George William Andrews
(The portrait is on display in the Mayor’s Parlour, Sudbury Town Hall)

The portrait of George William Andrews, a Sudbury solicitor, who is believed to be the model for ‘Little Mr. Perker’ in Charles Dickens’ ‘The Pickwick Papers’ reminds us that Sudbury had a reputation as one of the most corrupt electoral places in the country.

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

The Abbott family

Abbott, Charles, builder, admitted May 12th 1825, borough and commons by purchase, 30 guineas

Abbott, Charles, of Halstead, silkweaver, admitted July 28th 1841, by birth, son of the late Joseph

Abbott, John, tailor, son of William, cooper, admitted June 12th 1826, borough and commons, by birth

Abbott, Joseph, jun., hairdresser, son of Joseph, admitted October 3rd 1812, borough and commons, by birth

Abbott, Joseph Cooper, of Halstead, silkweaver, son of the late Joseph, admitted July 28th 1841, by birth

Abbott, William, servant, son of William, cooper, admitted June 12th 1826, borough and commons, by birth

The Ablitt family

Ablitt, James, jun., son of James, admitted October 2nd 1812, borough and commons, by birth

Ablitt, James Boreham, carrier, son of James, capital burgess, admitted July 28th 1834, borough and commons, by birth

The Adams Family

Adams, Henry Stuart, of King Street Sudbury, wine merchant, son of William Cole Adams, admitted November 9th 1878, by birth

Adams, William, brewer, admitted May 27th 1824, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

Adams, William Cole, common brewer, admitted March 5th 1831, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Addison family

Addison, Thomas Fenn, of Chilton Hall, son of John, deceased, Lieutenant Colonel in the army, admitted July 30th 1833, borough and commons, by birth

The Adkin family

Adkin, Thomas, coal merchant, admitted June 1st 1821, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Albury family

Albury, George, bargeman, son of Samuel, admitted June 17th 1818, borough only, by birth

Albury, George, weaver, son of Thomas, weaver, admitted June 18th 1818, borough only, by birth

Albury, George, bargeman, son of George, bargeman, admitted July 8th 1842 by birth

Albury, James, labourer, son of William, tanner, admitted April 7th 1828, borough only, by birth

Albury, John, labourer, son of William, tanner, admitted July 29th 1830, borough only, by birth

Albury, Joseph, tanner, son of John, admitted July 28th 1841, by birth

Albury, John, blacksmith, son of John, admitted July 28th 1841, by birth

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

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

Albury, William, weaver, son of William, tanner, admitted June 12th 1826, borough only, by birth

The Allen family

Allen, Charles Wyatt, coal merchant, admitted May 31st 1821, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

Allen, Elliston, coal merchant, admitted June 24th 1822, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas (15 guineas refunded)

The Alston family

Alston, Ambrose, cabinet maker, son of Sturgeon, deceased, silkweaver, admitted August 7th 1857, by birth

Alston, Benjamin Charles, silkweaver, son of Peter, deceased, silkweaver, admitted November 9th 1857, by birth

Alston, Daniel, weaver, son of Peter, admitted May 16th 1848, by birth

Alston, Maurice, of 59 Parkholme Road, Dalston, London, merchants clerk, son of Benjamin Charles Alston, weaver, admitted August 3rd, 1883

Alston, Peter, jun., cordwainer, son of Peter, cordwainer, admitted October 3rd, 1812, borough only, by birth

Alston, Silvanus, weaver, son of Peter, admitted July 29th, 1840

Alston, Spencer Charles, of Stitchill House, Torquay, valet, son of Benjamin Charles Alston, weaver, admitted August 3rd, 1883

Alston, Stephen, silkweaver, son of Peter, silkweaver, admitted April 7th 1828, borough only, by birth

Alston, Sturgeon, silkweaver, son of Peter, admitted July 22nd, 1833, borough only, by birth

Alston, Thomas, of East Street, Sudbury, moulder, son of Sturgeon Alston, silkweaver, admitted August 4th, 1876

Alston, William, of Gregory Street, Sudbury, weaver, son of Silvanus Alston, weaver, admitted May 6th, 1881

Alston, William Henry, of New Street, cabinet maker, son of Ambrose Alston, cabinet maker, admitted August 1st, 1884

The Amey family

Amey, Ernest, boat builder, 42 Cross Street, Sudbury, son of Henry (Harry), bricklayer, admitted August 7th, 1891 by birth

Amey, Fulcher, Quartermaster Sergeant, instructor of gunnery in Her Majesty’s Royal Artillery, son of Henry, bricklayer, admitted August 4th, 1899 by birth

Amey, Harry, engine fitter, Cambridge, son of Henry, bricklayer, admitted August 3rd, 1883 by birth

Amey, Henry, labourer, (later bricklayer), Cross Street, Sudbury, son of Joseph, silk weaver, admitted April 14th 1859 by birth

Amey, James, labourer, son of William, labourer, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

Amey, John, of Sible Hedingham, weaver, son of James Amey, (born about 1730), and Alice, (born 1737, nee Murrells), admitted July 3rd, 1802, borough and commons, by birth. (John was born in Sudbury in 1762 and died in Sudbury in 1830. He married Elizabeth, daughter of John and Phebe Brown. John had at least 3 children, James born in 1803, Mary Anne and Caroline Augusta.)

Amey, Joseph, labourer, son of Joseph, weaver and brewer, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

Amey, Joseph, of London, carpenter, son of Joseph, weaver, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

Amey, Joseph, weaver, son of Joseph, admitted May 16th, 1848

Amey, Samuel, of Sible Hedingham, son of Joseph, admitted October 3rd, 1812, borough and commons, by birth

Amey, Samuel, of Castle Hedingham, carpenter, son of Samuel, admitted July 28th, 1834, borough and commons, by birth

Amey, Samuel, silkweaver, son of James, bricklayer’s labourer, admitted May 26th, 1857

Amey, Thomas, silkweaver, son of Joseph, silkweaver, admitted March 4th, 1820, borough and commons, by birth

Amey, Thomas, jun., a Private in the Royal Westminster Militia, son of Thomas, deceased, admitted October 28th, 1806, borough and commons, by birth

Amey, William, of Braintree, silkweaver, son of Joseph, weaver, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

Amey, William, silkweaver, son of William, silkweaver, admitted April 28th, 1831, borough and commons, by birth

Amey, William, of Cross Street, Sudbury, bleacher, son of Joseph, deceased, admitted May 7th, 1858

The Anderson family

Anderson, Thomas Pattison, gentleman, son of Robert, surgeon, admitted April 7th, 1828, borough and commons, by birth

The Anderton family

Anderton, Charles, glazier, admitted October 15th, 1832, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Andrewes family

Andrewes, George Lancelot, of Friars Street, Sudbury, solicitor, son of George William Andrewes, solicitor, admitted November 9th, 1885

Andrewes, John Brereton, of St. Neots, Huntingdon, Clerk in Holy Orders, son of George William Andrewes, solicitor, admitted November 9th, 1886

The Andrews family

Andrews, George William, attorney at law, admitted October 14th, 1829, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

Andrews, John, a Private in the West Essex Militia, admitted October 28th, 1806, borough and commons, by birth

Andrews, Samuel, Serjeant in the Forty Fifth Regiment of Foot, son of William, (Dutch), admitted October 2nd, 1812, borough and commons, by birth

Andrews, Thomas, tailor, son of Thomas, servant, (late), who was son of Daniel, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

The Archer family

Archer, George, victualler, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough and commons, by birth

Archer, George, gentleman, son of George, Capital Burgess, admitted April 7th, 1828, borough and commons, by birth