Pipe, Hannah Elizabeth

Schoolmistress, the granddaughter of John S. Pipe (1768-1835; e.m. 1790) and niece of John Willson Pipe (c. 1799-1836; e.m. 1818). She was born in Manchester on 27 November 1831 and educated at Chorley High School. Her father, who died when she was nine, was a WM local preacher. She opened her first school for girls in Manchester in 1848, taking in boarders four years later. Moving to Clapham Park, London in 1856 she founded the Laleham Boarding School for Girls, which provided an enlightened education in arts and science with a strong emphasis on religious and moral education. ('Foxhowe' in Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler's Farringdons was a fictional depiction of Laleham.) Katherine Price Hughes was influenced by her as one of her pupils. Among her staff were such notable figures as William Sterndale Bennett and George Macdonald. In 1875 she attached an orphanage to the school, to enable her pupils to have contact with the poor. Although a convinced Wesleyan, she was free from denominationalism and not all her pupils were Methodist. Retiring to Limpsfield in 1890 she was instrumental in building a convalescent home for women in neighbouring Oxted. She died at Limpsfield on 29 December 1906.

  • Anna M. Stoddart, The Life and Letters of Hannah E. Pipe (1908)
  • Katherine Price Hughes, The Story of My Life (1945) pp.31-9, 63-4
  • Oxford DNB