Cobbwebs News & Views

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Cobbwebs News & Views

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Saturday July 18th dawned bright and the sun shone all day!  The good people of Ipswich arrived in force and nobody could have judged the day anything but a huge success.  We launched our new book Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds with author Clive Hodges signing and dedicating copies.  The paper-cutting demonstration by mother and daughter team, Erika and Lois Cordelia was as popular as ever and the Elizabeth Cobbold paper-cut Valentines were much appreciated under the skilled guidance of Erica Burrows, Chairman of the Friends of Ipswich Museum.

The Trust would like to thank most warmly all its helpers, family and friends who came along in support of the event and particularly those who purchased books.  The Trust knows it only survives through your support and wishes you to know that it is hugely appreciated.

What may not be so well known is that the Trust has played a small but worthwhile role from the start of the restoration project. In the early days we wrote in support of the funding application; we have encouraged the team on the ground throughout by answering questions and providing photographs and we were instrumental in providing very high quality interpretation boards.

As a result your Keeper was invited to speak at the opening ceremony following The Mayor, The Chair of the East of England HLF and the Chair of The Friends of Holywells Park.  For the benefit of those not present here is a synopsis of what he said.

He opened by reminding his audience that Holywells – Bring the Magic Back had been the title chosen by Adrian Howlett for his dissertation way back in 2004.  Was that a question, a command or perhaps a plea he asked.  It doesn’t matter now!  The magic is back!  He went on to thank all those who had made it happen, from the most senior executive to the most reluctant volunteer.  He also remembered to thank Lord Woodbridge whose gift it was back in the 1930s.  Sadly, he continued, two things could not be brought back: the house and the family.  To fill that gap the Trust was launching, that very day, a book Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds by Clive Hodges, the first full, historically accurate account of this magical place and its people.  As such the book would appeal to every lover of the park.  If as I close, he said, you feel moved to clap, don’t applaud me – applaud the team that brought the magic back!

Since restoration Holywells Park has Heritage, Tree and Wild Life Trails some equipped with an Aurasma facility.  Well worth a visit!

SILKEN STRANDS - 2August 2015

The Trust is pleased to record the acquisition of 5 items this month.

The April 1947 Conveyance of Alton Hall, Farmhouses, Cottages, Buildings and Land situate in Suffolk by The Personal Representatives of P.W.Cobbold Deceased to Captain L.A.H.Wright.  Philip Wyndham Cobbold DL JP was born in 1875 and died in 1945.  He is #324 on the family tree.
The document is signed by his son, Lt. Cdr. Alistair Philip Cobbold RNVR (1907-1971) (#472) and by his co-executor, Francis Alfred Worship Cobbold (1882-1947) (#361) a lawyer who had won a DSO in WWI.
It is possibly Francis’s last signature for the document is dated 3rd April, just 18 days prior to his death.

Freedom We Died for You by David Miller (of Newton Abbot, not Ipswich!) being an account of Old Blues (Christ’s Hospital) who died in WWII, one of whom was Peter Charles Victor Cobbold (1897-1942) (#7595) victim of the Long Nawang massacre.

2 photographs of Tolly Cobbold pubs, both called The White Horse, one at Tattingstone, the other at Kersey.

Advertising playing card promoting Lowe, Son & Cobbold, brewers of Stamford carrying the image of an overweight monk astride a long suffering donkey, exclaiming:
Oh Lowe, Son & Cobbold, our hearts you do cheer
Through supplying the world with such excellent beer
For though to our grief from Chartreuse we’re turned out
We shall lessen our sorrow by drinking your Stout!

200th Anniversary Waterloo Campaign Medal to archive alongside Elizabeth Cobbold’s Ode on the Victory of Waterloo, of which we reproduced 3 verses here back in June.

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Your family history trust archive and collection continue to grow a pace thanks to the gifts of family and friends.  Here we recognise all whose generosity is appreciated by this generation and will be appreciated by future generations.

Bill Humphreys and Jonathan Shackleton for financial donations,
Chris Heath for information on, and photographs of, his family of successful Victorian Midland Industrialists, who once owned Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire.
Two Heath sisters married two Toynbee brothers.  Family member, Julian Gibbs lead the National Trust team which restored the Biddulph garden to its Victorian splendour,
Rowell Bell for weekly newspaper cuttings,
Prim Cobbold and Neville Cobbold for more family photographs,
Sarah Cobbold for more information on the descendents of William Cobbold (1742-1827) and Elizabeth Snell (b. c.1743)
Rachel Gibbs for a tribute by her son and an obituary by the BMJ for her husband, Dr Denis Gibbs who died in January this year,
Philippa Bagnell for copies of moving tributes to her mother, Geraldeen Tatton-Brown née Mortimer, born in 1919 who died in June this year,
Alexander MacEwen for correcting a major error on the family tree and for further information and,
Anne & Belinda Hasted, Jeremy Douglas, Richard Cole and Chris Lloyd for valuable information for the family tree.

(Please accept apologies for any accidental omission)


Due to the time involved in preparing for, and attending, the reopening of Holywells Park, Stables and Conservatory we are unable to offer Cobbwebs this month.  The event was a huge success and sales of Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds have got off to a flying start.  Our thanks go to all those who attended and purchased books.

Normal service will be resumed in August!


First in the Cobbold & Kin Series written by Clive Hodges

Holwells Park, Stables and Conservatory will officially re-open on July 18th.  Everyone is welcome and you need to be there before 12 noon for the opening ceremony and the musical events which follow.  The Trust will be there displaying the Elizabeth Cobbold paper-cut Valentines and there will be a live paper-cutting demonstration in the newly restored conservatory.

That day will also see the official launch of Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds by Clive Hodges who is now Author in Residence at the Trust.  The restoration of the park, stables and conservatory is a wonderful achievement but it leaves an unavoidable gap.  What about the house and the family that lived there?

Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds fills that gap!  It charts the connected histories of one of Ipswich’s best-loved public spaces and the Cobbold family who lived there from 1814 to 1829.  To tempt you here are the chapter titles:


1. Early History
2. The Cobbolds Arrive
3. Victorian Transformation
4. John Dupuis and Lady Evelyn
5. Public Park
6. A Park for the People

Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds, a paperback at £7.99 is within everyone’s reach and will be available on this website before the end of June.  Watch for its arrival at Books for Sale.


An Autobiography by Nicholas Cobbold with Clive Hodges

“As a young man, he led a glamorous life at full tilt.  He drove a succession of fast cars, sped fearlessly headfirst down the Cresta Run and flew aeroplanes and helicopters, surviving not one but two air crashes.”

Scattered Memories tells these stories and others that mark Nicholas Cobbold out as a man of boundless energy and enormous fun.  A daring and accomplished practical joker since childhood, his creative prankshave rarely, if ever, landed him in hot water, whether he has been deploying whoopee cushions, firing billiard balls from a cannon or impersonating the Archbishop of Canterbury’s right hand man.”

Available from this website now:


Back in April Gerry Lowth (#4532 on the family tree) whose family has, like ours, strong connections with Caius College, Cambridge, kindly alerted the Trust to an article in the Ross Gazette which told that a lady resident, whilst sorting through papers, had found a copy of a sermon preached on 21st June 1887 by Rev. R H Cobbold (#148), Rector of Ross, to mark Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.  Through the good offices of the Ross Gazette and Gerry Lowth the lady was contacted and she agreed to donate the sermon to the Trust and as a token of appreciation the Trust made a donation of £25 to her church.

Coincidentally, Gerry recalled that in the 1930s a Lt. Col. Cobbold (#391) lived in Alton Street in Ross with their daughter Prudence (#509) and that they had a niece called Ann Jamieson (#1792) who was for a while the Lowth’s governess.

A few days later I noticed a rather large and handsome three-handled silver plated drinking cup was to be auctioned.  It had been won by Francis Edward Davy Cobbold (#237), son of the Rev. R H Cobbold, for winning the half mile when he was up at Cambridge.  Coincidentally, F E D Cobbold, later ordained, was a curate of Weston-under-Penyard (Gerry’s parish) from 1902 to 1904 whilst on furlough from his post as Senior Chaplain in Punjab.

In writing to us just recently the lady donor, Mrs. Ruby Price mentioned that she had been to a ‘Meeting with Michael Palin’ (he of prodigious talent and endearing personality) and had discovered that Michael’s grandfather, Rev. Edward Palin had been Rector of Linton for 38 years.  Coincidentally, Rev. Edward’s daughter, Brita (#242) married another of Rev. R H Cobbold’s sons, Henry Ralph (#241) who became a prosperous merchant in Calcutta.

That is not quite the end of the story because not long ago the Trust acquired a miniature Hymns A & M, not much larger than a £2 coin, but beautifully leather bound, which had been given to Henry and Brita’s daughter, also named Brita, when she was 7 years old in Calcutta.  Lovingly tucked within is a little picture of her pet puppy, James.

Our thanks, of course, to the Trust’s family and friends in and around Ross who made this vignette possible!

ODE on the VICTORY of WATERLOOJune 2015

In the fervour of national pride which followed Wellington’s victory at Waterloo, Elizabeth Cobbold put her prolific pen to work.

Her Ode on the Victory of Waterloo, in some 21 verses certainly met the expectation of length and also the requirement of dedication, in this case to His Royal Highness, George, Prince Regent.

Printed in Ipswich by J Raw and distributed in London, Bury St. Edmunds and Colchester, profits from the publication were appropriated to the Waterloo Subscription.

We show here the title page and reproduce just verses V, X and XXI together with Thomas Lawrence’s painting of the hero.

Three years later when the Duke of Wellington visited Lord Granville at Wherstead Lodge our ancestor presented him with a copy of her work splendidly bound in Morocco which it is said, was most graciously received and acknowledged.  Perhaps it remains in the Duke’s library to this day!


By treason rous’d, Napoleon sprung / Like lurking tiger from his den,
And far and wide the death cry flung, / And rear’d the blood-strip’d flag again:
But Britain’s firmness prov’d a charm / To wither that despotic am,
Which, grasping empire, would have hurl’d / Destruction o’er a subjugated world.


But O what song the praise can tell / Of those who, self-devoted, fell,
When ev’ry gallant leader fought / As if that glorious day he sought
To win as bright a wreath from fame / As circles Wellington’s name?
Each persevering soldier too, / A leader in that battle grew,
And felt as resolute in fight, / As firm, in British hardihood,
As though upon his single might / His country’s bulwark stood.


Again the tide of commerce pours / Its flowing wealth on Britain’s shores;
Again from all her rocky bounds / The festal shout of Peace resounds;
Her dusky artisan prepares / From swords to form the shining shares,
The massy anvils ring: / To sickles chang’d are gleaming spears,
And as they reap the ripen’d ears, / Her jocund peasants sing:
All rich in flocks and herds are seen / Her fragrant hills, her pastures green:
To e’vry gale her flag unfurl’d, / Triumphant floats the waters o’er,
And as it greets each franchis’d shore, / United Empires, great and free,


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.

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