Directory of Early Photographers in Suffolk - W - Z
WADDELL, John Smellie
WALLACE, Clarke and
Malster mentions that they had a studio at 28 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, in May 1866. Clarke was presumably John William Clarke (q.v.).
WALLIS, L W
IDT1906/7 adds ‘near Christchurch Park’. From KI1912 onwards, the business is listed as ‘H Walters & Son’.
According to Malster, Walters' first camera, in the 1870s, was home-made. He enjoyed creating 'trick' photographs, including a multiple picture of himself, and he was also well known locally as a black-face comedian and banjo player. He remained at his St Margaret's Plain studio until his death in 1926.
WEBB. Henry Arthur
Sheila Miller reports the existence of a carte de visite, probably from the 1860s, by Westrop of Bury St Edmunds. The fact that no trade directories have been found for him suggests that his studio may have been short-lived, and short-lived studios are sometimes a sign of a photographer whose practice was largely itinerant. The uncommonness of the surname does, therefore, make one wonder whether this could be the John Westrop noted by Fairground Ancestors. He is recorded there as a travelling photographer and showman, who attended fairs in Lincoln (1881), Much Hadham, Herefordshire (1891) and Hull (1900). If this is the same man, he had a career duration of 30-40 years.
WHITE, Arthur Leslie
David Gobbett reports that White (the son of John, below) remained in Felixstowe until about 1921. He went on to run a studio at 10 Marina Arcade, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, from 1927 until 1939 or 1940, after which he returned to Suffolk and ran the Adolphus Tear (q.v.) studio at 2 The Walk, Ipswich, throughout the Second World War. He was back in Sussex by 1952 and died in Eastbourne on 29th April 1963, aged 86. See also separate studio note.
John White cartes, dating from the 1880s & 1890s, give the Ipswich address simply as 18 Brook Street. One of his mounts, discovered by David Gobbitt, bears a handwritten date that shows White was in business at Brook Street as early as August 1883. The Ipswich studio is listed as ‘John White & Son’ in KS1904, IDT1906/7, KS1908, KI1909 and KI1910. The Felixstowe studio is listed as ‘John White & Son’ in KS1908, CF1909, KI1909 and KS1912. See also separate studio note.
His advertisement in CF1909 promises ‘Every description of indoor and outdoor photography. Enlargements from any photograph and in any style, finished by experienced artists. Miniatures in permanent ceramic colours on copper enamel, or in water-colours on ivory.’
David Gobbitt’s investigations of Sawyer, Smith and White at 18 (Upper) Brook Street, Ipswich, can be followed on Rootsweb’s Suffolk message board.
WHITE, Cade &
Successors to Robert Cade. A Cade & White carte mount of the, perhaps, early or mid 70s, has the address: Cornhill, Ipswich. This is believed to be the Westgate Street studio. See studio note.
WHITFIELD, Cosser & Co
But see also Cosser, in which series of entries this would fill a gap. (An unnecessary comma in KS1916 seems to have created an imaginary partnership of Messrs Whitfield and Cosser instead of referring to the business of George Whitfield Cosser.)
WILKINS, Arthur J
Listed as ‘photographic portrait artist’, Williams is the earliest known Suffolk studio photographer.
Wilson is the subject of a book, 'Images of Lowestoft: the photographs of Christopher Wilson' by Ian G Robb (Sutton Publishing, 2002). Robb/Godfrey reports that he first worked (c 1888-1893) in Sleaford, Lincs, before moving to Lowestoft and the studio of Walter Boughton (c1894-1904). Though subsequently setting up his own business, he remained part of the Boughton/Jenkins circle of competing but friendly photographic families. (According to LJ/IR, he succeeded Boughton as official photographer to the mayors of Lowestoft.) The rise of the amateur photographer forced him in later years to take up the developing and printing trade and sell photographic equipment. Though
promoting Kodak products as a retailer, he retained a strong personal preference for the products of British photographic manufacturers. The Lowestoft Record office holds a collection of his prints, including some dating from his Sleaford years.
A confidence trickster of 5 Tintern Terrace, Ipswich, who travelled in Suffolk and Norfolk, taking pre-payment for photographs that he only pretended to take. He was arrested in King's Lynn, Norfolk, in April 1893 and was returned to Halesworth, where there was already a warrant for his arrest. (Reported in 'Ispwich Journal', 15th April and 1st July 1893.)
WINTER, Cornelius J W
WOOLFE, J H
WOOLSTON, Daniel James
The studio appears as 'Arcade Studio, London Road North' on a mount in the possession of Ann Green.
Described in MS1868 as ‘dealer in photographic materials, chemicals, etc.’.
YALLOP, Alfred William
It’s tempting to wonder whether ‘107’ in KN1900 could be a mistake for ‘197’. (King Street studios). Paul Godfrey reports that the Harbour Quay studio was originally a wooden shed, which was eventually replaced by a bricks-and-mortar building. The Yallop business was continued by Alfred's son, Sydney, into the 1960s.
Yallop appears in NTC1909 as 'Photog. View Publisher' with the telephone number Yarmouth 83. His home address, 36 Southtown Road, has the number Yarmouth 32.
YARDLEY, Miss Alice Olivia
NTC1909 gives the telephone number Gorleston 23. The High Street studio was formerly run by Alfred Yallop (above). Paul Godfrey believes that Harbour Quay and Brush Wharf are probably the same address. He has also provided some additional biographical information:
Alice Yardley, the daughter of Vincent (a builder) and Barbara (née Brain), originated from London. She was born in 1866 and baptised at St George's, Bloomsbury, on 26th December. By 1881 she was living in Batteresea and giving her occupation as 'artist'. In 1891 she was working in Sunderland as a photographer. Between 1922 and 1925 her studio in Gorleston High Street passed back into the control of the Yallop family (Alfred and his son, Sydney). By 1931 she was running a photographic studio in Wimborne, Dorset. A 1937 passenger list shows her, retired and resident in Wimborne, cruising from Southampton to New York. She died at Blandford, Dorset, in 1955.
Note: Gorleston was a Suffolk parish until the early 1800s when it became a part of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. We have therefore included Gorleston photographers in both county listings.
IDT1906/7 and KS1912 omit ‘Kirkley’.
He was involved in the Photographic Convention of the United Kingdom, 1897, by which time he was at the Wellington Road address.
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