Home of Robert Ransom, Friars Street, Sudbury

Robert Ransom, attorney at law, was admitted to the Freedom of Sudbury on October 14th, 1829, the same day as his friend and fellow solicitor, George William Andrews. He founded the firm of ‘Ransoms & Sons’ in 1821 in a Tudor building in Friars Street. It existed for over 125 years, until the death of his grandson, Edward Ransom, in December 1946.

Robert Ransom was Mayor of Sudbury in 1836 and again in 1839. In January 1836 he called a public meeting , as a result of which the Sudbury Gas & Coke Company was formed to introduce gas lighting into the town.

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

The Randall family

Randall, William, gardener, apprentice to William Ling, gardener, admitted July 28th, 1834, borough only, by servitude

The Ransom family

Ransom, Edward, of Friars Street, Sudbury, solicitor’s clerk, son of Robert, solicitor, admitted August 6th, 1886

Ransom, Robert, attorney at law, admitted October 14th, 1829, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

Ransom, Robert, of Friars Street, Sudbury, solicitor, son of Robert, solicitor, deceased, admitted August 2nd, 1878

Ransom, William, of Friars Street, Sudbury, gentleman, son of Robert, solicitor, admitted August 6th, 1886

Ransom, William Bayly, of Friars Street, Sudbury, solicitor, son of Robert, solicitor, admitted August 1st, 1884

The Ray family

Ray, Abraham, of Lavenham, carpenter, son of William, clockmaker, admitted April 5th, 1790, borough and commons, by birth

Ray Ambrose son of the same (Free Burgess of the Borough of Sudbury, 1703)

Ray, Ambrose, weaver, son of Daniel, admitted July 10th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth

Ray, Charles, coal merchant, admitted November 27th, 1820, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

Ray, Clement Gent Town Clerk by purchase (Free Burgess of the Borough of Sudbury, 1703)

Ray Daniel son of John Ray (Free Burgess of the Borough of Sudbury, 1703)

Ray, Daniel, of London, watchmaker, admitted October 13th, 1788, borough and commons, by birth

Ray Samuel son of the same (Free Burgess of the Borough of Sudbury, 1703)

Ray, William, clockmaker and silversmith, son of Daniel, admitted July 9th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth

Ray, William Redmore, watchmaker, son of William, admitted October 13th, 1783, borough and commons, by birth

The Rayner family

Rayner, James, a Private in the 36th Regiment of Foot, son of Samuel, woolcomber, deceased, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough only, by birth

Rayner, Samuel, of Colchester, cooper, admitted May 22nd, 1800, borough only, by servitude

The Ready family

Ready, Benjamin, collar-maker, admitted September 3rd, 1810, borough and commons, by purchase

Ready, Charles, Friars Street, Sudbury, tailor, son of George, clothier, admitted May 2nd, 1859

Ready, Dan, of Blackheath, Kent, harness maker, apprentice to Benjamin Ready, collar maker, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough only, by servitude

Ready, Ebenezer, tailor, admitted May 19th, 1803, borough and commons, by purchase

Ready, Edward, harness maker, apprentice to Ebenezer Ready, harness maker, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by servitude

Ready, Edward Ephraim, of 88 North Street, Sudbury, saddler, son of Edward, saddler, deceased, admitted August 5th, 1881

Ready, Edward Ernest, of North Street, Sudbury, harness maker, son of Edward Ephraim, harness maker, admitted August 6th, 1886

Ready, Ephraim, collar maker, apprentice to Benjamin Ready, collar maker, admitted April 7th, 1828, borough only, by servitude

Ready, George, tailor, son of Ebenezer, tailor, admitted July 28th, 1830, borough and commons, by birth

Ready, Harry James, of North Street, Sudbury, harness maker, son of Edward Ephraim, harness maker, admitted August 6th, 1886

Ready, Henry, of Friars Street, Sudbury, clothier, son of George, clothier, admitted May 7th, 1869

Ready, John, of St. Mary, Cray, Kent, tailor, apprentice to Ebenezar Ready, tailor, admitted June 12th, 1828, borough only, by servitude

The Reeve family

Reeve, Samuel, labourer, son of Thomas, deceased, admitted July 12th, 1839

Reeve, Thomas, labourer, son of John, glover, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by birth

The Roberts family

Roberts, Samuel, Drum Major in the East Suffolk Militia, son of John, admitted October 3rd, 1812, borough only, by birth

Roberts, William, labourer, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth

Roberts, William, weaver, admitted July 3rd, 1802, borough only, by birth

The Rolfe family

Rolfe, Benjamin, silkweaver, son of William, silkweaver, admitted April 7th, 1828, borough only, by birth

Rolfe, James, weaver, son of William, silkweaver, admitted June 10th, 1826, borough only, by birth

Rolfe, John, labourer, son of Stephen, weaver, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by birth

Rolfe, Stephen, labourer, son of John, coal carter, admitted July 28th, 1834, borough only, by birth

Rolfe, William Rowland, linen draper, admitted October 16th, 1826, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

Rolfe, William, junior, silkweaver, son of William, silkweaver, admitted March 4th, 1820, borough only, by birth

The Root family

Root, John, of Colchester, gardener, admitted July 3rd, 1802, borough only, by birth

The Rose family

Rose, Caleb, junior, surgeon, admitted May 26th, 1808, borough and commons, by purchase

The Rouse family

Rouse, Benjamin Channing, of Kennington, London, watchmaker, apprentice to George Dawson, watchmaker, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough only, by servitude

Rouse, John, draper, admitted October 10th, 1803, borough and commons, by purchase

Rouse, John, tailor, son of John, admitted July 28th, 1838

Rouse, Thomas, junior, shopkeeper, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by servitude

The Ruffell family

Ruffell, Charles Henry, of 23 Gaol Lane, Sudbury, matweaver, son of William John Ruffell, ostler, admitted May 4th, 1894

The Ruffle family

Ruffle, Daniel Giles, hostler, son of William Giles, labourer, admitted May 26th, 1857

Ruffle, John William, groom, son of William Giles, labourer, admitted May 26th, 1857

Ruffle, William, (William Giles Ruffell), singleman, son of John, fisherman, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by birth

The Runting family

Runting, Simon, labourer, son of Simon, weaver, admitted April 7th, 1828, borough only, by birth

Runting, William, weaver, admitted July 3rd, 1802, borough only, by birth

The Russell family

Russell, George Valentine, silkweaver, son of Thomas, admitted July 29th, 1839

Russell, Thomas, stone-mason, admitted May 31st, 1810, borough and commons, by purchase

Russell, William, ironfounder, admitted July 11th, 1836, borough only, by birth