Frost, Harold (1892-1975): photographs

Scope and Content

Various photographs of Harold Frost taken throughout his life, c 1914-1970; including of Frost in military uniform during the First World War (n.d.); group photo of Boy Scout troop at the annual London Jamboree, 30 Jul 1920; Boy Scout troop taken in Wembley, Middlesex, 1924; Frost in Boy Scout leader uniform taken at Redhill, c1925; Frost sitting in conversation with Reg Lowe in France. 1920; full length photograph of Frost in doorway with medium 'Patty', c1925; head and shoulders photograph of Frost, c1935; twelve head and shoulders portraits of Frost from different angles, c1935; Frost with friends on swinging garden seat in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex (n.d.); altar of church [possibly St Nicholas] decorated for Harvest Festival, Chignall Smealey, Essex 1942; Frost's house while staying in Dacca (n.d.) (2 copies); Frost sitting with locals in Dacca (n.d.); Frost sitting in a local wagon in Dacca (n.d.); Frost's dog 'Samantha' on beach at Wittering, Sussex (n.d.); studio photograph of Frost seated with book, friend standing, c1965; full length photograph of Frost in verger robes at the altar of St Mary's Church, Banbury, c1970; colour photograph of 'Meditation Lane', Chignal Smealey, Chelmsford, Essex (n.d.).

Administrative / Biographical History

Harold Frost, psychic researcher and verger, was born in Colchester, Essex, in 1895; during the First World War, he served with the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps, before being gazetted to the 7th Suffolk Regiment and serving at the Somme, France and in Belgium; during the 1920s and 1930s, Frost became interested in psychic research and investigated and worked with various medium circles in Essex and other areas; medical clerk to the Chairman of Colchester Medical Board of the Ministry of Labour, 1939, later being transferred to Ministry of Food Headquarters Office, Colwyn Bay for licensing of firms in animal feeding stuffs; transferred to Chelmsford Essex Divisional Food Office as Salvage Officer for Essex and Hertfordshire areas, 1942, and once again to the Ministry of Supply, carrying out testing at Springfield Uranium Factory, Lancashire; moved to Dacca, East Pakistan and worked as a General Manager of Zeenat Printing Works and in public relations, 1955-1961; returned to England in 1962, joining the Sue Ryder organisation and carried out general duties and nursing; served as a verger in Banbury from the 1960s to his death in 1975.


Arranged in a broadly chronological order.

Access Information

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Acquisition Information

Given to the University of London Library by Mr R.D.Plowman, date unknown

Other Finding Aids

Nor further information required

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Stefan Dickers.

Conditions Governing Use

Photographic copies may be made in arrangement with the Archivist subject to copyright clearance.

Related Material

The University of London Library Special Collections also holds 4 hard-bound scrapbooks with some handwritten notes and typescript notes of sittings with mediums of various circles eg. Mark's Tey circle in Essex, compiled by Harold Frost (Ref: MS1005).