Gwen Payne
Gwen Payne
Gwen Payne celebrating her 112th birthday
Birth: 5 August 1907
Bromley, London, England, UK
Death: 15 October 2019
Sevenoaks, Kent, England, UK
Age: 112 years, 71 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Dorothy Gwendoline "Gwen" Payne (née Attenborough; 5 August 1907 – 15 October 2019) was a British supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom at the time of her death. She was also the last surviving person in the UK born in 1907. Her age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Payne was born on 5 August 1907 in Bromley, London, England to Ralph and Dorothy (née Williams) Attenborough. When she finished primary school, her father attempted to enroll her in university, but she failed her exam, so instead attended the Slade School of Fine Art.

Payne married John Payne in 1939. The couple were married until John's death in 1961 at the age of 48. They had two sons, Nicholas and Sebastian. In 1946, the couple moved into a cottage in Sevenoaks, Kent, England, where Gwen lived for the rest of her life. She died on 15 October 2019 at the age of 112 years, 71 days.

Longevity Records

Payne became the oldest living person in the United Kingdom following the death of Grace Catherine Jones on 7 June 2019. She also became the last surviving person in the UK born in 1907. Following her death on 15 October 2019, Hilda Clulow became the UK's oldest living person.



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 Priest

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