RIDLEY, Flora

1864 - 1947

Flora Ridley was born at Mildenhall, Suffolk on 3 December 1864, daughter of Edward Ridley (22 December 1817-1886), a grocer & draper in the High Street, Mildenhall, and his wife Esther Ann née Cook (7 November 1819-1909), who married at Bury St Edmund's in 1843. Flora studied at Ipswich School of Science & Art and in 1880 gained her certificate in freehand drawing. By 1881 the family had moved to Ipswich where 16 year old Flora was a scholar living at Willoughby Road with her parents, 63 year old Edward, now a retired draper, and 61 year old Esther, with two siblings Anne 34, born Kings Lynn, Norfolk and Augusta 26, born Mildenhall and both school-mistresses and by 1891 Flora was a governess still at Willoughby Road with her widowed mother Esther. She married at Ipswich in 1895, Harry Miller Ennals (26 September 1868-1950), manager to a chemical manure manufacturer, and in 1901 Flora was living at Cranford, Park Road, Ipswich with her 32 year old husband and newly born daughter Joyce Caroline [Marston] and in 1911, Flora was still living in Park Road, her husband was in South Africa on business, with two more children Stuart Ridley 9 and Ruth Marjorie 6. In 1939 Flora and Harry were living at 33 Graham Road, Ipswich and where Flora died in 1947.