1865 - 1953

Lucy Amelia Cullingham was born at Ipswich on 15 April 1865 and baptised at St Matthew's church, Ipswich on 10 May 1865, daughter of Charles Cunningham (1820-30 March 1890), a brewer, and his wife Eliza Vandenbergh (1827-7 January 1900), youngest daughter of the late Algernon Sidney Vandenbergh, surgeon, of Bethnal Green Road, London who married at St Paul's Church, Islington, London on 21 March 1854. In 1881, Lucy was a 15-year-old scholar, living at 115 London Road, Ipswich with her parents, 60-year-old Charles and 53-year-old Eliza, with six siblings, Margaret Maria 23, Kate Annie 20, Laura Beatrice 18, Charles Sidney 17, Ada Louisa 13 and James Barry 11, all born at Ipswich. Lucy studied at Ipswich School of Science & Art and in 1880 awarded her certificate in freehand drawing and in 1886 for Model Drawing. By 1901, she had moved to 26 Belsize Park, Hampstead, London where she was a companion to her 75-year-old aunt Cordelia Barry, a widow. By 1939 she was back in Ipswich living at 10 Warwick Road, Ipswich and she died at Brooke House Nursing Home, Henley Road, Ipswich on 28 September 1953, aged 88, and buried in Westerfield churchyard, near Ipswich, she was unmarried.