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Foul murder of Bunwell carrier

On November 20th 1742 Simon Pottle, the Bunwell Carrier, was returning from Norwich with one John Quadling, a young Bunwell man who had begged a ride home.  They stopped at several public houses: the Swardeston Dog, the World’s End at Mulbarton and the King’s Head at Ashwellthorpe.  Quadling ensured that Pottle, an elderly man, got very drunk.


Passing over Caudwell Common, not far from Pottle’s home, Quadling knocked him down, slit his throat and stabbed him several times.  Quadling took Simon’s purse and coins to the value of 33 shillings, threw off the pack from the carrier’s horse, and mounting it rode it to Ber Street Gates, Norwich, where he turned it loose.


Pottle’s body was found the following morning.  Investigations in the public houses led to Quadling’s arrest the following afternoon harboured with a wench in Ber Street with his shirt torn and bloody and the bloody knife about him.  He was imprisoned in the County Goal at Norwich Castle, tried at Thetford Assizes and hanged on Caudwell Common Bunwell on Thursday April 7th 1743. It was holiday week almost every little house brewed a tub of strong ale to sell upon the day.


Researched by John Herne from entries in The Norwich Gazette and the Norwich Mercury