Probate records for former Aldeburgh residents who died after 1858:


James William ALMOND died 23 October 1904:

ALMOND James William of Aldeburgh Suffolk retired trinity-pilot died 23 October 1904. Probate Ipswich 3 March (1905) to Milicia Almond widow. Effects £105 15s

[James William Almond was the husband of Milicia Almond, the landlady of the Three Mariners at Slaughden. They previously lived at Ocean Villas on Crag Path.]

Elizabeth Garrett ANDERSON died 17 December 1917:

ANDERSON Elizabeth Garrett of Alde House Aldeburgh Suffolk widow died 17 December 1917. Probate London 20 March (1918) to Louisa Garrett Anderson M.D. spinster sir Alan Garrett Anderson K.B.E. and George Garrett maltster. Effects £24098 3s. 9d.

James George Skelton ANDERSON died 25 March 1907

ANDERSON James George Skelton of 5 Fenchurch-avenue London and Alde-house Aldeburgh Suffolk died 25 March 1907 at 114a Harley-street Middlesex. Probate London 8 May (1907) to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson widow Alan Garrett Anderson shipowner and George Herbert Garrett maltster. Effects £165297 12s. 8d.


Charles Samuel BARLEY died 15 February 1950

BARLEY Charles Samuel of 1 Park-road Aldeburgh Suffolk died 15 February 1950 at The Cottage Hospital Aldeburgh.  Administration Ipswich 25 March (1950) to Zillah Elizabeth Barley widow. Effects £369 10s.

Harold Wesley BARLEY died 25 March 1930

BARLEY Harold Wesley of Margaret Villa Saxmundham-road Aldeburgh Suffolk died 25 March 1930 at the Hospital Ipswich. Administrtion Ipswich 19 February (1932) to Mary Agnes Barley widow. Effects £595.

Louisa BARLEY neé ALEXANDER died 8 October 1934

BARLEY Louisa of Neptune House Aldeburgh Suffolk (wife of Samuel Charles Barley) died 8 October 1934. Probate Ipswich 30 August  (1935) to Charlotte Louisa Cullen spinster. Effects £200.

Thomas William BARLEY died 12 November 1951

BARLEY Thomas William of 215 High-street Aldeburgh Suffolk died 12 November 1951. Probate London 5 January (1952) to Thomas Patrick Barley butcher. Effects £2,493 0s. 1d.

Ernest James BLOCK died 14 July 1913

BLOCK Ernest James of Aldeburgh Suffolk grocer died 14 July 1913 Administration (with Will) Ipswich 5 August (1913) to Emily Mary Block widow. Effects £172 9s. 2d.


Mary Elizabeth COSTICK neé BARLEY died 23 April 1927

COSTICK Mary Elizabeth of Marlborough House Kensington-road Ipswich widow died 23 April 1927. Administration Ipswich 1 June (1927) to Dorothy May Last (wife of Douglas Harold Last). Effects £228 6s. 2d.


Wilhemine Henriette Murray GALSWORTHY died 19 June 1962:

GALSWORTHY Wilhemine Henriette Murray of Sandhill Park Road Aldeburgh Suffolk widow died 19 June 1962 Probate London 19 September (1962) to Diana Catherine Isabel Reid (wife of David William Reid) and the said David William Reid brigadier H.H. army and Brian Justin Pritchard solicitor. Effects £27797 11s.


Nicholas Fenwick HELE died 5 February 1892

HELE Nicholas Fenwick of Rowley House Aldeburgh Suffolk esquire died 5 February 1892. Probate Ipswich 22 March (1892) to Harriet Hele widow and William Henry Hall brewer. Effects £2,684 9s. 4d.

Dudley Francis Amelius HERVEY died 1 June 1911

HERVEY Dudley Francis Amelius of Belstead Aldeburgh Suffolk died 1 June 1911. Probate London 4 October  (1912) to Griselda Mary Theophila Hervey widow. Effects £816 3s. 10d.

Griselda Mary Theophila HERVEY died 1 April 1929

HERVEY Griselda Mary Theophila of Belstead House School Aldeburgh Suffolk widow died 1 April 1929 at 2 Canning-place Middlesex. Administration (with Will) London 22 June (1929) to Dudley Edward Francis Cyril Hervey gentleman and Grizelda Violet Finetta Hariet Georgiana Hervey spinster. Effects £32,710 1s. 1d.


Alice Jane JAY died 18 November 1958

JAY Alice Jane of 27 Park Lane Aldeburgh Suffolk spinster died 18 Nov 1958. Probate Ipswich 20 February (1959) to Jane Marian Savage widow. Effects £3,676 15s. 10d.


George Oliver KNOWLES died 4 July 1932

KNOWLES George Oliver of 27 The Terrace Aldeburgh Suffolk died 4 July 1932. Probate London 16 August (1932) to Frank Leonard Knowles builder and Charles Horn traveller. Effects £4,336 7s.

Sarah Ann KNOWLES died 7 November 1932

KNOWLES Sarah Ann of 27 The Terrace Aldeburgh Suffolk widow died 7 November 1932. Probate London 28 June (1934) to Frank Leonard Knowles builder and Florence Georgina Phillips (wife of Arthur Phillips). Effects £503 1s. 5d.


Mary REEDER died 18 February 1890

REEDER Mary. 1 May (1890). The Will of Mary Reeder late of Aldeburgh in the County of Suffolk Spinster who died 18 February 1890 at Aldeburgh was proved at the Principal Registry by Louisa Garrett (Wife of Newsom Garrett, Esquire) of Aldeburgh the sole Executrix. Personal estate £26 7s. 6d.

[Mary Reeder is understood to have been born in 1789 and so would have been a centenarian at the time of her death]


Elizabeth Sarah SELF died 15 January 1944

SELF Elizabeth Sarah of 29 Park-lane Aldeburgh Suffolk widow died 15 January 1944. Probate Ipswich 5 April (1944) to Gordon Tilbery Self bank official. Effects £1.297 6s. 11d.

John Franklin SELF died 25 December 1943

SELF John Franklin of 20 Park-lane Aldeburgh Suffolk died 25 December 1943. Administration (with Will) Ipswich 3 July (1944) to Gordon Tilbery Self bank official. Effects £1,276 16s. 2d.

Samuel Wightman SMYTH died 6 April 1906

SMYTH Samuel Wightman of the “Elms” Aldeburgh Suffolk J.P. died 6 April 1906. Probate Ipswich 25 July (1906) to Sophia Amelia Smyth widow. Effects £5,273 15s. 9d.

Mildred SPECK neé JAY died 5 March 1963

SPECK Mildred of 27 Park Lane Aldeburgh Suffolk widow died 5 March 1963. Probate Ipswich 9 April (1963) to Jean Russell married woman. Effects £1,094 6s. 4d.


James Miller WARD died 8 May 1936

WARD James Miller of 71 King-street Aldeburgh Suffolk died 8 May 1936. Probate London 8 June (1936) to John Noel Cooper solicitor. Effects £195.

Arthur Thomas WINN died 5 October 1927

WINN Arthur Thomas of The Uplands, Aldeburgh, Suffolk died 5 October 1927, Probate Ipswich 29 November (1927) to Constance Winn widow. Effects £3,537 4s. 2d.

1896: Religious Knowledge Examinations

The Norwich Diocesan Board of Education has just issued the results of the examinations in religious knowledge in May. Of the 161 pupil teachers and 37 candidates examined, 137 pupil teachers and 23 candidates passed.

Among the pupil teachers who have passed are the following:

Fourth year.

First class: Ellen M. Ward, Aldeburgh

Second year.

First class: Ada J. Wightman, Aldeburgh

First year.

First class: Gertrude Creasy, Aldeburgh;  Joseph G. S. Barber, Aldeburgh

The number of scholars examined was 881.

Among the Suffolk passes are the following:

Seventh standard.

[First class]: Alice Hurry, Aldeburgh; Arthur Churchyard, Aldeburgh

Second class: Leah Wightman, Aldeburgh; Mabel Lovett, Aldeburgh

Sixth standard.

First class: Leonard Creasy, Aldeburgh

Second class: Horace Basham, Aldeburgh; Violet Ward, Aldeburgh

Third class: Angus Ashford, Aldeburgh

Fifth standard.

First class: Frederick Thorpe, Aldeburgh

Second class: Chas. Balls, Aldeburgh; Ernest Easter, Aldeburgh

Fourth standard.

First class: Mabel Lovett, Aldeburgh; Edith Hayward, Aldeburgh; Chas. Ward, Aldeburgh; Morriss Butcher, Aldeburgh; William Ward, Aldeburgh

Second class: Gertrude K. Waskett, Aldeburgh

The Ipswich Journal, Saturday 1 August 1896

[Only Aldeburgh candidates’ names have been extracted]

1896: Aldeburgh – A Christmas Eve Disturbance

On Saturday at the Moot Hall, before the Mayor and Mr. H. Cowell, Oscar Downing, fisherman, was charged with assaulting James Miller Ward and Annie Ward, his wife.

A wedding had taken place next door; the defendant and others had been drinking healths all round, and Downing, by his singing outside the house, caused the complainant and his wife to come out. The defendant then wanted some whisky, and on being refused, a blow was struck over the gate at Ward.

Downing then entered the garden, and was twice knocked down by Ward, while Mrs. Ward pulled his hair.

Police-constable Jackson said he saw defendant and complainant and his wife, and three of defendants’ brothers all in Ward’s yard. Defendants’ brothers were trying to get him home. Ward told witness he had been grossly insulted. The officer advised defendant to go home, and ultimately took his arm and got him home. Defendant was drunk and bleeding from the nose at the time.

– The Bench, in consideration of the fact that defendant had been knocked about, fined him only 5s and £1 0s. 6d. costs; in default, imprisonment for seven days. The second case was, with the permission of the Bench, withdrawn.

– The fisherman outside the Court marked their sympathy with the youthful defendant by subscribing nearly sufficient money to pay his fine.

The Ipswich Journal, Saturday 18 January 1896

1885: Six of One and Half-a-Dozen of the Other


MOOT HALL, Saturday, February 7. – Before N. Garrett, Esq. (chairman), and James Pettit, Esq.


Annie Maria Ward, wife of James Miller Ward, charged Louisa, wife of James Laws, with assaulting her on the 22nd January last.

– The evidence disclosed that the parties are sisters-in-law, and the assault, which was mutual, took place in High-street, after a regular “sisterly” quarrel, during which some very “choice” language was used on both sides.

– The Magistrates dismissed the case, characterising it as a “family brawl,” in which one was as bad as the other.

– Considerable amusement was caused during the hearing of the evidence, the attitude of the litigants being frequently pugilistic, causing the Chairman to remark, amidst much laughter, that “he should not like to quarrel with either of them.”

The Ipswich Journal, Tuesday 10 February 1885

1880: Extraordinary Confession of Child Murder near Aldeburgh

The following extraordinary statement has just been voluntarily made by a girl named Howe, and inmate at the Manor House Refuge for the Destitute, Dalston Lane, E.

June 15, 1880

Frances Ellen Howe, aged 19, states that whilst in service at Aldbro’, in Suffolk, she got acquainted with a young woman about 18 years of age, named Fanny Reeves, who on one occasion, shortly after their acquaintance, asked her to accompany her across the water to a place called Sunbl-n (or similar). They went there together about four o’clock in the afternoon, and whilst there, the girl Reeves murdered her baby, about two weeks old, which she brought with her, by cutting its throat, and afterwards threw the body into the water. She (Howe) states she did not mention the circumstance to anyone in Aldbro’ on their return, nor, indeed, to anyone till she told it to one of the girls here, who communicated it to the matron here. She further said the woman Reeves was subject to fits, and shortly after the murder was taken ill at her lodging in Aldbro’, where she died. Howe saw her before she died, when she told her not to tell anyone what had happened.

A few weeks after this Howe was arrested in Aldbro’, and taken to Ipswich, where she received six months’ Imprisonment, and then came here.

The woman where Reeves was confined with the child was named Jones, and lived in a little group of cottages a little way beyond the town, No. 24 on the door.

The girl was buried in the chapel burying ground, about a mile from the town, and she was present at the funeral, though not as belonging to it. The lodging she died in was not the same as that before mentioned, but was near where she was in service. Her parents lived at Saxmundham, and were known as “bad people”.”

Our Aldeburgh correspondent adds: – “It will possibly be within the remembrance of some of our readers that Frances Ellen Howe was convicted here in November last for stealing a sovereign from Samuel Ward, a fisherman, who had charitably given her a night’s lodging, and that she was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in Ipswich Gaol for the offence. On leaving the prison she was admitted into the above-mentioned institution, where she made this startling confession a few days ago, and which the Chaplain at once committed to writing.

“The statement being sent on to W. Hammond, our police-officer here, he at once prosecuted active inquiries, but up to the present the result leads him to believe the confession to be an entire fabrication. The girl was well-known here as a bad character, but, being an orphan, several ladies of the town endeavoured on many occasions to reform her. Their efforts were, however, fruitless, as Howe persisted in returning to her vagrant habits.”

We shall give the result of any further inquiries with regard to this extraordinary confession in our next impression.

The Ipswich Journal, Tuesday 29 June 1880

1871: Aldeburgh – Serious Charge of Shooting

At the Woodbridge Petty Session, on Thursday, before F.G. Doughty, Esq. (chairman), W.P.T. Phillips, Esq., and the Rev. C.G. Archer, Samuel Smith Ward, of Aldeburgh, fisherman, was charged with having on the 20th of January last, assaulted Job Chatton, of Aldeburgh, pilot, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.

Mr. Jones appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Chamberlin for the defendant, – Job Chatton said: I am a Trinity pilot, living at Aldeburgh, and was on the River Alde in my punt on the evening of Monday, the 30th of January, on an open space of water called the Little Bight, on the Sudbourne side. I was after wild fowl; it was a light night, and I believe I could be seen at from 80 to 100 yards between half-past six and seven. After I had just slewed my punt I heard a gun fired, and found that I was shot in the head, face, arm and shoulder.

I saw it was Ward who had shot, and in answer to me he said, “It’s me.” I replied, “Yes, and a pretty ‘me’ you have made of it. You have shot my eye out and broke my arm.”

Prisoner replied, “If you had not slewed your punt round I should not have shot you. I did not do it for the purpose. Where’s your painter?”

Prisoner took hold of the painter and towed me to my great boat. Prisoner said it was loose shot, not cartridge. As he was towing me he said “You are not dead yet: you are moving about.”

After getting me on board my own boat prisoner washed my face with some warm water, which was on the fire for my tea, and helped me on with my coat, remarking that my eye was only bloodshot. He tied up my head and put me on shore, saying that he did not shoot me for the purpose, and recommended me to get home as soon as possible. He led me on the quay and about 15 yards beyond and then left me.

I went to Mr. Hele’s, the surgeon, and had to go to bed, where I remained for five weeks. The next day after Mr. Powell, from the Opthalmic Hospital, came to me and took the residue of the eye out.

Ward was about 20 yards from me when the shot was fired. He came up right astern of me: it was very unusual to come up astern. In my judgment the act was done intentionally. I am sure he could see me before he fired: it was so light I could have seen a sparrow on the top of his head. I had seen prisoner on Friday before the Monday: he said, “You are very fond of your gun, aren’t you?” I said, “Yes, and you are too, aren’t you?” He said, Some of us will get shot soon, and it will make very little difference whether some of us are dead or alive.”

I gave directions for the prisoner to be taken into custody on the 4th of February.

– Cross–examined by Mr, Chamberlin: I have known Ward ever since he was seven years old; up to the time of this occurrence we were friends. He had been master of the pilot cutter in which I served. I had seen Ward on the Monday morning, when he borrowed a hammer of me. When shooting wild fowl a man lies down on his belly to shoot at them. Until I was shot I did not know Ward was there with his boat. I was lying in an angle of about 45 degrees; if Ward had known I had been there it would have been wrong of him to come up astern of me. I thought from the first it was an intentional act on the part of Ward; I believed so then and do so now. He was not more than 20 yards from me.

Mr. Thos. W. Ferrand Gerard, a gentleman living at Aldeburgh, produced a plan made under his superintendence, and said he told Chatton he would back him up in the prosecution.

Mr. Nicholas Fenwick Hele, surgeon, Aldeburgh, said he examined the prosecutor on the evening of the 30th of January, and found his left eye was entirely destroyed and his arm much injured. The injury to the arm was permanent, but prosecutor was now out of danger. Believed there were about 59 shots remaining in Chatton’s person now.

– Cross-examined: Chatton never told me it was an accident; he never said Ward was not to blame. 

– At this point the case was adjourned till Thursday, the 20th inst.

The Bury and Norwich Post, and Suffolk Herald, Tuesday 11 April 1871

1858: Fishing Rights

James Ward, 68 years old said he lived at Aldbro’ and had always lived there. He fished in the sea and the river both. He fished in all parts of the river for soles and codlings and other sort of fish. He fished with lines and nets. He generally went to the river in winter. He had fished for 45 years and had seen Aldbro’ men fishing there. He never had a license. His nets were taken away about 38 years ago, when he was fishing in the river. The nets were returned about 2 months later and two one pound notes with them.

Cross examined: “I have fished there since. I have never been meddled with since. I have seen the water-bailiffs when I have been fishing there. I was a married man then.”

Mr. Paver: “Did you promise not to come again?”

Witness, after a great deal of hesitation, “Yes, I did.”

Also Samuel Ward, fisherman and other also gave evidence that they had fished in the Orford River.

Orford men won fishing rights.

Suffolk Chronicle, Supplement, 3 August 1858

[transcription taken many years ago – not verified against actual article]