Catherine TORLESSE 
- Born: 13 Jan 1835
- Baptised: 4 Mar 1835, Stoke By Nayland SFK
- Died: 7 Apr 1852, Stoke By Nayland SFK aged 17
Report of Catherines death in the Ipswich Journal puts the date at 8th April
1. Catherine (Kate) Torlesse: Letter to Priscilla Catherine Torlesse her sister, 4 Sep 1851, Stoke.
Ref : Bygone Days Page 268 See Books section
" . . . Yesterday afternoon as we were working in the schoolroom someone rushed in exclaiming that there was a fire by the Malt Inn. We all went up to the Mound immediately and saw the poor old barn, in which Merton held his concert on Whit-Monday, all ablaze which soon burnt up. But the fire caught a shed and all hands were required to bring water. We all worked, and a thorofare was made from our well to the place but it was soon dry, and all the near wells in the place were in requisition. Nearly the whole of the new shed containing malt was burnt, and as King's workshop was thatched they had to keep it constantly wetted and indeed some of his premises caught fire three times and one of the new houses opposite was set on fire, but by continually throwing water on it they prevented it from spreading, the whole road was steam and it had a curious effect. They had to go on throwing water till 6 o'clock, it began at 3 o'clock. Most providentially the wind blew the flames into the street, for if not the malting would most likely have been caught and the whole of the street even to our house would most probably have been burnt, as there is such a difficulty in getting water.
" Your affectionate sister,
" C. T."