- Born: Abt 1710, Norfolk, Eng
- Marriage: Rebekah Chapman
- Died: 1768 about age 58
Mrs Lowe also supplied a photocopied booklet made up of extracts she
found in a reference library about the great fire at Foulsham and how
ancestor Rebecka Burgis' butcher's shop was burned down - also mentions
John Chapman Burgis and Hannah
AN EXTRACT FROM
THE HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF FOULSHAM BY REV. THOMAS QUARLES
Foulsham is situated in a fertile and well-wooded valley, through which
run several nameless streams, emptying themselves into the river
Wensum; the main street of the town, or rather the only one properly
deserving the name of a street,
sloping gently from north to south. On the north it is bounded by
Hindolverstone and Wood Norton, on the south by Foxley, on the east by
Guestwick and Themelthorpe, on the west by Guist, Twyford, and Bintry,
and is looked upon by the
inhabitants of these villages as the little metropolis of their neighbourhood.
About noon, or a little after, on Fri 15th June 1770, a fire broke out
in an outbuilding belonging to a house on the west side of the market
-place, and speedily consumed all the houses on that side of the
street, northward of the one whence the fire originated. Among these
there happened to be the tenement of a general shop-keeper, on whose
premises was a quantity of gunpowder, which, in the alarm and confusion
of the moment, had been neglected to be removed. The explosion of this
powder having carried some of the burning fragments as far as the
church and parsonage, the former edifice was in consequence very
materially injured, and the latter, then a thatched house, destroyed.
The flames now took a totally different direction, and spreading
themselves along the east side of the street, consumed all the
buildings there, till they reached as far as the public-house, now
known by the name of "the Bull", which was the last that fell prey to
The great and singular ravages made by this fire, may be accounted for
by the houses being then generally roofed with thatch, a brisk wind
blowing at the time, and the want of an engine. The nearest one ...
The origin of the fire was very satisfactorily traced to the
carelessness of a servant-girl, who had emptied some live embers on a
dunghill which was heaped against the wall of a thatched outhouse. No
less than fourteen dwelling-houses were consumed, and the total damage
was estimated at several thousand pounds.
Though the calamities ...
The outbuilding, in which the fire originated, stood in the yard
belonging to the house occupying the site of that in which Mr.
Saunders, surgeon, at present resides. This and the adjoining one,
where is now the butcher's shop, were the first consumed. The
destruction of these was speedily followed by that of all the houses on
the west side of the street towards the church, together with the
church itself, the parsonage, the house now occupied by the Misses
Leeds, and the Bull Inn. The gable-end of the house next to this last
was injured, and some of its outbuildings fell a prey to the flames.
The tenements which were totally consumed, were, at the time of the
fire, occupied by the following persons; this mark * being attached the
names of such of them as were considered proper objects to partake of
the subscriptions raised for the sufferers.
Mrs Burgis,* Butcher. John Layton,* Peruke-maker. Arthur Browne,*
Brazier. Dorothy Collison,* Widow. Edward Barron,* Whitesmith. William
Ivory, Shopkeeper. Michael Hall, Shoemaker. Ann Groom,* Wdow. James
Matsell,* Labourer. William
Collison, Collar-maker. Elizabeth Roome, Widow. Thomas Bambridge,*
Inn-holder. Mr. Pike, Builder. The Reverend Henry Rice, Rector.
The greatest sufferer among those who were deemed fit objects for
relief, was Thomas Bambridge, landlord of the public-house then called
the King of Prussia, afterwards the Bull and Dog, now the Bull. By the
inventory of his effects, he appears to have united the trade of a
wheelwright with that of a publican. His losses amounted to L121. 11s.
The estimate of the loss of John Layton, peruke-maker, was L108. 12s.
6d. In the list of his stock in trade are some items which give us an
idea of the value of perukes and false hair, which, according to the
prevailing fashion of the times, were then so generally worn. Two new
wigs L2. 2s. Curled white goats' hair, 1 3/4 lbs. L1. 10s. Curled white
and grizzled horse-hair L1. 4s. Other stock of hair curled and uncurled
L10. 4s. ...
The Widow Collison's loss was L13. 8s. 4 3/4d. - James Matsell's, L8.
19s. including 4s. for buskins and 'dannacks': Mary Strutt's, L7. Mrs.
Burgis's, L8. 3s. ...
The following account of the fire was given in the Norfolk Chronicle
for the year 1770, June 15th. A terrible fire broke out at Foulsham,
which consumed 14 dwelling-houses, also the church, chancel, and
steeple, leaving only the bare walls standing. The inhabitants are
reduced to the greatest misery, many not having had time to save their
money or apparel. The damage is estimated at several thousand pounds.
An account of the Town Lands in Foulsham aforesaid.
Six Acres of Land called Harrison's Close in two pieces, late in the
occupation of Francis Thomas Quarles and Hannah Burgis and now in the
occupation of Benjamin Nobbs and John Chapman Burgis (i.e. son of
Hannah Burgis), ...
Amount of Cash received on behalf of the Sufferers at Foulsham by Fire, and of the Church.
Received L. s. d.
8. Mr. Fox and John Burgis collected . . 3 12 0
15. Mr. Fox's and Burgis collection at Lether-
ingsett, &c. . . . . . 5 13 6
Amount of monies paid to the Sufferers at Foulsham by Fire, and for repairs of the Church.
Paid L. s. d.
1770 July 29
8. To Mr. Mayes and John Burgis, expenses 0 6 0
James Matsell . . . . . . 2 2 0
Thomas Bambridge . . . . . 30 0 0
John Layton . . . . . 20 0 0
Edward Barron . . . . . . 8 15 0
Rebecca Burgis . . . . . . 20 0 0
Dorothy Collison . . . . . . 5 0 0
Arthur Browne . . . . . . 7 10 0
Mary Strutt . . . . . . 1 15 0
James Buck . . . . . . . 1 5 0
Elizabeth Wilson . . . . . . 1 11 4
25. Mr. Fleming and Mr. Kemp's expenses . 0 8 4
Mrs. Burgis, a sufferer, further on account . 20 0 0
1771 Apr 2
Mrs. Burgis, 3rd payment . . . . 20 0 0
Widow Burgis, in full . . . . 20 0 0
John married Rebekah Chapman. (Rebekah Chapman was born in 1719 and died in 1785.)