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Bures Archived Newspaper Reports
Taken from:-

Newspaper Archive 1745-1950 from the Ipswich Journal, Bury and Suffolk Herald, Bury & Norwich post, Norfolk Chronicle, Suffolk and Essex Free Press, South-West Suffolk Echo, Sudbury Post & Long Melford Gazette, and Haverhill Echo

The archives were scanned and any reference to the word "Bures" was retrieved
Hence the subject matter may seem rather sporadic


August 11th 1759
Nunn and Simpson will have a large drove of very good Norfolk lambs and ewes at the Eight Bells, Bures Hamlet on the 18th of August.

November 6th 1762
Bures bridge, near Sudbury has been washed away by the violence of the flood on Tuesday last. Notice is hereby given that no wheeled carriages can pass over the river Stour at that place. A new bridge will be erected as soon as possible.

January 12th 1765
To be sold at Bures Hamlet, Essex-300 oak timbers-50 elms and some ash. Enquiries of H. Woolman of Bures Hamlet.

September 22nd 1767
Pebmarsh--- Whereas John Door, son of Henry Door of Mount Bures, Essex, apprenticed to John Alston, blacksmith of Pebmarsh, did run away from his master, this is to give notice to all blacksmiths and others not to employ him, if they do they will be prosecuted as the law directs. If the same John Door returns to his master within a week he will be forgiven, the same apprentice is about 18 years-5ft 4" high, he has on a fustian frock-black waistcoat-leather breeches.

February 18th 1769
Isaac Skinner, carpenter of Bures in Suffolk was committed to Bury gaol for stealing a elm plank from Joseph Nevill of Bures

August 19th 1769
William Chandler was committed to Norwich gaol charged with stealing a horse the property of Mr Garrod of Bures, Suffolk, he was apprehended at Attleborough by a description given in this paper last week.

April 25th 1772
Absconded from Bures in Suffolk on the 24th inst-John Tallant or Tallard, information had been laid against him that on early Tuesday morning the 18th he stole one weather sheep the property of John Lay of Lt Horkesley, Essex, he is about 5ft 6" high-about 32 years-little impediment in his speech-whoever apprehends him will receive 5 guineas from John Lay. Harvey Harrison stands charged with being an accomplice and receiving the sheep on board one of his barges.

April 10th 1773
Whereas the house of Samuel Coker of the Queens Head at Bures being broken into on the 3rd inst and two silver tankards etc stolen-this is to give notice that a handsome reward will be given for information by me Samuel Coker.

May 29th 1773
To be sold-a large quantity of corn shovels by Thomas Spurgeon, shovel maker of Mount Bures, Essex, also other stuff.

February 11th 1775
Last week a servant of Mr Abraham Constable at Warmingford, Essex was driving a bull and some cows out of a yard the bull caught him with his horns by the thigh and tore it in a terrible manner, he died on Saturday night.

September 19th 1778
To be sold by auction at the dwelling house named Baker's Hall, Bures Hamlet-the outdoor and indoor stuff of Lawrance Rayner-brewing equipment-4 horses etc

January 25th 1780
On Sunday, one of the servants of Bures Mill was taking some flakes of ice from the floodgates, by missing his feet he suddenly fell from the floodgates into the river, the gates being open the water drew him through utterly killing him, it was several hours before he was found.


March 31st 1781
A farm called Peyton Hall in Bures Hamlet for sale-in Lamarsh and Alphampstone, Essex 67 acres.

December 21st 1782
All persons indebted to the estate of John Constable of Bures, Suffolk, are desired to take notice that his executors have delivered all securities and bill books into the hands of Samuel Alston of Nayland with orders to sue the same.

October 11th 1783
To be sold by auction a Inn called the Angel situated in Bures, Suffolk.---good dwelling house with exceedingly dry cellars-large brew office-dairy-granary-stables with large yard leading to the adjoining river Stower which is most advantageously situated for loading and unloading goods.
October 2nd 1784
Inquisition on the body of Ann Neville of Bures St Mary who in the state of lunacy, hanged herself.

October 9th 1784
Inquest at Bures St Mary on Ann Neville who in a fit of lunacy hanged herself.


September 28th 1785
On Wednesday an inquisition was held at Glemsford on Stephen Boreham who was accidentaly killed by falling off a load of barley and at Bures on the body of George Good nearly two years old who accidentally drowned in a moat


October 1st 1785
Inquest at Bures St Mary on George Good aged two years who accidently drowned.

April 5th 1786
Last week there expired in the arms of parsimony, Mrs Mason of Bures who left behind her not less than 1700L in ready fpecie, yet in her extreme narrowness of foul would not allow herself common necafferies.
Mark Lane wheat to 33s - Barley to 21s.

April 2nd 1788
There died at Bures, John Garrad, a respectable tanner of this place.

March 23rd 1796
At Bury Assizes Robert Stearns for riotously assembling with diver other persons at Bures and taking wheat from the premises of John Barnard and Lawrencw Bull and illegally sold out at prices beneath their value. 1 year in prison.

September 27th 1797
To be sold a desirable farm called Fish House, 94 acres in Bures St Mary

March 26th 1800
On Thursday evening last, a servant of Mr Jones, a brewer from Sudbury was returning from Bures in a cart when he unluckily drove against a post near the road, overturning the cart, he was found underneath the horse severely bruised, he died on Saturday.

July 9th 1800
Charles Elliston was committed to our gaol charged with stealing a sheep from Mr Boggis at Bures and also being concerned with others in stealing three pigs from Mr Joselyn of Lt Cornard.

May 2nd 1804
On Monday last the Lavenham Volunteers marched into Sudbury to be brigaded with those of Bures. The Sudbury company of the Babergh battalion were inspected seperately, they performed manoeuvres and the platoon executed them to entire satisfaction of the Inspecting Field Officer who said they would not disgrace veteran troops.

March 13th 1805
Joseph Everitt for stealing barley from the barn of Deborah Pettit of Mount Bures and William Sexton for stealing two sacks from Anne Ramsay at Stoke by Nayland, both to be transported for 7 years.

August 12th 1807
Yesterday se'enight a fire broke out in a hay stack at Small Bridge Farm, Bures St Mary, it communicated with six other stacks which were totally destroyed, damage is estimated at 1000 pounds.
To be let--A large warren with a farm in Norfolk. Apply Dugmore, Swaffham.

April 5th 1809
A fire broke out at Mr Boggis's farm at Bures owing to the carelesness of a bricklayers boy who lit a fire and laid the tinder down near a haulm wall which caught a light and soon spread and a clover and hay stack then to a barn which was 90ft long, all consumed. it is estimated the loss is 1600 pounds.

December 15th 1813
Married on Thursday last, Henry Mason Coker, son of W.Coker of Borley Hall to Miss Ann Sidley of Bures Hamlet.

April 3rd 1816
At Bury Assizes, William Green for stealing 29 sheep from a farm in Lavenham, William Smith for stealing a chestnut horse from the Rev Territ at Clare, William Cardy and Edward Everitt for stealing two sheep from J.Bogges of Bures, were sentenced to death. All reprieved except William Green who is left for execution. Wiliam Smith who was sentenced to death for horse stealing attempted to hang himself but was cut down by James Tyler before he knew of his reprieve, he is recovering.

August 12th 1807
Yesterday night a fire broke out in a hay stack at Small Bridge Farm, Bures St Mary, it communicated with six other stacks which were totally destroyed, damage is estimated at 1000 pounds.

April 5th 1809
A fire broke out at Mr Boggis's farm at Bures owing to the carelesness of a bricklayers boy who lit a fire and laid the tinder down near a haulm wall which caught a light and soon spread and a clover and hay stack then to a barn which was 90ft long, all consumed. it is estimated the loss is 1600 pounds.

August 2nd 1826
At Bury Sessions, John Allistone, for assaulting John Garrod, the constable at Bures. 3 months hard labour.

January 16th 1833
Henry Alliston aged 20 and Alfred Crossman aged 19 to be privately whipped and imprisoned for one week for stealing two tame rabbits the property of John Crossman of Bures. William Gowers aged 30 imprisoned for 18 months for stealing a quantity of wheat from William Sparkes at Stanstead.

December 31st 1828
Inquisition on John Sexton aged 10 years who drowned in the river Stour at Bures, he had been crossing the river upon the doors of a staunch, with the wind being high he was blown over and drowned, owing to the current his body was not found until two days later


January 16th 1833
Michael Garwood for stealing 5 pecks of beans from the barn of Daniel Alston at Stanstead. 14 days. His master said he would take him into employment again.
John Pegg for stealing 5 pecks of potatoes from John Hills at Gt Waldingfield. 6 weeks.
One week and a whipping for Henry Allison and Alfred Crossman for stealing two tame rabbits from John Crossman at Bures.

February 20th 1833
Inqu-- at Bures St Mary on William Theobald an infant of 2 years who was killed by drinking water from a kettle which had just been taken from the fire. (This is at least the 3rd case of this I have come across.(G.H.)

August 6th 1834
Inquest at Bures St Mary on Samuel Mills an ancient pauper who was found dead in bed in the workhouse, the severe storm on Monday night is supposed to have affected him strongly.

July 27th 1835
George Cranfield a labourer aged 34 years was found guilty at Essex Assizes of setting fire to a barn belonging to Osgood Hanbury at Bures. Sentenced to death.

November 25th 1835
Died at Clare Cock in his 50 year, John Hemsted formerly of Lodge farm at Wickhambrook.
John Everett and John Hazel for obstructing James Bowers whilst ploughing a field at Bures for the purpose of persuading him to leave his work. 2 months.

April 19th 1837
At Bury Sessions.
John Ardley 16 for stealing 3 horseshoes from Isaac Death a blacksmith of Bures where he had went to warm himself. 2 months and a whipping.


July 13th 1842.
Robert Stebbing aged 35 for stealing a quantity of leather from John Garrod of Bures, 7 years transportation. John Barrel 18 and Arthur Watis 15 for stealing and tilling two ducks the property of Henry Martin of Stanstead. 7 days prison.


December 27th 1843
The farmers of Mount Bures and Bures St Mary who are desirous of encouraging their industrious ploughmen, recently held a ploughing match on a farm belonging to Mr Gelding Boggis. 16 men and 2 boys competed. 1st prize to James Cranfield who works for Golding Boggis-£l, 2nd to J. Burrows employed by J. Boggis, 15s. 3rd to W. Godden for W. Taylor, 10s, 4th to G. Tibble for Golding Boggis. 1st for boys-J.Tibble for J.Boggis,
May 7th 1845
There was a fire at Ropers Farm, Bures St Mary, this was the work of an incendiary. Ropers Farm is the property of Trinity College Cambridge and farmed by Mr Taylor of Gt. Cornard.
Two barns, stables, cartshed, piggeries, horse shed, two waggons, three tumbrels, 26 sacks of barley, 7 sacks of tares, three horses, three colts, three shoats, seven little pigs, all consumed in the flames. Three men, John Cardy, George Cardy and their cousin James Cardy have been arrested on suspicion.

September 2nd 1846
Burnt House Estate, Little Cornard for sale-109 acres between Sudbury and Bures and a messuage used as a beerhouse called the Black Boy in occupation of Mr Sandle at a rent of £260 was sold for £5,125. to the trustees of the late Mr S.Mumford. Brundon Mill was sold to Mr Jacob Manning of Twinstead for £1,560.

September 15th 1847
Four sheep were stolen from the farm of Mr Hale Westropp at Bures. The carcases were traced to the premises of John Parmenter of Melford and to a butcher named Joseph Kingsbury of Melford who was found to have two carcases in his possession.
Parmenter was committed for trial on charges of receiving and Kingsbury has absconded.

September 22nd 1847
The first stone was laid on the stupendous viaduct on the line at Chapel where it crosses a great valley. Mr Bruff the engineer said it would be completed in 12 months and the railway line a year from that date.

January 17th 1849
John Parmenter of Melford was found guilty of stealing 4 sheep the property of Mr H.W. Westrop of Bures, 10 years transportation.

December 14th 1836
The Board of Guardians at Sudbury Union will receive tenders for bread baked less than 12 hours for the Melford, Bures and Walter Belchamp workhouses.

January 16th 1839
John Ennals aged 51 was charged with stealing a quantity of beans and barley, the property of Richard Newman of Bures. Newman said he saw prisoner leave his granary and had suspected he had corn in his pocket and he had felt them. He had been employed by him for six years. To be imprisoned for one year and kept at hard labour. John Prentice aged 23 pleaded guilty together with Daniel Ling to entering a dwelling house at Melford and stealing 8 five pound notes and some silver spoons. Ten years transportation.

June 17th 1840
June 17th 1840.Inqu- at Bures St Mary on Thomas Blyth, grocer of Nayland aged 40.
William Good, a farmer said he was driving home to Bures by the Nayland road when nearly home he found a horse and gig lying in the road, deceased was lying in the middle of the road dead and cold, it appears the gig had gone up the bank and turned over. John Snow a hairdresser of Bures said deceased left the Horseshoes bfore 10, he was very fresh and the landlord tried to persuade him to take someone with him and Death's man, Aldwell, offered to go with him. Accidental

August 7th 1843
Inqu-- at Bures St Mary on James Frost, horsekeeper to Thomas Hawkins of Assington who was sent with a waggon and another man in charge of a load of corn to Bures, not returning, his master went to look for them and he found the waggon without a driver and deceased lying beside the road, the wheels having crushed his head and the other man further behind quite drunk. Accidental

April 9th 1844
On Saturday night at about 5-45 pm at a farm called Bletchleys in Pebmarsh and held by Mr John Nott of Bures was discovered to be on fire, the fire was discovered at the side of a barn and burnt with such rapidity that all efforts to save it were fruitless, a double cottage was burnt and many of Mr Nott's implements from his home farm which were at Bletcheys. 3 valuable horses and some pigs were burnt to death also the produce of 7 acres of wheat

September 7th 1847
On Friday night, 4 fat sheep were stolen from High Pole farm at Bures St Mary from Mr Westrop.

September 15th 1847
On Friday afternoon a fire broke out in an out building belonging to Mr Samuel Plum of Ballingdon and it was consumed by the flames, it is supposed to be the work of an incendiary in revenge against Mr Plum for giving evidence against the parties who stole 4 fat sheep from Mr Westrop of High Pole Farm at Bures. On the previous Friday night Mr Plum and his man, being on the road near Bures, saw a horse and cart standing in the road and three men, they were putting sheep in the cart, he spoke to the men who he knew and they ascertained they were their sheep, they were driven to Melford and slaughtered by one of the party named Parmenter, the three men have absconded.

November 16th 1847
A shocking case of stabbing occurred at Bures St Mary on Monday evening last, two men named Joseph Hume and George Birch quarrelled in the Angel public house in the afternoon and that evening a scuffle broke out in the street, Hume drew a knife and inflicted huge stab wounds to Birch, a search was made for Hume and he was discovered hiding behind the gravestones in the churchyard.

March 29th 1848
At Suffolk Assizes, Joseph Hume a thatcher for stabbing George Burch at Bures. 6 months hard labour.

February 19th 1849
As railway workers on the on the Colchester Stour Valley Line were excavating the line at Gt Cornard, nearly opposite the Five Bells Inn, they discovered, 12 ft from the surface, a large tooth and a tusk, 4ft in length of the mammoth or fossilised elephant.
Last week, labourers upon the line at Mt Bures discovered about 5ft below the surface, three amphorae about 3ft high and very small at the neck, one was taken out perfect and another with a handle and spike broken off, the other two were broken. ( Greek or Roman Jars) . Another implement was found with two outer prongs and having double points upon which are knobs of brass similar to which are placed on the horns of cattle.


February 4th 1852
An incident happened at Sudbury railway station on Friday afternoon between one and two, a stiff breeze was blowing, so strong that two trucks and a carriage were set in motion and driven on the metals one or two miles towards Bures. It was feared a collision might occur and the red flag was hoisted but the trucks were attached to the incoming train and taken back to the station.

July 7th 1852.
A handsome powerful new organ built by Mr Walker of London was opened at Bures church on Sunday last, it was computed that near 1400 persons were present and the munificent sum of £116 18s was collected.

July 27th. 1864.
An accident occurred in Foxearth Sreet last Thurs.Geo. Kingsbury from Bures st. Mary, narrowly escaping death.Kingsbury who is in the employ of Messrs.Turner(Tanners) had been to Foxearth Hall to collect three three packs of wool, he was proceeding with his load in Foxearth Street when his horse became restive, his rein broke and the horse became unmanageable, and drew the van into some palings and the shafts broke. Kingsbury's head came in contact with the palings, and he suffered severe cuts to the head. P.C. Edwards, assisted and after two hours, Kingsbury resumed his journey.

August 3rd 1855.
A poor widow from Mount Bures in Suffolk, has three sons fighting for their country in the Crimea, a fourth son is in the Essex Rifles at Colchester.

June 4th 1857
Bures. An old fashioned house occupied by two labourers on the off-hand farm of Mr Joslin was burned to the ground, it is supposed to have originated from a lighted wad fired by a young man named Roberts who had been sparrow shooting, the wad landing on the thatched roof.

January 24th 1857
On Saturday last, Sir John Walsham attended by several other Guardians of Sudbury Union, held an investigation at the Workhouse, the subject being a charge made against Richard Pratt, the Relieving Officer of the Bures district, it was alleged by several witnesses that on Friday the 25th of December 1856, Mr Pratt while relieving in Lt Cornard was in such a state of intoxication as to render him unfit for proper performance of his duties. Mr Shepherd who appeared for the accused called several witnesses who contradicted the assertions, the whole event has been sent to the Poor Law Board who's decision is expected in a few days.

December 8th 1857
William Hicks a railway porter at Bures, was charged with stealing peck of beans from a railway truck the property of Mr H.W.Westrop. William Woods, an officer of the Essex Constabulary, was charged with receiving stolen property.
Wicks two months in prison and Woods six months hard labour.

March 31st 1859
Bures. It is reported that the weaving trade is likely to be introduced into this village but the inhabitants think it too good to be true.


December 4th 1858
On Tuesday evening of the 25th ult, as the goods train was leaving Bures station for Marks Tey, the engine burst with a terrible explosion, scattering portions a considerable distance, some weighing above one cwt were thrown through the air up to 100 yards away.
Both the driver and stoker were uninjured, the explosion shook Bures with doors being blown open.

December 4th 1860
Breach of Promise Case was held in the Secondaries Court at Chelmsford in Essex.
On Wednesday a writ of inquiry was held to assess damages in an action for breach of promise of marriage recently brought against the Rev Philip Brett, M.A. rector of Mount Bures in Essex by a young lady named Cookshott now filling a situation as governess in Manchester,.
The defendant having suffered judgement by default, the damages were laid at £5000, but to the great disappointment of persons assembled to hear the case a verdict of £1200 was agreed to.

December 14th 1858
Charles Henley, the driver of the Sudbury-Colchester mail cart, was charged with being drunk and incapable while driving the mail cart.
He had been stopped between Sudbury and Bures by two men who seized his horse. Joseph Barren of Lt. Cornard Said the prisoner passed him as he was walking home, almost driving him into a ditch, soon afterwards he and another young man named Howlet who was accompanying him, over took the prisoner who had stopped his horse and asked for a knife to do something to his lamp, he then threatened Barren with the knife.

June 2nd 1858
On Wednesday, Mr and Mrs Meadows the master and mistress of St.Andrews school at Halstead had with their child spent the day at Bures with Mr Macartney the master of the Union school accompanying them on horseback.
In the evening Mrs Macartney went a short distance on the road to meet them, she mounted the hind seat of cart to ride home with them when it is supposed the pressure of the belly band caused the horse to rear and plunge forward violently, dashing Mrs Macartney to the ground and killing her instantly. The frightened horse finding itself without a driver set off at a fearful rate throwing Mr Meadows out also, the horse dashed down the hill in the town and over the bridge when it came in contact with some cottages throwing mother and child to the ground, although considerably injured they are not seriously hurt.
Accidental death on Mr Macartney.

July 27th 1858
For Sale-Cloggs Farm, Gt Cornard, 50 acres in occupation of Mr Carrington, dwelling house and cottages. Gatehouse farm in Middleton and Gt Henny, close to the highway and a navigable river, 150 acres with farm house and buildings, windmill and cottages. At Bures St Mary, small farm called Little Bevills, 55 acres in occupation of Mr Howlett.

December 14th 1858
Charles Henley, the driver of the Sudbury-Colchester mail cart, was charged with being drunk and incapable while driving the mail cart.
He had been stopped between Sudbury and Bures by two men who seized his horse. Joseph Barren of Lt. Cornard Said the prisoner passed him as he was walking home, almost driving him into a ditch, soon afterwards he and another young man named Howlet who was accompanying him, over took the prisoner who had stopped his horse and asked for a knife to do something to his lamp, he then threatened Barren with the knife.
£10 fine and £1 4s 6d expenses

March 29th 1859
On Friday there was a destructive fire on the premises of Mr Charles Petitt at Mount Bures. 2 large barns, stables, sheds, 2 stacks of barley, 2 stacks of hay and several pigs and fowls were burnt.
A number of valuable horses nearly shared the same fate, damages is estimated to be about 1000L.
We understand a travelling medicant is in custody on suspicion. He called at the house for charity and was refused, it is supposed he caused the fire in revenge.

December 5th 1861
Alphampstone. On Friday last an accident befell a lad named George Parminter who is in the employ of Mr Cressel a carrier of Halsted, the poor boy had been sent to Bures with a donkey and cart, when near Mr Stock's farm the donkey ran up the bank on the side of the road and upset the cart with the boy falling under it, help was at hand immediately but it was found the boy was dead, his neck was broken.

December 4th 1860
Breach of Promise Case was held in the Secondaries' Court at Chelmsford in Essex. On Wednesday a writ of inquiry was held to assess damages in an action for breach of promise of marriage recently brought against the Rev Philip Brett, M.A. rector of Mount Bures in Essex by a young lady named Cookshott now filling a situation as governess in Manchester, the defendant having suffered judgement by default, the damages were laid at £5000, but to the great disappointment of persons assembled to hear the case a verdict of £1200 was agreed to.

March 27th 1863
Fire broke out at Fish House farm, Bures,(doubtless the work of an incendiary) occupied by Mr Charles Boggis, it consumed a wheat stack worth 125L.

June 2nd 1864
A correspondent writes concerning the fire caused by the severe storm at Alphamstone, "while looking out of the door to see the lightning, I saw a large fireball had fallen on the premises of Mr Boggis of Bures and another in the parish of Alphampstone,Essex, upon Gooles Upper Farm where it consumed everything"

September 15th 1864
Bures. Mr Pettit of Tey House was out with his gun in the village last week when he shot a hare, the hare was found to be in young and a cesarean operation was performed and two little leverets came into this world, William Mole a shoemaker of Bures had a cat which had that morning given birth to kittens, all dead, the hares were brought and placed in a barrel along with the cat and they were soon suckling and the cat seems quite fond of them.

February 26th 1867
Robert Godden a labourer of Bures was charged by his employer for misbehaviour in husbandry on the 9th. Charles Boggis said defendant was employed by him to look after 400 sheep and was paid 13s per week, he had not discharged defendant but left it to the bench. 14 days hard labour. (This is for absenting himself from work. G.H.)

February 25th 1871
Lavenham Horse Fair. The first fair of the year was held at Lavenham on Thursday, a large number of dealers were in attendance from all parts of the country, it was the most successful fair for many years and anything possessing points were snapped up at high prices, a large amount of business was done.
Ward and Silver of Melford exhibited agricultural implements, tumbrils, waggons etc and Mr Dupont of Bures St Mary also exhibited articles for agriculture purposes.

April 22nd 1871
For sale at Bures Hamlet---Pricket's Hall otherwise Jenny's farm-62 acres of arable and pasture---farm house and two cottages, by direction of the executors of the late Charles Townsend deceased.

July 11th 1871
There was an inquest at the Queens Head Hotel at Bures on the body of William Eary aged 63 years, a groom employed by Mr James Dalton a merchant and malster of Bures St Mary. On Saturday evening deceased was feeding a mare belonging to his master when it kicked him in the body. The animal was vicious and deceased was the man best able to manage it. Accidental Death.

March 2nd 1872
There was an angling match at Bures between two angling champions named Woodward of Nottingham and Bailey of London for £100 on each side which came off on last Wednesday week. Bailey won the toss and chose a station near Bures and in the 1st hour caught a large quantity of over 50 fish, the match lasted from 10 till 4 in the afternoon when Bailey was declared the winner.
The results are as follows, Bailey 215 fish weighing 80 lbs and Woodward 101 fish weighing 10 ½ lbs, an excursion train from London brought down a great many anglers who lined the banks and had good sport.

September 3rd 1872
There was an inquest at Bures St Mary on the body of Mr Edward Manning a coal merchant of Bures. Abraham Cousin a licenced victular of Bures said deceased who was 58 years old and himself went to Sudbury market, deceased was driving. They pulled up at the Queens Head at Bures St Mary but before some gin which was ordered was taken, deceased drove off and came in collision with a horse and cart which was driven by G.Davy and deceased who was drunk was thrown out on to his head. Deceased had a defect in his eyes. Accidental death.

March 26th 1874
On Monday week as three menbers of West Sufflok Yeomanry Cavalry (Privates F.Hellen, Webber and Charles Cooper) were returning home to Lamarsh from drill, as they passed through Henny a two year old colt the property of Mr Sikes, broke from a meadow and accompanied them to Lamarsh Common where it viciously attacked the horses of Webber and Cooper, Webb escaped without injury but Cooper recieved as severe kick on the leg shattering the bone, they rode home and Mr Hair of Bures set the limb.

July 15th 1876
On Thursday morning, Mr Edward Smith submitted for sale at the Rose and Crown, Sudbury, two compact estates at Bures, viz Fish House and Chapel Farms, the 1st was bought by George Coote for £4000 and the 2nd by W. Garrad for £2700.

February 6th 1877
There was an inquest at Bures St Mary on a man named Robinson who lives in a cottage about a mile from the village of Bures, he was upwards of 70 years. On Tuesday morning he took shelter in a barn belonging to Mr G.Woods of Bures Hall, during a gale, when a gust blew the barn down, burying the deceased. Dr James Hair said he was dead before being extracted from the ruins. Accidental death.

February 11th 1879
Great Eastern Railway have arranged a new market train. To leave Sudbury every Thursday at 4-15, Bures at 4-45, Chapel at 5-5, Marks Tey at 5-20, to connect with the train to Ipswich and Colchester at 5-28.

January 17th 1880
On Saturday morning, a lad, the son of Mr Hawkins of Bures was skating on the river Stour near the gas house when the ice broke, his cries brought several people to the spot but from the state of the ice no-one dare approach him, a rope was thrown which he grasped and a man was sent for a boat, some time elapsed before the boat was got out and he was rescued after a ¼ of an hour, he being much exhausted he was unconscious for most of the day.


October 19th 1881
Sudbury County Court. Allan Henry Mumford of Lt Cornard v Great Eastern Railway Company. This action was to recover the value of a colt killed on the railway line between Sudbury and Bures on June 7th last in consequence of a gate leading to a crossing over the line being unsafe whereby the colt got on the line and was killed, the colt was valued at £25, plaintiff said the colt was castrated and very weak, he gave orders to have it removed from the meadow to his farm a little while distant, he sent two lads for it, one named Micklefield led it with a halter the other was behind, the crossing gate was dilapidated, a new gate has since been put there a foot higher than the old one, the colt became unmanageable but witness said he was sure it could not jump the gate, Charles Micklefield, a lad, said he was leading the colt by it's halter when it was frightend by some children shouting and broke away from him, he ran after it but when he reached the gate at the crossing he found it had broke the gate and was gone. Verdict for the defendant.

September 26th 1882
On Tuesday night as the mail cart was driving towards Colchester from Sudbury to at it’s usual pace when near High Pales the residence of H.Westrop about 1 ½ miles from Bures on the Sudbury side the driver felt a severe jolt and he pulled up to see the cause when he saw a young man lying at full length across the road over which he had driven, he immediately blew his horn and assistance came and the youth was taken to Mr Whistler’s surgery at Bures when it was found the injured man was Albert Dennis from Clare and he was an apprentice to Mr John Hunt of the china and fancy ware shop at Sudbury, the youths legs were bruised but he was comparatively little injured and he could not give any account of the reason he was lying in the road

July 12th 1887
There was a fatal accident at Bures railway station late on Thursday night when Edward Smith a married man aged 50 years an engine driver from Bergholt road in Colchester and a native of Sudbury was killed. A pilot or additional engine was attached to a heavy excursion train travelling from Clacton to Mildenhall to assist in the gradients between Sudbury and Colchester. The engine was detached at Sudbury and was making it's way back to Colchester, when approaching Bures level crossing, the gates of which were closed, the engine stopped and the fireman got down to help the gatekeeper to open the gates, when the engine got through the driver got down and the three men were engaged in conversation when for some reason the brakes became released, seeing this Smith ran to the gates to throw them open, he opened one gate but was caught between the buffers and the gate while attempting to open the second gate, he was severely crushed and died instantaneously. Accidental death.

April 2nd 1889
During the week two fine otters were caught in the river Stour between Bures and Sudbury by two bargemen, William Newell and Charles Norman junior. One of the otters weighed 22© lbs the other 20lb.
They are now on view at the Angel Hotel, one of the otters has since died.

April 2nd 1890
Mount Bures. On Wednesday morning Arthur Newman a farmer of Mount Bures was alleged to have attempted to burn down the house of his mother in law, in consequence of his behaviour several people have commenced to move house. Caroline Newman said the prisoner is a cousin of mine, he passed the cottages at about 10 on the evening of 22nd inst and he swore at the inmates and said he would find his wife who had left him or he would burn the cottages down. The chairman instead of being sent for trial he would be bound over in the sum of £100 for 6 months. Enoch Martin of Belchamp aged 24 was charged with failing to send his child George to school. 1s with 4s 6d costs.


January 20th 1891
Richard Cook the innkeeper of the Thatchers Arms at Mount Bures was charged with unlawfully selling whisky without a licence. The landlords, Steward and Pattisson of Colchester and Norwich were negotiating a licence. To apologise and pay the costs.

December 11th 1897
Cricketers tea at Cavendish. On Tuesday evening at the White Horse Hotel the club held a meeting and a tea, the club had played 22 matches, won 11, lost 10 and drawn 1, their veteran captain, J.Chinery made a splendid 50 not out at Bures and C.Bullock and H.Thornton did the hat trick, the bat given by Mr C.Hammond for best batting average goes to Mr Ryman of Foxearth with an average of 15

October 27th 1900
Thomas Potkins, labourer and William Keeble, labourer and John Keeble, baker of Bures St Mary were charged with stealing tools, valued at 12s, belonging to George Pilgrim a bricklayer who said he went into the Horseshoes public house in Bures and he left his bag outside on the doorstep, soon after the three prisoners arrived, after they were gone he missed his tools. 3 months hard labour each.

March 11th 1901
A shock discovery was made on the railway line at Sudbury early on Sunday morning by James Sargent who was going to work at Mr Allen's maltings when he discovered a body which was horribly mutilated with the head and legs severed from the body, it is supposed by a detached engine. A telegram addressed to Harry Warden of Bures was found on the body. Deceased was 34 years of age and living with his brother at Moat farm.

January 14th 1902
Charles Norman aged 62 years was charged with stealing two bags of Californian barley from a barge valued at £ 2, the property of Messrs Allen at Bures St Mary and William Elliston aged 32 years a malster and William Brightwell aged 70 were charged with receiving the barley knowing it to have been stolen at Sudbury and Gt Cornard.

July 29th 1902
There was an inquest at the Angel Inn at Bures St Mary on the body of Elsie Pilgrim aged 65 landlady of the Angel. Basil Pilgrim said he had assisted deceased for 15 years and that he had found her partly clothed body lying on the club room floor with her throat cut and a razor lying nearby. She had a relative in the asylum and another who had tried to commit suicide. Temporary insanity.

April 27th 1903
Charles Malyon was charged with being drunk in charge of a waggon and horses on the Bures road. P.C.Brinkley said he had information that a man in charge of a waggon and horses was drunk at Mr Baker's mill at Cornard and Mr Baker sent for the police. Defendant said he was going alright when stopped by the police. 2s 6d-7s costs.

September 13th 1905
Died at St Leonard’s hospital, Sudbury, on September 9th from injuries received in South Africa, Claud Scrope Jervis, Hon. Lieutant in army, late sharpshooter Imperial, son of the Rev and Mrs Jervis of Bures Vicarage in his 30th year.


January 8th 1919
Bures. Back from Hunland, a number of soldiers who have been P.O.W.’s in Germany have arrived back in Bures, one man has been a prisoner since September 1916, they complained bitterly about the cruel treatment they received which their appearance bears out.

June 25th 1919
On Tuesday evening a fatality occurred in the River Stour at Bures where there is a prisoner of war camp, the men were taking part in a bathing parade at a place called “the jump” when one of the prisoners got into difficulties and was brought to the bank and revived by artificial respiration when it was found another man was missing, his body was not recovered until sometime later.
Deceased was a Hanoverian aged 39, his name was Karl Volker.

January 6th 1921
FORDSON TRACTOR-22 H.P.- DELIVERED TO PURCHASER £ 235---BRAND AND CHURCH----AGENTS---BURES.

October 16th 1918
Melford War Agricultural Committee. Attention was called to the order that women are not to be allowed to work with prisoners but must be engaged on another part of the farm. Mr Miller called attention to the number of stacks unthatched due to difficulty in getting threshing machines, seed was also in short supply. It was reported that all the German prisoners were at work and that no more prison camps to be formed at present, the secretary directed to write to the Food Production Department that 30 men were required in the Bures Assington area and camps should be set up in that area. Farmers were pleased to hear that the soldier ploughmen belonging to agricultural companies are not to be withdrawn at present and every effort was being made to find more skilled soldier ploughmen to assist with the autumn work.

March 8th 1916
Mr George Page of Bures Hamlet regrets owing to one son in the army and the second now being compelled to join and his own ill health, he will be unable to travel his two Suffolk stallions in the coming season.

February 16th 1916
There was an inquest at Wakes Green, Chappell, on the death of Philip Root, aged 62 of Wakes Green. On Tuesday, Root was found in a dying condition in a lane, he had been with the threshing gang all the previous day and had left off at 5-30 am and went to the Thatchers Arms and had three pints of beer, he did not go home, next morning he was found in a dying condition by men going to work, they informed the police. Mrs Harriet Root, mother of the deceased, said her son was unmarried and was usually employed with the threshing machine, some years ago, on a Bank holiday, he had been stabbed in the head by a gypsy and nearly killed, since then he had been not quite right, he used to take too much beer sometimes and would not go home, he slept rough, he suffered from neuralgia lately. On Monday morning he went to work at 6am and she did not see him until they brought him home dead the next morning.
Harry Leatherdale, a machine minder of Chappell, said deceased came to work at 6-45 in the morning and left off at 5-30pm, he said he was going to Mount Bures for a pint, next morning the deceased's bag was found lying near the farmyard. Chronic heart disorder hastened by exposure.

February 26th 1916
A newspaper report has been forwarded to us from Portland U.S.A., reporting the wedding of Mr William White of Bury St Edmunds to Miss Hermie Brand daughter of Mr J.E.Brand of Bures and formerly of Belchamp Walter where he was a well known farmer.

August 13th 1913
At a special meeting of Halstead Bench, Marquis Dassie, a poultry farmer of " Morning Dawn" at Mount Bures was charged with committing a serious offence against Emily Smith aged 19, a domestic servant in his employ. The complainant said that she was washing up the breakfast things in the kitchen when the prisoner shouted " where are my boots", she replied upstairs, he went upstairs and could not find them, she went upstairs and when she reached the top of the stairs he pushed her into a bedroom where he committed an offence. For trial.

January 29th 1911
One of the barge horses used in towing the barges belonging to Messrs Allen of Sudbury, while attempting to jump on to a barge slipped and fell into the river at Bures, despite strenuous efforts by the bargemen it was drowned.


January 9th 1911
The death took place at Bures of Herbert Pilgrim aged 10 years old son of George Pilgrim of Bures. It appears that the little fellow was assisting to turn the cows belonging to Mr Chambers from the street into the yard when he was knocked down by a cow, he did not complain in any way but died the next day. Compression of the brain

April 26th 1911
Miss L.Walsh, a teacher at Belchamp Walter school was cycling home to Bures on Friday night and was riding down Kitchen Hill at Bulmer when a child dashed across the road, she applied the brakes and fell incurring slight injuries.

June ? 1907
A furrow drawing match took place at Bures on May 30th, 22 competitors taking part.Prizes were given by Messrs Bentall and Company and nine other prizes were given by local farmers and gentry of the parish. The following were prize winners in order-H.Marshall-E.Cansdale- G.Cook-M.Cardy-T.Cook-T.Hartley-A.Fisher-T.Fenner-A.Marshall and J.Marshall. Great interest was taken in the match and was witnessed by a large number of persons. The farmers were represented by Jonathan Warden and John Garrod. Broad field was kindly lent by Mr H.Turner of Corn Hall for the match.


January 1st 1908
A young journeyman baker, Frederick Harrison of Bures appeared in the dock at Halstead charged with burgariously entering Moss's farm house at Alphampstone, occupied by an old couple and their grandson named Johnson and stealing £ 50 in gold and a silver verge clock. The said Bench that there was grave suspicion against defendant but not enough evidence for him to be sent for trial.


December 5th 1935
Bures cricket club held their annual meeting and supper and were honoured with the company of one of the best all rounder in cricket, Mr Maurice Nicholls the Essex and England all rounder who gave an account of his tours in Australia, India and the West Indies.

November 14th 1935
Dorothy Ellen Bird, a domestic servant was accused of murdering her newly born female daughter at Borley on January 2nd 1934
Detective Sergeant Fabian of New Scotland Yard, said he went to Ropers Farm, Bures, where accused was employed as a domestic servant and spoke to the accused. She replied that a child was born and that is all I know about it. Remanded.


October 22nd 1942
A slaughterhouse was damaged in a hit and run raid in East Anglia on Monday morning last week, Reginald Drury aged 34 succumbed to his injuries shortly afterwards, Walter Smith and Harold Webber were detained in hospital, Sidney Beadle and Harry Symonds received hospital treatment for their slight injuries sustained, Gordon Drake and Cyril Wisbey also received treatment. (Probably Bures)


December 3rd 1942
Frank Ollis, a Private in Bures Home Guard was sentenced to two weeks hard labour on each of four charges of absenting himself from Home Guard parades.

April 1st 1943
Sgt Harry Warden of Bures an N.C.O. in a famous regiment has been killed in North Africa.


July 22nd 1943 (War)
Mrs Carpenter of Bures Road, Sudbury has received notice that her husband Pte R.Carpenter is safe and well.

January 6th 1944
Mrs Ellen Welham of “Copeland”, Colchester road, Bures, has received information that her husband is a P.O.W., she has had no word of him for two years.News has been received that Flight Sergeant A Twitchett is reported missing, he is the youngest son of Mr and Mrs G. Twitchett of “The Garth” Bures.

September 14th 1944
Information has been received that Sgt Harold Mills R.A.F. is reported killed in France, his wife is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Collar of Cuckoo Hill, Bures.


May 17th 1945
Warrant Officer Eric Holmes of Bures has been restored to his family after two years in P.O.W. camps, he was reported missing from operations over enemy territory in April 1943.

May 10th 1945
One of the earliest “fly bombs” to arrive in this country landed at Bures St Mary on a June afternoon in 1944, the result was the breaking of a few windows at Victory Hall and an army hut was moved off it’s foundations,

January 24th 1946
Mr and Mrs Alfred Clampin of Station Road in Bures have received official notice that their son Spencer Clampin who was reported missing at the fall of Singapore is believed to have lost his life as a result of enemy action on February 14th 1942.

March 11th 1948
Sudbury police have a large quantity of clothing on their hands, the property was taken from a German P.O W., Gerhart Engler, formerly of Acton Camp who had escaped from close detention at Hardwicke camp, he had committed many crimes in the Hartest-Somerton area. Supt Butcher said had arrested Gerhart at Bures and recovered two suitcases of property, he was handed over to the military authorities at Colchester but he escaped again. In January he had appeared at Middlesex Sessions and some of the property recovered then had labels on from large stores in Croydon, he is now serving 18 months in Wandsworth.


May 2nd 1950
Mr Ambrose of Bures found his garden was being undermined by moles, he set a trap which was capable of holding a mole each end, the following morning to his amazement he discovered a mouse in one end and weasel in the other, the weasel appeared to have been following the mouse.

August 6th 1952
At a meeting of Bures St Mary parish council Mr Fred Smith drew attention to the excessive noise made by men carrying out night soil collection on behalf of Melford Rural District Council, last Friday said Mr Smith they arrived outside my house at 3—10 am with a large motor vehicle, as the engine was still running at 3-50 I got up and went outside to find the men asleep in the cab, by way of explanation the driver said they have to have a break sometime and if they stopped the engine he would be unable to start it again.

May 3rd 1956
Foxes during the severe winter have caused heavy losses of poultry in the Stour valley, there are reported to have attacked young lambs at Hepworth Hall near Halstead belonging to Mr W. Anderson and two young lambs were killed by foxes at Ferriers farm belonging to Mrs E.Ewers of Bures and also she has lost at least a dozen head of poultry,

Reproduced courtesy of The Foxearth and District Local History Society
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