her life and achievements
Harriet Johnson and her sister Emily Rachel were the daughters of Anna and Thomas Johnson. Harriet was born about 1871 in Hampstead and taught at St Mary's School, Willesden, for 8 years while studying at home in the evenings and on Saturdays to gain her Certificate which she achieved in 1892.
In 1897 Harriet and Emily travelled to Sompting for their interview with the Revd. Williams. Harriet was appointed Headmistress at a salary of £4 3s 4d a month with the use of the School House and Emily who was
to be in charge of the Infants received the same salary.
Harriet Johnson was a very successful teacher at the
the 1903 Education Act a meeting of the West Sussex Education committee was
The local press reported regularly on the progress of
the school and in 1906
the time of her marriage to George Weller, who already was in business and
renting a property in
George Weller died in 1952 followed by Harriet in 1956 and they are recorded on a tombstone in the churchyard at Sompting along with George Weller’s parents.