Edwin Mitchell


Uncaptioned card of Brightling Park House, formerly Rosehill

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Photographer, Robertsbridge. Mitchell's cards are black and white real photographics, sometimes yellowed with age. They lack captions and only rarely have borders. The pictures are labelled "Mitchell Robertsbridge" diagonally across their bottom left corners. 1913 and 1917 postmarks have been reported.

Mitchell's cards are rarely seen today, and must have been produced in very small numbers. A large and varied collection of old Robertsbridge postcards placed on sale in 2011 contained no examples of Mitchell's work. Kelly's Sussex Directories appear to make no mention of Mitchell, but Adrian Vieler has discovered from the 1911 census that he is likely to have been Edwin Mitchell, born in about 1884 at Scobby near Carlisle, who was boarding with Jesse Mewitt (a domestic gardener) and his family at Bishop's Road in Robertsbridge. The census describes him as a photographer. Nothing is known about how long he remained at Robertsbridge.

The card reproduced above shows the mansion, then known as Rosehill, in Brightling Park (interestingly Jesse had been born at Brightling). Other cards noted record a funeral, decorations for a 1913 Harvest Festival, a military exercise, the interior of an Army Service Corps workshop, and a team of Royal Engineers building or relaying a railway line, all supposedly in the Robertsbridge area.

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