Mayor 1893 – 1894.


Member of the Liberal Party.

A member of the established church – Church of England.

Samuel was elected to the Council in 1875 as one of the representatives of the Westgate Ward.


Born: 30th December 1833, Ipswich, Suffolk.

Baptised: 16th February 1834, St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich.


Father: RICHARD ANNESS, born 1787, Horham, Suffolk. On the 21st May 1799, Richard was apprenticed to a tailor, Mr. Thomas Kent, of Thorndon, Suffolk. In the later 1820s, Richard started his draper and tailor business in St. Lawrence Street, Ipswich. On the 24th June 1833, Richard announced in the local newspapers that he was relinquishing his draper and tailor business. He recommended the successor to the draper and tailor business to Mr. William Lawrence Bloomfield. Richard became a land agent and a house proprietor.

Richard Anness was first married to Sarah Anness (nee Ling). Sarah died on Saturday, 29th September 1827, aged 37. On Tuesday, 8th November 1831, at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich, Richard married Sarah Shekel Runnacles. Richard Anness died on the 9th September 1871, at his residence, 6, Austin Street, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section J.


Mother: SARAH SHEKEL ANNESS (nee Runnacles), born Woodbridge, Suffolk Sarah Anness died on the 11th March 1882, at 28, Museum Street, St. Mary Elms, Ipswich. Laid to rest on the 15th March 1882, at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section J.




MARTHA ANNESS, born 1838, Bacton, Suffolk – died 9th June 1850, Ipswich. Laid to rest in the grave of her sister Mary at St. Mary Stoke Churchyard, Ipswich.


RICHARD ANNESS, born 1840, Bacton, Suffolk, baptised 12th April 1840, at Bacton. On the 30th September 1868, at All Saints Church, Hacheston, Suffolk, Richard married Catherine Thurlow, born 1847, Marlesford, Suffolk, baptised 25th July 1847 – eldest daughter of William Thurlow, a farmer and Sarah Thurlow (nee Canler), of Hacheston.

Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 3rd October 1868 – HACHESTON – MARRIAGE FESTIVITIESThis usually quiet village was the scene of great rejoicing on Wednesday, 30th, it being the occasion of the marriage of Miss Catherine Thurlow, elder daughter of Mr. William Thurlow, to Mr. Richard Anness, the younger son of Mr. Richard Anness, of St. Mary Stoke, Ipswich. The deservedly great respect the family of the bride are held in by all classes was sure to show itself on such an occasion as this; each seemed to vie with the other as to who could do the most. Just outside the entrance gate to the house of the bride’s father was erected a very handsome arch, with the monogram “R.C.,” being the initials of the bride and bridegroom, with an inscription – “Health and Happiness to them.” Half-past 10 was the hour fixed for the ceremony, but long before that hour, the Church was filled by persons from this and adjoining villages. The bridegroom and groomsmen arrived about that time, shortly followed by the families of both. The bride, who was dressed in white corded silk, was accompanied by her father and was attended by a bevy of six pretty bridesmaids, Miss Elizabeth Thurlow – sister of the bride, Miss Issitt, Miss Cunhall, Miss Capon, the two Misses Anness, who were all dressed in white grenadine trimmed with blue satin. Upon the bride entering the Church the village choir sang very creditably the hymn, “How welcome was the call.” Miss Chalk very ably presided at the organ and played a spirited wedding march while the register was signed. The breakfast spread at Bloomville Hall, the residence of Mr. Thomas William Thurlow, brother of the bride, after which the happy pair started for North Wales, amidst a perfect shower of old slippers. At five p.m. all the labourers had a capital dinner of roast beef and plum pudding, at the same time the women were not forgotten as each had ½lb. of tea given to them. The bride, who had always taken great interest in the schools and also the choir, gave each of the children a book, wine and cake being served out in the schoolroom for them. The festivities were wound up by a ball in the evening.

Catherine and Richard had eight children survive into adulthood. They made their family home at 4, Friars Road, St. Nicholas, Ipswich and later at Wellington Terrace, London Road, Ipswich.

Richard Anness was a clerk for cheese and butter factors and provision merchant Messrs. William Leopold Metcalf and Edward Sewell, of St. Peter’s Wharf, Ipswich. After William Metcalf’s death in June 1863, Richard went into business with Edward Sewell, of 6, St. Peter’s Street, Ipswich, as cheese and butter factors and provision merchant, at St. Peter’s Wharf under the title “Sewell & Anness.” After Edward Sewell’s death in April 1879, Richard continued the business as a provision merchant.

Mr. William Leopold Metcalf was a nephew of Mr. Charles Burton, in 1852, at Tacket Street Chaple, Ipswich, William married Charles Burton’s youngest daughter Joanna Rutt Burton.

Richard Anness was a member of the Liberal Party and was first nominated in the Bridge Ward as a candidate for the Ipswich Town Council in November 1876. He was re-elected unopposed in 1879 but retired from the Council in 1882. Richard was a Freemason and a member of the “Perfect Friendship” Lodge (376). The Anness family attended St. Matthew’s Church.

Richard Anness died on the 13th May 1905 after a short but painful illness at the Nurses’ Home, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, of Wellington Terrace, 56, London Road, Ipswich. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, 16th May 1905, at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich before burial at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section J.

After the death of their father his unmarried children moved to London with their widowed mother and all lived together at 7, Grosvenor Gardens, Cricklewood, London.

Catherine Anness died on the 21st July 1926, of cerebral thrombosis – 3 months and oedema of the lungs – 7 days, at her residence at 7, Grosvenor Gardens, Cricklewood, London. Her son Edward George Anness was present at the death of his mother.


MARY ANNESS, born 1842, Suffolk – died 2nd October 1845, Ipswich. Laid to rest at St. Mary Stoke Churchyard, Ipswich.




1841   Bacton, Suffolk.


Samuel was 7 years old and living with his parents and siblings.

Richard, 52, a Farmer.

Sarah, 37.

Martha, 3.

Richard, 1.

2 female house servants.


1851   High Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk.


Samuel was 17 years old, an Apprentice Chemist to 49 year old James Wick, Chemist and Druggist.


1861   26, Westgate Street, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.


Samuel was 27 years old, a Pharmaceutical Chemist. He was married and head of the household.

Mary, 27.

Mary, 4.

Kate, 3.

Frederick, 1.

1 house servant.

1 nurse.


1871   26, Westgate Street, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.


Samuel was 37 years old, a Pharmaceutical Chemist. He was married and head of the household.

Mary, 37.

Kate, 13.

Ellen, 2.

visitor – Elizabeth Thurlow, 22, a Farmer’s Daughter, born Marlesford, Suffolk.

Frederick Alfred Barritt, 18, an Apprentice Chemist, born Croydon, Surrey.

1 cook.

1 female general servant.


1881   26, Westgate Street, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.


Samuel was 47 years old, a Pharmaceutical Chemist. He was widowed and head of the household.

Mary, 24, the family Housekeeper.

Kate, 23.

Joseph, 19, a Chemist’s Assistant.

Ellen, 12.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


1891   26, Westgate Street, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.


Samuel was 57 years old, a Pharmaceutical Chemist. He was widowed and head of the household.

Mary, 34, the family Housekeeper.

Joseph, 29, a Chemist’s Assistant.

Hugh Flicking, 29, a Chemist’s Assistant, born Forest Hill, Kent.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


1901   Glenhurst, London Road, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.


Samuel was 67 years old, a retired Chemist. He was married and head of the household.

Elizabeth, 68.

Mary, 44.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


1911   15, London Road, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.


Samuel was 77 years old, a retired Chemist. He was married and head of the household.

Elizabeth, 78.

Mary, 54.

1 sick nurse.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


On the 2nd May 1855, in Levington, Suffolk, Samuel married Mary Anne Skinner, born 27th January 1834, Wickham Market; baptised on the 23rd February 1834, at Wickham Market, Suffolk – daughter of Robert and Mary Skinner and stepdaughter of Joseph Wells, of Watkins Farm, Levington.


Father: Robert Skinner, born 1807, Suffolk.

Mother: Mary Skinner (nee Baldry), born 6th April 1802, Easton, Suffolk. On the 19th September 1838, widow Mary Skinner married widower Joseph Wells.

Stepfather: Joseph Wilson, born 2nd July 1804, Walton, Suffolk. A farmer of 185 acres and employer of farm labourers and farm boys. After retirement, Joseph and Mary Wells moved their family home to Ipswich. Joseph Wells died on the 23rd April 1887, at his home – 138, Norwich Road, Ipswich.


Mary Anne and Samuel had six children:

MARY JANE ANNESS, born 1856, Ipswich. Mary Jane Anness died on Wednesday, 15th September 1915, at her home – 53, London Road, Ipswich. The funeral service was held at St. Matthew’s Church on Saturday, 18th September, at 2:30 p.m. Laid to rest in the grave of her sister Sarah Kate Anness.

E.A.D.T. – Monday, 20th September 1915 – FUNERAL OF MISS ANNESS AT IPSWICH – The funeral of Miss Mary Jane Anness, elder daughter of Mr. Samuel Richard Anness, J.P., of Ipswich, took place on Saturday 18th September, in the afternoon. Mary Anness was a devoted worker in connection with St. Matthew’s Church, and the congregation paid their tribute of respect and appreciation by attending in large numbers the service at the church. The officiating clergymen were the Bishop of Suffolk and the Reverends C. J. Howard and C. F Hodges – curates of St. Matthew’s Church. The hymns were “Hark, my soul,” “Where thy saints in glory reign,” and “Peace, Perfect Peace,” and the surpliced choir sang the anthem “The souls of the righteous.” As the coffin entered the church the organist, Mr. T. Palmer, Mus. Bac., played “O, rest in the Lord,” and as it left the “Dead March” in “Saul.”

The mourners were Mr. Samuel Richard Anness – father, Mrs. Bryan-Smith – sister, Dr. and Mrs. F.R. Anness – brother and sister-in-law, Mrs. R. Anness – aunt, Mr. JJoesph Leonard Wells – uncle, Mr. R. Anness – cousin, Mr. A. Gibbon – cousin, and the maidservants.

Those present included Messrs. J.V. Radcliffe and Frank Aldridge – churchwardens, Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Daniels, Mrs. W. E. Fletcher, Dr. Tilbury, Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose J. Day, Mr. Edwin Fraser, Miss Fraser, Miss Burton, Mrs. Buckingham Bird, the Reverend H.U. Brown-Greaves, Mr. Buckingham Bird, and Mrs. M. Doughty – Managers of the London Road and St. Mary Elms Council Schools, of which Mary Anne was also a manager, Mr. R.J. Howlett – chief clerk, Ipswich Education Committee, Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Monteith, Mrs. Kenyon Stowe, Mr. J. Talbot, Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Wiggin, Mrs. Radcliffe, Mr. W. Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Tetsall, Mr. and Mrs. John Cooper, Mrs. Cubitt, Mrs. Greenwood, Mrs. Aldridge, Mrs. Sawer, Mr. H.A. Walton, Mr. and Mrs. J. Everett, Miss Baldwin, Mr. H. Jennings, Mr. and Mrs. Tyler, Miss Combe, Mr. G.A. Wright, Mr. T.B. Foakes, Miss Nunn, Miss Gislingham, Mr. Aldridge, jun., Mr. R. Raphael, Mrs. Lowe, Mr. A.J. Jennings, Mr. and Mrs. Morfey, etc. The remains were enclosed in a shell with a coffin of elm. The plate bore the following: –

Mary Anne Anness.

Died September 15th, 1915.

Aged 59 years.

Mary Anne Anness was buried in the same grave as her sister, Kate Sarah Anness, who died in 1881. Floral emblems were sent by Mr. and Mrs. Bryan-Smith, Dr. and Mrs. F.R. Anness, The Twins – Wolverhampton, Mrs. Richard Annes, Mr. E.G. Anness, Mr. J.L. Wells, Canon and Mrs. W. E. Fletcher, the Reverend C.F. Hodges, the Misses Barton, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Salmon, Miss L. Tracy, the Misses Cooper, Miss Jones, Mrs. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Cubitt, of Otley, Captain and the Misses Cotton, Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Monteith, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Baines, Mrs. Margetts Mitchell, Colonel and the Misses Combe, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Wright, Lily, Mrs. West – St. Matthew’s Church Hall, St. Matthew’s Working Party, Supt. And Teachers of St. Matthew’s Sunday School, the Scholars at St. Matthew’s Sunday School, and the Members and Helpers at St. Matthew’s Mother’s Meeting, St. Matthew’s District Visitors and Magazine Distributors, St. Matthew’s Communicants’ Guild, Members of C.E.M.S. and Labour Community, the Members and Associates of G.F.S., etc. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. F. Fish and Sons, under the superintendence of Mr. W. Carey.


KATE SARAH ANNESS, born 1858, Ipswich. Kate Anness died on the 12th December 1881, of Phthisis, at her home 26, Westgate Street, Ipswich. Her father, Samuel Annes, a chemist, was present at the death.


FREDERICK RICHARD ANNESS, born 1859, Ipswich. Frederick was educated at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, in Ipswich. Frederick studied and trained at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London and at the half-yearly examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons, held on Thursday, 19th January 1882, Frederick Anness, of Westgate Street, Ipswich, passed his final examination and received his diploma. Frederick continued his studies and training at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh and passed his final L.R.C.P. examinations in 1884. In 1881, whilst at St. Thomas’ Hospital, Frederick also qualified in midwifery. As a surgeon, Frederick first practised at Oakham, Rutland. Doctor Frederick Anness, L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S., of Glenhurst, 53, London Road, Ipswich, had a practice for many years at 32, Berners Street, Ipswich and was also the District Medical Officer for the St. Matthew’s and St. Margaret’s District, Ipswich Union. During his time in Ipswich, Frederick was also the Resident Surgeon for the Seaman’s Infirmary – For the Benefit of Distressed Seaman of all Nations, Fishermen, and others. Later, Frederick became a House Surgeon at the Seaman’s Infirmary, Ramsgate; a House Surgeon at the Metropolitan Free Hospital, London, and a Resident Clinical Assistant at the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest, in London.

On the 12th January 1901, at St. Anne’s Church, South Lambeth, London, 41 year old Frederick, a surgeon, of 133, Fentiman Road, London, married 27 year old Mary Isabel Lewis, of St. Paul’s Vicarage, Cliftonville, born 1874, Margate, Kent – only daughter of the Reverend Gerrard Lewis, M.A., a Clerk in Holy Orders at St. Paul’s Church, Cliftonville, Margate, and Frances Elizabeth Lewis (nee Smithett), of St. Paul’s Vicarage, Clifton Terrace, Margate, Kent. In May 1901, Frederick became a Uitlander Volunteer and requested the Uitlander Committee allow him to bring his wife to Durban where he would be stationed. Frederick served as a doctor in the concentration camp for the Boer wives and children.

Mary and Frederick had three children all born in Durban, Natal. They made their family home at Lynhurst, Bulwer Road, Durban. In 1911, the Anness family moved back to England where, for a short time they made their home in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. During the First World War, Frederick gave valuable service at Tooting Bec Mental Hospital and acted as locum tenens for a doctor who went to the Front. In 1919, Frederick, Mary and their family moved to Folkestone, taking up residence at 98, Dover Road. Mary Isabel Anness served from 1924 on the Folkestone Town Council and was a prominent worker in the Borough of Hythe Women’s Conservative and Unionist Association.

Frederick Anness died on Wednesday, 5th January 1927, at 1, Sea View Villas, Wear Bay Crescent, Folkestone. Laid to rest on Monday, 10th January at Section A, Cheriton Road Cemetery, Folkestone.

Mary Anness died on the 25th April 1956, at Harefield Hospital, Middlesex, of 4, Wear Bay Crescent, Folkestone. Laid to rest in the grave of her husband on the 2nd May 1956, at Cheriton Road Cemetery, Folkestone, Kent.


JOSEPH LEONARD ANNESS, born 1861, Ipswich. Joseph Anness died 17th December 1898, at Beaufort West, Western Cape, South Africa. Laid to rest at Bird Street Cemetery, Beaufort West, Western Cape.


ELLEN GERTRUDE ANNESS, born 13th May , Ipswich, baptised on the 23rd July 1868, at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich. On the 22nd January 1900, at St. Peter’s Church, Bourke, Melbourne, Bourke, Victoria, Australia, 26 year old Ellen, of 32, Berners Street, Ipswich, married 27 year old Frank Hinton Bryan-Smith, a bank cashier, of Birmingham, Warwickshire, born 20th January 1872, Astwood Bank, Warwickshire. Ellen’s brother, Frederick Richard Anness accompanied her to Australia and witnessed the marriage. All the wedding party guests stayed at the Grand Hotel, Melbourne. Ellen and Frank had six children – four survived to adulthood. On the 1939 Register for England and Wales, Ellen and Frank Bryan-Smith, a retired bank manager, were living with their married daughter, Mildred Anness Norton (nee Bryan-Smith), and her husband Evan Augustus Norton, a solicitor and company manager at their home – The Lodge, Carpenters Hill, Beoley, Worcestershire. Ellen and Frank’s twin sons were also at The Lodge – Martin Bryan-Smith, a bank clerk, and Anthony Bryan-Smith, a publisher’s representative. Both were admin and aircraftmen for the R.A.F.V.R.

Frank Bryan-Smith died on the 13th August 1949, at The Lodge, Carpenters Hill, Beoley, Worcestershire.

Ellen Bryan-Smith died in July 1960, at Ravenstone Nursing and Rest Home, St. Andrews Road, Droitwich, Worcestershire formerly of Carpenters Hill. Cremated at Lodge Hill, and interred on the 13th July 1960, at Beoley, Worcestershire.

Evan Augustus Norton, Chairman, United Birmingham Hospitals was made a Sir in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 1958 – published 3rd June 1958.


WILFRED GEORGE ANNESS, born 3rd June 1875, 26, Westgate Street, Ipswich – died June 1875, at 26, Westgate Street, Ipswich.


Mary Anne Anness died on the 19th June 1875, of Phthisis, at her home 26, Westgate Street, Ipswich, just 16 days after the birth of her son. Her husband, Samuel Annes, a chemist, was present at the death. Laid to rest on the 24th June at Ipswich Old Cemetery.


On Tuesday, 16th February 1892, at St. Saviour Church, Paddington, London, by the Reverend Marshall Tweddell, 58 year old Samuel Anness, a chemist, of St. Matthew’s, Ipswich, married 58 year old Elizabeth Cook, a spinster, of Tenby Lodge, Norwich Road, Ipswich, born 1834, Ipswich – daughter of Thomas Cook and Lydia Lancaster


Father: Thomas Cook, born 30th November 1796, a journeyman stone and marble mason.


Mother: Lydia Cook (nee Godball), born 11th November 1794, Ipswich. Lydia Cook died on the 21st March 1873, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Caroline Potter (nee Cook) – wife of John Amos Potter, of 29, Orchard Street, Ipswich.

Sister: Before her marriage, Elizabeth lived with her sister, Myra Maria Cook, born 1827, Ipswich. Myra Cook died on the 7th July 1899, at her home – Tenby Lodge, Norwich Road, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Ipswich Cemetery, Section M.

E.A.D.T. – Saturday, 26th March 1892 – PRESENTATION TO MR. S. R. ANNESS, AT IPSWICHThe Chairman of the Ipswich Board of Guardians, Mr. Samuel Richard Anness was on Friday night presented with a double testimonial in recognition of the admirable manner in which he has discharged his duties of that office for many years past. The ceremony took place a the Town Hall, in the room in which the weekly meetings of the Board are held, and in the presence of a number of past and present Guardians who had assembled under the presidency of Mr. John Pells. Before the commencement of the verbal proceedings, the object of the gathering was practically and almost sufficiently in evidence. On the table was a large and beautiful silver tray, 25 inches long by 17 inches wide, which was nicely engraved as follows: –

Presented to Samuel Richard Anness, Esq., on the occasion of his marriage, by past and present members of the Board of Guardians, in recognition of the tact and ability with which he has discharged his duties as their Chairman during the last ten years. February 1892.

And there was also a handsome brass telescope standard lamp, with a plush-covered table, which was tendered by the officials of the Union, as a tribute to the Chairman’s “untiring consideration and courtesy.” Both articles were supplied by Messrs. Roderick Donald and Joseph Brownsmith Fraser, of the Museum Buildings, and were accompanied by brief addresses on vellum, with the names of subscribers appended. The engrossing and illumination had been very nicely executed in the office of the Clerk to the Board, Mr. Arthur Frederick Vulliamy. After a few appropriate words from the Chairman, the first presentation was made by Mr. Joseph Fraser, who said that he felt it a privilege to be the mouthpiece of the Board in congratulating Mr. Anness on his marriage. This was an occasion on which they could recognise what they felt they owed to him for the long service he had rendered to the Board and the town at large. Under his leadership, the Guardians had not only tried to administer the Poor-law as economically as possible, but they had also endeavoured, as far as they could to solve the social problem, which he was sure every one of them had at heart. Mr. Edward Thomas Read, Dr. William Partridge Mills, Mr. William Brame Jeffries, the Reverend Wickham Tozer, and Mr. Fred Turner all spoke in high terms of the public-spirited service which Samuel Anness had rendered to the town. Samuel Anness, who was received with loud applause on rising to reply, said he had come to a proud but embarrassing moment in his life. He could scarcely find words to express his appreciation of the generous remarks that had been made by his many friends, or of their kindness in presenting him with so handsome a gift. He could only say that he had tried to do his duty under what he regarded as a very serious responsibility, for he was convinced that the work of Boards of Guardians was more important to the well-being of society than many people believed. A lax administration of the Poor-law produced extravagance or negligence; a wise administration and uniformity of treatment were conducive to thrift, and this was the result that he had striven to attain in the performance of his duties. Mr. Arthur Vulliamy presented the lamp on behalf of the officials, Mr. Kent and Mr. Sydney making a few observations. Mr. Samuel Anness acknowledged this gift also in the most appropriate terms, and the pleasant occasion closed with a vote of thanks to the Chairman.



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

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