1901 Census.

I have searched the on-line version of the 1901 census for Elsie.

30/32 Waterloo Road, North Lambeth, London, England.
  • Head of Household - Olive S Roberts, 47, Widowed, Boarding House keeper, born in Brigstock, Northamptonshire.

  • Karl Mora, age 35, Married, born Kilworth, Leicestershire.
  • Emily Peake, age 34, Widowed, born Australia.
  • Celestia R Redwood, age 31, Married, House Keeper, born America.
  • Emma A Connolly, age 19, Single, Domestic Servent, born London.

  • Charles R Carper, age 42, Married, Actor, born Coventry.
  • Robert R Carper, age 8, Single, born London.
  • Louisa Carper, age 33, Married, Musician, born London.

  • Sarah Raymond, age 20, Single, Domestic Servent, born London.
  • Charles Doris, age 30, Single, Butcher, born Scotland.

  • Elizabeth Cotton, age 36, Married, Actress, born Manchester.
  • Lily Elsie Cotton, age 15, Single, Actress, born Manchester.
(Elizabeth Cotton was Elsie's mother.)

Waterloo Road today. (From Waterloo bridge.)

16 High Street, Eton, Buckinghamshire, England.
  • Jan Bullough, age 15, Single, born Accrington, Lancashire.

I'm assuming this is Ian Bullough mis-transcribed from the original handwritten census form. There are 37 people recorded at this address, so it will be a boarding house for Eton School.

National Index of Births, Marriages, and Deaths.

All the records below were located by searching at Gloucestershire County Record Office, November 2002. The references take the format Registration district / Volume / Page.


The best match to the known facts that I can find is.
Registered in June Qtr 1886;
Barrett, Elizabeth - Manchester / 8d / 219 (Unfortunately not. I purchased this certificate March 2004. It's not Elsie)

Barrett, Elizabeth - Liverpool / 8b / 13
Barrett, Elizabeth - W Derby / 8b / 282
Barrett, Elizabeth - Docking / 4b / 336


Registered in March Qtr 1864;
Barrett, Elizabeth Alice - Pancras / 1b / 23
Barrett, Elizabeth Ann - Crickhowell / 11b / 126


Registered in March Qtr 1886;
Bullough, John, - Harlingden / 8e / 172


Registered in December Qtr 1911;
Bullough, John and Cotton, Elsie - St George, Hanover Square / 1a / 942
Registered in March Qtr 1909;
Bullough, John and Darrell, Maudi - Paddington / 1a / 126
Registered in March Qtr 1930;
Bullough, Ian and Salter, Irene G - Hampstead / 1a / 1107

Elsie and Ian's Marriage Certificate. Click here for image.

Marriage solemnized at All Saints Church in the Parish of All Saints Knightsbridge in the County of London.
No. 187. Seventh November 1911
NameAgeConditionRank or Profession Residence at the time of MarriageFather's NameRank or Profession of Father
John Bullough25 yearsWidowerEsquireHyde Park HotelJohn Bullough (dec'd) Esquire
Elsie Cotton25 yearsSpinster-21 Portland Court WWilliam Thomas Cotton (dec'd) Theatrical Manager
Married in the All Saints Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by Licence by me James R Hale Vicar of Boxley
This Marriage was solemnized between us John Bullough, Elsie Cotton in the Presence of us Gertrude Glyn, Geoffrey D Mayhew, Charles Russell.

Portland Court, off Great Dover Street, London SE1. These are clearly modern buildings, but was this the district where Elsie had lived?


Registered in December Qtr 1962;
Bullough, Lily E Age 76 - Willesden / 5f / 281
Registered in December Qtr 1910;
Bullough, Maudi Age 27 - St George, Hanover Square / 1a / 280
Registered in June Qtr 1922;
Cotton, Elizabeth Age 57 - Paddington / 1a / 9

Elsie's Death Certificate. Click here for image.

No.When and where diedNameSex AgeOccupationCause of death Signature, description and residence of informantWhen registeredSignature of registrar
160Sixteenth December 1962
St. Andrews Hospital Dollis Hill Willesden
Lily Elsie BulloughFemale76 Years...a Retired Musical Comedy Artist, Formerly the wife of Ian Bullough1a. Right heart failure
Certified by J.W.Hamilton B.Ch.
Elsie Wilkinson Cousin...Seventeenth December 1962C.Selwood

National Probate Calendar

Bullough, Ian of Inverawe Taynuilt Argyll Scotland died 6 June 1936 at 11 Randolph-Crescent Edinburgh Probate London 4 August to Robert Reginald Johnson Turner and Cecil Robert Costeker turner solicitors.
Effects 228,943 14s 5d
Resworn 231,054 3s 5d

No will recorded for Elizabeth Cotton in 1922

We have a copy of Elsie's will.

Other Records at Gloucestershire Record Office.

Sir George Bullough - Hunting diaries, 1909-14, 6 volumes - Ref. D1954
Bullough family deeds, for Down House. Ref. D3871/25
Women's National Unionist Association 1924-41 Ref. P265a MI2
Land tax returns for Redmarley (Held at Worcester) Ref. EL546


Looking at OS maps of Redmarley for 1923, I can find no reference to Drury Lane Farm or Drury Lane House, although Drury lane is clearly marked. The property where I believe Elsie lived is marked as 'Hillfields House'.

Lease for Hillfields House 1911. Ref. D177 Box 49

Landlord - John Harold Barratt, lease for 3 years at an annual rent of 150. Landlord to keep property insured in the sum of 2,800.
Dwelling house called ;'Hillfields', with the coach house, saddle room, stables, stable yard, pigstye, outhouses, offices, carriage way, gardens, shrubbery, lawn, and pleasure grounds. 3 cottages, orchard and 4 acre field.

Detailed inventory for;
Billiard Room, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Smoke Room, Hose Room, Pantry, Dairy, Bedrooms 1 to 5, Dressing Room, Schoolroom, 'Small room between schoolroom and back stairs', Staircase, Saddle Room, Box Room, Bathroom, Hall, Stables, Garden.

1911 Census.

I have searched the on-line version of the 1911 census for Elsie.  Looks like she was on holiday!

Census schedule for Fowey Hotel, Fowey, St Austell Cornall (built 1883):
Elsie Cotton - Visitor - Age 24 - Female - Single - Actress - Born Yorkshire, Leeds.
Louie Crowsher - visitor - Age 26 - Female - Single - Actress - Born Buenos Aries.

The Hotel is still in business - looks very nice - Click here

For further details of Elsie's ancestry, please follow this link.

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