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Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 3 January 1880 Hay sale Farm sale
Huntingdon Road Dry Drayton, 3 STACKS of good SAINTFOIN HAY, to be sold by auction, by Wisbey and Son, On Wednesday, the 14th day of January, 1880, at Three o’clock in the afternoon, on land opposite the 3rd mile-stone from Cambridge.
Lot I. A STACK of SAINTFOIN HAY of the growth of 1877, the produce of upwards of 13 acres.
LOT 2. Ditto, 1878.
Lot 3. Ditto, 1879.
Three months’ credit will be given on approved joint security. For further particulars, apply to Wisbey Son, auctioneers, valuers, and estate agents, Cambridge.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 3 April 1880 p4 Property sale
Dry Drayton Cambridgeshire, Five Miles from Cambridge. Two valuable Freehold Tenements, and wheelwrights’ shop (Where was this?), Eligibly situate, abutting upon the main street in the centre of the village, and an allotment of productive freehold garden ground, With the Tenements thereon, abutting upon Scotland-road (containing about half an acre), to be sold by auction, by Messrs. GRAIN & LONG, On Thursday. 22nd April, 1880. at the Three Horseshoes public house, (Where was this?) in Dry Drayton, at Six o’clock punctually in the evening, by direction of the proprietor and the Trustees under the Will of William Markham, deceased, subject to such conditions as will be produced at the sale. Particulars may be had of Messrs. Barlow, Palmer, and Bonkett, solicitors, St. Andrew’s street. Cambridge; at the Three Horseshoes public house, Dry Drayton; and of Messrs. Grain and Long, land agents and auctioneers, St, Andrew’s-hill, Cambridge.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 3 April 1880 p4 Sale of house contents etc.

Dry Drayton, Cambs. The useful household Furniture & Effects, Comprising the usual bedroom and sitting-room furniture, kitchen utensils and ware, in capital condition, the contents of a house comprising three bedrooms, two sitting-rooms, kitchen, cellar, and pantry,
to be sold by auction (on the premises) by Messrs. GRAIN & LONG, On Thursday, 22nd April. 1880. at Two for Three o’clock, by direction of the Trustees under the Will of Wm. Markham, deceased. Catalogues may had at the Three Horseshoes, Dry Drayton, and of the Auctioneers. St. Andrew’s Hill, Cambridge.


Norfolk News - Saturday 1 May 1880 p3 post offered
Wanted in a clergyman's family a strong willing girl about 20 as under-nurse to four children must have filled a similar situation and be a good needlewoman. Personal Character indispensable - apply Mrs F.A.Walker, Dry Drayton Rectory,


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 12 June 1880 p4. Property sale

Dry Drayton, Cambs. To be sold by auction, by Messrs. CATLING & MANN, At the Horse Shoe Inn. Dry Drayton, Cambs. on Friday, June 18th, 1880 at Five o'clock in the afternoon, in one lot. and subject to such conditions of sale as will be then produced. All that capital Freehold and Tithe-free COTTAGE, with Garden front and back, late in the occupation of Mrs. Markham, deceased, together with la. 3r. 35p. (more or less), of fine old pasture land adjoining, with barn, piggeries, and outbuildings thereon, now in the occupation Mr. John Silk, The above situate near the centre of the village: is bounded on the north by property of J. Osborne Daintree. Esq., and on the east, south, and west by the public road. The Timber, which has been valued at the sum of £18 will be included in the purchase. For further particulars, apply to Mr. E. Wayman. solicitor. 2. Silver-street: to Messrs, Catling and Mann, auctioneers, land agents and valuers, 2, Freeschool-lane. Cambridge.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 24 July 1880 p5 Sale of Public Houses and other properties
Important sale of brewery and other property comprising 30 old licensed and other houses, two maltings, cottages and land .... to be sold by auction by Wisbey and Son......by order of the Trustees under the will of Wilks William Featherstonhaugh Esq deceased
The long list of properties included:
Dry Drayton
The "Black Horse" O.L., other premises, garden and land
The Queen's Head B.H.
Some cottages and land two double cottages in the High Street.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 7 August 1880 p4 Small Pox
Dry Drayton. A case of small pox has occurred in this village and is believed to have been imported from London.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 28 August 1880 p5 Sale of house contents at the Rectory

The Rectory, Dry Drayton, Cambs. a portion of the valuable household furniture and domestic effects.
whitechapel dogcart, harness, & Outdoor Articles. to be sold by auction, by WISBEY & SON, Friday September 10th 1880. Eleven in the- forenoon, on the premises, by direction of the Rev. F. A. Walker, who is leaving, comprising:

A SUITE OF OAK DINING ROOM FURNITURE (Of the very best make and equal to new). Including set of sliding-frame dining tables, 12 chairs, the seats in morocco leather, and Indulging chair. Sideboard, with handsome plate glass back, in three compartments, lectern, also a Turkey Carpet (20ft by 13ft.) in good order, large rep window curtains, expensive 12-light bronzed chandelier, fender and fireirons. A COSTLY and handsome gilt drawing room suite (In perfect order), consisting of an ornamental gilt and silvered plate cabinet. 7ft. 3in. length 10ft. height, marble-top console table, and noble pier glass, plate 70in. by 42in., one lot: a 10-light glass chandelier, with lustre drops. 2 pairs of large silk damask window curtains, a velvet pile Brussels carpet of the very best quality, equal to new. 22ft. by 16ft 6in. and rug match, handsome fender and irons.

THE PORTION OF THE BEDROOM APPOINTMENTS (which are principally walnut wood). Include suite of handsome wardrobe, toilet and washing tables, pot cupboard, chests of drawers, towel airers and night convenience, brass and other bedsteads, spring and other mattresses, good bedding, nursery and servants’ bedsteads and bedding, with other appropriate matters.

THE ARTICLES OK OTHER ROOMS AND PLACES Consist of various Brussels carpets, brocatelle and Other window curtains, stair carpets and matting. Stout brass rods, handsome hall table, a refrigerator, large filterer. kitchen tables and chairs, culinary, and domestic articles in variety.

OUTDOORS. A neatly new Whitechapel dog cart, built by Hunnybun, harness, chaff cutting machine &c.

May be viewed on the day previous to the sale by cards only, to be obtained of the Auctioneers. Trinity-street. Cambridge, and from whom catalogues may be obtained.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 2 October 1880 Presentation to the Rector
DRY DRAYTON. - Presentation. 0n Saturday evening last, the Rector Rev. Dr. Walker and Mrs. Walker, who are about to leave this Parish, were presented with a farewell testimonial testimonial consisting of a silver inkstand and silver card case, in recognition of Dr Walker's ministerial labours in the pariah for the last six years. The testimonial was subscribed to by upwards of 70 parishioners and friends and was supplied by Messrs T.Reed and son, silversmiths Cambridge. On Sunday a large congregation assembled to hear a farewell sermon from Dr Walker. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers and fruit. The collection was for Addenbrooke's Hospital. Dr Walker in the course of his remarks made allusion to the presentation, also to the way in which he had been assisted in the parochial work by the Churchwardens Mr T Wilson and Mr T Reynolds; also be lady members of his congregation: to all of whom great praise was due.

Derbyshire Courier - Saturday 16 October 1880 p8 Report from Stanton-in-Peak, Derbyshire of a school concert

Report ends with:
This is the last concert to be given under the popular auspices of the Rev Hamilton-Gell, that gentleman being about to remove from Derbyshire to Dry Drayton near Cambridge, to which Parish as Rector he has been preferred by the Bishop of Ely.


Cambridge Chronicle 16 Oct 1880 p8 Inquest
On Tuesday C.W.Palmer Esq, County Coroner, opened an inquest touching the death of William Thompson, labourer, aged 64, who on Sunday morning was found dead in a shallow ditch or pool of water on the road leading from Dry Drayton to Madingley. It appears that the deceased was at Cambridge on Saturday afternoon and that he was last seen at the Five Bells public house (Where was this?) Dry Drayton, five other men being there at the same time. The inquiry was adjourned till 2pm on Friday (yesterday) for the attendance of these five men to give evidence.

Cambridge Chronicle 23 Oct 1880 p4 Adjourned Inquest

On Friday afternoon in last week at the Five Bells Inn before C.W.Palmer Esq, County Coroner the inquiry into the death of William Thompson was resumed. As was stated in our last issue in a brief account of the opening inquiry on Tuesday, deceased was found lying dead in a shallow ditch or pool of water between Madingley and Dry Drayton on the 11th inst. Richard Dilley, labourer of Dry Drayton said on the previous Saturday night about 7pm as he was going from Cambridge to Dry Drayton he found deceased lying on the road about a mile from the Five Bells public house, which is on the Huntingdon road. Witness picked deceased up . Deceased staggered at first but afterwards talked to witness quite sensibly. Witness did not think deceased was quite sober but "freshy". Deceased and witness entered the Five Bells together, went into the tap room and called for a pint of beer, Deceased left a few minutes afterwards . That was the last time witness saw deceased alive. Mr and Mrs Pratt and William Wing were with witness when he picked deceased up. Witness was not sober. Mrs Ann Pratt, wife of W Pratt labourer said that on the previous Saturday evening she and her husband, also the witness F.Dilley and Wing started from the Wheatsheaf Castle End to walk to Drayton. On the way they found deceased on the road and he was in her opinion much the worse for drink. She did not see him have anything to drink in the Five Bells . Mrs Chapman subsequently showed deceased to the door . Deceased was not sober. He said he "thought he could manage". Witness did not again see deceased alive. Mrs Mary Ann Chapman, widow, living with her parents at the Five Bells said deceased was sober when she showed him out and that he did not say anything to her on leaving. Susan Wakefield of Madingley said that the previous Monday while she was out blackberrying with Amy Thompson, they found deceased lying in a ditch with his face in the water. Witness and her companion ran away and told a woman about it. P.C.Cornwell deposed that from information he received he went to where deceased was lying and with assistance brought him to the Five Bells. He found on deceased £1.2s 31/2d in money. Mr RS.Ellis, surgeon, Swavesey, said he had made a post mortem examination and from the condition of the internal organs he found that the cause of death was suffocation, which might ensue if a man fell face downwards and had not strength to recover himself. The jury returned a verdict of "Found drowned"

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 27 November 1880 p4 Property sale
Dry Drayton, Cambs. A convenient dwelling-house with bakehouse, barn, stable, and other outbuildings and large garden, in the occupation of Mrs. Binge ; also 2a. 3r. 39p. (more or less) of valuable arable land by to be sold auction, by John Swan & Son, By order of the proprietor, Thursday, the 9th day December. 1880, at the Horse Shoes public house, Dry Drayton, at Five o’clock punctually.
Lot 1. A convenient DWELLING-HOUSE, with bakehouse, barn, stable, and other outbuildings, and large garden adjoining, situate in the village of Dry Drayton, bounded on the north-west and south by property of the Rev. Mr. Proctor, and on the east the public road, now in the occupation of Mrs. Binge. Copyhold of the Manor of Coventry in Dry Drayton.
Lot 2. A productive field of arable land, containing 2a. 3r. 39p. (more or less), bounded on the north by lands of the Mr. Thomas Kidman, south and east by lands of Mr. William Phypers and O. Daintree. Esq., and west by the driftway leading from Dry Drayton to Long Stanton. 1a.2r.0p. is copyhold of the Manor of Coventry in Dry Drayton, the residue is freehold.
Further particulars Messrs. Don and Longstaffe, solicitors, 16 Berner street, Oxford-street. London ; of Mr. Charles Turner, solicitor. 59. St. Andrew’s-street. Cambridge; of Mr. LIDDALL, Moorgate-street Chambers. Moorgate-street, London ; and of the Auctioneers, 19. Sidney-street, Cambridge.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 5 March 1881 p4 farm sale
To let with immediate possession a small farm of about fifty acres situate at Dry Drayton near Cambridge, For particulars apply to William S.Walpole Esq, Beyton Lodge near Bury St Edmunds.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 19 March 1881 p4 Property sale

Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire. To be sold by auction by Messrs. DILLEY & SON, at the Queen's Head Inn, Dry Drayton. On Wednesday the 30th day of March. At six for seven o'clock in the evening, the following VALUABLE ESTATE: All that valuable Freehold ORCHARD GARDEN, containing la. 3r. 10p. (more or less) well stocked with thriving fruit trees. Bounded on the north east by the cottage and garden of Mr Balls and the land of Mr. John Silk: north east by a private drove of J. O. Daintree. Esq : south by land of J. Daintree. Esq.: and south west by a public road; as now in the occupation of Mr Joseph Thompson, at the annual rent of £13, he paying rates and taxes, except land tax and landlord's property tax. Land tax 6s 6d. for further particulars apply to the auctioneers, the Market-place. Huntingdon, or to Messrs. Margetts and Son, solicitors, Huntingdon.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 9 July 1881 p4 Sale of public house.
Dry Drayton, Cambs. Hemingford Grey & Hemingford Abbotts, Hunts. Two old-licensed public-houses, two closes of land, Containing 12 Acres (more or less), beerhouse and orchards, and la. 3r. Op, of Meadow Land, will be sold by auction, by E. L. FLINT, At the Unicorn Inn. St. Ives, on Monday, the 25th day of July, 1881, at Six o'clock in the evening precisely, subject to such conditions of sale as will be then produced, and in the following or such other lots as may then be determined by the vendors:—

Lot I.—That old-licensed PUBLIC HOUSE, called Five Bells (Where was this?), being a corner house, abutting on the Cambridge and Dry Drayton roads, containing taproom, parlour, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, and good cellar, with open yard, barn, stable, cow lodges, and other outbuildings, and well of excellent water, as now in the occupation of Mr. John Underwood. Twelve Acres (more or less) of productive LAND, in two closes, adjoining the above public house and abutting on the Cambridge road, ten acres (more or less) being Arable, and two acres (more or less) Pasture, also in the occupation of Mr. John Underwood.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 1 October 1881 p8 Sale of Rectory Farm live and dead stock
Preliminary Advertisement RECTORY FARM, DRY DRAYTON, CAMBS. The valuable live and dead farming stock, Comprising 10 valuable cart mares and geldings, some of which are fit for London work: 25 Head of Homebred cow stock; 180 Lincoln sheep, comprising 80 Ewes, 30 Wethers, and 70 Lambs; 24 Head of swine, consisting of 7 Sows and 17 Store Hogs. And the valuable Assortment of Agricultural implements suitable for occupation of 350 acres to be sold by auction, BY Messrs. GRAIN & LONG, on Wednesday, 12th October. 1881, by direction of Mr. Thomas Reynolds, whose lease has expired. Further particulars and catalogues next week, of the Auctioneers, 2. St. Andrew’s-hill, Cambridge.


Cambridge Chronicle 8 October 1881 p4 The new organ

The new organ, which has been erected here through the generosity of the Rector Rev A.W.Hamilton-Gell MA MusB will be opened next Thursday when a special full choir service will take place at 3pm at which the sermon will be preached by Archdeacon Emery. There will be evening service at 6.30pm. The offeratories will be given to the fund for providing a new heating apparatus for the Church.


Cambridge Chronicle 22 Oct 1881 p4 Presentation of the new organ.
On Thursday Oct 13, a large and beautiful organ, generously presented to the church by the Rector, The Rev A.W.Hamilton-Gell MA, MusB, was formally opened. (there follows a detailed account of the organ and the order of service) The choir was composed of lay clerks from Kings, Trinity and St Johns and the choir boys from the latter college. The music was exceedingly well sung throughout and the congregation joined most heartily in the hymns. Indeed the familiar "Old 100th" produced a most impressive effect and even the utmost power of so large an organ was needed in order to balance the vocal power. Dr Garrett played at both services and his voluntaries both before and after the service were listened to with great interest. Sermons were preached by the Ven. Archdeacon Emery. He heartily congratulated the parishioners of Dry Drayton on their noble organ and trusts that their Rector's liberality will be rewarded by their energetic endeavours to make their congregational singing worthy of the beautiful instrument by which it will be accompanied.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 18 February 1882 Deaths,

Silk, February 10th at Dry Drayton suddenly, Mr John Silk aged 70 years. Much respected and sincerely regretted.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 25 March 1882 p8, License transfers -

The Three Horseshoes, Dry Drayton to Mrs Jane Silk.


Cambridge Chronicle April 15 1882 p4 Fatal accident

FATAL ACCIDENT. An inquest was held on Saturday by Mr. H. Gotobed. coroner, touching the death of John Creek, who met with his death under circumstances detailed in the evidence below: Mr Rowland Brinton, acting House Surgeon at the Hospital, said the deceased came to the hospital the 18th of March suffering from fractured ribs. He was detained, it was thought that something more was the matter. He was Mr. Carver’s patient. Last Tuesday witness took charge of him. He was then suffering from peritonitis. He died about one pm on the 5th instant. The cause of death was peritonitis, caused by an injury to a portion of the bowels. The fifth and sixth ribs were broken and had not re-united — possibly on account of the deceased’s age. The wound on the abdomen might have been caused by a cart passing over him. Susan Matthews, widow, of Comberton, said the deceased was her brother, and lived at Dry Drayton. He was labourer, and was aged 54. Witness came there to see her brother about three weeks ago. He told her that the horse ran away, and he was thrown out of the cart. He didn’t say there was any fault attached to anyone. The cart was empty. David Shipp, shoemaker, of Dry Drayton, said he knew the deceased. On the 18th of March, about 6.30 a.m., witness was in his house when he heard a lumbering noise, which suddenly ceased, and soon after one of the neighbours called witness to go out. A man and woman were just picking the deceased up off the road. The cart was upset in a pond, and the deceased was lying against the near shaft. The horse had broke loose and disappeared. It was a young horse, and had not been in the cart many times before. Deceased was not used to horses, and was a single man. The cart ran against a wheelwright's shop and smashed the corner. Jonathan Morling, labourer, of Dry Drayton, said he knew the deceased. Three weeks ago that day witness was in his master’s yard, close to the road, when he heard horse running away. Witness went the top of the yard, and saw the deceased in a cart and the horse running away. Witness called to deceased, and told him to pull the off rein, he was pulling the near rein, and witness was afraid the cart would come into collision with the stone at the posts. As witness spoke the cart collided against the wheelwright’s shop (Where was this?) and was upset, the deceased being thrown out. Deceased called out “Oh, my leg!” Witness, with the assistance of his wife, got the deceased up. Deceased had always been with horses as long as witness had known him. The Coroner having addressed a few remarks to the jury, a verdict of accidental death was returned.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 6 May 1882 p7 using cart without a name
ST. IVES DIVISION PETTY SESSIONS. May 1st Before the Rev. G. Johnstone, D. Herbert, T. Coote. and T. Knight-, Esqs. William Phypers. of Dry Drayton, farmer, was summoned by Supt. Steward, on the complaint of P.C. Freestone, for being the owner of a cart which was being used at Fenstanton, on the 24th inst., without having a name attached. Penalty and costs, 15s. Paid.


Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow - Friday 26 May 1882 p5 - Cricket
BOURN. Cricket Matches. On Monday last, a cricket match was played, between Bourn Cricket Club and Orwell. Vide full score elsewhere. On Tuesday another match was played, between Bourn and Dry Drayton, which resulted in an easy victory for Bourn. Score:— Bourn, first innings, 96 ; Dry Drayton, first innings, 55 runs; second innings, 43 runs.

Cambridge Chronicle June 8 1882 p8 Dry Drayton Fancy Fair

Fancy Fair at Dry Drayton. Those who know the neighbourhood of Cambridge know the village of Dry Drayton and that it is second to none in the County in the natural beauty of its situation. On Thursday and Friday the village was quite en fete, the occasion being a fancy fair in the Rectory Grounds in aid of the funds for the restoration and improvement of the church. The Fair was held in a field at the back of the Rectory and in this field there is a magnificent avenue of elms running north and south, The space between these stately trees which gave a delightful shade from the heat ....The stall nearest the entrance was presided over by Mrs Potlicary and Miss Gruber. On the other side a little further on was that of Mrs Hamilton-Gell, Mrs James Blair and Miss M Brownlow. Opposite this was a stall furnished with tinned meats, tongues, sauces, soups etc, from the firm of Brand London. There was a most liberal supply of these, the kind gift of Mr Wilson of Dry Drayton for the good of the bazaar and it was a most valuable contribution. Further down on the left was the beautifully fitted up flower stall of the Misses Hurrell and Miss Ethel Brownlow. Here were roses in abundance ferns, geraniums and every kind of flower from the greenhouses and gardens of Madingley. Some tall white lillies were the gift of Mr Hamilton Ker and a red sweet scented stock sent by an inhabitant of Dry Drayton was exceedingly large and beautiful. Opposite this stall was the hut of the gypsy, a tall and handsome woman of about thirty apparently, After the custom of her race she was most persistent in her endeavours to tell fortunes and as on each occasion her hand had to be crossed with silver and sometimes twice before the whole book of fate could be uncovered, the sum she realised was considerable. Her lucky bag was also a source of profit and she was followed from one part of the field to another by an admiring and amused audience. Next came the stall of Mrs Henry Johnson and Miss Ivatt, and across the bottom of the ground was a large marquee where refreshments of all kinds were provided. It would be impossible to innumerate in any detail or to describe adequately the profusion of beautiful things, bot of the useful and ornamental kind of which every stall was crowded. The stall themselves were of a design and shape equally novel and picturesque, and presented the appearance of miniature swill houses without walls. The whole scene viewed from the approach the ground was of the prettiest and most uncommon description and one which could not fail to elicit remarks of approval and admiration.
At 4 o'clock the organ recital on the organ in the church which was well attended, the fine instrument was erected in the autumn, by the firm of Messrs Bradley and Foster of Sheffield and was the gift of the Rev A. W. Hamilton- Gell. The performance of Mr Turpin who kindly gave his services was listened to by an attentive and admiring audience. Two or three songs interspersed at intervals, sung by Miss Farren of Cambridge added much pleasure and was a very successful part of the day's proceedings. The fancy fair was continued yesterday and an organ recital by Dr J.F.Bridge of Westminster Abbey was among the treats offered to the visitors.

Cambridge Chronicle June 10 1882 p4 Dry Drayton Fancy Fair Correction
In our report of the above last week we made an error in the name of the donor of the large assortment of tinned soup, sauces etc. It was Mr Dence, the owner of property at Dry Drayton and a member of the celebrated firm of Messrs Brand and Co who presented them.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 18 November 1882 p8
Chesterton Board of Guardians. At a meeting of the Sanitary Committee a discussion took place as to the water supply of Dry Drayton. Dr. Annington made a report that could not recommend the Board to take any action until he had got an analysis of the samples of water which he had taken. He had expected to receive them that morning. At a depth of from 90 to 120 feet good water could probably be got from the greensand underlaying the gault and sand deposit on which the village was built.

Cambridge Chronicle 13 Jan 1883 p4 The Rector

The Rev A.W.Hamilton-Gell and Mrs Hamilton-Gell have left Dry Drayton for their town residence 44 Eaton Square S.W. for two or three months.


Cambridge Chronicle 3 Mar 1883 p4 Accident, horse and cart
On Wednesday a young man named Young Amps, was in the yard adjoining a public house kept by his mother, when a horse which he had left with a cart on the road started off. The young man jumped over a gate and went in pursuit. Just as he reached the cart he stumbled over the "set stick" which was loose and swinging from the shaft, in consequence of the motion of the cart. He fell and the wheel went over his right arm and broke it. He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital at Cambridge where he is doing well.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 26 May 1883 p8 - Cricket
Cricket. Eleven of Bourn v Eleven of Dry Drayton. A match was played at Bourn on Monday last between the above. The home team won in one innings making 61 as against 14 and 38 for Dry Drayton.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 26 May 1883 p8, vagrant sleeping in derelict house
Police Intelligence. At the occasional court house May 21. Henry Ford, labourer, Hobart Place, Marylebone, was charged by P.C.Clark with unlawfully wandering abroad and lodging in an old deserted house without giving a satisfactory account of himself, at Dry Drayton on 20th May. Prisoner was sent to gaol for 14 days with hard labour, as a rogue and vagabond.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 2 June 1883 P8 Death of the vagrant in gaol
Death of a Prisoner. An inquest was held at the Shire hall, by Mr. C. Palmer, coroner, on Tuesday, touching the death of Henry Ford, prisoner, committed for fourteen days for being found in an outhouse at Dry Drayton.—Mr. T. Hyde Hills surgeon at Her Majesty’s Prison, at Chesterton, said: I produce the sick journal from the prison. On the 21st of May, shortly after the admission of the deceased, I saw him. I found him in filthy state, and dreadfully emaciated. I immediately ordered him a couple of pints of milk, and second class diet. The next morning I found him worse, and ordered him beef tea ,brandy and milk. I ordered him everything I considered necessary as recorded in my journal, but I had very little hope that it would be successful in retaining life. The deceased was evidently suffering from phthisis, which was no doubt developed by starvation. He told me he had no food for fourteen days. The cause of death was phthisis and starvation. Mr. B. Gibson, governor of the county prison, said: The deceased was committed for fourteen days from the Summary Jurisdiction Court at Cambridge, on the 21st inst. for being found in an outhouse at Dry Drayton. Immediately upon his admission, I made an entry in the journal (the one produced) of his emaciated condition. The doctor came shortly after, and at once saw the deceased. The chief warder is responsible for seeing the orders of the doctor, entered in the sick journal, are carried out. James Lambourne, chief warder, said: I saw the deceased brought to the prison, on the 21st inst. When a prisoner is brought in, the doctor sees him as soon as possible, and then it is my duty to see any orders entered by him in the sick journal are carried out. The order entered by him the 21st of May, as to second class diet and two pints of milk, was obeyed. The whole of the orders of the doctor, as entered in the journal produced, were carried out under my personal supervision. The deceased gradually sank and died at 11.35 on Sunday night last. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony.

Cambridge Chronicle 21 Sept 1883 p8 Accident - James Wing
On Wednesday, a young labouring man, named James Wing, was riding in a cart, when the horse took fright and caused him to fall from the cart . One of his legs was fractured and he now lies in Addenbrooke's Hospital.


St James's Gazette - Tuesday 2 October 1883 p14 Birth of Rector's child
Birth of daughter Hamilton-Gell wife of Rev Arthur W. at The Rectory Dry Drayton Cambridge on Sept 29.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 3 November 1883 Farming sale
TUESDAY NEXT. Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire, The live and dead farming stock, consisting of a Stack of Wheat, two Stacks of Barley, Stack of Beans, Hay Stack, three Stacks of Clover & Straw, three horses, forty-three sheep, Household furniture, and other Effects. Will be sold by auction, by E. L. FLINT, On Tuesday next, the 6th November, 1883, on the premises the Six Bells, Dry Drayton, (Where was this?) in the occupation of Mr. John Underwood. The live stock comprises one grey Mare, four years old ; roan Mare, eight years old, bay Mare, eight years old. The sheep comprise 40 useful long-woollcd Ewes and three Lamb Hogs. Quantity of poultry. The dead stock comprises stack of wheat (produce of 31/2 acres), stack of beans (6 acres), stack of barley (6 acres), ditto (41/2 acres), three stacks of clover, straw, and hay; two good carts, drill, two ploughs, three sets of harrows, wood roll, pig troughs, dressing machine, corn in sacks, lot of sacks, hurdles, ladders, harness, and other effects. Also quantity of very useful household furniture. The sale will commence at 11 a.m., from a written catalogue.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 29 December 1883 p8 Offence against Education Act
David Ship of Dry Drayton was summoned for not causing his child to attend school regularly. Mr J.F.Symonds appeared on behalf of the Chesterton Union School Attendance Committee. The case was adjourned for two months. Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 23 February 1884 p7 recorded a conviction and a 5 shilling fine

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 12 January 1884 p8 Inquest
DRY DRAYTON. Inquest. Mr.C.W.Palmer, coroner, held an inquest at this place on Saturday last touching the death of Mary Anibal, aged eighty-one, widow. The following evidence was adduced: Ann Thompson said: I am the wife of Jos. Thompson. Dry Drayton, publican and farmer. The deceased was the widow of Henry Anibal, of Dry Drayton, bricklayer. She was eighty-one years of age, and lived by herself in a cottage adjoining my house. On the 7th of December last I heard the deceased talking; I went and listened, and heard her calling out, "Oh, dear," and I opened the door. She still kept calling. I asked what was the matter, and she said, "Oh, I fell down and I have been lying here hours." It was in the evening: nearly seven o’clock. I came home and got a light. She kept calling out, "Oh dear.” I found her in the back place on the floor. I lifted her up, put her against a chair, and called Mrs. Beard, we got her into the house. She was retching very much. We got her to bed. I sent for a doctor, who came on the Tuesday. She, however, got worse, and died yesterday morning. Mr. B. S. Ellis, surgeon, said that the cause of death was shock to the system consequent upon the fall, and a verdict was returned accordingly.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 23 February 1884 p7 Child missing school.
Offence against the Education Act. David Ship of Dry Drayton was convicted and fined for not causing his child to attend school regularly. A similar case against Ship, fined 5s, was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 05 July 1884 p8

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 22 March 1884 p7 The Five Bells.
Police Intelligence. Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. The licence of the Five Bells Dry Drayton was transferred from John Underwood to Phoebe Sharpe.


Cambridge Chronicle, 25 April 1884 p7 Fatal Accident

FATAL ACCIDENT. On Wednesday afternoon the Borough Coroner, (Mr. H. Gotobed) held an inquest at "The Man Laden with Mischief, Madingley Road, on the body of Edward Benton, who was a small farmer at Dry Drayton, but lived on the East Road.—The first witness called was John Matthews, coachman, residing at 1 Benson Street, Huntingdon Road, who deposed that he did not know the deceased. About 8.30pm the previous evening he was just coming out of Mr Bulstrode's when he saw a young man with a horse. He said they had just stopped it and witness turned back with him. They called at The Man Laiden With Mischief to see if they knew the horse and the landlady told him that she thought it was the deceased's They proceeded further up the road and found the deceased lying on the right side of the road, his feet in one of the cart ruts just near the middle of the road. Deceased was lying face downwards and did not speak. Witness turned him round and found his face was lying in a pool of blood. Witness then held the horse until a man named Free went for assistance. then went and fetched Dr Roper. Deceased appeared to be quite dead when they picked him up. His hat and stick were lying about three or four yards from him. He had a great coat on. William Free, living at the Plough and Harrow, Madingley Road, deposed that he knew the deceased by sight. On the previous evening about 8 he was going into his father's yard when he saw a horse coming towards Cambridge with no one on it. It had a saddle and Bridle on it and was trotting. His father stopped It, and told witness to walk it up the road and see whether he could find the owner. He met the last witness at Mr. Bulstrode's and accompanied him to the Mischief. The landlady said she thought the horse was Mr. Benton's horse, and they then want up the road till they got to the Bridle Field gate, about a quarter of a mile above that house and they there found the deceased lying near the middle of the road. He lifted the deceased's leg round while Matthews held the horse. He then came down to the Mischief for something to fetch the deceased down with. He got a wheelbarrow and the deceased was put upon it and took to the Mischief. His hands were then quite cold, and there was a pool of blood where his face had been lying. His hat and stick were lying on the right hand side of the road nearly opposite him.

Eliza Eagle, wife of Samuel Eagle. landlord of the Man Laiden with Mischief. Madingley Road deposed that she knew the deceased by sight. She last saw him alive the previous morning at about eleven o'clock, when he called at her house on horseback for a glass of ale. He said he was going to his farm at Dry Drayton He used to go there almost every day. He was in very good spirits when he called, and did not appear the worse for drink. Fanny Benton, wife of the deceased, living at 43 East Road, deposed that the deceased was 42 years of age. She last saw him alive on the previous morning about 10.45 in their yard. He was starting to go to his farm. He used to go there very often, and generally came back about 8p.m. He had bought the horse the day before from Mr Crickmore. He had ridden on it before, and it seemed to her to be a quiet one. Her husband was a very good rider Mr. Wm Robert Roper, surgeon, Cambridge, stated that on the previous evening about 9.30 he was asked to go and see the deceased. He found his body at that house, quite dead. He appeared have been dead some time. He found a bruise over the left eye and several recent abrasions near it. There was another bruise over the right temple, and blood had been issuing from the right ear. He was not able to ascertain whether there were any fractures. There were no other injuries except some bruises on the hands such as might have been caused by a fall from a horse. He should think, after hearing the evidence, the death might have been caused by a fall from a fall from a horse. Matthews, recalled, said he got on the horse to ride to the doctor's but not liking the way of it, he got off it. It backed and jumped about. Free, recalled, said the horse was not going fast when it was stopped. It went back quietly enough when he led it. When Matthews got on it began to caper about, but started alright. Witness told him he had better get off and he did so. Mrs Benton, recalled said Mr. Crickmore was a dealer in horses and lived on the East Road. Her husband knew him well, he had ridden the horse on the morning previous to his death. Her husband had had dealings with Crickmore before. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death." Then in the Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 10 May 1884 p4 an advertisement appeared: To Let, farm of 50 acres at Dry Drayton. For further particulars apply to Mrs Benton 43 East Road, Cambridge.


Morning Post - Thursday 8 May 1884 p8 advert for servant wanted
Wanted a gardener with wife or daughter as launderess: cottage provided: Church of England. Address Rev W.A.Hamilton-Gell, Dry Drayton, Cambridge.

Morning Post - Tuesday 10 June 1884 p8 advert for servant wanted
Can any gentleman recommend a groom under a coachman Age about 18, able to drive: Church of England. Address Rev W.A.Hamilton-Gell, Dry Drayton, Cambridge.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 14 June 1884 p2 Poor law case
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions - Poor Law cases. Frank Barkham, Wood-street, Jackson-street. Hulme, Manchester, was also summoned show cause why he should not contribute towards the support of his father, who lives at Dry Drayton, and is chargeable to the common fund of the Chesterton Union. An order was made for Is. 6d per week and costs. Mr. Whitehead represented The Guardians.

East Anglian Daily Times - Friday 17 October 1884 p3 Diseases of animals
The Executive Committee under the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act reported that there had been contagious disease at two places in the county during the past quarter, viz: glanders at Scotland Farm. Dry Drayton, where four horses had been killed, and swine fever at Toft. The Committee congratulated the county on the comparative freedom from disease.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 22 November 1884 p6 criminal damage case
ALLEGED WILFUL DAMAGE. Zadock Glover. Stephen Opheal, Wm. Harper, John Glover, Harry Dilley, Reuben Chapman, Frank Chapman. Elijah Thompson, Walter Markham, Fred Binge, and Henry Binge, all young men, were summoned for wilfully setting fire to a quantity of faggots, the property of Richard Few, at Dry Drayton, on Nov. 5th. The case was allowed to he withdrawn on payment of 5s. each on account of costs, and damages.

Cambridge Chronicle 23 Jan 1885 p 8 News of the Rector
The Rev A.W.Hamilton-Gell and family have arrived at 44 Eaton Square London SW


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 7 February 1885 p8 Poaching offence.
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. Game trespass. Young Amps, labourer of Dry Drayton was summoned for trespassing upon land in the occupancy of Mr Henry Hurrell of Madingley in search of conies on 26th ult. He was convicted and fines 5s and costs.


Bury Free Press - Saturday 25 April 1885 p9 Affiliation order
Petty Session (Cambs) Affiliation. Annie Bye v Benjamin Nunstead was an affiliation summons brought by a young woman at Dullingham against a young man at Dry Drayton, defendant being ordered to pay 2s6d per week until the child is thirteen years of age.


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 30 May 1885 p4. Sale of land
Longstanton and Dry Drayton, Cambs. 48 ACRES (more or less) OF HIGHLY VALUABLE FREEHOLD AND COPYHOLD ARABLE & PASTURE LAND And COTTAGES, Situate Longstanton and Dry Drayton, Cambs. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY JOHN SWAN & SON, At the Red Lion Hotel, Cambridge, on Saturday the 20th day of June, 1885, at Four for Five o’clock in the afternoon, in four lots.
Lot I.—[Longstanton]
Lot 2.—[Longstanton]
Lot 3.—A1l those 10a. Or. 2p. (more or less) of Pasture land, situate in Stone Field (Where was this?), in Dry Drayton consisting of two allotments, Nos. 86 and 87 on the Award Plan of the parish of Dry Drayton, and containing respectively 8a. 0r. 17p. and la. 3r.35p bounded on part of the north-east and on the south-east by an allotment to Samuel Smith, D.D on the east and west by a private road, on the remaining part of the north-east and on the north west by allotments awarded to Thomas Seymour Hide and John Burton respectively. 8a. 0r. 17p. Copyhold of the Manor of Coventry in Dry Drayton; la. 3r. 25p. Freehold.
Lot 4.—-All that old inclosed Close of Freehold Pasture LAND, in Dry Drayton, aforesaid, containing la. 1r. 2lp. (more or less), abutting at the west corner upon the bridleway from Dry Drayton to Longstanton and also all that other old inclosed Close of Pasture LAND, in Dry Drayton aforesaid, containing 3a. (more or less). adjoining the last described Close of Freehold Pasture Land with the Messuage now converted into two tenements thereon. Copyhold of the Manor of Coventry


Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 27 June 1885 p7 drunkenness
Cambridge Division Petty Session. Drunk and disorderly Zadoc Glover labourer of Dry Drayton pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at Dry Drayton on the 6th inst. and was fined 2s6d and costs.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 17 July 1885 p4. Annual flower and veg sale

Madingley, Drayton, Hardwicke and Coton, Flower and vegetable Society The Annual Show will be held on Wednesday July 22 1885 at Dry Drayton in the grounds of the Rev A.W.Hamilton-Gell. A band will be in attendance Admission 2-4 o'clock 1s, 4-5 o'clock 6d, after 5 o'clock 2d.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 25 July 1885 p6 Flower Show
FLOWER SHOW AT DRY DRAYTON. On Wednesday a show of flowers from Drayton, Hardwicke, Coton, and Madingley was held at Dry Drayton, in the beautiful grounds of the Rev. A. W. Hamilton-Gell. The weather was of very favourable nature, and the attendance of visitors was large. The baskets of vegetables were very numerous and exceedingly fine, that exhibited by Mr. R. Sadler, of Coton, being especially noticeable. The basket of flowers exhibited by Mr. Rowney was very tastefully arranged. The gooseberries were very fine, and in this class those exhibited by Mr. R. Thompson, Coton, were of an enormous size. The entries for potatoes were very numerous, and some fine specimens were exhibited. The broad beans were also very good. During the afternoon and evening the Madingley and Hardwicke Brass Band gave a selection of music. Mr. H Hurrell undertook the secretaryship. The following is the prize-list:—
Baskets of vegetables —l R Sadler. Coton, 2 R Johnson Madingley. 3 W Richardson
Cabbages —l Mrs Longstaff. 2 R Sadler. Coton. 3 G King, Hardwicke
Lettuces —l R Sadler, Coton, 2 Mrs E Longstaff, 3 F Barlow. Madingley
Peas —l R Sadler, Coton, 2 J Bond, Drayton, 3 G King Hardwicke
Carrots - 1 Thompson, Coton, 2 R Johnson. Madingley, 3 R Sadler. Coton
Broad beans -1 A Bond, Hardwicke. 2 R Sadler. Coton 3 E Wing Drayton.
Extra prize -Mrs E Longstaff Hardwicke
Runner Beans -1 Nightingale, Coton. A Johnson Madingley, 3 W Neaves. Coton. Extra prize—W Harper. Drayton
Potatoes, kidney (white)— 1 Thompson. Coton 2 Upchurch, Coton, 3 John Binge, Drayton
Potatoes round (coloured) - 1 Bond, Hardwicke. 2 G Nightingale. Coton
Potatoes, round (white)- 1 Thompson, Coton. 2 C Upchurch, Coton, 3 G Nightingale, Coton, extra prize R Sadler, Coton
Autumn onions — 1 G.King. 2 A Bond, 3 E. Pendrick
Spring onions — 1 R Thompson, Coton, 2 J Bond. Drayton. 3 J Dawson, Madingley
Cauliflowers — R Thompson. Coton
Turnips — 1 R Sadler, Coton. 2 Mrs E Longstaff. Hardwicke. 3 R Thompson, Coton
Rhubarb — 1 J Sandford. Madingley. 2 J Wing Drayton. 3 R Sadler. Coton
Red currants — 1 R Thompson. Coton. 2 Mrs Null Hardwicke, extra. E Johnson. Madingley
White currants — 1 J Dawson. Madingley, 2 Mrs Null Hardwicke
Black currants - 1 Mrs E Longstaff, Hardwicke. 2 R Thompson, Coton
Gooseberries, the fewest in the the lb 1 R Thompson Coton. 2 Mrs Wheeler. Hardwicke
Gooseberries, flavour— I J Sandford, Madingly 2 W Child, Coton
Strawberries,- 1 J Dawson, 2 E Johnson. both of Madingley
Cut roses 1 J Bond. Drayton, 2 James Longstaff Hardwicke 2
Nosegay -1 A Wing. Drayton. 2 D Johnson. Madingley
Baskets of flowers -1 J Longstaff,
Nosegay of wild flowers -l A Johnson 2 M Sandford * 3 A Stonebridge, all of Madingley.
3 plants in pots - 1 G Gouldthorpe Madingley 2 E Wing Drayton
Honey — J Dawson, Madingley
AMATEURS. Baskets of vegetables—l J Rowney. 2 W Rolfe 3 J Styles
Baskets of fruit—l J Rowney. 2 W Rolfe
Baskets of flowers—l J Rowney 2 Dr King
TRADESMEN. Vegetables—l G Rayment, Madingley, 2 W Ward Coton
Fruit-1 W Ward. 2 J Metcalfe, both of Coton
Flowers—W Ward, Coton.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 24 October 1885 p4 Apprentice wanted
Wanted to apprentice, a boy to the grocery and drapery Mrs Few Dry Drayton (Where was this?)

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 7 November 1885 p8 Election
West Cambs Election. Mr Neville Goodman's candidate. Meeting at Dry Drayton. Notwithstanding the tempestuous weather a fairly well attended meeting was held at Dry Drayton in a barn kindly lent by Mr Few, on Saturday last. Mr W Clear took the chair and after an address from the candidate which lasted for about an hour a vote of confidence in Mr Goodman was put and carried.


Cambridge Chronicle 22 January 1886 p8 Return of the Rector

The Rev A.W. and Mrs Hamilton-Gell have arrived at their London House 44 Eaton Square S.W.


Portsmouth Evening News - Wednesday 10 February 1886 p2 Death
DEATHS. Smith. On the 4th instant, Greatham Moor, Petersfield. aged 73 the Rev W Smith, 28 years Rector of Dry Drayton and 43 years J.P. for the county of Cambridge, eldest surviving son of Samuel Smith, D D, some time Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 13 March 1886 p3 Farming sale
Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire. Messrs. WEIGHT A SCRUBY are instructed by the Rev. A. W. Hamilton- Gell, TO SELL BY AUCTION, on Friday, the 26th day of March inst., at 10.30 punctually, all his valuable Live and Dead FARMING STOCK, CONSISTING OF
about 60 Head of NEAT STOCK,
110 EWES,
all the AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS, Suitable for a farm of 400 acres, many of which are new within the last four years, and comprise:
12-coulter corn drill (by Smythe),
chaff-cutter (by Vipan and Headly),
dressing machine (by Baker),
reaper (by Hornsby),
six carts,
water cart,
four wood and five iron ploughs,
seed and handle harrows,
grass mower,
horse rake,
horse hoe,
turnip cutters,
sacks, harness, and other useful farming effects. Farm sale
Catalogues and further particulars may be had of the Auctioneers, Post Office Terrace, Cambridge, ten days prior to the sale.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 10 April 1886 p3 Farm Sale
SATURDAY NEXT. Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire. FREEHOLD AND COPYHOLD FARM, CONTAINING 140 ACRES OF TITHE-FREE ARABLE AND PASTURE LAND, With Substantial Farm Homestead and Buildings, also there is about 36 Acres sown with WHEAT, 7 Acres with OATS. and 4 Acres with TARES, which will be included in the purchase. Two Freehold Tenements, With Garden and Orchard well-planted and in full bearing, containing la. Or. 13P. Situate near the Prince of Wales Public house; now in the occupation of Messrs. Binge, Rook, and Few ; TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY JOHN SWAN & SON, At the Red Lion Hotel, Cambridge, on Saturday next, April 17th, 1886. at 4 o’clock precisely. Further particulars may be obtained on application to Mr. Peed, solicitor, Bank Buildings Bene’t-street, Cambridge; and of the Auctioneers 19, Sidney-street, Cambridge.

Cambridge Chronicle 7th May 1886 p4 Return of the Rector from London
The Rev A.W. and Mrs Hamilton-Gell have returned to Dry Drayton from Eaton Square S.W.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 7 August 1886 p4 Farm sale

Dry Drayton, Cambs. 9 Horse Kind, 11 Head of Cow Stock, 30 Head of Poultry, a general assortment of AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS, and a few lots of FURNITURE. &c. BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY ALFRED UNDERWOOD, on Wednesday. August 18th, 1886, by direction of the Executrix of the late Mr. J. R. Webster. Sale to commence at 11 for 12 o’clock. Comprising 5 Working Horses. Mare and Foal by side. Yearling Cart Colt, Black Pony quiet to ride and drive. 2 Down Calving Cows. 4 Cows in profit. 3 Steer Buds. 2 Heifer Buds, 30 Head of Poultry. Implements consist of double shaft waggon, 4 dung carts, water cart, market cart, neat dog cart in good order, Howard’s international reaping machine. 13 coulter corn and seed drill, with compass box complete, iron and wood ploughs, 3 sets of iron seed harrows, horse drags, horse hoes, turnip cutters, wurtzel mincer, chaff cutter, oil cake breaker, weighing machine and weights, iron roll, dressing machine (by Baker), barn tackle, harness, sheep and pig troughs, hurdles, and various implements in husbandry, Catalogues may be had at the principal Inns in the neighbourhood, on the Premises, or of the Auctioneer, Willingham, Cambs., who will post I them on application.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 15 October 1886 p8 Shocking Accident
Mr H Gotobed, the Borough Coroner, held an enquiry at Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge yesterday (Thursday) morning into the circumstances attending the death of a lad named Theophilus Binge, aged 13 years, who met with his death last Monday under very dreadful circumstances. The following evidence was taken: Frederick Searn, a labourer of Dry Drayton said he knew the deceased, who was employed by Mr Frohock as a labouring boy on the farm. Last Monday morning about seven o'clock witness was on a steam plough at Mr Frohock's farm . The deceased was oiling the snatch block wheel at the corner of the field. Witness was 20 chains from him.
The Coroner: Did you see what happened?
Witness: No sir I could not, But the rope was thrown out of order so that it stopped the plough. Witness then went to the boy and found him lying about a yard off the master block wheel. He was quite sensible. He told witness that he was stepping over the rope and fell down. Witness could see that one of his legs was cut very much. There was not much blood. He was put into a cart and taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital . The deceased had been working at the farm for some months . The deceased usually oiled the blocks. There were two other boys employed on the farm.
The foreman of the jury: How old were the other two boys?
Witness: Not as old as the deceased.
The Coroner: Did you consider it a dangerous occupation to oil this wheel?
Witness: No Sir
The Coroner: Not for a boy even?
Witness: No Sir. He had been cautioned not to walk inside the rope. We have seen him walk inside the rope. There was no reason why deceased should walk inside.
Mr Ashton Street, house surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital , said the deceased was admitted to hospital about five minutes past nine on Monday morning. Witness saw him at once. He was suffering from a compound fracture of the left leg, a compound fracture of the right arm and a compound fracture of the right thigh. Practically the left leg was torn off it was only hanging by a small piece of skin. After a consultation had been held by all the surgeons amputation of the left leg and right arm took place. The deceased died about 2 o'clock on Tuesday morning from the injuries received. Practically there was no hope of recovery.
The Coroner: Did he give any account of the accident to you?
Witness: No
The Coroner: Did he blame anyone?
Witness: Oh no.
Frederick Linford, engine driver of Dry Drayton said he was employed by Mr Frohock. On Monday morning he was on the farm driving an engine which worked the plough. The deceased was also employed on the farm. Witness sent him to oil the snatch blocks. He could not see the accident from where he was.
The coroner: What made you know that something was wrong?
Witness: The rope was thrown off. He (witness) then went to the snatch block and found the deceased lying close to the wheel. He was injured a great deal. He said "Oh Dear". He was then put into a cart and brought to the hospital. He had been working on the farm for several weeks. He (deceased) had been in the habit of oiling the wheels. Witness had cautioned him not to walk inside the rope. A boy was always employed to oil the block.
The Coroner: Are they often as young as this one?
Witness: Yes Sir
The Coroner: You don't think it was a dangerous occupation?
Witness: No Sir
A Juror: If he had kept outside the rope would this have happened?
Witness: No
A Juror: I have seen these machines at work and if the boy had kept outside there would have been no danger.
The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death".

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 19 November 1886 p5 Sale of public house
Messrs Wright and Scruby are instructed by the Rev A.W.Hamilton-Gell to sell by auction at the Red Lion Hotel Cambridge on Saturday November 27th 1886 at 4 o'clock in the Afternoon all that valuable freehold and old established Public House situate in the centre of the village and known by the sign of the Three Horse Shoes as now occupied by Mrs Silk. Further particulars will appear and may shortly be had of Mr E.Wayman Solicitor, Silver Street, Cambridge and of the Auctioneers Post Office Terrace, Cambridge.


London Evening Standard - Saturday 1 January 1887 p4 Advowson sale
Advowson for sale, by private treaty with immediate possession. Dry Drayton Rectory, five miles from Cambridge: agricultural population 377: First class rectory house, well adapted for scholastic purposes, gardens, out offices with church schools &c all in thorough repair: income about 230L a year from 400 acres glebe let at low rental: no outgoings. Apply Mr George Marsden Auctioneer, Wirksworth.

East Anglian Daily Times - Wednesday 09 February 1887 p2 Cook from the Rectory looking for a new position

Situations Wanted - as plain cook in a small family; two year's good character. H.B. Dry Drayton Rectory, Cambridge

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 18 February 1887 p5 The Rector selling up
DRY DRAYTON RECTORY, Near CAMBRIDGE. Sale of the Contents of the above Rectory, EXCELLENT HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, By eminent London and provincial makers, including suites of Bedroom Requisites, Bedsteads, Wool, Hair and other Mattresses, Beds and Bedding, Walnut, Mahogany. Japanned and other Wardrobes, Chests Of Drawers, &e.. Dining-room Suite In oak and morocco, consisting of 12 chairs, 2 Indulgent Ditto, Telescope Dining Table with patent screw, handsome Sideboard with mirror back, Costly Brasses and Clocks, a Full Compass Sweet-toned and nearly new. Boudoir Trichord Pianoforte, In Walnut and fine feather; Indulgent and other Chairs, Couches, sofas, Over Mantel, Cabinets, Brackets, &c. Handsome Gilt Console Table and Pier Glasses,' Tapestry, Cretonne, and other Curtains; Skin, Indian, Persian, and other Rugs, a few Modern Oil Paintings, Carved Oak Table, Chairs and Hat Stand; Glass, China, Kitchen, Scullery, and other Effects, together with the multifarious contents of a well-furnished home; upwards of 70 dozens of Choice Wines, AND ABOUT 17 Boxes of exquisite Cigars ; Also, the OUT-DOOR EFFECTS, comprising 2 CARRIAGE HORSES & USEFUL NAG, set of Harness, Saddle, &c., FIVE CARRIAGES, Viz, Pony Trap, Strong Spring Cart, costly valuable WAGONETTE with moveable head. by Holmes, and an elegant London-built DOUBLE PHAETON with hood; Water Tank, &c.; about 16 TONS well-got HAY To go off; EIGHT STORE PIGS, Poultry, Garden Tools, Plants, and Garden Frames, Wire Netting, &c., TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY GEO. MABSDEN, by order of the Rev. A. W. Hamilton-Gell, Dry Drayton Rectory, near Cambridge, on WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, and FRIDAY, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th days of March, 1887, commencing each day punctually at Eleven o’clock. Catalogues can be had at the Lion Hotel and Chronicle Office, Cambridge; Long Stanton and Oakington Railway Stations, and place of sale. The Effects will be on view the Monday preceding the Sale. Auction and estate agency officer Wirksworth.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 26 February 1887 p8 Sale at the Rectory postponed.
NOTICE. POSTPONEMENT OF SALE DRY DRAYTON RECTORY, CAMBRIDGE. THE ABOVE SALE, advertised in another column for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday next, March 2, 3, and 4, 1887, WILL NOT TAKE PLACE until Further Notice. GEORGE MARSDEN, Auctioneer, Wirksworth. Auction and Estate Agency Offices. Wirksworth, Derby

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 14 May 1887 p4 Farm to rent
To be let and entered upon immediately a very useful farm situate at Dry Drayton consisting of about 52 acres of arable land with cottage and small homestead as late in the occupancy of Mrs Benton, Apply to Wright and Scruby auctioneers and valuers, Post Office Terrace, Cambridge.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 20 August 1887 p8 Domestic violence
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions,
THREATS. John Impey (58), labourer, Dry Drayton, was charged with using threats towards his wife on Tuesday last. It appeared that the prisoner, who is much older than his wife, had been in the habit of ill treating her, and the magistrates sent him to gaol for a month, with hard labour, in default of producing a surety of £5 for his good behaviour. It was stated that whenever the man was in work, a thing which occurred only at intervals, he spent his earnings in drink, and the mother was dependent upon the wages of her three sons, the eldest of whom is about 10.

Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow - Friday 2 September 1887 p5 Fatal accident
LONGSTOWE. FATAL ACCIDENT AND INQUEST. An inquest was held on Monday last by Mr. C. W. Palmer, Coroner for the County, at the house of James Hart, at Longstowe, touching the death of Mary Ann Badcock. The following evidence was taken:— William Badcock said: I live at Dry Drayton and travel the country with a van. The deceased was my wife; she was 48 years of age. About half past 7 on Friday evening last, after grinding some razors and a pair of scissors, I left the home of James Hart, at Longstowe. My wife was riding on the grinder with her feet on the side. I told her I thought she had better get off. The pony ran sway. It was a fresh pony; it had never been in the grinder before. My wife jumped and fell, as I suppose, I couldn't. see. I went to her and picked her up. She spoke once or twice. I got assistance and then I went for the doctor who came. The deceased was not dead before I got back. She died the same night. My wife usually used to ride on the grinding barrow. Mary Giddings on her oath said I am the wife of Richard Giddings, of Longstowe, labourer. On Friday evening last I saw the deceased fall from the grinding barrow on to her head. I was standing at my window. I ran to her and lifted her head and shook her but could not make her speak for some little time. Blood was coming from her nose and from the back of her head. She was brought to this house and the doctor was sent for. She died the same night about a quarter to eleven. Dr. John Giles on his oath said I am a duly qualified medical man residing at Caxton. On Friday evening last I was called in to see the deceased. I found a slight lacerated wound at the back of the head. Her eyelids were greatly swollen and she was bleeding from the nose. She was comatose and pulse very irregular. I came to the conclusion she had fractured the base of her skull and that she was in a dying condition. The cause of death was a fracture of the base of the skull. The jury returned a verdict of "accidental death".

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 9 September 1887 p8 Harvest Festival
The Harvest Thanksgiving Services will be held on Sunday September 11th. Morning 11, Evening 6.30. Preacher Rev Professor Mayor.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 16 September 1887 p7 Dry Drayton En Fete
DRY DRAYTON EN FETE. The parish of Dry Drayton has been en fete this week, celebrating the triple events of the Harvest Festival, Her Majesty’s Jubilee, and the recent appointment of the already popular and respected Rector (the Rev. F. W. Henstock). On Sunday last, the harvest festival services were held in the parish church, and the evening service was attended by such a crowded congregation that many persons could not gain admittance. The services, which were fully choral, were of a most hearty and joyous character, the musical portions being rendered by the choir with a degree of thoroughness and appreciation which might be advantageously emulated by many choirs in large town parishes. The anthem, which especially exhibited the high state of culture which the choir has attained since the appointment of the present Rector was Stainer's “Ye shall dwell in the Land,” the solos being effectively sung by the Rev. A. R. Willis and Miss Dence, and Miss Wyhbrow most efficiently presiding at the organ. The lessons, both morning and evening, were read by Messrs. T. Emmott and W. Earle, of Christ’s College; and the sermon was preached by the Rev. Prof. Mayor, Fellow of St. John’s College, whose evening sermon, taken from part of the Lord’s Prayer, Give us this day our daily bread. Lead us not into temptation,’* especially held the large congregation in rapt attention. At the Holy Communion at the 11 o’clock service, the Rector (the Rev. P. W. Henstock) was the celebrant. The Church had been beautifully and chastely decorated by many willing hands, foremost amongst whom may named Mrs. Henstock, Miss Dence, Mrs. Reynolds, the Misses Kidman, and the Rev. A. R. Willis, choice plants being supplied not only from the rectory gardens, but, through the kindness of Mr. Hurrell, from those of Madingley Hall. The collections, which amounted to £6 17s 3d., were devoted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. On Tuesday, the Jubilee was celebrated, and every resident of the village participated. In the afternoon, all the children attending the day and Sunday schools sat down to a substantial tea, in a commodious building most kindly lent and fitted by Mr. T. Deuce. At six o'clock, every adult resident was invited to a substantial repast, and of it nearly 200 partook. After supper, cigars and tobacco were distributed; and songs were sung by the Rev. A. R. Willis, Mr. J. Dence. Mr Fypers, and Mr. Todd: and after lengthened kindly intercourse, toasts, and cheers, a most enjoyable evening was brought to a close by a splendid display of fireworks. On Wednesday evening, owing to there having been an almost inexhaustible supply of good things, the same party again sat down to another ample repast, and another most enjoyable evening was spent. The building and its approaches were gaily decorated with banners, and, in the evening, the church bells rang out merry peals. Thus ended a happy festival. Hearty thanks are due to Mr. I. Dence for his warm support, to Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds for their indefatigable exertions, and to the army of friends who gave their kindly aid.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 15 October 1887 p5 Theft
THEFT AT DRY DRAYTON. Charles Chapman, alias "Darky" and John Roper, otherwise "Sutty". both of Castle-end, were summoned for stealing a dead hare, valued at 2s. 2d., the property of John Underwood, of Dry Drayton, on the 10th September. Deputy Chief Constable Stretten said that both men had been away from Cambridge for some time. A warrant had been issued for the apprehension of Roper who did not appear — but he did not know that they would be successful in finding him. It might have, — as he hoped it had — frightened him away from the neighbourhood. Complainant said the defendants took the hare from his cart whilst the vehicle was standing in his field. Chapman pleaded guilty; but said Roper took the hare. He did not know he was going to do so; and he told him to put it back again. He elected to be dealt with summarily, and Mr. Stretten said he had been twice previously convicted. Chapman said he was a married man, and he was sorry to say that he had a dead child lying in the house. A fine of 10s. and costs was imposed, amounting, in all, to £1 16s. Od. —Allowed a month in which to pay the money.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 16 December 1887 p8 Trespass after game

Cambridgeshire Petty Sessions Cambridge Division.
Trespassing. An information was entered against Mr. Porcheron, of Jesus Lane, Cambridge, for that he, on the 3rd November last, "did hire, and abet persons to the number of five, that is to say about 12 or 14, who did commit a trespass on land in the parish of Dry Drayton, belonging to Mr. Henry James Banyard, in search of game". Mr. Cockerell appeared for the plaintiff Mr. Papworth the defendant. Mr Cockerell, in opening the case, said the defendant had the right of shooting over land adjoining that of Mr. Banyard. On the day n question, the defendant, with some friends was shooting on this land. They employed a party of men to drive the birds. In the course of the afternoon, it was suggested that they should have a drive, and the men were sent to drive the birds off Mr. Banyard's land where the guns were waiting for them. Mr. Banyard heard of it, and wrote to Mr. Porcheron, in reply to which he received a letter to the effect that the defendant did not commit the offence. William Amps, of Dry Drayton, gamekeeper for the defendant, stated that one day in the beginning of November, Mr. Porcheron had a shooting party. On the morning of the day in question, they were shooting in the neighbourhood of Scotland Farm, and, after luncheon Mr. Porcheron told witness to "drive" Mr. Banyard’s rough field down to theirs. The defendant had about a dozen men with him . The raised one covey of birds but none were shot as they did not go in the right direction. There was one field between Mr Banyard's land and the spot where the guns were stationed. Mr Porcheron had the right of shooting over about 1000 acres. Mr Papworth said his case was that Mr Porcheron was shooting over his own land at Scotland Farm on which he ordered Amps to beat for game. At the time Mr Porcheron received Mr Banyard's letter, he was not aware that the men went on the plaintiff's land, and when he became aware of the fact he apologised to Mr Banyard. Tom Meed, a lad living in Prospect Row Cambridge said he was with a shooting party at Drayton on 3rd November. He was with either the shooters or the beaters all the afternoon. Hew heard orders given for the men top drive the birds on Mr Porcheron's fields, but he heard no orders given to anyone to go on Mr Banyard's land. He also said that whilst he was with the beaters Amps did not leave them . The bench ordered the defendant to pay a fine of £1 and the costs.


Morning Post - Thursday 26 January 1888 p7 Position wanted by one of the Rectory staff.
Situations wanted - as footman under a butler, height 5ft 7in age 19 good character, A.D. Dry Drayton Rectory.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 27 January 1888 p5, Timber sale.
TRINITY COLLEGE FARM, DRY DRAYTON, Cambs, About 4 Miles from Cambridge and 2 Miles from Oakington G.E.R. Station. A Fall of 55 large Timber Trees, comprising 31 Ash, 22 Elm and 2 Oak, with the Leg and Topwood. The Trees are clean, straight, of excellent quality, and lie close to good hard roads. Messrs. WISBEY. SON & MOYES are instructed TO SELL BY AUCTION, on WEDNESDAY, February the 15th, 1888, at 11 o’clock the Forenoon precisely. Catalogues may be had of Messrs Bidwell, Land Agents and Surveyors, Ely, and 12, Mill Lane, Cambridge; or of the Auctioneers, 26, Trinity Street, Cambridge.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 23 March 1888 p8 Pub to let
To be let at Michaelmas next, the Three Horseshoes Public House at Dry Drayton Cambridgeshire. For further particulars apply to Edwin Wm Swann, brewer, Castle Hotel, Cambridge or Mr W.Phypers of Dry Drayton Cambs. (Advertising continued until August 1888)

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 8 June 1888 p5 Small farm to be let
Dry Drayton Cambs. To be let with possession at Michaelmas next, a small farm containing 139a 1r 5p with an excellent house and home stead and pair of cottages in the village. There is some good grass land and the arable land is in a fair state of cultivation. The farm will be let at a reasonable rent and with easy covenants.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 13 July 1888 p7 Threatening conduct
CAMBRIDGESHIRE PETTY SESSIONS. CAMBRIDGE DIVISION, July 7. Threatening a Sister.— Wm. Badcock, of Dry Drayton, was charged, on remand, with threatening to "do for" his sister, Emma Trevis, before he left the parish, on the 30th of June, in consequence of which, as well as other threats, she was afraid he would do her some bodily harm The Clerk (Mr. C. W. Palmer) informed the Bench that the prisoner was taken before Mr. E. B. Foster on the 3rd inst., when that gentleman consented that bail should be given for the defendant's appearance that day, but sureties were not forthcoming. He then read the evidence which the complainant gave on that occasion, which was to the effect that, on the previous Saturday evening, the defendant went to her house, and said to her, "Come out, you , I will do for you; I will have you out by some means or other,if I have to set fire to the house and burn you out". Similar evidence was given by the husband and daughter of the complainant. The prisoner denied the whole of the evidence, saying it was entirely false. Deputy Chief Constable Stretten stated that the prisoner had been charged before the Court on five occasions, and was convicted of drunkenness in June, 1887. The prisoner was bound over to keep the peace for six months, himself in £2O, and two sureties in £10 each.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 27 July 1888 p8 Flower Show
FLOWER SHOW MADIN6LEY. On Wednesday, a large gathering took place in the pretty grounds of Madingley Hall, the occasion of the holding of the annual flower show for the parishes of Madingley, Hardwick, Dry Drayton and Coton. The exhibits were more numerous than last year, and they were highly creditable to those who displayed them. A great feature of the show this year was the competition in the class for hand bouquets, which was very keen. The judges were—Messrs. F. Butler (Harston), and Forbes, of Trumpington. Various amusements were indulged in by those who visited the show, and the exhibition was much enjoyed by all present. There then followed a detailed PRIZE LIST. Names mentioned of prize winners from Dry Drayton were:
G.Thompson (carrots,coloured round potatoes), H.Radford (runner beans), J.Bond (spring onions,vegetable marrow), J.Wing (Rhubarb, gooseberries).

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 17 August 1888 p8 Assault
POLICE INTELLIGENCE. CAMBRIDGE DIVISION PETTY SESSIONS SATURDAY. ASSAULT AT DRY DRAYTON. David Shipp, a shoemaker, residing at Dry Drayton, was summoned for having assaulted Sarah Ann Gravestocks, a married woman, residing in the same place, on the 3rd instant. —The defendant pleaded guilty.—The complainant, who had a black eye, stated that, on Tuesday night last, between eight and nine o’clock, she was going home, when she met the defendant. She asked him why he had struck one of her_ daughters, and he replied that he would do it again. She told him that she would rather that he should strike her (the complainant) than strike her child, whereupon the defendant gave her a blow in the face, blacking her eye. The defendant said that what he did was in self-defence. The bench imposed a fine of 10s. and 15s. 6d. costs.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 28 September 1888 p5 Sale of farm stock
Preliminary. Dry Drayton Cambridgeshire. 6 working horses, 1 foal, 2 milch cows, 2 heifers, 2 steers, 1 calf and an assortment of agricultural implements and effects to be sold by auction by Alfred Underwood during the month of October next by direction of Mr W.C.Phypers who is giving up his farms. Further particulars to appear in future papers.

Morning Post - Friday 28 September 1888 p7 servants wanted
WANTED, Man and Wife to live in large Country Rectory near Cambridge: good character as to ability, &c, indispensable: age over 30.— Address the Rev. H.. Dry Drayton Rectory. Cambridge.

Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Saturday 6 October 1888 p5 Sale of farming stock
17 cart horses, 170 sheep 20 cows, and a quantity of implements, the property of Mr Frohock whose lease of the Dry Drayton Farm has expired. Mr J.R.Eve will include in the Swavesey Dairy Company's sale on Wednesday October 10th 1888 at ten o'clock, without reserve.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 12 October 1888 p5 Farm to let
To let with immediate possession. A desirable farm comprising farmhouse, cottages, buildings and about 290 acres of arable and pasture land at Dry Drayton, Cambs, Late in the occupation of Messrs Frohock. For particulars apply to Mr J.Looker, Huntingdon.

Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow - Friday 26 October 1888 p5 New licensee Three Horse Shoes
Division Petty Sessions, transfers of beer house licences agreed by the Magistrates included Three Horse Shoes, Dry Drayton, from Mary Aust to Wm Thomas Ratcliffe.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 7 December 1888 p8 Theft of a hare a year previously
Stealing a hare. John Roper, labourer of Castle Street Cambridge, was brought up on a charge of stealing a hare, of the value of 2s 6d, the property of John Underwood, at Dry Drayton, on Sept, 11th, 1887. It appeared that at the time the offence was committed a warrant for the apprehension of the prisoner and a man named Chapman was issued. Chapman was arrested and fined by the Magistrates, but Roper absconded. It appeared from depositions of the prosecutor taken on that occasion that on the day named, he went late into his field at Drayton and in a ditch he found a hare caught in a snare and he put it in his cart. Chapman and Roper came up to him and and whilst Chapman was speaking to him Roper took the hare out of the cart. The complainant now added that he could not swear that the prisoner was the man who took the hare. Roper called at his house on Thursday, and offered to give him a half-sovereign if he would not press the charge against him, but the witness said he did not want the money. The depositions of Superintendent Whitechurch were then read over. They were to the effect that on the day in question, at 11 o'clock in the morning, witness saw Chapman and Roper on the Huntingdon road going in the direction of Dry Drayton. Later in the day he went in company with a Constable onto the Madingley Road where he saw the same men, and they, upon seeing him, ran in the direction of Coton. The Superintendent said a warrant was obtained for the apprehension of the two men and Chapman was caught and convicted, but nothing was heard of Roper till he went to join the militia. An officer was sent for him but he "bolted" leaving his kit at the public house where he had been lodging and without receiving his bounty. He (The Witness) apprehended the prisoner on Thursday at the Swan Public House. Roper said "I suppose I'm alright, if they don't give me more than twelve months I don't mind. I have seen the old man Underwood and he said he would not come up unless he was sent for." In answer to the Chairman the prisoner stated that he had been in the Militia for twelve years, and had been a reserved man eleven out of that time. Supt Whitechurch said Roper had been before the Magistrates 15 times since 1874. He was sentenced to two months imprisonment with hard labour.

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 14 December 1888 p5 LIBERAL MEETING AT DRY DRAYTON.

On Tuesday evening a crowded Liberal meeting was held in the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Dry Drayton, in support of the candidature of two staunch Liberals, who have different goals in view. Mr. Hugh E. Hoare, who is seeking to represent West Cambridgeshire in the imperial Parliament, and Mr. John Chivers, who has placed his services at the disposal of the Histon district (which includes Dry Drayton) in connection with the new County Council. The meeting was an extremely encouraging one. Many of the electors had walked miles to be present, and the greatest unanimity prevailed. The chair was taken by the Rev. Mr. Jones, of Histon; and amongst those present, in addition to the candidates and Dr. Robertson, were the Liberal agent for the division (Mr. Baldwin), Messrs. D. Ship, Jno. Charles (Histon), C. Thompson, and W. Annabel. The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, explained that the village of Dry Drayton had been joined to Histon for the purposes of the County Council election, and therefore they were likely to see more of each other in the future than they had done in the past. They had a fairly good record at Histon, so far as the Liberal interest was concerned, and he believed they had a similar record at Drayton (applause). Having commented on the fact that there were two candidates before the meeting that evening, the Chairman moved a resolution expressing continued confidence Mr. Hoare, and pledging those present to do their best to return him to Parliament. Mr. Jones added that the more be saw and heard of Mr. Hoare, the more he was satisfied with him, and the more anxious he was that he should be returned to Parliament at the next election. Mr. Charles seconded the motion, which was duly carried. Mr. Hoare then delivered an interesting address, which was listened to with rapt attention, explained that his object in coming round to those villages was to place himself and his views fairly before the division; and then proceeded to criticise the foreign policy of the present Prime Minister, of which, he said, so great a boast was made by the Tories. He deplored the fact that fresh troops were being sent to Egypt in connection with the operations at Suakim, and he said that he feared the Government would be repeating the dreadful mistake which he was sorry to say the Liberals made in the bombardment of Alexandria. His deliberate judgment was that the less we had to do with Egypt the better. What quarrel had we with the Soudanese rebels, as they were called in some quarters, who were fighting in the desert. Against what were they rebels? Egypt had given up the control of the Soudan, and these men were simply fighting for their independence. We have no quarrel with them, and we had no right to dictate to them to how they should manage their own affairs. Mr. Hoare next commented on the conduct of Mr. Balfour in connection with Irish affairs, and said that both Lord Salisbury and his nephew were both wanting in imagination and sympathy, two of the greatest qualities a statesman could have, and without which a man could not become a great statesman. Turning to the Irish question, Mr. Hoare dwelt upon the manner in which the Tories sought to heap calumny upon the Irish nation. He, however, bore testimony to the chivalrous, magnanimous, and forgiving nature of the Irish people, to their gentle and affectionate disposition, and to their strict morality. He pointed out how that the same things which were said by the enemies of Ireland as to Mr. Parnell and his party. were said of O’Connell and his followers in days gone by, and commented upon the serious infringements of the liberties of the Irish people which had been imposed by the Coercion Act. While on the subject of Irish outrages, Mr. Hoare argued that cause could not be pronounced bad because bad men joined it. There had, he said, never been a cause in the world which had not had bad advocates as well as good ones, and a cause could not, therefore, be bad because a few bad men joined it and brought disgrace upon it. Outrages should not be allowed to retard or accelerate reform. Reform should move on in her stately pace, quite regardless of whether there were outrages or whether there were not. Addressing himself to home affairs, Mr. Hoare said that this country would never be properly and fairly represented until we had "one man one vote". Every man ought to have a vote, and one vote only (hear, hear). The Liberal party also wanted to see elections made cheaper, because now a man, unless he had a considerable amount of money, could not afford to contest a seat in Parliament. Liberals, too, wanted to see Parliaments elected for not more than three years, because under the present system the representatives in the House of Commons got out of touch with the people, and forgot what they were sent there to do. Personally, he wanted to see members paid. He took it that when that came about gentlemen who were returned to Parliament and could afford to do without a salary' would have too much self respect to take the money. He wanted to see poor men able to get into Parliament, and until they paid their members, poor men would not be able to represent them. It was a scandalous thing that in this country, in which the great mass of the people were poor, there should not be more poor men in Parliament. He would like to see a large number of genuine working men in the House of Commons (applause). He wanted, too, to see such a thorough alteration the House of Lords that it should not be able in future to interfere with and prevent the people carrying out the reforms they wanted, and he also desired to see a thorough land reform (hear, hear, and applause). He wanted to see land bought and sold as easily as they could buy and sell a horse and a cow; he desired to see the abolition of the law of entail, and he, in common with the Liberal party, wished to see the Allotments Act made a reality. Having advocated the establishment of village councils, which, he pointed out, would be a revival of the old parish government, and the granting to them of powers to acquire land for the labouring population, Mr. Hoare urged that the working men who hire allotments should have perfect freedom to cultivate the land in the most profitable manner, that they should not be liable to be turned out so long they paid their rent, and that when they left, they should have compensation for the unexpired value of what they put into the land. Mr. Chivers, of Histon, was an instance of what a thoughtful and intelligent man could do with land. Years before Mr. Gladstone advised farmers to grow fruit and make jam of it, Mr. Chivers had commenced the experiment, with the result that Histon, the village in which he lived, was one of the most prosperous places in West Cambridgeshire (Hear, hear) All this was because Mr. Chivers had the energy and the skill to leave the beaten track and adopt a course for himself. He thought that the labourer when he came possessed of land and had perfect freedom with regard to the cultivation of it, would do far more justice to the land than the farmer had been able to do. In conclusion, Mr. Hoare again reverted to the Irish question, and charged the Tories, as the champions of Law and Order, that they had done much to bring the very name of the law in Ireland into hatred and contempt, that they who had given to themselves the name of Defenders of Order had created disorder by their own acts, and that these arrogant and insolent pretenders to the title of Defenders of the Union had done all they could to sever Ireland and England, and to weaken the cohesion of the British Empire. Dr. M. Robertson was the next speaker. At the commencement of his address he expressed the pleasure which he experienced in visiting Dry Drayton in support of Mr. Hoare and Mr. Chivers, and in connection with the candidature of the latter gentleman he pointed out how important it was to the working classes that men should be returned to the county councils who had sympathy with those reforms calculated to benefit labouring men. The new councils would have to deal with the questions of allotments, assessment, and polling places, and he contended that there should be polling places in every village, so that working men need not lose half a day’s work or a day’s work in order to record their votes. He urged the electors to vote for Mr. Chivers because he was an enlightened man, because be would go in for progress, and because he would go in for the working man. Having emphasised the importance of selecting gentleman for the County Council who would look after the interests of the masses as well as those of the classes, Dr. Robertson proceeded to comment on a speech recently made the member for West Cambs, Mr. Charles Hall. He remarked that he (Dr. Robertson) had stated that Mr. Hall and the Tory party, to which he belonged - legislated for the classes--that the class to which they looked was the rich, and not to the working men. In saying that he had thought he was stating a thing that all the world knew, that all the world admitted. Mr Hall, however, was much offended with him, and he took a recent opportunity — at Melbourn he thought it was — of describing what he had said as "rubbish". That was not very argumentative, and he would not go so far as to say it was polite (hear hear and laughter). He did not desire to argue whether it was argumentative or polite, but what he wanted to know was whether it was true. Whether it was “rubbish” in the sense the Mr. Hall meant, namely, that it was untrue. He would endeavour in a few words to show them what was the foundation for his statement that Mr. Hall’s party and that Mr. Hall, as one of that party, legislated for the rich and the classes, and not for the poor and the masses. The question was one of history. He did not know how much Mr. Hall knew of history — it was not for him to put him through his facings—but as a public man he ought to know the general drift of the history of his own country (Hear, hear), and he made this assertion: that from the year 1832, when the great Reform Bill was passed, right down the stream of legislation, they would find that the great measures which had been for the benefit of the people at large had been passed by the Liberal party, and if Mr. Hall did not know it, he ought to do so. Dr, Robertson then went to enumerate many of the great popular measures for which the country is indebted to the Liberal party, which have been passed during the last half century. Beginning with the first Reform Act of 1832, he next took the Repeal of the Corn Laws, which, although nominally carried by a Tory Prime Minister, was, he pointed out, really the work of the Liberal Party, championed by Mr. Cobden and Mr. John Bright. In addition to the abolition of the duty on corn, the Liberal party had abolished the paper duty and the soap duties, and, in connection with these taxes, he thought the Tories were very inconsistent. First of all, they put a tax on food, and then, when the people were starving, they blamed them for being discontented, shot them down at Peterloo, and a certain duke prescribed curry powder as a remedy for hunger; they kept up the duty on paper, which was a tax upon knowledge, and then called the people an ignorant mob; and they put a duty on soap, and reviled the masses, "The great unwashed" (laughter and cries of Shame). Dr. Robertson gave a long list of other Liberal measures which had been passed for the benefit and in the interests of the working classes, but which the Tories had, true to their traditions, persistently opposed. Among others he mentioned the Education Act, which had done so much for this country, and, a propos of it, he commented upon the desire of the Liberal party to abolish school fees altogether. The last Reform Act which had given the working classes in the counties the vote was a Liberal measure, and one which was opposed by the Tories until they saw that the country was in the incipient stages of revolution. The Liberal party had not only given the people the vote, but also the protection of the ballot, and they had done something towards making elections cheaper by passing in 1882 the Corrupt Practices Act. As for the Ballot Act, the Tories liked it so little that they often tried to defeat it, even now, by falsely assuring the labourers that the ballot was not secret. If they turned to history, they would find that the Liberal party had always been the friend of the masses and of the working man, and that every reform which had been proposed by the Liberals had been opposed by the Tories. And yet Mr. Hall blamed him because he said that the Tory party legislated for the classes and not for the masses! He admitted that there were some measures which had been passed by Conservative Governments which had a Liberal tendency, but he said those measures generally belonged to one of two classes —they were either measures which had been advocated by the Liberals and opposed very bitterly and pertinaciously by the Tories until they could oppose them no longer, or else they were measures which, when they were passed, were shams and delusions. Amongst the former class Dr. Robertson mentioned the Reform Act of 1868, and amongst the latter, the Agricultural Holdings Act (which be reminded the meeting was a "dead letter" as it was originally passed, as all landlords could contract themselves out of its provisions) and the Allotments Act. Mr. Hall, in his speech, amused him not a little by saying that in consequence of the Allotments Act, which the Tory Government had passed, there was now the greatest facility for labourers to get allotments. As far as he had been able to ascertain from inquiries he had made, not a single man in that district had obtained an allotment under the Tory Allotment Act, and he asked anyone in the room who knew of a man who ha done so to hold up his hand (No hand was held up). He desired through the Press to challenge Mr. Hall to give a single instance in the district which he represented in Parliament of an allotment having been obtained under the provisions of this Act, which gave such "facilities" for obtaining them. He wished to say nothing disrespectful of Mr. Hall. He did not know him personally; but those who did said that he was a very pleasant fellow. He had attacked him (Dr. Robertson), and he was obliged to defend himself. He did not mean to be put down by a man who, without giving them a single fact or argument, called a statement “rubbish” without any proof at all. He did not accept such mode of argumentation, and would suggest to Mr. Hall that, if he wished the relations of political life to be sweet, he should indulge a little more in facts, a little more in arguments, and a little less in abuse (applause). After referring to other questions, Dr. Robertson said he did not deny that the member for West Cambs., in common with some others of the Tory party, might have a certain sympathy with the cause of reform; but, if Mr. Hall or any other person of his party wished to help the cause of reform, his only chance of doing so was to do as Mr Hoare and Mr. Chivers had done — namely, to join that great and noble army of reformers which had given magnificent measures to the people in the past, and which would, he was sure, in the future pass other measures which would bring down the boon of justice and equality to the door of every working man in this country (applause). The Chairman then introduced Mr. John Chivers who, he said, was a splendid business man and one who was in touch and sympathy with the people. They wanted as their representative the County Council a man who would go in for combining economy with efficiency, and that being so they could not do better than return Mr. Chivers. Mr. John Chivers, who was well received, then made what he announced was his "maiden speech." He endorsed all that had been said on general politics by Mr. Hoare and Dr. Robertson, and said that he had always been in favour of legislation which would bring the greatest happiness to the greatest number. He was an advocate of the cause of truth, liberty, and reform. Some of his opponents had been industriously circulating the statement that he had no interest at stake in the county, and therefore ought not to be on the County Council. He thought he had a very considerable interest at stake, inasmuch as he was a member of a firm which employed more people than any half-dozen of the other employers in the district. His reason for coming forward as a candidate was that he was interested in the proper management of the affairs of the district and in the welfare of the people living in it, whose confidence he felt sure he possessed (hear, hear, and applause). Mr. Chivers went on to mention some of the matters with which the County Councils would have to deal, and expressed himself warmly in favour of labourers being enabled to obtain allotments at a fair agricultural rent, and not at the price which was asked now in many places where working men had to pay as much as £4 an acre (a voice : £8 an acre some of it here). In conclusion, Mr. Chivers assured the electors that if they returned him to the council he would endeavour to advance the interests of all classes in the district (applause). Mr. Baldwin then proposed that Mr. Chivers was a fit and proper person to represent the district on the County Council; and Mr. Ship seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. Mr. Hoare then moved a vote of thanks to the chairman, and, in doing so, made a reference to the speech of Mr. Chivers, which had, he said, a true ring about it. He was pleased that Mr. Chivers had come forward to represent the district, for he believed he was an honest man, who, if were elected, would always go in for the good of the people. Mr. John Chivers seconded the proposition, which was carried, and the meeting terminated.


Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 25 January 1889 p7. Absence from school
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. School attendance. John Rooke of Dry Drayton was fined 2s6d for not complying with an order of the Magistrates for his child to attend school.

Cambridge Daily News - Thursday 7 February 1889 p3 Stack Fire.
DRY DRAYTON. Stack Fire. About quarter-past five p.m. on Saturday a fire broke out in a barley straw stack, lying by the side of the Huntingdon-road, near the Five Bells, in the parish of Dry Drayton. A strong wind was blowing at the time, and the stack was totally destroyed. It was the property of William Neal, farmer and butcher, of Oakington, and the conflagration is supposed to be the work of an incendiary.. Sgt. Sampson and P.C.s Salmon and Camp were quickly on the spot, and are investigating the circumstances. The stack was valued at about £4O.

Morning Post - Wednesday 6 March 1889 p10 Situation wanted
AS Under Housemaid; good character; age 20.— A. W., Post Office, Dry Drayton, Cambs.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 22 March 1889 p3. Timber sale
WEDNESDAY NEXT. DRY DRAYTON, Cambridgeshire. 400 Ash Poles, 360 larch Poles, Lop and Brushwood, Firewood, &c. To be sold by auction, BY ALFRED UNDERWOOD. On WEDNESDAY Next, March 27 1889, at 11 for 12 o’clock prompt. The above are lying within a short distance from the village, adjacent to good hard roads, very convenient for carriage and abutting on the Scotland Road, and are of good quality. Catalogues may be had at the principal inns in the neighbourhood, or of the Auctioneer, Willingham Cambs, who will post them on application.

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 12 April 1889 p5 Indecent Assault
Cambridge Division Petty Sessions. INDECENT ASSAULT CASE. Walter Dilley and Henry Stearn, lads, were summoned for assaulting and beating Emma Parnell, at Dry Drayton, on the 27th of March.— Supt. Whitechurch said the case had been reported to the police as an indecent assault,and not exactly a common assault; in fact, the defendants might be committed for trial and sent to prison for two years. They were summoned for common assault, with the understanding that might be increased to a charge of indecent assault, if necessary. The comp then gave evidence to being indecently assaulted the defendants.— Colonel Wale said the charge ought to have been one of indecent assault. It was a most gross case, and he hoped the sentence he should pass would be a lesson to all the other boys in the parish. The defendants would each have to go to prison for two months, with hard labour.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 3 May 1889 p5, damage to fence
Willful Damage. James Parnell of Dry Drayton pleaded guilty to doing wilful damage to the amount of 6d, to a fence belonging to Mr J.P.Gardner at Dry Drayton on April 4th. Mr J.K.L.Whitehead prosecuted. The defendant was fined 6d and ordered to pay the damage, the costs being remitted.

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 21 June 1889 p4 Dry Drayton Feast
Dry Drayton Feast, NOTICE is hereby Given that no Cart or Van will be allowed to encamp on the highway in the above parish before Monday, July 1st, or remain longer than the following Thursday morning (Signed) CHAS. PAPWORTH, Wm. C. PHYPERS surveyors.

Cambridge Daily News - Monday 1 July 1889 p3. Accident
DRY DRAYTON. Singular Accident.— On Saturday. Geo. Sharp, aged 12, of Dry Drayton, was admitted into Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, with a broken leg. It appears that the lad was removing a cart to allow of another boy attaching a horse to another cart, when the vehicle, being too heavy for Sharp, gained such impetus as to knock him down. One of his legs became entangled in the spokes of the wheel, with the result above-mentioned. The injured lad is progressing favourably.

Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 13 July 1889 p3 Quarrel at the Feast
DRY DRAYTON. This afternoon, at the Cambridge Division Petty Sessions (before Cols. Wale and Dyrell, and S. Hurtoll), Thomas Markham, army pensioner, living at Dry Drayton, was summoned for having assaulted his step-mother, Huzia Markham, at Dry Drayton, on the 1st of July.— Mr. F. Symonds appeared for the complainant.— It appeared from the evidence of the prosecutrix and a girl named Elizabeth Badock, that they were sitting in the dancing booth at Dry Drayton feast, and the defendant came up, and, having told the prosecutrix to behave herself, slapped her face.— Joshua Markham was then summoned for assaulting Thomas Markham on the same date.—The defendant pleaded guilty, and said the reason he assaulted Thomas was because he had struck his mother. The Bench fined each defendant 6s. and costs.

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 4 October 1889 p4 Harvest Thanksgiving
Dry Drayton. Harvest thanksgiving services SUNDAY next. October 6th, 1889. Preacher: The Rev. F. A. WALKER. D.D., F.L.S., &c. Morning Service 11. Evening at 6:3O. The amount of the Collections will be equally divided between Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

Cambridge Independent Press - Saturday 26 October 1889 p5 The Five Bells

The Magistrates granted a transfer of the license of the Five Bells Dry Drayton from Phoebe Sharp to William Cole.


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