Edwin Tearle Caldicott was born on 22 February 1859 to William Hargrave Caldicott and Eliza Newball in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, a part of the prominent publishing family of Gainsborough responsible for producing the Gainsborough News and linked to Gainsborough Trinity Football Club (See Gainsborough Caldicotts – Prominent Newspaper Publishers and Gainsborough Caldicotts – Owners of Trinity Football Club).
By the age of 22 he was working as a lithographic artist in the London Borough of Hackney.
Later that year he married Kate Spray, daughter of Simeon, a lace manufacturer and Harriet, formerly Frettingham, in Nottingham.
Sadly, the couple went on to have two daughters who died as infants. Kate Spray Caldicott, born in 1882 and an unnamed baby girl, born in 1884. However, on 4 March 1885, Kate gave birth to another baby girl, Clarice Kate Caldicott who survived and lived to the grand old age of 101!
In June 1889, Edwin dissolved his partnership, Sewell and Caldicott, with William Bell Sewell whom he was in business with running a Booksellers, Wholesale Stationers, Letterpress Printers, and Lithographers establishment situated in Bradford.
After selling the business in Bradford, Edwin and his family moved to Nottingham and he continued to work as a lithographic artist. He was a member of the Amalgamated Society Of Lithographic Artists, Designers, Engravers & Process Workers Trade Union during the 1880s and 1890s.
The 1901 Census shows that they had moved to Lenton in Lincolnshire and that Edwin was a lithographic printers’ manager.
By 1911, the family had returned to London and were living in Westminster. Edwin was still working as a lithographic artist.
Edwin was granted a patent for a toy design on 24 April 1917.
In 1939 Edwin was working as a commercial artist in Fulham.
However, by the 1940s they had returned to Nottingham where Kate died in September 1944 and Edwin died at the age of 87 in March 1946.
This article has been produced largely because of research undertaken by Gainsborough Heritage Association. I would like to give warm and sincere thanks to the volunteers who committed their time to discovering a treasure trove of stories and information.