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St. Wilfrid's, Exeter

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Memorial to the Sisters of St. Wilfrid's in Higher Cemetery, Exeter. Image taken 2021.

of St. David's Hill, Exeter

1889 Listed. of 40 Bartholomew Street West, Exeter. Sister Elizabeth Wills.[1]

1890 'On Tuesday next the St. Wilfrid's Home Penny Dinners will commence. Last year about 4,000 dinners were given many of the poorest children in Exeter, and subscriptions, which may be sent to the Mother Superior, Miss Alice Pearse, St. David's-hill, are urgently needed to continue the work.'[2]

1895 'ST. WILFRID'S HOME, EXETER. The PENNY DINNERS will Commence TUESDAY NEXT, 6th January. LAST year 3,058 DINNERS were given to Children from the Board and Voluntary Schools in all parts Exeter. Donations will be thankfully received by the Mother Superior, St. Wilfrid's Home: and Miss Alice Pearse, 21, St. Davids-hill.'[3]

1911 St. Wilfrid's Orphanage, Sister Agatha, 19 St. David's Hill, Exeter: Annie Constance Dagg (age 46 born London), Sister in Charge - Sister of Mercy. Also Harriett Mortimore (age 50 born Stroud), Matron, and Daisy Mary Elizabeth Adelaide Mortimore (age 18 born Cheltenham). 19 pupils aged from 4-16 years, One servant.[4]

1914 'For many years past the Mother Superior and Sisters St. Wilfrid's Home, Exeter, have been doing good work among the poor of the city providing poor women with employment. Material is purchased by the Mother Superior and distributed by her to women who need work....at the St. Wilfrid's Orphanage. 19, St. David Hill, Exeter....'[5]

1925 December 11th. Died. Annie Constance Dagg of St. Wilfrid's Home. 'We regret to the death of the Mother Superior (Mother Agatha) of St. Wilfrid's Community, Exeter....She had been near or in Exeter all her life....elected Mother Superior of the community in 1913...'[6]

1932 Advertisement. 'St. Wilfrid's School for Girls, Conducted by Sisters of the Church England. BARTHOLOMEW-STREET (and of Mint). Good General Education and Business Training.'[7]

1935 36 St. David's Hill, Exeter.[8]

1950 Orphanage closed. Later became St. Wilfrid's School

1955 St. Wilfrid's School Annexe, 14 Friernhay Street.[9]

1964 St. Wilfrid's School, 25 St. David's Hill, Exeter.[10]

1966 St. Wilfrid's School, 25 St. David's Hill, Exeter. Junior School at No 29.[11]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1889 Exeter Directory
  2. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 22 November 1890
  3. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 05 January 1895
  4. 1911 Census
  5. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 18 June 1914
  6. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 14 December 1925
  7. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 23 January 1932
  8. 1935 Exeter Directory
  9. 1955 Exeter Directory
  10. 1964 Kelly's Directory
  11. 1966 Exeter Directory