EARLY SUFFOLK PHOTOGRAPHERS - S

 

 

SAUNDERS, James

 

Kirkley, Lowestoft

KS1858

 

Harding's Cottages, Kirkley, Lowestoft

HN1863, HS1864

 

London Road, Kirkley, Lowestoft

HN1868

 

1 Providence Place, Lowestoft

MS1868, KS1869

 

He was working at 1 Providence Place, Lowestoft by 24th October 1857, according to an advertisement in 'The Norfolk News'. In the same edition he advertised for sale a fully-equipped 'portable Photographic Gallery' which was offered 'owing to the proprietor being obliged to remove it'. This suggests a period of itinerant operation before Saunders settled in Providence Place.

 

He is referred to as ‘James Saunders junior’ in KS1869. This may mark a transfer of the business from father to son, but the use of ‘junior’ in trade directories does not always seem consistent. A Saunders carte mount, dating from the late 60s, gives the 1 Providence Place address, and offers the spelling, ‘Kirtley’. ('Kirtley ' is also the spelling used in 'The Norfolk News'.)

 

SAWYER, J R

 

Sawyer was a Norwich photographer, details of whom can be found in the Norfolk Directory. One of his carte mount designs from the 1860s refers to an additional studio at 18 Brook Street, corner of Butter Market, Ipswich. An 'Ipswich Journal' advertisement of 31st March 1866 refers to the studio as Sawyer's 'New Establishment'. The same notice assures customers that there is 'A Lady Attendant and Dressing Room'. David Gobbitt has found that photography at Brook Street was managed for Sawyer by W A Smith (q.v.). An advertisement in the 'Ipswich Journal', 30th March 1867, records Sawyer's disposal of the business and Smith's launch of it under his own name.

 

David Gobbitt’s investigations of Sawyer, Smith and White at 18 (Upper) Brook Street, Ipswich, can be followed on Rootsweb’s Suffolk message board. See also the Sawyer & Bird studio folder.

 

SAYERS, Fras. H

 

19 London Road South, Lowestoft

KS1892

  

SCRIVENER, Charles

 

13 Well Street, Bury

MS1868

 

SCRIVENER, Frederick

 

Norwich Road, Ipswich

HS1864

 

13 Well Street, Bury

HS1864, KS1865

 

Cutler Street, Ipswich

KS1865, KS1869

 

18½ Norwich Road, Ipswich

KS1869, KS1865, MS1868

 

11 Well Street, Bury

KS1869

 

Well Street, Bury

HS1873

 

94 St John Street, Bury

WS1874

 

7 Norwich Road, Ipswich

WS1874, KS1875

 

WS1874 describes the business as 'photographer and fine art repos(i)t(or)y, and gives the Ipswich address as 'Park Place, 7 Norwich Road'.

 

SELF, John

 

Framlingham & Saxmundham

WS1892

 

Wellclose Square, Framlingham

KS1896, KS1900, KS1904, KS1908, KS1912, KS1916

 

‘J.P.’ is appended to his name in KS1916.

 

SELF & Armstrong

 

Wellclose Square, Framlingham

KS1892

 

SEYMOUR, Jonas D

 

12 St Nicholas Street, Ipswich

WS1885

 

SHERBORN, Henry Robert

 

Wellington Street, Newmarket

WS1874, KC1875, KC1883, WS1885

 

Church Lane, Newmarket

KC1875, KC1879

 

High Street, Newmarket

KC1888, KC1892, KC1896, KC1900, TC1901, KC1904, KC1908, KC1912, KC1916, AC1916

 

Newmarket

WS1892

 

‘FRPS’ is appended to his name in KC1896. Described in TC1901 as 'also photographic dealer'.

 

SHORT, William

 

Church Street, Eye

WS1874, KS1875

 

SKEET, John

Woodbridge Road, Ipswich

WS1874

SMITH, J

 

Wickhambrook

KS1858

 

SMITH, Thomas T

 

New Street, Woodbridge

KS1896

 

SMITH, Walter Azemberg 

11 Brook Street, Ipswich

MS1868

 

18 Upper Brook Street, Ipswich

KS1869, WS1874, KS1875, KS1879, SI1881, KS1883

 

18 Brook Street

HS1873

 

Originally acting as manager for J R M Sawyer (q.v.), Smith took over the business at 18 Brook Street in his own name in 1867. An advertisement in 'The Ipswich Journal' of 30th March 1867 (found by David Gobbitt) records the change of ownership. It rather looks as if the mention of '11 Brook Street' in MS1868 could be an error. '& Co’ is added to Smith's name in KS1883. SI1881 adds ‘corner of Butter Market’ to the address.

 

David Gobbitt has also supplied some biographical information:

The son of Marian Smith, he was christened Walter Azemberg Smith (not 'Azembey', as later given in some trade directories) in Norwich, Norfolk, on 3rd April 1838. He was practising as an architect when, on 14th December 1859, he married Emily Moore in Islington, Middlesex. He moved back to Norwich after the birth of a daughter in London in 1860, but before the 1861 census. He was still described in 1861 as architect and surveyor.

 

A report in the 'Norfolk News', 3 Oct 1863, sheds light on his transition from architect to photographer. He was working as assistant to the Norwich City Surveyor when he was engaged to design and project-manage the building of John Sawyer's new Italian Studio in Norwich - which was completed by early October 1863. He then joined Sawyer's artistic department as a colourist, and moved on to manage Sawyer's new Ipswich studio in the autumn of 1865.

 

When working in Ipswich, Smith won a silver medal for 'excellence in photographic portraits', at the Needham Market Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition of 1867 - an achievement to which he drew attention in a series of advertisements in the 'Ipswich Journal' from July to September of that year. In 1883 the Brook Street studio passed into the hands of John White (q.v.), and Smith subsequently entered into partnership with Edwin Debenham (q.v.) at 1 Sussex Place, Southampton, Hampshire. The partnership was dissolved in September 1887, and Smith carried on the business alone, despite keeping Debenham's name above the door. He was still in Southampton in 1911, when (still trading as 'Debenham and Smith) he had a studio at 149 Above Bar. He died on 3rd June 1918.

 

David Gobbitt’s investigations of Sawyer, Smith and White at 18 (Upper) Brook Street, Ipswich, can be followed on Rootsweb’s Suffolk message board.

 

SOUTHGATE, H J

 

Upper Orwell Place, Ipswich

IDT1906/7, AS1916

 

SPANTON, William

 

16 Abbeygate Street, Bury

KS1865, MS1868, KS1869

 

Jarman relates that Spanton's ‘Repository of Arts & West Suffolk Photographic Establishment’, housed in a building of his own design in Abbeygate Street, was in operation by 1864. Versed in a variety of building and decorating trades, Spanton concentrated in the late 1860s on photography, framing and gilding. He died in 1870, aged 47.

 

SPANTON, William Silas

 

16 Abbeygate Street, Bury

WS1874, KS1875, KS1879, KS1883, WS1885, KS1888, WS1892, KS1892, KS1896, KS1900, TC1901

 

WS1874 adds 'and artists' colorer'. Jarman says that William Silas (the son of William Spanton, above) gave up art training in London to take over the business on his father's death in 1870. He diversified into the sale of art materials and built up a practice as an optician. He was prominent in local affairs, and was involved in the conversion of Moyses Hall, Bury, to a museum. As a photographer, he resisted the introduction of electric light in his studio until his retirement in 1901. A photograph of his north-light studio, dating from about 1900, shows some up-to-date props, but also shows natural lighting arrangements that would have looked much the same 30 or so years before.

 

SPARROW, Horace

 

George Street, Brandon

KS1904, KS1908

 

High Street, Brandon

KS1912

 

18 & 20 High Street, Brandon

KS1916

 

SPRINGTHORPE, George

 

18 Tacket Street, Ipswich

MS1868, KS1869, HS1873, WS1874, KS1875, KS1879, SI1881, KS1883, SI1885, WS1885, KS1888

 

20 Tacket Street, Ipswich

SI1881, SI1885, WS1885

 

An 'Ipswich Journal' advertisement of 13th July 1888 refers to him as 'St George Springthorpe', names the premises at 18 and 20 Tacket Street, and also refers to a further studio at 1 Great Wingfield Street, Ipswich.

 

STAINER, Maurice

 

Descendant Steve Clarke reports that Stainer had a studio on New Road, Saxmundham, in 1881. See, also, Stainer in the Norfolk directory.

 

STANLEY, Alfred H

 

25 Bury Street, Stowmarket

KS1912, KS1916, AS1916

 

See also Fred Stanley, below.

 

STANLEY, Fred H

 

Woolpit

KS1904, KS1908

 

‘Fred’ is a possible contraction of ‘Alfred’. See Alfred Stanley, above.

 

STEVENS, F W

 

Mendlesham

KS1912, KS1916

 

STICKYBACKS STUDIOS

 

More than one company produced ‘Sticky Backs’, which were small adhesive-backed portraits, taken by an early type of automatic photo system. Paul Godfrey draws attention to the Suffolk branches of a StickyBack chain run by Sidney Boultwood:

LowestoftBridge, Lowestoft               1912-1913

155 London Road, Lowestoft              1912-1913

49 St Matthew’s Street, Ipswich         1913

More information – both about the format and about Boultwood’s business – can be found on the Sussex Photohistory website.

 

STOKES, J

 

Grey Friars' Road, Ipswich

KS1858, KS1865

 

40 St Peter's Street, Ipswich

KS1865

 

Unless it records a fourth J Stokes, KS1858 seems most likely to refer to Josiah Stokes, below. KS1865 could refer to either Josiah or Joseph.

 

STOKES, Joseph

28 Grey Friars Road, Ipswich

KS1869, HS1873, WS1874, KS1875 

See also J Stokes, above.

 

STOKES, Joshua

 

28 Greyfriars Street, Ipswich

MS1868

 

STOKES, Josiah

 

Friars' Road, Ipswich

HS1864

 

See also J Stokes, above.

 

STOKES, Thomas

 

Clare

KS1896

 

This entry seems likely to be a mistaken version of Thomas Stokoe, below.

 

STOKOE, Thomas

 

Clare

KS1879, KS1883, KS1888, WS1892, KS1892, KS1900, KS1904

 

High Street, Haverhill

KS1883, KS1888

 

Market Hill, Clare

WS1885, KS1912

 

Haverhill

WS1885, WS1892

 

High Street, Clare

KS1908

 

KS1883 says that attendance at the Haverhill studio is ‘every Friday and first & second Saturdays in the month’. See also Thomas Stokes, above.

 

SYRETT, R J

13 Hatter Street, Bury

WS1855 

Heathcote  records that Syrett ran the Hatter Street studio from June 1853 until July 1854. A 'Bury and Ipswich Post' advertisement of 1st June 1853 promotes his 'Non-Inverted Photographic Portraits', which are 'Hermetically Sealed between Gols and Silver'. He subsequently formed part of the Gilliam & Syrett partnership that had premises in London Road, Lowestoft, in July 1855.

 

 

 

 

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