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Directory of Early Photographers in Norfolk, A


ACOCK, Charles F

Burnham Market

ACOCK, Thomas W

Burnham Market
KN1912, KN1916

ADCOCK, Ernest D

Upper St Giles Street,

ADCOCK & Howie

85 Upper St Giles Street, Norwich

Cory shows Adcock alone at 85 St Giles Street, c1887/8.

ADCOCK, Mann &

6 Upper St Giles Street, Norwich

James Mann ran a studio alone at this address up to and including KN1879.


1 White Hart Street, Thetford
WS1874, KN1875, HN1877, WN1879, KN1883, WN1883, WS1885

His name is mis-spelt as ‘Aegina’ in WS1875, WS1885, HN1877, and as ‘Agena’ in WN1883. A carte with ‘1869’ pencilled on it bears a stuck-on label which reads, ‘Sig. Aegena’s Sixpenny Carte de Visite, Magdalen Gates, Norwich’.

Hepworth has a photo of Aegina’s two-storey Thetford premises. A door and a bay window take up most of the room at street level, but Aegena makes the most of the opportunities available. The windows are entirely given over to examples of his work, with portraits of assorted sizes displayed alongside a selection of topographical subjects. A large framed board, filled with further pictures, hangs in the narrow wall space beside the door. Painted boards around the top of the bay announce: ‘H Aegena’, ‘Thetford Institute of Photography’, and ‘Sig. Aegena Artist’. Above the central board is mounted a coat of arms which features a lion and unicorn as supporters and which looks more royal than it really is. Above the door a further sign offers the additional services of picture frame making and advertising office. More signs and notices are stuck above the door at first floor level; while on the other side of the upper window is mounted, as a trade sign, a large model camera.

It appears from Austin that Signor Aegena was really William Henry Finch, junior (q.v.), who adopted his own variation of a family nom de plume.

ALDOUS, Charles

White Lion Street, Norwich
KN1896, KN1900, KN1904, KN1908, JN1911, JN1914

18 White Lion Street, Norwich
TC1901, KN1912, KN1916

Misspelt as 'Aldons' in TC1901.


Neptune Terrace, Yarmouth
CY1863, WN1864

ALGER, Cleer Sewell

Mere Street, Diss
HN1877, KN1879, WN1883, KN1883, KN1888, WN1890, KN1892, KN1896, KN1900, TC1901

HN1877 also shows Alger as a land agent, surveyor, lithographer and insurance agent. All directories except HN1877 and KN1900 refer to him as Cleer Sewell Alger junior.

ALGER, Frederick Sewell

Mere Street, Diss
WN1883, KN1904

ALLEN, Godfrey

Rampant Horse Street, Norwich

ALLEN, William

Cowgate Street, Norwich

AMES, Edward Cooper

Listed by Cory at Distillery Street, Norwich, 1859.

AMES, Frederick James

Gordon Terrace, Heacham

Station Road, Heacham
KN1908, KN1912, KN1916

Entered as F Ames & Co, 1904-12.

AMES, William

Rosebery Road, Norwich


St Benedict's Road, Norwich
HN1863, HN1868


Norwich Road, Fakenham
KN1896, KN1900, KN1904, KN1908, KN1912, KN1916, AN1916

Station Road, Fakenham


An itinerant whose advertisement in 'The Norwich Mercury' of 16th August 1856 refers to him as continuing to operate in Fakenham. Heathcote locates him in Swindon in 1854 and believes him to have been previously employed in London.


5 St Peter's Road, Yarmouth
KN1904, KN1908

AYERS, Ellen Martha

Daughter of Thomas (below). She was recorded as 'photographic artist' in the 1901 census and as 'artist, in 1891 and 1911. She is referred to in the Thomas Ayers studio note.

AYERS, Harry William

Son of Thomas (below). He appears to have worked in his father's studio and then taken it over after his death. Recorded as a photographer in the 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses and in the 1901 processing of his father's will. He is referred to in the Thomas Ayers studio note.

AYERS, Thomas S

3 Regent Road, Yarmouth

3 Clarence Place, Regent Road, Yarmouth
FP1859, HN1863

4 Clarence Place, Yarmouth

Clarence Place, Yarmouth

3 & 4 Regent Road, Yarmouth
KN1865, KN1869

Regent Road, Yarmouth
HN1868, MS1868, HN1872, HN1877

8 & 9 Regent Road, Yarmouth
GY1874, SYcirca1878, KN1883, KN1888, KN1892, KN1896, KN1900, KN1904, KN1908, KN1912

8 Regent Road, Yarmouth
KN1875, KN1879, WN1883, WN1890, TC1901, KN1916

He is misspelt as ‘Ayer’ in MS1868, and ‘Ayres’ in HN1872 and TC1901. Thomas ‘Dyers’ of Regent Road Yarmouth, who is listed in WN1854, seems likely to be Ayers as well. KN1858 refers to T Ayers junior. KN1853 shows a Thomas Ayers of Regent Road, Yarmouth, as a watch & clock maker. Heathcote refers to Thomas Ayers practising at 2 Clarence Place, Regent Road, from November 1853 onwards, and Paul Godfrey has found a cabinet print with 'Since 1852' printed on the mount. It seems possible that the Clarence Place addresses and the 3 & 4 Regent Road addresses all refer to the same studio.

Thomas Ayers died in 1901, but the business continued under his name when his son, Harry (above) took it over. (See also separate studio notes on Thomas Ayers and Regent Road studios)

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