Postcard Album: Mr Isaac Ingall

14 Oct

This postcard is a little different from my usual subject matter, very rarely do I stray from my usual topographical collecting themes, but I made an exception for this one because of the interesting story it tells.

The claim that Isaac Ingall lived to a great age is repeated many times on the internet, but I can’t see that any detailed research has been done that backs it up, but equally I can’t see anything that refutes the claim either, but I could be wrong. He is buried at Battle Abbey, where had he seemingly worked as a butler and a photo of his headstone can be seen here.

As for the postcard itself, there are no clues as to the age of the card, it is based on a much older portrait (which looks like it is now in The British Museum).

There is also a good reason why I chose this postcard today, because the 14th October marks the 945th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, which every schoolboy knows (or ought to) didn’t take place in Hastings but in nearby Battle, East Sussex, where Isaac Ingall was buried.

Copyright © 2011 John Gasson.
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