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Directory of Early Photographers in Cambridgeshire - Sources and Conventions


Though included in some Cambridgeshire trade directories, Newmarket is (and, for the most part, was) in Suffolk, and is dealt with in the Suffolk Directory. Though now part of the Isle of Ely, Peterborough was, in Victorian and Edwardian times, in Northants. It does not, therefore, figure in this listing.


The following abbreviations are used for Cambridgeshire sources:

AC Aubrey's Cambridgeshire

BW Balding's Wisbech

CAD Cambridge Annual Directory

CE Creak's Almanack, City of Ely

CH Craven's Huntingdonshire with the Town of Cambridge

CYC Cassey's Cambridgeshire

HC Harrod's Cambridgeshire

KC Kelly's Cambridgeshire

LW Leach's Wisbech

MAC Mathieson's Cambridge, Ely & Newmarket

MOC Morgan's Cambridge, Newmarket & Ely

SC Spalding's Cambridge

SL Sconce's Illustrated Almanack, King's Lynn

TC Town & County's Eastern Counties of England

WS White's Suffolk

Evidence has been drawn from:

AC 1916

BW 1888, 1893

CAD 1909/10

CE 1888

CH 1855

CYC 1864

HC 1873

KC 1858, 1864, 1869, 1875, 1879, 1883, 1888, 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916

LW 1911

MAC 1866, 1867

MOC 1865/6

SC 1874, 1878, 1881, 1884, 1887, 1891, 1895, 1898, 1901, 1904, 1907, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916/7, 1919/20

SL 1906-1909

TC 1901

WS 1892

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

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

Cox: Letter from Sylvia C Cox to the compiler, 20.2.2000, describing researches of Arthur and Sylvia Cox

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

Fosbrook-Ream: Lilian Ream: a life in photography, Violet Fosbrook-Ream, David Rayner & Kim Bowden, Cambridgeshire County Council Libraries and Information Service, 1992

Golding: Reams of Wisbech - Scenes from a Fenland Studio, with notes by Eric Golding, Cambridgeshire Libraries & Information Service, 1987

Hannavy: Victorian Photographers at Work, John Hannavy, Shire, 1997

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

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

Linkman 2: The Photographic Multiple in the Nineteenth Century, Audrey Linkman, The PhotoHistorian Number 110, Royal Photographic Society, 1996

Osman: The Studios of A. & G. Taylor, Colin Osman, The PhotoHistorian Supplement Number 111, Royal Photographic Society, 1996

Pritchard: A Directory of London Photographers, 1841-1908, Michael Pritchard, PhotoResearch, 1994

Reeve: Victorian & Edwardian Cambridge from Old Photographs, F A Reeve, Batsford, 1971

Weston: Samuel Smith’s Wisbech, ed. W P Weston, Friends of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum, 1992


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.


Go to Cambridgeshire directory.




www.earlyphotostudios.uk is a non-commercial web site for local and family historians, listing photographers operating 1840-1916, in Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Rutland and Suffolk. The original site was researched and written in 2011 by the late Robert Pols, photo historian and author, and this re-constructed site is dedicated to his memory.

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