St Katharines School,



St Katharines School, Bushey Grove, Watford, Herts - PC by Buchanan


St Katharines, Bushey Grove. Watford, Herts

Published by P. A. Buchanan & Co, Thornton Heath, Croydon, Surrey.

Printed in Berlin


Posted January 1913 in Watford by "N.B." to Miss Jones, Carlref, Hoppers Road, Palmers Green, London, N.


In the 1911 the following people were listed living at St Katharines


BURGH, Ellen Head Single F 44 Principal Of School Cross in Hand Sussex
HILDER, Edith Head Single F 46 Principal Of School Islington London
FIELD, Clara Servant Single F 18 Domestic Servant Walsal Staffs
HODGKINS, Minnie Servant Single F 22 Domestic Servant Golden Beds
FITZGERALD, Theresa Assistant Single F 19 Assistant Mistress Cork Cork
BAYLE, Sarah Assistant Single F 20 Assistant Mistress Newry Down
HARRISON, May Student Single F 19 Pupil In School Gainsborough Linc
ALLIOTT, Irene Pupil Single F 15 Pupil In School Nottingham Notts
HARRISON, Margaret Pupil   F 10 Pupil In School India
HARRISON, Kathleen Pupil   F 8 Pupil In School India
ELLIOTT, Cicely Pupil   F 8 Pupil In School Buckhurst Hill Essex

It appears to have been a small and short-lived private school. In 1908, 1914  and 1922  (but not 1926) St Katharines, New Bushey, is listed as a private house, with Miss Ellen Burge living there, and it is only in 1912 that Kelly's Directory for Hertfordshire that the following trade listing occurs:

Burge & Hilder (Misses), school, St Katharine's, Aldenham Road, New Bushey

Ellen S. W. Burge (1866-1946) was the daughter of Charles William Burge (a builder) and his wife Margaret. By 1890 Charles had moved with his family to Bushey, where he lived at Richmond House, Aldenham Road, New Bushey with the family, including Ellen who was described as a teacher in 1891, but no occupation was given in 1901.

Edith Julia Louise Hilder (1864-1943) was the daughter of John and Julia Hilder, who had at least seven children.  The family moved to Friern Barnet, Middlesex in about 1869, where her father was a linen draper. The family had moved to St Leonard on Sea, Hastings, Sussex, by 1881, where Edith's eldest sister was a teacher, but Edith was not at home. In 1891 Edith was a school governess living with her widowed father,  John Hilder (a retired draper), living in Battersea, London. In 1901 Edith was a governess at a girls school, with some boarders, with  at Worthing run by Miss Eunice Yerbury

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