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Mabel PENFOLD (1890-1934)


Mabel PENFOLD, 1908, age 18


Spouse: Edmund James GOODWIN

1 Mabel PENFOLD (1890-1934) [113], dau. of John Robert PENFOLD (1857-1924) [86] and Mary Jane WILMSHURST (1856-1905) [87].

Born 11 Nov 1890, Chelsea, London, England.1 Marr Edmund James GOODWIN 6 Sep 1913, St. Georges, Hanover Square, England. Died 7 Apr 1934.

Mabel was born the last of John Robert Penfold's children on 11th November 1890 at 25 Queen's Road Chelsea, and she was 4 months old on 1891 Census for that address. She went to Christ Church National School, Chelsea, then Ashburnham Road School. After the family moved to Westminster she attended Horseferry Road School. Whilst living in Westminister the family attended Pimlico Chapel where their father was a lay preacher.

Her elder sister, Mary Jean, had been singled out at the Horseferry Road School to train as a teacher, but as she had to look father her father and the rest of the family after their mother's death on 29th January 1905; it was Mabel who later trained at Battersea to become a teacher.

It is thought she may have taught Gipsies after she had first trained as she later spoke of them to her daughter. This may have been a temporary appointment.

Mabel lodged with Eve Jarvis in Byron Road, Gillingham, Kent and on Monday 15th April 1912, when Mabel was 21 years old, she took up a full time teaching appointment at Barnsole Road Junior School, Gillingham, Kent. This was the day the school re-opened after the Easter Holidays and 50 children were received from the Infant School and the classes were rearranged and Mabel was allotted Standard 3.

The following extracts are taken from the School Log Book:


Monday June 3rd - School re-opened after Whit Holiday

Tuesday June 4th - Mabel Penfold absent owning to illness

Friday June 7th - Mabel Penfold forwarded Medical Certificate

Monday June 10th - Mabel Penfold retuned to duty

Wednesday October 16th - Mabel Penfold absent with a cold

Monday 21st October - returned bringing Medical Certificate for the last week


May 5th - Classes rearranged and Mabel allotted Class 4 Standard V

Wednesday July 23rd - Mabel absent owing to indisposition

Friday July 25th - Returned to duty

Monday September 1st School re-opened after summer holidays. Mabel absent owning to sister's illness.

Monday September 8th - Mabel resigned on account of sister's health

Mabel Penfold married Edmund James Goodwin (who she had met through Eve Jarvis at her lodgings) on 6th September 1913 at The Register Office, Westminster. This was two days before she handed in her resignation at the Barnsole Road School in Gillingham. She had not returned to the school since the beginning of the new term. Both gave their address on the marriage certificate as 28 Buckingham Chambers, Westminster. May Harrison, one of the witnesses, was a very great friend of Mabel's.

Mabel gave birth at 28 Buckingham Chambers to Daphne Jean on 29th January 1914, approximately 5 months after the wedding. At some stage shortly after the birth they moved into the flat above Mabel's father's (John Robert's) shoe shop at 17 Chapter street and lived with her sister Mary Jane.

Edmund James Goodwin fought in the First World War and spent a long time in a hospital in Birmingham suffering from wounds. Daphne remembers running along the passageway at Chapter Street to greet him on his return.

At some stage Mabel recommenced teaching. She took a post at St. James the Less School in Westminster where initially she taught the older boys in the Junior Department. Later she taught the infant children. He daughter Daphne was childminded by a Mr. and Mrs. Wilmshurst. Mr. Wilmshurst was a tailor and Daphne can remember him sitting in the window stitching. When Daphne was four she went along to the school with her mother.

Daphne can remember shopping in High Street, Kensington, with her mother and going to buy hats in Bourne and Hollingsworth.

Mabel and Edmund enjoyed playing Bridge, often with Tommy Thompson, a good friend.

Mabel also enjoyed cooking and often cooked for the cricket team as well as other visitors who came to the flat, one of them being Molly Reid, a teaching friend from Ealing, who lived well into her nineties and remained a good friend to Daphne.

Mabel was instrumental in finding Daphne a job when she left school with the London Tramway Company and over the course of time met all the 'girls' Daphne befriended, i.e. Winifred Stock, Daph Bourne, Elsie Marsh, Rene Wakeman.

Mabel went every Saturday to Raynes Park where Edmund played cricket and she used to score for the team.

At Christmas time Lena Goodwin, Cousin Joan and Auntie Grace would visit Chapter Street.

Mabel was healthy and fit all of her life other than regular monthly migraines. However, she became ill when she was only 44 years old and was admitted to Middlesex Hospital where she died on 7th April 1934 of an Intestinal Obstruction. Mabel had said to her daughter Daphne before she died 'Remember, Aunty's your best friend'

She made a will on November 7th 1927 at the age of 37. The will was witnessed by B.Olding, the Head teacher of St. James the Less School.

(Notes by Diana Smith).

Sp. Edmund James GOODWIN (1887-1953) [112].


1"Census 1911 Westminster, London, England RG14 Piece: 475 Reference: RG14PN475 RG78PN16 RD5 SD3 ED10 SN163" (RG14 Piece: 475 Reference: RG14PN475 RG78PN16 RD5 SD3 ED10 SN163).

Source: Census 1911 Westminster, London, England RG14 Piece: 475 Reference: RG14PN475 RG78PN16 RD5 SD3 ED10 SN163, 1911Census-john robert penfold-st george