TRENT, William

1786 - 1876

Baptised at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, London in September 1786, son of Saville Cust Trent (1761-1804) and his wife Sophia née Johnson, who married at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 22 November 1785. He married at St Margaret's church, Ipswich on 22 September 1813, Sarah Wilkinson and they had a least two children born in Ipswich, John Thomas born 1814 and Saville born 1819. In 1841, a farmer living at Copdock, near Ipswich with his wife and a 2 year old Thomas Cooper and in 1851 a 64 year old farmer of 15 acres, living at the Swan Inn, Copdock with his 60 year old wife Sarah, born Aldeborough, Suffolk and their 11 year grandson William C. Trent, born Clerkenwell, London. Copdock St Peter's church has a tower which is topped with brick battlements, with a weathervane of King David playing his harp which was designed and made by local farmer-artist William Trent in 1855. He made several watercolours of local scenes in Ipswich and in and around Washbrook and Copdock. He died back in London at the home of his son Charles, at 18 St Thomas Street, Islington on 20 January 1876, aged 90, being described as 'late of Washbrook, Suffolk'. His will was proved by his son Charles at the PPR on 12 February 1876.