Sealyhams of Yesteryear

  • We have been sent  some lovely photos  from people who have fond memories of their childhood Sealyhams and we would like to share them with you.If you have any old photos that we could include in this section please do send them to us. 

Sealyham Mansion .Where it all began....

Captain Edwardes .The founder of the breed 

The Proctor family album .

Mr Ross Proctor with champion Sealyham 1906 USA

Mr Ross Proctor 1906 USA

Tea for two 1921.

Joy Proctor 1921

Vernon Proctor 1922

 Proctor family 1951


From Carol Emmott in Dulverton :-

I have just registered with you, and thought you might like to see this photo of my formidable great-grandmother with four Sealyhams. They reminded me very much of several of the Ilmer terriers at the beginning of your website. Her sister bred them, under the kennel name of Debdale, a family place in Derbyshire, and showed one or two at Crufts.

From Mary Thomas in Somerset  :-

''As I mentioned my father gave my mother a Sealyham for her wedding present and I have found this picture of my mother with "Sam". I don't know where they bought him but they were both working in a hospital in Weymouth when they met and were married within 6 weeks! This was during the war. My father, a doctor, was soon after posted to Burma then East Africa so Sam was very precious to Mum and kept her safe''

From Chris Everall  in Worcestershire
A photo of him aged 4 with his first Sealyham , Jimmy , circa 1950.

Sir Jocelyn Lucas and his famous pack of Ilmer Sealyhams.

Sir Jocelyn Lucas's Famous Ilmer Pack feature in the 1930's film Storm in a Teacup starring alongside Vivien Leigh and Rex Harrison 

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Picture Post Magazine 1951 

These 2  photos were sent to us by Marje Craik from Arizona U.S.A 

" I dug out some pictures of "Cobby". He was my mother's Sealy. My dad was an amateur black & white photographer. These were taken in the 50s...I was a toddler and as you can see Cobby tolerated me chasing his tail. Yes, they really do love children. Not sure if Cobby was a UK Sealyham or was acquired in Canada. They took Cobby to the UK after the War when they visited the family in Scotland. I remember my Dad lamenting about the 6 months quarantine. My mother was pregnant and they stayed until I was born. I was born in Winchester. Apparently Cobby participated in the birth, barking outside the door during the delivery. 

This is my dad with "Fashion" in the late 60"s. Fashion came from Robin Hill Kennels,near Bostom Mass., owned by Mrs Elizabeth Choate. I think Fashion has the St Margarets breeding on her papers which are somewhere in the house. She was the second Sealy that came from Mrs Choate Fashion lived to be almost 17. She adored kids and was never far away when we were outside. She slept in the tent with us when we camped on the front lawn. 

This beautiful photograph was sent to us by Kim Fenton who we met at Thame show in April 2014
 " I had a chat to a gentleman on your stand at the Thame Country Fair on Monday and mentioned that my mother, who died many years ago, bred Sealyhams if in a small way. This is a picture of her taken, I would think, in the 1940s. I think the dog is Brandy (kennel name not known) who was getting on a fair bit when I was born in 1953, so it may not be her. I remember two bitches in particular, Brandy and Polly, who were fantastic ratters. We lived then in Chesham, Bucks. My mother, maiden name Edith Mercia Boosey (known always as Mercia), was born in 1914 and first bred Sealyhams in Westcliff-on-sea in Essex. She was married first to 'Andy' Anderson, a Mosquito pilot who was killed in the Second World War, and later to my father, Peter Fensom, who also died some years ago. Sadly I have no further information and there is no one left to ask save my brother, but as he is younger than me I doubt he will remember!

Kind regards and good luck with your campaign,

A selection of photos from Gail Halley in Norfolk.

Gail and her sister Carole with Solo in 1947.

Sheppo  ( Shenden Prosper ) born 1949.

Tina ~ Carole wrote : I decided I wanted my own dog so I started saving up. In November 1952 I got Elmstone Ernestina ( Tina ).She cost £61.She was the runt of the litter and extremely bossy.She slept on my bed and when my Mother came to wake me up for school she would run to the end of the bed snarling furiously .I   absolutely adored her.

Sheppo 1960

From Jane Scott
Hi Gail, Thanks for your message glad you liked Sam, he was very much my dog. Yes the lady is my mum, the little girl me!! 

When Mum & Dad found the photo's they said I had pestered them for a dog for ages, eventually Dad said I could have one if I learned how to look after it. Apparently (a story they've never told me before) I went to the local library & researched & wrote an essay which I presented to him, he took it to work to show his colleagues, one of whom said, well you're going to have get her one now!! 

And that was the start of many subsequent years of happy dog owning. I am still very interested in one of yours if & when you breed again.

Best Regards


A fabulous set of photos kindly sent to us by Jonathan and Clare Yule of Norfolk.

This lovely selection is of Clare's Grandparents, Mother and Aunt in the 1950's with Sealyhams Gelda and Fred (  Paignton , Devon.)

Clare Yule's Grandfather, Hugh Dixon with Tarzan the Sealyham in the 1930's

A lovely tribute to Tarzan 

July 2023 ~From Sarah Witchell in Gloucestershire : " The house we bought about 35 years ago previously belonged to a breeder of Sealyham Terriers. The lady was called Gwen Hargood Ash , these photos are about 40/50 years old .

September 2023 ~ From Countess De La Warr, Buckhurst Park, Sussex .A wonderful photograph of her aunt , Lady Joan Gore-Langton with her Sealyham, Prudence .