Cobbwebs News & Views


Here the Trust provides News & Views that are of interest to the family and to a wider audience.  They can be downloaded as PDF documents. 

Cobbwebs stay in this section for up to 6 months. Thereafter they go to the Cobbwebbs Archive.

Cobbwebs News & Views

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FROM BLACK BELL TO BREWERY COTTAGEMay 2016

Thanks to one of our loyal supporters in Ipswich, Rowell Bell, our attention was drawn to an article describing the history of Ipswich-based accountants, Scrutton Bland, formerly Scrutton and Goodchild. Their story included this tale:

“The business prospered during the 1920s, and soon needed to move to larger premises on Museum Street. These offices had originally been the Black Bell Inn which was then knocked down to create a new building which opened in 1938, designed by Baker and Burton and built by H Everett and Son. The Black Bell had been a Cobbold’s pub, which sold locally-brewed Tolly Cobbold ale. The Cobbold family were an audit client of Scrutton and Goodchild, and every year a team of auditors would stay in a cottage in the grounds of the brewery, and on their arrival would find several crates of Tolly Cobbold, carefully labelled as ‘auditors’ samples’. Needless to say, this was an auditing job with no shortage of volunteers. One year the audit team were having a quiet afternoon and decided to liven things up by making paper planes. Aerobatics were in full swing when the door opened and one of the Cobbold family directors entered the room. Attempts to cover up what had been going on were futile – would this be the end of their favourite job? Far from it, Mr Cobbold enthusiastically picked up a paper plane and joined in”.

Note: Our picture by David Kindred shows the Black Bell at the junction of Elm St. and Museum St. in around 1930. It closed in 1936 but had been mentioned in the Ipswich Journal as early as 1752. One small correction is necessary; the ales sold at the Black Bell would have been Cobbold ales as the merger with Tollemache’s did not take place until 1957


TOLLEMACHE & COBBOLD BREWERIES LIMITEDMay 2016

This timeline history of the Tolly Cobbold Brewery serves as a handy reminder of the history of the first 237 years of this extraordinary business.

Tollemache’s Breweries Limited

  • 1856 - Ipswich Brewery opened
  • 1888 - Ipswich Brewery purchased from Charles Cullingham & Co. by Tollemache Brothers. The Partners were:

The Hon. D.A.Tollemache

The Hon. S. A.Tollemache

The Hon. M.G. Tollemache.

  • 1896 - Tollemache’s Ipswich Brewery Limited., incorporated to take over the business of Tollemache Brothers.
  • 1920 - The business of Collier Bros., Essex Brewery, Walthamstow purchased and the Name of the Company changed to Tollemache’s Breweries Limited
  • 1921 - The business of Barwell & Sons, Wine and Spirit Merchants, Norwich, acquired.
  • 1923 - On the closing of the Unicorn Brewery, Ipswich, approximately half the houses of Catchpole & Co. Ltd., were acquired; the remainder being bought by Cobbold & Co., Ipswich.
  • 1934 - Controlling interest acquired in the Star Brewery, Cambridge, Ltd.
  • 1947 - The Star Brewery, Cambridge, Limited became a wholly owned subsidiary company.
  • 1957 - Amalgamation with Cobbold & Co. Limited, and the name changed to Tollemache & Cobbold Breweries Limited.
  • 1959 - The business of G. T. Jones & Co. Limited, Wine and Spirit Merchants, Oxford, acquired.
  • 1961 - Closing of the Ipswich Brewery on the transfer of the whole trading to the considerably extended Cliff Brewery of Cobbold & Co. Limited.

Cobbold & Co. Ltd 

  • 1723 - Brewing commenced at Harwich by Thomas Cobbold.
  • 1746 - Brewing transferred to Cliff Brewery, Ipswich.
  • 1896 - Cliff Brewery rebuilt.
  • 1904 - Cliff Brewery extended.
  • 1924 - Cobbold & Co. Limited incorporated to take over the business of Cobbold & Co., Brewers, and also the old established Wine and Spirit business of Cobbold & Son.
  • 1957 - Amalgamation with Tollemache’s Breweries Limited.
  • 1959-61 - Cliff Brewery extended to include the trade of the Tollemache Brewery in Upper Brook Street which was closed in 1961.

 


SILKEN STRANDS 2April 2016

The Trust is happy to report the following acquisitions made during March and April: 

  • Brewery bi-centenary commemorative cup & saucer, ashtray and book.
  • Cobbold & Co brewery ashtray and a later coaster.
  • 4 brewery pictures.
  • Pen and wash sketch of Elizabeth Cobbold with a sketch by Harriet Cobbold.
  • Daisies and Buttercups, a children’s musical written by Rev. Clement Chevallier, (1871-1944) (#2081 on the family tree) published in York about 1900.
  • 3 newspaper cuttings of family members.
  • 3 copies of The History of Margaret Catchpole (one a first edition).
  • The Sea our Shield by Captain W R Fell (1897-1981) (#10267).
  • Model Leyland Octopus in Brewery livery.
  • 2 post cards, one of the Manor House and the other of Sot’s Hole. 

SILKEN SNIPPETS

In his talk to the 56th AGM of The Ipswich Society, John Lyall the architect of the Tolly Cobbold Cliff Brewery restoration project confirmed that some space would, in all probability, be made available to The Cobbold Family History Trust.

 

The Trust recently received the following email from the orient:

“We would like to order the dried nut from your company.  Please send the latest catalog and price list.  Hoping a nice cooperation with you”

We replied to the effect that although the nut was indeed (old &) dried, I was not yet for sale!


SILKEN STRANDS 1 April 2016

The Trust warmly thanks donors for the following gifts: 

From Dr Virginia van der Lande (#2008 on the family tree) a copy of Ipswich Borough Archives 1255-1835, published 2000.

From Professor Diane Montgomery a copy of her book Famous East Anglian Women which includes an entry on Margaret Catchpole, published 2016.

From Jocelyn Norden information and photographs relating to Cobbold monumental inscriptions in St Mary-le-Tower and Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich

From the Keeper 2 books; The Commandos, D-Day and After (Foreword by Brigadier the Lord Lovat (#2342)) 1982, and The View from King Street by Christopher Hurst published by the author 1997.


FRANCIS ALFRED WORSHIP COBBOLD DSO TD...April 2016

As a boy Francis (#361 on the family tree) used to enjoy sailing with his father on the Norfolk Broads.  This influenced him for the rest of his life, as later he sailed with the Old Orwell Corinthian Yacht Club.  Afterwards he joined the Royal Harwich Yacht Club and was treasurer of that club for some time.

He was educated at Marlborough (Summerfield 1896-1901) and went on to Pembroke College, Cambridge where he took a 1st in Law and proceeded to his LLB exams, qualifying as a solicitor in 1908, having served his articles with Messrs Cobbold, Sons and Co. 21 Tower St. Ipswich and Messrs Sharpe, Parkers and Co., 12 New Court, Carey St., London WC.

He served in the Royal Garrison Artillery (Ipswich 176th (Suffolk) Heavy Bde in France in 1915, was promoted Major in 1916 and awarded the DSO in 1918 and was wounded in the leg.  After the war he gave up the Battery and became a prominent member of the Conservative Party.  In 1923 he was Chairman of the Education Committee in Ipswich and was made a Freeman of the Borough.  He represented West Ward on Ipswich Council from 1924 to 1935.

Francis was Clerk to the Commissioner of Taxes for 20 years.  He was also Clerk to the Upper and Lower Deben Internal Drainage Board and to the East Suffolk Rivers Catchment Board.  Another position he held in his busy life was Registrar of the Archdeaconries of Suffolk and Ipswich.  He was a Freemason of the Lodge British Union No. 114 (Ipswich).

In 1936 he bought Sproughton Old Rectory, now Church Close.  He and his wife Beatrice (née Worthington) took part in many activities in the village and during 1941 Francis was Churchwarden.  Beatrice was a member of the local WI and an occasional charity garden party was held at the Church Close.  Francis died on 21st April 1947 and a memorial service was held at St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich.  Beatrice died on 17th April 1961.  A while after her death the land behind the house was sold for building.

Our pictures show both sides of their Christmas card, which unfortunately is not dated.  Their house is identified as Sproughton Hall.  Is this another name for Sproughton Old Rectory which they bought in 1939 or were they previously at the hall which one source says was purchased shortly after they married in 1922?


HERBERT ST GEORGE COBBOLD CBEApril 2016

Herbert, a second son, (#323 on the family tree) was born in 1871 whilst his parents lived at the Red House in Ufford, Suffolk and educated at Haileybury. He began his banking career in Manchester and later joined the Ipswich Bank of Bacon, Cobbold & Co whose business was taken over by Capital and Counties Bank Ltd in 1904.  Later when it was amalgamated into Lloyds, Herbert remained a local director.

Previously, in 1889 he had been commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Duke of Connaught’s Own Hampshire and Isle of Wight Artillery and was later promoted Major in the Essex and Suffolk Artillery Militia.

In 1909 he married his first cousin, Evelyn Anna Cobbold at St. Mark’s, North Audley Street in London. They were married by Rev. R H Hadden, vicar of the parish and Honorary Chaplain to the King. The same year, presumably as their marital home, he bought the Rookery Estate at Sproughton which included some 48 acres. Also in 1910, following the death of his uncle Felix Thornley Cobbold MP the year before, he inherited his uncle’s banking interests.

During his life Herbert was Chairman of the Eastern Counties Building Society - which became the Britannia - and on the local board of the Alliance Assurance Co – subsequently the Royal and Sun Alliance – and a director of the Ipswich Gas Light Company. He devoted much time to the Lord Lieutenant’s War Fund and helped organise the Soldiers and Sailors Families Association for the county. As recognition of this work he was awarded the CBE. He was an officer in the Volunteers and a Special Constable. He was Treasurer of East Suffolk County Council and a Trustee of the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital and was a chairman and Trustee of the Ipswich Nurses Home.

Herbert was a member of the Ipswich Art Club from 1920 until his death. A family member recalls visiting Herbert and Evelyn at The Rookery where the maids wore pretty little hats over pale green dresses with coffee coloured aprons. In the hall were bookcases holding first editions of the works of Hans Christian Andersen and Edward Lear which children were encouraged to read. Visiting children were required to change into afternoon clothes after lunch. Either side of the front door were fragrant Heliotropes and cattle grazed peacefully in the fields. If unaccompanied they were driven by the chauffeur, Pilbeam.

Herbert died at home in November 1944 aged 73 and a memorial service took place in Sproughton Church on Wednesday 29th November. His widow, a very religious person lived on another 14 years.


TOLLY COBBOLD / EASTERN ARTS 2ND EXHIB...April 2016

From hundreds of entries just 92 were selected for exhibition in the second biennial exhibition of contemporary art sponsored by Tolly Cobbold.

The exhibition opened at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on 7th April 1979 and went on to the Castle Museum in Norwich in May and then to Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich in June. Next stop was the Camden Arts Centre in London in August and September before its final destination, the Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield where it closed on October 14th.

The jury, pictured, comprised Michael Andrews, Artist; Nigel Hall, Artist; Richard Hamilton, Artist; Stewart Mason, CBE, Chairman of the Eastern Arts Visual Arts Panel and of the Exhibition Committee and Paul Overy, art critic and journalist.

One of the 7 prize-winning entries was My sun’s holiday (illustrated) by Patrick Hughes (born 1939) who completed teacher training at Leeds Day Training College and went on to have one-man shows in the Portal Gallery and the Angela Flowers Gallery in London. He is also the co-author of two books and lives in Cornwall.


REV. THOMAS COBBOLD at St Mary-le-Towe...April 2016

Thanks to some help from Jocelyn Norden we show below the full text of the monument to Rev Thomas Cobbold (1742-1831) (#51 on the family tree).  It is located high on the north wall.

“Sacred to the memory of the Rev. THOMAS COBBOLD, A.M., Minister of this Church three and fifty years - a large portion of the life of man! - Also Rector of Wilby and Woolpit, both in the county of Suffolk - of the former, sixty-four years; of the latter, fifty. He was distinguished by a mind highly accomplished in elegant literature - an ardent love of country - great steadiness, firmness, charity. Learned without ostentation, liberal without vanity, pious without pretence, he died, dear to his friends, regretted by the poor, beneficent to many, injurious to none, when he had almost completed his eighty-ninth year, on 12th of August 1831.

In the same grave rest the remains of ANNE SAVAGE COBBOLD, his consort, of whom it is little to say, that the chief virtues which can endear the wife and mother, and adorn the Christian, met in that meek, affectionate and exemplary woman. She died Oct 8 1806 aged 62.

Also of THOMAS COBBOLD, their eldest son; a youth of rare promise, who sacrificed his life to his ardent pursuit of knowledge, at Trinity College, Cambridge, in the 20th year of his age, March 26, 1788.

Also of ROBERT CHEVALLIER COBBOLD, their youngest son, who died an infant”.

What it doesn’t say, and what we have learned only recently, is that the Reverend gentleman dropped dead in Edward Shalders bookshop cum lending library on Westgate St, Ipswich.

Our pictures show an engraving of St Mary-le-Tower in the 1830s and a contemporary view of Westgate St. with Shalders shop on the left, painted by Samuel Read.


TOLLY COBBOLD / EASTERN ARTS 1ST EXHIB...March 2016

Last month we committed to write about one of the 5 Tolly Cobbold sponsored art exhibitions each month.

Fourteen hundred entries were received and fifty-seven were exhibited. The exhibition opened at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on 1st April 1977 and went on to the Ipswich Museum, High Street Art Gallery in May and then to the Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield in June and finally to the Camden Arts Centre in London, closing at the end of August.

Fourteen hundred entries were received and fifty-seven were exhibited. The exhibition opened at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on 1st April 1977 and went on to the Ipswich Museum, High Street Art Gallery in May and then to the Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield in June and finally to the Camden Arts Centre in London, closing at the end of August.

The Selection Panel of 4 comprised:

  • Michael Craig Martin, Artist in Residence at King’s College, Cambridge.
  • John Golding, Cambridge Slade Professor of Fine Art.
  • Howard Hodgkin, Artist in Residence at Brasenose College, Oxford, and
  • Dr Alastair Hunter, Keeper of Twentieth Century Paintings at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Our illustrations show firstly, the Selection Panel, left to right, John Golding, Howard Hodgkin, Michael Craig Martin and Dr Hunter and secondly a prize winning entry entitled Conversation 29¼” x 37¼ oil on canvas by Stephen Buckley (b1944)


FRANCES PARKER – KIWI SUFFRAGETTEMarch 2016

Frances Mary Parker OBE (1875-1924) (#5776 on the family tree) has been in the news lately because her suffragette medal came up for sale. Born in Kurow, Otago, New Zealand, Frances left home at the age of 22 to study at Newnham College, Cambridge, paid for by her uncle the future Lord Kitchener.

By 1908 she had become involved in the women's suffrage movement eventually becoming a prominent leader of the Women's Social and Political Union in Scotland. In June that year she was one of the speakers on Adela Pankhurst’s platform at the WSPU demonstration in Hyde Park on ‘Women’s Sunday’. Imprisoned several times for her role in violent protests and attempts to burn down prominent buildings, including the cottage of Robert Burns - Scotland's national poet - she went on hunger strike in 1912 and in 1914, and was subjected to force-feeding which involved acts of physical abuse and indecent assault. She sometimes used the alias of Janet Arthur and her antics caused her uncle great outrage.

Frances was awarded the medal which came on the market in February this year. Still in its original case the medal is inscribed 'Presented to Frances Parker by the Women's Social and Political Union in Recognition of a Gallant Action whereby through Endurance to the last Extremity of Hunger and Hardship, a Great Principle of Political Justice was indicated.' Following her death in 1924 Frances left the medal to her friend and co-suffragette Ethel Moorhead in whose family it remained until auctioned.

The purchaser was the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand.


SILKEN STRANDS 2February 2016

The Trust is happy to report the acquisition of From G & J to Tri-ang - The Lines Family Toy businesses – The First 80 Years by Peggy Lines. The author retired from her position as Chairman of Hamleys, perhaps the most famous toy shop in the world, in 1976 and spent much of the rest of her life working on this book but sadly never saw it completed. That task fell to her nephew, Anthony Lowth who has now published it in a form as close as possible to that which Peggy lines would have chosen herself.  Anthony is a 4 x gt. grandson of ‘Big’ John Cobbold (1746-1835) (#56 on the tree).  The book has been described as ‘An absolute joy for its family content, its wonderful presentation and its rich nostalgic feast.’

SILKEN SNIPPETS

We are pleased to confirm that planning consent has been given for the Tolly Cobbold Brewery development which we featured in December 2015. The Trust has asked for a little space in the development but the nature of its space and the terms attached have not yet been discussed.

We would like to remind visitors that there is an abundance of fascinating historical information about Ipswich and its people on the Ipswich Historic Lettering website.

We provide a direct link.

An entrepreneurial family member was asked recently by the BBC for his 3 tips for budding young businessmen. Here they are:

  1. Learn what ‘good’ looks like.
  2. Listen to others but retain the courage of your convictions.
  3. Regret is much more painful than failure. Learn from your failures.

I’m quite frequently asked if I have found any black sheep in the family. The qualification for black sheep status is unclear but I have come across an inveterate womaniser, we’ll call him John, who certainly got his comeuppance!

John was travelling to Nice by train when he spotted a good-looking lady. Modest dining car attendant palm greasing secured him a seat with her for dinner and such was the compound effect of good food, fine wine and his charm that he ended up in her couchette.

Unbeknown to John the train split during the night and he ended up in Madrid in only his pyjamas!


SILKEN STRANDS 1February 2016

The Trust warmly thanks the donors for the following gifts:

From Carolyn Cobbold (#644 on the family tree), a risk management journalist and a dedicated environmentalist who is also completing her PhD at Darwin College, Cambridge, a copy of a paper about the Manhood Peninsular which she co-wrote with Dr Cunningham for publication in Coastal Zone Management.

From Jocelyn Norden, information leading to our much improved understanding of Savage Cobbold (1769-1839) (#8589) and his father.  Savage and his wife are buried at St Stephen’s Church, Ipswich

From the Keeper Downton Abbey – A Celebration-The official companion to the complete six series,  by Jessica Fellowes with a Foreword by Julian Fellowes(#3354).  Visitors will no doubt have heard that Julian Fellowes’ adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s novel Doctor Thorne will be aired by ITV shortly.


OLD MAN – YOUNG MAN BEER LIMERICKS February 2016

The publication of an ‘old man’ limerick in the Daily Telegraph earlier this month put us in mind of our home-grown ‘young man’ equivalent by Richard Cobbold, a long serving family brewery employee. In case the example from the newspaper is not easily read we reproduce both below:

There was an Old Man with an Owl,
Who continued to bother and howl;
He sat on a rail, and imbibed bitter ale,
Which refreshed that Old Man and his Owl.

A Young Man with his girlfriend had squabbled,
And relations between them were troubled,
A sensible fella, he went to the cellar
And opened a bottle of Cobbold!

Acknowledgement to the Daily Telegraph, Edward Lear, Bridgemanart.com and, of course to our very own Richard Cobbold (#595 on the family tree).


TOLLY COBBOLD and THE ARTS ...February 2016

It is said that when Elizabeth Clarke (née Knipe) married ‘Big’ John Cobbold (1746-1835) she found only three books in his house; a Bible and two books of brewery accounts! She was an enthusiastic patron of literature and all the arts and has left us copious evidence of her participation.

She would have been thrilled in the 1970s when Richard Cobbold, now of Stoke by Nayland, but then in charge of the Wines & Spirits Department, took up her mantle and oversaw Tolly Cobbold’s sponsorship of 5 Eastern Arts national art exhibitions. This is topical now because the Trust had 2 of the 5 catalogues and Richard has just donated the other 3 so we now have the complete set.

But that is not all, for Richard also donated catalogues for 2 similarly sponsored photographic exhibitions.

The 5 art exhibitions for which the catalogues are illustrated here toured as widely as Edinburgh, Newcastle and Sheffield and they all went to London. The 2 photographic exhibitions were shown regionally. Over the next 7 months we will be focussing on one exhibition per month and bringing you information about each and one or two examples of the artists’ work.


F E COBBOLD – BACK IN PRINTFebruary 2016

The Gifts of FRANK COBBOLD by Arthur W Upfield and edited by Sandra Berry is back in print and available now from this website.

This biography of Frank Cobbold opens when Frank goes to sea on a Clipper aged 14. It follows him through experience as a Fijian trader who escaped the cannibals’ cook pot and survived one of the worst hurricanes in living memory. In Australia he learned the skills of a surveyor and quickly became a sought-after and trusted station manager. Despite problems that would have defeated a less resolute man he took droughts, cheats and unyielding land tenure regulations in his stride to become one of Australia’s great pioneering pastoralists. Admired by fellow bush men, trusted by his partners and wooed by bankers, his gritty determination earned him a small fortune which he gave away. It’s a remarkable story.

Arthur William Upfield (1890-1964) wrote this biography shortly before Frank’s death. It seems that there was something contentious at the time because Frank’s widow, Bea would not allow publication. Following her death the typescript went as part of the residue of Frank’s estate to the Royal United Kingdom Beneficent Association now called Independent Age from whence it was acquired by The Cobbold Family History Trust which arranged its first publication in 2008.

A combination of Frank’s extraordinary life in the bush and the literally life-changing impact of his legacy, still appreciated today, make this a ‘must read’ book, and good value at only £12.

GO TO BOOKS FOR SALE


SILKEN STRANDS 2January 2016

The Trust is happy to report the following acquisitions:

Family Tree magazine, October 1996 for a Margaret Catchpole article.

The History of Margaret Catchpole, Cole’s Australian edition.

Margaret Catchpole, The Girl from Wolfkettel 1949 by G G Carter.

Margaret Catchpole, Two Worlds Apart, 1980 Libretto by R Fletcher.

Two post cards: Cliff House and The Kitchen, Priory Farm.

SILKEN SNIPPETS 

  • Thanks to all family members who sent cards to the Trust.
  • Congratulations to Holywells Park on winning the Ipswich Society Award of  Distiction for their restoration project.
  • We have learned that Clement Shorter who wrote an Introduction to the 1907 World’s Classics edition of Margaret Catchpole was the first editor of Tatler.
  • The Trust has made a small donation to Wikimedia

 


SILKEN STRANDS 1January 2016

The Trust warmly thanks donors for the following gifts:

From Richard Cobbold, The Brewing book, Sept. 1792 to Oct. 1799, three catalogues of Tolly Cobbold sponsored Eastern Arts National Exhibitions, two Photographic Exhibition catalogues and two old Barwell and Jones price lists.

These items are of great interest and will be the subject of a Cobbweb shortly.

From Bruce Cobbold, in USA a copy of his latest book Lucretius, The Nature of the Universe.  A translation of De Rerum Natura by Titus Lucretius Carus.  This book contains meticulous observations of natural phenomena as timely today as they were 2000 years ago.

From Sarah Cobbold, access to the material which allowed us to write The Life and Death of Sgt Cobbold, one of this month’s Cobbwebs.

From Helen & Andrew of the WHCACF Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph project, information on four Cobbolds there commemorated:

Charles Herbert Leek Cobbold 1893-1916
George Tye Cobbold 1887-1917
James Edward Cobbold 1894-1918
Robert James Cobbold 1887-1917


THE TREE'S A BEECH!January 2016

Last April the Trust donated a Coast Redwood to Ipswich Arboretum. This time it’s a Beech, but a rather special Beech. On 3rd December last year Steve Leech and David Miller planted the Cut-leaf or Fern Leaf Beech donated by the Trust. It arrived in a 65 litre pot, is 10 feet tall and has been put in a superb location, on The Mound in the Upper Arboretum.

The Cut-Leaf has always been a favourite of the Keeper’s and on hearing that the Arboretum didn’t already have one it was an obvious choice. Its Latin name is Fagus sylvatica ‘Heterophylla’ and it sports the same smooth silver grey bark as other Beeches but has attractive narrow lance-shaped dark green leaves giving a feathery graceful form. It is a long lived, robust tree turning copper-gold in autumn.

Cobbolds and their Kin have walked in the arboretum since the earliest days. We contributed to the saving of the Christchurch Park over 100 years ago and many who have been mayors of Ipswich are commemorated on the Mayors’ Walk. By donating trees we hope that our great family’s continuing support will be appreciated in another 100 years time.


OUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONJanuary 2016

Your family history trust has got off to an excellent start!

We have completed a major redesign of this website, bringing it right up to date with current best practice, making it user friendly for tablets and smart phones. In part this is to help us talk to younger generations.

Our Books for Sale now has a shopping cart facility allowing multiple purchases. Also we now also offer Holywells and Margaret Catchpole greeting cards and a few second hand books. Please have a look; your custom helps our work.

The total number of people featured on the family tree is approaching 10,000 and our improved ‘Contact Us’ facility is bringing lots questions, corrections and additions.

We do not pursue numbers for the sake of it but we do strive to be accurate.

We wish all our visitors a happy and interesting New Year!


ANGELA COBBOLD MEMORIAL CHURCH ROOMJanuary 2016

The Trust heard that the Parochial Church Council in Little Bealings, Suffolk would probably be forced, for financial reasons, to sell the Angela Cobbold Memorial Church Room. Having understood the reasons the Trust considers that a sale is probably the only viable option. However, it caused us to explore the original gift and we show here what we offered to the PCC by way of explanation.

Angela’s father, Francis Alfred Cobbold (1852-1915) #209 on the family tree, a grandson of brewer, John Wilkinson Cobbold (1774-1860) was born in Ipswich. He graduated from St. John’s College, Cambridge in 1874 and married Frederica (Freda) Julia Worship in Kent in 1880, here referred to as Freda. They set up home in Ipswich.

Three children followed:

Francis Alfred Worship Cobbold born 1882 (FAWC)
Freda Angela Cobbold born 1884 (Angela)
Gladys Jessie born 1886 (Gladys)

In 1908 FAWC qualified as a solicitor and by 1912 the family is living in Westbury Lodge, Anglesea Road, Ipswich. The war years were an unhappy time; FAWC was away at the war, his father, Francis Alfred died in 1915 and his sister Gladys died in 1917. Both were buried in Ipswich.

In 1920 Freda and daughter Angela moved to Crossways, their new home in Little Bealings and it is thought this was a happy time during which Freda exercised her passion for gardening to the full. In 1922 FAWC married Beatrice Worthington (1879-1961) in London and it is thought they set up home at Sproughton Hall about this time. Later correspondence suggests their home was Church Close, Sproughton.

After 16 years, Freda’s time in Little Bealings came to an abrupt end when Angela died in 1936. One assumes that mother and daughter had been both close and happy so Angela was laid to rest there, money was given in her memory for the Church Room and the grieving mother went to live with her son at Sproughton where she herself died two years later.

Land for the Church Room was given by Capt. Hervey of Little Bealings Grove and was valued at that time at £25. The project was organised by FAWC on behalf of his mother to a design provided by Mr. Worthingham. The building was paid for by Freda and the gift of land was conditional upon the building being made over to the Diocese upon completion which duly happened in 1938 or 1939. It is uncertain whether Freda saw the completed building prior to her death.

Neither FAWC nor his siblings had children so that line of the family has died out.



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