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Story of a prominent Freemason JUST an e-mail to thank you for yet another brilliant issue (issue 103). I'm still laughing at Duggy Verrill's Memory Lane poem. I don't know him but I ticked off nearly everything he wrote. I think he's talking early 1970s. Good simple times, including the naughty ones at The Clarence which I think cost 10p to get into, collected on the door upstairs. The Clarence is now Dickens Bar Anyway, as regards the two mysterious photos on page 24: sadly, I cannot identify the man or woman but can tell you that RW Gibbs was Robert William Gibbs, a prominent Freemason in the town.

He was born in 1843 in Great Yarmouth and became a Freemason in 1873 while a photographer with business premises at 18 Wilson St and manager of the Cleveland Photographic Co, Linthorpe Road.

In 1882 he lived at Ivy Lodge, Oakfield Road, North Ormesby with his Skelton-born wife Alice and their two sons and daughter.

In 1900 he was acting as a commission agent with business premises at 13 Albert Road.

In May 1915 after a bout of bronchial pneumonia he recovered sufficiently for he and his wife to celebrate their golden wedding and the Freemasons of the town made presentations to them, he with a purse of gold and she a pearl and amethyst brooch.

He was seriously ill in 1918 and died in the autumn of 1921.

If any of the boxed photographs that Eileen has have any connection to Freemasonry i.e. men wearing regalia etc then I would be happy to examine them and we might get lucky in identifying persons The photograph of the man has 18 Wilson St on it and it is possible R E Clifford was a business partner of Gibbs.

The Cleveland Family History Society have this on him on their website - CLIFFORD R.C. & Co 18 Wilson St 1898/1899; CLIFFORD R.C 25 Marton Rd 1908/1909; CLIFFORD R.C 80 Marton Rd 1924/29 and possibly later.

- MARTIN from Grove Hill Remember ... If you would like a copy of any of the photographs in Remember When call our Photographic Sales Department on 01642 234224 or contact via the internet gazettelive.co.uk/buyaphoto where you can order the picture of your choice. Prices for photographs vary according to size. Some photographs may not be available due to copyright restrictions.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 30, 2012
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