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Florence Pannell
Florence Pannell
Pannell, aged 108, being interviewed for the TV programme Money-Go-Round in 1977
Birth: 26 December 1868
Kensington, England, UK
Death: 20 October 1980
Kensington, England, UK
Age: 111 years, 299 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Florence Ada Bethia Pannell nee Neate (26 December 1868 – 20 October 1980) was a British supercentenarian who was the oldest documented person living in Europe at the time of her death. Her age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Florence Pannell was born in Kensington, England, on 26 December 1868. As an adult, she set up a beauty care business and worked for many years in Paris and London. She married Robert H. Pannell in 1898 and they had one children. Her husband died in 1905 at the age of 38.

In May 1971, at the age of 102, Pannell was reported as the oldest voter in that year's Kensington and Chelsea borough council elections. In 1977, Pannell was interviewed by Joan Shenton for the consumer programme Money-Go-Round, in which said that the biggest change she's seen was "everything".

Florence Pannell, 102, voting in the 1971 Kensington and Chelsea borough council election

Pannell died on 20 October 1980 at the age of 111 years, 299 days.

Longevity Records

British Records

Following the death of 110-year old Lilias Williams on 12 February 1979, Pannell became the oldest living person in the United Kingdom, as well as the UK's last surviving person born in 1868. Following her death on 20 October 1980, Jeanetta Thomas became the UK's oldest living person.

At the time of her death, Pannell was the second-oldest person ever documented from the UK, after Alice Stevenson who died in 1973 at 112 years, 39 days.

International Records

Pannell became the oldest documented person living in Europe following the death of 110 year-old Frenchwoman Frederique Noel on 14 April 1979. After her own death on 20 October 1980, Frenchwoman Augustine Tessier became the oldest known person living in Europe.

At the time of her death, Pannell was the second-oldest living person in the world whose age has since been validated by the Gerontology Research Group, after American woman Fannie Thomas.


United Kingdom's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Frederick Stabbins • Jane ListerMartha Truelove • Ann Sharp • Jane Raby • Frances Smith • William Walker • Ann Russell • Eliza Roff • Ellen Palmer • Rachel MacArthur • Rachel SwainMary Davey • Thomas Pope • John Francklow • Rebecca Lees • Sarah Fitt • Elizabeth Sellwood • Matilda Coppins • Elizabeth Whitehead • Emma Rooke • Margaret Lunn • Sarah Humphrey • Caroline BealeFanny Hopkins • Elizabeth Etheridge • Sophia Wellstead • Rhoda Harris • Emma Weeks • Edith Grellier • Mary WorthingtonJane Stoneman • Ellen Dart • Elizabeth Kensley • Hannah SmithJohn Mosley TurnerAda Roe • Alice StevensonElizabeth WatkinsFrederick Butterfield • Rose Heeley • Agnes Helyar • James Harrow • Sarah Morgan • Lilias WilliamsFlorence PannellJeanetta ThomasAlice Brewster • Anna Eliza Williams • Kate Begbie • Charlotte Hughes • Daisy Adams • Rebecca Hewison • Annie Scott • Rachel Wieselberg • Lucy Askew • Annie Jennings • Eva Morris • Amy Hulmes • Nellie Bradley • Gladys Hawley • Lucy d'Abreu • Judy Ingamells • Emmeline BriceAnnie Knight • Ada Mason • Florrie Baldwin • Eunice BowmanAnnie Turnbull • Elsie SteeleMargaret Fish • Violet Wood • Grace A Jones • Ethel Lang • Gladys Hooper • Bessie CammOlive BoarGrace C JonesGwen PayneHilda ClulowBob WeightonJoan HocquardLilian PriestGertrude KingstonMollie Walker