Postcard collection of Sydney A. Pitcher

Scope and Content

This small collection contains approximately 400 black and white postcards and b/w prints of churches and other ecclesiastical buildings, mainly in the Gloucestershire vicinity (but also including some other English counties), 1920s-1930s.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sydney A. Pitcher FRPS (fl 1904-1939) was a photographer with an interest in church architecture. He is listed in the 1927 Kelly's Directory of the County of Gloucester as a commercial photographer, publisher and picture frame maker, operating from 5 & 7 College Court, Gloucester. Pitcher was involved primarily in the photography of Gloucestershire churches, but also took pictures of churches and cathedrals in neighbouring counties, and of medieval sculptures at Winchester College. He collaborated on the publication of Rushforth's series of volumes The stained glass of Great Malvern Priory Church, Gloucester, 1916-1927.

He joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1904, was admitted as an Associate member in 1925, and became a Fellow in 1928.

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL arrangements apply.

Other Finding Aids

Not currently listed.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Charlotte Berry, Archivist, 15 April 2005, and encoded into EAD, 3 June 2005.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL restrictions apply.

Custodial History

Given to the University Library c 1983 via members of the English Department. Allegedly, the collection consists of stock from the photographic studio of Pitcher, which was purchased following Pitcher's death by Professor Gordon Hannay Luce (originally of Gloucester).

Related Material

Photographs taken by Pitcher are also held at the National Monuments Record. Rushforth and Pitcher's series of volumes The stained glass of Great Malvern Priory Church, Gloucester 1916-1927 are also held at the University of Exeter Library (Rushforth Collection, EUL MS 227).


It is not known whether this collection has been used as the basis for publication.