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Edwinson Charles Green (1839 or 1842 — 1927) learned his trade in Birmingham but moved to Cheltenham in 1863, founding a business with which he was connected until his death, in 1927 aged 89.

After moving from Birmingham in 1867, his business was opened at 87 High Street, in Cheltenham and this lodation remained in operation until 1942. Later, premises were opened at The Cross, Gloucester.

His over-under patent gun was the basis for the first Purdey over-under shotgun, a substantial number of which were built in the 1930s. He also patented a three-barrel gun in 1902[1]. Green built round action double guns which, apart from the name, are virtually identical to the Edinburgh-built round action by John Dickson.

He also did work on revolvers and his patent of 1889 describes a "stirrup" type barrel action for "break open" revolvers. These were sold from his Cheltenham premises.

Edwinson Charles Green is listed in the 1871 Cheltenham Census as aged 32, born in Tewkesbury, and employing one man and a boy. Listed as having premises at 4 Northgate Street, Gloucester[2]. He was joined in business by his son (probably Charles Junior, aged 25) in 1894. The firm continued trading under the name Edwinson Green and Son until 1921 and as Edwinson Green and Sons until 1983, moving to High Street in 1957, 77 High Street in 1961 and 55 High Street in 1963.


  1. Patent 15,307 for "improvements in one trigger three barreled breech loading long guns," 1902.
  2. Smarts Gloucester Directory, 1870-93
  • Boothroyd's Revised Directory of British Gunmakers, 1997, The Sportsman's Press, ISBN 0948253746
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