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Name: Elizabeth Naylor

Burial Number: 0792

Gender: Female

Occupation: Costumier and Milliner

Born: 00/00/1837

Died: 16/06/1915

Buried: 21/06/1915


Elizabeth Naylor was born in 1837 in Purley Berkshire to John and Maria Ann Naylor (nee Boon). By 1841 John was working as a Coachman for Thomas Fitzgerald who had bought Muntham Court in 1840 (now Worthing Crematorium), John lived in the Lodge house.


By 1851 John Naylor and his family had moved to Worthing and was an Innkeeper at the Royal George Inn, Market Street, Worthing. This pub opened in 1810 and was demolished in 1968 to make way for the building of the  Guildborne Centre. (only a small section of Market Street remains).

John and Mary Ann, had 4 children, Elizabeth being one, and the others were-

Mary Anne Naylor b1836 Purley Berkshire d1902 Gloucestershire.

William Bayes Naylor b1839 Woolhampton, Berkshire  d1865 Sussex

Sarah Naylor b1841 Findon d1895 Steyning Sussex

John’s Wife Mary Ann died in 1850 and John died in August 1851 (buried in Broadwater cemetery)



In 1865 Elizabeth was running her own millinery and Costumery business at 5 South Street (this later became no 48 South Street due to street re-numbering).



By 1871 Elizabeth had 5 members of staff helping her, which increased to 14 members of staff by 1881.  One of these people was her niece, Maude Naylor born 1861 in Ireland (Daughter of William Bayes Naylor, Elizabeth’s brother). Elizabeth only once got in trouble with the courts in 1890, when she went away for the weekend to attend a wedding and left her manager in charge.  Elizabeth had 3 young girls working for her and the law was that a young person had to finish work before 4pm on a Saturday afternoon, but her manager kept them on half an hour beyond this time. Elizabeth pleaded guilty and was fined 1s with costs of 11s 2d in each of the three cases, making a total fine of £1 16s 6d.

The business must have been successful as she regularly advertised in the Worthing Gazette for apprentices.

“Dressmaker – Wanted at once, apprentice (Outdoors) to the Dressmaking; also for Coats – Apply, Miss Naylor, 48 South Street, Worthing.”



She gave the business up in 1901 and it was then taken over by Ernest Ellis and his Wife Elizabeth Mary (nee Claydon b1862). Elizabeth Mary was the Daughter of Sarah Claydon (nee Naylor, Elizabeth’s Sister). Ernest Elllis, was also a Worthing Town Councillor, he took over the business and called it ‘House of Ellis’ and modernised the methods and designs of outfits that were made in the store. Ernest Ellis died in 1920, his Wife then took over the business for a short time.



“Worthing Gazette – 19th August 1908 Domestic Servants Wanted. General Servant required for small family; country girl preferred; comfortable house – Apply, Miss Naylor, St Katherine’s, Heene Road, Worthing.”

After Elizabeth gave up the business, she moved to St. Katherine’s Heene Road, Worthing, she stayed there until 1910 and then moved to St. Bede’s in Shelley Road, Worthing where she remained until her death on 16th June 1915.   She left an amount of £5281 14s 7d (£311,000 in 2020) with probate to Harriet Matilda Maud Heather Naylor (niece) and John Aicken Carleton and Edwin Douglas Hyatt.



Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 1 Plot: 5

Exact Location (what3words): fines.rocket.design

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: Elizabeth Naylor

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1837

Town: Purley

County: Berkshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 16/06/1915

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: St. Bede's

Address line 2: Shelley Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Gazette June 23rd 1915

Death of Miss Naylor

It is with regret that we record this week the death  of a lady who has been prominently identified for a long series of years with the commercial line of the town.  We refer to Miss Elizabeth Naylor, who passed away at her residence, St Bede’s, Shelley Road, on Wednesday, at the age of seventy-seven.  Miss Naylor formerly conducted the costumier’s business in South Street which now bears the name of Ellis.  It was established in 1837. Miss Naylor directed it from 1865 to 1901, a period of thirty-six years, and Councillor and Mrs Ellis have controlled it for the past fourteen years.  Miss Naylor, who was held in the highest esteem by a large circle of friends, was a member of the Congregational Church, and the service which preceded the interment at Heene Cemetery on Monday afternoon was held there.  The immediate relatives who attended were Miss Maude Naylor (niece) Mrs Ellis (niece) Mrs Kendall (niece) Miss Heffer (cousin), Colonel Oram (nephew), Second Lieutenant Eric Ellis (nephew), and among the others who attended were the Rev. J and Mrs Houlder, Mr and Mrs Bentall, Lieutenant quartermaster Ellis, commissioner Carleton, Mr and Mrs Frohlieh, Mr Frost, Mr Hyatt, Miss Boyes, Mrs Aldridge, Miss Rudd and nurse Knight.


Personal Effects

Money left to others: £5281 14 s 7 d

Current value of effects: £311000

Census Information


Muntham Lodge, Findon, Sussex

John Naylor (Head) age 38, Maria (Wife) age 35, Maria Ann (Daughter) age 5, Elizabeth (Daughter) age 3, William (Son) age 2, Sarah (Daughter) age 1 month


Royal George Inn, Market Street, Worthing, Sussex

John Naylor (Head) age 48, Mary Ann (Daughter) age 15, Elizabeth (Daughter) age 13, William (Son) age 12, plus 1 servant


5 South Street, Worthing, Sussex

Elizabeth Naylor, (head) age 33, Harriet M H Naylor (Niece), age 10, plus 5 assistants and 1 servant


48 South Street, Worthing, Sussex

Elizabeth Naylor (Head) age 43, Maude Naylor (Niece) age 20, plus 9 assistants and 2 servants


48 South Street, Worthing, Sussex

Elizabeth Naylor (Head) age 53, Sarah Claydon (Sister) age 50, Agnes Claydon (Visitor) age 33, Maude Naylor (Niece) age 30, plus 8 assistants and 2 servants


St Katherine’s, Heene Road, Worthing, Sussex

Elizabeth Naylor (Head) age 63, Maude (Niece) age 40. Mary Ann Oram (Sister),  1 visitor and 2 servants


St Bede’s, Shelley Road, Worthing, Sussex

Elizabeth Naylor (Head) age 73, Sarah Anne Naylor (Sister-in-law_ age 72, Maude Heather (Niece) age 50, plus 1 housekeeper

Miscellaneous Information

Worthing Gazette June 11th 1890, Breaches of the factory act

Worthing Gazette, Wednesday June 11th 1890

Breaches of the Factory Act

Elizabeth Naylor, milliner and dressmaker, of South-Street, was summoned for unlawfully employing two young women and a “young person” during prohibited hours, to wit, after four o’clock on a Saturday afternoon, in contravention of the Factory act – A “young person” is defined by the act as a person who had ceased to be a child, but is under eighteen; “child” meaning a person under fourteen.  Mr Jasper Redgrave, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Factories, appeared in support of the summonses; Mr TA Goodman, solicitor, of Brighton, representing Miss Naylor, on whose behalf he pleaded guilty to each of the three charges.  Mr Redgrave said that, as Mr Goodman had pleaded guilty, he need not detain the Bench.  It was pretty well known that there were certain regulations as to workrooms, and that work should cease at four o’clock on one afternoon in the week. In the present case he would only ask for a nominal penalty. Mr Goodman said no one more regretted being obliged to answer these summonses than Miss Naylor herself.  It was a most unfortunate position for her, as he would explain to the bench.  This Act different from many others, such as the Licensing Acts and Town Police Clauses Act, under which it was necessary to prove some knowledge of the offence on the part of the defendant before a conviction could be secured.  But under the Factory Act a person was liable simply as occupier,  whether he or she knew anything of the alleged offence or not, the only provision-and a very proper one-being that the accused could shield himself by bringing before the Bench the person who was in charge of the premises, and who was really guilty of the offence.  Miss Naylor went to London to attend a wedding, and was absent three days, leaving her manager, the principal dressmaker, in charge, with strict instruction, that the Act was in no way to be infringed.  Miss Naylor had been in business for twenty years,  and this was the only time she had been bought before the Bench to answer a charge of this kind.  The regulations were hung up in the workroom, and Miss Naylor had been most particular, not only that those regulations should be faithfully fulfilled, but that the young ladies should really leave some few minutes before the specified time. In the absence of Miss Naylor her forewoman chose, from some reason of her own, or perhaps careless of the Act, to keep these girls something like half an hour or so beyond the specified time.  They could if they chose throw the blame upon the forewoman by bringing her there, but she had written a most penitent letter, and they did not propose to do so.  The Inspector had gone so far as to say frankly that he would ask for a nominal penalty only, and he hoped he would go still further and ask that the summonses might be withdrawn upon payment of the costs.  Mr Redgrave said he was afraid he could not altogether withdraw the matter from the jurisdiction of the Bench, upon the payment of the costs.  He had considerable experience of dressmaker’s workrooms for the past twenty years, and without saying a word about Miss Naylor, he knew that there was no class of girls whose interests required more looking after than young dressmakers.  That was a general remark, and was not intended to apply to the present defendant.  The chairman said the board could not allow the summonses to be withdrawn, though they would only inflict in each case a nominal penalty of 1s, together with the costs, 11s 2d in each case, making in all £1 16s 6d – Miss Naylor paid the money.