The Codman Family


The Codman family of Llandudno and Liverpool hold an important place in the history of Punch and Judy in Britain.



Bert Codman with Punch.
Bert had pitches by the pier at Colwyn Bay and on the promenade of the adjacent Rhos-on-Sea.


Codman's Rhos-on-Sea pitch.
Bert used a live Toby in the show.


Codman's Colwyn Bay pitch..


Bert Codman with Toby
Toby would happily pose for photographers wearing sunglasses, or smoking a cigarette. He also appeared in the show. He would sit on the playboard, and snap at Punch's nose.
This picture courtesy of Sally Childs and her grandmother.


Bert died in 1969, two days after the death of his beloved dog Toby, purchased in 1949 at St. John's Market in Liverpool for 7/6d. This picture by Dave Williams, taken in the 1960's.


Bert's father, Richard Codman who played the Lime Street pitch in Liverpool. The Codman family, of Romany origin, were famous performers both in Liverpool and in North Wales.


Lime Street, Liverpool, showing the Codman's Punch & Judy Booth (Print from The Graphic May 5th. 1877)


The Codman pitch on the Llandudno promenade. Llandudno was very fashionable and popular in the Victorian era.


Turn of the Century Codman Punch and Judy pitch at Llandudno.


Who is the professor working the Anglesey market town of Llangefni ? As the Codmans were established in Llandudno it is possible that they played the markets out of season.

A wooden jigsaw puzzle of 48 large pieces, titled The Punch and Judy Show, Made in England by Arrow Games Ltd. No 3272W, circa 1950

The Codman Llandudno pitch, 1998

Clown head, carved driftwood. Circa 1875

Prof. Richard Codman's Punch and Judy, St. George's Square, by Lime Street Station, Liverpool. 1951

Jacqueline, great grand-daughter of the original Llandudno Punch Professor, "bottles" for her husband Maurice who is carrying on the Llandudno tradition. This picture from summer season of 2000. Since 2003 Jacqueline's son Jason has been performing the show.


Carved heads carved by Prof Richard Codman (1830-1909) together with his pan-pipes.


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