Also from the surrounding country side to Lynn, during the eighteenth century, came many families looking to benefit
from the prosperous commerce of the town.
Among these were Robert Pescod, a furrier, and his wife (place of origin
unknown) who had three children baptised at St. Margarets between 1751 and
1754. In 1775 their daughter, Mary Pescod, married James Saddleton the son
of a fairly well-off yeoman family in Westacre, south of Lynn.
Their only son, James Parlett Saddleton, eventually became a watchmaker with
a workshop and shop in Lynn High Street. He was one of the first plebeian town
councillors to be elected after the reform bill of 1832. In his 'Memories of
Lynn' printed in the Lynn Advertiser 1872, William Armes suggests that James
Saddleton seemed to the grand oligarchs of the Lynn Council a particularly
unthreatening representative of the 'lower classes' and they hastened to
nominate him whom they would never given a thought to prior to the reform act.
Also from the Norfolk countryside came Christopher
Fysh, already in Lynn by
1761. The son of a thatcher in Cockley Cley near Swaffham, he became a woolen
draper in Lynn. He was joined by his brother Francis, also a tailor and woolen
draper. John PG Fysh2 says they were in business
together but I have yet to find the evidence for this.
Francis Fysh married Elizabeth Wollaston, the daughter of William
a wheelwright who had come to Lynn from Denver, in the marshland south of Lynn.
Their daughter, Martha Fysh, married James Parlett Saddleton in 1801.
The last to come to Lynn was John Marsters in 1815. He came from Gayton, aged
15, to be apprenticed to John Dixon, merchant of Lynn and in 1823 he married
Mary Saddleton, the only daugther of James Parlett Saddleton and Martha Fysh. The Bury and Norwich
Post of the 5th April 1823 apparently notes the marriage3
and suggests that the bride had a handsome fortune!
Their eldest child, Mary Saddleton Marsters, was my great grandmother. She left Kings Lynn for Burwell, Cambridgeshire, when she married Thomas Thwaites Ball in 1849.
Richard Ball, April 2002