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14-01-2009, 2:32 AM
I've come across some very old photographs taken between 1870-95 and processed by 3 different photographers in Leicester. I found it unusual that they all had their establishments on High Street. The oldest appears to be G. Betts, portrait & landscape photographer, 1 Hames Yard, High Street, Leicester. The next, W. Rowe, 82 High Street, Leicester and the last one is J. Wilson & Son, 32 High Street, Leicester. Does anyone have any information on these establishments as to when they were in business?
14-01-2009, 4:56 AM
Hello Bob, if you go to PhotoLondon address below you could find the others you are after,don't put in initials or first names in your search as it gives you much more chance of finding who you are after.
ps.they are adding to it all the time so if you don't find them now you might later.actually looking at it again I'm not sure if he is the one you're after or not.
Born 1834. Died 1893.
Born in Hallaton, Leicestershire 1834.
Christened August 6 1834 in Hallaton.
Md Sarah (b Branstone 1840) in Aylestone, Leicestershire.
STUDIO: 213 Upper Street, Islington 1864 - 1865.
? In Burslem 1869.
Died in Poplar 1893.
14-01-2009, 8:31 PM
I had a look at the web site and didn't come up with anything right now. However, I have bookmarked it for future reference as it could be a useful site in the future. Thank you for the tip.
15-01-2009, 4:38 PM
I've got a 1904 map of Leicester which lists occupants of most shops on the High Street. The only photographer on it is William John Heawood. However the address is given as Coronation Buildings which run from 76-88. Perhaps he took over from Mr Rowe. Hames Yard isn't listed and it's not a name I've heard before so it could be an error or just a very small and short-lived area.
15-01-2009, 4:55 PM
I have 2 photographs taken between 1870 and 1882 with the photographers logo, name and graphics who is W. Rowe. Another photo was taken prior to 1878 probably around 1870-75 and the graphics are quite elaborate on the back and G. Betts the photographer's logo is within a logo type graphic.
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