EARLY RUTLAND PHOTOGRAPHERS – A-D

 

 

ASHWELL, Edwin

 

Shown as photographic artist, aged 29, in the 1861 census returns for Oakham.

 

ASHWELL, William

 

            Whissendine, Oakham

KR 1904, KR 1908, KR 1912

 

BILLOW, Albert E

 

            Market Place, Oakham

            WRR 1899

 

Presumably the same as A E Billows jun, below.

 

BILLOWS

 

            Kings Road, Oakham

            MO 1909

 

            Melton Road, Oakham

MO 1909. MO 1912

 

The advertisement in MO 1909 lists: ‘Specialities: Miniatures on ivory – perfect colouring and likeness guaranteed. Enlargements finished in the latest styles and processes, Pictures artistically framed.’ Additional information in MO 1912 includes: ‘Photographs taken day or night. Dealer in photographic instruments. Films developed and printed. Artists’ materials, oils, water colours, brushes, etc. Scenes painted any design for theatricals and back-grounds of every description.’ 

 

See also the various Billow/Billows entries above and below.

 

BILLOWS, A E jun.

 

            Market Place, Oakham

            KR 1899

 

See Albert E Billows, below.

 

BILLOWS, Albert E

           

            Melton Road, Oakham

KR 1908, TC 1911/12, KR 1912, KR 1916

 

            36 Moulton Road, Oakham

            TC 1918

 

            Melton Road, Oakham

KR 1922

 

Born, according to the 1911 census, in 1874/5. The Billows entries above and below seem likely to refer to the same photographer.

 

According to The London Gazette, an Albert E Billows of High Street, Oakham, filed a petition for bankruptcy in 1900, and, the following March, his creditors received 3s 9d in the pound. This could explain the gap between 1899 and 1908 that becomes apparent in trade directory entries when the series of Billows records is put together.

(Studio note)

 

BILLOWS, Albert Edward Js.

 

            Market Place, Oakham

            WHR 1899

 

See A E Billows jun, above.

 

BURTON, John & Sons

 

            3 Haymarket, Leicester

            KR 1876, WHR 1877

 

            Ashwell Road, Oakham

KR 1876, WRR 1880, KR 1881, KR 1888

 

            Oakham

            WHR 1877

 

            Burton on Trent

            WHR 1877

 

            Melton Mowbray

            WHR 1877, KR 1881

 

            Haymarket, Leicester

            WRR 1880

 

            Leicester

            KR 1881

           

            3 Haymarket, Leicester

            KR 1888

 

            14 Market Place, Melton Mowbray

            KR 1888

 

‘Artists & photographers’ in WRR 1880, which also indicates that the attendance day at the Oakham studio was Wednesday. For more detailed coverage of Burton studios in other counties, see the Leicestershire studio directory.

 

CHARLTON, Charles

 

Shown as photographer, aged 21, in the 1911 census returns for Uppingham.

 

COOKE, Charles G & S

 

            Hambleton

            MO 1904

 

His advertisement adds: ‘Artists’ materials supplied to order. Lantern slides for sale or hire. Crystoleums &c.’

 

COPELAND, William

 

            Ashwell Road, Oakham

            HR 1870

 

He is shown as a photographer, aged 27, in the 1861 census returns for Oakham.

 

DADFORD, John Lee

 

Itinerant photographer from Leicester, who appeared in court in Oakham in 1899, charged with taking money for photographs that he failed to supply. (Source: The Grantham Journal, 25th February, 1899)

 

DRAKE & Son

 

            Orange Lane, Uppingham

            WRR 1899

 

            Ayston Toad, Uppingham

            TC 1905/6

 

Presumably this is Mrs Charles Drake & Son (see below).

 

DRAKE, C & Son

 

            High Street, Uppingham

            TC 1918

 

DRAKE, Charles

 

            High Street, Uppingham

            KR 1864, HR 1870, BAR 1875, KR 1876, WHR 1877, KR 1881

 

Also, according to HR 1870, ‘publisher & editor of the Uppingham Gazette (published every Wednesday morning; politics neutral)’. The Stamford Mercury of 23rd November 1866 reported his bankruptcy, but the business appears to have continued nevertheless.

 

The Drake household of High Street Uppingham, as shown in the 1881 census, includes all three of the family photographers who appear in this list. Charles, head of household and born in Stowmarket, Suffolk, is recorded as aged 43, and his occupation is given as photography. No occupation is given for his wife, Martha, aged 53 and born in Lawshall, Suffolk. Harry, their oldest son, is 26. Born in Stowmarket, he is entered as a photographer. There are four younger children, all born in Uppingham; all are recorded as ‘scholar’ except Frank, the second son, who is an auctioneer’s clerk. Charles died in 1882. See also Drake's obituary.

 

DRAKE, Mrs Charles

 

            1 Orange Lane, Uppingham

            KR 1891

 

DRAKE, Mrs Charles & Son

 

            Orange Lane, Uppingham

            KR 1888, KR 1895, KR 1899

 

            High Street, Uppingham

            KR 1904, KR 1908, KR 1912

 

DRAKE, Harry

 

            High Street, Uppingham

            TC 1911/12, KR 1916, KR 1922

 

DRAKE, M & Son

 

            Orange Lane, Uppingham

            WRL 1894

 

‘Also picture framers’. This is presumably the same as  ‘Drake, Mrs Martha,  & Son (Harry)’, below.

 

DRAKE, Mrs Martha, & Son (Harry)

 

            Orange Lane, Uppingham

            WHR 1893/4, WHR 1899

 

Both directories add: ‘& picture framers’.

 

 

 

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