Brewery workers' children, Halstead, c 1900
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A photograph of brewery workers' children in Halstead, Essex, leading a pony and cart carrying an effigy, probably of Guy Fawkes, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams (1852-1926), in about 1900. The annual Guy Fawkes procession in Halstead began at the Brewery owned by Adams and was a part of the traditions of the village. 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.