BURTON, Sir Bunnell Henry

1858 - 1943

Bunnell Burton

Bunnell Henry Burton was born at Ipswich in 1858, eldest son of Henry May Burton (22 April 1823-19 March 1879), wholesale grocer, and his wife Mary Bunnell Lewis (6 December 1825-8 February 1912), eldest daughter of William Jones Lewis of Spital Square, London, who married at the Independent Chapel, Richmond, Surrey on 1 September 1857. In 1861, they were living at 19 Neale Street, Ipswich and by 1871 Bunnell was a 12-year-old, living at 6 Burlington Road, Ipswich with his parents, 47-year-old Henry, a sugar & cheese importer, and 45-year-old Mary and five siblings, George Lewis 11, Mary Bunnell 9, Emily Myra 8, William Parke 6 and newly born Elizabeth Rosa, all born at Ipswich. Bunnell married firstly at St Mary Elms Church, Ipswich on 15 November 1886, Maria Harriot Fox, youngest daughter of the late John Fox of Anglesea Road, Ipswich, and secondly at St Matthew's Church, Ipswich on 21 January 1890, Eveline Mary Earnshaw, from Hemsworth, Yorkshire, daughter of Revd Samuel Walter Earnshaw (1833-1887), rector of Ellough, Suffolk. In 1901, Bunnell was a 42-year-old provision merchant, living at The Moat, Tuddenham Road, Ipswich with his 30-year-old second wife and kept five indoor servants and ten years later his home was Wherstead Park, near Ipswich where they kept eleven servants. A director of the Ipswich firm of Burton, Son & Sanders, wholesale provision merchants, based in College Street, Ipswich and was also organist of St Mary-le-Tower Church, Mayor of Ipswich in 1905, and for 38 years Chairman of the Governors at Ipswich School, being knighted in 1934 for political and public services in Ipswich. An honorary member of the Ipswich Art Club 1910-1915 but did not exhibit. His wife Eveline, died on 2 August 1936 and Bunnell Henry Burton died at Birkfield Lodge, Ipswich on 29 May 1943. Their grandson was Sir George Burton, chairman of Fisons Plc., of Ipswich.