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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Charles C. Bradshaw

of Manchester, Altrincham (Lancashire) & Bakewell (Derbyshire)

Charles Bradshaw worked as a photographer in Manchester and at several locations in Cheshire, as well as in Bakewell, Derbyshire in the early 1900s.


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Charles Champion Bradshaw was born in Manchester, Lancashire c. 1856.  By the age of 24, he was working as an "artist" in Gorton, Lancashire.  He married Emily Jane Parker at Chorlton in late 1881, and they had five children between then and 1894.

The Bradshaws appears to have moved around considerably and it is not clear how many of the places they lived that Charles atually operated a permanent studio.  After his marriage, they lived in Bowden (c.1882), Altrincham (c.1884), and Sale (c.1886), all in Cheshire.  By March 1891 they were living at 18 Fulton View, Withington, Lancashire, and Charles described himself as a "photographer &c."  Their son Charles was born in the Chorlton Registration District, Manchester in early 1892.  By 1895, he was working as an artist at Ducie Chambers, 57 Market Street, Manchester.  In 1894 a daughter May was born at Altrincham, Cheshire, and the family is still shown living there, at Ashley Villas, Ashley Road, in March 1901.  Directory entries for 1902, 1903 and 1909 show that he remained at that address for some years, and operated a studio at 267 Bury New Road, also in Altrincham.

A cabinet card taken c. 1903-1904, marked with Bakewell & Manchester on the reverse, and taken in either Bakewell or Glossop, indicates that he also worked in the adjacent parts of Derbyshire in the early 1900s.

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young couple
by Charles C. Bradshaw of Bakewell & 57 Market Street, Manchester
Undated, but probably taken c. 1896-1899

Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 63.5 x 105 mm Photo 57 x 93.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes
Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Kath Tarbatt
Dominick M. Murphy (1880-1919)
by Charles C. Bradshaw of Bakewell & 57 Market Street, Manchester
Undated, but probably taken c. 1903-1904

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Kath Tarbatt

Notes by KT: My grandfather Dominick Murphy was born in Cork, Ireland in 1880.  He emigrated to New York c. 1900 but didn't settle, and somehow came to live in Glossop in the early 1900s, Derbyshire, finding work as a stone mason.  The photograph was taken shortly before he married Sarah Ann Bentley at St Mary's Glossop on 15 August 1904.  They had six children and lived at 173 High Street West, Glossop.  Dominick enlisted in the 9th Cheshire Regiment in September 1914, before serving as a sapper in the 144th Army Troops Coy., Royal Engineers in the First World War. He died on 9 March 1919 and is buried in St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, Somme, France.

Image © & courtesy of Kath Tarbatt

References
Images kindly provided by Brett Payne & Kath Tarbatt
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
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The following trade directories have been accessed using the University of Leicester's online collection, Digital Library of Historical Directories:
- Slater's Manchester & Salford Directory, 1895
- Kelly's Directory of Cheshire, 1902
- Slater's Manchester, Salford & Suburban Directory, 1903
- Slater's Manchester, Salford & Suburban Directory, 1909
Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1895) History, Topography, and Directory of Derbyshire, T. Bulmer & Co. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith
Anon (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209. Courtesy of John Bradley.

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