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Directory of Early Photographers in Northamptonshire, D - F



26 Sheep Street, Northampton
KN 1910


7 Towler Street, Peterborough
KN 1906

DAVIS, John Frederick

Priestgate, Peterborough
SP 1862

Listed as ‘artist, photographic and miniature’.


3 Derby Road, Northampton
KN 1898

DENNY, John Love

56 High Street, Daventry
WRN 1884, KN 1885

DEXTER, Walter S

Midland Road, Wellingborough
HN 1876

Walter Sothern Dexter, a member of the Dexter family of photographers of King’s Lynn, Norfolk, was working in his parents' Lynn studio by 1871. He set up his own studio in Wellingborough some time in the first half of the 1870s and was still there at the time of the 1881 census. But he returned to Lynn in May 1881 to take over the family business. Further information about the Dexter operations can be found in the Norfolk and Suffolk studio directories.


Midland Road, Wellingborough
WN 1874

DORAN, William

19 Percival Street, Peterborough
CAP 1896, COP 1898

A member of a Woolwich family of photographers, Doran subsequently set up business in Whitby, Yorkshire. Further information can be found in ‘Whitby Photographers – Their lives and their photographs from the 1840s’ by Ruth Wilcock (Towlard Publications, 2011).


27 The Drapery, Northampton
KN 1869, WN 1874, KN 1877


107 Midland Road, Wellingborough
KN 1903

DOWNES, Taylor &

Active in Peterborough as postcard publishers (but not necessarily photographers) in the early years of the 20th century.

DRAYCOTT, John Arthur

11 Gold Street, Northampton
SN 1889, KN 1890, SN 1893, LN 1893/4, KN 1894, WNN 1896, KN 1898, KN 1903, TC 1905/6

Kingswell Street, Northampton
KN 1890

KN 1903 and TC 1905/6 add ‘Ltd’. In LN 1906 and LN 1907, J Mills (q.v.), operating at 11 Gold Street, is referred to as ‘late Draycott Ltd’.


11 Gold Street, Northampton
KN 1885


KN 1854

‘Photographic portrait taker, draper’. Heathcote records that he was originally a miniature painter with a practice in London’s Regent Street. His first photographic venture seems to have been in Taunton, Devon, in 1852. His first visit to Northampton was in 1853 and he returned for a further season in October 1854, staying until some time in 1855. His studio (on the second occasion, and possibly on the first) was at Mrs Cooley’s in Mercers’ Row, opposite the Post Office. There appears to have been a third visit to the town a year later, for an advertisement in the 'Northampton Mercury' of July 5th 1856 - giving his address as 'Drapery' - offers 'Collodian (sic), Talbotype and Oil Photographs taken in a style unexcelled by any Artist in England'. In later years he exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy and opened a photographic gallery in Oxford Street, London.

DUDLEY, Horace H

5 Horse Market, Northampton
KN 1906, LN 1906, LN 1907, TC 1911/12

Jenkinson’s Block, Kettering
KN 1906

The KN 1906 entries are on separate lines, and so could conceivably refer to two different photographers.

EAST, Warren

11 Newland Street, Kettering
KN 1894, KN 1898, KN 1903, TC 1905/6, KN 1906, KN 1910, TC 1911/12, KN 1914, TC 1918, KN 1920

TC 1918 adds: ‘also lanternist & cinematographist’.

EASTMID Photography Studio

Market Place, Peterborough
COP 1898, KN 1903, TC 1905/6

5a Market Place, Peterborough
TC 1911/12, TC 1918

Listed as ‘Eastmid & Co Ltd’ in KN 1903. See also the entries for A Macworth and H Marriott.


74 & 76 Abington Street, Northampton
LN 1906

ELDING, Joseph

Newark, Peterborough
KN 1910

ELITE Photographic Co

50 Horse Market, Northampton
TC 1911/12

5 Horse Market, Northampton
KN 1914

KN 1914 adds ‘George Evans proprietor’.

ELKINGTON, Amos Charles

18 Rockingham Road, Kettering
KN 1910

See also F Elkinston, below, with whom a family link is suspected.


18 Rockingham Road, Kettering
TC 1911/12, TC 1918

‘Elkinston’ looks as if it could be a misspelling of ‘Elkington – or vice versa.

EVANS, George

See Elite Photographic Co.

EVANS, Herbert

Market Place,Kettering
TC 1905/6, TC 1911/12

Silver Street, Kettering
TC 1918


Raunds, Thrapston
WN 1874, KN 1877


Bath Road Studio, 47 (back of) Bath Road, Kettering
KN 1920


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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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