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Directory of Early Photographers in Rutland - Sources and Conventions


Rutland is a tiny county that is usually treated as an appendage to Leicestershire in trade directories. It has had to fight for its existence over the years, and it lost its separate identity for a period after the local government reorganisation of the early 1970s. It has therefore seemed to me important that it should have its own studio directory, small though that is.

One Oakham photographer, John Burton, conducted his main operation in Leicester and had other branches elsewhere. All Rutland trade directory references to his out-of-county studios have been included in this listing, but his career can be traced in more detail in the Leicestershire studio directory.

The following abbreviations are used for Rutland sources:

BAR Barker’s Rutland

BEL Bennett’s Leicestershire

BER Bennett’s Rutland

HR Harrod’s Rutland

KR Kelly’s (Post Office) Rutland

MO Matkin’s Oakham Almanack

TC Town & County’s Northampton & District (Rutland)

WHR White’s Rutland

WRL Wright’s Leicester (and area)

WRR Wright’s Rutland

Evidence has been drawn from:

BAR 1875

BEL 1902

BER 1888

HR 1870

KR 1864, 1876, 1881, 1888, 1891, 1895, 1899, 1904, 1908. 1912, 1916, 1922

MO 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1912, 1914,

1921, 1923, 1924

TC 1905/6, 1911/12, 1918

WHR 1877, 1893/4, 1899

WRL 1894

WRR 1880, 1899

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

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

Traylen: Notable Citizens of Rutland, A R Traylen (Spiegl Press, 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.

Go to Rutland 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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