COLCHESTER, Lucy Florence

1853 - 1935

Lucy Colchester

Lucy Florence Colchester was born at Burwell, Essex on 6 March 1853, daughter of William Colchester (12 July 1813-19 November 1898), ship owner and fertilizer merchant, and his wife Mary Kate Bright (14 March 1818-1895), eldest daughter of Edward Bright of Maldon, who married at All Saints' Church, Maldon, Essex on 14 October 1840. By 1861, the family were leasing Grundisburgh Hall, near Ipswich where Lucy was living with her parents, 47-year-old William and 43-year-old Mary, and her six siblings, Mary Kate Bassett 15, born in Ipswich, with Agnes 14, Charlotte 9, Alice Helen 6, Charles Maynard 4 all born at Little Oakley, Essex and George Henry 3 born at Dovercourt, Essex. In 1871, her father William was a merchant and magistrate, living with the family at Wherstead Road, Ipswich but by 1881, Lucy was living with her parents at Springfield House, Norwich Road, Ipswich. Although not a member, Lucy exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1882 from Springfield House 'Roses and Wallflowers'. She married at Wherstead church, near Ipswich on 22 July 1884, her second cousin, Herbert Baring Garrod (1849-30 July 1912), a barrister, but who never practised. Lucy Florence Garrod died at 13 Gainsborough Gardens, Hampstead, London on 16 February 1935, leaving three notables of four sons, Herbert Geoffrey (1887-1974), Ralph Eddowes (1889-1964) and Alfred Emy (1891-1965), their fourth son Roland Percival (1895-1915), was killed during the First World War.