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Private Function in Swindon
« on: Friday 07 March 14 17:53 GMT (UK) »
 The attached, which I would like to know more about, is of a function, probably in a public house's private room, which took place in about 1910. Can anyone identify the insignia worn by the man in the front row as it may tell more about the occasion. Thanks, Toby.

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Re: Private Function in Swindon
« Reply #1 on: Friday 07 March 14 18:27 GMT (UK) »
It appears not too formal, it is probably not Masonic.   Might be associated with the railways.    I'm intrigued by the guy with the medal - what is he wearing on his right foot and who has hidden a bottle of wine under the table?
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Re: Private Function in Swindon
« Reply #2 on: Friday 07 March 14 22:12 GMT (UK) »
Well spotted with the bottle.I think he is wearing spats.
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Re: Private Function in Swindon
« Reply #3 on: Friday 07 March 14 22:23 GMT (UK) »
I think spats came later, 20s or 30s, but they were over the shoes not higher up the leg.   

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Re: Private Function in Swindon
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 08 March 14 10:19 GMT (UK) »
Perhaps I cropped too much. Here is the foot.
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Re: Private Function in Swindon
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 08 March 14 11:20 GMT (UK) »
My mistake, I was way off line, he certainly is wearing spats an I've since discovered that they were going out of fashion by the 1920s.   He must have been someone of wealth or importance to have worn them.
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Re: Private Function in Swindon
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 08 March 14 11:40 GMT (UK) »
My mistake, I was way off line, he certainly is wearing spats an I've since discovered that they were going out of fashion by the 1920s.   He must have been someone of wealth or importance to have worn them.

Why? :-\

I am wondering if he may have been a mayor?

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Re: Private Function in Swindon
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 08 March 14 15:16 GMT (UK) »
All very smart aren't they bow ties and such like. 

Have you zoomed into the sheriff star to see if you can make out any other detail? 
High sheriff of Wiltshire perhaps.
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Re: Private Function in Swindon
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 08 March 14 16:25 GMT (UK) »
It appears to me to be a meeting of a gentleman's social club or senior management of an industry.   I have not seen a badge like that before
Census information is Crown Copyright from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk<br /><br />Research:   <br />Clements, Jenkins, Jones, Williams, Davies, Renfrey in Cardiganshire.   <br />Trow, Jones, Clayton in Montgomeryshire.  <br />Renfrey, Datsun, May, Stephens in Cornwall<br />Foster  in Liverpool <br />Milliner, Fry, in Gloucestershire<br />Mawby, Popple in Rutland<br />Kent, Fry, Robinson, Nott, Griffiths in Somerset<br />Willis in Oxfordshire<br />Fishlock, Snell, Fry, in Wiltshire