The Allisons’ had two children, James & Rose. The 1891 census records James, age 7, and Rose, age 5, under their parents real name Beddoe, boarding with Miss Edith Bishop at her home school in Ryecroft Road, Lewisham. In 1891, the Allisons’ toured America, leaving behind their young children in the care of Miss Bishop. The Allison’s extensive touring arrangements in America and later Australia, led to little James & Rose attending boarding school throughout the 1890s.
In 1891, Ryecroft Road, a loop road with big villas and lodges as seen here on the ordnance survey map published in 1898, backs on to Streatham Common. Although not that far from Brixton where the Allison’s lived when in London, the location with its natural woodland would have felt like it was in the countryside. (ref: OS Six inch England and Wales, 1842-1952. Courtesy of National Library of Scotland)
Miss Bishop advertised her school in the theatrical newspapers including this ad in The Stage newspaper from 9th May 1895.
(© The Stage Media Company Limited, British Newspaper Archive)
The 1891 census also records that George B.L Hook was a boarder at 18 Ryecroft Road (seen above between little James and Rose Beddoe. George Hook was born in 1884, the same year as little James.
George Barry Lupino-Hook, is better known as Barry Lupino, of the famous Lupino family and was also a boarder at Miss Bishop’s school. The school was not a theatrical school in the conventional sense but taught children of many theatrical artistes and even put on performances at the Mission House in Lanier Road, Lewisham.
In this 1893 newspaper clipping from the Music Hall & Theatre Review, Master Barry Lupino is shown along with the Allison children and other pupils in a Christmas performance of “Red Riding Hood”.
(Music Hall & Theatre Review 15 Dec 1893, British Newspaper Archive)
Barry Lupino (1884- 1962) went on to be a star in his own right as a comedian and film actor. He is the brother of Stanley Lupino and uncle of Ida Lupino. His father was pantomimist and comedian George Lupino. His mother, Florence Lupino. Barry Lupino was also famous for his roles in pantomime as seen below (on right) with George Robey in Jack & the Beanstalk. Barry Lupino played “Muffins” to Robey’s “Dame Trot”.