Cobbold and Kin: Life Stories from an East Anglian Family

Cobbold and Kin: Life Stories from an East Anglian Family

Clive Hodges

Personal eBook

Boydell Press



Charts the story of one of Suffolk's most significant families by uncovering the extraordinary breadth of the family's interests and geographical reach across five continents.
The Cobbold family, its roots firmly planted in East Anglia, is most commonly associated with the brewing industry and with Ipswich Town Football Club. This, however, is only a small part of the story. Over the centuries, the Cobbolds and their kin have turned their hand to almost every imaginable field of endeavour. This richly-illustrated book relates the lives of thirty-two of the family's most interesting and colourful characters across eight broad subjects: from industry and agriculture to faith, from the arts to empire, from public service to scientific enquiry, and from sport to military service. Not all bear the name Cobbold but all are related to the family.
Drawing on the archive of the Cobbold Family History Trust, the book reveals not only the extraordinary breadth of the family's interests but also its geographical reach. It is not merely a collection of life stories from Suffolk and East Anglia but ventures to five continents and remote regions of the world. Seldom could a more diverse cast of characters have been assembled in the pages of one book and each biography is set against its own historical canvas. Together, they encompass almost every aspect of the human condition - some tell of triumph over adversity, some are heartbreakingly tragic, others downright improbable.

CLIVE HODGES is an independent historian and freelance writer. He completed his PhD in History at the University of the West of England.


67 black and white illustrations
283 pages
24.4x17.2 cm
Personal eBook, 9781782043454, October 2014
Hardback, 9781843839545, October 2014
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS015000, HIS037030, BIO006000
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Table of Contents

Foreword by John Blatchly
Industry and Agriculture
The Arts
Public Service
Science and Academia
Military Service
A Final Word
Sources and Further Reading