'Departure of Adams Family for Deal. Special Train At Halstead Station', 1898
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A photograph of members of the Adams family about to board their chartered train to travel from Halstead to Deal in Kent, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams (1852-1926), on 29 June, 1898. In 1893, Adams purchased land on the sea front at Deal and employed a builder to build a large house. The family already had their main house at Halstead but travelled by this chartered train between the two. Edgar Tarry Adams was a wealthy and dedicated amateur photographer. The owner of a brewery in Halstead, Essex, he was a figure of authority and played a prominent role in local affairs. His interests were many and varied. An accomplished amateur painter and musician, he was also a captain of the local volunteer Fire Brigade and a Lieutenant in the RNVR. Adams first took up photography in the 1880s and carried on taking photographs until after World War One, creating a fascinating social record of his family, friends and interests.