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1709 August 27 Post Man and the Historical Account
At Henham in Essex, 5 miles beyond Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire, and a little above a Mile from the Great Road, leading from London to Cambridge, is to be Sold, a Copyhold Estate of Inheritance, of 80 l. per Annum having a very good Dwelling house, and Outhouses upon it, all in good Repair 10 l. per Annum thereof is Freehold. Enquire at Jack's Coffee house in King Street, or at Mr. Thomas Archers in Henham aforesaid.

1743 July 9 London Evening Post
A Farm, in the Parish of Henham, nigh Stansted Mount Fitchet, in the County of Essex: containing 160 Acres of Land; the House, &c. in good Repair, and may be entered upon immediately, the late Tenant being dead.

Enquire of Beckford Kendell, Esquire, at Moor-End, near Great Dunmowe, Mr. Howlett, at Ellingham, or Mr. John Vaux, at Hockerell.

1776 May 11th. Ipswich Journal

COLCHESTER, May 10th. - Tuesday last dies at Harlow, the Rev. Mr. Wise, rector of Harlow and Henham, in Essex.

1781 Dec 8th. Ipswich Journal

CHELMSFORD Dec. 7. A few days since was married the Rev. Mr. Campbell, vicar of Henham, in this county, to Miss H.M. Bullock, of Dry Drayton, near Cambridge.

1784 Jan 30th Chelmsford Chronicle
To be sold by acution by John Barnard, on Friday the 13th day of February, 1784, at Three o'clock in the afternoon, at the Sun Inn, in Thaxted, Essex.

Two Closes of land, or Parcels of FREEHOLD ARABLE LAND, containing nine acres and 13 poles, more or less, lying in Chickney, in Essex, now in the tenure of James Barker, who will show the premises. Further particulars, with conditions of sale, may be had of Mr. James Wood, at Henham, or of the auctioneer, at Little Bardfield Hall.

1786 Jan 6th. Chelmsford Chronicle
ESSEX GAME DUTY. List of Certificates between 25th March and the 1st Oct 1785

Canning, William, Henham, gent.
Canning, Thomas, Henham, clerk

to be continued in our next

1787 Feb 23rd Chelmsford Chronicle
Whereas Daniel Hallybread did escape from a Constable in the parish of Henham, in the county of Essex, on the 13th Jan 1787; he is about 5 feet 10 inches high, and flight made; had on a drab coloured coat, red waistcoat, and corderoy breeches, and round hat; wears his own black hair tied behind, is of a pale complexion, and is about 30 years of age. Whoever apprehends the said Daniel Hallybread, and brings him to the constable of Harlow, in the Type county of Essex, shall receive TEN POUNDS Reward, by me Benjamin Wood, Constable.

Note: had been the governor of several workhouses in Essex, and is well acquainted with the yarn and woollen manufactory.

1787 March 16th. Chelmsford Chronicle
ESSEX. To Be SOLD by AUCTION, By John BARNARDS, On Friday the 30th March instant, at Three o'clock in the afternoon, At the Sun, in Thaxted, A MESSUAGE and COTTAGE, tiled, with a Barn, Orchard, and Yard, and Ten Acres of Land, part freehold and part copyhold, in HENHAM, in Essex, in the occupation of John Salmon and others, tenants at will, with a great number of thrifty pollard trees thereon, subject to a quit-rent of 10s. per annum and to fines arbitrary on admission to the copyhold part.

1787 Oct 12th. Chelmsford Chronicle - Game Certificates 30th June 1787 - 12 Sept 1787 William Canning, of Henham, gent

1793 Oct 5th Sun Marriages
A few days ago, John Rix, Esq. of Henham Lodge, Essex, to Miss Hewitt, of Dulwich, Kent

1796 Valuable Freehold andpart Copyhold estate at Henham and Debden, in the county of Essex - To be sold by private contract, a vey desireable farm; comprising a good farm house, with all necessary outbuildings, together with one hundred and seventy-nine acres of excellent arable, meadow, and pasture land, and three cottages, situate in the parishes of Henham and Debden, in the county of Essex, in the occupation of Mr. William Hayden, under a lease, which will expire at Michaelmas, 1814. To be viewed with leave of the tenant, and for particulars enquire of Mr. Walton, solicitor, Saffron Walden.

1800 Nov 10th. Sherborne and Yeovil Mercury
On Monday, as Mary Judding, of Henham, Essex, was passing the door of a house where was a gentleman with two dogs, of the sporting kind, the dogs ran and jumped upon her, and pulled her down but without biting her: the woman was much alarmed, crying out, but got up, walked a few yards, fell down again, and in about three hours was a corpse.

1811 Sep 28th. Northampton Mercury
Intended London and Cambridge Junction Canal Notice is given that an Application is intended to be made to Parliament. Parishes through which it would pass through many parishes including Elsenham, Great Henham otherwise Henham on the Hill, Little Henham, Ugley etc

1813 Wednesday se' night, John Coston, baker and shopkeeper of Prison Green, in the parish of Henham, Essex, was convicted before Thomas Jee, Clerk, in the full penalty of 10L. for keeping and using whiting, lime, or some other unlawful ingredient to mix with flour and bread for sale. A quantity of whiting or lime was found in his possession, and three several witnesses produced samples of flour of an adulterated and deleterious quality. This is the second conviction of the same kind before the same Majistrate within a short time.

1815 April 22nd Lancaster Gazette
Bankrupts, Saturday April 13th – James Pigram, Henham, Essex, shopkeeper

1815 Oct 26th. Morning Chronicle
WATERLOO SUBSCRIPTION. Parish of Henham, Essex, after a sermon by the Rev. W. Elliott gave £9.10s.1d

1816 May 16th The Times
May 14th – Saturday night the outbuildings upon a farm in the parish of Henham, Essex, occupied by Mr. Thomas Nottidge, were discovered to be on fire; and, notwithstanding the most prompt exertions, all the buildings, with other property to a considerable amount, were totally destroyed.

1816 May 29. Bury and Norwich Post
Yesterday ge'nnight John Baker was committed to Saffron Walden gaol, for as burglary in the dwelling-house of the Rev. William Elliott, of Henham, Essex.

1816 Oct 18th Cambridge Chronicle
- on Monday the 30th ult. or on the morning of the 1st. instant, a gang of armed robbers broke into the house of Mr. James Dennis, of Tye Green, in the parish of Elsenham. He and his manservant went downstairs and were confronted by the gang, one of whom shot Dennis in the face. Enquiries and a reward soon elicited information enabling the police to arrest Monke, and William and Henry Clark (brothers). Monke 'squeaked', giving evidence against his fellow gang - members. Joseph Clark (father of the brothers), Joshua Clark, his son, and another brother, John Griffen, Moses Miller, and W. Haydon, all of whom were apprehended at Stortford, Elsenham and Brixton. The charges were numerous and included Mr. Stock, of Henham in Essex who stated that about six weeks since, a party of villains fired three times at his windows; they finally broke into the house, but were strongly threatened and repulsed. Monke also said that Elizabeth Clark, the wife of the elder prisoner, and the mother of the younger prisoners (Clark) generally acted as 'artist' when any robberies were committed - she painted their faces black and gave them a tolerable portion of gin prior to their 'midnight adventures'. The prisoners had long been the terror of the neighbourhood as poachers, sheep stealers etc. The prisoners were heavily ironed and conveyed to Newport gaol to await a further hearing. Mr Shotter, a gentleman in the neighbourhood, had nine gallons of wine stolen from him a few nights previous to the last robbery.

Hannam/hanham newspaper cuttings 1818 July 18th London Gazette Bankruptcy Superseded

Dividends August 8th, J. Pigram,   Hanham, Essex, shopkeeper, at ten, at Guildhall, London

1818 Oct 14th. Bury and Norwich Post
Samuel Choppin, of Stebbing, Essex, miller, was lately committed by the Rev. W.J. Totton to the House of Correction at Newport, as a rogue and vagabond, for having used subtle craft to deceive John Sage, of Henham, by pretending to describe the dress and appearance of the person who had committed a robbery on his premises, by which he was led to suspect an innocent neighbour as the thief.

1819 Oct 29 Chelmsford Chronicle
To Be Sold By Auction, Sometime in the latter End of November, 1819, at the King's Head Inn, in Bishop's Stortford,

A Valuable FARM; consisting of a farm-house and necessary out-buildings, and about Seventy Acres of good Arable and pasture Land; together with several COTTAGES, situate at Pledgdon Green, in the parish of Henham, in the county of Essex, and late in the occupation of Mr. John Stock, deceased, who was the proprietor.

1824 July 30th. Stamford Mercury
Tempest of the 14th instant at the parishes of Little and Great Canfield, Takeley, Broxted, Little and Great Easton, and Tilty, near Great Dunmow in Essex. The storm happened about one or two o'clock in the day. Its approach was terrific in the extreme. Little opportunity was given either for man or beast to escape its fury. Poultry in the yards, and upon Takeley Type Forest in particular, were killed instantaneously. The continuance of the storm is stated at fifteen minutes. The weight and size of the hail, or pieces of ice, which were generally of a long and round form, were various; some were picked up that measured seven inches in circumference.......In all the parishes mentioned, for a considerable width, the corn of all descriptions, as well as the crops of orchards and gardens, was totally demolished. The following occupiers in Takeley parish are likewise very great sufferers, some in part, and others the whole of their crops:- Mr John Mumford, Green End 400 acres; Robert Garrett, Jacks Green, 40 acres; Elsenham Hall, the residence of J. Rush, Esq., - the premises, as concerns windows, hot-houses, &c. present a heap of ruins. The storm commenced at the 8-mile-stone at Enfield, in Middlesex, and ended at Henham, in Essex, a distance of at least 40 miles.

1825 Feb 16th Essex Intelligencer
Deaths – On the 31st. ult in his 75th. Year, Mr. John Gurson, farmer, of Tye Green, Henham, Essex

1826 Nov 10th Morning Post
Married – On the 9. Inst. At Marylebone Church, by the Hon. And Rev. James Somers Cocks, the Rev. George Henry Glyn, Vicar of Henham, Essex, third son of the late Colonel Glyn, of the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, to Elizabeth, only daughter of the late Joseph Smith, Esq. of Shortgrove, in the same county.

1826 Dec 22nd Cambridge Chronicle
Rape. John Frost, a labourer, aged 17, was put to the bar, charged with having committed a rape on Sarah Wilkinson, at Henham. The prosecutrix was a widow, 63 years of age, and the mother of twelve children. The fact was satisfactorily established, and the jury returned their verdict, guilty - death. The prisoner, however, was reprieved before the Judges left the town.

1832 Dec 8th Essex Standard
J. Rickett, charged with having stolen four fagots, a pole, and a hen, the property of E. Bright, at Henham. Two months hard labour

1833 July 27th Essex Standard
Lamentable Suicide – On Wednesday week, Henry, son of Mr. Warner, auctioneer, of Henham, drowned himself at Farnham, in this county. Deceased had been paying his addresses to the daughter of a farmer in the latter place. Supposing his suit was endangered by a rival, he left the house on Wednesday night in a very agitated state, and proceeded to a pond near, beside which he disposed of his clothes in the most orderly manner, and then committed the rash act. He was about 19 years of age.

1834 Jan 1st. Chelmsford Chronicle
Thomas Thompson, charged with stealing ten fowls from Charles Marshall, at Henham

1834 March 1st Essex Standard
Marriages. 25th ult. At Henham, by the Rev. J. Collin, Mr. G.T. Butterfield, of Saffron Walden, to Anna Maria, youngest daughter of the late Mr Daniel Kent, of Springwell.

1834 Mar 21st. Chelmsford Chronicle
Inquests Held Before C.C. Lewis, Esq. - Wednesday, 19., at Henham, on the body of Ruth Wright, wife of Joseph Wright, labourer of that parish. It appeared that she had been unwell for a considerable time past, but not sufficiently so to require medical attendance. On Monday morning, at five o'clock, when her husband got up, she appeared as well as usual, but at six o'clock she was heard to utter a deep sigh, and upon her son, a lad of 14, going to her, he found that she was dead. Verdict, "Died by the Visitation of God",

1834 April 5th Essex Standard
Horse-stealing – about three weeks ago, a gipsy-looking fellow was passing through the village of Henham, with two horses, apparently too good to be the property of such a person, when Mr Milbank, a constable, took the liberty of questioning the pretended owner as to the manner he became possessed of them: but his answers not being very satisfactory, he took him into custody and shortly afterwards before a magistrate, who committed him to the House of Correction at Newport, until an owner could be found. On Monday last, Mr. Thurgood, a surgeon at Chigwell, who had lost two horses answering the description in the Hue and Cry, went to Henham, and on seeing the horses which had been detained, identified them as his property. The prisoner who calls himself John Smith, and is believed to belong to a gang of horse-stealers, in Lincolnshire, was then fully committed to the gaol at Springfield, to take his trial at the ensuing Sessions.

1834 April 12th Essex Standard
Wednesday April 9 – John Smith. Charged with stealing a mare and a gelding, the property of Arthur Thurgood, at Chigwell. Mr. Thurgood the prosecutor. On the 15th of March I heard that my horses were stolen, and went to the Forest, but did not find them; I sent others in search of them, and heard of them at last, on Sunday week, at Henham. I went there and saw them; the mare was unshod, as she was when stolen; the marks on the gelding's foot had been scooped out.

Joseph Heard – I keep the Cock, at Henham, the horses were in my possession when claimed; I got them from Mr. Milbank, the constable, to take care of, as he supposed they had been stolen. Mr William Milbank, the constable, - on the 14th March, saw prisoner on the road driving two horses, about six o'clock; I observed that the horses were pretty well knocked up, he could not get them along; I spoke to him and asked him where he was going to; he said he should not tell me; I taxed him with stealing them; he said he had bought them and would make me re-member stopping him; the other constable came and we took the man and horses to Mr. Heard's at the Cock. The prisoner said he had met a man with horses on the road and changed his with him for the two he had been found with. The man's name was Backet; but he was not to be found.

Guilty – to be transported for life.

1834 May 30th. Chelmsford Chronicle
Assaults. John Gardener, labourer, was indicted for assaulting James Milbank, constable of Henham, in the execution of his duty. Prosecutor was sent to clear a beer shop, and being assaulted, apprehended a man, and put him in the cage. Some time after the prisoner and another man came with a pick-axe, and began to stub down the brick-work to liberate the man. When witness interfered to prevent them, they assaulted him. GUILTY. Two months hard labour. Charles Bright, labourer, was convicted of a similar assault on the same prosecutor - 2 months hard labour.

1834 June 20th. Chelmsford Chronicle
Henham, Essex, near Bishops Stortford & Saffron Walden. TO BE LET, and entered upon immediately, A Capital POST WINDMILL, now in full trade, driving two pair of French stones, and having a brick round-house, with stowage for 300 quarters of wheat. The Mill is capable of grinding as much corn as any in the kingdom of the same description; the situation for wind cannot be exceeded, and for trade very superior. The roads to it are excellent, and the neighbourhood populous and respectable. Also, a Dwelling-House, and Three Acres of rich Arable Land adjoining. For further particulars, apply (post-paid) to Mr. R.D. Thurgood, Saffron Walden.

1834 Aug 2nd Essex Standard – Commitments - 26th ult, William Monk, charged with stealing a watch from Joseph Brewer, at Henham

1834 August 22nd. Chelmsford Chronicle
On the 14th. instant, John Cornell, George Cowell, and Absalom Law, were committed to the Convict Gaol, by the Rev. T. Jee, of Thaxted, for trial at the ensuing Assize, under the following charge of highway robbery - On the 15th of March last, as Mr. James Coston, who keeps a shop at Broxted and Henham, was returning across the fields from the former place to Henham, between nine and ten o'clock in the evening, three men approached him; one of them, whom he believes to be Cowell, knocked him down, and then drew back a short distance, apparently to escape observation. Cornell and Law then attacked him and ransacked his pockets, from which they extracted £11. 13s. 6d in sovereigns , half sovereigns, and silver. One of the party said "Don't let him call out", upon which they filled his mouth with mud, and then left him. Every enquiry was set on foot to discover the thieves, but no tidings could be obtained of them till about a fortnight since, when a woman, whose husband was transported at the last assize, divulged a conversation between one of the prisoners and herself, which led to their apprehension on Wednesday last. They were taken into custody by Charles Palmer, the active constable of Thaxted - Cowell and Law whilst still in bed, at Debden, early in the morning, and Cornell when at work in a wheat field at Thaxted.

1834 Oct 24th Essex Standard
William Monk, 19, labourer, 26th July, with having stolen from the person of Joseph Brewer, one watch, his property, at Henham – Six calendar month's hard labour.

1834 Nov 9 Yorkshire Gazette
Great Northern And Eastern Railway. Notice is hereby given, that it is intended to apply in the ensuing Session of Parliament, for leave to bring in a Bill for making and maintaining a Railway or Tram Road from the City of London to the town of Cambridge, with necessary tunnels, embankments, bridges, and other works, which railway is intended to pass through the following parishes, townships, or places, viz.:- .......Elsenham, Henham, Ugley, Quendon, Widdington, Debden..... N.W. Cundy, Civil Engineer; Septimus Hodges, Secretary, Grand Northern Railway office, No.56, Lombard Street, Nov. 12th 1834

1835 Feb 28th. Northampton Mercury
Pursuant to a Decree of the High Court of Chancery, made in a Cause "Bowis v. Strong", such of the children of Peter Bowis, formerly of Henham, in the county of Essex, and afterwards of Great Bardfield, in the same county, the brother of Thomas Bowis, late of Peterborough, in the county of Northampton, (who died in the month of February 1830,) as were living at the death of the said Thomas Bowis, are forthwith by their solicitors to come in and prove their kindred, and make out their claims, before James Farrer, Esq., one of the Masters of the said Court, at his chambers in Southampton buildings, Chancery Lane, London...........

1836 Feb 23 Hertford Mercury
A short time since some persons broke into the parish church at Henham, and stole the whole of the silver communion service, a minister's surplice, with which they got clear off. A reward of ten pounds has been offered for their apprehension

1836 May 20th Essex Standard
George Willett, 30, labourer, and James Ricketts indicted, the former for stealing, and the latter for receiving a wether sheep, belonging to John Stallibrass, of Henham. Willett pleaded Guilty, and was sentenced to transportation for life. Ricketts was sentenced to six calendar months imprisonment and hard labour.

1836 Oct 28th. Chelmsford Chronicle
GAME LISTS. Persons who have obtained GAME CERTIFICATES for the year 1836 - Henham - John Mumford

1837 Nov 3rd Essex Standard
Suicide And Singular Discovery Of The Body – On Tuesday last an inquest was held at the Crown, Henham, on the body of Eliza Powter, who, on Sunday morning, was found drowned in a pond in that parish, under the following singular circumstances: - The deceased was in the service of a Mrs Moor, at Stortford, and after having taken in the supper on the previous Thursday night, left the house without leave or knowledge of her mistress, and it is supposed went directly to the pond, a distance of five miles. No reason can be assigned. She was described by her mistress to have been in a low way for some time past. Several ravens being observed to hover over the pond making an extraordinary noise, some labouring men were induced to drag it, or the body might have remained under water for some time, it being a most secluded spot. Verdict, "Temporary Derangement." – Deceased's father, we understand, died insane.

1839 Jan 18th. Essex Standard
Most of the farmers in the neighbourhood of Newport, Debden, and Henham, have for some time past been robbed in a wholesale manner of their fowls, turkeys, and ducks (and in some instances of sheep), and handsome rewards have been offered for the apprehension of the thieves without effect. It is understood a quarrel has within these few days taken place amongst the latter respecting the division of their booty, and that one or two of them have split, and the predators are at length likely to be brought to justice.

1839 April 5th Essex Standard
Removal Of Convicts – The following prisoners were removed from Springfield Gaol, on Tuesday, to be put on board the Justitia hulk, at Woolwich, prior to undergoing their respective sentences.

Fourteen years – Francis Clark, stealing a hat &c., at Henham;
Seven years - John Willis, stealing an ass, at Henham

1839 April 12th Essex Standard
CALENDAR AND APPOINTMENTS FOR THE WEEK. Wednesday April 17th., Sale by Mr. Blyth, of shop, &c., at Weeley by Mr. Stackwood, of Freehold Estates, Henham

1839 Dec 28th West Kent Guardian
Appointments: Deacons - W. Twiss Turner, M.A., Trinity College, Cambridge, nominated to be assistant curate at Henham, Essex.

1840 Jan 3rd Essex Standard
Tuesday Jan 7th – Committees of Essex Church Building Society at Colchester, Brentwood, and Dunmow – Turnpike Meeting at Harwich – Sale by Mr Slater, of Houses, Henham

1840 Jan 4th The Reformer and Herts. Beds. Bucks. Essex, Cambridge And Middlesex Advertiser
HENHAM. Valuable Freehold Property, to be sold by auction, by John Slater, at the Cock Inn, Henham, on Tuesday, January the 7th, 1840 at 2 o'clock, In Two Lots (by direction of the proprietor)

LOT 1 - A Convenient Dwelling House, with three other Tenements adjoining, with chaise house, stable, wood and coal houses, and large well-enclosed garden, planted with young and fruity trees, situate near the church, at Henham, in the several tenures of Messrs. Miles, Wright, and Snow, and Ann Chapman, at rents amounting to £20. 7s. 4d. per annum.

LOT 2 - A substantial brick-fronted MESSUAGE, divided into 7 tenements, with garden ground, &c. also situate at Henham, in the joint occupation of Thomas Clark, William Clark, and others, at rents amounting to £16. 18s. per annum, with a large well-built barn, which may, at a very small expense, be converted into two good cottages.

The property may be viewed any time previous to the Sale, on application to the respective tenants; and Particulars, with Conditions of Sale, may be had of Mr. Miles, Henham; at the place of Sale; at the office of Mr. Johnstone, Solicitor, Bishop's Stortford; and of the Auctioneer, Bridge Street, Bishop's Stortford, Herts.

1840 Feb 21st Essex Standard
John Rickett, 30, labourer, charged with having stolen a peck and a half of beans, and a peck and a half of oats, the property of Charles Stallibrass, at Henham (a peck was the British Imperial measure, liquid or dry, equivalent to 2 gallons -RG) Augustine Postle, looker to prosecutor, deposed, that prisoner had been in Mr. Stallibrass's employ 3 years. Having suspicion of his honesty, he watched him on the 20th January, and at half-past four in the morning he saw Bias, another of the horse-keepers, go into the granary and prisoner following him. He went up to them, and on Bias he found a skeleton key, with which he had opened the door of the granary. Prisoner had two nose bags, in which were the beans and oats. Bias, who was 40 years of age, had not yet been apprehended – The Jury found prisoner guilty, but recommended him to mercy.

Mr Disney said he was very sorry to hear that recommendation, for this was one of the worst cases he ever met with. A paper was handed up to the Learned Gentleman, signed by several persons, and giving the prisoner a previous good character. – Mr Disney said the Court would not attend to that or to the recommendation of the Jury. It would not be mercy to Mr Stallibrass to pass the case over lightly, and the Court was unanimously of opinion, that they were bound in justice to sentence prisoner to 7 years transportation. He paper handed to him might be laid before the Secretary of State, to see if it would have any effect there. Here were men robbing their master by means of a skeleton key, which was a most aggravating circumstance; it was one of the worst features of London thieves, that they used this sort of key.

1840 July 31st Chelmsford Chronicle
Windmill, Dwelling House, & Land. Henham, Essex. TO BE LET. And entered upon at Michaelmas next, A Capital Post windmill, driving two pair of excellent French stones, standing well for wind and trade, having a commodious round-house and suitable outbuildings, approached by excellent roads, together with a newly-erected Dwelling-House and an Inclosure of rich Arable Land, contiguous thereto, containing Three Acres more or less; or the same may be purchased, and two-thirds of the purchase-money remain on mortgage. Further particulars may be had on application to Mr. Thurgood, of Saffron Walden; or Mr. Charles Rider, of Littlebury, Essex, the Proprietor.

1840 Nov 6th. Chelmsford Chronicle GAME LISTS, persons who have obtained Game Certificates for the year 1840 - John Mumford, Pledgdon Hall, Henham

1841 March 19 Essex Standard
Saffron Walden Petty Sessions, Saturday, March 13th
Nathaniel Franklin and Isaac Mason were summoned for cutting down a fence and damaging a hedge, in the parish of Henham, the property of Joshua Markwell, farmer. The case being a very aggravated one, the Magistrates fined them 10s. and costs 10s., or two months hard labour. Allowed seven days to pay the same.

1841 Oct 15th Essex Standard
On Wednesday last, the annual meeting of the Saffron Walden Agricultural Society was held. Ploughing Class 1 – To the third best, clothing, or some other article in value £1 to James Hawkes of Henham, recommended by Mr. Mumford.

1841 Oct 29 Essex Standard
Turkey Stealing – During the past week the farmers residing in the parishes of Birchanger, Elsenham, Henham, and Debden, have received nightly visits from thieves who, in several instances, have succeeded in stealing turkeys, fowls, &c., and escaped detection. Mr. Tannar, of Birchanger, it is understood, lost every turkey on his premises. Should the thieves continue as successful for two or three weeks longer the supply for London or for Christmas presents will be a very scanty one.

1841 Nov 5th Essex Standard
Mr. Coe, the gentleman who, with Mr. Fitchmarsh, of Henham, was thrown out of a chaise by the mail coach whilst returning from the Saffron Walden Agricultural Dinner, died a few days ago, at Newport, from the injuries he then received.

1842 Oct 7th Essex Standard
Saffron Walden Agricultural Society. The second District Ploughing Match was held at Stansted, on Tuesday the 27th, in a field belonging to Mr. Wm. Parris. Second Prize for ploughing was awarded to James Hawkes of Henham, employed by Mr John Mumford.

Results for the Labourers & Servants who have brought up the largest family with least parish relief

1. £ 1 to William Wright of Newport, aged 43 yrs, recommended by Mr John Clarke (Rosse), 10 children, 6 living, buried 4 and his wife at his own expense; never received parish relief.

2. Ten shillings to William Sampford of Elsenham aged 40 yrs, employed by Mr Thomas Leonard; 8 children, never received parish relief, excellent character

3. Five shillings to Thomas Brooks of Henham, aged 65 yrs, employed by Mr John Mumford, 10 children, 9 living, had little parish relief when ill, all children to hard work, subscribed 40 years to a benefit society

1842 Oct 21st Essex Standard
Return showing the number and distribution of the Essex County Constabulary, 18th October 1842 – Henham had 1 constable

1842 Nov 25th Essex Standard
Northern And Eastern Railway Extension. Notice is hereby given, That application is intended to be made to Parliament in the next Session for one or more Bill or Bills for altering, amending, extending, and enlarging the powers and provisions of an Act passed in the Session of Parliament held in the Sixth and Seventh Years of the Reign of King William the Fourth, intitled "An Act for making a Railway to form a communication between London and Cambridge, with a view to its being extended hereafter to the Northern and Eastern Counties of England".

The above Notice names numerous places and parishes (as a 'catch-all') through which the railway will/might pass including Henham, Pledgdon, Widdington, etc

1842 Dec 2nd. Essex Standard
Susan Shed, charged with having stolen 46lbs of coals, the property of John Mumford, at Henham, Mr. Marsh appeared for the prosecution. James Cox, a policeman, received instructions to watch the unloading of some coals on the 16th. Nov. They were taken to a barn to be unloaded. While they were unloading, he saw prisoner go to the waggon and take something from it, and she laid it down under Mr. Nevill's window. She afterwards picked it up and took it into her mother's house. Witness went into the house and asked for the coals prisoner had taken; prisoner immediately put the coals into her lap, and carried them into his house; they weighed 46lbs. Cross-examined by Mr. Ryland, he had known prisoner 6 months; she was about 16 years of age. To his knowledge no one else was accused of stealing the coals. Westwood was charged with aiding and assisting her; he was discharged. Mrs. Neville's little girl was also taken before the magistrates for another lot of coals; she was also discharged. Westwood was charged with three offences; he was in the waggon. He was prisoner's father-in-law. He had no conversation with prisoner; did not tell her that she had better plead guilty. Since this her mother had been in a very low state of mind; he only told the mother, to quiet her, that her daughter would not have much punishment. John Mumford examined. He bought 42 tons of coal to sell to the poor, at a reduced price. Last year he lost a good many of the coals, he ordered them this year to be watched. Cross-examined - the coals were his own property; he bought them. After he had sold them the clergymen and farmers paid him the loss. Last year he was £10 out of pocket, and did not much like that. Mr. Ryland, in addressing the jury, expressed himself very warmly on the case, and said that though the policeman stated the prisoner was 16 years of age, he was instructed that she was not yet 13. He considered it very hard that such a child should have had to bear the whole brunt of the prosecution, when it appeared from the evidence of Cox that Westwood and the mother were the guilty parties, if there were any. The act charged against the prisoner was one to which she could not be prompted by any hope of benefit to herself; there was here no 'lucri causa' to induce, and if she did commit it, it was for the benefit of others, but that would be no defence, if she took the coals with a felonious intention; but the more favourable view they might take of the case was, that she did not know she was committing a felony. The Jury, after a few seconds deliberation, returned a verdict of Not Guilty. Mr. Mumford said the prosecution was not instituted with any vindictive feeling towards the prisoner; but it had been expected that some one else would have been with her at the bar (ie Westwood and/or the mother - RG).

1843 Jan 6th. Essex Standard
Barney Childs, labourer of Henham, appeared to answer to the information of William Prior, for having cut up certain plashes, part of a live fence, the property of Mr. John White, of Church Hall, Broxted. Prior deposed that on the 28th of December he found 16 plashes ( one of which is now produced) lying in the middle of Funnel Wood; he did not think they had been cut up twelve hours; accordingly he watched, and saw the defendant come and take them away between four and five o' clock. Mr. White stated that no less than 20 young trees had been thus destroyed in that hedge since Christmas. Fined £2. 13s. 6d., including costs; in default committed for two months.

1843 Feb 4th. Morning Post
MARRIED. On the 2nd. inst., at Hove Church, Brighton, by the Rev. George Henry Glyn, Vicar of Henham, Essex, Henry Joseph Smith, Esq., Barrister-at-Law, second son of the late Joseph Smith, Esq., of Shortgrove Hall, Essex, to Letitia, youngest daughter of Charles Shillito, M.D.

1843 March 11th Hertford Mercury and Reformer
Before Lord Chief Justice Denman. George Clayden, labourer, of Henham, Essex, was charged with stealing, on the 14th. Feb, at Bishop's Stortford, a bundle of wood, the property of Charles Stallibrass. The foreman to Mr. Stallibrass deposed

- On Tuesday, the 14th. Feb, I was walking over my master's premises, and saw Clayden with a bundle of wood under his arm. I followed him to a house; I saw that they were fagots and asked prisoner where he got them; he said they belonged to Mr .Stallibrass, and he went and put them where he had taken them from. GUILTY.- Sentenced to be imprisoned, with hard labour, for seven days.

1843 Oct 25th. Bury and Norwich Post, and East Anglian
Charles Mower, for stealing, on the 13th. Sept, a coat, a silk handkerchief, and cotton handkerchief, from a gig, at the back of the Bell Inn, the property of Mr. Stallibrass, of Henham; (having only been released from prison in July last) to be transported for 7 years. The Recorder said Mr. Stallibrass was much to blame for leaving his coat in such an exposed situation.

1843 Mar 11th Hertford Mercury and Reformer - Before Lord Chief Justice Denman
George Clayden, labourer, of Henham, Essex, was charged with stealing, on the 14th Feb, at Bishop's Stortford, a bundle of wood, the property of Charles Stallibrass. The foreman to Mr. Stallibrass deposed - On Tuesday, the 14th Feb, I was walking over my master's premises, and saw Clayden with a bundle of wood under his arm. I followed him to a house, I saw that they were fagots and asked prisoner where he got them, he said they belonged to Mr. Stallibrass, and he went and put them where he had taken them from. Guilty - sentenced to be imprisoned, with hard labour, for seven days.

1844 Sept 20th Chelmsford Chronicle
Lodge Farm, Henham, To be sold by auction, by R. Franklin, on Wednesday, Sept 25, 1844, at Ten

Several useful cart horses, 3 short-horn milch cows, wagons, tumbrels, ploughs, harrows, rollers, horses' gears, and other farming implements, 2-hogshead brewing copper, 20-bushel mash tub, 2-hogshead wort ditto, beer casks, part of the neat furniture, &c. of Mrs. E. Titchmarsh, who quits the farm at Michaelmas next.

1844 Oct 11th. Chelmsford Chronicle
Dunmow Petty Session Oct 7th. William Bright, of Henham, carter, was summoned by Hannah, the wife of William Aylett, of Takeley, grocer, for being on the highway in a cart drawn by one horse, over which he, from his situation, could have no control. The complainant stated, that on passing the defendant in a light cart, his vehicle caught her wheel, and nearly turned her over. Susan Felsted, who was with Mrs. Aylett, confirmed this statement, and Bright was fined £2, costs 10s. 6d.: paid. The Rev. Mr. Chesshyre told Mrs. Aylett she had done perfectly right in bringing defendant to punishment.

1844 Nov 20th Morning Post
Two Horses Drowned – On Wednesday night a labourer, in charge of a team belonging to Mr John Titmarsh, of Henham, when near Collier Row, Hatfield, on his way home, deviated from the road, in the flood occasioned by the late heavy rains, and two of the horses were drowned; a third escaped with his life, as did also the driver, who, it is hinted, had taken something more potent than water.

1845 Jan 26th The Era
With The Puckeridge Hounds – Jan 15th. Met at Peverils, drew two or three covers blank, found one of the right sort at Littlely; he first set his head straight for Debden hall, but was headed, shot to the right through Highwood, away to Henham, through Chickney Springs, over the Thaxted road; nothing but the best steersman could live with the hounds, as it was heads up and sterns down, and with many a bellows to mend, pointing to Eastend Wood; here he got headed, a very lucky thing for them in the rear, over the Chickney Earths, but the door was shut; he now set his head over as fine a country as any one can wish to ride over, making his point for Hodham hall, where he was headed at the brook; he then made his point for Park Springs, through Highwood, over the Widdington Openfield, over the railroad up to Mrs. Cranmore's park; here the hounds ran into him, after a run of one hour and fifty minutes – the best pace.

1846 March 31st The Standard
In Chancery – Seager v Hawkes. By the Decree of this Cause it was referred to the Master to inquire and state to the Court who were the NEXT of KIN of MARY WILLIAMS, late of No. 23, Little Pulteney-street, in the city of Westminster, Widow. The said Mary Williams was before her marriage Mary Hawkes, of Henham, in the county of Essex, spinster, and was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Hawkes, of the same place. She intermarried, firstly, with Mr. Harris; secondly with Mr. Page; and thirdly, with Mr Williams. If Pity, or Peter, Hawkes, son of the said James and Elizabeth Hawkes, who is believed to have gone to Barbadoes, with his wife and family, about 25 years ago, or any of his descendants, will apply to Messrs. Gregory, Faulkner, and Co., of No. 1, Bedford-row, London, and they will hear of something to their advantage.


1846 May 22nd Essex Standard
William Brand, a labourer, was charged with stealing seven pieces of wood, the property of James Bush, at Henham – Mr. RYLAND conducted the prosecution, and Mr GAUSSEN defended the prisoner – In this case it appeared that Mr. Cornell, a maltster, of Bishop's Stortford, had purchased the topwood of some timber which had been felled in Dudd's Wood, in the parish of Henham. Mr. James Bush, a farmer, of the latter parish, had been engaged by him to cart it, and the prisoner was employed by him in the work. On Saturday last, while passing is own cottage with a load of wood, he was seen by a policeman to throw seven pieces into his garden, which formed the subject of the present charge. Guilty. Seven days in solitude.

1846 Sept. 4th. Chelmsford Chronicle
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION. By Mr. Beadel, At the Auction Mart, London, on Thursday, September 17th, 1846, at Twelve,

The next presentation to the Vicarage of Henham, in a healthy and pleasant part of the county of Essex, 36 miles from London, 5 from Bishop's Stortford, 9 from Dunmow, and within one mile of a Station on the Northern and Eastern Railway. It includes a delightful parsonage-house, outbuildings, and gardens, and about Two Acres of Glebe, lying contiguous. The parish extends over nearly 3,000 Acres of superior land, purely agricultural. The tithes have been commuted at £331. 16s. In right of the Vicarage is a farm of 62a. 3r. 0p. at present let at £100 per annum making the annual income, exclusive of the house and glebe, £431. 126s.

1846 Sept 18th. Chelmsford Chronicle
HENHAM. To be sold by auction, by R. Franklin, on Tuesday, September 22, at Five, at the Cock Inn, Henham, an excellent COTTAGE, in two tenements, with sheds, and capital large Orchard and Garden, situated on Wood End Green, occupied by Brooks. Particulars may be had of Mr. Cutts, Solicitor, Little Bardfield, and the Auctioneer, the Park, Thaxted.

1847 Jan 1st Essex Standard
Castle Hedingham Petty Session, Tuesday, December 29. Jacob Andrews, a respectable-looking young man, was brought up in custody of the police, charged with stealing a quantity of oil, paint, and varnish, value 10 shillings (50p IN TODAY'S MONEY - RG), the property of Mr. Wm. Farrow, plumber, &c, of Sible Hedingham. It appeared from the statement of the prosecutor that the prisoner was in his employ last autumn, at 10s per week, and his board, &c; in the month of October he employed prisoner to do some work for him at the Parsonage House, Henham, in this county; he used to send once a week by a boy named Brown what was wanted for the job – white lead, oils, varnish, and whatever prisoner wrote home for. By the Bench: he could speak to nothing only what he was told, and he had been over to Henham since and seen other work done with his materials; he was quite sure all the materials he sent were not used upon the job at the Parsonage House. Mr. Mayhew, solicitor, who appeared to watch the case for prisoner, cross-examined prosecutor- The job at Henham is not finished; there are no materials there but what have been sent since- Richard Winterflood stated that he was apprenticed to prosecutor; he was at work at Henham with the prisoner last shooting time; he was at work for more than a month; prisoner, during that time, took half a gallon of boiled oil and soaked his blouse in it to make water-proof; he, also, by order of prisoner, painted a door three times over, and varnished, for a shop-keeper named Phipps, for which prisoner received 10s; he also painted a cupboard for a beer-shop-keeper named Francis; the two parties here named had been requested to attend, but letters were put in and read, stating that from pressure of business they were unable.- The Chairman severely animadverted upon their conduct in thus tampering with justice, and ordered summonses to be issued for their attendance on Saturday, to which day prisoner was remanded. –

After some consultation, and at the urgent request of prosecutor, the Bench consented to take bail for his appearance on that day.

1847 Feb 12th. Essex Standard
Saffron Walden Petty Session Feb 6th. William Brand, of Henham, labourer, was charged with maliciously killing a turkey, the property of James Cox, a policeman, by throwing a stick at it. The case was proved, and the defendant was fined 5s. and 9s. 6d. expenses.

1847 March 18th. Bradford Observer
Deaths - On the 4th. inst. at Brighton, in his 51st year, the Rev. George Henry Glyn, vicar of Henham, Essex

1847 April 2nd Essex Standard
The Rev. B.D. Hawkins, curate of Rivenhall, has been presented by P.S.F. Martin, Esq., and Mrs. Martin to the vicarage of Henham, in this county, vacant by the death of the Rev. G.H. Glynn.

1847 August 20th. Essex Standard

Henham voters - 1847 General Election

These are the residents and non-resident landowners of Henham who voted in the 1847 general election.

George Bush
James Bush
William Canning
Henry Cheffins
Robert Cole
George Collin
William Coston
Joseph Francis
Thomas Clayton Glyn
William Leader
Joshua Markwell
John Mumford
James Nash
William Sage
Renforth Thomas Scarr
Rev. R.S. Smith
John Stallibrass
Charles Titchmarsh
Philemon Turner
Benjamin North Ward

1849 Jan 26th. Essex Standard
The Directors of the Eastern Counties' Railway, upon the representation of the Rev. T.G. Luard, of Henham, in this county, have forwarded £10 to Mrs. Shelverton, widow of a gate-keeper near the Elsenham station, who was killed a short time since by a train which he was signalling, in consequence of being too near the line of rails.

1849 Feb 2nd. Hull Packet
BIRTHS. January 23rd., at Henham Parsonage, Bishop's Stortford, the wife of the Rev. T.G. Luard, of a son.

1849 Feb 24th Hertford Mercury
Important and Valuable Surplus property, sale of the first portion of the surplus - Lands, Houses, Cottages, Water-Mill etc belonging to the eastern Counties Railway Company, Cambridge-line.

Mr. Leifchild has been favoured with instructions to sell by auction, at the Greyhound Inn, Lea Bridge, on Tuesday, March 6, at the Bull Inn, Broxbourne, on Thursday March 8, and at the George Hotel, Bishop's Stortford, on Thursday, March 15; - desirable Freehold and Copyhold arable and meadow Land in the parish of Henham.

1849 May 4th. Chelmsford Chronicle
SAFFRON WALDEN PETTY SESSION, April 28th. Henry Sanford, William Pigram, and Joshua Clayden, of Elsenham, were charged with creating a disturbance at Henham. P.C. Cox stated that on the night of the 7th. March, about half-past 10, there was a club meeting at the Cock public-house at Henham. There being a quarrel among them the landlady cleared the house; the Elsenham men then wanted to fight the Henham men, which the latter refused, and soon after went home. The Elsenham people then commenced a row, and continued shouting and swearing in a most uproarious manner; witness told them to go home quietly, on which they used most disgusting language, and threatened him; they appeared the worse for liquor. Sanford was required to find a surety in £10, and himself in £20, the others in £10 each, to keep the peace for six months.

1849 June 8th Essex Standard
HENHAM ADULT SCHOOLS - A meeting, well-attended by the most influential parishioners, as also by the labouring classes, was held at the National School Room, at Henham, on Sunday evening, the 20th ult. The Rev. G .Luard, Curate, who occupied the chair, called the attention of those present to the great amount of good that had been effected at Dunmow and other towns and villages in the locality, by teaching adult and even aged persons to read.

1849 June 29. Chelmsford Chronicle
Saffron Walden Petty Session June 23rd. SINGULAR CHARGE - Mr. James Orger, of Henham, farmer, applied to the bench for assistance under the circumstances detailed in the following evidence: - Joseph Tinworth deposed, that whilst shearing sheep for Mr. W. Mumford of Elsenham, on the 15th. inst., he found a letter in the road at Elsenham-cross, near Mr. Perry's, which he took with him down to Mr. Mumford, and asked him where it was to go; Mr. M. said he could not make the direction out, although he took it in his hand; he was not, he said, scholar good enough. He could tell it was a money letter, he said, when he felt of it, perhaps a £20 cheque in it; he said witness had better put it in his pocket; witness did so, and went on with his shearing; Mumford subsequently said several times, "You'd better open it," but witness would not; when, however, they went to dinner in the barn, it was opened, and found to contain a cheque for £47. 2s. 7d.; Mumford said"If you (Tinworth) take it to some bank at Walden you can get it cashed, and that will make a man of you if you get that". A woman at a cottage on being shown the letter, said directly it was Mr. J. Orger's; it was a pity, she said, they had opened it, and they had better go up to him directly; witness went alone, and Mr. James Orger said it was his cheque, and wanted to know who opened it; the letter produced now was the one witness found and took to Mr. Orger.

The chairman said, if a person induced another to do a dishonest act, it was a misdemeanour; in this instance the handwriting could not be plainer. Mr. Maitland - And this man was told by Mumford to take the only means in his power to get the cheque cashed, viz: at a banker's, it having been crossed. A summons was accordingly issued for Mr. Mumford to answer the charge before the magistrates at Newport.

1849 Aug 18th. Hertford Mercury and Reformer
HAIL STORMS. The following list of persons whose crops were injured or destroyed by the storm which occurred a few weeks since, and who were fortunately insured in the County Hail-Storm Insurance Company, at Hertford, will serve to show the extent of the storm, and the immense individual sacrifice which has been prevented : -

Charles Marshall, Little Henham Hall
George Bush, Henham
G. Collin, Henham
Peter Cowell, Henham

1849 Sept. 28th Essex Standard

(Henham Fete Committee – to enhance your image, you too should consider using a toady author like the one below - RG)


Thursday last, Sept 20th, was the most memorable day ever recorded in the annals of this little village. It presented the most lively scene of delight and universal gladness. The hearts of high and low, rich and poor, young and old, were alike made glad. Through the unsparing bounty and well-directed efforts of the Rev. T. G. Luard, the most highly esteemed and justly beloved Curate of the parish, and his benevolent energetic lady; such a sumptuous entertainment was prepared as could not fail to make all happy. Early in the afternoon the company, amongst whom we noticed the Hon. Mrs. E.B. Wrottesley, Miss Rush, Col. Chamberlayne and party, the Mayor of Walden and Mrs. Catlin, &c, &c., and the children of the National Day and Sunday Schools assembled in a large booth erected on the vicarage ground, which was most tastefully decorated by the ladies of the vicarage and parsonage. The different classes of school children were called up, and being ranged in the best possible order the most deserving of them were rewarded with nicely-bound bibles, prayer, hymn, and other books; work-boxes, cotton boxes, and various other useful articles. This pleasing work was succeeded by a most abundant supply of good plum cake and tea, of which not only the children, but also them others, and the women belonging to Mrs Luard's Bible Class, freely partook. The children then resorted to their games and sports, into which they entered with no small zest, new toys of various sorts having been kindly procured for their amusement. The company were now invited to the school-room to inspect the splendid show of fruit and vegetables, which reflected no small degree of credit on the exhibitors. The room was elegantly adorned with flowers and evergreens, the walls being decorated with rich bouquets and tasteful wreaths, arranged with exquisite skill and admirable effect. Many of the specimens of vegetables, &c, were extremely fine, and the show altogether remarkably good, far surpassing the most sanguine expectations that had been formed. Refreshments in rich profusion and variety were most hospitably provided at the vicarage for all, without distinction of sect or denomination; and throughout the afternoon numbers of visitors were constantly availing themselves of the friendly invitation continually renewed by the host and hostess to go in and partake of the elegant repast. The adjudicators having awarded the prizes the company adjourned to the booth, where the Rev. T.G. Luard distributed upwards of 30 rewards, to the amount of about £ 6, and addressed the meeting with his wonted talent; and most gratifyingly to the humble cottagers were his expressions of approbation, and most kind the encouragement given them with reference to the culture of their gardens. Promises of yet more numerous prizes were held out for the next show, and an announcement was made of the kind intention of Miss Rush, of Elsenham Hall, to bestow a good shawl on the wife of the most successful candidate next year. Salutary hints were judiciously given against any indulgence in intemperance, which is, alas! Too commonly practised amongst the poor on highdays and holidays, but which ruinous and debasing sin has happily been less prevalent during the last year or two in this highly-favoured village. Innocent recreation and rational enjoyment were also pleasingly countenanced, and many other good things were most admirably spoken, but our scanty space forbids further mention. A vote of thanks, most justly due, was tendered to the reverend gentleman and his estimable lady, who were the sole originators of the entertainment, and to whose munificence all the festivity was owing; and amid the most hearty and vociferous cheering the merry party separated, with feelings of glowing gratitude to their beloved pastor, and with the most fervent wishes that they might be blessed and cheered by his presence amongst them for many, many years to come.

1849 Oct 5th. The Standard
Marriages - On the 3rd. inst., at Wynford Church, George, eldest son of George Collin, Esq., of Henham Parsonage, Essex, to Elizabeth, second daughter; and John, eldest son of Richard Walter, Esq., of Percombe Hill, Somerset, to Mary, youngest daughter of William Chaffey, Esq., of Wynford Eagle, Dorset.

1849 Nov 30th. Chelmsford Chronicle
GAME LIST. Persons who have obtained certificates (£4..10d. each) for the year 1849 - Henham, John Mumford.

1849 Dec 22nd. Hertford Mercury and Reformer
John Dennis of Henham is mentioned as having a claim on an estate, in an article by Mr. Thurgood

1850 April 16th. Chelmsford Chronicle - CRICKET. Matching v. Henham.
On the 7th. inst. the return match between the above clubs was played on Rickling Green and will be seen by the subjoined score terminated in favour of Matching, with nine wickets to spare. Henham 34 and 72; Matching 92 and 15, with 9 wickets to go down.

1850 May 3rd. Chelmsford Chronicle
THE INCLOSURE COMMISSIONERS for ENGLAND and WALES hereby give notice that a Copy of the Report of the Valuer acting in the matter of the Inclosure of Great Hide, Small Hide, Howe Platts, Sandhills, Outfield, Middle Croft, Ash Brockley Fen, and East Commons, situate in the parish of Henham, in the county of Essex, together with an Estimate, of the Expences in the matter of the said Inclosure, has been deposited at the CROWN INN, in the said parish, for the inspection of all persons interested in the said Inclosure. And they further give Notice, that they will, by themselves, or by an Assistant Inclosure Commissioner, hold a Meeting at the Crown Inn aforesaid, on the 30th. day of May next, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon, for the purpose of hearing objections to any allotment, direction, determination, or matter in the said Report; and of submitting the said Estimate to the persons interested as aforesaid.

Witness my hand, this 29 day of April, in the year of our Lord 1850, signed H.C. Mules, Secretary

1850 Jul 12th. Essex Standard

Saffron Walden Petty Session. Alfred Snow, a boy, of Henham, was charged with seriously injuring, with a stone, Charles Hayden, a child of ten years of age. A little animosity existing between the boys of the respective parish schools at Henham Green and Prison Green, the defendant threw the stone at one of his opponents named James White, while on Henham Green, on Sunday, the 23rd. ult., but it accidently struck the complainant, and its effect was to cause the child's face to bleed profusely. The Bench reprimanded the boy, and fined him in a small penalty with costs (8s. costs), which he was ordered to pay within three weeks.

1850 July 19. Chelmsford Chronicle
Two cottages, at Henham, occupied by James Spruson and William Willett, were, on Monday, destroyed by fire, occasioned by the heating of an oven in an outhouse communicating with the same. They were the property of Henry Brooke, Esq., of Newport, and insured in the County Fire Office.

1850 August 9. Essex Standard
Cricket – Matching Green v. Henham – match played 24th ult., and decided by 1st innings, viz., - Matching 78 Henham 95

1850 Oct 26th. Hertford Mercury and Reformer
SUSPICIOUS CASE. Three brothers, of the name CURTIS, residing at Birchanger, and a girl of the name of STOCK, who cohabits with one of them, were brought before the same magistrates, under the following circumstances. On the 10th. inst., a teg sheep, belonging to Mr. Bowtell, horse dealer, of Henham, was stolen from a field in the occupation of Mrs. Smith of Birchanger............

1851 Feb 14th Essex Standard

Messrs. R.D. & B.T. Thurgood are instructed by Mr. John Houghton, the Proprietor, to SELL by AUCTION, at the Cock Inn, Henham, on Monday, the 3rd of March 1851, at Three o'clock in the Afternoon, in one or more, Lots, as may be determined upon at the time of Sale.

All that very desirable ESTATE, situate in the Village of Henham, as now in his occupation.

1851 May 16th Essex Standard
Henham, Essex. Eligible Cottage Property, to be sold by auction, by Mr. A. Nockolds, At the Cock Inn, Henham, on Friday, May the 30th, 1851, at Three o'clock:

Consisting of a CAPITAL cottage, in two tenements; comprising two lower rooms, butteries, wash house, and three chambers, lath and plaster and thatched, all in fair tenant-able repair; together with large productive Garden; the whole containing 26 poles, more or less, as now in the occupation of Edward Bright.

The above is Copyhold of the Manor of Henham Hall, subject to the customary fines on death or alienation, and paying an annual Quit Rent of 1s 1d.

Further particulars may be obtained on application to Messrs. TAYLOR and FAIRMAN, Solicitors, Bishops Stortford; and of the Auctioneer, Stansted, Essex.

1851 June 27th. Chelmsford Chronicle
The annual examination of the pupils of this school took place at the Town Hall on Friday, the 20th. inst. After a severe and searching examination of the scholars, which lasted upwards of four hours, but which was enlivened by occasional songs. Prizes were then distributed to the under mentioned pupils, who had distinguished themselves in their respective classes; (Henham) Alfred Mumford, extra prize for general attention and good conduct; James Orger, third English.

1851 August 15th. Chelmsford Chronicle
CRICKET. Dunmow v. Henham. The Dunmow Albert cricket club, which was organised late in the last season, and whose members are of a highly respectable class of young farmers in the neighbourhood and tradesmen of Dunmow, played a match with the Henham, on Wednesday week, at the Parsonage Down, Dunmow, and considering that their opponents were no mean hands with the timber, and that their own practice has not yet extended over one season, the skill they evinced was very creditable. The following was the score when time was called: -


1st. innings


2nd. innings

G.F. Collin, b. T. Barnard


b. Davis

Johns, b. I.Livermore


c. Lewsey

Newell, b. T. Barnard


b. Livermore

Marshall, b. I.Livermore



G. Collin, b. T. Barnard


b. Livermore

J. Bush, b. I.Livermore



F. Collin, b. T. Barnard



G. Bush ditto


b. T. Barnard

A.Collin, ditto


c. Lewsey

Spencer, not out


b. Livermore

Bowtell, run out


c. Livermore

byes 4, wide 1


byes 3, wides 4




1st. innings


2nd. innings

Isaac Livermore, b. Newell


c. Newell

cannot read

Davies, c. Marshall


b. Newell

cannot read

Blyth, b. Newell


run out

cannot read

John Livermore, ditto


c. Marshall

cannot read

Tabrum Barnard, b. Johns


b. Johns

cannot read

Cock, c. Marshall


c. Newell

cannot read

Mumford, b. Newell


not out

cannot read

Patmer, ditto


run out

cannot read

Wilton, b. Johns



cannot read

H. Barnard, b. Newell


  cannot read

Stock, not out


not out

cannot read

byes 18, wides 6,


byes 6, wides 3, no balls 1

cannot read


  cannot read

1851 Oct 11th. Hertford Mercury and Reformer

Bishop Stortford Petty Sessions, Oct 9. George Squires, of Henham, Essex, poultry dealer, remanded on bail, appeared to answer a charge of bigamy. Caroline Squires, his wife, appeared to prosecute. Mr. Bowker attended for Squires. Inspector Scott, of the Essex force, stated that he had searched the general registry at Somerset House, and was unable to find that a second marriage had taken place. Mr. Bowker addressed the Bench on behalf of Squires, who was discharged.

1851 Oct 24th Essex Standard
Saffron Walden Agricultural Society. The nineteenth anniversary of this important Society was held on Wednesday last, at Saffron Walden……. The prizes to the labourers and servants were then distributed as under –

Servants non-Agricultural - £ 1 10s to James Barltrop, Henham

Labourers – Large Families – Wife of a non-agricultural servant - £ 1 to Hester, wife of James Barltrop, Henham

1851 Oct 31st. Chelmsford Chronicle - Cricket - August 6th, Dunmow beat Henham by 5 runs

1851 Nov 21st Chelmsford Chronicle
Marriages - At the parish church, St. Marylebone, by the Rev. W.H. Charlton, the Rev. John Chapman, M.A., vicar of Newport, to Elizabeth, widow of the Rev. G.H. Glyn, vicar of Henham, and daughter of the late Joseph Smith, Esq. of Shortgrove Hall, in this county.

1852 Feb 20th Essex Standard
Sheep-stealing at Henham. Abraham White and Thomas Malster, labourers, were indicted for stealing a wether sheep, of the value of 30s., from James Orger, at Henham. The prisoners were undefended. The prosecutor, a butcher and farmer, at Henham, said on the 23rd Jan he had a flock of 69 wether sheep, under the care of Henry Brand; one of them was very badly ruptured. On the 25th. in consequence of information received from Brand, he went to the field, and found that one had been stolen; on the 26th police constable Scott showed him some suet, which he immediately knew to have been taken from a ruptured sheep, and upon his return to the flock he found that the ruptured sheep was gone. He had seen two legs, a saddle, and shoulder of mutton, together with a skin, which was the skin of the ruptured wether, with which the pieces of mutton fitted. The meat, which had recently been killed, was very badly cut..... The Jury found both prisoners Guilty, and they were severally sentenced to seven years transportation.

1852 April 30th Essex Standard
Removal of Convicts – The following transports were removed from Springfield gaol to Milbank prison on Monday last – SEVEN YEARS – Abraham White and Thomas Malster, for stealing sheep, at Henham

1852 May 28th. Chelmsford Chronicle

1.Saffron Walden Petty Session, May 22nd. Summons For A Nuisance.
On the last bench day, Mr. Orger, a butcher in very extensive business, at Henham, was summoned by Mr. Mumford, surveyor of the highways, for having permitted a certain drain to be filled with blood, and not kept clear and cleaned out, near lands in the occupation of the Rev Thomas Canning; but the case was adjourned at this meeting. Mr. Brooks, solicitor, from London, attended to support the charge; and Mr. Wade, of Dunmow, appeared for Mr. Orger. Joshua Ingle, of Elsenham, deposed - that he knew Mr. Orger's premises, in the parish of Henham; blood runs from those premises across the road leading from Henham to Elsenham, in a covered drain, and runs along the road eight or nine rods to Mr. Mumford's ditch, then a dozen rods along the ditch, and down by the side of the road to the water course. It smelt very badly when one passed, and he believed the ditch was injurious to the inhabitants living in the neighbourhood. The Rev. Thomas Canning also deposed, that the ditch was in such a state as to be a nuisance to himself and the inhabitants generally. Mr. Wade briefly cross-examined Ingle. Mr. Brooks thought it would be considered a common nuisance. The Chairman said the question was, whether it was a nuisance which came under the Highway Act. Mr. Brooks was obliged to confess, he thought, that in looking over the Highway Act, that it did not, and therefore it was useless going on with the case; it was another question whether it was not an indictable nuisance. Information dismissed. Counter charge by Mr. Orger that Mr. Mumford, as surveyor for the parish of Elsenham, had neglected his duties in not maintaining that ditch. This information was dismissed. The Chairman added that he considered it was a reflection upon Mr. Orger, to let this valuable stuff thus run away, and recommended him to enlarge his tank, or take some plan for securing it.

1852 June 19 Hertford Mercury
BISHOP STORTFORD UNION. Medical Relief. The Guardians of this Union invite applications from Medical Gentlemen to attend upon and supply all necessary Medicines, and Medical and Surgical appliances from time to time, between the 24th June inst. and the 24th June, 1853 (inclusive), to all such Persons as may be resident in the parishes hereunder enumerated, and who may either be provided with Tickets entitling them on production to Medical Relief for themselves and families, or have an express order for Medical attendance given them by any Relieving Officer, Overseer, or other proper authority, at the following salaries: - ....,Henham £21 5s. ,...

In the case of midwifery, 10s, 6d. will be paid if within two miles of the Medical Officer's residence, and 15s. per case if beyond that distance; the fee will not be paid unless the order for attendance shall have been previously obtained from some person qualified to give the order, except in cases of urgent necessity. One shilling and sixpence for every successful case of vaccination..........

Parishes Salary

1852 August 6th. Chelmsford Chronicle
CRICKET. Henham v. Great Waltham. The return match between the above came off in the park of J.J. Tufnell, Esq., on Tuesday last, which again terminated in favour of Waltham, as under: - Henham, 36 and 35, with 5 wickets to go down, Collin scoring 1 and 8; Johns 9 and 9; Newell 7 and 2; Haiden 8 and 2; &c. - Waltham 71, Robinson marking 34, F. Mead 12, Brand 4, &c.

1853 April 30th Herts Guardian
Samuel Woodcock, of Henham, labourer, pleaded guilty to riding without reins at Birchanger. There were reins to the wheel-horses, but not to the leader. Ordered to pay 8s. fine and costs, or 14 days imprisonment.

1853 August 19. Essex Standard
The Rev. Arthur Horatio Bellman has been presented to the Vicarage of Henham, in this county, vacant by the cession of the Rev. B.D. Hawkins.

1853 Aug 27th. Hertford Mercury.
Hertfordshire Adjourned Quarter Session. Whereas a Petition of THOMAS HEARD, of Henham, in the County of Essex, Wheelwright and Cooper, an INSOLVENT DEBTOR, having been filed in the County Court of Hertfordshire, holden at Bishop's Stortford, in the said county, and an Interim Order for Protection from Process having been given to the said Thomas Heard, under the provisions of the Statutes in that case made and provided, the said Thomas Heard is hereby required to appear in the said Court, to be holden at Bishop's Stortford aforesaid, before the Judge of the said Court, on the 15th day of September next, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon precisely, for his First Examination touching his debts, estate, and effects, and to be further dealt with according to the provisions of the said Statutes: and Notice is hereby given that the choice of Assignees is to take place at the time so appointed. All persons indebted to the said Thomas Heard, or who have any of his effects, are not to pay or deliver the same but to Mr. T. Unwin, the Clerk of the said Court, at his Office at Bishop's Stortford, in the said County.,

1853 Sept 7th Morning Chronicle Insolvent Petitioners - Thomas Heard, of Henham, Essex, wheelwright

1853 Oct 22nd. Herts Guardian
Bishop's Stortford County Court Friday Oct 14th. Insolvent - Thomas Heard, of Henham, wheelwright, being unopposed, obtained his final order.

1853 Dec 23rd Morning Post

In this case some property belonging to the vicarage of Henham, in the county of Essex, had been taken by a railway company, and the purchase money had been paid into court, until some other property could be selected for its investment, the dividends in the meantime to be paid to the Rev. Mr. Hawkins, the vicar – that gentleman having resigned the living.

Mr Glasse now appeared in support of a petition of the new vicar, the Rev. Mr. Belmont, asking for payment of the dividends (2L. 10s.) to him; and also for such alteration of the order as had been rendered necessary by the change of vicars.

Mr. T. Woods, on the part of the railway company, asked that the costs attendant upon this application, and of the alteration of the order, might not be thrown upon the company. Had the order, which, in fact, had been drawn up on the very day of Mr. Hawkin's resignation – viz., 30th of April last – been properly drawn, had it spoken of the vicar, for the time being, and not simply of the Rev. Mr. Hawkins, no alteration of it would have been necessary. The costs occasioned by the improper framing of the order would amount to about 20 L.

The Vice-Chancellor said this was, no doubt, a hard case, but railway companies were bound to pay all costs occasioned by their taking property under their Acts of Parliament. An order had been made directing the dividends to be paid to the then vicar, he undertaking to complete the purchase of new property in lieu of that which had been taken. That vicar resigned, and a new one had been appointed in his place. It became necessary, therefore, to alter the order so as to meet that new state of things, and the expenses of such an alteration were directed by the act to be paid by the railway company.

1854 January 11th Essex Standard
Edward Markwell, 21, labourer, convicted of stealing a pail, the property of William Willett, of Henham, was sentenced to six weeks hard labour. Mr Bushby conducted the prosecution.

1854 April 28th Essex Standard
At Saffron Walden Petty Session on Thursday, (before Richard D. Thurgood, Esq, and S. Fiske, Esq), Louisa Clements, of Henham, was charged by Police Constable Jeavons with using indecent language in the public street. – Police Constable Judd pressed for a conviction in consequence of repeated nuisances of this nature. Fined 20s. and costs 5s., in default of payment committed for one month.

1854 Aug 23rd Essex Standard
Saffron Walden Petty Session August 19. Desertion of Families – James Clements, of Henham, was sentenced to six weeks hard labour for leaving his wife and three children chargeable to that parish. The defendant said he did not desert his family; but they were all starving, so that he was obliged to leave. He himself walked to London with nothing more to sustain him than a half-pint of beer. The Bench told him it was a mistake for him to think that by those circumstances he was driven away, when he might have had relief in the Union work-house.

1854 Aug 27th. Herts Mercury and Observer
Whereas a Petition of Thomas Heard of Henham, in the County of Essex, Wheelwright and Cooper, an INSOLVENT DEBTOR, having been filed in the County Court of Hertfordshire, holden at Bishop Stortford, in the said County, and an Interim Order for Protection from Process having been given to the said Thomas Heard.....

1854 Dec. 8th Essex Standard

List Of Volunteers From The Essex Rifles Who Have Joined Her Majesty's Regular Forces

Scots Fusilier Guards

James Fuller, Henham
Joseph Yarrow, Henham

1855 Jan 10th. Essex Standard
Railway Assessment In Essex (From the Railway Times)

Henham rejoices in possession of the Northern and Eastern sections of the line, and makes good use of the intruder . For 28 acres the company has levied an impost upon it of £250. .16d; for 2,866 acres the inhabitants can induce themselves to contribute no more than £525. 0. 10 1/2d. Plunging into fractions we discover that, while the company is assessed at £8. 19. 13/4d. per acre, the parish itself produces no more for its own poor than 3s. 73/4d per acre. Whatever complaints may exist against the guardians, the overseers, or the union itself, we should imagine that little can be said upon the conduct of the company except that it is absurdly and sinfully supine in submitting to such an infraction of the law of common sense, be the inflexibilities of the Statute of Elizabeth what they may.

1855 Feb 24th Hertford Mercury - Inquest at The Workhouse
On Monday last an inquest was held at the Workhouse, before T. Sworder Esq., coroner, on view of the body of William Brand. The deceased belonged to the parish of Henham, in Essex, and had been an inmate of the Workhouse from the 31st Jan last. He had complained of shortness of breath, but had not been considered seriously ill, until Friday last, when he suddenly expired. Mr. Hawkes, medical officer of the Workhouse, was of opinion that the deceased died from an affection of the heart; and the jury returned a verdict to that effect.

1855 July 11th Essex Standard
Essex Quarter Session Crown Court

Charlotte Neville, 17, and Sarah Neville 19, single-woman, were charged with breaking into the dwelling-house of Newman Willett, and stealing 13s., his property, at Henham on the 22nd of May. The latter prisoner pleaded guilty. Mr Walford prosecuted. Mary Willett, wife of prosecutor, recollected having 13s. safe in a deal box in her house on the 21st May. On the following morning she went to work in the fields, leaving her daughter in the house. The window was fastened when witness left. On going home at 11 o' clock she found the door open, the window unfastened, and the money gone. Ann Willett, the daughter, said she left the house at ½ past nine, when she locked the door and took the key with her. She went to a neighbour's a few rods off, and whilst there she saw the prisoner Charlotte go into her (witness's) mother's premises for some water. Prisoner requested her to go home with her, when prisoner asked her where her brother's money was? On returning home witness found the door open, the window broken, and her mother's box open. Police Constable James Cox also spoke to the state of the house when he went. On going to the prisoner Charlotte she said she was innocent; and afterwards on, being apprehended, she said "If I tell the truth shall I be forgiven?" Witness gave her no answer, and prisoner then said, in the presence of her aunt, that she and her sister went after the water; her sister turned the pail over and got in Willett's window, and she (prisoner) afterwards took a pail of water home. In answer to the charge, prisoner now said "Pray forgive me". She wished her sister to give evidence, and the prisoner Sarah being put into the box, Charlotte asked her "Did you do it Sarah?" to which the latter replied "Yes, and I am sorry for it" – Charlotte. Am I guilty – Sarah. No - In answer to the question the prisoner Sarah added that her sister had none of the money. The Chairman, in summing up, said the question for the Jury to consider was, whether Charlotte was sufficiently cognizant of the robbery to be dealt with as an accessory. The Jury found her Not Guilty. Sarah was sentenced to six months hard labour.

1856 Jan 26th. Hertford Mercury

The Guardians invite applications from Medical Gentlemen, properly qualified, according to the orders and regulations of the Poor Law Board, for the Appointment of MEDICAL OFFICER for the STANSTED District in this Union, comprising the parishes of Stansted, Birchanger, Elsenham, Henham, Manuden, and Ugley. Total Area, 15, 237 acres. Population 4,720.

SALARY, 140L. per annum, with the following FEES in addition, viz. -

MIDWIFERY cases, 10s. 6d. per case, if within two miles of the Medical Offer's residence, and 15s. per case beyond that distance.

VACCINATION, 1s.6d. per successful case under two miles, and 2s. 6d. per case beyond that distance.

AMPUTATIONS, Operations, Fractures, and Trusses, according to the scale laid down by the Poor Law Board.

The Gentleman who may be appointed, will be required to reside at Stansted, and to enter upon the duties of the office as soon after the appointment as possible. Applications, giving full particulars of qualifications and age, to be made in writing, accompanied with testimonials, and forwarded to me on or before TUESDAY, the 5th February next. The Appointment will be made subject to the orders, regulations, and approval of the Poor Law Board. Candidates are not to attend the BOARD until requested to do so.

By order of the BOARD, JOHN D. TAYLOR, Clerk to the Guardians, Bishop Stortford, 24th January, 1856

(You will find information further down showing that medical help was beyond the means of nearly all families - one call out to the other parishes was more than a labouring man's weekly wage)

1856 Sept. 3rd Essex Standard
Thomas and Edward Clarke, two labourers, of Henham, were fined 5s. and costs, for being drunk and disorderly on the night of the 23rd inst.

1857 August 4th. Essex Standard - DEATHS. July 31st., at Henham, aged 69, very highly respected, Mr. James Smith, late of Broctons, Debden, in this county.

1857 Aug 19. Essex Standard
1. DUNMOW. The storms of Thursday and Friday were severe in the north-west part of the county. At Henham a windmill, the property of Mr. Rider, and in the occupation of Mr. Barls, received the shock of lightning on the sails, and one of them was hurled to the ground and dashed to pieces. The tempest was accompanied with heavy rain and hail throughout the district.

2. SAFFRON WALDEN PETTY SESSIONS August 15th. Breach of Contract. James Monk and John Chapman, labourers, of Henham, single men, were summoned by Mr. George Collin, farmer of that place, for breaking their harvest contract. The defendants pleaded that they had not let themselves. Mr. Collin deposed that the defendants applied to him for work; Monk about a week before the 27th July asked him to give him the harvest. Witness told him he would, and he entered upon the farm immediately, with an understanding that he was to continue through the harvest; Chapman had applied a fortnight or 3 weeks before, with the same understanding began harvest on the 27th. July, and had told all the men what they were to have, namely £4..5 and none of them objected - this was for the harvest exclusive of beer; on the following Friday they each received a sovereign, they all took their money and went away peaceably; on the Monday after he was at a wheat cart, and near the stack; witness said "make haste and throw those sheaves on, there's another load standing by"; they both threw down their forks and said they would not work any more: Chapman said he knew where to get a job; and jeering witness and abusing him went away saying they knew he could not punish them, they did not come again till after he had obtained a summons from the magistrate (except to ask for their money), and then they wanted to beg in again, but witness had obtained men in their places; they then offered to pay all expenses. To be committed for two months; and £3.5 each of their wages to be abated.

1858 March 20th. Perry's Bankrupt Gazette
Gazette 12th March 1858 MUMFORD, John, (died Aug, 1856,) farmer, Pledgdon Hall, Henham. Proved debts by April 15. Hearing April 21, twelve, at V.C. Stuart's Chambers, (Mumford v. King)

1858 May 7th Essex Standard
In the Commons, yesterday (Thursday), petitions in favour of legalizing marriage with a deceased wife's sister were presented by Mr. S. WESTERN, from Takeley and Henham, in this county; also, by the same Member, from a medical officer of the Witham Union, praying for increased remuneration for professional services.

1858 June 23rd Essex Standard
At Saffron Walden Petty Session, on Saturday – Philip Dixon, shoemaker, was charged with damaging the thatch of a shed belonging to Mr. E.S. Philbrick, of Henham. It appeared that the damage was the result of a squabble between two rival thatchers, and a material witness not being in attendance the case was dismissed for the present.

1858 Dec 11th. Herts Guardian
Alfred Rushall, veterinary surgeon, (Member of of the Royal Veterinary College), begs to inform the inhabitants of Bishop Stortford and its neighbourhood, that he had made arrangements with the executor of the late Mr. Mynott Titchmarsh for the transfer of the business to himself in a manner compatible with the interests of the Orphan Children. A.R. having been for nine years with the above-named Mr. Mynott Titchmarsh, and Mr. John Titchmarsh, of Henham, solicits a continuance of public patronage and support, which it will be his endeavour to merit by strict attention.

1859 May 28th Herts Guardian

NOTICE. Any person having a Claim on the Estate of the late Emma Titchmarsh, formerly of Henham, must forward the same within 14 days from this date, to Mr. Thomas Titchmarsh, Essex. Bishop's Stortford, May 29, 1859

1859 June 22nd Essex Standard
Saffron Walden Petty Session June 18th

William Davies, labourer, of Ugley, was fined 1s and 8s costs for riding on a waggon without reins.

Joseph Graygoose, labourer, of Henham, was brought up under warrant for committing a breach of the peace by fighting in the public street at Henham on the 21st May last; and was bound in his own recognizance in £ 10 to keep the peace for twelve months.

1859 July 8th Essex Standard

Pursuant to an Order in Chancery, made in a Cause of "Mumford v. King", dated the 24th day of July 1858, with the approbation of the Vice-Chancellor, Sir John Stuart, by Mr. Arthur Nockolds, at the Crown Inn, Henham, in the County of Essex, on Friday, the 15th day of July next, at Three o'clock in the Afternoon precisely,

A VALUABLE PLOT OF FREEHOLD LAND, in Platts Common, containing 3a 2r 35p, or thereabouts; and also a valuable plot of copyhold land, called Platt's Croft, containing 5a 1r 15p, or thereabouts; and also a copyhold double tenement and garden, containing 2r 4p, or thereabouts, and respectively situate in the parish of Henham, in the County of Essex, being part of the Estate of the late Mr. John Mumford, of Henham aforesaid.

1859 July 12th. Herts Guardian
Marriages. On the 21st. ult., at Chertsey, Surrey, Mr. Thomas Young, veterinary surgeon of Dunmow, to Laura, second daughter of Mr. Marshall, of Henham Hall, Essex.

1859 Nov 9 Essex Standard
HENHAM, ESSEX. Valuable Freehold and Copyhold Property, to be sold by auction by Mr. Arthur Nockolds, At the Cock Inn, Henham, on Tuesday, November 15th. 1859, at Three o'clock in the Afternoon, in two lots, by direction of the Proprietor; comprising

Three substantially-erected COTTAGES, advantageously situate in the centre of the village, and in excellent repair, with productive Gardens, and plentiful supply of Water; containing together 0a. 1r. 18p. more or less, producing a rental of £23..5 per annum. Annual Quit-rent, 4d.; Land-tax, 14s., Vicarial Rent-charge, 1sd. per annum

1860 Feb 8th Essex Standard Dunmow Petty Session Feb 6th

Fowl Stealing – George Sales, of Mole Hill Green, Takeley, was charged with stealing fowls, the property of Mr. Joshua Markwell, of Brooms Farm, Henham, on the 25th of January.

Mr. Markwell, son of the prosecutor, deposed that he lived at an off-hand farm called Gant's End, Elsenham, and looked after the farm for his father. Previous to the 24th of January they had there from 90 to 100 fowls, and did not miss any till Police Constable King came to him on the 28th January when he missed several. Had no doubt that those produced by King were his father's property. On Wednesday, January the 25th, between twelve and one o'clock, witness heard a noise, and the dogs barked very much, as if some one was about the premises. Did not know of any one keeping fowls of that breed in the neighbourhood. Police constable King deposed that on the 27th he went to the prisoner's house, and saw two fowls in an open shed in the yard. From what prisoner's mother said he took possession of the fowls. Later in the day he saw the prisoner, and asked him where he got the fowls from; he said he bought and paid for them.; witness asked where, and he replied "that's my business". On the 4th Feb he apprehended the prisoner at Willis's beer shop, at Broxted; told him the charge, and he said very well; on the road afterwards he said "I would sooner suffer myself than say who I bought them of". Committed to prison for 21 days.

1860 June 30th. Herts Guardian
Attractive Small landed Investments. With possession at Michaelmas next. Henham. Mr. Benjamin T. Thurgood, is instructed by the Proprietor, to sell by auction, at the Chequers Inn, Bishop's Stortford, on Thursday, July 5th, 1860, at Three for Four pm in Lots,

The very productive deep stable mixed-soil.. and grass farm, known as 'Little Henham Lodge', situated by the road side, with.. in a mile of the Elsenham Station, and containing.. small Farm-house, Homestall, and 50a. 3r. 11p.. Arable and meadow land. This estate is in the occupation of Mr. Emmanuel Baines, who is under notice to quit at Michaelmas next. It is partly Freehold and the remainder Copyhold. The timber will be included in the purchase. The Land tax is redeemed. Two - thirds of the purchase money may remain.. mortgage if required.

1860 Oct 20th. Herts Guardian
Henham, near Bishop Stortford, Essex. All the excellent LIVE and DEAD FARMSTOCK, clover and grass hay, and ... late the property of John Stallibrass, Esq., deceased... TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION by order of the executors by Mr. William Rand, upon the premises, on Wednesday, October 24th at 10 o'clock.

Comprising twelve powerful young cart horses bred upon the farm and suited for dray purposes; waggons, carts, ploughs, harrows, seed and .., drills, hand thrashing machine, turnip cutters,.. and malt mills, hand tools, harnesses, assortment of brewing utensils, and 2 large stacks - one of red clover, and one stack of grass hay secured.., and a stack of bound straw.

1861 Feb 6th Essex Standard
Colchester Town Hall, Feb 4th. Louisa Clements, 27 years of age, who stated that she came from Henham, near Bishop's Stortford, was charged with being found in a barn on the private property of Mr. Nevill, and with being drunk. The prisoner was found by police - constable Sandle in a very drunken state in the barn at midnight on Saturday, and was brought to the police - station. The Bench ordered her to be seen out of the town, and to have 1s given to her.

1861 Feb 27th Essex Standard
Saffron Walden Petty Session Feb 23rd

James and George Reynolds, brothers, were charged with stealing two land-ditching spades, the property of George Mead and John Ingold, labourers, of Henham, on the 19 inst. James was convicted and sentenced to six weeks hard labour; but the evidence against George was not deemed sufficiently conclusive for his conviction.

1861 July 31st. Essex Standard
Marriages - July 22nd. At All Saints, Southampton, Alfred Lyles Mumford, C.E., of Crewe, Cheshire, son of the late John Mumford Esq., of Pledgedon Hall, Henham, in this county, to Anne Jane Lauretta, eldest daughter of Mr. John Owen, of Tygwyn, Carnarvon, North Wales.

1861 Oct 8th Suffolk Herald
Marriages – On the 1st inst., at Widdington, by the Rev. James C.L. Court, Rector, Mr Ebenezer Cowell, of the Lodge Farm, Henham to Martha, only daughter of Mr. Wm. Perry, of the Hall Farm, Widdington.

1861 Nov 19 Suffolk Herald - Deaths – On the 5th inst, aged 64, Mr. James Orger, Henham, Essex

1862 Jan 10th Essex Standard
ACCIDENT BY FIRE. On Wednesday, at Henham, near Bishop's Stortford, the wife of a labourer names Brand left an infant twelve months in her cottage near the fire, before which was a clothes'-horse with clothes airing. By some means these became ignited, and fell upon the poor child, which was burnt to death. A similar accident occurred in the same parish about the same time to the child of a labourer named Clark which is not expected to recover.

1862 Feb 25th Suffolk Herald
Marriages - On the 18th inst, at Hollington, Sussex, Thomas, the third son of the late Mr. James Orger, of Henham, Essex to Lucy Charlotte, eldest daughter of Mrs J. Green, Hastings.

1862 May 13th Suffolk Herald
On the 8th inst., at St. Margaret's, Ipswich, Mr. H. T. Waterworth, of Colchester, to Ann, fourth and only daughter of the late Mr. J. Ling of Henham.

1862 Aug 2nd Ipswich Journal Marriages
Mr Lewis Newport, of Cambridge, to Alice, only daughter of Mr William Bowtell, of Henham, Essex.

1862 Oct 2nd The Standard

The Meteor of Sept 25th.


Sir, Your Ventnor correspondent makes mention of a very fine meteor being observed by him on Thursday last, Sept 25th, at 6.28pm. Now perhaps it will not be uninteresting for him to know that almost at that exact time I saw a splendid meteor (apparently within a short distance) descending in a westerly direction.

This was in the parish of Oakley, about six miles north of Bishops Stortford. I am quite positive that it must have been just about 6.28 or 6.30, as although I did not look at my watch – yet I could judge the time pretty well from the trains that had passed me on my drive home, and likewise from the time I arrived at Henham. I enclose my card,

And remain, Sir, yours obediently,

Henham, Essex, Sept 30th.

1862 Nov 12th Morning Post - Births – RAWES – On the 6th inst., at Henham Parsonage, Mrs. R.E. Rawes, prematurely of a daughter.

1863 Jan 2nd Essex Standard - SAFFRON WALDEN PETTY SESSION Dec. 27th

Albert and Samuel Snow, labourers, of Elsenham, were summoned for setting snares, in the parish of Henham, on the 10th Dec. – Albert discharged; Samuel fined 1s and 9s costs, or 21 days' imprisonment.

1863 March 27th. Essex Standard - DEATHS, March 22nd., aged 62 years, Mrs. Mary Bush, widow of Mr. James Bush, late of Henham, in this county.

1863 Oct 13th. Herts Guardian
Bishop's Stortford Petty Sessions Oct 8th. Eriza Reed (36), Henham, Essex, was charged with stealing 2 lbs. of bacon, the property of Mr. Robert Clayden, on the 1st inst. The prosecutor withdrew the charge

1863 Oct 29. Essex Standard - Marriages - At Henham, by the Rev. A.H. Belman, Mr. Charles Marshall, of Little Henham Hall, to Mary Ann, only daughter of the late Mr. James Bush, of Bacon's Farm.

1863 Nov 17th Suffolk Herald
Married – On the 7th inst., at St. Mary's, Plaistow, Mr. W.H. Winmill, of Plaistow, Essex, to Fanny Sarah, only surviving daughter of the late John Mumford, Esq of Pledgedon Hall, Henham in the same county.

1864 Feb 12th Chelmsford Chronicle.
Saffron Walden Petty Session. William Willett, of Henham, labourer, and Charles Baynes, of Broxted, labourer, appeared to summonses charging them with trespassing in search of rabbits on the land of Messrs. John and Ebenezer Cowell, at Henham, on the 23rd. Jan, but the cases against each were dismissed.

1864 Feb 24th Essex Stansted - SAFFRON WALDEN PETTY SESSION Feb 20th.

Joseph Staines, Alfred Neville, Charles Neville, and William Sage, young labourers, of Henham were summoned for being drunk and neglecting the work of their master, Mr. G.F. Collin, farmer, of the same place, on the 13th inst – Staines only appeared, and was fined 5s. and costs, Mr. Collins not pressing for a severe punishment. Warrants were issued for the apprehension of the other defendants.

1864 April 27th. Essex Standard - Marriages - April 14th., at the Independent Chapel, Little Hadham, Mr. Joseph Houghton, of Henham, to Mary, daughter of Mr. John Saxby, of Little Hadham.

1864 May 20th. Chelmsford Chronicle. Local Petitions. In the Commons, on Friday, praying for the repeal of the malt tax, by Mr. Du Cane, from the inhabitants of Henham, Saffron Walden, and four other parishes in Essex

1864 July 29 Essex Standard - SAFFRON WALDEN PETTY SESSION July 23rd. William Green, labourer, of Thaxted, was fined 3s. with 5s costs for riding on a waggon drawn by four horses without reins at Henham on the 7th.

1864 August 5th. Chelmsford Chronicle - DEATHS. J.J. Mumford, Esq., on 11th May, at Durban, late of Pledgedon Hall, Henham, in this county

1864 August 12th. Essex Standard - Robert Clarke, labourer, of Henham, was fined 2s. and 8s. costs, for being drunk and riotous in the public street, on the 30th July, John Bentley, labourer, was summoned for riding without reins in a waggon drawn by horses on the highway at Henham, on the 1st August. Fined 5s. and 5s. costs, or 21 day's hard labour.

1864 Oct 21st. Chelmsford Chronicle - New Congregational Church, Stansted Mountfitchet. Drawings of the intended building, prepared by the architect, Mr. Jasper Cowell, formerly of Henham, now of Tyndal Place, Islington

1864 Oct 28th. Chelmsford Chronicle
Whereas William Mumford, of Elsenham, in the county of Essex, and Mary Ann Orger, of Henham, in the same county, widow, being respectively interested under the provisions of "The Acts for the Inclosure, Exchange, and Improvement of Lands" in the Lands and Hereditaments set forth in the Schedule hereunder written, with the easements and appurtenances thereunto belonging, and being desirous of effecting an exchange of the same, have made application, in writing, to the Inclosure Commissioners for England and Wales, to direct inquiries whether such proposed exchange would be beneficial to the owners of such Lands and Hereditaments, and to proceed with the same under the provisions of the said Acts.

The Schedule To Which The Foregoing Notice Refers

Land and Hereditaments in which the above - named William Mumford is interested, situate in the parish of Henham, in the county of Essex, and proposed to be exchanged for the Land and Hereditaments hereinafter specified.

No. 562 on Tithe Map, further description = Further Alders, in his own occupation, 0a. 3r. 30p.

Land and Hereditaments in which the above - named Mary Ann Orger is interested, situate in the parish of Henham, in the county of Essex, and proposed to be exchanged for the Land and Hereditaments hereinafter specified.

No. 501 on Tithe map, further description = Cracks Ley, in the occupation of George Orger, 1a. 3r. 0p.

Witness my hand this 22nd. day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixty-four.

H. Pyne, By Order of the Board.

1865 Feb 28th Suffolk Herald
Deaths – On the 20th. inst., at Old Mead, Henham, Essex, in her 78th. year, Susan, widow of William Canning, late that place.

1866 June 26th. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser
Messrs Cobb have received instructions to sell by auction, at the London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street, London, on Friday the 29 day of June 1866, at twelve for one o'clock, in one lot, a most compact and valuable property, known as the Oakley Hall Estate, containing 624a. 0r. 32p. of excellent arable and of pasture land, nicely timbered, divided into two farms, called Oakley Hall and North Hall, comprising a convenient residence, close to the church, called Oakley Hall, suitable for a gentleman's family; also a farmhouse, homesteads, and labourers' cottages.

The whole is freehold, with the exception of about 12 acres copyhold of the manor of Henham, and is in good order and repair, situate in the parishes of Oakley and Henham, close to the turnpike road to Cambridge, about five miles from the Bishops Stortford and two miles from the Elsenham stations of the Great Eastern Railway. Situate as this property is in one of the best farming and sporting countries near London, from which it is distant little more than an hour's journey by railway, it is most desirable either for investment or occupation.

Mr. J.G. Robinson and Mr. Beard are now the occupiers. They are highly respectable and responsible tenants, but their terms will expire at Michaelmas next, when, if required, possession can be had. Particulars, with plans, may be had at the Railway Hotel, Bishops Stortford; at the London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street ......

1866 August 7th Suffolk Herald
DEATHS – On the 1st. inst., at Henham, Essex, in her 6th. year, Charlotte Langdon, daughter of George F. and Elizabeth B. Collin

1866 Sept 4th. Bury & Norwich Post
Saffron Walden Petty Sessions, on 18th. inst., James Neville, labourer, of Henham, a witness in a poaching trial where offence committed near Quendon.

1867 April 20th Herts Guardian
Bishop Stortford County Court April 10th. Thomas Holgate v. Ezra Mynott. The action was for £9 1s. 6d. balance of account, and the dispute was whether or not defendant agreed to buy the good-will of a wind-mill, at Henham, Essex, of the plaintiff. The mill was a grist-mill, and plaintiff had made a small flour trade to it. Defendant had been in his service for a short time; and plaintiff, defendant, and defendant's father met to talk the matter over. When plaintiff asked £10 for the good-will, but defendant and his father, a miller who said it is not usual to pay for the good-will of a grist mill, "strenuously" objected as plaintiff was to keep the flour trade, and now carries it on next door which however is half a mile off.....Judgement for plaintiff for £9 1s. 6d. in 14 days. His Honour thought plaintiff had not acted in a business-like way, and that the defendant was to blame for going into the mill without a clear understanding. Only the court fees were allowed.

1867 18th Sep The Times
This ‘Gazette’ contains notice that the following place has been duly authorised the solemnization of marriages therein: - Henham Independent Chapel, Henham, Essex.

1867 Oct. 2nd Essex Standard
At Saffron Walden Petty Session, on Saturday -

John Sage, labourer, of Henham, appeared to a summons for assaulting Julia Ann Coston, at the same place, on the 13th ult. The evidence disclosed facts of a more serious nature than related to a common assault; and the Bench sentenced the offender to 21 days hard labour, without the option of paying a fine.

1868 March 4th Essex Standard
Saffron Walden Petty Session Feb. 29.

Charles Bush, labourer, of Henham, was summoned for using a snare for taking a hare at the same place on the 12th.ult. Fined £5 and 10s costs, or three months' hard labour.

1868 March 20th. Essex Standard

Saffron Walden Petty Session on Saturday

The license of the Star public-house, at Henham, was transferred from Mrs. Dommett to Edward Salmon.

Debden – Food For Fever

It appears that the neighbourhood of Terling is only somewhat worse than some other parishes in Essex with regard to water. It is a fact that in the village of Debden, containing at least 500 inhabitants (the parish contains upwards of 900) there is no pump of water whatever, and only one well, and that only 25 feet deep, and continually receiving surface water. The principal number of the inhabitants, tradesmen, and cottagers, drink water from a pond in which ducks are continually swimming, after coming from the most filthy neighbouring ditches; and often in the summer months that pond is dry and the well locked up, during which time the people of the village are obliged to go from a quarter to half a mile to get water for drinking purposes. An attempt was made by the Vicar to procure better water by the aid of an American pump, but the soil was too much of the character of clay, and no good effect followed these commendable efforts. Fever of rather an alarming nature is floating about within 3 miles of Debden village, but hitherto it has providentially escaped such a visitation.

1868 June 11th. The Morning Post
Deaths – Collin – on the 8th. inst., at Henham, Essex, Florence Mary, second daughter of Mr. G. Collin, aged thirteen years

1869 April 9 Essex Standard
Case Postponed – No bill was submitted to the Grand Jury in the case of George Barker, labourer, Henham, charged with unlawfully wounding James Pratt, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm, and the case was remitted to the Assize.

1869 July 16th Essex Standard
Essex Summer Assize - Crown Court - Third Court - This Day before Mr. Hawkins, Q,C,

George Barker, labourer, was indicted for feloniously wounding James Pratt, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm, at Henham, on the 25th March. Mr. Walford prosecuted.

The case was a very simple one. The prosecutor, a young man, was returning home, and was joined by the prisoner, a mere lad, who commenced swearing and calling names, besides using various threats. He then without any provocation stabbed prosecutor on the right side, just below the shoulder bone, with a pocket knife. It did not appear that there had been a previous quarrel or that the prisoner was intoxicated. The learned Judge having summed up, the Jury found the prisoner Guilty, and he was sentenced to 12 month's hard labour.

1870 Feb 5th Essex Newsman
Saffron Walden Petty Session Jan 29. Robert Salmon, labourer, Henham, was charged with trespassing in search of rabbits on land occupied by Mr. G.Collins, of Henham, on Jan 27th. Defendant pleaded guilty. Fined 1s. and 9s. costs, or seven days.

1870 May 13th. Essex Standard
Essex Adjourned Session - The Adjourned Quarter Session will be held at the Shire Hall on Tuesday next, the 17th. inst. Thirteen prisoners are already committed for trial. Their names and the offences for which they are committed are as under: - James Little, stealing £40 at Henham.

1870 May 21st. Essex Halfpenny Newsman
Essex Quarter Session, at the Shire Hall, Chelmsford, Thursday last - Pleaded guilty - James Little pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing £40 from the house of his father, James Little, at Henham, on the 30th March. Sentenced to 12 month's hard labour.

1871 Feb 18th. Essex Newsman - DEATHS. 11th. inst., Thomas Halsted, after a short illness, of Pembroke Cottage, Henham, Essex, and late of Norton Folgate, aged 68 years.

1871 May 19. Essex Standard
Robbery of Money - George Barker, 19, sawyer, was charged with stealing 11s, the property of Edward Clark, at Henham, on the 20th April. Mr. Walford prosecuted. The Jury found the prisoner Guilty, and having been previously convicted, he was sentenced to seven years penal servitude.

1871 May 20th. The Halfpenny Newsman
George Barker, 19, sawyer, was indicted for stealing 11s, the property of Edward Clark, at Henham, on the 20th April. The prisoner slept at the house of the prosecutor on the night in question. The money was stolen from the room occupied by the prosecutor and his wife. When taken into custody he said he had taken 9s. 6d and had spent it. He had previously been convicted and the chairman sentenced him to seven years penal servitude.

1873 Feb 25th Suffolk Herald - Deaths - On the 20th. inst., aged 67, Mary Ann, relict of James Orger, of Henham.

1873 July 19. Essex Newsman - Marriages, 10th. inst., at Great Dunmow, by the Rev. W.L. Scott, Mr. James Smith, late of Henham, to Lydia, only daughter of Mr. W. Low, White Lion Hotel, Dunmow

1873 Sept 13th. Essex Newsman - Marriages, 6th. inst., at St. Giles's Camberwell, William Maynard, of Dulwich, to Elizabeth, fourth daughter of the late John Barker, of Henham, Essex.

1874 April 4th Essex Newsman
Dunmow Petty Sessions, March 30th., William Camp, of Henham, labourer, was charged using a snare for the purpose of taking game on land occupied by Thomas Joyce, at Chickney, on the 17th. of Feb. The case was proved by William Camp. Fined £2 and costs 14s. 6d., or two months hard labour. Money paid.

1874 Sept. 18th. Essex Standard
Waste Lands in Essex. An important return has just been made of common field lands in England and Wales remaining unenclosed, so far as can be ascertained from the documents in the office of the Inclosure and Tithe Commissioners. The proportion of common returned as suitable for ordinary cultivation has been estimated, in compliance with the desire of the Secretary of State, as far as practicable from the character of the adjacent lands as shown upon the tithe maps. Much, however, of it is probably of inferior quality, or would be costly to bring into cultivation. The return has been compiled from the best sources, but the extent of common land is probably under rather than over estimated. This return will supersede that issued in 1843.

Area of Common Field Lands - Elsenham 16 acres, Henham 130 acres

1874 Dec 14th. Morning Post - Deaths - Collin, on the 10th inst., Elizabeth Bailey, wife of G.F. Collin, Henham, Essex.

1875 July 20th. Bury and Norwich Post
EASTERN COUNTIES ' ASYLUM FOR IDIOTS - Jethro Knight, of Henham, Essex was an unsuccessful candidate in an afternoon poll for this institution.

1875 18th Dec Ipswich Journal Deaths
Canning 12th inst., at Old Mead, Henham, Essex, John Canning, the second son of the late William and Susan Canning, of that place, aged 66 years

1876 Jan 5th. Chelmsford Chronicle - Marriages - 25th.ult., at the Independent Chapel, Henham, Samuel Chipperfield of Toppesfield, to Harriet Jane, youngest daughter of the Rev. D. Grigsby

1876 Feb 25th. Chelmsford Chronicle - DEATHS - Markwell, on the 12th. inst., at Henham, Penelope, daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Markwell, aged six months.

1876 March 24th. Chelmsford Chronicle
SITUATION WANTED as GARDENER (Head or Good Single-handed); married; well-experienced with flowers, fruit, vines, and vegetables. R.H. , Henham, Bishop Stortford

1876 June 9 Chelmsford Chronicle
Mr. Cheffins will sell by auction, on Thursday, June 29 1876, at Three for Four o'clock, at the George Hotel, Bishop's Stortford, by direction of the Trustees of the late Mr. John Emson

A field of accommodation land, and two cottages, with large gardens adjoining, and containing together nearly two acres, situate in Henham, near the church, fronting the road leading from Henham to Chickney;

1876 June 9. Chelmsford Chronicle. Register of forthcoming sales by auction.

June 29 Henham, dwelling - house and garden Mr. Cheffins
June 29. Henham &c., land and cottage property Mr. Cheffins

1876 July 15th Ipswich Journal - Eastern Counties’ Asylum for Idiots and Imbeciles, Essex Hall, Colchester

The Thirty-fifth Election of Inmates of this Institution took place at the Corn Exchange, Romford, on Tuesday, 11th July, 1876. The Rev. W J Skelton, Rector of St. Andrews’, Romford, in the Chair. The following were the successful candidates: - Election for five years - Knight, Jethro, Henham, Essex

1877 Jan 5th Essex Standard
By Order of the Mortgagee, Henham Green Farm, Essex. About 2 miles from Elsenham, 4 from Newport, and 7 from Bishop's Stortford.

Mr. H.H. Wheatley has received instructions to sell by auction, on Wednesday next, Jan 10th 1877, at Twelve o'clock punctually, the whole of the live and dead farming stock, crops, implements, and effects consisting of 4 capital cart horses, 3 cows (forward in calf), donkey, geese, turkeys, and fowls, waggons, carts, spring dog-cart, 4-horse power cutting machine, with steam power, 5 tons of hay, stacks of wheat, barley, and oat straw, several tons of mangold and swedes, and all the modern furniture, comprising bedsteads, feather beds, bedding, mahogany and other chests of drawers, mahogany dining-room chairs covered in leather, carpets, and other effects, which can be viewed on the day previous, and catalogue obtained on the premises, or by post from the Auctioneer, 15, Cranbourne Street, Leicester Square, London W.C.

1879 Feb 7th. Chelmsford Chronicle
Dunmow Petty Session Feb 3rd., Arthur Clark, of Henham, was committed on the 6th Jan last for want of finding sureties for six months. Two sureties now appeared, and having entered into the required recognizances, they were informed that defendant would be released on the expiration of the sentence of one month's hard labour which he was undergoing for game trespass.

1878 Feb 28th. Chelmsford Chronicle
DEATHS - Feb 20th, John Prior, at Henham, colt breaker, aged 60 yrs

1878 March 23rd. Essex Newsman
Walter Brooks, 12, a schoolboy, was indicted for maliciously setting fire to the dwelling-house of John Knight, at Henham, on the 9 Feb. Mr. C.E. Jones was instructed for the prosecution. His Lordship said the prisoner was presumed not to know right from wrong under the age of 14. Mr. Jones said he was afraid he could not show sufficient malice, and by the direction of the Judge the jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and the boy was discharged with a caution.

1878 April 5th Essex Standard and Essex Newsman April 6th 1878
FIRE - On Thursday afternoon a fire occurred at Henham, and a considerable amount of property was destroyed. A spark from a threshing machine ignited the thatched roof of a large barn (one of the largest in the county and was built by Mr. Edward Philbrick, of Dunmow, for the storage of oak bark) the property of Mr. Samuel Scruby, containing the produce of thirty acres of wheat, and there being a strong wind blowing at the time, notwithstanding every exertion the building and its contents (including the drum of the threshing machine) was burnt, and the flames communicated to the barn, sheds, cowhouses, and piggeries on the adjoining farm (the property of the executors of the late Mr. James Smith and now in the occupation of Mr. John Newman) which were also destroyed. The villagers had now assembled in large numbers and with P.C/ Bell were eager to render any assistance they could, bringing pails with them. All the animals were got away in safety. The farmhouse was only saved by smashing down the dairies and thus cutting it off from the other buildings. The property was insured. Some of the cottagers living near brought their furniture on to the green, fearful lest their own homes might share a similar fate, but fortunately they escaped.

1879 March 11th. Suffolk Herald - DEATHS, on the 5th inst., at Saffron Walden, aged 86, Sarah, widow of Peter Cowell, of that town, and formerly of Henham.

1879 April 1st. Bury and Norwich Post
ESSEX. DEATHS - on the 26th ult., at Old Mead, Henham, Essex, in her 60th year, Mary Elizabeth Canning, third daughter of the late William and Susan Canning, of that place.

1879 May 17th. Essex Standard
From The London Gazette, Tuesday, May 13th. Declaration of Dividend. Watson, J.E., Henham Green, near Bishop Stortford, farmer - a dividend of 5s. 6d. , at the offices of Messrs. J. Bath and Son, 12, St. Benet Place, Gracechurch Street, London.

1879 July 11th. Chelmsford Chronicle
HENHAM. Accidental Death. On Tuesday Mr. Lewis held an enquiry at the Crown Inn, Henham, as to the death of James Woodard, 34, a section signalman in the employment of the Great Eastern Railway Company. On Saturday evening he had to go to Elsenham station to enter upon his duties. Instead of proceeding there by a passenger train, he took advantage of a fast goods down train which calls at Bishop Stortford, but is not timed to stop at Elsenham. The driver allowed him to travel on the engine, and as the train approached Elsenham station the speed was slackened, the driver intending to pull up momentarily to allow Woodard the opportunity to get off. While the driver's back was turned, Woodard descended into the 'six-foot' way. He slipped, however and one of the trucks striking against his head, killed him. A verdict of "accidental death" was returned.

1879 July 25th. Chelmsford Chronicle - DEATHS,

GRIGSBY, on the 12th. inst., at Henham, near Bishop Stortford, Susannah, the wife of the Rev. D. Grigsby, in her 68th. year

Ann Rice, 17th. July, at Henham, aged 69 years

1879 Aug 22nd Chelmsford Chronicle Marriages Aug 16th., at Henham parish church, William Dennison, to Hester Dennison, of Henham

1879 Sep 12th. Chelmsford Chronicle - DEATHS - on Sept 8th., Hester Sage, of Henham, aged 71 years

1879 Dec 5th.Chelmsford Chronicle - DEATHS - on Dec 21st, at Henham, James Rice, shoemaker, aged 29 years

1880 Jan 10th. Chelmsford Chronicle
Marriages, Dec. 25th. at Stansted church, Charles Blackwell to Martha Camp of Henham
Deaths. on the 27th ult., at Henham Hall, Mary Ann, the beloved wife of Charles Marshall, aged 41 years.

1880 Jan 16th. Chelmsford Chronicle
Three freehold cottages and plot of fertile garden ground, containing together 1a. 0r. 24p; in the occupation of George Wiffen, David Turner, and John Wiffen, situate at Patmore End, in the parish of Oakley, forming an extensive frontage to the road leading to Henham, and adjoining property belonging to J. Judd, Esq., and Mrs. Chamberlayne .

1880 Jan 23rd. Chelmsford Chronicle
ACTION FOR DAMAGES AGAINST THE G.E.R. At the Bishop Stortford County Court on Tuesday, Mr. Ebenezer Cowell, of Henham Lodge Farm, sued the Great Eastern Railway Company for £5, damage done to a fat beast in transit through the defendant's alleged negligence. Mr. Peagram, who appeared for the plaintiff, said the action was brought to recover £5 for loss sustained by plaintiff through the negligent carriage of a fat beast from Elsenham station to Maiden Lane. On the 11th. May last plaintiff sent two fat beasts by train. They were accompanied on a part of the journey by four other beasts, and during the time they were on the railway the beasts attacked each other in some form and one of the plaintiff's beasts got its leg broken. Mr. Andrews (who defended) said it was simply a question of how the damage arose. He admitted the fact that the amount claimed was moderate. For the defence, witnesses were called to prove the truck was conveyed to its destination with all due care. and that there was no 'rough shunting'. His Honour gave judgement in favour of defendants, holding that no negligence had been shown on their part.

1880 Feb 20th Chelmsford Chronicle
Pursuant to an Order of the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, made in the matter of the estate of James Cotterell deceased and in a cause WARD against COTTERELL late of Sams Cottage, Henham, in the county of Essex who died in or about the month of January 1875 are on or before the 9 day of March 1880 to send by post prepaid to Joseph Francis Swan of the firm Swann and Co., of No. 38, Chancery Lane in the county of Middlesex, the solicitors of the defendant, the executrix of the deceased, their christian and surnames, addresses and descriptions the full particulars of their claims, a statement of their accounts and the nature of their securities (if any) held by them or in default thereof they will be peremptorily excluded from the benefit of the said Order.

1880 April 10th Essex Newsman - DEATHS - April 7th., William Sage, at Henham, aged 74 years

1880 April 24th. Essex Newsman Saffron Walden (County) April 17th - James Bartrop, charged with stealing two quarts of peas, value 4d., the property of his master, Mr. Charles Marshall, at Little Henham Hall, pleaded guilty, and was fined £1 10s., including costs.

1880 May 8th. Essex Newsman - Marriages - April 14th., at Henham parish church, William Dixon to Martha Sprusen, of Henham

1880 May 15th. Essex Newsman - DEATHS, May 6th., Lucy Sage, of Henham, aged 27 years

1880 May 22nd. Essex Newsman - Marriages, May 17th, at Henham church, Thomas Bush to Mary Carr, of Henham

1880 June 12th. Essex Newsman - DEATHS.
May 29., ....Dennison, of Henham, aged 36 hours
June 5th., Elizabeth Sarah Dennison, of Henham, aged 20 years

1880 July 2nd Chelmsford Chronicle
Royal Farmers' Company, No.3, Norfolk Street, Strand, London, Insures wheat, barley, oats, beans, peas and other crops against loss by hail storms at £5 per acre; Agent: Thomas H. Ward, Bacon's Farm, Henham, Essex

1880 Aug 7th. Essex Newsman - DEATHS. Aug 2nd., Emma Brand, of Henham, aged 24 yrs

1880 Aug 21st. Essex Newsman - DEATHS. Aug 9., Abraham Tant, of Henham, labourer, aged 41 years

1880 Sept 4th. Essex Newsman - DEATHS. Aug 26th., Robert Mumford, of Henham, aged 8 months

1880 Nov 6th. Essex Newsman - DEATHS.
Oct. 25th, Eve Dixon, of Henham, aged 71 yrs.
Nov 2nd, Anne Martha Blake, of Henham, aged 1 1/2 yrs.

1880 Nov 26th. Chelmsford Chronicle - DEATHS. Nov 20th., Mary Ann Turner, of Henham, aged 41 yrs.

1880 Dec 11th. The Halfpenny Newsman - DEATHS. Jan 26th. at Henham, Elizabeth Westwood, widow, aged 92 years

1881 Jan 8th Essex Newsman. Marriages - Dec. 25th. at Ugley parish church, George Gyver, of Ugley to Mary Ann Brooks, of Henham

1881 March 26th Essex Standard
Dunmow Petty Session March 21st. George Monk, labourer, of Broxted, was charged by Henry Mills, gamekeeper, Henham, with using snares for the purpose of taking game at Broxted, on Sunday 6th March, Defendant did not appear. Fined 20s, costs 12s.; in default, one month's hard labour.

1881 April 22nd. Chelmsford Chronicle 1881 Census for Henham: 407 males, 404 females, total 811

1881 June 11th Essex Newsman DEATHS - May 29 - Emma Mead, aged 39 years

1881 Dec 9. Chelmsford Chronicle
Stanley W. Smith, auctioneer & public house broker, Bishop's Stortford, Has an Immediate Disposal snug little village PUBLIC known as the 'Star', Henham, with large orchard, land, and stable. Incoming very easy by valuation.

1882 Jan 28th. Essex Newsman - DEATHS - Jan 6th. - Thomas Warner, labourer, aged 70 years

1882 Feb 18th. Chelmsford Chronicle - DEATHS - 8th Feb, Mary Mead, aged 66 years

1882 May 6th Essex Newsman
FATAL ACCIDENT. an inquest was held at the Saffron Walden Hospital, on Saturday morning last, before Mr. J.G. Bellingham, deputy coroner, on the body of George Rickett, aged 37, a labourer, in the employ of Mr. Thomas Newport, of Prior's Hall, Henham.

Mr. N. Starling was foreman of the jury - Mrs. Rickett deposed that she lived at Widdington; the deceased was her son and would have been 38 next July; he was a widower; he died about quarter past one on Friday morning.

George Salmon, living at Widdington, farm labourer, deposed: I left Widdington with George Rickett, on Thursday morning, about five o'clock; we went to Bishop's Stortford for some malt, with an empty wagon, drawn by four horses; we got to Stortford about nine o'clock; we loaded up the wagon with the malt; it was a usual load; we started off home very soon after we had finished loading; we had a pot of beer amongst three of us with our breakfast at Stansted; we were at Stansted about twelve o'clock; after we left Stansted we stopped at the Stag, Oakley, and had another pot of beer among us; another man with us was named Bentley; he had a wagon and two horses; just after we passed the Chequers the deceased got up on to the forepart of the wagon to see if the sacks were all right; he did not stop the horses to do this;he fell in getting down, one foot slipping off the shaft; his legs were under the wagon, and the fore wheel went over him; I cannot say whether his foot actually rested on the shaft at all; I was walking by the side of the horses, and directly I saw him fall I stopped the horses; when I stopped them the deceased was lying between the front and hind wheels on the off side; I have never seen him the worse for drink, and I am sure he was not at the time; I have worked with him about three years; it was a single-shaft wagon; Bentley ran up and helped to move deceased; we placed him on the side of the road; we then went to the blacksmith's shop for help; a light spring cart was obtained from the Rev. Mr. Crossley, and the deceased was lifted into it, and I understood brought to Saffron Walden Hospital; he did not say anything while under the wagon.

Mr Jones, surgeon, deposed that the immediate cause of death was internal haemorrhage, in his opinion produced by the rupture of a large organ, probably the spleen. Alfred Bentley corroborated the evidence of the witness Salmon. The deputy - coroner having summed up, a verdict of "Accidental death" was returned.

1882 May 24th. Liverpool Mercury Petitions For Liquidation By Arrangement Jabez Cartwright, Henham, Essex, grocer and draper

1882 May 27th. Essex Newsman. DEATHS - Mary Yarrow, widow, aged 85 years

1882 June 30th. Chelmsford Chronicle. DEATHS - 21st.June, John Rickett, labourer, aged 73 years

1882 August 4th. Chelmsford Chronicle. DEATHS - 29 July, Frederick Smith, aged 10 years.

1882 Nov 4th. The Newsman
The addition To The Churchyard At Henham - Consecration by the Bishop. On Sunday, the 22nd ult., the Bishop of St. Albans paid a second visit to the church of this parish for the purpose of consecrating the piece of ground which has recently been added to the churchyard.

1883 Jan 6th. The Newsman
THE FATAL ACCIDENT AT ELSENHAM STATION. Rebecca Lindsell, a young woman, was struck by the Doncaster express and instantly killed. The inquest on the body of the unfortunate young woman was held on Saturday afternoon last, at the Crown Inn, Henham. William Tyrrell, the lover, who was the first witness, said, "I am a painter, at Thaxted; deceased was a single person and 25 years old; on Wednesday evening last my brother drove her and me over to Elsenham railway station from Thaxted; I was going to London by the 8.42 pm train; I got out of the cart first and helped her down; she directly ran through the little side gate and crossed over the line to the up platform; I saw a train coming and I saw that she got onto the lower part of the platform before the train passed; I called to her to come back, but she kept on; directly the train had passed I crossed over and found her lying on the platform; the station master and one of the porters came directly, just as I was picking her up; she was quite dead; she was lying on her back, her feet nearest the edge of her platform.

Mr. Fitzjohn, the station master, said he was in his office, and heard the party drive up; the Doncaster express up train was signalled, and he heard the whistle of the engine when the train was within 200 or 300 yards of the level crossing; at the same time he heard a confusion of voices calling someone back, and he felt convinced something had happened; he hastened out and saw Tyrrell raising the deceased on the up platform; his opinion was that the deceased was just in the act of stepping off the line onto the incline which leads to the up platform, when some projecting part of the engine struck her on the back of the head, and that the blow and the draft of air caused by the motion of the train carried her to where she was picked up; no portion of her dress was torn, nor was there any part of her body injured except her head.

William Peck, a porter, said he stood close to the gate when deceased passed through. and when he saw her running across the line he called out "Hi, don't cross, the express is coming;" he only saw her as far as the "six-foot". .... The Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death". The Coroner said the up platform wanted widening, and an opinion was expressed by some of the jurors as to the desirability of locking the side as well as the road gates at the level crossing when trains are signalled, thus stopping all public traffic at such times.

1883 Feb 10th. Tamworth Herald
Walter Gilbey, of Elsenham Hall, Essex, was murderously assaulted early on Friday morning by poachers, in Prism Wood, Henham. His assailants escaped.

1883 Feb 24th Ipswich Journal
The Quarter Sessions - On Tuesday the adjourned Quarter Sessions for the county were held at Chelmsford. In the criminal court Charles Clarke, a shepherd, was indicted for stealing three lambs, the property of his employer, Mr. Thomas Newport, at Henham; and George Turner and Tim Bush were each charged with receiving one of the lambs, knowing it to have been stolen. Clarke was sentenced to six week's hard labour, Turner and Bush were acquitted.

1883 March 3rd. The Newsman - DEATHS. At Henham, Emily Snow, aged 16 years.

1883 March 10th. The Newsman
March 5th. DUNMOW. Chickney - George Monk, Arthur Carr, of Braxted, and Walter Matthews, of Takeley, labourers, were summoned by Henry Mills, of Henham, gamekeeper to Mr. Walter Gilbey, for unlawfully using four snares, for the purpose of taking game, at Chickney, on the 19. Feb. The defendants pleaded not guilty. The case was proved by the keeper Mills, and the defendants were each fined 13s. 8d., and costs 6s. 4d. Carer and Matthews were allowed fourteen days to pay; Monk was committed for one month's hard labour.

1883 April 14th. The Newsman
FOWL STEALING AND SPEEDY CAPTURE OF THE THIEVES AT THAXTED. During Friday night 13 Brahma pullets and a Brahma cock, valued at 3s. 6d. each, were stolen from the fowlhouse of Mr. Thomas Brooks, of Folly Mill Farm, Thaxted. For some days previous to the robbery a number of hay and straw binders had been engaged on Mr. Brooks's premises, and their engagement terminated on Friday last. After leaving their work they went to a beerhouse at Thaxted, where they remained until nearly 11 o'clock. As they had to pass Mr. Brooks's farm on their way home, they were suspected by the police, and Sergeant Hitch and P.C. Law followed them to Henham, where they live. The cottage of Charles Savill, of Prison green, Henham, was searched.... John Savill, son of Charles, apprehended and charged with taking part in the robbery, The Savills have openly resided at Henham for about 12 months. they formerly lived at Bell Common, near Epping where Charles carried on the business of a chimney sweep. Both pleaded guilty. Charles sentenced to four calendar months hard labour and John to one day's imprisonment.

1883 July 7th. The Newsman - DEATHS. At Henham, Rose Hannah Cockle, aged 7 months.

1883 August 18th The Newsman - DEATHS. At Henham, Jane Turner, aged 62 years.

1883 August 25th. The Newsman
BROXTED :FOWL STEALING - James Monk, labourer, late of Broxted, was brought up in custody, having been apprehended by P.C. Smith, on the 17th. inst., charged with stealing one hen and thirteen chickens, the property of Mr. Thomas Philbrick Scruby, of Moor-end, Broxted, on the 20th. April 1880. A few days after the hen and chickens had been stolen, information was given to P.C. Law, then stationed at Broxted, who made inquiries and discovered that the stolen poultry had been sold to Charles Parish, formerly landlord of the Queen Victoria Inn, at Dunmow, but now keeping a beerhouse at Stansted Mountfitchet. The prisoner absconded and was not heard of until he was apprehended at Henham on the 17th. August last. The case was proved by the prosecutor, P.C. Law, and P.C. Smith. As the costs were very heavy - £1. 19s. 6d. - the prisoner was only fined 6d., and was ordered to pay the costs, or in default to undergo one month's hard labour. he paid part of the money, and was allowed time to pay the balance.

1883 Oct 27th. The Newsman
Broxted: TIMBER STEALING - James Reynolds, labourer, of Plegden-green, Henham, surrendered himself on bail, charged with feloniously stealing a quantity of feather-edged boarding and timber, the property of Mr. Joseph Lamb Franklin, builder, Great Dunmow, at Braxted, some time during the month of September. The prosecutor was engaged repairing the farm premises of Wood Farm, Broxted, when the boarding and oak timber went missing. Information was given to the police, and inquiries instituted, the premises of the prisoner were searched, and the property was found. P.C. Smith, stationed at Henham, proved apprehending the prisoner, who was sentenced to two months' hard labour.

1883 Nov 3rd. The Newsman
Saffron Walden (County) Oct 27th. HENHAM.: Poaching. Frederick Bright, of Henham, blacksmith, was summoned for using a log for the purposes of taking game, at Henham, on the 10th .Oct. John Cook, gamekeeper to Mr. Gilbey, proved the case, and the defendant was fined 15s. and 12s. 6d. costs.

1883 Nov 24th The Newsman
TAKELEY. REFUSING TO QUIT. Robert Salmon, labourer, of Henham, was charged by Arthur Simons, landlord of the Horse Shoes Inn, Mole-hill-green, Takely, of being quarrelsome and disorderly and refusing to quit that inn when requested to do so, on the 11th Nov. The case was proved by the landlord, and the defendant, who pleaded guilty, was fined 2s 6d. and 11s. 6d. costs. He paid.

1884 Jan 5th. The Newsman
DEATHS. At Henham, Charles Clark, 11 months.

1884 May 3rd. The Newsman
DEATHS. At Henham, Esther Dixon, aged 44 yrs.

1884 June 28th Ipswich Journal Marriages
Walter Collin 24th inst., at Henham, Richard Tertius Walter, of Ilminster, Somerset, to Emily Ann Chaffey, third daughter of George F. Collin, of Henham, Essex

1884 Aug 2nd Essex Newsman
Henham: No True Bill. The Grand Jury found no true bill against George Turner, who was indicted for stealing a quantity of cut tares of Salisbury Baxendale, at Henham, on the 21st. June.

1885 Jan 3rd. Essex Newsman
SUDDEN DEATH. On Saturday, the 20th ult. Robert Salmon, 33, labourer, dropped down dead in the Bell beerhouse, Henham. He was in the employ of Mr. Charles Marshall and had been at work chaff-cutting. During the dinner hour he had run to the beerhouse for a pint of beer, and fell down and expired as he was waiting to be served. The body was afterwards seen by Mr. Haynes, surgeon, of Stansted, and as death is believed to have arisen from purely natural causes, an inquest has not been considered necessary. Deceased leaves a widow and eight children.

1885 April 25th Ipswich Journal Marriages
Fowke Collin 22nd inst., at St. Mary’s Church, Henham, Essex, by the Rev. Herbert Smith, M.A., rector of Chilton, Suffolk, assisted by the Rev. G. T. Cotham, vicar of St John’s, Walworth, John Frederick Fowke, of King’s Norton, Leicester, third son of the late Thomas Henry Fowke, Penn- Court, Wolverhampton, to Jessie Elizabeth, second daughter of G.F. Collin, Henham

1885 May 2nd. Essex Standard
ESSEX CONGREGATIONAL UNION. 78th Annual Meeting. Saffron Walden District - 'The report from Henham says, " The Sunday services have somewhat suffered from the meetings of the Salvation Army, which has invaded our quiet village"

1885 May 30th. Essex Newsman
SAFFRON WALDEN (County), May 23rd. HENHAM: ASSAULTING A SALVATIONIST - Robert Salmon and George Chapman, lads, of Henham, were summoned for assaulting Hetty Barker, widow, a member of the Salvation Army, at Henham, on the 17th May. They were each fined 6d. and the costs.

1885 June 20th. The Newsman
FATAL ACCIDENT. Mr. C.C. Lewis, coroner, held an inquest at the Rose and Crown public house, Newport, on Saturday afternoon, on the body of William Scutley, foreman platelayer on the Great Eastern Railway Company, who was killed on the line on the previous day. The deceased, who was a married man, and aged 40 years old, lived at Henham, and was a ganger over a length of line from Elsenham to North Hall. About 4pm on Friday he was seen walking in the down four-foot way in the direction of Elsenham. Directly afterwards a light engine, on its way to Cambridge, came along, and at the same time an up coal train passed. John Hollingsworth, the fireman on the light engine, said he had then shut the damper, and as he rose he saw the deceased roll down on the left hand side. The engine was stopped, and the poor fellow, who was frightfully injured, was removed to Newport station, where he was at once attended by Mr. W.A. Smith, surgeon, but he died in a few minutes. A verdict of 'accidental death' was returned.

1885 Oct 14th. Morning Post
North Essex - A crowded Conservative meeting was held on Monday night at Henham in support of the Hon. C.H. Strutt, the candidate. The room was densely crowded, and Mr. Salisbury Baxendale, J.P., a large landowner, hitherto a Liberal, presided, and announced that he could no longer support Mr. Gladstone, who was advocating Mr. Chamberlain's principles. So far from hurting the rich man, who could defend himself, these schemes would crush the farmer, who, as the weakest, would go to the wall. The announcemment of Mr. Baxendale's adhesion to the Conservative ranks was received with cheers. Mr. Strutt gave an address, and an enthusiastic vote of confidence was passed unanimously - Mr. Gardner, the Liberal candidate, is ill at Stansted Hall.

1886 March 2nd. The Standard
The estate of Dan Willis, who died 1st Feb. 1886, late of Hemnall Street, Theydon Garnon, Essex, farmer. Will proved by Charles Marshall, of Little Henham Hall, Essex, farmer and others.

1886 April 3rd. Essex Newsman
HENHAM. Stealing A Fowl. William Gray, a labourer, of Stanstead, was charged with stealing a hen fowl, value 3s., the goods of Samuel Scruby, at Henham, on the 24th March. Benjamin Brooks deposed: I am foreman to Mr. Samuel Scruby, of Henham, who keeps fowls at Green end Farm, where I reside; on the 24th March, at two o'clock in the afternoon, I was coming round the corner of the building, when I saw the prisoner with the hen fowl now produced; he was in the act of breaking its neck; the fowl belongs to Mr. Scruby; when the prisoner saw me he put the fowl under his coat and let it drop down underneath; I asked him what he was after, and he said he did not know. The prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to one month's hard labour.

1886 July 10th The Newsman
MR. BREWIS AT HENHAM. Mr Brewis the Conservative candidate, received an enthusiastic welcome at Henham on Monday evening. A large barn at the Parsonage Farm homestead (Mr. G.F. Collin's) had been fitted up for the occasion, the platform being nicely decorated with plants and flowers.

1886 July 17th. Reading Mercury
An inquest was held at Chelmsford on Wednesday, on the body of a boy named Newman, son of a wheelwright living at Henham. On Saturday the lad was climbing a tree, to shoot birds, when the pistol he was carrying went off and the charge entered his groin, inflicting fatal injuries.

1886 August 21st The Newsman
Saffron Walden (County) August 14th.

HENHAM. Drunk on the Highway. William Bentley, a labourer, of Henham, was fined 1s. and 11s. costs for being drunk on the highway at Henham on the 24th July. The defendant admitted that he had had a little too much beer.

PLEDGDON: The Licensing Act. William Coston, a beerhouse keeper, of Pledgdon, was summoned for selling beer which he allowed to be consumed on the highway near his licensed premises on the 24th July. P.C. Jonathan Smith said that on the 24th July he was on duty near the defendant's beerhouse about half-past nine in the evening; he saw 40 0r 50 people in the road in front of the house; they had mugs in their hands containing beer and witness was offered a drink. He spoke to the defendant about allowing the drinking to take place there; the defendant replied "They are not my mugs; different people leave them here and when they want beer they come here and get it", the constable replied "You know it is wrong and I have cautioned you time after time; you will most likely hear of this again", about 20 minutes afterwards the constable went again to the defendant and said "Coston, you still persist in drawing beer;" the defendant replied, "Well, they have been having a game of cricket on the green and they want a drop of beer;" the constable went into the road and remained there until closing time; during that time he saw William Bentley, the defendant in the last case, go to the defendant's beerhouse three times with a jug and bring it back full of beer. Two other witnesses were called, who gave evidence in support of the charge. The defendant was fined £5 and £1 19s costs. The conviction was not ordered to be recorded on the defendant's license.

1886 Oct 30th. Essex Newsman
Saffron Walden (County) Petty Session. Transfer of Licences. The licence of the Star Inn, Henham was transferred from Frederick Smith to William Dixon.

1886 Dec 4th. The Newsman
ELSENHAM. A COLLISION. On Thursday evening a collision occurred between conveyances driven by Mr. J. Newman, corn dealer, of Henham, and Mr. W. Wilkinson, milk seller of Stansted Mountfitchet, as they endeavoured to pass the wagon. Mr. Newman was thrown violently out, falling upon his head. He received a severe wound on the forehead and was otherwise cut and shaken. The shafts of his cart were broken off and the body of the vehicle damaged. Mr. Wilkinson and his conveyance escaped comparatively unharmed.

1888 March 31st. The Newsman
Saffron Walden Court March 24th. HENHAM: Stealing Chisels - John Parker, a travelling knife grinder, and Ada Parker, wretched-looking individuals, were charged with stealing two chisels, value 1s. the property of Walter Heard, wheelwright of Henham, on the 22nd. March. The male prisoner went into the prosecutor's shop at Henham to repair his knife-grinding barrow. He was left alone in the shop for a short time. The following morning the prosecutor missed two chisels. He gave information to the police, who went in search of the prisoners, and found them at Langley. The male prisoner, when he saw the police coming, ran away, but was apprehended shortly afterwards. The chisels were found in his barrow, and, on the police - constable asking how they came there, John Parker said, "I suppose I took them by mistake". The woman denied all knowledge of them. The bench discharged the female prisoner, and fined the man £1 and £1. 13s. costs. He was committed for 14 days imprisonment in default of payment.

1888 April 28th. Essex Newsman
HENHAM. Death of Mr. William Phipps. On Tuesday an old inhabitant of this parish, Mr. William Phipps, passed away to his rest at the right old age of 89. For many years he carried on the business of grocer and draper, and was also the postmaster. He was a deacon of the Congregational Church at Henham for the long period of 50 years.

1888 May 19. The Standard
William Speller appeared on Saturday before the Chelmsford Bankruptcy Court for his public examination. Among his debtors was Mr. S. Newport, maltster, of Henham for £11. 2s.

1888 June 4th. Ipswich Journal
Henham, Essex Gun Accident On Thursday Mr Thomas Newport, farmer, of Plegdon Hall, was shooting over his land when one of the barrels of his gun burst and so injured his left hand that a portion had to be amputated

1888 June 9. Essex Newsman
GUN ACCIDENT. Early on Thursday morning, the 31st May, Mr. William Newport, of Plegdon Hall, was out shooting, when one of the barrels of his gun burst, and so seriously injured his left hand that the fore finger had to be amputated.

1888 June 29. Ipswich Journal - Sale of an Essex Advowson
On Thursday Mr. Alfred Preston, of Worlingworth, offered for sale by public auction at the George Hotel, Bishop Stortford, the advowson of, and perpetual right of presentation to, the parish church and vicarage of Henham, in Essex, and diocese of St. Albans. The ‘parish of Henham’ (to quote particulars) ‘is situate in an exceptionally healthy part of the county, and contains an area of about 2,958 acres, and a population of about 800. It is about 30 miles from London, 25 from Cambridge, two miles from Elsenham and three miles from Stanstead Railway Stations, and only six miles from Bishop Stortford, where there is a first-class station on the Great Eastern Railway. The Vicarage house is a comfortable residence, pleasantly situated, and is approached by a carriage drive. It contains dining and drawing rooms, library, five bedrooms, servants’ apartments, kitchen and the usual domestic offices; also outhouses, stables and coach-house, conservatory. The grounds around the house are very pleasant, and include a good vegetable garden, and with the glebe lands contains 10 acres. The glebe lands are let for about £17 10s per annum, part on lease and part on allotments. The tithes are commuted to an annual rent-charge of £424 16s. 5d., part rectorial and part vicarial, the whole of which is now payable to the incumbent, subject to variation under the Tithes Act. This rent-charge is receivable at the present time from about four principal payers. The parish is endowed with charities to the extent of about £50 per annum. The present incumbent is the Rev A. H. Bellman, who was 72 on the 8th of March last. The out-goings include Land Tax, £6, or thereabouts; surplice and other fees, £3 per annum; a Board School is carried on with a rate of 3 1/4d. in the £; and the parochial rates are about 3s 4d. in the £. The property was offered for sale by direction of the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, as a result of the action at law, Warne v Bellman and others. The bidding started at £500, and the property was eventually sold to Mr. E H Watts, of Westfield, Bishop Stortford, for £950.

1888 Sept. 29. Essex Newsman
HENHAM. STACK FIRE. At noon on Saturday a fire, caused by the overheating of a haystack, broke out at Green end Farm, Henham, belonging to Mr. Salisbury Baxendale. The stack was well alight when the outbreak was discovered, and a messenger was dispatched to Stansted Mountfitchet for the fire engine. When the engine arrived, in charge of Messrs. N. Godfrey and Arthur Sanders, a second stack had caught fire. The outbreak was confined to these two, but the engine remained on the spot all night. The two stacks were totally destroyed.

1888 Nov 3rd. The Newsman
DUNMOW COURT Oct 29. Tim Bush, a sheep dresser, witness for prosecution re sheep stealing by Sydney Leonard Smith, charged with stealing a ewe sheep, value 45s., the property of Joseph Holland, Rails Farm, Thaxted on the 11th. Oct. Prisoner committed for trial.

1888 Nov 24th. Essex Newsman
A STRANGE CASE. On Saturday evening a widow named Sophia Saban, residing alone at Henham, put her child to bed, and upon going to it three hours afterwards she found it was dead. An inquest was held on Wednesday, when a verdict of 'Death from natural causes' was returned.

1888 Dec 29. Essex Newsman
Henham. Seasonable Benevolence. Mr. and Mrs. S. Baxendale distributed on Saturday, from the Parsonage, their annual gift of blankets to the poor.

1889 March 23rd. The Illustrated Police News
A fire broke out on Sunday at End Green, Henham, Essex, resulting in the destruction of two cottages which were without tenants. The cottages are close to Motts-hall Farm, which was fired a fortnight ago, and the police declare the origin of the outbreak to be the work of an incendiary

1890 March 29. Essex Newsman
Bishop's Stortford Petty Session March 27th. GARDEN ROBBERY. Samuel Smith, of Henham, an able-bodied inmate of the Union-house, was charged with stealing a quantity of greens from the garden there. He was discharged with a caution.

1890 May 10th. The Newsman
HENHAM. William Monk, of Broxted, was summoned for taking two pheasants' eggs, William Baines, of the same place, for taking three eggs, and Charles Wright, also of Broxted, for taking a partridge's egg, from the land of Mr. Walter Gilbey, at Henham, on the 27th April. George Edwards, gamekeeper, proved the case, and defendants were each fined 2s. 6d. and costs 13s. 6d. Frederick and Jessie Reynolds, of Henham, were summoned, for taking a partridge's egg from Mr. Gilbey's land, on the 27th. April. Frederick Reynolds found the nest and pointed it out to his wife, who took the egg. They were each fined 2s. 6d. and costs.

1890 May 24th. The Newsman
Bishop's Stortford County Court. Petty Session 22nd. May. Mr. Thomas Hutton Ward, veterinary surgeon, was fined 2s. 6d. for keeping a dog without having a licence.

1891 April 18th. Essex Newsman
HENHAM. The New Vicar. The Rev. John Thurlow, M.A., has been appointed Vicar of Henham, a living of which Mrs. Alice Thurlow is the patron.

ESSEX AND SUFFOLK FIRE OFFICE established 1802. AGENTS - Henham - Thomas Wright.

1891 July 25th. Essex Newsman
Henham. A Collar-Bone Broken. A Sunday ex-police-constable Smith, of this place, and Mrs. Smith, were thrown out of a trap, and Mr. Smith's collar-bone was broken.

1891 Sept 19. The Newsman
GENERAL SERVANT: Situation Wanted, in family, no children; four years reference; aged 19; wages £12. Maude Hopwood, Old Mead, Henham, Essex

1892 Jan 9. Essex Newsman
HENHAM - Entertainment - On Friday evening the children of the Board School gave a pleasing entertainment before a large and appreciative audience. The Rev. O. Thurlow presided.

1892 Feb 13th. Essex Newsman
Saffron Walden (County) Feb 6th. - Charles Willett, 24, labourer, was charged with having in his possession three nets used for taking game, at Henham, on Jan 17th. P.C. Whiting saw the defendant and four others on the Thaxted road, and when they saw him they made off. Witness succeeded in catching defendant, on whom he found three rabbit nets. Defendant, who admitted the offence, was fined 2s. 6d. and costs 12s. 6d. William Sage, labourer, of the same place, pleaded guilty to a like offence on January 12th., and was similarly dealt with. William Willett, 50, William Smith, 30, Charles Willett, 24, and William Brooks, 18, all labourers, of Henham, were charged with trespassing on land in the occupation of Mr. S. Baxendale, on Jan 17th. P.C. Whiting saw the defendants hunting a fence by the side of the Thaxted road. They had a dog with them, and were about two yards from the footpath. Defendants asserted that they did not leave the footpath. Smith, who did not appear, was fined 5s. and 9s. 6d. costs; William Willett 5s. and 8s. costs; Brooks 2s 6d. and costs; and Charles Willett was ordered to pay the costs.

1892 Feb 27th. The Newsman
HENHAM. SHEPHERDRY. The 'Mount; Lodge of Shepherds, which was opened in 1874, has just issued its balance-sheet for 1891. It shows the present number of members to be 201, and the value of the funds to be £1,066. 14s. 3 1/2d. During the past 18 years £672 1s. has been paid for sickness and £95 for funerals. There is a juvenile lodge, with a membership of 43, and funds amounting to £186 15s. 4d.

1892 March 19. Essex Newsman
WANTED TO HIRE, at Michaelmas, Farm, 60 or 70 acres; mixed soil preferred; fair quantity of grass; near town or village; Essex or Herts. Address, E.M., Henham, near Stansted, Essex

1892 April 29 The Standard - Deaths - April 27th, at Pledgedon Hall, Thomas Newport aged 74 years

1892 May 7th. Essex Newsman - HENHAM.

A NEW CONGREGATIONAL MINISTER- The Rev. J. Plowright, of Park Crescent, Clapham, has accepted the pastorate of the Congregational Church, Henham. He commenced his ministry on the first Sunday in May.

FUNERAL OF MR. THOMAS NEWPORT - The funeral of Mr. Thomas Newport, of Pledgdon Hall, who died on the 27th. ult., at the advanced age of 74 years, took place in the parish church-yard on Tuesday afternoon, in the presence of a large concourse of parishioners.... The mourners included Mrs. Newport (the widow), four daughters, and two sons.

1892 June 23rd. The Midland Daily Telegraph
ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW. TO-DAY AT WARWICK. Last night the Duke of Westminster and other guests of the Earl of Warwick enjoyed the facilities of the telephone. The following are the first prizes for dairy cattle, given after analysis of the milk. Cow, in milk, of any breed or cross, calved within three months: Salisbury Baxendale, Henham Lodge, Bishop's Stortford.

1892 July 2nd. Essex Standard
The Question of Road Labourers Wages - the majority of the men in the employ of the Council in the rural districts received 13s. per week.

1892 July 2nd. Essex Standard
- The Question of Road Labourers Wages - the majority of the men in the employ of the Council in the rural districts received 13s. per week

1892 July 16th. Essex Newsman
HENHAM. Wedding - On Monday the marriage took place at the parish church of Mr. William Robinson Newport, eldest son of the late Mr. Thomas Newport, of Plegdon Hall, and Miss Maryann Kate Farrington, only daughter of Mr. William Farrington, of Henham. Miss Florie Crossman, a friend of the bride's, attended as bridesmaid. The newly married pair left by the 12.40 train from Elsenham, to spend their honeymoon at Ramsgate.

1892 Oct 1st. The Newsman
HENHAM. Sale. On Wednesday Mr. H. J. Cheffins offered for sale the valuable live and dead farming stock, the property of Mr. Salisbury Baxendale, upon the premises, at the Parsonage Farm, Henham. The livestock included 15 cart horses, three pedigree shorthorn bulls, 16 shorthorn cows and heifers, 19 home-bred steers, 206 sheep, and 28 head of swine. Excellent prices were realised.

1892 Oct 29. The Newsman
HENHAM - A Guild has just been formed here. It will meet every Monday night in the Congregational Schoolroom. The opening meeting was held on Tuesday evening with a public tea, at which about 70 persons were present. Mr. Hurford Green, of Stansted, afterwards gave a conjuring entertainment. The chair was taken by the Rev. J. Plowright, who said the guild would be unsectarian and non - political. All persons over 12 years of age would be heartily welcomed. Mr. Salisbury Baxendale, jun. (vice president), said the guild had his warmest sympathy, and he would do all in his power to make it successful. In connection with the guild there will be a reading room, the deacons have kindly offered the room gratis for this purpose. The CONGREGATIONAL SCHOOLROOM has recently been undergoing much-needed repairs and alterations. A new floor has been put in, and a platform has been erected, the cost being about £40. The carpenter's work has been efficiently done by Mr. W. Turner, and the painting and decoration by Mr. Ratcliffe, of Stansted.

1892 Dec 3rd. Essex Newsman
TWO CHARLES WILLETTS. Charles Willett, 33, labourer, was charged with being drunk and disorderly on Nov. 12th. PC Whiting said he saw the defendant staggering about, swearing and shouting. He was drunk. He continued his conduct on the highway. The defendant said the witness did not speak to him but to another man. Supt. Simmonds said there were three previous convictions against the defendant but Willett denied this. He said there were two Charles Willetts in Henham. The other was his cousin, who had been convicted twice, and he himself only once before. He was now fined 2s. 6d. and 9s. 6d. costs.

HIGHWAY OFFENCE- Frederick Barker, a crippled labourer, for allowing a horse and cart to remain unattended on the highway, at Henham, on Nov. 20th. was fined 6d. and costs 5s. 6d.

1892 Dec 3rd. Essex Newsman
HENHAM. AGRICULTURAL DEPRESSION. On Monday evening a debate was held in the Congregational Schoolroom on the subject of 'Agricultural Depression, its causes and suggested remedies'. Mr. G.W. Perry opened the subject in an able address, and Mr. Plowright, Mr. Gardiner, and Mr. Wright took part in the discussion. Various questions were answered by Mr. Perry.

1893 Feb 11th. Essex Newsman.
HENHAM. A LECTURE was given in the Congregational Schoolroom on Monday, in connection with the Guild, by Mr. Hatch, of Stansted, on "The French Revolution". Mr. Hatch, with the aid of limelight views, gave a graphic description of the great epoch.

"limelight" - a lighting unit for spotlighting the front of the stage, producing illumination by means of a flame of mixed gases directed at a cylinder of lime and having a special lens for concentrating the light in a strong beam - RG

1893 Feb 18th. Essex Newsman - (this must have been a hard winter - RG)

CHICKNEY: Taking it out: Thomas Markwell,52, a labourer, pleaded guilty to trespassing in search of game on land in the occupation of James Horwood, on Feb. 4th., and was fines 5s. and 10s. 6d. costs, in default 14 days' hard labour. The Defendant: "Very well, I will take it out"

HENHAM: Game Trespass: Walter Monk, 27, John Dixon, 22, and Frederick Gunn, 19, labourers, of Broxted, were charged with trespassing in search of game, on land in the occupation of W. Newport, at Henham, on Jan 28th. - Monk and Dixon, against whom many convictions were recorded, were each fined £2 and 7s. costs, with a month's hard labour in default, and Gunn 10s. and 7s. costs.

ELSENHAM: James Monk, Charles Monk, and John Dixon, labourers, of Broxted, were charged with stealing a dead pheasant on land in the occupation of Tiba Balaam, at Elsenham, on Jan 28th. - Dixon was discharged, and the other two defendants were sent to hard labour for seven days.

1893 March 11th. Yorkshire Chronicle
General Servant - Wanted a thoroughly good GENERAL SERVANT for family of two. State wages, age, and reference - Mrs. D., The Parsonage, Henham, Bishop Stortford.

1893 March 25th. Essex County Standard

HENHAM. Presentation To A Schoolmistress - Miss Kate Warden, who has recently left Pulham St. Mary to take the position of assistant mistress at the Board School, Henham, Essex, has been presented with a beautiful polished writing desk by the members of the Pulham Market Band of Hope, by whom she was held in high esteem. A few of the scholars of the Pulham St. Mary Day School, where Miss Warden had been teacher for some years, presented her with a work basket and also a Bible.

1893 April 22nd. Essex Newsman
HENHAM. Sad Death. On Friday evening Mr. C. Wright died at Walden hospital after a very short illness from typhoid fever. The deceased was 25 years of age, and had only been married a few months. The bereaved wife is lying in a critical condition.

1893 June 10th. Essex Newsman
The Annual Religious Demonstration, under the superintendence of MR. F.E.A. Rochdale, was held on Pledgdon-green on Sunday. Various adddresses were delivered. On Monday a public tea meeting was held on the green, and this was followed by a public meeting. The meetings were attended by upwards of 1,000 people.

1893 July 29. The Newsman
To Butchers - Youth, 17 years of age, seeks situation as Butcher's Lad, willing to make himself generally useful, and understand horses and can drive, Apply to T. R.W. Crow St., Henham, Essex.

1893 Aug 26th. Essex Newsman
Saffron Walden Court Aug. 22nd. Henham. Henry Rudder, 35, labourer, of Ugley, for being drunk and disorderly, at Henham, was fined 5s. and 10s. 0d. costs. Ernest Camp, 20, and Charles Camp, labourers, of Debden, were convicted of similar offences, at Henham, on the 5th inst., and were fined, Charles 15s. and Ernest 9s. 6d.

1893 Sep 23rd. Essex Newsman
On Tuesday, at the Saffron Walden County Session, George Palmer, shepherd, of Henham, was charged with selling intoxicating liquor without a licence. Police Sergeant Percy deposed that he and Constable Low went to defendant's house in plain clothes on the night of Sept 6th., and asked the way to the nearest public house. Defendant told them that if they wanted anything to drink they could have it there. They had a quart of beer, and took a pint away in a bottle. Superintendant Simmons said he visited the defendant's house next day, and seized a barrel containing about three gallons of beer, and also several delivery tickets, which showed that between January and August of the present year 387 gallons had been received, and three bottles of brandy. Defence claimed the action of the police was unfair and un-English in going to the house in plain clothes and trapping the man. Defendant was fined £5 and 11s. 6d. costs.

1893 Oct 7th. Essex Newsman
Mr. C.V. Thorneycroft (prosecuting) said he was engaged on behalf of the police in a case in which William Brooks, 32, beerhouse-keeper, was charged with selling intoxicating liquour to Samuel Clarke, who drank the same on the highway on the 3rd ult. As only one magistrate was present the case was adjourned.

1893 Oct 10th. Observer
The Michaelmas sales of farm stock are in full swing over the country, but the results are by no means good, pigs being the only animals that really sell well. This was the case at the large two days’ sale of live and dead stock on the Lodge Farm, Henham, in Essex, on which Mr. Salisbury Baxendale has kept his well-known studs of shire horses and long white Yorkshire pigs and his herd of shorthorn cattle. Having let the farm, the whole of the stock live and dead was unreservedly sold on Friday and Saturday. The shire horses numbered 25 in all, 14 mares and fillies, one stallion, three foals, and seven geldings. These made a total of 749 ½ guineas. Eleven mares made a total of 428 guineas, or an average of very nearly 39 guineas each, the highest price given being 85 guineas, paid for Sally, a nice chestnut, daughter of Lord Lyon, that has this year won four first prizes. The stallion, Lord Lyon, made 30 guineas. In all 47 milking shorthorns (mostly unpedigreed) made 479 ½ guineas; two bulls and four bull calves, 70 1/2 guineas; and six other calves, £13. The pigs only sold well, several of these being bought for Italy. Sows with their litters sold at from £7 10s to £11 10s, and gelts up to £6 10s. But with the exception of these prices for pigs, the existing severe depression in agriculture was most evident in the low prices realised.

1893 Oct 21st. Essex Newsman
Henham. Coal Strike. On Monday an interesting lecture on the coal strike was given by the Rev. J. Plowright, who is a native of Yorkshire. His sympathies were entirely on the side of the miners.

1893 Dec 2nd. Essex Newsman
HEARTLESS CRUELTY TO CHILDREN AT BERDEN. An Awful Case. At the Saffron Walden County Session. Margaret Ricketts, a single woman, and George Baker, a labourer, who lived together at Berden, were charged with having the custody of four children aged 2, 5, 10, and 14 and neglecting and exposing them, to the injury of their health. Inspector Hayes stated that he visited the defendants' house on the 13th Nov., at Berden. He saw the woman and the four children. She called the male defendant down from upstairs, and witness then went upstairs. The stench was abominable. There was not a vestige of furniture in the whole house, and sacks were used for beds. There was not even a stool to sit upon. The children were ragged and filthy, and their hair was matted together; they had not a shoe to their feet. Arthur Seabrook, farmer, said he found the family in a deplorable state, and a very bad smell arose from the filthiness. P.C. Mules deposed that he had known the woman for five years, and knew her to be of the worst description. He took her and the children to the Workhouse on the 8th May. On the 24th they all came out again. He found them under a hedge. The children were then in a wretched condition, filthy, and covered with excrement, and also full of skin disease. He conveyed them to the Workhouse again on the 29 May, but they had since left it. Witness visited the cottage on the 6th of this month, and found the children in a filthy state. They were so black that you could not see the colour of their skin. There were only three hard crusts, a screw of tea, and about half an ounce of margarine in the house. The man had been living on the beggings of the children. Witness had seen the man and woman dragging the children to Stansted and Stortford. Sunday, the 12th., was the last time he saw them together. He had heard the woman use awful threats towards the children, and say she would jam their insides up into their throats. Sergeant Kemp proved ejecting the family from a house in Henham, twelve months ago, which was in a filthy condition. Mrs. Hammond said she had known the family seven weeks. She knew the house was very dirty and had seen the children begging. She never heard such fearful language as the woman used towards her children. The bench committed both defendants to prison for two months, with hard labour. The children were ordered to be removed to the Workhouse, pending the decision of the Society (National Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Children) as to their future keep.

1894 Jan 27th. Essex Newsman
Saffron Walden County Court. Jan 23rd. The licence of a beerhouse at Plegden green was temporarily transferred from William Brooks to Henry Francis.

1894 Feb 3rd. Essex Newsman
HENHAM. Mr and Mrs Sharpe, of Elsenham, have presented to Henham Church a pair of brass candlesticks for the altar.

1894 Feb 10th. The Newsman
HENHAM - Alfred Dennison, 22, a labourer, charged with riding without reins on the highway, was fined 1s. and 6s. 6d. costs.

1894 March 10th. Essex Newsman
Bishop's Stortford Petty Session, Thursday. Ann Wisbey, of Henham, was fined 2s. for using bad language on Feb 18th.

1894 March 24th. Essex Newsman
Henham - The Old Game. Frederick Neville, 23, William Barker, 21, Charles Willett, 21, Walter Neville, 26, labourers, of Henham and Arthur Camp, 23. labourer, of Chickney, were charged with trespassing in search of game, on land in the occupation of Mr. Salisbury Baxendale, at Henham. William George King stated that he saw the defendants in a field after rabbits. Witness went to the burrows and found two nets over them. Willett was fined 5s. and 6s. 6d. costs; the other defendants were fined 2s. 6d. and costs 6s. 6d. each.

1894 March 31st. Essex Newsman
HENHAM - The Annual Entertainment was given in the Congregational Schoolroom on Good Friday evening. A large audience was present. The contributors were the Misses Popplestone, Staines, K. Gardiner, E. Gardiner, and M. Roy, Mrs. Parsons, Messrs. F.Ward, C. Parsons, A. Sanders, Lovell, Hatch, F. Coombes, and F. Gardiner. The amount taken at the doors was £2. 18s. which will be devoted to the new organ fund.

1894 April 14th. Essex Newsman
The Parish Church - a couple of carved oak chancel chairs have just been presented to the parish church

1894 May 5th. The Newsman
Poor Rate signed as follows - Henham, 1s. 6d. in the £

1894 May 19 The Newsman
Saffron Walden County Court May 15th. Henham. The Hat Trick. Arthur Camp, labourer, of Chickney, was charged with taking 14 partridges' eggs from a nest on land in the occupation of Mr. Joyce, at Henham, on May 3rd. Defendant did not appear. Jonathan Smith, gamekeeper, stated that he watched defendant, with two others, searching a hedge, where there was a nest. Witness afterwards found 14 eggs in defendant's hat. Defendant fined 14s. and 12s. 6d. costs.

1894 June 16th. Essex Newsman
Saffron Walden County Court June 12th. Henham - George Clarke, 45, carter, of Thaxted, was fined 5s. and costs 5s. 6d. for allowing a horse to stray on the highway, at Henham, on the 1st of June.

1894 Aug 25th. The Newsman
Saffron Walden County Court Aug 21st. Henham. John Freeman, 18, labourer, was fined 5s. and costs for being drunk and disorderly. P.C. Whiting said the defendant was swearing and shouting at the top of his voice for forty minutes.

1894 Sept 29. Essex Newsman
The Proposed Transference of Ten Essex Parishes Into Herts. Meeting at Stansted Today. Powerful Protests Against The Proposal. Decision of The Joint Committee. This afternoon a public inquiry was held at Stansted into the proposal to transfer the parishes of Berden, Birchanger, Elsenham, Farnham, Great and Little Hallingbury, Henham, Manuden, Stansted, and Ugley from the county of Essex into Herts. There was a large attendance. A strong feeling was expressed against the proposal, and subsequently, at a meeting of the Joint Committee for Essex and Herts it was unanimously resolved that the ten Essex parishes should remain in the county and be formed as a separate rural district, to be known as Stansted Rural District.

1894 Oct 27th. The Newsman
BAZAAR AT HENHAM. A bazaar was held in the Congregational Schoolroom on the 17th and 18th inst. A large quantity of goods had been gathered together. The bazaar was formally opened on the first day by Mr. W. F. Haynes. Letters were read from Mr. H. W. Gilbey, inclosing £1; Mr. F. West, J.P., Braintree, inclosing £1. 1s., Mr. James Bailey, inclosing £1. 1s.; and Lady Winifred Gardiner £3. 3s. The fancy and clothing stalls were presided over by Mrs. Plowright, Miss Perry, and Miss Martin, Mrs. Spurgeon, Mrs. Gardiner and Miss E. Gardiner, Miss Daisy Perry and Mrs. Snow, Miss K. Gardiner, Miss K. Holgate, and Miss Hornsby; a refreshment stall by Mrs. Rochdale, Mrs. Hawkes, Mrs. W. Dixon, and Mrs. White; a jumble stall by Miss Warden and Miss E. Wright; a grocery stall by Clifford Gardiner and George Perry; a bookstall by T. Perry and H. Plowright; a fish pond by Miss K. Wright; a bran pie by Miss A. Wright; and a weighing machine by Percy Hockley. Messrs. T. Wright and W. Smith acted as doorkeepers. A washing competition took place for a set of carvers and a box of soap given by Messrs. Lever Brothers. The former was won by Miss A. White and the latter by Mrs. Blake. In the evening conjuring entertainments were given by Mr. Harford Green, of Stansted, and songs and music were given at intervals by Mr. Wright and Mr. Matthews. The bazaar was visited by Lady Gilbey. Sir Walter Gilbey sent 100 lbs of jam from his jam factory. A large quantity of pastry, cakes, bread, etc was sent by Mrs. W. W. Wright (Stansted). Great credit is due to Mr. Gardiner for the energetic part he took in the preparations. A clearing sale was held on Friday evening, a large number attending. The amount realised was £58, which will be devoted to the fund for a new organ for the chapel.

1894 Dec 22nd. The Newsman
Saffron Walden County Court Dec.19. Henham. William Turner, 32, builder, of Henham, for allowing an ass to stray on the highway, was fined 1s. and 6s. 6d. costs

1895 Jan 12th. Essex Newsman
Saffron Walden County. Jan 8th. A serious charge against a young man. Ernest Negus, 17, baker, Quendon, was charged with assaulting Edith Coy, aged 18, at Henham. The complainant said she lived with her parents at Henham, and defendant was in the habit of calling there with bread. He went to the house on Dec. 21st., and, as she was going to the Post Office, she rode in his cart. He would not let her get down at the Post Office, but drove on half a mile. He then attempted to assault her. She screamed, when defendant offered her some chocolate creams, which she refused to accept. The Chairman said the offence was a serious one, and had been clearly proved. The bench, however, desired to be lenient, and would impose a fine of £2 and £1 8s. 6d. costs Half the money was paid, 13 days being allowed for the payment of the remainder.

Stansted - Thomas Mumford, 15, a labourer, of Henham, for driving without reins, was ordered to pay 6s. 6d. costs.

1895 Feb 9. Essex Newsman
Henham. An entertainment took place in the Chapel Schoolroom on Wednesday evening, in aid of the Chapel Funds. The recently formed string band made their first appearance.

1895 March 30th. The Newsman
PLACES WANTED. Carpenter, Situation Wanted by young man. Albert Smith, Henham, Essex.

1895 July 26th. Northampton Mercury
An Election Outrage. The Central News correspondent at Saffron Walden telegraphs: During the polling at Saffron Walden this morning, several men attacked the house of the Rev. Mr. Plowright, the Dissenting minister at Henham. Mr. Plowright was beaten by the men, and left unconscious on the ground. Sir Walter Gilbey has telegraphed offering a reward for the capture of the offenders.

1895 July 27th. The Newsman
Saffron Walden County Court July 23rd. Henham - the temporary transfer of the Cock Inn from William Elliott to William Newman was granted.

1895 Nov 16th. The Newsman
TO LET, at Birchanger, Nos. 2 and 4 PARK VILLAS, containing six rooms each, garden, and outbuildings. Rent £12. T. Wright, Henham, Essex.

1895 Nov 30th. The Newsman
HENHAM. Sudden Death. - At 12.30 am on Saturday Mr. Charles John Housden, 52, schoolmaster, a widower with seven children, died suddenly from spasms of the heart.

TRANSFERS - Licence - beerhouse, Pledgon Green, from Henry Francis to Alfred Andrewes

Debden - Arthur Camp, 24, Chickney, William Brooks, 22, and John Salmon, 18, Henham, labourers, were charged with taking game on the land of Mr. Holland, at Debden. PC Whiting proved the case. Camp was fined £1 and 6s 6d. costs, Brooks 15s. and 6s. 6d. costs, and Salmon 3s. 6d. and 6s. 6d. costs.

1896 Feb 22nd. Essex Newsman
Alleged Corn Stealing At Henham. As P.C. Whiting, of Elsenham, was proceeding along the Henham-road on Wednesday afternoon he met and stopped a dealer named Frederick Barker, aged 36, who was driving. He asked Barker to account for the possession of some barley which he had in his cart, and as his story was not satisfactory, the constable invited him to go to Mr. Charles Marshall's farm, which he did. George Palmer, 48, a labourer, of Henham, is now charged with stealing a quantity of barley and oats, value 4s. 6d, the property of Mr. Marshall. Barker is charged with receiving the same. The defendants were brought up at a special sitting of the Saffron Walden bench yesterday afternoon and remanded.

1896 Feb 29. Essex Newsman
The Henham Assault Case. Andrew Tugby, a dealer, was again brought up at the Saffron Walden County Bench on Tuesday, charged with unlawfully beating and assaulting Samuel Ducker, a roadman, at Stansted. Supt. Kemp stated that the complainant was still very weak and unable to attend. Dr. Haynes thought he would be able to come in a week. The prisoner was again remanded in custody for a week.

1896 June 27th. Essex Newsman
Shocking Accident At Henham. On Friday William Dixon, thatcher, was at work at the Dairy Farm, Gant's End, Henham, when the rope connecting the two ladders upon which he stood broke, and he fell onto the top of the bottom ladder, which pierced his trousers, and inflicted terrible injuries to the lower part of his body. Dr. Haynes, who was immediately sent for, sewed the wounds up, and Dixon is now going on favourably.

1896 July 11th. Essex Newsman
Henham. Unfortunate Accident. On Monday evening as Bernard Clifford Plowright, son of the Rev. J. Plowright, was carrying a form from an open-air service which the boy's father had been conducting on the green, a boy ran behind him and pushed him down, the form falling across his arm and breaking it. The fractured limb was attended to by Dr. Haynes, of Stansted.

1896 Sept. 5th. The Newsman
Saffron Walden County Court Sept. 1st. Frederick Brooks, Charles Willett, and James Clayden, labourers, were charged with being drunk at the Star Inn, Henham. PC Whiting and Sergt. Rowe having given evidence, Mr Thorneycroft called William Dixon the landlord, James Flowers, and William Neville, who all agreed that the defendants were neither disorderly nor drunk. The case was dismissed, and upon the application of Supt. Pryke a charge against the landlord of allowing drunkenness was withdrawn.

1896 Sept. 19. Essex Newsman
Saffron Walden County Court Sept 15th. Charles Willett, labourer, was charged with cruelly beating an ass. PC Whiting said he saw the defendant beating the animal. On the donkey he found wheals on its back and side. When the witness spoke to the defendant about it, he became abusive. Corroborative evidence was called as to the wheals - Evidence was called for the defence to say that the donkey was not hit. The case was dismissed.

1899 Oct 28th. Morning Post
Deaths. Canning - on the 25th inst., at Old Mead, Henham, Essex, Elizabeth Julia Canning, aged eighty.

1900 Jan 20th. Essex County Standard
THE PROPOSED SOUTH ESSEX WATER TRUST. Opposition at Epping, Saffron Walden, and Stanstead. At the meeting of the Saffron Walden Town Council on Jan.12th, it was decided to petition against the schemes both of the South Essex Water Board and the South Essex Waterworks Company. The plans of the proposed undertaking of the South Essex water Trust were placed before the Epping Rural Council on Jan 12th., and it was resolved to oppose the scheme. A public meeting was held in the Central Hall, Stansted, on Jan 13th., to consider what steps should be taken to oppose the South Essex Water schemes. Mr. Baker, Clerk to Stanstead Rural District Council, said the two bills before the meeting were the South Essex Water Works Company's and the South Essex Water Board's. There would be a pumping station at Heydon, one at Stansted, which would drain the wells at Manuden, Farnham, and Birchanger, and one at Henham, which would drain those at Henham and Elsenham. This water would be sold at Grays and, perhaps, in London..... The meeting eventually decided that the schemes should be strongly opposed by the Rural District Council.....

1900 Feb 3rd. Essex Standard
Surrender of Licenses. Dr. Cooper of Cambridge also asked the Bench to give their assent to the surrender of the licence of the Home-Brewed beerhouse, Henham. As there was no opposition, the Bench assented.

1900 Mar 17th. Essex County Standard
Dunmow Petty Session March 14th - Game Trespass - James Monk, 21, and William Clark, 15, labourers, of Henham, were charged with trespassing in search of game upon land in the occupation of Mr. Newport, at Broxted, on Feb 27th. Mr F. J. Snell prosecuted. - Stanley Wybrow, game-keeper to Sir Walter Gilbey, stated that he saw the men kill a pheasant. Monk, against whom there was a previous conviction, was ordered to pay 17s. 3d. and Clark 12s. 3d. Both men went to prison for 14 days hard labour in default.

1900 Aug 4th. The Newsman
SAFFRON WALDEN (COUNTY) July 31st. Frederick Bentley, 42, labourer, of Chickney, was charged with stealing two pairs of boots, value 12s. 10d. the property of Messrs. Holland and Barrett, of Henham. The boots were missed, and the prisoner was chased, when he threw the boots into a corn field. He was sentenced to one month's imprisonment with hard labour.

1900 Aug 8th. Newsman
HENHAM. Wedding at the Henham Congregational church between Mr. J.H. Matthews of Stansted and Miss Kate Gardiner, third daughter of Mrs. Gardiner of Henham House. Mrs. Hood, on behalf of the church and friends presented a silver tea and coffee service, bearing a suitable inscription, together with a ladies' companion and a purse of gold. The couple left to spend their honeymoon at Brighton. Presents were -

coal vase

Mr Banham

fruit dish

Mr & Mrs Smith

celery glass

Mrs T. Camp

silver jam jar

Mrs Dixon

afternoon tea set

Miss Matthews

tray cloth

Miss Lewis

jewel case

Miss Smith


Mrs Broughall


Misses L. & J. Turner


Mrs Rochdale

sugar tongs

The Misses Perry

tea & cruet spoons

Mr & Mrs White

jewel tray

Mr W. Hayden

silver serviette rings

Mr & Mrs Bunting

silver teapot

Mr & Mrs Torly

afternoon teacloth

Mrs Beard

silver breakfast cruet

Mr & Mrs Wright

silver breakfast cruet

Mr G Gardiner

brass lamp

Mr Dyke

skin rug

Mr A. Matthews

toilet set

Mr & Mrs Gardiner

wicker chair

Miss Grigsby

pair of rugs

Mr C Gardiner

tea service

Miss Gardiner

dinner service

Mr & Mrs Matthews

pair of silver meat covers

Mr Gardiner

old china and spoons

Mrs Spurgeon

homespun tablecloth

Mrs McMorrin

fancy flower pot

Mrs G.Gardiner

hand-painted fans

Miss Gardiner


Mr G. Sapsford

crochet toilet cover

Mrs Grigsby

knitted antimacassar

Mrs Lucas


The Misses Staines

brass lamp

Mr & Mrs Matthews

pair of jugs

Miss C. Wright

pair of ornaments

Mrs Wright

fruit dish

Miss K. Wright

silver dinner cruet

Mr Broughall

china vases

Miss C. Drake


Mr Plant

silver tongs & spoons

Miss Warden

oil painting

Mr R. Ward


1900 Oct 13th. Essex County Standard

NEW LICENCE FOR ILFORD - Mr. Bodkin applied on behalf of Mr. J. Gooch for the confirmation of a licence for the Bell Inn, on the edge of Ilford Park Estate. He said the application was supported by a petition signed by 1,350 residents on the Ilford Park Estate and in the immediate locality. He offered in surrender the licences of the Star Inn, Henham; Eagle beerhouse, Great Chesterford; the Bird-in-Hand beerhouse, Goldhanger. The licence was confirmed.

1900 Nov 24th. Essex Newsman
The late Dr. Grigsby. Value of his estate. The value of the estate of the late Dr. William Ebenezer Grigsby, aged 52 years, barrister, president of the District Court of Paphos, Cyprus, and in 1892 the Liberal candidate for the Mid-Essex division, has been proved at £1,000 gross-net nil. Dr. Grigsby was the son of the Rev. David Grigsby, of Henham, in this county. The testator left all of his property in trust for his wife, Mrs. Katherine Grigsby.

1901 Feb 9. The Newsman
Robert Clark, 22, groom, of Henham, was charged with trespassing in search of game upon land in the occupation of Mr. William Newport on Jan 26th. Mr. C. V. Thorneycroft prosecuted on behalf of Sir Walter Gilbey by whom, he said, the defendant was employed. Defendant, he added, had been home ill for some time, and Sir Walter had been making up the difference between his sick pay and his weekly wage, so it was a most ungrateful act for Defendant to go after his employer's game. Fined 5s. and 8s. 6d. costs.

1902 Feb 15th. Essex Newsman
A veterinary surgeon bleeds himself to death. Body found in a lonely wood. On Saturday morning Thomas H. Ward, aged 33, a veterinary surgeon, of Henham, who had been released from the City of London Lunatic Asylum a fortnight earlier, started from his father's house at Henham, with a bottle of oil which, he said, he intended to take to Mr. Stride, of Little Henham Hall, where he had to attend some horses. As he did not return to dinner, inquiries were made, and it was found that he had not been to Henham. The police were communicated with, and a search was made, but without result till Monday afternoon, when Mr. Hoy, landlord of the 'Fleur de Lis', Widdington, and two other men, found the deceased's body in Prior's Wood, Widdington. The deceased had two cuts over the artery of the left wrist, from which blood was slowly ebbing. By his side was a bottle of horse oil, with the neck broken off, and it is supposed that he cut his wrist with the broken glass. Police Sergeant Willsmer, of Newport, was sent for, and the body was removed to the 'Fleur de Lis'. The Inquest was held at Widdington, on Thursday, before Mr. Harrison. Jane Walker Cotterill, housekeeper to the deceased's father, with whom he lived, said the deceased was admitted to the Dartford Asylum in November 1901, and discharged on the 14th. Jan. Other witnesses proved the facts as recited above. The Jury returned a verdict of 'Suicide while temporarily insane'.

1902 Dec 27th. The Newsman
Light Railway For North Essex. We are glad to hear that the proposal which was made three or four years ago to construct a light railway through North Essex is likely to be carried out. Mr. J.A. Pease M.P. for the Saffron Walden Division, has lately been interesting himself in the matter, and the amount of money required by the Great Eastern Railway Company to undertake the work is now forthcoming. The scheme provides for a line of ordinary gauge of four feet eight inches, to start from Elsenham station on the Great Eastern main line to Cambridge, and pass through Henham and Thaxted, thus opening up a very large area of rural Essex which at present is badly in need of better railway facilities. An interview has been held between the chief engineer of the Railway Company and the engineer in connection with the proposed line.

1902 Aug 30th. The Newsman
Saffron Walden Court August 26th., Licensing business. The Bench granted a transfer of the licence of the Cock Inn, Henham, to J. Chippendale and the Coach and Horses, Henham, to James Bishop.

Charles Watts, 23, motor engineer, in the employ of Captain Osborne, Rickling, was summoned for driving a motor at a greater rate than twelve miles an hour, at Newport, on the 11th. August. P.C. Field stated that he timed Defendant, who was driving through High Street, Newport, at a rate of over 26 miles an hour. Defendant was fined £5 and 4s. costs.

1902 Oct 4th. The Newsman
At Stansted Petty Session - Charles Warwick, 48, labourer, of Henham, was fined 2s. 6d. and 4s. costs, for using obscene language on the highway.

1903 March 21st. The Newsman
Stansted Court March 14th - Clifton Gardiner, 23, baker, of Henham, charged with cycling without a light after dark at Henham, was fined 1s. and 4s. costs.

1903 April 11th. The Newsman
To Let - 10-roomed HOUSE, detached: small garden; centre of village, rent £15 per annum - Thomas Wright, Henham, Essex

1903 April 18th. The Newsman
STANSTED April 11th - Walter Robinson, 29, of Wood end green, Henham, summoned for leaving a horse and cart at Elsenham, without having control of the same, pleaded that the horse wandered out of a yard - fined 2s. and 4s. costs.

1903 Oct 21st. Observer
Nardi And Company (Limited). A summary of accounts of Nardi and Company (Limited), in liquidation, together with some observations on the affairs of the company, has been issued by Mr H. Brougham. ‘..The company was registered on December 23, 1901, to acquire as a going concern the business of artificial flower manufacturers, then carried on at 21, Castle Street, E. C., and 410, Hackney Road, but since July, 1903, the factory and offices had been at Builder’s - yard, Henham, Essex.

1907 July 31st. Gamekeeper Charged With Extensive Thefts. Observer
At special sittings of the Saffron Walden County Bench on Monday and yesterday, at the instance of the East Anglian Game Society, Herbert Wyndham Stride, 50, of Henham, Essex, head gamekeeper to Sir Walter Gilbey of Elsenham-hall was charged with stealing pheasants’ eggs, and Frederick William Millard, 40, of Hoddesdon, Herts, was charged with receiving the eggs, knowing them to have been stolen. The eggs numbered 7,000 and the dates of the alleged offences extended from 1903 to 1906. The defendants were further charged with conspiring with persons unknown to cheat and defraud Sir Walter Gilbey of the pheasants’ eggs, and Stride was further charged with breaking his contract to serve his master by taking from his estate the eggs and disposing of them, thereby injuring his master’s sporting rights. The stationmasters of Elsenham and Rye-house stations proved the consignments of eggs from ‘Stride, Elsenham’, to ‘Millard, Rye-house,’ and that Millard re-consigned them to ‘Regan, gamekeeper, Llandrhaiahr, North Wales’. From Elsenham they were consigned at owner’s risk as eggs for food, and from Rye-house they were relabelled to Regan as pheasants’ eggs at the railway company’s risk. James Regan, a gamekeeper, proved receiving a number of boxes of eggs from Millard. In 1903 he received 4,000, and a cheque for £145 was drawn by his employer and endorsed by Millard. In 1904 he received 3,000 eggs, for which the cheque was £184; in 1905, 1,000 eggs, and in 1906, 1,000 eggs. Millard had stayed with the witness each year for several years. On one occasion Millard told him that he knew Stride as gamekeeper to Sir Walter Gilbey. He also told the witness that Stride had lost a horse or money on a horse to the amount of £45 to £50, and Millard told him something to the effect that he had sold a thousand eggs to make it good. Regan told Millard that if he was getting eggs in that way he did not want any more. Superintendent ailstone said Millard admitted that he had received the eggs, and said that he was sorry he did not make sufficient inquiry about them. At the close of the case for the prosecution Mr Muir and Mr Osborn (for the defence) that the charges had not been proved, and that no evidence had been given that the eggs were the property of Sir Walter Gilbey. The defendants, who pleaded ‘ Not Guilty’, and reserved their defence, were committed for trial at the Essex Assizes. Bail was accepted.

1907  Sept 5th. Observer
the Rev. W. Ival-Williams, curate of Faringdon, Berks, vicar of Henham, Essex patron, Mr H.H. Treasure; the Rev W Mitchell-Carruthers

1913 Sept 20th. Cheltenham Looker On - Arrivals and Departures
TAYLER, Miss Lilian, from Henham, Essex - Gasilda, Leckhampton Road

1920 Nov 17th. Observer
While riding a motor-cycle in a heavy fog at Henham, Essex, Mr Thomas Owen Hutchinson, veterinary surgeon, ran into a train on the Elsenham-Thaxted light railway, and received injuries from which he has since died. The accident occurred at a crossing where there are no gates

1924 Mar 7th. wills and bequests Observer
COLLIN, Mr. Spencer Compton, M.A., of Lovescotes, Henham, Essex (net personalty, £8,224) £13,637

1930 July 28th. Observer
Tomorrow at St Jame’s Square Messrs Hampton and Sons will submit certain properties at ‘upset’ prices’.. and £650 with option to buy the freehold, for an Elizabethan cottage and six acres at Henham, in Essex

1931 July 22nd. Observer
Hampton and Sons - Henham, Essex ‘Prestons’. Six acres, freehold, £1,100

1934 April 13th. deaths Observer
BESWICK On April 11, 1934, suddenly, at Henham, Essex, H. J. Beswick. Of Christchurch, New Zealand, and 45, Thurloe Square, London SW7. Funeral private. No flowers. By request

1935 July 29. Observer
Mr and Mrs Douglas G. Pelly have arrived at Swaynes Hall, Widdington, Essex (Telephone: Henham 69), which will be their permanent address.

1936 Oct 19. Observer
The Rev W Ormrod, lately senior curate of Garston, Liverpool, has been instituted to the vicarage of Henham, Essex patrons, the Patronage Board of the National Church League

1939 Mar 15th. Observer
Unspoilt country guest house exceptional cooking: main electricity; golf, from 2 ½ gns.- Malthouse, Widdington, Newport, Essex. Henham 24

1940 Jan 8th. Observer
Mrs Bundey highly recommends her conscientious devoted Nannie, age 33: excellent with health, diet; baby from month preferred; country; within reach London. The Bury, Henham, Essex

1943 Feb 4th.
To be Let, Well-furnished Labour-saving HOUSE; 4 bed. 2 reception; mains services; central heating; 38 miles SW London; double garage. apply Glebeside, Henham, Essex

1943 Sept 1st.
The Rev. J E Cowley , vicar of Holy Trinity, Tewkesbury, to be vicar of Henham, Essex.

1943 Nov 7th. Picture Post
A MARRIED MAN: Why There Musn't Be More Babies

I have never read so much bunkum as all this talk about getting the birth rate up. I will give you a programme for getting all the babies you want - abolish all the Social Services, bring wages down to a subsistence level, abolish all forms of public transport and entertainment, scrap decent housing and put every married family in a two-roomed hovel without a single convenience. In these conditions, as every slum-worker knows, the people will breed like rabbits.

I am delighted to say that our people have lifted themselves on to a slightly higher plane than this - a plane where they try at any rate to get a little entertainment out of their lives, instead of wearing themselves out by producing monstrously great families at the behest of national leaders who wanted interminable supplies of cheap labour and cannon-fodder.

Don't run away with the idea that when you give the people Beveridge they'll give you more babies in return. They won't - and quite right too. They're far too sensible. They've been told for years that machinery can almost make the labour of man superfluous -and now somebody starts wailing because the supply of men is going down. Could anything be more ridiculous ?

Robert Steed, The Row, Henham, Essex

1943 Dec 18th. Picture Post
'Another blast from Robert Steed - I see you are still at it - and now we are treated to a whole page of the old bunkum about the birth-rate. Why did I take the trouble to write to you (under a name I have used throughout my career as an author) and point out (Picture Post, Nov. 27) that the only known way to rocket up the birth-rate is to clamp down on the living standards of the people ? The only question is - are you prepared to accept that solution for a problem which doesn't worry me in the slightest but which seems to be worrying you people out of your skins ? Meanwhile, as was natural, my few words of commonsense have stirred the rampaging sentimentalists, who are bombarding me with letters containing such phrases as "incredible selfishness," "disgusting," and so on. It might save a bit of the country's paper supply if you copuld print the fact that I am, though of advanced years, a confirmed family man, who is never so happy as when his little son toddles up to him, puts out his tiny, trusting, hands, and gives him one in the eye with a good big lump of coal.

Robert Steed, The Row Henham, Essex."

1955 May 16th. - Mr Butler on Family Allowances
When Mr. Butler, Chancellor of the Exchequer, spoke at Henham, Essex, on Saturday, a questioner urged that family allowances should be paid for the first child. Mr. Butler replied: ‘The difficulty is that there are so many that it would run into something like £100m. It would be much more expensive that what we have already done in the field of family allowances and I am pretty sure it would be too expensive at the present time ‘