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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SILKEN STRAND March 2021

The Trust is pleased to report the following acquisitions, some by purchase and some by gift. 

The Trust is grateful to all donors including those who have provided information for the family tree and material for the archive. 

Ceremonial Dress

Worn by John Dupuis Cobbold (1861-1929) #307 when Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk.

Books

The Land-Locked Lake by Lt. Col. A. A.Hanbury-Sparrow DSO* MC first published 1932, this edition published privately in 1977 (this is copy no. 52/500 signed by the author) #9615.  A rare and valuable book. 

Documents and Pictures 

  • An early 20th C. watercolour of Holywells by Ernest Smythe viewed from across the lake in the park.
  • Front cover picture from Country Life dated August 9th 1962 of Alison Geddes #8045
  • 3 Victorian cartes de visites of Fanny Georgina Eden (1812-1889) #3550; Florence Tatton Brown (1869-1933) #3560 and Elfrida Tatton Brown (1879-1951) #3562.
  • A 2-page entire addressed to Joseph Bensusan Esq., Cadiz, Spain via France from H A Preeston & Co (Henry Augustus Preeston (1807-1884 #3981) of 34 Fenchurch Street, London E C, dated 26th April 1866.
  • 3 pages from The East Anglian Magazine dated October 1947 written by the Editor, Mr R A N Dixon regarding the discovery of Richard Cobbold’s Manuscript (R C #106) describing the people of Wortham which includes particular reference to Tom Goddard.
  • 7 pages from The Windsor Magazine titled The Sirdar and the Seer describing a consultation between Lord Kitchener of Khartoum (1850-1916) #733 and a Seer, Cheiro, by Maud Churton.
  • 6 pages from a Parish Magazine titled The Rebus by Arthur Watson describing the history and structure of the Rebus of interest because of the Rebus cut by Elizabeth Cobbold (1765-1824) #58
  • A 3-page article from MotorCyclist Illustrated, July 1960 titled The Sunbeam Man by C E Deane describing his encounter with a 500cc Sunbeam and its rider, Gordon Chevallier Cobbold (1903-2004) #337 who held no less than 16 Brooklands records.
  • A Cambridge Arts Theatre Programme dated 1959 for a comedy, Joy of Living in which the part of Vicky was played by Gillian Cobbold (born 1936) #1683 – Daughter of Gordon Chevallier Cobbold above.
  • 2 very small silver fobs issued by John Cobbold’s Gymnasium in Hove. One (Senior) dated 1936 awarded to J A Rolf, the other dated 1937 awarded to J Rolfe. Very similar in all respects.
  • Booklet titled Wimbledon 1885-1965 by Winifred Whithead (1883-1978) #8512. Winifred was the daughter of Sir Arthur Fell MP (1850-1934) #4583 who bought Lauriston House in Wimbledon from William Wilberforce MP, the great reformer who had frequently entertained William Pitt there. The Pitt tree stood in the garden throughout the Fell family’s ownership.
  • 2 very favourable reviews (Times Literary Supplement and Nature Reviews) of A Rainbow Palate published by Chicago University Press written by Dr Carolyn Cobbold (born 1962) #644
  • The Trust’s Christmas card for 2020 included advice of the move to Knebworth House which pointed out the costs involved and invited contributions. The Trustee body which now includes the Hon. Henry Lytton Cobbold (born 1962) #662 would like to thank all those who generously responded.

 

 


The Story of Cliff Quay Brewery

As told by the Ipswich Maritime Trust last year.

“Over the last 60 years the brewery that ran nearly every pub in Ipswich was Tolly Cobbold, conveniently locating a brewery on the banks of the River Orwell at Cliff Quay. The current brewery building (built in 1896), now stands empty after closing in 2002, on its site was the hugely popular Brewery Tap pub, housed in the Victorian brewery offices and possibly in the eighteenth-century brothel. It now faces regeneration, becoming an area of intense use by other inhabitants of the waterfront as possible residential housing, restaurants or potential use by the university.

Cliff Quay Brewery was built in 1746 when Thomas Cobbold moved his operations to Ipswich from Harwich.  The early eighteenth-century operations of Cobbold’s business and the reason he moved towns have been a debating point for local historians over the last century and due to limited documentation on either side, the actual reason for the move is still up for debate. The traditional viewpoint is that Thomas moved operations from Harwich to Ipswich due to issues with the water supply, forcing them to ship water to Harwich from springs in and around Ipswich. This viewpoint has become entrenched and lost in Suffolk folklore, though there is little to no evidence for this reason. A more tenable view is that the ability to be closer to the water spring in what is now Holywell’s Park (a Cobbold estate) made it cost effective and closer to the emerging markets for Cobbold beers and ales. Whichever view you agree with nonetheless the business flourished in Ipswich following the move to Cliff Quay building on the Cobbold’s existing Malthouse.

The success of the brewery and the importance of the Cobbold family in every aspect of Victorian Ipswich society and business, including banking, shipbuilding and the railways, pushed the growth of the town. The Cobbold’s were a driving force in the creation of a railway that established a line from Ipswich to Colchester and London. The railway helped expand the breweries markets inland and helped the port of Ipswich develop and grow, helping the town thrive. The result of this was seen in the popularity and demand for Cobbold pubs in Ipswich, with around 300 pubs in Suffolk, many in Ipswich surrounding the docks and serving its workers. During the 1890s, Cliff Quay Brewery became the site you see today, a modern tower brewery bringing Ipswich and the Cobbold’s into the 20th Century. The Cobbold name is synonymous with Ipswich and the development of the town owes largely to their businesses and philanthropy.

For more information on the Cobbold’s then visit the Cobbold Family History Trust website.”


ELIZABETH KNIPE COBBOLD – GEORGIAN GEO...March 2021

Our publication Elizabeth Cobbold – Georgian Polymath by Adele Mallen in 2019 has been followed by a hugely interesting article titled Elizabeth Knipe Cobbold – Georgian Geologist by Caroline & Bob Markham in the 2020 volume of Transactions of the Suffolk Naturalists’ Society.  It is a long and quite technical article but it throws so much light on Elizabeth Cobbold’s early contribution to Suffolk’s Geology that we could not let it pass without even this brief little commentary.

It tells us that Elizabeth (1765-1824) #58 on the web family tree collected and identified fossils from Suffolk Crag deposits (for the most part from what is now known as Red Crag) in the early nineteenth century.  Her specimens were first published by James Sowerby of London in his Mineral Conchology from 1813.  This is more than 200 years ago, 8 years before the first paper on Mary Anning’s specimens was published by the Geological Society of London and 46 years before Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of the Species was published.  She was a contemporary of pioneering palaeontologists Gideon Mantell and Georges Cuvier.  Such early scientific endeavour deserves to be recorded and celebrated.

In 1791 she married, as his second wife, ‘Big’ John Cobbold (1746-1835), a prominent Ipswich brewer, which gave her the money and the contacts to progress her scientific ambitions.  She was introduced to James Edward Smith of Norwich, a founder and first president of the Linnaean Society in London in 1788.  In 1793 James Smith arranged for her to receive the first part of his Flora Anglica to which she had contributed summer snowflake and meadow-saffron.

In 1810 Elizabeth’s paper ‘On the Fasciola Hepatica’ (concerning a liver fluke) was read (not by her, as women were not allowed) to the Linnaean Society.  Story has it that it was received with some scepticism but later found to be entirely accurate.  From 1814 until her death 10 years later Elizabeth exchanged discoveries and specimens with all the pioneering palaeontologists of the day most of her specimens coming from the Holywells estate to which the family had moved in 1814. 

It is clear from correspondence held in the Suffolk Record Office that her contribution was much appreciated, evidenced by her being termed ‘a kind friend of science’ by James Sowerby who named her fossil bivalve shell from Holywells Nucula cobboldiae in volume 2 of Mineral Conchology in 1817.  It was placed in the genus nucula because of the tooth and socket arrangement of its hingeline.  Later palaeontologists placed these nuculas with a zig-zag pattern on the surface of the shell in a new genus, Acila.  Although Elizabeth’s shell is now placed in a different genus it retains James Sowerby’s name cobboldiae and it is the same shell.  James Sowerby died in 1822 but his son, James de Carle Sowerby continued his father’s publication in which he lamented Palaeontology’s loss when Elizabeth died in 1824

 


LT. PIERS RICHARD EDGCUMBE (1914-1940) March 2021

Lieutenant Piers Edgcumbe #2378 on the web family tree served with the 12th Royal Lancers in the British Expeditionary Force in France in 1940.  In May that year he and Lance Corporal Webber were tasked with reporting the Nazis’ position so as to protect our retreating troops.  Both were killed when their armoured car was blown up by a German 88mm shell in Esquelbecq, northern France a few miles from Dunkirk.  Lance Corporal Webber was identified and given a marked grave but Piers’ body was hastily buried in a roadside grave before being exhumed and reburied beside his compatriot in the town’s cemetery some 18 months later, under a headstone which simply said A SOLDIER OF THE 1939-1945 WAR AN OFFICER and recorded his date of death as 27th May 1940

Recently, following 17 years of investigation by Andrew Newson and others it has been established to the satisfaction of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that the occupant of that grave is indeed Lt. Piers Edgcumbe so he is now to be given a headstone which accurately marks his final resting place.

Piers was the only son and heir of Kenelm William Edward Edgcumbe the 6th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe (1873-1965) #793 and Lady Mount Edgcumbe, Lilian Arkwright (1875-1964), #794, great great granddaughter of Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792) #14476 the famous textile innovator and industrialist.  The family home was Mount Edgcumbe on the Rame peninsular but Cotehele, built between 1385 and 1565 and largely unaltered since, also in Cornwall, belonged to the family and was given to the National Trust through the National Heritage Memorial Fund in 1947 by Kenelm and Lilian as a war memorial to their son.  Piers’ sword and a memorial plaque are on the wall in the chapel at Cotehele.

FOOTNOTE   Piers’ older sister, Lady Hilaria Gibbs (1908-2009) #792 was my second mother-in-law, and a very fine person she was too.  

Anthony Cobbold

 


RAF AVRO LANCASTER LL 701 K0-FFebruary 2021

Lost over Germany 24th/25th February 1944

77 years ago this month, Lancaster LL 701 KO-F disappeared without trace on a mission to destroy a ball bearing factory in Germany. The aircraft was piloted by Flight Lieutenant John Clement HORNBY (1912-1944) #8843 on the web family tree who perished along with his 6 crew members.

A Facebook page has been set up by Chris THOMPSON, great nephew of Francis Leonard Kennedy, from Montreal, Canada to help find family members and friends of those lost. Please get in touch if you have any connection or information.

FB page, RAF Avro Lancaster Mk.II LL701 KO-F

The other six were:

  • Arthur Frederick (Arty) CHALLINOR aged 20
  • Leonard Charles (Cyril) CASPER aged 22
  • Kenneth MORLEY aged 22
  • Anthony Paul COLTHURST DSO aged 41
  • Francis Leonard KENNEDY aged 27 Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Gordon Lewis WARD aged 19 Royal Canadian Air Force

 


SMALLPOX and the Suffolk ConnectionFebruary 2021

In a recent ‘Ipswich Icon’ in the East Anglian Daily Times, John Norman the prolific and very knowledgeable Chairman of Ipswich’s leading civic body, The Ipswich Society, told of the early days of vaccination.

By the beginning of the eighteenth century smallpox was so common that few people escaped the infection. The search for a suitable method of prevention or cure became paramount. Following the lines of some well used Chinese treatment Doctor Robert Sutton whose practice was in Kenton near Debenham treated patients by making a small insertion in the skin with a lancet and introducing the virus into the wound as a result of which his patient would experience a less severe form of the pox and would then build antibodies and become immune. He termed this the Suttonian System of Variolation. At seven guineas a time it became a profitable business. In 1763 his son Daniel left his father’s practice keen to set up inoculation centres nearer to centres of population but civic leaders in Ipswich were sceptical and advised against immunisation so he set up in Ingatestone in Essex. It was a success but he was still keen to have a centre near Ipswich so he hired Freston Tower overlooking the Orwell and appointed Dr Buckle of Holbrook to run it.

[In his historical novel called ‘Freston Tower’ Richard Cobbold (1797-1877) #106 on the web family tree, claims it to have been built by Lord de Freston for his daughter Ellen so that she could study a different subject each day. The first floor was given over to Reception, the second to Tapestry, the third to Music, the fourth to Painting, the fifth to Literature and the sixth to Astronomy, but being a novel this may be more imagination than fact.]

Despite Daniel’s success in inoculating 500 people in Maldon without a single re-infection hundreds of quacks brought the process into disfavour and variolation was made illegal by the Vaccination Act of 1840 which was largely based on Dr Edward Jenner’s ‘Method of Vaccination’ published in 1798.

The next major out break of smallpox hit Ipswich in around 1872 and at the forefront of the campaign against the virus was Adela Harriette Cobbold (1837-1917), daughter of the Provost of Eton and wife of John Patteson Cobbold (1831-1875) who had been Mayor of Ipswich in 1867/68, the year which saw the opening of the new Town Hall. From about this time, but the date and the author are unknown, the family archive has yielded the following advice on vaccination which seeing it is about 150 years old is strikingly familiar.

Sanitary Precautions during an epidemic of Smallpox.

This disease, once so deadly as to be the worst scourge that ever decimated the human race has been remarkably modified in modern times by the introduction of vaccination. As an instance of the severity of the disease in the unvaccinated it may be mentioned that at the end of the last century almost the entire population of the Canadian Indians were carried off by this fever in six months.

Vaccination is not a protection for the whole of life, neither is a previous attack of Small Pox a protection against a second attack but by vaccination in adult life an almost absolute protection is insured. So great a preventative of the disease is it that in an experience of nearly 40 years no single nurse at the Small Pox Hospital has contracted the disease. Parents should therefore insist that every child be vaccinated at the age of 15. When it breaks out parents should remember they owe a duty to the community as well as themselves. Let no people go from an infected house to school or any other confined place.

As a general guide for nursing cases of Small Pox it must however be stated that clean linen is of the greatest importance. A fire should when possible be kept in the room (more for ventilation than warmth). It is a great mistake to keep the room too hot; it is far better to keep it moderately cool. The air of the room should be changed as much as possible by opening the windows at intervals for a few minutes.

The patient should be kept indoors until the crusts are all detached. Warm baths and carbolic acid soap lessen the fear of carrying the disease to others. The linen of the bed and body linen should, as soon as removed from the body, be immediately soaked in water and before being washed should be further steeped in a pail of water with a wineglassful of Chloralum in it for 24 hours and carbolic acid soap should be used for washing the linen. The best method of disinfecting a room in which Small Pox has been is to close the doors and fumigate it with Sulphur. Great care must be taken in this process, other fullest directions should be obtained before using it.

Anthony Cobbold

(During the Covid 19 Pandemic of 2020/2021)


“He was THE expert of his day… “February 2021

So wrote Dr Virginia van der Lande MA Ph.D FLS FZS #2008 on the web family tree, when sending to the Trust an item from The Linnean Society’s latest newsletter. It was titled “Thomas Spencer Cobbold’s drawings of the hidden lives of parasites,” and explained that the Society’s Collections Team is cataloguing the Society’s papers, a collection of lecture notes, letters and illustrations which were read to the Society’s meetings. Whilst the collection is a treasure in its own right, many of the drawings are worthy of their own story as one of our Treasures of the Month.

These drawings were made by Dr Thomas Spencer Cobbold (1828-1886) #174, the year before he died, He joined the Society as a Fellow in 1857, and was the foremost authority on animal parasites in England. His research into the anatomy, development and life history of Entozoa was considered ‘a worthy memorial of patient and accurate labour’ and set a ‘standard of reference for all students of Helminthology.’ Cobbold exhibited 85 drawings of Entozoa in his ”Observations on Entozoa, with notices of several new species” and a further 33 in “On some new forms of Entozoa.”

The details in these drawings are striking, not only in their depiction of the internal organs, but also the locations of the parasites in the organs, and the expression of the different stages in the parasite lifecycle. It is both fascinating, and a bit unnerving, to see the sheer length of these organisms in these organs at the height of their prosperity!

It is as well to remember that until Thomas Spencer Cobbold’s work, we the human race were amongst parasites’ principal hosts.

Our thanks to Luke Thorne, Assistant Archivist of the Linnean Society and, of course, Virginia van der Lande, a long-standing fellow of the Society.


COBBOLD SHIPSFebruary 2021

We have known for a long while that the Cobbold family was involved in ships and shipping largely from the Bi-centenary Souvenir of the Cliff Brewery issued in 1923 which listed 18 vessels but also because the Trust has over 50 original Bills of Exchange which confirm a number of destinations some as far away as mainland China.  Clarke’s History of Ipswich published in 1836 describes the Cliff Brewery as ‘A large pile of building erected for the purpose of a brewery and malting offices with granaries and warehouses and a commodious wharf for the shipping of corn directly off the premises.’  ‘A strip of land on the Ooze, [presumably he meant the Orwell – Ed.] extending from the Gas works to the Cliff has lately been purchased by John Cobbold jun., of the Corporation for £300 with a landing place or right of boatway to be preserved for the burgesses and inhabitants of Ipswich.’  Thus, John Wilkinson Cobbold (1774-1860) #77 on the web family tree and his successors had their own wharf and their own shipbuilding yard from which to trade.

This slender knowledge was sufficient to prompt the Trust into commissioning an investigation into the ships built, owned or operated by the family, via the very lively Ipswich Maritime Trust who gave the task to their Vice Chairman Des Pawson.

Although he says that there are other areas for investigation his excellent report found no less than 55 ships with connections, many of which were owned or part owned by members of the family.  It was normal in the 19th century for ships to be owned in 64ths as in the case of the Agnes built in Woodbridge in 1823 for John Cobbold 32/64s and Henry Aldrich (born 1785) #11464 a merchant in Ipswich also 32/64s which ended a hazardous life being lost off the coast of Jutland.  We can only find two ships the Adela and the Cliff which are confirmed to have been built in the Cobbold boatyard but there are others where it is likely.  We find that a William James Curtis had a boatyard on Cliff Quay so perhaps he acquired it from the family.

The move into and booming interest in shipping came from John Wilkinson Cobbold (along with his investment in banking) as he is shown to have had stakes in 45 of the ships identified, mostly being passed, on his death in 1860, to his son, John Chevallier Cobbold (1797-1882) #114 and thence to five of his grandchildren, Arthur Thomas (1815-1895) #138Walter Temple (1801-1898) #118Alfred (1813-1882) #136Felix Thornley (1841-1909) #201 and John Patteson (1831-1875) #186.  Alfred’s share in at least one ship was passed on to his own son Francis Alfred (1852-1915) #209.  Some readers will know that John Wilkinson had a half-brother, Robert Knipe Cobbold (1792-1859) #100, the eldest son of ‘Big’ John’s second marriage.  Robert also had shares in a number of these ships and it is by no means the only example of commercial collaboration between the two sides of the family.

Our first picture shows John Cobbold (1774-1860) who effectively started the family interest in shipping and our second picture shows a builder’s model of the full rigged merchant ship Adela built for John Chevallier Cobbold in the Cobbold yard, armed for the China trade.  A number of such ships were specially built in Ipswich for the Chinese trade.  It is said that the model was built in Woodbridge at a cost of £90.  The model was carried around the town by the Ipswich Shipwrecked Seamen’s Society once a year on the 30th June.  After fundraising the members met for lunch at the White Elm Inn, St. Clement’s before attending a church service.  The model belongs to the Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and is currently on display at Old Custom House on the Ipswich Waterfront.

There is a wonderful story about the life and adventures of the John Cobbold which we will tell another time.  Something to look forward to!


‘Oh, come and be my Valentine…’February 2021

St. Valentine’s Day has become a global money spinner and it’s a bit of fun we all enjoy, but what are its origins? Many agree that Valentine was a real person recognised by the Christian Church; a priest or even a bishop in the third century Roman Empire. Emperor Claudius believed that married men made reluctant soldiers due to their attachments. Valentine thought this was rather unfair and defied Claudius by secretly performing marriages for lovers. A livid Claudius had Valentine arrested and sentenced him to death. On 14th February 270 Valentine met his end. On the day of his execution Valentine wrote a touching note to his young lady signed simply “From your Valentine.” A good many years later Valentine became the patron saint of lovers across Europe.

Traditionally, valentine’s Day has been more significant for women than for men. This was certainly the case for Suffolk’s own Elizabeth Cobbold (1765-1824) #58 on the web family tree described by Maggie Aggiss in Suffolk magazine February 2021 as a talented multi-tasking lady, wife of John Cobbold the Ipswich brewer. At a time when women were expected to quell their own interests in favour of raising children, Elizabeth was doing it all. (If you haven’t read the Trust’s book ‘Elizabeth Cobbold Georgian Polymath’ it is available from this website). In addition to being an accomplished writer and poet she was well read in Conchology, Mineralogy and Zoology. Her husband already had 14 children to which she added another 7. Their house, the Cliff and later Holywells were places bustling with activity but Elizabeth was also a party girl and every year threw an extravagant Valentine’s Ball. It was the place to be and became the social event of the year. Using just scissors she would cut as many as 80 paper-cut Valentines for her guests each with a verse of her own writing. Unquestionably there was a little match-making going on – but if you can’t do it on Valentine’s Day when can you? – and we know of one couple who met at one of her balls and went on to be married. Mission accomplished!


MICHAEL DAVID NEVILL COBBOLD CBE DL January 2021

A natural born leader of men

David Cobbold (1919-1994) #557 on the web family tree is deservedly one of the most revered members of our family.  His considerable successes as a lawyer and a politician are well summarised in his obituary from The Times which we reproduce below, but that is not the reason for this piece.

The Trust has just received, literally hot off the press, a copy of his “Memoirs of an Infantry Officer”.  Through his letters to family members, we now have a fascinating account of the prime of his life between the ages of 23 and 26 and an insight into the war as it was waged in Egypt, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Italy, India and Burma.  Cobbold family historians will love it for its frank expressions of a young man’s mind and historians will love it for his humble involvement in some highly significant events.

The letters were transcribed by David’s grandmother, Hester (1865-1957) #290, edited by his son Chris #654 and typeset and published by his granddaughter, Sarah #4073. A few copies have been reserved for family and friends and are available by emailing Chris’s wife, Jeannie #655 on jeanniecobbold@gmail.com  They cost £10 including postage and the cheque should be payable to Chris & Jeannie Cobbold and sent to 42D Eastern Avenue, Reading, Berks RG1 5RY

A gap in our record of his life has been handsomely filled.

OBITUARY   THE TIMES  25th March 1994

DAVID COBBOLD combined his career as a solicitor with 37 years' service on Westminster City Council, including eight years as leader before handing over in 1983 to Dame Shirley Porter. He was closely involved in the amalgamation in 1964 of the boroughs of Westminster, St Marylebone and Paddington in order to create the present City of Westminster.

Among other ground-breaking achievements, he was responsible for the introduction in the 1950s of the first parking meters and traffic wardens to combat the growing problems of car parking in central London.

Michael David Nevill Cobbold, a descendant of the Suffolk brewing family, was educated at Charterhouse, where he followed five previous generations of his family. He was a grandson of W.N.Cobbold, one of the pioneers of The Football Association, who captained the England soccer XI in the 1880s. He himself was a keen games player and qualified for Junior Wimbledon.

In 1938 he went up to New College, Oxford, but on the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the 2nd Battalion The Buffs (East Kent) and served in North Africa and the Middle East. His interest in politics may have been whetted during the 1943 Tehran Conference, where he was involved in the security for Churchill's visit and dealt with senior representatives of the other Allies. He subsequently served in Burma, where in 1945 he was severely wounded in a mortar attack which left him with a permanent leg injury.

On his return to this country he joined his godfather's Holborn firm of Stileman Neate & Topping and was admitted a solicitor in 1949. In the same year his long association with the City of Westminster began when he was elected councillor for the Victoria Ward. He went on to hold virtually every available office - alderman, Deputy High Steward, Mayor of Westminster, Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster and leader of the council twice, 1964-65 and 1976-83.

He played a leading part in the London Borough Grants Committee, following the abolition of the GLC, and sat on a host of other committees, including the London Boroughs' Association, the Advisory Committee on Local Government Audit and the Royal Parks Constabulary Committee. He was a trustee of the St Mary-le-Strand Charity and, at the request of the Bishop of London, he chaired the London Area Social Responsibility Committee.

At the same time he carried on with his professional calling as an energetic solicitor - with the result that for many years he followed two full-time occupations. In 1983 he arranged the amalgamation of Stileman Neate & Topping with the city firm of Beachcrofts (subsequently Beachcroft Stanleys), becoming a consultant, although his workload continued unabated for many years. 

He was appointed CBE in 1983. He married in 1949 Ann Rosemary Trevor, who survives him along with two of his three sons and a daughter.

 


FROM A LOYAL FAMILY MEMBER IN CANADAJanuary 2021


A GENEROUS DONATION at ChristmasJanuary 2021

The Trust is delighted to announce that it has received a most generous donation from a close family member to enable the collection to be catalogued before it goes to Knebworth.

Cataloguing will take place in the first half of 2021 and will be hugely helpful to the new custodians.

It should be noted that the cataloguing process will take up a lot of the Keepers’ time and consequently queries and correspondence may not be answered as quickly as in the past. 

Initially cataloguing will be on Excel which is compatible with CALM into which it will be transposed on arrival.  A number of test entries will be submitted at the start to ensure that the results are as required.

The Trustees wish to express their profound and heartfelt thanks to the donor.

 


AMAZON SMILEDecember 2020

The Trust has announced that as a charity in good standing with the Charity Commission, The Cobbold Family History Trust is registered with AMAZON SMILE as a beneficiary of 0.5% of purchases made on AMAZON SMILE at absolutely no cost to the purchaser.

WHEN BUYING ON AMAZON PLEASE SUPPORT US – EVERY LITTLE HELPS –

We need our archive to survive and flourish for future generations and this is a good way to help.  Thank you.  Here are the necessary instructions:


SILKEN STRANDSDecember 2020

The Trust is pleased to report the following acquisitions, some by purchase and some by gift.

The Trust is grateful to all donors including those who have provided information for the family tree and material for the archive.

Books

  • Plymouth, Bronze Age to Today (2019) by Chris Robinson 
  • A Rainbow Palate (2020) by Carolyn Cobbold #644
  • A state of Fear (1986) by Andrew Graham-Yooll
  • A Dictionary of Mottoes (1983) by L G Pine
  • William Strode (1600/01-1645) (2009) Selected Poems edited by Tony Frazer
  • Waldringfield (2020) by The Waldringfield History Group
  • Carol Christmas (1941) by Joan Cobbold #398 

Documents and Pictures

  • The Troubling History of Food Dyes by Phil Hewitt
  • Pictures of cemetery at Wimborne St. Giles (Lady Elizabeth Somerset #6553)
  • Rev Charles Davy #2436, extract from Letters on subjects of Literature.
  • The Scottish Grouse Season from Country Life 1935
  • Envelope addressed to Felix Cobbold #201 dated 1880
  • Silhouette Valentines cut by Elizabeth Cobbold #58
  • Patent Application No. 7632 for Manufacture of Gas by Edward Cobbold #108
  • Botany Bay, published July 1819
  • Obituary of Margaret Mary St. Aubin #611
  • Residuary Account of estate of John Cobbold #56

MOVE TO KNEBWORTH 3 December 2020

At the same time we have announced that as a registered charity in good standing with the Charity Commission The Cobbold Family History Trust is now recognised by Amazon Smile so that 0.5% of the value of your Amazon purchases will come to the Trust at absolutely no cost to you.  The scheme is explained below.  A number of Friends and Family have already agreed to support us in this way.  If you are an Amazon customer please do likewise.  Thank you.


MOVE TO KNEBWORTH 2 December 2020

This year’s Christmas card which accompanied the letter announcing the Trust’s move to Knebworth in Hertfordshire contained information about Knebworth House, about the Knebworth House Education and Preservation Trust (KHEPT) and about the Lytton Cobbold family who have lived at Knebworth for over 500 years.

KHEPT are the new custodians of the already much cherished Cobbold archive. There is no safer home than another registered trust in good standing with the Charity Commission.


MOVE TO KNEBWORTH 1December 2020

This letter has been sent this month to all friends and family members for whom we hold a postal address.

Due to an error Henry Lytton Cobbold’s email address was incomplete. It should read:

henry@knebworthhouse.com

Initial reaction from friends and family is very encouraging; the wisdom of the arrangement and the security it offers are much appreciated by friends and family alike.


GOOD NEWS!..November 2020

…from Knebworth and Chichester

Martha Lytton Cobbold #666 on the web family tree, and chatelaine of Knebworth has been unanimously elected President of Historic Houses, the UK’s largest collection of over 1600 independently owned historic houses (of which of course, Knebworth is one) ranging from imposing castles and impressive palaces to hidden small sleepy medieval manors. 

CONGRATULATIONS!


Morwenna Gray Lytton Cobbold #672, Martha’s daughter has announced her engagement to Phillip Horatio Bush son of Mr and Mrs Graham Bush of Smeeth in Kent.

CONGRATULATIONS!


Dr Carolyn Cobbold #644, who lives near Chichester (and whose book A Rainbow Palate was the subject of a Cobbweb last month) finished 10th on a short list, chosen from thousands, for the BBC Woman’s Hour 30 most powerful volunteer women who had worked for the environment.  Her selection was for co-founding the Manhood Peninsula Partnership which resulted in the protection of 399 hectares of important and biodiverse habitats from flooding.

CONGRATULATIONS!


COBBOLD, BARTLET and BARNESNovember 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.

 


A LEADER WITH A DEFT TOUCHOctober 2020

A remarkable story of guts and grim determination with a silver lining.

The telephone rang and on the other end was a Royal Marine Colonel telling me aboutGerald Tatton-Brown (1951-1988) #1946 on the web family tree and their participation in the Three Peaks Race in 1981. Tragically, Gerald died in an air accident only seven years later but he left a profound memory with Lt. Col. Brian Seage. The Trust is grateful for his account reproduced in full below.

Gerald Tatton-Brown

The Three Peaks Race 1981

In 1981 I was keen on marathon running and had run several in the Spring and all under 3 hours.  A friend, Andrew Higginson, asked if I fancied running 3 marathons in 4 days.  Andrew described the race as a sailing and running race and I was aware that the Royal Marines had put teams into the race in the past.  He knew a skipper, a local farmer, who wanted to use the race to try out a new under 30-foot yacht he had designed and possibly gain some publicity for the revolutionary design which included a hydraulic lifting keel that enabled the vessel to operate in very shallow water.  As I was not good enough to represent the Royal Marines I jumped at the chance to give the Three Peaks a go.  And so I met the skipper; Gerald Tatton-Brown.

The Three Peaks race requires a yacht and a team of 5.  Three to sail the yacht and two to do the running.  The race starts at Barmouth in North Wales and sails to Caernavon where the runners run from the quayside to the top of Snowdon and back.  It then proceeds by sea to Ravenglass and the runners run from the landing point to the summit of Scafell and return to the yacht for a passage to Fort William and a run to the peak of Ben Nevis and back to the yacht where the race ends.  For the runners that amounts to 3 marathons in 4 days with the marathons taking in peaks that in total amount to over 11,000 feet of climbing.

I managed to persuade Colour Sergeant Danny Blatchford Royal Marines to be the other runner.  Danny was an excellent road runner and I excelled off road as a sort of fell runner.  We were driven to Barmouth in time for the race start and for the introduction to the crew Gerald had put together.  The boat builder that had built Whisperer was one, Peter Williams (I think) and the other was a chum of Gerald’s, Lord David Davies.  So, on 27 June 1981, a farmer, a boat builder, a noble lord and two Royal Marines took Whisperer out of the harbour at Barmouth to the start line of the 1981 Three Peaks Race.  

After around 17 hours of tacking and pushing a strong tide, Gerald and the sailing crew got us into Caernavon in fourth position and the running began.  Danny led on the road and I led on the ascent and descent of Snowdon.  We departed Caernavon retaining our fourth place and headed for Ravenglass.  The timing of the tide was such that Gerald chose the Menai Straits route which also suited the shallow draft qualities of Whisperer and we sailed North with tide and wind behind us.  Approaching the Britannia road / rail bridge we were headed by the wind and the tide took us backwards under the main arch.  This worried the runners, but the sailors soon had the yacht back under control and we reached Ravenglass safely and still in fourth place.  Having a retracting keel proved to be a boon for the runners.  Other yachts were confined to deeper water and their runners had to wade or row ashore.  Danny and I stepped ashore into inches of water and were soon on our way towards Scafell.  This run has a long road route as the approach to the foot of Scafell and it was here that Danny had to work hard to keep me going as I found the road work boring.  But I enjoyed the run up Scafell and kept Danny going there and on the really tedious return route.

All of the yachts had to wait for the tide at Ravenglass to come in and float them off.  On returning to the harbour I noticed a very smart car and an even smarter woman standing beside it.  We were introduced to Lady Davies as the runners and she asked how it had gone and where we would shower and change.  She was not impressed by my response that a sponge down on the yacht would suffice and directed her husband to get a room at the hotel so that we could bathe and rest until the tide returned.  Danny and I enjoyed delightful hot baths and a change into our track suits and a snooze whilst the crew explored the delights of the bar downstairs.  

The tide rose and we set off for a longish trip around the Mull of Kintyre and on to Fort William.  We had retained our fourth position.  On board was a large hamper provided by Lady David Davies and it had Fortnum and Mason on the side.  Amongst other delicious food it had two Dundee fruit cakes that the crew decided were for the runners.  Well we did hint at such!  The cakes disappeared inside Danny and me very quickly and then it was time for a well-earned sleep.

I woke up after about 6 hours and went to the cockpit to chat with Gerald.  He then undertook to teach me a bit of sailing and so I took the helm and under the guidance of the Skipper sailed us up towards the South of Scotland.  It was great fun and Gerald was an excellent teacher.  Eventually we entered Loch Linnie and the approach to Fort William and a large yacht was making up ground on us.  We landed at Fort William retaining our 4th place but with another team close behind us.  Gerald shouted ‘Make sure you keep 4th place’, as Danny and I raced off towards the town and Ben Nevis beyond.  It was a hard ascent in deteriorating visibility but Danny kept up well and urged us both on as the other team seemed at one stage to be closing on us.  To ensure we did not lose our coveted 4th place we chose the almost vertical descent down a scree run back towards the harbour.  This worked well though there were a couple of skinned knees on the way.  Breathless, sweaty, tired and bruised, we retained our position and Whisperer, her crew and runners were 1st in Class of under 30- foot boats and 4th overall.  A tremendous achievement for an original and unique yacht, its scratch crew and runners.

My impression of Gerald Tatton-Brown was of an extraordinary visionary with great ideas and the will to make them real.  A leader with a deft touch and an ability to weld together a crew in short order and a man with the time to teach others so that they would benefit from his experience.  Highly self-disciplined but with deep humour and obviously an adventurer.  It is a memorable delight to have spent those few hectic days in 1981 with Gerald.

Lt Col Brian Seage OBE BA(Hons) Royal Marines

 



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