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Name: Richard Cheeswright

Burial Number: 0374

Gender: Male

Occupation: Clerk to the Local Board of Guardians

Born: 00/00/1829

Died: 16/12/1901

Buried: 20/12/1901


Richard was born in St Pancras, the son of Richard and Isabella. He was baptised at St John’s Church, Hampstead on 21st June 1829. His father was a gold beater. Richard trained to be a solicitor’s clerk. On 4th June 1853, he married Elizabeth Merrett at Holy Trinity Church, Islington. Richard had trained as a solicitor’s clerk and in 1857, was granted the Freedom of the City of London. His son Frederick Richard was born the same year. In 1858, Richard was initiated into the Canonbury Lodge of the Freemasons. A second son, Beaumont was born in November 1860 but died the following year. By 1867, Richard was clerk of the Board of Health in Croydon. He went through several promotions until he became Chairman of the Board of Local Guardians. Richard’s wife Elizabeth died in August 1884. He retired from his duties in 1887, staying in Croydon with a housekeeper and cook to look after him. In the Spring of 1899, Richard moved to Worthing, living in a house in Queen’s Road which he named “Croydon”. He died there on 16th December 1901. Probate was granted on 7th February 1902 to Frederick Richard Cheeswright, timber merchant. Effects £6208 13s 10d. re-sworn £6319 18s 10d (approx £494K in 2020).


Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 2 Plot: 44

Exact Location (what3words): chase.gossip.relay

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In memory of Richard James Cheeswright died Decr. 18th 1901 aged 72 years

Further Information


Name: Richard James Cheeswright

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1829

Town: St Pancras

County: Middlesex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 4/6/1853

Spouse First Name: Elizabeth

Spouse Last Name: Merrett

Town of Marriage: Islington

County of Marriage: Middlesex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 16/12/1901

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: "Croydon"

Address line 2: Queen's Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 24th December 1901

“Funeral of Mr Cheeswright”

The funeral of the late Mr Richard James Cheeswright took place on Friday, the remains being interred in Heene Cemetery. The first portion of the burial service was conducted in Holy Trinity Church by the vicar (Rev. C J Hollis) who was assisted by the curate (Rev. G J Johnson). Amongst the mourners were Mrs Cheeswright (the widow), Mr F R Cheeswright (deceased’s son), Mr Donald Cheeswright (grandson), Mr W D Merrett, Mr William Crow, Mr T Merrett, Miss Dunkley, Mr George Pocock, Mr W C Beaumont, Dr H Leeds Harrison, Mr W Robert Crow, Mr Alec Crow, Mr H H Gardner (Chairman of the Gas Company) Messrs F Blaker, E C Patching, E Lephard (directors of the company), Mr W F Verrall (company secretary), Mr W A Walker (the manager), Mr F J Timms and Mr Williams.

The coffin, which was of polished oak with brass fittings, bore the following inscription “Richard James Cheeswright died December 16th 1901 aged 72 years “. There were a large number of floral tributes. Messrs Patching and Co were the undertakers. The late Mr Cheeswright was a former resident of Croydon, where he occupied the important position of Town Clerk; but he had long been associated with Worthing in a capacity of a director of the Gas Company. He ultimately came to take up his residence here in the Spring of 1899, and his previous association with Croydon was indicated in the name he bestowed upon his house in Queen’s Road, namely “Croydon House”.

The following week, the Gazette printed an apology. The widow mentioned was not Mrs Richard Cheeswright but the wife of Mr Frederick Cheeswright. Also Mr Cheeswright was not appointed as Town Clerk, as he opposed turning Croydon into a borough. He retired as Chairman of the Local Board of Guardians.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £6319 18 s 10 d

Current value of effects: £494000.00

Census Information


James Street, St Pancras.

Richard aged 49, gold beater. Isabella aged 44. Richard aged 12. Eliza aged 8. Emma aged 6.


Hedgerley, Buckinghamshire.

Richard aged 21, solicitor’s clerk, lodging in house of Henry Eley.


12 Portland Place, Islington.

Richard aged 31, solicitor’s clerk. Elizabeth aged 41. Beaumont aged 5 months. Plus 1 servant.



Croydon, Surrey

Richard aged 41, clerk. Isabella Mecult aged 16, niece. Plus 1 servant. (Elizabeth was visiting friends).


St Peter’s Road, Parkhurst, Croydon.

Richard aged 51, clerk to local board. Elizabeth aged 61. Frederick R aged 23, clerk. Plus 2 servants.


26 St Peter’s Road, Croydon.

Richard J aged 61, widower, retired clerk to local and burial board. Plus 2 servants.


“Croydon House” Queen’s Road, Worthing.

Richard aged 71, widower, retired clerk to local board. Plus 2 servants.

Miscellaneous Information

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