The 'Horne' Family

1856 - Eliza Jane
1858 - Jemima Emma



Flora Kate Horne
1887 - 1984


Flora Kate Horne  


July 10, 1887 Mattishall - (Mitford Sep quarter 4b 272)
Died: 1984 West Norwich Hospital - age 97
Buried: Feb 01, 1984 Mattishall Cemetery Burgh Lane
Parents William Mann Horne (1858)
Bertha Dann

Flora never married



File Information:


1891:- Mattishall census page 22:Schedule No.154: 35 South Green
William M Horne, Head, Mar, aged 33, Grocer & Tailor, born Mattishall
Alice M Horne, Wife, Mar, aged 28, born Costessey
Eva A Horne, Daughter, aged 6, Scholar, born Mattishall
Flora K Horne, Daughter, aged 4, Scholar, born Mattishall
Arthur E Horne, Son, aged 2, born Mattishall

1901: Census - 54 South Green, Mattishall
William M. Horne - Head - age 43 - Shopkeeper, Grocer (own account at home) - born Mattishall
Alice M. Horne - Wife - age 36 - born Costessey
Flora K. Horne - Daughter - age 14 - born Mattishall
Arthur E. Horne - Son - age 12 - born Mattishall
Nellie M. Horne - Daughter - age 9 - born Mattishall
Agnes M. Horne - Daughter - age 4 - born Mattishall
Edith E. Horne - Daughter - age 10m - born Mattishall

1911: Census - 13 Grosvenor Crescent St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings
William Simpson - Head - Married - age 39 (1872) - Private Means - born Chelsea, London
Lucy Gertrude Simpson - Wife - married 12 years - age 42 (1869) - born Levenshulme, Lancs
Florence Muriel Simpson - Dau - age 8 (1903) born Kemble, Glos
Marjorie Simpson - Dau - age 6 (1905) - born Cheltenham, Glos
Gertrude Joan Staveley Simpson - Dau - age 0 (1911) - born St Leonards on Sea, Sussex
Caroline Jenny Webb - Servant - Single - age 43 (1868) Monthly Nurse - born St Pancras, London
Clara Hart - Servant - Single - age 38 (1873) - Nurse Domestic - born Brigstock, Northants
Ellen Clarke - Servant - Single - age 63 (1848) - Cook Domestic - born Boxted, Suffolk
Flora Kate Horne - Servant - Single - age 24 (1887) Parlour Maid Domestic - born Mattishall, Norfolk

We find through the census information of 1891 when Flora was 14 she was in Mattishall were it is assumed she would be active helping in the family home as well as her father’s business. Sometime after this Flora left the village, for in 1911 we find her at 13 Grosvenor Crescent, St Leonards-on-Sea near Hastings were she was a Domestic Parlour Maid for William Simpson, his wife Lucy and their three daughters. At the same address also working with Flora was a Childs Nurse and a Domestic Cook. Was this a job her Uncle Herbert Edward Horne (1866) had found for her as he was also living at that time in St Leonards-on-Sea where he had a Bakery Shop at 25 Bexhill Road which is less then a mile from Grosvenor Crescent?

Flora never married – Apparently Flora was a manageress at Dexter’s Bakery Store in the High Street Staines which was situated next to the first Masonic Centre in the providence of Middlesex. She was actually living at number 63 High Street which we assume was part of Dexters’ premises. Not a lot can be found regarding Dexter’s on the internet apart from one person memories “Dexter’s was a bakers well frequented by many, I can still taste and smell their produce to this day especially the pasties” As well as their store Dexter’s were also renowned for outside catering, for example weddings, parties and conferences. This is where Flora came in as she was the manager of that side of things and apparently ran it like clockwork.

Flora was quite a formidable character and everything had to be just so. She would spend some of her holidays back home at Mattishall where she would arrive by train at Yaxham Station. Her brother Arthur Horne (1889) would pick her up in his car and as well as her cases she would always have 3-4 hats boxes. There was always mixed emotions when was coming to stay for on one hand she would bring gifts of cakes and biscuits in small tins for everyone and on the other she was very strict and regimental. She would often borrow a bicycle from somewhere and round up the children to bike with her to Dereham where she would treat them.
When she retired Flora moved back to Mattishall and lived in the middle cottage in Welgate.

1939: Census - 63 High Street, Stains
Flora K Horne - born Jul 10th 1886 - Housekeeper

1987: Died at Eckling Grange





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