Coffee House and Rest Room, Milford Common

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Date:1916 - 1919 (c.)

Description:This poor quality image is a rare photograph of the Coffee House and Rest Room built by the Lichfield Diocesan Branch of the Church of England Temperance Society for soldiers stationed at the Army training camps on Cannock Chase during World War I. It was opened in April 1916 by Major-General Lorne Campbell and Major Anderson and stood on the Milford to Brocton road, Milford Common, opposite the Sister Dora Hospital. It cost £320 to build, measured 60 feet by 25 feet and was built by Messrs Espley of Stafford. As well as refreshments it offered games and reading matter.

This glass plate was probably taken by Weiss & Fowke. Charles Fowke was based at the Victoria Road studio from about 1904, at first in partnership with Paul Weiss (Wise). The partnership was dissolved in 1916 and Fowke carried on until about 1937. Bertram Sinkinson was a celebrated Stafford photographer, who took over the premises of C.E. Fowke at 15 Victoria Road, Stafford in 1936-7. Sinkinson was later president of the Royal Photographic Society, 1953-1955. He was awarded an OBE in 1957 and was Mayor of Stafford in 1959 and died in 1985.

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Donor ref:12.6.13027b-lr (201/31596)

Source: Staffordshire County Record Office

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