Lydia Stather

Stather, Lydia (nee Levitt)

Lydia Stather ran the School for Domestics. She and her husband, Philip, lived for many years on Southgate and had several children (Philip1829, John 1831, James 1833, Robert 1836).

Under her maiden name she had earlier run the School of Industry in Cow Lane.Pigot’s Directory of 1834 records Lydia Stather as running a subscription school with Mary Webb as her assistant. This was, presumably the same school and was probably sited on the area now occupied by the supermarket in Hessle Square.

Lydia Stather died in 1875 at the age of 80 and was buried in Hessle Cemetery alongside her husband Philip. The gravestone shows the faces of herself and her husband in what was described as remarkably lifelike relief.