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Name: Edith Crockford

Burial Number: 1861

Gender: Female

Occupation: Barmaid;

Distinction: Barmaid

Born: 4/3/1870

Died: 13/03/1954

Buried: 16/03/1954


Edith Marie Phillips was born in the agricultural village of Franche near Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Her first listing in a census was in 1891 in central Birmingham where she lived in ‘The Swan’, public house working as a barmaid. The Swan Hotel was a haunt of diarist, Samuel Johnson, a century earlier.

In 1892 she married John Allen Vernon Crockford in Kings Norton, Birmingham.

In 1897, John’s father Allen died and by 1901 the couple were living in Rhyl, Flintshire where John was listed as a retired draper. The couple had four children; Winifred (b 1893), Gwendoline b (1894) and twins Doris and Allen born in 1897. Doris died in 1902, and by 1911 Winifred and Gwendoline were boarding at ‘The Laurels school in Dunchurch and Allen was a scholar at home. The family were living in Edgbaston and her husband, John, was once again a Draper at Crockford & Grove.

In 1915, Edith and John moved to Downview Road, Heene, Worthing.  Allen joined the Army and the whereabouts of her daughters is unknown. Her husband, John, took over a large Draper’s shop in Chapel Road Worthing.

Her son, Allen, won a commission to the army in 1915 and was later decorated for war service. He then studied medicine at Cambridge University and became an honorary surgeon to George V1 and Queen Elizabeth II. Gwendoline became a physiopherapist and Winifred a bank clerk.

Edith and John moved to 206 Preston Road in Hove in the 1920’s where they lived until 1936. They moved to 2 Aymer Road, Hove where John died in 1938. In 1939 Edith moved to 100A Grand Avenue, Worthing.

Edith died on 13 March 1954 at 112 Reigate Road, West Worthing. Her effects of £3882 were left to her son, Allen Lepard Crockford who was the Secretary to St Thomas’ Medical School.

Researcher: Pat Brownbill

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Edith Crockford

Location in Cemetery

Area: NB Row: 19 Plot: 1

Exact Location (what3words): magic.calls.stacks

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of my dearest husband John Allen Vernon Crockford who passed on 19th September 1938 aged 81 Also of Edith Marie Crockford his wife who died 13th March 1954 aged 84

Further Information


Name: Edith Marie Crockford

Gender: Female

Born: 4/3/1870

Town: Kidderminster

County: Worcestershire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Phillips

Marriage Date: //1892

Spouse First Name: John

Spouse Second Name: Allen

Spouse Last Name: Crockford

Town of Marriage: Birmingham

County of Marriage: West Midlands

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 13/03/1954

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 112

Address line 3: Reigate Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £3882 5 s 0 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at ‘The Swan Hotel’, 138 New Street, Birmingham, Kate Coppage, 39, Hotel Manageress, Edith Phillips, 19, barmaid and 25 other staff.


Living at Killiney, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire, John A V Crockford, 43, Retired Draper, Wife Edith M Crockford, 31, Daughter Winifred E Crockford, 7, Daughter Gwendoline C Crockford, 5, Daughter Doris M Crockford, 3, Son Allen L Crockford, 3, Governess Helen Whitehouse, 33, Servants: Mary E Morris, 23, Nurse, S C Williams, 23 Housemaid. Doris and Allen were twins


Living at 74 Portland Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham John Allen Vernon Crockford, 54, Draper, Wife Edith Marie Crockford, 41, Son Allen Lepard Crockford, 13, Servants: Mary Smith, 30, Cook, Eliza Ann Downes, 26, Housemaid.


206 Preston Road, Brighton, Sussex

John Allen Vernon Crockford aged 64, retail drapery, employer. Edith Marie aged 51, home duties. Winifred Edith aged 27, clerk employed by Barclays Bank Ltd. Gwendoline Constance aged 26, masseuse on own account. Alan Lepard Crockford aged 23, medical student at St Thomas’s Hospital. Plus 2 servants.


Edith M Crockford Living aged 69 at 100A Grand Ave., Worthing and living on private means with a domestic servant, Rose Cornford aged 49.

Miscellaneous Information

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