Annie Fletcher

Royal Nurse

Headstone in the burial ground of
All Saints, Marple, Cheshire

All Saints is situated on Church Lane, Marple, and it lies on Marple Ridge, flanked by the Peak Forest Canal to the east and the Macclesfield Canal to the west. The church built by Samuel Oldknow was demolished and replaced by the present building but the tower of Oldknow's church was left standing and his memorial is inside it. Adjacent to the tower there is a row of historic Almshouses.

The Burial Ground attached to the church is extensive and it contains a number of historic burials, including that of Annie Fletcher, a Royal Nurse. The inscription on the headstone of her grave is as follows:

to the Memory of
Annie Fletcher (Nan)
'Vedal' Heeley Road
St Annes-on-Sea,
Died 13th May 1933, aged 68 Years.
For 30 Years Resident Nurse
To Their Majesties
King Edward VII & Queen Alexandra
H.R.H. Princess Victoria.

also Mary Horton
sister of the above
Died 22nd December 1960
In Her 90th Year.
'At Rest'

Edward VII (1841-1910) was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and he was created Prince of Wales in the year of his birth. In 1863 he married Princess Alexandra, eldest daughter of King Kristian IX of Denmark, and they had six children:

  1. Albert, Duke of Clarence (1864-1892).
  2. George, King George V (1865-1936).
  3. Louise, Princess Royal (1867-1931).
  4. Victoria (1868-1935).
  5. Maud, Queen of Norway (1869-1938).
  6. Alexander (1871), who died shortly after his birth.

Victoria had two titles. Between 1868 and 1901 she was H.R.H. Princess Victoria of Wales and between 1901 and 1935 she was H.R.H. The Princess Victoria.

She never married and it is believed that her mother actively discouraged her from marrying. Rather, she became the companion of her parents and in particular to her mother, with whom she lived until her death in 1925. Princess Victoria then established her own home at Coppins in the village of Iver in Buckinghamshire. Here she took an active interest in the life of the village where she became the Honorary President of Iver Horticultural Society.

She died at home in December 1935 and her funeral was at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and she was buried at the Frogmore Royal Burial Ground, Windsor Great Park.

She was close to her brother, King George V, who was deeply affected by her death, and he died one month later.

Headstone of Annie Fletcher's grave, 9 October 2007.

Inscription, 9 October 2007.

Black grave vase, 9 October 2007. White grave vase, 9 October 2007.
The tower of Samuel Oldknow's church, 9 October 2007. The lychgate to Samuel Oldknow's church, 9 October 2007.