St. Bartholomew’s farm, Sudbury (Photograph from the Sudbury Photo Archive.)

Thomas Norden was admitted into the Freedom of Sudbury on July 2nd, 1802. He was a farmer at St. Bartholomew’s farm, Sudbury.  When he died, in July 1839 aged 61, he was described as ‘much and deservedly respected as a warm friend and a kind master’. In October 1839, Mr. Reymes Hurrell, the Sudbury auctioneer, arranged for a two-day sale of his possessions; the farming stock, the brewing utensils, casks etc and the household effects, garden tools and plants.

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

The Noble family:

Noble, Zaccheus, carrier, admitted May 22nd, 1800, borough by birth and commons by purchase

The Norden family:

Norden, Thomas of St. Bartholomew’ Farm, admitted July 2nd,1802, borough and commons, by birth

Norden, George, farmer, son of Bartholomew, admitted July 7th, 1841

The Norman family:

Norman, Joseph, cabinet maker, admitted June 11th, 1816, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas