Mabel Alice PARKER 
- Born: 25 May 1881, Rowledge Farnham
- Died: 11 Nov 1959, Bromley KEN aged 78
Another name for Mabel was May.
Julius Jottings No 2 April 1900.
Mabel Alice, born at Rowledge, May 25, 1881; educated at Winchester High School, 1897-99; went to Frankfurt to study (music?) October 1899.
Address: Rowledge Vicarage, Farnham.
Julius Jottings No 1 Jan 1900.
Mabel submitted a long letter from Frankfurt about her experiences there. Her first impression is of the enormous railway station " said to be the largest in Europe". The Opera house is described as most handsome outside and within and the River Maine most picturesque and beautiful, she enjoys seeing the Goethe house, and "the English might improve their towns by imitating the delightful gardens that are always to be found in German towns". She remarks on the small amount of traffic "chiefly consisting of endless trams, beautiful carriages and pairs, and a few motor cars, which are held in great abhorrence by the moderate minded inhabitants of Frankfurt".
She finds the inhabitants "fat and greasy" not so charming "half the population are Jews; consequently many of them do not possess all desirable virtues, and there is no doubt that they possess much more money than good looks". She finds further fault "they are almost without exception very dark, with yellow complexions, and genuine Jewish noses, which always makes them conspicuous. They eat sausages with great ardour, and sauerkraut with even more energy; the latter, however is not so horrible as we usually imagine". "One great fault that I find in German life, is that it differs so much from English, but is very diverting and amusing for a time. The life out here, compared to the English bustle and rush, is one of unbroken peace and rest".
She finds the continental Sunday also a striking difference "Churchgoing is not a universal custom, especially among the male sex, Sunday schools are quite unknown things, for Sunday is the day of pleasure and recreation". She notes the town is a very cosmopolitan one due to the people of all nationalities who come to study music at the Conservatorium. Professor Xwast of the pianoforte part of the Conservatorium, is described "by Rubinstein to be the best teacher living. He is held in great awe by his pupils"
Finally "I can only express the hope that if any of our relations are travelling through Germany, they will not miss the opportunity of paying a visit to this remarkable town, with its curious mixed population.
It appears that Mabel may have been studying music in Frankfurt.
Julius Jottings No 2 April 1900.
Miss M. A. Parker has returned to Rowledge from Frankfurt A.M
Mabel became a missionary with the Zenana Missionary Society in India, a mission to prostitutes. This mission, which became famous, rather like that of Mother Therese in Calcutta, was started by Isabella Thoburn, who was invited by her brother James, a Methodist missionary in India, to join him in his work there. Sailing from New York, she arrived in Bombay in January 1870, almost exactly when the Old Vicarage was built, and made her way thence to Lucknow. She immediately began evangelizing among the women of the zenanas (harems) and, in April, she opened a girls' school in the Lucknow Bazaar. It was to this idealistic and successful venture that May Parker dedicated herself to.
Ref: Old Julius by Birch & Waight.
Mabel was unmarried.
Parker Mabel Alice of Greenhill 5 Oaklands Road Bromley Kent spinster died 11 Nov 1959 Probate London 22 January 1960 to John Osmond Julius Stevens and Jack Clifford Thomas solicitors. Effects L18660 17s 0d.
Ref: National Probate Calendar.
Parker family images courtesy of R Waight 2015
1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Rowledge Vicarage Binsted E Hants. Mabel is described as a daughter aged 9 a scholar born Binsted
2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Rowledge Vicarage HAM. Mabel is recorded as a daughter unmarried aged 19 born Hampshire