- Reeves Alfred, straw hat manufacturer, 21 Hastings street, Luton
Directories from the University
Indexed 1861- 1901 Census Images from Ancestry.com
1881 Census Transcript & International Genealogical Index (IGI)
from the LDS Church's web site FamilySearch
of London Photographers 1841-1908
by Michael Pritchard
Partial Transcript of the GRO Index from FreeBMD
1842-1939 : a brief directory
for photograph collectors, by C.G.
Scott, 1985, The PhotoHistorian
Supplement No. 101, ISSN 0957-0209
|Thomas Saunders Reeves
of Exeter, Plymouth & London, and
Alfred Reeves (c1835-) of Plymouth & Luton
Thomas Saunders Reeves
was born c.
1816 at Taunton in Somerset. He married his wife Jane in the
early to mid-1850s, and together they had at least three daughters.
c.1816 Taunton SOM m: Jane b. c.1823 Whitby YKS
b. c.1856 Greenwich LON
b. c.1857 Greenwich LON
REEVES b. c.1866 Plymouth DEV
Thomas was probably related - possibly a brother - to Alfred Reeves
who was also born in
Taunton, but c. 1835. Alfred married Emma Pavey at St.
London in 1866, after which they settled in Plymouth and had one son
William, born c. 1867.
Taunton SOM m: 1866 St Pancras LON Emma PAVEY b. c.1843 Exeter/Plymouth
REEVES b. c.1867 Plymouth DEV
Thomas Reeves appears to have started off his career as a photographer
in London, and had a studio at 498 Oxford Street from 1854 to 1856,
when they were living in Greenwich. Some time in the late
they moved to Plymouth, so that by the census in April 1861 they were
living at 4 Queen Ann Battery, Charles, Plymouth. Thomas is
described as a "photographist" but the first mention of a studio in
Plymouth is at 17 Bedford Street in 1862 (Scott, 1985). He
to have remained there until 1867, during which time Alfred Reeves
possibly worked for him. Scott shows Alfred to have been
a "prize medal" in 1862, and from a later listing (1873) appears to
have taken over the studio from Thomas.
Thomas S. Reeves then moved to Exeter probably in late 1867, where he
opened premises at 262 (later 260) High Street. A
dated 1867 is included below. Scott (1985) describes him also
galvanist & analytical
this studio was relatively
short-lived, appearing in trade directories only until 1871, and by
April of that year the family were back in London, living at 125 Camden
Street, St Pancras. Their
Reeves (c1857-), then aged
was shown in the census working as an assistant in the
demonstrate that he operated a studio at 101A Park St, Camden Town,
London, NW from 1872 until 1881. By the latter date Thomas -
a widower, his wife having died in 1875 - was living with his youngest
daughter at 167 Pancras Rd, St Pancras, London, and had taken on the
additional trade of "tobacconist". Thomas Reeves himself
died in the 1880s - possibly in 1889 - since no further sightings of
him have been found after 1881.
the other hand, moved to Luton in Bedfordshire between 1873 and 1881,
where they lived at 15 Ebeneezer Street. He practised as a
photographer for some time, as was shown in that profession in the
census of April 1881, but it is not known whether he operated his own
studio. By 1890 he was no longer a photographer, and had set
in business as a straw hat maker at 21 Hastings Street, which he
continued until at least 1901.
you have any further information about the various members of the
family and Thomas Reeves's
studio, or if you have any photographs by him, please email
contributions of images to increase the variety of coverage on this
If you are able to identify or confirm the indentification of any of
the subjects of the photographs shown below, I would also be very keen
hear from you.
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Album Collection of Brett
Thomas S. Reeves,
262 High St, Exeter & 17 Bedford St, Plymouth
CDV Mount 62
x 102.5 mm; Photo 56 x 90 mm
Type I (green), "TSR" motif with 5 fonts, 2 studios.
Square corners. Inscribed on the reverse "1867".
Unidentified young woman, probably in her late teens. Full