OXENBURY, Thomas Bernard

1904 - 1996

Thomas Bernard Oxenbury, was born at Totnes, Devon on 5 March 1904, son of Thomas Henry Oxenbury (18 April 1871-19 April 1958), a grocer's clerk, and his wife Mary Louisa née Doney (5 August 1873-1955), who married at Totnes in 1901. Thomas was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Totnes where he studied art and and at Totnes Evening School and became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He married at Smethwick in 1934, Muriel Helen Taylor (1915-2004) and they were the parents of writer and illustrator of children's books and stage designer Helen Oxenbury [q.v.]. In 1939, a 'town & county planning officer', living at 73 Bixley Road, Ipswich, his wife was living back at Totnes. A painter in watercolours and a member of Ipswich Art Club from 1942 and elected its first chairman in 1965, a position that he held until 1975. Thomas was the author of several local planning statements including 'Suffolk Planning Survey' (1946),'Outline Plan for Lowestoft' (1950), 'The Factual Survey and Outline Plan for the Borough of Beccles' (1951) and 'Lowestoft Central Area. Survey Appraisal' (1964). The Oxenbury's lived at South Hill Cottage, Felixstowe but he died in London on 2 August 1996.