EARLY SUFFOLK PHOTOGRAPHERS - A-B

 

 

ABBOTT, Charles

 

Nayland

KS1900

 

High Street, Lavenham

KS1908

 

Two different Charles Abbotts may be represented here.  The second would appear to be the successor to Joseph H Abbott, below.

 

ABBOTT, J H

 

Lavenham

KS1858

 

Bildestone, Ipwich

KS1865

 

See also Joseph H Abbott, below.

 

ABBOTT, Joseph H

 

Lavenham

WS1892

 

High Street, Lavenham

KS1896, KS1900, TC1901, KS1904

 

A connection with J H Abbott, above, seems possible, but there is a gap of 27 years.

 

ABEL, Thomas

 

40 Queen's Road, Bury

KS1916

 

ALDERTON, Robert Ernest

 

20 Fore Street, Ipswich

KS1912, KI1913, AS1916

 

27 St Matthew's Street, Ipswich

KI1914, KI1915, KI1918

 

ALDERTON & Goodwin

 

20 Fore Street, Ipswich

KI1912

 

ALDIS, Elijah

 

17 Westgate Street, Ipswich

KS1883

 

ALDOUS, W & P

 

6 Upper Orwell Street, Ipswich

KS1908, KI1909, KI1910

 

ALEXANDER, R D

 

According to 'The Ipswich Journal' (26.12.1868), he had a 'private photographic studio' in the 1850s. Though himself, apparently, an amateur, he employed as his assistant William Cobb (q.v.), who went on to become a prominent Ipswich professional photographer.

 

ALLEN, George

 

Glemsford

WS1885, WS1892

 

ARBON, William

 

The Green, Mendlesham, Stowmarket

KS1896

 

ARCADE Photographic Co

 

Arcade Street, Ipswich

KS1888

 

For Arcade Studio, see Chinery.

 

ARMSTRONG, Self &

 

Wellclose Square, Framlingham

KS1892

 

ARTIS, Frederick

 

High Street, Hadleigh

KS1900, TC1901

 

ASTON, William

 

29 St Andrew's Street South, Bury

WS1874, KS1875, KS1879

 

83 St John Street, Bury

KS1883, WS1885, KS1888, WS1892, KS1892

 

BALLS, Frederick


St Matthew's Street, Ipswich

HS1873

 

65 St Matthew's Street, Ipswich

WS1874, KS1875

 

BANYARD, James Charles

 

Melton

KS1892, KS1896, KS1900, KS1904

 

See also Banyards.

 

BANYARDS, C

 

Melton

TC1901, IDT1906/7

 

See also Banyard.

 

BARKWAY, Frederick M

 

42 Abbeygate Street, Bury

KS1916

 

BARR, W

 

Ipswich Road, Hadleigh

KS1858

 

BARRETT, F

 

London Road, Lowestoft

KS1865

 

BARRETT, John

 

London Road, Lowestoft

KS1883, WS1885, KS1888, KS1892

 

103 London Road North, Ipswich

WS1892

 

103 London Road North, Lowestoft

KS1896

 

2 Church Road, Lowestoft

KS1896, KS1900

 

WS abbreviates Lowestoft & Ipswich to their initial letter. It seems likely that WS1892 misprints ‘I’ for ‘L’.

 

 

BARRETT, Michael Frederick

 

London Road, Lowestoft

HN1863, HN1868, MS1868, KS1869, HN1872, HS1873, KS1875, HN1877, KS1879

 

BATLEY, Walter

 

3 King Street, Ipswich

SI1881

Batley, 12 St Matthew's Street, Ipswich

SI1885

 

SI1894 shows Walter Patley (q.v.) at 12 St Matthew's Street, but enters him in the B section of the alphabetical order.

 

BAWDEN, William

 

Walmer Terrace, London Road South, Lowestoft

IDT1906/7

 

Also described as 'newsagent, stationer & tobacconist'.

 

BAXTER, John James

 

45 Churchgate Street, Bury

KS1858, HS1864

 

BEALES, George Anthony

 

5 Westgate Street, Ipswich

KS1896

 

This studio was later occupied by Edward Adolphus Tear (q.v.).

 

BEATTIE, John

 

Heathcote identifies Beattie as an early daguerreotypist and (from 1851) a wet plate photographer. Scottish by birth (c1820), he spent time in eastern England, including periods in Norfolk and Suffolk, before settling in Bristol in 1858 (Linkman). Heathcote lists his Suffolk studios as:  Northgate Hill, Bury, from April to July 1852; Angel Hill, Bury, from October to December 1854; Upper Olland Street, Bungay, from April to May 1855; Museum Street, Ipswich, in December 1855. According to 'The Norwich Mercury' and 'The Norfolk News', he also worked in July and August 1856 'at the top of London Road, Lowestoft, next to the Baptist Chapel'. A 'Norfolk News' advertisement of 21st June 1856 refers to a previous visit to Lowestoft six years earlier. Whilst, this appears to indicate a visit to the town in 1850, Beattie's counting of the years may have been a little approximate. (He was in Great Yarmouth, just across the Norfolk border, in 1852, and that could have been close to the time of his first Lowestoft visit.)

 

BEDFORD, Carus C

 

Ebor House, Carr Street, Ipswich

KI1909, KI1910, KI1912

 

KI1910 also shows Bedford as offering ‘cinematograph & lantern entertainments’. KI1913 shows him working at Ebor House as a ‘photographic material & gramophone & record dealer’, but no longer, apparently, as a studio photographer.

 

BEDWELL, J

 

London Road South, Lowestoft

KS1858

 

BEERE, Henry William

 

Boxford

KS1904, KS1908

 

BERRY, Miss Susanna

 

78 Cross Street, Sudbury

KS1879, KS1883

 

Melford Road, Sudbury

KS1888

 

20 St Andrew's Street North, Bury

WS1892, KS1892

 

Described in KS1888 as ‘photographic colourist’.

 

BEVAN, Henry William

 

2 Pier Terrace, Lowestoft

KS1875, KS1879, KS1883, WS1885, KS1888, KS1892, KS1896

 

2a Pier Terrace, Lowestoft

WS1892

 

According to Robb/Godfrey, glass negatives from Bevan's studio passed into the hands of the Jenkins family, when they took over the premises. They survived in the Pier Terrace basement until lost (along with Jenkins plates) in the East Coast floods of 1953. Some of the Bevan archive may, however, have already been lost in the earlier floods of 1897. The Robb/Godfrey correspondence dates the Bevan studio to 1874-1896.

According to LJ/IR, Bevan was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, in 1852 and arrived in Lowestoft in 1874, when he took over the photographic interests of William Reed and of Delaney & Co. His wife, Clarissa (whom he married in 1876), was from Lowestoft, and they had three children. He was appointed official photographer to the mayors of Lowestoft and in 1877 (shortly before her death at the age of 103) he photographed Lady Pleasance Smith, daughter of the Lord of the Manor of Lowestoft and wife of the Linnaean Society’s founder. Bevan sold the business to Harry Jenkins in 1898 and died in 1927.

 

BEVAN, J

 

Pier Terrace, Lowestoft

HN1877

 

BOATWRIGHT, Ambrose

 

Market Place, Bungay

KS1865. MS1868, KS1869, KS1875

 

Earsham Street, Bungay

HS1873, WS1874

 

Described in MS1868 as ‘photographer & agent to the Library Company’; described in HS1873 as ‘photographer, stationer, toy & fancy repository’.

 

BOOTH, George

 

Active in the early 20th century in Church Street, Woodbridge. He was a printer, stationer and photographic publisher, but he may not have been a photographer in his own right.

 

BOUGHEN, Hugh

 

London Road, Brandon

KS1869, KS1879, KS1883, WS1885, KS1888, KS1892, KS1896, KS1900, KS1904, KS1908, KS1912, KS1916

 

Brandon

WS1892

 

BOUGHTON’s

 

54 London Road North, Lowestoft

KS1912

 

This must refer to the firm of Walter Boughton, below.

 

BOUGHTON, Robert Thomas

 

25 Westgate Street, Ipswich

KI1914, KI1915, KS1916, KI1918

 

BOUGHTON, Walter, & Sons

 

106 London Road, Lowestoft

KS1892

 

54 London Road, Lowestoft

KS1896. KS1900, KS1904, KS1908

 

24 Buttermarket, Ipswich

KS1900, TC1901

 

54 London Road North, Lowestoft

IDT1906/7. KS1916, AS1916

 

The KS1900 entries are separate, but in view of the firm's moves and expansions, these two Suffolk studios seem likely to be part of the same chain. This is the same business that had a changing pattern of branches in four Norfolk towns between 1883 & 1912, for which see Boughton in the Norfolk Directory.

A carte, apparently from the late 1890s, also mentions a studio at Bury St Edmunds. Its coincidence with the other studios mentioned on the mount – Lowestoft, Thetford & Yarmouth – would tie in with the state of the Boughton chain at around 1896. But the Bury business began operations rather earlier in the decade. An advertisement, discovered by David Gobbitt in the 'Bury and Norwich Post', 5th September 1893, states that the Bury studio has recently been opened and locates it at 7 Market Hill.

According to LJ/IR, Boughton succeeded H W Bevan as official photographer to the mayors of Lowestoft. Robb/Godfrey notes that the Boughton, Jenkins and Wilson families were business competitors in Lowestoft but maintained strong social links. The studio at 54 London Road continued in use for many years, with Walter being succeeded by his son and grandson. Paul Godfrey's memories of the premises  in the 1960s form a separate studio note

 

BOULTWOOD, Sidney

 

He had automatic photo studios in Lowestoft and Ipswich shortly before the beginning of the First World War. For further details, see entry for ‘StickyBacks studios’.

 

BRIDGMAN, Thomas Cooper

97 Northgate Street, Bury

WS1855

Recorded by Heathcote as an itinerant, who described his process as ‘actinographic’, and who set up a studio at Botanic Gardens, Bury, July to August 1854. His appearance at a different address in WS1855, however, suggests a second or a longer stay in the town. An earlier presence in the town is also indicated: his discovery of an improved version of the collodion process was reported by the 'Bury and Norwich Post' on 1st June 1853. (No address was mentioned on that occasion.)

 

BROOKS, C E

 

Great Cornard, Sudbury

KS1908, KS1912, KS1916

 

See also Charles Brookes below.

 

BROOKES Charles E

 

249 Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich

KS1904, KI1906

 

See also C E Brookes above.

 

BROWN, Tom

 

Orwell Road, Felixstowe

KS1908

 

BUGG, Arthur A

Finborough Road, Stowmarket

KS1875, KS1879, SI1881, KS1883, WS1885, KS1888, KS1892, KS1896

 

Stowmarket

WS1892

 

Malster describes his Finborough Road studio as 'a small hut'.

 

BURROUGHES, Frank Smith

 

76 High Street, Gorleston

KN1912

 

76 & 77 High Street, Gorleston

AS1916

 

121 High Street, Gorleston

KN1916

 

See also Burroughs.

 

BURROUGHS, Frank S

 

76 High Street, Gorleston

KY1911/12, KY1913/14

 

121 High Street, Gorleston

KY1915/16

 

See also Burroughes.

 

BURROWS, Henry

 

St Matthew's Street, Ipswich

KS1858

 

61 St Matthew's Street, Ipswich

HS1864 KS1865 MS1868, KS1869

 

BURROWS, Robert

 

St Stephen's Churchyard, Ipswich

KS1858

 

He may (in the light of the Burrows entry below) have been the father of R Burrows junior, below. But Robert Burrows senior may not have been a photographer at all, and the two Roberts in this list may have been the same person. Malster gives the dates of Robert Burrows as 1810-1883 and describes him as an Ipswich professional artist who took up photography in the 1850s.

 

BURROWS, Robert, junior

 

St Peter's Street, Ipswich

KS1858

 

Possibly, but not necessarily, the son of R Burrows, above. WS1855 shows a Robert Burrows junior as an artist at the Cattle Market, Ipswich.

 

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