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Old Photographs - Cambridgeshire Photographers - Coa - Cor

Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

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Name:  COATES, Graham & Co
Address: 5 Cowgate, Peterborough
Working Dates: 1914-1918?
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: No trace of this firm shown in local directories, nor is there a Graham Coates in the 1911 census who seems to fit with this firm. But see below a portrait of an unknown WW1 period lance corporal in uniform in an oval design, postcard sized portrait, not postally used and backstamped in blue ink using a rubber stamp "Graham Coates & Co 5 Cowgate Peterborough" (author's collection).
References: Kelly's 1914 Directory of Northamptonshire lists an "EaU & Coates, picture frame makers" at 5 Cowgate Peterborough. This is probably a transcription error for "Ball and Coates" - see above.

Graham Coates portraitReverse of Graham Coates portrait

COATES, Herbert George - See also BALL & COATES

Name:  COATES, Herbert George b: 1883 d:1978, Later Herbert Coates and Sons.
Address: 7 Victory Road Wisbech, then from around 1955 Market Place, Wisbech
Working Dates: 1910-60s
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Herbert George Coates, was born in 1883 at Langtoft Yorkshire. His father, George Robert Coates, was a grocer. In 1891 Herbert and his family were still resident at Langtoft. In 1901 Herbert was living with his uncle, Albert Coates, and aunt, Annie Coates, at Coniston Yorkshire. Herbert was an apprentice bricklayer and his uncle was a joiner, employing others. At some point during the next few years Herbert gave up bricklaying in favour of photography. In the 1911 census Herbert was in Peterborough, working as a photographer and lodging at 35 Towler Street with his 30 year old sister, Alice Eliza, and his brother in law, Alexander James Ball, who was a joiner. Possibly this census return captures the moment when Alexander, learning from his brother in law, also decided to change his career path and become a photographer. The two brothers in law then went into partnership as Ball and Coates, photographers, at Queen Street Peterborough. They appear in local trade directories between 1911 and 1912, but the partnership could have continued for longer. No trace can be found of a wartime service record for Herbert George Coates.

At some point after the end of WW1 Herbert George Coates was living at 7 Victory Road, Wisbech, and was publishing local real photograph postcards. By 1922 Alexander James Ball was listed in local trade directories as a photographer on his own account at 6 Glebe Road Peterborough.

Herbert George Coates produced postcards, not just of the Wisbech locality, but much of East Anglia and the East Coast. Around 1926-7 the Imperial Photo Co was listed in local directories at Market Place Wisbech and it is believed that Herbert was involved in some way with this firm, but, as with other Wisbech photographers, the firm was bought up by local photographer, Lilian Ream, in 1932. At some point Herbert's twin sons, Kenneth Foster Coates (1923-2004) and Donald Haggar Coates (1923-1992), joined the business, which then became H Coates and Sons. The business did not appear in local trade directories. Herbert retired some time after WW2 and his sons continued the business. Around 1955 they took over the a printer's shop, Bennett's, in Wisbech Market Place. Over 3000 of the firm's negatives were acquired in 1977 by the Wisbech and Fenland Museum. Local Historian Andrew Ingram believes around 5000 negatives have been lost, sold or destroyed over the years. The Wisbech and Fenland Museum does not have any business records for Herbert Coates, but some of the packaging of negatives they hold is marked with orders for batches of prints, suggesting that he put out his postcard printing to another company.

The example postcard below is one of Coates' Nene Series depicting the bridge and Clarkson Memorial Wisbech, c1940.

We are most grateful to Mike Grierson for his recollections below of the Coates family and their business. Mike was born in the house next door to No 7 Victory Road Wisbech, where Herbert Coates lived and from where he ran the business.

"Herbert had two sons, Donald and Kenneth, They were twins, but didn't look alike. Kenneth was tall and slim whilst Don, who always looked older, was balding and of medium height. I think Don may have been in the Army. My recollections are of the time when the two sons ran the business. Mr Coates senior had retired though the business was run from the garage at his house at 7 Victory Rd. He always had a new car, usually a Vauxhall.

Kenneth Coates was the photographer, and when I was eight years old he taught me how to develop film. The day to day business was run by Donald Coates who took all the customers' orders and despatched the postcards. I used to count them out and help take them to the post office.

I remember them having a dark room built at the back of the house and this was exclusively used by Kenneth. He lived in a village between Wisbech and Kings Lynn, maybe Walton Highway. He used to visit the East Coast seaside towns and take the photos and probably visit the customers, who were mostly small seaside shops. I don't believe he took pictures to order. I used to watch him making composite postcards using a number of normal photos stuck onto a white board and then re-photographed in the dark room.

The garage was fitted with racks along the side walls and there were hundreds of boxes of postcards. Apart from their own, they sold a lot of Bamforths comic postcards. They also made small packets of half a dozen local views which I recall were about half a postcard in size, of the Norfolk Broads etc.
The office, which was on the back of the garage, was run by Don Coates, the orders came in and he put them together. Some were quite small, maybe 100 cards whilst the bigger orders might be for 1000 or more mixed cards.

Around 1955 they purchased Bennett Bros printers and stationers in Wisbech Market Place, next to the George Hotel. This was run by Donald Coates whilst Kenneth continued the travelling and the photography. I believe that the postcard business was then moved from the garage in Victory Road, to the stationers on the Market Place. So far as I can remember the name, Bennett, remained on the business.

As I recall there was a set clientele, however, I think Kenneth visited these shops when he was out and about. I never saw Kenneth take part in anything other than photography.

The postcard business was relatively small, a 2 man operation, but they published quite a large number of cards. I spent a lot of time there and learned a lot, from typing to photography. There were no chairs in the office, they had a roll of corrugated cardboard which served as the seat for whoever used the Imperial typewriter.

I am not sure where Coates and Sons had their postcards printed. They didn't do this in-house. I can vaguely recall that there was a Yorkshire connection, so perhaps they got their printing done there. I can remember Carter Paterson or British Road Services delivering postcards in boxes about 15 inches long; I used to help unpack them. When they took over Bennett's shop, they had printing presses, but as I recall they were fairly small and used for printing small items for local businesses, not postcards."

Below is a photograph, kindly provided by Mike Grierson, showing Victory Road Wisbech in the 1930s, with Herbert Coates' Vauxhall car on the drive of No 7. A second photograph shows the shop of Bennett Brothers, stationers and printers, on the Market Place in Wisbech. This dates from the early 1960s after the business had been taken over by H Coates and Sons. (from a negative by Geoff Hastings, reproduced with the kind permission of Andy Ketley) .

References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992. Michael Rouse, "Cambridgeshire in Early Postcards", Oleander Press, 1978
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 3/6/1992 and 27/5/1992
Powell, Roger and Bell, Robert, Britain in Old Photographs, Wisbech, Alan Sutton Publishing, 1972, Pp17 (1930), 26, 29 (1930), 42 (1923), 87 (1930), 106 (1930), 106 (1920s), 108 (1920s), 109 (1930), 110 (1920s), 111 (1930), 115 (1920), 116, 117, 118, 119, 120. A number of Coates postcards appear in "Fen and Marshland Villages A Portrait in Old Photographs and Picture Postcards" by Anthony Day, SB publications ISBN 1 85770 041 4.

Victory Road Wisbech 1930s

Victory Road Wisbech, 1930s, Herbert Coates' car on his drive at No 7

Bennett Brothers, stationers and printers, Market Place Wisbech, from a negative by Geoff Hastings, reproduced with permission of Andy Ketley

Photograph of Bennett Brothers, stationers and printers, on the Market Place Wisbech, early 1960s after the business had been taken over by H Coates and Sons. From an original negative by Geoff Hastings, reproduced with the kind permission of Andy Ketley

Real Photograph Postcard by Coates
Reverse of Coates postcard

Nene Series postcard published by H.Coates, Wisbech c.1940

Name: COATES, Kenneth Foster (1923-2004) see entry for Herbert George Coates above

Name:  COBBETT, Dr Louis b: 1862 Kennington d: 1947 Cambridge
Address: 7 Adams Road, Cambridge
Working Dates: 1908 - 1930s
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Dr Louis Cobbett studied medicine at Trinity College Cambridge and St. Thomas’s Hospital, London, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. He returned to Cambridge in 1893 as a demonstrator  in Pathology. He published a number of papers on diphtheria and was involved in tracing the spread of the disease in outbreaks in Cambridge and Colchester in 1900-01. In 1902 he became scientific investigator to the Royal Commission on Tuberculosis. He then became Professor of Pathology at Sheffield University. He returned to Cambridge in 1908 and took up a lectureship in Pathology until 1929, but continued in undergraduate teaching in retirement.  Dr Cobbett was interested in history and photography. On 2 November 1926 he delivered a lecture to the Cambridge and District Photographic Society on “Anglo-Saxon remains in Cambridge and District”. He was the main contributing photographer to the joint Cambridge Antiquarian Society / Cambridge and District Photographic Society Photographic Survey. Eleven boxes of his negatives submitted to the survey are held in the Cambridgeshire Collection. He served as President of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society in 1939.
References: Obituary, British Medical Journal 22/3/1947 p394. Guide to the CAS Survey by Mike Petty. Guide to the CAS Survey negatives in the Cambridgeshire Collection.

Name:  COCHRAN and CLARKE   Ltd
Address: 6 Broad Street, March
Working Dates: 1953 - 1967
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Wedding, portrait, passport and commercial photographers. This firm took over the March Studio of Alice Askew when she retired in 1953, and operated there until the building was demolished in 1967. The advertisement below is from a 1953 Coronation pamphlet. Below that is a 6in x 4in black and white photograph from a wedding sequence from the 1950s. On the reverse is a backstamp with the text "Cochran and Clarke Ltd photographers 6 Broad Street, March phone March 3159".
References:
We are grateful to Nick Smith for information about this firm. No trace has been found of the firm at Companies House.

Advertisement Cochran and Clark

Wedding photograph by Cochran and ClarkeBackstamp used by Cochran and Clarke

Name:  COCKRANE, William C     b: 1879 Lambeth      d:
Address: 103 Russell Street, Cambridge
Working Dates: c. 1891
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: William, aged just 12 years, was listed in the 1891 Census at the above address as a photographer's assistant. He was the adopted son of Mary Ann Holmes b: 1854 London. In 1891 Mary had three other children, but William was the oldest and the only one adopted. Currently no trace has been found of William or his family in earlier or later census returns, and so his career remains to be discovered.
References: England Census 1891.

Name:  COCKS, Frank S(weetland)      b: 1871 Lewisham, Kent      d: 1936
Address: 6 Exchange Street, Peterborough
Working Dates: 1903 - 1906 at Peterborough, later in Bedford as Frank SWEETLAND.

Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Frank S Cocks was the son of a commercial traveler Jonathan Cocks. His father worked in seeds. The family lived in Lewisham Kent, then East Dulwich before arriving at Peterborough in the late 1870s. In the 1881 census the family lived at Lincoln Road Peterborough and by 1891 they had moved to The Ferns, Park Road, Peterborough. By this time Frank was employed as a clerk. In October 1893 Frank made a patent application for an improved method of fixing pneumatic tyres (Hull Daily News 28 Oct 1893 p3, but no trace found on Espacenet, so presumably the patent was not granted) In August 1896 Frank married Kate Bertha Woodcock from Kettering and in 1898 they had a daughter, Bertha Jane. In May 1897 Frank and William Henry Goodman of Peterborough submitted a patent application for improvements to bicycles and tricycles. (Eastern Morning News Sat 15 May 1897, but again no trace found on Espacenet). By March 1901 Frank and family were living in the High Street at Chatteris Cambridgeshire and Frank was employed as an engineer's clerk.

Frank must have traveled around at this point. In August 1901 he was at 183 Freeman Street, Grimsby when he took photographs of Grimsby, now in the National Archives http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C12769406?descriptiontype=Full&ref=COPY+1/452/222. In 1903 Frank was at 28 Freckleton, Lytham, when he took a photograph of rough seas at Lytham, now in the National Archives http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C13304109 . In July 1903 Frank submitted a photograph of the West Front of Peterborough Cathedral to Stationers' Hall (TNA Copy1/463/395) and gave his address as 6 Exchange Street, Peterborough. All of Frank's submissions to Stationers' Hall were on 12 x 15 inch full plate negatives.

The Peterborough Advertiser on 23 Jan and 30 Jan 1904 carries an advertisement for F. Sweetland Cocks under the heading "Photography" at Exchange Street, Peterborough offering Cabinet Photographs from 10/- per dozen, Cartes de Visite 5/- a dozen and midget photographs and life sized enlargements from sittings or copies. The advertisement states that the firm was formerly Blackman's. In March 1904 Frank submitted another image to Stationers' Hall, depicting the soldier's memorial window in Peterborough Cathedral. (TNA Copy1/471/331) The Kelly's Directory of 1906 lists Frank at Peterborough at 6 Exchange Street, where he was included in the commercial index as a photographer.

Something unusual must have occurred at this point as Frank and his family changed their surnames from Cocks to Sweetland and were recorded with this name in the 1911 census. This was not an error in completing the form. All three members of the family were shown with the surname "Sweetland" and the form was signed "Frank Sweetland". In the 1911 census they were living in Bedfordshire at 81 Tavistock Street Bedford, and Frank was listed as a photographer working on his own account. The change in surname was not permanent. When he died in 1936 Frank was living in Bournemouth and his death and probate records were all in the name of Frank Sweetland Cocks and his widow was shown as Kate Bertha Cocks. His estate was then valued at £538.

There is another example of Cocks' work in the National Archives listed here: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14125276 - 'Photograph of the meet of the Fitzwilliam Hunt at the Guildhall Peterborough March 10th 1904. Size of plate 8½ x 6½. See also below a real photo postcard of Bromham Church, postally used in 1908. The name of the location is finely incised onto the negative and the reverse bears a half inch diameter round rubber stamp "F.Sweetland Bedford".
References: Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire 1906

Sweetland postcard of Bromham Church
Reverse of Sweetland postcard

Name:  CODMAN, John      see above, CADMAN, John

Name:   COLANGELO, Cesare  b:       d:
Address: 1995 at 104 Park Road, Peterborough, 1999 at 20 Pembroke Avenue, Orton Waterville, Peterborough.
Working Dates: 1990 – a number of online directories show the firm still in operation in 2016
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: romantic wedding photography, commercial, advertising, restoration
References: Peterborough Yellow Pages 1990, 1995, 1999.http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/cesare/homepage.html

Name:  COLDHAM, Herbert   b:1871 Norwich  d:1950 Northampton
Address: 42 Ermine Street, Huntingdon
Working Dates: Huntingdon c.1891, later in Northamptonshire.
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Herbert Coldham is listed in the 1891 Census as a photographer, neither employed or an employer. He was living at 42 Ermine Street, Huntingdon with his parents and two brothers. His father, Alfred Coldham b:1836 Heigham Norfolk, was a brewer's cooper, and his mother was Kate (Catharine) Coldham b:1844 Norwich. His brothers were Walter Coldham b: 1873 Norwich, confectioner and Ernest Coldham b: 1875 Norwich billiard marker. The family had left Huntingdon at the latest by 1898, when Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire lists Coldham and Son, photographers, at 178 Kettering Road, Northampton. The 1901 census also shows Herbert at 178 Kettering Road, Northampton, living with his parents and his father, Alfred Coldham, was no longer a cooper, but was a photographer. Both Herbert and Alfred were shown as photographers working from home on their own accounts. Alfred died in 1902, but Coldham and Son continued to operate at least until 1920. In 1911 Herbert was still at 178 Kettering Road Northampton and was still a photographer working from home on his own account. He had married Rose Walden b:1867 Northampton. The two portraits below, of Herbert Coldham and his father Alfred Coldham, in mounts from Coldham and Son 178 Kettering Road, Northampton, are reproduced with grateful thanks to Cecily Porritt who posted these on Ancestry.com as part of the Coldham Family Tree.
Also living with them was Enid Muriel Walden, Herbert's step-daughter b:1896 Northampton, who assisted in the business, and his 4 year old son, Claude Herbert Kirshaw Coldham b:1907 Northampton.
References: England Census 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911, Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire 1898, 1903, 1906, 1910, 1914, 1920

Portrait of Herbert Coldham

Portrait of Alfred Coldham

Name:  COLE, George Walter    b: 1873 Linton       d:
Address: Dernford Mills, Sawston (Cole put this address as Stapleford)
Working Dates: c.1911
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1911 Census George was shown at the above address, working from home as a photographer on his own account. He lived with his wife Mary Ann Cole b:1867 London, and their three children aged 8, 6 and 4 years.
References: England Census 1911

Name:  COLLIER, James b:1826 Peterborough      d:
Address: Cathedral Close, Peterborough
Working Dates: 1861-4
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Local trade directories show James Collier, Photographic Artist, Minster Close Peterborough in 1862, Cathedral Close, Peterborough 1864. In 1851 James was a tailor, as was his father, Thomas Collier b: 1795 Leicester, and they were living in Cathedral Precincts Peterborough with James's sister Catherine, and a visitor, Elizabeth Hitchen a milliner b: 1833 Newborough. In 1861 James (recorded in the census by the enumerator with the surname "Collin") was a photographer, still living in Minster Precincts Peterborough with his widower father, his then married sister, Catherine Knox b: 1828 Peterborough, his nephew, Archibald Knox b: 1859 Peterborough, and his aunt, Judith Glithero B; 1798 Peterborough. By 1871 Catherine's husband Robert Knox an engine fitter, had joined the household, but there was no trace of James. No trace can be found of him elsewhere in 1871 or in later census returns.
References: Slater's Directory of Northamptonshire 1862, Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire 1864, England Census 1851, 1861, 1871.

Name:  COLLINS, Florence Née Batchelor b: 1880 Lee Common       d:1945
Address: 85 Thoday Street Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1911
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Florence is listed in the 1911 Census as a photographer working on her own account from home. She had at that point been married for three years and had a two and a half year old son Thomas Frank Collins b: York and a 1 year old daughter Irenie b: Cambridge. Although Florence was shown as being married, her husband, Thomas Frank A Collins (1882-1946), was not listed at the address on the census night and has not been located elsewhere.
References: England Census 1911

COLLINSON, Eddie - see EMPIRE PICS OF CAMBRIDGE

Name:  COLOURQUICK PHOTOGRAPHY 
Address: 85 Regent Street, Cambridge
Working Dates:  c.1995
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: weddings, portraits
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1995

Name:  COLOURSCOPE 
Address: 25 Monument Street, Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1982
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: a complete range of photographic processing services from a company where quality counts.
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1982

Name:  THE COMMERCIAL STORES CO LTD 
Address: Brinkley
Working Dates: c.c.1922
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The real photograph postcard below, depicting Grey Home, Brinkley, has on the reverse the name of the publisher: "The Commercial Store Co Ltd, Brinkley". The reverse of the postcard also carries the logo for "Rexatone Series, printed in England", whose details appear on many topographical postcards throughout England and who may have been the printers of the card. The card has been postally used and is dated by the writer Oct 28 1922. The Commercial Stores Co Ltd was a Brinkley grocer and wine and spirit merchant, successors to Bennett and Brown. From some time between 1896 and 1904 the business was run by Montague Brown (1860-1947) (b. Birdbook Essex) and later by his son Reginald Headley Brown (1888-1968) (b.Brinkley). Although the village was small, Montague Brown, his son and daughter and two adult male assistants worked at the store. Did Montague Brown simply publish postcards of local views, buying them in from a bigger publisher and selling in his store, or was he, a relative or an assistant, also a photographer?
References: England Census 1901,1911, 1939 Register, Kelly's Directory of Cambridge 1896, 1904, 1916.
Images of Montague Brown and his son can be found on the CCAN website for Burrough Green and District

Postcard by Commercial Stores Co Ltd Brinkley, of Grey Home, Brinkley

Name:  CONNOR, Peter  b: 1865 Cambridgeshire       d:
Address: 49 Staffordshire Street, Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1881
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Peter Connor is listed in the 1881 census at the above address as a photographic artist. Living with him were his father, Patrick Connor b: 1825 Ireland, a hawker, his mother Elizabeth Connor b: 1832 Hertfordshire, brothers Joseph b: 1869, Bernard b: 1878 and Francis b: 1880. His photographic career may have been short lived. By 1891 Peter had become a draper, he had married and was living at 1 Regent Terrace Cambridge with his wife, Julia L Connor b: 1861 Cambridge, daughter Mary M Connor b: 1889 Cambridge and a live-in general servant and an undergraduate lodger. By 1901 Peter still at the same address and was a travelling draper (an occupation classified by the enumerator as a hawker, the same as his father).
References: England Census 1881, 1891, 1901.

Name: CONSTABLE, John   b:       d:
Address: 301 High Street, Cottenham
Working Dates:  c.1980-95
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1995

Name:  CONSTABLE PHOTOGRAPHY    b:       d:
Address: The Studio, Church Walk, St Neots
Working Dates: c.1995-2000
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: weddings, studio portraiture, social events, playgroups, passports
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages  1995 1997, 1998, 2000. Peterborough Yellow Pages 1995, 1999

Name:  COOK, Walter Charles b: 10.3.1876 Watton, Norfolk     d:1963
Address: Soham, Churchgate Street
Working Dates: 1920s?
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In 1891 Walter was an apprentice printer at Saham Toney, Norfolk. In 1899 Walter married Rosa Annie Leonard, a Soham girl, at Newmarket. Their first child, Julia, was born in Soham in 1900. In 1901 Walter was a letterpress printer at Aston, Warwickshire. In 1911 he was living in Bloomsbury Street, Birmingham, occupation letterpress printer and stationer, assisted in the business by his wife Rosa Annie. At some point after this the family re-located back to Soham and by 1939 Walter Charles Cook was a master printer and stationer in Churchgate Street Soham. Daughters Winifred and Phyllis assisted in the business. See below postcard of St Andrews Church Soham bearing the legend "Cook Soham" The reverse of the postcard is a divided back and simply states "Printed in England" and "This is a real photograph" W.C.Cook, Soham, is included in a "Directory of Cambridgeshire Postcard Publishers/photographers noted before 1914" by Michael Rouse in "Cambridge in Early Postcards", Oleander Press 1978. These suggest that it was nearer to 1911 than 1939 when Walter returned to Soham, although he does not appear as a printer or stationer in the 1916 Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire. Walter was a publisher and seller of postcards. It is not known currently whether Walter used his own photographs on his postcards.
References: 1891, 1901 and 1911 census and 1939 register. No trace found of Cook as a Soham photographer in local directories.

Postcard, Cook, Soham

Name:  COOKE, Albert W  b: 1840 Kings Lynn, Norfolk   d: 1896
Address: Market Street Ely
Working Dates: 1867-75
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: There appears to be some overlapping of dates for Albert W Cooke and Henry F Cooke below, brothers who both operated in Market Street Ely. The directory entries for 1867 and 1875 show some inconsistency of first name and spelling. However, the 1871 census lists Albert W Cooke b:1840 Kings Lynn, as a photographer. Living with him were his wife, Fanny E Cooke, a dressmaker b: 1842 Kings Lynn Norfolk and their children: Ellen M b:1865 Ely, Agnes A b:1867 Ely, Frederick W b:1869 Ely and Flora J b: 1871 Ely. In the previous census in 1861, Albert was living in Kings Lynn Norfolk with his mother Charlotte Cooke b:1800 West Lexham Norfolk, then a stationer and bookseller and with another brother, Thomas W Cooke b:1828 Kings Lynn, a boot and shoe maker and musician. In 1861 Albert Cooke's occupation was shown as a "solicitor's general clerk and a musician". Below is a medallion carte de visite, a self portrait by Albert W Cooke. Note the unusual addition on the reverse of a price for re-prints. We are most grateful to Peter Collis for his kind permission to use this image from a family photo album.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
PO Directory of the Counties of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Nov 1875 (lists Arthur Walter Cook Market Street Ely)
Mathiesons Directory of Cambridge Ely and Newmarket 1867. (lists Cooke A.W. Market Street Ely)

Self portrait, A W Cooke Reverse of A W Cooke self portrait

Name:  COOKE, Edward         b:       d:
Address: Crowland, near Peterborough.
Working Dates: 1847
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Edward Cooke was the son of Mrs Ann Cooke. Ann Cooke was widowed in 1843, and to support her family she became a licensee of Beard for the Daguerreotype process in the County of Lincolnshire. She was the first lady photographer in the British Isles. Edward succeeded his mother as the Beard Licensee for Lincolnshire, and became an itinerant Daguerreotypist in the County. His travels included Bourne, Stamford and Crowland in 1847. In December 1847 he was reported to be in Bourn with his partner, Mr Cole. By 1848 he had passed on his licence to G.Cole.
References: Heathcote, Bernard and Pauline, A Faithful Likeness. The First Photographic Portrait Studios in The British Isles 1841-55.
Stamford Mercury 22 Oct 1847, 17 Dec 1847

Name:  COOKE, Henry F      b: 1832 Kings Lynn Norfolk      d:
Address: Market Street, Ely
Working Dates: 1855-70
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Brother of Albert W Cooke above. Photographic Artist, Market Street, Ely. Directory entries cover the period 1855-1869. Then the Cambridge Chronicle, Sat 15 January 1870, reported: Fire. On Thursday morning last, about four o’clock, a fire broke out in the studio of Mr Cooke, photographer, of Market-street. The studio, wood and glass structure, was the back of his house, and adjoined Salem Chapel, in Chequers Lane. This building too was partially injured, one window being destroyed. The studio was wholly burnt down with all its contents. Soon after the fire broke out the neighborhood was alive, about 100 persons having congregated, by whose exertions the fire was extinguished, its ravages being confined to the studio in question, and a portion of the chapel building. We understand that Mr Cooke is partially insured in the Sun Fire Office, but that Salem was not so protected. As there had not been a fire in the studio for several days, the origin of the outbreak is a mystery. In the same issue of the paper a letter appeared deploring the fact that the water supply to the town of Ely was turned off from 9pm to 6am every day and how much more damage might have been caused in the town had the fire occurred on a windy night. Neither the report nor the letter specified the owner of the property beyond "Mr Cooke photographer", so it is not clear to which of the Cooke brothers the fire related. The 1871 Census shows Henry F Cooke in Market Street Ely, an attorney's clerk. Living with him were his son Henry WN Cooke b1858 Ely, his mother, Charlotte Cooke an annuitant, b:1800 West Lexham Norfolk. In the next household in Market Street Ely was another Cooke family, the head of which was an Albert W Cooke b:1840 Kings Lynn, who was listed as a photographer. Living with him were his wife, Fanny E Cooke, a dressmaker b: Kings Lynn Norfolk 1842 and their children: Ellen M b: 1865 Ely, Agnes A b: 1867 Ely, Frederick W b:1869 Ely and Flora J b: 1871 Ely.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Craven And Co Commercial Directory of Hunts and Cambs 1855
PO Directory of the Counties of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Nov 1858
PO Directory of the Counties of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Aug 1869

Name: COOPER Daniel and Co b: 1851 Huntingdon d:1924
Address: 48 High Street Huntingdon in 1898 and 1903, 89 High Street, Huntingdon in 1911
Working dates: 1911-1924
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Bookseller, Printer, stationer, news agent and an employer. RPPC publisher included in a "Directory of Cambridgeshire Postcard Publishers/photographers noted before 1914" by Michael Rouse in "Cambridge in Early Postcards", Oleander Press 1978. Not currently known whose images used.
References: 1898, 1903, Kelly's Directory, census 1901, 1911

Name:  COOPER, John   b: 1869 Farnworth Lancs      d:
Address: Chemist and Post Office High Street Sawston
Working Dates: c. 1901-c.1910
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Chemist and postmaster with a shop in the High Street at Sawston, who also produced postcards of local villages, source of images not known. By 1911 John and his family were living in Reading.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Rouse M “Cambridgeshire in Early Postcards” John Cooper is included in a "Directory of Cambridgeshire Postcard Publishers/photographers noted before 1914" by Michael Rouse in "Cambridge in Early Postcards", Oleander Press 1978.
Mike Petty, An eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 29/4/1992

Name:  COOPER, T R   b: 1883?      d:1969?
Address: Swaffham Prior
Working Dates: 1916-22
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: T.R.Cooper is listed as a photographer in Kelly's Cambridgeshire Directories for 1916 and 1922. There is a family by the name of Cooper recorded in Swaffham Prior in the 1911 census - running a grocery and drapery business in the High Street. The family comprised Robert Cooper b:1849 Swaffham, Norfolk, his wife Mary Eliza b:1852 Swaffham Prior and their son Thomas Palmby Cooper b:1883 Swaffham Prior. The initials "T.R" in the two Kelly's directories may be an erroneous version of "T.P." Below is an early 20th century real photograph postcard of Swaffam Prior House, Swaffham Prior, now a Grade II listed building. The photographer's name, "T Cooper", appears, handwritten in capital letters in the lower right hand corner.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Mike Petty, An eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 18/7/1991
Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire 1916, 1922
Michael Rouse, The Villages of Old Cambridgeshire A portrait in Photographs and Old Picture Postcards, SB Publications 1989, page 33 for a postcard of Swaffham Prior Hall. T.Cooper is included in a "Directory of Cambridgeshire Postcard Publishers/photographers noted before 1914" by Michael Rouse in "Cambridge in Early Postcards", Oleander Press 1978.

real photograp[h postcard of Swaffham Prior House by T.Cooper. n

Name: CORNWELL ? b: d:
Address: not currently known
Working Dates: c.1915
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Michael Rouse, The Villages of Old Cambridgeshire A portrait in Photographs and Old Picture Postcards, SB Publications 1989, page 14 has a photograph of a river baptism at Isleham Ferry in 1915, the photographer's name "Cornwell" is hand written onto the print, lower right corner.
References: Michael Rouse, The Villages of Old Cambridgeshire A portrait in Photographs and Old Picture Postcards, SB Publications 1989. No trace in local directories. Nothing more known at this time.

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