Edward Burchatt Wingfield (1845-1885)

From Historical Hastings


Born in December of 1845, Edward began his career as a brick-maker, living with his family at 5 East Ascent[1] until he married Sarah Hughes in 1881[2]. Around this time, Census returns described him as being a Contractor[3].

He later became an entepreneur who ran a furniture removal business, building and several other companies who purchased Tower Buildings on Lower South Road to use the building as a furniture repository.

In 1877, he added a tower to the warehouse, with the intention of providing four clock faces to serve the locality, but this did not happen due to him over-extending his finances when undertaking a large construction project c1883 at West St Leonards to provide an hotel for that part of town.

It is believed that due to the financial pressures he committed suicide. There was a rumour that he had jumped off the Bohemia Tower, whereas in reality, he was at the Marina building site where on 25th February, 1885, he cut his throat and jumped from a first floor bedroom window; leaving his wife and three year old daughter (Marguerite Sarah Wingfield (1882-1944). His estate was valued at £4719 5s. 8d.[4].

References & Notes

  1. UK Census 1871
  2. England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index: 1837-1915
  3. UK Census 1881
  4. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1885