The stone plaque is set into a wall outside Phoenix Court in Church Walk, Sudbury. It commemorates a disastrous fire which broke out on July 2nd 1890 at Grimwood’s works situated at the back of Acton Square, between Church Walk and Croft Road.

This wall was built after the fire 1890

As the Suffolk and Essex Free Press reported on July 9th 1890: “The scene of the fire has been visited by hundreds of people, and as may be supposed presents a most desolate scene of destruction, with the wrecked walls and roofs, and the valuable and massive machinery bent and twisted, the charred and burnt timber etc. Very general expressions of surprise of the fire being kept within the limits of the works and injury to two or three small houses. But fortunately the air was very still and the intensity of the fire was so great that almost everything was quickly consumed, and there were scarcely any sparks or embers scattered away to reach the cottages … the Waggon and Horses Inn had a narrow escape.”

The Waggon and Horses, Church Walk, Sudbury

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

The Garwood family

Garwood, John, labourer, son of Abraham, tanner, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

The Ginn family

Ginn, Charles, linendraper, son of Thomas, admitted July 7th, 1841

Ginn, Edward, bricklayer, admitted July 10th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, Edward, bricklayer, son of Thomas, senior, Capital Burgess, admitted July 25th, 1835, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, Francis, of 6 Herbert Terrace, Suffolk Street, Cambridge Road, London, wine porter, son of Francis Thomas, labourer, dec’d, admitted August 5th, 1881

Ginn, Francis Thomas, labourer, son of George, waterman, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, George, bricklayer, admitted September 7th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, George, weaver, admitted July 10th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, George, junior, bricklayer, son of George, bargeman, admitted March 4th, 1820, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, George, of Lavenham, tailor, son of Thomas, senior, bricklayer and Capital Burgess, admitted April 28th, 1831, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, George, labourer, son of George, admitted May 12th, 1843

Ginn, Henry, senior, bricklayer, admitted July 9th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, Henry, junior, bricklayer, admitted July 9th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, Henry, junior, bricklayer, admitted May 24th, 1796, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, Henry, bricklayer, son of Henry, bricklayer, admitted March 4th, 1820, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, Henry, weaver, son of Stephen, admitted April 28th, 1831, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, James, weaver, admitted October 28th, 1806, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, James, carpenter, son of Thomas, senior, bricklayer, admitted July 28th, 1830, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, Matthias, bricklayer, admitted July 9th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, Philip, bricklayer, admitted June 10th, 1790, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, Philip, of Chelmsford, labourer, son of Zorobabel, labourer, admitted June 10th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, Thomas, bricklayer, admitted July 9th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, Thomas, labourer, admitted September 7th, 1780, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, Thomas, bricklayer, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by servitude and June 3rd, 1808, commons, by purchase

Ginn, Thomas, of London, bricklayer, son of Zorobabel, of Chelmsford, weaver, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, Thomas, bricklayer, son of Thomas, Capital Burgess, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough only, by birth

Ginn, Thomas, silkweaver, son of George, dec’d, admitted May 26th, 1857

Ginn, Thomas, of North Street, maltster, son of Francis Thomas, dec’d, admitted May 11th, 1860

Ginn, Zorobabel, weaver, admitted December 8th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth

Ginn, Zorobabel, of Springfield, Essex, labourer, son of Zorobabel, admitted June 10th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

The Gynne family (from the 1703 list of electors in the Borough of Sudbury)

Gynne, Baruch, of Boxford, son of Henry Gynne

Gynn, Zarubabell, son of …

The Godfrey family

Godfrey, Rowland, watchmaker, admitted October 15th, 1821, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Golding family

Golding, George, of Bures St. Mary, butcher, admitted July 3rd, 1802, borough and commons, by birth

Golding, Henry, weaver, son of George, butcher, dec’d, admitted July 28th, 1830, borough and commons, by birth

Golding, John, butcher, admitted May 22nd, 1800, borough only, by servitude, commons, by purchase

Golding, John, junior, a Private in the West Suffolk Militia, admitted October 28th, 1806, borough and commons, by birth

Golding, Joseph, butcher, admitted October 13th, 1806, borough and commons, by purchase

Golding, Joseph, a Private in the West Suffolk Militia, admitted October 28th, 1806, borough and commons, by birth

Golding, William, a Private in the West Essex Militia, admitted October 27th, 1806, borough only, by birth

Golding, William, of Little Burstead, Essex, gardener, son of William, weaver, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

Golding, William, butcher, son of John, dec’d, admitted July 22nd, 1833, borough and commons, by birth

Golding, William, butcher, admitted May 31st, 1810, borough and commons, by purchase

The Goldsmith family

Goldsmith, Thomas, alderman, son of Thomas, draper, dec’d, admitted July 28th, 1832, borough and commons, by birth

Goldsmith, William, stationer, apprentice to John Burkitt, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by servitude

The Gooch family

Gooch, Charles Gardiner, of Brentwood, whitesmith, son of Oliver, whitesmith, admitted August 7th, 1885

Gooch, Edward Gardiner, hostler, son of Gardiner, whitesmith, admitted May 28th, 1835, borough and commons, by birth

Gooch, Frederick, of Ilford, labourer, son of Frederick, blacksmith, dec’d, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

Gooch, Gardiner, blacksmith, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth, May 27th, 1813, commons, by purchase

Gooch, George, of Hornchurch, victualler, son of Frederick, blacksmith, dec’d, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

Gooch, George, innkeeper, admitted March 25th, 1829, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

Gooch, Oliver, whitesmith, son of Gardiner, admitted July 29th, 1839

Gooch, George Oliver, of 37 Ballingdon Street, whitesmith, son of Oliver, whitesmith, admitted August 3rd, 1883

The Gooday family

Gooday, Baker, cordwainer, son of Robert, baker, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by birth

Gooday, Baker, junior, gardener, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth

Gooday, John Crisp, surveyor of taxes, admitted June 2nd, 1823, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

Gooday, Joseph, cordwainer, son of Robert, baker, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by birth

Gooday, Robert, junior, of London, son of Robert, admitted October 3rd, 1812, borough only, by birth

Gooday, Thomas, cordwainer, son of Robert, baker, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by birth

The Goodwin family

Goodwin, Benjamin, junior, weaver, admitted October 28th, 1806, borough only, by birth

Goodwin, Deering, labourer, son of Deering, labourer, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

Goodwin, Joseph, weaver, son of Benjamin, admitted July 22nd, 1833, borough only by birth

Goodwin, Nathaniel, silkweaver, son of Benjamin, admitted July 28th, 1838

Goodwin, Samuel, labourer, son of Benjamin, junior, admitted October 2nd, 1812, borough only, by birth

Goodwin, Thomas, weaver, son of Benjamin, admitted May 16th, 1848

The Goody family

Goody, Charles, cordwainer, son of Baker, admitted May 16th, 1848

Goody, Henry, of North Street, labourer, son of Robert, jun., dec’d, shoemaker, admitted April 14th, 1859

Goody, Joseph, baker, son of Joseph Goody, admitted July 28th, 1838

Goody, Robert, shoemaker, son of Baker Goody, admitted July 29th, 1839

Goody, Thomas, tailor, son of Joseph, admitted July 29th, 1840

The Gosling family

Gosling, William, son of Robert, weaver, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by birth

The Green family

Green, Abishai, bricklayer, son of Abishai James, admitted July 28th, 1838

Green, Abishai James, bricklayer, son of Abishai, bricklayer, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by birth

Green, Ewin, bricklayer, son of Abishai James, bricklayer, admitted July 28th, 1834, borough only, by birth

Green, George Frederick, of 20 Sepulchre Street, builder, son of Ewin, builder, admitted August 5th, 1881

Green, James Lenton, bricklayer, admitted July 25th, 1836, borough only, by birth

Green, William, printer, apprentice to John Burkitt, bookbinder and printer, admitted July 29th, 1830, borough only, by servitude

Green, William James, of 13 Sepulchre Street, builder, son of Ewin Green, builder, admitted August 5th, 1881

The Grimwade family

Grimwade, Samuel, of Monks Eleigh, butcher, admitted July 3rd, 1802, borough only, by servitude

The Grimwood family

Grimwood, Arthur, of Church Walk, builder, son of George, builder, dec’d, admitted November 9th, 1881

Grimwood, Charles George, assistant gas manager, son of Charles William, gas lessee, admitted November 9th, 1894

Grimwood, Charles William, commercial clerk, admitted May 5th, 1871

Grimwood, Edward, of 127 Fleet Street, London EC, secretary, son of George, builder, dec’d, admitted August 6th, 1886

Grimwood, Frederick James, of Ipswich, builder, son of George, builder, dec’d, admitted May 4th, 1883

Grimwood, George, bricklayer, admitted July 29th, 1837, borough only, by birth

Grimwood, George Henry, of Acton Green, builder, admitted May 3rd, 1867

Grimwood, Joseph, timber merchant, admitted May 27th, 1813, borough and commons, by purchase, 15 guineas

Grimwood, William, bricklayer, son of William, senior, bricklayer, admitted July 28th, 1830, borough only, by birth

Grimwood, William, of White Chaple, London, bricklayer, admitted October 28th, 1806, borough only, by servitude

The Groom family

Groom, Anthony, junior, weaver, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough and commons, by birth

Groom, Samuel, labourer, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough and commons, by birth

The Gunton family

Gunton, Walter Gabriel Bassett, chemist and druggist, admitted October 15th 1821, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas