I was recently interested to see an original old Will for sale on EBay with a connection to F G Ling Solicitor’s in Framlingham and having made a bid was successful in winning the item.
On receipt and closer inspection the Will is for George Pridie a Retired Customs Clerk who lived at D’Urban’s Farm in Framlingham and who died on 26th April 1898 aged 81.
I discovered that George Pridie was born on 3rd February 1817 in Pendleton in Lancashire and was the son of James and Susannah Pridie (nee Legge). On the 1881 census George is unmarried working as a Customs House Clerk and is living in Chadwell St Mary with his Housekeeper Alice Jane Savill and her family.
However by the 1891 census they had all moved to Framlingham and were living at D’Urbans Farm and George was now aged 76 and his occupation was shown as a Retired Officer of Customs.
George died in 1898 aged 81 and is buried in Framlingham Cemetery and the 1901 census shows D’Urban’s Farm as unoccupied and Alice Jane Savill and her family living in Ipswich.
George never married and had no family and his Will left his personal estate and effects to Alice Jane Savill his housekeeper.
The Will was written on 10th March 1888 and was witnessed by Thomas Morton Capon and Herbert Meredith Capon.
I am therefore intrigued to find out when and why George Pridie moved to D’Urban’s Farm in Framlingham from Chadwell St Mary in Essex and if he had any other connections to the town.
If anybody has any information I would be interested to hear from them.