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Sutton oldest residents dies aged 101
9:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
Former Sutton mill worker Florence Pritchard has died at the age of 101.
She lived in the same house in the village for almost 80 years until her 101st birthday earlier this year.
Following a stay in Airedale Hospital, she moved to Sutton Hall Nursing Home, where she died peacefully on September 18.
Florence’s son, Alan, this week paid tribute to the house-proud mother-of-two who adopted the village as her home.
He said: “She spent almost her whole life in Sutton. She loved the village and never wanted to leave.”
Florence was born in the former mining village of Askern, near Doncaster, and moved to Sutton when she was just 14.
She was brought to the village as part of an initiative to provide the textiles industry with more workers.
When she arrived at her new home, a girls’ hostel in Sutton, the matron in charge thought she would not stay longer than two weeks.
When she reached 100, in April last year, she was proud to say she had proved the matron wrong by staying more than eight decades.
Florence worked at Bairstow’s Mill, beginning as a spinner, then becoming a twister and later a burler and mender.
She met her future husband, Wilfred (Bill) Pritchard, while working in the mills, and the pair started out together by renting a house at West Lane in Sutton.
Florence and Bill, who moved into their home in 1936, initially paid eight shillings a week rent for the property, and later bought it.
Bill, who died 15 years ago, and Florence had two sons – Ron, who lives in Wyke, and Alan, who lives in Eldwick.
Florence also had four grandchildren and one great grandchild.