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Directory of Early Photographers in Leicestershire E - G


68 New Walk, Leicester
KL 1912, WRLR 1914, KL 1916


Heathcote gives a detailed account of his career. Formerly a book-keeper and a coal merchant, Eastham took up photography by 1845, operating initially in various Lancashire towns, before making excursions further afield. After a purpose-built ‘Temple of Arts’ studio in Blackpool ended in bankruptcy in 1854, he set up in business in Leicester. His studio at 26 Gallowtree Gate was in operation from March to July 1855. His later career included periods in Yorkshire and London, before he settled in Manchester, where he continued into the 1880s.

EDWARDS, William B

2 Moat Road, Leicester
WRLE 1899

1 Moat Road, Leicester
WRLR 1903, KL 1904

KL 1904 expands the address to ‘1 Moat Road, Evington, Leicester’.


139 Belgrave Gate, Leicester
KL 1991

ESAU, James

2 New Walk, Leicester
KL 1904


Baxtergate, Loughborough
WL 1863


80 Humberstone Road, Leicester
WRLR 1894


See entry for J Paterson, who apparently (according to BEL 1902) succeeded Field at (presumably) 108 Humberstone Road, Leicester.

FINK, Mrs Harriett

69 High Street, Leicester
WL 1877

See also Mrs Jane Fink, below.

FINK, Isaac Thomas

69 High Street, Leicester
DL 1861, SL 1862, HL 1870, BAL 1875, CG 1875, KL 1876

‘Toy dealer and photographer’ in DL 1861. Fink is also listed as a picture frame maker in HL 1870. See also ‘Isaac Kirk’.

FINK, Mrs Jane

69 High Street, Leicester
WRLR 1878

But the street directory and commercial directory sections of WRLR 1878 both list Mrs Harriet Fink, photographer, at this address.


69 High Street, Leicester
BUL 1867

‘Fink’s’ seems more likely.


Photographer, bookseller and stationer of 18 Granby Street, Leicester, who advertised his 'newly erected Glass Room' and his collodion portraits in The Leicester Chronicle, 12th September 1857.


13 Rutland Street, Leicester. She advertised her 'Photographic Likenesses' (with the heading: 'To Ladies!') in the 'Leicestershire Mercury' during the summer and autumn of 1856.

FISH, Robert Russell

13 Rutland Street, Leicester
DL 1861, SL 1862, WL 1863, KL 1864, WMD 1864, BUL 1867, HL 1870, LTP 1870, BAL 1875, CG 1875

FISH, Ward Robert

Acted as assistant to his father, Robert Russell Fish (above) in the studio in Rutland Street, Leicester. The 'Leicester Journal' of 20th April 1866 reported his suicide.


50 London Road, Leicester
KL 1916

FISHER, Sydney H

50 London Road, Leicester
WRLR 1911, KL 1912, WRLR 1914

FISHER, William

Church Street, Loughborough
DL 1861

Church Gate, Loughborough
WMD 1864

‘Painter, gilder & photographer’ in DL 1861.

FOX, John Henry

4 Friar Lane, Leicester
WRLE 1887/8, WRLR 1889/90, KL 1891

‘Thos Kemp, manager, … and at London & Birmingham’ (WRLE 1887/8). ‘(T Kemp)’ (WRLR 1889/90).

FRANKS, Charles

High Street, Leicester
ML 1854

‘Optician & photographer’.


Market Place, Shepshed
BEL 1902, WLO 1902

‘Printer, bookseller, stationer & portrait & landscape photographer’ in BEL 1902.

FROST, Robert H

19 Church Gate, Loughborough
WLO 1887, WRLE 1887/8, BEL 1888, KL 1888, WLO 1888 WRLR 1889/90, KL 1891, WRLE 1892

24 Baxter Gate, Loughborough
WRLR 1894, KL 1895, KL 1899, WRLE 1899, BEL 1902, KL 1904

‘Photographer & artist’ in BEL 1888. Also a picture frame maker, according to WRLR 1894 & WRLE 1899.

He evidently ran an earlier studio than either of those listed above: his advertisement in WLO 1887 names ‘Forest Road Studio’, which is overprinted with: ‘Removed to 19 Church Gate’.

His entry in Pike (1892) includes: 'Mr Frost's methods are quite on a par with the excellence of his work. He spares no pains in endeavouring to secure a correct likekess and prides himself on his ability to give everyone satisfaction. His charges are not extravagant.... He makes a speciality of cartes de visite, cabinet portraits and hand-painted reproductions, all of which are turned out in an artistic manner. In what is perhaps one of the most difficult branches of photography, viz., the taking of children's likenesses, Mr Frost has made quite a reputation.'

GALE’S Limited

18 Granby Street, Leicester
WRLR 1914, KL 1916

GAUNT, George

20 Granby Street, Leicester
WRLR 1914

GAUNT, George, & Son

20 Granby Street, Leicester
KL 1916


2 Bishop Street, Melton Mowbray
KL 1904

GLOBE Distributing Co

8 Exchange Buildings, 40½ Rutland Street, Leicester
WRLR 1914


Belvoir Road, Coalville, Leicester
KL 1899, KL 1904

Coalville, Leicester
WRLE 1899

Belvoir Street, Coalville, Leicester
BEL 1902

42 Belvoir Road, Coalville, Leicester
KL 1908


Mill Street, Loughborough
WMD 1864

GRAVES, Thomas

47 Crafton Street, Leicester
WRLE 1880, WRLR 1883/4


2 Lower Hastings Street, Leicester
WRLR 1909

GREAVES, William

Beast Market, Lutterworth
WRLE 1887/8, KL 1888, KL 1891, WRLR 1894

He may be the same William Greaves as appears below. But the two Greaves addresses in KL 1891 and WRLR 1894 are listed separately and without cross-reference.

GREAVES, William

193 Belgrave Gate, Leicester
KL 1891, WRLE 1892, WRLR 1894, KL 1895, KL 1899, WRLE 1899, BEL 1902, WRLR 1903, KL 1904, WRLR 1906, KL 1908, WRLR 1909, WRLR 1911, KL 1912, WRLR 1914’ KL 1916

See also William Greaves, above. His advertisement in WRLE 1892 refers to the studio as the ‘Excelsior Galleries’ and offers ‘Art Photography in all its branches from cartes-de-visite to life size, including Platinotype Photos. Strict attention paid to outdoor photography. Wedding and family groups on the shortest notice. Every accommodation for dressing. Special terms to professionals. Studio on ground floor.’ BEL 1902 also refers to ‘Excelsior Galleries’.

GREEN, Samuel James

85 St Saviour’s Road, Leicester
KL 1891

Coalville, Leicester
KL 1895, KL 1899, WRLE 1899, KL 1904

Owen Street, Coalville
BEL 1902

GREEN, Samuel James,Vann &

1 Argyle Street, Leicester
WRLE 1887/8

23 Argyle Street, Leicester
KL 1888

85 St Saviour’s Road, Leicester
WRLR 1889/90, WRLE 1892


20 Vauxhall Street, Leicester
DL 1861


2 Arnold Street, Leicester
WRLR 1883/4

See also Edward Griffiths, below.


8 Stanley Terrace, Humberstone Road, Leicester
KL 1881

2 Arnold Street, Curzon Street, Leicester
WRLE 1887/8, KL 1888, WRLR 1889/90, KL 1891, WRLE 1892, WRLR 1894

20 Maynard Road, Leicester
KL 1895

Holbrook Road, Leicester
WRLR 1903, KL 1904, WRLR 1906, KL 1908, WRLR 1909

22 Holbrook Road, Leicester
WRLR 1911

See also Edward Griffith, above. KL 1891 omits ‘Curzon Street’.

GRIFFITHS, James Robert

38 East Street, Leicester
WRLR 1889/90, WRLE 1892, WRLR 1894, KL 1895

He was in business by 1885, being described as 'artist photographer' in the death notice of his wife, Mary Ann, in 'The Leicester Chronicle', 10th January 1885.

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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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