Captain JL Piddocke' ch Ogilvie may perhaps also be held responsible for the change in the St Bernard breed as CC Rice refers in that respect to this particular Mastiff , a given in some way supported by William Bullen , Treasurer of the 'English St Bernard Club' and judge of the St Bernard breed at Crufts 1930 , who doesn't mention a particular name of Mastiff but he definitely refers to 'a brindle Mastiff of high repute' , that on page 22 of his breed review - 'The St Bernard - King of Dogs - The History with illustrated St Bernards of Notability' , part of the booklet 'The St Bernard & English Mastiff and all about them' by W Bullen & Mrs Norah Dickin , published early 1936 . Note - In those days brindle Mastiffs of 'high repute' were proportionately rather very scarce which may make believe it perhaps could have been ch Ogilvie .
William Bullen Esq , of Sunmere St Bernard Kennels at Wyke Rd Weymouth - Dorset , bred a/o Pride of Sunmere b 26 March ‘25 out of St Joan by King Bruce , a female priced 250 guineas in the ’26 Crufts catalogue ; he also owned Saints bred by Mrs Staines of Abbots Pass , a/o Borison b 5 May ‘28 out of Abbotspass Margaret by King Boris & Lady Amber b 4 Nov ’29 out of Abbotspass Gwendoline by Abbotspass Romeo .
Mr Bullen‘ Sunmere kennels seem to have of modest importance compared to Mrs E K Staines’ world-famous Abbots Pass kennels at Hook Farm Leigh nr Reigate , some fifteen mls South of Mrs Norah Dickin’ residence Wolverley House Goring nr Kingston upon Thames ; Mrs Staines’ London city residence being Flat 4 Chepstow Mansions Bayswater . Mrs Staines was an active Member of the Women’ Institute , a movement which began at Stoney Creek in Canada in 1897 when Adelaide Hoodless addressed a meeting for the wives of members of the Farmers' Institute . The first British Women’ Institute meeting took place on 16 September 1915 at Llanfairpwll on Anglesey in North Wales . The WI was originally set up in the UK to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War .
The Women’ Institute at Leigh nr Reigate was formed in 1917 and meetings were held at at what is now the old School House . During the 1930s , this was no longer possible so Mrs EK Staines offered a freehold parcel of land from her farm – Hook Farm to the Women’ Institute for a hall to be built . After the hall was built , using money from donations and fund raising events organised by the Women’ institute , it was appropriately named Abbots Pass Hall in recognition of the major benefactor. - At left Abbots Pass Romeo .
Harry Speight’ book ‘Nidderdale & The Garden of the Nidd’ publ 1894 mentions p 456 – ‘Robert Inman of Harefield & Lancaster carried on the merchanting business after his father’ death , and died in 1823 , aged 67 , possessed of considerable real & personal property . Only two of his children are represented by issue at the present date , 1) Charles of Leicester who married Jane Clay and is father of the Liverpool family, among whom were the late William Inman (ed – 1825-1881) of the Transatlantic Steamship Line, and 2) Richard (ed - b ’04 & MD) , late of Preston, who in 1833 married Maria, daughter of the late John Fowden Hindle, Esq., a deputy Lieut. of County Lancaster of Bladburn, and sister to John Fowden Hindle , Esq and High Sheriff of co Lancaster in 1844 , who is now represented by George Inman Esq of Maplecroft , Bradford on Avon *** Co Wilts , and Alfred H Inman, Esq , of Whitby - Co York .’ - Note - The above Stock-Keeper' advert mentions the same address *** for Dr George Inman .
Thus the St Bernard breeder Dr George Inman of Maplecroft was related to Richard Inman of Preston . 'The Isle of Wight family history Society' provides the monumental inscription record re Anna Marie Inman (ed - née Sussenthaler , b ’35 at Colmar - France) of 6 Newton Villas Heath Rd - Lake of 6 Newton Villas Heath Rd, Lake Isle of Wight , who died in 1919 informing that she was the widow of Richard Henry Inman, Esq , who died in 1864 (which may explain that his sons 'represented' their grandfather Richard in the latter' will dd 1883) ; the headstone also mentions George Inman who died Oct 1904 and who was buried in Kobe – Japan . Above at left - Mr William Inman of the Transatlantic Steamship Inman Line , cousin to Dr George Inman’ father Richard Henry .
The Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerk Project mentions Richard Henry Inman , born 27 Feb 1834 St John, Preston, being the son of Dr Richard & Mary Inman of Preston - Lancashire . The London Express : Tuesday, March 19, 1861 p4 – ‘In the year 1855 , the petitioner , Mr Richard Henry Inman , described as a gentleman of good position in Lancashire , married Jane Cresswell , a person of lower station , at St. Heliers , in the island of Jersey . The parties cohabited in various places till the year 1859 . During this time Mrs Inma n, who was a person of very forward and violent temper , was continually quarrelling with her husban d, and at length , on the 17th of January 1859 , she left hi m. Evidence was given to prove that she had since been leading a very profligate life in London — so profligate , in short , that no co-respondent in particular could be cited . Dr Phillimore QC and Dr Spinks appeared for the petitioner . The court pronounced a decree nisi .’ –
Richard Henry Inman is mentioned in the Divorce Index of 1858 . The Census 1871 for Preston presents Alfred H Inman 8y old & George A F Inman 7y old which means that George Inman was born in 1864 , the year his father Richard Henry died (ed – at Hastings) and their French born mother Anna Marie , Mr Inman’ 2nd wife , became a widow . Further on , the book ‘India’ by Pierre Loti was translated from the French by George Arthur F Inman of Bowdon which may make belief that it was the same person as the St Bernard breeder Dr George Inman who , in partnership with Mr Ben Walmsley (b 1871 Bolton) , moved his kennels in '02 to The Priory - Bowdon (see below at right) sitting in eight acres of land , and some twenty mls W of Lyme Hall .
Mr Charles H. Lane describes Dr Inman in his ‘Dog Shows And Doggy People’ as – ‘A Lancashire man of independent means , educated for the medical profession but not practising , he has had abundant opportunity to devote himself to his hobby . The first puppy he bought was Isolde (ed – born approx ’88) , bred by Mr Hedley Chapman , by his Champion Plinlimmon b 1883 ex his Lady Eva . Isolde' name appears in the pedigrees of many of the stars from this kennel subsequently .’ - Note – his other early purchase was Isolde’ paternal half sis Plevna bred by Mr Norris-Elye out of ch Mascotte .
Dr George Inman’ premature death in 1904 at Kobe Japan may perhaps be linked to the plague (cholera?) which first visited Japan in 1899, arriving at the port of Kobe , most likely in a merchant vessel carrying old clothes from China . And it is documented that the French Mr Pierre Loti’ book ‘La Troisième jeunesse de Mme Prune’ (transl - The Third Youth of Mrs Plum) , publ in 1905 , resulted from a return visit to Japan . So time-wise , Dr George Inman’ voyage to Japan may have coincided with Monsieur Pierre Loti’ stay in Japan . Above at right – head study of Dr George Inman’ smooth coated St Bernard ch Parsifal , winner of three 100 guinea Cups & reportedly of 215lb weight , born May 11, '96 & bred out of Keeper’ & Plinlimmon’ granddaughter Anitra sired by ‘The Stranger’ .
'The Stranger , a name choice perhaps referring to 'strange' blood ... Mr Bullen & Mrs Norah Dickin' booklet 'The St Bernard and The English Mastiff' publ '35 mentions the alinea - 'They (ed - Dr Inman & Mr Walmsley) purchased the smooth-coated 'Kenilworth' from Mr Loft and bred the dog' produce with a brindle Mastiff of high repute , then crossed back to their St Bernards with most successful results' ; Mr Leighton' book 'Dogs and All About Them' published some 25 years earlier (1910) mentions - 'He (ed – Dr Inman) , in conjunction with Mr Walmsley , purchased the smooth-coated Kenilworth from Mr Loft , bred that dog’ produce with a brindle Mastiff of high repute , and then crossed back to his St Bernards with the most successful results’ . The Kennel Encyclopaedia , published the same year (1910) under the general editorship of Dr Sidney Turner , contains a chapter about The St Bernard authored by Mr Percy Manning , MA FSA , and mentions a/o - 'The partnership of Dr G Inman and Mr Ben Walmsley undoubtedly raised the breed to a very high level of excellence by combining the three best strains of 'Sir Hereward' (ed - through Kenilworth II) , 'Pouf' (ed - through ch Marvel) and 'Belline' (ed - through Keeper , Watch & Scottish Guide) with a dash of Mastiff ' . Cfr also Percy Manning' Notes & Queries regarding 'St Bernard Dogs in England' (publ 1909 ) . Here at left Parsifal' litter brother Wolfram who , shaggy coat aside , presents an overall contour certainly not Mastiff unworthy !
Hereabove at left an ‘Our Dogs’ Mems dd March 10 ’33 - The visit to Captain Piddocke' kennels on the 1st of July 1891 described by the then thirty years old CC Rice who already has bred his first litter dd Feb ’90 (ch Beaufort’ son Sir Stafford ex ch Orlando’ ch Frigga) – progeny Cardinal Beaufort & ch Frigga Secunda ; the smooth St Bernard bitch sent by the then 27y old Dr Inman may have been one of those early purchased bitches sired by ch Plinlimmon , ie the half sisters Isolde & Plevna , the latter , according to ‘Breeder & Sportsman’ dd July ‘96 , described as ‘curly coated’ . So perhaps it might have been Dr Inman' Isolde .
At right – judge report of the Birmingham Show Nov 29 – Dec 2 ’97 ; Mastiffs were judged by Mr CC Rice , St Bernards by Mr LCCR Norris-Elye , the one who bred the BOB Kenilworth II out of Custodia (31,780) sired by Sir Hereward (29,214) . Kenilworth II was purchased by MR CL Loft but after been made up he was put up for sale at £750 . At the time of this show Kenilworth II (see drawing in Spratts advert) was owned by Mssrs Inman & Walmsley . The mentioned ‘special for best St Bernard or Mastiff’ was the Birmingham Brewers Cup ; the referee of the day was Mr Fred Gresham , a very reputed St Bernard breeder , and he awarded the prestigious cup to Mr Joseph Royle’ Mastiff ch Peter Piper , having already won it the year before .
Note - The St Bernard judge Mr Norris Elye (1848-1918) lived at Orsett Hall - Orsett , ca 25 mls E of London , and was a very fine musician and conductor ; he was well known in the London Music Circle and brought many fine amateurs to Orsett . Note 2 - 'Mr Robert Humphry Thomas’ great achievement , the dream of his heart , he won the Brewers Cup (offered at Birmingham for best Mastiff or St Bernard) for the fourth time with four different dogs and so won it outright ; the winners were ch Ashenhurst Bernicea , her daughter ch Menai Yosemite , her daughter ch Menai Juno , and finally ch Ursula' , - the latter bred by Miss I Bell . Source – Our Dogs’ Mems April 15th ’32 . This Brewers Cup , re-presented by the Misses Mary & Sara Thomas , became one of the many OEMC Challenge Cups ; it is offered annually at Birmingham show as ‘The Robert H Thomas Memorial Cup’ .