Mayor – 1899 – 1900.


Member of the Conservative Party.

A member of the established church – Church of England.

William was elected to the Council in 1890 as one of the representatives of the Westgate Ward.

Born: 23rd August 1863, Ipswich.

Baptised: 24th August 1863, at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich.




1871   Anglesea Road, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.


William was 7 years old. He was living with his parents, siblings, and twin.

Henry, 44, a Tobacco Manufacturer.

Mary, 42.

Ellen, 13.

Henry, 7.

Arthur, 3.

3 female domestic servants.


1881   26, Angell Road, Brixton, Lambeth, London.


William and his twin brother were 17 years old; they were lodging together. William an Apprentice Tobacconist and Henry a Solicitor’s Articled Clerk.


1891   Belstead Road, St. Mary at Stoke, Ipswich.


William was 27 years old, a Tobacco Manuafcturer – employer. He was married and head of the household.

Lois, 24.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


1901   Queenscliffe, Kesteven Road, St. Mary at Stoke, Ipswich.


William was 36 years old, a Tobacco Manuafcaturer – employer. He was married and head of the household.

Lois, 34.

Dorothy, 9.

Phyllis, 7.

Ida, 8 months.

1 cook.

1 parlourmaid.

1 nurse.

1 housemaid.


1911   Orwell House, Lower Walton, Suffolk.


William was 48 years old, a director – Imperial Tobacco Co. Ltd., – employer. He was married and head of the household.

Lois, 44. 

Dorothy, 19.

Phyllis, 17.

Ida, 10.

Violet, 9.

1 cook.

1 parlourmaid.

1 housemaid.

1 sewing maid.

1 kitchenmaid.




William was a Director of Public Companies. He was a widower and head of the household at the Churchman family home – Melton Lodge, Deben Road, Melton, Suffolk.

Dorothy, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Ida, Private Means.

Violet, Private Means.

1 other.

4 female domestic servants.



On Tuesday, 22nd May 1900, the Ipswich Choral Society invited their friends to a musical “At Home” event in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall, the entire building being placed at the Society’s disposal by his Worship the Mayor of Ipswich, William Alfred Churchman, Esq., who was President for the year. The Council Chamber and lobbies had been decorated with choice palms and flowers, and when filled with some three hundred people in evening dress the various costumes of ladies combined to form a brilliant function. The hon. conductor, Mr. Brunnell Burton and members of the Committee received the guests and guided them to the light refreshments served in the Library. After refreshments, a high-class musical programme was carried out in the Council Chamber. During the evening, a lecturette, illustrated by the oxyhydrogen lantern, was given by Mr. Frank Woolnough, describing the growth and development of the pianoforte. Another pleasurable event during the evening was a presentation by the chairman, Mr. Brunnell Burton to the hon. secretary Dr. Walter Sinclair, consisting of silver tea and coffee services, which had been subscribed for by members of the Choral Society and of the Amateur Opera Society Company, in recognition of his services in the cause of music since his residence in Ipswich. The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 26th May 1900.


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

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