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1814: Subscription and Dinner to Celebrate Peace between England and France

[Transcription copyright © Anna Kettle]

10 June 1814

A Subscription was proposed and entered into by Thomas Harvey Esq and Mrs Harvey for the Purpose of celebrating the Return of peace between England and France after a war of twenty two years, by giving a Dinner &c to the Poor of Northwold: which was immediately seconded by the Principal Inhabitants and collected by Mr Pooly as follows:

                            £  s  d
Thomas Harvey Esq           5  -  -
Mrs Harvey                  5  -  -
Revd Geo Waddington Rector  5  -  -
Mrs Slade                   3  -  -
David Dent                  2  -  -
Foysters                    1  -  -
Thos Russell                2  -  -
John Pooly                  1  -  -
Miss Grimmer                1  -  -
Wm Thorold                  3  -  -
Joseph Coote                1  -  -
Mrs Sarah Thompson          1  -  -
William King                - 10  -
Frank Beales                1  -  -
Saml Wilkin                 - 10  -
Thos Roane                  - 10  -
James Thompson              1  -  -
Wm Thompson                 -  5  -
Rebecca Tuddenham           - 10  -
William Watkiss             1  -  -
Eliz Chapman                -  5  -
Wm Bunkall                  -  5  -
JB Toosey Esq               3  -  -
John Rudland                - 10  -
An unknown friend           1  1  -
Peter Dent                  -  5  -
John Wright                 1  -  -
James Kettle                - 10  -
James Willett               - 11  -
Sergent Wright              1  -  -
A friend to peace           1  1  -
Mrs Towler                  1  -  -
Mr J Young (Whitt)          1  -  -
John Scales Junr            1  -  -
Mrs Beales Senr             - 10  -
Robert Johnson              - 10  -
John Wright Junr            -  5  -
Thomas Pooly                -  5  -
Miss Wright Lynn            1  -  -
                          =========
                          £51  -  -
Thomas Harvey Esq also gave a Fat Sheep and erected the Tables &c at his own Expence. The Dinner was cooked at the Expence of the principal Subscribers.

With this subscription the following items were purchased &c

                                                  £  s  d
17½ sto of Beef                                   9 12  6
6  sto 2 H of Mutton  |                           3 11  8
12 Sto of Flour       | For 110 Puddings          1 13  -
5½ sto Raisons        | Eggs and milk furnished   3 17  -
1½ sto Currants       | by the farmers gratis     1  2  9
¼  sto Sugar          |                           -  3  9½
½  sto Salt                                       -  2  6
250 2d loaves                                     2  1  8
Small Ale                                         - 11  8½
3 Barrels of Ale                                  9  -  -
2 Barrels of Double B                             7 10  -
Pipes and Tobacco                                 1  5  -
Gunpowder                                         - 10  6
Boys and Girls Hats, Caps, Stockings, Shoes
  Handkerchiefs, Shawls &c                        4  8  1
Fire Works                                        2  2  -
Barrow & Donkey races                             2  -  -
Trumpeter                                         -  5  -
Ringers &c                                        1  5  10
                                                ==========
                                                £51  3  -
The festival was held on Monday the 20th of June in an Inclosure of Thomas HARVEY Esq, adjoining the Church Yard called the Alms House Close, where upwards of 500 Poor Inhabitants were regaled with a plentiful Dinner Ale and waited on by the benevolent subscribers, while the Bells rung a merry Peal.

After Dinner the rural sports commenced, such as Boys and Girls racing for hats, caps, stockings, shoes, handkerchiefs, shawls etc - lads blindfolded racing with barrows - jumping in sacks, donkey races etc. About eight oclock the Fireworks commenced and about ten the Company departed, the Poor well satisfied and thankful for their Entertainment; and the Subscribers as well satisfied with their good Conduct during the Day.


See also the Northwold parish page.

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Copyright © Pat Newby.
July 1999