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Cambridge Chronicle 9th February 1900 p8. War Fund.

The house to house collection in this village has been made by Mr. Pensom and Miss Parry Jones. The total amounted to £4.3s.6d, which has been forwarded to the Cambridge Fund. The Church collection we understand amounted to about £3.


Cambridge Chronicle 9th February 1900 p8. Mothers’ Union

The members of the Mothers’ Union held their annual meeting at the Rectory, Friday last. Service was held in the parish church at three o’clock and the sermon was preached by the Rector. Tea was served at the Rectory at half past four and some music given by ladies afterwards. The proceedings terminated about 6 o’clock.


Cambridge Chronicle 9th February 1900 p8. Snow Storm

A heavy snow fall took place early on Saturday morning, the total depth being about six inches. A snow plough at one of the farms in the village was brought into requisition and all the roads in the parish were cleared during the day. This proved a great boon to the traffic of the District.


Cambridge Chronicle 16th February 1900 p4. Schools Closed.

On account of whooping cough the schools have been closed for three weeks.


Cambridge Chronicle 16th February 1900 p4. Wintry Weather

Another fall of snow, accompanied by high winds, occurred on Tuesday night, and the snow plough was again used on Wednesday morning. The mail cart was an hour and a half late from Cambridge, and came along at a walking pace soon after 7 o’clock.


Cambridge Chronicle 23rd March 1900 p8. The Church Clock.

The dial of the church clock has been regilded and is now in its old position again.


Cambridge Chronicle 23rd March 1900 p8. The Queen’s Chocolate.

Boxes have been sent back in good condition from three soldiers at the front. The chocolate and the boxes are objects of much interest. Mrs. Herbert Radford received hers from her husband on Saturday by calling at the Cambridge Post Office. The box was then opened and those present had an opportunity of seeing it and the chocolate also.


Cambridge Chronicle 30th March 1900 p4. The Schools.

The annual report has been received from HMI by the school managers, and the excellent merit grant was awarded. The attendance has been much higher than average during the year, and the grant earned is the highest on record. This is most satisfactory to all concerned and especially gratifying to the Misses AP and E Jones, the mistresses of the schools.


Cambridge Chronicle 11th May 1900 p4. The Church Organ.

The Church Organ is now undergoing thorough repair at the hands of Messrs. Miller and Son, Cambridge. The instrument is a good one, but certain stops have not been in use for some years.


Cambridge Chronicle 11th May 1900 p4. School Concert.

The school children gave their second concert on Friday evening last. The recitations and singing were much appreciated and the music drill was a great success. The whole reflected great credit upon the mistresses (The Misses Jones). The proceeds will be distributed in prizes. More in Chronicle


Cambridge Chronicle 25th May 1900 p4. Cricket Match

On Monday a cricket match was played between Caldecote and Dry Drayton at Caldecote and resulted in favour of Dry Drayton, Score, Dry Drayton 48, Caldecote 17.


Cambridge Chronicle 25th May 1900 p4. Missionary Lecture.

On Wednesday the 16th inst. Miss Florence Fugill, who for the past six years has been carrying on work as a missionary at Hamada, Japan, gave a lecture upon missions in the schoolroom. Miss Fugill was the only European living at Hamada at the time and her lecture proved most interesting. The descriptions given were illustrated by means of a magic lantern manipulated by the Rev R.M.Stapylton, Lolworth, and a large collection of domestic articles in use in Japan. The chair was occupied by the Rev R.Winkfield, and the lecture realised £2, which has been forwarded to the missionary funds.


Cambridge Chronicle 25th May 1900 p5. Sale.

Wednesday next 30th May 1900 Dry Drayton Estate 4 miles from Cambridge and 3 miles from Oakington Station G.E.R. and Midland Railway. Important sale of 40 valuable shires (including an excellent 4 year old shire stallion, 9 nags, 3 cows, 2 calves, 25 Egyptian sheep, 55 head of swine, 150 head of poultry, turkeys and ducks. 4 excellent stacks of mixed seeds, steam threshing tackle etc, in capital order comprising of an 8hp portable road engine, Clayton and Shuttleworth 4 ft 6in drum, Clayton and Shuttleworth bean drum, Chas Burrel and Sons 2 hay and straw elevators and 5 knife chaff cutter, Maynard. Excellent cart harness for 40 horses (mostly new and brass mounted), nag harness capital landau, varnished spring market cart (new) about 10 tons artificial manures cake; all the dead farming stock. Suitable for an occupation of 600 acres and 130 acres of sound grass keeping, up to 10th October next, which Dilley and Son are instructed by A.R.Harvey Esq to sell by auction on Wednesday next 30th May 1900. Conveyances will meet the morning trains at Oakington Railway Station on the day of sale. Luncheon will be provided. Tickets 25 each, returned to purchasers of £2 and upwards. Sale to commence punctually at 10 o’clock in consequence of the number of lots at “The Scotland Farm”. Catalogues may be obtained of the auctioneers, Market Hill, Huntingdon and Auction yards St Ives, Hunts.


Cambridge Chronicle 25th May 1900 p7. Mafeking rejoicings. Relief of Mafeking.

The welcome news was received on Saturday morning and was celebrated by the ringing of the church bells. Many people displayed flags during the day and some of the villagers went into Cambridge for the bonfire and fireworks.


Cambridge Chronicle 6th July 1900 p8. The Feast.

The usual festivities in connection with the feast have taken place this week and visitors have come from all quarters. The school children have enjoyed their holidays and there has been the customary swing boats and stalls for boys etc. The cricket club arranged two matches with Caldecote and Comberton on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and the visitors had an easy victory each day. Mr. Barber of the Queen’s Head provided an excellent tea and there was dancing etc, in the evening. It is highly satisfactory to note that the feast has again passed off in a most orderly manner.

Cambridge Chronicle 13th July 1900 p4. Death of an old resident.

The death took place on Wednesday of Mr. William Walker, one of the oldest inhabitants of the parish. He was much respected in the district and had lived to the good old age of 89.


Cambridge Chronicle 13th July 1900 p4. Concert.

A highly successful concert was given in the schoolroom on Friday evening. The mistresses (the misses Jones) were assisted by one or two ladies and the church choir. Illness prevented Mr. Rev Sandford, of Madingley, from contributing to songs in the programme. Encores were decided against the opening of the concert, but this objection was over-ruled as it proceeded. The popular song “Sons of our Empire” by Mr. F Walker was re-demanded and also “Twins” by Mr. Ransom. The instrumental duet, auto harp and pianoforte by Miss Winkfield and Miss M.Hurrell, was enthusiastically encored and highly appreciated. Altogether the entertainment was a great success.


Cambridge Chronicle 27th July 1900 p4. The War

News was received on Saturday last, by his parents, that Ernest Radford, No 1428, Telegraph Division, Royal Engineers, with the troops in South Africa, has been taken a prisoner. It is supposed that he was captured near Pretoria. His letter, open, was dated June 18th (no address) and simply states that he was receiving kind treatment at the hands of the Boers. He has two brothers, also at the front. The wife of one of them, Herbert Radford, had a son on June 21st and the medical man, Dr. Lewis, Willingham, kindly made her a present of his fee. The Rector here has also very kindly given her a sovereign.


Cambridge Chronicle 27th July 1900 p5. Sale of furniture, Scotland Farm.

10th August 1900 “Scotland Farm” Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire. Dilley and Son Have received instructions to sell by auction on Friday 10th August 1900 all the valuable household furniture comprising:

Walnut cottage pianoforte, drawing room suite upholstered in velvet and tapestry, viz: settee, 4 chairs and ladies and gents chairs , 6ft walnut sideboard with plate glass back, walnut cabinet with four drawers, small walnut writing table, oak bookcase with cupboards over, oval centre table, walnut centre table, music stall, marble 8 day striking time-piece, fancy brass 8 day striking time-piece, plated articles, pictures and engravings, framed and glazed, cigar cabinet, pair fancy brass candelabra, pier glass in gilt frame, black and gilt over-mantle, half dozen dining room chairs in leather with spring seats, mahogany hall chairs, butler’s tray and stand, Axminster, Brussels and Kidderminster carpets, hearth rugs, stair carpeting, mahogany hat and umbrella stand with plate glass mirror, oak dinner wagon, mahogany and brass cornice poles and rings, curtains, brass mounted curb and other fenders, fire irons, fancy glass and brass hanging hall lamp, brass hanging duplex lamp and shade, walnut bedroom suite, comprising 6ft winged wardrobe, 4 ft Duchess dressing table, 4 ft marble topped washstand with tessellated tile back, towel airer, 3 cane seated chairs and bedside cupboard, white enamelled bedroom suite comprising 4ft 6in wardrobe chest of drawers 3ft marble top washstand with tiled back, 3 chairs, towel airer, night commode and bedside cupboard, blue painted 3ft 3 in wardrobe, washstand with marble top and tiled back to match, chest of drawers to match, brass mounted iron bedsteads, woven wire spring mattresses, feather pillows, eider-down quilts, 15 blankets, bed and table linen, cane seated chairs, tea and coffee services, desert services, knives and forks, glass, china and numerous other effects. Sale to commence precisely at 10,30 in the morning. Catalogues may be obtained of the auctioneers, Market Hill, Huntingdon and Auction Yards, St Ives, Hunts.


Cambridge Daily News Sat 1st September 1900 p1. Public house to let

To let. The Three Horseshoes, Dry Drayton; fully licensed house with out buildings. For terms apply Lacon, Albion Brewery, Cambridge

NB Cambridge Independent Press Friday 14th September p5 referred to this tragic incident occurring in the upper part of the village.


Cambridge Chronicle 14th September 1900 p4. Child drowned.

A very sad accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon. Two little children were getting water from a pond near their home, when the younger one, a little girl, named Julia Thompson, fell in and before aid was forthcoming she sank and when taken out by the first man who came on the scene, drew her last breath. Great sympathy is felt for the parents.


Cambridge Daily News - Monday 17 September 1900 p4. Cricket
Cricket, Messrs. W.Bell and Son's Employees v Dry Drayton.
This match was played last Saturday afternoon on the Amalgamation Cricket Ground, resulting in an easy win for the former. Scores:
W. Bell and Son’s Employees
C. Watson, b Custerson, 27
A. Wilson b Custerson, 13
A. Steam b Custerson, 7
A. G. Smith b Papworth, 5
H..Wilson b Custerson, 30
A. Bletcher b Custerson, 22
S.Wolfe b Custerson, 0
S.Traylen b Custerson, 3
G.Hammond b Custerson
C Bright b Doggett, 0
A Manning, not out, 1
Extras 14 - 122

Dry Drayton.
F Walker b A. G.Smith, 1
C. Parnell c Hammond b Smith, 0
F Humphries b Steam, 2
R. Custerson b Steam, 2
R.Sandford c A Wilson b Smith, 3
C Papworth b Smith, 14
J. Ansell b Stearn, 0
S.Huddlestone b Smith, 3
J Doggett not out, 6
A. Dllley b Smith, 0
A.Longstaff b Smith, 0
Extras 9 - 38


Cambridge Chronicle 21st September 1900 p3. Drowning Fatality at Dry Drayton.

The County Coroner (Mr. A.J.Lyon) held an inquiry at the Queen’s Head, Dry Drayton last Friday evening into the circumstances attending the death of Julia Marian Thompson, the seven year old daughter of Francis Joseph Thompson, a gardener residing in Dry Drayton. The father gave evidence of identification. He said he last saw his daughter at 8 o’clock on Wednesday morning when he went out for the day. He heard of the occurrence when he returned home between four and five o’clock. The little girl was then lying in the house quite dead.

By the Coroner: Children were in the habit of playing in the field in which the pond was. Deceased was never sent to the pond for water but witness’s boy, aged eight, sometimes went. Witness knew the pond was deep in the middle but it was shallow at the sides.

Reginald Francis Thompson aged 8 years said the deceased was his sister. On Wednesday afternoon his mother sent them to the pond to get some water in a can which he took with him. When he arrived at the pond he filled the can. The deceased went to the edge of the water and suddenly fell on her face into the water. She was going to get some water in her hands to throw at him. She immediately sank and witness cried out. He did not cry out “Help” neither did he call his mother. The Coroner “Did you try to get her out?”Witness “No Sir” Continuing, he said he called Mrs. Impey and she came at once. The deceased was then at the top of the water in the middle of the pond. She went down several times. Mrs. Impey went in the water and tried to get the deceased out but she could not. She then called Mr. Blunt and Mr. Bailey , and the former got the witnesses sister out of the water. Witness did not see his sister move then He could not say how long she had been in the water. Elizabeth Impey, wife of Thomas Impey a labourer of Dry Drayton said that about 4 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon he heard the little boys Thompson calling from the field wherein the pond was. Upon going to the pond she saw the deceased in the water close to the middle. Witness called for help and Mr. Bailey and Mr. Blunt came Mr. Blunt got the child out. Deceased was quite dead. Witness should think that deceased was got out of the water about 20 minutes after she first heard the calling. She saw the child wriggle when she first got to the pond. William Blunt, labourer, of Dry Drayton said that upon being informed on Wednesday afternoon that the deceased was in the water he went to the pond but could not see the deceased . There was a ladder close by and this he put into the water and with a rake got the deceased out. She was quite dead then, he believed. The residents in the village fetched water from the pond. It was the only water supply they had there. By the Foreman The pond was between four and five feet deep in the middle. The coroner in summing up told the jury that it was not for them to judge whether the custom of sending children to the pond was a proper proceeding or not. The pond was shallow at the sides and it might have been considered in the village that it was not an unsafe or unreasonable thing to let children go to the pond for water. He did not know whether they would consider there was any negligence on the part of the parents in sending their children to the pond or whether they should be advised not to do so in future. The jury found a verdict of “accidental death”, adding no rider.

Cambridge Chronicle 5th October 1900 p5. Sale

All that valuable freehold licensed property consisting of a well accustomed beerhouse, known by the sign of “The Queen’s Head” situate in the village of Dry Drayton, Cambs. The house is substantially built of brick and slate and contains:- tap room, bar, club room 39 feet by 15 feet, living room, with good beer cellar, six bedrooms and the usual domestic offices. There is a large yard at the side having thereon wash house, coal place with lodge over. Boarded and thatched barn stable and boarded and tiled coach house . Also a well planted orchard and three cottages at back built of lath, plaster and thatch, one having tiled roof and one in the respective occupations of Messrs. Baker, Frank Thompson and John Impey. The property has an area of about 1 ½ acres (more or less) which Messrs. Grain Moyes and Wisbey are instructed by the proprietors to sell by auction, at the Lion Hotel Petty Cury, Cambridge, on Saturday October 20th 1900 at 4.30 o’clock in the afternoon. Further particulars and conditions of sale may be obtained by Messrs. Elison and Co Solicitors, 5 Petty Cury, Cambridge or of the auctioneers 66 St Andrews Street, Cambridge.


Cambridge Chronicle 5th October 1900 p8. Fatal fall from an apple tree.

On Wednesday evening an inquest was held at Addenbrookes Hospital before the Borough Coroner (Mr. H Saunders French), on the body of Stephen Chapman, aged 57, labourer of Dry Drayton. Superintendent Webb, of the County Constabulary, was present at the enquiry. David Chapman labourer identified the body of the deceased as that of his brother , who was employed by Mr. Gardner of Grantchester. Deceased lived alone. Frederick Walker, Post Master of Dry Drayton, said on Sunday morning he went to Mr. Person’s orchard and found the deceased lying at the foot of an apple tree. Underneath the deceased there was a basket of apples and upon his back a broken bough. It appeared as though the deceased had fallen from the tree. Deceased was unconscious . Mr. Scaping, house surgeon said the deceased was admitted in a unconscious condition at 12.30 am on Sunday. He never regained consciousness and died at 11.30 am on Monday night. The right wrist and two ribs on the right side were fractured. Death resulted from hemorrhage in front of the brain. A verdict of “accidental death” was recorded.


Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 6 October 1900 p2. Disturbance

Cambs Divisional Petty Sessions. Today before Prof Liveing (in the chair) Messrs. C.J.Clay, A.L.Clay, W.H.Johnson, W.W.Clear, E Few and J.Toller. Insulting language. John Burton labourer of Dry Drayton summoned for using insulting and abusive language to Annie Elizabeth Stearn at Dry Drayton on September 21st. He pleaded not guilty. Complainant stated that on the day in question she was in her house folding some linen when defendant came by and called out "Fanny". He then abused her and called her names. He was not drunk. Defendant said he only called her "a grey headed - - " A fine of 2s 6d was imposed.


Cambridge Chronicle 12th October 1900 p8. Harvest Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving services were held at the parish church on Sunday last A children’s flower service took place at 3 o’clock. A large congregation assembled at the evening service , when the sermon was preached by the Rector (The Rev R.Winkfield). The singing was heartily rendered, the usual harvest hymns being given. The church was neatly and most effectively decorated with corn, tall stacks of Indian corn and flowers, as well as vegetables. The collection at the evening service was given to Addenbrookes Hospital and amounted to £2.16s1d: that in the morning was for the repairs to the church.


Cambridge Chronicle 26th October 1900 p4. The Parish Church.

On Sunday last, sermons were preached on behalf of the Society for the propagation of the Gospel. The preacher was the Rev Townly, missionary from British Columbia. The collection amounted to £2.3s.11d.


Cambridge Chronicle 9th November 1900 p8. Mothers Union

A service was held in the Parish Church on Thursday 1st Inst, when the members of Mothers Union were present. After the service they were invited to the Rectory where tea was provided, and a pleasant time spent.

Cambridge Chronicle Fri 9th November 1900 p8. Mothers Union
A service was held in the Parish Church on Thursday last, when the members of the Mothers Union were present. After the service they were invited to the Rectory where tea was provided, and a pleasant time was spent.


Cambridge Daily News Monday 10th December 1900 p1. Public House To Let

Queen's Head Beerhouse, Dry Drayton, to be let, incoming easy, trade about 60 barrels apply H.J.Burt, Fenstanton Brewery or Messrs. Papworth and French, solicitors, Cambridge.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 4th January 1901 p5. Church, Brothers meet
Parish Church - The church was prettily decorated for the Christmas Festival. a carol service was held at 4 o'clock on Christmas Day and the carols were well rendered by the choir. Christmas Day - the usual hospitality was dispensed by the Rector and a Christmas dinner to all comers was served out about 1 o'clock. Blankets were distributed to the needy of the Parish in the Christmas Week. New Year's Eve - The choir and ringers were entertained to a supper at the Rectory at 9 o'clock . Afterwards the ringers assembled at the Church and rang out the old year and the new Century in . The rockets on Kings Parade were distinctly seen in the High Street at Midnight.
South Africa - The brothers (3) Radford, of this village, as stated in a letter recently received, met for the first time during the war near Pretoria - only for a few minutes. Ernest Radford, of the Telegraph Department, was on the march, engaged in the repairs to telegraph , when he came upon his two brothers.


Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 5th January 1901 p3. Footpaths

Letter to the Editor signed J.H.Cranfield Girton 5th Jan 1901. Sir, in your impression of 3rd inst I see that the Parish Surveyors were allowed to invest the sum of £135, the proceeds of the sale of the Parish Gravel Pits. Now none of these are ratepayers or occupy one foot of land in the parish; one resides five miles away from Girton and gave up possession last Michaelmas 12 months. The other is only a service voter and is a farm bailiff. I should like to know who is security for them. Will our Parish council Clerk oblige by informing me whether this is entered in the minute book of the Parish council, and I should like to know why this money was not mentioned when Mr. Townsend suggested new wells and good water at the meeting in the schoolroom some time back. If there is any money to be spared repair the footpath across the fields to Dry Drayton.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 18th January 1901 p5. Lost Person

Lost her way. In the early hours of Tuesday morning some people in the village (near Post Office) were called up by a person who said she had lost her way. It is believed to be the same person seen by the driver of the Royal Mail through Dry Drayton on Monday night between eight and nine on the Huntingdon Road. It appears she wanted to get to Cambridge and was finally directed at the Five Bells to her destination.


Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 26th January 1901 p3. Drunk

Henry Bond, labourer, Childerley, was summoned for being drunk whilst in charge of two horses and cart on January 17th at Dry Drayton. He pleaded guilty Supt Webb said he saw the defendant staggering from one side of the road to the other. He was so drunk that he nearly led the horses and cart into the ditch. Fined 10s and 7/6d costs.


Cambridge Daily News - Thursday 7th February 1901 p3. Cattle Disease
Infectious Diseases Amongst Cattle. The Executive Committee reported; they had received a report from the Chief Constable, the Inspector under the Diseases of Animals Act for the county, stating that anthrax was reported on the 17th December in a steer at Webb’s Farm, Hinxton, occupied by Mr. Edward Herbert Hughes. The steer was one of 30 on the farm; it was ill a short time, then died, and the owner, suspecting from the suddenness of the death that anthrax was the cause, reported the matter, and the veterinary Inspector confirmed the owner's opinion. The carcase was disposed of, and the premises and manure disinfected at the cost of £5 3s 7d. Glanders was reported the 19th December in one of two horses on the premises of Elizabeth Cole at Dry Drayton. The diseased animal was imported into the county on the 26th May 1899, by Wortham Pearce, a dealer, of Steeple Morden, who bought it in London for £5 and disposed of it on the 1st August 1899, to Lodge, a carrier, of Fowlmere. for £5 10s and another horse value £5. Lodge sold it in May last to Hepher, of Swavesey, for £13, and from him it passed to Wells, of Dry Drayton, for £6 10s, and then to Mrs. Cole far £6 . Both animals were slaughtered, and Mrs. Cole was now entitled to compensation of £l0. The same disease was reported on the 20th December in a mare valued £l2 10s. on the premises of Benjamin Brown, a dealer, of Cherryhinton. Brown purchased a horse on the Ist November, in London, from Edward Miller for £9 10s. The animal was railed to Cambridge, but did not suit Brown, who went to London again on 22nd November, dealt again with Miller, by giving him the horse back and £l0 for the mare in question. The latter was railed to Cambridge, but seeming ill on arrival was put under veterinary treatment, and on the 22nd December was reported to be glandered. The mare having been slaughtered as ordered, the owner was entitled to £4.17s 6d as compensation.. This was a repetition of the old tale of incautious purchase of horses without history from London sale yards.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 8th February 1901 p6. Memorial Service
The memorial service at 12.30 on Saturday on the occasion of the funeral of the Queen, was attended by a full congregation. The special service appointed was taken. The Rector gave a most impressive address. Special hymns were taken, one being that written by Dean Hole, "God Rest Our Queen". The other services in the day were 9 o'clock (Holy Communion) and at 5.30.


Cambridge Daily News - Wednesday 13th February 1901 p3. Bankrupt

Cambridge Bankruptcy Court. The Affairs of a Cambridge Horse Dealer. Samuel Gresty, described as of 14, Upper Dorset street, Bryanaron Square, London, horse dealer and commission agent, lately residing at Mill-road, Cambridge, and carrying on business at Norwich Street , was then examined. Debtor said be began business upwards of 30 years ago as a farmer in Cheshire, with capital of £250, £100 of which was given him by his father. He afterwards kept public-houses at Banbury and Abergavenny, and then went to Manchester, afterwards starting at Whitby as a farmer and livery stable keeper. In 1887 a receiving order was made against him in the Nantwich and Crewe County Court, and he paid a first and final dividend of 3 3/4d in the £. The Official Receiver: And you did not apply for your discharge? Debtor: I understood from my solicitor that he applied for it. Did you go to Court when he applied for it. No, Then you are undischarged from that bankruptcy?—That must be, 1 suppose. You may take it from me that you are an undischarged bankrupt, and you had better not forget it. The bankrupt went on to state that after the bankruptcy proceedings, he returned to Cheshire for a time and afterwards went to Dry Drayton, and from there to Chesterton. He then had about £10 His next move was to the Osborne Arms, Hills road, Cambridge. He was paid into this house by his son. He left the Osborne Arms about six years ago, after having kept the house for period of five years. He got nothing when .he left, the fixtures and fittings were seized by the brewer to set off a balance due to him. He knew he was insolvent in 1895. Since then he had been breaking in horses and dealing on commission. Then he entered into a partnership, but had no capital in the business, and lost all he had. The partnership lasted for two years. He had had many judgments against him for a long time past, but had made no effort to evade the service. His wife carried on a tobacconists’ business, which was found for her by their son. He could not say how he got indebted to the extent £142. During last year he paid off £5O worth of his debts. He had never been a heavy drinker, and it was not true that it was through drink that was in his present difficulty. Some weeks in the course of business he spent three or four shillings drink, and some weeks he spent nothing. He admitted having purchased cigars to give to his customers when they called at his place. The Official Receiver: I see there is a bill for £8 10s. for cigars. Bankrupt said he only ordered four boxes, but the firm sent more, and declined to take them back. Some of the cigars he gave to his son before he went out to South Africa. The examination was then closed, and the Court rose.

NB Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 15 February 1901 p6 reporting the above case indicated that Gresty had run a public house in Dry Drayton.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 1st March 1901 p5. Death of Mrs. Taylor
Obituary. The death of Mrs. Taylor an old and much respected resident at the Black Horse Inn occurred on Thursday week. Her age was 79. The funeral took place on Monday last and many parishioners attended.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 1st March 1901 p1. Cambridge Association
Cambridge and Cambridgeshire Association for the speedy apprehension and effectual prosecution of felons - notice of annual meeting - list of members included J.L.Rutter, farmer, Dry Drayton.


Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 16th March 1901 p3. Neighbor's Quarrel

CAMBS. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. To-Day.—Before Mr. J. O. Vinter (in the chair), Messrs. C. J. Clay, A. 1. Tillyard, and Dr. Kenny. NEIGHBOURS’ QUARREL. Henry Dilley, labourer, of Dry Drayton, pleaded not guilty to assaulting Maria Anabel. at Dry Drayton, on March 9th.—Mr. 0. Papworth appeared for the defendant.—The complainant, a single woman, of Dry Drayton, said on the evening of March 9th she was standing outside her house, and spoke to defendant about setting his chimney on fire and endangering her things. Defendant called her names, came out of his garden, and struck her in the eye with his fist. He threw her to the ground three times, and once, when she was upon the ground, punched her on the neck. While he was assaulting her he threatened to put her in the pond.—Cross-examined : She had not made herself disagreeable to the defendant since he had lived near her. In the afternoon she made a remark to him about his “own Irish ways.” On the evening of the assault she accused him of stealing Mrs. Rutter’s wood and potatoes. She did not abuse defendant's wife. She said she had "all the low woman's ways.” She did not strike defendant with a piece of wood. After he had struck her mother she struck him with a piece of iron. She had had notice to leave the house since this occurrence.—The complainant's mother, an old, deaf woman, said she saw the defendant knock her daughter down three times, and strike her while she was on the ground. He also knocked witness down. —The defendant said he was in his garden on the evening of the 9th. The complainant spoke him about putting manure on his garden, and, he did not reply, she asked him how the old brute was inside. She called his wife "carroty pole,” and accused witness of stealing Mr. Rutter’s wood and potatoes. Witness made the remark that the complainant ought to be put in the pond. After a good deal of abuse she went to fetch a piece wood, with which she tried to strike him. He warded the blow off with his hand. He denied striking her, but admitted pulling her nose after she had struck him with the piece of wood, and fetched blood. Complainant’s mother then came out of the house, and there was a scuffle between the three. The complainant constantly abused witness. —Evidence in support of the defendant’s statement was given. Defendant was bound over to keep the peace for six mouths in the sum of £5.


Cambridge Daily News - Monday 18th March 1901 p3. Madingley. Engagement.

An engagement is announced between Major H.W.Hurrell, 4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, of Madingley Hall, and Miss Beryl Winkfield, daughter of Rev R.Winkfield, of Dry Drayton Rectory.


Cambridge Daily News - Monday 3rd June 1901 p3. Inquest on a child.

The County Coroner (Mr A.J.Lyon) held an inquest at Edinburgh Farm, Dry Drayton, on Saturday, on the body of the male child of Esther James, a single woman, which died on May 29th, aged 14 days. Marv Ann James, wife of Robert Henry James, identified the body as that of her grandchild and said it had been weakly from birth. Mr Robert Travers Lewis, surgeon, of Willingham, said he saw the deceased on Wednesday about 12.30 when it was dying. Deceased had evidently been weakly from birth. A post-mortem revealed the fact that the right lung was inflamed, and death was due and pneumonia, - A verdict of "death from natural causes" was returned.


Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 8th June 1901 p2. Straying Ponies
Alfred Parcell, publican, of Dry Drayton, was summoned for allowing two ponies and a foal to stray on the highway at Dry Drayton on May 30th. Defendant pleaded guilty. PC Plumb stationed at Boxworth said he saw the ponies straying on the Huntingdon Road on May 30th . The magistrates imposed a fine of 12s 6d.


Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 6th July 1901 p3. A dear rabbit.

Harry Cole, a labourer, of Dry Drayton, was summoned for having trespassed in pursuit of game, on land in the occupation of Mr E.H.Thornhill, at Boxworth, on July 1st. defendant pleaded guilty to taking the game, but denied the trespass.


Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 6th July 1901 p2. Sale

The Stud Farm Dry Drayton Cambs. about 60 acres of capital growing crops (with the straw) comprising 32 acres of excellent wheat (square head's master), 13 acres of barley (on the Huntingdon road), 12 acres of spring beans, which A.M.Robinson and Son have received instructions to sell by auction at an early date by order of J.L.Rutter Esq. the corn will be offered in convenient lots commencing with the barley on the Huntingdon road. Credit as usual. Offices: next Corn Exchange, Cambridge.


Cambridge Daily News - Friday 9th August 1901 p3. Mothers' Union
DRY DRAYTON Mothers’ Union. — A meeting of the above was held in the Rectory grounds on August Ist. A service took place in the parish church at three o’clock. The Schools—These schools have closed for the harvest holidays. The children had their school treat in the Rectory Meadow on Wednesday afternoon.


Cambridge Daily News - Wednesday 21st August 1901 p2. Sale

Thursday September 26th Unreserved sale of the well known pedigree hackney stud (all prize winners) by order of J.L.Rutter Esq, having sold the farm . The Stud Farm, Dry Drayton, Cambs. The whole of this celebrated hackney stud together with all the live and dead farming stock on the above farm, which A.M.Robinson and son have received instructions to sell by auction on Thursday September 26th. Head Offices: Next Corn Exchange, Cambridge.


Cambridge Daily News - Monday 9th September 1901 p3. Cricket

Old Chesterton v Dry Drayton played at Chesterton on Saturday and resulted in a win for the homesters by 67 runs. C.Underwood compiled an excellent 35 not out for the winners. Scores:
Old Chesterton
D Salisbury c Doggett b Cole 16
F Brown lbw b Cole 15
C Underwood mot out 35
H King b Cole 10
J Bacon lbw b Cole 12
A Brown b Sanford 6
J Waller c Hankins b Johnson 1
W Gray c and b Johnson 0
R Welsh b Sanford 2
F Edwards b Johnson 0
Extras 17 Total 114
E Stearn did not bat

Dry Drayton
E Hankins b Bacon 19
W White b Bacon 2
T Huddleston b Stearn 1
A Johnson b Bacon 5
F Walker c Gray b Bacon
R Sanford b Underwood 0
J Doggett b Bacon 4
H Cole not out 4
C Parnell b Underwood 0
T Impey b Underwood 0
F Thompson b Bacon 0
Extras 4
Score 47


Cambridge Daily News - Tuesday 10th September 1901 p3. Stack Fire

Dry Drayton Stack Fire. On Monday morning an oat stack in the yard at the Church Farm, caught fire. It was in close proximity to the farm buildings, and a;so close to four large wheat stacks. Fortunately the farm well was not many yards away, and a plentiful supply of water was at hand. Many willing helpers were soon at work (several were women who carried nearly all the water and in about an hour and a half, they had succeeded in extinguishing the outbreak. It is understood that the damage is covered by insurance. The farm is in the occupation of Mr J D Rose of Huntingdon


Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 23rd November 1901 p2. Military Exercise

LONDON SCOTTISH VOLUNTEERS At Cambridge Field Operations. Military operations on extensive scale have been carried out around Cambridge today (Saturday). To take part in them, a large contingent of the London Scottish Rifle Volunteers arrived in the town on Friday evening about nine o'clock. Cambridge was similarly visited in 1899, but the appearance of a kilted corps here is comparatively rare, and, accordingly, much interest has been aroused in the town by the movements of the Volunteers, whose picturesque attire is no attractive to the "Southron” than to the inhabitants of the land beyond the Tweed. Their arrival at the railway station was witnessed by a large crowd, which gathered in volume as the men, headed by five pipers, playing inspiriting tones, marched to the Corn Exchange. Here the contingent, numbering 134. were billeted for the night. They are under the command of Capt. Rogers, who has seen active service in South Africa. The gallant Captain went to the Cape at his own expense. Six weeks after his arrival he was placed in command of a Company of Gordon Highlanders, and in the subsequent fighting was wounded. About thirty of the visiting force in Cambridge to-day have also been to the front, and possess South African medals: two of them wear Distinguished Conduct medals. This morning they were early astir, getting ready for the day's operation. It was an interesting sight to watch some of them finishing the last stages of their toilet, namely, the fixing of their belts. In some cases it required the combined efforts of two of the owners’ comrades, as .well as his own exertion, to make the leather meet around what in no case was a very meagre waist. In parenthesis it may be remarked that Peterhouse and Pembroke College kitchens are responsible for the messing arrangement. About a quarter to eleven the man paraded in the Corn Exchange, and were drilled for a short time. Then each man was served with rations for the day, and about eleven o’clock the march to the scene of operations began, it being necessary that they should be in position by 1.30. The London Scottish this afternoon comprised part of the Grey force, which also contained Cambridge University Rifle Volunteers and the Newmarket Company of the 3rd V.B Suffolk Regiment. This force was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Edwards. The opposing, Red force, consisting of Cambridge companies of the 3rd V.B. Suffolk Regiment, the Oxford University Volunteers, and the Leys School Cadets. The main idea of the operations in which the volunteers have been taking part was that a convoy was proceeding in a northerly direction from Great Shelford to Dry Drayton escorted by the “Grey” force. The convoy left Grantchester at 2.45 to proceed its destination. where stores were supposed to be urgently required. A re-inforcing escort was timed to meet the convoy at 4.15, the enemy reported to be active in the vicinity. The objects of the enemy, or “Reds" who had received information 'that the convoy, carrying ammunition and stores, was parked Grantchester was to attack, delay, and if possible capture it between Grantchester and Coton. Fortunately for those taking part, the weather was exceeding favorable for the operations.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 6th December 1901 p8. Bridge Repair

Repair of a bridge. The Highways Committee reported that they received and refused one estimate for the repair of a bridge at the bottom of Dry Drayton Green Lane, leading across to the Huntingdon Road. Another estimate had since been received of £11 from Mr. Leach of Willingham and they recommended this to be accepted. the committee also thought notices should be put on the bridge stating that it was not fit to carry heavy traffic. The report was adopted on the motion of Mr. Ivall, seconded by Mr. Swann.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 20th December 1901 p1. Advertisements

Two small advertisements.
Wanted. Horseman at once: good cottage. Apply Mr. H Jones Dry Drayton.
Wanted a few tons of Mangold delivered at Oakington Station. Send price to Mr. H Jones, Dry Drayton.


Cambridge Daily News - Monday 30th December 1901 p2. Marriage

Approaching Marriage The marriage arranged between Lieut. Col. Hurrell, 4lh Battalion Suffolk Regiment. of Madingley Hall, Cambridge, and Miss Beryl Winkfield, daughter of the Rev. R. Winkfield, rector of Dry Drayton, Cambridge, will take place early in February.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 24th January 1902 p1. Horsekeeper wanted

Horsekeeper wanted at once; wages 14s per week: house and garden found, apply to S Jackson Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 7th February 1902 p5. Thomas Reynolds

Death of an octogenarian. The death occurred on Saturday morning of Mr. Thomas Reynolds at the advanced age of 81. Mr. Reynolds, who was formerly a farmer at Dry Drayton had lived in retirement at Oakington for the past 3 years. During the incumbency of Dr Walker at Dry Drayton he had acted as vicar's warden, and in Dr Walker's name a wreath was laid upon his grave at the funeral, which took place yesterday at Dry Drayton churchyard.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 14th February 1902 p5. Marriages
Hubbell—Winkfield— February 11, at Dry Drayton Parish Church. Lieut -Colonel Henry William Hurrell, of Madingiey Hall, to Eleanor Beryl Winkfield, of Dry Drayton


Cambridge Daily News - Wednesday 7th May 1902 p1. To Let
To let Dry Drayton, four or six rooms in a farm house for the summer months or longer. Apply "Farm" Grantchester Post Office Cambs.


Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 31st May 1902 p3. Lightning Strike

Horse killed at Dry Drayton. A horse belonging to Mr. G Driver, farmer of Dry Drayton, was killed by lightning about 6 o'clock. It was in a field with eight other horses. None of the others were however hurt.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 3rd October 1902 p1. Sale
Lilac Farm Dry Drayton. Messrs. Arthur Rutter and Sons, having let the farm are instructed by J.B.Gardner Esq to sell by auction on the premises as above on Wednesday 15th October a few lots of implements and miscellaneous effects, including 4 tumbrills, corn and seed drill, reaper, horse rake, 3 ploughs, 3 sets of harrows, cultivator, part rick of hay, about 30 head of poultry etc etc. sale at 2 o'clock punctually. No catalogue. On view previous to sale.


Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 22nd November 1902 p3. Minus a light

Elizabeth Cole, Dry Drayton, was summoned for permitting a cart to be on the highway without a light at Oakington on November 12th. Defendant pleaded guilty and the facts of the case having been stated by Sgt Allen, a fine of 5s including costs was inflicted.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 16th January 1903 p5. Licensed Premises

The villages of Cambridgeshire their public houses and population. Dry Drayton - a committee appointed by the County Magistrates reported on the level of provision of licensed premises in each parish. Cambridgeshire had the highest level of licensed premises by population in the country. 57 persons to each license (average was 128 - only 2 other parishes had fewer persons per license), 345 population 1901, population 1871 477, Full licences 4, Beer licenses 2,Grocers license 0, total licenses 6


Cambridge Daily News - Friday 16th January 1903 p3. Retirement

Diocesan Inspector Retires. Mr. G. Herbert D. Jones, of Sunnymead. Dry Drayton, contributes the following letter to the Ely Diocesan Remembrancer : Dear Sir, lt has become necessary to me, owing to the sudden failure of my sight, to resign the office of Diocesan Inspector, which I have held for the last six years. I have received such kindness from the clergy, managers, and teachers that it would add to the sorrow I feel in giving up a work which I love if I were not able to express to them all my gratitude for the kind and friendly way in which I have been received, and also my especial thankfulness to the clergy and laity who have offered hospitality, and forwarded me on my way. I should have liked to express this to them personally, but it is impossible, but I trust that through your columns this assurance of my gratitude may reach my kind friends throughout the diocese. I cannot lay down my office without expressing a deep sense of the noble work which is being generally done by the teachers in the religious instruction of the children, and of the thoroughly efficient state of the vast majority of schools in this most valuable portion of their work.


Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 21st February 1903 p3. Cambs Divisional Bench.

Stephen Huddlestone (25) labourer of Dry Drayton was summoned for assaulting William Seaby aged 13 at Dry Drayton on December 25th. Defendant, who was represented by Mr. S J Miller, pleaded not guilty. William Seaby stated that he worked for Mr. Papworth. About 11 o'clock on Christmas Day he went up defendant's yard. Another boy threw witnesses cap over into a garden. Defendant came out of his back door and threw some water at him. Witness then kicked the defendant who hit him back with a stick. He had been attended by the doctor in consequence of the blow. Defendant hit him until the stick broke to pieces. Defendant would not let him go out of the yard for a quarter of an hour. When he did get out he went to church. By Mr. Miller: He did not tell defendant that he would not go out of the yard. He was on the side of the road when the defendant struck him. witness had been lame previous to the assault. Mr. Miller was about to call the defendant when the chairman intimated that the magistrates had heard enough evidence and the case would be dismissed.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 27th February 1903 p8, Water Supply

Chesterton Council and board of guardians. Mr. Rutter said that the parish of Dry Drayton was waterless and they wanted to ask whether the Parish Council could at once proceed to bore the old well or whether the Parish Council ought first to apply to the Rural District Council. The Chairman thought there should be a formal application.


Cambridge Daily News - Thursday 19th March 1903 p2, Dry Drayton School

The annual report of HM Inspector has just been received, and is most satisfactory, the school having again earned the highest possible grant. The Inspector says: "The teachers in this school work hard, discipline is well maintained and the written work is very well done."


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 27 March 1903 p5. Election and Service at Boxworth

County Council Election.—The election of a County Councillor for the Hlston Electoral Division, rendered vacant by the resignation of Mr. Fred Crisp (Liberal), takes place on Monday next. The division embraces the villages of Histon, Impington, Girton, Dry Drayton, Madingley and Childerley, and the polling stations will be at Histon and Dry Drayton, The nominations were made on Tuesday, when the two candidates nominated were Mr. Walter Ambrose Harding (of Histon Manor) son of the late High Sheriff, and Mr. John Ohivers, J.P. (of Histon.) Mr. Chivers handed in four nomination papers ; Mr. Harding was content with one.

Lolworth. Confirmation. On Wednesday morning the Bishop of the diocese held a confirmation service at the Parish Church when fourteen candidates were presented from Lolworth and thirteen from Dry Drayton. Such a service has not been held for many years in the village church.


Cambridge Daily News - Monday 4th May 1903 p3. Cricket

Local cricket Chesterton Laurels v Dry Drayton
This match was played on Parkers Piece on Saturday afternoon. Scores:
Chesterton Laurels
J Dean run our 3
H Allen c Hankin b Huddlestone 7
W Fromant c Ratford b Huddlestone 0
C Allen b Tebbett 35
J Underwood lbw b Tebbett 15
R Rowell b Hankin 0
W Smith b Tebbett 2
F Kitchener c Parnell b Huddlestone 29
H Hearn c Ratford b Tebbett 0
H Graveling not out 15
E Fromant b Huddlestone 3
Score 109

Dry Drayton
F Walker b Fromant 2
H Jones b Froment 3
Tebbett c Smith b Underwood 47
E Hankin b Underwood 0
E Ratford c Hearn b Underwood 8
J Doggett c and b Kitchener 27
A Pitley c Fromant b Graveling 15
F Saunders c Smith b Kitchener 0
S Huddlestone not out 4
Extras 12, score 118
H Radford and C Parnell did not bat


Cambridge Daily News - Wednesday 6th May 1903 p2. Sale

Dry Drayton. 2 small enclosures of arable and pasture land situate at Honey Hill containing together about 5a 3r 29p with cottage and barn, Messrs Wright and Scruby are instructed to sell by auction (with a number of other lots) at the Lion Hotel Cambridge on Wednesday 20th May 1903 at 4 o'clock in the afternoon precisely .


Cambridge Daily News - Tuesday 12th May 1903 p4. Cricket
Cricket. Dry Drayton v Histon Victoria. This match was played at Histon on Saturday and ended in a tie, each side scoring 31. Bowling for Drayton, Walker did the hat trick
Dry Drayton
C Parnell b Toliday 3
F Saunders run out 1
A Dilley c Brown b Toliday 3
J Doggett c Jupe b Mansfield 10
H Jones b Mansfield 0
E Hankin c Rogers b Toliday 1
S Huddlestone b Toliday 1
F Walker run out 2
S Hankin b Mansfield 0
H Impey run out 3
M Doggett run out 2
Extras 5 score 31 Histon Victoria
H W Wilson b Jones 2
Dr Jupe b Walker 5
F Toliday b Walker 0
T Rogers b Walker 0
P Mowlam not out
A Smith b Walker 0
F Brown b Walker 0
Rev R Smith b Jones 0
H W Knott b Walker 3
G Mansfield b Jones 7
K Moore b Huddlestone 0
Extras 1 score 31


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 5th June 1903 p5 Cricket

The Histon Victoria Cricket Club journeyed to Dry Drayton on Saturday and had a friendly match with the local club. They were all dismissed for the small score of 24, the wickets being shared between A J Tebbit and CSE Jones . The Dry Drayton "boys" responded with a score of 45. The highest scorers were M Dogget (14) and H Jones (13)

Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 27th June 1903 p3. Drunk

At the Cambs Divisional Petty Sessions on Saturday Timothy Saunders, farm foreman of Dry Drayton was summoned for being drunk whilst in charge of a horse and cart at Madingley on June 23rd. He did not appear. PC Jaggard stated that about 10pm he was on duty near the Three Horseshoes, when he saw the defendant leave the house. He was drunk. He had a very young animal outside, and defendant refused to let him drive it. Supt Webb said further proceedings would be taken with the case. Fine 10s and costs


Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 4th July 1903 p3. Drunkenness on Licensed Premises

Alleged drunkenness on Licensed Premises. Arising out of the conviction of a man Timothy Saunders, farm foreman, of Dry Drayton, for being drunk whilst being in charge of horse and cart, at Madingley on June 23rd, Supt. W. V. Webb instituted proceedings against the landlord of the Three Horse Shoes public house. Madingley, where it was alleged the defendant got drunk, at the Cambs. Divisional Petty Sessions to-day (Saturday), for permitting drunkenness on his licensed premises on June 23rd. The defendant, Frederick William Litchfield, was represented Mr. A. J. Lyon, and pleaded not guilty to the charge. The magistrates on the Bench were Prof. G. D. Liveing (Chairman) and Messrs. E. Few. E. H. Thornhill, and C. Clay.

PC Jaggard, stationed at Madingley, deposed that on June 23rd he was on duty near the Three Horse Shoes public-house. At closing time he saw a man named Timothy Saunders leave the public-house. He was drunk. He had a young horse and a cart. He got into the cart. In consequence of his condition witness would not allow the man to drive home, and a man named Radford took Saunders home. At eight o’clock that evening witness saw Saunders standing in the passage of the public-house, and the cart was in the yard. At that time he was sober. The horse and cart were standing in the yard from 8 o’clock to 10 o’clock. The Three Horse Shoes, which was the only public-house in the village, was kept by the defendant. Saturday last, at that Court, witness gave evidence against Saunders for being drunk whilst in charge of a horse and cart. Supt. Webb (to witness): Was he convicted? Mr. Lyon objected, and said it was all put in to prejudice the case. He submitted that the magistrates could not legally convict after what had been put in about Saunders. It was most improper thing to do, and he asked that a note of his objection made. Supt. Webb : I shall produce the register in a moment. Mr. Lyon: You won’t. Superintendent: I shall ask for it produced. Mr. Lyon: All I can say is that I shall not have a fair trial after that has been put in. The Chairman said he thought they might have the conviction as a fact. Supt. Webb (to the constable): Was he convicted of being drunk? The Constable: Yes, sir. Was it plain to anyone that he was drunk? Yes, sir. Mr. Lyon: Have you known Saunders as a man who suddenly becomes excited and talkative? The Constable: I don’t know. I have been told so. Mr. Lyon: Saunders walked from the public- and got into the cart without assistance. Mr. Lyon: What did you say to him? The Constable: I told him he was drunk and was not capable of driving that young horse to Drayton that night, and I refused to let him do so. What did he say you? He said, “Get out of the way; I can drive the horse anywhere.” If it had been an old horse you would not have interfered with him? —I should. Did the man Radford tell you what he thought of Saunders? No. He did not. Did he tell you he was not drunk? He did not. Have you ever made any complaint about the defendant’s mode of conducting the house?—No. Supt. Webb stated that on June 29th be saw the defendant, and told him had come to see him respecting a man named Timothy Saunders, who was alleged have been drunk on his premises on the 26th. Defendant said, I only served him with two pints of beer. He came about eight and left at closing time. I don't think he was drunk, but I would not say that was was not.” Witness told him that it was his duty to know.

Mr. Lyon : The defendant has kept the house for a number of years ? Supt. Webb: Yes. Have you ever had a complaint against him? No. Has he kept the house for as long as twelve years without complaint ? A great number years. Mr. Lyon addressed the magistrates for the defence, and said the defendant and his wife took precautions in the house by observation with a view to not serving anybody who was in any shape worse for drink. The defendant was sworn, and deposed that when the man came to his place he was put under observation. He was a publican of twelve years’ standing, and had never previously had a complaint made against him. The man Saunders come in the house about 8 clock on the evening in question. Witness served him with a pint of beer. The man was quite sober. He remained in the house some time, and then went away for about ten minutes or a quarter hour. When he returned he was sober, and witness served him with another pint of beer. That was all the drink he served the man with the whole of the evening. Saunders left at closing time, and witness did not see him after that. If there had been the slightest signs that the man was drunk neither he nor his wife would have served him. Supt. Webb: do you seriously tell the Magistrates the man was in your house for two hours and only had two pints of beer? Defendant: Yes, sir. Will you swear he was not drunk at 10 clock? Not in my opinion. Was he sober? —For anything that I know.

Henry Radford dealer, of Dry Drayton, deposed that was at the Three Horse Shoes, where saw a man named Saunders. He was sober. He saw Saunders outside the house after closing time. The policeman was speaking him. (witness) thought he was sober, but very excited. A very little drink excited Saunders, and a policeman talking to him would excite him. Witness drove Saunders home. When they arrived at their destination, Saunders got out of the cart without assistance, but the witness helped him unharness the horse. Supt. Webb : Do you think two pints of beer would excite him? Witness: Yes, so would one glass.

William Radford, Postmaster of Madingley deposed that he went to the Three Horseshoes to see some friends. He saw Saunders who was sober, and was in the same condition, he had no doubt, when he left the house. Saunders was excited. Supt Webb: Perfectly sober? Witness: Perfectly sober.

Charles Bailey, landlord of the Three Horse Shoes. Dry Drayton, stated that knew the man Saunders, who was an excitable and very troublesome man with regard serving him with drink. Supt. Webb: You refuse to serve him? Yes. I have not served him for some time. Whether he is drunk or sober? Yes. He does get drunk?—Yes. Is there any doubt about it when he does get drunk ? —No. The case was dismissed.


Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 18th July 1903 p3. Disturbance

DRY DRAYTON Expensive Mixture. —At the Cambs. Divisional Petty Sessions on Saturday, Frederick Wilson, labourer, of Dry Drayton, was fined 5s and 6s 6d costs for using obscene language on the highway in the village on July 7th. He pleaded guilty, and in explanation said it was feast time. He had a drop of wine and beer mixed, and though he was not really drunk, he didn't know what he was doing.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 2md October 1903 p8. School

A report on the Education Committee's Work mentioned that they were "purchasing one school at Dry Drayton which was owned by a private person".


Cambridge Daily News - Monday 21st December 1903 p2. Sale

Sunnymead Farm Dry Drayton (about three miles from Oakington Station and 4 1/2 miles from Cambridge) Messrs Arthur Rutter and Sons having sold the farm are instructed by Hugh Jones Esq to sell by auction, on the premises as above on Tuesday 12th January 1904, all live and dead farming stock, including 23 head of meat stock, viz 3 dairy cows 4 fat steers, 15 steers, several fresh in condition, 5 horses, 60 head of poultry, a useful collection of agricultural implements including: Smythe's corn and seed drill, Hornsby's self-binder, Deering mower, etc, etc, miscellaneous effects, four wheel phaeton, luggage cart, also a few lots of household furniture. Sale to commence at 11 o'clock sharp. Catalogues of the Auctioneers, 63 Sidney Street Cambridge and at Bury St Edmunds.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 11th March 1904 p1

View Farm, Dry Drayton, Oambs. Sale of the live and dead farming stock, comprising 5 Working horses, a shorthorn cow in full profit, 2 calves, sow and 6 pigs, poultry, including a gander and two geese, and the Agricultural implements; also the useful household furniture, including kitchen and dairy utensils, fenders, carpets, tables, chairs, couches, bedroom appolntments, etc., etc. Messrs. Chalk have received instructions from Mr. A. J, Tebbit, who is quitting, to sell the above by auction, on the Premises, on Friday, March 25ih, 1904, 11-30. Catalogues may be obtained of the auctioneers, 11, Alexandra-street, Cambridge, and Linton.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 29th April 1904 p4. Licensing

In a lengthy discussion on the Licensing Bill, just published, is commentary on the excessive number of licensed premises compared with population. The following appears: "In the County the case is still stronger . There are many villages where there are not 100 inhabitants for every licensed house. In Dry Drayton for example there are six public houses for 323 inhabitants, or just one house for every 54 persons. The inhabitants of Dry Drayton must be very "dry" indeed if they can drink enough to make all these houses show a profit. No wonder that one reads these comments in the official returns: "trade very slow all week", "very little trade done", "slow all week". Why in the name of common sense should anyone pay compensation for closing such houses as these?"


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 20th May 1904 p7 Cricket

Dry Drayton v Boxworth. A match between the above clubs on Saturday resulted in a win for Dry Drayton by 10 runs. For the winners A.Tebbit took seven wickets for 15 in the first innings and 5 for 8 in the second. Mr Ralph Pratt of Boxworth sustained a somewhat serious injury by coming violently in contact with another player. This will necessitate Mr Pratt's absence from the cricket field for some months.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 24th June 1904 p8. Accident

Dry Drayton Accident.— An accident of a somewhat slight nature, occurred on the View’ Farm, Dry Drayton. It appears that whilst a horse and cart was passing from the Portway on to the road, a careless cyclist rushed past without warning. This frightened the horse, which bolted towards home at full gallop. The boy in charge was riding on the horse’s back, and stuck well until the cart came into collision with the gatepost, when he was thrown to the ground, fortunately sustaining only a slight bruise on the right leg. There were some good round comments on the action of the cyclist, who lacked the manliness to stop and explain his side of the matter.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 8th July 1904 p8. Cricket

A Cricket Note. "Onlooker writes "A cricket match was played between Oakington Rovers and Dry Drayton on the field of the latter and resulted in a victory for the home team. Oakington were in good form but could do nothing with their opponents. I think the Rovers had better send a challenge to the Oakington Boys and beat them before trying to play against any other team." Dry Drayton .v Oakington - this match was played at Dry Drayton on Tuesday and resulted in an easy win for the home team. For Dry Drayton E Hankin took six wickets for 11 runs and A Tebbit three for four runs.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 5th August 1904 p8. Mothers' Union, Examination and Sunday School

Mothers Meeting. The mothers had their quarterly tea and meeting on Tuesday, and there was a good attendance.

Scripture Examination.—ln the Dry Drayton Scripture report just received, the Inspector (Rev. A. J. C. Allen) expresses his great satisfaction at the intelligent answers and good behavior of the children.
Sunday School Treat.— On Thursday of last week, through the kindness of the Rector (the Rev. R. Winkfield), the children of the Sunday and Day Schools had their usual tea in the Rectory Grounds. Assembling at the school, they marched to the grounds, full of eagerness and anticipation. After tea, games were played until 6.30, when each child, to the number of 70, was rewarded, after a good race, with useful present. A good number of! mothers, with their babies, came to see the races for the prizes, and the babies were also each presented with some little toy. The Rector and Mrs. Bulstrode expressed their pleasure at the good behavior of the children, who, after singing several songs, gave hearty cheers for the Rector for the very happy times they had spent.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 2 September 1904 p8 Cricket

The (Histon) Institute Club emerged successfully from a keenly fought game with Dry Drayton on Saturday, the margin in favour of the Institute being 2 runs only. For this result they were mainly indebted to the vigorous innings of 22 of C.Stearn, who hit out resolutely at nearly every ball. The scores were Dry Drayton 48, Institute 50.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 16 September 1904 p4. Lost and Found.

Found rabbitting, September 15th Brindle dog, owner can have same on paying expenses. A.J.Rebbit, Dry Drayton, Cambs.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 21 October 1904 Unfenced Machinery

At the County Petty Sessions on Saturday Walter Claydon, machinist, of Oakington, was summoned for permitting a thrashing machine to be used without having the drum and feeding mouth sufficiently and securely fenced in, at Dry Drayton, on the 4th October. inspector Winter said he was driving with the Chief Constable in Dry Drayton, when he saw a thrashing machine at work. Witness saw the owner, and asked to see the guard on the drum. Defendant replied that he had not got one. In witness’s opinion it was unsafe to work the machine without a drum, as it was possible for the man who was at the feeder to fall head first into the machinery. The Chief Constable also inspected the drum, and ordered those proceedings. The defendant stated that there was a board and hurdles over the mouth of the machine. The Chairman (Mr. C. J. Clay] pointed out that these machines were very dangerous.—lnspector Winter said the board and hurdles did not afford sufficient protection. —To this the defendant retorted that there must be space to admit of the machine being fed.—The Chairman said the Bench were not altogether satisfied that the case had been proved. They wished to point out, however, that employees must be protected from accidents. The case would be dismissed.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 28 October 1904 p4. Liberalism in West Cambs.

Autumn Campaign Commenced. MR. Montagu and his opponent. Mr. E. S. Montagu, the prospective Liberal candidate for West Cambridgeshire, commenced his autumn campaign in the division on Tuesday evening, when he addressed a large audience of electors at Dry Drayton. Both parties are refused the use of the schoolroom in this village, and in consequence the meeting took place in the Primitive Methodist Chapel. Mr. F. J. Hook (Cambridge) presided.


The Chairman, in the course of his remarks, referred to the County Council election, in which Mr. John Chivers was returned. He said Dry Drayton had given a good account of itself in that election, and he hoped its action would be repeated at the General Parliamentary Election. One of the chief points on which that fight would turn, would be the question of Protection. He was glad to see some ladies present, for this question interested them perhaps more than any other, They would the first to feel any rise in the price of food. To impose taxes on food stuffs would undoubtedly have the effect of increasing the price, and such taxes would be most keenly felt by the poor. Protection would undoubtedly have the effect of making the poor poorer, and the rich richer. The wages of the working men were not so large that they could afford to pay more for the necessaries of life. (Hear, hear.) The best way of registering their protest against Mr. Chamberlain’s proposals would be to vote for Mr. Montagu at the next election.


Of course, there was nothing new in this policy of Protection; it was stale and mouldy, and he could not help wondering why the Tories professed such a liking for it. All up and down the country there had been an almost unanimous condemnation of the policy, and still they clung to it. Mr. Montagu, who was warmly received, expressed regret that it should have been necessary to hold the meeting In the chapel He considered that the village schoolroom was the right and proper place in which the electors should meet and discuss matters relating the government of this country. (Hear, hear.) I am given to understand, he went on, that your Member, Mr. Raymond Greene, has recently paid a visit to Dry Drayton. I am extremely sorry that it seems to be impossible to get a long report of what he said to you. I can’t understand why the meetings on the other side are not fully reported in the papers. For our own part, we of the West Cambs. Liberal Association would welcome any man belonging to any newspaper, Conservative or Liberal, to our meetings, in order that our views may be spread through the constituency as widely possible. (Applause.)


But I have got one report of MAJOR GREENE’S SPEECHES with me, and a vary interesting speech it is. One of his topics is Chinese labour. Since last year the Conservatives appear to have got a new conception of heaven - they dream of a Chinese labour compound. (Laughter.) They draw beautiful pictures of the condition of the Chinese, but I would like to point out it is easy to draw a pretty picture if you leave out all the ugly parts. When you are selling a horse, it is easy to say it has nice brown coat and an arched neck, and forget to say anything about its being lame in all four legs and blind in both eyes. (Laughter.) There is one thing Major Green says about the Chinese Labour Ordinance, which he said so long ago as the spring of this year. I then corrected him, and I want to ask him not to say it again, because it is misleading. He says the importation of Chinese labour was approved by the Transvaal Legislative Chamber, which corresponds to the English House of Commons. To the person who knows nothing about the Transvaal that statement conveys the idea that the people of the Transvaal elect the Chamber of Legislature, but it is not so. As a matter of fact, the Transvaal Chamber of Legislature is a beautiful body; it represents nobody, it is elected by nobody. It is appointed by Lord Milner, the High Commissioner, and 26 members voted on the question. Of that number, 13 are salaried officials of the Government, and may be expected to vote which way the Government tells them. That disposes of half the Council. Now, when this beautiful Chamber was originally made the Government asked certain leading Boers to serve on it. They refused, and the Government found four Boers—ever since known as “tame boers”— to serve. These four Boors were completely under the thumb of the Government, and bowed to the dictates of Lord Milner and his satellites. Four other members of the Chamber arc interested—either directly or indirectly —in financial houses, to whose advantage it is to get the gold out of the ground as cheaply as possible. Of the five other members, one favoured Chinese labour, four voted against, and one of those was the only Labour member of the Chamber. This is the composition of the Chamber "corresponding to the English House of Commons!" Mr. Montagu went on to say that the condition of things in the Transvaal should alarm everybody. There were the gold mining companies with millions of pounds at their disposal, who were fast getting the upper hand. All the men in the Transvaal who opposed the Labour Ordinance had been compelled to resign whatever public positions they held, as a result of the power of the Rand magnates. He believed if they could get an UNTERRORISED POLL of the inhabitants of the Transvaal they would find them completely opposed to the introduction of Chinese labour. His views with regard to Chinese Labour were these: If the Chinaman was not fit to live in a British Colony free, he was not fit to come in at all, and should be kept out. (Applause.) What was the true state of affairs regarding the condition of the Chinese labourer. He was compelled to work under-ground, must only work at unskilled labour, and had no hope of betterment under any circumstances. He could only live in the compound, and could buy no land. After three years he was sent back to his own country. (A , Voice: It’s nothing more than slavery.”)


Major Greene proceeded in his speech to say that the Conservative Government tried to KEEP ALIENS OUT of England, and he thought it so curious that ; the Liberals should oppose the proposal. Mr.Montagu pointed out that the two questions were entirely distinct. The Liberals wanted some means of keeping out of England any foreigner who had been guilty during the previous five years of crime abroad. They also wanted to send out of England all those foreigners—rich or poor—who committed a crime on reaching this country. If a man could not accept our hospitality and behave himself, he should not be allowed to stop in the country. (Hear, hear). But the Bill which the Liberals refused to accept contained a clause, in which an attempt was made to gauge a man’s honesty or his worth by the amount of money in his pocket or the cut of his clothes. The poor man was just likely to make a good citizen of this Empire as a rich one. (Hear, hear, and cheers.) A Bill was brought in through the instigation of Sir Howard Vincent, which contained all the provisions of the Conservative Bill, except the one to which he had referred, but the Conservatives refused to accept the compromise, and dropped their Bill. The Conservatives preferred to go to the country, and say the Liberals had prevented their passing the Bill rather than risk dealing with so difficult and thorny a question. (Hear, hear.) With regard to the Agricultural Rating Act, which Major Greene was so proud of, Mr. Montagu said he did not like it, for he suspected that it did more good to the landlord than to the tenant farmer. But until they could find some means of altering their whole system of rating land, it was his opinion that the Act would have to be kept going. With regard to the housing of the working classes, Mr. Montagu said landlords could not be expected in all cases to build houses for their tenants. This was a matter which the Government should take up. The men who contributed so largely to the upkeep of the Government had a right to expect that Government to provide them with decent houses at rents which they could afford. The next Government must deal with this question, for the condition .of some of the cottages in the country were a; DISGRACE TO CIVILISATION. (Cheers.) Major Greene tells us, went on Mr. Montagu, that there is no money to spare to give old-age pensions. l am afraid that is true. Until we get a less extravagant Government, there will be no money for old-age pensions.


Major Greene also made some interesting observations regarding the foreign policy of this country, but on that subject I will postpone my remarks, because our relations with Russia are at the present time so strained in consequence of an inexplicable incident that I don’t think we should discuss it at present. We can only hope for a peaceful solution, which will be honourable to the people of England as well as to the people of Russia. Speaking of the expedition to Tibet, Mr. Montagu asked: Why in Heaven’s name did we want to send an army to Tibet ? We were told it was to be a peaceful—but armed—mission, a PEACEFUL MISSION with machine guns. The Government did not want to ask the House of Commons for its approval of this expedition, because they wanted the cost to be borne by the people of India. In order to use the funds of India for a war they would have to ask the permission of the English Parliament. But it was not war; it was a peaceful mission in order that we might be able to trade there. But after one of the most perilous marches of modern times the mission came back with a worthless piece of paper; for the Grand Lama was away on a holiday when the English got to Lhasa, and the treaty was only signed by a minor official, and was therefore of no use.


Another of Major Greene’s topics was retaliation. We have long been asking, said Mr. Montagu, for a definition of policy. Major Greene has a definition —perhaps he will forgive me if I call it an extraordinary one. It is this: The policy of retaliation is known in another form as back scratching. If you scratch my back I will scratch your back, or if you stick pins and needles in my back, I will stick pins and needles in your back. Can’t you fancy, said Mr. Montagu amid laughter, the Prime Minister of England sticking his nails into the back of the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the German Empire. Isn’t it a pretty policy ? Dealing with the question of the lack of employment, he said that the country was suffering from the extravagance of the Government, but Mr. Chamberlain’s fiscal proposals would certainly do nothing to increase employment. Mr. Montagu also referred to the temperance problem, and said something must be done to curb the power of the brewers. He had attended several bye-elections of late, and their power in such contests was only too evident. They could not get good government in this country until the power of the drink trade was lessened in some way. (Loud cheers.) Mr. Tebbutt also addressed the meeting, and referred to the very bad cottage accommodation in the villages of Cambridgeshire. He trusted that better days were in store for them when a Liberal Government had been returned to power. [Hear, hear.) The meeting concluded with cheers for Mr, Montagu.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 18 November 1904 p8. Temperance

In the hope of starting a Band of Hope for this village, a lantern lecture, entitled "The Life Of Joseph", was given in the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Friday last by Mr Frank Collinson of the Cambs Band of Hope Union. Mr W.A.Gray manipulated the lantern.


Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 9 December 1904. p8 Temperance

In the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Monday evening, a temperance lecture, illustrated by the lantern, was given by Mr Collinson of the Band of Hope Union. As a result of this lecture a Band of Hope has been formed, and will commence its regular meetings next week, under the superintendence of Mr A.J.Tebbit.


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