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Biddy "The Tubman" Stonham

Biddy "The Tubman" Stonham
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Biddy "The Tubman" Stonham

Hastings, East Sussex
Image from the Geoff Wolfe Collection, copyright 1066online

  • Merv Evans on 14 Jul 2013 Merv Evans said

    Remember Biddy well, on beach in summer, selling shrimps from his cart in Clive Vale every week. A marvellous character.
  • Ron Denhard on 23 Jul 2016 Ron Denhard said

    I am now 92 years of age and remember Biddy very well. It was in the late 1920's and early 30's that I used to visit an aunt with my parents. I was about 5 or 6 at the time and the tubman was our favorite. Today I visited Hastings and went to the museum and saw his tub - it made my day. I also used to buy 5 or 6 very large Plaice from the fishermen, as they came in on their boats at about 7 o clock in the morning, for the family dinner. They cost a 'half crown' - 2/6d - 12-1/2p in todays money. What memories!...23rd July 2016.
  • Peter Smith on 30 Oct 2017 Peter Smith said

    I remember Biddy well in the 1940's possibly early 1950's and he would stand on the edge of the tub with his legs apart spinning the tub around in the sea with his paddle inviting anyone to come and sit inside whilst he spun it around at a tremendous speed. I think my mother was foolish enough to volunteer and was nearly sick.
  • Tony Beveridge on 03 Mar 2019 Tony Beveridge said

    What a wonderfully nostalgic phtoo. I lived in Hastings during the 1940s and 50s and had very memorable trip with Biddie in his tub when I was about 10 - an amazing and unforgettable character.
  • Glen Partridge on 20 Jun 2019 Glen Partridge said

    Biddy Stonham is my Great-Great Uncle. His niece by his brother George Stonham is my grandmother. She emigrated to Canada, and that is where I am from (near Edmonton, Alberta). We visited Hastings in May, 2019. I had heard stories from my grandma and aunts about Biddy, so I was quite delighted to find the display about him in the museum.
  • June Grey (miller) on 31 Aug 2019 June Grey (miller) said

    I was born and lived in Hastings in the 40's . Our family met Biddy many times as I used to get into his tube as he came along the shore . It was so exciting being spun round with him in the tube ,very fast and great fun . there was only room for me my sister and biddy . We were only 7 or 8 years but as strong swimmers he was happy to have us with him .
    Now at 79 years I love remembering Biddy and have been telling my grandson all about him . happy days ,
  • Maggie Oliver-Tasker on 12 Sep 2019 Maggie Oliver-Tasker said

    I was born in 1952 and often travelled from Grantham to Hastings as a young child for our holidays as my grandparents lived there. I well remember Biddy in his tub and have a photo of him in one of our old albums. He was a great character
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