This is the story of an Easington man, who possessed many talents and who has been overlooked for many years.
Born in1845, he lived for many years in the old Neptune Inn. He was by trade a tailor, but turned his talents and skills to become a self-taught taxidermist, working with anything he could find on the beach foreshore and in the fields and meadows surrounding the village. One of his renowned exhibits was that of the ‘Story of Cock Robin’, a depiction of the old Victorian nursery rhyme, which was housed in several glass cases and all created from birds he found in the area. Of a more bizarre nature he made exhibits from fish scales, onion skins, postage stamps and even dead men’s finger nails!
He created his own display cabinets with beautiful hand-painted backdrops and tableaux made with slivers of hoof, cut into flowers and petals, picture frames made with corks and shells- nothing went to waste with Philip Loten when he put his talents to work, even his own pet dog ‘Fido’ was put to use immortalized in time. He created a museum, which was visited by people from far and wide. His work far superseded many other taxidermists of the Victorian era, but probable due to his geographic position he never really got the recognition he truly deserves. This book should hopefully go some way to rectify that situation, and give his talents the wider audience that it deserves, whilst at the same time putting Easington on the map in historic interest.