Mistresses of Christ Church Infants' School

1869 - 1923

By Geoffrey Cordingley

Part of the old school building
Geoff Cordingley 2017

The table below lists all the known mistresses of the school.

Date startedDate leftFirst nameSurnameFurther Information
1869?December 1870?SarahGrayProbably the first mistress. Lived in George Street.  In 1881 was Mistress of an elementary school in St. Pancras.
11 January 1871Xmas, 1872Sarah MaryChandlerCertificated Teacher of the Second Class.  Lived at Christ Church Mission House, Port Vale Common.  When Sarah arrived the school had been unsettled by the absence of the previous mistress through illness, (Sarah Gray?)
6th January 18737th February 1873Johnson, Mrs
7th February197330th May 1873ElizabethKingMiss King was a pupil teacher not a qualified teacher!  She was left in charge of the school during this period assisted by Elizabeth Holloway the monitor.
9th June 187315th October, 1873SarahCresswellIn temporary charge.  Formerly Pupil Teacher at Bengeo School.
16th October 1873At least to 11th September 1876AnnStewardsonCertificated Teacher of the Second Class
26th November 1877E.R.BoltonTemporary Mistress
2nd January 187813th April 1883Ann JanineRobinsonProbationary Mistress initially.  Listed as Mistress in January 1879.  Born in Richmond, Surrey – father an accountant.  Lived on Port Hill Common, presumably in the Mission House.  Died in 1889, aged 32, in Richmond.
16th April 188324th March 1884FlorenceSauzéFlorence was born in Australia. In 1881, Florence was mistress of the village school in Berden, Essex, just north of Bishop’s Stortford.  In Jan 1888 she became mistress of Watton-at-Stone School.
2nd April 188421st April 1886MariaGleaveTook temporary charge.  Resigned in April 1886.  Born in 1852 in Warwickshire Maria trained at Hockerill Training College1, Bishop’s Stortford around 1881.
3rd May 188623rd February 1890ElizabethEllisTaken ill.  Then told by doctor on no account to return to work. Whilst she was away, Miss Melinda Crawley who was the temporary assistant was left in charge with two monitors.
14th April 189013th June 1890LouisaMillsFrom Hockerill (Training College?) took temporary charge
16th June 189019th December 1895Ellen CornubiaHooperResigned.  Ellen lodged at 6, Balfour Street.  Born in 1867 Torrington, Devon where both her parents were   teachers.  By 1901 Ellen was teaching alongside her older brother in Woodford St. Mary Essex.  In 1911 she is recorded as head teacher in Woodford Green.
13th January 1896Row, MrsMrs Row undertook the charge of the School as Head Mistress for a time under Art. 82(c)
13th April 1896Rule, MrsTemporary charge
7th September 18963rd May 1899Ethel AHostlerResigned in May 1899, probably because in August Ethel married Alfred Bassett at High Cross.
9th March 189931st May 1899MaryMoultonResigned
1st June 189921st December 1905EmilyCourtenayBorn in 1866 in Covent Garden. Emily lived at 39, Port Hill until she married Peter Woodhouse, a widower, in 1905. This is presumably why she resigned.
9th January 190627th July 1923Marion LouisaPorterMarion was born in Bengeo in 1871. She was baptised on 19th November at Holy Trinity. Her father Thomas Stebbing Porter was master of Bengeo Boys’ School. Marion resigned as the school was closing on 31st August 1923.

Her previous teaching appointments were:

1889–94  National Infants’ School, Ware

1894–98  All Saints Infants’ School, Hertford

1898–1906  National Infants’ School, Ware

Subsequently Marion was head of National Infants’ School, Market Hill, Royston



  1. Hockerill Teacher Training College opened in 1852 and was closed in the 1970s.  The site is now occupied by Hockerill Anglo-European College.
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