Cox, Lilian Edith
1898 - 1984

Teacher and worker with young people. She was born in London, the daughter of the Rev. Frank Cox. (1867-1950; e.m. 1892; minister of Wesley's Chapel, 1914-1917; chairman of the Sheffield District, 1924-1929 and a member of the Legal Hundred). She was educated at Trinity Hall, Southport and University College, London. After graduating in 1919, she became a teacher. She went to India in the mid 1920s and taught at the Girls' High School, Calcutta, but had to return home on health grounds. With a friend and colleague from Roundhay High School, Leeds, Nancye Simpson (from 1955, Lady Wort, wife of Sir Alfred Wort), in 1941 she started a private school, 'Gateways', at Alwoodley, Leeds, which later moved to Harewood (7 miles north of Leeds) and expanded to include a VI Form. She retired in poor health in 1963 and died at Horsham on 19 January 1984.

She wrote a number of books, e.g. stories for young people and Sunday School lesson notes; served as Missionary Education Officer of the WMMS, was Vice-President of the Girls' League 1926-1930 and for many years was on its general committee. She wrote hymns for children and young people and was appointed to the committee which produced the Methodist Hymn Book of 1933. But none of her hymns was included and there is evidence to suggest that she was 'marginalised'.

  • Gateways School Magazine, 1966; Gateways School, Golden Jubilee Book, 1991;

Andrew Pratt, O for a thousand tongues: the 1933 Methodist Hymn Book in Context (Peterborough, 2004) pp. 133, 187