LOWSEY, Benjamin Longley

1837 - 1901

Born at Southwold, Suffolk in 1837, son of John Lowsey, river pilot, and his wife Mary née Barber, who married at Southwold on 25 December 1823. In 1851, a 12 year old living at Green Lane, Southwold with his 46 year old mother Mary, and four of his several siblings. He did military service in the merchant navy 1853-1857. In 1891, a 53 year old mariner lodging at North Green, Station Road, Easton Bavents, Southwold, the home of 72 year old widow, Elizabeth Peck. He operated the camera obscura, a Victorian sea-front attraction in which surrounding scenery was reflected onto a table by means of a lens and also painted pictures. Like many former fishermen, he died in Bulcamp workhouse, near Southwold in September 1901 and buried in St Edmund's churchyard, Southwold where there is a monument to him and his parents. An amateur artist with three of his paintings at Southwold Sailors' Reading Room.

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