Ancestry Webb, Walsh, Hill, Warwick

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Alice Mary Colchester Warwick

Born 15th April 1890, London Islington, London

Died 14th February 1971 Maidenhead, Bucks

Click here for a short family tree for Alices mother Elizabeth Day.

Alice was to become husband to Albert Justus Hill, Clem.

Her father Henry Smith Warwick was the second born in 1856 to Henrys parents, William Warwick, born 1834 in Gateshead, Durham and Hannah Douglas Smith, born 1835 also in Gateshead, Durham.

Henry was second born, first was a sister, Mary H Warwick after which followed another 11 children making 13 in all, Septimus being the last born in 1882.

Most of the children had what we may call standard names, Septimus is quite unusual, he was born 7 years after the last sibling, making his mother 46 when he was born. Septimus is latin meaning 7 so maybe his parents with a sense of humour, 7 years later, hence the name, seems logical.

Found Alices mother, Hannah, in the 1851 census, we find the then Hannah Smith aged 13 years, living with her family in 18, Hillgate, Gateshead, Durham, according to the records her father is down as a cordwainer, described by Wikipedia extract :

A cordwainer (or cordovan) is a shoemaker/cobbler who makes fine soft leather shoes and other luxury footwear articles. The word is derived from "cordwain", or "cordovan", the leather produced in Córdoba, Spain. The term cordwainer was used as early as 1100 in England. Historically, there was a distinction between a cordwainer, who made luxury shoes and boots out of the finest leathers, and a cobbler, who repaired them. This distinction gradually weakened, particularly during the twentieth century, when there was a predominance of shoe retailers who neither made nor repaired shoes.

Her future husband, William Warwick, grandfather to Alice Mary Warwick, does not show until the 1871 census when he is down as an Iron Founder.

What we can also be fairly certain of is that between 1862 when William Warwick jnr was born in Lancashire and sometime after that they moved to London where the sixth of the 13 children, Lydia Douglas Warwick was born in Peckham, Surrey in 1865, so between 1862 and 1865 they moved to the south of England.  After Lydia came Cecilia born in Portsmouth in 1867 then the last six children were all born in Kensington, London.

So that was her parents, and grandparents, click here to see them in the tree.

Alices baptism us reocorded as the 1st June 1890, Parish of Hackney St Peter, Hackney London, place of abode is 10, Oakley Road, Hackney and her father Henry Smith Warwick is down as an Iron Founder. Click here for Baptism record.

She appears next in the 1901 census, click here  for the census page, then 10 years old living with her grandmother, Hannah D Warwick, along with her two brothers Thomas and Charles, at 98, Lancaster Road, All Saints, I think Notting Hill, writing is hard to decipher, also living in the house is her uncle Septimus now aged 19 down as an Architects clerk, her grandmother is down as Lodging house keeper, 7 other people are registered at the same address, her lodgers.

Next time we find Alice is in 1911, click here for the census page, aged 20, now living with her aunt and uncle, George Smith and Jane Adamson Smith, her uncle is down as an engineer at Napiers, of course where Albert Justus or Clem Hill also worked, along with her sister, Elizabeth, now aged 15, there is no sign of her brothers, the other occupants are a servant and what appear to be two lodgers, one a motor engineer at Napiers and his wife down as an actress along with their daughter, Maria aged 4.

Alice and her sister are both down as artist’s models.

There was a rumour that Grandma Hill met Lord Egerton of Tatton Hall, who subsequently paid for Norman Hill’s private schooling, on board a ship going out to Nairobi, Kenya, that is beginning to look exteremely unlikely.

They may have met in Kenya whilst grandpa was working out there but the records would indicate they did not meet on an out bound journey. Beryl was born in Windsor in April 1919, next child born was Joan in Nairobi, 20th October 1920, they would have therefore left the UK between April 1919 and October 1920. Lord Tatton left UK for Mombasa on the 19th June 1921, sometime after Grandma Hill had given birth to Joan in Kenya, so not on an outward journey.

Lord Tatton returned to the UK on the 31st July 1922 lthough we have not found an in or outboard passenger list with the family on, we know that Beryl was born in Windsor in April 1919. Next in line Joan was born in 1920 in Nairobi followed by Barbara in 1922 also in Nairobi. The next daughter born, Mollie was born in 1923 in London. We can therefore say in all confidence that the family left and returned to the UK between April 1922 and March 1923. Lord Tatton left Mombasa for the UK the 31st July 1922 so that is a possible meeting opportunity, so far I have not been able to find a record of the Hills returning on that same ship apart from Norman  aged 8 who appears to be accompanied by Lord Egerton en roure to Southampton.

Later in life Alice had a news article written about her life, click here to read it.

Click here for a short family tree for Alices mother Elizabeth Day.