Robert Tidman (1836-1906), of Robert Tidman and Sons
1871 Living at King's Arms, Thorp Road, Norwich. Robert Tidman (age 47 born Plumstead, Nfk.), Licensed Victualler, Boiler Maker and General Smith. With his wife Ann Tidman (age 48 born Plumstead, Nfk.) and their two sons Robert Tidman (age 17 born Norwich, St. Helens), Engineer Fitter, and Frederick Tidman (age 16 born Norwich, Thorpe Hamlet), Boiler Maker. Also two boarders.
1906 September 1st. Died. 'Showman generally, more particularly those travelling in East Anglia, have lost a good old friend by the decease of Mr. R. Tidman, sen., whose death look place peacefully September 1. He had reached the ripe old age of eighty-three years, and thirty-five or forty years ago was host of the King's Arms, Bishop Bridge. Norwich. The King's Arms was for many years the winter home of the leading showmen of the day. Amongst the since departed, and some who are with us still, may be mentioned John Barker. Sam Whiting, Alf. Duffield, Charles Bugg, Biddall, J. Crighton. and O. Aspiand. The deceased was the founder of the firm of Robert Tidman and Sons, and father of the present members of the firm, Messrs. Robert and Fred. Tidman. The funeral look place at the Rosary Cemetery. Norwich, under the shadow of the monument raised (by his colleagues) to the late John Barker, amidst feelings of profound sorrow and sympathy. The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. R. Tidman. Mr. and Mrs. F. Tidman. Mrs. Watts (sister), Mr. R. J. (grandson), Miss Clara Watts and Miss Hannah Walts (nieces). Miss Brown (niece). Mr. and Mrs. Burgess (cousins), and Mr. R. J. Knights.'