HEANLEY, Katherine

1869 - 1957

Katherine Heanley

Katherine Heanley, was born at Haven House, Croft, Spilsby, Lincolnshire on 28 July and baptised on 22 August 1869, daughter of John Heanley, a farmer, and his wife Charlotte Katherine née Whiting, who married at Brentford, London in 1860. In 1881, an 11 year old, living at Croft, Spilsby with her parents, 50 year old John, born Lincolnshire and 43 year old Charlotte, born London, with four siblings, Charlotte Elizabeth 17, born Worthington, Cambridgeshire, John 17, William Whitling 13 and Wilfred Foster 5, all born at Croft, Lincolnshire. In 1891, the family were living at Tavistock Square, St Pancras, London from where 21 year old Katherine was a medical student and in 1913 was listed on the Medical Register. An active Suffragette, Dr Katherine Heanley was summoned at the East Ham Police-court, on 15 January 1914, for non-payment of the insurance tax for her servant, she explained that her objection to paying was due to the fact that she, as a voteless woman, had no voice in the government of the country, the magistrate was sympathetic but in addition to the arrears, a fine of 1 and costs 10s. was imposed, this was one of several protests and which her goods were distrained. A general practitioner at Saxmundham, Suffolk and in 1939, an unmarried general medical practitioner, living at Bigsby's Corner, Saxmundham with her sister Charlotte, an author. She became very friendly with Gertrude Louisa Watson [q.v.], who was also an amateur sketcher, and they travelled together painting and sketching around Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Katherine died at Chy-Henley, Bigbys Corner, Saxmundham on 10 April 1957, she was unmarried, and was buried in All Saints' church, Croft, near Skegness.