Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Ethel Hopwood, Victorian Photographer, Weston Super Mare

This wonderful Cabinet Card (about mid 1890's)was among the loose old photos that I bought in November.
Shame we aren't able to see colours, I did wonder at first, if it may have been a Suffragette brooch the young lady on the left is wearing, but then I realized from the Tambourine in the front of the photograph, and the hats they are wearing, that they are both in Salvation Army uniform.  
I would love to know who the beautifully dressed young ladies are ?? .........

As there was nothing written on this card this time I thought I would research the Photographer.........Ethel Hopgood.
Ethel Jane Hopwood was born in Bridgnorth, Shropshire early in 1866, she was the daughter of Robert Hopwood 1837-1927 and Harriet Morley 1838-1921.
In the 1871 census Ethel aged 5 was living with her younger brother Harold and their parents in Bridgnorth, her father Robert was a Watchmaker and Jeweller, employing 1 man and was also a  Photographer employing 1 man. They all lived in the High Street, St Leonards, Bridgnorth.
Previously in the 1861 census her father Robert Hopwood was unmarried and living with his sister in Bridgnorth, occupation was a Watchmaker and Engraver.
In late 1864 Robert Hopwood married Harriett Morley in London, these documents (sourced from Ancestry) are interesting relating to their marriage and change of residence for Harriett at the time.............
13th Oct 1864
19th Oct 1864 part 1
19th Oct 1864 part 2
 In the 1881 census Father Robert and the family were living at 3 Jersey Place, Kervlett Road, Cheltenham. Which was near the junction of All Saints Road/Hewlett Road, thanks to very handy info on this blog about Cheltenham Past and Present
 Robert was listed as an artist and teacher of water colour painting, he must have been doing well as he and his wife and two sons Harold Morley aged 13 and Walter Townsend aged 1 month, had a nurse and a servant. And also at this time Ethel was a boarder at a private girls school in Bridgnorth run by Alderman Joseph Lloyd Whatmore (born 1801) and his family.
By 1891 the family had moved to Weston Super Mare. Robert is listed as a Photographer and Fancy goods dealer, with Harriett still, and Ethel now aged 25 and listed as a Designer, what of? I wonder. Walter is now aged 10 and a scholar.  
But Harold is not at home, but visiting another house in Weston Super Mare, the home of his future wife's family (Florence Matilda Shaw) he is listed as a Music Sellers assistant...
Harold and Florence marry on 14th April 1892 at the Trinity Chapel, Wesleyan Methodist, Gloucester/Bristol.
Sadly they didn't have a long married life as I found a death record for Florence in London for early 1894, also a 'Male Hopwood' born and died in the same quarter.
Thankfully things brightened up for Harold, he met another partner before the 1901 census to a lady called Selma (Marie Lowen) and they had a six month old son, Gilbert Lowen. They married in the July Q of 1914, maybe the war had something to do with their decision to marry. They lived in Lewisham.
In the 1911 census still living in Lewisham, they had another son Roland Harold, and stated they had been married 11 years. Selma was German born and it states 'naturalization due to marriage 1899', I have found no records to match this information.
Harold (Snr) is a manager, Pianoforte and music dealer.
Selma (Marie) Hopwood died in early 1941, and Harold Morley Hopwood died on 7th November 1958, both in Cippenham, Wiltshire ( Harold left everything to their elder son Gilbert (he lived in Cippenham, so assume they spent their last years close by)
Walter Townsend Hopwood (Ethels other brother) married a Bertha Annie Durbin in the April Q of 1904, in the 1911 census the family with daughter Margaret Selina aged 6, were living in Cheddar, Somerset. Walter was a dentist.
Walter Townsend died on 20th May 1959, leaving all to his married daughter and another married lady Janet Hume Thornhill.
Back to Ethel and her parents.....
In the 1901 census Robert now aged 64, wife Harriet 63 and Ethel are living together in Grove Road, Weston Super Mare. Robert is a frame maker and Ethel is a Photographer !!
But a little surprise there is an 8 year old girl also with them called Doris Ethel, listed as a Granddaughter.
She has to be Ethels daughter born in Bath, Ethel is a spinster still.
In the 1911 census all four are still living together, Doris Ethel is now 18 and an assistant to her Mums Photography business.
Doris Ethel married William F Watkins in 1914, but died aged 25 years old in 1918. I have found an Alice Watkins born 1918, died March 1918, that could be a possible child born, but nothing conclusive without certificates. There are so many Watkins...........
Photographer Ethel Jane died on the 13th July 1951 aged 85. Weston Super Mare.
Ethel is listed in Kelly's Directories for 1914, 1923, 1935 and 1939 as a Miss Ethel Hopwood, Photographer, Grove Road, Weston Super Mare. So she obviously made a living from Photography for many years..
Her mother Harriett died in 1921, and her father Robert died in 1927.
I would love to find out more about her life, but everywhere I look I seem to find a blank ! 

Till next time then..................

Saturday, 17 January 2015

William Crump, Clock and Watchmaker, Isle of Wight

Following on from my Blog  November 30th Blog  I have been scanning the '50 loose cards' and what a find, three were named, all the same family...Crump
Ellen Crump
The lady above was Ellen Crump previously Wigney, she was born on 11th July 1820 in Brighton (Brighthelmstone), Sussex. Part of a large family, about nine children I think... Her parents were George Adelphus Wigney, a Brewer and Mary Ann (Wilmshurst) Her birth was registered as Non Conformist, St Peter's parish, Sherwise, Brighton (Brighthelmstone), Sussex, and on the set of records on Ancestry 'Dr Williams Library, Redcross St, Nr Cripplegate, London (Registered on April 3rd 1828) I personally had never come across this record set before, but lots more info here about
the library   Dr Williams Library  ............research always keeps me learning new things.
If anyone knows where Sherwise was in Brighton, I would love to know or is it a misspelling?
Ellen Wigney married William Crump (below) in the July quarter 1847 in Brighton, Sussex.


In pencil 'Kate..Grandpa Crump'
William Crump was born 11th November 1820 Hadlow, Kent and was Baptised on Christmas eve 1820 at St Mary's Church, Hadlow, Kent.......below
St Mary's church, Hadlow, Kent
Williams parents were John Crump, a Bricklayer and Elizabeth (Hodge)..They had married on 2nd January 1817 at Hadlow, Kent....In this church above....
After their marriage William and Ellen lived in Brighton, and in the 1851 census were living there with their first child Ellen Mary Crump who was born in the first quarter of 1849 in Brighton, Sussex. 
William was listed as a Watchmaker.
The next reference to the Crump family is 8th October 1853 on the Isle of Wight..see below..
 I think this is wonderful, that he was so worried about his good reputation..see below....St Thomas Church, St Thomas Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight...and that clock ! This church is now a Heritage centre. This picture below is one I took a couple of years ago of the clock on St Thomas church, when we were over on the Isle of Wight in the Motorhome...I must have known I would need one :) We actually sat in the garden here for a rest and relax for a while..was lovely

St Thomas Church, Ryde, Isle of Wight
The above photo, of the side view of St Thomas church and the garden is courtesy
of  Ryde Social Heritage Group   Do take a look at their website, they have lots of interesting stuff on it !
In the 1861 census we find the Crump family living in Newchurch, Ryde, Isle of Wight, and they have more children now Ada Clara born October Q of 1851 in Brighton, K/Catherine Fanny born October Q of 1854 on the Isle of Wight and William Edgar born October Q of 1857, again born in the Isle of Wight.
But as we know life is never plain sailing, and I was very sad to find that Catherine (aged 9)and William (aged 6) had both tragically died in the October Q of 1863. I wonder why ?
They are both buried in Ryde Old Cemetery Section S Plots 2679 and 2680...Headstone below..again photo is courtesy of  RSHG graves .......
The next mention of William Crump was in the newspapers in March 1867..See below...
Detailed version of events. Click to enlarge

The short version of events
In the 1871 census Ellen and her daughter Ada Clara were on the mainland in Brighton visiting her father (he died the following year) While William was at home in Rubstone Court, Shanklin, Isle of Wight with his eldest daughter Ellen Mary (Below) now aged 23, an Artist. This was the 3rd CDV card I found....What a lovely young lady she looks......

 Another daughter had appeared with William on the 1871 census too...Kate Helena aged 6 (born in July Q 1864) As Ellen Crump was in her 40's when she was born I do wonder if maybe this child was Ellen Mary's ? and the other clue on the back of William's CDV it says 'Kate .. Grandpa Crump' ? so maybe....
In 1874 on the 12th June Ada Clara married John Abraham Billings in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. John was an Antique dealer and jobbing Clock and Watchmaker, they had three children, one being called Kate b 1890, so maybe the writing on the picture is hers and not the older Kate as I previously thought?

This is William Crump's shop (above) in Ryde I think, found this photo on the internet, great to see it with one of his daughter's in the doorway maybe..........
In 1881 census William is now a retired Watchmaker (aged 60) living in Brading, Isle of Wight. With wife Ellen, daughter Ellen Mary (Artist) and Kate Helena.
In the April Q of 1884 Kate Helena married Frederick Arthur Young, I have found four children born to them, William Arthur b1886, Ellen Josephine b1888, Ada Amelia b1890 and Phyllis Mary Beatrice b1892.
In 1890 William and Ellen's eldest daughter Ellen Mary died aged 41, her death is registered in Fareham, so I wonder if she was in Hospital on the mainland...she never married.
In 1891 census William and Ellen were living on their own in Brading, Isle of Wight.
In 1897 Ellen, William's wife sadly died, she was 76.
In the 1901 census William was head of household and living with him now were Kate Helena, his married daughter and also her three daughters and son William Arthur.
I have also found Kate's husband Frederick Arthur in the 1901 census, as a visitor at a house in Hackney, London, with two other chaps all listed as single and 'commit clerks'
Just before the census in 1911, William's daughter Kate Helena died aged 46, her three daughters continued to live with William, now aged 90..and all listed on the 1911 census living in a ten bedroomed house in Shanklin, Isle of Wight.
I cannot find out what had happened to Kate's husband Frederick Arthur, there are way too many possibilities!
William Arthur, Kate's son is a Print Compositor working in Essex (He is known as Arthur)
In 1912 on the 19th July William passed away aged 91, leaving everything to his Grandson William Arthur Young..a compositor..the sum of £3423.13s
The most likely death record for William Arthur Young I have found at the beginning of 1982 in Warminster, making him 96 when he died.
I wonder if maybe the house 'Prospect House' was left to the girls William Crump's Granddaughters? we shall never know, and who were the descendants who got rid of these lovely CDV's deeming them not wanted?

These two scans above were also among the CDV cards
..could this be William Arthur Young, known as Arthur when he was a little lad ? Photographer is from Shanklin, so this is a very good possibility....
Till next time then.......................




Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Illustrated LONDON News 1945. Part 2.

As promised here is the second blog showing The Illustrated LONDON News dated October 6th 1945

October 6th 1945

This copper cylinder shown above, was placed in a block of stone forming part of the huge overflow shafts at the new Ladybower Reservoir in the Derwent Valley on September 25th.

Above.......Hongkong, Singapore and elsewear, after the final defeat of Japan. Scenes of surrender and release of prisoners.

Above..."ARNHEM..Adopted as Godchild by Amsterdam, rises from its ruins..
Arnhem is considered in Holland to be the town which has suffered most in this war. It was, of course, directly in the pathway of the original German thrust into Holland in 1940."
"Hard work, ingenuity and charity aid the re-birth of Arnhem"
Graveyard of Aeroplanes

Above left.." Making ingots from the aluminium metal scrap of wrecked planes"
Above right..."The Acoustic shell, Britain's ace killer of flying bombs" drawn by G.H.Davis...

Above.."Mr Morse-Brown's portraits are of four outstanding women in various war activities........
1) Major Barbara B.Stimson, M.B.E More info here..click on link..Barbara B Stimson.....

2) Lady Rosalinde (Maclardy) Tedder (wife of Sir Arthur Tedder) ..She was associated with the 'Malcom Clubs' "The first Malcolm Club was opened by Lady Tedder in Algiers during 1943. They soon increased in number with clubs in locations all over the world.......They were named after a gallant young Scottish Wing Commander, Hugh Malcolm, who had been awarded a posthumous V.C for operations over Tunis.  The clubs provided not only food but also books, wireless, comforts and a cheery atmosphere in which aircrews could relax.  Airmen regarded these clubs as their own" There is still a
The Malcolm Clubs Trophy is awarded to the junior rank (cpl or below) who made the most progress in the air during the previous calendar year. It was presented in 1998 by the Malcolm Clubs, who wished to perpetuate the memory of their Founders, Lord and Lady Tedder, after the closure of their scheme which awarded junior airmen scholarships for gliding. The subscription also allows for the presentation of a prize to each year’s winner.

Sadly Lady Tedder was killed in 1943..Here's is a newspaper report at the time...
"Lady Tedder Killed In Air Crash
LONDON. Jan. 5 1943—AAP.
Lady Tedder, wife of Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder. Deputy Chief of the Air Staff, was killed in an air crash west of Cairo when returning from a tour of welfare centres in Cyrenalca. Lady -Tedder, formerly Miss Rosalinde Maclardy. was a daughter of Mr. W. M. Maclardy, and Sydney, the elder son of Sir Arthur and lady Tedder was killed in flying combat over England. A daughter is in the WAAF. and a younger son 'is at school in England."

3) Junior Commander Penelope Otto  M.B.E ...A distinguished member of the A.T.S.
She is listed on Officers of the British Army .. a great resource for Family History & Genealogy people, they are also on Twitter @JNHouterman do give them a follow....

4) Signorina Anna Lelli of Rome...."a Roman by birth, whose pro-British attitude led to imprisonement by the Germans, served subsequently as a guide and lecturer to the British Army education authorities in Rome. She is founder of the women's movement to improve international relations"
These women all have amazing stories, and I had never even heard of them before reading this..

5) This lady, drawn by Lieut Stephen Bone RNVR...Froken Eva Christiansen of Oslo, 1916-2005..      I have not been able to find out much about this lady, apart from her grave record..click link here..    Eva Christiansen    If you do know of a link to anywhere I would love to read more about her....

Till next time then...............


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The Illustrated LONDON News 1945.Part 1.

Another find to share with you all....
I came across two of the Illustrated London News at a Car Boot sale, I was quite excited to see that they were both dated 1945, £1 each, said the chap, I thought that was definitely a bargain !
They haven't disappointed, they have some super pictures and articles, obviously with lots of info about WW2.
Because the pages are larger than A4 its difficult for me to scan, so I have taken photos, they are not absolutely brilliant but you can still see clearly and read the captions...I hope !
This is the 1st one dated July 14th 1945
1. July 14th 1945.


Australian Landings
Amazing sketches of Stalag Luft 111.The famous 'Great Escape'



Some 'normal' events occurring again after the war......Henley and Ascot !!
Some of the adverts in the magazine/paper......



Hitler committed suicide on 30 April 1945

Events on 4th July - 6th July
Raising the flag !

Look out for part 2, the second Illustrated London News dated October 6th 1945 coming soon............

Till next time then........................

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Charles Sherwood Stratton or General Tom Thumb plus latest finds

One of my latest finds has been three Victorian Albums, each holding about fifty CDV and Cabinet cards, these albums also had about another fifty loose CDVs too. They apparently were all from the same family, the chap I bought them from goes to a lot of auctions and fairs around the country, and I have bought old photos from him before, so he let me buy them from him at a very reasonable price...an early Christmas pressie !
I spent all one evening very carefully taking the photo cards all out of the albums, ready for scanning..(I use tweezers) Some of the CDVs are a bit different too, I found my very first Dog portrait, all on his own without his owner..........the family obviously animal lovers, and back of the CDV written on too with a date :)
I haven't as yet been able to identify the family who owned these albums, but as always I am hopeful of maybe finding a name that I can link up to..this is another of the CDVs a lovely family portrait taken in Yarmouth..
But is it THE family or just extended family or friends even ?
Another one that took my eye is this young child below, pencilled on the back 'June 1869'...

Another child portrait that one album contained, is a very sad one......no name or date on this..

Then there is this one..comedy of its time...although for me I find it a bit uncomfortable, like the previous photo...as the child is in such distress here...there are two of these cards very similar, of the same child but with different writing..
But the interesting find for me so far,  is this wonderful CDV card below..pencilled at the bottom..
'Tom Thumb, wife and child' by  London photographers....People collected cards like this of famous people as they were such a fascination to them...


General Tom Thumb was the stage name for Charles Sherwood Stratton,  born 4th January 1838 Bridgeport, Connecticut..died 15 July 1882 Bridgeport, Connecticut....
Discovered and made famous by P.T.Barnum (Phineas Taylor Barnum)... From age four, Barnum taught Charles to sing,dance, mime, and impersonate famous people. Barnum also went into business with Stratton's father, who died in 1855. Stratton made his first tour of America at the age of five, with routines that included impersonating characters such as Cupid and Napoleon as well as singing, dancing and comical banter with another performer who acted as a straight man, It was a huge success and the tour expanded.
Charles became an international celebrity after touring Europe, and met many famous people of the time including Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace.
Here's just two of many newspaper articles about Tom Thumb
On his 18th birthday, he was measured at 2 feet 8 and a half inches tall.
 On 10th February 1863 Charles married Lavinia Warren, she was actually also being wooed by another little person 'Commodore Nutt'  (George Washington Morrison Nutt) but Charles beat him to it by proposing to Lavinia...George acted as Charles best man at the wedding and Lavinia's sister Minnie Warren (also a little person) was a bridesmaid.
Another of the advertising pages about Tom Thumb after marriage
George and Minnie were both employed by Barnum, and toured with Charles and Lavinia.
Charles became a very wealthy man and owned a home in New York and specially adapted homes in Connecticut and Middleborough, Massachusetts.
In later years when Barnum became broke, Charles helped him out financially and they became partners...Charles and Lavinia's last trip to England was in 1878.
There has been such a lot written about 'Tom Thumb' and his wife, its a job to know what is absolute fact ! But it seems that after Charles and Lavinia married, Barnum thought it a great idea for them to have a child.
He knew the public would adore it, but it was deemed out of the question, as there was a risk the foetus could grow to normal size and kill Lavinia. 
But Barnum had the answer, in the form of secretly hiring a baby from a foundling hospital in whatever place they visited. Such Exploitation !!!
As a result, in November 1864, ‘General and Mrs Tom Thumb’ arrived in Liverpool with their ‘daughter’ Minnie. The public loved it, and newspapers even remarked on how the infant took after her father. Once again Stratton was a guest of royalty – this time visiting the Prince and Princess of Wales at their home, with the Princess billing and cooing over the baby.
I have read lots of reports of the time with conflicting tales, so we will probably never know the whole story about their 'daughter'...she does look remarkably like them, could she possibly have been a relative I wonder? .....this did not end well, as sadly while here in the UK in 1866 this was reported in the newspapers
September 1866
"DEATH OF THE INFANT DAUGHTER OF GENERAL TOM THUMB.....On the 15th, Minnie Stratton, or, as the child used to call herself, Minnie Tom Thumb, the infant daughter of General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, died at the Norfolk Hotel, Norwich. The child was left some days since at the hotel in charge of her nurse, while her her parents were on a professional visit to Yarmouth and Lowestoft. About a week since it was taken ill and two medical men were called in; they failed, however, to allay her sufferings, and it died from inflammation of the brain. Mrs. Tom Thumb was sent for; she arrived in Norwich on the 20th, and remained in attendance on the little sufferer till death took place."
Little Minnie Warren Stratton was buried on the 26th September 1866 at St Gregory's, Norwich, Norfolk.
At the burial and on the birth certificate it states that Charles was her father.
Apparently after the child's death Charles and Lavinia were said to be distraught and actually cancelled several shows, which was unheard of by them.
Maybe the young child was related to them or even actually theirs after all.
The following year this was one of the newspaper adverts for their show in the Edinburgh Evening Courant on February 13th 1867..
 Giving people a last chance to see the famous couple......
Lavinia's younger sister Minnie (Huldah Pierce Warren Bump) married Edward Newell, also a little person,   in July 1877 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Tragically she died in childbirth in 1878, understandably Charles and Lavinia were heartbroken and Barnum apparently persuaded them to go back touring because they were becoming so depressed.
Charles died suddenly of a stroke while at home at age 45 on July 15th 1883, while Lavinia was on the road touring.
He was buried in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Lavinia later married an Italian little person, Count Primo Magri, they operated a roadside stand in Middleborough, Massachusetts. She died age 78 on 25 November 1919 and was buried next to her first love Charles, her headstone says 'His Wife'
All this information I have found at various sources on the internet ..Wikipedia..various Museums and Libraries in America, Bridgeport Library being one, some wonderful Blogs have been written about the couple, including these excellent two  Sideshow Ephemera Gallery  
and Sideshow Slideshow
Also while searching I came across an amazing coincidence, I discovered that Lord Grade had presented a program all about 'Tom Thumb' this last week on BBC4, I missed it but watched it on iplayer..
here's the Blog on BBC website about it    BBC BLOG Tom Thumb 
The program was absolutely fascinating and takes you on a journey through Charles and Lavinia's lives visiting the places they lived and worked...well worth a watch as Lord Grade also gained access to their last home.

Till next time then..................