COLCHESTER, Lucy Florence

1853 - 1935

Lucy Colchester

Lucy Florence Colchester, was born at Little Oakley, Essex on 6 March 1853, daughter of William Colchester (1813-1898), ship owner and store merchant, and his wife Mary Kate née Bright (1818-1895), who married at Maldon, Essex in 1840. By 1861, the family were leasing Grundisburgh Hall, near Ipswich where Lucy was living with her parents, 47 year old William and 43 year old Mary, and her six siblings, Mary 15, born in Ipswich, with Agnes 14, Charlotte 9, Alice Helen 6, Charles Maynard 4 all born at Little Oakley, and George Henry 3 born at Dovercourt, Essex. In 1871, William was a 'merchant and magistrate' living with the family, including Mary Bassett [q.v.], at Wherstead Road, Ipswich but by 1881, Lucy was living with her parents at Springfield House, Norwich Road, Ipswich. Although not a member, Lucy exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1882 from Springfield House 'Roses and Wallflowers'. She married at Wherstead church, near Ipswich on 22 July 1884, her second cousin, Herbert Baring Garrod (1849-1912), a barrister, but who never practised. Lucy died at 13 Gainsborough Gardens, Hampstead, London on 16 February 1935, leaving three notable of four sons, Herbert Geoffrey, Ralph Eddowes and Alfred Emy, the fourth son Roland, was killed during the First World War.