NEWSPAPERS 1830-1856 
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NORFOLK & SUFFOLK NEWSPAPERS from 1830 - 1856
Almost all the details from these Newspapers were taken by Edwin A Goowyn

1830  
1830  

WEAVERS’ WAGES: Several long letters on Weavers’ Wages (& alleged intimidation)
DANCING: Mr Sizeland (under Mr Steel) at Beccles.

Norwich Mercury 2 Jan 
Norwich Mercury 23 Jan 
1830  

BECCLES SAVINGS BANK All Depositors are reminded to send to Rev RJ Francis, Secretary, their
Book  of  Deposits,  in  order  that  the  same  may  be  examined  &  compared  with  the  Books  of  the
Institution. RJ Francis, EC Sharpin

Norwich Mercury 13 Feb 

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MENTION: Mr Durrant, watch maker a Beccles.
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.

Norwich Mercury 13 Feb 
Norwich Mercury 20 Feb 

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BALL: Dispensary Ball, Tuesday 13th April at 9.30 pm.
INSURANCE: Suffolk & General Amicable Insurance: Beccles Agent: G Bobbett
INSURANCE: Pelican: Beccles agent: HS Davey

Norwich Mercury 3 Apr 
Norwich Mercury 3 Apr 
 
Norwich Mercury 3 Apr 
1830

BALL:  Beccles  Dispensary  Ball:  74  people:  “fashionables”  from  the  principal  families  in  the
neighbourhood:  Sir  T  Gooch  &  family,  Sir  W  Beauchamp  &  family,  Kerrick.  Ball  opened  with
Country Dance by W Carpenter & Miss Bacon.

 
Norwich Mercury 24 Apr 

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INCENDIARISM broke out near Eye. 9 Heffers & 11 Sheep perished in the fire.
“GENUINE PATENT MEDICINES” sold by Mason of Beccles. (Essence for Toothache, Ringworm

 
Norwich Mercury 24 Apr 
 
Norwich Mercury 8 May 

ointment, Snuff, American soothng Syrup, Lozenges for Coughs, anti billious Pills)
ADVERTISEMENT: Carriages for Sale: T Gilbert, Beccles. New light Barouche, one Horse Phaeton,

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Norwich Mercury 17 Jul 

two pony Phaeton, new & second hand Gigs etc. WANTED: Coach Painter
DANCING: Mr Siglant? Beccles & Lowestoft on Fridays; Mr Eager Beccles on Saturdays

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Norwich Mercury 24 Jul 

COLLECTION: Money collected for suffering Irish returned to subscribers.
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

 
East Anglian 2 Aug 
1830
Ipswich Journ 7 Aug 

clerk or waiter to Mr Bohun, at a salary of £85 a year, and occasionally assisted the clerk in the bank,
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

admitted  he  had  taken  £250,  to  make  good  some  money  belonging  to  the  Savings  Bank,  and  to
answer some pressing calls upon him.  - Verdict: Guilty.
The prisoner was then further indicted for stealing £120 in sovereigns and half-sovereigns. This was

 
 

proved in the same way, the prisoner saying, when the other clerk was  about to count the  cash  up,
“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

 
 

and nine children.
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,

 
 

but was so deeply affected  as to be obliged several times to pause in order to recover his power of
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

prisoner had borne, the feeling  and  eagerness with which  he said “ Oh the most irreproachable! - I
would at all times have trusted him with my life!” had such an effect, that many, not of the softer sex

alone, were unable to restrain their tears.
Mr Bohun also said that up to the time of the discovery, his confidence in the prisoner was unlimited,

 
 

and his general character exemplary. The Judge, (who was far from being exempt from the pervading
sympathy) then addressed the prisoner in the most impressive manner and observed that everyone had

felt for  him,  but that the  jury  and himself were bound to  do their duty;  he was sorry he  could not
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

should have been bound to permit the law to take its course.
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

 
 

offence. His lordship then sentenced him to be transported for 14 years. The prisoner who was a very
respectable looking young man, was not observed to speak during his trial, and conducted himself as
if grateful for a commuted punishment.

1830

HARVEST: Company of Harvest Men in Beccles on Sasturday gathering “largess”; having finished
Harvest.
ROBBERY: Three boys to Prison for robbing John Copeman’s Garden (one boy Ward: 3 months)

 
East Anglian 16 Aug 
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East Anglian 23 Aug 
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1830  

CHURCHWARDEN:  Party  at  White  Lion  to  present  embossed  siver  cup  to  Abraham  Clarke,
Churchwarden 19 years. Toasts etc. Thomas Farr in the Chair.

Norwich Mercury 28 Aug 
1830  

MURDER: Mrs Fuller, grocer, received news of the Murder of her youngest son George [born 1807]
by an Irishman. He had emigrated to America some time since.

Norwich Mercury 28 Aug 
1830  

“BECCLES A PORT”. Meeting at Town Hall. HS Davey, Portreeve: “..A matter of First importance
to make it a Shipping Place & obtain direct navigation to the Sea.”

Norwich Mercury 4 Sep 
 
 

The best way to make River along to the Town deep enough to have vessels lay alongside the Quay
& wide enough for a Dock or Harbour. The Bridge could be converted to draw or swing Bridge or
removed higher up the River.

1830

CORONATION: Subscription to celebrate the Coronation: Corporation gave £20, several individuals
£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

 
East Anglian 6 Sep 
1830
 
 Norwich Mercury 18 Sep 

Free School, late Primett, deceased, Beccles
INSURANCE: Royal Exchange Assurance: Beccles Agent: Thomas Mason
HARLESTON  SWAN  ASSOCIATION:  Association  formed  2  years  ago.  13  Prosecutions:  one

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Norwich Mercury 18 Sep 
 
Norwich Mercury 18 Sep 

hanged,  4  Transported  for  Life,  one  for  14  years,  3  imprisoned  for  12  months,  2  for  3  months.
Association paid for prosecution £500, and “such Associations as this, must afford the best and safest
protection to Property.

1830

SHOOTING:  Silver  Cup  shot  for  at  Castle  Farm.  Won  by  Thomas  Spalding  of  Mettingham  who
killed three birds.
THEATRE: David Fisher in Richad IIIat Beccles. His last performance.

 
East Anglian 27 Sep 

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East Anglian 27 Sep 

REFORM: Petition numerously signed sent from Beccles, Pro-Reform conveyed by Earl of Gosford.
SALE of STOCK: Robert Oswald to Sell Farming Stock of Thomas Rogerson, deceased
INSURANCE: Alliance Life & Fire Assurance: Beccles Agent: Philip Wilson, solicitor

 
East Anglian 4 Oct 

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Norwich Mercury 9 Pct 
 
Norwich Mercury 16 Oct 

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FIRE by INCENDIARIES: comment 1/3 of column
FIRE on Saturday at 6 pm at North Cove Stack Yard of Farm belonging to John Lee Farr occupied by

 
Norwich Mercury 13 Nov 
 
Norwich Mercury 20 Nov 

James Lemming. 3 Barley Stacks & one Pea Stack, 2 Hay Stacks, one Rush Stack, one Straw Stack,
Malting Office  150 yards  long, beer Cart Horse,  Stable &  al Outbuildings  destroyed.  Fire  Engines

from Beccles saved House. Malting in posession of of John J Woods insured. Lemming not insured.
Loss£700.

1830

THRESHING  MACHINES:  Cromer:  “I  am  just  now  informed  that  a  party  of  Labourers  from
Mundesley & Paston assembled together last night & destroyed 2 Threshing Machines”.   Deprecates
the use of machines as wasteful.

 
Norwich Mercury 20 Nov 
1830

REWARD  of  £250  offered  for  better  discovering  of  Felony  at  North  Cove  Fire:  JL  Farr  £100,
Magistrates Association  of Norfolk &  Suffolk meeting  at King’s Head, Beccles  £100,  J  Lemming
£50.

 
Norwich Mercury 27 Nov 
1830

QUARTER SESSIONS at BECCLES: Col Bence in the Chair. William Clash, 54, Stealing 17 hens
& chickens from Castle Farm, the proprietor Robert Newman: 6 months Imprisonment.
DISTURBANCES at NORTH WALSHAM: The District has been considerably disturbed during the

 
Norwich Mercury 27 Nov 
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Norwich Mercury 29 Nov 

week.  Large parties  of  Labourers  assembled  chiefly at  night for the purposes  of  braking threshing
machines.  In  the  course  of  Monday,  Tuesday  &  Wednesday  nights  10  Premises  had  Machines
broken. 16 Persons arrested & taken to Norwich Castle.

1830
 

DISORDERS IN THE COUNTY: [seem to be all Norfolk]
[in July  1830  in  France there was the July Revolution which toppled Charles X and put the  more
liberal Louis Phillipe in power]

 
Bury Post 1Dec 
 
 
 

Monday, 22 Nov: Threshing Machines  of Messrs Hill, Harvey,  Lunnis & Williamson of Briston &
Mr Margetson of Thiming were destroyed.
Fire  at  Premises  of  Mr  Batley  at  Thorpe.  Hay  Stacks  destroyed.  Simultaneous  haystack  fire  at

 
 

Mousehold.
Fears of an attack on Mlton Constable Hall, Residence of Sir Jacob Astley.

 
 

 
 

Mob broke machines  at Hindolverstone. Leaders were seized. 8  of them were secured  and taken to
Walsingham Bridewell for the night and Norwich Castle next day.

 
 

Tuesday  &  Wednesday  23  &  23  November:  Threshing  Machines  broken  at  Causton,  Oulton,
Blickling,  Scottow,  North  Walsham,  Dilham,  Harling  Walcott  &  Happisburgh.  On  Thursday  16

Rioters taken to Norwich Castle, but “similar outrages” were committeed at Hockering, nr Dereham
& other places in vicinity on same day.
Wednesday evening: Fire at premises of Mr Barnes of beeston. Hay stacks set alight.

 
 

 
 

Friday: A number of  Special Constables were sworn in on Friday to help keep down disorders.  Sir
Jacob Astley was pelted with stones on way to Magistrate’s Meeting.
Friday morning : Fire at Mr Warren’s Farm, Caister Hall.

 
 

 
 

Saturday   afternoon:   several   100s   attacked   Paper   Mills   at   Tavenham,   completely   destroying
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machinery.
Sunday night: Attempt on premises of Mr Gibert of Postwihck.

 
 

 
 

Three  Fires  on  Saturday  &  Sunday  in  the  West  of  theCounty:  Mr  Goddersons  of  Harpley,  Mr
Wright’s of Rigstead, Mr Waites of Rougham.

 
 

Monday:  600-700  weavers  assembled  at  St  Catherine’s  Plain  were  addressed  by  a  few  of  their
number, went aay peacefully, but reassembled on Green’s Hill, St Augustine’s in afternoon to receive

a reply t an application for an increase of wages made to the manufacturers..
DISTURBANCES IN THE COUNTY [seem to be all Norfolk]
On Monday  during Magistrates of  Smithdon Hundreds were sitting  at Docking  a  large  amount of

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Bury Post 8 Dec 
 

Rioters  assembled. Conflict  in  Street in which Capt Davy  (a Magistrate) was  knocked out. Three
were imprisoned (of the most disorderly)
Monday Morning: A party went to Mr Wright’ of Mainford to break the Machinery. They were met

 
 

by Mr Wrights Waten 2 caught, 5 escaped.
Monday also saw universal uprising at Blakeney, Cley, Salthouse, Kelling, Waborne, Bamingham &
Bodham for an advance of wages.

 
 
 
 

Plans  by  different  Magistrates  discussed  during  the  week  as  to  how  to  combat  disturbances  eg  
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

a week.
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.”

 
 
 
 

On Monday a  large  body of men destroyed the threshing  macine of Mr Salter of Uhinbergh  & Mr
Gall? of Yaxham.
On Tuesday morning 300-400 destroyed a number of machines near Shipham

 
 
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On Saturday morning a Barn Fire at Mr Read’s of Lingwood.
PRESERVATION OF PEACE: Edmund Woodhouse letter for Committee of Magistrates appointed

 
Norwich Mercury 1 Dec 

to concert measures for the Preservation of the Peace of the County. Recommend General disuse of
Threshing Macines

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NORTH WALSHAM DISTURBANCES continue with breaking Threshing Machines.
RIOTS in NORFOLK etc: Long account under Norfolk

 
Norwich Mercury 4 Dec 
 
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MEETING of MAGISTRATES  at Hackford  next Reepham ..  agree not to  make  use  of Threshing
Machines on our  own occupation ... strongly recommend the discontinuance of them to  all persons
within our own respective limits of influence.

 
Norwich Mercury 4 Dec 
1830

TITHE RIOT: On Tuesday the Poor of Haddiscoe & Toft assembled at Tithe Audit of Rev Ellison &
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

 
Bury Post 8 Dec 

compelled to yield to their demands
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

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Bury Post 8 Dec 

Rector agreed to reduce them 20% in addition to 10% deducted last year & the mob quitly dispersed
to their homes.
FIRE at BULL’S GREEN, On Thursday afternoon a fire broke out in a wheat stack at the premises of

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Norwich Mercury 11 Dec 

Mr Medlar,  of Bull’s Green, Toft, near this town  [Beccles], which  in  a short time were consumed
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

an incendiary, as it broke out in  a situation to  have  consumed the under premises, with  a farm and
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

night, and as soon as the watch left at about daybreak, another part of his premises, a cart shed, burnt
all  at once into flames, and in a short time was consumed. The shed was quite  another opart of his

premises,  and  not  possible  to  have  taken  fire  from  the  stack,  the  wind  blowing  a  contrary  way.
Fortunately the fire was again extinguished, with only loss of the shed and a stack of stubble.

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RIOTS in SUFFOLK etc: Long account under Suffolk
TITHE  AUDIT  at  Weston  held  at  King’s  Head,  Beccles:  Large  body  of  Labourers  assembled  &

 
Norwich Mercury 11 Dec 
 
Norwich Mercury 11 Dec 

pressed their  claims for  an  advance of Wages to themselves &  a reduction of tithe to the  Farmers;
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 &

threatening manner ... firm behaviour of J Mayhew, Esq of Saxmundham appointed to receive tithes.
The following morning Mr Mayhew met farmers & labourers at North Cove. Affairs amicably settled
& warrant issued for two ringleaders of the party.

1830
UNEMPLOYED MEN given work in Beccles. Married men 1s 10d & single men 1s  6d to  employ
 
Bury Post 15 Dec 
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some in spade husbandry & others to the inhabitants to get rid of the gravel pit system.
FIRE at GOOSE GREEN, BECCLES: On Saturday evening about 5.30 Fire in Haystack in Meadow

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Norwich Mercury 17 Dec 

belonging to George Fenn. Put out.
FIRE on GILLINGHAM DAM on Stack of Marsh Hay the property of Mr Goat of Beccles. Set on

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Norwich Mercury 17 Dec 
Fire & burnt.
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Norwich Mercury 1 Jan 

MOMBELL’S MENAGERIE to visit Beccles, opposite the Shire Hall [Town Hall] Elephant, Tigers,
Lions, Wolves, Bears, Apes, Monkeys, Golden  Eagle,  etc. Before  going to  Lynn Market will visit
Bungay, Beccles, Lowestoft, Yarmouth, Dereham, Swaffham

 
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FIRE: On Friday evening last between 5 & 6 pm a straw-stack Fire belonging to Mr George Fenn of
Beccles on fire & two stacks destroyed by an Incendiary.

 
Bury Post 5 Jan 
 
 

Mr Fenn employs on his Farm  and  in  his Nursery a  great number  of  labourers, with whom he has
been in no dispute, nor received any expressions of dissatisfaction & the unemployed  in the parish he

has  at  all times  assisted  by every possible means.  Such  an  act therefore towards  him  is the  more
unaccountable  &  induces  him  to   believe   it  was  not   committed  by  any  person  rsiding   in  the

neighbourhood.
Subscription  £400  Earl of Gosford & Gents of vicinity. Reward for information.
QUARTER  SESSIONS   at  BECCLES:   Sir  Thomas  Gooch   addresses  Jury   about  disturbances.

 
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Ipswich Journal 8 Jan 
 

Everything possible should be done to alleviate distress, but not yielding to force. Report of assault
on Rev Boycatt
Five Persons charged with Riot at Kessingland acquitted.

 
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Ipswich Journal 15 Jan 

INCENDIARISM: Case at Bury: Joseph  Savill “ditributing  inflammatory papers signed ‘Swing’  in
Parish of Stradinshall. Given one year Sentence & fined £50.
TRIAL of HOXNE RIOTERS (labourers beseiged pub where Tithe Audit  of Rev George Doughty

 
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Ipswich Journal 15 Jan 
 

was being held - reported 1 Jan.)
“BECCLES  A  PORT”  Charles  Tyrell,  MP  presents  petition  in  the  House  of  Commons  from  the
Corporation of Beccles.

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Ipswich Journal 12 Feb 
 
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Ipswich Journal 19 Feb 

SAVINGS BANK, BECCLES:  established March  1818: Interest £3-8s-5d; 277 Accounts; Amount
£8,994-2s-5d.
BECCLES NAVIGATION BILL: Comments favourable.: “Robberies to which the present craft are

 
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Ipswich Journal 5 Mar 
 

exposed, prevented”.
BECCLES REFORM PETITION: (“Their first attempt in this way”)
BALL for DISPENSARY Fancy Dress, Friday 7 March, 7s/-

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Norwich Mercury 9 Mar 
 
Norwich Mercury 5 Mar 

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BECCLES A PORT for Sea Borne Vessels - Committee of Council for obtaining Act
SHIPPING: Beccles Navigation Meeting. Meeting at Shire [Town] Hall to nominate Commissioners,

 
Norwich Mercury 5 Mar 
 
Bury Post 9 Mar 

fix dues, etc
NAVIGATION MEETING  “to  make  Beccles  a  Port”:  Earl  of  Gosford  (Chairman)  4  Gents  from

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Norwich Mercury 12 Mar 

Yarmouth,  Commissioners  appointed.  Four  to  be  elected  annually  by  votes  of  inhabitants  with
property valued at £7 or over pa.

1831

FIRE: Third Fire  on Fenn’s  Premises in Beccles.  Empty Barn  burnt  (Horses & Bullocks removed
from Yard)
MEETING   at   TOWN  HALL:   Earl   of   Gosford   chairs   meeting   &   4   Gents   from   Yarmouth.

 
Norwich Mercury 12 Mar 
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Norwich Mercury 12 Mar 

Commissioners appointed. 14 to be elected annually by vote of inhabitants.
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 &

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Norwich Mercury 26 Mar 

variety of dresses .. Yarmouth Band. List of principal characters: Mr W Crowfoot: Burmese Chief; Dr
Crowfoot:  Polish  Officer;  Dutch  Fishermen,  Chinese  Mandarin,  Andalusian   Peasant,  Highland
Chieftan, Lady of Eighteenth Century, Lady of Seventeenth Century, Turkish Lady etc.

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BECCLES NAVIGATION BILL passed House of Commons & read first time in House of Lords
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

 
Norwich Mercury 9 Apr 
Ipswich Journal 9 Apr 
 

Head: Tea & Supper were followed by a Ball.
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

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Ipswich Journal 9 Apr 
 

false!)
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-

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Ipswich Journal 9 Apr 
 
 

horse 4 wheeled Phaeton, etc Four day Sale.
BECCLES A PORT:  Some opposition to making Beccles  a Port  arises  at Portreeves Feast: Robert

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Ipswich Journal 16 Apr 
 

Crickmer [Merchant, of 41 Northgate, died 1841] opposes it. Details given.
PORTREEVE’S  FEAST.  Sir  Thomas  Gooch  a  guest.  Toast  to  Sharpin  &  thanks  for  efforts  in

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Norwich Chronicle 23 Apr 
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securing Navigation Act (some hisses. Four remained seated as the toast was drunk.)
SALE of STOCK of Millinery by R Oswald of Thomas J Sayer opposite Town Hall.

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Norwich Mercury 14 Apr 

BECCLES A PORT: It is with the greatest satisfaction that we announce the arrival here of a Humber
Keel of 60 tons burden on Sunday evening last. She sailed up amidst shouts of “Beccles a Port” from

 
East Anglian 19 Apr 

an immense concourse of persons assembled to witness the arrival of the first Seaborne Vessel. She
was laden with chalk for Mr Stead & sailed again on Tuesday morning with a freight of Malt.

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Ipswich Journal 30 Apr 

EMIGRATION to Canada from Yarmouth: details given
SALE of MILLINERY by Robert Oswald of Thmas Sayer opposite the Town Hall.
HORTICULTURAL   SOCIETY   in   Assembly   Room.   President:   Earl   of   Stradbrooke.   Large

 
 
Norwich Mercury 14 May 
 
Norwich Chronicle 14 May

attendance:  Sir  Edmund  Bacon,  Sir  Thomas  Gooch,  etc.  Superb  Hyacinths,  cucumbers,  auriculas,
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

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Ipswich Journal 28 May 

Close  (8  acres);  3 Mill Hill  (3  acres) situated by side of Road leading from Beccles to  Elough  by
Rigbourne Hill
FAIRS in SUFFOLK: 19 (Beccles on 29th of June)

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Norwich Chronicle 2 Jun
Ipswich Journal 25 Jun 

BECCLES GAOL DISBURSEMENTS: signed John Garden & EP Montagu, JPs
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

 
 
 
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Ipswich Journal 25 Jun 

SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Notice: “Hempen Socks & Bays, Rope & Cords, Twine, Sheeting,
Towelling, etc manufactured & sold at the House.
SALE of COTTAGES & Carpenter’s Shops, late occupied by Stevens, carpenter, opposite Bowling

 
1831
Ipswich Journal 25 Jun 
 

Green in Hungate Lane. 
BECCLES RACES August 29th & 30th
BOAT BUILDING: Keel of Steam Packet for new harbour engineers laid down at Mr Jones’ Yard,

1831
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Norwich Mercury 2 Jul 
 
East Anglian 26 Jun 

Beccles. First Steam Packet ever built on the borders of the Waveney.
QUARTER SESSIONS: As usual several cases for removal of Paupers, inter-Parish.

1831
 

Ipswich Journal 2 Jul 
 
 

Simon Halesworth stealing leg of Pork from premises of Robert Hayward. 1 Year Sentence.
QUARTER  SESSIONS: Thomas Homes,  18, stealing  a pig?  12  months  in  Ipswich Gaol; Thomas

1831
 
Norwich Chronicle 7 Jul 

Knights, 19, Stealing a box of cigars, 3 months imprisonment.
NORWICH SOCIETY of ARTISTS: “Mr Cooper’s portraits of Horses & Dogs are executed with his

1831
 
Norwich Mercury 30 Jul 

customary fidelity & strength.”
RACES: [No mention of Cocking; - but mentioned in August 1836]  “No Gambling Booths, Horse
Riders or Shows of any kind allowed on the course.

1831
Ipswich Journal 3 Sep 
 
 
 

On the Day following the Races: A Silver Cup valued at £6 will be Shot for by Twelve Subscribers at
10s each at Six Birds? each. Shooters to commence at 11 am.
Ordinaries, Assembly, Theatre & Rural Gardens as usual.

 
1831

 

NORWICH, LOWESTOFT & BECCLES  Shipping Co: Meeting of  Subscribers at Rampant Horse,
Norwich.
CORONATION FESTIVITIES: Beccles, Bungay, etc [long account]

 
Norwich Mercury 10 Sep 

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1831

Ipswich Journal 10 Sep 
 

BECCLES RACES:  Stands filled with fashionable Company, numerous Booths well  attended,  vast
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

 
Norwich Mercury 17 Sep 

Beauchamp Proctor, Sir H & Lady Berney etc. Waltz, Quadrille & Gallopede. Sumptuous Dinner of
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

1831
Ipswich Journal 1 Oct 
 

favourite character of Richard III on the 10th of September. The house was well filled, the acting fine
& 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

1831
 
Norwich Mercury 8 Oct 

the Town Hall it was unanimously resolved to petition the House of Lords to pass the Reform Bill.
When a petition was adopted & very numerously signed by the Clergy, Magistrates & Gentry &by

the  Inhabitants  of the Town  & neighbourhood  generally. After nine Cheers had been  given for the
King & his Ministers, the Meeting broke up.

1831

CONCERTS  by  George  Aspall  at  Yarmouth,  Norwich,  Aylesham,  Beccles  &  Bungay.  Piano  &
Singing including His Brother’s Ballad of “Old Times” accompanied by himself on the Harp.

 
Norwich Mercury 15 Oct 
1831

REFORM BILL: The inhabitants of Beccles testified their regret at the rejection of theReform Bill by
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

 
Bury Post 19 Oct 
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Norwich Mercury 19 Nov 

class which was once the most peaceful, industrious & moral, still continue.”
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,

1831
Ipswich Journal 19 Nov 
 
shoemaker; John Smith, tailor; William Cutler, labourer.
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CHOLERA: A Board of Health  has been  established  at Beccles  and  every means taken to remove
nuisances & enforce cleanliness throughout the Town.

Ipswich Journal 10 Dec 
1831

STACK BURNING: Several  Letters. Ask for  more humane treatment of  Labourers  by Farmers  &
Overseers.

 
Norwich Mercury 17 Dec 
1831

BECCLES   HORTICULTURAL   SOCIETY   established   under   the   Patronage   of   the   Earl   of
Stradbrooke & the Earl & Countess of Gosford;   John Day, Treasurer;  H Harvey, Secretary; Pages

 
Norwich Mercury 31 Dec 

of Subscribers, but particularly intended for the encouragement of Cottagers to whom Prizes will be
awarded for approved Horticultural Productions.
QUARTER SESSIONS: Abigail Kerridge, stealing a Musical Snuffbox property of WW Cerjat, Esq

1831
 
Bury Post 30 Oct 

of Ringsfield: 3 Months Imprisonment.
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.

1831
 
Norwich Mercury 31 Dec 
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ADVERTISEMENT  ref  INCENDIARISM:  Incendiarism  prevented.  Nightly  depredations  may  be
effectively  prevented  by  means  of  the  Alarm  Shell  invented  by  W  Adkin,  Gunmaker,  Bungay.

 
Norwich Mercury 21 Jan  

Trespasser  can scarcely enter  Stock  Yards, Garden or Premises when  an explosion takes place. No
danger   from   Fire.   Portable,   Cheap   &   Safe.   6shillings   per   dozen.   (from   Inventor   or   White,
Ironmonger, Norwich)

1832

ATTACK  by  FOOTPADS:  Mr  A  Barber  of  Rose  Hall  [Roos  Hall]  near  Beccles  robbed  near
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.

 
Norfolk Cron 28 Jan  
1832

MEDICAL DISPENSARY BALL on Tuesday 21 February. Stewards: WJ Crowfoot & Sir Edmund
Bacon.

 
Norfolk Cron 11 Feb  
1832

SHIPPING:  Arrival  of  Seaborne  Vessel  at  Beccles  from  Lowestoft  with  Coals  sold  at  5s  8d  per
Chaldron less than most.

 
Norwich Mercury 7 Apr  
1832

RACE ON HORSE: A Race between mare of Charles Duffin, Esq 7 Horse belonging to John Carr,
Esq of Beccles: from Wheatacre, Whitehouse to Thurlton Church.

 
Norwich Mercury 7 Apr  

1832
 
1832

QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: Thomas Howes, 18, Stealing £1. 12 Months in Ipswich Gaol.
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

 
Norwich Mercury 7 Jul  
 
 
Norwich Mercury 14 Apr  

sufficient number of Passengers offer.
EMIGRATION: Fine, fast Sailing Ship “Miser” 200 tons will sail from Yarmouth for Quebec early
in May next.

1832
 
Norwich Mercury 21 Apr 

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1832

EMIGRATION: Sailing Ship “Syren” 300 tons from Yarmouth for Quebec, Monday 7 May.
EMIGRATION:  For  New  York:  “Marquis  Wellesley”  500  Tons  from  London.  (Steerage  Money:
Adults £5, Children under 14 half price)

 
Norwich Mercury 21 Apr 
 
Norwich Mercury 21 Apr 
1832

EMIGRATION: “Alert”  200 tons; “Benevolent  750 tons  (Steerage  £3.  If  Provisioned by ship  £7.
Children in proportion)
SALE: Bohun & Rix to sell House & Garden in Ravensmere occupied by William Barker. Benefit of

 
Norwich Mercury 12 May 
1832
 
Norwich Mercury 26 May  

Creditors
CREDITORS: William Barker to sell House in Ravensmere for benefit of Creditors.
GAME LAWS COMMITALS in 3 Winter Months of eacy Year:

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Norwich Mercury 26 May  
Norwich Mercury 30 Jun  

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
Norfolk
Suffolk

 
 

Nov 1829-Feb 1830 
64 
75 

Nov 1831-Feb 1832
40
94

 
 

 
 

 
Durham
Cumberland 

 
 

 
 

 

11 

 
 

 
 

8
4

 
 

 
 

Devon 
Cornwall

 


 
 

 
 

13
-

 
BECCLES RACES September 11th & 12th; Sir Hanson Bersey & WW Cerjat, Esq
CREDITORS of late Thomas Primmett 3s/6d in the £. Bohun & Rix

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Norwich Mercury 16 Jun 
 
Norwich Mercury 23 Jun 

1832
 
1832

BECCLES HORTICULTURAL: 3rd Meeting: Prizes Sir Thomas Gooch, Rev J Lillistone
Rev TO Leman, Sir E Bacon etc   Grapes, peaches, melons, apricots
SHIPPING: Arrivals: George, William & Mary, Friends; from Goole with Wools: Betsy & Bessey

 
Norwich Mercury 28 Sep  
 
 
Norwich Mercury 20 Oct  

 
 
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from Newcastle with Coals.
Sailed: Betsey: ballast. 
BECCLES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Fourth Meeting  in Assembly Room. President:  Earl of

George: Barley
 
Norwich Mercury 27 Oct  

Stradbrooke. Large attendance; Sir Edmund Bacon, Sir Thomas Gooch etc. Mr George Thurlith?: 19
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.

Dr Crowfoot in Chair.
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:

1832
 
Norwich Mercury 27 Oct  

Wednesday; &  one  Vessel will  leave Beccles  for  London  every Thursday.   Lillistone & Crickmer,
Agents for Beccles.
SHIPPING: Beccles, Nov 3rd. Arrival: Alliance, Allen from Norway with Bark & Deals; Lark Marsh

1832
 
Norwich Mercury 17 Nov  

from Newcastle with Coals; Jane  Scott in  ballast; Orion Trader  from  London with  goods;  Sailed:
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

1832
 
Norwich Mercury 24 Nov 

Wharf begun. “Beccles may be ranked among principal ports of inland navigatio.  Great reduction in
the price of coals.”

1832

ELECTION AT BECCLES: The Election for East Suffolk commenced on Monday here as one of the
Polling Places, with strong party feeling, which was expressed not only with hideousyells, throwing

 
Norwich Mercury 22 Dec 
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of mud etc at all who mounted the blue ribband (Hennicker & Vere) and we are sorry to say that an
attack was made on Sir Thomas Gooch and his Party, which exceeded anything of the kind we ever

saw. Much as Englishmen love Liberty many appear to make a bad use of it when they have it. So
violent was the attack that neither age nor distinction claimed any protection; everyone that woire the

blue ribband whether on horseback or in carriages, was insulted. But we are bound tosay it was not
done  by inhabitants  of Beccles  alone,  but  a  mob  collected  from  all the  villages from Gorleston to

Bungay, who assembled to knock down all opposition to Mr Shawe. The inhabitants were obliged to
shut up their shops during the two day election.

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Ipswich Journal 23 Jun 

SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Chaplain wanted.
EDUCATION: Beccles Classical  & Commercial Academy. Mr Cowles  has  a  vacancy for  a  clever

 
 
Norwich Mercury 5 Jan  

industrious youth to be articled for 3-5 years.
SHIPPING: Arrived: Apollos, Pybus from Goole with Coals.
Sailed: Squire Yallop for London with Grain. Barbara Anderson in ballast.

1833
 

 
Norwich Mercury 5 Jan  
 

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1833

SHIPPING: Arrived 3 with Coals, 1 with Bark from Norway & 2 others
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.

 
Norwich Mercury 12 Jan  
 
 
Norwich Mercury 9 Jan  

 
 

 
 

Bow Street & others are stationed in Neighbourhod.
NEXT  NIGHT  attempt  to  set  Fire  to  Heckingham  House  of  Industry.  £20  damage  covered  by
Insurance

1832
1833

BELLS AT DISS: New Bells at Diss; Ringers from Norwich, Bury, Beccles, Dereham etc
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

 
Bury Post 16 Jan  
Ipswich Journal 19 Jan 
 

an Animal Portrait Painter & will feel much obliged if any favouring him with a call to inspect some
of his Productions.
CROME: [teaching] Drawing & Painting: Oil & Water colour. At Beccles & Bungay: Monday 28th;

1833
 
Norwich Mercury 26 Jan  

Lowestoft & Yarmouth on Tuesday; Fakenham, Thursday.
EDWIN  COOPER:  We  regret  to  understand  that  Mr  Cooper,  the  Artist  of  Beccles  died  in  very
depressed circumstances. [eulogy followed]

1833
 
Norwich Mercury 26 Jan  
 
 

Mr Spanton, jun to organize an Exhibiton of his Work in Norwich. Artists’ Society consent to lend
Rooms. Paper recommends.
CHARLES MAPLESTONE, surveyor, builder, cabinet maker, lime, lath & coal Merchant to take his

1833
Ipswich Journal 2 Feb 
 

son into partnership, after six years in a leading establishment in London.
INCENDIARISM  at  Heckingham.  Adjacent  Building  containig  Straw  fired.  Lodden  Fire  Engine

1833
 
Norwich Mercury 2 & 9 Feb

came promptly. Inmates (who had gone to Bed) helped. £10 distributed to most active helpers.
£300 Reward offered for Information.

 
1833
 

 

SHIPPING: Arrived:  
Sailed:

4 with goods 
2 with Grain 

4 from Goole with Coal
 
Norwich Mercury 9 Feb  
 
 
 

1 with ballast
S Cattermole, Bookseller

1833
1833

LOTTERY AGENTS:  
STEEPLECHASE  between A Pierson, Shadfingfield & Carr, from Beccles to Storm Bridge Weston
Church. Horses took last fence together: winner undecided.

T Mason, Silversmith
 
Norwich Mercury 23 Feb  
Ipswich Journal 9 Mar 
 

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CREDITORS of EDWARD ARNOLD.
BURGLARY  at MONTAGU HOUSE, Northgate.  Sam Tubby,  footman &  groom  at  house of  his
employer, EA Montagu of Beccles. Transported for Life. [long account]

 
Norwich Mercury 16 Mar  
 
Ipswich Journal 23 March
1833

EXHIBITION of Works by late EDWIN COOPER was held at the room of the Society of Artists & it
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 &

 
Norwich Mercury 6 Apr  

perhaps to nearly as many more because they are all portraits of favourite animals. Amonst the best is
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

all their varieties & with the spirit of life  itself.  ....  We  can but think  of the  finished  animals, we
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

to secure the object -- some pecuniary aid to thw widow of so clever a man while it continues open
next week.
Admission 1shilling. Continued till week of 25 May.

 
 
1833
 

SALE: Northgate: Dwelling House, outbuildings, 140ft quay; 50 yards of Beccles Bridge, 3 adjoining houses with bake house
& rope maker's shop

Nor News 10 April
1833

EHIBITION of late Mr COOPER’S PAINTINGS for the Benefit of his  Widow still remains open at
the Rooms  of the  Society of Artists,  Exchange  Square. There  are  also specimens of Mr Folkard’s

 
Norwich Mercury 20 Apr  
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Painting which are highly approved of. Admission 1s/-
SALE in  Port  of Beccles: Dwelling House with Granaries  &  outbuildings &  a Quay  of  140ft.  50

1833
 
Norwich Mercury 20 Apr  

Yards from Beccles Bridge. 3 adjoining Houses with Bake Office & Rope Makers Shop.
Down the Score Boat Builder’s Yard & a previous Dwelling House.

 
1833
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Ipswich Journal 27 Apr 

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Exhibitions: 6 May, 1 July, 16 Sept, 21 Oct
INCENDIARISM:  Two  on  Lord  Henniker’s  Estate  at  Worlingworth.  Poor  deprived  of  Common

 
Ipswich Journal 23 Jun 
 

Rights by enclosure in this year.
HORTICULTURAL  EXHIBITION:  “Cottagers  table  did  them  great  credit”.  Fenn’s  Greenhouse
Plants praised.

1833
Ipswich Journal 11 May 
 
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Ipswich Journal 25 May 

TURNPIKE  ROAD:  Yarmouth  to  Blythburgh   (by  Beccles   23  miles)  Trustees  seek  repair  by
Contract.
BUILDING LEASESfor a Term of 50 Years TO BE LET by AUCTION in 5 Lots: Corporation Land

 
1833
 
Norwich Mercury 25 May 

on South Side of and adjoining Wharf of the New Dock.
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

1833
 
Norwich Mercury 5 Jan  
1833

BECCLES REGATTA: Silver Cup for Boats not exceeding 19ft. Another to be Rowed for 4  oared
Gigs etc.
BECCLES HORTICULTURAL Meeting.  Second in Assembly Room.  Very  great  improvement  in  

 
Norwich Mercury 6 Jul  
1833
 
Norwich Mercury 6 Jul  

Cottagers’ Productions. “Each individual received a Prize.” (list of prizes, many strawberries)
Mr Gill, pinks, cucumbers & beans; Mr Fenn Geraniums & Bouquet [both nurserymen]
REGATTA: Numerous spectators. Nicholas Darby wins £6 silver cup.

 
1833

 
Ipswich Journal 13 Jul 
 

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SHIPPING: Arrival; 5 with Coals. Sailed 6 for Hull & London with Ale, Grain & Wool.
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:

 
Norwich Mercury 3 Aug  
 
Norwich Mercury 10 Aug  
 
Norwich Mercury 10 Aug  
 
 

House now used & converted by Boatbuilder down The Score near Old Market, with Frontage of 80ft
on Waveney.

 
 

House  with  Granaries,  Outbuildings,  Yards  &  Garden  &  Quay  140ft  within  50  yards  of  Beccles
Bridge. Brewing Trade has been & is now carried on by late Proprietor. Possession Michaelmas.

 
1833

 

ALSO other Property.
SHIPPING: Meeting of Norfolk & Lowestoft Navigation Shipping Co: 6 Vessels; 3 in Norwich, 3 in

 
Norwich Mercury 24 Aug  

Beccles Trade.
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. 

1833
 
Ipswich Journal 24 Aug 
1833

THEATRE, Beccles. Open Wednesday 4th September (1st Race Night): Popular Drama of “Martha
Willis ” & other entertainment. There will also be performances every following evening of the same
week.

 
Norwich Mercury 31 Aug  
1833

BECCLES  HORTICULTURAL  Meeting.  Ball  on  21st  of    October.  5  shillings.  Fruit  &  Wine
included.
H Harvey, Hon Sec.

 
Norwich Mercury 7 Sep  

 
1833

 

BECCLES RACES: Mr Fenn’s “Gripe” a runner. “Town infested with Swindlers & Pickpockets”
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.

 
Norwich Mercury 7 Sep  
1833
 
Norwich Mercury 7 Sep  
1833
Ipswich Journal 7 Sep 

SHIPPING  COMPANY:  Norwich,  Lowestoft,  Beccles  &  Norwich  Shipping  Co  Meeting.  8.75%
profit; 6% Dividend. Two more Vessels to be purchased three fo Lowestoft/Beccles & 3 for Norwich.
Chairman: GS Erwing of Lowestoft

 

 
1833

 
Ipswich Journal 12 Oct 

NORWICH SPINNING INDUSTRY: Out of Population of 70,000, 12,00 in Parish books.
In 1813 annual exports £1,200,000
QUARTER  SESSIONS  at Beccles: HB Bence  in the Chair: Refers to  change  in  Law: Number  of

 

 
1833

 
Now rarely exceeds £100,000
Ipswich Journal 19 Oct 
 

Capital Offences reduced. Offences punishable by Transportation  increased. “deemed  expedient to
render that kind of punishment more rigorous: All persons Transported for 7 years to labour in Chains

for 4 years. Those for 14 years in Chains for 6 years. Those for Life in Chains for 8 years.
Case of William Powell, Samuel Tebbitt, Henry Twigg v EP Montagu at Quarter Sessions:

 
 

 
 

Appellants  are  a  party  of  Gamblers  frequenting  Races  &  playing  at  Games  of  Chance  in  Booths
which they erect. They are well known on Courses.

 
 

Beccles Race Course. They had played on the Second Day in Apollo Gardens: convicted for this &
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.

Warrant for their arrest.
SALE: TOWER WINDMILL & House: late Joseph Oldring of Beccles, occupied by Samuel Clutton,
near Turnpike Road to London, via Ipswich.

1833
Ipswich Journal 9 Nov 
 
1833
Ipswich Journal 16 Nov 
GLASGOW LOTTERY: Beccles Agent: S Cattermole
 
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Ipswich Journal 16 Nov 

POSTMASTER, Beccles: T Mason, silversmith.
ASSEMBLIES: Two winter Assemblies At Beccles: John Garden & WH Crowfoot (Portreeve)

 
Ipswich Journal 2 Dec 
 

Stewards.
SALE: STOCK IN TRADE: James Crowfoot & William Browning, Coach-Builders, Beccles.

1833
 
Ipswich Journal 14 Dec 
Catalogues from Jarman’s Printing Office
NEWSPAPERS 1834
1834

SALE of TREES: Auction Sale, Beccles. To be Sold by R Oswald the entire Stock of Fruit & Forest
Trees,  evergreens &  flowering shrubs of HW Gill, Nurseryman near the Bridge.  c  400,000 finest

 
Norwich Mercury 4 Jan  

trees. Most Trees including  ash,  alder,  beech,  birch, horse &  Spanish  chestnut,  elms, firs, poplars,
hazels, holly, hornbeams, limes and  oaks, sycamore; 10,000 Evergreens & flowering Shrubs. Variety

of Roses.
INSURANCE: Suffolk & General  Country (Fire): Beccles Agent: C Bobbett
EDUCATION: Ladies Boarding  & Day  School: Miss Fisher:  English, French, Drawing, Music  etc.

1834
1834

 
Norwich Mercury 4 Jan  
 
Norwich Mercury 4 Jan  

Ballygate, Beccles. Pupils intended for the Musical Profession will be fully instruted by Miss Fisher
into the Theoretical principles.
QUARTER  SESSIONS  at Beccles: Col Bence in the Chair:  Several Bills for repairs to Roads  &

1834
 
Ipswich Journal 4 Jan 

Bridges were presented by Mr Fenn, but as the  charges were not regular, & Mr Fenn  had not been
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

 
 

Beccles (having before been convicted of felony) 7 Years Transportation.
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):

 
1834

 
 
Norwich Mercury 8 Jan  

Situated by side  of Turnpike Road  near  entrance to Beccles, leading to Ipswich  &  London. Under
Lease to Mr Sam Clutten at £150 per annum. Dwelling House & Genteel Messuage (occupied by Rev

T Sheriff)
SHIPPING: Arrivals:  2  Ships  from  Lowestoft with Timber & Deals;  3 from  London with Timber,

1834
 
Norwich Mercury 8 Jan  

Deals & Goods.  
SHIPPING: Arrival: 3 Goods & Coal;  

ALSO one from Hull     Depart: 4 for London, 3 with Ale & Grain, 1 with Malt  

1834
1834

Depart: 4 for London with Grain, Malt & Ale
 
Norwich Mercury 25 Jan  

INCENDIARISM  at  HALESWORTH:  Stock  Yard  of  James  Taylor  of  Speckall  &  another  at  Mr
Prime’s of Holton “the Labourers not only refused to assist in subduing the Fire, but occupied time in
a wanton & notorious? manner.”

 
Norwich Mercury 1 Feb  
1834

ADVERTISEMENT: John Garnham, Thatched House, Blyburgate. Disposing of  of  Furs, Beavers,
Millinery, Dresses - Alteration in Firm. Business 9 - 4.
WANTED: 4 Apprentices in Straw-Hat Manufacture & 6 in Millinery & Dress Rooms.

 
Ipswich Journal 1 Feb 

 
1834

 

SOCIETY for PROTECTION of AGRICULTURE Formation  at King’s Head  of Beccles Branch.
James Boyden of North Cove, Treasurer & Secretary.
Mr Bloss in the Chair. Resolution: “That from the  unparalleled depression under which the  landed

 
Ipswich Journal 15 Feb 
 
 

interest now suffers & which threatens to reduce the middle ranks of society to pauperism, it behoves
us to take every step to stay so dire a calamity.”
CREDITORS:  Henry  Mann  of  Beccles,  Draper,  assigns  Estate  &  Effects  to  D  Woodgate  &  R

1834
 
Norwich Mercury 22 Feb  

Sheppard, Norwich, Warehousemen & John Mahew of Beccles (Debts to Mayhew)
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

1834
 
Ipswich Journal 6 Mar 

Agriculture.
BALL for DISPENSARY on Thursday 3 April. Sir Edmund Bacon & EC Sharpin; Stewards.
BOOK PUBLISHED: Rivers of Norfolk by James Stark.

1834
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Norwich Mercury 15 Mar  
 
Norwich Mercury 15 Mar  

1834
1834

BECCLES NURSERY: George Fenn: Swedish Turnips Also Mangle Wurzel, Lucerne etc.
GAOL: Now 51 Prisoners in Beccles Gaol, more than has been known for many years

 
Norwich Mercury 15 Mar  
 
Norwich Mercury 22 Mar  
1834

PORTREEVE  ELECTED: Dr Crowfoot. Also Dissenters  elected to Corporation: JC Webster  & R
Thornton.

 
Norwich Mercury 12 Apr  
1834

QUARTER   SESSIONS   at   Beccles:   Isaac   Lincoln   stealing   two   asses   at   Beccles:   7   Years
Transportation.

 
Ipswich Journal 12 Apr  
1834

INCENDIARIES HANGED: Gilpin Reynolds & William Pye hanged at Norwich for Incendiarism.
Little Public Sympathy. (“like what has been formerly known on the execution of a sheep stealer or
horse stealer.”)

 
Ipswich Journal 19 Apr 

1834
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INCENDIARIES HANGED Crowd estimated at 30,000 - 40,000.
COACH: Norwich, Beccles, Lowestoft, “Pilot” Daily (Sunday excepted): Lowestoft 7am to Norfolk
Hotel. Returns 5 pm. Propietors: William Durrant & Robert Newman, C Ansdell.

 
Bury Postl 16 Apr 
 
Norwich Mercury 26 Apr  
 
 
(Saturdays at 6am for Norwich Market)
NEWSPAPERS 1830-1856 
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1834

WANTED:  a  Pious  Female  to  assist  in  a  Linen  Draper’s  Shop,  one  who  can  line  &  trim  Straw
Bonnets. Also Respectable Youth as Apprentice. L Browne, Bedford house, Beccles.

 
Norwich Mercury 26 Apr  
1834

PETTY SESSIONS: James Edwards, Myal Halesworth, Will Shipley, Charles Hook & Henry Esling,
for playing  at Balls  on  Sunday  at Beccles.  Each  fined  3s  4d.  (The 3 former  stood 3 hours in the

 
Ipswich Journal 26 Apr 

Stocks  [“the  use  of  the  Stocks  died  out  in  the  middle  years  of  the  19th  century”]  in  default  of
payment)

1834

BECCLES  RATEPAYERS  Meeting,  Protest  and  Petition  Against  proposed  alteration  to  Law  of
Parochial  Settlement. ... would  lead to Village  Proprietors to  destroy Cottages “already too much
acted upon, too great Rural Injury & Incnvenience to the Poor.”

 
Norwich Mercury 3 May  
1834

LABOURERS of FRETTENHAM meet to resist farmers’ intention to reduce wages from 9s/- to 8s/-.
Forty assemble, Constables beaten off. High Sheriiff etc meets men, but Riot Act has to be read. 10
Men committed to Castle.

 
Norwich Mercury 3 May  
1834

SPEECH by  Sir Thomas GOOCH at Laying  Foundation  Stone of National  School at Wrentham on
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.”

 
Ipswich Journal 7 Jun 
1834

CRICKET: On Monday last a Match of Cricket was played on Beccles Common between Gents of
Wangford & Beccles, which after spirited play on both sides, terminated in favour of Wangford. The

 
Norwich Mercury 28 Jun  

day being fine there were a large number of spectators. At the conclusion of the Game both parties
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.

1834

Messrs Dashwood & Son have vacancy for Pupil who will have the advantage of seeing practice of a
large Town, two Houses of Industry & several Parishes. (Beccles)
BECCLES REGATTA: Monday 14 July. Two silver cups. One for boats not exceeding 19ft. Second

 
Ipswich Journal 11 Jul  
1834
 
Ipswich Journal 19 Jul  

not  exceeding  16ft. Two  days,  under management  of Admiral Carr & Commodore Farr. 19 Boats
started for first Silver Cup.

1834

SALE or TO BE LET: Extensive Warehouses & Granaries capable of containing 500 lasts of Corn &
150  Caldrons  of  Coal,  Malting  Office,  2  Malt  Kilns,  Wharf  or  Quay  88ft  in  width  alongside  of

 
Norwich Mercury 19 Jul 

Waveney & 150ft to Northgate.
ADVERTISEMENT:   Gilbert’s   New   Britylex,   with   strong   shifting   Seat   in   front,   to   Post   or

1834
 
Norwich Mercury 19 Jul  

Drive.Light Phaeton for a pair of Cobs; neat light Ladies Phaeton; Several Pony Phaetons: two very
light & Modern.  Stanhope:  3  good second  hand:  neat  god  light  Posting Chariot.  Light  neat  green
Landau for one Horse or pair. 3 Sporting Gigs.

 
1834
1834

 

VACANCY: 2 Apprentices to Coach painting & Coach Trimming, Harness Making etc
CRICKET:  
HORTICULTURAL  SOCIETY:  Cottagers:  Fruit,  Vegetables,  Flwers  &  Honey.  Prizes  in  Grapes,

Bungay, 51 & 80 = 131 
Beccles, 31 & 24 = 55
 
Bury Post 13 Aug 
 
Ipswich Journal 20 Sep  

Melons, Peaches & Figs, Indian Corn etc.
DIED at Beccles: Thomas Jay, Watch Maker, aged 44.
SALE of WHEELWRIGHT’S SHOP in Smallgate.

1834
1834

 
Norwich Mercury 4 Oct 
 
Norwich Mercury 18 oct  

1834
1834
 

MARRIAGE at Beccles in the Chapel of the Tower: Robert Dashwood, Esq to Dinah Margaret Barry
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 &

 
Norwich Mercury 18 oct  
 
Norwich Mercury  oct  
 

29 acres, 3 rods, 32 perches of Land in Beccles. This was Purchased for £600 of which were given:
Queen Anne’s Bounty £400, The Parishioners £200.
The  above  Estate  was  exchanged  in  the  year  1785  by  consent  of  the  Bishop,  Parishioners  &

 
 

Governors  of Queen Anne’s Bounty for 28  acres  1 rod  25 perches of land & Barn at Framsden  &
Winsten in Suffolk.
STOLEN HORSES: Incident of Stplen Horses involving Gooday at Beccles Quarter Sessions

1834
1834
1834

 
Bury Post 22 Oct  

PICKPOCKETED: Henry Stan, groom for pickpocketing at Beccles Races: 12 Months
SOCIETY  for  Rewarding  GOOD  CONDUCT  in  SERVANTS,  Cottagers  &  Occupiers.  Inaugural

 
Bury Post 22 Oct  
 
Norwich Mercury 22 Nov 

Meeting. Rev JB Collyer: Such Societies are excellent auxilaries to New Poor Law, whose object was
to suppress Indolence, Idleness & Crime, etc

NEWSPAPERS 1830-1856 
David Lindley, June, 2003 
 
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NEWSPAPERS 1835
1835

QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: Application made for Convicts sentenced to Transportation to be
sent direct from Beccles to the Hulks at Portsmouth (to save expense) instead of Ipswich Gaol

 
Bury Post4 Jan 
1835

SHIPMEADOW  WORKHOUSE:   Wanted:  60  Pairs  &   10   quarter   blankets;   60   Stout  Cotton
coverlids; 150 yards red Teak; 4 cwt common flock for beds; 12 Stout stump Bedsteads 6ft 2ins x 4ft
2ins.

 
Ipswich Journal 3 Janl  

1835
1835

EDUCATION: Cowles Academy.
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

 
Ipswich Journal 3 Janl  
 
Norwich Mercury 10 Jan  

near the Old Market, Annual Rent  £90.  Premises  might be  converted for Maltster  & Corn & Coal
Merchant. Apply Daniel Smith, Currier, Delf, Grocer, or Webster, Solicitor.

1835
1835

BALL: Second Subscribers’ Ball, Friday 20 February: William Carpenter & HWR Davey, Stewards
THEFT from KING’S HEAD: Last Saturday the Bar of the King’s Head was broken into, a Till &

 
Ipswich Journal 31 Jan  
 
Norwich Mercury 14 Feb  

Cash Box carried off, but left on the Premises. £20 was taken.
LITERARY  &   SCIENTIFIC  INSTITUTION:  Meeting  at  Town  Hall  to  Form  the   Society.  A

1835
 
Norwich Mercury 14 Feb  

Temporary Committee,  Secretary & Treasurer   elected. 100 plus  Shares at 1  guinea each taken  on.
Many yearly Subscribers.
ADVERTISEMENT:  Thatched  House,  Beccles:  Garnham  &  Son:  Sale  20th  February.  Reduction.

1835
 
Ipswich Journal 14 Feb  

Country Drapers, Straw Hat Makers & Tailors supplied at Manufacturer’s prices. Funeral Performed:
Hearses & Mourning Coaches to Let.
Apprentices wanted in Millinery & Dress Departments & good hands in Straw Hat Manufactory.

 
1835

 

TURNPIKE ROAD, Little  Yarmouth to Blythburgh. AGM at King’s Head. Particulars of demands
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,

 
Norwich Mercury 21 Feb  
1835
 
Bury Post 9 Mar 

took plac in Clare Market.  Strange to say, the plan was adopted to transfer the  Lady from her  first
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

crown, which the husband pocketed, and walked quietly home solus to Stanstead.
BALL for Medical Dispensary, Thursday 23 April. Stewards: Viscount Acheson, MP & John Kerrick
Mueller’s Band.

1835
 
Ipswich Journal 4 Apr  
1835

EDUCATION: Beccles Boarding & Day School for Young Ladies: Misses Redgrave. Usual Course
of  English  Education,  Music,  French,  Painting  in  Oil  &  Water  Colours  taught  by  the  Misses
Redgrave.

 
Ipswich Journal 4 Apr  
1835

SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Person Wanted as Tailor at weekly wages to make clothes for the
Poor in the House from cloth manufactured by the Paupers. 

 
Ipswich Journal 11 Apr  
James Runting, Governor
1835

DENTIST: “Inconodobile Artificial Teeth & Mineral  Succedarenum  in fitting decayed teeth. Mons
Edward Mallan of London firm., Bank Plain, Norwich. At Yarmouth on Mondays & Thursdays & at

 
Ipswich Journal 25 Apr  

Mr Thurlow’s, Bridge Street [Northgate] Beccles on Fridays.
VESTRY MEETING on Easter Monday. Churchwardens’ Accounts: Expenditure £136, Balance £40.

1835
 
Norwich Mercury 2 May  

Rate of 4d in £ proposed. Raised to 7d on grounds of insufficiency.
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.

 
 

Seconded by Mr Thornton. Received with evident indications of satisfaction by a large proporttion of
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.

 
 

130 for wright’s amendment, 55 against. Wright remarks that as expenditure incurred upon the Poor
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

 
 

entered  into to  discharge the  balance  of  last Year’s payments. James Crip seconds. Carried. James
Crisp  hoped  the  decision  will  not  at  all  distant  the  Harmony  which  has  so  long  &  so  creditably
subsited between Churchmen & Dissenters in this place.

1835

RACE: Steeple Race for £20 across 2 1/4 miles of very enclosed country from St Lawrence Mill to a
Barn on Mr Sadd’s Farm at Shadingfield, betweem Mr Chandler’s “Flying Bat” & Mr Pierson’s “Old
Canon Ball” [Flying Bat won easily]

 
Norwich Mercury 2 May  
1835

WHITE LION, Smallgate, Commercial & Posting House. Taken by Thomas Edwards, several years
Head Waiter at Rampant Horse, Norwich. Neat Post Chaises etc.
CREDITORS: William Gamble, Innkeeper, Beccles  assigns  Estate to John Parson  of  South Town,

 
Norwich Mercury 9 May  
1835
 
Norwich Mercury 16 May  

HG Dowson, Geldeston (Owner) for Creditors.
CHURCH  RATES  AT  BUNGAY:  John  Childs  committed  to  Prison  for  refusing  to  pay  Church

1835
 
Ipswich Journal 16 May  

Rates.
RACES at BECCLES, Friday 8 May: Pierson’s “Canon Ball” beat Lawes’ “Oak Apple” once round

1835
 
Norwich Mercury 23 May  
NEWSPAPERS 1830-1856 
David Lindley, June, 2003 
 
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Course. and other Races.
BANKRUPT: William Corbyn: SALE of STOCK in TRADE: Broad Cloths, Kerseys, Waistcoating,

1835
 
Ipswich Journal 23 May  

Drills, Cantoons etc. Also Furniture.
COACH:  Yarmouth,  Bury,  Cambridge  Coach.  Every  Day  except  Sunday.  New  &  elegant  Coach.

1835
 
Norwich Mercury 30 May  

“The Hope”. Leaves Yarmouth at 7 am. Bury at 2 pm. (in time for Cambridge Coach leaving Bury at
2.30) Leave Bury in time for Southwold Coach (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday) & every

day for Halesworth Coach;  arrive  at Beccles  in time for  Lowestoft Coach  (Monday  Wednesday &
Saturday) Arrive Yarmouth 8.30 pm..
BUNGAY: Procession greeting John Childs on release from Prison [for not paying the Church Rate]

1835
1835

 
Norwich Mercury 30 May  

DAVID FISHER, junior: To Gentry of Norfolk: After Midsummer Vacation: Teaching Violin, Piano
& Singing. Lessons at George Fisher’s Academy
EARL of GOSFORD created Baron, Lord Worlingham. Appointed Governor of Canada.

 
Norwich Mercury 6 Jun  

1835
1835

 
Bury Post 9 Jun 

COACH: Halesworth, Bungay & Norwich “Eclipse” Coach. Line of Road extended to Southwold for
the Bathing Season.
SHIPPING: Arrived: 2 with Goods, 2 with Coals;     Sailed 2 with ale,  grain flour, 1 with wool &

 
Norwich Mercury 13 Jun  
1835
 
Ipswich Journal 13 Jun  

flour
DINNER to Mr CHILDS at Bungay, in the Theatre: From Beccles: Rev Flower, JC Webster, Wilton
Rix, R Clarke [all Esq.] & Mr James Crisp.

1835
 
Bury Post 24 Jun 

1835
1835

BECCLES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY 2nd Meeting, Friday 3rd of July & Dinner.
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.

 
Norwich Mercury 27 Jun  
 
Norwich Mercury 27 Jun  

1835
1835

CRICKET: Beccles 50 & 69 = 119;
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”

Harleston 54 & 64 = 118.     Beccles won by 2 wickets
 
Norwich Mercury 27 Jun  
 
Ipswich Journal 27 Jun  

French & Italian.
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: Licence to Fisher for Theatre: 50 nights at Halesworth, 60 nights

1835
 
Bury Post 8 Jul 

at Beccles.
PAUPER DISTURBANCES in NORFOLK: The villages of Great Bircham & Bircham Tofts [in the

1835
 
Bury Post 8 Jul 

Fakenham area] “have been the scene of very serious disorders during the last week.” Firm resistance
of the regulations laid down by Poor Law Commissioners. Commissioners had said the Poor should

receive “at least a part of their allowance in kind”. On 20th June 5 or 6 labourers of Great Bircham
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-

making nor turnip sewing proceeded during the whole week.” On Monday 29th of June Mr Hunter of
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

from his horse and severely ill-treated” Warrants were obtained for the arrest of four ring-leaders and
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 head, arms and shoulders. Mr Hunter, Mr Hebgin and Mr Harlett were also severely beaten.
“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

 
 

from the Coast. Between  11 &  12 o’clock 800 to  900 men marched to Mr Kitton’s House,  broke
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

partially attacked” and then proceeded to Bircham Toft. Mr Harlett of Bircham Toft & Mr Kitton’s
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.”

 
 

On Tuesday at noon the Preventative Men & Military arrived but people had dispersed “and several
of the principles had fled. Some Troops remained to guard the village were relieved by a detachment

of the Enniskillen Dragoons from Norwich”.
Most  labourers  returned  to  work  by  Thursday  “Perhaps,  “writes  a  Correspondent,  “  it  would  be

 
 

impossible to find in any part of the Kingdom  a peasantry so ignorant  and uncultivated  as those of
Bircham - a convincing proof that nothing is so dangerous to the peace of society as ignorance.”

1835

QUARTER SESSIONS: at Beccles: Various imprisonments 1 to 3 months, with last week in Solitary
Confinement.
EDUCATION: Sir John Leman School: Usher or Sub Master over 21 wanted next term.

 
Ipswich Journal 6 Jul  

1835
1835

 
Norwich Mercury 11 Jul  

RACES: 2nd Spring & July Meetings: June 15 Match for £40 once round Coure won by Baker from
Newmarket.
6 July £50 once round course. Also Pony Races.

 
Norwich Mercury 11 Jul  

 
1835

 
SHIPPING: Arrived:-  4 London: goods;  1 Goole stone; 1 Goole: coal; 1 Newcastle: coal.
 
Norwich Mercury 11 Jul  
NEWSPAPERS 1830-1856 
David Lindley, June, 2003 
 
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1835

 

Depart: 2 London: grain & malt
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Second Meeting: Gill (Florist) Rare & new Roses.

 
Ipswich Journal 11 Jul  
 
 

Bircham (Florist) 100 sorts of Roses; Fenn & Laws (nurserymen; decline Prizes) 43 sorts calceolarias
& Greenhouse Plants. Good Vegetables on Cottagers Table. 25 Prizes. Dinner King’s Head.

1835
1835

CRICKET: Beccles 56 & 46 = 102;
REGATTA: Great number of Sailing Boats (one from Colchester) 1st Silver Medal won by Richard

Wangford  51 & 14 = 65
Beccles won by 37 runs
 
Norwich Mercury 25 Jul  
 
Norwich Mercury 25 Jul  

Darby.  Rowing  matches  for hats  etc.  Three  Steam Boats plying up &  down the River with  large
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

1835
 
Norwich Mercury 1 Aug 

Shells, Fossils & Minerals. Broadwood Piano. 150 Books, Pony Gig etc.
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.

1835
 
Bury Post 9 Jun 
1835

SALE  by  W  Pettingill:  House  in  Rosemary  Lane,  Northgate.  House  with  Garden  in  front  in
Rosemary Lane fronting Back Street [Ravensmere] occupied by Mrs Cross.
ALSO House with Garden in front in Rosemary Lane occupied by William Wright.

 
Ipswich Journal 8 Aug  

 
1835

 

SALE: Freehold  Estate of  about half  an acre of Robert  Weavers,  abutting upon Blyburgate  & Fen
Lane [Grove Road]
RACES: Lord Berners now Steward in place of Wilson.

 
Ipswich Journal 15 Aug  

1835
1835

 
Ipswich Journal 22 Aug  

RACES at Beccles on 3 & 4 September. Well attended. Best Report for years.
MEDICAL  &  SURGEONS  of  Eastern  Provincial.  Members  WH  Crowfoot,  WE  Crowfoot,  HTF
Davey & HWN Davey

 
Bury Post 9 Sep 
1835
 
Ipswich Journal 19 Sep  
1835

ADVERTISEMENT: Grimwade, Silversmith, Jeweller, Bookseller & Stationer, Haberdashery & Toy
Warehouse, takes Shop of Mr Mason. Teas etc at reduced price. Agent for Ipswich Journal & Bury
Post. Circulating Library.

 
Ipswich Journal 10 Oct 
1835

QUARTER  SESSIONS:  at Beccles:  various thefts including  1s  8d 1/2d pocket picked  at Beccles
Races.

 
Ipswich Journal 24 Oct  

1835
1835

SHIPMEADOW House of Industry. Entire Brewing Plant for Sale.
MIGRATION To LANCASHIRE: A Report made by Mr Kersey and two labourers “to ascertain the

 
Ipswich Journal 31 Oct  
 
Bury Post 4 Nov 

truth ... as to the demand  for hands  in the  Factories.” Also  a letter from Mr Rodwell  clarifying the
situation. Two Points:

 
 

1. A very large demand for hands 
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

2. Absolutely necessary to follow the plan recommended by the

supply should come from the south or Ireland, although preference amongst many would be English.
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

 
 

the demands of work. That widows with large families of children should go, and handcaftsmen with
large families.
Adult men would have difficulty finding employment although there is a large demand at present for

 
 

erecting Mills, but this will not continue. 
as to how to apply
[see also letter to Shipmeadow from Castleton Mill, Derby for apprentices.  36/AQ2/1/18

Women will not find employment.
Details   are   given

 
1835

 

THEATRE: Plays on 23rd of November. On Friday 27th Performance with Mr & Mrs Fisher.
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

 
Ipswich Journal 21 Nov  
1835
 
Bury Post 2 Dec 

Wheat Stacks preserved. Incendiarism. 
INCENDIARISM:  Reward  for  Information  on  Worlingham  Fire:  HM  Government  £100;  Earl  of
Gosford £200; Norwich Fire Office £100; == Total of £400.

1835
 
Ipswich Journal 5 Dec  
1835

REVISING  BARRISTERS   holding  Court  to  determine  Registration.  Question:  Are  those  who
receive coal from the Corporation & Feoffees at half price disenfranchised, or not?

 
Ipswich Journal 12 Dec  

1835
1835

LECTURE by Dr Crowfoot on Chemitry.
REVISING BARRISTERS, Messrs Collins & Gazelee: pronounced on Register.

 
Ipswich Journal 12 Dec  
 
Ipswich Journal 19 Dec  
 
 

Those who received money from the Feoffees and those receiving small sums twice a year from the
Corporation; those who receive Coals purchased  by the Corporation & sold  at  reduced price, All

Disenfranchised.  About  170  names  were  struck  off  the  Burgess  Roll,  reducing  the  number  of
Burgesses to about 260.
RIOT at IPSWICH against New Poor Law. Riot Act Read twice: military: Partial demolition of one

1835
 
Bury Post 23 Dec 

Workhouse.
POOR LAW UNREST: Many accounts of unrest at Bulcamp (Blything Union), Baddington (Hoxne),
following troubles at Ipswich.

1835
 
Ipswich Journal 26 Dec  
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1836
 

GROWTH of METHODISM
Date 

 
Norwich Mercury 2 Jan  

 
 

Numbers 
33,000

Chapels
2,112 

 
 


1,000,000 

 

Income
160,000

 
 
 

1800 
1810 
1820 

 
 
 

 
 

495,000
645,000

3174 
4128 

 
 

1,500,000 
2,064,000 

240,000

 
 
1836

 
 

1830 
1840 
EDUCATION: Beccles Academy: Mr Cowles: well situated School Building; Pupils attend Lectures

814,500
1,000,000 

 

5,212 
6,400 

 
 

2,606,000 
3,200,000 

390,000
480,000

 
Norwich Mercury 9 Jan  

of the Beccles Scientific Institution.
BECCLES COUNCILLORS:   Elected: R Thornton*, John Day, JC  Webster*, James Crisp*, FW

1836
 
Ipswich Journal 2 Jan 

Farr, WH Crowfoot, HS Davey,  WH  Leavold*, H Barker, Thomas Gilbert*, Thomas Norton,  WK
Baker. 

 *= Dissenters.
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.

Aldermen: Thornton, Farr, Crowfoot, Davey
 
 
1836 

QUARTER SESSIONS: Poisoning of Horses. Court crowded for trial of Thomas Wilson, farmer of
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,

Ipswich Journal 9 Jan 

appeared they were bound to present, not produce the offender. Embarked for America?
EDUCATION: Miss Fuller’s School, Gentleman’s Walk
CORPORATION: Elected: RW Clarke, SW Rix, C Chinery, Thomas Delf.

1836 
1836 

Ipswich Journal 9 Jan 
Ipswich Journal 16 Jan 
1836

CHURCH SACRILIGE in Suffolk. Perpetrated to a great extent in this County. Last week churches
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

 
Norwich Mercury 23 Jan 

apprehended.  Eye Church plundered of the Chest containing Communion Plate,  Surplices, Gowns,
Scarves, Altar & Pulpit draperies ... books destroyed.
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Wanted a Baker & Superintendent of sack & linen factors. Salary

1836 
Ipswich Journal 23 Jan 

7s per week.
PROTECTION of AGRICULTURE Society. 5 different Meetings. Beccles: King’s Head. Saturday 6
February. J Robinson in Chair.

1836 
Ipswich Journal 30 Jan 

1836 
1836 

DIED infant son of SW Rix
LECTURES:  at  Assembly  Room,  numerously  attended,  weekly  on  Mondays.  “Such  a  source  of
amusement & instruction was never before enjoyed in Beccles”

Ipswich Journal 6 Feb 
Ipswich Journal 6 Feb 
1836 

EMPLOYMENT by EMIGRATION: Report on Mission from Blything Union undertaken by Lt Col
Bence & Mr Lay to ascertain the probable employment for Agriculture Labourers in other Districts.

Ipswich Journal 6 Feb 

1s
DIED: Thomas Ebbs, highly respectable farmer at Mutford.

1836 
1836 
1836

Ipswich Journal 27 Feb 

LECTURE: Rix delivers last Lecture on Pneumatics.
TO BE  LET:  In Bridge  Street, House with  Stables & wash  house  adjoining River, suitable small

Ipswich Journal 27 Feb 
 
Norwich Mercury 12 Mar  

Mercantile man, now in posession of Messrs Charles Hursthouse & Co.
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

1836 
Ipswich Journal 12 Mar 

Reydon a short time since, where they stole a quantity of plate, & after  drinking several bottles of
wine, left two large case knives on the table anddecamped.
WANGFORD UNION Annual election of Guardians. Notice & number of Guardians for Parish.

1836 
1836

Ipswich Journal 19 Mar 

SHIPPING: Arrived; 3 London Coals, 1 Newcastle, 1 Goole. Sailed 1 London all Grain flour.
SALE:   House   &   Land   in   Blyburgate.   William   Crisp,   deceased.   Extensive   Warehouse   &
Outbuildings, Walled-in Garden, Cottage & Shop adjoining, occupied by Mrs Copeman

 
Norwich Mercury 26 Mar  
1836
 
Norwich Mercury 9 Apr 

 
 
1836

 
 

ALSO for   Enclosures known as the “Fair Close” 16 acres & 5 Acres.
Apply William Crisp, Southwold.
COCK FIGHTING: Main of Cocks at White Swan: Norfolk Gents v [others] Four Double Days

 
Bury Post 30 Apr 

 
1836 

 

[Is this the last advertisement for cock fighting? “it was largely sppressed in the first half of the 19C]
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]

Ipswich Journal 7 May 
1836 

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. Crawshay Prize of spade, rake, hoe & garden knife to E Montagu,
Esq for 3 best cabbages. 22 Prizes to Cottagers.
DETAINED supposed to have been stolen: 2 ponies, luggage cart & gig harness & 3 Men.

Ipswich Journal 16 May 

1836 
1836 

Ipswich Journal 11 Jun 

SALE: Blacksmith’s Shop & Premises in Blyburgate near the Black Boy for executors of Mrs Warne
in the occupation of W Tripp

Ipswich Journal 11 Jun 
1836

BECCLES RACES.  Sir T Gooch  & JJ Bedingfield,  Stewards. Ordinaries, Assemblies. Theatre  as
usual.

 
Norwich Mercury 2 Jul  
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1836
1836

TO BE LET: White Lion, with large Bowling Green
QUARTER  SESSIONS  at  Beccles.  3  Men  convicted  of  Stealing  a  Pony  transported  for  Life.

 
Norwich Mercury 2 Jul  
 
Norwich Mercury 2 Jul  

Chairman remarks  fortunate  for them the  Law had  been  altered. “Three fellows, who more  richly
deserved Hanging, had never entered a Court of Justice.”

1836
1836

EDUCATION: Misses Pedgrift, in Market Place, Beccles
BECCLES THEATRE: Wednesday, 20 July & each & every evening this week.

 
Bury Post 6 Jul 
Norwich Mercury 16 Jul 
 

1836 
 
1836

Ipswich Journal 16 Jull 

BECCLES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY 2nd Meeting. Fenn & Laws Greenhouse plants.
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,

 
Bury Post 20 Jul 
 

Beccles. Arrives Beccles in time for the Lowestoft Coach.
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.

1836 
Ipswich Journal 23 Jul 

 
1836 

 

[They probably lived in Hungate Lane, see 1841 Rates List]
RACES on 21st & 22nd of July. Ball not well attended. Theatre full both evenings (many not able to
obtain admission on second night)

Ipswich Journal 30 Jul 

1836
1836
1836 

BECCLES REGATTA: Monday 29 August. 3 Silver cups.
RAILWAY: Proposed Lowestoft Bungay & London Railway. Agents E & W Sharpin, Beccles.
BECCLES  VESTRY MEETING: Dissenters  oppose 4d Church Rate. James Crisp & William Delf

 
Norwich Mercury 6 Aug 
Norwich Mercury 6 Aug 
 
Ipswich Journal 20 Aug 

propose   adjournment  for  12  months.   Show  of  hands  favours   adjournment.  Poll   demanded  by
Garnham & Dashwood. Rate approved on Poll 293 to 261 =  32 (next day 4 pm) majority for Rate.
CRICKET at BECCLES v DISS

1836
 

Norwich Mercury 6 Aug 
 
 

Diss 54 & 50 = 104;    Beccles 84 & 23 for 2 = 107
REGATTA n 29 August. “company numerous & respectable”.
EMIGRATION: Letter from William Strouger & David Ward, emigrants from Benacre & Covehithe

1836 
1836 

Ipswich Journal 3 Sep 
Ipswich Journal 10 Sep 

by the  Ship Allende chartered  by the Blything Union;  Lowestoft to Quebec. They  gave favourable
view of farming life.

1836 
1836 

WJ CROWFOOT, MD a Steward a Conservative Dinner at Framlingham.
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE Numbers given at Speech at Harleston Agricultural Association by

Ipswich Journal 17 Sep 
Ipswich Journal 15 Oct 

Rev Benich:
In 1835 200 in Shipmeadow House, plus 80-90 able-bodied receiving Outdoor Relief.

 
 

 
 

In 1836 93 in House & no Outdoor Relief to able-bodied.
Mr Girling agrees, but says Allotment System necessary supplement.
CONCERTS: Mr Frost, his son & 3 daughters. Sacred Miscellany Concerts in 1836 at ... Bungay &

 
1836 

 
Ipswich Journal 29 Oct 

Beccles.
JOHN FISHER APPEAL: To the Friends & Patrons of John Fisher:
This old & favourite Comedian of the Norfolk & Suffolk Company has been encouraged by Friends

1836 
 

Ipswich Journal 5 Nov 
 

to make an Appeal to Public Generosity. Lengthened Indisposition has rendered his continuance upon
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

 
 

Sharpin 10s
ELECTION at Beccles; “severe Struggle”. 4 Retiring Councillors (Gilbert, Leavold, Norton & Barker
- who had 2 votes more than Newman) re-elected.

1836
Bury Post 9 Nov 
 
1836 

MAYOR’S  DINNER.    Dinner  given  to  retiring  Mayor,  John  Day.  130  Gentlemen  &  Tradesmen
present
RAILWAY:  Beccles,  Bungay  &  Harleston  Railway.  Application  to  be  made  to  Parliament  next

Ipswich Journal 12 Nov 
1836
 
Norwich Mercury 19 Nov

session
CONCERT:  “The  Minstrel  Family”  (Frost  Family  see  29  Oct)  at  Assembly  Room  on  Monday,
Tuesday & Wednesday. Selection from the Messiah, Creation, etc.

1836 
Ipswich Journal 19 Nov 
1836
Norwich Mercury 3 Dec 

WATER  MILL  lately  erected  by  new  Town  Council  blown  down  in  Gale.  Workmen’s  narrow
escape.

 

1836
1836 

Bury Post 7 Dec 

BECCLES NEW MARSH MILL, built last year by by the Corporation blown down.
POOR LAW: Petition to the Mayor of Ipswich to convene a Public Meeting to consider propriety of

 
Ipswich Journal 10 Dec 

sending a Petition to Parliament “against objectionable & oppressive Clauses of the New Poor Law
Amendment Act”.  c 220 Signatures. [Details the following week]

1836

STAG  HOUNDS:  Sir  James  Flowers’  Stag  Hounds  met  on  Wednesday  at  Beccles,  when  after
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

 
Norwich Mercury 17 Dec
1836
Bury Post 28 Dec 
 

for  three  months.  He  was  “Put  to  Hard  Labour  upon  the  wheel,  with  a  small  piece  of  meat  on
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

committed  “for  one  month:  but  what  a  change  in  the  system!  Only  it  amounts  now  to  solitary
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confinement, and that at starvation point! I was shut up in a small cell by myself, with a daily walk of
about  half  an  hour  only,  and  a  very  small  loaf  ...  and  scarcely  hearing  a  human  voice  except  at

Chapel.”  Says he came out so weak  he had to rely on friends  and would rather do 6 months of  his
former imprisonment “or do the hardest work possible for sixpence a day.

 
 

 
 

Says he has two objects in writing the letter.
1. To warn people who are most liable to be sent to prison what treatment to expect.

 
 

2. To ask the Magistrates if they are aware of the severity of sending “a fellow creature to solitary
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

woe to them through whom the offence cometh!”
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

1836 
1836 

Ipswich Journal 31 Dec 
Ipswich Journal 31 Dec 
(29th of December) having travelled the greater part of the way on Foot.
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1837 

QUARTER SESSIONS. Proceedings on Monday adjourned. The Clerk prevented from arrival by the
fall of snow (as happenned in 1776)

Ipswich Journal 6 Jan 
1837
Norwich Mercury 7 Jan 

EDUCATION:  Classical  &  Commercial  Academy,  Beccles.  Mr  Cowles.  [established  1818]  This
establishment has been carried on by the presnt Master for 19 years & has varied so little in a number

 

of points  in the past ten years that the Conductor  confidently trusts  his plan of Tuition will  merit
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

 
 

will have great advantages in Classical& Commercial Instruction.
EDUCATION: Beccles: Miss Fuller’s School: Vacancy for Articled pupil.
BALL: TRADESMEN’S Annual Ball; at King’s Head. Gents 6s/-; Ladies 5s/-

1837
1837 

Norwich Mercury 7 Jan 
 
Ipswich Journal 13 Jan 
1837
Norwich Mercury 21 Jan 

EMIGRATION  to  AUSTRALIA:  Ship  of  500  tons  to  leave  the  Thames  for  Sydney  touching  at
Plymouth  to  embark  Passengers.  “A  very  extensive  demand  exists  in  this  Country  for  married

 

mechanics, Carpenters, Joiners etc. Also Agricultural Servants, Shepherds.”
DANCING: Frank Noverre at Beccles & Loddon on Thursdays

1837
1837
1837

Norwich Mercury 21 Jan 
 
Norwich Mercury 21 Jan 

SHIPPING: Arrived: 2 from London; 
EMIGRATION: The total number wh emigrated under the sanction of the Poor Law Commissioners

Sailed: 2 for London with Ale, Grain, etc.
 
Bury Post 25 Jan 
 

between June 1835 and July 1836 was 5,141 and “the sum raised for defraying the expense of such
emigration was  £28,414. The  greater portion of emigration was from Norfolk &  Suffolk  as  can  be
seen from the following statement

 
 
 

 
 
 

County
Suffolk
Norfolk

 
 
 

No of Parishes
32 
91 

 
 
 

No of Emigrants
787 
3,068 

 
 
 

Sum Raised
£4,198
£15,198

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Nearly all the remainder came from the southernj counties: Kent, Sussex, Hants & Wilts.
The largest number from Parishes: in Norfolk: Banham 250, Eagefield 123
Suffolk: Lawshall 60, Redgrave 48, Stradbroke 91, Thanham 95

 
1837

 

Their destination was for the most part Canada.
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

Norwich Mercury 28 Jan 
 

stolen. Transportation 7 Years
WORKHOUSE   at   WORTHAM:   Wanted   Governor   &   Matron;   Must   be   without   a   Family,
superintend  education of Children. £35 with Board & Lodging.

1837 
Ipswich Journal 4 Feb 

1837 
1837 
1837

SALE; 5 MILCH COWS & 30 Leicester Ewes & wellfed Hoggets in Old Market by R Oswald
EMIGRATION: 3 Shis to Canada; 1 Ship to Australia.
SALE of FURNITURE: Robert Oswald to sell Furniture of Miss  Wade  at  Shipmeadow Cottages,

Ipswich Journal 18 Feb 
Ipswich Journal 4 Mar 
 
Norwich Mercury 11 Mar

near Beccles.
SALE: Robert Oswald to sell 2 Cottages in 4 Dwellings with Gardens by the Road from Blyburgate

1837
 
Norwich Mercury 11 Mar

to Mr Fenn’s Nursery Ground. [Grove Road]
ELECTION of GUARDIANS for Wangford Union. Total of 44; Beccles 6.

1837 
1837
 

Ipswich Journal 11 Mar 
Bury Post 22 Mar 

PETITION FROM GUARDIANS OF EYE to the House of Commons:
Says that Petitioners  acknowledge that some  good has  come from the Poor  Law Amendment Act

 
 

“both  in  checking  abuses that formerly prevaled,  and  also  in  giving  a facility to the  migration  of
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

cruelty that by other operations of the Act, debase the character of the honest, upright and industrious
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poor  man” who can be taken from  his home  and  confined within  a Union House for nothing  other
than grave misfortune. If he rejects “the proffered asylum” in the hope of better luck, the petitioners

say,  he  must  suffer  great  deprivation  which,  they  say,  cannot  have  been  “contemplated  by  the
legislature at the time of the passing of the Bill.” They also say  that “poverty and misfortune should

not  be  assimulated with profligacy  and  crime,  and that paupers  in the Union House should,  in this
Christian land, be deprived of attending public worship on a Sabbath Day” is a great wrong.

1837 
1837 
1837 

INSURANCE: Sun Fire Insurance (established 1710) Beccles Agent: Chester Cheston.
PRINTS: List of Prints & Engravings: Beccles Church by Kirby.
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE:  Letter to Guardians on proposal to award Medical Attendance by

Ipswich Journal 25 Mar 
Ipswich Journal 25 Mar 
Ipswich Journal 25 Mar 

Tender - Bound to mean young & inexperienced men apply. ALSO condemns Division into only 2
Districts. Distance for direction too great & long walks for Poor to obtain Medicine.

1837
Norwich Mercury 1 Apr 

BECCLES  NAVIGATION  Commissioners  Meeting  at  Town  Hall  for  purpose  of  adopting  such
measures as the Meeting shall think expedient in consequence of the present state of the Navigation
over Lake Lothing. EC Sharpin, clerk.

 
1837 

QUARTER  SESSIONS  at  Beccles:  Stephen  Oxborough,  16,  convicted  of  stealing  two  pieces  of
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,

Ipswich Journal 5 Apr 
1837
 
Norwich Mercury 15 Apr 

Scole, London; signed W Henchman Crowfoot, Mayor
CHURCH  RATES:  [Long  acount]  at  Beccles:  “measure  now  before  Parliament  for  abolition  of
Church  Rates  &  Tithes”.  Crowfoot  (Chairman).  Motion  (supporting  action)  proposed  by  John

1837
 
Norwich Mercury 15 Apr 

Garden, seconded by JC Webster. Second Resolution proposed by Rev C Clarke, seconded by Rev J
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

1837
 
Norwich Mercury 15 Apr 

day of letting to 6 January next.
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Master & Matron of Workhouse £80.

1837 
1837

Ipswich Journal 22 Apr 

PRINT by GEORGE FENN: George Fenn publishes  at 15 shillings to  Subscribers a large  coloured
Drawing of the start of the Eleven Horses for the Heavy Weights at North Walsham Steeplechase

 
Norwich Mercury 22 Apr
1837
Bury Post 26 Apr 

DIED:  Susan,  relict  of  late  Joseph  Harrison,  hay  dealer  of  Beccles,  aged  41,  leaving  7  orphan
Children to lament the loss.

 
1837

COACH: Adjourned Meeting: Application to be made to GPO for  conveyance of Mail by 4 Horse
Coach: Yarmouth to London, via Beccles, Bungay, Bury & Chelmsford.
FAIR at Beccles on Whit Tuesday 16 May.

 
Norwich Mercury 29 Apr

1837 
1837

Ipswich Journal 29 Apr 

PRINCESS VICTORIA’S BIRTHDAY on Wednesday 24th of May on which HRH Princess Victoria
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.

 
Norwich Mercury 10 May
1837
Bury Post 10 May 

FALSE COINS: Boy named Bastard who was tried  but  acquitted  at the  last Norwich  Sessions for
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

 

cleverness,  especially  as  a self-taught mechanic ...  but so deep-rooted  is  his propensity to pilfering
and  mischief,  that  all  moral  training,  whether  accompanied  by  severity  or  kindness,  seems  alike
thrown away on him.”

1837 

PRINCESS VICTORIA’S BIRTHDAY: Diner at the King’s Head. Mayor Presides. Loyal & patriotic
Toasts. Fireworks in Market Place. Bell Ringing.
BELL RINGING at Beccles: Ringing  Extraordinary:  complete Peal  of 5220  changes  of Bob Royal

Ipswich Journal 27 May 
1837
Bury Post 31 May 
 

performed in 3 hours 40 minutes.  The Ringers were:
William Purland
William Bobbett

 
 

 
 

(treble)

 
 

 
 

William Taylor  
Robert Tooke

(conductor)

 
 

 
 

John Welton
John Stimpson

 
 

 
 

George Ford
Benjamin Smith

aged 18
(tenor)

 
 
1837

 
 

William Hopson
Samuel Smith  
Rev HENRY OWEN’S SPEECH: Replying to speech read by Mr Ferrer at Hoxne Union Guardians

aged 18
Bury Post 7 Jun 
 

after presentation of service of Plates:  Says he is embarrassed & overwhelmed “not only by a sense
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

esteems” Says his “feeble services have indeed been much, much overvalued”. Says he has done little
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to deserve these munificent tokens” which were presented, but he accepts the “memorials of [their]
regard  with  pride   and   gratitude.”  He   refers  to  the  “Happy  results  which  have  followed  the

introduction of the New Poor  Law becuse it has removed  evil of the most disastrous  character, not
only to property, but to the independence  and  moral  condition  of the Poorer Classes;  and  because

above all, it is founded upon a principle which permits no individual in this country to suffer or die
from want.” He says  he  does not see the saving of money  on Poor Rate  as  its  greatest advantage

because  he feels “that no reduction in  unwise expenditure can be  made without a  vast  good to the
Labouring Classes.”
He  says  the  old  system  had  “demoralising  influence”,  but  new  system  had  raised  hundreds  of

 
 

thousands of  “fellow countrymen to a state of independent labour”. It reminds him that under the old
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

there are none.” He says all this can be attributed to the New Poor Law.
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.”

 
 
 1837

SHIPPING:  London,  Lowestoft, Norwich  & Beccles Traders. From Griffin’s Wharf, Tooley  Street
vessel every Wednesday for Norwich direct. Every Saturday for Lowestoft & Beccles, WH Leavold,
Beccles.

 
Norwich Mercury 10 Jun
1837

SALE:  Robert  Oswald  to  sell  Residence  [No  39],  New  Market  occupied  by  Mrs  Ann  Clarke,  &
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

 
Norwich Mercury 17 Jun

Building Site. Summer House, Stable, etc lately occupied by Rev Hervey Taylor, deceased.
RACES  at  BECCLES  on  Tuesday,  Wednesday  August  29th  &  30th.  Henry  Stacey  &  Frederick
Barne, Stewards

1837
Norwich Mercury 1 Jul 
 

1837
1837

Norwich Mercury 1 Jul 

BECCLES REGATTA: Monday 24th of July.
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: Mr Isaac Piper, 58, Master Tailor, elderly & respected Tradesman

 
Norwich Mercury 8 Jul 
 

convicted of theft of goods from James Ward, in the service of Mr Snowden, the Draper of Norwich
of  various  articles  found  in  his  possession.    Ward  hired  a  room  from  Piper  for  Sale  of  Goods.

Sentenced 8 Months in House of Correction with Hard Labour. Attempted to Cut his Throat  in the
Dock.  Crowfoot called - Sewed up..Piper had two grown-up sons in trade in the town.

1837 
1837 

EDUCATION: Beccles Academy Term begins Thursday, 20 July
HORTICULTURAL  SOCIETY:  Prizes:  W  Delf:   135  Pots  of  Greenhouse  Plants;  3  Prizes:  R
Crickmer,  cabbages;  J  Copeman,  onions;  EC  Sharpin,  artichokes.  Fenn  &  Laws  (nurserymen  &

Ipswich Journal 8 Jul 
Ipswich Journal 15 Jul 

florists) First Florist Prize for Roses etc.
EDUCATION: Ladies School, Beccles. Miss Copland has engaged the Assistance of her niece, who
has for some years been employed inTuition in London.

1837
Norwich Mercury 15 Jul 
 

1837
1837
1837

Norwich Mercury 15 Jul 

REGATTA: 2 Silver Cups & Minor Prizes for Rowing Boats. Ordinary & Band on Board as usual.
MUSIC & DANCING: Great Yarmouth. Mr D Fisher, Lowestoft, Beccles, Bungay, Harleston
SHIPPING: Arrived 3 Vessels from London & 1 from Newcastle with Coals.

 
Norwich Mercury 15 Jul 
 
Norwich Mercury 22 Jul 
 
1837
Norwich Mercury 22 Jul 

EAST  SUFFOLK  ELECTION:  Adair  &  Garden  offer  themselves  as  Candidates.  Garden  favours
extension of the Franchise. No decision on Candidates.
CRICKET:  

 

1837
1837

Bury Post 9 Aug 
Beccles, 48 & 60 = 108 
Bungay, 61 & 45 = 106
 

BECCLES RACES: [Long advert] Every carriage must pay at the Gate on entering the Course 2s 6d;
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.

 
Norwich Mercury 12 Aug
1837

BECCLES  RACES:  William  Jepps,  Proprietor  of  White  Lion  &  Rural  Gardens  ..  intends  Grand
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.

 
Norwich Mercury 26 Aug
1837 

RACES  RACES:  include  Mr  G  Fenn’s  “Leary  Cove”  (3rd  &  2nd  in  heats)  “Company  not  so
numerous” A late Harvest.

Ipswich Journal 2 Sep 

1837
1837

SALE of FURNITURE of Messrs Ebbs at Residence, Ballygate. Sale by R Oswald
APPRENTICE to SURGEON & Apothecary Wanted by Messrs Davey & Son

 
Norwich Mercury 23 Sep
 
Norwich Mercury 23 Sep

1837
1837 

Norwich Mercury 7 Oct 

TO BE LET: White Lion & Bowling Green, Smallgate
REVISON  of  BURGESS  LISTS:  Now  proceeding  before  the  Mayor  &  Assessors.  67  Burgesses

 
Ipswich Journal 7 Oct 

objected to on grounds they had received small Sums from the Feoffees or Coals at a reduced ptice.
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

they were recipients of the Bounty of the Corporation.”
SHIPPING: Arrival.  1  from  London with Goods; Francis Thrkettle from Newcastle with Coals  &
Luna Moon from Goole with Coals.

1837
 
Norwich Mercury 14 Oct
 
 
Sailed: Squire Lindsey for London with Ale & Grain etc. H Leona with Grain.
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1837 
 

EXPENDITURE ON POOR RELIEF in Pounds:
County

Ipswich Journal 21 Oct 

 
 

 
 

1834 
245,509

 
 

1837 
136,870

 
 

Saving
108,639

 
 

Suffolk
Norfolk

 
 
 

 
Essex 
Cambridgeshire 

306,787
239,946
96,497

 
 
 

177,538
148,654
62,722

 
 
 

129,249
91,292
33,775

 
 

 
1837 

QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles:Philip Colman, 63,  for  assaulting  &  attempting to  rape Jemima
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,

Ipswich Journal 21 Oct 
1837 
Ipswich Journal 28 Oct 

commenced lighting part of the Town on  Saturday  last. The  Principal  Shops presented  a  blaze  of
light. In the centre of the Market Place a large pillar was erected, which was brilliantly illuminated
with a crown & the letters VR.

1837 

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: 4th Seasonal Meeing. “The Cottagers’ table was was the surprise &
admiration  of  everyone.”  Crawshay  Prize  for  Cottagers:  Stephen  Ruth,  Beccles,  potatoes  (spade);
John Chambers, Gillingham, parsnips (hoe & rake); Benjamin Alp, Toft, Savoys (knife);

Ipswich Journal 4 Nov 
1837 

LECTURE  on  Astronomy  by  Withers  Dowson  “more  numerously  attended  than  any  previous
lecture.”
THEATRE:  French  Performance  in  Assembly  Room:  Testot,  “celebrated  Professor  of  Recreative

Ipswich Journal 2 Dec 
1837
 
Norwich Mercury 30 Dec 
Philosophy” Monday to Thursday. 2s, 1s 6d. Time: 6.30 for 7pm.
NEWSPAPERS 1838
1838 

PURITANISM at THORNDON: Rev Thomas Howes, Rector of Thorndon declines to act as Steward
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

Ipswich Journal 6 Jan 
1838
Norwich Mercury 6 Jan 
 

Robinson, James Boyden, JC Webster
THEATRE to open Tuesday, 9 January
SHIPMEADOW  HOUSE:  Man  Wanted  as  Superintendent  of  Labour  &  Wife  as  Schoolmistress.

1838
1838

Norwich Mercury 6 Jan 
 
Norwich Mercury 13 Jan 
 

Must be Tailor or Shoemaker. Joint Salary £35
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.

1838 
 

Ipswich Journal 6 Jan 
 

1838
1838

Norwich Mercury 3 Feb 

BANKRUPT: Richard Warner, Innkeeper & Horse Dealer (Horses to be auctioned)
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

 
 
Norwich Mercury 10 Feb

& Right by the West Indian Planters, in spite of the lavish boon poured from the Treasury to secure
the Freedom of Slaves with indemnity & compensation to the Master. Petitions to both Houses signed

praying for the absolute & unrestricted freedom of the Negro Population of the British Colonies on or
before 1 August, 1838.”

1838 

WANTED: Young Man of respectable connections as Improver in a Silk Mercer & general Draper’s
business: Garnham & Son, Silk Mercers, Beccles

Ipswich Journal 10 Feb 

1838 
1838 

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AGM
SALE  of FURNITURE: Robert Oswald to sell Furniture &  noted Bay Pony “Joaker”  of Mr Jepps,
who is leaving the White Lion, Beccles.

Ipswich Journal 17 Feb 
Ipswich Journal 24 Feb 
1838 

CHURCH: “Our Church was warmed for the first time on  Sunday 18th  of February by two hot air
Stoves supplied and fixed by Mr Garratt of Leiston.
SALE at WORLINGHAM of Farm Stock of SG Lennym, deceased

Ipswich Journal 10 Mar 

1838 
1838 

Ipswich Journal 7 Apr 

QUARTER  SESSIONS:  Jos  Clarke  (lately  Lowestoft  Innkeeper)  now  of  Beccles.  Homosexual
Assault. 2 Years Sentence (2 months Solitary Confinement)
Charles Fiske, 17, Stealing Rabbit Traps. 1 Month Sentence. 1 week Solitary.

Ipswich Journal 7 Apr 

 
1838 

 

 TO BE LET: 270 acres of Grazing Marshes. Robert Oswald.
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

Ipswich Journal 14 Apr 
1838 
Ipswich Journal 21 Apr 

Race.
DINNER for 40 Members of Freestone’s Hunt at King’s Head. Metcalfe sings.
SHIPPING: Arrived 2 Goods, 1 Oats, 3 CoalsSailed 2 Goods

1838 
1838 

Ipswich Journal 21 Apr 
Ipswich Journal 21 Apr 
1838
Norwich Mercury 5 May 

BANKRUPT: Mrs Sadd & Sons, Grocers & Dealers in Tea, China Glass, Earthenware, etc. Sale of
Stock, New Market. More than 1600 Lots. 9th & 19th May.
SALE: House with spacious Shop Front & Extensive Warehouse.

 

1838 
1838
1838

Ipswich Journal 12 May 

EDUCATION: “British Schools & National Schools” Semon by Rev JR Hooper.
CREDITORS: Thomas Ayers, Whitesmith & Ironfounder assigns goods etc to WW Wimble & John

 
Norwich Mercury 12 May
Norwich Mercury 2 Jun 
 

Norman of Beccles, Carpenter.
SALE: Thomas Ayers’s Whitesmith’s Shop & Ironfounder’s Shop.

 
 
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1838

TO  BE  LET:    Premises  of  Mrs  Sadd,  bankrupt  [in  New  Market]  suitable  for  Grocer,  Draper  or
General Shopkeeper. Robert Oswald.

 
Norwich Mercury 16 Jun
1838 
Ipswich Journal 23 Jun 

CORONATION: Meeting at Town Hall: Mayor presided. Agreed that each Poor Family in the Town
to have Meat, Bread & Beer at their own houses, in proportion to the numbers in their Family. Public

Breakfast  at Assembly Hall  at 11.30  am. Rural  Sports “And to conclude the day with a Ball  at the
Assembly Room when the Higher & Middle Classes will unite on the occasion.” . Gents 4s, Ladies

3s.
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

1838
1838 

 
Norwich Mercury 23 Jun
Ipswich Journal 30 Jun 

by Oswald. [Blyburgate]
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  &

1838 
Ipswich Journal 30 Jun 

inspiriting  airs were played  by Beccles Company of Musicians, who paraded the Town with flags,
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

Stone & Mrs W Delf ... Rustic Sports ... Ball at Assembly Room. “Everything went off with eclat”
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

1838
 
Norwich Mercury 30 Jun

Spelman, 9th of July.
SALE  of  LIBRARY  of  late  Rev  Isaac  Sloper,  mainly  Divinity,  nearly  1500  books,  at  his  late
Residence. [14 London Road]

1838
Norwich Mercury 7 Jul 
 
1838
Norwich Mercury 7 Jul 

CORONATION FESTIVITIES in Beccles. “Beccles evinced its loyalty on the day of the Coronation
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

 

Ball under the same auspecies, was graced with 140 Visitors. Amidst this the Poor were not forgotten
and were regaled with a plentiful supply of beef, bread & ale at their own homes & in the afternoon,

there were Rural Sports on the Race Ground. [good descriptions]
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles. Ann Mills, 11, Stealing money from WH Crowfoot. One Week’s

1838 
Ipswich Journal 14 Jul 

Solitary Confinement. 
AUCTIONEER: George Crowe, Beccles, Auctioneer “resumes his licence”.

15 cases, all of Theft.

1838
1838

Norwich Mercury 28 Jul 
 

BECCLES RACES: September 20 & 21; First Day: Gents’ Purse £50. Handicap stakes £5 each with
£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.

 
Norwich Mercury 1 Sep 
 
 

Second Day: Town Plate £50. Hunters’ Stake £3 each with £10 added. To leap three sets of Hurdles.
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.

1838 
1838 

SALE: House & Shop of J Taylor, butcher, deceased. [3 Smallgate?]
PARTNERSHIP  DISSOLVED:  between  John  Crisp  the  yuonger,  Robert  Ulph,  James  Jermyn,
William  Lenny  & William  Sewell  (Crisp & Co). Debts  received & paid  by Richard Thornton the

Ipswich Journal 8 Sep 
Ipswich Journal 8Sep 

younger, brewer, Beccles.
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.

1838
 

 
Norwich Mercury 11 Sep
 
1838
Bury Post 12 Sep 

CHURCH RATES: A Vestry Meeting was held on Thursday last in the Parish Church of Beccles, for
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

 

Mr  James  Crisp.  Upon  a  show  of  hands  the  majority  was  for  the  adjournment;  but  a  poll  was
demanded and the Rate was ultimately carried.
SALE: House,  Yard & Garden & Quay (140ft) within 50 yards of Beccles Bridge, on lease to Mr

1838 
Ipswich Journal 15 Sep 

Hursthouse. Sale by Oswald.
EDUCATION: Suffolk Society for educating the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church has

1838 
Ipswich Journal 22 Sep 

10,140  children  connected  with  the  Society  &  11,547  in  the  Schools  connected  with  the  Society
under the immediate inspection of Clergymen.

1838

RACES: George Fenn’s Horses  Sergeant  & Cock Robin  compete. Cock Robin wins  Second Day
Handicap. Theatre crowded to excess. Rural Gardens well attended

 
Norwich Mercury 29 Sep
1838
Norwich Mercury 29 sep 

WHITE  LION  Gardens  Opened.  Musical  &  other  Entertainments:  Gymnastic  Exercises  of  the
Grecian Brothers,  Illuminations, Fireworks. “It is some years since the  neighbourhood has enjoyed
such a Treat.”

 

1838 
 
 

SHIPPING: Beccles, Lowestoft & London Traders from Griffin’s Wharf.
Thornton & Co have disposed of vessels London & Lowestoft.
Beccles  Shipping  Company  ..  purchased  Steam  Tug.  Vessel  loads  every  Saturday  at  Gillingham

Ipswich Journal 29 Sep 

 
 

Wharf for Beccles And at Beccles every Wednesday.
WH     Leavold,     Beccles;     WV     Barnard,
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Lowestoft; Thomas Farncomb, Griffins
SALE: at Furniture Warehouse near Cross Keys, Hungate by Oswald.

1838 
1838

Ipswich Journal 8 Oct 

EDUCATION: MASTERSHIP VACANT of Beccles Free School
SALE: Vinery (with 28 sashes) at Beccles: Pedgrift, Builder, Beccles.

 
Norwich Mercury 27 Oct

1838
1838

 
Norwich Mercury 27 Oct 

BECCLES  HORTICUTURAL:  Fourth   Exhibition.  Fenn   &   Laws:  Greenhouse  Plants,   Pansies,
Dalhias, Marigolds etc. Grapes, Melons, Pears, Apples, Plums, Currants etc.

 
Norwich Mercury 27 Octn
1838 

INVENTED CHAIR:  Evans  newly  invented revolving  Easy Chair with table/ self action. Charles
Maplestone  junior  of  Beccles  is  sole  agent  for  Sale  in  Suffolk  ...  will  always  keep  them  at  his
Furniture Repository.

Ipswich Journal 27 Oct 
1838 

PETTY SESSIONS:  Several  cases  of  drunkenness. Robert Kemp absconding from  Shipmeadow:  1
Month.
RACE MEETING, NOVEMBER: Match for £50

Ipswich Journal 27 Oct 

1838
1838 

Norwich Mercury 3 Nov 
 

COUNCIL ELECTIONS: R Bohun 223, WJ Crowfoot 228, RW Clarke 170, James Crisp 185.
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

Ipswich Journal 3 Nov 
1838 
Ipswich Journal 3 Nov 

in their business ... hoped that Assistants will appreciate kindly feeling evinced by employers fr their
good.”
EDUCATION: LEMAN SCHOOL: Charles J Sayer, former Usher, elected Master of Sir John Leman

1838 
Ipswich Journal 10 Nov 

School vide Burrows, deceased.
KENTWELL  HALL  (called  Hart  Logan)  bought  for  his  second  son,  aged  15,  by  Col  Bence  of
Thorington Hall for £85,000

1838 
Ipswich Journal 17 Nov 

1838
 
 

Norwich Mercury 8 Dec 

SALE:  Executors of P Dykes: 1. House, Ballygate occupied by WE Crowfoot
2. Two Houses in Hungate (occupied Charles Copeman & Isaac Piper)
3. Five Cottages in or near Ballygate

 

 
 

 
 

4 One Cottage, Puddingmoor (occupied by George Weeds (Puddingmoor)  Elizabeth Cullingford  &
Will Pallant

 
1838 

 

4. Two Cottages in Puddingmoor.
EDUCATION:  COWLES  ACADEMY    Articled  Youth  Wanted  ..  continue  Classical  Studies  &

Ipswich Journal 29 Dec 

treated as one of the Family. ALSO English Assistant to be superior Penman & good Arithmetician.
PRISONERS in GAOL in Beccles return thanks to Mayor & Town Council for a good Dinner & pint

1838 
Ipswich Journal 29Dec 
of Beer each on Chrismas Day.
NEWSPAPERS 1839
1839
Norwich Mercury 5 Jan 

QUARTER  SESSIONS:  William  Safford  Bobbett  for  committing  a  Breach  of  the  Peace  against
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.

 

 
 

 
 

William Spratt stealing a Bushell of Carrotts from John Elven of Beccles. 2 Months Hard Labour.
BECCLES HORTICULTURAL Society: General Meeting  of  Subscribers  21 January at 12 noon  at

1839
Ipswich Journal 5 Jan 
 

the Town Hall to Audit Accounts
EDUCATION: Miss Fuller will be happy to receive her Pupils on Wednesday 23rd of January.

1839
1839

Ipswich Journal 12 Jan 
 
Ipswich Journal 12 Jan 

EDUCATION: Sir John Leman’s  Endowed school, Beccles. CJ  Sayer, Master, intends to receive  a
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 &

 

Mathematics taught by Mr Sayer on the usual Terms. Opens Monday, 21 January
SHIPPING: Arrived:  Sally  Fisher  from  London with Goods; Janet Walls, Waters from Newcastle
with Coals

1839
Ipswich Journal 19 Jan 
 
1839
Norwich Mercury 12 Jan 

EDUCATION: Beccles Academy: Mr Cowles. Vacancy for articled Pupil. Will be Treated as one of
the Family.
CHURCH RATE: Beccles Dissenters (William Delf, John Crisp, Messrs Ward & Son, grocers, James

 
1839
Norwich Mercury 26 Jan 
 

Hall, plumber  &  glazier)  refuse to pay Church Rate. Mr Cooper  appears  for them  &  argues Rate
made  by  Minority,  any  defect  in  Assessments  nullifies  Rate.  Dispensary  not  charged  with  Rate.
Complaint discharged.

1839
Norwich Mercury 26 Jan 

NEW  POOR  LAW:  Full  column  Letter  “Workhouses  under  the  Old  Bil  were  Schools  of  Vice,
Debauchery & Wickedness etc.”
Agents for the Ipswich Journal: Beccles: Mr Grimwade.

 

1839
 

Ipswich Journal 2 Feb 
 
 

Sailed Sarah Yallop for London with
SHIPPING: Arrived:  Sally Fisher from  London with Goods.  Sailed  Sarah Yallop for  London with
Malt & Grain. Freedom, Boyce for Goole with Grain.

1839
Ipswich Journal 2 Feb 
 
1839
Ipswich Journal 9 Feb 

QUARTER SESSIONS: Committed to the House  of Correction  at Beccles: Charlotte  convicted  of
Vagrancy before Alfred Lillingstone, Esq, to be imprisoned 14 Days Hard Labour.

 
 
 

Henry Lovett, Henry Brown, William Wright,  Simon  Pitchers, William  Spalding, Robert Barber  &
John Darby by Hugh Owen convicted of Refusing to Work in the Workhouse, Shipmeadow. 21 Days

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Hard Labour.
BECCLES  STEEPLECHASE  will  take  place  on  6  March.  A  handsome  Silver  Cup  added  to  a

1839
Ipswich Journal 16 Feb 
 

Sweepstake of 3 Guineas each for Horses that have been regularly Hunted with either the Hopton or
Messrs Freestone’s Harriers. To carry 12 Stone each. The distance not to exceed 4 miles. Gentlemen

Riders.
Second Race open to  any Horse to carry  11  Stone  each (Sweepstake  of  3 Gns) A winner  of  any

 
 

Steeplechase in 1838 or 1839 to carry 7 Stone extra. Nominations to be made to George Fenn, junior.
BECCLES & DISTRICT Disbursements:
Bridges & Roads Repairs of 

1839
 

Ipswich Journal 16 Feb 
 

 
 

 
Chaplain’s Salary 

 
 

 
 

 
 

100 - 5 - 1
80 - 0 - 0

 
 
 

Beccles House of Correction:  

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Surgeons Salary
Keeper’ Salary

 
 

 
 

 
 

50 - 0 - 0
120 - 0 - 0

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Matron’s salary
Turnkey & Schoolmaster’ Salary
Prisoners 

 
 

 
 
 

10 - 0 - 0
48 - 0 - 0
179 - 0 - 0

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
County Gaol proportion of Expenses
County Surveyor

 
 
 

Repairs of 
 
 

 
 
 

30 - 0 - 0
508 - 16 - 7
25 - 2 - 0

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

County Rate, Expenses incident to equalisation 
Clerk of the Peace, Fees, Bills & Charges 
Clerks to Magistrates 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

58 - 5 - 6
168 - 6 - 6
21 - 12 - 2

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Coroners
Constables High Poundage for County & Asylum Rates 
Lunatic Society, Proportion of expenses for Division

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

166 - 15 - 2
 
160 - 3 - 4

65 - 7 - 3

 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Inspectors of Weights etc
Prisoners apprehended & Conveying 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

48 - 0 - 0
111 - 18 - 4

 
 

 
 

 

transported carrying 
In Fleet

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

17 - 14 - 6
5 - 0 - 0

 
Prosecution at Assizes 
52 Processions at Assizes

 

 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

0
578 - 8 - 0

 
 
 

 
 
 

Shire Hall & Magistrates Rooms 
Soldiers’ billetting
Parliamentary Representation, expense of 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

15 - 11 - 10
10 - 10 - 0
85 - 18 - 11

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Treasurer’s Salary & Postage 
Vagrants
Incidental Expenses 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

45 -
31 - 19 - 4
0 - 0 - 0

5 - 0
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Ordinary Advertisements, Books, etc 
Constables attending Magistrates 
Extraordinary burying Shipwrecked Sailor 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

51 - 9 - 3
46 - 3 - 0
11 - 1 - 8

 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Balance in Treasurer’s Hands 

 
 
Hugh Owen 

 
 

 
 
John Garden

 
 

 
 

126 - 10 - 0
2778 - 5 - 8

 
 
 
 

Signed: Justices of the Peace: 
SHIPPING: Arrived Squire, Lindsey, Ocean*, Stebbins* from London with Goods

1839
 
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Ipswich Journal 16 Feb 
 
 

Sailed: Sally*, Fisher* for London with Grain & Flour  [* also arrived at Lowestoft]
ADVERTISEMENT: Robert ward,  junior.  Wine & Brandy Merchant.  Sale & Agency for  Sir  Felix

 
Norwich Mercury 23 Feb:

Booth & Co Cognac Brandy, pale or brown at the Distillery price 18s per Gallon.
AUDITORS: HWR Davey, Esq & Mr James Hall appointed Auditors & Mr Robert Crickmore & R
Ward jun Auditors for ensuing year.

1839
Ipswich Journal 9 Mar 
 
1839
Ipswich Journal 9 Mar 

COURT:  Committed  to  House  of  Correction:  Charles  Oxborough  [see  Chittle  26  Feb  1837]  &
William Myall by R Bohun, Mayor & FW Farr, Esq for stealing 4 Hens the Property of Honor Turner

 

of Beccles.
SHIPPING: Arrived Sally, Fisher from London with Goods 

 1839
Ipswich Journal 9 Mar 

Sailed: Sally, Fisher for London with
Grain & Flour. Joseph & Mary Ann, Shaw in ballast
ARCHDEACON’S  VISITATION:  Ven  Henry  Berners,  Archdeacon  at  Beccles  for  Deaneries  of

 
1839
Ipswich Journal 9 Mar 
 

Wangford & Lothingland on Wednesday 10 April.
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

1839
Ipswich Journal 9 Mar 
 

Harper  on Wednesday  3 April, 1839. Comprising  an  excellent Bay Horse,  4 years  old  by the  fast
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;

handsome  Phaeton  (nearly  new);  excellent Gig; 2  sets of single Harness; 3 Riding  Saddles, Horse
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Cloths,  3  journey Drays,  3 Town  ditto,  2  journey Brew Waggons, Tumbril,  2 Road Carts,  Spring
ditto,Cart Traice &Plough Harness.

1839
Ipswich Journal 16 Mar 

TURNPIKE ROAD from Little Yarmouth to Blythburgh: AGM of Trustees in King’s Head, Beccles
on Monday 18 March at 12 o’clock “taking into consideration of erecting a new Bridge across part of

 

the Road called Gillingham Dam at or near the present wooden Footbridge”.
LOST DOG in Beccles on Tuesday 12th March a handsome liver coloured & white Setter answering

1839
Ipswich Journal 16 Mar 
 

to the name of Ranger, whoever brings him to the Ostler at the King’s Head will receive 20shilings.
STEEPLECHASE: Account of First Steeplechase at Beccles, started at Castle Meadow owned by Mr
Newman

1839
Ipswich Journal 23 Mar 
 

1838
 

SMALLPOX AT LYNN raging with such violence that more than 100 have died since 1 February.
(mostly children)
BANKRUPT: A fiat  in Bankruptcy  awarded  and  issued  against Richard Thornton the younger  of

 
Norwich Mercury 23 Mar
 
1839
Ipswich Journal 30 Mar 

Beccles, beer  brewer,  dealer & chapman - to surrender himself  on  6 April  at the  Swan iin  St Peter
Mancroft, Norwich at 11am & (at other times) including 7 May at the White Lion, Beccles - to make
a full disclosure of his estate.

1839
1839

Norwich Paper 30 Mar 

SALE: WALK: Shop & Premises in New Market of Allcock, Saddler.
COURT: Fred Aldous & Robert Jay stealing silver Table Spoon the property of George Fenn, jun of
Beccles. 6 Months imprisonment.

Bury Post 10 Apr 
1839
Ipswich Journal 13 Apr 

SALE  of  BREWERY:  Beccles  Brewery:  Sale  by  Mr  Oswald  under  Bankrupcy  of  Mr  Richard
Thornton, on 23 April.
Modern  &fashionable Household Furniture:  Plate,  Paintings, richly  cut  & plain Glass,  Services  of

 
 

Dinner, Breakfast & Tea China, excellent bed & table linen, a very general assortment of copper, tin
& iron boilers, kettles & saucepans, etc. Paintings included 1 by Edwin Cooper, 4 by George Fenn,
jun

 
 

Also 50 packets of fine Hops.Large quantity of excellent beer casks of various sizes, 300 malt sacks
etc. Live & dead farming stock: 3 Mares, 1 Gelding, waggon, etc. Excellent Phaeton.

 
 

Fast sailing Latten Rigged Boat called the Navarino with 3 suits of sails.
SALE at BARSHAM: H Suckling: Farming Stock & Furniture.

1839
1839

Ipswich Journal 13 Apr 
 
Ipswich Journal 13 Apr 

COURT: Committed to House  of Correction:  William Dunham by  Earl  of  Stradbroke &  Stephen
Clissold, Clk: unlawfullt taken a Hare at night. 3 Months Hard Labour.

 

1839
1839

STEEPLE CHASE long description
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

 
Norwich Mercury 20 Apr
Ipswich Journal 27 Apr 
 

Lion & Drank the Health of the Mayor etc.
JB Brooks elected to Town Council with Majority of 53.
BECCLES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY First Exhibition: Greenhouse Plants by W Delf, Esq

 
1839

 
Ipswich Journal 18 May 
 
1839
Ipswich Journal May 

SALE  of BUILDING  STOCK in Beccles  by R Rix  of Charles Maplestone,  junior  on his Building
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

 
1839
Norwich Mercury 5 Jun 

CHURCH SERVICES:  Letter: Cause  of Dissent:  Sermons  read. Absence  of Resident Clergymen.
Only one Sunday Service.
BECCLES REGATTA. Monday 15 July

 

1839
1839

 
Norwich Mercury 29 Jun
NorwichMercury  6 Jul 

EDUCATION: Cowles Academy: Greek, Lain & French: sound English Education. 18-22 Gns pa.
EDUCATION: Sir John Leman Endowed School: CJ Sayer, Master
EDUCATION: Miss Fuller’s School: Gentleman’s Walk, Beccles

 

1839
1839

Norwich Mercury 13 Jul 
 
Norwich Mercury 13 Jul 
 
1839

SALE of STOCK: at Beccles by B Rix of Charles Maplestone’s Stock in Trade. Moving to Ipswich.
Furniture, Ironmogery. 4 Days.
BECCLES EXHIBITION at the Assembly & Library Rooms. Admission 1s; Catalogue 6d

 
Norwich Mercury 13 Sep

1839
1839

 
Norwich Mercury 28 Sep
Bury Post 23 Oct 

QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: John Chalter & William Wright, for stealing two pieces of Lead
off the Church Porch. 9 & 12 Months Hard Labour respectively.

 
1839

BECCLES  EXHIBITION  Opens  11  -  5  Daily  &  6  -  9pm  Saturdays.  To  close  on  Saturday  9
November  

 
Norwich Mercury 2 Nov 
1839
Norwich Mercury 9 Nov 

CHURCH: SOCIETY for the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church at the
King’s Head. Sir T Goch in the Chair.

 

1839
1839

Norwich Mercury 9 Nov 

CONCERT at the Assembly Room by M Thalberg. Friday 15 November at 12 noon
SALE: [NORTHGATE HOUSE]  late Mrs Rhoda Howman: “Capital Family Residence” by Robert
Oswald

 
Norwich Mercury 9 Nov 
 
1839

SALE: Wharf, Granaries & Warehouses late occupied by Richard Thornton (foot of Beccles Bridge
in Gillingham) for Sale by B Rix

 
Norwich Mercury 16 Nov
NEWSPAPERS 1840
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Bury Post 1 Jan 
QUARTER  SESSIONS  at Beccles:  Long  account  of Discussion  on  adoption  of Rural  Police Act.
 
NEWSPAPERS 1830-1856 
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Proposed Cost £1450. Sir Thomas Gooch opposes: “Lived 13 years in the place where he now lived.
Only  lost  6  Ducks”.  Petition:  945  signatures  against  Proposal.  Motion  For  carried  10  v  7.  John

Garden & Kerrich propose. (Dr Owen against). Motion in Favour carried 10 to 8.
Rev Sir George Robinson retires as Chairman from Keltering Board of Guardians. - “Poor Law too

 
 

Harsh”.  Poor  Law  Commissioners  refuse  to  sanction  extra  allowance  to  Workhouse  inmates  on
Christmas Day, buy raise no objection to “where it has been the invariable practice to distribute the

Old English cheer of plum pudding & roast beef on Christmas Day to the Paupers.”
SALE of Property of William Oswald, deceased,
1. NORTHGATE [No 60]: Dwelling, Coach House, 2 stalled Stable etc, next to that of EP Montagu

1840
 

Norwich Mercury 1 Jan 
 

 
 

 

2. NORTHGATE
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

 

BUILDING
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

 

57 feet towards the Street. This Lot is Freehold, and now Let, at Rentals amounting together to 28£ 5s
per annum

 
 

3. NEW MARKET: Four more Cottages; 2 Shops in New Market in the occupation of Robert Jordan,
butcher, & John Nicholas, hairdresser.

 
1840

 

4. FURNITURE & GOODS: include handsome blue & white China Set (132 pieces)
EDUCATION: Sir John  Leman  Endowed  School: Young Gentlemen  are instructed  in the  Latin  &
Greek classes & French & the usual course of an English Education

Norwich Mercury 1 Jan 
 

 
1840

 

Moral & Religious Principles are especially inculcated. Boarders 20 - 25 Gns.
BALL:  Subscription  Ball  at  Assembly  Room  on  Tuesday,  21st  of  January.  Ladies  5s,  Gents  7s;

Norwich Mercury 1 Jan 
 

Howlett’s Band. Stewards: The Mayor, Lord Henniker, Sir T Gooch, Shelton Suckling
MENAGERIE: Wombell’s Royal Menagerie leaving Norwich. At Yarmouth, then Beccles

1840
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Norwich Mercury 8 Jan 
 
Norwich Mercury 11 Jan 

GAOL: Committed to House  of Correction: Harriet Day,  neglecting to  fulfil  contract  as  Servant  6
weeks.

 
1840 

PETITION to  Home  Secretary  from  Col  Bence;  “Productive  classes  of  Division  of  Beccles  fully
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.

Ipswich Journal 11 Jan 
1840 

PETTY  SESSIONS:  To  House  of  Correction  Hannah  Cullingford  &  Hannah  Barrard  for  having
broken  windows  &  conducted  themseles  in  a  disorderly  manner  at  Shipmeadow.  21  days  Hard
Labour.

Ipswich Journal 11 Jan 
1840 

ADVERTISEMENT:  Cheap  Days  at  Thatched  House,  reduced  Prices  at  Garnham’s  Beccles,  Silk
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,

Ipswich Journal 8 Feb 
1840 
Ipswich Journal 8 Feb 

Meat & Beer to Poor, Dinner & Ball.
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

1840
 
Norwich Mercury 22 Feb

to the amount of ???. At noon flag hoisted in magnificent ???
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

 
 

Political feeling. Dance at King’s Head (under Committee of Management)
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,

1840
 
Norwich Mercury 22 Feb

Henry Grimmer, . Apply to George Fenn, junior, Secretary.
CHIEF CONSTABLE: 22 Candidates. J Hatton of Meath Constabulary appointed.

1840 
1840 

Ipswich Journal 7 Mar 

CHURCH  RATES:  John  Crisp  junior  appears  before  Magistrates  at  Beccles  Circuit  Chamber  for
non-payment of Church Rates. Summons served by Churchwardens. If the Rate is not quickly paid up

Ipswich Journal 14 Mar 

a number of summonses will follow. “But several of the Party have since the decision wisely paid the
Rate.”

1840 

QUARTER SESSIONS  at Beccles: 12 Cases. Joseph Barres,  13,  1 Month Hard  Labour (last week
Solitary) for setting fire to a Stack at Spexhall
SHIPPING:   London,   Lowestoft,  Norwich  &  Beccles  Navigation,  Meeting   at  Rampant  Horse,

Ipswich Journal 14 Mar 
1840
 
Norwich Mercury 14 Mar

Norwich.
ADVERTISEMENT: Agents for Clutten’s Mackintosh  Lustre  or  extra water repellant (for harness
etc): Beccles Agents: Norton & Steel

1840
 
Norwich Mercury 21 Mar 
1840
Bury Post 1 Apr 
QUARTER SESSIONS: Ipswich: Case from Beccles: William Stimpson, 45, guilty of Raping Susan
 
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Barker, but found of weak intellect. Transported.
CHAPEL: Piece of Ground selected for building a small Chapel & forming new Burial Ground for

1840
 
Norwich Mercury 18 Apr

the use of the Independent Chapel.
INSURANCE: Messrs T & E Buck appointed agents for Farmers & General Life & Fire, Beccles.

1840 
1840 

Ipswich Journal 18 Apr 

MARSHMAN,  Grazing Marshes, Beccles ... to view the Lots enquire of Baxter, Marshman on the
Racecourse.

Ipswich Journal 18 Apr 
1840 

ADVERTISEMENT:  JB  Corbyn,  Market  Place,  Beccles  commences  as  Chemist  &  Druggist  ...
several years at John Bell’s, Oxford Street.
CHURCHWARDENS: Harvey & Garnham resign, Kerrison & Kerridge elected

Ipswich Journal 18 Apr 

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Norwich Mercury 25 Apr

WORKHOUSE INMATES: 3 Men refused to work at Bulcamp Workhouse. To House of Correction
at Beccles.
SAILING MATCH: St Olave’s Bridge & Back. B Mills in Crickmer’s “Waveney” defeats R Darby

 
Norwich Mercury 25 Apr
1840
Norwich Mercury 2 May 
 

in “Venus”.
GAOL: Several Poachers to Beccles Gaol. Benjamin Hillen, incorrigible rogue & vagabond leaving
family chargeable to Parish. Fourth conviction for this. Hard Labour.

1840 
Ipswich Journal 9 May 

1840
1840 

SHIPPING: Arrivals: 2 Goods from London. Sailed 3 for London with Malt
CORN LAWS: Mr Acland Lectures against Corn Laws at White Lion Bowling Green; 7.30 pm about
110 audience.

 
Norwich Mercury 16 May
Ipswich Journal 16 May 

1840
 
1840 

Bury Post 20 May 

FARMERS’ CLUB: First Yearly Meeting: Prizes: Best Bullock: Newman etc.
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

 
 
Ipswich Journal 23 May 

feeling) Voluntary  Subsidy.  (He would  give twice his Rate) Thomas  Farr  Seconds.  Liberal  Subs  -
including Dissenters!
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: 15 Prizes to Cottagers.

1840 
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Ipswich Journal 23 May 
Norwich Mercury 1 Jan 

RACES:  STEEPLECHASE:  Two  capital  Races:  Ground  pincipally  over  Mr  Newman’s  Farm.  4
Miles. 46 Leaps with 4 flights of Hurdles in the line.

 
1840
Norwich Mercury 2 Jun 

FARMING: Beccles Farmers’ Club  discuss at  length  & pass Resolution: “Mowing is preferable to
Reaping on account of the greater expedition of Cutting the Crop, the less liability of the corn being

 

damaged  by a Wet  Season & the  greater quantity of  Straw  obtained.” The best method of keeping
Cart Horses & best mode of applying manure in fermented or unfermented state.

1840

ADVERTISEMENT:  Gilbert’s  Manuacturing,  Beccles:   2   new  light  &  modern  Phaetons,   new
Briestcha, 2 Phaetons with folding Seats, new Stanhopes, nearly new Tilbury, Sporting 7 other Gifs,
light secondhand Post Chaise, ditto Fly.

 
Norwich Mercury 13 Jun
1840

EDUCATION: Pupils of Cowles Academy present Mr Cowles with silver Inkstand worth £8. Tables
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.

 
Norwich Mercury 13 Jun

1840
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COACH: Yarmouth to London in about 12 Hours twice a week.
GAOL: John Copeman of Beccles, Pipe Maker, Commitments to House  of Correction nearly every
week

 
Norwich Mercury 20 Jun
Ipswich Journal 20 Jun 
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Norwich Mercury 4 Jul 

REGATTA: Monday 13 July. Band & Ordinary [Public Meal regularly provided at a fixed price?] on
Committee’s Barge, 2s as usual. JC Webster (Chairman)
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: Robert  Edmonds,  aged 12,  of Halesworth,  labourer.  Stealing  a

 
1840
Norwich Mercury 4 Jul 
 

Pocket Knife & Comb from John Muffit of Wissett. (2 previous convictions) 7 Years Transportation.
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

 
 

three years
Mr Palmer  asked for “increased punishment” because of frequent repetition of offence. 12 Months
Hard Labour.

 
 
1840
Norwich Mercury 4 Jul 

ENTERTAINMENT: At White Lion Green “Mountjoy” performed his Feat  of picking up 100 eggs
& jumping over 50 Hurdles; which was done with ease within one hour. “We are sorry to say he was

 

but slightly supported.”
FATAL ACCIDENT: On Friday Morning as “Hope” the Yarmouth COACH on its way to Bury on

1840
Bury Post 21 Jul 
 

entering Beccles the Leader shyed at the Town near the Bridge, where the Pavement commences. The
off wheel runs  against a wall, the Coach  overturns, woman  killed.  Several  of Jury wish to protest

against driving unicorn teams - unsafe. Coroner: Can’t do it.
SALE: BECCLES BREWERY ( Messrs Tacon)
CHURCH: DIOCESAN SOCIETY  for the Propogation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts: Meetings ...

1840 
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Ipswich Journal 1Aug 
Norwich Mercury 1 Aug 
 

including Beccles.
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

1840
Norwich Mercury 1 Aug 
 
destroyed others for the purpose of getting the job of flaying the carcass & selling the Flesh.
NEWSPAPERS 1830-1856 
David Lindley, June, 2003 
 
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1840

 

Lovett also charged with wounding Chestnut Mare property of Robert Page, Beccles.
TURNPIKE:  Little  Yarmouth  to  Blythburgh.  Assembly  at  King’s  Head.  EC  Sharpin,  cler  to  the

Norwich Mercury 8 Aug 
 

Trustees. Tolls to Let. Produced in the Present Year:
Haddiscoe & Gillingham £555;    Brampton £160

 
1840

 

RACES: Thursday &  Friday 3 &  4  September.  Earl of  Stradbroke,  Sir Thomas Gooch, AS Adair.
Ordinaries, Rural Gardens, Theatre on Race Days. Every Carriage must pay 2s/6d at the Gate, Gigs

 
Norwich Mercury 22 Aug

1s, Luggage Cart 6d, Horseman 6d. Waggons 2s/6d for syanding each day - Subscribers exempt.
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.

 
 
1840

THEATRE at RACES: Mrs Bridges Horses & Equestrian Troop; Messrs J & W Doly, Great British
Vaulters & woderful poers of Tragedian Infant Roscius, Matre Raymond Thornhill only 5 years old.
Dress Boxes 2s/6d;   

 
Norwich Mercury 29 Aug

 
1840 

 
Boxes 2s/-; 
 Pit 1s/-
 Gallery 6d. Acting Manager Mr Harmston.

SALE: NORTHGATE: Family Mansion late occupied by Mrs Rhoda Howman, with 2 acres.
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

Ipswich Journal 2 Sep 

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Norwich Mercury 12 Sep
 
Norwich Mercury 12 Sep

the spot. John Rudd &John Howard attempt to pick pockets on Race Course. 3 Months Hard Labour.
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Increasing number & superiority of Cottagers’ productions.
SALE of FURNITURE of B Mason of Horse & Groom, New Market. Oswald sells.

1840
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Norwich Mercury 26 Sep
Ipswich Journal 26 Sep 

1840 
1840

LIGHTS in TOWN: Letter “No lights in Beccles until 1 October”. Town in Total darkness.
EDUCATION: Mrs Jannings removed from Geldeston to start School at Ashman’s Hall on 27
January.

Ipswich Journal 26 Sep 
 
Norwich Mercury 28 Nov
1840
Norwich Mercury 2 Dec 

CONCERT: David Fisher, Concert in Theatre. Monday 28th December at 8 pm. Patronage of Sir
Thomas & Lady Gooch. Boxes 3s/6d; Pit 2s/; Gallery 1s/;

 
NEWSPAPERS 1841

1841 
 
 

CONCERTS: Great Musical Attraction; David Fisher junior:
8 Jan   
8 Jan 

Ipswich Journal 2 Jan 

 
 

Morning  
Evening

Concert in Assembly Room, Beccles
Concert at Theatre, Bungay

 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
14 Jan 

Vocal & Instrumental
Evening
Vocalists:  

 

Concert at Diss
Miss Fisher, Misses H & S Fisher, Mr D Fisher

 
 

 
 
1841 

 
 

Piano:
Cello 

 
 

Miss HFisher 
Mr Fisher

Violin
Mr D Fisher junior
 

POOR  LAW  ACT:  Relief  of  Agricultural  Poor  in  Inclement  Weather.  Poor  Law  Commissioners
Circular  gives  Guardians  to  allow  some  Outdoor  Relief,  but  only  on  conditions  approved  by
Commissioners.

Ipswich Journal 9 Jan 

1841 
1841

EDUCATION: Miss Fuller, Gents Walk, Beccles. School
QUARTER   SESSIONS   at   Beccles.   Rural   Police   consist   of   :   1   Deputy   Chief   Constable,   2

Ipswich Journal 16 Jan 
Norwich Mercury 16 Jan 
 

Superintendents, 60 Constables, & 33 Districts.
During Quarter ended 31 December 130 Persons in Custody.

 
 

 
 

Total Cost of Present Maintenance & Conveyance £10 - 11 - 7, Saving on old system £289 - 2 - 5d
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

1841
Norwich Mercury 16 Jan 
 

exceed 1 month should undergo Punishment at Ipswich.
SHIPPING: Arrived: 4; 
EDUCATION: ASHMAN’S Establishment for the Education of Young Ladies. Mrs T Jannings

1841
1841

Norwich Mercury Feb 
 
Sailed 5: carrying Malt & Grain
 
 
Norwich Mercury 13 Feb

 
 
 

 
 
 

Two Ladies to Teach 1 Drawing & Painting  2 French
Baron Cotille de Cothe: German & Italian. 
Harp: Madam Cotille de Cothe. 

 
Masters who will attend:

F Noverre; Dancing 
Care & attention to Religious Education.

J Barker: Piano & Singing

1841
1841

Bury Post 17 Mar 

COACH fares reduced to London (20s to 10s) & (12s to 7s)
TEMPERANCE: Account of Progress in Suffolk in “British Temperance Advocate” numbers weekly
increasing, particularly at Beccles, Buy, Harwich, Stowmarket etc.

 
Bury Post 17 Mar 
 

 
1841

 

Also Temperance Meeting at Thetford broken up by Opposition.
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]

Bury Post 24 Mar 
 

1841
1841 
 

SALE Stable,  Warehouse & Granaries of Robert Crickmer by Robert Oswald.
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

 
Norwich Mercury 27 Mar
Ipswich Journal 20 Mar 
 

that on no occasion has accommodation been afforded to them to gratify their wishes & perform what
they  deem their Duty by  attending Conservative Meetings.”  She urges him to see to  it & paper to

recommend it. 
QUARTER  SESSIONS  at  Beccles:  Measurements  for  alteruing,  enlarging,  repairing  of  Sessions

A Female Conservative.
1841 
Ipswich Journal 10 Apr 
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David Lindley, June, 2003 
 
28

House. To be re-erected? Committee to meet.
CONSERVATIVE DINNER REPORT: 400 Gents. Committee: FJ Leathes, F Farr, RC Bewicke, Dr

1841 
Ipswich Journal 17 Apr 

Crowfoot, R Bohun & EC Sharpin. The Division long regarded as one of the strongest holds of the
Whig Radicals & Dissenters

 
 

 
 

Banners: “The Altar, The Throne & The Cottage Protected.”  “Reform without Revolution”
Sir T Gooch: “As long  as Church &  State  are united I am persuaded that England will be  a Happy

Country.”Last Toast “The Ladies of Suffolk.”
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.”

1841
 
Norwich Mercury 24 Apr
1841 

HORTICULTURAL  SOCIETY:  1st  Meeting.  Assembly  Room.  22  Prizes  in  money  &  Garden
Implements to Cottagers.
FARMERS’ CLUB: Second Annual Meeting Show of Horses: 140 Members. 200 present at Dinner.

Ipswich Journal 15 May 
1841 
Ipswich Journal 15 May 

Prizes to Farmers at Shadingfield, Sotterly, Henstead, Ellough, Reeydon etc.
Best fattened Bullock: George Fenn.
SALE: NORTHGATE: Mr Oswald to sell Mercantile Property of late Robert Crickmer, on 7 June

 
 
1841
Bury Post 7 Jun 

1841 at the King's Head, Late the Estate of Robert Crickmer, decsd.
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

 
 

range  of capital warehouses  and  granaries,  capable of containing upwards of 500 lasts  of  corn and
150  chaldrons  of  coals,  with  malting  offices  and  two  malt  kilns  attached,  in  full  trade,  all  most
substantially built and in good repair.

 
 

Also a spacious and commodious WHARF or STAITHE extending in width 88 feet by the side of the
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.

 
 

Contiguous to the warehouses is a very comfortable DWELLING HOUSE ( the late residence of the
deceased) with a good counting house adjoining.

 
 

Also  a  free  PUBLIC  HOUSE  called  the  Marquis  of  Granby,  well  situated  for  trade  (  the  tenant
whereof is under notice to quit at Old Michaelmas next) and a brick and tiled building used as a store

house, together with spacious stabling for horses frequenting the Staithe.
All frehold. Land Tax £2 12 0.

 
 

 
 

Free Rent to the Manor of Beccles 2s 4d.  [This is the property concerned with here]
Free Rent to the Manor of Rosehall 2s 1d

 
 
1841
Bury Post 19 May 

FARMERS’ CLUB:  Second Annual Meeting: Pride of  Show Field: 8 yearling Ayrshires of Rev C
Clarke (Prize for Bullock: Mr Fenn) Nearly 200 Members at Dinner

 

1841
1841

REGATTA at Beccles: Monday 5 July. Silver Cup for Sailing Boats.
COMPETITION:  Silver  Cup  presented  by  FW  Farr,  played  for  on  Old  Bowling  Green.  Won  by
Edward Sutton, Gun maker, Beccles

 
Norwich Mercury 12 Jun
Norwich Mercury 24 Jul 
 

1841
1841
1841

Norwich Mercury 7 Aug 

SALE of FURNITURE, NORTHGATE: Oswald to sell Furniture late Robert Crickmer
ADVERTISEMENT: Beccles Wine Vaults: W Rogers (late Firm of Ward & Rogers)
SALE of BANKRUPT Charles Crickmay, Houses, Granary. Quay 140ft long.

 
Norwich Mercury 4 Sep 
 
 
Norwich Mercury 18 Sep

1841
1841

CONCERT by David Fisher at Beccles & Bungay
MUSICIAN: David Fisher, junior, moves from Bungay to Norwich. Teaches singing, Violin & Piano
at Bungay, Beccles, Halesworth, Lowestoft, Palgrave, Fressingfield etc.

 
Norwich Mercury 16 Oct
 
Norwich Mercury 13 Nov 
1841
Bury Post 17 Nov 

EDUCATION  in  WORKHOUSES  of  Pauper  Children  in  Norfolk  &  Suffolk.  In  Dec  1837:  1906
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.

 
1841
Bury Post 8 Dec 

FARMERS’ CLUB at Halesworth. Members from other Clubs Beccles etc “The Cultivation Clauses
in Leases”

 
1841
Bury Post 13 Dec 

SERMON: “Doctrine of the Holy Trinity & some objections by the Unitarians examined” Sermon at
the Visitation of the Archdeacon at Beccles by Rev Thomas Sworde of Thetford  1s.

 
NEWSPAPERS 1842
1842
Norwich Mercury 8 Jan 

BALL: First Subscription Ball in Assembly Room, Sir T Gooch, Sir E & Lady Bowater, Mrs Barne, J
& Miss Kerrick, The Mayor & Rev T Sherriffe. Howlet’s Band

 
1842

POOR RELIEF: Meeting at Town Hall. Subsidy to sell Flour to the Poor at half price: Council gives
£50, Feoffees also give £50.

 
Bury Post 9 Jan 
1842  
Norwich Mercury 15 Jan 

EDUCATION: Cowles Classical & Commercial Academy
DANCING: F Noverre to open Academy for Dancing at Assembly Room, at Beccles & Ashman’s on

1842
Norwich Mercury 8 Jan 

Thursday, 27 January.
CHURCH RATE: Several Dissenters summoned before Mayor of Beccles for refusing to pay Church

1842
Bury Post 6 Feb 
NEWSPAPERS 1830-1856 
David Lindley, June, 2003 
 
29

Rate on conscientious grounds. Payment ordered to be enforced.
FARMERS’  CLUB:  Metting  at  Beccles  to  fix  Regulations  &  Prizes.  Earl  of  Gosford  Chairman.

1842
Bury Post 23 Feb 

Other Officers appointed. Premiums of £30 offered.
SALE: Oswald to Sell at King’s Head: [Robert Neech, the Elder, bankrupt:]

1842
Nrwich Mercury 12 Mar 
 
 

LOT 1. NORTHGATE [Nos 65, 63, & 61]: House with Grocer’s Shop & 2 Cottages on West Side of
Northgate near the Bridge occupied by John Rand, grocer, & Robert Mills. Annual Rent £17

 
 

 
 

LOT 2.  NORTHGATE: [Nos 76 & 78] House & Cottage on the East Side opposite Lot 1,
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

back yard, & pump with excellent spring water. Also a brick tiled cottage, situate on the east side of
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

£22-10s, Land Tax 13s 6d
LOT 3. Cottage fronting Back Street leading from Bridge to Red Lion, occupied by Edward Hindes,
vet, Charles Allen & Sam Neech.

 
 

1842
1842

BANKRUPT: WM Atkinson
SALE of Estate of WM Atkinson, Bankrupt. (To Maltsters, Merchants & Capitalists) Postponement
of Sale until 2 May. JC Webster, Fiske & Clarke

 
Norwich Mercury 9 Apr 
 
Norwich Mercury 9 Apr 
1842

DENTIST: Mr Jones, Surgical & Mechanical Dentist  ... continues to adopt al recent improvements
of the Profession.
SALE  of ATKINSON’S Property: Two Malting Offices with patent pumps  & Furnaces &  cement

 
Norwich Mercury 9 Apr 
White Lion, Beccles, Wednesday 13 April, 1842
1842
 
Norwich Mercury 16 Apr 

drying floors ... Granaries & Store rooms, Coal sheds, Maltser’s Dwelling House: House with halls,
breakfast, dining & drawing rooms, kitchen, store room, pantry, wash house, cellarage, 6 Bedrooms,
garden & his cottages adjoining.

1842

SABBATH:  Earnest  Address  to  Parents,  Masters  &  Mistresses  with   consequence  of   Sabbath-
breaking.

 
Norwich Mercury 16 Apr 

1842
1842

BANKRUPT: Robert Martin, Blyburgate
SALE of STOCK: Sale of Bankrupt’s Stock: Mr Robert Martin, Blyburgate by Mr WBuck: Cabinet

 
Norwich Mercury 23 Apr 
 
Norwich Mercury 23 Apr 

&  Upholstery,  Furniture  ...  unmanufacured  Stock  of  Spanish  &  Honduras  Mahogny.  All  Goods
Manufactured on the Premises. 4 Days’ Sale

1842

BECCLES  CORPORATION  MARSHES:  Auction  at  Town  Hall.  270  acres.  Enquiries  Baxter,
Marshman on the Racecourse.
DENTIST: Jones Dentist at White Lion, Beccles, 11th of May. [next visit 8 June]

 
Norwich Mercury 23 Apr 

1842
1842

 
Norwich Mercury 30 Apr 

FAIR: Whitsuntide Fair on Tuesday 17 May. Ed Morgan, Clerk to Beccles Fairs & Markets.
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

 
Norwich Mercury 7 May 
1842
 
Norwich Mercury 14 May 

Diners at Assembly Room, Earl of Gosford in the Chair ... Gibson, the Secretary reads the Report..
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 &

children  standing  among  their  employers,  protectors  and  friends  receiving  the  Reward  that  by
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

hearts.
John Macker of Rushmere, family of 11 no Poor Relief 
Thomas Thrower Henstead, 42 years on one Farm 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

£2
£1

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

John Malem, Gillingham, 44 years on one Farm 
Ann Botwright, Ellough, 5 years Dairywoman 
Maria Wright, Beccles, 19 & a half years Domstic Servant 

 
 

 
 
 

£2
£1 - 10s
£1 - 10s

 

 
Susan Mihil, Mother of 13 Children.
Benjamin Brown, Ringsfield, 84, still supporting himself by his own industry 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

£2
£2

 
 

 
 

John Cattermole, Sotterley 72, still supporting himself by his own industry 
Mary Ann Goodchild, under 12, eaned her Parents 9s 9d since last September knitting & sewing £1

£1

1842
 

SALE: B Rix to sell at King’s Head:
TOWER WINDMILL [London Road] & House, occupied by Joseph Oldring onTurnpike Road from

 
Norwich Mercury 28 May 
 

London & Ipswich. Also House “Near the Entrance to the Town occupied by Rev RJ Francis”
CRICKET: Bungay Common  
EDUCATION:  Beccles  Academy:  Greek,  Latin,  French,  Maths,  Merchants’  Accounts,  English

1842
1842

Beccles, 34 & 51 for 4 = 85 
Bungay, 41 & 43 = 84
 
Bury Post 6 Jul 
 
Norwich Mercury 9 Jul 

Studies, Surveying Class.
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

 
1842

 
 
Ipswich Journal 23 Jul 
Wednesday the 27th instant.
NEWSPAPERS 1830-1856 
David Lindley, June, 2003 
 
30

1842
 

CRICKET: Beccles 73   
Holmes, Francis, Suckling, Chandler, Sadd, Jermyn, Fiske, Steele, Laws, More, Pleasants

Bungay 56   
BECCLES TEAM:
 
Ipswich Journal 23 Jul 
 

1842
1842

ESTATE at RINGSFIELD: Farm in occupation of Thomas Balls
SALE: INGATE STREET Property:

 
Ipswich Journal 30 Jul 
 
Ipswich Journal 6 Aug 
 
 

LOT 1: Two Brick & Tiled Tenements (one of which is now used as  a Beer House, the Red Cow)
[Nos  75  & 77]  excellent Garden  1r  18p, Fruit Trees, Yard, Boarded & Tiled Cow House &  other

Buildngs in the occupation of Charles Barker; Rent £12 pa
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

 
 

Tax 8s
LOT 3: Two Brick & Tiled Tenements, with a Yard, adjoining Lot 2, occupied by Francis Bennett &
Jamie Barnett. Rent £8 - 10s  

 
 
Land Tax 6s 6d.

1842
1842

RACES at BECCLES on Tuesday 30 August & Wednesday 31 August 1842
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

 
Ipswich Journal 6 Aug 
Bury Post 10 Aug 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

which has open Drains: 

Beccles
1 in 67
1 in 72

 
 
 

Bungay
1 in 69
1 in 67

 
 

1811 to 1821 
1821 to 1831 

 
 
1842

 
 
1831 to 1841 
1 in 71
 
1 in 59
 

TURNPIKE ROAD: Tolls to be Auctioned
SALE: [No 1 BLYBURGATE] Centre of Town, Range of Sash Fronted Buildings on 19 August.

 
Ipswich Journal 13 Aug 

1842
 

 
Ipswich Journal 13 Aug 
 

Dwelling  in  the  occupation  of  Charles  Rogerson  as  Tenant  from  Year  to  Year  &  spacious  Shop
recently used by James Feltham, Boot & Shoe Maker

 
 

ALSO Dwelling in the occupation of William Stebbens, Pawnbroker. Yearly Tenant, & Stable, Paved
Yard & outbuildings,  enclosed Garden. A considerable  outlay in Repairs  & Improvements  recentl

completed. Pump. Freehold.
WANTED: at Michaelmas: A Man & Woman without incumbrances. The woman to take the entire

1842
 
Ipswich Journal 13 Aug 

Management of the Dairy. The Man,  a  Yardman, to make  himself  generally  useful.  Wages  £5 per
Quarter with Board & Lodging. Mr Grimwade, Market Place, Becles.

1842
1842
1842

SAILING MATCH at Beccles: Mr Webster v Mr Barker of Norwich
VOTERS LIST revised at King’s Head Beccles
SALE of FURNITURE of late Mrs Postle of Ringsfield Parsonage

 
Ipswich Journal 10 Sep 
 
Ipswich Journal 17 Sep 
 
Ipswich Journal 24 Sep 

1842
1842

COURTS BARON of Robert Suckling for Manors of Barsham Hall & Shipmeadow
DIED Philip Benns of Wangford, Boot & Shoe Maker. Philip Colemn Benns will carry on business at
Wangford.

 
Ipswich Journal 15 Oct 
 
Ipswich Journal 15 Oct 
1842

EDUCATION:  Sermon  on  behalf  of  the  National  School  by  Rev  Lord  Bayning  on  Sunday  30
October.
PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT Office Saxmundham. Full Length £2 - 2s; for each additional figure

 
Ipswich Journal 22 Oct 
1842
 
Ipswich Journal 22 Oct 

!0s 6d. Busts £1 - 4s. All the Improvements of Beard’s Process.
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

1842
 
Ipswich Journal 22 Oct 

property of Miss Schutz of Gillingham Hall, insured with the Phoenix.
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

1842
 
Ipswich Journal 29 Oct 

Rate to be Granted. Seconded by John Crisp, junior. On show of hands: Carried. Poll demanded. For
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

 
 
are Dissenters and would have again been returned.
 
 
I never finished take notes from the Paper after 29 Oct 1842
NEWSPAPERS 1843

SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: some information taken from John Barber Scott’s Diaries
1843

Bury Post 6 Feb 

SHIPMEADOW  WORKHOUSE:  Lately  scene  of  disorder  on  plea  of  insufficiency  of  food.  Six
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

 

Guardians would consider complaint.
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Men  refuse to  quit the Hall without more Food, but  afterwards

1843
Norwich Mercury 8 Feb 
 

retire &  brickbat the doors  & demolish  allthe windows looking  into the Yard so thatno part of the
glass, lead or iron bars remain. Six of them sent to Beccles Gaol.

NEWSPAPERS 1830-1856 
David Lindley, June, 2003 
 
31
1843 
JB Scott’s Diary 22 Nov 

SHIPMEADOW HOUSE wilfully set on fire  but  it was soon  extinguished. Damage not exceeding
£36 which was made good by Insurance.

1843
Norwich Mercury 8 Feb 

SHIPMEADOW FIRE: REWARD: Proclamation of Reward of £50 for apprehension & conviction of
men who attempted to Fire Shipmeadow Workhouse about a month since has had the desired effect.

 

George Pulford & ThomasBarber committed for Trial at Assizes. Each blamed the other.
At  the  beginning  of  this  Year  there  are  again  Riots  at  Shipmeadow  and  on  13th  January  am

1844 
JB Scott’s Diary Jan 

summoned with Dr Owen, Montagu, Bewicke & fourteen policemen to enquire into the cause of the
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

etc. Twelve men were sentto Gaol to take trial for riot and a special meeting called to investigate the
cause of the disturbance.
RIOT at SHIMEADOW: Three men threatened the Life of the House Constable. The Governor came

1844
Norwich Mercury 26 Jan 
 

to Bungay, asked for help from 2 Constables. These who came to the House threatened by about 30
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

trying to pull down walls  between  Exercising Yards.  Samuel Moore, Inspector  hit by brick.  Fight.
Police  used truncheons. Dr Owen,  EP Montagu, JPs, arrive.  12 Months to Beccles Gaol. Assistant
Commissioner expected. Scarcity of Food.

1844 
JB Scott’s Diary 19 Feb 

To SHIPMEADOW at 9 o’clock where Sir J Waltham, Assistant Commissioner, and thirty Guardians
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

against  the  Governor.  Ten  days  later  the  Commissioner’s  Report  is  received  and  the  Governor
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.

1843
Bury Post 24 May 
 

 
1843

 

Dinner at King’s Head. AGM of Farmers’ Club at Assembly Room 70 Present. HG Dowson in Chair.
QUARTER SESSIONS: at Beccles: Letter from Sir Thomas Gooch, retiring after 50 Years.

Bury Post 24 May 
 

1843
1843

Norwich Mercury 29 Jul 

BECCLES RACES:Tuesday & Wednesday 8th & 9th of August.
RACES: Pesence of a Party ofOfficers of the Scot’s Grays enlivened the scene in a dashing four in

 
 
Norwich Mercury 12 Aug

hand. 60 at Ordinary.
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

1843
 
Norwich Mercury 26 Aug

and fell in. No assistance was near, all hope of saving her life was lost until Mr Garnham (although
no swimmer) sprang into the stream & succeeded in landing her on a barge.... she recovered.
CRICKET: Return Match, Beccles v Bungay

1843
 

 
Norwich Mercury 26 Aug

 
 

Bungay:
Beccles
HORTICULTURAL    SOCIETIES:    Ploughing    Competition    at    Central    Suffolk    Agricultural

86 & 100 = 186
42 & 36

 
1843 

= 78
Bury Post 27 Sep 

Associationannual Meeting at Stowmarket: Judge: Mr Gilson of Willingham Hall
DROWNING in the River: Son of Hindes, boot & shoe maker playing by the River, fell in. [He lived
at 10 Saltgate.

1843
 
Norwich Mercury 7 Oct
 
1843

ELECTION: The Town Councillors who went ut of office were again returned with a large majority.
They were opposd  by Mr Jones, the would-be  councillor  of  last year. This time  he was in  amuch
greater minority.

 
Ipswich Journal 4 Nov 

 
1843

 

Mr Garrod  288; Mr Barber  278; Mr Chinnery 267; Mr Newman  251;  Mr Jones  101.
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

Bury Post 22 Nov 
 
water to pass into Lake.
NEWSPAPERS 1844
1844 
Chambers Journal 1844 

LITERACY from Gloucester Journal: of  155 prisoners tried at  our recent County & City Sessions,
only 6 could read and write.
CHRISTIN KNOWLEDGE: The Chaplain of Taunton Gaol stated that during the last three years “no

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Chambers Journal 1844 

less than 360 prisoners had come under his notice who were as completely ignorant of Christianity as
heathens.”
LIGHTING: Reminiscences: Then - O  Wonder  of  Wonders! -  came  gas,  and the whole town was

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Chambers Journal 1854 

given over for a time to excavators & pipe-layers; & soon the miserable twinkling oil lamps that hung
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

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for  many  weeks  after  their  opening,  those  shops  were  surrounded  every  evening  by  a  crowd  of
admiring  beholders. - Then  later  a water tower was  built.  -  Filthy  lanes were  cleaned, levelled  &

widened.
MAGISTRATES  COURT:  Sarah  &  Mary-Ann  Fairweather  fined  5s/-  each  &  costs:  drunk  &

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Suffolk Chronicle 6 Jan 

disorderly.  
INCENDIARISM in Essex, Norfolk & Cambridgeshire.

George Turrell night poacing at Ringsfield. 2 Months Hard Labour.

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Suffolk Chronicle 13 Jan 
Bury Post 24 Jan 

SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: RIOT: On Friday last, an attack was made by Men & Boys upon
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

 

with two Policemen ... threatened by all 35 Inmates ... Pplicemen retired ... Went to Superintendent
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

made large hole  Man threw brick at Sub Insppector Moore & injures him ... mele follows. 12 Men
committed to Beccles Gaol.  Special Guardians Meeting.  Sir J Walsham, Assistant Commissioner,
present. Reporter not allowed to attend.

1844
Bury Post 24 Jan 

SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Enquiry: Small alteration in diet to be made (but generally same as
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.

 

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Bury Post 24 Jan 

QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: 14 Sentences: One to Five Months for Riots at Shipmeadow.
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

 
Norwich Mercury 7 Feb 
 

etc.
COCK FIGHTING: Petty Sessions: A conviction (20s Fine with costs) for “allowing Cogk Fighting
on his Premises last month.” Where?

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Suffolk Chronicle 10 Feb 
1844

SHIPMEADOW  WORKHOUSE:  Another  Disturbance  in  one  of  the  Women’s  Wards.  53  able-
bodied Men in the House, not one married. Farmers employ the married men & drive the single into

 
Suffolk Chronicle 10 Feb

the Workhouse, during the winter months. “And then we are lectured on the improvidence of the Poor
in contracting needless marriages.”

1844
Norwich Mercury 2 Mar 

SALE of Premises in Smallgate, William Warren, Gig maker & Wheelwright. Extensive workshops,
drying sheds, lofts, paint shop. Quarter of an acre. Lucrative concern conducted therein in Trades of

 

Gig Maker & Wheelwright for nearly a century.
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.

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Suffolk Chronicle 16 Mar 

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INCENDIARISM: Many Cases 
FIRES at Melford, Rickinghall, Milenhall, Clare Ipswich.
FIRES at Swathsfield Hall, Gislingham, Hitcham, Churchford Hall Chapel.

 
 
Suffolk Chronicle 16 Mar 
Bury Post 20 Mar 
 
Bury Post 27 Mar 
 
1844

INCENDIARISM:  Letter  from ‘a Working Man.’ “And is there nothing that  has produced this fell
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

 
Suffolk Chronicle 4 Apr 

ben taken away. They have toiled, they have spun, to make others great & the country powerful, and
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.

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Norfolk Mercury 6 Apr 

BISHOP & CONFIRMATION: Bishop of Norwich  confirms  in the Cathedral 489  at early  Service,
661 in the Afternoon. 10th Day on which he held Confirmations., nearly 11,000 people: Bungay 293,
Beccles 315 (several places over 400)

 
Norfolk Mercury 11 May 
1844

THEATRE  at  BUNGAY:  SALE:  “Taste  for  Theatricals  in  this  Town  having  much  declined”.
Bidding reaches £500. Bought in at Reserve of £700.
FARMERS’  CLUB  &  LABOURERS  Friendly  Society  AGM;  Ploughing  Match  for  Hundred  of

 
Bury Post 15 May 
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Bury Post 22 May 

Wangford.  Prize  for  sheep  shearing.  Exhibition  of  Stock.  Dinner  at  King’s  Head.  80  -  90.  Lord
Acheson in Chair. 20 deserving Labourers & Servants introduced & received Awards.

1844
Bury Post 3 Jul 

FIRE:  Edmund  Botwright  &  John  Spelling  to  Beccles  gaol  charged  withsetting  fire  to  a  Barn
occupied by Hannah Watling, proprietor.

 

1844
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Bury Post 31 Jal 

FIRE: Botwright Transported fpr Life. Various other sentences: Life or 20 Years Transportation.
RAILWAY: Diss, Beccles &Yarmouth Railway registered provisionally.

 
Bury Post 11 Dec 
 
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Bury Post 11 Jan 

CORN EXCHANGE opening, bought 3 Months earlier by Edward Lock of Hoddeston from Messrs
Fisher:  Boxes, Pit, Orchestra Stage & Gallery all gone. Doine by M Pells, now one large Room 63 x

 

34ft, lit by 3 large syy-lights and nightly by chandeliers. Mass Bands of Beccles at opening.
RAILWAY  LINES: Meeting  at Public Hall, Beccles  on possible Railway  Lines. Capt Moorsom  &

1845
 
Norfolk Mercury 25 Jan 

Mr Bedder   ... latter proposes  line  crossing Bridge  Street [Northgate] &  across  Playground  of Mr
Cowles Academy “near which spot the Station will be erected.”

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QUARTER  SESSIONS  at  Beccles:  John  Kerrick,  Chairman,  to  Grand  Jury:  “The  importance  of
seeing that on the Sabbath the Poor in your Neighbourhood attend at least once at Divine Service ...

 
Norfolk Mercury 15 Mar 

necessity of providing the means of Educating their Children, for unless you instil into the minds of
the Rising Generation the  great principles of Religion, it will be in vain to expect them to  grow up

sturdy & industrious men & women.
SALE:   Will be sold by Auction (under a power of  Sale) All those  substantial Brick & Tile Built

1845
Nor News 11 Jul 

Premises  in  Northgate  &  late  in  occupation  of  Samuel  Emms  Atkinson  comprising  an  excellent
Dwelling House containing  sitting rooms,  kitchen, store room, pantry,  cellar, washhouse  & 5  airy
sleeping rooms

 
 

ALSO a  capital Cottage, lately licensed  as a Beer House, with two sitting  rooms, two bed rooms,
washhouse, pantry and cellar. also
NEWLY ERECTED BREWHOUSE with tun & store rooms, capital 186 gallon copper, beer cooler,

 
 

18ft 10 ins long, 11ft 4ins deep & every other convenience.
AND an excellent Malting House adjoining with a twenty-coomb steep, malt kiln & floor complete &
dry malt store room.

 
 
 
 

ALSO an excellent tiled coal shed for 300 tons, capital Counting House, Gig House & Stable, with
other convenient outbuildings & spacious yard with a quay next the River Waveney of about 140ft in
extent & within 50 yards of Beccles Bridge.

 
 

There  is  also  a well  of  excellent spring water upon the premises about  30ft  deep, from which the
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  &

 
 

premises Title: Deed of conveyance of 10 October 1842 being the assignees of Charles Crickmay, a
bankrupt to Samuel Emms Atkinson
SALE of EARL of GOSFORD’S Estate: 3,000 acres

1845
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Norfolk Mercury 9 Aug 
Bury Post 20 Aug 

TEMPERANCE SOCIETY: Second Annual Bazar in Corn Hall. 200 Persons at Tea, Address by Mrs
Carlisle, Coadjucator with Mrs Fry etc.. Rev G Wright presides. Mr Smith Secretary. 220 Members,

 

including 25 reclaimed Drunkards. Three Working Men testify to good effects of Taking the Pledge.
Next Day: Annual Treat of Juvenile Society.

1845
 

Bury Post 22 Oct 
QUARTER SESSIONS:

Crimes in Division in 1844:   
Crimes in Division in 1845: 

213
165

 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
1845

5 Tried for Riot at Bungay. (on Fair Day 1000 youths in Bungay) one acquitted; one 2 months,
Three for 6 months Hard Labour. “Court was crowded”.
YARMOUTH  HERRINGS:    Record  Herring  Catches  in  one  day.  500  Lasts  (each  13,200)  =

 
 
Norfolk Mercury 1 Nov 

6,600,000 Herrings.
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

1845
 
Norfolk Mercury 15 Nov 

attention towards the Poor in coming Winter.
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  &

1845
 
Norfolk Mercury 29 Nov 

Breakfast Rooms,  Study,  7 Bedrooms,  3  Servants’ Attics, Kitchen, Butler’s  Pantry, Washhouse  &
Brewhouse, spacious wine, beer & coal Cellars.

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POLICE: Advertisement for Superintendent of Police (to WE Crowfoot, Mayor)
COURT: Cases  at Beccles  against Isaac Piper, tailor; Thomas Delf,  draper; John Mayhew, draper;

 
Ipswich Journal 3 Jan 
 
Norfolk News 6 Jan 

charged  by  John  Nichols,  Constable  for  hanging  up  goods  on  the  side  door  or  otherwise  to  their
Shops so  as to  obstruct or  incommode the passing the passing the Footpath. Case  against  Piper  &
Delf dropped. Mayhew: Legal advice to be sought.

1846
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1846

EDUCATION: Establishment for Young Gentlemen. Northgate. Miss Sayer.
CORN EXCHANGE opened, Orchestra Plays.
QUARTER  SESSIONS  at  Beccles:  Two  young  Lowestoft  men  in  affray  with  Police.  Acquitted.

 
Norfolk Mercury 10 Jan 
Bury Post 24 Jan 
 
 
Ipswich Journal 17 Jan 

Police had unaccountably used cutlasses.
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,

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Norfolk Mercury 17 Jan 
 
Norfolk Mercury 17 Jan 

Workshop, Yard & Walled-in Garden.
RAILWAY: Waveney Valley: Diss, Beccles, Yarmouth Railway. Those who oppose should contact
Richard Ferrier, Burgh Castle & give Reasons for opposing.

1846
 
Norfolk Mercury 17 Jan 

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SALE: Stephen Bartram, woodman, sells Agricultural implements etc. Moving.
SALE   of   WINDMILL:  Post  Windmill,  erected  by  the  present  Proprietor  &   occupier,  Joseph

 
Ipswich Journal 21 Feb 
 
Ipswich Journal 7 Mar 

Devereux, a short distance from the Corporation Wharf, to be Sold.
QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: John Riches, Labourer, stolen 100 pieces of Faggot wood valued

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Norfolk News 29 Mar 
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at 2d, the property of James Flowers. 7 Days Hard Labour.
SALE:   PUDDINGMOOR:   House   &   Market   Garden   of   late   William   Bradnum,   Gardener,

1846
 
Norfolk Mercury 21 Mar

Puddingmoor
SALE of NORTH COVE HALl & Estate 9about 400 acres)

1846
1846

 
Ipswich Journal 21 Mar 

EMIGRATION:  Letters forwarded to  Journal  by C Gibson  of Willingham from former  Labourers
who had emigrated to Canada. 

 
Ipswich Journal 4 Apr 

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1846

SALE of TIMBER: Fenn to sell 500 Timber Trees, Stands & Poles at Ashman’s
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

 
Norfolk News 18 Apr 
 
Norfolk News 18 Apr 

& all intermediate Stations full Trains. Vehicles of all kinds clogged the roads to the City.
LETTING of MARSHES:  Grazing Marshes to be Let. Lots of 3 to 9 acres. 270 acres.
INSURANCE: Sun Life Assurance. Beccles Agent: RW Clarke.

1846
1846

 
Norfolk Mercury 25 Apr 
 
Ipswich Journal 2 May 
1846

COACH: (with illustration): Southwold, Wangford, Beccles, Loddon & Norwich Coach “The Pilot”:
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.  

 
Norfolk Mercury 16 May 
Durrant & Co.

1846
1846

SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Wanted: Schoolmaster £20 plus Board. Woman as a Nurse £10.
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

 
Norfolk Mercury 6 Jun 
 
Norfolk News 12 Jun 

continuation.
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

1846
 
Ipswich Journal 13 Jun 

Church.”  ALSO:  Vacancy  for  Young  Lady  apprentice  in  Shop.  Every  attention  paid  to  Domestic
Comfort.
COACH: from Norwich etc & Beccles to Ipswich Station daily except Sundays.

1846
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1846

 
Norfolk Mercury 13 Jun 

GAS PRICES: Meeting Beccles Light Co. Price of Gas reduced to 8s/4d 1,000 cubic Feet.
ADVERTISEMENT MEETING: Ramoneur Association at Town Hall. WE Crowfoot, the Mayor, in

 
Norfolk Mercury 13 Jun 
 
Norfolk News 12 Jun 

the Chair. Mr Granville Sharp of Norwich explains Ramoneur machine for Chimney Sweeping: The
Company not merely a Benevolent Institution fo the suppression of the Chiney Sweep system, but a

remunerative investment. 17 Shares subscribed for.
RACES at Beccles: Thursday & Friday 3 & 4 September.

1846
1846

 
Norfolk Mercury 27 Jun 

EDUCATION: SALE of FURNITURE: by B Rix of Miss Fuller, New Market. [She was 40 & lived
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,

 
Norfolk Mercury 27 Jun 
1846
 
Norfolk Mercury 27 Jun 

except Norwich Ipswich.
COACH: (Large illustrated Advertisement) Coaches from Norwich etc & Beccles to Ipswich Station,
daily except Sundays.

1846
Norfolk Mercury 13 Jun 
 

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1846

GAS: Meeting of the Beccles Gas Light Co. Price reduced to 8s 4d per 1000 cubic ft.
QUARTER SESSIONS:  Kerrick repeats points about Church Attendance - “Vigilant  attendance to
comfort, cleanliness & even appearance of labourers, Cottages & Gardens.”

 
Norfolk Mercury 13 Jun 
 
Norfolk Mercury 4 Jul 

1846
 

QUARTER SESSIONS: John Kerrick’s Address (Chairman) to Grand Jury:
“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

 
Norfolk News 11 Jul 
 

honour their  Sovereign, obey the  Laws of the Realm,  or  attend to the  interest of their  Employers?
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.”

1846

QUARTER SESSIONS:  George Flowers,  14, stole pocket  knife, value  6d. 21 Days Hard  Labour.
The first and last of these solitary.
EDUCATION: Ladies Boarding School, London Road. Miss Delf.

 
Norfolk News 11 Jul 

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1846

Norfolk Mercury 11 Jul 
 

EDUCATION: Ladies’ School, Miss Sayer, moved to New Market, house formerly occupied by Miss
Fuller [5 The Walk]

 
Norfolk Mercury 11 Jul 
1846

BECCLES  REGATTA:  July  6th.  Prze  for  Wherry  Race:  6  miles  out  &  6  Return.  Next  day:
Ellingham Locks Frolick.

 
Norfolk Mercury 11 Jul 
1846

Rev HW Burrows, MA of  Yarmouth Grammar  School  appointed Headmaster of the Fauconberge
School.

 
Norfolk News 18 Jul 
1846

SALE  of  TIMBER:  Gillingham  &  Beccles:  R  Oswald  to  sell  40  Oak  Trees,  Ash,  Elm,  Poplar,
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

 
Norfolk News 25 Jul 

Hermitage Quay.
SALE by Fenn: House & Shop near Corn Exchange occupied by I Ward, tailor & hatter, owned by
Zaccharia Bullen “Estate Agent”, Ingate Lodge.

1846
Norfolk News  8 Aug 
 
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Ipswich Journal 15 Aug 
CRICKET:  on Beccles Common: Beccles 57 & 48 = 105; 
Bungay 94 & 13 for 0 = 107
 
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CRICKET MATCH: Return Match: Beccles v Lowestoft: Lowestoft 65 & 43 = 108; Beccles 32 & 74
= 106.

 
Norfolk News 15 Sep 
1846

BECCLES  RACES:  Thursday  Races:  Gents  Purse  50  Gns.  Stake:  3  Sovereigns  &  15  added  by
Innkeepers.  (Pemberton,  Theobald,  Oswald,  Able)  Hunters’  Stakes  2  Sovereigns  &  £15  (Davey,

 
Norfolk News 2 Sep 

Able, Daniel, Pemberton)
SALE at St MARY’S, BALLYGATE: William Delf leaving Town. 50 fine Paintings, series of sepia

1846
 
Norfolk Mercury 19 Sep 

Drawings  by  Edwain Cooper,  200 Books,  Wines:  600 Bottles: Port  (12 to  15 years old) Medium
Sherry, White Hermitage, Burgundy etc. Pleasure & Fishing Boat, etc.
TEMPERANCE ANNIVERSARY:  6th Festival  at Corn  Exchange. WR  Sharpin, Chairman.  200  at

1846
 
Norfolk News 19 Sep 

Tea.
EDUCATION: Fauconberge School: Headmaster Rev HN Burrows, MA
BUNGAY HIRING FAIR for  SERVANTS: “  We protest  against this  annual Custom of  bringing

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Ipswich Journal 26 Sep 
 
Norfolk News £ Oct 

together under the plea of necessity, of a number of young Persons of both sexes & surrounding them
with  every  inducement  to  Licentousness  &  debauchry.  We  earnestly  hope  to  have  such  scenes
numbered among the exploded customs of a bygone age.      

1846
Bury Post 11 Nov 

CHURCH DIFFERENCES  in  ESSEX: “Painful difference of Feeling” between the Rector, Rev JH
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

 

Flowers  which  gave  great  offence  to  the  Congregation,  many  of  whom  in  consequence  absented
themselves  from  attendance  at  Public  Worship.”  The  Bishop  of  Rochester  goes  to  the  Verger  &
orders the immediate removal of Cross, Candlesticks, Vases & Flowers.

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1847

COACH: Old Established Coach, “The Day” leaves Norfolk Hotel, Norwich & King’s Head, Beccles
daily at 7.45 am, arrives Haughey Road Station in time for Trains to London, Bury at 12.7; Returns
12.43. 

 
Norwich Mercury 9 Jan 
Durrant, Newman & Co.
1847

SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Assistant Wanted. Salary £18. “To cook for the Paupers”, Weigh
Rations & keep Kitchen Accounts.
TURNPIKE:  Little  Yarmouth Turnpike Trust AGM in King’s Head, Beccles.  Ec  Sharpin, Clerk to

 
Norfolk Mercury 9 Jan 
1847
 
Norfolk Mercury 9 Jan 

Trustees.
SETTLEMENT ACT: Meeting  at Town Hall, Mayor  in Chair, to petition against “New  Settlement
Act”. Ill effect. Last Quarter Poor Rate nearly doubled.

1847
 
Norfolk Mercury 6 Feb 

1847
 

SALE of Property in Beccles: William Copeman, shoemaker; Edward Ayers, watchmaker
1. Five Cottages in Goose Green Lane.

 
Norfolk Mercury 9 Jan 

 
 

 
 

2. Three Cottages near Goose Green Lane.
3. House in Smallgate (Hannah Holland, Shopkeeper.)

 
 

 
1847

4. Cottage in Rook’s Lane.
SHIPMEADOW  WORKHOUSE:  DISORDER:  Male,  married  Paupers  (about  70  of  them)  forced

 
Norfolk Mercury 27 Feb 

their  way  into  the  Female  Quarters:  them   Lock  themselves   in  Dormitories   upstairs,  refusing
toSurrender. Three Ringleaders. But  extra Police  arive: Door  battered  in. Three Men Arrested:  14
Days Hard Labour.

1847

OPERATIONS UNDER AETHER: Three operations under influence of Aether performed by James
Cleveland, Vet: Docking a Mare, Splaying a small Spaniel Bitch etc.
QUARTER SESSIONS: Charles Jessup, aged 16, stealing 7 carrots. (previous conviction) 8 Months

 
Norfolk Mercury 6 Mar 
1847
 
Norfolk Mercury 13 Mar 

Hard Labour. First & Last weeks solitary.
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

 
1847

 
Norfolk Mercury 3 Apr 
 

Cross Keys, Hungate.
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.

1847
 

 
Norfolk Mercury 10 Apr 

 
 

 
1847

400 faggots of Wood & sundry Wrongs in the Plantation.
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

 
Norfolk Mercury 17 Apr 

from Paris.
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

1847
1847

Bury Post 5 May 
 
 
Norfolk Mercury 15 May 

Competitors. 50 Gents dined at the King’s Head.
THEFT:  James  &  Sam  Cosey,  Watermen,  committed  for  Trial  forStealing  2  Stone  of  Flour,  the

1847
 
Norfolk Mercury 22 May 

property of Leavold, Miller of Beccles.
SHIPMEADOW  WORKHOUSE:  Account  of  Finances  (full).  Number  of  Paupers  relieved:  1992

1847
 
Norfolk Mercury 5 Jun 
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David Lindley, June, 2003 
 
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(297  more  than  previous  year)  Population  of  Towns  of  Beccles,  Bungay  &  27  Villages:  13,766.
Population of Paupers to Population 12.75 in Towns & 17 in Villages.

1847

HOUSE of CORRECTION: Adoption of Silent System at Beccles House of Correction. Rev H Owen
recommends alternative to cost £20.

 
Norfolk Mercury 3 Jul 

 
1847

 

James Smith, Assaulting Charles Cove, Constable at Beccles: 6 Weeks Hard Labour.
MEDICAL  MEETING:  Suffolk  Branch  Meeting  of  Provincial  Medical  &  Surgeons’  Association.

Bury Post 7 Jul 
 

Long account.
BECCLES RACES: Tuesday & Wednesday 7th & 8th of September.
BECCLES  RACES:  7  &  8  September:  “No  Gambling  Booths,  Horse  Riders  or  Shows  of  any

1847
1847

 
Norfolk Mercury 10 Jul 
 
Norfolk Mercury 9 Aug 

Description will be allowed upon the Course.” Stewards: ES Gooch, MP, Officers of the 16th Lancers
& FW Farr.
EMIGRATING: SALE  at Beccles: All  Furniture &  Stock  in Trade  of R Morris who is  leaving for

1847
 
Norfolk Mercury 26 Aug 

America.
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

1847
 
Norfolk Mercury 26 Aug 

& Accessories.
CORN MARKET. Attention of Beccles Corn Market: Henceforth Corn Exchange on Friday instead
of Saturday.

1847
Norfolk Mercury 14 Oct 
 
1847
Bury Post 27 Oct 

QUARTER  SESSIONS  at  Beccles:  Chairman  refers  to  Juveniles’  Act  of  last  Session  to  correct
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.

 
BECCLES NEWSPAPERS 1848
1848
Norfolk Mercury 8 Jan 

COACH:  [with  illustration]    J  Harmer:  “Pilot”:  Coac  from  King’s  Head,  Monday,  Wednesday,
Saturday  at  8.30  am.  Fox  &  Hounds,  Loddon  9.30.  Trowse  Station  in  time  for  11  am    Train  to

 

Dereham,  Ely,  Cambidge,  Peterborough,  London.      Returning  from  Star  Inn,  Haymarket  at  4.15,
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

1848
Norfolk Mercury 15 Jan 
 

Street
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  &

1848
Norfolk Mercury 22 Jan 
 

Cattermole, Bookseller.
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

1848
 
Norfolk News 19 Feb 

Shares not be subscribed for.)
Mr Butcher begs to announce to the Public his intention of Disposing of, by means of a Tontine, that

 
 

highly valuable Freehold Property, well known as the Beccles & Bungay Navigation, comprising the
Right  of  levying  a  Toll  of  1s/6d  per  Ton  upon  all  Goods  conveyed  in  Vessels  along  the  River

Waveney  to  and  from  Beccles  and  Bungay,  which  Right  is  secured  to  the  Proprietor  by  Act  of
Parliament. The Average number of Tons upon which Toll has been taken during the last ten years is

19,986 pa.
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,

 
 

Granaries, and Coal Bins, with capital Stabling, Coach House  and Cart Lodges, a new built Dwelling
House and about 10 acres of Good Meadow Land.
ALSO  a  newly-erected  Dwelling  House,  at  the  Lower  Locks.  There  are  also  Wharfs  &  Yards

 
 

attached to the Premises, where an important & lucrative business has been carried on upwards of a
Century, in connection with the Navigation; from 5,000 to 6,000 Tons of Coals being annually sold
there.

 
 

This  Property  is  all  Freehold  &  is  now  let  on  a  Lease  for  a  Term  (of  which  two  years  will  be
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

 
 

respect of such share, the age of such nominee not being less than 65 years.
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

 
 

less than 5% upon the amount paidby him, and such income will continue Yearly to Increase, as thye
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

possession of a large property, he can at the same time secure himself against any loss of capital by
Insuring the Life of his Nominee.

 
 

All  expenses  attending  the  formation  of  the  Company  will  be  borne  exclusively  by  the  present
proprietor. Unlike all other Companies, no further call can be made upon the Shareholders, nor can

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any responsibility whatsoever be incurred by them.
The  advantages  attending  on  this  method  of   investing  Capital,   having   long  been  known  and

 
 

appreciated; the principle, however, has usually been applied for the purpose of effecting some great
Public Improvement, or Undertaking, in which the Capital required has been too much to be risked by

the Individual, and where the possibility of an adequate annual return was  at least uncertain. In the
present proposal no such uncertainty prevails, as there is already  an  ample  revenue for  immediate

distribution.
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 &

 
 

Palmer,  Solicitors,  Great  Yarmouth;  Messrs  Hill,  Fawcett  &  Hill,  Stockbrokers,  29  Threadneedle
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?]

 
1848

 
Norfolk Mercury 26 Feb 

SALE of INGATE MILL, Peremptory Sale, Beccles. To Millers, Corn Merchants, and Others, To be
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

 

Ingate Mill, at Beccles, wih spacious Round-House and all her fixed Going Gears complete, in capital
repair, and in Full Trade.
ALSO the convenient and comfortable Dwelling House, Stable, Out-buildings, Cottage, Garden, and

 
 

Meadow  Land, the whole  containing two  acres.  Particulars  and  conditions  of  Sale may  be  had  of
Messrs Bohun & Rix, solicitors, or the Auctioneer, Beccles.
CREDITORS: James Thirtle, grocer, tea dealer, draper, etc Sale of Stock in premises near Town Hall.

1848
 

Norfolk Mercury 26 Feb 
 
 

[No 1 New Market]
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

1848
1848

Norfolk Mercury 4 Mar 
 
Norfolk Mercury 18 Mar 
 

Pupil.
NUISANCE ACT: Authorities  appointed  under Act.  Sit  daily  in the Council Room. Alteration to

1848
Bury Post 7 Nov 
 

Corn Hall approved. Large Attendedance.
Dinner at King’s Head. “Many a Bumper for Success to Market of Old Beccles.”

 
 
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1849
Norfolk Mercury 27 Jan 

STEALING  of  Malt  from  Dowson’s  Brewery.  3  or  4men  swam  across  the  River  and  escaped
detection.

 

1849
1849

Norfolk Mercury 7 Feb 

TEMPERANCE SOCIETY: 9th Annual Meeting. Rev G Wright addresses.
THE POOR: Coals at Beccles to the Poor at 6d per cwt.

 
Norfolk Mercury 7 Feb 
 

1849
1849

Norfolk Mercury 10 Mar 

W Lenny & R Burstall elected Auditor, W Sayer & J Harvey, Assessors
SALE of STOCK: Oswald to sell at Beccles Stock etc ofJB Brooks, upholsterer & Furniture Dealer.

 
Norfolk Mercury 17 Mar 
 

1849
 

Norfolk Mercury 17 Mar 

QUARTER SESSIONS: Colonel Bence in the Chair:
1. Cutting,  Schoolmaster & Turnkey, resigns. Age. Pension: two thirds  of  Successor’s  Salary. New

 
 

Man: Samuel Drewitt.
2. Surgeon, William Crowfoot succeeds late William Henchman Crowfoot. Tribute paid.

 
1849

 
Norfolk News 24 Feb 

LECTURE in aid of British Schools in Corn Exchange.
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.

 
1849
Norfolk News 24 Feb 
 
1849
Norfolk News 28 Apr 

ROBBERY: Clark, a Hawker of Fish, stopped by two men on Ellough Road near Beccles, Robbed of
£3. Two men remanded.
PRESENTATION by Beccles Congregational Church to Mr & Mrs Corbyn of a Silver Basket valued

 
1849
Norfolk News 19 May 
 

at £15 for Singing Classes.
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.

1849
Norfolk News 26 May 
 

1849
1849
1849

Norfolk News 26 May 

REGATTA at Beccles 9 July
FARMING: Hay Making commenced, but uncertain Weather.
TWO SAILING BOATS launched from Wright’s Building Yard.

 
Norfolk News 16 Jun 
 
Norfolk News 16 Jun 
 
1849
Norfolk News 16 Jul 

REGATTA: Vast train of Cutters etc fill the River. Jackson’s & Brighton’s Cornucopian Bands near
Mayor’s Barge. (HS Farr). Two Days. Amusements at Apollo Gardens (Harvey’s White Lion).
SALE of WORLINGHAM ESTATE:

 

1849
1849

 
Norwich Mercury 28 Jul 
Norfolk News 4 Aug 

PERAMBULATING the BOUNDARIES: Mayor & Officers, Sir John Leman School boys. Followed
by Luncheon & Ale & Invitation Ball at Assembly Room.

 

CHOLERA EPEDEMIC
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

1849 
Chronicle of Britain 

12,847  in  the  past  three  months  and  shows  no  signs  of  abating.  The  general  board  of  health  has
assumed draconian powers to clean up the country, ordering medical officers and borough Surveyors

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to ensure the removal of “filth, ordure and nuisance” from the streets and to compel many citizens to
“cleanse, whitewash or otherwise purify their homes.”

1849
 

Beccles Nuisance Ctte 

CHOLERA: Board of Health appointed at Special Meeting of the Council on 25 August, 1849:
The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Ald.  WJ Crowfoot, MD, Ald  WE Crowfoot, Councillors:  Steel, Fenn,

 
 

Oswald,  J  Garnham,  Barker,  R  Dashwood,  HS  Davey,  HWR  Davey,  Dr  Peskett,  Dr  Owen,  Rev
Flower, Rev Wright.

 
 

MEETING: It was ordered that the Assembly Room be used if necessary as a Cholera Hospital & that
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

 
 

emptied)
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.

 
 
 
 

12  grey Calico  mattresses to  be  ordered  immediately for  use  of Cholera Patients. One ton  of  new
wheat straw from Mr Leavold.
MEETING 28 August: Natiuonal School Committee granted use of Schoolroom. Law’s family to be

 
 

sent there at once. In case of Death from Cholera body be immediately puyt in a coffin & removed to
another room to separate it from other patients.
Committee to assist Dr Peskett in obtaining nurses: Mayor, Dr Crowfoot, J Garnham.

 
 

 
 

300  bills  to  be  printed  &  circulated  as  cautions  &  regulations  against  Cholera  &  all  contagious
diseases.
NOTICE issued 11 October 1848: “Borough of Beccles: The arrival of Chlera on the British shores

 
 

renders  it  encumbent  upon  all  persons  to  adopt  such  precautions  as  experience  has  proved  most
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

 
 
the first symptoms of the Disease etc.  John Crisp, jun, Mayor. [Rix, Div VI, Municipal, p 359] 
 
 

MEETING 29 August: Aldous & Syder to make 12 Mattresses. Slaughter House to be examined by
Police Officers.

 
 

Linen  belonging to  Laws’ Children who died from Cholera to  be  burnt  immediately &  account of
them to be taken that they would be replaced.

 
 

 
 

MEETING 30 August. Charles Chinnery to take down & remove privvy in or near Puddingmoor.
William Reynolds’ House in  Swine’s Green to  be thoroughly cleansed  & the muck heap removed
immediately.

 
 

Notice to Butchers: Robert Jordan, Charles Keable, John Lay & Robert Copeman requesting them to
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

emptied & cleared.”
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.

 
 
 
 

William Whitehead to put a flag over a grate in Puddingmoor & construct it so that it may at different
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

 
 

underground.   Paving   Committee   to   carry   the   drain   in   Hungate   Lane   underground.   Also   in
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.

 
 

 
 

MEETING 1 September: James Mullett to clean drain in his premises in Ballygate. Samuel Jones to
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

occupied by Denny Wade in Blyburgate. J   to cover privy on premises occupied by Thomas Brown,
Blyburgate, also premises occupied by Samuel Rushmer in Goose Green Lane.

 
 

 
 

Paving Committee to lay Draining Pipes from Dunnett’s cotage to the Plough in Ravensmere.
John Nichols to destroy bedding of Law whose family has been afflicted with Cholera “as the same is

in such a filthy state as to be a nuisance to & injurious to the health of the owners.”
MEETING 3 September: Paving Committee to lay Drain Pipes from Puddingmoor to the River by the

 
 

side of Woodthorpe’s ditch.
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.

 
 
 
 

MEETING 6 September: Chairman to write to Poor  Law Commissioners to  ask whether Wangford
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

paying.
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Sam Tovell to carry drain under his ground on ppremises Ravensmere. Sam Arnold to alter privy in
Ravensmere premises occupied by Thomas Balls

 
 

 
 

In all cases where “friendly notices” are sent, immediate action required instead of a week’s grace.
MEETING 7  September: Paving Committee to put down  Stench Traps  in Bridge  Street near  John

Fisher’s.  Thomas Wright to empty privy premises in Northgate.
Paving Committee to lay pipes for main sewer from Mr Oswald’s to Mr Burwood’s.

 
 

 
 

George Knights to empty privy in Northgate. Charles Long tofill up cess pool in Northgate. Robert
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.

 
 

Philip  Benns  to  have  covers  made  for  privy  seats  Northgate.  John  Aldred  to  emptyu  privy  in
Northgate.
MEETING September  8: Nurse who  had  attended Cholera Patients to  be paid  at 10s  a week from

 
 

Funds placed at Committee’s disposal by Corporation.
Dr Crowfoot to ask Miss Howman to supply Laws family with clothing, bedding etc in lieu of those
destroyed by order: Payment frm Funds:

 
 
 
 

5  under-petticoats, 3 sheets,  3  chemises  &  3 shirts, 1 night  gown,  2  cotton  gowns & 3  aprons,  2
children’s frocks, 1 feather pillow. 2 pillow  cases,  2 counter-panes,  2 blankets,  2 stra mattresses,  1
feather bed, 2 straw beds.

 
 

Notice  to  D  Cutting,  Robert  Rede  &  WH  Leavold  to  carry  drains  in  premises  in  Old  Market
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

 
 

Ingate  underground  as  soon  as  possible.  2  notices  for  Drains  in  Ingate.  W  Delf  to  alter  “certain
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

 
 

visit same & report to next meeting if they are abated.
MEETING 11 September: Town Clerk to write to Sir E Lacon to carry drain on premises occupied by

 
 

Samuel Pick in Smallgate underground into sewer.
Privy in Puddingmoor beloning to premises occupied by William Barber & others to be emptied.

 
 

 
 

Chairman  to  draw  up  statement  explaining  the  filthy  state  in  which  the  streets  are  kept  by  the
scavengers and send it to the Chairman  of the  Paving Committee with request that he will call the

attention of the Council to it.
Other Notices. One to William  Suggate to  cover privy premises Peddar’s  Lane  occupied by  John
Stratford & others.

 
 
 
 

MEETING 12  September John Pedgrift to  Whitewash National  School, the room  used for  healthy
members of families with cholera.
Mayor requested to  call  a special meeting  of the Corporation on Tuesday 18th  at 7 pm to consider

 
 

laying down som main sewers in compliance with order given to Chairman of Paving Committee.
MEETING 13 September: Cone to get someone to empty privy in Puddingmoor premises occupied
by Wiliam Barber’s Mother

 
 
 
 

MEETING  14  September:  Mr  Wiserman,  Master  of  National  School  allowed  10s  for  services  in
attending upon persons at School Room.
Clerk to collect all bills incurred by Medical Board for Chairman to report on amount expended.

 
 

 
 

MEETING 15 September: Pedgrift to whitewash Cottage belonging to Miss Howman lent for use of
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.”

 
 
 

 
 
 

10s to Mrs Hurren for nursing Laws’ infant whilst family afflicted with Cholera.
Expenses of summons against Benjamin Bexfield to be paid by Medical Board.
Two notices to FW Farr, one to T Delf & several others.                        

 
 

MEETING  17  September:    Vote  of  thanks  to  Dr  Peskett  “for  his  indefatigable  exertions  in  his
attendance upon the Poor during the late epidemic.”

 
 

Fenn to examine drain near  St Anne’s Bridge in Ingate &  abate the same temporarily until  a main
sewer can be laid down.

 
 

 
 

Owners of Premises in Ravensmere to be informed main sewer now laid down.
MEETING 18  September:  Sam  Steel to  cover privy premises in Horse  & Groom  Lane  near New

Market.
occupied by Dr Peskett into main sewer. HS Davey the same, to premises Old Market to main sewer.
John Crisp the same.

HJ Kerrison too. S Steel to carry drain underground from Stable in Horse & Groom Lane,
 
 

MEETING  19  September:  Chairman  to  request  Mayor  to  call  Town  Meeting  to  consider  “most
proper  &  efficient  means  to  be  adopted  for  better  drainage  of  the  Town  &  removal  of  existing
nuissances.

 
 
MEETING  24th  September:  Laws  to  be  allowed  blankets  by  Feoffees  in  lieu  of  Feather  Bed,
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destroyed.
MEETING 1 October: Fenn to empty privy premises occupied by John Martin & others in Fen Lane

 
 

free of charge.
Nickolds to inform members of board of important business at next meeting.

 
 

 
 

Clauses in Paving Act Nuisance Act Bye Laws relating to clearing drains, gutters, etc to be drawn out
& produced at next meeting: then consider having them printed & distributed to each householder.

 
 

MEETING:  8  October:  Present:  Dr  Crowfoot  (Chair)  Mayor,  Garnham,  Fenn,  HWR  Davey,  R
Dashwood, Dr Peskett, Owen, Flower, Wright.
Two shillings Abraham Clarke for 2 cwt of coal ordered for Assembly Room when used for Cholera

 
 

Patients.
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

 
 

 
 

upon the Poor during the late epidemic.”
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

 
 

 
 

October. Dr Crowfoot Chaired every meeting. Most regular attenders: Fenn & Oswald
Few attendances: Dr Owen, Steel, Barker & DashwoodNumber of Orders: over 80.
Notices to Members of Board: Steel, Dashwood, HS Davy & Garnham (1 each)

 
 

 
 

1849
Norfolk News 1 Sep 

CHOLERA: 5 Fatal Cases: Two children named Laws quickly buried on Sunday. Poor Woman Algar
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

 

place.
CHOLERA  at  Lowestoft.  7 patients brought  ashore  from vessels passing  northwards. 3 Cases,  all
fatal, in town.

1849
 
Bury Post 12 Sep 
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Bury Post 18 Sep 
CHOLERA new occupying much space in Newspaper.
 
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Bury Post 2 Jan 

FLOODS: Prevention of Land Floods, meeting at Beccles. Peto’s Speech
NEWSPAPER OFFICE of Norfolk News & Norfolk Chronicle: Beccles Agent: Steel
LECTURES at Bungay by J Flower of Beccles

 
Norfolk News Jan 
 
Norfolk News Feb 
 
1850
Norfolk News 9 Mar 

DEAD CHILD:  For some days the Town has been in  a state of excitement,  in consequence of the
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

 

&  questioned.  Freed  n  Bail.  The  whole  affair  has  caused  a  greatsensation  in  the  Town  &  the
forthcoming Assizes are looked forward to with great interest.
BECCLES & BUNGAY NAVIGATION: EP Montagu one of Committee of Four: Recommnds new

1850
Norfolk News 23 Mar 
 

Act: Tolls as now used, much exceed the sum necessary for discharging the expense of making the
River navigable.
MILL on FEN: Tenders for Repair of Marsh Mill from Millwrights. To George Fenn.

1850
1850

Norfolk News 20 Apr 
 
Bury Post 26 Apr 

RAILWAY: Town Council opposes “Diss, Beccles &Yarmouth Railway”
CONCERT in Corn Exchange. 300 Audience. Corbyns etc.
FARMERS’ CLUB: AGM: Ploughing Match at Castle Farm.

 

1850
1850

Norfolk News 29 Apr 
 
Norfolk News May 
 
 
 

AGRICULTURAL LABOURERS’ FRIENDS  SOCIETY Meets  at Assembly Room. Prizes  amount
to £28

1850
Norfolk News 24 May 

MALT  OFFICE  COLLAPSES:  One  of  the  large  Malt  Offices  of  J  Crisp,  jun  (built  on  site  of
Thornton’s Brewery)  collapses.  Entire Gable  ends, floors  destroyed. Many Hundreds of Coombs of

 

Malt scattered. Poor Contruction?
EDUCATION:  DIED:  Mrs  Emily  Crisp,  aged  68,  formerly  Mistrress  of  a  Preparatory  School  at

1850
Bury Post 29 May 
 

Beccles.
EDUCATION: Miss Sayer: Establishment for young Gentlemen, Northgate.
PEDESTRIAN:  John  Brett,  the  celebrated  Pedestrian,  on  Saturday  last  manfully  completed  the

1850
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Bury Post 5 Jul 
 
Norfolk News 17 Aug 
 

arduous task of walking 120 miles in 80 successive hours. Commenced on Wednesday afternoon 7th
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.

1850
1850

Norfolk News 21 Sep 

CONCERT: An amatur Concert in the Public Library.
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

 
Norfolk News 21 Sep 
 

Candidates:  W  Lenny,  J Thompson, R Thornton: “Strenuous  endeavours  in  canvassing  for several
days before the election.”
Lenny 289, Fenn 283, Thompson 238, Thornton 228, Corbyn 181, Garnham 157, Barker 138.

 
 
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Mr Fenn against whom the attention was more particularly directed, took active measures to ensure
his re-election, the others did not.

 
 

Public Houses  opened  by the  new  candidates  &  beer  most liberally  given  away  among the  lower
order of burgesses, who were only too happy to regale themselves at the expense of those who were

willing  on such terms to purchase the honour  of  a seat  at the Town Council ...  certain  ondividuals,
especially Dissenters, voted in direct opposition to their professions ... lists to be published.

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1851
Norwich Chronicle 4 Jan 

EDUCATION: Ladies school, Bank Street [Ballygate], Beccles. Miss Crowe 22Gns including French
& Music
EDUCATION: Beccles Academy: Mr Cowles announces “association” with him of his son, William

 
1851
Norwich Mercury 11 Jan 
 

Cowles,  who  willteach  Classics.  Mr  Cowles  teaches  Maths,  Surveying  &  Mercantile  Accounts.
French by resident Master.
RAILWAY:  SM  Peto  visits  Beccles  to  consider  the  site  for  the  STATION  of  proposed  Railway:

1851
Norwich Mercury 18 Jan 
 

Haddiscoe, Beccles, Haleworth. Dinner at King’s Head:  Ladies  4s/6d Gents 6s/6d. Mr & Mrs Alen
praised.
DANCING: F Noverre at Beccles on Thursdays

1851
1851

Norwich Mercury 25 Jan 
 
Norwich Mercury 25 Jan 

CONCERT & SOIREE  at Assembly Room by Choral  Society  assisted  by Members  of Bungay  &
Halesworth. 300 present. Mr & Mrs Corbyn’s efforts.

 

1851
1851

Norfolk News 25 Jan 

TOMB of Dr Fauconberge restored
EDUCATION: Fauconberge School: Rev HW Burrows, Head Master; & Henry Boyce, late Scholar

 
Norwich Mercury 1 Feb 
 

of Lincoln College, Oxford; Rev JN Hammond, BA of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Holidays end 3rd of February.

 
1851

 
Norfolk News 1 Feb 

LECTURES  at Beccles & Bungay  by Henry Vincent,  liberal, progressive,  etc.  (at Beccles “a  large
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.

 

1851
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Norwich Mercury 1 Feb 
 
Norwich Mercury 1 Feb 
 

1851
 
 

Norfolk News 1 Feb 

SHIPMEADOW HOUSE:
Able bodied men
Partially disabled men 

1851 
40 
20 

 
 
 

1850
94
18

 

 
 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Old Men
Old Women 
Able bodied women 

 

 
 

41 
29 
47 

 
 
 

35
27
59

 
 
 

 
 
 

Partially disabled women
Children under 16

11 
94 
282 

 
 
 

10
143
386

 
 

 
 

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Norfolk News 15 Feb 

BARHAM WORKHOUSE: Riot
GEORGE  FENN,  Auctioneer,   Valuer  &  Accountant   of  Beccles  takes   John  Maplestone   into
Partnership. Office at Fenn’s House.

 
 
Norwich Mercury 15 Feb

1851
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Norfolk News 15 Mar 

FUNERAL DIRECTOR: W Garnham of Beccles supervising Funeral of Lord Berners at Kirby Cane
SALE of FURNITURE etc at ASHMAN’S by Maplestone of George Fenn’s Firm. Captain Wilson’s
Phaeton, Horses etc (He is leaving England)

 
 
Norwich Mercury 22 Mar
1851

LECTURE by George Dawson in Corn Exchange on Benjamin Franklin. Benefit Labourers’ Friendly
Society. April 10th. 1/-

 
Norwich Mercury 29 Mar
1851
Norwich Mercury 5 Apr 

PAY OF LABOURERS: Correspondent questions case put forward by previous correspondent about
Labourer with wife &  3 Children “living  on  7/s  a week., says  it must be an  extreme”  Says “Eight

 

Shillings is the lowest rate I can hear of here”. Says he wouldn’t pay any man “less than the price of a
good Stone of Flour a day, for his work, for by paying less will get “the grumbler’s Stroke,” instead

of the toil of a contented man.” He says if a Man earns 7s a week he will not have any money left
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,

sickness fund, etc.
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

 
 

 
 

grind down the Labourers.” For he says he is a “Free Trader by Principle” for not only corn & cattle
“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

1851
Norfolk News 12 Apr 
 

number  of boys  &  others, who stand  in  groups  on the  Pavement, & by their  disgusting  language
annoy every respectable person who passes them ...
SALE  by William  Spelman for  John Crisp of Maltings, Coal Bin, Granaries  etc  ...  also Residence

1851
 
Norwich Mercury 17 May
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David Lindley, June, 2003 
 
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facing Old Market & Saltgate, with large Garden.
EDUCATION: Fauconberge School Prize Giving: Among the speeches the (Greek) impersonation of

1851
Norfolk News 21 Jun 
 

“Medea taking  leave  of her  children”  by Whiting  & the recitation  of a portion  of Macaulay’s  lay
“Virginia” by Rix, elicited the warmest applause. Captain of the School Whitting carried off prizes fo

Composition in Latin Prose, Lain verse & Greek verse.
BUNGAY: Foundation Stone of Bungay Baptist Chapel laid by Rev George Wright of Beccles.

1851
1851

Norfolk News 18 Jun 
 
Norfolk News 28 Jun 

SALE: KING’S HEAD, Beccles on Saturday 16 August, by B Rix:  Stables & Loose Boxes for 50
Horses. Coaches
SALE  at Fox  & Hounds by James Crisp for James  Lawes, who quits the House:  2  Stacks  of Hay,

 
1851
Norfolk News 20 Sep 
 

black Cob, Cart Mare, Milch Cow, 23 stand lasdder, 2 Luggage easels. wheelbarrow, harness, chaff
cutter, Hogs troughs, Furniture.
INSURANCE: General Fire &Life Insurance Co: 

1851
1851

Norfolk News 3 Oct 

Beccles Agent 
Beccles agent 

SW Rix
George Fenn

 
Norfolk News 3 Oct 
INSURANCE: Legal & Commercial 
 
 
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1852

Norwich Mercury 8 Jan 

INSURANCE: Suffolk Alliance: Beccles Agent: Charles Bobbett
INSURANCE: County Fire: JB Brooks

 
Norwich Mercury 8 Jan 
 

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Norwich Mercury 8 Jan 

EDUCATION: Fauconberge School: Masters include Mr Pringee, Mr Cotman, Mr Noverre
BALL: Yeomanry Ball, Patronage of ES Gooch, MP.

 
Norwich Mercury 8 Jan 
 

1852
1852

EDUCATION: Miss Sloper’s Establishment
FARMERS’ CLUB: Hon Sec. Geoge Fenn. “opinion of the Meeting that Mr Mechis’ Balance Sheet
is exceedingly unsatisfactory.”

 
Norwich Chronicle 10 Jan
 
Norwich Chronicle 24 Jan
1852

MARRIAGE of Georgiana Farr, only child  of FW Farr to Rev JB  Smith, eldest son  of  Lt- General
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

 
Norwich Chronicle 4 Feb

Head   in   evening.  Volleys   of  musketry,  fireworks,  balloons.  “Many  of  the  Houses   exhibited
illuminated mottoes suitable for the happy occasion.”
ADVERTISEMENT: Burstal, grocer

1852
1852

 
Norwich Mercury 12 Feb

RAILWAY: Halesworth, Beccles & Haddiscoe Railway Co. Half-Yearly Meeting of Shareholders.
SHIPMEADOW WORKHOUSE: Numbers in February each Year:
1847 

 
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1852
 

 
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344 
287 

 
 

1850 
1851 

356
311 

 
 
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1848 
1849 
BECCLES  LIBRARY &  Scientific Institute:  Series  of  Lectures. Funds  at very low ebb.  Library of

 
282 
 
1852 
284
 
Norwich Mercury 26 Feb

5,000 volumes. “It is contemplated to annex to this a Museum if a Fund can be raised”.
FIRE etc: The seat of Lady Olivia Sparrow of Brampton was on Saturday the 21st of February, the

1852
 
Norwich Mercury 6 Mar 

scene of two  diabolical outrages. About  eleven o’clock  a fir broke  out  at Brampton  Lodge,  in the
occupancy of Mr G Rampley, which rapidly extended over a large range of Buildings and the Straw

& naulin Ricks surrounding the Yards,  in which were  enclosed a flock  of fine line  Leicester  ewes,
brought in for lambing, and a quantity of neat Stock & Pigs. Before these could be rescued  the fire

was upon them and  two fine corn in profit, 3 heifers, 6 weaned calves, 22 pigs and about 50 of the
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.

 
 

Of the Agricultual implements, scarcely any escaped destruction. The corn had, with  commendable
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.

During the same night  a  number  of  fine Cedars  of  Lebanon  ,  growing  in the Park of  Lady Olivia
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

he periodical distribution of bread,  meat &  clothing  in abundane to to every poor family, there are
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.

 
1852

 

But drunkenness, outrage & theft “all but too prevalent.”
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

 
Norfolk Chronicle 19 Mar 

reduced.
FANNY  KEMBLE  READINGS  at  Beccles  from  Mid  Summer  Night’s  Dream.  in  the  Assembly
Room. Seats: 4/- Reserved; Gallery 1/-.

1852
 
Norwich Mercury 11 Apr
1852

EDUCATION: Beccles Grammar  (Fauconberge) School. Rev AO Hartley appointed by Nominators.
His name appears in Classical Tripos 1849 as First in the Second Class.

 
Norwich Mercury 16 Apr

1852
1852

SCHOLAR: W Aldis Wright elected a Scholar of Trinity. First Man of his Year.
SALE of BECCLES BREWERY of Farr family. Full details of Prices & Pubs.

 
Norwich Mercury 16 Apr
 
Norwich Chronicle 1 May: 
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Norwich Mercury 2 Jun 

REGATTA at Beccles on Monday 12 July.
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: First Show. Prizes. 36 Cottagers exhibited.

 
 
Norwich Mercury 8 Jul 
1852
Norwich Mercury 10 Jul 

HOLIDAY: On  Wednesday 14 July Business  in the Town will  be suspended  &  all  Shops will  be
Closed in order to afford the Assistants a Holiday.

 
1852
Norwich Mercury 17 Jul 

WATER FROLIC  at Beccles: A  large  company &  a full Fleet of Craft were  expected, but neither
expectation was realised. Both were, like the breeze, very scant.

 
1852
Norwich Mercury 24 Jul 

SALE:  Public  House  occupied  by  Robert  Aldous,  called  “The  Race  Horse”  to  be  sold  by  the
Executors of Richard Gent. [42 Ingate Road ie Grove Road]
TO BE LET: TWO FARMS:  

 

1852
 

Norwich Mercury 8 Jan 
1. “Rose Hall Farm” 286 acres 
2 “Beccles Farm” 126 acres
 

 
 

Tenanted by John Saunders & David Walker (whose Leases expire).
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

 
1852

 
Norwich Mercury 13 Nov

memory of the late Duke  of  Wellington, to attend Churh in their Corporate Capacity on the Day of
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

tolled four hours, at the time the solemn ceremony takes place; The flags on the Tower to be hoisted
half-mast high.
NEW  MAYOR  of  BECCLES:  On  Thursday  last  the  Council  unanimously  elected  William  E

1852
 
Norwich Mercury 13 Nov

Crowfoot,  Esq, Mayor for the ensuing year, which  gentleman  has before filled the Office with the
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

from ffice,  attended  by most of the leading  families  in the Town. A most excellent  and sumptuous
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

1852
 
Norwich Mercury 27 Nov

influential Public Meeting  of the inhabitants of this Borough was held at the Town Hall, to take into
consideration the most eligible situation fr the Beccles railway Station of the Haddiscoe, Beccles &

Halesworth  Railway  Station.  The  number  of  persons  present  was  very  large.  The  Mayor  (WE
Crowfoot, Esq) proceeded to lay before the Meeting his news with respect to the site proposed by the

Railway  Company  for  the  Beccles  Station,  and  the  proposed  alteration  suggested  by  the  Railway
Committee  of the Town Council. He  explained the  various advantages which  might,  and probably

would result from the adoption of the resolutions which would then be laid before them, and called
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

 
 

the business of the Day, the following resolutions were proposed and unanimously carried:
“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

 
 

by Town Council to be “the most convenient to the majority of the Inhabitants”.
“That the proposed plan of making  a road, running straight through the Fair Close, to the railway
Station, would be a vast improvement.”

 
 
 
 
“That the Town Council take steps to “ensure the adoption of the proposed alteration.”
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1853
Norwich Mercury 8 Jan 

EDUCATION:  FAUCONBERGE   SCHOOL:  Rev  HW  Burrows  (Trinity  Cambridge),  Rev  JN
Hammond  (Trinity  Cambridge),  Rev  HW  Harden,  (Scholar,  Magdalen  Colege,  Cambridge)  M.
Pringe, Mr Cotman (drawing) Noverre (dancing).

 

1853
1853

Norwich Mercury 15 Jan 

YEOMANRY BALL: 2nd Annual Ball; about 100. Patronage: Sir ES Gooch
WEATHER: SNOW: Succession of Snow Storms “for want of a Snow Plough, streets in deplorable
state.”

 
 
Norwich Mercury 26 Feb

1853
1853

FARMERS’ TEA at the King’s Head. About 50 present.
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

 
Norwich Mercury 26 Feb
Norfolk News 26 Feb 
 

the  interference of the Magistrates since the First of January last,  a fact honourable to the Working
Classes &  creditable to others, as affording testimony to the sympathy they manifest towards their
Poor Neighbours.

1853
Norwich Mercury 5 Mar 

EMIGRATION: “The emigration Mania has reached our Town. During the week several Tradesmen
& Mechanics have left for the Diggings.”
WEATHER: FLOODS: Since the Thaw set in the Gillinham land & Dam from Gillingham to Beccles

 
1853
 
Norwich Mercury 10 Mar

have been inundated several feet, as well as the lower part of the Town: the Hermitage & Ship pubs
being under water on ground floor several inches.

1853
Norwich Mercury 9 Apr 

SHIPMEADOW THIEF: Isaac  Lenny,  late  Schoolmaster  of  Shipmeadow Workhouse  charged with
theft  of  one sheet,  one  broom  head &  one yard  brush.  Sarah  Wigg  of  Shotesham receiving them

 
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David Lindley, June, 2003 
 
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knowing them rto be stolen. [Lenny had a Cottage & a few acres of land at Shotesham} Artcles found
in the Cottage by Inspector Gobbett candles, cheese, cooked meat, short cakes etc.

1853
Norwich Mercury 9 Apr 

CRICKET: Apprentices of the Town formed a Cricket Club: practice on the Common 5.30 am to 7
am, the time the Shops open.

 
1853
Norwich Mercury 9 Apr 

TOWN CRIER:  Edward Mills,  late Corporal  94th Foot, Town Crier  in place of  Edward Morgan,
deceased. Will in future wear uniform.

 
1853

FARMING  STRIKE  in  BUNGAY:  about  150  agricultural  Workers  of  Mettingham,  Shipmeadow,
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.

 
Norwich Mercury 16 Apr
1853
Norfolk News 16 Apr 

CHORAL SOCIETY: An Organ, the property of Mr Pymar erected in the Assembly Room opened.
Sothen (from Norwich) presided. Chapman (of Chapel Royal & native of Beccles) ... 400 Audience.
RAILWAY:  Halesworth,  Beccles  &  Haddiscoe  Railway.  Officials,  Sub-Contractors,  20  Horses

 
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Norfolk News 16 Apr 
 

arrive.
Houses along intended new Street vacated, being pulled down.
WANTED IMMEDIATELY: 200 Navvies, & good able-bodied Men.

 
 

 
 

1853
1853

WEATHER: Heavy Rains. Mashes flooded. Hermitage & Ship flooded 2 ft.
ADVERTISEMENT: WINES & SPIRITS Edward Bevan Tench (late Farr & Son) Importer of Wines
& Spirits, Blyburgate, has succeeded to this Establishment. Thornton & Tench, Wholesale & Retail

 
Norwich Mercury 23 Apr
 
Norwich Mercury 30 Apr

Brewers at the Brewery, Blyburgate & the Ship Brewery, Northgate, Beccles.
RAILWAY SURGEON: Peto appoints HWR Davey surgeon to men working on Haddiscoe, Beccles
& Halesworth Railway.

1853
Norwich Mercury 7 May 
 

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Norwich Mercury 7 May 

STOCK FAIR on Whit Tuesday, 17 May.
AUCTIONEER:  SW  Durrant,  for  10  years  Clerk  &  Assistant  to  Howlett  &  Lenny  commences
Business on his own.

 
 
Norwich Mercury 28 May
1853
Norwich Mercury 4 Jun 

LABOURERS FRIENDS’ SOCIETY at Assembly Room. Poughing Match in the morning at Castle
Farm. HG Dowson (Chairman), S Robinson (Vice Chairman). Meetings to be held every other Month

 

instead of every month.
GARDEN VIEWING: Private View of the Tulips in the Grounds of Samuel Last, Esq, Beccles  

1853
1853

 
Norwich Mercury 11 Jun 

BUILDERS  WAGE DEMAND: Journeyman Builders  of Beccles  demand increase of wages from
16s to 18s a week. Granted.

 
Norwich Mercury 18 Jun
1853
Norwich Mercury 2 Jul 

EDUCATION:  FAUCONBERGE  SCHOOL:  RW  Hartley,  Head;  Henry  Boyce,  Second  Master.
Prepares  boys  for University, Military Colleges  & Public  Schools.   Greek,  Latin, French,  English,
Maths, Arithmetic & Writing.

 

1853
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Norwich Mercury 16 Jul 

BECCLES DISPENSARY: 30th Anniversary. (Began July 1822)
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

 
Norwich Mercury 30 Jul 
 
Norwich Mercury 6 Aug 
 

acre. (same land sold a few years ago c £20 an acre)
PRIMITIVE METHODISTS annual camp Meeting begun in Old Market, moved to Field owned by
John Garnham.

1853
 
Norwich Mercury 20 Aug
1853

GAS WORKS: Beccles Company to  be  formed to  Purchase Gas Works, & erect Water  Works  &
Public Baths & Wash Houses.
STATION  ROAD  BUILDINGS:  The  Houses  &   Shops  forming  the  New   Street  opposite  the

 
Norwich Mercury 20 Aug
1853
 
Norwich Mercury 17 Sep

Assembly  Room  are  nearly  finished  &  present  an  elegant  &  unique  appearance  that  invariably
characterises the buildings erected by SM Peto, Esq
WATER WORKS: Report of Engineer Lynde on proposed Beccles Water Works.

1853
1853

 
Norwich Mercury 23 Sep

WATERWORKS: Public Meeting recommends formation of a Company.
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,

 
Norwich Mercury 30 Sep

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Norwich Mercury 12 Oct 
 

R Chamberlin, T Lucas, S Steele, G Fenn, R Ward, R Thornton, Read Crisp.
WATER & GAS COMPANY: Long notice

1853
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Norwich Mercury 2 Nov 
 
Norwich Mercury 9 Nov 

LIME KILN: James Crisp, Auctioneer &  Estate Agent, has  hired the old-established  Lime-Kiln of
Charles Chinery .. supply Lime, well burned of good quality .. Bricks, Paminants, Pantiles, Ridge &

 

Kiln Tiles, Chimney Pots, Slates, etc.  
BANKRUPT:  John  Collins,  Plumber,  Glazier  &  Painter.  George  Fenn  to  sell  Stock;  Pony,  Cart,

Also Coals.
1853
 
Norwich Mercury 17 Dec
Furniture
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Norfolk News 7 Jan 

QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: John Kerrick, Chairman, EP Montagu, Dr Owen, Rev JC Safford:
1. John Garlord  & Thomas Chapman accused of  Stealing Money from their Master, Robert Ward,

 
 

grocer. Chapman acquitted. Garlord 6 Months Hard Labour.
EDUCATION: Cowles Academy. English Assistant Required.

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Norfolk News 14 Jan 

SERMON: Rev JR Crowfoot of Cambridge & District Visitors Society. £9 -15s -5d
THE  POOR:  Public  Subscription  last  week  formed  for  allieviating  great  distress  among  the  Poor

 
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arising  from  the  inclemency  of  the  Weather  &  the  dearness  of  provisions  &  other  necessities.
Upwards  of  £150  already  collected  which  will  be  expended  (chiefly  in  flour)  among  the  really

necessitous.  A  Committee  of  Gentlemen  have  been  sitting  to  receive  applications  &  to  make
enquiries as to the actual state of the parties so applying.

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Norfolk News 28 Jan 

NEW  ORGANIST  on  the  Death  of  Mr  Pymar.  Vestry  Meeting  on  Thursday  28th  of  January.
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

 

a Poll. Mr Owen assents. Poll kept open till 4 pm. Result Laws 163, Barker 144.
BECCLES DISPENSARY: Man hurt in Railway  accident. Both  legs had to  be  amputated. Peto  &
Betts: donation of 25 Gns to Dispensary. EP Montagu, Chairman.

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Norfolk News 4 Feb 

WAVENEY VALLEY DRAINAGE BILL. Long Account. George Fenn prominent.
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

 
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removed  from  neighbouring  houses  to  the  Town  Hall.  Wind  blowing  hard.  Children  wrapped  in
Shawls & Counterpanes.
Three  Engines soon  on the  spot .. fear that  it would spread to Houses  of  WE Crowfoot & Rev  J

 
 

Flower on each side, also J Dashwood on one side & Messrs Crabbe & Holdron on the other.
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

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February. Three Sermons were given by Rev C Mann (Methodist New Connection) Blake (Primitive
Methodist) & J Dunning (Wesleyan Reformer).
FIRE At George  Syder’s.  Information  given to the  Police  by George  Fenn, Chairman  of the  Fire

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Engine  Committee,  that  several  persons   had   claimed   &  received   remuneration  for   rendering
assistance at the lateFire, who were not even Present upon the occasion, a Meeting convened “to take

the same into consideration.” It was proved that some who had received remuneration were at Home
& in bed at the Time of the fire. Cases to be brought before Magistrate.

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Norfolk News 4 Mar 

FIRE  at  George  Syder’s.  W  Hammond  &  H  Starling  jun,  committed  for  Trial  at  Sessions  for
obtaining money for their Assistance whilst in Bed.

 

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Norfolk News 14 Jan 

FIRE at George Syder’s: Hammond (received 2/-) & Starling: 14 Days Hard Labour.
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

 
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of the  ill-feeling  raised  against them  by the Higher Classes, who were more dissatisfied with the
decisions of the Board than the Poor themselves.” Both to stand again.

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Norwich Mercury 13 Jan 

NEW BURIAL GROUND: Longish account of first internment in New Burial Ground & account of
plan to prevent  bad  feeling between Churchmen & Non-Conformists.  Same  fees for Dissenters  as

 

Church of England.
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.

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Norfolk News 3 Feb 

POST OFFICE: Additional Letter Carrier to be appointed. London Bag to be forwarded by Railway
instead of by Mail coach to Wangford. Letter Box will be kept open 2 hours longer than at present, ie
until 7.45 pm.

 

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MARKET TEA Annual Event at King’s Head. 160 Guests, Songs & Toasts.
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

 
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afforded for the popular & healthy amusement of skating & sliding. Several parties have come from
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

the Hermitage Inn took place for various prizes. Nine started for the first match & six for the second
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

water bath & the raillery of their companions.
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

 
 

£7.
A subscription headed by Mayor John Crisp of the Corporation to relieve prevailing distress among

 
 

the Working Classes, expended £75 in Coals & £50 in flour & Groceries.
CONCERT at Assembly Room: “English Glee & Madrigal Union.” Large party from Halesworth by

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special Train on whose arrival the Railway Station, platforms etc were, for the first time, illuminated
by Gas.

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Norfolk News 17 Feb 

WEATHER: The whole of the Marshes “an entire Field of Ice” skating & sliding.
EARLY CLOSING  of  Principal  Shops  has  been done to  establish  a  class  for  discussing  Literary,

 
 
Norwich Mercury 21 Feb

Scientific & other Subjects. Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Class.
LITERARY & SCIENTIFIC Institution AGM: WJ Crowfoot (Chair), W Cowles (Sec) vice SW Rix,

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retired. Memorial presented by George Fenn:
“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

 
 

collection of Scientific Apparatus.”
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]

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FIRE: Stacks on Fire of Mr Flaxman of Weston. Beccles Engines limit damage. Incendiarism?
CHURCH:  Rev  JT  Johnston,   senior  Curate  of   St  Michael’s,   Stockwell,   Surrey  instituted   on
presentation of Rev Edmund Holland of Benthall Lodge.

 
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SALE: HOUSE of Henry Read:  [Twyford House] Large House with new Vinery. New Stable, two
boxes.
SALE of FURNITURE of Henry Read: details

 
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EDUCATION: National Schools: 
CORPORATION Quarterly Meeting:  Estimates  for  Expenses:  Watch Committee £35,  Paving  £50,
Sessions House £5, another? £75. Discussion on Steam Mill to drain Marshes.

82 Boys
 
72 Girls
 
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ORGANIST: Miss Laws re-elected Organist at £30 pa
VISITATION of ARCHDEACON, Ven Thomas Ormerod: “dwelling with  much  earnestness  upon
the importance of educating the lower Classes.

 
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BAPTIST CHURCH: 33 Years of George Wright as Minister.
CHURCH RATE: Vestry Meeting: Rev AD Abbott in Chair. Kerrison reads estimates: £10 repairs &

 
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tuning of Chimes, Rate 3d in £.
CRICKET on COMMON: Fauconberge School v Southwold (who won)

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FAIR: Annual Fair on Whit Monday. Attendance increased by Railway? Increased supply of Stock.
EDUCATION: British Schools publicly examined in Reading, English, History, Geography, Mental

 
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Arithmetic,  etc. A  large number  of Awards,  consisting of Wearing Apparel  distributed  afterwards.
Teachers: Mr & Mrs Thrower.
COAL TRANSPORT: George Fenn appointed Agent for delivery of Coals from Beccles, Brampton

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& Aldeby Stations.
BURIAL GROUND: Depradations by Boys: 7 days in House of Correction.
CRICKET CLUB Re-formed after several years: Thomas Laws, Secretary

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Norwich Mercury 14 Jul 

DRAINAGE  of  MARSHES:  Fenn  recommends  Steam  Mill  for  drainage  of  the  Marshes.  Long
exposition.  Brooks & Garnham oppose. Motion carried.
BECCLES NAVIGATION COMMISSIONERS Meeting: depressing details.

 

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Norwich Mercury 21 Jul 
 

CHURCH: Evening Services on Sunday & Wednesday if Church lighted by Gas. Subscriptions.
EDUCATION:  NATIONAL  SCHOOL:  Children    supervised  by  the  Rector:  Tea  &  Cakes  in
Schoolroom, & Sports Ground of Rev Hartley.

 
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Norwich Mercury 8 Sep 

TO BE LET: LIME KILN with Chalk House, Coal Bins, Granaries etc. & House. [Puddingmoor]
CHURCH now fully lighted with Gas. Cost £100.
SALE  of  STOCK:  George  Fenn  to  sell  Cabinet  &  Upholstery  Stock  of  Richard  Hayward,  New

 
 
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Market, leaving Beccles.
CREDITORS SALE: William Grimwade, Printer & Stationer: Books (circulating Library), Jewellery
SALE  of  CARRIAGES,  new  &  second-hand,  or  for  Hire.  Messrs  Horsley  &  Son  (late  Gilbert);

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Carriage Manufactory.
AGRICULTURAL  SOCIETY  &   LABOURERS’  FRIENDLY   SOCIETY:  AGM:  George  Fenn

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(Honorary Secretary) “The greates & engrossing question of the day is applying the Steam Engine to
the cultivation of the Soil. ... Let the rising, as well as the present generation, be made more familiar

with the study of  geology, botany,  chemistry, physiology  & other similar sciences which  are  daily
more  and more  developing to  us those  important truths which  constitute that noble  & harmonious

system the Great Creator  of the Universe has so beautifully & beneficially blended together for the
benefit of the whole human family.”
RAILWAY: Meetings at Beccles & Lowestoft approve the construction of a Railway Line between

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Beccles & Lowestoft.
FIRE in SMALLGATE at Gill’s, nurseryman, preparesdried flowers & grasses for export.
WORKING MENS’ LIBRARY to be formed; 300 volumes, lent from Public Library.

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CHRISTMAS:  in  shop  of  R  Jordan,  butcher,  an  enormous  Bullock  grazed  by  John  Garden;  133
 
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READING: Miss Glynn will read Hamlet in Assembly Room. 3/- & 2/-
EDUCATION: Fauconberge School: Preparation for Universities, Military Colleges, Public Schools.
Greek, Latin, French, English, Maths, Navigation & Writing (French M Pringee)

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EDUCATION: Beccles Academy French M Pringe, Classics W Cowles.:
EDUCATION: Ladies Academies in Beccles. In New Market: Mrs RT Cullen
WORKING  MEN’S  INSTIUTE  formed:  Mayor  (George   Fenn)  proposes   a  Reading  Room  ...

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recreation  for  Working  Classes  ...  Annual  Sub  4s/  4d.top  be  paid  yearly  or  quarterly  in  advance.
Committee  of 12. Grant of £20 from Corporation, & free use of west room  at the Assembly Room

Gurney’s Bank £10. Committee: Fenn, Rev Hartley, Rev Flower, William Arnold, J Arnoup, HWR
Davey, Wm Garnham, J Mulett, H Scott, Robert Ward. Secretary T Laws Treasurer WR Cocks [no

Crowfoots]
ADVERTISEMENT: Mr Neep, Surgeon Dentist of Norwich at Beccles, King’s Head on Fridays

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Norwich Mercury 2 JFeb 

SABBATH: A Public Meeting at Assembly Room on Monday evening for the purpose of petitioning
the Legislature against any infringement of the Sabbath.
ODDFELLOWS of Loyal Temple of Friendship Lodge. 7th Annual Dinner in Assembly Room. Sir H

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Durrant, Scotton Hall presided. George Fenn (Mayor) on his right. WE Crowfoot (Surgeon, Beccles
Lodge), prevented from  attending.  Society began  1848 with 17 Members. Now 85. Receipts £534.
Disbursements for Sick & funeral Levies £143.

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CHURCH: PASTORAL AID SOCIETY: 3 Sermons: Rev J Gunningham, Rev J Laugham (Curate),
Rev T Johnston. £16
HOUSE OF REFUGE, Shipmeadow, Building by W Woodroffe to be started. Estimate £3,000

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RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY: AGM in Assembly Room. Rev T Johnston & Flower & Saffery of
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

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Vision of the Future”.
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

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Exchange telegraphicAccount of Prices at Marsh Lane
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

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Basin to Carter’s Staithe & Back.”
CHURCH: ARCHDEACON’S VISITATION: Annual Visitation

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Norwich Mercury 14 Apr 

TELEGRAPHIC  INTELLIGENCE:  Meeting  at  White  Lion  to  arrange  permanent  procuring  by
electronic Telegraph prices at Marsh Lane. Mayor explains how he had previously got information at

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his own expense. Subscription agreed. Thanks to Fenn.
RACES:  will  take  place  early  in  September.  A  Arcedkne,  Esq,  High  Sheriff  of  Suffolk,  Sir  ES

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Gooch, Bart, MP, George Fenn, Esq, Mayor, Mr Neep, Surgeon Dentist, Norwich.
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

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section of the Church of England & the People of England. The bells were purchased by ancestors &
bequeathed  by them to  us ...  indignation  at  imputations  cast  upon  himself  ... Bells  ever  used for
Public Rejoicings. He Hoped Rector would reconsider.

 
 

Scott , seconded by John Garnham, that thisMeeting cannot but express regret at the position in which
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.

 
 

Scott:  In  present  Hard  Times,  Holidays  and  Amusements  are  indespensable.  (a  Working  Man
himself)
Another similar motion proposed by Alderman Steel, seconded by Mr Gilbert.

 
 

 
 

Strong Motion  by Garnham:  1.  Liberal support for Charities during Rector’s  brief  Incumbency. 2.
Creation of acrimony & dissension.
Further  motions  supported  by  Messrs  Harvey,  Kindred,  Mullett,  James  Crisp*,  JC  Webster*.[*  =

 
 

Nonconformists]
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

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all  who  frequented  the  Ball  or  the  Concert.  He  had  reproved  other  Clergy  for  enjoying  harmless
Games in their own homes.

 
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Counsel’s Opinion to be taken about legality of action. Three Cheers for the Mayor.
RACES: Leading Article attacks opposition to Races & quotes George Fenn: “let us try to disarm all

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opposition  &  repress   both   by  precept  &   example  whatever  in  these   amusements  may   lead
toimmasability & excess”.

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RACES & BELLS: Anonymous  Letter supports Rector, “an incentive to vices that are  offensive to
God & ruinous to Men”.

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RACES: 60 Horses entered. Several large Stands erected.
RACES: Account of Races: Wet Weather.

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Bells rung (as usual), although the key of the Belfry had been delivered to Rector on Monday Night.
“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.”

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SALE of HOUSE, NORTHGATE abutting on Waveney late T Buck, fellmonger. Premises in rear &
two Modern Private Houses adjoining.
HORTICULTURAL FETE  in Apollo Gardens. Many Prizes:  Sir  ES Gooch,  Lady Beresford, Rev

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Hartley
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

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when I have got the Ladies about me. It is on their account, and on account of the children, that I have
denounced  the  disgraceful  system  of  men  getting  drunk  at  the  alehouse  &  leaving  their  children
starving at home.”

SILK WORKS: Public Meeting to be held at the Town Hall this morning Tuesday, 7th October 1856 at
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twelve o'clock to  adopt measures for establishing  a  SILK WORKS COMPANY in this town under
the recent "Limited Liability Act"

 
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The Mayor will take the Chair and Gentlemen fully competent will attend and explain the subject.
COUNCIL: William Cowles & M Knowles elected to Council in place of R Thonton & W Lenny; J
Thompson & H Gilbert re-elected.

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PRESENTATION of Plate to the MAYOR of BECCLES [George Fenn]
On  Thursday  vening  last,  a  Meeting  of  the  Working  Classes  of  this  Town  was  convened  at  the

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assembly Room to present to the Mayor, George Fenn, Esq., a piece of plate, the funds for which had
been  raised  by  subscription  among  themselves.  Theprincipal  Tradesmen  and  their  wives,  together

with  otherspectators,  the  spacious  Assembly  Room  being  crowded  to  excess.  It  is  reckoned  that
between  six  and seven hundred persons were present,  and  it was the  general  feeling, that such  a

meeting  had  never  before  been  witnessed  at  Beccles.  It  must  have  been  highly  gratifying  to  the
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.

 
 

Mr  Gill,  who  presided,  in  opening  the  meeting,  said  “Fellow  workmen,  we  are  come  here  t6his
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’

Institute, that all who desire it may receive benefit to their intellectual capacities. He has also revived
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

to many,  and  create  capital  .... if we have  a factory  established  here,  although it  is  only  one, we
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

benefit  all  classes.  I  sinceely  respect  the  Mayor  and  hope  he  wil  succeed  in  his  exertions  and
undertakings.
Mr  Robson  next  addessed  the  meeting.  He  stated  that  the  object  for  which  they  had  assembled

 
 

together was the desire of the Working Classes of Beccles and he thought the Mayor richly deserved
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

Man’s Friend, and he had proved himself so upon his own land, he employed three times more  hands
than others with double the quantity. All those who find employment are the Poor Man’s Friend.

 
 

He hoped the piece of plate they were about to present to him would be an ornament to him as long as
he lived, and that he might prize it, as the father of a family, that his sons might read the inscription

and say “Our father was respected by 220 men and we will try ourselves to beas much respected as he
was and even more so.”

 
 

 
 

Mr Bond:  “Mr Mayor, you are generally beloved by the Working Classes ...”
Mr Councillor  Scott & Mr James Crisp  also spoke  before the Presentation by Mr Gill  of  a  Silver
Salver inscribed

 
 

“Presented to George Fenn, Esq. Mayor, October 30th, 1856 by the working classes of Beccles, as a
tribute of gratitude and respect for his zealous and faithful endeavours to promote their interests and
the general welfare of the town.”

 
 
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Beccles, 30 October 1586:
“My kind friends and fellow townsmen, during the past year I have had many occasions of addressing

 
 

you and I have always found a great difficulty in speaking of myself. This evening the difficulty is
increased one hundredfold. So large an assembly quite overpowers me, mand I cannot express what

my heart feels at this moment, as I have the greatest difficulty to suppress my emotion.
I always was and always will be a friend to the working classes, not only from a principle of charity,

 
 

but as a duty, not merely in giving to the subscriptions, and relieving them in their affictions, but in
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

essential to his occupation. I have another reason for being friendly to them - a reason of my own -
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

position he afterwards enjoyed.
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.

I am sometimes hot and irritable, but I am never angry with a labourer without calling to

I was bred  a racing man  and  during many years I  lived at Newmarket, the love of  racing  indelibly
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

their own town without being obliged to go out of town for it. I trust Beccles Races will prosper and I
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 ..                                

Another topic that has been alluded to is the proposed silk works factory. I look upon this as the germ
of  immense  future prosperity;  as  a  means  of  finding full  employment for  our working  classes  and

enabling  women  and  children  to  assist  in  earning  their  living;  and  perhaps  in  time  perhaps  other
factories may be established in this town which instead of being, as it is  now, a quiet little town, will

assume all the energy and activity of a manufacturing town....                                          
He thanks friends who have helped him and concludes

"I cannot find words to tell you the effect this meeting has upon my mind, and I can only reiterate the
noble and well-known exclamation of the brave and good Lord Nelson: 'England expects every man
to do his duty!' 

 
 

Mr Gill calls for three times three cheers for the Mayor and Mrs Fenn.
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

 

1856  
 

Norwich Mercury 12 Nov 
 

(draper) S Steel (chemist)
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

 
 

half theCapital already subscribed for. Applications for Shares to JC Webster, solicitor; Read Crisp,
Secretary
SHIPMEADOW  PENITENTIARY:  Controversy  over  objections  to  Dress  of  Sisters  etc.  Romish

1856  
Norwich Mercury 12 Nov 

tendencies.
PROVIDENT SOCIETY AGM at Assembly Room.
EDUCATION: Sermon for National Schools £17 - 4s - 3d

1856  
1856  

Norwich Mercury 12 Nov 
Norwich Mercury 12 Nov 

1856  
1856  

MAYOR’S ELECTION: George Fenn Re-elected
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,

Norwich Mercury 15 Nov 
Norwich Mercury 19 Nov 

has commenced a new era & is prepared to play its part in the  great struggle of modern civilisation &
progress.”

1856  

COUNCIL  ELECTION:  Stephen  Bartram,  publican,  Candidate  for  the  Council,  it  was  publicly
announced that  his party was  determined to secure his  election  by that worst species  of  bribery  -

Norwich Mercury 22 Nov 

treating with pots of Beer. WW Garnham was persuaded to stand, and was returned by 229 votes to
34.  “The  system  of  bribing  the  burgesses  with  beer  has  been,  for  some  years,  carried  on  to  a

considerable  extent  in  this  Borough  &  the  Municipal  elections  have  been  disgraced  with  much
drunkenness & immorality”
SHIPMEADOW  PENITENTIARY:  Letters  from  Rev  Scudamoor  &  M  Suckling  denying  Roman

1856  
Norwich Mercury 26 Nov 

Catholic tendencies. [Newspaper unconvinced]
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

1856  
Norwich Mercury 24 Dec 
of  Friday”.    James  Harvey  of  the  White  Lion  sends  Bellman  round  the  Town  “Friday  as  usual.”
NEWSPAPERS 1830-1856 
David Lindley, June, 2003 
 
50

Second Printed Notice confirming Mayor’s Request.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Fine supply & display at Butchers’ (especially Robert Jordan, butcher)

1856  
Norwich Mercury 27 Dec 
17,441 words 28 May 2003
26,793 on 3 June 2003
 
 
 
 
 
37,266 on 12 June 2003

PAPERS NOT COPIED SO FAR:
1834 
1834

These are the last things
MARRIAGE at Beccles in the Chapel of the Tower: Robert Dashwood, Esq to Dinah Margaret Barry
 
Norwich Mercury 18 oct  

1834
1837 
1837 

SOCIETY for Rewarding GOOD CONDUCT in SERVANTS, Cottagers & Occupiers. Inaugural
These are the last things after October

 
Norwich Mercury 22 Nov 

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: 4th Seasonal Meeing. “The Cottagers’ table was was the surprise
LECTURE  on  Astronomy  by  Withers  Dowson  “more  numerously  attended  than  any  previous

Ipswich Journal 4 Nov 
 1837 
Ipswich Journal 2 Dec 
lecture.”

1837
1839 

THEATRE: French Performance in Assembly Room: Testot, “celebrated Professor of Recreative
These are all in May & June, nothing in August

 
Norwich Mercury 30 Dec 

1839
1839

Ipswich Journal 18 May 

BECCLES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY First Exhibition: Greenhouse Plants by W Delf, Esq
SALE  of BUILDING  STOCK in Beccles  by R Rix  of Charles Maplestone,  junior  on his Building

 
Ipswich Journal May 
 

Yard
CHURCH SERVICES: Letter: Cause of Dissent: Sermons read. Absence of Resident Clergymen
BECCLES REGATTA. Monday 15 July

1839
 1839

Norwich Mercury 5 Jun 
 
 
Norwich Mercury 29 Jun

1839 Last thing in November
1839

SALE: Wharf, Granaries & Warehouses late occupied by Richard Thornton (foot of Beccles Bridge
 
Norwich Mercury 16 Nov

in
Last things in Sept-Dec

1840 
1840 

LIGHTS in TOWN: Letter “No lights in Beccles until 1 October”. Town in Total darkness.
EDUCATION: Mrs Jannings removed from Geldeston to start School at Ashman’s Hall on 27

Ipswich Journal 26 Sep 

1840
1840

 
Norwich Mercury 28 Nov
Norwich Mercury 2 Dec 

CONCERT: David Fisher, Concert in Theatre. Monday 28th December at 8 pm. Patronage of Sir
Last things in 1841

 

1841 
1841

SALE of BANKRUPT Charles Crickmay, Houses, Granary. Quay 140ft long.
CONCERT by David Fisher at Beccles & Bungay

 
Norwich Mercury 18 Sep

1841
1841
1841

 
Norwich Mercury 16 Oct

MUSICIAN: David Fisher, junior, moves from Bungay to Norwich. Teaches singing, Violin & Piano
EDUCATION in WORKHOUSES of Pauper Children in Norfolk & Suffolk. In Dec 1837: 1906

 
Norwich Mercury 13 Nov 
Bury Post 17 Nov 
 
1841
Bury Post 8 Dec 

FARMERS’ CLUB at Halesworth. Members from other Clubs Beccles etc “The Cultivation Clauses
in
SERMON: “Doctrine of the Holy Trinity & some objections by the Unitarians examined” Sermon at

 

1841
1842 

Bury Post 13 Dec 
 

Up to 29 October 1842 & no more
I have only these for the year

1843 
1843

Bury Post 24 May 

FARMERS’ CLUB PLOUGHING MATCH on Friday 12th May at Mr Newman’s (The Castle) 15
QUARTER SESSIONS: at Beccles: Letter from Sir Thomas Gooch, retiring after 50 Years.

 

1843
1843
1843

Bury Post 24 May 
 
Norwich Mercury 29 Jul 

BECCLES RACES:Tuesday & Wednesday 8th & 9th of August.
RACES: Pesence of a Party ofOfficers of the Scot’s Grays enlivened the scene in a dashing four in

 
 
Norwich Mercury 12 Aug

1843
1843
1843 

RESCUED: As a Party of Ladies & Gents coming up the River intending to land near the Bridge after
CRICKET: Return Match, Beccles v Bungay
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETIES: Ploughing Competition at Central Suffolk Agricultural

 
Norwich Mercury 26 Aug
 
Norwich Mercury 26 Aug
Bury Post 27 Sep 

1843
1843
1844 

DROWNING in the River: Son of Hindes, boot & shoe maker playing by the River, fell in. [He lived
 
Norwich Mercury 7 Oct
 
Bury Post 22 Nov 

BECCLES NAVIGATION: Waveney overflowed again (frequently of late): water flowing in New
Nothing after 22 May except these

 

1844
1844

FARMERS’ CLUB & LABOURERS Friendly Society AGM; Ploughing Match for Hundred of
FIRE:  Edmund  Botwright  &  John  Spelling  to  Beccles  gaol  charged  withsetting  fire  to  a  Barn

 
Bury Post 22 May 
Bury Post 3 Jul 
 

occupied
FIRE: Botwright Transported fpr Life. Various other sentences: Life or 20 Years Transportation.

1844
1844
1845 

Bury Post 31 Jal 
 
Bury Post 11 Dec 

RAILWAY: Diss, Beccles &Yarmouth Railway registered provisionally.
All I have for 1845

 

1845
1845

Bury Post 11 Jan 

CORN EXCHANGE opening, bought 3 Months earlier by Edward Lock of Hoddeston from Messrs
RAILWAY  LINES: Meeting  at Public Hall, Beccles  on possible Railway  Lines. Capt Moorsom  &
Mr

 
 
Norfolk Mercury 25 Jan 

1845
1845
1845

QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: John Kerrick, Chairman, to Grand Jury: “The importance of
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

 
Norfolk Mercury 15 Mar 
 
Norfolk Mercury 9 Aug 
Bury Post 20 Aug 
 
1845
Bury Post 22 Oct 
QUARTER SESSIONS:
Crimes in Division in 1844:   
213
 
NEWSPAPERS 1830-1856 
David Lindley, June, 2003 
 
51

1845
1845

YARMOUTH HERRINGS:  Record Herring Catches in one day. 500 Lasts (each 13,200) =
AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION elsewhere in Suffolk (Hitcham) . Rev Knatchbull “had never

 
Norfolk Mercury 1 Nov 
 
Norfolk Mercury 15 Nov 

1845
1846 

SALE of MANSION: (Mrs Smith, widow of Jeremiah Smith), New Market. Walled-in Garden (fruit
This is all after 26 Sep

 
Norfolk Mercury 29 Nov 

1846
1846

EDUCATION: Fauconberge School: Headmaster Rev HN Burrows, MA
BUNGAY HIRING FAIR for SERVANTS: “ We protest against this annual Custom of bringing

 
Ipswich Journal 26 Sep 
 
Norfolk News £ Oct 
1846
Bury Post 11 Nov 
CHURCH DIFFERENCES in ESSEX: “Painful difference of Feeling” between the Rector, Rev JH
 

1847 
1847

This is all after August

SALE  of  STOCK  &  FURNITURE:  of  Wine  Merchant  of  C  Chevalier  “Who  relinqueshes  his
Concern

 
Norfolk Mercury 26 Aug 

1847
1847
1848 

Norfolk Mercury 14 Oct 
CORN MARKET. Attention of Beccles Corn Market: Henceforth Corn Exchange on Friday instead
 
Bury Post 27 Oct 

QUARTER SESSIONS at Beccles: Chairman refers to Juveniles’ Act of last Session to correct
This is all after 4 March

 

1848
1848

Norfolk Mercury 4 Mar 

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
Pupil.

 
Norfolk Mercury 18 Mar 
 
1848
Bury Post 7 Nov 
NUISANCE ACT: Authorities  appointed  under Act.  Sit  daily  in the Council Room. Alteration to
 

Corn
This is all after 1 Sep

1849 
1849

Norfolk News 1 Sep 

CHOLERA: 5 Fatal Cases: Two children named Laws quickly buried on Sunday. Poor Woman Algar
CHOLERA at Lowestoft. 7 patients brought ashore from vessels passing northwards. 3 Cases, all

 

1849
1849

 
Bury Post 12 Sep 
Bury Post 18 Sep 

CHOLERA new occupying much space in Newspaper.
Nothing after this

 

1850 
1850

Norfolk News 21 Sep 
CONCERT: An amatur Concert in the Public Library.
 

1850
1851 

ELECTIONS: Excitement on Friday at the Municipal Elections “Strong opposition to re-election of 4
Only this after June

Norfolk News 21 Sep 
 

1851
1851

Norfolk News 18 Jun 

BUNGAY: Foundation Stone of Bungay Baptist Chapel laid by Rev George Wright of Beccles.
SALE: KING’S HEAD, Beccles on Saturday 16 August, by B Rix:  Stables & Loose Boxes for 50

 
Norfolk News 28 Jun 
 

1851
1851
1851

Norfolk News 20 Sep 

SALE at Fox & Hounds by James Crisp for James Lawes, who quits the House: 2 Stacks of Hay,
INSURANCE: General Fire &Life Insurance Co: 

 
Norfolk News 3 Oct 

Beccles Agent 
Beccles agent 

SW Rix
George Fenn

 
Norfolk News 3 Oct 

INSURANCE: Legal & Commercial 
Only this after 24 Jul

 
 

1852 
1852
1852

Norwich Mercury 24 Jul 

SALE: Public House occupied by Robert Aldous, called “The Race Horse” to be sold by the
TO BE LET: TWO FARMS:  

 
Norwich Mercury 8 Jan 
1. “Rose Hall Farm” 286 acres 
2 “Beccles Farm” 126 acres
 

1852
1852
1852

DUKE of WELLINGTON’S DEATH: The Council has determined, as a mark of respect to the
NEW MAYOR of BECCLES: On Thursday last the Council unanimously elected William E

 
Norwich Mercury 13 Nov
 
Norwich Mercury 13 Nov

RAILWAY STATION: On Thursday last, in pursuance of a notice from the Mayor, a very large and
Only these after 4 Mach

 
Norwich Mercury 27 Nov

1854 
1854

Norfolk News 4 Mar 

FIRE  at  George  Syder’s.  W  Hammond  &  H  Starling  jun,  committed  for  Trial  at  Sessions  for
obtaining

 

1854
1854
1856 

Norfolk News 14 Jan 
FIRE at George Syder’s: Hammond (received 2/-) & Starling: 14 Days Hard Labour.
 

SURVEYORS: John Garnham & George Fenn re-elected Surveyors. Fenn & Garnham, Guardians
Gap between April & August?

Norfolk News 14 Jan 
 

1856  
1856  

TELEGRAPHIC INTELLIGENCE: Meeting at White Lion to arrange permanent procuring by
RACES:  will  take  place  early  in  September.  A  Arcedkne,  Esq,  High  Sheriff  of  Suffolk,  Sir  ES
Gooch,

Norwich Mercury 19 Apr 
Norwich Mercury 2 Aug 

1856  
1856  

RACES & BELLS: The Use of the Parish Bells: Committee applied to Churchwardens for Bells.
RACES & BELLS: Next Meeting more fully attended. Mayor now attacks Rector (after reading his

Norwich Mercury 20 Aug 
Norwich Mercury 27 Aug