Walsham le Willows

A Brief History of Walsham

The 1700’s

All the information on this 18th century page comes from the Town Wardens’ Accounts that can be found in the Record Office in Bury St. Edmunds. The Town Wardens were, in a sense, forerunners of the Parish Council.

Photograph of part of a bill to the Town Wardens for 1711 – written in English.

A bill for labour and materials including lime and hair and white Woolpit bricks which cost nearly twice as much as ordinary red bricks.

Photograph of part of a bill to the Town Wardens dated 1714, written in English and signed Richard Willet.

November the 2: 1715
A Bill for the Town Wardens for looking after the clock 8s 0d
for keeping the register 4s 0d
for washing the surplice 2s 0d
for sweeping the leads   6d
for oil   8d
in all 15s 2d
Richard Willit

Photograph of part of a bill to the Town Wardens dated 1722 written in English.

A bill for 1722 includes:
For writing the commandments and painting the font 8s 0d
For 3 days work of myself in whiting the church 6s 0d

Photograph of part of a bill to the Town Wardens dated 1723 written in English.

Black and white drawing of a miscreant sitting on a bench with his feet in the stocks.

Photograph of a receipt dated 1788 written in English.

An old postcard depicting the crossroads as Stocks Corner suggested Walsham had stocks. Here is further evidence – “for mending the irons to the stocks 1s 0d”.

Photograph of a bill dated 1788 written in English.

A receipt for payment of one shilling for a prayer for the king’s recovery refers to the “madness” of King George III.

Goodman Smiths Bill of Walsham image

Goodman Smith’s Bill of Walsham. For cutting off a cancer upon his lip and looking after the same for six weeks including all medicine £2 2s.

Photograph of a bill dated 1784 written in English.

Every year, on Rogation Sunday, villagers walked round the parish boundary “beating the bounds”. They were refreshed with ale – 14 gallons on this occasion.

Black and white drawing of a maypole and photograph of part of a bill to Town Wardens for ‘sparring up the maypole’.

Image of old bill document in scraley italic nibbed writing.

The last item on this bill reads – “for sparring up the maypole 3s 6d”.

Photograph of part of a bill to the Town Wardens written in English.

A bill to the Town Wardens for bread for the poor £1 2s 3d. Received the contents – John Finch.

Photograph of part of a bill to the Town Wardens written in English dated 1788.

April 30 1788 Delivered 4 loads and a half of wood at the workhouse at 10s per load £2 5s 0d. This Bill received – Ezekiel Simpson.

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