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Florrie Emily Baldwin
Born 31 March 1896
(age &0000000000000113.000000113 years, &0000000000000349.000000349 days)
Hunslet, Leeds, United Kingdom
Known for Oldest living person in Europe

Florence Emily "Florrie" Baldwin née Davies (born 31 March 1896) is a supercentenarian and, at the age of &0000000000000113.000000113 years, &0000000000000349.000000349 days,[1] recognised as the oldest living person in the United Kingdom following the death of 111-year-old Aida Mason on 9 February 2007.[2] Guinness World Records paid her a visit when Baldwin became the new British recordholder.[3] As of 7 March 2010, she is the fourth oldest verified person in the world and the oldest person in Europe.

Born Florence Davies in the Hunslet district of Leeds, she remembers the Boer War and seeing Queen Victoria when she visited Leeds, when Baldwin was four years old.[4][5] In 1920, she married painter and decorator Clifford Baldwin and moved to Woodhouse.[5][6] After his death in 1973, Baldwin lived alone until she was 105, still being able to put up curtains and clean windows.[7] She then moved to Radcliffe Gardens, a nursing home in Leeds.[2][8]

She reportedly credits her longevity to eating a fried egg sandwich every day.[9][10] However doctors reputedly thought it could be due to her job as a clerk at an engineering firm for fifty years, which she retired from at the age of 75. The company was based on top a steep hill in Woodhouse, Leeds. "She would walk up that hill, come home at lunchtime and then back up it" commented a grandson.[5] Baldwin's daughter believes her mother's longevity is due to no drinking, no smoking and hard work.[7] Baldwin is reportedly in very good health and takes no regular medication.[7] Baldwin spent time in hospital in her 70s due to cataracts.[11] Following the death of Italian woman Lucia Lauria on 28 June 2009, Baldwin became the oldest living person in Europe. Baldwin became one of the 100 verified oldest women ever on 14 October 2009 and one of the 100 verified oldest people ever on 17 December 2009.

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Preceded by
Aida Mason
Oldest person in the United Kingdom
9 February 2007 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Lucia Lauria
Oldest person living in Europe
28 June 2009 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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