Kate Warburton

Ellen Ross

in Slum Travelers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249059
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940055 | DOI:
Kate Warburton

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This chapter discusses Katherine Anne Egerton Warburton or Kate Warburton, or “Mother Kate”, as she was known for her entire adult life. Kate was only eighteen when she was received as a novice by the Sisters of St. Margaret's, East Grinstead, and eventually began her career as a nun. She became involved in charity work, managed an orphanage, nursed sick people, and offered children's after-school classes. Her and her colleagues' efforts and services helped overcome the local population's distrust of their elaborate and very nun-like habit. Warburton enjoyed depicting her poor children and adults in religious publications. She also wrote about church affairs and church festivals. She published two books of memoirs, one of which is discussed in this chapter. The selection provided in this chapter focuses on the Epiphany, particularly on the feast which took in Walthamstow, a new industrial suburb on London's eastern edge.

Keywords: Kate Warburton; Mother Kate; religious publications; East Grinstead; charity work; orphanage; poor children; religious publications; Epiphany

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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