The Mid-Norfolk Federation of the Church of England Men’s Society held a special service at the Church of St James, Great Ellingham on a Tuesday evening in December 1908.
It was reported that the Lord Bishop of Ipswich gave an interesting and constructive address to a large congregation. Many members came from surrounding parishes.
In the report of the event printed in the Norfolk Chronicle & Norwich Gazette of December 12th, 1908, Mr Downes of Bury-Hall Farm was thanked “for allowing the use of his stables etc. for the many horses which brought a large number of the congregation.”
The 1901 census captures 40 year old Attleborough born farmer, William Downes, with his wife Annie and nine children at Bury Hall. The Downes family had moved to Bury Hall on the departure of the Rushbrooke family. The Downes family were still at Bury Hall in 1911.
1901 census RG13/1867/80
1911 census RG14/11473/138
Norfolk Chronicle & Norwich Gazette December 12th, 1908