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Name: Annie Collins

Burial Number: 1259

Gender: Female

Occupation: Lodging House Keeper; Wife of Walter William Collins

Born: 00/00/1847

Died: 14/10/1926

Buried: 18/10/1926

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Annie was born in West Dean near Chichester, Sussex, the daughter of George and Elizabeth. She was baptised at West Dean on 29th October 1847. Annie’s father was the innkeeper at the Selsey Arms in the village. When he died in 1850, her mother took over the running of the inn. As a young woman, Annie went to London to find work. Here she met and married Walter William Collins at St Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico on 1st February 1870. Walter was a master butcher and lived with his widowed mother Mary in Gravesend. By 1881, the couple were living in Northfleet with three of Annie’s nieces. They had no children of their own. In July 1882, Walter was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to four months hard labour. He had been involved in an accident when his butcher’s cart collided with a carriage. A young lady was thrown from the carriage and died at the scene. Walter was drunk and swerving from side to side on the road. (for details see the Gravesend Reporter 8th July 1882). After his release from prison, Walter carried on his business in Northfleet but by 1895, the family had moved to Sussex, living at 125 Oving Road, Portfield. Walter was by now behaving oddly. He was spotted around the area wearing women’s petticoats and behaving in a strange way. He was certified insane and sent to Fisherton House, Salisbury on 24th May 1895. On 24th August 1897, Walter was transferred to Sussex County Asylum (Graylingwell). He died there on 14th November 1903. Annie moved to Brighton, running a lodging house. By 1911 she had returned to Chichester, living in Appuldram. In the 1920’s, Annie lived in Worthing at 20 Gratwicke Road. She died on 14th October 1926 at 39 Rowlands Road. Probate was granted on 18th November to Hugh Humphrey commercial traveller. Hugh was Annie’s nephew and lived in Chichester. Effects £360.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 7 Plot: 4

Exact Location (what3words): senses.glad.boil

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



None Found - Listed in Heene Cemetery Index of Graves


None Found - Listed in Heene Cemetery Index of Graves

Further Information


Name: Annie Collins

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1847

Town: West Dean

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name:Humphrey

Marriage Date: 1/2/1870

Spouse First Name: Walter

Spouse Second Name: William

Spouse Last Name: Collins

Town of Marriage: Pimlico

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 14/10/1926

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: 39

Address line 3: Rowlands Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £360 0 s 0 d

Current value of effects: £14781.00

Census Information


Selsey Arms, West Dean, Sussex

Elizabeth aged 45, widow, innkeeper. James aged 19, baker. George aged 13. Emma aged 10. Charles aged 7. Ann aged 3. William Humphrey aged 55, builder, brother-in-law. Henry aged 17, nephew, grocer. Frank aged 10, nephew. Henry Fielder aged 28, visitor, smith. William Fielder aged 37, visitor, smith. Plus 1 servant.



Selsey Arms, West Dean, Sussex.

Elizabeth aged 55, widow, innkeeper. George aged 23, shoemaker. Charles aged 16, carpenter. Ann aged 13. Sally Eure aged 83, widow, mother. Ann Eure aged 25, niece.


Northfleet Hill, Gravesend, Kent.

Walter aged 34, master butcher. Annie aged 23. Mary aged 56, widow, mother. Ellen aged 2, cousin. Plus 3 servants.



7 The Hill, Northfleet, Kent.

Walter aged 44, master butcher employing 2 men. Annie aged 32. Mary aged 67, widow, mother. Hetty Humphrey aged 12, niece. Helen Collins aged 8, niece. Ann Collins aged 12, niece. Plus 3 servants.


7 The Hill, Northfleet, Kent.

Walter aged 53, butcher. Annie aged 41. Plus 2 servants.


46 Eaton Place, Brighton.

Annie aged 53, lodging house keeper. Plus 1 servant.


Appuldram, Chichester, Sussex.

Annie aged 62, widow, private means. Louisa Gosling aged 57, boarder.


Living at 2, Mill Olive Terrace, Worthing, Sussex.

Annie Collins
Lodger, widow
Female 1848 72 West Dean, Sussex, England Home Duties
Emma M Humphrey
Female 1861 59 Forest Hill, Kent, England

Miscellaneous Information

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