Mayor 1880 – 1881.


Member of the Conservative Party.

A member of the established church – Church of England.

Alfred was elected to the Council in 1871 as one of the representatives of the Middle Ward.


Born: 4th February 1833, Nether Hall, Harkstead, Suffolk.

Baptised: 10th March 1833, at St. Mary’s Church, Harkstead, Suffolk.


Father: Robert Wrinch, born 1798, Nether Hall, Harkstead, Suffolk, baptised: 4th March 1798, St. Mary’s Church, Harkstead. Robert was a Farmer, his parent’s Robert and Hannah moved to Nether Hall Farm in the late 1790’s. Robert died Wednesday, 3rd September 1834 after a short illness at Nether Hall – leaving 8 children. Laid to rest at St. Mary’s Churchyard, Harkstead.


Mother: Perpetua Susannah Wrinch (nee Giles), born 1799, Holbrook, Suffolk, baptised: 30th June 1799, Holbrook – daughter of Henry & Sarah Giles. After the death of Robert Wrinch, Perpetua married in 1838, Harkstead, Pearl Cross. Perpetua Cross died March 1882, at her home, Park Terrace, Fonnereau Road, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section L.


Stepfather: Pearl Cross, born 1831, Holbrook, Suffolk. Pearl was a farmer. Pearl died February 1853, Nether Hall, Harkstead. Laid to rest at St. Mary’s Churchyard, Harkstead.


Robert Henry Wrinch, born 26th November 1823, Nether Hall, Harkstead – died 31st December 1823, Nether Hall, Harkstead.


Robert Henry Wrinch, born 3rd November 1824, Nether Hall, Harkstead, baptised: 3rd February 1825, at St. Mary’s Church, Harkstead. On the 25th October 1865, at Hove Church, Norfolk, Robert married Maria Seago, born 1835, Bergh Apton, Norfolk – daughter of Thomas Seago, a farmer and Mary Seago (nee Smith), of West Porlingland, Norfolk. Maria and Robert had 2 children. Robert was a farmer. He was an ardent admirer and supporter and committee member of the Suffolk Punch Horse Society and of the Suffolk Fat Cattle Club. As a member of the Suffolk Agricultural Society, he often became a steward, or a judge at the Suffolk Agricultural Society smaller local agricultural, horse shows and ploughing matches. As a large breeder Robert exhibited at agricultural shows all over the country. Maria Wrinch died 22nd August 1888, at Nether Hall, Harkstead. Laid to rest at St. Mary’s Churchyard, Harkstead. Robert died 21st November 1902, at Nether Hall, Harkstead Laid to rest at St. Mary’s Churchyard, Harkstead.


Sarah Ann Wrinch, born February 1826, Nether Hall, Harkstead, baptised: 12th March 1826, at St. Mary’s Church, Harkstead. Sarah died on the 31st March 1899, at her home, Ivry Street, Ipswich. Laid to rest next to her mother’s grave at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section L.


Laura Wrinch, born December 1828, Nether Hall, Harkstead, baptised: 11th January 1829, at St. Mary’s Church, Harkstead. Laura died 18th August 1921, at her home, 6, Burlington Road, Ipswich. Laid to rest with her sister Sarah Ann Wrinch at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section L.


Samuel Wrinch, born September 1827, Nether Hall, Harkstead, baptised: 21st October 1827, at St. Mary’s Church, Harkstead. He was educated at the Boys’ Classical School, Wickham Market, Suffolk. Samuel died after a long affliction on the 27th July 1845, at Harkstead.


Perpetua Wrinch, born 1830, Nether Hall, Harkstead.


Henry Wrinch, born October 1831, Harkstead. On the 2nd October 1855, at St. Mary’s Church, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Henry married Eliza Ann Hart, born January 1834, Woodbridge – daughter of Daniel Hart, a corn, coal and seed merchant, and Eliza Hart (nee Brook), of Woodbridge. Henry and Eliza had 7 children. In partnership with members of Eliza’s family, Henry was a merchant dealing in corn, coals, and seed, etc. Henry also had shares in the Woodbridge Gas Light Company (Limited) and was a pew-renters’ churchwarden for St. John’s Church, Woodbridge. Eliza was a member of the Ladies’ Social Working Society, she hosted bazaars at her home and helped organise and superintendent the events, by decorating her rooms for each occasion helping the lady stall holders. Henry died Monday, 15th December 1884, at his home, at the Thoroughfare, Woodbridge. Eliza Wrinch died on the 11th September 1888, at her home, 21, Clarkson Street, Ipswich.


Harriet Wrinch, born 1834, Nether Hall, Harkstead, baptised: 18th May 1834, St. Mary’s Church, Harkstead.


Stepsister: Anna Cross, born 1839, Nether Hall, Harkstead, baptised: 4th August 1839, at St. Mary’s Church, Harkstead. On the 30th November 1877, at The Old Church, Calcutta, Bengal, India, Anna married the Reverend Samuel Theodore Leupolt, born Benares, Bengal, India. Anna and Samuel had 1 son, Charles Benjamin Theodore, born March 1879, Kilverstone, Norfolk – died aged 7 weeks.

Samuel was educated at Christ’s Hospital, London and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He became ordained in 1869, at Norwich, Norfolk, before becoming curate at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich. In 1871 Samuel returned to India as part of the Church Missionary Society. In 1878 he and Anna returned to England, where Samuel became Rector of Kilverstone until 1890, when he became vicar of Wormegay with Tottenhill, Norfolk. Samuel died 12th April 1922, of The Vicarage, Tottenhill. Laid to rest at Tottenhill. Anna Leupolt died 27th August 1927, at Downham Market, Norfolk. Laid to rest at Tottenhill.






1841   Nether Hall, Harkstead, Suffolk.


Alfred was 7 years old and living with his mother, siblings, stepfather and stepsister.

Pearl Cross, 30, a Farmer of 179 acres.

Perpetua Cross, 40.

Robert Wrinch, 15.

Sarah Wrinch, 14.

Laura Wrinch, 12.

Perpetua Wrinch, 11.

Henry Wrinch, 11.

Anna Cross, 2.


1851   2, St. John’s Street, Colchester, Essex.


Alfred was 18 years old, an Ironmonger’s Apprentice. He was living with his employer and his family above the general and furnishing ironmonger’s shop.

Benjamin Beard, 47, an Ironmonger, born Coggeshall, Essex.

Sarah Beard (nee Mumford), born Matching Tye, Essex.

Edwin Beard, 18, an Ironmonger’s Assistant, born Colchester.

Emily Beard, 14, born Colchester.

apprentice – Joseph Bloomfield, 15, born Colchester.

1 female servant.


1861   Old Butter Market, Ipswich.


Alfred was 28, an Ironmonger. He was married and head of the household.

Catherine, 24.

Alfred, 1.

Henry, under 2 weeks old.

1 ironmonger’s assistant.

1 ironmonger’s apprentice.

2 female house servants.


1871   7, Henley Road, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.


Alfred was 38 years old, an Iron Merchant and Ironmonger. He was married and head of the household.

Catherine, 35.

Alfred, 11.

Henry, 10.

Lois, 4.

Edwin, 10 months.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

1 nursemaid.


1881   Hill Crest, Paget Road, Ipswich.


Alfred was 48 years old, a Manufacturer of Horticultural Implements and a Chief Magistate of Ipswich. He was married and head of the household.

Catherine, 44.

Alfred, 21, a Manufacturer of Horticultural Implements.

Lois, 14.

Edwin, 10.

Bernard, 9.

Elsie, 7.

Raymond, 2.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

1 nurse.


1891   Hill Crest, Paget Road, Ipswich.


Alfred was 58 years old, a Justice of the Peace and Horticultural Engineer. He was married and head of the household.

Catherine, 54.

Alfred, 31, a Horticultural Engineer.

Bernard, 19, an Assistant Horticultural Engineer.

Raymond, 12.

1 cook.

1 general female servant.


1901   Hill Crest, Paget Road, Ipswich.


Alfred was 68 years old, a Horticultural Engineer – House Fit – employer. He was married and head of the household.

Catherine, 64.

Alfred, 41, a Horticultural Engineer – House Fit.

Raymond, 22, an Architect – own account.

Niece – Louise Alice Wrinch, 30, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.

1 cook.

1 parlourmaid.


HARRY DURRILL WRINCH Died of wounds, during WW1.

Grandson Harry Corder Wrinch, son to Henry Cordy Wrinch & Janet Wrinch,  was educated at Ipswich School – entered 1902, and at St. Gallen, Switzerland.
On the 22nd February 1922, Harry’s Victory, British War & 1915 Star medals were sent to his father Mr. H. C. Wrinch, at Boscobel Hall, Bournemouth.
Soldiers’ Effects to Henry Cordy Wrinch – father.
Harry is also remembered on the Ipswich war memorial, Christchurch Park. Ipswich School Chapel war memorial, at St. John the Baptist Anglician Cathedral, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Sea Front, Felixstowe, also the Sea Front at Bexhill-on-Sea, and on the war memorial tablet in St. Stephen’s Church, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.
Bexhill-on-Sea Observer – 7th October 1916 – Lieutenant Harry Durrill Wrinch was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Wrinch, of La Masionette, No. 2., The Down, Bexhill-on-Sea. He was an excellent linguist, speaking both French and German like a native and having almost as great proficiency in Spanish and Italian. At the outbreak of war he resigned his appointment in South America in order to serve King and country, and had a perilous journey home in October 1914. Harry was gazetted second lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery on the 1st December 1914, and promoted lieutenant in June 1916. He was in action with the brigade from September to November 1915, when his brigade was ordered to another field of operations. Harry had been recommended by his colonel for the command of a battery.
Serving in France, then Salonika with  ‘B’ Battery, 115th Brigade. He died of wounds while serving in Selonika 20th August 1916, aged 25.


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

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