Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fishing in Bodiam Castle Moat

Sussex Advertiser July 13, 1829
pike - latin name Esox lucius
Last Tuesday the Bodiam Castle Moat was fish-
ed in the presence of the proprietor, John Fuller,
Esq. and a crowd of spectators, when a great
number of fine carp, tench, eels, and pike were
taken; one of the latter weighed upwards of thir-
teen pounds, and we hear, was sent by Mr. Fuller,
as a present to the Lord Mayor of London [ John Crowder].

John Crowder, Lord Mayor of London Wall Art & Canvas Prints by Sir William Charles Ross
Portrait of John Crowder (1756-1830), 
Lord Mayor of London 1829
 by Sir William Charles Ross

The Annual Register of World Events: A Review of the Year Volume 72 (1830)

2. At his house at Hammersmith, aged 74, John Crowder, esq. alderman of the ward of Farringdon Within and the late Lord Mayor of London.  Alderman Crowder was a native of Buckinghamshire, he was originally brought up as a printer, and was for some time employed in his majesty's printing-office, under the late William Strahan, esq. About fifty years ago he obtained an engagement in the printing office of Francis Blyth. esq. printer and proprietor of the "Public Ledger," a daily morning paper much encouraged by persons concerned in commerce and shipping, and the "London Packet", an evening paper, published three times a week.  In the year 1717, Mr. Blyth died, when Mr. Crowder, who the year before had married Mr. Blythe's neice (Mary Ann James), succeeded to the management of the whole concern. This he carried on for upwards of thirty years, with the greatest impartiality, diligence, and integrity; and during this period was frequently employed in printing valuable works for booksellers.  He did not finally quit the printing business until about ten years ago, when he had amassed a considerable fortune.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Fuller's Christmas Generousity

In keeping with the tradition that the local landed gentry and squires share their abundance with the poor at Christmas, Jack Fuller made the following acts of charity: 

Sussex Advertiser - December 25, 1815

               LEWES, DEC. 25, 1815.
This being the day on which the Nativity of
our blessed Saviour is celebrated we hope the
deserving poor, throughout the United King-
dom, will be made partakers of the grand Fes-
tival, through the bounty of their more fortu-
nate neighbours
One day last week, two fat oxen were slaugh-
tered, by order of Sir Godfrey Webster, and,
with a proportionate quantity of bread, distribu-
ted to the poor of Battle, that they might enjoy,
in plentitude, the comfort of a Christmas din-
John Fuller, Esq. of Rosehill, has also dis-
pensed his Christmas bounty in beef and bread,
to the poor of the parish of Brightling; to
which the principal inhabitants added a very
liberal subscription.

Sussex Advertiser - December 29, 1823

Last Thursday, being Christmas-day, the same
was observed here with all the solemnity of the
Sabbath.  In the afternoon the tables of hospi-
tality were smoaking (sic)with the good old English
fare - Roast Beef and Plum-pudding.
     John Fuller, Esq.  of Rose-Hill, and the prin-
cipal inhabitants of Brightling; gave beef and
bread on Wednesday last, to their poorer neigh-
bours for Christmas-day's dinner; and at the same
time distributed the following rewards:                 

£  s  d
To William Russell for having in 1823 supported his family with the smallest proportionate assistance from the Over-seer
2  0  0
To Thomas Perry, as the next person who had received the smallest assistance
1   0   0
To George Freeland, for having lived ten years in one service
1   0   0
To Thomas Veness, for living nine years in one service
0  10  0
To Judith Clapson, for having lived fifteen years in one service
1   0  0
To Susanna Pitt, for living nine years in one service
0  10  0
Rewards like the above, cannot fail of giving
a stimulus to the industry and morality, and we feel
pleasure in noticing the circumstances, as an exam-
ple worthy of imitation.

Sussex Advertiser - December 29, 1828

John Fuller, Esq. we are happy to learn, is in
excellent health, enjoying his Christmas at Rose-
Hill; and with is accustomed liberality ordered
a hundred stones of good beef to be distributed
among the poor of the parish of Brightling, for
their dinner on Christmas-day.

Sussex Advertiser - January 28 1833

John Fuller, Esq., of Rose Hill, in addition to his cus-
tomary donation of Christmas beef to the poor of Bright-
ling, is now distributing amongst them the very seasonable

and acceptable present of a large quantity of blankets.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

36 Devonshire Place, London

I've often wondered how much time, particularly in later life, Fuller spent in London. Over the next few weeks I'm going to focus my research on this topic. I'm currently reading "Georgian London: Into the Streets" by Lucy Inglis to help provide some context. 

A few years ago on a trip to London, I went to take a look at his house at 36 Devonshire Place, where he died on 11 April 1834. One flat in that house is currently valued at about £1.8 million.

By searching historic newspapers, I have been able to put the following pieces together:

August 29 1825 – Sussex Advertiser, Lewes
John Fuller arrived at his country seat Rose-Hill on Saturday se’nnight [archaic form –seven night or week]
September 07, 1825 – Morning Post
Mr. John Fuller from Brighton, for Rose Hill near Roberts Bridge, in Sussex
August 03, 1826 – Morning Post, London
Mr. John Fuller for Rose Hill, Robertsbridge, Sussex
January 30, 1827 – Morning Post, London
Mr. John Fuller, in Devonshire-place, from Rose Hill
November 26, 1827  – Sussex Advertiser, Lewes
John Fuller, Esq. has left Rose-Hill for this Town House, in Devonshire Place
April 07, 1828 – Sussex Advertiser, Lewes
Last Tuesday, John Fuller, Esq., left his town-house, in Devonshire-place, on a short visit to his country seat, Rose-hill, where, we were pleased to hear, it was observed, that Mr. Fuller never appeared in the enjoyment of better health and spirits.
October 13, 1828 – Sussex Advertiser, Lewes
John Fuller, Esq., late one of the representatives in Parliament for this county, on Tuesday last, paid a visit to our town in his carriage and four, and it gave us much pleasure to see the Hon. Gentleman in the enjoyment of perfect health and spirits.  The next day, Mr. Fuller returned to his delightful country residence, Rose-Hill
July 08, 1829 – Morning Post, London
Mr. John Fuller, from Devonshire-place, for Rose Hill Sussex
January 11, 1830 – Morning Post, London
Mr. John Fuller M. P. in Devonshire-place
December 30, 1830– Morning Post, London
Mr. John Fuller for Rose Hill, Sussex
September 20, 1832– Morning Post, London
Mr. John Fuller of Rose Hill, near Robertsbridge, in Sussex [arrived in London]
October 13, 1832 – Morning Post, London
Mr. John Fuller has arrived at the Albion Hotel from Rose Hill, in this county.
October 17, 1832 – Morning Post, London
Mr. John Fuller,(the eccentric John) took his departure from the Albion on Friday, for Rose Hill.
December 26, 1832 – Morning Post, London
Mr. John Fuller for Rose Hill near Robertsbridge, Sussex
September 26 1833 – Morning Post, London
BRIGHTON, SEPT 23. Mr. John Fuller, of Rose-hill, who is well known for his eccentricity, is one of the most philanthropic Gentlemen in Sussex.  Some time ago he built a life-boat at Eastbourne, which was instrumental in saving the lives of the passengers and crew of the Isabella West Indiaman, wrecked off that port, and he has now built a carriage for the better conveyance of the boat to any distance required.