ADCOCK, Ernest Daniel

1856 - 1936

Ernest Daniel Adcock

Ernest Daniel Adcock, was born at Norwich, Norfolk in 1856, son of Daniel Adcock (1805-1894), a cigar manufacturer, and his wife Melissa Womack née Shalders (1824-1905), who married at Norwich in 1849. In 1871, a 14 year old, living at Press Lane, Hellesdon Road, Norwich with his parents, 65 year old Daniel and 46 year old Melissa, with four siblings, all born in Norwich. He married at the Congregational Church, Princes Street, Norwich on 18 January 1883, Florence (1858-1931), eldest daughter of William Ilott of Norwich. He took up as a photographer and in 1885 patented 'An Improved Vignetting Apparatus for Photographic Printing Frames' about which time he entered the family firm of Adcock & Son and on the death of his father in 1894 took over his father's tobacco manufacturing business. In 1901, a 44 year old tobacco manufacturer, living at 181 Newmarket Road, Norwich with his 42 year old wife Florence and their three children and was still in the same position in 1911. Painter in oil and watercolour who was a member of the old Woodpecker Club, later Norwich Art Circle, and exhibited regularly at their exhibitions and was also a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1923-1924, exhibiting in 1923 from Glenhurst, Eaton, Norwich an oil 'Rothesay Bay' and two watercolours 'Pilatus' and 'Cley Church'. He died at 'Glenhurst', 163 Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk on 17 May 1936, leaving two daughters, Winifred Florence (1883-1976) and Dorothy Olive (1885-1961) and a son, Ernest Noel Adcock (1889-1979), who continued the business. His estate was valued at over 173,000.