Mr and Mrs Hicks married during October
1945, with their first son born 6 months later.
The devastating fire was of such speed, that Ivy Hicks had to lower her
son out of the bedroom window, to Rouse her husband in the garden below.
The property possibly 17th century was timber framed and thatched, which
would succumb very quickly to any outbreak of fire.
The family then spent the next 15 months living at Ferriers, the home
of the Ewer family who kindly offered them accommodation until the property
Essex and Suffolk Free Press April 18th 1946
Bures Fire Dramatic Escape
Extract of text from the newspaper
Eighteen months ago Mr.J Rouse
Hicks Bures, married and he took his bride to live at Ravensfield,
a picturesque thatched and timbered cottage given them as a wedding
present by his step-father, Mr. E. S. Ewer, of Ferriers Farm,
Bures. Now by a sudden stroke of misfortune, this young couples
first home, into which they had put much, is no more. On Saturday
morning fire broke out there, and within half-an-hour the house
and everything in it was completely destroyed and the family are
considering themselves lucky to have escaped with their lives.
Graphically describing the tragic occurrence. Mr. Rouse Hicks
said: 'About 7 o'clock was working in my garden when I heard my
wife, who I had left in bed with our baby son, shout, the place
is fire.' I ran to the house and, opening the back door, flames
poured forth from the kitchen. Frantically I rushed round to the
front and called my wife to lower the baby out of the bedroom
window and I caught him in my arms. My wife escaped by the same
means, sustaining minor injuries. In that short time the house
was blazing inferno. "Never, said Mr, Hicks, "have
I seen anything burn quite so fast and so furiously. It
was absolutely impossible to salvage a thing. Within a matter
of minutes we had lost all our possessions. All I have got is
what stand up in and wife and baby are just left with their night
clothes in which their escape was made
ALL IS LOST
As his mind travelled back over the many hours he had spent in
making Ravensfield Cottage the home of his dreams, Mr. Hicks,
who also was slightly hurt in the leg, remarked pathetically.
"I had done so much to get the place nice, and it was nice.
I bought the best furniture. We had killed a pig and the hams
and lard were all in the house, so were our bottled fruits and
all the sugar we had been saving up for this season's jam making.
Now it is all gone. Our clothes, too, our bank books and even
our marriage certificateall have perished in the flames.
SAW FLAMES FROM FIELD
Here the story was taken up by Mr. Hicks' brother. Ivan, just
demobilised after service in the R.A.F. He told how their stepfather,
leading his sheep across the fields at Ferriers, saw the blaze
and called to him to get help. Mr. Ivan Hicks quickly telephoned
the Sudbury N.F.S. and got in touch with Mr. W. Moody, officer
in charge of Bures N.F.S.'
Smart as they were in getting to the scene, nothing they could
do was of any avail, the house was completely down. Mr. Ivan Hicks
took the young mother and her baby to Ferriers Farm, where they
are being accommodated until they can start a new home of their
own again. The N.P.S. worked for several hours pouring water onto
the smoking ruins. The cause of the outbreak is not definitely
known; but one theory is that is was due to a smouldering beam
in the chimney.
Front View :- Rouse and Ivy outside their new home
Rear view with outhouse
All that was left
:- the chimneybreast and stack
Could this have been the cottage the Hicks temporarily stayed in
Advertised by Ewers in 1932 ?
||The house was replaced
with a brick-built bungalow and the family returned to their new home
some 15 months later in June 1947.
The Bungalow was virtually on the same site as the previous property,
but standing a few yards back further from the road.
The bungalow, as it stands today in
Research by Alan Beales 06.01.2017
Acknowledgment to Ivy Hicks for her valuable contribution