HEANLEY, Katherine

1869 - 1957

Katherine Heanley

Born at Haven House, Croft, Spilsby, Lincolnshire on 28 July 1869, daughter of John Heanley, a farmer, and his wife Charlotte Catherine née Whiting, who married at Brentford, London in 1860. In 1881, an 11 year old living at Croft, Spilsbury with her parents, 50 year old John, born Lincolnshire and 43 year old Charlotte, born London, with four siblings, Charlotte 17, born Worthington, Cambridgeshire, John 17, William W. 13 and Wilfred F. all born at Croft, Lincolnshire. In 1891 the family was living at Tavistock Square, St Pancras, London from where 21 year old Katherine was a medical student and in 1913 was listed on the Medical Register. An active Suffragette, Dr Katherine Heanley was summoned at the East Ham Police-court, on 15 January 1914, for non-payment of the insurance tax for her servant, she explained that her objection to paying was due to the fact that she, as a voteless woman, had no voice in the government of the country, the magistrate was sympathetic but in addition to the arrears, a fine of 1 and costs 10s. was imposed. A general practitioner at Saxmundham, Suffolk and in 1939 an unmarried general medical practitioner living at Bigsby's Corner, Saxmundham with her older sister Charlotte, an author. She became very friendly with Gertrude Louisa Watson [q.v.], who was also an amateur sketcher, and they travelled together painting and sketching around Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. She died in Saxmundham in 1957, she was unmarried, and was buried in All Saints' church, Croft, near Skegness.