Sources and conventions



Though now a part of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough was historically a part of Northamptonshire and is included in this studio directory. Occasionally an out-of-county location was named as part of the address in a Northamptonshire directory, usually because it was the nearest sizeable town. Such entries still belong to Northamptonshire and are not excluded from this listing.



The following abbreviations are used for Northamptonshire sources:

CAP            Caster’s Peterborough

CLP             Clarke’s Peterborough

COP            Cook’s Peterborough

DN              Deacon’s Northamptonshire

HN              Harrod’s Northamptonshire

KN              Kelly's Northamptonshire (including Kelly’s PO Northamptonshire)

LN               Lea’s Northampton

MN              Melville’s Northamptonshire

PD               The Peterborough Directory (possibly Clarke’s)

PN               Phillips’ Northampton

RN               Roberts’ Northampton

SN               Stevens’ Northampton

SP                Slater’s Peterborough

TC               Town & County’s Northampton & District (Northamptonshire)

TN               Taylor’s Northampton

TNA            Taylor’s Northampton Almanack

WN             Whellan’s Northamptonshire

WNN          Wright’s Northampton & Neighbourhood

WRN          Wright’s Northamptonshire



Evidence has been drawn from:

CAP            1896, 1901, 1907, 1912

CLP             1876

COP            1894, 1898

DN              1890

HN              1876

KN              1854, 1864, 1869, 1877, 1885, 1890, 1894, 1898, 1903, 1906, 1910, 1914, 1920

LN               1893/4, 1906, 1907, 1912, 1914

MN              1861

PD               1892

PN               1853

RN               1884

SN               1889, 1893

SP                1862

TC               1905/6, 1911/12, 1918

TN               1859, 1864

TNA            1863, 1864, 1865, 1869, 1871, 1872

WN             1874

WNN          1896

WRN          1884



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

Adamson (1):         

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


          Adamson (2):

          Professional Photographers in Lincolnshire, K I P Adamson (PhotoHistorian

Supplement 99, Royal Photographic Society, 1993)



Alfred Seaman, Victorian Derbyshire Photographer, Dr John Bradley, published online 



A Faithful Likeness – the first Photographic Studios in the British Isles, 1841 to 1855,

Bernard & Pauline Heathcote (Heathcote, 2002)



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.

If 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.

Kingscliffe is sometimes printed as one word and sometimes as two in trade directories. The single-word version has been used here.




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