The Woolpack Inn, Coggeshall, c.1955Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Great Coggeshall >> Coggeshall 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's some for Coggeshall on the problems of poachers and new inventions.
Times 11 December 1790
On Sunday morning last, about two o'clock, a gang of poachers, eight in number, most desperately wounded the game-keeper of Filmer Hoinetwood, Esq., and three of his assistants, who sat up to prevent their carrying off the game from one of their master's woods near Coggeshall, which the keeper, the preceding night, had observed set out with net stakes and stickers for destroying the hares in the said cover.
He no sooner seized the foremost, than the ruffian gave a whistle, and seven other desperadoes rushed upon the keeper and his men with bludgeons, and beat them in so unmerciful a manner, that they left them, supposing they had murdered them.
A large reward is offered for the detection of those offenders; and as the most vigilant exertions are using to apprehend them, it is hoped that they will be soon secured, and exemplarily punished for so daring and cruel outrage.
Ipswich Journal 28 March 1888
Elijah Taylor, driver of a steam thrashing machine, the property of Mr. Unwin, of Coggeshall, was fined 15s. and costs 9s.6d. for placing a steam engine within 25 yards of a public highway on the 29th ult. It was stated that a horse belonging to Mr. Robert Curzon was frightened by the noise, ran away, completely doubling up the trap. Fortunately none of the occupants were injured.
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Great Coggeshall - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
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