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Directory of Early Photographers in Rutland - A - D


Shown as photographic artist, aged 29, in the 1861 census returns for Oakham.

ASHWELL, William

Whissendine, Oakham
KR 1904, KR 1908, KR 1912

BILLOW, Albert E

Market Place, Oakham
WRR 1899

Presumably the same as A E Billows jun, below.


Kings Road, Oakham
MO 1909

Melton Road, Oakham
MO 1909. MO 1912

The advertisement in MO 1909 lists: ‘Specialities: Miniatures on ivory – perfect colouring and likeness guaranteed. Enlargements finished in the latest styles and processes, Pictures artistically framed.’ Additional information in MO 1912 includes: ‘Photographs taken day or night. Dealer in photographic instruments. Films developed and printed. Artists’ materials, oils, water colours, brushes, etc. Scenes painted any design for theatricals and back-grounds of every description.’

See also the various Billow/Billows entries above and below.


Market Place, Oakham
KR 1899

See Albert E Billows, below.


Melton Road, Oakham
KR 1908, TC 1911/12, KR 1912, KR 1916

36 Moulton Road, Oakham
TC 1918

Melton Road, Oakham
KR 1922

Born, according to the 1911 census, in 1874/5. The Billows entries above and below seem likely to refer to the same photographer.

According to The London Gazette, an Albert E Billows of High Street, Oakham, filed a petition for bankruptcy in 1900, and, the following March, his creditors received 3s 9d in the pound. This could explain the gap between 1899 and 1908 that becomes apparent in trade directory entries when the series of Billows records is put together.

(Studio note)

BILLOWS, Albert Edward Js.

Market Place, Oakham
WHR 1899

See A E Billows jun, above.

BURTON, John & Sons

3 Haymarket, Leicester
KR 1876, WHR 1877

Ashwell Road, Oakham
KR 1876, WRR 1880, KR 1881, KR 1888

WHR 1877

Burton on Trent
WHR 1877

Melton Mowbray
WHR 1877, KR 1881

Haymarket, Leicester
WRR 1880

KR 1881

3 Haymarket, Leicester
KR 1888

14 Market Place, Melton Mowbray
KR 1888

‘Artists & photographers’ in WRR 1880, which also indicates that the attendance day at the Oakham studio was Wednesday. For more detailed coverage of Burton studios in other counties, see the Leicestershire studio directory.


Shown as photographer, aged 21, in the 1911 census returns for Uppingham.

COOKE, Charles G & S

MO 1904

His advertisement adds: ‘Artists’ materials supplied to order. Lantern slides for sale or hire. Crystoleums &c.’


Ashwell Road, Oakham
HR 1870

He is shown as a photographer, aged 27, in the 1861 census returns for Oakham.


Itinerant photographer from Leicester, who appeared in court in Oakham in 1899, charged with taking money for photographs that he failed to supply. (Source: The Grantham Journal, 25th February, 1899)


Orange Lane, Uppingham
WRR 1899

Ayston Toad, Uppingham
TC 1905/6

Presumably this is Mrs Charles Drake & Son (see below).

DRAKE, C & Son

High Street, Uppingham
TC 1918

DRAKE, Charles

High Street, Uppingham
KR 1864, HR 1870, BAR 1875, KR 1876, WHR 1877, KR 1881

Also, according to HR 1870, ‘publisher & editor of the Uppingham Gazette (published every Wednesday morning; politics neutral)’. The Stamford Mercury of 23rd November 1866 reported his bankruptcy, but the business appears to have continued nevertheless.

The Drake household of High Street Uppingham, as shown in the 1881 census, includes all three of the family photographers who appear in this list. Charles, head of household and born in Stowmarket, Suffolk, is recorded as aged 43, and his occupation is given as photography. No occupation is given for his wife, Martha, aged 53 and born in Lawshall, Suffolk. Harry, their oldest son, is 26. Born in Stowmarket, he is entered as a photographer. There are four younger children, all born in Uppingham; all are recorded as ‘scholar’ except Frank, the second son, who is an auctioneer’s clerk. Charles died in 1882. See also Drake's obituary.

DRAKE, Mrs Charles

1 Orange Lane, Uppingham
KR 1891

DRAKE, Mrs Charles & Son

Orange Lane, Uppingham
KR 1888, KR 1895, KR 1899

High Street, Uppingham
KR 1904, KR 1908, KR 1912

DRAKE, Harry

High Street, Uppingham
TC 1911/12, KR 1916, KR 1922

DRAKE, M & Son

Orange Lane, Uppingham
WRL 1894

‘Also picture framers’. This is presumably the same as ‘Drake, Mrs Martha, & Son (Harry)’, below.

DRAKE, Mrs Martha, & Son (Harry)

Orange Lane, Uppingham
WHR 1893/4, WHR 1899

Both directories add: ‘& picture framers’.

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