Felix Cobbold

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Felix Cobbold

Felix Thornley Cobbold (8 September 1841 – 6 December 1909)[1] was a British banker, barrister and Liberal Party politician. He was a member of a brewing family but not a brewer himself.


Cobbold was the son of John Cobbold, Member of Parliament for Ipswich, and his wife Lucy, daughter of Henry Patteson (sometime Rector of Drinkstone and of Wortham, Suffolk). John Cobbold, Thomas Cobbold and Nathaniel Cobbold, grandfather of Cameron Cobbold, 1st Baron Cobbold, were his elder brothers. He was educated at King's College, Cambridge, and later became a senior fellow of this college.[2] Cobbold also sat as Member of Parliament for Stowmarket in Suffolk between 1885 and 1886, and for Ipswich between 1906 and his death. Although he opposed Irish Home Rule originally, he returned to the Liberal Party as an advanced Radical. In 1895 he presented Christchurch Mansion to the town of Ipswich as part of an arrangement to preserve the mansion and surrounding Christchurch Park from development.[3] He also bequeathed Gippeswyk Park to Ipswich. Cobbold died in December 1909, aged 68.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with "I"". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Cobbold, Felix Thornley (CBLT861FT)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ The man who saved the mansion, Steven Russell, 15 October 2009


Further reading[edit]

Clive Hodges: Cobbold & Kin: Life Stories from an East Anglian Family (Woodbridge, Boydell Press, 2014) ISBN 9781843839545

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Stowmarket
Succeeded by
Edward Greene
Preceded by
Charles Dalrymple
Daniel Ford Goddard
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: Daniel Ford Goddard
Succeeded by
Daniel Ford Goddard
Silvester Horne