Strelley, March 10th 1831
Early one morning in spring Mr Edge ask me to take his favourite dog “Nelson” out for some exercise through the fields. His time would be taken up by some gentlemen who wanted to purchase some of his puppies from his well known strain.
Thomas Edge (b 1788-d 1844) was well known in the canine circles, his breed of Gun Dog “The Pointer” was of renown all over Britian. One of the characteristics of the Edge strain was that all the progeny were liver, white and ticked. Many of them being endowed with golden or bronze shading on the cheeks.
The liver was a very deep brown, and the fleck in the white were sharp. Other colours like lemon and white and Black and White were unknown at this stud or any descendents of the Edge Bloodline. ” Mr Edge had his breed for about forty-two years. Those who held to the breed as contemporaries with him and after his death in 1843, got stock in there kennels that very much resembled the original Spanish Pointer.
On October 1st 1844, there was another epoch-making sale at the death of Mr Thomas Webb Edge of Strelley Hall. The bloodline being near identical with the Hopton breed. Mr Edge was closely connected with Mr Gell, Mr Hurt, Mr Holden and George Moore, all of whom were Pointer lovers and would figure in each others pedigrees. Lords Henry and George Bentinck refreshed there kennel by the acquisition of the famous five year old stud dog “Rake” and two brace of puppies. With these Lord Henry achieved remarkable results.
Taken from (The Kennel Gazette March 1885).
Article originally published by Peter Woodward of My Broxtowe Hundred Journal Website.