Swindale House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

The 1851 census records the Garrett family living at Swindale House in Aldeburgh, located between the Vicarage and Church Farm.


1    By serendipity this address was featured from the 1851 census for Suffolk in the November 2006 Family Tree Magazine as the home of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.

2    Despite living for ten years in this area of Suffolk I (AJS) was unaware of this connection. Prior to seeing the above article the only Swindale connections in Suffolk that I was aware of were

i)    The marriage of Thomas Swindale and Margerye Kyrspe in St Mary, Woodbridge in 1579

ii)    The move from Devon (via Berkshire) to Ipswich of Dr John Popham Swindale around 1905

iii)    The migration of my great-uncle (Joseph) Thomas Swindale to Ipswich from Cumberland around 1902

3    The house might be named after a Swindale family living there at an earlier date or by someone with connections with one of the places named Swindale. January 2007 - discovered that John Swindell from Cheshire was married at Aldeburgh in 1827.

5    With acknowledgements to Family Tree Magazine, November 2006 -

"In the 19th century, a career as a physician was a highly respectable following for a man. Yet it was considered outrageous for any woman to pursue a career in such a traditionally male-dominated society.

"Despite this, some women were determined to succeed. Born in 1836, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson wanted to become a doctor from an early age, but still met with great resistance when applying to medical institutions, all of which denied her entry.

"She was finally permitted to attend Middlesex Hospital as a nursing student, but was deeply unpopular, particularly after an incident in which she was shown to be the only student able to answer the lecturer's questions. As a result she was barred from attending by other students.

"In 1865 she took and passed the Society of Apothecaries' exam, as the regulations didn't state that women couldn't sit it. Immediately afterwards, the society changed its rules to forbid women from taking the exam - a discouraging example of the mindset she was up against.

"Still determined to become a doctor, she travelled to France and finally gained her degree from the University of Paris.

"She married in 1871 and combined having children with her ongoing career - founding the New Hospital for Women in London and subsequently the London School of Medecine for Women.

"In 1876 a government Act declared that all women should be allowed to enter the medical professions - an Act almost certainly influenced by her achievements."

For more information http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/WandersonE.htm  or http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/garrett_anderson_elizabeth.shtml