1847 - 1924
Born in London, Middlesex.
30th Jun 1847
Baptised at St John's Notting Hill.
See also Georgina and her Sisters.
In the 1871 census, Laurentia's profession is given as ' Reader at Newspaper Officer'.
In the 1881 census , she is living at 1 Westbury Terrace, unmarried; 'Author Corrector Of Press', still living with her parents and sisters.
In the 1891 census, Laurentia is living with her sister Edith, in Bloomsbury.
She is described as: 'Author (novelist) Press Corrector'
(Is she working with/for her brother William Tillotson Drewry?)
In the 1901 census, Laurentia, 54, is still living with her sister Edith in the 'Civil Parish of St Andrew & St George The Martyr'.
In the UCL Bloomsbury Project it is stated that in Queen's Square (also known as Devonshire Square), in 1901, "the Christian mystic novelist Laurie Lansfeldt shared no. 2 with the journalist and author Edith Stewart Drewry."
In the 1910 Electoral Roll, Laurie Lansfeldt is living in 250 Portsdown Rd.
Laurentia is not found in the 1911 census, but her three sisters are living in 250 Portsdown Rd at the time.
Laurie Lansfeldt is also living at 250, Portsdown Rd in 1911.
In the 1911 census:
|Laurie Lansfeldt||Single||64||Writer of Fiction and Journalist||b. Kensington, London|
In the Electoral Register of 1923 all four sisters are shown to be still living in 250 Portsdown Road.
See fuller discussion in Georgina and her Sisters.
In the Victoria Magazine (published between 1863-1880 in England):
L M Drewry, 'Leigh Mutiny', Victoria 25, 889-? and 26, 34-471
As Laurie Lansfeldt (author and journalist):
'Unknown to Herself' By Laurie Lansfeldt. 5"x7", 287 pp. London, 1897. Clarke. 6/- "It seems almost incredible that an author to whom three previous novels are attributed should show herself in a fourth still unacquainted with the rudiments of literary expression."
'Unknown to Herself' By Laurie Lansfeldt. Crown 8vo, cloth, 6s. "The various dramatic incidents are splendidly brought up." — Dundee Advertiser. "The whole story is capital." — East Anglian Daily Times. (See also right.)
'A Daughter to Sell' (serial?)
'The Squire of Sandal Side' (listed in publisher's advert in American publication)
'The Greatest Gambler in Europe' – short story published in the Newcastle Courant in Nov 1893.
'The Piano Tuner's Romance' – short story to be published in the Newcastle Courant in July 1893
[Note : the last reference accompanied an advert for short stories written by Edith S Drewry ('The Engine Driver’s Story') and 'For More than Life' by Ina Leon Casillis.
'Criminal or Avenger' in The Leeds Times, June 1894.
'A Perilous Expedient' – a short story published in several papers (e.g. Essex Newsman) in Sept 1895.
'A Bit of a Hero' – short story published in Blackburn Standard, August 1899, (by the author of 'Divided by Love')
Birth: Mar 1847, Kensington, 3, 344
Death: Mar 1924, Drewry, Laurentia, aged 77, Marylebone, 1a 918