Frances Ridley Havergal

HAVERGAL, Frances Ridley. b. Astley, Worcestershire, 14 December 1836; d. Caswell Bay, near Swansea, 3 June 1879. Her father, the musician and hymn tune writer, William Henry Havergal*, was rector of Astley. He became rector of St Nicholas’, Worcester, in 1845. Her mother died in 1848, and she was sent to school, first to a private school, Campden Hill House, Belmont, near Hereford, and then (1851) to Powicke Court, near Worcester. In 1852-53, her father, having married again, travelled with his family to Düsseldorf in Germany to consult an oculist, and Frances was educated at the Louisenschule there, passing out first of 110 girls. She was a precocious, talented, and religious child, who...

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