Edwin Cole was a Shrewsbury artist, born in 1860 to Thomas William Cole and Mary Elizabeth Lewis. The Coles had lived and worked at Wyle Cop in Shrewsbury as painters and decorators (T. W. Cole & Sons), and boasted a number of artists within the family (see Darwin County: Cole Family Artists). Many of the Coles trained at the Art School in South Kensington, which was to become the Royal College of Art in 1896.

My great aunt, Edith Alice Higson (who was the first girl from Doncaster to attend the Royal College of Art - see the Higson family), married Edwin's nephew, Duncan Cole, in 1942 at St. Julian's Church. At the time she was living at the Guildhouse, Dogpole, and, certainly as of 1941 - the year he died - Edwin Cole's address was 23 Dogpole. Before that he'd lived at the family business premesis on Wyle Cop, where in 1881 he was described as an 'heraldic artist', one of the family's specialist skills. He also did a lot of stained glass work for various churches, including the cathedral at Christchurch in New Zealand after it was damaged in the 1908 earthquake. He married Alice Jane Blakemore in 1889 and I know of two children - Alice Gertrude Cole (also an artist) and Reginald Cole.

The following postcards were published by Wilding & Son (aka 'L. Wilding - the Salop Art Press'). Longworth Wilding, printer and bookseller, was born in Salford, Lancashire in 1850, had moved to Shrewsbury by 1861 (where his mother originated), married Emily Susan Ellis in 1874 at Hastings, and died in Shrewsbury in 1918.

The Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury. Edwin Cole 1905.
Wilding & Son Ltd. Postally used Dec 1945.
The Old Market Square, Shrewsbury. Edwin Cole 1906.
L. Wilding - the Salop Art Press 1044
The Station, Shrewsbury.
Edwin Cole
The Market Square, Shrewsbury (snow scene)
Edwin Cole 1908. Wilding & Son Ltd.

St. Julian's & St. Alkmund's, Shrewsbury.
Edwin Cole (date cut off) - no publisher
At the corner of the Old Market Square, Shrewsbury. Edwin Cole 1906.
Wilding & Son Ltd.
Butcher's Row, Shrewsbury. Signature not clear, but no doubt it's Edwin Cole (1908?). Wilding & Son Ltd.

Church Stretton (No.1185). Edwin Cole 1906.
L. Wilding - the Salop Art Press
The Abbey Church, Shrewsbury. Edwin Cole
Shrewsbury from Kingsland. Edwin Cole.
On the Severn, Shrewsbury. Edwin Cole, 1905.

The Lightspout, Church Stretton (No.1186).
Edwin Cole 1906.
L. Wilding - the Salop Art Press
The Shropshire South African War Memorial Statue, Shrewsbury.
Edwin Cole 1905.
Lord Hill's Column, Shrewsbury.
Wilding & Son Ltd. Edwin Cole 1906.

Ashes Valley, Church Stretton (No.1184). Edwin Cole 1906.
Wilding & Son Ltd., Shrewsbury
On the Longmynd, Church Stretton (No.1187), Edwin Cole 1906
Wilding & Son Ltd., Shrewsbury

In The Lightspout Valley, Church Stretton (No.1138). Edwin Cole 1906. Wilding & Son Ltd., Shrewsbury
Church Stretton. Edwin Cole 1906. L. Wilding,
The Salop Art Press., Shrewsbury

The Stone Pulpit, Shrewsbury
Edwin Cole 1905
Near St. Mary's Church, Shrewsbury
Edwin Cole 1906
L. Wilding - the Salop Art Press
Golden Cross Passage, Shrewsbury
Edwin Cole

The English Bridge, Shrewsbury. Edwin Cole 1906.
Wilding & Son Ltd.
The Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury.
Edwin Cole (postmarked 1908)
Kingsland Bridge, Shrewsbury. Edwin Cole 1906.
L. Wilding - the Salop Art Press
Shrewsbury Great Floral Fete, Edwin Cole
L. Wilding, The Salop Art Press
The Dingle, Shrewsbury. Edwin Cole.
(Postmarked July 1906)
Peplow Hall, Shropshire (no. 1386). Edwin Cole 1907.
L. Wilding, The Salop Art Press, Shrewsbury.

ORIGINAL PAINTINGS

Original watercolour by Edwin Cole, 1922
Original watercolour by Edwin Cole, 1911

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Old Shrewsbury School (now the Library)
by Edwin Cole 1925
Shrewsbury School boat houses
on the Severn by Edwin Cole 1925
Shrewsbury School
by Edwin Cole 1925

more to come...

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