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Sydney Gardnor Jarman

Jarman was born in Tiverton, Devon and worked as a newspaperman in Tiverton at the Tiverton Gazette. He moved to Bridgwater to edit the Bridgwater Gazette in 1871, then to St Ives, Huntingdonshire, 1890 to edit the Hunts County Guardian and finally to Wrexham in 1894 where he edited the North Wales Chronicle. He was active in civic life there, serving on the Borough Council. He was Mayor, 1913-1914 and 1914-1915, an Alderman, and JP. He was awarded the Freedom of the Borough.

He was chairman of the Liverpool District of the Institute of Journalists.

He married Mary Hooper (1859-1938). They had 5 sons. He died in 1949

He wrote a number of books on local history and topography:

A Visit to Cannington, Reprinted from the Bridgwater Gazette, 1881
A Handbook of St Mary's Church, Bridgwater, 1885
A History of Bridgwater, 1889 (see below)
The Village of Wood Hurst ... Reprinted from the Hunts County Guardian, 1889
The Bridgwater Infirmary: A record of its rise and progress, 1890.
Two Continental trips (Holland and Belgium), 1892
Trades and industries of Saint Ives. Reprinted from The Hunts County Guardian, 1893
The Village of Old Hurst ... Reprinted from The Hunts County Guardian, 1893
Notes on a Week in Belgium, 1894
The village of Gresford: past and present, 1902 and 1912
A Scamper through Belgium. The new L. & Y. route to the Continent ... Reprinted from the North Wales Guardian, 1906

Chapters from his History of Bridgwater

Chapter 26: The Muniments of the Borough
Chapter 27: Bridgwater Journalism

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