POSFORD, Benjamin Ashwell

1848 - 1895

Born at Helmingham, Suffolk on 13 June 1848, second son of Joseph Posford (1810-1888), a farmer of 256 acres at Helmingham, and his wife Eliza née Ashwell (1808-1889), who married at Helmingham on 21 August 1845. A brother to Joseph Posford [q.v.]. In 1851, a 2 year old living at Bocking Hall, Helmingham with his parents, 40 year old Joseph and 41 year old Eliza, and his 4 year old brother Joseph and they kept five indoor servants and thirteen farm workers. Educated at Christ's College, Finchley. He firstly worked on his father's farm and in September 1874 took over the Falkenham Hall estate, between Ipswich and Felixstowe, from his uncle Benjamin Ashwell. On 22 September 1875 he married at Trimley St Mary, Suffolk, Mary Ellen Ashwell, his first cousin and daughter of Benjamin Ashwell and in 1881 were living at Falkenham Hall on the 848 acre Falkenham Hall Estate with his 26 year old wife Mary and a 4 year old son Benjamin Ashwell. and employed five indoor servants and fifty farm workers. By the time of his death in 1895 he was farming nearly 2,000 acres in Falkenham, The Trimleys', Felixstowe, Bucklesham and Helmingham. A member of the Ipswich Art Club in 1891 from Falkenham Lodge, near Ipswich but does not seem to have exhibited. A prominent member of the Suffolk Horse Society and the Suffolk Agricultural Association. He bred some notable Suffolk punches and other horse breeds and judged at agricultural shows. He died at Falkenham Hall on 6 October 1895, aged 47. His namesake son, an analyst, married in 1905, Cecile Emma G. M. Pigache and had four children and died at Boulogne on 25 February 1915, aged 38, whilst serving as a lieutenant in the Army Service Corps and their son was George Benjamin Ashwell Posford (1906-1976) the composer.