Brislington Community Museum

E C Stevens

Edward Coghill Stevens was born in Newcastle upon Tyne toward the end of 1880, and the following year's census shows him still living there, the 2nd child of a couple born in Bristol - Alice (22) and George (25, the manager of a book seller).

The 1891 census shows the family living in the parish of St Andrew, Bristol. Edward's father now worked as a cashier with a provisions merchant, and there were now six children, the elder three born in Newcastle, the younger three in Bristol. At the time of the 1901 census the family (including two more children) were living at Westbury-on-Trym, and Edward was working as a photographer's assistant.

From 1903 to 1907 inclusive the annual editions of Wright's Bristol Directory carried a listing in the section for Photographers, for Edward at 229 Cheltenham Road. Subsequent editions had his address as 12 Arley Hill, Redland Road.

In 1910 he married Edith Wilkinson, who was born in Bristol, and the following year's census shows the couple, both aged 30, with a baby living at 12 Arley Hill - Edward was an employer working as a photographer from home. At the time of the 1939 register, the couple were at the same address, and he still worked as a photographer. In 1968, while living in Bristol, he died.

Brislington postcard

Church of St Cuthbert - ST. CUTHBERT'S CHURCH BRISLINGTON. Published in print by Smith, Ian 2011, page 116.

Some notes

The real photograph picture of the interior of St Cuthbert's Mission Church (the precursor to the red brick church at the top of Sandy Park Road), shows the building that stood between Wick Crescent and what is now Allison Road.

Ken Taylor

We can't exhibit this postcard until we have permission from the copyright owner, and regrettably we don't yet know who that is.