19th Century press cuttings
1860 Bury Free Press newspaper archive
September 25th 1860
On Saturday last the post windmill situated a short distance from Bildeston and belonging to Mr King was destroyed by fire. It was 60 years to the day when it was first used on which occassion Bildeston celebrated the event by the ringing of a peal of hand bells in the mill.
1859 Bury and Norwich Post newspaper archive
May 3rd 1859
Inquest at Hitcham White Horse on William Gooch aged 39. William Death, a man in the employ of Mr Mark Major said the previous Thursday week the deceased came to work with the threshing machine belonging to Mr Russel and late in the day witness saw deceased trying to see if the machine would go well with his hands as the horses were not put on yet, and in doing so in a most careless manner he got his hands entangled in the cogs and a finger was crushed.
Mr Growse, surgeon of Bildeston said he examined his hand and found it necessary to amputate a finger and he dressed another and was going on well, last Friday morning he was sent for and found evidence of lockjaw, he died next day.
He left a wife and 5 children.
March 29th 1859
Thomas Sore, aged 16 years was indicted for rape at Bildestone on Emma Smith, age 10 or 12 years, guilty but the jury recommended mercy but His Lordship sentenced him to two years hard labour.
May 26th 1883
Bildeston. On Friday morning a noise was heard in a well belonging to some cottages in Duke street, a woman was found in the well and on the chain being let down she grasped it and was drawn up none the worse for her immersion, the well is about 15ft deep and very narrow so that wounds she had received in her descent were from grazing against the walls, it is reported that the Whitsuntide festivities had something to do with the affair.
July 28th 1883
Bildeston. A cricket club has been formed in Bildeston with Messrs H.Walker and W.Mould as captain and vice captain, Mr S. Honeywill as secretary and treasurer.