ADDENDA ET CORRIGENDA.
Page xiii. The liberty of St. Edmund no longer returns a distinct grand jury.
That privilege was abolished in the summer of 1839, on the removal of the assizes once
a year to Ipswich.
Besides the fine estate on the fen and common, the town of Beccles is possessed of
102a. 0r. 1p. of land, let in 1846 for £250. This property has been held and
managed by feoffees from a very ancient date, though no records are existing to
show how and when the town first acquired it. The proceeds are annually applied
for parochial purposes. An old feoffment book, commencing in 1636, and ending
in 1757, containing the receipts and disbursements of the rents arising from this
property, has been discovered in a lumber-room in the house of Thomas Farr, Esq.,
since the publication of the account of Beccles. The names of many families still
residing in the town and its environs appear among the lists of feoffees, as those of
Crowfoot, Elmy, Leman, Farr, and Rede, &c. Its pages contain some very curious
notices illustrative of the manners and incidents of the times, especially those connected
with the civil war in the reign of Charles I., when Beccles furnished soldiers for the
expedition against the Scots in 1639.
|1639.||Item, given to Burton, by the consent of the Ffeoffees, at his goeing into
Scotland to serve in the Towne Armes||2||10||0|
|Item, paid to Burton for three daies trayning before hee went into Scotland,
the some of||0||3||0|
|Item, to Mr. Gosling for a suite of clothes for Burton when hee was to goe
into Scotland, ye some of||0||18||7|
|Item, to William Warner for a capp for Burton at his going||0||2||8|
|Item, paid for a shirt for Burton before hee went into Scotland, for him to
|Item, paid for a payre of hose for him to goe into Scotland||0||2||8|
|Item, for two payre of shooes for him when he went awaie||0||5||1|
|Item, given to Burton's wyfe by ye consent of the ffeoffees, the some of||0||10||0|
|Item, paid to old Beane for scowring ye towne armes before they went into
Scotland, ye some of||0||1||6|
From the next entry it would appear that Burton had not sustained the honour of
Beccles in the Scottish wars so successfully as was probably desired, for we find him
returning sick, and deprived of his sword.
|Item, given to Burton at his returne from Scotland, being sent a waie in ye
Towne Armes, and comeing home sicke, and not able to worke, and for
his sword hee bought, his owne being taken a waie, yesome of||0||8||0|
Notwithstanding this misadventure, Burton seems to have sustained some
"apostolic blows and knocks" from his presbyterian opponents, as the next item
|Item, paid to Matt. Caston for newe lyning the Towne Armes wch came out
of Scotland wth leather, and for skowring them||0||10||0|
From the same record we gather that Beccles paid £1. 15s. 7d. towards the
ship-rate, raised in 1639. In 1649, John Elmy, an ancestor, in all probability, of the
family of that name, lately extinct in the male line, at Beccles, received £2. 11s. 6d.
for going to the siege of Colchester, then held, in favour of the King, by those gallant
royalists, Sir Charles Lucas and Sir George Lisle. In the following year, 1650, the
town participated in the benefit of democratic government by paying £2. 6s. as a
quarter's rate towards maintaining the Parliamentarian army.
There appears from the same authority to have been a market cross formerly
at Beccles, for, in 1639, the feoffees paid a considerable sum towards its reparation.
|Item, to John Bennington, ye mason, for worke done by him about ye
Crosse, ye some of||0||13||0|
|Item, to him for bringing xxxxiiij bushells of lyme from ye Stath to ye
|For bringing thirteen hundred bricks from Barsham|
|Item, to Goodman Barber, of Barsham, to mende ye Crosse, and for fetching
two loads of sand and a loade of lyme from ye Stath, ye some of||0||6||0|
|Item, paid to Mr. Suckling for ye bricks wch was used about ye Crosse in
repayring of it||1||2||3|
|Item, paid to Amos Carter, for lyme and other things received of him, the
some of £1. 5s. 3d., as appeereth by his bill, wch was used aboute
mending the crosse, and the other towne houses||1||15||3|
|1688.||May. Pd. Gisleam for ringing for his highnesse Prince George, when he
passed through this towne in returne from Denmarke||0||5||0|
Upon the rebuilding of Beccles jail, about forty years since, the feoffees granted a
lease of the site, which was part of their estate, for a term of nine hundred and ninetynine years.
Page 98.—After passing from the Garneys, the manor of Weston became
the estate of the Wards of Bixley, near Norwich. The court books commence
in 1694. In 1704, Sir Edward Ward was lord. He married Barbara Gooch, who
survived him, and was lady of this manor in 1721. Sir Edward had one son,
Edward, who married a Miss Randall. He died, leaving two sons, Edward and
Randall, and one daughter, Susanna, who were successively owners of the manor.
Susanna Ward was heiress of Sir Randall Ward, who survived his brother Edward.
About 1760 she married the Earl of Roseberry, and died in a year or two afterwards.
The Earl then became, and continued, lord of the manor of Weston until about 1809,
when he sold it to Thomas Farr, Esq., of Beccles.
Page 207, line 2.—For 'Oxford' read 'Cambridge.'
Page 245, line 20.—For 'March' read 'January.'
Page 248, line 13.—For 'within' read 'without.'
Page 358.—Since the account of Fritton church has been printed, I have been
favoured with the following note from the Rev. J. Cubitt, the Rector: "If not
too late, I should feel obliged if you will insert under the head of Fritton, that the
anomalous wooden pedestal and silver bowl for a font have been supplanted by a
Norman font in stone, a copy of the one at Hartland, Devonshire, as detailed in the
Oxford illustrations of baptismal fonts."
Printed By W. Hughes,
King's Head Court, Gough square.