St. George's Place, Camberwell

St. George's Place, Camberwell, 1803 through 1806


Mrs. Hays had moved from Gainsford Street to this residence by early 1803 (she appears at this address in Holden's 1805 London Directory). Mary Hays moves from her rooms with Ann Cole in Hatton Garden to her mother’s new residence sometime in the early months of 1803; Mary’s sister, Elizabeth, was living with her brother John in Essex at that time. Elizabeth Hays appears to return to London not long after her mother’s move and soon meets Ambrose Lanfear and they marry in 1804, living thereafter in Islington. Mary Hays remains with her mother until her move to Islington in early 1806. After the death of Thomas Hills, Mrs. Hays’s son-in-law, who, like her two sons, John and Thomas, and her other son-in-law, John Dunkin, was a cornfactor at the time of his death (he had been a baker in the Minories earlier in his career), Sarah Hays Hills may have continued to live alone in Gainsford Street, but it seems more likely that she joined Mary Hays and her mother in her Camberwell residence, since single women rarely lived alone at that time and as a widowed daughter, she would have some obligation to assist in the care of her aging mother. Shortly before her death in 1812, Mrs. Hays  removed to Islington, most likely living with her other daughter, Elizabeth Lanfear, also a widow at that time (Mary Hays had for several years been living with her brother, Thomas, at Wandsworth Common, not far from Camberwell). At the same time, Sarah Hays Hills moves to Felix Terrace in Islington, not far from her sister (and probably her mother) in Church Street and her son, William Hills, living then in Canonbury Lane. By 1806 John Hays had returned from Essex (his name appears on the Park Place house that Mary Hays moves into that year) and he may well have lived with his mother and elder sister in Camberwell until his marriage to Elizabeth Breese just a few months prior to his mother's death.