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Old Photographs - Cambridgeshire Photographers - Di - Dq

Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

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Address: 1 Queens Row, Duxford, Cambridgeshire
Working Dates: 1997 to at least 2000
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: weddings, commercial, industrial, advertising,  executive portraits
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1997 1998, 2000

Name: DICKMAN, Murial, Née Cuff, b: 1923 d:
Address: 227 Cromwell Road, Peterborough
Working Dates: 1939
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1939 Register Murial was living with the Cuff Family at the above address. She was married and her occupation was shown as a photographic printer, employer currently not known.
References: 1939 Register

Name: DIGGLE, Charles John. b: 1883 d: 1951
Address: March, Cambridgeshire
Working Dates: c.1900-10
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: This photographer's existence was discovered through the survival of one of his cabinet photographs, illustrated below, bearing the text "C.Diggle March" (Author's collection). The photograph mount is black on the face with gilt writing and is dark grey, with no text, on the reverse and appears to date from around the first decade of the 20th Century. The photograph, of an unknown young woman wearing an enormous hat in the form of a flat cap, is either over exposed, or has faded, to the point where facial details are almost indistinguishable. Research has shown that the family name of Diggle occurred in the Wisbech area 1901-1911, however, no appropriate "C.Diggle" has been found in March in the Census returns for 1901 or 1911. The 1939 Register lists a Charles J Diggle b: 7 Feb 1883, living at 8 Hawthorne Grove March, his occupation was then a retired police Detective Inspector. He was living with his wife Emma Diggle b:11/6/1889, Audrey E Diggle (later Pape), grocery shop assistant b: 24/8/1916 and a Doris M Hunt (later Crease) b: 9/11/1929 then a school girl. Charles died in 1951. Charles John Diggle's birth was registered at Wisbech during the first quarter of 1884. In 1891 the family were living at Hungate Road Emneth. The head of the household was Rebecca Diggle b 1861 Terrington, already a widow with seven children. In 1901 Charles Diggle was a shunter. He was living in Westmeadowgate Emneth with his older sister Annie Maria Diggle b: Nottingham, a dressmaker working from home, brothers George W Diggle b:1880 Emneth, a shunter and Arthur S Diggle b:1888 Emneth, page boy. In 1911 Charles Diggle aged 27 was a Constable at Stoke on Trent with the County Borough police. Nick Smith discovered the following brief article in the Lynn Advertiser 24th July 1936 which relates to his police service." Police Officer's Retirement. The retirement has recently taken place at Stoke on Trent of Chief Det Insp. Charles Diggle, of the city Police Force. He is the third son of the late Mr and Mrs Diggle who resided at Emneth. At the age of 18 he joined the railway at Wisbech. He was later transferred to Whitemoor March, where he worked as a shunter and he is still remembered by many in March and Wisbech. He married Miss E.Smith, daughter of Mr and Mrs George Smith of Norwoodside, March. During his career he has specialised in crime detection and his scientific researches have led to the invention of aids for finger-print and photographic apparatus. Mr Diggle received a King's Silver Jubilee medal last year." We get another glimpse of Charles' police career in the Birmingham Daily Gazette - Friday 18 January 1929 p4 which reported on a number of police promotions in Stoke. " Following the promotion of Mr. McEvoy, Detective-sergeant Charles Diggle was yesterday appointed to succeed him as detective-inspector. Detective Inspector Diggle joined the Stoke Force about the same time as Chief-inspector McEvoy (1910), and after a period of street duty at Hanley and Longton was transferred to the clerical department. In 1914 he became attached to the detective branch and five years later was promoted sergeant, and returned to the uniform branch in 1923, when he was brought back to detective work, and has worked with conspicuous, success with Mr. McEvoy ever since". It seems likely that Charles was a photographer in March before joining the Police Force. Photography may have been a secondary occupation for Charles while he worked on the railway.
References: We are most grateful to Nick Smith for bringing this photographer to our notice and for his related research.

Cabinet Photograph by C.Diggle, March

Name: DIGHTON, Doris M. b: 1906 Broughton, Cambridgeshire d:
Address: East Street, Godmanchester
Working Dates: c.1921
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1921 census Doris was living with her parents and two older brothers at East Street, Godmanchester. She was a photographer's Assistant working for Huntingdon photographer E.S.Whitney, High Street, Huntingdon.
References: 1921 Census

Name:  DIKO TRADING CO          
Address: 231a Victoria Rd Cambridge
Working Dates: 1931-35
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Apart from the 1931-35 directory entries no trace has been found of this company at Companies House or in the London Gazette or the British Newspaper Archive. There is also no trace in the Cambridge telephone directories for 1932 or 1934.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1931-35

Name: DIMMOCK, Richard      b: 1806, St Martin Le Grand, London      d:1889
Address: 18 Kings Parade, Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1866
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In 1841, Richard, aged 35, was living in Sidney Street Cambridge, in the household of James Dimmock, aged 40, a print seller, possibly his brother. In 1851 Richard was living and working at 18 Kings Parade, Cambridge - he was a hairdresser. By 1861 he had changed his business and was listed as a stationer at the same address. Kelly's Directory of 1866 listed him at the same address as a "Photographic printseller and stationer". By 1871 he was living with his wife at Rose Villa Chesterton where he was described as a retired stationer. The extent of his involvement in photography is not currently known.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kelly's Directory 1866

Name: DIXON, Thomas Harbin      b: 1893 Camberwell, London      d:
Address: 33 High Street, Huntingdon
Working Dates: c.1920 - 21
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1921 Census Thomas, his wife Eleanor and their three young daughters were recorded as living at 33 High Street, Huntingdon. Thomas' occupation was shown as a picture framer.
References: Kelly's Directory of Huntingdonshire 1920
Huntingdonshire Archives ED/4169/1/10 page 126 - 33 High Street Huntingdon occupied by Thomas Dixon , being a shop (photographer's) with living accommodation.

Name:   DOMB, R.R. LBIPP b:       d:
Address: 25 Parsonage Street, Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1998
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Property, small products
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1998

Name:   DONALD, William James, b: 1860 Islington   d:1907
Address: 4 Haymarket Terrace, Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1891-1907
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: William is listed at the above address, occupation photographer - an employee in the 1901 census. He was living there with his wife Annie Elizabeth Johanah nee Tesling b:1869 Southampton and their two children Hilda Dorothy b:1897 Cambridge and Florence Lilian b: 1900 Cambridge. William died in 1907 and in 1911 his widowed wife was running a lodging house at 27 Portugal Place Cambridge. It is not known at this time who William worked for, not has any trace yet been found of him in the 1891 census.
References: England Census 1901

Name:  DORAN, William Eakins  b: 1868 at Woolwich     d: 1948 Whitby
Address: 1 Percival Street, 19 Percival Street, Peterborough
Working Dates: 1896-1901 Peterborough
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: William Eakins Doran was born in 1868 in Woolwich, Kent, the son of Thomas William and Ann Doran. His father was a dyer who took up photography in the 1880s, an interest that generated a photographic dynasty, initially attracting William and his four brothers (Thomas b: 1854 Leeds, Frank b: 1861 Hoxton Middlesex, George Henry b: 1866 Woolwich and David Charles b: 1874 Woolwich). Thomas and Frank were already listed as photographers in the 1881 census when the family was living in Woolwich Kent. Of the four brothers, Thomas worked as a photographer in Dulwich in 1891, in Beckenham in 1901, but by 1911 was working as a dyer and cleaner. Frank was a photographer at 43 George Street Hove in 1891, by 1901 he was a furniture and general dealer in Brighton, but in 1911 he was again a photographer in Brighton. George Henry Doran was a photographer in Peterborough in 1891, living, not with his brother William, but as a boarder with a family at 145 Gladstone Street. In 1901 George Henry Doran had also moved North and was working as a photographer on his own account at Filey, Yorkshire. He was in the same town as a photographer in 1911. David Charles Doran boarded with his brother George Henry at 145 Gladstone Street, Peterborough in 1891, he was described as a photographic printer in the census return. In 1901 he had moved South and was a dyer in Croydon, but in 1911 he described himself as a "scholastic photographer", living at Bandon Hill Croydon. Below is an example of the scholastic work by DC Doran - a Christmas greeting card with the portrait of a young boy and "Doran Bandon Hill Croydon" on the face. The reverse is a simple divided postcard back with no identifying text (author's collection).

The census returns show that William Eakins Doran was in Woolwich until at least 1891. At some point thereafter William moved North to Peterborough, where he was listed in the local trade directories as a photographer at 19 Percival Street from 1896 to 1901. Three of William's brothers were in Peterborough in 1891; David Charles Doran and George Henry Doran, both in the photographic business, possibly working with or for William, but we do not know this for certain. Also in Peterborough at that time was Albert Charles Doran b: 1872 at Woolwich, but according to the Census, Albert was a dyer and cleaner. By 1911 he was a traveler and assistant manager in the dyer business in Dulwich.

The 1901 trade directory entry may well have contained out of date information about William Eakins Doran. In the 1901 Census, William was at 57 Wood View, Bourne Lincs, some 18 miles from Peterborough, where he was described as a photographer, an employer, working from his home address. William was alone at this address on the night of the census. Today a regular commute from Bourne to Peterborough would be unexceptional, but in 1901 it is far more likely that William had moved his business to Bourne or nearby. In the 1901 census, the Percival Street Peterborough address was occupied by an Ada Louisa Rolstone, b:1840, also suggesting that William had moved his business by 31st March 1901. But, William moved further North at about this time. One of his children, Violet W Doran was born in December 1900 in Whitby, and the 1901 census shows William's wife Sarah, b: 1869 Isle of Wight, with their children, living in Whitby. Why the move to Whitby? The family obviously had some connection with Yorkshire since William's mother Ann Doran had been born in Harrogate in 1837.

The 1911 census shows William as a photographer in Whitby, living with his wife and children. The firm William established in Whitby survived until 1985, remaining in the Doran family throughout. The negatives from the firm have survived and were purchased by the Whitby Library and Philosophical Society for the Whitby Museum. William Eakin Doran died in Whitby in 1948. There is a whole chapter on the Doran family business in Whitby in Ruth Wilcock's excellent book on Whitby Photographers.

The first image below by W E Doran is a carte de visite with a three quarter length portrait of an unknown gentleman in bowler and overcoat c.1900. The card mount is black on the face with a narrow gold border and the text in gold "W.E Doran photographer, Peterborough". The reverse of the mount is dark red with gilt lettering and a geometric designed border with floral additions. The text on the reverse reads "W.E.Doran, photographer, 1 Percival Street Midland Road Peterborough, Copies can be had at any time, enlargements in carbon, bromide or oils", The house number in Percival street is clear and distinct suggesting either a renumbering of the houses or two different addresses over time in the same street. Below is an example of WE Doran's work, an albumen print of a school group of 3 teachers and 31 boys aged about 7-8 years. The print is 6 in x 4 in mounted on a 9.5 x 8 inch printed cream board, lined and printed in red with "WE Doran Photo. Peterborough" thereon. The boy in the centre of the front row is holding a slate on which is written "Wheatley St Board 14". The clothing suggests this is probably from the later 1890s. The slate refers to the Wheatley Street Board School in Coventry which operated from 1893 until the Local Authority took over the running of schools from the former school boards in 1902. The photograph is not a great example of the photographer's art - six of the boys moved during the exposure leaving obscured features reminiscent of today's intentional blurring to hide a subject's features. Did William Doran travel extensively to get the business of producing school groups, or did he have some connection with Coventry?

Next is an example post card sized print of a schoolboy made into a Christmas greeting card. This has the name "Doran" and address at Bandon Hill, Croydon, so presumably is an example of the work of scholastic photographer David Charles Doran, the brother of W E Doran.

Below this is an example of D C Doran's work, probably from the 1920s with an address in Wallington Surrey - a delightful hand tinted portrait of an unknown young girl in spectacles. The photo is postcard sized with card wrapper and the images below show the reverse of the photo and the wrapper.

References: The Peterborough Directory 1896, 1898, 1901, Census 1871-1911. Ruth Wilcock "Whitby Photographers Their Lives and their Photographs from the 1840s" Towlard Publications 1911.

Carte de visite of unknown man be W E Doran

School group photographed be WE Doran

Detail from above school group

Scholastic Xmas card by Doran

Hand tinted portrait by DC Doran

Reverse of above and detail of card wrapper

Name: DOUGHTY, Ernest William. b: 1872 Peterborough.   d:
Address: 3 Sweet Briar Walk Peterborough in 1891
Working Dates: c.1891 at Peterborough, later Woolwich and Wales
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Ernest came from humble beginnings, being an inmate at the Peterborough workhouse in 1881. In 1891 he was an apprentice photographer in Peterborough, living with and working for Thomas Newell Green, who lived at 3 Sweet Briar Walk Peterborough. By 1901 Ernest had married, started a family and moved to London. He was at 57 Nightingale Vale, Woolwich living with his wife Clara b: 1869 Machen Monmouthshire Wales and children Stanley b: 1894 Pontypool Monmouthshire, Dorothy b: 1894 Pontypool Monmouthshire, Beatice b: 1898 Pontypool Monmouthshire and Mabel b:1900 Woolwich. In 1911 on census night Ernest was a photographer working from home on his own account and lodging at 7 Llewellyn Street, Rhondda, Wales. Clara and three of the children on census night were in Pontypool at the home of Clara's brother. Ernest and Clara had eight children, but by 1911 only Beatrice, Mabel and Stanley had survived.
References: England census 1881, 1891, 1901, Wales census 1911. The PhotoLondon site lists Clara as the photographer in Woolwich - but it appears that the enumerator put the occupational information for Ernest on the wrong line in the 1901 census return.

Name: DOWNE, Alfred Lawrence b: 1843 Camberwell, Surrey      d:
Address: Thrapston Road Kimbolton
Working Dates: c.1903-6
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The two directory entries below list Alfred as a Kimbolton photographer. In 1921 he was a photographer working on his own account , with no fixed base. He was then living at 15 Oliver Street, Ampthill, Bedfordshire with his wife Mary.
References: Kelly's Directory of Huntingdonshire 1903, 1906

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Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

0 - 9 | Aa-Ak | Al-Ao | Ap-As | At-Az | Ba-Bak | Bal-Bam | Ban-Bd | Be-Bh | Bi-Bk | Bl-Bn | Bo-Bp | Br-Bt | Bu-Bz | Ca-Ck | Cl-Cn | Coa-Cor | Cos-Cz | Da-Dh | Di-Dq | Dr-Dz | Ea-Ec | Ed-Ez | Fa-Fh | Fi-Fz | Ga-Gd | Ge-Gq | Gr-Gz | Ha-Hd | He-Hh | Hi-Hn | Ho-Hz | Ia-Iz | Ja-Je | Jf-Jz | Ka-Kz | La-Ld | Le-Ln | Lo-Lz | Maa-Mad | Mae-Mar | Mas-Mb | Mc-Mi | Mj-Mz | Na-Nh | Ni-Nn | No-Nz | Oa-Oz | Pa-Pb | Pc-Ph | Pi-Po | Pr-Pz | Qa-Qz | Ra-Rd | Re-Rh | Ri-Rz | Sa-Sb | Sc-Sf | Sg-Sk | Sla-Slz | Sma-Ss | Sta-Std | Ste-Sth | Sti-Sy | Ta-Te | Tf-Ti | Tj-Tz | Ua-Uz | Va-Vz | Wa-We | Wf-Wh | Wi-Wz | XYZ


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