Corran Collegiate School, Langley Road, Watford
Corran, Watford - circa 1910
Morning Post, 10th October, 1890
The same advertisement also appear in The Times on various dates in October 1890
In April 1891 a similar advertisement appeared in the Times "Indian and Colonial Children received. Airy house, gravel soil, Terms from 80 guineas."
Sarah Leishman was the wife of James Matthew Leishman (born Scotland 1845) a East India Merchant who died in the first half of 1880, and it seems possible that Sarah then moved to Watford and decided to set up a school. Because of the Indian connection the recommendation was presumably by Sir Charles Umpherston Aitchison (1832-1896), Liettenant Governor of the Punjab.
The 1891 census records the following people living at Corran, Watford
|Jane A||Leishman||Daughter||9||-||Bayswater, Middlesex|
|Margaret||Young||Partner||29||Teacher Of English etc.||India|
|Florence||Hayes||Servant||32||Music Teacher||Kent, England|
|Minie B||Smith||Servant||45||Teacher Of English And Science||Inverness, Scotland|
|Eliza||Lee||Servant||21||Parlour Maid||Portsmouth, Hampshire|
Ownership of the school soon changed and in 1892 the Clifton headmistress, Miss M. A. Woods, joined Eleanor Frances Jourdain in founding Corran Collegiate School, Watford, a private boarding- and day school offering ‘a thorough education of the best type for girls of all ages’, where Miss Jourdain was soon sole headmistress. She proved to be, in the words of one former pupil, ‘a born teacher’ (Evans, Prelude and Fugue, 35). The success of this school, which had by 1900 more than 100 pupils, launched her on the next phase of her career. In Paris she rented a Rive Gauche flat—270 boulevard Raspail—in partnership with the daughter of a Sorbonne professor who had been on the Corran staff, where older girls could spend a year studying.
Exeter & Plymouth Gazette, 4th January, 1894
Eleanor Frances Jourdain (1863–1924)
by unknown photographer,c.1915
The school is recorded in full swing in the 1901 census but Eleanor Frances Jourdain (1863–1924) left in 1903 and later became Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford . The following advertisement clearly relates to her successor, Miss Elizabeth Whinshaw.
Yorkshire Post, 16th February, 1904
Staff at Corran in 1911
|Whishaw||Head||39||Head Teacher||St Petersburg, Russia||B.S. by parentage|
|Beatrice||Simpson||Joint Head||34||House Mistress||Mayfield, Staffs|
|Annie||Simpson||Visitor||29||Student (singing)||Mayfield, Staffs|
|Cecile||Steingerger||Assistant||26||French & German Teacher||Coleraine, Co. Derry|
|May||Leitch||Assistant||21||Teacher of Physical Culture||Silloth, Cumberland|
|Mary||Tree||Assistant||24||Teacher of Mathematics & English||Malvern, Wordester|
|Adeline||Godfrey||Assistant||32||Kindergarten Teacher||Bridlington, Yorks|
|Frances||Boardman||Assistant||27||Teacher of English||Brentwood, Essex|
|Cecile||Cardenau||Assistant||25||Teacher of French||France||French|
|Dorothy||Cooke||Assistant||20||Teacher of German||Moravia, Austria||Austrian|
|Margaret||Woods||Servant||40||Nurse Matron||Tartaragham, Co. Armagh|
|Edith||Hanson||Servant||19||Kitchen Maid||East Ham, Mddx|
|Mary||Bath||Servant||17||Underhouse Maid||Bristol, Gloucestershire|
|Rose||Roberts||Servant||22||Parlour Maid||Buckingham, Bucks|
|Mary||Fearn||Servant||20||House Maid||Mayfield, Staffs|
|Mary||Boyle||Servant||18||Under House Maid||Glasgow, Lanark|
Pupils at Corran in 1911
Elsie Armstrong 17 Montreal, Canada B.S. by parentage Dorothy Bayley 19 Horsehay, Shropshire Olive Becher 19 Southwell, Notts [visitor] Margaret Boswell 16 Ashbourne, Derbyshire Barbara Bristow 17 Kings Lynn, Norfolk Dorothy Bristow 19 Kings Lynn, Norfolk Dorothy Cooke 16 Peavenhall, Suffolk Vera de Gaury 15 London Christine Durrant 14 St Petersburg, Russia B.S. by parentage Dorothea Feild 17 St Petersburg, Russia B.S. by parentage Dorothy Gibbons 14 Dudley, Staffs Marguerite Head 14 London Mary Hadden 14 Chisleurst, Kent Dorothy Hadden 15 Kotiyagalla, Bogoloantalawn, Ceylon B.S. by parentage Mary Hazledive 17 Oxford, Oxfordshire Ruth Hegarty 16 Clonbur, Co. Galway Innes Hutchinson 17 Coddington, Notts Iris Lemare 8 London Eva Healy 18 Cork, Co. Cork Elizabeth Hope 17 Meriden, Warwickshire Ida Hope 16 Meriden, Warwickshire Edith Jelly 17 Hampton in Arden, Warwickshire Agnes Leitch 16 Silloth, Cumberland Marjorie Monroe 13 London Helen Preece 15 London May Phillips 13 Coventry, Warwickshire Evelyn Proctor 13 Hunton Bridge, Herts Louise Procter 16 Hunton Bridge, Herts Clara Sloley 18 Teyateteyaning, Basutoland B.S. by parentage Winifred Thompson 20 Cardiff, Glamorganshire [visitor] Phyllis Thomson 17 Cardiff, Glamorganshire Ella Thomson 16 Skipton, Yorks Hilda Walker 16 Ossett, Yorks Aag Wegerif 17 Apeldooree, Holland Dutch
One of the pupils listed above, Evelyn Emma Stefanos Procter, FRHistS (6 June 1897–1980) was a British historian and academic. She also served as Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford from 1946 to 1962.
One of the teachers listed above, Miss May Leitch, was a leading woman golfer, and these press accounts also reveal something about her teaching duties at the school.
Can you help by providing information on other pupils or teachers?
Sunderland Daily Echo 17th May, 1912
Dundee Courier, 26th November, 1919
Trade directories up to 1917 show: Whishaw Miss E H, (Miss) M.A. (ladies' boarding & day school, preparatory school & kindergarten), Corran & Oakleigh, Langley Road, Watford. In 1922 the entry changed to read Langdon Misses, ladies school, Cowan [sic] & Oakleigh, Langley Road, Watford and with the address correctly spelt continued to 1933. It seems likely the school had closed, or was advertised under a different name, by 1937.
|October 2014||Page Created|