METCALFE, Joanna Catherine

1853 - 1945

Joanna Catherine Metcalfe, known as Kate, was born at Ipswich on 27 February 1853, eldest child of William Leopold Metcalfe (1818-29 June 1863), a cheese factor, formerly a soap manufacturer at Great Yarmouth, and his wife Joanna Rutt Burton (1821-26 December 1895), younger daughter of Charles Burton of Ipswich, who married at Tacket Street Chapel, Ipswich on 3 March 1852, Joanna was the sister of Emma Grace Metcalfe. In 1861, young Joanna was an 8-year-old, living at 12 Anglesea Road, Ipswich with her parents 42-year-old William and 39-year-old Joanna with four siblings, Anna Beatrice 5, Emma Grace 3, William 1 and newly born Charles James, and they retained four indoor servants, they had three other daughters, Elizabeth Frances who died on 5 December 1859, aged 5, Florence who died on 9 December 1859, aged 1 year and 8 months, and Alice Maude, who died on 24 October 1880, aged 18. Her father was buried in Ipswich cemetery on 4 July 1863. Joanna studied at the Ipswich School of Science and Art obtaining her certificate in Art in 1874 and in 1891 young Joanna was a 38-year-old assistant drawing teacher, living at Windcote, Ivry Street, Ipswich with her 69-year-old widowed mother Joanna and her 35-year-old sibling sister Anna Beatrice. As J. Kate Metcalfe, an exhibitor at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from Windcote, Ivry Street, Ipswich in 1882 'Ripe Fruit' but does not seem to have exhibited again. Their surname is sometimes Metcalf and young Joanna often went under the name of Kate. On the death of her mother at Ipswich in 1895, Joanna moved away from Ipswich and in 1901, was vice principal of a Ladies Finishing School, which was owned by her aunt, 73-year-old Anna Sophie Metcalfe. In 1905 she was a beneficiary under the will of her brother-in-law James William Fraser Lowndes. In 1911 she was Head of School at Highfield, Hendon, Middlesex. In 1921 Joanna, with no occupation, was living at The Martins Cottage, Linslade, Bedfordshire and in 1939 Joanna Catherine Metcalfe was a retired head teacher living at Mote Side, 43 Willington Street, Maidstone, Kent where she died on 26 March 1945, aged 92, she was unmarried.