THE FATAL ACCIDENT OF MR DANIEL SEWELL
By Adrian Corder-Birch and Bev Hendy
This article was originally published in the December 2010 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society
In the August edition of Soul Search we published a newspaper report of the ‘fatal accident of Mr Daniel Sewell’ after falling from his pony trap which had been sent in by Denise Howes. I have had two responses from members who are descended from the family of Daniel.
The first is from Adrian Corder-Birch. Adrian’s interest is in Daniel’s brother Eade Sewell, who was mentioned briefly. Adrian goes on to say that, Eade was born circa 1825 and lived at Little Oakley Hall where he was a farmer of 756 acres in the 1861 census. He was also proprietor of a Brick Works on his farm and was therefore a Master Brickmaker. One of his employees was Abraham Ling, a Brickmaker who lived at Brick Kiln House, Little Oakley. Eade Sewell died 3rd October 1886 aged 61 years.
A Brick Works was still in existence at Little Oakley in the 1920s and was located at NGR: TM 208291 just within the Little Oakley parish boundary with Great Oakley, north east of Brick Kiln Cottages and north west of Little Oakley Hall. There is an entry in the Post Office Directory of Essex 1862 describing Eade Sewell as a Brickmaker. If any further information is available about Eade Sewell and in particular about his Brick Works, I should be delighted to receive it please. Incidentally, perhaps I should add that I am also a member of the British Brick Society and I am currently researching the history of all Brick, Tile and Pottery Works in Essex of which Eade Sewell's was one of many, and would welcome any further information.
Our second member with an interest in the family is Bev Hendy who researches her husband Barry’s Sewell family. Bev says that Daniel was the fifth child of Russell Sewell and his wife Elizabeth nee Daniels. Barry’s great grandfather was Nathaniel, the couple’s youngest child. Bev has sent a copy of the funeral arrangements for Daniel Sewell, which is reproduced below:
The Essex Standard West Suffolk Gazette and Eastern Counties’ Advertiser of Saturday, August 18, 1883.
The Late Mr. D. Sewell J.P., of Beaumont Hall.
The melancholy fatal accident to Mr. Daniel Sewell J.P. of Beaumont Hall, on the 7th inst., which was fully reported in last week’s Essex Standard, has cast quite a gloom over the Tendring Hundred, and in places outside the Hundred where the deceased was well known and high esteemed, and the deepest sympathy is everywhere expressed for the widow and her sorrowing relatives.
At the ordinary meeting on Monday of the Tendring Hundred Magistrates, of which Bench Mr. Sewell was a member, appropriate references to the sad event were made, by the Rev. C. F. Norman, who presided, and these were supplemented by remarks by Mr. Asher Prior as representing the solicitors practicing before the Bench, and by Mr. Wm. Mustard, the Clerk. The other Magistrates upon the bench were Canon Marsden, Mr. Thos. W. Numm, Mr. F. Kensit Norman and Mr. John Woodgate.
The CHAIRMAN said – before commencing proceedings - to-day, I must, on the part of my brother-Magistrates and myself express the deep regret we feel at the unexpected loss we have sustained by the sudden death of our much valued colleague, Mr. Daniel Sewell, of Beaumont Hall. So sudden has been the blow by which he has been removed from us, that we seem scarcely able to realise that we are never again to see him in the flesh, and never converse with him. Mr. Sewell had all the qualities of head and heart which make a man pre-eminently a useful Magistrate. He possessed considerable intellectual power; he had a large experience of business of all sorts; he was well acquainted with men. He possessed a calm, temperate, and a sympathizing heart; and in addition, he had great firmness of will. Such a man can be ill spared from any neighbourhood; and we know how greatly we shall miss him; but it is God’s will, and we must bow to it in submission. And I have leave to request you, Mr. Mustard, as our clerk, to communicate to Mrs. Sewell our heartfelt condolence with her, as a Bench of Magistrates, under her irreparable loss.
The CLERK (Mr. William Mustard) said – Mr. Chairman, after the touching and heartfelt remarks you have just made, referring to the result of the sad accident which happened on Tuesday last in Manningtree, I have but few words to say, but I can not allow the occasion to pass without stating how deeply I feel the sad event. The deceased gentleman has been during my short professional career a most true and kind friend to me, and one of the last kindly acts which he did was in attending at the Court on Monday last to record his vote in favour at the election of Clerk to this Bench. I have only to add how deeply I sympathise with the widowed lady, and feel sure that she will receive strength from the All-wise Being to comfort her in the sad bereavement she has so suddenly called upon to bear.
Mr. ASHER PRIOR said he should be neglecting a painful duty if he did not, on behalf of himself and the professional gentlemen usually practicing with him in that Court, add a few words to the observations of the Chairman. He could not trust himself to say much upon such pathetic a subject. He regarded the death of Mr. Sewell as a most deplorable event. The kind and genial manners of the deceased gentleman were wonderfully attractive. Personally, he (Mr. Prior) knew no one to whom, upon a comparatively slight acquaintance, he had become so readily attached, or for whom he had a greater respect. The loss would be felt by himself and his colleagues, who were always glad, in the performance of their professional duties, to meet gentlemen possessing the qualifications and attainments so rightly attributed to the late Mr. Sewell by the Chairman, in all of whose remarks he concurred without the slightest reservation.
On Monday afternoon the remains of the late Mr. Sewell were interred in the quiet Churchyard of Beaumont, in the presence of an assemblage which fully testified to the esteem in which he was held by all classes, and was evidence of the great loss which it is felt has been occasioned by his sad and sudden death, for not only was there a large gathering of Magistrates, Clergy and leading agriculturists, representing most of the parishes in the Tendring Hundred, but also a numerous attendance of the villagers belonging to Beaumont and the neighbourhood around.
The funeral was fixed to take place at four o’clock, and shortly before that hour those that had attended to pay a last tribute of respect to the deceased’s memory, assembled in the roadway between the Hall and the Churchyard (which are contiguous) and formed in line either side to allow the cortege to pass through. Precisely at the time appointed the coffin, laden with a magnificent collection of floral offerings, was brought out on a hand bier and borne by a number of the deceased’s labourers to the church, preceded by the undertakers, &c., Mr. Worters of Thorpe, Mr. Capen of Manningtree (who provided the coffin) and Mr. Finch of Oakley (who prepared the brick grave); and followed by the mourners, the Church bell tolling solemnly as the procession wended its way. The mourners included Mrs. Sewell (the widow); Dr. Sewell, Mr. H. Sewell and Mr. Eade Sewell (brothers); the Rev. H. Sewell, Mr. Blanchard Sewell (nephews); Rev P. Fenn, (Wrabness, father-in-law); the Misses Fenn (sisters-in-law); the Rev. A. C. Fenn, Tiptree, and Mr. P. Burgess Fenn, Old Maze Hall (brothers-in-law); Mr. S. Collet, Mr. Wontner (Little Oakley Hall), Mr. Daniel (Ipswich), Mr. Russell Sewell Daniel (Clerk of the Tendring Board of Guardians), the Rev. John Harding (Vicar of Beckenham, late Rector of Weeley), Mr Maurice Manthrope (Thorpe), Mr. Jas. Hardy (Tendring), Dr. J. Will Cook (Colchester), Mr. R. Blackie (Clacton-on-Sea), Mr. B. Wilson (Beckenham), Mr. J. Woodgate, J.P. (Little Bentley), Mr. Arnis Hempson (Ramsey), Mr. J. Dennis (Beaumont), Mr. Ernest Alston (Manningtree), Mr. J.D. Watson and Mr. David Mustard (Mistley). Among those who assembled as a mark of respect for the deceased were the Revds. J.T. Cooke (Walton), S.W. Stagg (Kirby), W. Denton Attwood (Little Bentley). C.A. Beley (Manningtree), Yorick Smythies (Weeley). W. Guise Tucker (Ramsey), P. Benwell (Wix), F. Beadel (Frinton), E.D. Poole (Curate, Tendring); Messrs Thos. W, Nunn, J.P. (Lawford), E. Kensit Norman, J.P. (Mistley), J. Yelley Watson J.P. (Thorpe), N.F. Cobbold (Ipswich), Geo. Hardy (Bradfield), W. Brooks and R. Brooks (Mistley), Dr. Evans (Harwich), W. Delf (Great Bentley), Wm. Thompson (Thorpe), Charles Thompson (Tendring), Edgar Cooper (Little Bromley), G. Mumford Sexton (Whersted Happ, Ipswich), J.R. Franck (Harwich), John South (Sutton), John Fenn and Cooper Fenn (Ardleigh), R.G. Salmon (Great Clacton), Robert Cross (St. Osyth), John W Eagle (Walton Hall), John Green (Bradfield), W.S. Green (Wormingford), Jas. Taylor (Beaumont), C.T. Hicks (Great Holland), E. Eagle (Wix), C. Hempson (Thorpe), John Smith (Great Clacton), J. Salmon (Kirby), Mark Sorrell and Mark Sorrell jnr (Beaumont), G. Biggs (Oakley), M.J. Bulliner (Bradfield), T. Carter (Great Oakley), M.J. Bullimer (Bradfield), P. Smith (Weeley), N. Cutting (Bradfield), W. Richardson (Wrabness), G.H. Sasse (Thorpe), F. Patrick (Thorpe) &c.
At the entrance top the Churchyard the cortege was met by the officiating Clergy, the Rev. John Cooper, Rector of Beaumont and the Rural Dean of Harwich (who, however felt so keenly the sad occurrence of Mr. Sewell’s death that he was unable to take any active part in the ceremony), The Rev. Cannon Mayor, Rector of Frating and Rural Dean of St. Osyth, and the Rev C.F. Norman (Mistley Place), Rector of Mistely and Bradfield and Rural Dean of Ardleigh, who preceded the body and the mourners into the church, which was well filled. The Service in the Church was impressively read by the Rev. C.F. NORMAN and that at the grave side by the Canon MAYOR; and during these last offices many a tear was shed by those present. At the close of the ceremony the mourners took a last final look at the coffin, and returned to the Hall, and the large assemblage shortly afterward dispersed.
The inscription on the plate of the coffin was as follows:- “Daniel Sewell born Feb, 12th, 1820; died August 7th 1883” and among the floral offerings which were placed on the coffin were wreaths and crosses from Mr. Cooper, Beaumont Rectory; Rev C.F. Norman, Mistley; Canon Mayor, Frating; Mrs Wontner, Little Oakley Hall; Miss Sarah Sewell, Little Oakley Hall; Rev. A.C. Fenn, Tiptree Rectory ; Mrs Cardinall, Manor House, Tendring; Mrs. Duke, Tendring; Mr. Bernard Wilson, Beckenham; Mr. Robt. Blackie, Clacton-on-Sea; Mr. Maurice Manthorp, Thorpe; Mrs Dennis, Beaumont; and Mrs. Eagle Beaumont; &c.
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