LONGE, Vera Mabel Wilhelmina

1904 - 1985

Vera and Ena Longe

Born at Ipswich on 31 January 1904, eldest of the two daughters of Herbert Davy Longe (18 March 1862-16 November 1949), son of Revd John Longe and his wife Selina Mabel Henrietta (28 September 1871-31 December 1949), daughter of Colonel Arthur John Bethell Thellusson and Henrietta Frances Elizabeth Vernon-Wentworth of Aldeburgh, Suffolk; the Longe's married at Croydon on 25 April 1902. In 1911, 7 year old Vera was living at Abbot's Hall, Stowmarket, Suffolk with her parents, 49 year old Herbert, born Lidworth, Sidmouth, Devon and 39 year old Selina, born Aldeburgh, with sibling 4 year old Ena, born at Stowmarket and they kept 8 indoor servants. Vera’s passion for art led her and other local artists to establish The Stowmarket Art Club in 1960, and more than half a century later the group is still going strong. The club’s first meeting took place at The Royal Oak public house (now The Oak) on 11 February 1960 when Vera Longe was appointed Secretary. The Art Club’s launch even attracted the interest of ITV and the BBC and Vera recounted how the TV people brought a glamorous model to the Royal Oak, who posed on the bar while the artists sketched. She and her sister were both unmarried and the Misses Vera and Ena Longe placed 70 acres of farm land together with Abbot’s Hall, its gardens, as well as 18/20 Crowe Street, in trust to be used as a Museum which opened in 1967 and is now The Museum of East Anglian Life. Vera died in the Deben district of Suffolk in 1985




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