Photograph published dd 4th April ’24   - The only  KCSB recorded Mastiffs  born in Feb '24 were Westcroft siblings b 21 Feb ’24 and bred by Mrs Constance M Kennett - ch King Baldur' dau ch Westcroft Cleopatra ex ch Cleveland Premier’ sire Adamas - containing ch Westcroft Blaise, Mrs Muriel C Houlder’ ch Bulger, and Mrs Norah Dickin’ Kim Thundercloud Thunderer, dam of Mrs Dickin’ prominent prize-winner Thor.

A large 19th century metal and leather dog collar with inscription ’Lena’ C. Morton Challender, Close Moar, I O Man - see centre insert - sold for £160. Mr Charles Morton Challender ’53, a Freemason of Close Moar Glen Darragh Road Marown nr Glen Vine - Isle of Man, bred in ‘84 a litter out of ch Beau’ grand-dau Lena sired by Surajah owned by Mr Edwin Davies Tyrer, pawnbroker of Sheffield. Surajah – ch Rajah’ dau Judy ex ch Colonel’ paternal cousin Mr Naylor’ Ben – was reportedly – ‘a well made imposing-looking dog, having a good body but in muzzle rather narrow and too short.’ - Lena’ litter contained Chinalette exported to Mr Joseph L Hope of Coopersburg Pa, and Mr T Edwards’ Beda which, mated to ch Montgomery, produced Danaides - 2nd Puppy class at Crystal Palace Jan ’85 - owned by Mr William Rollinson, of Ash Cottage 20 Seaforth Road Seaforth nr Liverpool. Mr Rollinson also owned Reine b ’84 and bred by Rev Thomas Charles Hose of Roydon Epping Forest Essex – the Wynnes Czar’ dau Neva ex Taurus II –.


Lena' owner Mr Charles Morton Challender moved in ’87 to the Isle’ capital Douglas and joined the Board of the Derby Castle Co Ltd, which ran the Derby Castle housing complex situated at the North end of Douglas Bay – see at left – incl a Palace Ballroom. At its peak, the company owned and managed the Gaiety Theatre, the Onchan, Strand, Regal, Royalty and Picture House Cinemas, and White City as well. – Later on, Mr C M Challender moved to Manchester, and finally to St Michaels Road Wallington Surrey where he died in ’40.   - At right – One of Sir Conan Doyle' personages, ie Sir Henry Baskerville aka Black Barnaby with some lookalike-ish Farnaby ‘Old English' Mastiff visiting the 2013 Annual Fair at Laxey – seven miles N of Douglas - Isle of Man.

A New York story dd 1894 - ‘Cortlandt Street was home to numerous factories and loft buildings. And lots of stray cats. For one sassy little Bull Terrier who resided in the lower end of Cortlandt Street, these street cats were prime targets for his daily bullying. In fact, the bully Bull Terrier had a reputation for shaking the life half out of the neighborhood cats.


As the Stylistics sang in the 1970s, payback is a dog. A very large Mastiff, that is. There was a candy factory in the upper floors of the five-story loft building at 69 Cortlandt Street. The factory was guarded by a 185-pound Mastiff who, when standing upright on his hind legs, was 6 feet 6 inches tall. According to a reporter for the New York Sun, this Mastiff was a sober and serious dog who had a reputation for minding his own business.


He would sometimes see the Bull Terrier on his daily walks, but he usually ignored the smaller dog’ antics. Then one day he decided to put an end to the cat bullying. On this fateful morning, the Mastiff was coming down the stairs with the boy who walked him every day when he saw the Bull Terrier being lead on a chain across the street.

He bounded down the steps and caught the astonished, but pluckily silent Terrier by the neck, and began switching him about, chain and all, until the passengers coming up from the ferry could not tell whether it was a dog or a white rag that was being worried.


The Mastiff just stood still, with his head high in air, and had fun with the 35-pound tormentor of cats. The man walking the Terrier grabbed a stick from a truck and started beating the Mastiff off while a truck driver pulled at the larger dog’ tail. Then someone threw a bucket of ice water on the big dog, which made him gasp, and the little dog dropped from his mouth and scooted away. The Mastiff swaggered off on his morning stroll with the air of saying, ‘Of course I could have bitten that little beast’s head off if I’d wanted to, but I only wanted to show him how it felt to be shook.’


As the reporter noted, that day the cats of Cortlandt Street enjoyed the privilege of the street…undisturbed. Unknown what happened to the Bull Terrier after this incident, but possibly the cats only got a one-day respite.’ – The story reminds at Dr John Brown' master piece 'Rab and his Friends' dd 1859, in which a Bull Terrier called Chicken bullies the dogs of the neighbourhood until he met his death in an encounter with Rab, the brindled Mastiff of a carrier called James Noble.

At left - photograph dd March ’63. Taking into account Rex being 10 months old, then he must have been born May '62, in which month two litters were KC registered, both sired by ch Mansatta Vilna' grandson Havengore Adam - see at right -, one out of Bardayle breeders Mr/Mrs Anderson’ B- Solitaire by Wythybush Crispin, the other one out of Beaucaris breeder Mrs J Lewis-Taylor’ Havengore Mischief resulting in Beaucaris Marcus which sired Am ch Kisumu Goliath. In both cases Rex traces back to the Havengore kennels of Mr/Mrs Scheerboom, proprietors of laundries in the area of Southend-on-Sea Essex.

The Bardayle breeders Mr/Mrs Anderson, of Leigh-on-sea nr Southend-on-Sea, were famous for having bred ch Havengore Balint, and Bardayle Bunty – Kisumu foundation brood which produced ch Kisumu Fatima by ch H- Hotspot. Beaucaris breeder Mrs J Lewis-Taylor, of Crux Easton nr Newbury Hants, bred Springer Spaniels & Cavalier King Charles Spaniels as well.

Havengore Adam b Feb '56 and bred by Bardayle breeders Mr/Mrs Alexander A & Maisie Anderson of Ardayle - Hill Road South Benfleet Essex - ch Milf Manetta' & Copenore Jason' grand-aunt Benfleet Janus ex ch Hotspot Havengore' grandsire ch Salyng Aethelwulf - grandsired the Hollesley - & Blackroc foundation broods ch Havengore Dawn & Havengore Gipsy. Mrs Maisie Anderson  ’09-86 last judging appointment was in the pouring rain at the OEMC Ch Show Lyme Hall ’84 awarding the cc’s to MM’ son Falmorehall Scirocco and ch Bredwardine Ideal. - Below dd Oct '57 - Havengore Adam' litter brother Camelot Kala, owned by Mrs G Farrow of Mablethorpe Lincolns, which got a res cc at Birmingham '57 under Mrs Harry France née Greenwood, 3rd Open at the LKA '57 under Mr Fred Bowles and  at WELKS '58 under Mr Bill Siggers.

Below at left - Photograph dd Dec ’23 of the ‘working’ Mastiff, in times Mastiffs were scarce. His ‘employer’ Mr James Childs Gould ’82-44 was a Conservative Party politician who served as Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central from ‘18-24. He established ‘Gould Steamships and Industrials Ltd’, a massive shipping and shipbuilding conglomerate. ‘19 Blair and Co was taken over by Gould Steamships and Industrials. ‘20 The Gould Steamships and Industrials Company was created by the merger of Griffiths Lewis Steam Navigation Co Ltd and Dulcia Steam Shipping Co Ltd. ‘24 Company reported a loss due to the 30-week shut down at Blair and Co and at Richardson, Duck and Co. ‘25 Receivers were appointed to the company and its subsidiaries. '26 Company wound-up.

At right - Photograph dd Oct ’28 at the Drill Hall Neath nr Swansea Wales - No 2 The Mastiff Peg of My Heart was owned by Mr N Price, arguably Mrs Nan Price, the wife of Rev David Thomas Price, of The Vicarage Carmarthen - ca 30 miles from Neath. - Wiki quote - ‘Peg o' My Heart' was a successful broadway play performed in ’12. The main character of the time was the inspiration for a popular song written by Alfred Bryan (words) and Fred Fisher (music). The song was first performed publicly by Mr Irving Kaufman in ‘12 at The College Inn in NYC.' -

Above at left dd Dec ’58. Centre dd June ’62 - Mr John Lukey, of Shakespeare Hotel - see at right - 10 Bench Street Dover, was born ’09 at the North Cornish coast village Morwenstow– ca 20 miles from Mr T H V Lukey’ birth place Bideford Cornwall. Both moved from the West to the East of England and both fancied the Mastiff breed. So hotel proprietor Mr John Lukey, owner of Wallace bred by Mr T H V Lukey, was possibly’ younger brother. 

At Islington’ Agricultural Hall ’62 1st prize was awarded to Mr Hanbury’ ch Duchess. Here at left – Another Wallace, an apricot brindle with white chest and toes, b ’55 bred by by Mr T H V Lukey -   Bounty  ex her blue or slate coloured sire Bruce II -, the latter great-grandson of the Marquis of Hertford’ blackish Pluto -.

This Wallace was owned by solicitor Mr George Henry Weller '19-86 of 21 Ashbourne Road St Werburghs Derby, Registrar of the Derbyshire County Courts. Perhaps there are people who look down on Mastiff illustrations such as this one depicting Wallace, however they deserve to be treasured as thè bricks whereupon the breed was built during generations to come. This Wallace grandsired ch Queen - see at right -, a then superb brindle bred/owned by Mr Hanbury, and dam of ch Wolsey and his brother Prince – the latter ch Beau’ sire.

A sequence of a British Pathé documentary dd ‘31 called - ‘A few of the many fine specimens exhibited at this ever popular venue‘ , namely at Clonmel Eire - Southern Ireland. Probably a shot of Castlegrange Adam or Alexander [ch Cedric’ sons King Agrippa x ch Cedric’ daughter Castlegrange An]. Another British Pathé film dd ‘26 called - ‘Irelands Premier Dog Show‘ - the Kennel Club' Fifth Annual Show creates new record with 1,883 entries – shows the same young Mastiff male, probably of Castle Grange and related to ancestry of ch Havengore Bill or ch Woden, the latter bred by Miss Bell who bred also a litter from Alexander’ granddam Menai Victoria, a/o champions Helga & Ursula and Hellingly Lady Here. Centre – Our dogs dd ’31 – photograph, incl Castlegrange breeder Mrs Rosina Parker-Keene, and - at right - a cartoon by Rob.

At left – Havengore Adam as a youngster. Adam (15 litters), Weyacres Lincoln (17), and Copenore Jason (23), were the most prolific studs of the 1950s. Centre – Adam’ grand-daughter Hollesley foundation brood ch Havengore Dawn. At right - Dawn' daughter ch Hollesley Macushla by Copenore Jason. - Below at left & centre dd ’86 - Jilgrajon breeder Mrs Jill Hicks visiting the Hollesley couple Mr/ Mrs Mark & Pamela Dulcie Day née Clark '17-96. The pics are taken at the backside of the Days’ Pyleigh manor, the pups were from the penultimate Hollesley litter - ie out of ch Hollesley Devil Dancer' dau Hollesley Mermaid sired by the Hicks family’ Grangemoor Archie Gander. The right one behind the gate arguably dam of the litter , ie the apricot H- Mermaid. - Since 2000 their daughter Joy Hilary aka 'Tigger' and her husband Mr Robert C Pudd were successful in breeding (under Pyleigh prefix), training & competing thoroughbred racehorses.

Adam, mated to Mrs Peggy M A Braybrooke’ Zimapan Krashina, produced Saxondale Boadicea, the latter grand-dam of ch Copenore Friar. Adam, mated to Wythybush Izod, gave Weatherhill Guide (2 cc's) owned by Copenore breeders Mr/Mrs Cyril & Maisie Lindley, and Weatherhill Nero (1 cc) owned by Mrs Elizabeth Rae Simpson Humphries of Woodacres - 53 Park Road East Wolverhampton.

Adam, mated to his daughter Havengore Caroline, resulted in Havengore Matey which sired Frideswide Susan, the latter purchased by American Rumblin Eko breeder Mr C H Fritzgerald. Susan, mated to Weyacres Lincoln' grand-nephew Bowats Roar 'N Rumble, produced Am ch Rumblin Eko’ His Majesty Thor – MCOA Specialty winner 71/72/73. The story goes that after his triple win he no longer had a family until April’75 when he was found in a shelter - weighing only 80 lb - by the Geil family who brought him back to health. Weighing 190 lb, he finished his show career winning the Veterans at the MCOA Specialty ’76. - At right - Thor aged 7.

From the OEMC Newsletter dd Feb 1980 – The statue Gelert sculpted by Susan Lamb – w/out any reference known -, and cast by Montague Ede Mascots & Trophies Limited of Isle of Man. The name Gelert refers to ch Pynes Farm Gelert b '68 – Weatherhill Bellringer’ dau Copenore Ensign ex ch Havengore Hotspot’ son Havengore Balint owned by Dr Sheila Monostori -, owned by Mr/Mrs Edwards of Pencastell nearby the Wales’ West coast, off Moylegrove.

Gelert was bred by third generation of Jersey cattle breeders Mr Thomas Heaton Bradley b ‘30 of Windmill House Farm – see at right - Haywood lane Hatton nr Warwick, who then owned the famous ‘Pynes’ Herd of two-hundred Jersey cows and was familiar with Mr Mark Oliver King Day b ’15-98, another Jersey cattle breeder of large-scaled fame, and husband of Hollesley Mastiff breeder Mrs Pamela Day - Pyleigh Manor Lydeard St Lawrence Somerset.

Quote dd ’60 – ‘Mr Day was speaking at a field day held at the farm of Mr T H Bradley at Hatton Warwickshire, where the Pynes Herd was inspected.’ – In next years Mr Mark O K Day won national milk records, a/o dd ‘62 - ‘Their 35 Jerseys had an average butter fat production of 538.171b' -. In ’91 Mr Mark Day became Director of The Jersey Cattle Society of the United Kingdom est 1878;   in ‘10 Mr T H Bradley became Director of the same Society.

Gelert got cc’s at Birmingham ’70 under Miss B Blackstone, and in ’71 at Paignton under Mrs P Greenwell, at East of England under Parcwood breeder Mrs Mary Hector, and at the LKA under Mrs P Day.

He sired five litters resulting in a/o Am ch Dawnwind Romulus – great-grandsire of ch Deer Run Ivan -, Cemaes Prince – grandsire of Mr Graham Hicks’ ch Cemaes King Edward -, Rhosnessey Nimrod – grandsire of ch Eddington Saraband bred by Lady Fermoy -. Gelert’ sis ch Meps Portia – see at left - was the dam of ch Meps Nydia and Mrs Belva Funk’ Am ch Meps Tristan – see at right - as well.

The name Gelert refers to a legendary dog associated with the village of Beddgelert, whose name means Gelert' Grave, in Gwynedd NW Wales. 

In the legend, Llywelyn the Great returns from hunting to find his baby missing, the cradle overturned, and Gelert with a blood-smeared mouth. Believing the dog had savaged the child, Llywelyn draws his sword and kills Gelert. After the dog' dying yelp Llywelyn hears the cries of the baby, unharmed under the cradle, along with a dead wolf which had attacked the child and been killed by Gelert. Llywelyn is overcome with remorse and buries the dog with great ceremony, but can still hear its dying yelp. After that day Llywelyn never smiles again.

The six heads were first published in the American Kennel Register Nov ’85 and drawn by John Whitehead Wamton Esq ’15-95, historical and portrait painter of Wickham House Campden Hill London and Westminster Club 21b Savile-row Burlington-gardens. Eighteen of his works were hung in the Royal Academy between ’34-65. Elaine, the one below left has also been drawn by Mr Richard Hewitt Moore – see at right -.

Ch Elaine b ’83 bred by Dr J S Turner – ch Rajah’ dau Lady Rowena ex ch Crown Prince -, was owned by Mr Joseph Evans of Claremont Swanley Kent. Elaine   got in ’84 first prize Puppy class at Warwick, 1st at Maidstone, 1st & Cup at Crystal Palace July, 2nd at Dorchester, 2nd at Darlington, and 1st at Cardiff; in ’85 2nd champion class Crystal Palace. Dr Turner reported about ch Elaine – ‘ has a grand flat skull, splendid muzzle, is very good under the eyes, which are dark hazel colour, good mask, and well-carried ears, capital legs, feet and tail, in body she, although of good weight and substance, is decidedly short, and wanting in height. She is only 14 Months old, and may grow a little but will never be a big one.’- Another report said – ‘she is somewhat similar to her brother ch Orlando.’ – Elaine never produced any progeny. - Below - the article by Mr C H Mason referred to.

No one has written on the subject in such a sassy style as Mr Charles Houseman Mason. Quite colourful the way he painted his encounters with fellow fanciers, particularly their characters. His muffled irony about ‘visions of very strange things’ certainly refers to the ‘Prince of cranks’, Mr Harry de Spencer of Colyton, who used to wear at days out an eccentric uniform incl a large hat referring to his dignified profession as Sun Fire Insurance agent. – Quite interestingly is Mr Mason' doubt about the illustration depicting Duchess – upper left corner of the six heads –, whether it was Duchess bred/owned by Mr Hanbury or Duchess bred/owned by Mr Edwin Nichols’ Duchess, in both cases related to Mr Ansdell’ Leo, resp as grand-dau and daughter.

At left - Article written by OEMC Newsletter Editor Miss Barbara Blackstone. The first Tunbridge Wells Dog Show was held in large marquees at the Calverley Park Gardens in Kentish spa town Tunbridge Wells on Thursday and Friday 21st and 22nd August 1884. There were 50 classes of Sporting and Non-Sporting dogs - open to all England, and 6 local classes - for residents within a 10 mile radius of Tunbridge Wells. The catalogue showed an entry of over 500 dogs. The main breeds represented were Mastiffs, St Bernards, Great Danes or Boarhounds, Collies and Sheepdogs, Greyhounds, Pointers, Beagles, Fox Terriers, Spaniels, Setters, Hunt Terriers, Rough Terriers, Black and Tan Terriers, Bulldogs and Pugs. In addition to the breed classes there were also some fun classes.

There were promenade concerts and the gardens were decorated with floral displays and arches together with 2500 Chinese lanterns and ornamental lights - all gas of course, as well as balloons and magnesium and coloured lights all donated and supported by local tradesmen. This enabled the displays to be kept open in the evening. There was a grand firework display in the evening on Thursday and the Tunbridge Wells Military Band & Ceylon Band attended on the Friday. Rosettes, medals and cups were presented in various classes by tradesmen and societies in the Kent area and also the Society’ president, the Marquess of Abergavenny . - Source - the Kent and Sussex Courier. At the Tunbridge Wells Dog Society’ Centenary Show dd 1984 the breed was represented by a/o Mrs Marion Ede and her MM' dau ch Bellabees Cader Idris. To-day, it’s one of the UK' oldest canine societies.


In those days, two Mastiff breeders lived in the vicinity of Tunbridge Wells Kent, 1) Mrs Elizabeth Cunliffe-Lee b ’32, of Penshurst, who bred a/o paternal grandsire of Mr Edwin Nichols' Victor Hugo, namely Bosco II b '80 - Big Ben' grandau Sybil ex ch The Emperor -, and 2) Rev Frederick Harrison Hichens '36, vicar of Speldhurst, who bred two litters  out of Big Ben’ Mab resp sired by the Wynnes' Young King, and by ch The Shah  resulting in Mrs Geo Willins’ Gurth b '78, Mr Woolmore’ Deva, and Max owned by Lord Hinton.

Neither Mrs Cunliffe-Lee’ nor Rev Hichens’ dogs are mentioned in the Mastiff classes at Tenbury Wells ’84 judged by Rev Wm J Mellor of Rodmersham - Kent - champion prize Dr Winslow' ch Maximilian by ch The Emperor - 1st Mr W K Taunton’ Commodore by ch Cardinal, 2nd Dr Winslow' Prussian Prince by ch Crown Prince 3rd Mr Edwin Nichols' Goth by ch Beau – Bitches 1st Dr Turner' The Lady Clare by CP, 2nd Mr Nichols’ Princess Ida by Goth, 3rd Mr Joseph Evans' Vivian, sis of The Lady Clare. Below at right – photograph dd ca 1880 by ‘Lock & Whitfield 178 Regent Street London & 109 King’ Road Brighton – offered by a seller of Sidcup Kent - depicting a well-to-do lady with ‘her pride & joy Mastiff’, perhaps Mrs Elizabeth Cunliffe-Lee of Penshurst ca 20 miles from Sidcup? In any case, the lady resembles surprisingly much to Elizabeth’ sis Mrs Harriet Esdaile née Cunliffe-Lee pictured - centre right –. At extreme right – Arguably Rev Wm J Mellor with his foundation brood Big Ben’ dau Duchess, a Mastiff bearing likeness to the one in the 1st photo. He once owned the then formidable show Mastiff ch Turk.

All Tenbury Wells’ prize winners were owned by members of the freshly established OEMC as also Rev Wm James Mellor '34-99, belonging to the top notch of dog judges, and one of the founding KC members closely befriended with KC founder Mr S E Shirley ’44-04 himself. Afterwards, Rev Mellor purchased his Tenbury Wells’ champion prize winner ch Maximilian, reportedly – ‘a great big young dog, with good limbs, colour, &c' -. bred nine Mastiff litters between ’74-’82, a/o one champion, Creole out of Big Ben’ Duchess sired by ch Wolsey’ brother Prince; Creole was later on exported to the US. He also purchased dd '80 the chocolate masked Crown Prince as a pup from his breeder Mr H G Woolmore but transferred him soon to Dr Winslow. Rev Mellor, the doyen of the OEMC founding members, might have been the main force in ensuring its proper preparation in the early years of the 1880s when the Mastiff Breeding Club, led by Messrs Wynne & Hanbury, took its last breath.

Ch Hellingly Joy b ’29 – ch Ashenhurst Cedric’ dau Westcroft Flavia ex ch H- Joseph -, ch Hellingly Josephine b ’28 - ch King Baldur’ dau ch Wantley Joy ex H- Joseph - , and the foundation stud ch Hellingly Joseph b ’25 bred by Mr Henry Young of Berwick-on-Tweed – ch Cleveland Premier’ sis Tweedview Belle ex ch King Baldur’ son Wantley King Baldur -.


In the early thirties Mrs Jessie Oliver née Paton and her husband Mr Edmund Oliver moved from Surrey to Yorkshire, particularly Bedale Hall - see at left dd '45 -, a grade I listed building outside the boundary of Bedale town. From ’30 until ’36 the show successes of their Mastiffs were second to none, after which their prominence waned gradually. Their last cc was won by ch Hellingly Ajax’ dau Hellingly Duchess at Crystal Palace Oct ’38.

Their ch Hellingly Patricia b ’30 was the result of inbreeding - sire/daughter - to longer faced Joseph, and nearly the whole Hellingly breeding of almost twenty litters traced back to Joseph. Her husband Mr E G Oliver tried to revise the standard, arguably in order to suit the Hellingly stock, generally characterized by elongated heads and overall lighter build. In short, taking distance from the standard of the day. The Mastiff breed has always been a myriad of different types for many reasons, ie personal preferences, kennel blindness, outcrosses, play of nature, &c.

This, let's say, inconsistency has always been a stumbling block for many within the fancy, those aiming at some clone-like humdrum breed. Present-day there are canine related organisations - but individuals as well - promoting biodiversity meantime considering the phenomenon of more or less outspoken intra-breed differences as an opportunity to improve health, regarding phenotypical conformation as well as internal genotypical aspects. From that point of view one might embrace the variation - excepting the horrible caricaturizing features - within our breed as a welcome benefit.

At left dd April ’63 – O/a about the winners at Agricultural Hall Islington ’62 – 1st Mr Hanbury’ Duchess, 2nd a dog bred by Mr T H V Lukey & 3rd Mr Lukey’ ch Countess. –

Dd May ’63 – Reply by Mr Lukey correcting the placings, ie 1st Mr Hanbury’ Duchess, 2nd Mr Lukey’ ch Countess – see above -, and 3rd Governor.

Pen name 'Mastinus' described Governor as – ‘An enormous dog bred by Mr Lukey weighing about 150 lb, and as dissimilar from Mr Hanbury’ ch Duchess as any dog could be. He was a well made, well-loined and powerful animal, but his head is too small and out of proportion to the rest of his body; he showed no breeding, and his tail was the longest and clumsiest ever affixed to any animal.’ -.

Quite funnily, Mr Thomas Henry Veale Lukey stated in his reply – ‘I intend sending the dog (with his tail all on) to the Agricultural Hall on the 25th May.’ –

At right - The drawing by Mr Harrison Weir  shows Mr Lukey’ ch Countess carrying a similarly long tail.

The dog described by Stonehenge in his book ‘The Dog’ standing 33in at the shoulder and weighing 175 lb was Mr Lukey’ Wallace I which died in ’40, therefore arguably a son - or grandson - of the Marquis of Hertford’ Pluto.

At left– Report dd ’68 about the Birmingham Dog Show. - At right – Article about Cuban Mastiffs  at the Birmingham Dog Show dd ’70. Their owner Mr Paul Vargues b ’39 was proprietor of the Hotel de Paris, d' Albion at Paris, and Hotel de l'Europe – second row at left - No 9 Leicester-square London. A breed, reportedly, - ‘well known for immense size and gentle disposition; one of them is of magnificent proportions, and still bears honourable scars obtained in a fight with a bear, which he killed.’ –

At left – Article dd June ’65 about the Great International Dog Show at Islington. - Mastiffs - 1st prize Mr Hanbury’ ch Duchess – Ansdell Leo’ dau Empress ex Bill George’ Tiger -, 2nd prize her son Mr Hanbury’ Prince by Lukey’ Governor –. - At right - Three prize-winners at the show mentioned, ie the Toy Dogs No 8 - Mr Mike Lee’ Topsy & Mr Colman’ Toy Dog Boy No 7, and Foreign dog Hector No 9 – St Bernard bitch ex Cuban Mastiff –, the latter owned by Mr Stephen Taprell Holland who got at Crystal Palace ’71 a 1st prize Foreign Class with his Russian Deerhound as well. Not to exclude such large watchdogs, as p ex Mr Vargues' Cuban Mastiffs, Mr Holland’ Hector &/or Mr John Carter' Rover, were used in registered Mastiff breeding on the sly.

Mr Stephen Taprell Holland b '43-22, of Great Russell street Bloomsbury London, was a grandson of Mr William Holland who, together with Mr Stephen Taprell, established dd ’03 one of the greatest furnishing firms of the Victorian period. Mr Wm Holland died in '53 when the ‘William Holland & Sons’ company employed 350 men and the following year it acquired the prestigious firm of Mr Thomas Dowbiggin who had made the throne for Victoria’ coronation. Holland & Sons were cabinet makers and upholsterers to the Queen supplying furniture for Osborne House, Windsor castle, Balmoral & Marlborough House. Other major commissions for the firm came from the British museum, the Athenaeum Club and the Royal Academy. They were also a major contractor on the new Houses of Parliament. Oddly they also did funeral work their biggest commission in this line being the funeral of the Duke of Wellington. The firm continued in existence until 1942. -

Dd Nov ’80 an advert – ‘A fawn coloured Cuba Mastiff, answers to the name ‘Urk, strayed on Wednesday. Any person bringing him back to Mrs Colley, Park Spring House, East Bank Sheffield, will be rewarded.’ -

At left – Article dd 6 Dec ’30. Lt-Col Z Walker was the only judge who did not awarded 1st prize to ch Peter Piper, namely at Birmingham Dec '94 he placed him 2nd and gave 1st prize Mr Wm Adams' Lord Overton which, despite being shown regularly under different judges, did not won any other 1st prize.

At right - OEMC President Lt-Col Zaccheus Walker, Sir Kenneth' dau ch Britain’ Queen b '08 & Moston Black' grandson ch Lord of The Manor b Aug '07. He bred seventeen KCSB reg litters between ’88 and '16 sired by ch Victor Hugo, ch Victor Hugo' grandson Dauntless, ch Hotspur’ son Mr W K Taunton' ch Constable, Melnotte’ son Mr A W Lucas' Invicta, the latter' son Wrangler, ch Peter Piper’ grandson Sir Kenneth, ch Hollands Black Boy' son Mr Luke Crabtee' Moston Black, the latter' son With The Times, the latter' sons Lord of The British Isles & ch Lord of The Manor, and the latter' son Grand Duke.

His broods were ch Victor Hugo’ dau Desdemona, Baron Hatton unr’ dau Coronation, her daughter Royal Princess, Invicta’ dau Waiting Maid, ch Marcella' maternal nieces Duchess Superba & Lady Superba, Wrangler’ dau Dowager Duchess, Sir Kenneth’ daughters Village Pride and Village Dame. It seems as if Lt-Col Walker mainly bred for own purpose and, Stentor’ brother Socrates aside, didn’ part with own-bred stock whereas Cinderella b ‘89 - Stentor' sis Desdemona ex ch Constable - was owned by his elder brother Mr Joseph R Walker jun, barrister living at Fox Hollies Hall as well.


Ch Victor Hugo b ‘84 bred by Mr Edwin Nichols of Kensington - Druid III' dau Boomah ex Bosco II' son Victor IV - was described as - 'A large yellow dog, too much of the boarhound, too long in the head, nevertheless a grand specimen having great size and symmetry combined, splendid mover, a grand stride when walking, should do better with more spring of rib, good legs, toes more arched (splayed feet), very bad pastern joints.’

Exeter breeder Mr James Hutchings once remarked about Captain J L Piddocke’ Lord Cobrey - ‘has good depth of muzzle but lacks width; his face indeed reminds one of Victor Hugo.' - Ch Victor Hugo grandsired Mr Wm Adams' Lord Overton and Tom Bowling, the latter ch Peter Piper' sire.

At left – Mr Isaac Wm Everett ’69-50, living in Ireland he established his Felixstowe kennels in ’93. In the early XX c he moved to 47 Hamilton Road Felixstowe being a cab proprietor – hiring out horse drawn vehicles -. Around ’17 he settled at Witnesham - ca 15 miles NW of Felixstowe, having nearly fifty of these big hounds in  first-class arranged kennels.

Mr Isaac Wm Everett was the grandson of Mr Isaac Everett b ‘09, of Churchford Hall Capel St Mary nr Felixstowe, farmer of 280 acres & corn miller employing 35 men & boys. Mr Isaac Wm Everett' father Isaac ’45-03 was dd '91 ‘Ironmonger and Jobmaster', dd ’01 'living on own means’ at the Branthams Leopold road Felixstowe. The Felixstowe Street Directory 1909 mentions a/o – 'Mr Isaac William Everett, Saddler and Harness Maker of 49 Hamilton Road, and Jobmaster of Victoria Mews Victoria street and Pembroke stables Cobbold road; Mr Isaac Wm’ younger brother Mr Ernest Girling Everett, of Winchmore Leopold road, Coal - Corn and Forage Merchant, of 47 Hamilton road and High street.' -

Scottish born Captain George Augustus Graham '33-09 aside, he headed the list of early breeders for he is credited by many as having carried the breed through World War I, and his Felixstowe Hounds were famous all over the world.

At right – Mr Croxton Smith was one of those who fancied the Olivers as - dixit - ‘they set themselves to bred a more rational type', opposite to the 'alien appearance' of short-headed and heavy wrinkled Mastiffs in then fashion. Arguably referring to Miss I Bell' ch Uther Penarvon and his get. The pictured ch Broomcourt Comedienne b '31 bred by Cleveland breeder Mr Herbert Cook of Middlesbrough - ch Hellingly Ajax' sis H- Arethrusa ex Miss Bells ch Woden' son Cleveland Comedian -, produced the brindle ch Broomcourt Marcon and was grand-dam of double Crufts cc winner ch Broomcourt Romeo.

Reports about Bristol '93 & '95. Ch Montgomery’ son Kaiser Frederick b ’87, Ilford Cader Idris b '91 - Orlando II' dau Weleda ex ch Jack Thyr -, ch Beaufort’ son Exeter Boanerges. Mr Adams Lord Overton’ sis Seend Beauty – ch Victor Hugo’ dau ch Jubilee Beauty ex ch Beaufort’ son ch Lord Stafford - was owned by Miss Christine A Hamilton b ’62, living in the 1890s with her widowed mother Mary née Walters at Manor house High Street Seend nr Melksham - Wiltshire. She purchased ch Coombe Baroness’ brother Coombe Baron from Mr Mark Beaufoy, and sold Seend Beauty to Mr Wm N Higgs.  

Dog Shows & Doggy People by Mr Charles Henry Lane contains a three-page chapter about Miss Christiane A D Hamilton -  kennel prefix ‘Rozelle'. He writes a/o – ‘This young lady has been so long known as a successful exhibitor at dog shows  - besides others – all over the kingdom.’ Her greatest triumphs have been with Pomeranians, but she has also done well with St Bernards, Greyhounds, & Pugs. Miss Hamilton does not confine her fancies to dogs, as she takes great delight in horses, making her appearance in the hunting field and takes much interest in her cattle, pigs, poultry & cats.' -

Miss Christiane A D Hamilton was the daughter of Captain Alexander & Mrs Mary M Hamilton, of Bannerdown House Batheaston Bath, and Rozelle House, an Adam styled Manor nr Ayr built for Robert Hamilton in 1754 and named after La Rochelle, the family estate in Jamaica.’ –

The Hamiltons were an Ayrshire family with slavery connections. Robert Hamilton owned three Jamaican estates: Pemberton Valley, Rozelle, and Carcluie. In Ayrshire the family had also property at Bourtreehill and Sundrum. The Hamilton of Rozelle papers, held at Ayrshire Archives, contain a number of references to the slave trade, and daily life on the family' Jamaican plantations. From the mid-1700s until the abolition of slavery in Jamaica in the 1830s, Jamaica accounted for 42 percent of sugar imported into Britain.

Above at left - Advert dd Aug ’69. At right - postcard of Castle Street Liverpool showing Mr C R Martorell’ restaurant at the right side, particularly – blue arrow - No 15. Below at left - Miss Aglionby’ fawn ch Empress b ’67 bred by Mr Charles Ramon Martorell - out of Duchess ex Martorell’ Lyme Hall Sultan. Mr Martorell’ Duchess – his Countess *** ex Mr Nichols’ Quaker -. Miss Aglionbys ch Empress’ granddam Mr Martorell’ Countess – Mr Ansdell Leo’ dau Juno ex Mr Bill George’ Tiger - was closely related to Mr Hanbury ch Duchess – Ansdell Leo’ dau Empress ex Mr Bill George’ Tiger -. Miss Aglionby’ ch Empress got 1st at Crystal Palace ’70  & , 1st at Nottingham’72 , 2nd Manchester Belle Vue’69 & ’72, champion class at Crystal Palace ’73. Her sis Marguerite became Octavius Green’ ch Monarch’ maternal grand-dam.

Ch Felix, as a youngster and adult, b ’04 was bred by Cleveland breeder Mr George Cook - Marton Kitty unr ex Tom Bowling' grandson Nuneaton Lion -. Mr G Cook mated ch Felix' brother Marton Dick to Adam' dau Shy Portia, which produced Tam O’ Shanter and Galazora b May '11 - see as puppies below at left -. Both were keepers until the age of  15 months when Mrs D Berry, of 22 Gresham House London E, purchased them at the considerable price of £105, compared to Mr Cook' average puppy prices of £5. Tam O' Shanter got a number of 2nd & 3rd prizes at championship shows but left w/out KCSB reg progeny; named after the narrative poem written by the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1790. Tam O' Shanter' sis Galazora, mated to Brodrick Defender’ famous show winning brother ch Brompton Duke, produced ch The Scarlet Pimpernel - ch Ashenhurst Cedric' grandsire -, ch Young Mary Bull & Young John Bull, the latter two - parents of ch King Baldur -.

Ch Brompton Duke’ elder brother Brodrick Defender - centre aged 6y & at right aged 11 months -, bred by Mr G Cook and owned by entertainer Mr Fred Richardson of The Leeds Institute Cookridge street -, got at Edinburgh ’15 under Mr Fred Gresham the cc – res Mr Joice’ Heatherville Duke, 3rd Mr Archibald Brookes ch Lidgett Viscount – in bitches the cc went to Mrs D Berry’ Galazora. - The Leeds Institute on Cookridge Street dd ‘68 was designed by Mr Cuthbert Brodrick, architect of Leeds Town Hall. It was used for lectures and concerts by the Leeds Mechanics Institute and also housed a library, reading room & art gallery.

Dd ’92 - 'Great interest was manifested in the appearance of Mr Fred Richardson, refined humorist of the Leeds and Scarbro’ concerts, who was enthusiastically received in his several Irish songs with dance. The following programme was gone through Pianoforte solo, Mr C Nicholson’ song – ‘Her bright smile haunts me still.’ - The Stage London dd ’06 – ‘The whole is produced by Mr C St John Denton; the general manager for the pantomime is Mr Fred J  Richardson, and the stage manager is Mr Joseph Pome.’ –

Mr Fred Richardson’ Brodrick Defender sired Parkgate Duchess bred by Mr A Brookes, dam to Am ch Beowulf sired by ch Lady Lieve’ brother Wingfield Priam – ch Brompton Duchess’ dau Eve ex Berenice’ grandson Prince-Lie-A-Bed -.   

Mr Alfred Barber’ Grand Duchess bred by Mr Charles Ramon Martorell '31-83 – Lyme Hall Sultan' dau Duchess ex Turk -, was purchased by Mr James Waddell b ’48 Madeira md Miss Ellen Grace Dart, daughter of a London produce broker. They lived at Lark Hill lane West Derby Liverpool, ie farmer 52 acres, 3 labourers & 1 boy. Mr Waddell mated Grand Duchess to Mr Martorell’ General Prim by ch King, which produced Bruce b '72, 1st puppy class Crystal Palace ’72, 1st Manchester Belle Vue, and in ’73 3rd prizes at Manchester Free Trade Hall & Glasgow. In ’74, Bruce became purchased by Dr W J Hunt of Hoxton House Hoxton, and got a 2nd prize at Norwich. –


Mr Alfred Barber '98-86 , of ‘Alfred Barber and Co', merchants of Fairfield Liverpool, Buenos Ayres & Monte Video. Lived in the 1840s at Florida Ave Buenos Ayres, md in ’44 at Buenos Ayres. In '61 living at Aigburgh Hall Road Garston Liverpool – four servants; in '71 visitor Belsize Avenue, St John Hampstead; in ’81 Eastrop House Chequers Road Basingstoke, living on income of dividends.

At right - from top to bottom - Mr H de Spencer' foundation brood Alp - reputedly of Lyme strain -, Mr H de Spencer Kingdon' Barry, and the Wynnes' Peeress - Mr Kingdons Alp' grand-daughter Empress (bred by Mr Hodge) ex ch King -.

Article dd Dec ‘68 by Vindex, pen name of Mr Harry de Spencer Kingdon of Colyton Devon.  - At left -  Mr Field' ch King despised by Mr Kingdon for sake of being tainted with 'bull blood'. For all that, ch King became the main stud force of early pedigreed Mastiff breeding. He sired ch Turk, ch Argus, Mr Lukey' ch Beauty & Baron, ch Taurus, and the Wynnes' Peeress, and grandsired ch Hector & ch Briton, Mr Nichols' ch Juno, ch Punch, and ch Granby as well.

Quote – ‘As to whether there be any freemasonry between breeders and judges, as had been sometimes suggested, and referred to by ‘Vox’, I will not venture to give an opinion.’ -

Bye the bye, well-known freemasons were a/o The Kennel Club founder Mr S E Shirley – Grand Provincial Master of Leicester -, two OEMC Presidents, ie Dr J S Turner - Worshipful Master - & Lt-Col Zaccheus Walker – Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, and Captain J L Piddocke, member of the Ross Vitruvian Lodge of Freemasons.

Note - Mr Lukeys Governor' lookalike Rev C W Rowe' Leo was elder brother of Miss Hales ch Lion - Sir C Donaldsons Oscar’ dau Venus ex Mr Cautleys Quaker' grandson Mr Nichols' Quaker -, and of ch Turk' dam Hilda.

Upper article dd 15 Oct ‘70 - Mr Charles Ramon Martorell b ’31 was in ’61 confectioner & shop keeper at 31 Upper Seymour Street off Portman Square Marylebone – London. He married Amina b ‘33 at Liverpool, and the  Census ’71 lists him as ‘restaurant proprietor’ at 15 Castle-street – ca hundred yards away from Liverpool Town Hall. In ’61 he lived at Marylebone. Dd Feb ’80 Bankruptcy of Mr C R Martorell, club manager and contractor of Marylebone London. He died in ’83 at Pancras London. At right - Mr Kingdon' Barry which grandsired ch Rajah' brindle son Vulcan b '74 bred by Mr John Lampitt - at Crystal Palace '76 2nd other than fawn, and in '80 1st at Manchester, 2nd at Farnworth, 1st & cup at Alexandra Palace, & at Stratford upon Avon 1st but afterwards 'disqualified for insufficient description'.

Article below dd Jan ’74 – Mr Kingdon remark – ‘ he - Mr Martorell – knows my Lyme Hall Lord beat his very Bloodhound-looking Sultan at Manchester ’67 – a dog it was no credit to beat, he being so bloodhoundy that the judges did not even notice him.’ -, meantime ‘omitting’ his Lord was placed 2nd behind Mr Field’ ch King (1st prize Manchester '67).

Rounding up Mr Kingdon. A most colourful character whose main breed feature was in fathering the romantic story about a pure-bred Lyme strain tracing back in an unbroken chain to the Mastiff bitch which guarded Piers Legh lying wounded at the Battle of Agincourt dd 1415. Arguably meant as a marketing tool to promote his own strain based upon so-called pure-bred Lyme Mastiffs as, although dubbed ‘the prince of cranks', this Mr Kingdon was way too clever to believe his own story. After countless authors copying it, his story lives on more than hundred-fifty years till present-day. One only has to read Wikipedia about ‘the English Mastiff’ to find another uncut repetition of Mr Kingdon' confabulation, that w/out any form of reserve. -

See more under Miscellanea Ten - A/o '2015 was the 600th anniversary of Agincourt and Dr Philip Morgan placed the paper 'Did a dog fight at Agincourt?' on the official Agincourt blog. Reading between the lines, Dr Philip Morgan seems to question the authenticity of the saga- 'loyal quadruped defending his Master Sir Piers Legh at Agincourt (Azincourt) 1415' - by lack of clearly documented evidence thereto, even not any reference of Cheshire noblemen taking their dogs on warfare in France.' -

It is recorded that in 1604 Charles I’ father James I sent a  Lyme Mastiff to Philip III of Spain. The other one whom was assumed to have been of the Lyme Hall strain was the specimen displayed by Diego Velázquez de Silva ‘ painting  of the family of Philip IV [1656]. But most probably the Lyme strain referred to by Mr Kingdon originated from the period of Mr Thomas Legh 1793-57 who donated in 1843 'an old British Mastiff from Lyme Hall' to the Natural History Society.

Ten years later - 'Abbas Pasha lately obtained from England, by great exertion, a gigantic Mastiff, of the celebrated Lyme breed, and the monster was the talk of the whole city of Cairo. &c’ - 


Sun Fire Insurance agent Mr Kingdon once kept as many as 30 or 40 dogs at the same time. Arguably the last time he adverted pups for sale was in ’78 under - 'Pure Old English Mastiffs. The finest pedigree and rarest strain extant. Apply H D Kingdon, Esq.' It was reported the last of his Mastiffs died in '92.


At left - Article dd '33 about the former residence of Mr Harry de Spencer Kingdon whose death in ’03 did not passed unnoticed.

Newspapers – see a/o those above - gave quite a lot of attention and Mastiff men penned contributions about this eccentric highlight figure in early Mastiff history. Amongst them Mr Robert Richardson Metcalfe Balderstone b ’49 – common opponent of Mr M B Wynne -, professor of natural sciences and Mr J B Waldy aka John Bradshaw Degarmundesway Waldy b ’64 Cheltenham, solicitor of White Place High Street Guildford Surrey. –

Above insert – portrait of Mr Harry de Spencer Kingdon, one of the last Devonian squires and a considerable owner of property and land.

Born 1854 as the son of Mrs Augusta Knatchbull & Mr George William Lee Plumptree Carter of Kennington Hall, Mr Harry Wyndham Carter was proprietor & editor of Kennel Review est ‘82, a vehicle for opposition against the Kennel Club. Spending most of his time slandering and abusing the Kennel Club & prominent members of the Dog World with whom he had a difference. He styled himself with the invented title of Earl of Winchcombe.

His Basset Hounds aside, he kept twenty large dogs – Mastiffs, Bloodhounds and Great Danes. The Kennel Review was the Organ of the Specialist Clubs covering show reports from different countries; correspondence & prize lists of dog shows. Vol I -   October ‘82 –June ‘83 , 248pp & three portraits. Vol II July ‘83-April ‘84 includes the reprint of the report of the first recognized dog show — Newcastle-on-Tyne ‘59. Vol IV contains the first Christmas Dog Annual.

It ceased publication dd Dec ‘86 shortly before he was sentenced to five years penal servitude at the Maidstone Assizes for shooting at a bailiff named Wilson. During that period he was transferred to Hoxton lunatic asylum where he escaped in Dec ‘93 and was soon in trouble again. Convicted in '94 for sending a threatening letter to Queen Victoria, he was declared insane at trial and sent to Broadmoor Windsor where he spent the next forty-three years until his death Dec ’37.

In the early decades of the XXc it was not unusual to have postcards fronted by dog photographs. Unfortunately a lot of those were unnamed. Some examples of Mastiff pics – the two at left showing the same reddish one -. It shouldn’t be surprising if the dog at left and the stacked roomy bitch belonged to Mr George Cook’ Cleveland stock, whereas the right one might have been Mr Geo Joice’ Heatherville Duke by ch Felix.

Dd Sept ’24 – Photograph of *Culverden Peggy - *Culverden, a ward of Tunbridge Wells -, owned by Mrs Selkirk Wells née Isabel Frances Barbara Wilson b '87, dau of Col Christopher Wyndham Wilson - of Rigmaden Park Kirkby Lonsdale Cumbria -, who bred the Wilson pony - a cross between the native Fell pony and a thoroughbred Sir George She married in '08 Mr Selkirk Wells b '79, of Durwards Hall Kelvedon Essex, London Director of Worthington & Co Ltd - Burton-on-Trent, the well-known firm of brewers. During WWI Mr Wells was attached to the Expeditionary Force Canteens successively in France, Italy, Malta, Turkey, and Southern Russia, where he carried through arrangements in these various countries with brewery proprietors for the supply of beer to British and Colonial troops. He was educated privately, and apart from his war service has travelled extensively.

Photograph dd Feb ’37 from left to right – 1) ch Hellingly Beta b Oct '33 bred by Trelyon breeder Mrs Thomas – Menai Comet' dau H- Sylvia ex ch H- Cardinal -, 2) Hellingly Beau b Feb '34 – Menai Anglesea’ dau Hellingly Lady Rose ex ch Hellingly Joseph -, 3) Mark of Hellingly b Jan ’33 – ch Westcroft Blaise' dau Lumbering Sheila ex ch H- Cardinal' brother ch H- Marksman -, and 4) Dagmar b April ‘35 - Joseph’ dau H- Berenice ex ch H- Ajax' son H- Duke -; Dagmar was exported to Manthorne breeder Col Percy Hobart Titus and his brother Hellingly Damon - see at right -to Altnacraig breeder Mrs James Foster Clark but arguably both w/out any progeny.


At Crufts Feb ‘37 – under Major Harding Cox – ch Hellingly Beta got the bitch cc, ch Hellingly Mark 3rd Open behind ch Hellingly Ajax' son Kinder Monarch & Hellingly Duke' son Ileden Gunner; the Hellingly fawns Beau & Dagmar were not placed. – Here at left – This pic of ch Hellingly Beta shows off her head conformation more favourably. A bit down-faced but overall a quality bitch which unfortunately never produced any progeny.

The insert attached to 'A commanding quartette' is a head study of ch Hellingly Duchess b June '33 bred by Mrs Jessie Wilson Oliver - ch Hellingly Joseph' dau ch Hellingly Josephine ex ch Hellingly Ajax -. Possibly the best headed Mastiff ever bred by the Hellingly breeder Mrs J W Oliver. Duchess has beaten her kennel companion ch Hellingly Beta on three occasions, ie at Harrogate '36 under Mr Chris Houlker - reserve ch Hellingly Beta -, at Crystal Palace '36 under Mr Sam Woodiwiss  - reserve ch Hellingly Beta -, and at Harrogate '37 under Mr Leonard Crook - reserve ch Hellingly Beta -. Duchess' two other cc's were at Darlington '35 under Tiddicar breeder Mr Leonard Crook - reserve ch Hellingly Patricia -, and at the SKC '36 under Mr Holland Buckley - reserve ch Tiddicar Diana -.

Crufts Feb ’25 – photograph arguably depicting Poor Jerry b ’20 bred by Mr Gerrard – Peggy unr ex ch Young Mary Bull’ son Poor Joe –, and owned by Mrs G M Abrey of 1 Churchyard Row London. Poor Jerry’ sis Royoak Beauty became grand-dam of Wendy Cot Peter which sired Tiddicar breeder Mr Leonard Crook’ foundation brood Brigeawa, grand-dam of ch Tiddicar General, ch Tiddicar Diana, and ch Hellingly Prudence.


Crufts ‘25 was judged by Hazlemere breeder Mr Robt Leadbetter who awarded the cc’s to the 13 months old ch Prince bred/owned by Mrs John Evans, of St Helier - Isle of Jersey, and ch Ashenhurst Bernicea owned by Menai breeder Mr Bob Thomas. Ch Prince, a 35i tall reddish one was subject of the controversy about his grand-dam & great-grand-dam Penkhull Lady, reportedly carrying three-quarter Bull-Mastiff blood - for more about ch Prince see Miscellanea Two -.

Here at left – Poor Jerry’ sire Poor Joe which sired Mis Ianthe Bell' ch Woden as well. Poor Joe was brother of ch The Scarlet Pimpernel, ch Young Mary Bull, and Young John Bull.

Article dd Feb ’66 & insert of the Poachers’ Dog by Mr Richard Ansdell, supposed to depict his Lyme Mastiff Leo. Mr Edward Hanbury commenced with a fallow coloured bitch which, mated to Monarch, a dog bought in Wales but originally from Cheshire, produced Countess. Mated to Mr Ansdell’ Leo, Countess gave Empress – dam of Mr Hanbury’ 1st champion, ie Duchess sired by Mr Bill George’ Tiger. Mr Hanbury’ ideas about in-breeding went not that far to exclude any form of linebreeding as ch Wolsey was the result of a half sis/brother mating back to his ch Queen, and which was followed by a row of linebred litters back to his ch Rajah. It must have hurt Mr Harry de Spencer Kingdon to read in ’66 the writer' words about Messrs Hanbury & Lukey – ‘for having produced by far the best examples of this dog during the last ten years, yet neither of them can trace their kennels back beyond five or six generations' -, whereas he himself bred/owned stock, in the delusion they traced back to a centuries-old Lyme breed.

The last sentence - 'they are not good at water, and do not voluntarily take it, except in the heat of the summer.' - is something fully in contradiction with the doings of our 'Newton'. Half-way our regular winter walks through the meadows, there's a muddy ditch and time and time again nearing it within a fifty meters, he sets in a jolly pace and goes down the trench taking a well-deserved bath incl the usual slobbering. Filthy up to his belly he climbs out and seems very contended to continue the trail back home.

Above left corner - Advert dd April ’69 from the ‘Secretary of the Maidstone dog show’ Mr George Henry Nutt b ‘38, chemist of London road Maidstone, who bred and owned Mastiffs, a/o Bess b ’70 bred by Mr Towsley – Juno ex Caleb -, 2nd at Maidstone ’70 and 3rd at Crystal Palace ’70.

The article ‘Judges at dog shows’ goes about a controversy between - here at left - Rev Thomas Pearce '20-85 pseud 'Idstone',  and Mr Loftus Leigh Pemberton – breeder of Mr Hanburys ch Queen' grandsire Wolf - on the occasion of the Maidstone show dd ’70 where Miss Mary Hales’ ch Lion – see at right - got the ladies’ prize (for the best Mastiff shown by a lady), the county prize and an extra prize. Though the 1st prize was awarded to upcoming star ch Turk.


The KCSB mentions Miss Hales’ch Lion was the winner of 35 prizes at various shows, mainly in the years'70/71 a/o champion prizes at Crystal Palace & Darlington, 1st prizes at Manchester Belle Vue, Liverpool and Halifax. At Manchester Belle Vue '69 he was placed 2nd behind Miss Aglionby’ Wolf, brother of ch Turk, and at Edinburgh '71 he got 3rd prize – 1st prize went to Wolf bred by Dr Adrian B Ashford - ch Stella or Bill George’ dau Di sired ex ch Turk - and owned by Mr Patrick Warner b ’40,  JP of Ardeer House Stevenston Ayrshire.

Maidstone Dog Show ’76 by a newspaper reporter – Modoc b ’72 – ch Turk’ dau Nell ex Mr Green’ ch Monarch - bred/owned by French born Mr Emile Portier b ’37-90, Agent Foreign Manufacturing of La Voisine Catford Hill Lewisham London. Rev F H Hichens’ Mab – ch Turk’ grand-dau Jenny ex ch Punch’ brother Big Ben -. Mr G H Fitzherbert’ Sheila – ch Turk’ dau Venus ex ch Turk’ son ch Argus -. Mr G H Fitzherbert’ Rhoda – ch Turk’ dau Venus ex ch King’ paternal nephew Rupert -; Rhoda became ch Crown Prince’ maternal grand-dam. Hebe b '74 bred by Mr Menlove – Paris’ dau Mabel ex Mr Green’ ch Monarch -, and owned by Mr Edward Barron Broomhall b ’48, of Broomhall & Co’ East India Brokers - Mount Pleasant terrace Lewisham.

At his 1st show ever, 19 months old ch Peter Piper got his 1st challenge prize under Dr J S Turner placing Mr Wm N Higgs’ 5y old ch Ilford County Member in 2nd. The ISDN wrote – ‘In Mr Woolmore’ brindle Mastiff Peter Piper, we probably come to the sensation of the Crystal Palace Show Oct ’94 with about two thousand entries, a/o 34 Mastiffs; he won in every class he was entered in besides a special and two challenge cups, one amounting the value of Forty guineas; it was generally acknowledged by the experts present that his head is perfect, besides which he is a wonderful mover, a great thing in this breed.’ -


At right - Report about the only time Mr Royle’ ch Peter Piper b March ’93 was beaten, namely at Birmingham Dec '94 judged by Lt-Col Zaccheus Walker b '49 who awarded the 1st prize to Lord Overton b June ‘92 bred by Captain J L Piddocke – ch Victor Hugo’ dau ch Jubilee Beauty ex ch Beaufort’ son ch Lord Stafford -. 

Accidentally or not, the judge of the day, Mr Z Walker, and Lord Overton’ owner Mr Wm Adams  - both prominent gentlemen - lived within one and half mile distance. During the rest of his show career Lord Overton got only one 1st prize, namely in Limit class at Birmingham '93 – cc ch Plutarch -; his other results in ‘94 were 2nd Open at Leeds behind ch Lord Stafford' son Ingestre, 3rd Open at Liverpool behind 2nd Jack Beaufort, and 3rd Limit at Northampton behind Lord Hatton' son Viscount and ch Ilford County Member’ son Simon de Montfort. But still unaware if Mr Harry de Spencer Kingdon’ reference to possible malversations of freemasonry between judges and breeders (or owners) could be applied to this odd case at Birmingham '94.

At Birmingham Dec ’95 Mr C C Rice wrote about Lord Overton - 'Has a good head but his lack of ‘stop’ renders him more expressionless than the winner – ed ch Marc Antrony -. He was in poor condition, and no doubt looked weaker in loin than he really is. He is a bad mover behind.' -

Lord Overton b June ’92 & bred by Captain Piddocke - ch Jubilee Beauty ex ch Lord Stafford -, respectively ch Peter Piper‘ paternal grand-dam & maternal grand-uncle. 


Mr Charles Court Rice mentioned in his Annual Report dd Jan ’95 – ‘Birmingham finished up the year so far as Mastiffs are concerned , LCol Zaccheus Walker made his début as a judge; but it cannot be claimed that it was very successful. Were it not that those who officiate in the ring do not do so in a spirit of levity one would imagine that Lt-Col Walker indulged in a joke at the exhibitor’ expense.’ -

A few weeks later at Crufts Lord Overton was placed reserve (4th) in Open class behind ch Peter Piper, Ethelred & Jonathan; the judge W Norman Higgs reported – ‘ Lord Overton is houndy and shows too much daylight, his muzzle might be shorter and he is very flat-sided.’

He was put up for sale at £250, £1000 for ch Peter Piper, £150 for Ethelred & £50 for Jonathan.

Lord Overton’ owner Mr William Adams '57-11 came from Sheffield where his father Henry had been a coal miner and later became a founder-member of the Refuge Assurance Company. William was Midland Manager and later a Director of the Refuge. 

He moved to Birmingham in the eighties and became known in the Moseley district as a philanthropist of considerable wealth. He built a large house in Wake Green Road - Moseley, calling it 'Sorrento' and adopted the crest & motto of the Refuge on the gates of Sorrento – ‘Nil absque labore’ aka Nothing without labour, and about half a mile away from Mayfield house Stratford Road Sparkhill.  

He built a large house in Wake Green Road - Moseley, calling it 'Sorrento' and adopted the crest & motto of the Refuge on the gates of Sorrento – ‘Nil absque labore’ aka Nothing without labour, and about half a mile away from Mayfield house Stratford Road Sparkhill.  He was a Primitive Methodist and endowed a number of chapels incl that at Sparkhill where he also presented the organ and was also responsible for building the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Tyseley & the Institute there. He was a keen sportsman and he played cricket for Sparkhill. 

He was a leading member of the Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Chairman of the Birmingham Football Club and President of the Kings Heath Cricket Club. He presented the Adams Shield for international athletics, and he is said to have employed cricketers in his garden so as to secure them for the team. His obituary refers to him as a man of blunt geniality & private benevolence. 

Quadruple Crufts’ winner ch Peter Piper – see as youngster at left, and in centre his mature brother Leyton Jim owned by Mr Wm Shearer Clark - was also victorious at the other main shows – Crystal Palace, Birmingham 2x, Manchester & Liverpool -. He entered the ring against the crème of the then Mastiff fancy, and has beaten a/o Mr Wm N Higgs’ ch Beaufort Black Prince, Mr A J Thorpe’ ch Mark Antony, Mr C C Rice’ Ethelred, Mr L Dobbelmann’ Jonathan, Dr J S Turner’ Ayrshire, Lt-Col Z Walker’ Stentor, and Mr Robt Leadbetter’ ch Marksman.

At right - Dd 8th June ’93 - It goes about Justice Bruce' breeder/owner Rev Van Doorne of Brixton and Mr Charles Wm Cunningham '46-96, steward of Kensington Infirmary. Garm b July ’89 – ch Jack Thyr’ dau Fjorda ex Orlando II - aka Justice Bruce, reportedly -‘having a massive skull but weak in muzzle’, was paternal half brother of ch Ogilvie, the latter ch Peter Piper' grandsire. The connection between Mr C W Cunningham and Rev Van Doorne might have come from the fact that the Kensington Infirmary had 'a Roman Catholic chapel and a room for a Roman Catholic chaplain' and Rev Van Doorne, one of the few Roman catholic priests, resided only five miles away.  At Crufts ’91 Rev Van Doorne put up for sale Garm at £100 mentioning his 2nd Novice class Crystal Palace ’90.

Above at left –Judge report about Birmingham dd Dec ’86 by Mr Robert Hood-Wright b Halifax ’47, a/o Hon Secretary of the prestigious Ranelagh show presided by Her Grace the Duchess of Newcastle & directed by Charles Cruft, and co-authored the first Deerhound Standard. – Above at right – Article dd Feb ‘87 by Mr Edwin Nichols, breeder/owner of 2nd prize winner ch Victor Hugo incl parcels by St Bernard breeder Joseph F Smith and the veterinarian J M Parker. Ch H M King' Canute and his sis ch Cambrian Princess b Feb '82 were out of ch Punch’ granddau Modesty ex ch Beau, the latter owned by Mr Mark Beaufoy, the one who purchased ch H M King Canute at the Crystal Palace’ auction dd ‘85. King Canute, mated to Mr Luke Crabtree’ Dora II, produced Lady Canute, the latter mated to ch Orlando, gave Rev Van Doorne' famous ch Jack Thyr.   - Below article dd March ‘87 - Mr Joseph Evans, of ‘Boehmer, Evans & Co' * boot and shoe manufacturers & merchants Salisbury Court London, bred and owned several prominent Mastiffs.

Article dd Feb ‘84 about the OEMC General Meeting. Amongst those present 1) Mr James W Berrie '37-14, of Vant Road Lower Tooting, was President of the Bulldog Club Inc est ’75. Having experience in running a specialist club, he might have been helpful in instrumentalising club rules for the newly formed OEMC. He was born at Long Eaton Derbys and lineal descent from the Earl of Kilmarnock. He was a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths' Co and ranked high as a Freemason.  2) Mr James Banks ’03-83, of Lawn Cottage Wood Green, owned ch Lily II’ light brindle brother Antony b ‘78 bred by Mr W K Taunton - Mr Greens ch Monarch' dau ch Gwendolen ex ch Cardinal - 1st puppy class at Alexandra Palace '79, and his son Banquo bred by Mr H Hill out of Mr Nichols Prince' dau Lady.

Amongst those auditors elected was Mr W(illiam) H(unter) Johnston who  judged almost half a century later Crufts '32. At left - Label & advert dd '89 in which Mr J W Berrie promotes Read Brothers' Bulldog beer.

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