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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Heartfelt thanks are due this month to Martin Riley for a generous donation and continued support and also to V Narayan Swami for allowing the Trust to acquire Emily Caroline Farr’s album on very favourable terms (see Gallery).  Thanks are also due to Adrian Howlett, Holywells Historian for continued dedicated help and to Pamela Watts for lots of information on the Roe family and the Ipswich Institute for a donation following a talk given to members.

Books added to the library this month include:
Scattered Memories, 2015 by Nicholas Cobbold with Clive Hodges
Outsider II 2012, by Brian Sewell
Ipswich Town, A History, 2013 by Susan Gardiner
The Essential History of Ipswich Town, 2001 by Mel Henderson and Paul Voller
Ipswich Town on this day, 2008 by Dan Botten.

Other acquisitions include:
A pair of pre-WWI binoculars belonging to Ralph Patteson Cobbold (#316)
EA Notes & Queries 1905-1907 (but with Sept. 1905 missing)
More pictures of Tolly Cobbold pubs.


Acquisitions this month have included:

17 items of Tolly Cobbold breweriana;

Cross stitch project pack based on artwork by Julia Cobbold;

Plymouth Navy Days first day cover from HMS Brilliant, 1989 signed by the Captain,   Richard Cobbold;

A fine little book The Wild Garland, 1827 by Miss S Waring which contains 12 hand coloured illustrations, once owned by Elizabeth Harriet Cobbold (1817-1910) #155 on the family tree.  See Cobbweb, The Wild Garland.

Thanks are due this month to:

Bill Humphreys for information on the Amys, Humphreys and Cobbold families;

Leslie Rhodes for sorting out the Parkin family;

Rachel Gibbs for the BMJ obituary on her husband Denis but more importantly for a copy of the excellent tribute given by their son, Nicholas;

The Ipswich and Suffolk Club for a donation and for scans of John and Patrick Cobbold.  See Cobbweb, The Football Brothers.

Dr. Mark K Fulk, Assistant Professor of English at Buffalo State College, USA for a copy of his paper entitled Eliza Knipe’s “On the Lake of Windermere” and the Limits of the Aesthetic Gaze, which is published in the current edition (22.1) of Essays in Romanricism.

Administrative Matters:

The trust is happy to confirm that it has completed its accounts for the year ended 30 November 2014 and these will be filed as required shortly. Thereafter its annual return will be submitted to the Charity Commission well before the deadline.


Or Prose and Poetry Connected with English Wild Flowers, Intended as an Embellishment to the Study of Botany.

A beautiful little book by Miss S Waring, author of ‘The Life of Linnæus, in a Series of Letters’ printed for Harvey and Darton, Gracechurch Street, London 1827

This book interests us for two reasons.

Firstly the prose and poems selected are sheer delight for any reader who is happy to be taken back to a time when description was simple, elegant and accurate.  He or she is reassured that indeed some things never change and where better than in an English wild flower meadow.  There are twelve hand coloured plates of which we show just two.  Of the book itself it is interesting to discover that Copac (the national and university library index) gives seven locations for this title in UK libraries all of which catalogue iv pages at the start where ours has vi.  Comparison with other copies at the Bodleian and in Cambridge suggests that ours is an early copy.

Secondly, ownership inscriptions in the front tell us that the book belonged originally to Elizabeth Harriet Cobbold of Eye, (1817-1910) #155 on the family tree, daughter of Robert Knipe Cobbold (1792-1859).  In 1837 Harriet married Canon Charles Shorting (1810-1864) and amongst their seven children was Henry Francis Shorting (1847-1919) whose daughter Edith (1871-1929) was the recipient of our book.  It is inscribed “

Edith K Shorting from Grandmama Shorting, August 25th 1887” the year of Edith’s 16th birthday.



Mr John and Mr Patrick as they were affectionately known were much admired for their enthusiastic leadership in the brewery business but even more so for their dedication to Ipswich Town Football Club.

John Cavendish Cobbold (1927-1983) #575 on the family tree was appointed to the board of ITFC at the age of 21 which made him the youngest ever football club director.  He was chairman from 1957 to 1976 and remained a director until his death in 1983.

Patrick Mark Cobbold (1934-1994) #576 took over as chairman in 1976, a post he retained until 1991.

The trust was invited to speak about the family at one of the Ipswich and Suffolk Club’s Thursday lunches last month.  Our talk was much appreciated by the capacity audience and we would like to put on record our gratitude for the hospitality received.

The walls of the bar in the club are graced by numerous caricatures of members and our thanks go to Robert Coppin for copies of those of Mr John and Mr Patrick.  In case the wording is not easily read we reproduce it below.


What is thy wish, O my master?
Is it for the love of the most
beauliful Woman on earth?

No, it is for the
biggest bottle of
Wine on Earth!

Amo versus Vino
latest score
Grapes 20 Apples nil


‘You ‘orrible idle dozy man you’
Leslie, do any of
your Thursday Club
play football?
I need – a striker –
a winger, a defender,
a midfield, a goalie

No, Patrick.
the Spirits are
Strong but the
Flesh is Weak


The Cobbolds say goodbye and signal the end of an era.

This feature by Jane Dismore (author of The Voice from the Garden) appeared in the East Anglian Daily Times on Saturday April 11th 2015.  Here is a link.


We show here a 3 page article by Catherine Larner which appeared in the April 2015 edition of Family Tree magazine.


Once again we have much gratitude to express.

Thank you….

Julian and Sarah Royle for a contribution to the endowment fund and for linking into the family tree; Sarah is #9862.

Lady Kenya Tatton Brown for more information for the family tree.

Mr & Mrs John Moorby for 2 ‘Suffolk’ books and for papers for the archive, particularly those relating to ITFC’s victory in the FA Cup in 1978.

Bernice Mansell for more information on the Boursot family; Commandant Claude Boursot (1769-1846) #6884 was a supplier of Champagne to Napoleon.

Ann Jameson for reminding us of the marriage between banker and Liberal politician, Thomas Tertius Paget (1807-1892) #7865 and Katherine Geraldine McCausland (1827-1869).

We are pleased to report the addition to the trust library of

Parsons and Prisons which is Bina Martin’s book on Temple Chevallier Martin (1842-1933), His ancestors and his descendants.  We have not yet fully digested our purchase but are delighted that it establishes in detail the link between the Chevallier and Edgcumbe families into both of which Cobbolds have married.


RHW Cobbold #375 and EFW Cobbold #378: Correction 

In our Cobbweb of November 2012 (see Cobbwebs archive) we said that a post card depicting a memorial tablet naming 3 Cobbolds was at Earls Barton and what is worse we said it in a rather self-congratulatory tone!

We are grateful to Mrs Sandy Hall for pointing out that the memorial tablet is actually in Hitcham, Suffolk.

TRIMLEYApril 2015

The village of Trimley to the west of Felixstowe is as important to us as it is single churchyard.  Sadly, St. Mary is now largely unused.  Eight Cobbolds are buried in the churchyard (they are listed below) but perhaps the strangest thing is the pair of stained glass windows in the north and south walls of the church of St. Mary.

One depicting St. Edmund which is ‘given to the greater glory of God and in memory of Ernest St. George Cobbold’ (1840-1895) #199 features his face complete with walrus moustache and the other dedicated to St. George features Ernest’s son, Herbert St. George Cobbold (1871-1944) #323, again with his face and fully grown upper lip.

Buried at Trimly

Sarah Cobbold (1717-1777) #45
Henry Cobbold (1813-1873) #131
Horace Cobbold (1821-1890) #2749
Louisa Cobbold (1813-1894) #146
Emily Cobbold (1809-1902) #129
Katherine Cobbold (1832-1914) #2750
John Dupuis Cobbold (1861-1929 #307
Florence Jane Cobbold (1856-1938) #2859
Ralph Patteson Cobbold (1868-1965) #316

Credit for the two pictures and some of the content gladly given to Simon Knott’s excellent site:


Lest we be accused of offering Cobbwebs that are too masculine in interest, here we tell of a wedding which took place 120 years ago in which high fashion was foremost.

The Court Journal tells us….

‘A large and fashionable congregation assembled in the Pro-Cathedral, Kensington on Thursday (18th January 1894) to witness the wedding of Mr. Charles Macdonnell Anderson, son of the late Colonel J. C. Anderson, R.E., C.S.I., with Miss Maud Cobbold, daughter of Mr. Henry Chevallier Cobbold, 29 Campden House Road, Kensington.

The bride wore a gown of rich white satin duchesse, the petticoat draped with soft silk muslin and sprays of orange blossom; the Court train of rich satin, trimmed at one side and corner with silk muslin and orange blossom.  The cape effect on the bodice was bordered with orange blossom over a yoke of silk muslin, large bishop sleeves of satin with collar and cuffs embroidered with fine pearls, a wreath of real orange blossoms and tulle veil fastened with a diamond crescent, the gift of the bridegroom, a diamond bracelet and carried a superb bouquet of orange blossoms, eucharis lilies and white lilac.

There were six bridesmaids.  Their dresses were white ondine silk, trimmed with light blue velvet and otter fur and their hats were white satin, with the brims lined with black velvet and trimmed with black feathers tipped with pale blue and blue rosettes.’

Maud Chevallier Cobbold (1867-1954) is # 339 on the family tree and our thanks to Maud’s granddaughter, Dr. Virginia Mary van de Lande for the Court Journal cutting.


We reported last month that the trust is supporting the Redwood Appeal.  Things have moved at a good pace and we are pleased to announce that The Cobbold Family History Trust Coast Redwood has been planted in the Lower Arboretum.  It is in a fine location beside two mature Coast Redwoods which will have been planted when the Lower Arboretum was still a private subscription garden much frequented by our ancestors.

The picture shows our tree, and the trunks of the two mature Redwoods are just visible in the background to the left.

FAT PIGApril 2015

This illustration of a portrait owned by the Rash family of Wortham, painted by the Revd Richard Cobbold (#106 on the family tree) came to us by courtesy of the Late Nicholas Smith who was always a good friend and supporter of our trust.  The caption reads as follows:

-----  The Portrait  ----

of this extraordinary pig; bred & grazed by Mr John Snelling of the enormous weight 
of 38 stones at 16 months old, was drawn by the Rev. Richard Cobbold MA, Rector
of Wortham, and presented to him as a token of respect, December 1843

From Parson and People in a Suffolk Village we learn that John Snelling was a self-made man who began as a jobbing butcher, became a steward, then tenant farmer and finally a substantial freeholder who farmed over 200 acres and employed as many as sixteen men.  He won several agricultural prizes, built four model cottages, and held a range of parochial offices.  Originally from Norfolk, where three of their children were born, he and his wife, Frances moved to Wortham in about 1830.


Redwood Appeal for Ipswich Arboretum

The Friends of Christchurch Park have launched an appeal to give Ipswich Arboretum its very own ‘mini’ Redwood Grove.  The Giant Redwood is the largest species of tree on earth and the Coast Redwoods the tallest so the choice of tree is spectacular.

Ipswich Arboretum was laid out in 1851 and opened to the public (the first to do so) in 1855 so the choice of venue cannot be bettered.  Given the Cobbold family’s long association with Ipswich in general and Christchurch Park in particular The Cobbold Family History Trust is delighted to be one of the first to sponsor a magnificent Redwood to the tune of £200.  If any family member would like to contribute please get in touch.

Thank you………

So much information is being offered to the trust and so many questions are being asked of it that we have a serious problem keeping up.  Firstly, apologies if replies have not been received as quickly as you would have liked and secondly it has become impossible to publicly thank information donors in detail so we show below the names of this month’s donors with apologies if any names have been inadvertently omitted:

Neville Cobbold
Prim Cobbold
Mike Cavanagh
Lesley Steinitz
Debbie Barnes
Adrian Howlett
Henry Spence
Virginia van de Lande
Phil Spencer
John Mansell
Mark Norris

Thank you all.


A Recent article in the East Anglian Daily Times by historian Dr John Blatchly looking at the life of Ipswich ‘Algebraist’ and newspaper proprietor John King junior included a Henry Davy lithograph dated 1856 of Rosehill House in which King lived as tenant of Alan Brooksby Cobbold (1830-1901) #166 on the family tree.  Today the house, divided into two, stands at the northern end of Sandhurst Avenue beyond a roundabout with what may be one of the 4 original Yew trees at its centre.

The lithograph includes two cylindrical observatories for which Dr Blatchly presumes Alan Brooksby gave permission and a free standing telescope which looks too small to have helped John King determine the distance of the sun from the earth which he calculated to 10 decimal places.

This house is of some interest to us.  It is believed but not confirmed that the house was owned by Owen Roe (1770-1825) #2878 who was a gilder, mirror maker and picture dealer with a shop at 2 Upper Brook Street, Ipswich. As it stands on slightly elevated ground it perhaps started as ‘Roe’s Hill.’  Roe’s daughter or possibly his niece Ann (1795-1851) #103 married Charles Cobbold (1793-1859) #102 as a result of ‘matched’ Valentines at one of his mother’s famous balls in 1811.

 The Trust has both the ‘successful’ Valentines and a silver snuff box given to Charles in 1839 prior to his leaving Ipswich for Edinburgh.  The reason for this move is not understood.  Charles and Ann had 4 children of whom only Alan Brooksby out lived his father.  Alan’s son Charles Augustus Cobbold (1871-1915) #169 was a Captain serving with 7th Bn. the Suffolk Regiment when he was killed.  He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial and his death plaque is held by the Trust.


The date for the re-opening celebration of Holywells Park, the stables and the conservatory has now been set at 18th July 2015.

For those who need reminding, Holy Wells (as it was then spelled) was built by John Cobbold (1746-1835) #56 on the family tree, in time for the family to move in just before Christmas 1814.  It remained the principal Cobbold home until the death in 1929 of John Dupuis Cobbold (#307), 4 generations later, when it was bought by Lord Woodbridge who gave it to the Borough of Ipswich.  No other family ever lived there.

The park opened to the public permanently in 1936 but the house was demolished in the 1960s leaving only the stable block and the conservatory standing.  These two buildings and the park itself have received a £3m restoration over the last couple of years which culminates in the re-opening ceremony on 18th July.

The Cobbold Family History Trust will be exhibiting at the celebrations on 18th and 19th July showing, inter alia, the Elizabeth Cobbold paper-cut Valentines alongside a demonstration of paper-cutting by Erica Bülow-Osborne and Loïs Cordelia.

That day will also mark the launch of the Trust’s next book.  First in the Cobbold & Kin series will be Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds by Clive Hodges in paperback format selling at £7.99.  Cleverly designed to show the visitor and the local community all that can no longer be seen it charts the life of Holwells Park from earliest times to the present day.

A set of 8 post cards will be introduced at the same time.  All carry images of how things used to be around 1900, framed in an Elizabeth Cobbold Valentine border.

Please put the date in your diary and watch this website for more details


Reports on the 50th anniversary of this epic event will not have escaped our readers.

What is not so well known is that the event was organised with outstanding military precision by Col. Paul Freyberg 2nd Baron Freyberg (1923-1993) who is #2079 on the family tree. (He is the author of his father’s biography; no mean task given that his father was arguably the most decorated soldier in the British Army). Paul served with the New Zealand Division in Greece in 1941 and the Long Range Desert Group in the Middle East in 1941-42, then with the Grenadier Guards in Tunisia and Italy 1942-45 where he won his MC. After the war he was with the British Army of the Rhine 1950-51 and following postings in the Ministry of Defence he was commander of the Honourable Artillery Company, Infantry Battalion in 1965 when Sir Winston died.

The world famous former Prime Minister’s death occurred during the time that Cameron Cobbold 1st Baron Cobbold (1904-1987) #490 was Lord Chamberlain (1963-1971). He had been Governor of the Bank of England from 1949 to 1961.

His responsibilities to the Monarch required his attendance at the funeral in St Paul’s and our photograph shows him (back left with an umbrella) leaving the cathedral with the Royal Family and Heads of State including President de Gaulle (circled), Sir Winston’s wartime ally.


Rosemary Reardon writes:

“Just to say how much I enjoyed Cobbold & Kin.  With such a vast project I was astounded how Clive managed all the data into something so cohesive and readable.

I think my favourite family member was William Rust Cobbold.  This was down wholly to how Clive wrote about him such as recording that he “was not over blessed with humour or charm”.  I liked the description as to his demise as well!

For opposing reasons was also very taken with the biography of Felix Thornley Cobbold.  I was very interested in him becoming a Liberal and so going against the family political trait.  His philanthropy was quite outstanding, even extending to bequeathing of land to be used as allotments.

My favourite photograph was of Ralph and obviously he (Ralph) liked it too as used by him for the frontispiece of his book ‘Innermost Asia’!

Anyway I’ll leave off for now other than to thank you again for making it possible for me to read about the Cobbolds.  And of course please pass my congratulations on to Clive for achieving such a magnificent outcome to his project”.

If you don’t have a copy please BUY NOW and help the trust with its work.  Thank you.


Christmas 2014

Thank you family members all over the world for your Christmas and New Year greetings which are very much appreciated.  Family history is quite a lonely furrow to plough so your continued interest is always welcome.

Thank you…

Christchurch, Tacket Street, Ipswich for a donation of £20 following a talk about the family and the trust’s work and thank you Christine Haines for family papers which are a welcome addition to the archive.

Books for Sale

We still have books for sale from this website.  Signed copies of Cobbold & Kin, Life Stories from an East Anglian Family are still available.

We have a small number of second hand copies of out-of-print books available on request.  Titles include The Cobbold Elliston Affair by Sandra Berry; Football Gentry by Brian Scovell and The Biography of a Victorian Village edited by Ronald Fletcher.

Book Sales help the trust with it’s work so please support us.

BRADFIELD St GEORGE MILL 1906February 2015

Oil Paintings in Public Ownership – Suffolk lists this painting as being by Cobbold H C, said to have been a worker at the mill.  It is shown as being at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.

Suffolk Painters website shows the same painting attributed to Hugh Charles Cobbold (1908-1966) #411 on the family tree.  As the picture is dated two years before Hugh was born either the date or the attribution is wrong.

Can anyone help please?


A Seamark Achievement

Edward #1010 on the family tree was born in Devon in 1994 and move with his parents to Melbourne, Australia as a very young child.  Now living in Diamond Creek he has justified early promise by winning an Undergraduate Sponsorship and an undergraduate entry position as a Marine Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

A measure of his success is evidenced by the fact that only 19 such scholarships were awarded this year across all disciplines, the majority going to medics.  He is now a commissioned officer with the rank of Midshipman; has completed basic training and been sworn in.  He has commenced the 3 year course in Mechatronics Engineering at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and being a member of the armed forces has to apply for leave at the end of each term!

When he graduates he expects to be posted to manage the entirety of a ship’s mechanical systems except for weaponry.  Even more important will be his duties as leader of the on board engineering team.  A family history trust necessarily spends time reporting on careers successfully completed.  It is a pleasure on this occasion to be reporting on one promisingly commenced.

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