BROOKE, Dulcibella Mary

1873 - 1942

Dulcibella Mary Brooke, was born at Wethingsett, Suffolk on 8 December 1873 and baptised on 4 January 1874, only daughter of Henry Brooke, a farmer and J.P., and his wife Dulcibella Latitia, daughter of the Revd Robert Moore, who married at Wethingsett in 1863. In 1891, a 17 year old, living at Wetheringsett Manor with her parents, 51 year old Henry and 51 year old Dulcibella, and a sibling brother, 12 year old Henry, later Sir Henry Robert Moore Brooke-Popham (1878-1953), an air force officer, and they kept seven indoor servants. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1890-1891 and exhibited from Wetheringsett in 1890, 'Cottage' and 'Wetheringsett'. Her father died in 1892 and in 1901 her mother was 'insane' under the care of Dr Herbert Phillpotts at East Cliffe, Torquay, Devon. Dulcibella married at Kensington, London in 1903, George Henry Pooley (1868-1937), of Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, who was a brother to Annie Violet Pooley. In 1911, a 37 year old, living at 15 Gladstone Road, Sheffield with her 42 year old husband George, an ophthalmic surgeon, and their three children, Henry Popham 6, born Uganda, Frederick George 5, born Grove Park, Kent and 6 month old Dulcibella Vera, who was born at Sheffield, they also had living with them, Dulcibella's 71 year old mother, who had two attendance nurses on the insane, also retaining five indoor servants. Her mother died in 1915 and in 1939, Dulcibella Pooley was a widow living at Shotover, Uckfield, Sussex and was living at 62 Fitzjohns Avenue Hampstead when she died at 12 Lancaster Drive, Hampstead, London on 23 June 1942.