Walter Peck - Victualler (W)
William & Maria Powditch - acquire the licence in August. (Halesworth Times).
In partnership with his brother, Samuel Powditch, William was formerly involved in coastal trading (coal etc). Samuel had become disabled after an accident at Victoria Docks in London and William subsequently became master of Samuel's ship 'The Mariner's Hope'. However, on 15 June 1869, 'The Mariner's Hope' was lost at sea having collided with the schooner 'Time' off South Shields. The crew of 'Time' rescued William, his mate and a seaman from drowning. William afterwards sailed his own ship 'The Good Intent' until at least 1873 before retiring from coastal trading to become an inn-keeper.
William dies in 1890 aged 59. His invalid brother, Samuel, lives another 14 years, dying in 1904 at the Pembrokeshire home of his married daughter, Kate. He and his wife, Eliza, are buried in Southwold.
Maria Powditch - Maria, the 64 year-old widow of William,, and her 27-year old unmarried daughter, Eleanor Powditch, are now the inn- keepers. (C1901, K1896)