Soham Grammarians: Beechurst House in the time of the Morbey family

Charles Morbey made a fortune in the world of racing (e.g. Canterbury Pilgrim) and was a substantial local landowner (e.g. in Burwell).

On 8th April 1885 Charles Morbey, of the The Moat, Soham, was married at St. Georges, Bloomsbury, London to Annie Jugg, youngest daughter of the late William Jugg, Soham.

'Beechurst' was built by him in 1901. He also owned Brandon Hall in Suffolk.

On Thursday, 9th August 1917 Charles Frederick William Morbey, Captain, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died aged 28. He was the son of Charles and Annie Morbey, of 'Beechurst', Soham, Cambs. He is buried in MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I.K.8.

Captain CFW Morbey is also commemorated on a memorial to the Soham Grammarians who fell in WWI which was erected in the then premises of the school in Churchgate Street in the centre of Soham. When his home, Beechurst, was purchased by Cambridgeshire County Council in 1925 as the new premises for the school the memorial was removed to the porch at Beechurst.

In 1945 The Moat was purchased by Edward Armitage, the new headmaster of the Grammar School and in 1946 he began to provide boarding accommodation for a small number of SGS pupils. The Moat is owned by the Jarman family: Mrs Anne Jarman - née Ford - is the grandaughter of Charles Morbey.

Beechurst House when occupied by the Morbey family

The Morbey family: Miss Winifred Morbey (Mrs Ford to be) on right with dog

Miss Winifred Morbey, with Lamb & Billy

The conservatory (see also

unless otherwise stated , images via Mrs Anne Jarman, née Ford, grandaughter of Charles Morbey
created 22 Aug 2004, updated 8 Oct 2009