EARLY SUFFOLK PHOTOGRAPHERS - W-Z
WADDELL, John Smellie
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
Mill Street, Mildenhall
KS1904, IDT1906/7, KS1908, KS1912, KS1916
117 Crown Street, Ipswich
SI1894, KS1896, KS1900, KS1904
113 Crown Street, Ipswich
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.
19 London Road South, Lowestoft
49 Abbeygate Street, Bury
99 Northgate Street, Bury
Cemetery Road, Bury
35 Queen's Road, Bury
34 Abbeygate Street, Bury
34 Crown Street, Bury
WEBB. Henry Arthur
Post Office, Stradbroke
The Studio Royal, 105 St Helen's Street, Ipswich
KS1900, KS1904, IDT1906/7, KS1908, KS1912, AS1916
26 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge
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
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.
18 Upper Brook Street, Buttermarket, Ipswich
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
Victoria Parade, Felixstowe
TC1901, IDT1906/7, AS1916
21 Victoria Parade, Felixstowe
KS1904, KS1908, KS1912
21 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe
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,
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
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.)
45 Churchgate Street, Bury
WILKINS, Arthur J
65 St John Street, Bury
4 Westgate Street, Ipswich
167 Bells Road, Gorleston
Berners Street, Ipswich
Listed as ‘photographic portrait artist’, Williams is the earliest known Suffolk studio photographer.
91 London Road, Lowestoft
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.
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.)
High Street, Hadleigh
SI1881, SI1885, WS1885, KS1892, SI1894, KS1896, KS1888, KS1900, TC1901, KS1904, IDT1906/7, KS1908
27 High Street, Hadleigh
WINTER, Cornelius J W
Regent Street, Yarmouth
High Street, Yarmouth
WOOLFE, J H
Westgate Street, Ipswich
Church Street, Eye
KS1888, KS1892, KS1896, KS1900, KS1904, KS1908, KS1912, KS1916
WOOLSTON, Daniel James
12 Arcade, London Road North, Lowestoft
12 Victoria Arcade, London Road North, Lowestoft
London Road North, Lowestoft
The studio appears as 'Arcade Studio, London Road North' on a mount in the possession of Ann Green.
Market Hill, Sudbury
14 Market Hill, Sudbury
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
17 Harbour Quay, Gorleston
197 High Street
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
Harbour Quay, Gorleston
KN1908, KN1912, KN1916
Brush Wharf, Gorleston
KY1911/12, KY1913/14, KY1915/16
High Street, Gorleston
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.
74 London Road, Lowestoft
95 High Street, Lowestoft
Victoria Terrace, Kirkley, Lowestoft
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.
Old Station Road, Newmarket
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