Jane Elizabeth ("Jeanie") Senior
Restoration of the
memorial to Jane Elizabeth ("Jeanie") Senior
Jane Elizabeth Senior (1828-1877) was
a workhouse and school inspector. She was a friend of Octavia Hill with whom she worked on various charitable
works. She was founder of the Girl's Friendly Society, co-founder of the British
Red Cross, and the Metropolitan
Association for Befriending Young Servants. In 1873
she was appointed Assistant Inspector of Workhouses and was later made an
Inspector. She was the first woman to hold this office.
A beautiful, intelligent lady, her portrait was painted by George Frederick
Watts (now in the possession of the National Trust) and she also appears as the
mother figure in Millais' painting "The Rescue".
In 1848 she married the barrister Nassau Senior.
The neglected state of the memorial was brought to our attention by
Senior Milne who has assisted Sybil Oldfield with her biography of his great great grandmother
"Jeanie, an 'Army of One': Mrs Nassau Senior, 1828-1877, the
First Woman in Whitehall" (Sussex University Press, 2008).
You can read a synopsis of this biography
The Cemetery Society approached
Masonry of West End, Woking, to quote for the restoration
of this monument.
The results of the restoration are best judged from the photographs.
Pankhurst Graphic Masonry may be
contacted at Studio Unit 4, Pankhurst Farm, Bagshot Road, West End, Woking,
Surrey GU24 9QR, or telephone 01276 855242
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