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The Headstone marking the grave of William and Ellen Apthorpe
Apthorpe headstone 2016


This headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, is located on the west wall.  PL row 1 grave 22


‘ In loving memory of William Henry Apthorpe
who entered into rest July 10th 1914 aged 81 years’

“God is our refuge and strength”

‘Also of Ellen his wife who died July 24th 1936 aged 98 years

“We which have believed do enter into rest.”

William Henry Apthorpe (1834 – 10 July 1914)

William was the eldest son of William and Amelia (née King) Apthorpe. His father was a brewer who ran the Hop Bind brewery on Newmarket Road, where William also grew up. He also became a brewer/wine merchant and in 1858 went into partnership with his father. Newspaper adverts placed to advertise the new partnership said that William Apthorpe (snr) ‘has taken into partnership his eldest son, who has had considerable experience in the brewing of all descriptions of Ales and Porter in a first rate London House’. William later ran the Albion Brewery, Coronation Street which he sold to E. Lacon & Co of Great Yarmouth c.1899.

He married Ellen Postans at St. Mary’s Church, Newmarket on 29 May 1862 and they had one son: Henry (Harry)  Campion (1863-1921). The family lived at 33 & 34 Russell Street (1871/1881) and 94 Hills Road (at least 1891 onwards).  The freehold of 94 Hills Road was sold at auction  in June1901 and was said to consist of ‘three sitting rooms, large ground floor, kitcen and commodious domestic offices, 4 bedrooms, large bathroom, hot and cold water and gas laid on, together with garden’.

After he sold the brewery he was said to have ‘devoted his time…to horticulture, in which he became an expert’.  He employed a Mr. Belcher as gardener, who also acted as a judge at local flower shows. Although his  father had been a prominent local politican, William was said to have taken ‘no active part in politics or in municipal affairs. His leanings were, however, towards the Conservative party’. He died at home aged 80 years old and his funeral took place at St Paul’s Church on 14 July. There were a great many floral tributes including one from his wife, using flowers from their garden.

Ellen Apthorpe (née Postans) (1838 –  24 July 1936)

Ellen was born  in Mildenhall and was baptised in nearby Lakenheath on 5 August 1838. She was the daughter of George Campion Postans (1811-1870) and Matilda (née Jacob) (1811-1873). Her father was a seedsman/corn merchant and the family eventually settled at Mill Hill, Newmarket. Ellen went to Mrs Boddy’s private boarding school in St. Pancras (1851) and worked as a governess prior to marrying William Apthorpe. She died at 94 Hills Road aged 98 years old and was buried with her husband on 28 July.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Ellen Apthorpe; William Henry Apthorpe