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Name: Jane Hire

Burial Number: 1718

Gender: Female

Occupation: Owner of the Carlton Hotel, Western Parade, Southsea.

Distinction: Hotel Proprietor

Born: 28/12/1857

Died: 12/03/1940

Buried: 15/03/1940


Jane Cicely Winifred Ball was born on 23rd December 1857 in Aston, Warwickshire. Her parents were Edward John Ball, 52yrs, Silversmith, and Anne Ball, 35yrs, nee Potter; Jane had 2 older siblings, Edward H. 5yrs, and Margaret E. 3yrs.

Jane remained single until she was 51yrs old when she married Frederick Hire, 63yrs, a retired Royal Navy Captain who lived at ‘Idlehurst’, Winchester Road, Worthing, Sussex; he had been twice widowed, and Jane was his third wife. The marriage took place on 29th April 1909, at St. Peter’s, Stratton, Gloucestershire, where her brother, Edward, was a clergyman.  Jane owned the 59 roomed Carlton Hotel, Western Parade, Southsea, where she was staying on census night 1911, she was the signatory on the census declaration. In 1914, the manageress of the hotel was Miss Edith Ball, almost certainly her niece.

Jane’s husband died just two years later in November 1911, leaving estate of £3220 5s 7d. Value 2021 -£389K. Jane sold ‘Idlehurst’ shortly afterwards and moved to London, living first at 144a, Abbey Road, Hampstead, and then at 17, Craven Hill Gardens, Lancaster Gate, London W2, where she died, aged 82yrs, on 12th March 1940.

Probate was granted to her nephew, The Reverend Edward Foley Ball, Clerk, and niece, Edith Mary Keith Ball, Spinster. Effects £16,458 15s 8d. Value 2021 – £945K. (Care of Barclays Bank, Southsea).

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: SB Row: 1 Plot: 9

Exact Location (what3words): policy.year.causes

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



EndowedGrave: Cut grass and keep tidy


In loving memory of Gertrude Eleanor wife of Capt. F. Hire R.N. who departed this life 24th July 1903 aged 45 years "Til death us join" and of his wife Ottilde Lisa 10th Jan. 1907. In loving memory of Frederick Hire Captain Royal Navy died 27th November 1911 aged 65 years R.I.P. Also of Cicely Hire 12th March 1940 "Make them to be numbered with Thy saints in Glory Everlasting"

Further Information


Name: Jane Cecily Winifred Hire

Gender: Female

Born: 28/12/1857

Town: Aston

County: Warwickshire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Ball

Marriage Date: 29/4/1909

Spouse First Name: Frederick

Spouse Last Name: Hire

Town of Marriage: Stratton

County of Marriage: Gloucestershire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 12/03/1940

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 17

Address line 3: Craven Hill Gardens, London W2

Town: Paddington

County: London

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £16458 15 s 8 d

Current value of effects: £945000

Census Information


Living at Potters Farm, Walsall Road, Aston, Warwickshire. Edward J. Ball, 55yrs, Silversmith, wife, Anna, 38yrs, 3 children, Edward H. 8yrs, Margaret E. 6yrs, Jane C.W. 3yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at Coleshill Street, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. Edward J. Ball, 65yrs, Silversmith, wife, Anna, 48yrs, 3 children, Edward H. 18yrs, Margaret E. 16yrs, Jane C.W. 13yrs, plus 1 domestic servant.


Living at 26, London Road, Tunbridge, Kent.  Anna Ball, widow, 59yrs, Land and Houses, daughter, Jane C.W. Ball, 23yrs.


Carlton House Hotel, Southsea, Hampshire. Jane Cicely Winifred Hire, 53yrs, Head, married.


Living at the Carlton Hotel, Southsea, Hampshire. Jane Cicely Winifred Hire, 63yrs, widow, Hotel Proprietor.


27, Shelley Road, Worthing. Jane C. W. Hire, widow, living on private means.

Miscellaneous Information

Portsmouth Evening News – Thursday 10th December 1914,

Hotel Manageress Sued.       Before his Honour Judge Gye.

Alice Bertha Churchill, of Clarendon Road, Southsea, for whom Mr. George Hall King, appeared, sued Miss Edith Ball, manageress of the Carlton Hotel, Southsea, represented by Mr. B. J. Gilbert, for   £1 6s. 0d., month’s wages in lieu of notice. Plaintiff was stated to have been in the defendant’s employ for two years without complaint. She was given holiday from Monday to Monday but returned Tuesday. On the previous day she had been in Lyndhurst with her brother, and had missed her train back, owing to all the regular trains being required to convey troops. When she returned to the Carlton Hotel, she was told to pack her box and leave. She asked to be allowed to work out her month, but that was refused, and she had to leave the hotel between eight and nine in the evening. For the defence it was contended that the action referred to was necessary for the sake of discipline. ln giving judgment for the plaintiff, for the full amount claimed with costs on the C scale, his Honour said he had never heard anything more brutal than the act of the defendant in turning a young girl out onto the streets of Portsmouth late at night, when those streets were swarming with soldiers and sailors, and there were consequently many temptations. His only regret was that he could not give the plaintiff damages instead of only the amount she had claimed.

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