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  MEMORIES OF MERROW
           FLORENCE SARAH BEECHAM (1874-1952)
 

                              

Florence Sarah Beecham was born in about 1874. It is not known where she was born, but it is thought to have been in Somerset. She was not living in Surrey at the time of the 1881 census.
The following is an extract from "The Merrow Parochial Magazine” for May 1900:

  WEDDING - On Easter Monday, Mr Arthur Swayne was married to Miss Florence Beecham, in the Parish Church, by the Rev. E.R. Monck-Mason. It was a wedding of considerable interest, for both bride and bridegroom are well known in Merrow - the former being our Infant School Mistress, and the latter having lived in the place and been a member of our Church choir for a great many years. The choir wished to give him a good send-off, and so we had a choral wedding, which was very bright. It is nice to know that the newly-married couple will still live here, and that we shall not, at present, lose the services of Mrs Swayne as Infant Mistress. We expect, however, she will be "Miss" to the little ones to the end of the chapter! May God bless them both in their married life. ERMM

MARRIAGE. April 16 -
- Arthur Wigman Swayne and Florence Sarah Beecham

It is not known precisely when or for how long Florence was the schoolmistress, but she had no children and so it was probably for some time after her marriage.

After her marriage she lived at Garden Cottage, by the bus stop on the Epsom Road. Her husband was the head gardener at Merrow House and was a chorister at the Church.

Florence died in 1952 and is buried in the Churchyard.