Excerpts from “THE NORFOLK
CHRONICLE” (Norwich Library
8th February, 1783 ; Last week some villains broke into the
house of Mrs Hambling at Alburgh, near Harleston, in this county
and during the absence of the family, who were in this city,
stripped it of every moveable, took the hangings from the bed-steads,
and even the meat out of the pickle cases ; it is supposed they
also regaled themselves with wine, having left several empty
bottles behind them. The marks of the feet of horses being seen
in the orchard by a neighbour, was what first led to a discovery
of the burglary.
25th February, 1783 : On Tuesday last was committed to the castle
by John Kerrick Esq : Abraham Carman, of Laxfield and Henry Cabell,
of Mendham, both in the county of Suffolk, charged with breaking
into the dwelling house of Mrs Abigail Hambling, of Aldborough
as mentioned in our paper of the 8th Ult., and stealing thereout
several feather beds and divers other articles In Carman’s
home was found a sheep and several sheepskins. Two of this gang
fled immediately; but by the vigilance of the constables, Henry
Cabell, son of the above, was apprehended on Thursday at Yoxford,
and committed by the above Magistrate to the castle; the other
made his escape.
4th March, 1783 : On Friday next the assizes of the county will
begin at Thetford, where twenty-three prisoners are to take their
trials, twelve of whom are for capital offences.
18th March, 1783 : On Tuesday last the assizes for this county,
before Baron Eyre, ended at Thetford ... at the above assizes,
Abraham Carman and Henry Cabel, sen., for burglariously breaking
and entering the dwelling-house of Abigail Hambling at Alburg,
received sentence of death, and ordered for excecution...and
Henry Cabel, jun....received sentence of death, but afterwards
reprieved...the prisoners who were convicted...returned thanks
to the grand jury for half-a-guinea, which they received by their
24th March, 1782 : Next Saturday will be executed on the Castle
Hill, pursuant to their sentence Abraham Carman and Henry Cabell.
April 8th, 1783 : On Saturday last Carman and Cabele were executed
on the Castle Hilll, purusant to their sentence.
18th November, 1783 : Friday last was committed to the Castle
by Robert Harvey, Esq, Susannah Holmes, charged...with having,
in the night of the 13th inst., stolen...one pair of sheets,
a linen gown, a shift, four yards of Irish cloth, four handkerchieves,
three neck-cloths, two black silk cloaks, two silver teaspoons
and two large silver spoons...which she has confessed.
March 23rd, 1783 : On Monday last the assizes for this county,
before Mr. Justice Nares, ended at Thetford...at the above assizes
five prisoners were capitally convicted, viz...Susannah Holmes,
for privately stealing in the night...sundry articles of wearing
apparel...Susannah Holmes (and others) ... were reprieved before
the Judge left the town.
31st October,1786 : Elisabeth Pulley, Susannah Holmes and Ann
Turner (under sentence of transportation) were taken from our
castle to Plymouth on Monday lst and put on board the Dunkirk
for the new settlement in Botany Bay.
9th November, 1786 : Wednesday the keeper of the Castle received
a letter from Lord Sydney, signifying his majesty’s pleasure
that Henry Cabell the younger, a convict who received sentence
of death at Thetford assizes in 1783, and afterwards reprieved,
should be immediately removed to Plymouth and put on board the
Dunkirk bound for Botany Bay; he was sent off accordingly.