How exciting to get such a full and informative response. My Grandfather was an entrepreneur and would have moved on from making ice creams so no sleep lost there, he was putting on boxing matches locally about the same time using the gymnasium behind Etonhurst to train in, Don Cockle was perhaps his most famous trainee!! I s there any way that I could borrow and copy these programmes? I would then convert them to PDFs and make them available to all. Understand if not, but it would be fantastic to surprise Mum by showing her one of the programmes she may well have sold. Thanks for your comments
We have had several enquiries about this but unfortunately have not been able to satifactorily answer the question. As it was a privately owned school it seems that the records were never deposited in an Archive.
This photograph of the school at the very top of Arundel Road on the corner with Cecil Road was taken pre-war. At about this time the school was owned and run by Donald Hughes MILLER who later married Evelyn JACKSON- BARSTOW - taking the name of MILLER-BARSTOW. In a Street Directory D MILLER is listed at Kingsholme, 17 Arundell Road, but in 1940 he had sold it to James Harold MOSEY and bought Etonhurst another well known private school in Weston.
There is a photograph of the Kingsholme school staff and pupils included on the website of King's School Sherborne because apparently when Kingsholme was sold to J H MOSEY it moved to Sherborne House, Gloucestershire and became King's School.
Some names for the period you are interested in are mentioned on the web site for which I've given the link above.
As with many streets in Weston, Carlton Street was renumbered in about 1908 so the numbers today do not match the those of 1891. Added to which much of the Carlton area was demolished in the 1950s and 60s to make way for Dophin Square which is itself currently undergoing another redevelopment. Thanks are due to David Tyler who has compared the numbering of Carlton Street in street directories and has decided that No 12 Carlton Street in 1891 was on the left hand side just before the Coopers Arms.
When this photo was shown at a recent meeting it was discovered that the niece of the woman standing in the front garden was there that evening!
David Tyler has discovered the following:
Man on the Left is Leonard GUY, Manager (later General Manager) of Grand Pier 1933-1945
Man on the Right (with oar) is Albert Clifford EXTON (later killed in action 29th August 1916) born 1895 Private No 16103 enlisted Weston-super-Mare, Gloucestershire Regiment 10th Service Battalion. Father - James EXTON, Mother- Emma Jane EXTON nee NEWMAN, brothers were Thomas (1879) and Gilbert (1891) lived at 32 South Road, WsM included on the Thieval Memorial France.
We have some programmes for plays which took place in the marquee which was erected on that bomb site each summer.
It was then known as the Arena Theatre (described on the programme as on the sea front - opposite the swimming pool) and my husband remembers attending performances there between 1949 and 1952. They were presented by the Intimate Theatre Group and supported by the Weston-super-Mare Society of Arts.
During the 1949 season (in August and September) this Repertory Theatre Group consisting of a team of professional actors, artists and technicians presented:
"The Servant of Two Masters" by Varlo Goldini, Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Ernest", George B, Shaw's "Candida",Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" and an English version of the Russian play "The Whole World Over" by Konstantin Simonov.
Sadly for you, the programme carries an advertisement which states that "Browning's Ice Cream is exclusively sold in this theatre"
Presumably the same tent was used for the Ice Show you described.
It is reported in the 1928 copy of the WsM Gazette that JACK, whos owner was the Pier Manager, Mr Harry COLES, would ring the pier bell two minutes prior to ferry departure times. His reward would be a coin. This he would take to the shop where he would buy himself a biscuit, Wether the dog in the picture was the same JACK is highly unlikely.
Can anyone recognise these characters? What was the name of the dog?
Thank you so much for the information Graham. It is so good the get the full details to enter on to a family tree.
The family name started out as Gardener but it seemed to change to Gardiner from about 1851 although a family member that emigrated in the late 1830's did not change the spelling and remains as Gardener. I have learnt over the years to look up all 3 spellings of the name, just in case.