Sources and conventions




Though Thetford and Yarmouth appear in some Suffolk trade directories, they are Norfolk towns, and are covered by that county's Directory. Lowestoft and Newmarket are covered by the Suffolk Directory, despite their occasional appearance in trade directories for Norfolk and Cambridgeshire respectively. Gorleston and Southtown Yarmouth were ancient Suffolk parishes, and appear in the Suffolk Directory,in spite of their frequent straying into Norfolk trade directories. However, photographers whose work spread over both Great Yarmouth and Gorleston or Southtown have their full careers listed in both Norfolk and Suffolk Directories.



The following abbreviations are used for Suffolk sources:

AS                   Aubrey's Suffolk

AC                   Aubrey's Cambridgeshire

CF                   Cowell's Felixstowe & Walton

CN                  Craven's Norfolk

CY                   Cobb's Great Yarmouth

HS                   Harrod's Suffolk

HN                  Harrod's Norfolk

IDT                  Ipswich & District Trades Directory

JI                     Jarrold's Ipswich

KC                  Kelly's Cambridgeshire

KI                    Kelly's Ipswich

KN                  Kelly's Norfolk

KS                   Kelly's Suffolk

KY                  Kelly's Great Yarmouth

MS                  Morris' Suffolk

NTC                National Telephone Company Directory

SI                     Stevens' Ipswich

SY                   Steer's Great Yarmouth

TC                   Town & County's Eastern Counties of England

WN                 White's Norfolk

WS                  White's Suffolk



Evidence has been drawn from:

AS       1916

AC       1916

CF       1909

CN       1856

CY       1863

HS       1864, 1873

HN       1863, 1868, 1872, 1877

IDT      1906/7

JI          1890

KC       1875, 1879, 1883, 1888, 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916

KI        1906, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1918

KN      1879, 1883, 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916

KS       1853, 1858, 1865, 1869, 1875, 1879, 1883, 1888, 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916

KY      1911/12, 1913/14, 1915/16

MS       1868

NTC     1909

SI         1881, 1885, 1894

SY       circa 1878

TC       1901

WN      1854, 1883, 1890, 1868

WS      1844, 1855, 1874*, 1885, 1892

*  A number of photographers are missing from the county-wide listing of WS1874 but appear in the town lists. These entries were overlooked in the original compiling of this directory, but local historian David Gobbitt has supplied the information needed to remedy the deficiency.


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



More Early Studios (2), K Adamson, The Photographic Journal, Royal Photographic Society, July 1988



The Magic Boxes. Professional Photographers and Their Studios in North Essex, 1845-1937, David & John Appleby, Essex Record Office, 1992


Dimond & Taylor:

Crown & Camera - The Royal Family & Photography, 1842-1910, Frances Dimond & Roger Taylor, Penguin, 1987



A Faithful Likeness – The First Photographic Portrait Studios in the British Isles, 1841-1855, Bernard & Pauline Heathcote, Heathcote, 2002


Fairground Ancestors:

UK Fairground Ancestors website at http://members.shaw.ca/pauline777/Visual.html



Victorian Bury St Edmunds in Photographs, introduction by O G Jarman, Suffolk County Archives & County Libraries, 1980



The Victorians – Photographic Portraits, Audrey Linkman, Tauris Parke, 1993



Article in The Lowestoft Journal, early January 2011, based on information supplied by Ian Robb



Suffolk, Robert Malster, Sutton Publishing, 1997 (reissued as part of a compendium, Suffolk - The photographic Collection, Sutton Publishing, 2003)



Information from Paul Godfrey, drawn from his correspondence with Ian Robb, April-August 2009



Bury St Edmunds is abbreviated to Bury throughout the Directory.


Whilst ‘Aldborough’ is found in some trade directories up to the mid 1880s, the spelling ‘Aldeburgh’ is encountered throughout the period covered by the A-Z and it persists today. The archaic spelling on the back of a photograph may indicate mid-eighties or earlier, but the modern spelling is no proof of a relatively modern picture. ‘Aldeburgh’ is used throughout the present listing.


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.

Where 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.




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