Sidmouth couple unveil 'Ellis' photo hoard

PUBLISHED: 17:29 24 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:45 18 June 2010

A SIDMOUTH couple have dug out two photographs and a postcard produced by Arthur Ellis, following an appeal in last week s Herald. Derek and Carole Marchant, of Tyrrell Mead, came forward after reading a plea by academic Rosalind Leveridge, who is researc

A SIDMOUTH couple have dug out two photographs and a postcard produced by Arthur Ellis, following an appeal in last week's Herald.

Derek and Carole Marchant, of Tyrrell Mead, came forward after reading a plea by academic Rosalind Leveridge, who is researching Mr Ellis and the arrival of film in Sidmouth.

Carole, 68, has two photographs passed down to her which were taken by Mr Ellis, who owned a photographic studio in the town from 1899.

One of them she believes is of her great-grandfather, Mr Coles, who lived near Tiverton, and the other is of her grandmother as a young girl.

She is sitting with another girl to her left, who is named on the back of the photograph as 'Aunty Vernice'.

Carole does not know the exact year when the photographs were taken but she believes it is early 1900s.

She said: "I know they lived near Tiverton and I'm not sure why they had these photographs taken in Sidmouth."

Both photographs on the bottom show Mr Ellis' signature printed in gold.

Also printed in gold is 'High Street, Sidmouth' next to the signature on the bottom of the photograph showing Carole's grandmother and Aunty Vernice, and 'The Sid Vale Studio, Sidmouth' on Mr Coles' portrait.

In contrast, a postcard showing Derek's mother and father, Jack and Emily, has no gold writing on the bottom, but instead a simple indentation of Mr Ellis' name.

Derek said: "It was probably a cheaper photograph, as the other two have a good finish."

This photograph, duplicated and made into at least two postcards, was taken in 1932 and shows Jack and Emily Marchant aged 31 and 24 respectively, when they were living in Porch Cottages, Sidford.

One of the postcards was sent to Jack Marchant's sister and brother-in-law, Lucy and Bert, who owned a fresh fish shop in Sidmouth, situated where the Silver King now stands on High Street.

Derek believes he had his photograph taken at Mr Ellis' studio but, unfortunately does not know where the photo is.

Anyone with information about Mr Ellis can contact the Herald on (01392) 888501.


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