Mayor 1842 – 1843.

Second term of office 1851 – 1852.

Third term of office 1859 – 1860.


Member of the Conservative Party.

A member of the established church – Church of England.

First elected a member of the Council in 1840 as one of the representatives of the Middle Ward.


In 1845, on the resignation of Alderman Henry Bond, George was nominated for a seat on the Aldermanic bench, but an opposition Conservative candidate was put up, and his return to the Council was delayed until October 1846, when the members unanimously recalled him to take up his seat on the Aldermanic bench.


Born: New Year’s Day, 1807, Belstead Hall Farm, Belstead, Suffolk.


Father: John Josselyn, born 16th June 1769, Belstead, Suffolk. At the time of George’s birth, John was a tenant and agent for the estate of the Belstead Hall Farm, under Sir Robert Harland.

A description about John Josselyn from the Ipswich Journal – A shrewd, hard-headed man of business, this land agent and farmer must have been, just the man to make a fortune in the turbulent years when Bony occasionally dropped a hint which set Europe ablaze. As the value of wheat advanced by leaps and bounds Farmer John Josselyn and his neighbours applied all their energy towards increasing the yield; even Belstead Park, like many other bits of ornamental property, was bought under the plough, producing, of course, a yield per acre commensurate with the accumulated fertility of old Suffolk pasture. As a land agent, he was held in the highest regard. The Ipswich Journal – Monday, 28th May 1888

In 1810, John Josselyn purchased the estate at Sproughton, Suffolk and settled there with his young family. John Josselyn died Friday, 6th May 1842, Sproughton, Suffolk. Laid to rest at All Saints Churchyard, Sproughton. On John Josselyn’s death, the Sproughton estate passed on to his eldest son and heir – John Josselyn.


Mother: Charlotte Augusta Josselyn (nee Forth), born 23rd August 1770, Thames Ditton, Surrey – died 31st August 1841, Suffolk.



The Josselyn family came from a historic family. George was third in lineal descent from John Josselyn, the youngest son of James Josselyn, by whom Horkesley Priory was purchased about 1703. James was the grandson of Thomas Josselyn, of Little Horkesley and of Great Saint Bartholomew’s, London, one of the Secondaries in the Office of the King’s Remembrancer in the Court of Exchequer in the reign of Charles I. Thomas, who died in 1633, and was fifth in lineal descent from Geoffrey, second son of Geoffry Josselyn, of Hyde Hall, Hertfordshire, from which last-named Geoffry, through his eldest son Thomas, also descends in the 13th generation, the Right Hon. Sir John Strange Jocelyn, fifth Earl of Roden, the present head of the elder branch of this ancient family. The Ipswich Journal – Monday, 28th May 1888



John Josselyn, born 26th December 1802, Belstead, Suffolk. On the 6th July 1831, at St. Nicholas Church, Kennett, Cambridgeshire, John, of Belstead Lodge, married Emily Godfrey, born 24th November 1805, Kennett – youngest daughter of William Godfrey, lord of the manor, and principal landowner and Elizabeth Godfrey (nee Clift), of Kennett Hall. John and his bride Emily made their home at Belstead Lodge, for fifteen years, before moving to Sproughton. John was a most extensive Land Agent and Surveyor; he was well known throughout the Eastern Counties. Emily Josselyn died 21st July 1864, Sproughton. Laid to rest at All Saints’ Churchyard. John Josselyn died Tuesday, 22nd June 1869, at Sproughton, after a short, but painful illness, his death having been occasioned primarily by the cutting of one of his toes. Laid to rest at All Saints Churchyard, Sproughton. On Wednesday, 29th September 1869, the late John Josselyn’s entire excellent framing livestock – 10 very superior chestnut cart mares and geldings, 9 rising 3-year-old grazing steers, 90 superior breeding ewes, 80 superior half-bred lambs, plus carriages, implements, harness and tools were sold by Mr. John Fox, auctioneer, at Spring Vale Farm, Sproughton. – The Ipswich Journal – 18th September 1869

In December 1869, a testimonial window was placed in the South side of All Saints Church, Sproughton, in memory of John Josselyn. The window was put in by friends and parishioners anxious to pay their tribute. The window is of the 14th-century style of glass and was designed and executed by Mr. Alexander Gibbs, of 38, Bedford Square, London. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 11th December 1869

In 1835, Emily Godfrey’s brother, the Reverend William Godfrey, born April 1811, Kennett, was appointed as the Rector of St. Nicholas Church, Kennett. At his own expense, Reverend William Godfrey thoroughly restored St. Nicholas Church. In the early 1870s, Reverend Godfrey, lord of the manor and principal landowner, built Kennett Hall on the site that had always served as the manor house for Kennett. The Reverend William Godfrey died in November 1900, he had served St. Nicholas Church for 65 years. Bury and Norwich Post – Tuesday, 20th November 1900


Charlotte Matilda Josselyn, born 17th May 1805, Belstead. On the 6th October 1829, at Sproughton, Suffolk, Charlotte married the Reverend Edmund Salter Whitbread, of Boyton Rectory, Wiltshire, born 28th August 1804, Pettistree, Suffolk, baptised 30th August 1804, Pettistree. Charlotte and Edmund had 4 children. Edmund studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and his B.A. degree was conferred April 1827. Edmund was ordained Deacon on the 8th June 1828, at Norwich Cathedral. On Monday, 16th September 1833, Edmund was instituted to the Rectory of Strumpshaw and annexed with Bradestone, Norfolk, on the presentation of Thomas Woodward, Esq., of Sproughton, Suffolk. Edmund was Rector of Strumpshaw and Bradestone for 57 years, he also served as a Justice of the Peace, holding a seat on the Blofield Bench of Magistrates for more than a quarter of a century. Charlotte and Edmund owned property, including cottages and farms all over Suffolk, some were part of the marriage settlement. The Reverend Edmund Whitbread died Wednesday, 5th November 1890, at St. Peter’s Rectory, Strumpshaw. Laid to rest Monday, 10th November 1890, at 12 noon, at St. Peter’s Churchyard, Strumpshaw. Charlotte Whitbread died 20th January 1898, at Brundall, Norfolk. Laid to rest at St. Peter’s Churchyard, Strumpshaw.


Mary Sarah Josselyn, born 1808, Belstead. Mary Josselyn died 13th May 1890, at her residence, Henley Road, Ipswich.


Emma Josselyn born 13th July 1810, Belstead. Emma Josselyn died 10th December 1842, at her residence at Sproughton, Suffolk. Laid to rest at All Saint’s Churchyard, Sproughton.


Rosetta Josselyn, born 1814, Sproughton, baptised 9th February 1814, at Sproughton. On Wednesday, 7th August 1844, at Sproughton, Rosetta married the Reverend William Wallace, Rector of Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, a widower, born 1809, Great Braxted, Essex. Rosetta and William had 8 children. William had continued his education at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, before becoming ordained. In 1836, William was a Curate at Roydon, Norfolk, and by early 1838, he was the incumbent at All Saints Church, Thorpe Abbotts. On Tuesday, 4th December 1838, William married Elizabeth Sarah Reeve, the eldest daughter of the Rector at Roydon, the Reverend Thomas Reeve. Elizabeth and William had 1 son, William Wallace, born 1840. Elizabeth Wallace died July 1840, aged 22. Laid to rest 7th July 1840, at All Saints Churchyard. In 1862, William started a two-year restoration project to the church which included six beautifully carved half angels to support the Chancel roof. Like many churches during the Civil War, the font at All Saints had been smooth plastered to hide the decoration. William removed the crumbling plaster to discover wonderful Evangelistic carvings. Reverend William Wallace died 6th December 1868, after a few days’ illness, at Thorpe Abbotts. Laid to rest Saturday, 12th December 1868, at All Saints Churchyard, Thorpe Abbotts. A muffled peal was rung at Brockdish Church on Saturday afternoon in respect to his memory. Rosetta Wallace died 15th June 1906, of 30, Ventnor Villas, Hove, East Sussex. Laid to rest 19th June 1906, at All Saints Churchyard, Thorpe Abbotts.

On the North wall of the Chancel is a memorial to Elizabeth Sarah Wallace. After William’s death, the East window was restored to commemorate the Reverend William Wallace’s 30 years of service at All Saints Church.   Extra information courtesy of


Nephew: Edmund Barling Wallace, second son of Rosetta and Reverend William Wallace, born 21st December 1848, Thorpe Abbotts, baptised 7th March 1849, at All Saints Church, Thorpe Abbotts, by his father. Edmund was ranked a Lieutenant for the Royal Navy, and serving on H.M.S. ‘Minotaur,’ when he was accidentally killed by a rigging spar falling from aloft, on the 31st December 1876, of the City of Lisbon, Portugal. Laid to rest in the Cemetery at Lisbon. Edmund Wallace is commemorated on a memorial inside All Saints Church, Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk.


On the 9th February 1831, at St. Nicholas Chapel, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, George married Elizabeth Frances Bell, born 29th May 1806, Bombay, India, baptised 8th September 1807, Bombay.


Father: Scarlett Brown Bell, born 25th October 1774, Runcton Holme, Norfolk, baptised 26th October 1774, Holm and Runcton – died 31st December 1805, Bombay, India. A Captain in the Eighth Native Infantry.


Mother: Frances Bell (nee Brodie), born 1784, Bombay, India – died 1812, India.


Elizabeth’s brother, Frederic Browne Bell, born at sea, off the coast of Madagascar, a Solicitor, occupied Wallington Hall, Wallington-cum-Thorpland, Norfolk.


George & Elizabeth had 9 children:


Elizabeth Josselyn, born 1833, St. Mary Le Tower, Ipswich, baptised 12th October 1833, at St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. In 1859, Ipswich, Elizabeth married Thomas William Salmon, born 21st August 1830, Weston Longville, Norfolk, a Solicitor. Elizabeth and Thomas had 5 children. Thomas Salmon died 16th March 1886, Diss, Norfolk. Elizabeth Salmon died 1912, 25, Horton Court, High Street, Kensington, Middlesex.


John Henry Josselyn, born 17th December 1834, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich. A Solicitor, with his father’s practice Josselyn & Sons, at Tower Street, and later with his brother, George Francis Josselyn, at 10, Queen Street, Ipswich. John was a member of the Conservative Party, and in 1869 he was elected to Ipswich Council. He served as Mayor of Ipswich 1888 – 1889, and later a Justice of the Peace. John Josselyn died 22nd January 1905, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section H.


Mary Ann Josselyn, born 13th May 1836, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, baptised 21st May 1836, at St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. Mary Ann Josselyn died 21st March 1905, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section H.


George Josselyn, born 20th September 1837, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, baptised 1st October 1837, at St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. George Josselyn died 31st August 1845, Ipswich. Laid to rest at All Saints’ Churchyard, Sproughton.


Rose Josselyn, born 12th February 1839, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, baptised 5th March 1839, at St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. Rose Josselyn died 20th November 1910, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section H.


Catherine Emily Josselyn, born 11th July 1840, St. Mary Le Tower, Ipswich, baptised 25th August 1840, St. Mary Le Tower Church, Ipswich. Catherine died 16th August 1889, Ipswich, formerly of 74, Redcliffe Gardens, South Kensington, Middlesex. Laid to rest at All Saints’ Churchyard, Sproughton.


Frederic Josselyn, born 19th August 1842, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, baptised 19th August 1842, St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. Frederic was a Civil Engineer and Iron Founder who, at one time was connected with the engineering department of the Great Eastern Railway. After which he became a member of the firm of Messrs. Allen Ransome, agricultural machinery, and saw-mill manufacturers, of King’s Road, Chelsea. For many years Frederic was an extremely active member of the Conservative party in Chelsea and later served as chairman of the Chelsea Conservative Association. On the 21st October 1868, at All Saints’ Church, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Frederic married Mary Elizabeth Oswell, born 1841, Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire, daughter of the Reverend Henry Lloyd Oswell, M.A., vicar of All Saint’s Church, Shrewsbury and Catherine Oswell (nee Murray). Mary and Frederic had 11 children, 7 survived to adulthood. Mary Josselyn died 26th October 1884, 74, Redcliffe Gardens, South Kensington, Middlesex.

On the 14th November 1889, at All Soul’s Church, Langham Place, Westminster, Frederic married Frances Harriet Bartlet, born 23rd February 1841, Ipswich, youngest daughter of Alexander Henry Bartlet, Medical Doctor and Surgeon at the East Suffolk Hospital, and County Gaol and Mary Caroline Bartlet (nee Cobbold), of Lower Brook Street, Ipswich.

Frederic suffered from heart disease, whilst attending a meeting of his old regiment, the 1st Middlesex Engineer Volunteers he caught a chill and pneumonia supervening proved fatal. John Josselyn died Sunday, 7th January 1900, 74, Redcliffe Gardens, Brompton, South Kensington. The first portion of the funeral service took place Thursday, 11th January 1900, at St. Mary’s Church, The Boltons, Kensington, where Frederic worshipped. The polished oak coffin was then conveyed to Ipswich by train, arriving at 2:30 in the afternoon. The coffin was transferred to a glass-panelled hearse and driven to Sproughton for interment at St. All Saints’ Churchyard, the grave being lined with ivy by the gardener at The Cottage, Mr. A. Rivers.

Frances Harriet Josselyn died in June 1932, of 113, Ranelagh Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk.



In 1868, Frederic Josselyn went into partnership with Allen Ransome, born January 1833, Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk. Allen was a Civil Engineer, who earlier in 1868, had become a senior partner of Messrs. Samuel Worssam & Col ., a small factory in King’s Road, Chelsea making saw-mill machinery. Frederick and Allen changed the factory’s name to A. Ransome & Co. Together they acquired a foundry in Battersea, and managed with an additional partner, Vincent Sydney Woods, born February 1856, Paddington, London, as Ransome, Josselyn & Woods. In 1893, the two businesses were amalgamated – A. Ransome and Co., Ltd, woodworking machinery manufacturers. After Frederic’s death in 1900, A. Ransome & Co. moved to Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire.


Frances Harriet Bartlet’s brother, John Henry Bartlet, was a medical doctor, governor, and surgeon of the East Suffolk & Ipswich Hospital. John was interested in the idea of convalescent homes for patients to recover and provide respite from surgery, injury or trauma, in pleasant locations providing fresh air and rest. John, of Birkfield, Ipswich died in May 1917, he entrusted his trustees with a generous fortune for the purpose of building and maintaining a convalescent home. The trustees chose land at Felixstowe, and local architect, Henry Munro Cautley designed the convalescent home on the remains of Martello Tower ‘R,’ a small coastal artillery fort built between 1810 – 1812, with a walled moat. The Bartlet Convalescent Home was built between 1924 – 1926.


James Edward Josselyn, born 6th July 1844, St. Mary Le Tower, Ipswich, baptised 17th July 1844, St. Mary Le Tower Church, Ipswich. An Army officer, retiring ranked as Colonel for the Royal Artillery. James died 29th February 1924, of 64, Curzon Street, Mayfair, London.


George Francis Josselyn, born 1846, St. Mary Le Tower, Ipswich, baptised 8th May 1846, St. Mary Le Tower Church, Ipswich. A Solicitor, with his father’s practice Josselyn & Sons, at Tower Street, and later with his brother, John at 10, Queen Street, Ipswich. John became Mayor of Ipswich 1895 – 1896, and a Justice of the Peace. George died 19th August 1908, at Bude, Cornwall, of 10, Queen Street, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Section H, Ipswich Old Cemetery.







1841   Tower Street, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, Suffolk.


George was 30 years old, a Solicitor. He was married and head of the household.

Elizabeth, 30.

Elizabeth, 7.

John, 6.

Mary Ann, 5.

George, 3.

Rose, 2.

Emily, 11 months.

2 male servants.

4 female servants.


1851   Bell Inn, Market Square, Winslow, Buckinghamshire.


George was 44 years old, a Solicitor. He was a Lodger at the Bell Inn – Innkeeper – 34 year old, William Neal, a Brewer & Maltster.


In 1851, George’s family were at their family home – Tower Street, St. Mary-le- Tower, Ipswich, Suffolk.

Elizabeth, 44.

Elizabeth, 17.

Mary Ann, 14.

Rose, 12.

Catherine, 10.

Frederic, 8.

James, 6.

George, 5.

1 footman.

2 nurse maids.

1 cook.

1 house maid.


1861   17, Tower Street, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, Suffolk.


George was 54 years old, a Solicitor. He was married and head of the household.

Elizabeth, 54.

John, 26, a Solicitor.

Mary Ann, 24.

Catherine, 20.

Frederick, 18, a Civil Engineer.

James, 16.

George, 15.

1 upper servant,

1 cook,

1 house maid,

1 under servant.


1871   Queen’s Road, Brentwood, Essex.


George was 64 years old, a Solicitor & Landowner. He was a Visitor of 45 year old, Henry Jervis White Jervis, a Member of Parliament and retired Colonel – Royal Artillery.


In 1871, George’s family were at their family home – Sproughton, Suffolk.


Elizabeth 64.

Mary Ann, 34.

Rose, 32.

Catherine, 30.

George, 25. an Attorney & Solicitor.

Elizabeth Salmon (nee Josselyn), 37.

grandaughter – Edith Elizabeth Salmon, 7, born Diss, Norfolk.

grandson – Edward Mowbray Salmon, 5, born Diss.

1 footman.

1 cook.

1 house maid.

1 under maid.


1881   Sproughton, Suffolk.


George was 74 years old, a Solicitor. He was married and head of the household.

Elizabeth, 74.

Mary Ann, 44.

Rose, 42.

Catherine, 40.

Frederic, 38, an Engineer & Iron Founder – employing 249 men & boys.

grandson – Frederic Oswell Josselyn, 10, born Kensington, Middlesex.

grandson – John Josselyn, 8, born Kensington.

1 nurse.

1 cook.

1 house maid.

1 kitchen maid.


George was admitted as an Attorney-at-Law and a Solicitor in Chancery in the Michaelmas term 1828. On his return to Ipswich, he joined Mr. Peter Bartholomew Long, who had been in the profession for two years. George exercised the profession in Ipswich for more than a century. He gained the reputation of an acute discreet solicitor, a careful negotiation with common sense.


In 1848, George went into a business partnership with Mr. Sterling Westhorp, who had recently come to Ipswich from West Suffolk, under the title Messrs. Josselyn & Westhorp, Attorneys and Solicitors, of Tower Street, Ipswich. The partnership was dissolved by mutual consent on the 5th April 1855. All debts due to and owing from the partnership were received and paid by George.


In 1878, George retired from official and professional life and returned to Sproughton to reside in the Josselyn family home. Now and again, he would join a meeting of the Hospital Board or a notable public ceremony or event, until his decreasing strength kept him at home. During the last two years of his life, he was confined to his room and was frequently attended to by Dr. Bartlet and Mr. George Haynes Hetherington, of 3, Museum Street, Ipswich.


George Josselyn died Sunday, 27th May 1888, Sproughton, Suffolk. Laid to rest Thursday, 31st May 1888, at All Saints Churchyard, Sproughton.


Probate to Frederic Josselyn – son, of 74, Redcliffe Gardens, Middlesex, an engineer & iron founder, and George Francis Josselyn – son, of Ipswich, a gentleman.


Elizabeth Josselyn died 14th December 1888, at Sproughton, Suffolk. Laid to rest 19th December 1888.





The annual meeting of the Ipswich Council was held on Wednesday, 9th November 1842, in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall. There was a full attendance of the Council. The Mayor, John Chevallier Cobbold rose to say that the first duty of the Council was to elect his successor. He was happy to hear anyone who had a gentleman to propose. Mr. William Rodwell rose to nominate his friend, Mr. George Josselyn, Esquire, to the office of Mayor for the ensuing year. Mr. George Bullen seconded the nomination. The Mayor, John Cobbold put the question to the Council and Mr. George Josselyn was declared duly elected, amidst loud applause, with the unanimous consent of both parties.

George Josselyn rose to return his sincere and heartfelt thanks, for the honour. It was his desire and determination to perform the duties of the office impartially and without fear. He told the Council that he would follow the good example of his predecessors, to accompany members of the Council to the Tower Church, on Sundays. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 12th November 1842


A special members’ meeting of the Ipswich Complete Suffrage Union was held Tuesday, 15th November 1842, in a large room at the property of Mr. Leeder’s of Queen Street, Ipswich. Letters were read from Dr. John Epps, of London; Joseph Sturge, and William Morgan, of Birmingham; William Pickering Burnett, of Kings Lynn; and

Henry Vincent, of London. In Henry’s letter, he wrote that he had been able to fix Tuesday, 22nd November for his visit to Ipswich, and asked the Ipswich branch to arrange for a meeting that night. The President was requested to make an application to the Mayor of Ipswich. George Josselyn for the use of the Town Hall. George returned the following answer:-

Tower Lane, 16th November 1842.

Sir, I cannot grant the use of the Town Hall for the purpose stated in your letter to me of this day’s date.

I am, Sir, yours’s very obediently,

George Josselyn


Accommodation for Henry Vincent’s visit to meet with the members of the Ipswich Complete Suffrage Union was eventually found at Mr. William May’s warehouse, at St. Peter’s, Ipswich. The unfurnished building, and gigantic floor area, offered far more convenience for the hundreds of spectators. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 19th November 1842


The Reverend James Collett Ebden, M.A., Headmaster of the Ipswich Grammar School, was presented by the Lord Chancellor Lyndhurst, to the Rectory of King’s Ripton, Huntingdonshire, vacant by the death of the Reverend John Constantine Cooke on the 22nd October 1842, at Ipswich. In addition, Reverend Ebden held the vicarage of Great Stukely, the adjoining parish, which he was presented, by the master and fellows of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 19th November 1842


On Tuesday, 22nd November 1842, the new Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn, hosted a dinner for ALL members of the Council, Whigs as well as Tories. Only one member of the Council, a Tory, refused to attend on the plea that “he was no half-and-half Man, if the Mayor was, and that he would not fraternize with fellows for whom he felt contempt.” Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 26th November 1842



Batty’s Circus Royal performed all over the country and at the end of November 1842, the circus came to Ipswich, for five eagerly anticipated performances. Mr. William Batty, circus proprietor and equestrian performer advertised a show of new and elegant feats of horsemanship, tight and slack rope dancing, and historical equestrian entrees. The circus shows held at a pavilion erected in a paddock at the foot of Woodbridge Road, started with the first performance on Saturday, 26th November, a second show and a change of entertainment on Monday, 28th. On Tuesday, 29th there was an afternoon performance. The evening performance of Tuesday, 29th was under the patronage of the Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn, and on the evening of Wednesday, 30th by the desire of Colonel Brunton and the Officers of the 13th Light Dragoons, on which occasion the Band of the Regiment attended. Owing partly to the attendance of the far-famed Band of the Regiment, the crush at the door was tremendous, and some hundreds could not gain admittance. The éclat and brilliance of the stud of horses wowed the audiences with their graceful and elegant equestrian exercises.

Whilst in Ipswich, Mr. William Batty purchased the celebrated black house “Xenophon,” from Mr. Charles King, of Ipswich. The horse had obtained the name “Wizard Horse,” from the people of Ipswich, for the astonishing tricks he had been taught by Charles King to perform. So much so that on the 10th November 1840, “Xenophon” had performed before Her Majesty and Prince Albert, when both Her Majesty and the Prince expressed themselves highly gratified. In such skilful hands as Mr. Batty, who had long been celebrated for his management and training of horses, it was expected that “Xenophon” would be back to perform to an Ipswich audience during the season. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 26th November and Saturday, 3rd December 1842



In 1842, Christmas Day fell on a Sunday, thereby depriving the working classes of a holiday. A requisition was presented to Mayor George Josselyn, praying that he would recommend that holiday be afforded on the following day – Monday. George promptly acceded to the desire of the requisition and issued a proclamation recommending that Monday should be considered a holiday and not a day of business in the town. George hoped that all would comply with his wishes. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 24th December 1842.


On Christmas Day, 1842, the prisoners confined at the Ipswich Borough Gaol were regaled with roast beef, plum pudding, and a pint of porter each, thanks to the kindness of the Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 31st December 1842


A special meeting of the Ipswich Council was held on Monday, 19th January 1843, at the Town Hall, for the purpose of electing a fit and proper person to fill the office of Alderman, following the death of Alderman Frederick Francis Seekamp, on the 8th January 1843. The Mayor, George Josselyn opened the proceedings with the extreme regret that he adverted to the great loss of the late Mr. Seekamp, a man who had spent a long and creditable life in the town. Mr. Henry Gallant Bristo begged to propose Mr. Walter Temple Cobbold. Mr. William Churchman seconded the motion. With no other gentleman being proposed, the name of Walter Temple Cobbold went to the vote. None of the Liberals voted either pro or con.

Frederick Seekamp’s funeral service was held on Tuesday, 17th January 1843. As proposed by Alderman George Bullen, and agreed by Mayor George Josselyn, as a compliment justly due to Alderman Seekamp, members of the Corporation met at the Town Hall and joined the procession as the coffin passed over the Cornhill to the church. It was noted that the same compliment had been paid to Frederick Seekamp’s father, Henry Seekamp. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 21st January 1843




On Thursday, 16th February 1843, at the Town Hall, by permission of the Mayor, George Josselyn, a Grand Morning Concert was performed by the Band of the 13th Light Dragoons with permission from Colonel Richard Brunton and Officers and under the patronage of twenty gentlewomen of nobility and gentry, including the Mayoress Elizabeth Josselyn. This event would be the last public concert in Ipswich, by the band of the 13th Light Dragoons and their bandmaster, Herr Robert Frisch the celebrated flute player, who had obtained the appointment as bandmaster in 1842. The concert commenced at 2 o’clock with tickets at 2s. 6d. each, and concluded with the singing of “God Save the Queen.” The Ipswich Journal – 4th February 1843


On Saturday, 11th March 1843, a special meeting of the Ipswich Council was held at the Town Hall. A report from the Estate Committee was read, which remarked on the state and disgrace of the Custom House at Ipswich. The Mayor, George Josselyn told the meeting that he had recently had an interview with the Surveyor General of the Customs, London, who said the present Custom House was extremely inconvenient, and that it would be absolutely necessary to find a site for another Custom House unless the town of Ipswich provided better accommodation. It was known Peter Bartholomew Long, had had a local Architect, Mr. John Medland Clark, prepare plans for such a new structure. The design offered facilities for the construction of bonding vaults and warehouses, a public exchange, a coffee room and the concentration of the divisions of custom and excise under one roof. It was also known by the Council that John Chevallier Cobbold during his mayoralty had also looked favourably on John Clark’s design. The Committee recommended that Mr. John Clark’s plans if reduced to a smaller scale be carried into execution. It was intimated that the cost of a new Custom House would not exceed £3,500. However, Mr. William Rodwell felt that as this was public work to be paid out of public money, the construction of a new Custom House ought to be thrown open to public competition. Mr. Charles Steward agreed and thought the Council should advertise for plans and specifications. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 18th March 1843


At the end of March 1843, an advertisement was submitted to newspapers.



The Corporation of Ipswich proposes to erect a Public Building upon the Common Quay as a Custom House and Excise Office, to comprise also suitable Officers for the Accountant and Collector of the Dock Commissioners, and the other Public Business of the town connected with the Mercantile and Shipping interests. Accommodation will also be required for the Lessees or Occupiers of the Common Quay Wharf, which is the principal landing place for goods in the town, and any spare room may be adapted for Private Offices or a Bonding Warehouse.

The Expenditure not to exceed £4,000. Twenty Guineas will be given for the first selected Plan and Ten Guineas for the second. Such two Plans to become the property of the Corporation.

Plans to be delivered at the Town Clerk’s Office, Ipswich, on or before the 22nd day April next, and where all applications for further particulars are to be made.

Ipswich, 24th March 1843.


On Saturday, 18th March 1843, a meeting, an adjournment from the previous Saturday, took place at the Town Hall, the Mayor, George Josselyn in the Chair. The meeting was called to receive a report from an appointed Committee on the revenues of the Grammar School, and the best mode of proceeding to the election of a new headmaster.

The revenues of the school from the old stipend granted by Queen Elizabeth I, the sum under Smart’s gift, and the rent of Felaw’s Houses, amounted to an annual sum of £66. 6s 9d. would continue to be paid to the master. However, the additional stipend of £100. a year, out of the Corporation resources will cease to be payable in the future. The future master should have use and occupation of the present house and premises occupied by Reverend Ebden, and the rates, taxes, and repairs should be borne by the Corporation. If freed from these liabilities, it was considered worth about £120 per annum.

The Committee also recommended that the Master should be required to give, gratis, classical education to a limited number of boys, not exceeding 50, to be nominated by the Council, and that for such a limited number, the Master shall be required to provide a commercial and general education, at the rate of one guinea a quarter for each boy, and be at liberty to take an unlimited number of boarders and day scholars, upon terms to be fixed by himself.

Alderman George Bullen proposed, and Mr. Arthur Bott Cook seconded, the reception and adoption of the report, which was carried nem. con. A committee was appointed for advertising for a new master. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 18th March 1843


The time for receiving Plans for the New Custom House, at Ipswich, was later extended to the 1st May.

There was great interest among architects for the competition and by the end of May 1843, it was announced that 26 competitors had entered their plans and designs to the Ipswich Corporation. The general mass of competitors showed many good plans and designs, and some execrably bad! The Estate Committee, after a lengthened examination of all the submitted plans, chose once again Mr. John Medland Clark, as the best plan adapted for the purpose. The second premium of ten guineas was awarded to Mr. Frederick William Fiddian, Architect and Surveyor, of Bishop’s Walk, Chelsea. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 27th May 1843


On Saturday, 27th May 1843, a meeting of the Corporation was held at the Town Hall. The Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn was in the chair. The Town Clerk, Stephen Abbott Notcutt, junior, stated officially, the resignation of the Reverend James Collett Ebden, which would take place at Midsummer. Mr. John Chevallier Cobbold moved that the resignation be accepted, and he expressed regret for his removal. Mr. John Footman seconded the motion, which was passed. The Town Clerk then read the report of the Committee appointed to find a successor to the Reverend Ebden. There had been 24 applications, from these, four had been selected as their testimonials showed them fully qualified for the important office, and from these four, the Committee had selected the Reverend John Fenwick, of Croydon, Surrey. The report from the Committee was received, adopted, and the Reverend John Fenwick was elected. The other three candidates, who were desired personally to appear before the Committee were allowed their personal expenses. Suffolk Chronicle – 3rd June 1843


The Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn and many other respectable and influential inhabitants of Ipswich entered into a liberal subscription to purchase a handsome testimonial for the Reverend James Ebden. The worthy givers purchased a handsome plate for the equally worthy receiver, which consisted of a silver salver, two pairs of silver candlesticks, silver snuffers and a tray, plus a pair of chamber candlesticks, weighing altogether about 100 ozs., with the inscription: – “Presented to the Rev. James Collett Ebden, A.M.., Headmaster, during 11 years, of the Ipswich Free Grammar School, by the Mayor and other inhabitants of that town, as a testimonial of their esteem, and a memorial of their friendship and affection.” The plate, which exhibits some good workmanship, was manufactured by Mr. Richard Stinton Cole, Jeweller & Silversmith, of the Cornhill, Ipswich and Mr. R. Burrows, of Ipswich. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 24th June 1843



At the Town Hall, on Monday, 3rd July 1843, George Josselyn, as Mayor of Ipswich and other members of the Ipswich Corporation gathered at the Council Chambers for a ceremony for the presentation of a plate to the Reverend James Collett Ebden, as a testimonial of their esteem and regard. George Josselyn opened the business by stating that he had received a letter from the Reverend Ebden, written by his amanuensis, informing him that in consequence of an accident on Sunday afternoon, on his way to the divine service at Hemley, he was unable, and, indeed, forbidden by his medical attendant to leave his bed. Instead, the Reverend William Harbur, Perpetual Curate of St. Mary Quay Church, accepted the plate from the Mayor on behalf of the Reverend James Ebden.

The Mayor, George Josselyn on behalf of the gentlemen subscribers continued to speak of Reverend Ebden’s virtues, his sound and excellent discourses as Lecturer to the Corporation. George believed that on the Reverend Ebden’s departure he would carry with him the good wishes of every inhabitant of the town.

The Reverend William Harbur returned thanks on behalf of his friend Reverend Ebden, for the valuable token of their regard which would be ever deeply and permanently cherished.

The gentlemen assembled afterwards, by invitation of the Mayor, partook of an elegant dejeuner laid out in the Council Chamber. After which the usual loyal toasts were given, including a toast to the new master of the Grammar School, the Reverend John Fenwick.

It was later learnt that the pupils at the Grammar School, under the instruction of the Reverend James Ebden, presented him with a handsome silver pocket Communion Service, as a token of their regard. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 8th July 1843



At the beginning of July 1843, Commander William Temple Ethersey, of the Ordnance Department, of the Madras Army and a native of Ipswich, presented the Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn, with a trophy standard and streamer of splendid silk, taken from the Chinese at the commencement of the hostilities with that empire.

During the quarterly meeting of the Council on Wednesday, 26th July 1843, with George Josselyn in the chair, the beautiful silk standard was laid out upon the old oaken chest which stood in the hall and contained the muniments of the corporation. The standard showed a dragon’s wing, the centre compartment being of green silk, in which a dragon is depicted in gold, the border of the same material in red. A white streamer was also exhibited, the end being in the shape of a swallow’s tail; this was distinguished at intervals with five or six dots in vermilion. After the Council meeting, both the standard and streamer were suspended in the Council Chamber. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 8th July 1843 and Saturday, 29th July 1843



At 12 noon, on Tuesday, 8th August 1843, at the Town Hall, Ipswich, George Josselyn, as Mayor of Ipswich presided at a very crowded public meeting held to promote the extension of the Eastern Counties’ Railway from Colchester to Norwich, by way of Ipswich, with branches to Harwich Harbour and Bury St. Edmund’s. The plans, sections and estimates were prepared and submitted by Mr. William Tierney Clark and Mr. Peter Bruff.



On Wednesday, 30th August 1843, George Josselyn, as Mayor chaired a meeting of the Council held in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall. A report was read from the Estate Committee, stating that the tender of builder and employer – Mr. Joseph Ablett Pettit, of Lower Orwell Street, Ipswich, for the erection of the New Custom House had been accepted. With additional ornamental work in the building, the entire work would be carried out, and the sum to be paid under contract would be £4,250. Suffolk Chronicle – 2nd September 1843


The steamer “Orwell” had been decorated with flags, evergreens and flowers on Wednesday, 20th September 1843, when it left Stoke Bridge shortly before 9 o’clock in the morning. On board the vessel was the Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn with members of the Corporation and a large party of friends, their excursion was not one of mere ceremony but of visiting the bounds of the jurisdiction assigned to the corporate body by their ancient charters. The worthy Mayor showed he wished to maintain the integrity of corporate rights. On reaching the Collimer Point about 3 miles from Harwich, the sea wall was examined by men deputed for the purpose of observing whether any encroachment had been made upon the rights of the Ipswich corporation. The termination of the jurisdiction is marked by posts to the eastward of Shotley Ferry House, and the boundary thence extends in a straight line to a spot once known as the termination of the Poleshead Sand, which extends southward from Langer Fort. At this point, the Mayor, the Town Clerk, Stephen Abbott Notcutt, junior, with two Aldermen, attended by their Mace Bearers, visited the boundary. The “Orwell” thence proceeded to Poleshead, and then went out to sea, passing the buoys of the “Andrews,” the “Platters,” and the “Cork Ledge,” which mark the limits of the jurisdiction of the Ipswich Corporation. At half-past two, the steamer being anchored in Harwich Harbour, off Fagborough Cliff, the Mayor and company sat down to dinner, prepared by the Steward of the “Orwell.” After dinner, the usual loyal and complimentary toasts were drunk, and at about seven o’clock the steamer commenced her return journey to Ipswich. As they approached Ipswich the banks of the river were lined with spectators, who hailed the arrival of the “Orwell” with hearty cheers. Much to the surprise and delight of those gathered upon the sides of the river, fireworks, planned by Mr. Robert Deck, a bookseller, of the Cornhill, Ipswich, illumined the steamer as she neared the town. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 23rd September 1843

September/October 1843

During the few weeks before the ceremony visitors to the Quay noticed arrangements of boards, fencing, tall scaffolding poles and acres of canvas around the old Custom House, as the antique pile came down.


The ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the handsome New Custom House, at Ipswich, took place on Thursday, 19th October 1843. A large number of members of Lodges came from different parts of the county to assist in giving eclat to the proceedings. At the Quay four well-arranged platforms to accommodate the visitors had been erected and furnished with awnings in case of rain.

Opposite the platform for the ladies was placed the far-famed “ducking stool” for scolds, naggers and harpies, upwards of 300 years old, which had been decorated with laurel. The “ducking stool” had since time immemorial been preserved in the Custom House and is esteemed a very precious relic of the manners and customs of olden times, reminding those present of customs “more honoured in the breach than in the observance.”

The two-ton foundation stone was made ready and had been swung at the north-east corner of the area. Immediately beneath it was a second stone, the centre of which had been perforated ready for the insertion of the coins of the realm.

At 10 o’clock the free and accepted Masons assembled at the New Assembly Rooms, and at 11 o’clock marched to St. Mary Tower Church, all in full official costume, to join the Mayor and Ipswich Corporation, and members of the Shipwrecked Seaman’s Society. The highly respectable congregation were joined by the children of the different charity schools who occupied the galleries. During the service, an impressive sermon was preached by the Reverend John Fenwick, of the Ipswich Free Grammar School, from the text of the 107th Psalm. At the conclusion of the service, the brethren marched to the Town Hall, where they were met by the Mayor, George Josselyn and Ipswich Corporation. They formed themselves in procession and proceeded to the Dock.

The procession took the route of Tavern Street, Brook Street, Tacket Street, St. Clement’s Fore Street where thousands of people lined the streets.

The vessels lined along the Quay were manned and as the procession arrived, they saluted and gave three hearty cheers. The Mayor, George Josselyn with other Municipal Officials entered the circle, as the brethren took their places upon a platform. The Reverend John Fenwick started the proceedings of the ceremony with a short appropriate prayer for the blessing of God upon the work. The Mayor of Sudbury, Mr. Thomas Jones, a free and accepted Mason, came forward and deposited a glass case filled with coins of the present age and standard, within the cavity prepared in the lower stone. Mr. Thompson, of Doric Place, Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, a corn merchant and a Mason, stepped forward and read the inscription engraved upon a brass plate:


S.A. Notcutt, Jun., Esq., Town Clerk. G. Bullen, Esq., D.P.G.M.

The First Stone of this Building was laid on

Thursday, 19th October, 1843,

By George Josselyn, Esq., Mayor,

Assisted by the other Corporate Officers,

And the

Ancient Order of Freemasons.

J.M. Clark, Architect.                     J.A. Pettit, Builder.


The plate was then placed over the cavity containing the coins.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, George Bullen, came forward with the silver trowel to present to the Mayor, as an emblem of their craft, and as a testimony of the high respect and regard for him as chief magistrate, and fellow townsman. It was also their prayer that the Mayor’s children might, when looking upon this memorial, recall to their minds the pleasing occasion upon which it was presented, and emulate their father in the practice of every public and private virtue.

The elegant trowel was by the workmanship by Mr. Richard Stinton Cole, Jeweller & Silversmith, of the Cornhill, the piece composed of silver beautifully embossed. The handle formed of English Oak taken from a beam in the Old Custom House, had been richly carved and fluted. Engraved on the trowel:

Presented to

George Josselyn, Esq.,

By Members of the Lodges No. 131, 272, and 522,

Of Ancient, Free, and Accepted Mason, of Ipswich.

In testimony of their high respect for him as Chief Magistrate,

On the occasion of his laying the first stone of the New Custom House of that Borough.

Geo. Bullen, D.P.G.M.

Oct. 19th, 1843.


The Mayor, George Josselyn, returned his sincere thanks to the order of free and accepted Masons. The mortar was then spread, as the stone began to descend slowly until it found its resting place, the plumb line, the mallet, the square, and the level were presented to George Josselyn in succession. All the tools had been formed of beautiful polished English Oak, from a beam in the Old Custom House, and each had a silver plate with the inscription:

Ipswich Custom House Foundation Stone, laid 19th October, 1843, by George Josselyn, Esq., Mayor: J.M. Clark, Architect; J.A. Pettit, Builder.

Three blows were then struck by the Mayor, after which the Freemasons made a sign belonging to the craft. The crowds cheered, as cannons from vessels on the river were discharged and the band struck up “God save the Queen.” The Masonic body of men then advanced as George Bullen, Deputy Provincial Grand Master then proceeded to pour corn, wine and oil on the stone, saying “May corn, wine and oil abound throughout the world, and may the bountiful hand of the Supreme Ruler of the Universe ever supply inhabitants of this town with all the necessaries and comforts of life.” The plans of the building were then presented to Mayor George Josselyn, by the Architect, John Medland Clark. Three times three cheers were then given for the Mayor, as he deposited £5 on the stone, for the benefit of the workmen.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the brethren walked out first and returned by Quay Street, College Street, St. Peter’s and St. Nicholas, to the Cornhill. The band played “God save the Queen,” as the Corporation passed through the ranks of the brethren into the Town Hall. The brethren then dispersed to the New Assembly Rooms.


A little after 3 o’clock, Mayor, George Josselyn and the gentlemen of the Corporation enjoyed an elegant dejeuner provided in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall, by Mr. Smyth, the landlord of the Golden Lion. George Josselyn took the chair. During the meal, the band of the Scots Greys, with permission from Colonel Clarke and the officers of the Scot Greys were stationed in the gallery and played various national and other patriotic pieces of music. After the tables were cleared appropriate and loyal toasts were offered. John Chevallier Cobbold rose to propose the health of the Mayor. The Mayor, George Josselyn acknowledged the toast, and proposed, “Success to the building of which they had laid the first stone, and with it, all possible success to the town and trade of Ipswich.” The company then separated, highly gratified with the day’s events.

At the same time, 80 Brothers sat down to a splendid déjeuner à la fourchette, provided by Brother Castle, of the Great White Horse.

The collection at St. Mary Tower Church and by the Lodges amounted to £21. 1s. 8d. for the benefit of the East Suffolk Hospital, and the Shipwreck Seamen’s Society. The Ipswich Journal and Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 21st October 1843.


On Monday, 27th November 1843, a Public Dinner was given to George Josselyn, Esq., the late Mayor of Ipswich, in the testimony of the high respect entertained for him by all classes of the inhabitants, and of the honourable and impartial way he fulfilled the duties of Chief Magistrate. Mr. Lawrence Squire, presided as Chairman, with Mr. George Bullen, his friend since childhood as Vice-Chairman and Mr. Peter Bartholomew Long, also as Vice-Chairman. The Dinner was provided by Messrs. Chaplin and Castle, at the Great White Horse Tavern. Tickets, 15s. each. Dinner at five o’clock. Upwards of 80 gentlemen partook of the dinner from all parties in the borough, who put aside all political and sectarian differences to join George Josselyn. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 2nd December 1843


On Monday, 9th November 1851, the quarterly meeting was held at the Town Hall, there was a full attendance of Aldermen and Councillors and a large number of ratepayers were also assembled in the hall. The principal business of the meeting was the election of the Mayor for the ensuing year.

Mr. Samuel Harrison Cowell rose to propose with great pleasure Mr. George Josselyn be chosen as Mayor for the ensuing year. He was aware that Mr. Josselyn did not represent the political feelings of the majority of the Council, but he ventured to say that Mr. Josselyn would make an excellent impartial Mayor. Mr. Charles Foote Gower had much pleasure in seconding the nomination, for he felt satisfied that no gentleman could be selected better qualified to fulfil the duties with honour to himself and with benefit to the town.

With no other gentleman proposed, George Josselyn was unanimously elected Mayor of Ipswich. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 15th November 1851


The Anniversary of the Ipswich Museum was celebrated on Wednesday, 17th December and Thursday, 18th December 1851, by the members and friends of the Institution.

Sir Charles Lyell, F.C.S., the Scottish geologist and President of the Geological Society, delivered the anniversary lecture at the Corn Exchange, the subject selected having been the “White Chalk” in all its various ramifications.


The Museum’s annual meeting was held on Thursday, at one o’clock. The galleries were crowded by well-dressed ladies. The attendance on the floor below was also numerous. The Bishop of Norwich, had the chair, and in his opening speech spoke of how the Museum had already become one of the most characterising features of the town; as much so, or almost as much so, as his friend Mr. Ransome’s magnificent iron foundry. The Museum was in the best sense a popular institution, not only was it thrown open to all classes of the public, but made accessible to them, so that they use it, and delight in the use of it.


The Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn, officiated as Vice-President at the annual dinner, held at the Crown and Anchor, at four o’clock. The excellent entertainment for the 40 guests was provided by Mrs. Harrison, combining every luxury of the season. The Reverend Professor Henslow occupied the chair. At about eight o’clock, after the usual loyal toasts and speeches of a congratulatory and complimentary character, the company rose to attend the soiree.


The Museum had been brilliantly illuminated and arranged with admirable care for the evening soiree. Various objects had been set out as an exhibition for the select fashionable company, including a gigantic seal recently captured on the Fern Islands, the magnificent stalagmite from Bermuda, which had been presented by Lieutenant-Colonel Hope, and Mr. Gould upon request his extremely beautiful collection of paintings of foreign birds and animals from his splendid works.

Sir Charles Lyell, presented the Ipswich Museum with additional specimens, which constated of impressions of birds’ feet and raindrops, brought by himself from the Bay of Fundy. He also presented casts of reptiles and fish recently discovered. Professor Henslow gave a short speech of the progress that had been made in the knowledge of the poisons of Ourari or Wourali. Doctor Lankester delivered a speech on the five British species of seal, describing their habits, and the various uses to which their skins and other parts were put. Mr. Bartlett exhibited some bones of the Dodo and Solitarie. His modelled illustration of a Dodo, exhibited in the Crystal Palace, was also placed before the company and attracted deserved admiration. Mr. Gould gave interesting details of several of the birds figured on the set of plates. He kindly purposed to allow them to remain a short time longer, in order that they may be seen by visitors on the three following free nights. Mr. Bartlett also decided to leave the Dodo for the same reason.

Refreshments were served to the guests in the Museum. The Soiree passed off very agreeably to the company who dispersed at 11 o’clock. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 20th December 1851



Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 20th March 1852

In the original designs of the school, a chapel was not intended but owing to the distance from any of the churches in the town, it was decided that the schoolhouse should be provided with a chapel, intended for the exclusive use of the scholars for Divine Service. This also gave the Headmaster a direct opportunity of exercising his personal influence over the scholars, during the week and on Sundays. The cost was estimated at £700. Ipswich Corporation could not apply any of its funds for the purpose, so a private subscription commenced in the hope that parents of the boys and others who had an interest in the school would express a willingness to contribute to the cost. The Headmaster, the Reverend Stephen Jordan Rigaud was anxious that this object should be attained and most liberally contributed £200. Architect Mr. Christopher Fleury strictly kept the design with the Tudor character of the buildings adjacent at the northeast corner of the new school premises.

On Thursday, 18th March 1852, at half past two, in the presence of the scholars and many members of the Ipswich Town Council, the Mayor, George Josselyn (who had contributed £10) laid the first stone for a small chapel on the grounds of the Ipswich Grammar School. After the ceremony had been performed, Reverend Stephen Rigaud addressed the scholars.

The inscription on the first stone laid of the Chapel:

In. Honorem. Dei.
Opt. Max.
Hunc. Lapidem. Posuerunt.
Georgius. Josselyn.
Urbis Præfectus.
S. J. Rigaud. A.M.
A.D. 15 Cal. April. A.S. M.D.C.C.C.L.I.I.


The author of the report for the Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 20th March 1852 was not a fan of the design for the school chapel – While we give every credit to those who have forwarded the work, on the score of public benefit, we have to regret that the general appearance of the building is by no means attractive. We shall not exaggerate when we say that, as a public building, it is the ugliest that ever was designed either in ancient or in modern times!



On Thursday, 1st July 1852, the bells of St. Mary the Tower Church rang out merry peals as the Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn, in his official robe of office attended the opening ceremony of the new Grammar School.

The Mayor was accompanied by the Town Clerk, Mr. Stephen Abbott Notcutt and members of the Ipswich Corporation, together they formed at the principal entrance to welcome the Headmaster, the Reverend Stephen J. Rigaud, the undermasters and scholars who had walked from the old establishment to the new school. Inside the new school, a classroom had been decorated with flags and garlands of flowers for the principal families of the neighbourhood to assemble. The Headmaster’s Office and adjoining Great Hall had been set up with a table for the Mace to rest during the ceremony. The Mayor took the chair, supported on his right by the High Sheriff of Suffolk Captain James Hamilton Lloyd Anstruther and on his left by the High Steward of the Borough Mr. Charles Austin.

The Mayor, George Josselyn spoke to those gathered that during the past 24 years that he had resided in Ipswich, he had observed with great satisfaction the gradual rise and progress of the school. Under the late master the Reverend John Fenwick, the school had increased so much it became necessary to add to the school buildings in the form of dormitories for the boys. The addition of these new buildings was aided by the most monitories donation on the part of Reverend Fenwick himself, from his own private funds.

George continued his speech to say how the school had continued to prosper and was once again found to be short of rooms. It, therefore, became necessary to find another site as picturesque and airy, and healthful for the students sent to this school in Ipswich for their education. Twelve months since His Royal Highness Prince Albert, who in the kindest and considerate manner, consented to lay the first stone on the chosen site for the new school.

On behalf of the Ipswich Corporation and its inhabitants, George Josselyn presented the Reverend Stephen J. Rigaud with the key to the building. Reverend Rigaud presented himself amidst loud applause and gave a speech on the history of the school. He concluded with thanks to the Mayor, George Josselyn and the Ipswich Corporation. For all the ladies and gentlemen who had so nobly contributed to increasing the funds.

The opening of the new school building was further celebrated in the evening by a well-attended soiree in the School Hall, where refreshments were served in the headmaster’s classroom. The band of the 4th Light Dragoons played throughout the evening. Shortly before 10 o’clock, a huge bonfire, consisting of three loads of faggots and two tar barrels, on a hill in an adjacent field, illuminated the atmosphere for miles around and paled the broad red crest of the moon above the trees of Christchurch Park. The evening was brought to a close with a display of fireworks on the cricket ground at the rear of the school and ended with the guests singing “God save the Queen” accompanied by the 4th Light Dragoons band. The Ipswich Journal and Suffolk Mercury – 3rd July 1852



On Sunday, 29th August 1852, the Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn, attended the Divine Service at the opening of the Ipswich Grammar School Chapel. An appropriate sermon was delivered by the Reverend Stephen J. Rigaud, from Ecclesiastes. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 4th September 1852



On Thursday, 11th November 1852, George Josselyn, being Deputy Mayor, distributed 20 tons of coals amongst the most deserving poor of the respective parishes in the borough. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 13th November 1852





Compared to the normal Arctic climate of the Council Chamber during winter meetings, the Chamber was thankfully tolerably comfortable, with two large fires in the south wall emitting a genial warmth for the Quarterly Meeting of the Ipswich Corporation held on Wednesday, 9th November 1859. The Mayor, Jeremiah Head presided and rose to announce that the first business of the meeting was the appointment of a Mayor for the year ensuing. Alderman Charles Burton begged to propose for the office of Mayor Mr. Alderman George Josselyn. Alderman Charles Steward seconded the nomination. The Mayor, Jeremiah Head had the great pleasure of putting the nomination of Alderman Josselyn, and it was agreed to unanimously. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 12th November 1859.



On Thursday, 24th November 1859, a meeting of the members and subscribers of the Volunteer Rifle Corps, was held in the Magistrates’ Room, at the Town Hall, the Mayor, George Josselyn, in the chair. The purpose of the meeting was to consider the desirability of adding to the rules of the corps – one for providing rifle, dress, and accoutrements for such persons as may be desirous of becoming enrolled members, but who were unable to bear the expense themselves.

Mr. Charles Steward felt it was exceedingly discreditable to a town like Ipswich, with such a population and such wealth, that it should have done so little compared with smaller towns that had raised a far greater number of volunteers. They all shared the same view, that of preventing the possibility of an attack upon us by reason of our defenceless state, and those who could not serve in person were bound to serve in pocket.

Charles Steward proposed the following resolution:

“That every person who shall have given, or shall hereafter give, a donation of £10 or upwards, and every two persons who shall have given, or shall hereafter give, a donation of £5 each, and an annual subscription of not less than one guinea, shall be at liberty for each £5 of such donation beyond the first £5, to recommend a person to become an enrolled member; and such person, if deemed eligible by the commanding officer, shall, on becoming an enrolled member, be supplied with a rifle, dress, and accoutrements at the expense of the Corps; the rifle and accoutrements to remain the property of the Corps, but the dress to become the property of the member.”

Subscribers were requested to send in the names of persons they desire to recommend, with their places of abode and occupation, to the Hon. Sec., Sterling Westhorp, Esq., Ipswich.

The Mayor, George Josselyn fully concurred with Charles Steward’s observations. He, therefore, subscribed £10 10s. as he felt he could be of no service to the corps in person. George also said he would be happy to do what he could to forward the interests of the volunteers, whenever called upon he should be always found at his post.

Charles Steward’s resolution was carried. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 3rd December 1859


On Friday, 9th December 1859, at half past ten o’clock, the Mayor George Josselyn, with some members of his family had just left the residence of Dr. Barrington Chevallier, of The Grove, St. Helen’s Street, they were travelling in a cab belonging to Mr. Webb. A master from Ipswich Grammar School also left the residence of Dr. Chevallier at the same time and was travelling in a second cab just behind the Josselyn’s cab. The second cab belonged to Mr. Mead, and was driven by John Clarke, sitting next to John on the box was William Thorpe, who was in the employ of Mr. Baker, a broker, of the Butter Market. When the two cabs were in St. Helen’s Street, opposite the gardens of Miss Emma Goodchild, John Clarke attempted to pass the Josselyn’s cab, but as he tried the cab violently hit a lamp post, causing the cab to overturn. Immediately the cab was righted and the two men riding on the box were released. The schoolmaster inside the cab was not injured. John Clarke had received several severe injuries, including an extensive wound in his leg. William Thorpe was also injured about the head. The Mayor, George Josselyn summoned Mr. George Bullen, a surgeon who immediately conveyed John Clarke to the Hospital. William was taken to his home, in Victoria Street. Policemen Hewes, Norman and Cooper also assisted.

The shafts of the cab had broken off, leaving the horse free to gallop down St. Helen’s Street, dragging the shafts behind him; he continued through the town and down London Road, until he reached the Royal William Inn when the horse turned up towards the town again via the Handford Road, and was finally caught and stopped by John Steggall. The shafts were found dropped at the bottom of Black Horse Lane and were picked up by policeman Cooper. The horse had sustained no injury, but the damage to the cab was estimated to be about £10. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 10th December 1859


During the morning of Thursday, 9th February 1860, a Fancy Sale in aid of St. Peter’s Schools was held in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall. There were 464 children on the books of St. Peter’s Schools – 162 boys, 150 girls and 152 infants. The income derived partly from payments by the parents, and partly from Government aid, but these two sources of revenue were quite inadequate to meet with the expenditure.

The Ladies of the town kindly held stalls of a variety of articles usually found at fancy sales., and in the afternoon the schoolchildren attended and sang the National Anthem with a good deal of spirit. The Mayor and Mayoress, George and Elizabeth Josselyn were among the visitors to the Fancy Sale. At the close of the day the sales amounted to above £120, but with a considerable quantity of articles remaining, the Fancy Sale was resumed Friday morning. Suffolk Chronicle and The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 11th February 1860



On Wednesday, 28th March 1860, the Mayor, George Josselyn and the Deputy Mayor, Jeremiah Head were both present at the Town Hal for a meeting of the People’s Concerts Committee. A statement was read out to show that there was a deficiency of between £60 and £70 of the Funds. The subscriptions had started to fall in 1859 and another consequence was the band playing for free at the Arboretum during the Summer months.

Both George and Jeremiah expressed a wish that these concerts should be continued as they felt that the concerts exercised a moral and beneficial influence upon the People. They suggested that an Appeal should be made to the Public, in order that additional subscriptions might be obtained to relieve the Committee from its present liabilities and enable them to continue the People’s Concerts. His Worship the Mayor subscribed £5 and the Deputy  Mayor subscribed £2. 2. 0. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 31st March 1860


Under the patronage of George Josselyn, Mayor of Ipswich, The People’s Concerts, a Grand Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music took place at the Corn Exchange, on Monday, 16th April 1860. The Conductor of these concerts – Mr. James Lawrence, with Miss Emily Spiller, Soprano, a King’s scholar of the Royal Academy of Music; Miss Clara MacKenzie, Contralto, of the Royal Academy of Music; and Mr. Edward Dale, Baritone, of the Royal Colosseum. Tickets and places secured at Haddock’s Library, Butter Market, Ipswich – reserved seats – 2s., second seats – 1s., back seats – 6d. and promenade – 3d. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 14th April 1860



In 1859, an exhibition of Athletic Sports was first proposed at the Queen Elizabeth’s School, in Ipswich, but nothing came of the idea. During 1860, more attention was devoted to the idea of a sports exhibition, and the long-delayed event took place on the 11th May. The Mayor and his family were among the fashionable grand company present. The events began with Middle Weight and Feather Weight Wrestling, then after an interval where Mr. James Lawrence and his band entertained the company, the Flat Races commenced. To follow came Throwing a Cricket Ball, Long Jump and High Jump, Hurdles, and a Sack Race. The afternoon was wearing away, so the remaining sports events were postponed until Monday.

On Monday, at three in the afternoon, the sports were resumed with Fencing, followed by a race of 150 yards, over 4 fights of hurdles, for a prize of a handsome glass cup mounted in silver was given by the Mayor, George Josselyn, and was won by Howard. The afternoon of sports concluded with a flat race, of 44 yards, open to boys over the age of 15. The race was won by J. Garford in 71 seconds, and he received a set of studs as his prize. The prizes for the day were distributed by Mrs. Holden, Mrs. Schreiber, and the Mayoress, Mrs. Elizabeth Josselyn. The exhibition of sports had been a success, and it was a general wish that the day of sports should be renewed next summer. The Ipswich Journal Saturday, 19th May 1860


On the 22nd July 1859, the Ipswich Volunteer movement was formally inaugurated by the enrolment of 33 volunteers. Exactly one year later there were 155 effective members. To celebrate their first anniversary on Sunday, 22nd July 1860, the corps attended Divine Service at St. Mary Tower Church, Ipswich. They mustered at the Royal Barracks, St. Matthew’s, and headed by their band, marched down St. Matthew’s Street and Tavern Street to the church. The prayers were read by the Reverend Taylor, and the sermon was preached by the Reverend Robert Nicholas Sanderson, the curate of the parish. At the conclusion of the service, the choir sang the National Anthem, before the corps left the church for the barracks, where they separated.

On Monday, 23rd July, the streets of the centre of the town had been decorated with banners and flags, the Cornhill was dotted here and there with colours. At the entrance of Tavern Street was a large banner spanning the road, with the inscription, “For the defence of our hearts and homes.” In Tavern Street, a pretty device, of flowers and evergreens, stretched across the street and read “God save the Queen.” The base bearing “The Army,” “The Navy,” and “The Volunteers forever.” Another banner spanning the road read “The Queen and our loyal Volunteers.” At the White Horse Hotel, a banner read “Success to the Volunteer movement.” Brook Street and the Butter Market were also gaily decorated. The shops in the centre of the town were closed at twelve o’clock, with a feeling of a holiday – except for the obstinate, relentless rain!

The corps left the Royal Barracks ground, St. Matthews, and headed by their band, marched down St. Matthew’s Street, their rear brought up by members of other corps. The parade continued into Museum Street, King Street, Old Butter Market, round by Brook Street, into Tavern Street, over the Cornhill, through Westgate Street and St. Matthew’s Street, and on to the Chauntry, amid the heavy showers of rain the onlookers cheered.

At the Chauntry, the Volunteers in uniform were entertained at luncheon by Sir Frederick Kelly, M.P., the hospital owner of the Chauntry, who had very kindly thrown his gates open for the occasion. The public was admitted at two o’clock, ticket-holders at the Lodge on the Hadleigh Road, and the general public, without tickets, at the entrance lower down. At the sound of the bugle, shortly before 2 o’clock, the First Suffolk Volunteers mustered in front of the mansion and marched to the ground assigned for their manœuvres. Just as the ceremony of presenting the silver bugle was about to commence, the rain, as if determined to mar the pleasure of the day, increased. The corps was drawn up in close column, and Colonel Ramsey, the Captain Commandant of the Corps advanced, when the lady Mayoress, Mrs. Elizabeth Josselyn, protected by an umbrella, read the following address in a very clear and emphatic manner, and then presented the bugle. Ninety-one ladies of Ipswich and the neighbourhood had accumulated a fund which enabled them to purchase the silver bugle at a cost of £30, through Mr. Last, of St. Matthew’s, and bore the inscription:

“Presented by the ladies of Ipswich and its neighbourhood to the First Suffolk Rifle Volunteers, on the first anniversary of the establishment of the corps. 23rd July 1860.”

After the presentation, the corps was put through a variety of evolutions but had to be necessarily curtailed owing to the wet, and shortly before 4 o’clock the corps marched home. The silver bugle was displayed for inspection at Mr. Haddock’s Library.



At six o’clock a party of about 300 gentlemen, consisting of members of the Ipswich and surrounding Corps, interspersed with a large number of civilians, sat down together for a light cold collation. The walls of the Corn Exchange had been beautifully decorated with flowers and evergreens, coloured drapery, banners, and the colours of the old volunteers of 1803, which had been presented by Simon Batley Jackaman, Esq., to the present corps. The dinner was served up in admirable style by Mr. Henry Guiver, of the Great White Horse Hotel. The band was located above the front entrance lobby and played at intervals during and after dinner. Colonel Robert Ramsey presided as the chair, supported by the guests of the evening, including the Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn. After the toasts were met with cordial responses, the chairman vacated his seat, and the numerous company separated much gratified with the evening’s proceedings. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 21st July 1860 and The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 28th July 1860



On Monday, 30th July 1860, the Queen Elizabeth’s School, Ipswich hosted their annual day of speeches and distribution of prizes in the presence of a select company. The large schoolroom had been gaily decorated with evergreens, and displayed boards inscribed with the names of the boys who had gained the prizes annually offered by benefactors to the School. The Headmaster, the Reverend Hubert Ashton Holden, entered the schoolroom at 12 o’clock, accompanied by the Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn, the Classical Examiners, and the Assistant Masters. The Headmaster invited Mayor George Josselyn to occupy the chair. George opened the proceedings by telling the grand audience that he had always felt it his duty as well as his pleasure to do all in his power in support of this excellent School – one of the most important in the town. He should have felt himself wanting in duty if he had allowed any other business or engagement to interfere with his attendance there that morning.

Prizes were awarded to 57 boys in Mathematics, Classics, Drawing, French, History, and Arithmetic, the Divinity prize, and the Class prize.

After all the prizes had been awarded and speeches were given, the Mayor of Ipswich rose to propose that eight years ago, he had had the honour as Mayor of Ipswich, to deliver the key to the building to the late, Dr. Rigaud. How they were especially fortunate in having selected the gentleman who now so worthily presided over this establishment. Now not only were they obliged to the Reverend Hubert Holden for the great pains he had taken in bringing up the School to its present high standard of perfection, but they were very indebted to him for the judicious selection he had made in the undermasters. George thought there was no school of similar size where there was a more efficient staff of masters under the headmaster.

At the conclusion, about seventy visitors partook of luncheon in the Headmaster’s house. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 4th August 1860


The Commission of the Assize for the county of Suffolk was opened on Tuesday, 31st July 1860, before the Lord Chief Baron, Sir Frederick Pollock, who had arrived in Ipswich via the 3:40 train from Norwich. His Lordship was met at the Railway Station by the carriage of the High Sheriff, Thomas Thornhill, Esq., of Riddlesworth, in which he drove to the Judges’ lodgings in Northgate Street. Although there was no retinue or ceremony, the public had still assembled in considerable numbers along the route from the Railway Station, The Shieff’s splendid pair of grey carriage horses attracted great admiration.

After opening the Commission at the Court at half-past four o’clock, the Chief Baron attended St. Mary Tower Church for a service. A large congregation had assembled including the Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn, and several members of the Corporation. Suffolk Chronicle and The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 4th August 1860



An evening meeting, convened by the Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn, was held at the Town Hall, on Wednesday, 10th October 1860, for the purpose of taking steps to resume and continue the Penny Concerts. A committee was appointed which included George and 16 other gentlemen. It was decided that a subscription list should be opened, and as soon as a sufficient sum had been raised the concerts would commence once again. George was the first to add to the subscription list with £5. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 13th October 1860



On Wednesday, 17th October 1860, the trustees and shareholders of the Ipswich Universal Tontine privately presented a handsome testimonial to the Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn. The testimonial consists of a magnificent silver epergne. From the base, an elegant piece of workmanship, springs the stem of a vine, and from this, there are three branches, and smaller ones intervening, with leaves and pendant bunches of grapes; these branches being either adapted for lights or glass dishes; the whole forming a beautiful specimen of highly finished manipulation, and reflecting great credit on the manufacturer, Mr. Richard Stinton Cole, a silversmith, Cornhill, Ipswich.

The base bears the inscription:

Presented the George Josselyn, Esq., by the trustees and shareholders of the Ipswich Universal Tontine, in testimony of their appreciation of his services as their actuary and secretary. – 30th June 1860.”

Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 20th October 1860



George Josselyn as Mayor of Ipswich chaired an evening of ‘Special Readings, at the Corn Exchange, on Thursday, 25th October 1860, for the benefit of the East Suffolk Hospital. Every effort had been made by the distinguished patronage to render the evening of readings successful. Eight gentlemen participated in the readings, but the attendance was small due to the adverse weather conditions. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 27th October 1860



The challenge to find the best rifle shots in the 1st Suffolk Volunteers was thanks to Mr. Henry Cobbold, of Trimley, who had no connection to the Corps but wanted to help the Corps. Anonymously he offered to the honorary secretary a subscription of £10, if the town of Ipswich would add £20 to it within one week, for the purpose of purchasing a cup and proving other monetary prizes for those members of the 1st Suffolk Volunteers who should prove themselves the best shots. Henry Cobbold had wished to stay anonymous until after the subscription was made up to £35.

On Saturday, 3rd November 1860, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon a large crowd gathered at the Ipswich Grammar School Cricket Ground, which had been lent by kind permission of the Reverend Dr. Hubert Ashton Holden, the Headmaster, for the first presentation ceremony of the silver Challenge Cup of the 1st Suffolk Rifle Volunteers and other prizes to be awarded to the best shots of the Corps. A platform had been built and neatly carpeted at the northern side of the ground, on which was a table bearing the cup and the other prizes. The platform was decorated with flags and banners, one of which were the colours of the old Volunteers of 1773, with the old County arms – a Castle, and the motto “Pro aris et focis.”

For a few days before the presentation ceremony the elaborately chased Challenge Cup had been on display in the window of Mr. John Hill Gatrell, a linen draper and silk merchant, of 15, Tavern Street. The cup had two handles with a cover, and on the foot were devices of cannon balls, flags, drums, targets, rifles and other emblems of war. On one side the cup had been chased with a shooting match and on the other side a shield composed of flags etc. A rifleman surmounted the lid in a kneeling posture for shooting. The height with the cover was about 13 inches and had a weight of more than 2 lbs. The value of the cup was set at £20. The work had been executed by Mr. William Smily, a master silversmith of 65, Crown Street, Finsbury.

The other prizes of money were enclosed in silk purses, which had been made and gratuitously supplied by Mr. John Gatrell.

The scene was exceedingly animated as the Corps headed by its band marched upon the ground. They took their position in front of the platform and formed into a hollow square. The Mayor of Ipswich, George Josselyn stepped forward to present the Challenge Cup and other prizes.

The winner of the Challenge Cup – Private W. Pretty, Jun.; 1st money prize of £5 – Private William Chapman; 2nd money prize of £4 – Corporal Angier; 3rd money prize of £3 – Private Button; and 4th money prize of £2 – Corporal Barber.

At the conclusion of the event, the corps marched through the principal streets of the town, headed by the band, and accompanied by a large concourse of people. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 10th November 1860



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