William Chubb

Date published: 19/09/2014
© Newbury Weekly News





Mr. Chubb, whose decease we record to-day with sincere regret, was among the oldest inhabitant of the town, having for half-a-century been closely identified with the “hamlet” of Speenhamland, where until quite recently he resided. His father carried on business there as a hairdresser, and to this Mr. Chubb succeeded, relinquishing it about ten or twelve years ago. In his personal character, Mr. Chubb was naturally retiring and unostentatious, yet from his genial and kindly disposition, his good judgement, and his ready sympathy with every benevolent work, he has enjoyed in a high degree the esteem and confidence of his fellow townsmen.


He will perhaps be best remembered by his work in connection with the Newbury Congregational Sunday School of which he was for upwards of 20 years the devoted and zealous superintendent. His interest in the welfare of the young was ever prominent, and many of the present and rising generation will long cherish his memory in grateful remembrance. Mr. Chubb possessed considerable literary and artistic talent; he was widely familiar with English literature, and had no mean skill as an artist. He would occasionally contribute to the columns of this journal, and we may mention that the verse on the Jubilee Clock last week were from his pen

He had for some time in impaired health, and no doubt a fall which recently he had in Northbrook-street must have seriously shaken him, but though under medical treatment, no apprehensions were entertained, but on Friday morning it was found that he had quietly passed away in his sleep.

The funeral took place on Tuesday in the cemetery. Following the hearse, in addition to members of the family, were the deacons of the Congregational Church, and about 40 of the Sunday School teachers, by whom a beautiful wreath was laid on the coffin. The funeral service was impressively conducted by the Rev. E. Griffiths of Thatcham, and at The grave the hymn was sung-

“Give the wings of faith to rise

Within the veil, and see

The saints above, how great their joys,

How bright their glories be.”


A large number of spectators were present, and in many cases were put up and blinds drawn as the funeral cortège passed through the town.

The arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Penford & Son.

Newbury Weekly News 14 March 1889


William Chubb son of William and Eliza christened 25 March 1818 Newbury

William Chubb aged 71 died Mar Q 1889 aged 71

Sources:Newbury Weekly News 14 March 1889

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