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Lucy "Cissy" Ridsdale, Countess Baldwin of Bewdley

Lucy "Cissy" Ridsdale, Countess Baldwin of Bewdley

Female 1869 - 1945  (~ 76 years)

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  • Name Lucy "Cissy" Ridsdale 
    Suffix Countess Baldwin of Bewdley 
    Nickname Cissy 
    Born Between 1 Jan 1869 and 31 Mar 1869  Bayswater, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Birth Registration Between 1 Jan 1869 and 31 Mar 1869  Kensington Registration District, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Vol. 1a, p. 34 
    • Lucy Ridsdale was born.
    1871 England Census 1871  Chingford, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Chingford, District 9, p. 27
      Caroline Mount
      Edward L. J. Ridsdale  Head Mar 38 Chief Assayer in H. M. Mint  Somerset, Crocombe
      Esther L.        "             Wife  Mar 28                                London Islington
      Edward A.    "              Son           7    Scholar                 London Camberwell
      Julian             "             Son           3                                  London Bayswater
      Lucy              "              Dau          2                                  London  Bayswater
      Arthur E        "             Son            1                                  Essex Chingford
      William Morrison           Serv Mar  32 Coachman, Dom Serv Ireland Enniskilten
      Elizabeth  "                   Serv Mar  29 Cook Dom Serv       Somerset Bridgmaker?
    1891 England Census 1891  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • London, Chelsea, Chelsea North, District 16, p. 11 - St. Saviour
      71 Pont Street
      Edward L J Ridsdale  Head M 58  Chief Assayer, R. Mint retired Somersetshire Elworthy
      Esther L.       "            Wife  M  49                                                   London
      Edward A.  "              Son   S  27  Member London Stock Exchange London Peckham
      Julian           "             Son   S  23   Authorized Clerk    "                       "       Bayswater
      Arthur E.      "             Son   S  21  Medical student            Essex Chingford
      Lucy            "             Dau    S  22                                      London Bayswater
      Lilian E.        "             Dau    S 19                                       Essex  Chingford
      Franz Gussman       Serv    M 33  Butler Domestic Servant Reiselchwan Germany
      Emma Waite           Servant Wid 44 Housemaid   "            Berkshire Bucklebury
      Catherine Buckley     "          S 31   Cook             "            South Wales Brynmahr
      Ida Prissit                    "         S 22 Ladys maid      "          Switzerland Fribourg
      Annie Pearce              "         S 15 Kitchen maid  "           London Soho
      William Wheatland       "         S 17 Footman         "           Sussex Rottingdean
    Died 17 Jun 1945 
    Buried Aft 17 Jun 1945  Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • She was invested as a Dame of Grace, Order of St. John of Jerusalem (D.G.St.J.). She was invested as a Dame Grand Cross, Order of the British Empire (G.B.E.). As a result of her marriage, Lucy Ridsdale was styled as Countess Baldwin of Bewdley on 8 June 1937.
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      Lucy Baldwin, Countess Baldwin of Bewdley (née Ridsdale; 1869 \endash   17 June 1945) was the wife of British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. They were married on on 12 September 1892 and he always addressed her as 'Cissie'.

      The daughter of Edward Lucas Jenks Ridsdale and Esther Lucy Thacker of 'The Dene', Rottingdean, Sussex, she was a keen sportswoman, dancer and partygoer.

      She was invested as a Dame of Grace, Order of St. John of Jerusalem (D.G.St.J.), and a Dame Grand Cross, Order of the British Empire (G.B.E.). She was styled as Countess Baldwin of Bewdley on 8 June 1937.

      Apart from her home-making, raising of six children and tireless support of her husband, she was also a formidable personality in her own right. She was the founder of the Anæsthetics Appeal Fund of the National Birthday Trust Fund, and associated with the Lucy Baldwin machine for self-administration of nitrous-oxide / oxygen analgesia in obstetrics. She was involved in the Young Women's Christian Association and other charitable bodies for women, especially those concerned to improve maternity care, after having herself suffered difficult pregnancies.

      In 1928 she was vice-chairman of the newly established National Birthday Trust Fund to address the high incidence of maternal mortality. Its original aims were to support maternity hospitals and contribute to the development of midwifery practice.

      In 1929 she helped found the Anaesthetics Fund with speeches, broadcasts and fund-raising.

      One of her supporters and donors built the Lucy Baldwin Maternity Hospital in Stourport-on-Severn.

      Her political lobbying was also key to the 1936 Midwives Act, which created a national midwifery service.

      She also wrote valuable notes of two major episodes, the fall of the Lloyd George Coalition and the Abdication crisis.

      The Baldwins had six surviving children (their first was stillborn).
      Lady Diana Lucy Baldwin (b. 8 Apr 1895),
      Lady Leonora Stanley Baldwin (b. 10 Jul 1896, d. 1989),
      Lady Pamela Margaret Baldwin (b. 16 Sep 1897, d. 14 Aug 1976),
      Major Oliver Ridsdale Baldwin, 2nd Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (b. 1 Mar 1899, d. 10 Aug 1958),
      Lady Esther Louisa Baldwin (b. 16 Mar 1902),
      Arthur Baldwin, 3rd Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (b. 22 Mar 1904, d. 5 Jul 1976).

      She is buried in the grounds of Worcester Cathedral.
    Person ID I870  Ridsdale Families
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2015 

    Father Edward Lucas Jenks Ridsdale,   b. 28 Feb 1833, Elworthy, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1 Jan 1901 and 31 Mar 1901, Lewes, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Esther Lucy Thacker,   b. Between 1 Oct 1842 and 31 Dec 1842, Islington, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1909, Rottingdean, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married 14 Mar 1861  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • According to the IGI, they were married at Pentonville.

      The marriage of Edward Lucas Jenks Ridsdale and Esther Lucy Thacker was registered at Clerkenwell district, Vol. 1b, p. 610, in the March quarter 1861.
    Family ID F241  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, KG, PC,   b. 3 Aug 1867, Bewdley, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1947, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Marriage Registration Between 1 Jul 1892 and 30 Sep 1892  Lewes Registration District, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Vol. 2b, p. 341 
    • Lucy Ridsdale and Stanley Baldwin were married.
    Married 12 Sep 1892  Lewes, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Lady Diana Lucy Baldwin,   b. 8 Apr 1895, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1 Apr 1982 and 30 Jun 1982, Malvern Registration District, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Lady Leonora Stanley Baldwin,   b. 10 Jul 1896, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1989, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     3. Lady Pamela Margaret Baldwin,   b. 16 Sep 1897, Saint George Hanover Square Registration District, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1976, Malvern Registration District, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     4. Maj. Oliver Ridsdale Baldwin, 2nd Earl Baldwin of Bewdley,   b. 1 Mar 1899,   d. 10 Aug 1958  (Age 59 years)
     5. Lady Esther Louisa "Betty" Baldwin,   b. 16 Mar 1902, Kensington Registration District, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1 Apr 1981 and 30 Jun 1981, Chichester Registration District, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     6. Arthur Windham Baldwin, 3rd Earl Baldwin of Bewdley,   b. 22 Mar 1904,   d. 5 Jul 1976  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2012 
    Family ID F251  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Between 1 Jan 1869 and 31 Mar 1869 - Bayswater, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth Registration - Vol. 1a, p. 34 - Between 1 Jan 1869 and 31 Mar 1869 - Kensington Registration District, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1871 England Census - 1871 - Chingford, Essex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1891 England Census - 1891 - London, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage Registration - Vol. 2b, p. 341 - Between 1 Jul 1892 and 30 Sep 1892 - Lewes Registration District, Sussex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Sep 1892 - Lewes, Sussex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 17 Jun 1945 - Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, Worcestershire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Lucy (Ridsdale) Baldwin (1869-1945)
    Lucy (Ridsdale) Baldwin (1869-1945)
    From Nation Portrait Gallery, www.npg.org.uk