RIBBANS, William Parkes

1809 - 1871

William Parkes Ribbans was born at Ipswich on 22 April 1809 and baptised at St Matthew's Church, Ipswich on 24 April 1809, son of William Ribbans (1787-1833) and his wife Ann née Smith (died 1836), who married at St Nicholas Church, Ipswich on 20 September 1795. Young William was an architect and surveyor, who designed the Ipswich & East Suffolk Hospital, Anglesea Road; Burlington Chapel; Ipswich Corn Exchange and the Temperance Hall, all in Ipswich. A member of the Ipswich Society Of Professional & Amateur Artists from 1832, where he was tutored by Henry Davy. He married twice, firstly Sophia Mary Laws (1808-1842) and had four children, only son Henry outlived him. He married secondly at Grundisburgh, Suffolk on 7 August 1845, Sarah Ann Woolnough, eldest daughter of James Woolnough. In 1851 a 41-year-old builder & brick maker, employing eleven men & seven 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 was at the same address. He was the Town Surveyor of Ipswich and William Parkes Ribbans died at his home at St Matthew's Street, Ipswich on 15 January 1871, aged 61, and buried in Ipswich Cemetery on 21 January and his wife Sarah was buried in Ipswich Cemetery on 19 April 1875. His middle name was given as Parkes but is sometimes noted as Parks.

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