1891 Census. Rosa
14 at 36 Silver Street, Doncaster,
annex of the St. Leger public house.
1901 Census. Rosa,
23 and single, lived at 14 Robert
Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester with parents. 1901
Registered with London Obstetrical Society. (L.O.S.)
March Registered with Central
Midwives Board (C.M.B. 17945).
have qualified Withington Hospital.
1905 April 22
Married Walter Hellings (engineer).
both residing at 86 Cottenham Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock.
1907 Dec 20
Son Herbert died age 2 at Monsall
Hospital, Newton Heath (following 34 days with enteritis).
of tubercolosis due to small-pox at 378 Rochdale Road,
Hellings (nee Barrett)
and daughter Dora Phillips
shows Rosa as a widow and 'head' of the house at 4 Hallville
Poulton-cum-Seacombe, and her occupation
"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
"the man Phillips", father of her only child Dora, to whom she
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".
a draconian procedure
the early 21st
facsimile copies of all letters which passed between C.M.B. and Rosa
throughout the above 1920-21 proceedings. 1923
Nov. 16 Rosa
was added to Register for Nurses : Reg. no. 24494 ( see 1919,
Fenwick etc ). And she moved with her
daughter to 25
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
her daughter Dora's first born (webmaster) delivered by Rosa, at 25
(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
until the death of Stewart at Christmas 1948.
St, Moss-Side, Manchester Very large premises
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
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.