Hannah Pitt Showell was born in Oldbury on 2 March 1855. She was the eldest of thirteen children of Walter Showell and his wife Sarah (née Hartill). Her father was a successful brewery owner in the town of Oldbury.Hannah  Pitt Showell

She married a wealthy maltster William Edmund Downing on 30 Jul 1879 and they lived first in Handsworth and later in Elm Lodge in Hagley.

We have a large number of photographs of her after 1890 or so. Some are taken on holiday at Llanbrynmair with her four children. Her youngest and only son, Noel was born in 1888. Both the 1881 and 1891 census show her with her young family respectively in Church Stretton and Llandudno, presumably on holiday. This reflects the Downing's longstanding relationship with Wales and the Borders.

Five letters (1899-1901) written to her by her son, Noel, survive sent from his boarding school in Whitby, Mulgrave House.

Latterly, she reportedly shunned the outdoor life, especially at the Beacon, espoused by her husband. Certainly memories of her from the 1930s are that she was a rather austere Victorian lady. She died on 7 Oct 1941 at the age of 86.

Family of William Edmund DOWNING and Hannah Pitt SHOWELL

See also
William DOWNING's parents: William DOWNING (1821-1901) and Emma CLIFTON (1824-1851)
William DOWNING's siblings: George DOWNING (1844-1894) and Louisa Jane DOWNING (1847-1917)
Hannah SHOWELL's siblings: Sarah Louise SHOWELL (1857-aft1910), Charles Hands SHOWELL (1858-1915), Elizabeth Baker SHOWELL (1860- ), Walter Edwin SHOWELL (1862-1933), Priscilla Cheshire SHOWELL (1863- ), Mary SHOWELL (1864-aft1937), Ellen SHOWELL (1865- ), Alice SHOWELL (1867-1939), Henry SHOWELL (1870- ), Kate SHOWELL (1873- ), Florence SHOWELL (1875- ) and Daisy SHOWELL (1876- )


Husband: William Edmund DOWNING (1849-1939)
Wife: Hannah Pitt SHOWELL (1855-1941)
Children: Margueritte (Daisy) DOWNING (1880-1958)
May DOWNING (1880-1935?)
Ethel Mary DOWNING (1884-1966)
William Noel DOWNING (1888-1965)
Marriage 30 Jul 1879 Edgbaston

Husband: William Edmund DOWNING

Name: William Edmund DOWNING
Sex: Male
Father: William DOWNING (1821-1901)
Mother: Emma CLIFTON (1824-1851)
Birth 30 Apr 1849 Smethwick, Staffordshire
Death 3 Oct 1939 (age 90) Elm Lodge, Hagley 1

Wife: Hannah Pitt SHOWELL

Name: Hannah Pitt SHOWELL
Sex: Female
Father: Walter SHOWELL (1832-1901?)
Mother: Sarah Cheshire HARTILL (bap.1835, d.1910)
Birth 2 Mar 1855 Oldbury, Worcestershire
Death 7 Oct 1941 (age 86) Hagley

Child 1: Margueritte (Daisy) DOWNING

Name: Margueritte (Daisy) DOWNING
Sex: Female
Spouse: William Henry (Willie) GRAZEBROOK (1865-1957)
Birth Jun 1880 Handsworth, Warwickshire
Death Q3 1958 (age 78) Kidderminster

Child 2: May DOWNING

Sex: Female
Spouse 1: Thomas Llewellyn WILLIAMS (1870?-1910?)
Spouse 2: John M PRINGLE ( - )
Birth Jun 1880 Handsworth, Warwickshire
Death 1935 (app) (age 54-55)

Child 3: Ethel Mary DOWNING

Name: Ethel Mary DOWNING
Sex: Female
Spouse: Walter H SIMPSON ( -1934)
Birth 13 Apr 1884 Handsworth, Warwickshire
Occupation 1913 (age 28-29) Secretary Stourbridge Suffragettes
Death Q2 1966 (age 81-82) Droitwich

Child 4: William Noel DOWNING

Name: William Noel DOWNING
Sex: Male
Spouse: Constance Mary Shaw Hellier (Molly) EVANS (1890-1974)
Birth 16 Dec 1888 Moorfields, Church Lane, Handsworth, Warwickshire
Education btw 1907 and 1910 (age 18-22) Brasenose College, Oxford reading Law
Death 4 Oct 1965 (age 76) Basingstoke, Hampshire


1 "CMSHD Diary". Text From Source: Mills rang up at 8 to say Mr Downing died at 7.45am