His headstone tells us that Robert STORK was Filey’s bellman for 28 years. The privilege of crying out the town news cost him, in today’s money, about £3,000. I’ve based this figure on a Local Board meeting report that Thomas WEBB had offered £1 7s 6d for the position of Town Crier, “a similar sum to that paid by the previous bellman, Robert STORK”. That was in 1902 and confirmation that Robert had just retired from the post is found in a news item of 1895:-
Filey’s aged and famed bellman, who in March will attain his 73rd birthday, whilst in August next he will attain his majority, having acted by that time for 21 years as bellman, proposed the health of Mr. Nicholson…
Thomas Webb, thrice married, had taken Robert’s daughter Mary Ann for his second wife.
In loving memory of ROBERT STORK who died Sep 5th 1904, aged 82 years. For 28 years Town Crier.
‘His end was peace’
Also MARGARET his wife, who died Feb 2nd 1869, aged 49 years
‘Not dead, but sleepeth’
Also ELIZABETH their daughter, who died Dec 18th 1857, aged 6 years
‘She fell asleep in Jesus’
Also RACHEL STORK, wife of the above who died Nov 27 1909, aged 87 years
‘Prepare to meet thy God’
On FamilySearch Tree, Thomas is waiting for his third wife – and Robert’s brother John seems to be an impostor. I’m not quite sure how to deal with him as he has living descendants in America. I’ll make a case for the rightful brother and present it here in a day or two.