HUNTER, Edith

1853 - 1918

Edith Hunter, was born at Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk in 1853, and baptised ast Whiting Street Church, Bury St Edmund's, third daughter of John Hunter (7 April 1816-16 February 1884), a wine merchant, and his wife Jane née Wood (1820-1868), who married at Manchester in 1846. In 1851, an 8 year old, living at 22 Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmund's with her parents, 45 year old John, born at Bury St Edmund's and 41 year old Jane, born at Liverpool, with siblings Elizabeth Anne 11, born Manchester, Edmund Ernest 6, Flora Mabel 3 and newly born John William, all born at Bury St Edmund's. Her 48 year old mother Jane, was buried at Bury St Edmund's on 27 March 1868 and in 1871, father John was still living at 22 Abbeygate Street, with Elizabeth Anne acting as his housekeeper with the addition of two more siblings Fanny Beatrice 7 and Margaret Kate 5. By 1881 Edith had taken her sister's position as housekeeper and after the death of her father in 1884, together with her sister Flora Mabel, they opened a small school and in 1891 was a principal of a grammar school at 10 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmund's with two boarding and 6 day pupils. In 1887, as Miss E. Hunter, she exhibited at the Bury St Edmund's Fine Art Club, a watercolour 'A Scene on Cromer Beach'. In 1901, was living on own means at 2 Northgate Street, Bury St Edmund's with a servant. Edith was of 12a Barons Court Road, West Kensington, London when she died at Clifton, Bristol on 17 June 1918 and buried in the nearby Westbury Cemetery, leaving her estate to her now married sister Flora Mabel [Fox].