CHAPMAN, Samuel Belcher

1800 - 1880

Samuel Belcher Chapman, was born at Eastbourne, Sussex in 1800. His partnership with Henry Biddell at Artillery Court, Chiswell Street, London as 'hard confectioners' was dissolved on 7 June 1830 when he became a chemist & druggist in Tavern Street, Ipswich and from 1832 on the Cornhill, Ipswich. He married at St Mary le Tower Church, Ipswich on 6 January 1824, Frances Elizabeth Mendham. A member of the Ipswich Society of Professional & Amateur Artists from 1835, where he was probably tutored by Henry Davy. A generous philanthropist, in 1857 founding his Girl's Industrial Home in Black Horse Lane, Ipswich, a reformatory for up 20 girls sentenced by the courts to detention for up to five years, and as well as supporting the Home financially, acted as its manager until his death. Chapman Street, at the back of the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, is named after him. He retired from his Cornhill business in 1851, and in that year's census, a 51 year old general practitioner & Licentiate of the Apothecaries Society, living at Berners Street, Ipswich with his 50 year old wife Frances, and two daughters, Frances Agatha 22 and Laura 17, he also had a further daughter and four sons. His wife Frances was buried in Ipswich Cemetery on 12 February 1869, aged 67, and in 1871 Samuel was living at 12 Tower Terrace, Tower Street, Ipswich where he died on 28 June and was buried in Ipswich Cemetery on 1 July 1880, aged 80.