Illustrated author talk: George Cooper Abbs

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An insight into South Tyneside's most well-known eccentrics of the 19th century

Oil portrait of bearded man George Cooper Abbs


Saturday 14 September

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Join biographer Bill Greenwell in this fascinating talk giving an insight into one of South Tyneside's most well-known eccentrics of the 19th century.

George Cooper Abbs was a regular at Whitburn church services (even though he wasn't the vicar), a collector of antiquities and fossils, a toad-lover, a knowledgeable geologist, and a land-owner in Cleadon and Roker, although he spent almost all his colossal inheritance on his pastimes. 

He counted Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll and Thomas Bewick amongst his acquaintances. 

He was also responsible for a change in the way men wore trousers, and a lover of strange hats and long hair a century before the sixties, and a century after they were fashionable.