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Friday 23 November 2012

Clara Brown - Milliner's Apprentice

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Monument to Clara Brown, Methodist Church, High Street, Maidenhead Berkshire.
"In affectionate rememberance of  Clara Brown who fell asleep Feb. 10th 1882 aged 16 years."
Clara Brown was born in Maidenhead in 1867 to John Brown, a master bucther and Ann, a milliner (hat maker).
Clara first appears on the census in 1871 aged 4 living with her parents and siblings in Maidenhead at 101 High Street.  The family is there in 1881 and the 14 year old Clara is now a milliner's apprentice.
Sadly Clara's life was cut short on 10th Feburary 1882.
Clara's stone is no longer in it's original place.  In 1973 alterations were made to Maidenhead High street and the stones were removed and moved closer to the church wall.

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  1. You wonder what happened to the poor girls grave if they moved the headstone..

    1. All the 'graves' are inside the church in a large underground vault. The gravestones used to be positioned in the churchyard. However when the road was widened, the stones were moved closer to the church building.


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