BECCLES NEWSPAPERS 15 June 1875 on
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East Suff Gaz 15 Jun 

PREACHING:  Disgraceful  conduct:  Mr  Passmore  holding  an  open-air  Meeting.  A  man  named
Woolnough & some boys tried by every means to put an end to the Service. It was  being conducted in

an untenanted house, and the noise was so loud that the Preacher’s voice could not be heard a few feet
away. The Police were present, but took no action. The Service ended with a Hymn and a prayer for

the “dear man” who was the cause of the disturbance.
Labourers’ dissatisfaction at Shadingfield. Have been on strike and farmers unable to get replacement
labour.

1875
East Suff Gaz 15 Jun 

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East Suff Gaz 22 Jun 

FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL: Walter Boyce, a former student, exhibition at St John’s Cambridge.
CONCERT in connection with the Fauconberge School held in the Rectory Rooms. Attendance small.

East Suff Gaz 22 Jun 

Handel, Mendelsshon, Mozart etc. The proceeds will go towards a school harmonium.
SCARLET FEVER in the town. The National & Board Schools to close for a time.

1875
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East Suff Gaz 29 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 29 Jun 

CONFIRMATION. 180 confirmed including 53 from Beccles
British & Foreign Bible Society AGM. Rev Tracy in Chair.

East Suff Gaz 29 Jun 
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East Suff Gaz 29 Jun 

BECCLES HOSPITAL: AGM of Governors: The Mayor  in the Chair.  Furnishing the Hospital  cost
255. Had 7 beds in Hospital, including one in the accident ward.
Bankruptcy Court, Yarmouth:  William Moore’s Bankruptcy: where Messrs Lacon or the Trustee  of

1875
East Suff Gaz 29 Jun 

WW Garnham entitled to securities pledged with Mr JC Copeman & afterwards borrowed by Moore
without the consent of Garnham.
SALE: Seven Freehold Cottages in Meachem’s Yard. Rentals of 20 11s

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 6 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 6 Jul 

SALE OF Moore’s PROPERTY;  Lot  1; Robert Flick  1437;  Lot 2 JC Copeman 200;  Lot 3: John
Read 205; Lots 5 - 10 not sold; Lot 11: E Masters 820; Lot 12: Steward & Patteson 800; Lots  

 
13-16 not sold

 
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Mr Martin’s House & Millwright’s Shop sold to Mr Oldrin  750
LICENCE transfer: Pickerel: Clarke to Samuel Aldred;
Cross Keys from Susannah Dunscombe to Robert Meen.

East Suff Gaz 6 Jul 
 

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East Suff Gaz 20 Jul 

Wesleyan Chapel licensed for marriages
LICENCES:  Application  by  John  Spencer  of  Station  Road,  beer  house  keeper  (the  Star)  ;  owner
Charles Pierson Skreen’s Park, Roxwell, Essex

East Suff Gaz 3 Aug 

 
1875

 

ALSO William Flower, New Market, Intoxicating Liquor Licence; owner John Garnham
SALE:  In  Liquidation:  A    Campling,  of  the  Old  Thatched  House:  Furniture  2  Sitting  Rooms,  5
Bedrooms etc.

East Suff Gaz 10 Aug 

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East Suff Gaz 10 Aug 

Death of Robert Martin, Millwright late of Peddar’s Lane
Rev J Blake, Baptist Minister, leaving Beccles

East Suff Gaz 10 Aug 
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East Suff Gaz 10 Aug 

Leading Article: Beccles, as its inhabitants are but too well aware, is not excessively lively; indeed, if
the truth may be spoken, it rejoices in the reputation of being rather dull.

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 10 Aug 

Beccles Regatta revived.
SALE OF LIQUOR: There are persons to be found among the inhabitants of Beccles who are of the

East Suff Gaz 10 Aug 

opinion that the facilities for obtaining intoxicating  beverages within its precincts  are not sufficient;
and yet upon turning to the Directory, I find there are no less than forty-six persons selling drink in
this  borough,  and  now  we  are  to  have  two  more!  One  intended  applicant  for  a  licence  is  either

oblivious to the fact of a public house immediately opposite to his own premises, or must he be under
the impression that the liquors he is already licensed to vend are so potent as to render the walk across
the road  both  difficult  and  dangerous to  his patrons. The other  intended  applicant, having  recently

undertaken to sell bibles , is now desirous to supplement them with brandy.
SALE  of WW Garnham’s  Estate: Lot 1:  E Masters  410;  Lot 2: E Masters; 175;  Lot 3:  E Warren
300; Lot 4: E Warren 295;  Lot 5: E Masters 295

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East Suff Gaz 17 Aug 

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East Suff Gaz 24 Aug 

POST OFFICE: moved from premises in the Old Market to the top of Rook’s Lane.
FAUCONBERGE  pupil,  Charles  Everitt,  aged  12,  son  of  WS  Everitt,  drowned  while  sailing    on
Mutford Broad

East Suff Gaz 24 Aug 
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East Suff Gaz 31 Aug 

TO BE LET: Station Road: Well fitted-up house: Entrance Hall, Drawing & Dining Rooms, Kitchen,
back offices & 5 Bedrooms. Enquire at No 10.
TO BE LET: Stable & Chaise House & two capital store houses adjoining in Newgate, late occupied

1875
East Suff Gaz 31 Aug 

by W Moore. Apply Flick & Sons, Land Agents, Saxmundham
COUNCIL: Advertise for Marshman, after death of Benjamin Baxter: 14s per week, house & Garden
rent free. Jacob Baxter appointed.

1875
East Suff Gaz 31 Aug 
1875
East Suff Gaz 31 Aug 

COUNCIL; 1. Premises owned by Mr Maplestone  & occupied by David Jude & others on Love Lane;
dead well removed; connected to the sewer, water supply laid on;

 
 

2. William  Spratt to remove nuisance  in premises  occupied by Myall, Money etc. & provide proper
supply of water.;

 
 

 
 

3. JL Kent’s cottages in Hungate Lane to connect to sewer & provide WCs
4. Newgate: Property occupied by Robert Read etc. to improve privy accommodation & remove pig
sty.

 
 

 
 

5. Mr Edwards & Mr Le Grice warned not to slaughter animals on unlicensed premises.
6. Owners of Properties  ordered to  connect to the sewer;  Isaac  Vertigen, Harriet  Ecclestone,  Sarah
Wigg

 
 
 

 
 
 

7. Mr Sayer to close his pump & join water supply (occupied by Everett, Gaze, Smith etc.) & John
Barnby in London Road (occupied by William Buckenham)
8. TM Read to stop keeping pigs on Corporation Wharf

 
 
 

 
 
 

9. CF Parker be allowed to connect to the sewer.
10. Footpath to be made round original Town Hall
11. Mr Boreham to lay drain from his property in Market Place

 
 

 
 

12. Ladies to have special time for using Bathing Place
13 POST OFFICE.  had ignored the wishes of the town, “An  altogether  unsuitable place,  a  village

grocer’s shop was much more preferable.”; “a disgrace to the Town”; “scant courtesy had been shown
the public.”

1875
East Suff Gaz 31 Aug 

COURT Case: Thomas  Laws v Rev -  Wenn, Rector  of Broome (who did not appear). Owing  22.
Ordered to be paid within 14 days..

 
 

LICENCES for Alcohol: No complaints against any Public House. Application for the Star; Only 26
licences for pubs  granted. Must obtain  one  from  another pub that is  closing (in  Station Road there
were 2 fully licensed houses & two beer houses.). Flower: only granted wine licence.

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 31 Aug 

Death of Robert Wooltorton aged 82
NUISANCE: The tradesmen in Exchange Square sweep their shops on Saturday night into the streets.
The place is  literally strewn with  bits of paper  lying & blowing  about,  and looked  very  untidy &

East Suff Gaz 7 Sep 

disagreeable.
BOWLS:: Beccles defeated Loddon. Adjourned to the White Lion for tea.
RIFLE COMPETITION: Monthly competition at 200, 500 & 600 yards. Private Mills 78; Tilney 68.

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 14 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 14 Sep 
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East Suff Gaz 14 Sep 

Rev J Blake sent Gold  Watch  inscribed  by members of Baptist Church. Moved to Baptist Church,
Waterbeach, Cambs.
ART CLASS: “Most of the students are able to obtain a very fair training, and are generally successful

1875
East Suff Gaz 14 Sep 

in freehand drawing from the flat, and freehand drawing from solid models; but in linear perspective,
and practical plane geometry, the majority do nothing, as they want the general education, and are not
sufficiently intelligent. As for solid geometry, not more than a couple are at all able to grasp it.”

1875
East Suff Gaz 14 Sep 

COURT: Sanitary  closure of well in premises occupied  by Mr Watson,  chemist. He did  not use the
well himself, but persons living in the adjoining cottages did. Mr EB Crowfoot said it was the cause of
the Fever.

1875
East Suff Gaz 21 Sep 

SALE: A  good freehold Family Residence  in  Saltgate  occupied by William Cutting:  Entrance Hall,
Dining & Drawing Rooms, back Sitting Room, Cellar, WC & six good sleeping Rooms. Water & Gas

are laid on.. A two stalled Stable & Coach House, with loft over and a large Workshop 30ft x  30ft.
SALE:  Liquidation.  WW  Garnham:’s  property  by  the  Trustees.  The  Thatched  House  (late  in  the

1875
East Suff Gaz 12 Oct 

occupation of Mr A Campling, draper, milliner & dressmaker.)
Substantially built trade premises and Residence with a shop frontage of nearly 50 ft in Blyburgate,

 
 

 
 

Two large Shops, spacious show room with fitting room attached, a large Workroom about 30ft x 15ft
with  Warehouse  above,   Entrance  Hall,  Dining  &  Drawing  Rooms,  two   Sitting  Rooms,   Eight
Bedrooms. Attic, Kitchen, brick & tiled Offices, Coal & Wood Houses, Gig House, Stable with hay

loft over & a covered entrance with folding doors from Ingate [Grove] Road; also a small Garden in
which stands a  brick & tiled  Summer House. Gas  is laid on throughout the premises, and there  are
pumps of spring & soft water on the property. Land Tax 1 - 19s. [Purchased HW Cutting for 525]

1875
East Suff Gaz 12 Oct 

FIRE:  On  Thursday  &  Friday  evenings  about  200  boys  collected  together  about  7  o’clock  on  the
Common and set fire to the furze bushes & continued until 10. A sharp look out is  kept by the boys,
and as soon  as  ever  a policeman  is seen, the  cry  of “round  up” is raised,  and the  mob  close  until

danger is over. On Thursday evening the Police captured a boy (whether in the act of lighting a furze
or not does not appear) but his companions made so furious an onslaught upon the “upholder of the
law” that he was compelled to let his capture go. The rumour that a number of the Corporation men,

and an increased force of Police, were on the Common on Saturday night, was sufficient to deter the
boys  from  going there,  and they  contented themselves with  running through the streets  for  half  an
hour, and halloing, to the great annoyance of persons who were obliged to be out.

1875

Meetings  of  the  Temperance  Society  &  the  Church  Missionary  Societies.  Also  a  lecture  on  the
Immortality of the Soul.
Mayor’s Dinner for 32 people. Mr Peter Youngs of the King’s Head catered at the Assembly Room.

East Suff Gaz 12 Oct 
1875
East Suff Gaz 19 Oct 

The band of 4th Suffolk Artillery Volunteers played
COURT: Richard Vyse Howard , 54, foreman of Tannery charged with embezzling money belonging
to JK & WH Garrod. He had worked there for 35 years. Twice a week sent out to buy skins paying

1875
 

ready money. Evidence from butcher at Lowestoft giving details of skins sold to him, but not entered
into books., also from Harleston..
COURT:  Richard  Vyse  Howard  pleaded  guilty  of  embezzlement.  Given  12  months  hard  labour.

1875
East Suff Gaz 26 Oct 

Prisoner had obtained between 150 & 200 falsely.
Municipal  Election:  J  Cooper  123,  WM  Crowfoot  112,  William  Blyth  103,  J  Mullett  89  -and  not
elected: WP Garrod 85.

1875
East Suff Gaz 2 Nov 
1875
East Suff Gaz 2 Nov 

STREET LOAFERS: It is a great pity that active steps are not taken by the police of this town to keep
the  pavements  near  Mr  Collins  and  the  Assembly  Room  free  from  groups  of  small  boys  and
hobbledehoys, who obstruct & insult people going to and from church or chapel on the Lord’s Day.

1875
East Suff Gaz 9 Nov 

Miss  Spencer  [Northgate]  disposes  of  her  school  after  12  years  to  Miss  McCulloch  of  London  at
Smallgate House near the Old Market.

1875
East Suff Gaz 9 Nov 

Mr Masters ends second term of Office.. Shown consummate energy, tact and ability, which will be
difficult  for  his successor to  equal...  ardent  desire    and will to  do  all  in  his power to promote the

advancement of the town and the well-being of its inhabitants
COURT: Walter Rose  aged 16  of Beccles  charged with  setting  light to the furze  on the Common.

1875
East Suff Gaz 9+ Nov 

Employed by Mr Julens. Gave false name, but was recognised and tracked down by PC Sharp. Case
for Assizes.
New Mayor: WE Crowfoot.

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz 16 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 16 Nov 

FLOODS  for miles  around. Mr Darby’s Timber  Yard  inundated, timber washed  away miles down
stream. Gillingham Dam flooded and 30 poplars beside the road destroyed.
Rev AC Tracy, brother of the Rector, the Curate of Beccles.

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East Suff Gaz 16 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 16 Nov 

Banquet to the new Mayor  in the Assembly Room. About  60 people present. Crowfoot, the Mayor
said  that  a  Mayor  was  required  to  have  a  considerable  knowledge  of  the  management  of  land,  &
something  about  sewerage  and  finance  &  another  dozen  subjects.  Should  be  a  courteous  man,

endowed  with  tact  &  power  of  welding  together  discordant  elements  &  preventing  passions  from
showing themselves & pouring oil on troubled waters. All these qualities had been ably .shown by the
late Mayor, Mr Masters. He should  attend regularly & punctually the  various meetings which were

held during his year of  office. At the time his Father was Mayor there were only twelve meetings a
year, now they  averaged two  a week all the year round.. All those meetings  had  been  attended &
managed  by the  late Mayor. He  had proved  himself an  able Chairman  and  most able  conductor  of

public business.
Mr Masters “They enjoyed privileges as a borough town
Many things still to be done..

 
 
- their rates were paid by the Corporation.
 
 

The Rector. He had  held  a  responsible position  in the  church for  20 years. The  more  a  clergyman
interested himself in the temporal and material as well as the spiritual welfare of his people, the more

would  he  contribute  to  the  social  advancement  and  happiness  of  the  community.  He  raised  the
protection  of fishing in the Waveney,  advocating  a  closed season  for fishing  and a  control over the

size of mesh used in nets.
Mr Walton, proposing the  health of the town, said  it was singular that no building  operations were

 
 

going on. What was wanted were a number of houses where persons of a respectable position could
repair. Houses of perhaps 20 a year. Builders would find a good percentage on their outlay.
ADVERTISEMENT: Ward & Walton, late Robert Ward. Wine Spirits, Liqueurs

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz, 23 Nov 
East Suff Gaz, 23 Nov 

ADVERTISEMENT: A Dixon, Bookseller, Stationer, Bookbinder, Printer & Engraver. Pianos etc.
ADVERTISEMENT: JW Steel, Mechanical & operating Dentist
ADVERTISEMENT: Mr Buck, Northgate. Wines & Spirits

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East Suff Gaz, 23 Nov 
East Suff Gaz, 23 Nov 
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East Suff Gaz, 23 Nov 

ADVERTISEMENT:   Jonathan   Read    (formerly   Durrant)   Watch   &   Clock   Maker,   Jeweller,
Silversmith, Optician
ADVERTISEMENT: William Flower, Wines & Spirits, Chemist

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz, 23 Nov 
East Suff Gaz, 23 Nov 

ADVERTISEMENT: Claxton, New Market. Wools, Ladies Underclothing, Baby Linen
ADVERTISEMENT: R Francis, Red House, New Market; Overcoats, Waterproofs, Rugs, Fur Caps,
Boots, Shoes.

1875
East Suff Gaz, 23 Nov 
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East Suff Gaz, 23 Nov 

ADVERTISEMENTS: Mostly Norwich  compared to  earlier years. 8 from Beccles, Only  one  from
Bungay
Sudden death of William Godfrey, corn merchant

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz, 23 Nov 
East Suff Gaz, 23 Nov 

CLOSURE  OF  WELL.  Mr  Garnham  contested  the  closure  of  well  in  premises  occupied  by  Mr
Watson. EB Crowfoot: “danger of typhoid fever”. Analysis from sample sent to London: “The water
is of the most dangerous character, and is utterly unfit for use.” - Well ordered to be closed.

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz, 30 Nov 

SALE: Watchmaker’s tools, large Vice, Clocks, etc. by Mrs Ayers
SALE: White Lion, by executors of late Mrs Shore. Family, Commercial, Posting & Market House.
With Stabling, Coach Houses & Buildings, Picturesque Bowling Green & productive Kitchen Garden.

East Suff Gaz, 30 Nov 
1875

DESERTER: James  Sampson of Beccles,  deserter from Army Transport Service Corps. To Ipswich
Gaol to await escort.
WORKING MEN’S CLUB; for the recreation & instruction. Room at top of Station Road open every

East Suff Gaz, 7 Dec 
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East Suff Gaz, 7 Dec 

evening  except Sunday from 6 until 10.30 (on  Saturdays from 3 o’clock).: Newspapers, Periodicals,
Chess, Draughts & Bagatelle. Miss Crowfoot & Miss Parker its real promoters.
NIGHT SCHOOLS: Rector  addressed the Police Court:  Special need to  give the youth of the town

1875
East Suff Gaz, 7 Dec 

instruction.
About 40 of townsmen ,  members  of  different religious  bodies  gave  assistance  at night schools. At
Sunday  School  a few  Sundays ago  Spratt an unruly boy,  was turned out of  the school. Waited &

 
 

threw stone at teacher.. When he arrived at the Peddar’s Lane School a boy poured a jug of water over
him. Difficult to stop him continuing to do so. He succeeded, with difficulty in getting order, but after

he left the disorder became serious. The superintendent got a boy to lead him to the parents of some of
the trouble makers. He was surrounded by a small mob of boys, and abused with obscene language all

down the street.
With the night school a teacher in the art class found a boy there not connected to the class, and put

 
 

him out. He was immediately surrounded by boys crying “Round up!” and pelted him with stones, one
of which much injured a pupil teacher.
Inspector Cole said the police would be present at teaching times and afterwards.

 
1875

 
East Suff Gaz, 14 Dec 

SALE: A Lady’s  Phaeton,  nearly new, with  back seats,  lamps &  cover complete. It is  very light &
suitable for a 14 hand horse or pair of ponies, Price 30. Mr Horsley, coach builder.
CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL: Rev JH Robinson resigned the pastorate.

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz, 14 Dec 
East Suff Gaz, 14 Dec 

FAUCONBERGE  SCHOOL: Mr AW Robinson  of  St Peter’s Cambridge  appointed  Second Master.
caused by the retirement of William Boyce
LITERARY INSTITUTE CRICKET CLUB: Meeting, Chaired by AWM Buscall

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz, 14 Dec 
East Suff Gaz, 14 Dec 

BAD WEATHER: severe frost. Some areas of Suffolk covered with snow to great depth. Skating on
the Marshes.
SALE: Mrs T Claxton;  Entire  Stock prior to  disposing  of  business in New Market.  Wools, Fancy

1875
East Suff Gaz, 21 Dec 

Work etc.
BANKRUPTCY  ACTION;  Garnham  &  Moore  both  bankrupt.  Garnham  had  been  a  newspaper
proprietor at Lowestoft.. Mr Copeman, solicitor had allowed Moore to have deeds to a property which

1875
East Suff Gaz, 21 Dec 

was already used as security for another property. Lacons Bank had first claim on remaining funds of
Moore’s bankruptcy. (Before Lord Chief Justice)
SALE: Furniture of  late Miss Hill in Fair Close Road

1875
1875

East Suff Gaz, 28 Dec 
East Suff Gaz, 28 Dec 

Wanted a respectable girl, about 17, as general servant. Apply 4, Essex Terrace, London Road.
FAUCONBERGE  SCHOOL:  Mr  William  Boyce,  who  for  many  years  has  been  senior  assistant

1875
East Suff Gaz, 28 Dec 

master,   given presentation on  leaving for his new school at Redenhall. He  also married. He is new
Headmaster of Redenhall School [see 8 Jan 1878]

EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1876

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1876

East Suff Gaz, 4 Jan 

SHIPMEADOW WORK HOUSE: 140 inmates at Christmas festivities.
COUNCIL: JL Kent storing petrol in various places; in the shop, in  a warehouse behind the shop, in

East Suff Gaz, 4 Jan 

licensed  store  in  Ballygate,  under  the  wall  near  the  street  by  his  house  in  Ballygate,  in  a  loke  in
Puddingmoor. Kent only allowed to store 3 gallons behind his shop.

 
 

Mr Masters applied to store petrol in his shop, in his bar warehouse near the Baptist Chapel  & some
on Rigborne Hill
25 Grant to Beccles Hospital.

 
1876

 
East Suff Gaz, 4 Jan 

Death of William Cowles, aged 82, at his residence, Northgate
John Cooper, after 16 years, transferred the business at the Mills & the Shop to Robert John Read
Death of William Aldous. pottery manufacturer, aged 65

1876
1876

East Suff Gaz, 11 Jan 
East Suff Gaz, 11 Jan 
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East Suff Gaz, 18 Jan 

WORKING MEN’S CLUB:  100  have  now  joined, but 200 required. Assembly Rooms  175 men &
wives sat down to an excellent meat tea. Band of the 4th  Suffolk Volunteers played.. The Mayor &
others spoke.

1876
East Suff Gaz, 18 Jan 

BURGLARY:  Mrs  Atkinson,   grocer,  34  New  Market.  Beneath   her  house  there  was   a  cellar,
communicating  inside with the  house  and  an  entrance by steps from the street, the doors of which

were  usually  fastened.  At  9.30  pm  she  heard  noise  in  lane  adjoining  shop,  &  on  going  out  heard
breaking earthenware, directly afterwards saw Edward Sampson stumble against the wall of the White

Swan, on the opposite side of the lane. She then heard someone coming up the cellar steps, the closing
of the doors & saw James Turner speak to Sampson.
The same two were accused of stealing a broom & shovel from Reuben Cowles, grocer of Blyburgate.

 
 

They were carrying broom etc. when they were arrested.
LETTER from C Gibson, London Road.
Praises development of foundries, Mr Haper’s (especially chaff cutting machines) & Mr Oldrin’s an

1876
 

East Suff Gaz, 18 Jan 
 

indefatigable & persevering individual (steam threshing machines)
Maltings manufacturing large supplies for Burton Brewery.
BLOOD POISONING: Wife of Obadiah Clark, a waterman died from blood poisoning. Injured one of

 
1876

 
East Suff Gaz, 25 Jan 

her fingers with a brass ring, wound festered & she died.
LIGHTING. only one  light in Newgate between Mr Stanford’s House [Ravensmere House]  and the
back of the White Lion. Most of street in darkness. Many collisions.

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East Suff Gaz, 25 Jan 

1876
 

East Suff Gaz, 25 Jan 

COUNCIL: 1 Lady’s Meadow, some interest of the Railway Company. The path had been broken up
by F Copeman, who had also removed some Posts, Must reinstate both directly.

 
 
 

 
 

Additional lamps in Hungate Lane suggested.
To provide proper privy accommodation: Joas James, Mr Dale & G Sutton.

 
 

Water unfit to drink in the Falcon, Messrs Garrod’s premises in Newgate, Mr Copeman’s property in
Lady’s Meadow

 
 

Ordered that tests be done on the Town Pump. “Quite unfit to drink.” - closed  immediately, handle
removed. Mr Mullett said he had drunk from it for 31 years had enjoyed it up to the last hour. 
Town Clerk to be paid 100 p.a. & the Surveyor 75 p.a.

 
 

 
 

Experimental Pumping of sewage commenced
Town  Clock  did  not  keep  Greenwich  time,  it  was  5  minutes  faster  than  railway  time.  Decided  to
change it to Greenwich time.

 
 
1876
East Suff Gaz, 25 Jan 

LETTER: The Town & Trade of Beccles: A correspondent has applauded the progress of Beccles, but
stops short after praising his end of the town, and wisely too. Did he live at this end, in constant view
of  our  miserable  bridge,  and  having  to  pass  through  these  narrow,  ill-paved  and  dirty  ways,  the

drainage  scheme  for  which  appears  to  have  been  quietly  shelved,  and  which,  needing  the  most
attention, are the last thought of by the authorities, he would rather bewail the want of enterprise in a
town which can be  content with such a bridge  and such streets as yours Truly: Bridge & Northgate

Streets.
SALE: WINDMILL: An excellent Post Windmill, with brick Round House, Patent & other Sails, two
pairs  of  French  Burr  Stones,  Wood  Shaft,  Iron  Stone  Nuts,  good  Head  Wheel,  &  other  suitable

1876
East Suff Gaz, 1 Feb 

appliances.
ALSO a good brick & Slated Dwelling House, with substantial Stables, Cartshed & other convenient
outbuildings and productive Garden;

 
 
 
 

ALSO  a  valuable  piece  of  Arable  Land  situate  on  an  eminence  near  the  London  Road,  in  the
occupation of Abraham Ling, who will give possession on 6 April 1876. The property is all Freehold

& Land Tax redeemed
SALE: Swine’s Green: Freehold Cottages with front & back Gardens. Trustees of John Ling:

1876
 
 

East Suff Gaz, 1 Feb 

 
 

Brick & Tiled Double Cottage occupied by John Barber & George Sampson
Two small brick & tiled Cottages, one occupied by James Balls, the other unoccupied. There is a well

of good water on the property. Land Tax 6s 10d
BECCLES CHORAL  SOCIETY: Concert: Judas Maccabeus (Selections  & Part  Songs..  [Report  15
February]

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East Suff Gaz, 1 Feb 
 

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East Suff Gaz, 1 Feb 

LITERARY INSTITUTE: Spelling Bee
Rev SK Bland described in a lecture his tour to Italy with 80 Baptists
Transfer of Licence. Abraham Aldred, the Pickerel applied for transfer of licence of Angel Inn to him

East Suff Gaz, 1 Feb 
East Suff Gaz, 1 Feb 

The Pickerel to Thomas Rouse.
COURT: SCHOOL BOARD; Absence from school. 4 children failing to attend school aged 8, 9 & 10.
One  intentionally kept  at home  because  she  could read & write,  another played truant,  one had  no

1876
East Suff Gaz, 1 Feb 

boots - not fit to send a child to school in the winter without boots. All fined 2s 6d.
C Nursey, Marble & Stone Mason thanks for support for past 13 years, has moved from Bridge Street
[Northgate?]  to  Station  Road,  late  in  the  occupation  of  JM  Walne.  Mrs  Walne  wishes  to  thank

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East Suff Gaz, 8 Feb 

employers of her late husband. Disposed of to Mr Nursey.
BRICK WORKS; Wanted  a foreman to take  charge of a  small  brickyard &  make  bricks, Tiles etc.
Apply George Fenn, Beccles.

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

TO  LET:  Good  Business  Premises,  with  10  Roomed  Residence  in  Saltgate,  with  Yard,  Stabling,
Coach House &  Workshops suitable for  a  Wheelwright, Cabinet Maker  or Builder. Apply Charles
Drake, Land Agent

1876
East Suff Gaz, 15 Feb 

SALE: Beccles Pottery (established 1800) Ingate [Grove] Road. Taken over by WR Aldous, continues
in all its branches, following many years of his late father & brother.
GARNHAM: Wanted  by an elderly couple, Housekeeper, aged 50 -60,  to take charge of the house

1876
East Suff Gaz, 22 Feb 

with a servant under her, John Garnham, London Road.
DEATH: of Countess of Gosford, born 1808, married 3rd Earl 1832. He died 1864.
DEATH of Robert Burstall, grocer, aged 73

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

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East Suff Gaz, 29 Feb 

ADVERTISEMENT: Charles Lockwood, Old Market & near the Bridge: China, Glass, Earthenware.
LECTURE on Water by WM Crowfoot.
COURT: Assault dismissed. At the Plough - changed its name to the Duke of Edinburgh.

East Suff Gaz, 29 Feb 
East Suff Gaz, 29 Feb 
1876

MOORE Case: Reversal of Decision before Lord Chief Justice. Dispute between two innocent parties:
Judgement  for  Copeman  in  connection  with  Garnham’s  deeds  &  against  Lacon’s  Bank.  No  costs
awarded.

East Suff Gaz, 7 Mar 
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East Suff Gaz, 14 Mar 

Thomas  Claxton  thanks  for  support  over  25  years.  Business  taken  over  by  Robert  Rodwell  from
London & Oxford. Tailor, Hatter & Outfitter.

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East Suff Gaz, 14 Mar 

ADVERTISEMENT: George Yallup, Undertaker & Mourning Warehouseman, Exchange Square.
ADVERTISEMENT: Frederick Farrer (late A Barnes & Co) Coal Merchant, Railway Station, Beccles

East Suff Gaz, 14 Mar 
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East Suff Gaz, 14 Mar 

ADVERTISEMENT:  W  Elliott,  Mechanical  Engineer,  Ingate  Works,  by  Station:  Manufacturer  of
Improved  Steam  Gyrators,  High  Pressure  Steam  Engines,  Portable  Steam  Engines  etc.  Repair  &

improvement of Steam Engines; Cylinders rebored; valves surfaced etc.; Sewing Machines repaired &
adjusted.
ADVERTISEMENT: Mrs RB DOWE thanks for four years support. Tailor & Habit Maker, Woollen

1876
East Suff Gaz, 14 Mar 

Draper, Hatter, Hosier & Glover
CARRYING BUSINESS, Old Established, between Beccles & Yarmouth with horse & covered van.
Apply James Barkway, Red Lion, Blyburgate, Beccles.

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East Suff Gaz, 14 Mar 
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East Suff Gaz, 21 Mar 

TO  BE  LET:  Carpenter’s  Shop,  Double  Stalled  Stable  in  occupation  of  G  Dunn.  Enquiries  F
Blunderfield, 13[?] Station Road
TO BE LET: A garden containing 3 Acres. Apply George Fenn.

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East Suff Gaz, 4 Apr 
East Suff Gaz, 4 Aprr 

PIKE: Monster Pike caught in the Mill Dyke near Messrs Crisp’s Wharf. Weighed 20 & 3/4 lbs.
LIQUIDATION: Charles Drake, auctioneer.
DEATH of Mrs Johnston, widow of Rev JT Johnston, Rector of Beccles

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East Suff Gaz, 4 Apr 
East Suff Gaz, 4 Apr 

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East Suff Gaz, 4 Apr 

Spelling Bee in connection with the Sunday School Union.
COUNCIL Petition to Parliament on preservation of fishing: Unanimously agreed & signed.
SALE Executors of late William Delf

East Suff Gaz, 4 Apr 
East Suff Gaz, 11 Apr 
 
 

LOT 1: Mercantile Property on the Waterside in the Old Market Score: comprising Two Substantial
brick  built 40 Quarter Maltings  with steeps, Working Floors & kilns of the most modern  approved
construction,  Malt  Stores  &  Barley  Chamber  of  ample  extent’  open  ground  &  an  enclosed  Yard

communicating with  a  Staithe on the River Waveney, now in the occupation Messrs John &  Edwin
Crisp, for a term of which three years will be unexpired in September at the low rent of 15 p.a.

 
 

 
 

[Bought in 1340]
LOT 2: Four Cottage Tenements in the Old Market Score let at rents producing 13 7s pa.

 
 

 
 

[withdrawn]
LOT 3: The Stone Cottage with ground in front in Northgate occupied by Mr D Delf at 6 pa

 
 

 
 

[Purchased By W Delf 120]
LOT 4: Valuable piece of Accommodation or Building Land, also well adapted for a market Garden
containing 4a 0r 23p in Ravensmere, occupied by A Piper - due to quit at Michaelmas.

 
 

 
 

[Purchased E Masters %500]
LOT 5: A very pleasant Suburban Residence in London Road, [No18] in occupation of Mrs Hillier at
rent of 26 pa.. The House is conveniently arranged and contains 3 Sitting Rooms, 5 Sleeping Rooms

and suitable  domestic  offices. The Drawing Room  communicates  by French Casements, through  a
Conservatory  with   a  tastefully  disposed  Pleasure  Ground,   beyond  which  are  spacious  Kitchen
Gardens, with right of carriage way to the road.

 
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[Mr J Cooper 560]
COUNCIL:  1.   Agreed  ground  in  Swine’s Green, where the  Pound  used to stand should be  let  on
Building Leases for 75 years.

East Suff Gaz, 18 Apr 

 
 
 

 
 
 

2. Ordered the Wells on premises occupied by SF Pells & D Soanes be closed.
3.  Beccles Brewery to discontinue keeping pigs.
4. Messrs Crisp to discontinue keeping stock in Fair Close.

 
 
 

 
 
 

5. Pump in New Market to be removed & well arched over.
6. The Walk to be repaired with Flag Stones.
7. Water in the New Market contaminated, but the Council still wished to keep it. Committee set up.

 
 

8. ASSEMBLY ROOM: Estimate for setting back the windows, painting or cementing the outside &
restoring the windows. The interior to be painted Fence grey (3 coats), woodwork painted throughout,
wood white &  gold. Chandeliers to  be put in order &  restored. Ceiling to be whitened  and painted

portion restored. Gas hanging tubes to be  oil  gilded, picture rods cleaned.. The lobby to be painted,
papered  and  varnished,  as  now.  The  room  formerly  used  as  the  Public  Library  to  be  painted  &
papered. Decided to only have the interior decorated.

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East Suff Gaz, 18 Apr 

VESTRY MEETING:: Mr Houghton & Mr Parker re-elected Churchwardens.
The  condition  of  the  Churchyard.  Mr  WE  Crowfoot  thought  was  disgraceful.  He  felt  a  particular
interest in it  as many  of his forefathers were  buried there,  and  he  hoped  one day to  be  laid there

 

himself.
EASTER  MEETING  continued  from  Vestry  Meeting.  Behaviour  in  Church.  Not  excellent.  Two
people asked to sit at back  of church to control the young. In the past there were four beadles, who

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East Suff Gaz, 25 Apr 

inspired a wholesome fear in the minds of the boys & kept them much in restraint.
Free & Open Church: Disagreement as to how the system should work.  Nobody paid for their seats in

 
 

Church, must be free to go wherever they wish. The Churchwardens try to preserve seats for regular
churchgoers, but if others get there   first, the Churchwardens would not remove them.

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East Suff Gaz, 25 Apr 

Evidence from Inspector Cole: Tramp had been offered 5s by Robert Harrison  to write on walls in the
town “Nash, the notorious whoremonger” using a piece of clay pipe.

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East Suff Gaz, 9 May 

PRESENTATION to Mr AH Livock on his marriage from Choral Society & St Michael’s Choir
WORKHOUSE: William Godbold, an old man given pass from the Workhouse for two days, did not
return. Charged  with having taken away clothing belonging to the Wangford Union. Pleaded Guilty,

East Suff Gaz, 9 May 

said he did not know there was a time limit on his pass. Sentenced to seven days. The least the law
allowed them to give. Fines not allowed.
TO BE LET: Nice House in Station Road & large Garden, Coach House & Stable if required. Apply

1876
East Suff Gaz, 16 May 

H & J Read, Estate Agents.
OVERCROWDING::  A  correspondent  writing  concerning  the  apparent  mortality  in  the  town  for
months  past  draws  attention  to  the  overcrowding  in  some  houses  in  the  town.  In  one  house  near

1876
East Suff Gaz, 16 May 

Blyburgate, containing two rooms, eight persons are living: A man & his wife, two adult sons, a boy
& a girl in their teens & two children
In another two-roomed house, not  far from the Church seven persons are living. Father & mother, son

 
 

of 20, a daughter of 22, another of fifteen & two younger ones, They all sleep in one room.
SALE:  Two freehold Dwelling Houses with excellent attractive shop fronts in New Market adjoining
the King’s Head.

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East Suff Gaz, 23 May 

 
 
 

 
 
 

LOT 1: In the occupation of Mr Le Grice, butcher 
LOT 2: In the occupation of Jonathan Read.
ALSO Two & a Half Acres  of Accommodation  & Building  Land in Caxton Road to  be offered  in

}
} [Jonathan Read 910]

 

eight lots, 2a 1r 25p [Lots 1 & 2: Pert 80; Lot 3: R Read 41; Lot 4 Robert Copping 40; Lots 5 - E
Masters : 135.]

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East Suff Gaz, 23 May 

TO  BE  LET:  Wharf  Premises  with  good  Dwelling  House  in  Northgate  suitable  for  Stonemason,
Builder, Felmonger, Maltster etc. The adjoining House & Shop can be let with the above. Apply Mr

Pert, Market Place or JT Woodard, architect, London.
HISTORICAL FIND: While excavating to enlarge Mr TH Pearce’s wine cellars [14 Blyburgate] the

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East Suff Gaz, 23 May 

workmen found  a pitcher, supposed to be of  Saxon period. It was  found in the angle formed by the
connection of two very thick and strong stone walls, apparently of some old building, whose existence
was previously unknown. How far these massive walls extend was not ascertained.

1876
East Suff Gaz, 23 May 

ACCIDENT:  Two  valuable  dogs  belonging  to  Mr  Wilkinson  were  accidentally  killed  when  their
master  was  near  the  London  Road  Railway  crossing  at  the  time  of  the  last  train  from  London  to
Beccles. He had  called them into the  Signalman’s hut, but just as the train was  approaching two of

them rushed out and were killed instantly.
COURT: Charles Beales, labourer: not sending his children to school. The father wanted them to go to
the Board School & the mother to the National School. The result was they did not go to school at all.

1876
East Suff Gaz, 23 May 

On 4 March 1875 they were  both  at the National  Schools,  but they had  been very little  since  and
months ago they  had  been  struck  off the Register. The  attendance  officer had  received  complaints
about what a nuisance they were when they should have been at school.

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East Suff Gaz, 30 May 

DEATH of Phoebe Shore, formerly of the White Lion Inn in October 1875.
TOWN PUMP removed last Tuesday.
BRICKLAYERS’ STRIKE. Pay 21s a week for 58 & 1/2 hours work, bur the bad weather over the

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

year reduced  it to  18s per week. They were  eventually offered  2s more  a week  & they returned to
work after a month.
COURT: William Harper v Susannah Dunscombe. Unpaid bill of 2 6s 9d. Told that she had been out

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East Suff Gaz, 30 May 

of  her  mind  for two years.  She had  ordered the sign  on the Cross Keys to be  mended  but  did  not
consider  it her duty to pay as it was broken by a load of hay passing. She was ordered to pay.
CONCERT:  Choral Society:: Haydn’s Creation: 40 in the Orchestra. The Mayoress [Mrs Crowfoot]

1876
East Suff Gaz, 6 Jun 

one of the soloists - encore for “On mighty pens”.  
TRANSFER OF LICENCE: Fleece INN, Blyburgate from Brooks to Saker.
SALE: Executors of late Thomas Delf: Freehold Properties

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East Suff Gaz, 6 Jun 
East Suff Gaz, 20 Jun 
 
 

LOT  1:  Substantial    &  well-built  Dwelling  with  Draper’s  &  Milliner’s  Shop,  Show  Rooms  &
Warehouses  occupying  a  commanding    position  in  the  most  frequented  thoroughfare  of  the  town,
having  frontages  towards  the  Corn  Exchange  Square  &  the  New  Market  Place.  The  Residence

contains Drawing Room, two Sitting Rooms front & back Kitchens, larder, two cellars, five principal
Bedrooms, Nursery, two Attics & convenient closets.
The Business Premises  comprise  Entrance Hall, spacious Draper’s & Milliner’s shop 50ft in length,

 
 

with centre skylight, two show rooms, underground warehouses with recess for shop shutters. In the
rear of the House is a paved Yard in which are water closets & other offices, soft water tank, & a back

entrance from Sheepgate. There are pumps of hard & soft water on the premises. Land Tax 1 11s 6d.
These  premises  are  tenanted  by  Mr  George  Yallup  under  a  lease,  three  years  of  which  will  be

unexpired at Michaelmas. Rent 75.
LOT  “  A  freehold  Dwelling  House  at  the  junction  of  Northgate  &  Bridge  Street,  containing  two

 
 

Sitting  Rooms, back Kitchen, pantry, larder, cellar, three principal Sleeping Rooms & two attics
ALSO  Grocer’s  &  Draper’s   Shop,  extensive  Earthenware  &  Glass   Showroom,  50ft  in  length,
conveniently fitted with shelves, & approached from the Shop. Grocery & other Warehouses; also a

 
 

Land  Tax  14s  10d;  This  lot  is  occupied  by  Charles  Lockwood  a  yearly  tenant  at  Rent  of  25
productive Garden, well planted with fruit trees & bushes. There is a pump of excellent spring water.  
SALE at Lowestoft of WW Garnham’s property in Marine Parade. Liquidation.

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East Suff Gaz, 20 Jun 
East Suff Gaz, 20 Jun 

FAREWELL DINNER to Mr EJ Nash, assistant to Messrs Crowfoot. Been in Beccles three years.
ADVERTISEMENTS  with  illustrations  of  Bedsteads,  Prams,  Chimney  Pieces,  Cooking  Stoves,
Washing Machines, Wringers, Bicycles.

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Ipswich Journal 24 Jun 

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LEADER: “In a year of great Agricultural Depression ...”
Abraham Campling & Charles Arthur Campling linen drapers. Liquidation.
LEAVING SERMON: JH Robinson, Independent Chapel. He regretted they had asked him to be their

Ipswich Journal 24 Jun 
East Suff Gaz, 27 Jun 
East Suff Gaz, 27 Jun 

Minister. It seemed hypocrisy to ask a minister & when he did not please them, send him away. If they
acted like this how could they expect God would bless them!
ADVERTISEMENTS:  with  illustrations  of  Ransom’s  Threshing  Machines,  Garrett’s  Threshing

1876
Ipswich Journal 1 Jul 

Machines & Lawn Mowers, Hose Reels, etc, Garden Seat.
RAILWAY: Great Eastern Railway Excursion to Great Temperance Fete at the Crystal Palace on 11
July

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Ipswich Journal 8 Jul 

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TEMPERANCE MEETING at Beccles: selections from Moody & Sankey’s collection
CHAPEL: Wesleyan Chapel: Public Tea in grounds of Mr Mills’ Photograhic Studio.

Ipswich Journal 8 Jul 
Ipswich Journal 8 Jul 

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ATHLETIC SPORTS on Common on Wednesday 12 July; Silver Cup etc.
OUTING: Workmen’s Outing  employed  at Vulcan Iron Works had annual Outing  on  Saturday last.

Ipswich Journal 8 Jul 
Ipswich Journal 15 Jul 

Party left at 7 am in a pair of horse conveyances ... Breakfast at 7.30 am ...  cruised on the “Tring”,
sumptuous dinner ... tea ... arrived home about 11 pm ... expenses all borne by Mr Oldrin.

1876
Ipswich Journal 15 Jul 

ATHLETICS  SPORTS PROGRAMME: Throwing Cricket Ball, 100 yards,  Long Jump,  150  Yards
Hurdles, Quater of  a Mile (Beccles Men  only), High Jump, Quarter Mile  for Fauconberge,  Leman,
Council, Schools (competitors all Fauconberge), Half Mile, Pole Jump, 200 Yards Hurdles, 200 Yards

(Boys under  16) 200 Yards  (Beccles Men  only), Mile, Bicycle 12 Miles, Quarter Mile Consolation
Stake.
ADVERTISEMENT: Bennet’s Patent Cart (with illustration) & Wrinch? Refrigerator

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Ipswich Journal 27 Jul 

BELL  RINGERS:  Beccles  Company  of  Ringers  Annual  Outing  on  Monday.  Started  at  7  am  for
Brampton, where they enlivened the inhabitants with a merry Peal of Christmas Bells ... Breakfast &
ringing at Wenhaston, Southwold (dinner) & rest of the day.

Ipswich Journal 27 Jul 

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REGATTA: advert; Monday 7 August, 1876.
VOLUNTEERS: Inspection of Artillery under Lieut. Wilson; Band etc.
UNITED BAND of HOPE Treat in Copeman’s Meadow, Ingate [Grove] Road. ... Parties from Burgh

Ipswich Journal 27 Jul 
Ipswich Journal 25 Jul 
Ipswich Journal 25 Jul 

St Peter, Cove & Barnby ... with Beccles. 2.30 Nuts & Fruit, Tea & Games.
CHAPEL  SCHOOL TREAT: 300 Congregational Children to Mr Forder’s Meadow,  London Road,
Band of the 4th Suffolk Artillery Volunteers.

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Ipswich Journal 29 Jul 

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CHAPEL SCHOOL TREAT: Wesleyan to Botwright’s Meadow in Caxton Road
CHAPEL SCHOOL TREAT: Baptist’sto Forder’s Meadow. 
WORKING MEN’S CLUB: Hoprticultural & Industrial Exhibition Prizes: Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers,

Ipswich Journal 29 Jul 
Ipswich Journal 29 Jul 
Ipswich Journal 29 Jul 

Bread, Cakes & Buns, Plain & Fancy Work,
BECCLES REGATTA
EDUCATION: Leman School Prizes; Mayor presents & Address.

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Ipswich Journal 29 Jul 
Ipswich Journal 1 Aug 

 
 

 
 

Rector presents Divinity: 1st K Bland (ma) 2nd Brown.
Beccles Corporation Anual  Prize for  best scholar: 1st Bland (ma); 2nd Roff, who  also won Messrs
Garrod’s Prize for Mental Arithmetic.

 
 

Form Prizes: Upper: Page, Kirk,  Wells - Junior?: Bland (mi), Chandler, Kerne, Petersen,  Stimpson,
Julnes.
EDUCATION:   Fauconberge   School;   Prizes   for   Divinity,   Classics,   Maths,   French,   History,

1876
Ipswich Journal 1 Aug 

Geography, Greek Testament 
*** SALE: 3 Lots of Land in Ingate
CHURCH Missionary Society: 300 Children & 50 Adults on Rectory Lawn ... Sale of Work 10

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Ipswich Journal 5 Aug 
Ipswich Journal 5 Aug 
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CHURCH Sunday  School Treat: Roos Hall - lands  lent by Mrs Robinson  of Ashman’s Hall. Races,
swings, Tea at 5 pm for over 500.

Ipswich Journal 8 Aug 
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CHAPEL: Primitive Methodist  Sunday  School  gathering in Meadow  adjoining Common,  about  80
scholars & teachers.

Ipswich Journal 12 Aug 
1876

REGATTA: Band of 14th Rifle Volunteers under Band Master Wright. 1st Match for Cup of value of
12 Gns for Cabin Boats of any rig, not less than 5 tons & not more than 10. 2nd Purse 8 Gns. Rowing

Ipswich Journal 12 Aug 

Match, Caxton Printers Rowing Match. Fireworks
CHAPEL:  Congregational  Church:  Sunday  School  Union:  Evening  of  Sacred  Song  by  Mr  Philip
Phillips, the singing pilgrim of Armenia.

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Ipswich Journal 12 Aug 
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NARROW ESCAPE from Drowning on Monday afternoon Mr W Abel exhausted his strength in the
middle of the River. - assisted by young man named Ward
NARROW  ESCAPE  from  Drowning  on  Tuesday  evening.  Mr  R  Cobden  re-crossng  the  River

Ipswich Journal 26 Aug 
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Ipswich Journal 26 Aug 

(inexperienced  swimmer)  ...  exhausted.  George  a  Horrex  swims  to  assist  him.  Cobden  struggles
frantically. Mr England assists him by boat.
*** COUNCIL: Long account

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Ipswich Journal 26 Aug 

EXCURSION to East of England Horse Show at Yarmouth.
CHAPEL: Independent Chapel: Sermons morning & afternoon for Hospital: 6 - 6s - 0d
VOLUNTEERS: Inspection of 4th Suffolk Artillery Volunteers.

Ipswich Journal 2 Sep 

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Ipswich Journal 2 Sep 
Ipswich Journal 2 Sep 
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VOLUNTEERS:  14th  Suffolk  Rifle  Volunteers  Monthly  Competition  for  Ladies  Challenge  Cup.
Ranges 200, 500 & 600 ft, seven shots at each circular target:
QMS Mendham, 65; Cpl Soanes, 62; Sgt EC Darby, 59; Pte John Read, 59.

Ipswich Journal 9 Sep 

 
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CHORAL SOCIETY: Meeting Corn Hall. AGM: President: Rev JH Raven.
HORSE SALE: Beccles 8th Annual Horse Sale at Stock Market by HJ Read. 50 Cart Horses, Colts,
Foals, Carriage Horses, Hackneys on Friday 6 October 1876.

Ipswich Journal 9 Sep 
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Ipswich Journal 16 Sep 

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ADVERTISEMENTS: Good page of Illustrations to Advertisements.
WATER & GAS Co: Price reduced to 5s/6d per 1000 cubic ft.

Ipswich Journal 16 Sep 
Ipswich Journal 16 Sep 
1876

CHURCH  CHOIR  entertained   at  Tea  by  Rector   ...  discussion  on  “Evensong,   efficiency   and
augmenting strength.”

Ipswich Journal 16 Sep 
1876

VOLUNTEERS:  4th  Suffolk  Artillery  Volunteere  Band  under  Band  Master  G  Hussey  played  on
Thursday evenigs in the Avenue & lately in New Market ... have performed at Harleston, Ipswich for

Ipswich Journal 19 Sep 

Shipwrecked Mariners Society, Aldeburgh Regatta, Lowestoft PIer,Wrentham, Harleston Sports.
ADVERTISEMENTS: Good Adverts with Illustrations.
BOWLING GREEN of White Lion Hotel ... last Meeting of the Season, over 30 present to play. Tea

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Ipswich Journal 23 Sep 
Ipswich Journal 30 Sep 

for 40-50.
TURKISH WAR: Account of Meeting on help for Christians.
SUFFOLK ALMANACK for 1877 advert. ALSO: Knight’s County Handbook.

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Ipswich Journal 30 Oct 
Ipswich Journal 7 Oct 

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*** COUNCIL: Adjourned Meeting
LAW: John George of Beccles, labourer, charged with coming from land at 3 am on 8th October. PC
Frost searched him  and  found  a hare upon  him ...  PC Gardener  also watching,  confirmed  evidence.

Ipswich Journal 7 Oct 
Ipswich Journal 20 Oct 

Bench fined George 50s or 21 days hard labour, he having been frequently before them.
LAW: William  Spear, labourer  v Thomas  Pearce,  grocer, to recover 10s/-  in lieu  of wages.  Spears’
hours were 7am to 7 pm, except on Friday & Saturdays when longer hours were necessary.

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Lowestoft Journ 28 Oct 

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Lowestoft Journ 28 Oct 

BULGARIAN RELIEF Fund, Beccles 8 - 13s - 6d to Lord Mayor’s Fund
VOLUNTEERS:  4th  Suffolk  Rifle  Vlunteers  Competition  for  prizes  subscribed  by  tradesmen  &
others The weather fine, shooting above average. Highest score made by Private R Tilney.

Ipswich Journal 28 Oct 

1876
 
 

COUNCIL ELECTION: To fill 4 vacancies: Assembly Room the Polling Station.
Retiring Members: EJ Crisp (not standing again), Sam Darby, Jonathan Eastaugh, FS Rix
Others putting up: Thomas M Read, Abraham Brown, Clifford Smith

Ipswich Journal 28 Oct 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Darby* 
Smith * 
* elected

327 
250  

Eastaugh* 
Rix* 

247 
241 

 
 

Read
Brown

184
138

 
1876

LABOURERS’  UNION:  On  Wednesday  the  members   of  the   Labourers’  Union   held   a   grand
demonstration  in consequence  of  a  visit of Mr Joseph Arch ...  large number marched  in procession
through the town headed by brass bands bearing an imposing banner. Large tea meting in marquee at

Ipswich Journal 4 Nov 

Ditchingham  of  about  300.  At  7.30  pm  Meeting  in  the  Corn  Hall  -  densely  crowded  -  W  Cocks
presides. Applause. Meeting separated quietly at about 9.15 pm.
CHAPEL: Moravian Mission: Rev J Marchant of Kennington preaches to Congregation. Bad weather,

1876
Ipswich Journal 4 Nov 

small attendance. Collection 3 - 11s - 6d
EDUCATION: National Schools: Service for these Schools. Rev AC Tracy, (curate) morning, & Rev
CW Roberts, Vicar of Wangford afternoon. Collection 14 - 18s - 1d

1876
Ipswich Journal 4 Nov 
1876

TEMPERANCE MEETING: “Good Templarism”at Beccles. 3rd Anniversary. “Love & Unity Lodge
3,487” ... tea at Assembly Room for c 150; Speeches on favour of abstinence. Miss Read sings “Don’t

Ipswich Journal 4 Nov 

marry a man if he drinks”. Rector present, is invited to say a few words, gives general support & Mr S
Hodges an animated speech.

1876
Lowestoft Journ 4 Nov 

RAILWAY COLLISION of two trunk trains 200 yards from Beccles Station. No one injured. Part of
wall of George Fenn & his windows & 8 yards of his Vinery destroyed.

1876

BECCLES LITERARY INSTITUTE: Rev Tracy in the Chair: “Are Strikes endemic to the Benefit of
the Nation?” Arthur Pells argues “No”; several speak against him. Result: “Yes”.
ARSON:  Stack  of  hay  belonging  to  a  man  named  Redgrave  set  on  fire.  Part  of  thatch  from  an

Lowestoft Journ 11 Nov
1876
Ipswich Journal 11 Nov 

adjoining  meadow had been removed  & placed  round  stack ...  entirely consumed. Two young  men
inder suspicion.
COUNCIL: To erect Band Stand on Common for 18 - if a similar sum is raised in the Town..

1876
 

Ipswich Journal 14 Nov 
 

40 to the Mayor; 80 to Coa Committee; 70 to Soup Kitchen Committee.
WORKING MEN’S CLUB; First AGM. Established mainly through the energy of two Ladies: Miss
Parker & Miss Crowfoot. WM Crowfoot, President. Lord John Harvey addresses meeting. About 150

1876
Ipswich Journal 18 Nov 

members, but 250 to 300 needed. Income 15 from Subs; Bagatelle 9-11s; the rest from donations.
Expenses about 50.
“Village Schoolmaser” & Hood’s “Bridge of Sighs” rected. Band.

 
1876

 

LECTURE: WM Crowfoot lectures on “The Sense of Sight” to Literary Institute 
TEMPERANCE: 2 Lectures in Rectory Room
NATURE: “A fine Bittern shot in Norfolk Marshes near Beccles”

Ipswich Journal 21 Nov 

1876
1876

Ipswich Journal 25 Nov 
Ipswich Journal 25 Nov 
1876

WORKING MEN’S CLUB:  1st Annual Tea for  200 in the Assembly Room:  Estimated expenditure
for the year 50. Receipts: 15 from Members’ tickets; 9 -11s from Bagatelle Boards 42 from Subs
&  donations.  They  wanted  250  t0  300  annual  subscribers.  WM  Crowfoot  presides;  Miss  Crowfot

Lowestoft Journ 25 Nov

Treasurer; TA Hayes, Secretary & Committee of 12 Working Men.
FARMWORKERS UNION: J. Arch at East Dereham: long account.

1876
1876
1876

Lowestoft Journ 2 Dec 

CHORAL SOCIETY: Haydn’s “Spring” in Assembly Room
EDUCATION:: Beccles [College?] Academy: Dramatic Entertainment on Thursday 30th in spacious

Lowestoft Journ 9 Dec 
Ipswich Journal 9 Dec 

School  Room.  Latin  Inscription  “Magna  est  ventas  et  praevalebit”,  “Fortuna  favet  portibus”;  W
Russell,second master,  i/c. Harvest  Storm, Witches from Macbeth;  16,000 years ago;  burlesque  of  

“Robinson Crusoe”; songs; Carol “Good King Wenceslas”.
EDUCATION: National Schools: DA Soanes, pupil teacher, going to Carmarthen Teacher’s College
given 3 - 5s

1876
Ipswich Journal 9 Dec 

1876
1876
1876

CHURCH: CMS Meeting in the Assembly Room
LECTURE: Rev J Macfarlane “Martin Luther from the cradle to the grave.” in Assembly Room.
PROPERTY:  Increase  in  value  of  property:  Letting  of  property  on  Corporation  Wharf  to  Mt TM

Ipswich Journal 9 Dec 
Ipswich Journal 12 Dec 
Ipswich Journal 16 Dec 

Read: lease of 55 - 5s pa fr 14 years. A few years ago 12.
WESLEYAN CENTENARY of John Wesley’s first Visit to Beccles observed. Service, Tea, Lecture
by Dr Milburn, American blind Orator: “What a blind man saw in England.”

1876
Lowestoft Journ 16 Dec 

1876
 
1876

LECTURE: SW Rix: “Beccles Long Ago”: Foundation as Saxon Village.
Songs: “The Time Past of Old England”?; “Home Sweet Home”
CHAPEL: Beccles Sunday School Union AGM: 100 to tea.

Ipswich Journal 19 Dec 
 
Ipswich Journal 23 Dec 
1876

CHRISTMAS SALE & STOCK SALE: by H & J Read on 15 December. Average of first two beasts
sold 38 - 11s - 6d.

Ipswich Journal 23 Dec 
1877 East Suffolk Gazette is missing [filmstrip in Suffolk Record Office]
1877

POLICE COURT: A fortnight has  elapsed since the  last Court & the Christmas  holiday intervened,
but not a single case for trial!
CHILD  LABOUR: Guardians warned that  no  child  under 9  or any  child  under  11 who has  not  a

East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 
1877
East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 

“labour  certificate” which may be obtained by 250  attendances  at school. Parents who employ their
own children are liable to fines.
NEW YEAR: Watch night services held at Wesleyan & Methodist Chapel asnd that in Manor House

1877
East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 

Lane,  & were  very well  attended, At the Primitive Methodist Chapel  a  special prayer  neeting was
held.

1877

DEATH of Mr Charles Childs of Bungay, head of printing firm. Born at beginning of century, son of
John Childs, “the Bungay Martyr” [long article]

East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 

1877
1877

NEW YEAR: Peal of Bells for New Year
ADVERTISEMENT: Frederick  S Farrer (late A Barnes  & Co), Colliery Agent  & Coal Merchant,

Norfolk News 6 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 9 Jan 

Railway Station, Beccles
SEWAGE DISPOSAL: A few weeks  ago we described the scheme proposed to  dispose  of sewage.
Approved by Local Government Board.

1877
East Suff Gaz 9 Jan 
1877

FIRE smouldering in HB Smith’s Workshop & Furniture Warehouse in Rook’s Lane. Quickly put out
with water.
FLOODS: During last week a very large quantity of water accumulated in the Waveney Valley. For

East Suff Gaz 9 Jan 
1877
East Suff Gaz 16 Jan 

some weeks the Marshes have been more or less flooded in parts. The Corporation Marshes have been
secured by the raising ofthe river bank.
NIGHT SOIL emptied during the day. AG Love, Inspector of Nuisances testified against CF Parker &

1877
East Suff Gaz 16 Jan 

Peter Youngs, of the King’s Head. “Offensive smells through the Town.” Fined 1s 6d each, Costs 8s
6d each.
CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: Recognition Service of Rev J Calvert

1877
1877

East Suff Gaz 23 Jan 

RECTOR ILL: He was left without a Curate & he himself was too unwell to discharge many of the
duties - felt his position acutely
BAZAR: Pruett’s Annual Bazar

East Suff Gaz 23 Jan 

1877
1877

Norfolk News  27 Jan 

LIBRARY & LITERARY INSTITUTE: WM Crowfoot in Chair: Lecture, Songs.
BECCLES BREWERY: Men  employed  at Brewery have Annual Dinner at George & Dragon. RB
Snowden was Chairman, JM Brundell, Vice-Chairman.

Norfolk News 27 Jan 
1877
East Suff Gaz 30 Jan 

1877
1877

SALE of WOOD: George Fenn to sell for Mr Hotchkin 16,000 ft of Redwood, deals & battens
GALE: A chimney blew down on house of Mr W Wright, Northgate

East Suff Gaz 6 Feb  
East Suff Gaz 6 Feb 

1877
1877

STOCK MARKET: H & J Read: 63 fat oxen; 6 cows, cales; 100 sheep; 200 pigs.
ADVERTISEMENT: Wanted,  a steady man to attend to  Steam  Engine & Drilling Machine. Also a

Norfolk News 7 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 13 Feb 

young man for the Smith’s shop.
ESCAPE FROM DROWNING: A man & woman  alighted from Mr Broke’s Van  from Norwich  on

1877
East Suff Gaz 13 Feb 

Saturday night with the purpose  of walking  along the line to  a friend who  lives  at Cove Gatehouse.
Instead of going towards the line by way of Ravensmere, as they had been directed, in consequence of
the darkness of the night, the took the turn to the Corporation Wharf. The man walked into the River

before he was aware of the danger. It was only with great danger and presence of mind that the wife
rescued  him  from  his  perilous  position.  The  unfoortunate  man  was  very  kindly  supplied  with  dry
clothing by Mr Hayward who lives near the spot, and he did not appear very much the worse for his

ducking, but his wife was very much upset by the occurrence.
PRESENT: The Churchwardens forwarded to Rev Brown, Rector of Wheatacre a handsome epergne,
value  43,  subscribed  to  by  many  inhabitants  of  the  Town  in  recognition  of  devoted  service  over

1877
East Suff Gaz 13 Feb 

many years.
VOLUNTEER MOVEMENT: “ A palpable injustice has been done to the Volunteers of Suffolk. The
Secretary of  State for War has transferred three  Suffolk Corps to Norfolk. The Corps at  Lowestoft,

1877
East Suff Gaz 13 Feb 

Beccles & Bungay are to be amalgamated with that of Yarmouth with the title of the Administrative
Battalion, Norfolk Rifle Volunteers. That Norfolk should thus profit at the expense of Suffolk in the
matter of a purely patriotic movement is manifestly unjust.”

1877
1877

EDUCATION: National School figures
DEATH of JW  Steel, Chemist [aged 34]  after a  comparatively short  illness. He was the son  of Mr
Samuel Steel, who retired from business some years ago & who was for several years a Member of

East Suff Gaz 20 Feb  
East Suff Gaz 27 Feb 

theCouncil. He was formerly organist at the Parish Church. He leaves a widow and child.
ROAD IMPROVEMENT from Station Road to Boutel’s Sale Ground. Corporation & Railway have

1877
East Suff Gaz 27 Feb 

both given ground.
NEW HOUSES: Houses in course of erection in Caxton Road & Lady’s Meadow.

1877
East Suff Gaz 27 Feb 
1877

INVITATION BALL given at Assembly Room on Tuesday. Mr Arthur King & J Miles organized it.
Party numbered 80. Dancing commenced shortly before 9 and was kept up until 6 the next morning. to
the music of the 4th Suffolk Artillery Quadrille directed by Mr G Hussey.

East Suff Gaz 27 Feb 
1877

SOTTERLEY  HALL  AGENT  attended  at  the  King’s  Head  in  the  afternoon  to  pay  the  Annual
Tradesmen’s  Bills.  In  the  evening  an  excellent  tea  was  provided  by  Mr  Youngs,  followed  by  a
sociable evening. About 20 of the leading tradesmen attended.

East Suff Gaz 27 Feb 
1877

APPEAL for Widows & Orphans of men lost in 18 Fishing Vessels in Gale of 30 January, 1877; 116
men & boys: 50 widows, 11 aged parents & 115 children destitute.
SALE of FURNITURE: [18] London Road: Mrs Hillier moving: contents of 5 Bedrooms.

Norfolk News 10 Mar 

1877
1877

East Suff Gaz 13 Mar 

SALE of FURNITURE: [43] Station Road: Miss Delf declines housekeeping
POLICE COURT: Benjamin  Woolnough, boots  at the  White  Lion  attacked Robert Harrison, Head
Ostler at the White Lion. Both drunk & had argument. Sentenced to 6 weeks in Ipswich Gaol

East Suff Gaz 13 Mar 
1877
East Suff Gaz 13 Mar 
1877

SALE of FURNITURE: Household effects of Mr Snowden (about to leave Beccles) in Northgate by
Mr Fenn.

East Suff Gaz 20 Mar 

1877
1877

RECTOR [Rev Tracy] recovered sufficiently to take part in Services.
PARISH SURVEYOR, Alderman H Read nominated, but rendered obsolete by recent Sanitary Act.

East Suff Gaz 27 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 27 Mar 
1877

CRISTY  MINSTRELS  -  A  female  troupe  called  “Cooper’s  Original  Virginia  Christy  Minstrels”
performed on Wednesday to a small audience in the Assembly Room.

East Suff Gaz 27 Mar 
1877

NEW SCHOOLS: The accommodation for children in the (old) British Schools greatly deficient. The
School  Board  bought  the  old  Factory  Building  [Silk  Factory]  in  Peddar’s  Lane  -  now  undergoing
alterations.

East Suff Gaz 27 Mar 
1877

CONVERTED GIPSIES: On  Saturday & Sunday two or three of the “Converted Gipsies”, who  are
just  now  causing  some  excitement  among  the  working  classes,  held  a  series  of  Services  in  the
Assembly Room & Meeting House  in Manor House  Lane, which were  numerously  attended. Many

East Suff Gaz 27 Mar 

persons were unable to gain attendance on Sunday evening.
GOOD TEMPLARY: 100 “Love & Unity” Independent Order of Good Templars sat down to a Lodge
Tea in the odge Room in Sheepgate. There were readings and recitations.

1877
East Suff Gaz 27 Mar 

1877
 

VESTRY MEETING: Overseers: Messrs JM Brundell, T Easter, RA King, EW Hindes
Guardians: B Woolnough, G Woolnough, TA Woodroffe, H Read, (Castle), A Brown B  Laws (25
years a Guardian at Yarmouth)

East Suff Gaz 27 Mar 
 
 
 

Surveyors of Highways: Mr Fenn & Mr Read (Castle). Mr Read refused to continue in office. He said
he  had  no  power.  Mr  Fenn  (Borough  Surveyor)  sad  he  had  spent  a  lot  of  money  on  the  roads.
Alderman Read (in his absence) nominated.

 
 

Church Properties: Poor’s Pightel, Hermitage Inn, Clerk’s Piece & the Staithe on the North side of the
Bridge. To be let by auction. TM Read & Co given notice to quit the Hermitage.
RECEIVING  STOLEN  BARLEY:  Samuel  Neech  [baker,  of  73  Northgate]imprisoned  for  three

1877
East Suff Gaz 27 Mar 

months.
FIRE at Mr CF Parker’s premises. The two shops were filled with smoke - a wrapper placed under the

1877
East Suff Gaz 3 Apr 

street  grating  in  front of the  draper’s shop caught  fire  by a  lighted fuse  having  been thrown down
carelessly. Put out quickly.

1877
1877

COUNTY RATES including Police Rates: 539,776 etc
EASTER MONDAY - a Bank Holiday. Shops closed.

East Suff Gaz 3 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 3 Apr 

1877
 

VESTRY MEETING: Churchwardens: Mr Houghton (Rector’s Warden) & CF Parker
Since the last Meeting the Patron of the Living [Mr Hollond] had presented to the Parish the Rectory
House   &  Rectory  Room.  Mr  Hollond   expressed  the  thanks  of  the   Parish.  The   Ecclesiastical

East Suff Gaz 3 Apr 
 

Commissioners held the gift in trust for the Parish.
Mr Fenn complained that his pew had been occupied by two ladies. He was not a regular attender, but
Mrs Bobbett moved the two ladies from his pew when  he  arrived. He  could  not expect  his wife to

 
 

search round for a pew. The Chairman [the Rector] said that was wrong. Mrs Bobbett exceeded her
duties; she had no busiuness to do that.
Mr Parker: “If peoplw would make themselves disageeable, the Churchwardens could not help it. He

 
 

believed a free and open Church to be the right one.
CONCRETE PATH being laid on the West side of Ballygate.
THIEF: Stephen Oxborough of Beccles, suspected of stealing 4 in money, a silver watch & a suit of

1877
1877

East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 

clothes from the house of Mr C Moore in Newcastle. The suiy was found at Yarmouth (where he had
stopped on the return to Beccles) & Oxborough was arrested.
BECCLES LITERARY INSTITUTE: - in its fifth year. 109 members. 27 new volumes. 500 volumes

1877
East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 

now in circulation.
Mr Buscall proposed, and Mr Masters (the President) supported a motion that female members should
be allowed to join.

 
 
 
 

Opposed by Mr Parkhouse: “Generally speaking ladies are not newspaper readers.” And Mr C Smith:
“It would be a mistake.”. And by TA Laws; “It would doubtless become a mere gossipping place. He
did  not think there was any propriety  in  introducing them to the  company usually assembled  here,

because mainly it was composed of young men, and it was not desirable that the two classes should
mix   together   without   some   sort   of   supervision,   which   was   impossible   under   the   present
circumstances.”

 
 

And  Mr  Jude:  “At  the  present  time  a  certain  number  of  persons  came  to  the  room  for  quiet  and
comfort;  and  if  young  ladies  &  gentlemen  were  allowed  to  come,  much  inconvenience  would  be
occassioned. - It would be making the Institute a courting establishment.”

 
1877
1877

 

The motion was not carried. Mr Masters resigned & Mr Parkhouse was elected President.
LICENCE: Transfer of Angel Inn from Benjamin Aldred to Francis Hall.
CONSERVATIVE  GATHERING  & MARKET TEA  at  the  King’s  Head.  Col  Barne:  “The  trying

East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 

times through which the farmers are passing, & the peculiar difficulty that their labourers were being
drawn forth to the Herring Industry.

1877
1877

WHITE LION Bowling Green opens on 30 April. Signed J Miles.
TO LET: Good House, Wharf & Premises. Apply Mr Pert, Market Place.

East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 
1877

TO LET: The commodious Building, now seated, as formerly used as a Wesleyan Chapel; J Barber,
Northgate.

East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 
1877

HIRE of COUNCIL LAND: Mr Darby, a member of the Council, hired a smal piece of land on the
Corporation Quay at a public auction to store bricks and timber. A dyke, claimed by Messrs Crisp &
Son runs at the back of the property - & Mr Darby thought of using it to avoid paying the Corporation

East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 

cut & wharf dues. At the auction it was stated that “The hirer would have to pay all wharfage & other
charges.”
Mr  Crisp  showed  his  deeds  to  a  member  of  the  Council,  which  required  Mr  Darby  to  use  the

 
 

Corporation Cut & cart over the Corporation Wharf. Mr Darby objected to pay the charges when his
neighbours  did not have to pay. The Council then agreed to waive  its charges by a small majority -
despite the warning of Councillor Rix “that he did not think it illegal, but considered the course highly

inexpedient.” A similar view was expressed by the Town Clerk.
CHURCH  MISSION:  The  first  service  was  held  in  the  girls’  schoolroom  in  Peddar’s  Lane  for
parishioners  in the Black Boy &  Swine’s Green area. They hoped to  build  a Mission Church  in the

1877
East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 

area.
EAST of ENGLAND HORSE SHOW: Council & inhabitants of town in favour.
SALE of FURNITURE: Waveney House, Beccles. Household Furniture of F St Claire Williams, Esq,

1877
1877

East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 24 Apr 

who is going abroad.
JOSEPH ARCH has been asked to stand as a candidate for Southwark. He has consented as long as he
can obtain the full consent of his agricultural bretheren.

1877
East Suff Gaz 24 Apr 
1877

PARISH CHURCH ORGAN & SERVICES. Mr Crowfoot said that 17 years ago they spent 300 on
the organ. They were advised that it should be placed in its present position. Why had it deteriorated

East Suff Gaz 24 Apr 

so quickly? A committee formed to look into the question.
Church Services: The Rector said that no one could be expected to take more than two services on a

 
 

Sunday in such a large church. He had advertised the post of a Curate since Christmas, but found no
suitable applicants amongst the 30 he had contacted.

1877
1877

DEATH of Rev RA Arnold of Ellough.
COUNCIL MEETING: Hire of Council Land: The Council met to reconsider their previous decision
to allow Mr Darby to pay no dues. Mr Darby was at length persuaded to leave the chamber during the

East Suff Gaz 1 May 
East Suff Gaz 1 May 

discussion. Mr Blyth questioned the legality of changing a decision. Mr Laws & Mr Masters put the
case that the terms of the auction should not be altered. It was agreed to annul the previous agreement
to give Mr Darby free wharfage. Voted for this course of action: Aldermen Laws, Fiske & Mayhew;

Councillors Cooper, Crowfot, Kindred, Masters, Parkhouse, Rix & Smith.
Presumably  voting  against: Alderman H Read, Councillors Blyth, Mullett  & Pells. Did the Mayor
(Eastaugh) vote?

 
 
1877

CHURCH:  AGGRIEVED  PARISHIONER:  (unsigned  letter):  The  writer  last  week  dealing  with
relations  between  clergyman  and  people  in  the  Town  suggests  it  rests  entirely  with  the  people.  I
attribute the existing state of things to the parishionres having found it very difficult, if not impossible,

East Suff Gaz 1 May 

to work with their clergyman. ... The reason why the voice of the aggrieved parishioner has not been
heard is not because n such person exists, but purely out of delicacy of feeling for the gentleman who
is manifestly so unequal in every way to the post he has assumed. .. Over the past three years .. point

to services maimed or slurred over, parish work neglected.
CHURCH  PARADE:  4th   Suffolk  Artillery  Volunteer  Corps,   under   Lieut  Wilson,  marched  to
Barsham. Rev RAJ Suckling preached on “Fight the Good Fight of Faith” - enforcing the advantages

1877
East Suff Gaz 8 May 

of manliness & temperance in all things. The Corps returned home via Ringsfield. The excellent band
of the Corps under Bandmaster Hussey, 28 strong, enlivened the way by playing martial airs.
POLICE COURT: Barrington Copeman, guilty of disorderly conduct in the Cross Keys & refusing to

1877
East Suff Gaz 8 May 

leave. Fined 1.
SALE by H & J Read for the Executors of James Utton on 28 May
LOT 1: Dwelling House in two Tenements in Puddingmoor, one occupied by James Edmunds & the

1877
 

East Suff Gaz 15 May 
 

other  previously  occupied  by  late  Mrs  Utton,  with  large  Yard  in  which  are  Carpenter’s  Shop,
Mangling Room & Pump of Spring Water..
[Purchased E Masters 165 on 28 May]

 
 

 
 

LOT 2: Two Houses in Northgate [Nos 7 & 9] occupied by William Piper & Joseph Grey.
[Purchased Mr Stannard 190]
SALE: by H & J Read on 28 May

 
1877

 
East Suff Gaz 15 May 
 
 

SMALLGATE: Block  of  5 Cottages  [31-37  Smallgate & 1 Manor House  Lane] at the  junction  of
Smallgate  & Manor House  Lane  in the recent occupation of: Mary Ann  Laws, Robert Took, Mary

Hill, Martha Howes & Elizabeth Stanford. Weekly tenants. Aggregate Rental 30-19s-8d. Land Tax
11s  5d.  Leasehold  (Term  of  500years  from  1742  -  for  securing  principal  &  sum  of  20  at  5%).

Entitled to draw water from the adjoining premises of Jacob Vertigen, paying half the costs of repairs.
[Purchased Mr Gibbs at 330]

 
1877

 

SALE: By H & J Read on 28 May
Wash  Lane  &  Ingate:  Brick  &  Tiled  Freehold  Cottage:  Kitchen,  Wash  House,  Pantry,  2  Sleeping
Roms, Shed & small Garden. Occupied by William Charlish. Yearly tenant at 5. Land Tax 1s 8d.

East Suff Gaz 15 May 
 
 

 
1877
1877

 

[Purchased W Warren 57 on 28 May]
LANGLEY PARK: Sir Reginald Beauchamp will open the Park & Gardens on Whit Monday.
SALE: H & J Read on 28 May

East Suff Gaz 15 May 
East Suff Gaz 22 May 
 
 

Northgate:  [probably No  5] Brick & Tiled  Freehold Dwelling House: 2 front sitting rooms,  Wash
House & 2 sleeping rooms. Occupied by Henry Goffin
[Withdrawn at 120]

 
1877

 

SALE: Mr Fenn for Mr Ayling on 28 May
Northgate: [No 45] Dwelling, useful premises and large Yard extending to the river near the Waveney
Valley [Rail] crossing. (For may years occupied by the late John Woods, carpenter) Land Tax 2s 11d

East Suff Gaz 22 May 
 
 

 
1877
 

 

[Purchased Mr Culham 114]
EMIGRATION to QUEENSLAND:
Windsor Castle from London 

East Suff Gaz 22 May 


 

 
5 July for Brisbane

5 June for Brisbane

 
 
1877

Roxboroughshire from Glasgow 
Female domestic servants Free
COUNCIL: Tenders for Iron or Wooden Bridge over the ornamental water on thhe Avenue.

 
East Suff Gaz 22 May 

1877
1877

LIQUIDATION: Frederick Samuel Farrer, Coal Merchant, Beccles.
East Suff Gaz 22 May 

SALE: H & J Read on 28 May
Northgate:  [probably No 5] Brick & Tiled Freehold Dwelling House:  2 front sitting  rooms,  Wash
House & 2 sleeping rooms. Occupied by Henry Goffin

East Suff Gaz 22 May 
 
 

 
1877

 
[Withdrawn at 120]

CHURCH IN SUFFOLK: The Rock, the Evangelical Party of the Church of England gives comments
about the sort of worship found in churches in Suffolk:

East Suff Gaz 22 May 
 
 

Beccles: Rector: Rev FF Tracy - appointed by Rev E Hollond - a compromise between an Evangelical
& moderately High Churchman. His services are “moderately high”. The seats are free, the church is

open  for  private  prayer,  weekly  Holy  Communion  &  daily  &  evening  Prayer.  Mr  Tracy  however
signed the declaration against vestments, preaches sound doctrine & has proved himself no friend of
Ritualism.

 
 

 
 

Bungay St Mary: Vicar, Rev G Thorp: Services & doctrine thoroughly Evangelical.
Ditchingham Rector: Rev E Scudamore: Another glaring instance of the Church being in the hands of
the  enemy. The  Services  are thoroughly Ritualistic, if not utterly Popish. Mr Scudamore signed the

Purchas Remonstrance, is Warden of the so-called “House of Mercy” & is author of the “Devotions of
the Blessed Eucharist or Steps to the Altar.”
Uggleshall with Sotherton: Rector & Rural Dean: Rev WL Edgell, a high Churchman & remonstrant

 
 

against  the  Purchas  Judgement.  The  Church  is  open  for  private  prayer,  there  is  a  daily  service,
Gregorian  music,  surplice  in  pulpit  &  weekly  Communion.  During  consecration  the  “mid-altar”
position is assumed.

 
 

Worlingham Rector: Rev DH Leighton -  Services  are moderately  high. Church restored three years
ago at a cost of 1,600. The reredos & East window in memory of the late Dr Sir Charles Clarke.
Summary:  200  Churches  visited.  In  82  surplice  are  worn  in  the  pulpit.  In  48  Hymns  Ancient  &

 
 

Modern  are  used.  The  “Eastwards”  position  in  28.  9  of  them  held  by  men  petitioned  for  the
demoralizing Confessional.
SALE:  By Mr Fenn

1877
 

East Suff Gaz 5 Jun 
 

St George’s Terrace [No 7]: Freehold Residence formerly in the occupation of late Mrs Newman, near
London  Road.  Entrance  Hall,  Front  Sitting  Room,  Back  Parlour,  Kitchen,  Store  Room,  Cellar,  4
Bedrooms, Offices,  Frnt Garden, Yard at the back, with right to a Pump of excellent  Spring  Water.

Also copper pump for soft water. A proper cnnection has been made with the new Public Sewer.
Land Tax 8s 9d; Tithe Rent Charge of 11d.
[Purchased by Mr Day, Worlingham for 335]

 
 

 
 

1877
East Suff Gaz 5 Jun 

SALE of FURNITURE of late Mrs Newman. 14 very choice Oil Paintings, Water Colours & Sketches
by Edwin Cooper, all of which came direct from the Artist’s Studio to the late Rbert Newman.
[Highest Price 5 - 5s; One Bell Pub and figures sold for 1-1s

 
1877

 
East Suff Gaz 5 Jun 

CHURCH: ARCHDEACON’S VISITATION: Archdecan Groome met the Clergy & Churchwardens
of the District at St Michael’s.

1877
East Suff Gaz 5 Jun 

CHORAL SOCIETY:  First part:  Selection from Handel’s  Judas Maccabus. Mrs Crowfoot, Rev JH
Raven & Mr Kinnell sung solo pieces, 30 in the Chorus.

 
1877

 

“Hear My Prayer”, “Be Comforted.”, “The Stirrup Girl”. Mr AH Livock, conductor.
DEATH by ACCIDENT at NW  Pells’  Steam Flour Mill  near  Swine’s Green. Robert Baldry, who

East Suff Gaz 5 Jun 

worked at Mill for 29 years. His clothing caught in the cogs of the Mill. Witnessed by Charles Seago,
miller in employ of Pells.
DINNER PARTY at the King’s Head for William Blyth, by his friends. [farmer of 47 Station Road]

1877
 

East Suff Gaz 12 Jun 

 
 
 

The Mayor, (JD Eastaugh) in the Chair. Dinner provided by Peter Youngs of the King’s Head
Menu:
Soups: Mock Turtle, Ox Tail

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Fish: Salmon, Lobster Sauce, Fried Soles, Shrimp Sauce,
Entrees: Sweetbreads, Stewed Kidneys & Mushrooms, Pigeon a la Compote
Releevee: Fore Quarter of Lamb, Boiled Fowls, Roast Ducklings, Roast Beef, Calf’s Head, Tongue,

Ham
Entrendu: Wine Jelly, Lemon Sponge, Trifle, Cabinet Pudding, Fancy Pastry, Tipsy Cake, Cream &
Stilton Cheese, Lobster Salad

 
 
 
 

Dessert: Olives, Normandy Pippins, Preserved Green Ginger, Filberts, Dried  Fruits, Orange, Fancy
Biscuits
Wines: Sparkling Dry Champagne, Still Hocks, Madeira, Claret, Curacoa, Amontilados, Sherry, Port

 
 

(Vintage ‘58), Sauterne
ENTERTAINMENT given  by the Mayor  (Eastaugh)  entertained the workmen recently  engaged  in
altering his house [No 14] to dinner at the Cross Keys. Catering of Mr & Mrs Mean

1877
East Suff Gaz 19 Jun 
1877
East Suff Gaz 19 Jun 

POLICE COURT: John George, labourer, guilty of trespassing for game on land in the occupation of J
Greengrass at Weston. William Davy, game-keeper to Mr Garden of Redisham saw hin taking a hare

with a dog. Regular Offender. Fined 2-10s of 1 Month’s Hard Labour. Went to Prison.
KITTEN born with one head, 2 tongues, 2 bodies, 8 legs, 2 tails.

1877
1877
1877

East Suff Gaz 26 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 26 Jun 

BAND of HOPE: Held in Mr Mills’ room in Smallgate. Mr TA Laws presided.
FRUIT  in  SUFFOLK  Wrecked:  Apples,  peaches,  apricots  &  plums  all  fruitless.  Apples  flowered

East Suff Gaz 26 Jun 

abnormally late, the blossom pale. Only late figs seem promising.
DEATH of Admiral Rous, 2nd son of late Earl of Strdbroke, born 1795.
MARRIAGE of Miss Fanny Farr. Eldest daughter of late Rev John Farr, Rector of Gillingham to Rev

1877
1877

East Suff Gaz 26 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 26 Jun 

Frank Penny, BA, LLM, Chaplain, Madras Presidency, son of Alfred Penny, Esq, CE of Beckenham,
Kent, at Stratford St Mary. The Bridesmaids: Miss Lotie Farr, Miss Penny, Lorina Farr & Miss Helen
Farr.

 
1877

 

She was given away by her brother, Mr Tom Farr.
DIVORCE CASE: Maxwell received  decree  nisi. He to pay 40 pa to wife. During the  course  of
preparations for the case, John Carr, (whose father formerly resided at Beccles) was sent to Beccles to

East Suff Gaz 3 Jul 

visit Miss Bulwer, sister of Maxwell’s wife,  and “as  openly as  it was possible to  have  an improper
intercourse  with  her,  so  that  when  she  came  to  be  a  witness  devoid  of  virtue,  and  of  worthless
testimony. He went as directed, but failed in his purpose.”

 
 

The  learned  Judge  said  he  had  no  words  with  which  to  express  his  disgust  and  abhorence  at  the
defendant’s conduct.
COUNCIL: The sewage pump, installed 2 years ago previously,  failed to work. It was installed at the

 1877
East Suff Gaz 3 Jul 

insistence of Mr Prenice in charge of the scheme. It was a good pump in itself, but not suitable for this
job. Council agreed to write to Mr Prenice and also to accept quote from Mr Elliott for new pump at
173.

1877
East Suff Gaz 10 Jul 

TO BE LET: Dwelling House & Garden in Blyburgate [No 31], now in the occupation of Mr Kindred.
Apply Messrs Crisp & Son.
CHURCH  CURATE:  The  person  officiating  in  St  Michael’s  for  the  last  two  Sundays  cannot  be

1877
East Suff Gaz 10 Jul 

appointed. He was ordained in the Colonies & must be licensed by the Archbishop.
CHURCH CHOIR Outing to Southwold: The first time this has occurred. Went by waggonette and a
break. Lunched, and later reassembled for Dinner at the Swan Hotel.

1877
East Suff Gaz 10 Jul 
1877
East Suff Gaz 10 Jul 

POLICEMAN  ATTACKED  by  Myall,  Hook  &  Gostling,  labourers  of  Beccles  in  a  tent  on  the
Common, put up by Yarmouth licencee for the Norfolk Volunteers exercises. They took beer without
paying for it & refused to get out of the tent. When PC Gardner arrived he was savagely attacked &

kicked. Sentenced to 2,3 & 4 months.
SALE: Land in Fair Close. Executors of late James Dunscombe. Building land with frontage of 30ft at
the upper end of Fair Close Road. on 30 July, with HS Read.

1877
East Suff Gaz 17 Jul 
1877
East Suff Gaz 10 Jul 

ADVERTISEMENT: Thomas Nottingham, Chemist & Druggist - by exam. Succeeded to business of
JW Steel and in former years of Mr Norton, manufacturer of the deservedl famous Cammomile Pills.

 
1877

 

Teeth carefully extracted, scaled & stopped
DIVORCE CASE:  Solicitor  Snell of London sued writers of articles defaming  his character. He did

East Suff Gaz 17 Jul 

not send Carr to Beccles. Everything was done by his managing clerk, who agreed that Carr - who was
going to Beccles,  could make  some  enquiries  about Miss Bulwer  -  but no suggestion  of trying to

compromise her.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Order against James George of Beccles ordered to support his 87 year old
mother  in  Shipmeadow. George  in  employ of  Sam Darby -  earned  17s  a week. His wife said they

1877
East Suff Gaz 17 Jul 

could not afford anything. He had been ill twice and they had got into debt. Must pay 1s per week.
DANGEROUS DRIVING: William Wright,  dealer,  driving furiously  in Blyburgate  -  a  great many
people in the street and it was dangerous. Fined 11s 6d.

1877
East Suff Gaz 17 Jul 
1877
East Suff Gaz 24 Jul 

ADVERTISEMENT:  James  Flegg  [20  years  old,  Ostler  at  the  King’s  Head]  taken  the  Carrying
Business lately held by Robert & Thomas Brooke. The Van will start from the King’s Head Yard on
Wednesday  &  Saturday  mornings  at  6  am,  returning  the  same  day  from  the  “Star”,  Haymarket,

Norwich at 4 o’clock.
WANTED - Servant of middle age to an elderly couple; honest, cleanly, industrious & obliging, one
desirous of religious privileges & a permanent situation would be likely to be comfortable. Apply Mrs

1877
East Suff Gaz 24 Jul 

Aldred, London Road.
SOUTH  KENSINGTON  EXHIBITION:  Caxton  Exhibition  shows  “Clowes”  electrical  compositor
invented by John Hooker of Beccles. By this machine 15,000 letters an hour may be set up.

1877
East Suff Gaz 24 Jul 
1877
East Suff Gaz 24 Jul 

HORSE  SHOW:  Account  of  East  of  England  Horse  Show  at  Beccles.  Held  for  a  second  time  at
Beccles - previously in 1873, but greatly improved under management of Mr W Groom of Ipswich.
470  entries.  Prizes  offered totalled 512.  Show opened  on  Wednesday. Held  on Beccles Common.

Weather was very favourable. Striking collection of Carriages exhibited by Messrs Horsley & Sons,
Coach builders,Beccles: Brougham, Victorias, T Carts, Dog Carts, Phaetons and a Landau.

 
 

Agricultural machinery by E Wigg of Barnby, Harper of Beccles (Hurnsby & Howard’s reapers, chaff
cutters, horse powers, hay bins)

 
1877

 

Mr Elliott of Beccles:small steam engines
LAW  SUCCESS:  FG Mayhew (of the  Fauconberge  School) son of Richard Mayhew , solicitor  of

East Suff Gaz 31 Jul 

Saxmundham; preliminary exam.
JEWISH MISSION: Meeting scantily attended. Rector in the Chair.
COACHBUILDERS’ OUTING: Horsley’s employees between 50 & 60 to Yarmouth in 4 pair-horse

1877
1877

East Suff Gaz 31 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 31 Jul 

conveyances  from  the  King’s  Head  &  White  Lion  Hotels  on  Saturday.  To  the  Bridge  Hotel  for
breakfast, returned for lunch at 2pm & left at 8.30 reaching Beccles at 11 pm.
FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL Prize day. WH Boyce Foundation Scholarship at St John’s, Cambridge

 1877
East Suff Gaz 31 Jul 

AF Leupolt, Brasenose, Oxford, 2nd Class in Final classical schools.. Sir Charles Clarke said that all
in the neighbourhood were very thankful that such a man as Mr Raven had come amongst them. When
he  took  charge  of  the  school  seriously  diminished,  but  the  numbers  in  the  school  had  decidedly

increased
NATIONAL SCHOOLS: Probable necessity of transferring schools to School Board.
EDUCATION:  Leman   School  Prize  Day.  Corporation  Prize  to  Roff.  Garrod  Prize  for  mental

1877
1877

East Suff Gaz, 7 Aug 
East Suff Gaz, 7 Aug 

arithmatic to Roff. Other prizes to Jordan, Hindes ma, Wells, ma, Kime, King, Petersen, Salmon, Gill,
Cutting & Brown.
DEATH  by  DROWNING  of  William  Gooch,  fish  hawker  of  Peddar’s  Lane.  He  &  friend  Walter

1877
East Suff Gaz, 7 Aug 

Vincent, aged 17, hired a boat from Smith, pulled each other in turn along the river. One rowed and
the other held on to the rope. At the second time Gooch let go of the rope, could not swim & drowned
despite attempts by Mr Henry Stimpson, tailor, to rescue him.

1877
1877
 

SALE OF FURNITURE: by Lenny & Smith of late Mrs Samuel Haward in Station Road.
LET BY AUCTION by Mr Fenn:
LOT  1:The  Hermitage  Inn  with  suitable  Outbuildings  &  spacious  Wharf,  now  occupied  by  the

East Suff Gaz, 14 Aug 
East Suff Gaz, 14 Aug 
 

Beccles Brewery Co
[Let to Beccles Brewer Co for 67 pa - previously since 1869 it was only 30]
LOT 2: The Staithe on the North side of Beccles Bridge, now occupied by Messrs John Crisp & Son.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

[Let to Mr Darby for 6
LOT 3: Land in Blyburgate, the Poors’ Pightle, now occupied by H & J Read & forming part of their
Sale Ground.

 
 

 
 

[Let to Mr John Read for 11]
LOT 4: Arable Land, The Clerk’s Piece, 3a 2r 38p, now in occupation of Rev Sir Charles Clarke. Will
end with the death of the present Parish Clerk.

 
1877

 

[Let to Charles Woolnough, jun at 14 pa]
NATIONAL  SCHOOLS:  Debt  of  250  contracted  between  the  death  of  Rev  JT  Johnston  &  the

East Suff Gaz, 14 Aug 

appointment of the present Rector.
NATIONAL SCHOOLS: Subscriptions have been received of 234, including 50 from Mr Crisp &

1877
East Suff Gaz, 21 Aug 

20 from each of the Miss Harveys.
EDUCATION: National Schools: Long account of how they should cope with financil problems.

1877
1877

East Suff Gaz, 21 Aug 

GUN ACCIDENT:  Albert  Francis  Leupolt,  aged  23,  a  son  of  Rev  CB  Leupolt  of  Marsham.  CB
Leupolt,  brother,  on  a  boat  going  down  the  Bure,  near  Hoveton  towards  Yarmouth.  The  sail  was
between them. There was a double barrelled breach loader in the boat. He heard the report of a gun &

East Suff Gaz, 21 Aug 

saw it drop into the river, and heard deceased call out that he was shot. He took him on shore. There
was a wound  in his stomach. He died the  following day. He  had been  a scholar at the Fauconberge
School.

1877

FAUNCONBERGE SCHOOL: Ernest Hodson, late scholar of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, appointed to
the (second) Mathematical mastership.
COUNCIL: Mr Darby’s lease. After much discussion it was decided that a clause should be inserted

East Suff Gaz, 28 Aug 
1877
East Suff Gaz, 28 Aug 

in the lease that Mr Darby should be compensated for improvements made to his land at the end of his
7 year lease.
SALE of FURNITURE of Robert Bulwer in Peddar’s Lane

1877
1877

East Suff Gaz, 4 Sep 

GAS: Gas Company to charge 5s 6d per 1000 cubic ft of Gas. Shareholders getting only 5% for their
money. A promise has been made of better lighting.
WATER TO HOUSES: William  Spratt  not providing proper water supply for his houses  in  Wash

East Suff Gaz, 4 Sep 
1877
East Suff Gaz, 11 Sep 

Lane. There was one water-closet for four houses, but no water supply, beyond what was fetched in a
bucket from a well adjoining which had to be raised by a bucket. Connected with the public sewer. Mr
EB Crowfoot said it was necessary to have a constant supply of water. Order made for him to comply

within 14 days. Costs 9s.
BOARD SCHOOLS: The Schools are so far completed that the boys, after a holiday one week longer

1877
East Suff Gaz, 18 Sep 

than  anticipated were  able to take possession on Monday,  but the  girls are obliged to  use the boys’
classrooms for a few das pending their completion. The old Factory building has been altered so that

both boys & girls are under one roof, the girls taking the ground floor and the boys the upper storey.
The entrance to the Girls’ School is at the west end, where there is a small room fitted up with pegs,

then  comes  the  commodious  and  well-lighte  school  room,  in  front  of  which  are  two  spacious
classrooms, each with its fireplace and ventillation apparatus. At the east end is a small room fitted up
as a lavatory. At the rear is a large yard for a playground.

 
 

The Boys’ entrance is at the west end, the playground in front. A flight of stone steps leads up to the
scoolrooms. The ground floor ceiling has been “pugged” with clay, between two & three inches thick,
with a view of deadening the sound.

 
 

Mr Bull  of Ditchingham has done the bricklaying, Mr Botwright  of Bungay, the  carpentering. Mr
Holley of Bungay, the painting. Mr Pearce of Norwich is architect to the Board.
POLICE COURT: Harry Hunt, a vagrant in rags, drunk & disorderly in Smallgate. PC Gardner said

1877
East Suff Gaz, 18 Sep 

he  threatened  to  murder  anyone  who  came  near  him,  making  use  of  obscene  language.  He  also
threatened to poke the eyes out of several people. If any policeman offered to touch him he would put
a rope round his neck for him. He had a whip in his hand, and he actually struck a man’s pipe out of

his mouth. One month in prison, Defendant said better make it three, then he would have a better diet.
The magistrates declined to make it three.
SALE OF FURNITURE: Mr James McCulloch in London Road, includig 300 books.

1877
1877

East Suff Gaz, 25 Sep 

SALE  OF  DUTCH  FLOWER  ROOTS  &  BULBS:  Mr  Fenn  selling  double  &  single  Hyacinths,
Polyanthus, single & doube Narcissus, Tulips, Frittillaria, Imperiales, etc.
ACCIDENT to a boy, Frederick Ward, whose father was recently moved to . a lunatic asylum, leaving

East Suff Gaz, 25 Sep 
1877
East Suff Gaz, 25 Sep 

the Caxton Works run over in Caxton Road by Mr E Clay, butcher of Bungay. Wheel went over his
chest
Robert Page,  innkeeper [Maltster’s Arms], Beccles  accused of stealing  a pig’s trough  belonging to

1877
East Suff Gaz, 25 Sep 

Wallace Poll. It was kept on a Marsh occupied by his brother. The police found it in Mr Page’s yard.
Mr Kent of Norwich appeared for the defendant. Treated the Court abrasively. To go for trial.
DRUNK:  David  Larke,  smacksman  of  Beccles  hit  a  boy  over  the  head  without  provocation,  who

1877
East Suff Gaz, 2 Oct 

running away was pursued by Larke who ran into Miss Crowfoot sen, knocking her over & breaking
her  arm.  She  was  walking  with  Mr  WE  Crowfoot  and  his  daughters.  With  the  assistance  of  Dr
Metcalfe Mr Crowfoot took Larke towards the Police Station, and gave him in charge of PC Lingley.

Sentenced to 1 month’s imprisonment.
Henry Winsdale, aged 9 accused of stealing a knife from Robert Sampson of Beccles. The mother said
she could do nothing with him. Detained for more witnesses.

 
 
1877

CHURCH RAILINGS in course of erection: complaits about the sharp spikes on the top rails, which
catch ladies’ drapery and are dangerous. It would be sensible to remove them.

East Suff Gaz, 9 Oct 
1877

FIRES: Two small stacks belonging to Mr E Buck on the Corporation Marshes destroyed. Valued at
50. Arson or carelessness the cause.

East Suff Gaz, 9 Oct 
 
 

Two barley stacks & a shed belonging to Mr W Gibbens destroyed. His young son aged 5 was playing
with matches & caught some straw alight. Value 120. He was not insured.

1877
1877

SALE OF FURNITURE:  Ravensmere: Miss Mary Ann Birkett
TOWN SURVEYOR ILL: Mr Laws taking over duties temporarily. Mr Masters taken over Sanitary
Committee.

East Suff Gaz, 16 Oct 
East Suff Gaz, 16 Oct 
1877

PARISH CHURCH: Rev F Bower,  of Church Missionary  Society, of Trichoor, Madras to  become
Curate during his furlough.
ELECTIONS: Two Councillors not  Standing: Mr Kindred (leaving the Town) & Mr Parkhouse. Mr

East Suff Gaz, 16 Oct 
1877
East Suff Gaz, 16 Oct 

Masters  is  uncertain  whether  to  stand.  We  feel  strongly  that  the  Town  can  ill  afford  to  lose  Mr
Masters’ services. He has shown a devotion to his duties such as is rarely equalled and the Council’s
appreciation of his services is shown by their appointing him on nearly every Committee.

1877

TO BE  LET: The Rooms  in  Smallgate known  as the Parochial Clergy Rooms. Apply John Read,
Carlton Colville.
MUNICIPAL  ELECTIONS: Candidates: Mr Block,  E Masters, N Pells, JP Walton. Mr WP Garrod

East Suff Gaz, 16 Oct 
1877
East Suff Gaz, 23 Oct 

has withdrawn.
POLICE  COURT:  Charles  Browes,  of  Bungay  met  Harriet  Grey,  the  wife  of  James  Grey  on  the
Bungay Road. She had some herrings in a basket, & he asked her how she sold them. She said 5 for

1877
East Suff Gaz, 23 Oct 

3d. He took them and put them in the bottom of his cart, but did not pay for them. She called out after
him, but he did not stop. Asked if she recognised him, she did, even though he had washed his face.
He said he had no change, but intended to pay for them, but had not done so far. He was sentenced to

 
 

one month’s imprisonment with hard labour.
BALACLAVA  SURVIVORS  of  Light Bridade.  120  of 600 survivors present  at  Frmason’s Tavern

1877
East Suff Gaz, 30 Oct 

London, including Robert Briggs of Beccles.
ACCIDENT: Mr Brundell  called  in at the  White  Lion on the way home to Gillingham, leaving his

 
1877
East Suff Gaz, 30 Oct 

horse in charge of a man in the yard. The man leaving the yard left a boy to look after it, but it became
frightened and ran down Ravensmere until it reachedthe opening leading into Bridge Street It tried to

cut the  corner. The  effect was to throw the horse on the  other side  on to the stable  gable  end  of  a
house, and the collision was so severe that the horse was thrown down and was not able to rise. Mr
Newson was called, but the horse had to be put down. It was valued at 60.

1877

WORKINGMEN’S   CLUB:   AGM:   100   members   sat   down   to   tea.   WM   Crowfoot,   President.
Congratulated  the  club  on  its  second  year  of  existence.  The  Club  had  been  a  source  of  very
considerable amusement & pleasure to those working men who had connecte themselves with it. They

East Suff Gaz, 30 Oct 

must look at the financial position of the Club, which required a sufficient number of members. The
larger the Club, the stronger it would be.
ELECTION: Elected: JM Brundell 350; E Masters 316; A Brown 252; N Pells 244;

1877
 

East Suff Gaz, 6 Nov 
 

NOT  ELECTED:  Isaiah  Copeman  228;  JP  Walton  225;  R  Block  39,  H  Newson  30.  About  590
burgesses took part. With the working classes Isaiah Copeman & A Brown were the favourites, which
shows what can be done by personal canvas & liberal promises!

1877

POLICE COURT: Robert Myall,  labourer  guilty of trespassing  and shooting  game. Myall was  not
present, but on a fishing voyage & he would not be bak until Christmas.
POACHING: Charles Clarke & Obadiah Clarke of Beccles on land in occupation of Martin Pearce at

East Suff Gaz, 6 Nov 
 
 

Worlingham. Thomas Self & Charles Edwards said they saw them on a Sunday on the land searching
for  rabbits.  Although  Obadiah  had  a  gun  it  was  not  used,  even  though  there  were  pheasants  &
partridges about. They were brothers-in-law of Mr Pearce, but had not asked his permission. They did

not think he would mind themtaking his rabbits. They were fined 15s each.
WAVENEY VALLEY DRAINAGE COMMISSION Mr Robinson tol the meeting that he consiered
the Commission did no good at all and it was a terrible waste of money. So far it had cost 7000 and

1877
East Suff Gaz, 6 Nov 

nothing had been done. The Chairman said that they were only paying off the expenses of obtaining
the Act and nothing more. Mr Robinson proposed the outstanding money should be paid off this year
and the Commission disbanded.

1877
1877

SALE OF FURNITURE of Mr G ibson (who is leaving Beccles) of Rose Cottage,  London Road
14th SUFFOLK RIFLE VOLUNTEERS: Drill in Old Market. Men marched to the Corn Hall where
prizes were distributed. for attendances.

East Suff Gaz, 13 Nov 
East Suff Gaz, 13 Nov 

1877
 

TOWN COUNCIL: N Pells elected Mayor. Voted 40 expenses etc.
Aldermen Read & Fiske retired. Masters (7 votes) & Crowfoot (6  votes)  elected. Mullett & Rix  (4
votes each) Crisp & Eastaugh (1 vote)

East Suff Gaz, 13 Nov 
 
1877

MAYOR’S DINNER: About 60-70 persons present. News of the death of George Fenn arrived during
the course of the Dinner. Major Crowfoot thanked the Council for allowing the Volunteers the use of

East Suff Gaz, 13 Nov 

 
1877

 

the Rifle Range - the best in the County.
DEATH AT MILL: James Motimer, 41, killed at Mr Pells’ Flour Mill. He was in the Engine House,

East Suff Gaz, 20 Nov 

endeavouring to put the strap on to the pump wheel, when he lost his balance, his clothes were caugt
on the piston of the engine.

1877

DEATH of George Fenn: Born  1811, started  life  as  an  animal portrait painter,  in which  he  gained
some reputation, but gradually introduced to a more public life. Elected Councillor in 1847 and then
Alderman;  Mayor  1855  &  1856;  Succeeded  Alderman  Farr  as  Chairman  of  the  Land  Committee.

East Suff Gaz, 20 Nov 

Secured Steam Mill for the Marshes against virulent opposition, providing a much improved income
for  the  Corporation..  Chairman  of  the  Land  Committee.Sescured  the  alteration  of  the  site  of  the
Railway Station, which at first was proposed to be in Ingate. Spend much time in purchasing the land

and laying out the approach, the Station Road. Introduced the Silk Factory, but unsuccessful.

 
 

 
 

In 1857  established the Working Men’s Institute (offshoot of the present Reading Room &  Literary
Institute); Forming a Rifle Corps 1860: construction of Rifle Butts by men who were unemployed in

the bad Winter conditions. He was the guidng force in the formaton of the splendid Avenue & really
grand  approach to the Common. Had  been  Surveyor  of the Turnpike Roads  in Norfolk &  Suffolk

(succeeding  his  father).  The  excellent  river  wall,  thanks  to  many  years  of  his  close  attention  and
supervision, has become what it is now is, an effectual barrier against the floodwaters of the Waveney,
protecting thereby the Corporation Marshes.

 
 

His untiring energies have been seen in his sturdy avocacy of constructing a new system of sewerage
for the thorough drainage of the Borough.  Surveyor from 1863.
CHURCH: The  Church  is  a  Free  &  Open  Church,  no  one  can  claim  to  appropriate  a  seat  in  the

1877
East Suff Gaz, 4 Dec 

Church.
MUNICIPAL ELECTION: Elected: WP Garrod 383, JE Crisp 370, Not elected: Isaiah Copeman 263.

1877
East Suff Gaz, 4 Dec 

About 630 people voted. Cabs & conveyances of various kinds were used to take people to the voting
stations.

 
 

The matter was put very clearly and concisely in a paper sent round to voters. The gentlemen returned
to the Conucil should be men of position, men of business and ability, and men themselves who had a

large state in its prosperity. It was not difficult to decide who answeed best these qualifications.
One of the remarkable features of the contest was the large number of “plumpers” for Mr Copeman,
chiefly it is believed by working men.

 
 
1877

PURCHASE of the Bathing Place from the Cort of Chancery for 272, cheque to be paid to Mr E
Masters.
CONCERT by Choral  Society in  aid  of Beccles Hospital. Music  by Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn,

East Suff Gaz, 11 Dec 
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East Suff Gaz, 18 Dec 

Spohr, Goss, Sullivan, Elvey, Costa, Kuhlau & Whitfield
NUISANCE  by butcher, Clement Poll  in Balygate, who carried  on s slaughtering premises near the
centre of the Town. EB Crowfoot said the liquid refuse ought not to be allowed to pass into the bin &

1877
East Suff Gaz, 18 Dec 
was very injurious to health. Ordered to lay a drain into the main drain.
EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1878

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East Suff Gaz, 1 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: Ward & Walton, late Robert Ward; Wines, Spirits & Liqueurs
ADVERTISEMENT:

East Suff Gaz, 1 Jan 
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East Suff Gaz, 1 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: Thomas Nottingham, late Steel, formerly Norton, New Market, Manufacturing
Chemist: Steel’s Rhubarb Pills

1878
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East Suff Gaz, 1 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: Edward Buck, Waveney Wine Cellars, Northgate. (established 1825)
ADVERTISEMENT: Charles Horsley, Carriages of the Latest Design.

East Suff Gaz, 1 Jan 
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East Suff Gaz, 1 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT:  R  Block,  Market  House,  Plumbs,  Biscuits,  Oranges,  Nuts,  Dates,  Peaches,
Apples, Stilton Cheese, Wines, Jams, Marmalades, Fancy Soaps, Perfumery, Hair Brushes
ADVERTISEMENT: Flower, Chemist, Market Place. Wines, Spirits, Champagnes, Whiskey.

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz, 1 Jan 
East Suff Gaz, 1 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: A Dixon, The Beccles Almanac for 1878. Bookseller, Printer, Stationer
ADVERTISEMENT: George Yallup, Family Mourning Warehouse; Hearses, Coaches etc.
ADVERTISEMENT: Jonathan Read, formerly Durrant. Watch & Clock Maker etc.

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East Suff Gaz, 1 Jan 

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East Suff Gaz, 1 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: Thomas Pearce, Importer of Wines & Spirits
ENTERTAINMENT: EP Youell, Esq will read Dickens: Dr Marigold’s Prescriptions & Moseley: The
Chasrity Dinner. Musical Interludes.

East Suff Gaz, 1 Jan 
1878
East Suff Gaz, 8 Jan 

BECCLES  ACADEMY:  for  Young  Gentlemen;  Principal:  Alfred  Hockey  (late  Mr  Cowles)  Head
Master:  WC  Puxty;  Assistant  Masters:  TY  Bethell,  E  Plowman;  French  Master:  Mons  Pringee;
German Master: Carl Schrieber; Pupils prepared for the Cambridge Local Examinations & the Science

& Art Department , South Kensington.
BRICKYARD TREAT: 25 employees of Samuel Darby had capital Dinner at the Star provided by Mr

1878
East Suff Gaz, 8 Jan 

Spencer. Chair taken  by Mr Pulford, foreman  of the Brickyard. Healths  drunk  of Mr Darby & Mr
Easter.

1878
East Suff Gaz, 8 Jan 

BELL  RINGERS:  On  New  Years  Eve  rang  1877  changes  in  1  hour  27  minutes.:  John  Stimpson,
Henry Stimpson, Robert Fairhead, Henry Chilvers, George  Elvin, Henry Hopson. John  Woolnough,

Robert Freestone.
COUNCIL: Mayor: N Pells; Deputy Mayor:  JD  Eastaugh; Aldermen; Crowfoot, Masters,  Laws &
Mayhew; Councillors: Blyth, Brundell, A Brown, JE Crisp, Darby, WP Garrod, Mullett, Cooper & C

1878
East Suff Gaz, 8 Jan 

Smith.
Vacant Surveyorship {George Fenn had died] : C Dennington appointed foreman of Works at 23s per
week until April..

 
 
1878
East Suff Gaz, 8 Jan 

DEATH of Lieut James Read of Toft Monks, aged 40. From Typhoid Fever. Member of 14th Suffolk
Rifle Volunteers from its commencement in 1860
DEATH of Clark, an old soldier aged 84 who had been a guard on the Island of St Helena attending

1878
East Suff Gaz, 15 Jan 

Napoleon and was one of the pall bearers at his funeral. Long interesting account.
COUNCIL: 15 granted to National Schools
Council refuse money for the renovation of the Organ in St Michael’s Church - not a right application

1878
 

East Suff Gaz, 15 Jan 
 

of the Corporation’s funds.
LECTURE: Professor Anstead: Rains & Rivers (Working Men’s Club Lecture)
ADVERTISEMENT: HJ Scott have reopened their branch at Beccles  as  a branch office of  55 New

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz, 22 Jan 
East Suff Gaz, 22 Jan 

Bond Street.
LICENCE transferred of the Sun Inn from Charles Frampton to Charles Chaston.
ADVERTISEMENT: William Dawson, Fancy Bread & Biscuit Baker taken over business of Late H

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East Suff Gaz, 22 Jan 
East Suff Gaz, 5 Feb 

Moore in Blyburgate.
Brewery Company Dinner at the Marquis of Granby, with friends numbered 50. Dinner provided by

1878
East Suff Gaz, 5 Feb 

Mark Mills highly praised. Mr Saltmarsh, the Manager in the Chair. Later in the week given a supper
with Mr White, the Brewer in the Chair.

1878

INDEPENDENT CHAPEL:  Better  School  accommodation  & Classrooms required. Rev J Calvert
launched appeal 1000 subscriptions promised.

East Suff Gaz, 5 Feb 

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DEATH: Robert Meen, landlord of the Cross Keys. Heart attack. Came to Beccles 18 months ago.
PRESENTATION to Henry Boyce from 42 of his former pupils of the Leman School. A clock
ENTERTAINMENT: Reading Room: Vocal & Instrumental Music & Lecture on Plants by Rev WH

East Suff Gaz, 5 Feb 
East Suff Gaz, 5 Feb 
East Suff Gaz, 12 Feb 

Brown
LECTURE: Mr Buckmaser, Drawing & Science with relationship to Furniture & Dress
DEATH: James Crisp, auctioneer, eldest son of Commander James Crisp, RN, late of Norwich. Aged

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East Suff Gaz, 19 Feb 

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LIQUIDATION: Frederick Chalker of Market Place, corn chandler
ENTERTAINMENT: Vance’s Concert Party

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East Suff Gaz, 19 Feb 
East Suff Gaz, 19 Feb 
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East Suff Gaz, 19 Feb 

ENTERTAINMENT:  Beccles  Literary  Inst;  Vocal  &  Instrumental  Music.  Mr  Raven:  Lecture  on
Fossils

1878
 

SALE of Beccles Brewery together with 18 Public Houses:
Messrs Masons instructed by surviving Proprietors to sell in London in April

Lowestoft Journ 2 March

 
 

 

FREEHOLD BREWEY PREMISES situate in Beccles upon the River Waveney and a short distance
from the Railway  Station, consisting of Brew House, with malt and  hay lofts, working tun rooms,

engine and boilerhouses, stores, stabling, wharf. Containing Wharf, Counting House, two residences,
14 Shops and Cottages; the whole forming a compact site with ample accommodation for increasing
the  manufacturing  capabilities,  together  with  the  43  quarter  plant,  very  complete  and  of  modern

construction,   with   powerful   machinery   and   appliances   and   embracing   two   Milburn’s   Patent
Dessicating Cylinders.
ALSO  eight  rented  public  houses,  eight  freehold  situate  in  Beccles  and  the  adjoining  country,

 
 

excellent freehold stores at Ipswich and rented stores at Yarmouth.
The trade has been  established  upwards  of 50 years and was formerly carried  on  under the firm of
Thornton & Co. and approaches 7000 quarters per annum.

 
 

 
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The business has been successfully & profitably conducted by the present & late proprietors.
SALE: A Genteel Residence in St George’s Place. Apply GB Angell.
COUNCIL: Sold by Council to Railway Company, three quarters of an acre adjoining the line near the

East Suff Gaz, 5 Mar 
East Suff Gaz, 12 Mar 

station at 230.
ENTERTAINMENT:  SW  RIX  in  Chair.  In  Assembly  Room  -  some  difficulty  providing  seats  for
everyone. Music & Lecture on Fossils by Mr Raven

1878
East Suff Gaz, 12 Mar 
1878

MEDICAL OFFICER: Report by EB Crowfoot:  Analysed water on the premises of vendors of milk
in Beccles. Found it impure. Outbreaks of Scarlet Fever & typhoid arise from contamination of milk

East Suff Gaz, 12 Mar 

by impure water, just by washing out pails with the water.
Lack of cleanliness & overcrowding dangerous. Sewage needs proper ventilation.

 
1878
1878

 

TO BE LET: Furnished apartments near the Railway Station. Apply Mrs O Crisp, Avenue Cottages.
MARKET  TEA:  JD  Eastaugh:  When  agriculture  flourished,  Beccles  flourished.  Agriculture  not

East Suff Gaz, 12 Mar 
East Suff Gaz, 12 Mar 

flourishing much  at present. Mr Masters proposed the toast of Mr  P  Youngs, the  landlord  of The
King’s Head  - the  hotel supplied  a  great want  in  a town like Beccles,  &  he  had repeatedly heard
commercial gentlemen remark upon the comforts & conveniences they met with here. He thought it

was a matter for congratulation that they had such a place in the town.
Henry Read,  Land Agent  in Norfolk &  Suffolk: In  1851 & 1852  agriculture was very depressed. A
good many farms he was  connected with  had to  be taken  into the hands of the  landlords then,  but

 
 

during the last two or three years  agricultural prospects had  been  much worse than  even then. Two
years ago things looked very bad; last year they appeared worse; but this year they were worse than
ever. There was no doubt that landlords would have to meet the times.

1878
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LECTURE: Rev EA Telfer on “Scottish Covenanters”
CONCERT by Middle Class  School & Short Drama.
ENTERTAINMENT: Mr Jolly Nash: Be Merry & Wise”

East Suff Gaz, 19 Mar 
East Suff Gaz, 26 Mar 
East Suff Gaz, 2 Apr 

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East Suff Gaz, 2 Apr 

ENTERTAINMENT: Dr Lynn’s Hindoo Conjurors & Snake Charmers
COURT: Paul Cason,  labourer  of Beccles  admitted stealing six  hens from Mr Read of Castle Farm.
PC Rowe visited farm at 4am saw the birds had been disturbed, followed the footprints in the snow to

East Suff Gaz, 9 Apr 

prisoner’s house in Wash Lane. Six months hard labour.
LICENCE Transfer: the Pickerel from Thomas Rouse to Edward Smith+
Queen Victoria to Henry Larter.

1878
East Suff Gaz, 9 Apr 
 
 

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East Suff Gaz, 30 Apr 

LIQUIDATION: William Bird, Baker,
CHURCH SERVICES: criticism of the saying of prayers by the Choir.

East Suff Gaz, 30 Apr 

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East Suff Gaz, 7 May 
SALE: Furniture of Benjamin Bird, Northgate, baker; by order of Trustees.
East Suff Gaz 18 May 

SALE:  Freehold properties late  Mr John Pedgrift,
LOT 6: Modern Double Residence in Northgate, [Nos  15 &  17]  with  convenient  offices, stable,
coach  house,  excellent  Vinery & well planted Gardens  abutting  upon the River, now  occupied  by

 
 

Miss Parker & Mr Thomas Hayes, yearly tenants at rents amounting together to 30 10s p.a.
[LOT 6 purchased R Boon 480]
LOT  7:  A  Thirty-Four  &  a  Quarter  Malting  adjoining  Lot  6,  abutting  the  River  Waveney,  well

 
 

 
 

arranged
with  Steep, two  Working Floors, Kiln, Malt  Store  & Barley Chamber,  adequate  for  400 Quarters,
occupied ny Messrs J & E Crisp, yearly tenanta at the Rental of 47 10s.

 
 

 
 
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Lots 6 & 7 are Land Tax Redeemed.  
[LOT 7 purchased Mr Saltmarsh 410.]

 
East Suff Gaz, 14 May 

TO BE LET: House, Shop, Premises of Abraham Brown in New Market. Apply R Block
CHORAL SOCIETY: Sacred  Selection & Schiller’s Lay of the Belkl

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East Suff Gaz, 14 May 
East Suff Gaz, 14 May 

WILLIAM MOORE: payment of 1s 6d in the pound.
ACCIDENT: Opposite Mrs Wright’s house in London Road. A badly loaded waggon of hay collapsed

East Suff Gaz, 14 May 

& the driver immersed in Hay. Fortunately it fell on the hedge and when the driver was uncovered ten
minutes later he was unhurt.
ASSISTANT CURATE, Rev F Bower leaving. Returning to Missionary work in India.

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz, 21 May 
East Suff Gaz, 21 May 

CONCERT:  Works  by  Handel,  Mendelssohn,  Haydn    &  Spohr.  Soloists  praised:  Mrs  Brown  of
Lowestoft, Mrs WM Crowfoot, Rev JH Raven, AW Cattermole & the Conductor & soloist Livock
SALE:  Furniture of J Thompson 

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East Suff Gaz, 4 Jun 

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East Suff Gaz, 11 Jun 

COUNCIL: Sewerage of Northgate. Mr Miller, grandson of Charles Maplestone to do work.
DEATH: Abraham Brown, member of Town Council aged 55.
COUNCIL: Sewerage Committee decided to adopt Mr Miller’s plan for sewerage pipes.

East Suff Gaz, 11 Jun 
East Suff Gaz, 25 Jun 

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East Suff Gaz, 25 Jun 

SALE: Pedgrift’s property [already have details]
LOT 1 purchased SW Rix 530
LOT 2 purchased R Boon 390

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

LOT 3 purchased SW Rix 325
LOT 4 purchase SW Rix 86
LOT 5 purchased Mr Crisp 500

 
 
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LOT 6 purchased R Boon 480
LOT 7 purchased Mr Saltmarsh 410.
SALE: Late Mr  J Thompson  Furniture etc.

East Suff Gaz, 2 Jul 

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East Suff Gaz, 2 Jul 

LET small Stable & Coach House near Station Road; Apply N Pells & Son, builders
ATHLETIC SPORTS: on Beccles Common, Tuesday 9 July

East Suff Gaz, 2 Jul 
 
 

1) Throwing Cricket Ball, 2) Flat Race 100 yds (Silver Cup) 3) Wide Jump 4) Flat Race 100 yds under
13 5) Hurdles (Silver Cup) 6) Flat Race Quarter Mile (Silver Cup)  7) Bicycle Race 2 miles (Silver

Cup) 8)  Lady’s Prize: Flat Race, Quarter Mile for the Fauconberge,  Leman & Hockey’s  Schools 9)
Slow Bicycle Race  10) Half Mile (Silver Cup)  11)  Pole High Jump  (Silver Cup) etc.Entrance: for

Silver Cups: 2s 6d; others 1s. A military Band will be in attendance.
ELECTION: Nominations: RS Block (by AE King & TA Woddroffe) Edward Buck (by Jas Moore &
Isaiah Copeman; Thomas Easter (by James Mullett & JM Brundell)

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East Suff Gaz, 2 Jul 
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INSPECTION OF CONSTABULARY: Col Cobb, Govt inspector for Eastern Division inspected the
men  of the  Lowestoft, Beccles  & part  of Halesworth districts  at  Lowestoft Police  Station. Certain
drills  gone  through  with  much  satisfaction.  Officer  inspected  the  books  and  cells.  Much  pleased.

Major Heigham, Chief Constable & Major Allez, Deputy Chief Constable were present.
BECCLES HOSPITAL AGM. The Mayor, N Pells in the Chair.. Rector proposed that the Rector of
Beccles should no longer an ex officio member of the Committee. Carried.

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East Suff Gaz, 2 Jul 
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East Suff Gaz, 9 Jul 

4th SUFFOLK ARTILLERY VOLUNTEERS: Inspected by the Adjutant, Capt Simpson. There was a
good muster, & both officers of the Corps (Capt Wilson & Lieut Walton) were present. Preceded by
the Band the men marched on the Common, where the march past was executed very creditably, the

wheeling  being  particularly  good.  After  going  through  the  manual  and  platoon  exercises,  several
company movements were performed, after which the battery returned to the Orderly Room and were
dismissed.  -  On  Saturday  the  company  paraded  at  one  o’clock  with  the  band,  and  proceeded  to

Yarmouth for  gun practice. Two  guns were mounted,  a 40 pr & 80 pr and some  good practice was
made. A  detachment was  also  exercised  in the  gun  drill by  Sergeant-Major Dixon, RA. After  drill
refreshments were served out to the men, who returned to Beccles by the 8.15 train.

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East Suff Gaz, 9 Jul 

ELECTION: T Easter 252 [elected]; Edward Buck 106; RS Block 99. Poll closed at 4p.m.
DROWNING:  Ernest  Gooding,  son  of  Alfred  Gooding,  clerk  to  Messrs  Smith,  merchants  aged  7

East Suff Gaz, 9 Jul 

drowned in River. His grandmother left the house at 7 o’clock and the boy walked with her as far as
the yard. She asked him to go with her a little way but he refused, explaining that he had promised to

go with Mr Wright, for a row on the river.  Jacob Wright, boat builder, said his father had promised to
take the boy for a row, but could not do so. A new wherry was lying close by, and it is supposed that

in  attempting to board this wherry he fell into the water. The  body was  dragged from the  river  at
quarter past eleven.
POLICE COURT: Robert Barrett of Beccles, who  had  already been  convicted seven times  brought

1878
East Suff Gaz, 9 Jul 

before the Mayor & WE Crowfoot charged with disorderly conduct when drunk. Went into the coffee
rooms in Station Road in a drunken state and fell asleep. Police Constable Lingley requested him to
leave, but refused and was turned out. Barrett was very abusive, and used most disgusting language in

the public thoroughfare. He was consequently locked up. Fined 2 & costs 4s 6d. In default 7 days.
Allowed until Friday to pay.
STRANGE BEHAVIOUR -  Some  excitement was  occasioned  amongst the  inhabitants of Newgate

1878
East Suff Gaz 16 Jul 

Street on Wednesday evening, by the strange  behaviour of  a young woman named Kate  Simmonds.
Between  eight   and  nine  o’clock   Simmonds  declared  she  would   drown  herself,   and  ran  down
Ravensmere  in  the  direction  of  the  river,  followed  by  a  small  crowd.  Some  of  her  friends  and

neighbours tried to persuade her to  act like  a rational creature,  but she implored them to  leave  her
alone, that she might drown herself, and finally her well-wishers were obliged to use physical violence
to take her home. It is thought the woman was mad drunk.

1878
East Suff Gaz 16 Jul 

14th  SUFFOLK RIFLE  VOLUNTEERS: Cup Competition: The  usual  monthly  competition  for the
Ladies Challenge Cup was  held on Monday. Ranges of 200, 500 &  600 yards; 7 shots at each. The
weather was  fine,  but  a strong wind  blew  quite  across  from the  left. The  following was the  score:

Lieut J Read 74; QMS Mendham 70; Sgt Soanes 66; Private Tilney 59.
In the evening the Corps was inspected by Captain & Adjutant Kerrich. Major Crowfoot was present,
and there was  as  usual  a  capital muster. Drill took place  on the Common, where an  accident  befell

 
 

Major Crowfoot, who was thrown from his horse. Fortunately, beyond a severe shaking and grazing
his face, he was uninjured, and was able to go on with the drill until its conclusion in the usual course.
ATHLETIC SPORTS: These sports were  held  on the Common on Tuesday after  an  interval of two

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East Suff Gaz 16 Jul 

years. The principal tradesmen  of the town, with  one or two  exceptions,  closed their shops  on the
occasion, and all who could be were present at the sports. Special arrangements for the conveyance of
passengers from neighbouring towns in the district were made by the railway company, and the result

was a large influx of strangers. The number of people present could not have been far short of 6,000,
as the spacious  ring which had been roped in was thickly lined, people standing in many places six
and eight deep [The population of Beccles in 1881 was 5,700]

 
 

We might suggest the advisability of erecting a stand the next time the sports are held. Many persons
would  no  doubt  gladly avail themselves of the  comfort and convenience such  a means presented of

witnessing what was going on, and the outlay would be more than repaid.
ADVERTISEMENT: The three Cups Temperance Refreshment Rooms [52] Blyburgate, Near Messrs

1878
 

Read’s  Stock Market. Clean, Comfortable  and Cheap. tea, Coffee  and Cocoa  always ready. Hot &
Cold   Joints,   Vegetables,   etc.;   Sausages,   Beef   Patties,   Rolls,   Cheese   et.   Sandwiches,   Pastry,

Gingerbeer,  Lemonade  etc.  Chops  &  Steaks  direct  from  the  Grill.  Superior  Cigars  &  Tobacco.  A
private room for Ladies. JB Holton.
THE LABOURERS’ UNION. The annual tea meeting  was held at Hulver in a meadow opposite the

1878
East Suff Gaz 23 Jul 

house of Mr Moore, the district secretary. At the after-meeting the chair was taken by Mr Palmer of
Wrentham, and speeches were made by Mr Taylor, emigration agent for South Australia, Mr Banks of
Boston and others The meeting was largely attended, and the proceedings were very enthusiastic.

1878
East Suff Gaz 23 Jul 

ADVERTISEMENT: AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND: Wanted Single Women ad Farm Labourers;
no  money to pay for the passage. Country Mechanics also wanted. Those thinking  of  going should
read  “  Life  on  an  Emigrant  Ship”,  post  free  1s.  Labourers  and  Mechanics  assisted  to  America.

Domestic Servants can have nearly 3 advanced.
ADVERTISEMENT:  QUEENSLAND  EMIGRATION:  Sailings  from  Great  Britain.  “Highflyer”
from London to Maryborough sails 31 July. “Scottish Prince” from London to Townsville 21 August.

1878
East Suff Gaz 23 Jul 

Female  Domestic  Servants  and  Farm  Labourers  Free..  Apply  to  the  Local  Agent,  Mr  G  Wright,
Ipswich.
BEAN FEAST. Employees at Carriage Works to Yarmouth. Charles Horsley in the Chair.

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East Suff Gaz 23 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 23 Jul 

FREEMASONRY: HJ Scott installed as Worshipful Master by Bro Campling.
CORRESPONDENCE: RAILWAY: Bills  are  circulated  announcing  excursion trains to the seaside,
and on these gloriously fine Mondays the Railway Company naturally expect to bag a good round sum

1878
East Suff Gaz 23 Jul 

for excursion tickets. And yet, all the while, no  extra carriages are  attached to the trains; the result
being a frantic crush up and down the line, trying in vain to get a seat. At Bungay this morning, there

were scores  of happy children,  expecting with their parents to  have  a joyful  holiday by the bracing
sea, who had to be left behind, with damped spirits and tearful eyes, wondering why the train moved

off without them. Surely if the Company beguile people to pay their money, they ought to guarantee
accommodation sufficient to meet the emergency.

1878
East Suff Gaz 30 Jul 

TO LET: The Very delightful & pleasantly situated Villa Residence “Ingate  Lodge” for many years
the Residence of the late Mr Fenn, with Stale & Gig house, Vinery & Greenhouse in full bearing, also
extensive Pleasure & Kitchen Gardens.

1878
East Suff Gaz 30 Jul 

SEWERAGE WORKS EXTENSION: 1300 yards of Pipe Sewers, from 18ins to 9ins with manholes,
lampholes ventilators etc. Tenders for construction.
TO LET: The Very delightful & pleasantly situated Villa Residence “Ingate  Lodge” for many years

1878
East Suff Gaz 30 Jul 

the Residence of the late Mr Fenn, with Stale & Gig house, Vinery & Greenhouse in full bearing, also
extensive Pleasure & Kitchen Gardens.
MISSION: Delhi Zenana: 50 raised at Sale on Friday.

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 30 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 30 Jul 

SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION: Services at Independent & Baptist Churches. Public Tea on Monday in
a tent in Mr H Read’s grounds.
GIRLS FRIENDLY SOCIETY: 117 attended Parish Church & then to Sotterley Hall at invitation of

1878
East Suff Gaz 30 Jul 

Lady Barne.
WESLEYAN Sunday School Treat in Meadow near Water-Works. Tea & Prizes.
BAPTIST Sunday School Treat to Barsham

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 30 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 30 Jul 
1878
East Suff Gaz 30 Jul 

FAUCONBERGE PRIZE DAY: The Headmaster said that a speech by him on the theory of education
would be out of place. He said he did not much believe in theory, but in practice: the less theory the
better. His duty was to  carry  out the practice  of  education.. The lists  [of prizes] had  been  entirely

arranged by those connected with the school, and in consequence was likely to be more trustworthy
than if it came from somebody who knew nothing about the school except that which he had learned
as examiner.

1878
East Suff Gaz 30 Jul 

POLICE  COURT:  Information   against  Jane  Davy,  the  occupier  of   an   overcrowded  house   in
Puddingmoor, known as the “Hole in the Wall”. The house has only two rooms, one a wash house and
the other the living room. The living room is about six yards square, the other room is about three. In

each there is a bed. There are no upper rooms. Seven people sleep in the house, viz: defendant & her
brother-in-law, a boy aged 16 years of age, one about 10, another about 7, a little girl a year and a half
old, and a baby.

 
 

Mr AG Love, Inspector of Nuisances, said he had served  notices on defendant, who  had repeatedly
promised to get out some of the children, but she had not done so.
Defendant said that the oldest boy was  going to sleep out after this. Her  children  enjoyed  excellent

 
 

health while living there. One boy particularly weak before, was now quite jolly. It was her wish to
get another house, but she could not get one.

 
 

The Bench made an order that only one adult and four children under the age of 16 should sleep in the  
house.

 
 
[The situation still looked the same in 1881  according to the Census:

1881
 

Census 1881 

Pudding Moor Stepping Hill, Beccles, Suffolk, England
Jane DAVEYW 

 
 
 

38  

Beccles, Suffolk, England 
20  
13  

Head 
Beccles, Suffolk, England 
Beccles, Suffolk, England 

 
Son 
Son 

Bricklayers Widow
 
 

 
 

Robert DAVEY 
John DAVEY 

General Labourer
General Labourer

 
 

 
 

Walter DAVEY 
Herbert DAVEY 

 
 

10  
3  

Beccles, Suffolk, England 
Beccles, Suffolk, England 

Son 
Son 

 

Scholar
Scholar

 
Daur 
Brother In Law 

 
 

 
 

Maria J. DAVEY 
Elias DAVEY 

 

2  
36  

Beccles, Suffolk, England 
Beccles, Suffolk, England 

General Labourer

 
1881

 

This house was owned by Harriet Meen. It was the third house down from the top of Stepping Hill leading into Ballygate.]
Marriage of Jane Spall to Robert Davey

Parish Register 

 
 

 
 

1860 

May 14
 

ROBERT DAVEY
JANE SPALL  

full age
19 years

bachelor  
spinster,  

bricklayer
servant

 
 

of this parish &
of this parish by banns

 

 
 

 
 

Groom’s Father   
Bride’s.Father   

DAVID DAVEY  
ROBERT SPALL

 
 

 
 

lime burner
tailor

 
 

 
 

by J. Talbot Johnston [Rector]
he signed x

 
 

Witnesses
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Henry Aldous
Eliza Spall X

 
 

 

she signed
BAPTISM of Children:

Parish Register 

 
 

 
 

1861 
1862  

May 31
May 31

ROBERT son of  
DAVID son of 

 

Robert and Jane DAVEY bn Dec 9 1861 
Robert and Jane DAVEY bn Aug 5 1862

Limeburner
Limeburner

 
EDWARD JAMES son of  
ANNIE FRANCES daughter of

 
 

 
 

1876  
1873 

Feb 19 
Mar 25

Robert & Jane DAVEY 
Robert & Jane DAVEY bn Jan 7 1873 

 

Labourer
Bricklayer

1878
East Suff Gaz 6 Aug 

EVANGELISTIC  SERVICES:  Services  conducted  by  Mr  Martin,  an  agent  of  the  Evangelisation
Society, in a tent on Swine’s Green. The services, which were well attended, are being continued, and

it is intended shortly the same in Ravensmere.
NATIONAL ARTILLERY ASSOCIATION. Annual Camp at Shoeburyness. 93 detachments present.  

1878
East Suff Gaz 6 Aug 

one from Beccles
LEMAN SCHOOL Prize Day.
DEATH OF CHARLES MAPLESTONE in Evelyn, Victoria, Australia. Born Beccles 1809. Entered

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 6 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 6 Aug 

the  establishment  of  Mr  William  Cubitt  of  London,  acquired  experience  as  architect.  Arrived  in
Colony in  1853. Appointment in Public Works Department until retirement in 1869. In  1863 began
cultivation of vines. Became foremost wine grower in colony. Receiving the highest prizes. He was a

JP & member of the Shire Council. He was twice married. Leaves a wife & 9 children.
SUFFOLK  RIFLE  ASSOCIATION  held  at  Beccles.  Private  Tilney  won  Lord  Waveney’s  Cup  &
carried off the championship.

1878
East Suff Gaz 6 Aug 
1878
East Suff Gaz 13 Aug 

TO LET: Dwelling House & Market Garden (1a 1r 20p) extending from Blyburgate to London Road,
formerly in tenure of Robert West, now of Mr Kett. Apply Mr Mayhew, Bank, Beccles
ENTERTAINMENT: Miss Nella Davenport - Enchantress, & vocal & Piano

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 13 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 13 Aug 

BECCLES BREWERY OUTING. 30  employees. A wherry fitted up  for them,  dinner provided  on
board. Mr Saltmarsh, the Manager, in the Chair.
VISIT TO BARSHAM: Church restored  [see file: Beccles, Outside, Barsham]

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 13 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 

SALE: Furniture of Mrs Durrant, deceased, late of Smallgate.
SCHOOL: Day & Boarding: Shrublands, Station Road. Miss Ecclestone receive pupils on Wednesday
4 September. Vacancy for 2 or 3 girls as boarders.

1878
East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 
1878
East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 

SCHOOL:  Waveney  House.  Recommences  18  September.  German  is  taught  by  a  Lady  who  has
resided on the continent. French by M Pringee. Miss Garrard, Principal.

1878
East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 

TO LET: Hungate House, Hungate Lane. Completely Furnished. Consists of eight rooms, Kitchen &
convenient premises & a small garden in front & back. Apply Mr TA Laws.

1878
East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 

CHURCH SCHOOL TREAT 600 children marched from the National School to Roos Hal, played in
the grounds and had tea.
PRIMITIVE METHODIST SCHOOL TREAT in Marsh  adjoining the Common,  lent  by Mr Clare.

1878
East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 

Between 20 and 30 children.
WORKING MEN’S CLUB OUTING to Harwich. About 30 men. Took 6.20 train to Ipswich, by boat
“The Stour” leaving at 8.30 for Harwich. Dinner at the Great Eastern Hotel. Reached Beccles again at

1878
East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 

8.40pm
BECCLES  REGATTA  J  Nicholson  in  Gazelle  of  3  3/4  tons.;  The  four  rounds  took  6  hours  to
complete.

1878
East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 

1878
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East Suff Gaz 27 Aug 

SALE:: Freehold Building Land, FAIR CLOSE. [Four Lots: Nos 1, 3 etc. Fair Close]
SALE: Farming Stock of late George Fenn at Brick Kiln Farm
DEATH: John Welton, bell ringer. Commenced bell ringing in 1818.

East Suff Gaz 27 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 27 Aug 
1878
East Suff Gaz 27 Aug 

TOWN COUNCIL: Next stage in Sewerage Construction of Ravensmere & Northgate. Mr Miller the
engineer.  Tenders  from  Benjamin  Roberts  of  Bradford  1449  &  Giles  of  London  3300.  Roberts

accepted.
WEATHER:  Severe  Thunderstorm  on  Thursday,  with  a  succession  of  heavy  thunderstorms  and

1878
 

torrents of rain and dangerous lightning. During the night, a yearling cart colt, the property of Mr H
Read, of the Castle Farm, was killed by lightning, and also a hackney belonging to Mr James Moore,

butcher.
HARVEST:  Heavy  rains  damaged  corn,  much  of  which  remains  in  the  fields,  and  sprouting  has
occurred to a very serious extent.

1878
East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 
1878
East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 

LIGHTING:  Letter  complaining  that  lights  are  not  lit  when  it  gets  dark.  Accident  in  Old  Market
caused by lack of light - a man hit by a van in the dark. Niggardly economy.
TO LET: Two newly constructed houses at St George’s Place; Apply J Mullett, Bank Street.

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 10 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 10 Sep 

SCHOOL: Beccles Middle Class Schools. Principal: Alfred Hockey (late Cowles) ; Headmaster: John
A  Spink,  BA;  Assistants:  Thomas  Bethell  &  Arthur  Cory;  Music  &  German:  WF  Banks;  French:
Mons Pringee

1878
1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 10 Sep 

PHOTOGRAPHS of the town transferred to stone in elegant album by Alfred Dixon.
LIQUIDATION John Holton, wine & spirit merchant.
POLICE COURT: Robert Buck, tailor accused of wilfully interfering with the comfort of a passenger,

East Suff Gaz 10 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 10 Sep 

Mrs Balls on a train. Fined 40s. Case of indecent assault not brought. Fined 40
SALE: New & Second Hand furniture of Mr Tyrell.
WILLINGHAM: SALE: Moat Farm, Agricultural stock.

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 17 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 17 Sep 
1878
East Suff Gaz 17 Sep 

BAKER & CONFECTIONER: Blyburgate. Robert J Read takes over from Mr W Calver. Mr Calver
remains manager.
PRIZE  FIGHT on Beccles Common  between man  of  60 &  man of  40. “Disgraceful scene”. Both

1878
East Suff Gaz 17 Sep 

worked  on railway.  Younger man received two terrible  blows  in the  eye, made  him  cry “enough”.
Stake of 1. Younger man borrowed it & lender wanted it back.

1878
East Suff Gaz 24 Sep 

SALE: Puddingmoor: Five Substantial Cottages in Puddingmoor abutting on properties of Mr Crisp &
Mr George Tyrell  with good gardens, containing nearly one rod, occupied by Brady,  Reynolds, Peck,

Tyrell & Gardener, quarterly Tenants. Rentals 17 2s
BAPTISTS: Second anniversary of Pastorate of Rev WF Edgerton. Evening Service public baptism of

1878
East Suff Gaz 24 Sep 

3 adults, large congregation.
WANGFORD UNION: Contracts from Beccles: J Copeman: beef, mutton & suet 7s  10d per stone;
Robert J Read: bread: 4lb loaf 4d 1/2d; C Hadingham: flour 1s 5d per stone; CF Parker: grocery; WP

1878
East Suff Gaz 24 Sep 

Walton: stout; Atty: shaving & haircutting. -- Bungay contracted for coal,, drapery, leather.
SOTTERLEY: Harvest thanksgiving. Collection for Beccles Hospital.
LARGESSE begged by harvesters in fields. Money spent on drink.

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 24 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 24 Sep 

1878
 

East Suff Gaz 24 Sep 

VOTERS’ LISTS REVISION: the following struck off the 50 list - dead or sold property.
W Thomson Baker, W Barber,  Samuel Barnard, Abraham Brown, Robert Copeman, George  Fenn,
Henry Gilbert, W Sayer, James Smith, John Thompson, James Thirling, William Titshall. ADDED to

 

the 12 List: Benjamin Bugg
TOWN COUNCIL: Sewerage. Mr Roberts, contractor said he could not do the work at the contracted
price. After much discussion Mr Cowdrey given contract for sewers in Northgate etc.

1878
East Suff Gaz 24 Sep 

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East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 

TO LET: House in London Road. Enquire Thomas Garrod.
TO LET: Stabling or Warehouse Hungate Lane: Apply Mr Flegg, King’s Head Hotel Yard.
ROOS HALL: Wanted 2 farm labourers. Must understand Marsh work. Good Cottages found.

East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 
1878
East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 

HOSPITAL: Church collections for hospital at Ellingham, Uggeshall, Frostenden, Brampton & 8 Oct:
Worlingham & Sotterley.
PARISH CHURCH: Collection for National Schools 15.

1878
East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 

CHURCH OF ENGLAND TEMPERANCE SOCIETY meeting.
POLICE COURT: John Owers went to premises of Samuel Neech carter to look at his pigs & noticed
that part of the pig sty that he owned was missing. Asked where it was. Hit him on the headFined    2s

East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 

6d for assault.
LICENSING  ACT:  William  Woolner  of  Victoria  Arms  Open  out  of  hours.  On  Sunday  morning
between 7.30 am & 11 constable saw 31 people go into the pub. A lot of the people came out wiping

1878
East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 

their mouths! (laughter)
LODDON COURT: John  Edwin Crisp charged by James Gall, vermin destroyer of using threatening
language towards him. Crisp landlord of two farms at Loddon. Gall given permission to shoot on one

1878
East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 

farm by occupant, while Crisp was shooting on neighbouring farm. Crisp accused Gall of shooting in
his direction & said he would shoot him if he continued. Gall denied he was shooting in his direction.
Case dismissed.

1878
 

East Suff Gaz 8 Oct 

BECCLES POTTERY. Brown Gotch in Tower, holds 6 Gallons. Stringfellow was the Potter:
“When I am filled with liquor strong,

 
 
 

 
 

Each man drink once, and then ding, dong;
Drink not too much to cloud your knobs,

 
 

 
 

Least you forget to make the Bobbs.”
A gift of John Patman, Beccles, 1827

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 8 Oct 

HORSE SALE: 160 horse for sale: 44 cart horses, 45 colts & fillies, 46 foals, 25 hackneys.
FATAL ACCIDENT on Railway. Thomas Fairweather,  a fisherman, aged  23, “the worse for drink”
walking  along  track  near  Common  Lane  gates  in  the  dark,  struck  by  train  driven  by  William

East Suff Gaz 8 Oct 

Cracknell. Legs severed, died in the hospital.
RAVENSMERE property of Deverson Titshall. Two closets to six houses. Offensive state. Ordered to
provide proper water supply. (At present depended on rain water).

1878
East Suff Gaz 8 Oct 

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1878

East Suff Gaz 15 Oct 

TO LET: House in New Market. Apply R Francis, Red House.
DEATH: R Knights employed by Caxton Press. One of Oddfellows Lodge.
SALE: Detached brick & slate House  in Fair Close, 3 upstairs &  4 downstairs Rooms; Coal  house,

East Suff Gaz 15 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 22 Oct 

Pump of excellent spring water, Garden, back & front. Apply R Mills, Falcon Inn.
MAYOR’S DINNER (N Pells) 40 guests: members of Corporation, borough officials, others officially
connected to town & a few friends. In Assembly Room, provided by J Mills of White Lion.

1878
East Suff Gaz 22 Oct 

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 22 Oct 

BAPTIST HOME MISSION AGM of Norfolk & Suffolk Missions
LICENSE:  Volunteer Arms to Mark Mills, late of Marquis of Granby; William Bugg takes license of
Marquis of Granby (previously kept Wortwell Dove)

East Suff Gaz 22 Oct 

1878
 

East Suff Gaz 22 Oct 

LICENSING ACT: 24 Summonses for being on licensed premises out of hours in Victoria  Arms:
Jas Pitchers, Wm Sampson, Arthur Balls, Stephen Oxborough, Wm Ling, James Borrett, Chas Borrett,
Simon  Smith,  Robert  Denington,  John  Crisp,  Arthur  Bird,  George  Sampson,  George  Woolnough,

 

William Copeman, William Moore, Robert Sampson, James Goffin, John Sampson, Benjamin Ward
jun, James Morris  Edwards, Albert George Fenn, James  Smith, Charles Pain. All fined  5s &  7s  6d

costs.
FAILING  TO  EDUCATE  CHILD;  Arthur  Bird.  girl  aged  9  kept  at  home  to  help  with  younger

1878
East Suff Gaz 22 Oct 

children. William Cattermole  (10 year  old)  Sarah Cole (10 year  old only  15  attendances  in  1877)
William Ling (child had sore head) Frederick Walker (Mother said she arrived late - must get there in

time) Robert Ward (12 year old: child in no standard)
Wife of  William Newson. Bench  made  an  attendance  order,  after listening to  an incoherent address
from the woman, who was finally turned out of Court. Also Harry Farrow.

 
 

1878
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1878

East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 

SALE: Furniture of CC Green at Cross keys
EARLY CLOSING: CF Parker will close in winter at 8pm on Friday & 9pm on Saturday.
WILLIAM  ALDIS  WRIGHT  appointed  Fellow  of  Trinity  Cambridge,  secretary  of  Committee  for

East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 

revision of Old Testament & joint editor of Cambridge Shakespeare. He is Bursar of the College.
BALACLAVA ANNIVERSARY.[1854] Dinner at Alexandra Palace. Robert Briggs, late private 11th
Hussars was present, thanks those who contributed to his expenses,

1878
East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 
 
 
CENSUS 1881 - [Robert Briggs in 1881]

 
 

 
 

New Market, Beccles, Suffolk, England
Robert BRIGGS 


51  
50  

Norwich, Norfolk, England 
Buxton, Norfolk, England 

Head 
Wife 

Coachman Domestic Serv
Charwoman

 
 

 
 

Anne BRIGGS 
James BRIGGS 
(Tailor)
Robert W. BRIGGS 

18  
Norwich, Norfolk, England 
Son 
Assistant    In    Clothiers    Shop

 
 
 

 
 
 

15  
11  
7  

Norwich, Norfolk, England 
Norwich, Norfolk, England 
Beccles, Suffolk, England 

Son 
Daur 
Daur 

Book Binders Apprentice
Scholar
Scholar

Ellen A. BRIGGS 
Jemima BRIGGS 

 

 

 
 
William GARNHAM
28  
Toft Monk, Norfolk
 
Boarder
Coachman Domestic Serv
1878
East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 
COUNTY COURT: James  Ecclestone,  grocer & draper v T Youngs for 17s owing.  Letter produced

by Ecclestone admitting debt. Ordered to pay.
BUTCHER: Wm Le Grice, butcher v James Hammond, millwright 2 for supply of meat. Payment
ordered.

1878
East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 

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East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 

BUTCHER: Wm Le Grice, butcher v George Goffin, wherryman for nearly 2. To pay
MILLER: Robert J Read, miller v Robert Dennington, labourer for 10s for 5 Stones of flour.
HAWKER: Fred Aldous, hawker v John Ling, beerhouse keeper 15s. Hire of pony & cart for a month

East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 

& 2 days. Said he gave him 3 pints every day for breakfast.
GROCER: James Underwood, grocer v George Juler, watchmaker, late of Beccles. Goods sold 1 10s
6d. To pay. Also owed George Dunn, carpenter 2 16s 6d. To pay.

1878
East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 
1878
East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 

PUBLICAN: Thomas Wright, publican v William Jordan, publican for 3s 6d. Beer drunk on premises,
rum delivered. To pay.
ACCOUNTANT: Arthur E King, accountant, v Henry Farrow. Recover possession of house rent of 1

1878
East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 

11s 6d.
GROCER: James  Ecclestone, grocer v Simon Borrett, tea hawker for 7. Goods sold. Got tea from

1878
East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 

Ecclestone & sold it to others, but did not pay Ecclestone.. In difficulties. Pay 1 a month.
OFFICE of late Beccles Brewery Company removed to Waterworks Office in Smallgate.

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 5 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 5 Nov 

ADVERTISEMENT:  GEORGE  Knights,  for   many  years  Head  Gardener   at  Worlingham  Hall,
commenced business as Seedsman & Fruiterer, Greengrocer in New Market, opposite King’s Head.

1878
East Suff Gaz 5 Nov 

ELECTION: 560 people voted (half the electorate)  Elected: Isaiah Copeman 295; JE Crisp 252, Mr
Mullett 216, and Mr Cooper 213  ; Not elected: Mr Blyth  206 & B Woolnough 122.
DEATH: Richard Bohun. Grandfather (Le Grice Brown), father (Geo Wm Brown-Bohun) & Richard

1878
East Suff Gaz 5 Nov 

Bohun all lawyers. Retired from business 10 years ago. Buried at Worlingham.
MESSRS AB WORTHINGTON, successors to the Beccles Brewery Co. Founded 1830
MR ALFRED HOCKEY  elected Fellow of the  Society of Arts - on  account of the  Science & Art

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 12 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 12 Nov 

Classes he established at Kentish Town, and services he rendered as a lecturer.
MAYOR: Mr Pells re-elected for second year. 1878 
TOWN CLOCK not keeping  good time. Mr Alecock  contacted  asking  for the  clock to keep  better

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 12 Nov 
 
 
East Suff Gaz 12 Nov 

time. - Differed from railway time.. The glass in front of clock to be cleaned.
SOUP KITCHEN COMMITTEE paid 70; & COAL COMMITTEE 70; HOSPITAL 25.
COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS: AG  Love: Petroleum Act 6 pa;  Inspector of Nuisances  25;   EB

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 12 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 12 Nov 

Crowfoot:  Medical  Officer  of  Health  30;  Inspector  Cole:  Sergeant-at-Mace  12  (altogether);  R
Norman, Curator 12. Mr Newson Inspector of Contagious Animals.
MAYOR’S DINNER: attendance of 50 tradesmen & others

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 12 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 19 Nov 

SALE:  property  of  Mrs  Rachel  Lark,  deceased,  in  Puddingmoor:  Three  capital  Brick  &  Tiled
Cottages,  a large Garden well planted with fruit bushes & trees. Frontage on Puddingmoor of 90ft,
nearly 1 acre. Rental 30 pa. Free Rent to Manor Of Barsham Hall 1 Coomb of Barley.

 
1878

 

[W Woolner 320]
SALE: Messrs Leny & Smith to sell Fox & Hounds beerhouse in Ravensmere, a very improving area,

East Suff Gaz 19 Nov 

from which a  new road to the Railway  Station  is now being formed. For many years held by Philip
Jarmy; large yard with stabling, loft, chaise house & shed. ALSO a brick & tiled Cottage & workshop

held by George Gray.
[Messrs Youngman & Preston 700]

 
1878

 
East Suff Gaz 19 Nov 

WANTED: a respectable Young Girl as General Servant. Good character required. 6 Norfolk Terrace.
WEATHER: Floods  of several feet depth  caused  by recent heavy rain. Corporation Marshes saved,
protected by high bank. Above the bridge, the low lying lands covered. Houses near the bridge & the

1878
East Suff Gaz 19 Nov 

brewery put to inconvenience. Communication between Beccles & Gillingham almost entirely cut off,
the  dam  under water,  3  or  4 ft  and  over the path. Nearly reached the  level  of the  Waveney Valley
Railway.

1878
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1878

East Suff Gaz 19 Nov 

MISSIONARY MEETING: Propagation of Gospel in foreign Parts. Small attendance.
SUFFOLK ARTILLERY VOLUNTEERS annual prizes.
14th SUFFOLK RIFLE VOLUNTEERS prizes

East Suff Gaz 19 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 19 Nov 

1878
1878

East Suff Gaz 19 Nov 

CLOCK: A Voice from the Steeple. 200 years old. 
SALE: Hungate: All the bricks, tiles, timbers, flooring, doors, windows & other materials arising from
two  buildings  &  outbuildings  &  portion  of  a  Wall  recently  occupied  by  James  Beales  &  John

 
East Suff Gaz 26 Nov 

Markwell. The purchaser to pull down the buildings & remove the materials within six weeks.
SALE, 5 December 1878 at King’s Head: Residence of Richard Bohun, Esq.
LOT 1 The substantially built spacious  and  comfortable FAMILY MANSION, late the residence of

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East Suff Gaz 26 Nov 
 

Richard Bohun, Esq., eligibly situated in Ballygate Street, having a west front on a tastefully planted
lawn and pleasure ground, and commanding a remarkably picturesque view of the river and valley of
the Waveney and of the upland scenery beyond.

 
 

The House  contains: Basement: Beer cellar  and  vaulted wine  cellar with  brick  bins. Ground Floor:
Entrance  Hall,  Vestibule  and  principal  Staircase;  former  Bank  Office  23ft  x  14ft  with  separate
entrance  from the  street. Breakfast Room  15ft  x  13ft; Drawing Room 21ft  x 17ft;  Second  entrance

from Ballygate; and Sitting Room formerly used as an Office. Back Hall & servants Staircase; Lobby
and WC. Butler’s Pantry and Store Room, closets and shelves, etc.
First  Floor:  Landing,  four  lofty  and  spacious  Sleeping  Rooms,  Dressing  Room,  Lobby  and  store

 
 

closets.
Separate staircase from Kitchen, three servants sleeping rooms.
Second Floor: Two large front Sleeping Rooms and two small Bedrooms.

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Yard; Two stalls and loose box.
Outgoings:  Apportioned Land tax 1 5s 0d;   Tithe commutation: 2s 6d
[AK Hockey 1,200]

 
 

 
 

LOT 2
Three Dwelling Houses situate in Ballygate in Beccles. Occupied by:

 
 
Mr Welton [No 14] 6 Rooms, Wash House & cellar with outhouses; yearly tenant from Midsummer;

3 months notice; Rent 7 10s p.a.
Mrs Sarah Grimwade [No 12] 5 Rooms,  Wash house & cellar;  detached Workshop &  coal house;
quarterly  rental; notice to quit 6 April; Rent 8 1s 4d p.a.

 
 
 
 

Mrs Carl Peterson [No 10] 5 Rooms; detached Wash house & coal house; yearly rental; notice to quit
6 April; Rent 7 10s p.a.
With this Lot included: A yard in which are 2 outhouses, a pump & well of good spring water, with a

 
 

carriage road to the street enclosed by iron gates.
Tenure Freehold; Land Tax 0 14s 4d; Free Rent to Manor of Barsham Hall 2d.
Use of Lots 3 & 4 to draw water & use of carriage way.

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

[Mr Block 420]
LOT 3
Two Dwelling Houses adjoining Lot 2 [Nos 10-14] let to Mr James Mullett as yearly tenant; notice to

quit 6 April 1879, at rent of 22 11s 6d: Underlet:
Mrs EA Mullett: [Bal 4] Entrance passage, 2 Sitting Rooms, 3 Sleeping Rooms, attic & cellar, with
small yard & detached Wash House.

 
 
 
 

Mrs Elizabeth Cox:  [Bal 6]  2  Sitting Rooms,  3  Sleeping Rooms,  attic  &  cellar  &  detached  Wash
house & small yard.
Also Garden now let therewith & part of yard hitherto occupied with Lot 2.

 
 

 
 

[H Harmer 400]
LOT 4
A Plot of Garden  or Building  Land,  commanding  a fine view of the Waveney Valley and   upland

 
 

 
 

beyond. In hand.
[Mr Hockey 60]

 
 
 

 
 
 

LOT 5
A Double Cottage and Garden Ground with a site for an additional Cottage, situate in Puddingmoor

Street, let to Noah Grey and Mary Carter at 8 pa.
[Mr Culham 175]

 
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East Suff Gaz 26 Nov 

FIRE:  Thanks  of  Mr  Thomas  Pearce  who  helped  put  out  fire  his  Spirit  Store  in  [14]  Blyburgate.
Thanked those who prevented the premises being looted during the fire.
ALARM  OF  FIRE:  The  inhabitants  of  the  upper  part  of  Blyburgate  were  seriously  alarmed  on

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East Suff Gaz 26 Nov 

Monday evening by a cry of ‘Fire!’ This was about six o’clock and it was soon ascertained that fire
had broken out on the premises of Mr TH Pearce, wine & spirit merchant. The shop and house were
full  of  smoke,  and  it  was  found  that  a  large  quantity  of  paper  in  the  spirit  store  had  caught  fire.

Assistance was promptly at hand, and by the aid of a copious supply of water Mr Pearce was able to
extinguish the flames before much damage had been done. It was very fortunate that the fire was so
timely  discovered,  otherwise  it  must  have  proved  extremely  disastrous,  not  only  to  Mr  Pearce’s

premises and goods, but to the property around. The store at the back of the shop where the fire broke
out  contains hundreds of  gallons of proof spirit in barrels  and bottles,  and  had this once  caught fire
nothing could  have saved the premises. The fire  appears to have resulted from  an apprentice  in Mr

Pearce’s employ carelessly leaving a candle burning on some paper. The lad was engaged at  the time
in filling up some wine bins in the store, and during his temporary absence in the cellar the candle fell
down and ignited the paper.

1878
East Suff Gaz 3 Dec 

ROBBERY James Belward of Thurlow’s Yard caught stealing timber from Darby’s Yard by boat in
the floods by Edward Darby. Arrested by police
JOURNEY  to  USA  R  Jarman’s  son  describes  journey  to  USA  in  atrocious  weather  conditions  on

1878
East Suff Gaz 3 Dec 

board the SS Naples, bound for New Orleans.
LADY GOOCH: Tried to pretend that she was pregnant with a child by Sir Francis Gooch (her real
child had died), but obtained child from orphanage she said was hers. Proved to be false. Lady Gooch

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fell from her chair in a fainting fit. She was removed from Court and a medical man was sent for, and
throughout the whole hearing her screams and hysterical cries were distinctly heard in court.  
26 Nov: “When the  charge was first  brought  against  her,  everyone naturally asked: “Who  is  Lady

 
 

Gooch?” but nobody knew, and Burke gave no information. I am told the explanation of this sad and
clumsy attempt is just this: that  Lady Gooch  grew afraid that  Sir Francis was becoming tired  of his
quondam  companion,  the  daughter  of  a  journeyman  baker  of  Homerton,  and  was  meditating  a

separation.”
Sir Francis wished to drop charge, but charged with deception - but no case to answer. Freed.
ATTACK by John Dowe, labourer, on William Newsom near the Cross Keys, while waiting to help

 
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East Suff Gaz 3 Dec 

empty Mr Horsley’s muck bin. Sentenced to a month’s hard labour.
BECCLES CHORAL SOCIETY: for Beccles Hospital: Vocalists, Piano, Organ

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East Suff Gaz 10 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 10 Dec 

LEMAN SCHOOL The Headmaster, Mr Boyce, presented with handsome cruet stand by the boys as
an expression of their esteem for his kindness to them. Gave them a day’s holiday.

1878
East Suff Gaz 10 Dec 

THEFT:  Robert  Beane  &  Joseph  Cable,  labourers  caught  stealing  pet  rabbits  from  Mr  Hockey’s
school

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East Suff Gaz 17 Dec 

SALE: 2 Hollyhead Villas, Station Road, Furniture of Mrs Hamby
WEATHER SEVERE: People skating on ice.
LICENSE TRANSFER: Duke Inn Edward Bailey to Luke Smith

East Suff Gaz 17 Dec 
 
East Suff Gaz 24 Dec

 
 
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Pickerel from Edward Smith to George Everitt, previously of Winchester.
Cross Keys from Mrs Mean, deceased to James Walpole.
SALE: Northgate: Furniture of Mrs Isabella Thornton, deceased

East Suff Gaz 24 Dec 
1878
East Suff Gaz 24 Dec 

CHRISTMAS: The Christmas displaying this town does not evidence any of the depression in trade
which  undoubtedly  exists,  even  here;  nor do the tradesmen  appear to have taken  into  account  any
limited means which may be at the disposal of many persons, especially of some of the poorer classes

at this particular festive season. We trust that they  may  be  correct in their  anticipations.  So  far  as
creature comforts are concerned the charitable and well-to-do will no doubt take care of the aged and
deserving poor have the necessary supply of good things. Those who possess the requisite means may

be trusted to see themselves well served in this respect. They have certainly ample means of choice,
for the tradesmen have taken  care to  lay in  a  large  stock of  every imaginable  article  deemed to be
necessary at Christmastide.

 
 

The butchers  are foremost as usual. This is their busiest season, and the preparations made by them
will no doubt meet all the requirements of the most feast-loving public. We hear that thirty bullocks
have  been  killed  in  the  town  this  season.  Mr  Le  Grice  and  Mr  Isaiah  Copeman  had  the  largest

supplies,  which  on  Friday  presented  really  fine  views  to  the  admirers  of  such  things.  The  former
displayed six grand shorthorns grazed by Mr L Maplestone, of Aldeby; two oxen grazed by Mr Sillott

of Loddon; one by Mr J Mayhew, of Carlton Colville; and another by Mr W Palmer, of Haddiscoe. He
also had a large sup-ply of mutton, including several superior wether sheep from Mr J Le Grice; two

half-breds grazed by Mr Boutell; and others from Mr Cushing and other graziers.
Mr Wiseman told us on Friday that he had calculated that Mr Grice’s supply of meat was sufficient to

 
 

allow  2lbs  per  head  to  every  person  living  in  the  borough,  whether  man,  woman  or  child!  Mr
Copeman had quite as much. He slaughtered a splendid homebred grazed by Mr T Easter, weighing
upwards of 98 stones

 
 
We  must   end  by  mentioning  the  Christmas  Cards   and   other   beautiful   articles  appropriate  for
Christmas presents on view at Mr Dixon’s and Mrs Jordan’s;  and of the fine display made by Mr

Parker, Mr Yallop, and other drapers.
LEADING ARTICLE:  1878: The year which is just  closing  has  had  more than a  nominal share  of

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East Suff Gaz 31 Dec 

gloom and misfortune. Throughout the country a cloud of commercial depression has been gathering
over  the  industries  of  the  people.  This  sorrow  has  been  aggravated  by  a  series  of  disasters.  The

Thames, on which the produce of the world  has been borne,  has  also been the scene of a  calamity
almost unparalleled. Without a moment’s warning, nearly 700 pleasure-seekers found a watery grave
beneath its surface, when the pleasure steamer “Princess Alice” was sunk in a collision off Barking..

Nor is this all. Colliery accidents at Pontypridd and Abercarne of a most terrible kind have filled the
country with anxiety and grief;
The depression in the cotton trade caused riots in Lancashire of a most serious and alarming nature.

 
 

Houses of masters were wrecked  and windows  in the  mills smashed..  In Blackburn Col  Jackson’s
house was burnt to the ground, and he and his family were compelled to flee for their lives.
WEATHER: Christmas 1878: The severe weather continuing up to Christmas night, wit abundance of

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East Suff Gaz 31 Dec 

good ice, skating and sliding was much enjoyed. On Christmas dad the river was in some places quite
crowded.
On the evening of 25th a rapid thaw set in, and has continued since. As a result nearly all the ice has

 
 
disappeared. 
 
 
EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1879
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East Suff Gaz, 7 Jan 

WEATHER:  The  New  Year  was  ushered  in  amid  a  heavy  squall,  the  wind  blowing  with  great
severity,  and  during  the  day  the  temperature  fell  until  at  night  there  was  a  heavy  fall  of  snow,
succeeded by a sharp frost. Shortly before twelve o’clock the bells of St Michael’s tower pealed forth

and rang in the new year right merrily.
COUNCIL: Alderman  Laws said there was  a public complaint  of the  gathering  of young men  and
boys  on  Sundays near Mr Kent’s shop [No 2 Hungate] to the  great annoyance of passers by. When

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East Suff Gaz, 7 Jan 

remonstrated with the  boys took no  notice  except to  jeer. It was  also  complained that young  men
congregated near the church gates.

 
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The Mayor promised to see Inspector Cole on the subject.
BECCLES BRIDGE: Alderman Masters remarked upon the condition of Beccles Bridge, that it stood

East Suff Gaz, 7 Jan 

in great need of improvement, and if the Navigation Commissioners could do anything to bear upon
that end, it was highly desirable they should do so. (The Mayor said he had been on the Commission

many years and they had never had a meeting.)
The Town Clerk said that when the Beccles port dues were done away with a fund was set apart as a
contribution towards Beccles Bridge. That fund had been accumulating  ever since, until  now it was

 
 

something like 1,200. He believed it was invested in consuls, and that it was under the control of the
Navigation Commissioners.
NORTHGATE  SEWER: Contractors have laid 220 yards of pipe. Should be paid 550 so far.. Pipes

1879
East Suff Gaz, 7 Jan 

have gone through the properties of Mr Buck[ Northgate 19 & 21], Saltmarsh [Northgate 15 & 17],
Mr Delf’s trustees [Northgate Score] & Mr Lenny [Northgate 11 & 13]. Those living along the line of
the sewer should connect up to it while the work is in progress. Recompensed for going through their

property.
DEATH: James Woolner Garwood, formerly proprietor of Omnibus from Beccles to Haddiscoe, and
for many years station master at Aldeby.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 14 Jan 
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East Suff Gaz, 14 Jan 

Rev JH CLOWES: Rector of Weston took Sunday evening services in School Room in Peddar’s Lane,
has retired and given a Testimonial of 40, signed by 140 people.
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE Mrs Fairhead, widow.  11 year  old  not  gone to school since April 1878.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 14 Jan 

Said he was out of control; if she took him, he ran away. William Newson’s, labourer,  son now being
sent regularly to school (said his mother)
Charles Beales, labourer. 10 year old son. Said he was out of control. Order made.

 
 
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Robert Sampson -
THEFT: Selina Palmer charged with stealing china basin from Red’s sale at Mrs Hamby house.

did not attend. Nor did Emily Garrod.
East Suff Gaz, 14 Jan 
 
 

John Goffin his assistant saw it in sale and missed it. To Mr Tyrell, broker & dealer [in Puddingmoor].
He had bought it for 9d. Girl not positively identified. Released.

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East Suff Gaz, 21 Jan 

TO LET: Furnished apartments: Apply Mrs Jas Crisp, 2 Station Road
New Market: Red House [No  33]  WH Wright, purchased Outfitting shop  of R Francis. Old  Stock

East Suff Gaz, 21 Jan 

being disposed of.
SANITARY CENSUS taken of  1284 premises. took 8  hours a day for 5 months. New houses to be
entered as they were built.

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East Suff Gaz, 21 Jan 
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East Suff Gaz, 21 Jan 

NEW BUILDINGS:  Town Clerk: The Council have power to make a bye-law that before new houses
are built intending builders shall submit plans of proposed buildings.
Mayor: I should think that very necessary. It is the case in other towns, and I think it would prevent a

 
 

good many unsightly buildings if the plans were submitted to the proper authorities for their approval
before the buildings were erected.
Mayhew: It would not do to interfere with the appearance of buildings, would it?

 
 

 
 

Town Clerk: Not altogether; but the safety and healthiness of the buildings.
Deputy Mayor: Building lines are adopted in other towns: Lowestoft for instance.
Mayor: In many towns plans have to be submitted before any buildings are allowed to be erected.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Darby: Would this apply to those new buildings I am now making? That is on private property.
Crowfoot: I think it would be a very good thing, particularly as regards drainage arrangements. It is
very   possible    builders   in    ignorance   might    make    arrangements   which   the   Council   would

afterwardshave undone or remade.
The Mayor  also thought  it very  desirable,  as  builders would then  be less likely to  have fault found
with them afterwards. He  did  not  know that there was  any special Act  of  Parliament which would

 
 

empower the Council to refuse a building being erected on private building land.
Darby: I am building some houses in Ravensmere, and I want to make a proper street. I shall keep to a

 
 

line, and I should think such a matter would not apply to a private road. I wish the Corporation would
take some steps. I want to see about the drainage there.

 
 

Masters:  I  think  it  is  very  desirable  in  regard  to  sanitary  matters  that  before  building  new  houses
builders should lay their plans before the Council for approval.
Town Clerk: The matter was brought before the notice of the Mayor the other day, how necessary it

 
 

was to keep an eye on new buildings. I am under the impression that the power to make a bye-law on
the subject exists under the Sanitary Act.
Crowfoot moved that the Sanitary Committee frame a bye-law that this should be done. Agreed.

 
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East Suff Gaz, 21 Jan 

SEWERAGE: Mr  Sutton,  owner of hose occupied by Mr Hammond  in Old Market. Council  not to
extend sewer. Sewer within 100ft, the stipulated distance.
GRANTS: Despite cold weather the Council would not give 10 more to the coal fund. 15 given to

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East Suff Gaz, 21 Jan 

the National Schools
BREWERY BUILDINGS: AB Worthington intended pulling down some buildings near the Bridge &
offered to sell land. Council thought they ought to buy it if they could afford it. It would improve the

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East Suff Gaz, 21 Jan 

town and a dangerous corner.
WOMEN’S  RIGHTS:  Letter  from  Miss  Lydia  Becker  of  resolution  to  be  moved  in  House  of

1879
East Suff Gaz, 21 Jan 

Commons:  Injurious  to  country  that  women  who  are  entitled  to  vote  in  municipal,  parochial  and
School Board  elections, when possessed of the statuary  qualifications,  are  disabled  from voting  in

Parliamentary elections. Should be repealed.
Deputy Mayor moved it should be laid on the table for six months. The Mayor said it should be put

 
 

under the table (laughter).
SEWAGE  WORKS:  Inspector  visited to  examine the  need to  borrow  2,000. He seemed satisfied
with the reasons.

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East Suff Gaz, 21 Jan 

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East Suff Gaz, 28 Jan 

SALE: Fair Close Land: Four Plots on the North Side, depth of 129ft, frontage of 30ft.
[Mr Brundell for 284]
TO  LET:  STATION  ROAD:  Convenient  House  containing  5  Bedrooms,  Dressing  Room,  WC,  2

 
East Suff Gaz, 21 Jan 

Parlours, Kitchen.
DEATH  of  W  Everitt,  Esq.  lately  of  North  Cove  Hall.  Lived  formerly  of  Lowestoft  and  firm  of
brewers, G & W Everitt.

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East Suff Gaz, 21 Jan 

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East Suff Gaz, 21 Jan 

LICENSE TRANSFER: Sun Inn from Charles  Chaston to Henry Thomas Buggs
Cross Keys from Samuel Coker, executor of Ellen Meen to James Walpole
Marquis of Granby from Mark Mills to William Buggs.

 
 

1879
East Suff Gaz, 11 Feb 

Mrs Woodward, Registry Office has several good House, Parlour & Sewing Maids wanting situations.
Also wanted a good Cook for a gentleman’s family.
SERVANT WANTED: Good general servant wanted, Mrs Masters, [12] Northgate

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East Suff Gaz, 11 Feb 
East Suff Gaz, 11 Feb 

AMERICAN BELL RINGERS Entertainment in Assembly Room. Two men & two women, singing.
TREAT TO EMPLOYEES Mr Darby’s 30 employees supper at Charlish’s Eating House with singing
& toasts.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 11 Feb 
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East Suff Gaz, 11 Feb 

4th  SUFFOLK ARTILLERY: Drill Instructor  for 11 years,  Sergeant Clarke  given purse  of  5. Has
been promoted to Sergeant Major, going to Yarmouth as Instructor.

1879
 

East Suff Gaz, 11 Feb 

LICENSE TRANSFER:  Duke Inn: from Edward Bailey to Luke Smith
Pickerel: from Edward Smith to George Everitt

 
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East Suff Gaz, 11 Feb 

SANITARY REPORT by Dr EB Crowfoot. Population: a little over 5000 in 1098 houses. Last year:
181 births; 107 deaths. Although 500 houses are connected to the new sewer, many are not connected

hygienically enough.
The houses using the old sewer system will be cut off. Surface drains the cause of much diarrhoea, so
fatal to small children. Extermination of cess pools is essential.

 
 

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BLYBURGATE [37?]: RJ Read bread & biscuit trade disposed of to Alfred Cady
A  COPPER:  JL  Kent  &  Son  just  completed  a  brewing  copper  for  Beccles  Brewery.  Height  9ft;
Diameter 9ft 9ins; weight 30cwt. will contain 3,000 gallons.

East Suff Gaz, 18 Feb 
East Suff Gaz, 18 Feb 
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East Suff Gaz, 18 Feb 

SCHOOL  BOARD:  proceedings  to  be  taken  against  Charles  Bell  &  George  Elliott  for  employing
children under 12.
SALE:   Puddingmoor:   Freehold   double   Cottage   with   valuable   Building   Land   at   junction   of

1879
East Suff Gaz, 25 Feb 

Puddingmoor and the path leading to Ballygate in occupation of John Lockwood 7 James Gray. The
land,  now  cultivated  as Gardens, contains (with the site of the buildings)  28 rods,  has a  frontage  of
135ft & well adapted for the erection of several cottages. [Mr AE Hockey 195]

1879
East Suff Gaz, 25 Feb 

PIG KEEPING: Ingate William Cable accused of keeping pigs in a bad condition in Ingate,, causing
illness in neighbouring houses. Order preventing him keeping pigs made.
THEFT: James Turrell aged 12 broke into the Station Offices, took a key. Sent to Reformatory for 3

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East Suff Gaz, 25 Feb 

years.
DEATH: Rev DH Leighton, Rector of Worlingham
SALE of FURNITURE, New Market; Mrs Hannah Knowles executors.

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East Suff Gaz, 11 Mar 
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East Suff Gaz, 11 Mar 

MARKET TEA:  Deputy  Mayor,  JD  Eastaugh  replying  to  the  toast  to  the  Council:  had  spoken  of
[town]as being very wealthy. He was sorry to say their finances were low at the present time; but he
hoped when their  lettings  came  on they would  have  better prices  given for the marshes. However,

unless agriculture improved in the course of the next few months, he was afraid their rents would not
be so good even as last year.
The Toast “Success to Agriculture” but it had been in a state of great depression with all connected to

 
 

the agricultural industry, and they could all fervently drink to greater success than it had achieved for
several years.
In Colonel Barne’s  estates there had been a  reduction of  fifteen per cent in their rents. Toast to the

 
 

“Town & Trade of Beccles”. He remarked on the intimate connection that existed between
and  agriculture,  and  said  it  was  quite  certain  that  unless  agriculture  flourished,  it  was  impossible
commerce should flourish. They must both row in the same boat. he hoped the time was coming when

commerce

there would be a reaction, and that both would flourish together.
Mr Bell, Innkeeper charged with employing a boy, Henry Jacobs, aged 11. The boy had made only 55

1879
East Suff Gaz, 11 Mar 

attendances in six months out of a possible 225.. Fined 5s & 9s 6d expenses.
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE: Benjamin Gilding, labourer failed to send boy to school. Family needed

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East Suff Gaz, 11 Mar 

money boy earned. Order made. Matilda Spall, single woman, same charge - failed to appear.
CO-OPERATIVE  STORES,  [14]  Blyburgate,  formed  for  the  purpose  of  supplying  the  Nobility,

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East Suff Gaz, 11 Mar 

Clergy  and Gentry  and the public  generally with  goods of the finest quality at the lowest prices for
cash.
The old practice  of  high prices for the necessaries  and  luxuries  of  every-day life,  charged  alike  by

 
 

tradesmen to those customers who pay ready money - to those who take a short term of credit, -- to
those who require long credit -- and to those who never pay at all -- that the public should be tired of
this is only in the ordinary course of things, it being wholly unsuitable to the present age, and defiant

of the principles  that should govern commercial transactions.  
The terms of one, two, and three years’ credit, and thirty to forty per cent profit, are matters of history;
they have passed, or are passing quickly away, and the old adage of “small profits and quick returns”

 
 

represents the principles adapted to the times in which we live.
In  the  revision  of  prices  that  has  been  made  at  this  establishment  the  profit  on  every  article  is
calculated on the closest scale possible, consistent with fair dealing. Goods will not be sold at a loss,

 
 

nor will there be three or four prices be charged for the poor, for ready money, and if some customers
require for their convenience a short term of credit (not exceeding three months) an extra charge will
be made to cover the cost of book-keeping, interest on the money, delivery, etc.

 
 

The prices  of  goods at the Beccles stores will be found in many instances twenty or thirty per  cent
below the prices charged by giving credit-giving firms, and it must be accepted as an explanation that
this  is  done  in  no  opposition  to  them,  but  to  meet  the  requirements  of  the  times,  and  to  show

practically that the small and quick profit system can compete with the large London Supply Stores,
and under these circumstances the Public will give the preference to local stores rather than send their

orders to a distance.
Proprietor & Manager: Thomas Henry Pearce.

 
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East Suff Gaz, 18 Mar 

CHURCH PREFERMENT: Rev AC Tracy, former curate,  appointed to  St John’s Upper Holloway,
London.

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East Suff Gaz, 25 Mar 

SALE: Household Furniture of  late John Garnham, Esq. in London Road.
SALE: Household Furniture late Mrs Coombe, 3 Wellington Terrace, Station Road
BUILDERS TENDERS: 4 Dwelling Houses in Hungate for Mr Harper. Plans with Messrs N Pells,

East Suff Gaz, 25 Mar 
East Suff Gaz, 25 Mar 

 
1879
1879

 

Surveyor
TO LET: New Market: Shop lately occupied by harness maker. Apply CP Poll
CIRCUS: of W & G Pinder in Black Boy Meadow. Lion, Tiger etc.

East Suff Gaz, 25 Mar 
East Suff Gaz, 25 Mar 
1879
East Suff Gaz, 25 Mar 

EXAMINATIONS: Cambridge  Local:  William James Murray  of Framlingham College, son  of Mrs
Money, Hungate.
NIGHT SCHOOL:  40  Lads  attending  school  carried  on during the winter  by Miss Parker & Miss

1879
East Suff Gaz, 25 Mar 

Crowfoot had tea in old library room. Reading, writing, picture frame making, painting  and  fretting
taught.
EDUCATION. In the House of Commons Colonel Barne said he thought education in rural districts  

1879
East Suff Gaz, 25 Mar 

was inclined to be rather too high, and the ratepayers in a short time would find their rates very much
increased by the  School Board  expenses. Already there was a  great  deal of  land thrown  upon the
landlords’  hands for want  of tenants,  and the schools went on  increasing. He  believed that so  great

were the  calls  on  farmers, that the time would  come  when the  land would  go  out of  cultivation  in
many districts, and he believed that many other county members would corroborate what he said.
They had in  country districts  great difficulty in procuring  schoolmasters and schoolmistresses. They

 
 

were unable to offer very high wages, and consequently
Major Allez [Deputy chief Constable] applied for James Turrell, railway porter, to contribute towards
upkeep of his son, who was recently sent to a reformatory. He said his wages were 18s a week, out of

1879
East Suff Gaz, 25 Mar 

which 6d was taken for  his cub. He had a daughter  living with  him & his wife was sickly. Ordered
him to pay 2s per week. The Chairman, Rev RC Denny said he could not feed and clothe his boy at
home for that.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 1 Apr 

SALE: Household Furniture of late Mrs Amelia Palmer, Bridge Street
SALE  IN  LIQUIDATION:  Mr  William  Hochkin,  timber  merchant.  Stock  in  Trade  &  Household
Furniture, at North House, Ravensmere.

East Suff Gaz,  1 Apr 

1879
1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 1 Apr 

LECTURE: Rev EA Telfer: “Crotchety Grumblers in & out of Sion”
WANTED a good general servant. Apply Mrs R Block, Italian Stores [Sheepgate]
NEW ZEALAND Wanted Domestic  Servants: Cooks, Dairymaids, Nurses.  20 - 40 pa.  &  Farm

East Suff Gaz, 1 Apr 
East Suff Gaz, 1 Apr 

Labourers. Free Passages.
CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: Foundation Stone of New Sunday School & Classrooms to be laid

1879
East Suff Gaz, 8 Apr 

by JJ Colman, Esq., MP followed by Public Meeting.
PARISH CHURCH Organ Restoration Fund

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 8 Apr 
East Suff Gaz, 8 Apr 

BUILDERS:  DRILL  HALL:    Tenders  for  new  Hall  100ft  x  50ft  9ins  with  residence  for  drill
instructors. Offices of N Pells

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 8 Apr 

WORLINGHAM RECTOR: Rev Arthur Aldred, curate f Horncastle, son of CC Aldred of Yarmouth
LICENCE  TRANSFER:  Victoria  Arms:  William  Woolner  to  John  Girling;  Spread  Eagle  from  S
Wright to Robert Harper, carpenter Falcon from Robert Mills to Elizabeth Mills, his widow

East Suff Gaz, 8 Apr 

1879
1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 8 Apr 

Meeting advocating the Closure of Public Houses on Sundays.
SALE: 150,000 Clamp Bricks
VESTRY MEETING: Read Crisp & RC Houghton, churchwardens.

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

Adjournment of meeting from the Church to the Council Chamber to consider application for transfer
of leases of Hermitage from TM Read to AB Worthington & Co  of Beccles, brewers. The church was
not  the  place  to  transact  business  of  this  kind.  Lease  Granted.  Worthington’s  offered  to  buy  the

Hermitage, saying that they saw daily the Rector’s “antipathy to such property”. No enthusiasm on the
part of anyone to sell. The Rector said that “His war was with drunkenness and not with property, for
he was not a Chartist.”

 
 

ORGAN REPAIRS: The organ needed considerable repairs after 17 years since the previous repairs.
Decision to remove organ from between two sides of a window and turn it round.. Would cost 330.
CONSERVATIVE   DEMONSTRATION,   Concern   with   commercial   &   agricultural   depression.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 22 Apr 

Increased imports of beasts and corn. Also four bad seasons.. Landlord ought to build new and better
Cottages. TITHES. A tithe was supposed to be one tenth, and the produce was generally supposed to
be three times its rental. Changing values of output had made tithes too heavy.

 
 

School rates: blackmail from a number of the middle class to provide grand school rooms and a high
class education for people who could well afford to pay for the education of their own children.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 22 Apr 

School  Attendance:  William  Sarbutt  charged  with  not  sending  12  year  old  Nary  Ann  Woolner  to
school. She had measles and before that inflammation of the leg. Adjourned.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 29 Apr 

SALE; Mr George Gooch retires from farming. Sale of five cows, dairy utensils etc.. Ravensmere.
COUNCIL: Newgate: Mr W Woolnough not to obstruct street near his house by a fish stall there

East Suff Gaz, 29 Apr 
 
 

COUNCIL:  London  Road:  Stand  post  for  water  from  the  site  of  the  houses  newly  erected  by  M
Garrod - to be erected at opposite corner next the lamp post.
RAVENSMERE: Mr Darby said his new buildings had been completed.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 29 Apr 
East Suff Gaz, 29 Apr 

SOUP COMMITTEE: Spent 92, 70 from the Council. 
SALE: Trustees of the Estate of William Hochkin: Freehold Property:
LOT 1  Modern Residence: North House, Ravensmere, with tastefully arranged Gardens  late  in the

 
 

1879
 

East Suff Gaz, 13 May 
 

occupation of William Hochkin
[E Masters 520]
LOT 2: A valuable piece of Building Land 0a 2r 17p on EAST side of Lot 1, with small Boarded &

 
 

 
 

Tiled Barn
[Ingate Cable 100]
LOT 3: Double Residence  in Northgate with  offices  &  good piece  of Garden  occupied  by William

 
 

 
 

Woodthorpe & Thomas Holmes.
[E Masters 210]
LOT 4: Newly erected Brick & Tile Stable & Coach House, with Loft over, lately occupied  by Wm

 
 

 
 

Hochkin
[E Masters 85]
LOT 5 Small Double Residence in Ravensmere opposite LOT 1 occupied by MA Knights & C Ives

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

[withdrawn]
LOT 6: Residence in three Tenements adjoining Lot 5 occupied by F Laws, FR Ulph & R Turrell.
[withdrawn]

 
 
 

 
 
 

LOT 7: Small Double Residence next Lot 6, occupied by R Woodgate & W Walker
[withdrawn]
LOT 8: Small Double Residence: next Lot 7 occupied by W Beckett & R Chase

 
 

 
 

[withdrawn: Lots 5, 6, 7, & 8 withdrawn at 950]
LOT  9:  Small  piece  of  Building  Land  at  the  corner  of  the  road,  opposite  Lot  5,  occupied  by  W
Beckett.

 
1879

 

[James Mobbs 25]
CONCERT: Beccles Choral  Society: Mozart’s Mass in C &  a secular  selection. Assembly Room.
Conductor: AH Livock; Piano: Mrs Corbyn

East Suff Gaz, 13 May 

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 13 May 

Mrs Woodward: New Market. Thanks for patronage over 38 years. Business will continue.
GINGHILOVA: “The 57th Regiment under Lieut. Col Clarke was conspicuous for its steadiness, and

East Suff Gaz, 13 May 

for  the  manner  in  which  the  men  controlled  their  fire.”  -eldest  son  of  Rev  Sir  Charles  Clarke  of
Worlingham Hall.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 13 May 

CONCERT: Tonic Sol-Fa Association formed by D Piggott: Solos, Duet, Trios s & Quartets
ASSIZE: George Wake,  17,  railway  clerk  accused of stealing 5  from  baggage  left  in  Station. No

East Suff Gaz, 13 May 

proof that he was responsible. Case dismissed
ASSIZE:  George  Sampson  &  George  Maddy  accused  of  stealing  hens  from  Barsham.  Caught  by
Constables with strangled hens in pockets. Maddy 12 months hard  labour;  Sampson  not  guilty (had

1879
East Suff Gaz, 13 May 

numerous convictions in the past)
SALE: Two Freehold Houses &  Shops in the New Market occupied by Miss Knights & the Misses
Chase. Let at Rents of 69 a year.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 20  May 

 
1879

 

[purchased by Mr CM Chase for 1095 & 35 for fixtures
FISHING  GAZETTE::  The  pleasant  town  of  ,  very  charmingly  seated  on  an  eminence  above  its
beautiful river; Beccles in Suffolk.... house-rent is comparatively trifling; and this town having a large

East Suff Gaz, 27  May 

rental from the surrounding marshes, rates are a mere bagatelle. Moreover , it is a most desirable place
to live  in,  being  exceedingly  healthy;  and there  are first-rate schools on the most  moderate terms,
besides a good library etc. The inhabitants are also most kind-hearted and hospitable in every respect -

altogether, I  should call Beccles the most delightful place possible for piscators, especially those with
small families and large families; as the angling is rapidly improving  under the Norfolk and Suffolk
Fishery Act, and with a comfortable cabin boat, which could be moored at the bottom of the garden,

many a pleasant fishing excursion may be made on the 200 miles of river and 5000 acres of Broads
belonging to the two counties, and without any restriction whatever as to rods all the year round.
DEATH of Mrs Elizabeth Blake, wife of Rev J Blake, late Baptist Minister aged 42 in Darwen.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 3 Jun 
East Suff Gaz, 3 Jun 

DEATH  of  Mr  J  Leggett,  formerly  a  cabinet-maker.  One  of  oldest  members  of  the  Temple  of
Friendship Lodge.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 3 Jun 

COUNCIL:  The  AVENUE:  Bye  laws.  Desirable  to  have  a  man  to  guard  the  Avenue  in  summer
evenings and Sundays.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 3 Jun 

NORTHGATE  Improvement:  Letter  from  brewers  AB  Worthington.  Suggested  pulling  down  10
houses  to  widen  road.  Total  rent  of  55  pa.  Value  850  guineas..  Tenants:  Mills,  Marshall,  Cable,

Jacobs, Secker, Gilding, Brady, Hemblant, Rush & Butcher. - Not Council’s idea at all. Idea rejected.
VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE would be considered at a later meeting.
SANITARY CASE: Ingate Cable, butcher summoned for permitting  a nuisance. Only one privy for

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 3 Jun 
East Suff Gaz, 3 Jun 

the  use  of  35 people  living  in  five  houses  belonging to him in Ingate.  must be three.. To  be  done
within a month.
SALE: Swine’s Green: executors of John Garnham.

1879
 

East Suff Gaz, 10 Jun 
 

LOT  1  A  very  desirable  Small  Estate  formerly  known  as  the  Royal  Oak,  consisting  of  a  good
residence,  substantial  &  Convenient  buildings  &  7a  1r  18p  of  superior  land,  about  3  acres  are
cultivated as market Garden, now occupied by John Clarke for 12 tears at 40 pa.

 
 

 
 

[not sold]
LOT 2 A substantial brick & tiled double Cottage on the opposite side of the road to Lot 1 with large
garden of 2 roods, 30 perches occupied by James Dowe & George Flowers total yearly rent 13 10s

 
1879
 

 

[Mr TA Woodroffe 155]
SALE: Swine’s Green by Mrs Minton 
LOT 1:  Substantial brick & tiled Cottage  in three Tenements with stable,  cartshed  and large  garden

East Suff Gaz, 10 Jun 
 
 

three roods and twenty perches occupied by James Sampson, Henry Batterbury, & Ebenezer Harvey.
Rents 19 0s 0d
[Mr James Dowe 290]

 
 
 
 

LOT  2  An  excellent  Double  Cottage  near  Lot  1,  with  large  gardens  containing  two  roods  and  9
perches occupied by Abraham Fiske and James Knap. Rents 14
[Mr W Sampson 210]

 
 

 
 

LOT 3  A Double Cottage in Blyburgate (near the  Fleece  Inn) [Nos 54  & 56] with workshop  and
garden  occupied by Henry Aldred & Widow Copeman. Rents 11.
[{Mr Isaiah Copeman 155]

 
1879

 
East Suff Gaz, 10 Jun 

SALE: Ingate [Grove] Road by Mrs Jones:
Three Brick & tiled Cottages adjoining the Thatched House, with shoe-maker’s shop & yard in front.
In the occupations of William Moor, Anna Stevenson & Rufus Lewis Day. Rental 15 10s

 
 

 
1879
 

 

[Mr JE Crisp 200]
SALE: Land in Ringsfield Road by executors of Mrs Harriet Thompson
Arable Land nearly four acres, now occupied by John Barnby, Rent 10.

East Suff Gaz, 10 Jun 

 
 

 
 

[Mr John Barmby 270]
AND Rent charges out of premises in Beccles of 9 18s 6d.

 
 

 
1879

[Mr D Jude 195]
SALE:: in July by Boutelle & Durrant

East Suff Gaz, 10 Jun 
 
 

100 Plots of Freehold Building Land; each containing 20ft frontage to a good hard road leading from
County Bridge to the Railway Station.

 
1879
1879

 

ALSO 5 newly erected houses and Shop adjoining let to good tenants.
SALE: small piece of Building land in Ravensmere, late Mr Hochkin. Mobbs, Estate Agent, Norwich.
TO BE  LET,  Frederick’s  Road:  Providence  Lodge:  Drawing,  Dining  &  Breakfast  Rooms,  with  7

East Suff Gaz, 10 Jun 
East Suff Gaz, 10 Jun 

Sleeping Chambers,  Stables & Chaise House, large Garden.  Enquire  at premises  of  owner Rev  SK
Bland.
WANTED at once, young person as Housemaid, who  can wait  at table  and willing to make  herself

1879
East Suff Gaz, 10 Jun 

generally useful.
[in the 1881 census there was: “Mary REDGRAVE   15born:
Servant 

 
 

Raveningham,
Housemaid “  in the Eastaugh Household at 16 London Road. There was a cook as well]

Norfolk,
England

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 10 Jun 

FIRE in Mr Master’s shop in 18 New Market quenched before it lit inflammable materials in the cellar
SALE:  LOT  1  Residence  in  Blyburgate  with  Surgery,  Stables,  Gig  House,  Granary  and  other
buildings by direction of executors of late James Cleveland

East Suff Gaz, 17 Jun 

 
 
 

 
 
 

[Mr G King, senior 570]
LOT 2  a double cottage adjoining. Executors of James Cleveland.
[Mr G Moor 180]

1879
1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 17 Jun 

CONVERSION to Co-operative Supply Store. Mr SF Pells will have clearance of Furniture Stock.
BURIAL BOARD. Tenders for 30 yards of brick wall.
FIRE BRIGADE VOLUNTEERS Messrs Walton & Worthington have raised 40. 80 needed in all.

East Suff Gaz, 17 Jun 
East Suff Gaz, 17 Jun 
1879
East Suff Gaz, 17 Jun 

RIFLE CORPS DRILL. 250 men  of Beccles,  Lowestoft & Bungay met  for  united drill  at  7pm  on
Beccles Common. Major Crowfoot put the men through the manual & platoon exercises. Lowestoft

men caught the 8.35 train back, the Bungay men an hour later. Refreshment in the Britannia Shades
[Blyburgate]  provided by Mr Wright

1879
East Suff Gaz, 17 Jun 

SCHOOL  BOARD:  Miss  Pender,  Infant  School  mistress  resigned  -”entire  satisfaction  with  the
manner Miss Pender has conducted the school.”

1879
East Suff Gaz, 17 Jun 

HOSPITAL  COLLECTIONS:  St  Michael’s  24;  Peddar’s  Lane  10s;  Independent  12;  Baptist  6;
Wesleyan 1 1s; Primitive Methodists 1 5s; Friends 10s. TOTAL: 46; Last Year 34; 1877 45.
POLICE COURT: Robert Copeman drunk & disorderly. Had been convicted 6 times before. 28 days

1879
East Suff Gaz, 17 Jun 

in Norwich Gaol.
POLICE COURT: James Pitchers & Johanna Durrant, who cohabit accused of hawking goods without
a  licence. Durrant said she  did  not know  her  licence had  expired  as she  could  not read.  Fined 50s.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 17 Jun 

Pitchers accused of keeping a carriage without a licence. Fined 5. Both said they could not pay. Must
be settled with Excise.

1879
 

East Suff Gaz 9 July 
SALE: Lot 1: Northgate
 

Substantial Brick & Tiled Residence & Shop in the occupation of William Vyse
SALE  of  FURNITURE,  Beaumont  Villa,  London  Road  of  late  William  Meen.  Pony,  harness,
Phaeton, etc.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 24 Jun 

1879
 
 

East Suff Gaz, 24 Jun 

SALE: Northgate:
LOT 1 Substantial brick and tiled Residence & Shop occupied by William Vyse [34 Northgate]
[James Cullum 265]

 
 

 
 

LOT 2: Double Cottage  &  garden adjoining occupied by Benjamin Ward &  Widow Barber. [32/34
Northgate Meachem’s Yard]
[Mr M Jarmy 165]

 
 

1879
1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 24 Jun 

CAXTON ARMS: Thomas Wright takes over from Robert Norman
FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL: TE Hillier of Trinity College Cambridge obtains a First. 
TO BE LET: [44 Northgate ?]  A House, large and commodious, having every convenience, Lawn &

East Suff Gaz, 24 Jun 
East Suff Gaz, 1 Jul 

Gardens, Coach House, Stables, etc. May be hired with, or without large Kitchen Garden. Rent very
low. Apply AK Hockey, Middle Class School
ROWING CLUB formed

1879
1879

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

POLICE COURT: Robert Gosling  accused  of stealing  cap from John Gooch  a  marine store dealer
living at the Angel, Ballygate, kept by Frederick Hall. Incident happened at the Duke.
COUNTY COURT: James Barkway accused George Grimson of damage to a house. Had rented the

1879
East Suff Gaz, 1 Jul 

house for four and a half years. Took away shrubs & fruit trees & leaving oven in a bad state.. Some
of charge sustained  to pay 13s
HOSPITAL: Mr WE Crowfoot suggested payment of fees at hospital. Editorial thought only the well

1879
East Suff Gaz, 8 Jul 

off should pay.
SCHOOL BOARD: Miss Kate Chastney appointed Mistress of the Infant School

1879
1879
1879

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

CHURCH ORGAN: work started by Mr Norman of Norwich.
BATTY’S CIRCUS: procession through the streets. Gave two performances.

East Suff Gaz, 8 Jul 

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 15 Jul 

BURIAL BOARD: Mr FS Rix elected clerk to Burial Board in place of SW Rix,
“SW RIX, who, we believe, has entirely relinquished his profession.  Mr Rix has pursued a long and

East Suff Gaz, 15 Jul 

honourable career, and after fifty years’ devotion to the public, and to the harassing labours devolving
on the head of a firm in extensive practice, he will carry into his retirement an unblemished reputation
and the best wishes of a wide circle of friends. We only echo the general wish in saying that we trust

he may long be spared to enjoy his well-earned repose.”
DEATH of John Withers Dowson, son of Mr Dowson of Geldeston. Solicitor in Norwich.
VESTRY MEETING: Terrier giving Rectory House to parish by Rev E Hollond.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 15 Jul 
East Suff Gaz, 15 Jul 
1879
East Suff Gaz, 15 Jul 

ATHLETIC SPORTS on Tuesday 8 July. 5000 or 6000 people present. A general holiday in the town.
“Many of the gentry of the town and neighbourhood honoured the sports by their presence,
evinced much interest in the proceedings.” Booths for refreshment were provided by Mr J Miles of the

and

White Lion. Also itinerant stalls selling rock, gingerbeer, oranges, nuts etc. Military music.
POLICE COURT: Robert Balls accused of assaulting Arthur Sampson. Met in Mrs Newstead’s pub.
and after drinking together, Mrs Newstead refused to serve Balls with more drink. They went to the

1879
East Suff Gaz, 15 Jul 

George & Dragon, ordered a quart of beer. Went to the Red Lion, another quart ordered. Sampson’s
wife tried to persuade him to go home. Balls struck Sampson. Balls fined 1.
SAMUEL STEEL will not be responsible for debts of his wife. Northgate

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 22 Jul 
East Suff Gaz, 22 Jul 

WORKING MEN’S CLUB visit Harwich. 63 members.
RAIN During last two days heavy rains. Floods in Ingate. Street near Black Boy impassable. 6 or 7
houses flooded with 2 or 3 feet of water. Swine’s Green road impassable with 3 feet of water. Water

1879
East Suff Gaz, 22 Jul 

pours down from Darby’s brickyard and flooded 2 or 3 houses there. Bullock’s Lane in a terrible state.
Hay damaged if not spoilt, several marshes under water.  Wall  at back of  Mr Parkhouse’s premises

fallen
RAIN: Archbishop’s letter. Prayer for favourable weather.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 22 Jul 
East Suff Gaz, 29 Jul 

LICENCES: Falcon to Mr Warren; Britannia Shades to Mr Frampton; Royal Oak to Mr Precious; Mr
Rivett applied for the White Swan, but had no testimonials.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 29 Jul 

DISASTROUS FLOODS: Such a flood never known before. Heavy  rains fell on Saturday night and
for the next three days, almost without intermission. The Barsham marshes became a great lake. On
Wednesday Gillingham dam  completely covered. The  only communication between Gillingham and

Beccles was by boats charging 2d per head. Corporation Marshes covered with 2 or 3 feet of water..
Hay lost including 15 stacks. Yarmouth line flooded, ballast washed away.. On Wednesday the water
was rising 1 ft in an hour at the Swing Bridge, whose pilot, Mr Harling had to accommodate his pigs

in his own house until he could move them to safety. All his garden, including several thousand celery
plants spoilt.. Mr Darby’s timber in the form of planks and logs floated away, while whole trees were
carried long distances. His loss 200. None of his men were able to get to work last week. His house

was flooded during Tuesday night with about 2ft of water. The water was still standing in the house
on Friday night. Mr Johnson, one of his neighbours has to take refuge with his family in a yacht. The
whole of Mr Crisp’s premises near the  bridge were flooded. His men tried to  empty the store  and

worked until ten  o’clock,  but  60  coombs of  malt were flooded with several tons of  cake.  In Bridge
Street all the houses up to Mr Rush’s were flooded, moving up to the bedrooms. Food & drink was
handed in through the upper windows.. At the brewery casks floated around in all directions. At the

Tannery work had to be suspended for three days, because the water put out the engine fires. One or
two pits were flooded. The poor people who  rely on their  gardens for their harvest  are much to be
pitied, their  gardens  under water, only the tops of fruit bushes being seen. The fruit  entirely spoilt.

Worst flood for 60 years, the only approach to them was in July 1829, when a wherry sailed across the
marshes to Gillingham. The Avenue & meadows were flooded. On Saturday rail traffic was resumed
between Beccles and Yarmouth and Lowestoft. By Sunday it was possible to cross Gillingham Dam.

It is hoped to get the marshes drained of 2 million gallons of water in a fortnight.
At Sotterley 3.2 inches of rain fell in 46 hours. in the middle of the hay harvest.
DEATH of Mr Nathaniel Blyth of the Crown Inn.

 
1879

 
East Suff Gaz, 5 Aug 

1879
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1879

East Suff Gaz, 5 Aug 

FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL W Loring has been given King’s Scholarship at Eton.
ELECTION to Town Council: Mr CP Poll elected. He was the only candidate.
FLOODS: The pump near the Gas Works erected by Mr Elliott has now, with the mill, nearly cleared

East Suff Gaz, 5 Aug 
East Suff Gaz, 5 Aug 

the water from the Marshes.
THUNDERSTORM: a dreadful thunderstorm passed over Beccles on Sunday morning. The rain fell
in  such  quantities that the  streets resembled water-courses. Two foot  deep  near the Black Boy  and

1879
East Suff Gaz, 5 Aug 

nearby houses flooded again. The wind constantly changed direction. At an early period of the storm
unbeknown to Mr Pells, the wind or the lightning carried away the top of his tower mill. The lightning

was very severe at  this time, and it is believed  it was the prime agent of the mischief. The whole of
one side of the cap of the mill was carried to the south west, while the wind-shaft, head, wheel, sails

and stock fell to the north-east.. It was an enormous power which bore away this heavy weight of iron
and wood (about  20 tons), secured firmly to the  mill, the tower  of which was  also wrenched  and

broken some 12 feet from the top. To repair this a considerable portion of the mill must first be pulled
down.
The wind shaft and head wheel were broken by the fall; and the stock and sails descending upon the

 
 

engine house made a complete wreck of it, though fortunately, the engine itself was not injured. The
fly was so much smashed, and altogether the damage is of such a character that several months must
elapse  before  the  mill  can  again    be  brought  into  working  order.    Mr  Pells  estimates  the  damage

between 400 and 500.
THE POST MILL in Ingate  Street, the property of the late Mr J Cooper, was wrecked in the same
storm, and about the same time. Mr Finch and his wife were standing at their chamber window(some

1879
East Suff Gaz, 5 Aug 

20ft to the north-west of the mill) and saw the whole affair. The fly moved quite round, and the mill
was  blown  backwards;  then  a  flash  of  lightning  appeared  to  strike  it,  and  the  sails  fell,  followed
quickly by the wind-shaft, head and tail wheels, and the cap. The sails were completely splintered, and

the pieces were  blown  about in  all  directions. The  roof of the round  house   was broken  in  by the
falling timbers, and several adjoining houses were damaged. All the machinery that fell was more or
less injured, while the head wheel was rendered quite useless. The mill is indeed a complete wreck.

1879
 
 

East Suff Gaz, 12 Aug 

SALE:  LOT 1: A comfortable Residence in Rosemary Lane, occupied by Mr Alfred Darby
[Mr G Bell 157 10s]
LOTS 2 & 3: Six cottages at the junction of Bridge & Northgate Street occupied by: J Mills, A Ward,

 
 

B Bird, R Brady, W Algar, & D Ward.
[ two cottages: Mr R King 280; 4 cottages: Mr Cullum 210]
SALE: Furniture of late Mr John Cooper

 
1879

 
East Suff Gaz, 12 Aug 

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East Suff Gaz, 12 Aug 

WANTED: A young lady as Apprentice to the Drapery. Apply SM Kittle, Exchange Square
ADVERTISEMENT: Thomas  Smith, the  Staithe: Best  Seaborne Coals 23s per ton; Kitchen Coals
from 17s. Salt of all descriptions kept in stock

East Suff Gaz, 12 Aug 

1879
 
 

East Suff Gaz, 12 Aug 

TOLLING THE BELLS: The custom which has existed in the parish from time immemorial:
1. The Tenor Bell is never raised for less than two hours. 1s 6d per hour. If muffled, double charge.
2 The 9th or parish bell may be raised for any length of time  at 1s 3d per hour.

 
 

 
 

 
 

3. The 7th or 8th the same.
At the commencement and end of tolling:-- for a man, 9 strokes; boy 5; for a woman 7; girl 3.

 
1879

 

If the flag is hoisted half-mast high a charge is made. The payments all go to the Parish Clerk.
DANGEROUS BULLOCK: was untrucked at the station, intended for the Stock Market, At once ran

East Suff Gaz, 12 Aug 

away. In Common Lane it made a rush at a girl pushing a pram, tossed the pram several yards, at the
same time catching the little girl’s dress in its horns and throwing her up into the air. Falling upon her

face the poor  child’s  upper  lip was severely cut, and she was otherwise severely injured.. The baby
was much shaken and hurt internally. They are now going on well.
BECCLES REGATTA report

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 12 Aug 
East Suff Gaz, 19 Aug 

SALE: FURNITURE: The Crown, late Nathaniel Blyth.
SALE of Wreck of Schooner Buoy Yacht, of Lowestoft at the Quay, Beccles.
THE RIVER in bad state up to Saturday, when a fair tide somewhat improved its condition. The fish

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 12 Aug 
East Suff Gaz, 12 Aug 

have greatly suffered, and the prospect of anglers have been wholly spoiled for a long time to come.
Last week many fine eels turned up and large numbers were easily caught on the surface of the water.
POTATO DISEASE: all foliage of plants should be burnt.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 19 Aug 
East Suff Gaz, 26 Aug 

TO LET: Ingate Lodge, with coach house and stable, now occupied by Mr Burch. Apply H Read.
DEATH: Rev EH Loring, Rector of Gillingham. In good health until a week ago.
THUNDERSTORMS  succession  passed  over  Beccles.  Rain  fell  copiously.  Full  force  5pm.,  when

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 26 Aug 
East Suff Gaz, 26 Aug 

thunder & lightning were extremely severe, and the rain descended in torrents, flooding the streets. It
continued until 9pm. At the Post Office both the telegraphic instruments were broken, and telegraphic
communication was stopped until new machines arrived the next day.  Crops damaged again.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 26 Aug 

COUNCIL: The present tar path be continued from the National School to the north-west corner of Mr
Darby’s new houses.[Ravensmere 2-8 ?].  Kerbing on Newgate on west side from White Lion to end
of houses. Independent new School Room Well to be closed: contaminated.

 
 

 
 

No thoroughfare for cattle through Shipwreck Alley. Many houses to be joined to public sewer.
Bridge Street in bad state of repair.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 26 Aug 

COUNCIL: Councillor Poll councillor in place of late Councillor Cooper
COUNCIL: Flood Waters.  Sent message to Norwich Committee saying they would  co-operate with

East Suff Gaz, 26 Aug 

them to obtain discharge of flood waters from the district. Also a petition to Great Yarmouth Haven
Commissioners or more direct relief for flood waters than through Yarmouth

1879
East Suff Gaz, 2 Sep 

SCHOOL: Beccles Collegiate Schools: Alfred Hockey, Principal: To these extensive & well adapted
premises has lately been added a new wing. Six resident English & Foreign Masters.
SCHOOL: Waveney House:  Ladies’ Boarding & Day  School,  conducted by Miss Garrard, with the

1879
East Suff Gaz, 2 Sep 

assistance of competent Masters and Governesses. Every attention is paid to the Education, health and
comfort of the pupils. The next term will commence on September 17th
SCHOOL: Establishment for Young Ladies, Shrubland House, Station Road. Miss Ecclestone begs to

1879
East Suff Gaz, 2 Sep 

remind her pupils that the next Term commences on Monday 8 September.
CHORAL SOCIETY:: Song of Miriam, Schubert. First rehearsal 4 September in Magistrates’ Room
PHRENOLOGY.  4  Lectures  by  Professor  Cohen.  Chair  man  the  Rector.  The  lectures  will  be

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 2 Sep 
East Suff Gaz, 2 Sep 

illustrated  by  a   life-size  portrait   gallery;   and  several   heads   chosen   by  the   audience  will  be
phrenologically examined.. Professor Cohen gives Private Consultations at his rooms, Saltgate, when
he will  advise  as to the management of health,  improvement of  mind and body, and  give complete

phrenological examinations
HARVEST:  commenced  if  the  fine  weather  continues.  Heavy  rains  of  Tuesday,  Wednesday  &
Thursday compelled them to desist.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 2 Sep 

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 2 Sep 

OUTING for employees of AB Worthington of Beccles Brewery. To Yarmouth by train.
MARRIAGE of Rev Arthur Aldred, Rector  of  Worlingham  & Miss Maria Clowes  daughter  of  late
John Clowes, solicitor at Yarmouth.

East Suff Gaz, 2 Sep 
1879
East Suff Gaz 5 Sept 
SALE: Lot 1: Comfortable Residence in Rosemary Lane occupied by Alfred Darby
1879
East Suff Gaz, 16 Sep 

SALE: Northgate:  Freehold House,  Shop &  commodious  back premises with side  entrance.  300;
Apply R Crickmore, Blackheath

1879
East Suff Gaz, 16 Sep 

ADVERTISEMENT: J Wright, tailor & woollen draper, Woodbridge & New Market Place will open
the shop adjoining the Red House bought direct from Scotch Tweed Market, Glasgow.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 16 Sep 

DISTURBANCE IN BAPTIST CHAPEL:  Mrs Aldous “a  brawling woman” relieved  herself  of  a
torrent of abuse. Now confined in lunatic asylum.
TO LET: London Road: pleasant house: Apply Thomas Garrod.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 23 Sep 
East Suff Gaz, 23 Sep 

LIQUIDATION: George Kerridge, baker & earthenware dealer
FATAL ACCIDENT: at Roos Hill  Farm.  Samuel Pitchers,  farm  labourer fell from stack  13ft. Had
worked there for 40 years.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 23 Sep 
1879
East Suff Gaz, 23 Sep 

OLD MARKET LETTING: Trader Burton had been allowed to rent pitch in the Old Market for sales.
Permission for a week or two, but stayed one month. New printed arrangement required.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 23 Sep 

NORTHGATE SEWER completed satisfactorily.-
ART CLASSES; Teachers Messrs Anderson & Kettle (certficated teachers  of  Science & Art Dept,

East Suff Gaz, 30 Sep 

South Kensington). Drawing taught in all its branches. 2s 6d per quarter.
HARVEST: But for the heavy rains in the early part of the week the harvest would have been drawing

1879
East Suff Gaz, 30 Sep 

to  a  close. Worst yield for  40 years. Wheat  is shrivelled & light  & will  not  make  17 stone to the
coomb. Straw plentiful; Barley of fair quality, but yield bad; Root crops bad; potatoes a failure.
FLOODS: Heavy rains on Tuesday & Wednesday caused floods  again.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 30 Sep 
East Suff Gaz, 30 Sep    

CONGREGATIONAL SUNDAY  SCHOOL BUILDINGS.. The Minister Rev J Calvert spoke (had
been there 3 years) & the former Minister Rev J Flower.: “When he came to the town in 1833 there
was very little provision for education. There were indeed Sunday Schools, but no week-day schools

of  much  account. In  connection with the Church  of  England there was  a  small  girls’ school in the
Feoffment Chamber, but that was not superintended by any person of great capability, though it had
the great advantage of being nurtured by one of the ladies in this town.

 
 

In   connection  with  Nonconformity  there  was  only  a  school  of   about  twelve   girls,  who  were
accustomed to meet in the adjoining  vestry. They were taught by Martha Gooch, who had  been the
domestic  servant  of  his  predecessor  of  his  predecessor,  Mr  Sloper.  She  was  a  woman  of  good

understanding  and  good  common sense and  fervent piety;  and  her  great  desire was to teach these
young people their duty to God  and man. And she was successful  in training  up many who were
useful in this town as domestic servants. But of course she could not teach what she did not know; and

considering  it  was  high  time  they  had  something  better  he  asked  the  then  Portreeve  to  convene  a
meeting,  and  he  laid  before that meeting what he thought ought to be done. He  carried the meeting
with him so far that they agreed there should  be one large school  for the instruction  of the poor  on

weekdays; but the difficulties sprang up and this was not carried out.
But calling the meeting had this effect, that their church friends looked favourably on what they did,

 
 

and some of them continued to subscribe so long as they had British Schools. The result was they had
four  large schools, National and British - two for  boys, two for  girls which were  great  helps to the

Sunday Schools.
Amongst  others who visited their schools  in the  capacity of Her Majesty’s  Inspector was Matthew

 
 

Arnold “sweetness and light” - (laughter). In dealing with nonconformity, however, he showed very
little sweetness - about as much as there was in a crab apple; and as to light, that slender ray of light,
which came down from heaven and lighted up Martha Gooch’s soul he deemed far better than all his

glow-worm philosophy. Sunday schools were in existence before he came here, and the children were
taught  in  the  chapel  and  in  the  vestry....  He  heartily  congratulated  them  on  possessing  such  a
handsome   and   commodious  school  room,  with   classrooms,  which   he   believed  were  of  more

importance than any of them yet realised.
TO LET: Northgate: a Yard containing several outbuildings and convenient for water carriage. Apply
T Pert, glazier.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 7 Oct 

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 7 Oct 

VOTERS’ LIST: in 1879 1018 ; in 1878:1023
DEATH: Mr Robert Aldous, owner of the Ingate Pottery. Went to Yarmouth in horse and cart, fell out
of it on return journey through paralysis.

East Suff Gaz, 7 Oct 

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 14 Oct 

CONCERT: Soprano etc. including songs by Weber, Verdi & Mendelssohn
VOTERS’  LIST:  Struck out, through sale  of property  etc. Joseph, Bexfield,, JB Boreham, Charles
Farman,  Fred  Fox,  WH  Garrod,  George  Gooch,,  William  Hochkin,  William  Hubbard,  JL  Kent,  L

East Suff Gaz, 14 Oct 

Lutwyche, John Maplestone, C Nursey, TM Read, John White. & 10 deceased persons.
FATAL ACCIDENT: Sergeant Allen, 37, drill instructor to the  Suffolk Artillery Volunteers hired a
small skiff, a difficult boat to handle,  from Wright’s Yard. To Dunburgh Hill. Wright sent 4 boys to

1879
East Suff Gaz, 14 Oct 

retrieve it. One, Frederick Lay, got into the boat with Allen, capsized and both drowned. Allen’s wife
destitute. Has 4 children, eldest aged 7.
ORGANIST,  Mr  AH  Livock  presented  with  volumes  of  music  for  time  and  trouble  he  has  taken

1879
East Suff Gaz, 21 Oct 

instructing them.
YARMOUTH QUARTER SESSIONS: Selina Palmer, 15, of Beccles stealing clothes. Sent to prison
& then reformatory for  3 years. Had  just been released from prison, had nowhere to  go,  her mother

1879
East Suff Gaz, 21 Oct 

and grandfather refused to take her in. Had no money.
DEATH of James Girling  at Messrs Garrod’s Tannery. Was feeding the bark  crusher, drawn into  it
and crushed. He had been employed there for 30 years.. Witness James Cross, worker at the Tannery.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 21 Oct 
1879
East Suff Gaz, 28 Oct 

SALE: INGATE: Substantial Double Cottage:  front sitting room, back kitchen, pantry, coal house, 3
sleeping  rooms with yard in occupation  of James  Ward  an George Barnes, Aggregate Rent 15 pa.
Water is laid on.

 
1879

 

[Mr R Boon 190]
SALE: INGATE: Four freehold brick & tiled Cottages with Gardens, in occupation of Mrs Burwood,

East Suff Gaz, 28 Oct 

John Balls, Henry Smith & Samuel Purland, weekly tenants. Rents totalling 20 16s pa.
[Mr R Cowles 200]

 
1879

 
East Suff Gaz, 28 Oct 

SAMUEL  GIBBS,  Smallgate,  Corn  Chandler  &  Coal  Merchant  thanks  patrons  of  many  years.
Business taken over by William B England.

1879
1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 28 Oct 

RE-ELECTION TO COUNCIL unopposed: S Darby, JD Eastaugh, FS Rix, C Smith.
SHARK: Basking Shark 14ft long caught off Southwold. It weighed three quarters of a ton.
WHEATACRE CHURCH: Reopening of Chancel

East Suff Gaz, 28 Oct 
East Suff Gaz, 4 Nov 

1879
1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 4 Nov 

SERGEANT ALLEN RELIEF FUND: 116 subscribed.
LIQUIDATION: Benjamin Brown of Beccles, saddler
BAPTIST CHURCH: Rev Edgerton moving to chapel in Cambridge.

East Suff Gaz, 4 Nov 
East Suff Gaz, 4 Nov 
1879
East Suff Gaz, 4 Nov 

DEATH  of  Lady  Gooch.  She  was  Sarah  Annie    daughter  of  late  Mr  GA  Sutherland.  Married  Sir
Francis Gooch in July 1872. He succeeded his brother in May 1872.
CONCERT: Vocal music.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 4 Nov 
East Suff Gaz, 4 Nov 

POLICE COURT: George  Starland, 14,  charged with stealing two turnips valued  at 1d. from FWD
Robinson. Constable Goreham was walking along St Mary’s Road on Sunday afternoon. Other boys
in the turnip field, who threw down their turnips and ran away. To pay 6s 6d or 7 days imprisonment.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 11 Nov 

MAYOR: Retirement of Mr Nathaniel  Pells  from the Mayoralty. respect and  gratitude; has worked
hard in the interests of the town during his two years of office; zeal and assiduity. Large demands on
his time; kind, liberal, genial and courteous spirit.

 
 

Mr Eastaugh new Mayor. Difficult to persuade anyone to  do  it.. Financial problems: debt of  1000
(sewerage scheme)and instead of larger receipts, smaller on account of floods. [Sanitary census cost
60.] 400 to be repaid every year to Loan Commissioners. A Borough Rate will have to be made. To

make this rate, charity will have to be cut out (120 on coal and soup for the poor)
COUNCIL:   FLOODS:   A   memorial   from   the   43   tenants   of   Corporation   Marshes   asking   for

1879
East Suff Gaz, 11 Nov 

compensation for damage done by floods rejected.
CAXTON  FOOTBALL:  Club  formed  &  first  practice.  40  members.  Mr  J  Rye,  [in  1881  Census:

1879
East Suff Gaz, 18 Nov 

Joseph   Richard   Rye,   aged   30,   married,   Printer   Machine   Minder   lives   in   5   Douglas   Place,
Ravensmere.] the Captain.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 18 Nov 

COUNCIL: Land Committee: tender for shoeing horses by Alecock & Son accepted: 1 2s 6d a horse
per year.
Nearly all the  gravel  had  been removed from the Common except from the part formerly used  as a

 
 
racecourse. Extracted there too. It would be levelled and make a driveway.

 
 

 
 

SEWERAGE CONSTRUCTION COSTS:
date 

 

 
 

 
 

 
3788

 
other costs

 
 
 

 
 
 

1869 - 1873 
1874 
1875 

 
 

 
 

 
 

545 
609 

 
 

191
35

 
 
 

 
 
 

1876 
1877 
1878 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

113 
60 
258 

 
 
 

30
40
31

 
 
 

 
 
 

1879 
Compensation to Northgate owners
Since September: Engineer 

 
 
 

1684
 
 

 
 
102

228
209

 
1879

 

TOTALS 
Lt-Col Clarke,  son  of  Sir Charles Clarke  of Worlingham  greeted  (to  his  surprise) on  his  return  at
Beccles Station by the Mayor, members of the Council, principal members of the town, about 90 men

 
 
7162
 
875 
together 8038
East Suff Gaz, 25 Nov 

of the  14th  Suffolk Rifles.  Short speeches. Col Clarke moved  on to Worlingham. Details of  Lt Col
Clarke’s career.
BRUTAL ASSAULT: John Candler,  carter,  assaulting  Edward Joslyn, foreman  of Mr Moy’s  coal

1879
East Suff Gaz, 25 Nov 

yard. Large quantities of blood. Off work for 14 days, badly injured.
SAMUEL  STEEL  case  against  him  by  Samuel Neech, shopkeeper,   for  a  bill  of  5 for  household
articles supplied  to his wife:

1879
East Suff Gaz, 25 Nov 

 
 

 
 

[1881 CENSUS:
Samuel STEEL 

64 
Susanna STEEL 
[Samuel Steel married Sarah Cowles, the daughter of William Cowles, schoolmaster, in 1841, she died in January 1872

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk 
Beccles, Suffolk,  

Head 
Wife] 

Retired Chemist & Dentist

 
 

 
 

24 
 
 
 
aged 50]
 
 

He had given plaintiff’s daughter warning not to trust his wife. The defendant had been brought into
debt to  different tradesmen  by his wife, and had paid  enormous sums  of money. He discovered the

plaintiff was secretly  lending money to  his wife. Demand for  4 lent in July  about which  he knew
nothing.

 
 

In February Steel was served with a writ for 127 for groceries and drapery. Wife had monomania to
run  into  debt  and  plaintiff  knew  all  about  it.  Judge  considered  that  Steel  should  pay,  but  the  law

directed otherwise. Judgement for the defendant, but without any costs.
CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: Builders & Contractors: Alterations & Additions:. Drawings  by

1879
East Suff Gaz, 9 Dec 

the Architect Boardman to be seen in Vestry.
CONCERT: Choral Society: Song of Miriam.
INSPECTOR COLE: Promoted Superintendent. Has been at Beccles 20 years. Goes to Ixworth.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 9 Dec 
East Suff Gaz, 9 Dec 
1879
East Suff Gaz, 9 Dec 

WEATHER: Extreme severity - suffering to the aged and poor. Skating & sliding on the River.. By
Saturday could skate to Oulton. On Monday a partial thaw set in.
SOUP KITCHEN: 71 subscribed.

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 9 Dec 
East Suff Gaz, 9 Dec 

CONCERT by Collegiate School. Vocal & instrumental music..
VESTRY MEETING: Offer  of Mission Chapel by Rev Hollond for people of  Ingate area. Original
idea was to build it on Kilbrack cemetery land. Much discussion as to what type of building: a new

1879
East Suff Gaz, 9 Dec 

Church, a Chapel of Ease or a Mission Hall. It should be used only for church services and Sunday
School.
SOLDIER retired: The case I should like to bring before the public is a very deserving one indeed; it

1879
East Suff Gaz, 9 Dec 

is that of an old soldier Joseph Nunn, born in this town, ., who joined the Coldstream Guards in 1846
and served for 18 years, when  he was  discharged  as unfit  for further service.,  coming back to his
native home, so that he might end his days in peace.

 
 

He was present with the  army in the  east on the battle field, where he fought for Queen & Country
gaining honours which he is proud to wear next his heart. He suffered hardships and privations which
brought  on  an internal disease,  causing  him to be discharged in 1864, before becoming  entitled to a

full pension,  he  only being  allowed  11d per  day -- a  miserable  allowance  for  one whose  discharge
document mentions the fact of his conduct: good, four good conduct badges, and medals with clasps,

together with Turkish war medal for his services. Now I appeal to the public to rally round this old
Crimean hero, and show that his services have been appreciated by his fellow townsmen..   -- Signed:

JE Roff, Sergeant.
[Baptism: Joseph Nunn, son of James Nunn, labourer & Ann (nee Copeman) his wife, twin brother of

 
 

Benjamin; born 10 February 1825, baptised 18 March 1829]
TO LET: Ballygate; the House & Shop now occupied by Mrs Artis [probably 11 Ballygate]
BECCLES MIDDLE CLASS SCHOOL: Since our last annual report of the school, owing to the very

1879
1879

East Suff Gaz, 16 Dec 
East Suff Gaz, 16 Dec 

rapid  increase  of  pupils,  the  school  has  moved  from  the  old  premises  in  Northgate  to  new,  more
healthy an commodious premises in Ballygate, which being the freehold property of the principal, Mr
AK Hockey, no expense has been spared to make them adapted in every way to the requirements of a

school. A new schoolroom, dining hall, and dormitories have been added, replete with the most recent
appliances. The schoolroom, which is 72ft x 21ft x 16ft, is well warmed, ventilated, and with plenty of
light, is really most comfortable. The dining hall which is 42ft x 21ft x 16ft, is a capital room, and in

every way adapted for what is required. The dormitories above the dining  hall  and school room  are
well  lighted,  ventilated  and  very  lofty.  Also  every  convenience  is  provided  for  cricket,  football,
bathing and all other outdoor sports. Large percentage of pupils between 12 and 14.

1879
East Suff Gaz, 16 Dec 

Inspector Cole highly praised at Magistrate’s Court by Major Allez. New Inspector: Bardwell, who
was a constable at Beccles at one time.

 
 
 
 
[1881 CENSUS:

 
 

 
 

Gaol Lane (Police Station), Beccles, Suffolk, England
James BARDWELL

34  
34  

Wangford, Suffolk, England 
Iken, Suffolk, England 

Head 
 

Inspector Of Police
Wife

 
 

 
 

Hannah BARDWELLM 
Jessie BARDWELL

 
7  
Trimley Saint Martin, Suffolk
Daur 
Scholar

 
 
 

 
 
 

Marian BARDWELL
Frederic  BARDWELL 
Florence BARDWELL 

 

5  
4  
 2  

Bures Saint Mary, Suffolk 
Boxford, Suffolk, England 
Ipswich, Suffolk, England 

Daur 
Son
Daur

Scholar

 
 
 

 
 
 

Edith  BARDWELL
Annie BARDWELL
Alice M. BUTTON

 

1  
7 m 
17  

Ipswich, Suffolk, England 
Beccles, Suffolk, England 
Wangford, Suffolk

Daur
Daur
Servant

 

 
General Ser Domestic]
1879
East Suff Gaz, 16 Dec 

WEATHER: Partial thaws in the day, many degrees of frost at night. Crowds of skaters & sliders on
the river. A large number of workmen have been thrown out of work. Trade is at present very slow on

account of the reduced earnings of the working-class. Large quantities of wild fowl have been seen in
the district; and a large number have been shot, including mallards, duck, teal and snipe. A bittern was

shot on Bungay Common and is to be preserved. At present the roads are in a wretched condition.
CHRISTMAS  HOLIDAYS  Letter  from  Shop  Assistants  asking  for  a  holiday  between  Wednesday

1879
East Suff Gaz, 16 Dec 

night  24 December until Monday 29 December,  giving  four days holidays. [uncertain if they  got it.
All but one agreed.]

1879
East Suff Gaz, 30 Dec 

POLICE  COURT:  Frederick  Copeman,  hay  dealer,  summoned  as  owner  of  nine  cottages  in  Fair
Close, the privies of which had been a constant source of complaint since 1875. Notices served on him

numerous  times.  Always  in  a  very  bad  state.  James  Money,  night  soil  man,  said  privies  too  near
houses. Could not say when he last emptied them.. Defendant said he hoped he should not be put to
the  expense  of providing water  closets. The Bench  ordered  him to put in water  closets within six

weeks. 
WORKHOUSE:  Christmas  Day.  The  inmates,  numbering  135  had  their  usual  treat  on  Thursday.
Service was held in the beautiful little chapel connected with the house. The Chaplain in his sermon

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praised the congregation for their singing “ Many of you,” said the reverend gentleman, “ from your
great age and infirmities can hardly expect to spend another such day on earth.”... The service ended
and will not soon be forgotten by those who attended it.”