Sources and conventions




Though included in some Cambridgeshire trade directories, Newmarket is (and, for the most part, was) in Suffolk, and is dealt with in the Suffolk Directory. Though now part of the Isle of Ely, Peterborough was, in Victorian and Edwardian times, in Northants. It does not, therefore, figure in this listing.


The following abbreviations are used for Cambridgeshire sources:

AC             Aubrey's Cambridgeshire

BW            Balding's Wisbech

CAD          Cambridge Annual Directory

CE             Creak's Almanack, City of Ely

CH             Craven's Huntingdonshire with the Town of Cambridge

CYC          Cassey's Cambridgeshire

HC             Harrod's Cambridgeshire

KC             Kelly's Cambridgeshire

LW             Leach's Wisbech

MAC          Mathieson's  Cambridge, Ely & Newmarket

MOC          Morgan's Cambridge, Newmarket & Ely

SC              Spalding's Cambridge

SL              Sconce's Illustrated Almanack, King's Lynn

TC             Town & County's Eastern Counties of England

WS            White's Suffolk



Evidence has been drawn from:

AC       1916

BW      1888, 1893

CAD    1909/10

CE       1888

CH       1855

CYC    1864

HC       1873

KC       1858, 1864, 1869, 1875, 1879, 1883, 1888, 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916

LW      1911

MAC   1866, 1867

MOC   1865/6

SC       1874, 1878, 1881, 1884, 1887, 1891, 1895, 1898, 1901, 1904, 1907, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916/7, 1919/20

SL        1906-1909

TC       1901

WS      1892


Abbreviations, as indicated, are also used for the following additional sources of information:


More Early Studios (2), K Adamson, The Photographic Journal, Royal Photographic Society, July 1988



Letter from Sylvia C Cox to the compiler, 20.2.2000, describing researches of Arthur and Sylvia Cox


Dimond & Taylor: 

Crown & Camera - The Royal Family & Photography, 1842-1910, Frances Dimond & Roger Taylor,

Penguin, 1987



Lilian Ream: a life in photography, Violet Fosbrook-Ream, David Rayner & Kim Bowden,

Cambridgeshire County Council Libraries and Information Service, 1992



Reams of Wisbech - Scenes from a Fenland Studio, with notes by Eric Golding, Cambridgeshire

Libraries & Information Service, 1987



Victorian Photographers at Work, John Hannavy, Shire, 1997



A Faithful Likeness – The First Photographic Portrait Studios in the British Isles, 1841-1855,

Bernard & Pauline Heathcote, 2002



The Victorians – Photographic Portraits, Audrey Linkman, Tauris Parke, 1993


Linkman 2:         

The Photographic Multiple in the Nineteenth Century, Audrey Linkman, The PhotoHistorian

Number 110, Royal Photographic Society, 1996



The Studios of A. & G. Taylor, Colin Osman, The PhotoHistorian Supplement Number 111,

Royal Photographic Society, 1996



A Directory of London Photographers, 1841-1908, Michael Pritchard, PhotoResearch, 1994



Victorian & Edwardian Cambridge from Old Photographs, F A Reeve, Batsford, 1971



Samuel Smith’s Wisbech, ed. W P Weston, Friends of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum, 1992


The following conventions have been adopted for the ordering and presentation of entries:

Individuals are listed before any non-family partnerships that include them.

Partnerships appear under the names of both (or all) partners.

Where a photographer embarked on more than one partnership, those partnerships are listed in alphabetical order of the partner who is not the focus of the entry.

Addresses are listed in order of their earliest appearance.

Imprecise addresses (those which name only the town/village, or those which give a street but no number) are recorded separately. They may, of course, refer to a studio listed more precisely elsewhere in that photographer’s entry.

Additional notes are set in italics.



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