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OUR NEW DISPLAY AT THE REG. DRIVER CENTREMay 2011

For those who are not able to see it, some account of the Trust's new display is appropriate. It is a static display which will remain in position for about 2 years and is located in the visitor centre in Christchurch Park in Ipswich. Check before visiting but at this time of year the centre is open 10.00am to 4.00pm.


THREE COBBOLD HOMESMarch 2011

Two events prompt me to write about three Cobbold homes. Firstly, this year is the 75th anniversary of the opening of Holywells Park to the public in 1936. (In Victorian times the property was known as Holy Wells but today the single word spelling is widely adopted). Secondly, I received a letter pointing out that some writers had been confused as to the order in which these three homes were occupied and to my personal dismay, I realised it was not clear to me either.


THE COBBOLDS MEET THEIR MANCHESTER MATCHJanuary 2011

During Christmas 1805, as John and Elizabeth Cobbold surveyed their large family at Cliff House, they will have reflected that all 22 children would need good careers or suitable husbands.


THE HAILEYBURY FIRE. OCTOBER 4th 1922December 2010

The town of Haileybury (named after the eponymous public school) in Ontario, Canada was founded by Charles Cobbold Farr (1851-1914) in 1904. As a young man he suffered many struggles and privations in Canada's cold wild country, some of them while working for the Hudson Bay Co., before settling on the western shore of Lake Temiskaming. It is a big story, too long to tell here, which includes all the drama of both achievement and tragedy.


SUNBEAMS STAR TURN GORDON COBBOLD (1...October 2010

Gordon was born in West London and went to Westminster School. Cobbold major did not shine in the classroom except perhaps in Maths, but on the athletics track, the football field, the rackets court and the shooting range he demonstrated a will to win that was to determine the rest of his life.


HOME & GARDENJuly 2010

Brief biographical paragraphs on two of the most loved and most highly regarded people of the early 20th Century have been added to the family tree part of this website very recently.


JOHN MURRAY (IVAN) COBBOLD (1897-1944)August 2010

The sixth John Cobbold (who kept the nickname "Ivan" all his life, allegedly because he was a terrible baby,) followed his father to Eton. Much was expected of him as his father, John Dupuis was a Rackets Champion having won both the singles and doubles competitions and gone on to win for Eton the Public Schools Challenge Cup.


PIOUS THOMASJune 2010

When you visit the family tree on this website it opens on John Cobbold (1745-1835). He is Big John because he was exactly that. Big in physique (some have called it portly!) big in procreation (hands up any reader who has fathered more than 22 children) and big in business because his brewery prospered for another 6 generations.


THE COLLINGWOOD BATTALIONJune 2010

The Cobbold Family History Trust was privileged to take part in the Collingwood Battalion Memorial Service on 4th June, 95 years to the day since the Battalion was wiped out at Gallipoli in 1915. The Battalion was part of the Royal Naval Division, made up of naval personnel trained to carry out the tasks of infantry soldiers.


FELIX THORNLEY COBBOLD'S BLUE PLAQUEMay 2010

The Trust is a member of The Ipswich Society which runs the Blue Plaque Scheme and was consulted over the plaque for Felix Thornley Cobbold.


THE NATIONAL SERVICE SAILOR.April 2010

One of the first Cobbold's books purchased soon after the Trust's foundation in 2004 was a copy of "The National Service Sailor" (1993) by Peter M Cobbold.


TWO GREAT RECIPROCAL DUTIES.April 2010

In one of her letters leading up to the University's 800th anniversary, Professor Alison Richard, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University wrote "we live in the present and have our eyes on the future".


LIFE'S FUN. The Endearing Story of Ni...March 2010

Family history trust features are usually about long-dead ancestors. This one is different.


DR THOMAS SPENCER COBBOLD MD FRS FL...February 2010

The arrival on my desk recently, thanks to my daughter-in-law, of a copy of Thomas Spencer Cobbold's obituary from the BMJ of 27th March 1886 reminded me of what an extraordinarily accomplished man he was.


PAMELA HAMBRO (COBBOLD) 1900 - 1932January 2010

An article by Jane Dismore entitled "Pamela Hambro and the lost world of Milton Abbey" was published in December in Dorset Life.


FREDERICK COBBOLDDecember 2009

Recent researches allow us to put together the following biography.


A COMMUNION OF COBBOLDSNovember 2009

Within a few hours of the date of the Felix Centenary being announced the Trust received word that 2 flights from Canada had already been booked. Here is their story.


TRIBUTE TO SIR BOBBY ROBSON (1933-2009)September 2009

Bobby Robson, as he then was, managed Ipswich Town Football Club from 1969 to 1982. During that time the club won the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup.


F E's CANDELABRAAugust 2009

In a feature dated June 09 we reported that F E Cobbold's house at 7 Fulham Avenue, Melbourne had been owned for 50 years by Phil Spencer's family.


ELIZABETH II REIGNS!July 2009

Our Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Cobbold © Knipe, 1764-1824; second wife of John Cobbold, 1745-1835) is well known for her many talents in literary...



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