Collection date: Oct 1908
Frederick Hunting at Marylebone workhouse: age 79, 1 song ‘Come all you worthy Christian men’ FT1943 on 2 Oct 1908: Sharp noted this man’s sorry story: ‘Fred Hunting was born in Beccles (Suffolk) and was a coachman for many years at Cockfield Hall near Yoxford. His master died and he became a cab driver. Had a motor smash, lost a rib and is now broken down’.
Frederick Hunting was born in Beccles (10 miles inland from Lowestoft) in 1829, 2nd of 6 children of William Hunting, agricultural labourer and his wife Emily. By 1861 he was settled as a groom at Cockfield Hall with his wife Elizabeth, who was from Yarmouth. They had no children. They probably made the move to London in the mid-1870s and in 1891 Fred was a ‘cab driver, aged 60’ in Newnham St, Marylebone. Elizabeth died in 1905 and Fred is found in the 1911 census for Marylebone workhouse (RG14/557 p44), confirming that he was indeed a former cabman but was now ‘feeble-minded’. He died in July qr 1911 (1a 677).