England rugby photo may fetch £300

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A SIGNED photo of an England rugby star could fetch up to £300 at auction.

The autographed picture of Greatham-born international Henry Barrington Tristram is going up for sale.

The carte de visite, or visiting card, is of the villager who was born on September 5, 1861, and lived in Front Street.

It is expected to sell for between £200-£300 at Graham Budd Auctions at Sotheby’s in London on Tuesday, May 15

Henry played rugby for England in the 1880s and also played cricket for Durham.

According to Henry Barrington Tristram’s obituary in The Times newspaper: “He easily made his way into the English team, for whom he played at full back between 1883 and 1887 and his play was such that he ranks, to this day after more than 50 years, as a model of what a full back should be...

“Never a man of robust health, he finally broke down in 1908 and had to seek a warmer climate... and he was obliged to retire in 1912. He spent the remainder of his life in the Channel Islands.”

His Eglingham-born father, Canon Henry Baker Tristram, was Master of Greatham Hospital and vicar of Greatham.

Canon Tristram and Durham-born wife, Eleanor, had seven children – Mary, Louisa, Eleanora, Charlotte, Catherine, Christiana and Henry – and, according to the 1861 Census, they employed five live-in servants, including Shincliffe-born cook Ann Young and Seaton Carew-born Frances Chilton, 16.

After leaving Greatham, Henry was educated at one of Scotland’s most prestigious schools, Loretto School, Edinburgh, which also produced, among others, world motor racing champion Jim Clark and two former Chancellors of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling and Norman Lamont.

He later became headmaster at Loretto between 1903 and 1908.

In 1912, he moved to Jersey “to grow pears as a hobby.”

But he briefly came out of retirement to teach at Victoria College, St Helier, whose famous old boys include the late film star Kenneth More and eccentric TV horse racing expert John McCririck.

Henry Barrington Tristram played five times for the England rugby team. He also played for Winchester College, Loretto School, Oxford University and Durham University.