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Name: James Hutchinson

Burial Number: 0450

Gender: Male

Occupation: Boat Builder; Shipwright.

Distinction: Worthing Waterman

Born: 00/00/1828

Died: 22/09/1904

Buried: 26/09/1904


James was born in Hastings, the son of James and Priscilla nee Veale. His family were boatbuilders and shipwrights. James was baptised at St Mary in the Castle church, Hastings on 18th September 1828. The three eldest boys all worked in the business as young men. On 25th December 1853, James married Ellen Saxby in Battle. The couple moved to Worthing, living in Brunswick Road which was known as “Little Heene”. They had two children, William James and Harry. James set up business in a boatyard on Marine Parade employing several men and boys. He was also a lifeboatman and took part in the regattas, sailing his boat “The Seagull” and winning many races. In 1865, Ellen died. She was buried at West Tarring on 21st January. On 20th August the following year, James married Ellen’s sister Mary Jane. Four more children were added to the family, Ellen, Percy, Lizzie and Charles. Only William James followed his father into the boat building business. Both Percy and Charles became licensed victuallers and moved to London. Mary died on 30th April 1884 and was buried at Heene. In February 1888, James sold his business, part of which became the new lifeboat station. James seems to have moved between his daughter Ellen’s family in Milton Street, Worthing and his son’s pubs in Lewisham and Catford. He died on 22nd September 1904 at the Salisbury Hotel, Lewisham which was run by his son Charles. James’s address was given as “Tiger’s Head” in Bromley Road, Catford, the home of his son Percy.  Probate was granted on 26th October to Percy and Charles Hutchinson, licensed victuallers. Effects £120.

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Area: SES Row: 9 Plot: 25

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In loving memory of Mary Jane Hutchinson died April 30th 1884 aged 45 James Hutchinson died Sept 22nd 1904 aged 76

Further Information


Name: James Hutchinson

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1828

Town: Hastings

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 25/12/1853

Spouse First Name: Ellen

Spouse Last Name: Saxby

Town of Marriage: Battle

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: 20/8/1866

Spouse First Name: Mary

Spouse Second Name: Jane

Spouse Last Name: Saxby

Town of Marriage: Knightsbridge

County of Marriage: Middlesex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 22/09/1904

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: "Salisbury Hotel"

Address line 3: High Street

Town: Lewisham

County: Kent

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 28 September 1904

“Death of an Old Resident”

An old inhabitant of the town has just passed away in the person of Mr James Hutchinson Snr. who lived for many years in Brunswick Road, but has resided for some time past with one of his sons in London. The deceased who was seventy-six years old was a boat builder, and his yard on the Marine Parade, on the site now occupied by the lifeboat house, was a familiar feature of the Front for a long series of years. The funeral took place at Heene on Monday.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £120.00 0 s 0 d

Current value of effects: £11995.00

Census Information


Castle Terrace, Hastings, Sussex

James aged 45, shipwright. Priscilla aged 40. James aged 12. Elizabeth aged 11. Richard aged 10. John aged 6. Sidney aged 5. Robert aged 3. Edward aged 3. Archibald aged 1.


10 Castle Terrace, Hastings, Sussex.

James aged 54, boat builder. Priscilla aged 49, lodging house keeper. Priscilla aged 24. James aged 22, shipwright. Richard aged 19, shipwright. John aged 16, shipwright. Sidney aged 14. Robert aged 12. Edward aged 12 (twin). Archibald aged 11.


6 Little Heene, Worthing, Sussex.

James aged 32, boat builder employing 2 men and 4 boys. Ellen aged 25. William J aged 6. Harry aged 5. Emma Saxby aged 19, sister-in-law, visitor.


6 Brunswick Road, Worthing, Sussex.

James aged 42, boat builder. master employing 3 men and 2 boys. Mary aged 32. William aged 16, boat builder. Harry aged 15. Ellen aged 4. Percy aged 2. Lizzie aged 1. Plus 1 servant.


6 Brunswick Road, Worthing, Sussex.

James aged 52, boat builder. master employing 3 men and 3 boys. Mary aged 42. Harry aged 25, billiard and reading room assistant. Ellen aged 14. Percy aged 12. Lizzie aged 11. Charles aged 9.


2 Milton Street, Worthing, Sussex.

William Nadin aged 36, carpenter and joiner. Ellen aged 34. Eveline aged 9. Norman John aged 8. James Hutchinson aged 72, father-in-law, retired boat builder.

Miscellaneous Information

Worthing Gazette 6 March 1907

“excerpt from article on modern boat building”

Nineteen years ago the irresistible advance of the enterprising builder deprived the seafront of one of its most picturesque objects. That was the yard in which the late Mr James Hutchinson carried on for so many years, the art of the boat builder, and the curious in such matters would linger a while to see the busy workmen deftly fashioning the craft that were presently to disport themselves upon the ocean. On the closing day of February 1888, the site of this particular form of enterprise was publicly sold by auction by Mr E C Patching. The land comprised in the sale being the only available spot for building operations in those days westward between the Pier and Heene Terrace. Now the Lifeboat House is seen covering a portion of the ground. But the process of boat building is by no means locally extinct, for the late Mr John Belton who served his apprenticeship with Mr Hutchinson commenced business on his own account at a yard in Alfred Place about thirty years ago. Then he transferred the scene of his daily operations to more convenient premises in Library Place where he remained until his death in November last.