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Huntingdon, Bedford & Peterborough Gazette - Saturday 23 January 1830 p3 Benefits from the Rector
The Rev Samuel Smith of Dry Drayton in this County regaled his poor parishioners during the Christmas Holidays with a fine ox which was slaughtered and distributed amongst them. He has also conferred more lasting benefit upon the parish, by causing a well to be built for the general accommodation of the village. (Where was this?)


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 26 February 1830 p3 Inquest

An inquest was taken at Dry Drayton on Saturday last before John Ingle Esq, Coroner for the County, on the body of Elizabeth Parish, an infant, about four years old, who, being left in the house in the company of another child, still younger, was, on the mother's return a short time afterwards, found burnt in so shocking a manner that after lingering about three hours in great agony, the poor child expired. Verdict, accidental death.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 23 April 1830 p3, sale of livestock

260 sheep, 15 cows and heifers, &c &c Dry Drayton. To be sold by auction by Elliot Smith, on the premises of Mr. Thomas Hallack, declining his dairy, on Tuesday the 4th May, 1830, exactly at three o'clock in the afternoon; 160 prime Leicester Hoggets, 40 Wethers, very fresh, and 60 Ewes; 15 young Cows and Heifers, principally in full profit, and which, all being bred upon the Farm, can be assured of very superior quality, and highly deserving of notice; a young Bull, Sow and Pigs, &c. Six months' credit on approved joint security. Catalogues may he had at the Red Lion, Royston and Linton; Falcon, St.Neots; and of Elliot Smith, Cambridge. N B. A Round of Reef will be on the table exactly at two o'clock.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 30 April 1830 p4 Poor Law appeal

APPEALS. Dry Drayton appellants, Barrington respondents. Mr. Pryme, for the respondents, proved the pauper to have a derivative settlement in the appellant parish as the legitimate son of John Hines, who was born in that parish as a bastard.—Mr. Gunning, for the appellants, contended that not only was the father a bastard, but the pauper also, in consequence of the marriage, of which he was the issue, being illegal, and therefore that he was chargeable to the respondent parish in which he was born. The circumstances of the case were rather peculiar:—About thirty-two years ago John Hines, the father, was a soldier in the Cambridgeshire Light Dragoons, and the regiment was for some time stationed in Scotland, where he became acquainted with a female named Jane Creary, who was afterwards pregnant by him. The regiment was removed to Coleraine, in Ireland, whither the female followed him, and after a short time they were married at a private house, and continued to live together for a short period, when Hinds left the regiment and returned to this county, leaving his wife behind. In a very short time he married his present wife, the mother of the pauper, with whom he still continues to live at Barrington. In the year 1814, Jane Creary came over to England, and having ascertained the residence of Hines, insisted upon some settlement; the parties went before a magistrate, and the husband consented to allow her two shillings and sixpence a week, which Mr. Gunning contended was a recognition of the former marriage, and therefore rendered the present an illegal one, the first wife having died only two years since. The learned Counsel then called John Hines, and was proceeding to examine him in proof of the above statement, when the witness was cautioned by the Court that he need answer no question which would tend to criminate himself, and render him liable to an indictment for bigamy. The witness therefore refused to state whether he was married in Ireland or whether he had any children by Jane Creary, but acknowledging that he did occasionally allow 2s. 6d. week after her coming to England. Two other witnesses, one a corporal, the other a private in the regiment when stationed at Ireland, stated that they remembered John Hines and Jane Creary being acquainted, they had frequently seen them together, and they passed as man and wife, but they could not say that they were ever married, or that any ceremony was performed.-— The appellants having therefore failed to prove a former marriage, the order was confirmed.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal Friday 14th May 1830 p3 Sale

Live and dead farming stock, Dry Drayton, to be sold by auction by Elliot Smith. On Friday the 21st May 1830, at four o'clock in the afternoon, on the premises of Mrs Ann Prime, who is leaving her farm. (Where was this?) Four young bay cart mares, bay pony, 4 cows and 10 store pigs; 2 iron armed market carts, ditto 5 in wheel Road ditto, 6 in wheel, tumbrel cart, dung ditto, very good iron armed narrow wheel waggon, 5 ploughs, harness, and effects. Catalogues may be had of Elliot Smith.

Cambridge Chronicle 4 June 1830, P3, Building Materials of Mansion House

To be sold by auction by Elliot Smith, next Wednesday afternoon, June 9th 1830, exactly at 3 o’clock.

The principal part of the materials composing of the Mansion House, (Where was this?) just taken down, and which will be found highly deserving the attention of persons about to build, or to make alterations; consisting of several pairs of excellent sashes and frames, numerous doors, a large quantity of framed wainscoting, several flights of wainscot stairs, chimney pieces, a large quantity of sound oak and fir scantling, excellent floor boards etc. Etc. Catalogues may be had at the Crown St. Ives; Falcon St. Neots; Lamb Ely; and of Elliot Smith, Cambridge.


Cambridge Chronicle 31 December 1830 P3 Rev Smith gives poor a bullock

Last week the Rev S.Smith, Rector of Dry Drayton, with his usual liberality, gave to the poor inhabitants, a bullock. Nearly 200 bushels of coals have also been distributed to the poor of that parish out of the funds of a charity.


Cambridge Chronicle, 11 March 1831, P2 Death Rev Samuel Smith

On Friday last, in his 27th year, the Rev Samuel Smith MA, Rector of Dry Drayton, in this County, eldest son of the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 22 April 1831 p3

Four Horses, Eleven Cows, Waggon, Carts. &c. &c. Dry Drayton. Sold by Auction, by Elliot Smith, the premises of Mr.Thomas Elwood, leaving Dry Drayton, on Friday Afternoon, April 29th, 1831, at four o'clock. A capital 4-year-old Bay Filly, by Mr. Johnson's (of Burwell) horse, out of a famous hunting mare; a grey 6-year-old Nag Mare, quiet in harness; 5-year-old brown Mare; and a useful 5-year-old fast-trotting black Horse, quiet in harness; Eleven beautiful Cows and Heifers, some in full profit and others near Calving; capital narrow-wheel Waggon with double and single shafts, ladder and tilt, iron-armed road-cart, dung cart, butcher's cart, bushel measure, and other barn implements, &.C &c. For ready money. Catalogues may had at the public-houses in the neighbourhood, and of Elliot Smith, Cambridge.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 23 September 1831 p2 Game

Manor of Dry Drayton. The game on this Manor being preserved, qualified persons are requested not to sport thereon, and all unqualified persons found trespassing will be dealt with according to law.

Cambridge Chronicle 17 August 1832 P2, Inquest on Child

An inquest was held at Dry Drayton, on Monday last, before Mr Twiss, on view of the body of Mary Ann Binge, a child about six years old, who was unfortunately run over that afternoon by two horses drawing an empty cart, and killed on the spot. No blame appeared to be attributable to the driver of the cart, the accident happening at a very abrupt corner of the road, and the poor child, who was playing with others, being bewildered by the sudden approach of the horses, ran directly in their way, and was run over before it was possible to stop them – verdict, accidental death.


Cambridge Chronicle 14 September 1832, P2. Inquest

An inquest was held on Friday at Dry Drayton, before Mr Twiss, one of the Coroners for this county, touching the death of John Willmott, of that parish, who about 6 o’clock of the morning of that day dropped down dead whilst in the act of dressing himself. The jury found that he died by the visitation of God.


Cambridge Chronicle 4 January 1833, P2, Rev Smith gives bullock to the poor.

On Friday 21st ult. the Rev Dr. Smith, Rector of Dry Drayton, gave a bullock to the poor of that parish, and on Monday following charitably distributed 220 bushels of coals.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 09 August 1833 Sale

72 prime Leicester Sheep and lambs, 2 strong cart horses 2 useful cows, stacks of wheat, hay and haulm, growing crops, farming implements, household furniture and effects, Dry Drayton, to be sold by auction by Elliot Smith and Son, on Tuesday next the 13th August 1833 at eleven o'clock on the premises of Mr Handscome, deceased. The farming stock and implements comprise 36 young Ewes, 35 fine Lambs, 2 Cart horses, 2 cows, Scotch tumbril, market cart, (each with copse and ladders), fallow and seed ploughs, shaft roll, harrows, 15 dozen hurdles, sacks, grindstone and frame, harness. Five and a half quarters of Beans, small quantity of Oats and Barley, stack of 1832 and 1833 Hay, Stack of new wheat, the produce of 8 Acres, ditto of Haulm. The growing crops comprise Six Acres of Barley, Eight and a Half Acres Beans, three roods of Oats, and the fruit in Three Orchards. A few lots of useful Furniture, Casks, and Dairy Utensils. Catalogues may be had on the premises at the public houses in the neighbourhood and of Elliot Smith and Son, Cambridge.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 10 January 1834 p4. Quarter Sessions

(Report on Quarter Sessions) Benjamin Symonds (32) who had totally lost his hearing was discharged. The prisoner had threatened to burn down the premises of Mr Phypers of Dry Drayton, and to assault him, but the prosecution did not appear.


Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle - Sunday 23 February 1834 p4 Payment for geese
The Tailor and His Geese.—ln the Court of Exchequer, on Tuesday, a person named Silk brought an action against two persona named Throesby and Brookes, to recover 67L. for geese consigned to the defendants. The plaintiff was a tailor, but finding that his iron goose was not very profitable, determined to endeavour to feather his nest by trading in the real flesh and blood, geese. He established himself at Dry Drayton, near Cambridge, and became a great consigner of geese: he forwarded them in flats or cases to the defendants, who are extensive salesmen in Leadenhall-market. The defendants refused to pay a claim of 67L. on the ground that the plaintiff was in partnership with his father-in-law, Matthew Usedale, also an extensive consigner of geese to the London market, who was Indebted to them 80L.— The old man (Usedale) was called, and having proved himself not to be partner, and that he bad altogether retired from business, the Jury, under the direction of his Lordship, returned a verdict for the plaintiff.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 11 July 1834 p2 Quarter Sessions

Joseph Leeds (22) was charged with stealing nine fowls, the property of Mr Randall, dairyman, of Dry Drayton. The prisoner having been arraigned, and no one appearing against him, he was discharged.


Perry's Bankrupt Gazette - Saturday 19 July 1834 p5
Court House Cambridge 19th July, Anable, Henry of Dry Drayton, bricklayer.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 20 February 1835 p3. Farm sale.

Farm to let. Late in the occupation of Mr Swann Hurrell, deceased. To be let and entered upon at Old Lady Day next, a farm situate at Dry Drayton, known by the name of the New Farm, (Where was this?) bounded by the turnpike Road from Cambridge to St. Neots. It contains 525A (more or less) of land, chiefly arable, of which about 185Acres are in crop for the outgoing tenant, 210 A in seeds of one or two years growth, 62A fallow, 38A permanent pasture, laid down within the last 15 years, The quantity of old leys not to be plowed up is about 30A. There is a capital House with a well of excellent water and every requisite building, conveniently placed nearly in the centre of the farm, with good roads on all sides. The distance from Cambridge is six miles; from St. Neots, 12; from St. Ives, 10. The farm is in a very good state of cultivation For further particulars, apply to Mr F.Eburn at Dry Drayton, who will shew the land. If by letter, post paid.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 27 March 1835 p4 Shooting

Report on the Assize Court. John North Jeaves (20) was charged with unlawfully and maliciously shooting at and wounding William Chamberlain, in the parish of Childerley. The case occupied a very short time. The prisoner it appeared was gamekeeper in the parish, and early on the morning of the 31st of August last, he went out with his gun accompanied by another man, named Shadbolt; they saw Chamberlain and man named Rosin, (who in cross-examination acknowledged they had been taking up some snares) and called to them to stop, which they refused to do, and he fired his gun, and several of the shot perforated the skin of one of the prosecutor’s legs, but he walked forward to a house nearly a mile and half off. Shadbolt stated that the prisoner pointed his gun, for a minute, and might have shot at them much sooner if he had chosen.— Verdict, guilty —one month’s imprisonment. [In an earlier newspaper report, 13 March 1835, listing cases at the forthcoming Assize Chamberlain and Rosin were stated as being from Dry Drayton].


Cambridge Chronicle 22 May 1835, P3, Sale – Farm-house.

To be sold by auction by Elliot Smith and Son. At the Red Lion Inn, Petty Cury, Cambridge, on Saturday 27th June 1835, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon (by direction of the Trustees to sell under the will of John Haggerston, Esq, of the Manor House, Cambridge, deceased).

In one lot all that substantial brick and tiled farm house, with barns, stables, dove house, and sundry closes of old pasture and allotments of excellent arable land (tither free), most eligibly situated for farming, very near the village, and containing by admeasurement 147A 2R 25P now in the occupation of Richard Kidman; (Where was this?) a small portion freehold and the residue copyhold of the Manors of Coventry and Crowlands. Dry Drayton is situate within five miles of Cambridge, and within half a mile of the turnpike road leading to St. Neots and Huntingdon. Printed particulars may be had, 21 days before the sale at the Cross Keys, St. Neots; George, Huntingdon; White Horse, St. Ives; Lamb, Ely; Old Crown, Royston; No 16 Lower Holborn, London; of Messrs. Evans, Archer and Evans Ely; and of Elliot Smith and Son, Cambridge, at whose office a plan of the estate may be seen.


Cambridge Chronicle 5 February 1836, P2 Inquest, John Desborough

An inquest was held on Saturday last at Dry Drayton, by Mr Twiss, one of the Coroners for the County, upon a poor man named John Desborough, who was found dead in a lane in that parish. He was seen alone a few minutes previously, and there were no marks on his person but occasioned by the fall. Verdict, died by the visitation of God.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 29 July 1836 p3. Crop sale

Cropping. Dry Drayton, to be sold by auction by Elliot Smith and Son on Wednesday next August 3 1836 at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. 46 acres of very fine wheat, 23 and a half acres of Barley, 23 and a half acres of beans and peas, 25 acres of oats, and 3 and a half acres of clover, now growing on Mr. Markham's farm (Where was this?) at the Cambridge entrance to Dry Drayton. The straw to be consumed on the farm and barn room will be allotted to the respective purchasers for thrashing out their lots. Six months credit upon approved joint security. Catalogues may be had at the Black Horse Dry Drayton, White Horse Comberton, Cottenham, Oakington, Willingham, Swavesey and Girton, Bull Longstanton and of Elliot Smith and Son. The company are requested to meet at the Thirty-Acre Piece exactly at four o'clock.


Cambridge Chronicle 21 January 1837 P2, Charge of Felony on two persons named Vialls and Silk.

A singular charge of Felony was heard before the Magistrates of this Town on Thursday last, it being a complaint preferred by Mr. Hall, a farmer and grazier, of Chatteris, against two persons named Vialls and Silk, of Dry Drayton, in this County for having defrauded him of twenty-seven sheep. It appeared that the parties had dealt together for about five years and on Monday week they had a settlement, when it turned out that a balance of 46L was due to Hall, and he told Vialls he should not sell him any more sheep until the amount was paid.


On Monday last they met at St. Ives market and Hall sold Vialls the above number of sheep, but said he did not intend he should take them away without the money, but he did not repeat the former conversation about paying the balance, and shortly after the sheep were driven away: The Mayor said, he considered it a bona fide bargain, and dismissed the case.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 01 April 1837 p2. Debtor

Insolvent debtor's Court, Cambridge 21 March 1837. William Vialls, late of Dry Drayton, butcher, was opposed in person by Mr. Wm. Nix, of Somersham Fen, and after a lengthened investigation into the insolvent’s dealings, particularly within a recent period, and the insolvent not appearing to have accounted for property of which he had been in possession a short time previous to, and at the time of his arrest; the learned Commissioner ordered the case to he adjourned to the next circuit for the insolvent to file new special balance sheet and to amend his schedules in other respects.


Cambridge Chronicle 5 August 1837, P3. Sale Horse Shoes Pub.

The old established and extensive brewery of Messrs Steward, Cotton and Co together with forty eight public houses in the town and neighbouthood. To be sold by Auction by Elliot Smith and Son ad Joseph Wentworth (who are jointly employed upon this occasion) at the Eagle Inn in Cambridge, on Friday the 25th August 1837 at 10 o’clock in the forenoon.

Lot 1. The Horse Shoes, Dry Drayton, freehold with a close of pasture at the back. (Where was this?)

Lot 2 An allotment of arable land in Dry Drayton next to the driftway leading to Longstanton.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 10 February 1838 p3

80 Ash & 120 Elm Timber Trees, And 1,500 Larch Spires, Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire, To be sold by auction by Elliot Smith and Son, on Thursday, the 22nd of February, 1838. (To commence at half-past Ten o'clock, in Toft Field, by the side of Hardwick Road.) 1,500 Larch Spires, very long and straight, in Lots of 20 each. TIMBER. (To commence at One o'clock, in Field adjoining Dry Drayton Church.) 80 very fine Ash Trees, many of them very clean, and fit for Coach-makers' and wheelwrights' use; also 120 excellent Elm Trees, suitable for almost every purpose. Catalogues may be had at the public-houses Dry Drayton; Two-pot House, St. Neots road, Leeds Arms, Eltisley; Falcon, St. Neots; Horse-Shoes, Godmanchester; Crown, St. Ives; George, Fenstanton; White Horse, Swavesey, Cottenham, Oakington, Girton, and Milton; Bull, Toft, Longstanton, and Landbeach; Admiral Vernon. Over; George, Willingham; Rose & Crown, Waterbeacb; and of Elliot Smith & Son, Cambridge.


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