|Birth: ||Aug. 1, 1877, England|
|Death: ||Mar. 17, 1993|
Redcar and Cleveland Unitary Authority
North Yorkshire, England
Charlotte Marion Hughes, née Milburn
1 August 1877 – 17 March 1993
Charlotte Hughes is the longest-lived person ever documented in the United Kingdom at 115 years 228 days, despite legendary claims such as that of Thomas Parr. She was a schoolteacher from the age of 13, and married in 1940 at age 63, after retiring. Her husband, Noel, died in 1980, aged 103, after 40 years of marriage.
She remained in robust health into extreme old age and achieved public recognition for her longevity, including tea with then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in 1985, whom she jokingly admonished against cuddling up to her, as Hughes was a Labour supporter. Thatcher replied by saying "Oh well, never mind, let's have a cup of tea". However, Hughes admitted to personally liking Thatcher, and described the Prime Minister as "A very nice woman". For her 110th birthday, she flew on Concorde to New York City, one of only two supercentenarian air passengers ever recorded. She stayed at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for four days on an all-expenses paid visit and met the mayor Ed Koch.
She became the oldest person in the United Kingdom when Scotland's Kate Begbie died in 1988, and broke the national longevity record, held until then by Anna Eliza Williams, in early 1992. Several British women including Eva Morris (who died at age 114 years 360 days) have reached 114 since, and Annie Jennings (1884–1999) reached age 115 years 8 days, but the record set by Hughes still stands. Hughes lived in her own home in Marske-by-the-Sea until 1991, when she moved to a nursing home in Redcar due to becoming too frail to look after herself. She also spent her final years in a wheelchair, though she remained mentally alert and sharp to the end of her life. She was the last surviving British person with an 1870s birthdate.
Noel Hughes (1877 - 1980)*
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