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  • November 4th
    Marriage; Deaths; Advert by Matthew Read; Sale of estate at Scole; Shop in King's Lynn; Wolterton estate; Adverts by S. Booth, Obadiah Silcock and William Griffiths; Manor courts at Long Stratton; Sale of stock of William Nottley; Sale of house and land at Dickleburgh; Advert for "The Ladies Friend".
  • November 11th
    Price of wheat; Convictions for reeling false yarn; Highwaymen; Marriage; Deaths; Advert by William Hilling; Advert for Macro King; Charity notice; John Gibbs missing.
  • November 18th
    Meeting of merchants; Highwaymen; Horse stealers Rumney and Maddle; Deaths; Anthony Brett missing; Advert by Charles Hawksley; Theft from Hunstanton Hall; Reward for apprehension of attackers of William Dickins; Food given to poor and to prisoners; Deaths; Advert by Robert Larke; Creditors of William Rix; Sale of buildings and estate at Hoe.
  • November 25th
    No entries transcribed.
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Norfolk Chronicle
Extracts from November 1780

Transcription and notes copyright © Janelle Penney.

These transcriptions have been made from microfilm supplied by the British Library Newspaper Library, which holds the copyright of the images. If you cite from, or download any part of, these transcriptions you must include this paragraph to acknowledge the British Library Newspaper Library as the source of the material.

Note: the Norfolk Chronicle was published in Norwich. When no place is referred to exactly, or the term "this city" is used, Norwich is the place referred to. Similarly, mentions of "the Castle", the City Gaol" etc refer to institutions in Norwich.

4 November 1780

4 November 1780. Page 2, column 3
On Wednesday night, in a gale of wind at N. E., the Mary, Stephen SCARLE, master, from Hull, with coals for Jersey, drove on shore at Yarmouth Beach. The men are all saved, and it is hoped the ship and cargo will also be saved.

On Friday, Mr CUTTING, Riding Officer at Mundesley, seized 55 half anchors of rum, brandy, and gin, and 24 bags of tea.

We are informed that the Farmers bring their corn to market much faster than they did, but that the crops are very short in this county; it was well that the Proprietors of Trowse Mills long since guarded against the present scarcity of wheat, by bringing it coastways [sic], and are now supplying this city with all they can manufacture, at a time when many of the other mills in this neighbourhood, are not half employed.

Last week Mr PATTRICK, of Needham Market, was married to Miss PRENTICE, of the same place.

Last week died, at Bristol, where she had been for the recovery of her health, Mrs DASHWOOD, wife of Jarrat DASHWOOD, Esq., of Aylsham, and daughter of the late Mr FARR, of Beccles.

On Wednesday morning died at Bury St Edmund's in the County of Suffolk, Mr Bezer BLUNDELL, many years master of the Greyhound Inn, in the Butter-market.

Tuesday last died, Mrs JACKSON, wife of the Rev. Mr JACKSON, of Drayton.

Tuesday morning died at Colchester, the Rev. Mr William SMYTHIES, vicar of St Peter, in the said town.

Last week died at his house in Blakeney, the Rev. Mr CALTHORPE, Rector of Blakeney, Calthorpe and Glandford, in this county.

4 November 1780. Page 2, column 4
Aylsham, Nov. 2, 1780
Matthew READ begs Leave to inform his Friends, and the Public, that he has opened a Shop in the Red Lion-street, in Aylsham, where he intends carrying on the Clock, Watch, Brass Jack, and Gunsmith Business. Those who please to make Trial, may depend on their Orders being executed in the best Manner, on the most reasonable Terms, and their Favours gratefully acknowledged, by their obliged humble Servant, Matthew READ. N.B. Gold and silver bought and sold.

To be Sold, a valuable Estate at Scole, near Diss, in the County of Norfolk, now in the Occupation of Edward MINES, and before him of Mr James PLOWRIGHT, deceased, then Owner thereof, being Part Freehold and Part Copyhold; consisting of a good Farm-house, a Cottage for Labourers, three large Barns, Stables, and convenient Outhouses, in good Repair, and upwards of 150 Acres of rich Arable, old Pasture, and Meadow Land. For further particulars enquire of Messrs MEADOWS and BROWNE, of Diss, aforesaid.

To Be Lett [sic], and entered upon immediately, for the Remainder of a Term of Ten Years, Eight whereof were unexpired at Old Midsummer last, all that good and old accustomed Leather-Cutter's Shop, with the Dwellinghouse and Warehouse thereto belonging, situate in Grass-market, in King's Lynn, late in the Tenure of John SHEPPERSON, deceased, now of Sarah SHEPPERSON, his Widow, and before of John CARTER, who Acquired therein a very ample Fortune.

The above Shop is remarkably well situated for the Trade, which has been used therein for Time immemorial, and now carries on a very desirable one, with many substantial Customers in a large Scope of Country round Lynn. The Stock, Fixtures, etc, to be taken at a fair Appraisement. For further Particulars enquire of the said Sarah SHEPPERSON, or Collier MATLAND, Attorney at Law, in Lynn.

Wolterton, Nov. 9, 1780
Whereas the Game has been greatly destroyed, and much Damage has been done to the Gardens and Plantations adjoining to Wolterton House, as also to the Woods and Coppices lying and being in the several Parishes of Wolterton, Wickmere, Mannington, Itteringham, Barningham, Calthorpe, and Saxthorpe, the Property of Lord WALPOLE. This is therefore to give Notice, that from and after the 24th of this Inst., Mantraps and Spring Guns will placed in the several Gardens, Plantations, Woods, and Coppices abovementioned, that no Person may wilfully trespass thereon, as in these Gardens, Woods, Plantations, and Coppices, there is no Foot Path, or Road whatsoever.
4 November 1780. Page 3, column 1
S. BOOTH and Daughter being just returned from London with the Winter Fashions, humbly solicit the Appearance of their Friends on Monday next, the 6th instant.
Stalham, Nov. 1, 1780
Obadiah SILCOCK, Grocer, Linen and Woollen Draper, having taken the Shop and Stock late in the Occupation of Mr John HILL, begs Leave to solicit the Favours of Mr HILL's Friends and the Public in general, who may depend upon having the best Articles in the above Branches at the lowest Prices, and their Favours gratefully acknowledged, by their most humble Servant, O.SILCOCK. Note - a Great Part of the above Stock will be sold at reduced Prices.
Wymondham, Nov. 1, 1780
Notice is hereby given, that a general Meeting of the Subscribers to the Association for the apprehending and prosecuting Horse-stealers, and other Offenders, in the Hundred of Forehoe, and adjacent Hundreds, will be held at the White Hart in Wymondham, in the County of Norfolk, on Thursday the Sixteenth Day of this Instant, November, at Eleven o'Clock in the Forenoon, to peruse and settle the Treasurer's Accounts. N.B. A Dinner will be provided.
Acle, Oct. 26 1780
William GRIFFITHS late of the Queen's Head, begs Leave to return Thanks to his Friends in particular and the Public in general, for their kind Favours conferred on him, and to inform them, that he is removed to the King's Head in the said Town, where he has laid in a fresh Stock of Cognac Brandy, Jamaica Rum, and Holland Geneva, as neat as imported. Any Gentleman and others that will please to make Trial, may depend on civil Usage, and a hearty Welcome, from their most obedient humble Servant, W. GRIFFITHS. N.B. The Post-Office is removed to the above King's Head.
4 November 1780. Page 3, column 2
Nov. 1, 1780
Notice is hereby given, that the general and Courts Baron for the several Manors of Stratton Hall [? - best guess as is smudged], and Welhams, and Reezes, will be holden [sic] and kept on Monday the Thirteenth Day of this Instant, November, at Two o'Clock in the Afternoon, at the Swan at Long Stratton; when and where the Tenants of the said Manors are required to attend, to do and perform their Suits and Services, and particularly to pay their Quit Rents due and in Arrear, or in Default thereof they will be prosecuted for the same without further Notice; and all Persons entitled to be admitted to any Copyholds, Lands or Tenements, holden of the said Manors, are required to attend, and be admitted thereto. Anthony RANSOME, Steward.

To be Sold by Auction, by Edward CRANE, on Wednesday, the 8th Day of November, 1780, at the shop late in the Occupation of Mr William BARTON, in the London-lane, Norwich, the Remaining Part of the Stock in Trade of Mr William NOTTLEY, Upholsterer, (he being retired from Trade), consisting of a large Collection of neat and fashionable Paper Hangings in Sets fit for Rooms, Wilton and Scotch Carpets, Tickings, Blankets, Feather Beds, Mattrasses [sic], etc. A piece of beautiful Yellow Silk and Worsted Damask, Lines, Fringe, and Tassells [sic], some Thousands of Brass Nails, Cloak Pins, etc. Horse-hair Seating, a large Chimney Glass, Bath Stove, etc, etc. The Goods my be viewed on the Morning of the Sale from Eight till Ten, at which Time the Auction begins.

4 November 1780. Page 3, column 3
To be Sold, at Dickleburgh, a convenient Dwelling-house, Barn and Stable, with about Eight Acres of good Pasture and Arable Land, Part Free, and Part Copyhold, of the Manor of Dickleburgh, now in the Occupation of Mary COGGEL, Tenant at Will. Further Particulars may be had of William BLECKLY, Long Stratton.
4 November 1780. Page 4, column 2
This Day is published, Price Six Shillings bound, gilt, and lettered, which no Woman ought to be without, 'The Ladies Friend; or Complete Physical Library', for the Benefit and particular Use of the Ladies of Great Britain and Ireland; treating of the Nature, Causes, and various Symptoms of all their Diseases, Infirmities, and Disorders, natural or contracted, both before and after marriage. With Direct Methods of Cure, without exposing their Indisposition to any Person living. Also of the Disorders incident to Children, from the Month to Five Years of Age. With an Appendix, containing a Number of the most valuable and modern Prescriptions for Family Use, To which is annexed, The Practical Midwife, and thirteen curious Engravings of the natural and unnatural Postures of the Infant as it lies in the Womb, with an Explication how to manage a difficult Labour, etc The Third Edition, with Additions and Alterations. By S. FREEMAN, Esq., Physician, ex Collegio Regio Abordonensi [? - best guess as is smudged], Author of the 'New Good Samaritan', and other Medical Writings.

For by me thy Days shall be multiplied, and the Years of thy life shall be increased. Prov. xix, ver. 11. London: Printed for the Author, and may be had at his House, in Staple inn Buildings, Middle-row, Holborn, and by all Booksellers, and News-carriers, in Great Britain and Ireland.

4 November 1780. Page 4, column 4
Poet's Corner.
For the Norfolk Chronicle.
Content IS Abundance.
Per annum ten thousand, you say, and what then ?
Is the man of that species distinguish'd from men ?
Does he eat, does he drink, at the rate of his rent ?
Or better, or more, than I can, with Content ?
If not, he's as poor as I am, and the rest
Is no other than cumbersome feathers at best.
But if, with his thousands, he wishes yet more,
Your servant is Croesus, your hero is poor.

11 November 1780

11 November 1780. Page 2, column 4
Those acquainted with the country, and whose province it is to observe, are not at a loss to account for this great rise in the price of wheat. Four reasons may be given: 1ft, the constant heavy rains which let in during the seed time; 2dly, the alternate severe frosts and rains which succeeded; 3dly, the most remarkable dry summer remembered by very old men; and 4thly, from the farmer not having sowed his usual quantity of wheat. The sudden fall of this grain in the year 1779, and following year, had forced the farmer to turn his attention to other crops, and to this, in great measure, is to be attributed that we now feel the inconvenience of the great price of bread.

A few days since Sarah WOODBINE, from Wicklewood House of Industry, was committed to the Wymondham Bridewell to hard labour, for one month, and to be once publicly whipped, for reeling false yarn, it being her third offence. At the same time, Susanna BETTS, of Loddon, was convicted of the same offence, and refusing to pay the penalty, was committed to Acle Bridewell for one month. Ann BURROWS, of Great Witchingham; Sarah MIDDLETON, of Hackford; Mary COOK, Margaret RUDLING, and Mary LEVICK, of Wymondham, and Mary SMITH, of St Margaret's, Norwich, were also severally convicted of reeling false yarn, and paid the penalty according to act of parliament.

On Thursday night last, about eight o'clock, as Mr James BROWN, surgeon, of Long Stratton, was returning home from Norwich, he was stopped by two footpads, going down Dunston-hill, who each presented a pistol to his breast, and with dreadful imprecations demanded his money, or his life; on his giving them the former (amounting to about a guinea and a half) they demanded his watch, but upon his assuring them he had not one about him, they gave him a shilling to defray travelling expences [sic], wish'd him a good night, and then made off.

Last Monday the following melancholy accident happened: As Mr PERKINS, of Hoveton, near Norwich, was returning from Yarmouth on horseback, accompanying his daughter and a child in a chaise, just before him, the wind being very high, a large tree was blown down, near Ludham, which struck him on the breast, beat him off, and killed him on the spot. The horse received no hurt.

Tuesday last was married in Yarmouth, Charles WHALEY, Esq., Captain in the East Essex militia, to Miss Elizabeth SPURGEON, daughter of Mr John SPURGEON, Town Clerk of that place. And on Thursday was married Mr Thomas SCRATTON, merchant, to Miss Martha THOMPSON, daughter of Mr James THOMPSON, rope-maker.

Wednesday morning, about two o'clock, died after a long and painful illness, Mr PEARLE [?- Best guess, as is somewhat smudged], many years master of the Dove tavern in this city.

A few days since died, Mrs Rose IVES, relict of Mr John IVES, late of Coltishall, beer-maker.

Same time died, at Pakefield, much regretted, in the 24th year of her age, Miss Hannah PECK, niece of the late Captain Thomas PECK. A young lady possessed of every accomplishment that could render her agreeable, and endear her memory to all her acquaintances. Her death has suspended an awful memento of the approaching mortality of her survivors.

On Tuesday died, Mr Richard WARD, of this city.

Friday last died at Southwold, in Suffolk, much regretted by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, Mr SHELDRAKE, plumber and glazier in that town.

11 November 1780. Page 3, column 1
William HILLING, Muffin and Crumpet Baker, Removed from his House near Charing-cross, to the Lower Goat-lane, Norwich, Takes the Opportunity of acquainting the Public, that he has begun making Muffins, and will continue during the Season; also Manchers, French Rowls [sic], Biscuit, etc every Morning. He begs Leave to return thanks for the Favours already received, and hopes for a Continuance of the same. N.B. Good allowance to Wholesale Dealers in the Country.

If Macro KING, who resided about Thirty Years since at the City of Ely, in Cambridgeshire, and carried on the Business of a Baker, will apply to Mr George STEEL, Chimney Mills, near Bury, or to Mr Robert WALPOLE, Banker, in Bury, Suffolk, he will hear something greatly to his Advantage; or if any Person can give certain Information concerning him, it will be thankfully received as above, and any reasonable Expences [sic] paid, or Reward given. -- It is supposed that Macro KING, after he quitted Ely, went to Yarmouth in Norfolk.

Norwich, Nov.9, 1780
Notice is hereby given, that the Governors of the Charity for the Relief of poor Widows and Children of Clergymen, benefited or having Curacies in the County of Norfolk, and City of Norwich, intend to hold a General Court in the Dean and Chapter's Audit Room, in the Close in Norwich, on Friday the first Day of December next, at Eleven o'clock in the Forenoon, being the Day appointed by the Charter for settling the yearly Accounts, making a Dividend to the Widows, putting Children out Apprentices, and electing annual Officers; and in the mean Time such of the Stewards of the several Deaneries, who cannot be present themselves, are desired to remit the Money collected by them to the Rev. Mr PEELE, the Treasurer. N.B. The Widows who cannot come to receive their Dividends, must send a Certificate from the Minister of the Parish where they respectively reside of their being alive, and not having an Income exceeding 30 Pounds a Year.
11 November 1780. Page 3, column 2
September 29, 1780
Ran away from his Wife, out of the Parish of Old Buckenham, in Norfolk, John GIBBS, alias CANHAM, Shoemaker, about 5 Feet 3 Inches high, with a large Nose, Hazel Eyes, light Brown Hair, which he wore clubbed a light Complexion, and very subject to blush when spoken to. Had on when he went away an old Drab-coloured Coat, a dark Brown Waistcoat, and an old Pair of Leather Breeches. The aforesaid John GIBBS is about 27 Years of Age, and any Person knowing where he is, and who will give Information to Elizabeth GIBBS, his Wife, shall receive Half a Guinea Reward. N.B. Notice is hereby given, that if any Person, or Persons, harbours or conceals the said John GIBBS, they will be prosecuted by that Parish to which he belongs.

18 November 1780

18 November 1780. Page 1, column 3
Association for Norwich, Yarmouth, South Town, and the several Branches of the North River.
At a Meeting of several Merchants, and Proprietors of Keels and other Vessels trading to and from Yarmouth, Norwich, and the several Branches of the North River, on November 2, 1780, at the Angel Inn, in the Market-place, Norwich, it was ordered: For the better discovering, apprehension, prosecuting and bringing to Justice all such Person or Persons who have or hath stolen, purloined or embezzled, or may at any Time or Times hereafter steal, purloin or embezzle any of their Goods, Wares or Merchandize [sic], belonging to any Person or Persons who are or may be Members of this Association, and also for the better discovering, apprehending and prosecuting and bringing to Justice all such Person or Persons who have or hath received, or shall or may at any Time hereafter receive into their Custody or Custodies any Goods, Wares or Merchandize [sic] so stolen, purloined or embezzled as aforesaid. And at the said Meeting it was agreed that the sum of Ten Guineas be offered and paid by their Treasurer, as a Reward to any Person or Persons who shall discover and give Information of him, her, or them, who hath or have done, or is, or shall be guilty of the Offence or Offences aforesaid, for as he, she, or they shall be lawfully convicted thereof. Witness our Hands, William DYE, Treasurer.

Mr William FELL, Samuel GAZE, John LOCK, William HANKS, Henry MOUNTAIN, Thomas THOMPSON, Clement PERNALL, Thomas MOORE, Bernard WIGG, Stephen DANIER, EDWARDS and WOODROW, David JONES, Timothy STEWARD, William FISHER, Esq., William, Thomas and William PALGRAVE, Mr William PALMER, John RUDRUM, John CLOVER, Thomas DADE, John CHAFFNEY, John WITHERS, Robert JOLLINS.

18 November 1780. Page 2, columns 3 & 4
On Friday and Saturday evenings last, 10th and 12th, two highwaymen, (one of whom had a pistol) well mounted, infested the turnpike road between Hockering and Easton, in this county, and about six o'clock in the evening of the 11th stopped and robbed several persons, particularly Mr SMITH, of Beatly, and Mr WIGGETT, of East Bradenham, farmers, and one Lydia SHARDELOW, of East Tuddenham, who were all returning from Norwich market.

They intended to have robbed the Rev. Mr IVES of Bungay, on the Friday, who had been collecting his tithes at Easton Dog, but were prevented by the lucky discovery of a boy who overheard their discourse, as he was setting some rabbet [sic] traps. They were pursued by several persons, towards Mattisall, at one of whom (Mr. ATHOW of Hoe,) they fired a pistol, but escaped through the goodness of their horses, and are supposed to have gone towards the sea coast, having robbed on that road, about eight in the evening, Mr GREEN, who keeps the Bull at Attlebridge, and a person near Reepham. It appears from a number of informations, taken by the Dereham Justices, that one of the highwaymen is very well known; that his name is John EWSTON, was apprentice to Robert CARFOOT, of Ringland, in this county, gardener, and ran away from him about three years since. He is about 22 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches high, pale complexion, dark brown hair, had on at the time of the robberies a dark-coloured great coat, dark ribb'd fustian breeches, white waistcoat, rode a black hobby, with a white face, two white feet behind, and switch tail cut, and has a wife and children at Drayton. The other appears to be about 24 years of age, low and squattish, wore his own hair, of a darkish colour, had on a dark surtout coat, leather breeches, and rode a sorrel horse, 16 hands high, with a little white down his face, and nick'd tail; they both wore round hats.

The above highwaymen, from their appearance and speeches, are supposed to belong to a large smuggling party; they were at two or three public houses in and about East Tuddenham, Near Hockering, much in liquor, and about four o'clock on Saturday afternoon drank in company with William GOOLD, horse-dealer, and James SHIPLEY, a farmer's servant, at the sign of the Coach and Horses in East Tuddenham, behaved in the most riotous and daring manner, bought gunpowder, charged and fired their pistol, abused and greatly terrified the landlord and landlady, Mr and Mrs ATHERTON, rent the said William GOOLD's coat, and threatened his life.

It is melancholy to reflect, that smuggling is at this time got to so daring a height in this county, partly encouraged by the connivance of too many ill-disposed and self-interested persons, and partly from some defect in the laws, insomuch that gangs of 40 or 50, and more, are seen often to ride in the day-time in the most audacious and triumphant manner from the sea-coast, through the middle of this county, towards London, with carts and horses fully laden, and armed with fire-arms and other offensive weapons, to the great disturbance and terror of the industrious and worthy part of his Majesty's subjects, witness the late attempt made by a desperate and wicked party of them, of near 20, to murder Mr DIGGENS, who keeps the inn at Rainham, in this county, whom they supposed to have informed against them for some smuggled goods which were lately seized. They besat his house in the night, broke all his locks, did other damage, confined his wife and servants, and swore desperately they would murder him unless sixty pounds were paid them, the price of the goods seized, and it is believed would have carried their wicked design into execution, had not Mr DIGGENS been fortunately from home when the house was beset, and had notice given him by his wife, who narrowly escaped from the smugglers, and alarmed Lord TOWNSHEND and his servants, who immediately came to their assistance, and upon whose approach the smugglers thought proper to make off.

Mr DIGGENS has been obliged to abscond from his house and family ever since, and his house is at this time guarded by four dragoons. -- Unless Government, and particularly the respectable gentlemen of this county, will exert themselves to redress these very heavy grievances by appointing a Committee to inspect the laws against smuggling, amending such of them as are deficient, or by making new laws, necessary and proper to bring such notorious offenders to public justice, and putting such laws as are already made in execution with the firmness and intrepidity becoming worthy Magistrates zealous for the good of the community; also by appointing proper coasting vessels to prevent the landing of smuggled goods, or by enacting some law whereby it may not worth the while of such a number of stout, idle, and disorderly persons, to engage in this dangerous traffic, the great nursery of highwaymen, housebreakers, and every desperate offender against the laws, through whom it cannot be said that any man's person or property is safe. -- There is a well known reward of forty pounds for taking of each highwayman, besides other privileges, and the real satisfaction of doing so noble an act to serve their country.

We hear that four robberies were committed on Tuesday evening, between Scole and Diss, supposed to be by the two villains that have infested several parts of this county within these few days.

18 November 1780. Page 2, column 4
Last Monday night RUMNEY, the horse-stealer, now in the City Gaol, made another attempt to break prison. He was confined alone in a cell, chained to a post, notwithstanding which he cut off his irons, made a hole through the plank in the cell, and also the wall, and then worked his way under ground fifteen or sixteen feet, next to Messrs CARTER and COPPING's, grocers, where he intended to have got out. Immediately after he was missed, several labourers were set to work in order to widen the breach he made in the cell, while others kept digging away on Mr CARTER's premises. After digging and searching for about five hours, he called out, almost suffocated for want of air, when he was taken out and properly secured, being now double ironed and chained.

MADDLE the horse-stealer, condemned with RUMNEY at the last assizes for this city, has received his Majesty's pardon, on condition of his entering into the land-service, and on Monday he inlisted into the 4th regiment of foot, then quartered in this city, and was accordingly discharged.

On Saturday Last, Mr James SEAGON, butcher, dropped down dead in the market with a cleaver in his hand, as he was chopping a piece of beef. He was a friendly well behaved man, and much respected.

Same day, Mr SCARLET, Gardiner [sic], in St Martin's at Oak, dropped down dead.

On Wednesday died Mr John ROCKWOOD, Clerk, of St Stephen's parish.

18 November 1780. Page 3, column 1
Ran Away from Mr Robert JARY, Collarmaker, in Holt, on Monday the 6th Inst. Anthony BRETT, his said Apprentice, about Twenty Years of Age, five Feet eight Inches high, strait made, fair Complexion, with his own Hair, tied behind. Had on when he went away a light Lemon-coloured Coat, white printed Dimity Waistcoat, Black Breeches, and a round Hat. Whoever harbours the said Apprentice, or employs him, will be prosecuted as the Law directs, by his said Master, Robert JARY.
18 November 1780. Page 3, column 2
Charles HAWKSLEY, at the Cock Inn, at Attleburgh, begs Leave to return his Thanks to the Public in general, and his Friends in particular, for the many Favours already conferred, at the same time, at the particular request of Mr R. HOBBLEDAY, of the Crown Inn, he returns Thanks of the said Richard HOBBLEDAY, for Favours received, but who, thro' Deecline [sic] of Business, has thought proper to give up his House and Post-chaise business to the said Charles HAWKSLEY, who will at all Times endeavour to merit the patronage of the Public, and their Encouragement will be gratefully acknowledged by most humble Servants, Charles HAWKSLEY, R. HOBBLEDAY.

Stolen from the Chains on Saturday Night, the 28th of October, or early the next Monday, out of the Pastures belonging to Hunstanton Hall, a stout Brown Mare, about 16 or 17 Years of Age, small White Ship on her Forehead, about Fifteen Hands high, and of the Cart Kind. It is supposed she was rode off with smuggled Goods. Whoever will bring the said Mare to Hunstanton-Hall, shall receive Half a Guinea Reward, and all reasonable Charges paid him, by Mr Abraham NORMAN, of Hunstanton.

18 November 1780. Page 2, column 3
Last Tuesday's Gazette contains his Majesty's proclamation offering a reward of one hundred pounds to any person who shall apprehend, or cause to be apprehended, any of the persons concerned in forcibly entering the house of Mr William DICKINS [note change of spelling - in a previous newspaper account he was referred to as 'DIGGENS'], innholder, at Rainham, in this county, (the particulars of which offence were inserted in our last); likewise a free pardon to any one of them that will discover his accomplice, or accomplices therein, so that he or they may be apprehended and convicted thereof.
18 November 1780. Page 2, column 4
Monday last a Committee were [sic] ordered to inspect into the breaches made by RUMNEY, in the cell of the city gaol, who attempted to make his escape, when 50 Pounds was ordered to be paid to repair the damages done by him.

The poor and indigent of the parish of St Michael at plea, in this city, return their most sincere and grateful thanks to the unknown benefactor who sent two pounds worth of bread to church, which was distributed amongst them lst Tuesday, to their great relief and comfort, at this sever season. -- Such an example of Christian charity merits the imitation of the opulent and humane.

The prisoners in the City Gaol return their sincere and hearty thanks to Benjamin DAY, Esq., Mayor of this city, for five stone and a half of beef, distributed amongst them, together with a pint of beer and threepenny loaf each, which was not only a seasonable, but a great relief.

We are glad to acquaint our readers, that the two highwaymen who infested the turnpike-road between Easton and Hockering, on Saturday the 11th instant, are now known to be the same John EWSTON, a gardener, as supposed, and one John LOVE, otherwise William SKIPPER, brought up to husbandry. They were on Tuesday morning last, the 21st inst. apprehended at the George Inn, at Swaffham, by Mr BOWKER, and two assistants, Mr BROWN, and Mr CROSS, of Swaffham, in consequence of Mr BOWKER's reading the very particular description of the robberies inserted in this paper of the 18th instant, November. They attempted to defend themselves with a red hot poker, but were soon overpowered. SKIPPER had, when taken, a loaded pistol in his pocket, a powder flask with gunpowder therein, eight new run bullets, three pistol flints; they also had a curious white Kentish slop, commonly worn by smugglers, supposed to be used occasionally for a disguise, a bludgeon, and about 14 Pounds in money, two silver watches, one with an enamelled dial-plate and landscape, an oval seal with the impression of a ship, maker's name, J. RICHARDS, London, No. 25983, the other a common silver watch, No. 22740, maker's name, J. RICHARDS, London. These watches are now to be seen at Mr CRISP's, (Clerk to the Justices) in East Dereham.

These two unhappy men were immediately brought before Mr FENN, Mr RASH, and Mr PRATT, Justices at East Dereham, and after a very long and careful examination, which lasted part of two days, were upon the most direct, as well as circumstantial evidence, committed to Norwich Castle, to take their trials for the highway robberies committed by them, upon Mr SMITH, Mr WIGGET, and Lydia SHARDELOW, on Saturday the 11th inst. as mentioned in our paper of the 18th inst. They acknowledged themselves to be a party of a large gang of smugglers, who have for so long and more particularly of late infested this county. One of them dropped some words, expecting a rescue from their companions, and therefore the Magistrates thought it prudent to send them well guarded to the Castle, by a party of the East Essex militia.

Since the above commitment, two other detainers have been lodged against them, for two highway robberies committed in the parish of Felthorpe, the same Saturday night about eight o'clock, on Mr Daniel BRETT, and Mr CORNWELL, Clerk to Mr BIRCHAM, of Reepham. From thence SKIPPER went to his companions at Woolterton, next the sea, (as 'tis conjectured) to pay for some smuggled goods, and EWSTON to his girl at Rudham. It appeared that SKIPPER alone collected the money, and that EWSTON was chiefly a looker-on.

Too much praise and thanks cannot be given to Mr BOWKER, (to whose resolution and activity, the country are [sic] much obliged, as he was the means of securing the two highwaymen at Wisbeach, now in our Castle, who some time since committed some robberies in this neighbourhood) and his assistants, who so nobly distinguished themselves on this occasion, whilst such a number of persons dastardly suffered these depredators [sic] to escape, who certainly had opportunities of securing them if they had taken proper steps for that purpose.

It is remarkable, the above two highwaymen had been several times lately at the Castle-hill, and asked permission repeatedly to go in and see the gaol, which was always peremptorily refused by the Governor, he suspecting their having no good design.

On Sunday evening last James ROBINSON, apprentice to Mr FLOWERDEW, surgeon, being on his return from Ludham to Norwich, was stopped on Horning Common about 7 o'clock, by a single highwayman, who presented a pistol to his breast, and demanded his money and watch, but not having any watch, he robbed him of seven shillings, wished him a good night, and rode off towards Ludham. -- The above man was well mounted on a cropped gelding.

Monday died Mr Samuel COOK, who had been organist of St Peter's Mancroft about 30 years, and one of the city musicians 40 years. He had been blind between 40 and 50 years.

A short time since died, in the 52nd year of his age, Mr Thomas BARKER, a considerable farmer at Great Bircham. -- He was a kind husband, tender parent, a friendly neighbour, and maintained through life the character of an honest man.

A few days since died, Mr Robert BARFOOT, corn merchant, at Raydon, in Suffolk.

Wednesday last died in St Michael-at-plea, in the 73rd year of her age, Mrs Alice HUMFREY, late of Thorpe, a woman of strict integrity, and conscientiously tenacious in the faithful performance of every social, every moral duty.

Sunday last died, in the 31st year of her age, Mrs BRINGLOE, wife of Charles BRINGLOE, grocer, in St Simon's.

Last week died at Yarmouth, the wife of Capt. Edward WILCOCK.

Tuesday died at Yarmouth, the wife of Mr PULLYN, draper, in the Market-place there.

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Brooke, near Norwich
Robert LARKE, having fitted up his House for the Reception of Boarders, begs leave to acquaint his Friends and the Public, that Mrs LARKE will instruct Young Ladies in plain Work, Dresden, Embroidery, Tambour, and Needlework of every Kind; and that he continues to teach the English Language grammatically, Writing in all the various Hands now in Use, Arithmetic in all its Branches, Merchants Accompts in the Italian, or any other Method, together with Drawing, the Rudiments of Algebra, Geometry, and Mensuration, to those who require a more enlarged Education.

The Terms for Board and Instruction (Washing included) are Fourteen Pounds a Year, and One Guinea Entrance.--And such Young Ladies and Gentlemen who wish to learn French, Music and Dancing, may have an Opportunity of being instructed in all by very capital Masters. Note - He continues to map and embellish Plans of Estates in the neatest Manner.

Northwalsham, Nov 23d, 1780
Notice to Creditors.
The Creditors of William RIX, late of Northwalsham abovesaid, House Carpenter, deceased, are requested to meet his Executrix at the King's Arms in Northwalsham, on Tuesday, the 28th Day of November, Inst. at Ten o'Clock in the Forenoon, that the State of his Affairs may be laid before them, and a Dividend of his Effects made as far as the same will extend. And all Persons who stand indebted to his Effects are desired to pay their respective Debts to his Executrix before that Time, or they will immediately be sued for the same.
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To Be Sold by Auction, At the House of William BAILEY, known by the Sign of the Angel, at Hoe, next East Dereham, in the County of Norfolk, on Saturday the Ninth Day of December, 1780, between the Hours of One and Two in the Afternoon.

A Freehold Estate, situate in Hoe, next East Dereham aforesaid; consisting of a Messuage (lately rebuilt) with a Barn thereto belonging, and now in the Use of John ISBELL (as Tenant at Will) at the yearly Rent of three Pounds.
And also a Messuage (lately rebuilt) now in the Use of John RUDD and Robert KIRK, (as Tenants at Will), at the yearly rent of Four Guineas.
And also a Messuage, or Public-house, known by the Sign of the Angel, together with the Stables, Buildings, and Five Acres and an Half of Land thereto belonging, now in the use of William BAILEY, at the yearly Rent of Seventeen Pounds and Ten Shillings, under the Agreement for Three Years. Note, The Buildings are in good Repair, and the Land is in excellent Condition.

For the Conditions of Sale, and further Particulars, enquire of Richard LLOYD, Esq. of Bawdeswell, Samuel RASH, Esq. of East Dereham, or of Mr Daniel JONES, of Fakenham, in Norfolk.

25 November 1780

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