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Name: Harriett Thorpe

Burial Number: 0867

Gender: Female

Born: 1/6/1841

Died: 14/05/1917

Buried: 17/05/1917


Harriet was the daughter of  Rev.William Robbins, a clerk in Holy Orders, Vicar of Shropham in Norfolk, and his wife, Harriet Ruth Lovick. She was born on 1 June 1841 at Needham and was baptised there  on 15 July.

In 1863 the Robbins family were left a third share of the estate of Rev. John Lovick Johnson, which before costs and expenses totalled £8,400, because Harriet’s mother’s maiden name had been Lovick.

Harriet and her younger sister, Margaret, were both married on 23  April 1868 at Shropham Parish Church. Harriet and Edward Smyth Thorpe were married by  Rev William Smyth Thorpe, Edward’s father, but Margaret and Dr. Henry John Buck, MD surgeon, were married by Rev William Robbins,  father of Harriet and Margaret.

Harriet and Edward moved to Huddersfield where Edward was curate at Holy Trinity but  he died in 1878 and by 1881 Harriet had moved to 6 Shelley Road, Broadwater.

By 1901, Harriet was living at Richmond House, West Worthing, and was still living there in 1911 but  when she died on 14 May 1917 aged 75, her address was Borough House, Old Town, Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Her first name was spelt in various ways but was Harriet on her birth certificate, She chose to enter it as Harriette on Censuses where she was head of the household.

Researcher: Angela Levy

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Harriett Thorpe

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 1 Plot: 41

Exact Location (what3words): title.hood.loyal

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of Hilda Ruth daughter of The Late Rev E S Thorpe, Goring. Died 19/4/1911 aged 39 And of Harriet Ruth Died 14th May 1917 aged 75years. Widow of Rev.E.S. Thorpe Vicar of Goring “Till the Day Dawn”

Further Information


Name: Harriett Ruth Thorpe

Gender: Female

Born: 1/6/1841

Town: Shropham

County: Norfolk

Country: England


Maiden Name:Robbins

Marriage Date: 23/4/1868

Spouse First Name: Edward

Spouse Second Name: Smythe

Spouse Last Name: Thorpe

Town of Marriage: Shropham

County of Marriage: Norfolk

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 14/05/1917

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Borough House

Address line 3: Old Town

Town: Eastbourne

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £137 7 s 4 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Reedham, Blofield, Norfolk

William Robbins, 25, clerk; Harriett Robbins, 25, wife; Harriette (spelt Harriet on baptism entry) 1 week, daughter; Ann Robbins, 50;

plus 3 servants


Street, Hingham, Norfolk

William Robbins, head, 37, Vicar of Shropham; Harrat (sic) Robbins ; 37, wife; Ruth (sic) Robbins, 9, daughter; Marrianne Robbins , 8,  daughter; Anna Robbins, 7, daughter; Margaret Robbins, 5, daughter; Emma Robbins, 3, daughter; Agnes Robbins, 2, daughter; Julia Robbins, 6 months, daughter; Mary Money, 15, visitor;

plus a housekeeper, 2 housemaids, a cook and a groom


The Vicarage, Shropham, Norfolk

William Robbins, head, 46, Vicar of Shropham; Harriet Ruth Robbins, 46, wife; Harriett Robbins, 19, daughter; Anna Robbins, 17, daughter; Margaret Robbins, 15, daughter; Emma Robbins, 13, daughter; Agnes Robbins, 12, daughter; Julia Robbins, 10, daughter; Octavia Helen, 8, daughter; Catherine Robbins, 6, daughter;

plus 3 domestic servants


Woodland Mount, Huddersfield, Yorkshire

Edward Smyth Thorpe, 26, head, curate of Holy Trinity, Huddersfield; Harriette (sic) Ruth Thorpe, 29, wife; William Edward Thorpe, 2, son; Harriette Evelyn Thorpe, 1, daughter;

plus 2 servants


6, Shelley Road, Broadwater

Ruth Thorpe, 39, widow, annuitant; Hilda Ruth Thorpe, 9, daughter, scholar; Thomas S Thorpe, 8, son, scholar; Kenneth J Thorpe, 5, son, scholar; Arthur F Thorpe, 2, son; Annie Jones, 42, boarder, private teacher;

plus 2 domestic servants


Rosemont, Christchurch Road, Broadwater

Harriette(sic) Ruth Thorpe, 49, living on her own means; Harriette Evelyn Thorpe, 21, daughter, student Girton; Hilda Ruth Thorpe, 19, daughter of a gentleman;

plus 1 domestic servant


Richmond Lodge, Richmond Road, West Worthing

Harriette Ruth Thorpe, 59, widow, own means; Hilda R Thorpe, 28, daughter; Annie P Coles, 27, boarder, own means;

plus a cook and a housemaid


Richmond Lodge, Richmond Road, West Worthing

Harriette Ruth Thorpe, 69, widow, private means; Hilda Ruth Thorpe, 39, private means;  Gertrude Mary Thorpe, 34, daughter-in-law, private means; Guy Smyth Thorpe, 2 ₁/₂ , grandson; Ruth Hymers Jackson, 35, niece, private means;

plus a general domestic servant and a nursemaid

Miscellaneous Information

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