Restoration of the memorial to 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 Graham 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).

The Cemetery Society approached Pankhurst Graphic 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

Photographs © John Clarke        

Memorial to Jane Elizabeth Senior after restoration

                                                         Restored inscription on the memorial to Jane Elizabeth Senior
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