EADE, William [Cotman]

1840 - 1927

Born at Rushmere St Andrew, near Ipswich in 1840, son of Robert Eade, a gentleman's servant, and his wife Hannah née Goodwin, who died in 1849. In 1851, a 10 year old living at Bramford Road, Ipswich with his widowed father Robert, now a farmer of 11 acres, employing 2 men, with five of six siblings. 1856-1860 articled to architect Henry Woolnough (1820-1862) and was an assistant teacher at Ipswich School of Art 1860-1862. After a year with William Parker Ribbans (1810-1871), surveyor for Ipswich Corporation, became architectural assistant to Joseph Rotherham Cattermole (1824-1900) with whom he went into partnership 1866-1877, before going on his own account, then in 1889 entering into a partnership with Edwin Thomas Johns (1862-1947), retiring in 1912. William was also a garden designer and one of his creations was the gardens for Bawdsey Manor, near Woodbridge about 1885, for the Quilter family. A Wesleyan lay preacher and a member of the Old School Board, he married at Ipswich in 1868, Margaretta Wright Cotman (1842-1925), sister of Frederick George Cotman [q.v.] and added the middle name of Cotman to his own. In 1871 living at 95 London Road, Ipswich with his 28 year old wife Marguerite[sic] and 2 year old son Paul Goodwin Eade. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1887-1915 and exhibited from May Cottage, Bramford Road, Ipswich in 1889 a watercolour 'On the Mud' and another in 1890 'The Lodge, Felixstowe' but does not seem to have exhibited again and by 1915 have moved to London Road, Ipswich. He died at Ipswich in 1927, aged 87.