File MC 1/10, 386X5 - Note from Robert Potter to Miss C. Alpe

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MC 1/10, 386X5


Note from Robert Potter to Miss C. Alpe


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Born 12 Mar 1744 at Westhorpe, Suffolk, the daughter of Sheppard Frere (1712-1780) and his wife Susanna (c 1709-1779) nee Hatley. She married John Fenn (1739-1794) antiquary, a friend of her brother, John Frere on 1 Jan 1766. The couple settled at Hill House, East Dereham. They were childless but brought up an heiress, Miss Andrews, and later their nephew, William Frere (1775-1836).

Ellenor initially wrote and illustrated manuscript books for her nieces and nephews. Between 1782 and 1812 she published educational books, either anonymously or under the pseudonyms Mrs Teachwell and Mrs Lovechild. Her books were popular; her most famous work, ‘Cobwebs to Catch Flies’, which taught children how to read, was reprinted many times until the 1870s. She was especially interested in educating girls, and also sought to encourage and help mothers to educate their children. She realised the importance of pictures in children’s books, using woodcuts to illustrate her titles.

Ellenor was also a philanthropist. She established a large Sunday School in East Dereham in 1785, and was involved in teaching the girls there. She also introduced a needlework school and revived tow-spinning to provide an income for poor women.

She died on 1 Nov 1813 at East Dereham and was buried at Finningham, Suffolk. Her will was proved by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury in 1813.

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Master of Scarning School.

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Asking her to accompany him on a visit to Sennowe by chaise. Note added from Miss Alpe to Lady Fenn that she could not refuse.

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Created 27/10/2004 by Droip. Modified 11/09/2019 by Drojr.


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