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Louise Burrows

Louise Burrows was a headmistress of St Bartholomews School and lived at Coteshael, 33 Chaveney Road. She was at one time engaged to D. H Lawrence. She was Lawrence's 'prototype' for Ursula in 'The Rainbow' as well as being his inspiration for the poem 'Kisses in the Train'.
Louise's father was a peripatetic handicraft teacher who came to Quorn from Nottingham with his family in about 1908. Louise had met Lawrence at Nottingham University College and both of them became teachers - he at Croydon and she at Leicester. In 1909 she became headmistress at Ratcliffe on the Wreake for two years. Lawrence often visited Louise by arriving at Quorn Station on the train from Marylebone. In 1910 Lawrence wrote to his mother, who was ill in Leicester Hosital " I have been to Leicester today and have met a girl who has always been warm to me - like a sunny happy day - and I've asked her to marry me: in the train quite unpremeditated between Rothley and Quorn".

In a letter to Louise he says "When I think of you, it is like thinking of life. You will be the first woman to make the earth glad for me, You are strong and rosy as the gates of Eden. You are like Canaan - rich and fruitful and glad, and I love you" Lawrence made his conditions for marriage that he should have saved 100 in cash and have achieved 120 a year income. In 1912 however, Lawrence caused much grief when he met Freida Weekley and left an unhappy Louise. She remained devoted to him and in 1930 visited his grave at Vence in France.

Louse Burrows was headmistress at Quorn from 1911 to 1924 when she moved to a larger Leicestershire school. From the records she was obviously a very good head teacher. She also left her mark by her efforts to fight for the rights of women teachers and became a key figure in organising meetings in Leicestershire. In 1940 she married Frederick Heath. She retired in 1941 and died in 1962


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 Submitted on: 2009-07-19
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