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Person: CRAVEN, Robert, C.M.  (1833-1897)

Biographical summary of this person
Full name
Robert CRAVEN  C.M.
Gender
male
Relevance of this person
author of poems used with slide sets
Main period of activity
1870s-90s
Chronology
Date
Age
Event/activity
30 March 1851
17
census record
1851 Census of England and Wales, HO107/2320.1107.13
– occupation “Pupil Teacher”
7 April 1861
27
census record
1861 Census of England and Wales, RG9/1200.6.5
– occupation “Schoolmaster”
2 April 1871
37
census record
1871 Census of England and Wales, RG10/4161.10.13
– occupation “Schoolmaster (Certificated)”
3 April 1881
47
census record
1881 Census of England and Wales, RG11/1698.134.24
– occupation “Schoolmaster”
5 April 1891
57
census record
1891 Census of England and Wales, RG12/1564.47.11
– occupation “Schoolmaster Elementary”
18 May 1897
63
died at
1 October 1897
archive entry
National Probate Calendar Index of Wills and Administrations, 1897 C-D p.159
Texts linked to this person
Books (2)

Robert Craven, The artful gallery (n.d.)

Robert Craven, A tale of a story without an end: and other poems (1872)


Compilations (12)

Robert Craven, Short lantern readings: no. 2 (Holmfirth: Bamforth & Co., c.1887)

Robert Craven, Short lantern readings: no. 3 (Holmfirth: Bamforth & Co., c.1887)

Robert Craven, Short lantern readings: no. 4 (Holmfirth: Bamforth & Co., 1887)

Robert Craven, Short lantern readings: no. 6 (Holmfirth: Bamforth & Co., 1889)

Robert Craven, Short lantern readings: no. 8 (Holmfirth: Bamforth & Co., 1890)

Robert Craven, Short lantern readings: no. 9 (Holmfirth: Bamforth & Co., 1890)

Robert Craven, Short lantern readings: no. 10 (Holmfirth: Bamforth & Co., 1891)

Robert Craven, Short lantern readings: no. 11 (Holmfirth: Bamforth & Co., 1891)

Robert Craven, Short lantern readings: no. 15 (Holmfirth: Bamforth & Co., 1893)

Robert Craven, Short lantern readings: no. 18 (Holmfirth: Bamforth & Co., 1894)

Robert Craven, Short lantern readings: no. 22 (Holmfirth: Bamforth & Co., 1895)

Robert Craven, Short lantern readings: no. 24 (Holmfirth: Bamforth & Co., 1896)


Poems (135)

Robert Craven, ‘An adventure with a bicycle’ in Short lantern readings 16 (1893)

Robert Craven, Adventures of a cabby (n.d.)

Robert Craven, ‘Adventures of Ally Sloper in a snowball’ in Short lantern readings 5 (c.1888)

Robert Craven, ‘Adventures of an amateur photographer’ in Short lantern readings 8 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The after dinner nap’ in Short lantern readings 6 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The amateur sweep’ in Short lantern readings 11 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘The apple thief’ in Short lantern readings 4 (1887)

Robert Craven, ‘The artful convict’ in Short lantern readings 15 (1893)

Robert Craven, ‘The artist and his model’ in Short lantern readings 3 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘The artist and monkey’ in Short lantern readings 9 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The artists in distress’ in Short lantern readings 2 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘Attention!’ in Short lantern readings 6 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘An awkward exchange’ in Short lantern readings 11 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘An awkward situation’ in Short lantern readings 7 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The baby elephant and the monkey thieves’ in Short lantern readings 24 (1896)

Robert Craven, ‘The ballad singer’ in Short lantern readings 4 (1887)

Robert Craven, ‘Baron Brag’ in Short lantern readings 2 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘Betty and the bear’ in several compilations

Robert Craven, ‘The biter bit’ in Short lantern readings 6 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The bookworm and the geese’ in Short lantern readings 8 (1890)

Robert Craven, The boys and the bobby (n.d.)

Robert Craven, ‘The boys and the flagpole’ in Short lantern readings 18 (1894)

Robert Craven, ‘The boys and the periwigs’ in Short lantern readings 18 (1894)

Robert Craven, ‘The bull and the bicycle’ in Short lantern readings 8 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The canine critic’ in Short lantern readings 6 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The centre of gravity’ in Short lantern readings 9 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The children and the waggoner’ in Short lantern readings 10 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘The Christmas goose’ in Short lantern readings 24 (1896)

Robert Craven, ‘The cobbler and corpse’ in Short lantern readings 20 (1895)

Robert Craven, ‘Crabbed age and youth’ in Short lantern readings 6 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The critic and the ottoman’ in Short lantern readings 7 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The crushed hat’ in Short lantern readings 17 (1893)

Robert Craven, Dat ole Crisermas goose (n.d.)

Robert Craven, ‘Diogenes and his tub’ in Short lantern readings 9 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘Distraction v. extraction’ in Short lantern readings 22 (1895)

Robert Craven, ‘The dog and the dress improver’ in Short lantern readings 2 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, The dogs and the butcher's boy (n.d.)

Robert Craven, ‘The drink fiend: a temperance story in verse’ in several compilations

Robert Craven, ‘The elephant and snuff’ in Short lantern readings 5 (c.1888)

Robert Craven, ‘Ye elopement through ye stocking’ in Short lantern readings 2 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘The F.P. man’ in Short lantern readings 10 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘The family umbrella’ in Short lantern readings 9 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The fatal physic’ in Short lantern readings 6 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The fatal sausage machine’ in Short lantern readings 12 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘The fool's pence’ in Short lantern readings 4 (1887)

Robert Craven, ‘The frolicsome dogs’ in Short lantern readings 10 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘Fun up the Ganges’ in Short lantern readings 24 (1896)

Robert Craven, ‘The gorilla and the wasp’ in Short lantern readings 24 (1896)

Robert Craven, ‘The gossips’ in Short lantern readings 6 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘Greedy Sammy’ in Short lantern readings 18 (1894)

Robert Craven, ‘The hair restorer’ in Short lantern readings 2 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘Hans and his pig’ in Short lantern readings 5 (c.1888)

Robert Craven, ‘The hare and the robbers’ in Short lantern readings 2 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘The hedgehog and puppy’ in Short lantern readings 6 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘Honesty rewarded’ in Short lantern readings 11 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘Ice Peter’ in Short lantern readings 3 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘The improvised cannon’ in Short lantern readings 17 (1893)

Robert Craven, ‘Jack the conqueror’ in Short lantern readings 12 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘The joker's mistake’ in Short lantern readings 15 (1893)

Robert Craven, ‘The Jones's going to church’ in Short lantern readings 2 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘Keep off the grass’ in Short lantern readings 16 (1893)

Robert Craven, ‘Kindness misplaced’ in Short lantern readings 7 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The lady cyclist’ in Short lantern readings 24 (1896)

Robert Craven, ‘A lady's adventure in a new dress’ in Short lantern readings 18 (1894)

Robert Craven, ‘The lion and the acrobats’ in Short lantern readings 9 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The lion couchant and the lion rampant’ in Short lantern readings 11 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘The little hero’ in Short lantern readings 15 (1893)

Robert Craven, ‘The little match girl’ in Short lantern readings 8 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The loitering schoolboy and the little piggies’ in Short lantern readings 15 (1893)

Robert Craven, ‘The lost cartridge’ in Short lantern readings 18 (1894)

Robert Craven, ‘Matilda Jane's back hair’ in Short lantern readings 10 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘The miller and the donkey’ in Short lantern readings 3 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘The miller and the sot’ in Short lantern readings 8 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The mischievous boy’ in Short lantern readings 3 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘The monkey's revenge’ in Short lantern readings 22 (1895)

Robert Craven, ‘Mr Simpkins and the hawser’ in Short lantern readings 10 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘Mr Vanity's valentine’ in Short lantern readings 4 (1887)

Robert Craven, ‘The muff and the moth’ in Short lantern readings 8 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The musician's revenge’ in Short lantern readings 14 (1892)

Robert Craven, ‘The naturalist and the ape’ in Short lantern readings 17 (1893)

Robert Craven, ‘The niggers and the ostrich’ in Short lantern readings 17 (1893)

Robert Craven, ‘Old Izaak's holiday’ in Short lantern readings 22 (1895)

Robert Craven, ‘The old maid and the sailors’ in Short lantern readings 9 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The old man and the mastiff’ in Short lantern readings 8 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The old, old story’ in Short lantern readings 2 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘Over polite’ in Short lantern readings 7 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘Pat and the bear’ in Short lantern readings 5 (c.1888)

Robert Craven, ‘The peasant and pigs’ in Short lantern readings 9 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The portly farmer: or the anti-fat medicine and the pigs’ in Short lantern readings 18 (1894)

Robert Craven, ‘The pot of paint’ in Short lantern readings 2 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘The pug and the sweep’ in Short lantern readings 7 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘Rank’ in Short lantern readings 6 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The recruits and the sergeant’ in Short lantern readings 7 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The revellers’ in Short lantern readings 10 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘The revolver hat’ in Short lantern readings 17 (1893)

Robert Craven, ‘The rhinoceros and the fly’ in Short lantern readings 3 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘Right turn -- march!’ in Short lantern readings 6 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The rival porters’ in Short lantern readings 6 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The rivals’ in Short lantern readings 8 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The road to Heaven’ in Short lantern readings 4 (1887)

Robert Craven, ‘Saddling the wrong horse’ in Short lantern readings 5 (c.1888)

Robert Craven, A sausage story (n.d.)

Robert Craven, ‘The serenader’ in Short lantern readings 7 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The sleepy gent and goat’ in Short lantern readings 20 (1895)

Robert Craven, ‘The sleepy waggoner’ in Short lantern readings 3 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘Speed versus strength’ in Short lantern readings 9 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The squire and the sweep’ in Short lantern readings 5 (c.1888)

Robert Craven, ‘Stiggins' last bottle’ in Short lantern readings 22 (1895)

Robert Craven, ‘Story of the drawbridge’ in Short lantern readings 2 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘The swell and his new hat’ in Short lantern readings 9 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘The swell and naturalist’ in Short lantern readings 5 (c.1888)

Robert Craven, ‘The sympathetic gent and the dog’ in Short lantern readings 18 (1894)

Robert Craven, ‘Tabbie and the paint-pot’ in Short lantern readings 12 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘The tell-tale cigar’ in Short lantern readings 7 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘That everlasting cat’ in Short lantern readings 10 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘The thief and the bear: old Humphrey’ in several compilations

Robert Craven, ‘The three bears’ in Short lantern readings 3 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘The tiger and the niggers’ in Short lantern readings 14 (1892)

Robert Craven, ‘Tit for tat’ in Short lantern readings 10 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘Tommy and the bird trap’ in Short lantern readings 17 (1893)

Robert Craven, ‘Too much help’ in Short lantern readings 7 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The tourist and the tunnel’ in Short lantern readings 8 (1890)

Robert Craven, ‘Trapping a bear’ in Short lantern readings 7 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The treacherous help’ in Short lantern readings 6 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘The troublesome baby’ in Short lantern readings 10 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘Up a tree’ in Short lantern readings 21 (1895)

Robert Craven, ‘The war horse of the future’ in Short lantern readings 14 (1892)

Robert Craven, ‘Watch him, Pincher’ in Short lantern readings 22 (1895)

Robert Craven, ‘The way of the world’ in Short lantern readings 6 (1889)

Robert Craven, ‘Whip behind’ in Short lantern readings 4 (1887)

Robert Craven, ‘Who stole the widow's cow?’ in Short lantern readings 21 (1895)

Robert Craven, ‘Women's rights’ in Short lantern readings 3 (c.1887)

Robert Craven, ‘The wonderful telescope’ in Short lantern readings 12 (1891)

Robert Craven, ‘The wooden fiddle: or a base vile deception’ in Short lantern readings 24 (1896)

Robert Craven, ‘The youngsters and the sentry’ in Short lantern readings 14 (1892)

Reference

“NOW READY, 'A TALE OF A STORY WITHOUT AN END AND OTHER POEMS,' by ROBERT CRAVEN, C.M. (late Chorister in the Leeds Parish Church.) 156 pages. Cloth gilt, 2s. 6d., gilt edges, 2s. 9d. Post free from the Author, Stillington, Easingwold, Yorks.”

Notes

Craven was one of the most prolific contributors of reading texts for Bamforth slides, and often appears to have written verses to suit already existing slide sets, some probably imported from Germany. Although his verses are quite lightweight, their tone and content do suggest an educated and literate man.

His identification is based on a newspaper advertisement from 1872 advertising a new book of poems, which gives his address as 'Stillington, Easingwold, Yorkshire'. Although none of his Census records correspond to this village, his youngest daughter Susan Dearnes Craven was born there in 1872.

A previous identification of this person as Robert Martin Craven (1824-1903), a surgeon of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, appears to be incorrect. Many thanks to Lydia Jakobs for the correct identification of this person.

Lucerna ID  6001292

Record created by Richard Crangle and Lydia Jakobs. Last updated 21 June 2017

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