Frank Hilder


Cripps Corner, Staplecross (Frank Hilder Series)

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Proprietor of a combined draper's shop, grocery and sub-post office at Staplecross. Hilder sold black and white collotype cards of Staplecross and Cripps Corner labelled "Frank Hilder's Series", which may have been printed abroad. 1906 and 1907 postmarks have been found.

Frank Hilder may have been distantly related to Arthur Hilder, who ran a similar shop at Ewhurst Green, only a mile and a half from Staplecross. Frank was born in about 1869 at East Peckham in Kent, the son of Mahala and Thomas Hilder, a bricklayer. In 1891 he was working as an assistant to William Weston, a grocer and draper at Beckley. He married Annie Alexina F. Maclean from Banffshire in Scotland in 1899. The 1901 census records that he was running a grocery and drapery shop at Brede and that he and Annie were lodging with others at the King's Head Inn. By 1905 he had moved to Staplecross, taking over a grocery and drapery shop that had belonged to his older brother, Edward Walter Hilder, who had moved to Sedlescombe, south of Staplecross. The 1911 census records that Frank and Annie had three children: Stanley Frank Hilder (born at Udimore in 1902), and twins, Kenneth William Hilder and Sybil Violet Hilder (born at Ewhurst in late 1905). Unlike Arthur Hilder, he was still in business in 1930.

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