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MISS TUKE'S ILFRACOMBE SCHOOL 1891

(See articles on Miss Tuke's school under CHULMLEIGH)

In the mid 1880s, Clara Tuke made an astute business decision and moved her school from Chulmleigh to Ilfracombe, then a very up and coming resort. She took a lease on a large house in Torr's Park, the smartest part of the town, overlooking glorious sea views and she advertised the healthy benefits of her school as well as expanding the curriculum to include subjects such as French and German. She employed visiting teachers so not only did she attract more boarders, she provided the town with a properly-run day and boarding school offering a serious education to its girls - the Ilfracombe Ladies' College, later to be known as the Adelaide Ladies' College. This school, destined to be Ilfracombe's last private school,  finally closed in 1964 when flats were built on the site.

Clara Tuke's business acumen paid off and by 1900, she was able to retire on an annuity of her own, which enabled her to live in comfort on the edge of Dartmoor at Moretonhampstead. Her school successfully continued in other hands for many years after her departure from Ilfracombe.

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 FORENAME AGE  PLACE OF BIRTH  CENSUS
HEALE Dora 17 Hatherleigh 1891
TAMLYN Edith 17 Stoke Rivers 1891
CLITHEROE Dorothy 16 Horncastle, Yorks 1891
NICHOLSON Florence M 16 Birmingham 1891
JARVIS Elizabeth 16 Llanelly, Wales 1891
HAMMER Lilly A 15 Plymouth Charles 1891
SANDERS Mary L 14 Crediton 1891
TAMLYN Gertrude M 16 East Down 1891
TAMLYN Florence E 14 East Down 1891
GAYDON Lucy 16 Bishops Tawton 1891
DARCH Annie J 14 Bishops Tawton 1891
RUSSELL Florence J 13 Ilfracombe 1891
RUSSELL Emma E 9 Ilfracombe 1891
BARRAH Maud E 8 Swansea, Wales 1891

 

 
 
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