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Looking back at PF's 1911 Census Record

On Census day in March 2021, we look back at the school's 1911 Census record and explore the families of those listed.
21 Mar 2021
1911 Census display at Prior's Field
1911 Census display at Prior's Field

Prior's Field was opened in 1902, so the first census taken was in 1911. It recorded names, ages, marital condition, relationship to the head of the household, occupation and the place of birth. The Headmistress, Mrs Burton-Brown filled in the form as head of the institution.

In numbers:

  • 68 people listed
  • 36 teaching, nursing and domestic staff
  • 2 eight year old boys (the Head's twin sons)

The girls' families were very interesting to research and Archivist, Jo Halford, has managed to find details for a number of their parents who were in interesting jobs around the world.

Katharine Mackinnon was the daugher of Duncan Makinnon, a British rower who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. He worked in the family business Makinnon Mackenzie Shipping, a firm which still exists today.

Marjorie Raimes' father and brother ran the family business in Stockton-on Tees. They were manufacturers of drugs and chemicals.

Agnes Madge Greenacre's father owned a department store in Durban, South Africa.

Mary Louise 'Betty' Fox was born in Bristol where her father Bonville Bradley Fox was a psychiatrist and the Resident Medical Officer of Brislington House Asylum. Opened by the Fox family in 1806, it was one of the first purpose-built asylums in this country.

Dorothy Fithian was born in November 1893 in Santa Barbara, California, USA. Her father was Richard Fithian and the family were bankers and real estate traders who were very influential in Santa Barbara. There is still a Fithian Building there today.

Phylis and Dorothy Seward were daughters of Sir Albert Charles Seward, Fellow of the Royal Society oand Professor of Botany at Cambridge. Dorothy married John Walton, who was her father's start student. He was later Professor of Botany at Glasgow University.

Doris Freda Pretty was the daughter of the Ipswich corset maker William Pretty. The family firm was the largest employer of women in Ipswich. In the late 1930s they employed more than 1,3000 workers.

Beatrice Joan Woolley was the daughter of Edward James Woolley, a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals. James Woolley Sons and Co Ltd. was a firm of pharmacists based in Manchester. It manufactured and sold tablets, pills and capsules of all types, surgical equipment, talcum powder, health cordials and photographic equipment.

We hope that you have contributed to today's census, so that people in years to come can look back at a snapshot of social history, as we have done.


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