(B.1847 - D.1928) George Maddocks & Emma Clarke (B.1847 - D.1934)

Rose Kate Maddocks

George Maddocks

George MADDIX/MADDICKS/MADDOCKS, Born 1847 in Braunton. On the 27th December 1874 when George was 27, he married Emma Clarke, daughter of John Clarke, in St Paul's Church, Bristol. She was born ca 1847 in Braunton. Emma died in Braunton nursing Home in 1934 aged 86. She was interned with her parents in St Brannock's Church Braunton.


The North Devon Journal

28th June 1934

28th June 1934 5E Braunton Death Brauntonians learnt with regret of the death of one of Braunton's oldest inhabitants, in the passing of Mrs Emma Maddocks, which took place at Braunton Nursing Home, at the age of 86, on Tuesday last week. The deceased, who was of a happy disposition, was highly respected in the district. The funeral took place on Friday last, the interment being made in St Brannock's Churchyard. The immediate mourners were Mr and Mrs A. W. Drake (son in law and daughter); Mrs and Mrs G. A. Drake (grandson and granddaughter); Mrs N. Purse (granddaughter); Mr J. Clarke (brother); Mrs G. Carter, Mrs G. Irwin, Mrs E. Williams, Mrs J. Daniel (niece); Capt. H. Clarke, T. Clarke (cousins). (A list of other mourners and floral tributes follows.)


George became a Policeman with the Bristol police force and on retirement moved back to Braunton to live. In 1911 at the age of 80 he became involved in a dispute, which was reported, in the local paper.

The North Devon Journal

l6th April 1911

The fact of a diminutive apple seedling being missed from a garden at Braunton had its sequel at Barnstaple County Court on Tuesday when George Heddon sued George Maddocks for £5 damages for assault.Mr J. H. L. Brewer, opening the case for the plaintiff, said his client was a labour, of sker, Braunton, whilst the defendant was a police pensioner living at North Street, Braunton. Heddon, although a labour was an expert in gardening, especially in fruit culture. On the 23rd or 24th February, Maddocks asked Heddon to assist him in the planting of a pear tree in his garden, and he did so. At the same time plaintiff pointed out defendant had an apple seedling about 1-½ inches in height, growing in the garden About a week later, Heddon was working for Mr C West in the adjoining garden, when defendant called in and accused him of stealing the seeding. Plaintiff naturally resented the charge, and was leaving when Maddocks struck him with his fist in the face, knocking him down, and also struck him twice whilst he was lying on the ground. Mr Brewer should ask His Honour to say that defendant had been guilty of the most unprovoked assault. As Heddon had to work for his living, the charge of theft was a vary serious matter for him, and it was necessary for him to come there to vindicate his character. Judge Beresford examining four little plants about 2 inches high in a small tin produced by the plaintiff as specimens of the one in question: Is plaintiff supposed to have stolen one like this? Mr Brewer replied in the affirmative.His Honour: I might have been guilty of doing that myself! I have not the leased idea what it is. It is more like a weed!Plaintiff then stated that in February defendant asked about planting a pear tree in his garden. At the same time he (Heddon) pointed out in the garden an apple seedling growing from a pip, and defendant himself remarked that he should have thought it a weed. About a week latter he was working for Mr West in the adjoining garden, when the defendant called him into the garden and said the seedling was missing. At the same time defendant pointed to a spot in the hedge saying, "Here you came over, but where you went out I do not know". He (Heddon) said "Do mean to say I have taken it?" defendant replying "Yes."His Honour again looked at the plants; is it suggested that these are of any use to anybody?Plaintiff; It will take 8 - 10 years before one is worth a couple of shillings.His Honour: I should have said 80. (Laughter)Plaintiff went on to explain, "You have to graft or bud them." He called Maddocks a scoundrel, and asked him if he thought he would take such a thing as that, defendant replying, "Yes." Maddocks next ordered him out of the garden, saying unless he did he would kick him out. He (the plaintiff) told him he did not know so much about that, and that he would knock his head off if it were not for one thing more than another. Instead, defendant merely shifted his head - (laughter) - for he knocked him down, and he fell like a log. (Laughter) defendant also struck him twice while he was on the ground.Judge Beresfort: You left the garden pretty quickly?Plaintiff: Yes, your Honour. (More laughter).Afterwards Maddocks suggested that he should give him a hand and "make it up." But he plaintiff refused, saying he would make the defendant "smart" for what he had done. He (plaintiff) denied having entered the garden and stole the seedling. Cross-examined by defendant, plaintiff was understood to admit that he might have said that one tree produced a beautiful apple, and that he was not aware there was any such apple in Braunton. He went on to say that he told Maddocks that slugs would eat seedlings.Defendant: Did I not say it was a big slug, because there was a mans foot there? (Laughter).His Honour: Did you mean this man himself?Defendant: I could not say it was he.Judge Beresford: You knew you meant this man - he was the "two footed slug" Plaintiff, further cross-examined, denied calling defendant a ---rogue, or saying he would knock his----head off.He also denied turning up his shirtsleeves for defendant. When he went into Mr. West's garden to work in the morning, he took off his coat, and his sleeves were turned up the whole of the day.His Honour. You were ready for anything?Plaintiff further denied ringing up his fists in defendant's face, whilst he repudiated the suggestion that Maddocks had a knock away his hand to prevent being struck.A. NoQ. Did you not knock down your own father, who is over 80 years of age?A. That is no business of yours. I never did.Q. Did you not knock down another man (name given)A. After he struck meQ. Have you not said you would fight Maddocks for a sovereign?Plaintiff denied this.His Honour asked defendant if he intended bringing evidence to prove his suggestions.Maddocks replied he had not thought this to be necessary. He admitted that he knocked Heddon down in self-defence.Plaintiff: Did not Mr West run up and say "That will do George - summon him?"Charles West spoke to the hearing Maddocks complained that when he went to put the seedling in a flowerpot, to his surprise the tree was gone! (Laughter). Witness asked him if he thought Heddon had stolen it, his answer being "No man on earth new it was there, bar him and myself" (more Laughter). Defendant accused plaintiff of having taken the seedling, Haddon's answer being "If you say that, I say you're a liar." Maddocks then said if Heddon did not clear out he would kick him out, and on plaintiff replying, "I don't know about that; probably I am as good as you are," defendant committed the assault in question. He also agreed with the other details in plaintiff's evidence.Cross-examined, he told Maddocks he ought to be ashamed of himself, and that considering the position he had held in the police force he ought to have known better. Q. You have a good feeling towards me for a long time. A. I have a good feeling towards everybody who treats me properly. Q. Have you ever ordered Heddon out of your yard. A. Not that I'm aware of. "Never in my life," He added, on being pressed.His Honour: You seem to be pretty fond of your self down at Braunton. (Laughter)Defendant essayed to address the Court; When Judge Beresford intimated that he had heard enough. This was a trivial matter an unfortunate dispute between neighbours, and one of those cases on which there was fault on both sides. It began with Maddocks, who had no right to say what he did about the two-legged slug, suggesting that Heddon had committed a theft. Possibly plaintiff would have had a remedy had he left matters there, but he did not do that. He admitted calling Maddocks a scoundrel and a liar, and then said he would shift (defendant's) head, which meant he would knock his head off if he had a chance. According to the evidence, Heddon was no doubt a bit of a fighting man - in fact; they all seem to be pretty good at that.Mr Brewer here submitted that Maddocks statements were not corroborated, and His Honour then ordered that Maddocks should have sworn.Defendant then spoke to Heddon turning up his shirtsleeves, calling him a --- ---, and threatening him. Calling him "a --- rogue," and saying, "I will hit your head off," plaintiff then wrung his fist in his face. "And then I knocked him off his feet with my left hand, and hit him with my right."His Honour further said if Maddocks committed an assault, plaintiff brought it on him self. If a man attempted to strike another, it was quite within the latter's right to protect himself, and "if he is fortunate enough to get in the first blow all the better." There was absolutely no justification for bring such a silly action, and judgment was in defendant's favour, each party to pay his own costs. "Go back to Braunton," he concluded, addressing both parties, "and learn to live in a little more social and kindly way." On his death the local paper reported: -

The North Devon Journal

30th August 1928

The death took place on Monday at his residence in North Street, of George Maddocks In his 81st year, after a long illness. The deceased, who was born in Braunton, belonged to a family well known and highly respected in the district. For many years he was a member of the Bristol Police force, from which he retired in 1884 and settled in Braunton.


The following week the local paper fielded a report on the funeral of George Maddocks, which read as follows


The North Devon Journal

l6th September 1928

The funeral of Mr George Maddocks, aged 81, took place in St Brannock's Churchyard on Thursday afternoon last, the Rev. Prince officiating. The family mourners included the following Mrs G. A. Drake (daughter); Mr G. A. Drake (grandson); Miss N. Drake (granddaughter); Mr A. Drake (son in law); Mr & Mrs G. Newcombe (cousins); Mr J. Clarke (brother in law); Mrs G. Clarks (sister in law); Messrs W. and J. Clarke (nephews); Mesdames Irwin, Smith, Williams and Rogers (nieces).(A list of floral tributes follows)


Rosa Kate Maddocks

She was born in 1875 in Bristol. On the 13 march 1899 when Rosa was 24, she married alfred William Drake, son of Alfred Drake and ellen, in St Brannocks Church, braunton, Born ca 1870. Alfred William died on the 24th July 1939, he was 69. Buried in St Brannocks Church, Braunton. Alfred William was boptized in St Brannocks, Church Braunton. Devon on the 2nd April 1870. His occupation was a Butcher. In 1891 Alfred drake lived with his parents in South street and had a Butchers in Church Street ca 1901 (census)but took over his fathers butchers shop in south street in 1910 (see North Devon Journal 6 1 191). They had two children the first was: -

Greorge Alfred. Born on the 31th may 1902. George Alfred died on the 15th november 1981, he was 79, and buried in St Brannock's Church, Braunton. he built the Plaxa cinema after inheriting money from his uncle who was a dock policeman.in Swansea docks. he married Lilian Rachel. Born in 1902. Lilian Rachel died on the 14th march 1999, she was 97. Buried in St Brannock's Church, braunton.

Ellen Emma. Born on the 30th September 1906. Known as the Duchess of South Street - ref AJ Slee. Inherited money from uncle who was a dock poliveman and built shops in Exeter road when it was first built. Ellen Emma married Chris purse.

(Stella Isobell Smith Nee Maddocks remembers being told that they e=were related to the Drakes who built the Plaza Cinama in Braunton and the Clark's or Clarke's

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