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The Soga Trio/Troupe 1918 – 1924

1918 April – North Shields – Soga Trio Wonderful Japanese acrobats, remarkable hand balancers and tumblers. Most sensational gold ladder foot balance. 1918 December – Soga Japanese Troupe of equilibrists in Dublin – touring Britain through to April 1924

Thomas Jeckyll – Japonism designer and architect

Thomas Jeckyll was born in 1827 in Wymondham, Norfolk, to Maria Ann (Balduck) and George Jeckell, a curate. Although he never visited Japan, he became a leading light in spreading japonisme in Britain through his architecture and metalwork designs. He set up an architectural practice in Queen’s Street Norwich in 1853, between the castle and […]

John Frederick Ringer – Norwich born merchant in Meiji Japan

Frederick Ringer was born in 1838, the third son of John Manship Ringer and Ann (née Smith). John Manship Ringer was a grocer and merchant who was born in 1798 in Blofield, Norfolk of John Ringer and Elizabeth Manship. His younger brother William Smith Ringer was also a grocer, in Wells.  John Manship moved to […]

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