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Name: Thomas Bushby

Burial Number: 0848

Gender: Male

Occupation: Gardener; Market Gardener; Farmer; Fruit Grower;

Born: 00/00/1844

Died: 22/12/1916

Buried: 26/12/1916


Thomas Bushby was born in Sompting about 1844, son of Thomas and Helen Bushby. Thomas senior was born in Lancing in 1806 and died in Heene in 1854.

In the 1861 census, aged 17, in Heene Lane (now Heene Road), son Thomas was living with his widowed mother, Helen, who is described as a Farmer and Market Gardener of 55 acres, employing 18 Labourers and 6 boys! Her household consisted of 3 sons, 2 daughters and a 38 year-old cousin, Frank Bushby, who was managing the farm and garden, plus 20 year-old Jane Brown, a House Servant, born Worthing.

(Helen married Frank, her husband’s cousin, in 1861)

Thomas married Annie (nee Hack) in Brighton in 1866.

In 1871 they were living in Anchor Road, Worthing – now Lyndhurst Road – with their first three children, son Arthur Ernest, 3, daughters Jennie Rose, 2, and Agnes May, 5 months. Thomas was a Gardener as he was 10 years later, then living in Park Terrace, with Annie, Arthur, Jennie, May (Agnes), plus Thomas, Frederick and Evelyn.

In 1881 and 1891 they were living at Heene Farm – also known as Bushby’s Farm – which was where numbers 131 and 141 Heene Road are now – some of the old flint walls still stand. Thomas was then a Market Gardener and Nurseryman, with sons Arthur, Thomas and Frederick as his Assistants. They had one Domestic Servant, Fanny Grinsted from Nuthurst.

In 1901 the family were living at The Homestead, Heene. (In Pigot’s 1823 Directory, there was a Homestead in Downview Rd and another in St Botolph’s Rd.) Thomas was now a Farmer and Fruit Grower, Employer, with Annie, daughters Jennie and Evelyn  at home, single, and a 17 year-old Domestic Servant, Annie Driscoll.

In 1911 they were living at Heene Croft, in Heene Road. Croft Cottage is the flint-walled house with barred windows in Heene Road, just above Heene Gallery. It is likely that this is the same place as Heene Croft. Thomas was a Market Gardener, living with Annie, daughters Jennie, Agnes Mary, now a widow, and Evelyn Annie Buckeridge (married in 1905 to Malcolm Buckeridge. They had a daughter, Vera, in 1907, but she died in 1908. Malcolm was living in London, as a single man, in 1911).

Researcher: Liz Lane

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 6 Plot: 28

Exact Location (what3words): year.rooms.person

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of Thomas Bushby who departed this life 22nd Dec 1916 aged 72 years. Also Annie wife of the above who died 24th May 1927 and their daughters Jennie Rose died 25th Dec 1963, Evelyn Annie.

Further Information


Name: Thomas Bushby

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1844

Town: Sompting

County: West Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1866

Spouse First Name: Annie

Spouse Last Name: Hack

Town of Marriage: Brighton

County of Marriage: East Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 22/12/1916

Cause of death: Unknown

Town: Unknown

County: Unknown

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at Anchor Lane, Worthing – Thomas Bushby, 27yrs, Gardener; Annie Bushby, 27yrs; Arthur E Bushby, 3yrs; Jennie R Bushby, 2yrs;


Living at Park Road, Worthing – Thomas Bushby, 38yrs, Gardener; Annie Bushby, 38yrs; Arthur Bushby, 13yrs; Jennie Bushby, 12yrs; May Bushby, 10yrs; Thomas Bushby, 8yrs; Frederick Bushby, 6yrs; Evelyn Bushby, 1yr;


Living at Heene Farm, Heene Road, Worthing – Thomas Bushby, 48yrs, Market Gardener and Nurseryman; Annie Bushby, 48yrs; Arthur E Bushby, 23yrs, Nurseryman’s Assistant; Jennie R Bushby, 21yrs; Agnes M Bushby, 19yrs; Thomas H Bushby, 18yrs, Nurseryman’s Assistant; Frederick W Bushby, 16yrs, Nurseryman’s Assistant; Evelyn  A T Bushby, 11yrs; Fanny Grinstead, 16yrs, General Servant;


Living at Homestead, Heene Road, Worthing – Thomas Bushby, 57yrs, Farmer and Fruit Grower; Annie Bushby, 58yrs; Jennie Bushby, 32yrs; Evelyn Bushby, 20yrs; Annie Driscoll, 17yrs, Domestic Servant;


Living at Heene Croft, Heene Road, Worthing – Thomas Bushby, 61yrs, Market Gardener; Annie Bushby, 61yrs; Jennie Bushby, 40yrs; Agnes May Salmer, 38yrs, Private Means; Evelyn Buckeridge, 30yrs, Private Means; Ethel Treman, 23yrs, General Servant;

Miscellaneous Information

St Botolph's Church - a window dedicated to Thomas and Annie Bushby

In 1953 a window in the Church was dedicated to Thomas and Annie Bushby. On the North wall of the Church there is also a memorial window to their daughter Jennie Rose who died in 1963, aged 91. The Bushbys were significant folk in Heene.