James Richard Gregson

The playwright James Richard GregsonDick – was born at Mill Lane, Brighouse [2nd April 1889], the son of Charles Gregson.

He developed an interest in the theatre when his father gave him 3d to go, on condition that James tell him all about the play.

He worked as a mill worker in Brighouse, a railway clerk, a cost clerk for Simpson Fawcett & Company, a Leeds firm  making prams and toys, and a bricklayer's labourer

In his spare time, he was a playwright, journalist & broadcaster. Many of his plays had a Yorkshire setting.

He had a drama group – the Yorkshire Radio Players – based in Leeds.

His works include

On 31st January 1912, he married Florence A. Hine [1886-19??] at St John's, Deansgate, Manchester.

Florence was the daughter of Elizabeth & William Hine, a porter at the Royal Eye Hospital in Manchester


  1. Joan [1919-1928]
  2. Florence (Jane) [1913-1993]

He died in London [1981, aged 92].

A painting of Gregson by Huddersfield artist, John Richardson Gauld [1927], has been displayed at Brighouse Art Gallery

See The Autobiography of James Gregson and Mrs Bandmann-Palmer

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