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Directory of Early Photographers in Northamptonshire, Sources and Conventions



Though now a part of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough was historically a part of Northamptonshire and is included in this studio directory. Occasionally an out-of-county location was named as part of the address in a Northamptonshire directory, usually because it was the nearest sizeable town. Such entries still belong to Northamptonshire and are not excluded from this listing.


The following abbreviations are used for Northamptonshire sources:
CAP Caster’s Peterborough
CLP Clarke’s Peterborough
COP Cook’s Peterborough
DN Deacon’s Northamptonshire
HN Harrod’s Northamptonshire
KN Kelly's Northamptonshire (including Kelly’s PO Northamptonshire)
LN Lea’s Northampton
MN Melville’s Northamptonshire
PD The Peterborough Directory (possibly Clarke’s)
PN Phillips’ Northampton
RN Roberts’ Northampton
SN Stevens’ Northampton
SP Slater’s Peterborough
TC Town & County’s Northampton & District (Northamptonshire)
TN Taylor’s Northampton
TNA Taylor’s Northampton Almanack
WN Whellan’s Northamptonshire
WNN Wright’s Northampton & Neighbourhood
WRN Wright’s Northamptonshire

Evidence has been drawn from:

CAP 1896, 1901, 1907, 1912
CLP 1876
COP 1894, 1898
DN 1890
HN 1876
KN 1854, 1864, 1869, 1877, 1885, 1890, 1894, 1898, 1903, 1906, 1910, 1914, 1920
LN 1893/4, 1906, 1907, 1912, 1914
MN 1861
PD 1892
PN 1853
RN 1884
SN 1889, 1893
SP 1862
TC 1905/6, 1911/12, 1918
TN 1859, 1864
TNA 1863, 1864, 1865, 1869, 1871, 1872
WN 1874
WNN 1896
WRN 1884

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

Adamson (1): More Early Studios, K Adamson (The Photographic Journal, Royal Photographic Society, January 1988)

Adamson (2): Professional Photographers in Lincolnshire, K I P Adamson (PhotoHistorian Supplement 99, Royal Photographic Society, 1993)

Bradley: Alfred Seaman, Victorian Derbyshire Photographer, Dr John Bradley, published online

Heathcote: A Faithful Likeness – the first Photographic Studios in the British Isles, 1841 to 1855, Bernard & Pauline Heathcote (Heathcote, 2002)

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.

If 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.

Kingscliffe is sometimes printed as one word and sometimes as two in trade directories. The single-word version has been used here.

Additional information on Peterborough photographers can be found at www.fadingimages.uk (Cambridgeshire Photographers 1840-2000)

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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.

This page was last modified: 04 September 2022, 12:13

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