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Name: Alicia Westall

Burial Number: 0509

Gender: Female

Born: 00/2/1828

Died: 29/9/1906

Buried: 02/10/1906


Alicia Wood was born in Lancashire in 1828, she was baptised on 17th February; her parents were Christopher Wood, 27yrs, and Elizabeth, 25yrs., she was 2nd of 7 children born over 25yrs. In 1851, her father was a Calico Printer, her siblings were, Richard 25yrs, Salesman, Edward 21yrs, Agent, Ellen Ann 19yrs, William C. 17yrs, Robert J. 6yrs, and Augusta I. 3yrs. In 1855 her younger sister, Ellen Ann, married William Bury Westall, a Cotton Manufacturer, they had 3 children, John, Christopher and Ellen, aged 5, 3 and 10 months, when Ellen Ann died in 1861. Alicia appears to have married her sister’s husband, in about 1863, and they had a daughter, Lily, in 1864 and a second daughter, Ethel Ann Isabel, in 1872, they lived in Stockport, Cheshire.

In 1891, William, 57yrs, Alicia, 63yrs, and Ethel, 19yrs, all lived in Waltham, Essex, William was described as an Author. By 1901 Alicia and Ethel had moved to Worthing, living at Rydall, Wordsworth Road. Alicia was widowed in 1903 when William died, aged 69yrs, at “Long View”, Heathfield, Sussex.

Alicia Westall died, aged 81yrs, on 29th September 1906 in Worthing. Probate was granted to her daughter, Ethel, effects £235 2s 6d. Value 2020 – £28k.

Addendum – Marriage between a widower and his sister-in-law was not permitted in England before the Marriage Act 0f 1907, however, the ceremony might have taken place abroad.

Researcher: Maggie Martin

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: SB Row: 1 Plot: 7

Exact Location (what3words): dishes.nails.sling

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



Buried with Robert and Emma Foster


In loving memory of Robert Foster Shattock born 14th October 1835 entered into rest 2nd January 1905 "on his dear soul Jesus have mercy" also of Emma his wife died 24th July 1923 aged 73

Further Information


Name: Alicia Westall

Gender: Female

Born: 00/2/1828

Town: Unknown

County: Lancashire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Wood

Marriage Date: //1863

Spouse First Name: William

Spouse Second Name: Bury

Spouse Last Name: Westall

Town of Marriage: Stockport

County of Marriage: Cheshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 29/9/1906

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Rydall

Address line 3: Wordsworth Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £235 2 s 6 d

Current value of effects: £28000

Census Information


Living at Church Bank, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire. Christopher Wood, 50yrs, Calico Printer, wife, Elizabeth, 48yrs, 7 children, Richard 25, Salesman, Alicia 23, Edward 21, Agent, Ellen Ann 19,      William C. 17, Robert J. 6, Augusta I. 3yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at Woodlands, Silverdale, Lancashire. Christopher Wood, 61yrs, Landed Proprietor, Elizabeth, 58yrs, Alicia, 33yrs, John, 21yrs, Oxford Undergraduate, William Westall, 27yrs, son-in-law, Cotton Spinner, Ellen A. 29yrs, 3 grandchildren, John 5, Christopher 3, Ellen 10 months, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at The Cedars, Colegreen, Stockport, Cheshire. William Westall, 37yrs, Manufacturer and Dyer of Cotton, wife, Alicia, 43yrs, 4 children, John, 15yrs, Christopher, 13yrs, Ellen, 10yrs, Lily, 7yrs. plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at Fair Mead Cottage, High Beech, Waltham, Essex. William Westall, 57yrs, Author, Alicia, 63yrs, Ethel A., 19yrs., plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at Rydall, Wordsworth Road, Worthing. Alicia Westall, 73yrs, Living on own means, Ethel A. 29yrs, Living on own means.

Miscellaneous Information

William Bury Westall – English novelist

William Bury Westall was an English novelist born in Old Accrington, Lancashire, England. Originally a businessman, he later became a journalist who also wrote about 30 pot-boiler romantic novels with titles including The Old Factory, Strange Crimes and Her Ladyship’s Secret.

William Bury Westall lived much of his life in Switzerland, where he served as foreign correspondent for The Times of London.