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Charles Elphinstone

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Actor and theatre owner - he owned and ran theatres in London, Hanley and later in Yorkshire and the Isle of Man. Charles Elphinstone, his father James and his brother (also named James) were all theatre owners having strong connections with the theatres in Stoke-on-Trent.

see also: | James Elphinstone (Snr) | James Elphinstone (Jnr) | Theater Royal High Grove House |



Father: James Elphinstone
Charles Elphinstone
b.1854  d.1931



c.1854 Charles Elphinstone born in London
1881 At the time of the 1881 census he was living with his widowed father.
1892 Charles's father James, died and Charles became the proprietor of the Theatre Royal, Hanley - where he had previously worked as a manager.
1894 Charles had the theatre refurbished and altered.
  At sometime CE took over the circus which was located in a wooden building ("Batty's Circus" used this building) in Tontine Street (site now occupied by the Post Office). 
1898 Later Hanley council ordered the building to be demolished as it had become unsafe - CE had a theatre/circus dual purpose building designed and built - this was the Grand Theatre at the junction of Trinity Street and Upper Foundry Street, Hanley. It opened in 1898. 
1901 He purchased the King's Palace Theatre, New Street (renamed Goodson Street), Hanley.
  Later Charles Elphinstone opened the "Empire Picture Palace" - which is now the Piccadilly Shopping Arcade running between Piccadilly and Brunswick Street, Hanley. 
  CE was elected to the Hanley council.
1904 By this date he was living at High Grove house, Trent Vale, Stoke.
1931 CE died on 12th February 1931 - he was still living at High Grove house. A year after his death the house became St. Joseph's College. 
1950's  In the early 1950's when many of the city's streets were being renamed Lincoln Road in Trent Vale was renamed Elphinstone Road in honor of Charles Elphinstone. 
Grove Road was renamed Highgrove Road after High Grove House.

1890 OS map showing High Grove house (now part of St. Joseph's College)
1890 OS map showing High Grove house (now part of St. Joseph's College)


1881 census:

Dwelling: Fir Green Cottage
Census Place: Stoke Upon Trent, Staffordshire, England


Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
James R. ELPHINSTONE W 66 M Head London, Middlesex Theatrical Manager
Charles ELPHINSTONE  U 27 M Son London, Middlesex Theatrical Manager
Edward ELPHINSTONE U 19 M  Son  London, Middlesex Handicap: Blind
George ELPHINSTONE  U 16 M  Son London, Middlesex