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BECCLES NEWSPAPERS 1896
All the Beccles Newspapers are The East Suffolk Gazette
1896
East Suff Gaz 7 Jan 

STRANGE VISITOR: Early on Friday morning a hare visited the town. Very few people were about
at the time,  and  strange to  say,  not a  single  dog was to be seen. The  hare,  in  a hurry,  leaving the

King’s Head  Yard,  knocked down  a  little  boy,  and doubling  across the Newmarket made  for the
churchyard, which it reached safely and was seen no more.

1896
East Suff Gaz 7 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: WT Loades, Newmarket: Incandescent Gas-Light, saving 50% on the Gas Bill
and treble the Light. The light is clean, cool, steady and brilliant
SALE of FURNITURE: late Mrs Louisa Goode of  [23?] BALLYGATE

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East Suff Gaz 7 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 7 Jan 

LICENCES: 1.)  Spread Eagle, NORTHGATE to James Henshaw; 2.) Red Cow, INGATE to Hubert
Gill, 3.) Fox & Hounds, RAVENSMERE to Frederick Walpole
DEATH of Mrs ELIZA HARMER, wife of William Harmer of River View, NORTHGATE aged 54

1896
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East Suff Gaz 14 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 14 Jan 

COUNTY COURT: William Bell, farmer  & Innkeeper [Blackboy, 80 BLYBURGATE] v William
Walpole Moore, butcher [3 Stepping Hill] who sold him a rough old black pig that was not worth the

money he paid. Moore said he was a  cripple  and was supported by the charity of the town. Judge:
gave judgement for the plaintiff of 2 15s.

1896
East Suff Gaz 14 Jan 

WORKHOUSE TREAT: Inmates given substantial tea and then performance of a play by children.
Bags  distributed: For the  all:  a pocket handkerchief,  a  quarter  of a pound  of tea,  of sugar  and  an

orange; the 32 women also a pair of cuffs; for the 71 men one ounce of tobacco and a box of matches.
Each  of the  17  children had  a  quarter of  a pound  of sweets,  a pocket handkerchief,  a toy  and  an
orange.

1896
East Suff Gaz 21 Jan 

OBERAMMERGAU Passion Play. Lecture by Mr Arthur Evans, under the Patronage of the Mayor
etc. Chairman WM Crowfoot.
ORGAN RECITAL by Mr FC Woods. MA, Mus Bac, FRCO (formerly organist to Exeter College,

1896
East Suff Gaz 21 Jan 

Oxford, now to Highgate School) He played some Bach, Widors & his own composition.
MAYOR (NW  Pells)  ENTERTAINS 230  aged poor of the town.  Large Tea provided,  afterwards
songs  and recitations. Addresses were  given by Rev J  Eland, Rev W Griffiths, Mr Woods  & the

1896
East Suff Gaz 21 Jan 

Rector.
POLICE COURT: James  Edward Knights,  blacksmith,  applied for  an ejectment  order  against John
Meen,  the  occupier  of  one  of  his  cottages  in  Ravensmere.    The  house  was  let    at  2s  a  week.

1896
East Suff Gaz 21 Jan 

Possession to be given in 7 days.
BECCLES READING ROOM There are 64 subscribers. More are wanted.
COUNCIL:  1.)    Chairman  of  Sanitary  Committee  (Alderman  Masters)  had  invited  the  Medical

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East Suff Gaz 21 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 21 Jan 

Officer of Health to attend, who informed Council that there were some cases of Scarlet Fever which
needed isolation. He proposed that a Committee should be set up to consider the purchase of an iron
hospital [corrugated iron?]  This was agreed.

 
 

Firing Range: Sir Charles Clarke’s agent had been contacted, but no response could be given until Sir
Charles was better. A further letter was sent.

 
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Town to join the Municipal Corporations Association.
CATHOLIC EVIDENCE Lecture. Mr Wilton J Rix in the Chair.

East Suff Gaz 28 Jan 
1896
East Suff Gaz 28 Jan 

JUVENILE FANCY DRESS BALL by invitation of the Mayoress (Miss Pells) They arrived at 7 pm
and very quaint and pretty they looked in their fancy costumes. Dancing was kept up to the strains of

the piano, violin and cornet by Mr Hayes, H Delf & Chapman. At 9.30 a procession was formed by
the children, who marched round and about the hall, displaying their make-up to the best advantage
for the  entertainment  of their  elders. The young people kept  up the  dance  from 10 to 12  o’clock,

while  the  seniors,  numbering  about  100,  maintained  the  festive  proceedings  with  spirit  till  four
o’clock in the morning.
DEATH of HENRY READ: He was a busy man, with a large and varied experience, and his close

1896
East Suff Gaz 28 Jan 

connection  as  agent  for  neighbouring  estates  and  collectors  of  tithes,  brought  him  into  daily  and
intimate  relations  with  landowners  and  their  tenantry.  The  prolonged  period  of  depression  in  the
agricultural industry imposed upon him a burden of anxious care, which weighed heavily upon him,

though he always endeavoured to maintain the cheerful temperament which was characteristic of him.
It may truly be said that while he made many friends he  had  no  enemy,  and that his  death will  be
mourned by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

 
 

Mr Read was all but a native of the town. He was born we believe in Weston, but at an early age was
adopted  by  his  uncle,  Mr  “Steward”  Read,  agent  for  the  Earl  of  Gosford,  then  owner  of  the
Worlingham  estate.  It was while with his  uncle that  he learned the  business habits and  gained the

experience which  enabled him to discharge so efficiently the multiform duties which fell to him in
after life as a land agent and auctioneer. He was the head of the well known firm of H and J Read,
who established the first stock mart in Beccles, an enterprise which has proved of great benefit and

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advantage to the town  and  neighbourhood,  as well  as, we trust, to the  auctioneers themselves, now
trading as Read, Stanford, and Gayford.

 
 

Mr Read’s intimate knowledge of land values was freely utilised for the public benefit, and for many
years,  as  one  of  the  Guardians  representing  the  town  of  Beccles,  he  served  on  the  Assessment

Committee of Wangford Union. He was also a member of the School Board, and took a lively interest
in the progress and prosperity of the Board Schools. Mr Read was appointed Vice-Chairman of the

First  Board,  elected  in  1872,  and  has  held  the  office  ever  since.  Previous  to  taking  up  a  public
position  in  educational  matters,  Mr  Read  had  served  the  borough  on  the  Town  Council.  He  was
elected Councillor in the year  1857,  and in November 1871, was  chosen to be  an Alderman of the

Borough. He  became Mayor  and Chief  Magistrate  in November  1865,  and  resigned the  office  of
Alderman in 1877.
As one of the few remaining feoffees as a  representative  governor of the  Leman  School,  as senior

 
 

Deacon of the Congregational Church, and for several years superintendent of the Sunday School --
in these and other ways Mr Henry Read earned the respect and esteem of his fellow townsmen, in a
useful and busy life.

1896
East Suff Gaz 4 Feb 

FUNERAL of HENRY READ  the procession made its way from “The Willows” [17 Blyburgate] to
the  Congregational  Church,  with  which  Henry  Read  had  been  associated  for  so  many  years  as
Deacon,  and  had  also laboured as superintendent  of the  Sunday  School. The procession reformed

after  the  service  to  march  to  the  cemetery  The  Mayor  and  Corporation    lead  the  way,  then  WM
Crowfoot & JE Crisp (School Board) CF Parker, W Brooks & AR Block (Guardians) the Gentlemen
& Traders &  S Le Grice, Walker & A Pells (the Undertakers) the Hearse, then mourning coaches, in

the  first Henry Read,  E Read, C Read & Mr Davy; 2nd John Read, G King,  William Read & GA
Stanford 3rd: Rev Heather, EB Crowfoot, JC Copeman; Mr H Read & J Stanford followed on foot;
then  servants;  then  deacons  (W  Flower,  CE  Hale,  W  Hamby  &  E  Masters)  and  others  of  the

Congregation. Also Canon Rowsell, Rev JH Raven etc.
THE MESSIAH: extracts sung in the Parish Church in the presence of a very large congregation. The

1896
East Suff Gaz 4 Feb 

Choir  assisted  by the Choral  Society, with the  organ played  by Mr Warder Harvey. The  soprano
soloist was Master  Stanley Marchant,  of Christ Church,  Lancaster Gate, the  owner  of  a  beautiful

voice, heard to great advantage in every part of the great building. Rev JH Raven & Rev A Coates of
Barsham took the tenor parts, and Mr FA Daines, lay vicar of Norwich Cathedral was principal bass.

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East Suff Gaz 11 Feb 

RAILWAY EMPLOYEES Dinner held
COUNCIL PLANS passed: Two Houses in Denmark Road for Mr Reynolds.
CHARLES   FARR,   son   of   Rev   John   Farr,   formerly   Rector   of   Gillingham,   educated   at   the

East Suff Gaz 11 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 18 Feb 

Fauconberge School, has returned to England after 25 years in Canada. His home is at a place he has
named Haileybury, in the Temiscamingue  district, where he acts as postmaster, and farms 400 acres
besides  carrying  on  an  extensive  store  and  saw-mill.  Mr  Farr  did  not  at  once  find  himself  in  El

Dorado on emigrating. On the contrary, he seems to have had a rough experience.
He first went to a place called Bracebridge, Muskoka. A lot of other young fellows were there, and
they got no work to do, their money soon vanished, and it was altogether a bad start. Telling the story

 
 

of his early experiences to a contemporary, Mr Farr said “I cleared out, and got my first situation, as
clerk and general bottlewasher, you would call it, at one of the lumber camps. My duty was to keep
the books, hand out the goods to the shantymen, and at odd times peel the potatoes and help the girl

in cooking. Then there came a touch of the hard times of 1871-72, the camp was dismissed, and I lost
my job.
Next I hired on as  a road cutter,  and swung  an  axe. We had from 2 1/2 to 3 miles to  go before we

 
 

began work, and to start in time to begin at daylight, and at those times I used to long for the dinner
hour.” “What did you eat?”  “Just straight bread and pork, and twenty dollars a month wages” “When
this shanty broke up I got taken on as a stable boy with the Lumbering Company, and stopped there

till the horses were turned out to grass. Then I went on to the farm, but we split on the question of
board - I ate butter with some pound cake - and I left.

 
 

The next thing I had a turn at was keeping bar at an hotel. This engagement didn’t hold out for more
than three weeks or a month. The proprietor and I could not agree as t the precise point at which a

man was so full of whisky that he ought to have no more. The difference was so serious that I left at
once, and slept part of the night in an engine-house. Next morning, a Sunday, I got up cold and early,

found a schoolroom open, and finished my sleep there. The washerwoman asked me to dinner, and it
almost makes me  blush  even now to think what an attack I made on her fare. After  a short turn  at
stencil-cutting, I got aboard a tug belonging to a saw-mill - the Longford Mills - and they put me on

digging and draining. But by-and-by I got into the mill, and worked there for two or three months.
I never went far afield until the next job came along. Hearing of a Survey that was going up to the
Georgian Bay, I hired on as an axeman. One of the men was drowned on the way up; I took his place

 
 
on the staff, doing chaining and the light work, and put in a very fair time. After that I came back to
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Toronto, and lived for a time in some of the shanties. But times were a little hard then; another survey
was just starting to fix the boundary between the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, and once more I

got taken as an axeman. In that capacity it was part of my duty to help bring up the supplies for the
party, and an old Indian and I used often be hitched on to a toboggan, drawing a barrel of pork over

the  snow.  My  work  on  the  survey  attracted  the  notice  of  the  authorities  of  the  Hudson’s  Bay
Company; I was taken in hand, and stationed at one of their posts up country. The operations of this

old Company  go like clockwork,  and the British Government owe them  a debt of  gratitude for the
clever way in which they have handled the Indians. The name of the Company is synonymous with
everything that is honourable, so that the natives have put implicit faith in the word of a white man. I

remained with the Company for fifteen years,  carrying on the  usual work  of  an  agent  in  collecting
furs from the Indian hunters,  and paying for them  in  all sorts  of  requisites -  clothes,  food,  hunting
equipment, and that sort of thing. It was while thus  engaged that I discovered the fine tract of land

known as the Tewiscamingue district. It is hardly to the interests of the Hudson Bay Company that
the  country should be  developed,  however the  upshot was that I  left the Company’s service seven
years ago, and have since devoted all the energy and all the brains I am blessed with, to showing the

public what a wonderful field for agriculture is here presented.”
Mr  Farr  is  staying  at  Highfields,  Langham,  Colchester  until  10th  of  March,  and  has  written  a
pamphlet on emigration to Canada, which can be obtained free from him.

 
 
1896
East Suff Gaz 25 Feb 

BECCLES  SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION: For the first time there was  an election for the  School
Board. After the death of Henry Read a new candidate was required. Instead there were 7 candidates
for 5 places. There was an alliance between the Church and the Nonconformists to make a united non

partisan  approach. This was  upset  by the  introduction  of Mr Banham  as  a Catholic and Mr  ERG
Watson as an independent churchman. The voting was: W Heather 776, W Read 743, WM Crowfoot
635, JE Crisp 590, EGR Watson 497 and the unsuccessful candidates FS Rix 474 & FE Banham 363.

[It was possible to “plump” for a candidate, thus giving them 5 votes, this seems to be how Banham  
got so many votes, as 54 people gave him all 5 votes, and Watson had 53 people “plumping” for him.

By this means Watson (the Deputy Mayor) beat Rix.]
Lieutenant WJ Rix, 2nd Volunteer Battalion Norfolk Regiment promoted to Captain.

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East Suff Gaz 25 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 3 Mar 

SALE of FURNITURE: by late James Edwards, Rose Villa, UPPER GRANGE ROAD.
BECCLES POLICE COURT Magistrates: C Smith, Esq (Chairman for this session), WM Crowfoot,

East Suff Gaz 3 Mar 

JE Crisp, FT Dowson, Esqs. & Rev FM Arnold
LICENCE: James Parr to George & Dragon
NEW STATIONMASTER: Mr Mann, late of Wells-next-the-Sea.

 
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East Suff Gaz 10  Mar 

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Almanac 14  Mar 

SMELTING: Mr Austin Bates nearly drowned while smelting. He was rescued by Mr R Johnson
page missing
HUGE  FIRE  destroys  the  Roller  Flour  Mill  of  Robert  John  Read  the  Ingate  Mill.  Damage  is

East Suff Gaz 17  Mar 
East Suff Gaz 17  Mar 

estimated at 7,000 (details in paper missing)
TO LET; in NEWGATE: Shop & Warehouse with Stables in the occupation of the Co-Op; Low Rent
TAKEOVER: Mr H Hopson thanks employers over last 15 years and has transferred his business to

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East Suff Gaz 24  Mar 
East Suff Gaz 24  Mar 

FJ Allen, Station Road who will be carrying on the building business on the same principles.
TAKEOVER: FJ Allen thanks his employers for last 20 years and has taken over the old established
business  of  H  Hopson,  Northgate,  previously  carried  on  by  Mr  RA  King  for  35  years.  The  two

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East Suff Gaz 24  Mar 

businesses combined will facilitate the carrying out of orders in an expeditious manner. He hopes to
retain Mr Hopson’s workmen..
ADVERTISEMENT: George Dunn, builder  &  contractor, thanks Customers over the last 24 years

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East Suff Gaz 24  Mar 

and hopes to continue having their support. Denmark Road.
ADVERTISEMENT: George  Johnson, builder &  bricklayer thanks for support  over last 7 years  &
hopes to continue having their support.

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East Suff Gaz 24  Mar 
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East Suff Gaz 24  Mar 

ADVERTISEMENT:  R  &  E  Davey,  2  Nightingale  Place  [Blyburgate}  Beccles  have  commenced
business of Bricklayers and Builders. They have been employed by Messrs King & Hopson for last

30 years.
OVERSEERS  appointed  at  Vestry  Meeting.  Same  as  before:  Messrs  TA  Woodroffe,  A  Pells,  H

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East Suff Gaz 24  Mar 

Hopson & CH Durrant; Mr AG Love was Assistant Overseer & Mr Jonathan Nobbs, rate collector.
INGATE MILL  FIRE The Fire Brigade was  not able to  leave the  building  until Tuesday  and was

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East Suff Gaz 24  Mar 

called back twice on Wednesday as fire broke out again despite the heavy rain.
CAXTON PRESS just competing a job that has taken over 20 years: The Pulpit Commentary which
consists of over 30,000 pages, freely interspersed with Greek, Hebrew, Arab and Syriac.

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East Suff Gaz 24  Mar 
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East Suff Gaz 24  Mar 

HADDINGHAM’S MILL:  The dangerous condition of the Tower Mill in  London Road  owing to
Monday’s gale, resulted in the curb being broken and the large sails set fast tail to the wind. It was
feared that the top of the mill would be blown away; but fortunately it held firm. Mr Hadingham has

decided to remove the sails which were only employed to drive a single pair of stones, steam being
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used for the roller machinery. The sails were being dismantled last week, and soon the last remaining
windmill  in the  borough will  become  a record of the past. The damage done was  valued at 50 or

more.
TWO  ACCIDENTS:  Mr  George  Wright,  boatbuilder,  accidentally  fell   down   a  sawpit   on   his

1896
East Suff Gaz 24  Mar 

premises, had badly fractured leg, followed by blood poisoning. Amputation may be necessary.
Mr R Norman, curator  of the Town Hall  fell  off  a table  in the old  Library Room of the Hall  and

 
 

fractured a rib.
BRIDGE STARTED across the Railway in St George’s Road by GER
SMELT SEASON Unprecedentedly large numbers. Mr A Balls beat the record one evening when he

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Almanac 23  Mar 
East Suff Gaz 24  Mar 

caught 380, including 96 in one cast, and 64 in the next. Many were fine specimens of smelt [a small
green and silver fish allied to the salmon family and used as food]
CONFIRMATION by the Bishop. 113 Candidates, 71 from Beccles.

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East Suff Gaz 31  Mar 

SUDDEN  DEATH: Mr  Charles  Knights  of  London  Road,  who  had  been  ill  for  a  year,  called  at
Paddle’s fish-shop in Smallgate, where he had some oysters, which did not agree with him. He called
to see his nephew, George Knights, watchmaker [27] Smallgate and complained of pain. Went into

Mr  Walton’s  bar,  where  he  died.  He  was  a  pensioner  of  the  GPO  and  was  always  ready  to  give
recitations from Shakespeare for charity. He was 54.
TRAMPS: At Shipmeadow Workhouse in successive fortnights there had been 110, 130, 133 & 96

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East Suff Gaz 30  Mar 

vagrants, who were given separate cells.
POLICE  COURT:  Samuel  Bullen  of  Ditchingham   guilty  of  selling   grain  steeped   in  poison-
strychnine. Supt Shipp fed some to a pigeon and it died 5 minutes later. Fined 7.

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East Suff Gaz 7 Apr 

THE RECTOR expects to be away on holiday for about five weeks after Easter.
SAND  PIT  in  Bullock’s  Lane  [South  Road],  NW  Pells,  Proprietor.  Applications  for  sand  to  Mr
Wright’s Mill House, adjoining pit.

East Suff Gaz 21 Apr 

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COUNCIL PLANS: passed: Addition to Mr JS Branford’s house in Blyburgate.
BAND  of  HOPE,  Church  of  England,  entertained  by  Mr  Womac  Brooks  in  the  Public  Hall.  370

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present. His ability as an entertainer is well known. This first part was of legerdemain, the second was
the use of marionettes. Rounds of applause came from his young audience. Each child on leaving was

given a large bun and an orange.
THE NEW CO-OP SHOP, situated in Smallgate at the corner of Rooks Lane, with a frontage of 56ft

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East Suff Gaz 28 Apr 

to Smallgate & 94 to Rook’s Lane. The basement gives a cellerage 65ft x 18ft, which is well lighted
by patent stall-board lights and reflecting lenses. A separate fire-proof chamber is fitted with heating
apparatus, for warming different parts of the building. The ground floor is occupied by grocery and

hardware,  drapery  and  boot shops;  and  on the first  floor  is  a  commodious showroom,  reading  and
library room, committee room, lavatories etc. The grocery and drapery shops are separated by a well
lighted corridor, so that access is gained to each department without leaving the premises. There is a

separate entrance for reading room and committee room, and these can be used independently of the
business portions of the building.
Patent collapsible steel gates are fitted to the principal entrances.

 
 

 
 

The elevations are carried out entirely in red bricks relieved with moulded brick stringings, piers and
lofty pediments  over the chief  entrances; and the  building  is  lighted throughout with incandescent
gaslight burners, supplied and fitted by Mr Loades. The architect was Mr Arthur Pells, FSI; and the

builders, Messrs  John Youngs  &  Son, Norwich, whose work seems to  have  been  carried out  very
satisfactorily.
CO-OP Demonstration at Beccles to mark the opening of their new and handsome business premises.

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East Suff Gaz 28 Apr 

The proceedings  included  an  Exhibition  and  Sale by the Co-operative  Wholesale  Society (London
Branch) at the Town Hall, dinner and tea at the White Lion, and public meeting in the evening.
The  formal  opening  of  the  building  was    reserved  till  the  afternoon,,  the  morning  being  usefully

 
 

occupied by representatives of societies connected with the southern branch  in purchasing from the
splendid lot of samples collected at the Town Hall. Mr Francis, one of the heads of department at the

London Board of the CWS had charge of the exhibition.
At 1.30pm the  representatives  from Co-operative  Societies,  and  a  few specially  invited  guests, sat

 
 

down  to  dinner  at  the  White  Lion.    The  President  of  the  CWS,  Mr  Silto,  from  Halifax  spoke.
Speakers from Beccles included the Mayor (NW Pells), Col Wilson, Col WM Crowfoot, W Elliott.

Also present: Mr A Pells, Mr Youngs (builder), Rev Webster, Rev Heather, Mr MF Buck (President
Beccles Branch). The number totalled 57.
The President of the CWS  “nearly twenty years ago Beccles formed their own institution, now they

 
 

had  erected  a  fine  block  of  buildings  on  their  own  freehold,  to  supply  themselves  with  food  and
clothing, and the time would come when they would be able to build cottages for members.
Col  Wilson: “The Beccles Co-op  had started  at  a place  at the top of Fair Close Road, where two

 
 
working  men,  one  named  Neal,  employed  at  Caxton  Works  [1881  Census:  aged  36,  Printer’s
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warehouseman, living at 88, Fair Close with wife & three children & visitor] , and the other Barnes,
[1881 Census:  Richard  Barnes,  aged  42,  Railway  Porter,  living with wife &  3  children in Market

Row]  foreman of the  goods  department  at the railway station,  did what they could to forward the
business in their spare time in the evenings

 
 

The  company  adjourned  to  the  new  premises,  where  they  were  joined  by  a  large  number  of  the
Townsfolk. Thanks were given to the visitors by Mr Buck and Mr FT Peachey.

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East Suff Gaz 5 May 

ROYAL ACADEMY painting by Harry F Cutting (b 1865) entitled “An Old Warrior” on show.
BOWLING GREEN at White Lion opened for the Season
Mr  LAWRANCE’S  Mineral  Water  Works  at  Yarmouth.  He  also  has  branches  at  Beccles  [33

East Suff Gaz  5 May 
East Suff Gaz  5 May 

STATION ROAD]  and Saxmundham. So as to provide all year employment for his workforce he has
added sweet-making to his products.
SALE privately: EIGHT Six Room COTTAGES, with closet, Coal House & Garden to the, near St

1896
East Suff Gaz 12 May 

George’s Road (Gladstone Terrace) Apply SC Turner, Hungate
TO LET: No 8 DOUGLAS PLACE. Apply Mrs Barkham, One Bell
JONATHAN  NOBBS,  Poor  Rate  &  Tax  Collector  has  moved  to    SMALLGATE.  The  Office  in

1896
1896

East Suff Gaz 12 May 
East Suff Gaz 12 May 

STATION ROAD is now occupied by Durrant’s
Mrs STANFORD, wife of Mr GA Stanford, auctioneer, was walking down Puddingmoor on Sunday,
when a few yards past the entrance to the Bathing Place she was struck by a bullet on the side of her

1896
East Suff Gaz 12 May 

head. Mrs Stanford was accompanied at the time by her sister and a nurse, who distinctly heard the
report  of  a  pistol.  The  bullet  caused  a  scalp  wound  and  severe  shock  to  the  lady,  who  was
immediately removed to a cottage nearby, where she soon recovered sufficiently to walk home. She

was attended by Mr EB Crowfoot, and she is recovering satisfactorily.
BARSHAM CHURCH SCREEN page 5
MILK CART UPSET. About  4pm on Saturday afternoon, the driver of Mr Ashford’s milk cart from

1896
1896

East Suff Gaz 12 May 
East Suff Gaz 12 May 

Gillingham farm was upset in turning sharply round the bend of the street between the Church tower  
and the public library [Town Hall]. The cart was turned completely on its side,but the horse kept its

feet and was uninjured. Three large cans were thrown out, and about 30 gallons of milk ran down the
surface drain. The driver fortunately escaped unhurt.

1896
East Suff Gaz  12 May 

EDWIN POYSER, featured  in the May number  of  Yachting World,  born Beccles in 1861, learned
sailing in the yacht (Water Lily) belonging to his father, Mr JT Poyser - the owner of the largest yacht

on the Broads. Edwin Poyser’s yacht is Ianthe. He is a crack shot over stubble and at the butts, and is
a good rider to hounds and polo player. A member of the University of Cambridge Rifle Corps. He
has hunted big game in Africa, India and America, and shot tigers and all big animals. He has been up

the Nile twice. He knows every port of any importance  over the world. He is a fellow of  the Royal
Zoological Society. His wife is also devoted to yachting. He is Commodore of the Yare Sailing Club
etc.

1896
East Suff Gaz 19 May 

SALE: LOT 1: The valuable walled-in LAWN, adapted for either Tennis Ground or Bowling Green,
with buildings thereon, and planted with choice fruit trees, as occupied by the Executors of the late
Mr Henry Read,  

 
 

 
 

[purchased Mr AE Mickleburgh 65]
CAPITAL GARDEN adjoining,  now occupied  by Mr Peter  Youngs,  abutting upon the Fair Close,
and the Pathway connecting the same with Newgate, both lots being freehold & Land Tax redeemed.

 
1896

 

[purchased Mr P Youngs 100]
SALE:  by  Robert  John  Read  The  Capital  RESIDENCE  by  the  side  of  the  ELLOUGH  ROAD
containing:  Entrance  Hall,  3  Reception  Rooms,  9  Bedrooms  &  domestic  offices,  with  flower  and

East Suff Gaz 19 May 

kitchen Gardens & Vinery; spacious Yard in which are: A range of Brick & Tiled Nag Stabling, with
Harness Room & 2 Coach Houses. A range of boarded-and-tiled buildings  comprising Cart Lodge,
Stabling for 3 horses, Hay House, Harness Room, Root House, Piggeries and Fowl Houses. Range of

boarded-and-tiled Buildings comprising 5 Loose Boxes, Straw Houses, Fowls and Wood Houses, and
Cart Lodge. Boarded Cart Lodge with corrugated Iron Roof, Granary and other buildings

 
 

 
 

ALSO a good COTTAGE with Garden and Grass Paddock, the whole containing 1a 1r 20p
This  Sale takes place  in  consequence of the disastrous Fire, resulting  in the total destruction of the

Ingate Flour Mills. Mr Read has purchased  St Swithin’s Mills, Norwich and  intends residing there.
The property would suit a horse dealer or a school.

 
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[withdrawn at 540] [subsequently sold privately to Elliott & Garood]
SALE: late Nathaniel Cowles:
LOT 1: Substantial Block of Property in BALLYGATE: A comfortable DWELLING HOUSE, three

East Suff Gaz 19 May 
 

spacious Painters’ and Glaziers’ Shops, Yard, Garden, Stable with Loft over, and Stable Yard, in the
occupation of Mr JM Brundell, at the annual Rent of 17
The DWELLING HOUSE with Small SHOP adjoining, in the occupation of Mr BB Balls; Rent 10.

 
 

 
 

DWELLING HOUSE adjoining in the occupation of William Townsend at Rent of 9 2s 0d.
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DWELLING HOUSE also adjoining in the occupation of AR Rush; Rent 6 10s 0d.
[purchased Mr Mobbs, Norwich 372 10s]

 
 

LOT 2: THREE Brick-and-tiled COTTAGES in NEWGATE at the back of the Queen’s Head, in the
occupation of Robert Frankland, Elizabeth Lowe and Esther Watson at Rents amounting to 13 4s

 
1896

 

[purchased Mr WB England 125]
NOBBS & GOATE, General Printers & Stationers, SMALLGATE & at Loddon. Opened a Branch in

East Suff Gaz 19 May 

Smallgate, with an entirely new Plant of Modern Type & Machinery.
SCHOOL: High Class Day School for Girls with Preparatory Class for Little Boys. French Lessons
given by Mons Acquier. Principal: Miss Shore, Bayfield, STATION ROAD

1896
East Suff Gaz 19 May 
1896
East Suff Gaz 19 May 

ROOK SHOOTING: Between 30 and 40 guns employed on the annual Rook Shoot on Buonaparte’s
Island on the COMMON. The shoot continued for two hours but comparatively few rooks were shot.
the party afterwards had a liberal spread in one of the outbuildings prepared by the Mayoress.

1896
East Suff Gaz 19 May 

COUNTY COURT: William Harmer of Beccles v James Henshaw, innkeeper. The arrangement that
Henshaw should  lodge with Harmer for  13s  a week  and  his child for 5s  a week.  Henshaw stayed
from July to October 1895, and the  child  until January, when Mrs Harmer died.  5 14s  unpaid. He

was to pay 6s a week. Louisa Lay, daughter of the plaintiff said her father had not treated her at all
well; he never was a father to any of them..
SALE:  [43  &  45]  LONDON  ROAD,  late  Mrs Minton  Double  RESIDENCES    each  containing  a

1896
East Suff Gaz 26 May 

capital underground cellar: on Ground Floor: Dining Room. Kitchen, Pantry and Larder: First Floor:
Drawing  Room,  Two  Bedrooms  &  WC;  Second  Floor:  Three  Bedrooms;  and  in  rear  ranges  of
offices, containing  Scullery, Coalhouse, and Closet;  also a two stall  Stable  and Coach House, with

loft over, and adjoining on the south side a productive and well-planted Garden containing 1 rood 14
perches  and  having  a  frontage  on  the  London  Road  of    96ft  6ins,  affording  a  valuable  site  for
building.

 
 

One Residence known as the “Beeches” now in the occupation of Mr AR Scott & his sub-tenant at
40 pa; the  other,  known  as “Hillside” was recently  in the  occupation  of Miss Beale  at rental  of

35pa..
[Purchased Mr HL Robins, (coal merchant)  930]

 
1896

 
East Suff Gaz 26 May 

BOARD SCHOOL: Mr B Read, Assistant master   leaving to take  up position  at Diss after  a  long
serve at Beccles. Thanked by the Headmaster Mr JS Palmer. Given a Gladstone Bag.

1896
East Suff Gaz 26 May 

CO-OP TEA Councillor Buck in the Chair. Mr WM Crowfoot, JP gave address commending Co-op
Movement, praising 2000 Co-op leather workers for carrying on working during a strike. Strikes hard
for the working man. Severe hardship

1896
1896

East Suff Gaz 2 Jun 

RAID ON CATS in NEWGATE: Many have disappeared in the last few weeks.
NARROW ESCAPE A man was engaged in taking the ‘flyer’ from the top of Hadingham’s mill in
LONDON ROAD when  a piece  of wood weighing 7  stones fell to the  ground,  missing Foster the

East Suff Gaz 2 Jun 

carter who was loading a waggon by the side of the mill, and he and his horse had a narrow escape
FIRE in SWINE’S GREEN: Fire broke out in premises owned by Mrs Warren , who lives in one of
the  cottages  adjoining  occupied  by Mrs  Ling. The outbuildings  caught fire,  but were  close to the

1896
East Suff Gaz 9 Jun 

houses, and the woodwork on the east gable caught fire, but was put out. The Fire Brigade arrived,
but  their   hose  would   not   reach  the  nearest  main  in   St  George’s  Road.  Three  wells  in  the
neighbourhood were used, filling hundreds of pails. Mr Ling knocked down some boarding adjoining

Mr Spratt’s Garden.
COUNCIL PLANS passed: 1.) A new stables to be erected in GOSFORD ROAD. 2.) A new Store
for Elliott & Garood in GOSFORD ROAD. BUT 3.) An additional Granary for Messrs John Crisp,

1896
East Suff Gaz 9 Jun 

not built in accordance with the bye-laws.
ROBBING HOTEL:  Three  hens  stolen  from  the  White  Lion  Bowling  Green  and  some  beer  and
spirits. An ex-convict Stephen Oxborough & Alfred Casto arrested.

1896
East Suff Gaz 16 Jun 
1896
East Suff Gaz 23 Jun 

DRAMA  COMPANY:  London  Comedy  &  Dramatic  Company  played  at  Town  Hall  to  small
audiences.

1896
East Suff Gaz 23 Jun 

BITTEN  BY  DOG:  Roger  Turner,  Assistant  Master  at  the  Fauconberge  School  bitten  by  dog
belonging to Jonathan Clarke. Attacked while on  his  bicycle near the  Score. Dog to  be kept under

proper control.
BARSHAM FACULTY; page 8

1896
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East Suff Gaz 23 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 7 Jul 

TO LET: HOUSE & SHOP now occupied by Co-op, Well adapted for Grocery etc.
RETIREMENT of SUPERINTENDENT COLE of Ixworth, formerly an Inspector in Beccles. He is
returning to Beccles to live.

1896
East Suff Gaz 7 Jul 
1896
East Suff Gaz 7 Jul 

ELECTION TO BURIAL BOARD: Mr RJ Read, lately of Ingate Mill, resigning because he has left
the town. Mr Samuel Le Grice elected, having been proposed by Mr Masters.
BECCLES PSA SOCIETY: 250 members under Rev W Heather go to Lowestoft for the day on the

1896
East Suff Gaz 14 Jul 
steamer  Gorleston.  The  Society,  which  is  non  sectarian,  meets  every  Sunday  afternoon  in  the
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Congregational Church and is open to men and to boys over fourteen.
BECCLES REGATTA on Monday, 13 July in fine weather.

1896
1896

East Suff Gaz 14 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

OUTDOOR SERVICE  at INGATE: Mr John Pierson,  assistant master at the Board  School  gave  a
powerful  and stirring evangelical  address in a meadow owned by Mr Elliott. In the  absence of Rev

Webster,  Mr  H  Ainsworth,  the  Scripture  Reader  of  the  parish,  and  Mr  JS  Palmer  conducted  the
preliminary Service in the Mission Room.

1896
East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL: [The Golden] Jubilee of the revival of the School, and of its location at
St Mary’s. A dinner was held in the King’s Head. There were present: Mr Arthur G Peskett, Fellow
& Tutor of Magdalene College, Cambridge  (in the chair), Rev JH Raven (Headmaster)  and Messrs

Merry, Carr, Turner and Holt (assistant masters) Messrs GR Freeland, SW Rix, AH Block, AG Love,
EB Grimmer, C Hickling, WH Mann, AG Tracy, WP Marley, CP Coode,  EG Clowes, Wilton Rix,
EB  Crowfoot,  Rev  JE  Flower,  FS  Rix,  JB  Hartley,  FWD  Robinson,  GWD  Palmer-Kerrison,  TP

Angell, AS Robinson, W Flower, PS Dowson, AJ Palmer, HB Leathes-Prior, MB Frere, B Smith, JJ
Mayhew, HJ Hartcup, F Peskett, W Wyllys, RC Mann, Rev HM Davey, ET Dowson, WM Crowfoot,
J Clarke.

 
 

Rev Rowsell (Rector) & Mr H Boyce were unavoidably unable to be present. An Old Fauconbergian
Society was formed.
A DESERVING CASE: Farmer’s widow aged 98, resident in Beccles, her circumstances, once good,

1896
East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

have  been  reduced  almost  to  nothing,  so  that  for  many  years  she  has  been  dependent  upon  the
benevolence of a few.. Ten subscribers were asked for to give 1 shilling each a week for the rest of
her life. This would suffice for her maintenance. This week the first 26 has been promised for this

year, and future years as required.
LETTER: PUBLIC LIBRARY: A correspondent alluded to the desirability of forming a truly public
library for Beccles. I should like to tell him that he is not the only inhabitant by a very long way who

1896
East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

desires to  see  such  an excellent institution one  of the  features of our town. And not only a public
library, but a public reading room as well, and also a museum. Why not?

 
 

The question of a library is now, and has been for some time past, engaging the serious attention of
the  Educational Committee  of the Co-operative  Society, who  hope to be  in  a position before  very

long to throw open a portion of their building in Smallgate as a free reading room and library for the
use of the large numbers of their members, and ultimately to outsiders as well, thus presenting these

advantages as a free gift to the town.
The arrangements have not yet reached completion, and the committee would not feel at all jealous,
rather would they rejoice if one of the Mayors would like to perpetuate in this way the memory of his

 
 

term of office.
But the day is not far distant when in some shape or form a truly public library will be provided for
Beccles.

 
 

 
 
1896

 
 

FT Peachey
(Editor: The funds must be provided from the rates..)
BUNGAY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH History of last 80 years.

East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 
1896
East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 

BATHING  in  the  RIVER:  Is  it  not  time  that  the  grossly  indecent  bathing  in  the  river  should  be
peremptorily stopped? Such scandalous scenes as are daily seen at the Old Bathing Place make one
blush for the fair fame of the town. It is impossible to take one’s family on the river without exposing

them to indignities.
ACCIDENT: Mr C Woolnough, carpenter, while at work on the top of the new Waiting Rooms on
the island platform at the RAILWAY STATION, fell about 13ft.

1896
East Suff Gaz 28 Jul 
1896
East Suff Gaz 28 Jul 

THE RIFLE RANGE: was reopened after having been closed for two years owing to difficulties with
a  neighbouring  land-owner,  who  has  been  guaranteed  against  injury  or  damage.  A  large  sum  of
money has been expended on repairs, and the butt has been enlarged and raised about three feet. 50

members of the Volunteers of G & H Companies took part.
GAS LIGHTING: Agreed that extra money should be paid for incandescent lights.

1896
1896

East Suff Gaz 28 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 28 Jul 

Rev HJ Ferrall, formerly a master at Beccles College, and a member of the Suffolk County Football
Team  1886-88,  is  returning  to  his  old  school  as  joint  principal  with  Mr  Hockey.  On  leaving

Bromsgove, where he was a master at the well-known school, and senior curate of the parish Church,
he was presented with a purse of 48 sovereigns.

1896
East Suff Gaz 4 Aug 

BANKING:  Barclays,  Bevan  &  Co,  London  Gurneys  &  Co,  with  their  many  branches  has  been
registered under “Barclays & Co. Ltd” [Beccles Branch is not listed]
SCHOLASTIC SUCCESS: Daniel Neal, son of Mr E Neal of Epsom, formerly of Beccles [was  he

1896
East Suff Gaz 11 Aug 

the Edward Neal who founded Beccles Co-Op see 28 April 1896?] has won a County Scholarship to
Dorking Grammar.
MARRIAGE of RC DUNT, headmaster of the National  School, to Miss  Elizabeth West. Given  a

1896
East Suff Gaz 18 Aug 
clock by the School Managers
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1896
East Suff Gaz 18 Aug 

ACCIDENT of one  of Mr E Master’s  employees who was  loading  up a  cart with iron  bars  at the
warehouse in Station Road, when the harness of the horse slipped, and it ran into and across the road

and the iron bars fell with an enormous clatter. No one was hurt.
WATER CARNIVAL: Well illuminated Gardens and boats. At 8pm the Artillery Band set off along

1896
East Suff Gaz 18 Aug 

the  river  from  the  Waveney  Hotel  [in  Northgate],  followed  by  Mr  WT  Woodroffe’s  “Dr  Jim”
[Jameson  Raid?]  with  rapid  explosion  of  firearms  etc.  Boats  by  Mr  Smith  &  Miss  Davies,  Mr

Bloomfield, Mr CE Field, Mr Steer, Mr Wilkinson, Mr H Lawrance, Mr Ingate, Mr & Mrs McQueen,
Mr W Darby
TELEPHONE POSTS: It was  accepted that these should  be of wood  and that they should be 28 to

1896
East Suff Gaz 1 Sep 

30ft high. There was no law against them putting wires over roads if they wished to. That is why the
wire was across Station Road.
PUBLIC LIGHTING: Letter from MF Buck: Gas lighting goes up in price, and there is a monopoly.

1896
East Suff Gaz 1 Sep 

Bury St Edmunds is paying 20,000 for electric Light. Why should not Beccles borrow money and
put in electricity? It would be cheaper
SCHOOLS ADVERTISING:

1896
 

East Suff Gaz 8 Sep 

 
 

1. ) HIGH CLASS SCHOOL FOR GIRLS: Principal, Miss Shore, “Bayfield”, Station Road   
2.)  WAVENEY  SCHOOL FOR GIRLS:  (late Principal Miss West) Principals: Miss Field & Miss
Salmon, Station Road   

 
 
 

3.)   SMALLGATE     SCHOOL  FOR  GIRLS:  Principal  Miss  Aggas.  4.)  BOARDING  &  DAY
SCHOOL: Mrs Hayes: Northgate
DANGEROUS SITUATION: Mr TA Poll was at top of a ladder lettering in front of Mr Eglington’s

1896
East Suff Gaz 8 Sep 

Ale Stores in Hungate. A horse backed a cart  against the ladder, lifting it up. Mr Poll made a rapid
descent, jumped the last feet and hurt his ankle.
VISITORS’  LIST:  Staying  in  Beccles  (with  or  without  wives):  King’s  Head  9;  White  Lion  7;

1896
East Suff Gaz 8 Sep 

Waveney Hotel [Northgate] 3;  Alexandra Hotel 3; Clifton Temperance Hotel 3;  Laburnham Villa,
Alexandra Road 1; Kilbrack 1; Watermere House [Fen Lane] 3; Riverview House [Northgate] 2; The

Laurels, London Road 3; Suffolk Inn [Station Road] Pickerel Inn [Puddingmoor] 1; Yachts 8.
DEATH: Eva Mary CROWFOOT youngest child of WM Crowfoot, MB, FRCS, aged 8

1896
1896
1896

East Suff Gaz 8 Sep 

ENGLISH CHURCH UNION at BARSHAM
half page 8 missing

East Suff Gaz 15 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 15  Sep 

1896
1896

ENGLISH CHURCH UNION by Dom Fulton
DEATH of John Edward Roff, late Colour Sergt, 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards & Sergt Instructor
of G & H Companies, 2nd VB Norfolk Regt, Aged 57

East Suff Gaz 22 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 29 Sep 
1896

POLICE COURT: George Fisher, lodging with Robert Manthorpe, signalman. Fisher was drunk and
hit and knocked over Manthorpe’s child.  Fisher collected from the pub by Constable Churchyard and
told to remove his belongings  from  house.  Fisher hit the Constable. Ten  days  hard  labour. [many

East Suff Gaz 6 Oct 

examples of drunkenness in courts]
DEATH of ARCHBISHOP BENSON of apoplexy, aged 67.
DEATH of FJ ALLEN, builder and contractor, aged 46 of typhoid fever, after a fortnight’s illness. He

1896
1896

East Suff Gaz 13 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 13 Oct 

was  a  kind  and  generous  employer,  an  enthusiast  in  all  healthful  forms  of  recreation,  football  in
particular,   a  Volunteer,  Freemason,  Oddfellow  and  Captain  of  the  Fire  Brigade.  The  Funeral
procession was  headed  by the  officers  of the Fire Brigade,  Superintendent Fuller &  Engineers  SF

Field &  WG Aldous, other members acting  as bearers;  a small detachment of Artillery Volunteers,
members  of the Beccles Company,  in which Mr Allen was  Sergeant.  Lieut  Walton &  Smith; Col
Wilson,  a  score  of  Freemasons  &  Oddfellows,  members  of  the  “Temple  of  Friendship”  Lodge,

members of Town Football Club, of which Mr Allen was President.
CINEMATOGRAPH display, which will be shown in Beccles for the first time. The Cinematograph
is  rightly  described  as  one  of  the  sensations  of  the  age,  the  pictures  shown  on  a  screen  being

1896
East Suff Gaz 13 Oct 

remarkable for their accuracy. Everything is so realistic that the mind can only wonder how the thing
is done, this marvel should be seen by all who appreciate inventive originality.

 
 

The Cinematograph  display was  an  item in Miss Marie Clifford’s  Spanish  Serenaders  and Variety
Company in the Town [Public] Hall.

1896

PSA  SOCIETY  MEETING  (Pleasant  Sunday  Afternoon)  Col  Wilson  presided.  Mr  H  Pye,  the
Secretary  gave the Annual  Report. It was launched  a year  ago. Average  attendance 200. They had

East Suff Gaz 13 Oct 

had 42 different speakers.
COUNCIL: PLANS; passed 1.) Cottage to be erected for Mr Warren on Swine’s Green  2.) A Lecture
Hall in Waveney Road for Mr Woods 3.) New Schools for Rev Foulton in Ringsfield Road [Catholic]

1896
East Suff Gaz 13 Oct 
1896

DEATH of John KENT, JP of Colchester,  born in Beccles, son  of John Kent, ironmonger. He was
Councillor of Colchester & Mayor. Aged 91. He was an oil & colour merchant.
TERRIFIC THUNDERSTORM: Torrents of rain. At Westhall the ground covered with hail 4 inches

East Suff Gaz 20 Oct 
1896
East Suff Gaz 20 Oct 
deep. A flour mill on brick pins at WESTON owned by Mr C Le Grice was struck by lightning and
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destroyed
SUFFOLK COUNCIL: One basis of assessment for county rate, poor rate & all others.

1896
1896

East Suff Gaz 20 Oct 

DOMINICAN NUNS convent in Beccles. They would take possession of St Michael’s Lodge [on the
corner of Grange Road and St Mary’s Road] in February

East Suff Gaz 27 Oct 
1896

POLICE COURT: Walter Balls,  butcher’s  lad,  drunk  and  guilty  of  fighting with  his father in the
street: Robert Wilkinson, grocer, [No 33] Blyburgate heard noise in the night, found them struggling

East Suff Gaz 27 Oct 

near Mr Crisp’s large gates. He separated the contestants and locked Walter Balls in his yard till the
police  arrived. Balls  said that  he had  just passed Aldous’, the  earthenware  dealer [No 37]  and  his
father knocked him over.

1896

SERVICE  for  WHERRYMEN:  a  special  service  was  conducted  by  Mr  JG  Collins,  wherrymen’s
Missioner, at the Ravensmere Mission-room on Sunday evening.
POLICE COURT: A tramp was  found  drunk  on the Rector’s  doorstep on Monday  night.  She was

East Suff Gaz 3 Nov 
1896
East Suff Gaz 3 Nov 

discharged on promising to leave the town at once. [This was the usual practice with tramps]
OUTING: Mr JRR Godfrey  [of Montagu House, Northgate]  kindly  lent  his yacht “Spider” to  his
yachtsmen,  servants,  and their friends for  a  day’s  outing.  Starting from Beccles Quay  at 10.15 the

1896
East Suff Gaz 3 Nov 

party reached Burgh Castle at one, and had dinner on board the boat. A start for home was made soon
after dinner, and safely reached Beccles at five o’clock, when a bountiful tea was set before them.
CO-OP Reading Room to be opened free to members every evening of the week (Sunday excepted)

1896
East Suff Gaz 3 Nov 

from 7 to 10. The room will be nicely warmed and lighted, and several daily and weekly papers will
be provided, in  addition to  other  current literature.. The Reading Room will be  opened next Friday
evening, when the library will be reopened, which now contains nearly a thousand volumes.

1896

MAYOR’S “AT HOME” (Mr NW & Miss Pells)  in Town Hall., which was decorated with curtains  
and bunting, with palms and flowers. Mr Delf’s band played selections of music at intervals during
the evening. The guests started to arrive at 8pm. Those who accepted: 

East Suff Gaz 3 Nov 
 
 

Aldus, Dr; Aldred, Miss & friend; Aldred, Rev & Mrs; Atkinson, Miss; Allen, Miss; Anderson, Mrs
Angell,  Messrs  (2);  Angell,  TP  Mr;  Ayrton,  Mr  &  Mrs;  Banham,  Mr  &  Mrs;  Bellwood,  Mr  &

MrsBlackett, Miss; Blackett, Mrs; Block, Mr & Mrs; Block, Mrs; Boyce, Miss; Boycott, Mrs; Brock,
Mrs Brooke, Mr; Buck, Mr & Miss; Carr,  SF Miss; Chasteney, Misses (2); Chaston, A Mr & Mrs

Chaston,  H  Miss;  Clark,  J  Mr  &  Mrs;  Clarke,  John;  Clarke,  W  Mrs  &  Mrs;  Clatworthy,  Miss;
Clatworthy, Mr;  Cole, Mr; Coomb, Miss; Crisp, J Mr & Mrs; Crisp, Misses (2); Cross, Mr & Mrs;

Cross,  WG Mr & Mrs; Crowfoot, Dr  & Miss; Crowfoot  EB Mr; Crowfoot Mrs; Drake, G; Miss;
Drury,  HWC Mr; Drury, Miss; Dunt, Mr & Mrs; Durrant, Mr & Mrs; Ecclestone, Miss; Ecclestone,
Mr ; Everitt, Mr; Everitt, W, Mr; Ferrall, Rev & Mrs; Fiddes, Mrs; Field, S Mr & Mrs; Flower, Miss;

Flower, W Mr; Foster, HS Mr MP & Mrs; Fulton,  F Rev; Goodwyn, Misses (2); Goodwyn, Mr;
Grayson, Mrs; Harmer, Mr & Mrs; Harvey, Mr & Mrs; Haward, Mr & Mrs; Heather, Rev & Mrs;
Helsham, Dr & Mrs; Hockey, H Mr; Hockey, Misses (2); Hockey, Mr & Mrs; Holmes, Mrs; Hopson,

Mr & Mrs; Johnson, Miss; Jones, Miss; Jones, Mrs;  Jordan, Mr & Mrs; King, BG Mr & Mrs; King,
G Mrs; Kittle, Miss; Kittle, Mrs;  Larkman, Mr & Mr;  Last,  Lieut & Mrs;  Laws,  Lawson Mr;  Le
Grice,  S  Mr  &  Mrs;  Mann,  Mr  &  Mrs;  Martin,  Capt  &  Mrs;  Martin,  Miss;  McComb,  Mr  &

Mrs; McQueen, Mr & Mrs; Metcalfe, Miss; Metcalfe, Mrs; Mitchell, Misses (2); Nightingale, Mrs;
Noad, Miss; Noad, Mrs Nobbs, Mr & Mrs; Norris, Miss; Oldrin, Miss; Palmer, Mr & Mrs; Parker,
CF Mr & Mrs; Parker, Miss; Parker, Misses (2); Pearce, Miss; Pearce, Mr & Mrs; Pells, A Mr & Mrs;

Pells, ES Miss; Pells, Mirriam Miss; Pells, S Mr & Mrs; Poll, Miss; Poll, Mr & Mrs; Poll, TA Mr &
Mrs; Press, Miss; Read, A Mr; Richie, Mr; Rix, CF Miss; Rix, Mr & Mrs; Rix, WJ Mr Robinson,
Miss;  Robinson, Mr & Mrs; Rowsell, Canon & Mrs;  Scott, Mr & Mrs; Scott, Miss;  Seago, Miss;

Seeley, Miss;  Shickle, Misses  (2);  Shipston, Mrs;  Smith, C Mr & Mrs;  Smith, Miss;  Smith, Miss;
Smith, Misses (2);  Snell, Mrs;  Spaull, Mr & Mrs;  Stanford, G; Mr & Mrs; Stanford, J Mr & Mrs;
Stokes,  WB Mr; Tavender, Mr & Mrs; Taylor, Mr; Tilney, Miss; Tracy, J Mr; Tracy, Misses  (2);

Walker, Miss; Walker, Mr & Mrs; Walton, Misses (2); Walton, Mr; Waltor, F Mr; Watson, E Mr &
Mrs (deputy Mayor);  Watts, Mr & Mrs; Webster, Rev H; White, Mr & Mrs; Wilson, Col & Miss;

Winson, Mr & Mrs; Woodroffe, Miss; Woodroffe, Mr;Woodroffe, W Mr; Woods, A Mr; Woods, DE
Miss; Woods, Miss; Woodward, Mr & Mrs; Woolnough, B Mrs; Woolnough, G Mr; Wyatt, Mr &

Mrs; Youngman, Mr; Youngman, Mr & Mrs.
DEATH of ROBERT DASHWOOD aged 90. His father was over 90 when he died, was a doctor in

1896
East Suff Gaz 3 Nov 

Beccles. Robert Dashwood was educated at Norwich School and was apprenticed to Mr Dalrymple of
Norwich and subsequently studied at Guy’s Hospital, where he was a pupil of Dr Cook. He joined his
father in practice at Beccles, and was a prominent inhabitant of the town. He served for a short time

on the Corporation, and was a Trustee of the Fauconberge School. After his retirement from practice
he was  made  a  magistrate  for  both Norfolk  &  Suffolk. He was  a very  good  naturalist  and  had  a
valuable cabinet of British birds eggs. He gave one of the earliest accounts of the Brambling Finch.

He formed a beautiful collection of conifers at Dunburgh.He was buried in the churchyard in North
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Cove.
COUNCIL HEALTH: 29 cases of Scarlet Fever, of which 19 have been removed to the infirmary at

1896
East Suff Gaz 3 Nov 

Shipmeadow.
COUNCIL  ELECTIONS:  A  McQueen  485  (Newmarket,  outfitter);  WB  England  482  (Smallgate,

1896
East Suff Gaz 10 Nov 

corn merchant); *EGB Watson 351 (chemist, Blyburgate); *HE Banham 221 (architect, Grange Rod),
NOT ELECTED:* A Woods 167.(gentleman, Grove Road) * = former Councillor.

1896
 

COUNCIL: 1.) Councillor NW Pells re-elected Mayor
2.) Alderman Walton said that the pressing concern of the Council was the sewage farm. At present it
was not satisfactory

East Suff Gaz 10 Nov 
 
 
 

3.) Alderman Masters said that he wished to retire from the more active duties he had discharged for
several years. The growth of the town in the last twelve years had been almost a third, from 4,000 to
7,000, and consequently the work had considerably increased. It was no longer in his power to give

the time necessary to the adequate discharge of those duties. He suggested a Committee to consider  
how  it  should  be  handled,  of  The  Mayor,  Deputy  Mayor,  Aldermen    Masters,  Rix,  Walton  and
Wilson and Councillor Buck.

 
 

The Mayor said the thanks of the town were  greatly due for the  active part he had taken for many
years. He had saved the Council hundreds of pounds in salaries.. He proposed a vote of thanks to Mr
Masters..

1896
1896

SALE of FURNITURE: of WT Hubbard of Blyburgate, who is going abroad.
FEOFFMENT CHARITY: Mr David Jude resigned the Secretaryship after 44 years Mr Bellward is
elected. The salary is reduced from 25 to 15 pa.

East Suff Gaz 17 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 17 Nov 
1896

PRIMROSE  LEAGUE: In the absence of Mr Foster, MP, Mr WM Crowfoot  gave the  address. He
spoke first, at some length on foreign policy. He then spoke about education and the importance of
the Voluntary Schools, but they must get more money, and this should come from the State not the

East Suff Gaz 17 Nov 

Rates.
FAUCONBERGE  SCHOOL:  Mr  JW  Crowfoot,  BA,  of  Brasenose  College,  Oxford  elected  to

1896
East Suff Gaz 24 Nov 

studentship at the British School of Athens.
FIRE: in Mr Loades’ store in Queen’s Road. The contents were damaged.

1896
1896

East Suff Gaz 24 Nov 

VALUATION LISTS for Wangford Union: Sub Committee set up of: Mr LT Clarkson (Chairman),
Mr Banham, Mr Stanford & Mr Lay to look at assessments in Beccles.

East Suff Gaz 1 Dec 
1896

SUDDEN DEATH of Mr Jacob Andrews, coachpainter at Horsley’s Carriage Works. Died of a heart
condition aged 64. He had never been seriously ill.
BARSHAM CHURCH broken into and robbed.

East Suff Gaz 1 Dec 

1896
1896

East Suff Gaz 1 Dec 

CHORAL SOCIETY: “Samson” by Handel, excellent choir and good amateur orchestra.
PARISH CHURCH: The lighting by incandescent lamps has been completed at a cost of 29.
ROBBERY  IN  BECCLES:    from  Mr  Bowles,  watchmaker,  [6  HUNGATE]  on  Saturday  night

East Suff Gaz 1 Dec 

1896
1896

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East Suff Gaz 15 Dec 

between 12.30 and 5.30 am when it was discovered by Mr Henry Boyce [Headmaster of the Leman
School].. Mr Bowles  had been  concerned  about the safety of  his premises  as there were so many
tramps around that night, and had been to check the shop a few times in the earlier part of the night.

The burglar had cut a hole in the plate glass of the centre window about 15 inches in diameter. About
34   gold  and silver watches, two  cases  of signet rings,  33 wedding rings,  30  other  rings,  30  gold
brooches,  a dozen  gold scarf pins,  gold pencil  cases  and  other  valuables  had  been stolen. He was

discriminating  and  did  not take  a single plated  article. The  night was  very  dark  and wet,  and the
nearest all night lights throw no light on the shop.
BREAK IN at Mr PELLS’ OFFICE. thieves broke in  and left chaos behind, stealing money to the

1896
East Suff Gaz 15 Dec 

value of 2 or so.
CHRISTMAS  OX:  The  handsome  red-and-white  polled  Irish  ox,  purchased  by  Mrs  A  Copeman,
butcher of Blyburgate, at Messrs Durrant’s Sale at Harleston, was exhibited in NEWMARKET and

1896
East Suff Gaz 15 Dec 

admired by everyone. The magnificent bullock, which weighed 17 cwt, was purchased for 37.
ROMAN CATHOLIC  confirmation of 28 candidates, including a former Church of England curate.

1896
East Suff Gaz 15 Dec 

The church was over crowded. There were seats for 200, but despite standing room, some had to be
turned away.

1896

ANTI  ROMAN  CATHOLIC  lecture  in  the  very  crowded  Town  Hall,  when  the  Catholics  were
attacked by the speaker, Dr J Bluett-Duncan, for an hour. During a lull in proceedings Father Fulton

East Suff Gaz 15 Dec 

unexpectedly stood on a chair and told the audience that he was a Roman Catholic priest and a monk
and wished to correct some of the statements of the lecturer. There was some jeering when he said he
was a monk. Some  of the most vigorous spirits tried to drown his voice,  until  he flung the taunt at

them “then you are afraid”, when a fairer spirit  came over the majority and he could be heard.. He
said he was prepared  to go to any of their chapels, Sunday or weekday, and tell them what Catholics
believe. He thanked the audience (!) for their attention and left the Hall.  

1896
SOME ROBBERS ARRESTED. A  young man, Harry Goffin, labourer of Beccles accused of selling
East Suff Gaz 22 Dec 
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one or two rings, part of the burglary of Mr Bowes’ shop, to a travelling razor grinder named Hollis,
which  he  handed  to  a  cabdriver,  Edward  Roofe,  who  took  it  to  a  pawnbroker  at  Yarmouth,  who

detained him until a constable arrived. They were all arrested.
DEATH IN AUSTRALIA  of Mr James Martin, second son of Mr Robert Martin, millwright  and

1896
East Suff Gaz 22 Dec 

engineer.  James Martin  emigrated to Australia  just over 40 years  ago, when  gold fever was  at  its
height, and being of an adventurous nature, he took readily to the rough life of the bush camp, as well

as to the labour and excitement of gold-digging. However this did not prove profitable and he turned
his  attention  to  his  calling  as  an  engineer  and  machinist.  He  soon  established  a  prosperous  and
lucrative business at the small town of Scarsdale, which he continued until recently For twenty years

he was a member of the borough council there and was a thorough sportsman.
ROBBERY ARRESTS: concerning jewel robbery at Mr Bowes’ shop.  Stephen Oxborough, who had
recently  been  released  from  prison  for  burglary,  James  Sampson,  labourer,  both  of  Beccles  and

1896
East Suff Gaz 22 Dec 

Charles  Shepperd,  a  tramp  from  London,  who  had  been  in  the  town  for  three  months  earning  a
precarious  living playing  a tin whistle  in the streets  and pubs  of Beccles were  all  arrested  in the
Queen’s Head, NEWGATE.

1896

CHRISTMAS at the PARISH CHURCH: Canon JH Crowfoot of Lincoln preached. The Choir sang
Carols, with the solos being sung beautifully by Lewis Taylor.
Mrs HAYES SCHOOL PARTY in the Town Hall. There were 94 children, and most of them wore

East Suff Gaz 29 Dec 
1896
East Suff Gaz 29 Dec 

fancy dress, which  gave a  charming  effect in the dances, especially in the  valse minuet, which was
performed by a picked number of girls, who had been specially taught by the Misses Hayes. Pretty
programme  cards  were  supplied,  and  also  liberal  refreshments.  The  party  separated  soon  after  11

o’clock, after a most happy and enjoyable evening.
SCHOOL CONCERT  Miss Field and Miss Salmon gave an “At Home” in the Corn Hall, which took
the form of a concert. The children, parents and friends  arrived from 6 pm

1896
East Suff Gaz 29 Dec 

1896
1896

DEATH in EXCHANGE SQUARE of Maria, wife of James Arthur Aldous and mother of Dr Aldous
REVIEW  OF  THE  YEAR:  The  BAPTISTS  are  still  without  a  Minister,  although  a  number  of

East Suff Gaz 29 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 29 Dec 

candidates have been seen. The WESLEYANS have been unfortunate. The Minister sent to replace
Mr  Elland,  who  was  here  three  years,  was  Rev  Anthony  Taylor,  who  was  ill  when  he  arrived,

developed mental  afflictions  and  had to retire. His  duties were taken over  by Rev  Stanley Butters,
BA,  a  gifted  young  minister  in  his  first  appointment.  The  ROMAN  CATHOLICS  have  had  a

memorable  year,  in  spite  of  the  controversial  spirit  which  has  found  free  expression  in  the  East
Suffolk Gazette. A third priest has been added to the Mission. The Dominican Nuns are expected to
take over St Michael’s Lodge, adjoining St Benet’s in February, and a new school is being built for

Catholic children.
TOWN HALL: The Mayor was anxious to improve the accommodation at the Town Hall, so entirely
inadequate  to  the  needs  of  the  town;  but  difficulty  arose  owing  to  the  amount  of  compensation

 
 

demanded  for  a  portion  of  the  White  Lion  premises  in  the  rear  of  he  Hall,  necessary  for  the
improvements and enlargement contemplated.
It was decided by the Council to appoint  a  Surveyor  at 100  a year to  look  after the  day to  day

 
 

responsibilities of the Sanitary Committee.
THE VOLUNTEERS:  Sergt-Maj  Barkham  retired  from the Artillery Volunteers  after  17 years  as
Drill Instructor, and 37 years in the Army.

 
 
 
 

RAILWAY  STATION  extensive  alterations  and  improvements  were  made,  including  an  island
platform with  additional waiting rooms,  a separate  line of rails  for trains to  Lowestoft & improved
signalling arrangements and siding accommodation. It only remains to erect a new station, which is a

pressing need, although there is no sign at present that the authorities appreciate the want.
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BECCLES NEWSPAPERS 1898

This volume of the East Suffolk Gazette is missing. These are some notes from the ALMANAC
1898

The 7th DRAGOON GUARDS hold a meet at Beccles, a stag outlying at Worlingham Park. The stag
runs into the town and is secured at the Vulcan Iron Works, PEDDAR’S LANE
A HARP RECITAL is given at the Town Hall by Mr Aptommas, the celebrated harpist

Almanac 27 Jan 

1898
1898

Almanac 18 Feb 
Almanac 18 Feb 

The AGM of the Waveney Valley Teachers’ Association is held under the Presidency of Mr RC Dunt
PIANO  RECITAL  given  by  Mr  WW  Harvey,  the  first  of  a  series  given  at  Miss  Seeley’s,  the
GRANGE

1898
Almanac 18 Feb 

1898
1898

Almanac 3 Mar 

VESTRY MEETING is held in the Parish Church
ANNUAL VESTRY MEETING held at Parish Church

Almanac 12 Apr 
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1898
Almanac 14 Apr 

The PARISH CHURCH CHOIR journeys to Norwich and takes part in the performance of Gounod’s
“Redemption” at the Cathedral

1898
Almanac 1 May 

A  SERVICE  of  PRAISE  arranged  from  the  Messiah  is  given  by  the  PSA  at  the  Congregational
Church.

1898
1898

Almanac 10 May 

INQUEST on Ann Balls of ROOK’S LANE
COUNCILLOR   ELECTED:   Mr   George   King,   CASTLE   FARM.   508   votes   against   Mr   AE

Almanac 17 May 

Mickleburgh polling 207
A  CATHOLIC  PROCESSION  in  honour  of  “Our  Lady  of  Perpetual  Succour”  is  held.  Over  300
persons take part in the procession from St Benet’s to Gillingham Park.

1898
Almanac 30 May 
1898
Almanac 2 Jun 

WEDDING  of  Dr  Fox  with  his  cousin,  Miss  Constance  Fox  at  the  Friends’  Meeting  House  at
Plymouth
CYCLE PARADE is held at Blythburgh Church. 43 of the Beccles Club attend

1898
1898

Almanac 5 Jun 
Almanac 6 Jun 

FUNERAL of Mr JK GARROD of the Grove, attended by large numbers
SIXTH ANNUAL DINNER of Guild of Corpus Christi held at the Waveney Hotel, NORTHGATE
THE MAYOR (Mr Banham) entertains the Corporation on board his Yacht.

1898
1898

Almanac 14 Jun 
Almanac 14 Jun 

1898
1898
1898

Almanac 25 Jun 

MEMBERS of the PSA journey to Lowestoft by Steamboat “Waterfly”
FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL CRICKET between “Past & Present”. Present win.
ANNUAL REGATTA held in brilliant sunshine. The prizes awarded by the Mayor.

Almanac 6 Jul 
Almanac 11 Jul 

1898
1898
1898

Almanac 23 Jul 

Mr DUNN’S employees hold their annual Outing at Yarmouth
FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL Prize Day. Dr Raven of Fressingfield distributes the Prizes
MARRIAGE of Rev EPPL Thompson with Miss Lillian Alderson at Norton Lees

Almanac 28 Jul 
Almanac 3 Aug 

1898
1898
1898

Almanac 18 Aug 

NEW CATHOLIC CHURCH at Gillingham is opened by RC Bishop of Northampton
MARRIAGE of Mr WW Youngman of SMALLGATE to Miss Hettie Allen
INQUEST on Mrs Jemima Bezant, widow aged 73.

Almanac 14 Sep 
Almanac 6 Oct 
1898
Almanac 10 Oct 

A  PAIR  of  Young  HORSES  belonging  to  Mr  RJ  Read  run  away  through  the  town.  The  driver
William George, pluckily sticks to the animals, but they fall after rounding the Caxton Arms corner.

George receives a fractured leg and a scalp wound, and the horses are much cut about.
DEATH: Mrs CORBYN, late of Beccles, dies suddenly at Stradbrooke

1898
1898

Almanac 10 Oct 
Almanac 20 Oct 

SHOOTING ACCIDENT to Mr JQ Wilkinson  at Aldeby. He is hit so  badly in the  left eye with  a
spent shot, so that he loses his eye.

1898
1898

Almanac 20 Oct 

THE MAYOR & MAYORESS (Mr & Mrs Banham) entertain 250 at the Town Hall.
LOCAL ELECTION: King 423, Buck 346, Larkman 325, Jolly 292 & the unsuccessful Candidate Mr
Edgar Smith 129 votes

Almanac 1 Nov 
1898
Almanac 6 Nov 

NEW  MISSION  CHURCH  presented  by  Mr Alfred  Woods  of  Ingate  Lodge,  GROVE  ROAD,  at
SHADINGFIELD
NEW FIRE ESCAPE: The first trial takes place from the King’s Head. The Mayor is the first to make

1898
Almanac 8 Nov 

a descent.
NEW MAYOR: Mr Banham declines the Office. Mr James Preston Larkman elected.
MARRIAGE of Mr WT Woodroffe, Borough Surveyor, with Miss Eva Allen, eldest daughter of Mrs

1898
1898

Almanac 9 Nov 
Almanac 13 Nov 

Deck, London Road.
DEATH of Walter Plumbly, chemist, aged 46.
ANNUAL DINNER  of  employees  of Ingate  Works, GOSFORD ROAD is held  at  Smith’s Coffee

1898
1898

Almanac 29 Nov 
Almanac Dec 

Rooms 
ANNUAL MEETING of the Feoffees in Council Chamber
WAVENEY   SCHOOL   give  their  Annual  Concert   at  the  Town  Hall.  Dr  Helsham   distributes

1898
1898

Almanac 5 Dec 
Almanac 14 Dec 

Certificates.
Mrs HAYES’ ANNUAL SCHOOL PARTY at the Town Hall: over 100 children present.

1898
Almanac Dec 
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AGRICULTURE 1890s.

A combination of adverse circumstances made 1875 to 1985 a nightmare period for British farmer, especially grain producers.
1. ) A series of wet summers, culminating in the wettest season in living memory in 1879 meant an alarmingly low yield in

successive harvests.
2.) They could not raise prices as the price of American grain was so low., and they could not compete against the produce of

the American prairies, where mechanical reapers  and binders were widespread  use, thereby cutting
labour costs. The

new railroads and steamships were cutting costs. In 1877 the price of corn was 50

shillings a bushel, in 1894, the  
3.) The National Union of Agricultural Labourers under Joseph Arch had raised wages in the 1870s, but with farmers facing

drought year the price was 19 shillings.
bankruptcy after 1877 wages had to be cut, despite the Union

4.) Some farmers switched from arable farming to grazing, but a cruel fate continued to pursue them.
5.) There was liver-rot in 1879 which led to the mass slaughter of sheep.

6.) in 1883 there was widespread foot and mouth disease, requiring a burning of cattle.
7.) The introduction of  cold storage  by refrigeration led to large quantities  of meat being imported from Australia  and New

Zealand
Some farmers turned to market-gardening and orchards, others sold their land for courses for the new passion of golf .
1895 Royal Commission on Essex: Between 1880 and 1884 the number of farms given up either in despair or for reasons over

which the occupiers had no control was enormous. On poor estates no attempt was made to bring the
land round; it was left alone  and  gradually tumbled  down to  coarse  and  inferior  herbage  as  nature

produced.  A  regular  panic  set  in;  some  tenants  who  had  hitherto  weathered  the  storm  refused  to
renew their leases upon any terms, while others continued from year to year at reductions of 25% to

80%
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1899
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page missing
JUVENILE  FANCY  DRESS  BALL:  The  Mayor  (James  Larkman)  requests  that  each  guest  will

East Suff Gaz  3 Jan 
East Suff Gaz  10 Jan 

kindly bring a card bearing his or her name and the character represented on entering the Town Hall
WORKHOUSE TREAT: The sum of 9 4s 6d collected by Mrs Watson & Mrs SF Field for this

1899
1899

East Suff Gaz  10 Jan 

Mrs McDONALD’S CONCERT: including a tenor from Queen’s Hall & Mr Warder Harvey, piano
solo.
SUDDEN DEATH: Mr John Spinlove, Wheelwright, aged 78. Had bronchitis and a weak heart.

East Suff Gaz  10 Jan 

1899
1899

East Suff Gaz  10 Jan 

LECTURE on the SUDAN from 1882 by Rev WL Wilson, vicar of Rumburgh, in aid of the church
restoration. Limelight & Cine views picturing battles
Mrs HAYES DANCE in the Town Hall  connected to her Dancing Class. About 80 present. Music

East Suff Gaz  10 Jan 
1899
East Suff Gaz  10 Jan 

supplied by Mrs Hayes, Messrs WH Delf and J Culter. Mr WJ Fuller of White Swan catered. Dancing
continued till 3 am.

1899

CATHOLIC  SCHOOL  GATHERING:  held  in  the  Town  Hall.  150  sat  down  to  tea  at  6.30  pm,
provided by Mr Fred Gibbs  [baker] of [20] Northgate .Father  Fulton  spoke  and there were songs,

East Suff Gaz  10 Jan 

action songs and dancing. There was also a farce performed.
WANGFORD GUARDIANS: Mr Clarkson in the Chair.

1899
1899

East Suff Gaz  10 Jan 

INTERNATIONAL   CRUSADE   FOR   PEACE   Appeal   by   the   Tsar.   Reduction   of   excessive
armaments.  Welcomed  by  the  Prime  Minister,  Lord  Salisbury,  Lord  Rosebery,  Messrs  Balfour  &
Morley, Sir William Harcourt, The Duke of Devonshire, etc.

East Suff Gaz  10 Jan 
1899

INTERVIEW with CENTENARIAN: Mrs Buck, born at Woodton, Norfolk on 7 January 1799. Her
parents moved to Beccles when she was young. “Her  father was  huntsman to Mr. Robert Rede,  a
gentleman of opulence, who kept a pack of hounds down Blyburgate-street [No 21] where old Mr.

East Suff Gaz  10 Jan 

Crisp lived” (now occupied by Mr. Angel)”
The Post Office used then to be in Ballygate [No 3?] near the old Bank premises, only on the other
side of the street, and when news of the fleet at Trafalgar was received it was fixed up over the side of

 
 

the  door -- so many killed  and wounded and so on. When the  last news of  all  came - that the  hero
Nelson was killed, there was a whole row of people in the street waiting for the news. Many of them
were crying. “My mother cried” said the old lady, “and I cried too.”

 
 

Mrs Buck said some ladies took a fancy to her as a young and no doubt pretty little girl, and sent her
to a young ladies’ boarding school kept by a Miss Madell [Miss Manell], at the house occupied by the
late Miss Mary Crowfoot [No 27] Ballygate.

 
 

One stirring episode of her girlhood left deep impress on her memory. It was a fire which occurred at
Roos Hall Farm, how long ago she could not remember, but probably ninety years. Mr Rede occupied
the Hall  at that time. The  fire broke out at night,  and the  firebells  clanging  forth, a  large  crowd of

people soon  assembled, but the poor beasts  in the  outbuildings were  fastened up and could not  get
out. It was horrible, she said, to hear them cry! They were roasted where they stood, and the next day

the meat was given away.
A few years  later Mrs Buck was sent out to  service  at  Frostenden,  and  afterwards to Herringfleet

 
 

Hall,  where  she  lived  with  the  Leathes  family  for  28  years  or  more.  She  has  treasured  pleasant
memories of those days. Occasionally she went to London with the family. There were no railways

then. The stage coach conveyed Mrs Buck to London , the journey occupying three days.
Mrs Buck’s memory goes back carries her back to a period when Beccles was strangely different to
its present. She speaks of it as a quiet little village, till the soldiers used to be billeted about here. Mrs

 
 

Buck married the  estate carpenter  at Herringfleet Hall, when she was well  advanced  in middle life,
and  has survived him for nearly if  not quite  half a  century, which she has spent  at Beccles, having
lived in Northgate for 40 years, and for the last nine in Alexandra Road with Mrs Ayers.

 
 

[The  following  week  it  was  pointed  out  that  Mrs  Raven  of  St  Mary’s  who  had  given  her  great
kindness “without measure, and really beyond all praise.”]
COUNCIL:  Local  Government  Board  wrote  to  ask  what  action  the  Council  was  taking  about

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providing an Isolation Hospital. It was proposed that a sub-committee be set up to find a suitable site.
This was negatived by 8 votes to 6. The Town Clerk told to reply that the Council did not think  
was necessary.

it
 
 

PLANS  passed:  1.)  Store  on  premises  of  late  Mr  FJ  Allen  in  STATION  ROAD  2.)  House  on
GRANGE  ESTATE for Mr William  Elliott 3.) CATHOLIC CHURCH,  St Mary’s Road,  Plans  St
Benet’s church and Monastery.

1899

TRAVELLING  HAWKER’S  TALE:  Jane  Smith  (36)  said  she  was  not  married,  but  lived  with
William Ellis, a hawker. She had seven children, four were with her when Henry, aged four & a half
died.  The children had had whooping cough since Christmas Day. She had been living with Ellis for

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25 years, but they had “a word or two” and he left her. During the 25 years she had no settled home r
house. They had been travelling from place to place; they had no van or covered cart. In the summer

time she had been employed at hop and pea picking; up to nearly last Christmas they had poles and
made a tent; but since then they had no  covering. They slept in  a lane - lying  about under a rag  or

two, propped up by a few sticks. She had been living about this locality [Bury St Edmunds] for about
a week, and sleeping in the lane. When Ellis left she had no means of getting food. She only had four

potato nets - no money. She sold the nets for about 5d. The children had a few coppers given them.
She had bought half a quartern loaf, and purchased tea and sugar. During the last week she and the
children had only had two half-quarter loaves and twopenny-worth of meat. One of the children had

some bread and butter given her. She bought twopenny-worth of gin for the sick child- a penny-worth
at a time. The children had been ill before. All four had measles when in the tent. She then took them
to the doctor. The children were kept in the tent until they were cured. On Saturday morning the child

died between 8 and 9 o’clock. Neither she nor Ellis had been in a workhouse. She was not aware that
she and the children could get admission to a workhouse.
Dr Johnson of Lavenham said the body was in a perambulator, and the body was soaked in water. It

 
 

was very dirty and covered with vermin, and greatly emaciated: no fat was to be seen anywhere. In
the post-mortem found the intestines were empty. There was only a little food recently taken in the
stomach. Death was  due to pneumonia,  accelerated  by want  and  exposure. There were  no mars of

violence. The child had been starved.
The jury attributed death to neglect and exposure, and returned a verdict of manslaughter. Another of
the woman’s children aged 18 months has since died in Sudbury Workhouse.

 
 
 
 

[At the  Suffolk Assizes on 7 February 1899,  the evidence  given  was that one of her  children had
been singing  in the street. Probably the  child had  had  nothing to  eat for  a long time.  Probably the
mother had nothing to  give the  child and there was no doubt that the woman herself suffered  great

poverty.  The  Judge  sentenced  her  to  six  months  hard  labour..  Parents  who  had  no  means  of
supporting their miserable children ought to go to the parish authorities and get assistance.

1899

SCHOOL BOARD: Mr W Read (in the chair), JE Crisp & EGR Watson: Letter from Mr Tolworthy
resigning post of assistant master.

East Suff Gaz  17 Jan 
1899

GALE:  Increasing  violence  as  the  night  progressed.  Cupola  carried  away  from  Mr  C  Smith’s
Maltings in FEN LANE.

East Suff Gaz  17 Jan 
 
 

Hoarding abutting Mr Hindes’ property in the road leading to Mr Durrant’s sale-ground blown on top
of three Railway employees. Mr Bygrave and Mr J Moore crawled out, but parcels porter Long had
leg fractured.

1899

WESLEYANS 1,000,000 guineas APPEAL. Rev A Wainwright of Yarmouth: There were signs of a
widespread  revival  of  religion  and  required  this  vast  sum  to  fight  against  superstition,  the  under-
handed  and  half-masked  Popery  of  the   Established  Church,     and   everything  making  for  the

East Suff Gaz  17 Jan 

degradation  of  mankind.  When the Board  School system was  introduced  nearly 30 years  ago they
held that education given should be distinctly Christian but without denominational bias. The Church
of England brought the schools in, took the grant, and shut out Boards, and now held the monopoly in

14,000 parishes. Whatever the religious belief of the parent might be, his child had to be placed under
the  control  of the parish priest, perhaps the one  man whom they would  hesitate to trust with the
upbringing of the young.

 
 

They intended to build on a central site in London a large central hall for their meetings and religious
services, capable of holding 3,000 people [This was built as Central Hall Westminster, built in 1912]
They wished  to remove every Nonconformist child from the Workhouse and pauperism, and allow

 
 

him to be brought up with the privileges of a Christian home. 123 was raised at the Meeting.
LICENCES:   1.)  Marquis   of  Granby  NORTHGATE  to  Arthur  Mortimer  2.)  Horse  &  Groom
CAXTON ROAD to Ellen Simpson, widow of late tenant.

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East Suff Gaz  17 Jan 
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LETTER FROM ARTISAN: There have been 150 to 200 cases of scarlet fever in the town over the
last two or three years. Since there is no Isolation Hospital, the artisan is compelled  to leave home,

East Suff Gaz  17 Jan 

find lodgings for himself and say two or three children, at nearly the cost of his entire wage, for seven
weeks, leaving wife and child behind, shunned by everyone, followed by a two guinea bill from the

doctor. Then all clothing has to be destroyed worth several pounds without recompense.
BOARD of GUARDIANS: Call attention to Sanitary Committee at Beccles  of a man and his wife

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East Suff Gaz  24 Jan 

and 11 children live in a house with only three bedrooms.
Regret expressed that there was not accommodation for an Isolation Hospital in Beccles.
Suggested that steps should be taken to procure competent Poor Law nurses.

 
 

 
 

 
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Petition to Parliament praying for repeal of Vaccination Act of 1898.
PUBLIC  LIBRARY  shareholders  will  allow  members  to  join  at  10s  6d  if  they  cannot  afford  the
larger sum.

East Suff Gaz  24 Jan 
1899
JUVENILE  FANCY  DRESS  BALL  given  by  the  Mayor  &  Mayoress  (Mr  & Mrs  Larkman)  150  
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children as  guests  including:  Ethelreda Banham (Buttercup) Hilda Banham (Daisy), Amy Crowfoot
(French  Peasant),  Ellie  Crowfoot  (Norwegian  Peasant),  Arthur  Crowfoot  (Scottish  Highlander),

Humphrey  Durrant  (Lord  Fauntelory),  Clara  A  Elliott  (Wild  Rose),,  Queenie  Harvey  (Normandy
Peasant), Arthur Harvey (Neapolitan Fisherboy), Miss Larkman (Sir John Leman), Beatrice Lingley

(Music),  Cecil   Lingley   (Policeman),  Arthur  McComb  (one   of  Dr   Jameson’s  Troopers),   Elsie
McQueen (Cherry Ripe), Maud E Peachey (Heather); Florence Peachey (Forget-me-not), Ethel Pells

(Frost), Elmore Pells (Swiss Peasant),  Leslie Poyser (Courtier of Charles II), Fred Poyser  (Pierrot),
Kathleen Ridge (Normandy Peasant), Anne Ridge (Bo-Peep), Monica Rowsell (Organ Girl),  John
Rowsell (Rifle Drummer Boy), Herbert Rowsell (Page), Keith Rowsell (Little Boy Blue), Berbnard

Stanford (Cavalier). and others.
SALE: INGATE & WASH LANE: by Mortgagees: 4 Brick & Tiled COTTAGES, one containing six
and  the  other  four  Rooms  with  small  Gardens,  two  occupied  by  Mrs  Ann  Alden  &  Alexander

1899
East Suff Gaz  7 Feb 

Burnham, with  a frontage  of  48ft on Ingate and two having  a frontage  on  Wash Lane of 70ft with
lean-to sheds and Gardens in the occupation of James Balls & Robert Thirtle. Total Rent 27 4s.
[according to the 1899 Rates Book both properties were empty and being rebuilt by CC Betts]

 
 

 
 

[Purchased CC Betts 220]
JUBILEE NURSES’ HOME: 200  visits have been made to  27  cases  by Sister Mabel to their  great
comfort and relief. Nursa Earle, the maternity nurse, has also been fully occupied. Anyone wishing to

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East Suff Gaz  7 Feb 

engage her should contact Miss Crowfoot, Blyburgate House.
TEMPERANCE MEETING: Visit of Miss Fry of Ipswich; In the  afternoon she  visited the Barnby
Branch,  and  addressed  a meeting  at Mrs Wigg’s. Mrs Dyson  of Barnby Rectory presided. A  good

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East Suff Gaz  7 Feb 

number  of  women  gathered  together  and  several  pledges  were  taken.  In  the  evening  meeting  at
Beccles in the Rectory Room, Canon Rowsell presided.
CO-OP MEETING: The weekly turnover in Beccles was 255, at Bungay 39.

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East Suff Gaz  7 Feb 
 

One  advance was made  during the Quarter under the Cottage Building  Scheme, making the total
advanced 480

1899

SCHOOL BOARD: At present there  are  8  candidates. Two candidates say that if Mr Banham [the
Catholic Candidate] withdraws, they will withdraw. [this is what happened and there was no election]

East Suff Gaz  14 Feb 
1899

COUNCIL: Pigs kept in Beccles: They should be kept further from the house: HH Gill, W Sampson
[34 DENMARK ROAD] H Keable {SWINE’S GREEN] , E Osborne [1 RAVENSMERE], S Candler

East Suff Gaz  14 Feb 

[SWINE’S GREEN],  W  Woolner [6  INGATE], J Kemp  [SWINE’S GREEN]  & F Crickmore [30
PEDDAR’S LANE?].
PLANS: approved: a new boiler house makers’ shop at Elliott & Garrood

 
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BECCLES   SCHOOL   BOARD   Meeting   of   Non-Conformist   Churches.   Mr   Masters   elected
Chairman.. Mr William Read, Vice Chairman  of the  School Board: He had been a  member for  14
years. No party  or sectarian  feeling was  ever shown  at the Board meetings, nor had the religious

East Suff Gaz  14 Feb 

question  once  cropped  up. With reference to the work  of the Board  he believed  it had  been done
efficiently and well. Whenever there had been an opportunity of taking a step forward with reference
to the education of children the Board had always been willing and anxious to do so, and to maintain

the school in an efficient state. In fact her Majesty’s Inspector had told them over and over again that
their schools were second to none in the County.
A few years ago they were compelled to build additional accommodation  for the girls and boys, and

 
 

now they had as beautiful and comfortable rooms for teaching that part of the school as they could
wish. But he did not think they could rest content, for the Infants’ schoolrooms were not at all up to
present-day requirements. There was not light  or room enough. Her Majesty’s Inspector had hinted

again and again that some improvement in the school building was  desirable. If a suitable building
was erected for the accommodation of the infants the rates would probably amount to about 6d in the
.

 
 

Education was one of the best means of rising people and keeping them from pauperism and crime.
He hoped that whoever might be elected the progress that had marked the action of the Board in the

past would be even more pronounced in the future.
Rev Heather : It was the boast of the Beccles Board that they had never  had  a  division. They had

 
 

never once divided  on any subject during the three years  he had been a  member of the Board, but
whatever  question  had  come  up,  they  had  talked  it  through,  and  always  been  able  to  arrive  at  a

unanimous decision.
It was most important to maintain the progress in education. The school life of German boys was just
double that of English schoolboys. The Germans believed in giving their children the very best start

 
 

possible for their work in after life,  and he thought  English people would do well to take this  into
account. They were  beginning to realise the importance of technical  education, but, their technical
teachers told them that  as  a result of the  imperfect teaching  in the  elementary schools the  average

schoolboy  or  girl  was  found  unable  to  grasp  sufficiently  the  principles  of  the  technical  subjects
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taught, or to work out in details the matters brought before them.
He  deprecated the  early removal of the bright scholars who were able to successfully to pass the

 
 

labour  examinations,  believing that was an “economy” in the wrong  direction, for it was precisely
these bright children who would be advantaged by further education.-

 
 

Mr Read: He  always  liked to  look  upon the Board  Schools as  undenominational schools. He  had
heard them classed as the Dissenting Schools, but they were no such thing. There were many children

in the schools whose parents belonged to the Church of England, and therefore Church people took a
great interest in the schools. But the Roman Catholics were on a  different footing  altogether. They
had withdrawn every one of their children from the Board  Schools, and he did not think they need

regard their interest as at all helpful to the schools.
PREVENTION of CONSUMPTION Meeting at Ipswich: Dr Crowfoot: It is desirable to establish an
experimental  sanatorium  in   Suffolk.  If   in   a  poor  family  of   eight   or  ten   children,  one   gets

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East Suff Gaz  14 Feb 

consumption,  how  can  he  avoid passing  it round the  family. The only way is to establish  a special
Hospital.. Much had been said about the importance of fresh air. It had to be realised that Suffolk air
was not such bad air after all. There was less consumption here than in most parts of the country.

1899

INFANT SUNDAY SCHOOL ENTERTAINMENT Mr Womac Brooks entertained his infant school
class,  numbering  130  little  boys,  also  their  fathers,  mothers  and  friends,  to  one  of  his  amusing
performances  at  the  Town  Hall,  which  was  crowded,  with  520  being  present.  The    programme

East Suff Gaz  21 Feb 

consisted of an exhibition of the gramophone, the Royal Italian Marionettes, conjuring, juggling and
ventriloquism. Some of the records on the gramophone were most clear, especially the village bells,
farmyard,  cat’s  quarrel, also some songs. The marionettes  amused the youngsters immensely, they

being highly delighted with the performing clown, the milkmaid and the Grand Turk.
POLICE  COURT:  Arthur  Jordan,  printer,  HUNGATE  failed  to  limewash  his  premises  every  18
months. Factory Inspector summoned him. It had been overlooked. Fine 10s including costs.

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DEATH Of SIR ALFRED GOOCH at Henstead Hall, of Benacre Hall. He was 48.
ACCIDENT: As Mr Prime of  Worlingham was  being  driven   to Beccles the  horse  fell  in Ingate.

East Suff Gaz  28 Feb 
East Suff Gaz  7 Mar 

Nobody was hurt
CONFIRMATION by the Bishop of Thetford. There were 69 candidates from Beccles out of 131

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East Suff Gaz  7 Mar 

ELLIOTT & GARROOD’s employees & the bricklayers etc working on the new boiler shops invited
to a “Tea and Smoker” in the Town Hall, numbering 280. They sat down to well spread tables. This

East Suff Gaz  7 Mar 

was followed by  a Meeting of the Benefit  Society, Mr W Elliott in the Chair. Mr W Garrood  also
spoke. After this there was a concert chaired by Mr FF Garrood.
DEATH of PATIENT in Beccles Hospital. Body in coffin  collected  by Mr Leech,  Landlord of the

1899
East Suff Gaz  7 Mar 

Dog at Brampton. On his journey back to Brampton, he called into the Weston, Marlborough and the
Fox at Shadingfield. As he was rounding the corner into the Dog and turning the corner the pony ran
on to the bank, and overturned the cart. The coffin of course fell out, turning upside down, but it was

not until the coffin was lifted that the body fell out. The coffin had not been screwed down, because
relatives desired to take a last look at their dead.
CAXTON  ATHLETICS  DINNER:  Col  Wilson,  (Chairman)  toasted  the  Queen;  Other  speakers:  J

1899
East Suff Gaz  7 Mar 

Foyster, Mark Buck (hon sec) , TP Angel, GE Chalke. The Chairman told them that the Club had
been formed in 1870 and was open to all the town. He was glad that he heard from all quarters that
the Caxton teams played a good gentlemanly game.

1899

ELECTRIC  LIGHTING  at  LOWESTOFT.  A  number  of  tenders  had  been  accepted.  A  loan  of
30,000 over 42 years was agreed. He said no town in England needed  electric lighting more than
Lowestoft, and no town had been treated worse by a gas company.

East Suff Gaz  7 Mar 
1899

WORKMEN’S SUPPER The Ingate Brick & Tile Works employees and a few friends entertained to
a  substantial  meat  supper  at  Charlish’s  Refreshment  Rooms  by  their  employer  Mr  J  Aldous.  A
pleasant evening with pipe and songs afterwards.

East Suff Gaz  14 Mar 

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LICENCE: Fleece Inn to Charles Stowe.
SCHOOL  BOARD:  Mr  WM  Crowfoot  elected  Chairman  &  W  Read  Vice  Chairman.  The  Vice-

East Suff Gaz  14 Mar 
East Suff Gaz  14 Mar 

Chairman & Mr Watson appointed Governors of the Leman School. The Inspector’s Report was read.
All  the  teaching  praised.  BUT:  These  buildings  (boys’  girls’  and  infants’  departments)  were  not

originally intended for schools, and though, in the case of the boys’ and girls’ the adapted buildings
have answered their purpose fairly well, I doubt if the same can be said of the infants’ school. The

Education Department added that they will “be glad to receive plans of any new buildings which it
may be proposed to erect.”
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East Suff Gaz  14 Mar 

TENDERS for paving etc of ALEXANDRA ROAD.
WEATHER: Several inches of snow covered the ground.
COMPULSORY LIGHTING of VEHICLES now in force.-

East Suff Gaz  21 Mar 

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FUNERAL of Mrs READ CRISP, she had been a private patient at All Hallows’ Hospital for some
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time.
LIGHT RAILWAY from Trouse to Beccles approved. It would  be 17  miles 5 furlongs  in  length.

1899
East Suff Gaz  21 Mar 

Gauge 4ft 8 & 1/2 ins. To be completed in five years. [not started?]
NOMINATION of OVERSEERS: Mr Parker in the Chair: Nominated the retiring Overseers: A Pells,

1899
East Suff Gaz  21 Mar 

H Hopson, CH Durrant & AR Clatworthy. Mr Hopson said the Overseers assessed property as fairly
as they could, and having had 50 years experience he did not think their assessments should be lightly

altered. He protested that the Committee  of the Union made  alterations, though some of them  had
never seen the property
Mr Love said three houses in Queen’s Road were under consideration and a member jumped up and

 
 

proposed one of the houses be 11 instead of 10, because he said there was an entrance hall there
and  a window on  each side. That was NOT the case. They were all alike! They ought to be all the
same.

 
 

Mr  Nobbs:  It  caused  a  great  deal  of  dissatisfaction,  when  four  practical  men  who  thoroughly
understood their work took the trouble to  assess property without any remuneration whatever, that
one man should be able to upset the arrangements.

1899

WAIFS & STRAYS SOCIETY. This was started 17 years ago when  it originated in south London,
when the case of a widow with seven young children was brought to the notice of a Sunday School
Teacher. The  great  difficulty was what to  do with the  children, who were running wild  about the

East Suff Gaz  21 Mar 

streets. The teacher  found that there was  no Church  of  England  Society available for the  housing
homeless or overcrowded children. An appeal was launched and in the first year received 1741, but in
1898  it  received  66,000  in  donations.  They  had  80  homes  and  2,700  children  under  their  care.

Children cost 13 or 15 to keep each.
SHAM CLERGYMAN AT BECCLES. He was so plausible that by the invitation of Rev S Browne
he preached two or three times at North Cove, and officiated at Barsham by invitation of Rev Alan

1899
East Suff Gaz  21 Mar 

Coates. He  expressed  a strong desire to sit with the  choir at Beccles parish  church, but received  a
polite  refusal  there.  He  wore  an  MA  hood  when  officiating  at  church.  He  commissioned  Mr  FE

Banham, the architect to design a window for North Cove church, and it was made by Messrs Allen.
He tried to obtain 3 change from them on a dud cheque, but was refused. The cheque bounced and

he was arrested.
BUILDING  TRADE:  Carpenters   and  joiners   have   asked  the  master   carpenters,   builders   and

1899
East Suff Gaz  28 Mar 

contractors for 1.) 1/2d an hour more 2.) They stop work at 5.30 pm instead of 6pm, making a week
of 56 & 1/2  hours;  3.) Sunday work  paid at time and a half.
INFLUENZA IN LONDON Worse than last year. Numerous deaths.

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East Suff Gaz  28 Mar 

Rev H WEBSTER, former Curate,  is  coming to reside in Beccles for  a month to  assist whilst the
Rector is on holiday. He has recently has recently returned from British Honduras.
CHURCH MISSIONARY  SOCIETY  founded  12 April  1799 will be  commemorated  in the  Parish

East Suff Gaz  4 Apr 
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East Suff Gaz  4 Apr 

Church  when  Rev  Canon  Acheson,  Rector  of  Kirby  Cane  will  preach.  Funds  raised  this  year  in
Beccles 145
NATIONAL SCHOOLS REPORT by Inspectors: Boys’ School commended, but the staff should be

1899
East Suff Gaz  4 Apr 

at once strengthened so as to meet the requirements of the Code.
VESTRY   MEETING;   WM   Crowfoot   and   CF   Parker   re-elected.   Parker   said   he   had   been
Churchwarden 30 years. He was getting an old man (he was 65) and he wished to retire next year, so

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East Suff Gaz  4 Apr 

that a younger man could take over.
Mr Parker reported that the West Window was in a bad condition, and something would have to be
done.  He  should  like  it  completed  this  year.  They  had    a  balance  in  hand  with  which  to  do  the

 
 

stonework out of the fabric money,  but  it seemed  a  great pity to take the  glass out and put it back
again. It would be a very handsome window if they could fill it with stained glass. It would probably
cost 500 and he would be pleased to put 25 towards it, if the parish would take it up.

 
 

Mr Crowfoot said that the stonework was in a very bad condition, and he should not be surprised if it
were blown in by a westerly gale.

 
 

Appointing of sidesmen: He thought they would  be  very  useful. The Rector  said the  office was  a
very ancient one, almost more so than the churchwardens. Mr Rix said there used to be “gentlemen in

blue” coats and yellow facings (laughter). The Rector said the duty of the sidesmen would be to assist
the  churchwardens  in  collecting  offertories.  Those  elected:  The  Mayor,  Col  Wilson,  Messrs  A

Woods, AE Hockey, AR Clatworthy, Womac Brooks, J Clark, GA Stanford, H Hopson, A Pells, John
Clarke, JS Palmer, ET Hindes, TA Woodroffe.
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BECCLES  TOWN  CLUB:  Mr  Banham  in  the  Chair;  The  Mayor  was  elected  President;  General
Committee: Messrs PJ Jolly, WG Cross, FF Garrood, HG Lawrance, LG Laws, H Youngs, E Smith
& the Captains & Secretaries of Cricket, Football, Cycling etc.

East Suff Gaz  11 Apr 
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COUNCIL:  Detailed  Report  received   about  electrical   lighting   of  the  town.   If   enough  people
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subscribed there would be a saving of 158 pa compared with gas., but the total cost would be Private
Lighting  9445;  Public  Lighting  3042.  The  Council  made  no  immediate  decision  on  the  matter.

Alderman Masters suggested that the terms  offered for  lighting the town  by the Gas Company  be
established soon, so that a comparison could be made.

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DEATH of William Henry Garrod,  late of Harleston,  formerly  of Beccles, retired tanner,  died  18
November 1898.

East Suff Gaz  2 May 
1899

FIRE  DANGER:  Mr  George  of  St  George’s  Road  accidentally  overturned  a  paraffin  lamp,  but
smothered the blaze with a thick rug.
EVENING CONTINUATION CLASSES  Annual Tea provided at the Coffee Tavern, Station Road.

East Suff Gaz  2 May 
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WM Crowfoot in the Chair.:  School  open  for  48  evenings  and  95  lessons.  Four lads  had  attended
every   evening.   Subjects:   Drawing   (freehand,   geometry   &   perspective)      elementary   science,
commercial arithmetic and shorthand. Teachers: Messrs Palmer, Dunt & Bellingham.

 
 

The commercial supremacy of this great nation depended upon the education of the rising generation.
Merchants and others were continually complaining that they could not get in England  the men they
wanted, consequently they had to go abroad  for them In Germany children were compelled to remain

at school to  a  greater  age than  in  England,  consequently they were in  a better position to  continue
their studies in technical studies.
NEW ROMAN CATHOLIC MINSTER:  Foundation Stone of St Benet’s Minster laid on Wednesday

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East Suff Gaz  2 May 

afternoon by Very Rev Canon Duckett, DD of Norwich before a numerous congregation of Catholics
and non-Catholics. A procession was formed by the priests and members of the Women’s Gild of Our
Lady and of the Gild of Corpus Christi, who wore their distinctive scarves, and carried the handsome

gild banners. Cross-bearers and acolytes headed the procession, which marched to the southern end of
the building in course of construction, where a large wooden cross had been erected to mark the site
of the temporary sanctuary. Here Canon Duckett commenced the service of the rite of blessing, and

afterwards  proceeding  to  the  spot  where  a  large  stone  had  been  prepared  for  laying,  in  the  north
facade, he sprinkled the stone itself with holy water,  and with a trowel he engraved the sign of the

cross on each face, while saying a short dedicatory prayer.. Then came the litanies, said in front of the
wooden  cross, which  ended the  celebrant again  faced the  foundation stone,  an antiphon  and Psalm

were repeated, after which the stone was placed in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Canon Duckett said that 7,000 had already been subscribed, but more would be needed to complete

 
 

the building.
The architect is Francis Easto Banham and the contractor Frederick Charles Allen
The Minster will not be  orientated, the present position  of the buildings  rendering this impossible.

 
 

 
 

Consequently it will lie nearly north and south, the chancel being to the south. The material employed
for the interior will be Bath stone, and for the outside Ancaster stone with Bath stone dressings. The
Minster will  consist of nave  and  aisles with west porch,  a baptistery to the  east [not built],  central

tower and transepts, chancel and Lady chapel beyond. The aisles will be continued round the chancel
[not built]. Above the nave will be the triforium and clerestory. The confessionals will be at the south
end of the west aisle, and the organ will be placed in the west transept. West of the choir aisle will be

the sacristies and statio. The main entrance will be on the north from St Mary’s Road, being 12 ft 6
ins above the crown of that road, and will be  approached  by steps and terraces. The  north porch is
formed from the thickness of the wall, and will have a depth of 8 ft 6 ins.

 
 

The extreme interior length from Lady Chapel to north porch will be 182 ft. The dimensions of the
nave will be 84 ft in length, consisting of seven bays, with a height of 40 ft and width of 21 ft. The
aisles which are designed merely for processional purposes, will be 84 ft long, by 7 ft wide, and 16 ft

in height. The tower will be 25 ft square externally, and will rise to a height of 81 ft above St Mary’s
Road.
The floor of the chancel will be 3 ft above that of the nave; and there will be another rise of 3 ft to the

 
 

Lady Chapel. Thus the floor of the Lady Chapel will be 18 ft 6 ins above the road level. A doorway
from the east aisles communicates at once with the Catholic cemetery. The roof will be a timber one,

ceiled at the collar, with principals and collar 12 in by 9 in, the rafters 6 in by 4 in, showing below the
boarding of the roof. Between the arches of the nave are massive shafts which rise to the spring of the

clerestory windows, where they end  in  a  cap. Her the principals  of the roof begin,  and to them are
mortice ribs, which are carried over the nave, forming circular arches to each principal. The nave will

not be benched,  and the floor will probably be of stone slabs or Venetian mosaic; and the roof and
vacant places on the walls will be eventually richly coloured.
The style of architecture is that of the Norman period, shown in the massive piers of the nave 4 ft 6 in

 
 

across, and the outer walls 2 ft 6 in. At present the contract is for that portion of the Minster which
extends from the north entrance up to and including the first arch of the tower, the architect being FE
Banham, Esq., Beccles. Built into the wall by the side of the foundation stone will be a glass bottle

hermetically sealed, with  a copy of this  issue of the  East Suffolk Gazette  containing the account of
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the laying of the foundation stone last Wednesday.
The  present  temporary  church  at  St  Benet’s  will  be  altered  so  as  to  form  a  portion  of  the  north

 
 

cloister, and the Guild Hall for social and parochial purposes.
Finally the  general plan  of nave  and  aisles would  remind those who  have seen it  of the  beautiful

 
 

Norman Church of Blyth on the borders of Yorkshire. The north facade might recall ideas of Kirkstall
and   Lindisfarne;  while  the  transepts   and  south   end,  Ramsey.   Iffley,   in  Oxfordshire,  pays   its

contribution in the tower, and old, historic, Benedictine Glastonbury gives its support to the fabric in
the buttresses of the Lady Chapel and baptistery.
DEATH of  SIR CHARLES CLARKE of Worlingham Hall in his 87th year  He had been in failing

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East Suff Gaz  2 May 

health for  some time,  and spent the winter  at Brighton  instead  of  going to France  as he  had done
regularly  for several years. He returned home  just  a week  before  his death,  and passed peacefully
away   about  8  o’clock   on  Tuesday  evening.  He  was  born  in  1812,   and  was   educated   at  the

Charterhouse, and Trinity College, Cambridge. He took his BA  degree in 1831, and his MA in 1835.
He married in 1838, Rosa Mary, eldest daughter of Mr Henry Alexander, of Cork Street, and they had
issue  three  sons  and  five  daughters.  Lady  Clarke  died  in  1885.  Having  entered  Holy  Orders  Sir

Charles Clarke was appointed Rector of Hanwell in Middlesex in 1847, and held the living till 1864..
In 1857 he succeeded his father, the first Baronet, who was physician to Queen Adelaide, the creation
dating from 1831, as of Dunham Lodge, Norfolk. He subsequently  purchased the Worlingham Hall

Estate [at the age of 52] and made his home there, esteemed and respected by all classes. A Liberal in
politics  before  the  great  schism,  he  was  never  very  active  in  party  contests,  but  religious  and
philanthropic movements found in him a warm supporter.

 
 

The parish church at Worlingham owes its restoration to him and his family, and also the fine organ,
which dates from 1874. Sir Charles Clarke for many years assisted in the services, and down to the
latest period of a long and active life always evinced the warmest interest in all matters relating to the

parish and neighbourhood. He took an active interest in establishing the Beccles Hospital, and could
always  be  counted  on  as  a  supporter  of  every  movement  and  institution  calculated  to  benefit  the

community.
He was not the Rector of Worlingham, but played an active role in the services.

 
 

 
 

He is succeeded by his eldest son, General Sir Charles Mansfield Clarke, KCB l, who was engaged in
the New Zealand Wars 1861-66, in the Zulu war, 1879, in Basutoland, 1880-81, and commanded the

forces  in  Madras  in  1893-98.  The  present  Baronet  was  married  in  1876  to  Gemma  Cecilia,  only
daughter of the late Mr Pitt Adams.
At the funeral  on  Saturday, the  flag was flying  at half mast over the  steeple,  and there were  other

 
 

signs  of  mourning  in  the  village.  A  very  large  and  representative  gathering  filled  the  church  to
overflowing.  The  procession  started  from  the  Hal  about  2.15,  and  was  joined  in  the  Park  by  the
tenants, and at the Park gates by parishioners and a number of tradesmen and others from Beccles and

the surrounding district.
At the church gates the coffin was transferred from the hand hearse to the bier, and borne into church
on the shoulders of eight of the estate workers. The officiating clergy were Rev A Aldred, rector of

 
 

Worlingham, and Rev W Stanborough, curate to Sir Charles when he was  rector of Hanwell.
Members  of the family present were General  Sir Charles Mansfield Clarke, who had hurried  home
from Rome, Miss Clarke, Miss Alice Clarke, Mr Geoffrey Clarke, Mr Frederick Clarke, Mr & Mrs

 
 

Wm A Clarke, Mr & Mrs Kerrison, Mr Hall-Parlly, Mr Neville Watersfield, Captain Waterfield, Mr
Bertram Waterfield, Mr Bertram Waterfield, Mr Laurance Harrison, Mr Leonard Harrison, Mr Roger
Kerrison, Dr John Clarke (brother), Mr Alexander, Rev Walter Partridge, Mr Tomlin, Mrs Curtis, Mr

A Court, Mr R Bruce (butler) and Miss Page (lady’s maid represented the household servants.
The  tenants  present  at  the  funeral  were  Messrs  E  Masters,  G  King,  W  Snell,  G  Hadenham,  AC
Hadenham, W Hadenham, W Welton, J Aldous, H Jacobs, JP Godbold, James Spatchett, R Read, TL

 
 

Ashford, DP Giles, WF Smoothy and W Prime (steward).
Among the  others WM Crowfoot, JE Crisp, AWoods,  Lt Clarkson,  John Clarke,  S  Le Grice, HG

 
 

Read, CH Durrant (agent), EW Hindes, JS Branford, W Hamby, PJ Jolly, HL Robins, AR Block, S
Steel, SF Field, R Tilney, TA Poll, James Mills, AG Cross, J Nobbs, CJ Allen, RW Snell, CC Betts,

H Copeman, WJ Money, Ex Supt Riches, Inspector Lingley etc.
SUICIDE of Walter Sarbutt, carter, employed by Darby Brothers for the past 25 years. He was 47

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East Suff Gaz  2 May 

SALE: GORDON’S YARD: by H Adcock, Esq (who is giving up the above yard in the Score??)
the whole of useful Boat Building and Carpenter’s stock in trade, Tools also the Cutter-rigged Yacht
“Onyx” with gear complete.

East Suff Gaz  9 May 
 
 
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COUNCIL:  PLANS  passed  Alterations  to  premises  in  Horse  and  Groom  Lane  belonging  to  Mr
Thrower
SCHOOL BOARD: The Chairman WM Crowfoot said that he and Mr Read purchased the property

East Suff Gaz  9 May 
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East Suff Gaz  16 May 
of Mr CT Field for 350. Mr A Pells attended and produced rough plans of the proposed new Infants’
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School.
HEALTH of BECCLES in the quarter: 62 births, 46 deaths. 6 children under 1 year died, 21 people

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East Suff Gaz  16 May 

over 60. 2 died of Whooping Cough, 2 of typhoid fever.
ADVERTISEMENT:  Satin  Pans  Nurseries,  Grange  Road,  Beccles.  Cucumbers  fresh  cut  daily.

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East Suff Gaz  23 May 

Tomato Plants. Cut Flowers & Plants in Pots. Greenhouse & other ferns at low prices.
TANNERY: The Tannery premises  in Northgate have  been sold,  and that they will shortly  be  in

1899
East Suff Gaz  23 May 

working order again.
POOR RATE: 2s 8d in the for next 6 months.
AGRICULTURAL DEPOPULATION Letter: Low wage do not encourage men to work on the land

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East Suff Gaz  23 May 
East Suff Gaz  23 May 

or off  it.  Irregularity of employment is  one  of the  chief  evils  of  country life; it is  not  encouraging  
young men to stay in the  village when they have to loaf  about in the winter months, unable to  get
employment.

1899

FUNERAL of HARRY PYE, aged 45 at the Congregational church. Members of the PSA, which he
founded  and  was  its  Secretary,  and  the  local  staff  of  the  Prudential  Society  attended.  [see  Five
Generations of a Norfolk/Suffolk Family, who was connected to the Co-Op Movement from the start]

East Suff Gaz  30 May 

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BECCLES GAS COMPANY: Chairman: JP Walton. Dividends 9%
ARTILLERY  VOLUNTEERS:  Celebrating  the  Queen’s  Birthday:  Captain  Sergeant  spoke;  There
was a scheme for providing a Drill Hall for the Company. They had secured property which they had

East Suff Gaz  30  May 
East Suff Gaz  30 May 

taken possession of, and were only waiting the sanction of the War Office and a loan from them too.
He described their present Drill Hall : there was not room to move half a dozen men, and which made
it almost impossible for them to keep pace in competition with other companies who possessed Drill

Halls with space sufficient to work a group of guns.
Col Wilson : Those  of them who could remember the establishment of the Volunteer service would
have  no  difficulty  in  recalling  to  memory  the  silly  vapourings  they  used  to  hear  from  across  the

 
 

Channel about an invasion of England. They never heard anything about it now.
DOMESTIC SERVANT: Letter: Some time ago I obtained a situation in a High Church clergyman’s

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East Suff Gaz  30 May 

family, and no matter what the weather we were compelled to go to church on Sundays at 7 o’clock,
besides  attending the usual morning  or  evening service. There was  always a rush to  get everything

done, rising at a very unreasonable hour. The time we were allowed out was from 3 till 6 o’clock, and
from 6 till 8.30  on alternate Sundays, and from 3 till 6pm once a week. Any idea of comfort for us

was out of the question. Our bedrooms were horribly small, just large enough for one, yet we were
put two in a room. The front of this house is very spacious and has everything that luxury and ease
could wish for, yet the servants have to put up with such discomforts. My stay in this household was

short, and the happiest bit of it was when I found myself and my luggage on the doorstep, preparatory
to taking my departure. I am now in a very comfortable place
ADVERTISEMENT: W ROBINSON, Station Road, BICYCLES (ILLUSTRATION)

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East Suff Gaz  6 Jun 

SOLDIER MEDALLIST: Corp Taylor, No 4 Mountain Battery, RA, son of Mr Taylor employed by
Beccles  Corporation  has  just  been  presented  with  the  Indian  War  Medal,  with  clasps  for  “Tirah,
1897-98”, “Samana, 1897”, and “Punjab Frontier, 1898.” He previously held the Burmese Medal and

East Suff Gaz  6 Jun 

clasp for war service. [probably lived in Newgate]
FREE CHURCH COUNCIL: Meeting  for young people  of Non-Conformist Churches  in the town
met at Wesleyan Church. Address on Oliver Cromwell by Rev Tasker of Norwich.

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East Suff Gaz  6 Jun 
1899

POLICE COURT: Joseph Cable, labourer stole 1lb of butter from Alice Warren,s Dairy in Newgate.
He asked for some potatoes and while Mrs Warren was stooping down under the counter to get them
he put 1lb of butter in his pocket. Her 12 year old daughter Amelia saw him do it.

East Suff Gaz  6 Jun 
1899

SUFFOLK COUNTY FOOTBALL WINNERS for the third year running: The Caxton Club. Dinner
and  speeches  by the Mayor, Mr JM Ward  (Captain), Mr Angell, Col  Wilson, TA Woodroffe, MF
Buck, TW Woodroffe, Mr Hopson.

East Suff Gaz  6 Jun 

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GUARDIANS: Paid the County Rate of 596.
HOSPITAL SUNDAY: The Artillery Band played the church  call in the Newmarket at 10 am, and

East Suff Gaz  13 Jun 
East Suff Gaz  13 Jun 

the Band of the Lowestoft detachment - who had come over to lead the Rifle Volunteers to Church,
they being without a Band at present - played the Church Call in the Old Market, and subsequently a

selection in the Newmarket. The Artillery Volunteers paraded 100 strong. Upwards of 100 Riflemen
were on parade. A section of Yeomanry was also present.

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COUNCIL: PLANS:  passed:  1.)  5 Houses for Herbert Hindes in Queen’s Road; 2.) House  for Mr
Peacock in Peddar’s Lane, with leave to bring forward his building line.
BECCLES Co-Op 20 employees outing to Norwich by road. Set off at 9 arriving by 12 noon. Store

East Suff Gaz  13 Jun 
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East Suff Gaz 20 Jun 

closed for the day and gave grant towards expenses. Dinner & Tea supplied by Norwich Co-Op.. Mr
SS Cousins (grocery manager) & Mr J Staines (drapery manager)
COUNTY COURT: Elliott & Garrood, engineers v Henry C Adams, smackowner, Lowestoft. Adams

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East Suff Gaz  20 Jun 
claimed  overcharges  in  removing  an old  boiler on  board “The Confidence” and removal of the old
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one. Not until Elliott & Garrood were pressing for payment was there any mention of overcharging.
Books  were  examined.  Witnesses  were  called:  FF  Garrood,  a  director,  Wm  G  Garrood,  another

director in  charge  of the  Lowestoft  branch, Frederick Dewing,  engineer  foreman, George  Leggett,
clerk, Alexander  Elliott,  manager  of works,  Wm J  Elliott,  assistant manager,  Wm C  Smith,  ledger

clerk and others. Judgement for the Plaintiff.
ATHLETICS MEETING at Beccles

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East Suff Gaz  27 Jun 

WILL of  SIR CHARLES CLARKE: He  left 55,272. His sons re General  Sir Charles Mansfield
Clarke,  Mr  Frederick  Clarke  of    St  Margaret’s  Road,  Oxford,  Mr  William  Alexander  Clarke  of
Woodhouse,  Whitchurch,  Salop.  His  daughters  Emily  Augusta  &  Alice  Fanny  7000  each.  The

East Suff Gaz  4 Jul 

residuary estate in trust for all his children.
TENDERS for erecting Engine & Boiler House & some alterations to the Castle Steam Roller Mills
for NW Pells, miller. Signed Arthur Pells

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East Suff Gaz  11 Jul 

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TO BE LET or SOLD: Sunnyside House, Station Road. Apply AE Mount, No 6 Station Road.
MASONS: A McQueen as WM of Apollo Lodge.
CAXTON OUTING: Left Beccles Quay at 8.30 on the Steamboat Progress. Stopped for half an hour

East Suff Gaz  11 Jul 
East Suff Gaz  11 Jul 
East Suff Gaz  11 Jul 

At Burgh  St Peter  and  on to  Lowestoft. Dinner was served  at the Great  Eastern Hotel. Col  Wilson
presided. After dinner the party were photographed on the bowling-green and the proceeded by sea to
Yarmouth, where an enjoyable evening was spent, returning home by a special late train.

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FAUCONBERGE OLD BOYS DINNER: The Chairman, FWJ Rees, ICS of Nayland: “A good many
years ago a well-known naturalist and fisherman, Mr Francis Francis, came for some time to stay in
Beccles. He was so  charmed with the place that he wrote  a delightful description of it,  and it was

East Suff Gaz  11 Jul 

published in the Field with which he was connected. He remembered reading it in India, and it carried
him back to the time when he was at school here.
Mr Edgell said “When he was at the Fauconberge School they did not live at the school; he lived at a

 
 

boarding  house in the town, and on the  occasion of  his first appearance  at the Fauconberge  School
one winter’s morning he was started off from the boarding house and told to go straight on and take

the school on his right. By an unfortunate mistake he opened the door of the Free School and went in;
and he was always pointed out afterwards in consequence.

 
 

Mr Raven  (Headmaster) The success  of the  school  had  been  a  little bit exaggerated. They had not
gone on continually prospering, and a few years ago the school was larger than it was now. Various

reasons explained that, and he had nothing to complain  of. 
There were 50 present at the Dinner including 3 assistant masters: JL Holt, R Turner & RG Bowers.
Others present: Messrs GWD Palmer Kerrison (The Priory Ranworth), AJ Palmer (Haddiscoe Hall),

 
 

 
 

 
 

W  Edgell (Teddington), FS Rix, WM Crowfoot (who spoke), John Clarke, H Warnes  (Eye), FWD
Robinson, H Gillett (Brampton), C Coode  (Ealing), C Metcalfe (Chiromo, Central Africa)  FG Rye
(London) H Raven (Fressingfield), A Hotson (Loddon) Buxton Smith, BG Angell, WB Crowfoot, E

Crowfoot, HG Read, B Perowne  (Great  Snoring) C Dudding (Yarmouth), J Burgis (Docking), RC
Haggard  (Shepperton-on-Thames) M Knubley (Staveley,  Leeds) R Oldham, P Ridge, GA Boycott
(Carlton Colville) HS Marriott, FW Marriott ( Wilby), WH Mann (Ditchingham) Guy Freeland (Toft

Monks)  GHH  Bowers,  AE  Fowler  (Gunton  Hall,  Lowestoft)  W  Andrews  (Colney,  Norwich)  TP
Angell, JB Thornhill (Geldeston) W Disney (Ingatestone) WD Parker (Clopton Hall) AR Clatworthy
and W Warder Harvey and Canon Rowsell.

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RAILWAY LINE: The Council land recently taken to widen the Lowestoft was valued at 60.
TO  LET:  LONDON  ROAD, Nos  2  &  4  Esdelle  Terrace,  Keys  at  H  Brundell’s,  Waveney  Hotel,
Northgate.

East Suff Gaz  11 Jul 
East Suff Gaz  18 Jul 
1899

LOST from INK FACTORY, Barsham, Chinchilla Persian Cat answers to the name of Topsy. 2s 6d
reward if taken to Mrs Edwards, Ringsfield
SUDDEN DEATH: Mr George Rackham,  butcher had  attended to his  business  as  usual during the

East Suff Gaz  18 Jul 
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East Suff Gaz  18 Jul 

day,  and was walking up Blyburgate  at 8 pm, when  he was seen to seat  himself  on  a post  at the
opening into Mr Cleveland’s yard, leaning forward on his stick. He then fell on the pavement. Dr Fox

was called, but pronounced him dead. He was 57
CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 20o to be raised to be spent on improved lighting and ventilation,

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East Suff Gaz  18 Jul 

painting and varnishing the walls and seats, a new Minister’s vestry etc
REGATTA AT BECCLES

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East Suff Gaz  18 Jul 

WANGFORD UNION: The press were as usual excluded.
VOLUNTEERS  G  &  H  Companies  left  Beccles  Station  for  camp  at  Colchester  on  Sunday,  until
Friday. Steady rain was falling when they arrived, and they got very wet marching to the camp. The

East Suff Gaz  18 Jul 
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East Suff Gaz  18 Jul 

tents and bedding was also wet. There were 2 officers and 73 men.
SALE: RAVENSMERE: Three Brick & Tiled COTTAGES [Nos 1,2 & 3 Mickleburgh’s Yard] in a
yard   near   Ravensmere   [sold   by   Bexfield?],   abutting   on   properties   of   Mrs   King,   [4,5   &   6

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East Suff Gaz  1 Aug 
Mickleburgh’s Yard] Mr Gibbs {Titshall Alley & 20 Northgate] & Mr Mickleburgh [18 Northgate] ,
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in the occupation of George Chatten, Mrs Balls & Alfred Caston, weekly tenants, amounting to Rents
of  13.  The  tenements    occupied  by  Chatten  &  Balls  contain  Living  Room,  Washhouse  &  two

Bedrooms.  Caston’s contains Living Room, Wash house and one Bedroom.
[purchased Mr Jarmy 65]

 
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CHOIR OUTING: arranged by CF Parker. About 30 including the Rector, Mr Parker & Mr Warder
Harvey, in a large wherry, superintended by W Knights. Returned at 9 pm.

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GARDEN FETE in Mr JE Crisp’s Garden. Vocal selections by Beccles Choral Society, Mr H Delf’s
Orchestral  Band  &  the  Artillery  Band.  The  principal  attraction  in  the  afternoon  was  the  bicycle
Gymkhana.  In  the  evening  there  was  a  cycle  and  fancy  dress  parade,  followed  by  a  parade  of

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illuminated bicycles. Proceeds to the Hospital Fund.
FAUCONBERGE  PRIZE  DAY:  A  Portrait,  which  had  just  been  received  and  was  now  opened,
supposed to be that of  Dr Fauconberge, and promised as such, was then shown. On further inspection

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in a stronger light than that of the shaded school-room, to the disappointment of all it turned out to be
the  picture  of  Thomas  Fauconberge,  Dr  Fauconberge’s  grandfather.  [He  was  the  father  of  Dr
Fauconberge   and   MP   for   Westminster   and   Receiver   General   of   the   Revenue   during   the

Commonwealth]
Archdeacon Perowne spoke: It was probable that eventually our schools would  all become in some
degree open to Government Inspectors. He was not in favour of too straight and precise a system. As

 
 

with  individuals,  so  with  schools  -  a  wide  scope  and  variety  of  characteristics  were  desirable.
Government Inspectors were apt to be cut and dried, too stereotyped in their methods.
POLICE  COURT Assault  on  21  year  old  girl,  Charlotte  Rouse    by  Stephen  Caston,  who  was  a

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labourer  at Elliott & Garrood, and John Brady, labourer,  on the  Ellough Road on a  Saturday night.
[The case was eventually dismissed.]
BOARD SCHOOLS  Mr Crowfoot: He was  not one of those  afraid  of  boys  and  girls being  over-

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educated. He would like them to have more  education than they had. The  great drawback was that
they left school so soon and forgot a great deal that they had been taught. Sooner or later steps would

be taken by the Government to secure children being taught for a longer period. Children left school
at a  critical time. Their  character was  not formed,  and they readily forgot the  learning  imparted to

them. That ought not to be.
Mr JS  Palmer, Headmaster said that  School  attendance  was  a sore point with Headteachers. The

 
 

Inspector of the  district drew up a list of school attendances this year. Beccles was low on the  list.
The attendance rate was  83%. That meant that with a school roll of 1250 children on the Books in
Beccles at any time there were 212 children who ought to be at school, were running about instead of

being educated.
SALE: WORLINGHAM HALL on 5 September, comprising a stately mansion, approached by two
long Carriage Drives,  having  Entrance  Lodges, with inexpensive pleasure  grounds, walled Kitchen

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Garden, Glass House,  Stabling for ten  horses,  grandly timbered Park  of nearly 100 acres in  extent,
with pleasing undulation of rich pasturage, and backed by extensive Woodland; 14 excellent Mixed
Farms, with well placed Houses (some of the superior Residences), and ample Homesteads attached,

numerous Cottages  and Gardens, Blacksmith’s  and Carpenter’s   Shop,  including  nearly the whole
village  of  Worlingham. There  are  extremely well placed Coverts for Game,  containing  upwards of
260  acres,  the  whole  estate  covering  an  area  of  about  2,832  acres,  lying  singularly  compact,  and

constituting a Residential and Sporting Property of the first importance. Also the Manors of Ellough
and Wadehall.
DIVORCE SUIT Mr Robert Larke, son of  late Robert Larke, builder, granted a divorce from his wife

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Hannah  (nee Hume). He is  now a  citizen  of the USA,  living  in Chicago. He  left Beccles  about 10
years ago. He was Bandmaster to the Rifle Volunteer Corps.
SALE of PLATE: by R Naunton Leman, junior, late of Brampton Hall the valuable Family Plate of

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the Earlier Georgian Period, Field Plate, a case of handsome Table Cutlery, a choice collection of Old
China,  a  handsome  Louis  XIV  Bracket  Clock,  a  Louis  XVI  Mirror  in  carved  Frame,  an  Oriental

Manuscript, Turkish Sabre, Carvings etc
TO LET: Lime Kiln & Builder’s Premises, PUDDINGMOOR. Apply A Pells.

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TOWN BAND: played in Newmarket under Bandmaster Wiggett on Saturday evening. It was much
appreciated.

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WANGFORD UNION: A McQueen moved, seconded by G King that reporters should be admitted to
be present  at the  meetings  of the Board.  Rejected  by 13 votes to 10.. Those  against included Rev
Coates, Mr TP Angell & Major Worswick.

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BOY ATTACKED by OTTER: nearly opposite the Bathing Place. John Catchpole, aged 11 of Ingate
was attacked while fishing. He shook it free and ran away. It is thought it had a brood nearby
TANNERY worker ill, overcome by heat.

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through the streets
PLAN passed: additions to the Duke Inn.

 
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LICENCES: The Marquis  of Granby NORTHGATE closed  in February  and the  licence moved to
Oulton.

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The Star beerhouse, STATION ROAD was granted a full licence.
Mr Dunnett, Hungate, left his shop last year and no licence applied for.

 
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Mr Barkham of the One Bell did not require the renewal as he was leaving the house.
TANNERY WORKER Samuel Harley, formerly in the employment of the Garrods as a flesher, but
when the Tannery was closed some years ago he sought employment elsewhere. With the reopening

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of the Tannery under Mr Whitmore, the new owner, he was re-employed and occupied rooms  over
the Tannery Offices. He showed signs of mental instability and he and his wife went to stay with their
daughter at  Shipmeadow. They went for a walk and he suddenly  attacked her and threw her in the

river, going in afterwards himself. Both drowned.
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OUTING: 43 employees of FJ Allen’s exors visited Cromer> The Beccles Town Band accompanied

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them.
GOLF CLUB: It is proposed to form a Golf Club on the Common without interference with any other
sport there.

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PARISH CHURCH WEST WINDOW: letter by TA Poll in complaint that it has been finished, but
not in the manner specified in the contract.. The glazing  is in a different style to the lower lights.
PHOTOGRAPH of William T Woodroffe. An  enthusiast  in  various branches  of sport -  Yachting,

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Angling, Swimming, Cricketing and tennis playing, but best known in football circles.
WORLINGHAM HALL ESTATE: The new owner  is Mr FW Hotham of Telham Grange, Battle, a
nephew of Admiral Sir Charles Frederick Hotham. He is a keen sportsman, but the shooting is let to

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Mr  Price this year. The purchase price was 33,500, but 10,800 has to be added for the timber.
CONDEMNATION  of  DREYFUS   mentioned   in  sermon  at  the  Parish  Church   by  Rev   EPPL

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Thompson, who should be delivered from his prison.
DEATH of Mrs Walter Copeman, of Northgate. He is a butcher and is left with an infant nine days

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old and two other young children.
St BENET’S Rev Dom Benedict Weld-Blundell, OSB has come to assist the Mission.

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The Mayor, Councillor Larkman entertained the Council to dinner at Twyford House.
BOUND  for  SOUTH AFRICA:  Writing  to  his  father  from  on  board  the  transport  ship  Zayathla,
Corporal  Barkham,  62nd  Battery  RFA  Says  “We  sail  for  South  Africa  tomorrow,  to  try  to  teach

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Kruger some good manners. We left Aldershot last night at 10.30 pm and travelled all night. We had
a  good  send-off  from  Aldershot,  bands  to  play  us  away,  etc.  We  arrived  here  (Victoria  Wharf,
Birkenhead) this morning about 7.30 and were met at the station by the Volunteer Band. They played

our  inspection march  and “Auld  Lang  Syne” while we watered  our horses  at the station.  We then
mounted,  and  they  took  the  lead  and  played  us  through  Liverpool.  The  route  was  crowded  with
people, and they cheered us the whole way, shouting “Give old Kruger socks!” Others shouted “Keep

a  stout  heart,  my  lads!”  This  is  a  very  good  boat,  though  rather  small  (not  so  large  as  the  old
troopers).  Defects  were  discovered  in  the  ship  soon  after  leaving  port,  and  the  Zayathla  put  into
Queenstown owing to the boilers leaking.. The transport continued her voyage on Friday.

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CHURCH PARADE at BARSHAM of the Artillery Volunteers. The company was accompanied by
the Bugle and Reed Bands, who took turns with the music. With a few others in support, the bands
numbered about 30.

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PROPOSED  GOLF  CLUB:  Meeting  with  the  Mayor  in  the  Chair..  They  would  start  with   a
membership   of   between  50   and   60.  He   already   had  promises  from  38  men   and   14  ladies.
Subscriptions & entrance fees would amount to 70. The ground would cost about 30 to lay out.

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The Yarmouth professional had been over to inspect the Common, and thought that a very nice nine
hole course could be laid out. It would in no way interfere with any other sport. Col Dunnage elected

President. Vice Presidents: NH Bacon, JE Crisp, WCK Clowes, WM Crowfoot &  EJ Poyser. Also
WA Clowes be asked to accept captaincy. CT Clarkson to be Hon Sec. The Committee: JP Larkman,

TP  Angell,  TW  Woodroffe,  W  Ayrton,  FW  Robinson,  FF  Garrood  &  JR  Crisp.  In  reply  to  Col
Wilson, it was understood that the whole working of the club should be left to the Committee. The

Committee was authorised to select plans for a suitable Club House. About 200 would be needed for
that. The raising of the funds was agreed in the form of 1 shares bearing 4% interest.
COUNCIL: PLANS  passed: Mr CC Betts in Wash Lane

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BOER WAR BREAKS OUT
RARE  BIRDS;  Mr  Edwin  J  Poyser,  of  Donborough  Hills:  two  solitary  or  Great  Snipes  shot  at
Ellingham, A fish tailed petrel killed  by telegraph wires near the  first  gate house,  London Road,  a

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ruff, one of five, shot on Beccles Marshes. Mr H Tilney is preserving them.
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SERIOUS ACCIDENT: Charles Griffin, carpenter fell from the roof of one  of the buildings which
NW Pells is having added to the Castle Roller Flour Mills. It will be some weeks before he is back at

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work.
PRESENTATION by Mr JS Palmer to Mr WR Goldsmith, who is leaving the Board Schools, where

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he has been teaching for three years and going to Reading.
BOARD SCHOOL  WM Pickering of Ipswich appointed as Assistant Master at 80 pa.

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WAVENEY HOTEL DINNER for the Rowing  and  Swimming  sections  of the Caxton Club. Mr &
Mrs Brundell catered most liberally. Col Wilson presided over a party of 30.
HOSPITAL: Mr Crowfoot  attended   a  man  named Gowing  kicked  by  a  horse  at Durrants  Sale  at

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Worlingham.
MAYOR’S  HOSPITALITY:  Fire  Brigade,  Postmen,  Police,  Ringers,  Corporation  employees  and
Members of the Council given Dinner at the Town Hall. 

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Alderman Walton proposed the “Army, Navy  and Reserved forces” “In   the present  condition  of
affairs this toast was  one  of some importance. War  had  been declared  against us by those precious
Boers of the Transvaal, much to the surprise of Englishmen, and it was a source of wonder how so

small and unimportant a State could venture for a moment to measure swords with an enormous and
wealthy country like England. They would have to read them a lesson, and he thought they deserved
a severe  lesson. There was  a small party in the  country preaching peace,  but what was the use  of

preaching peace when there was no peace. The Boers must be made to feel the power of the country
they had insulted, for their ultimatum that day was nothing less than an arrogant insult. (Cheers)
Alderman Masters proposed the health of the Corporation employees. He had known the Corporation

 
 

for a good many years, and always found them very considerate of their men and fair in every respect
Captain Fuller of the Fire Brigade said one of their firemen, C Allen had been called upon as one of
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Inspector Lingley mentioned that Police Constable Hewitt of the Grenadiers was going to the wars.
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SPECIAL EDITION, Gratis.
TO  ADVERTISERS:  Since  the  reduction  to  one  penny  of    the  East  Suffolk  Gazette  in  1895  the

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Circulation has increased by more than 800 copies a week and is still increasing.
MAYORAL RECEPTION at the Town Hall at the invitation of the Mayor, Mr Larkman & his wife.:

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Mr Wagstaff (of Messrs Laws & Son) arranged a choice assortment of pot plants, palms, and flowers
with charming effect. The entrance was effectively arranged as a reception room, and here the Mayor
& Mayoress received their guests.

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QUESTIONNAIRE   about   LABOURERS’   COTTAGES;   How   many   cottages   have   only   one
bedroom,  How  many  two,  how  many  three  or  more?  How  many  cottages  have  fireplaces  in  one
bedroom? Do you know of overcrowding, such as five or more persons sleeping in one room? How

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many cottages have suitable pantries, sanitary conveniences, outbuildings? How many good cottages
are unoccupied? Are they tied ones? Have you a pure and constant  water supply? Are your village
drains for carrying away sewage in a satisfactory condition? How many of the inhabited cottages are

unfit to live in?
BECCLES & DISTRICT FREE CHURCHES; The Free Church  & Romanism  by Rev J  Jones  of  
Southwold:  The  Church  was  a  State  Church,  and  although  the  Church  of  England  still  posses  an

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evangelical  ministry,  a  strong  evangelical  laity,  and  evangelical  institutions,  but  also  Ritualism  is
rampant. What is Ritualism? Nothing but the bones of Popery.
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PUBLIC  MEETING  in  the  evening  in  the  Baptist  Church:  The  Chairman  (Rev  RL  Eveett?)  He
wished to express his feelings of profound horror at the dreadful fracticidal war in which this nation
found  itself  at  the  present  engaged  with  a  people  who  loved  their  open  bible.  And  when  they  

Thought of all the meetings held throughout this  country to promote the  cause of peace,  and of the
conference  sitting  not  long  ago  at  Brussels,  where  the  delegates  of  many  nations  assembled,  to

consider what  could  be done to have national disputes  referred to arbitration  instead of the bloody
arbitration of the  sword, what humiliation they must  feel when they found themselves  as  a  nation

engaged in this awful struggle now going on.
MUNICIPAL  ELECTIONS: The retiring  members  of the Council  have been  re-elected without  a

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contest: Banham,  A McQueen, WB England, EGR Watson
TYPOGRAPHY CLASS starting. Great importance to all persons connected to the printing business
MAYORALTY; Mr  Larkman  not willing to be Mayor  for  a second year. Col  Wilson  invited, but

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declined. Alderman Masters accepted. 
CASTLE MILL: A familiar  landmark  has  just disappeared by the  dismantling  of the Castle Roller
Flour  Mills,  which  NW  Pells  has  found  unavoidable  because  of  the  increasing  demands  of  his

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business. Originally a plain brick-built tower, with huge white sails which circled in the breeze, the
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accidents  of  time  in  due  course  led  to  the  removal  of  the  sails,  and  then  the  tower  was  made  to
assume a battlemented appearance which was rather deceptive, and some amusing mistakes would be

made  by visitors.  We  have  heard  of people  going to the place under the  supposition that  it was  a
church. The mill was erected in 1820 by Mr Tom Barnard, a retired sea captain. The district was then

entirely  rural,  with  no  houses  near,  nor  any  suspicion  of  the  railway  which  years  afterwards  was
constructed to skirt the present kitchen Garden. In  due  course  it passed  into the  hands   of the  late

William  Leavold,  who  carried  on  the  business  for  thirty  years.  Then  it  fell  into  the  hands  of  Mr
Nathaniel Pells. For nearly 50 years the mill retained much of its original appearance, consisting of a
tower about 70 ft high and a granary adjoining, connected to the tower by a wooden bridge. About

1865,  however, the trade necessitated recourse to steam, and an  engine and boiler were  added. No
structural alterations were made except the provision of the necessary engine and boiler house. Steam
power was used when the wind failed,  until August  1879, wen  a severe tempest  and  gale wrought

great  damage  in  the  locality,  and  the  whole  top  of  the  mill  was  wrenched  off.  It  was  deemed
inadvisable to restore the sails, owing to the uncertainty of wind power, and extensive alterations and
additional buildings were erected on the west side of the tower. It was at this time that the tower was

given its battlemented  appearance. The stone process  of flour making was still retained,  and it was
not until 1890 that the now almost universal roller system was introduced. This necessitated further
alterations, and the building was enlarged to make way for up-to-date machinery. The trade steadily

increased  and Mr Pells  has  again found  it necessary to  elaborate fresh plans  and  more  alterations.
And so the old landmark has been wholly removed. An addition is being made on the east side of the
mill by new buildings four stories high with new chimney shaft. The dimensions of this new building

are  23  ft  by  50  ft,  with  lucum  or  hoist,  which  added  to  the  older  portion,  gives  the  mill  a  very
imposing appearance. A larger engine and boiler and new machinery will enable the present output of
flour to be doubled.

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COUNCIL PLAN: House in DENMARK Road for Mr W Robinson approved
St BENET’S Requiem Mass for the repose of all those brave officers and men who have been slain in

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the war in South Africa.
DOMESTIC SIDE of WAR by an old soldier. The departure of a Battalion beyond the shores of this

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country  causes  the  keenest  distress  imaginable  to  women  and  children.  Although  not  expressly
forbidden,  matrimony,  as  an  institution  for  the  rank  and  file  of  the  army,  is  not  enthusiastically

encouraged by the military powers. The  number  of  officially  recognised  unions  among privates is
severely limited to  four per  cent of the  strength of  a  regiment. To sergeants  and warrant officers,
however, a greater measure of liberality is displayed in the matter, and in either case free quarters are

provided in the barracks, with fuel and light, and various other allowances.
As a result, no provision of quarters or rations is made for the soldier’s “encumbrances” as a wife and
family are somewhat quaintly described in military parlance if they are “off the strength”. In these

 
 

circumstances the husband has to support his household as best he may.
Fair Close, will put them in communication so that they can receive assistance.
POLICE COURT Mrs Warren, Swine’s Green applied for an order for John Grice to leave a house

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she  owned.  He  must  leave  in  30  days.  He  was  also  charged  with  keeping  a  cow  on  unlicensed
premises.
Corp JA BARKHAM disembarked with 62nd Field Battery RA, at Capetown on 25 October and the

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Battery was immediately ordered to proceed to De Aar, 150 miles south of Kimberley.
SCHOOL BOARD: WM Crowfoot in the Chair. Miss Norman applied for an increase of salary. This
will be considered later. Miss Garrood also applied, her salary was raised to 55 pa.

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THE SITE of the new INFANTS’ SCHOOL  approved by the Department, but suggested alterations
to the plans of the architect, Arthur Pells.
ALDERMAN  MASTERS  elected  MAYOR.  Mr  Larkman  did  not  wish  to  have  an  ex-Mayor’s

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Dinner.
COMMITTEE set up to deal with the Town Hall: The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Banham, Woodroffe &

 
 

Watson.
COUNCIL Crops on Sewage Farm were a failure, probably from want of hoeing.

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NEWS from SOUTH AFRICA: Corporal AJ Barkham: We landed at Cape Town last Wednesday and
immediately  commenced  disembarking  our  guns  and  horses  from  the  ship  and  entrained  them  at

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once. We finished about 8 pm & received orders to proceed to De Aar, where we were to encamp. It
was 38 hours ride in the train, and a lot of our infantry and cavalry are stationed. We got a splendid
reception  along the route from Capetown to  our  camp.  We were  cheered  all the way,  and a  lot of

English ladies and gentlemen gave us food, refreshments, tobacco etc.. When we reached De Aar we
were not allowed to dis-entrain, but ordered to go 76 miles further to the front. We are now encamped
beside the Orange River, and across the river is Orange Free State.

 
 
The camp is surrounded by the enemy, and the infantry and cavalry were quite delighted when they
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saw our guns. Before we came the only guns they had were two 9-pounder muzzle-loaders. Three of
our guns in action hold the railway and railway bridge across the river. Our others are situated to hold

the surrounding country, and we  have patrols  out for ten to twenty miles  round  our  camp.  We  are
waiting for reinforcements, and also for General Buller, when we advance to the relief of Kimberley.

 
 

The railway carriages were very comfortable indeed; there were six beds in each compartment, and as
we had only six to each compartment we had a bed each. We reached the camp about 5 pm on Friday

27th and immediately pitched our camp and picketed our  horses.  We were very tired when we had
done, so we went to bed about 8 pm. About 9 o’clock we had a very violent thunderstorm; we were
all flooded out of our tents, and the horses broke loose and wandered all over our camp. After it had

finished we laid down in any dry spot we could find, and managed to sleep very well till 11.30 am,
when the assembly sounded, and everyone sprang up, and immediately we were under arms.
The infantry and cavalry went out to meet the enemy (cavalry dismounted) but all we could do was to

 
 

stand to our guns. However the Boers were driven back, and at dawn we started our duties. The sun is
fearfully hot here, and no man is allowed to be out except with his helmet on. The discipline is very
strict;  every  officer  and  man  has  to  sleep  with  his  clothes  and  boots  on  ready  to  turn  out  at  a

moment’s notice. Reveille is sounded every morning at 4.30 am and at 4.35 every man has to be on
parade  under  arms,  and  keeps  there  until  the  patrols  came  in  and  report  all  clear.  The  nights  are
fearfully cold and the days very hot.

 
 

We are living very well just at present, plenty of fresh meat and bread, and two pints of beer a day,
coffee, tea etc
DEATH of Thomas Brooks, who lived in Grove Road near the railway crossing. Neighbours had not

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seen him for several days and Mr E Copeman notified the police. He was found lying on the floor in
an exhausted state, having fallen in a fit. He was removed to Shipmeadow infirmary, where he died
the following day

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POLICE COURT: Jacob Borrett, labourer, summoned  for neglecting to send  his son  Samuel  and
daughter, Elizabeth regularly to school. The School Attendance Officer said the boys were constantly

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truanting,  and the mother not  only  kept  her  children  from  school  but  encouraged  others to do the
same.  Mr  Angell  said  the  case  had  been  a  great  trouble  to  the  Board,  and  defendant  had  been

previously fined. Fined 10s.
DEATH of Mr Henry  STIMPSON, tailor, the son  of  an old  and respected tradesman some years

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deceased, after nearly twelve months growing infirmity from a cerebral disease. He was a member of
the Beccles Company of Change Ringers, and was a campanologist of exceptional ability. For some
time he was accustomed to play tunes on the Church bells on Sunday mornings. He was also a skilful

player on many instruments, and enjoyed a reputation locally as a sportsman, being one of the best
shots in the neighbourhood, and also an expert angler. He was in his 58th year. He lived in Saltgate
“beloved husband of Clementia Stimpson, leaving wife and eleven children.

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MEETING of CREDITORS of James Evans, shopkeeper, Northgate.
page missing
LETTER from ORANGE RIVER, South Africa from Corporal FA Barkham, RFA, I have not seen a

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bed for nearly two months; but this is an exciting life and there is a certain amount of fun in it when
one knows that he is sleeping surrounded by danger. Yesterday I was sitting reading, when suddenly I
heard “Boot and saddle” sound. We harnessed up, and were away in twenty minutes to the scene of

action, where we saw a large party of Boers driving our patrols back. We got into action on a hill and
fired a few rounds at them, when they immediately retired. There are only a few troops in camp here,
9th  Lancers, the  Fighting Fifth  (Northumberland  Fusiliers),  and  about  half  a battalion of Munster

Fusiliers, and 200 Mounted Infantry. We expect the New South Wales Lancers here today, and about
13,000 troops from England. When we advance up-country our first place will be Kimberley. There
we shall relieve the garrison, and then march through the Transvaal.

 
 

We were  in the Orange  Free  State yesterday,  in action. During the fight yesterday the  Lieutenant-
Colonel  and  a  Lieutenant  of  the  Mountain  Infantry  were  killed,  and  a  Lieutenant  and  five  men

wounded. We had no casualties. While I am writing this letter the funeral of the two officers is taking
place, and the band is playing.

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LETTER from PRIVATE C ALLEN to his wife [he married Annie Gilding  in July  1897  and was  
born  1875, the son  of  FJ Allen, builder]  No  7 Company,  1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards,  Field

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Force, South Africa from Orange River. We left by train from Cape town, Nov 16th and arrived here
on  Saturday at  night. It was  a  long  and tedious  journey. The railway runs  between  mountains.  We
have run up a mountain 4000 feet above the level of the sea. We had four engines to get up. It is the

finest railway in the world.  We  are  now 570 miles from the Cape, we can see the  enemy,  and we
move to attack on Monday, but by the time you get this we shall be well up the country. We stop for
nothing. It will be one rush till we get to the finish. In this camp there are about 15,000 all fighting

men. We  have had  a brush with the  enemy; but they were afraid to face us. Our  artillery fired two
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shots  and  captured several prisoners. The Boers  are  giving way.  Some  come  in they want  food.  I
think we are having a fine time. We have thousands of mules and horses, and prepare for a lot more

this week. They are well  horsed, but not for long. As soon  as we  advance we shall stop their wild
career. We relieve Kimberley and Mafeking this week [hopeful!], so you will know who is doing it -

the Guards.
We had a spree coming up. A Boer got up a telegraph pole to cut the wires. A Cape boy told him to

 
 

come down; but he only told him once, the next time he out with his revolver and put a piece of lead
through  him,  which  brought  him  down  with  a  run.  A  statio-master  was  fetched  out  and  tried  for
giving information to the Boers. They decided his lot by putting a rope round his neck and stringing

him up.
We shall be the first to cross the border out of the British Army. Tell Walter Rivett that his brother-
in-law Joyce is with us, his brother is in my tent, and tell him not to catch the pike, as I shall want

 
 

some next winter if I get through this job. You must not worry about me, but keep a good heart, as we
shall not be here long. In less than two months we shall be coming back.
SCHOOL BOARD: The Education Department had approved the plans of the new Infants’ School.  

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architect to prepare  a list of quantities, and tenders  invited for the  erection  of the  School. ALSO  a
tract with Mr CT Field, the owner, and a deposit paid.
Miss Norman’s salary as assistant mistress in the girls’ school to be 55 pa.

 
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LETTER  from  PRIVATE  C  ALLEN:  “I  have  got  through  the  first  battle  all  right,  but  I  never
expected to. When we got near the Boers, they were entrenched upon four large hills about 1000 ft
high. The Artillery shelled the heights; we advanced rather too quickly, and had a great many killed

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and  wounded.  In  our  Company  we  never  lost  a  man;  I  think  it  was  through  the  coolness  of  our
Captain and officers. It is a queer sensation to have bullets and shells going over your head. It isn’t
pleasant, but we soon got used to it. We had marvellous escapes; the bullets hit in front of us, and in

fact  all  round  us  like  a  hailstorm. They  are  reckoned to  be  good shots,  but you  can tell  anyone  in
Beccles they are not.

 
 

We advanced in the open and took the hills with the point of the bayonet, and if they had been good
shots  they  would  have  killed  the  lot  of  us.  The  Boers  outnumbered  us.  We  were  told  it  was

impossible to take the position, but we took it, although with great loss. We captured their camp and
luggage. The day before the battle we had a long march. Our officers asked if we would like to have

the first slap, and we all agreed; so we marched a part of the night to be in time for the advance. We
advanced  at two in the morning, and fought till two o’clock in the  afternoon,  and by that time we
gained a splendid victory.”