Thursday, 3 January 2013

Alice Elizabeth Luxford nee Ivall (1877-1939)

Alice Elizabeth Ivall was the elder sister of my grandfather, George William Ivall. She was born on October 6th 1887 in Somers Town, an area of North London between Euston and St Pancras Stations. Her parents were George (1853-1932, a cabinet maker) and Alice Eliza Ivall (1856-1935, maiden name Newman). They married in 1875 and had five children: Alice Elizabeth (1877-1939), George William (1880-1934), Rosa (1884-1884), Rose Lily (1885-1965) and Albert David (1889-1960). Alice was baptised on 28th October 1877 at Christ Church, Somerstown.

The 1881 census shows George (aged 27), Alice (25), Alice (3) and George (5 months) living at 5 Stebbington Street, St Pancras. The family had moved to 51 Freeling Street, Islington by 1889, when Alice Ivall (aged 11) was admitted to Gifford Street School. In 1891, the family was living at 51 Freeling St and consisted of George (aged 38), Alice (36), Alice (13), George (10), Rose (5) and Albert (2). School admission records for Albert show that the family was living at 33 Boleyn Road, Dalston in 1896 and 61 Spencer Road, Hackney in 1899.

By 1901 the family were living at 125a Holly St, Hackney and consisted of George (aged 49, still a cabinet maker), Alice (47), Alice (23, a theatre bar manageress), Rose (15) and Albert (12). Their son George is not listed as he was in the marines and overseas. The inhabitants of Holly St are classified as category 5 in the 1898-9 Booth poverty survey meaning “Fairly comfortable. Good ordinary earnings.”

Alice married Charles James Luxford on 21st July 1901 at St Peter’s Church, West Hackney. She was aged 23, he was 22. The parish register gives his name as Charles Henry Luxford, but this seems to be an error, as all other records give his middle name as James. Charles was a builder living at 109 Hertford Street and his father was William Luxford, also a builder.

Alice and Charles’s only child was Charles Alexander Luxford, who was born on 21st July 1903 (their second wedding anniversary) in Hackney.

Alice as a bridesmaid at the wedding of her brother George William Ivall to Emma Armitage in 1906.

The 1911 census shows Alice and her family living at 109 Hertford Rd, Kingsland, Hackney. Charles, her husband, was a house decorator aged 30, born in Stoke Newington. He is listed as an employer. Alice was aged 31, Charles was aged 7 and at school. The Post Office London Directory for 1915 lists “William Luxford & Son, builders” at 109 Hertford Road.

Electoral registers from 1920 to 1939 show Charles still listed at 109 Hertford Road (his business address), but say that his abode was 204 Selwyn Avenue, Higham Park, London E4 (near Chingford) from 1920 to 1926 and Collingwood House, St Margaret’s at Cliffe (on the Kent coast near Dover) from 1928 to 1939.

 Collingwood House

The house is still there (in Collingwood Road), but has been substantially altered. My mother, Grace Ivall (who was Alice’s niece) had fond childhood memories of holidays staying with Alice and Charles at Collingwood. Her photo album shows her there in 1932 (aged 10) and 1936 (aged 14).

 Grace Ivall at Collingwood in 1932

Alice and Charles built a bungalow, called Collingwood Close, in the grounds of Collingwood House. The photo below was taken in front of Collingwood Close in 1935.

I believe that the people in this photo are (left to right) Emma Ivall (my grandmother), Charles and Alice Luxford

The national register compiled in September 1939 shows Charles (a master builder and decorator) and Alice at Collingwood Close.

Alice died at Collingwood Close on November 28th 1939 aged 62. The following item appeared in a local newspaper

Mr A Ivall was Alice’s brother Albert. Miss A Gay was Ada Constance Gay, Alice’s housekeeper, who married Charles in 1941. My mother was amongst those who sent a floral tribute to the funeral.

Charles James Luxford in 1949

Charles James Luxford died (from a cerebral haemorrhage) at Collingwood Close on 23rd November 1949 aged 70. He is buried in Westcliffe Churchyard in the same grave as Alice. The Dover Express reported

The Church lost a regular member and a sidesman through the passing, after a brief illness, of Mr. Charles James Luxford, of Collingwood Close, Nelson Park. Mr. Luxford, aged 70, came to St. Margaret’s from London about 23 years ago.

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