November 2020

The Families behind Stonecroft

Cobbold, Bartlet and Barnes sounds like a legal practice but in fact they were respectively brewers, doctors and soldiers.  John Wilkinson Cobbold (1774-1860) #77 on the web family tree was the 4th generation brewer who was the first of three Cobbolds to marry into the Chevallier family.  He married Harriet Temple Chevallier (1775-1851) #78 at Aspall in 1796 and their 4th child (of 14) and the eldest daughter, was Mary Caroline (1802-1876) #119 who married Dr Alexander Henry Bartlet (1800-1887) #120.  They were married at St. Clements in Ipswich by Rev. Richard Cobbold (1797-1877) #106, of Margaret Catchpole fame. 

It was their son, Dr John Henry Bartlet (1829-1917) #2884 who endowed the Bartlet Nursing Home in Undercliff Road, Felixstowe, (now apartments) with a legacy of around half a million pounds; it being constructed by the architect H Monro Cautly between 1923 and 1926) incorporating the remains of Martello Tower R). 

John Henry’s sister, Lucy Caroline Bartlet (1838-1936) #3179 married into the third of our triumvirate of families.  Her Husband was Christopher Hewetson Barnes (1833-1884) #3185 and their son was Maj. Henry Marshall Barnes (1869-1946) #7245, about whom we have learned more lately, (through the kindness of Nigel Goslin), was educated at Marlborough College and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.  He was commissioned into The Royal Field Artillery and served his country throughout the First World War, spending some time as a Captain and Adjutant in the Northumberland Artillery.  After retirement he joined the well-known Ipswich printing company of Norman Adlard & Co. Ltd. and became its Chairman in 1925.  He also held directorships in Hadden Best & Co. Ltd. and Dindings Rubber Estates Ltd

Major Barnes was a former member of Ipswich Town Council and had been a member of the old Board of Guardians and a governor of the Northgate Schools.  A Freemason, he was a Past Master of the British Union 114 and the Gippeswik 4254 lodges.  One of his main hobbies was the cultivation of Sweet Peas and his exhibits at the Woodbridge Flower Shows won him the cup for the class many years in succession.  Other hobbies included the breeding of Airedales and poultry. 

In March 1905 he had married Louisa Gibson Blaikie (1877-1960) #10562 who had been born in Kussowlie in the Punjab to Dr Walter Biggar Blaikie (1847-1928) #10563, an Edinburgh educated lawyer and civil engineer who in the 1870s was in India building a palace, a post office, a church, a hospital and a gaol.  Walter became a distinguished printer widely known for his special deep purple end papers known as Blaikie endpapers as well as being an astronomer and an expert on Bonnie Prince Charlie. 

Major Barnes and Louisa made their home at Stonecroft in Stone Lodge Lane, Ipswich where they lived until he died in 1946 and she followed in 1960.


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