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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Bernard John Coxon

of Sudbury

Bernard Coxon was primarily a builder, but he took photographs as a sideline from as early as 1885 until at least the early 1900s.

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Bernard John Coxon was born at Sudbury, Derbyshire on 21 January 1870, eldest child of Theodosius Coxon (1836-1936) and Ann Eliza Wiltshire (1842-1907).  His father was a builder, and was employed by Lord Vernon as caretaker, carpenter, foreman, and eventually clerk of works on the restoration of Sudbury Hall.  In 1891, Bernard was working as a carpenter in Sudbury.  He married Elizabeth Marvel Knapp (born in 1872 at Kibworth, Leicestershire) at Derby on 6 February 1892, and they moved to live at Woolley Hall, north of Barnsley in Yorkshire.  The 1901 Census showed Bernard as a "clerk of works" at Woolley.  Bernard and Elizabeth had five children, and after Elizabeth died Bernard remarried Harriett Helen (Nellie) Keay.

Although Bernard J. Coxon worked primarily as a carpenter and builder, he appears to have developed photography as a sufficiently important sideline to have card mounts printed.  While no directory listings have yet been found for him as a photographer, images of several photos taken by him have been contributed by family member Alan Walker.  Further details and photographs of B.J. Coxon and his family may be found on Alan's web site.


Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Alan Walker Hilda Coxon (b. 18 Sep 1881 d. 9 Feb 1954)
taken by her brother B.J. Coxon 
of Sudbury
Undated but probably taken c. 1884-85
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: 64 x 104 mm

Image © & courtesy of Alan Walker

This photograph was probably taken at her father Theo's house at Parkside, Sudbury.


Image © & courtesy of Alan Walker Hilda Coxon (b. 18 Sep 1881 d. 9 Feb 1954)
taken by her brother B.J. Coxon of Sudbury
Undated but probably c. 1891-92
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: 62 x 104 mm

Image © & courtesy of Alan Walker

Nothing further is known about this photograph.


Image © & courtesy of Alan Walker Theodosius (1836-1936) & Ann Eliza Coxon (1842-1907)
taken by their son B.J. Coxon of Sudbury
Undated but probably c. 1895
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: 103 x 65 mm

Image © & courtesy of Alan Walker

This photograph was probably taken at Theo's house at Parkside, Sudbury.


Image © & courtesy of Alan Walker Theodosius Coxon (b. 13 Dec 1836 d. 1 Feb 1936)
taken by his son B.J. Coxon of Sudbury
Undated but probably c. 1895
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: 103 x 65 mm

Image © & courtesy of Alan Walker

Nothing further is known about this photograph.  Although it doesn't show B.J. Coxon's mark, Alan Walker is pretty certain that he took it.


References
Images and information kindly provided by Alan Walker
1861 Derbyshire Census - CDROM published by ArchiveCD Books
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1881) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1887) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Some Memorial Inscription of Sudbury All Saints Churchyard by Alf Beard, on the GENUKI Derbyshire site.

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