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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Benjamin Brough (c1852-1893)

of 69 Sheffield Street, Chesterfield

Benjamin Brough operated as a photographer in Chesterfield in the late 1880s and early 1890s.


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Benjamin Brough was born c. 1852-53 at Hanley, Staffordshire.  As a young man he worked as a miner, first in Shelton, near Hanley, and later in the coal mines of Hasland, near Chesterfield in north Derbyshire.  He married Evangeline Dawes at Chesterfield in 1875, and together they had a son George and four daughters, Hannah, Elizabeth, Mary and Eva.

Benjamin Brough turned his hand to photography some time in the 1880s.  By the time of the census in April 1891 he described himself as a "Lanternist & Photographer", catering in particular to schools and gentlemen's residences.  He died in early 1893.  The 1901 Census shows his widow as a grocer at 72 Sheffield Road, Chesterfield.

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Group of unidentified school children, with master and mistress, taken by B. Brough of Sheffield Road, Chesterfield,
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1880s

Format: Carte-de-visite  Size: Mount 103 x 62.5 mm Photo: 88 x 59 mm
Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Nothing further is known about this photograph.  If you have any information which might be of help in identifying any of the individuals in this photograph, what school they attended, and where or when it was taken, please email me.  Click on the image of the photo above to view a more detailed version.

Image © & courtesy of Picture the Past
Group of unidentified school children, with master and mistress, taken by B. Brough of Sheffield Road, Chesterfield,
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s or early 1890s

Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Picture the Past

Note from Picture the Past: This photograph was found in a house clearance of the Buxton family of Whaley Bridge. This one was the property of E. Waterhouse.
Notes from BP: There was an Ernest Waterhouse b. c1877 at Whittington near Chesterfield who may be one of the children in this photograph.  In April 1891, his family were living at South Street, Whittington.

References
Images kindly provided by Brett Payne and Picture the Past
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1871, 1891 & 1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
North East Midland Photographic Record - Picture the Past

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