At Nether Hall in Thurston he kept a grand house, stables, a pack of deer hounds, and a herd of deer.
He is pictured here in 1916, but looking every inch the Edwardian sporting gentleman.
Thirty men from the 2nd Volunteer Battalion joined others from East Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Cambridge University to train at Bury. At 5.30 am, in a blinding snowstorm, they were cheered off at Bury train station by hundreds of local people. Rural life was however, in decline as foreign food imports undermined agricultural prices and thus wages.
On May 12th they joined the 1st Battalion The Suffolk Regiment, at the Vet River. Most people lived in the 500 villages and towns of under 5000 people. Also in decline was the use of water for transport as well as power.
By 1903 a further 10 kilowatts capacity would be added, and further extensions would be carried out in 19.