CHURCHMAN, Sir Arthur Charles

1867 - 1949

Arthur Churchman - Lord Woodbridge

Arthur Charles Churchman, was born on 7 September 1867, son of Henry Charles Churchman, tobacco merchant, of Paget House, Ipswich, and his wife Mary Anna Eade, daughter of Charles Eade. Sir William Churchman, 1st Baronet, was his elder brother. Educated at Ipswich School, Churchman went into partnership with his elder brother William, in the family tobacco firm which had been founded by their great-grandfather William Churchman in 1790, which was renamed W. A. & A. C. Churchman. which at one time employed over 1,000 people. It was later absorbed into tobacco combines as Imperial Tobacco and British-American Tobacca when Churchman became vice-chairman of the British American Tobacco Company. Churchman was elected Mayor of Ipswich in 1901, his brother William had been mayor between 1899 and 1900. A lieutenant-colonel in the Essex and Suffolk Royal Garrison Artillery between 1905 and 1909 and commanded a Territorial Force Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment as a temporary lieutenant-colonel in the First World War. In 1917 created a baronet, of Abbey Oaks in the Parish of Sproughton in the County of Suffolk and was known as Sir Arthur Churchman, Bt, between 1917 and 1932 when elevated to the peerage as the 1st Lord Woodbridge. In 1920, returned to Parliament for Woodbridge which he remained until 1929. Appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk in 1930 and served as High Sheriff of the county in 1931 and between 1932 and 1949, as Lord Woodbridge was High Steward of Ipswich. In 1891, he married Edith Harvey, daughter of J. A. Harvey and they had three sons and two daughters, excepting one daughter all predeceased him. A member of the Ipswich Art Club from 1913 until 1947 and although noted as an exhibitor from Abbey Oaks, Sproughton, Ipswich in 1923 had nothing on display. He died on 3 February 1949, aged 81, when the baronetcy and barony became extinct