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Name: Francis Woods

Burial Number: 0134

Gender: Male

Occupation: Apothecary; Surgeon; G.P.

Born: 04/11/1809

Died: 12/05/1887

Buried: 16/05/1887


Francis was born in Holborn, Middlesex, the son of Benjamin and Lucy. He was baptised at St Andrew’s church, Holborn on 18th January 1810. At the time the family were living in Graville Street. Lucy Woods was related to Rev Gilbert White of Selborne. Francis trained at St Bart’s Hospital and in 1830 qualified as an apothecary. On 25th October 1836, he married Maria Hollis at Wilby in Northants. The couple settled in Northampton where Francis set up practice as a surgeon and general practitioner. In 1855, Francis was appointed Medical Officer to the Union Workhouse in Northampton. He also became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons. The family moved to Worthing after Francis retired, living at Heene Villa in Heene Lane (Road). Maria died on 19th November 1886 and was buried at Heene. Francis died the following year on 12th May. Probate was granted on 16th June to Edward William Woods of Warrington solicitor, the surviving executor. Effects £2083 15s 10d.

Heene Villa, later known as Heene Lodge was demolished in 1964 and replaced by flats. The villa was originally The British Sportsman’s Hotel and Tavern. When it was put up for auction in 1832, there was a description of a disused cock-fighting pit in the garden. (see


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The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 2 Plot: 8

Exact Location (what3words): shaped.jelly.hears

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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Francis Benjamin Woods born 4th November 1809 died 12th May 1887 also of Maria his wife born 4th May 1813 died 19th November 1886. In loving memory of Margaret Woods born September 1st 1845 died January 21st 1938. Elizabeth Beatrice Woods born August 30th 1878 died May 1st 1949. In loving memory of Ada Maria Woods born 11th February 1841 died 4th October 1887 R.I.P.

Further Information


Name: Francis Benjamin Woods

Gender: Male

Born: 04/11/1809

Town: Holborn

County: Middlesex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 25/10/1836

Spouse First Name: Maria

Spouse Last Name: Hollis

Town of Marriage: Wilby

County of Marriage: Northamptonshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 12/05/1887

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Heene Villa

Address line 3: Heene Lane

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: £2083 15 s 10 d

Current value of effects: £137912.00

Census Information


Sheep Street, Northampton

Francis aged 30, surgeon. Maria aged 25. Francis H aged 3. Anne aged 2. Ada M aged 3 months. Plus 3 servants.


Bridge Street, Northampton

Francis aged 41, apothecary, general practitioner. Maria aged 37. Anne aged 11. George Edmond aged 3. Catherine aged 7 months. Plus 4 servants


Heene Villa, Heene

Francis aged 51, MRCS & LSA not practising. Maria aged 47. Anne aged 21. Edward aged 18, solicitor’s articled clerk. Catherine aged 10. Benjamin aged 8. Charles aged 6. Herbert aged 1. Plus 2 servants.


Heene Villa, Heene Lane, Worthing

Francis aged 61, retired surgeon. Maria aged 57. Anne aged 30, no income. Charles aged 16. Mary Chapman aged 42, patient. Plus 2 servants


Heene Villa, Heene Road, Worthing

Francis aged 71, MRCS not practising. Maria aged 67. Anne aged 40. Plus 1 servant

Miscellaneous Information

Heene Lodge 1962