Rosa Susannah Barrett6 Jun 1877 -10 Feb 1952
Nurse and community Midwife
1877 Jun 6 The 'where born' cell on
her birth certificate shows The Holmes, Doncaster, County of York.
Rosa was aged 3
and the family lived at the Cheshire Cheese public house, Church Way,
Cheshire Cheese public
house, postcode DN1 2SD
October 2014, Google
Earth shows major re-building works.
October 2015, Google shows finished work, no longer for hospitality.
Stone plaque on Don Street shows built in 1808.
1891 Census. Rosa 14 at 36 Silver Street, Doncaster.
The St. Leger public house was next door.
1901 Census. Rosa, 23 and single, lived at 14 Robert
Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester with parents. 1901 July
Registered with London Obstetrical Society. (L.O.S.)
March Registered with Central
Midwives Board (C.M.B. 17945). Believed to
have qualified Withington Hospital.
1905 April 22 Married Walter Hellings (engineer).
both residing at 86 Cottenham Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock.
1905 Q4 Son Herbert
1907 Dec 20 Son Herbert died age 2 at Monsall
Hospital, Newton Heath (following 34 days with enteritis).
1908 Apr 9 Husband,
of tubercolosis due to small-pox at 378 Rochdale Road,
Rosa Susanna Barrett
and daughter Dora Phillips
1911 The Census
shows Rosa as a widow and 'head' of the house at 4 Hallville Road,
Poulton-cum-Seacombe, and her occupation as a
"Trained Nurse". Stewart Hay
Phillips (my mother's father) shop manager was enumerated in
the household as "Boarder".
1911 Aug 15, daughter, Dora Phillips was born at Seacombe,
1911 - 1919 at some time in this period the family moved across
river Mersey to Liverpool.
1919 The family moved again, this time away from Liverpool
to live at 64 Mawson
Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester. (nr Ardwick Green)
1919 For reference only. It was this year, on Dec
that the Nurses Act received the Royal Assent. The battle for the
Nurses Act was fought by Mrs Ethel Gordon Fenwick and her supporters
which was to some extent a part of the political struggle of
Nov 18, date of letter from C.M.B. (Central Midwives Board)
informing Rosa that she had
been struck off the Midwives Roll, and her Certificate to practice was
cancelled. The reason given was her cohabitation with
"the man Phillips", father of her only child Dora, to whom she was
Then almost a year later : 1921
Oct 18, date of letter from C.M.B. informing Rosa
name had been restored to the Midwives Roll, and that her new
Certificate would follow, this was on condition she "cease to cohabit
with the man Phillips".
(What a draconian procedure
when seenfrom the early 21st century.) Webmaster has
facsimile copies of all letters which passed between C.M.B. and Rosa
throughout the above 1920-21 proceedings. 1922
In this year midwives were added to the Nursing Register,
this time she moved with her daughter to 25 Bosworth Street,
Manchester. (Probably leaving "the man Phillips" behind,
still at the previous address.) 1929
Kelly's Directory of Manchester and Salford and suburbs,
1790, "Midwives \ Hellings, Rosa, 25 Bosworth St." 1935 July 28,
her daughter Dora's first born (webmaster) delivered by Rosa, at 25
St. 1937 Rosa
(60) moved with partner Stewart from Openshaw to manage an off-licence of Hydes
Queen's Brewery in Whalley Range, Manchester. Up to this time
Rosa continued to practice as a community midwife, and the webmaster
can remember that in the 1940sher
'tool-box', a Gladstone bag containing the tools and chemicals of her
profession was still in the attic of the shop. It was embossed
Hellings SRN". They were very happy there for eleven years
until the death of Stewart at Christmas 1948.
Hydes off-licence 18 Greame
St, Moss-Side, Manchester Very large premises including attics
and cellars, and was a
Photograph by the webmaster, c.1947
January, Rosa moved to live with daughter Dora and her family at 21
1952 Feb 10, she died aged 74, and was cremated at
Crematorium, Stockport, Cheshire.
enamel badge The Midwives
Institute was forerunner of The
Royal College of Midwives
The Latin motto Vita Donum Dei = Life is the gift of God
This heirloom bracelet belonged to Rosa.
It is hallmarked for the year Dora was born, 1911.
In the name of
simplicity, data sources in general are omitted,
so you will have to trust me.