As the years went on, still photography was added to with the advent of the moving picture. We are fortunate to have two examples here. One dating back to the beginnings in 1926 thanks to Pathe and a second more modern one taken from the BBC series Heir Hunters which features June Rosemary Dean Pridmore.
Another few groups of images of judicial convictions and wills alongside a wonderful video dating back to 1926 with amazing footage of Gladys Powsey, one of the Pier Diving family of Powseys, performing for the crowds.
There is also a section of documents about people who, at the moment, appear to be unrelated to our families although, who knows what the future research may bring.
Video of Gladys Powsey
Born in 1904 into the family of Albert Powsey and Rose Ellis, Gladys grew into the family tradition and business of diving extravaganzas around the coastal towns of Britain. The Pier Diver was a much loved performer for the working man and holiday maker in the seaside resorts with regular displays taking place in places such as Brighton, Hastings and other south coast locations as well as Southport in the north.
Albert, known as Professor Powsey, also performed at galas across the country diving from a high tower into a small tank of water. Rose made history as the first professional female diver and Gladys took part through the years. Further generations also carried on the profession as Gladys’ brother Archie and his daughter Gwen were involved for many years.
BBC Heir Hunters featuring June Rosemary Dean Pridmore
June Pridmore was a descendant of Thomas Pridmore who made the move from Lincolnshire to London somewhere between 1861 and 1871. After marrying Mary Banks they raised their family in Bourne before the move south.
Samuel Banks Pridmore married Sarah Jane Dean and their son George Frederick Dean Pridmore married Bertha Maud Climpson who had June in 1931.
Bertha Climpson was the niece of Ethel Climpson who is the subject of the video.