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Most of the population still relied on agriculture, even if they were not themselves the landowner or the farmer.As farmers got less money for their crops, they could not pay the wartime levels of land rents, and also tried to reduce their production costs by reducing farm workers' wages.Several thousand recent photographs of vintage and classic cars can be found in the car show galleries section.Quick links on this page Enclosure awards 1815 Theatre Royal built 1819 Lenny's map of Bury 1823 Suffolk Hospital opened 1825 Ickworth Rotunda ready 1829 Great Reform Act 1832 Municipal Reform 1835 Pigot's first Directory 1839 St John's consecrated 1842 Rail link to Ipswich 1846 Athenaeum taken over 1854 Corn Exchange built 1862 Fred King starts brewery 1868 BFP moves, EADT born 1874 Henry Prigg's digs 1878 KEGS at the Vinefields 1883 Greene King Brewery 1887 West Suffolk C C 1888 Police in St Johns Street 1892 Foot of Page-Moyse's in 1899 Farm prices began to collapse, and for the next decade farmers would be in financial difficulties.The company assets included the Wharf at Fornham, located just downstream of the site of Babwell Priory.Records survive of a survey made by Thomas Warren of the buildings located at the Fornham Wharf at this time.The stations of the Yarmouth naval telegraph line set up in 1808 were rapidly sold off.
The picture shows the notice giving details of the sports for the Bury Festival on 17th June 1814.
There was "An old Salt House," a Granary, Ridley's Coal Warehouse, a Weighing House, and an "old coal yard." The Granary was let to Mr Cooper for £12. Ridley's warehouse was let to Thomas Ridley for a 20 year term at 5/- a year.
Probably this low rental implies that Ridley had paid for the building to be erected, and in effect this was just a site rent.
Landowners needed to maximise their efficiency in the face of falling prices, and it would be the common users who would have to give way.
This new round of land enclosure would put further pressure on the rural poor, and alter the landscape of the countryside for ever.