Portrait of John Flemwell

Name: John Flemwell

Burial Number: 0327

Gender: Male

Occupation: Leather & Hide merchant

Born: 15/03/1835

Died: 01/01/1900

Buried: 04/01/1900


John was born on 15th March 1835 Camberwell Surrey to John and Mary Flemwell.  His Father worked as a Warehouseman and the family lived at 3 Rossetto place, Camberwell, surrey.

John married Anne Catherine Lancefield on 8th June 1864 Mitchum Surrey

They had 3 children-

George Jackson Flemwell was born in 1865 in Mitcham Surrey. He had ill health in his youth which might be why he decided to move to Switzerland.  He spent some years there, a country he was later to adopt. He married Louisa Grace Priddle on 8th June 1912 in Lousanne Switzerland, although the Banns were read in St. James church, Muswell hill, London.

They lived in Champese Switzerland so George could study Flora & fauna and paint alpine flowers, he also painted the views of Switzerland. He became a well-established artist and wrote books on the alpine flowers of Switzerland. He died in 1928 Switzerland

Arthur Edward Flemwell born 1869 Mitcham Surrey, died 1870 Mitcham Surrey

Frank Flemwell born 1867 Mitcham Surrey Frank Flemwell married Dulcie Eleanor Innes in 1901 London, but died 4th April 1909 London

John worked as a Hide Merchant in 1871 and lived in Mitcham Surrey. By 1881 he had become a Leather & Hide Factor living at Cheam road, Sutton Surrey. In 1891 John was now an East India Merchant and still living at Cheam Road Surrey.   Sometime between 1891 and 1900 John and Anne had Moved to St. Bedes Worthing but still owed their property at 8 Railway Approach London Bridge Surrey.

John died on 1st January 1900 in Worthing and left an estate of £2962 0s 2d (£231500 in 2020) to his Wife Anne. She moved to Bournemouth after her Husband’s death, but by 1911 had moved again to 11 Lawrence Road Hove in Sussex.

Anne died on 18th November 1911 in Hove Sussex, and left an estate of £803 12s 1d to George Flemwell her Son.


Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for John Flemwell

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 6 Plot: 20

Exact Location (what3words): escape.stay.cross

Ashes or Urn: Unknown




In loving memory of John Flemwell born March 15th 1835 died January 1st 1900

Further Information


Name: John Flemwell

Gender: Male

Born: 15/03/1835

Town: Camberwell

County: Surrey

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: /6/1864

Spouse First Name: Anne

Spouse Second Name: Catherine

Spouse Last Name: Lancefield

Town of Marriage: Mitcham

County of Marriage: Surrey

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 01/01/1900

Cause of death: Unknown

Town: Unknown

County: Unknown

Country: Unknown


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £2962 0 s 2 d

Current value of effects: £231500

Census Information


Cobourg Road, Lambeth, London

John Flemwell (Head) age 40, Mary (Wife) age 30, John (Son) age 6, Mary (Daughter) age 3


3 Rossetto Place, Camberwell London

John Flemwell (Head) age 50, Mary (Wife) age 43, John (Son) age 16, Mary, (Daughter) age 13, plus 2 servants


‘The Chestnuts’ Mitcham Surrey

John Flemwell (Head) age 35, Anne (Wife) age 32, John (Father) age 70, plus 1 servant


Cheam Road Sutton Surrey

John Flemwell (Head) age 45, Anne C (Wife) age 41, plus 3 servants


Highfield Cheam Road Sutton Surrey

John Flemwell (Head) age 56, Anne Catherine (Wife) age 51, Frank (Son) age 24, plus 3 servants


Momington Road, Bournemouth Hampshire

Anne C Flemwell (Head) age 61, plus 1 servant


11 Lawrence Road, Hove, Sussex

Anne Catherine Flemwell (Head) age 71, plus 1 servant

Miscellaneous Information

"The Cobbler" Water colour by George Jackson Fleming

 The Standard Nov 21 1914

At the Dore Galleries, there is an exhibition of water-colours, “From Europe’s Playground,” by Mr George Flemwell. This artist, who has made a considerable reputation by his water-colours of Switzerland, has given the whole series of 36 pictures to the “Queen’s “Work for Women” Fund, so that the whole of the proceeds will go to the fund without deduction. To an intimate knowledge of Switzerland, particularly of its flora, Mr Flemwell brings a delicate sense of colour and a dexterous use of his medium.

The landscapes in his present exhibition are broader in style that we have been accustomed to see from his hand “Sunset near the Jura” (3), and “Sunset and Fog (Aiguille de Tours), (11), are two of the best, and among the flower studies we may pick out “Geutian” (15) and “The Giant Hypocharis” (16).

The Examiner 8th May 1920

Flower – Vandalism Mr. James Parkinson suggests a remedy

Vandalism Abroad – “I have enlisted the interest also of Mr George Flemwell, the botanist, who is the author of two masterpieces on flowers as they grow “The Flower Fields of Alpine Switzerland” and “Alpine Flowers and Gardens”. Mr Flemwell is one of the ablest painters of alpine scenery and flowers, and if fact resides in Switzerland, with a garden, at an altitude of 3,750 feet, full of rockworks and hundreds of alpines he has collected among the mountains and glaciers of the Higher Alps. But note whe he says! The celebrated alpine (limestone) garden of Rochers-de-Nave is the highest and most romantically situated in Europe, being at an altitude of 6,900 feet, and having for a background the Jungfrau, Elger and Moneh. The variety and beauty of its alpines was of the highest. During the war the custodian-gardener was mobilised, and goats and tourists broke in, ransacked and ruined the place! What sadness possesses one’s soul at hearing this! For here, this has been not thoughtlessness or childish folly, but pure, unadulterated vandalism. Yet, as Mr Flemwell says, “at no time in human history have the uplifting qualities of alpine scenery been more precious than nowadays, as a set-off to the Tango, the Fox-trot, and other aberrations. Wild life can play its part as never before; the world stands grievously in need of such clean beauty.