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A very old photograph

The power of the internet never ceases to amaze - whatever would we do if it all stopped! The Guild's web-site invites queries. One came in recently (they all go initially to Roland Merrick, who looks after the website), and it was passed to me. A Carlisle Cathedral ringer asked if the photo here had any interest for the Guild. It certainly did. The 1930 photo of the Guild is well-known, but I had never seen this one from 1929 before. The absence of the Shield in this photo - and we know it was with the Guild well before 1929 - suggests this photo is either of the occasion when the Spencer Jones Cup was donated to the Guild, or the occasion when it was first presented at a Striking Competition. (The hallmark dates the Cup to 1929.) The location is the West Door of St James' Church, Chipping Campden.

The correspondent said her neighbour across the road was sifting through some old family photos and came across this one. He believed the dark-haired man with a moustache seated behind the Cup was his Great-Uncle. The man in the photo is George Hiatt - and the neighbour's name is also Hiatt. Nice to have the photo and to be able to confirm the relationship.

Chris Povey