Ernest (Ernie) Joseph William Freebrey was born in 1908 in Edmonton, London. He moved to Winchcombe as a child and came to Bishop’s Cleeve in 1927, where he worked as the village shoe repairer until he retired in 1973. In 1983 he recorded a long reminiscence of life in the village, and in 1987 he died at the age of 79. During that time he gathered a large collection of photographs of the village, and on his death they passed to the church.
Freebry's reminiscences are available at http://www.imagesofbishopscleeve.info/Reminiscences/Freebrey/Freebrey.htm (part of the wide-ranging Images of Bishop's Cleeve website; his work is also included in the excellent local books History of Bishop's Cleeve and Woodmancote and In and around Bishop's Cleeve by David Eldred and Tim Curr. The Images of Bishops Cleeve website uses small versions of some of the photographs; our intention here is to reproduce the whole collection in a larger format.
Click on any of the photos for a larger version.