COOKE, Catherine

1843 - 1895

Born at Nettlebed, Oxfordshire about 1843, eldest child of Revd Thomas Alexander Cooke (1814-1895), and his wife Harriet née Jones (1824-1894). In 1851 a 7 year old living at Wargrave, Wokingham, Berkshire with her parents, 36 year old William, a clergyman of the church of England without care of souls, and 28 year old Harriet, two siblings and they kept five servants. They were still living at Wargrave in 1871 but by 1881 were living at Polstead Hall, Suffolk with Thomas ‘a landowner and clergyman without care of souls’, with his wife Harriet and children, Catherine 37, Jane 33, Edward 31 and Ruth 21, keeping five servants. Catherine was a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1883-85 and exhibited from Polstead Hall in 1883 a watercolour 'An Ayrshire Burn' and in 1884 'The Home Bridge, Polstead' and as Miss K. Cooke in 1885 'A Suffolk Stream'. She was buried at Polstead St Mary Church on 7 December 1895, aged 52, she was unmarried.