COLCHESTER, Charles Edward

1848 - 1902

Charles & Clara Colchester

Charles Edward Colchester, was born at Pimlico, London on 2 February and baptised at St Peter's church, Ipswich on 23 July 1848, son of Edmund Colchester (1819-1857) and his wife Emily née Dobson (1820-1885), who married at Ipswich in 1845, and a grandson of Charles Cornwell Colchester [q.v.]. His father died at Camberwell in 1857, and in 1861 Charles was a 13 year old, living at 1 Denmark Hill, Camberwell, with his 73 year old grandfather (John, an error for Charles) Cornwell Colchester, a broker, and Charles's 47 year old unmarried daughter Mary, who was born at Ipswich and they kept two Suffolk born staff. A partner in Colchesters & Woolner, Russia brokers, 1867-1870 and in 1871, a 23 year old, still living at Denmark Hill with his 83 year old grandfather, with Charles's daughter-in-law, 50 year old Emily, and two siblings Cecil Conway 18 and Emily Jane Esther 15, both born in Surrey. In 1873, he inherited a substantial sum from his uncle, Charles Bye Colchester [q.v.] and in 1876 was the sole inheritor from Charles Cornwell Colchester and, being more interested in art than in business, he retired to Ventnor, Isle of Wight. In 1881, a 33 year old artist, living on Newport Road, Ventnor with his 24 year old sister Emma and kept two indoor servants. In 1879, he exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Society two paintings, 'Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep' and 'The Lady of Shallot' and in 1883 as a member from 2 Altott's Villas, Ventnor, two watercolours 'At the Foot of the Down' and 'Hill Side, Ventnor' and was a regular annual exhibitor. He married on the Isle of Wight on 28 December 1885, Clara Elizabeth Sutton (1857-1925), but they had no issue. Charles, of 'Sea Lawn', Ventor, died at Stirling House, Manor Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire on 28 July 1902. Hester (1822-1902), the widow of Charles Bye Colchester of 'Harcourt', Derby Road, Bournemouth, who died on 6 October 1902, left Clara a half share of her estate.