Arthur Charles John Gundry (Gundry & Co.)


North Street, Portslade

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Photographers, 4 Church Road, Portslade by Sea. Gundry & Co. are listed in Kelly's 1927 Sussex Directory, but not in Pike's 1927 Directory of Brighton, Hove and district or, it seems, in any other local or county Directory. Evidently, the firm was very short lived.

The Portslade card shown above is a high quality sepia-tinted real photographic with a white border. The caption is handwritten in large blocky capitals, and the publisher's name and address are printed on the back.

Gundry & Co. cards are very rarely seen today, even though the firm did not restrict its attentions to Portslade. A sepia real photographic card published by Gundry & Co. shows the Beau Site Convalescent Home at White Rock Gardens in Hastings (this opened by 1905 and was still extant in the 1920s). Another card, posted in 1927, shows the Bainbridge Seaside Home at Seaford.

Arthur Charles John Gundry was born in Islington in London in about 1883. His parents were Charles William Gundry, a commercial clerk from Devizes in Wiltshire (born in about 1862) and Mary Jessie Gundry, from Cricklade in Wiltshire. Arthur had at least three brothers and four sisters, born in different parts of London and on the edge of the capital at Mitcham in Surrey. In 1911 he was working as an accountant's clerk and living with his parents and siblings at 48 Rossiter Road in Balham. In the following year, on September 29, he married Charlotte Louisa Crowe at Holnsey at St Peter's Church, Hornsey, in the Tottenham area of north London. She was the daughter of a farmer, John Crowe, and a year older than Arthur. At the time she was living in Lausanne Road in Tottenham, and Arthur was proprietor of the Chain Studio at Sandwich in Kent. According to their grandson, Jon Gundry, Charlotte and Arthur had a son and daughter. Arthur was an avid photographer, whose last camera was a Roliflex. He contracted TB in the late 1920s, presumably just after he had moved to Portslade, and had to stop working. In the mid 1930s he moved to Norwood in London; he died in Sheffield in 1954.

Acknowledgement: Grateful thanks are due to Jon Gundry for providing some of the above details about his grandfather's life.

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