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Friday, April 04, 2008

Hooliganism at Glemsford.

From the Suffolk Free Press: December 29th 1909.

At a meeting at the school in Glemsford when Mr W. Eley Quilter the Unionist candidate and several more gentlemen visited Glemsford with the intention of delivering an address on the political situation, a hostile gathering thronged the approach to the school and the arrival of the visitors was the signal for a hostile demonstration

During the whole of the evening, utmost confusion prevailed, the chairman tried to maintain order but his efforts were greeted with derisive shouts

Another cause for annoyance was a young man who constantly rose from his seat and interrupted each speaker, at one stage there was nearly a brawl when the chairman Mr W.S.Goodchild went over to the sweep and endeavoured to reason with him. He seemed to resent the chairman’s remarks and wished to know who was going to put him out and squared up in a pugilistic manner.

The pandemonium continued unabated until the close of the meeting a party of friends from Sudbury and Melford formed a bodyguard for the visitors and escorted the party to the rectory.

On leaving the rectory, stones and mud were thrown at their cars and several missiles struck the windows of their vehicles.


Blogger Steve Clarke said...



I wonder what the connection might be with the so-called Melford Riot of 1885.

The Liberal candidate on that occasion was one Cuthbert Quilter.
It was he whom the men of Glemsford marched to support. According to Richard Deeks (in "The Matmaker and The Magistrate"), Mr Quilter made at least one attempt to calm down his supporters, but succeeded only in inflaming them still more!

But the Mr Quilter of 1909 was the Unionist candidate: I wonder if his name had anything to do with the reception he received.

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Blogger Andrew Clarke said...

This was Sir William Eley Cuthbert Quilter, 2nd Bt. (1873 to 1952)
he became 2nd Baronet Quilter. He represented Sudbury in the House of Commons as a Conservative from 1910 to 1918. His younger brother was Roger Quilter, the composer. 1877–1953), His father was the notorious MP, Stockbroker and art collector Sir William Cuthbert Quilter, 1st Baronet Quilter, of Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk. Besides being an art collector, he was one of the founders of the National Telephone Company and was Liberal Unionist Member of Parliament for Sudbury from 1885-1906. The Quilters had interests in the West indies in Sugar, and there is a fascinating collection of family photographs dating back to the 1900s. There ere five children in all.

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