Portrait of Annie Scarce

Name: Annie Scarce

Burial Number: 1666

Gender: Female

Occupation: Shop Assistant;

Born: 00/4/1886

Died: 30/11/1937

Buried: 03/12/1937

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Annie lived in the Worthing area most of her life. She was born in 1886 and was baptised at Heene on 4 April. Her maiden name was Thornton and her father, Richard, was a coachman and her mother was Elizabeth. In 1891 they lived at The Stables, New Street, Broadwater and in 1901 Annie was a shop assistant at 3, Gratwicke Road, Worthing, which was a confectioners.

In January 1911, she married Ernest James Scarce, a dairyman, and they had 3 children. Their home was at 17, Rowland Road, Worthing and Ernest’s business was at 26, Rowlands Road. He was also in partnership with Fuente at 33, Rowlands Road from 1914.. Ernest was accused of fraudulent dealings and, fearful of going to court, he committed suicide by drowning in 1928. Although he took his own life, he was buried at Heene cemetery.

N.B. Burial of suicides was permitted in consecrated ground , without ritual, after 1823 and, with ritual, after the 1880 Burial Act.

When Annie died on 30 November 1937 at 7, Knaresborough Place, Cromwell Road, London, SW5 her home address was The Priory,  Tarring which she had run as a hotel – not very successfully, as she was declared a bankrupt in Vol IV of The London Gazette of 1939.

The Priory, at the junction of South Street, Tarring and Rectory Road, originally called Parkfields, was built as a private house in 1880 on the site of a barn and never had any religious connections. By 1903 it had become The Priory and was firstly, the hotel and then an old peoples’ home. Now demolished but the drive remains.

Researcher: Angela Levy

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Annie Scarce

Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 8 Plot: 1

Exact Location (what3words): free.rising.baked

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


To the memory of Ernest James Scarce passed over 22nd May 1928 aged 47 "With Christ which is much better" And of his wife Annie Elizabeth passed over 30th Nov 1937 aged 47

Further Information


Name: Annie Elizabeth Scarce

Gender: Female

Born: 00/4/1886

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name:Thornton

Marriage Date: /1/1911

Spouse First Name: Ernest

Spouse Second Name: James

Spouse Last Name: Scarce

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 30/11/1937

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Knaresborough Place

Address line 2: 7

Address line 3: Cromwell Road

Town: Kensington

County: London

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £276 0 s 0 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Stables, New Street, Broadwater

Richard Thornton, 36, head, coachman; Elizabeth Thornton, 30, wife; Margaret J Thornton, 10, daughter, scholar; Sarah E Thornton, 8, daughter, scholar; Thomas H Thornton, 7, son, scholar; Annie E Thornton, 5, daughter; Ada Gramgee?, 27, visitor, cook

Miscellaneous Information

No miscellaneous information is available for this burial record.