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Eleanor Anne Ormerod's Grave

Posted on: 21st September 2014 By: Sue Davies

Eleanor Anne Ormerod (1828-1901) was a self-taught expert on insects. She spent the final 14 years of her life in St Albans and is buried in the Hatfield Road Cemetery.

From the late 1870s she published the results of her research in a series of pamphlets and reports.  The practicality of her work was appreciated by farmers.  For example her advice on how to deal with the warble fly grubs, which burrow into the skin of cattle, was eminently down to earth, “…a dab of cart grease and sulphur applied to the infested area of the hide”. It was said to have saved half the cows in the country. 

In her mid-50s, Eleanor was in demand. She responded to hundreds of letters from people wanting advice on insect problems, the Royal Agricultural Society gave her the job of Consulting Entomologist (unpaid).  Her expertise was recognised with various awards including an honorary degree from Edinburgh University and medals from the University of Moscow.

There is a commemorative plaque on the wall of Torrington House, 47 Holywell Hill, which is where she lived from 1887 until her death.


You can read a digitised version of her autobiography and a collection of her letters online thanks to the Internet Archive.

 
   

  

  

  

  







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