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Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

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Address: 24 High Street, Whittlesford
Working Dates:  1982-95
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: creative, commercial, industrial, advertising photography. Colour laboratory. Large studio, location photography throughout UK and Europe
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1995

Name: SALMON, Percival (Percy) Richard. b: 1872 Waterbeach Cambridgeshire d: 1959
Address: Family home 32 Bradmore St Cambridge 1891, later 15 Minard Rd Catford, to 1930s then Melbourn Cambridgeshire.
Working Dates:  1890s – 1950s
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
Percy Salmon was the son of William Salmon, a police constable in the Cambridge Borough Police. In the 1891 census Percy was shown as a footman and domestic servant at 10 Scrope Terrace Cambridge. Percy’s interest in photography enabled him to set his life on a different course. In 1891 he won a certificate at the first quarterly competition of the first Cambridge Camera Club for a figure study.  Salmon studied in Paris and later travelled the world with a camera, contributing photographs to a number of newspapers and magazines. He became a Member of the Royal Photographic Society in 1897 and a Fellow in 1898. The Society's records list his addresses as 5 Perone Street Cambridge (1897) and Market Street Swavesey (1900). In Nov 1899 he was described as “The Cambridge Man Abroad” who had just returned from an extensive tour in Palestine and gave an account of his travels to the Cambridge YMCA Camera Club, illustrated by about 180 lantern slides of his visit. The slides were taken by Salmon for Messrs Levy of Paris and were made by them. In 1899 Salmon was described as “a well-known writer on photography”. He wrote in the name of Richard Penlake. In the 1901 census he was lodging at 145 Cranbourne Mansions, St Anne, Soho and described himself as an editor. In 1902 Salmon was appointed as a member of the Organising Committee of the Photographic Convention of Great Britain for 1903. In 1904 he exhibited a print at the Royal Photographic Society's annual exhibition, and at that point was living at 9 Cecil Court Charing Cross. In 1911 Percy was living with his wife Eliza at 115 Minard Road, Catford, South London and described his occupation as “journalist” working from home on his own account. The electoral registers show he remained at that address at least until 1927. Mike Petty describes him as “a photographic prodigy....  he started photography as a hobby as a lad of 12 and in 1891 won the Cambridge Camera Club cup for the best set of five photographs taken in and around the town....... he retired to live in Melbourn. There his interest in photography continued with many lantern lectures illustrated by his views, and his journalist skills were exercised as village correspondent for the "Cambridge Independent Press". Amongst his many writings was a contribution to the 1911 edition of "Country Home" in which he turned his attention to various Cambridgeshire cottages”. Many of Salmon’s prints and slides, including those he took for the Cambridge Antiquarian / Cambridge and District Photographic Society County survey, are deposited in the Cambridgeshire Collection.
References:  Developers Their Use and Abuse,  Richard Penlake 1895: Home Portraiture for Amateur Photographers Penlake, Richard Published by L Upcott Gill, London 1899: Tylar's tit-bits to tyros turning their troubles to triumphs : tested tips tersely told Penlake, Richard, compiler, Tylar, William, Pub by W. Tylar  1900: The art of photographic dodging Penlake, Richard,  1900, William,W. Tylar: Trick photography : a handbook describing all the most mysterious photographic tricks Penlake, Richard 1907: A Book Of Modern Palestine For Boys And Girls, Richard Penlake, Published by Thomas Nelson 1911: How to Colour Photographs and Lantern Slides by Aniline Dyes, Water and Oil Colours, Crystoleum, and Other Processes Richard Penlake, Published by E.P. Dutton, New York c 1910. Salmon also wrote articles for the Photographic Review.
Cambridge Independent Press 27 June 1891 p8.  Cambridge Daily News 10 Nov 1899 p2.

Name:  SAMPSON, Lesley  b:       d:
Address: 5 London Road Cottages, Newmarket
Working Dates: c.1990
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1990

Name:  SANDERSON, Frederick Herbert  b:1857 Cambridge  d:1929
Address: Studios at 48 Bridge Street Cambridge, then at Post Office Terrace Studio, Cambridge
Working Dates: 1900 - 1929
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Of the many photographers listed on this site, Frederick Sanderson probably made the greatest contribution locally to photography - as a talented photographer, promoter of amateur photography and inventor.

In 1891 Frederick was listed at 48 Bridge Street Cambridge, with his wife Louise B b: 1857 Cambridge and son Herbert J W, b:1880 Grantchester Cambs. Frederick gave his employment as a "cabinet maker's manager". His woodworking and wood carving skills were to assist him later in his work designing cameras. By around 1895 he was trading as a photographer in his own name. There is a cabinet photograph below by him from this period, showing a young girl studying a photo album. The mount carries the address of 48 Bridge Street, the reverse is blank. In 1896 Sanderson joined Mr Charles E Goodrich who was then the manager of J Palmer Clarke's Cambridge studio at Post Office Terrace. Later the two workers bought the Cambridge business, but continued to trade in the name of "J.Palmer Clarke". The exact date of the change of ownership of the firm is not currently known, but it was probably between 1901 and 1911 (see entry on this site for Clarke, John Palmer). In 1901 Frederick and family were living at 17 Chesterton Road Cambridge. Frederick was listed as a photographer and his son, Herbert J.W. Sanderson, was listed as a photographer's apprentice

FH Sanderson was a keen supporter of the development of photography. He wrote in 1901 and persuaded the Photographic Convention of the United Kingdom to hold its 1902 convention in Cambridge, and he chaired the local organising committee which managed this successful event. In 1901 he was elected as a member of the Royal Photographic Society. He was also a Member of Council for the Photographic Convention of the United Kingdom. He was actively involved in the formation and early management of the Cambridge and District Photographic Society.

In 1911 the family had moved to The Rowans, Milton Road, Cambridge. Frederick was recorded as a photographer, employing others and Herbert was also listed as a photographer, an employee. Other members of the family present in 1911 were Frederick's wife Louisa and daughter Mabel Gladys Sanderson b:1895 Cambridge. Also living at the Rowans was Herbert's wife, Alice Victoria Sanderson b:1880 Cambridge, and their son Herbert Lincoln Sanderson b:1908 Cambridge.

Frederick Sanderson was an inventive photographer and between 1895 and 1907 he filed 8 UK patents for improvements to cameras. Three of the most important of these were Patent 613 of 1895 for front support struts, Patent 20862 for a device to prevent bunching of bellows obscuring the image and Patent 114 of 1901 for a device to set the front of the camera to any angle. These rising and tilting camera fronts were particularly useful for architectural photography, preventing the convergence of verticals caused by normal cameras. Frederick specialised in architectural photography, while his partner Charles Goodrich concentrated more on portraiture. At least ten different models of Sanderson's patented cameras were sold in great numbers over 44 years. In the main these were beautiful mahogany, leather and brass constructions, sold by G Houghton and Son and Adams and Co and were manufactured by Holmes Brothers of Islington. Serial numbers as high as 26,356 have been recorded, suggesting Sanderson Cameras were commercially as well as technically successful. Sanderson Cameras were on sale from 1895 to 1939 (ten years after Frederick's death) Full details of models and variations can be found on this excellent site at: www.earlyphotography.co.uk/site/sanderson.html. Features invented by Sanderson can still be found today in modern high-end technical cameras. Few camera designers can have been as successful as Frederick Sanderson. It is testimony to the popularity of the brand amongst serious photographers that, in 1906, when the Cambridge and District Photographic Society presented their Secretary with a half plate stand camera in appreciation of his excellent work, the camera presented was a Sanderson. (There is however a note of caution which needs to be exercised concerning Frederick Sanderson's impact on photography as an inventor. There were other "Sanderson" branded photographic items sold in the early 20th Century, including studio backgrounds, a number of photographic shutters and time indicators, repeating camera backs, a photographic Squeegee and non-slip rubber tripod feet, some of which were patented. These were all the inventions and products of another, unrelated, Sanderson: Alfred William Stainton Sanderson, (1863-1932) born in Lincoln. A.W.S.Sanderson was the first Company Secretary of photographic manufacturers Thornton Pickard, before becoming the proprietor in 1901 of The Altrincham Rubber Company, photographic manufacturers).

As a man, Frederick Sanderson was a Liberal, he enjoyed sailing, boating, cycling and motoring. He was Commodore of both the Cambridge Sailing Club and the Cambridge Motorboat Club. He was also a keen member of the old Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade and during the 1914-18 war he was in charge of the Brigade's Chesterton Sub Station. Below is a photograph of Frederick, in volunteer Fire Brigade uniform, taken at the Post Office Terrace Studio, either as a self portrait or by his partner, Charles Goodrich.

References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1895
Obituary Cambridge Independent Press 12/7/1929 P13
Mike Petty, An eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 31/1/1991 and 7/2/1991.
There are a number of excellent articles on Sanderson Cameras in "Photographica World", see their index here: https://www.pccgb.net/pw_index.html.
British Journal Photographic Almanac 1906 p338, 1908 p1252 for related advertisements.

Portrait of Frederick Sanderson taken at Post Office Terrace Studio

Portrait of Frederick Sanderson in Cambridge Borough Volunteer Fire Brigade uniform, from a negative taken at Post Office Terrace Studio c.1918. Cambridgeshire Collection PCB404/42

Sketch of Sanderson's camera with rise and tilt front

Sanderson Camera, rise and tilt front, illustrated in The Photographic Journal Vol 21 1896-97 p32. This photograph is reproduced with the permission of Robert Tooley, the webmaster of www.earlyphotography.co.uk which illustrates many variations in this camera.

Cabinet Photograph by Sanderson

Cabinet photograph of a girl looking at a photo album by FH Sanderson, mid 1890s.

Name: SANDERSON, Herbert James Walter. b:1880 Grantchester d:1974 Great Yarmouth
Address: 17 Chesterton Road Cambridge 1901, The Rowans Milton Road Cambridge 1911
Working Dates:1901 - at least 1911
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Photographer son of Frederick Herbert Sanderson - see above. In the 1901 census Herbert was living at home with his parents and was an apprentice photographer. In 1906 Herbert married Alice Victoria Stoakley (b: Cambridge 1879, a member of the Cambridge Stoakley bookbinders family). In 1911 Herbert and his wife and infant son were still living with Frederick and family, in a larger home in Milton Road Cambridge. Herbert was still a photographer. However his future career direction was not set by the photographic, but by other skills passed on by Frederick to his son. By 1929, when he was named as an executor of his father's will, Herbert was described as a motor engineer. In 1939 Herbert was living at 9 The Warren, Reedham, Norfolk where his occupation was a master yacht builder. His son Rupert A Sanderson b: 15/6/1913, was a yacht builder's manager. In the absence of other information, it is assumed that Herbert worked with and for his father as a member of the J Palmer Clarke firm at Post Office Terrace, Cambridge at least between 1901 and 1911.
References: England census 1901, 1911. 1939 Register.

Name:  SANDERSON, Leonard William    b:  24.7.1892     d:
Address: 49 Oxford Road Cambridge 1927-9, 15 Hills Road Cambridge, 1930-32, 49 Oxford Road Cambridge 1939
Working Dates: 1927-1932
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Listed as a photographer in Cambridge directories 1927 to 1932. In the 1939 Register Leonard was at 49 Oxford Road with his wife Florence M Sanderson b:7.3.1893 and son Richard O Sanderson b: 26.4.1925. Leonard's occupation was shown as a travelling wholesale salesman, beside which was written "Kodak", presumably his employers. At this point we have not established a family connection between this photographer and the two preceeding Sandersons.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1927-1932

Name: SANDS, George Frederick    b:  1877 Nottingham     d: 1971 Harrow
Address: College Studio, Midgate, Peterborough
Working Dates: 1901 - 1907
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: George Sands does not appear in any of the local trade directories as a photographer. The cabinet photograph below of a young woman kneeling and holding a fan, dressed in what appears to be traditional Japanese costume, bears the legend Geo.F.Sands, College Studio, Midgate, Peterborough and proves his existence. A search of the National Archives shows that George Frederick Sands submitted two of his photographs to Stationers' Hall for copyright purposes on 12 September 1907. George was at that time living at 84 Crane Street, Salisbury and his two photographs were views of St Ann's Street Salisbury TNA COPY 1/513/114 and the interior of Salisbury Cathedral TNA COPY 1/513/135. George Frederick Sands b: 1877 Nottingham, the son of Frederick Sands, a compositor, appears in the 1901 census as a professional singer, a single man lodging at 229 Eastfield Road Peterborough. In 1906 George married and in 1911 he was living at 45 Canal Salisbury with his wife, Hilda Augusta Née Wilson b:1881 Peterborough and his young son Eric George Sands b: 1908 Salisbury. In 1911 George was again described as a professional singer, and as a worker at Salisbury Cathedral. His wife was a music teacher. The family had a single 16 year old live-in servant. According to the Cathedral records, George was a Lay Vicar - an adult member of the choir, sometimes called vicars choral, from 24th June 1905 and drew his wages for this regularly until April 22 1916 when his wages were sent to his wife as George was on active service. This happened again until 29th September 1916 when he ceased to be shown in the records. No trace can be found of George's service record. In addition to his work for Salisbury Cathedral, George Sands was a key member of the Salisbury Operatic Society. According to the Salisbury Journal, in April 1909 when the Society staged the Pirates of Penzance at the County Hall in Salisbury, the conductor of the 23-strong orchestra was Mr George Sands, who continued to serve in the dual role of conductor and stage manager for many years. With this interest in amateur operatics, it is possible that the image below might be of a cast member from the Peterborough Operatic and Dramatic Society's 1904 production of The Mikado. Voters' Registers show George at the following London addresses: 1922 8A Woodsome Rd St Pancras, 1924 51D St Albans Rd St Pancras, 1927 48 St Albans Rd St Pancras, 1933 18 Addison Park Mansions Hammersmith, 1934/1936 119 Bishops Mansions, Fulham, 1937 9 Thurlby Close, Harrow, 1939 27A Elmwood Avenue, Harrow. In 1946 George was living with his sister, Florence Blower Sands, at 31 Blakesley Avenue, Ealing. From 1949 to 1955 he was at 51 Radnor Rd Harrow. From 1956 to his death aged 95 in 1972, he was living at 23 Gayton Court Harrow.
Information provided by the Archivist at Salisbury Cathedral, Emily Naish.

Cabinet photograph be George Frederick Sands

Name:  SANDY, John  b: around 1877/8, Poplar Middlesex  d:
Address: 166 East Road, Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1911-12
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In 1901 John was listed as a photographer working from home on his own account, living at 164 Camberwell New Road, Lambeth, with his wife Agnes b: 1878 Stamford Lincs. Photo London notes that at this address he was successor to photographers Nansen & Co and succeeded by photographer Ernest Slader. In 1911 John, a widower, was living at 35A St Andrews Street Cambridge, a photographer working on his own account. The 1912 Kelly's Directory lists him as a photographer at 166 East Road Cambridge. In the 1939 Register there is an entry for John Sandy, b: 8/7/1877, occupation Manager of Photographic Studio, living with his wife Pauline Edith Sandy b: 30/3/1890 d: 1973, at 35 Midland Road, Peterborough. It seems reasonable to assume that these are the same John Sandy.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire Sept 1912, 1939 Register.
PhotoLondon - https://www.photolondon.org.uk/#/details?id=6809

Name:  SARGEANT, John           b:       d:
Address: Priestgate, Peterborough
Working Dates: 1850
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: A portrait painter listed in 1850 - did he progress to photographic portraits? No trace of him in Priestgate in the 1851 census.
References: Slater's Directory of Northamptonshire 1850

Name: SARONY, Oliver Francois Xavier  b: 1820      d:
Address: A travelling photographer operating a pair of large photographic vans, described as his "American Photographic Portrait Rooms", visiting Wisbech, March and Cambridge in the 1850s
Working Dates: 1854 - 1856
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:

The Stamford Mercury, 11 August 1854 p3, reported: "Mr Sarony respectfully solicits a continuance of the patronage and support of the inhabitants of Wisbech and the Neighbourhood. After long study and perseverance, in connection with considerable pecuniary outlay, Mr Sarony is now enabled to produce the Stereoscopic Daguerreotypes with the same rapidity and success as the Portraits for the Frame, Case, Brooch, Locket etc. Instead of the clumsy instrument in general use, Mr S has now in stock the recently invented "American Patent Stereoscope" equally portable as the ordinary morocco case used for portraits. By this process the person daguerreotyped can be seen standing in relief from the background, with all individual peculiarities, even more so than the most expensive and elaborate sculpture can possibly represent of life. To those who have friends at a distance, an opportunity is now afforded of sending at a trifling cost, an exact counterpart of themselves, a real representation of their bodily presence. Art and science have now done everything that can be done to save all that can be saved of life. Market days principally devoted to country orders. Portraits from 6s upwards. Specimens can be seen at all the booksellers and at the American Photographic Portrait Rooms. Wisbech August 3rd 1854." (Thanks to Garry Monger for this reference)

The Cambridge Independent Press 9th September 1854 reported "Mr Sarony, American photographic artist, thankfully acknowledges the liberal support given to him during his two months residence in Wisbech and begs to announce that he proposes removing his Wisbech establishment to Cambridge on Tuesday next. In Cambridge Mr Sarony doubts not but that he will receive a continuance of that uninterrupted success with which he has recently been honoured in Stamford, Wisbech and other neighbouring towns. One of Mr Sarony's photographic establishments is now stationed in Long Sutton." The same newspaper reported on 21st October 1854 that Mr Sarony had opened his saloons at March, Cambridgeshire.

There are numerous advertisements in the Cambridge Chronicle for Mr Sarony.

23 Sept 1854 “Photography. As business continues as brisk as ever Mr Sarony is disposed to remain in Wisbech a few days longer. So soon as the stream of patronage ceases to flow in Wisbech Mr Sarony will remove to Cambridge. Portraits for six shillings. Specimens may be seen at the bookseller and at the American Photographic Portrait Rooms Wisbech 20th September”

30 Sept 1854 “Photography. Mr Sarony still in Wisbech. Uninterrupted run of business. Harvest being over orders pour in from the country, Mr Sarony will remove to Cambridge immediately the stream of patronage ceases to flow. The Long Sutton establishment remains open a short time longer. Portraits from six shillings. Specimens may be seen at the rooms and at the book-sellers. American Photographic Portrait Rooms, Wisbech September 27th 1854”

Nov 15th 1854 “Mr Sarony has great pleasure in announcing that his 2 splendid carriages will positively be opening at Cambridge on Wednesday next”. They continued to operate there until the end of 1855.

2nd December 1854 “Photographic Rooms Parker’s Piece. Mr Sarony has now commenced taking the beautiful DAGUERREOTYPES which have made his name so celebrated in the provinces. He has ready for inspection numerous Specimens of Residents in the Town, which cannot be seen without admiring the peculiar sharpness of the likeness and elaborate finish of the backgrounds. Mr S has in his establishment Mr Alfred Lancaster, artist and Daguerreotype Colourist, who introduces appropriate backgrounds and landscapes to the pictures coloured by him; thus combining a pleasing Picture with an un-erring Likeness. Prices from 6s to 30s. Stereoscopic Portraits Taken. A large quantity of Stereoscopic Slides and Stereoscopes. Open from ten till three and not four as mentioned in the circulars.”

The advertisement for Sarony in the Cambridge Chronicle on 24th February 1855 P5 mentioned that Sarony had for sale photographic materials and apparatus. The advertisements from June 1855 added "Pupils taught and every description of apparatus supplied". The final advertisement run by Sarony was on 22nd December 1855, when he advertised that he wanted ten horses to convey his photographic portrait rooms from Parkers Piece Cambridge to Stamford Lincolnshire.

Another later perspective on Sarony's early works as a travelling photographer comes from Ralph Starr, himself a professional photographer, who was speaking as a guest of the Cambridge and District Photographic Society. "Although no doubt an impressive novelty at the time, one man's recollection of Sarony's work over 40 years on was given by Mr WB Redfern in addressing the Cambridge and District Photographic Society. He said that he remembered distinctly a man in Cambridge standing at the corner of Parkers Piece and the University Arms taking photographs of a most ghastly character. At the time they thought they were works art. Many of them were daguerreotypes and they saw a sort of ghost of themselves" (Cambridge Daily News - Wednesday 12 November 1902).

Presumably practice and improvements in material and methods allowed Sarony to develop his art. In 1860 he was described as "one of the best portrait photographers and has probably one of the largest practices in England - Sarony Square Scarborough". His "posing apparatus and patent rest", designed to keep the subject very still for longer, featured in the Journal of the Photographic Society of London in January 1860, and his "photo crayons" featured in the Journal in 1869.

Sarony's Posing Apparatus 1860
Mr Sarony's Posing Apparatus 1860

Below is a later Cabinet Photograph from Sarony's Scarborough Studio, high gloss finish to the image, black gloss mount with gilt impressed lettering and edges - reverse blank.

Sarony cabinet portrait deom the Scarborough Studio

References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Cambridge Chronicle Sept 23, Sept 30, Nov 18, Dec 2 1854
Journal of the Photographic Society of London Jan 16 1860 and 1869
Heathcote, Bernard and Pauline "A Faithful Likeness - the first photographic studios in the British Isles 1841-1855", Heathcote, 2002.


Name: SAVIDGE, Frederick William   b: 1862  Stretham d: 1935 Stretham
Address: High Street Ely
Working Dates: ?1880s
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The photograph below was the first clue to come to our notice from this photographer. This is a cabinet portrait of a young man with hat and cane seated on a rustic fence or gate, typical of 1870s studio portraits. The reverse of the mount is an oriental parasol, vase and flower design with the legend; "F.W.Savidge, Ely". The bottom of the mount has unfortunately been cropped. The print has been rather carelessly pasted onto the mount largely covering a red line border. There are unexposed borders round the top bottom and left side of the print, altogether suggesting a rather amateur standard of production, perhaps an early example of a photographer's work. Fortunately a letter in 2004 to Mike Petty from Miss Beryl M Savidge (now deceased, the great niece of Frederick) seeking information about her ancestor has enabled us to add the following. Frederick William Savidge was born in Stretham, near, Ely, Cambs in 1862. As a young man Frederick owned a photographic business some time between the 1880s and 1890s and many of the Savidge studio portraits in the family's possession bear the gilt embossed name F.W. Savidge, High Street Ely. These details led to the 1891 census which listed Frederick at the home of his parents in Stretham. His father, Briggs Savidge, b: 1835 Stretham, was a grocer and draper in the High Street at Stretham and Frederick was a teacher. His family belonged to Baptist Church. He had a BA and a Doctorate - university currently unknown. He worked as schoolmaster in London, where he met his future missionary partner JH Lorrain. The two became friends through their congregation at the Highgate Road Baptist Church in London. In 1891 he accepted the missionary post offered by the Arthington Aborigines Mission to work in India. He left his teaching job and left England in October 1891. He sailed for Indian and arrived in Calcutta in November where he met up with JH Lorrain and they worked as pioneering missionaries. Frederick and his wife Margaret Grant. Margaret (Madge b: 1861 Gartly Aberdeenshire) later became Baptist missionaries. Between 1894 and 1897 they were at Mizoram, formerly Lashai, India. After a short break, including returning to the UK for a medical course, they returned there in 1903, remaining there until Frederick retired in 1923. The Baptist Church of Mizoram, now a thriving church with some 160,000 members, was founded by Rev. JH Lorrain (Pu Buanga) and Rev Dr FW Savidge (Sap Upa) in 1894. More is written about Frederick and Madge on the Church's web site at https://www.mizobaptist.org/history/ . Frederick clearly loved his work in India. The church website records "Had he been allowed by the BMS, Savidge would have remained all his life. Since he had to leave the country and the people he dearly loved, he took with him a tin can full of Serkawn soil so that when he died a bit of Mizoram might be buried with him." Frederick retired to Stretham and died in 1935. Frederick's and Madge's son, Cecil Arthur Grant Savidge, was born in 1905 at Lushai, Assam, India. He went on to have a distinguished public service career serving in India, Pakistan and the UK and was Knighted in 1941.
References: No trace in local directories. No obvious identities from the census returns of 1881. He has his own wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_William_Savidge . Mike Petty has also discovered that in December 1899 Frederick was the joint author of an article "Among the Head Hunters of Lushai" in Wide World Magazine, which was illustrated by photographs that he probably took. Mike feels it likely that he would also have taken other views, which may be some of the first photographs of that remote area.

Cabinet portrait by SavidgeReverse of Savidge cabinet photograph

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