Finbow

Finbow is a name that crops up quite a lot in Stowupland. Not all the people with the surmane mentioned here maybe related.

Mr Frederick Walter Finbow (known as Walter) was born in the closing years of the  19th century.

He became head master of Earl Stonham School, but he only became a teacher because his father said the family couldn’t afford to send him to university. His sister Laura married Charles Wilden.

However in his spare time he studied to become a Lay Reader, by the mid 1960’s he estimated he had preached in 50 to 60 churches and conducted nearly 2000 services.

He was a Lay reader for 25 years. At Holy Trinity Church, Stowupland he was presented with a wrist watch to mark the 25th year in a service conducted by the Rev G. Whitefield. The presentation was made by the church wardens Mr Allard and Mr F. Welham. His wife received a bouquet of flowers. St Mary’s Church, Old Newton, marked the occasion with a presentation of a coffee table.

He died October 17th,1967 at the age of 71. 200 people attended his funeral at Holy Trinity Church and five clergy officiated.(details from various press cuttings.

Susanne Miriam Finbow d 12/9/1968 age 68

From Stowmarket papers from WW1 mentions Cyclist F.W. Finbow 6th Suffolks.