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Harston House

History of Harston House

1891: Green family move in



Florence Phillips, 55, sister, widow, b London

Mary Charlotte Greene, sister, 50, artist, b Essex

Helen Greene, visitor, 40, Swedish gymnast, b Grantchester

Mary Willis, boarder, 29, Swedish gymnast, b Lancs

Signe Laven, boarder, 26, Swedish gymnast, b Sweden

Marget Sjonstadt, visitor, 18, no occupation, b Sweden

Ethel Northrop, 23, cook, b Harston

Lydia Chandler, 21, parlour maid, b Cambridge

Helen Greene (1870-1960) was the youngest sister of Sir Graham Greene, K.C.B. Permanent Secretary to the Admiralty 1911-1917. Graham Greene the novelist is their nephew. She was the favourite pupil of Madame Bergman-Österberg, the Swede who introduced Swedish gymnastics into England at Hampstead in 1885. Madame Österberg founded the College of Physical Education at dartford and Helen Greene was Principal of the College from 1917-1921. She then returned to Harston Hall where she lived until the end of her life.


1939: Harston House

Eva Greene, b 1883, private means

Flora Kohn, b 1889, paid domestic

Margot E Kohn, b 1916, paid domestic


Mary C Greene, b 1860, private means

William G Greene, b 1857, JP and County Councillor



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