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The Cambridge Chronicle And University Journal, Isle Of Ely Herald, And Huntingdonshire Gazette. January 29, 1870 Concert

A second concert in aid of the choir fund will be given in the school room on Tuesday February the 8th at 7pm. The announcement that Mr Jabez Pratt, choir master and organist of Dry Drayton, undertakes the direction is a guarantee that a musical treat will be provided for the audience.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 19 February 1870 p5 Sale of timber
Next Friday, Rectory Farm, Dry Drayton, Cambs, to be sold by auction, by Mann and Raven, On Friday, the 25th of February, 1870, a Quantity 6f Ash, Elm, and Poplar Timbers, (many of which are of good dimensions and capital quality) with the topwood. and 12 rings of blackthorn, suitable for fencing or draining. All lying convenient for removal on the Rectory Farm. The Sale-will commence punctually at Eleven o'clock on the road near Scotland Farm. Two months' credit will he given on all purchases of £5 and upwards, on approved security. Catalogues may had on application to Mr. John Silk and Mr. W. Walker, of Dry Drayton and of the Auctioneers, 6, Hobson-street, Cambridge

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 5 March 1870 p5 For Sale
Corn Drill (6 feet wide) in good condition suitable for a small occupier. Apply L.E.Barnard, Dry Drayton.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 19 November 1870 p8 various court cases

Cambridge division Petty Sessions. Dry Drayton. William Badcock, saddler, Dry Drayton for allowing a mare to stray on the highway at that parish on the 1st instant, fined 2s 6d and costs.

Richd. Willimott, labourer, of Dry Drayton, was charged by the last defendant with assaulting him, at Dry Drayton, on the 7th instant. Fined 2s 6d and expenses.

Samuel Annable and James Dilley were charged with refusing to leave the Three Tuns, Dry Drayton (where was this?), when requested. Fined 10s. each and expenses.

John Impey, Dry Drayton, was charged with being drunk and indecent at that place, on the 7th instant. Fined 5s. and expenses, or 14 days.



Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 8 July 1871 P8 disorderly drinkers
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. William Huddlestone, 20, and William Brickwood, 22, labourers, of Dry Drayton, were charged by the Police with being disorderly and refusing to quit the Three Horse Shoes public-house, at Dry Drayton, (where was this?) on the 10th ult. Fined 2s. 6d. and costs.


Cambridge Chronicle 25th Nov 1871 p5/ Thanksgiving
On Sunday last two sermons were preached in this Church by the Rector the Rev W.M.Frost. A collection was made after each service, which amounted to £5.14.7 and was given to the fund of Addenbrooke's Hospital.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 23 December 1871 Foot and Mouth disease
In a lengthy report on the spread of the disease in Cambridgeshire it was mentioned that Dry Drayton was one place with a fresh outbreak in cattle - one animal so far.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 6 April 1872 p8 Drunk and refusing to quit public house.
Dry Drayton. Richard Willimott and Henry Chamberlain were charged by the police with being drunk and refusing to quit a public house at Dry Drayton, on the 23rd March, Chamberlain was fined 5s and costs, and Willimott £2 and costs.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 3 August 1872 p4 Inquest.
DRY DRAYTON Child Drowned. On Monday, an inquest was held at the Rose and Crown public-house, (where was this?) before Mr C. W. Palmer, Esq., Deputy Coroner, concerning the death of Susan Binge, aged 2 years and 5 months, the daughter of a labourer. On Sunday afternoon the deceased was found drowned in a pond in Mr. Reynolds's field (where was this?), in the direction of which she was seen going alone some time previously. Verdict “Found Drowned".

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 10 August 1872 p7
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. John Male, labourer for riding in a cart drawn by two horses, without reins, at Dry Drayton on 16th July, was fined 1s and costs


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 24 August 1872 p8 drunken disturbance at the Black Horse
Frederic Matthews, and Robert Gasson, holders of a hawker’s license, taken out at Leicester to travel with one horse, and William Matthews, holder of a pedlar's license, were charged with being disorderly and refusing to quit the Black Horse public-house, occupied by Jane Taylor, at Dry Drayton, on the 15th Aug. The defendants went to the house with a woman and insisted on having a bed; their conduct and conversation were most unseemly and they were requested to leave the house. They declined to do so notwithstanding the persuasion of the village policeman, and the parish constable, both of whom had been sent for to remove them. Ultimate, they were turned out of the house, when they resisted very much and caused quite a disturbance. Each fined 40s. and costs. Mr. Jarrold appeared for defendants.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 21 September 1872 p5 Farm sale
Dry Drayton. Cambs. To be sold by auction. by Mann & Raven, on Wednesday, October the 2nd, 1872,
5 active cart horses and mares,
2 three-year-old nag colts,
1 two year old cart filly,
60 long woolled ewes.
Cow (near calving),
Heifer (in profit),
18 Store hogs,
2 sows,
and a general assortment of farming implements, the property of Mrs. Wenn, who is retiring from business. (where was this?)
sale to commence at twelve o’clock. Catalogues may be had at the place of sale, and posted free of application to the auctioneers, Hobson-street. Cambridge.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 19 October 1872 p8, assault on police
Cambridge Division Petty sessions. Richard Willmott, 23, and George Willmott, 21, labourers, of Dry Drayton, was charged with assaulting P.C. Henry Plumb in the execution of his duty, at Dry Drayton, on the 28th of September; and Joseph Haird, labourer, was summoned for aiding and abetting the above assault. Richard Willmott was committed for two months with hard labour; George Willmott and Haird were each fined £2. and the costs. Haird was committed in default.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 23 November 1872 p8 stealing wood
William Huddlestone, labourer, Dry Drayton, was charged with feloniously stealing some wood, of the value of 9d., at Dry Drayton, on the 28th of October, the property of Wm. Phypers, farmer, Caldecote. The wood found in prisoner’s possession, and of which he failed to give a reasonable account, was identified as that missed from prosecutor’s yard. He pleaded guilty; and, the prosecutor having requested the Bench to be lenient, prisoner was committed for 14 days.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 30 November 1872 p8 refusing to quit public house.
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions, Dry Drayton. Adams Moore, blacksmith, Dry Drayton, was charged with being drunk and refusing to quit the Prince of Wales public-house at Dry Drayton (where was this?), on the 9th inst., when requested to do so by William Amps, the landlord. Fined £3 and costs, or distress warrant to issue. Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 25 January 1873 reported an identical offence on 10th January - case adjourned 2 weeks.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 28 June 1873 p8, drunk and disorderly.
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. Joseph Haird, labourer, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Dry Drayton on the 17th Inst. P.C. Plumb proved the charge. The defendant admitted being disorderly, but said he was not drunk. Fined 5s and 12s cost.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 12 July 1873 p5. The Rector
The Church Ecclesiastical collegiate and scholastic preferments and appointments. Included on the list: Walker, Rev F.A. to be Rector of Dry Drayton, Cambs

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 12 July 1873 p4 Sale of Manors at Dry Drayton
Near to Cambridge. The freehold and leasehold Manors of Crowlands, In Dry Drayton, and Coventry, in Dry Drayton. Mr. MARSH will sell by auction, at the Guildhall Coffee-house, on Thursday next, July 17th, at Twelve, two lots (unless previously disposed of by private contract), the Freehold Manor Or Lordship Of Dry Drayton. The quit and free rents, licenses, fines on admission, &c., during average of seven years, amount to £l3l 4s. 3d. per annum, and the Leasehold Manor of Coventry, in Dry Drayton, comprising copyhold houses and a large extent of well-cultivated land, subject to arbitrary fines; the quit and free rents and fines on admission, on an average of the past seven years, amount to £ll4 13s. 6d., held on three lives; also A Policy for £650, with profits. Particulars may be obtained of Messrs. Remnant and Penley, solicitors, 52, Lincoln’s-inn-fields; and at Mr. Marsh’s offices, 54, Cannon-street.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 23 August 1873 p8 Theft from The Rectory
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. Saturday. Dry Drayton, Arthur Hammond, labourer, Steeple Morden, was charged with stealing, at Dry Drayton, a spirit level, a two-feet rule, and a measuring-tape, value 10s 0d, the property of Joseph Jackson, of Sylvan-road, Upton, London, on August 7th. The prosecutor was at work at the Rectory, Dry Drayton, when the articles mentioned were left in the stable. The prisoner was seen on the works on the 7th, and on the following morning the articles were missed from the stable. The prisoner on the 8th went to Mr. Cohen, pawnbroker, at Cambridge, and offered to pledge the spirit level, saying he had bought it at the Ladies' College, for 3/6d. Mr. Cohen not being satisfied with this statement, detained the level and gave prisoner into the custody of the police, who found upon him the tape-measure and rule, which were identified by the prosecutor as his property. The prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sent to prison for six weeks.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 25 October 1873 p8 Damage to fence
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions, Dry Drayton. William Seaby, labourer, over seventy years of age, Dry Drayton, charged with damaging a dead fence belonging to John Silk, farmer, of the same place, on the 10th of October. The defendant was convicted and ordered to come up for judgment when called upon.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 13 December 1873 p8 dog killed by farmer
KESTER V. BARNARD. Claim, £5, for unlawfully killing a dog belonging to the plaintiff, an agricultural labourer at Hardwicke. the defendant being a farmer, residing at Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton. From the plaintiffs statement, which was corroborated by several witnesses, it appeared that he, in company with a fox-terrier bitch with two puppies, was going along a footpath near a plantation preserved by the defendant, when a hare was started and the dog followed the same, although called off by the plaintiff, and it was admitted was shot by the defendant. The defendant's counsel (Mr. Browne) attempted to show that the value of the dog had been over-estimated, and elicited that in the plantation there was affixed at the time a notice board, to the effect that dogs found there would be killed. The defendant admitted shooting the dog, but stated that he did so for fear the hare would be captured. Mr. Browne contended that his client was justified in killing the dog, and quoted a decision of Mr. Justice Taunton, that it was justifiable to do so if the dog was in hot pursuit and the hare was in danger. His Honour thought it was not likely that a dog of the description really placed the hare in danger, considering that she had pups, and the hare got into the plantation where it would be difficult to pursue it. Ultimately, however, the judgment was reserved, in order that the Judge might look into the authorities.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 4 July 1874 p5 farm sale
Dry Drayton, Cambs. Highly valuable freehold and tithe free estate, containing 300 Acres, more or less, (Where was this ?) to be sold by auction by Mann and Raven, by direction of the trustees under the will of Miss Ann Cotton, deceased, at the Red Lion Hotel, Cambridge, SATURDAY, 11th July, 1874, at 3 for 4 o’clock in the Afternoon, in the following or such other lots as may be agreed upon at the time of the sale.

Lot 1 contains 283a 1r 15p of exceedingly productive arable land in a high state of cultivation in the occupation of Mr R.P.Parsons. This lot is in a ring fence and adjoins the Huntingdon Road, on the North East with a frontage of 74 1/2 chains thereto possessing all the advantages of good roads and distant about two miles from the railway stations at Oakington and Longstanton. Freehold, tithe free and land Tax Redeemed.

Lot 2. All that commodious brick and tiled farm house, with barns, stables, granary, corn lodges , cart lodges and other buildings with 8a 0r. 3p. (more or less) of fine old pasture land, situate in the centre of the village in the occupation of Mr R.P.Parsons. (Where was this ?) freehold, tithe-free, and land tax redeemed.

Lot 3. All that Capital Inclosure of rich pasture land, called Coventry Close and Burns Close (Where was this ?) containing 4a 3r. Ip. (more or less) near the centre of the village in the occupation of Mr R.P.Parsons. freehold, tithe-free, and land tax redeemed.

Lot 4. An allotment of fine old pasture land containing 1a 0r 21p (more or lass) known as Hill Lane Close (Where was this ?) in the occupation of Mr William Walker adjoining land of the late Mr. Macer and lot 5. Freehold. Tithe-Free, and Land Tax Redeemed.

Lot 5. An Allotment of fine old pasture land, containing 1a 3r. 2p. (more or less), known as Cootes Close (Where was this ?) in the occupation of Mr, R. P. Parsons, adjoining land late of Mr Wm Sterne and lot 4. Freehold, Tithe-Free, and Land Tax Redeemed.

Lot 6. A desirable tenement, with yard, garden, barn, and out buildings, containing 0a lr. 11p. (more or less), in the occupation of Binge, situate adjoining the Village Street (Where was this ?) . Freehold. Tithe Free, and Land Tax Redeemed.

Possession of all the Lots may be had at Michaelmas next. Particulars with plans and conditions of sale may be obtained of Mann and Raven Auctioneers Cambridge; at the King William Inn Huntingdon Road (nearly adjoining the estate) and of Mr John Watts Solicitor, Bullock Market, St Ives, Hunts.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 1 August 1874 p4 Sale of the Manor
Periodical Sale of Reversions, policies, annuities, shares, bonds, &c., For August 6th, Messrs Marsh, Yetts and Milner Will include in their next Monthly Periodical sale. appointed to take place at the Guildhall Coffee House, Gresham-street, on Thursday next, August 6th, at 12 for 1 o’clock, The Manor of Coventry, in Dry Drayton, near Cambridge, comprising copyhold houses and a large extent of well-cultivated LAND, subject to arbitrary fines, the quit and free rents, and fines on admission, which have produced an average income of £ll4 13s. 6d., held on three lives; also a Policy for £6OO, with Profits. Particulars of Messrs. Beaumont and Warren, solicitors, No. 53, Coleman-street. E.C.; and Messrs. Marsh, Yetts, and Milner’s City Land and Reversion Offices, 54. Canon-street, E.C.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 12 September 1874 p5 farm sale
Dry Drayton, Cambs. to be sold by auction, by Mann and Raven, on Wednesday, the 23rd day September, 1874, by direction of Mr. Richard Parsons, all his valuable live and dead farming stock and effects, upon the Premises at Dry Drayton, (Where was this ?) in consequence of the farm being sold, consisting of 12 powerful, good working cart horses; chestnut cob (quiet to ride and drive), 4 years old; powerful bay nag mare (a good hunter), 7 years old; capital bay harness horse, 5 years old, cows, steers, and heifers, comprising 2 cows down calving, 2 ditto forward in calf, 3 cows and calves, 12 in-calf heifers, 5 fresh steers, 6 yearlings, 2 bud heifers, and a two year old bull, 140 long-wool ewes, 10 short-wool ewes, 13 shearling wethers, 170 lambs, 3 superior yelts 3 strong hogs, and a general assortment of agricultural implements. The Sale to commence at Eleven o’clock. Catalogues may be had upon the premises; at the White Horse Inn, St. Ives; at the King William, Huntingdon-road; and of the Auctioneers, 6, Hobson-street, Cambridge

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 27 March 1875, p1. Improvements needed to the village school

Elementary Education Act, 1870 Section IX. Final Notice B. F. County Of Cambridge. School District Dry Drayton Whereas the Education Department, in pursuance of the Elementary Education Act 1870, did, on the 16th day of March, 1873, publish a notice of their decision as to the public school accommodation required for the above District and whereas no public enquiry has been directed to the be held and more than a month has elapsed since publication of the said notice now therefore the Lords of the Committee of Council on Education hereby give final notice as follows:-
I. The School District is the Parish of DRY DRAYTON.
II. The Schools named in the first Schedule to this notice are considered to be available for such District.
III. Public School accommodation of the amount and description mentioned in the Schedule to this Notice appears to be required for the District.
IV. Their Lordships hereby direct that the public school accommodation mentioned in the said second schedule be supplied within a period not exceeding six months from the date of the publication of this notice.
V. If at the expiration of such period as the Public School accommodation mentioned in the said second schedule has not been supplied or is not in the course of being supplied with due despatch their Lordships will cause a School Board to be formed for such School District.
Schedule 1 - No efficient School
Schedule II - Accommodation for 81 children, situated in Dry Drayton. If the Dry Drayton School is made efficient by appointing a certificated teacher, and by providing properly separated offices, a boarded floor, parallel desks and other apparatus and is enlarged so as to accommodate not less than 81 children in all, no further accommodation will be required.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 8 May 1875 p7 Theft of a gun
Cambridge Division Petty Session Dry Drayton - John Wing appeared in discharge of a recognizance to answer the charge of stealing a gun at Dry Drayton on the 24th ult. but as the prosecutor did not appear he was discharged.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 28 August 1875 p5 Sale of property

Preliminary Notice. Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire. Valuable Tithe Free Estate, Nearly all Freehold and Land Tax Redeemed, consisting of 295a. 0r. 37p. of very productive arable and old land, in the occupation of Messrs Thomas and Watson Reynolds (Where was this ?) . The "Three Horse Shoes" public house (Where was this ?) and convenient premises adjoining in the occupation of Mr. John Silk.
A capital cottage and garden, occupied by Mrs Markham, and la. 3r. 35p. of accommodation
Pasture Land, with Farm Premises in the occupation of Mr. John Silk
A piece of old pasture, called "Hanscomb's Close" (Where was this ?) containing two acres (more or less) occupied by Mr John Silk with three cottages thereon. This very desirable property will be offered for sale by auction, early in the month of November next. Mann and Raven, Auctioneers, Cambridge. J. E. Fox and Co.. Solicitors, 65, Chancery lane, London, W.C.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 5 February 1876 p8 Death
Thompson, January 25 at Dry Drayton Cambs, Ann the wife of Joseph Thompson aged 76.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 11 March 1876 p8 Drunk in charge
Police Intelligence, Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. Dry Drayton. Wm. Hodson and Robert Ivatt, of Bourn, and David Chapman and John Smith, of Knapwell, all labourers, were charged by P.C. Hart with being drunk whilst in charge of horses and carts, at Dry Drayton, on the 21st of February. All the defendants, with the exception of Smith, pleaded guilty, and were fined 10s. each and costs.—The charge against Smith having been proved, he was fined 15s and costs.


Cambridge Chronicle 11 March 1876 p8 Employers and the Agricultural Children's Act
Some few weeks ago a deputation from masters in the parish of Dry Drayton appeared before the County Magistrates at Cambridge and asked to be allowed to work the children in their employ up to two o'clock and send them to school after that time. Last Saturday the deputation again appeared before the Magistrates when the Chairman (H.W.Pemberton Esq) informed them that the Magistrates could not grant the application . To do so would be to hand over the administration of the Act to the hands of the employers and this the Magistrates had no power to do. The deputation then withdrew.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 18 March 1876 p5 Farm Sale
Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire. To be sold by auction, by Mann & Raven, On Friday, the 31st of March, 1876, the valuable Live and Dead Farming Stock, the property of Mr. L. E. Barnard, who has given up the Farm. (Where was this ?)
LIVE STOCK. 3O three-years’-old Steers, 14 two-years’-old ditto, 9 barren Heifers, 13 Yearlings, 8 useful working Horses, capital harness pony, 10 Hogs.
DEAD STOCK. Set of Smith’s steam ploughing tackle, Fletcher’s grinding mill, water drill, broad wheel waggon, dung carts, ploughs, harrows, rolls, ladders, harness, and a general assortment of useful farm implements, suitable to the occupation (400 acres). The Sale will commence at Twelve o’clock. Catalogues may be obtained, ten days prior to the sale, upon the Premises, or of the Auctioneers, 6, Hobson-street, Cambridge.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 24 June 1876 p4 farm Sale
Important Landed Investments being sold by Messrs King and Son, included:
Dry Drayton, a farm consisting of 247a 2r 26p of arable and pasture land (clay soil) with farmhouse and extensive outbuildings near the Church in the occupation of Mr Samuel Achurch. (Where was this ?) this is in a good hunting district being close to the Childerley and Madingley Meets.


Leicester Daily Mercury - Wednesday 29 November 1876 p2 Farm wanted
Wanted 200 or 300 acre farm half grass with good home, near station and town, apply L.E.Barnard, Dry Drayton, Cambs.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 13 January 1877 p6 Assault
Petty Session Cambridge Division. Dry Drayton. John Burton labourer was charged with assaulting Samuel Barker at Dry Drayton on Dec 26th. allowed to be settled out of court on payment of expenses.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 3 February 1877 p6 Sale
DRY DRAYTON, Cambridgeshire. MANN and RAVEN have received instructions from the Mortgagee, under the power of sale, to offer for SALE by AUCTION, at the Lion Hotel, Petty Cury, Cambridge on SATURDAY, February 17th, 1877, at Six o'clock in the Evening ; The following ESTATE :
LOT I. A convenient DWELLING HOUSE, with Barn, Piggeries. Outbuildings, and Garden thereto belonging, abutting north-west and south on property of the Rev. Proctor; and east on the Public road; as late in the occupation Wm. Burton.
LOT 2. A piece of capital ARABLE LAND, containing Ia. 2r. (more or less), abutting north on land of Mr. T. Kidman South on land of the Trustees of the late G. Livett, east on land of Mr. Wm. Phypers; and west on the Drift road leading from Dry Drayton to Longstanton. The above are Copyhold of the Manor of Coventry in Dry Drayton. Further particulars may be obtained of Messrs. Hustwick and Livett, Solicitors, Soham; and of the Auctioneers, 6 Hobson-street, Cambridge.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 28 April 1877 p4 Pasture Sale
Dry Drayton Cambridgeshire. TO BE LET BY AUCTION, BY MANN & RAVEN On Tuesday, May 1st, 1877, by direction of Mr. Samuel Achurch, THE FEED on 50 Acres of PASTURE LAND, from the 1st May to the 29th September, in three convenient Lots. Each Lot well supplied with water. The Letting will take place on the Ground, at Five for Six o'clock in the evening.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 23 June 1877 p8 right of way.
CHARGE OF TRESPASS.-ALLEGED RIGHT OF WAY. David Shipp was charged with damaging grass the property of Lawson Rutter, farmer, at Dry Drayton, on the 4th instant _ Mr. J. W. Cooper, Instructed by Mr. J. Foster, of the firm of Fosters and Lawrence, appeared for the complainant, and Mr. Ellison for the defendant Mr. Cooper said that the case was very simple one, namely, doing damage to grass. He understood the defence would be that the defendant had a right of way. It was one of those cases that frequently occur in villages, where the public are allowed to cross fields for a short cut and after a time claim the path they make as a public one. The defendant did more than this, for he not only crossed the path made by the public, but went in another direction and committed the damage complained of, and then coolly says it is a right of way. He took it that the Magistrates would be satisfied from the evidence he should produce that the ground occupied by Mr. Reynolds, who was a tenant of Mr. Rutter, who brought the present action. Mr Reynolds would tell them that there never had been a right of way across the path in question, and that the damage was done wilfully in order to set up this presumed right. Defendant and others, “No. no." Mr. Cooper resuming, said he should prove that notice had been put up warning persons not to trespass on the path in dispute. The defendant not only committed the damage, but broke his way through a hedge into a lane. This was also a trespass, but he was not charged with it. The learned counsel then put in the plan of the land. He then called James Wing, who said he was farm bailiff to Mr. Rutter, at Dry Drayton. On the 4th Instant, about eleven o'clock in the morning, he had been in the meadow, called Walnut Tree Close and Temple Bar Field, which contained five acres two roods. He went there for the purpose of putting up a slat which some one had pulled down. He had put up a notice board opposite Walnut Tree Close, about eighty yards from the pathway. The board was there the on 4th June. He saw Shipp in the field that day. He saw him at the top of Temple Bar. There was a path across Temple Bar; he had known it for twelve months. Mr. Cooper: There are two paths, one comes out in Long Lane on to the road; the other comes out into the lane from Mr. Rutter's field. Witness continuing, said he saw defendant along Temple Bar Field, (Where was this ?) then he went over a fence into Orchard Field Close (Where was this ?) , then coming into Walnut Tree Close (Where was this ?) . Witness went and spoke to him, saving “What business have you this way.” He replied, “As much business as you have." He called defendant's attention to the notice board, and asked him if he could read it. He said be should come just where he liked in spite of Mr. Rutter or any other man. He did not care if it cost him £5. He had got plenty of money. Defendant then went towards Temple Bar Close, along the course of the path. He went into a gap and so got into Long Lane. By the Bench: He did not know how defendant got into Temple Bar Close. Mr. Ellison: He (defendant) was not the first who had crossed the close, not by scores. The notice had been up two weeks. The gate was put up to stop the people. Defendant left the footpath when he went into Long Lane. Mr. Thomas Remolds, farmer, said he had occupied the farm since 1817, until Mr. Ratter purchased it. There was no public path across Temple Bar. he put up the gate. No one could get through without breaking the hedge. There was no pretence for a path to the gate. By Mr. Ellison: The spinney has been cut down. There was no path through the spinney. There were two paths across the field, but no footpath across Temple Bar. This was the case. Mr. Ellison claimed to have the case dismissed, as no damage had been proved. The Chairman said that Mr. Cooper could amend. Mr. Ellison: He bas closed his case. Mr Cooper then recalled Wing, who said the damage done would be about one shilling. Mr. Ellison contended that his client had done nothing but what he had a bona fide right to do. It was a mistake to suppose his client had diverged from the regular footpath. He should show from evidence that the footpath had been used for forty years. William Arnold said he lived in Dry Drayton. He was fifty-five years of age. He had known the path for many years. He knew Mr. Rutter’s farm. He knew the field called Temple Bar and Walnut Tree Close. He knew Mrs. Daintrees' field the corner of the Turnpike. There was a footpath commencing at the corner which leads to Oakington. The path runs from Temple Bar and Walnut Tree Close. He had known the path for forty-five years. It was regularly beaten path. Up to last month he had walked daily upon it, and had never been stopped before. By Mr. Cooper: he recollected the spinney being cut down. There was a path round the spinney where the gate is. There had been a path across Temple Bar for hundreds of years. People never used it who went round the spinney. There were three paths altogether across Temple Bar, and persons could go through. Recollected the gate, it was never nailed up. Mr. Reynolds never told him to go back. The gate was never fastened. used the path for forty-five years. There was at one time a footpath through the centre of the spinney. William Wing, sixty-five years of age, said he lived at Dry Drayton. There was a footpath that went right through Temple Bar. Never knew anyone to be stopped. He had used it for fifty-five years, and had crossed it thousands of times. It was a regular trodden path. Mr. Cooper: The spinney is on both sides of the path. There are two paths there now. He could remember the gate being put up. George Dilly said he had lived at Dry Drayton 43 years. He knew the close called Temple Bar, and knew Daintree's close just at the back of it. He knew the close called Long Lane which they used to call Blind Lane. The ditch terminates on both sides. He had known the footpath for thirty-five years, and had never knew of anyone being stopped before. He never found the gate locked. By Mr. Cooper: We claim a right to go across Temple Bar. The Chairman said part of the evidence did not affect the case. There was sufficient evidence to prove the damage. Defendant would be fined 6d. damage and costs, amounting to 19s. Allowed fortnight to pay.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 15 September 1877 p5 Farm sale.
DRY DRAYTON, Cambridgeshire. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY MANN RAVEN, FRIDAY, October the 5th, 1877, by direction of Mr. Samuel Achurch, who is removing to another farm, his surplus LIVE and DEAD FARMING STOCK. N.B.—The Auctioneers will Include this sale any Surplus Stock that gentlemen may be desirous of disposing of. Entries to be made on or before Thursday, the 27th September.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 22 December 1877 p8 Assault on the Rector
Wm. Anable, Dry Drayton, bricklayer, was charged with assaulting the Rev. F. A. Walker, at Dry Drayton, on the 8th December. The complainant said he must claim the indulgence of the Bench for a few minutes, as he should have to explain various matters before entering into the facts of the case, the decision of which might seriously affect his position in the parish. The day named, a wedding had taken place. After the Ceremony, defendant and some other men entered the church and wanted to ring the bells. He remonstrated with them, they not being the proper ringers, and they left the church. They, however, re-entered it and commenced to ring the bells. He went to them and tried to prevent the defendant ringing. Defendant then come forward, caught hold of Complainant's collar, and asked what he had to do with the matter. This was the assault complained of. In answer to the Magistrates, Mr. Walker said that the defendant was slightly under the influence of drink. The offence was denied, and defendant called James Stearn, a labourer, about 25 years age, but he was not examined owing to his not understanding the nature of an oath. The defendant was convicted and ordered to be bound over in his own recognizance of £5 to come up for judgment when called upon.

Cambridge Chronicle 8 January 1878 p4 Treat

A treat was given on New Years Day by the Rev F.A.Walker in the School Room which was tastefully decorated for the occasion. The scholars of the day and Sunday School had tea after which visitors and parents of the children were present to share the gifts which were distributed from a very handsome Christmas tree, prepared by Mrs Walker. At 9 o'clock the parents sat down to supper of roast beef and plum pudding and the churchwardens and some of the parents lending their aid in carving. The Rev F.A.Walker addressed a few kind words to all present which was followed by hearty cheers for himself and Mrs Walker. All dispersed at 10 o'clock looking well pleased with the evening's entertainment.


Norfolk News - Saturday 12 January 1878 p3 servant wanted
Wanted immediately a thorough housemaid for a clergyman's family in the country. Six indoor servants kept. Wages £19. All found excepting beer. Church principles and a twelvemonth's good character indispensable . Address stating particulars C.W, Post Office, Dry Drayton, Cambridge.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 27 April 1878 p4 Grass sales.
Dry Drayton, About four miles from Cambridge. KING & SON ARE instructed LET by AUCTION on Tuesday the 7th May 1878, 54a. 1r. 21 p. of Grass Keeping, on the Farm in the centre of Dry Drayton lately occupied by Mr. Samuel Achurch, in three lots up to the 11th October next, as under, viz.:
Lot 1 The View 25a. 3r. 28p
Lot 2 Ground adjoining 12a. 2r. 6p.
Lot 3 Two adjoining Grounds 8a. 2r. 0p.
And 7a. 1r. 7p.
Total 54a. 1r. 21p.
The above will be let at six o’clock in the evening at the public house in the village kept by Mrs. Silk. For any further information apply to the Auctioneers. St. Ives. Hunts.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 29 June 1878 p5 Farm sale
Cambridgeshire. Dry Drayton and Oakington. Highly Valuable Freehold and Tithe-free Arable and pasture land, orchards, cottages, and small farm homestead, to be sold by auction, by Mann & Raven, at the Red Lion Hotel. Cambridge, on Saturday, the 13th day of July, 1878, at five for six o’clock in the evening.
In Dry Drayton.
Lot 1. All that capital Enclosure of Freehold arable land, in Dry Drayton, containing 14a. lr. 26p. (more or less), in the occupation of the proprietor, abutting north-west on the Dry Drayton-road, north-east on the Huntingdon and Cambridge Turnpike-road, south-west on lands of the late George Livett, Esq., and south-east on lands of Mr. George Wilson.
Lot 2. valuable close of old pasture, called Free Close, (Where was this ?) situate near the village of Dry Drayton, containing 2a. Or. 14p. (more or less), abutting north on lands of J. Osborne Daintree, Esq., south on lands of Mr. William Phypers, west Driftway, and east by Honey Hill-lane. Freehold.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 2 November 1878 p8 Drunkenness
Police Intelligence, Cambridge Division Petty Session . Alfred Glover of Dry Drayton was charged with being drunk and disorderly on the 5th October. The defendant did not appear and a warrant was issued for his apprehension.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 18 January 1879 p4 Wood sale
Wood Sale, Dry Drayton, 4 miles from Cambridge. KING & SON Will Sell By Auction, on Church Farm, in the centre of the village Thursday, 30th of January, 1879, A Fall of about 200 Trees With the Topwood and Brush, Chiefly Ash. but with few Oak (two of which are of large dimensions), Elm. and Black Poplar, in lots as per catalogues; to he obtained at the principal inns in the neighbourhood, or of the Auctioneers, a few days prior to the sale, will commence 11.30. Refreshment will he provided. The usual credit on approved security, discount for cash on purchases of £5 and upwards. Auction Offices, St, Ives. Hunts.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 13 September 1879 p4 Deceased's estate
Re Thomas Kidman, deceased. ALL persons having any claim or demand upon the estate of THOMAS KIDMAN, late of Dry Drayton, in the County of Cambridge, yeoman, deceased, are requested to send forthwith a statement thereof to me, the undersigned. And all persons indebted to the estate are requested to pay the amount of their respective debts to me, without delay. By order of the Executors. E. WAYMAN, solicitor. 2. Silver-street, Cambridge. 12th September, 1879.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 25 October 1879 p8 Death of Rebecca Huddlestone.

An inquest was held at Addenbrooke’s Hospital on Tuesday afternoon last, before Mr. H. Gotobed. coroner, on view of the body of Rebecca Huddlestone, aged 63, who died at that institution on Sunday last from the effects of burns she received on the previous evening. Mr. Blinkhorn was foreman of the jury. Charlotte Ansell, of Dry Drayton, widow, said : At half-past five on Saturday evening, as I was going past deceased’s house, 1 heard moaning. I opened the door, and then saw deceased on the floor in the middle of the room on fire. All her clothes were burnt off, and the room was full of smoke. There was no fire on the hearth then, but there had been. There was no one else in the house. I called for help, and Mrs. Birge, who lived next door to deceased, came at once. Deceased's husband was in the field, and I went and fetched him home. I saw the deceased previously at 11 o’clock on that day, when she appeared all right. She was alive when I found he, but I did not hear her speak. She spoke afterwards, but I did not hear her say how it happened. She was not a feeble woman for her age. I do not think she was given to drink. Mr, Edward Grounds, house-surgeon at the hospital, stated that deceased was brought to the hospital at about 8 o’clock on Saturday evening He saw her at once. She was suffering from very severe burns on the whole of the body and a severe shock from their effect. She was past hope. She was only given stimulants. It was the worst case of burning he had ever seen. She died the next morning. He asked her how it happened, but she could not account for the accident. Catharine Birge, married woman, said she lived at Dry Drayton. Deceased lived next door to her. Last Saturday evening, between five and six o’clock Mrs. Ansell called out that deceased was on fire. Witness went immediately. She found her on the floor. She had only a little piece of her clothes left. There was a wood fire on the hearth. It was not quite out. As there was a little fire round deceased, witness took a sack and threw it over her. There is no doctor at Dry Drayton, so she was brought to the hospital. Witness did not hear deceased say how the accident happened. She thought deceased was a sober woman, as she was always very still and quiet. John Huddlestone, labourer, of Dry Drayton, said he was deceased’s husband. She was 63 years of age. He was sent for on Saturday evening, about six o’clock. He was in the fields at work. He found deceased on the floor all burnt. There were a lot of people round the house. Mr. Walker, the minister, suggested that deceased should be taken to the Hospital, and she was conveyed there in a cart well wrapped up. Witness last saw her at a quarter to six that morning, as he was going to work. She was totally blind in one eye and the other eye was also affected. She could hardly see anything. She was always left alone. She had never had any accident with the fire before. She was in her usual health and was not subject to fits. He heard deceased say she was trying to make the fire when the accident happened. The jury found a verdict of "Accidental death."

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 22 November 1879 p4
Dry Drayton, Cambs. CONVENIENT DWELLING HOUSE, WITH BARN, PIGGERIES, AND OUTBUILDINGS, AND 3a. Or. Op. (more or less) of ARABLE LAND, Abutting on the Drift-road leading from Dry Drayton to Longstanton, TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY JOHN SWAN & SON, At the Horseshoes. Dry Drayton, on Thursday. December 11th, 1879, at Six o’clock punctually. Further particulars will appear, and may be obtained of Messrs. Fosters and Lawrence, solicitors, Green-street, Cambridge; of Mr. Charles Turner, solicitor, 59, St. Andrews street, Cambridge; and of the Auctioneers, 19, Sidney-street, Cambridge.

Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow - Friday 19 December 1879 p4
The Cambridge County Court. This Court was held on Wednesday last, the business was very light, and his Honour was not detained after 12 o’clock. A servant girl from Dry Drayton, brought action against her late employer, Mr. Wilson, for £l, alleged balance of wages due. The girl said that she went into Mr. Wilson’s service for a year at £7, and that when her time was up, she was paid but £6. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wilson swore that the agreement was for £6, and consequently judgment For defendant was given.


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