On This Day In History

On This Day In History

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On this day in 1834:

A Report From the ‘Bury & Norwich Post’ December 3rd 1834.

On Friday night at about a quarter before nine a most destructive fire broke out in the farmyard of Mr. James Baldry of Lidgate in this county.

Mr. Baldry had not returned from a parish meeting; his bailiff who had just gone to bed ( having previously looked round the premises as usual) was alarmed by the light, and running down without his clothes let the horses and stock out of the stable and the yard.

At this time the barn was enveloped in flames and the wind being high, they rapidly extended to four stacks of wheat, one of hay, some haulm and straw and all the other outbuildings; they soon after reached the dwelling house, and also five tenements (four of them belonging to the parish) and a house in the occupation of Mr. Sollinger shopkeeper; the whole of which were destroyed – not a tinker nor a spar being left of the greater part of the buildings. The quantity of corn destroyed was nearly 400 coombs.

A part of the furniture and shopkeeper’s goods were preserved but many of those were stolen in the confusion The greatest fears were entertained for other property contiguous to the fire, and it was only by the most praiseworthy exertion of his labourers, divested by himself and his family with pails of water, wet blankets etc. that the extensive premises of Mr. Pawsey were preserved.

Flakes of fire fell continuously on the thatch of the building and straw in the yard, and one actually descended down a chimney of the dwelling house and set fire to a bung of straw in the flue which fell into the room in a blaze just as Mrs. Pawsey providentially entered.

We lament to add that no doubt is entertained of this dreadful calamity being wilfully occasioned.
Three lads were apprehend Saturday, against whom Mr. Baldry had on Friday declared his intention to procure a warrant for injuring his poultry and one of whom had previously used threatening language towards him, They were detained for examination before the Magistrates on Monday.

Mr. Baldry’s stock and the buildings, which were the property of Colonel Wollaston were partially insecure, as were also the shop which belonged to Mr. Pawsey and one of the cottages. The inmates of the cottages were likely to have loss made up by the liberality of the inhabitants and others, the family of Mr. Weatherby of Newmarket, having humanely brought a carriage full of clothing, and bedding for their relief’.

On April 8th 1834, a George Pelham, who lived in Lydgate, became the last man to be hanged in the UK, following being found guilty of starting this fire.