POCOCK, Edward

1842 - 1905

Edward Pocock was born at Newbury, Berkshire in late 1842, only son of Thomas Pocock (1817-1859), a wine cellarman, and his wife Rosanna née Wellman (1806-1867), who married at Rowde, Melksham, Wiltshire in 1838. In 1851, Edward was an 8-year-old, living at 130 Fenchurch Street, London with his parents, 33-year-old Thomas and 43-year-old Rose but his father died 1859. In 1861, Edward was an 18-year-old artist & wood draughtsman, living with his widowed mother, still at 130 Fenchurch Street, and his mother died in 1867, age 61. Edward married in the City of London in 1866, Margaret Harrington and in 1871, a 28-year-old lithographic artist, living at Chapel Road, Bexley, Kent with his 23-year-old wife Margaret, and their children, 4-year-old Edith and 1-year-old Edward, jun. Edward worked for the 'Illustrated London News' and in 1874 was sent to Norwich to sketch some scenes of the railway accident at Thorpe and later supplied illustrations reporting the Turko-Russian war, being present at the siege of Plevnat in 1877 but is best known for his topographical works throughout East Anglia, his favourites being the Ipswich and Norwich areas. As Edward Pococke, in 1886 he was living on Parkstone Road, Harwich, Essex but by 1891, a 47-year-old architect, living at 20 Carr Street, Ipswich with his 44-year-old wife Margaret, born St Peter le Poer, London with his children, Edith Margaret 24, born Lewisham, Edward 21, born Battersea, Lyndhurst 18, born Bexley Heath and daughter Vivian 16, born Dartford, Kent. Whilst at Ipswich, in February 1890 he exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club two watercolours 'The Lady Chapel, St Dennis' and 'St Joseph's Chapel, Chalux. Later that year he left his Ipswich studio for Norwich where his wife died in 1900, aged 52, and the following year, as Pocock, he was living at 3 Crown & Star Yard, Timberhill, Norwich with his son Edward. Pocock's death is reported in The Ipswich Journal of 7 December 1901 and other local newspapers, at the Norwich and Norfolk Hospital, aged 58, but this is later retracted although at this time he was ill at that Hospital. As Edward Charles Pocock he died at the Norwich and Norfolk Hospital on 13 October 1905, aged 59 [sic] and he left a son and two daughters, another son Lyndhurst had died on 9 February 1898 at Fort Lahore, India whilst serving in the Royal Engineers. He was buried in Norwich Cemetery on 9 October. He is sometimes noted as Pococke and Edward Charles Pococke.

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