Number on the List -    15 Ellen Collins

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Summary of Mr. Lockwood's reports upon Children Boarded-out under the care of the Millbrook Boarding-out Committee.


The inspector did not see this child during his visit to Mrs Roberts, her foster mother, who is a widow about 70 years old.  She, her son, a shepherd, and Ellen Collins, are the only other occupants of her cottage.  The child she described as a very good girl, regular in her attendance at school, and in the main enjoying good health, though her eyes were weak.  The cottage, which was described as not particularly clean, has two bedrooms, situated on either side of the staircase, one occupied by the son, the other by the foster mother and child.  Each bedroom, as is usual in cottages of this description, i.e., with a high pitched, thatched roof, has a small window close to the floor.

Closing remarks of the Inspector:

"To sum up, the old thatched cottage in which Ellen Collins is boarded out is just outside Mrs Lowther's Park, and no doubt the girl is well looked after, and possibly had I seen her I might have found that her appearance in no way reflected on her home; but an old cottage occupied by an aged woman and a shepherd son, is not the foster home I should be disposed myself to recommend for a girl of 11 years old.

For the rest, though the ventilation of the bed-rooms is not all that could be desired in some instances, the homes and their surroundings are probably better and more respectable than could have been provided for these children by their natural parents.  Dated 17th August 1881".

 Possible location of Ellen Collins in the 1881 Census - RG11/1635 - Page 2

No. 9 Village, Millbrook, the under-mentioned houses are situate within the boundaries of the Parish of Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

Surname Given Name Relation to Head Condition as to Marriage Age Profession/ Occupation Where Born
ROBERTS Mary Head W. 76 Lace Maker Millbrook, Beds.
ROBERTS Samuel Son Widr. 48 Agricultural Labourer Millbrook, Beds.
COLLINS Ellen Boarder - 10 Scholar Somewhere in London