RIBBANS, William Parkes

1809 - 1871

William Park[e]s Ribbans, was born at Ipswich on 22 April and baptised at St Matthew's Church, Ipswich on 24 April 1809, son of William Ribbans and his wife Ann née Smith. An architect and surveyor, who designed the Ipswich & East Suffolk Hospital, Anglesea Road; Burlington Chapel and the Temperance Hall, all in Ipswich. A member of the Ipswich Society of Professional & Amateur Artists from 1832, where he was probably tutored by Henry Davy [q.v.]. He married twice, firstly Sophia Mary Laws (1808-1842) and had four children, only Henry outlived him. He married secondly at Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1845, Sarah Ann Woolnough, and in 1851 a 41 year old builder & brick maker, employing 11 men & 7 boys, living at 59 St Matthew's Street, Ipswich with his 32 year old wife Sarah and 9 year old son Harry, and in 1861 at the same address. He died at Ipswich on 15 January 1871, aged 61, and buried in Ipswich Cemetery on 21 January and Sarah was buried in Ipswich Cemetery on 19 April 1875. His middle name is given as Parkes in his early years but Parks later in life.