Fred Brett‘s great grandmother was Emma Cook née Thurlow. Emma was born in 1848 in Butley in Suffolk, the first child of innkeeper John Thurlow (b.1822 in Harwich, Essex) and his wife Mary Ann née Easter.

St John the Baptist church Butley

St John the Baptist church, Butley

In 1861, John Thurlow can be found as farmer of 160 acres employing one man and a boy. It is likely that he took over running Brick Kiln Farm in Aldeburgh from his father-in-law John Easter, who died in 1856. By 1869 however John was back behind the bar, this time in St Peter’s Ipswich.

It seems likely that John took over from his father (also John) at the Butley pub when he died in 1841. Pigot’s Directory (1823-4) of Suffolk records one John Thurlow at the Queen’s Head in Ipswich. According to the Suffolk Real Ale Guide, there were two pubs of that name, one at 33 St Matthew’s Street and the other in Fore Hamlet close to the waterfront, both closed and probably demolished with re-development of the city.