Edith Cleeve in 1901

In 1901 we can see from the England Census that Edith Cleeve was aged 15. She had moved out of the family home in Dummer and was now working as a domestic servant in a small girls school in Winchester. The address is 9 Kingsgate Street, and is currently still there and is a listed building.

9 Kingsgate Street, Winchester http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/

9 Kingsgate Street, Winchester

From the information given on the Census form we know that the Schoolmistress was Mary Anne Moody aged 59, who employed two governesses, three servants and had ten female pupils aged between 12 and 15. So some of the pupils would have been the same age as Edith while she was working there.

Winchester was in the county of Southampton, which is south of Hampshire. It was about six miles south of Dummer, the family home, which isn’t far but I’m wondering if it seemed a long way away from home for Edith.

I looked online and found some more information about the school she worked at. There is a discussion on www.rootschat.com which mentions in 1877 it is listed in the Winchester Directory as the Misses White’s Ladies School. There is also a photograph taken in 1869 of pupils and teachers of the Misses White’s School, Winchester.

1869 Pupils and Teachers of the Misses White's Ladies School

1869 Pupils and Teachers of the Misses White’s Ladies School

I know this is well before the time that Edith worked here, but I was interested in the history of the school and I think it’s a great image.

On looking at the Census information for the rest of the Cleeve family in 1901 I found they were living in Down Street Cottage in Dummer. During the past ten years there had been some additions to the family, Kate was now aged ten, Annie was 8, Rose was 5, Olive 3 and Grace 1.

However there was more sad information later in that year, when Kate died aged 11. One can only imagine the effect this must have had on the family, and I feel so sad for Edith, who would have been isolated from her parents and other sisters. Kate died a month after her 11th birthday, from diabetes.

Kate Cleeve death detailsI didn’t know about Kate at all until we began looking into the family history. There doesn’t appear to be any photographs of her, but there are none of Edith or Annie as children either. Photography must have become more popular when Olive and Grace were young because there are photographs of them.

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Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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2 Responses to Edith Cleeve in 1901

  1. paulaacton says:

    I found an Aunt of my grandmas that she never knew had existed who had died as a child, my gran was only half surprised by this as she explained that they just didn’t dwell on death like we do today, (her words not mine) that once someone died they were not spoken of, that is not to say they were forgotten just that talking of the dead especially children was not considered a subject for discussion

  2. Wow! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a completely different topic but it
    has pretty much the same page layout and design. Excellent choice
    of colors!

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