Collection AR98 - Alderman Foss Photograph Album

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Alderman Foss Photograph Album


  • 1896 (Creation)

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1 vol

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(1850 - 1908)

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Frederick Foss was a solicitor, who was active in the movement for the incorporation of Croydon as a Borough. When the campaign finally succeeded in 1883, he became the Charter Town Clerk: that is, he briefly acted as Town Clerk until the formal election to the post of CM Elborough. In 1886, he was elected to the Council, and he served as Mayor 1892-1893. In July 1893 he was elected Alderman; and later that year he was made a permanent Justice of the Peace. In 1895 Elborough fell ill and eventually died, and Foss again acted as Town Clerk for five months. The present album was given to him in recognition of this work at a Council meeting on 21 Sept 1896 (Croydon Advertiser, 26 Sept 1896). In 1902 he again acted as Town Clerk; and he was given the Freedom of the Borough in 1907.

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Source unknown: received September 1925.

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Accession Number: A98

Alderman Foss Photograph Album

Album of 72 photographs of members and staff of Croydon Corporation, presented to Alderman Frederick Foss for his services as legal adviser in the interregnum in the position of Town Clerk, 1895-6.

Item date: 1896

Accession date: 14/9/1925

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Album of 72 photographs of members and staff of Croydon Corporation, presented to Alderman Frederick Foss for his services as legal adviser in the interregnum in the position of Town Clerk, 1895-6.

The album includes an illuminated introductory page (incorporating the Borough arms, and a photograph of the Town Hall), which reads: 'Presented to Mr Alderman Foss, J.P. by the Members of the Council of the County Borough of Croydon, in testimony of their appreciation of his Valuable Services as their Legal Adviser during the period which elapsed between the illness and death of the late Town Clerk Mr C.M. Elborough, and the commencement of the duties by his Successor, Mr E. Mawdesley, from October 28th 1895, to March 1st 1896. This is followed by 72 named photographs of members and staff of the Council, and other civic dignitaries. These are as follows:


RYMER, S.L. (Ald)

BARROW, R.V. (Ald)

LAYTON, A.T. (Ald)


THRIFT, J. (Ald)


MILLER, D.B. (Ald)



TAYLOR, M. (Ald)

GARNEY, G. (Cllr)

HILLIER, T. (Cllr)

SMITH, Jas, (Cllr)

JOHNSON, Bruce (Cllr)

SHIRLEY, G.J. (Cllr)



ALLEN, G.J. (Cllr)

JOSLIN, P. (Cllr)

TANCOCK, W. (Cllr)

KING, F.W.M. (Cllr)

EDRIDGE, Sidney G. (Cllr)

PECK, J. (Cllr)

LILLICO, W. (Cllr)

MARTIN, Howard. (Cllr)

PRICE, G.N. (Cllr)

PRIVETT, J. (Cllr)


MOSS M.L. (Cllr)

HOBSON, Dr. J.M. (Cllr)

RIGLEY, T (Cllr)

TRUMBLE, Jos. (Cllr)

WEST, Stephen. (Cllr)

TARRY, C.L. (Cllr)


DOBSON, T.W. (Cllr)



ADDISON, G.S. (Cllr)


JONES, D. (Cllr)

FENN, W.G. (Cllr)

SEAL A.B. (Cllr)

VINDEN, W. (Cllr)

PAGE, N. (Cllr)

NOOKES, J. (Cllr)

GLENN, R.G. (Recorder)

ELBOROUGH, C.M. (First T. C.)

MAUDSLEY, E.W. (Second T.C.)

SEAL, Henry (Magistrates Clerk)

PEREIRA, Rev. H.H. (Vicar of Croydon)

WALKER, Thos. (Borough Engineer)

GUNNER, Wm. (Borough Accountant)

POWELL, W. (Borough Road Surveyor)

JACOBS, S. (Assistant Town Clerk)

GOWER, A.C. (Chief Clerk)

STAINER, J. (Assistant Magistrates Clerk)

CLEAVER, C.W. (Clerk to Magistrates Clerk)

JOHSTON, Thos. (Librarian)

TAYLOR, D. (Hall Keeper)

RITCHIE, C.T (M.P. for the Borough)

CUSHING, T (Polytechnic)

HENMAN, C. (Architect of Town Hall)

GENGE, Rev. E.H. (Polytechnic Committee)

HELPS, J.W. (Polytechnic Committee)

JACKSON, Dr. T (Borough Coroner)

PHILPOT, Dr. C.W. (Medical Officer of Health)

PRINCE (no initial or title given)

DEES, W.H. (Solicitor)

One unidentified.

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