TURNER, Leonard

1859 - 1944

Leonard Turner was born at Butter Market, Ipswich on 13 October 1859, one of the eight sons and two daughters of William Turner (10 June 1829-14 September 1891), auctioneer, and his wife Rosa née Garrod (1831-11 April 1900), youngest daughter of his partner Robert Garrod, who married at Ipswich in May 1855. In 1881, Leonard was a 21-year-old pupil engineer, living at 7 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich with his parents, 52-year-old William and 50-year-old Rosa, with six siblings, Edgar 19, Percy 15, Nellie 13, Stanley 12, William 9 and Constance 8. Leonard, who was a partner in Ipswich engineers E. R. & F. Turner, married at Hadleigh Church, Suffolk on 21 May 1890, Helen Louisa Kersey (28 February 1864-7 October 1947), second daughter of Samuel Overbury Kersey (18 July 1825-18 June 1902) of Hadleigh. In 1891, Leonard was a mechanical engineer, living at 1 Rozel Villas, Russell Road, Ipswich with his 32-year-old wife Helen. A landscape painter in watercolour and a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1883-1913 exhibiting from 7 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich in 1881, four watercolours 'From the Cliffs, Felixstowe', 'Study at Low Tide', 'On the Rocks' and 'Low Tide', in 1882 'She Wore a Wreath of Roses', in 1883 five works 'Harwich Harbour', 'Walton Ferry', 'Sketch at Bawdsey', 'Moonlight' and 'Sunrise', in 1884 five works two entitled 'Bawdsey', 'Pin Mill' and two entitled 'On the Orwell', in all he exhibited over thirty works, mostly local landscapes, including in 1903 'Old Mill, Walton on the Naze', 1906 'Rainclouds, Southwold' and 'Dunwich Marshes'. In 1899 a founder and president of the Ipswich Engineering Society. In 1901, a mechanical engineer, living at Beaumaris House, Anglesea Road, Ipswich with his wife and two children and ten years later a director of E R. & F. Turner, mechanical engineers, living at Spursholt, 31 Park Road, Ipswich. In 1939 still living at 31 Park Road, Ipswich with his wife Helen and was of 31 Park Road, when Leonard Turner died at Highwood Nursing Home, Constitution Hill, Ipswich on 21 August 1944, aged 84.