Sydney Gross Wheeler, having been a Volunteer in his youth, joined up with the 2/5 Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, and saw service in France, being promoted captain in 1917.

Sydney Gross Wheeler was a Freeman of the Borough of Sudbury and had an outstanding record of service to his native town.

He was educated at Sudbury Grammar School and became associated with his father, Frederick Wheeler, in his practice of auctioneer, valuers and estate agents and also in the timber firm of Wheelers Ltd. In 1939 he accepted an invitation to become Mayor, holding the office throughout the War years  and establishing a record of six years’ continuous service as the town’s chief citizen.

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

The Waight family

Waight, John, victualler, admitted May 26th, 1809, borough and commons, by purchase

The Walsh family

Walsh, Sir John, of Warfield Park, admitted 21st October, 1831, Berks. & of Berkeley Sq., London, Baronet, M.P. Honorary Freedom

The Ward family

Ward, David, butcher, son of George, carpenter, admitted June 10th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

Ward, George, carpenter, admitted September 1st, 1800, borough and commons, by purchase

Ward, George, carpenter, apprentice to George Ward, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough only, by apprenticeship

Ward, Thomas, of London, cordwainer, apprenticed to William Jones, cordwainer, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough only, by apprenticeship

The Wase family

Wase, Jeremiah, maltster, admitted November 10th, 1828, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Webb family

Webb, George, of Cross Street, Sudbury, bricklayer, son of William, bricklayer, admitted July 29th, 1839

Webb, Henry, weaver, son of James, soldier, admitted June 10th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

Webb, Henry, cordwainer, son of Thomas, admitted April 28th, 1831, borough only, by birth

Webb, Henry, Sudbury, silkweaver, son of Henry, cordwainer, admitted May 29th, 1843

Webb, Henry, of Ballingdon, Sudbury, silkweaver, son of Henry of Ballingdon, harness maker, admitted August 3rd, 1860

Webb, Isaac, stonemason, apprenticed to John Leaning, stonemason, admitted April 28th, 1831, borough only, by apprenticeship

Webb, James, junior, weaver, admitted July 3rd, 1802, borough and commons, by birth

Webb, Richard, bricklayer, son of William, bricklayer, Capital Burgess, admitted July 28th, 1834, borough and commons, by birth

Webb, Samuel, bricklayer, son of William, Capital Burgess, admitted July 30th, 1833, borough and commons, by birth

Webb, Stephen, of Melford, bricklayer, apprenticed to William Webb, Capital Burgess, admitted May 22nd, 1826, borough only, by apprenticeship

Webb, William, of Clare, bricklayer, apprenticed to William Webb, Capital Burgess, admitted May 22nd, 1826, borough only, by apprenticeship

Webb, Stephen, of Melford, bricklayer, apprenticed to William Webb, Capital Burgess, admitted May 22nd, 1826, borough only, by apprenticeship

The Webster family

Webster, George, of Melford, baker, son of Nathan, deceased, admitted April 28th, 1831, borough and commons, by birth

Webster, Nathan, silkweaver, son of Nathan, schoolmaster, admitted April 7th, 1828, borough and commons, by birth

The Welham family

Welham, Henry, grocer, son of John William, of King Street, Sudbury, grocer and wine merchant, admitted May 6th, 1864

Welham, John William, grocer, apprenticed to Abraham Stevens Syer, grocer, admitted April 28th, 1831, borough only, by apprenticeship

The Wells family

Wells, Edward, junior, tailor, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth

Wells, Edward, labourer, son of John, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by birth

Wells, James, cordwainer, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough and commons, by birth

Wells, Thomas, cordwainer, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough and commons, by birth

Wells, Thomas, baker, son of Thomas, deceased, admitted July 30th, 1833, borough and commons, by birth

Wells, Titus, Private in the East Suffolk Militia, son of John, admitted October 3rd, 1812, borough and commons, by birth

The Westrop family

Westrop, Hale William, grocer, admitted January 15th, 1831, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Wheeler family

Wheeler, Alfred, of Wigan End, (now East Street), Sudbury, bricklayer, son of Thomas, of Wigan End, Sudbury, bricklayer, admitted May 26th, 1857

Wheeler, Charles, of 89 East Street, Sudbury, bricklayer, son of Alfred, bricklayer, admitted May 2nd, 1879

Wheeler, Charles, of 23 Melford Road, Sudbury, butcher, son of Thomas, innkeeper, admitted August 4th, 1896

Wheeler, Edward, weaver, son of Thomas, weaver, admitted June 10th, 1826, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, Edward, of Melford Road, silkweaver, son of James, silkweaver, admitted May 6th, 1859

Wheeler, Edward, of 36 Melford Road, Sudbury, furniture dealer, son of Thomas, innkeeper, admitted May 6th, 1881

Wheeler, Edward, of Melford Road, Sudbury, butcher, son of Edward, butcher, admitted May 4th, 1888

Wheeler, Frederick, of 31 Melford Road, Sudbury, butcher, son of James, toll collector, of 31 Melford Road, Sudbury, admitted May 3rd, 1872

Wheeler, Frederick, of Friars Street, Sudbury, auctioneer, son of Joseph, upholsterer, deceased, admitted May 4th, 1883

Wheeler, Frederick Benjamin, of Friars Street, Sudbury, estate agent, son of Frederick, auctioneer, admitted June 18th, 1897

Wheeler, George, son of James, admitted May 5th, 1865

Wheeler, George, of 77 North Street, Sudbury, cabinet-maker, son of George, butcher, admitted May 5th, 1896

Wheeler, George Harry Stephen, of 89 East Street, Sudbury, carpenter, son of Alfred, bricklayer, admitted August 3rd, 1883

Wheeler, George James, of Pimlico Road, London, greengrocer, son of Thomas, bricklayer, deceased, admitted August 5th, 1887

Wheeler, Henry, weaver, son of Henry, weaver, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, James, hostler, son of John, hostler, admitted April 7th, 1828, borough and commons, by birth

Wheeler, James, weaver, son of Thomas, weaver, admitted July 28th, 1830, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, James, son of James, of Walnuttree Lane, Sudbury, admitted May 2nd, 1856

Wheeler, James, son of Henry, of 21 North Street, Sudbury, worsted weaver, admitted May 2nd, 1856

Wheeler, James, son of James, admitted May 2nd, 1856

Wheeler, John, weaver, son of Henry, admitted October 2nd, 1812, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, John, cordwainer, son of John, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

Wheeler, John, silkweaver, son of Joseph, admitted July 28th, 1834, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, John, silkweaver, admitted July 29th, 1837, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, John, son of John, admitted May 2nd, 1856

Wheeler, Joseph, weaver, son of Joseph, weaver, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, Joseph, silkweaver, admitted August 25th, 1837, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, Joseph, son of John, admitted May 2nd, 1856

Wheeler, Raymond, Laburnum Villa, Lavenham Road, (now Waldingfield Road/East Street), Sudbury, tailor, son of John, cordwainer, deceased, admitted June 12th, 1891

Wheeler, Thomas, weaver, son of Thomas, weaver, admitted June 10, 1826, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, Thomas, bricklayer, son of John, weaver, admitted June 10th, 1826, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, Thomas, weaver, son of Joseph, junior, of Walnuttree Lane, Sudbury, admitted May 29th, 1843

Wheeler, Thomas, son of James, of Walnuttree Lane, Sudbury, admitted May 2nd, 1856

Wheeler, Thomas, of Sepulchre Street, (now Gainsborough Street), Sudbury, painter, son of Thomas, admitted May 7th, 1858

Wheeler, Thomas, of Melford Road, Sudbury, publican’s assistant, son of Thomas, publican, admitted May 4th, 1888

The Wife family

Wife, Joseph, weaver, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth

The Wilkinson family

Wilkinson, Henry Watts, admitted 1st February, 1825, clerk, Honorary Freedom, perpetual Curate of St. Gregory and St. Peter, in that town, as a mark of respect for his zealous and faithful performance of the duties of his sacred office during a period of 18 years.

The Williams family

Williams, Thomas, of London, plasterer, apprenticed to John Lake, plasterer, admitted April 7th, 1828, borough only, by apprenticeship

The Williamson family

Williamson, John, victualler, admitted May 31st, 1821, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Willingham family

Willingham, James, baker, admitted June 12th, 1801, borough and commons, by purchase

The Wilsmore family

Wilsmore, Edward Matthias, cabinet maker, admitted September 4th, 1820, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Wing family

Wing, Samuel, baker, admitted May 10th, 1804, borough and commons, by purchase

The Wiskin family

Wiskin, William, of London, cordwainer, admitted October 28th, 1806, borough only, by birth

The Witts family

Witts, Richard Parish, wine merchant, borough and commons, by purchase, 15 guineas

The Woods family

Woods, Thomas, linen draper, apprenticed to Henry Haywood, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough only, by apprenticeship

The Woolby family

Woolby, Thomas Brackett, bookbinder and printer, admitted June 18th, 1802, borough only, by servitude

Woolby, William, draper and tailor, admitted May 17th, 1807, borough and commons, by purchase

The Wordley family

Wordley, William, weaver, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth

The Worts family

Worts, Mannister, brazier, admitted September 2nd, 1805, borough and commons, by purchase

Worts, Mannistre, brazier, son of Mannistre, brazier, admitted July 28th, 1834, borough and commons, by birth

The Wrangham family

Wrangham, Digby Cayley, admitted 21st October 1831, of Wilton Crescent, Hyde Park, London, Esqre., M.P. , Honorary Freedom

The Wright family

Wright, Isaac, jun., a Private in the East Essex Militia, admitted October 28th, 1806, borough only, by birth

Wright, James, maltster, admitted October 14th, 1805, borough and commons, by purchase

Wright, James, shopkeeper, admitted January 31st, 1800, borough and commons, by purchase

Wright, Samuel, tailor, son of Richard, gaoler, admitted October 2nd, 1802, borough and commons, by birth

Wright, Thomas, son of Isaac, weaver, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by birth

Wright, Thomas, silkweaver, son of Isaac, silkweaver, deceased, admitted May 26th, 1857

Wright, William, silkweaver, son of Isaac, silkweaver, deceased, admitted May 26th, 1857

Wright, William Henry, of Church Row, Sudbury, brewer’s clerk, son of William, silkweaver, admitted August 2nd, 1878

The Wyatt family

Wyatt, John, of Braintree, silkweaver, son of Peter, weaver, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough only, by birth

Wyatt, John, of the Croft, Sudbury, bricklayer, son of William, whitesmith, deceased, admitted August 5th, 1859

Wyatt, John Storer, of Glemsford, cordwainer, son of John, late, admitted July 22nd, 1833, borough only, by birth

Wyatt, Richard, whitesmith, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth

Wyatt, Richard, a Private soldier belonging to the 83rd Regiment of Foot, son of William, whitesmith, late, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough only, by birth

Wyatt, Thomas, weaver, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth

Wyatt, William, of Sudbury and Worthing, Sussex, whitesmith and engineer, son of William, whitesmith, late, admitted July 29th, 1830, borough only, by birth