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Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 10 March 1860 p5, vacancies
Wanted: a youth as groom and gardener; also a kitchen maid for a farm house. Good character. Address: Mr Barnard, Dry Drayton.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 30 June 1860 p5 Vacancy
Wanted immediately. A man to shepherd and work on the farm (small family preferred). Good cottage provided on the farm. Apply to Mr Bernard, Dry Drayton.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 14 July 1860 p4. Sale - distress for unpaid rent
Household Furniture, Carriers Cart & Horse, small stack of hay, and effects, Dry Drayton Cambs. to be sold by auction, by Charles Wisbey. On Monday next, the 16th July. 1860, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, on the premises of Mr. Alexander Bell, under a distress for rent. On view the morning of sale, and catalogues had of the Auctioneer.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 21 July 1860 p1. Sale of Manors
Valuable Manors near to Cambridge. Mr Marsh has received instructions to sell by auction at the Mart, opposite the Bank of England on Thursday July 26th at one o'clock precisely in two lots (unless previously disposed of by private contract) . The valuable Freehold Manor of Crowlands in Dry Drayton, commonly known by the name of Dry Drayton Crowlands, otherwise Dry Drayton Barnwells, with the rights, Members, and appurtenances in the County of Cambridge. There are 15 Heriots payable on death with divers copyhold houses and nearly 200 acres of land, subject to arbitrary fines; the annual value of which, at the last valuation in 1852 was estimated at £315. The total average Lord's income during the last 13 years amounts to £47 7s 7d per annum.

Also the valuable leasehold Manor of Dry Drayton, with copyhold houses, and about 164 Acres of Land, of the estimated Value of about £300 per annum, the average income for the last 14 years being £79 13s 9d per Annum. Particulars and Conditions of Sale may be had on application to Mr Marsh, Charlotte row, Mansion House; and of Mr. Remnant, 52, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the present Steward of the Manors, who will give information thereon to intending Purchasers, or their Agents.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 5th September 1860 p4. Inquest James Kester, a machine man.

An inquest was held before F.Barlow, Esq., Coroner, at Dry Drayton on Thursday last on view of the body of James Kester, machine man, who had been that morning killed by being run over by a straw elevator, drawn by two horses. It appeared that the deceased was going out with his threshing machine, to which three horses were attached and which was standing ready to start in the road opposite his house, waiting for the straw elevator to come up; and to which two young horses belonging to Mr Thompson of Dry Drayton, had been attached. The horses drew the straw elevator quickly out of the field, but when it got onto the hard road it began to rattle, which frightened the horses, and they became restive, and eventually ran away with it. The deceased, hearing something coming along the road at great speed, ran out of his house, to the road, which he had no sooner reached than the horses attached to the straw elevator passed by at full speed, knocking him down and both wheels going over his body, killed him instantly. Verdict, accidental death.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 8 September 1860 p4 Notice of forthcoming livestock sale Rectory Farm
Rectory Farm, Dry Drayton, Mann & Son are directed by the Rev. William Smith (who has let his Farms), to prepare for sale by auction, early in the ensuing Month, the whole of the Superior Live and Dead Farming Stock, comprising 14 very powerful, active, good working cart horses and colts, and a valuable blue roan Entire Cart Horse, of great symmetry, 4-years old, nearly all bred on the farm; the Herd of 24 well bred Shorthorn Cows, Heifers, and Steers; and a handsome young Bull, by " Negropont," bred by Sir Charles Knightly. The Flock of Sheep consists of about 100 Leicester Breeding Ewes, 120 half-bred Down and Leicester Hoggets, and Lambs, &c.; 16 Head of Swine, and excellent assortment of Agricultural Implements; 4-horse power Thrashing Machine, and combined Chaff Engine, by Ransome and Sims ; new within a few months. Further particulars and day of sale will be duly announced in future papers. Catalogues will be ready 14 days prior to the Sale, and may then be obtained of Mann and Son, auctioneers, land agents, and valuers, 6, Hobson-street, Cambridge.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 29 September 1860 p5. Sale of two portable steam engines.
Mann and Son are commissioned to sell, by private contract, a capital 8-horse power portable steam engine, by Clayton and Shuttleworth, and a 7-horse power ditto, by Garrett and Sons, with combined Threshing and Dressing Machines, both in good working order. Six Months’Credit will be given on approved joint security, subject to a deposit of 25 per cent, in cash. For price and further particulars, apply to Mr. Wm Phypers, Dry Drayton, upon whose Premises the Engines may be seen; or Mann and Son, 6, Hobson street, Cambridge.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 24 November 1860 p5 Crop for sale in the field
Dry Drayton, Cambs. To be sold by auction. By Walman Huckle. On Friday, Nov. 29th. 1860, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, 30 Tons of Mangold Wurtzel, In Lots of I Ton each, and 13 TONS OF CARROTS, In Lots of 10 Cwt. each. The above are very good, and are lying in a field called Dukes Wood, between Dry Drayton and Madingley, by the side of a good road, and may be seen by application to Mr. Bing of Dry Drayton.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 5 January 1861 p8 Drunkenness at the Black Horse
Petty Sessions police intelligence. Cambridge Division Petty Sessions, Saturday, December 29th (Before the Rev. J. Thornhill, H. W. Pemberton and R. O. Wale, Esqs.) Wm. Taylor, landlord of the "Black Horse," Dry Drayton, was charged with permitting drunkenness and disorderly conduct in his house, on Sunday last week. Mr. Garratt for the defendant.— William Dewick, labourer, Childerley, said he was at defendant's house on Sunday. He went in about 1 o’clock, and had three or four glasses of rum and two or three of beer. Witness did not pay for any of the grog : his mates, "two Irish chaps", paid for all.— The rum and beer seem to have had a slight effect on witness’ memory, for beyond this he knew nothing further than that he left the house and very soon afterwards measured himself in the dust or rather we should say in the snow — from which position he and his "mates" were rescued by the providential arrival of a policeman.— Defendant has never conducted his house in a loose manner: he has had the "Black Horse" for six years, during which time he has not been complained of. The witness Dewick was taken to the gaol and was given up as beyond cure by Mr. Thurnall. Mr. Stretton, the deputy chief-constable, however, although not a medical man, thought that life might be restored and applied the restoratives generally used in such cases. He also sent for Mr. Bumpstead, by whose assistance the man was restored. The other men soon got over the effect of the rum ; but Dewick had not had any similar stimulant for four years, and hence the consequence. The case against Taylor was dismissed, as it was not proved there had been any disturbance in the house, nor that he had sold an excessive amount of liquor. The magistrates, however, thought it was a very proper case to be brought before them; and highly commended the conduct of the police in the case of Dewick, who had been committed to gaol and was now again at liberty.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 24 August 1861 p5 serious farming accident
We regret to have to record a sad accident which occurred at Dry Drayton, this week, on the farm of Mr. L. E. Barnard. (Where was this?) A labourer, while employed in cutting bands for a steam thrashing machine, by some unfortunate means got his foot among the beaters, when the machine was going at full speed, and his leg completely pulled off from below the knee. He was at once conveyed to Addenbrooke's Hospital, where he received every attention his shocking case required. Amputation at the proper place was skillfully performed by Dr. Humphry, and the poor sufferer is progressing as favourably as can be expected. A similar circumstance occurred at the same farm last year, to a man employed in the same manner; he, however escaped with losing about half a foot. Both accidents occurred the first day of using the machine. These sad accidents ought not to be lost sight of by men employed on machinery. They should act as a caution; for it is really not too much to say that the great majority of these casualties occur through the carelessness of the victims themselves.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 30 November 1861 p8 Ploughing Match
Oakington, Westwick, Dry Drayton, and Longstanton Agricultural Society. The annual ploughing and draining matches in connection with this society took place at Oakington on Wednesday. There were 30 ploughs and drainers. The work was not first-rate except the draining, which could not be better. A dinner took place in the evening, at the Lion and Lamb, kept by Mr. Warboys, and the men were regaled with good dinner at the White Horse and the King's Head. the dinner at the Lion and Lamb the Rev. the Rector presided, and a very social and agreeable evening was spent. Mr. Gardner, of Histon, and Mr. Reynolds, of Coton, acted as Judges. The following is the prize list;—
First Class.
1. D. Chapman, whose master is Mr. H. Cole prize £1 10 0
2. S. Donnett whose master is Mr. J. Doggett prize £1
3. W. Willimott whose master is Mr L.Cole prize 10s
Second Class.
1. J.Rust. whose master is Mr. A. Phypers Jnr,prize £1
2. J. Thurlbourn whose master is Mr. J Linton, prize 15s
3. Isaac Carter whose master is Mr. H. Cole, prize 10s
4. C. Flood whose master is Mr. J. Linton, prize 5s
Boys class.
1. Wm. Warboys whose master is Mr. Wm. Warboys (father), prize 10s
2. P. Carter whose master is Mr. L Cole, prize 5s
Draining.
1. H. Carter whose master is Mr. J. Doggett, prize 15s
2. J. Willimott whose master is Mr. H. Cole, prize 10s
3. J. Hopkins whose master is Mr. H. Cole, prize 7s 6d
4. Jesse Thurlbourn whose master is Mr. L. Cole, prize 5s

The Secretary’s statement, during the evening, was very gratifying. It will be recollected that there was no meeting of the society last year, owing to the severity of the weather.


Cambridge Chronicle 7th December 1861 p5 Inquest, Thomas Loughton aged 57.

An inquest was held at Dry Drayton, on Friday the 6th inst, before F.Barlow, Esq., on the body of Thomas Laughton, aged 57. The deceased was threshing barley on Wednesday last in a barn on Mr Cole's farm. He was seen in the morning by a boy in the barn on his knees leaning with his hands on the hatch of the barn deer. On going to him it was found he was bleeding from the nose and a quantity of blood was observed on the floor, just under where some barley straw appeared to have slipt from the mow. Up to five years ago he had been subject to fits, and it is supposed that having got up the mow to pull down more barley-straw to thresh he was seized with one of these fits and fell to the floor, on his left temple, which was much swollen and discoloured, and rupturing a blood vessel in the head. Extravasation of blood was produced on the brain, and he died at half past eleven that morning. Verdict, “Accidentally killed by falling from a barley mow”

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 25 January 1862 p8 Inquest
Dry Drayton. Inquest. An inquest was held at the Five Bells, Dry Drayton, yesterday (Friday), before F. Barlow, Esq, coroner for the County, on view of the body of James Binge. Deceased had been engaged carting, and while riding one of the horses from the field, he was observed to fall off. He was conveyed to his home, where he remained for a short time, and eventually died from injuries received to the head. Verdict "Accidental death".

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 26 July 1862 p8 boys stealing apples
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. Samuel Anable, Walter Binge, and Thomas Ansle, three little boys, were charged with throwing sticks at the apples in Mr. Phypers orchard, and eating them. Mr Phypers, of Dry Drayton, deposed that be saw all the prisoners throwing at the apples; they were all eating, and some apples were found which corresponded with his. They were discharged, on their promising not to do so again, as Mr. Phypers did not wish to press the charge.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 6 December 1862 p6 Ploughing Match
The annual gathering of the Oakington, Dry Drayton, and Westwick Agricultural Society took place at Oakington, on Tuesday last. The weather was fine for the occasion, and admirably adapted for ploughing operations. Mr Cole, with his accustomed liberality allowed his land to be used for the contests, for which 29 ploughs were entered. The competitors were upon the ground about 9 o'clock, and set to work in earnest, the majority of the ploughs being used were those of Messrs Howard. The men were occupied for about two hours, but the land was not ploughed in that superior style which ploughmen in neighbouring counties are celebrated for, however, the work was executed in a credible manner and possessed many points worthy of commendation. But if the ploughing was not executed with that perfect skill generally observed at these rural contests, this defect was made up in the draining, which was performed so excellently that no fault could found; in fact it was pronounced to be perfection itself.

The newspaper report detailed all the after dinner toasts and responses. Prizes were awarded by the judges as follows:

First class
1. W.Willimott, employer L.Cole, prize £1.10.0.
2. D.Chapman, employer H.Cole, Dry Drayton, prize 15s
3. S.Doggett, employer A.Doggett, prize 10s

Second class
1.W.Offield, employer W.Linton, Oakington, prize £1.0.0.
2.J.Dellar, employer W.Day, prize 15s
3. R.Thurlbourn, employer J.Linton, Westwick, prize, 10s
Third class (boys)
1. A Radford, employer J.Papworth, prize 10s
2. D.Harrading, employer T.Reynolds, prize 5s
Draining
1. G.Ison, employer J.Linton, prize 15s
2. J.Willimott, employer H.Cole, prize 10s
3. J.Hopkins, employer H.Cole, prize 7/6d
Drawing
R.Thurbourn, employer J.Linton , prize 5s

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 20 June 1863 p3. Allegation of assault
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. Dry Drayton. Elizabeth Bridge of Dry Drayton was charged with assaulting Elizabeth Brooks at Dry Drayton. These persons live next door to each other and had quarrelled about a right of way.: but as it seemed to be "six of one and half a dozen of the other", the bench dismissed the case.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 8 August 1863 p4. Situation Vacant
Wanted, a man to drive an engine and work on the farm. A blacksmith with a strong boy or more will be preferred. Cottage provided. Apply to L.E.Barnard, Dry Drayton.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 20 February 1864 Theft of potatoes.
Robert Doggett, labourer, living at Oakington, was charged with stealing a small quantity of potatoes from the farm premises of Mr. Samuel Achurch, at Dry Drayton, on the 8th Feb. Prisoner on that day was employed on prosecutor's premises with a thrashing machine, and made an offer to purchase some potatoes from large heap he saw. This was declined. Shortly before the hour for leaving work, prosecutor found a coat, which he took possession of, with the pockets full of his potatoes. An inquiry was made by the prisoner for his coat, and the one that had been found with the potatoes in the pocket being produced, prisoner owned it, and admitted the theft of what the pockets contained. His defence to-day was rather aggravation of the crime, and he was sent to gaol for 14 days, being also suitably admonished by the chairman.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 16 April 1864 P8 Neglecting his master's work
William Wilson, a young labourer in the employ of Mr. L. E. Barnard, of Scotland Farm, in the parish of Dry Drayton, was charged with being guilty of misconduct in his service, by getting drunk and neglecting to attend to the horses under his charge. Mr. Barnard said he sent defendant with a load of corn to Cambridge Station at six o’clock on the morning of the 6th April, and he did not get back until past seven o’clock the same evening, and when he did return he was so drunk that he could not attend to his work. This was the second time be had so misconducted himself; upon the previous occasion he had taken him before the Rev. W. Smith, who gave him some very good advice, and defendant promised amendment, but his men were so much in the habit of behaving in this manner when sent out, he felt compelled to take these proceedings. Committed for 1 month to hard labour.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 30 April 1864 p7 Assault
William Badcock, of Dry Drayton, labourer, was charged with assaulting a young girl named Elizabeth Wing, of the same place, on April 16. Complainant said that on Saturday last she was going on an errand to the house next door to that in which prisoner lived, when she heard prisoner "lumping about" and burst out screaming at his wife. She went away, bat he came running towards her, and hit her with his fists in the face and kicked her in her sides. He never spoke to witness nor she to him; he was drunk. The defendant admitted that he was in the wrong, and said he was very sorry. He was fined £I and 18s. costs, or in default six weeks’imprisonment.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 7 May 1864 p7 beer house open after hours
Wm. Amps, beer-house-keeper, Dry Drayton, pleaded guilty, through his wife, to having his house open for the sale of beer after allowed hours, on the night of the 18th April. Defendant had been cautioned by the police before, and the Bench inflicted a fine of 5s. and costs.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 18 June 1864 p7 Malicious damage.
Cambridge Division, Petty Sessions. George Ingrey, William Huttlestone, and Webster Grover, of Dry Drayton, were charged by Mr. W. Phypers. of the same place, with doing malicious injury, to the amount of 2d., to a gate, by taking it off its hinges and removing it to another place. The defendants all pleaded guilty. It was Lolworth feast, and the men were coming home "freshy", when they took five or six gates off their hinges and threw them away. The Bench inflicted a fine of 2s. 6d. each and costs.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 30 July 1864 p4 Farm sale, Scotland Farm
Near Cambridge. Good sound landed investment. Messrs. Cobb have received instructions to sell be auction, at the Guildhall Coffeehouse, Gresham-street, London, E.C , on Monday, the 22nd day of August, 1864, at 12 o'clock, the Valuable Freehold Tithe Free Estate, called Scotland Farm, situate in the parish of Dry Drayton, about six miles from the town of Cambridge, consisting of a comfortable Farmhouse, two Cottages, with Farm Buildings (well arranged, and in good repair), and 447a. 2r. 16p. of Arable, Pasture, and Wood Land; let on lease to Mr. L. E. Barnard, for a term, of which 12 years are unexpired, at a rental of £554 per annum. Particulars, with plans and conditions of Sale, may be had at the Office of the Cambridge Chronicle, Cambridge; at the place of sale; of Messrs. Lakes Kendall, and Lake, solicitors. 10, New Square, Lincoln's Inn; and of Messrs. Cobb, surveyors and land agents, 26, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, and Rochester, Kent.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 26 November 1864 p7 Assault allegation
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. Robert Stearn and Sarah Tingley were charged with an assault on John Wing at Dry Drayton, but as the complaint appeared to be a frivolous one, the information was dismissed.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 17 December 1864 p8
The annual ploughing and draining matches between the parishes of Oakington, Westwick, Longstanton, and Dry Drayton, took place on Tuesday, the 13th inst., on land in the occupation of Mr. John Papworth. The judges were Mr. Ambrose Gardener and Mr. Chas. Papworth, of Histon. The number of ploughs entered and brought into the competition was 27. At half-past three p.m., the Society with their friends sat down to an excellent dinner, provided for them by Mr. and Mrs. Warboys, landlord and landlady of the Lion and Lamb Inn. Mr. John Linton, of Westwick Hall, occupied the chair, and Mr. Richard Papworth was vice-chairman. After dinner the Chairman proposed "The Queen, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the of the Royal Family." Mr. Linton proposed the "Judges" (Messrs. Gardener and Papworth). Mr. Gardener thanked them for the compliment, and said that was the fourth year be had been called upon to act as Judge, which shewed that he had given satisfaction, or else they would not wish him to come year after year. Mr. Gardener said that the ploughing was not good; the greater part of it was done very badly, and some of the men ought not to have had any dinner. The draining was very good, and he and his brother judge had great difficulty to tell which really was best; he thought the men ought to have had the prize-money divided amongst them. The Chairman said, that as the work was so badly done, the Committee had agreed not to give such high prizes as they intended. The men were then called in to receive their prizes.

First Class
John Rust, master Mr Phypers, prize 15s
John Peck, master A.Simons, prize 10s
Wm. Ginn, master W. Linton, prize 5s

Second Class
Joseph Bettis, master A.Phypers, prize 15s
David Harradine, master Thomas Reynolds, prize 10s
Hals Smith, master L.Cole, prize 5s

Third Class
John Childs, master J. Linton, prize 7/6d
Cropley Harradine, master J.Papworth, prize 5s
Alfred Smith (commended), master W.Linton, prize 2/6d

Draining
Jesse Thurlbourn, master T.Cole, prize 15s
W.Rogers, master A.Phypers, prize 10s
John Willimott, master H.Cole, prize 5s
G.Ison (commended) master J.Linton, prize 2/6d

Mr. Henry Cole proposed the health the Chairman and family..—Mr. Linton returned thanks.—Several other toasts were proposed and responded to, and the rest of the evening was spent in harmony.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 24 December 1864 p4 vacancy
Wanted immediately, a man to drive an engine and blacksmith on a farm, Wages 15s a week, apply L.E.Barnard, Dry Drayton.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 12 August 1865 p5. Prince of Wales Inn.
Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire. Public-House and Land, to be sold by auction, by Messrs. Mann and Raven, at the Prince of Wales Inn, on Monday, the 25th of August, 1865, at six for seven o’clock in the Evening. That Old-established Public House, known as the "Prince of Wales," in the occupation of Wm. Amps; also Cottage, Stable, Outbuildings, and ? (more or less) of out pasture land, bounded on the north and south by land of W. and T. Kidman; east by land of the Rev. Wm. Smith; and west by the Public road. Copyhold of the Manor of Crowlands. Also a Close of capital arable land, in the occupation of Wm. Amps, bounded on the north by land of Mr. W. Taylor; south by land of Mr. Warren, east by land of the Rev. Wm. Smith; and west by the Public road. Copyhold of the Manor of Crowlands. Further particulars may be had on application to E. Wayman. Esq., Solicitor, or to Mann and Raven, Auctioneers, Cambridge.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 16 September 1865 p8 Assault
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. Dry Drayton. Jessie Brickwood and Sarah Brickwood for assaulting John Dilley at Dry Drayton on 2nd September. The former fined 2s6d and costs and case dismissed against the latter. Mr Hunt for defendants.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 25 November 1865 p5 Cattle Plague
Friday evening. We regret to learn that the plague has broken out at Longstanton and Dry Drayton. [This was Cattle plague - Ed] A follow-up report in the Cambridge Independent Press- Saturday 02 December 1865 stated "Mr Reynolds of Dry Drayton has lost about 12 head of stock from plague and Mr Phypers, a neighbour, has animals attacked with it." In the same newspaper on 16th December: "At Dry Drayton all Mr Reynolds (24) are dead but we do not hear that Mr Phypers has sustained any further loss or that animals of any other person have been attacked"


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 12 May 1866 p7 Attack on informant's house
John Dilley, Isaac Impey, William Huddlestone, and Samuel Badcock were charged with breaking nine panes of glass, belonging to a laborer named William Dodson, thereby doing damage to the amount of 3s. 6d. The parties live at Dry Drayton, and a short time ago the complainant gave information to the Rev. W. Smith that a man named Glover, one of the prisoners’ friends, had shot a hare. On the night in question the defendants were congregated in a public house in the village, and agreed to go to the complainant's house and "tin kettle him", which implies that they were to get some old kettles and rattle or strike them opposite his house. They went to the complainant's house as agreed upon, and some of the company, of whom complainant identified the four defendants, threw some stones at his window, and broke nine panes, some of the stones falling on the bed of his children. The Bench considered it a very bad case, and sentenced them each to three weeks imprisonment with hard labour. Mr. Frederick Barlow prosecuted.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 26 May 1866 p4 Farmland sale
Cambridgeshire. Preliminary announcement. Mr. A. Underwood begs to announce that he has received instructions to prepare for the immediate gale of a valuable estate, in Dry Drayton. The property comprised several closes and allotments of land, in high state of cultivation, containing about 141 acres, and an excellent brick and tiled farm house, homestead and conveniences, with flower and kitchen gardens adjoining, and newly erected board and slated barns, stables, brewhouse, granaries, and outbuildings thereto belonging. Also a cottage, garden, and orchard, near thereto, all situated in the picturesque village of Dry Drayton. All of which property abuts upon good gravel roads, and the greater part it adjoins the estate lately occupied by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales (belonging to Lady King), and the whole of the same is now in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Kidman, (Where was this?) whose tenancy will expire at Michaelmas next. The Property being a short distance from the University town of Cambridge, is exceedingly desirable as well for Residential as Agricultural purposes. Full particulars are in course of preparation, and will be given in future advertisements; in the meantime, information may be obtained of Mr. Underwood, Auctioneer, Willingham, Cambs., or the office of Mr. John King Watts, Solicitor, St. Ives, Hunts.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 2 June 1866 p7 Theft
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions, Saturday. May 26. (Before the Revs. J. Thornhill, and C. Warren, Major Pemberton, and T. J. Ficklin, Esq.) Ann Huddleston, of Dry Drayton, a young woman, was charged with having stolen a quantity of calico, some dresses, a petticoat, and 2s, 6d. in money, the property of her mother, on the 16th instant. It appeared from the evidence that some four or five years ago a soldier, belonging to the Marines, was tried for bigamy, and since that time had returned to Dry Drayton, to which parish he belongs, on furlough, and induced the sister of the prisoner to elope with him. They proceeded to Chatham, and upon reaching that town the heartless vagabond turned the poor girl adrift. A few weeks ago the military gentleman again came on furlough to his native village, and formed an acquaintance with the prisoner, who made arrangements to follow in the footsteps of her sister, but preparatory to doing so robbed her mother of the articles specified. Her mother, out of mercy to the girl herself, had her apprehended: and the Bench sentenced her to a month's imprisonment, by which time "the bold son of Mars" will have rejoined his regiment.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 30 June 1866 p3 Horse straying
Alex. Bell, of Dry Drayton, was summoned for allowing a horse to stray on the 15th of May. The defendant said he had only just left the horse a few minutes to go into his house to see his wife, who was ill upon the sofa; but the Bench, thinking the case proved, indicted the fine of one shilling and expenses. [On a previous occasion, the son was summoned, when he denied the ownership of the horse, stating that it was his father's property, hence the present information.]

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 7 July 1866 Sale of land
Dry Drayton. To be sold by auction, by Mann and Raven, At the Three Horse Shoes Inn, Dry Drayton, on Thursday, the 19th of July, 1866, for 7 o’clock In the Evening, direction of the Executors of the late Mr. Smith Silk.
Lot 1. Three Cottages or tenements, with the Gardens thereto belonging, situate at Dry Drayton, in the respective occupation of Rutter, Impey, and Ayling.
Lot 2. A1l that piece of land, situate in Grass Hedges Grove Leys, in Dry Drayton, containing 1a. 2r. 14p., No. 24, on the Award Map, bounded on part of north-east, part of the north-west, and remaining part of the north-east, by allotments now or late of Thomas Silk; on the south-east by the allotment of lands heretofore belonging to Samuel Smith, Doctor of Divinity; on the south-west by the Madingley-road; and on the remaining part of the northwest by an Old Inclosure, formerly the Estate of the said Samuel Smith. The above Property is Copyhold of the Manor of Crowlands, in Dry Drayton. Further particulars may be had on application to Mr. E. Wayman, Solicitor, Cambridge, or of Mann and Raven, Auctioneers, &c, Cambridge.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 1 September 1866 p3 Stealing bones.
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. Stealing Bones. Joseph Cooper was charged with stealing some bones, value 1s., the property of Mr. Barnard, farmer. Dry Drayton. The prosecutor, about six months ago, buried horse on his land in some manure, and a few days ago he discovered that the heap had been disturbed and the bones of the animal removed. They were found concealed in a sack in a ditch belonging to the prisoner. The offence was admitted, and the prisoner sent prison for 21 days' hard labour.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 15 September 1866, p5, farm sale
Dry Drayton, Cambs.
7 cart horses and colts,
5 head of neat stock,
14 head of swine,
All the farm implements, dairy and brewing utensils, and part of the household furniture. to be sold by auction, by Mann & Raven, on Monday, the 24th September, 1866, the property of Mr. Thos. Kidman. The sale will commence at eleven o'clock. Catalogues may be had at the place of sale, and of the auctioneer, 6, Hobson Street, Cambridge.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 1 December 1866 p7 farm worker in breach of contract
Wm. Farrigdon was charged by his master, Mr. Barnard, of Dry Drayton, with a breach of contract, he having agreed to serve his master for two months, but this he failed to do, and left his service without consent. The case was fully proved, and the defendant was was sent to gaol for three weeks.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 22 June 1867 p1 farm sale
Near Cambridge. Good sound landed investment. Messrs. Cobb Have received instructions to sell by auction, at the Mart, Tokenhouse Yard, near the Bank, London, on Friday, the 12th day July, at Twelve for One o'clock, in One Lot valuable freehold estate, Tithe- Free and Land-Tax Redeemed, known as Scotland Farm, situate in the parish of Dry Drayton, about six miles from the town of Cambridge; consisting of a comfortable Farmhouse, two Cottages, and Farm Buildings, well arranged and in good repair, and 447a. 2r. 16p. of Arable, Pasture, and Wood Land, let on Lease to Mr. L. E Barnard for a term of which nine years are unexpired, at a rental of £554 per annum. Particulars, with plans and conditions of sale, may be had at the office of the Cambridge Chronicle, Cambridge; the Mart, Tokenhouse Yard ; Messrs. Lake, Kendall, and Lake, solicitors, 10, New Square, Lincoln's Inn; and of Messrs. Cobb, surveyors and land-agents, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, and Rochester, Kent.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 13th July 1867 p5. Sudden death of Jonas Edwards.

On Thursday last an inquest was held at the Queen’s Head, Dry Drayton, before F.Grin Esq., deputy coroner, on view of the body of Jonas Edwards. The deceased it appeared had suffered from gout and on Thursday morning he died suddenly, before medical aid could be procured. Mr Knowles, surgeon, was of the opinion that death arose from an enlarged and feeble condition of the heart, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 14 September 1867 p7 Theft of whip
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. James Dilley, Dry Drayton, was charged by Mr. John Travis, farmer, Caldecot, with having stolen a whip, value 2s. 6d., on the 25th ult. It appeared that Mr. Travis had driven to Dry Drayton church, that during the service he left his horse and gig in a friend's rick yard, and when he returned the whip had been taken out of the gig. The defendant said he found the whip upon the highway about 30 yards from the gate, and his mother said when he bought it it home he told her that he had picked it up on the road. As there was some doubt in the case, the Bench discharged the prisoner; but cautioned him about his language to the police on another occasion.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 9 November 1867 p7 Cruelty to a sheep
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. A boy, named William Rogers, was charged by Mr. Achurch, of Dry Drayton, with cruelly ill treating a sheep. It appeared that two boys, Rogers and Pink, followed the occupation of taking charge of sheep, when one, upon being released from the fold, ran into a ditch and could not get out. The boys did not know what to do; they set upon it a bull terrier dog belonging to Mr. Tebbutt. The dog, having tasted blood, became ferocious and tore part of the jaw off and so injured the sheep that it had to be killed. Mr. Achurch valued the sheep at 40s. The defendant Rogers was fined 2s 6d and expenses, and the other boy cautioned.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 19th September 1868 p4. Primitive Methodist Chapel.

About six years ago this village was missioned by the Primitive Methodists, who succeeded in collecting large congregations to hear the Gospel and establishing a Society. In 1866 a neat chapel was erected, the second anniversary of which has just been celebrated. On Sunday last, two excellent sermons were preached to attentive congregations by the Rev W.Hammond, of St Ives, and on Wednesday last a public tea was provided, at which a goodly number were present. In the evening, a highly interesting public meeting was held (under the presidency of Mr Mott) when appropriate and excellent addresses were delivered by the Revs H.Gunns and W.Sparling. Messrs W.Dann; W.B.Dalby of Cambridge; and T Key of Peterborough. Collections at each service were made on behalf of the Chapel, which were good and in advance of former years.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 23 May 1868 p7 indecent assault
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. Charles Chamberlain, of Dry Drayton, 15 years of age, was convicted of having committed an indecent assault upon a little girl, 10 years old, named Ann Dilley,on Friday the 8th inst. Twenty one days’ imprisonment.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 5 September 1868 p3 Assault by publican
Assault.— William Taylor, publican, of Dry Drayton, was committed for ten days for an assault on his wife on the 1st of September. It appeared that the defendant has recently been drinking hard and now seemed to be affected with delirium, he had sold his clothes for drink and the Bench were anxious to treat the case in a way best for him, as on previous occasions when suffering so he has involved himself in trouble of a more serious character. Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 12 September 1868 p8 reported that Taylor was sentenced to 10 days for the offence and to enter into his own recognizances.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 19 September 1868 p8 Methodists
Dry Drayton. Primitive Methodism. About six years ago this village was missioned by the Primitive Methodists, who succeeded in forming a society. In 1866 a neat chapel was erected, the second anniversary of which was celebrated on Sunday last, when two excellent sermons were preached by the Rev. W. Hammond, of St. Ives ; and on Wednesday last a public tea was provided. In the evening an interesting public meeting was held, under the presidency of Mr. Mott, when addresses were delivered by the Revs. H. Gunns, W. Sparling; Messrs. W.Dann, W. B. Dalby, of Cambridge; and T. Key, of Peterborough. The collections were in advance of former years.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 26 September 1868 p7 short measures in the Dry Drayton public houses
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. Ten beer house keepers were prosecuted for having in their possession measures which were "unjust against the purchaser". These were mainly earthenware measures. Among those listed were:

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 5 December 1868 p8, three offences in Dry Drayton
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. Dry Drayton. John Underwood, of the Five Bells, at Dry Drayton, was charged with selling beer at a prohibited time on Sunday, the 8th of November. P.c. Ash visited the house about eleven o'clock in the morning; he had some difficulty in getting admission; when entered he saw the defendant coming from the back door, through which it appeared he had passed three men, into the yard, having supplied them with beer just before doing so. The house is generally well conducted. Fined 5s. and costs.

Dry Drayton. William Chamberlain was charged by William Amps, of Dry Drayton, with using a snare to take game at that parish on Sunday, the 15th November. The defendant is a very old hand at poaching; but some years ago made a promise not to offend again; this he seems to have observed pretty well, but "the ruling passion" has again prevailed, and although he appeared before the Bench in an inebriated condition, he renewed his old promise, and was sent to gaol for ten days, in default of paying a fine - an unusually light punishment for an old offender in such a case.

Dry Drayton. Read Tebbit, farmer, of Dry Drayton, was charged with cruelty to a horse by working the same when it had four open wounds on its shoulders, on the 13th November. P.c. Ash stated that he saw the horse at work in a thrashing machine, and his attention was attracted to it by the flinching manner in which it felt the collar; he examined it and found the wounds before named; the animal was also in a very poor condition. Defendant said the horse had a very thin skin; he had altered the collar to prevent further chafing. It was stated that defendant had been convicted a few months since for similar cruelty. He was now fined 40s. and 14s. costs, the same penalty as was before inflicted on him.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 26th December 1868, p5. Inquest on child.

On Saturday last an inquest was held at the Three Horse Shoes Inn in this Parish before F.Barlow Esq., Coroner, on the body of Enoch Win, son of James Wing, labourer, a child seven months old, which died on Thursday previous from inflammation of the lungs. A verdict to that effect was returned.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 2nd January 1869 p5. Presentation to Rev W.Smith.

The Rev W.Smith, having resigned the Rectory of the above Parish, a desire was generally felt to offer some testimonial for his acceptance, as a memento from the parishioners of their grateful remembrance of his unvaried kindness to rich and poor for many years. Instructions were accordingly given to Mr Reed, silversmith, Cambridge, to supply a silver inkstand and a biscuit box, which were, in due course, forwarded to Mr Smith, at his temporary residence at Twickenham, a letter being enclosed from the church-wardens on behalf of the parishioners begging his acceptance of the same. The inkstand bore the following inscription:- “Presented by the Parishioners of Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire, to their Rector, The Rev Wm Smith, as a small proof of their appreciation of his kind and valuable services, uniformly rendered during a period of 27 years, December 1868”. The rev gentleman in his answer to the churchwardens, acknowledging the safe arrival of the unexpected present, concludes as follows:- “May I ask you to convey to all those who have expressed their kind feelings towards my family and myself, by word or deed, our deep felt gratitude for their great kindness, and our prayers that all things in this world may so work together for their good as to help them forward to that better world, which we all hope one day to attain”. In all matters connected with the Parish, the Rev W.Smith has always taken a most lively interest, a visible and substantial proof of which is to be seen in the fine old church, which, a few years since, was completely restored at his own expense: the greater part is being rebuilt and the interior totally reseated. As a County Magistrate, it is needless to say how universally he was esteemed and respected by all who were bought into contact with him in that capacity. Indeed we may say he was a veritable exemplification of everything befitting an English Gentleman of the good old school; his courteous manner and hospitable nature winning him golden opinions from everyone, frequently to be seen in the country lane or the various towns in the neighborhood, his pleasing face was one which will long be missed, but never forgotten. The new rector is the Rev W.M.Frost, at present residing in the Isle of Wight, and who is not expected to come into residence for several weeks. The Parish has, in the meantime, been placed under the charge of the Rev C.H.Crosse of Cambridge.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 6 March 1869 p3, threats to wife
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. Dry Drayton. John Dilley, labourer, Dry Drayton, was charged by his wife Elizabeth, with using threats towards her on the 20th Feb, and was bound over to keep the peace for six months.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 13 March 1869 p3 Theft of trees
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions, Dry Drayton. The charge against Thomas Haynes, gardener, Fenstanton, for stealing five growing plum trees, the property of James Howard, Dry Drayton, came on for hearing again, when the prosecutor produced Henry Warren, gardener to Messrs. Wood and Ingram, Huntingdon, who said could identify one of the trees from the manner in which it had overswelled the stock In grafting, which, however, he admitted could occur in other persons' trees; but it was a very singular instance, inasmuch as the tree had been grafted on an Improper stock. In defence Haynes said he bought the trees at Hemingford, of a Mr. Reed, but who was dead. The Bench convicted the defendant and fined him £3, cos’s £l 17s. 6d. and damages 5s., or 6 weeks’ imprisonment, with hard labour.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 3rd April 1869 p8, Supper.

The Rev C.H.Crosse who has been in charge of this Parish for some five or six months past and is now about to cease from his duties in consequence of the new Rector coming into residence, very kindly invited the Church Choir to a feast, in the shape of a supper on Easter Monday evening. Between forty and fifty pounds of beef, with numberless plum puddings and a bountiful supply of ale was the good old English fare provided. They assembled at the Rectory at seven o’clock and grace having been sung, they quickly proceeded to do full justice to the good things put before them. After supper an entertainment, consisting of vocal and instrumental music was provided for their amusement, in which Mr and Mrs Crosse Mr J.Pratt and other friends took part, Mrs Crosse kindly singing several songs. Some instrumental trios for the violin, cornet and piano were well rendered Mr W. Swornsbourne gained great applause for his “Cuckoo Solo” on the violin and Mr Pratt’s comic song caused great amusement and laughter. After the programme was bought to a conclusion, the Rev C Crosse made a short but impressive address to the choir, touching first on their good behaviour at church, not that he desired to praise them for behaving well in the house of God, for it was their duty to do so. He went on then to say that he was pleased on looking over the book in which the attendance was marked, to find that, out of the thirty seven that composed the choir, ten had been present at every practice and every service; and that many others had only been absent once. He was glad also to have an opportunity of testifying to the great attention Mr Jabez Pratt had paid to his duties as organist and choir-master; as soon as he (Mr C) was placed in charge of the parish he had engaged Mr Pratt’s services to form and train a choir, and he was bound to say that he had succeeded almost beyond what could have been expected in so short a time. In conclusion Mr Crosse said he hoped the choir would continue to improve and that at no distant time he should see them taking part in the festivals that were held at Cambridge and Ely. The National Anthem was sung by all present and the evenings proceedings were bought to a close about ten o’clock by some hearty cheers for Mr and Mrs Crosse and for Mr and Mrs Reynolds who kindly lent a very excellent piano for the occasion.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 8th May 1869 p8 Testimonial to Rev C.H.Crosse

The parishioners and choir of Dry Drayton have presented a handsome silver inkstand and paper knife to the Rev C.H.Crosse, as an acknowledgement of his faithful ministry amongst them for six months. The above was supplied from the establishment of Messrs Read and Co, of Market Hill, Cambridge.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 12 June 1869 p8, killing tame pigeons
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. Two lads named Thomas Wing (9) and John Gravestocks(13), were charged with maliciously killing two tame pigeons value 1s., the property of Mr Thomas Reynolds, Dry Drayton, on the 1st June. The defendants, who were both in the employ of Mr. Reynolds, pleaded guilty, and as the complainant merely wished to make example of them, in order to stop other lads from following their example, the Bench adjourned the case for three weeks, in order to allow the friends to give each of the boys a sound flogging. The Chairman said the friends would, also, have to pay the expenses, and if this were not done, the defendants would be again be brought up at the expiration of the three weeks, and the magistrates would then adjudicate the case.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 17 July 1869 p5 Accidents
Dry Drayton.—Accident. The other day as a boy, about 11 years of age, in the employ of Mr. Cole, was holding a horse attached to a cart in the process of loading long planks, the ridge chain broke, causing the planks to fall upon the horse, which started off, the wheel of the cart passing over the boy's arm and breaking it. The lad was removed to Addenbrooke's Hospital, where he is progressing favourably. Another Accident. On the 11th instant, a young man named Dilley, met with an accident under the following circumstances, whereby he broke his leg. In crossing from one field to another, he got across a dead hedge, and when at the top, one of the stakes broke, precipitating him into a deep ditch, and causing the above result. He was also removed to the Hospital.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 14 August 1869 p3 Assault
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. . Richard Willimott was committed for 21 days and to pay costs for assaulting Susan Amps, who he knocked on the fire and blacked her eyes at Dry Drayton on 30 July.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 04 September 1869 p4 Sale the Three Horseshoes
Dry Drayton, Cambs. Five Miles from the Town of Cambridge. Fine old grass land, small farm premises, well accustomed old-licensed public house (The Three Horseshoes), and several cottages, &c. freehold and tithe-free, Mann and Raven are honoured with instructions to offer for sale by auction, at the Three Horse Shoes, Dry Drayton, on Thursday, the 16th of September, 1869, at Six o'clock in the evening. All that well accustomed public-house, known as the Three Horse Shoes, consisting of parlour, tap-room, kitchens, good cellarage, and convenient sleeping apartments; good stabling, cart sheds, and yard adjoining, abutting on the Rectory Grounds to the south, and property of the Rev. John Purchase to the north and west, in the occupation of Mr. Silk.

A very comfortable cottage and garden, in the occupation of Mrs. Markham, and la. 3r. 35p. (more or less), of fine old pasture land, with barn, piggeries, and outbuildings thereon, situate near the centre of the village, in the occupation of Mr. John Silk, abutting north on property of Miss Cotton, and east, west, and south the public road.

Three cottages and gardens, in the occupation of William Binge, Widow Chapman, and Male, and a Close of Fine old Pasture, containing la. 1r. 35p. (more or less), in the occupation of Mr. John Silk, abutting on property of the Rev. John Purchase, on the south and east, and west on property of Chafy, Esq., and north on the public road.

An Inclosure of very fine old pasture, known as "The Park" situate in the centre the village, containing 13a. 3r. 14p. (more or less), in the occupation of Mr. Henry Cole, surrounded by the public streets and roads, except as to a very small portion on the east by property of Mr. Kidman. This property presents several capital sites for villa residences; the land is well-known for its productive quality, and it is believed to be the best piece of grazing ground within many miles. Further particulars and conditions of sale may be obtained of O. Lucas, Esq, 50, Fenchurch-street, London, and of the Auctioneers, Hobson-street, Cambridge.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 11 September 1869 p4 Farm sale
Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire Mr. C. M. Bidwell has received instructions from Mr. Henry Cole, who is giving up up his Farm to sell by auction, on Wednesday the 29th instant, the Live and Dead Farming Stock, consisting of 10 Horses, 200 Ewes and Lambs, 8 pigs and a quantity of useful Farm Implements. Further particulars will appear.

 

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 2 October 1869 p7 Licence at the Black Horse.
Adjourned Licensing Meeting of the Cambridge Petty Sessional Division. Dry Drayton. The Black Horse, Dry Drayton. William Taylor made application for a renewal of his license of the above ale-house at the last meeting, when a conviction of wife beating was proved against him, and the applicant was said to be of dissolute habits. The Magistrates then said they would take time to consider, and he now came up for their decision. The Bench still did not consider him a fit person, but as the house was properly conducted by the wife, they should allow the license this time, and hoped it would act as a caution against Taylor. He promised it should.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 23 October 1869 p4. Harvest Festival

The improvement of the moral and religious condition of this parish, commenced about a year ago by the Rev C.H.Crosse, and so well continued by the new rector, the Rev G.M.Frost, was made subject of rejoicing on Thursday when the Rector entertained the parish choir and school with a substantial banquet and out door games. In the evening a well lighted and beautifully decorated church was crowded to overflowing, to celebrate the harvest festival; there was a large surpliced choir, assisted by several of the neighbouring clergy. The prayers were intoned by the Rector and the Rev C.H.Crosse; an eloquent and impressive sermon was preached by the Rev the Archdeacon of Ely, who congratulated the people upon the growth of church principals in their parish upon their regular and well attended evening services every Sunday and therefore upon their own greater holiness and happiness. The offertory, amounting to £5.8s11d, was given to Addenbrookes Hospital.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 6th November 1869 p4 Concert in aid of choir fund.

A concert in aid of the choir fund will be given in the school room on Tuesday Nov 9th at 7pm. Mr Jabez Pratt, the efficient choir master has secured the assistance of able vocalists and instrumentalists.

 

Cambridge Chronicle 13th November 1869

A concert in aid of the Dry Drayton Choir was given to a crowded audience in the Schoolroom, Dry Drayton, on Tuesday last, under the management of Mr J.Pratt of Cambridge. The programme comprised of a good selection of both vocal and instrumental music, although the latter was chosen with better judgement and more skillfully executed, as in our opinion the omission of a song or two in the music hall style, however suited to the popular taste, might have been attended with advantage. The rendering of a fantasia “Il Trovatore” by Messrs Hunt (violin) and Pratt (pianoforte), was the best performance of the evening, the former gentleman proving himself a player of no mean pretentions, while we can accord no greater praise to Mr Pratt, than by saying that he was in his usual form. Well merited encores (or words to that effect plentifully rained down by the Gods above) were accorded to Messrs D’Este and Punt for their admirable singing throughout the programme . Messrs Laughton, Dewberry and Pratt also receiving ovations for the display of their comic powers. On the whole, Mr Pratt and his friends richly deserved the thanks they got on all sides, as nothing was wanting to complete the success of the evening, but the absence of the rector (Mr W.M.Frost) who we regret to say, was prevented from attending by a severe attack of illness.

 

 

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