Beccles, Newspapers, from 1880 
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THE EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE from 1880

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East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: Ward & Walton, late Robert Ward, Importers of wines and liqueurs
ADVERTISEMENT: Edward Buck, wine merchant, Northgate; established 1825
ADVERTISEMENT: Caxton Printing Press: sermons, pamphlets & conditions  of sale,  catalogues,

East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

bill heads,  circulars,  cards, programme of  entertainments, tickets, rate collectors’ books, price lists,
sessional, county court & other legal forms
ADVERTISEMENT:  A  Dixon,  bookseller  &  stationer,  printer,  bookbinder,  just  published  The

1880
East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

Beccles Almanack for 1880, price 1d. Market Place
ADVERTISEMENT: William Flower, chemical & drug warehouse, Market Place.
ADVERTISEMENT: CF Parker, grocer & draper; opposite the Church

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East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

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East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: George Yallup, draper, Exchange Square
ADVERTISEMENT: Kent & Son, ironmongers, tinmen, braziers & gasfitters, Hungate
ADVERTISEMENT; D Soanes, boot & shoe maker, Market Place

East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

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East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: Wright, WH; Red House, Market Place
ADVERTISEMENT: Jonathan Read, formerly Durrant, watch & clock maker, jeweller; established
1804; Market Place

East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

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East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: Gambees ready relief pills sold at 20 Fair Close Road, proprietor
EDUCATION: Boarding & Day Schhol: Smallgate House, Scholastic Duties wll be resumed on 22

East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

Instant. Boarders  are requested to reassemble  on Monday  19 January. Principal: Miss McCulloch,
who “Begs to remind her pupils that her Annual Soiree will take place on Tuesday 20 January. She

would  also  acknowledge  with  thanks  the  elegant  Dinner  Service  prsented  by  her  Pupils  &  her
Friends.”

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East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

TO LET: New Road near the Quay: Coach House & Stables; Apply Mr Hayward, cooper, Bridge St
TO LET: London Road, A Residence to Let with Flower & Fruit Garden, 2 Sitting Rooms, Kitchen
etc & 4 Bedrooms. Apply Thomas Garrod, London Road.
ENTERTAINMENT:  Literary  Institute;   Lecture  by  AK  Hockey  on  “Recreations  &  Tastes  of

East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 
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East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

Remarkable Men” Mr F Deane will read “The Sportheen”  & there will be a performance Vocal &
Instrumental Music in Assembly Room. Front Seats 6d, Back Seats 3d.
COUNCIL: The BRIDGE: It was said that the approach to the Bridge was bad & the Lighting & the

1880
East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

state  of  the  road  were  very  bad  indeed.  Councillor  Darby  took  Mr  Phipson,  who  had  previously
pronounced the bridge to be safe, on a boat under the bridge, touching it with an oar, half a barrow
full of plaster fell. He had no idea it was in such a bad condition; but nothing has been done.

 
 

The Town Clerk said the Council had no authority to act. Alderman Laws suggested it might be done
in the shape of a Memorial to the Magistrates.
AFGHANISTAN: Nothing has occurred to disturb the position of the British force at Cabul since the

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East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

reoccupation of that city. It is stated that the city presents a very desolate appearance, the insurgents
having done much damage. All the fighting men are dispersing to their homes.
IRELAND: The agitation agaist landlords in Ireland continues. On Sunday a meeting was held near

1880
East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

Balla, County Mayo, at which resolutions were passed condemning rack renting as a moral injustice.
LIQUIDATION Mr Benjamin Brown; paying 4s/- in the £
CHURCH PROMOTION: Rev AC Tracy, formerly Curate, to Rectory of Stapleford, Herts.

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East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 
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East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

WEIGHTS & MEASURES ACT: A Correspondent says this Act is a dead letter in this place. Bakers
go their rounds with their  bread  carts, minus  scales, with  impunity, & the 4lb loaf is  very often  a

doubtful question. Also the price of milk has been raised a hundred per cent; but are milk measures
stamped?

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East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

CHAPEL APPOINTMENT: Mr Robert Mobbs of Beccles to be Pastor  of Conregational Church  at
Fakenham.

1880
East Suff Gaz 13 Jan 

BATHING PLACE: Corporation to  let by auction for  5 years. The hirer to discharge the duties of
Superintendent.
SCHOOLS: Shrubland House, Station Road. Miss Ecclestone hopes to receive pupils on 27 January.

1880
East Suff Gaz 13 Jan 

Barders to assemble on Monday 26 January.
SCHOOLS: Miss Knapp of Station Road pupils on 20th January.
HOSPITAL: Thankfully acknowledge a gift of two tons of coal by Messrs N Pells & Son.

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East Suff Gaz 13 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 13 Jan 
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East Suff Gaz 13 Jan 

CONGREGATIONAL  CHURCH:  The  first  phase   of   building   a   new  school   and   classrooms
completed at cost of £1100 including the site. Next phase to improve interior of church; Tender from
Messrs  Calver  of  Ringsfield  accepted.;  new  staircases,  new  gallery  front,  new  pulpit,  new  side

windosws, and an apse behind the pulpit intended to receive an organ, which will be purchased and a
warming  apparatus. All the woodwork will  be  of pitch-pine. The  church will probably be lighted
from the roof. The cost will be £1,000.

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East Suff Gaz 13 Jan 

DIED Mrs Wright, widow of Rev George Wright, late Baptist Minister. Rev SK Bland conducted the
Service.

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East Suff Gaz 13 Jan 

OVERCROWDING:  Inspector of Nuisances, AG Love brought to Court, John Farrow, labourer of
Newgate. A room 15ft by 9ft rented by defendant occupied by himself, his brother and wife and their

seven   children, ranging  from twenty to three years. The  cubic  feet of  air being sufficient for  one
person only. Room to be occupied by one person only within seven days.

1880
East Suff Gaz 20 Jan 

DEATH  at Beccles  of John  Spencer,  born 1815, joined the  service  of George IV for three years,
went on to mercantile service, in 1857 obtained a master’s certificate. During the American War he
ran  the  blockade  twice  in  the  “Economist”  and  he  was  also  connected    with  the  “Galway  Steam

Packet Company” of  Lever Roebuck notoriety,  as  captain  of the “Victoria”. He was wrecked three
times  and on the  occasion of the loss  of the “Senator”, he  endured  exposure and suffering for five
days and nights in an open boat, withpot provisions of any kind. He was at the Gold Diggings during

the rush; and, in truth, his whole life was very eventful. He was landlord of the Star.
CONGREGATIONAL CONCERT by their chapel  choir  in  aid  of the Chapel  improvements. Mr &
Mrs Corbyn played major part. Pieces by Handel, Mendelssohn and “The last Rose of Summer” etc.

1880
East Suff Gaz 20 Jan 
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East Suff Gaz 20 Jan 

SCHOOLS: National Schools. Resignation of the Treasurer WE Crowfoot, through age. Election of
Read Crisp in his place. The master and mistress had fully sustained their character for effiiency, and
they were now aided by a very promising assistant master. Mr JK Garrod was Secretary.

1880
East Suff Gaz 20 Jan 

COUNCIL: (1). BRIDGE: The Mayor Mr Eastaugh had with Mr Darby inspected the arches, found
them in  a very  bad state.  Large pieces of stone had fallen out from the arches, and the walls were
cracked and greatly dilapidated.

 
 

(2). Well in the  old Gildhall Barn to be  filled  in.  (3).  Water used  at dairies  impure.James Bullen,
John  Driver,  William  Huson  and  Eliza  Nunn,  must  provide  proper  water  supply,  (4).  Pump  in
Ballygate to be removed and well sealed. (5). A roller standing in Old Market removed by occupier in

premises belonging to Mr Garrod, formerly Cutting’s  (6) Street lights not to be lit between 20 May
&  20 August (7) Mr Harper’s new  houses  [in Hungate] pathway  from  SW  corner of  Independen

Chapel classroom to Mr Harper’s gateway laid with York stone. 
WANTED Housekeeper, middle aged,  experienced for  Ladies’  School. Mr Wm Garrard,  Waveney

 
 
1880
East Suff Gaz 27 Jan 

House. 
SHOP:  Mrs  C  Atkinson  relinquishing  business  carried  on  for  20  years,  her  successor  Mr  W

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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East Suff Gaz 27 Jan 

Haverson;   Stocks   of   sugars,   fruits,   pickles   and   sauces,   brushes,   baskets   and   crockery.[34]  
Newmarket 
TREAT: Workmen at Mr Darby’s brickyards supper at Mr Charlish’s refreshment house.

 

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East Suff Gaz 27 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 27 Jan 

ENTERTAINMENT:  Fortnightly  entertainments  “for  the  People”  in  Assembly  Room.  About  400
present. Programme of music and recitation included a song and dance by a travelling minstrel.
LIQUIDATION: George Kerridge, earthenware dealer. 2s 6d in the pound.

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East Suff Gaz 27 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 27 Jan 

ESCAPE by 3 Leman School boys. Playing on ice on Crisp’s dyke near the Bathing-Place, Flegg fell
in, rendered insesible by hitting his head on ice. Two others fell in Woolner & Shadforth. Rescued by
maltster, Whyatt.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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CHURCH: Reopening of Organ. Recital: Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven on Monday 9 Feb.
DEATH: John Garnham (died 3 Feb 1879) 
BREWERY  Dinner:  Messrs  Worthington  catering  by  Mr  Frampton  of  Britannia  Shades.  Mr  AB

East Suff Gaz 3 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 3 Feb 
 
East Suff Gaz 3 Feb 

Worthington presided, supported by Mr Clark & Mr Danby; Mr JM Brundell filled the Vice Chair.
COURT: Isaac Vertigen v George West, brickmaker. Claim £1 15s rent admitted. Earned 15s a week,
paid £7  a year rent and had ten children to support. He must pay 2s a month until next harvest.

1880
East Suff Gaz 3 Feb 

Ples 
Ples 

Dwelling: 
George WEST 

Pleasant Place 

 

CENSUS 1881 
Barsham, Suffolk, England 

 

 
Head 

40 
38 
15 

General Laborer

Ples 
Ples 

Susan WEST 
Samuel WEST 


Broome, Norfolk, England 
Beccles, Suffolk, England 

Wife 
Son 

 
 
 

Bricklayers Laborer
Scholar
Scholar

Ples 
Ples 

Mary WEST 
Agnes WEST 

12 
11 


Beccles, Suffolk, England 

Daur 
Daur 

Beccles, Suffolk, England 

Beccles, Suffolk, England 

Ples 
Ples 

Susan WEST 
Ettie ((Hetty)) WEST

 

10 

Beccles, Suffolk, England 

Daur 
Scholar

Scholar
Daur 

Ples 
Ples 

George WEST 
William WEST 

 
 



Beccles, Suffolk, England 
Beccles, Suffolk, England 

Son 
Son 

Scholar
Scholar

Ples 
Ples 

Mary WEST 
Arthur WEST 

 
 



Beccles, Suffolk, England 
Beccles, Suffolk, England 

Daur 
Son 

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East Suff Gaz 3 Feb 

Court: Emma Porter, domestic servant aged 13 v Robert Took, confectioner. Hired for 4 weeks at 1s a
week & 1s  6d  afterwards. Left after 5 weeks; not enough food, and too hard work. Took to pay 4s
owing.

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RETIREMENT:  Robert  A  King,  builder,  Beccles  to  retire.  Business  to  be  carried  on  by  Henry
Hopson, who has been his employee for 35 years.
ENTERTAINMENT: Australian General Tom Thumb gave performance in Assembly Room.

East Suff Gaz 10 Feb 
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East Suff Gaz 10 Feb 
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East Suff Gaz 10 Feb 

RUGBY  FOOTBALL:  on  Saturday  afternoon  15  of  Norwich  Carrow  Works  team  v  15  Caxton
Works team, newly formed. Norwich won.

1880
East Suff Gaz 10 Feb 

CHURCH ORGAN  reopened.Built  1757  by  Richard  Bridge  for  St  James,  Clerkenwell.  In  1796
George  Pike  Englandbuilt  a  new  organ  for  that  church,  was  paid  £500  and  given  the  old  organ.

Moved  it to Beccles.  in  1859 rebuilt  by Messrs Bishop,  Starr & Richardson of  London under the
direction of HC Walker - in a dilapidated condition. Originally built at west end , was moved in 1859

to  corner  of north  aisle  -  in  confined position. Now  faces south,  enclosed in  substantial  oak  case
designed by Mr EW Norman of Norwich and made by Mr Woodroffe. A great part of works replaced
and given a third manual.

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East Suff Gaz 10 Feb 

OVERCROWDING: John Farrow had not obeyed earlier order. House belonged to Mrs Suggate and
was underlet. Fined £1 plus 8s 6d costs. Liable to 10s a day if not obeyed.
RETIREMENT: Mrs Elizabeth Ingram,  Station Road, retiring  from  businesscarried  on  by  her  late

1880
East Suff Gaz 17 Feb 

husband. James Cutler, bricklayer, plasterer, builder, Newgate, taking over.
ENTERTAINMENT “Mrs Jarley’s  Wax  Works” for Gorlston church Organ.  Very successful, well
attended despite the high cost.

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East Suff Gaz 17 Feb 
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COUNCIL: Sealing conveyances of purchase of land  adjoinig Railway Station. Stated that it was 15
years since the last reassessment was made throughout the town for rates. Some revisions had been
made.

East Suff Gaz 2 Mar 
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East Suff Gaz 2 Mar 

FIRE in premises of Mr Keridge, baker. prevented  by Police Constable Gray seeing smoke  coming
out of sitting room on first floor. Burning soot had fallen down the chimney. Extinguished.
Congrgational  Schools.  Superintendents:  E  Masters  &  JL  Kent,;  Treasurer  W  Read;  secretary  C

1880
East Suff Gaz 2 Mar 

Chase. Mr  Flower  resigned secretaryship  after  13 years, who  recalled that  he took over from Mr
ward, who on the night he resigned the post of Superintendent, died.
DROWNING  Bungay  waterman,  James  Cossay  left  wherry  at  Mr  Crisp’s  quay  [probably  by  the

1880
East Suff Gaz 9 Mar 

Bridge], went to Page’s beerhouse [Maltster’s Arms, Bridge Street] which he left at 11pm. returning
to wherry in the dark tripped over rope attaced to a wherry, fell into river and was drowned. Jury said

path should be wider and no ropes to stretch over path.
SANITARY  REPORT  by  EB  Crowfoot.  Population  5000;  Houses  1098.  Births  168;  Deaths  102.

1880
East Suff Gaz 9 Mar 

Average death rate per 1,000 was 21.3. Deaths of those under five  32. Problems: (1) Water closets
flushed by cans, so not properly flushed. Proper tank supplied with constant supply of water vital. (2)

Pump  water  sed  in  dairies  impure  Milkman  who  was  infected  by  scarlet  fever  spread  disease  to
family of nine when he came to milk the cow. (3) Systematic attention to sanitary nuisances in town,
street by street Sewer in Northgate completed in 1879.

1880
East Suff Gaz 9 Mar 

MARKET TEA: Mr Masters: The last season was a very bad one, excessively wet. The loss to many
of the hirers of Corporation marshes serious. Let by public auction. Mr Mayhew: He hoped they had
got over the worst. If not, woe betide all classes connected with agriculture, for another year like the

last they would not be sitting  round that table. Many neede the  assistance of the  landlords. I f they
acted wisely they would keep good sound men as tenants rather than sacrifice them and give to others
advantages which the old ones did not now possess. There was also a grumble about the high cost of

tithes and taxes.
LICENCE; Sun Inn from Mr Buggs to Robert Cock.
COURT:  Contaminated  water  used  to  wash  out  vessels  by  milkmen.  Given  2  weeks  to  improve,

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East Suff Gaz 2 Mar 

otherwise £20 fine.
COUNCIL:  Sunday closing  of licensed premises. Only  five  members  attended.  4  supported  idea.
Petition sent to Parliament from Beccles.

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East Suff Gaz 16 Mar 

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East Suff Gaz 16 Mar 

DEATH: Mrs Tracy, senior, aged 80, mother of the Rector.
TO LET: Unfurnishe apartments, WE Mills, Smallgate.
TESTIMONIAL to Superintendent Cole of £10 at Ixworth.

East Suff Gaz 23 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 23 Mar 
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East Suff Gaz 23 Mar 

VESTRY MEETING: Overseers elected: T Easter, RA King, JM Brundell, EW Hindes.; Collectors
of taxes: R Jarman & J Mullett.

1880
East Suff Gaz 23 Mar 

COURT: Benjamin Ward the Younger and Obadiah Clarke [in the 1881 census he was listed as being
35, a wherryman out of employ, living as a widower with his parents in Blyburgate]  were charged

with illegally fishing in private waters belonging to the Corporation, on the 19th of January. -- Both
the  defendants  pleaded  guilty,  Ward  saying  he  was  after  eels,  and  was  not  aware  he  was  doing

anything wrong, as he had seen others doing the same. -- Mr Angell said the object of the prosection
was  to  prevent  trespassing  on  the  Corporation  marshes,  as  the  tenants  had  complained  of  their
marshes being run over. The defendants had been asked to appear before the committee, and had they

apologised  nothing  would  have  been  heard  of  these  proceedings;  but  as  they  chose  to  set  the
committee  at defiance, the matter, it was  felt,  could not  be  looked  over. The magistrate fined the
defendants 2s 6d each, and 7s 6d costs; cautioning them that if  brought up again on a similar charge

the full penalty of 20s would be enforced. Thirteen days were allowed for payment.
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East Suff Gaz 30 Mar 

SALE  by executors of Marcus John River, Esq a piece of arable land abutting on Castle Road and
lands of Sir Charles Clarke and John Copeman, Esq containing 3a 1r 37p in the occupation of Robert

Elliott.
ELECTION:  Mr  Everett,  Liberal  candidate;  Lord  Rendlesham  &  Colonel  Barne,  Conservative

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East Suff Gaz 30 Mar 

candidates, the present members.
LICENSED VICTUALLERS Chair taken by JP Walton. Agreed unanimously to oppose the closure

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East Suff Gaz 30 Mar 

of licensed premises on Sundays.
ARTILLERY VOLUNTEERS: Gun drill under Lieut Walton
will continue to be the resident manager at Becclesr 

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East Suff Gaz 6 Apr 

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East Suff Gaz 13 Apr 

ELECTION: Lord Rendlesham (Cons) 4239; Barne (Cons)  3618; Everett (Lib) 3504.
In Beccles Mr Worthington resented flour being thrown at his partner Colonel Marshall and attacked
the aggressor. Police escorted Worthington to the Brewery followed by an amused and rather excited

 

crowd.  Some fights took place  in the streets, some furze  bushe were burnt on the Common, where
there were 9 ploicemen and 200 demonstrators,  and a public lamp in Station Road was smashed
COUNCIL: (1) Bathing Place  let to Mr W  Smith  at  £20pa for  5 years; Mr RA King  & Mr Tyrell

1880
East Suff Gaz 27 Apr 

required to remove  obstructions  in Puddingmoor (2) Burial Board  be asked to trim the trees in old
burial ground (3) Sanitary: bye-laws to require plans of all new buildings to be submitted to Council
(4) Mr Delf  of Northgate recently bought two houses there, would be prepared to set them back to

remove existing obstruction for £20. Agreed
COUNCIL: The Mayor wished to alter the name of the Assembly Room, and as there appeared to be
some legal reasons for a change, it was decided in future to call it “The Town Hall”.

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East Suff Gaz 27 Apr 

COUNCIL: Precept for the cost of the Board School last year 10d in the year.
ADVERTISEMENT: H  Lawrance, mineral & soda water  manufacturer, Yarmouth  & Beccles -  in
Gaol Lane. Print showing their Works inside.

East Suff Gaz 4 May 
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East Suff Gaz 4 May 

SHOP Plate GlassWindow smashed  by pony  backing  cart  into it. Mr Parkhouse  [27 Newmarket].
Cost £7.

1880
East Suff Gaz 4 May 

Artillery volunteers paraded and marched under Captain Thomson Wilson to Barsham Church. The
service was conducted by Rev RAJ Suckling, chaplain to the Corps. On return at 1  o’clock a large

crowd had collected to see them.
WANGFORD UNION Mr Richard French Chirman; WE Crowfoot, Vice Chairman.

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East Suff Gaz 4 May 
East Suff Gaz 4 May 

COURT: Sarah Mills drunk and using obscene language in Titshll Alley. Quarrelling. Norwich Castle
for 14 days hard labour.
SALE: Newly erected Terrace of 5 substantially built white brick and slated Residences & Spacious

1880
East Suff Gaz 11 May 

corner shop fronting Ravensmere adjoining the new road leading to the Railway Station.
LOT 1 House & Corner Shop, occupied by Robert Curtis £25 rental. (withdrawn  at £340)
LOT 2: Two residences adjoining, occupied by JH Hall & Wm Sayer £15 rental (not sold)

 
 

 
 

 
 

LOT 3 Two residences adjoining the last  lot,  occupied  by Henry Stimpson & Robert Flaxman £15
rental (not sold)
ALSO 50 eligible Plots of valuable Building Land. suitable fo genteel residences, close to the  

 
 

 
 

Railway Station. Each plot containing 20ft frontage and depth of 92ft.
(Lots 4 & 5 purchased by Mrs Oxborough at £20 each; Lots 6 & 7 by R Stannard at £20 each; Lots 8  
9 by T Easter. Remainder withdrawn.)

 
 
1880
East Suff Gaz 18 May 

RETIREMENT: James Mullett, [4] Ballygate, tailoring, drapery and hat establishment retiring after
40 years. Business taken over by WG Cross
CHORAL SOCIETY: between 40 and 50 singers. Mr Livock at the harmonium and conductor. Mrs

1880
East Suff Gaz 18 May 

Corbyn  chief  pianist.  Handel;  Barnby’s”Magnificat  in  E”.,  Mendelssohn,  Beethoven’s  “Ruins  of
Athens”
SALE: by executors of Benjamin Thrower: LOT 1: Freehold Residence & Confectioner’s Shop with

1880
East Suff Gaz 1 June 

convenient offices, occupying  a commanding position in the Market Place now occupied  by Rober
Took under a lease of 4 years at rent of £32.(purchased by Mr RA Took for£540

 
 

LOT  2:    Block  of  Three  Freehold  Cottages  in  Hungate  Lane,  occupied  by  Stephen  Oxborough,
Robert Freestone   and Harriet Baker, quarterly tenants  at total  of  £15. (purchased  Edward Ford  at

£165)
Pupils  of  Smallgate  House  under  Miss  McCulloch  put  ona  Drawing  Room  Entertainment  in  the

1880
East Suff Gaz 1 June 

Assembly  Room  in  aid  of  Beccles  Hospital.  Large  audience.  Performance  varied,  interesting  and
amusing
QUEEN’S  61st BIRTHDAY celebrated  by Rifle Volunteers. !45 officers  and men paraded  in Old

1880
 
East Suff Gaz 1 June

Market on Saturday at 4pm. Marched to the Common headed by the Band, dressed in the new scarlet
uniform. Maqjor Crowfoot, Captain Keogh, & Lieuts Robinson & Read
MILTARY  BANDS:  Artillery  Band  will  play  in  the  east  end  of  the  Avenue  every  Thusday.  On

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East Suff Gaz 8 June 
Friday evening the Rifle Band will play in the Newmarket
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East Suff Gaz 8 June 

BICYCLE CLUB of Waveney Valley formed.
GAS COMPANY: Chairman WE Crowfoot; Present: WM Crowfot, Waterman, Parker, Ling &  

East Suff Gaz 8 June 
 
Dixon. Paid 8% dividend.

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East Suff Gaz 8 June 

BAPTIST UNION: Beccles without a pastor. Members 147, children in school 180.
page 5 missing
DEATH of Mr HJ Kerrison  aged  85. Upright,  hoourable, kind  and  considerate in  every relation of

East Suff Gaz 15 June 
East Suff Gaz 22 June 

life. He was churchwarden for more than twenty years.
SALE: Brick & tiled  double  cottage  between  Swines Green and  London Road in the occupation of
Robert  Houghton  and  Alfred  Elliott  at  rental  of  £10  pa;  each  cottage  having  front  sitting  room,

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East Suff Gaz 29 June 

kitchen,wash-house,  pantry,  coal-house,  bedroom  accommodation,  fruit  garden.  [purchased  James
Dowe £155]
LIQUIDATION: Mr C Frampton, publican [of Britannia Shades, 3 Blyburgate]

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 6 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 6 Jul 

FLAG A new flag for the Church Tower presented by the Mayor and Rector jointly.
TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION: 61 teachers went boating, fishing  and  picknicked  at Fritton. In the
afternoon  dancing was  attempted,  but was  given up, the weather  being too  hot;  and the members

1880
East Suff Gaz 6 Jul 

found a more congenial amusement in singing well-known glees and part-songs on the lake.
ATHLETIC SPORTS,  several thousand people present. Refreshments by Mr Potter of the Crown &
Anchor Inn. Tug  of war between the Artillery  and Rifle Corps. The Riflemen  just won the  best of

1880
East Suff Gaz 6 Jul 

three pulls.
LICENCES: Sun Inn, Mr RA Cock;  Star Inn, Mrs Spencer; Queen Victoria, Mr J Girling.
SLAUGHTERING  in  unlicenced  premises.  Mr  Le  Grice  slaughtering  in  Hungate  Lane  without  a

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 6 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 6 Jul 

licence. Had also slaughtered in Smallgate and |Blyburgate without a licence. Fined £5             
SALE: by executors of William Meen
Beaumont Villa:  a  comfortable  and well-built residence pleasantly situated  on the  Londn#on Road

1880
 

East Suff Gaz 20 Jul 
 

recently occupied by Mr Meen.[purtchased by Mr B Woolnough for £270]
FURNITURE SALE: Surplus furniture of Mrs Loring

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 20 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 20 Jul 

RESIGNATION: Surgeon Robert Metcalfe resigns from Artillery.
RIFLE VOLUNTEERS; 125 of Beccles contingent joined 85 from Bungay at Shipmeadow for a joint

1880
East Suff Gaz 20 Jul 

drill session.
DEATH: Robert Ward, retired wine merchant, died 3 March 1880.

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 27 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 27 Jul 

FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL: EM LOring elected to scholarship at Eton.
LICENCES: Britannia Shades: James Reynolds.
EPITAPH ON MATTHEW TROTT in Aldeby Church: 1658. (in Latin)

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 27 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 3 Aug 
 
 

MS./ Quod Reliquum est/ Matthew Trott generosi hujus ecclesiae/ nuperi patroni hic inhumatur sacri
sint/ cineres licet ne violentor, utpote quia/ tu etiam (lector) et cinis es longaeuus vix-/ it plus tamen
alis quam sibi ac si quid/ sobria ac innocua vita si quid sua vel/ suorum pietas porro valuissent, adhuc

su-/ -perstes non caruisset epitaphio plura non/ addam sed ut ex voto valetas
Obit XXIX die Maii Anno/ aetatis suae LXXIII / anno incarnationis MDCLVIII / dicta sit Deo gloria
ALSO: Anno Dom. Thomasina uxor Matthei Trott, Generosi de Beccles, sepulta fuit 1 Octob.”

 
 

 
 

1880

WEATHER: Drenching showers on Saturday fell with scarcely any intermission until ten o’clock on
Sunday morning. In many places the fine and promising  crops of  barley have  been  crushed to the
ground, matted  and twisted  as though rolled, and the wheat  crop, although less  laid, has suffered

East Suff Gaz 10 Aug 

severely.
CONGREGATIONAL  BAZAR  in  Mr  Crisp’s   garden.  Mr  Bezant   of   Leamington   displayed   a
telephones. They were connected  by two wires 50 yards in length, the telephones placed in  an out-

1880
East Suff Gaz 10 Aug 

house at one end and a summer house at the other. Visitors would apply a disc to the ear and another
to the mouth, and a conversation would then ensue along the wires, quite audible and distinct
BECCLES REGATTA on Monday.in fine weather

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 10 Aug 

POLICE COURT: Mr AB Worthington,  brewer,  let the Victoria Arms pub  [in  Ingate] to  Edmund
Spendler  for  £18  pa,  paying  quarterly.  Did  not  pay  and  emptied  his  house  of  furniture  to  avoid

East Suff Gaz 10 Aug 

distraint.
TO LET: Cowkeepers & others: from Michaelmas premises in Newgate now occupied by Mr Robert

1880
East Suff Gaz 17 Aug 

Read.
CHOIR EXCURSION: for St Michael’s Choir; trip down the river in a wherry, with refreshments

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 17 Aug 

ENTERTAINMENT:Farini’s Friendly Zulus from the Royal Aquarium London & Circus. 100 men,
horses, ponies & camels. Gorgeous Cavalcade of Pictorial Carriages.
BURGLARY  Premises  of  Isaac  Green,  clothier,  Newmarket  entered  at  3am  by  a  tramp,  but  he

East Suff Gaz 24 Aug 
1880
East Suff Gaz 24 Aug 

escaped without taking anything.
COUNCIL:   SANITARY  COMMITTEE:  1)  Mr  Strathern  at  the  Angel  to   connect  with  water
company  2) two grates in passage by Welch’s house be removed and cess-pools filled up. 3) A gutter

1880
East Suff Gaz 24 Aug 
to be laid both sides of Saltgate with stones from the Common  4) The lamp on the Black Boy Inn be
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removed and placed on a column on the premises occupied by Mr E Spratt.
COUNCIL: Borough Rate to be 1s 4d in the pound. No rate previously ? or lately. Corporation Land

1880
East Suff Gaz 24 Aug 

bringing in £1,000 less for the Marshes in the last few years.
RAILWAY:  Excursion  to  London:  Wednesday  8  Sept,  leaving  Beccles  5.50  am  returnin  6pm

1880
East Suff Gaz 31 Aug 

Thursday from Liverpool Street. First Class 10s 6d; Covered Carriages 6s 0d.
CHORAL SOCIETY: First Rehearsal: Stainer’s “Daughter of Jairus”.

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 31 Aug 

LUNATIC ASYLUM: Clement Dennington, bricklayer of Ingate, behaving ery strangely, wandering
about with nothing  on  but  his shirt. Police  stayed with  him  all night  and  conveyed  him to  lunatic
asylum in the morning. He had been a good workman and steady man.

East Suff Gaz 31 Aug 
1880

POLICE COURT: Emma Sampson, wife of Roger Sampson charged with assaulting Martha Moore.
Complainant stated she met defendant in the yard, who commenced to abuse her. The defendant had
something under her apron, which proved to be a chamber pot. The contents of this defendant threw

East Suff Gaz 31 Aug 

over complainant, and then struck her in the face with the pot  and caused the blood to flow freely.
Upon that the complainant struck her in return. The defendant’s statement was in complete variance.
She said she was going down the yard and met complainant, who commenced to abuse her and to use

the most filthy language towards her. She also struck the defendant and knocked her down. In the fall
the  chamber pot was broken,  and she struck complainant with one  of the pieces. Defendant further
said that complainant’s children pelted her with the contents of the vessel.

 
 

In  corroboration  of  her statements she  called  William  Vyse, shoemaker,  [of Thurlow’s Yard] Mrs
Mills,  wife  of  Mark  Mills,  publican,  [of  the  Lord  Nelson,  29  Northgate]    and  Mrs  Oxborough,
shopkeeper, [perhaps of Long’s Yard] who stated that the complainant was the agressor. Dismissed.

1880
1880

DEATH: Arthur H Dowson at Mooroopna, Australia, surgeon of Geldeston on 13 Aug
RETIREMENT of Jonathan  Eastaugh from firm  of  JD  Eastaugh &  Sons  of  Lowestoft, Kirkley  &
Beccles. Sons take over,

East Suff Gaz 31 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 7 Sep 

1880
1880

BAPTIST CHURCH: Rev WH Smith pastorate from November.
CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH  REOPENING: Church rebuilt early in 19C had cost £2140 18s 4d

East Suff Gaz 7 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 7 Sep 

- about as much as had now been spent on the new schoolroom and the improved sanctuary.
The alterations to the  church: many of the side pews on the  ground floor were formerly of the old

 
 

fashioned square form, and thus valuable space was lost, while other seats in the  area  and  galleries
were  exceedingly  narrow.  The  whole  interior  has  now  been  refurnished  with  comfortable  open

benches, cushioned with crimson mats.
The  galleries, which were inconveniently deep  and unsightly, have been  reconstructed. The  gallery
front has  a solid  and  handsome appearance, and is ornamented with  arched panels,  backed with V-

 
 

joiunted boards. One marked improvement is the removal of the disused upper gallery, which gives a
greater sense of space and air at the end of the church. The pillars supporting the galleries have also
been replaced by new ones of a larger and more ornamental descriptrion.

 
 

The old square-shaped windows at the side  and front of the  church, have  been  replaced with  new
ones,  gracefully  arched  at  the  top,  and  fitted  with  “Moore’s  patent  ventilators”.  By  raising  the
windows in the front, the appearance of the building towards the street, as well as in the interior, has

been greatly improved.
Vestibules, paved with Minton tiles,  have been constructed  at each front entrance, opening  into the
area, with doors panelled with plate glass. New commodious staircases to the galleries have also been

 
 

erected. The aisles are laid with linoleum, and bordered with Minton tiles.
Perhaps the  most noticeable improvement  in the interior  is seen  at the  end  opposite the  entrance,
where an apse has been built for a new organ, and for the accommodation of the choir. In front of the

 
 

apse, a spacious and very elegant pulpit - the first design of which was suggested by the pastor - has
been erected on a platform. The pulpit, which is approached by a staircase on either side, is made of
selected pitch pine wrought into richly moulded panels, relieved with polished walnut pilasters; the

top is finished with a nahogany moulding, and book board. The platform below the pulpit is furnished
with highly polished oak table and chair.

 
 

A  large  sun-burner  has  been  placed  near  the  centre  of  the  ceiling,  which  effectively  lights  the
galleries and area, and which it is hoped will prove effective in ventillation.

 
 

In  addition  the  exterior  wood  and  iron  work,  and  also  the  vestries,  have  been  newly  painted;  all
interior work necessary for a heating apparatus has also been completed. The whole of the work has

been done  by Messrs Calver,  of Ringsfield,  under the  direction  of  E Boardman,  Esq  architect,  of
Norwich.
The total cost, including organ and extras, will be about £1,150

 
1880

 

BECCLES ARTILLERY INSPECTION. Capt Wilson CO, & Lieut Walton on parade with total of
83 Officers & Men, seven absent. ... Battery moved to the Gaol Yard where detachment manned the
64 pounder.

East Suff Gaz 7 Sep 
1880
DEATH of Mrs Youngs, wife of the Landlord of the King’s Head. The servant who slept in the same
East Suff Gaz 14 Sep 
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room found her mistress in the morning lying on the floor, dead.
FURNITURE SALE in Blyburgate of late Charles Bobbett: several dozens of port wine, plate, plated

1880
East Suff Gaz 21 Sep 

goods etc.
SALE   of  Residence   in  Blyburgate  [No   33]  of  Charles  Bobbett,  with  comfortable  siting   and

1880
East Suff Gaz 21 Sep 

bedrooms, offices, well of 54ft. [Sold to Mr James Guy for £295]
SARGEANT ALLEN for widow & chiuldren £ 10s from NCOs & Gunners of Artillery Battery

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 21 Sep 

MALT TAX repoealed
CENSUS: 1881: on night of Sunday 3 April.
TO LET: Caxton Arms, Beccles. Apply Steward, Patteson & Finch from 11 Oct.

East Suff Gaz 21 Sep 

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 21 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 28 Sep 

1880
 
1880

TO LET: 8 roomed Villa with Garden & Stabling  £19 pa
Or To Let: 8 roomed Villa with large Garden and Vinery & Stabling. £30
TO BE LET: A House with Garden, Vinery, Stable, Coach House & Offices. Apply CF Parker4

East Suff Gaz 28 Sep 
 
East Suff Gaz 28 Sep 

1880
1880

RAILWAY: Cheap Return ticket to London for 2 or 4 days.68 people took advantage of cheap fares.
DROWNED  on  board  the  fishing  boat  Victor  in  North  Sea.  Alfred  Farrow,  17,  of  Beccles  fell
overboard and was drowned.

East Suff Gaz 28 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 28 Sep 
1880

ACCIDENT: Miss Lillistone travelling in her carriage in London Road, the horse stumbled & threw
her old & trusted servant broke his collar bone. Horse ran on to St Mary’s Road. Stopped by a youth,
Johnson who caught the reins.

East Suff Gaz 28 Sep 
1880

LICENCE: The Horse & Groom, a house for many years privately occupied was transferred from the
Brewers to Henry Thrower of Beccles
DRUNK:  William  Beane,  chimney  sweep,    abused  Margaret  Girling,  Landlady  of  the  Butchers’

East Suff Gaz 28 Sep 
1880
East Suff Gaz 28 Sep 
Arms, because she would  not serve him  drink  out of hours.  When her husband returned he pushed
Beane out of the house, who then broke several windows. Many previous convictions; 28 days hard

labour
RECTOR’S   LETTER:   [In   connection   with   a   series   of   letters   about   Nonconformists   &   the
Church:”No one can show that the relations of Church and Dissent in this town for the last eight years

1880
East Suff Gaz 28 Sep 

have been other than the most friendly kind.” [He cited examlpes of the School Board, the Hospital
Committee & the Town Council  “Where the spirit was so  good” and “there is mutual respect and

consideration.”]
SALE of INGATE LODGE ESTATE:,

1880
 

East Suff Gaz 5 Oct 
 

by Will of  late George  Fenn:  Long  frontages  on the Railway  &  Ingate Road  [Grove Road]  7 the
intended new Road from Ingate Road to the Railway Station, which will form a new Entrance to the
Town & Railway Station from Lowestoft.

 
 

LOT 1: INGATE LODGE, a Genteel Modern Residence in Ingate Road & abutting on the intended
new road, containing Entrance Hal, Dining Room 20ft x 17ft; Drawing Room, Study, Kitchen, Bath
Room, Two Store Rooms, Pantry, Coal House & other Offices. Four airy & pleasant Sleeping Rooms

& two Dressing Rooms on the First Floor; Three Attics, Water Closet & other closet accommodaion;
with Two Vineries near the House, Two large Vineries adjoining Ingate Road, Stable, Coach-House,
&  other  outbuildings;  7  Piece  of  Garden  Ground  well  planted  with  Fruit  Trees,  bushes  &  shrub,

having a frontage of 175ft on Ingate Road & containing altogether 0a 2r 32p.  [Not Sold]
LOT 2:
Lot 1 on the EAST side of the New Road [Gosford Road] & abutting the Railwy containing 0a 1r 2p.

 
 
 A Valuable piece of Garden Ground, well  adapted  for building purposes, lying  opposite

[not Sold]
LOT 3: A  very  eligible piece  of Building  Land  containing  13 perches,  adjoining  Lot 1,  having  a
frontage of 43ft 6ins on the New Road. 

 
 
[C Betts £30
 
 

LOT 4: A similar piece  of  Land  adjoining the last  containing  16 perches & frontage of 33ft on the
New Road. [W Gill £31]
LOT 5: similar to above having the same contents & frontage [W Gill £32]

 
 
 

 
 
 

LOT 6: similar to above having the same contents & frontage [A Stimpson £30]
LOT 7: similar to above having the same contents & frontage [W Aldous £29]

 
 

 
 

LOT 8: similar to above having the same contents & frontage [E Masters £31
LOT 9: similar to above having the same contents & frontage [E Masters £31]

 
 

 
 

LOT 10: similar to above having the same contents & frontage [E Masrters £31]
LOT 11: similar to above having the same contents & frontage [E Masters£31]

 
 
 

 
 
 

LOT 12: similar to above having the same contents & frontage [RA King £29]
LOT 13: similar to above having the same contents & frontage [J Crisp £29]
LOT 14: similar to above having the same contents & frontage [J Crisp £30]

 
 
 

 
 
 

LOT 15: similar to above having the same contents & frontage
LOT 16: similar to above having the same contents & frontage [J Crisp £30]
LOT 17: similar to above having the same contents & frontage [J Crisp £30]

[J Crisp £30]
 
 
LOT 18: similar to above having the same containing 11 perches & same frontage [J Crisp £30]
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LOT 19: similar to above having the same containing 11 perches & same frontage [J Crisp £30]
LOT 20: similar to above having the same containing 10 perches & frontage of 25ft [ J Crisp £30]

 
 

 
 

LOT 21: Building Land of 15 perches abutting on the Railway frontage of 33ft [WE Wigg £32]
LOT 22: Building Land of 13 perches abutting on the Railway frontage of 33ft [J Crisp £30]

 
 

 
 

LOT 23: Building Land of 15 perches abutting on the Railway frontage of 33ft [J Crisp £30]
LOT 24: Building Land of 16 perches abutting on the Railway frontage of 33ft [J Crisp £31]

 
 
 

 
 
 

LOT 25: Building Land of 16 perches abutting on the Railway frontage of 33ft [J Crisp £32]
LOT 26: Building Land of 17 perches abutting on the Railway frontage of 33ft [J Crisp £33]
LOT 27: Building Land of 18 perches abutting on the Railway frontage of 33ft [J Crisp £33]

 
 

 
 

LOT 28: Building Land of 19 perches abutting on the Railway frontage of 33ft [J Crisp £41]
LOT 29: Building Land adjoining containing 27 perches, abutting on Railway & Coal Yard of Mr HL
Robbins, frontage of 60ft [RJ Read £70]

 
1880

 

TOTAL SALE: £876
SALE:  Castle Farm: Henry Read retires from Business: 12 Cart Mares & Geldings, Cart Foal,  16
Shorthorn Steers, 6 Milch Cows, 50 Grey-faced Ewe Lambs, 30 pigs, 4 Road & Harvest Wagons, 4

East Suff Gaz 5 Oct 

Three-quarter load Tumbrils, Turnip Cart, Phaeton, Ploughs, Harrows, Rolls, Smyth’s 16-Colter Corn
& Seed Drill, Cubitt’s baulk Drill, Root Cutters & pulpers, Horse-Power ChaffEngine & Works, bins,
trughs, iron-fold & rift hurdles, ladders, harness, tools, Dairy & Brewing utensils.

1880
East Suff Gaz 5 Oct 

CAPE MOUNTED RIFLEMEN WANTED: Farm  Lads, Grooms, Farriers  aged 20 to 26 years old.
Only single men apply. Pay from 5s to 6s a day
Rev RAJ Suckling, Rector of Barsham has been offered and has accepted the vicarage of St Peter’s,

1880
 

London Docks,  vacated by the death  of the Rev CF  Lowder. The rev  getleman made an  affecting
allusion to the subject  in  his sermon on  Sunday evening, stating that  he received it as a  direct call
from  God,  which  he  must  obey  at  any  cost.  During  his  twelve  years  residence  at  Barsham,  Mr

Suckling  has  greatly endeared  himself to  his parishioners  and  a wide  circle  of devoted friends,  by
whom his departure from this neighbourhood will be deeply regretted. It is understood that he will

not leave before Christmas. [Did he die before taking the appointment - see 14 Dec 1880?]
It is not yet known who will be appointed to the rectory of Barsham, which is in the gift of the present

 
 

rector.
FLOODS: The heavy rainfall of the last week or ten days has caused a considerable rise in the river

1880
 

Waveney, and the banks are overflowed in many places. This is the case on the Suffolk side only in
this immediate  neighbourhood,  as the Norfolk side was  recently raised  at  a  cosiderable  cost. The
expenditure, however does not seem to have been entirely successful in its object, as all Gillingham

marshes apear to be more or less flooded, probably owing chiefly to the overflow of the dykes.
HORSE SALE:: 162 Horses & colts sold. Some reached 45 guineas.
SALE of FURNITURE; The Ship Inn (under a Bill of Sale)

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 12 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 19 Oct 

1880
 
 

Lowestoft Journal 

Suspected Murder at the Ship of Mrs Flowers, wife of the Publican.
THE SUPPOSED WIFE MURDER AT BECCLES.
Lowestoft Journal October 1880

 
 

 
 

On Wednesday morning, at six o'clock, the wife of James Flowers, landlord of the Ship Inn, near the
Bridge, wan found lying dead in the tap-room, and from the fact that the house had been closed at a
very early hour on the previous evening, and other circumstances, a good deal of excitement was felt

in the neighbourhood. An inquest was held before C. W Chaston. Esq., County Coroner, on Thursday
morning, when Alfred Francis, engine driver, in Mr. Darby's employ. who lives next door to the Ship
Inn, said he was in the habit of calling Flowers every morning at six o'clock. On Wednesday morning

Flowers was up when he went by, and called him in, and said, "There's a rather bad Job happened.
here; the poor Old  girl  lay here  dead"  Francis then went  into the tap-room  and  saw the  deceased
lying on the floor with her head nearly on the threshold of the cellar door, and her feet towards the

window of the tap-room. The witness, being in a hurry, could not stop to make a close examination,
but sent his children for a doctor and policeman. He was unable to say whether Flowers and his wife

lived comfortably together, but he had seen the deceased the worse for drink.
Hannah Willingham, a young girl who is staying with Francis, said she had often seen the deceased  

 
 

the worse fur drink. She last saw her alive at six o'clock on Tuesday night, when she was lying on her
face  in  the  cellar.  Witness  lifted  her  up,  and  helped  her  into  the  bar  and  sat  her  on  a  chair.  She

afterwards  went  for  the  charwoman  because  she  thought  the  deceased  needed  help.  She  saw  no
bruises except for an old one in the eye..
Harriet Beane said she had been charwoman to the deceased for eleven years. She described how the

 
 

last witness  came for  her,  and that  on her  accompanying the  girl  back to the  Ship  at half past six
o'clock, they found the doors and windows closed. The witness tapped at the bar window, and then
Flowers put his head out of the window above and told her his wife was in bed. Not feeling satisfied

the witness went back to the house again at eight o'clock, but could make no one hear. She said she
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was much surprised to find the house closed so early, as she had never known it to be shut up till past
eleven. She had frequently seen the deceased the worse for drink, and had seen bruises upon her, but

when she asked deceased how they came she would make no answer, only burst into tears, Mary Ann
Ward  and  Sarah Ward, married women  also  gave  evidence, the  first  as to the  deceased's  drinking

habits; the second with  reference to  cries of "Murder", which she told the  Inspector  of  Police she
heard  about  ten  o'clock  on  Tuesday  night.  She  gave  her  evidence  very  reluctantly,  and  said  she

believed the cries were made by an invalid lady who lives close by, and who is out of her mind.
Mr EB Crowfoot, surgeon said he had made an external examination of the body of deceased and also
a post mortem examination. He found bruises on the arm, thigh, left side, and face. On post mortem

 
 

examination he found ten of the ribs had been broken on the left side, the fracture being continued in
four of the lower ones. On the right side eight of the lower ribs were fractured, and he attributed these
injuries to compression in the chest, perhaps by kneeling. He attributed the cause of death to shock,

consequent  on  the  serious  injury  to  the  ribs,  which  could  not  have  been  merely  from  a  fall.  The
anoemic condition of the brain, the pale and healthy appearance of the lungs, and the emptiness of the
right side of the heart, all pointed to sudden death. Death probably ensued very  quickly  after such

injuries, especially considering the condition of the brain, and the commencing fatty changes of the
heart.
Mr WT McComb, assistant to Messrs Crowfoot, corroborated, and the inquiry was adjourned at this

 
 

stage till Friday.
Flowers was detained in custody.
VERDICT OF THE JURY

 
 

 
 

 
 

The  enquiry touching the  death of  Susan Ann Flowers,  aged 67, was resumed  at the Police Court,
Beccles,  on Friday,  before Mr CW Chaston, coroner. The Chief Constable  and the Deputy Chief-
Constable were present; and Mr Dowsett watched the case on behalf of the prisoner Flowers.

 
 

John Finch, groom, in the employ of Mr S Darby said he was well acquainted with the deceased and
Mr Flowers. He went to the  Ship Inn on Tuesday night,  about six o'clock, when Flowers told  him

"My old woman has been on drinking again," and "She is a high mettled old woman , and she will
have her own way." He afterwards heard the deceased make a sort of groaning noise in the bar, the

same he had often heard her make when she was the worse for drink. He had seen her the worse for
drink so often that he did not pay any regard to the noise. No one to his knowledge was in the house

when  he  left, besides  Flowers  and  his wife. Flowers was the worse  for  drink, though  he was not
drunk. On Wednesday morning  at 11, the witness called in  at the  Ship,  and saw Flowers,  and said,
"Why, you must have locked up the door as soon as I got out." Flowers replied "Yes, you were the

last one that went out of the house." He also said he thought he had better shut the house up and go to
bed, as Mrs Flowers was the worse for drink, and lying there, it would look very bad for any one to
come in.

 
 

Charlotte Mills, wife of John Mills, waterman, Beccles, also said she was well  acquainted with the
deceased, who had  at  different times  complained to  her about  her husband  beating her.  Early  one
morning between haysol and harvest, the deceased came to her house ans asked witness to take her in

and take  care  of  her.  She was  afraid to  go  home alone, and would have witness  go back with  her.
When they got back to the Ship Inn, Flowers did not seem very angry, but they had been quarrelling.
At this stage the  enquiry was again  adjourned until half-past five o'clock, when Inspector Bardwell

 
 

said he had ascertained that Finch was the only person who entered the Ship Inn during the absence
of the  girl Willingham  and  her  return  on Tuesday night. He  had also  enquired  about Mrs Flower's
state on Tuesday, and her sisters informed him that though she was noisy, she was not shrieking or

calling out "Murder".
The evidence of the witnesses was then read over to them, and signed.
The girl Willingham, recalled, said the deceased did not appear to be in any pain when she assisted

 
 

 
 

her on Tuesday night from the cellar to the bar.
By permission of the Coroner, Mr Dowsett addressed the jury in the prisoner's behalf, after which the

 
 

Coroner briefly summed up, and the jury retired to consider their verdict.
After  thirty  minutes'  consideration,  the  jury  returned  a  verdict  of  "Wilful  Murder"  against  James

 
 

Flowers.
MAGISTERIAL INQUIRY

 
 

 
 

The prisoner James Flowers, innkeeper, Beccles, was brought before the Magistrates - R Dashwood,
Esq. (Chairman),  WE Crowfoot,  Esq.,  and the Mayor - on  Saturday, and  charged with the wilful
murder of his wife, on the 12th October.

 
 

 
 

Mr FJ Dowsett appeared for the prisoner.
The first witness called was Hannah Willingham, aged 19, who repeated the evidence she gave at the
inquest, to the  effect that she went  into the  Ship Inn  on Tuesday  evening,  about six  o'clock,  and

finding the deceased lying on the floor of the cellar, picked her up, and set her upon a chair in the bar.
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The deceased was helplessly drunk, but she managed to walk with her support, and to totter over the
threshold  separating  the  cellar  from  the  bar.  Afterwards  she  fetched  Mrs  Beane,  the  charwoman,

because she thought Mrs Flowers required help; but when they got back to the Ship they found the
house closed. On tapping at the window, Flowers opened his bedroom window and said Mrs Flower

was in bed. There was a light in the bedroom. In cross-examination, witness said Flowers asked her to
pick his wife up. The deceased often got drunk, and used to fall about and get bruises.

 
 

Alfred Francis, engine diver, Beccles, said he knew the deceased well. He saw the prisoner about five
minutes to six on Tuesday night. He lived next door, but he heard no unusual sound during the night.
The next morning, when he went to call Flowers at ten minutes to six,  as was  his custom, Flowers

was up,  and said to him  as he was  going past. "Stop Francis; there's  a rare  bad  job happened. The
poor old gal is dead, and lay in the bar." The witness went into the bar, and there saw the deceased
lying on the floor, her head near the cellar threshold, and her feet close to a little round table. She had

evidently been dead some hours. He told Flowers not to meddle with her, and sent his children for the
doctor and the police. He had occasionally heard deceased and the prisoner quarrelling, but he never
saw any blows struck.

 
 

Harriet Beane,  charwoman to the  deceased for  eleven years, said that on Tuesday night  about 6.30
Hannah  Willingham  and Alice  Francis  came  and told her to  go  down to the  Ship,  as they believed
Mrs Flowers was dead. She went down, but could not get into the house, and Flowers told hr his wife

was in bed. She had often heard them quarrel, but only once saw her strike at her.
Hannah Willingham, recalled, said she thought Mrs Flowers was dead when she left her, as she fell
back in the chair with her eyes and mouth wide open.

 
 
 
 

Mr EB Crowfoot repeated the  evidence  he had  give before the Coroner,  detailing the results of the
external and post mortem examinations he had made. He found a large bruise on the left side, one on
the  left thigh, and  another on the right thigh. There were also bruises under the  eyes,  all  of which

appeared to be recent. On a post mortem examination he detected a fracture of ten ribs on the left side
and  eight on the right. The heart presented signs of fatty degeneration; the lungs were healthy; the

liver was softer and more friable than it is in a state of health; the stomach, spleen, and right kidney
were healthy, but the left kidney was undergoing fatty degeneration. He found about 3ozs. of serous

liquid in the arachnoid cavity of the brain, and the cortical surface of both hemispheres were covered
with a layer of coagulated lymph. He was of opinion that death was caused from shock consequent on

the injuries to the ribs, which could only have been caused by extreme violence, and not from a mere
fall.
In cross-examination the witness said he noticed no disarrangement of the clothes nor any appearance

 
 

of a struggle. The fatty degeneration of the heart might have caused death, and it was very likely that
the serous fluid on the brain might cause death, coupled with a fall. Deceased was a person peculiarly
liable, from the condition of the brain, to a fit of serous apoplexy. All the injuries might have been

caused by a fall, except the fractured ribs; and the position in which deceased lay when he saw her
was quite consistent with the theory that she fell from a chair in a fit.
By the Chairman - Violent pressure upon the chest would account for the fracture of the ribs.

 
 

 
 

John Fletcher, groom, said he was in the Ship Inn with Francis on Tuesday night, about six o'clock,
and  heard a sort of  groaning  noise  in the bar. Flowers told him "My old woman has been drinking
again.  She  is  a  high-mettled  old  woman  and  will  have  her  own  way."  The  next  morning  he  saw

Flowers, who said,  "This  is a  very bad job that  has happened." And in reply to  a remark  about his
early closing, said, "I thought it would look very bad for anyone to come in and see my wife in that
state." Flowers was the worse for drink on Tuesday night, but not drunk.

 
 

Alice Francis, aged 11, said she went to the prisoner's house on Tuesday evening, about five minutes
past  five,  when  she  saw  the  deceased  lying  in  the  cellar.  She  was  frightened,  and  went  and  told
Hannah Willingham. About a quarter past six they went in, and Wi8llingham picked Mrs Flowers up

and sat her in the chair in the bar. When she was set up in the chair her head fell back, and her mouth
and eyes were wide open. Afterwards they went for Mrs Beane, because they thought Mrs Flowers

was dying.
No further evidence was offered, and the prisoner was remanded till Tuesday.

 
 

 
 

[The Trial took place at Norwich Assizes on 12 November 1880. Flowers was found Not Guilty by
the Jury after an absence of five minutes.]

1880
East Suff Gaz 19 Oct 

WINTER ASSIZE: Mr Justice Lindley has been appointed the Judge. There will be no civil business,
prisoners only being tried.
COUNCIL; Disposal of sewage. Report by Mr Miller advised part of disposal on the Common & on

1880
East Suff Gaz 19 Oct 

Sir Charles Clarke’s  Land, but  he would  not  allow  it. Nathaniel Pells, Deputy Mayor: “Mr Miller
proposed that part  of the Common should be  irrigated. But he thought the Town Clerk would tell
them the  Corporation could not do that. It could not take a part of the Common from the Commoners

of the Town, and it seemed that Puttock Hill was the only place.”
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The  Town  Clerk  said  he  had  two  Counsels’  opinion  on  the  use  of  the  Common.  One  decidedly
negatived the idea that the Corporation could get the Common without a special Act of Parliament.

The other thought they could have it, but only by trying the question in a Court of Law. That would
cost a considerable sum of money. His own  opinion was with the unfavourable opinion which said

they could not have the Common.
The Council agreed (with the dissension of Councillor Brundell) to use the 40 or 50 acres of Puttock

 
 

Hill and go ahead with the revised scheme .
TO LET; RAVENSMERE: A corner Shop with two glass fronts and House with seven apartments
BECCLES WORKING MEN’S ASOCIATION: Anniversary. in the Town Hall 9was the Assembly

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 19 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 19 Oct 

Room) Tea at 6.30, Songs & recitations & Band of Artillery Volunteers.
COUNCIL ELECTIONS: No contest: JM Brundell, T Easter, WP Garrod & N Pells renominated.
The London Correspondent of the  Norfolk news says: “There is every chance that the subscription to

1880
1880

 
 

Mr  Lowder,  the  celebrated  ritualistic  priest,  will  reach  £10,000  as  designed.  About  Mr  Lowder’s
work I  knew personally little or nothing,  but I was much struck by hearing the other day secularist
testimony to his untiring and self denying energy on behalf of the poor in the filthy neighbourhood in

which he lived. All honour to  him then, say I, whether he  be Ritualist or  Papist,  or  Evangelical or
Mahommedan.  The  man  who  will   voluntarily   go   and   live   about  the  Docks;   not  visit  there
occasionally, but will slav there and die there when he might have a comfortable rural village with a

population  of  two  or  three  hundred  is  a  true  saint,  no  matter  what  his  creed  may  be,  and  it  is
refreshing to hear that Mr Lowder will have a worthy successor. A gentleman has been found who is
willing to resign a charming country vicarage with good pay and spend the rest of his days in Poplar.

If the Church of England or any denomination could number amongst its ministers a few heroes like
these it might teach anything and the people would be won.
MOVED: Mr AH Livock, Organist at the Parish Church has moved from Station Road to The Leman

1880
East Suff Gaz 16 Nov 

School, Ballygate
ADVERTISEMENT:  William  George  Cross,  (late  James  Mullett)  Tailor   &  Hatter,  Ballygate

1880
East Suff Gaz 16 Nov 

(established 1840)  Scotch Tweed Suitings
CONCERT by pupils at the Middle Class College conducted by Mr Hockey, assisted by M Pringg.

1880
1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 16 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 16 Nov 

COUNCIL; Mr Laws resigned as Alderman. Mr Pells elected Alderman.
LICENCES: Temporary Transfer: Royal Oak to Robert Rayner;   White  Swan to Thomas  Wright;

East Suff Gaz 16 Nov 

Hermitage to John Darby; Ship to William Bell.
MAYOR: Mr Garrod elected Mayor. (in his absence, but later agreed to)
MAYOR’S  DINNER.for  retiring  Mayor  J  Eastaugh.  In  the  absence  of  the  Mayor,  chaired  by

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 16 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 16 Nov 

Alderman WM Crowfoot. Praise for Mr Laws, retiring after nearly 30 years on the Council.- before
the Marshes were drained, before tar paths were laid, before the Avenue, remembers the Town Pump.
Mayor four times.

1880
1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 23 Nov 

ELECTED: Robert Block, elected without opposition.
BAPTIST MINISTER: WH Smith from Tenderden in Kent, commenced his pastorate.
COUNCIL: 1. Tenders of Mr Fisk & Mr Spratt for repair of sluice on Little Coommon accepted

East Suff Gaz 23 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 23 Nov 

 
 
 

 
 
 

2. W Goodman’s tender for Garden, late occupied by W Woolner in Grove Road accepted £8
3. Six young Swans to be sold at Mr Read’s Sale.
4.  Culvert  at  St  Anns  Bridge  to  be  continued  on  North  side,  parapet  6ft  high  in  a  line  with  the

Cottages & Public House by mr Betts at £6.
5. Mr Cowles to repair water troughing at property late occupied by Mr Hockey [44 Northgate]
6. Lighting Swines Green. 66 inhabitants send a memorial of thanks.

 
 

 
 

 
1880

 

7. Committee requires earth privies to be converted to water closets. Prejudicial to health.
ACCIDENT: Robert Plumb of  Worlingham sent to Beccles with a  horse & van to collect some oil
cake from Messrs Eastaugh’s granary, which is situated at the extreme end of the Quay, just past the

East Suff Gaz 23 Nov 

bridge. Could only be approached through the water that had overflowed its banks. Fell off the path
into the river, horse dragged down by weight of cart. Driver stuggled hard for two or three minutes,

whip  in  hand, no  boats happened to  be  near  &  nothing  could  save the poor man’s  life.  Leaves  a
widow & six children.

 
 

There was an adjournment until the following week, when Joseph Rawlings, a wherryman was called.
It was stated that he had called “Come on” to the driver & beckoned him on, It was considered to be

too far away for him to have been heard in the wind. Accidental Death the verdict of the jury.
James Pitchers,  hawker,  accused  bu Theophilus Flatman,  farmer  of  beating  his pony unmercifully
with a stick about 4ft long. Fined 10s 6d.or 14 days hard labour.

1880
East Suff Gaz 30 Nov 
1880
East Suff Gaz 23 Nov 

Foot & Mouth Disease. All markets in Suffolk & Norfolk closed. Essex also infected., but Christmas
auctions at Beccles allowed to go ahead (even though the disease was in Beccles in the London Road
meadow in the occupation of Mr J Forder.)

1880
East Suff Gaz 7 Dec 
Lieut FWD Robinson to be Captai in the Rifle Volunteers.
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1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 14 Dec 

Theft of fowl by Arthur Riches from John Ling of Red Cow Inn.
Choral  Society  Concert  on  Thurs  16  Dec:  Stainber’s  “Daughter  of  Jairus”  (sol  part  Mrs  WM

East Suff Gaz 14 Dec 

Crowfoot) & “Hear my Prayer” Mendlessohn (solo Mrs Marriott)
ENTERTAINMENT:   Moonlight   Minstrels   proceeds   to   widow   of   Robert   Plumb,   drowned.

1880
East Suff Gaz 14 Dec 

Commences 8pm, Carriages at 10. In Town Hall, Seats 2s 6d to 6d.
BOOK:  a sequel to the Memoirs  of the late RA Suckling, with  correspondence  in  connection with

`1880
East Suff Gaz 14 Dec 

the  recent  appointment  to  the  living  of  Barsham,  by  his  youngest  brother.  Entitled  The  Law  of
Primgeniture, to be procured at the Roydon Parsonage. Price 2s.
GLYDES SUFFOLK ALMANACK for 1881 published.

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 14 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 14 Dec 

TO LET: Large warehouse in Old Market, late in occupation of Mr Wigg, Barnby. Apply JK Garrod.
CURATE’S FUND: Rector asks for greater contributions to the fund or one of the Curates will have
to leave.

1880
East Suff Gaz 21 Dec 
1880
East Suff Gaz 21 Dec 

TRAMPS:  The  number  ot  tramps  &  beggars  infesting  the  town  threatens  to  become  a  serious
annoyance. People have been stpped in the public road and money demanded with threats if refused.
RECTOR OF BARSHAM: Rev EP Williams of St Barnabas, Beckenham.

1880
1880

East Suff Gaz 21 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 28 Dec 

ADVERTISEMENT: E Jordan, bookseller & stationer, at corner of Market & Smallgate Streets.
THE YEAR 1880: 1) A good harvest made the outllok more cheerful, but outbreak of foot & mouth
disease a setback.

1880
East Suff Gaz 28 Dec 

 
 

 
 

2) CURATES: Only £125 is required to be subscribed to keep two Curates
3) INGATE MISSION:  Land has  been purchased in Ingate  on which to build a parish room in the
Spring.

 
 

 
 

4) CORPORATION MARSHES now letting for a quarter of the price of some years ago.
5)  The  Bridge:  Pronounced  safe  by  Surveyors  at  Quarter  Sessions.  “So  the  bridge  remains  -  a
grievance to all concerned in traffic by river pr road.”

 
 

6)  DEATHS  in  the  YEAR:  William  Hochkin,  7;  Jeremiah  Rich  72;  Joseph  Nunn,  55;  Charles
Bobbett, 80; GH Crickmay, 59;

1881 VOLUME MISSING

1881
 

TO BE LET: RAVENSMERE: Corner Shop with two glass fronts & House with 8 Apartments
A House with 6 ApartmentsApply S Darby

East Suff Gaz 4 Jan      
 
1881

TO BE LET: OLD MARKET: A large  &  commodious  Warehouse   late  in the  occupation  of  Mr
Wigg, Barnby. Apply JK Garrod

East Suff Gaz 4 Jan      
1881

ADVERTISEMENT: Robert J Read,  Ingate Mils & Market  Place: Thanks inhabitants for  5 years
support. Has added a unique Wheat Scourer which takes away the heaviest part of the dross before
entering the three newly placed Star Smutters.

East Suff Gaz  4 Jan     

 
1881

 

He has also added a Victor Centrifugal Flourdressing Machine.
WORLINGHAM Church: Mr Livock to give recital on the organ in aid of the proposed painted East

East Suff Gaz  4 Jan     

Window.
TREAT to WORKMEN: Mr Clifford  Smith entertained his employees, and a few tradesmen  at the

1881
East Suff Gaz  4 Jan     

White Lion. Upwards of 40 were present
DEATH of CHILD of James Knights, blacksmith. Mr McComb, assistant surgeon said the child died

1881
East Suff Gaz 4 Jan      

of convulsions
CHURCH NEW YEAR SERVICES: The religious observance of this season appears to be growing.
At Worlingham service  at  7 o’clock. At Barsham, following  a  custom of several years observance

1881
East Suff Gaz 4 Jan       

there was a midnight service
FEOFFMENT CHARITY by SW Rix. Addition to article previously published on 2 November of Mr
Crowfoot’s address to the Feoffes. “As the primary trusts of the Deed - including those which might

1881
East Suff Gaz  4 Jan     

be  considered  “superstitious”  -  were  limited  to   a  period  of  20  years,  they  are  not  of  much
practicalimportance now - including the “anniversary of certain persons.” ... And to keep during that
time a year-mind of John Chener etc, yearly on the feast of SS Peter & Paul in St Michael’s Church ..

a Mass of Requiem for the souls ... etc. - We have here the names of the benefactors referred to in the
deed.
The functionary there stranely called “the Doleman” was, plainly enough “le bellman” whose duty it

 
 

was, not to “prepare for”  but only to give notice of the anniverary. cf York in 1514.
ADVERTISEMENT: Notice! The only establishment in Beccles where hair is brushed by Machinery
is Edgar Stebbings, Hair Cutting Rooms, Market Place.

1881
East Suff Gaz 11 Jan      
1881

WANTED IMMEDIATELY for the Cape Mounted Riflemen. Hardy  Youths from  20 to 26 years.
Pay from 5s to 6s a Day.
POSTAL DELIVERIES: By the apointment of another auxillary Postman delivery of letters has been

East Suff Gaz 11 Jan      
1881
East Suff Gaz 11 Jan      
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expedited - in some places by nearly an hour.
LIQUIDATION: Edward Bailey, butcher

1881
1881

East Suff Gaz 11 Jan      

WILD BIRDS: Protection for 85 species from 1 April to 1 August.
THEFT.  Some time  between  during  Saturday  night, Mr  W Berry,  shoemaker,  London Road, was

East Suff Gaz 11 Jan      
1881
East Suff Gaz 11 Jan      

robbed of 30s worth of leather and two pairs of boots. His shop is at the back of his Garden, some 30
yards from his dwelling house, the door being secured by a padlock.

1881

BALL: Mrs Hayes’ dancing class gave their annual Invitation Ball in the Town Hall. Between 80 &
90 were present. Mrs\Spencer of the Star In provided refreshments.
BARSHAM; Letter from Maurice Shelton Suckling about the alienation of the Living by his nephew.

East Suff Gaz 11 Jan      
1881
East Suff Gaz 11 Jan      

Insulted by not being asked to become Rector etc, which he attributes to the desire to continue with
Ritulaism.
BARSHAM: Presentation to Rev RAJ Suckling on leaving Barsham.

1881
1881

East Suff Gaz 11 Jan      

QUARTER SESSIONS:Arthur Riches of Beccles charged with stealing 5 ducks valued at 15s from
John Ling, of the Red Cow public house, Beccles. Not guilty. Insufficient evidence.
WEATHER:  On  Wednesday  &  Thursday  there  were  heavy  falls  of  snow  accompanied  by  sharp

East Suff Gaz 11 Jan      
1881
East Suff Gaz  19 Jan     

frosts. On Sunday the river was thronged with skaters. Skaters were able to get as far as Burg Bridge
in  one  direction and  Shipmeadow  Lock  in the  other. There being no floods  on the  marshes,  just at
present, skaters are confined to the river for their amusement.

1881

TOWN COUNCIL:  Mayor: WP Garrod; Deputy Mayor: JD Eastaugh; Aldermen: WM Crowfoot, E
Masters, J Mayhew; Councillors:  I Copeman, RS Block,  S Darby, T Easter, J Mullett, CP Poll, C
Smith.

East Suff Gaz 19 Jan 
 
 

1.)  A  hay  stack  on  the  Marsh  was  preventing  the  continuation  of  the  Sewage  Works.  The  stack
belonged to Coucillor Poll’s brother. He  had tried to sell the hay,  but without success. His tenancy
had finished,  but stacks were  usually  allowed to stay  until the  following June. . The Town Clerk

insisted that he was surprised it had not been removed. He would take  responsibility for its removal.
2.) The lock to the Soup Kitchen had been broken by the Rifle Band, who had been allowed the room

 
 

for practice. The Mayor said that if they wanted it for practice, they should keep it for such and not
for skylarking.

1881
1881

FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE present since November.
BARSHAM: Unsigned letter supporting the right of the patron of the living to choose a successor on

East Suff Gaz       
East Suff Gaz 19 Jan       

grounds  of  creed rather than family -  even though the writer does  not subscribe to the  Sacredotal
views of the Rector.

1881
EDUCATION: The School now carried on by Miss Garrard in Waveney House will be eopened in
East Suff Gaz 25 Jan      

the house long occupied by Dr Dashwod in Gentleman’s Walk by Miss Lydia Gammide, to whom it
has been transferred.
EDUCATION: Miss Dent  ready to receive pupils in  English,  Latin,  French,  Painting, Drawing  &

1881
East Suff Gaz 25 Jan      

Music, Providence Cottage, London Road, Beccles.
CO-OP: Beccles Working Men’s Co-Operative Association, Fair Close. Dividends will be paid on 5
February.

1881
East Suff Gaz 23 Jan      
1881

WEATHER: The ice &  skating  have  continued  on the river throughout the week. On  Saturday  a
donkey & cart were driven under the stone bridge - which is said not to have happened since 1860.
POLICE COURT: 1.)  Order  for payment for  arrears owed by Richard Golding,  labourer, for two

East Suff Gaz 25 Jan      
1881
East Suff Gaz   25 Jan      

children in a Reformatory. To pay 22s or go to prison.
2.) John Leggett & John Howells stealing a pair of skate belonging to William Spear, brazier outside
his shop. Howells found not  guilty,  Legget  fined  £1  1s,  or 28   days hard  labour. The  boy said  he

 
 

would rather lay it out in gaol; but his mother pleaded for time, and was allowed 13 days.
3.) Licence of Ship Inn transferred from James Flowers to William Bell
The Caxton Arms from Thomas Wright to Robert Collett

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

The White Swan from Thomas Rivett to Thomas Wright
The Royal Oak from John Precious to Thomas Rayner

 
1881

 

The Hemitage from William Bell to John Darby.
TERRIBLE GALE: On Tuesday it rose to nearly a hurricane. The hardiest of people were driven to

East Suff Gaz 25 Jan      

shelter, and on the night of Tuesday it was positively dangerous to be about. The falling and drifting
snow, which froze as it fell, blocked the streets and roads and made them impassable. The mail cart

was dispatched  as  usual,  but the man found  it impossible to make way, even  on  horseback,  and  he
was obliged to turn back with the bags.
Mr H Woolner’s bedroom window was blown in, and the room exposed to the full fury of the storm.

 
 

Early  in  the  day  the  railway  became  blocked  in  several  points,  and  finally  traffic  was  all  but
suspended, the only line being was that between Beccles and Lowestoft. The Waveney Valley trains
were stopped at Pulham by a heavy snow drift through which it was impossible to make way. A large

staff of men was employed to clear the lines.
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The postal  deliveries were thrown into  confusion, the  letters, in some  instances being two  or three
days on their  journey. The  country  roads were so blocked, the  doctors were unable to make their

professional visits. on Wednesday, and in many instance it was impossible to get through the roads.
On Ellough Hill the snow had accumulated to a depth of ten feet. Very rael has so much snow been

sen on the streets, and the thought ofthe streets when thethaw sets in is dreadful to contemplate.
LIQUIDATION: James Lockwood of Beccles, builder.

1881
1881

East Suff Gaz 1 Feb      

MARRIAGE between Rev Edward W Holmes, assistant curate, to Anna, youngest daughter of Henry
Read, sen, the Lodge, Beccles
WEATHER: A complete change took place on Wednesday, with rain on Thursday, bringing a rapid

East Suff Gaz  1 Feb     
1881
East Suff Gaz  1 Feb
 

thaw.
THEATRE: Laurence Smythe’s Dramatic Company played in the Town Hall: Othello on Thursday,
The Merchant of Venice on Friday, Hamlet on Saturday, when there was a full house.

 1881
East Suff Gaz  1 Feb   
1881

FAUCHONBERGE  SCHOOL: HAV Ransom  elected to  a  Scholarship at Tonbridge  School of £52
pa.
CO-Op: Sales of £819 - an increase of £263 on the first quarter - a very satisfactory performance for

East Suff Gaz  1 Feb     
1881
East Suff Gaz  8 Feb     

the short time it has been in existence. The profit allows a dividend of 2s in the Pound.
ATTEMPTED HIGHWAY ROBBERY on Gillingham Dam, but the attacker was not successful.
DEATH  of  Rev  WE  Scudamore,  aged  67.  Rector  of  Ditchingham  for  42  years.  He  founded  an

1881
1881

East Suff Gaz  8 Feb     
East Suff Gaz  8 Feb 

orphanage,  a  House  of  Mercy  and  a  Hospital.  in  Ditchingham.  The  parish  Church  has  also  been
restored and enlarged within the last ten years.     
Educated at  St John’s College, Cambridge he  early showed  great  ability as  a scholar; and toughout

 
 

his life was an assiduous student of classical literature. He was formerly a Fellow of St John’s where
he ook  his Bachelor’s Degree  as ninth wrangler  in 1835. He was Warden of the  Sisterhood of All
Hallows in the parish. He was the  author of many publications, many of them supporting the High

Church views.
SALE of FURNITURE of William Garrard of Waveney House

1881
1881

East Suff Gaz  15 Feb     

SALE: FEN LANE (adjoining Mr Tolls’ Mill) by Fred Trewson for the Executors of Samuel Neech
at the King’s Head

East Suff Gaz  15 Feb     

 
 

 
 

LOT 1.) Three brick & tiled Cottages, ocpied by W Davy, W Newson & J Balls;
AND a lean-to brick & tiled Shed adjoining, with Stables & Piggery, let to Mr William Bell;

 
 

 
 

ALSO a brick & tiled lean-to Workshop, lately occupied by Mr S Neech, decsd.
LOT 2.) Three brick & tiled Dweling Houses, adjoining Lot 1, occupied by James Rouse & Widow
Meadows.

 
 

LOT 3) A brick & tiled Dwelling House, adjoining Lots 1 & 2, occupied by the deceased, with large
Garden, Fish-house, Sheds, Warehouse & Premises.
SIR CHARLES CLARKE & Lady Clarke have left London for Cannes, intending to spend the spring

1881
East Suff Gaz 15 Feb 

months there.
EDUCATION: Beccles School Board:  The only persons nominated are the retiring members: Messrs
Wm  Crowfoot,  J  Mayhew,  FS  Rix,  H  Read  &  JE  Crisp.  This  is  their  fourth  election  without

1881
East Suff Gaz  15 Feb   

opposition, their first appointment dating in 1872.
ACCIDENT: Mr Salter, a farmer, driving down Blyburgate on Friday at one o’clock, when his horse
took fright. Being unable to pull up, he turned its head into Mr Pearce’s Yard, where the animal was

1881
East Suff Gaz  15 Feb     

brough to  a halt, but at the  expense of the shafts of the  cart, and the  great risk of running into Mr
Pearce’s shop window. Mr Salter was not injured.
CHAPEL RECOGNITION SERVICE of Pastor WH Smith at Baptist Church.

1881
1881

East Suff Gaz  15 Feb     

POLICE  COURT:  Striking  Constable  Peck:  Benjamin  Ward,  the  younger  -traced  by  Inspector
Bardwell by footmarks in the snow leading to his house; 28 days Hard Labour.
George Pitchers: in company with Ward in Ravensmere; Norwich Castle for 6 weeks Hard Labour.

East Suff Gaz 15 Feb
 
 
 

Followed the trail in the snow to his house near the Marquis of Granby.
EDUCATION: GIRLS’ COOKERY:  Letter by JC Buckmaster: The domestic life  and health of the

1881
East Suff Gaz  15 Feb     

poorest family depend chiefly on cooking, and this duty generally falls to the woman. If she has been
taught to spend her money wisely, and by simple cookery make what she has  purchased yield its full

amount  of  enjoyment  and  nourishment,  her  family  will  be  comfortably  fed,  while  her  next  door
neighbour, with perhaps  double the  income may  be  half starved. But if  girls  are  allowed to  leave

school without this teaching they are not likely to learn it afterwards. They get married without the
least idea of how to perform any of these domestic duties without which every home is in danger of
becoming a place of perpetual discomfort and anger.

 
 
1881

 
 

Can anything be done in Beccles to make the education of irls more useful and more practical?
The Board School is the place to take the initiative.
DEBTS:  I,  George  Woolnough  (late  of  Waveney  Valley  Cottages,  Lady’s  Meadow),  will  not  be

East Suff Gaz  22 Feb
 
responsible for My wife’s debts, Lucy Woolnough.
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1881

BREWERY  DINNER:  Employees  of  AB  Worthington  had  their  annual  dinner  at  the  Town  Hall,
produced by H Palmer of the George & Dragon. About 40 were present, the Chair taken by Mr JM

East Suff Gaz  22 Feb     

Brundell.
POSTMISTRESS: Miss ME Ottey has been appointed Postmistress in succession to her mother, Mrs

1881
East Suff Gaz  1 Mar     

Ottey, who after holding Postmistress many years has been obliged to retire.
MARKET TEA: About  80 or  90 farmers  and tradesmen were present. Mr FP  Lings,  agent  of Mr

1881
East Suff Gaz  1 Mar      

Barne of Sotterley, was in the Chair.
Mr Blyth said he had  never seen the  agricultural interests  in such  a  bad state  as the present time,
which he attributed to bad seasons and extra expenses. One great excess in their expenditure was the

 
 

School Boards. He strongly condemned the system  which allowed of boys being kept at school till
they were  of 13 or 14 years of  age, and averred that boys of  9 were more useful. Highway Boards
were also condemned.

 
 

Mr Jex said it was not the prices,  but the  bad seasons which had produced  agricultural  depression.
The country did not supply a quarter sufficient to maintain the people, and had it not not been for the
produce sent from America and other places there must have been a famine. Agriculture would rally

if only they had better seasons.
WEATHER: STORM on Saturday night a chimney fell down form Mr Burnham’s House through the
roof of his neighbour, Mr W Godbold., who was fortunately away for the night.

1881
East Suff Gaz  8 Mar 

1881
1881

TRAMP sentenced for 7 days in gaol for begging.
DEATH of Mr HORSLEY of Horsley & Sons, old-established coach builders. Richard Horsley had
been unwell for some tme and showed consumptive tendencies. He was 48. At his Funeral 59 of his

East Suff Gaz  8 Mar     
East Suff Gaz  15 Mar     

employees joined the procession.
Rev  SCUDAMORE  obituary.  Born  at  Wye  in  Kent,  French  school  in  Brussels,a  High  School  in
Edinburgh,  then  a  school  at  Lichfield.  After  leaving  Cambridge  he  became  a  Master  at  Oakham

1881
East Suff Gaz   15 Mar    

School, followed by acting as a tutor in Lord Minton’s family. Then to Ditchingham.
SALE of STOCK at Ellough Road Farm by Executors of Henry Wyatt.

1881
1881

East Suff Gaz  22 Mar     

SALE of 3 VINERIES in Ingate
SALE  of  STOCK  &  FURNITURE:  ELLOUGH  ROAD:Farming  Stock;  4  cows,  2  Calves  etc  by

East Suff Gaz 22 Mar      
1881
East Suff Gaz 22 Mar      

direction of Executors of Henry Wyatt
SALE of FURNITURE: HUNGATE: Cross Keys: Wiliam Wright (who is giving up housekeeping),

1881
East Suff Gaz 22 Mar      

Furniture, Pony, 2 Pony Carts
TO  BE  LET:  LONDON  ROAD:  Small  Semi-detached  House  containing  4  Bedroms  &  Dressng
Room, Two Sitting Rooms, Kitchen etc. Apply ET Dowson, Geldeston

1881
East Suff Gaz 22 Mar      
1881

GIRLS’ FRIENDLY  SOCIETY: Tea  was provided  at the Rectory Room. There was  a   numerous
gathering.  The  Society  was  established  for  the  encouragement  of  domestic  servants,  and  much
interest is shown in it by several ladies of the town and neighbourhood.

East Suff Gaz 22 Mar      
1881

BOARD SCHOOL GRANT: The Report  of the Inspectors has been  received. An  improvement is
mentioned  in  the  boys’  school,  but  he  report  is  generally  unsatisfactory.  In  the  boys’  school  132
children were present; girls’ 112; 111 infants.

East Suff Gaz 22 Mar      

1881
1881

FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE: Suffolk returns; 844 increase in cases.
CRICKET CLUB: Mr ET Dowson resigned fro Captaincy, Mr EB Crowfoot elected Captain. Mr Ef
Buck resigned as Secretary; Edward Buck took his place.

East Suff Gaz 22 Mar      
East Suff Gaz 22 Mar      
1881

LITERARY INSTITUTE: Mr Parkhouse in the Chair; The Artillery Band played an Overture: “The
Fair Maid of Perth.” Mr John Hooker delivered a lecture on “Some Electrical Phenomenon”.
LICENCES: Caxton Arms: temporary licence to Robert S Norman;

East Suff Gaz 22 Mar      

1881
1881

East Suff Gaz 22 Mar      

BECCLES FIFTY YEARS AGO: by Samuel Wilton Rix:
I travelled outside the “Star” Coach, travelling the whole of that 23rd of March 1831 through blinding
dust and cold rain. A ninepenny letter was my precursor; penny postage and electric telegrams beng

East Suff Gaz 22 Mar      
 
 

then unknown. The Yarmouth Star passed through Beccles, on its upward journey, every morning at a
quarter past six,  giving  notice of its approach  by a clanging horn  and the thunder of heavy wheels

upon the pavement. There was  also the “Telegraph”  night mail, through Wangford to  London; the
“Accommodation” with its unicorn team, kept up a sort of intercourse with Wst Suffolk.

 
 

The  principal  streets  of  the  town  were  then  almost  all  paved  with  flints,  every  cart  that  passed
denying the slandrous charge of undue quietness. In the dark evenings a few oil lamps, fixed to the

houses, spread such dim light as emanated from the Corporation of those times.
Eastward from the New Market was “Blower’s  Lane”  now Market  Street, but  not  half  its present
width;  and  on its  left side the  gloomy  looking house in which the poet Crabbe  had  visited,  and  in

 
 

which some of his wife’s relatives still lived. Further on, past the Assembly Room, the view of what
is now the approach to the Railway Station was blocked by the line of Newgate Street. On the site of
the  Council-room  [now  the  Glennie  Schhol  of  Dancing]  was  the  ancient  timbered  “Feoffment

Chamber” where Justices  justice was log  administered. This  chamber was  used  at one time for the
Beccles, Newspapers, from 1880 
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Fauconberge School. ....
[The  Manor  House]  the  picturesquely  projecting  upper  storey,  the  high-pitched  roof,  the  massive

 
 

chimneys, and the iron studded door of the old hall.
Beyond  the  Gaol  front,  near  the  White  Lion  Gardens  was  a  plain  field-gate  leading  into  a  large

 
 

enclosure of ploughed land known as Fair-Close, because a yearly cattle fair was held there.
There was  no  direct access in that direction to the Common;  its approaches being by the dirty lane

 
 

through  Ravensmere,  or  by  the  equally  circuitous  Common  Lane  on  the  south.  The  site  of  the
Railway Station was a meadow ... More pastures, with patches of ozier ground, and parted by peaty
ditches or crooked fences. ...

 
 

The south side of Peddar’s Lane was then a meadow; and Frederick’s Place and St George’s-terrace
were undistinguished among broad acres. The old wooden Pound of the Manor was standing in that
direction.

 
 

The Municipal Reform Act ...  gave  no better  drainage  and management of the Fen, more  efficient
police, macadamized streets, gas lighting public and private ...
The Petty Sessions were held at one of the prncipal inns and the Quarter Sessions in the Town Hall.

 
 

The Chairman was usually Sir Thomas Sherlock Gooch, many years MP for Suffolk. ...
The interior of the Parish Church, as I saw it on my first Sunday in Beccles, was in a transition state
between rush-stren floors and the restoration of 1859.

 
 
 
 

The organ at the west end, on a gallery shutting out the finest window in the church, with a standng
place underneath for the parish fire engines; high unsightly pews; a vast brass chandelier; the pulpit in
the  centre of the nave; the  vestry at the  east end, crested  by wooden  urns, with  gilded imitation of

flames, in commemoration, it was said, of the great fire of 1586. a gallery built by a former Rector
with a worthy desire to provide more sittings, but with sad disregard of architectural taste.
I think there was no evening service. The church rate was made at Easter as from the beginning. A

 
 

bell in the steeple was tolled every morning at five o’cock to call up the artisans to their work, and
again at eight in the evening, the latter probably a vestige of the Norman curew.

 
 

The Independent Church rebuilt in 1812, retained its old front, was somewhat smaller than at present.
It  was  plain  and  respectable,  with  sanded  aisles  and  painted  pews.  There  were  three  services  on

Sunday,  of  which  the  afternoon  was  the  most  important.  The  Baptist  Meeting  House  was  a  still
humbler  building. The Methodist Chapel was hidden  behind  houses on the east side of Northgate.

Primitive Methodism ... had no local habitation. The Friends though nearly extinct held occasionally
... a meeting  for speaking,  of which notice was  usually  given by handbills. ... It was not until  1835
that the present Public Library was established. [this was a different library - not the County Library]

 
 

Little was heard in those days of choirs and choral societies and concerts. The stirring drum and fife
had died away with the fresh memories of Waterloo ... Instead of cheerful military bands, the drowsy
burgesses had to be content with a stray hand organ on the rare visit of a band of French-horn.

 
 

Some public amusements periodically relieved the momotony; but in now vanished forms. The Fair
at Whitsuntide, the Races in the autumn and the temporary opening of Fisher’s Theatre . They have
been succeeded by athletic sports, reading roms, penny readings and musical entertainments.

 
 

The  general  habits  of  society,  among  all  classes,  leaned  far  less  towards  abstemiousness  than  at
present. ... and the free outpourings of the bottle.
A  few  days  after  I  came  to  Beccles  a  great  inauguration  dinner  was  gven  by  the  newly  chosen

 
 

Portreeve  to  200  or  more  of  the  inhabitants  and  others.  Many  were  the  speech  and  mighty  the
feasting. But I think it was a year or two later that a few choice spirits actually spun out a Portreeve’s
feast from Thursday evening to Saturday morning.

1881
1881

SALE of FURNITURE: HUNGATE: Mr Samuel Alecock leaving the town
SALE or TO BE LET: GOSFORD ROAD: Igate Lodge, with Stable, Coach House, Vinery & large
Garden.

East Suff Gaz 29 Mar      
East Suff Gaz 29 Mar      
1881

ACCIDENT: Mr John Boutell was driving round the corner of Northgate into Old Market when he
came  into  collision  with  a  horse  &  cart  moving  in  the  opposite  direction.  No  one  was  hurt.  The

East Suff Gaz 29 Mar      

incident serves to show the necessity for driving slowly when turning corners in the town.
RAILWAY: The Great Eastern has decided , owing to the depression in trade, to slightly reduce the

1881
East Suff Gaz 29 Mar      

present number of passenger trains. The decrease is caused partly by the continuance of the restriction
on the movement of cattle.

1881

1881 CENSUS: Preparations being made. In the course of the present week schedules will be left at
every house. The  enumerators for Beccles will  be: AG Love, HW Cutting, AE King, JS Branford,
RW Snell, HW Bellward, JH Sharman, James Bardwell & RW Copeman.

East Suff Gaz 29 Mar      

1881
1881

ROOS HALL DAIRY: now free from Foot & Mouth Disease.
FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL: JD Kerrich Open Scholarship at Trinty Hall, Cambridge. He is the son
of Captain Kerrich of Geldeston Hall.

East Suff Gaz 5 Apr      
East Suff Gaz 5 Apr      
 
 
RK  Edwards  a  Mathematical  Rustat  Scholarship  at  Jesus  College,  Cambridge,  value  of  £40  pa.
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Edwards is the nephew of Mr Raven, the Headmaster.
LITERARY  INSTIUTE:  AGM: The  Annual  subscriptions  had  fallen.  Mr  Samuel  Parkhouse,  the

1881
East Suff Gaz 5 Apr      

President resigned after several years in the office and Mr John Clarke  elected.
LORD WAVENEY has left town for his seat in Ireland.

1881
1881

East Suff Gaz 12 Apr      

CHEAP PHOTOS: An opportunity is  now  offerred to  get one’s  image photographed  very  cheaply
through the American Gem Company, whose visit to Beccles closes on Easter Saturday. One decided

East Suff Gaz 12 Apr      

advantage of the process is that portraits are taken and finished in a few minutes.
1881 CENSUS: On 4 April,  a  good-sized  army of people was  engagaged  in the  enumeration. The
spread  of  education  is  helping  the  enumerator  greatly,  and  in  many  cases  where  the  fathers  and

1881
East Suff Gaz 12 Apr      

mothers  do not  comprehend what  is to be  done, the sharp youngsters who  have been through our
schools are now able to understand.
In our neighbourhood there has been a very satisfactory increase in the population. Twenty years ago

 
 

the record was adverse, the population being reduced, in the ten years previous, beteen one hundred
and  two  hundred  -  a  state  of  affairs  which  gave  rise  to  gloomy  forebodings.  Is  Beccles  indeed
dwindling  down to the  condition  of the  once flourishing Blythburgh? was asked with sadness; and

will the dissolution of the Gaol establishment be, as it was there, the knell of our prosperity? Has our
proverbial “dulness” already produced desertion? Is the process of decay to go unchecked? What are
we doing to arrest its progress and to bring about a revival of our status as “third town in Suffolk”,

the “fairest  gem  on the Waveney”? What can be  done? The figures we publish today answer such
questions.
Beccles 1851:  4398;    

 
1881

 
1861:  4266;   
1871: 4844 
1881: 5725

THE TOWN CLOCK: The attention of the caretaker of the town clock should be publicly called to
the  time  kept.  May  I  ask,  indeed  if  any  time  whatever  is  correctly  kept  ?  Complaints  have  been
frquent of late on this score, and personally I know of several cases in which persons have lost trains

East Suff Gaz 12 Apr      

in consequence.
BECCLES HOSPITAL: Tenders for new Accident Ward to J Clements, architect.

1881
1881

East Suff Gaz 19 Apr      

WESLEYAN CHAPEL: After a sermon, a public Tea was provided in the Town Hall. In the evening
there was an address on “influence” by Mr Jones. Mr AK Hockey presided.

East Suff Gaz 19 Apr      
1881

CO-OP:  Balance  for  the  sixth  quarter,  goods  sold  £990  an  increase  of  £171  on  previous  quarter.
Number of members : 160, an increase of 18. Dividend 2s in the Pound.

East Suff Gaz 19 Apr      
1881

CONREGATIONAL:  Rev  Robert  Mobbs,   late   of  Nottingham  College   ordained  to  Fakenham
Congregational Church.
TOWN COUNCIL: Discussion: Night soil had to be removed by six o’clock in the morning, but cow

East Suff Gaz 19 Apr      
1881
East Suff Gaz 19 Apr      

manure did not have to be removed by that time.
Medical Officer: Death Rate above average for this season, principally due to the continuance of the
hopvery cold north east winds.

 
 
 
 

Town Clerk kept very busy during foot & Mouth disease,  he  had issued 500 endorsements & 1500
licences. To be paid an extra 40 gns.
VESTRY    MEETING:    Read    Crisp    the    Rctor’s    Warden;    Mr    Houghton    elected    People’s

1881
East Suff Gaz 19 Apr      

Churchwarden.
The  Rector  suggested  that  there  should  be  a  Parochial  Church  Council  but  not  approved  by  the
meeting. Mr Rix said such a Council would prove a hot- bed of dispute.

 
 

1881
1881

DEATH of Charles Horsley (of the firm of Horsley & Sons). An upright man of business.
SCHOOL BOARD: 60  applicants for post  of Mistress  of the Girls’  School. Miss  Emily Brett,  of
South

East Suff Gaz 3 May      
East Suff Gaz 3 May      

 
1881

 

Repps appointed at £80 pa.
SALE:  BALLYGATE:  Freehold  Residence,  Confectioner’s  and  Earthenware  Shop,  with  suitable
offices & large Garden, now occupied by Mr George Kerridge.

East Suff Gaz 10 May      
 1881

ROYAL  ACADEMY:  Mr  Parsons  Norman  exhibiting  “A  view  near  Beccles,  on  the  Waveney”
Catalogue number 410. “A very characteristic piece of local scenery”.

East Suff Gaz 10 May      
1881

ACCIDENT: Mr Barber of the Bear & Bells driving down Hungate, the horse shied, tripping up, fell
upon the plate  glass windows  of Messrs Kent’s shop. The two windows were smashed but neither

East Suff Gaz 10 May      

horse, nor man, hurt.
CONCERT by Congrgational Church  Choir in aid of the Organ Fund, in the Town Hall. Conductor

1881
East Suff Gaz 10 May      

Mr Corbyn, Mrs Corbyn & Miss Kerridge on the piano. Mr AH Livock also rendered good service by
supporting  some  of  the  choruses  on  the  harmonium.  Dr  Burnett’s  sacred  Cantata  performed.also
works by Mozart, Stainer, Handel, Mendelssohn etc.

1881

ARTILLERY  VOLUNTEERS: marched to the Common to be  instructed in  guard  mounting. After
drill the battery marched through the town, headed by the band.
On  Sunday  the  battery  attended  Worlingham  Church.  The  journey  to  and  from  this  pretty  little

East Suff Gaz 10 May      
 
 
country church was much  enjoyed. There was a full muster. The  band wore new helmets, with red
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rdrroping plumes  for the  firt time. The  new  head-dress  is  a  great  improvement on the busby. The
service commenced by singing “Onward, Christian  Soldiers”. The prayers were read  by the Rector

(Rev A Aldred), who preached the sermon. The service was of a very hearty character.
FORESTER’S  ANNIVERSARY:  The  22nd  anniversary  of  Court  “Pride  inthe  Forest”in  the  Red

1881
East Suff Gaz 10 May      

Lion. A substantial dinner provided  by J Barkway, the host. The Chair  occupied  by EB Crowfoot,
who praised the Friendly Societies for their work. The  Secretary H Woolner had been in office 12

years. The court paid £157 to sick members in the year, some receiving 2s, others 1s and yet others
6d a day.
BECCLES FESTIVAL 1814. description of events

1881
1881

East Suff Gaz 10 May      

LIQUIDATION: Edward Bailey, butcher, a first & final dividend of 4s 3d in the pound.
BOWLS: The White Lion Bowling Green opened. Chairman AE King
ROYAL REVIEW of VOLUNTEERS in June at Windsor.

East Suff Gaz 17 May      

1881
1881

East Suff Gaz 17 May      
East Suff Gaz 17 May      
1881

CHORAL  SOCIETY  in  the  Town  Hall:  Overture  from  “Messiah”  Soloists,  Rev  JH  Raven,  Miss
Ferrier, Mr Howell. Mr AH Livock conducted as usual. The hall was quite full, the attendance larger
than any previous concert

East Suff Gaz 17 May      
1881

ACCIDENT: Mr RJ Read, miller, was upset while driving to Ingate Mills in Mr Legrice’s cart. He
had passed through Ingate, when the horse, resenting the discipline its driver thought needful, kicked
its legs over the dashboard. As a result the cart was smashed, but Mr Read was not hurt.

East Suff Gaz 24 May      

1881
1881

VOLUNTEERS. The last Volunteer Review was held in June 1867.
MORMON EMIGRANTS: The scene witnessed on Thursday morning at the Railway Station was a
mournful  one  in many respects. A party of  18, the  lders  having  embraced the Mormon  faith  had

East Suff Gaz 24 May      
East Suff Gaz 24 May      

assembled  here with their scanty baggage to  commence  a  journey  of many thousands of miles  in
order  to  enter  a  new  life.  All  the  adults  in  the  party  associated  in  any  way  with  religion  were
connected  with  Nonconformity,  as  Independents,  Baptists  or  Primitive  Methodists.  I  noticed  two

strangers, said to be Mormon agents.
LIQUIDATION: Arthur B  Worthington &  William Julius Marshall, Beccles  & Commercial  Street,

1881
East Suff Gaz 31 May      

London, brewers.
ORATORIO  at  the  Parish  Church  on  Ascension  Day:  John  Farmer’s  “Christ  &  his  Soldiers”,

 1881
East Suff Gaz 31 May      

precentor:  Rev  JH  Raven.  Soloists:  Mrs  Crowfoot,  Miss  Ferrier<  E  Marshall,,  HE  Harmer,  AW
Cattermole,  W  Balls,  HK  Edwards  &  Reynolds.  The  organ  accompaniment  by  AH  Livock  was

beautiful and effective. There was a large congregation.
NEW  INGATE  PARISH  ROOM  erected  by  the  Patron.  Rev  E  Hollond,  of  Benhall  Lodge.The
foundation  stone  was  laid  by  Miss  Francis  Harvey  of  Ingate  House.  Mr  TA  Woodroffe  &  Mr H

1881
East Suff Gaz 31 May      

Hopson entrusted with the work.
It will be of red brick, relieved by black bands, 50ft by 20ft  , in the Gothic style of architecture, and
is intended for use chiefly as a  Sunday School and for holding services on Sundays and weekdays.

 
 
1881

DEATH of Miss Harriet Cooper; Buried in south-east corner of the churchyard near the tower. The
churchyard  has long  been  closed  as  a  burial  ground,  and  it is understood that the number of those
priviledged to be buried there amongst departed relatives has been reduced to one.

East Suff Gaz 7 Jun      
1881

THEATRE: DIPLOMACY COMPANY: gave a series of dramatic entertainments in the Town Hall.
“Lady Audley’s Secret”; “East Lynn”, “Lady of Lyons”, “Ticket-of-leave Man”
TO BE LET: A Post Windmill, near Beccles, with House, granary, Stable, Cart Shed & Piggeries, in

East Suff Gaz 7 Jun      
1881
East Suff Gaz 14 Jun      

good repair, with full trade, apply Robert Youngs.
TO BE LET: BALLYGATE: House & Shop in Ballygate lately occupied by Mr RS Norman - Apply
D Jude, Beccles.

1881
East Suff Gaz 14 Jun      
1881

DEATH of Rev JOHN FLOWER, for 40 years pastor of the Congregational Church which took place
at his residence at Nottingham on Sunday 12 June
SCHOOL APPOINTMENT of Mr Walter Boyce, St John’s College, Cambridge, for 3 years a Master

East Suff Gaz 14 Jun      
1881
East Suff Gaz 14 Jun      

in Harrison’s College, Barbados has been elected to a Mastership at Reading School
SCHOOL APPOINTMENT: Miss MG Pirie, late Mistress under the Board School appointed to the

1881
East Suff Gaz 14 Jun      

mistress-ship of the Girls (Board) School at Littlehampton, Sussex.
BANKRUPTCY  of  AB  WORTHINGTON  &  Marshall,  brewers  of  Beccles  &  141  Commercial

1881
East Suff Gaz 14 Jun      

Street, London. Liabilities of £24,000. Assets: a brewery, public houses, plant, stock in trade & other  
property  in  Beccles,  besides  public-houses  at  Yarmouth,  Ipswich  &  other  places.  Debts  include:

Horsley & Co £10; E Masters £19; EW Hindes £79; JM Brundell £51, GB Angell £2; NW Pels £10;
N Pells & Son £10; FS Rix £10; Churchwardens £33.
RIFLE  BAND  to  play  in  the  New  Market  next  Friday  evening  &  make  a  collection  for  Beccles

1881
East Suff Gaz 21 Jun      

Hospital.
FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL: TE Hillier of Trinity Cambridge formerly of this school elected to the
Medical Tancred Exhibition of £100 pa for 7 years.

1881
East Suff Gaz 21 Jun      
 
 
C Thorp, of Highgate School, formerly the Fauconberge School elected to open Classical Exhibition
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at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge.
RM Brown, formerly of the Fauconberge elected to Natural Science Scholarship at Downing College,

 
 

Cambridge.
OLD MARKET: (LETTER): Will you grant me sufficient space to suggest  the planting of a number

1881
East Suff Gaz 21 Jun      

of suitable trees on the south side of the Old Market. It is very pleasant to catch sight of bits of green
here  and  there  about  the  town,  and  I  think  a  few  trees  in  the  Old  Market  would  have  a  nice

appearance and be in nobody’s way. It would not cost much. What do the Corporation say ?
BATHING PLACE: (LETTER):  Some years  ago  a spot about 300 yards  up the river was the  only
recognised place for bathing, but it was hampered by a halfpenny fine to reach it, for ferrying across

1881
East Suff Gaz 21 Jun      

the  river. There was  difficulty  about  getting  a right  of way to the Bathing place. The Corporation
decided  upon  making  a  new  bathing  place.  They  purchased  property  alongside  the  river,  but
unfortunately  a  bungle was made  of the  scheme,  and the  outcome was  an old  granary fitted  up in

rough and ready style, and a limited quantity of enclosed water. This was all very well for youngsters
learning to swim, but the grand mistake was in ignoring the large number of persons who can swim,
and to whom it is no pleasure to be conined to a small breadth of filthy water.

 
 

The oldbathing place  is still  used by  many who  desire to  enjoy  a wholesome  bathe. A  better  spot
could  not be found  for miles  around. Until within the  last two or three years the  ground shelved
gradually down to the middle  of the river, which  is deep,  free from weeds,  and  suitable  in  every

respect  for  the  swimmer.  Now  holes  have  been  dredged  in  the  shallow  side,  and  it  is  positively
dangerous. Only the other morning a lad, trying to swim, got into one of these holes and was nearly
drowned.

1881

OBITUARY: Rev JOHN FLOWER:  He was the eldest son of Rev John Flower, for more than forty
years a Congregational Minister at Tichfield, Hants. He became a student at Highbury College, from
whence he came to Beccles to supply the pulpit of that excellent man, Rev Isaac Sloper. Mr Flower

East Suff Gaz 21 Jun      

first  preached  here  on  15  September,  1833,  and  in  the  following  February  he  succeeded  to  Mr
Sloper’s long ministry.

 
 

He  had an early and  alarming  interruption  by  illness -  but laboured on with quiet  and  exemplary
earnestness and wih much success, in the duties of his sacred office and in the furtherance of every

good work among the people to whose service he had devoted his life. It was mainly to his zeal and
perseverance that the town was  indebted  for the  establishment  of the British  Schools, which were

here, as in many other places, the chief pioneers of popular education.
During Mr Flower’s ministry the Congregational Chapel (which had  been  built in  1812) was much
improved and enlarged to accommodate the growing numbers who came to hear him; and what was a

 
 

still  greater  joy to  him, “many were  added to the  church”. As  a preacher  he was  solid  and  useful
rather than what  is  called  eloquent.  If he did  not  aim  at brilliancy  in the pulpit, in  social  life  his
conversation was always cheerful and instructive, and not infrequently sparkling with humour.

 
 

His seasons of relaxation were  often devoted, in distant parts of the kingdom, to the service of the
Religious Tract Society and the Peace Society; and both found in him a judicious and trustworthy as
well as competent expounder of their views and objects.

 
 

Mr Flower’s personal influence in this town and neighbourhood, during so many ummed up by any
human pen, To whatever duty he was called  he  always  broughtyears of upright,  intelligent,  godly,
discreet  and earnest walking  among us,  cannot  be  adequately  summed  up by  any  human pen. To

whatever duty he was called he always brought a genial bearing and a sound judgment. In whatever
circumstances of perplexity, he was unruffled and sober; never committing himself, but speaking and
acting with wisdom and sincerity.

1881

BANKRUPTCY  of  AB  WORTHINGTON  &  Marshall,  brewers  of  Beccles  &  141  Commercial
Street, London. Liabilities of £24,000. Assets: a brewery, public houses, plant, stock in trade & other  

East Suff Gaz 14 Jun      

property  in  Beccles,  besides  public-houses  at  Yarmouth,  Ipswich  &  other  places.  Debts  include:
Horsley & Co £10; E Masters £19; EW Hindes £79; JM Brundell £51, GB Angell £2; NW Pels £10;
N Pells & Son £10; FS Rix £10; Churchwardens £33.

1881
East Suff Gaz 25 Oct 
SALE: Brewery House, Northgate; Furniture
1882 BECCLES from East Suffolk Gazette

1882
1882

Beccls Paper,3 Jan 

BUCKENHAM family being traced. £5 reward for finding marriage of William & Sarah c 1740
ADVERTISEMENT: Mrs C Chase  opend Haberdashery, Fancy Drapery &  Stationery Business  in

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Ballygate in the premises recently occupied by J Hamon.
ADVERTISEMENT: Samuel Parkhouse, Drapery, reductions. next door to the White Horse.

1882
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Beccls Paper,3 Jan 

THE  OLD  YEAR  was  played  out  by  the  Rifle  Band  &  ushered  in  by  the  chimes  of  the  bells.
Watchnight services at the Baptist & Primitive Methodist Chapels

1882
1882

Beccls Paper,3 Jan 

SOUP KITCHEN commenced. &50 pints distributed. Not so much money subscribed this year.
DEATH: Mary Ann Lillistone, spinster.

Beccls Paper,10 Jan 
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Beccls Paper,10 Jan 

PARTY by girls and their friends in the bookbinding department at the Caxton Press in the evening in
the Orderly Room of the Artillery Volunteers. More than 70. Had singing & recitations
LIQUIDATION: Edward Alecock of Beccles, watchmaker

1882
1882

Beccls Paper,17 Jan 
Beccls Paper,17 Jan 

NEW  YEAR’S  PARTY  On  Wednesday  evening  in  the  Town  Hall  more  than  100  of  Mrs  Hayes
Dancng Class & visitors. Dancing was kept up until 5am on Thursday morning. Music supplied by
Mrs Hayes & Mr G Hussey.

1882
1882

Beccls Paper,24 Jan 

LOST Fox Terrier by Mrs Pickthall, Waveney House
COUNCIL:    1)   Building   in   Mr   Hockey’s    occupation    be   repaired   under   Mr   Crowfoot’s
superintendence. Work to be done by Fisk & Cutler

Beccls Paper,24 Jan 
 
 

2)  GOSFORD ROAD: Connection of the new houses to the sewer laid in the road were bein made,
but the sewer was not connected to the main sewer and lead nowhere. Action necessary. Raised by
Mr Masters.

1882
Beccls Paper,31 Jan 

BREWERY: Employees of Messrs Harwood & Beaman’s Brewery dined at the Hermitage Inn, Mr &
Mrs John Darby  catering. 26 sat down to  dinner, Mr Hallam, foreman in the Chair. After supper
joined by Samuel Darby.

1882
Beccls Paper,31 Jan 

MENAGERIE of Bostock & Wombell in Old Market. Monkeys the principal attraction including the
Sacred Baboon  captured on the Congo River, There were leopards,  hyenas, tigers &  lions  & huge
dancing bear & two elephants

1882

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE:Henry Harper, labourer of Ellough failing to send his daughter to school.
He had 11 children,  eight at  home,  and three  could not dress themselves. One little boy was  badly

Beccls Paper,7 Feb 

ruptured, and requred nursing, or he was constantly shrieking & made himself worse. His wife ciould
not  do  with  so  many  children  single-handed,  so  the  little  girl  was  kept  at  home  to  prevent  him

shrieking.
Fined 2s 6d and were Magistrates very sorry to do this. Newspaper commented: “the Bench seem to

 
 

have overlooked the fact that magistrates possess a discretionary power to inflict fines. If there is any
virtue in the “reasonable excuse” permitted under the Act, its plea should carry irresistible force in an
exceptional case of this kind.

1882
Beccls Paper,14 Feb 

NEW  RECTOR:  Rev  John  Rowsell,  minister   of   St  John,  Beverley,  Yorkshire   accepted   after
resignation of Rev FF Tracy.
DEATH: Mrs John Tracy at home in Exchange Square. Apoplexy killed in three hours from first She

1882
Beccls Paper,14 Feb 

was sister-in-law to the Rector. symptoms. Leaves 6 young children, one of whom is blind.
LIQUIDATION: James Moore, butcher, Bridge Street
THEFT: Charles Westhorpe, carter  employed by J & JE Crisp, merchants stole sack of corn meal ,

1882
1882

Beccls Paper,14 Feb 
Beccls Paper, 21 Feb 

valued at 1s  4d.  Evidence from Henry Toll, clerk to the Crisps & PC Fairweather  hidden  in chaff
house  caught him removing sack.  Six weeks hard  labour. [The next week further  evidence came to
light  that   WWesthorpe  had  taken  the  meal  for  the   company   horses  in  Blyburgate.  He  was

immediately released.]
TO LET: The Larches standing in its own grounds of about one acre, tastefully laid out with flower
gardens, ornamental trees & shrubs. Tennis Ground. In the rear is is profitable kitchen garden planted

1882
Beccls Paper,7 Mar 

with choice frit trees, also a well-built vinery.
The Residence comprises entrance hall, drawing room with glass door opening into a newly erected
conservatory. two kitchens, tradesman’s room, store room, pantry & larder, Good ale & wine cellars

 
 

n the basement. 6 bedrooms with WC upon the second floor. The House stands upon an elevation on
the south  entrance  of the improving town  and borough  of Beccles, within ten  minutes walk  of the

Great Eastern Railway Station and of the River Waveney, much famed for its excellent fishing. The
Stabling & Carriage House, etc. are newly erected, and are approached by a private carriage entrance

from the London Road.
Rent £75 per annum. Apply JD Eastaugh, The Larches

 
1882

 
Beccls Paper,7 Mar 

BECCLES HOSPITAL: thanks Mrs Henry Read for old linen. We are requested to sate that further
gifts of old linen will be most thankfully accepted.
LIQUIDATION: Jonathan Lockwood, carpenter.

1882
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Beccls Paper,7 Mar 
Beccls Paper,14 Mar 

TO  BE  LET:  Providence  Lodge,  London  Road,  cotaining  Drawing,  Dining  &  Breakfast    Rooms,
seven sleeping  chambers  etc,  Stable  & Chaise House,  Large Garden well stocked with fruit trees.
Rent £50. Rev SK Bland.

1882
Beccls Paper,21 Mar 
TO BE  LET: House,  Shop   & Premises  in Newmarket  in the occupation of   Mr Alecock, watch
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maker. Apply Mr Mayhew, Lacon’s Bank.
HOUSEBRAKING: Mrs Gooch’s house in Denmark Road broken into over a weekend when she was

1882
Beccls Paper,21 Mar 

away. House ransacked. Not much stolen?
FIRE at the Railway Station in the north end Signal Box. (Newspaper comment:What is wanted is a

1882
Beccls Paper,28 Mar 

more  powerful  engine,  with  good  serviceable  apparatus  &  a  crefully  drilled  fire  brigade.  No  one
seemed to  know how to act. Although there was  an  abundant supply of water within  80 yards, the

engine was first taken to a ditch which contained more mud than water. From thence a tiny stream of
liquid mud was played upon the signal-box. When at length the pump was thought of it was found the
hose was  not half  long  enough,  and the  engine had to  be supplied  by pails from hand to  hand.  In  

consequence the water  could only be played on the  fire  intermittently  and  in  a  feeble stream. The
hose was also out of repair, and one man was noticed stopping a leak with a pocket handkerchief. The
building was burnt to the ground.)

1882
1882

Beccls Paper,28 Mar 

BRICKLAYERS: Several good trowel men wanted. Apply EW Hindes, Builder, Beccles
TOWN CLOCK:  The clock is an old one; but what prevents its being regulated daily, at a fixed hour,
as the Post Office and  railway clocks  are done? The railway and town times  vary very much.  Last

Beccls Paper,28 Mar 

Thursday there were twelve minutes difference between the two clocks.
CHURCH: The clergy and lay representatives of the  Ipswich  deanery met to  consider whether any
practical measures could be devised to mitigate the growing neglect of public worship on the part of

1882
Beccls Paper,28 Mar 

the masses. If services could be shorter and more attractive
encouragement of congregational worship in prayer  and praise  - many persons would  be  drawn to
church or chapel who now habitually absent themselves.. This non-attendance can be overcome and

- not so much by ritual display as by the

met to a large extent by more personal contact with people on the part of the clergy. 
NEW RECTOR: Rev John Rowsell, preached his  farewell  service  in Beverley Minster, where for
three years he has been perpetual Curate, and will be instituted to Beccles next Friday and preach at

1882
Beccls Paper,28 Mar 

Beccles on Easter Sunday.
VESTRY MEETING:  Mr Houghton, chirchwarden in the Chair. Overseers: death of Thomas Easter.

1882
Beccls Paper,28 Mar 

Nominated: JM Brundell, RA King,  TA Woodroffe, A Pells.
FURNITURE  SALE:  BLYBURGATE::  Sale  of  Drapery  &  Haberdashery  of  Edgar  Balls,  who  is

1882
Beccls Paper,4 Apr 

leaving the town.
FURNITURE SALE SMALLGATE:: Jonathan Lockwood, carpenter (in liqidation)

1882
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Beccls Paper,4 Apr 
Beccls Paper,4 Apr 

FURNITURE SALE, Ravensmere: Mrs Rogers
DEAD GIRL BABY found in the Corporation Cut . Coroner’s enquiry adjourned. [Police could find
no further evidence on 18 April and an open verdict? was recorded]

1882
Beccls Paper,4 Apr 
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Beccls Paper,4 Apr 

MARKET TEA:  Great  agricultural  depression lasted for  last 7 years. There had  been bad seasons
and low prices. The Americans came in, sold their produce, and cut the English farmer out. But this
year the prospects were better than for 100 years. The wheat looked grand and barley even better. Mr

Eastaugh said he was intending to leave the town and the Corporation. The Chairman, Mr Beaman,
gave  an  invitation  to  visit  the  Brewery  in  Beccles.  Mr  Read,  who  managed  estates  sp;oke  of  the
depression. He had 5 or 6 farms on his hands, and would soon have 1 or 2 more. He hoped they he

would have better weather and create more prosperity..
NEW  RECTOR:  The  new  Rector  was  welcomed  on  his  arrival  at  Beccles  by  train  on  Saturday
evening by a joyous peal of the bells. On Sunday evening he preached his first sermon. There was a

1882
Beccls Paper,11 Apr 

large congregation.
VESTRY   MEETING.   Rev   Rowsell   in   the   Chair.   Read   Crisp   &   Houghton   reappointed
Churchwardens. Read Crisp paid tribute to former Rector: “always found him most ready to attend to

1882
Beccls Paper,11 Apr 

any suggestion from them and was most kind.”
TOWN COUNCIL: Sanitary Ctte: 1) Spread Eagle to abate nuisance on pavement arising from want
of a urinal..2) grass in Fair Close Road be taken up and gravel laid. 3) Mr Harmer at the Crown inn to

1882
Beccls Paper,25 Apr 

provide a urinal.
POOR RATE: A rate of 2s in the pound was made for the half year. £709 for the Guardians; £800 for

1882
Beccls Paper, 2 May 

Beccles Corporation; £200 by the School Board; £50 by Burial Board.
WORLINGHAM  HALL  taken  for  a  lease  of  5  years  by  Mr  Frederick  Farrer,  the  well-known

1882
Beccls Paper, 2 May 

solicitor. The estate comprises about 3,000 acres.
RATIONAL SICK & Burial Society: in Cross Keys. 28 members to dine. Henry Edwards, Secretary

1882
Beccls Paper, 2 May 

in Chair. Vice Chairman: S Sarbutt.
PRIMITIVE METHODIST Band paraded the streets  before  Services on  Sunday evenings. Idlers in
street jostled the band. Las Sunday disorder occurred. Somebody pushed Sampson against Vyse who

1882
Beccls Paper, 2 May 

was in the procession.  Vyse pushed  him  away.  Sampson struck him  in the face and chest  3 times.
Sampson arrested, but the crowd tried to rescue him.  Stones thrown at the police, a window of the
chapel broken.

1882
Beccls Paper, 2 May 
VICTORIA ARMS: Alcohol being served at 1.30am. William Warren the landlord & John Playford,
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chimney sweep, both drunk.. Case dismissed.
SALE: Property of late Harriet Meen:

1882
 

Beccls Paper, 2 May 
 

LOT  1:  Blyburgate:  A  comfortable  residence  lately  occupied  by  Miss  Meen,  with  large  and  well
planted walled-in garden 1 Rood 2 perches exclusive of the site of the house & buildings [Sold to Mr

A Dixon £435]
LOT  2:  Blyburgate:  A  block  of  four  Tenements  occupied  by  John  Copeman,  Mrs  Green,  Mrs

 
 

Browning,  &  Mrs  Gooding,  with  large  &  well  planted  Market  Garden  occupied  by  J  Copeman,
containing 2 roods 14 perches exclusive of site of buildings. [Rental £36-10s] [purchased W Wright
£500]

 
 

LOT 3: Bridge Street: a well-accoustomed brick & tiled Beerhouse the “Malster’s Arms” with large
Yard,  Stable, Cow House & Cart  Shed,  approached from  Fen  Lane,  now  occupied  by Mr Robert
Page. [£20 Rental] [withdrawn at £525]

 
 

LOT 4: Bridge  Street: A brick & tiled Cottage  adjoining the Maltster’s Arms, two Cooper’s  Shops
with loft over, Cart Shed & Yard occupied by Philip Hayward. [passed over]
LOT 5: Bridge Street: A brick & tiled House & Shop, with Yard & Shed at back, adjoining Lot 4, at

 
 

the junction with Fen Lane, now occupied by Mrs Neech [passed over]
LOT  6:  Ballygate:   a  block  of   brick  &  tiled  Cottages  in  three  tenements  with   entrance  from
Puddingmoor, in occupation of Alfred Cobb, Edward Weavers & Matilda Spalding. [Rental £12-15s-

 
 

8d] [Mr Walton £105]
POST: Instructions have  just been  given that  in  future all rural  messengers  are to  be  allowed  one
week’s  leave  of  absence  in  each  year.  In  previous  years  only  town  postmen  have  been  granted

1882
Beccls Paper, 14 May 

holidays.
CHORAL  SOCIETY  Concert  in  the  Town  Hall  [Public  Hall];  Soloists:  Mrs  Marriott,  Mrs  WM
Crowfoot, JW Meers,  assistant  organist  & AS Kinnell, both of Norwich Cathedral. Mendelssohn,

1882
Beccls Paper, 14 May 

Haydn, Handel.
POLICE  COURT:  Charles  Beales,  labourer  charged  with  neglecting  to  maintain  his  wife  and  3

1882
Beccls Paper, 14 May 

children. They were in a destiute and starving condition. Sent to the Workhousde. He was sentenced
to 3 months hard labour.

1882
Beccls Paper, 23 May 

BOATING ACCIDENT: Some of Caxton Rowing Clubwere pracising in their four-oared gig, hit one
of the rowlocks struck the buttress of the bridge, overturning the boat and the whole of its occupants.  

Only one member could swim, but the others managed to cling to the boat, and plenty of assistance
was at hand, they were speedily rescued.
The  Volunteers  of  the  town,  the  Artillery  &  Rifles  met  together  for  the  first  time  under  Major

1882
Beccls Paper, 23 May 

Crowfoot of the Rifles. They marched to the Common and drilled together, about 200 in number.
Rev  Samuel  Smith, curate,  in  charge  of the Mission Church  in Ingate  given presentation  of £26 on
leaving the town.

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Beccls Paper, 23 May 
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Beccls Paper, 30 May 

MONEY: Fourpenny pieces are to be withdrawn from circulation. Tradesmen should pay them into
banks..
BANK HOLIDAY celebrated in the town and there was ageneral exodus to the seaside or elsewhere.

1882
1882

Beccls Paper, 30 May 
Beccls Paper, 30 May 

BMA East Anglian Branch, met at Beccles in the Rectory Room under presidency of WM Crowfoot,
MB.. From Beccles: RI Metcalfe, MD, EB Crowfoot, MB, W Mc Comb
THEFT:  Benjamin  Ward,  labourer,  Beccles,  accused  of  stealing  a  cabbage  worth  3d  from  Mr

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Garrod’s garden in Northgate in his kitchen garden by the river. As a result of continuous losses the
police watched the garden. A policeman heard someone walk in the direction of the cauliflowers, and
then go down to the river. On the way the man turned his face so that the policeman was able to see

who it was. He dropped the  cauliflower before  getting  into the boat  and rowing  off. David Tuthill,
gardener to Mr Garrod said the kitchen garden was exposed to the river, and there had been losses of
several things this year.

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Beccls Paper,6 Jun 

SALE OF FURNITURE: late Miss Frances Cattermole in Smallgate
FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE two cattle affected at battisford Hall.

Beccls Paper, 6 Jun 

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Beccls Paper, 13 Jun 

ADVERTISEMENT: The Breery Beccles: Harwood & Beaman’s Ales & Stouts.
BREWERY: Messrs Tacon, brewers & malsters of  Eye  have sold their whole  concern to  a firm of

Beccls Paper, 13 Jun 

Brewers of Beccles.
MAYOR  of  BECCLES  [WM  Crowfoot]  attended  banquet  in  the  Egyptian  Hall  of  the  Mansion

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House. The  Prince of  Wales present with Mayors of  over  200 towns, who wore  scarlet  robes  and
massive chains.
HOSPITAL FUNDS: To raise money the Artillery Band played in Newmarket on Friday evening &

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the Rifle Band played  on Saturday evenings.
CHURCH  BUILDING  SOCIETY:  Since  the  founding  of  the  Society  1893  grants  given  for  new
churches  &  5224  for  enlargement,  rebuilding  &  rearranging  churches..  1,727,870  new  seats  in

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churches.
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Beccls Paper, 11 Jul 

FAUCONBERGE CRICKET TEAMS:
HT Clowes, FF  Edwards, H Brereton, AW Dixon, TP Angell, C Metcalfe, AJ More,  LE Williams,

 

GS Marshall, RW Mann, P Grain
COLLEGIATE SCHOOL CRICKET TEAMS

1882
 

Beccls Paper, 11 Jul 
 

JB Smith, H Easun, A Denton, B Welstead, C Hockey, W Thurtle, T Frost, EL Porter, B Dobby, G
Wright, C Balding, Wigg, W Balls, DA Soanes, EH Jones,

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Beccls Paper, 1 Aug 

SALE;  Land  of John Copeman  at Rigbone Hill: 8a  2r 2p;  bounded  on one side by the road from
Swine’s Green to Ellough and on the other by the road from Casle Hill to Ellough.
About 5 acres is occupied by Mr E Masters whose tenancy expires at Michaelmas, and the remainder

 
 

is occupied by the vendor as a market Garden, well planted with fruit trees and bushes, about half an
acre of which is planted with strawberries. All the Fruit trees and bushes will be included in the sale.
A considerable sum is received annually by the Sale of Sand and Clay from a Pit by the side of the

road.
As Mr P Youngs with his three daughters, was returning home on Wednesday night from a drive in a
four-wheeler, his white mare bolted, and crossed Gillingham dam at a great pace. The occuppants of

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the carriage were naturally much alarmed, as the road, bounded on either side by a ditch, offered no
defence whatever in the event of the mare taking  a turn. Fortunately it kept straight  ahead until the
malting gates were reached, just before the bridge. A rein had broken, but Mr Youngs succeeded in

pulling the horse up close to the wall and stopped it without accident to life or limb.
SALE of FURNITURE: in Station Road, 4 Norfolk Terrace: of late Thomas Easter
TO BE LET:  Station Road: 4 &  5 Norfolk Terrace,  also  accommodation Meadow  of  1  acre,  also

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Beccls Paper, 8 Aug 
Beccls Paper, 8 Aug 

Garden, Stable & Coach House.
LIQUIDATION: James Aldred of Beccles, baker
FAUCONBERGE SPEECH DAY: Mr Raven, Headmaster spoke of introducing a class in Chemistry

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Beccls Paper, 8 Aug 
Beccls Paper, 8 Aug 

next year. The Mayor, WM Crowfoot applauded this, but considered classical education the basis for
teaching.

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Beccls Paper, 8 Aug 

PUBLIC HOUSE Assessments: Appeals made by Morse & Wood, brewers, Lowestoft, against  Rates
charged.  The  Ship  raised  to  £30  p.a:  Bell  the  oiccupier.  appeal  failed.  Crown  described  as  a

“wretched House” in bad condition. rate reduced.
LIQUIDATION: Robert Lockwood, general shopkeeper

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Beccls Paper, 15 Aug 
Beccls Paper, 22 Aug 

Sir  E  Watkins  and  his  co-directors  are  very  angry with the Government for putting  a  drag on the
Channel  Tunnel  scheme,   and  can  be   only  moderately  consoled  by  the  fact  that  the  work  is
progressing rapidly on the French side.

1882
Beccls Paper, 22 Aug 

A dateachment of Army Reservists en route for Egypt, on arrival at Beccles Station, jumped out of
the window and made off as quickly as he could along Station Road. The Corporal in charge follwed
to where the man formely lodged in Hungate Lane, and found him there, but he refused to return with

him. The police caught him later in the day and an armed escort took him to Colchester as a deserter.
SALE: In liquidation: Trustees of Mr James Aldred, baker and confectioner. Household furniture &
baker house fittings.

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East Suff Gaz 24 Aug 
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Beccls Paper, 29 Aug 

ADVERTISEMENT: Anglers: Fishing Tackle: Bamboo Rods from 9d to 12s 6d. A large assortment
of artificial pike baits in stock. Geo Stevenson, Birmingham Lamp & Oil Stores, [27] Northgate,

1882
1882

Beccls Paper, 29 Aug 

GAS COMPANY DIVIDENDS: In 1858: £2 5s %; 1864 £4; 1882 £8.
PUB LICENCE: Application for transfer of licence of unused public house in Horse & Groom Lane
[not used for 5 or 6 years] to premises in course of erection opposite Mr Boutell’s sale meadow, near

Beccls Paper, 29 Aug 

the railway station Opposed by licensees of  Star Inn (Mrs Spencer)  & Railway Hotel. (Mr Church).
53  signatories,  including  the  Rector,  Deputy  Mayor,  Rev  J  Calvert,  Churchwardens  Houghton  &
Laws & residents of Caxton Road etc opposed. Not granted.

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Beccls Paper, 29 Aug 

BECCLES REGATTA on Monday, 28 Aug.:  Two sailing matches and for jolly boats, river fishing
boats,  four  men  in  each  boat.  The  Band  of  G  Company,  2nd  NRV  played  a  long  and  varied

programme near the committees barge, on which Mr Youngs of the King’s Head, catered for lunch.
On  the  Quay  were  steam  horses,  swing  boats  and  stalls..  These  were  liberally  patronized  by  the

youngsters, while their  elders refreshed themselves  at the drinking  booths in the  intervals  between
watching the progress of the competing boats.

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COUNCIL: (1) Cottage to be built near the Sewage Works for the foreman. (2). Charles Betts built 3
cottages  on  land  formerly  George  Fenn’s  without  proper  drains..  Proceedings  to  be  taken.  (3).
Application by Mr Gibbs to build new building in [31] Smallgate 6ins nearer the street than the old

building. Agreed.. (4) Suggested extension of town sewer to Puddingmoor. (5) Market Tolls and Free
Rents collected of £9 18s 2d.  (6) Offer to supply electricity by the Brush Company, 17 August 1882
and light the streets by arc and incandescent lamps. An experimental period of a month would cost

£30 for 6 lamps and dynamo etc. ( 7). Painting of Town Hall: £17 by Mr Poll. A dado of a red colour
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with a brown band.
ADVERTISEMENT: William  Loades, Newmarket,  Locksmith, Bell Hanger, Gas Fitter & Brazier.

1882
Beccls Paper, 5 Sep 

Taken over business of late William Welch.
FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE at Stradbrooke

1882
1882

Beccls Paper, 5 Sep. 
Beccls Paper, 12 Sep. 

SUDBURY first town in Suffolk to have electric lighting.  Five large globes instead of 32 gas lamps.
The novel mode of lighting is a great attraction, especially to the country people,m and at night the

streets are thronged with spectators.
Opening  of Halesworth  Patrick  Stead Hospital. Patrick  Stead  left  £26,000  for this on  his  death  in
1869, having lived in Halesworth 27 years. Designed by Henry Hall, architect of London.

1882
Beccls Paper, 12 Sep. 
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Beccls Paper, 12 Sep. 

SALE or LET: 1. Freehold Family Mansion, with Coach House, Stabling, Brewhouse, Laundry, large
Garden & five Glass Houses in [12] Northgate.
2. A Freehold Residence in the Newmarket with Stable & Coach House in Smallgate.

 
 

 
 

3. Freehold  Dwelling House with Shop & Bake Office in Blyburgate. Apply E Masters, ironmonger.
PIKE caught by Mr Balls of London Road weighing 19lbs
ELECTRIC  LIGHT:Experimental trial.  6  arc  lamps  each  of  2000  cadle power, to  illuminate  both

1882
1882

Beccls Paper, 17 Sep. 
Beccls Paper, 19 Sep. 

market  places,  Exchange  Square,  patrs  of  Hungate,  Blyburgate  &  Saltgate,  Smallgate  &  Station
Road..  The  engine  etc  is  in  Mr  Wiggate’s  Yard,  Newgate.  The  novel  spectacle  attracting  a  large
number of people.

1882
1882

Beccls Paper, 26 Sep. 

P Hayward, cooper, moving from Bridge Street to Fen Lane next to Mr Toll’s Mill
ADVERTISEMENT: William Spear, Locksmith, Bellhanger, Gasfitter, late Newmarket, established
18 years. Blyburgate

Beccls Paper, 26 Sep. 
1882
Beccls Paper, 26 Sep. 

LEMAN  SCHOOL:  New  scheme.  Governors  to  prescribe  subjects,  the  terms  and  vacations  and
payment of day boys. Also sanitary problems. Head: method of teaching, arrangement of classes &
hours & discipline. Master to receive between £50 & £100 p.a. and capitation for each boy of £1 to

£3 per year. Tuition fees: £2 to £5 pa. Ages 7-15.
TO BE  LET:   House  containing parlour,  Sitting  Room, Kitchen,  3 Bedrooms,  large Garret,  good

1882
Beccls Paper, 3 Oct 

Garden, pleasantly situated in London Road. Apply Samuel Gibbs Smallgate.
WILLIAM ALECOCK: Shoeing Forge, Owing to failing health disposed of business to EO Chenery,

1882
Beccls Paper, 3 Oct 

who has had 20 years experience in London.
FEOFFEES LANDS: Leading article points out that new legislation reqires that all land managed for

1882
Beccls Paper, 3 Oct 

the poor must be made available to let as allotments to the poor at market rents.
WHITE HORSE: Licence to Tom Tandy of Lowestoft.
TO BE LET: Three Villas,  Salisbury Place,  Station Road,  each  containing Drawing Room, Dining

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Beccls Paper, 17 Oct 
Beccls Paper, 24 Oct 

Room, Kitchen, Scullery, 4 Bedrooms. Rent 18 gns pa. Apply Robert S Block.
RETIREMENT  of  Postmistress  soon,.  Miss  Ottey.  ...  obliging  manners  &  chherful,  assiduous
attention to duties. Post Office should be moved to more commodious premises.

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Beccls Paper, 24 Oct 
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Beccls Paper, 24 Oct 

ROADS:  The   condition   of   our  roads  in  this   neighbourhood   has   been   gradually   and   almost
imperceptibly growing worse and more dangerous to the traveller for the last few years.
COUNCIL: No contest: FS Rix, S Darby, C Smith. nominated. J Eastaugh has left the town, and T

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Beccls Paper, 24 Oct 

Pert has taken his place. FWD Robinson was asked to stand, but refused.
SALE:  Station Road: Two pleasantly situated semi-detached Villa Residences,  1 &  2 Hollyhedge
Villas.  Each  contains  Entrance  Hall,  Drawing  Room  with  bay  window  and  fitted  with  Venetian

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Beccls Paper, 24 Oct 

Blinds), Dining Room, (these rooms being separated by Folding Doors)  Entrance passage to Garden,
Kitchen fitted with Cooking  Stove,  Storeroom,  Scullery,  fitted with rain water pump, Copper  and
sink, with water  company’s water  laid on, wc,  and three  bedrooms. The front room  is  fitted with

spacious wardrobe. In the front is a flower Garden, in the rear are coal house and bin, and a walled-in
Garden, having a separate entrance from the back road.
Substantially erected, white brick front and slated. In the occupaston of Henry Lawrance & William

 
 

Rose, Esq. Rents £18 p.a.
EARLY CLOSING: On Friday shops should close at 8 pm instead of  9 pm.

1882
1882

Beccls Paper, 31 Oct 
Beccls Paper, 31 Oct 

THE MAYOR’S CONVERSAZIONE: instead of the Mayor’s Dinner. Wives also invited for the first
time. Guests: Members & Officers  of the Corporation, the Rector  & Churchwardens, Ministers  of

Religion, Head Masters of the Fauconberge, Leman & Collegiate Schools, officers of the Volunteer
Corps,  auditors,  assessors,  overseers,  guardians, Hospital Committee, Burial Board,  School Board,

Collector of the  Feoffees, with wives  and  families  and  a few personal  friends  of the Mayor (WM
Crowfoot)..
SALE: Junction of Smallgate & Old Market. Owner: Suggate. [No 36 Smallgate]

1882
 

East Suff Gaz 7 Nov 
 

Spacious white  brick  fronted Residence  consisting of  Entrance Hall, Dining & Drawing Rooms,  2
smaller  Sitting Rooms, six Bedrooms, Dressing Room, Kitchen, Pantry, Wash-house, Coal  and two
other Cellars, with Yard & small Garden  at back. Coach House &  Stable; now occupied  by Miss

McCulloch, whose lease expires 1883. Rent £21.
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ALSO  Residence   adjoining   consisting  of  Passage,   Sitting  Room,  Tailor’s   Shop,  Kitchen,  two
Sleeping Rooms  & three Attics. Occupied  by Robert Buck,  a quarterly tenant  Rent £7 [No  2 Old

Market]
ALSO Brick & tiled Cottage containing Sitting Room, Kitchen, Three Bedrooms with Wash-house &

 
 

Coal-house in Back Yard. Occupied by William Charlish, a quarterly tenant £7. [No 4 Old Market]
Pump  of  excellent spring water in Old Market belongs to the property. Water from Waterworks is

 
 

also laid on to property of Miss Mc Culloch.
Purchased by Nathaniel Shade of Halesworth for £450.
MEETING  of  INHABITANTS:    to  consider  if  it  is  advisable  to  invite  the  Suffolk  Agricultural

 
 

 
1882

 
East Suff Gaz 7 Nov 

Association to Beccles in 1883. 
LANNER HAWK shot on Beccles Marshes, strayed from Iceland.
YARMOUTH GAZETTE: “The ‘hard-worked’ shop assistants of the lethargic town of  Beccles are

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East Suff Gaz 7 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 7 Nov 

agitating for an extra hour’s leisure. One may fire a cannon in the streets of the little borough without
the  risk  of  killing  anybody,  and  trundle  a  hoop  in  most  of  the  business  establishments  without
tripping up  a soul. And yet the assistants affirm that they are ‘hard worked’!  kicking  up their heels

behind the counters with little or nothing to do.”
NARROW  ESCAPE:  William  Pitchers,  attendant  at  the  Corporation  drainage  mill,  was  walking
home by the line in consequence of the marshes being flooded. At 4pm the Yarmouth train came up

1882
East Suff Gaz 7 Nov 

and knocked him off the line. He was taken to Beccles Station, but was able to get home. He is over
70 years of age.
G Company, 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.: The annual distribution of prizes was held

1882
East Suff Gaz 7 Nov 

in the NEW DRILL HALL by Major WM Crowfoot
ELECTRIC  LIGHT TRIAL:  Successful  but too  exopensive. The  cost   to  run  of 15  electric  lights
(£320) instead of 80 gas lamps (£120). They were very satisfied with the illumination. Committee set

1882
East Suff Gaz 7 Nov 

up to make further enquiries. The Council decided to apply for a licence to run their own electricity
undertaking which would cost £300 to obtain.

1882
East Suff Gaz 14 Nov 

SUFFOLK AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION: A meeting of only 20 people held. Agreed to invite
the Association to hold meeting in Beccles.

1882
East Suff Gaz 14 Nov 

COUNCIL: (1). Councillor Walton elected Mayor. after only a year  on the Council.. (2). Thanks to
Alderman Crowfoot, the  former Mayor: “There was nothing  lukewarm  about Alderman Crowfoot;

whatever he took in hand he did thoroughly.” (3) Flooding of Marshes: Serious concern over recent
floods. Needed flood gates at Mutford and to support parliamentary “Flood Prevention Bill”. (4) New
Bridge  required  at Beccles.  (5) The walls supporting the paths  on  both the  north & south sides  of

Ingate  be repaired. (6)  W Alecock to mend th  clock for  £3  & wind  & light the clock  on previous
terms (7) Much offensive matter left as a result of the recent floods in Bridge Street & Fen Lane (8)
In the Town trhere were 42  cowkeepers and 222  cows. (9)  Salvation Army  asked to hire the Town

Hall every Sunday and every evening. Refused. (“Absurd”) (The Mormons had been refused its use
in earlier years).
BANQUET FOR EX MAYOR: Crowfoot: “ (1). He thought the Council had gained a certain kudos  

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from having been one of the first towns to try the electric lighting. After all they were not quite such a
sleepy and  dull  and benighted people as was  usually supposed.  (2) The  sewage  farm started  a few
months agowas likely to prove a success. Although it might not prove a great financial success, it was

the most satisfactory way of dealing with a very uinpleasant material. (3) The debt of the Town had
largely been cleared off.
The Mayor said it was cheaper to produce electricity from gas than by steam - some consolation to

 
 

those with shares in the Gas Company!
DEATH OF COWS: Mr James Bullen, copwqkeeper turned out 5 cows & 3 heifers upon a meadow
adjoining his premises in Ravensmere. They all died that afternoon.

1882
East Suff Gaz 28 Nov 
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East Suff Gaz 5 Dec 

SALE  OF  FURNITURE:  By  order  of  the  executors  of  Robert  Goldsmith:,  deceased,  Tinman  &
Brazier. Fender & Fireirons, 3 Arm-chairs, 5 Birch chairs, Dining Table, Tea Caddy, npair of brass

Candlesticks,,  8-day  Clock,  24  hour  Cuckoo  Clock,  Duth  Clock,  Chest  of  Drawers,  2  Stump
Bedsteads, 2 Mattresses, Bolsters, Pillows, etc.

 
 

Trade Tools and other effects consist of Brazier’s Working tools, Scissors, Grinding Machine, Keys,
Lead Pump etc In the Yard of the Black Boy.

1882
1882

East Suff Gaz 5 Dec 

ACCIDENT to Mrs Corbyn, who fell down the stairs carrying some linen.
SUNDAY  CLOSING  MOVEMENT:  In  Beccles  meeting   suppoprted  by  the  Rector  and  other
Ministers.

East Suff Gaz 5 Dec 
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East Suff Gaz125 Dec 

RESIGNATION of Rev AH Mackonochie as Perpetual Curate of St Albans, Holborn. His successor,
Rev AJ Suckling, Vicar of St Peter’s, London Dock.
COUNCIL:  Electric  Light:  decided  to  abandon  application  for  electricity.  If  they  obtained  it  the

1882
East Suff Gaz 26 Dec 
would be obliged by law to carry it through, whatever the cost.
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EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1883
1883
East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 

TO LET: House & Carpenter’s Premises  opposite the  White  Lion,  SMALLGATE; Apply Charles
Lockwood, Old Market

1883
East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 

REVIEW OF THE  YEAR 1882: The  Living  of the Church  had been  vacated  in  September 1881.
New Incumbent Rev Rowsell  instituted  at  Easter, who  has proved to be a kindly  and sympathetic

clergyman of liberal views. The services are well attended.
SALVATION ARMY:  Like  many  other places, Beccles  has witnessed  an  attempt to stir “the dry
Bones” on the part of an excrescence of the Salvation Army. The peculiar yet characteristic way in

 
 

which  this  movement  among  the  masses  was  commenced,  occassioned  many  misgivings  to  those
who  value  the  precept  of  the  Apostle,  “Let  all  things  be  done  decently  and  in  order.”  The  noise
perambulations  in  the  public  thoroughfares  provoke  much  opposition  from  the  rougher  classes,

always  glad  of  a  pretext  for  mischief;  and  the  streets  soon  became  the  arenas  of  blaspemy  and
disorder.
It was not until theJustices had shown a determination to maintain the peace by strictly enforcing the

 
 

law,  and  had  sentenced  one  lad  to  a  term  of  imprisonment  as  a  caution  to  others,  that  hostilities
ceased, and the “Salvation” band was allowed to pursue its course unchecked
ELECTRIC  LIGHT:  The  experiment  for  a  month  proved  the  superiority  of  the  lighting,  but  the

 
 

present  costs  were  too  high.  The  Gas  Company  continues  to  put  up  its  prices,  despite  investors
getting 8% interest.

 
 

FLOODS again on the Corporation Marshes. The Bridge continues to impede the flow of water and
application is being made to the County Councils for the construction of a new BRIDGE.

 
 

THE CLOCK: The Chairman of the Sanitary Committee reported that it was beyond repair, but the
official timekeeper repaired it at a trifling expense.

 
 

THE RAILWAY  bridge in Ravensmere  according to the Corporation was dangerous and should be
substituted with a level crossing. But business of this kind is not easy of accomplishment. Not only
the Railway company, but the Board of Trade have to be consulted.
RIFLE CORPS;  The drills were all well attended; and the members - increased to 152 - are generally

 
 

very efficient. Major Crowfoot has every reason to be proud of them.
THE FREE SCHOOL or LEMAN SCHOOL: Governors to offer scholarships of not more than £5 a
year,  and  must provide at  least  £25 for this.  In return for the  additional  advantages  afforded  as  a

 
 

middle-class school, the fees are to be increased to not less than £2 nor more than £5 a year.
A rare MERLIN HAWK was  shot  at Burgh  by Mr C Chase,  and  has been sent to Mr Tilney for
preservation.

1883
East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 
1883
East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 

WILL  of  SIR FRANCIS GOOCH, Bart  late of Benacre Hall (died in August 181)  valued  at  over
£11,000. Estate left to Anne Elizabeth Shippey.
PARISH CHURCH MAGAZINE to be published every month costing 1d. A Scripture Reader is now

1883
East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 

working in the Parish. He will assist in the Mission Room services. His salary of £70 mostly met by
donations.
FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE: Decrease in the number of beasts suffering.

1883
1883

East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 9 Jan 

POLICE COURT: Jacob Jacobs, fisherman  [probably  lived in Northgate]  charged with refusing to
quit  the  Royal  Oak  on  26  December  when  requested  by  the  Landlord.  He  arrived  about  twelve
o’clock, and as he appeared to be the worse for drink witness objected to his coming in. Defendant

asked to be allowed to enter that he might pay a debt of 2s, and no sooner had he got in than he used
most filthy expressions, and was too disorderly that witness had to summon the police. The defendant

was further  charged with maliciously  and wilfully breaking  a window  at the same time  and place.
This was done after he had put the defendant out of the house. Defendant deliberately thrust his fist

through  a window in the door, with the threat the he would “do” for the defendant. He was sent to
prison for 14 days hard labour.

1883
East Suff Gaz 9 Jan 

BECCLES BRIDGE considered by Quarter Sessions in both Norfolk & Suffolk. Arguments for and
against were given.
MESSRS DARBY’S BRICKMAKERS upwards of 20 sat down to an excellent dinner provided by

1883
East Suff Gaz 16 Jan 

the Hermitage Inn.
THREE COWS POISONED belonging to Mr James Bullen of Beccles, cowkeeper.
SCIENCE & ART CLASSES. Mr Fraser appointed head master of the ladies’ Art Class held at the

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East Suff Gaz 16 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 16 Jan 

Rectory Room and all the art classes held at the Collegiate School.
[Jan  30 Mr Fraser came from Clonmel  School  of Art,  Ireland where he  had been teaching twenty
years, and which closed on his departure.]

 
 
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East Suff Gaz 16 Jan 

BAND OF HOPE children met in Town Hall. The meeting was quite a success, to give the children
an hour’s enjoyment, to interest and instruct them and the truth that total abstinence from all strong
drink  is  a safeguard  in their early  caqreer from temptation and trouble  and sorrow,  and the way to

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health and peace and happy homes.
FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE NOTICE. Animals may only be moved into Beccles by licence

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East Suff Gaz 23 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 23 Jan 

POLICE COURT John Goffin, labourer [lived in Jones’s Score] accused of Assault on Robert Brook,
coal dealer, [of Blyburgate]  who he met  in  Smallgate about quarter to seven  in the  evening  and

without any provocation took hold of him by the collar of his coat, and after threatening him, gave
him  a  push.  The  defendant  complained  that  he  had  been  round  the  public  houses  abusing  him.

Fined 5s.
TOWN COUNCIL: Discussion about Mr Eastaugh’s Granary on the Quay side. Grain damaged  by
floods. Could floor be built higher? Proposal defeated.

1883
East Suff Gaz 23 Jan 

 
 

 
 

PATHWAY in NORTHGATE said to be a disgrace.
BECCLES BRIDGE: Alderman Crowfoot said that the Magistrates of both Counties seemed to agree
that it was time a new Bridge was built at Beccles.

 
1883

 

Corporation agreed to count the traffic on a Friday for three weeks between 6 am & 8pm.
SALE by MORTGAGEES at SWINES GREEN of Double Cottage and productive Garden occupied
by George Soanes & John Hume; ALSO buildings and nearly an acre of Arable Land well adapted

East Suff Gaz 30 Jan 

for building occupied by John Prime. [Purchased by Mr W Larke for £375.]
SNOWFALL: Bye-law: The occupier of any premises fronting, adjoining, or abutting any street shall
at  least  once  in  every  day,  Sunday  excluded,  cleanse  the  footways  and  pvements  adjoining  such

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East Suff Gaz 30 Jan 

premises. On Thursday morning pavements were covered with slush and it was instructive to observe
the  action taken.  Shopkeepers, mindful of their customers, were the first to cleanse their frontages;
private  occupiers the  last, some  of the  more influential  being particularly remiss.  Still some  of the

streets were  brushed  and  cleaned, the Corporation  by their servants setting the  example. The most
notable  exception was  Station Road where the paths  needed  cleaning  more than  anywhere  else.  It
does not seem to have occurred to one occupier to use the brush.

1883
East Suff Gaz 30 Jan 

THE SHAKESPEARIAN DRAMATIC COMPANY will visit Beccles this week to present three of
Shakespeare’s plays

1883
East Suff Gaz 30 Jan 

RAILWAY ACCIDENT between Worlingham and North Cove two carriages and the brake left the
track and fell over trappig the guard, who was injured.

 
1883

 

EMIGRATION TO CANADA increasing by 65% compared with 1881.
READY MONEY for purchases promoted by Co-Operatives now spreading.

East Suff Gaz 6Feb 
 
 

DEATH of Mr W Godbold,  a foundation member  of the  Froresters “Pride of the Forest”  group in
Beccles. Treasurer for 20 years.
MARRIED WOMENS’ PROPERTY Amendment Act makes  it possible for  married womn to own

1883
East Suff Gaz 6Feb 

their own property, but would make debts to shopkeepers etc run up by married women more difficult
to obtain.
FARMING: Ten years  ago I  hired  a farm, when  farming went well. I paid  35s per  coomb for seed

1883
East Suff Gaz 6Feb 

wheat, and 27s per coomb for seed barley. I bought four good young horses  at fifty guineas each. I
broke the land up deep, and my crops did well for the first five years. Then I was able to pay the rent
at the time in April  and October. Then the floods  came  and rain  spoilt the sale  of the  corn. I  had

eighteen  acres  of  marshes  at Norton.  I put eighteen bullocks on them. The  river wall  broke  in  and
flooded them. The  bullocks  became  ill from  eating the  grass,  and  one  died.. The others  I  kept all
winter, and was obliged to sell at £1 per head less than they cost. That prevented me having any fat

bullocks to pay the April rent.
My landlord came just as I began harvest. I met him at twelve o’clock the same day. He told me if I
did not pay by five  o’clock that day he would put a  distress  on the premises. I said “If you wait  a

 
 

fortnight I will thresh and pay you.” Behold, the next morning there were the bailiffs on. So I sad “If
that is what you mean, I must sell off, and I will pay everyone and have some to spare.”
I had all new harness, all new implements, chaff-cutter, and fyeing machine., None of that made half

 
 

what they cost me. The valuation was not so much by £50, and there were twelve acres of marsh hay
extra. Now came the pain. The lawyer’s bill was £65, the auctioneer and valuer’s  bill £39, and the

bailiffs and various other charges took nearly half what there was.
I had two prime young cowsdirectly after I took the farm. My wife was proud of them. She went one

 
 

day to look at them with pattens on. One made a run at her. She ran away and fell down and broke her
arm in two places, which she never recovered from. After a few months lingering she died. So I have

lost my wife and a good house of furniture. Everything was sold. I have no house or home, I should
be thankful if any kind friend will help me. I will make myself generally useful. I am now hard up.
My address is John Barber, Kirby Kane, Bungay.

1883
East Suff Gaz 13 Feb 

CARD PLAYING  in public houses in Beccles. A correspondent believes that there is hardly a public
house in Beccles in which it is not permitted.
“I and my children have suffered untold misery, for I am sorry to say my hiusband - at one time free

 
 
of  any such vice - is dearly fond of  card playing. Nearly every night he  goes off, directly after tea,
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and  
can always tell  in  a moment whether  he has  been  losing or winning. If  only this shameful  gaming

I see nothing more of him till past eleven, when the publican is obliged to send him off. I

could be stopped I should be so glad!” 
BECCLES BRIDGE The Surveyors of Suffolk (Mr HM Eyton said that the bridge would last many

 
 
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East Suff Gaz 13 Feb 

years for county purposes, but was inconveniently narrow.
Mr Brereton, Surveyor for Norfolk said it was structurally sound, but as the approaches were so very

 
 

steep it was  an  expensive  bridge to keep up, there  being  a  good  deal  of  heavy cartage over  it. He
considered  the  question  of  building  a  new  bridge  more  one  for  the  town  than  either  county,  and
pointed out the necessity for something being done to improve the approach from Gillingham. It was

necessary to consult the Admiralty to see if they required the bridge to be of any particular height.
MARKET TEA in the King’s Head, Beccles: Mr Beaman said “He could not say much about trade;
in fact the less he said the better. With a few excveptions the trade had been bad; he might say very

1883
East Suff Gaz 27 Feb 

bad. He supposed the bakers and butchers had done the best; the millers must have found their trade
nearly all profit;
PRAYERS FOR FINE WEATHER. Long continuance of unfavourable weather following upon the

1883
East Suff Gaz 6  Mar 

general failure of the autumn seed time, and so near to the spring seed time isv a cause of very serious
anxiety to the whole country, - Bishop of Norwich.
NEW STREETS: Why do not the Corporation put up lamps in the new streets? Because the roads are

1883
East Suff Gaz 13 Mar 

private and the power of the Corporation over them is limited to sanitary matters. If the owners put
the roads  into  good  repair,  and then  ask  leave to  hand them over to th Corporation,  no  objection
would  probably  be  offered.  Caxton  Road  isn  particular  is  used  by  passing  traffic.  Could  not  the

Corporation pay some of the cost of improving the road?
DEATH  OF MISS  OTTEY  former  postmistress  who  spent  much  of  her  life  looking  after  her  ill
mother. She had moved to the Isle of Wight.

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East Suff Gaz 20 Mar 

POLICE COURT: Mr Albert Livock, professor of Music & Church Organist found guilty of failing
to purchase a ticket at Beccles on his journey to Bungay. Fined 5s & 9s 6d costs.

1883
East Suff Gaz 20 Mar 

NOMINATIONS OF PARISH OFFICIALS: Overseers: JM Brundell, TA Woodroffe, RA King, A
Pells;  Guardians:  R  Block,  J  Boutell,  JK  Garrod,  H  Cunningham,  B  Woolnough  &  WR  Clarke.

Assessors & Collectors of Taxes: James Mullet & Jonathan Nobbs
TO  LET:  Stable  &  Coach  Houses  with  pump  and  water,  WR  Clarke,  Twyford  House,  Exchange

1883
East Suff Gaz 27 Mar 

Square.
CHURCH A pair of handsome new gates have been erected at the entrance to the south porch of the
parish church. The gates are made of oak and wrought iron, Mr Woodroffe and Mr Delf being jointly

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East Suff Gaz 27 Mar 

concerned in the work, which cost £38 10s.
NATIONAL  SCHOOLS  Mr  Ashby,  formerly  an   assistant  master   at  the  Priory  School,  Great
Yarmouth elected Master of the Boys’ School, in place of Mr Balls who is leaving.

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East Suff Gaz 27 Mar 

 
1883

 

Mr Read Crisp taking over the Treasurership from Mr Beaman who is leaving Beccles.
VESTRY MEETING: Balance  avalable for the  fabric of the  church  £80. The Churchwardens  had
received £14 for a piece of Land known as the Clerk’s Piece. [was it sold? or is it rent?] Read Crisp

East Suff Gaz 27 Mar 

retires from being Rector’s Churchwarden  and  WM Crowfoot takes his place.Mr Crowfoot said  he
had grave doubts of his accepting the office as he had already more work on his hands than he knew
very well how efficiently to accomplish.

 
 

Mr WM Crowfoot retired from the Burial Board (of which he was Chairman) after thirty years. Mr
JK Garrod appointed in his place.
LITERARY  INSTITUTE  Mr  John  Clark  resigned  from  Chairmanship,  Mr  Thwaites  elected.Mr

1883
East Suff Gaz 3 Apr 

Masters, Vice President; AE King, Secretary, in the place of MF Buck who had held the office for 6
years; W Flower, Treasurer; JS Blranfod, Librarian. Committee: A Block, MF Buck, TH Pearce, W
Read, HG Read, HB Smith & W Steer.

1883
 

East Suff Gaz 3 Apr 

POLICE COURT: LICENCE: Britannia Shades to Edward Chatten of Saxmundham.
LANGUAGE:  James  Beales,  bill-poster  using  bad  language  in  HUNGATE  at  the  Ale  Stores.

 

Inspector Bardwell ejected him. On getting into the street he used thye most filthy language he had
ever heard. He was  not sober. The  Inspector said he  had  had more  complaints of  his bad language

than of all the other people in the town put together. Fined 30s.
ASSAULT:  on  Jacob  Borrett,  labourer,who  was  unloading  malt,  in  the  employmentv  of  Messrs

 
 

Crisp, when he spoke to Frederick Warnes, labourer, about his being late. Warnes struck him on the
mouth, knocking out one of his teeth, and afterwards dealt him several blows about the head and face.
James  Goffin  corroborated.  Charles   Smith,  a   clerk  also   gave   evidence.  He  had  two  previous

convictions. Sentenced to six weeks imprisonment with hard labour.
SALE IN INGATE: Four Brick built DWELLING HOUSES, with a SHOP and LAND, late Robert
Goldsmith, deceased, near St Anne’s Bridge:

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East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 
 
 
HOUSE occupied by Sarah Smith with 2 Bedrroms & 1 Stiing Room;, Rental £5 10s;
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HOUSE & SHOP occupied by Mark Turner containing Shop, 2 Sitting Rooms, 4 Bedrooms, Stable
& Shed, Rental £10 5s;

 
 

 
 

HOUSE in occupation  of John Greengrass: Sitting Room & Bedroom, Rental £4 11s;
HOUSE occupied by Henry Farrow, Sitting Room & 2 Bedroms, Rental £4 19s 8d.

1883
East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 

BECCLES BRIDGE: The Norfolk Magistates of Norfolk &  Suffolk  agreed to  each provide  £500
towards the cost of the Bridge which was expected to cost about £3000. In Norfolk an entirely new

road would have to be made.The Suffolk Magistrates voeted in favour of the £500 expenditure by 15
votes to 13.
LIQUIDATION BY ARRANGEMENT: W Woolnough, Beccles, fish merchant

1883
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East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 

SUFFOLK AGRICULTURASL SHOW:Tenders are invited for erection of shedding, for the canvas
covering to sheds, for the supply of tares, hay and straw, and for the rght to provide refreshments, at
the Suffolk Agricultural Show at Beccles in June.

1883
East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 

EASTER FAIR: Last week a fair was held on a vacant lot near the Station. It was largely attended,
the attractions being two fat women, steam horses, swinging boats, shooting galleries, stalls etc.
SUICIDE of George Riches, labourer, aged 58, of Ingate

1883
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East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 

SOUP  KITCHEN  In  15  weeks  18,374  pints  of  soup  sold  1/2d  a  pint  to  about  300  families.
Distribution being twice a week.
FATAL ACCIDENT AT STATION Frank Aldous, aged 17, railway lamp cleaner, tried to jump on

1883
East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 

the  step  of  a  moving  carriage,  missed  his  hold  and  fell  between  the  carriages.  He  died  later  in
Hospital.
REDUCTION IN GAS PRICE: by 6d per 1000 feet. In  1876 6s was charged, noe 4s 6d.

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East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 

GAS WORKS inadequate to meet demand, a new gas-holder, a new scrubber, and an exhauster to be
added. This will increase the value of the ammonical liquor, and to produce from every ton of coal
carbonized about 1000 cubic feet of gas more than at present. Cost will be £1500 to be added to their

present capital of £7100 by the issue of 150 new £10 shares.
EXCURSION  TRAIN:  On  Tuesday  evening  150  people  from  Beccles  took  the  cheap  evening

1883
East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 

excursion to Norwich to go to Hengler’s Circus.
WAVENEY VALLEY BICYCLE CLUB, 20 Members of the Club had a successful supper at King’s

1883
East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 

Head. Spoke of immense development of cycling over the last ten years.
FAUCONBERGE SPORTS DAY held on 9 April.

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East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 

POLICE  COURT:  William  Sampson,  [aged  39,  married  with  one  son,  lived  in  Swine’s  Green]
labourer, & John George [aged  25, married with  no  children,  lived  in  Swine’s Green], labourer  &
Barrington  Copeman,  [aged  37,  lived  in  Swine’s  Green],  married  with  two  children,  hay  dealer

charged with  being disorderly  and  refusing to  quit the Red Cow when  requested by the  Landlord,
John Hubbard.. The three men were in the house about 5 o’clock on Thursday.  An old man called for
half  a pint  of  beer, which was  accidentally knocked  off the table,  and the handle  of the mug was

broken.  Sampson picked it up,  and then smashed it on the floor, which naturally  made him  angry,
and he told him to leave the house or he would call the police. The two other defendants also behaved
badly, and he told them to go. They remained, however, drinking other people’s beer, and otherwise

behaving in an improper way. On eof them threw a piece of coal at him and injured his hat: all three
annoyed him for two hours. As they had been previously convicted tey were each fined 18s, incuding
costs, or seven days. Thirteen days allowed.

1883
East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 

POLICE COURT Alfred Drew aged 13 [lived in Dacre Place, Newgate, father a labourer, family of 6
children] & William Preston, aged 13 [lived in Dacre Place, father a Pressman, family of 5 children]  
charged with stealing a purse valued at 6d and half a soverign from Arthur Stimpson, tailor [aged 25,

lived in Fair Close]
Frances  Stimpson sent her little boy aged  6 with half  a sovereign to the Co-op to buy some bacon.
When he came home he had nither purse, money nor bacon. Drew said he had “picked the little boy

 
 

up and carried him because he was afraid of some dogs. The purse dropped out of his pocket. I picked
it  up  and  changed  the  half  soverign,  gave  half  to  Preston,  the  otherv  is  at  my  house.”  Thomas

Nightingale [41Smallgate], baker, had changed the money. Prisoners remanded for seven days.
1 May: they were  sent to prison  for ten  days  and afterwards to the  reformatory  at Buxton for five

 
 

years each.
Joseph  Walton,  the  Mayor  presents  the  Council  with  a  Chain  of  Office  for  the  Mayor.  He  was

1883
East Suff Gaz 24 Apr 

surprised that there had not been one previously. It was made of silver gilt. He handed it round for
inspection, after which he put it on, remarking that as he had presented the chain in order that it might
be worn, he presumed the Council would wish him to put it on. (Applause).

 
 

Alderman  Crowfoot  thanking,  said  that  last  year  he  attended  the  large  gathering  of  Mayors  at  St
Paul’s, and he had the opportunity of seeing a very large number of municipal chains. He did feel it
very desirable that the Mayor of Beccles should be  decorated in that way. One Gentleman who sat

next to him  at dinner felt it so very keenly. He  did not know whether he should be admitted to the
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Lord  Mayor  without  a  chai:  so  he  had  gone  to  the  expense  of  getting  a  Court  dress,  and  a  very
comical figure he managed tocut.

1883
East Suff Gaz 24 Apr 

TOWN COUNCIL i) Attention of Major Crowfoot drawn to the want of repair of the rifle stands on
the Common.

 
 

ii) Alderman Masters complained about the state of the Common. It should be a place of recreation,
but the sweeping of the streets and the night soil were carted there and created a great nuisance. The

same concerned the holes on the Common, which ought to be filled up as much as possible, and some
effort to make it look more like a park. At present it was the receptacle for the rubbish of the town.
Reply: The Common was little else but holes; but the holes made for getting out gravel must be filled

 
 

up. Councillor Read said that only a short time ago he had the misfortune to lose a cow owing to its
falling into one of those holes. Not long after he saw two ponies galloping in play, and one of them
had afterwards to be shot.

 
 

 
 

iii) At times there had been a very objectioable effluvia about the town
iv) A piece of pavement 30 yards long near Mr Knights, baker in Northgate be raised 4 inches if it
can be done without interfering with the houses.

 
 

v) The Town-Crier  has  been fined  for  using obscene  language,  and  is perhaps  unsuitable for that
office. A vote of censure was passed against him, but he was not sacked.
vi) An application from Mr Shade applying for leave to case his house on the Old Market. Agreed. [2

 
 

or 4 Old Market]
vii) A new  large  lamp had  been put  up in the Newmarket  by the Gas Company. The Councillors
generally deemed it a success. But would electric lighting be better, even if slightly more expensive?

 
 
1883
East Suff Gaz 24 Apr 

LETTER: WATER SUPPLY: A sediment is invariably formed when the water is allowed to stand in
a  vessel for  any length  of time,  and numberless  foreign substances  can readily be  seen  in  a  glass.
One’s temperance views are sorely tried at times owing to the condition of the water.

1883
East Suff Gaz 1 May 

The Rector returned  home  on Friday  evening  after  his month’s  holiday. To signalize the event the
flag was hoisted on the steeple, and the bells rang out a joyous peal

1883
East Suff Gaz 8 May 

SALE: BLYBURGATE: A large SHOP in Blyburgate with plate glass front & Sitting Room, Pantry,
3 Bedrooms, 2 Attics and range of offices, all used as Warehouses) ALSO a well planted productive

Garden. The SHOP & Offices are occupied by the BECCLES WORKING MEN’S CO-PERATIVE
Association  under  a  lease  3  years  of  which  are  unexpired.  The  Garden  is  occupied  by  Mr  JL

Wilkinson. Annual Rent £35.  [No Sale}
SALE: INGATE: A Block of Four Freehold Tenements with Wheelwright’s Shop in the occupation
of John Spinlove, Clement Dennington, James Turrell & Lydia Balls. Aggregate Rental £32 10s.

1883
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1883

 

[Withdrawn at £350; later purchased  by Mr WH Cook for £380]
TOWN COUNCIL authorise the lending of the Common to the Agricultural Show on 27th & 28th of
June.

East Suff Gaz 8 May 
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East Suff Gaz 15 May 

LIQUIDATION BY ARRANGEMENT: James Potter, publican, Beccles [The Crown  & Ancor, 7,
BALLYGATE]
MISS McCulloch  is  recovering from the  sprain  she  accidentally  met with  a short time since,  and

1883
East Suff Gaz 22 May 

hopes to be able to meet her pupils again on 28th May.
IN LIQUIDATION: AW Burnham, hatter of Blyburgate.
POLICE COURT: late of  Shipmeadow Workhouse  and  just  out of Norwich Castle, where he  had

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East Suff Gaz 29 May 
East Suff Gaz 29 May 

been  committed  for  misbehaviour  in  the  workhouse,  was  charged  with  having  assaulted  Police
Constable Caley.in the Court. He  refused to take  off his hat,  and when the constable took it off  he
struck him.  After his conviction Wright assaulted and kicked Inspector Bardwell in the legs. When in

the train he bit and struck the Constable. He was sentenced to six weeks hard labour.
NEW POST OFFICE: Mr Stephen Thompson, the new Postmaster entered on his duties on  1 June
and moved into his new office, which is next but one to the old office, near the church. It has been

1883
East Suff Gaz 5 Jun 

fitted up with allthe latest improvements.
FOXHOUNDS: The Suffolk pack composed of 31 couples, the property of Mr EW Grene, were sold

1883
East Suff Gaz 5 Jun 

at Rugby fetching from 22 to 45 guineas, totalling nearly1000 guineas.
SALE OF FURNITURE: Newmarket [The Walk] late Miss Otty, late the Post Office.

1883
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East Suff Gaz 12 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 12 Jun 

DEATH of WILLIAM CLOWES, the eldest son  of William Clowes who in 1803 laid the foundation
of the business. He entered the office in 1823. His father was amongst the first to commence steam

printing, and was called upon to defend an action of nuisance brought by his neighbour, the late Duke
of Northumberland. This led to the business inm Northumberland Court being removed to the present
site,  in  Duke  Street,  Stamford  Street,  whence  have  emenated  some  of  the  most  important  works

which the present  century has produced.  Specially may be mentioned the  appearance  of the  Penny
Magazine, which did so much for the cause of cheap, wholesome, and popular literature. The Penny
magazine,  it is believed, was the  earliest instance  of the successful printing  of woodcuts  by aid of

steam machinery.
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Mr  Clowes,  besides  controlling  the  destinies  of  the  business  left  by  his  father  to  himself  and  his
brother, Mr Gerge Clowes, was ever conspicuous for the interest which he took in the welfare of the

operatives  in  his  craft.  For  thirty  years  he  was  a  trustee  and  Treasurer  of  the  Printers’  Pension,
Almshouse.   and  Orphan  Asylum  Corporation.  the  building   and  subsequent  endowment  of  the

Printers’ Almshouse at Wood Green greatly occupied his attention, and he always evinced a kindly
zeal for the comfort of the inmates.

 
 

Mr  Clowes  was  born  on  15th  May,  1807  and  his  remains  were  followed  to  the  family  grave  in
Norwood Cemetery by the members of his family, by about sixty of the employees of the firm, and
by the Secretary of the Printing Trade Charities, and many other friends.+

1883
East Suff Gaz 12 Jun 

FAUCONBERGE  SCHOOL Mr RM Brown,  od Downing College, Cambridge,  late  of this school
has gained a First in the Natural Science Tripos.
NEW  WATER CART: The Sanitary Authority have just purchased  a new wate cart which was out

1883
East Suff Gaz 12 Jun 

for the first time on Saturday. They have now two carts for watering the streets and roads, which will
avoid  the complaints of clouds of dust made in all parts of the town.
POLICE COURT: LICENCES

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East Suff Gaz 12 Jun 

 
 

Benjamin Revell tranfer of licence from James Potter of Crown & Anchor.
Tom Tandy to sell wine, beer & spirita at the Agriculural Show.
BAPTIST CHURCH: Meeting of Baptist Association: The Beccles Pastor has resigned. Baptised 3,

 
1883

East Suff Gaz 12 Jun 

dismissed to other Churches 2; died 2; present Members 163; Scholars 140.
INSPECTION of RIFLE VOLUNTEERS by Col Buxton. 130 of al ranks present on parade including
Major WM Crowfoot & Capt Robinson. Congratulated on their Battalion & Company movements.

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East Suff Gaz 12 Jun 

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East Suff Gaz 12 Jun 

HOSPITAL SUNDAY: Collections at all places of worship:
St Michael’s: £21  12s  10d; Congregational: £12 5s 7d; Baptists £4  2s b 6d; Wesleyan £1  9s  3d;
Primitive Methodists 18s

 
1883
East Suff Gaz 12 Jun 

RECTOR of SOTTERLEY, Rev  SS Warmoll,   accused of being  drunk during a  Service before the
Ecclesiastical Commission.. Defence was that he was old and ill. He was advised to appoint a Curate

to take his place. The charges were not brought. [The Curate appointed was himself sent to prison in
1885!]

1883
East Suff Gaz 19 Jun 

EDUCATION: The National Schools propsed to be enlarged to meet increasing requirements. £700
will be needed. £300 already promised.

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page missing
POLICE  COURT:  Sarah  Mills,  married  woman,  living  in  Dacre  Place  charged  with  maliciously
broken  a window  in the house  of Mary Ann Goffin, married woman, who  lives on the  corner  of

East Suff Gaz 26 Jun 

Manor House  Lane. Mrs Goffin said  she was unable to  go  out of  her  house without the  defendant
insulting or abusing her.
On 2 June she heard some0ne throwing stones at her door at quarter to twelve at night,, and looking

 
 

out saw  it was the  defendant. The  defendant threw  a stone  and smashed the window, saying “She
would soon settle her.” A neighbour, Charles Minns  corroborated the story. .She said  her little boy
did it  accidentally, in trying to hit the  door. The Bench werre  quite satisfied she was  guilty of this

offence and in consequence of her previous character she would be Fined £1 or 14 days hard labour.
She asked for time to pay. “Not a Day” said the Chairma, “Not an hour” said Mr Crisp.
RETIREMENT of MAJOR ALLEZ: He  had  been Deputy Chief Constable for 40 years,  and  being

 
 

now in his 75th year, and finding that bodily infirmities began to interfere with the efficient discharge
of his duties, he thought it best to apply for superannuation. The Bench thanked him and wished him
a happy retirement.

1883
East Suff Gaz 26 Jun 

THREATENING LETTER sent to the BISHOP  of NORWICH, Rt Rev John Pelham in which  he
threatens  to  murder  him  if  he  does  not  relinquish  his  salary  of  £5,000.  Joseph  Betts,  (aged  31)
labourer of Norwich accused. Case to go to Assizes.

 
 

At the Norwich Assizes on 14 August the Bishop withdrew the case as he believed that the prisoner
did not intend to murder him, but a stop must be put to people sending threatening  letters. He was

released on surety of £100 & bound over.
SALE  late William  Suggate:  LOT 1: A Block of THREE COTTAGES  & Gardens  in  PEDDAR’S

1883
East Suff Gaz 26 Jun 

LANE occupied by James Stratford, George Pratt & Thomas Gardiner
[purchased Mr Nicholson £303]

 
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East Suff Gaz 26 Jun 

SALE  of  FURNITURE  of  Mrs  Boatwright,  who  is  leaving  town:    No  1  Wellington  Terrace,
STATION ROAD:
BECCLES HOSPITAL. Criticisms that there was an unfair charge made on working men going into

1883
East Suff Gaz 3 Jul 

Hospital. This was denied. The circumstances were very carefully looked into and people who could
not afford to pay were not charged.
SUFFOLK AGRICULTURAL SHOW  Held  at BECCLES It was  12 years ago that the  Show last

1883
East Suff Gaz 3 Jul 
came to Beccles, when  africulture was prospering,  and trade  generally  good. Times have  changed
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since 1871, and Beccles has shared in the depression. At first when it was suggested, there was a col
response,  but for the importunity  and resolution  of  a few,  no invitation would probably have  been

given. The Corporation gave the use of a portion of the Common, and a more suitable site could not
be desired.

 
 

Decorative archways were built on Station Road, the Railway Station & the Avenue, giving the town
a holiday appearance.. Fewer Horses than in 1871, but more sheep & cattle.

1883
East Suff Gaz 10 Jul 

TO LET: BRITANNIA WINE  SHADES, BLYBURGATE, immediate possession. Apply Harwood
& Co, The Brewery, Beccles.

1883
East Suff Gaz 10 Jul 

PARTNERSHIP   DISSOLVED   -   Harw0ood   &   Beaman,   Beccles,   brewers,   maltsters   &   wine
merchants
WORKERS’ TREAT  65 men &  apprentices  employed by Mr Horsley’s Carriage Works started  at

1883
East Suff Gaz 10 Jul 

6am  in three pair-horse  breaks & three  single horse waggonettes for  Yarmouth. They reached the
Bridge Hotel at 9.30, had breakfast, returning to the Hotel at 2.30 had bountiful lunch & started for
home at 9.30, arriving at 12 midnight.

1883
East Suff Gaz 10 Jul 

QUARTER  SESSIONS:  Beccles  Bridge:  The  plaqns  for  this  were  approved,  allowing  £500  from
their  funds  &  £500  from  Norfolk.  The  existing  bridge  would  not  be  interfered  with  during  the
construction of the new bridge [I think it was], which would start from almost absolute contact with

thje old one, and would cross the river directly at waterings, which were considered public ground on
either side. The width would be 20ft (11ft at present) and the span 70ft.
The  outlay would  be  £2,000  for the bridge,  £100  for the  architects,  compensation  claimed by Mr

 
 

Darby of £170. The Beccles Navigation Commissioners had £1,658 in hand.
STRUCK by LIGHTNING: At Beccles there was a storm  in the  morning on  Saturday. Mr Allen,
stonemason was injured by lighning while in his garden in Fen Lane. His neck was scorched, and he

1883
East Suff Gaz 17 Jul 

felt so much pain in his legs and body, with headache, that he was obliged to keep to bed for the rest
of the day and onm Sunday. On Monday he was much better..

1883
East Suff Gaz 17 Jul 

OUTING 60 employees of Mr Garrod had their annual treat on Tuesday, leave Beccles by the 9am
train to Thorpe Station. They had dinner at the George Inn on the Haymarket. Returned home at 9.30.

1883
 

East Suff Gaz 24 Jul 

POLICE COURT: LICENCES: the Crown & Anchor, Ballygate to Benjamin Revell
The Spead Eagle, Northgate to William Martin

 
 

 
 
 

The Falcon, New Market to Frederick Hall
The Angel, Ballygate to Henry Oakley
The  Fox  &  Hounds,  New  Market  to  James  Potter,  as  manager  for  executors  of  Philip  Jarman,

 
 

deceased.
FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL Prize Day;  Speaker The Rector (dull speech)
DANGEROUS CHARACTER: On Friday a Policeman arrived from Woodbridge to take custody of

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East Suff Gaz 31 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 31 Jul 

Stephen Oxborough, a ticket of leave prisoner, who failed to report to the police every month. He is
wanted for robbery at Wickhm Market.
7 August: There was insufficient evidence for theft of 7 pairs of boots at Wickham Market.

 
 

 
 

 But  for  failing  to  present  himself  he  was  returned  to  Wormwood  Scrubbs  (where  he  had  been
convicted for 7 years hard labour)
STRAWBERRIES: Very prolific Crop: John Crisp’s gardener 614 pints from land 22yds x 10yds

1883
1883

East Suff Gaz 7 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 7 Aug 

LEMAN SCHOOL PRIZES: Rector presents
GIRLS’ FRIENDLY SOCIETY annual Treat to Kessingland
BAND OF HOPE chilren have Summer Treat to Castle Farm

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East Suff Gaz 7 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 7 Aug 

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East Suff Gaz 7 Aug 

INSPECTION of No & (Beccles) Battery
BUNGAY RACES revived on Bank Holiday after 27 years. 6 events. Grandstand erected by S Darby
of Beccles for 800 people. 7,000 present. Trains from Norwich, Yarmouth, Ipswich etc. Special train

East Suff Gaz 7 Aug 

from Beccles.  (JL Garden on Committee: His horse “My Uncle” won The Waveney Stakes & The
Licensed Victuallers Stakes

1883
1883

East Suff Gaz 14 Aug 

TO BE LET: House & Shop in Newmarket - Apply RC Houghton
FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE again broken out in Suffolk near Halesworth.

East Suff Gaz 21 Aug 

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1883

East Suff Gaz 21 Aug 

WORKING MEN’S CLUB to Harwich for outing.
BANKRUPTCY LAW changed. Liquidations which are five times more common than Bankrupcies

East Suff Gaz 21 Aug 

will be abolished.
THE  SALVATION ARMY : This  little  band  of religious zealots had  rather rough time of  it  last
week.  When  they  went  out  on  Wednesday  &  Thursday  evenings,  they  were  mobbed  and  hissed,

1883
East Suff Gaz 28 Aug 

stones were thrown, and even knives, it is reported, were drawn, threats being  freely used. Several of
the members of the Army found it necessary to secrete themselves until the fury of the mob had spent
itself.  Some  harsh  and uncharitable public  comments  on the future of  certain  deceased  individuals

seem to have provoked the disturbances.
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1883
East Suff Gaz 28 Aug 

TOWN COUNCIL: Property Plans Approved:  Rev SK Bland for additions to his house occupied by
Mr Robson;  HL Robbins new office in Gosford RoadNew Gas Holder at Gas Works. The plan for a

new house for  WK Larke on Swine’s Green must have specifications given.
Agreement with the Gas Co & its Managing Director, CF Parker for supply of gas for next year.

 
 

 
 

THE BRIDGE: Alderman reported his meeting with the Magistrates about the bridge. He said that the
JPs  of  East  Suffolk were  in favour  of  spending money on  it,  but those  of  West  Suffolk were not

interested. Councillor  Smith said the new  bridge would be too low.  It needed to  be  aq  foot  or  18
inches taller. This would cost £1,000 more it was understood.  
LADIES’ Class for Drill & Calisthesics. Sergt- Major Barkham, RA in Town Hall 12.15 Tuesday 4

1883
East Suff Gaz 28 Aug 

Sept
CAXTON ATHLETIC SPORTS 
NEW HOSPITAL at Norwich opened, a magnificent building, provides bedding accommodation for

1883
1883

East Suff Gaz 28 Aug 
 
East Suff Gaz 28 Aug 

1,500 patients instead of 100 in the old hospital. Seventy additional beds are kept for an emergency.
To render the hospital free from any possible risk of disease a quarter of the available space is always
to be  kept empty, with the doors  and windows  open. Munificent  gift of  £15,000 from the  Earl  of

Leicester.
SALE  FURNITURE:  Miss  Gammidge  who  is  leaving  Beccles,  The  Walk  Household  &  School
Furniture, 3 Pianos,  12 iron bedsteads, forms, maps etc

1883
East Suff Gaz 4 Sep 
1883

SCHOOL: It has been decided not to reopen the Elementary Schools today owing to the epedemic of
measles & hooping-cogh, from which so many children have been suffering.  [Reopened 10 Sept]
POLICE COURT:Mark Peat, labourer,  disorderly, put out of The Duke pub by the  Landlord, Luke

East Suff Gaz 4 Sep 
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East Suff Gaz 4 Sep 

Smith, but returned and  police called. Fined 10s.
LICENCE TRANSFER: Horse  & Groom  in New Market to new pub in Caxton Road  by Messrs
Morse & Woods. Built recently by TA Woodroffe, cost £500, well worth £15 a year. James Sampson,

1883
East Suff Gaz 4 Sep 

landlord.    Good  cart  shed  &  stables  for  7  or  8  horses  provided.  Approved  despite  objections  by
inhabitants of Caxton Road, Denmark Road, Avenue Cottages & Waveney Terrace

 
 

Mr S Reeve, who was putting forward the application on behalf of Messrs Morse & Woods, brewers,
remarked: “There were persons who drank cold water and liked it above everything. By all means in

the world let them drink as much as they liked; but it was not everybody who liked to swallow the
pump handle.” (Laughter)

1883
East Suff Gaz 4 Sep 

LICENCE:  William  Warren of the Victoria,  LONDON ROAD applied  for wine  licence. Refused.
Only allowed with meals.
LICENCE: Britaania Shades, BLYBURGATE: John Harrison, 28 years a soldier. Granted

1883
1883

East Suff Gaz 4 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 4 Sep 

LICENCE: George & Dragon, HUNGATE LANE: licence to RB Snowden approved.
THEFT: Henry Cole of Westminster found guilty of entering the Town Clerk’s  office (Mr Angell)
when no one was around & stealing  a velveteen coat, a  clothes brush  and pens. He was afterwards

1883
East Suff Gaz 11 Sepl 

observed wearing the coat and nonchantly smoking about the streets, somewhat the worse for drink.
TENDERS for rebuilding the Brick Pinning to the raised Path on the South Side
REDIHAM HALL ESTATE Sale of 440 Oak, Ash & Elm timbers & trees.

1883
1883

East Suff Gaz 11 Sepl 
East Suff Gaz 11 Sepl 
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East Suff Gaz 11 Sepl 

COUNCIL MEETING: The New Bridge. Members of the Council complained of the ugliness of the
new  bridge  designs,  saying  more  ornamentation  was  required.  They  also  wanted  it  more  than  18
inches  higher than the  old  bridge. Nevertheless eventually they agreed to the  begrudging terms  of

theJustices and that the Council would give £50 towards the Bridge.
SCHOOL: Miss Gammidge, of the Walk,  leaving the Town. Sale of School Furniture etc. 3 Pianos.
EARLY  CLOSING:  Letter  from  Secretary  of  the  Early  Closing  Association,  London,  noting  that

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East Suff Gaz 18 Sepl 
East Suff Gaz 18 Sepl 

Beccles  does  not have a mid-week half holiday, whereas  in  a very large proportion of the towns in
England and Wales there is a half day holiday..
TROUT put into the Waveney  at Ellingham a year  ago  have  attained  a  considerable size and have

1883
East Suff Gaz 18 Sepl 

been seen near Beccles bridge.
LIQUIDATION James Potter, publican, Beccles. DEividend of 4s 6d in the £.

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East Suff Gaz 18 Sepl 
East Suff Gaz 18 Sepl 

BARSHAM HALL FARM. Mr Whitting gave his labourers his usual feast. About 40 sat down to a
substantial dinner.

1883
East Suff Gaz 18 Sepl 

POLICE COURT: Harriet Ling found guilty of assaulting 81 year old Sarah Knights, wife of Thomas
Knights, cowkeeper. Mrs Knights was agent for a house in which the Lings lived, who had not paid

the rent for eight weeks and were moving to Burton on Trent. Mrs Ling pushed over Mrs Knights,
dislocating her wrist. Mrs Ling was arrested at the Railway Station, gaily bedecked in her finery. She
was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment.

1883
East Suff Gaz 18 Sepl 

SALVATION ARMY (leading  article) : “For the second time the Justices  of the Beccles Division
have made it plain that they intend to  deal stternly with  all personal  assaults upon members of the
Salvation Army.  Whatever provocation may  be  given  in  a  general way in the noisy  and  offensive

perambulation of the Army through the streets of the Town, there can be no excuse for resorting to
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personal  violence  ...  The  disorder  in  the  streets  at  night  is  becoming  intolerable  ...  blashemy  &
wickedness were never so openly displayed as now ...”

1883
East Suff Gaz 18 Sepl 

POLICE COURT John Bell, brewer’s drayman sentenced  to 14 days hard labour for knocking down
Ellen Philpot [aged 18, living in Suffolk Inn in Newgate] with his fist at 8pm in Manor House Lane

when she was out wth the Salvation Army. [The Hall seems to have been in the Lane]
Lieut Maria Peters & Lizzie Spalding [aged 21, living in Rook’s Lane] came to her when she fell. She

 
 

screamed and they carried her into the Hall. Walter Taylor said he was in the ranks behind this young
woman. This man  knocked her down & trampled on her. He was not really the worse for drink, but
he had some.

 
1883
1883

 

“Outside the Court the Salvationists were hooted, and some indecent remarks were made use of”
SALE of FURNITURE: late Mr James Wolltorton. STATION ROAD
St MICHAEL’S HARVEST FESTIVAL: Prayers by Rev JH Raven. Collection £15  2s for District

East Suff Gaz Octl 
East Suff Gaz 2 Oct 

Visiting Society
RUNAWAY  HORSE:  Mr  Brewster   of  Wrentham   sent   his  son  with   a  load   of   corn  to  Mr
Haddingham’s Mill in the London Road. A valuable mare, four years old was put in a stable on its

1883
East Suff Gaz 2 Oct 

own,  but  unfastened  the  door,  ran  int  St  Mary’s  Road  and  into  the  pailings  of  the  Fauconberge
School, knocking down twelve yards, as well as two large posts. She fell over, but was secured within
a few yards of Mr Raven’s drawing room.

1883

CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATION 4th AGM at Town Hall There are now 229 members.. About 150
attended the Tea at 6.30pm. Public Meeting 8pm. WM Crowfoot presides. He hopes more of profit
will be devoted to education of the Working Classes. Secretary E Neal reports that in 1880 out of a

East Suff Gaz 2 Oct 

Trade of £1500 with  a net balance of £75  12s  10d,  and the dividend was 100%. The business now
increased to £5,600 & the Association paid £854 in dividends, being 2s in the £ to members & 1s to
non-members

 
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Vocal & instrumental solos & trios were given by G Hussey, T Saul, G Pye, H Pye & J Holmes.
TOWN CLOCK In view of the erratic performances of the town clock, it will not surprise our readers

East Suff Gaz 2 Oct 

to learn that at 3 o’clock this morning it struck 94 times. The fact is, the town clock is a barefaced
deceiver, and has been for many years back.

1883

PHRENOLOGY  LECTURE in the Town Hall  by W Cross: “We strongly  advise  our  readers,  and
especially those  who  regard the phrenological science  as a species of  humbug  akin to  alchemy, to

East Suff Gaz 16 Oct 

pay a visit to Mr W Cross, an Essex man, who is at present engaged in giving audiences at Mr Delf’s
Temperance Hotel,  Exchange  Square. The  marvellous  accuracy with which he  deliniates  character
has received abundant testimony. His powers as a lecturer and mimic also appear to be of no mean

order.  parents  who  are  anxious  to  decide  upon  professions  and  occupations  for  their  sons  and
daughters  may  receive  valuable  advice  by  submitting  the  heads  of  their  offspring  to  Mr  Cross’s
inspection.

1883

 SCIENCE & ART CLASSES: Mr J Hooker will re-open his class on Magnetism & Electricity in the
Old Library Room of the Town Hall every Tuesday & Thursday 8.15 to 9.30 pm, until end of April.
5s

East Suff Gaz 16 Oct 
1883

TOWN  COUNCIL:  The  Mayor  (Joseph  Walton)  in  disagreement  with  the  Magistrates.  Says  that
when Beccles concerns arise at the Magistrates’ Court the Mayor should be Chairman of the Bench.
Unlike other towns this does not happen. For instance he knew nothing about a case brought that very

East Suff Gaz 16 Oct 

morning until after the Magistrates Court, because he had not been informed.  The Mayor wishes that
a Commission of the Peace be established for the town chaired by the Mayor..
Aldeman  Crowfoot,  Deputy  Mayor  spoke  for  an  amendment.  He  wished  to  have  the  Borough

 
 

Sessions restored (like Chipping Norton) where the Mayor always took the Chair, and were assisted
by the County magistrates if need be. The County Magistrates are willing to reconsider the situation
at their next meeting, and at least  one  of their  number would support the reintroduction of Borugh

Sessions.
The meeting was adjourned until a later date, the proposition having been passed by the casting vote

 
 

of the Mayor. Crowfoot, Masters  & Mayhew did not vote.
MAYOR as MAGISTRATE from Samuel Steel [He died in 1908 aged 91]  In the Municipal Reform

1883
East Suff Gaz 16 Oct 

Act of 1835, it is enacted that “The Mayor shall preside in all Borough cases”, the county magistrates
havin concurrent jurisdiction, while contrariwise the Mayor and other borough magistrates, in those

of the conty, have not  any. When  I  had the honour to  be Mayor  of Beccles,  it was usual in  Petty
Sessions (then held weekly) for the county business to be taken first, under the presidency of a county
magistrate;  atits  conclusion  the  borogh  cases  came before the Bench, when  as Mayor  I invariably

presided, as did the late George Fenn, who had preceded me in the office.  There was no friction or
uneasiness in the practice, being in accordance with thelaw.
There can be no question  that in the Mayor is vested the right to preside in all borugh cases.

 
1883

 
BECCLES BRIDGE: Letter from James Bullivant, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Considers
East Suff Gaz 16 Oct 
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the destruction of Beccles Bridge would be a piece of vandalism.
“So  ancient is the town’s  existence that  even Heinhof,  a  Swedish poet  of the tenth  century, in  his

 
 

pastoral epic “Wogohotilmorin” alludes to Beccles as a “pleasant hamlet on an arm of the sea”.
ALLEGED ASSAULT on Harry Harmer,  aged  13.  William  French,  assistant master  at the Board

1883
East Suff Gaz 16 Oct 

School   accused   of   hitting  Harmer,  who  was  throwing  stones   and   striking  some   girls   in  the
playground. Harmer was  abusive to French  and  another teacher, Thomas Alexander. Mrs Harmer,

mother  and publican  of the Crown  in Blyburgate said that  her son had  bruises from being hit  by
French.  Mr  Bscal,  Headmaster  said  the  boy  made  no  complaint  when  he  spoke  to  him  after  the
incident. Case dismissed.

1883
1883

BOARD SCHOOL: The salary of Miss Chastney raised from £70 to £80 pa.
BECCLES COLLEGE: Matriculation  Edinburgh:  Ernest W Rahn passed preliminary exams  in arts
for medical & science degrees. Distinguished in Latin & French, passed in maths, Greek, mechanics,

East Suff Gaz 23 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 23 Oct 

logic & natural philosophy.
MAYOR  as  MAGISTRATE:  The  Mayor  read  a   letter  written  by  Alderman  Crowfoot  to  the
Magistrates asking them to confirm that when borough business came up the Mayor would take the

1883
East Suff Gaz 23 Oct 

Chair. The Council posponed  a decision  on the sending  of  a letter  asking  for  a Commission of the
Peace for the town. It was decided that this should not be read at the Meeting.
MAYOR as MAGISTRATE:  Statement at the Police Court by the Chairman, WE Crowfoot: “The

1883
East Suff Gaz 30 Oct 

busness to be transacted at petty sessions, that the borough business  be taken after the conclusion of
the County business. And that the Mayor, if present, takes the Chair, in right of his office, during the
business of the borough business.”

1883
 
 

POLICE COURT: LICENCES:  The Suffolk Beerhouse, Station Road to Elizabeth Driver, Weshall
The “Wine at Shop” licence held by CF Parker to Samuel Le Grice
The Britannia Shades, Blyburgate to Robert Bird, Westhall

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The Angel alehouse, Ballygate to James Cutler
The Queen’s Head, Newgate to Samuel Carsey.

1883

BECCLES  BRIDGE:  Meeting  of  Beccles  Navigation  Committee.  A  temporary  bridge  capable  of
carrying five tons would be built by 1 April 1884. The new bridge should be ready by 1 August 1884.

East Suff Gaz 30 Oct 

Compensation  should  be  considered  for the Hermitage & the  Ship yards.  It was thought the pubs
woud  greatly benefit from trade  and  lodging those  concerned with the  bridge. Tenders were to  be

invited for the work.
SALE  of BUSINESS: No  2 The WALK: Mr CF Parker  sold Old  Established Drapery & Grocery
Business to Mr S Le-Grice, with whom he formerly lived. Has thorough practical knowledge of each

1883
East Suff Gaz 23 Oct 

Department
COUNCIL ELECTION: elected: WP Garrod 307;  FJ Allen  229;  RJ Read 219; JM Brundell 219;
Not elected: NW Pells 173.-

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East Suff Gaz 6 Nov 

SALVATION ARMY: Petition by the Salvation Army to use the Town Hall, signed by:
HJ Harvey, J Hunn, E Fairweather, J Kemp, JG Balls, J Youngman, A Fisk, Jeremiah Lockwood, R
Harvey,  J  Hamon,  E  Cook,  Wm  Knights,  A  Bobbett,  WE  Mills,  WW  Woodward,  E  Jordan,  C

 

Petersen, T Nightingale & Frankland.  There would be no procession through the streets.
 Councillor WP Garrod was opposed, he said they already had a Chapel, but he did not know where.
He said he did not wish to interfere with any religious body or sect; but he believed there was more

 
 

 
 

blasphemy than religion attached to the Salvation Army. If Alderman Mayhew’s house was siuated as
his was, in the Old Market,  and he  heard the rough  element challenge the  religious sect,  he might
think as he did that blasphemy overruled the religion, and as such the sooner they died a natural death

the better for the town (applause). The Mayor decided to approve their request.
DISTRESS LEVIES: Bailiff appointed: Henry William Cutting.
DIPTHERIA OUTBREAK: Several cases in the town & one death has occurred.

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ELECTION of MAYOR: Mr Walton was re-elected Mayor & WM Crowfoot & Masters, Aldermen
Crowfoot was Deputy Mayor.

 
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BANQUET to the MAYOR: The Chairman (Alerman Mayhew)  in  giving  a toast to the Bishop &
Clergy said of the [new] Rector “what they had seen of the Rector had endeared him to them all. He

had earned at once, and very quickly, the esteem and regard of all the parihioners and inhabitants of  
Beccles - not only belonging to the church, but to other bodies. They discovered in him a simplicity

of intention and an earnest desire to be of use to the town which they fully appreciated.
CURATE formerly of Beccles, Samuel Smith, to be Rector of St Margaret & St Swithin, Norwich
page missing.

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PETTY SESSIONS: James Woolner, 13, employed as a baker’s boy, guilty of disturbing Mrs Maria
Whitehead,  by wilfully knocking  at her front door.  Inspector  said the  boy was not brought before
them  because  he  was  worse  than  other  boys;  but  the  police  had  a  great  deal  of  complaint  about

knocking at doors, ringing of bells, and other annoyances. Mrs Whitehead was an infirm old lady, and
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had  been  much  annoyed  - her windows  being broken, stones thrown  into the  house,  and  door  and
window smeared with mud. She was not the only one; indeed the complaints were general, and some

seemed to think the police could be at all their doors.
Robert Harper, a carpenter, said the boy was dependent on him since the death of his parents. He had

 
 

always been a very good boy, and he did not believe he had been in the habit of knocking at doors..
Guilty, fined 3s 6d, but the next boy who might be brought before them on such a charge would be

severely punished,  as they  could  not  have  inhabitants annoyed in this manner. Mr Harper paid the
money.
HENHAM HALL: FESTIVITIES: November 19th was the 21st anniversary of the birth of Viscount

1883
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Danwich, son and heir of the Earl of Stradbroke, Lord Lieutenant of the county, and in honour of the
event the Hall was last week the scene of high festivity.
Monday morning was  ushered  in  by the ringing  of bells,  and  at Henham, and in the  neighbouring

 
 

towns and Parishes, daylight had scarcely dawned before the health, happiness, and prosperity of the
heir to the Henham Hall estate had been drunk in a bumper, though in regular-going and less exciting
times it might scarcely he considered proper to crack the bottle so eatly in the day. But if the bounds

of every-day custom were slightly exceeded in this respect, did not the occasion justify it? From the
high position in which Earl Stradbroke’s name is held in the county, not only iii his official position
as the representative of the Sovereign, but as a landlord and resident nobleman, the coining of age of

his  son  and  heir  very  naturally  called  forth  the  hearty  and  respectfull  congratulations  of  the  in
habitants of the county at large.
A deputation representing the town  of Haleswoeth  had the  honour  of  presenting the  first formal

 
 

address of congratulation ;  which was read by Mr F Cross. senior churchwarden, who alluled to the
circumstances of Lord Stradbroke having, 73 years ago, been a pupil of His (Mr Cross’s) father, and
having left the latter’s house in January, 1811, to join his regiment. Lord Dunwich returned thanks in

kindly terms,  and the venerable  Earl  also thanked the  deputation  for the trouble they  had taken to
come over. It had been his lot to reside at henham for 56 years, and he believed that during that long

time he had never made an enemy. Before leaving the deputation drank the health of Lord Dunwich,
and inspected the numerous and valuable presents which were displayed in theb breakfast room.

 
 

At noon an address and some handsome gifts were presented from the servants of the household, as a
token of their  love  and  affection  of the young  lord. Between  30  and  40 servants  assembled  in the

breakfast room at the presentation. Amongst them  was one servant of 40 years standing, another of
36, and a third of 32 years. As the wine was being seved round with which to drink the health of Lord
Dunwich, Lady Stradbroke  addressed some kind of observations to the servants, especially to those

who had been many years on the estate.
The servants of the Household had scarcely left the breakfast room before another deputation entered
representing  the  Hall  works,  and  the  tradesmen  of  Wangford.  they  were  represented  by  Mr  C

 
 

Woolnough,  Mr  Chambers  (Wangford)  and  Mr  Stagoll,  also  of  Wangford.  Mr  Chambers  read  a
congratulatory address, and  intimated that a  carved  cylindrical writing table, fitted with cabinets on
each side, the centre one fitted up complete  as  a  gun  cabinet, was  in preparation as  a  gift from the

Hall  and tradesmen. Mr J  Stagoll, who  had been  on the  estate more than  50 years, said  he  could
remember  the  time  when  Lord  Stradbroke  himself  came  of  age,  though  he  could  not  recall  the
circumstances  connected with the  celebration.   Lord Dunwich,  in returning thanks, said it was  his

earnest desire that the good feeling that had exited at the Hall and the residents in the locality might
continue to exist. Earl Stradbroke acknowledged the feeling manner in which they had come forward
to show their attachment to his son, who he hoped would prove himself worthy of the good idea that

had been formed of him.
Shortly after, another deputation visited the Hall. It consisted of a majority of the Guardians of the
Blythburgh Union, of which Lord Stradbroke has been for so many years chairman. Mr White, clerk

 
 

to the Board, read an address of congratulation, which was suplemented by some appropriate remarks
by Mr Thomas Lomax, who spoke of Lord Stradbroke as having gained the confidence and respect of

the Guardians  of the Blythng Union, over which  his lordship had presided so many years with so
much  advantage to the Union. It was much to  be  hoped that  his  Lordship’s  health might  admit of

presiding at the meetings of the Board for some years to come, and when in the Providence of God,
Lord Dunwich succeedd to his noble inheritance, might he live amongst them to promote the well-

being  and  happiness  of  all  classes,  and  earn  for  himself  the  respect  and  esteem  which  was  so
generally felt towards Lord Stradbroke. Lord Stradbroke responded to the kind wishes expressed on
his behalf  and that  of  his son,  after which the  company partook of luncheon in the  handsome  and

spacious drawing-room. The Countess of Stradbroke, who very kindly consented to be present a short
time, thanked the company for the hearty and sincere congratulations that had been offerred to Lord
Stradbroke  and  Lord  Dunwich;  and  expressed  a  sincere  hope  that  her  son  might  prove  a  worthy

successor  to  a  noble  father  and  an  ancient  family,  and  that  he  would  ever  take  “duty”  as  his
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watchword.
In  the  evening  there  was  a  privte  dinner  party,  incuding  Lord  Waveney,  Lord  Rendlesham,  Mr

 
 

Dundas, etc.
A  distribution  of  beef,  plum  puddings,  and  beer  to  the  labourers  and  cottagers  and  their  wives

 
 

(upwards  of  200)  on  the  estates  at  Bruisyard  and  Dennington,  also  marked  the  birthday  of  Lord
Dunwich.

 
 

In the evening his lordship attended a dinner given to the Southwold Artillery Volunteers, of which
he is the captain. There were great rejoicngs at Southwold, and a huge bonfire blazed on the Common
in  honour of the occasion. After the  dinner  a handsome epergne  of  cut  glass on an  electro  and  gilt

stand, of a highly ornamental style, was presented to Lord Dunwich by the corps.
On  Tuesday  the  Magistrates  of  the  county  and  the  tenants  of  Lord  and  Lady  Stradbroke,  were
entertained  at a princely banquet,  in the temporary ballroom  erected on the lawn at the side of the

 
 

Hall...
Lord Stradboke commenced his career by assisting to hurl back on the French soil the invading hosts,
and in driving them over the Pyrenees after they got there. when crossing the Pyrenees a soldier by

 
 

his side fell, and was obliged to relax his hold of the colours of the Coldstream Regiment he carried,
Lord  Stradbrooke  took  it  up,  and  carried  it  safely  through.  Accident  alone  prevented  him  being
present at Waterloo. After passing through such stirring scenes, their noble host settled down to the

quiet life of a country gentleman.... He had been Lord Lieutenant of the county for nearly 40 years,
his  great  object  had  been  to  select  gentlemen  of  ability,  character,  and  good  business  habits  to
undertake the arduous duties of magistrate in Suffolk.

 
 

On Wednesday there was a less prestigious gathering, but one which was equally enjoyed. About 500
labourers  and  workmen    were  on  that  afternoon  entertained  at  a  meat  tea,  Mr  thurton  gave  his
celebrated “Old Folks” entertainment and created great amusement.During the repast the band of the

Southwold Artillery played. The Countess of Stradbroke and her daughters, Lady Augusta Fane and
the  ladies  Rous,  were  present.  Each  guest  had  placed  before  him  a  silk  banneret,  on  a  gilt  pole,

suitably inscribed, as a memento of the festival.
For Thursday evening Lord and Lady Stradbroke issued invitations for a county ball and entertained a

 
 

large and distinguished company. Thos accepting included Mrs Farrer and party [first on the list], Mr
and Mrs Crowfoot, Col Barne, Mp, Mrs Bence & party, Mr Crowfoot.... The Ballroom was a brilliant

spectacl. The room and the corridors connected with it were lighted by as many as 1,000 candles, and
together with buffet and supper rooms, was elegantly decorated. Dancing was commenced about 10
o’clock. Corti’s band was engaged. Supper was served in the Ball-room of the mansion, and was of a

very elegant character.
On Friday evening there was a second ball for the servants and tradesmen, and on Saturday the school
children and children from the Blything Union Workhouse were bountifully entertained. During the

 
 

week  distribution  of  meat,  Etc,  have  been made to the cottagers  and  labourers  on the Darsham  &
Carlton  estates,  and  thus  every  class  of  society  has  shared  in  the  rejoicings,  which  will  be  a
memorable event in local history.

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PETTY SESSIONS: William Pearson, formerl a groce of the town, but now of no occupation, found
guilty of beating his wife, Emily. She said he came home about 2pm, and began using bad language.
She talked to him and begged him to leave off; but he took up a brush and struck her. On the previous

day he knocked her down backwards, and hurt her back. He was very much the worse for drink both
times. He was committed to gaol in Norwich Castle for a week..  
SALE: [24] NEWMARKET: Freehold Greengrocer’s Shop with Fruit Room over in the occupation

1883
East Suff Gaz 27 Nov 

of
Benjamin Barber Balls a yearly tenant at £5 Rent pa. [purchased Mr D Jude £78.]
SOUP KITCHEN: Last year 18,374 pints of soup distriubuted. Mr Copeman undertook to attend the

 
1883

 
East Suff Gaz 18 Dec 

distribution on Tuesdays;  and as Mr Mullett declined to take part  owing to  increasing  age [he was
76],

 
 

He had taken part in the management of the soup kitchen for the last ten years, Mr Laws [he was 74]
was asked to find assistance on Fridays.

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East Suff Gaz 18 Dec 

ENTERTAINMENT for HOSPITAL FUNDS. The third  entertainment organized  by Mr AE King,
that maintained  a standard of  excellence. The principal  attraction was the singing of Miss  Luckett,

who has had the advantage of training in the Royal Academy of music. She possesses a beautifully
sweet  soprano  voice,  of  wide  compass,  and  perfectly  under  control.  Mr  AH  Livock  was  the
accompaniest.

 
 

The programme inclused: Piano duet from “Ruins of Athens” (Beethoven): Miss Oliver & Miss Rose
Kerridge.  Song “Golden  Love” (Welligs) by Miss Marie  Luckett. Piano solo,  Scherzo Trio, March,
Allegro” (sonata in Ab) (Beethoven) Miss Kerridge. Piano duet from “Rip Van Winkle” (Liebech)

Miss Oliver & Miss Kerridge.
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1883
East Suff Gaz 18 Dec 

SCHOOL BOARD: HM Inspector to be informed of ilness of mistresses and successive epidemics of
measles, whooping cough and dipthereia, which have prevailed in the town for six months

1883
1883

East Suff Gaz 18 Dec 

ARTILLERY PRIZES distributed. Capt Wilson praises the Volunteers.
ARTILLERY BAND will give a Promenade Concer on Thursday & Saturday evenings at 10pm. On

East Suff Gaz 18 Dec 

Thirsday  in the New Market &  on  Saturday in  Exchange  Square. Among music to  be performed
Selections from “Patience” (Sullivan) & a Waltz by Strauss.

1883
1883

East Suff Gaz 25 Dec 

RENT AUDIT: Tenants of JL Garden, Esq allowed a 15%abatement on their rens.
BECCLES BRIDGE: The tenders exceeded the amount contemplated, no tender was accepted. It is
proposed to amend the plans, with a view to reducing the cost which would otherwise be incurred for

East Suff Gaz 18 Dec 

piling.
COUNCIL MEETING: Northgate Brewery:  Mr Harwood wished to sell some land at the Brewery to
the Council  at the corner of Northgate & Bridge Street to improve the approach to the new Bridge. It

1883
East Suff Gaz 18 Dec 
is understood that the Brewery is to be pulled down and a Malting erected in its place.
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SALE of FUNITURE: South Villa, St George’s Road, late Mrs Rabett
EDUCATION: Mrs Hayes hopes to receive her pupils on Monday, 15 January. Northgate
EDUCATION:  Miss  Ecclestone,  Norfolk  House,  Station  Road  hopes  to  receive  her  pupils  on

East Suff Gaz 13 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 13 Jan 
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Monday 19th January
EDUCATION: Belmont House,  School  for Young  Ladies. Home comforts, Moderate Terms.  Lady
Principal. School work will be resumed 23 January

1885
East Suff Gaz 13 Jan 
1885

BAPTIST CHURCH Mr WH Colls   of Bunwell Attleborough  accepted  a three month  call  with  a
view to the Pastorate.
CRICKET; Decided to engage a Professional Bowler, to be shared with the Fauconberge School &

East Suff Gaz 13 Jan 
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East Suff Gaz 13 Jan 

Harleston Club.
ACCIDENT: Wiliam Beckett,  carpenter, working  at Kirkley,  mounting to the  roof  he  had  got  one
foot on a joist, the other on the scaffolding, when he overbalanced & fell turning over two or three

1885
East Suff Gaz 13 Jan 

times in descent. Fortunately his fall was broken and despite the 23 ft drop, escaped with bruises.
CLOWES PRINTERS. Two column history of William Clowes & printing. Born 1779 etc.
QUARTER SESSIONS: Beccles BRIDGE: County Surveyor HM Eyton Balance equird £476-7s-5d

1885
1885

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for each county, but on top of this interest on money lent By Messrs Gurney. Norfolk advanced £375
on completion of the Bridge.

1885

DEATH: Rev CB  Leupolt, Rector of Brampton,  of which  he  had  been the Rector  for the last ten
years. He attained the good old age of 79 years, and was  as usual visiting his parishioners on the 11th

East Suff Gaz 13 Jan 

of  December,  and  died  on  the  16th.  The  earlier  portion  of  his  life  was  spent  in  India.  Charles
Benjamin  Leupolt was born at Reichenau in Saxony, October 21st, 1805, the day on which Nelson

fell at Trafalgar. He studied at the Basle Missionary Institution, then  at the CMS Islington. He was
ordained by Bishop Blomfield,  1831,  and  a  little later  sailed in the same vessel  as Daniel Wilson,
Bishop of Calcutta, who in writing home wrote “Leupolt bids fair to be a second Schwartz.” In 1833

he joined the mission at Benares. In 1855 he went to Jubbulpore, and on August 28th 1858, he started
for Lucknow, via Allahabad, Cawnpore, and  Oude: and on January 18th, 1870 he received the Duke
of Edinburgh at Benares, when accompanied by Lord Mayo, he visited the Mission Station there.  Mr

Leupolt  published   an  interesting  work,   entitled,  “Recollections   of   an   Indian  Missionary,”  the
froticepiece  being  a  portrait  of  the  author.  The  funeral  on  Friday  was,  by  request,  a  quiet  one;
nevertheless a large number of the villagers attended, and from their demeanour it was evident that

they were  not  led  by  curiosity, but with  a  desire to pay the  last tribute of respect to their  beloved
pastor.  Several  clergymen  and  gentlemen from  adjacent parishes  also  attended,  and the  loss  of the
Brampton parihioners will be shared by a large circle of friends, the deceased gentleman having by

his  kind,  genial,  and  courteous  manner,  gained  the  esteem  of  all  with  whom  he  was  brought  in
contact.
EDUCATION: Day School for Young Ladies. Miss Aggas, Smallgate, will be happy to receive her

1885
East Suff Gaz 20 Jan 

Pupils on Monday 26 January.
EDUCATION:  FAUCONBERGE  SCHOOL:  GR  Dampier,  Schola  elect  of  Charterhouse  School
gained the Fauconberge Scholarship for 1885.

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1885
 

GAS WORKS: Dividends 1883: 8% on some shares, 5% on others. Charges 4s/6d per 1000 cbic ft
1094 tons of coal carbonised. 9,446,800 cubic ft of gas made, 7,725,500 ft sold. Length of mains four

East Suff Gaz 20 Jan 
 

& a half miles. 334 consumers, 144 public lamps.
CONGREGATIONAL  CHURCH:  Rev  J  Calvert  presided.  Death  of  M  Mayhew.  Sunday  School

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East Suff Gaz 20 Jan 

presided  over by Mr William Read:  30 teachers  teaching  315 scholars. Mr RW Copeman left the
Disrtrict, succeeded as Secretary by Mr C Chase assisted by JE Kent.

1885

POLICE COURT: Henry Rose,  14,  breaking  a  Lamp  in  Swine’s Green near the  house  of Arthur
Riches, with a catapult.. Fined 1s.
COUNCIL: WP Garrod to be Alderman in place of Joseph Mayhew, wo has died.

East Suff Gaz 20 Jan 

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East Suff Gaz 27 Jan 

SKATING on the Marshes. Hundreds were enjoying themselves on Saturday & Sunday.
DINNER to RAILWAYMEN: 38 had Dinner at the Star.
PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL. Lecture & Tea for 70.

East Suff Gaz 27 Jan 

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SCHOOL BOARD: Letter about Mr Buscall’s resignation from Headmastership of the Board School
in 1884. Praise had been given to the improvement in the teaching since he left.
SALE of FURNITURE: Bridge House, Gillingham of late Samuel Darby.

East Suff Gaz 27 Jan 

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East Suff Gaz 3 Feb 

CHOIR TREAT: Senior menbers  entertained for dinner  by the Rector  at the Rectory. HL Robbins
thanked on behalf of the Choir.
CONGREGATIONAL Total Abstinence Association Meeting.

East Suff Gaz 3 Feb 

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East Suff Gaz 3 Feb 

LECTURE  by  Mr  Alfred  Woods  of  London  on  “Bible  Scenes  in  the  Old  &  New  Testament”,
illustrated with a number of very beautiful dissolving views. It took the form of gospel narrative with
racy and solemn cmment.

East Suff Gaz 3 Feb 
1885

DIOCESAN  EXAMINATION:  in  Religious  Knowledge  attending  schools  of  a  higher  grade  than
elementary, or educated at home. 39 candidates successful from Becles College, four being placed in
the First Class. They gained more certificates than any other school in the Diocese.

East Suff Gaz 3 Feb 

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EDUCATION: SCHOOL BOARD: Mr William Read elected in place of Joseph Mayhew.
WORKING MEN’S CLUB  an  entertainment was  held in their  room  before a  large  audience. Mr

East Suff Gaz 10 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 10 Feb 

Cross in the Chair.
PIKE FISHING: The best catch in on wekk; 56 cught, the heaviest of 8 lbs.

1885
1885

East Suff Gaz 10 Feb 

ELECTION of COUNCILLOR:  EC Darby 329, Thomson Wilson  241,  EW Hindes 105. 689 votes
cast (14 were worthless)

East Suff Gaz 17 Feb 

1885
 
 

LICENCES: Cross Keys, Hungate to Ellen Walpole, widow of late occupier;
Maltster’s Arms, Bridge Street to HC Cowles;
Black Boy, Blyburgate to Mary Eliott, widow of former occupier;

East Suff Gaz 17 Feb 

 
 

 
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Spread Eagle, Northgate to Martha Mills
BECCLES LIBERAL ASSOCIATION: Address by Mr Tomkins of Great Yarmouth on “Liberalism:
Its past achievements and future policy.”

East Suff Gaz 17 Feb 
 
 

President: Alderman Masters, Cllr C  Smith, Rev J Calvert, GB Angell,  J Foyster, W Flowqer, G
Woolnough, G Yallop, C Hadingham, W Read & FJ Dowsett etc
SALE: Newly erected Cottage Residence, with white brick Front & Slate Roof in Fair Close Road, a

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East Suff Gaz 24 Feb 

short  distance  from  the  Railway  Station.  Front  &  Back  Sitting  Rooms,  Entrance  Passage,  Pantry,
Back Kitchen,  3 Bedrooms. In the  Yard  a soft water tank & two  boarded  buildings  used  for trade
purposes. Small front Garden.

 
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[late James Mayhew purchased by TA Woodroffe for Mr William Smith £180]
TO LET: BATHING PLACE & Dwelling for 5 Years.
 CHURCH CURATE’S FUND: Sermon raised £14-6s-6d

East Suff Gaz 24 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 3 Mar 
1885

CHURCH REREDOS: - A Letter It is proposed to have a reredos  in  our parish  church. And why?
Because, as I take it, almost everyone acknowledges that the interior, though noble from its size and
proprtions, looks bare and cold from the absence of ornament or colour, there being a large extent of

East Suff Gaz 10  Mar 

bare walls and columns of a cold grey tone. Wil a reredos best supply this deficiency?
The desired end would be far better attained by placing stained glass in the East window.

 
 
1885

SALE: FREDERICK’S ROAD: AG Notlet have Instructions from RP  Whellock,  Esq to sell  on 16
March Plots of Freehold Building Land, within a few minutes’ walk of the Town.
LOT 1: Plot with Frontage of 36ft Depth 120ft [Purchased EW Hindes £54

East Suff Gaz 10  Mar 

 
 

 
 

LOT 2: Plot with Frontage of 18ft Depth 119ft adjoining Lot 1
LOT 3: Plot with Frontage of 18ft Depth 121ft adjoining Lot 2
LOT 4: Plot with Frontage of 18ft Depth 124ft adjoining Lot 3

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

LOT 5: Plot with Frontage of 18ft Depth 127ft adjoining Lot 4
LOT 6: Plot with Frontage of 18ft Depth 130ft adjoining Lot 5
LOT 7: Plot with Frontage of 46ft 6 ins Depth 132ft adjoining Lot 6

 
 
LOT 8: Plot in the rear of Plots 1-7, with Frontage of 47ft Depth 134ft
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LOT 9: Plot with adjoining Lot 8 Frontage of 47ft Depth 147ft
There were no offers for the other Plots.

1885

PLOTS of LAND for SALE in London Road and proposed New Road. 28 Plots left. Messrs Pert &
Read.

East Suff Gaz 10  Mar 

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1885

BATHING PLACE & Dwelling House let to Mr William Smith for £20 5s pa.
TRAVELLER:  On  Friday  evening  a  “gentleman”,  quite  the  masher  in  appearance,  called  at  the

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East Suff Gaz 31  Mar 

Refreshment Rooms, Blyburgate,  &  enquired of the  Landlord, Mr Robert Charlish,  if he  could  be
supplied with board and lodgings till Monday, as he was doing business in this district. He was made
as  comfortable  as possible,  and seemed to have  a religious turn ofr mind,  as he  attended the Parish

Church twice on Sunday, and seemed to take an especial interest in General Gordon.
About ten o’clock on Monday morning our Traveller asked for his bill, and having carefully looked at
it, he remarked he had no less change than a £5 note, but was going to the Post Office and would get

 
 

change  there,  and  return  and  settle  his  bill  in  a  few  minutes.  Mine  Host  having  suffered  before
determined to keep an eye on the traveller’s track, and accordingly followed at a distance, watching
him into the Post Office. While in there Mr Charlish walked into the Churchyard, and somehow or

other lost Mr Traveller who has not been seen or heard of since.
The man is about 5ft  6ins  in height,  of  fair  complection with a  light moustache,  no whiskers,  and
wearing a light overcoat, and black felt hat: age 28 or 30. 

 
 

 
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March 31st: The Traveller was caught at Yarmouth from the description in the East Suffolk Gazette.
ADVERTISEMENT:   Genuine   Boot    Stores,    Exchange    Square,    (late   Joseph   Mayhew)   CT
Field.offering medium & high class Boots & Shoes

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LICENCE: David Sabutt to the Royal Oak.
THEFT: Henry Holland, carter, found guilty of stealing a bag of Pollard, valued at 6s from Charles
Haddingham, miller. He received 200 sacks of pollard at the Station. 100 were to be delivered to the

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East Suff Gaz 31  Mar 

Granary  on the Wharf  and 100 to the Mill.. Horace Winter, corn  chandler,  saw Holland  near the
Caxton Arms put one of the sacks into Thomas Brooke’s cart. Given six weeks hard  labour.

 
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[Thomas Brook found guilty at Quarter Sessions, sentenced to three months kard labour; 7 July]
EDUCATION SUCCESS: GE Badeley of the Fauconberge School elected to sub-sizarship at Trinity

East Suff Gaz 7 Apr 

College, Cambridge.
FIRE at Red Cow, Public House in Ingate, occupied by Mr Hubbard. Soon put out.

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East Suff Gaz 7 Apr 

CHURCH at EASTER. Bell Ringers rang  for  each  Easter  Service’ starting  at 7  am, instead  of the
ordinary chiming
VOLUNTEERS: No 7 Battery 1st Norfolk Artillery Volunteers. The 32 pounder 40cwt gun used for

East Suff Gaz 7 Apr 
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East Suff Gaz 7 Apr 

repository work has been handed over to the Ordnance Store Officer at Harwich in xchange for a 58
cwt gun. The gun just returned has had upwards of 17 years’ service in Bccles, and until its removal
to the old Gaol yard within a few years stood on the Common at the top of the Avenue.

1885

VOLUNTEERS: No 7 Battery Artillery: Presentation of  a Purse to  Sgt TA Hayes, which he joined
soon after its establishment in 1868. Presented by Sgt-Maj Cocks.
NEW CHARITY set up by Mr Russell in memory of his wife, whose family, the Loynses, [Printers

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& Stationes] formerly resided in this town. £22 is to be spent on coal for the Poor, to be delivered to
20 deserving parishioners, without religious distinction.
VESTRY MEETING: Churchwardens re-elected: Mr Houghton (who  had served for more than  21

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years) & Mr WM Crowfoot.
DIED: Mr HJ Scot of the firm Scott & Sons. Had been to Yarmouth & Norwich, ill for 5 days. He
had  been in  business  in the Town  for nearly  40 years.  In  1856  he was  elected to the Council  and

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East Suff Gaz 14 Apr 

remained a member for several years, and was one of those who advocated the drainag of the Fen,
from which such  great  benefits  have been  derived to this Borough. He was  a Freemason  and was
several times Grand Master.

1885

CAXTON  ESTATE:  Contractors  to  tender  for  construction  of  a  road.way.  Ipswich  &  Suffolk
Freehold Land Society.

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LICENCES:  Caxton  Arms  temporarily  to  Benjamin  Revell.  Application  of  George  Thaxter  for
transfer of Licence to Crown & Anchor. Told he must find a Licencee for George & Dragon frst. He

cannot have two licences.
BRIDGE STRET Improvements: The Council had received a communication from the owner of the

1885
East Suff Gaz 28 Apr 

Brewery saying he was likely to visit Beccles soon, but had received no further news.
PLANS CONSIDERED:  1.) Houses  near Caxton Road by  EW Hindes, provided  a  constant water
supply for the flushing of WCs is provided. 2.) Houses near the Gas Works by JE Symonds. Referred

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back for addition of a scale. 3.) New Road near London Road to be laid out by Pert & Read seen. 4.)
Plans for new Granary for Mr Robins approved. 5.) Six houses in Denmark Road for Mr Read Crisp
approved if the party walls are carried up to the roof. 6.) Two houses by Clement Smith near Caxton

Road 7.) The Great Eastern Railway have built new Bridge over the Railway near Mr Pells’ Mill (St
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George’s Road 8.) Cement Pavements to be laid Ballygate, Newgate, Smallgate & Station Road.
EDUCATION: Miss McCulloch (with assistance) will resume her Academy for Young Gentlemen in

1885
East Suff Gaz 5 May 

June. Only a few select Pupils received.
POOR RATE: 1s/10d in £.rasing £1573.

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East Suff Gaz 5 May 

ATTACK: Mr H Gage of Lowestoft returning in his four horse brake from the races at Kirby Bedon,
was stoned by a party of young men, injuring several including the driver.

1885
East Suff Gaz 5 May 

LIGHTING BECCLES BRIDGE: Letter saying that the Council should light both sides of the Bridge
rather than burn off surplus gas in daylight hours.
MARSH LETTING: 62 acres let for 8 years  raised £179-10s (comared to £141 previously; & 129

1885
East Suff Gaz 5 May 

acres for one year.£278-5s comared to £212-5s previously.
RECTOR Thanks for Easter Offering of £31-10s [by 1891 it was £151]
PRESENTATION  to Miss  Pells  who  played  the  Harmonium  in  the  Baptist  Church  of    a  Lady’s

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East Suff Gaz 12 May 
East Suff Gaz 12 May 

Walnut Dressing-Case.
ALDIS WRIGHT: The Revised Old Testament when presented to the Lower House of Convocation -
Paid tribute to by Bishop of Winchester “The Preface was drawn up by one to whom we owe a great

1885
East Suff Gaz 12 May 

deal of gratiutde, Mr Aldis Wright. .. He is a very great English Scholar as well as a Semitic Scholar,
and the help he gave us was of the most valuable character.” The Bishop of Bath & Wels: “.. his great
industry  and  his  inventive  and  ingenoius  mind,  were  f  the  greatest  service  to  us.  I  can  recollect

several occasions when we seemed to be stuck fast in the bog of some difficult passage, and his great
knowledge and skill came to the rescue.”
EDUCATION: FAUCONBERGE School  Athletic Sports

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East Suff Gaz 19 May 

SALE of FURNITURE of Mrs Dodds of 6 Norfolk Villas, Station Road.
EDUCATION:  BOARD  SCHOOL:  Miss   Elen  Coe  of  Downham  Market   appointed   assistant
Mistressof the Infant School at £40 a year.

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MARSH LETTINGS: 290 acres of  grazing & mowing Marshes realised  £752-10s. Average  of £2-
11s-10d an acre compared with £1-15s last year.

1885
East Suff Gaz 19 May 

DIED:  Samuel  Tovell,  Chief  Clerk  to  John  Crisp  &  Son.  Very  Spartan  in  his  habits.  Started  in
Business with Messrs Dowson  of Geldeston,  but  for the  last  35 years was  connected with Messrs

Crisp. He was  a  regular  attender  of the Congregational Chapel. (his  father was for many years  a
deacon.). He retired through illness earlier in 1885.

1885
East Suff Gaz 19 May 

EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS: Arthur Lyons of Beccles College received Degree of Bachelor of Arts
from London University.
BAND of HOPE: Under Presidency of Thomas Laws, 76 years of age, who has been a total abstainer

1885
East Suff Gaz 26 May 

for about 50 years.. At the close 120 children were supplied with a bun each.
MARRIAGE of Miss  Emily Crabbe, only surviving  child  of Rev George Crabbe  in  St Michael’s,
Beccles to Rev Clennel Rivett-Carnac, Vicar of Tong, Shropshire. She was given away by her cousin,

1885
East Suff Gaz 26 May 

WM Crowfoot.
RECTOR returned from Holiday after 8 weeks, extended because of illness in his family.
CRICKET PROFESSIONAL arrives, Mr Isaac Watkinson from Nottingham.

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GAS COMPANY:  John Crisp, Chairman; We Crowfoot, WM Crowfoot, A Dixon, BW Kent, RA
King, CF Parker, H Read, W Read, WH Tacon, JP Walton.. Dividend of 8%
CONGREGATIONAL PRESENTATION to Mr W Read of an American Organ in commemoration

1885
East Suff Gaz 2 Jun 

of  his recent marriage.  SW Rix spoke,  altough he was  80  he was pleased to see  a successor to  all
those he knew in the Church over the last 54 years.
CONSERVATIVE ELECTION Address by Col Bagot-Chester

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East Suff Gaz 9 Jun 

EDUCARTION  SUCCESS:  Fauconberge  School:  TC  Smith,  son  of  Clifford  Smith,  Esq,  Mayor
elected a Scholarship at Cheltenham College,.
MARRIAGE of Rev A Hitchcock, curate, in Romford to Miss Eleanor Surridge.

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East Suff Gaz 16 Jun 

TO BE  LET: The  White  Lion,  Smallgate,  near the Railway  Station,  having  a  frontage  of  42ft  on
Smallgate. Containing: Basement:  Large Beer,  Wine & Coal Cellars. Ground Floor: Entrance Hall,

Private Sitting Room, Mixing Room, Commercial & Coffee Rooms, Kitchen, Larder & Offices. First
Floor:  Two  Front  Sitting  Rooms  (with  sliding  partitions)  together  about  30ft  x  16ft  9ins,  Bow

windowed Sitting Rom, Landing, Spirit & Store closets, six Bedrooms & Three Attics. In the rear of
the house are harness rooms, wood house, Granary, bottling room and warehouse.

 
 

This Lot is occupied by Mr James Miles, and will be let from 30 November 1885 to 11 October 1886
& thence for a term of NineYears.
brewers, Norwich at rental of £78 pa. The  Stabling, Coach  houses & Bowling Green remain in the

[Let to Mr Francis,  commercial traveller to Messrs Morgan’s,

possession of the present tenant James Miles.]
SUFFOLK AGRICULTURAL SHOW at Sudbury.
HOSPITAL  SUNDAY:The Artillery & Rifle Corps  attended the Parish Church  in the  mornig. The

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East Suff Gaz 16 Jun 
members of both Corps mustered well under Major Crowfoot & Captain Wilson. The Artillery Band
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played the “church call” in the New Market just before the time of parade. The Rifle Corps performed
a similar duty in the Old Market. On leaving Church the Artillery Corps was dismissed in the Station

Road, and the Rifle Corps marched to their rendezvous in the Old Market. The offering amounted to
£19-11s-9d.

1885
East Suff Gaz 16 Jun 

ARTILLERT VOLUNTEERS paraded on Saturday at 1pm, went by the 1.20 train to Yarmouth, and
six guns were mounted at at the North Battery and some good practice made. Afterwards they were

supplied with refreshments and returned by the 6.30 train.
THE RIFLE VOLUNTEERS met at 4 p on Saturday and had a drill in outpost duty. Major Crowfot
&  Capt  John  Read  were  present  &  the  junior  officers  Lieut  Angell  &  William  Read,  paraded  in

1885
East Suff Gaz 16 Jun 

uniform for the first time since their commission..
DIED: Quartermaster-Sergeant Mendham, aged 43 of the Rifle Vounteers, from paralysis. He was a
good shot and obtained a great many prizes at the County Association meetings. He had served for 21

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East Suff Gaz 16 Jun 

years.
INQUEST on James Samuel Cole, aged 55, ostler at the Black Boy Inn. Samuel Pipe, hay cutter of
Beccles: He was loading a waggon with straw with Cole on the meadow of the Pub. Cole was on top

1885
East Suff Gaz 16 Jun 

of the waggon, which they finished. During the tying by rope Cole fell on his back from the top of the
straw and died within a quarter of an hour. Accidental death recorded.
SALE: by executors of late Samuel Tovell by H & J Read.

1885
 

East Suff Gaz 23 Jun 
 

LOT 1 Residence in Ravensmere [No 38] occupied by the Proprietor: Entrance Hall, Parlour, Dining
Room, Kitchen, Back Kitchen & Four Bedrooms & Garden 0a 1r 6p altogether. [Withdrawn £260]
LOT 2:  Small Residence in Ravensmere [No 40] adjoining Lot 1 containing Entrance Hall, Parlour,

 
 

Lobby,  Kitchen,  Pantries,  Cellar  &  three  sleeping  Rooms,  with  offices.  Well  planted  Garden
containing 31 p, occupied by John Browne, a quarterly tenant. Annual Rent £10-10s
[purchased by Charles Barker of Barnby for £175]]

 
 

 
 

LOT 3: Marsh in Gillingham  near the  entrance to the Town  adjoing the Turnpike Road  5a 0r 31p,
occupied by Miss H Stammers, a yearly tenant, £10-5s [purchased W Aldis Wright £230]

1885
East Suff Gaz 23 Jun 

BURIAL GROUND: Purchase from John Edwin Crisp a piece of land 3a 0r 22p number 167 on the
Tithe Map for £472-14s-4d

 
 

AND the sale to John  Edwin Crisp a pice  of  Land  number 168  on the Tithe Map of  2a 0r 25p for
£183-5s-7d

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East Suff Gaz 23 Jun 

-POLICE COURT: John Howell, James Buck, Stephen Oxborough & Albert Lay all of Beccles fined
10s each for drinking in prohibited hours on a Sunday in the Marlborough Inn at Weston.
POLICE COURT: Samuel Carsey, Landlord of the Queen’s Head, Newgate fined £2-2s for opening

1885
East Suff Gaz 23 Jun 

during prohibited  hours  on  Sunday  morning.  Police Constable Caley saw  between  7  &  11  am  50
visits made via the back door.
ELECTION: LIBERAL Candidate Sir Saville Crossley introduced & speaks at Beccles

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East Suff Gaz 30 Jun 

TO  BE  LET:  No  1  Yoxford  Villas,  Frederick’s  Road,  Beccles.  Furnished  or  unfurnished  by  Mr
Martin
RAILWAY BOOKSTALL. Mr W  Smith who  has worked the Bookstall when  it opened  has  been

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East Suff Gaz 30 Jun 

promoted to Witham, his place supplied by Mr Gibberd.
HOSPITAL AGM  John Crisp & Rev J Calvert elected on Committee in place of  E Masters & the
Rector. also re-elected: Messrs R Dashwood , ET Dowson, WB Easter & TR West.

1885
East Suff Gaz 30 Jun 
 
 

Proposal  by  the  Mayor  to  make  the  Rector  an  ex-Officio  member  met  with  hostility  from  Rev
Calvert.  Congregational  Minister)  Why  were  people  not  informed  of  this  first?  Why  should  the
Rector be an ex-officio member & not other denominations in the Town?

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East Suff Gaz 30 Jun 

HOSPITAL:  Leading  Article  criticises  Rev  Calvert  for  introducuing  sectarian  element  into  the
Hospital management.
HOSPITAL;:  Long  letter  from  Rev  Calvert  justifying  his  opposition  to  the  Rectoor  being  an  ex-

1885
East Suff Gaz 7 Jul 

officio member of committee.
ACCIDENT:  Young  Henry  Wolner  in  the  employ  of  Mr  Chenery,  blacksmith,  taking  back  a

1885
East Suff Gaz 7 Jul 

thoroughbred belonging to Henry Newson, from the shoeing-forge, and riding it, contrary to orders,
was thrown opposite the Independent Chapel. The horse apparently fell on him and he was carried to

the hospital uncnscious. He regained consciousness in a few hours and is recovering.
LICENCES: Caxton Arms to Benjamin Revell; Crown  & Anchor to Robert  S Norman; Crown to

1885
East Suff Gaz 7 Jul 

James Harber; Marlborough Weston to William Townsend.
POLICE  COURT:  Fined  for  drinking  out  of  hours  on  Sunday  in  Queen’s  beerhouse:  Henry  E
Chilvers,  Robert  Lay  sen,  Charles  Brady,  William  Davy,  Arthur  Downing,  Robert  Larke  junior,

1885
East Suff Gaz 7 Jul 

Rufus Davy jun, Albert Lay, William Moore, Robert Copeman, Stephen Oxborough, Robert Beane,
Arthur Leggett, John Howell, William Woolnough (he said he only took some mackerel to the house,
which Casey, the Landlord had bought of him on Saturday night, but no witnesses, fined 10s) James

Woolnough, Paul Caston (said he simply took his  Sunday dinner to be cooked there) James Turner
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(that he went for a pail of water for his mother) William Sampson (he merely made use of a public
highway & did not enter the house. All fined

1885
 

East Suff Gaz 14 Jul 

SALE: Trustees of Will of late, Henry Sharpin, H& J Read on 30 July
LOT 1  Substantial brick  & Tiled Family Residence  in  [61, Kilbrack House] Blyburgate.with  good

 

Stables,  Coach  House,  Viney,  Greenhouse,  Fighouse  and  tastefully  laid  out  Garden  &  Shrubbery
occupied by the Proprietor, containg about 1 acre. (withdrawn at £1,000)

 
 

LOT  2  Valuable  Meadow  adjoining  Lot  1,  having  an  extensive  frontage  on  Ingate  Road  [Grove
Road],  admirably  adapted  for  building  purposes,  now  occupied  by  Mr  Isaiah  Copeman,  butcher,
whose tenancy will expire at Michaelmas next. (3a 1r 1p; withdrawn £550)

 
 

LOT 3: An excellent piece of  Garden Ground adjoining to & occupied with Lot 1, containing half an
acre, having a frontage of 124ft, rendering it well adapted to building purposes. (withdrawn with Lot
1)

 
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LOT 4: 32 Shares in Beccles Water & Gas Company. (sold at £14 10s a share)
EDUCATION: BOARD SCHOOL: The salary f the Master to be raised to £120.
ANGLING CLUB Competition: 37 members went down the river in 19 boats. 32lbs of fish caught by

East Suff Gaz 14 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 14 Jul 

20 members.
HAY  STACK  FIRE:  Two  belonging  to  Council  burnt  valued  at  £20  in  the  Plantation  on  the
Common.

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East Suff Gaz 14 Jul 
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ACCIDENT: Four of Darby’s men moving sand from a pit at the entrance to Ashman’s Hall. when a
sand slip  occurred  burying James Grice  & Fred  Walker.  Walker was soon  got  out, but Grice was
buried in several feet of soil. In half  an hour he was  brought  out  alive, but severely bruised by the

excavators. Son after he had benn removed a second sand slip occurred without damage.
ARTILLERY VOLUNTEERS Annual Inspection on the Common. Good Drill, follwed by Gun Drill
in the Gaol Yard.

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East Suff Gaz 14 Jul 

ATHLETIC SPORTS took place in fine weather on the Common in front of 5,000 or 6,000 people.
SS  JEANIE  HOPE  left  Beccles  on  Tuesday,  14  July,  for  London  and  left  on  return  voyage  to

East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

Lowestoft at 7pm Saturday with general cargo.
ACCIDENT A young man Named Joseph Ward, was  racing  along the Avenue on  his  bicycle  on

1885
East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

Tuesday evening. Somehow  the machine tripped, he fell heavily, and both his eyes were blackened
and his nose smashed almost level to his face.

1885
East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

EDUCATION  SUCCESS:  Beccles  College,  Henry  Easun,  recently  passed  the  Royal  Academy  of
Music, successful  in higher  Exam  for Piano, Trinity College  London. Registered  as a Certificated
pianist. Prepared By Mr AH Livock.

1885
East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

GIRLS’  FRIENDLY  SOCIETY  to  Worlingham.  Receiived  by  Rev  &  Mrs  Aldred,  who  placed
meadow adjoining for their use. Ended with Service in Worlingham Church.
PRESENTATION to the MAYOR (Clifford Smith, Esq.)of a silver cradle to commemorate the birth

1885
East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

of a son during his year in office. The cradle  is of pure silver, 9 or 10 inches long and 7 or 8 inches
high, very handsomely chased and embossed
SALE:

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East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 
 

LOT 1.)  SMALLGATE: The White  Lion Hotel  lease,  until Michaelmas  1895  at rent of £78 pa to
Robert Francis, Commercial Traveller to Messrs Morgans,  brewers, Norwich  - this  is  exclusive  of
Stabling, Coach House & Bowling Green, which remain  in possession  of James Miles, the present

tenant.
OPEN  AIR  TEMPERANCE  MEETING:  held  on  the  Common.  The  weather  being  favourable,  a
large number  of people  gathered together, well  representing the  various societies  of the town. Rev

1885
East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

Calvert (Congregational) conducted the proceedings, and in a brief address expressed the pleasure it
gave him in being present at their first united meeting. After a very earnest and pointed address by Mr
Palmer of Wrentham, Rev Hooke, Rector of Clopton, spoke at some length in his usual popular style.

Mr W Lindsay (Wesleyan), in a few words, urged upon all the duty of helping in this great movement
by joining one of the societies now established. Rev J Rowsell, in a vigorous and effective manner,

pleaded for more individual  effort in the work of resuing the perishing,  claiming this  could  be best
done on the principles of total abstinence. The different speakers were listened to with great attention,

and good order was maintained throughout.
DEATH  of  the  PARISH  CLERK  A  familiar  figure    has  been  removed  by  the  death  of  William

1885
East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

Bobbett, whic took place on Saturday last. The deceased was parish clerk, and had held that office for
many years,  having been  appointed  deputy to  his father  as  long  ago  as  1847.  It was  on the  1st of
April, 1850, his father being then dead, that he was nominated parish clerk by Rev Dr Owen. He lived

to  serve  under  four  Rectors,  Mr  Johnston  succeeding  Dr  Owen,  then  Mr  Tracy,  and  the  present
Rector, photographs of whom were treasured on the walls of deceased’s residence. Bobbett was born
in January, 1802, and was apprenticed to a cabinet maker, and being a handy craftsman his services

were in request long after his appointment as parish clerk. For the last five years he has been in ill-
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health, and his duties were lightened as much as possible, but he continued his attendance at church
until  Sunday,  July  5th,  after  which  he  w2as  cnfined  to  his  bed.  His  comportment  was  invariably

solemn and dignified, befitting an office the importance of which he was fully impressed with, and it
is  of  comparatively recent date that  he  discontinued the  loud  and  long-drawn  response which the

clerks of old held it their sacred duty to make for the people.
The  clerkship  of  this  parish  has  been  held  by  the  Bobbett  family  for  more  than  a  century,  Ezra

 
 

Bobbett holding it for many years before his nephew, James bobbett, father of the deceased clerk.
SHOOTING  MEETING  at  WIMBLEDON;    On  Wednesday,  Private  Tilney,  Beccles  made  the
excellent score of 34 for the “Hilman” Prize, in seven shots at 200 yards, kneeling or standing, and

1885
East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

won a £35 tricycle.
ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH: THE PROPOSED REREDOS: - a Letter:
“As there is to be a meeting this week to consider the advisability of having a Reredos, some of your

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East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 
 

readers would be glad if the following questions could be answered:
1, Whether it be true that the architect drew the plan before he had ever seen the church?
2. Whether it be not in the worst style of the Early English Perpendicular?

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

3. Whether it do not spoil the beautiful tracery of our East Window?
4. Whether, if it be decided to have a Roman Catholic Baldichino as a Reredos or High Altar, we be
also to have a Monstrance and the Host beneath it? 

 
A Reader.  

1885
 

East Suff Gaz 28 Jul 

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH: THE PROPOSED REREDOS & EAST WINDOW
Meeting held in the Rectory Room. The Rector presided.. Proposed by WM Crowfoot, seconded by
Mr Thwaites that That  a fund be set  up soliciting  contributions towards both reredos  & window,

 

contributors  could  opt for  one  or the  other  or both.  £200  already subscribed. The  designs  for the
Reredos were considered too expensive.
CAXTON ESTATE ballotting by Ipswich &  Suffolk Freehold  Land  Society. It was  26 years since

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East Suff Gaz 28 Jul 

they  had  allotted  an  Estate.  The  property  was  worth  £1,200,  which  they  considered  an  excellent
investment., A good road had been constructed and ample drainage provided. Interest at 5% should

be paid on the amount left unpaid at the end of each year.
Details of purchasers of each of 42 Plots given.

 
1885

 
East Suff Gaz 4 Aug 

DEATH of READ CRISP: The death of Mr Read Crisp, one of the oldest inhabitants connected with
the trade of the town, took place on Saturday morning after a long illness, at the age of 69.

 
 

He  commenced  business  as  a  printer  and  stationer  on  the  premises  now  occupied  by  Mr  Alfred
Dixon. Not being possessed of a great amount of capital he had to struggle hard at first, but economy
and  active business  capacity  gave him the turn in  good time  and he prospered. Twenty-eight years

ago, Mr Read Crisp started a newspaper for Beccles and Bungay. The venture succeeded beyond his
expectations, and conducted by him with vigour and some literary ability the circle of its readers soon
widened beyond the limits of the towns mentioned. It survives in this journal.

 
 

Mr Read Crisp’s printing business increased so fast that he was induced, in 1865, to take on a partner,
and about 18 years ago he built larger and more convenient premises in Newgate, the foundation of
the existing printing works carried on by Messrs Clowes & Sons, Ltd. Unfortunately his good fortune

forsook him soon after entering upon the new and larger works, the active management of which he
transferred to his partner, and afterwards entirely abandoned.
It would be n needlessly raking up old sores to dwell upon the circumstances which resulted in great

 
 

pecuniary loss to Mr Crisp. For a time he was completely prostrated by his troubles, but eventually
their memory grew less bitter, and he lived on with something of the old cheerfulness and bonhomie
which  were   characteristic   of   his   earlier  years,   devoting   his  time  to  the  management   of  the

Waterworks, of which he was appointed manager, and many of his spare hours to fretwork in which
he was greatly skilled.

 
 

He served the office of Rector’s Warden during the rectorship of Mr Johnston, Mr Tracy, and in the
first year of the present incumbent, and he was Treasurer of the National  School. He held no other
public office, but hev was ever keenly interested in the well-being and prosperity of the town.

 
1885

 

He leaves a widow and three children to mourn the loss of a loving husband and kind parent.
AGRICULTURAL RENTS in Suffolk fallen £212,00 pa since 1877 

East Suff Gaz 4 Aug 
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East Suff Gaz 4 Aug 

CAISTER  LIFEBOAT DISASTER:  At  midnight  on  Wednesday  22  July  signals  of  distress  were
noticed. At once  15 brave  fellows  left their  beds,  launched their yawl Zephyr. As they neared the

vessel in distress their boat in the dense darkness struck upon a sunken wreck from which some of
those  very men  had saved several lives nine years  before. In  a moment the yawl  broke up and 15
poor fellows were struggling  for life two  miles from shore  and  unable to  obtain  a  footing  innthe

dangerous quicks, and eight poor fellows were drowned, leaving  6 widows and 29 children.
FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL: The Headmaster said the school numbers held up well, and the health
of the school was good. but the new Sanatorium had been extremely useful.

1885
East Suff Gaz 4 Aug 
 
 
Last year  Archdeacon Groom gave the advice “Be good boys”. This remark was not very original,
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but the archdeacon could not have given better advice. As far as the prizes were concerned this year
ability and industry were not the only essentials for their award, as he had made a rule that unless he

was satisfied with a boy’s conduct he could never give him a prize.
NORFOLK REGIMENT, 2nd Battalion: Major William Miller Crowfoot, commanding the Beccles

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East Suff Gaz 11 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 11 Aug 

WEDDING:  Before  the  service  Mr  Livock  played,  in  excellent  style,  the  opening  movement  of
Handal’s “Occasional Overture” & afterwards Mendlessohn’s “Weddimg March”.

1885
East Suff Gaz 11 Aug 

DROWNING of YOUNG MAN. Edward James  Stowe,  aged  21, employed  as  a  compositor  at the
Caxton Press, went fishing near the Swing Bridge, caught his line on weeds, dived in to retrieve the
line and was drowned. Accidental death recorded.

1885
East Suff Gaz 18 Aug 

SCHOOL: Miss Ecclestone, Norfolk House, Station Road: The next term commences on Tuesday 8
September, 1885, when there will be two or three vacancies.
WEDDING  between  DSG  McDonald,   of  Christ’s  College,  Cambridge  &  Katherine,  youngest

1885
East Suff Gaz 18 Aug 

daughter of late WS Ferrier FRCS, granddaughter of late Thomas Pymar. She was given away by WE
Crowfoot, Esq.
FRANCHISE: The old Register for Becclesv 337 voters; new list: 1073.

1885
1885

East Suff Gaz 18 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 18 Aug 

POLICE COURT: Leander Mills, labourer charged with assaulting Richard Cobbin, coach builder in
the Horse & Groom. After discussion about a right of way at the back of the houses in Caxton Road.
After Cobbin got up and lit his pipe, defendant felled him to the ground. Fined £1.

1885
East Suff Gaz 18 Aug 

FLOWER  SHOW:  The  largest  exhibitors:  The  Earl  of  Stradbrooke  &  FW  Farrer  of  Worlingham
Hall.
DEATH  of  WILLIAM  HORSLEY  of  South  Africa.  Born  in  Beccles,  moved  to  London,  then  16

1885
East Suff Gaz 25 Aug 

oor17 years ago to Port Elizabeth, then in 1871   he4 opened a business in Humansdorp, which
became a centre of trade.and banking.
SALE: FAIR CLOSE ROAD: instructions from AE King.

 
1885

 
East Suff Gaz 1 Sept 
 
 

Three substantial & well-built slated Cottages near the Hospital, in the occupatiuon of Mrs Howard,
Miss King & Mr James Woolnough at a rental of £27 pa

1885
East Suff Gaz 1 Sept 

HEADMASTER: Mr William Boyce, who for 8 years was senior assistant Master at the Fauconberge
School,  late  Headmaster  of  the  Redenhall  School  to  be  Head  of  Theobald’s  Grammar  School,

Needham Market.
SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT: 715 children met at the Ravensmere & Ingate Schools with 77 helpers

1885
East Suff Gaz 1 Sept 

and  marched  in  procession  through  the  town,  with  banners,  flags  &  floral  devices  to  a  meadow
adjoining the Worlingham Road, kindly lent by Mr Prime. A bountiful tea was provided
POLICE COURT: LICENCES :

1885
 

East Suff Gaz 1 Sept 

 
 
 

Alfred Williams of Paddington to Crown & Anchor
Robert Nudds of Banham, Norfolk for the George & Dragon
George Drake of Lowestoft for the Queen’s Head

 
 

 
 

 
 

William Chipperfield, late of the Greyhound, Westhall to the Sun
On the  application   of Mr  Lea,  agent to the Halesworth Brewery Company, the  licence to the old
brewery premises at Beccles, was made out to Mr Barker Stanford, traveller to the firm.

1885
East Suff Gaz 1 Sept 

TOWN COUNCIL:SANITARY COMMITTEE: Show Proprietors refused leave to have vans in Old
Market for living in.
Plans of a new road proposed to be constructed through a meadow on the north side of Caxton Road

 
 

not passed - no drainage shown..
Plans passed  for new houses for Mr Thacker, Mr Underwood & Mr Walter Falgate (2)
Plans passed for alterations to house of Mrs Tillett in Ingate [Grove] Road passed.

 
 

 
 

 
 

Plans for houses to be erected by Mr A Pells, near London Road passed, provided the party walls are
carried up to the roof.
Plan of house to be erected by CE Hale & one by George Aldous near London Road passed

 
 
 

 
 
 

Two houses near London Road by Mr Underwood passed.
Plan of farm buildings near Rail crossing near Londson Road considered.

 
 

 
 

Mr SF Field not to obstruct Hungate with tools & implements.
Roads  in Alexander Road, Caxton Road & Frederick’s Place to be examined  if in state to be taken

over by Corporation.
Warehouse on the Corporation Wharf for Mr Eastaugh approved

 
 

 
 

Two houses for Mr Devereux & Mr Piper  in Alexander Road  approved, plus three there for Miss
Hardingham.
Mr JE Symonds toerect 6 more houses near the Gasworks

 
1885

 
East Suff Gaz 1 Sept 

DEATH of LADY CLARKE of Worlingham Hall which took place at Sir Charles Clarke’s residence
at Bothal Hall, Morpeth in Northumberland.
THEFT in NORWICH by William Pearson of 10 Dacre Place, Beccles. Took coat & gloves from a

1885
East Suff Gaz 8 Sept 
trap at Low’s stables. Sold it to dealer for 10s.  Three months hard labour.
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1885
East Suff Gaz 8 Sept 

CAXTON ATHLETIC SPORTS held  in the Avenue meadow adjoining the Railway  Station.  Large
company, despite threatening weather. The Rifle Band conducted by Mr R Larke played during the

afternoon.
RAILWAY ACCIDENT Joseph Griffin, one of the Gatekeepers at the Ringsfield Road crossing was

1885
East Suff Gaz 8 Sept 

collecting a book thrown to him by the guard of the up train, when he was hit by the dow train and
killed. He was 44.

1885
East Suff Gaz 15 Sept 

TO BE LET: A House & Shop in Blyburgate now occupied by Mrs Baxter (late Ward). Apply Mrs
Ecclestone, Station Road, Beccles.
APPRENTICE WANTED - a  respectable young  girl - for the Milinery & Fancy Drapery.  utdoors.

1885
East Suff Gaz 15 Sept 

Mrs Burrell, [29.2], New Market, Beccles.
LEASE of FEOFFMENT LANDS for 8 years.
SALE of FURNITURE in London Road  late Frederick Girling

1885
1885

East Suff Gaz 22 Sept 
East Suff Gaz 22 Sept 
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East Suff Gaz 22 Sept 

SALE of FARMING STOCK & Household Furniture, Blyburgate, Black Boy Inn, late Robert Elliott,
comprising 5 superior cart horses and colts, carriages, harness, implements, machines, tools, etc
ADVERTISEMENT:  Mrs  Woodward:  Old  established  Register  Office.  Wanted:  Cooks,  House  &

1885
East Suff Gaz 22 Sept 

Parlour Maids & General Servants.
TO BE LET: The Spread Eagle, Northgate, suitable for a Maltster or Labouring Man. Apply Barker
Stanford, Halesworth Brewery.

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East Suff Gaz 22 Sept 

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East Suff Gaz 22 Sept 

TO BE LET: Cottage on the Cliff £8, apply owner, Mr Guy or Mr Parkhouse, draper, New Market.
HISTORY of NORFOLK by Walter Rye, published
DELHI MISSION: Well attended meeing in the Rectory Room. Mr Vincent presided in the absence

East Suff Gaz 22 Sept 
East Suff Gaz 22 Sept 

of Mr FW Farrer through ill health.
CEMETERY Extension. Land purchased by the Burial Board from the Mill Land Trustees for £700
& Mr JE Crisp for £472 14s 4d to be laid into the Cemetery. The money to be borrowed.. Approved

1885
East Suff Gaz 22 Sept 

by the Vestry Meeting.
COUNTY COURT: George Morten, wheelwright v Amos Till  blacksmith. Amos Till said Morton

1885
East Suff Gaz 22 Sept 

failed to turn up at 6 am for work and was sacked. He was to work a 10 hour day at 3d or 4d an hour.
Morton caimed £1 in wages. Judge granted him the £1 in lost wages.

1885
East Suff Gaz 29 Sept 

DANGEROUS DOG: Mr Chaston, County Coroner found guilty of owning a dangerous dog a  bull
mastiff  which  bit  Mr TH  Pearce,  grocer  in  the  garden  of  his  house  in  Ringsfield.  It  attacked  Mr

Pearce four times, who was only saved by the housekeeper throwing an apron over+ the dog’s head.
The dog was not tied up or muzzled.
MAYOR’S DINNER: Held at the Town Hall. The company numbered 70. The dinner was supplied

1885
East Suff Gaz 6 Oct 

by Mr James Miles of the White Lion.
HORSE SALE by H & J Read, their 17th. There were 182 horses, colts & foals, which were nearly
all disposed of, at prices far below what they have been accustomed to for many years.

1885
East Suff Gaz 6 Oct 
1885

TO BE LET: Two pleasantly siuated bay-windowed Houses with Gardens etc, 3 & 4 Estelle Terrace,
London Road. Rents moderate. James Mobbs, Auctioneer, Norwich.
COCERT with readings by Mr EP Youell was  given  in the Town Hall.  It was  found  necessary to

East Suff Gaz 20 Oct 
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East Suff Gaz 20 Oct 

deviate  from  the  printed  programme  and  the  vocal  music  was  rather  disappointing.  Those  who
assisted by singing were Mrs Crowfoot, Rev JH Raven, Mr RE Leach & Mr AH Livock. M Pringee
played a violin solo, and Mr Livock an overture on the piano.

1885

LECTURE to the Congregational Total Abstinence Association by Miss Jeanette G Wilkinson (of the
National Society for Women’s Suffrage) entitled “Women & Temperance Legislation.”
MUNICIPAL  ELECTIONS:  Only  two  nominations  at  present  made:  Mr  Henry  Woolner  &  Mr

East Suff Gaz 20 Oct 
1885
East Suff Gaz 20 Oct 

Thomas Augustus Woodroffe. The retiring Councillors  are NW  Pells, T Pert,  FS Rix & C  Smith.
They have not yet been nominated, but are expected to stand for re-election.
MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS: Mr Woodroffe withdrew his nomination. The retiring Councillors are all

1885
East Suff Gaz 27 Oct 

standing as is Mr Woolner, printer
RUNAWAY HORSE. A valuable horse belonging to Mr Bexfield of Thorpe was standing near the

1885
East Suff Gaz 27 Oct 

Bank  in New Market  and suddeny  bolted. Rushing  across the  road it went straight for Mr Dowe’s
shop  window.  Colliding  with  the  iron  support  to  the  shop  window-blind,  and  the  kerb  of  the

pavement, the cart and horse were swung round. The horse fell and rolled on its back, the shafts were
broken and the cart overturned; thje horse kicked its legs in the air, and then got up, started off again

with  great speed, dragging the  cart with  it across the New Market a second time. Turning towards
Exchange Square, it was confronted by the railway waggon in front of Mr W Flower’s shop. Opposite
Mr Black’s was a four-wheeler with a lady. The horse determined to go through the passage between

the raillway waggon and Mr Flower’s shop; but in making the attempt the cart caught at the back of
the waggon. In the struggles of the  horse the waggon was dragged  along  for several yards, and the
lady in the four-wheeler was placed in great danger. Fortunately, however,the horse was secured by

Mr Steer and others before further mischief was done, and it was found that it had not hurt itself at
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all.
POLICE  COURT:  LICENCE:  The  Spread  Eagle  beerhouse  temporarily  endorsed  to  Mr  George

1885
East Suff Gaz 27 Oct 

Hadingham, late of St Andrews.
MUNICIPAL ELECTION: A Public Meeting held in the Town Hall [Public Hall] to hear an address

1885
East Suff Gaz 3 Nov 

by Mr Woolner. The Hall was  crowded  in  every part, principally by working men. The Chair was
taken by Mr MF Buck. The Chairman said that at the present time the trade of the town was amply

represented  on the Council, but the working  man wasconspicuous by his absence. The Corporation
formerly appointed Committees who looked into all matters of detail, but were not allowed to carry
out any important works without first obtaining the permission of the  Council, which was only given

after full explanation and discussion at the quarterly or special meetings. Now, however, the Council
itself  transacts  the  business  in  Committee,  and  all  discussions  are  conducted  in  private,  and  in
consequence the public have no means of knowing the influences at work. An  example of this was

the so-called Bridge  Street improvement,  a project the majority of  burgesses  cared little  about. He
considered the private discussion of a public matter by a public body to be utterly wrong.
Mr  H  Woolner,  whose  long  connection  with  the  Friendly  Societies  of  the  town  was  to  be  their

 
 

working-class candidate.
Mr  Woolner  said  that  he  was  opposed  to  the  widening  of  Bridge  Street,  it  would  be  costly.  He
thought  the  authorities  ought  to  have  more  controlling  power  in  the  construction  of  new  streets.

 
 

Peddar’s  Lane  was  utterly  spoilt  by  the  backways  of  the  new  houses  facing  the  main  road.  He
alsodeplored  that  the  public  were  even  now  shut  out  from  the  charming  rural  retreat  known  as
“Bonaparte’s Island”. The places of shelter against sudden showers at the end of the Avenue had also

been removed, unnecessarily in his opinion.
MUNICIPAL  ELECTION RESULTS: The  Polling  Station was the Town Hall,  open from  9 till  4
o’clock Everything passed off in an orderly manner. 723 votes given:

1885
East Suff Gaz 3 Nov 

 
 

 
 

 
 

H Woolner,  
NW Pells,  

printer
miller

 
 

475 
292 

elected
elected

 
 

 
 

 
 

C Smith
T Pert

 
 

corn merchant 
painter

223 
200 

elected
elected

 
 

 
1885

 
 
FS Rix
 
solicitor
180 
not elected

SHIPPING: Regular communication by Steamers between London, Lowestoft, Norwich, Beccles &
Bungay.

East Suff Gaz 10 Nov 
 
 

Messrs John Crisp & Son announce that, having more Goods than one Steamer can bring, they have
chartered the “Elsy” to run in conjunction with the “Jeanie Hope” to ensure a quicker & more regular

service.
WORKING MEN’S CLUB: The Coimmittee  anxious to enrol  new members, which  offers special
advantages. Unless new members come foeward it is feared the Club will have to close.

1885
East Suff Gaz 10 Nov 
1885

FLOODS: Owing to the late heavy rains and high tides, a vast quantity of water covered the marshes
on the west side of the town last week, and on Friday it was so high that all traffic from Norfolk was
stopped. It was impossible to get beasts to market.

East Suff Gaz 10 Nov 
1885

TOWN COUNCIL: First Quarterly Meeting:  Present: The Mayor, C Smith, Esq’ Aldermen Garrod,
Maters &  Pells; Coucillors Allen, Brundell, Copeman, Darby, Kent,  Pert, Poll, Read, Walton & H
Woolner.

East Suff Gaz 10 Nov 

 
 

 
 

Alderman Masters elected Mayor.
ALDERMAN WM CROWFOOT regretfully  gave  his resignation to the Council,  since  he  and  his
brother were in partnership, and his brother was  Medical Officer of Health, he seemed to be debarred

from being on the Council, even though the salary as Medical Officer did not go into the Practice’s
accounts,  and  was  quite  separate.    The  Council  would  view  with  deep  regret  having  to  lose  the
services of Mr Crowfoot. The Local Government Board will be consulted.

 
 

SANITARY  COMMITTEE::  Northgate  Improvement:  Suggested  that  5  tenements  on  the  corner,
rental £17pa should be taken down. Mr Evans wanted £500 for the “improvement” and an entrance at

the corner which would make the junction more dangerous. All the properties were at present empty.
Six Houses to be built by Mr Hopson in Denmark Road. Plans & Sections must be given

 
 

 
 

OPEN MEETINGS of Committees of the Council proposed  by Councillor Woolner. Not seconded.
The Council to remain the Committees. No press allowed in to Committee Meetings.

 
 

NEW ROADS: Caxton Road, Denmark Road, Alexandra Road,  Frederick’s Road &  new Freehold
Land Society Road. All aimed for adoption, but a report turned them down for outright acceptance,
plus numerous qualifications.

 1885

GENERAL  ELECTION: We have made  arrangements for the receipt of telegrams of the results of
the  borough  and  county  elections  foe  Norfolk  &  Suffolk,  which  for  general  convenience  will  be
posted on the doors of the Public Library [now the Town Hall] immediately after delivery.

East Suff Gaz 17 Nov 
1885
WAVENEY ANGLIAN CLUB Account of Dr Beverley’s fish-breeding establishment near Norwich
East Suff Gaz 17 Nov 
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demonstrating practicability of rearing trout in ponds. They contain an  area of four  acres &  12,000
trout are in a very satisfactory condition.

1885

DINNER to the Ex-Mayor, C Smith: Capt Maybank, RN “thought that the past two years would be
bright in the history of the world for the bravery, the kindness, and  the integrity of our Navy. ... It

East Suff Gaz 17 Nov 

was  notorious  that  wherever  our  flag  floats,  if  we  ae  conquerors,  civilization  and  Christianity
followed  in its  course;m and he was perfectly satisfied  his countrymen  and  fllow shipmates would

never forget their duty to old England, their country, and their God.”
POLICE COURT: Curate of Sotterley, Rev James Fleming Mitchell guilty of assaulting a policeman.
Constable Bovington  attempted to serve  a summons on the Curate,  but he would not see  him. He

1885
East Suff Gaz 17 Nov 

eventually approached him  after dark when  he was  outside  and laid the summons on his  arm. The
Rector struck him hard with a candlestick in the face. He was sentenced to seven days imprisonment.
December 8 Newspaper: The Bishop revoked the licence of Fleming Mitchell, & will consequently

 
 

not attempt to officiate at Sotterley.
CO-OPERATIVE  SIXTH  ANNIVERSARY  TEA:  150  present.  Mr  WM  Crowfoot  in  the  Chair:
Congratulated them on the success of their undertaking. Working men were coming to the front, in

1885
East Suff Gaz 17 Nov 

times when power had been placed in their hands, and the future of this country, either for welfare or
for woe, depended  very much upon the way the working men used the power with which they had
been entrusted.

 
 

Mr Cook of Ipswich told of the great progress made by Co-Operatives since their small beginning in
Rochdale  in  1842.  They  had  mow  a  capital  of  over  half  a  million,  and  were  doing  a  trade  of
£25,000,000 a year. They  exp0ended £14,000  a year  on educational work. He said that in  Ipswich

they were erecting a building which would be the finest in the town. He urged them to make a success
of  Co-Operation in Beccles.
POLITICAL   MEETINGS:   Colonel   Chester   at   Beccles.   Uproarious   Proceedings.   Col   Chester

1885
East Suff Gaz 24 Nov 

constantly interrupted and prevented from expounding his political views and principles.
A good deal  of  banter  and  noise was  exchanged  before the speakers  appeared, but the  cheers  and

 
 

groans were almost deafening when the Chairman and Colonel Chester took their seats. For a time it
was impossible to make oneself heard above the din. At last the Chairman, JP Walton spoke “I trust

that this large meeting will  be distinguished by the  good order which prevailed  during the meeting
that was held by Sir Sir Savile Crossley [the Liberal]  (cheers for Sir Savile) a few weeks ago At that

meeting ,  as you  are well  aware  (interruption) there was a  great number of Conservatives (uproar),  
who in no way hindered the proceedings of the evening (groans); and I trust our Liberal friends will
not hinder our proceedings (uproar). etc

 
 

Among the  audience were Col  St  John Barne, John Crisp, F Morse, T Wilson, Capt Kerrich,  WM
Crowfoot, Rev Raven, FW Robinson, J Read, Mr Blunderfield, N Pells, S Steel, P Youngs etc.
POLICE COURT: LICENCES: Black Boy, Blyburgate to William Bell

1885
 

East Suff Gaz 24 Nov 

 
 

Ship, Bridge Street to George Baldry
The Bench refused the application of Francis C Fox of Yarmouth for the Crown & Anchor, Ballygate.
SALE  by  Private  Treaty  Shop  with  Dwelling  House  in  [28  &  30]  Northgate,  occupied  by  Mrs

 
1885

East Suff Gaz 15 Dec 

Oxborough, with Cottage adjoining. Apply Jas S Banford, Blyburgate
THE WEATHER:  A sharp touch of winter was experienced last week, and on Friday and Saturday
skaters were able to enjoy themselves on the marshes. The ice, however was not very strong, owing

1885
East Suff Gaz 15 Dec 

to the heavy downfall of snow.
SOUP KITCHEN: Mr TA Laws kindly consented again to  undertake the management as secretary
and treasurer. The first distributiopn will be on Tuesday 15th of December.

1885
East Suff Gaz 15 Dec 
1885

ELSY STEAMSHIP On Thursday evening during a snowstorm, the RElsy, chartered by John Crisp
was struck on Covehithe Point, with  a cargo of  groceries  etc. The crew were rescued by the rocket
aparatus. The vessel is believed to be very little damaged, and will soon be afloat again.

East Suff Gaz 15 Dec 

1885
 

NORTH SUFFOLK ELECTION:
The contest took place on Tuesday in snowy weather, and to the credit of the division the proceedings

East Suff Gaz 15 Dec 
 

passed off without the display of rowdyism which so  disgraced  certain towns  and parishes in other
divisions. There were 11 polling stations. The precaution was taken  to reinforce the police  in the

principal towns. Two dozen extra policemen were sent to Beccles, and the Mayor, in consequence of
rumours that roughs would probably be coming to disturb the peace, communicated with the military

at Yarmouth, and forty soldiers were held in readiness all day to come over if required. Fortunately
this was not necessary.
The tact of the police had probably much to do with the maintenance of good order. During the day

 
 

Inspector Bardwell was the  only representative of the force to be seen in the streets;  any  incipient
signs of disorder were quickly checked through his influence and presence..
The poll opened at 8am & closed at 8 pm, by which time 1198 had voted. Many labourers walked in

 
 
from the villages during the morning,  and having done their business most of them returned home.
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Mr  JL  Garden,  of  Redisham,  sent  down  the  labourers   on   his   estate,  and  Mr  FW  Farrer,  of
Worlingham brought over a party, irrespective of the political views of the men.

 
 

In  the  afternoon  some  thirty  or  forty  were  conveyed  from  Barnby  and  North  Cove.  It  had  been
arranged to bring over a party of about a hundred, to leave the conveyances at the Black Boy, and to

form a procession and march to the polling staton. The Mayor [Mr Masters] and one or two leading
Liberals went to meet the Barnby contingent; Most, if not all the men, wore yellow in their coats or

hats;  and  there  could  be  no  mistaking  which  side  they  were  on.  Indeed  throughout  the  day  the
working-classes made no secret of their preference for the Liberal cause.
Result:

 
 

 
 

Sir Savile Crossley (Liberal) 
Col Baghot-Chester (Conservative)
Liberal Majority

 
 
 

 
3743
581 

4234

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
1885

 

In North West Norfolk: Joseph Arch was elected with a majority of 640.
LIME KILN in Puddingmoor: A Letter: The nuisance is as objectionable as ever it was. I don’t know
whether the Corporation intend tob let the matter rest. If they do it is grossly unfair to the residents in

East Suff Gaz 22 Dec 

the  neighbourhood. But may I appeal to Mr Pells, who has made  an  alteration which is believed to
have  accentuated the nuisance;  and suggest  if the present shaft  is  needed,  cxould  it  not be raised
sufficiently high to carry the smoke and fumes harmlessly away.

1885
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1887 NEWSPAPERS
1887

NEW ORGANIST: Mr WH Williamson, of All Saints School, Bloxham near Banbury, who has been
appointed Organist of the Parish Church will commence his duties on Sunday next.
SKATING: There were hundreds f the townspeople and many visitors on the ice on the marshes on

East Suff Gaz 4 Jan 
1887
East Suff Gaz 4 Jan 

the Norfolk side of the river on Friday & Saturday.
NEW YEAR services were held at 8.30 pm at St Michael’s & watch-night services at the Wesleyan,
Baptist & Primitive Methodist Churches. The bells rang out the old  and welcomed  in the  new year

1887
East Suff Gaz 4 Jan 

with a merry peal.
AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS: Requisition being made to the Prime Minister calling his attention to
the  extraordinary  difficulties  of  agriculture,  and  by  which  it  is  being  overwhelmed,  urging  the

1887
East Suff Gaz 11 Jan 

Government to take measures to give relief.
TO  BE  LET:  A  Hall  next  to  the  Artillery  Armoury  [The  former  National  School  building?]  for
meetings, concets etc. Apply Sergt Major Barkham, Newgate.

1887
East Suff Gaz 18 Jan 
1887

BECCLES COLLEGE: Headmaster appointed: Mr H Steward, second master of the Albert Memorial
College, Framlingham (where he has been for 16 years).

East Suff Gaz 18 Jan 

1887
 

POLICE COURT: LICENCES: The Sun Inn to Joseph Bilke
The George & Dragon, Hungate Lane,  to James Long

East Suff Gaz 18 Jan 

 
 
 

 
 

The Marquis of Granby, Northgate to Harry Orford
The SpreadEagle, Northgate to Robert Larke

1887

THE QUEEN’S JUBILEE:  WM Crowfoot proposed  a new ward  in the  hospital which would  cost
£200  or  £300.  Other  proposals  were  a  free  library  and  a  new  Almshouse  or  new  fire  engine.  Dr
Metcalfe supported the hospital scheme, but said that if they had Almshouses at all, they should have

East Suff Gaz 18 Jan 

them in a better locality than Puddingmoor. The wretched cottage called Alshouse he considered  a
disgrace to the Town. They should be better houses altogether.
Alderman Walton had made some enquiries at the hospital and found that of the thirteen beds only

 
 

seven were usually occupied.. He favoured a new Assembly Room. This was denied by Mr Metcalfe,
who said they were almost always in use. At present all the male beds were full and there was one
vacancy for a woman’s bed. Ofen there was a need for a bed which was not available.

 
1887

 

The meeting decided that the first priority should be provision of a new ward for the Hospital. 
SALE BALLYGATE: Messrs Read to sell a Block of Freehold Property in one Lot, at the Junction of
Ballygate & Hungate Lane, consisting of Dwelling House with small Shop in Ballygate and Dwelling

East Suff Gaz 25 Jan 
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House  in  Hungate  Lane,  wiuth  a  large  piece  of  Garden  having  a  frontage  of  about  40  yards  to
Hungate Lane, and well adapted for building purposes, in the respective occupations of James Stone

[19 Ballygate], Simon Borrett [21 Ballygate] & Robert Pitchers [Hungate Lane]. Yearly tenants at the
Rental of £29 4s 0d, the Proprietor paying the Rates.

1887

MUSIC  EXAMINATION Miss Wells  of  Shadingfield Advanced Certificate  in piano, teacher AH
Livock.

East Suff Gaz 25 Jan 
1887

WEATHER: Hundreds Skating on Sunday & Monday, Snow fell on Monday night, then thaw & rain.
Marshes flooded to a level with the path on Gillingham Dam.
PRIMITIVE METHODIST public Tea for 90.

East Suff Gaz 25 Jan 

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 25 Jan 

RAILWAY EMPLOYEES DINNER  at King’s Head. The Mayor in the Chair: They were indebted
to the Railway Company for the improved accommodation in the shape of trains, but they would be
much more grateful to them if they could also have better accommodation at the station. The station

East Suff Gaz 25 Jan 

was was frequented by many trains - some hundred  and more daily in the summr,  and  he believed
about 70 now.
TOWN COUNCIL: Present: The Mayor [Mr Masters], Aldermen Rix & Walton, Councillors Buck,

1887
East Suff Gaz 25 Jan 

Copeman, Hindes, Pells, Pert, Read, Wilson & Woolner   
A parrafin lamp for Bullock’s  Lane: the  light to be  lighted  by Hayward; the  lamp supplied  by Mr
Spear, the post supplied by Fisk, and the ironwork by Mr Delf..

 
 

 
1887

 

Mr Poyser to submit plans of buildings in course of erection by him
LIME KILN CASE:  Pickthall v Pells. Pichkthall had purchased Waveney House in 1880 and lived
there with his family. Nathaniel Pells owner & Arthur Pells, the occupier of two lime kilns, the nearer

East Suff Gaz 25 Jan 

one was 79 yards from the house, the other 140 yards away.. Pells raised the chimney or cone of the
nearer kiln 15ft after he had bought the house. The kilns were fed continuously, so soon as the lime
was  burnt  the  doors  were  opened  and  then  1  cwt  of  fresh  chalk  was  put  in,  the  process  being

continued every 3 or 4 hours.. Carbonic Acid  gas &  Sulphuric  acid  gas were  emitted. The Plaintiff
could not open his windows at certain times because of the smoke & fumes and the smoke obscured

the view.
Pickthall bought the premises from CF Parker. Parker paid £1,000 for the whole property and sold the

 
 

house itself to Pickthall for £1,400. Parker then built himself a house in the Garden in 1881 and went
to live there in 1882. The shaft was built about the time he built the house. His house was only 30

yards away from the kiln. He felt irritatation in the throat as a result of the smoke.
Samuel Parkhouse, draper, had lived in Beccles more than 20 years. His premises were much higher
than the  cone  about 200 yards  away [27 New Market].  Prior to the  building of the  cone there  had

 
 

been no annoyance from the kiln. After it he was obliged to leave his garden and sometimes shut the
windows.
Henry Bransbury Smit, cabinet maker of Rook’s Lane said his house was about 150 yards from the

 
 

kiln. He had lived there for 13 years. Before the cone was built he suffered no annoyance, but since
then the fumes had made him cough for an hour at a time. He was now obliged to close his windows.
Wiliam George Cross, tailor, [4] Ballygate. He  had  lived within 300 yards  of the  kiln  for  7 years

 
 

same evidence.
W Garrard, formerly in the Excise Department, said he lived in Waveney House from 1877 to 1881.
Found there was a great difference after the shaft had been added. There was a granary in the garden  

 
 

which hid the kiln  when he was there, but he was able to see the smoke.
Mrs E Crowfoot, widow,  living  in  Sheepgate, 300 yards from he  kiln,  since  1877 had  noticed the
change when the cone was put on. They had to keep the windows closed on two sides of the house at

 
 

times
Edward B Crowfoot, her nephew, Medical Officer of Health. He said the Inspector of Nuisances had
drawn his attention to it. Carbonic acid would be given off by a kiln of this type, which was a heavy

 
 

poisonous gas
William M Crowfoot, surgeon, His attention was drawn to the smoke by his brother in a meeting of

 
 

the Sanitary Committee. There was a pungency about the smoke, which led him to suspect sulphuric
gas. Carbonic Acid could not be smelt, it was a very injurious gas.

 
 

 
 

He did not think the Sanitary Committee should take up the matter.
William Gough, commercial traveller, said he could not see the church clock 100yards away because

of the smoke.  Previous to this  he had lived  in  a  house that  belonged to Mr Pells senior, but had  a
difference of opinion with him about it. Some boys broke some windows and Gough had to pay for
the damage done, which was 35 shillimgs.

 
 

William Ward, the Walk, said he had lived there 3 years about 150 yards from the kiln. He suffered a
great deal from the smoke “choked to death nearly”.
Mrs Boutell, widow, had to close her windows and leave the garden because of the smoke.

 
 

 
 

Mrs Pickthall, wife of the plintiff said the same.
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Thomson  Wilson,  printer,    said  he  had  lived  in  Beccles  12  years  and  noticed  the  smell  when  he
visited Waveney House for the first time 4 or 5 years ago.

 
 

Edward Masters, Mayor. He had lived in Becclkes 20 years. He had noticed a thick cloud of smoke
near the Post Office, which set him coughing.

 
 

Mr Harland, analytical  chemist,  London went to Beccles  in December. He said lime  kilns werre  a
nuisance  anywhere,  but  this  was  in  a  hollow  and  the  position  of  the  cone  made  it  much  worse.

Defendant burnt  about 2 tons  of  chalk  a  day,  and  about 13cwt of  carbonic  acid  and  gas would  be
generated, which would be  very detrimental to the enjoyment and  comfort of those exposed to the
vapour.

 
 

 
 

This ended the case for the plaintiff
The Defendant’s QC said that the site had been used as a Lime Kiln for over 100 years. The owner
Mr Pickthall had come from outside and now wanted to get rid of the Lime Kiln, even though it was

already there when he purchased the property, and everyone knows that a limekiln is not an agreeable
neighbour.
Mr Pells said that the kiln produced £120 more value of lime since the cone was added. Up to 1879

 
 

the kiln was without a cone.
Nathaniel Pells, the defendant’s father, said he first knew this lime kiln in March 1827. He bought it
in May 1839. Hecarried on the business there from 1839 to 1880. There must be less smoke now than

 
 

there was before it was added, because the cone protected the kiln from the rain, but it increased the
combustion  of the smoke. The previous  owners of Waveney House had never found fault with the
kiln, nor did the neighbours complain. He had never had a day’s illness himself.

 
 

Mr Sutton, analytical chemist, said he visited the kilns in 1884> the cone caused the combustion of
the entire matters in the coal and the organic matters in the chalk. There was no sulphuric acid to be
found, because it was chemicaly fixed by the lime. He tested it at the time. The smoke gave off two

distinctive smells,  one arising  from the  organic matter  in the  chalk,  and the other from the small
quantity of tarry matter which escaped combustion in the coal. The smells were distinctive, but not

injurious to health. Th effect of the cone was to give off loess smoke; the increased elevation would
very likely cause the vapour to spread over a larger area.

 
 

John  L  Clemence,  formerly  manager  of  Messrs  Lucas’s  works,  &  Mayor  of  Lowestoft  said  the
vapour would disperse before it reached the plaitiff’s house.

 
 

 
 

William P Garrod said he had not been inconvenienced from the lime kilns [St Peter’s House]
Joseph  Walton, wine merchant & Mayor of the town  in  1884 said  he  considered  it an  interference
with the trade of the town, so he opposed any interference.

 
 

Also  supporting  the  defence:  Rev  J  Calvert,  Alfred  Hockey,  Jeremiah  Tyrell,  said  his  health  had
improved! Mr Barkway, John Boatwright, Frederick Larke, Henry Clarke, Robert Starland.
The judge in his summing up the defendants had not been able to produce an unbroken front. It was

 
 

not strictly necessary to have the cone on the kiln. The witnesses for the defence admitted that if they
lived in Waveney House they would find the kiln a nuisance.
The jury, in barely two minutes found for the Plaintiff .

 
1887

 

LEMAN SCHOOL: Lindley Artur Watson has passed The Pharmaceutical exam from this school.
ASSESSMENT VAPPEALS. No  change  in Mr Masers’  brick  kiln  or  farm. The  appeal  of Clowes
will be reconsidered.

East Suff Gaz1 Feb 
1887
East Suff Gaz1 Feb 
1887

DEATH of EDWARD BUCK, wine merchant in  his 76th year. He was the second son  of Timothy
Buck, a felmonger, which his father had purchased in the first half of the 18th century, so the family
had carried on business in their present residence for 160 years. Mr Edward Buck was 15 years old

East Suff Gaz1 Feb 

when  the  wine  business  was  started,  and  under  his  direction  attained  considerable  proportion.  30
years ago he was on the town council. He was one of the original shareholders of the Public Library,
and acted on the committee for 25 years.

1887

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Rev J Calvert alluded to the hot water warming apparatus which
had recently been placed in the chapel, and the great comfort arising therefrom the past two Sundays.

East Suff Gaz1 Feb 

The church membership was  larger than it  had  ever  been  before. There  had  been  an adition of ten
members.

1887

TEMPERANCE: Mr Alfred Woods of Ingate Lodge gave a magic lantern exhibition, with beautifully
painted slides showing the “Life of Joseph.”

East Suff Gaz1 Feb 

1887
1887
1887

SCHOOL LIST of CANDIDATES taking RE Exams, giving names, home address & school
GLEE & CHORAL UNION Mr WH Williamson appointed as conductor to new society.
ARREST of man named Reuben Smith at the lodging house for tramps in Beccles

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1887

PANTOMIME  TRAIN  to  Yarmouth  with  cheap  tickets  to  see  Mr  Syddney  Cooper’s  Robinson
Crusoe at the Royal Aquarium.
SCHOOL BOARD. Testimonialto be given to Mr AE TRipp, who is leaving. Mr AE Palmer, master

East Suff Gaz 15 Feb 
1887
East Suff Gaz 15 Feb 
& Mr B Read, assistant to be paid Pamer £10 more (making £130pa) & Read £5 more (making £55
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pa if they can manage on the staff of two assistant masters, two pupil teachers, and a monitor.
WEATHER: Bitterly cold north-east winds, bright sunny days & very low temperatures at night.

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 22 Feb 

SUNDAY CLOSING MOVEMENT Lrge attendance: The Rector: He considered the Sunday closing
of public houses would be an almost incalculable moral blessing to the country.

East Suff Gaz 22 Feb 
1887

SALE: BECCLES BREWERY, NORTHGATE: Important and valuable Freehold Business Premises
with comfortable & well-arranged Private Dwelling House, Offices, 12 Workmen’s Houses, Shops &

East Suff Gaz 1 Mar 

Cottages,  20 Quarter  Steep Malting, with working  floors,  barley & malt  chambers, large range  of
convenient buildings and storage room, recently erected. Modern stabling for 10 horses, Blacsmith’s
Shop and spacious Yard, the whole formerly known as the Beccles Brewery. An extensive frontage to

Northgate  and Bridge  Street,  and in the  rear  bordering  upon the navigable River  Waveney, with  a
wharfage of considerable length.
Auctioneer Stanford of Halesworth at White Lion, Beccles on Monday 14th March at Two for Three

 
 

precisely.
15 March: Bidding went up to £2,500, but was withdrawn. The price is £3,000.
DEATH  of    WILLIAM  STANFORD  of  Ravensmere  House  on  Sunday.  He  was  out  walking  on

 
1887

 
East Suff Gaz 1 Mar 

Friday.  He  was  a  Deacon  of  the  Congregational  Church.  He  was  well  known  in  the  town  as  a
commission agent in the corn trade, but he had retired from active business many years. He took no
prominent part in public matters, except for  a short period, when he served on the Town Council  a

few yars since. He was a man of very kindly disposition. [He was 68]
CONCERT in the Town Hall in  aid  of the  fund for the  STAINED GLASS WINDOW in the  East
Window for  St Michael’s Church. Mr Hockey arranged the Concert with Mrs WM Crowfoot, Mrs

1887
East Suff Gaz 1 Mar 

Masters, Mrs AR Scott, Mr C Linton Holden 9of Norwich Cathedral) LG Laws, AW Cattermole, A
Scott,  the  Masters  of  Beccles  College  &  other  local  singers  &  chorus  of  60  of  Beccles  College
scholars and an instrumental band.

1887

TITSHALL ALLEY, RAVENSMERE The  closure  of Titshall Alley by the new  occupier [George
Kerridge] has  caused  great inconvenience to  inhabitants  of Ravensmere & Northgate. It has  been  a

East Suff Gaz 8 Mar 

thoroughfare  for  50  years  or  more.  A  door  certainly  exists,  and  the  occupier  of  the  bakehouse
previous to the present tenant [James Aldred] closed this door two or three times at night twelve years

ago, but it has never been cloed in the daytime. If the public really possesses a rightof way, the mere
convenience of a tenant must not be allowed to stand in the way.

1887

TRADESMEN’S SUPPER. During the evening Mr J Miles told the company that the following day
he would  give to the poor of the town the soup that had been made that evening, and on Thursday
more than 100 pints of soup, accompanied by a gift of bread, were given away, not indiscriminately,

East Suff Gaz 8 Mar 

but to the deserving poor.
MEETING of ELEMENTARY TEACHERS of Waveney Valley District which had been formed last
April,  held  at the Board  School  in Beccles. The Chairman trusted that the Royal Commission  on

1887
East Suff Gaz 8 Mar 

Education would remedy the evils of the present code, especially that of paying by result. The party
then proceeded to the Coffee Tavern, where an excellent ta war provided under the direction of Miss
Parker.

1887

SALE:  Excellent Business Premises, with the sheds,  now  used  as Timber Yard;  near the Hospital.
Apply SF Pells, New Market
ROYAL OAK, RAVENSMERE; Mr WR Harper (late of the “Hope Gardens” Norwich0 It has been

East Suff Gaz 15 Mar 
1887
East Suff Gaz 15 Mar 

entirely renovated. Morgan’s Brewery.
TRANSFER of BUSINESS: BW Kent of Beccles (Trading as Kent & Son, ironmongers, which has
been carried on by his family since 1796) has disposed of his business to Mr AR Clatworthy,

1887
East Suff Gaz 15 Mar 
1887

LIBERAL MEETING DEBATE on Home Rule. Mr Dowsett spoke against Home Rule.  Votes for
Home Rule 27, against 3.
St  MICHAEL’S  CHURCH  Scaffolding   has   been   erected  outside  the   Parish  Church,   and  the

East Suff Gaz 15 Mar 
1887
East Suff Gaz 29 Mar 

placement  of the  new east window will be proceeded with immediately.  £100  is still  required for
completion.

1887

DRINK PROBLEM: Robert Copeman, who was sent to prison for 7 days for drunkenness & disorder
had previously served 91 days’ hard  labour  and paid  £8  10s  2d fines & costs, His convictions date

East Suff Gaz 29 Mar 

from 1864 & number 16.
OPENING of NEW CEMETERY by Bishop.

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 29 Mar 

DEATH of Rev EW Holmes, formerly Curate of the paarish. He left Beccles several years ago to take
charge of Westhorpe, near Stowmarket. He was 53 & leaves 7 children and a widow, who will live in
Beccles.0

East Suff Gaz 29 Mar 
1887

TO  BE  LET:    Cottage  &  Garden  on  the  Cliff,  with  entrance  from  Market  Place.  Apply  Samuel
Parkhouse, draper, Beccles.
page missing

East Suff Gaz 5 Apr 

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 5 Apr 
HOSPITAL GIFT: FW Farrer £5.
East Suff Gaz 12 Apr 
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1887

St MICHAEL’S CHURCH Stained Glass Window The greater part of the window has been erected,
all the  upper tracery & four of the  large  lights  being now filled with pictures  illustrating  Scripture

East Suff Gaz 12 Apr 

subjects. £100 is still required to complete the whole window.
BAPTIST CHAPEL Mreeting in connction with the anniversary & the sttlement of its Pastor Rev LH

1887
East Suff Gaz 12 Apr 

Collins
2nd VOLUNTEER NORFOLK REGIMENT Lt Col WM Crowfoot made improvement of targets on

1887
East Suff Gaz 12 Apr 

range.
VESTRY MEETING: WM Crowfoot & RC Houghton reappointed Churchwardens
RECTOR of BECCLES Rev John Rowsell appointed  a  Surrogate of Norwich Diocese  [deputy of

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 12 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 19 Apr 

Bishop or his Chancellor for granting licences for marriages without banns]
PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY of Great Britain have elected William Flower a member
St MICHAEL’S CHURCH  Through the liberality of subscribers the whole amount required - about

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 19 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 19 Apr 

£500 has been promised, less about £40 which will no doubt be forthcoming by the time the window
is  finished. An  anonymous  offering of  a sovereign, by  a working  man, was recently  found in the
offertory bag for the east window.

1887

CONCERT in AID of St MICHAEL’S CHURCH East Window: The principal performers were from
the talented Wood family of Ingate Lodge.: Miss Delia Woods, medallist of the Royal Academy of
Music, Miss Grace  E Woods, Mr W Maitland  Woods, Mr FC Woods,  organist of  Exeter College,

East Suff Gaz 19 Apr 

Oxford plus Mr WH Williamson, organist of Beccles  Parish Church & Miss Constance Bowditch,
medallist of Royal Academy School of Music  They played pieces by Dvorak, Sulliivan, Gounod &
14 other (Victorian?) composers. A profit of £16  5s  4d made.

1887

COUNTY  COURT:  Edward  W  Hindes,  builder  v  Caroline  Minns,  cowkeeper.  Action  to  recover
costs. Edward J Hindes jun [aged 26].  Mr Minns asked him to move some cowsheds from his house
in Blyburgate to their new house in Queen’s Road. Hindes went to see the Mayor & Town Clerk &

East Suff Gaz 19 Apr 

understood them to say that would be no problem. He moved the sheds, but the Sanitary Authority, of
which his father was a member, ordered them to be taken down. It seemed inconclusive as to would

pay coss. Mr Dowsett,  solicitor  acted  for Caroline Minns. Hindes was stopped  by the  Judge from
reporting direct speech.

1887

TOWN COUNCIL: PLANNING:  Plans for houses  in Alexandra Road  approved,  2 by Betts,  1 by
Cutler. Also by Clement Smith in Denmark Road. Schoolroom in Wesleyan Chapel

East Suff Gaz 26 Apr 
1887

POLICE   PROMOTION:   Inspector   Bardwell   has   been   promoted   Superintendent   of   the   Clare
Division.  He  has  been  at  Beccles  seven  years.  Inspector  Ling,  of  Woolpit,    is  likely  to  move  to
Beccles.

East Suff Gaz 26 Apr 
1887

ACCIDENT One of Mr H Pye’s children  fell out of the bedroom window to the  ground,  but after
being insensible for some time, seemed to have recovered on waking up.
HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL SCHOOLS OF BECCLES.

East Suff Gaz 26 Apr 
1887
East Suff Gaz 26 Apr 

Whenever it shall happen that some one undertakes a historical retrospect of the town of Beccles, no
chapter is likely to be more interesting than that which shall record the early beginnings and growth
of the National Schools of this borough. We have to go back a long time to find the date of their

commencement—to the earlier years of the present century—and surely no more striking contrast
could  possibly be found than in those early efforts of the school children as they traced letters in the
sand for want of better writing material, and the rich abundance of the present, with its wonderful

advance in the various branches which make up what is now commonly called “elementary”
education. We are indebted to the Rector of the parish for placing at our disposal the records of the
past, out of which we have been able to glean so much that is interesting respecting schools of which

Churchmen especially have every reason to be proud, for they are a standing proof, an abiding
witness of voluntary efforts to raise the poor from the degradation of ignorance at a time when the
imparting of knowledge, and even its desirability was questioned by many people. And let us hear say

that no name occurs more frequently in these records than that of Crowfoot—a family associated for
generations past with all that is best and noblest in the history of the town. The earliest existing  list

of subscribers, that of the year 1812, the names of Mr. W. H. Crowfoot and Mrs. Crowfoot appear,  
and from that time up to the present, one or other of the Crowfoots has taken an active part in the  

management of the schools. These schools would appear to have come into existence in or about the
year 1812. Previous to that a Sunday school had been carried on, in which the rudiments of secular

instruction, as was customary in those early days, were taught. The funds of generous subscribers
appearing to admit of a plan more extensively beneficial than that which was originally proposed, a
room was procured, capable of containing 80 or 90 children, to be educated daily on the system of

Dr. Bell, a famous authority of the age, and in conformity with the principles of the Church of
England. The Rev. Bence Bence was the then incumbent of the parish, and the Rev. William Ainger
acted as treasurer to the committee of management. At Michaelmas 1812, he formulated their wishes

in the shape of a report, in which he pointed out that “The expense of fitting up the room, &c., will, of
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necessity, demand the whole of the balance (in the Sunday school account, which was £20 12s. l0d.)
at present in the treasurer’s hands; and the application for annual of subscriptions is renewed with

confidence to all who acknowledge the importance of affording the benefit of religious instruction to
the lower orders of the community. The school will be established in connection with the central

school at Ipswich. The attendance on Sundays will be continued as usual. The occasional presence of
the subscribers at the school (when organised) is particularly requested.’’

 

As the  result  of that  appeal the  sum  of £49  l0s. was subscribed,  and it will interest some  of our
readers  if  we  recall  a  few  of  the  subscribers,  among  the  whom  we  find  the  Rev.  Bence  Bence,
Nicholas Bacon, Esq., Mr.Blowers, Mrs. Crowfoot, Mr.W. H. Crowfoot, Mr. Fiske, Mr. Davey, Mr.

Lillistone,  Mr.  Bohun,  Mr.  Sharpin,  Mr.  Dashwood,  Mr.  Buck,  Mr.  Titshall,  Mr.  Garrod,  Mrs.
Garnharn, and Rev.J. L. Girdlestone.
The two first  cottages  on the  left-hand  side  at the  entrance to  Shaw’s yard,  in Ravensmere, were

 

adapted for the purpose of a school, the lower rooms  in the two houses being made one. It was here
that the children were first taught to write on sand. The sand was spread on a flat desk, and on this the
children were taught to trace letters with a kind of  stile or pencil, a short wooden roller being used

for levelling the sand and effacing the writing. One of  the earliest teachers was a man named Everett,
who   died  in  an  apoplectic  fit while  engaged  in teaching.  F.  Peachey, probably from the Norwich
training  institution,  was  appointed  mistress,  at  £25  a  year.  We  find  that  the  expenditure  in  1813

amounted to £67  and amongst the items is the following
Oct. 15. Paid Shaw rent for school house for one year, £9.” The schools were at this period known as
the “Parochial Schools,” and the Feoffees, ~ recognising the good work they were doing, commenced

 

an  annual  contribution  in the year  1815, by  giving £15. The Corporation  advanced  £10 seven the
years later, and were annual subscribers for very many years. A curious item appears in the accounts
for the year 1819, viz. “12th May. Paid Copeman for shoes for children, £16 0s.,” showing that the

schools were conducted for the physical no less than the moral welfare of the young people. In 1822
circumstances made the it advisable to adopt  general  and well defined rules for the management of

what were then styled the “Beccles National Schools.” The rules were agreed at a meeting held in the
Feoffrnent Chamber  on Tuesday, December  17, when the  general management was vested  in  four

gentlemen and four ladies, the former to consist of the Rector and the Portreeve for the time being,
the  curate  and  the  treasurer,  the  lady  members  being  Mrs.  Howman,  Mrs.  Kidd,  Mrs.  Henchman

Crowfoot,  and Mrs.  Pymar. Afterwards the  Earl of Gosford, the Rector, Portreeve,  and Treasurer,
acted  as  the  gentlemen  managers;  the  wife  of  the  Rector  was  elected  permanent  manager,  the
remaining three  ladies  being  elected  annually  from  among the subscribers. No  child was  admitted

except by recommendation.  Subscribers had the privilege  of recommending  one  boy or one  girl for
every 5s. contributed per annum, and they would direct the child to be always perfectly clean, with
hair  cut  short.  non-compliance  with  these  two  rules  entailed  dismissal.  That  no  injury  should  be

suffered  by  those  who  got  a  living  by  keeping  school,  it  was  provided  that  no  child  should  be
recommended who was not a object of charity, or under eight years of age. The girls were to occupy a
separate room under  a mistress, who was to teach plain work,  knitting, reading, spelling,  and the

Church catechism, and also to make and mend their own clothes. Fancy work of any kind was strictly
prohibited. Even the boys were taught to knit, and it is noteworthy that within the last few years the
Government insist that knitting and sewing shall be taught in infant schools to boys, as a condition of

earning the full grant. The girls in the two first classes had. the privilege of going three hours in each
week to the master for  lessons in  arithmetic  and writing. A fee  of  one penny per week was now
charged for the first time. The children  who learned to write  and  cypher were required to pay 2d.  ;

and  lest  they  should  become  too  far  advanced  in  the  mysteries  of  figures,  it  was  a  recognised
stipulation that no child should go beyond the first four rules in arithmetic.
In 1823, while Mr. G. B.Bohun was serving as Portreeve, the local authority directed “that the room

 

at the Assembly House, forming the gallery to the theatre, be granted on the application of the Rev.
K. F. Howman, for the  use  of  a national school. The  managers  of the school pay all  expenses  of

altering   and   repairing   the   same,   and   indemnifying   the   Corporation   for   any   loss   and   injury
whatsoever.”  Possession  of the new  room was taken  by 45  girls, about the same  number  of  boys

being educated in the Feoffment Chamber. In these two rooms the work went steadily forward till the
year 1837, when an entirely new departure was taken.

 

There are a few things to he noted, however, before treating of the further advance. The first of these
is the resignation through ill health of the Rev. K. F. Howman, which took place at Christmas, 1825.
As treasurer had been  a  good friend to the schools. His successor was Mr. John Day, who held the

office for 20 years. Other items may be quoted front the minutes.
At the general meeting in 1826, it was decided “that the thanks of this meeting be given to Mrs. H.
Crowfoot, for her unwearied exertions and assiduous attention to the interests of the Beccles National

 
Schools, as well as a manager, with its regret at her resignation.
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29th December, 1828 : “ Resolved that 5s. go to Mr. Houghton and Mrs. Baldry, for attendance on
children  at  church  on  Saturday  evenings,  whilst  they  were  receiving  instruction  in  singing.”  Mr.

Hougton  was  the  successor  to  Mr  Everett,  whose  sudden  death  has  already  been  referred  to.  He
continued  at the  head  of the school till May, 1829, when Mr. MoKain was  appointed Master  at  a

salary of 15s. per week. Mr. McKain’s wife became the mistress in 1833, at £20 per annum following
Mrs. Smith, who held that position from 1826.

 

3rd January, 1831 : “Resolved that one unmarried lady be eligible for appointment as lady manager.”
May 29,  1835: “H— M— and H— J— discharged  from the  school this  day,  in  consequence their
parents refusing to have their hairs cut.”

 

28 December, 1835 : ‘‘ Resolved that the Mayor be manager, if a subscriber, in lieu of the Portreeve
whose office is become extinct.” Also that no girl belonging to the schools should be allowed, after
one month from that time, to sit in the singing gallery at church.

 

In May, 1836, it was resolved that children should know the alphabet and little words of three letters
before being admitted. This indicates a decided pressure on the accommodation for the children, and
we find that in the following year successful effort was made to extend the advantages of the school

by the erection of new buildings. Subscriptions were invited from the inhabitants of the town for the
purchase of laud and the erection of the National schoolrooms with a residence for the master
The Earl and Countess of Gosford, Mr. W. Henchman Crowfoot (who was then serving the office of

 

Mayor), Mr. W. E. Crowfoot, and Dr. Crowfoot, were among the chief promoters of the advance, and
their public appeal was rewarded with  contributions amounting to  £244. In July,  1837,  a memorial
was sent to the  Lords  of the Treasury, with  a view to  some  assistance  from the Government.  We

quote this document
The Right Honourable the Lords of Her Majesty’s Treasury.
The  humble  memorial of the  undersigned  inhabitants  of the  borough  of Beccles, in the  county of

 
 

Suffolk, sheweth—That the borough of Beccles contains a population of about 4000 persons, and the
means  of  education  for the  Poorer  class therein  are  at present very inadequate to the wants  of the

place. That a National School has been established in the said borough for 25 years last past, at which
69 boys and 75 girls are now receiving daily education, and a Sunday school which is attended by 34

children.  That  the    number  of  children  in  both  schools  have  been  yearly  increasing,  and  your
memorialists believe that if suitable rooms were provided the present number would be much  aug-

mented. That the room hitherto used for the boys’ school is in a very confined situation, not admitting
of proper ventilation, and in every respect a very unwholesome apartment, and that neither that, nor
the room  in which the  girls are instructed  has any suitable accommodation,  and both  are  held by  a

very uncertain tenure. That your memorialists are desirous of erecting rooms for the education of the
poorer class, on the principles of the National schools, suitable for the accommodation of 126 boys
and  125  girls,  and  that  they  may  be  permanently  secured  for  this  purpose.  Your  memorialists

therefore  humbly pray that your or lordships will  grant them pecuniary assistance in  aid of the de-
sirable  object they have  in  view,  and without which they will  be unable to  carry that object  into
effect, -

- And your memorialists beg further to state that there is at present only one endowed school

in the  borough of Beccles for the free  education of  44  boys,  and that in this school no  books  are
provided, and no child  can  be admitted  until  he is  eight years of  age  and able to read. It is  also  in
contemplation to erect schools on the principles of the British and  Foreign institution, but these are

not  at  present  commenced,  and  your  memorialists  know  of  no  charitable  fund  or  other  public  or
private endowment in the said borough applicable or available for the purpose of the free education of
the poorer class.

 
 
 

Dated this 17th day of July, 1837.
 (Signed)
John Norman, 

H. Hugh Owen, rector of Beccles.
W Henchman Crowfoot, Mayor.

 
 
 

John Fryer Whitehead. 
H.S. Davey. 
Amos Barber. 

 
 
 

John Day. 
Wm. E. Crowfoot
W Tiptod. 

 
 

Jno. Williams. 
Chas. Dashwood.

 

 
 

 

Newman.
Thos. Gilbert. 

 

 
 

Henry Harvey.
Charles Bobbett

 
 

Thomas Laws.
Chas. Chinery.

 
 
 

 

 
 

Edwd. Buck. 
M. R. Davey. 

 
 

Geo Fenn. 
Thos. Jannings.

 
 

Saml. Haward.
Abr. Clarke. 

 
 
 

Henry Jas Kerrison. 
Richd. Bohun. 
Philip Beuns, 

Chas. Cheston.
William Grimwade. 
Lionel Swaun.

 

 
 

 Thos Norton 
John Pedgrift. 

 
 

 
 

(Of the above only two survive to this day, Mr. W. E. Crowfoot and Mr. T. Laws).
The Lords of the Treasury were pleased to grant a sum of £125, and a similar memorial addressed to
the National Society  produced £50. Thus furnished with funds, the committee secured a suitable site

in Newgate street,  and the school buildings were  completed in the  autumn  of  1837 just fifty years
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ago. Bishop  Stanley, of Norwich,  preached the  annual sermon on the 2nd October on of that year,
and the offertory, which amounted to  £34 12s. 7d., is noteworthy as the largest realised after any of

the annual sermons which were commenced in 1826 by the Rev, N. T. O. Leman.
The  trust deed was enrolled in Chancery on the 19th of  March, 1838, the site being “ conveyed to

 

Archibald Viscount Acheson, Reverend Hugh Owen, clerk,  Frederick Wm. Farr, Esq., Edward Colby
Sharpin,  gentleman,  Richard  Bohun,  gentleman,  William  Edward  Crowfoot,  gentleman,  Thomas

Laws, nursery man, George Fenn, junior, animal painter, &c., for the residue unexpired of the. term
of one thousand too years commencing 7th August, 1676, upon trust that they do and shall hold the
said premises to  and  for in the  use  of the manager  or managers  at the time being  of  a school  at

Beccles  to  be  conducted  in  conformity  with  the  principles  of  the  National  Society,  upon  trust  to
convey and dispose of the said premises for the more effectual carrying on of the schools.”  
In this year, 1838, the subscribers passed  a special vote  of thanks to Mr. W. H. Crowfoot, “for  his

 

great  services rendered to this institution.” His  name first occurs in the printed records  in  1833.  1
January,  1839, it was resolved to admit children, to the schools at the age of six years, and in March
of the following year it was agreed by the managing committee “that in the first and second class girls

be allowed to wear their hair long, provided they keep it clean.” Mr. Wiseman was appointed master
in  1839,  and  continued  in  the  faithful  service  of  that  office  for  many  years,  eventually  being
superannuated on a small payment continued till his death. Nothing further worthy of record occurs

until the end of as December, 1845, when Mr. Richard Bohun was appointed treasurer in place of Mr.
John Day.
Mrs.  E.  Tills  and  Miss  E.  Drewell  shared  the  mistressship  in  1846.  The  latter  took  the  entire

 

management of  the girls in the following year, but in 1864 she was obliged to resign on account of
deafness. She was succeeded by Miss E. A. Tee, whose successor (Mrs. R Anderson) still remains,
and  is  greatly  valued  for  her  services.  For  the  first  time  in  1856  an  item  appears  in  the  school

accounts of  £9 “Capitation  grant,” but  the Government inspector would  appear to have  visited the
schools long before this. In 1853 he  reports on the school as “ moderate average attendance 67 boys,

and 63 girls.” Again, two years
later,  he reports “Instruction very moderate; the master is old-fashioned and has no idea of educating

 

children. Notwithstanding this sweeping condemnation, we find the schools earning, in 1867, under
this same master, a grant of £79 14s. This was the last year of occupation of the school premises built

on the accession of Her Majesty the Queen. On the 2nd of June, 1868, a meeting of subscribers was
held  in the Assembly-room to  give to the trustees such  order  and  direction  for the  disposal  of the
premises as necessary. They were directed to sell, the proceeds of the sale to be paid to the treasurer

of the fund for building the second new National schools. These buildings were not erected without
much anxiety.
Three years before the date of the meeting just referred to, viz. on the 2nd November, 1865, a public

 

meeting had been held at the Town Hall, the Rev J T. Johnston in the chair. It was resolved “that this
meeting is fully impressed with the urgent necessity for having a new schoolroom. That the following
persons form a committee to collect subscriptions and information, and generally to act in furthering

the object, and report front time to time to a meeting of subscribers:  the Rector, W. E. Crowfoot, J.
Crisp, F. S.Rix, W. M Crowfoot, G. B. Angell, E. B. Fiske, hon. sec.”
At the first committee meeting, 21st November, a sub-committee was appointed to inspect land for

 

site,  the  quantity  to  be  not  less  than   half  an   acre.  They  inspected  several  sites,   and  finally
recommended the “gravel pit” in Ravensmere—a piece of land occupied by D. Dennant, which was
finally bought at  a  cost of  £150. An  advertisement was  inserted in the Builder,  offering  a sum not

exceeding £20 for the best plans, &c., for new school, the cost of buildings and fittings not to exceed
£1500. The plans  of Messrs. Hayley  and Dawes were  accepted. They  included  residences  for the
teachers, and the cost was found more than the committee could see their way to meeting.

 

By August,  1866,  nearly £900  had  been promised,  but no builder  could  be  found to undertake the
work for £1500, and the committee were therefore obliged to abandon the idea of building residences

for teachers, so Mr. R.A. King’s tender for the erection of the handsome new school buildings was
£1300, and they were completed and opened in 1868, at a cost of £2000.

 

Unfortunately a debt was then contracted, and for several years this remained a constant worry and
annoyance, and we very much fear the tragic death of the rector may be in some measure associated

with anxiety incident to the indebtedness of the schools. Not only was there a debt on the building,
but
it was found necessary to improve the staff of  teachers, at considerable additional cost. A certificated

 

master was appointed (Mr. W. Anderson) in 1869. In 1870 the balance due to the treasurer was £38, it
increased to £64 in 1871, and in 1874 amounted to no less than £300 17s. 8d. This debt remained till
1877, when a special effort was made during the incumbency of the Rev. F. F. Tracy, which relieved

the managers from debt and enabled them to carry out some very necessary repairs. In  January of the  
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following year they were able to show a small balance in the accounts for the first time for several
years ; and thenceforth the progress and conduct of the schools has been all that could be desired. In

1880 an additional room was built for infants at a cost of £194; and in 1883, with the advent of a new
rector (Rev. J Rowsell), a sum of £300 was paid for new class-rooms in order to supply the increased

accommodation  necessary  for  the  boys  arid  girls.  The  number  of  children  on  the  books  at  the
beginning  of  1887 was  nearly 600;  grant, £449; school pence,  £192  ; donations  and  contributions,

£110;  arid notwithstanding that the  expenditure had increased from £67 in 1813 to  £733, it will  be
observed that the schools are almost self-supporting. A record of well-spent energy and useful work,
whose beneficial  influence has made its mark  upon successive  generations; and, may we not hope,

will continue to grow and be fruitful in  results of the highest value to the community.
(signed M.F.B. and W.J.A.)
SOCIETY FOR PROPOGATION of the GOSPEL

 
1887

East Suff Gaz 26 Apr 
 
 

WM  Crowfoot,  who  presided,  explained  that  there  were  three  things  to  consider  1.)  the  English
Chiurch as a bond of union between the Colonies and the Mother Church. 2.) The  extension of the
Episcopate during th last century. 3.) The need for more systematic organisation

 
 

He  gave an  instance:  Although the first Protestant clergyman  landed in America in  1667,  nothing
was done to  establish the  episcopate there  until  after the separation  of the American Colonies from
this country. That was to say that no English Bishop was sent out to the American Colonies. He did

not  say  that  the  want  of  the  establishment  of  the  English  Church  had  anything  to  do  with  the
separation; but it was not till after the separation that two English Bishops were consecrated for the
oversight of the church in the States.

1887

FAUCONBERGE  SCHOOL:  Harold  Ross  Browne,  MA,  late  Exhibitioner  of  St  John’s  College,
Cambridge has been appointed as a master at the school.
MARSH LETTING: Let at 44s per acre this year compared to 60s last year. Grazing & mowing let at

East Suff Gaz 3 May 
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East Suff Gaz 3 May 

33s per acre cimpared with 40s last year.
RETIREMENT of Lieut-Col CROWFOOT from  2nd Volunteer Battalion, Norfolk Regiment & the

1887
East Suff Gaz 3 May 

command of G & H Companies on account of professional duties. Feeling of deep regret as able and
thoroghly  efficient  officer.  It  was  originally  known  as  the  14th  Suffolks.  Col  Crowfoot  has  an

unbroken connection of 27 years. He was one of the first enrolled members, his name standing sixth
in the li8st of members on the day he joined, 23 Februsry 1860. On 1 March that year he was gazetted

Ensign,  and on 1 May,  Lieutenant. Captain in  1861 and major in  1877,  and Colonel  in July 1885.
Under  his  command the Beccles Corps  has increased  from  about 60  in  1860 to  178  at the present
date. The companies stand foremost in the Battalion as regards efficiency and numbers.

1887

INDUSTRIAL  EXHIBITION:  Very  beautiful  specimens  of  ancient  and  modern  needlework  were
contributed by Mrs Jones, who also exhibited some interesting and valuable curiosities.
ARCHDEACON CRISP: from the Bloemfntein Daily News

East Suff Gaz 3 May 

1887
 

East Suff Gaz 10 May 
 

The Bishop announced that Rev Canon Crisp was to be Archdeacon of the Diocese.
St MICHAEL’S CHURCH: The East Window
This very fine window, containing seven lights, and numerous pieces of tracery has just been filled

1887
 

East Suff Gaz 10 May 
 

with beautiful stained glass.
The central light of the window is treated distinctly by itself, and contains a figure of our Lord as the
God Shepherd, with lamb in His arms, in the upper part, and underneath a figure of St Michael with

 
 

scales, winged, and with the sword of Justice in his hand, and clothed in the armour of righteousness;
in each scale is a small figure, representing a human soul. On each side of the cenraal light are groups
of subject work, each of the three side lights being divided into three tiers of figure work.

 
 

In the left-hand outside light, commencing at the base of the window, is No 1, “The Annunciation.”
The Blessed Virgin is kneeling at her devotions, the Angel Gabriel appearing before her, the emblem
of the Holy Spirit is shedding its rays upon her.

 
 

The 2nd subject represents “The Nativity,” the infant Saviour in a cradle, the Virgin adoring with St
Joseph, the star shining over the Child’s head, the Ass and Ox are seen outside the stable.

 
 

No 3 subject is the “Flight into Egypt.” Bethlehem is seen in the distance, and the Mule upon which
the Virgin and infant Saviour are sitting is led by St Joseph.

 
 

No 4  “Christ in the Temple” with the doctors, hearing  and asking them questions. The parents are
seen entering the Temple and seeking for Jesus

 
 

 
 

No 5  “St John baptising Our Lord” in Jordan, the Holy Spirit rests over the head of Christ.
No 6. “The first Miracle,” Bride and Bridegroom seated at the table. Christ commands the pitchers to
be filled with water, which appears changed into wine.

 
 
 

 
 
 

No 7. “Christ calling His Disciples,” St Peter, St James and St John.
No 8. Christ healing the Blind,” touching the eyelid, groups of Apostles round about.
No 9. “Christ preaching to the People.”

 
 
The next subject follows on the same level as the Good Shepherd, but on the right-hand side.
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No 10 “The ransfiguration”; Moses with the Tables of the Law, and Elias are seen on either side of
the figure of Christ. The three Apostles on the ground beneath.

 
 

 
 

No 11 “Raising of Jairus’s daughter”
No 12 “The Betrayal,” Judas in the act of kissing Christ on the cheek, soldiers armed surround Christ.

 
 

 
 

No 13 “The Crucifixion,” Christ on the Cross, St Mary, BVM, and St John on either side.
No 14 “ Christ’s Entombment.”

 
 
 

 
 
 

No 15  “The Resurrection,” Soldiers guarding the Tomb.
No 16 “Marys at the Sepulchre,” Angel is addressing the group.
No 17 “The Ascension of Christ our Lord,” encircled in a halo of light, the Apostles kneeling.

 
 

 
 

No 18 “The Descent of the Holy Ghost,” Tongues of fire are seen upon the heads of all the Apostles
Each subject is enclosed in an architectural framework of the late perpendicular style. In the tracery
are figures representing Cherubin & Seraphin, Angels and Archangels, the twelve Apostles, emblem

of Christ’s Passion and texts, the whole work producing a most admirable effect.
The  cost  of  the  window,  £500,  was  defrayed  by  members  of  the  congregation  and  friends.  The
window has been designed and executed by Heaton, Butler and Bayne of Garrick Street, London. It

 
 

was proposed to be erected on 24th July, 1885, and was completed on the 23rd April, 1887.
SUDDEN DEATH of  Servant Girl of William Flower.: Teressa Meadows, 19 of Wrentham, fainted,
hit her head on the floor and died the next day.

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1887

BAND of HOPE Held in Mr Darby’s Room. Mr J Darboo  gave a magic  lantern show. The scenes
presented to the  children were of Robinson Crusoe, the Arctic  Expedition, Cinderella,  and Jumbo.
The room was well filled with children, who seemed thoroughly to have enjoyed the views. About

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150 attended.. Mr Ta Laws presided.
VESTRY MEETING: Mr Houghton presided. A rate of 1s 8d in the £ for the current half year was
agreed. The present rate was 2s in the £.

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1887

PRESENTATION  to  Inspector  Bardwell  of  a  handsome  marble  and  bronze  clock,  with  powerful
gong, and leather purse by the Mayor.

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1887

St  MICXHAEL’S  CHURCH:  The  East  Window  dedication  service  was  made  very  bright  by  the
organist and choir, the musical portions being very nicely rendered, and showed great pains had been

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taken in training by Mr Williamson. The offertory of £8 13s 2d goes to the window fund.
BRUTAL ASSAULT on COLLEGE BOYS: A wholly unprovoked  assault was  committed  on two

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brothers aged 11 and 8, who had gone out for a walk on Saturday and were gathering primroses along
the bank of a ploughed field near the Ringsfield railway crossing, when a man seized the elder boy
and thrashed him severely with a thick stick. The younger boy, too frightened even to run away, wa

treated more savagely  and  cruelly,  his  flesh  being  lacerated by the stick. The younger  lad  is now
cnfined to bed, unable to walk. Mr AK Hockey has offered a reward for the discovery of the offender.
DEATH of Mrs FLOWER.  She went to Cookley, near Halesworth, to  make  arrangements for the

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marriage of her sister, but she caught a chill and became very seriously ill. Mr Flower spent his time
in nursing his wife at night and attending to his business in the day-time, until he too, exhausted by
his unwearied attentions and by anxiety, was prostrated, and the sad intelligence of his wife’s death of

kidney  disease  reached  him  as  he  lay  helplessly  weak  and  ill  in  bed.  Mrs  Flower,  who  was  the
daughter of Mr Tacon of Wrentham, leaves seven young children. [she was 44]
LIBERAL  UNIONIST  MEETING:  Mr  Everett  was  in  the  Chair.  Mr  Gladstone  had  tried  a  very

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dangerous experiment; but if they loved him and respected him for his great services, they would be
showing the greatest possible friendship to him by putting a check on him in his new departure on the
Irish question. Some of those present were in favour of waiting to hear more, others were in favour of

frorming themselves into a Unionist movement. Mr Dowsett said Mr Gladstone had been right for 75
and a half years an wrong for a year and a half.
DEATH of William Edward Crowfoot,

1887
 

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It is with the deepest regret that we record the death of William E Crowfoot, Esq., JP, FRCS, which
took  place  at  his  residence  in  Blyburgate,  on  Thursday,  12  May  1887  after  a  short  illness.  Mr

Crowfoot was in the enjoyment of healthful vigour, considering his advanced age, up to the 6th May
when he was suddenly stricken with  epilectic fit. His  condition  improved slightly on the following

Sunday,  but a state of  coma,  in which  he passed peacefully away on Thursday at  about quarter to
eight  in the  evening, thus  ending  a  long  and useful  life, rich  in  good works  and loving,  unselfish

labour for the welfare of his fellow men.
Mr Crowfoot was born on the 9th of December 1806, and receiving his early training was at North
Walsham and afterwards at the Norwich Grammar School under Dr Valpy. On the termination of his

 
 

school-days he entered upon the study of medicine and surgery. He was a student at Guy’s Hospital,
and  became  a  Member  of  the  Royal  College  of  Surgeons  and  a  Licentiate  of  the  Society  of
Apothecaries in 1828 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons by examination in 1845

 
 
His professional practice was  begun with  his father  and for  more than  fifty years  he continued  his
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unwearied and constant attention to  the arduous duties of a medical practicioner, in the discharge of
which he won universal respect and esteem. He devoted a great deal of time to public business. When

still  quite  a  young  man  he  took  his  place  among  the  small  band  of  active  workers  to  whom  the
townsfolk looked for the management and direction of local affairs. In every depaartment of public

life he was an active coadjudicator and leader.
Mr Crowfoot was one of the Portreeve and  Commonalty of Beccles Fen, who managed the business

 
 

of the town before the grant of the municipal charter in 1835. He was elected into the number of the  
Twelve in  April 1834, in the room of Mr GWB Bohun, and was present at the last meeting of the Fen
Reeves on the 24th December, 1835.

 
 

The  first  meeting  under  the  Municipal  Corporations  Act  of  King  William  was  held  on  the  31st
December 1835, but Mr Crowfoot did not join the Town Council till the 1st of November 1844. On
the 9th of November he was elected Alderman, on the retirement of his father, and in the following

year was nominated to the Mayorality, which he also served in 1852 and 1853.
The  deceased  gentleman  was  also  connected  with  the  Feoffment  charity;  he  was  one  of  the  best
friends   and  most  active  supporter   of  the  Hospital,   in   connection  with  which   he  enjoyed  the

 
 

honourable distinction of consulting surgeon; and as an ex-officio Guardian he was a regular attender
at the meetings of the Board fr the Wangford Union during the last sixteen or seventeen years, being
elected Vice-Chairman by successive Boards. He was appointed Justice of the Peac for the county by

the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk in the year 1871, and was constant in his attendance on the Bench up
to the very last month of his life.
In an article published in this Journal a few weeks ago, describing the institution and growth of the

 
 

National Schools, Mr Crowfoot was shown to have identified himself very closely with, and to have
taken a very warm personal interest in, the education and improvement of the working classes duing
the last half century.

 
 

The kind and generous spirit which prompted him in this was a prominent characteristic of the man
whose death is so deeply deplored today, and won for him the confidence and love of the poor, who

were  accustomed to  go to  him in their troubles  as to  a friend who would  certainly sympathise and
assist them,  if help were only possible. Mr Crowfoot was, in truth a Christian man,  an  in  his  every

public act, no less than in his private life, his religious faith and high principle were manifest.
He was a member of the Church of England and in ruri-decanal meetings, and still more recently in

 
 

the Diocesan Conference at Norwich, he took his place as a representative of Evangelical opinions in
the broadest and best sense.
In many other ways he made himself useful to the community, his influence being ever xercised on

 
 

the side of peace and goodwill towards his fellowmen. Mr Crowfoot was a man of very considerable
mental ability. His naturally scholarly mind had been assiduously cultivated and enriched by reading
and  European travel. It was  impossible to converse with  him on  any  literary or  antiquarian subject

without seeing that he was  a  man of  varied  information. For many years  he was  a Trustee  of the
Fauconberge School, in which he always took great interest, and eually in the Leman School.
On the opening of the Oddfellows Lodge.in this town thirty-nine years ago, Mr Crowfoot became an

 
 

honorary  member,  and  continued  his  membership  throughout  his  life.  He  leaves  behind  him  a
memory which  will long be held in respect and esteem.
Mr Crowfoot married in 1833, Ellen, the daughter of William Miller, Esq. and had three sons and two

 
 

daughters who survive him. Mrs Crowfoot died in 1870.
FUNERAL of WE CROWFOOT. The remains of the ate WE Crowfoot, Esq, JP,FRCS, were interred
on  Tuesday  last,  amid  public  demonstrations  of  sympathy  for  the  family    and  of  respect  for  the

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memory of one who spent a long life in active  usefulness and unblemished honour. There was a very
large  gathering  of  the  clergy,  gentry,  and  tradesmen,  the  various  public  bodies  with  which  the
deceased had  at one time or  other been  connected  being  all  represented on this mournful occasion.

Most pf these met  at the Corn Hall in  order to  join the funeral  cortege from that point; but  a few
friends assembled at the deceased’s residence in Blyburgate and left the house sortly after 12 o’clock,

with the members of the family, who all walked to church.
The body was borne upon the hand hearse, the coffin being concealed by a wealth of beautiful flowes

 
 

formed into wreaths and crosses. Conspicuous among these lovely tributes of affection was a cross of
magnolias, the favourite folwer of the deceased.

 
 

On reaching the Corn Hall, the Mayor, in his scarlet robe, joined the Rector (Rev J Rowsell), and Dr  
Metcalfe at the head of the procession, follwed by the Deputy- mayor, Aldermen and Councillors for
the Borough: the Town Clerk (Mr Angell),  and the Borough Treasurer  (Mr John Clarke),  in black

stuff  gowns. Next  came the  undertaker (Mr W Brooks, representing Mr Churchwarden Houghton),
and  Mr  TA  Woodroffe;  the  hearse  with  three  bearers  on  either  side,  followed  by  membes  of  the
family:

 
 
Mr WM Crowfoot and Miss Crowfoot, Rev Canon JH Crowfoot  and Miss  Elen Crowfoot, Mr  EB
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Crowfoot and Mrs John Crowfoot, Mrs WM Crowfoot, Mrs JH Crowfoot and Master John and Miss
May Crowfoot, Capt W Miier, RN, and Mrs Logiw, Mr A Nutt and Miss Crowfoot (Kessingland), Mr

Ziegle  and Miss Fitzgerald, Mr R Dashwood, JP (Geldeston)  and Mr Vincent, JP (Wrentham), Mr
John Crisp, JP,  and Mrs JE Crisp, Rev  S Blackall (Ringsfield)  and Rev  E Montague (Kettlestone),

Rev FM Arnold (Ringsfield), and Rev MS Suckling (Shipmeadow), Mr E Poyser, Mr WT McComb
and Mr Hagen; Lieut-Colonel H Seppings, and Dr Haward.

 
 

The domestic servants came next, and were followed by clergy and many laymen, amongst whom we
noticed Rev FF Tracy (St Barnabas, Cambridge, formerly Rector of Beccles), TS Curteis (Brampton),
CT  Scott  (Shadingfield),   SW   Earnshaw-Wall  (Ellough),  A  Dampier   (Gillingham),  JS   Jackson

(Barnby),  Jesse  Gillett  (Aldeby),  Jonathan  Calvert  (Beccles    Congregationalist),  Alfred  Flower
(London); Colonel Kerrich, Capt John Read, Capt F Peskitt, Messrs Henry Smith (Ellingham Hall),
ET Dowson, EB Fiske, EB Thornhill, TR West, WB Eastaugh, James Colman, RH Fuller, H Read,

John  Flower,  TH  Pearce,  J  Miles,  TA  Laws,  N  Pells,  JM  Brundell,  WR  Clarke,  CF  Parker,  J
Garrould,  R  Martin,   W  Garrard,   S   Le  Grice,  H  Stammers,  D  Jude,   S  Capon,  D   Soanes,  G
Woolnough,  RS  Block,  C  Haddingham,  Jonathan  Read,  CN  Mayhew,  S  Steel,  S  Parkhouse,  AG

Love, J Nobbs, T Rabbett, RE Leach, etc.
The  Sunday and day schools in which the deceased took  a  lively interest, were represented  by Mr
Henry Hopson, superintendent, and Mr WJ Ashby, headmaster. Mr J Batters of Gillingham attended

 
 

in respect and  gratitude for kindness in medical attendance to wife and family,  as  a member of the
Oddfellows, and as Admiral and Mrs Eden’s head gardener.
In the rear of the procession were mourning coaches repesenting Col St John N Barne, Col Freeland,

 
 

andMr JL Garden. The arrival at the parish church was awaited by the Rev A Aldred (Worlingham),
Rev JH Raven, headmaster of the Fauconberge School, Rev AH Hitchcock (curate), Rev WI Morgan
(St John’s Ilketshall), Messrs D French, JP, JK Garrod, SW Rix, H Boyce, AJ Swinburne, and othes.

 
 

The officiating clergyman (the Rector), met the procession in his surplice at the western entrance to
the church. After the opening sentences, a hymn, commencing “The Church’s one foundation”, was

sung by the choir,  and after the lesson the sang: “Jesus lives! no longer now can thy terrors, death,
appal  us.”. The organist played  a section fro the Messiah, “I know that my Redeemer  liveth” (by

request), as the body was borne from the church to the family vault, which is situated on the south-
west side  of the  church,  close to the porch. In this  vault  already  lie  buried Mrs Catherine Clubbe,

relict of Charles Clubbe, of Great Dunmow, in Essex; also the father and mother and the wife of the
deceased, the  latter  having died in October, 1870. Adjoining  is  a vault containing the  remainsa  of
members of the Crabbe family, connected with the Suffolk poet.

 
 

Most of the wreaths were hung upon the iron palisading of the tomb, and made a beautiful display,
previous to being sent to the Hospital  and the Union-house to  gladen the  hearts  of the  inmates  of
these institutiuons. Seven small wreaths of wild-flowers, sent by loving grand-children, adorned the

coffin when the body was lowered to its last resting-place. The coffin was covered  with black cloth
thickly  studded  with  nails,  and  was  ornanented  with  black  furniture  and  breastplate  bearing  this
inscription:

 
 

 
 

“William Edward Crowfoot, Died May 12th, 1887, Aged 80 years.
The following is a list of those who sent wreaths and crosses:- Mrs Mingaye, the Misses Larkman,
Rev JH  and Mrs Raven, Miss  crowfoot, Miss Fiske, Mrs McComb, Mrs Hillier  and  children, Miss

Parker,  Mrs  Masters,  Mrs  Collins,  Rev  and  Mrs  Earnshaw-Wall,  Mrs  Rowsell,  National  School
teachers, Miss Mary Crowfoot’s Sunday School class, Mrs Ferrier and Mrs McDonald, Rev FF Tracy
and  family,  Mr  JK  Garrod,  Mrs  Holmes  and  Misses  Read,  Mr  A  Nutt, Mr  FS  Rix,  Mr  and  Mrs

Hockey, the Misses Hockey, Mrs Hitchcock, Miss Crowfoot (Kessingland), Mr JL Garden, Mr H
Smith, the Misses Scott, Miss Hickling, Mrs Arnold (Lowestoft), and Capt Melhado.
There was  a very  large  gathering  of the people. were most orderly  and  reverent in their  behaviour

 
 

throughout  the  ceremony,  giving  no  trouble  r  anxiety  whatever  to  the  police  present  under  the
direction of Superintendent Bardwell.

1887

SALE: LOTS 1 & 2: FAIR CLOSE ROAD: Two roomy Freehold Dwelling Houses, Nos 1 & 2 Fair
Close  Road,  with  Gardens  attached,  each  containing  two  sitting  rooms,  four  bedrooms  and  good

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offices.  No  1  let  to  Mr  Piper  at  £14  10s,  and  the  other  occupied  by  Capt  Osborne,  who  gives
immediate possession. [the houses  have  been renumbered, probably nos 1342 & 1344 on 1885  list,

owned by Edward Wm Hindes]
[withdrawn at £195 each]
LOT 3:  A Freehold Dwelling House in NORTHGATE [No 5]:, near the Old Market, with fish-house

 
 

 
 

attached, two stal stabl, coach house, and chamber over, let to Mr H Goffin at £13. These premises
have  recently  had  a   considerable  sum  expended  upon  them,   and   are  suitable  for   a  carter  or
postmaster.

 
 
[Purchased by Mr James Dowe for £130]
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LOTS  4  &  5  Four  Freehold  Cottages  with  Yards  in  Fen  Lane  [Nos  6,  8,  10,  12],  let  at  rentals
amounting to £20 16s. These houses have been thoroughly repaired.

 
1887

 

[Purchased by Mr E Ford £57; & Mr WH Poll £69]
HISTORY  of BECCLES  (by  WJ Ashby, Master  of the National  School, who lived at  27  Station

East Suff Gaz 31 May 

Road. He was appointed in 1883 and died on 30 August 1890 of a heart attack, while on holiday at
Yarmouth) This tells the early history of the town.

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ILLNES of  Rev Sir CHARLES CLARKE
MEASLES Outbreak. Board Schools closed in anticipation of Whitsun.
QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY The bells pealed at intervals throughout the day. The large flag was floated

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above the steeple, and the new flag belonging to the Corporation was unfurled for the first time at the
top of the Avenue.
WHITSUN HOLIDAYS: The Friendly Societies have made abundant provision for the amusement of

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the  inhabitants of the town  and  district on Whit Monday.  Sir Charles Clarke  having  kindly  granted
the use of the Park at Worlingham, there is to be a procession of the Friendly Societies starting from
the Old Market at one o’clock, atletic sports, variety entertainments by a London musical company,

acrobatic and trapeze performances, dancing, a football match, etc, concluding with a grand display
of fireworks, by Mr Brock, of the Crystal Palace Company . Conveyances will be run at cheap fairs to
and from the Park. It is held in aid of the Jubilee Fund

1887
East Suff Gaz 7 Jun 

SALE of FURNITURE: TWYFORD HOUSE, Sheepgate: Mr WR Clarke is changing his residence,
selling furniture and effects.
SPECIAL TRAIN on Sunday mornings in the Summer to Yarmouth & Lowestoft and will return late

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in the afternoon.
BOARD SCHOOLS closed till 20 June, the NATIONAL SCHOOL:S till 18 June owing to Measles.
GAS COMPANY John Crisp, (chairman), JD  Eastaugh, CF  Parker, B  Woolnough, RA King, Wm

1887
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Delf, Wm Read, H Read, R Jarman & WM Crowfoot. Retiring Directors: JE Crisp & JD Eastaugh re-
elected. F Morse & WH Tacon  elected  in the place  of WE Crowfoot  &  Wm  Stanford,  deceased.

Managing Director, CF Parker thanked for his work (paid £150 pa)   9% Dividend paid.
POLICE COURT: LICENCES: The Railway Hotel, Station Road to Benjamin Revell

1887
 
1887

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The Crown Inn, Blyburgate, to Duncan Hildyard.
WHITSUN  HOLIDAY  A  very  successful  fete  &  gala,  the  first  of  its  kind  in  this  immediate

East Suff Gaz 7 Jun 

neighbourhood,  took  place  in  Worlingham  Par,  the  use  of  which  was  kindly  granted  by  Rev  Sir
Charles Clarke.. Although dull, the rain held off, and many declared thatit was better than having hot
sun pouring down upon them, so easily are people satisfied after a Siberian and protracted winter.

 
 

[14 June:  £45 profit made.  £20  given to Hospital, £20 to Jubilee Fund, £5 to  Worlingham Jubilee
Fund]
NATIONAL SCHOOLS Because of the prevelance of Measles the schools be closed until 4 July. The

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summer holiday will probably be curtailed.
JUBILEE COMMITTEE Agreed that Mr Miles (White Lion) & Peter Youngs (King’s Head) provide
lunch at 2s a head. 700 tickets to be printed, 300 blue tickets for the Town Hall, 300 red tickets for

1887
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the Corn Hall,  (printed on them: “Each person to bring a knife, fork & spoon”) 100 tickets for those
who cannot attend the dinner. (printed on them “each person to take one plate and mug to the King’s
Head at quarter past 12”)

 
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Mr Woodroffe requested to erect tables & seats in the Town Hall & Corn Hal>
WESLEYAN CHAPEL  Station Road,  Foundation  Stone  Laying for  a  new  Sunday  Schoolroom  &
Vestry. The Chapel was built 17 years ago on land given by John Crisp, Esq, JP. Mrs Shardelow, a

East Suff Gaz 14 Jun 

member of the Congregation offered £50 to start with. Plans prepared by Arthur Pells and tender by
TA Woodroffe of £296, without fittings, accepted. The schoolroom will be 37ft x 13 & a half & there
will be a vestry, washhouse & other offices, costing altogether £350.

1887
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SALE  CAXTON  ROAD::  A  newly  erected  a  brick  &  slated  Double  Residence,  each  containing
Entrance Hall, Parlour, Back Sitting Room, Wash-house, Pantry, Three Sleeping Rooms and suitable

offices, with Cellar to one residence. Spacious Millwright’s Shop, Sawpit, Blacksmith’s Shop, Stable
& piggeries, also  large productive Garden,  containing with the site of the  house  0a 1r 9p. A  good

supply of hard & soft water may be obtained from a well & cistern on the premises.
One  residence is occupied  by Mr Welham,  a yearly tenant  at £10, the  other residence with  Shops

 
 

recently occupied by late Mr Henry Youell. [died March 1887 aged 55]
[19 July: Purchased by Mr W Welham for £415]
STAMP DISTRIBUTOR: Mr Stephen Thompson, postmaster of Beccles,  appointed  distributor and

 
1887

 
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receiver of stamp duties for Beccles, in the room of Robert Jarman, resigned.
DEATH of BECCLES COLLEGE BOY: Frederick Walker, aged 12. Complained of pais on Monday
afternoon, seen  by Doctors  WM &  EB Crowfoot  in the  afternoon  and  evening. Died on Tuesday

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morning of perforation of the bowel. He had been at the College two years. His parents, informed by
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telegraph,  lived at Innelian Villas, Upton Park, but could not arrive in Beccles to see their son alive.
TOWN COUNCIL Sent address of congratulation to he Queen.

1887
 

East Suff Gaz 21 Jun 
 

Turned down the suggestion that money should  be spent on the decoration  of the town for Jubilee
Day, however small.

1887
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POLICE  COURT:  Robert  Chilvers,  12,  &  Charles  Drew,  13,  guilty  of  assaulting  &  beating  Wm
Henry Riches, 13, who  was near the Post Office with a barrow of bread, which the two tried to upset.

They threw stones  at him, stoning him down Rook’s  Lane to  opposite the National  School, where
Drew  struck  him  in  the  eye  with  a  stone  in  his  hand.  Both  boys  then  ran  away.  Edward  Riches,
brother of the injured  boy, said Drew  got his  brother down near the National  School  and beat him.

Chilvers  hit  witness  &  both  tried  to  turn  over  the  cart  of  bread.  Drew  sentenced  to  7  days
imprisonment, Chilvers fined 2s 6d.
POLICE COURT John Howell guilty of being drunk & disorderly. Found by PC Reeve & PC Coe,

1887
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lying  drunk  in the road  in Ravensmere. Woken  up and advised to  go home, but wouldn’t,  became
abusive and arrested. Many previous convictions. Fined 11s 6d and 8s 6d costs.
VISITATION  of  new  ARCHDEACON.  Spoke  of  advancement  of  the  Church  in  50  years:  great

1887
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increase  in  the   care  bestowed   on  the  restoration   and   adornment   of   churches,  the   revival   of
convocation, the establishment of diocesan conferences, and rapid growth of our home and colonial
episcopate;  but there was  ground  for  fear. The church was  in danger  of unhappy divisions. There

were 220 religious denominations.
Afterwards an adjournment took place to the King’s Head, where clery and churchwardens partook of
luncheon. Then follwed  a  discussion  on “Agricultural Depression”. The Archdeacon  regretted the

 
 

state   of  the   clergy,  landlords   and  farmers,   and  that  the   incomes   of   all  were   diminished.  A
churchwarden thought that the landlords’ income was sunk, the farmers’ gone, but the parsons had up
to the present had theirs in full, save with small reductions on the glebe, and it would be well if they

paid the small chaqrges under discussion. The clergy were not distressed.
THE QUEEN’S JUBILEE: About 500 aged and other poor people were entertained at Dinner. Mr P

1887
East Suff Gaz 28 Jun 

Youngs in the Corn Hall & Mr J Miles in the Town Hall.. There were 220 in the Town Hall. There
were  four long tables set   lengthwise down the  room,  and  closely packed. Pot plants  and flowers

adorned the tables. A plentiful supply of meat and bread,  hot plum pudding, with  a pint of  beer or
ginger    beer,    was    served    out    to    each,    and    all    present    seemed    to    enjoy    themselves.

The following  acted  as  carvers: JP Walton, John Clarke, Reuben Cowles, Henry Read, John Read,
Alfred Woods, Robert W  Snell, James Moore, George Moore, George  Smith,  Sergt-Maj Barkham,
Sergt JE Roffe;Mr FS Rix & the following ladies assisted as waiters: Mrs Angell, Misses Angell (2),

Misses Rix  (2), Misses  Wood (3), Mrs Read, Miss Read, Miss  Ecclestone, Mrs Pretty,  and Mrs  E
Buck.
In the Corn Hall the party was not quite so  numerous,  a very large number -  as many as  100  - of

 
 

dinners being sent to the homes of invalids and others who preferred to have it so. To each of these
Mr Youngs sent a bountiful supply of prime meat, bread and plum pudding, with pint of beer or stout.
The 150 who attended at the Corn Hall were seated at eight tables, very conveniently arrangedv for

the waiters, and prettily decorated with flowers, etc. Messrs S Parkhouse, CF Parker and Arthur Scott
were the managing  committee; the  carvers were Richard  Smith, Robert J Read, G Pearson, Phipip
Poll,  Alfred  Cattermole,  Charles  Geer,  and  J  Mayhew.  Waiters:  Mrs  John  Boutell,  the  Misses

Woodroffe,  Miss  Kittle,  Miss  Kate  Smith,  Miss  Scott,  Miss  Minnie  Pert,  the  Misses  P_arkhouse
(Plymouth),  Miss  E  Youngs,  Mr  A  Block  &  his  sister  (Mrs  Winson  of  Salisbury),  Master  Frank
Parkhouse, and Master Percy Kittle.

 
 

The following visited the halls during the Dinner: the Deputy Mayor, the Rector, Mr John Crisp, JP,
Mr Edwin Crisp, the Misses Crisp, Mr GB Angell, Mrs Houghton, Mrs Parkhouse, Mrs Willison, Mrs
Kittle etc.

 
 

Athletic  Sports  commenced  on the Common  at three.The  events were  as  usual proclaimed by the
town crier. In he evening there was a good display of fireworks,

1887
East Suff Gaz 5 Jul 

BLYBURGATE  CEMETERY  The  Old  Burial  Ground  has  been  renovated  after  many  years  of
neglect, and made pleasant as a resort, and expect that it will be acceptable to the inhabitants (chiefly

those who reside  locally)  and  afford to the elderly as  a nice place  of rendezvous, where they may
occupy  the  seats  provided,  smoke  the  pipe  of  contemplation,  and  pass  a  not  unprofitable  hour  in

“meditation among the tombs”. A notice board put up makes but one regulation, namely, that it is not
to be used as a playground for children.
SALE or to be LET: ASHMAN’S HALL, furnished or unfurnished. Charming residence standing on

1887
East Suff Gaz 12 Jul 

high, picturesque  and  richly wooded  grounds  overlooking the  Waveney  Vally,  having Ornamental
Gardens, Tennis Lawns, large Kitchen Gardens with Brieries, Orchards, and Gardener’s Cottage.
The House has spacious Entrance Vestibule to a grand Staircase, with suite of Reception Rooms and

 
 
Kitchen,  Offices  on  ground  floor,  comprising  Dining,  Drawing,,  Morning,  Library,  and  Business
Beccles, Newspapers, from 1880 
David Lindley, May 2002- Jan 2004 
63

Rooms, with complete range of Domestic Offices, Cellerage, Laundry, etc.
The upper floor provides 12 Bedrooms and 3 Dressing Rooms

 
 

 
 

Stabling: Double Coachouse  and  Loose Box  accommodation for horses, with roms over  both, most
conveniently arranged and fitted up with all modern Appliances, and Outbuildings.

 
 

The Grounds comprise an area of Four to Five Acres, having handsome aproach Carriage Drive, with
entrance Lodge. If desired, abut 40 acres of Park Land, with or without 1,000 Acres of Shooting may

be hired.
The  property  is  most  eligibly  situated  for  access  to  Town,  within  half-an-hour  of  Lowestoft  and
Yarmouth, and easy reach of Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.

 
 

 
1887
1887

 

Apply to FWD Robinson, Roos Hall, Becc4es.
BELLS RUNG to celebrate the return of the Mayor after 7 weeks of ill health.
HISTORY of BECCLES Contuinues with description of St Michael’s  Church.

East Suff Gaz 12 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 12 Jul 
1887
East Suff Gaz 12 Jul 

PRESENTATION  to  Inspector  Bardwell  of  cheque  for  £20  by  Alderman  Walton  on  behalf  of
subscribers
HISTORY of BECCLES Contuinues with description of St Michael’s  Church.

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 19 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 19 Jul 

OUTING of 70 employees of the Tan Works, with a few friends, to Yarmouth by Train. Paid for by
Messrs Garrod.
POLICE  COURT:  William  Ling,  John  Dowe,  William  Dowe  and  James  Balls,  labourers,  all  of

1887
East Suff Gaz 19 Jul 

Beccles found  guilty of  attacking John Rising Meen, farmer of Barsham. Meen was in the  White
Swan, when the landlord agreed to accompany him part of the way home. Near the Britannia Shades,
the men  came up,  knocked him down  and kicked him savagely. PC Coe  & Inspector  Ling  arrived.

Witnesses  supporting  Meen  were  Henry  C  Green,  Landlord  of  the  White  Swan,  Charles  Roache,
traveller for Messrs Blackie, George Woolner,  colt  breaker & Charles Bumstead,  Landlord  of the
Britannia Shades. All given 21 days hard labour.

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 26 Jul 

HISTORY of BECCLES conttinued This continues the History of St Michael’s.
NARROW ESCAPE from DROWNING: Some children were playing, as is very common, near the

East Suff Gaz 26 Jul 

water  on  the  Corporation  Quay  on  Thursday  evening,  when  one  of  them  named  Archer,  whose
parents reside in Quadrant Cottages, fell into what is known as Gas-house Dyke. The children at once

began shrieking, and an aged man, who happened to be near, endeavoured to reach the child with a
stick. This he was unable to do, however, and the child would have been drowned but for the help of

Mr R Spall, who happened to be within call on the river. A little boy called him that his companion
had fallen into the water, and had been in the water “a long time”. Mr Spall at once left his boat, and
going to the spot indicated, he saw the child with its head just above the water, apparently sinking.

Without stopping to divest  himself  of his  clothes, he jumped  into the  deep water  and  rescued the
child, who was insensible. Means were taken to resusciate life and happily proved successful, and a
few minutes after the occurrence the little fellow, who is only about four years old, was restored to

his parents.
ACCIDENT: An alarming trap accident occurred near the Black Boy Inn. The Ingate railway gates
were closed as a train was about due; but on the approach of Mr C Carter, jun in a trap from Hulver,

1887
East Suff Gaz 26 Jul 

the gate-keeper threw open two of the gates. One of these was opened thewrong way for convenience,
and  as  Mr  Carter’s  trap  was  smartly  passing  the  crossing,  it  is  thought  the  gate  swung  slightly
inwards. Anyhow, the cart struck the gate and a shaft was broken. The horse was alarmed and made

for the opening close by  on the right hand side of the street, with the result that Mr Carter, and his
companion,  a  young  lady  named  Collins,  were  both  thrown  out,  and  several  of  Mr  Edmund’s
windows were broken [27 Ingate] .The reins were wound round Miss Collins’ wrist, and but for the

timely assistance of Mr Barkway much more seious consequences than a slight cut on the head would
have happened. In fact it is a wonder that both escaped as they did.
SALE: BEAUMONT HOUSE, LONDON ROAD:  H & J Read instructed by Benjamin Woolnogh to

1887
East Suff Gaz 2 Aug 

sell  Villa  Residence.  Substantially  built  of  brick  &  slate,  containing:  Entrance  Hall,  Dining  &
Drawing Rooms, Kitchen, corridor 30ft long, scullery, store room, pantry, cellar & Five Bedrooms.

 
 

Also in close proximity, brick & tiled Stable, Coac House, wood & coal houses & other offices, and a
deep well of excellent water, with Vinery (30ft x 15ft) in full bearing, cuycumber house, aviary, large

covered tank of soft water, Ornamental Shrubs, large Kitchen Garden, well planted with choice fruit
trees and bushes.

 
 

Also  a  superior  piece  of  Pasture  Land,  in  whgich  stands  a  shed.  The  whole  having  an  extensive
frontage on London Road, and containing 2a 2r 29p, all freehold.
SALE: by H & J Read for Executors of PC Benns:

1887
 

East Suff Gaz 2 Aug 

LOT 1 Residence abutting Northgate & Thurlow’s Yard with garden occupied by H Benns.
The Lord Nelson, beerhouse, adjoining, occupied by Mrs Mary Ann Mills
[6 September: Purchased E Morse £600]

 
 

 
ALSO 6 substantial Cottages in Thurlow’s Yard occupied by G Grey, Charles Spalding, Mrs Knights,
Beccles, Newspapers, from 1880 
David Lindley, May 2002- Jan 2004 
64

Thomas Vyse, Stephen Cooper, & John Bellward with Yard & Staithe
LOT 2: Smallgate & Newgate: Executors of PC Benns

 
 

 
 

 
 

Smallgate:-  House & Fruiterer’s Shop occupied by William Knights
Newgate:-  Baker’s Shop, shed & Yard occupied by C Reynolds [Newgate 21 & 23]

 
 
 

 
 
 

[6 September: Purchased G Harrison £300]
LOT 3: A substantial Doiuble Cottage,  Stable,  Lime House &  Large  Yard in NEWGATE [No 23],

occupied by Mr S Wiggett, bricklayer.
6 September: Purchased E Fprd £170]
LOT 4 A well planted MMarket Garden and piece of Pasture  Land with Cottage  and Buildings  in

 
 

 
 

PUDDINGMOOR, containing 2a 1r 12p, now occupied by Henry Benns.
[6 September: Not listed in Sale]-
DEATH of Rev W Hammond, retired Primitive Methodist Minister, coonected to the sect for over 40

 
1887

 
East Suff Gaz 2 Aug 

years.
CONCERT in aid of the building a Cricket & Football Pavilion.
BECCLES HISTORY continued/ Registers & Churchwardens Accounts

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 2 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 2 Aug 
1887
East Suff Gaz 2 Aug 

FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL Prize Day The improvements to the buildings mentioned last year hve
been carried out. The school was comletely full.
BECCLES HISTORY. Endgate Church. Norwich Heresy Trials, Marian & elizabethan persecutions, .

1887
East Suff Gaz 9 Aug 

& the Independent Church.
BRAMPTON ESTATE: The Grove,  next to the Church, Capital Rsidence,  undulating lawn of  35
acres. No bids

1887
East Suff Gaz 9 Aug 
1887
East Suff Gaz 16 Aug 

HISTORY of BECCLES   Education: The  Leman  School, Joseph Arnold; Fauconberge  School, and
Chateubriand.
SALE: ROOK’S LANE by Messrs H & J Read for executors of Mrs Mullett. A substantial Freehold

1887
East Suff Gaz 23 Aug 

Double  Cottage  &  a  piece  of  Garden  Ground,  now  occupied  by  Miss  Mayhew  &  Mrs  Batley,
quarterly tenants at Rent of £11 15s pa.

 
1887

 

[6 September: Purchased CH Smith £170]
SALE of FURNITURE of Angel Inn, Mr James Cutler, who is moving

East Suff Gaz 23 Aug 

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 30 Aug 

TO BE SOLD or TO BE LET: Twyford House, Exchange Square. Apply RS Block
FIRST STEAM LAUNCH ever built in Beccles - by Elliott & Garrood, launched

East Suff Gaz 30 Aug 
1887
East Suff Gaz 6 Sep 

DEATH  announced  on  Thursday  of  Mrs  Millicent  Bence-Jones,  daughter  of  the  second  Earl  of
Gosford, formerly of  Worlingham Hall, married in 1842, Mr Bence-Jones  consulting  surgeon to  St
George’s Hospital and secretary to the Royal Institution.

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 6 Sep 

FIRE at GELDESTON  in the stackyard of Mr Hobble. It is thought to be the work of an arsonist.
BECCLES TOWN COUNCIL: Councillor Hindes enquired who had charge of the Common, Baxter
or Denington?, as he saw 16 or 18 horses there belonging to a drover who did not live in the town.

East Suff Gaz 6 Sep 

The Mayor said they both had instructions with regard to strangers. The horses should be impounded.
William Betts three houses in Alaxandra Road approved, upon plan of two houses passed previously.
Inspector states that no pigs are kept on premises of James Barkway in Blyburgate [No 16, The Red

 
 

 
 

Lion], and that the cow house is kept in good condition.
Frederick’s Place & Alexandra Road to be lighted with gas.
SALE of FURNITURE at FOX & HOUNDS: Mrs Philip Jamy leaving.

 
1887

 
East Suff Gaz 13 Sep 

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 13 Sep 

TO BE LET: BEAUMONT HOUSE, LONDON ROAD
TO  BE  LET,  LONDON  ROAD,  Nos  1  &  3,  Estelle  Terrace,  apply  James  Mobbs,  Auctioneer,
Norwich.

East Suff Gaz 13 Sep 

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 13 Sep 

HOSPITAL reopened after being closed for several weeks for repairs & alterations.
ACCIDENT: Mr William Bell,  of the Black Boy Inn, Blyburgate, while returning from his farm  at
Geldeston, the horse tripped and he thrown out of his cart.

East Suff Gaz 13 Sep 
1887
East Suff Gaz 13 Sep 

SAVED from DROWNING; A 12 year old girl in charge of a baby in a pram, left hold of the pram
while she went elsewhere. The pram, because of the incline fell into the river by the Bridge. The girl

jumped in to save the baby, but could not swim - so it made matters worse. Arthur Frederick Knights,
a young wherryman, promptly, without hesitation junped in and saved both girl and baby, before they

were carried away by the tide. This makes seven lives that young Knights has saved from drowning.
ACCIDENT to VOLUNTEER. Private Alfred Dennington, marking the butts at Lowestoft shot while

1887
East Suff Gaz 13 Sep 

he was beside the targets.
CAXTON ATHLETIC SPORTS.
HISTORY of BECCLES: Rosehall Manor, Races, Gildhall, Edward Vi & the Church, 1835 Act etc

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 13 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 20 Sep 

1887
1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 20 Sep 

WHITE LION BOWLING GREEN, annual prize competition
SALE of surplus FURNITURE at TOWER HOUSE, Newmarket by Duurants for Mrs Boutell
SALE by Durrants of Property of GA Dunn

East Suff Gaz 4 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 4 Oct 
 
 
LOT 1 near Gresham Road: A newly built brick & tiled Carpenter;s Workshop & Builer’s Workshop,
Beccles, Newspapers, from 1880 
David Lindley, May 2002- Jan 2004 
65

now occupied by GA Dunn, with  capital bricked Sawpit, outside Staircase and landing, andlean-to
boarded Counting Room: the buildings and land having frontages towards the private road leading to

Durrant’s sale ground of 46ft & towards a footway on the east 56ft.
NB The strip of land lying between the rear of the house occupied by Mr Dun and the above private

 
 

road is not incuded in this Lot
[25 October: withdrawn]

 
 

 
 

LOT 2. A Range of three newly built red brick & slated residences, known as Garfield Cottages in
Lady’s Meadow, facing the Railway, and now occupied by GA Dunn, A Elliott & J Brewster, with
Pump and Well of good water and convenient outbuildings and Gardens adjoining

 
 

NB The strip of land lying between the rear of the house occupied by Mr Dun and the above private
road is not incuded in this Lot
[25 October: withdrawn at £375]

 
 

 
 

LOT 3 A Valuable Piece of Building Land opposit Lot 2, and having frontages on Denmark Road and
on theabove private road of 40 ft.
Freehold & Free from Land Tax.

 
 

 
 

[25 October: withdrawn at £50]
A  SWARM of RATS Quite a day’s sport was afforded on Wednesday by the rats on the premises of
Mr J Moore, butcher [24 Blyburgate]. Mr Moore’s Slaughter House had been taken down in order to

1887
East Suff Gaz 4 Oct 

be rebuilt, and many  of the rats  under the  flooring  and  in the piggeries  became victims to the raid
made upon them. Mr England’s little Terrier bitch and a few ferrets killed upwards of a hundred rats,
and it is believed that as many more got safe away. In one place, less than a yard square, near the pig-

styes, 41 rats were found. The destruction of so many rats is likely to have an appreciable effect upon
the consumption of offal in the locality for some time to come.
MURDER of Recor of Cretingham by deranged Curate.

1887
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1887

East Suff Gaz 4 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 11 Oct 

SALE of FURNITURE in LORD NELSON, Northgate of Mrs Mary Mills.
SALE  of FURNITURE in Blyburgate [probably No  78]  of Amos Tills  and Blacksmith’s  Sock-in-

East Suff Gaz 11 Oct 

trade.
DEATH of Joseph Woolner, a ringer, who had been a member of the team for 40 years. He was 72.

1887
East Suff Gaz 11 Oct 

He had been a Sunday School teacher and was at one time Verger of St Michael’s Church. A muffled
peal was rung in his memory. He usually rang the ninth bell.

1887
East Suff Gaz 18 Oct 

ADVERTISEMENT:  MARKET  STREET:  Eliza  Jordan,  bookseller,  Stationerr,  Newsagent  thanks
for the patronage of 17 years. Asks for support to her successor:
Caleb Chase, late of Ballygate, Statiuonr etc

 
1887

 
East Suff Gaz 25 Oct 

CHRISTIANITY & SOCIALISM: Long article by Fred Dowsett
DEATH of RECTOR of ELLOUGH, Rev SW Earnshaw-Wall, MA, LLM. He had been living in the
neighbourhood  for  10  years  &  prresented  to  the  living  in  1877,  following  the  death  of  Rev  EA

1887
East Suff Gaz 25 Oct 

Arnold.
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY meeting held.
POLICE COURT: Emma Kemp found  guilty of  breaking panes of  glass.  William Warren rented  a

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 25 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 25 Oct 

house to a man in Wash Lane. Emma Kemp was his housekeeper. The man ran away and the woman
turned  the  children  out,  got  very  drunk,  and  swore  she  would  kill  the  children.  Warren  took  the
children in, gave them tea and put them to bed. He then went to the house and found the woman had

broken practically everything  in the house. About 11 pm she came home very drunk, swearing  and
cursing  about the  children.  She  got into the place  and started smashing windows. Warren saw her
smash two or three while he was there, and had she nt been stopped by the Constable she would have

smashed all of them. PC Banyard locked her up. Fine of 10s. Default 7 days imprisonment. She was
removed in custody. [There was no more mention of the children!]
POLICE COURT: Henry Rawson, a tramp, drunk & disorderly. He had been on the road 20 years.

1887
East Suff Gaz 25 Oct 

Seven days hard labour.
AGRICULTURAL DEPRESSION Mr James Colman, of Henstead:- When the present decade set in

1887
East Suff Gaz 25 Oct 

indicated that an alarming crisis was at hand. Such crisis has now arrived, overshadowing us with a
darkness which is indeed felt: for it threatens the very existence of each class of man connected with

the land. All are in great jeopardy, not only those who own small holdings, bought in high protective
times, but many large owners are in equally bad position, as they have on their hands that which was

property, and considered  a few years since the best and safest of proerty, but which  is now hardly
worthy of such designation, as in too many cases it will neither sell or let.
TO BE LET by AUCTION by H & J Read [the Church Lands] on leases of 10 years.

1887
 

East Suff Gaz 1 Nov 
 

LOT 1 THE HERMITAGE, Bridge Street. A Free Public House with outbuildings, now occupied by
Messrs AF Evans, or their undertenants
[8 November: Let at £34 pa]

 
 

 
 

LOT 2 THE STAITHE on the North Side of Beccles Bridge now occupied by the representatives of
Beccles, Newspapers, from 1880 
David Lindley, May 2002- Jan 2004 
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the late Samuel Darby
[8 November; Let at £1 10s pa]

 
 

 
 

LOT 3. LAND in BLYBURGATE known  as the POOR’s Pightle, now occupied by Messrs H & J
Read and forming part of their Sale Ground.

 
 

 
 

[8 November: withdrawn]
LOT 4 A Piece of Arable Land called the Clerk’s Piece containing 3a 2r 38p, now in the occupation

of Charles Woolner, jnr, or his undertenant. The Lease of this Lot will terminate in the event of the
death of the Parish Clerk during the term.
[8 November: Let at £14]

 
1887

 
East Suff Gaz 1 Nov 

TO BE LET: A House in Kemp’s Lane, Enquire B Brown, London Road.
CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL: Rev Jonathan Calvert,  after  eleven years  ministry  at Beccles  is
leaving  to  take  charge  of  the  Congregational  Chapel  at  Fulham.  Mr  Calvert  was  formerly  at  St

1887
East Suff Gaz 1 Nov 

Clement’s, Ipswich, and now holds the position of Chairman of the Suffolk Congregational Union.
ROBBERY: A poor widow named Orrin  living  in Denmark Road has been  made a  victim  by  an
unprincipled young  fewllow who went to her  house pretending to want lodgings. He said  he was

1887
East Suff Gaz 1 Nov 

going to be employed on the railway. She showed him the room and left him alone for a few minutes.
He later said he would return. The young man did not return and Mrs Orrin found that her husband’s
silver watch and chain and a puse containing 1s 3d had been stolen.

1887
East Suff Gaz 1 Nov 

BALACLAVA BANQUET: The  annual  dinner  of the  survivors was  held at the Royal Aquarium,
Westminster. It was the  33rd  anniversary. Among the survivors was Robert Briggs (11th Hussars),
formerly coachman to the late RN Bacon of Norwich, now residing at Beccles. Briggs’ expenses to

London were paid by local people. There were 59 present.
TO BE LET: Waveney Lodge, PUDDINGMOOR, containing 3 Bedroms, 2 Sitting Rooms & other
offices. Apply CF Parker, “The Grotto”.

1887
East Suff Gaz 1 Nov 

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 8 Nov 

BANKRUPT: William Dawson, baker, Beccles
MAYOR: Alderman  Walton proposed Mr AK Hockey  as Mayor. The Mayor (Alderman Masters)

East Suff Gaz 8 Nov 

proposed Mr Wilson. On a division Mr Hockey obtained a majority of votes. There were 12 members
present.

1887
East Suff Gaz 8 Nov 

BECCLES HOSPITAL has  a new ward & been paited & renovated. The ward is  over the accident
ward, approached by a passage built over the staircase, the floor of the new ward is on a level with

the  other  wards  on  the  first  floor.  A  large  lantern  or  skylight  with  archimedean  ventilator,  and
windows opening on all four sides, has been formed over the well of the staircase, greatly improving
the  ventilation  of the whole  hospital,  also  giving  abundance  of  light. The works were  designed  by

Christopher  Thwaites,  Member  of  the  Institution  of  Civil  Engineers;  the  contractor,  Thomas  A
Woodroffe,  for  the  new  ward  &  lantern,  &  Robert  H  Ellwood  for  the  painting  of  the  building
internally.

1887
 
 

East Suff Gaz 8 Nov 

COUNCIL ELECTION results
A Woods
I Copeman 

 
 

 

 
retiring councillor 

 
 

391 
 

elected
373 

elected

 
 
 

 
 
 

EGR Watson 
T Wilson
RJ Read

 
retiring concillor
 

 

 
 
 

235 
227 
210 

elected
elected
not elected

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

TH Parce
Total number of voters 622
The poll rmained open from 8am till 8 pm

 
 
 
104 
nmot elected
1887
East Suff Gaz 8 Nov 

POLICE COURT: William R Murton,  a well dressed young man,  late manager of a  grocery stores
accused of embezzling two sums of money from John Quinton Wilkinson, his employer. ,
Mr Dowsett appeared for the prosecutor, Mr AC Kent of Lowestoft for the defence.

 
 

 
 

 James Ling Wilkinson, stationmaster, said he was the fathr of the prosecutor. He gave instructions to
the defendant that all money received should be put into the till at once. Change was in a different till.

 
 

Adjourned until 15 Noember; Mr Dowsett attempted to get the defendant to sign a document saying
he  was  guilty.  He  refused.  The  evidence  was  extremely  slight  that  money  had  been  intentionally

taken, and the Magistrates dismissed the case.
On leaving Mr Dowsett & Mr Wilkinson  were hooted in the street, while the accused was carried off

 
 

in triumph by his friends.
MAYOR:  Mr Alfred Knibbs Hockey, was Master of the British  Schools  at Elham  in Kent for six
years. He is now the Principal of Beccles College, which numbers 150 boarders

1887
East Suff Gaz 15 Nov 
1887
East Suff Gaz 15 Nov 

WESLEYAN CHAPEL SUNDAY SCHOOL in Station Road opened on Wednesday. 80 sat down to
tea.. The  cost will  be  £350, towards which  £219 has  been raised, leaving  a  balance of  £130 to  be
raised.

1887
East Suff Gaz 15 Nov 
COUNCIL: PLANS: Mr WB England alterations to property in Newgate passed as long as he does
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the work in brick rather than weatherboarding.
FIRE ENGINE to be purchased from Messrs Merryweather for £144. plus extras for hose etc and a

 
 

Fire Brigade be formed.
COW KEEPERS: There are 39 cowkeepers and 250 cows.

 
 
 

 
 
 

MEAT SELLERS; 24 of these and 8 recognised slaughterhouses
5 Deaths from measles & one of whooping cough this Quarter.

1887
East Suff Gaz 15 Nov 

BANQUET to the MAYOR: Captain Maybank replying for the Forces,said “Their  grand Navy had
been the  admiration of the world, and would continue to  be the pioneer  of  conquest and peace.  So
also our army had not been, and never would be, defeated while English blood flowed in its soldiers.

1887
East Suff Gaz 22 Nov 

EMIGRATION to QUEENSLAND: Femake Domestic  Servants  are  in  great  demand,  and  receive
wages varying from £20 to £50 per annum, with board and lodging. Applicants must be between 17
and 35 years of age, and of good character. Free Passages are granted by Steamers from Blackwall,

London, every fortnight, on payment of £1 for ship kit.
WILLIAM BECKETT, the  only survivor  of the rwo  men who went out to the  Soudan  for Messrs
Lucas & Aird, & from whose notes a description of the expedition was compiled for this journal, has

1887
East Suff Gaz 22 Nov 

been presented with the Khedive’s star, as recognition of his services to the Suskin & Barber Railway
in Egypt.
POLICE COURT LICENCES:  Abraham Alder to the Angel Inn, Ballygate

1887
 

East Suff Gaz 22 Nov 

 
 
 

WJ Fuller to the White Swan, New Market.
George Monel, lat of Willingham, to the Pickerel, Puddingmoor
Charles Barkway to the Fox & Hounds, Hungate Lane

 
 

 
1887

 

Henry Bullen to he Lord Nelson, Northgate
FIRE BRIGADE: To consist of  16 persons, a Captain,  Superintendent, Engineer, Deputy Engineer,
and twelve Firemen. To receive 5s a Quarter. Engines, Apparatus & uniforms will be provided. The

East Suff Gaz 22 Nov 

Captain is to have a brass helmet, tunic, belt & axe, &two braas epaulettes. etc. Payments for fires:
The Captain £1 1s for each fire. Superintendent 2s 6d first hour & 1s 6d each hour after, etc.

 
 

Captain: TJ Allen;  Superintendent:  WJ Fuller;  Engineer,  SF  Field; Deputy-Engineer,  WG Aldous,
Firemen:  A  Balls,  A  Dennington,  RL  Davy,  G  Symonds,  C  Woolnough,  H  Farrow,  FJ  Boyce,  R

Tuthill, E Read, - Elliott, W Upcraft & A Sparrow.
ARTILLERY VOLUNTEERS: Prizes

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 22 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 6 Dec 

SALE of FURNITURE of Charles Boyce in Blyburgate, who is leaving the Town
WOMBELL’S MENAGERIE  visited Beccles  on  Wednesday. In the evening, Mr W Barber, of the
Bear & Bells, entered one of the Lion cages with the lady lion trainer. The couple walked round the

1887
East Suff Gaz 6 Dec 

cage, in  and  out among the  lions  and wolves, watched with  intense  interest by an  excited band of
spectators, who raised vociferous cheers as Mr Barber made his safe exit.
St MICHAEL’S CHURCH. The collection of £11 went towards the new boiler to heat the church. It

1887
East Suff Gaz 6 Dec 

cost £27.
HOME RULE MEETING at BECCLES
VESTRY MEETING to confirm the letting of 68 rods of land called the Poor’s Pightle to Read’s, the

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 6 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 13 Dec 

Autioneer’s for £8 pa for 10 years.
NEW FIRE ENGINE ARRIVES. It can pump 115 gallons a minute 125ft high.
SALE; RAVENSMERE: by H & J Read instructed by the Mortgagees. Recently occupied by James

1887
1887

East Suff Gaz 13 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 20 Dec 

Bullen & tenant
LOT 1: Newly erected Double Residence with  detached wash-house, boarded  and tiled  cow house
and other buildings, well planted Garden & Pasture Land containing 1r 32p

 
 
 
 

LOT 2: Building Land, now pasture, on the west side of Lot 1, and abuting on the road leading to the
Common. 1r 8p
LOT 3: Building Land, now Pasture lying on the east of Lot 1, 1r 8p.

 
1887

 
East Suff Gaz 20 Dec 

FAUCONBERGE  SCHOOL:  JW  Crowfoot  Scholarship  at  Marlborough  College,  2nd  out  of  15
successful candidates.

1887
East Suff Gaz 20 Dec 

FAREWELL to Rev J CALVERT, Congregational Minister, after 11 years. The present chapel was
built during Mr Slope’s ministry in 1813 for £2,000. Its enlargement 50 years later, and the building

of  two  schoolrooms  at  the  end  of  the  Chapel,  during  the  pastorate  of  Mr  J  Flowers.  During  Mr
Calvert’s ministry there had been built the  large  schoolroom, the renovation of the Chapel  and the

new organ.
TOWN HALL IMPROVEMENTS: This had been discussed previously. The Council had three plans
drawn up by Arthur Pells. One was approved by the Council providing an external straight staircase

1887
East Suff Gaz 27 Dec 

to the Balcony. The wrong  option was sent by the  own Clerk to the Magistrates for their  approval.
The magistrates approved it, with some provisos. Afte some discussion (some of it bad tempered) that
the plan sent to the Magistrates should  be  accepted. This  involved an inner staircase that would  be

more costly.
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1887
East Suff Gaz 27 Dec 

RAILWAY TIMETABLE. On Modays  a train leaves Beccles at 7.54  and reaches London at 10.45
am

EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE  1888

volume missing
1888

East Suff Gaz March 

In  March  the  Rev   WH  Muncaster,  of   Stirling,   a  son   of  the  late  highly  esteemed  pastor  of
Somerleyton,   received   a   unanimous   invitation   to   the   pastorate   of   the   CONGREGATIONAL
CHURCH.. He wears a black gown in the pulpit, being a revival of the custom pursued by the Rev

Joseph Hepinstall, whose 29 years’ pastprate continued to the time of his death in August 1802.
The death of the late Rector, Rev FF Tracy, at his residence at Cambridge in May 1888, after about
five weeks’ illness. He was Rector from May 1872 to September 1881, when he was appointed vicar

1888
East Suff Gaz May 

of  Rushen,  Isle  of  Man.  Subsequently,  in  1885,  taking  up  the  new  district  of  St  Barnabas,  then
recently formed out of three different parishes in the University town.
SALE: Brick & slated Residence & shop with extensive Yard, Warehouse & Workshops now in the

1888
East Suff Gaz 17 July 

occupation of  George Stephenson under lease for 10 years commencing 6 April  1883 at rate of £18-
10s-0d
Brick & Slated Residence adjoining above with Yard, Stables, Cart Shed & other buildings, now in

 
 

the occupation of Mrs Anderson, a yearly tenant: Rent £14.
Extensive business premises & frontages both on Northgate & the River Waveney.
SALE:    Northgate,  Marquis  of  Granby,  adjoining  the  Staithe,  containing  Sitting  Room,  Smoking

 
1888

 
East Suff Gaz 27 July 

Room, Bar, Tap Room, Store Room, Pantry, 2 Excellent cellars & 4 Bedrooms
SALE : Late Mr W Lenny
SUBSTANTIAL RESIDENCE:  Entrance Hall, 3  Sitting Rooms, Kitchen,  Store Room,  good Cellar

1888
 

East Suff Gaz 27 Jul 1888
 

& 3 Bedrooms
ALSO
COMFORTABLE  SMALL  RESIDENCE  adjoining:  large  Sitting  Room,  Kitchen,  Pantry,  Store

 
 

 
 

Room, Cellar, 2 Bedrooms.
ADJOINING are the Mill House with two floors & Brew House

 
 

 
 

ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE YARD are substantial brick & tiled Stable, Harness House, Gig
House, Cart Shed & large Granary over.

 
 

 
 

NEXT the last described building a brick & slate Ten quarter Malt Office approached from
the Old Market, with Barley Chamber for fifty quarters, two working floors, Kiln & Malt Store.

 
 

In  close proximity to residence and abutting Northgate, valuable piece of Garden Ground tastefully
planted with flowers, well adapted for building.
The Malt Office is in the occupation of Messrs Crisp & Son, the tenancy expires at Michaelmas next.

 
 

 
 

The rest, with the exception of the small residence, occupied by the Proprietor.
EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1889

1889
 

ADVERTISEMENT: JP Walton, late Ward & Walton, Importer of Wines, Spirits, and Liqueurs.
Prices per Dozen: Port: Excellent Fruity Wine, suitable for invalids: 24s, 30s, 36s.

East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

 
 

 
 
 

Good every-day Dinner Sherries: 18s, 21s, 24s. Superior Wines 28s, 36s, 42s.
Good Sound Claret 16s, 18sSuperior Creaming Champagnes 38s, 48s to 60s
Spirits, Per Gallon: Cognac 21s to 34s; Jamaica Rum 17s to 34s; Gin 12s 6d, 14s, 16s, Whiskey 21s

 
 

1889

ADVERTISEMENT: Beecham’s Pills for billious and nervous disorders such as Wind & Pain in the
stomach,  Sick Headaches, Giddiness,  Fullness and swelling  after  meals, Disturbed  Sleep,  Frightful
dreams, and all nervous and Trembling Sensations. Sold by all Druggists. Boxes 1s 1 1/4d &, 2s 9d.

East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 
1889

ADVERTISEMENT:  Benson’s  atent  Ludgate  Watch.  £5-5s-0d  in  silver  case;  £12-12-0d  in  Gold
Case
ADVERTISEMENT:  The  Genuine  Boot  Stores,  Exchange  Square,  noted  for  ease,  elegance  and

East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 
1889
East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

durability. The celebrated Hercules walking boots; The Hard wear School Boots, in Levant, Morocco,
Calf Glove & Glace Patent & Kid. CT Field, Exchange Square.
ADVERTISEMENT:  Samuel Field, Iron & Brass  Founder, Agricultural  Implement Manufacturer.

1889
East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

Sole Maker  of Harper’s  celebrate  chaff  cutters, Horse  Powers,  & Oil Cake Mills, Turnip Cutters,
Pulpers, Corn & Grist Mills. Wearing parts of all descriptions kept in stock.
ADVERTISEMENT:Waveney  Wine,  Spirit  &  Beer  Stores,  Northgate,  Beccles.  Established  1825.

1889
East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

The executors of the late Mr Edward Buck desire to call public attention to Superiority of the Spirits.
ADVERTISEMENT: Solid Paraffin for use in Laundry. Scotch  Solid Paraffin is found to be highly

1889
East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

advantageous for  Laundry purposes. One ounce  added to every  20 Gallons of the water  and soap
solution in which the clothes are boiled effects an enormous saving in labour and time, and renders

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rubbing  practically  unnecessary.  No  washing  powder  or  soda  is  required,  and  there  is  an  entire
absence of smell.

1889

ADVERTISEMENT: H Palethorpe’s Saudages & Pies as made and supplied to the Queen. 30 years
renown. Once tried always used.

East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 
1889

ADVERTISEMENT:    The  Victoria  Corset:  Perfect  shape,  elegance  &  Durability.  Made  in  black
wool  cloth.  Embroidered  Gores.  Quality  1:  6s  11d;  Quality  2:  8s  11d.  Of  all  Ladies  outfitters  &

East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

Drapers. (illustration)
ADVERTISEMENT:   Emigration;  Australia  &  New  Zealand  from   £12   12s;  Brazil   £7-15s-0d.
America from £3-10s-0d;

1889
East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 
1889

ADVERTISEMENT: Dixon,  bookseller,  Printer,  Stationer, Bookbinder  &  Publisher, New Market,
Beccles; Established over 80 years. Beccles Almamack for 1889 just published. Xmas & New Year
Cards in great variety. Photographs of Beccles & Neighbourhood from 6d each. In Memoriam Cards.

East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

Account Books, Ledgers, and Day Books. Wallet and Pocket Books.
ADVERTISEMENT:  Innsbruck,  Hotel  Tyrol.  Thye  proprietor  encouraged  by  the  increase  of  his
English & American winter  vistors,  offers  superior  accommodation  in  his first  class  hotel,  at  very

1889
East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

moderate  rates,  to  those  wishing  to  combine  a  fine  dry,  Alpine  climate  with  the  advantages,
educational  and  otherwise  of  a University town,  beautifully situated  and protected from  north  and
east winds by high surrounding mountains. Hotel heated throughout. Excellent cuisine; every modern

comfort  &  sanitary  improvement.  English  spken  by  proprietor,  staff  &  local  doctors.Sleighing,
skating, shooting, concerts etc. 31 hours from London (via Alberg), one change at Basle.
ADVERTISEMENT:  Emigration to Queensland  by  Steamer.  Free  Passages  are  granted to  Female

1889
East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

Servants, Housemaids, Laundresses, Cooks etc, of good character, between 17 and 35 years of age,
on payment of £1 for ship kit, and fare to depot in London, all of whom are in great demand in the
Colony,  and  receive  wages  from  £20  to  £45  per  annum,  and  board  and  lodging.  An  experienced

Matron  accompanies  each  steamer,  and  on  arrivaql,  passengers  are  received  into  the  Government
Depot, free of cost.

 
 

Assisted  passagese  also  granted  to  approved  females,  such  as  nurses,  seamstresses,  etc,  and  to
labourers whose labour is connected with the land, such as ploughmen, gardeners, miners, navvies,

 
1889

 

Agent General for Queensland
ADVERTISEMENT:  TH  Pearce,  Wholesale  &  Retail  Dealer  in  Teas,  Coffees,  Family  Groceries,

East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

Provisions, Wines, Spirits, Bottled Ales & Stout.
Foreign Fruits: Raisins, Currants, Sultanas, Muscatels, Figs, Prunes, Dates, Grapes, Oranges, emons,
Cocoanuts, Almonds, Brazils, Walnuts, Barcelonas, Chestnuts.

 
 
 
 

Provisions of the finest  quality,  at  lowest Market  Prices. American,  Leicester,  Stilton, Gorgonzla,
Chddar and other Cheeses. Home cured & Wiltshire Bacon.
ADVERTISEMENT:Newstead Bros  are now showing  a  large  collection  of Fancy Articles suitable

1889
East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

for the Christmasw Season. Christmas & New Year Cards in all the newest designs. All bought this
season. Japanese trays, brackets, Papier-Mache ornaments, Scents, Fancy Work Boxes, Desks, Glove
Boxes, Glasses, Teapot Stands, Photo Frames, Albums,  Purses,  Fancy Aprons etc,  all  of which are

exceedingly cheap & attractive.
Norwich House, New Market Place [27], Beccles
ADVERTISEMENT: Norman Bros & Beard, Music Sellers, [32] New Market: Pianos, Harmoniums

 
1889

 
East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

&  American  Organs,  for  sale  or  hire,  and  on  the  tree  year  system.  Sheet  Music  Library,  5s  per
quarter.  Pianos  tuned  &  repaired  by   experienced  Tutors  &  Workmen.  All  Kinds  of  Musical
Instruments kept in Stock.

1889

ADVERTISEMENT: John Oldrin, Engineer, Millwright, Boilermaker & Brassfounder. Repairs to all
classes of Machinery promptly executed. Vulcan Iron Works {Peddar’s Lane]
ADVERTISEMENT:  Buy  Your  Boots  of  J  Clements,  the  Old  Established  Leather  Shop  &  Boot

East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 
1889
East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

Warehouse. All Boots are stamped with the maker’s name, and every pair warranted. Boots made to
order on the premises. Repairing done while you wait. J Clements, Exchange Square, Beccles

1889

ADVERTISEMENT:  Bookbinding:  Orders  received  for  all  classes  of  Bookbinding  at  reasonable
prices by Caleb Chase, Bookseller, Stationer, Newsagent, etc, Market Street.

East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 
1889

REVIEW  OF  THE  YEAR:    During  the  year  a  beautiful  addition  to  the  CHURCH  was  made  by
members of the family of the late Mr WE Crowfoot, who inserted, at the east end of the south aisle, a

East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

stained glass window “in loving memory of William Edward Crowfoot” and of Ellen his wife, who
pre-deceased him as long ago as 1870.
A much needed improvement, which has been for some years discussed, is in course of completion,

 
 

viz, furnishing the  church with  kneelers, and seat-rugging, which  gives  a warm,  comfortable,  and
pleasing  effect,   much to  be preferred to the  former  appearance  of  cushions  of various  materials,
colours and sizes. The cost, about £100, has been subscribed by members of the congregation.

 
 
Mr Robert Houghton removed from the town last April, after holding the office of Churchwarden for
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a quarter of a century. At the Easter Vestry meeting a tea service of silver-plate was presented him by
the inhabitants of the borough. Mr Charles Paker of “The Grotto” [4 Puddingmoor] was elected.

 
 

The death of the late Rector, Rev FF Tracy, at his residence at Cambridge in May 1888, after about
five weeks’ illness. He was Rector from May 1872 to September 1881, when he was appointed vicar

of  Rushen,  Isle  of  Man.  Subsequently,  in  1885,  taking  up  the  new  district  of  St  Barnabas,  then
recently formed out of three different parishes in the University town.

 
 

In  March  the  Rev   WH  Muncaster,  of   Stirling,   a  son   of  the  late  highly  esteemed  pastor  of
Somerleyton,   received   a   unanimous   invitation   to   the   pastorate   of   the   CONGREGATIONAL
CHURCH.. He wears a black gown in the pulpit, being a revival of the custom pursued by the Rev

Joseph Hepinstall, whose 29 years’ pastprate continued to the time of his death in August 1802.
A conference of Strict BAPTISTS of Norfolk & Suffolk was inaugurated in this town in November
1888 by Mr  SK Bland, a well-known and respected name throughout the county, who was elected

 
 

president of the new society, Mr Colls was appointed secretary.
The alterations and improvements at the TOWN HALL [Public Hall]  consisted  of new sunlights in
place of the dilapidated and somewhat dangerous chandeliers formerly in use, a new staircase to the

 
 

gallery,  which  has  been  reseated  to  comfortably  accommodate  120  persons,  &  new  folding  outer
doors
COUNCIL: Alfred Hockey, re-elected Mayor. There were 6  candidates  for 4 seats. All the present

 
 

Councillors  were  re-elected  except  for   EW  Hindes,  who  was  replaced  by  CP  Poll,  who  had
previously retired after serving for 7 years. The Borough Rate raised £1200.
FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL three times the number of pupils in 1889 to when Rev Raven started his

 
 

Headmastership.  Death  of  previous  Headmaster,  Rev  HARTLEY  in  December  1888  at  Steeple
Ashton, who left St Mary’s in 1870 after 17 years. He was an excellent Master, and his interest in the
school did not cease when his official connection with it had terminated

 
 

Police Inspector Ling died on 1st of September, 1888 after only a few months’ residence in the town,
and Inspector Alfred Hubbard of Needham Market succeeded hium.

1889

EDUCATION: Boarding and Day school, Northgate, Beccles: Mrs Hayes will be pleased to receive
her pupils on Monday 21st.

East Suff Gaz 8 Jan 
1889

EDUCATION:  Smallgate,  Beccles.  Day  School  for  Young  Ladies.  Principal  Miss  Aggas.  Private
Lessons given in French, German, Latin, Music, Drawing and Shorthand.

East Suff Gaz 8 Jan 
1889

EDUCATION:  High-Class  School  for  Girls,  Hungate  House,  Beccles.  Preparation  for  al  Local
Examinations, including Trinity College (for  Music).
EDUCATION: The Laurels, London Road: Miss Ecclestone hopes to receive her Pupils on Tuesday

East Suff Gaz 8 Jan 
1889
East Suff Gaz 8 Jan 

22nd. Vacancies for two Boarders, and two Day pupils.
FOR SALE: Smart Dog Cart. £10. Bargain. Apply Mr Chase, Stationer, Beccles
BECCLES  ARTILLERY  VOLUNTEERS:  Captain  Thomson  Wilson  to  be  Major,  vice  Earl  of

1889
1889

East Suff Gaz 15 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 15 Jan 

Stradbroke, promoted.
CHURCH COMMISSIONERS for DIOCESE: Canon Heaviside, Preb Frederick Meyrick
CATHOLIC CHURCH, BUNGAY: Opening of new Chancel and Sacristy through the munificence

1889
1889

East Suff Gaz 15 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 15 Jan 

of Mr Frederick Smith in memory of his parents (Mr & Mrs Samuel Smith).
The chancel, built in the Perpendicular style is 40ft in height, 24ft in length & 18ft in width, and is
divided  from  the  church  by  an  archway  with  massive  stone  columns  embellished  with  floriated

 
 

capitals. The roof is covered with Broseley tiles; the inside is panelled wit a heavily carved parapet
bearing angels of mahogany, whilston each side of the walls is a carved oak panelling reaching from
the  ground to the  base  of the windows. This carving was  furnished by Mr AR Wall, sculptor,  of

Cheltenham, who  also  constructed the whole of the  reredos. The  reredos is of  great magnificence,
occupying the whole width of the building, and reaching to the base of the east end window. Here are
seen the effects of the chisel when in the hands of a sculptor of the highest order, combined with deep

thought and great artistic design. The work is of Caen stone, and angels are represented in six panels
in every form, all turning towards the tabernacle and throne in devotional attitudes. The columns of

the arches between the panels are of Devonshire marble in black, green, and red, and these support
chastely  carved pinnacles  bearing  numerous  other  angels. The tabernacle  door  is  of worked  brass,

studded  with  sparkling  crystals,  and  is  the  work  of  Messrs  Hardman  &  Powell  of  Birmingham.
Carved out in stone above is seen the word “Pax” signifying “peace”. The stained glass windows are

of  the  most  beautiful  design.  The  High  Altar  window,  by  Messrs  Hardman  &  Co,  is  especially
commemorative of the late Mr and Mrs Samuel Smith. In the centre light is the figure of our Saviour
on the Cros, whilst on either side the departed parents are represented in an attitude of prayer before

the crucifix. On the south side of the chancel are three windows; the mid window, to Blessed Bishop
Fisher and Sir Thomas More, is by Messrs Hardman & Co. Those on either side, Saint Ephrem and
Saint Anne on the left, with Saint Richard and Saint Elizabeth on the right, are by Mr Swaine Bourne

of Birmingham. On the north side are two windows by Messrs Simpson & Sons, of London, bearing
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the figures of Saint Edmund and Saint Isabel on the left, and Sait Catherine and Saint Frederic on the
right; and on this side is the Sacristy, a building 12ft high and 14ft by 12ft. The Chancel is hung with

three massive lamps of solid brass, and fixed between the side windows are four double gas brackets
also  of  brass,  supplied  by  Messrs  Hardman  and  Powell.  A  new  communion  rail  is  in  course  of

construction on a most elaborate scale, and is to be ready7 by Eastertide. The structural work of the
building was, at Mr Smith’s particular request divivded amongst the local contractors, and has been

carried out by them in a most satisfactory manner. The woodwork entrusted to Mr Robert Foulger;
Messrs W Read & Son did the brickwork; Mr Nursey the masonry; and Mr Harris the painting.
The Architecture of the building speaks for itself, and displays great taste and skill on the part of the

 
 

draughtsman,  Mr  Bernard   Smith,   of  8  Gray’s   Inn-square,   London,  the  well-known   author  of
“Sketches Abroad.”  The seats of the church have been re-arranged and new ones added to provide
greater accommodation to meet the needs of the ever increasing congregation. The cost of the work is

nearly £2,500, and is defrayed entirely by Mr Smith.
After the service there was  a luncheon  in the Corn Hall. Those present included Mr & Mrs Nevill,
(Editor East Suffolk Gazette), Mr & Mrs Kenyon, Mr F Banham, Mr B Smith (architect)

 
 
1889

COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Great interest and excitement was manifested on Friday in the
first election at Bccles under the new Local Government Act. Two representatives were required for
seats  in  the  County  Council  for  East  Suffolk,  and  three  candidates  were  nominated,  viz  Mr  JK

East Suff Gaz  22 Jan 

Garrod, tanner; Mr  E Masters, iron  merchant; Mr JP Walton, wine  merchant. All three  candidates
were well known, Mr Garrod being one of the heads of a very popular family, while Mr Alderman
Masters  and Mr Alderman  Walton  are members of the Town Council, the former having for many

years served as Chairman of the Sanitary Committee. A house to house canvass had been instituted
previous to the election by both parties; and very full and complete arrangements were made to get
voters to the polling station, which was usual at the Town Hall, the Mayor acting as presiding officer.

Mrs  William  Garrod  was  out  with  a  carriage  at  the  early  hour  of  nine;  and  Mrs  Masters  soon
afterwards appeared, both ladies devoting the day to carrying women voters in their carriages to the

Hall. Probably at no previous election did so many women vote as at this election. There are upwards
of  200 women on the  roll,  and very few of these failed to respond to the  invitation  of the special

committee who arranged with them the hour at which either Mrs Garrod or Mrs Masters should call
to take them  up. .. The poll  opened  at 8  o’clock, and by  11.30  275  votes  had been recorded;  at  1

o’clock the number was  415. During the dinner hour about 100 people voted;  and  at 4 o’clock 600
electors  had passe  in... The  candidates put in  an occasional  appearance,  and  received  rather  mixed
greetings from a portion of the crowd in front of the Town Hall. When Mr Walton visited the place at

four o’clock he was cheered, while Mr Masters, who passed in the street just then came in for some
groans, which were indulged, however, without any trace of ill-temper. He met with this reception
three or four times during the day. Singularly enough Mr Garrod happened to pass about four o’clock,

and was allowed to go by without any manifestation. As evening came on Mr Walton’s cause seemed
to advance, and it was apparent from the cries of the crowd that his  candidature was being warmly
espoused  by  many  of  the  working  classes.  The  result  of  the  voting  was  declared  about  9.30  as

follows:
Garrod   555;   Walton   540;   Masters 508.
A scene of great excitement followed upon the declaration of the poll, frantic cheers being raised for

 
 

 
 

Walton  and  also for Garrod. Mr Walton was subsequently fetched  out of his  committee room, and
drawn in a brougham by enthusiastic supporters to his house, where he made a short speech, thanking
those who put him into such an honourable and proud position that day.

 
 
 

 
 
 

The following is an analysis of th voting:-
John King Garrod:

 
 
 

65 Plumpers
369 in conjunction with Masters
121 in conjunction with Walton

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Total 
Joseph Platt Walton

555

 
 

 
 

 
 

319 Plumpers
121 in conjunction with Garrod

 
 
 

 
 
 

 

100 in conjunction with Masters
540

Total 
Edward Masters

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

39 Plumpers
369 in conjunction with Garrod
100 in conjunction with Walton

 
 
Total 
508
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1889

COUNTY COUNCIL  ELECTIONS:  Leading article: A well-deserved  compliment was paid to Mr
JK Garrod, who served  25 years on the Town Council, but we  cannot  congratulate the town  on  a

East Suff Gaz 22 Jan 

result  which  debars  so  able  and  well  qualified  a  man  as  Mr  Masters  of  his  legitimate  claim  to
represent the town on the County Council. Mr Masters has devoted himself, heart and soul, for many

years  for  the  benefit  of  the  town;  he  has  borne  the  drudgery  and  labour  of  work  which  in  most
boroughs is done by a highly paid official; and he has not spared himself in any way where the good

of the town has  been concerned. And for  all this, some  little spark of  gratitude might have  been
expected. It ought not to have been too much to  hope for the slight recognition which Mr Masters
fairly claimed for past services. Not personal aggrandisement was sought; but simply the authority to

work in a wider sphere of labour for a town he has already served with his best efforts.
THE OLD CORPORATION: Our forefathers had an expensive way of borrowing money, and we are
still feeling the pinch, and likely to for some yeas, there being still nine lives intervening before the

1889
East Suff Gaz 22 Jan 

last of the two tontines can be cancelled in the course of nature. As the Corporation have already paid
upwards  of  £1700  for  the  £500  borrowed  about  69  years  ago,  on  mortgage  f  the  old  Assembly
Rooms,  it  will  be  generally  admitted  that  this  bond  has  been  a  costly  one  to  the  townspeople.

Unfortunately the nominees, five or six in number, of the Corporation have been dead for some time.
The original purchasers  of shares who nominated their  children or  grandchildren for the dividends
made a splendid bargain. No blame to them; it was a business transaction, though such would hardly

commend themselves in these days of greater enlightenment and cheaper money.
PLANNING  APPROVED:  1.)  Alterations  to  a  house  in  Puddingmoor  belonging  to  Mr  Henry
Woolnough 

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East Suff Gaz 22 Jan 
2.) Two houses to be erected in Queen’s Road by FJ Allen.
1889

EDUCATION: LEMAN SCHOOL Alderman Smith & Masters re-elected  Governors of the Leman
School. Councillor Buck hoped that something might be done to make the school of greater benefit to
the town than it is now. Councillor Woolner : “It had been taken from the children for whom it was

East Suff Gaz 22 Jan 

originally intended. Alderman  Smith “There were 8  or  10 free scholarships  in  connection with the
Leman School but they could not get enough candidates with sufficient ability to take them to come

forward. He supposed it was because the elementary schools were so good.” Alderman Smith “The
Headmaster was very badly paid now.”

1889
1889

DEATH: Richard Collins, 66, late of Beccles, grocer.
ADVERTISEMENT: MC Woodward  having succeeded to the Old-Estavblished Grocery Business,

East Suff Gaz 29 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 29 Jan 

so  long  carried  on  by the  late Mr Richard Collins (in whose  employ  he  had been  for  upwards  of
twenty years)  respectfully solicits  a  continuance of the patronage  bestowed on  his late Uncle,  and
begs  to  assure  the  Public  it  will  be  his  earnest  desire  to  maintain  the  reputation  of  such  an  old-

established trade.
FIRE in the kitchen of the house and shop occupied by Mr Sparling, clothier, in the New Market. He
took possession of the premises only a few weeks before. The fire was extinguished quickly.

1889
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WHITE HORSE INN, New Market is in course of being almost entirely rebuilt
EDUCATION:  Piano  &  Singing:  Miss  McCulloch,  RAM,  Pupil  of  the  lat  Sir  William  Sterndale
Bennett, Can receive pupils twice a week. Her system of teaching ensures an easy and rapid progress

East Suff Gaz 29 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 5 Feb 

in a few lessons. Terms: from one guinea according to time. Smallgate House.
ANOTHER  GIRL  MISING:  A  servant  girl,  Flora  Winkfield,  aged  14,  has  been  missing  since
Tuesday night. She was at service at Mr EO Chenery’s blacksmith, Hungate, and during the absence

1889
East Suff Gaz 5 Feb 

of her master and mistress, about 8 o’clock at night, she left the house without hat or cloak, and has
not been heard of, although diligent search and enquiry have been made. It is stated she had said she
intended to drown herself, but the person to whom she is alleged to have made this statement early on

Tuesday evening, denies t, and says the  girl told her  she should  go home to  Sotterley. Mr Cheney
drove over there the same night, but the girl was not at home, nor has any trace of her been found.
The girl’s mistress had had occasion to find fault with the girl during the day, but was not at all sharp

with her, but on the contrary, spoke to her in the kindest way. The girl, it is said, was a diligent reader
of  newspapers,  and several times spoke  about the  escapade  of the young woman Davey. There is

reason to believe when she left the house, she had a large black and red handkerchief which she could
tie over her head.

1889

RAILWAY  EMPLOYEES DINNER: The first  of two  held  at the King’s Head. The Mayor  in the
Chair. Also JL Wilkinson, (stationmaste, Beccles), Mr Gillingwater (stationmaster at Geldeston), Mr

East Suff Gaz 5 Feb 

Hammond (head of Goods department) & TF Meehan (head clerk in the booking office). The Mayor
spoke of the developments in the Geat Eastern over the last year: A great many stations added to the
system. They were spending £1,300,00 on works in hand.

1889

DEATH of Mrs Henry Eden, aged 78: She died at her London Residence, 45 Eaton Square. She was
the daughter  of  Lieut-General  Lord George Beresford, GCB, and in Februsry 1849 married the late
Admiral Eden, brother-i-law of Lord Brougham, and of Admiral Sir Graham Moore, and nephew of

East Suff Gaz 5 Feb 
Lord Auckland, some time First  Lord of the Admiralty,  and afterwards Governor General  of India.
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Mrs Eden came into the possession of Gilingham Hall and estate in April 1860, on the death of her
mother, Lady George Beresford, and she was accustomed to spend part of every year there. She built

the  village  School, subscribed liberally to the  complete restoration of the church,  and provided the
organ.

1889

EAST SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL: Inaugural meeting held at Ipswich. Mr Garrod of Beccles
elected one of 19 Aldermen.

East Suff Gaz 5 Feb 
1889

STUDENT SUCCESS: Frederick G Edwards, late pupil of Beccles College passed Preliminary Exam
for assistant surveyor in the RE Department of the War Office.
WHERRY CAPSIZED The Wherry Emerald belonging to Messrs Crisp, partly laden with sugar was

East Suff Gaz 12 Feb 
1889
East Suff Gaz 12 Feb 

capsised, coming from Yarmouth,  between Somerleyton & Burgh. The mishap occurred so suddenly
that the two men on board, Mr A Knights and his father, had to swim to the shore.
PIANO SWINDLES: Henry  Saville  arrested  at Beccles charged with stealing  26 pianos,  owned by

1889
East Suff Gaz 12 Feb 

Messrs Cramer  of Regent  Street,  valued at £1,200.  Saville has  been  livin  in Beccles  a few months,
employed as a piano tuner by Messrs Norman & Beard
EAST SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL: Mr Masters elected unopposed as a rewsult of Mr Garrod’s

1889
East Suff Gaz 19 Feb 

becoming an Alderman.
DIARY of a Beccles BELL-RINGER [Gowing] extracts 1781-1804.
SALE of FURNITURE by Executors of Mrs Eliza Copping of Caxton Road.

1889
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East Suff Gaz 26 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 5 March 
1889

SALE: RAVENSMERE: Property for many years  occupied by Mrs James  Smith,  comprising two
Dwelling Houses & Outbuildings. Registered  Slaughterhouse on the premises,  occupied  by W  Le
Grice.

East Suff Gaz 5 March 
1889

ORGAN RECITAL  given  by Mr WH Williamson  in  aid of the Choir  Fund.  Programme included
Mendelssohn’s “Hear My Prayer”  sung by the Choir, Maste Chalker taking the soprano solo  very
creditably.

East Suff Gaz 5 March 

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page missing
SUICIDE of Florence Wingfield, servant of Mrs Chenery, drowned in the river. Body taken from the

East Suff Gaz 12 March 
East Suff Gaz 19  March 

river  after  disappearance on  28 January.  Step daughter of Arthur Hadingham  of  Willingham. Jury
found that she committed suicide while of unsound mind and no blame whatever was attached to Mr

or Mrs Chenery.
DEATH  of  Samuel  Gibbs,  [aged  78],  member  of  Oddfellows.  He  was  a  thrifty,  self-made  man.

1889
East Suff Gaz 19 March 

Commencing life as a Wherryman, he saved enough money to establisg a corn chandler’s business,
and by good management was enabled to retire with a competency in his old age. He lived in Bungay
before coming to Beccles. [Listed as Corn Chandler at 23 & 31 Smallgate, 1865-1879]

1889

BISHOP  PELHAM  at  Beccles  on  pastoral  visit,  staying  at  Rectory  House.  Preached  morning  &
evening.  There  were  very  large  congregations  at  both  services,  and  his  simple,  yet  eloquent  and
earnest gospel addresses were listened to with deepest attention.

East Suff Gaz 19 March 
1889

RESIGNATION of SUFFOLK COMMISSIONER: of the Haven & Pier: Mr j Crisp resigns after 40
years.  Chairman  acknowledged “great services rendered over 40 years”. His  successor must  be  a
merchant of Beccles.

East Suff Gaz 19 March 
1889

INVITATION  BALL  held  at  the  Town  [Public]  Hall.  About  70  guests  including  visitors  from
Norwich, Diss, Halesworth, Bungay etc.
SUFFOLK YEOMANRY CAVALRY: Annual training  at Ipswich. There  are  vacancies for  a few

East Suff Gaz 19 March 
1889
East Suff Gaz 19 March 

smart young gentlemen, such as farmers, etc in the Beccles detachment.
TO BE LET A Bake Office, Apply W Knights, [13] Smallgate
ADVERTISEMENT:  Potatoes:   Early   Snowdrop,  Beauty  of  Hebron,  White   Elephant,  Magnum

1889
1889

East Suff Gaz 19 March 
East Suff Gaz 26 March 

Bonum (imprved), Early Rose, Imperator, and Adironack. Growers cannot do better than plant these
well-tied sorts. Potatoes, good cooking from 6d per stone. TJ Self, Market Place, Beccles.+
VESTRY MEETING: Mr CF Parker presided. Appointments: 1.) Overseers: JM Brundell, RA King,

 1889
East Suff Gaz 26 March 

TA Woodroffe, A Pells  2.) Guardians: H Read, H Cunningham,  J Miles, A  Woods, J Dowe, CF
Parker. 3.) Appeal by Mr C Smith against the assessment  of Delf’s Maltings in his occupation. Rent

payable of £120 pa, while he was assessed at £144. Maltings assessed at so much per coomb steep..
Mr Smith wanted the Maltings to be assessed upon the rental. To be defended.

1889

CHURCH of  ENGLAND HOMES  for WAIFS &  STRAYS. Mr WM Crowfoot presided. AGM in
Beccles. The Society nationally had only been going 8 years. Mention of Dr Barnardo’s. They aimed

East Suff Gaz 26 March 

to  get  the  parents  to  apy  something  towards  the  children’s  keep  so  that  they  continued  feeling
responsibility for them.
LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY  AGM

1889
1889

East Suff Gaz 26 March 

POLICE COURT: Eliza Punchard, single woman, charged with stealing £1 10s in gold from Naomi
Fisk, shopkeeper of Old Market. Eliza lodging with Naomi stole the money from her dress. Inspector
Hubbard brought Eliza Punchard to the house, who returned the stolen money. The charge taken no

East Suff Gaz 26 March 
further.
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1889

DEATH of ARCHDEACON GROOME & Rector of Monk Soham. Archdeacon for nearly 20 years.
A convinced  low churchman, following the  example  of the Prelate of the  diocese, those who held

East Suff Gaz 26 March 

other opinions had never an ill word to say of him. He was second son of Rev IW Groome, who held
the  same  benefice,  born  at Framlingham in  1810.  Educated  at Norwich Grammar  School & Caius

College,  Cambridge.  Ordained    in  1834.  Curate  of  Tannington  &  then  of  Corfe  Castle,  Dorset.
Succeeded his father in 1844. Hon Canon of Norwich 1858, Archdeacon 1869. Retired 1887.

1889

ADVERTISEMENT:  Eggs  -  Sittings  from  splendid  Prize-bred  Plymouth  Rocks;  very  handsome
birds;  grand layers;  excellent for table. Inspection  invited.  4s  6d  for  13  (unfertile  eggs replaced)  L
Laws, Nurseries, Beccles.

East Suff Gaz 2 April 
1889

ADVERTISEMENT:  Washers,  Mangles,  Sewing  Machines,  P_ictures,  Bassinette  Perambulators.
Sale or Hire. Weekly payments. Porter’s, Dagmar House, [37 New Market] Beccles.
SALVATION  ARMY  had  3  days  campaign.  Meetings  held  at  the  Town  Hall  on  Sunday.  Now

East Suff Gaz 2 April 
1889
East Suff Gaz 2 April 

numbers half a million. Went to the lowest classes of the people, they were very particular that their
members should be real, practical servants of the Lord. If the proved unworthy they turned them out.
All  their  members  were  teetotallers.  On  Monday  a  great  “holiness”  mmeting  in  the  afternoon,

preceded by a march round the town, headed by instruments.
ENTERTAINMENT by CHILDREN of the Board School in the Town Hall. “The procedings, which
were  of  unalloyed  enjoyment”,  ended  with  a  distribution  of  prizes  by  Mr  WM  Crowfoot,  who

1889
East Suff Gaz 2 April 

thanked Mr JS PAlmer, Miss Brett, Miss Kate Chastney & other teachers.
ADVERTISEMENT: Clifford Smith has in Stock: Prentice’s Manure, Nitrate of Soda, Red & White
Clovers, Trefoils, Rye Grasses etc, Linseed & Cotton Cakes, Coals, Salt, Grain; The Staithe, Beccles.

1889
East Suff Gaz 2 April 
1889

TO BE LET:  Station Road, Beccles, No  6 Norfolk Terrace  containing Dining  & Drawing Rooms,
with folding doors; Breakfast room, and 5 Bed & Dressing rooms, with Stabling & Yard adjoining.
CONFIRMATION of 219 candidates, 105 from Beccles (45 boys, 60 girls)

East Suff Gaz 9 April 

1889
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1889

East Suff Gaz 9 April 

DEATH of Mr Robert Jarman
COUNTY  COURT:  Corporation  v  Henry  Newson,  vet.  Claim  of  Newson  for  £23  for  work  as

East Suff Gaz 9 April 
East Suff Gaz 9 April 

Contagious diseases  of  animals. Newsome had  visited farms a  number of times. Judge said that he
was fulfilling the role of Inspector, Vet and policeman, all at once. He was asking for payment twice

for Mr Crisp’s pigs, once by the owner and once as an Inspector. Corporation’s Bill of £8 17s seemed
much more realistic.

1889

SALE: Ingate. H & J Read  to sell for Mr Arthur Aldous Three Lots of Freehold Building Land each
having frontages of 38ft 6 in near the Ingate Railway Crossing
(7 May: Lot 1: W Calver £50;   Lot 2: WG Aldous £40;   Lot 3: withdrawn)

East Suff Gaz 16 April 

 
1889

 

ADVERTISEMENT: Walter Plumbly, Chemist by examination, Certified dispenser of Apothecaries’
Hall,  London, [11] New Market, Beccles, Begs to inform the inhabitants of Beccles & surrounding
neighbourhood that he  has purchased the Old-Established Chemist’s Business of Mr AA Willison,

East Suff Gaz 16 April 

and hopes to receive a fair share of patronage and support.
CANTATA at the TOWN HALL: “The Mountain Maid” was performed under conductorship of Mr
CE Hale, with the string band of Mr HW Delf. Miss Kerridge presided at the piano.

1889
East Suff Gaz 16 April 
1889

ADVERTISEMENT: The largest, the newest and best-selected Stock of every description of House-
furnishing Requisites is now on view at Pells’ General Furnishing Warehouse, Beccles. Special show
of  Furniture, Bedding, Iron Bedsteads,  Earthenware, Hardware,  Perambulators, Paperhangings  etc.

East Suff Gaz 16 April 

To al about to furnish go to Pells’ (next door to Gurney’s Bank).
ADVERTISEMENT: Sheffield_Made Pocket Cutlery. Direct Supply Co, Sheffield, send for Half-a-
Crown, post free, Lady’s or Gentleman’s handsomely finished Pocket Knife. Write at once.

1889
East Suff Gaz 23 April 
1889

SHIPPING NEWS: The  ss Jeanie Hope  arrived  on Thursday,  and  sailed on  Saturday. The  ss  Elsy
arrived on the 21st [Sunday]. The ss Aranci sailed on Monday for cargo in London on Wednesday,
the 24th.

East Suff Gaz 23 April 
1889

LICENCE:  White Horse temporarily transferred to Mr C Bumstead, who  removes from Britannia
Shades.

East Suff Gaz 23 April 
1889

TOWN COUNCIL: 1.) The Hoarding at the White Horse has been removed. 2.) The Avenue. A dead
Elm Tree  be  cut down and  another one planted. 3.) FWD Robinson  asks for a sewer in  St Mary’s

East Suff Gaz 23 April 

Road to receive the sewers from the new roads about to be laid out by him. [Grange Estate]
4.) Advisability of making St Mary’s Road a certain width right through. Mr Robinson prepared to do

 
 

that. Mayor trying to get the owners of the land where the Roman Catholic Church was to be built to
put back their boundary 4 or 5 yards, so that a straight line could be obtained. He was quite willing to
take away the corner so as to make Bungay Road and Ringsfield Road less dangerous.

1889

PLANNING: 1.) House submitted by Mr Hindes on behalf of Mr Johnson in Queen’s Road. 2.) Two
houses to be erected by Mr Woodroffe for Mr Reynolds in Denmark Road. 3.) house to be erected by
Mr Clement Smith for Mr W Robinson in Denmark Road.

East Suff Gaz 23 April 
1889
VESTRY MEETING: WM Crowfoot & CF Parker reappointed Churchwardens. BELLS: Mr Hopson
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Hopson said the 5th & the 8th bells were cracked. The Town Council cannot help as the town is now
rated. Would cost £100. There would haveto be an appeal

1889

PRESENTATION  of  Marble  clock  to  Miss  Pemberton,  19  years  teacher  at  the  Congregational
Chapel, leaving to marry Mt H Walter Parker, formerly one of the Deacons.

East Suff Gaz 30 April 
1889

TO BE LET or SOLD: A well-built Famly Residence, situate in a quiet part of the town, five minutes
walk from the Railway  Station  and two minutes  from the River;  containing 6 Bedrooms, Dressing

East Suff Gaz 7 May 

Room, three Reception Rooms and good Domestic Offices. Stable & Coach House, Lawn & Flower
Garden in front of house, Kitchen Garden at the back. Apply Mrs Stanford, Ravensmere House, Old
Market, Beccles.

1889
1889

TO BE LET: House & Shop. Enquire 2 Smallgate, Beccles. 
ADVERTISEMENT: Henry L Robins, Corn, Coal & Coke Merchant. All kinds of Agriculural Seeds
and Seed Corn in stock. GER Station, Beccles.

East Suff Gaz 7 May 
East Suff Gaz 7 May 
1889

BECCLES  CHORAL  SOCIETY:  “Earl  King’s  Daughter  by  Niels  W  Gade,  for  Solo  Vices  &
Orchestra. The second part will contain Rode’s  7th Concerto for  Violin & Orchestra. Full Band  &
Chorus of 100 performers. Leader WE Tuddenham; Conductor WH Williamson. Reserved Chairs 2s

East Suff Gaz 7 May 

6d, Gallery (Front Row) 2s; all other seats 1s. Commence at 8.
ACCIDENT: Mr J Mulliner, Inspector of permanent way for the Beccles District, was stepping down
from the cattle pens on to the line when he slipped, and falling, broke his leg. He was conveyed to his

1889
East Suff Gaz 7 May 

daughter’s house, where he is doing as well as can be expected.
CHURCH PREFERMENT: Rev RA Hitchcock, curate at Beccles, has been appointed Rector of  St
Bartholomew’s, Heigham, Norwich by the Bishop of Norwich, who is the Patron of the Living. “A

1889
East Suff Gaz 7 May 

very able and popular man.”
ARTILLERY  VOLUNTEERS CHURCH PARADE.  marched to Barsham Church.  Sermon by the
Rector, Rev EP Williams. The Artillery Band played the Church call at ten o’clock, and a selection of

1889
East Suff Gaz 7 May 

music in a meadow, near Barsham Church  after the service. The parade  attracted the  attention  of  a
large number of the townspeople, and the streets being crowded on the return of theVolunteers from

Church.
LIBERAL PARTY in Beccles greet their Candidate, a Gladstonian, with acclamation.

1889
East Suff Gaz 14 May 
1889

POLICE COURT: 1.) Henry Newson,  vet,  of Beccles  charged with  assaulting John Warnes, horse
leader [Newson lived in North House & died  in October  1889,  aged  49] They  met  at the Fox  at

East Suff Gaz 21 May 

Shadingfield. Warnes continued on to Beccles leading  a horse, when Newson overtook him  and hit
him with his whip.  Two people at the Fox testified that he was not drunk. Newson fined £4 and costs

of 10s.
2.) James Betts, bricklayer neglecting to send his daughter to school. She stayed at home to help look
after his ten children. Fined 2s 6d.

 
 
 
 

3.) James Davy & Alfred Caston fined for being drunk, fighting and refusing to leave the Crown &
Anchor.
SALE by Messrs H & J Read for Executors of Robert Jarman on 28 June:

1889
 

East Suff Gaz 28 May 
 

LOT 1. Residential & Trade Premises at the junction of New Market Place & Rook’s Lane, now in
the occupation of Mr W Laws, Residence & Shop occupied by Mr J Ward, Residence now occupied
by Mr CH Smith as Furniture Warehouse, with piece of garden;  & Shoemaker’s Shop occupied by R

White. Aggregate Rental £44.
(2 July: Withdrawn at £520. Since sold to Mr AH Jarman)
LOT 2 Residence & Shops in Smallgate now in two tenements in the occupation of Mr A Williman,

 
 

 
 

and Mr DH Miller: Residence and Hairdresser’s Shop on the north side occupied by Mr  WR Smith;
& small residence and Shoe Shop, on the south side occupied by Mr WG Scott
(2 July: Withdrawn at £390)

 
 

 
 

LOT 3. Newly-erected Double Residence in Denmark Road, now occupied by Messrs T Curson  & J
Furze.

 
 

 
 

(AG Jarman £295)
LOT 4. Five Ten Pound 5% Preference Shares in the Beccles Waterworks Co.

 
1889

 

(2 July: Mr Mullett, £61)
WANTED General Servant, clean, respectable Girl, about 16, fond of children. Must have been out

East Suff Gaz 28 May 

before. Apply Soanes, Kirtley.
SALE of CHINA, Pictures, 1250 ozs of  Silver Plate, 300 Vols of Books at Lowestoft. “Three lots of
the celebrated Owl Service with monograms of Mr W Woodley, Beccles, for whom it was made: the

1889
East Suff Gaz 28 May 

teapot  realised  41  guineas,  two  plates  37  guineas,  and  a  small  cup  &  saucer  15  guineas.  Some
Dresden & Chelsea figures were sold for 4 or 5 guineas.

[Mrs Woodley was living at 2 The Walk in 1814. Isaac Blowers records in his Diary: Tues 5 April
1811 Elegant dinner at Mrs. Woodleys being her 70th Birthday  met 2 Sucklings, 2 Smiths, Shaws, 2

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Millstone’s, Mrs. Porble? and son.o
Mrs CORBYN leaving Beccles. She has been intimately associated with the local musical world of

1889
East Suff Gaz 28 May 

Beccles  during  the  last  50  years.  A  few  years  ago  no  one  thought  of  getting  up  a  concert  or  an
entertainment without asking Mrs Corbyn to assist. Many a first class concert has been promoted in

Beccles by Mrs Corbyn and her late husband, and the Beccles public past and present, owe much to
her in the elevation  of musical taste of the community. I hear she  is about to reside wih her son in
London.

1889
East Suff Gaz 28 May 

BECCLES CRICKET CLUB is in a state of suspended  animation  just now,  awaiting the advent of
some spirited  individual who shall take  up the management  of  its  affairs with zeal,  and  make  it  a
really effective town institution.

1889

SALE: by H & J Read,  Saltgate & Puddingmoor: The extensive block of Freehold Trade Premises,
well  situated  at  the  junction  of  Saltgate  and  Puddinfgmoor  near  the  Old  Market,  in  one  Lot,
comprising a substantial brick & tiled Dwelling House, Confectioner’s Shop, Refreshment Room and

East Suff Gaz 4 June 

Bake Office, with Yard containing Stabling & other offices, now in the occupation of Mr W Youell at
annual Rent of £6-16s-6d.
(2 July Withdrawn at £225)

 
1889

 

SALE Two Houses, Nos 1 & 2, Albany Terrace, Gosford Road, Beccles.
ALSO 4 Cottages in Ingate [Grove} Road., Apply James Aldous, Albany Terrace.
CONCERT at EXETER COLLEGE, Oxford. Part II of the Concert began with a “minuet & Trio” for

East Suff Gaz 4 June 

 
1889

 
East Suff Gaz 4 June 

orchestra, originally composed for the Highbury Philharmonic Society of London. This was very ably
and  effectively  written  and  scored  by  Mr  FC  Woods,  the  popular  organist  at  the  College.  It  was
conducted by the composer, who met with a hearty reception, and the audience insisted on an encore.

1889

POLICE  COURT:  John  Sampson  charged  with  sealing  £5,  the  money  of  Mr  EB  Thornhill  of
Geldeston, who had lost a purse on Saturday. James Stone, baker was coming up Northgate and saw a
purse  and  some  money  scattered  on  the  road.  At  the  same  time  Sampson  came  up.  Both  men

East Suff Gaz 4 June 

scrambled  for  the  money.  Stone  got  £1  in  gold,  two  sixpenny  pieces  and  a  threepenny  piece.
“Sampson said “I  have  got  about four  bright  uns,  and  am  going to keep them; do you  keep what

you’ve  got.”  The  loss  was  cried  by  the  Bellman  during  the  afternoon,  and  Stone  found  up  the
accused,  and  told  him  there  would  be  a  reward  offered,  but  he  said  he  would  not  part  with  his.

Subsequently, on being questioned by Inspector Hubbard in the presence of Stone, the accused denied
all knowledge.

1889

BECCLES WATER  & GAS COMPANY AGM: Present  *JP Walton (Chairman),  *J Crisp,  *WM
Crowfoot,  *CF Parker (Managing Director)  *WH Tacon, H Read, W Read,  S  Steel, *RS Block, H
Hopson & W Delf. Profit £999. Dividend Paid in 1888: 9% of £8600 = £774. Manager’s Salary £150;

East Suff Gaz 4 June 

Secretary £40; Wages £234;  Coal £820. [*Directors, reappointed] Dividend 9% to be paid.
PRESENTATION  to  Mrs  Corbyn.  Rev  Muncaster:  What  struck  him  most  was  the  power  and
adaptation  Mrs  Corbyn  had  displayed  during  her  46  years  of  service.  Hymn  books  had  changed;

1889
East Suff Gaz 4 June 

tunebooks had passed through edition after edition, “repeat” tunes vanished, chants and anthems had
come in; the dear old string quartet gone - the lordly organ lent a massive melody to their service; and
in every change Mrs Corbyn had been with the party of advance.

1889

FOUND DEAD IN BED:  Susannah Dunscombe, widow, aged  about 65,  in  St George’s Road.  She
was a retired inn keeper, widow of James Dunscombe, formerly of the Cross Keys.
TOWN  COUNCIL:  Committee  set  up  to  consider  alterations  to  tarrifs  for  Railway  Rates.  This

East Suff Gaz 4 June 
1889
East Suff Gaz 4 June 

criticised the alterations in great detail. Council considered a general attack upon the increased upper
limits was all that was necessary.
Railway Bridge. railway prepared to go ahead with this directly. Agreed that they should go ahead.

 
1889

 

SALE: Ravensmere: in one Lot: Five, brick & tiled, Freehold Cottages occupied by Mr James Linder,
Mrs Caroline Wigg, Mrs M Woodcock, Mrs Harriet Reynolds & Miss Eliza Nunn. Aggregare Annual
Rent £20-12s.

East Suff Gaz 11 June 

 
1889

 

(Mr James Knights £145)
ARTILLERY VOLUNTEERS parade on Saturday afternoon to join the encampment of the Brigade

East Suff Gaz 11 June 

on the North Denes, Great Yarmouth. They will remain in camp till Wednesday morning.
BECCLES SYOCK MART There was a large supply: 110 fat sheep & fat lambs, 120 store lambs, 50

1889
East Suff Gaz 11 June 

grazing shearlings, 344 pigs, 10 horses. Beef was a very dull trade; a very few of the choicest beasts
realised 8s per stone, others 7s to 7s 6d. 100 lambs from Redisham Hall sold wel, purchased by Mr G

Wigg at 32s per head. Pork 6s to 6s 6d per stone.
NATIONAL SCHOOLS, AGM: Rector presiding. Committee  elected: The Rector, Rev JH Raven,
JK Garrod (hon sec), Clifford Smith (treasurer), John Crip, WP Garrod, W Laws, Thomson Wilson,

1889
East Suff Gaz 11 June 

The  Churchwardens:  WM  Crowfoot  &  CF  Parker.  Ladies’  Committee:  Mrs  Rowsell,  Mrs  JR
Crowfoot,  Miss Harvey  and Miss MS Crowfoot. The  very satisfactory report  of the Government
Inspector was read,  awarding two  excellent  marks  and  one  good to the schools, the percentage  of

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passes being girls 97%, boys 95%.
Considering the size  of the town  and  church  congregation, the  list  of  subscribers is  by no means

 
 

large.
BAPTIST  CHURCH  AGM.  Prayer  Meetings,  fervent;  bible  class  useful  and  instructive;  school

1889
East Suff Gaz 11 June 

prosperous, and two village stations in working order. Plans for new schoolroom and classroom have
been prepared,  and the  commencement of the  building  anticipated  shortly. Members  149, scholars

197; teachers 20; itinerant preachers 4; Pastor: Bro Colls.
CONVERSAZIONE: Rev Muncaster (Pastor of Congregational Church) & Mrs Muncaster received
over  300  friends  in  the  church.  The  schoolroom  was  an  excellent  reception  room,  being  suitably

1889
East Suff Gaz 11 June 

carpeted  and tastefully  decorated. The  first  hour was  spent  in  converse,  after which the  company
retired to the church, where Mr williamson gave a most delightful organ recital. The choir sang two
anthems, and Mrs Masters and Mr Hale sang with great taste, “The Lord is my Shepherd.”

1889
1889

ARCHDEACON’S VISITATION
TO BE LET: Large dry Warehouse, Lofts, Stable, Cart Shed, Yard; or House, Shop & Premises, AB,
Dagmar House , Beccles

East Suff Gaz 11 June 
East Suff Gaz 18 June 
1889

TO  BE  LET  Three  unfurnished  Rooms;  ALSO  Two  Warehouses  &  Gig  House.  Apply,  Dixon,
Market  Place
WANTED: Experienced Young Lady for Fancy Counter & Window dressing; ALSO Apprentice to

East Suff Gaz 18 June 
1889
East Suff Gaz 18 June 

Showroom & Millinery. Apply Newstead Bros, Beccles.
EDUCATION:  Mr  RE  Leach,  Second  Master  of  the  Fauconberge  School  for  ten  years,  to  be
Headmaster of the Henry Smith School, Hartlepool.

1889
East Suff Gaz 18 June 
1889

ATHLETIC  SUCCESS: H Youngs,  of Beccles won  five first prizes  at Harleston  & Hoxne  Sports.
100 yards Handicap, Quarter Mile, 100 Yards.
MILITARY FUNERAL: Sergeant Gerge Block buried, [carpenter, aged 54], followed to cemetery by

East Suff Gaz 18 June 
1889
East Suff Gaz 18 June 

a large  number of Rifle Volunteers. He was one of the first tojoin the  14th  Suffolks as  it was then
called, in 1859.

1889

SALE:  Fen  Lane,  Beccles:  H  &  J  Read  to  sell  in  two  Lots  Four  Freehold  Cottages  now  in  the
occupation of Mrs Mary Ann Ward, Mr Charles Beales, Mr Chas Brady, & Mrs Maria Barber.

East Suff Gaz 18 June 

 
1889

 

(Withdrawn at £69).
SALE: Ravensmere: 5 Brick & Tiled Cottages in occupation of Jas Linder, Mrs Caroline Wigg, Mrs

East Suff Gaz 18 June 

M Woodcock, Mrs Harriet Reynoldsa & Mrs Eliz Nunn. Aggregate Rent £20-12s
(2 July: James Knights £145)
TOWN COUNCIL: 1.) Grange  Estate Discussion  about  arrangements for sewer & road.  2.)  Ingate

 
1889

 
East Suff Gaz 18 June 

footpath. Consideration of changing the footpath not accepted unless plans were produced. 3>) Gas
Company  charged  excessively  for  the  lamp  posts,  but  at  present  they  had  little  alternative  but  to
accept their charges.

1889
1889
1889

PLANNING: 3 Cottages for Mr WG Aldous in Ingate & 2 for Mr D Calver passed.
SALE
APPRENTICE WANTED: Well educated young lady to Boot & Shoe Sale Trade. Apply CT Field,

East Suff Gaz 18 June 
of FURNITURE: 8 London Road - the owner going abroad. 1 July, 1889
East Suff Gaz 25 June 
East Suff Gaz 25 June 

Exchange Square
ADVERTISEMENT:EO Chenery, Shoeing Forge, Hungate: Horses & Traps to Let.
ADVERTISEMENT:  W  Harmer,  Northgate,  near  the  Railway  Crossing:  Pleasure  Boats  for  Hire,

1889
1889

East Suff Gaz 25 June 
East Suff Gaz 25 June 

Sailing & Rowing Boats & Canoes. Let by Day or Hour.
ENTERTAINMENT: PROMENADE CONCERT in Read’s Meadow, Caxton Road  on Monday  1
July,  1889.  Mr  George  Stevenson  has  at  very  great  expense,  engaged  a  First  Class  Music  Hall

1889
East Suff Gaz 25 June 

Company to appear. There will also be a large Marquee erected capable of accommodating 400-500
persons. The grounds will be open at 7 o’clock. Dancing to commence at 7.30. Four hours jolly fun
for sixpence. The Beccles Artillery Band under George Hussey will perform selections  during the

evening.
[The Police Court appears to have refused a licence for this event]

 
1889

 

ATHLETIC SPORTS: 9th Caxton ASports on 29th July on meadow in Caxton Road, commencing at
2pm. Two open Events: Half Mile & Quarter Mile. 18 Local & Club Events. Beccles Artillery Band

East Suff Gaz 25 June 

will be in attendance. Admission to the Ground 3d, Children half-price. Refreshments on the Ground.
MF Buck, Hon Sec.

 
1889

 

PATRIOTIC VOLUNTEER FUND:  Sir  Saville Crossley of  Somerleyton Hall has  contributed £50,
so has James Judd.
SALE of FURNITURE: Mr James Aldous, Gosford Road, going abroad.

East Suff Gaz 25 June 

1889
1889

East Suff Gaz 2 Jul 

VOLUNTEERS: 2nd Norfolks Wilton John Rix to be 2nd Lieutenant.
CATHOLIC CHURCH: Foundation Stone of a Priest’s House & Mission Room was laid on Tuesday
by Mr J Kenyon of Gillingham Hall, the religious  ceremonial being  conducted  by Father Guy  of

East Suff Gaz 2 Jul 
1889
East Suff Gaz 2 Jul 
Bungay.
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1889

EDUCATION:  Leman  School:  Examination  for  Scholarships:  13  applied.  .E  Saunders  from  the
Board  School  &  Smith  from  the  Leman  School  elected.  Rev  JH  Raven  of  Fauconberge  School

East Suff Gaz 2 Jul 

examined.
EDUCATION: Board School Boot Club: Many children paying 1d a week into fund for new boots,

1889
East Suff Gaz 2 Jul 

but there are many others in need. Old boots will be collected by Mr AG Love from any house.
DEATH of JH Piper, second master at the Leman School for 28 years. He was Colour Sergeant in the

1889
East Suff Gaz 2 Jul 

Beccles Rifle Voluteers until 4 years ago, when age compelled him to resign. He was one of the first
to join the old 14th Suffolks. [He was 58].. He was on the Committee of the Co-op of which he was
secretary.

1889

DEATH of Frederick Calver [aged 52] a class-leader of the Primitve Methodists, and preacher for 25
years. He was a Fellmonger.
SALE: New Market:  Freehold Property in the most  commanding  and  most frequented part  of the

East Suff Gaz 2 Jul