King Street was named after Nathaniel King, Mayor of Sudbury in 1660 and 1665. By his will of October 24th 1668 he left 52 shillings from the income of the George Inn in Old Market Place for 100 sixpenny loaves, to be distributed to the poor who received shirts or shifts from the Martin Cole charity on Holy Thursday. The Inn was eventually to be held by the Mayor and other trustees, to be let, the residue of the rent, after repairs, to pay two shillings for a feast, and buy enough grey cloth to make 8, 9 or 10 coats, and pay for making them, to be given to the poorest aged men of St. Peter’s parish on Christmas Day.

This is a tradition which continues in Sudbury where the Christmas Day Gifts are distributed by the Mayor at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall. The 350th anniversary of the charity was celebrated on December 25th 2018. Men, aged over 70 who live within the Borough of Sudbury, receive gifts of clothing vouchers which can be redeemed at several local shops.

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

The Keeble family

Keeble, Samuel, of (Sudbury) and of St. John’s College, Cambridge, Esquire, son of Samuel, glazier, admitted July 28th, 1830, borough and commons, by birth

The Kelsey family

Kelsey, John, victualler, admitted May 24th, 1816, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Kendall family

Kendall, John, of Tunbridge Wells, servant, son of Edward, of London, cordwainer, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough only, by birth

The King family

King, Charles, of Lewisham, Kent, miller, son of John, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

King, Charles, cordwainer, son of Samuel, admitted July 29th, 1840

King, Charles, of 2 The Mount, North Street, scavenger, son of John, silk weaver, dec’d, admitted August 4th, 1893

King, Frank William Pitcairn, of Willesden, commercial traveller, son of Thomas Martin, bookseller and printer, admitted August 3rd, 1897

King, Henry, of Norwood, Surrey, servant, son of Robert, sayscourer, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough only, by birth

King, Henry, of The Croft, gardener, son of Thomas, weaver, admitted May 3rd, 1878

King, James, baker, admitted July 3rd, 1802, borough only, by birth

King, James, carpenter, son of James, admitted July 25th, 1835, borough only, by birth

King, John, weaver, admitted July 3rd, 1802, borough only, by birth

King, John, junior, labourer, son of John, Sergeant in the East Essex Militia, admitted October 2nd, 1812, borough only, by birth

King, John, silk weaver, son of John, admitted May 17th, 1841

King, John, silk weaver, son of Thomas, dec’d, silk weaver, admitted May 1st, 1857

King, Richard, cordwainer, admitted May 4th, 1826, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

King, Robert, labourer, son of Thomas, weaver, dec’d, admitted June 10th, 1826, borough only, by birth

King, Samuel, grocer, admitted April 16th, 1829, borough and commons, by purchase

King, Thomas, of Greenwich, Kent, post lad, admitted July 3rd, 1802, borough only, by birth

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

King, Thomas, baker, son of Samuel, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough only, by birth

King, Thomas, son of John, senior, dec’d, a soldier, admitted June 10th, 1826

King, Thomas, weaver, son of Thomas, admitted May 16th, 1848

King, Thomas Martin, bookseller, son of Thomas, baker, dec’d, admitted August 7th, 1857

King, William, baker, admitted July 3rd, 1802, borough only, by birth

King, William, baker, son of Samuel, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough only, by birth

King, William, sadler, admitted June 25th, 1824, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

King, William Doubleday, draper, (Quaker), son of John, draper, dec’d, admitted May 4th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

The Kingsbury family

Kingsbury, Edward, of London, packer, admitted October 27th, 1806, borough and commons, by birth

Kingsbury, Joseph, of Barking, Essex, mariner, son of Joseph, butcher, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

Kingsbury, Joseph, butcher, son of Thomas, dec’d, admitted May 16th, 1848

Kingsbury, Thomas, butcher, admitted October 27th, 1806, borough and commons, by birth

Kingsbury, Thomas, butcher, son of Thomas, butcher, dec’d, admitted July 28th, 1830, borough and commons, by birth

Kingsbury, William, of Colchester, butcher, admitted July 3rd, 1802, borough and commons, by birth

Kingsbury, William, of London, cordwainer, son of Joseph, butcher, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

Kingsbury, William, junior, of Pentloe, Essex, labourer, admitted October 28th, 1806, borough and commons, by birth