Miss Florence Anne NUTTING (1855–1886)
St Giles section: Row 52, Grave 41

Grave of Florence Nutting




AUGUST 12TH 1886.


Florence Anne Nutting was born in 1855 at Westbury-on-Trym, Gloucestershire (now a suburb of Bristol) and baptised at Redland Chapel there on 14 April. She was the daughter of the shopkeeper John Nutting (born at Colne in Surrey in 1815) and Eliza Bull (born at St George’s, Gloucestershire in 1822). Her parents were married at Easton in Gordano, Somerset in December 1846 and had the following children:

  • Henry Edward Nutting (born at Westbury-on-Trym on 12 March 1848, reg. as Edward Henry, and baptised there on 10 April)
  • Eliza Jane Nutting (born at Westbury-on-Trym in 1849 and baptised there on 20 May 1850)
  • Mary Anne Nutting (born at Westbury-on-Trym in 1851 and baptised there on 27 April);
    died shortly after birth
  • John Gardiner Nutting (born at Westbury-on-Trym on 24 July 1852 and baptised there on 20 September)
  • Florence Annie Nutting (born at Westbury-on-Trym in 1855 and baptised there n 14 April)
  • Edward & Harriet Nutting (twins born at Westbury-on-Trym in 1857 and baptised there on 14 January);
    both died shortly after birth
  • Frederick George Nutting (born at Westbury-on-Trym on 21 May 1858 and baptised there on 5 August).

At the time of the 1851 census, John Nutting (36), a silk mercer, and his wife Eliza (29) were living at 7 Exeter Buildings, Whiteladies Road, Westbury Upon Trym, Bristol with their first two children Henry (3) and Eliza (1½). They had two servants: a nursemaid and a housemaid.

They were still at his house in 1861 with two more children: Florence herself (6) and Frederick (2).

Florence’s father John Nutting died at Belle Vue House, Westbury-on-Trym, on 3 April 1864 at the age of 48. His effects came to nearly £16,000.

At the time of the 1871 census Florence’s widowed mother Eliza was at Elm Cottage in Elm Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, where she was living with Henry (23) and her two youngest children, Florence (16) and Frederick (12), and one servant. Florence’s sister Eliza was already married.

In 1881 Florence’s mother was living on her own with one servant at Bell View House, Westbury-upon-Trym.

In the 1880s Florence, who was of independent means, lived at Essendene in Leamington Spa. On Monday 9 August 1886, just after returning home from a visit to her brother in Australia, she went by train with her friend Miss Mary Jane Mitchell to visit her sister in Kensington for the day. Returning home, they caught the 4.45pm fast, non-stopping GWR Northern Star express from Paddington to Leamington, whose first stop was at Oxford. They sat with two other ladies in a first-class carriage, and when they were near Culham, Florence appears to have fallen out of the open door of the moving train.

The Oxford station master examined the train when it finally came in to Oxford at 6.15pm, and found the door in good order. He then went with Miss Mitchell in a train to Culham to collect Florence, who had been laid out on a hurdle about half a mile beyond the station. She was taken to the Radcliffe Infirmary, where she died on the Wednesday night:

† Florence Anne Nutting died at the age of 31 on 12 August 1886 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 14 August (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church). Her age was wrongly given in the parish register as 28.

Her hospital records states that she died of concussion and brain laceration. Her brother came to Oxford to attend the inquest into her death, which was described in both in The Times and The Standard on 14 August 1886 and in Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 21 August, as well as in other regional papers. Florence’s friend Miss Mitchell said that Florence (whose ankles were weak following rheumatic fever) had asked her to get a book down from the luggage rack, and when she turned around to give it to her, she saw her falling backwards out of the train, head foremost, from the door opposite the platform side. The other two women in the carriage saw nothing. The Oxford station master stated that there was no rule about locking doors on the off-side, as passengers objected to it, and the Coroner did not deem it necessary for the driver of the train or the carriage from which Florence fell to be brought to Oxford. The verdict of the jury was “That the deceased died from falling out of the carriage, but that there was no evidence to show how she came to fall.”

Florence’s effects came to just over £1,438, and probate was granted at Bristol to her brother Henry Edward Nutting, gentleman. The address given for Florence (Belle Vue, Grove Road, Redland, Bristol) was that of her parents, and the probate record simply stated that she had died in Oxfordshire.

Siblings of Florence Anne Nutting
  • Eliza Jane Nutting (born 1849) married her first husband Edward Frederick Burke at Westbury-on-Trym on 5 December 1867. Her husband died in Kensington on 2 November 1887, and in May 1888 Mrs Eliza Jane Burke, as she now was, married her second husband Captain Henry Wyatt at St Mary Abbotts, Kensington. At the time of the 1891 census Eliza (39) and Henry (52), described as a retired master mariner, were living at 23 Albert Hall Mansions, Westminster.
  • Henry Edward Nutting (born 1848) married Frances Elizabeth Stedman at All Saints, Clifton, Gloucestershire on 21 January 1874 and they had one child. At the time of the 1901 census they were living at Frensham near Churt in Surrey, and he was described as a retired wine & spirit merchant; by 1911 they had moved to Farnham. He died on 10 April 1933 at the age of 85 at 14 Upper Belgrave Road, Clifton, Bristol. His effects came to £9,800.
  • John Gardiner Nutting (born 1852) was educated at Clifton College and in Germany. On 2 January 1879 in Birkenhead he married Mary Stansmore Bevis, and they had five children. He lived in Ireland, where he was the Chairman of E. and J. Burke, Ltd, and “amassed a fortune out of bottled beer and Irish railways” (Daily Telegraph, 25 February 1999). He was High Sheriff for Co. Dublin in 1895/6, and was made a baronet in 1903. He died at St Helen’s, Booterstown, Dublin on 18 February 1918, and his effects came to £502,882. His heir was his son Harold Stansmore Nutting, Captain of the 17th Lancers, ADC to Governor-General, Australia.
  • Frederick George Nutting (born 21 May 1858) was the manager of a wine company and at the time of the 1891 census was a single man of 32 living with his sister Eliza and her husband. He was described as being of Queen Anne’s Mansions, London and of Kilphedir, Sutherlandshire when he died at the age of 72 at 22 Rutland Court, Kensington on 28 January 1930. His effects came to £904,401.

Florence’s mother Mrs Eliza Nutting, née Bull died at Belle Vue in Bristol on 15 February 1917 at the age of 94. Her wealth at death was £5,917.



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