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Folk Biography Information

Folk Biography Information

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NameField, Elizabeth Mrs. [Lily]
Date of Birth1880
NotesBirth / baptism
Berkshire, Bradfield, 1880, Oct, Nov, Dec, Vol. 2C, p 326.

Gloucestershire, Northleach, 1911, Oct, Nov, Dec, Vol. 6A, p 863, Walter W Field married Elizabeth Davis.

Gloucestershire, Cirencester, 1951, Jan, Feb, Mar,Vol, 7b, p 607, age, 70;
9 February, 1951 [AB].

Williams / others notes
Literate [AB]

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 17/2/51 p.6


[Edited summary] died 6 February, wife of Walter W. Field, aged 70. Health failing for some time, but continued working until afternoon before death. People who came on business usually stayed to talk. Did not suffer fools gladly. Able to talk interestingly on many subjects. Loved books, especially about Wiltshire (where her family came from), Berkshire (where she lived as a child) and Gloucestershire. She knew all three counties well. Good memory. She loved her garden and had green fingers. The outside of the Post Office was a glory of colour. Full life. Did things well, especially dressmaking and needlework. Not a regular churchgoer but true Christian.

NB two photographs in:

Dick Field, Up and Down the Valley (Gryffon Publications, 1985).

The one in the Gloucestershire Folk Map was taken c.1945.

My particular thanks to Dr. C J Bearman who provided the key which assisted me in tracing Elizabeth [Lily] Field. He researched a number of Gloucestershire singers as part of the Singing Landscape Project, 2008 - 2010 and it is with his kind permission this obituary is reproduced.

It has been suggested that the attribution to Bibury is incorrect as it should be Winson. Wilson's Imperial Gazeteer of England and Wales describes Winson as follows: "WINSON, a chapelry in Bibury parish, Gloucester; 6 miles NE of Cirencester r. station. Post town, Fairford, under Swindon. Acres, 1,190. Rated property, £1,454. Pop., 181. Houses, 49. The manor belongs to Sir W. A Musgrave. The living is annexed to Bibury. The church is good; and there is a national school." Bibury is chosen because the civil parish is a key aspect of local government and often used in local studies libraries as locality.
Census InformationCensus 1911
Listed as Elizabeth Davies. Place of birth, Theale, Berkshire, c. 1881, age, 30; address, Bibury Court, Bibury, Gloucestershire; occupation, ladies maid, domestic; living in the household of Ellen Cooper, age, 62, place of birth, India; her daughter, Maud Burrard Cooper, age, 40; place of birth, London; daughter, Ethel Harrier, age, 34; place of birth, Lyminton, Hampshire; son, Douglas Burrard, age, 23, place of birth, Cransley [Cranleigh], Hampshire; occupation, Lieutenant, Royal Navy; daughter, Gertrude Marguerite, age, 20; place of birth. Bibury, Gloucestershire; also, Elizabeth Stigger, age, 36; place of birth, Calford, Gloucestershire; occupation, cook; widow; Irene Mary Binks, age, 21; place of birth, Lanarsh, Essex; occupation, ladies maid domestic; Edith Bentley, age, 55; place of birth, Ravely, Hampshire; occupation, housemaid, domestic; Elizabeth Beer, age, 25; place of birth, Broadcliff, Devon; occupation, housemaid, domestic; Edith Buckle, age, 36; place of birth, Winson, Gloucestershire; occupation, laundrymaid, domestic; Maud Wright, age, 23; place of birth, India; occupation, laundrymaid, domestic; Amy Clarke, age, 21; place of birth, Gassington, Oxfordshire; occupation, kitchen maid domestic; Beatrice Brandon, age, 19; place of birth, Thame, Oxfordshire; Joseph B. Stratton, age, 39; place of birth, Westminster; occupation, boarding house keeper.

Census 1901
Listed as Lily Davis. Place of birth, Theale, Berkshire, c. 1881, age, 21; address, Egmont, Binfield, Berkshire; occupation, housemaid, domestic; living in the household of Arthur R. Chapman, age, 64; place of birth, India; occupation, retired Colonel, Indian Army; daughter, Mary M. age, 29; place of birth, Canterbury, Kent; also, Annie Jateman, age, 30; place of birth, Tiverford, Oxfordhsire; occupation, cook, domestic; Edith L. Crook, age, 18; place of birth, Bracknell, Berkshire; occupation, parlour maid, domestic.

Census 1891
Listed as Elizabeth Davis. Place of birth, Theale, Berkshire, c. 1881, age, 10; address, Theale Street, South Side, Tilehurst, Theale, Berkshire; scholar; living with, mother, Emily, age, 54; place of birth, Ogbourne St. Andrew, Wiltshire; occupation, dress maker; married; sister, Annie V., age, 15; place of birth, Broad Blunsdon, Wiltshire; occupation, assistant dressmaker; brother, Fred, age, 13; place of birth, Ufcott, Wiltshire; occupation, house boy at farm; also, visitor, Elizabeth Tudge, age, 73, place of birth, Satermake [Savernake] Park, Wiltshire; occupation, living on own means; widow.

Census 1881
Listed as Elizabeth Davis. Place of birth, Theale, Berkshire, c. 1881, age, 0; address, Theale Street, Tilehurst, Berkshire; living with, father, William, age, 41; place of birth, Marlborough, Wiltshire; occupation, gardener; mother, Emily, age, 44; place of birth, Ogbourne St Andrew, Wiltshire; occupation, gardeners wife; sister, Fanny, age, 13; place of birth, Pewsey, Wiltshire; scholar; brother, Simon Thomas, age, 10; place of birth, Ogbourne St George, Wiltshire; scholar; sister, Ann, age, 5; place of birth, Broadhinton [Broad Hinton], Wiltshire; brother, Fred, age, 3; place of birth, Broadhinton, Wiltshire; scholar.



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