Mayor 1878 – 1879


Member of the Liberal Party.

A member of the established church – Church of England.

Alexander was elected to the Council in 1860 as one of the representatives of the Westgate Ward.


Born: 1816, West Harling, Norfolk.

Baptised: 26th November 1816, at All Saint’s Church, West Harling, Norfolk.


Father: James William Nicholson, born April 1785, West Harling, baptised 8th May 1785, West Harling. A Farmer and Church Warden. James died 17th February 1822, Suffolk and laid to rest at West Harling.


Mother: Maria Nicholson (nee Coe), born 1783, Thornham Magna, Suffolk, baptised 16th July 1783, at Thornham Parva, Suffolk. On the 23rd April 1834, at West Hackney, Maria Nicholson married widower Robert Manning, born 1778, Ipswich. Maria Manning died 16th August 1839. Robert Manning died 7th May 1841, Ipswich. Maria and Robert were laid to rest together at St. Matthew’s Churchyard, a memorial slab marked their grave.

In February 1960, their headstone like many others were removed, and the human remains removed for re-interment at Ipswich Old Cemetery. When the County Borough of Ipswich, for St. Matthew’s Church – School site acquired a Compulsory Purchase Order, 1958, which was confirmed, with modifications, by the Minister of Housing and Local Government on the 13th January, 1959. The Corporation were then empowered to acquire 1.555 acres of land forming part of the Churchyard of St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich.

The removed grave slab that had marked Maria and Robert’s grave was in a good condition, so was placed flat to form a footpath in St. Matthew’s Churchyard.




Maria Ann Nicholson, born 1813, West Harling, Norfolk, baptised 17th February 1813, at All Saint’s Church, West Harling. In 1851, Maria was the housekeeper for 67 year old, widower John Spooner Manning, a wine merchant of the Victoria Inn, at No. 8, Cornhill, Ipswich. After John Manning’s death in 1858. Maria became the wine and spirit merchant, of the Victoria and Manning’s Wine & Spirit Vaults, of No. 8, Cornhill. The premises supplied genuine wines, spirits, and hops. Maria died in October 1901, at Manning & Co., No. 8, Cornhill, Ipswich. Laid to rest at the Nicholson family plot at Ipswich Old Cemetery, K-L Section.



1861   6, Westgate Street, Ipswich.


Alexander was 44 years old, a Linen Draper. He was married and head of the household.

Eliza, 46.

Eliza, 16.

Alexander, 15.

Emma, 13.

Ellen, 11.

2 domestic servants.


1871   Russell House, Russell Road, Ipswich.


Alexander was 53 years old, a Draper and Farmer of 305 acres – employing 13 men and 3 boys. He was married and head of the household.

Mary Ann, 44.

Ellen, 21.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


1881   Russell House, Russell Road, Ipswich.


Alexander was 64 years old, a Draper and Farmer of 220 acres – employing 16 men. He was married and head of the household, his nephew was staying.

Mary Ann, 55.

Walter Churcher, 17, a scholar, born Portsmouth, Hampshire.

1 cook.

1 parlourmaid.

1 housemaid.


Russell House, Coachman’s Cottage, Russell Road.


1 coachman and his young family.

and 1 day maid.


1891   Russell House, Russell Road, Ipswich.


Alexander was 74 years old, a Draper, Farmer, Wine and Spirit Merchant – employer. He was married and head of the household.

Mary Ann, 65.

1 cook.

1 parlourmaid.

1 housemiad.


Russell House, Coachman’s Cottage, Russell Road.


1 coachman and his young family.


On the 29th November 1843, at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich, Alexander married Eliza Manning, born 1814, Ipswich, baptised 31st December 1814, at St. Lawrence Church, Ipswich – only daughter of John Spooner Manning (born January 1784, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich – died January 1858, Ipswich), a wine merchant and Elizabeth Manning (nee Batley, born 1788, Mellis, Suffolk – died 30th June 1826 – laid to rest at St. Matthew’s Churchyard, Ipswich), of Ipswich.


Eliza’s father John Spooner Manning and Alexander’s mother Maria Nicholson’s second husband Robert Manning were brothers.


Alexander and Eliza had 6 children.


Eliza Maria Nicholson, born October 1844, Ipswich, baptised 5th December 1844, at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich – died 24th September 1862, Ipswich.


Alexander John Nicholson, born March 1846, Ipswich, baptised 10th April 1846, at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich. In July 1875, at the Baptist Church, Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Alexander, a Market Gardener, married Hannah Staff, born 1846, Framsden, Suffolk – daughter of Elisha Staff, an agricultural labourer, and Lydia Staff (nee Edwards), of Otley Road, Framsden, Suffolk. They had 5 children. Alexander Nicholson died 25th March 1891, Post Office, Peakhurst, N.S.W., laid to rest at St. Saviour’s Churchyard, N.S.W. Hannah Nicholson died at the home of her daughter – ‘Ipswich,’ Trelawney Street, Eastwood, N.S.W.


Emma Margaret Nicholson, born 1847, Ipswich – died 27th August 1868, Ipswich. Laid to rest in the Nicholson family grave at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section K-L.


Ellen Louisa Nicholson, born 1849, Ipswich. In August 1876, at St. Mary at Stoke Church, Ipswich, Ellen married William Tayler, employed with the Suffolk Alliance Insurance Office, Ipswich, born 1851, East Bergholt, Suffolk, of Highland Farm, East Bergholt. Ellen was attired in a dress of white corded silk, trimmed with Honiton Lace, veil, and wreath of jessamine, elder, orange blossoms, and myrtle. She was attended by seven bridesmaids. After the wedding service a recherché breakfast was hosted at the residence of the Nicholson family home of Russell House, Russell Road. Ellen and William spent their honeymoon amid the natural glories surrounding Ilfracombe, North Devon coast. Ellen Tayler died 1st March 1878, Ipswich, she was laid to rest at the Nicholson family grave at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section K-L. William Tayler remarried in April 1881, Ipswich to Agnes Colchester, born June 1846, Little Oakley, Essex – daughter of William Colchester, chairman of Lawes Chemical Manure Co., of Ipswich, and Mary Kate Colchester (nee Bright), of Springfield House, Norwich Road, Ipswich. They had 3 children. William died November 1915, of The Grove, Sproughton, Suffolk. Agnes Tayler died April 1935, of West View, Marine Close, Worthing, West Sussex.


Fanny Catherine Nicholson, born January 1851, Ipswich – died 1851, Ipswich.


Charles Francis Nicholson, born 11th July 1852, Ipswich – died 26th July 1852, Ipswich, laid to rest at St. Matthew’s Churchyard, Ipswich.


Eliza Nicholson died 25th July 1865, Ipswich, and laid to rest at the Nicholson family plot at Ipswich Old Cemetery, K-L Section.


On the 25th January 1868, at Tor Church, Torquay, Devon, 49 year old, Alexander, a widower married 41 year old, Mary Ann Greenfield, born February 1906, Islington, Middlesex, baptised 6th September 1832, St. James Church, Clerkenwell, Middlesex – second daughter of Thomas Greenfield, a solicitor and a gentleman and Eliza Greenfield (nee Taylor), of Winchester, Hampshire.


Alexander had not been in good health for some time, when he went to the South of England for a short stay. He returned home and placed himself under the care of the family doctor, who found Alexander suffering from congestion of the lungs and weakness of heart. Alexander peacefully passed away at one o’clock on Wednesday, 18th May 1892, at his residence, Russell House, Russell Road, Ipswich.


Probate to Mary Ann Nicholson – widow, and Walter Churcher – nephew, a solicitor, of 25, Cranfield Gardens, South Hampstead.


The funeral service was of a very quiet and simple character, with no floral wreaths displayed, was held on Saturday, 21st May 1892, at St. Stephen’s Church, Ipswich. Alexander was a regular and devoted attendant at the Church of St. Stephen. The body enclosed in a shell in a handsome panelled, polished oak coffin, with elegant brass furniture, was conveyed in a glass panelled hearse. Service read by the Rector of St. Stephen’s Church the Reverend William Frederick Clark.

The Mayor Mr. Daniel Ford Goddard (wearing his robes and chain of office) the Deputy-Mayor Mr. Frederick Turner and Corporation attended in their civic capacity, having proceeded from the Town Hall, attended by a body of the Borough Police, and the Town Crier and Town Sergeants, bearing respectively the sword and mace draped. There were also present a large number of the heads of various departments in connection with the firm Footman, Ridley and Nicholson. After the church service the funeral cortège slowly wended its way to the Cemetery, all the principal business establishments and a great many private residences along the route having their shutters closed and blinds drawn. At the graveside the sweetly pretty and appropriate hymn, “The strife is o’er, the battle done,” was sung. The funeral arrangements were carried out under the supervision of Mr. George Mudd, of the firm Footman, Ridley and Nicholson, Waterloo House.


Mary Ann Nicholson died 16th August 1906, of 43, Henley Road, Ipswich.


Probate to Walter Churcher – nephew, a solicitor, and Edward Hay Greenfield – nephew, a solicitor.



Image courtesy of Mr. A. Gilbert – Ipswich Borough Council.

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