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, Agnes Annie 20, born Southampton, George William (1864-1945), John Alexander 11 and Jane Douglas (1872-1963), all born at Gravesend, and they were still there in 1901. By 1911, Annie was on a visit to 21 Cromwell Cresent, Kensington, London the home of widow 83 year old Georgiana Luke and her 39 year old daughter Mabel Larkins Luke. Annie 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 painted 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'. Of 253 Nacton Road, Ipswich when she died at The Nook, Melbury Osmond, Dorset on 31 May 1949, aged 78, and buried at Melbury Osmand.