Ellistons Yard is one of the many alleyways in Sudbury which record the names of past owners. It is located in Ballingdon Street and is most likely to have been named after Thomas Elliston who was a builder in mid-19th century Sudbury.  Some of the Elliston family appear in the Cocket Book and, on June 18th, 1818, Thomas, a labourer and son of Humphry, a weaver, was admitted to the Freedom of Sudbury.  There may be a connection with Thomas Elliston, builder from Ballingdon, who examined the roof of St. Gregory’s Church, Sudbury, in October 1857. He wrote a report which concluded that whilst he had been engaged in repairing the roofs of several churches, he had never before seen one so decayed as the eastern portion of that of St. Gregory. It emerged that many people had seen the decayed state of the timbers in the roof and its state was such that no one could account for the fact of its not having already fallen in.

Admissions to the Freedom of the Borough of Sudbury in the 19th century

The Earl family

Earl, Abraham, of Hampstead, servant, son of John, weaver, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

Earl, Adam, son of Edward, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

Earl, David, jobber, son of John, admitted May 16th, 1848

Earl, Isaac, a Private in the West Essex Militia, admitted October 27th, 1806, borough and commons, by birth

Earl, James, labourer, son of John, weaver, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

Earl, James, weaver, son of James Earl, admitted July 29th, 1839

Earl, John, servant, son of William, admitted October 2nd, 1812, borough and commons, by birth

Earl, John, of Hampstead, carpenter, son of John, weaver, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

Earl, John, baker, son of John Earl, admitted July 28th, 1838

Earl, John, weaver, son of James, bricklayer, admitted May 16th, 1848

Earl, Samuel, plasterer, son of John, weaver, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

Earl, William, the younger, of the India House, London, admitted October 28th, 1806, borough and commons, by birth

Earl, William, weaver, son of John Earl, admitted July 28th, 1838

Earl, William, of 40 Church Street, mat-weaver, son of David Earl, marine store dealer, admitted August 4th, 1882

The Edey family

Edey, Charles, innkeeper, admitted September 1st, 1828, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Edwards family

Edwards, George, linen draper, admitted May 7th, 1812, borough and commons, by purchase

Edwards, Sampson, plumber and glazier, admitted May 11th, 1820, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Eley family

Eley, William, blacksmith, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by servitude

The Elliott family

Elliott, Francis, bricklayer labourer, son of Thomas, cordwainer, admitted July 28th, 1843

Elliott, John, of 62 Cross Street, engineer, son of Thomas, shoemaker, dec’d, admitted August 6th, 1886

Elliott, Thomas, cordwainer, admitted June 5th, 1818, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

Elliott, Thomas, cordwainer, apprentice to his father, Thomas Elliott, cordwainer, admitted July 28th, 1843

Elliott, Thomas Walter, of 47 Cannon Place, Bury Saint Edmunds, grocer, son of Thomas, shoemaker, admitted August 1st, 1884

The Ellis family

Ellis, Charles, schoolmaster, son of William, late grocer and linen draper, admitted July 28th, 1830, borough and commons, by birth

Ellis, Frederick William, silkweaver, son of William, admitted June 10th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

Ellis, Frederick William, of 26 Worsill Street, Battersea, painter, son of Frederick William Ellis, relieving officer, deceased, admitted August 3rd, 1883

The Elliston family

Elliston, James, of 5 Crescent, America Square, London, servant, son of Humphry, weaver, admitted June 10th, 1826, borough only, by birth

Elliston, John, servant, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth

Elliston, Joshua, silkweaver, son of Robert, senior, weaver, admitted July 28th, 1830, borough only, by birth

Elliston, Robert, weaver, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth

Elliston, Robert, weaver, son of Robert, weaver, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough only, by birth

Elliston, Samuel, weaver, son of Humphry, weaver, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough only, by birth

Elliston, Samuel, weaver, son of Robert, weaver, admitted April 28th, 1831, borough only, by birth

Elliston, Thomas, labourer, son of Humphry, weaver, admitted 18.6.1818

The Emson family

Emson, John, linen draper, admitted October 16th, 1826, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Everard family

Everard, Edmund, cordwainer, admitted May 4th, 1815, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

Everard, Thomas, tailor, son of Edmund, admitted July 29th, 1839

Everard, William, innkeeper, admitted May 24th, 1827, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas