1883: Off the Rails

Yesterday (Friday) morning, as the 7.5 a.m. up train was leaving Aldeburgh Station, the engine left the metals at the points near the ticket platform. Fortunately no great velocity had been attained, so that the damage done was merely the disarrangement of the permanent way. It, however, took four hours’ hard work, with all available help, to put the “iron horse” on his road again.

The Ipswich Journal, Saturday 6 October 1883

1883: Aldeburgh – The Great Eastern Railway and the Public

The excellent train service of this Company has of late given universal satisfaction. This month, however, the 7.5 a.m. (branch) up, and the 8.5 a.m. ditto down trains, were advertised to run only on Mondays. One gentleman of the district, not to be done, wired at once to the officials as Liverpool-street, with the result that both trains were ordered to run as usual on the Tuesday morning.

OFF THE RAILS. – Yesterday (Friday) morning, as the 7.5 a.m. up train was leaving Aldeburgh Station, the engine left the metals at the points near the ticket platform. Fortunately no great velocity had been attained, so that the damage done was merely the disarrangement of the permanent way. It, however, took four hours’ hard work, with all available help, to put the “iron horse” on his road again.

The Ipswich Journal, Saturday 6 October 1883

1881: Aldeburgh – Reading Room and Library

Reading Room and Library – We are pleased to be able to report that one of the most useful institutions in this parish is about to be re-opened for the summer season. It is to be greatly regretted that such a room as this cannot be kept open during the winter months. We hope that with an increasing population and a steadily sustained effort those most interested in its welfare, and the welfare of the town at large, may be able eventually to succeed in this matter.

Framlingham Weekly News, 28 May 1881

1880: Extraordinary Confession of Child Murder near Aldeburgh

The following extraordinary statement has just been voluntarily made by a girl named Howe, and inmate at the Manor House Refuge for the Destitute, Dalston Lane, E.

June 15, 1880

Frances Ellen Howe, aged 19, states that whilst in service at Aldbro’, in Suffolk, she got acquainted with a young woman about 18 years of age, named Fanny Reeves, who on one occasion, shortly after their acquaintance, asked her to accompany her across the water to a place called Sunbl-n (or similar). They went there together about four o’clock in the afternoon, and whilst there, the girl Reeves murdered her baby, about two weeks old, which she brought with her, by cutting its throat, and afterwards threw the body into the water. She (Howe) states she did not mention the circumstance to anyone in Aldbro’ on their return, nor, indeed, to anyone till she told it to one of the girls here, who communicated it to the matron here. She further said the woman Reeves was subject to fits, and shortly after the murder was taken ill at her lodging in Aldbro’, where she died. Howe saw her before she died, when she told her not to tell anyone what had happened.

A few weeks after this Howe was arrested in Aldbro’, and taken to Ipswich, where she received six months’ Imprisonment, and then came here.

The woman where Reeves was confined with the child was named Jones, and lived in a little group of cottages a little way beyond the town, No. 24 on the door.

The girl was buried in the chapel burying ground, about a mile from the town, and she was present at the funeral, though not as belonging to it. The lodging she died in was not the same as that before mentioned, but was near where she was in service. Her parents lived at Saxmundham, and were known as “bad people”.”

Our Aldeburgh correspondent adds: – “It will possibly be within the remembrance of some of our readers that Frances Ellen Howe was convicted here in November last for stealing a sovereign from Samuel Ward, a fisherman, who had charitably given her a night’s lodging, and that she was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in Ipswich Gaol for the offence. On leaving the prison she was admitted into the above-mentioned institution, where she made this startling confession a few days ago, and which the Chaplain at once committed to writing.

“The statement being sent on to W. Hammond, our police-officer here, he at once prosecuted active inquiries, but up to the present the result leads him to believe the confession to be an entire fabrication. The girl was well-known here as a bad character, but, being an orphan, several ladies of the town endeavoured on many occasions to reform her. Their efforts were, however, fruitless, as Howe persisted in returning to her vagrant habits.”

We shall give the result of any further inquiries with regard to this extraordinary confession in our next impression.

The Ipswich Journal, Tuesday 29 June 1880

1878: Aldeburgh – National Schools

On Monday last, July 29th, Pinder’s Continental Circus paid a visit to this town, when all the scholars of the National Schools were kindly taken, and paid for, by our kind-hearted friend, Newson Garrett, Esq., of Alde House.  The performance was much enjoyed by the three hundred young people.

The Ipswich Journal, Tuesday 6 August 1878

1871: Aldeburgh – Serious Charge of Shooting

At the Woodbridge Petty Session, on Thursday, before F.G. Doughty, Esq. (chairman), W.P.T. Phillips, Esq., and the Rev. C.G. Archer, Samuel Smith Ward, of Aldeburgh, fisherman, was charged with having on the 20th of January last, assaulted Job Chatton, of Aldeburgh, pilot, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.

Mr. Jones appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Chamberlin for the defendant, – Job Chatton said: I am a Trinity pilot, living at Aldeburgh, and was on the River Alde in my punt on the evening of Monday, the 30th of January, on an open space of water called the Little Bight, on the Sudbourne side. I was after wild fowl; it was a light night, and I believe I could be seen at from 80 to 100 yards between half-past six and seven. After I had just slewed my punt I heard a gun fired, and found that I was shot in the head, face, arm and shoulder.

I saw it was Ward who had shot, and in answer to me he said, “It’s me.” I replied, “Yes, and a pretty ‘me’ you have made of it. You have shot my eye out and broke my arm.”

Prisoner replied, “If you had not slewed your punt round I should not have shot you. I did not do it for the purpose. Where’s your painter?”

Prisoner took hold of the painter and towed me to my great boat. Prisoner said it was loose shot, not cartridge. As he was towing me he said “You are not dead yet: you are moving about.”

After getting me on board my own boat prisoner washed my face with some warm water, which was on the fire for my tea, and helped me on with my coat, remarking that my eye was only bloodshot. He tied up my head and put me on shore, saying that he did not shoot me for the purpose, and recommended me to get home as soon as possible. He led me on the quay and about 15 yards beyond and then left me.

I went to Mr. Hele’s, the surgeon, and had to go to bed, where I remained for five weeks. The next day after Mr. Powell, from the Opthalmic Hospital, came to me and took the residue of the eye out.

Ward was about 20 yards from me when the shot was fired. He came up right astern of me: it was very unusual to come up astern. In my judgment the act was done intentionally. I am sure he could see me before he fired: it was so light I could have seen a sparrow on the top of his head. I had seen prisoner on Friday before the Monday: he said, “You are very fond of your gun, aren’t you?” I said, “Yes, and you are too, aren’t you?” He said, Some of us will get shot soon, and it will make very little difference whether some of us are dead or alive.”

I gave directions for the prisoner to be taken into custody on the 4th of February.

– Cross–examined by Mr, Chamberlin: I have known Ward ever since he was seven years old; up to the time of this occurrence we were friends. He had been master of the pilot cutter in which I served. I had seen Ward on the Monday morning, when he borrowed a hammer of me. When shooting wild fowl a man lies down on his belly to shoot at them. Until I was shot I did not know Ward was there with his boat. I was lying in an angle of about 45 degrees; if Ward had known I had been there it would have been wrong of him to come up astern of me. I thought from the first it was an intentional act on the part of Ward; I believed so then and do so now. He was not more than 20 yards from me.

Mr. Thos. W. Ferrand Gerard, a gentleman living at Aldeburgh, produced a plan made under his superintendence, and said he told Chatton he would back him up in the prosecution.

Mr. Nicholas Fenwick Hele, surgeon, Aldeburgh, said he examined the prosecutor on the evening of the 30th of January, and found his left eye was entirely destroyed and his arm much injured. The injury to the arm was permanent, but prosecutor was now out of danger. Believed there were about 59 shots remaining in Chatton’s person now.

– Cross-examined: Chatton never told me it was an accident; he never said Ward was not to blame. 

– At this point the case was adjourned till Thursday, the 20th inst.

The Bury and Norwich Post, and Suffolk Herald, Tuesday 11 April 1871

1869: Aldeburgh – Bazaar

On Thursday week a bazaar was held at the Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh, in aid of the funds for re-benching the parish church, a work which has recently been completed. The amount required had been raised with the exception of about £150, and the admission-money and sales provided nearly £120 of this amount, leaving but a small deficit to be cleared off on Friday, when the bazaar was again open.

In its management, Mrs. Fletcher, Mrs. Newson Garrett, and Mrs. J. Beart took an active part. The stalls were abundantly supplied with every variety of goods, both useful and ornamental, and were attended by Miss Garrett M.D., Miss Agnes and Miss Rose Garrett; Mrs. Fletcher and the Misses Fletcher; Mrs Johnson (Blundeston) and Miss Johnson; Miss Foster, Mrs. William Muriel and Mrs. James Garrett. These ladies, with Captain Fletcher and Mr. N. Garrett, formed the Committee appointed to carry out the undertaking, and they are to be congratulated on their success.

The Bury and Norwich Post, and Suffolk Herald, Thursday 21 September 1869

1867: Aldeburgh – Petty Sessions, Sept. 28

[Before Capt. James and H. L. Freeman, Esq.]

The renewal of licenses was adjourned three weeks ago until this morning. Beside the renewal of the licenses of the old houses, there was an application for a new license for Handel’s Hotel, which was opposed by Mr. R. R. Hill, for the Aldeburgh Hotel Company. The license was supported by Mr. R. L. Mayhew, of Saxmundham. After a short discussion, the Magistrates granted the license.

Thomas Haken, 13, Henry Vincent, 13, and John Wink, 10, were charged by p.c. Hammond with stealing a quantity of pears, the property of Newson Garrett, Esq. After a severe reprimand from the Magistrates, they were discharged.

The Halesworth Times and East Suffolk Advertiser, 8 October 1867

1858: Fishing Rights

James Ward, 68 years old said he lived at Aldbro’ and had always lived there. He fished in the sea and the river both. He fished in all parts of the river for soles and codlings and other sort of fish. He fished with lines and nets. He generally went to the river in winter. He had fished for 45 years and had seen Aldbro’ men fishing there. He never had a license. His nets were taken away about 38 years ago, when he was fishing in the river. The nets were returned about 2 months later and two one pound notes with them.

Cross examined: “I have fished there since. I have never been meddled with since. I have seen the water-bailiffs when I have been fishing there. I was a married man then.”

Mr. Paver: “Did you promise not to come again?”

Witness, after a great deal of hesitation, “Yes, I did.”

Also Samuel Ward, fisherman and other also gave evidence that they had fished in the Orford River.

Orford men won fishing rights.

Suffolk Chronicle, Supplement, 3 August 1858

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