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The Eight Widows of Tounson Almshouses – Part 2

These censuses show that nine women lived in the Almshouses  at this time. Note that the address of the Almshouses varies from census to census РKingsbury Street, The Green and Church Street.

Census 1891

Almshouses, The Green

Susan Smith, 62, born Corsham, 1829
Mary Abigail Flay, 85 born London,1806
Mary Ann Nutty, 71, born Tytherton, 1820
Elizabeth Topp, 71, born Wilton 1820
Jane Wheeler, 73, born Calne, 1818
Fanny Eatwell, 77, born Calne, 1814
Hannah Clothier, 63, born Calne, 1828
Mary Hand, 64, born Calne, 1827
Betty [Elizabeth] Burgess, 82, born Stroud, 1809

Hannah Clothier appears in the 1901 census and photo (Pt 1), and was a resident of the Almshouses for at least twenty  years. She became a widow in 1884 (and eligible for help) after her husband Edwin, who was a butcher, died in 1884 aged sixty-five.

1881 Hannah Clothier, Kew Lane, age 54 , husband, Edwin Head, 62, born in North Cadbury, Somerset, 1819, butcher, son in law, Albert Bush, 18, blacksmith apprentice, son, Henry W Bush, age 14, errand boy.

Hannah Clothier 1828-1908
Burial 17 Jan 1908
Edwin Clothier 1819-1884

Census 1881

Inmates of Almshouse, Church Street
Number:
10 Betty [Elizabeth] Burgess, 79, born Stroud, 1802
11 Harriet Smith, 60, born Calne, 1821
12 Jane Nicholls, 69, born 1812 Wootton Rivers
13 Sarah Ford, 68, born Calne, 1813
14 Elizabeth Silk, 66, born Calne, 1815
15 Jane Ball, 73, born Calne, 1808
16 Elisabeth Clifford, 87, born Crudwell, 1794
17 Mary Abigail Flay, 75, born London, 1806
17 Susanna Smith, 55, born Pickwick, 1826 – boarder- on parish relief