The Thomas Ellis Owen play
A music hall memento: 'The 'Ouses in Between'
Surprisingly, The News did not cover the play so it was pleasing that the Southern Echo did so and gave it a very positive write up.
TEO sculpture shortlisted for design award
December 2011 In September we were pleased to learn that the site of the Thomas Ellis Owen sculpture and its environs had been shortlisted by The Portsmouth Society for their 2011 Landscaping Design award. Judging of the awards took place on 15th and 16th September but unfortunately we were pipped at the post by Philip Jackson's sculpture of St John the Evangelist situated next to St John's Roman Catholic Cathedral which, it has to be admitted, was a worthy winner.
The Thomas Ellis Owen sculpture designed by John Thomson was given to the University of Portsmouth by the Thomas Ellis Owen Festival Committee and unveiled on Saturday, 11 December 2010. Designed to stimulate continued interest in Thomas's life and work, it depicts four Owen properties and is sited on the south east corner of the University Library in Ravelin Park.
Stephen Pomeroy kindly took some photos at the unveiling and has put them on Facebook. To find them go to http://homepage.ntlworld.com/stephen.pomeroy/ then click on the second 'new photos' and then 'Thomas Ellis Owen and Southsea'.
Thank you Stephen!
Dan Barnard also took some photos at the unveiling and book launch and they can be found on http://www.flickr.com/photos/131design/5253779597/in/photostream/
Thank you Dan!
A cycle ride round Owen's Southsea
April 2011 On Wednesday 22 June 2011 Sue and John Pike led the Thomas Ellis Owen bike ride that was organised by Portsmouth City Council in conjunction with Bike Week in Portsmouth. The ride included a tour of Owen's Southsea and should have been followed by an optional trip on the Gosport Ferry to take a look at Thomas Owen's work in Alverstoke. However, delving into the history of Owen's Southsea took longer than was originally anticipated so the trip to Gosport was postponed until the 2012 Bike Week. More details will be posted on this site nearer the time.
Thomas Ellis Owen's brickmaker
January 2011 Since Sue Pike's book, Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, 'Father of Southsea', was published in December she has received interesting phone calls and letters from Norman and Valerie Pycroft retired brickmakers from Hayling Island. Apparently Norman's great grandmother, Emma, made bricks for Thomas Ellis Owen in Southsea! Here she is...
Emma Pycroft (nee Dopson) was born in 1834. Norman says she could write but not spell. This photo was taken by Welch Brothers, 213 Commercial Road, Landport. On the reverse of the image there is a statement saying "This portrait may be enlarged to life size and painted in Oil Water colors or Crayon". I wonder if it ever was.
Emma's sons also went on to make bricks in Velder Avenue, Portsmouth. The family likeness of George Pycroft (born in 1861) on the far right of the photo below is easy to spot.
December 2011 Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, 'Father of Southsea' is a full colour illustrated biography and costs £25. It is a hardback book that has 200+ pages with images of original maps, plans and family photos. It also contains Tim Martin’s stunning colour contemporary photos of many Owen properties in Southsea and Gosport.
The book can be purchased directly from Sue by emailing
or by telephoning