GOCHER, Florence

1859 - 1938

Florence Gocher was baptised at St Matthew's church, Ipswich on 10 October 1859, one of the nine children of Charles Gocher (12 April 1830-11 November 1900), a meat salesman, and his wife Louisa King (1830-1900), only daughter of William King of Newgate Market, who married at St Mary's Church, Islington, London on 17 March 1852. In 1861, Florence was a 1-year-old, living at 16 Fonnereau Road, Ipswich with her parents, 31-year-old Charles and 32-year-old Louisa, with siblings Charles King 8, Clara Louisa, 6, William Henry 5, and Frank 3, all born at Ipswich, and they kept four indoor servants and by 1871 they had a further five children added to the household, Oscar, Ada, Jack, Edmund and Mary. In 1881, Florence was a 21-year-old novice nun, at the Orphanage, Carlisle Place, St Margaret and St John the Evangelist Westminster, London. Florence studied at the Ipswich School of Science and Art, receiving her certificate in Model Drawing in 1885 but had exhibited from Bolton Hill, Westminster in 1884 at the Ipswich Fine Art Society, a watercolour 'Study of Fruit'. In 1911, 49-year-old Florence and her 42-year-old sister Ada, were living at 9 St Mary's Road, Canonbury, London, the home of their 84-year-old uncle William King. Florence Gocher was of 68 Brunswick Place, Hove, Sussex when she died at the Lawns Hotel, Kingsway, Hove on 30 July 1938, aged 78, she was unmarried.