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Knapwell 26th February Woman fatally poisoned.

On Thursday, Mrs Mary Saint, wife of a gamekeeper of this village, expired from the effects of poison. A neighbour had previously seen deceased come out of an out-building, when she stated that she had taken some vermin powder. It is said that the husband of the deceased delayed sending for a doctor, as he expected that deceased would recover. Subsequently he sent, and both Mr. White and Dr. Giles came, but assistance was unavailing and shortly after they left deceased expired. It is said that deceased had been given to drinking and that she had spent on drink money which her husband had given her for payment of bills. An inquest will be held today (Saturday) at the “Three Horse Shoes” public house.

Elsworth 9th April Accidents to horses.

Mr. George Papworth, dealer, starting from St. Neots market, on Thursday last week, the pony ran away, breaking the shafts off, and Mrs J. Wilderspin was riding with him, but no one was hurt.
On the same day, Mr. Samuel Papworth, farmer, had two horses returning from rolling a field, and dragging the roll through the village when they were startled by a dog, and running away, broke the shafts of the roll off, and the hind horse falling down, was dragged some distance by the other and rather seriously injured.
Mr. Frank Kirby (Manor Farm) sent a boy with his nag horse to a blacksmith’s shop to be shod. The horse being fresh, galloped, and on reaching the shop, fell down dead, having broken a blood-vessel.

Elsworth 1st October Harvest thanksgiving.

On Sunday last harvest thanksgiving services were held in the parish church, the sermon being preached by the Rev. W. Barham, of Cambridge. The offertory, amounting to £1 7s. 0d., was given to the funds of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Elsworth 22nd October Terrific gale.

The gale did little damage in this immediate neighbourhood, with the exception of injuring a few trees and the thatching of stacks and cottages. At Papworth Hall (the residence of the Rev. E. Cheere) damage to the amount of about £50 was done to the glass houses in the gardens. At Knapwell and Boxworth several large trees were uprooted, but no very serious damage was done.


Elsworth 7th January Church Sunday School.

On Tuesday evening last the children of the Church Sunday school, together with the teachers, choir, bell-ringers, etc., were entertained in the schoolroom. The children were assembled at 5 o’clock to tea, and the teachers and adults at 6. After tea the usual games were indulged in, and during the evening songs and glees were sung by the school-children and choir, and the ladies distributed oranges, apples, nuts, etc. The Rev. C. and Mrs Coddington and the teachers worked hard to make the occasion a success, and judging by the happy faces we think they did not try in vain.

Elsworth 7th January Fatal accident.

On Saturday afternoon, at Addenbrooke’ 5 Hospital, Cambridge, before Mr. C. F. Jarrold, deputy borough coroner, an inquest was held, touching the death of Thomas Harding, labourer, aged 47, who was fatally injured on December 23rd, by being run over by a thrashing-machine on the highway at Elsworth. His death was briefly mentioned in our last issue.

A witness said that on Dec. 23rd, he and others were at work for Mr. Witherow, farmer at Elsworth, thrashing barley and oats. They left off about 5 p.m., when it was nearly dark. The deceased went down the hill towards Conington, leading a horse which was drawing a thrashing-machine. Witness had been driving the machine. Mr. Witherow followed down the hill with the engine. Witness did not see the accident, nor know of it until Mr. Witherow said, “Your mate has made a silly job of it; he was trying to put his shoe on, but it slipped instead of going underneath the wheel; I believe he had got run over.” Witness ran down the hill and found the deceased had been carried to his home which was about 50 yards distant. The engine was standing in the middle of the road, half over some water which had flown over from a tunnel under the road. Witness went to the deceased’s house, and there saw deceased. Deceased said – “I shall not be of any more use to you.” Witness did not speak to deceased. Witness’s wife did so, in witness’s presence, but witness did not hear deceased say how the accident happened. John Disbury told witness that deceased had been run over by the traction engine. He said that he saw the wheel go over deceased. He thought the “britchen” was the engine. Disbury was a sober man, and used to horses. On Sunday, Dec. 25th, witness came to the hospital to see the deceased. Deceased told him in the course of the conversation that the britchen broke, and that it would have got round the corner which he was just turning at the time of the accident. He told witness he could not say whether the horse had kicked him or whether he stumbled. The horse fell down, but the deceased did not say so, he said he did not know whether the horse knocked him down or whether he fell down. Deceased was 47 years of age, married, and might be described as a farm labourer.

John Disbury, Elsworth, groom and gardener, said that about 5 p.m. on December 23rd he was walking along the road at the bottom of the hill in question towards the Post-office, when he saw a horse and thrashing machine coming down the hill rather fast. Deceased was at the horse’s head holding the reins, near the bit. Deceased seemed to be trying to stop the horse. Witness saw the horse fall, and then the man. The man was run over by the near wheel, after which the machine stopped and the horse got up. Deceased was 4 or 5 yards from the machine. Witness heard James Witherow speak to the deceased, who he believed, replied to Mr. Witherow that both his legs were smashed. Witness noticed nothing blameworthy in the way the deceased was acting, he seemed to be trying to do his best.

Arthur Marmaduke Shield, house surgeon at Addenbrooke’ 5 Hospital, said deceased was admitted suffering from fractures of the lower limbs. Both thighs were fractured and the left leg. Two of the fractures were of a compound nature. Deceased progressed favourably until the 28th, when mortification took place around the fractures. Deceased expired on Thursday, the 29th, about half-past nine o’clock in the morning, from the result of the injuries he received. The injuries were certainly such as would be caused by deceased being run over by a thrashing machine engine, and were quite sufficient to cause death.

The DEPUTY-CORONER said he thought it was quite unnecessary to call further evidence. This was quite evidently a case of accident; the deceased appeared to have done all he was able to. He appeared to have tried to put the shoe on which should have been done at first. The state in which the jury had seen the body was sufficient to satisfy them as to the cause of the injuries even without the evidence of the surgeon. Verdict: “accidental death.”

Knapwell 8th April A child fatally scalded.

On Monday, at the Three Horse Shoes public house, an inquest was held before Mr. C. W. Palmer, County Coroner, on the body of an infant named George Virley, aged one year and nine months, whose death occurred under the circumstances mentioned below.

Mrs M. J. Barnes, wife of Alfred Barnes, labourer, said deceased was her son, born before marriage, and was one year and nine months old. On returning home to dinner on Friday, the 31st ult., witness found that deceased had been scalded in the upper parts of chest and throat. Remedies were applied and deceased seemed to get better. On Saturday afternoon, however, deceased seemed to get worse, about 5p.m. The doctor was sent for, but deceased expired before he arrived. Witness left the deceased with her mother whilst she was at work. Charlotte Willson, wife of James Willson, and mother of the last witness said her daughter had been living with her at Knapwell. On the 31st ult., Friday, Mrs Barnes went to work leaving deceased in charge of witness. About 12p.m., witness was taking some hot water out of an iron boiler on the fire. There was too much water in the boiler, and therefore witness took some out with a mug in order to put some potatoes in. Witness put the mug on the table while she placed the lid on the boiler. She looked round and saw that deceased had siezed the mug and spilt the water over himself. Witness got his clothes off and found he was scalded about the neck and throat. She applied remedies. On Saturday about noon the deceased “lacked” his food. In the afternoon the doctor was fetched, but deceased died about 6:30, before the doctor came. Mr. J. Giles, surgeon, said the whole of deceased’s left chest and part of the right was scalded, as also was the throat and lower part of the face. In his opinion the cause of death was shock to the system consequent upon burns received. Verdict: “Accidental death”.

Elsworth 5th August Harvest.

Generally speaking harvest prospects look well in this neighbourhood. Beans and peas are both good crops, and are being cut. Oats of which not a large quantity is grown, are fairly good. Wheat looks well, though many think that the yield will only be an average one. The barley and roots have been very much improved by the late rains. The hay crop has been very good, and most of it got in in excellent condition.


Elsworth 20th January Aged tea party.

On the 12th instant Mr. George Papworth, a well-known resident of this village invited and entertained to tea nine aged parishioners, whose united ages with that of their hosts made up the respectable total of 777 years, viz., Richard Kempton Pamwell, 80; William Cannon, 80; James Pink, 77; Reynolds, 66; and George Papworth, 75. It need hardly be said how thoroughly they all enjoyed themselves, and retired to their homes very grateful to their host, who himself was not the least delighted of the party.

Knapwell 20th January Inquest – female child unnamed.

On Monday at the Three Horse Shoes public house, Mr. C. W. Palmer, County Coroner, held an inquest touching the death of the unnamed female child aged three weeks and two days, of William Marling, of this village. Mrs Ann Marling, mother of the deceased, said she was attended in her confinement by Mrs Lindsay, of Knapwell. Deceased seemed healthy at birth. About three days later it had a sore mouth, and did not take food well. On Thursday, the 11th inst., it was sick, and became worse on Friday. She gave it a little peppermint and water. It died on Saturday. Mrs Lindsay, the midwife, gave evidence corroborating that of the mother. Mr. White, surgeon, Caxton, said he had not attended deceased during life. The stomach was slightly congested, but the internal organs were otherwise healthy. He could not positively say that he could have saved the deceased’s life, if he had been sent for on the Friday, but he might have done so if he had been sent for a week before.

The coroner censured the parties for not calling in a doctor, and remarked that had Mr. White been able to say that he could have saved deceased’s life if he had been called in on the Friday, he (the Coroner) would have had to consider whether or not he ought to direct the jury as to a verdict of manslaughter. The coroner having addressed the jury, a verdict of Natural Causes was returned.

Elsworth 10th March Inquest.

On Monday an inquest was held before Mr. C. W. Palmer, at the “Fox and Hounds”, Elsworth, on the body of Ann Elizabeth Abraham. The following evidence was given: Mary Jane Abraham said: I am a single woman living at Elsworth. The deceased was my daughter. It was a strong child from the time it was born. The child was 13 weeks old. A fortnight ago the doctor (Mr. White) called to see the child. He told me to give it milk. I gave it milk. The doctor only saw the child that time. The child seemed taken worse on Saturday. It died on Sunday at 6.30 p.m. George Abraham, deposed: I am a labourer, living at Elsworth. Mary Jane Abraham is my daughter, and lived with me. I used to see the deceased, her daughter, from the time it was born. I heard the Doctor had seen it a fortnight ago. It appeared to me to be a weakly child from the time it was born. I used to tell my daughter to see Mr. White, when he came into the village. On Saturday morning, about half past four, my daughter called my attention to the child. My neighbour, Parnell was called in, and she remained till the child died. It died at 6.30, and at half-past eight I went along to the doctor’s, to see about a certificate etc. – Hester Parnell said: I am the wife of John Parnell, labourer, Elsworth. I live next door but one to the mother after her confinement. I was in the house nearly every day. I first noticed a change in the child on Friday, when it had a cold on the chest. I saw it on Saturday, when it did not seem any better. I did not think the child was a strong child from birth.

Mr. Henry Francis White said: I am a duly qualified medicalman residing at Caxton. In consequence of what Parnell told me, when, as I considered, the deceased was about a month old, I went and saw it. I found it such a miserable infant that I made enquiries respecting it. It was being fed on bread and water. She said it would not take milk. The child was a wretched looking object. I told Parnell what ought to be done, and since then the baby thrived a little. I examined the bottle the milk was given in on one or two occasions, and found it sour as vinegar. I made a post mortem examination to-day, and the only cause of death I could find was a slight congestion of the lungs. The intestines were all empty. The deceased no doubt died from the congestion of the lungs, consequent upon debility. The baby only weighed five pounds three ounces. There were no marks of external violence. – The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased died from congestion of the lungs, consequent upon, or brought about by debility. The coroner, in summing up, said there was no doubt that if the mother of the child had been a person responsible for her actions, the jury would probably have asked her to consider whether the case was one of manslaughter. Under the circumstances he hoped the parish would do something to get her into the workhouse, this being the second time that such a thing had occurred.

Elsworth 11th August Death of Captain J. C. Daintree.

Much regret was expressed when it was known that Captain Daintree had expired at Eastbourne on Tuesday, July 31st. During his residence in this village, he had endeared himself to both rich and poor, by his genial hospitality, kindly sympathy, and ever ready help. In his early days he was known in the coursing world as the owner of the celebrated dog, “King Cob.” A thorough Conservative, he was one of the real old “English Gentlemen”, and it was a treat to hear him sing a song of his own composing – “I’m proud to be an Englishman, I glory in the name.” The body was brought for burial to Fen Drayton on Saturday last.


Elsworth 1st February Inquest.

An inquest was held on Wednesday, at the Plough Inn, before the County Coroner, Mr. C. W. Palmer, touching the death of Josiah Lovell, aged 60. It appeared from the evidence of William Silk, butcher, the deceased’s employer, that the deceased had been out to plough on the previous day and had returned to the stable at about three o’clock, with the horses. He then appeared to be in his usual health. About a quarter to five Mr. Silk went into the yard and called for the deceased. Not receiving any answer, he went into the stable and found the deceased lying on the ground, with his back against the chaff house. He tried to lift him up but found he was dead. Mr. White, a medical practitioner, residing at Caxton deposed that he had made a post mortem examination of the deceased. There were no external marks of violence, and the body was exceedingly well nourished. The deceased had an enormous liver and the heart was twice the size it should be. The liver had encroached so much upon the heart, that there was scarcely room for it to act. The stomach was also enormously extended. The cause of death was syncope, consequent upon the failure of the heart’s action. – The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.

Elsworth 26th September Accident.

On Monday a man named W. Parnell was at work on a tree at this village, when one of the branches broke and he fell on to his bill, severely cutting his knee. He was conveyed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and is progressing favourably.

Elsworth 3rd October Harvest thanksgiving.

On Thursday, the 25th of September, the annual harvest thanksgiving was held at the parish church, which was tastefully decorated throughout with flowers, corn, fruit, and the usual offerings of vegetables by the people. The service was partly choral, and was well rendered by the village choir. The prayers and lessons were read by the Rector, and a very able sermon was preached by the Rev. Canon Sharp, Rector of Little Downham, from the text – “While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease”, Genesis viii., 22. The offertory was devoted to the funds of Addenbrooke’s Hospital and amounted to £4 16s. 9d. The congregation was the largest ever witnessed within the walls of this fine old church -fast crumbling to ruin for need of restoration.

Knapwell 31st October

On Friday, the County Coroner, Mr. C. W. Palmer, held an inquest at the Three Horse Shoes public house, in this village, on the body of an unnamed female child of Alfred Lindsay, labourer. It appeared that the child had a fit on the previous Wednesday evening. It gradually got worse and died at twelve o’clock on the previous day. Mr. H. T. L. White, surgeon, of Caxton certified that death resulted from inflammation of the bowels, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly.


Knapwell 16th January Inquest.

An inquest was held at the Three Horse Shoes public house on Tuesday by the County Coroner, Mr. C. W. Palmer on the body of George Brittan, a child one year and ten months old. The medical evidence tended to show that death was caused by acute congestion of the internal organs consequent upon measles, and the jury returned the verdict of death from natural causes.

Elsworth 8th May Inquest.

An inquest was held on Friday last at the “George and Dragon”, touching the death of John Desborough. The doctor’s evidence showed that the cause of death was debility of the lungs. The jury found a verdict of death from natural causes.

Elsworth 29th May Death from drowning.

An inquest was held at the “Three Horse Shoes”, in the parish of Elsworth, yesterday (Thursday), touching the death of a child named Martha Lowell, aged three years. It appeared from the evidence of the deceased’s mother that the child left her house to play about half-past four in the afternoon; and the medical evidence was to the effect that the child died from asphyxia, through drowning. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”

Elsworth 9th October Harvest Festival.

The annual harvest thanksgiving service was held in the parish church, on the evening of the 1st of October. The church, as usual, was most tastefully decorated by willing hands, with flowers, fruit and vegetables, offerings sent in by the villagers. The congregation was unusually large. The service was partly choral, and reflected great credit on the village choir. The sermon was preached by the Rev. C. C. James, of Papworth St. Agnes, from Psalm cxviii, 24. The offertory amounted to £5 6s. 0d., which, with the fruit and vegetables, was devoted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Elsworth 30th October Address by Mr. Charles Hall, Q.C.

Mr. Hall, the Candidate, addressed a very crowded and enthusiastic meeting of nearly 300 voters, in this village, last (Thursday) evening, under the able presidency of Mr. Gardner. There were also present Mr. Kirby, Mr. E. Wayman, Mr. Witherow, Mr. Alfred Papworth, Mr. Child, the Rev. Mr. Clarke, Mr. Rowlett, Mr. G. Papworth, the Rev. Hutchinson, and Messrs. James and Richard Parsons. Mr. Hall, in his usual manly and straightforward way of addressing his audiences, spoke upon the various topics of the day, and exposed the hollowness and deception of the Chamberlain school of politicians. The speaker was cheered to the echo throughout his speech. A Mr. Parsons asked Mr. Hall two or three rather absurd questions, which Mr. Hall answered to the great discomforture of the questioner, and the laughter of his audience. A vote of thanks to the chairman, proposed by the Rev. Mr. Clarke, and three hearty cheers for the Queen, and others equally cordial for Mr. Hall. He then drove from the schoolroom to the vicarage, and cheers greeted him again and again as he passed up the street.

Elsworth 6th November High rents.

A Borough Voter writes that in this parish allotments in land are charged at the rate of £8 per acre by a Liberal.


Elsworth 19th February The Church.

An exertion has lately been made to raise the funds necessary for placing two of Porritt’s air warming underground stoves in Elsworth church, which never had any heating apparatus; and, through the instrumentality of many kind friends, the sum of £86 has been collected. The committee accepted the tender (the only one offered) of Mr. Osborne, builder, of St. Neots, for the work of placing the stoves, and he has just completed this most satisfactorily and with the utmost despatch. The heating apparatus was used for the first time last Sunday, and the lofty and spacious edifice was heated to the satisfaction and comfort of all present. The committee beg to thank the numerous subscribers to the fund, and notably Mr. Robert Lodge, for his handsome donation of £20, also Captain Duncombe for £10, the Rev. Mr. and Miss Cheere £10, and Mr. Francis Lodge, £7.

Elsworth 13th August Sudden death.

Mr. C. W. Palmer, county coroner, held an inquest at the “Fox and Hounds”, Elsworth, on Tuesday, touching the death of Jane Abraham, aged 25 years. The medical evidence showed that the cause of death was aneurism of the heart. The jury returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes.”

Elsworth 8th October Harvest Festival.

On Thursday evening in last week, the annual harvest festival was held in the church of the Holy Trinity, Elsworth. The interior of this large and fine old church was tastefully decorated throughout with flowers, fruit, corn, and vegetables, contributed by the villagers. The most noticeable part of the decorations were those of the font by Miss Witherow, the pulpit by Mr. A. Papworth, the lectern by Mrs Knibbs, the desk by Miss Matthews, and the building by Mr. Picking. Many other willing hands assisted. The service was partly choral and was well rendered by the choir, Mr. H. Rollings presiding at the new large Alexander harmonium, whose sweet and melodious notes were much admired. An able and eloquent sermon was preached by the Rev. Henry Luke Paget, M.A., vicar of St. Ives, from St. James i., 17, to a congregation of over 400. The harvest thanksgiving service was continued on the Sunday evening following, when the preacher was the rector. Offertories for the Addenbrooke’ 5 Hospital at both services amounted to £6, and the fruit and vegetables (a horse-load) were sent to the hospital on Monday last.


Elsworth 25th February The Conservatives.

A general meeting was held on Wednesday evening in last week, to elect officers for the ensuing year; and the following were re-elected: Mr. P. T. Gardner (chairman), Mr. J. Child and Mr. R. Rowlatt (vice-chairmen), and Mr. P. Rooper, for the parish of Boxworth; Mr. Jno. Martin for the parish of Papworth Everard; and Mr. A. Papworth, treasurer and secretary. Mr. R. J. Kisby, of the Caxton Club, had arranged to be at the Elsworth Club-room the same evening to give a lecture, and every point that he brought forward was exceedingly well explained. A vote of thanks to him was proposed by Mr. A. Papworth, and carried; and the remainder of the evening was spent in singing glees and songs, and closed with “God Save the Queen.”

Elsworth 8th April Sad loss – Mrs R. P. Parsons.

The death of Mrs R. P. Parsons is a grief to all who knew her, she having for some time been doing everything that lay in her power to assist the poor in the parish.

Elsworth 29th April Suicide.

Yesterday (Thursday), Mr. C. W. Palmer, county coroner, held an inquest at the “Three Horse Shoes,” Elsworth, at 8 o’clock a.m., touching the death of John Holden, aged 77 years. It appeared from the evidence given that the deceased was found hanging to the bed-post, in his bed-room, and when found was quite dead. The wife of the deceased said that he had acted very strangely of late. The Jury returned a verdict of “suicide whilst of unsound mind.”

Elsworth 24th June Report of the Jubilee Celebrations.

Tuesday here was opened by a joyous peal from the church bells, which continued ringing at intervals during the day. Soon after noon, the children went to the National School, from which, after having pence distributed among them, they started in procession for the grass close (a field which is used on festive occasions as a village green) where sundry festivities were preparing. At two o’clock, all the men of the village, including lads above the age of fifteen, sat down to a cold dinner which was provided for them free of cost. At four, a meat tea was given to all the women and children of the place, and those few, who were unable by sickness or infirmity to join in the festivities shared as far as possible by having meat, tea, sugar etc., sent to them at their homes. The dinner and tea were held in a spacious marquee, which was erected especially for the purpose and free of cost by Mr. Hodson, builder, of Elsworth. Great thanks from the whole parish are likewise due to Mr. and Mrs Samuel Papworth, whose residence (being near at hand) was thrown open. Directly after tea, sports were commenced. It was not at first intended that the Jubilee festivities should extend over more than one day, but it was found that there was a very considerable quantity of all provisions left, over and above what were required on Tuesday; so, after due notice had been given, most of the men, women, and children re assembled on Wednesday evening, and partook of a cold collation, after which races were again held and continued until after nine p.m.

The General Committee of management for the festivities was composed of Mr. Samuel Papworth (chairman and treasurer), the Rev. H. K. Hutchinson, and Messrs. James Witherow, Alfred Papworth, Rowlatt, Billing, and Rollings (secretary); and the Sports Committee comprised Messrs. Alf. Papworth, D. Picking, Alf. Wilderspin, and Billing (secretary).

On the evening of Sunday next, there is to be a thanksgiving service in the parish church, when the sermon will be preached by the rector.

Elsworth 1st July Wedding.

On the 20th ult., the marriage of Mr. George Shields, of Brighton, with Florence Amelia Hodson, third daughter of Mr. W. Hodson, builder, was celebrated here, and a large number of people assembled in the church. The service was read by the Rev. H. K. Hutchinson. M.A., and the choir was largely represented. The bride was attired in silver grey, trimmed with variegated velvet, and wore a wreath of real orange blossom with a bridal veil. The bridesmaids were the Misses Hodson (5) and Shield (1). The presents were numerous.

Elsworth 30th September Harvest thanksgiving.

A harvest thanksgiving was held here on the evening of Thursday in last week, the 22nd inst. The grand old parish church was very prettily and tastefully decorated with flowers, fruit, etc., by the Misses Hutchinson, Miss Knox, and other ladies and gentlemen of the parish. Mrs Knibbs, with the assistance of Mr. Rollings, undertook the decoration of the reading-desk, which was very much admired. The lectern, adorned by Mrs Billing, and the font, as usual, decorated by Miss Witherow, both looked very pretty indeed, and won much praise. The pulpit, the work of Mr. Alfred Papworth, was very nice, as to the carving of the pulpit itself, which is of very old oak. Altar-rails, choir-stalls, windows, and indeed all parts of the church received their due share of flowers, green leaves and fruit. The parishioners certainly deserve thanks for their spontaneous offerings of fruit, vegetables, and flowers, among which were boughs of apples and pears, from Mr. D. Picking (who also assisted in the work of decoration); very large marrows, and very handsome specimens of double sunflowers, from Mr. H. Carr. The service, which was partly choral, was well rendered by the choir, under the able direction of Mr. Billing, the organist. The sermon was delivered by the Rev. J. Brown, Rector of Hardwick, and a collection was made for the funds of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. On Sunday evening last, the thanksgiving service was continued, the Rector (Rev. H. K. Hutchinson) preaching the sermon, when a supplementary collection was made, which brought the total amount to £5 3s. 2d. The fruit, vegetables, etc., were also sent to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.


Elsworth 23rd March National School.

This school was examined on February 21st, and the report of Her Majesty’s Inspector has just been received. It runs as follows: Mixed School, “Mr. Billing has worked hard, and has greatly improved this backward school. Reading is now fluent and expressive, and the other subjects have also advanced. The mark of good may this year be awarded.” Infants’ Class – “Mrs Rollings continues to improve this Infants’ Department, and the first standard children do their work well.” The grant, £88 17s. 0d., is the highest the school has ever earned.

Elsworth 3rd August Presentation to Teacher.

An interesting event took place at Elsworth on the 24th ult., when the mistress of the infants’ department of the National School, Mrs Rollings, who had been greatly respected and esteemed during her residence in the village for over two years, has just severed her connection with the school, her husband, Mr. H. Rollings, who has filled the post of lay-reader at Elsworth, having been appointed to missionary work on the shores of Lake Huron, in Canada, under the Bishop of Algorn. At the suggestion of Miss Witherow, and by her efforts, substantially supported by the Rector, the Rev. H. K. Hutchinson, with his sisters and niece, a purse, containing nearly £6, was subscribed by the parents of the children and other residents of the village, and presented to Mrs Rollings with sincere wishes for her future welfare. The travellers leave England for their new home to-day (Friday).

Elsworth 10th August School Festival.

The children of the Church Sunday school had their annual treat on Tuesday. The weather was very favourable, and they assembled at the school at 3 p.m., and walked in procession, carrying flags and flowers, through the village to the Rectory grounds, where they dispersed for an hour’s play previous to sitting down at tables laid under the trees for tea. After tea, they returned to their games, while their teachers and other friends who had waited on them, joined by the members of the choir, were entertained by the Rector, (the Rev. H. K. Hutchinson), the Misses Hutchinson, and Miss Knox. The games -quoits for the elders, cricket, football, and races -were greatly appreciated, and a most enjoyable evening was spent, at the end of which, after a distribution of sweets and buns among the youngsters, an evening hymn was sung, and amidst cheers the little ones dispersed.

Elsworth 19th October Harvest Festival.

Harvest thanksgiving services were held in this village, yesterday week, and on Sunday last. On the Thursday, the service was conducted by the rector (the Rev. H. K. Hutchinson), assisted by the Rev. A. L. Denny, of Fenstanton, while the sermon was preached by the Rev. E. Tottenham, vicar of St. Ives. The church had been decorated in a very tasteful manner by the ladies of the parish, others being most generous in their offerings of fruit, vegetables, etc. On Sunday evening, the rector preached. Afterwards, the fruit and vegetables were forwarded to Addenbrooke’ 5 Hospital; and the collections, which were also devoted to the same Institution, reached the amount of £5 6s. 0d.

Elsworth 7th December County Council Meeting.

A meeting was held in the school room, Elsworth, on the evening of Tuesday, to consider the election of a representative for the district of Elsworth (comprising the parishes of Elsworth, Graveley, Knapwell, Papworth Everard, and Papworth St. Agnes). The chair was taken by the Rev. E. D. Galloway, of Papworth Everard; and the meeting was addressed by the chairman, Mr. John Martin, jun., Mr. R. P. Parsons, Mr. S. Papworth, and Mr. Rowlatt (Elsworth) proposed Mr. John Martin jun., of Papworth, “as a fit and proper person to represent the district;” Mr. Goodley (Knapwell) seconded the proposition; and Mr. Martin consented to stand.

Elsworth 21st December County Council.

A meeting was held in the school-room, Elsworth, yesterday week, with the object of putting forward a representative for the district of Elsworth. The chair was taken by Mr. F. Kirby, and the meeting was addressed by Mr. Baldwin, of Cambridge, after which it was proposed by Mr. S. Papworth, seconded by Mr. Wm. Bleet, and agreed, that Mr. R. P. Parsons should represent the Elsworth district on the Council. The meeting was also addressed by Mr. John Martin, jun. (who is also a candidate for the office of representative of Elsworth, having been selected at a previous meeting.)


Elsworth 25th January Inquest.

Mr. C. W. Palmer, county coroner, held an inquest at the “Fox and Hounds”, Elsworth, on Tuesday, concerning the death of Emma Allgood, aged 55, who died on Sunday. Cornelius Allgood, a shoemaker, living at Elsworth, said that deceased was his sister, and had kept his house for him for six years. She had been ailing for a long time, but was taken worse on the previous Tuesday, and died on Sunday. Dr. White, of Caxton, said he saw the deceased shortly before her death. She was in a disgustingly dirty condition; so dirty indeed, that he could not make a post mortem examination until the corpse had been cleansed. The body was fearfully emaciated, and there were all the appearances of the woman having died from starvation. He was unable to obtain any information as to her previous health, and, coupled with her condition, he concluded that she had died from starvation. The actual cause of her death, however, was a tubercle of the liver. The jury returned a verdict accordingly, and the coroner observed that the evidence of the medical man had disclosed that the deceased had been living in a most filthy condition for the last six months. He regretted that neither the inspector of nuisances nor the medical officer had had his attention drawn to the condition in which deceased had existed. Had that been done, it was probable that she would have been properly attended to.

Elsworth 1st March Conservative Club.

The annual meeting of the Conservative Club of this village was held yesterday week, for the purpose of electing officers for the ensuing year. Mr. P. T. Gardner, of Conington, was unanimously re-elected chairman, after which the meeting proceeded to the business of electing a treasurer and secretary. These offices had been held for some years by Mr. A. Papworth, who decisively announced his determination to resign, notwithstanding urgent solicitations of the Club that he shouldn’t do so. Mr. Rowlatt was then asked if he would accept the two offices, but this he declined; at the same time expressing his willingness to fill the post of treasurer if the offices were separated. It was then proposed and seconded, “that Mr. Billing be secretary to the Club,” but Mr. Billing, thanking the members for the honour done to him by the proposition, expressed his unwillingness to accept the office; when a proposition was put forward, which met with the entire approval of the Club, viz., “that Mr. H. Witherow be elected Secretary.” Mr. Witherow accepted the office, offering his best services for the furtherance of the Club’s interests. The re-election of the vice-chairman, with the addition of Mr. A. Papworth to their number, was next proceeded with, after which a cordial vote of thanks to Mr. A. Papworth for his services concluded the business of the evening.

Elsworth 22nd March Allotments meeting.

A meeting was held in the Schoolroom, on Tuesday evening, to consider the question of allotments. The meeting was presided over by Mr. R. P. Parsons, who explained the working of the Act of Parliament on the subject, and a letter was read from the Rev. H. K. Hutchinson, offering two fields adjacent to the village for the purposes of the Act; while Mr. Frank Kirby, on behalf of Captain Duncombe, the lord of the manor, placed another field at the disposal of the parishioners; the probable rent of either being twenty-five shillings per acre. Names of persons desirous of obtaining allotments were taken, with the result that nearly sixty acres were spoken for, and it was therefore decided to accept the offers both of the Rev. H. K. Hutchinson and Captain Duncombe. A vote of thanks to Mr. Parsons for moving in the matter, and presiding during the evening, closed the proceedings.

Elsworth 29th March The Schools.

These schools were examined by H.M. Inspectors (Mr. F. W. H. Myers and Mr. A. Bartlett), on the 19th Feb., and the report on the examination has just been received. The children acquitted themselves most satisfactorily, and the Inspector says: “The improvement observed last year has been well maintained, and the school now fully deserves to rank as good. Musical drill has been successfully introduced.” A higher grant has been earned by the children individually, but, owing to the average attendance for the year (upon which the grant to the school is based) being rather lower than that of last year, the total grant is rendered rather less. The grant received amounts to £85 5s. 9d.

Elsworth 19th April Conservatism.

On the evening of Thursday in last week, the members of the Conservative Club met as usual, and were addressed by Mr. Josiah Smith, of Willingham, upon the current matters of political life. His address was listened to by an attentive and appreciative audience; and he was accorded a cordial vote of thanks.

Elsworth 7th June Conservative Club.

On Thursday last week, the members of this Club, to the number of 80, partook of a first-class supper in their Club-room. The chair was taken by Mr. John Martin, of Papworth Everard, and there were also present Mr. Josiah Smith of Willingham; Mr. Rowlett, vice-president of the Club, and Mr. H. Witherow, secretary. After supper there was a short interval for clearing the tables, etc. When the company again assembled Mr. Martin proposed the toast of Her Majesty the Queen, and the Royal family, which was heartily received and drunk with much enthusiasm. Mr. Rowlett, the next speaker, expressed himself satisfied with the great success that had attended their efforts in this their festive meeting. Mr. Martin strongly advised all present and others interested in the Club, to take proper precautions to have their names entered on the voters’ list for this year. Mr. Josiah Smith proposed “Success to the Elsworth Club”. He congratulated the members upon their loyal efforts to strengthen the present Government, and earnestly urged them to promote sound Conservative principles amongst themselves and their friends. During the evening a programme of songs was ably rendered by Messrs. E. Fortesque, R. Hinson, H. Witherow, and S. Revel. Both the supper and the meeting were great successes.

Elsworth 28th June Recreation Club started.

A croquet and lawn-tennis club has been started at this village, and begun its existence in a very promising manner; it numbers nearly thirty members. A piece of fairly level ground has been obtained from Mr. S. Braybrook, and when the tennis-court and croquet ground has been re-laid, which will doubtless be done upon the advent of showery weather, it will be all that need be desired. As matters are, both games have been already played, and have afforded much delightful recreation.

Elsworth 19th July Sunday School Treat.

The children of Elsworth Church Sunday School had their annual treat yesterday week. The weather, which had been very unpromising on Wednesday was all that could be desired; and the children, meeting at the school at two o’clock, marched to the Rectory grounds, where they thoroughly enjoyed themselves during the rest of the day. Tea was provided for the juveniles at four o’clock, on the rectory lawn; and the seniors were afterwards entertained by the Rev. H. K. Hutchinson, the Misses Hutchinson, and Miss Knox. Various amusements were provided -swings, both on the trees and in the swing-boats, cricket, croquet, quoits and foot-ball, and all were thoroughly appreciated. At nine o’clock, after a distribution of buns and sweets, the little ones joined in singing an evening hymn, and then dispersed.

Elsworth 19th July Marriage.

The marriage of Miss Clara Jane Hodson, third daughter of Mr. W. Hodson, builder, to Mr. George Wilson, of Girton, was celebrated here on Monday, in presence of a large congregation. The bride was attended by six bridesmaids; and the ceremony was performed by the Rector (the Rev. H. K. Hutchinson). Quite a feature of the proceedings was a large supply of beautiful flowers which arrived in the morning from Hatfield. The bridesmaids were Miss Bertie Hodson, Miss Ettie Hodson and Miss Ada Hodson, sisters of the bride, Miss Silk and two little girls, the Misses Holly. After the honeymoon, the newly married will take up their residence at Brighton.


Elsworth 21st February The Late Mr. Kirby.

The members of the Conservative Club desire to express their sincere regret for the loss they have sustained by the lamentable death of the late Mr. David Kirby, farmer, of the parish of Boxworth. He was ever willing to render all assistance that was within his power to further the interests of the good old cause. He was also an active member of the Swavesey Branch of the Primrose League. A good master, his men held him in high esteem and respect as parish overseer, churchwarden, surveyor, and collector of taxes. His funeral took place on February 13th. The deceased gentleman was 53 years of age.

Elsworth 21st February The Conservative Club.

A committee meeting will be held in the Club-room at Elsworth, on Wednesday week, at 7.30 p.m. All members belonging to the club are particularly requested to attend.

Elsworth 7th March The Schools.

These schools were examined by Her Majesty’s Inspector on February 4th, and his report thereupon has just been received. Among the subjects selected for praise are the discipline and tone of the school, which are both described as “good”; while the school drill and the needlework are both mentioned as being “well taught.” The removal of the First Standard from the Infant’s class into the main room to the infants; and the mistress (Miss C. Page) maybe congratulated upon earning the “Good” merit grant for the Infants’ Department, which has hitherto been classed as “Fair”. The grant earned, with a lower average attendance than that of last year, amounts to £83 7s. 6d.

Elsworth 21st March Conservative Club.

The annual general meeting of this Club was held on Thursday evening, when the following officers were elected: chairman: P. T. Gardner, Esq., of Conington Hall; Vice-chairmen: Messrs. John Martin, H. Rowlatt, John Child, Thomas Goodley, Charles Witherow, W. R. Billing, and A. Papworth; Committee: Messrs. R. Hinson, D. Picking, E. Brand, W. Desborough, D. Witherow, S. Gathard, W. Prior, R. Pratt, E. Witherow, McKay, and S. Witherow. Treasurer: Mr. Rowlatt; Secretary: Mr. W. R. Billing; and Assistant-Secretary: Mr. W. Desborough. The Club begins its year with a balance in hand of £1 3s. 8d., and it was decided to open the room three evenings a week instead of one.

Elsworth 11th April Vestry Meeting.

A vestry meeting was held in the school-room on Easter Monday, to appoint churchwardens for the ensuing year. The Rector, the Rev. H. K. Hutchinson, was unavoidably absent The following gentlemen attended the meeting: Mr. S. Papworth, Mr. J. Witherow, Mr. A. Papworth, Mr. Rowlatt, Mr. W. Hodson, and Mr. Billing. Upon the proposal of Mr. S. Papworth, seconded by Mr. Rowlatt, Mr. Hodson took the chair; and he on behalf of the Rector, nominated Mr. J. Witherow as rector’s warden; while, upon Mr. S. Papworth’s proposal, seconded by Mr. J. Witherow, Mr. F. Kirby was chosen as parish warden.

Elsworth 30th May Conservative Club.

A very successful social meeting of this club was held on Thursday evening, the 22nd inst. After supper, the remainder of the evening was spent in songs and speeches, and a resolution was passed by the meeting congratulating Mr. Charles Hail, M.P., on the honour lately conferred on him.

Elsworth 6th June Accident to a ringer.

On Wednesday afternoon, whilst William Maskell, a blacksmith of this place, was tolling the church bell, the rope broke, with the result that he fell and broke his leg. He was conveyed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and is now progressing towards recovery.

Elsworth 11th July Anniversary Services.

The anniversary services of the Baptist Chapel in this village were held on Tuesday. There was also a public tea in the afternoon, which was exceedingly well attended.

Elsworth 11th July Sad occurrence.

A labouring man named John Parnwell, 26 years of age, who has been subject to fits, left his home on Wednesday morning to proceed to his work. Some time afterwards he was found by another man, lying dead, with his face in the mud of the brook which flows through the village. It is conjectured that he was crossing the brook by a footbridge, when he was seized with a fit, and fell into the bed of the stream, which at this point is very shallow, and being helpless, was suffocated in the mud. He leaves a wife and three young children.

Elsworth 18th July Sunday School Treat.

The annual treat of the Elsworth Church Sunday School was held on Thursday, the l0th inst. Not only were the children treated to an afternoon’s enjoyment, but their mothers also were invited to the Rectory grounds, where they had their tea, and various entertainments during the evening. The weather, upon which so much depends on these occasions, was propitious, not a drop of rain falling to mar the proceedings. The children assembled at the school at three o’clock, and marched with their teachers through the village to the Rectory grounds where they dispersed to various games, until four o’clock, when they were called to tea. After tea they returned to their games while their mothers, all of whom had been specially invited, were entertained by Miss E. Hutchinson and Miss Knox. The teachers, members of the choir, and friends, a great many of whom were present, partook of the same hospitality. Then ensued an item of interest, namely, a cricket match between the six boy-members of the choir, captained by Mr. H. Witherow, and six of the Sunday scholars (non choir-members), captained by Mr. Foskett, the superintendent. Shortly after nine o’clock the children were marshalled on the lawn, where sweets and buns were distributed, and a hymn was sung, when the company dispersed, after giving hearty cheers as a token of their genuine appreciation of the enjoyments which had been so kindly provided for them.

Elsworth 1st August Sudden death.

On Saturday, Mr. C. W. Palmer, the county coroner, held an inquest at the “George and Dragon”, Elsworth, on the body of William Silk, a butcher, aged 66, of that place. Sarah Silk, his widow, said that on Thursday about one o’clock the deceased complained of a pain on his chest and said he thought he would be sick. He went upstairs to lie down. Witness went up about an hour and a half later and found him dead, lying on the floor. Mr. Coles, surgeon of Caxton, said that on making a post mortem examination he found the body was very fatty and the lungs and liver unsound. The heart was enlarged and fatty. The cause of death was syncope, caused by fatty degeneration of the heart. A verdict to this effect was returned.

Elsworth 8th August Lawn Tennis Club.

A tennis tournament has lately been played between the members of the above club, with the result that among the ladies Mrs Billing obtains priority, and among the gentlemen Mr. F. Hodson.

Elsworth 10th October Harvest Thanksgiving.

Harvest thanksgiving services were held here on Thursday and again last Sunday evening. The church was decorated in a very tasteful manner, and looked very pretty, the work obtaining much praise. The offerings of vegetables, etc. from the villagers were also very abundant, and the donors deserve many thanks. The services were partly choral, and were very heartily rendered. The service on Thursday was conducted by the Rev. H. K. Hutchinson, the rector, assisted by the Rev. W. Close, Conington, and the Rev. A. Kirke-Smith, Boxworth, the latter preaching the sermon. On Sunday, the Rector officiated. The collections which realised the sum of £6 6s. 6d. were devoted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, to which excellent institution the fruit and vegetables were also sent.

Elsworth 31st October Liberal Meeting.

A well-attended meeting was held in the school-room on Thursday evening, to hear an address by Mr. Hoare, the Radical candidate for West Cambs. Mr. S. Papworth occupied the chair. The meeting was first addressed by Mr. Baldwin, who spoke at some length, recapitulating the Acts tending to the public good which had been passed by liberal governments during the present century, and concluding with a somewhat graphic description of Tipperary at the present time. Mr. Hoare was very favourably received by the meeting, and enunciated his views on the political topics of the day. Some questions were asked and answered.

Elsworth 7th November Concert.

A concert was held in the School-room on the evening of Friday last, and was much appreciated by the audience. The room was not so full as could be desired, but this might partly be accounted for by the miserable weather which prevailed during the day. Appended is the programme, the encores being marked by an asterisk:

Part I

Pianoforte duet “Qui Vive” The Misses Foster
Song “The Quaker” Mr. W. R. Billing
Recitation “The Lifeboat” Mr. and Mrs Billing
Song “He’s one of the good old ‘has been’s” Mr. Gibson
* Song “When my Jim comes home” Miss Foster
Song Mr.A.Chapman
* Song “The Rule of Three” Mr. S. G. Jarman
* Song “The Frenchman” Mr. W. Ingle
Song “How Paddy stole the rope” Mr. Albert Papworth
Song “Tit for Tat” Mrs Billing

Part II

Pianoforte solo “Blue Bells of Scotland” Mrs Gibson
Recitation “The Dream of Eugene Aram” Mr. C. Foskett
Duet “Friendship” The Misses Foster
* Song “The Earl of Fife” Mr. Gibson
* Song “The Watercresses” Mr. Albert Papworth
Song. “The Demon King” Mr. W. Ingle
* Song “All for the sake of Sarah” Mr. W. Ingle
Duet “The Naggletons” Mr. & Mrs Billing
Song (by request) “The Skipper of St Ives” Mr. A. Chapman
* Song “They’re very small potatoes after me” Mr.S. G. Jarman
Song “I Couldn’t, Could I?” Miss Foster
Song “The Admiral’s Broom”. Mr. W.R. Billing

God Save the Queen

Elsworth 12th December Bagatelle Match.

On Thursday, the 27th ult., a bagatelle match was played at Elsworth, between the members of the Conservative Club and visitors from Boxworth. Elsworth proved victorious, winning four games out of seven. On the following Tuesday, however, at the return match, played at Boxworth Reading-room, Boxworth were amply revenged; as, out of seven games played, only one was won by Elsworth.

Elsworth 12th December Wedding.

Yesterday (Thursday) week, the marriage of Mr. James Wilderspin, late of Elsworth, and Miss Lucy Lyons, was celebrated. Mr. A. Wilderspin left Elsworth nearly 2 years ago for America, settling in Texas, where he has been prospering exceedingly well, and from whence he has returned to the old country specially to fetch his bride. They return almost immediately to make their home in Texas. The ceremony was performed by the Rector (the Rev. H. K. Hutchinson), and witnessed by a large congregation. Upon the arrival of the bridal party, the “March of the Elders” was played by the Organist; during the service, hymn No.351 (Hymns Ancient and Modern) was sung, and the “Wedding March” was played at the conclusion of the ceremony. The day concluded by the entertaining of old friends, of the bridegroom, who all sincerely join in wishing the happy pair “God Speed” in their new life.