Newspaper articles from the past

a selection of local press cuttings from the archives that refer to the village over three centuries

Just as today, newspapers in the past conveyed a somewhat narrow view of everyday village life, as they predominantly contain reports of court cases, public events and meetings, the social life of the more wealthy, injuries and deaths, sporting activities, property sales, etc.  Nevertheless, they still tell us a good deal about the past life of the village. More press cuttings are also included in...

 Property sales from the past and Tragedies in the past

Many of these newspaper articles are by courtesy of www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

The 100 cuttings below are arranged in chronological order. Scroll through the entries, search for a keyword in the title lines, or go directly to one of these periods...

1700s    1800s     1850s     1900s     1920s     1930s     1940s     1950  (last entries)

The 1700s...

1787 – Rector claims tithes from Longwick Farm owner...

1789 – sale of the Maltings at the location of the Bird-in-Hand...

1791 – large customs seizure at Goldhanger...

The 1800s...

1811 – 6ft eel caught in the Blackwater near the village...

1831 – a 10% reduction of tithes...

1832 – Report of the sale of the Benefice and 36 acres of land for £6600...

1832 – theft of candlesticks and beer from the Bird-in-Hand...

1833 – “an interesting looking female” not guilty of theft from Hall Farm...

1836 –wealthy Mr William Prentice’s obituary...

1836 – Worker “removed” from parish...

1836 – pauper removed from the parish...

1840 – Tollesbury man run over by his own wagon near the Church...

1840 – the shoemaker assaults the police constable...

1841 – Ploughing match at Hall Farm with Bentall and Warren ploughs...

1842 – apprentice wanted for water mill...

1843 – 12 year old boy stabs another...

1843 – 5 year old blacksmiths daughter died in fire started by candle...

1843 – windmill worker and  Wesleyan preacher wanted...

1846  – Friendly Brothers taken to court by a member...

 

The 1850s...

1850 - Hall Farm farmer in debtor’s goal...

 

1850 – Goldhanger man prosecuted for smuggling...

1850 – Bird-in-Hand tenant Mr Ponder has “glass” beehive in the Great Exhibition...

1854 – St Peters Church restored by the Revd Leigh...

1855  – Farmers son, Thomas Gurton killed at Sebastopol...

1855  – starving labourer charges with stealing a duck...

1857  – Goldhanger still suffering from marsh malaria...

1861  – seven young boys stole from the curate after drinking in the Bird-in-Hand...

1862  – a fire in St Peters Church started in the flue...

1862  – fisherman Samuel Johnson stole coal from coal mechant’s boat...

1862  – Revd Leigh organised concert in the Old Rectory as the schoolroom was unsuitable...

 

1869  – Goldhanger’s “plucky little Regatta” has “capital company”....

1872  – John Pettican sold beer without a licence...

1873 – Drunken man in the Dolphin beerhouse,,,

1874 – high tide caused 5- acres of loodin...

1878 – Goldhanger publicans censured for unjust measures and and conduct..

 

1879 – entertainment in the school to clear debt and pay for Church music...

1887 – The Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in barns and Rectory meadow...

1890 – School treat at Follyfaunts with Rose’s swinging boats...

1890 – fire in hay stacks near the Church...

1891 – entertainment in the Wesleyan Chapel by the Band of Hope...

1892 – Donkey being ill-treated...

1892 –cottages unfit for habitation...

1893 – school children treated to a wagon ride to Lt. Totham Hall and entertainment...

1893 – Rector’s daughter and organist given presentationon her departure...

1894 – Sanitary authority found several “nuisances”, defective drainage and polluted water...

1895 – shoemaker drunk in charge of a donkey cart and nearly ran over children...

1896 – Parish Council objects to “unnecessary” drainage system...

1896 – Rectory organised Bazaar in Rectory to raise funds for a Lt, Totham school...

1899 – Funds for a lych gate not available...

 

The 1900s...

1904 – Drunken man fell off the seawall...

1906 – A concert in the school room to do up the Churchyard...

 

1906 – Farmer Dobson of Hall Farm, wedding and a triumphal arch...

 

1906 -the Sick and Poor Fund...

 

1906 – advertisement for local postcards...

 

1910 - Bonfire in The Square on the fifth of November...

 

1911 - report of a temporary Chancel screen in the Church...

 

1911 - Coronation Festivities in Hall Farm barn...

1911 - a fire at the Parsonage on the 5th of November...

1912 – the Rector's eldest son dies...

 

1913 – Parish Magazine articles about the new and old organ...

1913 - farmer's boy low pay, who can’t go into the Parish Room...

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There was heavy censorship of newspapers during The Great War so very few local articles were published

for more about this period see our webpages on...

  The Great War   and    Parish magazine reports during the Great War

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1919 –a letter in The Times from the Curate requesting a captured WW-1 gun...

1919 – Soldiers welcomed home...

1919 – celebrations at the end of the Great War...

 

1919 – article in the Daily Express reporting the “Rectors Outburst”...

 

The 1920s...

1921 - Bonfire in The Square on 5th November..

 

1922 - Father of ten children fined for neglecting them..

1922 -Fire at the Old Rectory...

1922 – Overcrowded 3-bedroom cottage had 15 occupants...

1923 – The Coastguard Station closes...

1927 - report the Friendly Brothers Club Feast in The Chequers...

1929 - smugglers “dumping ground” at goldhanger...

 

The 1930s...

1930 – Vikings past the mouth of Goldhanger Creek...

1934 - Fete in The Rectory park...

1935 – new telephone kiosk opened...

1935 – Stanley Wilkin objects to fine for winkle picking...

1935 – Frost ruins fruit crops at The Old Rectory and Fruitfields...

1936 - Old folks party in the Parish Room with entertainment by the Goldhanger Minstrels...

1936 - Goldhanger Minstrels concert in the schoolroom with sketch by Crawshay Frost..

1936  – the Hindenburg airship passes over the village...

1936 – Spartina / Rice Grass in the Creek reported in New Zealand...

1936 – school head teacher, Miss Ault retires...

1936 – old English fayre in aid of the new Village Hall held at Follyfaunts...

1937 – Coronations Celebrations in The Square...

1937 – the opening of the Village Hall...

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There was heavy censorship of newspapers during WW-2 so very few local articles were published

and the Parish Magazine was not produced

for more about this period see our webpage on... 

Memories of World War Two   and    WW-2 newspapers and other articles

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The 1940s...

1941 - Fire watcher volunteers & W.I. meeting held...

 

1941 - Hall Farm owner fined for poor quality milk...

 

1941 - war savings for parachutes and Bren gun...

 

1943 – W. I. talk on emacipation and the price of beer...

 

1944 – “Traffic in Arms” talk by former RN college headmaster...

 

1945 - £500 anonymous gift for the proposed British Legion Hall...

 

1946 – gift of 17 Guineas for each returning man & woman returning for WW-2...

 

1949 - Gardening Society second annual exhibition in the Village Hall and Hall Farm field..

 

The 1950...

1950 – three former Rectories replaced...

 

1950 – Goldhanger Players performed in various hall before their own hall was built...

More press cuttings are included in Property sales from the past and Tragedies in the past

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