COTTON, Blanche Rose

1857 - 1944

Blanche Rose Cotton was born at Grange Farm, Washbrook, Suffolk on 8 July 1857, one of the six children of Herbert Cotton (1799-1869) and his wife Elizabeth Cotton née Haxell. After the death of her father in 1869, together with her mother, they moved in with her brother Allan Cotton, a solicitor, at 22 Silent Street, Ipswich. Blanche studied at the Ipswich School of Science and Art and from 22 Silent Street in 1881, she exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club two watercolours, ‘St Margaret’s Green, Ipswich’ and 'St Clement's, Ipswich'. Blanche was still at Silent Street in 1888 but by 1892 had moved to 5 Henley Road, Ipswich. In 1901, a 43-year-old librarian, living at The Elms, 13 London Road, Ipswich with her 53-year-old brother Herbert, a merchant seaman captain, and two sisters Alice 56 and Evelyn 48, all were unmarried and born at Washbrook and they were still at 13 London Road in 1911. In 1939, Blanche Rose Cotton was still living at 13 London Road, Ipswich, with her unmarried sister Evelyn (8 March 1854-1941) and where she died on 25 May 1944, aged 86, she was unmarried and from her £10,000 assets left a bequest to Copdock Church.