COTTON, Blanche Rose

1857 - 1944

Blanche Rose Cotton, was born at Grange Farm, Washbrook, Suffolk on 8 July 1857, one of the six children of Herbert Cotton (1799-1869) and his wife Elizabeth née Haxell (1819-1892)[Cotton q.v.]. After the death of her father in 1869, together with her mother, they moved in with her brother Allan Cotton, a solicitor, at 22 Silent Street, Ipswich. From this address in 1881, she exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club two watercolours, ‘St Margaret’s Green, Ipswich’ and 'St Clement's, Ipswich'. Blanche was still at Silent Street in 1888 but by 1892 had moved to 5 Henley Road, Ipswich. In 1901, a 43 year old librarian living at The Elms, 13 London Road, Ipswich with her 53 year old brother Herbert, a merchant seaman captain, and two other sisters Alice 56 and Evelyn 48, all were unmarried and born at Washbrook and they were still there in 1911. In 1939, she was still living at 13 London Road, Ipswich, with her unmarried sister Evelyn (8 March 1854-1941) and where she died on 25 May 1944, aged 86, she was unmarried and from her £10,000 assets left a bequest to Copdock Church.