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Sleigh, Fanny

We deeply regret to record the death of Miss Fanny Sleigh, known for years as Sister President at "Barts". Miss Sleigh, who died at her residence at 1 Bigwood Road N.W., was the third daughter of the late Alexander Sleigh, of Liverpool.

In 1881, on our appointment of Matron at St Batholomew's Hospital, Miss Sleigh had been a Sister at the Hospital for some years, and was one of those devoted band of young on comparison with those veterans who had been there for a quarter of a century. Fanny Sleigh was temperamentally a typical nurse, fundamentally sympathetic with suffering, of a sweet gaiety, gentle, skilful, artistic - what we recognise as a really "lovely character. She possessed a faculty for affection that penetrated the depths of her being; and, indeed, we do not believe she could have existed without power of expression of her warm love of humanity.

Known affectionately as "Sister Pressie, many generations of probationers came under her gentle influence in the fine surgical ward, which she ruled with such kindly sway. She retired from the hospital at the age limit some years ago, and has since lived with her books, her loom, her magic needle, surrounded by artistic treasures, and, deeply religious, has now passed to her rest. To her sister, Miss Mabel Sleigh, trained at Saint Bartholomew's, and well known in the past as Sister Lucas we offer our heartfelt sympathy at the loss of a sister so precious. As we go to Press, a memorial service is being held at St Bartholomew's the Less.


Registration number829
First name(s)Fanny

35 Norfolk Road, Brighton

Date of registration28 March 1890

Brownlow Hill Infirmary, Liverpool, 1878
St Bartholomews Hospital, 1878 - 90



Personal details

Date of birthc1852
Place of birthWavertree, Lancs.
Family details

Father: Alexander Sleigh of Liverpool (3rd daughter)
Sister: Martha

Date of death03-Dec-22
Place of death1 Bigwood Road, London N.W.
Additional personal details

Visiting Cambridge Rd, Sutherland from Childwall, Lancs (1871)
Address: St Batholomew's Hospital (1909)

Professional details

Additional training


Work experience

St Bartholomew's, 1887 to date (1909).

Professional activities

Member of the League of St Bartholomews Nurses
Member Royal British Nursing Association


1871 &1891 Census
1909 Nursing Directory
1909 Roll of Members

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