CASTLEY, Annie Elizabeth

1871 - 1949

As Annie Elizabeth Butchard, she was born at Milton next Gravesend, Kent in 1871, daughter of George Butchard, engineer ship builder & ship-owner, and his wife Mary Jane née Gibb, who married at Southampton in 1860. In 1881, a 10 year old living at ‘Ellerslie’, Milton next Gravesend with her parents, 42 year old George, born at Liverpool and 40 year old Scottish born Mary Jane, and her four siblings and they were still there in 1901 but in 1911 Annie was on a visit to 21 Cromwell Cresent, Kensington, London. She married at St Martin’s, London in 1916, as his second wife, Thomas Gilbert Power Castley (1871-1957), a schoolteacher at Henley-on-Thames and born at Earl Stonham, Suffolk from when Annie worked under the name of Annie Castley. A watercolour landscape painter and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1932-1935 where she exhibited from ‘Clock House’, Little Stonham, Suffolk eight works, the subjects were mostly local views and rural scenes including in 1932 ‘The Garden Gate’, 'A Surrey Farmyard', ‘An Autumn Tangle’ and ‘Through the Barn Doors’, in 1933 'From Christchurch Quay' and 'Lilac', in 1935 'Crag Path, Aldeburgh' and 'Clock House, Little Stonham'. She died at Bridport, Dorset on 31 May 1949, aged 78, and buried at Melbury Osmand, Dorset.