John Cobbold (1797–1882)

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John Chevallier Cobbold DL JP (24 August 1797 – 6 October 1882) [1] was a British brewer, railway developer and Conservative Party politician.


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John Chevallier Cobbold - English brewer and railway pioneer


Cobbold was the son of John Cobbold and Harriet, daughter of Temple Chevallier (a priest).

Business career

Cobbold was a member of an established brewing family who had been brewing beer in Ipswich since 1746. [2]

He was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Eastern Union Railway (EUR) which saw Ipswich connected to Colchester (and thus London) by rail in 1846 and the Ipswich and Bury Railway which saw the railway open to Bury St Edmunds in 1847. The two railways merged and a line to Norwich was opened in 1849. The EUR was taken over by the Eastern Counties Railway (ECR) in 1854 with ECR chairman David Waddington leading the negotiations and driving a hard bargain leading Cobbold to remark "a strong minority of our Board consider that you have done us". [3]

He also had shipping interests and between 1820 and 1865 more than 20 ships of up to 350 tons were acquired for regular trading with India and China. [4]

Political career

Cobbold was Mayor of Ipswich between 1842 and 1843. He entered Parliament as one of two representatives for the Ipswich constituency at the 1847 general election, [5] and held the seat until his defeat at the 1868 general election. [5]


Cobbold married Lucy, daughter of Henry Patteson (a priest), in 1827. They had eight sons and five daughters. Their sons included John, Thomas, Felix and Nathaniel, grandfather of Cameron Cobbold, 1st Baron Cobbold. Lucy died in 1879. Cobbold survived her by three years and died in October 1882, aged 85.


  1. "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with "I"". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Archived from the original on 25 December 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  2. "Tolly Cobbold, Ipswich". Rate Beer. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  3. Dalling, G (August 1978). "David Waddington - a great survivor". Great Eastern Railway Society Journal. 19: 20.
  4. Cobbold, Anthony. "John Chevallier COBBOLD". The Cobbold Family History Trust. The Cobbold Family History Trust. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  5. 1 2 Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 162–163. ISBN   0-900178-26-4.

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Further reading

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

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Neilson Gladstone
Sackville Lane-Fox
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: Hugh Adair
Succeeded by
Hugh Adair
Henry Wyndham-West