email Mike Brogden
to add to this list.
Brogden (born in Hull 1891; died 1973) (click
here for photo provided by Peter Dutton) was a musical comedy and
light-opera soprano and a talented pupil at Madame Sharrer's Hull School
of Music. At one of the Sharrer pupils' concerts, on 9.11.1911, Gwen
received a basket of flowers on the handle of which dangled a gold watch.
The HDM [Hull Daily Mail] (20.11.1911) described her as "simple
and winsome in her song 'Yesterday and Tomorrow'". She was sponsored
by the Wilsons of Tranby Croft and later worked mainly at the Gaiety
Theatre in London and recorded for HMV. Her father was Thomas Brogden
(c.1854 to c.1931) headmaster for forty-two years of St. Charles' Catholic
Boys' School in Pryme Street, and choirmaster of St. Charles' Church
when Fawcett was the organist - certainly in 1891 and 1898, according
to The Hull Critic, and in 1911, acording to the HDM.
Born: 28.09.1891, mother Gertrude (nee Walsh). Gwen or Gwennie sometimes acted and
sang with Annie Croft, another Wilson protegee. Mary Wilson paid for
Gwen's London debut. Married Basil Samuel Foster and had one daughter,
Mary Gwendoline and her (Gwen Brogden's) second marriage was in 1937
to Sir Dudley Forwood, equerry to the Duke of Windsor at abdication
time. Later married Percy Waterman Pitt (was he Percy Pitt the conductor
who worked with Beecham?) and died at Sunningdale Nursing Home 6.4.1973. Mary married
- The National
Portrait Gallery holds a photograph of Gwendoline taken in 1920 by the
photographer Bassano. (See www.npg.org.uk)
- Three recordings
of Gwendoline performing were issued by HMV (eg HMV B519).
- John de la Cour sent the following email in January 2010:
"I remember Gwendoline with great fondness as a close friend of my grandmother Countess Beauchamp and my step-grandfather Earl Beauchamp of
Madresfield Court, Malvern. She and her husband, whom we only knew as Boo
Pitt, were regular visitors in the 60s, and always at Christmas. After
dinner she was always persuaded to play the piano and sing, mostly Noel
Coward numbers, as I recall. I don't know how they met, but very likely on
a cruise, where my grandparents befriended many people.
Boo and Gwinny were both absolutely charming, and totally devoted to each
other. Although we understood she had been a music hall star, I knew
nothing of her career until I read the piece on her. As kids, a fascination for us was his glass eye, reportedly the result of some childhood prank gone
wrong. We always understood Boo was a businessman of come kind. Certainly
no musician as far as I could tell. I recall a summer holiday with them in
Venice in 1968 at the time of the Prague uprising.
We heard she had died in a nursing home, and it is good to have read about her."
was aunt to JPN Brogden who became Lord Mayor of Portsmouth in 1973 - 74. (See Brogdens:
Some Characters in this website.)
kindly provided by Norman Staveley from his book: "Two Centuries
of Music in Hull" published by Hutton Press; 1999 ISBN 1 902709
kindly provided by Peter Dutton.
Further information from Gwendoline's great grandson,
Paddy Forwood and JPN Brogden's daughter, Teresa Deasy.
Many thanks to all correspondents.
Ernest Brogden was born in Merthyr Tydfill 11 August 1883,
probably in theatrical digs whilst his mother (Ada, formerly Lebutt,
a singer) and father Joseph (but known as Arthur) were on tour with
the Swiss Choir. Arthur Ernest became a violinist and married Rachel
Morgan in Durham in 1904. They both joined Mr H Flockson-Foster's comedy
costume company (Click
here for photo) (Arthur Ernest is at middle back and Rachel is front
left.) They toured northern seaside towns during the summer.
two children, Arthur Owen born 1905 (who became a bank clerk) and Ernest
(no information) but separated and Rachel went to live with her parents.
(Photograph and information kindly provided by Peter
watches and jewellery:
Brogden, watch and clockmaker of York; 1713
Brogden, watch and clockmaker of York; 1774
Brogden, watch and clockmaker of Aldersgate Street, London;
The British Embassy in Recoleta, Argentina, has an eighteenth century
grandfather clock in mahogany made by James Brogden. Presumably, this
is the same James Brogden of Aldersgate Street. He
also appears in Kent's Directory of 1794 as a watchmaker.
watch and clockmakers of 148 Aldersgate Street, London; 1770-1804
Brogden, watch and clockmaker of 6 Bridgewater Square, London;
and Garland, watch and clockmakers, London; founded by John
Brogden (the elder) in about 1796, becoming Brogden and Garland
in 1824 to 1831 and Garland and Watherston from 1831 - 1841. John
Brogden (junior) was apprenticed here and became
a partner in 1831. From 1842 - 1864, on the departure of Garland,
the firm became Watherston and Brogden, moving to
new premises at 16 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London. They exhibited
jewellery and won prizes at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London. Watherston's
had been established in 1798. In 1864, John Brogden took over the
premises and operated under his own name until 1880. From 1881 - 1885
he worked as an 'art goldsmith' at Grand Hotel Buildings, Charing
Brogden's work won prizes, the most notable
of which was the gold medal at the 1878 Paris Universal Exhibition.
He employed several designers, especially Mrs Charlotte Isabella Newman.
A catalogue of over 50 of her designs was sold as part of the "Brogden
Archives" at Sotheby's (London) on 5 December 1985. On the death
of John Brogden in 1884, Mrs Newman continued as an artist-jeweller,
the first woman to do so in London.
Clocks and Watches and their Makers by FJ Britten; 1932
Item from the Daily News, 1856; National Newspaper Archives; contributed
by Barbara Evans;
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery website where two pendants by John
Brogden are illustrated.
Updated 8/2009 with information from Sotheby's 1985 sale catalogue.
Many thanks to Charlotte Isabella's great grandson, Philip Johnson
of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, for bringing the Brogden website's attention
to her work. Philip is hoping to trace the whereabouts of the Brogden
Archive. It may be at the V & A Museum, London.
here for article about the firm.)
A pendant (complete with its original box) made by John Brogden appeared
on the BBC programme, The Antiques Road Show, on 8 October 2006 and
was valued at £2000.
Brogden of Rochford, UK (born 1954) is listed as a silversmith.
Brogden Beer Clock
This item appeared
for sale on ebay in 2006. Details not known. To view click
Brogden of Warrington was referred to in a UK TV programme
in 2004: he built a replica of Hancock's 1832 steam road carriage, "Enterprise."
He has also built a replica of the first powered road vehicle - Trevithick's
London Steam Carriage.
and JT Brogden took over the running of the ginger beer business
of W Starkey in Sydney, Australia in 1891 which had flourished since
1838 and continued to do so for several more decades. A Joseph Brogden
had married into the Starkey family in 1837. Not sure if this is J or
JT or an earlier Brogden. Starkey's not only produced ginger beer but
lemonade, soda water, ginger wine, gingerade, bitters, cordials and
syrups. They were said to be the largest ginger-beer business in the
southern hemisphere ... (Info from Pam and Neil Brogden)
Brogden and Sons (see
articles elsewhere on this website) produced cast iron, including
rails for railways, at their enterprises in South Wales in the later
1800s. At the height of their success, this was exported world-wide
from their own docks at Porthcawl.
trade marks used on the Brogdens' iron.
for Brogden iron and coal.
engine Google produces a lot of references to Brogden kites. Perhaps
this is a type of kite rather than a manufacturer. It seems to be rather
elaborate and interesting ...
Brogden and Sons (see Iron above and articles
elsewhere on this website) produced coal from their mines in South
Wales in the later 1800s. This was exported world-wide from their own
docks at Porthcawl until cheaper imports led to the collapse of their
were bakers in Ballarat, Australia from 1921 to about 1970, delivering
with a horse-drawn cart. (Click
here for photo) (Info from Pam and Neil Brogden)
in New Jersey, USA, produces "Brogden Meadow Pale Ale." (See
Brogden started this trading company which on his retirement
was run by his nephew John from Leadenhall Street, London from 1757
- 1793. John's son, also called James, appears to have left the running
of the company to his partner whilst he pursued other interests as an
article on this website), farmer in Wales and investor in New Zealand,
Australia and India. James died in 1842. More research is needed into
the activities of this company. A fascinating article has been discovered
which quotes extensively from letters to his father and sister, written
by James during a visit to Russia in 1787/8. This visit was intended
to enable James to learn about Russia and trade with that country, in
preparation for him joining the company. (See
James Brogden in Russia)
Several Brogdens have run newsagents. One is known in
Porthcawl; the details need investigating.
Brogden (born 1840) had a newsagent's shop near Ewood Park
football ground in Blackburn. (Photo)