DANCING: Mr Sizeland (under Mr Steel) at Beccles.
Book of Deposits, in order that the same may be examined & compared with the Books of the
Institution. RJ Francis, EC Sharpin
SOUP for the POOR: “Deer Shooting Extraordinary” at Sir A Adair, Flixton: It was usual to shoot 3
deer & boil down to make soup for the Poor. The gamekeeper killed 6 with one ball.
INSURANCE: Suffolk & General Amicable Insurance: Beccles Agent: G Bobbett
INSURANCE: Pelican: Beccles agent: HS Davey
neighbourhood: Sir T Gooch & family, Sir W Beauchamp & family, Kerrick. Ball opened with
Country Dance by W Carpenter & Miss Bacon.
“GENUINE PATENT MEDICINES” sold by Mason of Beccles. (Essence for Toothache, Ringworm
ADVERTISEMENT: Carriages for Sale: T Gilbert, Beccles. New light Barouche, one Horse Phaeton,
DANCING: Mr Siglant? Beccles & Lowestoft on Fridays; Mr Eager Beccles on Saturdays
SUFFOLK ASSIZES: George Lovett was indicted for stealing certain promissory notes, the property
of Messrs. Gurney’s, Turner & Co, bankers & Co-patners. There were other counts in the indictment
laying the property to be that of Mr Bohun, who kept the branch bank at Beccles. The prisoner was
who most fully proved the case. The notes were deposited in an iron box, to which both clerks had
access, and upon the amount being found not to correspond with the tally or book, the prisoner
answer some pressing calls upon him. - Verdict: Guilty.
The prisoner was then further indicted for stealing £120 in sovereigns and half-sovereigns. This was
“You need not tell them again, for I have taken £120.” Verdict: Guilty.
The jury strongly recommended the prisoner to mercy, as although but a young man, he had a wife
This case as it proceeded, most powerfully arrested the attention of all present. The witness, who had
been fellow clerk with the prisoner for many years, gave his testimony with the greatest precision,
utterance. His emotion, and the evident truth of his testimony, carried such conviction to all, that the
prisoner’s counsel scarcely ventured a question; and when he was asked as to the character the
would at all times have trusted him with my life!” had such an effect, that many, not of the softer sex
Mr Bohun also said that up to the time of the discovery, his confidence in the prisoner was unlimited,
sympathy) then addressed the prisoner in the most impressive manner and observed that everyone had
listen to their recommendation. It was to the mercy only of the prosecutors that he was indebted, for
had he been indicted for the capital offence, the consequent punishment must have followed, as he
The prisoner should have been the last person to have acted dishonestly towards the prosecutors, the
breach of faith and confidence reposed in him as a servant, was the greatest aggrivation of the
respectable looking young man, was not observed to speak during his trial, and conducted himself as
if grateful for a commuted punishment.
ROBBERY: Three boys to Prison for robbing John Copeman’s Garden (one boy Ward: 3 months)
Churchwarden 19 years. Toasts etc. Thomas Farr in the Chair.
by an Irishman. He had emigrated to America some time since.
to make it a Shipping Place & obtain direct navigation to the Sea.”
& wide enough for a Dock or Harbour. The Bridge could be converted to draw or swing Bridge or
removed higher up the River.
£5. Oddfellows to celebrate at their large rooms at the Falcon Inn.
SALE of STOCK: Robert Oswald to sell live & dead Farming Stock .. upon farming Premises near
INSURANCE: Royal Exchange Assurance: Beccles Agent: Thomas Mason
HARLESTON SWAN ASSOCIATION: Association formed 2 years ago. 13 Prosecutions: one
Association paid for prosecution £500, and “such Associations as this, must afford the best and safest
protection to Property.
killed three birds.
THEATRE: David Fisher in Richad IIIat Beccles. His last performance.
SALE of STOCK: Robert Oswald to Sell Farming Stock of Thomas Rogerson, deceased
INSURANCE: Alliance Life & Fire Assurance: Beccles Agent: Philip Wilson, solicitor
FIRE on Saturday at 6 pm at North Cove Stack Yard of Farm belonging to John Lee Farr occupied by
Malting Office 150 yards long, beer Cart Horse, Stable & al Outbuildings destroyed. Fire Engines
Mundesley & Paston assembled together last night & destroyed 2 Threshing Machines”. Deprecates
the use of machines as wasteful.
Magistrates Association of Norfolk & Suffolk meeting at King’s Head, Beccles £100, J Lemming
& chickens from Castle Farm, the proprietor Robert Newman: 6 months Imprisonment.
DISTURBANCES at NORTH WALSHAM: The District has been considerably disturbed during the
machines. In the course of Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday nights 10 Premises had Machines
broken. 16 Persons arrested & taken to Norwich Castle.
[in July 1830 in France there was the July Revolution which toppled Charles X and put the more
liberal Louis Phillipe in power]
Mr Margetson of Thiming were destroyed.
Fire at Premises of Mr Batley at Thorpe. Hay Stacks destroyed. Simultaneous haystack fire at
Fears of an attack on Mlton Constable Hall, Residence of Sir Jacob Astley.
Walsingham Bridewell for the night and Norwich Castle next day.
Blickling, Scottow, North Walsham, Dilham, Harling Walcott & Happisburgh. On Thursday 16
& other places in vicinity on same day.
Wednesday evening: Fire at premises of Mr Barnes of beeston. Hay stacks set alight.
Jacob Astley was pelted with stones on way to Magistrate’s Meeting.
Friday morning : Fire at Mr Warren’s Farm, Caister Hall.
Sunday night: Attempt on premises of Mr Gibert of Postwihck.
Wright’s of Rigstead, Mr Waites of Rougham.
number, went aay peacefully, but reassembled on Green’s Hill, St Augustine’s in afternoon to receive
DISTURBANCES IN THE COUNTY [seem to be all Norfolk]
On Monday during Magistrates of Smithdon Hundreds were sitting at Docking a large amount of
were imprisoned (of the most disorderly)
Monday Morning: A party went to Mr Wright’ of Mainford to break the Machinery. They were met
Monday also saw universal uprising at Blakeney, Cley, Salthouse, Kelling, Waborne, Bamingham &
Bodham for an advance of wages.
Special Constables at Eyensford Hundred. Also agreement to empoy labourers at 12s a week for
mmarried men, 10s a week for single or a taskwork system enabling an “industrious man” to earn 15s
On Thursday & Friday labourers met in & about Reepham “from which place Sir Jacob Astley and a
few of his Friends were forced to retreat under a shower of stones.”
Gall? of Yaxham.
On Tuesday morning 300-400 destroyed a number of machines near Shipham
PRESERVATION OF PEACE: Edmund Woodhouse letter for Committee of Magistrates appointed
RIOTS in NORFOLK etc: Long account under Norfolk
Machines on our own occupation ... strongly recommend the discontinuance of them to all persons
within our own respective limits of influence.
demanded a reduction of Tithes. Rev Ellison would not agree. They broke into the Dining Room &
took possession of all that was provided for the Tithe Feast & so ill-treated Rev Ellison that he was
TITHE RIOT: The same day the unemployed Poor of Ringsfield assembled & came to theTithe Audit
of Rev G Leathes, which was held in Beccles & demanded a reduction of his Tithe & the worthy
to their homes.
FIRE at BULL’S GREEN, On Thursday afternoon a fire broke out in a wheat stack at the premises of
together with a smal Beanstack. The Engines of this town were soon on the spot, with a good supply
of water, and the fire was got under without doing any further damage. The fire is no doubt the act of
premises adjoining, in the occupation of Mr Woodthorpe, the wind blowing in that direction. Mr
Medlar bore a good character with the Poor annd was not insured. Mr Medlar had 6 men to watch all
all at once into flames, and in a short time was consumed. The shed was quite another opart of his
Fortunately the fire was again extinguished, with only loss of the shed and a stack of stubble.
TITHE AUDIT at Weston held at King’s Head, Beccles: Large body of Labourers assembled &
which after some discussion were agreed to & they went home cheerful & quite satisfied. Next day a
larger body from North Cove, Ellough & Willingham ... some of party behaved in a very noxious &
The following morning Mr Mayhew met farmers & labourers at North Cove. Affairs amicably settled
& warrant issued for two ringleaders of the party.
FIRE at GOOSE GREEN, BECCLES: On Saturday evening about 5.30 Fire in Haystack in Meadow
FIRE on GILLINGHAM DAM on Stack of Marsh Hay the property of Mr Goat of Beccles. Set on
Lions, Wolves, Bears, Apes, Monkeys, Golden Eagle, etc. Before going to Lynn Market will visit
Bungay, Beccles, Lowestoft, Yarmouth, Dereham, Swaffham
Beccles on fire & two stacks destroyed by an Incendiary.
been in no dispute, nor received any expressions of dissatisfaction & the unemployed in the parish he
unaccountable & induces him to believe it was not committed by any person rsiding in the
Subscription £400 Earl of Gosford & Gents of vicinity. Reward for information.
QUARTER SESSIONS at BECCLES: Sir Thomas Gooch addresses Jury about disturbances.
on Rev Boycatt
Five Persons charged with Riot at Kessingland acquitted.
Parish of Stradinshall. Given one year Sentence & fined £50.
TRIAL of HOXNE RIOTERS (labourers beseiged pub where Tithe Audit of Rev George Doughty
“BECCLES A PORT” Charles Tyrell, MP presents petition in the House of Commons from the
Corporation of Beccles.
BECCLES NAVIGATION BILL: Comments favourable.: “Robberies to which the present craft are
BECCLES REFORM PETITION: (“Their first attempt in this way”)
BALL for DISPENSARY Fancy Dress, Friday 7 March, 7s/-
SHIPPING: Beccles Navigation Meeting. Meeting at Shire [Town] Hall to nominate Commissioners,
NAVIGATION MEETING “to make Beccles a Port”: Earl of Gosford (Chairman) 4 Gents from
property valued at £7 or over pa.
MEETING at TOWN HALL: Earl of Gosford chairs meeting & 4 Gents from Yarmouth.
BALL: Beccles Fancy Ball. Benefit of Dispensary. More than 200 Persons (first Fancy one)
“Quadrille, Waltz & Gallopede succeeded each other with great spirit until a late hour ... splendour &
Crowfoot: Polish Officer; Dutch Fishermen, Chinese Mandarin, Andalusian Peasant, Highland
Chieftan, Lady of Eighteenth Century, Lady of Seventeenth Century, Turkish Lady etc.
PORTREEVE: Richard Bohun sworn in. Corporation attends Service: Dr Owen preaches. Dinner at
King’s Head, Mr Newson. In the evening Mrs Bohun entertained a large party of Ladies at the King’s
REFORM: “Inhabitants of Beccles neighbourhood expression of ..... to the King for sanctioning
Reforms presented at Levee by the Earl of Albermarle. (Report that Sir T Gooch had signed were
SALE of FURNITURE at ASHMAN’S HALL of Joseph Cotton, deceased by Robert Oswald.
Fashionable & elegant furniture; cellar of old wines. Billiard Table 5ft 6ins x 10ft 6ins; Two one-
BECCLES A PORT: Some opposition to making Beccles a Port arises at Portreeves Feast: Robert
PORTREEVE’S FEAST. Sir Thomas Gooch a guest. Toast to Sharpin & thanks for efforts in
SALE of STOCK of Millinery by R Oswald of Thomas J Sayer opposite Town Hall.
Keel of 60 tons burden on Sunday evening last. She sailed up amidst shouts of “Beccles a Port” from
was laden with chalk for Mr Stead & sailed again on Tuesday morning with a freight of Malt.
SALE of MILLINERY by Robert Oswald of Thmas Sayer opposite the Town Hall.
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY in Assembly Room. President: Earl of Stradbrooke. Large
seedling Strawberries. 30 to 40 Gents at Dinner at the King’s Head.
SALE of LAND: late Thomas Primett, by Robert Oswald: 1 Pishwell Castle (10 acres); 2. The Great
FAIRS in SUFFOLK: 19 (Beccles on 29th of June)
Chaplain £80; Surgeon £50; Keeper £105; Turnkey £40; Matron £10; for Prisoners 239 [during the
year?] Many other items eg Cleaning & repairing Town Hal £67-10s-7d
Towelling, etc manufactured & sold at the House.
SALE of COTTAGES & Carpenter’s Shops, late occupied by Stevens, carpenter, opposite Bowling
BECCLES RACES August 29th & 30th
BOAT BUILDING: Keel of Steam Packet for new harbour engineers laid down at Mr Jones’ Yard,
QUARTER SESSIONS: As usual several cases for removal of Paupers, inter-Parish.
QUARTER SESSIONS: Thomas Homes, 18, stealing a pig? 12 months in Ipswich Gaol; Thomas
NORWICH SOCIETY of ARTISTS: “Mr Cooper’s portraits of Horses & Dogs are executed with his
RACES: [No mention of Cocking; - but mentioned in August 1836] “No Gambling Booths, Horse
Riders or Shows of any kind allowed on the course.
10s each at Six Birds? each. Shooters to commence at 11 am.
Ordinaries, Assembly, Theatre & Rural Gardens as usual.
CORONATION FESTIVITIES: Beccles, Bungay, etc [long account]
numbers of people on foot, on Horseback & in Carriages with their places on each side the lines of
running. Assembly visited by the Earl of Stradbrooke, Sir E Bacon & family, Sir William & Lady
Venison, etc. by Newman of the King’s Head. Theatre, Gardens, Places of Amusement.
THEATRE: “Mr David Fisher, the Comedian, took leave of the Stage at Beccles Theatre in his
& the audience felt & expressed great regret at the departure of so old and able a favourite.”
REFORM BILL: At a Meeting of the Inhabitants of Beccles convened by the Portreeve on Friday at
When a petition was adopted & very numerously signed by the Clergy, Magistrates & Gentry &by
King & his Ministers, the Meeting broke up.
Singing including His Brother’s Ballad of “Old Times” accompanied by himself on the Harp.
the Lords by having a dumb peal rung on Sunday throughout the day.
FIRES: Article: “These criminal & wasting proofs of the dreadful alteration in the feelings of the
MILITIA of EAST SUFFOLK: 47 members had not joined upon its being embodied for training.
Includes 5 Beccles Men: John Aires, labourer; John Howard, shoemaker; William Leverick,
nuisances & enforce cleanliness throughout the Town.
Stradbrooke & the Earl & Countess of Gosford; John Day, Treasurer; H Harvey, Secretary; Pages
awarded for approved Horticultural Productions.
QUARTER SESSIONS: Abigail Kerridge, stealing a Musical Snuffbox property of WW Cerjat, Esq
ROBBERY: Mr Lionel Swan of Beccles going to Yoxford was stopped at Thorington by two men
and robbed of one Sovereign & 15 Shillings & a Silver Hunting Watch.
effectively prevented by means of the Alarm Shell invented by W Adkin, Gunmaker, Bungay.
danger from Fire. Portable, Cheap & Safe. 6shillings per dozen. (from Inventor or White,
Shipmeadow Workhouse by four Footpads, with crape over the eyes: previous attempt on Mr Nobbs
of White Horse Inn at Beccles & Mr Taylor a brazier. Nobbs aimed blow at them.
Chaldron less than most.
Esq of Beccles: from Wheatacre, Whitehouse to Thurlton Church.
Thomas Knights, 19, Stealing Box of Cigars: 3 months Imprisonment.
EMIGRATION: The Ardwell, 300 Tons will sail from Lynn to Quebec early in May provided a
EMIGRATION: Fine, fast Sailing Ship “Miser” 200 tons will sail from Yarmouth for Quebec early
in May next.
EMIGRATION: For New York: “Marquis Wellesley” 500 Tons from London. (Steerage Money:
Adults £5, Children under 14 half price)
Children in proportion)
SALE: Bohun & Rix to sell House & Garden in Ravensmere occupied by William Barker. Benefit of
CREDITORS: William Barker to sell House in Ravensmere for benefit of Creditors.
GAME LAWS COMMITALS in 3 Winter Months of eacy Year:
BECCLES RACES September 11th & 12th; Sir Hanson Bersey & WW Cerjat, Esq
CREDITORS of late Thomas Primmett 3s/6d in the £. Bohun & Rix
Rev TO Leman, Sir E Bacon etc Grapes, peaches, melons, apricots
SHIPPING: Arrivals: George, William & Mary, Friends; from Goole with Wools: Betsy & Bessey
Sailed: Betsey: ballast.
BECCLES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Fourth Meeting in Assembly Room. President: Earl of
superb hyacinths. Mr J Toll of Keswick ? 18 pots of very fine Auriculas. List of Keene’s seeding
Strawberries from Sir T Gooch’s Garden admired. Dinner: at King’s Head: 30-40 Gents at Dinner.
SHIPPING: The new & diect Beccles & London Shipping & Trading Co: One vessell will sail from
Stanton’s Lower Wharf, Tooley Street, London every Thursday: The last day of Loading:
Agents for Beccles.
SHIPPING: Beccles, Nov 3rd. Arrival: Alliance, Allen from Norway with Bark & Deals; Lark Marsh
Betsey, Johnson, Friendship. Johnson for Wakefield with Corn. Jane for London with Corn & Goods.
SHIPPING: Beccles Steam Vessel appointed to tow vessels when the wind is contrary. Large Public
the price of coals.”
Polling Places, with strong party feeling, which was expressed not only with hideousyells, throwing
attack was made on Sir Thomas Gooch and his Party, which exceeded anything of the kind we ever
violent was the attack that neither age nor distinction claimed any protection; everyone that woire the
done by inhabitants of Beccles alone, but a mob collected from all the villages from Gorleston to
shut up their shops during the two day election.
EDUCATION: Beccles Classical & Commercial Academy. Mr Cowles has a vacancy for a clever
SHIPPING: Arrived: Apollos, Pybus from Goole with Coals.
Sailed: Squire Yallop for London with Grain. Barbara Anderson in ballast.
Sailed 3 with Grain, 1 Grain & Beer, 1 Grain & Malt, 1 Goods.
FIRE: Attempt to fire large Barn at Loddon occupied by Wilson Hayward: totally destroyed.
NEXT NIGHT attempt to set Fire to Heckingham House of Industry. £20 damage covered by
ARTIST: GEORGE FENN, junior [1810-1877], Pupil of the late Mr Edwin Cooper of Beccles & Mr
Herring of Newmarket, Begs this Publicity to announce that he has establihed himself at Beccles as
of his Productions.
CROME: [teaching] Drawing & Painting: Oil & Water colour. At Beccles & Bungay: Monday 28th;
EDWIN COOPER: We regret to understand that Mr Cooper, the Artist of Beccles died in very
depressed circumstances. [eulogy followed]
Rooms. Paper recommends.
CHARLES MAPLESTONE, surveyor, builder, cabinet maker, lime, lath & coal Merchant to take his
INCENDIARISM at Heckingham. Adjacent Building containig Straw fired. Lodden Fire Engine
£300 Reward offered for Information.
2 with Grain
S Cattermole, Bookseller
STEEPLECHASE between A Pierson, Shadfingfield & Carr, from Beccles to Storm Bridge Weston
Church. Horses took last fence together: winner undecided.
BURGLARY at MONTAGU HOUSE, Northgate. Sam Tubby, footman & groom at house of his
employer, EA Montagu of Beccles. Transported for Life. [long account]
is highly honourable to the possessors of these pictures that somewhat more than 200 were collected.
To the lovers of Field Sports, not less than to judges of the Art, these representations are acceptable &
the picture (presented by his friends to Mr Beverly of Forcnett) of this excellent sportsman & his
pack of horses of all kinds, pointers and ponies, hounds, greyhounds, setters, spaniels & retrievers in
admire the unfinished even more. The series of small sketches in sepia are beautiful ... We hope
therefore there is sufficient attraction, together with the intended acquaintance enjoyed by the Artist
Admission 1shilling. Continued till week of 25 May.
& rope maker's shop
the Rooms of the Society of Artists, Exchange Square. There are also specimens of Mr Folkard’s
SALE in Port of Beccles: Dwelling House with Granaries & outbuildings & a Quay of 140ft. 50
Down the Score Boat Builder’s Yard & a previous Dwelling House.
INCENDIARISM: Two on Lord Henniker’s Estate at Worlingworth. Poor deprived of Common
HORTICULTURAL EXHIBITION: “Cottagers table did them great credit”. Fenn’s Greenhouse
BUILDING LEASESfor a Term of 50 Years TO BE LET by AUCTION in 5 Lots: Corporation Land
EDWIN COOPER: Illustrations of the Race Horse by late celebrated Draughtsman, Edwin Cooper.
Nine Plates, etched & Published by J Sendall. Price to Subscribers: India Paper £2; Other £1 - 5s
BECCLES HORTICULTURAL Meeting. Second in Assembly Room. Very great improvement in
Mr Gill, pinks, cucumbers & beans; Mr Fenn Geraniums & Bouquet [both nurserymen]
REGATTA: Numerous spectators. Nicholas Darby wins £6 silver cup.
EXHIBITION of SOCIETY of ARTISTS: Mr Fenn’s Terrier’s Head is at once forcible & natural
SALE at White Lion: Benefit of Creditors: Edward Arnold:
Bridge. Brewing Trade has been & is now carried on by late Proprietor. Possession Michaelmas.
SHIPPING: Meeting of Norfolk & Lowestoft Navigation Shipping Co: 6 Vessels; 3 in Norwich, 3 in
INCENDIARY HANGED: William Jolly, hanged for firing Wheat Stack of Mr Whayman at Yaxley.
He had been acquitted of a similar charge three years before. Leaves Widow & seven children.
Willis ” & other entertainment. There will also be performances every following evening of the same
H Harvey, Hon Sec.
SALE of FURNITURE: White Lion. Mr Oswald to sell all Furniture etc about 1100 glass lamps used
in Rural Gardens. Mrs Chipperfield retiring at Michaelmas.
profit; 6% Dividend. Two more Vessels to be purchased three fo Lowestoft/Beccles & 3 for Norwich.
Chairman: GS Erwing of Lowestoft
In 1813 annual exports £1,200,000
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: HB Bence in the Chair: Refers to change in Law: Number of
render that kind of punishment more rigorous: All persons Transported for 7 years to labour in Chains
Case of William Powell, Samuel Tebbitt, Henry Twigg v EP Montagu at Quarter Sessions:
which they erect. They are well known on Courses.
sentenced to one month’s imprisonment & hard labour in Beccles Gaol. Question: Was Apollo
Gardens a “Public Place?” Much dispute. Adjourned for one day, when Prisoners did not appear.
SALE: TOWER WINDMILL & House: late Joseph Oldring of Beccles, occupied by Samuel Clutton,
near Turnpike Road to London, via Ipswich.
ASSEMBLIES: Two winter Assemblies At Beccles: John Garden & WH Crowfoot (Portreeve)
SALE: STOCK IN TRADE: James Crowfoot & William Browning, Coach-Builders, Beccles.
Trees, evergreens & flowering shrubs of HW Gill, Nurseryman near the Bridge. c 400,000 finest
hazels, holly, hornbeams, limes and oaks, sycamore; 10,000 Evergreens & flowering Shrubs. Variety
INSURANCE: Suffolk & General Country (Fire): Beccles Agent: C Bobbett
EDUCATION: Ladies Boarding & Day School: Miss Fisher: English, French, Drawing, Music etc.
into the Theoretical principles.
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: Col Bence in the Chair: Several Bills for repairs to Roads &
appointed to the Office, the Magistrates, after considerable discussion, decided not to allow them
Henry Hambleton, 45, stealing 8 lbs of horse & bullocks hair the property of Messrs Garrod & Son of
Several Poaching offences & two misbehaviour in Shipmeadow Workhouse: 21 days Sentence.
SALE of TOWER WINDMILL by Executors of late Joseph Oldring (one Executor Kent, brazier):
Lease to Mr Sam Clutten at £150 per annum. Dwelling House & Genteel Messuage (occupied by Rev
SHIPPING: Arrivals: 2 Ships from Lowestoft with Timber & Deals; 3 from London with Timber,
SHIPPING: Arrival: 3 Goods & Coal;
Prime’s of Holton “the Labourers not only refused to assist in subduing the Fire, but occupied time in
a wanton & notorious? manner.”
Millinery, Dresses - Alteration in Firm. Business 9 - 4.
WANTED: 4 Apprentices in Straw-Hat Manufacture & 6 in Millinery & Dress Rooms.
James Boyden of North Cove, Treasurer & Secretary.
Mr Bloss in the Chair. Resolution: “That from the unparalleled depression under which the landed
us to take every step to stay so dire a calamity.”
CREDITORS: Henry Mann of Beccles, Draper, assigns Estate & Effects to D Woodgate & R
AGRICULTURE: Undersigned Nobility, Gentry, Clergy & owners & occupiers of Land request John
Garden, High Sheriff for Suffolk, to convene meeting to send Petirion on depressed state of
BALL for DISPENSARY on Thursday 3 April. Sir Edmund Bacon & EC Sharpin; Stewards.
BOOK PUBLISHED: Rivers of Norfolk by James Stark.
GAOL: Now 51 Prisoners in Beccles Gaol, more than has been known for many years
Little Public Sympathy. (“like what has been formerly known on the execution of a sheep stealer or
COACH: Norwich, Beccles, Lowestoft, “Pilot” Daily (Sunday excepted): Lowestoft 7am to Norfolk
Hotel. Returns 5 pm. Propietors: William Durrant & Robert Newman, C Ansdell.
Bonnets. Also Respectable Youth as Apprentice. L Browne, Bedford house, Beccles.
for playing at Balls on Sunday at Beccles. Each fined 3s 4d. (The 3 former stood 3 hours in the
Parochial Settlement. ... would lead to Village Proprietors to destroy Cottages “already too much
acted upon, too great Rural Injury & Incnvenience to the Poor.”
Forty assemble, Constables beaten off. High Sheriiff etc meets men, but Riot Act has to be read. 10
Men committed to Castle.
ground that he had given: “I have ever observed that the Poor, where properly instructed & brought
up in sound Religious principles, have made the best men, the best servants and the best subjects.”
Wangford & Beccles, which after spirited play on both sides, terminated in favour of Wangford. The
dined together at Mr Nobbs at the White Horse & the evening, enlivened by glees, songs etc. closed
with feeligs of mutual satisfaction. The day for a Return Match not yet fixed.
large Town, two Houses of Industry & several Parishes. (Beccles)
BECCLES REGATTA: Monday 14 July. Two silver cups. One for boats not exceeding 19ft. Second
started for first Silver Cup.
150 Caldrons of Coal, Malting Office, 2 Malt Kilns, Wharf or Quay 88ft in width alongside of
ADVERTISEMENT: Gilbert’s New Britylex, with strong shifting Seat in front, to Post or
light & Modern. Stanhope: 3 good second hand: neat god light Posting Chariot. Light neat green
Landau for one Horse or pair. 3 Sporting Gigs.
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Cottagers: Fruit, Vegetables, Flwers & Honey. Prizes in Grapes,
DIED at Beccles: Thomas Jay, Watch Maker, aged 44.
SALE of WHEELWRIGHT’S SHOP in Smallgate.
HISTORICAL NOTE: [It appears to have come from a Newspaper?]
Anno Domini 1752. This Curacy of St Peter Mancroft [Norwich] was augmented with a Messuage &
Queen Anne’s Bounty £400, The Parishioners £200.
The above Estate was exchanged in the year 1785 by consent of the Bishop, Parishioners &
Winsten in Suffolk.
STOLEN HORSES: Incident of Stplen Horses involving Gooday at Beccles Quarter Sessions
SOCIETY for Rewarding GOOD CONDUCT in SERVANTS, Cottagers & Occupiers. Inaugural
to suppress Indolence, Idleness & Crime, etc
sent direct from Beccles to the Hulks at Portsmouth (to save expense) instead of Ipswich Gaol
coverlids; 150 yards red Teak; 4 cwt common flock for beds; 12 Stout stump Bedsteads 6ft 2ins x 4ft
SALE: House with Cottages, Outbuildings, Granary & large Yard now used & tenanted by a Boat
Builder, frontage on Waveney 80ft, Beccles, 6 Cottages & 2 coat sheds all situate down the Score
Merchant. Apply Daniel Smith, Currier, Delf, Grocer, or Webster, Solicitor.
THEFT from KING’S HEAD: Last Saturday the Bar of the King’s Head was broken into, a Till &
LITERARY & SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTION: Meeting at Town Hall to Form the Society. A
Many yearly Subscribers.
ADVERTISEMENT: Thatched House, Beccles: Garnham & Son: Sale 20th February. Reduction.
Hearses & Mourning Coaches to Let.
Apprentices wanted in Millinery & Dress Departments & good hands in Straw Hat Manufactory.
upon Trustees to Mr George Fenn, the Surveyor.
SALE of WIFE: On Monday se’ennight one of those disgraceful proceedings, the Sale of a Wife,
Husband to her first Love, who left her to become a soldier nineteen years ago, but rekindled old
recollections by his recent return. The Lady being bought to the halter. the son of Mars offered a
BALL for Medical Dispensary, Thursday 23 April. Stewards: Viscount Acheson, MP & John Kerrick
of English Education, Music, French, Painting in Oil & Water Colours taught by the Misses
Poor in the House from cloth manufactured by the Paupers.
Edward Mallan of London firm., Bank Plain, Norwich. At Yarmouth on Mondays & Thursdays & at
VESTRY MEETING on Easter Monday. Churchwardens’ Accounts: Expenditure £136, Balance £40.
As Dr Owen was about to put these Motions Rev Wright [Baptist Minister] rises & proposes “That
the further consideration of the Church Rate be potponed until the next Annual General Meeting.
the Meeting & was followed by a very friendly and courteous discussion in which Mr Henchman
Crowfoot, Mr Davey senior. Messrs Rix, Sharpin & Welsted etc took part.
of the Town, Dissenters would make voluntary contributions towards it.
The Church of England adherents unwilling to agree. Wright proposes that a Voluntary Sub be
Crisp hoped the decision will not at all distant the Harmony which has so long & so creditably
subsited between Churchmen & Dissenters in this place.
Barn on Mr Sadd’s Farm at Shadingfield, betweem Mr Chandler’s “Flying Bat” & Mr Pierson’s “Old
Canon Ball” [Flying Bat won easily]
Head Waiter at Rampant Horse, Norwich. Neat Post Chaises etc.
CREDITORS: William Gamble, Innkeeper, Beccles assigns Estate to John Parson of South Town,
CHURCH RATES AT BUNGAY: John Childs committed to Prison for refusing to pay Church
RACES at BECCLES, Friday 8 May: Pierson’s “Canon Ball” beat Lawes’ “Oak Apple” once round
BANKRUPT: William Corbyn: SALE of STOCK in TRADE: Broad Cloths, Kerseys, Waistcoating,
COACH: Yarmouth, Bury, Cambridge Coach. Every Day except Sunday. New & elegant Coach.
2.30) Leave Bury in time for Southwold Coach (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday) & every
Saturday) Arrive Yarmouth 8.30 pm..
BUNGAY: Procession greeting John Childs on release from Prison [for not paying the Church Rate]
& Singing. Lessons at George Fisher’s Academy
EARL of GOSFORD created Baron, Lord Worlingham. Appointed Governor of Canada.
the Bathing Season.
SHIPPING: Arrived: 2 with Goods, 2 with Coals; Sailed 2 with ale, grain flour, 1 with wool &
DINNER to Mr CHILDS at Bungay, in the Theatre: From Beccles: Rev Flower, JC Webster, Wilton
Rix, R Clarke [all Esq.] & Mr James Crisp.
ADVERTISEMENT: Just landed by Charles Hursthouse at Beccles & Lowestoft. Cargo of best
Bangor Slates for Sale at Timber Yard, New Quay, Beccles & New Harbour, Lowestoft.
EDUCATION: Miss Fuller has engaged a lady who has studied in Paris, well versed in French
Literature. Intends re-opening in House recently occupied by Rev J Crabbe “central & airy situation”
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: Licence to Fisher for Theatre: 50 nights at Halesworth, 60 nights
PAUPER DISTURBANCES in NORFOLK: The villages of Great Bircham & Bircham Tofts [in the
of the regulations laid down by Poor Law Commissioners. Commissioners had said the Poor should
had received tickets for shop goods & flour, rejected them & said “the system would be resisted by
the whole Parish. The following Monday labourers of the two villages left their work “neither hay-
Banich sent two men to Mr Kitchin of Bircham “to assist in getting in his turnips; but on leaving the
Farmyard on their horses they were violently unhorsed, and Mr Hunter their Master was also dragged
Constables were sent to apprehend them. “One man was caught, but when they tried to capture the
second “one of them named Tilney was knocked down by the mob ... and was brutally beaten about
“The windows of the Farmhouses were now assailed with stones” and more serious violence
followed. A Messenger was sent for the Rainham & Melton troops of Yeomanry & Preventative Men
down doors and smashed up furniture, but fled when troops arrived leaving Tilney behind.
Meanwhile similar incidents occurred at Mr Hebgin’s House and “Mr Nurse’s House was also
son-in-law were forewarned and fled their houses “and in a short time their dwellings, as far as the
exterior, was reduced to the same state of ruin.”
of the principles had fled. Some Troops remained to guard the village were relieved by a detachment
Most labourers returned to work by Thursday “Perhaps, “writes a Correspondent, “ it would be
Bircham - a convincing proof that nothing is so dangerous to the peace of society as ignorance.”
EDUCATION: Sir John Leman School: Usher or Sub Master over 21 wanted next term.
6 July £50 once round course. Also Pony Races.
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Second Meeting: Gill (Florist) Rare & new Roses.
& Greenhouse Plants. Good Vegetables on Cottagers Table. 25 Prizes. Dinner King’s Head.
REGATTA: Great number of Sailing Boats (one from Colchester) 1st Silver Medal won by Richard
parties on board ... Band .... Dinner at King’s Head.
SALE of FURNITURE: R Oswald to sell for Executors of Mrs E Wales: Furniture, Collection of
RACE: Match of one Mile on Beccles Common between Mr Chandler’s brown Gelding “Pilgrim”
carrying 12 stone & Mr Warner’s Bay Mare “Merrylass” carrying 8 stone, “Pilgrim” won.
Rosemary Lane fronting Back Street [Ravensmere] occupied by Mrs Cross.
ALSO House with Garden in front in Rosemary Lane occupied by William Wright.
Lane [Grove Road]
RACES: Lord Berners now Steward in place of Wilson.
MEDICAL & SURGEONS of Eastern Provincial. Members WH Crowfoot, WE Crowfoot, HTF
Davey & HWN Davey
Warehouse, takes Shop of Mr Mason. Teas etc at reduced price. Agent for Ipswich Journal & Bury
Post. Circulating Library.
MIGRATION To LANCASHIRE: A Report made by Mr Kersey and two labourers “to ascertain the
situation. Two Points:
Poor Law Commissioners.Dr Kay estimated that 45,000 “mill Hands” will be needed in the next two
years for the steam power in the Cotton District of Lancashire & that in Dr Kay’s opinion Labour
Dr Kay then describes the condition of those who have already migrated.
He says “Families of inferior moral character” should not migrate as they would not be able to meet
Adult men would have difficulty finding employment although there is a large demand at present for
as to how to apply
[see also letter to Shipmeadow from Castleton Mill, Derby for apprentices. 36/AQ2/1/18
FIRE at WORLINGHAM on Farm of William Hamby, tenant of Earl of Gosford. Barley & other
stacks destroyed & reached all outbuildings: two large Barns, Stables, Bullock Lodges etc. But 4
INCENDIARISM: Reward for Information on Worlingham Fire: HM Government £100; Earl of
Gosford £200; Norwich Fire Office £100; == Total of £400.
receive coal from the Corporation & Feoffees at half price disenfranchised, or not?
REVISING BARRISTERS, Messrs Collins & Gazelee: pronounced on Register.
Corporation; those who receive Coals purchased by the Corporation & sold at reduced price, All
Burgesses to about 260.
RIOT at IPSWICH against New Poor Law. Riot Act Read twice: military: Partial demolition of one
POOR LAW UNREST: Many accounts of unrest at Bulcamp (Blything Union), Baddington (Hoxne),
following troubles at Ipswich.
EDUCATION: Beccles Academy: Mr Cowles: well situated School Building; Pupils attend Lectures
BECCLES COUNCILLORS: Elected: R Thornton*, John Day, JC Webster*, James Crisp*, FW
7 Churchmen; 5 Dissenters. As the Aldermen have been selected from the Councillos, that body is
reduced by one third consequently another election must take place within 10 days.
Cookley, indicted for poisoning & killing 7 Horses the property of Mr Foulson of Frostenden who
took the farm Wilson left at Michaelmas. Wilson on bail, - absconded but two securirties of £50 each,
EDUCATION: Miss Fuller’s School, Gentleman’s Walk
CORPORATION: Elected: RW Clarke, SW Rix, C Chinery, Thomas Delf.
of Baddingham & Bedfield were in one night plundered of everything portable. Three fellows with a
cart & horse in a lane between the two churches & three ohers on foot, were observed. Not yet
Scarves, Altar & Pulpit draperies ... books destroyed.
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Wanted a Baker & Superintendent of sack & linen factors. Salary
PROTECTION of AGRICULTURE Society. 5 different Meetings. Beccles: King’s Head. Saturday 6
February. J Robinson in Chair.
LECTURES: at Assembly Room, numerously attended, weekly on Mondays. “Such a source of
amusement & instruction was never before enjoyed in Beccles”
Bence & Mr Lay to ascertain the probable employment for Agriculture Labourers in other Districts.
DIED: Thomas Ebbs, highly respectable farmer at Mutford.
TO BE LET: In Bridge Street, House with Stables & wash house adjoining River, suitable small
QUARTER SESSIONS:Sir TS Gooch, Chairman. Will Colton stealing Telescope at Southwold,
supposed to be one of a disreputable Gang of thieves who broke into Mrs Stricklands House at
wine, left two large case knives on the table anddecamped.
WANGFORD UNION Annual election of Guardians. Notice & number of Guardians for Parish.
SALE: House & Land in Blyburgate. William Crisp, deceased. Extensive Warehouse &
Outbuildings, Walled-in Garden, Cottage & Shop adjoining, occupied by Mrs Copeman
Apply William Crisp, Southwold.
COCK FIGHTING: Main of Cocks at White Swan: Norfolk Gents v [others] Four Double Days
GAS for LIGHTING the TOWN approves proposal by Mr TS Parton for lighting the town with Gas.
[Is this correct? I have no record of it in Council Minutes. Gas did not arrive until 1837]
Esq for 3 best cabbages. 22 Prizes to Cottagers.
DETAINED supposed to have been stolen: 2 ponies, luggage cart & gig harness & 3 Men.
in the occupation of W Tripp
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles. 3 Men convicted of Stealing a Pony transported for Life.
deserved Hanging, had never entered a Court of Justice.”
BECCLES THEATRE: Wednesday, 20 July & each & every evening this week.
Crawshay Prize to T Oldham. Cottagers of Aldeby for best half peck of Windsor beans.
COACH: Yarmouth Coach “The Hope”: Every Day except Sunday: Bury Scole, Harleston, Bungay,
PROSTITUTES Mary & Sarah Fairweather & their brother James convicted of assault on William
Arnold, 16, son of Rev Arnold of Ellough. Each fined 10s; imprisonment 1 month if not paid.
RACES on 21st & 22nd of July. Ball not well attended. Theatre full both evenings (many not able to
obtain admission on second night)
RAILWAY: Proposed Lowestoft Bungay & London Railway. Agents E & W Sharpin, Beccles.
BECCLES VESTRY MEETING: Dissenters oppose 4d Church Rate. James Crisp & William Delf
Garnham & Dashwood. Rate approved on Poll 293 to 261 = 32 (next day 4 pm) majority for Rate.
CRICKET at BECCLES v DISS
REGATTA n 29 August. “company numerous & respectable”.
EMIGRATION: Letter from William Strouger & David Ward, emigrants from Benacre & Covehithe
view of farming life.
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE Numbers given at Speech at Harleston Agricultural Association by
In 1835 200 in Shipmeadow House, plus 80-90 able-bodied receiving Outdoor Relief.
Mr Girling agrees, but says Allotment System necessary supplement.
CONCERTS: Mr Frost, his son & 3 daughters. Sacred Miscellany Concerts in 1836 at ... Bungay &
JOHN FISHER APPEAL: To the Friends & Patrons of John Fisher:
This old & favourite Comedian of the Norfolk & Suffolk Company has been encouraged by Friends
the Boards of the Theatre impossible & deprived him of all means of earning his future subsistence.
Countess of Gosford £10; Ladies Acheson £5; Sir C Clarke £2; H Read £1; EC Sharpin £2; Miss
ELECTION at Beccles; “severe Struggle”. 4 Retiring Councillors (Gilbert, Leavold, Norton & Barker
- who had 2 votes more than Newman) re-elected.
RAILWAY: Beccles, Bungay & Harleston Railway. Application to be made to Parliament next
CONCERT: “The Minstrel Family” (Frost Family see 29 Oct) at Assembly Room on Monday,
Tuesday & Wednesday. Selection from the Messiah, Creation, etc.
POOR LAW: Petition to the Mayor of Ipswich to convene a Public Meeting to consider propriety of
Amendment Act”. c 220 Signatures. [Details the following week]
splendid run of two & a half hours, the Deer was taken at Wrentham.
LETTER on IMPRISONMENT: John Snare wrote that he had been twice imprisoned. The first time
Sundays, skilly for breakfast, and daily bread scarcely sufficient for a child.” He says the
“Punishment was most severe” and he lost a stone in weight. But since Michaelmas he was again
about half an hour only, and a very small loaf ... and scarcely hearing a human voice except at
former imprisonment “or do the hardest work possible for sixpence a day.
1. To warn people who are most liable to be sent to prison what treatment to expect.
confinement for two, three or four months.” Says “It may be thought that this new system will
prevent crime: but as long as men have neither work nor money, it must needs that offence come; but
SALE: by Robert Oswald of Real Estate of Insolvent George Pleasants, Blacksmith, Hungate
WEATHER: Great Fall of Snow. Roads impassable for two Days. The Mail Carrier arrived today
fall of snow (as happenned in 1776)
establishment has been carried on by the presnt Master for 19 years & has varied so little in a number
continuance of that support which he has so long received ...
VACANCY for a well educated Youth (not under 14 years of age) to be articled for 3 to 5 years. He
EDUCATION: Beccles: Miss Fuller’s School: Vacancy for Articled pupil.
BALL: TRADESMEN’S Annual Ball; at King’s Head. Gents 6s/-; Ladies 5s/-
Plymouth to embark Passengers. “A very extensive demand exists in this Country for married
DANCING: Frank Noverre at Beccles & Loddon on Thursdays
EMIGRATION: The total number wh emigrated under the sanction of the Poor Law Commissioners
emigration was £28,414. The greater portion of emigration was from Norfolk & Suffolk as can be
seen from the following statement
The largest number from Parishes: in Norfolk: Banham 250, Eagefield 123
Suffolk: Lawshall 60, Redgrave 48, Stradbroke 91, Thanham 95
QUARTER SESSIONS (adjourned): Sir T Gooch (Chair): Samuel Girling, 35, indicted on 3 charges
of felony. Evidence of Larber? Beccles Police Officer: House full of articles suspected of having been
WORKHOUSE at WORTHAM: Wanted Governor & Matron; Must be without a Family,
superintend education of Children. £35 with Board & Lodging.
EMIGRATION: 3 Shis to Canada; 1 Ship to Australia.
SALE of FURNITURE: Robert Oswald to sell Furniture of Miss Wade at Shipmeadow Cottages,
SALE: Robert Oswald to sell 2 Cottages in 4 Dwellings with Gardens by the Road from Blyburgate
ELECTION of GUARDIANS for Wangford Union. Total of 44; Beccles 6.
Says that Petitioners acknowledge that some good has come from the Poor Law Amendment Act
families to places where their employment has been advantageous to themselves and to the
community at large.” However, they say, these good points “do not commensurate with the evil and
than grave misfortune. If he rejects “the proffered asylum” in the hope of better luck, the petitioners
legislature at the time of the passing of the Bill.” They also say that “poverty and misfortune should
Christian land, be deprived of attending public worship on a Sabbath Day” is a great wrong.
PRINTS: List of Prints & Engravings: Beccles Church by Kirby.
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Letter to Guardians on proposal to award Medical Attendance by
Districts. Distance for direction too great & long walks for Poor to obtain Medicine.
measures as the Meeting shall think expedient in consequence of the present state of the Navigation
over Lake Lothing. EC Sharpin, clerk.
Lead, the Property o Spurgeon, Beccles. 6 Weeks, 1st & last in Solitary Cnfinement.
COACH: Meeting to discuss expediency of establishing a Day Coach: Beccles, Bungay, Harleston,
CHURCH RATES: [Long acount] at Beccles: “measure now before Parliament for abolition of
Church Rates & Tithes”. Crowfoot (Chairman). Motion (supporting action) proposed by John
Flower. Only Tim Buck opposes. No amendment.
LETTING MARSHES: Robert Oswald to Let Marshes in Lots of 3 to 9 acres; about 250 acres from
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Master & Matron of Workhouse £80.
Drawing of the start of the Eleven Horses for the Heavy Weights at North Walsham Steeplechase
Children to lament the loss.
Coach: Yarmouth to London, via Beccles, Bungay, Bury & Chelmsford.
FAIR at Beccles on Whit Tuesday 16 May.
will attain her majority, there will be a Public Dinner at the King’s Head, Beccles for the purpose of
celebrating the event. Mayor in the Chair. Dinner Four o’cock. Tickets 6s each to be had at the Bar.
stealing stockings from the Workhouse “has been again apprehended at Beccles for issuing base
Coin.” “The boy had been given a great chance at the Workhouse after showing indications of
and mischief, that all moral training, whether accompanied by severity or kindness, seems alike
thrown away on him.”
Toasts. Fireworks in Market Place. Bell Ringing.
BELL RINGING at Beccles: Ringing Extraordinary: complete Peal of 5220 changes of Bob Royal
Rev HENRY OWEN’S SPEECH: Replying to speech read by Mr Ferrer at Hoxne Union Guardians
of gratitude, but by a consciousness of muy utter inability to express what I desire.” Says he is proud
to hear that he has “discharged [his] Public Duties with satisfaction to those whom he regards and
regard with pride and gratitude.” He refers to the “Happy results which have followed the
only to property, but to the independence and moral condition of the Poorer Classes; and because
from want.” He says he does not see the saving of money on Poor Rate as its greatest advantage
He says the old system had “demoralising influence”, but new system had raised hundreds of
system “there were upon an average in the Hoxne Union, upwards of 800 able-bodied men, with their
families, in the regular weekly receipt of Parish Relief. It reminds him that at the present moment
He repeats what he said at the beginning of his speech as to how undeserving he is of the recognition
given to him, thanks them again and says he will continue happily in his work.”
vessel every Wednesday for Norwich direct. Every Saturday for Lowestoft & Beccles, WH Leavold,
adjoining Premises occupied by Lionel Swann [No 37] & 2 Dwelling Houses in Manor House Lane
occupied by Elizabeth Boyden, widow & James Brewer; with large Walled-in Garden affording
RACES at BECCLES on Tuesday, Wednesday August 29th & 30th. Henry Stacey & Frederick
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: Mr Isaac Piper, 58, Master Tailor, elderly & respected Tradesman
of various articles found in his possession. Ward hired a room from Piper for Sale of Goods.
Dock. Crowfoot called - Sewed up..Piper had two grown-up sons in trade in the town.
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Prizes: W Delf: 135 Pots of Greenhouse Plants; 3 Prizes: R
Crickmer, cabbages; J Copeman, onions; EC Sharpin, artichokes. Fenn & Laws (nurserymen &
EDUCATION: Ladies School, Beccles. Miss Copland has engaged the Assistance of her niece, who
has for some years been employed inTuition in London.
MUSIC & DANCING: Great Yarmouth. Mr D Fisher, Lowestoft, Beccles, Bungay, Harleston
SHIPPING: Arrived 3 Vessels from London & 1 from Newcastle with Coals.
extension of the Franchise. No decision on Candidates.
every Gig 1s; Luggage Cart 6d; Horsemen 6d; Every Waggon 2s 6d. For Sanding each Day, towards
the Racing Fund. Subscribers exempt. Ordinaries, Assembly, Theatre & Rural Gardens as usual.
Display of Fireworks as also a Military Band... Engaged Bolleno family, Mr & Mrs Glindon, Mr
Keats celebrated Basso singer & other First Rate Artists from the principal Theatres, London.
numerous” A late Harvest.
APPRENTICE to SURGEON & Apothecary Wanted by Messrs Davey & Son
REVISON of BURGESS LISTS: Now proceeding before the Mayor & Assessors. 67 Burgesses
Rix & Clarke for Objecting Party; Bohun for Defendants. Name of men who received Coals struck
off. “The Liberals may now exult at having disenfranchised 60 of their fellow Townsmen, because
SHIPPING: Arrival. 1 from London with Goods; Francis Thrkettle from Newcastle with Coals &
Luna Moon from Goole with Coals.
Moor, aged 7. 2 Years in County Gaol. 18th & last Months in Solitary Confinement.
GAS WORKS: Messrs Malam & Co having nearly completed their Gas Works in Beccles,
light. In the centre of the Market Place a large pillar was erected, which was brilliantly illuminated
with a crown & the letters VR.
admiration of everyone.” Crawshay Prize for Cottagers: Stephen Ruth, Beccles, potatoes (spade);
John Chambers, Gillingham, parsnips (hoe & rake); Benjamin Alp, Toft, Savoys (knife);
THEATRE: French Performance in Assembly Room: Testot, “celebrated Professor of Recreative
of Ball for Eye Dispensary “inconsistent with profession of Christian to support Public Balls.”
BALL: King’s Head: Gents 6s 6d, Ladies 4s 6d; Stewards: Alfred Pierson, Esq, Messrs Sam
THEATRE to open Tuesday, 9 January
SHIPMEADOW HOUSE: Man Wanted as Superintendent of Labour & Wife as Schoolmistress.
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: Two Men 18 Months for counterfeiting money.
Richard Whincup cruelty to a Horse: 1 Year. 1st & last 14 days in Solitary Confinement.
LECTURE by Rev William Brock of Norwich at the Assembly Room on “Slavery under the
Apprenticeship System.” introduced by Rev Arnold of Ellough. “Studied systematic violation of Law
the Freedom of Slaves with indemnity & compensation to the Master. Petitions to both Houses signed
before 1 August, 1838.”
business: Garnham & Son, Silk Mercers, Beccles
SALE of FURNITURE: Robert Oswald to sell Furniture & noted Bay Pony “Joaker” of Mr Jepps,
who is leaving the White Lion, Beccles.
Stoves supplied and fixed by Mr Garratt of Leiston.
SALE at WORLINGHAM of Farm Stock of SG Lennym, deceased
Assault. 2 Years Sentence (2 months Solitary Confinement)
Charles Fiske, 17, Stealing Rabbit Traps. 1 Month Sentence. 1 week Solitary.
RACE at Beccles between horses of Pierson of Shadingfield, Newman of Beccles & White of
Walpole across country from the Mill at Shadingfield to the Mill at Beccles. Newman Won. 2nd
DINNER for 40 Members of Freestone’s Hunt at King’s Head. Metcalfe sings.
SHIPPING: Arrived 2 Goods, 1 Oats, 3 CoalsSailed 2 Goods
Stock, New Market. More than 1600 Lots. 9th & 19th May.
SALE: House with spacious Shop Front & Extensive Warehouse.
CREDITORS: Thomas Ayers, Whitesmith & Ironfounder assigns goods etc to WW Wimble & John
SALE: Thomas Ayers’s Whitesmith’s Shop & Ironfounder’s Shop.
General Shopkeeper. Robert Oswald.
to have Meat, Bread & Beer at their own houses, in proportion to the numbers in their Family. Public
Assembly Room when the Higher & Middle Classes will unite on the occasion.” . Gents 4s, Ladies
SHIPPING: Sailed: 1 Newcastle with Malt; 1 London with ale, grain, etc. 1 London with timber.
SALE: Premises (used as a Foundry) & Stock of Thomas Ayers, Iron & Brass Founder & Whitesmith
CORONATION in Beccles: The Morning was ushered in by pealing of Church Bells & the erection
of Triumphal arches, the principal Houses were decorated with evergreens and flowers. Loyal &
called forth a feeling of patriotic joy from all classes of the Inhabitants, which it was delightful to
witness. ... Bread etc to the Por .. Children of the National & other charity Schools regaled by Mrs
SALE of BOOKS: “Entire valuable Library mostly Divinity intrespersed with Standard Works on
sacred & profane history, Christian Biography, nearly 1500 volumes, To be sold by William
SALE of LIBRARY of late Rev Isaac Sloper, mainly Divinity, nearly 1500 books, at his late
Residence. [14 London Road]
by a Public Breakfast under the Patronage of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor & a Committee of Gentlemen
which was visited by upwards of 180 of the Gentry & Trade of the Town. In the evening a general
and were regaled with a plentiful supply of beef, bread & ale at their own homes & in the afternoon,
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles. Ann Mills, 11, Stealing money from WH Crowfoot. One Week’s
AUCTIONEER: George Crowe, Beccles, Auctioneer “resumes his licence”.
£10 added. Second Horse to save his share. Hurdle Race for Horses that have been Hunted with the
Freestone’s or Mr Jesse’s Hounds.
A Bridle each Day for Ponies under 13 Hands. Ball on First Night. Gents 6s, Ladies 4s. Tea & Coffee
included. Theatre open in Race Week.
PARTNERSHIP DISSOLVED: between John Crisp the yuonger, Robert Ulph, James Jermyn,
William Lenny & William Sewell (Crisp & Co). Debts received & paid by Richard Thornton the
SHIPPING: Arrived 1 from London with Goods; 1 from Newcastle with Coals & 3 others.
Sailed: 1 to London with Ale & Grain. 1 to Newcastle with Grain.
the purpose of making a Church Rate, when one of 2d in the £ was moved for and seconded, which
was opposed by Mr W Delf, who moved that the Meeting be adjourned for 12 months, seconded by
demanded and the Rate was ultimately carried.
SALE: House, Yard & Garden & Quay (140ft) within 50 yards of Beccles Bridge, on lease to Mr
EDUCATION: Suffolk Society for educating the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church has
under the immediate inspection of Clergymen.
Handicap. Theatre crowded to excess. Rural Gardens well attended
Grecian Brothers, Illuminations, Fireworks. “It is some years since the neighbourhood has enjoyed
such a Treat.”
Thornton & Co have disposed of vessels London & Lowestoft.
Beccles Shipping Company .. purchased Steam Tug. Vessel loads every Saturday at Gillingham
SALE: at Furniture Warehouse near Cross Keys, Hungate by Oswald.
SALE: Vinery (with 28 sashes) at Beccles: Pedgrift, Builder, Beccles.
Dalhias, Marigolds etc. Grapes, Melons, Pears, Apples, Plums, Currants etc.
Maplestone junior of Beccles is sole agent for Sale in Suffolk ... will always keep them at his
RACE MEETING, NOVEMBER: Match for £50
EARLY CLOSING: Linen Drapers & Silk Mercers of Beccles to close shops at 8 pm until 25
March,1839 “thereby rendering those young men in their employ a necessary & desirable relaxation
EDUCATION: LEMAN SCHOOL: Charles J Sayer, former Usher, elected Master of Sir John Leman
KENTWELL HALL (called Hart Logan) bought for his second son, aged 15, by Col Bence of
Thorington Hall for £85,000
2. Two Houses in Hungate (occupied Charles Copeman & Isaac Piper)
3. Five Cottages in or near Ballygate
EDUCATION: COWLES ACADEMY Articled Youth Wanted .. continue Classical Studies &
PRISONERS in GAOL in Beccles return thanks to Mayor & Town Council for a good Dinner & pint
James Jermyn of Beccles. Entered into own Recognizance to keep Peace for one Year.
George Lockwood for Stealing two £5 notes, silver, etc property of William Holdron.
BECCLES HORTICULTURAL Society: General Meeting of Subscribers 21 January at 12 noon at
EDUCATION: Miss Fuller will be happy to receive her Pupils on Wednesday 23rd of January.
limited number of Boarders who will be trained on Christian Principles. The English Department will
be conducted in conformity with the System of the Edinburgh Sessional Schools. French, Classics &
SHIPPING: Arrived: Sally Fisher from London with Goods; Janet Walls, Waters from Newcastle
CHURCH RATE: Beccles Dissenters (William Delf, John Crisp, Messrs Ward & Son, grocers, James
made by Minority, any defect in Assessments nullifies Rate. Dispensary not charged with Rate.
Debauchery & Wickedness etc.”
Agents for the Ipswich Journal: Beccles: Mr Grimwade.
SHIPPING: Arrived: Sally Fisher from London with Goods. Sailed Sarah Yallop for London with
Malt & Grain. Freedom, Boyce for Goole with Grain.
Vagrancy before Alfred Lillingstone, Esq, to be imprisoned 14 Days Hard Labour.
John Darby by Hugh Owen convicted of Refusing to Work in the Workhouse, Shipmeadow. 21 Days
BECCLES STEEPLECHASE will take place on 6 March. A handsome Silver Cup added to a
Messrs Freestone’s Harriers. To carry 12 Stone each. The distance not to exceed 4 miles. Gentlemen
Second Race open to any Horse to carry 11 Stone each (Sweepstake of 3 Gns) A winner of any
BECCLES & DISTRICT Disbursements:
Bridges & Roads Repairs of
80 - 0 - 0
120 - 0 - 0
Turnkey & Schoolmaster’ Salary
48 - 0 - 0
179 - 0 - 0
County Gaol proportion of Expenses
508 - 16 - 7
25 - 2 - 0
Clerk of the Peace, Fees, Bills & Charges
Clerks to Magistrates
168 - 6 - 6
21 - 12 - 2
Constables High Poundage for County & Asylum Rates
Lunatic Society, Proportion of expenses for Division
160 - 3 - 4
Prisoners apprehended & Conveying
111 - 18 - 4
5 - 0 - 0
Prosecution at Assizes
52 Processions at Assizes
578 - 8 - 0
Parliamentary Representation, expense of
10 - 10 - 0
85 - 18 - 11
31 - 19 - 4
0 - 0 - 0
Constables attending Magistrates
Extraordinary burying Shipwrecked Sailor
46 - 3 - 0
11 - 1 - 8
2778 - 5 - 8
SHIPPING: Arrived Squire, Lindsey, Ocean*, Stebbins* from London with Goods
ADVERTISEMENT: Robert ward, junior. Wine & Brandy Merchant. Sale & Agency for Sir Felix
AUDITORS: HWR Davey, Esq & Mr James Hall appointed Auditors & Mr Robert Crickmore & R
Ward jun Auditors for ensuing year.
William Myall by R Bohun, Mayor & FW Farr, Esq for stealing 4 Hens the Property of Honor Turner
SHIPPING: Arrived Sally, Fisher from London with Goods
Grain & Flour. Joseph & Mary Ann, Shaw in ballast
ARCHDEACON’S VISITATION: Ven Henry Berners, Archdeacon at Beccles for Deaneries of
SALE: BECCLES BREWERY of R Thornton: Valuable Carriage, Riding, Dray & Farming Horses,
Phaeton, Neat Gig, Drays, Trucks, Brew Waggons, Harness, Riding Saddles, etc to be Sold by John
trooing Horse, Nimrod; a clever Yorkshire Brown Cobb, fast in his paces, with superior action; Bay
Hackney Mare, in foal; useful grey Pony; 5 very powerful young Farming Horses;3 Dray ditto;
ditto,Cart Traice &Plough Harness.
on Monday 18 March at 12 o’clock “taking into consideration of erecting a new Bridge across part of
LOST DOG in Beccles on Tuesday 12th March a handsome liver coloured & white Setter answering
STEEPLECHASE: Account of First Steeplechase at Beccles, started at Castle Meadow owned by Mr
BANKRUPT: A fiat in Bankruptcy awarded and issued against Richard Thornton the younger of
Mancroft, Norwich at 11am & (at other times) including 7 May at the White Lion, Beccles - to make
a full disclosure of his estate.
COURT: Fred Aldous & Robert Jay stealing silver Table Spoon the property of George Fenn, jun of
Beccles. 6 Months imprisonment.
Thornton, on 23 April.
Modern &fashionable Household Furniture: Plate, Paintings, richly cut & plain Glass, Services of
& iron boilers, kettles & saucepans, etc. Paintings included 1 by Edwin Cooper, 4 by George Fenn,
etc. Live & dead farming stock: 3 Mares, 1 Gelding, waggon, etc. Excellent Phaeton.
SALE at BARSHAM: H Suckling: Farming Stock & Furniture.
Clissold, Clk: unlawfullt taken a Hare at night. 3 Months Hard Labour.
MAYOR’S DINNER: R Bohun, Mayor of Beccles dave sumptuous Dinner to the Aldermen & Town
Council of Beccles at his own Residence. A Party of Burgesses met the same evening at the White
JB Brooks elected to Town Council with Majority of 53.
BECCLES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY First Exhibition: Greenhouse Plants by W Delf, Esq
Yard in Puddingmoor: 40,000ft of Deals & Battens, Oak Plank & Coffin Boards. Mr Maplestone is
declining the Building Business. Catalogues from Mr Maplestone’s Counting House, Blyburgate
Only one Sunday Service.
BECCLES REGATTA. Monday 15 July
EDUCATION: Sir John Leman Endowed School: CJ Sayer, Master
EDUCATION: Miss Fuller’s School: Gentleman’s Walk, Beccles
Furniture, Ironmogery. 4 Days.
BECCLES EXHIBITION at the Assembly & Library Rooms. Admission 1s; Catalogue 6d
off the Church Porch. 9 & 12 Months Hard Labour respectively.
King’s Head. Sir T Goch in the Chair.
SALE: [NORTHGATE HOUSE] late Mrs Rhoda Howman: “Capital Family Residence” by Robert
in Gillingham) for Sale by B Rix
Only lost 6 Ducks”. Petition: 945 signatures against Proposal. Motion For carried 10 v 7. John
Rev Sir George Robinson retires as Chairman from Keltering Board of Guardians. - “Poor Law too
Christmas Day, buy raise no objection to “where it has been the invariable practice to distribute the
SALE of Property of William Oswald, deceased,
1. NORTHGATE [No 60]: Dwelling, Coach House, 2 stalled Stable etc, next to that of EP Montagu
A RANGE OF FOUR Substantial Brick Built & Tiled COTTAGES in the several occupations of the
Widow Goddeson, James Sterry, John Fisher, and James Fosdyke. Also a substantial BRICK
Now used as a Chapel ; abutting on Northgate-street, Beccles, with a garden at the front of the whole,
containing about 20 perches, admirably calculated for BUILDING GROUND Having a frontage of
butcher, & John Nicholas, hairdresser.
EDUCATION: Sir John Leman Endowed School: Young Gentlemen are instructed in the Latin &
Greek classes & French & the usual course of an English Education
BALL: Subscription Ball at Assembly Room on Tuesday, 21st of January. Ladies 5s, Gents 7s;
MENAGERIE: Wombell’s Royal Menagerie leaving Norwich. At Yarmouth, then Beccles
employed: never more peaceable than at present time, no attempt at disturbance of most trivial nature
have occurred for years: calendars of prisoners light, crime on decrease.
broken windows & conducted themseles in a disorderly manner at Shipmeadow. 21 days Hard
Mercer, Linen, Woollen Drapery, Haberdashery, Hosiery & Hats for 14 days.
QUEEN’S MARRIAGE: Meeting at Town Hall to arrange celebration of Queen’s Marriage. Bread,
MARRIAGE of QUEEN VICTORIA: Celebrations: Bells. Poor moving in all directions to the
Butchers, Bakers & Retail Beer Sellers for a due portion of the Beef, Bread & Beer allotted to them
Work suspended for the day. Bells, Guns. Mayor & Councillors parade to Assembly Room preceded
by the Band. Dinner for 200. 20 Toasts. Carefully avoiding any one likely to excite Religious or
RACES: Annual Steeplechase. Two Capital races, ground principally over Mr Newman’s Farm, Four
Miles, 46 Leaps, with four flights of hurdles, in the line. Tuesday 25 March; George Freestone,
CHIEF CONSTABLE: 22 Candidates. J Hatton of Meath Constabulary appointed.
non-payment of Church Rates. Summons served by Churchwardens. If the Rate is not quickly paid up
Solitary) for setting fire to a Stack at Spexhall
SHIPPING: London, Lowestoft, Norwich & Beccles Navigation, Meeting at Rampant Horse,
ADVERTISEMENT: Agents for Clutten’s Mackintosh Lustre or extra water repellant (for harness
etc): Beccles Agents: Norton & Steel
CHAPEL: Piece of Ground selected for building a small Chapel & forming new Burial Ground for
INSURANCE: Messrs T & E Buck appointed agents for Farmers & General Life & Fire, Beccles.
several years at John Bell’s, Oxford Street.
CHURCHWARDENS: Harvey & Garnham resign, Kerrison & Kerridge elected
SAILING MATCH: St Olave’s Bridge & Back. B Mills in Crickmer’s “Waveney” defeats R Darby
GAOL: Several Poachers to Beccles Gaol. Benjamin Hillen, incorrigible rogue & vagabond leaving
family chargeable to Parish. Fourth conviction for this. Hard Labour.
CORN LAWS: Mr Acland Lectures against Corn Laws at White Lion Bowling Green; 7.30 pm about
Dinner at Assembly Room, Rev C Clarke, Chairman. 120 Members & Friends.
CHURCH RATE: 3d in the £ needed. Vestry Meeting. WH Crowfoot proposes (to allay party
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: 15 Prizes to Cottagers.
Miles. 46 Leaps with 4 flights of Hurdles in the line.
Reaping on account of the greater expedition of Cutting the Crop, the less liability of the corn being
Cart Horses & best mode of applying manure in fermented or unfermented state.
Briestcha, 2 Phaetons with folding Seats, new Stanhopes, nearly new Tilbury, Sporting 7 other Gifs,
light secondhand Post Chaise, ditto Fly.
laid out in Barders’ Plyground. Tea & Refreshments for Parents & Friends: School Room decorated,
Company assemble, Half Yearly Prizes. Plate presented by Master ? Fletcher of Gravesend.
GAOL: John Copeman of Beccles, Pipe Maker, Commitments to House of Correction nearly every
Committee’s Barge, 2s as usual. JC Webster (Chairman)
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: Robert Edmonds, aged 12, of Halesworth, labourer. Stealing a
Benjamin Hillen, brazier of Beccles convicted as an “incorrigible rogue in having neglected to
maintain his family, by which neglect they have become chargeable to the Parish .. £159 - 18s -8d in
Mr Palmer asked for “increased punishment” because of frequent repetition of offence. 12 Months
& jumping over 50 Hurdles; which was done with ease within one hour. “We are sorry to say he was
FATAL ACCIDENT: On Friday Morning as “Hope” the Yarmouth COACH on its way to Bury on
off wheel runs against a wall, the Coach overturns, woman killed. Several of Jury wish to protest
SALE: BECCLES BREWERY ( Messrs Tacon)
CHURCH: DIOCESAN SOCIETY for the Propogation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts: Meetings ...
COURT: Two young Men, Carsey & Lovett to Prison. Charge of having the previous night destroyed
a Mare value £70, belonging to T & E Buck, while at Marsh, by cutting her throat ... may have
TURNPIKE: Little Yarmouth to Blythburgh. Assembly at King’s Head. EC Sharpin, cler to the
Haddiscoe & Gillingham £555; Brampton £160
Ordinaries, Rural Gardens, Theatre on Race Days. Every Carriage must pay 2s/6d at the Gate, Gigs
First Day: Town & Country Stakes & Welter Stakes. Second Day: Hanicap Stakes & Cocked Hat
Stakes of 3 Soverigns, each with £5 added by the Inn Keepers.
Vaulters & woderful poers of Tragedian Infant Roscius, Matre Raymond Thornhill only 5 years old.
Dress Boxes 2s/6d;
CONCERT: Grand Concert on Monday 21 September at 1 p.m. Donizetti, Pacini, Mozart & Rossini.
RACES: Man named Edwards, very intoxicated staggered in the way of a Carriage & was killed on
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Increasing number & superiority of Cottagers’ productions.
SALE of FURNITURE of B Mason of Horse & Groom, New Market. Oswald sells.
EDUCATION: Mrs Jannings removed from Geldeston to start School at Ashman’s Hall on 27
Thomas & Lady Gooch. Boxes 3s/6d; Pit 2s/; Gallery 1s/;
Concert at Theatre, Bungay
Miss Fisher, Misses H & S Fisher, Mr D Fisher
Circular gives Guardians to allow some Outdoor Relief, but only on conditions approved by
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles. Rural Police consist of : 1 Deputy Chief Constable, 2
During Quarter ended 31 December 130 Persons in Custody.
Visit of Gaol Reform: Beccles Gaol insufficient for carrying out plan proposed by Secretary of State
for silent & separate systems of punisment. Recommended that all Prisoners whose Punishments
SHIPPING: Arrived: 4;
EDUCATION: ASHMAN’S Establishment for the Education of Young Ladies. Mrs T Jannings
Baron Cotille de Cothe: German & Italian.
Harp: Madam Cotille de Cothe.
Care & attention to Religious Education.
TEMPERANCE: Account of Progress in Suffolk in “British Temperance Advocate” numbers weekly
increasing, particularly at Beccles, Buy, Harwich, Stowmarket etc.
CONSERVATIVE DINNER to Lord Henniker, MP & Sir Charles Broke Vere, MA at Assembly
Room, Beccles. Sir Thomas Gooch, Chairman. 7s 6d. [Report on 21 April]
CONSERVATIVE DINNER: Letter from MH of Beccles to Sir T Gooch:
“It has long been subject of complaint among Conservative Ladies of the East Division of Suffolk
they deem their Duty by attending Conservative Meetings.” She urges him to see to it & paper to
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: Measurements for alteruing, enlarging, repairing of Sessions
CONSERVATIVE DINNER REPORT: 400 Gents. Committee: FJ Leathes, F Farr, RC Bewicke, Dr
Whig Radicals & Dissenters
Sir T Gooch: “As long as Church & State are united I am persuaded that England will be a Happy
CONSERVATIVE DINNER: Sarcastic Account of Dinner at Beccles: especially attacks Sir Thomas
Gooch: “Nothing could be more miserably weak, dull & meagre than the Speeches & Toasts.”
Implements to Cottagers.
FARMERS’ CLUB: Second Annual Meeting Show of Horses: 140 Members. 200 present at Dinner.
Best fattened Bullock: George Fenn.
SALE: NORTHGATE: Mr Oswald to sell Mercantile Property of late Robert Crickmer, on 7 June
All that very highly desirable, old established and very valuable mercantile property, most eligibly
situated in Northgate, by the side of the River Waveney, comprising a most extensive and complete
150 chaldrons of coals, with malting offices and two malt kilns attached, in full trade, all most
substantially built and in good repair.
River Waveney, and 150 feet in length from the said street, with which it has an entirely open
communication for the conveyance of corn, coals and other merchandize.
deceased) with a good counting house adjoining.
whereof is under notice to quit at Old Michaelmas next) and a brick and tiled building used as a store
All frehold. Land Tax £2 12 0.
Free Rent to the Manor of Rosehall 2s 1d
Clarke (Prize for Bullock: Mr Fenn) Nearly 200 Members at Dinner
COMPETITION: Silver Cup presented by FW Farr, played for on Old Bowling Green. Won by
Edward Sutton, Gun maker, Beccles
ADVERTISEMENT: Beccles Wine Vaults: W Rogers (late Firm of Ward & Rogers)
SALE of BANKRUPT Charles Crickmay, Houses, Granary. Quay 140ft long.
MUSICIAN: David Fisher, junior, moves from Bungay to Norwich. Teaches singing, Violin & Piano
at Bungay, Beccles, Halesworth, Lowestoft, Palgrave, Fressingfield etc.
children aged 2 - 16 in Union Houses. Most had no near Relatives. Grim picture of some London
Houses where no instruction given & children had nthing to do.
the Visitation of the Archdeacon at Beccles by Rev Thomas Sworde of Thetford 1s.
& Miss Kerrick, The Mayor & Rev T Sherriffe. Howlet’s Band
£50, Feoffees also give £50.
DANCING: F Noverre to open Academy for Dancing at Assembly Room, at Beccles & Ashman’s on
CHURCH RATE: Several Dissenters summoned before Mayor of Beccles for refusing to pay Church
FARMERS’ CLUB: Metting at Beccles to fix Regulations & Prizes. Earl of Gosford Chairman.
SALE: Oswald to Sell at King’s Head: [Robert Neech, the Elder, bankrupt:]
Northgate near the Bridge occupied by John Rand, grocer, & Robert Mills. Annual Rent £17
Includes an excellent Dwelling House with neat cottage adjoining. On the east side of Northgate,
opposite Lot 1, with a capital brick-built 4 stable & 2 loose boxes, with a small garden & spacious
the yard & fronting the back street leading from the Bridge to the Red Lion Inn; now in several
occupations of Edward Hindes, veterinary surgeon, Charles Allen & Samuel Neech. aggregate rental
LOT 3. Cottage fronting Back Street leading from Bridge to Red Lion, occupied by Edward Hindes,
vet, Charles Allen & Sam Neech.
SALE of Estate of WM Atkinson, Bankrupt. (To Maltsters, Merchants & Capitalists) Postponement
of Sale until 2 May. JC Webster, Fiske & Clarke
of the Profession.
SALE of ATKINSON’S Property: Two Malting Offices with patent pumps & Furnaces & cement
breakfast, dining & drawing rooms, kitchen, store room, pantry, wash house, cellarage, 6 Bedrooms,
garden & his cottages adjoining.
SALE of STOCK: Sale of Bankrupt’s Stock: Mr Robert Martin, Blyburgate by Mr WBuck: Cabinet
Manufactured on the Premises. 4 Days’ Sale
Marshman on the Racecourse.
DENTIST: Jones Dentist at White Lion, Beccles, 11th of May. [next visit 8 June]
FARMING: Beccles Farming Club, 3rd Annual Meeting: In conjunction with Labourers’ Friendly
Society. Show of Stock. Display of sheep Shearing in which a youth of 18 showed great skill. 130
Health of Assembly. Charles Clarke, Chairman ... successful candidates of Labourers Friendly
Society, then introduced to receive their rewards - and a very pleasant scene, it was - men, women &
servitude, industry and good conduct had secured them, several of the men, their heads white with
age and bodies bent down with labour, yet with smiles on their countenances and gladness in their
John Macker of Rushmere, family of 11 no Poor Relief
Thomas Thrower Henstead, 42 years on one Farm
Ann Botwright, Ellough, 5 years Dairywoman
Maria Wright, Beccles, 19 & a half years Domstic Servant
£1 - 10s
£1 - 10s
Susan Mihil, Mother of 13 Children.
Benjamin Brown, Ringsfield, 84, still supporting himself by his own industry
Mary Ann Goodchild, under 12, eaned her Parents 9s 9d since last September knitting & sewing £1
TOWER WINDMILL [London Road] & House, occupied by Joseph Oldring onTurnpike Road from
CRICKET: Bungay Common
EDUCATION: Beccles Academy: Greek, Latin, French, Maths, Merchants’ Accounts, English
WANTED: Articled Pupil, not under 15 wanted for three or five years.
EDUCATION: Gentleman’s Walk, Beccles: Miss Fuller will be happy to receive her pupils on
Holmes, Francis, Suckling, Chandler, Sadd, Jermyn, Fiske, Steele, Laws, More, Pleasants
SALE: INGATE STREET Property:
[Nos 75 & 77] excellent Garden 1r 18p, Fruit Trees, Yard, Boarded & Tiled Cow House & other
LOT 2: Five Tenements (Principally brick & tile), Yard, adjoining Lot 1, occupied by William
Benns, Widow Flowers, Widow Balls, Widow Edwards, Samuel Westrup. Rent £18 - 13 - 8; Land
LOT 3: Two Brick & Tiled Tenements, with a Yard, adjoining Lot 2, occupied by Francis Bennett &
Jamie Barnett. Rent £8 - 10s
REPORT on SANITARY Conditions of Labouring Population of Great Britain: Letter from Mr
Crowfoot comparing Mortality in Beccles with system of Draiage begun 30 years before with Bungay
1 in 67
1 in 72
1 in 69
1 in 67
1821 to 1831
SALE: [No 1 BLYBURGATE] Centre of Town, Range of Sash Fronted Buildings on 19 August.
recently used by James Feltham, Boot & Shoe Maker
Yard & outbuildings, enclosed Garden. A considerable outlay in Repairs & Improvements recentl
WANTED: at Michaelmas: A Man & Woman without incumbrances. The woman to take the entire
Quarter with Board & Lodging. Mr Grimwade, Market Place, Becles.
VOTERS LIST revised at King’s Head Beccles
SALE of FURNITURE of late Mrs Postle of Ringsfield Parsonage
DIED Philip Benns of Wangford, Boot & Shoe Maker. Philip Colemn Benns will carry on business at
PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT Office Saxmundham. Full Length £2 - 2s; for each additional figure
FIRE at GILLINGHAM in Benjamin Brundell’s Farm. House etc Burnt down. Fire Engines from
Beccles attended promptly. Stacks & Furniture insured with Norwich Fire Union; The Premises the
CHURCH RATE: Big Attendance. 2d in the £ proposed by EC Sharpin, Seconded by C Dashwood.
John Garnham, Churchwarden for a number of years before the election of Mr Kerrison, moved No
the Rate 224. Against 169.
This is likely to provide another vote on 1 November when 3 out of 4 Councillors going out of office
weeks since attack on provisions as servants were carrying them to Dining Hall. Last week windows
of Day Room were damaged, wall partly destroyed, etc. Met by Governor who assured them
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Men refuse to quit the Hall without more Food, but afterwards
glass, lead or iron bars remain. Six of them sent to Beccles Gaol.
£36 which was made good by Insurance.
men who attempted to Fire Shipmeadow Workhouse about a month since has had the desired effect.
At the beginning of this Year there are again Riots at Shipmeadow and on 13th January am
Trouble. A Policeman had been wounde in the face with a brick, floors were ripped up and a wall
broken through. The women had broken every pane of glass in the rooms and bunt the chairs, forms
cause of the disturbance.
RIOT at SHIMEADOW: Three men threatened the Life of the House Constable. The Governor came
inmates. They retired. Police went to Halesworth. On Saturday morning Haleworth Superintendent
with 11 men went to the House. Found men & women had broken all the windows in Wards & men
Police used truncheons. Dr Owen, EP Montagu, JPs, arrive. 12 Months to Beccles Gaol. Assistant
Commissioner expected. Scarcity of Food.
attend the Meeting. Present the Report I (Scott) had drawn up with the help of the Committee
appointed. Sir JW Waltham & several Guardians speak. The examination of the Officers turns much
recommended to resign.
FARMERS’ CLUB PLOUGHING MATCH on Friday 12th May at Mr Newman’s (The Castle) 15
Competitors. Best Ploughman: James Cutler, Servant to Mr Sadd, Shadingfield. Many Prizes.
QUARTER SESSIONS: at Beccles: Letter from Sir Thomas Gooch, retiring after 50 Years.
RACES: Pesence of a Party ofOfficers of the Scot’s Grays enlivened the scene in a dashing four in
RESCUED: As a Party of Ladies & Gents coming up the River intending to land near the Bridge after
an afternoon’s excursion, one of the party, Miss Everett of Corton injudiciously leaned over the Boat
no swimmer) sprang into the stream & succeeded in landing her on a barge.... she recovered.
CRICKET: Return Match, Beccles v Bungay
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETIES: Ploughing Competition at Central Suffolk Agricultural
42 & 36
DROWNING in the River: Son of Hindes, boot & shoe maker playing by the River, fell in. [He lived
at 10 Saltgate.
They were opposd by Mr Jones, the would-be councillor of last year. This time he was in amuch
BECCLES NAVIGATION: Waveney overflowed again (frequently of late): water flowing in New
Cut towards Reedham met by flowing tide from Yarmouth. Remedy: Sluice Gate at Oulton Dyke for
only 6 could read and write.
CHRISTIN KNOWLEDGE: The Chaplain of Taunton Gaol stated that during the last three years “no
LIGHTING: Reminiscences: Then - O Wonder of Wonders! - came gas, and the whole town was
few and far between from iron brackets, were replaced by rows of iron columns, from the top of
which shone the steady & brilliant blaze of the new light. New shop fronts with vast panes of glass
admiring beholders. - Then later a water tower was built. - Filthy lanes were cleaned, levelled &
MAGISTRATES COURT: Sarah & Mary-Ann Fairweather fined 5s/- each & costs: drunk &
INCENDIARISM in Essex, Norfolk & Cambridgeshire.
Dinner Provisions (beef puddings) of which they took possession. The Governor, assisted attempted
to take three into custody, prevented by others... abusive language ... He went to Bungay & returned
Fitzgerald at Haleswoth & asked for more force. Eleven Policemen go on Saturday morning, found
all windows & doors of Wards broken. Men were breaking down brick wall between Wards, had
committed to Beccles Gaol. Special Guardians Meeting. Sir J Walsham, Assistant Commissioner,
present. Reporter not allowed to attend.
elsewhere) well selected books to be provided ... Disturbed State seems chiefly to have arisen from
too great facility of communication between able-bodied men & able-bodied women.
SALE of EFFECTS of Rev Harvey Taylor for his Widow. Greek & Latin Classics, Dictionary of
Painters (Bryan), History, Shakespeare, Teniers : “Card Players” & “Waggon & Horses” by Breughel
COCK FIGHTING: Petty Sessions: A conviction (20s Fine with costs) for “allowing Cogk Fighting
on his Premises last month.” Where?
bodied Men in the House, not one married. Farmers employ the married men & drive the single into
in contracting needless marriages.”
drying sheds, lofts, paint shop. Quarter of an acre. Lucrative concern conducted therein in Trades of
MAGISTRATES COURT: 1.) Robert Ayres, whitesmith: 5s & costs, drunkenness. 2.) John Ward,
shoemaker, running away & leaving wife & family chargeable to Parish. 1 Month Hard Labour.
FIRES at Melford, Rickinghall, Milenhall, Clare Ipswich.
FIRES at Swathsfield Hall, Gislingham, Hitcham, Churchford Hall Chapel.
demon? Search the black catalogue of the last fifty years & what do we behold? The foulest acts of
robbery & oppression perpetrated by the Rich against the Poor. Their vested interests have oneby one
their reward consists in the Poor Law Bill with its Starvation tests and Separation.”
MENTION: George Stacy, Norwich House. Articles supplied by Messrs Chamberlin in November.
661 in the Afternoon. 10th Day on which he held Confirmations., nearly 11,000 people: Bungay 293,
Beccles 315 (several places over 400)
Bidding reaches £500. Bought in at Reserve of £700.
FARMERS’ CLUB & LABOURERS Friendly Society AGM; Ploughing Match for Hundred of
Acheson in Chair. 20 deserving Labourers & Servants introduced & received Awards.
occupied by Hannah Watling, proprietor.
RAILWAY: Diss, Beccles &Yarmouth Railway registered provisionally.
Fisher: Boxes, Pit, Orchestra Stage & Gallery all gone. Doine by M Pells, now one large Room 63 x
RAILWAY LINES: Meeting at Public Hall, Beccles on possible Railway Lines. Capt Moorsom &
Cowles Academy “near which spot the Station will be erected.”
seeing that on the Sabbath the Poor in your Neighbourhood attend at least once at Divine Service ...
the Rising Generation the great principles of Religion, it will be in vain to expect them to grow up
SALE: Will be sold by Auction (under a power of Sale) All those substantial Brick & Tile Built
Dwelling House containing sitting rooms, kitchen, store room, pantry, cellar, washhouse & 5 airy
washhouse, pantry and cellar. also
NEWLY ERECTED BREWHOUSE with tun & store rooms, capital 186 gallon copper, beer cooler,
AND an excellent Malting House adjoining with a twenty-coomb steep, malt kiln & floor complete &
dry malt store room.
other convenient outbuildings & spacious yard with a quay next the River Waveney of about 140ft in
extent & within 50 yards of Beccles Bridge.
water is drawn by a capital force pump, which is nearly new.
The Auctioneer begs most respectfully to invite the attention of Brewers, Maltsters, messuage &
bankrupt to Samuel Emms Atkinson
SALE of EARL of GOSFORD’S Estate: 3,000 acres
Carlisle, Coadjucator with Mrs Fry etc.. Rev G Wright presides. Mr Smith Secretary. 220 Members,
Next Day: Annual Treat of Juvenile Society.
Crimes in Division in 1845:
Three for 6 months Hard Labour. “Court was crowded”.
YARMOUTH HERRINGS: Record Herring Catches in one day. 500 Lasts (each 13,200) =
AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION elsewhere in Suffolk (Hitcham) . Rev Knatchbull “had never
before known the Poor so badly off as they are now.” Wages 10s a week; flour 2s/6d a stone. Urged
SALE of MANSION: (Mrs Smith, widow of Jeremiah Smith), New Market. Walled-in Garden (fruit
Trees, flowers & shrubs) Vinery 40ft x 12ft. 3 Stalled Stable & Coach House, Dining, Drawing &
Brewhouse, spacious wine, beer & coal Cellars.
COURT: Cases at Beccles against Isaac Piper, tailor; Thomas Delf, draper; John Mayhew, draper;
Shops so as to obstruct or incommode the passing the passing the Footpath. Case against Piper &
Delf dropped. Mayhew: Legal advice to be sought.
CORN EXCHANGE opened, Orchestra Plays.
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: Two young Lowestoft men in affray with Police. Acquitted.
SALE of TIMBER: at Ashman’s. George Fenn to sell 400 oak & Larch & Fir Trees.
SALE: NORTHGATE: George Fenn to sell premises of Dan Smith, Currier, deceased. House,
RAILWAY: Waveney Valley: Diss, Beccles, Yarmouth Railway. Those who oppose should contact
Richard Ferrier, Burgh Castle & give Reasons for opposing.
SALE of WINDMILL: Post Windmill, erected by the present Proprietor & occupier, Joseph
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: John Riches, Labourer, stolen 100 pieces of Faggot wood valued
SALE: PUDDINGMOOR: House & Market Garden of late William Bradnum, Gardener,
SALE of NORTH COVE HALl & Estate 9about 400 acres)
who had emigrated to Canada.
HANGING: Account of Hanging at Norwich of Samuel Yorkham of Yarmouth. A long account of
his life & crimes. Market Day & Fair Time. Immense crowds in front of the Castle. From Yarmouth
LETTING of MARSHES: Grazing Marshes to be Let. Lots of 3 to 9 acres. 270 acres.
INSURANCE: Sun Life Assurance. Beccles Agent: RW Clarke.
On Mondays & Wednesdays 7.30 am; Saturdays 6.30 am (for Norwich Market) & in time for London
Fast Trains. Return after arrival of 11.30 down Train from London.
RACES CONTROVERSY: Meeting at Town Hall to consider the proprietory of continuing the
Races. Most support them “a few, on grounds of Morality opposed.” Show of Hands; Favour
ADVERTISEMENT: Garnham & Holmes, Silk Mercers & general Drapers: Vacancy for experienced
Lady to wait in Shop & Millinery Show Room. “Preference will be given to one of the Established
COACH: from Norwich etc & Beccles to Ipswich Station daily except Sundays.
ADVERTISEMENT MEETING: Ramoneur Association at Town Hall. WE Crowfoot, the Mayor, in
Company not merely a Benevolent Institution fo the suppression of the Chiney Sweep system, but a
RACES at Beccles: Thursday & Friday 3 & 4 September.
at 5 The Walk] (declining Housekeeping) Inconvenience to Inhabitants of Beccles.
THE MAIL: Alterations: There are now 2 days Post distance from all parts of Norfolk and Suffolk,
COACH: (Large illustrated Advertisement) Coaches from Norwich etc & Beccles to Ipswich Station,
daily except Sundays.
QUARTER SESSIONS: Kerrick repeats points about Church Attendance - “Vigilant attendance to
comfort, cleanliness & even appearance of labourers, Cottages & Gardens.”
“The paramount Duty incumbent on every employer to see that his Servants attend a Place of
Worship at least once every Sabbath Day. How can we expect that those who do not fear God, will
Next in importance, promoting Religious Education of those around you, especially the Young.
Vigilant attention to the Comfort, Cleanliness and even appearance of the Labourers’ Cottages.”
The first and last of these solitary.
EDUCATION: Ladies Boarding School, London Road. Miss Delf.
Fuller [5 The Walk]
Ellingham Locks Frolick.
Willow. Proprietor, Stephen Bartram of Beccles, who has taken the Wounded Hart Inn at St Peter’s,
Norwich & declines the Timber Trade. Part of Sale on Green near Gillingham Tollgate, the rest near
SALE by Fenn: House & Shop near Corn Exchange occupied by I Ward, tailor & hatter, owned by
Zaccharia Bullen “Estate Agent”, Ingate Lodge.
Innkeepers. (Pemberton, Theobald, Oswald, Able) Hunters’ Stakes 2 Sovereigns & £15 (Davey,
SALE at St MARY’S, BALLYGATE: William Delf leaving Town. 50 fine Paintings, series of sepia
Sherry, White Hermitage, Burgundy etc. Pleasure & Fishing Boat, etc.
TEMPERANCE ANNIVERSARY: 6th Festival at Corn Exchange. WR Sharpin, Chairman. 200 at
EDUCATION: Fauconberge School: Headmaster Rev HN Burrows, MA
BUNGAY HIRING FAIR for SERVANTS: “ We protest against this annual Custom of bringing
with every inducement to Licentousness & debauchry. We earnestly hope to have such scenes
numbered among the exploded customs of a bygone age.
Stewart & his Congregation at Vance in Essex. He had made alterations, including the “dressing-up
of the Altar, pn which were placed a Cross, Candles & Candlesticks, & Vases containing bouquets of
themselves from attendance at Public Worship.” The Bishop of Rochester goes to the Verger &
orders the immediate removal of Cross, Candlesticks, Vases & Flowers.
daily at 7.45 am, arrives Haughey Road Station in time for Trains to London, Bury at 12.7; Returns
Rations & keep Kitchen Accounts.
TURNPIKE: Little Yarmouth Turnpike Trust AGM in King’s Head, Beccles. Ec Sharpin, Clerk to
SETTLEMENT ACT: Meeting at Town Hall, Mayor in Chair, to petition against “New Settlement
Act”. Ill effect. Last Quarter Poor Rate nearly doubled.
1. Five Cottages in Goose Green Lane.
3. House in Smallgate (Hannah Holland, Shopkeeper.)
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: DISORDER: Male, married Paupers (about 70 of them) forced
toSurrender. Three Ringleaders. But extra Police arive: Door battered in. Three Men Arrested: 14
Days Hard Labour.
Cleveland, Vet: Docking a Mare, Splaying a small Spaniel Bitch etc.
QUARTER SESSIONS: Charles Jessup, aged 16, stealing 7 carrots. (previous conviction) 8 Months
James Liffen, 40, stealing iron Rabbit trap. 1 month Hard Labour.
COURT: Case of Illegal Manslaughter of Sam Pillar of Beccles by Suckling Hunt, fishmonger, near
SALE of TREES: Oswald & Fenn to sell by Auction under Direction of Corporation of Beccles:
17 Poplar Trees, 20 Willows, 250 Ash, WElm, Beech, Larch, Scotch Fir etc.
ADVERTISEMENT: Norwich House New Market. GG Stacey (from H Chamberlin Sons & Co).
The Show Rooms will be opened Saturday 17th April with an extreme variety of Novelties direct
WEALTHY PAUPER. Story of Wealthy Pauper at Shipmeadow Workhouse.
FARMERS CLUB AGM: Small show of Stock. “In fact it could hardly be called one” Few
THEFT: James & Sam Cosey, Watermen, committed for Trial forStealing 2 Stone of Flour, the
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Account of Finances (full). Number of Paupers relieved: 1992
Population of Paupers to Population 12.75 in Towns & 17 in Villages.
recommends alternative to cost £20.
MEDICAL MEETING: Suffolk Branch Meeting of Provincial Medical & Surgeons’ Association.
BECCLES RACES: Tuesday & Wednesday 7th & 8th of September.
BECCLES RACES: 7 & 8 September: “No Gambling Booths, Horse Riders or Shows of any
& FW Farr.
EMIGRATING: SALE at Beccles: All Furniture & Stock in Trade of R Morris who is leaving for
SALE of STOCK & FURNITURE: of Wine Merchant of C Chevalier “Who relinqueshes his
Concern in Beccles” Excellent Stanhope, neat Sporting Cart, useful DrayCart, Bay Gelding & Wine
CORN MARKET. Attention of Beccles Corn Market: Henceforth Corn Exchange on Friday instead
sending Juveniles to Gaol for Trial. Alteration for conversion to Silent System carried through. Night
Watch & five Day Wardens appointed at 16s a week each. Cook’s Salary now £25 16s.
Saturday at 8.30 am. Fox & Hounds, Loddon 9.30. Trowse Station in time for 11 am Train to
meeting 11 o,clock down Train at Trowse Station.
BUSINESS: Sam Haward’s Business as Stone, Brick & Tile Merchant taken by Sam Stearn in Bridge
BALL: Subscription Assembly on Friday, 28 January. ES Gooch, WJ Crowfoot, HS Farr, C
Chevallier (Stewards) Howlett’s Band. Ladies 5/-, Gents 7/-. Tickets at Mr Allen, King’s Head &
BUNGAY NAVIGATION TONTINE in 210 Shares of £100 each. (The Deposit which will be
required will be returned in full, without any deduction whatever, should the required number of
Mr Butcher begs to announce to the Public his intention of Disposing of, by means of a Tontine, that
Right of levying a Toll of 1s/6d per Ton upon all Goods conveyed in Vessels along the River
Parliament. The Average number of Tons upon which Toll has been taken during the last ten years is
Besides these Tolls, the Property comprises, at the Head of the Navigation at Bungay, a capital
Mansion House and Garden, extensive Malting Offices,Lime Kiln, Cinder Oven, Warehouses,
House and about 10 acres of Good Meadow Land.
ALSO a newly-erected Dwelling House, at the Lower Locks. There are also Wharfs & Yards
Century, in connection with the Navigation; from 5,000 to 6,000 Tons of Coals being annually sold
unexpired at Lady Day next) at the Rent of £1,300 pa.
The Tontine will consist of 210 Shares of £100 each: the holder of each Share will nominate a Life in
The Rental f the Property will immediately pay the Shareholders 5% upon the subscribed capital and
leave a surplus of £250 pa. The interest which each Shareholder will receive, will not, therefore be
number of Shareholders diminish by the death of their nominees; and whilst each Shareholder has the
chance by survivorship of enjoying a rapidly increasing income, and of eventually obtaining
Insuring the Life of his Nominee.
proprietor. Unlike all other Companies, no further call can be made upon the Shareholders, nor can
The advantages attending on this method of investing Capital, having long been known and
Public Improvement, or Undertaking, in which the Capital required has been too much to be risked by
present proposal no such uncertainty prevails, as there is already an ample revenue for immediate
Applications for Shares will be received up to the 6th Day of April next, when the list will be finally
closed. Prospectuses may be obtained from, and application for Shares made to Messrs Reynolds &
Street, London; Messrs Morgans’, Stockbrokers, Norwich; or Mr Butcher, Auctioneer, Norwich.
[Mr Butcher of Geldeston, merchant, went Bankrupt 8 March, 1864. was it the same man?]
Sold by Auction by Mr Oswald on Monday, the 6th March, 1848, at the King’s Head, Beccles, at
Five o’clock, by direction of Trustees for Sale, without Reserve & with Immediate Possession. The
repair, and in Full Trade.
ALSO the convenient and comfortable Dwelling House, Stable, Out-buildings, Cottage, Garden, and
Messrs Bohun & Rix, solicitors, or the Auctioneer, Beccles.
CREDITORS: James Thirtle, grocer, tea dealer, draper, etc Sale of Stock in premises near Town Hall.
SALE of TREES: Sale of Ornamental Trees & Shrubs at the Nursery. George Fenn, Auctioneer.
EDUCATION: Ladies School, New Market. Miss Sayer. Vacancies for 2 Pupils & one Articled
NUISANCE ACT: Authorities appointed under Act. Sit daily in the Council Room. Alteration to
Dinner at King’s Head. “Many a Bumper for Success to Market of Old Beccles.”
THE POOR: Coals at Beccles to the Poor at 6d per cwt.
SALE of STOCK: Oswald to sell at Beccles Stock etc ofJB Brooks, upholsterer & Furniture Dealer.
1. Cutting, Schoolmaster & Turnkey, resigns. Age. Pension: two thirds of Successor’s Salary. New
2. Surgeon, William Crowfoot succeeds late William Henchman Crowfoot. Tribute paid.
MALT TAX: Meeting in Town Hall on Repeal of the Malt Tax. John Garden (Chairman), Dowson, J
Crisp, Dr Crowfoot, C Gibson, F Skoulding. Petition to Lord Rendlesham.
£3. Two men remanded.
PRESENTATION by Beccles Congregational Church to Mr & Mrs Corbyn of a Silver Basket valued
SALE: near BRIDGE STREET: George Fenn to sell Residence close to Beccles Bridge: Stables,
Coach House, Walled-in Garden etc, now occupied by Mr C Hursthouse & his undertenants.
FARMING: Hay Making commenced, but uncertain Weather.
TWO SAILING BOATS launched from Wright’s Building Yard.
Mayor’s Barge. (HS Farr). Two Days. Amusements at Apollo Gardens (Harvey’s White Lion).
SALE of WORLINGHAM ESTATE:
by Luncheon & Ale & Invitation Ball at Assembly Room.
The CHOLERA epidemic that has ravaged the British Isles for the past year, taking as many as 2,000
lives a week, has reached a terrible peak [in November]. In London alone the disease has killed
assumed draconian powers to clean up the country, ordering medical officers and borough Surveyors
“cleanse, whitewash or otherwise purify their homes.”
The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Ald. WJ Crowfoot, MD, Ald WE Crowfoot, Councillors: Steel, Fenn,
Flower, Rev Wright.
if any fresh cases occur in the Borough that they be sent there immediately.
Orders re nuisances in Puddingmoor & Goose Green Lane (drains or cesspools to be covered or
MEETING 27 August: Committee of National School to be applied to for use of School Room as a
receptacle for healthy portion of Families affected by Cholera.
wheat straw from Mr Leavold.
MEETING 28 August: Natiuonal School Committee granted use of Schoolroom. Law’s family to be
another room to separate it from other patients.
Committee to assist Dr Peskett in obtaining nurses: Mayor, Dr Crowfoot, J Garnham.
NOTICE issued 11 October 1848: “Borough of Beccles: The arrival of Chlera on the British shores
valuable for guarding against the approach or mitigating the severity of so formidable calamity.
These precautions are: - cleanliness - Care in Diet - Temperance - warm clothing - and attention to
them to be taken that they would be replaced.
William Reynolds’ House in Swine’s Green to be thoroughly cleansed & the muck heap removed
keep their Slaughter Houses & more especially “certain Tanks or Pits wherein blood & offal is kept
for feeding pigs in a cleaner state. The Committee consider they required to be more frequently
Nichols ordered to take necessary steps to have those houses cleansed & purified where disease has
taken place. T Woodroffe to cover Privy in Puddingmoor, Also Benjamin Bexfield in Puddingmoor.
intervals be takn up to cleanse the grate.
MEETING 31 August: Surveyor of Beccles Highways to carry the Drain or gully in Peddar’s Lane
Ravensmere, or Bridge Street and in Newgate as soon as pipes can be obtained for the purpose.
William Delf to fill up cesspool in his garden near St Ann’s Bridge in Ingate.
clean gullies & remove muck form premises in London Road. Mrs Mills to clean out Pig sty on
Premise in Blyburgate. Denny Wade to clean gutter. William Tacon to cover Privy on premises
Blyburgate, also premises occupied by Samuel Rushmer in Goose Green Lane.
John Nichols to destroy bedding of Law whose family has been afflicted with Cholera “as the same is
MEETING 3 September: Paving Committee to lay Drain Pipes from Puddingmoor to the River by the
Committee view offensive privy & muck bin on premises of Mrs Ives occupied by Money Doy &
others in or near Newgate. Both to be removed as soon as possible.
Guardians are authorised to disallow expenses for coffins ordered to be made in cases of emergency
(by a person not the contractor to the Guardians) for such persons are either Paupers or incapable of
Ravensmere premises occupied by Thomas Balls
MEETING 7 September: Paving Committee to put down Stench Traps in Bridge Street near John
Paving Committee to lay pipes for main sewer from Mr Oswald’s to Mr Burwood’s.
Atkins to empty privy in Northgate. Mrs R Meachem to carry drain on her premises occupied Atkins
& others under ground to main sewer. John Lay the same & Slaughter House.
MEETING September 8: Nurse who had attended Cholera Patients to be paid at 10s a week from
Dr Crowfoot to ask Miss Howman to supply Laws family with clothing, bedding etc in lieu of those
destroyed by order: Payment frm Funds:
children’s frocks, 1 feather pillow. 2 pillow cases, 2 counter-panes, 2 blankets, 2 stra mattresses, 1
feather bed, 2 straw beds.
underground to main sewer “as soon as the same is laid down.”
MEETING 10 September: Surveyor of Beccles Highways to carry two foul & offensive gutters in
offensive cesspool in his Garden in Ingate.
List of names of all persons who have had notices served upon them “to enable Cone & Nicholds to
MEETING 11 September: Town Clerk to write to Sir E Lacon to carry drain on premises occupied by
Privy in Puddingmoor beloning to premises occupied by William Barber & others to be emptied.
scavengers and send it to the Chairman of the Paving Committee with request that he will call the
Other Notices. One to William Suggate to cover privy premises Peddar’s Lane occupied by John
Stratford & others.
members of families with cholera.
Mayor requested to call a special meeting of the Corporation on Tuesday 18th at 7 pm to consider
MEETING 13 September: Cone to get someone to empty privy in Puddingmoor premises occupied
by Wiliam Barber’s Mother
attending upon persons at School Room.
Clerk to collect all bills incurred by Medical Board for Chairman to report on amount expended.
Cholera patients. Vote of thanks to Miss Howman “for her kindness in allowing the use of her cottage
for Cholera patients & for her general attention to the Poor during the late epidemic.”
Expenses of summons against Benjamin Bexfield to be paid by Medical Board.
Two notices to FW Farr, one to T Delf & several others.
attendance upon the Poor during the late epidemic.”
sewer can be laid down.
MEETING 18 September: Sam Steel to cover privy premises in Horse & Groom Lane near New
occupied by Dr Peskett into main sewer. HS Davey the same, to premises Old Market to main sewer.
John Crisp the same.
proper & efficient means to be adopted for better drainage of the Town & removal of existing
MEETING 1 October: Fenn to empty privy premises occupied by John Martin & others in Fen Lane
Nickolds to inform members of board of important business at next meeting.
& produced at next meeting: then consider having them printed & distributed to each householder.
Dashwood, Dr Peskett, Owen, Flower, Wright.
Two shillings Abraham Clarke for 2 cwt of coal ordered for Assembly Room when used for Cholera
MEETING 15 October: 25s to Laws for pillows etc destroyed.
MEETING 22 October: £5 to Dr Peskett “as a gratituity to his indefatigable exertions in attendance
Votes of thanks to Drs WE Crowfoot & HWR Davey & to Dr Crowfoot, Chairman of Board.
SUMMARY: August 25 to September 19th: Daily Meetigs except Sundays. 5 more meetings till 22
Few attendances: Dr Owen, Steel, Barker & DashwoodNumber of Orders: over 80.
Notices to Members of Board: Steel, Dashwood, HS Davy & Garnham (1 each)
also died. On Sunday, another person, named Holmes, in Respectable circumstances, died. On
Tuesday Evening the corpse of another child (Laws) hurried on the bier by two men to its last resting
CHOLERA at Lowestoft. 7 patients brought ashore from vessels passing northwards. 3 Cases, all
fatal, in town.
NEWSPAPER OFFICE of Norfolk News & Norfolk Chronicle: Beccles Agent: Steel
LECTURES at Bungay by J Flower of Beccles
discovery of a Child in a piece of watering in the Garden of Rev T Hickman. Inquest at the King’s
Head. Hannah Watkinson, living with the family committed for Trial. Young Man Yallop suspected
forthcoming Assizes are looked forward to with great interest.
BECCLES & BUNGAY NAVIGATION: EP Montagu one of Committee of Four: Recommnds new
MILL on FEN: Tenders for Repair of Marsh Mill from Millwrights. To George Fenn.
CONCERT in Corn Exchange. 300 Audience. Corbyns etc.
FARMERS’ CLUB: AGM: Ploughing Match at Castle Farm.
Thornton’s Brewery) collapses. Entire Gable ends, floors destroyed. Many Hundreds of Coombs of
EDUCATION: DIED: Mrs Emily Crisp, aged 68, formerly Mistrress of a Preparatory School at
EDUCATION: Miss Sayer: Establishment for young Gentlemen, Northgate.
PEDESTRIAN: John Brett, the celebrated Pedestrian, on Saturday last manfully completed the
of August, Starting from the Angel & passing through the Market to the Fleece ... on Saturday he
appeared little distressed & finished amidst shouts of many hundreds of spectators.
ELECTIONS: Excitement on Friday at the Municipal Elections “Strong opposition to re-election of 4
Retiring Councillors. JB Corbyn, W Garnham, George Fenn & Thomas Barker.” Three new
days before the election.”
Lenny 289, Fenn 283, Thompson 238, Thornton 228, Corbyn 181, Garnham 157, Barker 138.
his re-election, the others did not.
order of burgesses, who were only too happy to regale themselves at the expense of those who were
especially Dissenters, voted in direct opposition to their professions ... lists to be published.
EDUCATION: Beccles Academy: Mr Cowles announces “association” with him of his son, William
French by resident Master.
RAILWAY: SM Peto visits Beccles to consider the site for the STATION of proposed Railway:
DANCING: F Noverre at Beccles on Thursdays
Halesworth. 300 present. Mr & Mrs Corbyn’s efforts.
EDUCATION: Fauconberge School: Rev HW Burrows, Head Master; & Henry Boyce, late Scholar
Holidays end 3rd of February.
sprinkling of the fair sex) Great Religious Movement of the Day: Separation of Church & State.
DIED: Inquest on William Allen of King’s Head. Died from Apoplexy.
GURNEYS BANK nearly set on fire from escape of Gas, discovered by Mr Hayward, cabinet maker.
Able bodied men
Partially disabled men
Able bodied women
Children under 16
GEORGE FENN, Auctioneer, Valuer & Accountant of Beccles takes John Maplestone into
Partnership. Office at Fenn’s House.
SALE of FURNITURE etc at ASHMAN’S by Maplestone of George Fenn’s Firm. Captain Wilson’s
Phaeton, Horses etc (He is leaving England)
Society. April 10th. 1/-
Labourer with wife & 3 Children “living on 7/s a week., says it must be an extreme” Says “Eight
good Stone of Flour a day, for his work, for by paying less will get “the grumbler’s Stroke,” instead
over from the Miller’s to buy clohes, a little meat and pay rent and it is not enough “to enable them to
give you muscular exertion for your money, and to keep them Harvest.” Allows for no extras -- beer,
Says “farming, just now does not pay,”, but says nothing can be gained by paying Labouours less.
Low Wages bring rioting and he suggests that “If these Free Trade Times” “grind us don’t let us
“But in every good thing that a glad earth gives man for his Toil & Trouble”.
BUNGAY COMPLAINT: The Streets: A long time general complaint of the unruly behaviour of a
annoy every respectable person who passes them ...
SALE by William Spelman for John Crisp of Maltings, Coal Bin, Granaries etc ... also Residence
EDUCATION: Fauconberge School Prize Giving: Among the speeches the (Greek) impersonation of
“Virginia” by Rix, elicited the warmest applause. Captain of the School Whitting carried off prizes fo
BUNGAY: Foundation Stone of Bungay Baptist Chapel laid by Rev George Wright of Beccles.
SALE at Fox & Hounds by James Crisp for James Lawes, who quits the House: 2 Stacks of Hay,
cutter, Hogs troughs, Furniture.
INSURANCE: General Fire &Life Insurance Co:
INSURANCE: County Fire: JB Brooks
BALL: Yeomanry Ball, Patronage of ES Gooch, MP.
FARMERS’ CLUB: Hon Sec. Geoge Fenn. “opinion of the Meeting that Mr Mechis’ Balance Sheet
is exceedingly unsatisfactory.”
Smith “soon after daybreak every Street & House became ornamented with evergreens, Triumphal
Arches & Flags. Nine Carriages to church. 40 at Breakfast. Entertainment for Tradespeople at King’s
illuminated mottoes suitable for the happy occasion.”
ADVERTISEMENT: Burstal, grocer
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Numbers in February each Year:
BECCLES LIBRARY & Scientific Institute: Series of Lectures. Funds at very low ebb. Library of
FIRE etc: The seat of Lady Olivia Sparrow of Brampton was on Saturday the 21st of February, the
occupancy of Mr G Rampley, which rapidly extended over a large range of Buildings and the Straw
brought in for lambing, and a quantity of neat Stock & Pigs. Before these could be rescued the fire
sheep were burned to death, besides 26 so much injured as to be necessarily killed in the maiming,
and to be worth little or nothing.
prudence, been stacked in various places on the Farm, but the chief part of 45 quarters of threshed
Wheat in the Barn and about 60 quarters of beans in a stack adjoining the sheep-yard were destryed.
Sparrow, were wantonly cut down and damaged. It is difficult to conceive how such an outrage could
be committed upon the property of a lady whose bounty is extended to all within her reach. Besides
efficient Schools maintained at her Ladyship’s expense, for children of all ages, many of whom are
also clothed by her, there is an Infirmary for the Sick, and Lodging Houses for Old age.
EDUCATION: FAUCONBERGE SCHOOL: Resignation of Burrows through ill Health. School ... to
property & .... Petition Nominators present payment of 10 Gns (plus 4 Gns for French) should be
FANNY KEMBLE READINGS at Beccles from Mid Summer Night’s Dream. in the Assembly
Room. Seats: 4/- Reserved; Gallery 1/-.
His name appears in Classical Tripos 1849 as First in the Second Class.
SALE of BECCLES BREWERY of Farr family. Full details of Prices & Pubs.
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: First Show. Prizes. 36 Cottagers exhibited.
Closed in order to afford the Assistants a Holiday.
expectation was realised. Both were, like the breeze, very scant.
Executors of Richard Gent. [42 Ingate Road ie Grove Road]
TO BE LET: TWO FARMS:
Permission to view from George Fenn, Auctioneer & Valuer, Agent to the Estate.
DUKE of WELLINGTON’S DEATH: The Council has determined, as a mark of respect to the
the Funeral, and have requested the Inhabitants especially to solemnise the day by a general closing
of Shops during the whole Day. A muffled Peal will be rung throughout the day, and the Funeral Bell
NEW MAYOR of BECCLES: On Thursday last the Council unanimously elected William E
highjest credit to himself, and the entire satisfaction of the inhabitants. In the evening a Public Dinner
was given by the Council to the late Mayor, Alderman William J Crowfoot, Esq, MD, on his retiring
entertainment was set before them by the new Landlord of the King’s Head
RAILWAY STATION: On Thursday last, in pursuance of a notice from the Mayor, a very large and
consideration the most eligible situation fr the Beccles railway Station of the Haddiscoe, Beccles &
Crowfoot, Esq) proceeded to lay before the Meeting his news with respect to the site proposed by the
Committee of the Town Council. He explained the various advantages which might, and probably
upon Mr Fenn, a very active member of the Railway Committee to address the Meeting.
This gentleman with various other influential inhabitants having severally addressed themselves to
“That the Station proposed ... is situated in a locality that would be very prejudicial to the general
interests of the Borough.” Fair Close Fields (was recommended by the Railway Committee) decided
“That the proposed plan of making a road, running straight through the Fair Close, to the railway
Station, would be a vast improvement.”
Hammond (Trinity Cambridge), Rev HW Harden, (Scholar, Magdalen Colege, Cambridge) M.
Pringe, Mr Cotman (drawing) Noverre (dancing).
WEATHER: SNOW: Succession of Snow Storms “for want of a Snow Plough, streets in deplorable
THE POOR: It is a fact worthy of Public Record that although there has been great scarcity of
employment among the Agricultural Poor during the Winter, there has been only one case requiring
Classes & creditable to others, as affording testimony to the sympathy they manifest towards their
& Mechanics have left for the Diggings.”
WEATHER: FLOODS: Since the Thaw set in the Gillinham land & Dam from Gillingham to Beccles
being under water on ground floor several inches.
theft of one sheet, one broom head & one yard brush. Sarah Wigg of Shotesham receiving them
in the Cottage by Inspector Gobbett candles, cheese, cooked meat, short cakes etc.
am, the time the Shops open.
deceased. Will in future wear uniform.
Barsham & St Lawrence struck (visiting ... pursading others to back them) Some employers pay 9s a
week, others much less - average 7s/6d or 8s/- a week.
Sothen (from Norwich) presided. Chapman (of Chapel Royal & native of Beccles) ... 400 Audience.
RAILWAY: Halesworth, Beccles & Haddiscoe Railway. Officials, Sub-Contractors, 20 Horses
Houses along intended new Street vacated, being pulled down.
WANTED IMMEDIATELY: 200 Navvies, & good able-bodied Men.
ADVERTISEMENT: WINES & SPIRITS Edward Bevan Tench (late Farr & Son) Importer of Wines
& Spirits, Blyburgate, has succeeded to this Establishment. Thornton & Tench, Wholesale & Retail
RAILWAY SURGEON: Peto appoints HWR Davey surgeon to men working on Haddiscoe, Beccles
& Halesworth Railway.
AUCTIONEER: SW Durrant, for 10 years Clerk & Assistant to Howlett & Lenny commences
Business on his own.
Farm. HG Dowson (Chairman), S Robinson (Vice Chairman). Meetings to be held every other Month
GARDEN VIEWING: Private View of the Tulips in the Grounds of Samuel Last, Esq, Beccles
16s to 18s a week. Granted.
Prepares boys for University, Military Colleges & Public Schools. Greek, Latin, French, English,
Maths, Arithmetic & Writing.
COUNCIL ALDERMAN; George Fenn elected Alderman in place of FW Farr, deceased
SALE: LAND: Parcels of Arable & Pasture Land, from proximity to Railway realised £60 - £80 per
PRIMITIVE METHODISTS annual camp Meeting begun in Old Market, moved to Field owned by
Public Baths & Wash Houses.
STATION ROAD BUILDINGS: The Houses & Shops forming the New Street opposite the
characterises the buildings erected by SM Peto, Esq
WATER WORKS: Report of Engineer Lynde on proposed Beccles Water Works.
WATER & GAS COMPANY: Capital of £20,000. Shares of £10 each. Provisional Committee:
WE Crowfoot, SM Peto, JH Gurney, HWR Davey, Robert Dashwood, John Crisp, Frederick Morse,
WATER & GAS COMPANY: Long notice
Charles Chinery .. supply Lime, well burned of good quality .. Bricks, Paminants, Pantiles, Ridge &
BANKRUPT: John Collins, Plumber, Glazier & Painter. George Fenn to sell Stock; Pony, Cart,
1. John Garlord & Thomas Chapman accused of Stealing Money from their Master, Robert Ward,
EDUCATION: Cowles Academy. English Assistant Required.
THE POOR: Public Subscription last week formed for allieviating great distress among the Poor
Upwards of £150 already collected which will be expended (chiefly in flour) among the really
enquiries as to the actual state of the parties so applying.
Proposal for Committee to hear Candidates & then select, Defeated. Two Candidates: James Barker
of Norwich & Miss Laws of Beccles. Show of hands in favour of Barker. Mr Laws (father) demands
BECCLES DISPENSARY: Man hurt in Railway accident. Both legs had to be amputated. Peto &
Betts: donation of 25 Gns to Dispensary. EP Montagu, Chairman.
FIRE in BECCLES at George Syder’s, cabinet maker & upholsterer opposite Town Hall. “In less
than three quarters of an hour the whole Building was one mass of Fire.” Damage c £1,200. Furniture
Shawls & Counterpanes.
Three Engines soon on the spot .. fear that it would spread to Houses of WE Crowfoot & Rev J
METHODISTS: A small Society recently united with the Mehodist New Connection & the Chapel
they formerly occupied having been bought by one of the Friends, was reopened on the 12th of
Methodist) & J Dunning (Wesleyan Reformer).
FIRE At George Syder’s. Information given to the Police by George Fenn, Chairman of the Fire
assistance at the lateFire, who were not even Present upon the occasion, a Meeting convened “to take
& in bed at the Time of the fire. Cases to be brought before Magistrate.
obtaining money for their Assistance whilst in Bed.
SURVEYORS: John Garnham & George Fenn re-elected Surveyors. Fenn & Garnham, Guardians
respectively for 4 and 2 Years. Had absented themselves from Meetings for several Months “because
decisions of the Board than the Poor themselves.” Both to stand again.
plan to prevent bad feeling between Churchmen & Non-Conformists. Same fees for Dissenters as
EDUCATION: The Governors of Sir John Leman School elect James Henry Piper of Beccles as
Second Master instead of F Adamson, who intends to leave the country in the spring.
instead of by Mail coach to Wangford. Letter Box will be kept open 2 hours longer than at present, ie
until 7.45 pm.
FLOODING of MARSHES: Our whole level of Marshes having been flooded before the severe frost
set in & being consequently an entire field of ice, many miles in extent, every facility has been
Lowestoft & proceeded on to Bungay, The River & Marshes have daily presented an exciting &
animated appearance. On Monday some skaters matches, under superintendence of Samuel Darby of
winners of Barker & K Hopson. Afterwards 14 lads started for a purse contributed by Mr Darby, who
made a large fire of blocks etc upon them many persons fell through, but escaped with only a cold
The Wherry men who usually ply upon the Waveney having been thrown completely out of
employment made an appeal to the Public on Saturday last & obtained by personal Canvass nearly
A subscription headed by Mayor John Crisp of the Corporation to relieve prevailing distress among
CONCERT at Assembly Room: “English Glee & Madrigal Union.” Large party from Halesworth by
EARLY CLOSING of Principal Shops has been done to establish a class for discussing Literary,
LITERARY & SCIENTIFIC Institution AGM: WJ Crowfoot (Chair), W Cowles (Sec) vice SW Rix,
“Extension of benefits to the numerous class of persons excluded by present Management. Wht is
required is Reduced Sub, Newspsper Reading Room, Cheap & Instructive Lectures, Museum of
WATER & GAS COMPANY AGM. WE Crowfoot (Char), WW Garnham (Managing Director)
SALE of FURNITURE at House of late Henry Read in Exchange Square [Twyford House]
CHURCH: Rev JT Johnston, senior Curate of St Michael’s, Stockwell, Surrey instituted on
presentation of Rev Edmund Holland of Benthall Lodge.
SALE of FURNITURE of Henry Read: details
CORPORATION Quarterly Meeting: Estimates for Expenses: Watch Committee £35, Paving £50,
Sessions House £5, another? £75. Discussion on Steam Mill to drain Marshes.
VISITATION of ARCHDEACON, Ven Thomas Ormerod: “dwelling with much earnestness upon
the importance of educating the lower Classes.
CHURCH RATE: Vestry Meeting: Rev AD Abbott in Chair. Kerrison reads estimates: £10 repairs &
CRICKET on COMMON: Fauconberge School v Southwold (who won)
EDUCATION: British Schools publicly examined in Reading, English, History, Geography, Mental
Teachers: Mr & Mrs Thrower.
COAL TRANSPORT: George Fenn appointed Agent for delivery of Coals from Beccles, Brampton
BURIAL GROUND: Depradations by Boys: 7 days in House of Correction.
CRICKET CLUB Re-formed after several years: Thomas Laws, Secretary
exposition. Brooks & Garnham oppose. Motion carried.
BECCLES NAVIGATION COMMISSIONERS Meeting: depressing details.
EDUCATION: NATIONAL SCHOOL: Children supervised by the Rector: Tea & Cakes in
Schoolroom, & Sports Ground of Rev Hartley.
CHURCH now fully lighted with Gas. Cost £100.
SALE of STOCK: George Fenn to sell Cabinet & Upholstery Stock of Richard Hayward, New
CREDITORS SALE: William Grimwade, Printer & Stationer: Books (circulating Library), Jewellery
SALE of CARRIAGES, new & second-hand, or for Hire. Messrs Horsley & Son (late Gilbert);
AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY & LABOURERS’ FRIENDLY SOCIETY: AGM: George Fenn
the cultivation of the Soil. ... Let the rising, as well as the present generation, be made more familiar
more and more developing to us those important truths which constitute that noble & harmonious
benefit of the whole human family.”
RAILWAY: Meetings at Beccles & Lowestoft approve the construction of a Railway Line between
FIRE in SMALLGATE at Gill’s, nurseryman, preparesdried flowers & grasses for export.
WORKING MENS’ LIBRARY to be formed; 300 volumes, lent from Public Library.
EDUCATION: Fauconberge School: Preparation for Universities, Military Colleges, Public Schools.
Greek, Latin, French, English, Maths, Navigation & Writing (French M Pringee)
EDUCATION: Ladies Academies in Beccles. In New Market: Mrs RT Cullen
WORKING MEN’S INSTIUTE formed: Mayor (George Fenn) proposes a Reading Room ...
Committee of 12. Grant of £20 from Corporation, & free use of west room at the Assembly Room
Davey, Wm Garnham, J Mulett, H Scott, Robert Ward. Secretary T Laws Treasurer WR Cocks [no
ADVERTISEMENT: Mr Neep, Surgeon Dentist of Norwich at Beccles, King’s Head on Fridays
the Legislature against any infringement of the Sabbath.
ODDFELLOWS of Loyal Temple of Friendship Lodge. 7th Annual Dinner in Assembly Room. Sir H
Lodge), prevented from attending. Society began 1848 with 17 Members. Now 85. Receipts £534.
Disbursements for Sick & funeral Levies £143.
Rev T Johnston. £16
HOUSE OF REFUGE, Shipmeadow, Building by W Woodroffe to be started. Estimate £3,000
the Society. Weekly Lectures : Benefit British Schools. First Rev J Crompton: “Mohammedanism &
the Turks”. Second: RC Forman, MD, Lowestoft: “The Good Old Times” Third: Rev JS Russell: “A
MARSH LETTING of Corporation Marshes by James Crisp; 52s per acre, increse of 23%
TELEGRAPHIC INTELLIGENCE: Account of George Fenn obtaining for Beccles Market in Corn
SALE of FURNITURE etc of Mrs Elizabeth Stone, deceased, [29 Ballygate] by Fenn & Crisp.
SAILING MATCH between Ruby (Samuel Darby) & Little Wonder (Youell) Darby won. “From the
CHURCH: ARCHDEACON’S VISITATION: Annual Visitation
electronic Telegraph prices at Marsh Lane. Mayor explains how he had previously got information at
RACES: will take place early in September. A Arcedkne, Esq, High Sheriff of Suffolk, Sir ES
RACES & BELLS: The Use of the Parish Bells: Committee applied to Churchwardens for Bells.
Reply: Rector refused. PUBLIC MEETING: Fenn in Chair: Reviewed the matter as between a
bequeathed by them to us ... indignation at imputations cast upon himself ... Bells ever used for
Public Rejoicings. He Hoped Rector would reconsider.
the large portion of respectable inhabitants of the Town are placed by the Rector’s uncalled for
interference with the harmless amusements they have so long enjoyed.
Another similar motion proposed by Alderman Steel, seconded by Mr Gilbert.
Creation of acrimony & dissension.
Further motions supported by Messrs Harvey, Kindred, Mullett, James Crisp*, JC Webster*.[* =
RACES & BELLS: Next Meeting more fully attended. Mayor now attacks Rector (after reading his
letter of Refusal). ... He had refused the Church to the Freemasons ... had denounced from the Pulpit
Games in their own homes.
RACES: Leading Article attacks opposition to Races & quotes George Fenn: “let us try to disarm all
toimmasability & excess”.
God & ruinous to Men”.
RACES: Account of Races: Wet Weather.
“It is to be hoped the Rector will spare himself trouble, expense and inconvenience & discourtesy by
any longer opposing the wishes of the Town in this and other small matters.”
two Modern Private Houses adjoining.
HORTICULTURAL FETE in Apollo Gardens. Many Prizes: Sir ES Gooch, Lady Beresford, Rev
WINFARTHING HARVEST HOME: Earl of Albermale: “ Let me express the gratification I feel in
presiding over a Meeting at which, if anything, women predominate. I always feel more at home
denounced the disgraceful system of men getting drunk at the alehouse & leaving their children
starving at home.”
the recent "Limited Liability Act"
COUNCIL: William Cowles & M Knowles elected to Council in place of R Thonton & W Lenny; J
Thompson & H Gilbert re-elected.
On Thursday vening last, a Meeting of the Working Classes of this Town was convened at the
been raised by subscription among themselves. Theprincipal Tradesmen and their wives, together
between six and seven hundred persons were present, and it was the general feeling, that such a
Mayor to receive such univesal and unqualified testimony, that his fellow Townsmen apreciated and
valued the many and energetic exertions he has made on their behalf, during the past year of Office.
evening to express our thanks and gratitude to our worthy Mayor, for the many things he has done for
our welfare and benefit. I scarcely need name them to you. He has established the Working Mens’
an old National Sport, the Races, and these are amusements that a very large body of the inhabitants
take delight in ... again he is now endeavouring to establish a factory, and this will find employment
cannot tell what it may lead to. We may have many more, and they will open the spirit of commerce,
find employment for hundreds of hands now in destitution, ease the Poor Rate, create capital and
Mr Robson next addessed the meeting. He stated that the object for which they had assembled
it. He would say with truth that noone who had had been asked to subscribe had refused, and many
would have given more, had they been able. The Mayor was understood by all labourers to be the Por
than others with double the quantity. All those who find employment are the Poor Man’s Friend.
he lived, and that he might prize it, as the father of a family, that his sons might read the inscription
was and even more so.”
Mr Councillor Scott & Mr James Crisp also spoke before the Presentation by Mr Gill of a Silver
tribute of gratitude and respect for his zealous and faithful endeavours to promote their interests and
the general welfare of the town.”
“My kind friends and fellow townsmen, during the past year I have had many occasions of addressing
increased one hundredfold. So large an assembly quite overpowers me, mand I cannot express what
I always was and always will be a friend to the working classes, not only from a principle of charity,
finding them employment, that the labouring man may hold up his head in society as a free and
independent man, that he may have his domestic felicity increased, and enjoy more of the comforts so
for my father was originally a working man. Many here can recollect his coming to this town and
commencing in that capacity; but by industry and perhaps some good luck, he raised himself to the
He always endeavoured to impress on my mind, what was due to the labouring man, adding, if ever
you want one of this class, remember your father was a labourer.
mind this saying of his ... I have taken great interest in the Working Men’s Institution ... You have
alluded to the amusements and sports called beccles Races. This is one of the things nearest my heart.
impressed on my mind. Perhaps this looks selfish, but I can assure you that whist I enjoy these sports
myself, I am desirous that the poorer classes should have one or two days recreation every year in
thank the working classes for having behaved so well at the last races. ... I believe a man may enjoy
racing and yet be a good Christian ..
of immense future prosperity; as a means of finding full employment for our working classes and
factories may be established in this town which instead of being, as it is now, a quiet little town, will
He thanks friends who have helped him and concludes
noble and well-known exclamation of the brave and good Lord Nelson: 'England expects every man
to do his duty!'
SILK WORKS COMPANY Ltd. Incorporated by Act of Parliament 1856. ADVERTISEMENT
Directors: George Fenn, John Garnham, H Read (estate agent), WW Garnham (mercer), HJ Kerrison
Objects: Winding, Re-winding & throustering of silk for manufacturing purposes. Railways now
connecting Beccles with other parts of the country which will open & extend its Trade. More than
SHIPMEADOW PENITENTIARY: Controversy over objections to Dress of Sisters etc. Romish
PROVIDENT SOCIETY AGM at Assembly Room.
EDUCATION: Sermon for National Schools £17 - 4s - 3d
SILK FACTORY: Three Quarters of £10 Shares subscribed for. “after a long period of comparative
tranquility & inaction, the Town of Beccles aroused from its lethargy by the whistle of the Railway,
announced that his party was determined to secure his election by that worst species of bribery -
34. “The system of bribing the burgesses with beer has been, for some years, carried on to a
drunkenness & immorality”
SHIPMEADOW PENITENTIARY: Letters from Rev Scudamoor & M Suckling denying Roman
BOXING DAY: Memorial from Assistants & Apprentices in the Town to George Fenn, Mayor to
procure a holiday on the day after Christmas. Mayor has notice printed: “Market on Saturday instead
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Fine supply & display at Butchers’ (especially Robert Jordan, butcher)
These are the last things after October
LECTURE on Astronomy by Withers Dowson “more numerously attended than any previous
These are all in May & June, nothing in August
SALE of BUILDING STOCK in Beccles by R Rix of Charles Maplestone, junior on his Building
CHURCH SERVICES: Letter: Cause of Dissent: Sermons read. Absence of Resident Clergymen
BECCLES REGATTA. Monday 15 July
Last things in Sept-Dec
EDUCATION: Mrs Jannings removed from Geldeston to start School at Ashman’s Hall on 27
Last things in 1841
CONCERT by David Fisher at Beccles & Bungay
EDUCATION in WORKHOUSES of Pauper Children in Norfolk & Suffolk. In Dec 1837: 1906
SERMON: “Doctrine of the Holy Trinity & some objections by the Unitarians examined” Sermon at
I have only these for the year
QUARTER SESSIONS: at Beccles: Letter from Sir Thomas Gooch, retiring after 50 Years.
RACES: Pesence of a Party ofOfficers of the Scot’s Grays enlivened the scene in a dashing four in
CRICKET: Return Match, Beccles v Bungay
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETIES: Ploughing Competition at Central Suffolk Agricultural
Nothing after 22 May except these
FIRE: Edmund Botwright & John Spelling to Beccles gaol charged withsetting fire to a Barn
FIRE: Botwright Transported fpr Life. Various other sentences: Life or 20 Years Transportation.
All I have for 1845
RAILWAY LINES: Meeting at Public Hall, Beccles on possible Railway Lines. Capt Moorsom &
SALE of EARL of GOSFORD’S Estate: 3,000 acres
TEMPERANCE SOCIETY: Second Annual Bazar in Corn Hall. 200 Persons at Tea, Address by Mrs
AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION elsewhere in Suffolk (Hitcham) . Rev Knatchbull “had never
This is all after 26 Sep
BUNGAY HIRING FAIR for SERVANTS: “ We protest against this annual Custom of bringing
This is all after 4 March
EDUCATION: Ladies School, New Market. Miss Sayer. Vacancies for 2 Pupils & one Articled
This is all after 1 Sep
CHOLERA at Lowestoft. 7 patients brought ashore from vessels passing northwards. 3 Cases, all
Nothing after this
Only this after June
SALE: KING’S HEAD, Beccles on Saturday 16 August, by B Rix: Stables & Loose Boxes for 50
INSURANCE: General Fire &Life Insurance Co:
Only this after 24 Jul
TO BE LET: TWO FARMS:
NEW MAYOR of BECCLES: On Thursday last the Council unanimously elected William E
Only these after 4 Mach
Gap between April & August?
RACES: will take place early in September. A Arcedkne, Esq, High Sheriff of Suffolk, Sir ES
RACES & BELLS: Next Meeting more fully attended. Mayor now attacks Rector (after reading his