The following is a transcription of the Last Will and Testament of Alfred Hitchcock (b. 1860), who died 03/Nov/1926. He was the uncle of director Alfred Hitchcock.
The primary beneficiary was his son, Alfred Charles Hitchcock (b. 1889).
The executors of the will were:
- John Sylvester Hitchcock (b. 1864)
Brother of the deceased.
- William John Lees (b. 1863)
Born in Walworth, Camberwell, London. He was a fishmonger who lived on Peckham Park Road, Peckham, Camberwell (1911 Census). He was married to Mary Elizabeth (1891 Census) and then Olive (1911 Census). He had at least four children: May, Frank, Robert and Alfred. It is possible he was a partner in John Hitchcock Ltd.
The will was proven on 31/Mar/1927 and the follow valuations recorded:
- gross value of estate — £18,334 11s. 6d.
- net value of personal estate — £12,076 6s. 8d.
- Alfred's first wife, Emma Gollop, died in 1903 and he remarried in 1913 to Elizabeth Amelia Welch. Given that the original will was written in 1920, it seems odd that he initially left nothing to his wife until the addition of the codicil in 1926.
- The will has been reformatted to improve readability.
Last Will and Testament
THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me ALFRED HITCHCOCK of 79 Bermondsey New Road in the county of Surrey, Fishmonger, and I hereby revoke all former wills and testamentary instruments made by me.
I appoint my brother John Hitchcock and William John Lees of Peckham Park Road Old Kent Road in the county of London EXECUTORS and trustees of this my will and I give to the said William John Lees the sum of one hundred pounds in case he shall prove my will and accept the trusteeship thereof.
I bequeath the following legacies namely:
- to my stepdaughter Henrietta Gallop the sum of £200
- to the said John Hitchcock for his own use the sum of £500
- to my sister in law Emma Hitchcock the sum of £100
- to my sister Mary Howe the sum of £500 or her children if she predeceases me
- and to my sister Emma Rhodes £500
All the residue of my estate including everything I have power to dispose of by will I give to my son Alfred Charles Hitchcock absolutely but in case he should predecease me then I give the same to such of my brothers and sisters as shall survive me.
IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 5th day of October 1920
Signed by the testator as and for his last will in the presence of us both being present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
- SNP BREWSTER, 3 Kings Bench Walk Temple EC
- GD BREWSTER, his clerk
I ALFRED HITCHCOCK of 23 Jerningham Road New Cross and 79 Tower Bridge Road made this to be a CODICIL to my will I give my wife an annuity during her life of three pounds per week and I revoke the legacy of £500 given to my sister Mrs Alice Howe and instead I give her an annuity of one pound a week during her life and in all other respects I confirm my said will DATED this 25th October 1926
Signed by the testator in our presence and by us in his presence all three being present at the same time
- OLIVER McCARTHY MB, 90 Herne Hill SE
- SNP BREWSTER Solr, 3 Kings Bench Walk Temple EC