Bernard Chapman Collection, Dawlish, Devon, England
Bernard Chapman, now in his 87th year, is the 4th generation of Chapman photographers.
The company started in 1863 although there is a note in Bernard’s Great Grandfather’s diary that in 1859 he received 7shillings and six pence for “photography”. 7/6 is the equivalent of 37.5 of today’s pennies! The collection consists of about 1,400 photographs and were put into albums by Bernard in 1963 although it took him 3 ½ years to complete.
It is a history of Dawlish from 1863 up to 1963 and covers all aspects of life in the town. Some of the photos are of great importance and not just to Dawlish.
I got to know Bernard as a result of my suggesting to the local paper, the Dawlish Gazette, that a weekly “Then and Now” article might go down well. My investigations led me to Bernard and may I say that he is a great character and a thoroughly nice guy.
Bernard has given me carte blanche to use the photos as I like which I consider a very great privilege.
It has been suggested to Bernard that the collection is of such importance that it ought to be in a museum although it is now safely on both of my computers and also dvds.
1920 Charabanc outing
The first of several photos from the Bernard Chapman Collection of charabanc outings in the 1920's.
Outing to Bampton Fair
November 1920 saw a Charabanc outing to Bampton (North Devon) Fair.
The reg of this one is T 8306.
What a line up! (1922)
c1922 This is a Conservative outing to Tiverton.
Some of these were restricted to 12 mph so Tiverto...
1924 Devon Arms outing
Lined up specially for the camera, and I wonder where it was, 3 charabancs.
The second is TA5745 an...
1919 Charabanc outing
This is a Co-operative outing but the notes do say where they were going. The year is 1919 and we ca...
Outing to Weymouth!!!
We have an exact date for this, 9th July 1924. The outing is for the Liberal Party and they are goin...
Women's Institute Outing
C1924 is the nearest we can get with this one.
Not a man in sight, the ladies have even made the dr...
Red Lion Outing
8th June 1927 the Red Lion Annual Outing. Doesn't say what the destination was but it looks as thoug...
A small Charabanc
c 1929 a private outing to Widecombe in the Moor which is where this photo was taken. I'm hoping tha...
1933 outing to North Devon
July 1933 and an outing to Barnstaple, Doone Valley, Minehead, Taunton and Wellington must have been...
Church Choir Outing
9th July 1921 St Marks Church Choir on an outing to Plymouth via Dartmoor.
The location is The Warr...