|Wellingborough News, 9th June 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins
OBITUARYWe have this week to record the somewhat sudden death of Mr. Lot Arnsby, a sturdy yeoman of the old school, which took place at his residence at Raunds between six and seven o'clock on Sunday evening last. Although Mr. Arnsby might daily be seen riding about on his pony when the weather permitted, which he did up to Saturday last, and, to the casual observer, apparently in his usual health, yet he had been ailing for some time, and during the past year had several attacks of his old enemyheart disease. On Sunday, however, he appeared in his usual health, and on Sunday evening he stayed at home while the servants went out, and Mrs. Arnsby went to the evening service at the Baptist Chapel. A little boy, a brother of one of the servants, stayed with him. Shortly after six o'clock he went up the back yard, but returned and seated himself in a chair in the hall opposite the front door which stood open. He then complained of feeling ill, and sent the lad for some brandy and water, which he drank. Mrs. James Harris, who was passing, looked in, and saw he was ill, and immediately called or sent for a man named Reuben Thompson, who lived over the way. Mr. Arnsby was in the 81st year of his age, and having been born and bred in the parish he was well known by young and old, and for nearly three generations had stood out in bold relief as a prominent figure in the parish, and had so to speak occupied a niche in the memories of all the parishioners. He was also well known to the gentry and farmers within this district, and also among the lovers of the chase, to which he was an ardent devotee in his earlier days. Mr. Arnsby like all frail human creatures had his weaknesses, but these we believe were over-balanced by his virtues. He was a good master, and kind and considerate towards his workmen. He was kind-hearted and sympathetic toward the poor, and many were his spontaneous private acts of benevolence to the needy. He was a staunch supporter of the Baptist cause in Raunds, and by his death the church has sustained a severe loss. No wonder, then, that the news of his death was received with regret, and that general expressions of sorrow were heard on every hand throughout the parish, for a prominent and familiar figurea landmarkhad been removed. Numbers of people paid visits of condolence to Mrs. Arnsby in her bereavement the same evening and also on Monday. The cause of death being heart disease, no inquest was deemed necessary. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon. The massive oaken coffin was borne by his workmen, and the procession, which was headed by the Baptist minister, Mr. T. Fields, and Mr. Marriott, was met at the church gate by the vicar, Rev. H. Bryan, who conducted the service, both in the church and at the grave, in the presence of a large concourse of people. Just before the conclusion of the service prescribed by the Prayer Book at the grave, Mr. Fields, the Baptist minister, as pre-arranged, gave out the hymn, "O God our help in ages past," which was sung by the Baptist choir, mourners and friends, round the grave. The Baptist minister then offered up an appropriate extempore prayer, after which the Vicar pronounced the Benediction, which closed a most impressive service. As a token of respect for the deceased, the Raunds Church Bellringers rang a muffled peal after the funeral.