Discarded Victorian photo album searches for rightful owners in Great Yarmouth

Christopher James Cole. Picture: Sarah Woolley

Christopher James Cole. Picture: Sarah Woolley - Credit: Sarah Woolley

An antique photo album containing images dating back to the Victorian age from across East Anglia has been discovered in a pile of items due to be thrown out of a charity shop.

A man with his horse. Picture: Sarah Woolley

A man with his horse. Picture: Sarah Woolley - Credit: Sarah Woolley

Sarah Woolley discovered the photo album in the Benjamin Foundation charity shop in Ipswich a few months ago, and decided to save it from being thrown out.

However, upon scanning through it this week, Miss Woolley decided she should return the “treasure” to its rightful owner, a man whose name is written in the back of the album.

Miss Woolley is searching for a Christopher James Cole, or any relatives of his, who is believed to have been born in Great Yarmouth.

She said: “I want to return the album to its rightful owners. There’s photos from all over East Anglia dating from the Victorian times, through to more recently. The pictures depict scenes from buildings which I recognise from growing up, as well as families sitting around and doing activities.”

Children named Colin, Judy, Cynthia and Chrisopher. Picture: Sarah Woolley

Children named Colin, Judy, Cynthia and Chrisopher. Picture: Sarah Woolley - Credit: Sarah Woolley


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If you know Mr Cole, or are a relative, contact eleanor.pringle@archant.co.uk.

The Bridge Inn. Picture: Sarah Woolley

The Bridge Inn. Picture: Sarah Woolley - Credit: Sarah Woolley

A woman with her pets, pictured in the album. Picture: Sarah Woolley

A woman with her pets, pictured in the album. Picture: Sarah Woolley - Credit: Sarah Woolley

A dinner party pictured in the album. Picture: Sarah Woolley

A dinner party pictured in the album. Picture: Sarah Woolley - Credit: Sarah Woolley

The women pictured in the album. Picture: Sarah Woolley

The women pictured in the album. Picture: Sarah Woolley - Credit: Sarah Woolley

Do you know Christopher James Cole? Picture: Sarah Woolley

Do you know Christopher James Cole? Picture: Sarah Woolley - Credit: Sarah Woolley

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Do you know the story behind this shipwreck? Picture: Sarah Woolley - Credit: Sarah Woolley

Three men sit at a piano. Picture: Sarah Woolley

Three men sit at a piano. Picture: Sarah Woolley - Credit: Sarah Woolley

A family in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Sarah Woolley

A family in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Sarah Woolley - Credit: Sarah Woolley

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