EARLY SUFFOLK PHOTOGRAPHERS - W-Z

 

 

WADDELL, John Smellie

 

Leiston

KS1912, KS1916

 

WALLACE, Clarke and

 

Malster mentions that they had a studio at 28 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, in May 1866. Clarke was presumably John William Clarke (q.v.).

 

WALLIS, L W

 

High Street, Mildenhall

KS1900

Mill Street, Mildenhall

KS1904, IDT1906/7, KS1908, KS1912, KS1916

 

WALTERS, Harry

 

117 Crown Street, Ipswich

SI1894, KS1896, KS1900, KS1904

 

113 Crown Street, Ipswich

KS1904

 

11 St Margaret's Plain, Ipswich

KI1906, IDT1906/7, KS1908, KI1909, KI1910, KS1912, KI1912, KI1913, KI1914, KI1915, KS1916, AS1916, KI1918

 

IDT1906/7 adds ‘near Christchurch Park’. From KI1912 onwards, the business is listed as ‘H Walters & Son’.

 

According to Malster, Walters' first camera, in the 1870s, was home-made. He enjoyed creating 'trick' photographs, including a multiple picture of himself, and he was also well known locally as a black-face comedian and banjo player. He remained at his St Margaret's Plain studio until his death in 1926.

 

 

WARREN, W

 

19 London Road South, Lowestoft

KS1888

 

WATSON, Frederick

 

49 Abbeygate Street, Bury

WS1892

 

99 Northgate Street, Bury

KS1896

 

Cemetery Road, Bury

KS1900

 

35 Queen's Road, Bury

KS1904

 

34 Abbeygate Street, Bury

KS1908

 

34 Crown Street, Bury

KS1912

 

WEBB. Henry Arthur

 

Stradbroke

KS1904, KS1908

 

near Stradbroke

KS1912

 

Post Office, Stradbroke

KS1916

 

WEBSTER, W

 

The Studio Royal, 105 St Helen's Street, Ipswich

SI1894

 

WELTON, Henry

 

Thoroughfare, Woodbridge

KS1900, KS1904, IDT1906/7, KS1908, KS1912, AS1916

 

26 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge

KS1908

 

WESTROP

 

Sheila Miller reports the existence of a carte de visite, probably from the 1860s, by Westrop of Bury St Edmunds. The fact that no trade directories have been found for him suggests that his studio may have been short-lived, and short-lived studios are sometimes a sign of a photographer whose practice was largely itinerant. The uncommonness of the surname does, therefore, make one wonder whether this could be the John Westrop noted by Fairground Ancestors. He is recorded there as a travelling photographer and showman, who attended fairs in Lincoln (1881), Much Hadham, Herefordshire (1891) and Hull (1900). If this is the same man, he had a career duration of 30-40 years. 

 

WHITE, Arthur Leslie

 

52 Buttermarket, Ipswich

KI1912, KS1912, KI1913, KI1914, KI1915

 

21 Victoria Parade, Felixstowe

KS1916

 

David Gobbett reports that White (the son of John, below) remained in Felixstowe until about 1921. He went on to run a studio at 10 Marina Arcade, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, from 1927 until 1939 or 1940, after which he returned to Suffolk and ran the Adolphus Tear (q.v.) studio at 2 The Walk, Ipswich, throughout the Second World War. He was back in Sussex by 1952 and died in Eastbourne on 29th April 1963, aged 86. See also separate studio note.

 

WHITE, John

 

18 Upper Brook Street, Buttermarket, Ipswich

KI1885

 

18 Upper Brook Street, Ipswich

WS1885, KS1888, JI1890, KS1892, WS1892, SI1894, KS1896, KS1900

 

52 Buttermarket, Ipswich

WS1892, SI1894, TC1901, KS1904, KI1906, IDT1906/7, KS1908, KI1909, KI1910

 

13 Victoria Parade, Felixstowe

KS1900

 

Victoria Parade, Felixstowe

TC1901, IDT1906/7, AS1916

 

21 Victoria Parade, Felixstowe

KS1904, KS1908, KS1912

 

21 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe

CF1909

 

Felixstowe

KI1909

 

John White cartes, dating from the 1880s & 1890s, give the Ipswich address simply as 18 Brook Street. One of his mounts, discovered by David Gobbitt, bears a handwritten date that shows White was in business at Brook Street as early as August 1883. The Ipswich studio is listed as ‘John White & Son’ in KS1904, IDT1906/7, KS1908, KI1909 and KI1910. The Felixstowe studio is listed as ‘John White & Son’ in KS1908, CF1909, KI1909 and KS1912. See also separate studio note.

 

His advertisement in CF1909 promises ‘Every description of indoor and outdoor photography. Enlargements from any photograph and in any style, finished by experienced artists. Miniatures in permanent ceramic colours on copper enamel, or in water-colours on ivory.’

 

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

 

WHITE, Cade &

 

4 Westgate Street, Ipswich

KS1879, SI1881, KS1883

 

Successors to Robert Cade. A Cade & White carte mount of the, perhaps, early or mid 70s, has the address: Cornhill, Ipswich. This is believed to be the Westgate Street studio. See studio note.

 

WHITFIELD, Cosser & Co

 

43 Carr Street, Ipswich

KS1916

 

But see also Cosser, in which series of entries this would fill a gap. (An unnecessary comma in KS1916 seems to have created an imaginary partnership of Messrs Whitfield and Cosser instead of referring to the business of George Whitfield Cosser.)

 

WHITLOCK, W

 

45 Churchgate Street, Bury

KS1865

 

WILKINS, Arthur J

 

65 St John Street, Bury

KS1896

 

WILKINS, Jeffery

 

4 Westgate Street, Ipswich

KS1908

 

WILLIAMS, George

 

167 Bells Road, Gorleston

KN1904

 

WILLIAMS, William

 

Berners Street, Ipswich

WS1844

 

Listed as ‘photographic portrait artist’, Williams is the earliest known Suffolk studio photographer.

 

WILSON, Christopher

 

91 London Road, Lowestoft

KS1904, KS1908

 

91 London Road North, Lowestoft

IDT1906/7, KS1912, KS1916, AS1916

 

Wilson is the subject of a book, 'Images of Lowestoft: the photographs of Christopher Wilson' by Ian G Robb (Sutton Publishing, 2002). Robb/Godfrey reports that he first worked (c 1888-1893) in Sleaford, Lincs, before moving to Lowestoft and the studio of Walter Boughton (c1894-1904). Though subsequently setting up his own business, he remained part of the Boughton/Jenkins circle of competing but friendly photographic families. (According to LJ/IR, he succeeded Boughton as official photographer to the mayors of Lowestoft.) The rise of the amateur photographer forced him in later years to take up the developing and printing trade and sell photographic equipment. Though

promoting Kodak products as a retailer, he retained a strong personal preference for the products of British photographic manufacturers. The Lowestoft Record office holds a collection of his prints, including some dating from his Sleaford years.

 

WILSON, John

 

A confidence trickster of 5 Tintern Terrace, Ipswich, who travelled in Suffolk and Norfolk, taking pre-payment for photographs that he only pretended to take. He was arrested in King's Lynn, Norfolk, in April 1893 and was returned to Halesworth, where there was already a warrant for his arrest. (Reported in 'Ispwich Journal', 15th April and 1st July 1893.)

 

WILSON, Thomas

 

High Street, Hadleigh

SI1881, SI1885, WS1885, KS1892, SI1894, KS1896, KS1888, KS1900, TC1901, KS1904, IDT1906/7, KS1908

 

Hadleigh

WS1892

 

27 High Street, Hadleigh

KS1912

 

WINTER, Cornelius J W

 

Regent Street, Yarmouth

WN1854, CN1856

 

Southtown, Yarmouth

CY1863

 

High Street, Yarmouth

HN1868

 

WOOLFE, J H

 

Westgate Street, Ipswich

KS1908

 

WOOLSEY, Herbert

 

Church Street, Eye

KS1888, KS1892, KS1896, KS1900, KS1904, KS1908, KS1912, KS1916

Eye

WS1892

 

WOOLSTON, Daniel James

 

12 Arcade, London Road North, Lowestoft

KS1912

 

12 Victoria Arcade, London Road North, Lowestoft

KS1916

 

London Road North, Lowestoft

AS1916

 

The studio appears as 'Arcade Studio, London Road North' on a mount in the possession of Ann Green.

 

WRIGHT, Samuel

 

Market Hill, Sudbury

KS1865

 

14 Market Hill, Sudbury

MS1868

 

Described in MS1868 as ‘dealer in photographic materials, chemicals, etc.’.

 

YALLOP, Alfred William

 

198 High Street, Gorleston

KN1896, TC1901, IDT1906/7

 

107 High Street, Gorleston

KN1900

 

17 Harbour Quay, Gorleston

KN1900, KN1904

 

197 High Street

KN1904

 

14a King Street, Yarmouth

KN1904, KN1908, NTC1909, KY1911/12, KN1912, KY1913/14, KY1915/16, KN1916

 

It’s tempting to wonder whether ‘107’ in KN1900 could be a mistake for ‘197’. (King Street studios). Paul Godfrey reports that the Harbour Quay studio was originally a wooden shed, which was eventually replaced by a bricks-and-mortar building. The Yallop business was continued by Alfred's son, Sydney, into the 1960s. 

 

Yallop appears in NTC1909 as 'Photog. View Publisher' with the telephone number Yarmouth 83. His home address, 36 Southtown Road, has the number Yarmouth 32.

 

YARDLEY, Miss Alice Olivia

 

197 & 198 High Street, Gorleston

KN1908, KY1911/12, KN1912, KY1913/14, KY1915/16, KN1916

 

197 High Street, Gorleston

NTC1909

 

Harbour Quay, Gorleston

KN1908, KN1912, KN1916

 

Brush Wharf, Gorleston

KY1911/12, KY1913/14, KY1915/16

 

High Street, Gorleston

AS1916

 

NTC1909 gives the telephone number Gorleston 23. The High Street studio was formerly run by Alfred Yallop (above). Paul Godfrey believes that Harbour Quay and Brush Wharf are probably the same address. He has also provided some additional biographical information:

 

Alice Yardley, the daughter of Vincent (a builder) and Barbara (née Brain), originated from London. She was born in 1866 and baptised at St George's, Bloomsbury, on 26th December. By 1881 she was living in Batteresea and giving her occupation as 'artist'. In 1891 she was working in Sunderland as a photographer. Between 1922 and 1925 her studio in Gorleston High Street passed back into the control of the Yallop family (Alfred and his son, Sydney). By

1931 she was running a photographic studio in Wimborne, Dorset. A 1937 passenger list shows her, retired and resident in Wimborne, cruising from Southampton to New York. She died at Blandford, Dorset, in 1955.

 

YOUNG, Augustus

 

74 London Road, Lowestoft

KS1888

 

95 High Street, Lowestoft

WS1892 KS1892

 

Kirkley

WS1892

 

Victoria Terrace, Kirkley, Lowestoft

KS1892 KS1896

 

Wellington Road, Kirkley, Lowestoft

KS1904 IDT1906/7 KS1908, KS1912

 

IDT1906/7 and KS1912 omit ‘Kirkley’.

 

He was involved in the Photographic Convention of the United Kingdom, 1897, by which time he was at the Wellington Road address.

 

YOUNG, E

 

Old Station Road, Newmarket

KC1916

 

 

 

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