Anna Wing in the Lippiatt, Searle, Cobb, Alder Family (Part 6)

When I was away last week I had a message from a descendant of Thomas Lippiatt and Sarah Jane Sheate who lives in New Zealand. This is part of his message “I was excited to find that you have a wedding photo of Thomas Lippiatt and Sarah Jane Sheate.
Sarah Jane is my Great Grandfathers cousin. Their Fathers being brothers


Thomas Lippiatt & Sarah Jane Sheate married on 19th August 1895 in Brentford, Middlesex


He went on to say that one of their Grandchildren “Peter Reginald Davey married 1st Eva (Anna) Wing the Actress who played Lou Beale in EastEnders, Their son is Mark Wing-Davey who is involved in the theatre” How fabulous is that! This lovely chap Micheal is now in contact with the descendant in the UK who now owns all the family photographs that I found. Micheal was also kind enough to share the wedding certificate with me too.

Thomas Lippiatt & Sarah Jane Sheate

Anna Wing was born Eva Lydia Catherine Wing on 30 October 1914 in Hackney, London to parents Albert Wing & Eugenie Sawyer, they had married on 7 September 1901. Her family had lived in London’s East End for several generations, and her parents ran a fruit & veg shop. She is best known to all of us of course for portraying the Beale & Fowler family matriarch Lou Beale on BBC’s East Enders from 19 February 1985, until the character was killed off in 26 July 1988. Anna Wing Died 7 July 2013 (aged 98)  Hackney, East London, England. In 2009 she was awarded an MBE Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to drama and charity. Picture below.

Although the couple had a son Mark Wing Davey in 1948, they only seem to have been married for about three years from 1947 to 1950. Mark Wing Davey is an Actor and Director. I have updated the big family tree on Ancestry to include the new additions, link here.  Lippiatt, Searle etc Family Tree  . Some more links below for Anna Wing.

Anna Wing on Wikipedia   &   Anna Wing on Find A Grave Memorial on

I have five blogs on here about the huge family and the wonderful collection of old photos I found.

Link to Part 1 of my Blogs about the family. Lippiatt, Searle, Hobb & Alder Family  .


Till next time then………………..



  1. How fabulous Lynn you have brought all this family together. Of course we all remember Lou Beale in East Enders. When I first saw the photo I seemed to recognize the lady second on the left at the back. Can’t remember her name off hand now though. Its been ages since I last saw East Enders 20 years in fact. Great research.

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    • It’s certainly been a journey! Thanks Rita x
      Great also to be able to keep linking up more family 😃
      Been years since we’ve watched too, that lady is Wendy Richards. Her brother in the series Pete Beale on far right, Peter Dean in real life, we’ve been watching on the New Real Marigold Hotel, can you get it? They’re all in India as senior citizens, good watching 😊

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  2. Of course Wendy Richards. Thanks Lynn. We don’t get any of the soaps here in Crete except on the computer U tube but I never think to try it. Have a great weekend Lynn. Looking forward to your next family research X

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