CFHS code : HT119
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : TTBMO GEORGE FLAVILL d May 30 1919 aged 59 also his wife CONSTANCE JULIA d Nov 16 1950 aged 88 also CONSTANCE the dearly loved daughter d Dec 21 1923
Monument : Stone cross (broken and fallen)/Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
George Flavill (31 December 1859 – 30 May 1919)
George was the son of Frederick and Ann (née Franklin) and was born in Eynesbury, St Neots. His father was a harness maker, and George worked as an elementary school teacher, training at Chester Training College. In 1881 he was lodging in Alne, near Easingwold, Yorkshire before marrying Constance Julia Osborne on 12 August 1882 in Eynesbury. At the time of the marriage he was living in Cherry Hinton. George and Constance had two children: Harry (1883-1924) and Constance Mary (1885-1923). The family lived at 25 Union Terrace (1891), 57 Mawson Road (1901) and then 19 Guest Road.
George was headmaster of Cherry Hinton school for six years, but was asked to leave the post by the vicar in November 1887, effective Christmas Day. A meeting was held at the Red Lion pub on 10 November to protest against his dismissal. The meeting heard that George Flavill had worked with four vicars during his time at the school and relations between the schoolmaster and the vicars had been harmonious until Rev. Headly Willson was appointed. After this it was said ‘Mr Flavill’s comfort very soon began to wane….subsequently five or six members of the School Committee managed to concoct some sort of a resolution to dispense with the schoolmaster’s services’. Rev. Willson was said to have called George Flavill ‘a rascal’. The meeting voted on a motion to support George as school master and also a motion ‘that the village school should not be used for private purposes or for those of the church choir’. The village then tried to set up a School Board under the Elementary Education Act 1870 which would de-couple it from the church. Relations between the vicar and the villagers was strained as the villagers supported George in the ongoing situation. In February 1888 George Flavill was presented with a silver tea and coffee service ‘of the latest design’ as a ‘token of their respect and appreciation of his service as master of the village school during the past six years’. The Cambridge Independent Press reported ‘Mr Flavill has been very successful in the teaching and management of this school and much regreat is felt in the parish at the loss of his services’. He took up the post of headmaster of the Workman’s Hall, East Road and then St. Phillip’s Boys’ School (1894-1905)
George served as secretary and treasurer of the National Union of Teachers (Cambridge branch) (at least 1890-1898). He stood down from the role in 1898 and was presented with an illuminated address part of which thanked him for ‘the valuable service which you have rendered to the cause of education and the educator’. In 1899 he was on the committee of the Teachers Conference which was held in the town. In January 1899 he placed adverts requesting ‘accomodation for 1500 visitors to the Teachers’ Conference…during Easter weekend 1899 – inclusive terms per day, and price for Bed and Breakfast peer day should be sent at once to the Hon. Sec. of the Reception Committee’. In December 1901 he was voted President of the National Union of Teachers (Cambridge branch) and was said to have given an interesting address on the new education bill.
In 1905 George Flavill was appointed headmaster of the new ‘Romsey Town Council School’ on Mill Road on a salary of £230 per annum. It was a mixed school, with eight classrooms opening from a central hall and able to accomodate 420 children (including six classrooms of 50 pupils and two classrooms of 20 pupils). The school stood ‘a little way back from Mill Road, facing Romsey Avenue on one side and Malta Road on the other. With the playgrounds it covers an area of 3,000 square yards. It is substantially built of red brick with Bath stone dressings. On the end facing Mill Road is a bell tower, beneath which are the Borough Arms carved in stone.’ The Cambridge Independent Press reported that ‘in the basement has been fixed an ‘Ideal’ sectional boiler for heating purposes. It is an American invention and the hot water is sent by means of radiators through the classrooms and the central hall’.
George worshipped at St.Barnabas’ Church and was choirmaster and organist at the church for eighteen years. He died at Guest Road aged 59 years old after a long illness. The cause of death on the death certificate was given as ‘tuberculous laryngitis’. He was said to be ‘a kindly but firm disciplinarian, he endeared himself to all his school children and excercised a beneficent social influence not only on them but on their parents’. It was also reported that George had showed great zeal ‘in endevouring to save the rate payers’ money. The amount of work he did at the school to save the ratepayers -even down to cleaning the windows – showed how intensley he had the interests of both the school and of the public at heart’.
The funeral took place on 4 June 1919 at St Barnabas’ Church which was said to be crowded. All the pupils from the school attended and the school sent a wreath with the message ‘in grateful remembrance and appreciation of a most devoted headmaster’.
Constance Julia Flavill (née Osborne) (31 May 1862 – 16 November 1950)
Contstance was born in Little Paxton, near St Neots and was the daughter of William and Susan. She was baptised on 14 September 1862 in Little Paxton and worked as a school mistress before marrying George Flavill. After she was widowed she moved to live at 32 Hartingdon Grove (1939) and 24 Glisson Road. She died at the County Hospital aged 88 years.
Constance Mary Perryman (née Favill) (5 March 1885 – 21 December 1923)
Constance was born in Cherry Hinton and married William James Perryman(1888-1955) on 23 December 1911 at St Barbabas’ Church. William was an ironmonger’s salesman, and the marriage does not appear to have been harmonious as he had a son born in 1920 with another woman. Constance died in Cambridge aged 38 years old. The cause of death was given as ‘Bright’s disease’, a form of kidney disease.
William Perryman married Dallas Cornish a few months after Constance’s death.
by Claire Martinsen
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