Mayor 1841 – 1842.

Member of the Conservative Party.

A member of the established church – Church of England.

John served seven years under articles of clerkship to Mr. William Hammond, an Attorney, a Freeman, and the then Town Clerk. On completion of his servitude, John became a Freeman of the Borough, enrolling on the 8th March 1820. John was one of the two last ‘Bailiffs of Ipswich’ under the old regime. He entered Council in 1835 as one of the first elected Councillors of the Borough.


Born: 24th August 1797, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.





1841   Tower Street, St. Mary at the Tower, Ipswich.


John was 40 years old, a Solicitor. He was married and head of the household.

Lucy, 40.

Lucy, 12.

Anna, 11.

Henry, 8.

Wilkinson, 5.

Nathaniel, 2.

Ernest, 1.

5 female house servants.


1851   Tower Street, St. Mary at the Tower, Ipswich.


John was 53 years old, a Magistrate and Banker. He was married and head of the household.

Lucy, 50.

Lucy, 20.

Herbert, 15.

Ernest, 10.

Felix, 9.

Constance, 5.

4 female house servants.

1 male house servant.


1861   19, Tower Street, St. Mary at the Tower, Ipswich.


John was 63 years old, a Banker, Brewer, Merchant and Member of Parliament. He was married and head of the household.

Lucy, 60.

Anna, 30.

Nathaniel, 22, a Brewer.

Felix, 19.

Constance, 15.

grandaughter – Aline Jervis White Jervis, 4, born Ipswich.

nephew – Thomas Neale Fonnereau, 20, a Landed Proprietor, born Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich.

1 footman.

1 housekeeper.

1 lady’s maid.

1 nurse maid.

1 kitchen maid.


1871   Holy Wells Mansion, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.


John was 73 years old, a Banker, Brewer, County Magistrate, Landowner and Farmer employing 28 labourers. He was married and head of the household.

Lucy, 70.

Anna, 40.

Constance, 25.

grandaughter – Laura Helen Cobbold, 6, born Ufford, Suffolk.

grandson – Ernest Cazenove Cobbold, 5, born Ufford.

grandaughter – Helen Mary Cobbold, 3, born Ufford.

grandaughter – Isabel Amy Cobbold, 1, born Ufford.

1 butler.

1 footman.

1 housekeeper & cook.

1 lady’s maid.

2 kitchen maids.

2 nurses for grandchildren.


1881   Holy Wells Mansion, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.


John was 83 years old, a Magistrate for Suffolk, a Banker, Brewer – firm of Wine and Spirit Merchants. He was a widower and head of the household.

Anna, 50.

Felix, 39, a Magistrate for Suffolk, a Brewer and Corn, Wine and Spirit Merchant.

1 cook & housekeeper.

3 house maids.

1 kitchen maid.

1 footman.

1 groom.


Probate to Thomas Clement Cobbold, of Ipswich Esq., C.B., Nathaniel Fromanteel Cobbold, of Ipswich Esq., and Felix Thornley Cobbold, of Ipswich Esq. – sons and John Dupuis Cobbold, of Ipswich Esq., – grandson.



On Tuesday, 9th November 1841, the annual meeting of the Council was held in the School Room, at the Bridewell, for the purpose of electing the Mayor for the ensuing year. The Mayor, Mr. Peter Bartholomew Long asked the gentlemen if one of them would be kind enough to propose a gentleman to fill the office. Mr. Henry Gallant Bristo, rose to beg to submit to the Council the name of John Chevallier Cobbold, who was well known to the town of Ipswich, and eminently qualified to discharge all the duties of Mayor honourably and responsibly. Mr. Jeremiah Head had great pleasure in seconding the nomination made by Mr. Bristo, he felt that John Chevallier Cobbold would perform the duties of the office to his own credit and to the satisfaction of the town. After Members of both political parties had deliberated and bickered, the Mayor, Peter Long then put the name of Mr. John Chevallier Cobbold to the Council, all held up their hands in approval of the choice, and Mr. John Chevallier Cobbold was then declared elected to the Mayoralty amidst much cheering. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 13th November 1841.


During the evening of Tuesday, 9th November 1841, a public dinner was given to Mr. Peter Long, the Ex-Mayor, as to mark his excellent services during his first and second Mayoralty. Upwards of 70 gentlemen sat down to dinner at the White Horse Hotel, the viands were provided by the new landlords, Messrs. Chaplin and Castle. The newly elected Mayor, John Chevallier Cobbold presided. During the evening the Corporation silver cup, filled with a most delectable beverage, circulated around the table, and several of the company contributed to the general harmony by singing. After the numerous toasts were drunk, the company who had highly enjoyed themselves did not separate until a very late hour. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 13th November 1841.



On the same day the new Mayor of Ipswich was elected – Tuesday, 9th November 1841; great and important news was announced, that at 12 minutes before 11 o’clock, the Queen was happily and safely delivered a Prince. Her Majesty and the Infant Prince are, God be praised, both doing well.

The Queen’s announcement of the birth of a Prince was brought to Ipswich by the mail on Wednesday morning. The bells of the different churches struck up their merriest peals, Royal Union Jacks were hoisted, and the discharge of cannons reverberated far and wide. All classes were enthusiastic in their congratulations upon this auspicious event. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 13th November 1841.


On New Year’s Day, 1842, nearly all the Aldermen and Members of the Ipswich Town Council assembled at the Town Hall. John Cobbold, as Mayor of Ipswich, presided, and called attention to the business of the day, to agree to their loyal address of congratulations. He trusted that he would be excused by the gentlemen of the Council for not having called them together at an earlier period, first, because it was known that there would be no opportunity afforded for presenting the addresses. Another reason they had not met before was that they had not had a proper place to assemble, owing to the alterations going on in the Town Hall. At present they must consider themselves meeting almost in the open air! Thankfully, the workmen employed in converting the Lower Hall into a new Sessions Court had suspended their work so that the Lower Hall could be used by the Council. John Cobbold was happy to say that, from the appearances presented, the hall gave promise of being a most suitable place, when completed, for their meetings. The alterations to the Town Hall were all thanks to the exertions of Mr. Peter Long, which John Cobbold felt would cause Peter Long to be fixed in the remembrance of the Corporation, for many years to come.

Mr. John May had the great pleasure in moving the address to the Queen, yet it was mixed with regret as the ex-Mayor Mr. Peter Long, who was to have undertaken the duty, was too indisposed to be present. John May rejoiced that they as a Council had the opportunity of congratulating her Majesty upon the birth of a son, and also of congratulating the nation at large that there would be a male successor to the throne of these realms. John May then begged the Council to read the following address: –



May it Please your Majesty –

“We, your Majesty’s loyally attached subjects, the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the borough of Ipswich, in Council assembled most dutifully solicit your Majesty graciously to allow this expression of our joy and thankfulness on the occasion of the birth of that Royal Infant, to whom now belongs the illustrious and endeared title of Prince of Wales.

For this happy event, we render praise to that Almighty Power who has mercifully watched over our Sovereign’s safety, and in it, we contemplate affections and interests newly added to those previously subsisting between our Queen and her people.

For the Prince, whose birth calls for these acknowledgements, and who, in all that attends him, is, and must ever be, of such high concern to all your Majesty’s subjects, we gratefully and cheerfully trust for the formation of his character, under God’s providence, to the guidance and example of his august parents, as thus we are warranted to encourage our best hopes that he may be trained to every virtue peculiarly befitting his high hereditary station.

In all duty and loyal affection, we pray for your Majesty a long continuance of all domestic happiness through a reign of prosperity and glory over a faithful and grateful people.”


John May moved that the address be adopted by the Council. Mr. George Bullen most cordially and most fervently seconded the address which had just been proposed. The address was carried by acclamation. Mr. George Josselyn rose with great satisfaction to purpose an address to his Royal Highness Prince Albert. George Josselyn then begged the Council to read the following address: –


May it Please your Royal Highness –

“We, her Majesty’s loyal and dutiful subjects, the Mayor, Aldermen, Councillors, and Burgesses of the borough of Ipswich, crave your Royal Highness’s permission to offer our most respectful and heartfelt congratulations to your Royal Highness on the recent birth of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

The Consort of our Sovereign has now fresh claims of our affectionate regard, as the father of that Prince whose title displays, how high is the interest of the British people in his life, his character, and his fortunes.

Towards fitting the Royal Infant for adjoining the exalted station in which he is born, we have the brightness hopes from the conspicuous virtues of his august parents and let us be permitted to say that in your Royal Highness we daily witness a display of the qualities most congenial to all we deem praiseworthy in our national habits, judgment, and affections.

We shall indeed be deeply gratified if your Royal Highness is pleased to accept this humble expression of our cordial attachments and of our joy in the auspicious event.”  


George Josselyn felt most gratified in being permitted to propose the address. Mr. George Green Sampson rose with much satisfaction to second the address of congratulations to a Prince so illustrious by birth and connection. The Address was carried by acclamation. Mr. William Bullar had the honour to propose a loyal and affectionate address to her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent, who was held in the highest esteem by all classes. Mr. Henry Gallant Bristo begged to second the address, which was likewise carried by acclamation.

Mr. Samuel Harrison Cowell proposed the addresses be presented by the Mayor, John Cobbold, accompanied by the learned Recorder Sir Charles Frederick Williams and the Town Clerk, Stephen Abbott Notcutt, junior. Mr. George Christopherson seconded the motion. The Mayor, John Cobbold, thought that the ex-Mayor, Peter Long should be specially named as one to attend upon the occasion. With no objection, the Mayor put the amended question, which was carried. After the meeting, upon the invitation of the Mayor, John Cobbold, the Council drank the health of the Prince of Wales and of his illustrious parents. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 8th January 1842


The infant Prince of Wales, the Heir Apparent to the British Throne was Christened Albert Edward at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Tuesday, 25th January 1842.

Tuesday was a market day at Ipswich, it was therefore decided that there would be no deviation from the course of business. On Saturday, 22nd January 1842, the Mayor of Ipswich, John Cobbold submitted a notice to the newspapers:


Of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

A general desire having been expressed that this interesting event should not pass over without some public celebration in this town. I beg leave to recommend, with the concurrence of the heads of many of the most influential commercial and trading establishments, in consequence of Tuesday being Market Day, that Wednesday, the 26th January inst., be observed as A General Holiday after the hour of 12 o’clock at Noon.

There will also be a Public Meeting of the Inhabitants desirous to promote a subscription for the relief of the poorer classes at this inclement season, in Memory of this event, at 12 o’clock Noon, the same day, at the Town Hall.

John Chevallier Cobbold, Mayor.

Saturday, 22nd January 1842


On the 26th January 1842, in commemoration of the christening of the Prince of Wales, shops and businesses closed at noon. The merry peals of the parish church bells rang out to a late hour in the evening, and a few fireworks were fired upon the Cornhill by a group of boys creating their own fun!

A meeting convened by the Mayor of Ipswich, John Cobbold, for the inhabitants of the town was held at the Town Hall, where it was resolved that a public subscription be entered into for the purpose of purchasing coal for the poor and destitute of the town. From those gathered in the room, £70 was subscribed immediately. Parochial committees were also formed to collect subscriptions from other parishes. During the meeting, Chartist, Mr. Donald McPherson, interrupted to recommend the “People’s Charter” as the infallible remedy for poverty. Mr. McPherson also remarked that he was glad the gentry of Ipswich had finally discovered the existence of distress to their poorer brethren and had come together with a view to its alleviation. He continued to tell those who talk about distress, that that distress arises out of the effects of bad Government……..the Mayor, John Cobbold, politely interrupted to say that Donald was departing from the subject they were all there to advance. Donald Mcpherson replied that he valued the view of the public, but he would NOT be interrupted! He wanted to be heard! The Mayor stepped in once again to explain that he did not interrupt, nor did he wish to interrupt any man, but they must all stay on the subject of the meeting. In return, Donald told the Mayor he would abide by the sense of the meeting, but he would NOT be put down by interruption! The room was filled with the sound of hisses, noise and stomping. Donald continued to recommend that the “People’s Charter” be the law of the land to remove poverty. The Mayor would not put the amendment. Instead, the Mayor put forward the original motion, which was carried.

A second meeting was arranged for Monday, 31st January, to begin the effective distributions of the funds collected. Over £250 had been collected and during the third week of February, the purchased coal was distributed amongst the resident poor.



The quarterly meeting of the Ipswich Corporation was held on Wednesday, 27th April 1842, at the Town Hall. The Mayor, John Cobbold presided and opened the meeting to announce that since the last Council meeting, he had received a communication from Sir Charles Frederick Williams, Knt., the Recorder of Ipswich, stating that he had resigned the office of Recorder for the Borough. Sir Charles Williams had also communicated with the Home Secretary, Sir James Robert George Graham, his intention to resign. Sir Charles Williams had also informed the Mayor, John Cobbold, that he only now held the office until his successor was appointed. Alderman Peter Bartholomew Long, rose to say that he had the very pleasing duty, though mingled with some personal regret, to move, that the Corporation pass a vote of thanks to Sir Charles Williams, for the zeal, assiduity, and energy with which he had discharged the duties of the Office of Recorder for the Borough of Ipswich. Mr. Frederick seconded the motion, which was then passed unanimously. Mr. George Christopherson asked the meeting if the successor of Sir Charles Williams would have the sanction of the Corporation; would they be able to take any steps in the matter? Mr. William May replied, that during the time of the Home Secretaryship of Lord Jack Russell, the appointment had not been made by the recommendation of Corporations. He did not know if any steps could be taken by the Corporation on the recommendation to fill the Office of Recorder. The Mayor thought there had been no such steps taken with regard to the appointment of Recorders. Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 30th April 1842


On Wednesday, 11th May 1842, a committee was appointed to ascertain what sum would be required to fit up and furnish the Council Chamber and other apartments. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 14th May 1842.


After the discovery of Bribery in the Elections of Members of Parliament. Crimes, but not criminally punishable by laws, the 1841 election was overturned on petition in May 1842. A new election was held in Ipswich.

On Thursday, 2nd June 1842, at the Cornhill, the Mayor of Ipswich, John Cobbold, proceeded to open the business of the day by calling to the electors of the town to once again, after the lapse of a very short period, exercise their rights as electors with forbearance, with honesty and to do credit to themselves and to the town. John Cobbold hoped that as they all gathered to hear those gentlemen who were about to ask the honour of their suffrages, the electors would give every gentleman a respective hearing. He called the Town Clerk, Mr. Stephen Abbott Notcutt, junior forward to proceed with the business of the election. The Town Clerk read the precept and the act against bribery and corruption. The Mayor, John Cobbold then called the gentlemen forward to propose a candidate.

Mr. William Charles Fonnereau, stepped forward to propose the Earl of Desart, Conservative. Mr. James Ram seconded the proposal.

Mr. William Rodwell next proposed Mr. Thomas Gladstone, Conservative. Mr. John Eddowes Sparrowe seconded the proposal.

Mr. William May proposed Mr. George Moffatt, Liberal. Mr. Frederick Francis Seekamp seconded the proposal.

Mr. Benjamin Brame proposed Mr. Thomas Gisborne, Liberal. Mr. Jeremiah Head seconded the proposal.

Mr. Frederick Graves proposed Mr. John Nicholson, Chartist. Mr. Roberts (a hairdresser) seconded the proposal.

Each of the candidates addressed the electors and in return received from the crowd groans and hisses, laughter, uproar, cheers and many interruptions from Mr. Donald McPherson. A few of the candidates could scarcely obtain silence to read through their prepared speeches. Some ungentlemanly remarks were thrown at opponents which excited the crowds, causing little bustles and fights to break out, stones were then thrown towards the hustings, and several gentlemen on the hustings were struck by eggs launched at them. The Press too received their share of the hurled eggs.

At the end of the proceedings, three cheers were given to each candidate by their respective supporters. The Mayor, John Cobbold received votes of thanks for performing his duties. The Mayor then announced that the polling would commence at 8 o’clock on Friday. The hustings were then cleared from the Cornhill.


On Friday, 3rd June 1842, the polling commenced at 8 o’clock in the morning, in booths set up on the Cornhill. Polling closed at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.


At 6 o’clock, on Friday, 3rd June 1842, the respective parties assembled at the hustings upon the Cornhill, to hear the Mayor of Ipswich, John Cobbold declare the results of the poll. Normally John Cobbold would have been present on a husting as a partisan, but on this occasion, John was doing his duty as the impartial returning officer of the Borough. The Conservatives arrived in procession, wearing blue favours and their band playing “See the Conquering Hero Comes!” The Whig/Liberals arrived to take their station with their agents and volunteers and began to call out “No Bribery,” which was received by the Conservatives with much laughter.




The Mayor, amidst the uproar, read out the results at the close of the poll:-

Desart – 680

Gladstone – 673

Gisborne – 543

Moffatt – 541

Nicholson – 3

The Mayor then declared the Right Honourable the Earl of Desart, and Thomas Gladstone, Esq., duly elected to represent the Borough of Ipswich in Parliament. The Blues cheered as the Earl of Desart, and Thomas Gladstone, stepped forward to address the electors and give thanks. Their voices however could not be heard over the uproar from the Yellow party, and the annoyance was aggravated by a violent attack of eggs being thrown, several of which reached the gentlemen standing on the hustings. In retaliation, the Blues refused to hear the defeated candidates, and they were likewise assailed with eggs. The annoyances offered on either side were equally balanced at the close of proceedings much to the amusement of the crowds! During the declaration, several persons standing in the crowd fired off pistols. After three cheers for the Queen, the Earl of Desart and Mr. Gladstone paraded through the town greeting the electors to shouts of welcome. The two honourable gentlemen left Ipswich that night but would return in July, to celebrate the glorious triumph of the Conservative principles. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 4th June 1842


On Tuesday, 28th June 1842, the Mayor, John Cobbold joined Conservative members of the Borough of Ipswich, for a public dinner, at the New Assembly Room, to celebrate the recent Triumph of Principle so gloriously achieved at the election. Tickets for the event were purchased at 10s. 6d. each. The room at the New Assembly Hall had been decorated with banners bearing Arms, mottoes and Royal Union Jacks. Two tables were set up down the centre of the room, where at 5 o’clock 180 gentlemen sat down to a sumptuous dinner comprising of every delicacy of the season, all provided and served in style by the proprietors and partners of the Great White Horse Tavern, Messrs. Chaplin and Castle. The Ipswich brass band, under the direction of Messrs. Creasy and Naunton, was stationed in the orchestra and enlivened the company with many patriotic airs. The Mayor, John Cobbold, took the chair, supported by the Ipswich Conservative’s invited guests, the Earl of Desart, M.P. and Thomas Gladstone, Esq., M.P. After speeches, glasses were raised to Her Majesty the Queen, and to the prosperity and triumph of the Conservative Party, and to their mottoes – “Protection to Native Industry” and “Comforts to the Poor, and no oppression.”  The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 2nd July 1842


On Thursday, 11th August 1842, the Ipswich Council held their meeting in the new Council Chamber for the first time since the alterations had been completed. The Mayor, John Cobbold presided. Provided for the accommodation of all the members were mahogany chairs and a handsome suite of tables of the same material. Admiral Page’s various portraits of battles had not yet been arranged. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 13th August 1842



With permission from the Mayor, John Cobbold, the Anniversary Meetings of the Church Missionary Society were held on Monday, 17th October 1842, in the new Council Chamber of the Town Hall, the first at 12 noon and later in the evening at half past six. The Ipswich Journal Saturday, 22nd October 1842



On Thursday, 20th October 1842, a morning Promenade Concert, was held at the Town Hall, in the new Council Chamber which was opened to the public for the first time. John Cobbold, the Mayor of Ipswich was a patron along with other names from the elite and aristocratic Suffolk society. Under the leadership of Herr Robert Frisch, the flautist, and with the permission of Lieutenant-Colonel Brunton and the Officers, the Band of the 13th Light Dragoons were the instrumental performers at the concert for the benefit of raising funds for the East Suffolk Hospital. Tickets – 2s. 6d., from Mr. Robert Deck, Cornhill, Ipswich. The performances commenced at 2 o’clock and concluded at 5 o’clock with “God save the Queen.” Over £95 was raised for the East Suffolk Hospital with sundry donations and tickets sold. Suffolk Chronicle -Saturday 22nd October 1842







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