BIDDLECOMBE, Revd Paul Holman

1911 - 1986

Born at Guildford, Surrey on 17 June 1911, son of Stuart Holman Biddlecombe (1879-1944), archdeacon of Persia, and his wife Florence May née Brooks, who married at Esfahan, Iran on 19 November 1907. He took holy orders and married at Bucklow, Cheshire in 1939, Margaret Gwendolin Towle (1914-1999). Curate at St Colomba, Fareham 1940-1944 and rector of Greatham, Hampshire 1944-1947. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1954-1969 and exhibited from Polstead Rectory, Suffolk in 1954 three paintings 'Shere, Surrey', 'Dirty Corner, Portsmouth Harbour' and 'Benbow Pond, Cowdray Park' and the following year two watercolours 'Snow Scene, Polstead' and 'Watney's Malting, Great Yarmouth'. In 1956 he had on show an oil 'Near Hadleigh' and two watercolours 'Ricks near Nayland' and 'Polstead from Stoke-by-Nayland'. In 1960 he exhibited from The Vicarage, Playford, Ipswich two oil paintings 'Japanese Girl' and an 'Abstract Painting', in 1964 he had on show 'An Abstract Colour Theme' and 'Sunflower' and he last exhibited from Playford in 1965 another oil 'Abstract Painting'. After Playford, Biddlecombe was Chaplain of Felixstowe College, Suffolk until his retirement and he died in Felixstowe in 1986.