Ethel Lang
Ethel Lang
Birth: 27 May 1900
Death: 15 January 2015
Age: 114 years, 233 days
Country: UK Flag UK

Ethel Lang (née Lancaster; 27 May 1900 – 15 January 2015) was a British supercentenarian[1] who was the oldest living person in Britain from the death of Grace Jones on 14 November 2013, to her own death on 15 January 2015. She was also the second oldest living person in Europe.


Lang was born at Worsbrough, near Barnsley, to miner Charles Lancaster and his wife Sarah. Members of her family had also experienced longevity. Lang's mother lived to the age of 91, one of her sisters lived to be 104 and her great-grandmother died in 1848 aged 92.[2] Also, at the time of her death, her daughter Margaret was still alive at 91 years old.[2]

She left school at the age of 13 to work in a shirt factory. She married William Lang, the son of an alderman and councillor, in 1922 and they had a daughter, Margaret (later Bates) in 1923. Her husband died in 1988 at age 92.[3] She lived independently until the age of 105.[4][5]

Lang died on 15 January 2015 at Barnsley, at age 114 years, 233 days, at the time of her death she was the fourth longest-lived person ever in United Kingdom, after Charlotte Hughes, Annie Jennings and Eva Morris. After her death, Gladys Hooper took over as the United Kingdom's oldest living person. She was also one of the last two surviving subjects of Queen Victoria along with Violet Brown and the last British person to have lived during her reign.


  1. Table E Gerontology Research Group
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ethel Lang: Shirtmaker and coalminer's daughter whose death at 114 made her the last Victorian in Britain The Independent. 26 January 2015
  3. Britain's oldest person Ethel Lang dies aged 114 The Telegraph. 16 January 2015
  4. Ethel Lang: Britain's oldest person – the last Victorian – dies aged 114 The Independent. 16 January 2015
  5. Ethel in fine form aged 108 The Star. 2 June 2008

United Kingdom's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Jane Raby • Frances Smith • William Walker • Ann Russell • Eliza Roff • Ellen Palmer • Rachel MacArthur • Rachel Swain • Mary Davey • Thomas Pope • John Christian Francklow • Rebecca Lees • Sarah Fitt • Elizabeth Sellwood • Matilda Coppins • Elizabeth Whitehead • Emma Rooke • Margaret Lunn • Julia Gray • Sarah Humphrey • Caroline Beale • Fanny Hopkins • Elizabeth Etheridge • Sophia Wellstead • Rhoda Harris • Emma Weeks • Edith Grellier • Mary Worthington • Jane Stoneman • Ellen Dart • Elizabeth Kensley • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Ada Roe • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Frederick Butterfield • Rose Heeley • Agnes Helyar • James Harrow • Sarah Morgan • Lilias Williams • Florence Pannell • Jeanetta Thomas • Alice Brewster • Anna Eliza Williams • Kate Begbie • Charlotte Hughes • Daisy Adams • Rebecca Hewison • Annie Scott • Rachel Wieselberg • Lucy Jane Askew • Annie Jennings • Eva Morris • Amy Hulmes • Nellie Bradley • Gladys Hawley • Lucy d'Abreu • Edith Ingamells • Emmeline Brice • Annie Knight • Ada Mason • Florrie Baldwin • Eunice Bowman • Annie Turnbull • Elsie Steele • Margaret Fish • Violet Wood • Grace Jones • Ethel Lang • Gladys Hooper • Bessie Camm

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