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Name: Thomas Wackrill

Burial Number: 0147

Gender: Male

Occupation: Journeyman Baker; Servant; Varnish Manufacturer; Baker; Landlord and Licensed Victualler;

Born: 00/10/1835

Died: 28/12/1888

Buried: 02/01/1889


No specific date of birth exists for William. This was common in Victorian times with baptisms being recorded instead (meant to be on the first Sunday, within two-to-four weeks of the birth.) He was baptised on 8th November 1835 at St. Nicholas church, Tooting Graveney. His mother was 34 year-old Elizabeth Wackrill (nee Stone,) born in York in 1801. His father Henry Wackrill was a 42 year-old gardener.

The 1841 census shows 6 year-old William living with his parents, 2 sisters and 3 brothers at Borradailes Farm, Streatham (named for the City Merchant family who owned and redeveloped the land.) By 1861, at the age of 25, he had left home to be apprenticed as a journeyman baker to Mr. Thomas Horley of Norfolk of 24 Brick Lane, Whitechapel. He was also employed in the household as a servant.

Two years later in October 1863 William married Jane Neal (b. 1843) of Rettenden, Essex in Kensington. Their first child Richard Thomas Wackrill (d. 1911) was baptised two years later in St Johns, Hackney on 15th October 1865 whilst the family were living at Portland Place. William was now employed as a varnish manufacturer.

Having returned to their previous address of 24 Brick Lane, Whitechapel William and Janes’ first daughter Elizabeth (known as Eliza Jane) was baptised at Spitalfields Christ Church, Stepney on 25th August 1867. By this time William was once again a baker. Eliza Jane would go on to live with William in his final year at Worthing. She died in Clapham in 1956.

Second daughter Louisa was baptised in a group ceremony (a common practice of the time) on Christmas Day 1871, but sadly died less than a year later.

Further tragedy occured on 21st November 1869 when Williams 76-year-old father Henry died in Westminister, London. He was buried in the same church he had watched his son being baptised in 34 years earlier.

Third daughter Rose was born on 12th January 1872 in Spitalfields and baptised at St. Mary Matfelon in the ‘struggling district’ of Whitechapel on 17th March 1872.

By 1874 it appears William had become landlord of ‘The Woolpack,’ High Street, Romford. Second son Thomas (d. 1932) was baptised in the ‘new’ church of St. Edward the Confessor in the same town on 25th October 1874.

In 1876 Williams mother Elizabeth died in Camberwell.

In 1881 William is recorded as a ‘visitor’ to 121 Richmond Street, Romford, his occupation given as ‘gentleman.’ H

is children Eliza Jane (13) and Thomas (6) are listed as ‘scholars’ (Victorian parlance for schoolchildren.)

By 1883 he had returned to London as the landlord of ‘The Bricklayers Arms’ 34 Settle Street. (A pub that would receive notoriety in the autumn of 1888 as being the last frequented by Swede ‘Long Liz’ Stride before she was murdered by Jack the Ripper on 30th September.)

During this period he lived with his family in Varden Street, Mile End, a terrace of Georgian town-houses.

His wife Jane died in Camberwell on 9th February 1887 aged 44. She is buried in Camberwell Old Cemetery, Southwark (plot 9988.)

Less than a year after his wife’s passing William moved to Worthing and had taken over ‘The Brunswick Hotel’ (formerly the ‘King and Queen’) in Little Heene as Licensed Victualler [publican/ landlord.]

He died there on 28th December 1888. His Estate was administered by his daughter Eliza Jane who also resided at ‘The Brunswick.’

William Thomas Wackrill was laid to rest by the Rector of St Botolph’s, Henry Mcleod Beckles on 2nd January 1889. A year that would see a further eleven burials in Heene Cemetery.

He left an Estate of 48po. 10s.

Researcher: Matt Bury

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Thomas Wackrill

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 1 Plot: 15

Exact Location (what3words): spin.straw.critic

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of our dear parents. Sacred to the memory of Wm. Thos. Wac...who ril…..Decr. 28th 1888 aged 53 . Also of Jane beloved wife of the above who died Feb 4th 1887 aged 49. Interred at Forest Hill Cemetery "Thy will be done" W.T.W. 1888 J.W. 1887

Further Information


Name: Thomas William Wackrill

Gender: Male

Born: 00/10/1835

Town: Streatham

County: Middlesex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: /10/1863

Spouse First Name: Jane

Spouse Last Name: Neal

Town of Marriage: Kensington

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 28/12/1888

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: The Brunswick Hotel

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £48 10 s -1 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Borradailes Farm, Streatham –


Living at 24 Brick Lane, Whitechapel –


Living at 121 Richmond Street, Romford –

Miscellaneous Information

No miscellaneous information is available for this burial record.