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Downham boys of World War I

.WAR MEMORIAL IN ST EDMUND`S DOWNHAM MARKET WAR MEMORIAL DOWNHAM MARKET DOWNHAM`S FALLEN HEROES OF  THE GREAT WAR ASHBY , ARTHUR JOHN  . Born 1883 Rugby : in 1911 lodging with Mrs Elizabeth Canham in Bexwell Road  ; builders clerk . Enlisted Downham , Machine Gun Corps .  Killed in action in an air-raid on […]

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Downham`s Workhouse

300 YEARS OF CARING The Poor House to High Haven St Mark`s Gospel chapter 14 verse 7 in the King James version has ” For ye have the poor with you always , and whensoever ye will ye may do them good . “ For as long as the church of St Edmund has stood […]

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Downham`s Bridges

copyright Eastern Daily Press : Images of Norfolk 1995. The Great Ouse Flood Protection Scheme was a massive undertaking . The river rises in Northamptonshire and runs 165 miles out to King`s Lynn. The first of the very bad flooding in living memory came in 1947 following the thaw of a record breakingly cold winter […]

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Downham Riots 1816

At the end , on that hot August Saturday , on Norwich Castle hill , there was a delay. A rumour of a reprieve ” and the execution not taking place until half past one , gave strength to that rumour . ” But no urgent galloping horse, no urgent running man brought a reprieve […]

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Downham`s Railway.

TOP NEWS ENGLISH HERITAGE HAVE LISTED AND SAVED THE SIGNAL BOX AT DOWNHAM AS OF JULY 2013. As early as 1824 , the dawn of the railway era, a prospectus of the Norfolk and Suffolk Rail Road company was being circulated in the newspapers of the day , in themselves a new form of communication […]

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Crime & Punishment

No doubt in the depths of the National Archives and in sources in the Norfolk Record Office like the Quarter Sessions , as yet un indexed, there would be more about crime and punishment in Downham and district . These are just a few of the problems which beset the authorities in the first half […]

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Wills

Summary of the will of Henry Saffrey PROB 11/583 In the name of God , Amen. I Henry Saffery of Downham Market , gent , being indisposed in body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding praise be God for the same . Item I give and devise to my very loving brother […]