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Person: PALMER, F. Grove  (1851-1927)

Biographical summary of this person
Full name
Frederick Grove PALMER
Alternative name
used pseudonym GROVE, Fred
Relevance of this person
actor and comedian; author of poems used with slide sets
Main period of activity
Relationships to other people

father of PALMER, Mervyn, F.R.G.S.  (1882-1954)

7 April 1861
census record
1861 Census of England and Wales, RG9/175.39.3
2 April 1871
census record
1871 Census of England and Wales, RG10/145.10.14
– occupation “Brass Founder”
3 April 1881
census record
1881 Census of England and Wales, RG11/130.72.46
– occupation “Brass Founder, Lecturer”
5 April 1891
census record
1891 Census of England and Wales, RG12/417.99.18
– occupation “Brass Founder's Assistant”
31 March 1901
census record
1901 Census of England and Wales, RG13/3395.56.34
– occupation “Actor”
2 April 1911
census record
1911 Census of England and Wales, RG14/2076
– occupation “Actor”
31 January 1927
died at
4 April 1927
archive entry
National Probate Calendar Index of Wills and Administrations, 1927 p.544
Slides showing image of this person
slide image -- A Family Group, 18-8-01slide image -- Mr Fred Grove as 'Bob Chaffers'
Texts linked to this person
Lectures (6)

‘Concerning coal’ in The history of a cotton bale [etc.]

‘The history of a cotton bale’ in The history of a cotton bale [etc.]

The history of a golden sovereign (n.d.)

The history of a pound of sugar (n.d.)

The history of a pound of tea (n.d.)

The history of a quartern loaf (n.d.)

Poems (19)

‘The absent man’ in Aurelia's unfortunate young man [etc.]

‘Adventures of Mr Snapshot and his camera’ in Adventures of Mr Snapshot [etc.]

‘A clergyman's adventures: a true story’ in Aurelia's unfortunate young man [etc.]

‘The demon and the blacksmith: a Christmas pantomime scene’ in The home of Santa Claus [etc.]

‘The elephant and the crocodiles’ in The elephant and the crocodiles [etc.]

‘Fidgety Philip’ in several compilations

‘The five senses’ in several compilations

The harmonious quartette! (n.d.)

‘Harry's donkey ride’ in Round the world in a yacht [etc.]

‘The legend of a crinoline’ in The legend of a crinoline [etc.]

‘The lovers' strategy’ in several compilations

‘The marvellous cure: or, Dan and the doctor’ in The marvellous cure [etc.]

‘The miller and the sweep’ in The miller and the sweep [etc]

‘My mother-in-law's last ride: or, a-riding she would go’ in Retaliation [etc.]

‘Oblivious Mary Jane’ in The home of Santa Claus [etc.]

‘The return from the tavern’ in Miscellaneous tales 9

‘The rope trick’ in The rope trick [etc.]

‘The sweep and miller’ in Curfew must not ring to-night [etc.] (c.1893)

‘The world inverted’ in several compilations

Slide set reference

image appears in: [Ilfracombe Museum Collection: family and holiday photographs by the Palmer family] (miscellaneous: manufacturer unknown, 37 slides, n.d.)

‘Bits and pieces’ in NMLJ 10.6 (Autumn 2010)
The Era (1838-1939) Vol. 90 No. 4,610 (9 February 1927), p. 8, col. 3
  –  obituary notice

“The profession heard, with deep regret, of the death, on Monday of last week, after a short illness, of Fred Grove, the well-known actor-author, in his seventy-sixth year.

He made his first appearance in the West End as Diggory in 'Family Jars,' at the Gaiety in 1883, and from 1884 to 1894 was engaged at the Vaudeville under Thomas Thorne.

Subsequent engagements included tours with Sir John Hare and in [list]; seasons at Drury Lane in [list]; at the Lyceum in [list]; at the Criterion in [list]; at the Haymarket, in December, 1915 in [list]; and touring with Martin Harvey from 1916-1924.

An excellent actor and a good fellow, Fred Grove will be sadly missed.”

Lucerna ID  6001959

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 20 August 2016

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