EADE, William Cotman

1840 - 1927

William Eade was born at Rushmere St Andrew, near Ipswich in 1840, son of Robert Eade (1801-7 July 1888), a gentleman's servant, and his wife Hannah née Goodwin, who died in 1849. In 1851, William was a 10-year-old, living at Bramford Road, Ipswich with his widowed father Robert, now a farmer of 11 acres, employing 2 men, with five of six siblings. From 1856 until 1860, William was articled to architect Henry Woolnough (1820-1862) and was an assistant teacher at Ipswich School of Science and Art 1860-1862 from where he obtained his freehand drawing certificate in 1884. A Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and after a year with William Parker Ribbans (1810-1871), surveyor for Ipswich Corporation, he became architectural assistant to Joseph Rotherham Cattermole (1824-1900) with whom he went into partnership 1866-1877, before going on his own account. In 1889, he entered a partnership with Edwin Thomas Johns (1862-1947), before retiring in 1912. William was also a garden designer, and about 1885 one of his creations was the gardens for Bawdsey Manor, near Woodbridge for the Quilter family. A Wesleyan lay preacher and a member of the Old Ipswich School Board, he married at Ipswich in 1868, Margaretta Wright Cotman (1842-1925), whom he met at the Ipswich Art Club, sister of Frederick George Cotman when he added the middle name of Cotman to his own. In 1871, living at 95 London Road, Ipswich with his 28-year-old wife Marguerite[sic] and 2-year-old son, Paul Goodwin Eade. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1887-1915 and exhibited from May Cottage, Bramford Road, Ipswich in 1889, a watercolour 'On the Mud' and another in 1890 'The Lodge, Felixstowe' but about 1891 he emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada where he exhibited widely and was still living in Winnipeg in 1897 but must have returned to the UK as in 1915, he was living in London Road, Ipswich. William Eade died at 112 London Road, Ipswich on 27 November 1927, aged 87.