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EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1900

An abbreviated version taken from the Diary
1900

Diary Dated 2 Jan 

G & H COMPANY Volunteers: 35 Volunteered: 7 for Active Service, 18 Garrison Duties abroad, 10
for Duty at Home
Mr C CLIFTON, railway booking clerk, joined Lord Compton’s Mounted Infantry for Active Service

1900
1900

Diary Dated 4 Jan 
Diary Dated 8 Jan 

ISOLATION  HOSPITAL:  William  Elliott  offerred  a  piece  of  land  on  the  Ellough  Road  for  an
Isolation Hospital [This did not seem to have happened]
WAR FUND: Collections in the Parish Church raised 61 10s

1900
1900

Diary Dated 14 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 23 Jan 

SUPPORT  BECCLES  INDUSTRIES  by  wearing  corsets  made  by  the  Corset  Factory  in  Hungate
Lane (Womack Brooks)
MAYOR’S PARTY to aged inhabitants in Town Hall.

1900
1900

East Suff Gaz 23 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 30 Jan 

DIED: Mrs C Buck, aged 101
NATIONAL SCHOOL: Mrs Anderson retired as Headmistress after 36 years. She is given a purse of
20 by Managers & Friends.

1900
Diary Dated 31 Jan 

1900
1900

LAND COMMITTEE: To Let Land in GROVE ROAD on building Leases
DEATH of Mrs TA LAWS, widow of Thomas Laws, 4 times Mayor in 1861/62, 1862/63, 1871/72,
1872/73;  Activbe in Temperance Movement, established with her husband first Band of Hope, ... one

Diary Dated 5 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 6 Feb 

of  the  Founders  of  the  Dorcas  Society  &  for  half  a  century  held  office  of  President  ...  will  be
especially missed by many  of the aged poor to whom  she  did  many  acts  of  kindness. Died at the

Nurseries, aged 92
INSPECTOR LINGLEY promoted to Superintendent, after 23 years service, 7 at Beccles.

1900
1900
1900

Diary Dated 13 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 13 Feb 

CO-OP sales for quarter 4181, an increase of 288. 760 members.
CHURCH:  Canon  Rousell  preached  on  the  War  ...”We  believe  our  soldiershad  gone  forth  as

East Suff Gaz 13 Feb 

champions of liberty & fair dealing.”
WM CROWFOOT & JP  Larkman  elected to represent Parish  at Ruri Deaconal Meetings for next
three years
BRITISH WOMEN’S TEMPERANCE ASSOCIATION, Beccles Branch, Mrs Heather, President

1900
Diary Dated 14 Feb 

1900
1900

Diary Dated 21 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 27 Feb 

DEATH  of  Mrs  FLOWER,  widow  of  late  John  Flower  (who  died  in  1881),  died  at  her  son’s
residence  in  [11] Newmarket., aged  86. Became a member of the Beccles Church by transfer from
Titchfield,  Hants  in  1841.  Conducted  for  many  years  the  Yung  Men’s  Bible  Class  ...  opened  her

House to help them in secular subjects as Maths, Geography & even Botany, were taught by her to
those who wished to learn. One of the founders of the Clothing Club. Strove to encourage thrift & to
make the most of small savings. Had 3 sons.

1900

SUPERINTENDENT LINGLEY  goes to  Framlingham;  Inspector  William Reeve  of Ipswich takes
over at Beccles.
VICTORIES in SOUTH AFRICA celebrated in the Parish Church.

Diary Dated 1 Mar 

1900
1900

Diary Dated 4 Mar 

NATIONAL PROTESTANT FEDERATION: Rev A Rogers gave three anti Roman Catholic lantern
lectures at the Town Hall: “Some black Popes & their subtle satelites... Convent life, its customs &
cruelties” etc. The Mayor (Mr E Masters) presided at two of them.

East Suff Gaz 13 Mar 

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East Suff Gaz 20 Mar 

DEATH of Mr George Durrant
LAW:  William  Barker  of  Ringsfield  found  guilty  of  causing  3  horses  to  be  cruelly  ill-treated  by
exposing them during inclement weather & neglecting to provide them with proper & sufficient food

East Suff Gaz 27 Mar 

(They were on Shipmeadow Marshes) 14 days hard labour, Costs 1 6s 11d, if not paid 14 more days.
GROVE ROAD Leases for 75 years. Cost of laying out the land 300

1900
1900

Diary Dated 2 Apr 

ALEXANDRA ROAD: Cost of making up the road 336; Owners to pay 223.
NEW HOUSES: Tenders from Arthur Pells for erection of a House in Station Road.

Diary Dated 3 Apr 

1900
1900

East Suff Gaz 3 Apr 

TOWN  HALL:  Feoffees  to  lease  part  of  White  Lion  for  85  years  to  Council  at  rent  of  2  pa.
Corporation to spend 200 on improvements.

Diary Dated 5 Apr 
1900

CHURCHWARDENS:   WM  Crowfoot  resigns  as  Churchwarden  after  17  years.  Mr  Parker  as
Rector’s Warden. AR Clatworthy elected Parish Warden.
CONCERT: Free School Concert in aid of Waifs & Strays 7 6s

Diary Dated 2 Apr 

1900
1900

East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 

WAR: Frequent supplements “Beccles Men at he Front”, with photographs.
CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: Reopened after renovation, painting & improved ventilation
WAR: Entertainment at Town Hall in aid of Transvaal War Fund.

1900
1900

Diary Dated 22 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 1 May 

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East Suff Gaz 8 May 

CO-OP: 768 Members
PLAN APPROVED: Meadow on Grove Road laid out as Building Plot.
DEATHS: Mr Benjamin Ward, late Innkeeper, aged 78. ALSO JM Brundell, painter & plumber

Diary Dated 8 May 
Diary Dated 9 May 

1900
1900

WAR: RELIEF OF MAFEKING:  All Schools closed. Thanksgiving in all Churches.
WAR:  Womack  Brooks  Advertising:  National  Rejoicing  1900;  Relief  of  Mafeking  &  Queen’s
Birthday. Flags of every description from 1d to 4s 11d each.

Diary Dated 19 May 
East Suff Gaz 22 May 
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East Suff Gaz 29 May 

STRIKE of 30 BUILDERS demanding 1/4d an hour on to 3d & 1/4d an hour. No alteration obtained,
but payment of extra to individuals may be extended.

1900
1900

GAS INCREASED greatly in price owing to cost of Coal. Gas 4s 8d per 1000 ft. Paid 10% Dividend
CO-OP: Bakery to be built in Gosford Road.

Diary Dated 24 May 
East Suff Gaz 29 May 

1900
1900

COL WILSON celebrated 25 years as Manager of Caxton Printing Works. Presentation made.
GARDEN FETE at the Grove organised by Mrs Masters in aid of Indian Famine Relief.

East Suff Gaz 5 Jun 
Diary Dated 13 Jun 

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Rev F Fells leaving Baptist Church after 3 & 1/2 years
NW PELLS to rent the Granary at 5 pa
PLAN for Stables approved by Council in part of Garden in Grove Road near the Railway Crossing.

Diary Dated 1 Jul 
Diary Dated 2 Jul 
Diary Dated 1 Jul 

The cost would be 400
LEMAN  SCHOOL:  Escutcheon  in  Stone  of  Sir  John  Leman  given  by  Dr  Aldis  Wright  over  the
doorway.

1900
Diary Dated 1 Jul 

1900
 
1900

East Suff Gaz 10 Jul 

SALE: Horsley & Sons, Carriage Works in Hungate for Sale.
[24 June: Bought by JE Crisp for 600]
FAUCONBERGE PRIZE DAY:  Physics & Chemistry  Lab  added to premises. All to  have weekly

 
East Suff Gaz 31 Jul 

lesson in elements of Natural Science.
CO-OP: Sales 4326, an increase of 428 over corresponding quarter. 22 new members.
SALE of KILBRACK in Blyburgate & adjoining meadow in Ingate [Grove] Road: 46 building sites.

1900
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East Suff Gaz 7 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 7 Aug 

 
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House & Grounds bought by CH Durrant 1,375. (under Will of Sir ES Gooch.)
EDUCATION: BOARD SCHOOL: Entertainment & Prizes in Town Hall: WM Crowfoot’s address:
“They  talked  about  railways  &  electric  telegraphs  &  all  the  various  inventions  &  improvements

East Suff Gaz 7 Aug 

introduced during the present  century,  but he  did  not in  anything   had the  advance been  greater or
more far-reaching in its influence on the whole nation than the improvement & advance in education.
But - average attendance was only 80%.”

 
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East Suff Gaz 21 Aug 

SALE: THE GROVE: withdrawn at 2,200 (after death of JK Garrod)
OUTINGS: Nobbs & Goate, printers; FJ Allen, builders

East Suff Gaz 28 Aug 

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East Suff Gaz 25 Sept 

SALE of HORSES: Read, Stanford & Gayford: Michaelmas Sale: 446 Horses, Colts & Foals.
AGRICULTURAL SHOW, Ashman’s Hall

East Suff Gaz 25 Sept 

1900
1900

East Suff Gaz 9 Oct 

EXCURSION TRAIN to Dairy Show. & Brewers’ Exhibition
LAW:  Benjamin  Farrow  &  James  Riches  of  Beccles,  drunk  &  disorderly  &  refusing  to  quit  the

East Suff Gaz 6 Nov 

Falcon. Farrow worst & abused Mr F Hall; Fined 5s & 5s 6d costs or 7 days.
BECCLES GOLF CLUB: Ladies & Gents copetitions.
WOMBELL’S MENAGERIE at Beccles Stock Market on Thursday 29 November 3.30 pm & 7 pm.

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East Suff Gaz 20 Nov 

CMS MEETING in Rectory Room, WM Crowfoot in Chair.
CO-OP “Coming of Age” celebrated. Delegates from Norwich.
DENTISTS MEET to consider Pension Scheme. None approve.

East Suff Gaz 27 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 27 Nov 
1900
East Suff Gaz 4 Dec 

ADVERTISEMENT: William Robinson: Practical  Engineer & Cycl Manufacturer.  Station Road  &
Newgate: Cycles, Motors, Gas & Steam Engines, Sewing Machines, Invalid Chairs, Mail Carts, etc.
ADVERTISEMENT: Arthur Haddingham: Carriage Builder & Coach Wheeler. 14 years at Horsley’s

1900
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East Suff Gaz 4 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 4 Dec 

CHORAL SOCIETY: Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”.
EXHIBITION at Town Hall: Society for the Propogation of the Gospel:
Boys & Girls of National School dressed in cotumes worn in India, Africa, North America, China &

1900
 

East Suff Gaz 4 Dec 
 

Japan, sang Telegu melodies, African Hymns & Chinese Funeral Dirge & Baddley’s Chant. Trained
in schools & conducted by RC Dent, who was dressed in a mixed Chinese costume.
CHARITY: Mayor distributes tickets for Groceries & Meat to Widows & Old People & sick poor.

1900
East Suff Gaz 25 Dec 
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Norfolk News 5 Jan 

EDUCATION: Head Teachers’ Association:  Speaker  on teaching  of History: “There was no  other
country in the civilised world in which history history was not an obligatory subject.”

1901
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DEATH OF QUEEN VICTORIA
ADVERTISEMENT:  McQueen:  Mourning  Orders  of   all  kinds   executed  with  promptitude   &

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East Suff Gaz 29 Jan 

exactness. ”Long Live Edward VII”
The wearing of some sort of Mourning was almost universal.

 
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QUEEN VICTORIA’S DEATH - The Proclamation; - Letter to  the Editor.
I think it shows how slow and unbusiness-like the Beccles Town Council are when it is known that

East Suff Gaz 1 Feb 
 
 

though the Proclamation was received on Saturday at 10 a.m. the Council did not meet till seven in the
evening. Nine hours to call a meeting, and yet all living in the town. Where was the delay? Were they

all playing golf? And what an hour to hold it, eight o’clock!  Why not have delayed it a trifle longer
and  had  a torchlight procession  at midnight? And with all the delay what  a hurried unseemly affair
instead of the importance which should have accompanied such a unique function.

 
 

In nearly every town the Proclamation was read on or near the site where stood the old Market Cross.
Needless to  say this was not  done  at Beccles. Too much  hurry  evidently. Nine  or ten  hours were
insufficient time; Beccles wanted a month to think it over. And then in the address of condolence only

the  Mayor  and  Burgesses  were  mentioned  as  the  loyal  subjects;  what  about  the  Aldermen  and
Councillors?  In  the   address  of  Allegiance  the  Councillors   in  were  omitted.  Whoever   had  the

arrangements  in  hand,  and  I  have not the  least idea who had,  carried them  out in  a very slipshod
manner. The occasion warranted  dress suitable for such  an  event,  but the Town Clerk was the only

gentleman I noticed wearing a silk hat, the others appearing in chummies and caps! Oh lor!
Yours truly, H. Smith. Beccles, 29th January, 1901.

 
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QUEEN VICTORIA’S DEATH - The Proclamation; - Letter to  the Editor
The  question  is  being  asked  all  over  the  town,  “Who  was  the  strange  elderly  gentleman  in  the
waggonette with the Mayor [Alderman Masters] on Saturday night last when the King’s Proclamation
was read in the Market place?” Surely it was strictly an official proceeding and on such an important

East Suff Gaz 1 Feb 
 
 

occasion no one not officially connected with the town ought to have been allowed to mix up with it.
We  almost  all  know  the  members  of  our  Town  Council  and  we  all  know  the  Rector,  and  these
gentlemen were  in their proper positions with the Mayor, but why a stranger should thrust his  nose

forward is a question that is puzzling more than one BURGESS.
QUEEN VICTORIA’S DEATH - The Proclamation; - Letter to  the Editor
THE MEMORIAL SERVICE.

1901
 

East Suff Gaz 1 Feb 

 
 

 

Good  gracious,  Mr.  Editor,  whatever  is  our  Mayor  thinking  about.  He  has  actually  issued  a  bill
inviting the inhabitants to accompany him to a Memorial service, upon the occasion of the Funeral of
the  late  Queen,  without  a  black  border.  It  will  jar  upon  the  feelings  of  many.  And  what  class  of

inhabitants has the Mayor the impertinence to ask to attend at the Old Market and bring up the tail of
the procession?
Yours faithfully,

 
 

 
 

MOURNER. Beccles, 31st January, 1 1901.
QUEEN VICTORIA’S DEATH - The Proclamation; - Letter to  the Editor
CHURCH CEREMONY,

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Sir—As a  new resident in Beccles I was  greatly astonished  at the, to me, peculiar  behaviour  of the
congregation at Beccles Church on Sunday last. At the church I have been attending it is the custom

upon the entry of the  clergy and choir for the congregation to stand up. Doing  so on  Sunday, I was
surprised to find I was almost the only person standing, and sat down, needless to say feeling much

confused and abashed. At the end of the service the Dead March was played when, of course everyone
stood,  but at  its  close,  upon the clergy  and  choir quitting their seats,  everybody either sat down  or

hastened out This appears to me very unseemly and, to say the least, discourteous to the clergy and
choir who are certainly leaders  of the service, I am wondering whether this stupid and disrespectful
behaviour will again be repeated on Saturday next.

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SALE: “Stafford House”, Smallgate, & Business Premises in rear occupied by GA Stanford
[sold to WT Youngman for 700.]
Adjoining it “Bedford Cottage” occupied by WE Dove

East Suff Gaz 19 Feb 

 
 

 
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[Sold to WT Youngman 280]
CONCERT: Second & Third part of “The Messiah” in Parish Church on Tuesday at 8 pm.
ADVERTISEMENT:  PJ  Gibbons,  Annual  Cycle  Show  in  Town  Hall,  2  Days.  Included  Tricycle

East Suff Gaz 26 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 26 Feb 

Carrier: should prove very serviceable in conveyance of fish & poultry.
CHURCH of ENGLAND in the 19th CENTURY: Between 1857 & 1875 500 churches enlarged or
restored & 20 new ones built. Nearly 100 Parsonage Houses provided

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Norwich News 2 Mar 
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ADVERTISEMENT:  W  Robinson,  5th  Annual  Cycle   Show.  (Cycle  Manufacturer  &   general
Engineer)

East Suff Gaz 5 Mar 
1901

EDUCATION:  Fauconberge  School:  Rev  JH  Raven  [aged  58]  to  resign  as  Headmaster  of  the
Fauconberge  School. Appointed to  living of Thornby, 9 miles from Rugby. Income 300  a year &

East Suff Gaz 12 Mar 

House.
YOUNG MEN’S INSTITUTE: Hockey leads deputation to the Mayor on proposal for Young Men’s

1901
East Suff Gaz 2 Apr 

Instiute, raises question of suitable building - could it be a Memorial to Queen Victoria?
CONCERT : Church of England School for Waifs & Strays in the Rectory Room.
NEW  SOCIAL CLUB MEETING: Concert at College. Meetings to  be held in room  above Coffee

1901
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East Suff Gaz 16 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 23 Apr 

Room in Station Road
MAYOR’S JUVENILE FANCY DRESS BALL . 150
NEW POST OFFICE: Moves from the Walk to Exchange Square (formerly WF Spaull’s Drapery)

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CONGREGATIONAL ATHLETICS CLUB in Gymnasium. 46 Members.
DEATH of Mrs Boyce, wife of Henry Boyce of the Leman School. Funeral; (Sons: Rev William, Rev
Walter & Frank)

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DEATH of Stephen Thompson, Post Master. He succeeded Miss Ottey in 1883.
EDUCATION: School Attendance: New Bye-Laws: increased penalty: from 5s to 1.
WAR:  Enthusiastic  welcome  to  Sergt  Daley,  L-Cpl  Moore  &  Pte  Tillett  returning  from  the  War.

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Large crowd at the Station, etc. Mayor speaks from waggonette.
HOUSES: Notice by Arthur Pells: Tenders for pulling down three cottages & erecting a new Infants’
School in Peddar’s Lane.

1901
East Suff Gaz 4 Jun 
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HOSPITAL:  much  in  need of funds. Amateur Theatricals  in Town Hall  for Hospital  organised  by
Miss Garden of Redisham Hall.
SUFFOLK SHOW at Beccles (also here in 1871 & 1883)

East Suff Gaz  4 Jun 

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East Suff Gaz 11 Jun 

HOSPITAL INCOME: 576 including annual Subs 264; Collections in Churches & Chapels 120;
Donations 79. Balance 21. 

East Suff Gaz 25 Jun 

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CHURCH: Annual Sale of Work of Church Missionary Society in the Rectory Garden
VESTRY MEETING: Possible re-assessment of Rates

East Suff Gaz 2 Jul 
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ATHLETICS MEETING: 21st Annual Athletics & Cycling Meeting. Caxton AMG
MEMORIAL for Queen Victoria  Fund: 3  Suggestions:  1.) Market Cross  2.) Drinking Fountain  3.)

East Suff Gaz 2 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 9 Jul 

Statue
TELEPHONE installed at Police Station
EDUCATION:  Farewell  Dinner  &  Presentation  to  Rev  &  Mrs  Raven.  Rev  PE  Bateman  present.

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East Suff Gaz 16 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 23 Jul 

Letter of appreciation in musical work of Raven in Beccles eg. especially Beccles Choral Society.
ADVERTISEMENT: SF Field & Sons, Hungate, sole makers of Harper’s Chaff Cutters, Horsepower
water carts, ploughs, harrows, cultivators, etc.

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East Suff Gaz 30 Jul 

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HOSPITAL GARDEN FETE: in JE Crisp’s Garden. 2 Days. c 71.
EDUCATION: Fauconberge School Prize Day: Bishop of Norwich presents prizes & speaks.
EDUCATION: Sunday School Treat: Church to Castle Farm c 800

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EDUCATION: Sunday School Treat: St Benet’s on Kessingland Beach
EDUCATION: Sunday School Treat: Baptists to Buckenham’s Meadow on Weson Road
EDUCATION: Sunday School Treat: Congregational to Ashford’s Meadow at Gillingham

East Suff Gaz 6 Aug 
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EDUCATION: Sunday School Treat: Primitive Methodists on Gibben’s Meadow at Swine’s Green
CO-OP: Trade 4,677; increase of 371
ROWDYISM at Beccles: Letter: Teachers & Children of Primitive Methodist Sunday School annual

East Suff Gaz 6 Aug 
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East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 

meeting  at  Lowestoft. On  return  journey 10-12 youths  followed the  conveyance  at some  distance
throwing stones & using at some distance throwing stones & abusive language near the Black Boy;
stopped, several tried to pull writer off vehicle. Several men came out & prevented lads from further

annoyance. 
ADVERTISEMENT: Hermitage Inn: EH Hockey; Good Accommodation for riverside lodgings.

- G Grenim, Sunday School Superintendent

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East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 

MENS’  SOCIAL INSTITUTE: Fete  in the  grounds of the Grove  (FF Garrood) to raise money for
furnishing rooms which it is hoped will soon be erected in Men’s Social Institute.

East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 

 
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Organiser: AH Hockey.
SALE OF Building LAND in Ingate [Grove] Road: Buyers: Colchester Brewery Co, A McQueen, EJ

East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 

Hindes, J Aldous, etc
PRESENTATION to Rev JH Raven from Choir & Choral  Society: Grove’s Directory  of Music  &
Musicians (4 Vols)

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East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 

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OPENING of St BENET’S on 29 August 1901: -  PAGE MISSING 
DEATH of Mrs Catherine Arnold, widow of Rev FM Arnold, Rector of Ringsfield.
LETTER of THANKS from Mr Raven, referring to successful resistance to the introduction into the

 
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Parish of Messrs Moody & Sankey & his great regard for Handel.
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ALDERMAN MASTERS leaves Beccles for Birmingham. He came to Beccles 35 years ago. He tok
business  of Mullenger. He was  also  a farmer &  brick manufacturer. When Horsley &  Son  got  into

East Suff Gaz 15 Oct 

difficulties he kept the works going for some long time. Councillor 1871; Mayor 1873-75; Alderman
1877; Mayor 1886,  1887, 1900. County Councillor  etc & many Committees.  [see Funeral  15 Jan

1907]
NEW CLUBHOUSE  for Beccles  Social Club  erected  on Bowling Green  ground. Frontage of 62ft.

1901
East Suff Gaz 22 Oct 

Arthur Pells, the architect
DRAWING of TOWN HALL with proposed alterations. Side & Front elevations.
SUNDAY PUB CLOSING: Poll at Beccles: FOR: 794; AGAINST: 78; NO OPINION: 294

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East Suff Gaz 5 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 3 Dec 
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SHIPMEADOW  WORKHOUSE  Annual  Treat:   Visit   by  Mrs  Crisp,  Miss   Edith  Crisp,  Miss
Robinson,  &  Mrs  Janet  Combe  (for  Miss  Harvey);  Distributed   buns,  sausage   rolls,  biscuits,
gingerbread, apples, oranges, bags of sweets & money. Parcels of books

East Suff Gaz 10 Sep 

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PRESENTATION to Mr Hockey from Committee of Mens’ Social Club.
CHORAL SOCIETY: Standale Bennet’s “The May Queen” at Town Hall.
SOUP KITCHEN: To open Tuesday, 8 January

East Suff Gaz 10 Dec 
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EDUCATION:  Fauconberge  School:  Breaking-up  Party:  Parents  &  others  inspect  the  buildings
(about 140) - Gymnasium restored. Display in Laboratory: large display of Chemicals & apparatus.

East Suff Gaz 24 Dec 

Bateman  had  for  3  years  Assistant  Demonstratorat at Cavendish  Laboratory  &  then  2  years  as
Science Master at old Schol, Tonbridge. Experiments.

 
 

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CHRISTMAS AT THE WORKHOUSE: 126 Inmates, only 45 able  to sit down in the Hall.
Shipmeadow Church Choir (rev & Mrs Youngs) visit & sing Carold in different parts of the building.

East Suff Gaz 24 Dec 
 

Roast Beef & Plumb Pudding “as much as you please.” Fruit, nuts, etc.
WHEN HARVEST ENDED IN JULY: EXPERIENCES OF 86-YEAR-OLD FARMER
Mr. Humphrey,  aged  86,  a retired farmer, who lives  in Northgate, Hunstanton,  commenting on  an

1901
Date & year uncertain 
 

article  in  the  “Eastern  Daily  Press”  of  Saturday,  where  it  was  stated  that  a  farmer  completed  his
harvest in July,  1868,  corroborates the statement and states that in that year  his  father, farming  at
Smeeth Road,  completed the  harvest of 300 acres in July. He  added that he  knew of other Norfolk

farmers who  did the same. The summer was  very hot, and the men  had to wade  in the mud of the
rivers to cut reeds for the cattle to eat, as there was no green food.

 

In 1880 the frost on Christmas Day was the sharpest Mr Humphrey had ever known. He remembered
on May 4th. 1862 the Middle Level sluice gates giving way and the tide rushing up the aqueduct at

Upwell. On Monday 12th the bank gave way and flooded 5000 acres of fen to the depth of five feet.
Many houses were flooded,  and some  houses  in the  district still show the level reached  by the salt

water. Seventy acres of his father’s land was flooded. In 1865 rinderpest killed many hundreds head
of cattle. His father lost several cattle, and it was pitiful to see the animals dying with it.
Mr Humphrey  gives instances of animals suffering from foot and mouth  disease  being  cured in the

 
days before slaughter was compulsory.
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CATHOLIC CHURCH: A Catholic Re-union takes place  in the Town Hall, which was tastefully
decorated for the occasion. Dancing was one of the features of the evening.

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WEDDING: The wedding of Mr. Charles E. Dunn, son of Mr. G. A Dunn, of Beccles, to Miss Alice
Pye, of Woolwich, takes place. The happy couple were the recipients of numerous presents.

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CHAPEL: The members of the Congregational Church have their annual tea meeting.
SOCIETY: Messrs. H. Copeman and Son secure first prize in the open class for Bantam Rosecombs
at Sheringham Fanciers’ Annual Show.

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CHAPEL:  The  members  of  the  Wesleyan  Band  of  Hope  have  their  New  Year’s  Treat  in  the
Schoolroom. The tea was followed by an entertainment.
POST OFFICE: Miss Thompson, late of Beccles Post Office, is presented with a silver-mounted oak

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inkstand by the postmen and messengers.
CHAPEL: Covenant Sunday observed at the Wesleyan Church, a good number being present.
EDUCATION: Schools re-open after the Christmas holidays.

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CHILDREN’S PARTY: Mrs. J. R. Crisp’s Children’s Invitation Party takes place at the Town Hall; a
large company was present
VOUNTEERS:  The  first  Annual  N.C.O.’s  Dinner  in  connection  with  the  G  &  H  Companies

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(Beccles) 2nd V.B.N.R. held at the Railway Hotel
CHURCH: A Tea and Entertainment in connection with the Beccles branch of the Church of England

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Temperance Society held in the Ingate Mission Room.
CHAPEL: A week of United Prayer of the Beccles Free Churches commence. The opening meeting

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held at the Primitive Methodist Chapel.
ACCIDENT: An  employee named Benns meets with  an  accident at Messrs.  Elliott and Garrood’s

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Ironworks, his foot being badly crushed.
BALL: A Golf Club Ball is held at the Town Hall.
WORKHOUSE:  Annual  Christmas  tea  and  entertainment  to  the  inmates  of  the  Wangford  Union
Workhouse, at Shipmeadow takes place.

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CHURCH: Annual Tea and Entertainment in connection with the C.E.T.S. Band of Hope held at the
Town Hall. 180 persons being present.
CHURCH: The members of the Parish Church Choir take part in the Norwich Cathedral Festival.

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WATERWORKS: Annual Meeting  of the shareholders of the Beccles  Waterworks Company held,
when a dividend at the rate of 2 per cent, is recommended.
DEATH:  The  death  takes  place  at  the  ripe  age  of  89  years,  of  Mr.  G.  Woolnough,  an  old  and

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respected inhabitant of Beccles.
EDUCATION:  Annual  Tea  and  Distribution  of  Prizes  take  place  at  the  Henham  and  Wangford
Schools.

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DEATH: The death takes place of Mr. Edward Shiplee. the oldest member of the Beccles Post Office
staff. In his capacity as rural messenger for forty years he is accredited with having walked 190,280
miles.

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WEDDING: The wedding takes place at the Parish Church of Miss Florence Maria Merrells and Mr.
James Cutler, both well known in the town.
SOCIETY: Messrs. H. Copeman  and  Son are  awarded second  and third prizes for their Rosecomb

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Bantams at the Bury and District Fanciers’ Society.
DEATH: Death of Mrs. M. Pells at the age of 90 years. Deceased was a sister of the late Mr. Geo.

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Woolnough, who died on the 10th inst.
FUNERAL: The funeral takes place of Mr. Edward Shiplee, members of the two Courts of Foresters

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being present.
CHAPEL: Rev. A. Legatt, of Yarmouth, preaches at the Congregational Church.

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VOLUNTEERS: The Rifle volunteers have a route drill along the Gillingham road.
CHAPEL: Beecles P.S.A . Society have a social evening, the schoolroom being nicely decorated for
the occasion.

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CHAPEL: Annual Entertainment of the Congregational Band of Hope.
CHAPEL:  A  meeting  arranged  by  the  Wesleyan  Sunday  School  and  Band  of  hope  in  aid  of  Dr.
Stephenson’s homes, held in the Schoolroom. Rev. J. Sanger presides, and a total contribution from

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the school of 4 12s. 1d. is announced.
SOCIETY: Second Annual general meeting of the Beccles Golf Club held at the Club House, Mr. J.
E. Crisp  in the  chair. A favourable  balance sheet was produced by the hon.  sec.  (Mr.  E. Hewer).

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Payment on the shares for 1901 of 4 per cent, was agreed to.
HOSPITAL: Meeting  of the Beccles Hospital  Saturday Fund held  in the Council Chamber, Mr. H.
Hopson presiding. Collecting Boxes were opened, the net proceeds from all sources amounting to 95

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2s. 8d. - about 10 less than the previous year.
SPORT: Mr. A. K Hockey, President of the North Suffolk Football League, presents Bungay with the

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Allerton Cup.
EDUCATION:  Offertories  are  taken  at  the  Parish  Church  on  behalf  of  the  National   Schools

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amounting to 13 2s.
SOCIETY:  Annual  meeting  of  the  Loyal  “Temple  of  Friendship”  held  at  the  King’s  Head,  the

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secretary announcing the saving on the year’s transactions amounted to about 400.
CHAPEL:  Bible  Classes  at  the  Congregational  Church  have   a  tea   and  social  evening   in  the
Schoolroom, a pleasant time being spent.

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COUNCIL: Beccles Town Council decide at a special meeting to erect an Isolation Hospital, at a cost
of 252 l0s. for use in case of smallpox outbreak.
CHAPEL: Annual business meeting of Congregational Church Choir held when Mr. Geo. Hector is

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appointed secretary.
ACCIDENT: A little girl named Cox, living on the Grange Estate falls from an upper window and is
severely injured.

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NURSE’S HOME: A Concert in  aid  of the Nurses’ Home  is held at the College  Schoolroom. The
programme was arranged by Mr. A. K. Hockey.
CHAPEL: Anniversary services held at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, the Rev. E. Ball preaching.

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VOLUNTEERS: Rifle Volunteers headed by the bugle band have a march out.
CHURCH: A meeting of the C.E.T.S. held, when Rev.  P. Oakley Hill,  Vicar  of Upton, Norwich,
gave an address.

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EDUCATION: Mrs.  Hayes,  Gresham  House  School,  is  presented  with  handsome  clock,  suitably
inscribed, from the adult members of the dancing class.
CHAPEL: Mr. H. W. Cocks of Bungay. gives an interesting paper on “What, when and how to read “

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to the members of the Wesley Guild.
SOCIETY: A Dance arranged by Mr. W. Hall, takes place in the Town Hall, about 70 being present.

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CHAPEL: About 50 persons attend a Social Evening given by the Congregational Church Choir.
CO-OP: Annual meeting of the Beccles Co-operative Society held, when a dividend to members of 1s

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10d in the was recommended. Sales of 4,861. MF Buck, President; W lee, Hon Treasurer; O Aldis,
Secretary.

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SOCIETY:  Members  of  the  Girl’s  Friendly  Society  have  tea  at  the  Town  Hall  after  which  the
company were entertained by Mrs. Rogers, of Littleport.
SOCIETY: Mrs. .J. K. Barney, a lady from America. gives an interesting address entitled “Round the

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world with the White Ribbon” in the Town Hall. There was a large attendance.
WEDDING: Miss Hannah Pleasants is the recipient of wedding presents from the  firm  and young
women  employed  in  the  Binding  Department  of  the  Caxton  Press,  in  acknowledgment  of  a  long

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period of service.
SOCIETY: A meeting of the subscribers of the Chrysanthemum Society held in the Rectory Room,
Canon Rowsell presiding.

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RAILWAY: The G.E R. employees in the Way and Works Department have their Annual Dinner at
the Railway Hotel, Mr. Youell presiding.
EDUCATION: Nomination of Candidates for Beccles School Board, viz. W. M. Crowfoot, surgeon;

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W. Heather, Congregational minister; J. P. Larkman. solicitor; W. Read, merchants’ manager; E G.R.
Watson, chemist.
ORCHESTRA: The Beccles Orchestral Society give a successful Concert at the Town Hall, a large

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number being present.
BECCLES ORCHESTRAL  SOCIETY CONCERT: 8 violins,  2 violas, 2  cellos, double bass, flute,
clarinet, horn, euphonium, harmonium, piano

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RAILWAY: The first of the annual dinners to the railway employees, at Beccles, promoted by public
subscription, held at the King’s Head Hotel, Dr. McComb presiding in the absence of the Mayor. Mr.

Blanden, station master, was in the vice-chair and about 50  members of the staff were present.
FIRE: A slight outbreak of fire occurs at the Convent.

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CHAPEL: The annual tea and Meeting of the members of the Congregational Church takes place, a
good number being present.

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VOLUNTEERS: Nos. 8 and 9 Companies 1st N.V.A. inspected by the Adjutant, Capt. Wyatt, at the
Drill Hall.
VOLUNTEERS:  Sergt..Trumpeter  C.  H.  Barkham  is  presented  with  a  long  service  medal,  by

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Adjutant, Capt. Wyatt, at an inspection of Nos. 8 and 9 Co’s , 1st N.V.A.
EDUCATION: Annual Meeting of the Waveney Valley Teachers’ Association held, Miss Robinson
presiding over a good attendance.

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RAILWAY: The second portion  of the staff  at the Beccles station  have their Annual Dinner  at the
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White Lion, the Mayor presiding.
CHAPEL: The members of the Wesley Guild hold a “Social” in the Wesleyan Schoolroom. A large

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number present and a capital programme provided.
VOLUNTEERS:  Corporal  W.  Upcraft,  Rifle  Volunteers,  is  presented  with  pair  of  field  glasses,

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tobacco and pipe on his leaving for South  
ACCIDENT: A man  named Alfred Turner, while  unloading sleepers near Beccles Railway  Station

Africa with the Norfolk Volunteer Service Co.
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has his foot badly crushed.
CHAPEL:  At  the  Wesleyan  Schoolroom  a  paper  is  read  by  Mr.  R.  E.  Adams  before  the  Wesley
Guild, on “The conduct and Ritual of Divine Service.’

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EDUCATION: David Honeywood, wherryman, summoned for irregular  attendance of his son aged
12. He had 14 children, wife thought 7 should be attending school.
VOLUNTEERS: Adjutant V. T. Worship inspects the Rifle Volunteer recruits at the Drill hall, Old

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Market Place.
CHAPEL: A successful meeting of the Temperance Society held in the Congregational Schoolroom,
Rev. W. Heather presiding.

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FIRE: Disastrous fire occurs  at Bungay resulting  in total destruction of Mr. C. Marston’s  corn mill
near the Staithe. Estimated damage 2000.
DEATH of Lord John Hervey occurs at Bungay, causing universal regret.

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PUBLIC  LIBRARY:  Annual  Meeting  in  connection  with  Public  Library  held.  Canon  Rowsell
presiding,  when  question  of  taking  over  adjoining  Reading  Room  is  discussed,  and  a  committee
appointed to go into the matter.

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ACCIDENT: A G.E.R fireman is taken to Beccles Hospital, having sustained injuries by falling from
his engine
TRADE: Mr. P. J. Gibbons holds his annual Cycle Show at the Town Hall.

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CHAPEL: C. J. Thorne, missionary from Madigascar preaches  at the Congregational Church in the
morning.

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CHAPEL: A successful Temperance meeting held in Town Hall, Mr. Garwood Ingate presiding.
WAR: Beccles  Volunteers who signed for service  in  South Africa  leave Norwich with the  Service

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Company.
CHURCH: The C.E.T.S.  conclude  its winter session by a successful meeting  at the Ingate Mission

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Room. Canon Rowsell presides.
ACCIDENT: Capt. Henderson of the Beccles Salvation Army meets with an accident while cycling
to a service at Loddon.

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DEATH: The death takes place at Fair Close, of Mr. Joseph Watson, at the age of 59 years. Deceased
was for many years superintendent of the Wesleyan Sunday School.
CHAPEL:  A  Sale  of  Work  in  aid  of  the  Twentieth  Century  Fund  is  held  in  Congregational

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Schoolroom 23  being realized.
POLITICS:  A  Smoking  Concert  arranged  by  the  Beccles  Conservative  Association  is  held  in  the
Town  Hall.  Col.  Lucas  M.P.  for  the  division  was  present  and  received  a  hearty  reception  upon

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addressing the meeting. The Mayor presided.
CHAPEL:  Meetings  in  connection  with  the  Beccles  and  District  Free  Church  Council  held  at
Halesworth.

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SPORT:  Annual  Meeting  of  the  Caxton  Athletic  Club  held  when  a  gratifying  balance  in  hand  is
reported.
SOCIETY: Meeting  of  members  of the Chrysanthemum  and  Floricultural  Society held in Rectory

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Room. The Mayor expressed the opinion that the Chrysanthemum Show was appreciated and ought
not to be allowed to lapse.
FUNERAL: Funeral service takes place in the Wesleyan Chapel of the late Mr. J. G. Watson, a large

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number being present.
DEATH: At the P.S.A. meeting the Rev. W. Heather pays a touching tribute to the memory of the

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late Mr. J. G. Watson.
CHURCH: Confirmation  Service  held in the  Parish Church  conducted  by the  Lord Bishop of the

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Diocese.  There  were  132  candidates  [Beccles:  25  males,  46  females]  from  the  various  parishes
present.

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CHAPEL: Members  of the British  Women’s Temperance Association have their  annual tea in the
Primitive Methodist Schoolroom, the financial and other reports being rnost encouraging.
EDUCATION: First meeting of the re-elected Beccles  School Board held, when the usual business

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was transacted.
EDUCATION: National School: Reduction in deficit of 25. Appeal for subscriptions.
PUBLIC LIBRARY: Meeting of members of Beccles Public Library held, when Committee reported

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it would be impossible to amalgamate with the Reading Room.
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PUBLIC LIBRARY  AGM: WM Crowfoot elected President in place of Rev JH Raven.
FIRE BRIGADE: Annual Dinner of the Caxton Press Fire Brigade held at the King’s Head Hotel, the

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Mayor presiding.
ENTERTAINMENT: The Annual Tea and Entertainment given to their employees by Messrs. Elliott

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and Garrood takes place at the Town Hall and proves a great success.
CHAPEL: The Rev. H. Flemming, of Clacton-on-Sea preaches in the Primitive Methodist Chapel in

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connection with the Connexional Home Missions.
CHURCH: In connection with the British  and  Foreign Bible  Society a  lantern lecture upon  ‘China
and the Chinese”  and “Bible work among the Chinese”  is  given  in the Town Hall by the Rev. J.

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Thomas, formerly of Shanghai. The collection amounted to 5 13s.
FUNERAL: The funeral  of the  late Mr. Robert Tilney takes place; Canon Rowsell  officiated  and
there were a large number present.

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DEATH of Robert Tilney, aged 62; Gun-smith & dealer in game since 1867. Champion Suffolk Rifle
Association; several prizes at WRA meetings.
SOCIETY:  First  general  meeting  of  the  Beceles  Waveney  Angling  Club  held  at  the  Cambridge

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Stores, Northgate street. There was a good attendance and Col. Combe was elected president.
ENTERTAINMENT: Two well attended entertainments are given in the Town Hall by the boys from
the Farningham Homes.

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CHORAL  SOCIETY:  The  Choral  Society  assisted  by  the  choir  perform  at  the  Parish  church
Mendelssohn’s ~‘ Hear my prayer” and Stainer’s “Crucifixion.” A large congregation was present.
SUNDAY OBSERVANCE:  Letter from Cornelius Ingate of Bungay: A Parson  advocated football,

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cricket,  golf  etc  on  Sunday afternoons, “Surely such descecration  of the  Sabbath incurs the Divine
Displeasure.”
WEDDING: The marriage of Miss Grace Rankin Wilson, daughter of Col. T. Wilson, Mayor of  of

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Beccles, with Mr. Richard Cromwell  Warner, son  of Rev. Canon Warner, [of  Stoke,  Lincolnshire]  
takes place at St. Andrews, Ashley Gardens, Westminister.

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CHURCH: The Annual Meeting of the Church of England Central Society for providing homes for
Waifs and Strays held in the Rectory Room. A service was afterwards held in the Parish Church.

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COUNCIL: Local Inquiry held in connection with the application by the Beccles Town Council, for a
loan  of  1,000 for improvements to the Town Hall, before J. C. Pottinger,  Esq., M.1.C.E.,  one  of

Local Government Board Inspectors.
VESTRY MEETING: held when the outgoing overseers, Messrs. A. Pells, C. H. Durrant, H. Hopson,
and L. G. Laws are nominated for the ensuing year.

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CHAPEL:  At  the  Wesleyan  Chapel  Rev.  T.  Brian  Castle,  of  Nottingham,  deputation  for  Home
Missionary Society gave a lecture entitled “A Methodist Revival in the Parish Church.”
CHURCH: Offertories at the Parish Church in aid of the Curates Fund realise 16 17s.

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COUNCIL: The annual rent audit tea takes place in the Town Hall, the Mayor presiding.
CHURCH: The offertory at the Parish Church in aid of the Jews’ Society realised 5 I5s. 6d.
SALVATION ARMY: Special rejoicings with the Salvation Army on the occasion of the marriage of

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“Capt.” J. Henderson with “Capt.” M. Lamb, being the first Salvation Army officer’s wedding ever
celebrated at Beccles.
CHAPEL: Service of Song given in the Primitive Methodist Chapel entitled “Blind Betty’s Text,’ the

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narrative given by Mr. Garwood Ingate.
CHAPEL: Anniversary services held in the Martyrs’ Memorial Chapel, Mr. J. Hunt Lynn preaching
in the afternoon.

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LADIES’ HOCKEY: Beccles XI defeat Halesworth 2 - 0
WEDDING: The marriage takes place of Miss Edith Clark, fourth  daughter of Mr. James Clark, of
Market House. to Mr. Arthur Ashford Waller, second son of Mr. 11. WaIler, Pier Terrace, Lowestoft.

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ENTERTAINMENT: The  Town  Hall  is  densely  packed  with  an  audience  to  witness  the  talented
Walford Family’s Entertainment.

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CHAPEL: Rev. J. Hunt gives interesting lectures on “Some early American Methodist Preachers” in
the Wesleyan Chapel. There was a good attendance.

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A VESTRY MEETING held  at the Parish Church, the Rector presiding, when the parish  accounts
were produced.

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CHAPEL: The PSA. starts its new 13th half.yearly session.
VOLUNTEERS: Adjutant V. T. Worship inspects the Rifle Volunteer recruits in the Drill Hall.
WAIFS & STRAYS SOCIETY: Beccles Branch; WM Crowfoot in Chair: Speaks of State provision

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in France. Rev E de M Radoff, founder of Society, speaks on year’s work.
FOOTBALL: Railway Excursion to Cup Final at Crystal Palace & Epsom Spring Races, etc.
EDUCATION: School Board Meeting held, presided over by Mr. Wm. Read.

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SALE  of  HORSES:  Messrs.  Read,  Stanford  and  Gayford  hold  their  annual  spring  sale  of  horses.
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There was a good demand.
DEATH: The funeral takes place of the late Mrs. F. S. Rix [aged 71], amid manifestations of respect

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and sorrow.
ENTERTAINMENT: A Smoking Concert in connection with the Ancient Order of Shepherds takes

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place at the Caxton Arms.
VOLUNTEERS: The Artillery Volunteers have a church parade and march to Barsham Church. Rev.

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Allan Coates preached.
MEN’S SOCIAL INSTITUTE: First annual meeting of the Men’s Social Institute held at the College,
Mr. A. K. Hockey presiding.

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LADIES’ HOCKEY: Beccles v “99” Ladies & Mr Hipburn’s XI
HOSPITAL: Theatrical performances by local ladies and gentlemen in aid of the Hospital are given
in the Town Hall.

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CHURCH: The 16th  annual Tea  of  members  of Mr. J.  S.  Palmer’s Bible Class takes place in the
Waveney Schoolroom, when the Rector distributes the books subscribed for by the members.
COUNCIL: A town’s meeting to decide what should he done to suitably celebrate the coronation of

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the king, is held in the Town Hall. The Mayor presided and there was a good attendance.
CHAPEL: Mr. Adam Adams,  of  Lowestoft, occupies the pulpit  at the Primitive Methodist Chapel
and preaches to good congregations.

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LET MARSHES: Messrs. Read, Stanford and Gayford let for the Town Council about 200 acres of
mowing and grazing marshes, realising about 40/- an acre.
EDUCATION: Rev. W. Heather Secretary Beecles and District Free Church Council, who attended

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the great meeting held in St. James Hall, London, to protest against the Government’s New Bill on
Education  gives  an interesting  account  of the  bill  and  his  visit, in the Congregational  Schoolroom.
Rev.  E. Ball presided  and there was  a large attendance.  [JS Palmer  deplores NUT support of the

Education Bill]
CO-OP: Mr. W.  S.  Watkins, organising  Secretary of the County Technical Instruction, lectures  on

1902
Almanack 25 Apr 

Dairy  Farming  in  the  Congregational  Schoolroom  in  connection  with  the  Beccles  Co-operative
Society.

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Almanack 28 Apr 

WEDDING: The marriage takes place at the Parish Church of Miss Harrietta Louisa Angell, daughter
of the late Mr. George B. Angell, to the Rev. H. Webster, MA.., fourth son of Mr. John Webster, of

Dulwich.
CHAPEL: Mr. Rogers  of Brentwood  attend the Congregational Christian  Endeavour  and  gives  an
address.

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CHURCH: Ven. Archdeacon of Suffolk, Canon C. D. Lawrence, MA., holds his first visitation to the
clergy and churchwardens at the Parish Church.
VOLUNTEERS: The Artillery Volunteers have a parade and are inspected prior to going to Languard

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Almanack 30 Apr 

to Camp.
DEATH: The death takes place at the “Grotto” of Mr. C. F. Parker.
VOLUNTEERS: Beccles contingent Artillery Volunteers proceed to Languard camp.

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FUNERAL: The funeral takes place of Mr. C F. Parker.
ADVERTISEMENT:  MS  Spurling,  the  Red  House:  Coronation  Suits  a  speciality.  Little  Boys
Coronation Suits. Coronation hats & caps.

East Suff Gaz 6 May 
1902

EDUCATION: Lessons  given  in  Experimental Chemistry. Theoretical & Practical;  Preparation for
exams; JS Palmer, St George’s Villa.
CHAPEL: The Baptist Chapel Choir,  assisted  by friends, perform  a service of  Song  in the Martyrs

East Suff Gaz 6 May 
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Almanack 7 May 

Memorial Schoolroom, entitled “The  
School funds.
CO-OP: The 19th  quarterly meeting  of the Beccles Co-operative  Society held, Mr. Buck presiding.

End of the  Strife”; the proceeds  in  aid  of the  Sunday
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Twenty-two new members were  reported, the total  number on the books  being 874 [an  addition of
20]. A dividend of 1s 10d in the was recommended. [Quarter Sales 4,715]

1902
Almanack 8 May 

ESCAPED BULL: Some excitement caused by the vagaries of a bull, who pays an unwelcome visit
to  Mr.  Marshall,  confectioner.  After  some  trouble  he  is  ejected  from  the  premises  and  disports

himself about the streets before finally getting away.
DEATH at her residence in Station Road of Mary Peirson Goodwyn, aged 63

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East Suff Gaz 13 May 
Almanack 16 May 

AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION: Annual Meeting of the North Suffolk Agricultural Association,
held at the King’s Head Hotel, Col. Burton presiding.
CHAPEL: A large congregation was present at the P.S.A. meeting to welcome Mr. John Flower, who

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Almanack 18 May 

gave an address upon “Why we are Protestants.”
CHAPEL:  Primitive  Methodists   celebrate  their   Sunday   School   anniversary.  The  Rev.   E.  Ball
conducted the services and there was a good attendance.

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CHAPEL: Public Meeting held in connection with the Primitive Methodist Chapel, preceded by a tea.
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MEN’S  SOCIAL  INSTITUTE: A Fete  and Gala,  under the  auspices  of the Beccles Men’s  Social
Institute is held, the weather proving most unpropitious.

1902

BELL TOLLING: M ayor received letters of complaint about “incessant bell tolling in this Town.”
Suggested transfer to Cemetery.

East Suff Gaz 20 May 
1902

CORONATION COMMITTEE: Children’s Treat;  Procession; Athletic  Sports; Bicycle & Costume
Parade, Water Carnival; Dinner to old people.

East Suff Gaz 20 May 
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Almanack 24 May 

VOLUNTEERS: The G. and H. Companies 2nd V.B.N.R. have a special parade, and are put through
various manouvres on the common.
DEATH:  The  funeral  takes  place  of  Mr.  Charles  Cowles  [son  of  William  Cowles  of  Beccles

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Almanack 24 May 

Academy, chemist & dentist at Stratford, Essex. He had been apprenticed to S Steel, his brother-in-
law], the Rev. E. P. P. L. Thompson conducting the first part of the service in the Parish Church.
CHAPEL:  Congregational  Sunday  School  Anniversary  held,  the  services  being  conducted  by  the

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Almanack 25 May 

Rev. Walter Legerton.
POLICE: Annual Inspection of Police of Beccles, takes place on the Crown Meadow, Lowestoft.
WAR: A hearty welcome is  given to volunteers returning  from  active service  in  South Africa. The

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Almanack 28 May 
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members  of the Artillery  Volunteer Band were present [& played “Rule Britannia”], and the  large
crowd lustily cheered as the train approached. The returning men were Privates A. Ingate, W. Rowe,
W. Smith, W. Weavers, and A. Aldred [of the 2nd Norfolk Volunteer Service]

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Almanack 29 May 

CHAPEL: Members meeting of the Congregational Chapel, held  in, the  Schoolroom, when Mr. W.
Grice and Mr. C. Smith were appointed deacons to fill vacancies.
DEATH: Mr. Samuel  Sutton, landlord of the  Ship Inn, Bridge  Street, found dead in bed. Deceased

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Almanack 30 May 

was in his 57th year.
CHAPEL: Rev. E. Ball, givss an address at the P.S.A. meeting on “Politeness” and ‘Honesty”
PEACE: Service held at the Parish Church to celebrate the Proclamation of Peace, a fair congregation

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being present, after which there were general rejoicings throughout the town.
CHAPEL: Rev. W. Tomalin, of Bungay. addresses the members of the P.S.A. Society, the Rev. W.

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Almanack 8 Jun 

Heather presiding.
PEACE:  Thanksgiving  service  at  the  Parish  Church  for  the  restoration  of  Peace  in  South  Africa.

1902
East Suff Gaz 10 Jun 

Torchlight  procession:  Fire  Brigade,  Trade  Carts  etc,  Cyclists,  Yeomanry,  Artillery  Bands,  Torch
Bearers, Trumpet Band, Artillery Volunteers, Torch Bearers, Mayor & Corporation, Rifle Volunteers,

Motor Car, Torch Bearer.
DEATH: The death takes place at his residence in Hungate Street, of Dr. William Taylor McComb,
[aged 53] after several week’s illness.

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FUNERAL: The funeral takes place of Dr. W. T. McComb. The Rev. Canon Rowsell officiated, and
there were a number of tradesmen and members of benefit societies present.
CHAPEL: Rev. E. W. Trounson preaches at the Wesleyan Chapel, referring to the Education Bill and

1902
Almanack 15 Jun 

the High Church Clergy doctrines.
CHAPEL: The  P.S.A.  Society at their  meeting pass  a vote of  condolence  and sympathy with Mrs.
McComb, upon the loss of her husband, Dr. W. T. McComb.

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DEATH: The funeral takes place of the late Mr. Edwin Josiah Poyser, of Geldeston, the officiating
clergy being the Rev. Canon Rowsell and the Rev. R. Dewe.
CHURCH: Rev. Canon Rowsell opens ths Annual Sale of Work held in Esborne House garden, in aid

1902
Almanack 20 Jun 

of the Church of England Society, for providing homes for Waifs and Strays.
CHAPEL: At the inviration of their teacher, Miss Walker, the members of the Congregational Young
Women’s Bible Class, have a pleasant river trip.

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VOLUNTEERS: The Rifle and Artillery Volunteers have a successful parade in the College meadow
under their respective officers.
HOSPITAL:  The  Annual  Meeting  of  the  governors  of  Beecles  Hospital  held,  when  a  vote  of

1902
Almanack 24 Jun 

condolence is passed to the widow and son of the late Dr. W. T. McComb.
CORONATION FESTIVITIES PROGRAMME:

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East Suff Gaz 24 Jun 

 
 

Thursday, 26th
10 am 

 
 
 

Procession in Old Market to start at 10.30
Review of Volunteers on Hockey’s Meadow near Station
Children of Elementary Schools march to Old Market

 
 

11.30 am
2.00 pm

 
 

2.30 pm
headed by Band.
3.00 pm

Children  to  sing  Coronation  Hymn  &  National  Anthem  &  then  proceed  to  Common

 
 

 
 

Athletics Sports on Caxton Ground. Artillery Band.
Children’s Tea. Town Band

4.30 pm
5.00 pm
7.30 pm

 
 

 
 

Sports

Bicycle Costume Parade. Artillery & Town Bands.
Friday 27th June

 
 
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2.30 pm
PRESENTATION: Mr. R. Christie. overseer in the foundry of the Caxton Works, is the recipient of a

Water Carnival & Aquatic Sports
Almanack 27 Jun 

handome present, in the form of a leather dressing case and a smoker’s companion, from the men and
lads in his department.

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Almanack 29 Jun 

DEATH:  The  death  takes  place  of  Mr.  W.  D.  Boar.  Deceased  who  was  an  old  and  well-known
inhabitant, had latterly been a great sufferer.

1902
 
 

CORONATION POSTPONED: King has Appendicitis. What to do?
Old People’s Dinner & Children’s Treat to proceed
Service of Intercession.

East Suff Gaz 1 Jul 

 
 

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CHURCH: Annual Sale of Work in aid of the Church Missionary Society, takes place in the Rectory
gardens, the proceedings being of a most successful character.
CHAPEL: Preaching at the Wesleyan Chapel in the evening, the Rev. J. Sauger passed some severe

1902
Almanack 6 Jul 

strictures on the habit of betting among adults and juveniles.
DEATH: The body of Mr. Charles Henry Lee, discovered  on the pile bridge on the G.E.R. about  a
mile from Beecles.

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CAXTON SPORTS
SPORT: Annnual  Sports in  connection with the Caxton Athletic Club,  attract  a large  gathering  and
prove most successful.

East Suff Gaz 15 Jul 
Almanack 12 Jul 
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WORKHOUSE  DEATH:  The  body  of  a  pauper  inmate  at  Shipmeadow  Workhouse,  named  John
Bacon, discovered with a handkerchief tied tightly round his neck.
CHAPEL: Camp Meetings held in the College Meadow in connection with the Primitive Methodists,

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Almanack 13 Jul 

conducted by the Rev. B. Ball.
CHAPEL:  The   Wesleyan  Chapel   Sunday   School  Anniversary  takes  place,  the  services   being
conducted by the Rev. E. A. Bennett, of Lowestoft.

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CHAPEL:  Successful Public Meeting  held  in the  Wesleyan Chapel. Mr. F. Garrood  of Wheatacre
presided, and there were a good number present.

1902
Almanack 17 Jul 

HORSE SOCIETY: Halesworth Horse Society hold its ninth annual show on the High Field grounds.
Favoured by fine weather the event was most successful.

1902
Almanack 19 Jul 

VOLUNTEERS: At Bisley, Sergt. H. Tilney, 2nd V.B N.H. wins the “ Daily Graphic” Cup valued at
52 10s 0d.

1902

COUNCIL:  After  lengthy  discussion  appoint  Dr  Fox  as  temporary  Medical  Officer  of  Health
following Dr McComb’s death. 
CHAPEL:  The  Annual  Prize  Distribution  to  Scholars  attending  the  Primitive  Methodist  Sunday

East Suff Gaz 22 Jul 
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Almanack 22 Jul 

School takes place, prior to which the children were addressed by the Rev. E. Ball.
TEMPERANCE: Members of the British Women’s Temperance Society, hold their annual outing in
splendid weather, the spot selected being Langley Park.

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REGATTA: At the regatta of the Yarmouth Yacht Club on Breydon Water, Mr. H. Young’s new boat
‘Queen Mab” won the Club Challenge Cup and also the Commodore’s Cup in the Cruisers handcap
EDUCATION:  The  Technical  Instruction  Committee  meets  in  the  Rectory  Room,  Rev.  Canon

1902
Almanack 25 Jul 

Rowsell presiding, when the Secretary presents his reports.
CHURCH:  Rev.  Canon  Cole  preaches  the  annual  sermons  on  behalf  of  the  Church  Missionary
Society at the Parish Church. The offertory amounted to 13 l0s. 3d.

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Almanack 27 Jul 
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COUNCIL:  The  Coronation  Committee   hold   a  meeting  in  the  Council  Chamber,  the  Mayor
presiding, when it  is resolved to  carry out the  events postponed on June  28th,  and  hold  an  aquatic
carnival on Bank Holiday.

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Almanack 28 Jul 

DEATH: Funeral takes place at Ringsfield. of the late Princess Caroline Letizza Aquilina Murat, who
died on the 23rd July at Redisham Hall. The remains were placed in the Garden family vault.
EDUCATION: Rev Canon Rowsell presents the prizes at the Fauconberge Grammar School, in the

1902
Almanack 29 Jul 

presence of a numerous gathering.
HOSPITAL:  The  Annual  Garden  Fete,  in  aid  of  the  Beccles  Hospital  Fund,  held  in  Homefield

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Almanack 30 Jul 

grounds. The weather was fine and a large gathering was present. The results of the Fete was 77 l0s.
CHAPEL: The Wesleyan Sunday School Scholars have their annual Outing, the place visited being

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Almanack 30 Jul 

Worlingham.
YACHTING:  In  the  ocean  race  from  Lowestoft  to  Aldeburgh,  arranged  by  the  Aldeburgh  Yacht

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Almanack 1 Aug 

Club, Mr. H. Young’s “Queen Mab” is second.
SPORT: Wangford Aquatic Sports held, when several Beceles competitors were suceesslul.
SPORT: Aquatic sports arranged in connection with the postponed Coronation festivities takes place

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on  the  river  below  Beccles  Bridge,  attracting  a  large  number  of  spectators  and  competitors.  The
Artillery Volunteer Band was in attendance.
FOOTBALL: The members of the Beecles Crown Football Club have their Annual Dinner at Smith’s

1902
Almanack 5 Aug 
Coffee Rooms, when the Secretary reported a fairly successful season.
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DEATH: Mr. William Tevison Burrell, a Bungay farmer found dead on the road by the side of  his
overturned cart, the horse lying beside him.

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Almanack 9 Aug 

CORONATION: The Coronation of His Majesty King Edward VII. observed at Beccles as a general
Holiday,  shops  being   closed   and  business   generally  suspended.  The  Corporation  with  various

Societies and Volunteers attended service in Parish Church at 11 a.m. Athletic Sports were held in the
afternoon and Fancy Dress Costume Parade in the evening.

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Almanack 10 Aug 

WATERWORKS: A sudden failure in the town water supply occurs between 12 and 1 noon.
HOSPITAL: At a special meeting of the Beccles Hospital, the Governors appoint Mr. Gilbert Wood-
Hill as one of the medical officers.

Almanack 11 Aug 
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CHAPEL: Rev. E. Ball addresses the members of the Congregational Christian Endeavour on “First
things First.”
DEATH:  Funeral  takes  place  at  Beccles  Cemetery  of  Mr.  H.  S.  Gobbitt  of  Saxmundham,  and

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Almanack 14 Aug 

formerly of Beccles.
CHURCH: At the invitation of the Superintendents of the Senior and Junior divisions, the teachers of
the Parish Church Boys’  Sunday School are entertained to a substantial tea on Boaters Hill,  after  a

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Almanack 16 Aug 

row down the river.
VOLUNTEERS: The Beccles Company 2nd. V.R.N.R. leave for Yarmouth for the Annual Musketry
course at the North Denes Rifle Range.

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Almanack 16 Aug 
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ACCIDENT: A lad  named Hall, while rowing  on the river, pluckily rescues a  little  girl  aged nine
years from drowning in the Corporation Cut.
WEDDING: The  marriage takes place  at  St. James,  Piccadilly,  of Miss Garden, of Redisham,  and

1902
Almanack 18 Aug 

Capt. Algernon Fielder.
CHURCH: Sale of Work in aid of the Delhi Zenana Mission held at Blyburgate House, a sum of 75
being realised.

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CHAPEL: The  Scholars  of the Primitive Methodist  Sunday  School  have their  annual treat  in Mr.
Gibbons’ meadow.

1902
Almanack 20 Aug 

CHURCH:  The  Members  of  Mr.  R.  C.  Dunt’s  Bible  Class  have  their  annual  outing,  driving  to
Gorleston.

1902
Almanack 20 Aug 

ACCIDENT: A collision occurs on Breydon between the yacht Gitana, 20 tons and the steam launch
Ethel May, belonging to Mr. P. J. Gibbons, the latter being sunk in 20 feet of water.

1902
Almanack 23 Aug 

OUTING: The “Pickwickians” have their 9th annual outing, journeying to Sotterley via Blythburgh, a
liberal meal being served at the “Falcon.”
OUTING: Members of the Beccles Fire Brigade hold their annual Outing at Yarmouth, returning by

1902
Almanack 23 Aug 

way of Lowestoft, dinner being provided at the Yarmouth Aquarium.
ACCIDENT: A 16-ft. yacht, with Mr. Wilton Jones and three ladies, sinks below Beccles Bridge. The
party were immersed, but were able to keep afloat till help arrived.

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Almanack 23 Aug 
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CHURCH: Offertories taken at the Parish Church in aid of Curate’s Fund, amounting to 12 5s., Rev.
Canon Crowfoot preaching in the morning, and the Rector in the evening.
 ANIMAL ACCIDENT: Mr. E. Self loses a valuable cow, as a result of its being stug by a hornet.

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WEDDING: The Wedding takes place at the Congregational Church, of Miss Mabel Marshall (eldest
daughter of Mr. Chas. Marshall) and Mr. Wm. J. F. Boar.
ACCIDENT: A little girl named Beckett has a narrow escape from drowning, her father being able to

1902
Almanack 27 Aug 

rescue her.
DEATH: Funeral takes place of the late Mr. J. B. Holton, the service heing conducted by the Rev. J.
Hunt Lynn.

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Almanack 29 Aug 
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ACCIDENTAL DEATH: A sad  accident  occurs whereby  a  child  named  Willie John Chapman, is
fatally injured by the overturning of a trap, in which he and his father, John Thomas Chapman, were
riding.

1902
Almanack 30 Aug 

CHAPEL:  Mr.  C.  Smith’s  Bible  Class  have  their  annual  Outing,  Kessingland  being  the  place
selected, where a capital tea was provided.

1902

WORKHOUSE: Dr Henry
District by Wangford Board of Guardians 

Wood-Hill appointed Medical Officer of the Workhouse & of the Beccles
East Suff Gaz 2 Sep 
1902

OLD TOWN HALL: MF Buck writes in support of the improvement of the “Old Town Hall” and its
use as a Council Chamber. (Literary Institute now closed 7 so half of building unoccupied.)

East Suff Gaz 2 Sep 
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Almanack 4 Sep 

ACCIDENT: A gentleman named Chamberlin, and a companion, meets with a mishap on the river,
whereby both were immersed; they were rescued by Mr. A. Field.
DEATH:  The  funeral  takes  place  of  Mrs.  John  Green,  for  60  years  a  member  of  the  Martyrs’

1902
Almanack 6 Sep 

Memorial Chapel. A number of friends were present, Rev. J. Hunt Lynn conducting the service.
VOLUNTEERS:  The  members  of  the  Reed  and  Trumpet  Bands  of  Nos.  8  and  9  Companies  1st
N.R.G.A. visit Yarmouth for their annual Outing, dinner being served at the Aquarium.

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CHAPEL: The new pastor, Rev. John Harris, preaches at the Wesleyan Church, a good number being
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present.
CHAPEL: Rev. W. C. Ball, of Nottingham, brother of the pastor, preaches at the Primitive Methodist

1902
Almanack 7 Sep 

Chapel.
WORKS PARTY: The employees of the Ingate Iron Works hold their annual meeting at the Caxton

1902
Almanack 9 Sep 

Arms; Mr. W. Edmunds in the chair.
OUTING: The Beccles Town Band have their annual Outing, driving via Kessingland and Wrentham

1902
Almanack 13 Sep 

to Wangford, where an ample dinner was provided at the Swan Hotel.
CHAPEL:  Congregational  Church  Choir  have  a  pleasant  Outing  to  Lowestoft  via  St.  Olaves  and
Somerleyton, and partake of tea at the Pier View Hotel.

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Almanack 14 Sep 

SALVATION ARMY: Salvation Army Harvest Festival held the services being well attended.
CHAPEL: The yearly meeting of the Congregational Athletic Club held, when a satisfactory account
of the club’s finances was given by the secretary (Mr. E. Esling).

Almanack 15 Sep 
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Almanack 18 Sep 

CHAPEL: The members  of the Congregational Church Choir present Mr. W. J.  F. Boar  (a fellow
member) with a handsome lamp, on the occasion of his recent marriage.
ACCIDENT: A young woman  named Day  has  a  narrow escape  from  drowning; the boat she was

1902
Almanack 17 Sep 

leaving gliding away as she attempted to land at the Bathing Place.
ELECTORS’ LIST: The Revising Barrister, Mr. Theobald Matthew, holds his court at Beccles Police
Station, for thc purpose of revising the list of voters in the Beccles Polling District.

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Almanack 19 Sep 
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Almanack 21 Sep 

CHAPEL: Harvest Festival Services held at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, conducted by Mr. Adam
Adams, J.P. Special anthems rendered by the choir under Mr. J. W. Frost.
ACCIDENTAL DEATH: A Beccles lad  named Benjamin Borrett,  drowned while  fishing with the

1902
Almanack 23 Sep 

lugger “Boy Roland” off Lowestoft.
DEATH: Sudden death of Mrs. Susannah Aldous [aged 54] in her garden at Blyburgate street, while
talking to a visitor.

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Almanack 24 Sep 
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MEETING:  A  meeting  in  connection  wxth  the  Independent  Order  of  Good  Templars  held  in  the
Town Hall, when Bro. J. Malins, C.C. gives interesting lecture on his “Journey round the World.”

1902
Almanack 25 Sep 

COUNCIL: At a meeting of the Town Hall Committee tenders were received in connection with the
alterations  and  additions to that  building, the  committee recommending the  acceptance  of Messrs.

Boddy and Son (Norwich) at 917.
CHAPEL:  Sunday  School Anniversary held  at the Martyrs’ Memorial Chapel, Rev. R. C. Bardens

1902
Almanack 28 Sep 

conducted the services, which were well attended.
CHAPEL: Wesleyan Harvest Festival  held, the preacher  being Mr. C. C. Kelsey (Harleston). The
church was tastefully decorated, and the usual harvest hymns were sung.

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Almanack 28 Sep 
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Almanack 29 Sep 

CORONATION COMMITTEE: Coronation Committee hold their last meeting, the Mayor presiding,
when the final business connected with the Beccles festivities were disposed of.
COUNCIL:   At   a   special   meeting   the   Corporation   confirm   the   Town   Hall   Committee’s

1902
Almanack 30 Sep 

recommendation to  accept the tender  of Messrs. Boddy  and  Son, Norwich,  at 917, for  alterations
and additions to the Town Hall.
BOWLS: Beccles Bowls Club: 34 Members

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East Suff Gaz 30 Sep 

TEMPERANCE: A new lodge in connection with the I.O.G.T., is instituted at a meeting at Smith’s
Temperance Hotel, the lodge to be called the “Twentieth Century” Lodge.
VESTRY MEETING: held at the Parish Church, to consider and decide on an application from the

Almanack 1 Oct 
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Almanack 2 Oct 

Overseers  to  authorise  them  to  charge  on  the  poor  rate  the  expenses  of  procuring  a  valuation  of
certain properties in the parish. The Rector presided.
CHURCH: Harvest Festival  celebrated  at the Parish Church, the preacher  being the Right Rev, the

1902
Almanack 2 Oct 

Lord  Bishop  of  Thetford.  The  large  congregation  included  the  local  Volunteers.  The  Church  was
effectively decorated.
CLOSING PUBS on SUNDAY: A largely attended meeting held in Corn Hall under the auspices of

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Almanack 2 Oct 

the  British  Women’s  Temperance  Association,  in  support  of  the  movement  for  Closing  Public
Houses on Sunday. The Rev. T. W. Gladstone (Secretary Sunday Closing Association) addresses the

meeting, and a resolution in favour carried.
PRESENTATION: The members of the Caxton Sick Friendly Society present the retiring Secretary

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Almanack 3 Oct 

(Mr. H. Woolner) with a gift of 5, in recognition of his 29 years’ secretaryship.
CHAPEL: Harvest Thanksgiving Services held at the Congregational Chapel, conducted by Rev. W.

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Almanack 5 Oct 

Heather. There was a good attendance.
FIRE: An outbreak of fire occurs at  a cottage  occupied  by Mr. Carl Gower, Ravensmeer,which the
Fire Brigade speedily subdues

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Almanack 5 Oct 
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Almanack 6 Oct 

CHAPEL: Public Meeting  in  connection with the Harvest  Services of the Congregational Chapel,
held  in  the  Schoolroom,  the  pastor  presiding.  Addresses  given  by  Rev.  W.  Tomalin  and  Rev.  J.
Harris.

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Almanack 7 Oct 
CELEBRATION: Mr. and Mrs. George Bolton, Denmark road, celebrate their golden wedding, and
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entertain a number of friends.
CHAPEL:  Annual  Meeting  and  Prize  Distribution  of  the  P.S.A.  Society  held  in  Congregational

1902
Almanack 7 Oct 

Schoolroom.   The   Secretary   (Mr.   A.   Salter)   reported   a   very   successful   year.   An   interesting
programme  was  provided  and  about  140  prize  books  were  presented  to  members  regularly  in

attendance.
VOLUNTEERS:  At  the   invitation   of   Lieut.  Carteret   Leathes,  the  G  and  H  Companies  Rifle

1902
Almanack 11 Oct 

Volunteers have a route march to Mutford, where the men were entertained.
CHURCH:  Rev.  Canon  Rowsell  conducts  the  Harvest  Thanksgiving  Service  for  children  in  the
afternoon at the Parish Church. The offertory devoted to the Mission Room Sunday School.

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Almanack 12 Oct 
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FIRE BRIGADE: Beccles  Fire Brigade,  joined  by the Bungay Brigade,  have their  annual Church
Parade; headed by the Town Band, the procession march to the Parish Church, and after the service
march through several streets.

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Almanack 13 Oct 

ACCIDENT: A schoolboy named Wm. Geo. Mean, of Thuriton, choked by swallowing an acorn.
MEN’S SOCIAL INSTITUTE: ; AK Hockey, Chairman. New Institute in Fair Close to be opened in
November.

East Suff Gaz 14 Oct 
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Almanack 14 Oct 

MEMORIAL to QUEEN  VICTORIA: Meeting  of the Queen  Victoria Memorial Fund Committee
held, the Mayor presiding, when subscriptions  amounting to  68  l0s. were reported, of which 21
11s, had been paid  in.  Suggestions were made that the memorial should take the form  of  a bust or

painting of the late Queen to be placed in the Town Hall.
CHAPEL: Annual Meetings of the Beccles  and District Free Church Council held in the  Wesleyan
Church. There was a Conference in the afternoon on the Education Crisis.” Resolutions condemning

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Almanack 15 Oct 

the Education Bill were unanimously passed.
CHAPEL: Mr. C. W. Deacon, J.P.. C.C., Ex-Mayor of High Wycombe, preaches special sermons on
behalf of the Methodist Local  

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Almanack 19 Oct 

Preachers’ Mutual Aid Association, at the Wesleysn Chapel.
COUNCIL EXPENDITURE: Several letters on the Rates & Council Expenditure:
1882 

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East Suff Gaz 21 Oct 

 
 

4,449
5027

 
 

1896 
1899 

4511
4916

 
 

1897 
1900 

4136
4,584

 
 

1898 
1901 

 
 
 

4,662
CHAPEL: A most successful Entertainment takes place in the Congregational Schoolroom arranged
by Miss Walker, in. connection with the Band of Hope, a large audience being present.

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DINNER:  Annual  Dinner  of  the  Caxton  Outing  Club  takes,  place  at  the  Corn  Hall,  Col.  Wilson
presiding.
CHARITY: House to house collection made on behalf of Dr. Barnardo’s Homes, the amount realized

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Almanack 25 Oct 

being 14 16s. 2d.
ADVERTISEMENT: OG Poulton, takes Boot & Shoe Business of CT Field, Exchange Square
ADVERTISEMENT: GW Bond, Draper & Milliner takes business of R Price, Exchange House

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East Suff Gaz 28 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 21 Oct 
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Almanack 29 Oct 

CORONATION CELEBRATION: The Mayor entertains  a large  and representative  company at the
Corn Hall, in commemoration of King Edward’s Coronation, the guests being drawn from the various
public bodies in the town.

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Almanack 31 Oct 

ACCIDENT: A labourer,  named Arthur  Lane, in the  employ  of Messrs. Boddy, Norwich, while  at
work at the Town Hall, meets with a serious accident, a pail falling some thirty feet on to his face and
injuring his nose. The sufferer was removed to the hospital.

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Almanack 3 Nov 

CHURCH: First meeting of the winter session of C.E.T.S.,  held  in the Ingate Mission Room. The
Rector presided and there was a good attendance.
CHAPEL: The 4th Annual Meeting of the Congregational Christian Endeavour  Society held  in the

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Almanack 3 Nov 

Schoolroom, there being a large attendance.
ENTERTAINMENT: in aid of Girls’ Friendly Society held in the Corn Hall by the Misses Conway,
and greatly appreciated by the large audience present.

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SOCIETY: At the Yarmouth Fanciers Annual Show, Messrs. E. E. Kirby and H. Copeman and Son
are successful exhibitors, the first-named obtaining a 1st, and the latter a 1st and 2nd prize.

1902
Almanack 7 Nov 

AGRICULTURAL SHOW: Messrs. Cannell and Sons hold their Annual Show of Roots in the Corn
Hall. The exhibitors were numerous. The Judges were Mr. F W. D. Robinson, Roos Hall, and Mr. J.

Brock, Gillingham.
KING’S BIRTHDAY: The King’s 61st Birthday celebrated hy the hoisting of the flag on the Church

1902
Almanack 9 Nov 

Tower and the ringing of the bells.
COUNCIL:  First  Quarterly  Meeting  of  the  Corporation  held  at  12  o’clock,  when  Cooncillor  A.
McQucen  is  unanimously  elected  Mayor  on  the  proposition  of  Alderman  Walton,  seconded  by

1902
Almanack 10 Nov 

Councillor Woodroffe.
CHAPEL:  Rev.  W.  Heather,  MA.,  reads  an  interesting  paper  on  “How  we  got  our  Bible”  at  the
Wesley Guild, which was much appreciated.

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CO-OP: Quarterly Trade: 4,704 (870 from Bungay Store); 879 Members (extra 15)
East Suff Gaz 11 Nov 
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SOCIETY: Annual Show of the Beccles and District Chrysanthemum and Floricultural Society held
in the Corn Hall, proving highly successful.

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Almanack 12 Nov 

CHURCH: Annual Meeting in support of the Church Missionary Society held at the Rectory Room,
Mr. E. T. Dowson presiding. Rev. Canon Rowsell produced  a satisfactory report in respect to local

effort.
SOCIETY: At the Annual  Show of the  Lowestoft Fanciers Miss Clabborn, Messrs. Copeman, Mrs.

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Almanack 12 Nov 

Holmes, and Mr. E. E. Kirby were successful exhibitors.
WEDDING PRESENT: Col. Wilson on behalf of the Corporation, presents Mr. Tom P. Angell with a
wedding present in the form of a solid silver entree dish suitably inscribed and bearing the borough

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Almanack 14 Nov 

arms, and conveying the Council’s best wishes on his marriage.
MEN’S  SOCIAL INSTITUTE: A Concert in  aid  of the Men’s  Social Institute held  in the College
Schoolroom, and proves a financial success.

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Almanack 15 Nov 
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VOLUNTEERS: The Beccles Volunteers (G and H Companies) join the Battalion at Yarmouth and
take part in the “Mayor’s Sunday” parade at St. Nicholas Church. Previous to the parade Col..Sergt.
W. C. Hoff, on behalf of the men, presented Major Angell with a silver cigarette case, &c., suitably

inscribed on the occasion of his marriage.
CHAPEL: Rev. C. H. Ingram preaches at the Wesleyan Chapel in connection with Wesleyan Foreign
Missions, a special service for children being held in the afternoon.

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WEDDING: The Marriage takes place at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, Bayswater, of Mr.
T. P. Angell, Town Clerk, and Miss S. Gertrude Rachel Parrish. Father Black officiated.
ACCIDENT: James Beales, bill poster, meets with a serious accident when descending the hill from

1902
Almanack 18 Nov 

White Horse yard to Puddingmoor, fracturing his left arm.
CHURCH: Rev. C. H. Titterton, D.D., lectures on “The Jews in Poland” at the Ingate Mission Room;
Rev.  Canon  Rowsell  presided,  and  Mr.  H.  Ainsworth  manipulated  the  lantern.  There  was  a  good

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Almanack 19 Nov 

attendance.
TEMPERANCE: The newly-formed  20th Century  Lodge  of Good Templars  hold their first public

1902
Almanack 19 Nov 

meeting  at the  Lodge Room, when  a petition to  Parliament was  signed,  urging the passing  of the
Liquor Traffic Local Veto Bill.

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Almanack 20 Nov 

CHURCH: Annual Meeting of the Society for Propagation of the Gospel held at the Rectory Room,
Mr. W. M. Crowfoot presiding. A satisfactory statement of accounts producod by the local treasurer

Mr. F. S. Rix.
OPEN  DAY:  Mr.  Alfred  Woods,  Ingate  Lodge,  kindly  permits  the  public  to  inspect  his  splendid
collection of Chrysanthemums, a privilege very much appreciated by the large numbers present.

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Almanack 22 Nov 
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Almanack 23 Nov 

DEATH:  The  “Dead  March”  in  Saul  played  and  sympathetic  references  made  at  the  Wesleyan
Chapel, to the death of the late Rev. Hugh Price Hughes.
LIBERAL ASSOCIATION: At a meeting held in Darby’s room, it is decided to re-start the Beccles

1902
Almanack 25 Nov 

and  District  Liberal  Association,  Mr.  W.  Elliot  was  elected  president,  Rev  W.  Heather,  vice-
president, Mr. W. Read, treasurer, and Mr. G. Dunn, Secretary.
BOSTOCK & WOMBELL’S MENAGERIE in Beccles at Stock Market: Tuesday 2 December: 3.30

1902
East Suff Gaz 25 Nov 

pm & 7.30 pm.; 1 Shilling; Children 6d.
MEN’S SOCIAL INSTITUTE, Concert in College Schoolroom for Instiute Funds.
HOSPITAL GIFT:  6 Pheasants  from Col  Lucas, MP; 8  Pheasants from  Sir  Samuel Crossley, Bart

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East Suff Gaz 25 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 23 Nov 

MP; Fruit & Vegetables from Mrs Hockey.
ACCIDENT: Mr. W. K. E. Larke meets with a serious accident in Hungate St. fracturing his collar-
bone and severely bruising himself.

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Almanack 26 Nov 
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Almanack 26 Nov 

CO-OP:  Norwich  District  of  the  Co-operative  Society,  hold  a  conference  at  the  invitation  of  the
Beccles Committee, Mr. Buck presiding.
CHAPEL: Sale of Work held at the Primitive Methodist Schoolroom, in aid of the debt incurred in

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Almanack 26 Nov 

renovation. The proceeds amounted to about 70.
TEMPERANCE:  Monthly  Meeting  of  the  Church  of  England  Temperance  Society  held  in  Ingate

1902
Almanack 1 Dec 

Mission  Room,  the  Rector  presiding.  Mr.  J.  G.  Collins  gave  a  lecture  on  “  Almost  wrecked”
illustrated by lantern slides.

1902
 

EXCURSON to London for Smithfield Cattle Show:
Fares: 1 day 

East Suff Gaz 2 Dec 
 
6s/6d;
 
2 days
7s/6d;
 
3 - 5 days    8s/6d 
1902

BECCLES ORCHESTRAL  SOCIETY: Popular Concert in the Corn Hall on Monday 5 December;
Songs by Miss G Hockey, Miss Delia Woods, Herbert Nash. 
DINNER: Annual tradesmen’s Dinner held at the Bear and Bells Inn, Mr. G. Johnson presiding.

East Suff Gaz 2 Dec 
2s & 1s/6d

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Almanack 2 Dec 

FIRE: Some excitinent caused by a load of straw catching fire in the New Market about 8 p.m. The
outbreak was attributed to explosion of a paraffin lamp attached the waggon.
CHURCH:  A  united  service  of  intercession  for  Foreign  Missions  held  in  the  Parish  Church,  an

Almanack 2 Dec 
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address being given by the Rev. N. G. Lawson, (Haddiscoe.)
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DEATH: An old inhabitant, in the person of Mr. Wm. Piper passes peace fully away at the age of  84
years.

Almanack 3 Dec 
1902

NEW MEN’S SOCIAL INSTITUTE: New premises of the Beccles Mens’ Social In stitute formally
opened. Mr. A. K. Hockey presided and there was a representative gathering. It was stated that 200

Almanack 3 Dec 

out of the 250 required had been raised.
MEN’S  SOCIAL INSTITUTE: contains Billiard Table, Bagatelle Board, Hot & Cold Water Baths,

1902
East Suff Gaz 2 Dec 

Committee Room, Refreshment Room. It should  be  a  convenient  rendezvous  for  farmers  &  other
attending Market. Open weekdays 9am - 10 pm.
DEATH of  William  Piper,  aged  83, son  of Isaac  Piper  an  old-time  carrier  or “tanner”  as he was

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East Suff Gaz 9 Dec 

dubbed when making prolonged halts at roadside inns. Rope-maker on north side of a field in Gaol
Lane (adjacent to Bowling Green). Removed  in  1858 when  Station Road was  made. Then field  in
Ravensmere, but had to move when Denmark Road was made. Then took meadow in Caxton Road

“where  he  remained  undisturbed  till  he  gave  up  spinning  hemp”.Trade  connections:  merchants,
farmers, wherry owners & yachtsmen”. Familiar face at Beccles Corn Market, attended for more than
half a century.

1902
 
 

FEOFFEES ACCOUNTS: Income 437.
Donations to Schools, Charities, Soup Kitchen & Hospital 
Aged Sick & Poor

East Suff Gaz 16 Dec 

 
 

84 - 18s
48 - 12s - 6d

 
Coal Tickets to Poor 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
TOTAL
BALANCE 

30 - 13s - 0d
227 - 6s
209 - 14

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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ORCHESTRAL CONCERT in Corn Hall: Miss Gertrude Hockey: Marcagnis’s “Ave Maria”, with
Miss M Hockey supplying the violin obligato. An encore was claimed, but Miss Hockey, who was at
rehearsal in the afternoon, and playing with the band all the evening, thought it prudent to decline &

East Suff Gaz 16 Dec 

therefore bowed her acknowledgement of the hearty applause which her singing called forth.
Duet: “Maying” by Miss G Hockey & Mr H Nash.

 
 

 
 

Band: 4 First Violins, 2 Second Violins (Miss G Hockey & Miss D Harrison) violas (Mr J Cutter &
Miss M Hockey)  3 Cellos, 2 Basses,  2 Clarinets, Flute, Cornet, Horn,  Euphonium, Drums, Piano,

Organ.
DEATH of CRIMEAN VETERAN: Robert Samuel Revers, served throughout War. Present at seige

1902
East Suff Gaz 16 Dec 

of Sebastopol. Served Railway 27 years. Retired on Pension at 65.
BECCLES   COLLEGE   SUCCESSES:   3   Civil   Service   boy   Clerkships.   Pitman’s   Shorthand
Elementary Certificates 7; Advanced Certificates 3.

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East Suff Gaz 23 Dec 
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WORKHOUSE: Christmas Gifts to the  inmates of  Shipmeadow:  oranges, nuts &  grapes, 12 dozen
crackers, evergreens, shawls & sixpence for the sick.
Rev  F  Smith  of  Flixton:  Daily  Graphic  throughout  th  year.  Newspapers  left  in  box  at  Station.

East Suff Gaz 30 Dec 
 
 
Proprietors of East Suffolk Gazette, a copy of the paper every week.
BECCLES NEWSPAPER 1903 Missing??
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ADVERTISEMENT: East Anglian Motor Company: Works Manager: W Robinson
Motors, Engines, Boilers, Agricultural Machinery, Motor Launches, Bicycles, - a large staff of skilled

East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 
 

mechanics employed in each department. Station Road & Hungate.
EDUCATION: Mrs Baker, 43 Blyburgate, Prep School for boys & girls.

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East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 

EDUCATION: Mrs Bateman, St Mary’s Cottage, Ballygate. Kindergarten from 3 years old.
EDUCATION: Miss M Aldred: Gymnastics & Drilling in Grammar School Gymn.
EDUCATION: Mrs & Misses Hayes, Gresham House, Newmarket: Boarding & Day School.

East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 

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BANKRUPT: William Bowyer, draper, Blyburgate
SOUP KITCHEN: To open 5 January. It had been in abeyance for 2 years, mild winters.
WORKHOUSE: Concert Miss Hockey & Miss H Hockey

East Suff Gaz 5 Jan 
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TEMPERANCE SOCIETY Meeting at Ingate Mission Hall. c 100 people.
HOSPITAL:  in  aid  of Hospital: “Alice in  Wonderland”  in the Public Hall with band: Mrs Ferrall,
Miss G Hockey, Miss Hockey.

East Suff Gaz 12 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 19 Jan 

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CHORAL SOCIETY: Niels W Gades’ “Crusaders” in Public Hall on Monday, 15 February.
MEN’S SOCIAL INSTITUTE: AK Hockey re-elected President.
CHURCH & CHAPEL?: Ministers of Religion ask Council to reduce the number of liquor licences;

East Suff Gaz 2 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 2 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 16 Feb 

 
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Council sympathise, but unable to reply.
PREFERMENT: Rev CAK Hockey presentation on leaving Curacy at  St Stephen’s, Hampstead for

East Suff Gaz 16 Feb 

duties at St Peter’s, Belsize. He had been at St Stephen’s four & a half years.
CHORAL SOCITY: (no Hockeys) 3 long contraversial letters.

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East Suff Gaz 23 Feb 

EDUCATION  &  NON-CONFORMISTS:  “Passive  Resistance”  of  Non-Conformists  to  recently
passed Education Act. (Rev W Heather, Congregationalist & Rev G Turbrfield, Primitive Methodist)

East Suff Gaz 29 Mar 

 
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- articles distrained for refusal to pay Rates.
DEATH of W Palgrave Brown, a staunch Congregationalist.
ADVERTISEMENT: “Washing Day  is  no longer  a worry  by using  one  of Chaplin’s Wringing  &
Mangling Machines”. 48s & 58s. (Lowestoft)

East Suff Gaz 29 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 5 Apr 
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TEMPERANCE:  British  Women’s  Temperance  Association.  Branch  Meeting  at  Congregational
Schoolroom. Rev Hether hopes for the reduction in the number of Licences.
CONCERT in Aid of Choral Society (Miss G Hockey & TW Woodroffe sing)

East Suff Gaz 5 Apr 

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East Suff Gaz 12 Apr 

ADVERTISEMENT:  Anglian  Motor  Company:  Bicycles,  Anglian  Motor  Bicycles,  Two  &  Four
seater light Cars, “Aries” Cars.
CO-OP: Sales 5,648, Quarter increase 567; 28 new Members; Now 985 Members

East Suff Gaz 19 Apr 

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East Suff Gaz 10 May 
East Suff Gaz 7 Jun 

SALE of Properties in Bridge Street, Puddingmoor, Blyburgate, Ingate, Peddar’s Lane & Newgate.
OLD  BECCLES  MS:  Document  unearthed  in  British  Museum  by  hisorian  Abbot  Gasquet,  dated
1354 (temp  Edward  III)  &  dates to the  establishment of Guild of Corpus Christi in Beccles. One

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East Suff Gaz 14 Jun 

Priest,  as  Chaplain,  whose  duty  was  to  pray  for  “all  faithful  Christians,  especially  those  of  this
Fraternity, living & dead.” All Bretheren & Sisters obliged to attend various Services connected with
the cult of the Festival of Corpus Christi & funerals to the deceased members.

 
 

27  Tapers  “on  one  pricket”  to  be  lighted  on  the  vigil  &  kept  alight  throughout  the  Festival.  All
insignia  to  be  kept  in  the  Parish  Church.  Three  signatories  to  the  Document  is  wardens:  Robert
Podgmoor, Thomas Goteler (Cutler?), John Peper (Piper?) - Does the first named have relation with

Puddingmoor?
HOSPITAL: Three Letters: Recommmending scheme for voluntary contributions (say 1d per week)

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East Suff Gaz 21 Jun 

from working men for Beccles Hospital (which the writer thinks should be Rate supported)
2. Suggesting an Art Exhibition in the Autumn.

 
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East Suff Gaz 28 Jun 

HOSPITAL  AGM:  Deficit  on  year  increased  from  27  to  64.  Discussion  on  financing.  Scheme
suggested in Letter of 21 July approved.

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East Suff Gaz 28 Jun 

CAXTON ATHLETICS CLUB & Cycle Race Meeting
BECCLES GOLF CLUB: Summer Meeting: many takers.
SALE: AK Hockey buys Properties

East Suff Gaz 28 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 5 Jul 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Northgate: Double Cottage Rent 10 pa - 100
Bridge Street: Yards, House & Shop. Rent 35 pa - 280
Peddar’s Lane: House, Cottage & Gaden in rear of Peddar’s Lane. Rent 19. - 285.

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BECCLES REGATTA: with Swimming Races, High Diving & Polo Match.
HOSPITAL: Letter from Sam Butcher: “The Hospital is very largely a Workers’ Institution”.
HOSPITAL GARDEN FETE held in the Grounds of JE Crisp: Dramatic Entertainment, Golf Putting

East Suff Gaz 5 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 5 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 12 Jul 

Tournament, Royl Italian Marionettes, Dancing in Marquee. 8.30 pm: Beccles Handbell Ringers.
BENACRE HALL: Illustrated article in current issue of the “Gentlewoman”.
RINGSFIELD for HOSPITAL: Dance & Concert in Meadow lent by Robert Wyatt. Dancing 8 pm -

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East Suff Gaz 12 Jul 
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10.30 pm.  Songs in Interval. W Hall, MC. Band  & Bandmaster:  E  Seago. Grounds illuminated  by
flares. Collection: 2 2s 5d. Balance of 8s 7d to Hospital.

1904

KINDERGARTEN ENTERTAINMENT by St Mary’s Cottage  School in Fauconberge Gymn. (mrs
Bateman)

East Suff Gaz 19 Jul 
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WEDDING: HW Todhunter, younger son of late I Todhunter, DSc, MA, FRS, & Miss Anne Kenyon,
third daughter of JG Kenyon of Gillingham Hall.

East Suff Gaz 19 Jul 
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WEDDING of Charles Hartley, Principal of Royal College, Colombo, son of late Rev AO Hartley &
Miss Edith Unwin Crisp, second daughter of J Edwin Crisp of Homefield, Beccles (at St George’s,
Hanover Square)

East Suff Gaz 2 Aug 

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DEATH of Rev Percy Bateman, Aged 33, Headmaster Fauconberge School.
CO-OP: Increase in sales over corresponding quarter: 1,070.
HOSPITAL: Garden Fete in aid of Hospital. Miss Hockey’s String Band. Receipts 96.

East Suff Gaz 2 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 9 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 9 Aug 
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OUTINGS   for    SUNDAY    SCHOOLS:   Church,    Wesleyan,   Congregationalists,   &   Primitive
Methodists.
WORKHOUSE: Annual Outing of 52 aged inmates of Shipmeadow Workhouse to Kessingland. 60

East Suff Gaz 16 Aug 
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East Suff Gaz  23 Aug 

Inmates unable to go supplied with tobacco, sugar, biscuits & chocolate. tea at Sailors’ Home. Motor
car in which Mayor & Mayoress came used for trips to town & back.
BARSHAM CHURCH: Letter from W Guy Johnson on High Chuch service at Barsham & reply by

1904
East Suff Gaz 23 Aug 

Rev Alan Coates. [continues 20 September]
ADVERTISEMENT: Waveney Hotel [Northgate]. Splendid Riverside situation; Boats etc.
SALE of HORSES: Read,  Stanford  & Gayford,  36th Annual Michaelmas Horse  Sale.  386 Hoses,

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East Suff Gaz 20 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 20 Sep 

Colts & Foals
LECTURE on Navy League: “It is hoped that all will atten who are interested in the maintenance of
our sea supremacy.”

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East Suff Gaz 20 Sep 

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1904

HOSPITAL: Harvest estival Collections 2 12s 6d
EDUCATION:  Higher  Education:  Winter  evening  classes  in  Woodwork,  Cookery,  Electricity  &

East Suff Gaz 27 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 27 Sep 

Magnetism, Building Construction, Dress, Catering & Art, etc.
LAW: James Beales, Bill Poster & Town Crier, drunk at One Bell [Smallgate] “when defendant was

1904
East Suff Gaz  

excitable, his language was unbearabl in the street & many parts of the Town ... & the time has come
when he should not be allowed to insult women & children” 14 days in Norwich Gaol. “Well I have

been there befor & now have to go again.”
CHURCH: British &Foreign Bible Society: Sale of Work. (Miss Hockey, Hon Sec)  
BOOK: “Doctors & Clergymen” a comparison by Dr Jessop

1904
1904

East Suff Gaz 11 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 11 Oct 
1904

CO-OP:  36  new  members;  now  more  than  1,000.  Sale  for  Quarter  5494,  increase  of  264  on
coresponding Quarter.
EDUCATION: Challenge  Shield for  School with highest average  attendance, presented  by Rev C

East Suff Gaz 8 Nov 
1904
East Suff Gaz 15 Nov 

Steward, Chairman of East Suffolk County Council Education Committee. Presented to Barsham &
Shipmeadow School.
FEOFFEES DONATIONS: Schools, Charities, Soup Kitchen, Hospital 54;

1904
 

East Suff Gaz 13 Dec 

 
 

Donations to aged & sick Poor 59
Coal Tickets for the Poor 31
CHORAL SOCIETY: Judas Maccabeus

 
1904

East Suff Gaz 13 Dec 
1904

EDUCATION: Leman School Prizes: Scripture, History, Geography, Britih Colonies, French, Maths
& Mental Arithmetic, Shorthand, Drawing.
EDUCATIONAL   SUCCESS:   AH   Crowfoot,   BA,   Emmanuel   College,   Cambridge   &   Wells

East Suff Gaz 27 Dec 
1904
East Suff Gaz 27 Dec 

Theological College, son of William M Crowfoot, Ordained & Licenced to Wigan Parish Church
SOUP KITCHEN to open on 3 January 1905.

1904
East Suff Gaz 27 Dec 
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EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1905
1905

WEDDING:  Rev  Percy  Humphreys,  Head  of  Fauconberge  School,  (youngest  son  of  John  Winter
Humphreys, JP of Ballyhaese House, Cavan, Ireland and Berkley Villa, Cheltenham & of Mrs Linda

East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

Humphreys  of  Grasmere,  Eastbourne)  to  Miss  Helen  C  Minchester  of  Auberne,  Cheltenham  &
Walsingham, Christchurch, New Zealand.

1905

REVIEW OF THE  YEAR: Deplores  opposition  by refusal to pay Rates  &  consequent distraint of
goods by two Non-Conformist Ministers.
Refers to Hospital finances (Workshop collections for yer only 13 - 7s - 3d)

East Suff Gaz 10 Jan 

 
1905

 

LAW: Christmas Festivities: 3 men drunk & disorderly on 26 December
HOSPITAL PLAY: 2nd Christmas Play for children in aid of the Hospital. Dr Wood-Hill, “business
manager” - proceeds c 75

East Suff Gaz  10 Jan 
1905
East Suff Gaz 17 Jan 
1905

ADVERTISEMET: Mrs  LA Reeder, Certificated Midwife;  attends  confinement  any part  of Town.
10s 6d
MEN’S SOCIAL INSTITUTE: 266 Membership. Proposed Gymnasium. AK Hockey, President.

East Suff Gaz 31 Jan 

1905
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East Suff Gaz 31 Jan 

CO-OP: Annual Sales 12,421. Increase of 991; 66 new Members in half year. Now 1057. MF Buck,
President; W Lee, Hon Treas; W Wright, Secretary. 
LICENCES: Annual Licensing Sessions: 35 fully Licensed Houses & 14 “on Licences”

East Suff Gaz 7 Feb 

1905
 

East Suff Gaz 7 Feb 

 
 

Prosecution for drunkenness:
1900  

 
 
 

17 males4 females   
14 males1 female    
10 males- 

= 21; 
= 15; 
= 10; 

18 committed, 3 discharged
12 committed, 3 discharged
9   committed, 1 discharged

 
 

1901 
1902 

 
 
 

 
 

 
 

1903 
1904 

14 males- 
20 males- 

= 14; 
= 20; 

9    committed, 5 discharged
18 committed, 2 discharged

1905

CATHOLIC  CHURCH:  Rev  James  Aiden  Howlett,  OSB  to  succeed   Father  Fulton:  Head  of
Downside etc
CATHOLIC CHURCH: Departure of Father Fulton, to take charge of London Mission of Dulwich.
He had been at Beccles since 1894.

East Suff Gaz 7 Feb  
1905
East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 

1905
1905

MOTOR BUS: proposed Motor Bus service Beccles - Norwich
CIVIL  LAW CASE: Curious  case of Breach  of Promise: Mrs  Evelyn Diana Turnour  Sheffield,  a
Widow  &  Hon  John  James  Dudley  Stuart,  Marquis  of  Townsend,  involving  “Mr  Garden”.  Her

East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 7 Mar 

husband  died  in  1888.  She  stayed  with  Mr  Garden,  not  then  living  with  his  wife,  in  Ireland.  On
Garden’s death, she came into property worth 7,000 a year. Case dismissed - Plaintiff’s story untrue.
ADVERTISEMENT: “Bell Bloom” puncture-preventing band, patented in UK, Europe & America.

1905
 
East Suff Gaz 7 Mar

“Bell  Bloom,  Manufacturing  Co,  Beccles”  wholesale  sale  on  application);  Cycles  10s/6d  a  pair;
Motor Cycles 15s/6d; Cars 2 - 15s - 6d
CAXTON PRESS: Annual tea meeting for Girls employed at Caxton Press (about 9)

1905
1905

East Suff Gaz 7 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 7 Mar 

FISHING in the WAVENEY: Public Meeting on illegal fishing in the Waveney.
CHAPEL REFUSAL: Rev W Heather & Rev G Tuberfield refuse to pay Rate for education. Order
for “distress”.

1905
East Suff Gaz 21 Mar 
1905

“ALLEGED NUISANCE”: Letter: Slaughter House for pigs in Crawley’s Yard, Blyburgate. Not only
the butcher who owns the shop, but others killing for London, Lowestoft & Yarmouth markets. “the
shrieking” almost continually going on.

East Suff Gaz 4 Apr  
1905

ADVERTISEMENT:  E  Watts:  Jobmaster & Coachbuilder, has for sale or  hire Pony Traps, Trade
Carts & Vans, Governess Cars, Shooting Carts, Victorias & other Carriages.

East Suff Gaz 11 Apr 

1905
1905

ACCIDENT: Dr Helsham’s accident whilst driving his rounds “in his motor car” (he had a driver)
ADVERTISEMENT: E Watson, Chemist, sells The Beccles Hair Restorative & the Oxford Hair Dye.

East Suff Gaz 11 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 11 Apr 

1905
1905

VESRY MEETING: AK Hockey elected People’s Warden.
CAXTON ATHLETICS: Cycle Race to Lowestoft

East Suff Gaz 25 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 9 May 

1905
1905

CO-OP: Sales 5992 increase 341; 27 new Members; Total 1073.
ADVERTISEMENT: New  illustrated Advertisement: Masters &  Skievens: Bath,  Sewing Machine,
Cream Separator.

East Suff Gaz 9 May 
East Suff Gaz 9 May 

1905
 

FOOTBALL: Letter: Football on Good Friday on the Common. Match in aid of the Hospital:
Regarding  Football being played on Good Friday in Beccles: Why,  it is played on the Common on
Sundays! And what can be expected when the “class” people indulge in Golf & other Sports on the

East Suff Gaz  16 May 
 

Sabbath? If the “masses” are to  follow the “classes”, who  assume to be  exemplars  - well they are
doing so.
EMPIRE DAY: Flags  at Church, Town Hall &  other residents. Children  sing National Anthem  at

1905
East Suff Gaz 30 May 

schols: Address by Head Teachers on Empire.
CAXTON ATHLETICS & CYCLE SPORTS: 25th annual Sports (First one 1880)
RAILWAY Whit Sunday Holiday Excursions: 3, 6 & 8 day tickets.

1905
1905

East Suff Gaz 6 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 13 Jun 
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GAS: Exhibition in Public Hall of Gas for Cooking.
TREATS: Letter from a Parent: “Abuse of School Treats. It is well known that children will attend

East Suff Gaz 13 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 20 Jun 

certain  schools  or  the  meetings  of  certain  societies  for  a  time  with  the  sole  object  of  rendering
themselves  eligible  for  the  treats  and  in  this  way  some  children  may  -  and  in  fact,  last  year  did,

manage to get to four or five treats in one summer. - Remedy - all the treats on the same day.
HOSPITAL AGM: Operating Theatre needs entirely remodelling (Dr Helsham)

1905
1905

East Suff Gaz 22 Jun 

SALE: INGATE LODGE: (Alfred Woods) Tennis Court, Garden, Lawn, Greenhouse. 
ADVERTISEMENT: Masters & Skievens - good illustrated Advert.
SALE of SHEEP: Durrant’s Annual Lamb Sale. c 5,000 Lambs & Sheep.

East Suff Gaz 4 Jul 

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East Suff Gaz 4 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 18 Jul 
1905

HOSPITAL  SATURDAY  FUND:  Garden  Fete  in  grounds  of  JE  Crisp.  String  Band  (under  Miss
Hockey)  Artillery  Band,  Push  Ball  Contests  (Ball  5ft  high);  Play:  “A  Case  of  Eviction”;  Sports
(including cycle); Comedietta: “Cut off with a Shilling”; Indian Encampment; Games; Sale of Work;

East Suff Gaz 18 Jul 

Dancing;  Lime-light  Lantern  Exhibition;  Refreshments;  Motor  Cars  will  run  during  afternoon  &
evenings.  - Takings 127
CO-OP: Sales, Beccles 10,217; Bungay 427; Increase 1265 over corresponding Quarter.

1905
 

East Suff Gaz 8 Aug 
 

38 New Members, loss 18: Total 1077.
CATHOLIC CHURCH: St Catherine’s Convent: Sisters of Servrite Order replace Dominicans.
*** SALE: Temperance Hotel, King’s Head, Waveney Hotel, Suffolk Hotel (Station Road), Railway

1905
1905

East Suff Gaz 8 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 29 Aug 

Hotel, “Hermon” (Ashman’s Road), “Ferndale” (Station Road), 3 Houses in Alexandra Road.
DEATH of Mr Sewell Read. Born  1826; MP:  East Norfolk  1865, (Conservative), ;  South Norfolk
1868-80; West Norfolk 1884-85; of Barton Bendich Hall.

1905
East Suff Gaz 29 Aug 

1905
 

LETTER to the TIMES from Rider Haggard
“The English Labourer, as a class, is eaving the land because he has no prospects on the land. Who of
us is there that would stop in an employment in which at 22 he was earning as much as ever he could

East Suff Gaz 29 Aug 
 

hope to last. A family to support on about 16s a week (including Harvest) & given health & strength,
the Workhouse to die in, after fifty years of steady toil?”

1905

BUS SERVICE: Norwich - Loddon, Loddon - Beccles, established by GER Company. Difficulties:
How to take home the people who accumulate in Norwich on Saturday when many passengers delay

East Suff Gaz 12 Sep  

return until the last bus at 6.45 pm.
“Already many of the overhanging trees on the line of the route have been lopped, but there are still

 
 

places where more of such needs urgently to be done. The other day a lady sitting in one of the top
benches had a pair of valuable glasses swept from her eyes: and on Tuesday afternoon a lady going to
Loddon, who did not duck quite soon enough had the  ... of having her stylish hat carried away. The

bus was stopped & the treasure picked up, not at all in a better state.”
GEORGE  CRABBE:  Letter  from  the  Mayor  of  Aldeburgh  (ET  Copeman)  inviting  subscriptions
towards the cost of a George Crabbe Celebration.

1905
East Suff Gaz 12 Sep 

1905
1905

SALE of HORSES: Read Stanford & Gayford 37th Michaelmas Horse sale: 360 Horses for Sale.
CHAPEL: Wesley Guild: AK Hockey,  Vice-President. Aimed to  buy  a  Pipe Organ for Church to
replace present American one.  

East Suff Gaz 26 Se 
East Suff Gaz 10 Oct 
1905

EDUCATION:  Letter  on  Continuation  Classes,  refers  to  last  winter:  “A  most  deplorable  state  of
things disturbed the work of these schools ... noise & rowdyism committed outside the schools by the
rougher youths of the Town.”

East Suff Gaz  
1905

NELSON  CENTENARY    CELEBRATIONS:  Bells  rung  at  intervals,  flags  on  Public  &  private
Buildings, Artillery Band played selections in New Market; Beccles College Dining Hall decorated
with  garlands  &  British  flags  &  shields  &  a  portrait  of  Nelson  ...  Hockey  historical  survey  of

East Suff Gaz 24 Oct 

Nelson’s career, grants a day’s holiday.                   
BUS SERVICE to Norwich suspended. “Far too many breakdowns.”
ADVERTISEMENT: Wilkinson’s Stores: “Support Home Industries” Botled Fruits grown in Beccles

:

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East Suff Gaz 31 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 7 Nov 

locally, bottled in Beccles.
CO-OP: Quarterly Sales: Beccles 5,760; Bungay 1382. Increase of 1329. 23 New Members. Total

1905
East Suff Gaz 7 Nov 

1,091
GFS ? GATHERING 180 present. Illustrated account of Travels in Egypt. Tea in Lecture Hall.

1905
1905
1905

East Suff Gaz 7 Nov 

EDUCATION: PC Oakley from Fauconberge School to Upper VI Form at Felstead
ADVERTISEMENT:  Anglian  Motor  Co  Ltd:  “Anglian  Cars”,  agent  for  Seddeley  &  Fiat  Cars.

East Suff Gaz 21 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 21 Nov 

Anglian Tricar - two speed gear 70
LIBERAL MEETING in Beccles. Revs Heather & Terberfield on platform with Liberal Candidate (E
Beauchamp) for East Suffolk.

1905
East Suff Gaz 5 Dec 

1905
 
 

FEOFFEES: Total Income 540.
Donations to Hospital, Nurses’ Home & Charities  
Aged sick & Poor

East Suff Gaz  12 Dec 

 
 

79
62

 
Coal tickets for Poor 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
33
+
1905

ADVERTISEMENT: HE Harmer: Musical  Warehouse: Gramaphones & Phonographs.  Large  stock
of latest Records.

East Suff Gaz 19 Dec 

1905
1905

CIRCULATING LIBRARY: 2d per volume for 3 days. (Country Members 1 week) 
BAZAR in aid of the British & Foreign Bible  Society organised  by Miss Hockey  at Public Hall &

East Suff Gaz 19 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 26 Dec 

Concert in the evening. Raised c 30
SOUP KITCHEN to open on Friday 5th of January 1906.

1905
East Suff Gaz 26 Dec 
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EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1906

1906
1906

HOSPITAL: Amateur performance of “His Eccellency the Governor” for Hospital.
REVIEW  of the YEAR  1905:  Proposal to  build  a new  Secondary  School at Beccles or  a Higher

East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 

Elementary School after closure of present Leman School & pension for Mr Boyce.
ADVERTISEMENT: Anglian Motor Co sole agent in Norfolk & Suffolk for Daimler Cars.

1906
1906

East Suff Gaz 9 Jan 

WAVENEY VALLEY flooded 
BETTING: Proposed Bye Law to prohibit Betting in the Streets.
LAND to be Divided for Allotments

East Suff Gaz 9 Jan 

1906
1906

East Suff Gaz 16 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 16 Jan 
1906

HOSPITAL PLAY “His Excellency the Governor” - Music by Miss G Hockey (2nd violin) & Miss
Hockey (violin)
EDUCATION: Reference to pupils of Mr CC Hall of Beccles College [Had Hockey retired?]

East Suff Gaz 23 Jan 

1906
1906

East Suff Gaz 30 Jan 

THE  ELECTION:  Liberal  Edward  Beauchamp  returned  with  majority  of  1,605,  overturning  Col
Lucas’ majority of 1,729.  Rev Heaher & Dr Fox ardent Liberal supporters.
Many windows broken - McQueen (Deputy Mayor) both shop & house, Gibbons’ Cycle shop, White

East Suff Gaz  30 Jan 
 
 

Lion Hotel, Conservative Committee Rooms.
WM Crowfoot, the Rector & Dr Fox failed to get the crowd to disperse.
TREAT to Aged  Inhabitants  at Public Hall at  invitation of MF Buck (the Mayor). 200  at meat tea.

 
1906

 
East Suff Gaz 30 Jan 

Songs etc.
CO-OP: Increase in year for Beccles & Bungay of 3,402. Turnover 27, 253; 54 new Members, 19

1906
East Suff Gaz 13 Feb 

left. Total 1,112 
BARSHAM Struck by Lightning. Extensive damage inside. (full details)

1906
1906

East Suff Gaz 13 Feb 

EDUATION:   Beccles   College   (Principals   Hockey   &   Hall)   103   Boarders   &   51   Day   Boys.
Dormitories  etc  inspected. College  recognised  as  Secondary  School  for  8  3  (3)  &  4  of Teachers’

East Suff Gaz 6 Mar 

Regestration Regulations.
EDUCATION SUCCESS: JHF Benham, Fauconberge School and Jesus College gains Rowing Blue.
DEATH of William Garrard, brother  of Rev Castell G Garrard,  late of the Hall,  Wickham  Skeith.
Came to Beccles in the 1860s.

1906
1906

East Suff Gaz 13 March  
East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 

1906
1906

TEMPERANCE: British Women’s Temperance Society Meeting. 
EDUCATION: East Suffolk Education Committee: Religious Instruction in Council Schools: Hymns
& Prayers daily at 9 am., Instruction to 9.35 am. To be tested annually.

East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 10 Apr 
1906

VESTRY MEETING at  EASTER: Clatworthy & Hockey (People’s  Warden)  re-elected  as Church
Wardens.
DEATH of Mrs RG [Grace] Warner, only child of Col Wilson & the wife of R Cromwell Warner. A

East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 
1906
East Suff Gaz 24 Apr 

son aged 3.
CO-OP: 20 new Members. 9 left. Total 1123
SUICDE  at Ringsfield: John  Saunders,  agriculural  labourer,  aged about  73. Committed  suicide  by

1906
1906

East Suff Gaz  8 May 
East Suff Gaz 8 May 

drowning  in  a  pond  “The  Style  Dyke”.  Feared  he  would  have  to  go  to  the  Workhouse.  Had  not
worked for about a year after an accident. 
DEATH of Clifford Smith, maltster & corn merchant. Mayor in 1884 

1906
1906

East Suff Gaz 15 May 

SUICIDE of Charles Barkway, butcher. Drink. 
EMPIRE DAY: Celebrations at Schools. WM Crowfoot: Reasons for Celebrations:
To encourage Patriotism & to give information about the Empire. These lands were given to them in

East Suff Gaz 22 May 

1906
 

East Suff Gaz 29 May 
 

order that they might make them, by God’s will, & convey to them the knowledge of the Kingdom of
God & spread abroad the principles of Christianity & to rule them wisely & well, giving them good

& just Laws, etc.
EDUCATION: Beccles College: Two pupils passed entrance exam to Banks.

1906
1906
1906

East Suff Gaz 15 June 

CAXTON ATHLETICS Club Sports. Late Trains 10.10 pm for Lowestoft & 10.15 for Bungay.
SUNDAY  OBSERVANCE:  “The  laxity  so  common  today  is  undoubtedly  due  to  that  spirit  of

East Suff Gaz 26 June 
East Suff Gaz 5 Jul 

atheism which has been creeping over the land for the past two generations.”
CHAPEL: Primitive Methodist Annual Camp on College Meadow lent by AK Hockey.
TRADES OUTING to LONDON: Carder Press, Chaucer Press. Ingate Iron Works etc, nearly 400.

1906
1906

East Suff Gaz 10 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 10 jul 
1906

EDUCATION:  Pupil  Teacher  Centre:  Miss  E  Wright,  LLA  Head  &  Miss  C  Deeing,  Inter  BSc,
assistant. (Fauconberge School refused to take Student Teachers, though requested)
EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE: circulation over 2,000 weekly.

East Suff Gaz 10 Jul 

1906
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East Suff Gaz 17 Jul 
 

CO-OP: 35 new Members, 20 left. Total 1127.
HOSPITAL FETE: Reduced Railway fares from neighbouring towns. Grounds of JE Crisp.
EDUCATION: Beccles College Swimming Sports.

East Suff Gaz 7 Aug 

1906
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East Suff Gaz 7 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 7 Aug 
1906

POUND: Will Woolnough, hay dealer & cow keeper fined 15s & 6s costs for liberating 5 cows from
the Pound (a hot day: 2 in calf: could not find Marshman)
BECCLES HOMING SOCIETY second in Race from Guildford on Saturday 11 August.

East Suff Gaz  7 Aug 
1906
East Suff Gaz  14 Aug 
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1906

THE MILLER: Article on RJ Read who bought the City Flour Mills, Norwich when the Beccles Mill
was burnt down 10 years ago.

East Suff Gaz 14 Aug 

1906
 

MISCHIEVOUS BOYS: Letter from Joseph H Brown
May I be permitted space in the columns of your valuable Journal to draw attention to a preventable

East Suff Gaz 21 Aug 
 

evil most prevalent in the Town. In various parts, gangs of about a dozen boys are formed, it seems,
for purposes  of  annoyance  &  destruction. Aged  men & woen whose powers of self protection  are

meagre,  are  surrounded  &  assaulted  with  the  result  that  in  some  cases,  injury  is  caused.  Visitors
coming into the Town for a pleasant holiday are used as targets, and the general public are insulted &
treated in a similar manner. Gardens are constantly robbed & property destroyed. Cannot something

be done to put a stop to this sort of thing? Surely gangs of boys from 13 to 16 years of age are not to
be allowed to cause wanton destruction & annoyance unheeded!  I think, Sir, it is time the Police took
the matter more thoroughly in hand;  and the Magistrates instead of inflicting  a fine, which must of

necessity fall on the Parents, treated them to a sound birching.
ADVERTISEMENT: Harvest Sales at Campling, Beccles, Hawes (Clothes & Boots), Beccles. 
TEMPERANCE: British Women’s Temperance Association: Sale of Work.

1906
1906

East Suff Gaz 28 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 28 Aug 
1906

EDUCATION: Conty Council  Scholarships to  Lowestoft Technical  School for  3 years & to  Prep
Class at Pupil Teacher Centre.
CHURCH: Agent of Church Associatin, JP Mears (of Bedingham) reports to the Royal Commission

East Suff Gaz 28 Aug 
1906
East Suff Gaz 8 Sep 

on Ecclesiastical Discipline on sconces [fines for breaches of discipline] at Ellough, Burgh St Peter &
Barsham.
“BELLS of ENGLAND” by JJ Raven, reference to Henry Topsell, bell-founder of Beccles c 1585

1906
1906

East Suff Gaz 18 Sep 

LAW: 4 convictions for drunk & disorderly.
HENSTEAD: Church Restoration 
DEATH  of  JJ  Raven,  Headmaster   of  Bungay   1854-66,  Yarmouth  Grammar   School  1866-85;

East Suff Gaz  25 Sep 

1906
1906

East Suff Gaz 23 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 25 Sep 

Presented to Fressingfield 1885
DEATH of Miss  Elizabeth Harvey  of  Ingate House,  London Road, younger daughter  of Henry  &

1906
East Suff Gaz 2 Oct 

Jemima  Bridget  Harvey.  Gave   never-failing   support  to  almost  every  Institution   in  the  Town.
“Appeals to her charity were daily and almost hourly.” aged 89.

1906

DEATH of John Clarke, aged 81, Borough Treasurer 1850-1906. Son of Abraham Clarke, manager
of Gurney’s Bank. Feoffee.

East Suff Gaz 2 Oct 
1906

LIBERAL ASSOCIATION: Discussion on Adult Suffrage: Different views. Captain Buxton Smith:
“The proper place for women is in the home. Vote should only be allowed to men after passing fairly
stiff education exam.”

East Suff Gaz  
1906

MAGISTRATES:  TG  Gressell  of  Redisham  Hall,  first  appearance  as  Magistrate.  Two  Letters
complain of Tory nominees packing the Benches. 
MUSICAL LECTURES at Blyburgate House. Nicholas Gatty “Schubert & his Music”, “Wagner &

East Suff Gaz 30 Oct 
1906
East Suff Gaz 6 Nov 

his influence on Opera.” 5s/- for course of 3 Lectures.
WEDDING: Baron Claude de Chassire, son of Baron de Chassire, son of Princess Caroline Murat by
her first marriage, to Hon Dorothy Henniker Major.

1906
East Suff Gaz 11 Dec 
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EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1907
1907

ADVERTISEMENT:  SF Field,  agent to makers of Ploughs, Cultivators, Harrows, Rollers, Turnip
Cutters, Corn & Cake Mills etc. Makers of Shepard & Fowl Houses, Bullock Penns, Sheep Troughs

East Suff Gaz 1 Jan  

& Racks. Agrcultural Engineers.
WORKHOUSE: Music  at the Workhouse: The Choir  of the Congregational Church  sing Carols  &

1907
East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

Hymns on Christmas afternoon.
EDUCATION: Beccles College: 16 Elementary Certificates in Shorthand. (17 candidates)
WEATHER: Heavy Snow: Skating on River, Tobogganing at St Mary’s.

1907
1907

East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 

1907
1907
1907

HOSPITAL: Miss Elizabeth Harvey left 1,000 o the Hospital.
REVIEW OF THE YEAR 1906: ... Comparatively light Rate: 8s/8d ? in the .
HOSPITAL: In aid of the Hospital: “The Duke of Kilkerankie” in the Public Hall

East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 1 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 8 Jan 
1907

DEATH of Edward Masters, 5 times Mayor of Beccles, came here in 1860s, took over Ironmongers
business of Mullinger’s.
COUNCIL: Committees: Lands, Isolation Hospital, Sanitary, Public Lighting, Fire Brigade, Bathing

East Suff Gaz 15 Jan 
 
1907
East Suff Gaz  22 Jan 

Place, General Purposes, Finance.
ADVERTISEMENT: Masters & Skievens: good illustrated Advert
MEN’S SOCIAL INSTITUTE: Decline in Membership from 182 to 155. AK Hockey till President.

1907
1907

East Suff Gaz  22 Jan 
East Suff Gaz  29 Jan 
1907

THE  HEAVENINGHAM MURDER:  Loise  Pearce  found  guilty  of  murder  of  Daughter  aged  7,
drowned in a Pond outside Halesworth.  

East Suff Gaz 29 Jan 

1907
1907

BREWSTER SESSIONS: 42 convictions for drunkenness
MEN’S SOCIAL INSTITUTE: WM Crowfoot Lecture: “A Chat on the contents of My Museum” -

East Suff Gaz 12 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 5 Mar 

exhibited 4 cases of butterflies from various countries”.
MEN’S SOCIAL INSTITUTE: Meeting to form “Beccles Working Men’s Golf Club”. Liberal terms

1907
East Suff Gaz 19 Mar 

offered by Beccles Golf Club.
“OLD BUNGAY” 100 Years ago - Letter. Extracts from a sort of Diary of 1812.
HOSPITAL FUNDS: Town Collection: 14-1s-2d; Boxes etc 12-9s-2d; Village Collection 5-12s -
7d; 10 Village Scholars: 11 - 18s - 8d; Garden etc 80 -1s-2d; TOTAL 124-7s-10d

1907
1907

East Suff Gaz 26 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 26 Mar 

1907
1907
1907

EDUCATION: Beccles College: CC Hall, BA, Principal: “Sound Commercial Education”
VESTRY MEETING: Hockey leaving Beccles. Canon Rousell, Rector 25 years, 1882-1907.
“OLD BUNGAY” Letter - more

East Suff Gaz 26 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 2 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 2 Apr 
1907

JUBILEE of the EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE
“A weekly newspaper for the People ! On Tuesday, the 21st of April, 1857, will be published Beccles
Weekly News, containing 20 columns letterpress of the latest home and foreign intelligence, the local

East Suff Gaz 23 Apr 

news of the principal towns in Norfolk and Suffolk, the corn and cattle markets, a variety of useful
and interesting information.”
In these terms this Journal was inaugurated by the late Mr. Read Crisp fifty years ago, and the first

number is of pathetic interest if only because of the story of change and mutability which its pages
suggest.   For  instance,  of the  advertisers  only  one  or two  remain  among us  of venerable  age—Mr
Samuel Steel, who long ago gave up his business as a dispensing chemist, and Mr. David Soanes boot

and shoemaker, “Bank-street,” more recently retired into private life. We still have the service of one
who,  as  an  apprentice lad, took part in the preparation  of this  first  number. Glancing through the
advertisements in the small sheet of four pages, two of which sufficed for local requirements, what a

veritable graveyard they now appear! To cull some once familiar names—Mr. Thomas Laws, of the
Beccles Nursery Grounds; Mr. Joseph Mayhew, bank manager, clothier, and in later years Mayor of

the  borough;  Mr.  John  Norman,  sen.,  advertising  the  disposal  of  the  building  and  carpentering
business then  established  for  upwards of  80 years,  and “lately  carried  on  by Mr. Joseph Norman,

deceased; “ Mr. Boast, builder, offering to let a family residence in Smallgate-street in the occupation
of Mr. James Crisp; Messrs. Bohun and Rix, solicitors, a freehold farm; Mr. William Harper, inviting

attention to his  agricultural  machinery; Mr.  William  Vyse returning thanks  for the support  he has
received  as  a  boot  and  shoemaker  in  Northgate  street;  Mr.  J.  Robinson  Brooks,  of  Shipmeadow,
accountant  and  general  agent; Mr. J. B. Corbyn, then  chemist  in the Market-place,  notifying “pre-

scriptions accurately and carefully prepared;” and Mr. Robert Block, as “the cheapest and best place
for groceries.” All these are but memories to-day ! Messrs. Thornton and Co. were then at heyday as
famous brewers and merchants in the town. And among other tradesmen several of our older readers

may  remember  there  were  Mr.  B.  Claxton,  Mr.  B.  S.  Leftley  (late  Chenery),  and  Mr.  B.  Martin,
millwright, who  also  carried on  an  iron and  brass  foundry in Peddars-lane.  We  also find Mr.W. H.
Leavold informing  his friends and the public that he had always  on sale,  at the Corporation wharf,
coals, salt,  slate, tar,  and  cement. Mr. J. Ross, baker and  confectioner,  had then  succeeded to the

business of the late Mr. F. Shreeve in Saltgate-street; and the identity of Mr. A. Pigg, whose name is
found appended as auditor with Mr. George Fenn of the Burial Board accounts, is established by his

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advertisement respectfully informing the ladies of Beccles and the neighbourhood that his millinery
and mantle business continues to be carried  on under  competent superintendence,” &c. His  address

was New Market Place, Beccles. Continuing our research we observe Mr. F. R. Newson intimating
that  he  has  opened  a  branch  depot  for  the  sale  of  tea,  grocery,  and  provisions,  next  door  to  Mr.

Woolnough,  cabinemaker,  New  Market-place;  while  Mr.  Isaac  Green,  “having  engaged  two  first-
class workmen, intends making ladies’ and gentlemen’s

1907
1907

SALE of FURNITURE: 47 Station Road instructed by Henry Goodwyn, Esq
CO-OP: Sales increase: 548; Numbers + 24 = 1,166

East Suff Gaz  30 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 7 May 

1907
1907
1907

“OLD BUNGAY” Letter - more
CAXTON win North Suffolk League Cup. (AK Hockey, President of League)
“OLD BUNGAY” Letter - more

East Suff Gaz 7 May 
East Suff Gaz 7 May 
East Suff Gaz 21 May  
1907

VOLUNTEERS: Presentation to Col Wilson on retirement from Volunteer Brigade after 40 years of
service.
EMPIRE DAY  at schools: Address by  WM Crowfoot “Why was this mighty  Empire  entrusted to

East Suff Gaz 28 May 
1907
East Suff Gaz 4 Jun 

England? ... that we might govern them wisely & well ... to supply food for us at home & home for
our surplus population ... more especially that we might lead these people of the true God.”
SALE: Colchester Brewery Co to sell the “RED Cow” in Ingate. Also the “Victoria Arms”, Ingate.
Also The “George & Dragon”, Hungate Lane. Also “The Duke” in Ballygate.

1907
East Suff Gaz 18 Jun 

1907
1907

“OLD BUNGAY” Letter - more. 
SUNDAY  OBSERVANCE:  Letter  from  “Sabbitarian”,  deplores  opening  of  Barbers’  Shops  on

East Suff Gaz 18 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 18 Jul 

Sunday morning.
EDUCATION: Beccles College: Presentation to AK Hockey retiring (Mr & Mrs CC Hall take over)

1907
East Suff Gaz 25 Jun 

of Revolving Soup Tureen, Tea Set, Tantalus, Fish Knives & Forks, Bread Fork & Hot Water Jug.
RAILWAY:  Single  fare  for  Return  Journeys  from  Norwich,  Yarmouth,  Lowestoft,  Tivetshall  &

1907
East Suff Gaz 25 Jun 

Harleston  &  intervening  Stations for Beccles Regatta,  1 July  (Sailing Matches, Aquatic  Sports  &
Polo Match) Excursions to Yarmouth, 3 day visit to Channel Fleet & To London, June 25th.
OUTING: Ingate Iron Works - about 170 to Harwich & Felixstowe

1907
1907

East Suff Gaz 9 Jul 

EDUCATION: Fauconberge School: Rev R Humphreys left the Town.
SALE:  Fauconberge   School:  Read,   Stanford  &  Gayford  to   sell  school  furniture  for  Rev  R
Humphreys, who has left the Town.

East Suff Gaz 16 Jul 
1907
East Suff Gaz 16 Jul 
1907

OUTING of wives of Ingate Iron Works: River excursion; each could bring child or friend; about 260
people. W Elliott accompanied party & paid entire expense.
AMATEUR SAILING CLUB Match

East Suff Gaz 23 Jul  

1907
1907

East Suff Gaz 23 Jul  

“OLD BUNGAY” Letter - [more. & for subsequent weeks]
POLITICAL  MEETING:  Delegates  from  Norwich  Branch  of  Independent  Labour  Party  address
Meeting in the New Market. “The speakers were quietly listened to”

East Suff Gaz 23 Jul 
1907
East Suff Gaz 6 Aug 
1907

VISITORS’ LIST: Places: Alexandra Road (2); “The Hermitage”, Bridge Street (3); Waveney Hotel,
Northgate (10);  Suffolk Boarding House, Station Road  (6); King’s Head, New Market (7)
CO-OP: 46 new Members; Increase of Sales 741

East Suff Gaz 6 Aug 

1907
1907

East Suff Gaz 13 Aug 

VISITORS’  LIST:  Extra Places: Railway Hotel,  Station Road (4); The Pickerel, Puddingmoor  (3);
No 40, Ravensmere (4)?
LAW: Police Court: 4 cases of Drunk & Disorderly

East Suff Gaz 13 Aug 

1907
1907

East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 

BOWLING CLUB at Waveney Hotel [Northgate]
EDUCATION:  Leman  School:  Nominators  have  arranged  for  School  to  re-  assemble  at  Leman

East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 
1907
East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 

Schoolroom   on   Wednesday  14   September   at  9   am.  under  Mastership  of  Mr  A  Collins,  late
Headmaster of Brightlands Prep School for Dulwich College.

1907
1907

VISITORS’ LIST: Extra Places: No 28, Grange Road
COUNCIL: Councillor Watson:  “It was desirable to call the attention of the Police to the speed with

East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 

which Motor Cars passed through the Town. He thought a notice should be issued compelling drvers
to slow down. No  accidents, but several  narrow escapes.  ... Town Clerk  directed to  give necessary
instructions to the Police.”

1907
 
1907

EDUCATION: “Highfield” [London Road], Girls’ School with Prep Class for Boys; Miss Seely.
Latin, Maths, English, Drawing, French, German, Music
DEATH of William Baylay Crowfoot, MA, MD, aged 29

East Suff Gaz 17 Sep 
 
East Suff Gaz 17 Sep 
1907

LECTURE  at  Lecture  Hall:  “Across  Russia  from  Sea  to  Sea.”  by  Wynne  Granville  in  aid  of  Dr
Barnardo’s Homes. Mrs Barnardo speaks.
SALE of HORSES by Read, Stanfor & Gayford: 375 Horses

East Suff Gaz 24 Sep 
1907
East Suff Gaz 24 Sep 
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1907

POLITICAL MEETING: Branch of Independent Labour Party formed. 20 members present at talk by
Chairman H Reeve on “Socialism: What it is & what it is not.”

East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 
1907

MEN’S SOCIAL INSTITUTE: Lectures: “Your Country & Mine: Britain & America.”; “Fresh Fairy
?  Songs  &  Tales”;  “Outposts  of  the  British  Empire”;  “Parliament  from  the  Press  Gallery”;  “An

East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 

Evening with the Telescope”
EDUCATION: East  Suffolk Prize  Scheme: Council  School won  Lucas  Swimming Trophy for 4th

1907
East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 

time.
LECTURE: Mr A Collins,  new Master  of the [Free?]  School,  lectures  at Lecture Hall  on “Across
Russia from Sea to Sea by the Siberian Route” in aid of Barnardo Homes.

1907
East Suff Gaz  

 
1907

 

Mrs Barnardo mentions 347 Suffolk Children in homes, 4 from Beccles.
RIFLE CLUB: Letter: “in these days when the question of national defence is so agitating the public
mind, & Miniature Rifle Clubs are springing up in towns & villages around us in order to educate the

East Suff Gaz 8 Oct 

masses in the science of shooting, why, may I ak, have no streps been taken to start a Miniature Rifle
Club in our Town?”
HOSPITAL: Flowers, Fruit & Vegetables from Harvest Festivalsat Brampton, Ringsfield, Gillingham

1907
East Suff Gaz 15 Oct 

& Henstead to the Hospital. ALSO Church Collections
POLITICAL MEETING: Independent Labour Party:Nationalisation: Resolution: “Urges the Council
to at once deal with the Land in Ingate [Grove] Road by building houses upon it for Working Men, at

1907
East Suff Gaz 15 Oct 

reasonable rent, under the powers with which they are invested by the Housing Acts of 1890 to 1903,
there being a good demand for them, at the same time it would give a good impetus to the building
trade in Beccles.”

1907

LAW:  The  Squib  Nuisance:  Two  boys  charged  with  discharging  fireworks  in  Exchange  Square.
Complaints of squibs put through letter boxes.
CHAPEL:  Congregational  Young  Men’s  Mutual  Improvement  Class  (W  Grice,  Chairman):  Mock

East Suff Gaz 15 Oct 
1907
East Suff Gaz 22 Oct 

Election of Liberal or Labour & Socialist Candidate: about 25 present. Liberal won by 5 votes.
RIFLE CLUB: Weekly Competition of Miniature Rifle Club.

1907
1907

East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 

MUNICIPAL ELECTION: “First introduction of politics into our Municipal Elections. Result:
*WJ  Money  516;  *MF  Buck  415;  H  Welham  316;  HA  King  307;  DG  Rowe  (Labour)  213,  WJ

East Suff Gaz 5 Nov 
 
 

Copeman 202; *AE Mickleburgh 189. [present member? *]
CO-OP: 1207 Members.

1907
1907

East Suff Gaz 12 Nov 

COUNCIL: New Mayor: Councillor H Copeman. Attends Congregational Church.
GIRLS FRIENDLY SOCIETY: beccles Branch: AGM: Service & Tea at Lecture Hall. About 200
SAMUEL  STEEL: 50th Anniversary as Mayor  of Beccles. Born in Bury 1817  now 91; Moved to

East Suff Gaz 12 Nov 

1907
1907

East Suff Gaz 12 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 12 Nov 

Beccles  1832;  established  in  New  Market  as  Chemist;  elected  Councillor  1845;  Alderman  1856;
Mayor 1857. Chief event of the year: Marriage of the Princess Royal, 25 January 1858: 300 old men
& women & their 600 Children tea in the Corn Exchange & Ball in the Assembly Room for 120. “As

a youth he often played cricket at Bury with Fuller Pilet ? & on Beccles Common.” Anecdote of stage
coaches, fishing  &  shooting  excursions  ... still takes  country walks  on fine  days   reads & qoutes
Shakespeare, Burns, Carlyle & enjoys whist ... spends several weeks in Summer boating & fishing on

rivers & brooks.Good underarm Bowler.  - Council send letter of Congratulation.
CIRCUS: Borlash & Wombells Circus - first visit for 4 years on Black Boy Meadow.
GYMNASIUM: St Mary’s Gymnasium loaned to classes on 4 evenings 8-10 pm

1907
1907

East Suff Gaz 26 Nov  
East Suff Gaz 26 Nov 

1907
1907
 

CHURCH: Curate, Rev EP Thompson to living of St Matthew’s, Northampton
CHURCH: Letter: “Suggested New Church Hymnal, mentions 4 Hymnals
Hymns Ancient & Modern - represents moderately “High” party in Church. It would be out of place

East Suff Gaz 26 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 26 Nov 
 

in Beccles where all the traditions are uncompromisingly Evangelical.
BECCLES  DEBATING  SOCIETY:  on  Socialism.  Chairman  unable  to  say  whether  “Ayes”  or
“Noes” had it. Large Attendance.

1907
East Suff Gaz 26 Nov 
1907

EDUCATION: Scheme  for Beccles Grammar  School  incorporating  Sir John  Leman  School & the
Fauconberge School endowments, with pensioning of Mr Boyce.

East Suff Gaz 26 Nov 

1907
1907

ADVERTISEMENT: Munns & Co, Cash Hardware Stores, 6 Blyburgate. (Illustrations Mangle etc)
EDUCATION: Beccles College: Prize distribution.

East Suff Gaz 3 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 10 Dec 
1907

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE: Discussion: Miss Evelyn Sharp advocates “Votes for Women” (Dr Wood-
Hill  in  the  Chair).  Mr  A  Collins  opposes:  Women’s  Place  is  in  the  Home.  Many  in  discussion.

East Suff Gaz 10 Dec 

Motion: “That Parliamentary franchise should  be  extended to women  on the  same terms  as Men”
Carried.
FEOFFEES: Donations to the Hospital, Charities, Soup Kitchen 54 - 18s

1907
 

East Suff Gaz 17 Dec 
 

Donations to aged sick & Poor 66.  Coal Tickets 33- 5s- 11d
BARNARDO’S HOMES: Collections by Beccles Cildren 8 -4s -10d
NON-CONFORMITY IN BECCLES (Rev Heather, MA)

1907
1907

East Suff Gaz 17 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 24 Dec 
 
 
Primitive  Methodists  branch  of  the  Yarmouth  Circuit  until  1837  (40  Members)  Transferred  to
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Wangford Circuit. Rented building in Peddar’s Lane in 1830
Wesleyan Methodists originally Lowestoft Circuit. Services in hired Chapel in Northgate, now used

 
 

as  a  Salvation  Army  Barracks.  Continued  to  1873.  Changed  to  Bungay  Circuit,  continued  in
Northgate. (13 Members). Deputation of Blunderfield & Shardalow to John Crisp when Station Road

was being built. He asked how much land they wanted> Piece selected. They asked the price. “when
Mr Crisp staggered them by absolutely declining to sell, but afterwards said: “I will give it to you.”

which was such a surprise that Blundersfield burst into tears.”
DEBATING SOCIETY: “Should the House of Lords be Abolished?” Motion lost (in confusion.)
EDUCATION:  Beccles  College   Prize  Giving:   Earl   of   Stradbroke  presents.  WM  Crowfoot  in

1907
1907

East Suff Gaz 24 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 24 De 

Chair.CC Hall  on  curriculum,  including Book Keeping,  French, German,  also Classics, Cricket  &
Football, Swimming. Prizes donated by local people. Programme of Music & Recitation.
EXC URSIONS of WORKERS (for Pantomimes) on 7 & 21 January

1907
1907

East Suff Gaz 31 Dec 

REVIEW OF THE YEAR  &  EDUCATION: 1907 has seen the  Fauconberge  School  at  its lowest
depths & the Leman School entirely closed.

East Suff Gaz 31 Dec 
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EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1908
1908

HOSPITAL: WM Crowfoot: gift to Hospital of apparatus for protection of Rontgen Rays [X Rays] in
memory of Dr WB Crowfoot,

East Suff Gaz 7 Jan 
1908

DEATH of Rev TD Turner. He had been Vicar of Flixton. Ill health compelled retirement about 15
years ago. Came to Beccles to help friend, Canon Rowsell. Assisted in Services: “extremely liberal &

East Suff Gaz 28 Jan 

subscribed  generously to the Church  &  almost every  instiution  in the Town. The poor will  miss  a
very kind friend.
DEATH  of  William  Harper,  aged  66,  prminent  member  of  Primitive  Methodists.  Began  Sunday

1908
East Suff Gaz 4 Feb 

School & becae Superintendent, Local Preacher, Circuit Steward.
INDEPENDENT LABOUR PARTY: Discussion on Small Holdings Act of 1907. Approved.
CO-OP: Quarterly Increase in sales by 755; 52 new Members; 10 left; Total 1,220 

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 11 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 11 Feb 
1908

TOWN  CRIER:  Mr  Fred  Hall  of  3  Northgate  begs  to  inform  inhabitants  of  Beccles  that  he  is
prepared to carry on the Business of Town Crier. All orders will receive prompt attention.
DEBATING SOCIETY: Subject: Tarriff Reform, supported by CH Shipston of Norwich. Motion lost

East Suff Gaz 18 Feb 

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 18 Feb 

INDEPENDENT LABOUR PARTY meeting. Dr Fox in the Chair: Fred Henderson of Norwich on
“An Exposition of Socialism”.
EDUCATION CONFERENCE at Beccles Public Hall. WM Crowfoot in the Chair.

East Suff Gaz 18 Feb 

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 18 Feb 
LICENSING SESSIONS: 25 full Licences; 10 Beer only licences; 1 Beer off-licence; 4 Grocers
East Suff Gaz 18 Feb 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
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1904 

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Convictions
9
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1907 
BECCLES TRADESMEN’S ASSOCIATION annual Dinner in King’s Head
MAYOR’S TEA & Entertainment at Public Hall - about 300 
EDUCATION:  Meeting  to  discuss  possibility  of  having  Secondary  School  at  Beccles.  County

30 
 
 
 
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East Suff Gaz 25 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 25 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 25 Feb  

Council consult local people: 57 girls & 23 boys now at Pupil Teachers’ Centre & 20 children who
attended (& paid) in order to obtain Secondary Education. If School not built at Beccles it would be
built elsewhere. Most speakers in favour of school, provided no etra Rate.

1908
1908

DEBATING SOCIETY: A Hughes proposes “House approve War against War.” Motion lost. 
CREDITORS’  MEETING:  Meeting  of  Creditors  of  executors  of    SF  Field  &  Son,  Agricultural
Implement Manufacturers & Engineers. - 11s in the

East Suff Gaz 10 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 10 Mar 
1908

INGATE IRON WORKS: Elliott & Garrood, Beccles, Yarmouth Lowestoft Branches: Tea at Public
Hall for about 300. Entertainment & Songs.
HOSPITAL SATURDAY FUND:

East Suff Gaz 17 Mar 

1908
 

East Suff Gaz 17 Mar 

 
 
 

Garden Fete 
Town Collecting
Village Collecting

100  
29 


13 

0
2
4

 
 

 
 
1908

 
 

Village Scholars
TOTAL
DEBATING SOCIETY: Licening Bill: Rev Heather proposes. Approved. 112 members 


144 


6
0

 
East Suff Gaz 24 Mar 

1908
1908

SALE: House: Spacious building suitable for Coach Houses, Stable or “Motor House”
CHAPEL: Congregational Church AGM: Number on Church Roll 185

East Suff Gaz 30 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 30 Mar 

 
 

 
 

Sunday School 203 scholars; 17 Teachers; Average attendance: 30 morning & 148 in afternoon.
Young Mens’ & Young Womens’ Bible classes. Band of Hope. PSA Services.

1908

FISHING: Pike Fishing: George  Self  of Barsham Hall &  W Andrew of  Lowestoft  landed two fine
Pike. One 14lbs & 3ft long. The sport occasioned in landing the fish created much excitement, near

East Suff Gaz 7 Apr 

Dunburgh Hill. 
DEATH of Samuel Steel, aged 91.
WAIFS & STRAYS Meeting. Rev AE Hollins speaks & preaches in the evening at Parish Church

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 7 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 7 Apr 
1908

EDUCATION:  Fauconberge   School,   Summer  Term   begins  on  4  May.  Accommodation  for   2
Boarders  at  St Mary’s Cottage. Work  of  School in  Leman  Schoolroom, which is being thoroughly
cleaned during the holidays. Early application from Parents who intend to send boys to the school for

East Suff Gaz 14 Apr 

next term will facilitate  arrangements. TPC Cartman, BA Cantab, Headmaster  (20  Station Road).
After the holidays at St Mary’s Cottage, Ballygate, Beccles.
SALE of FURNITURE at ASHMAN’S HALL. The Hall was previously sold.

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 21 Apr 

THEATRICALS: “She  Stops to Conquer” at the Public Hall in aid of Beccles  Sea Cadets. Tickets:
3s; 2s/6d; Gallery: 3s; 2s; Unreserved 1s. Tuesday & Wednesday 21 & 22 April. Cast includes: Mr &
Mrs Napier Trollope, TH Clowes, HG Wood-Hill, JB Rowsell etc. - 40 Profit.

East Suff Gaz 21 Apr 
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1908

GYMNASTIC  DISPLAY:  Society  to  quit  Gymnasium,  because  of  Sale  of  St  Mary’s  Meadow;
Boxing & Wrestling Displays.

East Suff Gaz 21 Apr 
1908

DEATH of Henry Boyce, aged 89.  Educated at North Walsham Grammar  School &  at Shrewsbury
under  Dr  Butler  &  Dr  Munro  (celebrated  Classical  Scholar).  Lincoln  College,  Oxford.  “did  not

East Suff Gaz 5 May 

remain long there owing to family reasons.” Joined Merchant Service “an adventurous career that in
after life furnished many a good sea story he was fond of recounting to the boys of his school. Then

private  Tutor   at  Guildford  &   afterwards   at   Lowestoft.  To  Beccles   as   Second  Master   at  the
Fauconberge School under Burroughs & resided at St Mary’s Cottage. Appointed Headmaster of the
Leman School in 1866. Strict disciplinarian. Cultivated good manners - included modern subjects, eg

Shorthand in curriculum. 
CO-OP: Turnover 7792 as against 7316 in 1901. 27 new members. Total 1235.
FUNERAL  of  Henry  Boyce.  Mourners:

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 12 May 
Rev  W  Boyce,  Vicar  of  Bramfield,  Rev  Walter  Boyce,
East Suff Gaz 12 May 

Headmaster  of  King  Edward  VII’s  School
Wright, Rev AC Pearson, etc. 
MEN’S SOCIAL INSTITUTE: Presentation to AK Hockey, now retired to Yarmouth?

at  Lynn,  Miss  AL  Boyce,  F  Boyce  of  London,  Aldis

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 12 May 

EDUCATION:  Report  of  Committee  on  Secondary  School  at  Beccles,  recommends  Secondary
School  for  Girls  at  Beccles  for  100  pupils,  built  with  a  view  to  possible  enlargement.  Total  cost
including site, not exceeding 5,000.

East Suff Gaz 19 May 
1908

EMPIRE   DAY.   Celebrations.   United   Demonstrations   of   Schoolchildren,   marched   to   Caxton
Recreation Ground. National Anthem;  Patriotic  Songs The Cadet Corps with Fife & Drum Bands;
Boy Scouts (connected with Beccles College) Beccles Artillery Band, etc

East Suff Gaz 26 May 

 
 

 
 

The Mayor addressed the Children “above all, never neglect the study of the Bible.” WM Crowfoot:
“God had blessed them & their Empire. He had given them nearly one fifth of the habitable globe to
make up the British Empire.” 

1908

CAXTON AMATEUR ATHLETIC CLUB: Athletic & Cyclic Sports on Satrday 27 June. Valuable
Prizes. Band; Evening Fete; Special late Trains.

East Suff Gaz 23 Jun 

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 23 Jun 

BECCLES ADULT SCHOOL: Last Year 22 on roll. This year now 65.
DEATH: William  Elliott: Carried  on  a small business as engineer  in Bullock’s  Lane [South Road]

East Suff Gaz 30 Jun 

(after  service  as  a  journeyman  with  William  Cutting,  then  in  business  in  Old  Market  &  later  in
Blyburgate)  New  premises  bottom  of  Fair  Close.  About  20  years  ago  Mr  Garrood  of  Wheatacre

joined him in partnership to work out an idea Elliott had formed of a steam capstan which has since
revolutionised the method of haulage  in  fishing-boats &  smacks. It was not long  before a  demand
arose for every vessel to be thus fitted. Limited Company founded in 1897. “Very near & dear to the

heart was “The Harbourage” in Ingate [Grove] Road, which he conceived & planned on the style of
the “Garden City” for the reception of aged, injured, infirm or long-service employees. Also a farm at
Brampton carried on successfully on co-operative lines, farmhouse as a convalescent home. Also he

built cottages, which he designed himself, for artisans. He erected the Institute & Lecture Hall in Fair
Close,  let  to  Trustees  on  liberal  terms.  President  of  Beccles  &  District  Liberal  Association  ...
connected with the Baptist Church many years, but much sympathy with the Plymouth Bretheren ...

Baptised in the Waveney by Mr Passmore, “one of the leading missionaries some years ago located
here. He was a strong supporter of the Adult School. Smiles would have found abundant material in
the plain, unvarnished life for inclusion in his volume of men of industry who have risen to a position

of responsibility & power unaided save by their own personal gift & acumen.”
BORN 29 July 1837, died 23 June 1908. Lived at White House, Ashman’s Road.
EDUCATION: Meeting  of  East  Suffolk Council  Education Committee regarding the  building of  a

 
1908

 
East Suff Gaz 7 Jul 

Secondary School for Girls. ALSO proposed to join Leman & Fauconberge endowments to provide
school for Boys. Should they be joined?
BECCLES REGATTA

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 7 Jul 

WEDDING of Miss Gertrude Hockey at Parish Church, Yarmouth to Edward Booker, Curate of St
Nicholas,  Yarmouth.  (Two  of  Hockey’s  sons  clergymen  of  the  Church  of  England  &  two  other

East Suff Gaz 14 Jul 

daughters married to clergymen.)  
** CONSECRATION of St BENET’S 

1908
1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 14 Jul 

HOSPITAL FETE in the Garden of JE Crisp.
ENDGATE CHURCH: (East Anglian Magazine July 1908). Taken down order 25 April 1577. Bells,

East Suff Gaz 21 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 28 Jul 

Iron, Glass, Stone, valued at 76 - 18s - 4d.  1450: Peter Garney of Ingate, reparation of High Altar,
10 marks.
BANK  HOLIDAY:  Railway  bookings:  to  Yarmouth  1120,  Lowestoft  384,  Southwold  22.  Large

1908
East Suff Gaz 4 Aug 

numbers of visitors to Beccles  by river, in steam boats, motor launches  etc  & every  available boat
was in requisition throughout the day.
HOSPITAL FETE profit 156 0s 9d

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 18 Aug 
DEATH of Rev  SK Bland  aged  86.  Lived  in Beccles 15 years. Moved to  Ipswich.  Editor  of “The
East Suff Gaz 25 Aug 
+
Gospel Herald”.  5 sons & 4 daughters survive.
1908

DEATH of Mrs John Crowfoot,  Esbourne House  aged  83, wido of Rev John Crowfoot,  Vicar  of
Wangford & Reydon. She gave the Ingate Mission Room
GYMNASTICS CLUB: Meeting  in Club to use Gymnasium.  Subs 2s/6d October to Christmas  &

East Suff Gaz 8 Sep 
1908
East Suff Gaz 13 Oct 

2s/6d January to March.
SCOUTS: New Scout Company; Boys’ Brigade Concert In Congregational Schoolroom
ENTERTAINMENT for Mission to Seamen in Rectory Room

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 20 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 27 Oct  
1908

*** BARSHAM CHURCH:  Long  account of  dedication  by Bishop  of Dunwich  of Chapel to  St
Catherine in North Aisle at Barsham.
DEBATING SOCIETY:  about 100 present: “That this House deeplr regretting the large  amount of

East Suff Gaz 27 Oct 
1908
East Suff Gaz 3 Nov 

unemployment in England considers that the only practical method of permanently reducing the same
is by the introduction of fiscal reform. (ie Tariff Reform) 26 for, 36 against.
TEMPERANCE SUNDAY

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 10 Nov 

MUNICIPAL  ELECTIONS: Mc Queen 514, Watson 401,Hindes 351, Banham 306, Robinson 299.
The first four elected. 
CO-OP: 25 new Members, Total 1265.

East Suff Gaz 10 Nov 

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 10 Nov 

CHAPEL: Primitive Methodist Church: Inceased Congregation with Rev OE Brown, Minister.
TEMPERANCE: British Women’s Temperance Association Meeting in Corn Hall
DEBATING SOCIETY: Dr Fox moves resolution in favour of vivisection as essential in combating

East Suff Gaz 10 Nov 

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 10 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 17 Nov 

disease. Carried 35 - 13
MAYOR’S DINNER: Back -slapping abounds!
DEBATING SOCIETY: Rev Heather proposes motion pro Disestablishment of the Church. Rev H

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 17 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 1 Dec 

Munns? opposes. Motion lost 20 -54. (130 members)
ADVERTISEMENTS: Large adverts for soap.

1908
1908

East Suff Gaz 1 Dec 

ADVERTISEMENT: Hermitage Mineral Water Works, Bridge Street (Ward’s)
FEOFFEES: Donations to Hospital, Charities, Soup Kitchen 54

East Suff Gaz 15 Dec 

1908
 
1908

East Suff Gaz 15 Dec 
 

Aged & Sick Poor 66 
EDUCATION: Adult  School, First AGM in  Public Hall. Meeting  opened with Hymns &  Prayers.

Tickets to Poor 37
East Suff Gaz 15 dec 

Starting in November with 12 Members, now 120 on books & over 80 in Women’s School
DEBATING SOCIETY: Motion: That the State provision of Old Age Pensions is demoralising to the
Nation’s prosperity. Dr Wood-Hill. Carried 41-19

1908
East Suff Gaz 15 Dec 
1908

EDUCATION: Beccles College Prize Giving: Prizes are given by the earl of Stradbroke, Sir F Adair,
Archdeacon Perowne, Capt Miles Barne, Sir Reginald Beauchamp, Sir T Gooch, WM Crowfoot, etc.
SOUP KITCHEN to open 5 January.

East Suff Gaz 22 Dec 
1908
East Suff Gaz 29 Dec 
+
EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1909
1909

CHURCH: Proposed Testimonial to Mr H Dinsworth, retiring from position of Scripture Reader after
22 years, labours among the Poor & in other branches of Parish work. 50 subscribed.

East Suff Gaz 6 Jan  
1909

CHAPEL:  Congregational  Church:  Presentation  to  Mr  William  Read,  retiring  after  40  years  as
Superintendent of Congregational Secondary School.

East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 
1909

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY: about 120 of the poorest children in Beccles. Christmas Tree
& Party. To each child: a toy, bag of sweets & some small article of clothing
PENSION DAY: Long account of First Payment of Old Age Pension ... many hard cases.

East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

1909
1909

East Suff Gaz 6 Jan 

HOSPITAL: Whist Drive in the Public Hall in aid of the Hospital. 43 Tables. 17 Profit.
WEDDING: Rev HH Hockey of Eastbourne marries Edith, daughter of Rev Murrell of The Lodges,
Aylsham

East Suff Gaz 12 Jan 
1909
East Suff Gaz 12 Jan 

1909
1909

CO-OP: Newly founded Women’s Guild Entertainment in Congregational Schoolroom.
LICENSING SESSIONS: Provisional Licence given to the One Bell (Conviction in 1908) Tenant DH
Holsey  apply.  Landlord  went  out  to  work  in  summer  as  Yachtsman  &  in  winter  as  Builder’s

East Suff Gaz 12 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 16 Feb 

Labourer. 5 Bedrooms in House, 3 regular lodgers.
25 Fully Licensed Houses; 10 Beer only Licences; 1 Off Licence; 4 Grocers. Total 40.
SHOP HOURS: 15 Shops announce they will stay open until 10 pm on Saturdays.

 
1909

 
East Suff Gaz 2 Mar 
1909

CRICKET: Re-formation  of Beccles Cricket Club, to  use  ground  formerly Fauconberge  School  in
Ringsfield Road on land owned by FWD Robinson. Nominal Rent.

East Suff Gaz 16 Mar 
1909

SOUP KITCHEN should have been closed on Tuesday, but Mr & Mrs WJ Elliott offered to defray all
expenses as long as the Mayor judges necessary.

East Suff Gaz 23 Mar 
1909
East Suff Gaz 23 Mar 

EDUCATION: Pupil Teacher Centre. New Day Class preparatory to london Matric. 9 Half Days each
week. Fee 6 pa.

 

 
1909
1909

 

Winter evening Classes: Nursing, Poultry-keeping & Horticulture.
MAGISTRATES: Mr Buck & Dr Fox made JPs
MAYOR invitation to dinner the Corporation Employees, Police, Fire Brigade, Postal Staff & Bell-
Ringers.

East Suff Gaz 23 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 23 Mar 
1909

SCOUTS:  1st  Beccles  Troop  of  Scouts  pioneering  practice  1  day’s  march.  By  trin  to  Brampton,
marched to Uggleshall, bivouacked beside a sparkling stream.
EXCURSIONS to London for Boat Race & Cup Final

East Suff Gaz 6 Apr 

1909
1909

East Suff Gaz 6 Apr 
HOSPITAL FUND 

 
4 Villages 
9 Village scholars 9 -  15s - 6d

Town Collection

24 - 14s - 0
3 -   8s - 9d

East Suff Gaz 13 Apr 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 
1909

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Garden Fete 
TOTAL

156 - 0s - 10d
194 - 18s - 10d

 

GOWING’S DIARY: Extracts 1781-1786
GOWING’S DIARY: Extracts 1787-1790

East Suff Gaz 27 Apr 

1909
1909
1909

East Suff Gaz 4 May 

MOLES: Surveyor reported 307 Moles caught last month
EMPIRE DAY CELEBRATIONS: 4th Annual celebration at Beccles.

East Suff Gaz 11 May 
East Suff Gaz 25 May 
 
 

Mr & Mrs WJ Elliott give 50  for Children’s Tea &  Sports.  Prizes from proceeds  of winter Whist
Drives.
Mayor  etc  visit  National  Schools  at  10  am,  then  St  Benet’s,  the  Council  School  at  11  am  (WM

 
 

Crowfoot Addresses). Assembly in the New Market 2 pm; National Anthem & Rule Britannia. Sports
on Common. Tea 4.45.

1909
1909

BANKRUPT: WR Husin, Solicitor.
BANK HOLIDAY: 650 to Yarmouth; 350 to Lowestoft.

East Suff Gaz 25 May 
East Suff Gaz 25 May 

1909
1909

GOWING’S DIARY: Extracts 1795-1798
DEATH  of  Dr  Robert  Ives  Metcalfe,  MD,  succeeded  Robert  Dashwood.  Largely  responsible  for

East Suff Gaz 25 May 
East Suff Gaz 15 Jun 

establishment of Hospital.  Sons Ives Mtcalfe, Henry Claud Metcalfe & Kenneth Metcalfe. The  last
two in Africa.
GOWING’S DIARY 1795-1798 

1909
1909

East Suff Gaz 15 Jun 
East Suff Gaz  22 Jun 

DEATH of Mrs George Fenn ( George Fenn died in 1877) aged 90. Born at Worlingham Rectory on
9 February 1819, daughter of late Robert Newman.
SWIMMING: Miss  Withers,  NSPE,  Gold  Medalist,  Holder  of  Royal  Life-Saving  Medallion,  will

1909
East Suff Gaz 29 Jun 

attend Beccles during the summer months for the Teaching of Swimming to Ladies & Children
WEATHER: Very Wet Summer: Caxton Sports postponed. Rgatta mainly spoiled
GOWING DIARY 1800-1802

1909
1909

East Suff Gaz 29 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 29 Jun 

1909
1909
1909

CHURCH BELLS: Subscription for re-tuning the Bells (Feoffees 25) now about 260 
EXCURSIONS to LONDON for Temperance Fete
GOWING’S DIARY: 1803-1806

 
East Suff Gaz 6 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 13 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 13 Jul 
+

1909
1909

EXCURSION: Visit of the Home & Atlantic Fleets to the Thames
SWIMMING:  Education  Committee  of  East  Suffolk  County  Council  appint  resident  Instructress,

East Suff Gaz 13 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 13 Jul 

Madame D Reynolds, PSA, cerified mistress of Swimming to teach Girls of Elementary Schools in
relays of 20.

1909
1909

GOWING’S DIARY 1807-1811
CAXTON SPORTS [previously postponed]

East Suff Gaz 13 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 12 Jul 
1909

CHURCH  BELLS:   Subscriptions   now  promised   350.  Tender   of  J  Taylor   of   Loughborough
accepted. Cost c 530. Wish to start work 9 August
EDUCATION SCHOOL: Fauconberge  School: T Clifford  Smith, Assistant Master, Ipswich  School

East Suff Gaz 20 Jul 
1909
East Suff Gaz 20 Jul 

Appointed Headmaster. Classical Scholar of Hertford College, Oxford, old Faucnbergian.
WEDDING:  Walter  Nobbs  marries  Frances  Wright  of  Beccles.  Presents  Bridegroom  to  Bride  by
Bicycle.

1909
East Suff Gaz 20 Jul 

1909
1909
1909

HOSPITAL FETE: Takings 166. Profit 109.
CHURCH BELLS: Subs now 390 (Feoffees second 25)
EDUCATION: Beccles College Swimming Prizes:

East Suff Gaz 20 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 27 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 3 Aug 

1909
1909

GOWING’S DIARY: 1812-1814
GENERAL BOOTH, on Tour, visits Bungay. Flag on St Mary’s Tower. Meeting at Congregational
Church. Rider Haggard proposes vote of thanks to General & praises the Salvation Army.

East Suff Gaz 3 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 3 Aug 

1909
1909

CO-OP: Numbers 1,326. Decrease in Sales at Beccles.
CHURCH BELLS: Council  receives  letter  from Rector & Churchwardens  asking for  help towards
bells. Council legally unable to help.

East Suff Gaz 10 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 10 Aug 

1909
1909

CHURCH BELLS: Subscriptions now 431.
EDUCATION: Adult School, newly ercted, in Newgate, formally opened by Chairman. President of
School: Dr Fox. Lord Peckover of Wirbeck sent cheque of 100 & later another of 30. Help from

East Suff Gaz 17 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 17 Aug 

Rowntree of York, Cadbury of Bournville, & Fry of Bristol, etc. Scripture reading & prayers; music
by Adult School Orchestra.

1909
1909

SUNDAY SCHOOL TREATS: Various Sunday School treats.
SUFFRAGETTE  MEETING  at  Bungay.  Misses  Tucker,  Andrews  &  Tillard  in  Market  Place.

East Suff Gaz 17 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 24 Aug 

Speakers stood on a chair near pump.
BANKRUPTCY  of  Charles  Watson,  Hairdresser  &  Tobacconist,  Hungate.   Later   charged  wit

1909
East Suff Gaz 31 Aug 

Bigamy.
GOWING’S DIARY: 1819-30
Extensive Malting used as a Fish Washing & Curing House, abutting at the east end upon the road to

1909
1909

East Suff Gaz 31 Aug 
Beccles Paper, 31 Aug 

the Score, adjoining properties of late Clifford Smith [St Peter’s House], Mrs Rix [11-14 the Score]
& Mr A Gordon [No 10 The Score]
ADVERTISEMENT: Beccles Toilet Saloon ... First & Second Class Gents

1909
1909

East Suff Gaz 7 Sep 

THEATRE in Public Hall: Terrens Dance Co, each night, Monday to Saturday.
HOCKEY CLUB to be started.
SWIMMING: Competition  display  of Girls  Swimming  after Tuition by Madame Reynolds.  40-50

East Suff Gaz 7 Sep 

1909
1909

East Suff Gaz 7 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 25 Sep 

Girls take part. Prizes. 50 Yards race.
CHURCH BELLS: Subs now 495
EDUCATION: Scheme for  Sir John  Leman  School. Transfer of  all property etc from Governors to

1909
1909

East Suff Gaz 8 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 5 Oct 

East Suffolk County Council, who are to provide a Secondary School in Beccles. Council empowered
to sell property:  Leman  School with Headmaster’s House & Playground.
for 18,  house, market  garden & land  at Gillingham let for 40; Farm  at Barsham (30 acres let for

2 Cooages  at Barsham let

27 - 10s and 1,003. India 3% Stock, realising 30. Total Annual Income 115 -12
EDUCATION: Beccles College: “produce from our own Dairy Farm”.
CO-OP: 19 new Members. Total 1336

1909
1909

East Suff Gaz 9 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 9 Nov 

1909
 

CHURCH BELLS: Dedication Service for Church Bells re-hung & recast.
Several Tablets in belfry recording long peals: 5,220 changes

East Suff Gaz 16 Nov 

 
 

 

Queen’s  Coronation,  24  May,  1837  &  1867  6,048  changes  in  4  hours  10  minutes  (details  of
inscription on bells)

1909

CLOCK MAKER:  Letter from HMJ Manchester refers to  report that “Beccles Chant?? Clock was
made by one Baker about 200 years ago”. - “I have a Grandfather Clock which has kept good time in

East Suff Gaz 23 Nov 

one family for over 100 years & on the face is WK Barker, Beccles.”
CHURCH BELLS: Letter of thanks to subscribers foe bells, especially Elliott & Garrood 70.
MENAGERIE:  Bostock  &  Wombell’s  Menagerie  to  visit  Beccles  on  Thursday  2  December  on

1909
1909

East Suff Gaz 23 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 30 Nov 

Read’s Sale Yard, [Blyburgate].
DEBATING  SOCIETY:  Subject:  Minority  Report  of  Poor  Law  Commissioners  recommending
abolition of Workhouse: HA Day (from Norwich) proposes;  SW Rix  opposes. Motion rejected  by

1909
East Suff Gaz 30 Nov 
majority of one.
+
1909

EDUCATION: Fauconberge School: T Clifford Smith, MA, (Oxon), Headmaster: Specially suited to
boys from 8 years old & upwards intended for Public Schools or a Professional career.

East Suff Gaz 7 Dec 
1909

EDUCATION: Adult School: Dr Fox, President. Membership 123 at the beginning of year increased
to 180. Average  attendance  100. Women’s Adut  School: 182: Average  attendance  100. (E Gilbert,

East Suff Gaz 7 Dec 

Naional Secretary: 150 new Schools during the year. “success of Beccles Schools quoted up & down
the country.”

1909
 
1909

FEOFFEES: Donations: Hospital, Soup Kitchen, etc. 62 - 8s; Church Bells (1st Donation) 25
Aged Poor: 65 - 2s; Coal Tickets to Poor: 36 - 8s
COMPLAINT:  “this  once  pretty  Christmas  custom  has  of  late  years  degenerated  into  a  public

East Suff Gaz 14 Dec 
 
East Suff Gaz 14 Dec 

nuisance & is little less than a system of begging. The plague set in earlier than usual this year .
WAR THREAT: “Wake  up,  England!” - An Alarming prophecy. Capt  Lush of Beccles lecture  in
German menace ... very large Navy ... Germany spending further millions preparing for a war, ffolk

1909
East Suff Gaz 14 Dec 

County CounciandEurope knew it & were waiting for it.”
HORTICULTURE   Lectures   (Cottage  Allotment  Gardening)   arranged  by   East   Suffolk  County
Council) by EG Creek .... good class but small close of 250 allotments held with Council of Feoffees

1909
East Suff Gaz 21 Dec 
Authority.
+
EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1910
1910

LAW:   William   Goffin,   fisherman,   drunk   &   disorderly   at   Worlingham.   8   Convictions   for
drunkenness. Has taken Pledge!

East Suff Gaz 4 Jan 

1910
1910

MAGISTRATE’S CLERK: Frederick S Rix resigns as Magistrate’s Clerk
RECOLLECTIONS of OLD SUFFOLK 2

East Suff Gaz 4 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 4 Jan 
1910

THEATRE:  “The  Middleman”  by  Henry  Arthur  Jones  presented  at  Public  Hall  by  A  Bromley
Davenport. All amateurs including Sir Frederick Adair.
CHRISTMAS  TREAT  &  PARTY  for  160  Poor  Children  at  Congregational  Schoolroom:  Tea,

East Suff Gaz 11 Jan 
1910
East Suff Gaz 11 Jan 

Games, Presents from Father Christmas (The Mayor, WJ Money)
ELECTION: Unionist win with majority of 240. “At 8 pm a torchlight procession was organised to
celebrate Unionist victory. About 80 Torchbearers started from New Market followed by the Town

1910
East Suff Gaz 26 Jan 

Band in which figure of “240” conspicuous, followed by two brakes with Gents & Ladies, who were
the object of a fusillade of snowballs as the procession made a tour of the Town.”
WAR THREAT: Letter on German Armament: “a danger such as has not threatened since the days of

1910
East Suff Gaz 26 Jan 

the Spanish Armada.” Deplores lack of preparation.
DEBATING SOCIETY: “Adult Suufrage”.. Pro votes for Women carried 25 to 75.
EDUCATION: Retirement of HM Inspector of Schools, AJ Swinbure, (BA 1869, 1st in Mods & 2nd

1910
1910

East Suff Gaz 8 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 8 Mar 

in Greats, Oxford, Queen’s College. 1875: 4 years in Lancashire as Inspector, then from 1879 in East
Suffolk. Married to Ellen Mary daughter of Canon Blomfield.)  Petition to extend his services signed

by 12,000 including 1,000 elementary teachers. Lives at snape Priory near Saxmundham.
SALVATION ARMY lecture by Brig Edwin on ts social work ... food depots, night shelters, labour

1910
East Suff Gaz 15 Mar 

bureaux,  workshops,  industrial  &  land  colonies,  work  among  inebriates,  criminal  &  prison  work,
rescue agencies, missing persons enquiries, anti-suicide, conversion.

 
1910

 

Mayor presides, Mrs Money (the Mayoress) helps with tea.
INGATE  IRON  WORKS  (Elliott  &  Garrood)  Social  in  Public  Hall.  AGM  Sick  Benefit  Club.  W
Garrood senior, Presides.
RAILWAY DINNER for employees. Second contingent of 50

East Suff Gaz 15 Mar 

1910
1910

East Suff Gaz 15 Mar 

THEATRE:  Amateur  Dramatic  (including  40  children).  3  Plays  in  Public  Hall  in  aid  of  Public
Library.
EXCURSION to Cup Final

East Suff Gaz 5 Apr 

1910
1910

East Suff Gaz 19 Apr 

DEATH of Miss Ann Shaw Parker at her House in Blyburgate. “The present generation can hardly
realise what she was to rich & poor, young & old, 40 or 50 years ago. She started the first Mothers’
Union held in Beccles & continued to hold one for more than 50 years.. Superintendent of the Church

East Suff Gaz 19 Apr 

of  England  Girls  Sunday  School.  Helped  Girls’  Friendly  Society  “For  15  years  she  devoted  5
evenings  every week to teaching the lads of the Town whatever they wished to learn & many men
will now recall with what patient ski;; she  helped them to put together picture frames &  fretwork,

taught them to paint & other useful accomplishments. Her self-sacrifice knew no bounds.”
COUNCIL considers whether allotment holders should be allowed to keep pigs in allotments. Land
Committee to visit, & Surveyor to plan suitabe building.

1910
East Suff Gaz 26 Apr 

1910
1910
1910

DEATH of EDWARD VII. Black lines between all columns of newspaper. Eulogy.
PRESENTATION to FS Rix, retiring Magistrate’s Clerk 1864-1910.
EMPIRE DAY : merely talks at elementary schools.

East Suff Gaz 10 May 
East Suff Gaz 10 May 
East Suff Gaz 31 May 
1910

ADVERTISEMENT: HE Hipperson: Motor Launch “Excelsio”. Parties of not less than 12 taken at 1
shilling each return fare, day or evening to Menargerie at Waveney Hotel, Burgh Staithe.

East Suff Gaz 14 Jun 

1910
 

HOSPITAL FUND: Town Collection 

 
 

24  16s  0d
 

East Suff Gaz 14 Jun 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Village Collection 
Village Scholars
Garden Fete 

6      6s   4d
10   10s  11d
109  15     1d

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Gillingham Fete
Donation 
TOTAL

 
 
 

 
 
 

2     8s      2d 
1      0s     0d
151   6s   10d

 
1910

DEATH of Canon Rowsell, aged  57. Rector 1882-1910. Widow &  grown up family of 3 sons &  4
daughters, one married
Total offertory before he came: 257;  last year 419

East Suff Gaz 14 Jun 

 
 

 
 

Introduced   magazines   also   kneelers.  Organ   renovated   &   decorated,   erection   of   brass  tablets
encouraged. Reredos  1884,  East Window, Memorial to Queen Victorias Jubilee 1887  (500 public
subscription). Trained surpliced Choir.  

1910

EDUCATION:  Pupil  Teacher  Centre:  Fees  1  per  Term.  Courses:  English,  History,  Geography,
French,  Science, Maths, Drawing, PE, Theory  of Music  & Vocal Music, Needlework  for Girls  &
Woodwork  for  Boys.  Hockey,  Football,  Tennis,  Cricket  &  Swimming  arranged  for  respective

East Suff Gaz 21 Jun 
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seasons. Ages 12-16.
EDUCATION: Highfield Day School for Girls & Kindergarten, Upper Grange Road. Miss Heron &

1910
East Suff Gaz 21 Jun 

Madamoiselle Maury?
EMPIRE DAY: Concert to raise funds for celebration of Empire Day, arranged Miss Clara Elliott

1910
1910
1910

East Suff Gaz 21 Jun 

REGATTA: 4 Matches & Swimming Races, etc
DEATH  of  David  Soanes,  87.  Employed  by  Gower,  boot  maker.  Started  up  his  own  business  in

East Suff Gaz  5 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 12 Jul 

Caxton Road, then known as “the Loke”; removed to Ballygate 1853. (Dr Owen died in his shop on
his way to the first meeting of the Burial Board). Moved to New Market in 1857.
HOSPITAL FETE spoiled by rain. Receipts 166. Bowls & Quoits Tournaments, ec.

1910
1910

East Suff Gaz 26 Jul 

CAXTON WORKS:  Social Gathering: about  80 Girls & young women of Caxton  Works  at Gales
Dining Room.
BANK HOLIDAY: Bookings to Yarmouth 980; Lowestoft 270;

East Suff Gaz 2 Aug 

1910
1910

East Suff Gaz 2 Aug 

EDUCATION: Beccles College Prize Day: Many  Swimming  Prizes (given by Beccles Tradesmen,
etc)
EDUCATION: Fauconberge School Prize Giving in Gymnasium. 15 Pupils. Aldis Wright had given

East Suff Gaz 2 Aug 
1910
East Suff Gaz 9 Aug 

1,000. I Clifford Smith, Headmaster.
*** SALE of LEMAN HOUSE, Ballygate [purchased by S White 600, 4 Oct]
Farm at Barsham (cottage & 30 acres) [purchased FWD Robinson, 600, 4 Oct]

1910
 

East Suff Gaz 6 Sep 

 
 

 
 
 

Cottage near Barsham Bridge [purchased FWD Robinson, 240
Market Garden (7 acres) in Gillingham with a House [purchased Hawes 505]
Marshes at Gillingham Dam [purchased James Nunn, 175, 4 Oct]

 
 

 
 
1910

 
 

Arable Land (1 acre) in Dog’s Lane, Gillingham [purchased Spink 45]
for East Suffolk County Council
BUNGAY CATHOLIC CHURCH Consecration. FE Banham mentions Bernard  Smith,  architect of

East Suff Gaz 13 Sep 

the Church: “Had not been spared to see the final act of Consecration though he lived long enough to
carry out the work of construction.” First Church built 1820.

1910

PUBLIC  HALL:  “A  Regular  Visitor  deplores  stucco  on  the  Public  Hall.  I  remember  the  warm
colouring of the old red bricks” & deplores “false gables.”

East Suff Gaz 13 Sep 

1910
1910

MEMORIAL to Canon Rowsell: 162 collected to date.
BANKRUPT: Henry  Eastaugh,  corn,  coal  &  oil-cake merchant  of Belvedere Road,  &  Soth Quay,

East Suff Gaz 20 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 20 Sep 

Lowestoft.
CHURCH  RECTOR:  New  Rector:  Rev  FG  Millar,  Westminster  &  University  College,  Oxford.
Rector at Walton, near Liverpool, had been Rector at St Faith’s near Norwich. A widower.

1910
East Suff Gaz  27 Sep 
1910

LEMAN  SCHOOL:  Reference  to  Escutcheon  over  school  door  in  Ballygate.  “Volens  semperque
juvare paratus” & original Escutceon on east gable with date 1870 & Founder’s Initials “JL”.
MEMORIAL to Canon Rowsell: now 281

East Suff Gaz 11 Oct 

1910
1910

East Suff Gaz 25 Oct 

HOSPITAL: “Japanese Fancy Fair” in Public Hall organised by Mr & Mrs Womack Brooks, assisted
by 120 performers, in aid of Hospital. Profit 23.
COUNCIL MAYOR: Col Wilson to be Mayor in 1911. He was Mayor in 1889-90, 1890-91, 1900-01

East Suff Gaz 1 Nov 
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East Suff Gaz 8 Nov 

& 1901-02.
EMIGRATION  to  AUSTRALIA:  To  Farm  Workers:  If  you  want  to  hear  of  reduced  steamship
passages to Australia & employment at good wages, with excellent prospect of soon having a farm of

1910
East Suff Gaz 15 Nov 

your  own,  send  a  Postcard  to  The  High  Commissioner  for  the  Commonwealth  of  Australia,  72
Victoria Street, London SW
ADVERTISEMENT:  150  high  class  canaries  for  Sale:  2s;  Grand  songsters  5s/-each,  W  davison,

1910
East Suff Gaz 15 Nov 

Blyburgate
CHAPEL: Congregational Church: Bazar for Renovation Fund of Chapel at Public Hall on 22 & 23
November: “representing  a Puritan  Village with  its  old-world houses &  inhabitants (64 males?)  in

1910
East Suff Gaz 15 Nov 

quaint costumes.” To be opened by Lady Goddard.
COUNCIL: MAYOR’S BANQUET: Col Angell  refers to “item of money paid to  repair Guildhall

1910
East Suff Gaz 22 Nov 

windows, when Cromwell had to send a detachment of troops to Lowestoft, which was then Royalist,
they took the road known as “Comwell’s Lane” leading from Ringsfield Corner where it joined the

London Road. Royalists  in Beccles  including Matthew Trott, who went  out “to  have  a  go”  at  his
detachment ... They [Cromwell’s  men] were too strong  for  him &  he took  refuge  in the Guildhall

where he was captured. Windows broken. [no historical justification of story?]
CHURCH: Institution of Rev Millar. Afterwards Mayor & Corporation & Non-Conformist Ministers
met the Bishop at the Rectory Room. Light refresments.

1910
East Suff Gaz 22 Nov 

1910
 
 

FEOFFEES: Charities, Soup Kitchen, Hospital 
Church Bells  
Inmates of Almshouses (Puddingmoor & Purvis) 

52
33

East Suff Gaz 20 Dec 

 
 

25;  
Aged & sick Poor 

15
EDUCATION: Proposed new ELEMENTARY SCHOOLfor hurch of England: Has accommodation

1910
East Suff Gaz 27 
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for 488, now 566 scholars - gross overcrowding - serious defects in lighting, heating, ventilation &
sanitation - managers not prepared to make extra accommodation - recommended County Council to

build new school for 200 children.
HOSPITAL FETE: Profit 91 - 19s - 10d

1910
1910

East Suff Gaz 27 Dec 

AEROPLANE:   Sander’s   Aeroplane,   formerly   at   Benacre,   works   now   transferred   to   Beccles
Common.

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EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1911
1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT:  Ye Olde  Shoppe,  established  1804;  S  WHITE, New Market Place, Beccles;
Watchmaker, Jeweller, Optician, etc

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT:  Willam  STEER,  Practical  Watchmaker,  Jeweller,  Optician,  etc,  37  Market
Place,  Beccles  (near  the  Tower);  Choice  Stock  in  all  branches;  “Onto”  Fountain  Pens  &  Jones’

Sewing Machines, British Made
ADVERTISEMENT; SUN FIRE OFFICE; The oldest Insurance Office in the World. Fire Damage,
resultant   loss  of  rent  &  profits;   Employers’   Liability  &   Workmen’s  Compensation   including

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

accidents to domestic servants, personal accident, sickness & disease, Fidelity Guarantee Burglary.
Beccles Agent: Mr James P Larkman
ADVERTISEMENT: Railway Passengers Assurance Co; Accidents of all kinds;

 
1911

 
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

 
1911
 

 

Agent, Beccles: Mr F Clarke, GER, Beccles
ADVERTISEMENT: Westminster Fire Office: Insurances effected on all ordinary Risks
Agent: Mr RW Snell, St george’s Road, Beccles

East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 
 
1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: Hymns Ancient & Modern bound with Book  of Common Prayer; A large  &
choice collection; CC KELSEY, Smallgate, Beccles
ADVERTISEMENT:  Special Value  in Hosiery;  Ladies’ Black Cashmere Hose,  all  Wool,  Spliced

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

Ankles & Feet, Seamless Toes & Heels, 1/--s 0d 1/2d per pair, or 2 pairs 2/-s; better qualities in the
same make, 1/s 3d 1/2d and 1s 6d 1/2d; These three numbers are particularly good value, and can be

recommended as strong, hard-wearing hose. Albert E BARWOOD, Beccles.
ADVERTISEMENT: H  LAWRANCE &  Sons’; High Class  Soda,  Seltzer, Potash,  in silver-  lined

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

syphons. Dry Ginger Ale a speciality. Works: Gt Yarmouth and Beccles.-
ADVERTISEMENT: Galloways Cough  Syrup, for  children  and  adults; Price  9d 1/2d, 1s 1d  1/2d;

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

Local Agent: J ROUSE, Supply Stores, 34 Northgate, Beccles
ADVERTISEMENT:  Frister  &  Rossman’s  High  Class  Machines  [with   illustration   of  sewing
machine] 2-16-0 & 3-7-6. Agents: MASTERS and SKEVENS, Beccles.
ADVERTISEMENT: Are You Eating the Allinson Whole Meal Bread?  It is a necessity for all who

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 
1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

would be well - especially those suffering from constipation and its attendant evils
Special  bakers  of  the  Allinson  Bread:  EE  KIRBY,  38  Blyburgate  &  CD  CLARKE,  Northgate,
Beccles.

 
 
1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT:  The  Lowestoft  STEAM  LAUNDRY  Company:  Agent-
Ballygate, Beccles. A postcard will receive prompt attention.
ADVERTISEMENT: Appetite good health instils, Keeps out winter’s chills and ills; Try POWELL’S

Mrs  Millichamp,  4
1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

Meat, You will find it right, Just the meat for appetite. You know the address - 26 Northgate, Beccles.
[with small illustration of a cow].
ADVERTISEMENT: 1911  and promptly  at your service with the best  of  everything  in  connection

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

with Cycling. For quality the Singer is tip-top. For selection of accessories you have thousands - for
honest dealing over repairs - for lowest possible prices - and for every detail of business you will find
none better than CASTELL, Blyburgate, Beccles.

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT:WE Boulter, Tailor, 34 New Market, Beccles
ADVERTISEMENT:    Our  Autumn  Stock  is  now  replete  with  the  latest  styles  in  Overcoats  and
Winter Clothing for men, youths, & boys; A McQUEEN, Tailor & Juvenile Outfitter.

East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 
1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: GIBBONS’ Bazar, Corner of Old Market, Beccles. Call and inspect our large
assortment of Domestic and Fancy Goods; Six large Showrooms. The largest assortment in theTown.

All kinds of earthenware, Tinware, Enamelware, specialities in Tea Services, Dinner Sets, Toilet and
Trinket Sets, Teapots, Toys, Dolls, and Games. [19 Old Market? or 2 Northgate?]

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT  Now is the time for Farmers with Capital to turn their attention to the money-
making possibilities of WESTERN AUSTRALIA; special selected Government surveyed and cleared

areas are available for settlement. Assisted Passages.
ADVERTISEMENT:  Special  Show  of  Lace  Goods;  dainty,  charming,  durable,  useful;  Our  Shop
Windows serve as an Index to the beautiful selection of Lace Goods now obtanable at the Exchange

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

House;  Insertions  and  Edgings,  Lace  Slips  and  Blouses,  made  to  measure  on  the  Premises.  An
unequalled  variety  of  the  hifghest  quality  at  the  lowest  prices.  GW  BOPND,  Exchange  House,
Beccles

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: The Beccles Hair Restorer: This  favourite preparation  restores  grey hairt the
natural  colour without staining the skin. Nursery  Pomade: A  certain  cure for Nits  and  Vermin  in
Children’s Heads. Tins 3d

 
1911

 

Prepared by E Watson, MPS, Blyburgate, Beccles.
ADVERTISEMENT:  Winter  Clothing,  Winter  Clothing;  We  now  have  on  hand  a  very  large  and
comprehensive Stock of Clothing suitable for winter wear. Newest Styles, best wrkmanship at lowest

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possible prices consistent with good wear. Boys’ Fancy Overcoats 3s 11d to 21s; Men’s S B & D B
Overcoats,  leading  styles,  fashionable  colours  15s  11d  to  38s  6d;  Boots  and  Shoes;  Mern’s  light

Boots 4s 11d to 15s 11d, etc.. WM SPARLING, the People’s Clothier and Complete Outfitter, The
Red House, Beccles

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT:  We  shall  have  Snow  and  Rain.  Why  have  damp  feet  when  you  can  have
Rubber Boots and Overshoes repaired at a small cost? Satisfaction Guaranteed. By a special process

we are able to repair Ladies’ and Chidren’s Boots or Shoe Uppers with invisible patches. TRepairs to
any kind of Rubber Goods or  Waterproof Garments.  William ROBINSON, Motor Works,  Station
Road & Newgate, Beccles.

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT: PEARCE’S  STORES; On  offer - A large,  carefully selected stck  of Choice
New  Fruit:  raisins,  currants,  seeded  raisins,  sultanas,  muscatels,  figs,  dates,  Elvas  plums,  Oregon
plums, Oregon plums, Carlsbad plums, dried apricots, peaches, pears, crstallized and Metx#z fruits,

oranges,  lemons,   grapes,  apples,  bananas,  nuts,  etc;  Chocolates   in  fancy  boxes;  Tom   Smith’s
Crackers; Biscuits in fancy tins. Very choice Teas; fresh roasted Coffees; First clas Provisions; Finest
Wiltshire Bacon; Prize dairy Cheddars, real Gorganzolas, rich, ripe Stiltons, pure Butters, Lard, etc.

 
1911

 

Choice Foreign Wines and Liquers. British Wines; Bottled Beers, Cydess and Mineral Waters.
ADVERTISEMENT:  General  Printing  of  every  description  at  the  CAXTON  PRESS,  Beccles;
Estimate on application.

East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 
1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

ADVERTISEMENT:  GH  SIMNETT,  Coal  and  Coke  Merchant,  14  Northgate,  Beccles.  Begs  to
tender his sincere thanks to the inhabitants of Beccles for their gnerous support during the time he has
been in Business and to inform them that he has taken the large and commodious Premises late in the

occupation of Mr W Woolnough, 51 Caxton Road, Beccles. All coals sold at lowest possible prices
consistent with good quality.
ADVERTISEMENT: Funerals: Completely furnished throughout, at the shortest possible notice, with

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

quietude, in the latest approved style. Every detail carried out with persnal and prompt attention, at
the same time with strict adherence to Economy. WOMAK BROOKS, Funeral Director, St Anrew’s

House, Beccles.
ADVERTISEMENT: This week the entire stock of  our Millinery offered  at  greatly reduced prices.

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

See Windows; WOMACK BROOKS, Milliner, SAt Andrew’s House, Beccles.
ADVERTISEMENT:  Prams  and  Baby  Carriages  -  Splendid  value  at  DOWSING’S,  Cross  Keys,

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

Beccles.
SALE  of  FURNITURE,  LEMAN  HOUSE  for  Miss  Lucy  Boyce:  Mahogany  Dining,  Wainscot
Rosewood  & occasional Tables. Antique  Linen  Press. Mahogany Bookcase, Mahogany Chiffonier,

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan  

Antique Wardrobe, several Antique & circular-fronted Chests of Drawers, Chair, Bedsteads, Kitchen
& Culinary Requisites, etc.
TO BE LET: with immediate possession: HE Harmer, House Agent, Beccles

1911
 

East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

 
 
 

London Road 
13, Station Road
40, Station Road

 
 
 

 
 
 

90 pa
26 pa
25 pa

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

12, Station Road
7, Saltgate 
3, Satgate 

 
 
 

 
 
 

15 pa
24 pa
15 pa

 
 
 

 
 
 

3 lexander Road (Laburnham Villa)
Bullock’s Road 
14,  Northgate,  Dwelling-House,  good  Yard,  outbuildings,  stabling,  etc  Formerly  occupied  by  a

18 pa
11 pa

 
 

Builder, with carting entrance from Ravensmere  
THE PUBLIC LIBRARIAN, Miss Candler thanks for her Christmas gift.
RAILWAY GATES - The new gates in course of erection were smashed on Christmas afternoon by a

19 pa

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

light engine on its way up the line.
RSPCA subscriptions will be gladly received by Miss Suckling, the Close, Barsham.

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

ACCIDENT: MNrs A Ingate recovering from her recent street accident in the Old Market.
MUSIC SUCCESS: Theoretical exam of the Associated Board taken by Margaret Ferral & Kenneth

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

Ferrall passed in rudiments of music, pupils of Miss LA Boyce, LRAM
EAST SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL: WM Crowfoot & Rev Heather members of the Council.

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

CHURCH BELLS: A party of Ringers attempted a peal of Steadman Caters, but broke3 down after
an hour.
6 LECTURES on Poultry Keeping run by County Council to start.

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

PARISH CHURCH MAGAZINE: A new Magazine will be circulated through the town.
ADULT SCHOOLS: In the new Room, bagatelle boards, a number of small tables with games of all
kinds provided,  even the platform being  utilised  for a “Bombard”  game.. In the small room  a  long

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 
table was loaded with dishes piled up with pies, patties, rolls, buns, tarts, buttered scones, etc, enough
+

to feed half a Battalion of infantry. Atv 7 the members began to arrive, until over 150 members were
met together, all entering into one or other of the games with a zest I have never seen excelled.. At

8.45 the committee, headed by Dr Fox, began to move; cups of tea and coffee were dispensed and the
manner the eatables disappeared was marvellous.

.1911 East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

JU-JITSU  DISPLAY  given  by  Mr  Nuthal  of  Harleston,  an  old  pupi  ofd  Mr  CC  Hall  at  Beccles
College. He released himself in 10 seconds fromr being held down by four sturdy men.

1911
East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 

BOLTON PIT DISASTER: Churches collection for 1,300 widows and children left destitute by the
disaster
REVIEW OF THE YEAR 1910: Death of Edward VII and succession of George V.

1911
 

East Suff Gaz 3 Jan 
 

Two General Elections: The first in January: Mr E Beauchamp, the liberal Member was defeated by
Mr  HS  Foster,  Conservative,  by  6530  to  6,294  votes..  The  second  election  in  November  was:
Beauchamp (Lib), 6248; Foster (C), 5983.

 
 

Death  of  Canon  Rowsell,  the  Rector.  “universally  beloved”  on  7  June.  He  took  his  share  in  the
Church  Services on the  Sunday, two days before his death  and preached. .He  attended the business
meeting of the Hospital committee, and was seized by fatal illness while on he way to the house of a

sick parishioner. Struck down by paralysis of the brain, he died the next day. He had been Rector of
the Parish for 28 years, identifying himself with the life and varied interests of the town. “His wide
sympathies,  his  broad  mindednes,  his  readiness  to  spend  and  be  spnt  for  all  those  needing  his

ministrations,  endeared  him  to  all  his  fellow  townsmen,  and  no  religious    or  social  or   class
distinctions were ever allowed to interfere in any way with his efforts for the moral and spiritual good
of his people.”

 
 

The  new Rector, Rev Frederick Millar,  late  vicar  of  St  Luke the  Evangelist  at  Walton  Liverpool,
which he resigned on the death of his wife. He had previously held the living of Horesham St Faith’s
near  Norwich  for  three  years,  prior  to  curacies  at  Whitechapel,  Hampstead  and  Swansea.  His

institution  was by the new Bishop of the Diocese, Bishop Bertam Pollock, DD, CVO,, late Master of
Wellington College, his first public appearance at Beccles.

 
 

Baptist Church still without a Minister.. Mr Alderman Adams of Lowestoft, who presided at a public
meeting  deplored  the  decrease  apparent  in  the  membership  of  Non-Conformist    Churches

generally,  and with  a strong  belief in the  old ways,  he recalled the wonderful  revival such  as our
fathes had, and the street singing and processions which he regarded ss attractive adjuncts that cannot

be dispensed with.
Fauconberge  School.  The  new  Headmaster,  Mr  T  Clifford  Smith,  has  made  a  distinct  advance
towards  regaining the once proud position it  held in the town  and  district. Fifteen months  ago  he

 
 

unlocked the school doors to 11 pupils; now there are over a score. Dr Aldis Wright has increased the
capital endowment by 1,000, thereby making it possible to carry on the school on the old lines.
The  disappearance  of  the  Sir  John  Leman’s  School  breaks  a  link  with  the  past  which  has  happy

 
 

memories for yet a few survivors of the long roll of boys who received a useful commercial education
under its foundation. The endowment has been handed over to the East Suffolk Education Committee
in order that  a  Secondary  School, with special privileges for Beccles  boys,  may take  its place.  In

August the school property was sold, realising  over 2,00. The  School House was bought by Mr S
White,  whose  intention  to  preserve  all  its  old  features  of  interest  will  be  generally  appreciated.
Perhaps in the not distant future it may be possible to establish a museum within its ancient walls.

 
 

In  September  the  Highfield  School  for  Girls  and  Kindergarten  changed  hands,  the  Misses  Seeley
retiring from the management and handing over to  two other ladies highly trained and experienced in
school work.

 
 

The  death  of  Mrs  Margaret  Hayes  removed  one  of  the  principals  of  Gresham  House  School,  a
preparatory school for young ladies, and was intimately connected with the musical life of the town
and had been 35 years organist at Gillingham Church,

 
 

The Council improvements: The repair of the outer fabric of the Public Hall, new quay headings for a
portion of the Cut, the renovation of the Council Chamber. The Council intends to recover possession

of the old Town Hal, near the Church, now used as a Public Library to use it as a Council Chamber
and offices for the Borough Surveyor. Plans for a new building estate from Ingate to Swine’s Green

provisionaly approved.
The reopening of the Rifle Range on the Common was not approved by Inspectors because it was too

 
 

dangerous.
The Council agreed to let a Marsh neighbouring the Common  to the Sanders Aeroplane Factory with
permission  o  build  a  shed  in  which  a  flying  machine  with  up-to-date  improvements  has  been

 
 

constructed. t would be very gratifying if the success anticipated were attained, and a new flourishing
industry were established in the town.
Mr Cudbird resigned the dual offices of Borough Surveyor and Inspector of Nuisances and went out

 
 
to an appointment in Australia.. His successor, Mr Charles Hamby of Great Yarmouth was appointed
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out of 148 candidates.
Messrs  HA  King,  WJ  Money,  H  Welham  &  JQ  Wilkinson  were  re-elected  unopposed.  On  Mr

 
 

Watson,s  appointment as Alderman in place of Mr FS Rix,  a  contest for the seat: Mr Mickleburgh
elected ahead of James Aldous & SW Rix. Colonel Wilson elected Mayor.

1911
East Suff Gaz 10 Jan 

SF  PELLS, the  learned  editor  of the “First  English Translator  of the  Septuagint”,   has pepared  a
tribute to the tercentenary of the Authorised Version of the Bible

1911
East Suff Gaz 10 Jan 

FIVE GENERATIONS: Mrs Green, a widow living in Ravensmere celebrated her 90th birthday. Mr
B Reynolds, son, Mr H Reynolds, grandson, Mrs Lovegrove, great-grand-daughter, and her child, a
year old, her great-great grand-daughter.

1911
East Suff Gaz 10 Jan 

REGISTRAR of MARRIAGES: Mr Jude retires  after 51 years,  (has been present officially  at 700
marriages)  on  account  of  age.  His  successor.  His  successor:David  Alfred  Soanes  of  21  Alexanra
Road.

1911
East Suff Gaz 10 Jan 

THEATRE: A farce, “Mr Hopkinson” performed in Public Hall, directed by A Bromley Davenport.
The Cast included  Sir Frederick Adair, Bart, RP de  Saumarez, FJ Toulmin, JC Reynolds, Mrs JR
Crisp

1911
East Suff Gaz 17 Jan 

AEROPLANE IN DANGER: Captain  Sanders  had  his aeroplane  brought  out of the shed  on to the
Common on Sunday morning, and he had mounted it for a run when an escape of petrol set fire to the
right-hand  plane  of  the  machine.  Efforts  were  promptly  made  to  smother  the  outbreak,  and  were

happily successful, though  no til a  big hole  had  been burnt by the  destruction  of part of the canvas
lining of the plane.
CANON ROWSELL MEMORIAL It was agreed by the Committee that a three-light window on the

1911
East Suff Gaz 17 Jan 

south side of the church should be filled with a stained glass design in his memory. The committee
had 274 in haqnd and another 18 promised.
POLICE COURT before FWD Robinson, Capt Miles Barne, MF Buck & WM Crowfoot

1911
 

East Suff Gaz 17 Jan 
 

John George, fisherman of Ringsfield, trespassing in search of game at Weston. He did not put in an
appearance. Mr WG  Scotcher,  head  keeper on Worlingham Hall  Estate  brought action. The under-

keeper Fred Allington cocealed in Dirty Lane. John George & Sidney George came within 30 yards,
took pieces of  a single-barrelled  gun from  his pocket & went into Mr King’s fields with  a  Lurcher

dog.  Fired  at  a  pheasant,  but  missed.  When  witness  spoke  to  them,  they  used  filthy  language  ...
threatened  to  shoot  him  ...  John  said  “he  did  not  care  for  no  gamekeepers”,  took  off  his  coat  &

threatened to fight.  ... several previous  convictions for  game  offences  ...  fined 30s &  7s  costs or  a
month’s hard labour.
TO BE LET: : with immediate possession; HE Harmer, Huse Agent

1911
 

East Suff Gaz 24 Jan 

 
 
 

24, Hungate 
3, Frederick’s Road 
35 NEw Market (Shaftsbury Lodge)

 

 
 

16 pa
36 pa
40 pa

 
 

 
1911

 

Ringsfild Hall 
SPARROW CLUB FORMED under Chairmanship  of FWD Robinson, to  diminish the  number  of
sparrows, because farmers have suffered to such an alarming extent from sparrows. In some cases it

 
 
30 pa
East Suff Gaz 24 Jan 

is estimated that from three to five coombs per acre loss is caused by sparrows.
BOARD of GUARDIANS of Wangford Union, Chairman Mr A McQueen
MEN’S  SOCIAL  INSTITUTE: Dr Fox, president, Mr Lidley Watson,  Secretary.164 members.. Mr

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 24 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 24 Jan 

WE Downing said it was uncertain  how long the pupil-teacers would  require the Hall ,  as  a  new
school  would  be  built..  Committee  elected:  Messrs  O  Peacock,  A  Cocks,  F  Marsh,  A  Torbell,  R
Hindes & AS Barnard.-

1911
East Suff Gaz 24 Jan 

COUNCIL MEETING: The Old Town Hall to be adapted and used by the Council for their meetings
after the Library had bee moved elsewhere. Alderman Buck said that the Library did not exist for the
benefit  of the Townspeople, but for the priveledged few.. He  said  he  had  some  experience  of the

Library as a boy. The old lady who presided at the Institution in those days was very careful indeed
that none of the best books came into the hands of younger members. They got the rubbishy and least

interesting kind. How many of the tradepeople, to say nothing of the working class, had derived any
benefit from that institution - for it was a class affair.?

 
 

TRADESMEN  for  the  Quarter:  bricklayer,  Mr  Davey;  blacksmith,  WG  Aldous;  carpenter,  Mr
Hipperson, wheelwright, Mr Hillen;  brooms  etc AE  Jordan; painter J  Ellwood,  harness-maker Mr

Branford.
WATERWORKS: strong  complaints  (but not unanimous)  about the water supplied  by the Beccles
Water Co. - turbidity & disagreeable smell. (Council resolution. “In Station Road & Denmark Road

 
 

the water smells very badly - enough to knock you down the first thing in the morning)
It needed filtration and aerating. The company needed to spend somev money on this process.
TO BE LET with immediate possession; HE Harmer, House Agent

 
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East Suff Gaz 31 Jan 
 
 
51, Grove (Ingate) Road 
 
18 pa
+
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East Suff Gaz 31 Jan 

CANON  ROWSELL  MEMORIAL:  WM  Crowfoot  showed  a  design  for  the  window,  which  was
accepted. The work to begin at once.

1911
East Suff Gaz 31 Jan 

FATAL  ACCIDENT  at  Elliott  &  Garrood’s  Engineering  Works.  Charles  Paine,  boiler-makers
assistant: I was assisting to move some boiler ends out of a truck into the yard with a crane. James

Rowe was supervising the work.  We had moved one boiler end from the truck and stood  it on the
ground on its side. We then raisaed the jib of the crane to enable us  to swing the boiler end into its

position on some boiler ends which were lying close by on the ground.. Roe was standing between
the boiler end which was on the crane and the boiler ends on the ground, a distancer of about 3 feet. I
assisted to turn the handle of the crane and it got the weight of the boiler end off the ground when it

swung towards Roe and knocked him down backwards, and fell on him. A verdict of accidental death
was passed.
EDUCATION: NATIONAL SCHOOLS:  Letter from WM Crowfoot: Present  Schools built 1866 to

1911
East Suff Gaz 30 Jan 

replace older building in Newgate. Cost of new schools 1,900. 352 given by Mr Hollond, patron of
the Living; 228 by Government; 100 by National Schools & 1,100 raised by subscriptions in the
Town. Additional classrooms added. Beccles total subscriptions 2,000.

 
 

The question now to be decided - should the schools be surrendered to the LEA or should an attempt
be made to retain them as Voluntary Schools?
Plans  &  estimates  prepared   by  Mr  Arthur  Pells.   Schools   could   be  made  to   conform  to   all

 
 

requirements of Government Inspectrs & fitted to  educate 200  boys &  200  girls  for 450 (80  in
hand), while LEA would be asked to provide education of Infants & 1st Standard Children. Managers
to submit their plans at meeting on 1st of February.

 
 

During the last year Kessingland has  expended  1,400, Brooke 1,000, Pulham  St Mary 900. All
these places are much smaller than Beccles., and I cannot help feeling that it would be a disgrace  if
they were unable to raise 400 for the same purpose

1911
 

East Suff Gaz 7 Feb 

SALE: Geoorge Durrant & Sons by Exors of late David Soanes, bootmaker
LOT 1: NEW MARKET: Very valuable Business Property for upwards of 50 years in the occupation

 

of David Soanes, and since by Mr Cornish
(Purchased OG Poulton 590)

 
 

 
 

LOT 2: DENMARK ROAD: Two capital Dwelling Houses, nos 39, 41, Denmark Road. Rents 20 pa
together

 
 

 
 

(Purchased Mr G Johnson 320)
LOT 3: DENMARK ROAD: Two capital Dwelling Houses, nos  43, 45, Denmark Road Rents 20
together

 
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(Purchased Mr Sutton Winteringham 320)
SALE: George Durrant & Sons for the Proprietor:
LOT 1: WAVENEY ROAD: The pleasantly situated Modern Residence known as “Innisfail” in the

East Suff Gaz 7 Feb 
 

occupation of Miss Griffith
(Withdrawn 500)
LOT  2:  WAVENEY  ROAD  A  valuable  Building  Site  adjoining  Lot  1  with  frontage  of  50ft  to

 
 

 
 

Waveney Road 7 depth of 105ft containing an area of 24p
(withdrawn 90)
LOT 3: SOUTH (bullock) ROAD: Six well-built Cottage Residences,with Gardens. Nos 20-30 South

 
 

 
 

Road. Rents amounting to 65.
(Withdrawnm at 1,090)
PRESENTATION: On Thursday evening Miss Oxborough was presented with a tea service and lamp

 
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East Suff Gaz 7 Feb 

as wedding present from those employed in the machine department at the Caxton Press, whewre her
service has extended over twelve years. The presentation ws made by Mr G Pearson.
(ARCHER- OXBOROUGH: oOn the  11th  inst  at the  Parish Church, Beccles, by Rev AP  Skane,

 
 

curate, Charles Archer to Elsie Oxborough, both of Beccles. - newspaper of 14 Feb)
PARISH MAGAZINE: The Rector:  We owe a  debt of  gratitude to Mr Woods of  Ingate Lodge for

1911
East Suff Gaz 7 Feb 

making ovr to us his iron room on the Grange, hereafter to be called the Grange Missio-room. He has
had the building put into thorough repair, so that it will certanly be the most comfortable of our three

Mission-rooms.
BUNGAY FARMERS’ CLUB: Rider Haggard speaks on his farming visit to Denmark.

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 7 Feb 

LAND of ENGLAND: Rider Haggard at Authors’ Club in honour of W Senior, recently retired from
Editorship of “The  Field”,  on Allotments etc: “everyone  here will  admit that the  Land  of  England
today is in far too few hands.”

East Suff Gaz 7 Feb 
1911

WOMENS’  UNIONIST  ASSOCIATION  for  Beccles  &  District  to  be  formed.  Meeting  at  Gale’s
Temperance Hotel.
WHIST DRIVE organised by the teachers in aid of their Orphans & Benevolent Fund at the Council

East Suff Gaz 7 Feb 
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East Suff Gaz 7 Feb 
Infants Schoolrooms. 26 tables were required. Mr JS Palmer & Miss Walker acted as MCs.
+
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East Suff Gaz 7 Feb 

INVITATION BALL held at the Public Hall on Tuesday night, attracted 100 people. programme of
20  dances  and extras  occupied from 8pm to 3  am, the music being supplied  by Barnes’ Band from

Norwich.  The  Stewards  were  Messrs  HT  Clatworthy,    H  Lawrance,  CH  McQueen,  J  Meen,  S
Mendham, J Ropr and C Saunders. The MCs were Messrs AH Beldng, F Hutley & MD Steer. The

Hon Secretaries were Messrs HC Stebbings & MD Steer.
CHURCH SCHOOLS: It was unanimously agreed that the Schools should be kept by he Church and

1911
East Suff Gaz 7 Feb 

tahat Mr Crowfoot’s plan adopted: Additions made to the School to enable 200 boys and 200 girls to
be taught there, but losing the Infants and First Year to the County Council.
They were certified by the Government to teach 160 boys, 100 girls, and 180 infants. At present they

 
 

had 195 boys, 195 girls and 195 Infants. The schools were very overcrowded.
SALE:  ASHMAN'S ROAD: Read, Stanford & Gayford; at the White Lion: Building Plot, Frontage
of 110ft & depth of 186ft, Plots 20 & 21 Grange Estate; Freehold, Land Tax redeemed & Tithe Free

1911
East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 

 
1911

 

(Withdrawn 230)
SALE: BLYBURGATE: Read, Stanford & Gayford; at the White Lion: Double Residence Nos 27 &
29; South-west frontage of 36ft with small garden in rear. Late occupied Miss Aldred & Miss Parker

East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 

 
1911

 

(Withdrawn 270)
SALE: ROOKS  LANE: Read,  Stanford  & Gayford;  at the White  Lion:  Sale Miss Clarissa  Smith.
Residence with Shop known as Richmond House containing Shop (fronting on New Market & Rooks

East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 

Lane) Entrance Hall, 3 Sitting Rooms, Kitchen, Pantry, Storeroom, cellar, 5 Bedrooms, 2 attics
AND adjoining 3 brick & tile four roomed Cottages. In rear spacious yard with large tiled & boarded
Workshops Formerly occupation HB Smith, cabinet makers

 
 

 
1911

 

(Withdrawn 615)
SALE: NEWGATE: Read, Stanford & Gayford; at the White Lion: Sale Chas Woolnough (who has
left the neighbourhood)  4 Freehold Cottages: Nos 22-28; frontage 50ft, depth 65ft Large Yard in rear

East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 

in which are brick & tile Sheds, a Pump and Well of Water.
(Withdrawn 230)

 
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East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 

SALE: FAIRCLOSE  PATHWAY near NEWGATE: Read, Stanford & Gayford; at the White Lion:
3 Bungalow Cottages 1, 2, 3 Fair Close Pathway, with Garden & Shed ad let to good tenants.  Rents

13-13-0 pa. Freehold
(Bought Geo Smith 105)

 
1911

 
East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 

TO BE LET:  With Immediate Possession; HE Harmer, House Agent
28, New Market Place (lock-up Shop) 
18, New Market Plave 

 
 

 
 

13
13

 
 

 
 

 
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Bridge House, Gillingham
TO  BE  LET:  Palling  Cottage,  St  George’s  Road.  2  Reception  Rooms,  Kitchen,  Scullery,  large
Storeroom, 4 Bedrooms, Garden about 10 rods.

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East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 
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East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 

SALE  of FURNITURE: In consequence  of death of Rev  SS Browne, 2 Yoxford Villas. To be sold
privately.
HOSPITAL: Aldis  Wright  gives  500 to the Hospital, following  1,000 to  Fauconberge  School  &

1911
East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 

50 to  a Church  School  Extension Fund. By the unanimous wish  of the Town Council, Dr Aldis
Wright’s portrait is to be hung in the Council Chamber”.
COUNCIL  LAND  COMMITTEE:  Surveyor  reported  173  moles  caught  during  the  past  month.

1911
East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 

Arrangements to clear rats from the Level at 10s per 100 acres.
WATERWORKS: Letter on quality of water:
LOCAL  TRADE:  The  Mayor  (Col  Wilson)  writes   an   open  letter  to  the   People  of  Beccles

1911
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East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 

encouraging them to buy their  goods  from Beccles shops rather than from postal purchases, which
suggest you get everything for nothing..
RAILWAY CROSSING &  STATION The Mayor  (Col  Wilson) visits  Liverpool  Street  Station to

1911
East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 

appeal  to  the  GWR  to  place  a  bridge  over  the  Grove  Road  crossing  and  improve  the  waiting
accommodation at the Station. The Manager promises to look into the matter.

1911
East Suff Gaz 14 Feb 

POLICE COURT: All the Alehouse licences were renewed & the “music & singing” licences at the
Cambridge Stores of Mr G Alllgay & the White Horse of Mr H Howes. In the District there are 31

“full licences”, 10 for the sale of beer, wine or sweets, 5  for sale off the premises only, including 4
by  grocers.  The  population  of  the  District  9111,  one  licence  to  222  of  population.  Therevwre  15

convictions for drunkenness last year.
TO  BE  LET:  RINGSFIELD  ROAD:  “Uplands”,   a  Detached  Residence  on  the  Grange   Estate
containing  2 Reception Roms, 6 Bedrooms, Bath, h  & c, Conservatory. Garden  about half  an  acre.

1911
East Suff Gaz 21 Feb 

Possession in April next.
NATIONAL SCHOOL FUNDS: Additional subscriptions from W AldisWright 50; Mrs E Johnson,
5 5s; Mrs SS Jones 1 1s;AR Block 1 1s;Mr TH Pearce 1 1s; AR Scott 1 1s.

1911
East Suff Gaz 21 Feb 
1911
East Suff Gaz 21 Feb 
CONCERT at  St Bennet’s Minster:  organised  by Mrs TP Angell. The Mayor  handed  a  boquet of
+

choice  flowers  to  Mrs  Gartside  Tipping,  who  sang  a  couple  of  songs..  Also  performing:  Miss
Willcocks, Miss Banham, Miss O’Farrell, Mr Gay, Miss Halpin

1911
East Suff Gaz 28 Feb 

DEATH of Robert Snell, the Borough Accountant. In his early life was a clerk in the office of the late
GB Angell, Town Clerk,  and  on  his death passed  into that of Mr Tom Angell, who  succeeded  his

father as Town Clerk. Mr Snell’s service extended over some 40 years or more. on the death of Mr
John Clarke, Borough Treasurer, he was appointed to succeed him. He was also Secretary to Beccles

Hospital and Secretary to the Governors of the Leman School. He was 59 years of age.
JUNIOR IMPERIAL  LEAGUE founded  in Beccles. Dr wood-Hill  elected President; Mr J Money,
Secretary. Committee of 12 included B Stanfrd. 70 people joined.

1911
East Suff Gaz 28 Feb 

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East Suff Gaz 28 Feb 

LETTER describing the origins of Beccles and the name Beccles
SALE: SOUTH ROAD: Messrs Durrants are open to treat by Private Contract  for Sale of 6 newly
ercted Cottages  and  small  modern Residence in  South Road(Bullock’s  Lane). The property can  be

East Suff Gaz 7 Mar 
acquired as a whole or separately.
1911
East Suff Gaz 7 Mar 
1911

MAYOR’S ENTERTAINMENT in Public Hall: Two sessions for  all  1,200  children  in  Elementary
Schools: “a Cinematograph Exhibition”.
DEATH of Rev  JH Raven. Born Mildenhall  1842; younger  child in large  family.  Father Rector of

East Suff Gaz 28 Feb 
1911
East Suff Gaz 14 Mar 

Worlington  &  Curate  in  charge  of  Mildenhall.  Educated  Clergy  Orphan  School,  Canterbury  after
father’s death. Scholarship to Jesus College, Cambridge. 2nd Class Tripos. Ordained 1867. Curate at
Brownsover, Rugby; 1868 to Haileybury College, assistant master & Choirmmaster; Minor Canon of

Chester 1872-73;  1873 Headmaster of Fauconberge  School; Accepted  living of Thornby, Northants
in gift of his nephew, Rev CE Couchmar. Resigned 1909.
OLD TOWN HALL: to be used as Council Chamber & Surveyor’s Office

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 14 Mar 

PUBLIC  LIBRARY:  new  venue  needed  as  Old  Town  Hall  to  be  used  as  Council  Chamber  &
Surveyor’s Office.

East Suff Gaz 14 Mar 
1911

COUNCIL: LAND COMMITTEE: 265 moles caught in one month. New Horse, 45; old horse sold
for 8 - 8s

East Suff Gaz 14 Mar 

1911
1911

ARTICLE by JH Raven: From an old Pulpit.
SALE:  INGATE:  Nos  6  &  8:  Read,  Stanford  &  Gayford;  at  the  King’s  Head:  Sale  Mrs  Harriet

East Suff Gaz 26 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 29 Mar 

Woolner: Double Dwelling House & Butcher's  Shop with spacious yard  and premises occupied  by
Wm  Woolner  (who  has  for  many  years  carried  on  a  Butcher's  business)  and  by  Hugh  Holton  a
quarterly tenant.

 
1911
 

 

(Bought G Ruffle 325)
HOSPITAL SATURDAY Fund: 

Town Collection: 
Village Collection (14)

19 - 5s - 7d
6 -

East Suff Gaz 26 Mar 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

-6s - 1d

 
 
 

Village Scholars (10) 
Garden Fete 
TOTAL: 

12 - 7s - 6d
91 - 19s - 10d
130 - 9s - 0d

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

1911

CHAPEL:  Martyrs’  Memorial  Church  Jubilee  Services.  Present  Church  opened  for  Services  29
March,  1861.  In  early  18  century  a  small  Baptist  Church  was  formed  in  Beccles  connected  with
Church at Rushalls, Norfolk. Pastor, Mr Semmons, who died c 1759. On his death church dissolved.

East Suff Gaz 4 Apr 

After  about  30 years  a few Beccles Baptists  attended  services  at Claxton, Norfolk  about  10 miles
away. Job Hopton, Pastor. Church built in Beccles 1805 at cost of 470. Used for many years as an
iron warehouse. 

 
 
 
 
1911

SALE: Meadowcroft, [Ringsfield Road]; built 1903. 4 acres, Tennis & Croquet Lawns, Greenhouse
& Forcing Houses, well-planted orchard, Garden & Kitchen Garden. (Selling: AR Meyer, Esq)
EDUCATION:  Beccles  Pupil  Teacher  Centre:  Miss  E  Wright,  Principal:  “The  School  will  be

East Suff Gaz 9 May 
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East Suff Gaz 16 May 

transferred to the new Beccles Sir John Leman Secondary School when the buildings are completed.”
SALE: DENMARK ROAD: Read, Stanford & Gayford; at the King’s Head: Semi detached Brick &

1911
East Suff Gaz 22 May 

slated Dwelling House containing 2 living and 3 bedrooms, garden and a Valuable Building Site, now
in  the  occupation  of  Mr  Ernest  Day  at  the  annual  rent  of  14    6s.  Freehold.  Tithe  &  Land  Tax

redeemed
(Brandford, JS  305)

 
1911

 

DEATH of Rev JH Clowes of Weston. ... connected with the Mission Room in Ingate, erected 1881.
BECCLES REGATTA
PUBLIC LIBRARY: to move to 3 rooms hired from the leases of Mr Crisp’s House in London Road

East Suff Gaz 23 May 

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East Suff Gaz 13 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 13 Jun 

[says “Hungate”]
CORONATION PROGRAMME: 7 am Church Bells; 10.30 limited Service in Paish Church; 11.30
Review of Beccles Territorials  in New Market; 1.30 pm Children  assemble  at schools & march to

1911
East Suff Gaz 20 Jun 
New  Market,  Howitzer?  &  Town  Band  lead  procession;  2  pm  Children  sing  Coronation  Hymn,
+

National Anthem & Rule Britannia; 2.15 m Children march to Common; 2.30 Children’s Sports; 4.30
Children’s Tea; 7.15 Al Fresco Concert & Cinematograph entertainment on Common; 7.30 Dancing

on the Common in special enclosure. 10pm Fireworks. “God Save the King”.
*** CORONATION SUPPLEMENT with 6 good photographs. Col Wilson’s speech: Description

1911
East Suff Gaz 27 Jun 

of the world wide  Empire. “Children  of  England, inheritors of  a mighty  empire,  &  upon you will
depend in  great measure the maintenance  of the power & might which  are  now our  glory  and our

pride, etc...”
Paper gives in full schoolchildren’s essays on “The crowning of the King.”
EMIGRATION: Party of 6 from Beccles

 
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East Suff Gaz 4 Jul 

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1911

CHAPEL: Rev Heather to resign. Going to join sons in New Zealand
CONSERVATIVE   CLUB,   London   Road:   “Beccles   Working   Men’s   Conservative   Club   Ltd”,
registered with capital of 3,000 & acquire building premises & grounds for providing a Clubhouse

East Suff Gaz 4 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 11 Jul 

... House in Hungate [London Road] informlly opened on Monday ... billiards table, bowling green,
bar for members only. 
SALE:  THE  QUAY  &  FEN  LANE:  Read,  Stanford  &  Gayford;  at  the  King’s  Head  :Watermeer

1911
East Suff Gaz 17 Jul 

House, a brick & slated Residence, with Cottage & Garden, abutting upon the Quay, and a boarded
and slated Workshop adjoining in Fen Lane.
(Bought CC Betts 400)

 
1911

 
East Suff Gaz 17 Jul 

SALE: ALEXANDRA ROAD: Read, Stanford & Gayford; at the King’s Head:
LOT 1 No 46 Alexandra Road, with Garden in rear, abutting  on Peddar’s  Lane occupied by Mr FJ
Goffin  : rent 14;

 
 
 
 

LOT 2: No 48 Alexandrs Road: the adjoining similar House, occupied by Mr WB Barber, at Rent of
12.
LOT 3: No 50 Alexandra Road, the adjoining House, occupied by Mr H Clutton at Rent opf 12

 
 
1911

 
 

(The three houses Bought by Mr Wigg 650)
SALE:  NEW  MARKET:  Sale  RJ  Read,  Stanford  &  Gayford  at  the  King’s  Head::  No  28:  Small

East Suff Gaz 17 Jul 

Freehold Shop, good position in the centre of New Market well fitted with Counter & Show Cases,
Room over & large cellar in basement.

 
1911

 

(No offers)
WATERWORKS: New filtering apparatus at Puddingmoor pumping works now in full operation.

East Suff Gaz 18 Jul 

1911
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1911

CHURCH: Memorial Window to Canon Rowsell dedicated.
NOISE in CENTRE of TOWN: Letter complaining of Bell-ringing, bands on Saturdays, etc
NOISE: Letters for & against Bell-ringing. On 22 July, three & a half hours, on Bank Holiday four &

East Suff Gaz 25 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 25 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 15 Aug 

a half hours.
CHURCH: Sunday School Treat: about 750 Children (gift of ginger beer from Messrs Lawrance)
***  SALE:  Newgate  &  Smallgate:  House  formerly  “The  Sun”  Inn  &  cottages  formerly  “The

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 15 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 22 Aug 

Chequers”.
AEROPLANE: The Beccles aeroplane: Large party come from Ipswich, Yoxford, Melton? etc to see
Capt Saunders’ Aeroplane. Tea at King’s Head. Saunders demonstrates engine. Gusty wind prevents

1911
East Suff Gaz 29 Aug  

flying.
SALE of FURNITURE of Rev Heather, including Croquet set & fshing rods.
LAW:  William  Woolnough,  hay  dealer,  21  days  imprisonment  for  ill-treating  his  horse.  eleven

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 12 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 12 Sep 

previous convictions.
EDUCATION: Miss Hayes School. Emphasis on Music.
SALE: INGATE ROAD: Read, Stanford & Gayford; at the King’s Head: Nos 90 & 92: for Mrs Rose

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 19 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 25 Sep 

Downd, who is leaving the Town: Two well built Brick & slated, Bay fronted Residences, with front
Gardens, having a frontage of about 31ft, enclosed by iron palisading, and Gardens in rear with back
entrances. No 90 now in the occupation of the owner, No 92 in the occupation of Henry Foster as a

quarterly tenant at Rent of 12pa, tenant paying Rates.
(Withdrawn 460)

 
1911

 

LAW: POLICE face hostile crowd in arresting drunks.
MUSIC: Proposed revival of Musical Society, “in suspended animation” since 1908. (balance 1 - 8s,

East Suff Gaz 10 Oct 
1911
East Suff Gaz 10 Oct 

with piano, conductor’s stand & some sheet music)
Dr BARNARDO’S “Musical Boys” give 2 performances in the Public Hall.

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 17 Oct 

DEATH: JL Clemence, JP, Architect, aged 89.
MUSIC SOCIETY to perform “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast” by Coleridge Taylor.
EDUCATION: Will Dormer, carpenter, summoned under Education Bye-Laws. Twin Girls, Emily &

East Suff Gaz 17 Oct 

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 17 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 17 Oct 

Millicent aged 11 excluded from school “owing to their dirty & verminous condition.” Fined 2s/6d
EDUCATION: National Schools; Letter from WM Crowfoot: Appeals for subs to cover outstanding
requirement of 230 for Church Schools.

1911
East Suff Gaz 7 Nov 
1911
HOSPITAL FETE: Balance of 59 compared with 91 in 1910.
East Suff Gaz 28 Nov 
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1911
1911

WAR THREAT: Long letter from RF Lush on need to prepare for War.
CHRISTMAS SALE: 44th Annual Sale by Read, Stanford & Gayford: 300 Pigs, 500 Turkeys, Geese,

East Suff Gaz 28 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 5 Dec 

Ducks & Chicken (on 8 December)
WAR  THREAT: Two  letters  in  response  to  Lush’s  letter  of  28  November:  from  Arthur  Hughes

1911
East Suff Gaz 5 Dec 

against & from “Aged Suffragette” for.
CIRCUS: Bostock & Wombell’s Circus to visit Beccles.

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 5 Dec 

WAR THREAT: further letter on Military matters, especially on Territorials.
WAR THREAT: further letters: one from Lush?, one (pro war) from SW Rix.
EDUCATION: Beccles College Prize Giving: More boarders, some from overseas.

East Suff Gaz 19 Dec 

1911
1911

East Suff Gaz 26 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 26 Dec 
 
 

Rider Haggard presents prizes & gives address to boys: “what a privilege it was to belong to such a
country & such an Empire as England could boast today.”  Pleased with report on the Schools Scouts,
“one of the most satisfactory movements started in England for a long time.”

 
 
(All boys over 10 could swim)
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EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1912

1912
1912

WAR THREAT: Letters on Compulsory Military Service - Sw Rix, for - A Hughes, against
EDUCATION: Review of the Year: Fauconberge School now 25 (including 5 boarders)

East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 2 Jan 

1912
1912

HOSPITAL: 1d scheme begun.
WAR THREAT: More letters, including Lush & Adiral Noel

East Suff Gaz 9 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 9 Jan 
1912

LICENCE:  Magistrates  refuse  transfer  of  Licence   of  Falcon  to  J  Howone  -  not  a  fit  person
(undischarged bankrupt, & used bad language to his wife.)
SALE of  Stock  in Trade  of Colt-breaker  & some  furniture  by GR Woolner  of Bear & Bells, Old

East Suff Gaz 16 Jan 
1912
East Suff Gaz 6 Feb 

Market.
EDUCATION: Mayor receives “a bundle? of letters” from boys of the Council School thanking him
for his invitation to a Cinematograph  entertainment at the Public Hall “exceedingly well written &

1912
East Suff Gaz 4 Feb 

nicely expressed & reflect credit alike on teachers & the scholars.”
EXHIBITION   of   AYRTON’S   PAINTINGS   in    Water-colour   in   Bond    Street:   “I   lived   in
Pembrokeshire as a boy, then I went to the Norfolk Broads for my honeymoon, and after that I was

1912
East Suff Gaz 20 Feb 

not content until I went to live there. ... I have never painted anything but Broadland scenery & some
of the wilder parts  of the  Suffolk coast. I had plenty of subjects? there to paint. In one day, in one
spot, there are enough scenes for a dozen pictures ... most of my painting is done in the spring. Often

for days together I sit by one expanse of water sketching from early morning to sunset. The spots I
choose are out of the way of the yachtsmen & pleasure-seekers”

1912
1912

MILITARY: Special parade of B Company of 5th Suffolks for recruiting. 14 men joined.
WEDDING at Beccles Parish Church of Miss Mabel Nina Metcalfe, granddaughter of late Dr Robert

East Suff Gaz 27 Feb 
East Suff Gaz 12 Mar 

Ives Metcalfe & Mr Vicent Bryne Cardwell, Navigating Lieutenant of HMS Leda.
HOSPITAL Penny Scheme: collected monthly 60

1912
1912

East Suff Gaz 2 Apr 

VESTRY MEETING: Debate on Poor Collections. Mr Harmer: “What is the average Sunday evening
offertory?” Mr Clatworthy: “About 2 - 10s.” Mr Harmer “With a  church packed from end to end,
about 1,000 people!”
CHAPEL: New Congregational Church Minister: Rev Frank Burnett, welcomed.

East Suff Gaz 16 Apr 

1912
1912

East Suff Gaz 16 Apr 
East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 

SALE: FEN  LANE:  Read,  Stanford & Gayford; at the King’s Head: Nos 2 & 4 Fen  Lane, for Mr
George  Woolnough:  Two  Dwelling  Houses,  with  spacious  Yard,  Stabling,  Cart  Shed  and  Cow
House.

 
 

No 4 Fen Lane is is occupied by Mr George Howell at Rent of 10 10s pa. The rest of the property is
occupied by the Vendor.
(Withdrawn 225)

 
1912

 
East Suff Gaz 17 Apr 

SALE: NORTHGATE: THE SCORE: Cottages for Trustees of late NW Delf
(Bought CC Betts 45)
EDUCATION:  St  Benet’s  Roman  Catholic  School  Prizes:  Religious  Doctrine,  Good  Conduct,

 
1912

 
East Suff Gaz 30 Apr 

Regular attendances, Politeness
EDUCATION: National  Schools: Childer’s  Entertainment  at Public Hall  in  aid  of  School Building
Improvement Fund. Operetta “Idle Ben” etc. (RC Dent in charge.)

1912
East Suff Gaz 30 Apr 

1912
1912

SHOPS ACT: Half Day Closing: Wednesday voted by Beccles Tradesmen’s Association.
SALE: RAVENSMEER: Read, Stanford & Gayford; at the King’s Head: Sale Caler Chase: Nos 10,
11, &  12 Ravensmere: Brick & slated each with 2 sitting Rooms, 2 bedrooms & range of brick &

East Suff Gaz 7 May 
East Suff Gaz 20 May 

slated wash houses in rear
(Withdrawn 305)

 
1912

 
East Suff Gaz 20 May 

SALE:  BLYBURGATE:  Sale  Mrs  Edith  Wilkinson:  Nos  35,37,39:  Shop,  large  corrugated  iron
Warehouse; 2 brick & tiled Residences adjoining & large garden with greenhouse approached by side

entrance.
(Withdrawn 590)

 
1912

 
East Suff Gaz 20 May 

SALE:  BLYBURGATE:  Read,  Stanford  &  Gayford;  at  the  King’s  Head:  Nos  54  &  56:  Sale  by
Mortgagees; Corn  merchant's  Shop with storage room  over,  2  Living Rooms, 2 Bedrooms,  Wash
house, Shed & Large Granary having a side entrance & double doors

 
1912

 

(Bought H Hindes 395)
SALE: DENMARK ROAD: Nos 92  94: Read,  Stanford & Gayford;  at the King’s Head:  Sale for
Edward Snell: 2 substantially built Freehold dwelling Houses, each containing Entrance Hall, Sitting

East Suff Gaz 20 May 

and living rooms, Pantry, Kitchen, 3 bedrooms, with small front and back gardens.
(Withdrawn 330)
EDUCATION:  Report   of  Higher   Education   Sub-Committee  made   by   East   Suffolk   Education

 
1912

 
East Suff Gaz 21 May 

Committee: “Tablet to be placed in prominent position with inscription : “This school, with which is
incorporated the  ancient foundation of  Sir John  Leman  dates from 1631 was  established by County
Council of East Suffolk in accordance with the school approved by the Board of Education”.

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Suggested  names:  “The  Leman  School,  Beccles”,  “The  Beccles  Leman  School”.  The  Chairman
suggested  addition  of “Sir John”,  finally decided to  call theschool: “The  Sir John  Leman  School,

Beccles.”
HOSPITAL: It was decided not to hold Hospital Fete.

1912
1912

East Suff Gaz 21 May 

BUNGAY FAIR ROWDYISM: “ large number of persons engaged in actively assaulting the Police.”
Bench had granted 3 licences for sale of drink - to be stopped?

East Suff Gaz 28 May 

1912
1912
1912

*** SALE: London Doad: Estelle Terrace (4 Houses)
HOSPITAL SUNDAY: Service collection 23. Territorials parade, etc
RINGSFIELD: Drawing Match at the Horse Shoes, pub lent by Mr W Porter “splendid exhibition in

East Suff Gaz 28 May  
East Suff Gaz 11 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 18 Jun 

the art of drawing given by ploughmen & others from villages several miles around. Entries men over
20:  120  in  first  class;  Men  under  20:  27  in  second  class.  (a  record?).  TB  LITTLE  &  W  Porter
supplied a pair of horses & plough each.

1912

SWIMMING BATHS: open to women on Monday Wednesday & Friday 5 am to 7 am (& later in the
day. About 50 Council schoolgirls under a teacher. Madame Reynolds instructs the girls.
HOSPITAL SATURDAY FUND:

East Suff Gaz 25 Jun  

1912
 

Town Collections (15) 
Boxes (5) 

10 - 5s - 0d
6  - 14s - 0d

East Suff Gaz 25 Jun 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
Villages (3) 
Village Scholars (6) 

 
 

 

6 -    4s - 6d
6 -    6s - 4d

 
 
1912

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
Total 

 
 

 
 

59  -  5s - 1d
82    - 2s - 3d  

 
 
East Suff Gaz 26 Jun 

SALE: LONDON ROAD: Read, Stanford & Gayford; at the King’s Head
Lots 1-4:  Four Modern brick, slated & tiled bay fronted residences "Esdelle Terrace" with Gardens

 
 

in front and long strip of garden in rear
(Bought 1: Withdrawn 230; 2 Miss Delf 250; 3 & 4: withdrawn at 230 & 250)

 
 
 

 
 
 

LOT 5  ) 2 Brick & tiled Cottages adjoining
(Bought Mrs Skellcross 215)

 
 

 
 

LOT 6 ) Brick,  Slated & Tiled Messuage with stabling, hothouse & large garden
(Bought Jas Aldous 310)

 
 

LOT 7) Substantial Brick & tiled Dwelling with fruit & Tool Houses & excellent Market Garden (2a
3r 4p) planted with 500 fruit trees

 
1912

 

(Bought W Deaves 420)
SALE: DENMARK ROAD: Nos 47, 49, 51, 53 in 2 lots: Read, Stanford & Gayford; at the King’s
Head:  Sale TA Woodroffe: 4 substantially built Brick and  Slated Dwelling Houses each containing

East Suff Gaz 26 Jun 

Sitting Room, Living Room, Kitchen, Pantry, and 3 bedrooms. Gas and water is laid on. Gardens in
front and rear.
(LOT 1: Withdrawn 345; LOT 2: not offered)

 
1912

 

CAXTON SPORTS: 32 Annual: Prizes presented by Mrs Leigh Heseltine of Ashman’s Hall
EDUCATION: Gresham  School,  Shaftsbury Lodge; Oldest  established Day & Boarding  School for
Girls, Beccles. Kindergarten & Prep School for Boys.

East Suff Gaz 9 Jul 
1912
East Suff Gaz 16 Jul 
 
 

Miss RG Hayes ... Pupils prepared for O & C Board Locals & RAM.  Special attention to Music &
Singing.
ANNUAL SALE of LAMBS by Durrant’s. About 4,700 lambs.  

1912
1912

East Suff Gaz 16 Jul 

BECCLES REGATTA: Sailing Matches, Aquatic Sports. Water Polo Match, Life Saving & Comic?
Display, Fireworks, Band  of 3rd Aast Anglian Howitzer Brigade. Return tickets  at single fare from
Norwich, Lowestoft, Yarmouth, Diss, Ipswich, etc.

East Suff Gaz 23 Jul 

1912
1912

EDUCATION: Fauconberge Prizes presented by C Hartley, son of former Head.
EDUCATION:  St  Benet’s  Roman  Catholic   School   awarded  Hudson  Trophy   for  Drawing   &
Handicraft.

East Suff Gaz 23 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 23 Jul 

1912
1912

BANK HOLIDAY: Bookings from Beccles to Yarmouth 1,300; to Lowestoft 350.
BUNGAY Grammar School: Numbers increased from 26 to 38.

East Suff Gaz 6 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 6 Aug 
1912

DEATH  of  Rev  Charles  Voysey,  last  Church  of  England  clergyman  expelled  for  heresy.  Over  1
million of his sermons distributed, books avidly read.

East Suff Gaz 6 Aug 
1912

CHILDREN’S DISCIPLINE:  Letter: “An Increasing  Evil” - Firm Discipline. “Boys  in Beccles are
apparently taught neither respect of persons nor property by either their schoolmaster or their parents.

East Suff Gaz 13 Aug  

They steal fruit, vegetables or flowers from gardens, are abominably foul to any weak helpless birds
or animals they can find, throw large stones quite regardless of who may be hit or what glass may be
broken & otherwise make themselves a perfect nuisance in every way they can.”

1912

CAXTON  PRESS:  Entertanment  to  upwards  of  100  girls  employed  at  Caxton  Press  at  Gales
Temperance Hotel.
CHURCH & CHAPEL Sunday School  treats spiled by rain. 750 Church of England Sunday School

East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 
1912
East Suff Gaz 20 May 
at Castle Farm.
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1912

WAR THREAT: Party of 20 Germans visit Beccles: WM Crowfoot speaks of “the shame & disgrace
it would be for War to break out between these two great nations.”

East Suff Gaz 20 Aug 

1912
1912

CLOWES’ Entertainment of apprentices & lads. About 100 at Gale’s Temperance Hotel.
CHAPEL: COMMEMORATION of the Ejectment of 1662 in New Market. Fully 3,000 children &

East Suff Gaz 27 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 27 Aug 

adults present. Address by Rev Frank Burnett [Congregational Minister] (Act of Uniformity)
MUNICIPAL OFFICES: Mayor  entertains Council  at Old Town Hall,  now adapted  for Municipal

1912
East Suff Gaz  3 Sep 

Offices. Council will mett on site of building used for meetings in early 18th Century [since 1765]
*** THE GREAT FLOOD: Full page Article with 4 Photographs of the Great Flood, 4 feet rise in
36 hours (including the Hermitage)

1912
East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 

1912
1912
1912

HARVEST FESTIVAL Cancelled.
FLOOD: Fund begun for Flood sufferers
FURTHER COMMEMORATION of Ejectment: Preacher Rev BJ Snell of London. “The Leadership

East Suff Gaz 3 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 1 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 8 Oct 

of this Nation passed away from the Church of England in 1662 onwards. It had never led the Nation
in one solitary thing since, and it was not leading it now. If it had not been for Non-Conformity the
history of this realm since 1662 would not have been worth recording.”

1912

CARD  PLAYING:  Complaints  of  Card  Playing  on  the  Common,  by  men  &  boys,  especially  on
Sundays. 3 boys placed under care of Probation Officer for 12 months.
RAILWAY   STATION  Improvements:   Large  Booking  Office  &   general   Waiting  Room,   new

East Suff Gaz 22 Oct 
1912
East Suff Gaz 22 Oct 

Refreshment Room & covered exit from the Platform.
METTING of NSPCC addressed by Mrs England of Societey’s Central Office. In Beccles 15 cases in
last 2 years involving 52 children. One case ended in death. (Chair: WM Crowfoot)

1912
East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 

1912
1912
1912

EVENING CLASSES in Poultry Keeping.
ROAD TRANSPORT: Article on advantages of Road Transport against Rail. Spreading.
ELECTION of Councillors: Elected: H Copeman 420; G Johnson 340; AE Micklelborough 337; TJ

East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 29 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 5 Nov 

Self 325; Not elected: AJ Jolly 258.
TOWN SANITARY COMMITTEE: Under Town Planning Act 1909:

1912
 

East Suff Gaz 5 Nov 

 
 

Houses No 1 - 9 The Score, Old Market
Owners to be given Notice “That the Sanitary Authority considers them to be in such a condition as

 

being dangerous and injurious to health & unfit for habitation. Owners to close Houses for 3 months
until in the judgement of the Sanitary Authority they are rendered fit for habitation.”

1912
1912
 

SUFFOLK FLOOD RELIEF Fund now 600.
SALE: SWINES GREEN; Read, Stanford & Gayford; at the King’s Head, for TA Woodroffe :  
LOT 1: Substantially built brick & slated Double Cottage, with good Gardens, in the occupation of

East Suff Gaz 5 Nov 
East Suff Gaz 11 Nov 
 

Messrs John George & William Barber.
(Bought CC Betts 225)
LOT 2: Brick & tiled Double Cottage with large Gardens, the whole containing 3 Roods & 8 Perches,

 

 
 

 

with extensive frontage upon the High-Road, in the occupation of Mrs Mary Ann Barber & Mr John
Barber.
(Bought J Barber 225)

 
 

 
 

LOT 3: Valuable enclosure  of Arable  Land, well adapted for Building  or Market Garden purposes,
having a frontage of 235 ft upon the High road, and containi8ng 1 Acre, 3 Roods & 18 Perches.
(Withdrawn 180)

 
1912

 
East Suff Gaz 11 Nov 

SALE: DENMARK ROAD: Sale TA Woodroffe
Lots  4,  5,  6,  7. Four substantially built  brick  and slated Dwelling Houses, Nos 47,  49,  51  and  53
Denmark Road in occupations of Messrs A Stowe, FC Watling, AE Hall, and TA Billing.

 
 

 
1912

 

(Lot 4: Albert Woolner 170; Lots 5, 6, 7: S White 170 each.)
SALE: ALEXANDRA ROAD: Read, Stanford & Gayford; at the King’s Head: Sale Samuel Sarbutt;  
Building Land;  Freehold Corner Plot having  frontage of 37ft 6ins upon Alexander Road, and depth

East Suff Gaz 11 Nov 

of about 97 ft, affording space for erection of two or three Houses
(AH Wigg 85)

 
1912

 
East Suff Gaz 11 Nov 

SALE:  BALLYGATE:  Read,  Stanford  &  Gayford;  at  the  King’s  Head:  Cottages  in  3  tenements
occupation Mrs Burnham [No 22], WJ Wood [?], T Playford [?] Rental: 20-16-0

 
1912

 

(Withdrawn 80)
SALE: NEW MARKET: Read,  Stanford & Gayford;  at the King’s Head  ;  Sale for  WG Aldous;

East Suff Gaz 11 Nov 

Dwelling House & Hairdressers Shop [No 32 New Market] occupation Arthur J Blaza
(Withdrawn 175)
DIVORCE: Report of Royal Commission on Divorce proposes to include addition of 5 grounds for

 
1912

 
East Suff Gaz 19 Nov 

Divorce; adultery,  desertion,  cruelty, insanity, drunkenness & imprisonment under  commuted death
sentence.
Minority Report signed by Commissioners representing Church of England, opposes any extension.

 
1912

 
BECCLES RIDICULED in Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury: Indignant letter. Letter mentions:
East Suff Gaz 26 Nov 
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Caxton Press  over 500;  Elliott & Garrood  350;  extensive Maltings,  largely  attended Corn Market,
weekly Cattle Sales  from Jack H Woolner, 41 Ingate.

1912
1912

FEOFFEES:  

Donations to the Hospital, Nusing Charities
Aged sick & Poor 

 
 

47.
34

East Suff Gaz 10 Dec 

 
 

 
 

 
Almshouse Inmates (Puddingmoor) 

 
East Suff Gaz  

 
1912

 
 
10

DEATH of Alfred Woods, aged 76. Business in London (worked with Lord Shaftsbury for Ragged
Schools, Prominent  in  London YMCA; friend  of  Sir George  Williams) Retired to Beccles25 years

East Suff Gaz 10 Dec 

ago. Member of Corporation, Mayor, County Council; Chief interest Bible Study.
GREAT FIRE of BECCLES: Maltings destroyed 30,000 damage.

1912
1912

East Suff Gaz 26 Dec 

EDUCATION:  Beccles  College  Prize  Giving:  Increase  in  number,  local  &  London,  Manchester,
Birmingham,  Bradford,  Stubbington,  Hanley,  Nottingham,  Coventry,  &  other  parts  of  England,
France & Germany, the Azores & Brazil.

East Suff Gaz 26 Dec 
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EAST SUFFOLK GAZETTE 1913
1913
East Suff Gaz 7 Jan 

THEATRE:  Bromley  Davenport’s  Amateur  Theatricals  in  the  Public  Hall:  “The  Monkey’s  Paw”,
“Shades of Night”, “A Sister to Assist?”

1913
1913

BECCLES ALMANACK 1913
LAW: Order against Baron de Chasserra, late of the Hythe, Staines. Creditor TW Harris, jeweller, for

East Suff Gaz 7 Jan 
East Suff Gaz 7 Jan 

138. “Debtor formerly resided  in Beccles & was understood to possess property there.” Now  in
Paris?
BUNGAY PERSON: Account of Sir Frank Crisp, who went to school in Bungay [with photograph],

1913
East Suff Gaz 7 Jan 

solicitor in London. Grandson of John Childs.
EDUCATION: Beccles College:  Exams  of College of  Preceptors  in History, Geography,  English,
Arithmetic,   Algebra,   French,   Book-keeping,   Model   &   Freehand   Drawing,   also    Shorthand

1913
East Suff Gaz 28 Jan 

Certificates.
MAYOR’S JUVENILE BALL:  Fancy Dress Juvenile Ball in the ublic Hall  given  by the Mayor &
Mayoress (E Johnson Hindes & Miss Hindes)

1913
East Suff Gaz 4 Feb 
1913

EDUCATION: National  Schools Infants Headmistress, Miss Chastney, retiring  after more than  30
years. Presentation.
LAW: Maggie Woods, married, drunk; PC Southgate found her lying in the gutter - addicted to drink.

East Suff Gaz 11 Feb 

1913
1913

East Suff Gaz 11 Feb 

SPARROW  CULL:  Raveningham  &  District  Sparrow  Club,  AGM  at  the  King’s  Head;  10,107
sparrows & eggs destroyed. Old rate of pay: 6d per dozen for birds & 3d per dozen for eggs, reverted

East Suff Gaz  

to.
PICTURE  PALACE  [Cinema]  at  the  Public  Hall.  Messrs  Barker  &  Thurston’s  Season.  Electric

1913
East Suff Gaz 25 Feb 

Pictures Programme changed. Tuesday & Thursday 8 pm. Two performances on Saturdays at 6.45 &
8.45. Children’s Matinee 3 pm. 3d & 6d. Children under 14 half price.

1913
 
 
 

EDUCATION: National Schools now out of Debt. ... successful improvement.
Subs & collections  
Grant from Diocesan Society  
Grant from National Society  

East Suff Gaz 4 Mar 

 
 
 

 

 
85;
60

665 - 1s - 4d.

 
1913

 

Total  
SPARROW CULL: Beccles & District Sparrow Club: formed 2 years ago. About 19,000 Sparrows &
eggs  destroyed.

 
 
 
810  Cost of Improvements: 804 - 1s - 4d.   Balance 5-5s
East Suff Gaz 4 Mar 

1913
1913
1913

LIBRARY: Palmer’s Circulating Library: 2d per volume per week.
CHURCH: Bishop of Thetford Confirms 152. (Beccles 72)
CHURCH: Proposed Screen in Church in memory of Mr John Crowfoot, to be given by the Misses

East Suff Gaz 11 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 11 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 18 Mar 

Crowfoot.  Drawing  by  Diocesan  Surveyor  shown  at  the  meeting.  “Ladies  &  others  to  do  the
carving?”
SOCIETY  of  Prevention  of Cruelty to ANIMALS. AGM of Beccles  branch. WM Crowfoot  in the

1913
East Suff Gaz 18 Mar 

Chair. Speaks at length.
ADVERTISEMENT: JC Macbeth, New Market: Corsets [illustration]
CHURCH: Easter Communion  Services:  6,  7, 8 am & noon.  502 Communicants, increase  on  last

1913
1913

East Suff Gaz 25 Mar 
East Suff Gaz 25 Mar 

year.
EDUCATION:   Evening   Continuation   Classes;   Subjects:   Shorthand,   Typing,   Commercial   &
Workshop Arithmetic, Commercial Correspondence, Drawing (freehand, geometrical & Machinery),

1913
East Suff Gaz 25 Mar 

English & Book-keeping
ADVERTISEMENT: Macbeth: Lady’s Blouse [Illustration]

1913
1913

East Suff Gaz 1 Apr 

EDUCATION:  New  Council  School  for  Infants  in  St  Benedict’s  Road,  Ravensmere  opened.  To
accommodate 196 Infants. 153 present. Miss CW Fuller, Headmistress in sucssion to Miss Chastney -

East Suff Gaz 1 April 

now Council School with 1st Standard Children. Staff: Miss Fuller & 2 certificated & 2 uncertificated
Teachers with 4 Classrooms.

1913

DEATH of Mr AG Fenn,  aged 72  (son of George Fenn).  Engineer with Halstead & Clne  Valley
Railway, Chief Officer. Retired to Eastbourne.
BECCLES  BANKS:  Hours  of  Business  on  Saturdays:  9.30  -  12.30.  Barclay  &  Co;  Capital  &

East Suff Gaz 8 Apr 
1913
East Suff Gaz 15 Apr 

Counties Bank.
WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT: Addressed by Mrs Swannich, MA (Studied Moral Science
Tripos  at  Cambridge;   Went  to  Dublin  to   get  degree)  WM  Crowfoot  sends  letter  of  support.

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East Suff Gaz 29 Apr 

Resolution to call on Government to introduce Women’s Suffrage.
ADVERTISEMENT: Macbeth [illustration]
ADVERTISEMENT: Money’s Machine Bakery, Hungate

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East Suff Gaz 6 May 
East Suff Gaz 13 May 

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ADVERTISEMENT: Maters & Skevens
EMPIRE DAY Celebrated at Schools. National Anthem & Patriotic Songs.
SALE: DENMARK ROAD: Read, Stanford & Gayford; at the King’s Head, Late Mrs Mary Hopson;

East Suff Gaz 27 May 
East Suff Gaz 27 May 
East Suff Gaz 4 Jun 
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No 9;  Substantially built  brick  and slated Dwelling House  in occupation  of George Judge, rent of
11, the Landlord paying rates. Freehold, Tithe Free & Land Tax redeemed.

 
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(Geo Johnson 172.10)
SALE: FAIR CLOSE: Read, Stanford & Gayford; at the King’s Head Sale GA Harvey, who has left

East Suff Gaz 4 Jun 

the Town.
No 28; Dwelling House, now in the occupation of Mr LG Webster as a quarterly tenant at Rent 14

 
 

pa. Landlord paying all Rates, except water rate.
(C Marshall 210)
SALE: Geldeston Hall: 50 acre Park, Stables for 6 Horses, 117 acres of Woods, 6 Farms

 
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East Suff Gaz 17 Jun 

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CAXTON SPORTS: 33rd Annual
LAW: Pickpocket active at Durrant’s Sale Ground: Arrested.
EDUCATION  SUCCESS:  RC  Dunt  of  Fauconberge  School,  Official  Scholarship  at  Tonbridge

East Suff Gaz 17 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 17 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 24 Jun 

School.
ADVERTISEMENT: Macbeth & OMO showing Washing Copper [Illustration]
*** SALE: Ingate Lodge

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East Suff Gaz 31 Jun 
East Suff Gaz 15 Jul 

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*** SALE: Mission Room in Waveney Road
CORPORATION BATHS: Ladies elect Madame Reynolds as Instrucress.
EDUCATION:  Beccles  College:  Corporation  place  Baths  at  the  disposal  of  Beccles  College  for

East Suff Gaz 15 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 15 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 15 Jul 

annual exam in Life-Saving & Resuscitation.
EDUCATION: Fauconberge School Prize Giving. 25 Boys.
CHURCH: Sunday School Treat at Castle Farm for 650 Children.

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East Suff Gaz 22 Jul 
East Suff Gaz 29 Jul 
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EDUCATION: Beccles College  Prize Giving: mention of their Boy  Scouts: “They were among the
first established in the British Isles & he (CC Hall) remembered that the small troop marched out on
Empire Day 1908 & the people laughed & asked who were they?

East Suff Gaz 29 Jul 

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BUNGAY GRAMMAR School Prize Giving: 47 Boys as against 38 last year.
HOMING PIGEON SOCIETY of Beccles & District.

East Suff Gaz 5 Ag 
East Suff Gaz 5 Aug 

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BECCLES REGATTA
RIX COLLECTION moved from Old Council Chamber (now called the Guildhall) to the Town Hall.

East Suff Gaz 12 Aug 
East Suff Gaz 2 Sep 

(The Council defrayed the cost of binding & fixing suitable book-case after Aldis Wright had bought
the Collection & presented  it to the Town.) The Newspaper  endores the  view that the Collection

should be easily available to all.
CIRCUS: Lord John Sanger’s Circus to visit Caxton Meadow on Saturday 27 September.
VISIT of RUDYARD KIPLING with his wife & daughter to S White’s private collection of Antiques

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East Suff Gaz 16 Sep 
East Suff Gaz 16 Sep 

last week.
DRUNKENNESS: Letter on increase of conviction for Drunkenness. Whilst consumption of alcohol
is diminishing “public opinion is becoming more intolerant of drunkenness”.

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East Suff Gaz 16 Sep 
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RIX SALE: Letter: AR Scott had bought the “Fauconberge, Leman Collection” at Rix’s Sale in 1894
for 16 Guineas
CHURCH:  NEW  DIOCESE  of  SUFFOLK:  Meeting  concerning  Beccles  &  the  New  Diocese  of

East Suff Gaz 16 Sep 
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East Suff Gaz 23 Sep 

Suffolk. Rector proposes Resolution that Beccles remains in the Diocese of Norwich. WM Crowfoot
opposes. Resolution carried 33 to 17. (some did not vote) Long account.
SWIMMING DISPLAY by Girls under Madame Darnley Reynolds. 5 Years instruction at Baths.

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East Suff Gaz 23 Sep 

CHURCH:  NEW  DIOCESE  of  SUFFOLK:  Letter  from  Rev  Pearson  supporting  idea  of  Beccles
joining new Suffolk Diocese.
ALDIS WRIGHT publishes Psalter in 6 English versions.

East Suff Gaz 23 Sep 

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East Suff Gaz 7 Oct 

EXHIBITION of PAINTINGS in Guildhall by Lorna Burnett, English Landscape, Norfolk & Suffolk
views including Beccles.
BANK to be opened: Branch of London Provincial Bank to be opened in New Market under TL Hart

East Suff Gaz 14 Oct 
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East Suff Gaz 14 Oct 

of the Bungay Branch.
EXHIBITION  of  PAINTINGS  by  Lorna  Burnett  (wife   of  Rev  Frank  Burnett,  Congregational

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East Suff Gaz 21 Oct 

Minister). Beccles subjects include Hungate Lane, Blyburgate, slope at corner of St Mary’s (Bungay
Road), Marshes with glimpse of Roos Hall, the Score & Stepping Hill.

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CO-OP: Opening of new Building (builder H Hindes, architect Arthur Pells). Reference to beginning
in October 1879.

East Suff Gaz 28 Oct 

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BOOK: “In the Footsteps of Borrow & Fitzgerald” by Morley Adams, with reference to Beccles.
DITCHINGHAM  SILK  WORKS:  Co-operative  Venture  at  Grout’s  Silk  Works:  Letter  from  HC
Botwright: Under Thomas Boulter, silk manager, on the death of William Crick in 1855. Mr Boulter

East Suff Gaz 28 Oct 
East Suff Gaz 18 N6v  

lost no time in introducing the subject of co-operation  to the men employed on the Works. A Society
was started under his guidance for the purchase & sale of household requisites. They began with  with
crockery & tinned  beef, dealing with large wholesale houses, ultimately adding  a  general supply of

household necessities. They  also bought & killed pigs to joint out amongst members. The business
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was strictly confined to the employees, for the benefit of their families. An empty room at the Works
was utilised as a store, which was open one or two evenings a week for the purchase of gooods & to

transmit  any  other  business.  It  was  worked  by  themselves  for  themselves.  One  of  the  prominent
supporters was Mr James Buck, father of Mark Buck, President of the Beccles Co-op. James Buck,

obit in 1864 & his widow moved to Beccles. “As one & another dropped out o0f the ranks, the trade
was allowed to languish & it gradually closed.”

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ADVERTISEMENT: Gibbon’s Cycle Stores. 300 in stock to choose from.
HOSPITAL FUND:  

East Suff Gaz 25 Nov 

Total
Villages: Barnby, Weston, Worlingham 

 
 
 
 

26 - 0 - 5d
5 - 1s - od

East Suff Gaz 25 Nov 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

Schools Aldeby, Gillingham, Toft Monks, Haddiscoe, Wheatacre,  
Ringsfield

 
 
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LAW: John George of Ringsfield, fisherman, using obscene language about 10.45 pm in Hungate. He
had his  coat off & was wanting to fight. Long  list of prior  convictions. Fined 40s & 6s costs or 28

East Suff Gaz 2 Dec 

days.
EDUCATION: Adult School; AGM: Public Hall: “So great was the crowd that the accommodation

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East Suff Gaz 2 Dec 

of the Hall was  insufficient.”  Speakers Mrs Mackenzie, Hon  Sec  Womens’ Adult  School  ; Arnold
Rowntree, MP for York & Hon Treasurer of National Council of Adult Schools (Beccles Womens’
School 165 as against 179 in 1912; Mens’ 180)

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WAR THREAT: “Is National Service nearer?” Territorial force inadequate, and inadequately trained?
East Suff Gaz 16 Dec 
 
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BECCLES   TERRITORIALS:   Prize   distribution.   B   Company   (Beccles)   5th   Battalion   Suffolk
Regiment. Capt HH Johnson presides.

East Suff Gaz 16 Dec  

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BECCLES TERRITORIALS: Prize distribution F Company 6th Battalion (eg Clerks’ Battalion
EDUCATION: Beccles College  Prize Giving:  WM Crowfoot: CC Hall’s predecessor was Hockey,

East Suff Gaz 23 Dec 
East Suff Gaz 23 Dec 

who took over from William Cowles, who took over from Brightley [probably not correct. Brightley
left Beccles in the 1790s & Cowles started in the 1820s - a gap of 30 years].

 
 

There are now about 130 boys at the school. During the past year they had had students from France,
Germany, Belgium,  Finland, Portugal,  Egypt, the Azores, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, Transvaal,&

Japan. They expected next term two boys from China.
SEASONAL  BENEVOLENCE:    usual  Christmas  gifts  of  money  by  Feoffees.  Mayor  distributed

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East Suff Gaz  

large number of tickets for groceries, meat etc to deserving poor, in many cases personally presented
by the Mayoress.