LUFF, Florence Louisa

1852 - 1920

Born at Ipswich in 1852 and baptised on 5 January 1853, daughter of Henry Luff (1819-1888), a substantial builder who employed 42 people, and his wife Rose née Mann (1820-1906), who married at Ipswich on 13 March 1850. In 1861, an 8 year old living at 2 Neale Street, Ipswich, with her parents, 42 year old Henry and 40 year old Rose, with a sibling sister newly born Rose Ada, but by 1871 they had moved to Paget Road, Ipswich. As Miss F. Luff, she exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from Bullingdon Road, Oxford in 1881, a watercolour 'Cottage, Lower Arboretum'. At that time she was a 28 year old governess in the home of William H. Chichester, his wife and four children at Grenofen House, Whitechurch, Tavistock, Devon, they retained six other servants, when Florence's parents had moved to 41 Bullingdon Road, Oxford. By 1888, on the death of Henry, they were living at South Town, St Petrox, Totnes, Devon and in 1891 Florence was a 38 year old schoolteacher living at Totnes with her 71 year old widowed mother, her 30 year old sister Rose, a governess, an assistant governess Harriet Rogers, a 47 year old boarder and a servant. In 1911 Florence was a 58 year old boarding house keeper at Dendy Road, Paighton, Devon where she died in 1920, she was unmarried.