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Norfolk, Loddon & Clavering District, Geldeston, Parish Information, 1858

Document Reference: Fire in Geldeston at home of Mr Spurling GOWER

Transcribed by: Janelle Penney
Date Added: September 22, 2001

Beccles Weekly News
25 May 1858 Page 4, column 2
From microfilm supplied by the British Library Newspaper Library

On Saturday last, a destructive fire occurred upon the premises of Mr Spurling GOWER, farmer, at Geldeston, at a little past 9 am. It was first discovered by a laborer, who was passing in the road, and who immediately gave the alarm. Prompt measures were at once resorted to, and the fire attacking the roof first, ample time was afforded for removing chief part of the furniture.

Two of the fire engines from Beccles were soon on the spot, and under the active management of Superintendent HARDINGE and sergeant TAYLOR, the fire was soon subdued and prevented from communicating with any other part of the premises, but unfortunately the dwelling-house was complete;y destroyed. Great difficulty was found at first in procuring a suitable supply of water, as the dykes near the house were almost dry; but this was soon remedied by one engine being placed so as to supply the other engine from dykes at a distance. Great praise is due to the laborers and others who rendered assistance, for the cautious manner in which the furniture was removed, whereby we understand it has sustained little injury.

The occurrence is supposed to have originated either from one of the spars (of which there were several) across the inside of the chimney catching fire, or from a spark having lodged amongst the thatch of the roof, as the servant was baking in a brick oven. The property belongs to Dr CRADDOCK, of Brazenose College, Oxford, and is insured in the Globe Fire Insurance Office; the furniture is insured in the "Farmers'."

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