This is a collection of early photographs of Exclusive Brethren,
mostly those who were active in ministry in the 19th and early
20th centuries. The photographs were collected by John Shirley
Bazlinton (1875 – 1965) who lived in Stamford and Peterborough, UK
and married Alice Mary Turner, daughter of Alfred Turner of
Watlington, Norfolk in 1903. Their daughter wrote the names
of the subjects, usually on the backs of the photographs, and all
such inscriptions, along with any provided by the photographer,
are shown here attached to the photographs.
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These historical photos, most of which have never been published,
are made available here by kind permission of Stephen Bazlinton,
grandson of John Shirley Bazlinton.
Mrs Barnes of Peterborough S. J. B. Carter
C. A. Coates (twice)
George Cutting with JSBB at Sheringham
John Nelson Darby
Mrs Dring taken in Summer 1913 Mr and Mrs Joseph Eayrs , Willie,
Grace and Cecil.
Mr and Mrs Joseph Eayrs alone at Stamford in 1855
Francis W. Ferrard of Peterborough Mrs Flynn and John at Peterborough
Alfred J. Gardiner with Mr Roach
The Harvey family of Crouch End. The two Miss Harveys lived
together in the 1960s. They were thought to be retired
schoolteachers, and attended the Finchley meeting. The boy with
spectacles is their younger brother, John, who composed the hymn
tunes Callum, Comfort, Dawning, Ediner, Entreaty, Ercius, Ootha,
Scotstown, Tence and Whetstone. He had two sons and attended the
Barnet meeting. Edwin Harvey, one of the sons in the photo, was
still going to the Barnet meeting in the 1970s. he had a son who
emigrated to Australia. D.
L. Higgins Mr
William Johnson, later described as Captain William Johnson, a
Cecil and Hannah Lawrence Mr and Mrs A. S. Loughnan?
Mr and Mrs F. D. Marsh and various members of their family,
including Malcolm and Norah, if I have read it correctly. In
the fourth photo there is also a Charles Barlow.
B. Mason in March 1932 Mr
and Mrs E. J. McBride, and Mr McBride with his daughter Eleanor
Fred Morris of Bristol
Mr Alec Newlands Mr
C. R. Price
Mr F. E. Raven (twice)
Two photos of Mr Joseph Revell (hymnwriter). I think the first
photo says "Passed away 10th April 1900".
Mirza Saaed Mr
J. B. Stoney
Mr James Taylor Senior and his wife (5 photos)
William Taylor, presumably son of James Taylor Sr.
James Taylor Sr. with others. Mr S. Vergette is in the first
two pictures; Mrs Taylor, Mrs McBride and Percy Lyon are in the
Mr J. H. Trevvett
Mr S. Vergette
Mr H. P. P. Wells, hymnwriter
Now we come to some larger groups. The annotations of the next
two suggest they show the people involved in the 1932 revision of
the Little Flock Hymn Book.
The first picture shows A. E. Myles, Dr C. C. Elliott, J. Taylor, C.
A. Coates, W. J. House.
The next picture shows Mr Hayward, H. P. Wells (hymnwriter), A. E.
Myles (hymnwriter), W. J. House, Dr Elliott, hymnwriter, James
Taylor, C. A. Coates, George Ware, Percy Lyon and M. W. Biggs,
hymnwriter. Both pictures are at the same location, described
with a question mark as Rachel Mather's house.
This picture is labelled as taken in July 1948, and the people are
Mr Greeves of Bangor
Mr H. Gribbon of Belfast
Mr H. Parkin of Cheltenham
Mr A. House
Mrs H. Parkin of Cheltenham
Mrs Revell of Cheltenham
Mr Revell of Cheltenham (hymnwriter)
Mr O'Brien of Belfast
Here apparently we have
S. J. B. Carter
H. D'Arcy Champney, hymnwriter
M. Tieffy of Hove, UK
Geo. W. Ware of Guildford, England.
Here we have a group of mainly children with names that look like
Theo Humm (Full name was Geraldine Theodora Humm, often known as
Dora, youngest daughter of Harry Humm of Bury St. Edmonds.)
The place name looks like Sheringham and the date is 1930.
The names attached to the next photograph include
Father (John Shirley Bazlinton?)
Mr Y. Long
all apparently at Sheringham in the 1930s.
The second photo below is not legibly labelled but is thought to
show Brethren on holiday at Sheringham. The two girls furthest to
the right in the lower right photo are thought to be Gwendoline Humm
and her younger sister Janet Humm. Gwendoline married Charles Swan
and moved to Birmingham. Janet was engaged to Alfred Turner,
who was not "breaking bread" so she was persuaded to break off the
engagement, and she never married. Janet worked in local
government. In 1960 Dora Humm was not "breaking bread" so
Janet was told she could not eat with her. Janet refused to comply,
so she was "withdrawn from" and cut off from her family. Janet died
There are 12 men in the next photo, but only 11 names. The attached
Mr Cook of Witney;
Mr Rimmer of Chorley;
Mr Herbert Wilson;
Mr Whitworth Lumb;
Mr Harris of Edinburgh; [then a large space as if for the missing
Mr Alfred Gardiner.
From Left (Sitting);-
Mr Sheppard of Evesham;
Mr Young of Stow-on-the-Wold;
Mr Cummings of Glasgow;
Mr Spiers of Defford.
Next we have
Mr and Mrs Ide. Mr Ide owned the Stow Hill Depot building at 2 Upper
Teddington Road, Kingston on Thames, and his business built the
Tarring Road meeting room in Worthing, Sussex.
Auntie Dorothy Bazlinton, sister to [Stanley?] and Cecil
James Taylor Sr. and Mrs.
Then we have a big wedding party for the wedding of Stuart Price and
Joan Wells, 19th June 1937. Left to right standing there are
Guy, Charlie, Nancy, Mr and Mrs Alan Price, Stuart, Joan, Kenneth
Price, John, Eileen Price.
Seated: Mr and Mrs Price, Hazel & David Wells, Gwynneth Price,
Mr and Mrs H. P. Wells.
Joan, the bride, sadly died in childbirth when giving birth to
twins, including one who was also named Joan. Stuart Price
wrote a poem about it, which was published in a book of Brethren
poems in the 1950s.
Eileen Price was the mother of David Hemery, an Olympic Gold
Medallist in 1968.
Alan Price is said to have been a formidably able man, and a gifted,
fluent preacher. He died suddenly in January 1963.
Mr Price Senior (Charles Royal Price) died in 1941 and his wife died
Most of the children of H. P. P. Wells left the Exclusive Brethren
in the 1960s.
There are two portraits with names I am not sure of. The first
looks like Mrs something, snapshot at Hove, and the second
might be Mrs McBride with Barbara at Peterborough. According
to shipping records, Mr and Mrs McBride had daughters Eleanor (13)
and Barbara (10) in 1927 when they sailed to Australia.
Finally, a big montage of leading Brethren.
Several of the people in the above photos have biographies and
some of their ministry available on-line, mainly in mybrethren.org
The following hot links take you to their biographies and
examples of their ministry.