Walter Inskipp (1795-1855)

From Historical Hastings

Walter Inskipp
Born11 March 1795
Died17 August 1855
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Ellis (1802-1875)

Walter Inskipp was a local architect[1] and surveyor. Little has been discovered about his early life other than his marriage to Elizabeth Ellis in 1828, but in 1831, he was listed as a surveyor at 55 George Street in connection with the letting of Hastings House[2] and again in 1837[3]. In 1834, he is listed as the architect in a request for tenders to construct a new road over the Gensing Farm running from 'The Warriors Gate to the Hollington Road' - now London Road[4]. 1837 sees him listed as surveyor for the 'Magdalen Estate' overseeing plans to divert a footpath from Cuckoo Hill to 'The Hollington Road' - the latter being modern-day Battle Road[5]. Both this and the later letting of Hastings House[3] have his address as being London Road, although a house number/name is not given.

During 1841, he is listed as the owner of 10 Grand Parade (numbers 1 to 12 having been designed by him in 1831, construction being completed in 1832, and originally named 'Adelaide Place'[6]and living in London Road[7]), with a retrospective by Brett stating that he was resident at 'Saxon House', Grand Parade, the ground floor of which was a booking office for the London and Brighton coaches - although Brett gives the number as 16. This may be correct - Brett not giving any exact date for this[8]. In 1842, he was fined 10s. for leaving a jury assembled for the Hastings Quarter Sessions[9], again being a member of a jury in 1854, although this time it would appear he stayed in court for the proceedings[10]. He constructed numbers 1 and 3 Warrior Square in 1845[11], although it is uncertain as to whether he resided in either of these properties. In addition to the various construction projects previously listed, Walter designed a number of reservoirs around the town[12]

Later, in 1851 he is listed as being at Cliff Cottages, 3 White Rock Place in 1851[13][14](now Eversfield Place). Walter passed away on the 17th of August 1855[15].


Children of: Walter Inskipp and Elizabeth Ellis (1802-1875)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Alice Inskipp (1828-1877)


Janett Inskipp (1831-1883)


Charlotte Inskipp (1833-1868)


Mary Inskipp (1835-1902)


Elizabeth Inskipp (1838-1896)


Rosabel Inskipp (1845-)


References & Notes

  1. Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 3 Chap. 27
  2. British Newspaper Archive Brighton Gazette 14 April 1831 Pg. 0001
  3. a b British Newspaper Archive Morning Post 3 May 1839 Pg. 0001
  4. British Newspaper Archive Sussex Advertiser 10 February 1834 Pg. 0001
  5. British Newspaper Archive Sussex Advertiser 21 August 1837 Pg. 0001
  6. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 25 March 1905 Pg. 0006 - T. B. Brett
  7. Electoral Register 1842, Hastings Polling District; No 5467
  8. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 20 July 1878 Pg. 0005
  9. British Newspaper Archive Sussex Advertiser 1 November 1842 Pg. 0002
  10. British Newspaper Archive Sussex Advertiser 17 January 1854 Pg. 0005
  11. Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 3 Chap 33
  12. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 8 September 1877 Pg. 0006
  13. Post Office Directory 1851
  14. UK Census 1851
  15. British Newspaper Archive Kentish Gazette 28 August 1855 Pg. 0005