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Stamford Mercury Thursday 12 October 1738 Stolen or stray'd from Sedgebrook, in the County of Lincoln, on Sunday the 8th of this instant October, a black mare, better than 14 hands high, with a Star and a small Snip, widish Ear'd, part of her mane shorn, a longish bon Tail, if not alter'd, with several grey Hairs on each side the Crupper, and some white Locks, if not pulled out, some small white in the Brisket of Garthing Place, a small streak of white on one side near the Garthing Place, resembling the Letter J. comes six years old, and worth 7 or 8 Pounds.If anyone can give intelligence of the said Mare, either to Mr Thomas Allam of Sedgebrook aforesaid, Mr Carteer at the White Lion in Grantham, or Mr Richard Herring in Newark, so that she may be had again, shall have half a guinea reward, and reasonable charges.
N.B.If she be rode hard and turn'd out warm, she is subject to run at the Eyes, as though blind.

Transactions of the Thoroton Soc of Nottinghamshire.
The Astronomer and Mathematician George Burroughs of Sedgebrook in Lincolnshire composed detailed letters to the Nottingham Journal on Astronomical subjects such as eclipses during the 1780’s.

Stamford Mercury Friday 25th February 1820
Sedgebrook – Subscribed to the Grantham Old Association for the Prosecution of Felons.
Lee William
Scrimshaw Joseph
Turney William
Turney John
Ward Joseph.

Stamford Mercury Fri 18th April 1823
To the Creditors of Joseph Richardson of Sedgebrook, Gardener. A dividend of 3s in the pound will be paid to all those creditors who shall apply for the same and execute the Deed of Trust on or before the 24th day of June next. By order of the Trustee, Ge White, Solicitor, Grantham 12th April 1823.

Stamford Mercury Fri Aug ? 1826
Wm Turney Jun by the solicitations of his neighbours intends commencing the business of SALESMAN at Nottingham and willl attend at that place every fortnight. Those who please to entrust him with their stock may rely on every exertion being used for the interest of his employers. William Turney's first journey will be on the 21st inst.
Sedgebrook, Grantham

Stamford Mercury Fri 19 February 1830
Mr William Ward’s Affairs, of Spanby
Notice is hereby given That William Ward of Spanby in the County of Lincoln, farmer, by Indenture dated the first day of this instant month of February, hath assigned over, all his personal estate and effects unto Joseph Ward, of Sedgebrook in the said county, farner and Robert Lockwood, the younger of Spanby aforesaid, farmer, in trust for the equal benefit of such of his creditors as shall execute the said Deed of assignment or signify their intention of doing so, on or before the 10th day of April next – The assignment now lies at my office for the inspection and signature of the creditors. All persons indebted to the said William Ward are requested to pay the amount of their respective debts forthwith into my hands, to prevent actions at law being commenced for the recovery therof. W RATHER, Solicitor for the Assignees. Grantham, Feb 2 1830.

Stamford Mercury 6 May 1831
Lincolnshire, Kesteven. To the Bricklayers and Masons.
Such persons as are desirous of Contracting for the ERECTION of Two plain, substantial CARRIAGE BRIDGES over rivulets crossing the Turnpike-road between Grantham and Nottingham, near to the village of Sedgebrook, in these parts, and called the SHEEP WASH BRIDGE and WILLOW BRIDGE, must send sealed tenders for the erection therof, (with the names of sufficient securities to the Clerk of the Peace for the due performance of the contract), to the office of Mr Manners, Clerk to the Magistrates, Grantham, or to my office at Sleaford on or before the 12th day of May next – The Bridges are intended to be single arched; the Sheep Wash Bridge to be 12 feet span, and the Willow Bridge, 10 feet span, to be built according to plans and specifications prepared by the County Surveyor, which may be seen at the Offices before referred to. W FORBES, Clerk of the Peace for the said parts. Sleaford April 27 1831.

Stamford Mercury 6 May 1831
Lincolnshire, Kesteven. To the Bricklayers and Masons. Such persons as are desirous of Contracting for the ERECTION of Two plain, substantial CARRIAGE BRIDGES over rivulets crossing the Turnpike-road between Grantham and Nottingham, near to the village of Sedgebrook, in these parts, and called the SHEEP WASH BRIDGE and WILLOW BRIDGE, must send sealed tenders for the erection therof, (with the names of sufficient securities to the Clerk of the Peace for the due performance of the contract), to the office of Mr Manners, Clerk to the Magistrates, Grantham, or to my office at Sleaford on or before the 12th day of May next – The Bridges are intended to be single arched; the Sheep Wash Bridge to be 12 feet span, and the Willow Bridge, 10 feet span, to be built according to plans and specifications prepared by the County Surveyor, which may be seen at the Offices before referred to. W FORBES, Clerk of the Peace for the said parts. Sleaford April 27 1831.

Stamford Mercury Fri 27 March 1835
Superior Stallions at Grantham Fair on Monday April 6th 1835 at precisely 1 o' clock.Will be sold by Auction by W Wood.
That capital Brown Cart Stallion "Young Waxwork", the property of Mr Lee of Sedgebrook.

Stamford Mercury Fri 23 June 1837
In the affairs of the late William Lee of Sedgebrook in the county of Lincoln. Persons having any claim against Mr Wm Lee at the time of his decease are requested to send their accounts to Mr Thomas Lee of Barkston or Mr Anthoy Lee of Honington, the execs in order that the same may be examined on discharge. Also all persons indebted to the said Wm Lee are requested to pay the same forthwith to the above named Thomas and Anthony Lee.
19 June 1837.

Lincolnshire Chronicle 18th April 1845
INCENDIARY FIRE – On Sunday night the 13th inst. about half past 10 o’ clock, the inhabitants of the village of Sedgebrook, about 4 miles from Grantham, were alarmed by a fire breaking out in the crew yard of Messrs John and James Wing. The fire was fortunately discovered by a labourer in the employ of the above gentlemen, who lost no time in giving the alarm. The fury of the fire was very early reduced by the united efforts of all the farmers and villagers in the neighbourhood, to whom the greatest praise is due; otherwise the beast and horses in the yard would have been destroyed, there being upwards of 30 beast in the stalls and 8 horses in the stables adjoining. About 12 o’ clock, in consequence of the adjoining buildings being thatched and the wind very high, Mr Shipman rode to Grantham for the engine when a party of the brigade with one engine immediately started for the spot, and with the ready assistance of all the villagers speedily extinguished the flames. There is no doubt of it’s being the vile act of an incendiary, although both the gentlemen possess the most kind and charitable feelings towards the poor, which was fully manifested by the readiness of every person to assist and prevent further damage. The damage is estimated at about £50, which is fully insured in the Phoenix office.

Stamford Mercury Friday 10th September 1847
Grantham County Magistrates Meeting September 3rd.
Wm Handley of Sedgebrook paid 5L and 12s costs for using beam and scales very much out of order.

Perry’s Bankrupt Gazette 2nd Oct 1847
Shipman William, (Sept 24) of Sedgebrook, Lincolnshire, farmer. Trustees, Robert Hand, Woolsthorpe, grazier and Edmund Fillingham Kinf, of Barrowby, banker _ Sols White & Co Grantham

Lincolnshire Chronicle 19th January 1849
On Sunday evening, the last meeting of Mormonites, or, as they term themselves, Latter-Day Saints, took place previous to their departure for California, in a quarry belonging to Mr. Farnworth, of the Blue Sheep, Grantham. Several of these deluded people held forth on the blessings they would enjoy on arriving at the "new Jerusalem", and the meeting became so excited towards the close of evening that it was found necessary to call in the police. A man of the name of Beecham, it is said, is at the head of the expedition, and that a sum of £700 has been raised and placed in his hands, for the purpose of paying the expenses of the voyage. Mrs Bembridge, of Sedgebrooke, has sold off all her furniture, a cow, &c., with the object of joining the party. This female is 88 years old, but expects that, should she arrive safely at her place of destination, she will never die. The people are told they are to ride up the country on white donkeys, and other things are stated which are rank blasphemy, and of which we dare not mention.

snippet from Pugilistica: the history of British Boxing containing lives of the most celebrated Pugislists by Henry Downes Miles
on the 23rd September 1851 the men met at Sedgebrook near Grantham for a small stake of £25 a side ------- a little before one Paddock gaining "first blood" and "first knock down" by a delivery on[Harry] Poulson's left eye.

snippet from Bare Fists: the history of bare knuckle proze fighting, Bob Mee.
having been put in his place by the [Tipton, William Perry] slasher he lost more ground when beaten by Henry Poulson in a gruelling fight spread over 71 rounds and 95 minutes at Sedgebrook near Grantham Lincolnshire on 23rd September 1851.

Newark Advertiser 23 March 2012
Recently published by Tony Gee of London is a new book chronicling the history of bare-knuckle boxing and the heroes of the prize fighting ring. Entitled Up to Scratch, it contains interesting references to a number of famous Nottinghamshire prize-fighters including Ben Caunt of Hucknall, William 'Bendigo' Thompson of Nottingham and Newark's own Harry Paulson (1819 - 1890).
Paddock, subsequently a champion of all England, was widely known as a ferocious and impetuous fighter.
He had already been beaten by Bendigo Thompson, and the prospect of a match against another Nottinghamshire man attracted considerable interest.
As Tony Gee describes in his book, one of the biggest problems faced by promoters of bare-knuckle fights in the 19th Century was finding a suitable venue. The sport was illegal and publicity often relied simply on word of mouth. Bouts were often purposefully held in out of the way locations - often in open fields where interference from the magistrates and local parish constables could be minimised. Such was the location of Paulson's first encounter with Tom Paddock which took place at Sedgebrook near Grantham at midday on September 23, 1851. An eyewitness at the event was Mr Joseph Smith of Newark, one-time publican of the Wing Tavern in the Market Place, and in a subsequent article published in the Advertiser, Smith recalled how Bendigo and Ben Caunt were both in attendance.

Stamford Mercury Friday October 3rd 1851
A “prize fight” for 50L, between 2 professionals named Paddock and Paulson, was commenced at Sedgebrook, near Grantham on the 22nd ult. A large party of blackguards and thieves left London to witness the contest, but on their arrival at No-man’s Heath, near Appleby, Leicestershire, the spot was found to be in possession of 18 policeman, and the combatants and their followers proceeded thence to the above place. At Sedgebrook the men fought for one hour, and thirty five minutes, and in the 71st round cries of “Here’s a policeman coming” were raised. It turned out that a Leicestershire constable had discovered the pugilists’ whereabouts, and on making his appearance in the ring, Paddock instantly disappeared, and the fight thus terminated. Paulson claims the the stakes. A fixed determination not to give publicity, on mere rumour, to circumstances which at the time we were strongly disposed not to believe, induced us to refrain from alluding in any form, to the disgusting and degrading spectacle at Sedgebrook above alluded to. The rumours then so rife, that certain gentlemen whose official position as conservators of the peace should have dictated a different line of proceeding were far too busy on the ground, has since been more than confirmed. Among other persons of high standing and influence in the town and neighbourhood, there were no fewer than four ex-Mayors of Grantham. [We withhold the names of many persons forwarded to us, lest a mistake should have been made, and we should be the means of hurting the feelings of any one unjustly]. When Ilife, the Bottesford Policeman, made his appearance, several of the gentlemen alluded to called loudly upon the mob to keep him back, and not allow him to enter the ring; at the same time informing Ilife he had no right there, and that he had better go away and mind his business. Fortunately Paddock had no wish to encounter a policeman, and therefore hastily quitted the ring, as stated above, otherwise a serious breach of the peace might have been committed. As it was, the policeman was knocked down, was hurt on the head by a bason thrown at him, and had his clothes almost torn to pieces. He deserves great credit for his bravery in entering the ring without assistance to supress the fight.

Stamford Mercury October 28 1853
Kesteven Sessions
Henry Smith aged 27 pleaded guilty of stealing some carpenters tools at Sedgebrook on the 20th July, the property of Robt Wilson and was sentenced to 6 weeks hard labour.

Stamford Mercury Fri 12 November 1858
Wanted a person not under 25 years of age, to take the management of 3 young children and to make herself generally useful. References will be required. Personal application to Mrs Richard Robinson, Sedgebrook near Grantham.

Stamford Mercury Fri 17 Dec 1858
To Farm Bailiffs WANTED – a Man and his wife of strict integrity and honesty – APPLY (first by letter enclosing references) to Mr Geo Robinson, Sedgebrook, Grantham.

Stamford Mercury Fri 15 March 1861
To Shepherds
Wanted at Lady-Day or May Day next, a married man as shepherd to take the management of a small flock of sheep &c, a cottage and garden provided, character will be required. - Apply to Mr Rd Robinson - Sedgebrook Grantham

Stamford Mercury Fri 6 Sep 1861
Wanted immediately, a steady single young man (to board in the house) accustomed to working a steam thrashing machine. Apply - stating wages up to May - to J. Brown, Sedgebrooke, Grantham.

Grantham Journal 23rd November 1861.
THE GOOD SAMARITAN – On Sunday the 10th inst., as the Rev. G.E.Welby, rector of Barrowby, was passing along the Grantham and Nottingham turnpike, he discovered a female in an exhausted condition from want and exposure. He alighted from his basket carriage, and assisted her therein, and drove her to the nearest cottage where he sought shelter but was refused. He, however drove to the village Inn, Sedgebrook, where he secured necessary comforts, and a bed for the poor sufferer. At a subsequent visit a good supply of warm clothing was supplied, and when the poor creature was sufficiently recovered to pass on, the rev. gentleman took her to the railway station and paid her fare to Nottingham, the whole expenses being paid by this kind-hearted clergyman.
Unfortunately, this kind-hearted clergyman was grossly imposed upon by an exceedingly clever vagabond. The same woman was seen by one of the Grantham rural postmen, at Boothby and Somerby where she went through the process of a fit before each of the clergymen’s houses, two men in her company lurking under an adjoining hedge in the meantime. She was, in each case, treated with brandy, food and money. In the evening the woman arrived in Grantham, and in the middle of High street let herself carefully down on the causeway, as in a pretended fit. P.C.Sergeant Holt having been informed of her doings during the day, had her wheeled in a barrow to the police station. On her arrival, Supt. Howard sent for Dr Ferneley, who pronounced her to be an imposter, and the mere threat of having her head shaved, and a blister applied to the back of her neck, with the addition of being locked up in a cell until Monday, caused her to get up without assistance, and to request to be allowed to go to her lodgings. This being granted, she went away without the slightest difficulty, and the next day tried the same dodge, we are sorry to say, with too good success.

Stamford Mercury Fri 17th April 1863
District Bankrupts
Beaumont Handley, Sedgebrook, Lincs, Gardener April 20th at 11am.

Grantham Journal 14 October 1865
Spittlegate Petty Sessions
Morris Isaacs a farm servant at Sedgbrook was fined 2s 6d and 13s costs for riding on the shafts of a wagon.

Nottinghamshire Guardian 23 March 1866
Embezzlement at Sedgbrook. Crown Court before Mr Justice Shee.
James Handley aged 40 labourer was charged with having at Sedgebrook on the 19th February 1866 feloniously embezzled the sum of £1 7s the property of Joseph Caunt his Master. The prisoner pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

Grantham Journal 24 August 1867
To Millers – wanted immediately a good miller. He must be a good stone dresser. Apply to Mr R Robinson, Sedgebrook Mill, Grantham.

Grantham Journal 24 August 1867
Wanted – a situation as Gardener or undergardener. Address to John Hubbard, Mr G Robinson, Sedgebrook, Grantham

The Gospel Standard 1st July 1868
SITUATION - Wanted by an aged couple, a middle aged person who can milk ? & do the housework. Can have the privelege of attending a gospel ministry. Address: Joseph Gray, Cottager, Sedgebrook near Grantham.

Stamford Mercury 11 June 1869
Wanted immediately, a strong active young woman able to do plain cooking and assist in the washing of a large family. No Dairy. Wages 9L. Address: Mrs Drake, Sedgebrook Rectory, Grantham.

Stamford Mercury Fri 13 May 1870
To Farm Labourers
Wanted immediately, a steady respectable Married Man who thoroughly understands the management of all kinds of live stock and can clip and dress sheep. Good character required from last employer. House and Garden provided. Apply Mr Smith, Breeder Hills, Sedgebrook, Grantham.

Lincolnshire Chronicle Fri 4th August 1871
On Friday afternoon last the funeral of Mr Alderman Shipman took place. The hearse and 5 coaches formed the morning procession to the village of Sedgebrook where the corpse was interrred. The Mayor, Corporation, Magistrates, and several inhabitants of Grantham were conveyed by special train, owing to the kindness of the District Superintendant of the Great Northern Railway (who was a personal friend of the famiy), to attend and pay that last tribute of respect to one whose ability and courtesey had for many years been fully appreciated. The principal tradespeople of Grantham, as also those of the village of Sedgebrook, closed their shops, in token of the esteem and regard they had for the deceased gentleman.

The Times Newspaper June 6th 1873
St Leonards on Sea - Education for the daughters of Gentlemen. For particulars address the Rev. Canon Drake, Chaplain in ordinary to the Queen, Sedgebrook Rectory, Grantham.

Grantham Journal 29 June 1872
Wanted by a married Clergyman in the country where a second servant is kept, an upper servant, not under 25 nor above 40 years of age to take charge of the household, the lady being an invalid. She must be a good plain cook. An economical manager and willing to make herself generally useful. Apply by letter, post paid, stating name and address, length of character and references and wages expected to W.A. Post Office, Sedgbrook, nr Grantham.

Nottingham Evening Post 16th August 1887
Shocking Accident at Sedgebrook. Last Evening William Drury aged 5 was admitted to the Grantham Hospital suffering from severe internal injuries - it appears the little fellow was run over by a waggon loaded with wheat belonging to Mr Burton, farmer of Sedgebrook. On enquiring at noon today at the hospital Miss Paley the Matron informed our reporters there was little hope of the boys recovery.

Nottingham Evening Post Wednesday 17th August 1887
The Sedgebrook Accident - On inquiry at Grantham Hospital today it was found that the boy Drury is still living, but the extent of his injuries has not yet been ascertained. It appears that the waggon was empty when the accident occurred, and was returning to the harvest field. Drury, together with other children, had mounted the vehicle for a ride, when, in playing, they got upon the graves, or side rails, which toppled over and threw the youngsters into the road. Several of the children narrowly escaped being run over, and it is stated that both wheels went over William Drury's body, breaking the ribs on each side. The waggon, belonged to Mr W S Burton, farmer, Sedgebrook; and an elder brother of the injured boy was in charge of the horses at the time of the accident.

Nottingham Evening Post 26 February 1890
Alleged outrages at Grantham – John Brown, tramp 52 was charged at Spittlegate, Grantham today, with committing an outrage upon Sarah Knight married woman, at Foston January 9th. The offence was alledged to have been committed on the bridle road between Westborough and Foston about 3 in the afternoon. There was a further charge against Brown of outraging Sarah Handley, a single woman at Sedgebrook on February 17th. This offence was alleged to have taken place about 8 in the morning whilst prosecutrix was delivering letters. He was committed for trial at the Assizes on both charges.

Nottinghamshire Evening Post 2nd December 1890
Serious Accident in Nottinghamshire
This morning a bricklayer named Thomas Wright of Curzon street, Netherfield was plying his occupation on a wall at sedgebrook when he fell off sustaining a severe wound on the head. He was at once removed to Nottingham General Hospital.

Stamford Mercury 13 December 1895
Spittlegate (Grantham) Police
A lenient sentence – George North and William Oliver farm servants of Sedgebrook and Muston were charged with trespassing in pursuit of rabbits on the 1st December. Thomas Fisher , farmer of Sedgebrook was prosecutor but did not press the case and the defendants were discharged on payment of costs. They told the Bench that while walking home a dog which they had with them saw a rabbit and chased it and they followed.

Grantham Journal 27 February 1904
HOUSEMAID wanted, about 17, Farmhouse, small family – Miss Bee, Sedgebrook, Grantham.

Grantham Journal 20 February 1904
Sedgebrook Friday Next Feb 26th
By instructions from Mr Wm Wormsley, who is giving up his Land.
2 Beasts. Red Cow in profit, Rearig Calf, IMPLEMENTS; heavy cart on iron arms with raves, light spring cart, set chain harrows, wood harrows, wheelbarrow, salting board, pig troughs, 3 sets harness, ladders, cart cloth, &c DAIRY UTENSILS, dash churn, butter bowl, and marker, pancheons, FURNITURE; shovels, forks, 3 Couples FOWLS, Sundries – Sale 1.30. Grantham Journal 12 March 1904
Wanted – Waggoner; House and garden; light land, 5 horses, 17s per week, extra for harvest. R.Johnston, Breeder Hills, Sedgebrook.

Grantham Journal 24 September 1904
Cook-General wanted – about 25, Farm-house, four in family; Housemaid kept. – Miss Bee, Sedgebrook, Grantham.

Grantham Journal 31st Dec 1904
Gift of Coal – Mr Baker has presented his annual gift of coal to the widows and aged poor of the parish.

Grantham Journal 31 December 1904
PIGS – to be sold, 4 nice Yorkshire Whites, one year old, due to pig in 5 weeks. APPLY, John Bee, Sedgebrook.

Grantham Journal 31 Dec 1904
Fox Hound puppy lost on Dec 23rd. Anyone returning or giving information as to its whereabouts will be rewarded. Apply – John Bee, Sedgebrook.

The Times Newspaper August 24th 1916
WANT PLACES - Maid - Useful, good needle woman, no dressmaking.
E.Walker, near Grantham

Cornishman 13 November 1930
Mr J D Player of Sedgebrook Manor, Grantham, one of several new purchasers starting herds bought a 5 year old, thousand gallon cow for 68 guineas.

The Times Newspaper January 6th 1959
ELECTRICITY CHARGES - To the Editor of the Times
Sir - Is not one of the great drawbacks of the national industries that they are so inflexible and impersonal?. Local representatives cannot accept responsibility or make decisions, and must work by rule of thumb. I recently came as priest-in-charge of Sedgebrook with East and West Allington (where George Crabbe was once rector). I am occupying only 2 rooms in what, even by Victorian standards, was a very large rectory. (At one time it accomodated the boarders of the now defunct Sedgebrook Grammar School). The East Midland Electricty Board informs me that it does not matter how many rooms I occupy. I am to be charged on the floor space of the rectory. My sister, who has a small house in Fulbeck under the same authority, with 5 rooms and a great variety of electrical apparatus is paying less a year than I must pay a quarter for my 2 rooms. This seems unjust.
Yours Faithfully,
Austin Lee
Sedgebrook Rectory, Grantham, Lincolnshire.

The Times Newspaper June 11th 1959
Writer wants a typist, male, short period [about 100.000 words] pleasant accomodation, salary, expenses.
Rev Austin Lee, Segebrook, Grantham, Lincolnshire
Note: This MAY have been 'Miss Hogg and the Covent Garden Murders', published in 1960. He also published his autobiography in 1954. Information provided by Jon Bayliss

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