The Sybil Hudson collection

If you know anything about Miss Sybil Hudson we would be fascinated to hear it.

I would really like to share my small collection of Sybil’s memorabilia with her descendants, as well as satisfying my own curiosity, (whilst also adding to the wider picture).

Thank you.

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The cast and crew of ‘Mr. Tower of London’

Back row:  Mr. Shaw  – Tommy Nelson  – Roy Parry  – Victor Thomas  – Archie Pitt  – George Jewitt  – ?
Middle row: Betty Fields  – Gladys Blundell  – Gladys Napolitano  – Nita Bamber  – Connie Houghton – Rita Ransome  – Dolly Houghton  – Nan Henderson  – Gracie Fields  – Maude Hardin
Front row: Sybil Hudson  – Josi Coppech  – Leon Cody  – Viva Cody  – Annie Lipman  – Hilda Wray – Dolly Montford  – Winnie Bedford  – Edith Fields

Detail of SybilDetail of Gracie

Details of Sybil and Gracie from the cast photo

Sybil Hudson was in ‘Mr. Tower of London’ either right from the start, or at least from very early on in the run. She must have know Gracie well, and continued to write to Gracie in the following years. Unfortunately we have been unable to find out any more information about the lady.

Sybils post cards from Gracie and Betty 

If anyone has any more information about Sybil we would love to hear it. As we now have her collection we would like to add any of Sybil’s details to them.

Palace Theatre Halifax June 28th 1922 Sybil second from the right

Palace Theatre Halifax
June 28th 1922
Sybil second from the right

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'Topical Budget’ poster in the frame behind Archie’s head. The photo is dated 28th June 1922.

‘Topical Budget’ poster in the frame behind Archie’s head. The photo is dated 28th June 1922.

Sir Henry Wilson, 1st Baronet                                    5th May 1864 – 22nd June 1922

Sir Henry was one of the most senior British Army officers of WWI and played a major part in Anglo-French military arrangements before and during the war. After the war on the formation of Northern Ireland he became security adviser to the Northern Ireland government. He briefly served as an MP but was assassinated by two IRA gunmen in 1922 whilst on his way home after unveiling Liverpool Street station war memorial.

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Wedding invite
Mr. Archie Pitt and Miss Gracie Fields
request the pleasure of
Miss Sybil Hudsons
Company at the Chriton Restaurant

Clapham Junction (opposite Clapham

junction Station) on Saturday next,

April 21st, 1923, at 1.30, on the

occasion of their marriage.

 

Gracie and Archie wedding photo

Gracie and Archie wedding photo

 

Gracie said later in her life, “My wedding to Archie Pitt in Wandsworth’s bleak register office had seemed no holier than applying for a driver’s licence”

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The only other reference I can find to Sybil is her appearance in ‘No, No, Nanette’ at the Prince’s Theatre, Bristol in 1925-26. This must have been her engagement right after Mr. Tower. Below is a letter to Sybil from Gracie in1947 returning a photo Sybil sent her and a current photo of herself.

Sybil letterGracie to SybilNo, No, NanetteSybil

A tantalising hint, is this Sybil's married name in her copy of Gracie's biography ?

A tantalising hint. Is this Sybil’s married name in her copy of Gracie’s biography ?