1905: Aldeburgh’s Lifeboat Hero

It was to Coxswain Cable and two others that the governing body of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution entrusted some years ago the very responsible duty of selecting the best type of boat for service during the 17 year he has been coxswain of the Aldeburgh lifeboat, having taken part in saving 300 lives from shipwrecks. This total was reached on Whit-Monday, when, during the regatta, Cable saved four men who were capsized from one of the sailing boats taking part in the racing. The Mayor, appreciating his prompt action, made a presentation to Cable, who already possessed a medal with two clasps from the National Lifeboat Institution, another from the King of Sweden, and a third from the Royal Humane Society, whose parchment he also holds. His other presentations include a watch from the German Emperor.

Framlingham Weekly News, 12 August 1905

1902: Remarkable Revolver Accident

A strange accident occurred at the Aldeburgh regatta yesterday.  The beach was lined with visitors. Immediately after an official had discharged a revolver to start a race a lady was seen to drop. It was at first thought she had fainted, but examination showed that she had been shot through the arm, the bullet afterwards penetrating the coat sleeve of a gentleman near at hand. It is surmised that the bullet ricocheted from a stone on the beach.

Nottingham Evening Post, Tuesday 26 August 1902

1898: Aldeburgh Town Councillor Fined

Before Mr. H.F. Harwood (chairman), Messrs. G. A.  Crasey, W. Jolly, and J. Loder, and Majors Mellor and Moor, at Woodbridge Petty sessions this afternoon, George Oliver Knowles, builder, Aldeburgh (a member of the Town Council), was charged with having assaulted Edward Thomas Coe, at Aldeburgh, on January 21st.

Mr. W. Marshall, of Ipswich, appeared for the defendant.

Complainant said he was walking from his house when he met the defendant, whom he had not spoken to for weeks previously. He and the defendant got to the top of the Town Steps together, and without saying a word defendant struck him a violent blow in the eye which cut it, and as he picked up his hat defendant struck him twice more. Knowles called him opprobrious names, and would not tell complainant why he struck him. They quarrelled last November. He considered it a most brutal and cowardly attack.  

Cross-examined: The event of last November had nothing to do with this case. He did not use any vile language to the defendant on November 16th. And had not given the defendant any provocation in the street since. He could not say how many times he had been convicted at Aldeburgh or Woodbridge.

The Chairman here remarked that he thought Mr. Marshall was straining the question of the alleged disputes between the parties a little too much, and Mr. Marshall did not pursue that course further. Elizabeth Airy, widow, Aldeburgh, said she witnessed the assault, but heard nothing pass between the two parties previous to that. She was only about eight or ten yards off.

Mr. Marshall said his client had not been convicted of any offence before magistrates; while the complainant had been convicted some 20 times. Upon that man’s evidence the Bench had to convict. The complainant said he was knocked down, but his witness had not corroborated him. The assault arose from continual persecution by the complainant, who had told the defendant, before his workmen, that he was a man of straw, whose credit was gone.

The Chairman said the Bench were compelled to convict, but would only fine the defendant 6s., with £1 12s. 7d. costs, or seven days in default. They did not consider , although there might have been previous provocation, that the defendant, as a gentleman, had a right to take the law into his own hands, but should have exercised a little more self-control. As to how Coe could be dealt with they had had him before them, and had to send him to gaol, and if he broke the law again they might have to take a similar course.

The Ipswich Journal, Friday 4 March 1898

1896: Religious Knowledge Examinations

The Norwich Diocesan Board of Education has just issued the results of the examinations in religious knowledge in May. Of the 161 pupil teachers and 37 candidates examined, 137 pupil teachers and 23 candidates passed.

Among the pupil teachers who have passed are the following:

Fourth year.

First class: Ellen M. Ward, Aldeburgh

Second year.

First class: Ada J. Wightman, Aldeburgh

First year.

First class: Gertrude Creasy, Aldeburgh;  Joseph G. S. Barber, Aldeburgh

The number of scholars examined was 881.

Among the Suffolk passes are the following:

Seventh standard.

[First class]: Alice Hurry, Aldeburgh; Arthur Churchyard, Aldeburgh

Second class: Leah Wightman, Aldeburgh; Mabel Lovett, Aldeburgh

Sixth standard.

First class: Leonard Creasy, Aldeburgh

Second class: Horace Basham, Aldeburgh; Violet Ward, Aldeburgh

Third class: Angus Ashford, Aldeburgh

Fifth standard.

First class: Frederick Thorpe, Aldeburgh

Second class: Chas. Balls, Aldeburgh; Ernest Easter, Aldeburgh

Fourth standard.

First class: Mabel Lovett, Aldeburgh; Edith Hayward, Aldeburgh; Chas. Ward, Aldeburgh; Morriss Butcher, Aldeburgh; William Ward, Aldeburgh

Second class: Gertrude K. Waskett, Aldeburgh

The Ipswich Journal, Saturday 1 August 1896

[Only Aldeburgh candidates’ names have been extracted]

1896: Aldeburgh – A Christmas Eve Disturbance

On Saturday at the Moot Hall, before the Mayor and Mr. H. Cowell, Oscar Downing, fisherman, was charged with assaulting James Miller Ward and Annie Ward, his wife.

A wedding had taken place next door; the defendant and others had been drinking healths all round, and Downing, by his singing outside the house, caused the complainant and his wife to come out. The defendant then wanted some whisky, and on being refused, a blow was struck over the gate at Ward.

Downing then entered the garden, and was twice knocked down by Ward, while Mrs. Ward pulled his hair.

Police-constable Jackson said he saw defendant and complainant and his wife, and three of defendants’ brothers all in Ward’s yard. Defendants’ brothers were trying to get him home. Ward told witness he had been grossly insulted. The officer advised defendant to go home, and ultimately took his arm and got him home. Defendant was drunk and bleeding from the nose at the time.

– The Bench, in consideration of the fact that defendant had been knocked about, fined him only 5s and £1 0s. 6d. costs; in default, imprisonment for seven days. The second case was, with the permission of the Bench, withdrawn.

– The fisherman outside the Court marked their sympathy with the youthful defendant by subscribing nearly sufficient money to pay his fine.

The Ipswich Journal, Saturday 18 January 1896

1886: Aldeburgh – Soup Kitchen

This movement, under the able superintendence of Mrs. Ferrand and Mrs. Foster, is working most satisfactorily. Some 60 or 70 quarts of really good soup are daily dispensed to the poor of Aldeburgh, and it is hoped the liberal assistance already given by the charitably disposed will be continued, so that the “kitchen” may be kept going for some weeks longer.

The Ipswich Journal, Thursday 25 February 1886

1885: Six of One and Half-a-Dozen of the Other


MOOT HALL, Saturday, February 7. – Before N. Garrett, Esq. (chairman), and James Pettit, Esq.


Annie Maria Ward, wife of James Miller Ward, charged Louisa, wife of James Laws, with assaulting her on the 22nd January last.

– The evidence disclosed that the parties are sisters-in-law, and the assault, which was mutual, took place in High-street, after a regular “sisterly” quarrel, during which some very “choice” language was used on both sides.

– The Magistrates dismissed the case, characterising it as a “family brawl,” in which one was as bad as the other.

– Considerable amusement was caused during the hearing of the evidence, the attitude of the litigants being frequently pugilistic, causing the Chairman to remark, amidst much laughter, that “he should not like to quarrel with either of them.”

The Ipswich Journal, Tuesday 10 February 1885

1883: Accident on the Great Eastern Railway at Aldeburgh Station

The 5.22 p.m. train from Saxmundham to Aldeburgh, due at Aldeburgh at 5.45 p.m., and composed of tank engine No. 25, one composite carriage, two third class carriages, and the guard’s break-van, left Leiston on Saturday at the advertised time with about 28 passengers.

As the train ran into Aldeburgh Station several of the passengers remarked that they appeared to be going too fast, and that no whistle was sounded. Persons near the station also noted this fact, and saw the guard’s van skidding under full break, and fire flying from the wheels. Just through the arcade which covers the station a spare composite carriage was standing near the buffer stops, adjoining the fence and roadway.

The train, with apparently undiminished speed, dashed through the arcade, past the station, and, colliding with the spare carriage, drove it and the massive buffer stops quite across the road, and within a few inches of the low wall fronting York Villas, the buffers of the carriage being, strange to say, within about four feet of the front door of the house where the regular engine driver lives. The engine itself was partly buried under the end of the carriage, and went some feet into the roadway, whilst the following carriage marvellously escaped telescoping, being merely buffer-locked.

The passengers fortunately escaped with a slight shaking, but a pumper named Fryer, who was riding on the engine, is said to be somewhat injured. The train was run by a certificated fireman named Hughes, who, together with his fireman, states that the break was applied at the proper time, but that it failed to act. Hughes is suspended pending an inquiry into the matter.

A somewhat remarkable escape occurred in connection with the accident. Just before the spare carriage was forced through the fence, two little girls were looking through at the approaching train, and the fence in falling arched over them quite close to the carriage. One of the girls was for the moment unable to extricate herself, but the other pluckily caught hold of her sister’s arm and fairly hauled her out, neither of them appearing very seriously alarmed.

The highway being completely blocked, it was necessary to speedily clear a crossing for road traffic elsewhere, and this was soon done by Mr. Taylor, the stationmaster, who had previously wired to Ipswich for a breakdown train and gang. Meantime, about eight passengers wanting to go by the 7.0 p.m. were forwarded on to Leiston by Mr. Ball’s ‘bus and other conveyances.

The break-down train and gang arrived at 9.15 p.m. in charge of Mr. J. Flower, district superintendent, who was also accompanied by Mr. Johnstone, district engineer, and Mr. Robinson, locomotive district superintendent. Soon all was activity, and by the aid of two very ingeniously constructed camp-fires, the gang proceeded to remove the obstruction from the highway, and to re-place the engine and carriage upon the metals. This was, of course, a work of time, but the quiet energy of the men, under the able supervision of Mr. Flower and the other officials, shewed that even greater difficulties might be surmounted if necessary. Crowds of people were present watching the proceedings with considerable interest, and many of them stayed till the small hours of the morning. The engine was got on the rails about 3.0 a.m. and placed in the shed ready for work again yesterday (Monday), being found to have sustained little or no injury. The highway was cleared at 4.0 a.m., and at 5.30 a.m. the breakdown train and gang, in charge of Mr. Flower, returned to Ipswich.

The Ipswich Journal, Tuesday 9 October 1883