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Name: Thomas Cracknell

Burial Number: 0505

Gender: Male

Occupation: Shopman; Clerk in a Tobacco Warehouse; Wine Merchant;

Born: 00/00/1833

Died: 30/06/1906

Buried: 04/07/1906


Thomas was born in Bocking, Essex, son of Joseph Cracknell, (a Silk Weaver in 1841), and Ann.
In 1851 he was living in Clerkenwell, in the Household of his older brother William.Thomas was then a ‘Shopman’, and a widower. (He first wife was Elizabeth, who was from Steeple Bumpstead, in Essex).
In 1861 Thomas had his own household in Shoreditch. He was a Clerk in a Tobacco Warehouse. His parents, Joseph and Ann, were sharing his home.
Agnes Sarah was born in Stoke Newington daughter of Charles Law, from Northampton, a Gardener in 1837, later a Victualler, and Phillis (nee Bailey). (Phillis was Charles’ second wife. Agnes had an older half-sister Lucy Maria). In 1861 Agnes was living with her parents in Shoreditch, an Assistant to her father.
Agnes and Thomas were married in Camden, in 1863.
In 1881 they were living in Broadwater Street, Thomas a Wine Merchant. Agnes had her mother Phillis Law with her, and a Scottish Domestic Servant.
Thomas was granted probate, together with William Sams, over the will of John Tilbury in 1883. (see May’s Botolph Bell). He was described as ‘Thomas Cracknell, Gentleman.’
In 1891, Thomas and Agnes were living in Yew Tree House in Yapton. Thomas was described as a Retired Wine Merchant. Also in the Household was Phillis, and a General Servant from Yapton. Phillis died in 1898, aged 98.
By 1901 Thomas and Agnes had moved to ‘St Michael’s’, Church Road, Heene, with a Domestic Servant. Agnes died there in 1905, and Thomas in 1906.

Researcher: Liz Lane

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Thomas Cracknell died 30th June 1906 aged 73 years "Memorae Sacrum" Agnes Sarah Cracknell died May 7th 1905 aged 68 years "Father in Thy gracious keeping, Leave we now Thy sevants sleeping"

Further Information


Name: Thomas Cracknell

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1833

Town: Unknown

County: Essex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1863

Spouse First Name: Agnes

Spouse Second Name: Sarah

Spouse Last Name: Law

Town of Marriage: Camden

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 30/06/1906

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: St Michael's

Address line 3: Church Road

Town: Heene

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at 21 Aylesbury Street, Finsbury, Middlesex – William Cracknell, 30yrs, Grocer employing 1 Shopman; Elizabeth Cracknell, 30yrs; William A Cracknell, 9mths; Thomas Cracknell, 18yrs, Shopman;


Living at 11 Ipswich Road, Shoreditch, London – Thomas Cracknell, 28yrs, Widower, Clerk in Tobacco Merchants; Joseph Cracknell, 59yrs, Father, Silk Weaver; Ann Cracknell, 54yrs;


Living at 201 Liverpool Road, Islington, London – Thomas Cracknell, 38yrs, Licensed Victualler; Agnes Cracknell, 34yrs; Phillis Law, 71yrs, Mother; John Mason, 26yrs, Servant; James Spilman, 21yrs, Servant; Elizabeth Ann Huntzer, 23yrs, Servant;


Living at Broadwater Street, Worthing – Thomas Cracknell (head) age 48, Agnes (Wife) age 44, Phillis Law (Mother in Law) age 81, plus 1 servant


Living at Year Tree House Yapton, Sussex – Thomas Cracknel (Head) age 58, Agnes Sarah (Wife) age 54, Phillis law (Mother in Law) age 91, plus 1 servant


St Michaels Church Road Worthing Sussex – Thomas Cracknell (Head) age 68, Agnes (Wife) age 64, plus 1 servant

Miscellaneous Information

By order of the Executors, Heene, Worthing, Sussex

Messrs. Jordan and Co. are favoured with instructions from the Executors of the late Thomas Cracknell, Esq., to sell by public auction at the Town Hall Worthing, on Thursday, August 30, 1906, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon precisely, that exceptionally choice and valuable detached freehold residence, known as St Michael’s, Church Road, Heene, to which it has a frontage of 119ft.6in.
The house is approached by a carriage drive, and contains good entrance hall, dining room, drawing room, conservatory, morning room, five bedrooms, dressing room, bath room (with hot and cold water supplies), kitchen, scullery, larder, butlers pantry, capital cellarage. There is also a detached building with large store room over and coal cellar, cycle house, and potting shed under.
The grounds, which are beautifully laid out, comprise nearly 1.1/4 acres, are specially attractive, and include tennis lawn, croquet lawn, pretty flower beds, fountain and fish pond, and well stocked kitchen and fruit gardens, and watercress beds. The carriage drive is continued from the front of th house to the garden entrance in St Michael’s Road.
Property of this class is seldom in the market, and the present occasion offers an unique opportunity to secure for immediate occupation a comfortable residence, with charming surroundings, situate within a few minutes walk of the sea, and in the most favourite part of the borough.
Should the property not be sold as a whole it will be offered in Lots, suitable for the erection of villa residences, which are so much in demand in this locality.
There is a frontage to St Michael’s Road of 229ft. and a return frontage to Heene Road of 165ft.
Possession will be given on completion of purchase.
Plans, with photos, and particulars and conditions of sale may be obtained of Messrs. Melvill Green and Charles Solicitors, Worthing; and of the Auctioneers, at their offices, 35 and 37 South Street, Worthing.
The furniture and effects of the above residence will be sold by auction, on Tuesday and Wednesday Sept. 4th and 5th, on the premises at 2pm, each day, and include a valuable collection of over 100 oil paintings, water colours, and engravings, and about 200 ounces of silver.
Catalogues may be obtained at the Auctioneers’ Offices, 35 and 37 South Street Worthing.