LUFF, Florence Louisa

1852 - 1920

Florence Louisa Luff, was born at Ipswich in 1852 and baptised on 5 January 1853, daughter of Henry Luff (8 October 1818-1 August 1888), a substantial builder who employed 42 people, and his wife Rose née Mann (1820-1906), who married at Ipswich on 13 March 1850. In 1861, Florence was an 8 year old, living at 2 Neale Street, Ipswich, with her parents, 42 year old Henry and 40 year old Rose, with a sibling sister newly born Rose Ada, but by 1871 they had moved to Paget Road, Ipswich. Florence studied at the Ipswich School of Art, passing her examinations in 1870. As Miss F. Luff, she exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from Bullingdon Road, Oxford in 1881, a watercolour 'Cottage, Lower Arboretum' when Florence's parents were then living at 41 Bullingdon Road, Oxford. At that time Florence was a 28 year old governess in the home of William H. Chichester, his wife and four children at Grenofen House, Whitechurch, Tavistock, Devon, who retained six other servants. By 1888, when her father Henry died, the family were living at Spring Bank, Dartmouth, Devon. In 1891 Florence was a 38 year old schoolteacher, living at South Town, St Petrox, Totnes, Devon with her 71 year old widowed mother, and 30 year old sister Rose, a governess, and two boarders and a servant and by 1911, Florence was a 58 year old boarding house keeper, at Dendy Road, Paignhton, Devon. She died at 1 Park Crescent, Paignton on 17 April 1920, she was unmarried.