Portrait of William Akers

Name: William Akers

Burial Number: 0674

Gender: Male

Occupation: Warehouseman; Colonial Drapery Buying Agent;

Born: 00/2/1852

Died: 09/08/1912

Buried: 14/08/1912


William was born in Roydon, son of George Abraham Akers and his wife Mary. He was baptised at Roydon on 22 Feb 1852. His father was a farmer. William found employment in London as a warehouseman, living in one of the hostels run by Messrs Cook Son & Co. They were England’s largest wholesale clothing traders and drapers. Their base since 1834 was in the Castle Baynard area near St Paul’s. In 1891 employees living on the premises included 22 porters, 5 manservants, 10 housemaids, 50 clerks, 77 warehousemen and a house steward.
William married Caroline Ann Wells at Holy Trinity Church, Newington on 23 Dec 1876. The couple set up home in Islington before moving to Camberwell. William set up his own business as a colonial buying agent in the drapery business. His office was at 9 Warwick Square, Newgate in 1902.
By 1909, William and Caroline had moved to Worthing, living at “Akerdene” in Belsize Road.
William died at Bayford House, Sandhurst, Cranbrook, Kent on 9 Aug 1912. Probate was granted on 14 Sep to Caroline Ann Akers widow and Henry Herbert Akers gentleman.
Effects £5215 7s 11d.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for William Akers

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 2 Plot: 19

Exact Location (what3words): shape.elder.agent

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



A variant of the Cross Pattee popular in Christian symbolism of late antiquity and the early medieval period. The Celtic Knots in the pattee cross came about in or around 450AD, before the Celts could be influenced by Christianity. Celtic culture took the form of knots, spirals, plait, braid, step and key patterns to depict richly symbolic seven creations. These creations were: man, mammal, plant, insect, bird, fish and reptile. Just as each of these symbolizes something important, so do the kinds of Celtic knots. This is why they are often used in Christianity to symbolize the Holy Trinity.


In loving memory of William Iredale Akers who passed away August the 9th 1912 in the 61st year of his age "At rest" Also of Caroline Ann wife of the above who died 26th Sept 1916 aged 68

Further Information


Name: William Iredale Akers

Gender: Male

Born: 00/2/1852

Town: Roydon

County: Essex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 23/12/1876

Spouse First Name: Caroline

Spouse Second Name: Ann

Spouse Last Name: Wells

Town of Marriage: Newington

County of Marriage: Surrey

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 09/08/1912

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Bayford House

Address line 3: Sandhurst

Town: Cranbrook

County: Kent

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £5215 7 s 11 d

Current value of effects: £408000.00

Census Information


Rush Green Farm, Roydon (Liberty of Little Amwell), Essex.

George aged 40, farmer of 150 acres employing 7 men and 1 boy. Mary aged 34. William aged 9. George aged 7. Henry aged 5. Thomas aged 1. Stanley aged 3 months. Mary aged 12. Julia aged 10. Plus 1 servant.


6 Carter Lane + 10-15 Sermon Lane + 2,3,4 Knowles Court, Castle Baynard, London.

William aged 19, warehouseman, boarding in one of the hostels run by Messrs Cook Son and Co, wholesale clothing traders and drapers.


39 Balfour Road, Islington.

William aged 29, commercial traveller. Carrie aged 33. Arthur Wells aged 37, brother-in-law, accountant. Plus 1 servant.


104 Wood Vale, Camberwell.

William aged 39, merchant’s clerk. Caroline aged 35. Plus 1 servant.


16 Shadella Road, Camberwell.

William aged 49, colonial buying agent. Caroline aged 48. Plus 1 servant.


“Akerdene” Belsize Road, Worthing.

William aged 59, commission agent. Caroline aged 63. Plus 1 servant.

Miscellaneous Information

William Akers and William Paine

A postcard produced to celebrate the coronation of George V and Queen Mary in 1911. These two were neighbours in Belsize Road and they are both buried at Heene. The one leaning on the gate at Akerdene is William Iredale Akers and the other by the Fernlea gate is William Paine.

FoHC Acknowledge the Geoffrey Godden Collection and Worthing Library Service, for the permission to publish these photographs.