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. 

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Cobbwebs News & Views

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ELSA COBBOLD née VERDE (1925-2014)October 2014

Elsa, (# 1846 on the family tree), widow of Jim Cobbold, one of the Trust’s great and early benefactors, died in August this year aged 89. Her family recently donated a Henry Davy painting of Helmingham Hall (1849) and an oil of a Dutch Brigantine (1835) by Louisa Emily Hanbury née Cobbold (1804-1889).

One of Elsa’s last acts of kindness was to insist on meeting the cost of shipping those two pictures and a Family Bible across the Atlantic into the care of the Trust. It was typical of her generous nature and was simply a continuation of the selfless hospitality shown to me when I visited them in California in 2006. Elsa and Jim had two fine sons, Michael and Robert, and I want to share with you an account of Elsa’s last few days sent me by Michael.

We took her out to dinner, a Japanese dinner which had become her favourite. She was happy, smiled a lot and even asked for a glass of wine which she had not done for years. In the next few days she seemed calmer. One evening as I was saying goodnight, I kissed her on the forehead and said that I hoped she would sleep well, be comfortable and as happy as she could be. She opened her eyes and said, “I think I could be happy in heaven.”

A few days later after I had spent the day with her, I got a call in the evening and learned she had passed away. When I got there, the staff told me that after dinner she had been talking to them about heaven and thanking them for their care. When they came in to check on her later, she had passed. She passed with a smile on her face. It seems that she died having found peace.

It has been a privilege to know Jim and Elsa and an even greater privilege to have been entrusted with some of their most treasured possessions.

Anthony Cobbold

October 2014.


……lend me your ears!......or better still your eyes…our new book will be published on September 17th. We have invested a lot of time, energy and money so please support us. We think you will be pleased with your purchase. It will be included in Books for Sale


Thanks are due to John Barker the author of Lewis Agassiz of Stour Lodge for bringing his book to the Trust’s attention (it is now in our library) and for information relating to Lewis Agassiz (# 9080 in the family tree) and our Dixon and Brandreth relatives.

Thank are also due, yet again, for the generosity of the Late Jim Cobbold’s family in California for the gift of the family Bible presented to John James Kerr (c1856-c1901) (# 231) on the occasion of his marriage to Harriet Elizabeth Cobbold (c1856-1930). She was the youngest child (of 10) of Arthur Thomas Cobbold (1815-1898) (# 138) and Sarah Elizabeth Elliston (1813-1899). The Bible contains four pages of ‘hatches, matches and despatches.’ Another gift is on its way, upon which we will report next month.

The Trust has also acquired 2 boxes of (probably Victorian) hand coloured magic lantern slides prepared by C H Cobbold of Hove. One box is The Wonders of Nature and the other is The Wonders of the Human Body. Can anybody help us fit C H Cobbold into the family tree please?

A very faded post card of the Manor House on St. Margaret’s Green, dated around the end of the19th century has also joined the Trust’s collection. This was for many years a Cobbold home and it is the property from which Margaret Catchpole stole John Cobbold’s horse as told in Richard Cobbold’s best seller.

Cobbold & Kin has gone to the publishers on time largely due to the great devotion of its author, Clive Hodges. Keep an eye on this website for details of how to pre-order your copy. Publication due in the autumn.

A Word about Administration: The Trust would like to reassure visitors to this site and particularly ‘Friends’ who have generously subscribed to our endowment campaign that we are wholly compliant with Charity Commission and Company Law requirements. We produce monthly accounts and make all necessary returns on time. This is more time consuming than it sounds and explains why some months Cobbwebs and Silken Strands are a bit briefer than we would really wish.


Regular visitors to this site will know that 22 members of the Cobbold family have been to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, spread unbroken across seven generations. The statistic is of no importance but that averages out at one every 10.4 years!

The family has been quite a good supporter (if that were necessary) of May Balls having been present in 1926, 1954, 1986 and 2014. This year’s party illustrated shows 8 Cobbolds with long-time family friend, Charlotte Finley in Hall at Caius after dinner with famous Caius Fellow, Professor Stephen Hawking who had gladly allowed his best-selling (10 million copies) A Brief History of Time provide the theme for the ball. He mingled with guests throughout the evening and enjoyed every minute as indeed did we all. The Survivors’ photograph was taken at 5.0am!


The Chevalliers’ ASPALL business is the 11th oldest family owned and the oldest organic company in the UK. Barry and Henry Chevallier Guild who run it today are the eighth generation to do so and despite being steeped in history the company is right at the forefront of current business practice. A refreshed brand identity is due for release soon and the future looks as exciting as the past.

One of the recently introduced products is ‘Perronelle’s Blush, Suffolk Cyder with a dash of Blackberry Juice.’ This was named after Perronelle Mary Guild née Chevallier (#709 in the family tree) who was a graduate in Agriculture from Reading University, a founder member of the Soil Association in 1946 and lived to be 101 which is a good innings by anybody’s standards! But from a family point of view she is still more interesting.

Perronelle’s mother was Isabel Amy Cobbold (1869-1931) (#208) after whom another new brand has been named; ‘Isabel’s Berry’ on which we reported in May. Isabel married John Barrington (JB) Trapnell Chevallier (1857-1940) (#207) and his mother was a Cobbold too! She was Isobella Frances (Fanny) Cobbold (1834-1917) (#205) daughter of Rev. Francis (Frank) Cobbold (1803-1844) (#121). If you can tolerate one more step I’ll tell you that Frank had married his cousin so Fanny’s mother was a Cobbold too! It is not difficult to arrive at the conclusion that there is almost as much Cobbold blood in those Chevallier veins!

JB was a truly remarkable man with an enviable combination of academic and athletic ability. He went to Eton and played football for the Old Etonians. He went on to King’s College, Cambridge where he took a double first and won a football Blue. He played in 4 FA Cup Finals and was a founder of Derby County Football Club in 1884, the club being one of the 12 members of the Football League in 1888. He taught at Lancing, flagship school of the Woodard Foundation and at Repton and was commissioned into the Suffolk Regiment in WWI.

During his spell running the family business it experienced hard times and it is said that he almost bankrupted himself by going on paying the workers for the sake of their families. He was truly a man of head, heart and Corinthian spirit. No wonder we Cobbolds are proud of our relationship with the Chevalliers.


Thanks are due to Mick Farrow for a DVD showing much of the Tolly Cobbold Brewery prior to its closure.  Mick was formerly a guide at the brewery and his DVD has been placed in the archive.

Thanks are also due to Nick Russell for a sketch by Ian Cobbold RN (#504 on the tree) and a poem by Margaret Cobbold (#385)

The Trust has also been given two books, a) The Thistle and The Jade, A Celebration of 150 years of Jardine Matheson & Co, edited by Maggie Keswick and b) Charles Dixon, The Golden Age of Marine Painting.

Acquisitions by the Trust this month have included 112 letters from members of the Chichele-Plowden family and a bundle of papers and letters from the Chandos-Pole family; a copy of Country Life containing a picture of Glemham Hall and 2 books, a) Notes on the Church and Parish of Rattlesden published 1900 (this copy given to Lucy Jervis White Jervis by Felix Thornley Cobbold) and b) A View of Felixstowe from the Bath by Dick Moffat which is the story of the Bath Hotel, burnt down by Suffragettes in 1914.


As a tribute to Isabel Chevallier née Cobbold (#208 on the family tree) Aspall has decided to name its latest new Cyder brand

Isabel’s Berry

Isabel’s Berry is a light refreshing drink (3.8% by vol.) which includes redcurrant and raspberry juices.  It is perfect with fruits, salads, crumbles and summer puddings.

Isabel Amy Cobbold married John Barrington (JB) Trapnell Chevallier at Whitton Church, Ipswich in September 1897.  JB was himself a most successful man who won the heart of a warm and generous person.  Isabel, born and bred in Suffolk was deeply proud of her county and loved nothing better than tending her plants in the walled garden at Aspall Hall.

She was a great hostess and welcomed everyone into her home.  It seems fitting that she should be commemorated by a drink that sits happily at the centre of entertaining and hospitality.


Peter Cobbold (#494 in the family tree) enjoyed Easter lunch with his family and died aged 91 at home the following day.

Born in Henley on Thames and educated at Dover College he learned to sail in the harbour at an early age which proved to be the foundation of a life-long love of that sport.  Running in tandem was life-long support for the RNLI but as told by his son, John at his Thanksgiving Service, he never disclosed whether he had need of their services.

Peter was commissioned into the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in WWII and served with distinction in 11 KRRC in Greece.  At the beginning of December 1944 the Greek Communist troops, ELAS marched on Athens to seize power and 11 KRRC were drawn into a civil war under most difficult conditions.  The urban battlefield, the risks of distinguishing friend from foe and the dirty tactics of ELAS made their task a particularly unpleasant one.  The battalion mounted a full-scale attack on Ardhittos Hill which led to the clearing of Athens and the end of the civil war.

Citation for Award of the Military Cross – Lt P F Cobbold KRRC

Lt Cobbold commanded a platoon which took part in the capture of Ardhittos Hill on the night of December 17th / 18th and afterwards held the forward post there.  Throughout the day his positions were subject to heavy machine gun and rifle fire, varying in intensity and coming from three directions, and later to accurate mortar fire.  Despite this he maintained his platoon in their position and provided vital information as to the movement of enemy troops.  During the early afternoon an obstinately pressed counter-attack made by superior numbers developed against his platoon positions.  The leading section put up a stubborn fight but was finally overcome.  Lt Cobbold withdrew the remainder of his platoon, already depleted by casualties to a new position and successfully reformed them to hold a still vital part of his company’s area.  This officer showed complete disregard of personal danger and his example encouraged his men.

Back in civvy street Peter joined Courtaulds to become a director of the Viscose Division where he was highly valued for his decisive style and forward looking attitudes to marketing.  He was a serious loss to the company when he decided to leave to become a farmer.

In retirement he and his wife made their home in Tenerife before returning to Northamptonshire where eventually some assistance was required.  As one of his carers wrote “The world has lost a true gentleman and I am so grateful for the time I spent with him”

Note:  Peter and his family have been generous supporters of the trust for which we are most grateful.  Anthony Cobbold.


Ipswich’s civic amenity society, established in 1960, flourishes and continues to attract new members at a healthy rate.  Readers will remember that it was the Ipswich Society who erected, on the Reg Driver Centre, a Blue Plaque commemorating the gift of Christchurch Mansion to the Borough by Felix Thornley Cobbold (1841-1909).

The Society has known of The Cobbold Family History Trust for some years and recently heard of our ‘Friends’ appeal.  With great generosity the Society decided to become Foundation Benefactors with a donation to the endowment fund of £500.

We reproduce below a page from the April issue of The Ipswich Society Newsletter (a most excellent publication, we highly recommend) which features the Trust’s letter of thanks with a classic Georgian illustration which is becoming increasingly familiar.

NOTE: to read Newletter extract view in PDF

LILLIE LANGTRY née Emilie Charlotte Le...April 2014

Lillie’s father, William Corbet Le Breton was a Jerseyman educated at Winchester and Pembroke and Exeter Colleges, Oxford who became Dean of Jersey.  Lillie (#1243 in the family tree) rated him one of the handsomest men in the world; vigorous, six foot and with majestic bearing and a luxuriant head of hair.  His piercing blue eyes, so familiar to the beautiful young members of his congregation were passed on to his daughter and striding around his parish in ecclesiastical gaiters he displayed a pair of calves to be envied.

Clearly he did not attract the epithet ‘the Dirty Dean’ for no reason and Lillie is said to have been denied one of her first loves because his blue eyes were no accident of chance!

Against this background the following Love Poem, believed to have originated in West Virginia about 1912 brings a smile to our lips.

Susie Lee done fell in love,
She planned to marry Joe.
She was so happy ‘bout it all
She told her Pappy so.
Pappy told her, “Susie gal,
You’ll have to find another.
I’d just as soon yo’ Ma don’t know,
But Joe is yo’ half brother.”
So Susie put aside her Joe
And planned to marry Will.
But after telling Pappy this,
He said, “There’s trouble still…
You can’t marry Will, my gal,
And please don’t tell your Mother,
But Will and Joe and several mo’
I know is yo’ half brother.”
But Mama knew and said, “My child,
Just do what makes you happy.
Marry Will or marry Joe,
You ain’t no kin to Pappy!”


Alfred Leete (1882-1933) was a self-taught artist, illustrator and cartoonist.  He was also the creator of one of the world’s best known poster designs. The steely stare and demanding pointing finger of Lord Kitchener in Your Country Needs You is a design classic.

Kitchener (1850-1916) (#733 in the family tree) played a crucial role during WW1 as Secretary of State for War.  Traditionally it is believed that this poster was designed specifically for the purpose of recruiting millions of men for front line duty, and that it traded on Kitchener’s military prowess and popularity to do so.

However, the truth is somewhat different.  Your Country Needs You originated simply as a piece of artwork for the cover of London Opinion magazine which was a popular magazine for original articles, essays and reviews with tales, sketches and illustrations.  Following its first publication on September 5th 1914 the editor was bombarded with requests for copies of the image so it was reproduced on fine art paper, suitable for framing and sold “post free for sixpence each.”

At the end of that month the image made its first appearance on a propaganda poster printed by the Victoria House Printing Co in London and in November it was used in a more elaborate and larger recruitment poster printed by David Allen adorned with national flags and giving rates of pay and allowances.  This is the only known recruitment poster to feature the words Your Country Needs You and Leete’s Kitchener image.

We show the London Opinion magazine cover, the David Allen poster and a contemporary saucy post card.

The assistance of The Secret History of the Propaganda Poster by James Taylor is acknowledged.


Thanks to Michael Cobbold (# 1849 in the family tree) and his family of California for the gift of a delightful miniature oil painting of the 2 English Setters owned by Arthur Thomas Cobbold (1815-1898).  Arthur (#138 in the family tree) was a great sportsman as well as being a brewer and an amateur cabinet maker.

Congratulations to Johno Cobbold (# 1009 in the family tree), the 22nd Cobbold to go to Caius College, Cambridge but the first Caian Cobbold to get a Blue, in this case for Hockey in a varsity match won on 9th March 2014.

2 Excellent websites have been added to our Links: is the site for the Chevallier family’s award winning apple juice, cyder and vinegar business is the site for the fine work carried out by the Ipswich Historic Churches Trust who care for 5 Medieval churches including St Lawrence which boasts the earliest ring of bells in Christendom and St Clement, the burial place of Thomas Cobbold (1708-1767) #44 in the family tree, ‘Common Brewer’ who moved the brewery from Harwich to Ipswich


Many readers will know that Bishop John Patteson, the Martyr of Melanesia was cruelly murdered.  Those readers will also know that Bishop John was the niece of Lucy Patteson (1800-1879), wife of John Chevallier Cobbold (1797-1882).  Readers will not be surprised to know that Bishop John has been chosen as one of the subjects for the Trust’s book, Cobbold & Kin, Life Stories from an East Anglian Family due out in October this year.

Briefly, John was born in London in 1827, the son of a judge who had married the niece of the poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and received his schooling at Eton.  Whilst there he went to Windsor Parish Church to hear Bishop Selwyn preach before he set out to be the first Bishop of New Zealand.  Hugely impressed by what he heard, he resolved that one day he too would work in New Zealand.  Following graduation from Balliol College, Oxford he travelled in Europe learning German, Arabic and Hebrew and was ordained in Exeter Cathedral in 1853, serving his curacy in his mother’s home town of Ottery St Mary in Devon.

Only a few years ago the Brothers and Sister of the Melanesian Mission visited Devon and a good deal of bonding took place amongst Bishop Patteson’s present day devotees from both hemispheres.  The Trust was given a leaflet bearing a picture of  St. Barnaba’s  Patteson Memorial Chapel on Norfolk Island and desirous of using that picture in the book we wrote for permission which was kindly given by the Trustees and Parish Council.  News came to us in an email from (Mary and) Bernie Christian-Bailey, part of which I reproduce below.  Beautiful little vignettes of life like this are the reward of the family historian and deserve to be shared.

My great grandfather George Bailey came to Norfolk Island from Chudleigh in Devon, England (via New Zealand) to work in the Melanesian Mission as a blacksmith.  He was also in charge of the music, and installed the beautiful Willis organ that was donated by Patteson’s cousin the Victorian novelist Charlotte Yonge.  About 6 years ago, we acquired the Bishop’s desk, which was made here on Norfolk Island for him from local timbers.  After his death, it was sent back to England to Charlotte Yonge, who, we understand, used it until her death.  We had the opportunity to bid for the desk at an auction in Itchingstoke, Hampshire (via telephone) and acquired it,and it now has pride of place in the “Patteson Room” in our Parish Centre.

In my own home, we have the Bishop’s dining chairs, also made locally we believe (but maybe in New Zealand).  My grandfather had the opportunity to purchase goods from the Mission when it relocated from Norfolk Island in 1920.  Our home is named “Devon” because of the historic association, and two of our sons, who live behind us and next door, call their homes “Devon Cottage” and “Devonside”.  We still worship at the Patteson Memorial Chapel every Sunday morning.

Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901) was the Bishop’s biographer: ‘Life of John Coleridge Patteson’ published by Macmillan, 1874

Mr & Mrs CLARENCE are HOMEMarch 2014

The famous griffins on the gate pillars at the courtyard entrance to Knebworth House have been recreated by sculptors Alastair Rennie and Stephen Petiffer.

Affectionately known to the Lytton Cobbolds as Mr & Mrs Clarence (they are distinctly male and female) the two fantasy monsters have stood guardians to this great neo-gothic house for many a year but sadly the originals had deteriorated  so badly that they became almost indistinguishable.

Further mythical beasts including bats, gargoyles and dinosaurs, elsewhere await the visitor when the house and park re-open on 22nd March.

See for details for details


Cobbold & Kin, Life Stories from an East Anglian Family

The Trust’s book by Clive Hodges has gone to the publishers which is a great relief all round; the work involved has been enormous.  We decided on ‘Life Stories’ rather than ‘Biographies’ but it may yet be changed again by the publishers.  It will be launched in October (£25 + postage) so please start saving your pennies!


To confirm that the Trust is going about its business vigorously the Keeper has accepted 2 speaking engagements in Ipswich this year.

1.  Ipswich branch of the Suffolk Family History Society at Red Cross Hall, Chevallier St. at 7.30 pm on Thursday 17th April, and

2.  Ipswich Arts Association at Museum Street Methodist Church (entrance in Black Horse Lane) at 1.0 pm on 10th July.


are due to the donors for the following gifts to the Trust archive…

to Maj. Philip Hope-Cobbold for a Glemham Hall Estate silver Millennium Medal, the estate having been bought by the family in 1923,
to Stuart Wolfendale for a copy of his book ‘Imperial to International’ a history of St. John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong where Rowland Francis Cobbold (1857-1945) was Senior Chaplain from 1892 to 1902,
to Isobel Hutchison who is a painter for a wealth of family tree information and no less than 20 pictures for the tree,
to Dorothy Maxwell, again for family tree information on the Cooke-Yarboroughs whose name is (as often happens) the result of an inheritance-related marriage.  She relates a nice little anecdote in which the family lost all its money as a result of 18th century gambling debts and to this day a hand of cards without court cards is known as a ‘Yarborough.’

News from Sylvia Stoltz

In February last year, under the heading ‘I’ve Still Got my Marbles’ I reported on our nonagenarian correspondent in Australia.  In confirmation that she is still at it, we hear that she has just won 2nd prize in a ‘True Wartime Experience’ competition.  The event has been running for 51 years and encourages Veterans to write about their experiences.  Sylvia is very knowledgeable on the history of Chemical Warfare in Australia and her recent contribution is published in BRAVO! Recollections and Reflections of the Veteran Community by the Australian Government.  Congratulations, Sylvia from us all.


Ghillie’s recovery from illness.

Our darling Ghill’s no longer ill,
He’s fast recovering from his chill;
His coat is white as driven snow,
Which now on every side doth blow;
When lately ill, he hated light,
Withdrew far back from out our sight,
And crept into a corner cold,
He ne’er did this in days of old.
He barks now lively, full of fun,
Sits up and begs, then off he’ll run
And “Master” says “come catch me quick,
Or if you don’t, I’ll get old Dick
To come outside and with me play
My game of ball” or p’raps he’ll say,
“Your slippers now I’m going to bite,
And make them in a sorry plight”.
Once more he’s at his former games,
His spirit nothing ever tames;
And when he’s ill, he’s plucky too,
He makes no fuss; we never knew
How bad he felt; he nearly dies
Just now, when on the bed he lies
Unlike himself, so tired and worn;
With dread forebodings we were torn.
We joy we don’t his loss bewail,
The truest friend that wagged his tail;
There’s ne’er a doggie like our Ghill,
He’s perfect whether well or ill.


Ghillie’s Illness.

Alas! Our precious Ghillie’s ill,
And suffering from a dreadful chill;
I hope it will not prove his death,
It hurts him much to draw a breath,
We put him in the cosiest chair,
But scare a moment he’ll be there.
He creeps into a corner cold,
But ne’er complains, he’s good as gold;
He always knows what’s for him best,
So there the doggie takes his rest.
The vet to see him came today,
A kindly man, whose hair was grey;
Ghill took his dose without a wail,
But didn’t wag his darling tail;
Your nose is hot, my dearest Ghill,
Sure sign that still you’re very ill.


New Year greetings to one and all!  Thank you to all those who have generously supported our ‘Friends’ campaign to establish an endowment fund, the value of which we will publish at our financial year-end.

“Cobbold & Kin Biographies of an East Anglian Family”  is our chosen title for the book which we plan to have published this autumn, subject, of course, to meeting our publisher’s requirements.  The author is Dr Clive Hodges and he is on target to meet the deadline.  We think you will love it!

Copies of 5 Cobbold Wills have been purchased as part of our ongoing enhancement of the archive plus a listing of all the others which are available.

Thanks go to Christine Haines and to Virginia van der Lande this month for gifts of papers (re. Adela H Cobbold and Richard Cobbold, respectively) for inclusion in the archive.

The Longest Day.  We acquired a DVD of this classic war film as we understood that the part of Bill Millin, Lord Lovat’s personal piper, was played by himself.  Bill Millin’s obituary, however suggests otherwise so we may have made an error.  Lord Lovat is the subject of one of the biographies in our forthcoming book.  If you don’t know about Bill Millin, you will have to buy the book!


We show here an item from the FoIM newsletter for Autumn 2013


Few, if any, members will be unaware of the Hon. John Collier’s fine portrait, funded by public subscription, of the donor of Christchurch Mansion, prominently there displayed.  Although the portrayal of Felix Thornley Cobbold (1841-1909) is a little severe he was a kindly man; giving children’s parties and frequently entertaining at home, and a generous one too, as testified by his many bequests.

Perhaps surprisingly, because he never married, he was also a family man being the first to have recorded his delving into the Cobbold family tree.  His original work, supplemented by that of his nephew, Clement (1882-1961) forms the basis on which FoIM member, Anthony Cobbold has built The Cobbold Family History Trust over the last 10 years.  Whilst making no claim to be a professional, Anthony is an avid collector of all things related to the Cobbolds and, importantly, the mainly East Anglian families into which they married.

Some fascinating material, including Felix’s barrister’s wig with his name neatly stitched inside, has been collected, and to enhance its chances of survival has been donated to the trust which recently became a registered charity (1144757).  To provide an endowment fund to kick in when Anthony has gone the trust has now launched its own ‘Friends’ campaign and readers are invited to apply for the campaign leaflet even if they have no intention of joining because it is well produced, interesting and entirely without obligation.  Ring 01752 894498, go to or send an SAE to 14 Moorfields, Ivybridge PL21 0XQ.

 Perhaps the thought that his work is being continued, and by public subscription, would have brought a smile to Felix’s face?

ANNABEL FREYBERG (1961-2013) A Tri...January 2014

Typically those of us who have limited writing skills make a poor showing when it comes to portraying an event of almost indescribable tragedy.  This is just such an occasion.

Annabel’s story ended last month when she died of cancer aged only 52, having been diagnosed some 18 months previously, a matter of days after the death of her 9 year old daughter, Blossom, from a children’s strain of the same disease.

The eldest daughter of Ivry, Lady Freyberg, a patron of this Trust, and granddaughter of  General Lord Freyberg VC, one of the most decorated and wounded soldiers of all time, Annabel was a gifted writer who was particularly appreciated by editors for her ability to write well on a wide range of subjects.  In the course of her career she wrote for the Catholic Herald, The World of Interiors, The Independent, The Evening Standard and The Daily Telegraph as well as publishing her own book, Ceramics for the Home.

Although interior design and ceramics were spheres of special interest her most extraordinary legacy must be the accounts she wrote for The Daily Telegraph of Blossom’s 5-year battle, so ably assisted by the Great Ormond Street Hospital and subsequently her own struggle when the diagnosis was unquestionably terminal.  She described in an almost happy-go-lucky but very moving style the help she has received from a strange collection of carers and therapists and declared that she was not afraid of dying, only anxious as to how it would happen.  She was excited near the end by receiving work from her favourite World of Interiors, which she said connected her to the real world.  Her final account for the Telegraph Magazine, published on 14th December was completed just two days before she died.

Anthony Cobbold
January 2014

Note.  Annabel Freyberg is acknowledged as a distant relative of Elizabeth Cobbold and a WoI regular in the February 2014 issue of The World of Interiors by her friend, Marie-France Boyer writing about Elizabeth’s famous scissor-cut Valentines in Georgian Ipswich.

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