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Name: Emily Portlock

Burial Number: 0428

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1850

Died: 00/01/1904

Buried: 30/01/1904


Emily Feest was born in Worthing, Sussex, in 1850, she was the daughter of William Feest, 41yrs, greengrocer, and Louisa, 39yrs, nee Burden. Emily was 1 of 8 children, the family lived in the town centre, in Montague Street.

On 14th January 1875, Emily, 25yrs, married Joseph Harwood Portlock, 25yrs, at the Parish Church, Broadwater, Worthing; over the following 16yrs, they had 9 children, the youngest, Arthur, born in 1891, died in infancy.

In 1900, Emily’s husband appeared before the local magistrate and was fined for beating his 12yr old son, Percy. (See below).

In 1901, Emily and Joseph were living in Heene, Joseph had changed his occupation to fisherman, and in 1904 Emily died, aged 53yrs, she was buried at Heene Cemetery on 30th January 1904.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 1 Plot: 12

Exact Location (what3words): only.couch.habit

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



Buried with Susanna Miles


In loving memory of Susannah Joyce Miles called to rest 20th June 1928 aged 61

Further Information


Name: Emily Portlock

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1850

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name:Feest

Marriage Date: 14/09/1875

Spouse First Name: Joseph

Spouse Second Name: Harwood

Spouse Last Name: Portlock

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 00/01/1904

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 1

Address line 3: Wallace Cottages, Heene

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at 38, Montague Street, Broadwater, Worthing, Sussex. William Feest, Hd. 42yrs, Greengrocer, wife, Louisa, 40yrs, 8 children, Esther 14, Charles 13, Louisa 11, Lucy 9, Ann 7, William 5, Jim 3, and Emily 1.


Living at 48, Montague Street, Broadwater, Worthing, Sussex. William Feest, Hd. 52yrs, Greengrocer, wife, Louisa, 50yrs, 4 children, Ann, 17yrs, Shop woman, William, 16yrs, Gardener, Jim, 13yrs, and Emily, 11yrs.


Living at 26, Montague Street, Broadwater, Worthing, Sussex. William Feest, Hd. 62yrs, Gardener, wife, Louisa, 60yrs, James, 23yrs, Gardener, Emily, 21yrs, Shop woman, grandson, Herbert Tutt.


Living at 5, Augusta Place, Broadwater, Worthing, Sussex. Joseph Harwood Portlock, Hd, 30yrs, Carpenter, wife, Emily, 31yrs, 4 children, Joseph H. 5yrs, Frederick, 1yr, Herbert, 1month.


Living at 1, Wallace Cottages, Wallace Lane, Heene, Worthing, Sussex. Joseph H. Portlock, Hd. 41yrs, Carpenter, wife, Emily, 41yrs, 9 children, Joseph H. 15, General Labourer, William 13, Frederick 11, Herbert 10, Lilian 7, Percy 3, Ethel 2, Edith 1, Arthur 1month.


Living at 1, Wallace Cottages, Wallace Lane, Heene, Worthing, Sussex. Joseph H. Portlock, Hd. 51yrs, Fisherman, wife, Emily, 51yrs, Herbert, 20yrs, Brickmaker, Ethel, 12yrs, Edith, 11yrs.

Miscellaneous Information

Summary of report in the Worthing Gazette – 11th April 1900.

 12yr old Percy Portlock was a persistent school truant, he was punished regularly by his father, Joseph, but continued to run away from school. On this occasion, Percy had taken a younger sister with him when playing truant, and his father whipped him with a rope, inflicting deep bruises on the child’s back and legs. The local police officer visited the home after hearing complaints, and on seeing the child he sent for a doctor who agreed the beating was excessive.

At the Magistrate’s hearing, Emily, who was not at home during the beating, stated that the boy was a ‘great trouble’ to them.

The Magistrates retired for just 15minutes before concluding that the beating was of a very severe nature, and Joseph was fined £5.*

*The sum of £5 in 1900 was equivalent to £785 in 2023.

Percy Portlock and his brother, Herbert Portlock, were both killed in action in 1917.