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Name: Richard Lidbetter

Burial Number: 0297

Gender: Male

Occupation: Fundholder

Born: 26/4/1838

Died: 21/03/1898

Buried: 24/03/1898


Richard Francis was born to mother, Sophia Sarah, and father, Leonard Lidbetter Esquire, in Droxford, Hampshire on the 26th April 1838 and appears to have been baptised the same day. Richard had 11 siblings – six boys and five girls. At the time of birth and baptism, the family’s address was noted on the baptism record as ‘Swanmore’ in Droxford, Southampton. The address remains the same when Richard turned 3 on the 1841 census.

In 1851, Richard and his family had moved to ‘Maudlin House’ in Bramber, near Steyning, West Sussex. Richard and his siblings are listed as students in the census and his father’s occupation is ‘Farmer of 800 acres […]’, and his mother is simply listed as ‘Wife’. Eight years later, we see a directory stating ‘Richard Lidbetter, esq.’ is living at ‘Magdalen House’. Maudlin and Magdalen are used interchangeably throughout history in this area of Bramber, Sussex.

The next 22 years are currently unknown due to lack of documentation available.

1881 reveals Richard living in a room at ’16 St.George’s Terrace, Brighton’ with his occupation listed as ‘Fundholder’ at the age of 43. He had also sadly lost three brothers and a sister in this time as well as his parents. Two years later, in 1883, Richard loses another brother.

1891 sees Richard living at his sister-in-law’s house, ‘5 Queens Road, Heene’ as a gentleman ‘living on his [own] means’ at age 53. Sadly, only 7 years later sees the death of Richard aged 59 years. Probate gives the address at death as Salisbury Lodge, Queen’s Road, Worthing. Heene records show Richard Francis was buried on the 24th March 1898.

Effects amount to £6996 5s. 3d.

Researcher: Sophie Watts

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 13 Plot: 22

Exact Location (what3words): split.part.baked

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In ever loving and grateful memory of RICHARD FRANCIS LIDBETTER who fell asleep March 21st, 1898 aged 60 years. "Sanctified and meet for the master's use". Also of PERCY M B LIDBETTER elder son of the late T.G. and A.J. LIDBETTER who died at Busra Feb 23rd 1916 aged 38 Safe in the arms of Jesus. Also of MILLY LIDBETTER youngest daughter of the late T.G and A.J LIDBETTER called to higher service May 31st 1920 aged 44 years "It is only till He come"

Further Information


Name: Richard Francis Lidbetter

Gender: Male

Born: 26/4/1838

Town: Droxford

County: Hampshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 21/03/1898

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Salisbury Lodge

Address line 3: Queen's Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £6996 5 s 3 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at Swanmore, Droxford – Leonard Lidbetter, 45yrs, Farmer; Sophia Lidbetter, 32yrs; Sophia Lidbetter, 5yrs; Mary Lidbetter, 4yrs; Richard Lidbetter, 3yrs; Ambrose Lidbetter, 1yrs; William Lidbetter, 3mths;


Living at Maudlin House, Bramber – Leonard Lidbetter, 57yrs, Farmer of 800 acres, 25 men, 8 boys; Sophia Sarah, 42yrs; Richard, 60yrs, Brother; Leonard Henry, 16yrs; Richard Francis, 13yrs; Maria Elizabeth, 10yrs; Emily Barbara, 7yrs; Sammuel, 6yrs; Thomas, 4yrs; William Frederick, 2yrs; Sophia Sarah Bennison, 21yrs, Niece; Emma Bennison, 14yrs, Niece; Ellen Mitchell, 18yrs, Servant; Jane Trusler Hoad, 18yrs, Servant


Living at 16 St George’s Terrace, Brighton – Richard Lidbetter, 43yrs, Fund Holder;


Living at 5 Queens Road, Worthing – Amelia Lidbetter, 39yrs, Widow; Ellen S Lidbetter, 17yrs, School Governess; Amelia J Lidbetter, 15yrs, Scholar; Arthur E, 11yrs, Scholar; Amelia Bankes, 70yrs, Mother; Richard F Lidbetter, 53yrs, Brother in Law;

Miscellaneous Information

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