The Village, Felsted, c.1960Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Felsted >> Felsted Snippets
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here is one for Felsted on inter-village rivalry with Stebbing.
The Essex Standard 14 April 1832
W. Byatt, J. Burles and W. Collins, were convicted of riotously assembling at Felsted, on the 1st inst. and assaulting James Fuller, a constable.
It appeared from the evidence, that on Mid-lent Sunday, a donation of herrings and bread is distributed to the poor of Felsted, on which occasion the harmony of that otherwise peaceful village is generally disturbed by a party from Stebbing, who, after inflaming themselves with drink, assemble near the church, and create a disturbance by breaking windows, fighting, and other riotous conduct. To such an extent is this annual breach of decency carried, that the parishoners procure the assistance of special constables, to preserve the peace.
On Sunday, the 1st of April, on the occasion alluded to, the mob collected in the evening before the house of Mr White, carpenter and builder, broke several windows, and assualted the constables and other persons; the most active of the party appeared to be the prisoners.
They were all found guilty of the riot. Burles only of the assault. Collins, it was stated, had been capitally convicted of burglary, and Burles had been committed for various offences. The chairman sentenced them each to six months' hard lanour, and to enter into their own recognizances of 5l. to keep the peace for twelve months.
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Felstead - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Felstead - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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