be Mr Nevill] -  Religious education of

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East Suff Gaz 10 Mar 

the children, according to a report - poor. Rector had been too busy to teach the children since he arrived,
but his curate would do so now. For nearly two years prior to his coming, his predecessor from various
causes, which he could well understand did not visit in the schools and that would explain the state of

things. The Rector was without a curate until October.
St MICHAEL’S CHURCH: Wanted an Organist and Choirmaster. Salary 40. Apply the Rector.
PROFESSOR  OF  MUSIC.  Mr  AH  Livock  (9  years  pupil  of  Dr  Buck  of  Norwich)  Thanks  Ladies  &

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East Suff Gaz 31 Mar 

Gentlemen of Beccles for their support during the last twelve months, solicits continuance of the same,
As Mr Livock’s engagement as organist & choirmaster terminates on 23rd of June, he will be able to
attend concerts as organist, pianist or accompanist. Terms on application.

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4th SUFFOLK ARTILLERY VOLUNTEERS: RI Metcalfe, Captain commanding.
14th SUFFOLK RIFLE VOLUNTEERS: WM Crowfoot, Captain commanding
NETTING FISH: Remembering the too common practice of a certain class of persons of fishing by nets,

 
East Suff Gaz 31 Mar 

we are not sorry to record that three men, who have rendered themselves distinguished by fish poaching,
got a ducking whilst awaiting the return of the tide in order to engage in the reprehensible practice. It is a
pity the dips are so rare.

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East Suff Gaz 31 Mar 

OUT  DOOR RELIEF: Among the inhabitants of Beccles in receipt of outdoor relief there is one at 95,
one at 92, two at 91, each one at 89, 88, 86, three at 85, two at 84, two at 83, and three at 82.
SUNDAY SCHOOL WORK:  By way of showing the interest and sympathy he felt with the important

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East Suff Gaz 31 Mar 

work carried on through the agency of the Sunday Schools in the town, the Mayor invited the teachers
and friends to partake and dessert in the Assembly Room. Although no teacher connected with the church
Sunday Schools attended (owing to the wish of the Rector) about 120 persons sat down to a sumptuous

tea.
GOOD FRIDAY Religious Services: Parish Church morning: Litany, Communion Service & sermon by
Rev FF Tracy. Evening sermon by the Rector on behalf of Society for Promoting Christianity to the Jews.

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East Suff Gaz 7 Apr 

- Baptists: Service, then public tea in the Assembly Rooms - 230 sat down.
Open  air  Service  on  the  Common  in  connection  with  the  Bible  Christians,  but  a  cold  wind  blowing
prevented large attendances. A tea was given in the evening at the old Quakers’ Meeting House.

 
 
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East Suff Gaz 7 Apr 

FORMER TOWNSMAN William Fiddes, Esq. retires from Assistant Secretary of Messrs Cammels of
Sheffield after ten years to take post in Liverpool.
SUPERINTENDENT  GOBBETT  leaving Beccles, moving to Halesworth. “Great ability ... to which is

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East Suff Gaz 14 Apr 

attributed the marked absence of crime in Beccles. We believe it is intended to unite Beccles to Lowestoft
under Major Allez.
VESTRY  MEETING:  The  Rector:  In  a  church  the size  of  this  it  was  extremely  difficult  to  keep  the

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necessary order during Divine Service, which sometimes was disturbed by young persons ... and he had
had repeated complaints made as to the disquiet, which unfortunately prevailed at that particular part of
the church where persons who did not come for devotional purposes were most likely to congregate.

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Beecles Paper 21 Apr 

VESTRY MEETING: Mr Robinson, grave digger & ground keeper: Salary raised from 40 to 50.
To  BE  LET:  Residence  in  Northgate,  lately  in  the  occupation  of  Mrs  Chalker,  deceased.  Apply  Mr
Moore.

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INDEPENDENT CHAPEL: Rev Henry Stacey leaving town.
LIMELIGHT LECTURE: Footprints of Jesus - well attended
RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY.

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East Suff Gaz 5 May 

NATIONAL  STATISTICS:  In 25 years our exports have doubled. Poor  Rates & Police  70%. !2 year
paupers  increased  15%;  in  200  years  lunacy  has  risen  200%;  in  12  years  the  conviction  for  crime
increased 65%; in 26 years mortality among males increased 6.2%

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LIQUIDATION: William Wellington Davy, plumber, painter, decorator.
For  some  time  past  a  Mr  Passmore  has  been  labouring  in  the  town  in  connection  with  a  sect  often
confused   with   the   Plymouth   Bretheren   which   calls   itself   by   the  somewhat   tantalising   name   of  

East Suff Gaz 19 May 

“Christian”. As the result of his efforts a number of persons have been induced to join the Society.”
On Wednesday afternoon two or three hundred persons assembled themselves at the new Bathing  place
to witness the novel ceremony of the immersion of 11 persons in the River - six women & 5 men, which

 
 

took place under rather adverse circumstances, the weather having lately been anything but favourable to
a dip in the River.
The  Service  commenced  at  three  o’clock,  by  an  address  to  the  persons  assembled  to  witness  the

 
 

proceedings, in the course of which the speaker explained to his own satisfaction that immersion was the
proper mode of baptism, & referred at some length to its symbolic teaching. During this address, which
was  not  listened  to  with  the  closest  attention,  the  candidates  for  immersion  were  going    through  a

preparatory  service  in  the  bath  house,  after  which  Mr  Passmore  stepped  into  the  water  dipped  each
candidate in succession, who then made his or her way out of the chilling water.
Amongst those immersed were several aged persons, who obtained a sympathy akin to pity from the rest

 
 
 

of the onlookers, while going through their trying ordeal.
After the ceremony a few more words were addressed to the sightseers, but they were necessarily short as
the people began to leave the place at once.

 
 
 
 

[In 1881 Edward Passmore rented No 25 Station Road , valued at 18pa from AE Mount. In the census
that year the Evangelist’s 28 year old wife, Emma, was there with her one year old son, Albert. Edward
Passmore was away from home on (presumably) a preaching mission at Botesdale, staying at No 16 The

Street. He was staying with Louisa Bailey a 43 year old unmarried woman, born in Botsdale.
Emma Passmore was born in Bedfield, Suffolk & the son was born in Beccles.]
ASSAULT: Sarah Mills charged with assaulting Harriet Maddis - who said she was walking down her

 
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East Suff Gaz 9 Jun 

yard  when  Mrs  Mills  told  her  boys  to  throw  stones  at  her,  upon  which  she  remonstrated  with  the
defendant, and they began quarrelling. From  words they proceeded to blows, and Mills threw Maddis
down and held her by the throat until she was so exhausted that had not Mr Aldred, the baker, and Mr

Algar  gone  up  and  separated  them,  serious  consequences  must  have  ensued.  Catherine  Summons
corroborated the story. Mr Aldred said that as he was walking down his yard, he heard the screams of
women and children, and going further down he saw Mills and Maddis struggling on the ground. With the

help of Algar he separated them, after some difficulty. Maddis was in a very exhausted state. Defendant
denied most of the statements and applied various vile epithets to her. She was fined 2s & 8s costs. The
money was paid.

 
 

[In the 1881 Census James Aldred, baker, was living at 20 Northgate. He was 66 years old & his wife,
Sarah was 67. He was born at Denton and she at Aldeby. The participants in the fracas probably lived in
Titshall Alley immediately behind 20 Northgate.]

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East Suff Gaz 16 Jun 

INDEPENDENT  CHAPEL: Mr John H Robinson, late of Springhall  College, has accepted the cordial
invitation of this church to become their Pastor. It is expected that he will commence on 28th of June.
BECCLES HOSPITAL OPENING: There will be an exhibition of paintings, drawings, engravings and

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East Suff Gaz 16 Jun 

objects of natural history on Wednesday, 24 June and for three days following, in the Hospital in aid of
the  Furnishing  Fund.  Special  thanksgiving  in  the  Parish  Church  on  28th  June  when sermons  will  be
preached by the Archdeacon of Suffolk.

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East Suff Gaz 16 Jun 

A  MAD  DOG:   On  Friday  a  dog  betraying  every  sign  of  madness  caused  alarm  at  Beccles  and
Gillingham, where it ran about snapping at everything which stood in its way. In Beccles it made several
attempts to bite men and dogs and at Gillingham it bit one of the grandchildren of Mrs Boon, landlady of

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the Swan. It  was pursued by Mr Eden’s gamekeeper and after a  long chase, he stopped its doing any
further mischief by shooting it and throwing its body into the ditch near the Dam.
BATHING PLACE: Now that the weather is suitable for bathing, this place has come into request.

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INDEPENDENT  CHAPEL: Rev  Henry Stacey assisted in the Independent Chapel for  8 years leaving
town. Presented with 30 from members of the church. [another 17 gns see 30 June]
COUNCIL: 1. Idea of one Medical Officer for half the county rejected. Council wished to keep present

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East Suff Gaz 23 Jun 

set-up.
COUNCIL: 2. Mr Passmore asked for use of Bathing Place for baptism six times a year. It seemed that
they were to charge 3s 6d per person baptised.

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COUNCIL: 3. Justices had accepted offer for Town Hall.
COUNCIL: 4. Alterations to be made to the Engine House {Fire Station] owned by the Magistrates. They
wish to add a soup kitchen on lease for 21 years.

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East Suff Gaz 30 Jun 

HOSPITAL:  The  work  of  the  building  of  the  Hospital  has now  been completed  &  the  exhibition  of
Paintings  &  Natural  History  was  opened  on Wednesday.  In  4  days there  were  1,471  visitors;  Gross
receipts 102.

 
 

On Sunday a special Thanksgiving Service attended by the Mayor &  Corporation, the Archdeacon of
Suffolk, Revs FF Tracy & JH Raven.  Members of the two Volunteer Corps under Capt Metcalfe & Capt
Crowfoot formed in front of the Council Chamber [in Smallgate] & marched to the Church to the playing

of the Band of the 4th Suffolk Artillery. Collections 25 11s
WEDDING  FESTIVITIES:  marriage  of  WM  Crowfoot  solemnised  at  St  Peter’s  Church,  Brighton  on
Tuesday last, when some of the inhabitants of Beccles showed the respect and esteem they felt towards

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the family by displaying flags and banners. The bells rang at intervals during the day. About 200 persons
of the labouring classes, husbands and wives of all ages, were hospitably and bountifully entertained at
tea at the house of the Bridegroom’s father.

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East Suff Gaz 12 Jul 

NATIONAL SCHOOL: Mr Wiseman leaving Beccles after 34 years residence & for 29 years master of
the National School. Thanks Mayor etc. giving him a present of 12 guineas.
WEDDING of John Oldrin, of  Rushmere, Wangford to Miss A Bright of  Earlham  House, Lowestoft.

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East Suff Gaz 12 Jul 

About  40  of  workmen  (including  those  employed  at  Engineering  Works,  Beccles  &  the  farm  at
Rushmere) - Dinner at King’s Head. Chair taken by Mr J Blunderfield of Yoxford; Vice Chair by Mr W
Cutting, manager of the Old Market Iron Works.

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East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

BEANFEAST:  Messrs  Horsley’s  workmen  to  Lowestoft  on  Saturday.  Set  off  at  6.30.  Conveyances
supplied by Mr Webster and Mr Shore. Party of about 50.
INTERESTING  MARRIAGE:  POLICE  COURT:  Charge  preferred  by  Flowers  against  a  well-known

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East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

character Jim  Crowe for assault, which appeared to have originated through a quarrel respecting Lydia
Bean, whose affections both were anxious to secure. Crow was formerly the favoured lover, but absenting
himself from the town for some time, he was ousted from his position by Flowers, now about 84 years of

age.  This  naturally  aroused  Crow’s  ire,  which  overcame  him  so  far  that  he  assaulted  Flowers,  who
brought an action against him. and he was fined 18s 6d or 14 days imprisonment.
Following  up his success,  and  with  an  activity  which  puts  many  younger  men  entirely  in  the  shade,

 
 

Flowers married the fair Lydia on Monday at the Independent Chapel.
DOLPHIN: Charles Frampton of the Dolphin mentioned.
CROWFOOT: A large company of persons assembled at the Station to watch the return of the Bride &

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East Suff Gaz 4 Aug 

Groom [Mr & Mrs WM Crowfoot] & the Rifle Brigade played a lively air. The ringing of the bells & the
flying of flags, served to give the Town quite a festive character. They were presented with a valuable &
handsome  time-piece  by  the  14th  Suffolk  Rifle  Volunteers  of  which he  has  been  Captain  for  several

years.
Prize Day at the Fauconberge School: Mr Raven, Headmaster on his pupils: “On the whole, they had very
poor  powers of  making  themselves  understood  when they  spoke  to him:  how  they  would  fare  when

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East Suff Gaz 4 Aug 

speaking to an audience he would leave them to decide. It was a most important point that they should
know how to speak properly - important to the clergyman, lawyer & useful  in  many professions. The
weakness of the school was that they all worked together in the same room. There were no classrooms

and had to speak softly.
BECCLES BREWERY Co: About 30 employees were conveyed in a wherry to Mutford. Saw the Regatta
there on the Broad. Capital dinner on the Wherry. Chair taken by R Snowden, Vice Chair by G Darby.

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COUNCIL: POLICE: Now there were 1 Inspector and 3 Constables at Beccles.
pages missing
CHORAL SOCIETY:  Proposed to form a  Choral  Society. Instruction will be given in both secular &

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sacred music. Mr Livock to receive names.
TRAIN COLLISION at Thorpe. Killed:  Rev H Stacey and his wife,  who had been spending the day at
Yarmouth.

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FIRE at Dixon’s, stationers. Mr Poll, junior put it out with a bucket of water. Little damage done.
14th SUFFOLK RIFLE VOLUNTEERS: Colour-Sergeant Roff, their Drill Instructor
POLICE  COURT:  William  Bean,  chimney  sweep  charged  with  unlawfully  assaulting  R  Goldsmith.

Goldsmith said Bean was a dangerous man. Bean lived in a house belonging to Goldsmith, he went there
and set his ladder against the trough. Defendant threw two buckets of water over him. About three weeks
previously Bean hit him with a knobbed stick and he was always in danger when he went to his house.

They would not pay the rent or leave the premises, although he had stopped up the chimneys and taken
the windows out of the house. Imprisoned for six weeks with hard labour.
FOUNDRY: Wanted a strong, active lad to help in smith’s shop. William Harper, foundry

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FANCY DRAPERY: Mrs RB Aldous, Newmarket, wanted a respectable youth as outdoor apprentice in
Fancy Drapery, Hat and hosiery department.
LIQUIDATION: Joseph Norman Harmer, Beccles, jeweller

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HOSPITAL: furnished & fit for reception of patients. Now open.
DEATH: Mr Bransby Francis, victim of the Thorpe train crash. Son of Rev Robert Francis of Beccles;
pupil of WH Crowfoot & Guy’s Hospital. Doctor, worked at Norwich, aged 59.

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East Suff Gaz 3 Nov 

LIQUIDATION: William Hicks Webster, Innholder [King’s Head] & Hackney Carriage proprietor.
ELECTIONS:  Retiring Councillors re-elected: Masters, Parkhouse, Kindred. S  Steel has left the town.
Nathaniel  Pells,  surveyor,  elected.  [he  had previously  retired]  John  Cooper,  miller;  Abraham  Brown,

shoemaker & Henry Moore failed to get elected.
VESTRY MEETING: Mr R Jarman’s salary as Collector for the Poor Rate & School Board raised to 75
pa

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MAYOR: Mr E Masters re-elected
DROWNING: Henry Weavers had lived for a fortnight near the Limekiln quay. Son missing. Noah Grey,
limekiln labourer found cap in water. Body found next morning. Samuel Ward, fishmonger found body

near steps - about 10 yards to the right.
 
 

[1881 CENSUS
Pudding Moor, Beccles, Suffolk, England
Henry WEAVERS

 
 

 
 


39  
49  


Beccles, Suffolk, England 
Yarmouth, Norfolk, England 

Head 
Wife

Lime Burner Journeyman

 
 

 
 

Louisa WEAVERS
Elizabeth WEAVERSU 

19  
Yarmouth, Norfolk, England 
Daur 
General Servant (Domestic)]

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East Suff Gaz 17 Nov 

COUNCIL: Hospital to receive 25 pa
COUNCIL: Post of Councillor vacant on account of insolvency of Mr WH Webster

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COUNCIL: Mr Cooper elected to Council: 172 votes; Blyth 67; B Woolnough 16; Mr Elliott 2
COUNCIL: The  Literary  Institute & the Library to share the use of the Town Hall, each paying their

share of the costs.
DEATH of James Fairweather, a bell ringer for 25 years and a chimer for 50
COURT ROOM, new Court room in Old Gaol: commodious & well-lighted on the first floor.

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SOUP KITCHEN: first distribution on Friday at 12 o’clock. Only for the poor & very poor. They must
produce ticket from the Soup Kitchen Committee.
WEATHER: last Wednesday large numbers of people skating over the marshes, the thaw and fall of snow

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East Suff Gaz 29 Dec 

made it useless afterwards. Yesterday a great many people were skating below the stone bridge.
CURATE : Rev JHN Neville preached farewell sermon - about to leave town.
RE-OPENING OF WORLINGHAM CHURCH.

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It  is  our  pleasing  duty  this  week  to  record  this  reopening,  for  divine  service,  of  All  Saints’  Church,
Worlingham, which took place on Wednesday last. In doing so, it will, perhaps, not be uninteresting to
note a few of the improvements which have been effected during the last eighteen months to this church,
which  is of very ancient date, as shown by the fact that this Prior of  Butley Abbey presented to this

church,  soon after  the  year  1300.  The  earliest  date,  however,  at  which  the  appointment  of  Rector  is
recorded is “John Wayte, Rector of Worlingham  in  1371” The registers of Worlingham commence  in
1538.  Here  we  might  mention that according to Suckling’s History of Suffolk, two churches formerly

existed in Worlingham and were dedicated respectively to All Saints’ and St. Peter ; but the latter has
been down many years, and was probably not used after the end of the 15th century.

The present church of All Saints’ was formerly thatched with reeds, and its outside walls covered with
plaster. The former has been replaced with a more modern covering, and the latter knocked off and the

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flints bared to view, adding much to the outward. appearance of the edifice. The porch has been supplied
with an oak bench on either side, the windows have been restored, the floor re-paved, the roof renovated,
and a new oak door has taken the place of the old one at the north-west entrance to the sacred fabric.

On passing through this we are at once struck with the transformation that has been produced in a few
months, the church presenting an entirely different appearance to that which it formerly bore. The walls
have been re-plastered, and new and comfortable oak benches occupy the nave, a few being supplied with

stands, for the purpose of lighting up the church in the dull winter afternoons. At the west end of the
church are a few of the old benches with carved heads, in pretty good preservation. Passing up the tile-
paved aisle, we observe that the windows have been restored to their original Gothic pattern, and filled up
with green glass with amber border, and that an entirely new arch has been made at the entrance to the

chancel, the floor of which has been raised one step, and is paved with ornamental tiles, which produce a
pleasing effect. The chancel has also been re-seated with oak benches for the choir and clergy.
Within the communion rails the ornamentally paved floor has been raised two steps, and there is a new

oak altar table, covered with a handsome cloth, presented by Mrs. Waterfield. The reredos presents a most
handsome appearance, and indeed forms one of the most attractive features of the church. It is the gift of
G.L. Harrison, Esq., and is formed of encaustic tiles and mosaic. In the centre is a cross, and on each side

is a sacred monogram in Greek letters; on the north side I.E.S. (Jesus), on the south side X.P.S. (Christ).
There are also lilies, the emblems of purity, in mosaic. The effect of these alterations to the chancel is
somewhat marred by the low roof, and the windows, which appear to be the only things which have not

been restored.
The chapel on the south side of the chancel (now known as there chancel aisle)  was erected by some
family formerly resident in the parish -- possibly by the Jernigans, or the Dukes. Under the east window

of this chapel the floor was raised a step, and the appearance of a piscina in the wall points out the posi-
tion of an altar, where the priest performed mass for the souls of the founder and his family - From this
portion of the chapel, now used as a vestry, is a doorway, giving access to what was formerly the high

altar.
The organ, placed in the chancel aisle, was the gift of Robert Harrison, Esq, and was built by Messrs.
Walker, of  London. Its case is of oak, and its outside pipes are highly ornamented. The following is a

description of the organ:-
SWELL ORGAN
Open Diapason 

 
 

 
56 pipes

 
 

GREAT ORGAN
Open Diapason Great 

 
44

56 pipes

Stopped Diapason
Piccolo
Principal
Oboe . 

56 pipes
 
56 pipes
 

 
56 pipes
 
41 pipes

Dulciana 
 
    walled
 

 
 
 
pipes

 
 
 

Stopped

Bass
flute

    Treble 
Flute tuble 

 
 

 
 

56 pipes
56 pipes

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Principal 
Flute 

 
 

 
 

56 pipes
56 pipes

 

 
 

 
 

 
PEDAL BOURDON, THIRTY PIPES

 
 
Fifteenth 
 
 
56 pipes

No. of Pipes in Swell 
No. of Pipes in Great 

268 
324 

 
 

 
 

 
 
COUPLERS

Great Organ to Pedals
 
Swell to Pedals

No. of Pipes in Pedal 

 
 

 
 

Swell to Great

Organ
Total 

 
 

30  
622

The instrument is a really splendid one, and cost about 600. Of the stops we would specially notice the
open diapason (great), which has a very rich tone; the reed (oboe) in the swell, which is of fine quality,

but  ought  to be  carried  down  to  CC.  The  wall  flute  is  a  most  lovely  tone;  and  indeed the  organ  is
altogether well fitted up, and is highly creditable to its builders.

Resuming our survey of the chancel aisle, we find that it has been re-seated with oak benches, and that the
windows have been restored and fitted with cathedral glass like those in the nave. On the floor of the
chapel lie the brass effigies of a  man and his wife, from beneath which the arms and inscriptions are

reaved, but which Harvey in his Church Collections has preserved as follows:- “Nicholas Wrenne, gent.,
and Mary his wife, dyed Anno 1511.” There is an elegant mural monument by Chantry of Robert Bernard
Sparrow, only son of the late Robert Sparrow, Esq., of Worlingham, which formerly occupied a place on

the wall on the west side of the chapel, and blocked up a window. It has been removed and replaced in a
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more suitable position at the expense of Lady Gosford, and the window has been restored. Beneath this
window is a handsome brass plate bearing words to the effect that the chancel was restored by Sir Charles
Clarke in memory of his father and mother. The following are the words;-

“To  the  Glory  of  God  ,  and  in  memory  of  Charles  Mansfield  Clarke,  baronet,  M.D.,  F.R.S.,  D.C.L.,
formerly of Durham Lodge, Norfolk, and Mary Anna, his wife, the aisle was restored by their eldest son,
Charles Clarke, M.A., clerk, baronet, of Worlingham Hall, A.D. 1873.

The church formerly possessed a magnificent screen, but only the lower part now remains, and this has
been removed to the entrance of the tower, which has been thoroughly repaired, and the old inscribed
stones scattered about the church replaced as a flooring to it.  Not the least important alteration to the
church has been the removal of the north-western entrance, which has been filled up and a new window

inserted, thus materially adding to the light and warmth of the lower portion of the church. From a date
inscribed  on  the  south-west  angle  of  the  nave  it  is  probable  that  part  of  the  edifice  underwent  a
considerable repair in 1608. We must not forget to mention the old roofs of the nave and of the chancel

aisle have been removed and new open pitched pine roofs substituted in their place, which help to give
the church a neat, but withal, a handsome appearance.
A  new  pulpit  of  carved  oak,  with  stone base  and steps, and  fitted  up  with  a  small  brass  lectern  and

candlesticks, occupies the place of the old one. Close to this spot is a stone staircase, which formerly led
to the rood loft. An oak door has been made to this staircase, which is in a good state of preservation.
We  are  glad  to  say  that  the  comfort  of  those  who  attend  divine  service  in  this  church has  not  been

forgotten, and that provision has been made to warm the church by means of a stove sunk in a kind of
vault in the centre of the nave aisle. At the entrance to this vault is a brass with this legend inscribed in
black letters, but without date, “Orate pro anima Walter Lecherd,” & c.

The restoration of the church has been done entirely at the expense of Sir Charles Clarke, Bart., at a cost
of about 1600,  while the fittings, such as the pulpit, lectern etc, will be paid for by subscriptions. A
Bloomfield, Esq., of London was the architect; Mr J.D. Botwright, of Bungay, was the builder.   

We may just mention that in the churchyard, adjoining the south wall of the nave, there is an altar tomb of
white  marble, bearing the arms of the  Playters, and an inscription to the  memory of Dame  Elizabeth
Playter, daughter and sole heiress of John Felton, Esq. This monument has been repaired at the expense of

the Rev. Cartwright and the Earl of Bristol.
Divine service commenced at eleven o’clock on Wednesday morning [23 December] ….
RE-OPENING OF WORLINGHAM CHURCH

From the East Suffolk Gazette, 5 January 1875
Sir, 
January, 1875
In your report of the above, there are some slight errors and omissions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The  south  aisle  was  restored  in  1873,  by  Mr  Cornish,  of  North  Walsham,  builder,  who  also  did  the
chancel, benches, floors etc. My contract was for restoring the nave, viz, the new roof, benches, pulpit etc.
If I had seen your reporter, I should have told him that the following persons were associated with me in

carrying out my contract, viz, Mr Henry Nursey, stonemason, of Bungay, and Mr Jas. Elden, bricklayer,
of  Broome;  Mr  Robert  Godbold  of  Harleston,  did  the  carving  for  me;  Mr  John  Brundell  of  Beccles,
glazed  the  windows,  Arthur  Blomfield,  Esq.,  M.A.,  of  Montague  Square,  London,  was  the  architect,

represented by Wm. O. Milne, Esq., of Great Marlborough Street, London.
Please insert this in your next issue, as I do not wish to monopolise all the honour and credit.
I am yours most obediently,                John D Botwright,   Bungay

EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1875

1875
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East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 

DEATH of Sir Samuel Bignold
SUICIDE  ATTEMPT:  A  determined  and  nearly  successful  attempt  to  commit  suicide  was  made  on
Saturday  morning  by  John  Flowers,  whose  marriage  with  Lydia  Bean,  a  woman  half  his  age  ...  was

celebrated with much rejoicing by the then happy couple. But soon after Flowers began to fear that he had
not perhaps made the best of bargains, and that notwithstanding his venerable age of 84 he had made a
great  mistake.  No  sooner had  this  thought occurred  to him  than  it became  clearer,  and  regret  for his

unwise step daily grew greater. Poverty adding its quota to his misery, he determined to quit his home,
and seek peace at Shipmeadow Union, to which place he betook himself. Whether absence made his heart
grow fonder, or he became curious to know what effect his absence had on his better half is doubtful, but

it is certain he could not content himself  in the Workhouse, and he left that asylum and repaired to his
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home in Ravensmere. Here it is said quarrels were again frequent, and his domestic life must have been
most unhappy, for he became so tired of it after being at home for a few days he tried to hang himself in
an adjoining shed, but was found and cut down by his brother-in-law, Billy Bean. [He subsequently cut

his throat, but was sent to Shipmeadow Workhouse. He died the following week.]
WORLINGHAM CHURCH: list of those who did the work - in a letter.
BAPTIST CHAPEL: White marble tablet, near the pulpit in memory of George Wright

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 
 
1875
East Suff Gaz 9 Jan 

ACCIDENT: Groves Moore of Mutford was driving from the direction of Weston the worse for drink (it
is reported) when the horse took fright & dashed along the road at a terrific pace, throwing him out of the
cart. The horse continued its course, & the keeper of the Railway gates, hearing its approach half opened

the  gate  to  allow  it  to  pass through  without  perceiving  that  the  animal  was  without  a  driver.  To  his
consternation, instead of crossing the road the horse dashed down the line.  
e 4.12 train to London from Beccles was coming up, & a dreadful incident seemed imminent. Fortunately

 
 
 
 

the driver of the train perceived the unusual obstruction, and stopped the train near Leavold’s Bridge &
the horse & cart were removed, delaying the progress of the train ten minutes.
INSURANCE:  It is scarcely necessary in the present day to insist upon the importance of young men

1875
East Suff Gaz 19 Jan 

connecting themselves with some or other friendly society, that in the case of sickness they may not be
left  without  resources  wherewith  to  tide  over  that  trying  and  expensive  period,  or  in  case  of  death,
overburden their parents with heavy funeral expenses. The wisdom of such a course is generally admitted;

and the only difficulty experienced is that of deciding to which it would be best to connect oneself. There
are five Friendly Societies in the town:- Oddfellows; two Courts of Foresters; two branches of Rational
Sick & Burial Society. The Oddfellows has 200 members.

1875
1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 26 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 26 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 26 Jan 

CHEMIST: JW Steel [born 1843], Dispensing & Family Chemist has vacancy for apprentice.
COUNCIL: 1. Mr Elliott be employed to examine the Engine at the Steam Mill and put it in order.
COUNCIL 2. Tender for 25 chairs for Assembly Room from Mr SF Pells at 4 - 3s - 6d accepted.

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 26 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 26 Jan 

COUNCIL: 3. SOUP: 80 gallons made twice a week - 500 - 600 pints  average supplied.
COUNCIL  4.  TOWN  HALL:  Mr  Pells:  lobbies  to  library  &  Institute  inconvenient  &  too small.  The
inside for the Institute on the lower floor unsightly - as part of a room 18ft 6ins & part 7ft 6ins - would

have two upright posts as supports to room above. Room above 10ft 6ins high.
BELLMAN of the town: Mr James Beales, (billposter), in place of Mr Potter, resigned.
FOUNDRY: Mr Oldrin told to remove his steam engines etc. from the Old Market.

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 26 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 26 Jan 

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 2 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 2 Feb 

DEBTS: Samuel Sutton will not be answerable for any debts of his wife Alice Sutton.
COURT: William Clarke charged with unlawfully refusing to pick oakum. Pleaded guilty and said he was
not ashamed of it either. Mr  H Stammers, Master of Shipmeadow Workhouse: Defendant admitted on

Wednesday evening. Casuals should have 8 ozs of bread for supper & 8 ozs for breakfast, and having
picked one pound of oakum, should be dismissed. Refused to pick oakum. Imprisoned and kept to hard
labour for 14 days.

1875
1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 9 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 9 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 9 Feb 

INN: BLACK BOY: Wanted immediately, two horsemen. Cottages & Gardens.
ACCIDENT at Caxton Press: Arm badly damaged.
FORESTERS’ ANNIVERSARY  DINNER:  Chairman, WM Crowfoot. Dinner at King’s Head. Toast to

Chairman: “ He was glad to hear that since their last meeting together the Chairman had taken to himself  
‘a better half’ (cheers) and he hoped that the long honoured name of Crowfoot would be handed down to
posterity untarnished and respected, as it was now in Beccles. He begged to propose to them the health of

their  respected  Chairman,  and  was  sure  they  would  drink  it  with  all  the  honour  and  enthusiasm  it
deserved. It was very kind of Mr Crowfoot to leave the comforts of home, which he now understood and
enjoyed (laughter); before it was a charity to invite him to come (renewed laughter)

1875
 
 

East Suff Gaz 16 Feb 

SALE: Extensive & Vauable Trade Premises (by direction of the Motgagees & under the power of sale.)
The Dwelling House & extensive trade premises in Northgate now occupied by Mr Edward Buck.
ALSO the comfortable White  Brick &  Slated Residences in the occupation of Mr Buck  & Mr Alfred  

 
 

Gooding.
These last mentioned Houses are of modern erection & replete with comfort.
The entireproperty is freehold & covers an area of half an acre, havi8ng frontage of 86ft on Northgate  &

 
 

 
 

76ft on the River Waveney, The business of a wool stapler & wine  merchant have been carried on for
many years & there is every advantage of a still more extensive trade.
[Northgate 19 & 21]

 
1875

 

East Suff Gaz 16 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 16 Feb 

TAILOR: Wanted a first class Coat hand (tailor), also an apprentice. T Claxton, Newmarket.
BECCLES  BREWERY:   Employees  annual  supper.  Mr  Grice  of  George  and  Dragon  provided  an
excellent  repast.  About  50  persons  (including  several  tradesmen  &  other  friends).  Chairman:  JM

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Brundell;  Vice-Chairman:  RB  Snowden.  Toasts  to  company  coupled  with  Mr  TM  Read  &  Captain
Lutwyche.
FIRE in Gaol Lane put out by PC Fox. In outbuilding used by Mr Dunn as a Carpenter’s shop.

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 16 Feb 

CAXTON PRINTING WORKS: We hereby give notice that the partnership of the late firm of “William
Moore &  Co” has been dissolved. The business will in  future be carried on by us under the style of  
“Clowes & Clowes”. signed WCK Clowes & William Clowes, junior. 13 March 1875.

East Suff Gaz 16 Mar 

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 16 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 30 Mar 

INDEPENDENT CHURCH: Ordination of Rev JH Robinson as Pastor.
CAMBRIDGE  CLASSICAL  TRIPOS:  67  candidates.  Arthur  George  Peskett  of  Lowestoft  the  top
candidate, educated at Fauconberge School under Rev AO Hartley.

1875
East Suff Gaz 6 Apr 

WAVENEY STAG HOUNDS: The Meet took place at Ringsfield. The company assembled at Mr Albert
Chaston’s near the Church [farmer]. The hind was uncarted on a wheat stubble adjoining the Beccles
Road & made its way through Weston and Ellough to Sotterley Park, a distance of about six miles, where,

ensnared  by  thickets,  it  was  unable  to escape  from  its  pursuers,  who  remorselessly put  an  end to  its
existence, and prematurely put an end to an afternoon’s sport, to join in which gentlemen from Norwich,
Yarmouth and many other places had come.

1875
East Suff Gaz 20 Apr 

DEATHS  of  Baptists  recently:  John  Read  of  Worlingham,  [farmer,  aged  59],  Nursey  &  Edmond
Grimson, labourer, aged 79.
DEATH: Richard Thornton, brewer, for many years connected with this town. Aged 75.

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 13 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 13 Apr 
DEATH: Rev John Rustat Crowfoot at Wangford Vicarage, aged 58.

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 18 Apr 

TO BE LET: Two comfortable furnished apartments in Northgate. Apply Mr RF Thornton.
BOARD  SCHOOL:  WM  Crowfoot,  Chairman  of  Governors;  Mr  Buscall,  master;  Miss  McKenzie,

East Suff Gaz 20 Apr 

mistress
COUNCIL: New Steam Engine purchased for 200 broke down within a few days & had to be repaired.

1875
st Suff Gaz 27 Apr 

The noisiest ever heard.
COUNCIL: not interested in Sedan Chair.
COUNCIL: Police to stop children playing with hoops in the street.

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 27 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 27 Apr 

1875
East Suff Gaz 27 Apr 

SALE:  Executors of John Fryer Whitehead: Two comfortably arranged Dwelling Houses in Northgate
with large  Yard adjoining, abutting on the River Waveney & where a lucrative trade as a Stone Mason
has been carried on a great number of years. Substantial well built Dwelling House fronting Northgate,

now in the occupation of Charles Nursey - good quay abutting
ALSO a comfortable Dwelling House & Front Shop adjoining, now occupied by Mrs RF Thornton.
Freehold.

 
 

 
 

1875
East Suff Gaz 4 May 

DEBTS: Jonathan Frederick  Clarke of Frankland’s Yard not responsible for  wife’s debts: Anna Maria
Clarke
LIQUIDATION: Edward Gilbert Rigby Watson, Chemist.

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 4 May 
East Suff Gaz 4 May 

ROOKERY:  R  Dashwood: “The rookery at Gillingham Hall is a large and very old one and this year
consisted of 100 nests. The birds were observed to be busy as usual on the 9th. On Sunday afternoon 11th
[of March] returning from church, I was struck by the unusual stillness and observed the rooks had all left

and they have not returned, not a rook alighting on the trees ... Many of the old birds must have had
young ones or at least eggs ready to be hatched when they left their old home. Another small rookery,
consisting of  19  nests,  in  Beccles,  about  a  mile  and  a  half  distant  was  also similarly  deserts a  week

previously  without  obvious  cause.”  Editor:  “Many  instances  of  rooks deserting  decayed  trees,  which
shortly afterwards have fallen to the ground. If the trees are sound the desertion might have arisen from an
absence in the district of food for the young.”

1875
East Suff Gaz 4 May 

DEATH: Mr Methven, former manager of Gas Works. Moved to be Manager at Bury. Started as railway
engineer, went to Egypt to superintend the construction of the Grand Cairo & Alexander Railway. When
he  took  over  the  Bury  Gas  Works they  were  in  a sad plight  and  he took  them  to  their  present  most

satisfactory position and are a monument to his exceeding great energy and skill and the company will be
fortunate if they find a successor so upright, conscientious and painstaking.
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS & District Visitors -  60 of them have tea in the Rectory Rooms

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 11 May 
East Suff Gaz 11 May 

LETTER: Being in Beccles for a few hours I was much attracted by the appearance of the Avenue leading
on to the Common. I was so pleased with the view that I determined to look at it a  little closer and
proceeded a short distance along its course. But I had not gone far before I was compelled to retreat. Not

that  the  spot that  I  had  reached  was untidy or  uncared  for,  indeed  it  bore  traces  of  having  recently
received particular attention. Plants and shrubs were there in profusion, and the flowers had begun to
unfold themselves and to lend their aid to render the spot particularly attractive. But the air was filled with

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such  a  filthy  odour!  So  horrible  was  it  that  I  was  obliged  to  run  way  as  quickly  as  possible.  From
enquiries I learnt that the foul ditch from which this stench springs has existed for many years.
EMIGRATION TO CANADA. A large audience of labourers heard Mr Dyke, the Canadian Government

1875
East Suff Gaz 18 May 

Commissioner: Distance to Canada 2,000 miles - took 9 days. In England 400 people a square mile - in
Canada only 2. Plenty of work for the labourer. Canadian Government gave free grants of land & paid 2-
4s-8d  of  3  required  for  agricultural  passage  to  Canada.  This  Spring  had  commenced  the  Canadian

Pacific  Railway. Mr Wright of Britannia Shades made rambling remarks discouraging people going to
Canada.
Collection at the door for labourer in Worlingham & 9 children wishing to emigrate.

 
1875

 
East Suff Gaz 25 May 

DEATH: William Arnold, Speaker of Assembly of New South Wales, son of Rev RA Arnold, Rector of
Ellough, in floodwater near his home.
14th  SUFFOLK  ARTILLERY  BAND  will  play  a  selection  of  music  on  the  Avenue  every  Thursday

1875
East Suff Gaz 1 Jun 

evening commencing 7 June at 7.30pm.  Subscriptions towards defraying expenses to Dixon, stationer.
Programmes 1d. Signed G Hussey, bandmaster.
BECCLES CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT this evening

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 1 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 1 Jun 

ARCHDEACON’S VISITATION: quoted Calendar of State Papers of Queen Elizabeth I - address from
gentry of Suffolk who “could not rest when they saw painful [painstaking] Pastors & Ministers brought to
the  bar  at  every Assize,  indicted,  arraigned  &  condemned  for  matters  of  very  slender  moment.”  He

deprecated harsh measures. Measures of unwise severity in any direction would only provoke reaction.
[1874: Public Worship Regulation Act was passed, giving parishioners the power (subject to the sanction
of  the  Bishop)  to prosecute  a clergyman  for  the  introduction  of  certain  practices  into the  Church  of

England not in accordance with the ritual.]
East Suffolk Gazette, Tuesday June 8, 1875  AT BECCLES, MR.  FENN & MESSRS. H.  & S.  READ
(jointly concerned) Are favoured with instructions to Sell by Auction, at the LION HOTEL, BECCLES,

1875
East Suff Gaz 8 Jun 

on Tuesday, the 29th ofJune, 1875, at Four for Five o’clock in the Afternoon, by  direction of the Trustee
of Mr. WILLIAM MOORE’S Estate,
THE following Valuable FREEHOLD PROPERTY-

 
 

 
 

Lot 11.—A  Large and Substantial MANSION,  in Northgate Street, formerly occupied by the late Mrs.
Chalker,  with  Coach-houses,  Stables,  Harness  House,  Ornamental  Garden  and  Pleasure    Ground,,  in
which are Conservatory, Circular Fernery, Peach House, and Cucumber House

 
 

[Mr William Moore was manager of the Caxton Press and fraudulently left a debt of 42,000 when he
disappeared from Beccles rather suddenly. He built Douglas Place in the grounds of Northgate House]