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Beatrice Attfield b1880, Guildford

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Vivvie Report 14 Jan 2013 21:56

Beatrice appears in 1881 census at home in Guildford with Mary Ann and Charles her parents and her siblings.
It appears as though in 1891 she is at the Stockwell Orphanage, although her mother is still alive.
Can anyone tell why she would have been in an orphanage, her other siblings were still listed at home?!!


rootgatherer Report 14 Jan 2013 22:10

Perhaps because her father died and her mother could look after all the children?


patchem Report 14 Jan 2013 22:10

'overcrowding at home' is often quoted as a reason.
Suggest you do some google searches to learn about orphanages, workhouses, on the streets, destitute etc.
Had her father died? If so, lack of money.


Vivvie Report 14 Jan 2013 22:21


Her father, Charles died in 1886, it just seems strange as her 2 older and 2 younger siblings where kept at home and she was not.

Guess there is more digging required from me into this.


Andysmum Report 14 Jan 2013 22:23

This is about a boy, but still interesting reading.


Vivvie Report 14 Jan 2013 22:25


She is a servant in Clapham in 1901, but at Stockwell Orphanage in1891.


GlitterBaby Report 14 Jan 2013 22:25

yes sorry that is why I deleted as was looking at wrong year.


Vivvie Report 15 Jan 2013 21:25

Thanks Andysmum.
The article is very interesting reading, gives me more info as to what life was like there.