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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Charles Frederick Dalton (1850-1891)

of Corporation Street, Chesterfield

Charles F. Dalton worked as a photographer briefly in the 1880s, in both Chesterfield and Sheffield.


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Charles Frederick Dalton was born in Sheffield in 1850, one of nine children of Edwin Dalton (1818-1892) and his wife Elizabeth.  He grew up in Sheffield, and became apprenticed to a table blade forger in Eccleshall Bierlow by 1871.  He married Fanny Walker in 1871- they had a son Charles Edward, who was born in 1879.

Adamson (1997) shows Dalton working from premises in Corporation Street, Chesterfield in 1884.  The 1881 Census shows that he was working as a photographer there at least as early as April 1881 - his home was in Corporation Street - but he may well have been an employee in one of the Chesterfield studios at this time.  It is possible that he had left Chesterfield by late 1886, as the 1887 edition of Kelly's does not list him in that town.  Certainly by 1889, he was back in Sheffield, as Adamson (1983) lists him with premises at London Road South in that year.  Two years later, at the time of the 1891 Census, Charles Dalton appears to have ceased working in the photographic business, and is described as a "table blade smither," the trade in which he apprenticed twenty years earlier.  He died there later that year, at the age of only 42.

Charles Dalton's father Edwin Dalton (1818-1892) is shown as a photographer in Eccleshall Bierlow in the 1871, 1881 and 1891 censuses, although he is not listed by Adamson (1983).  Charles' elder brother Walter Edwin Dalton (1836-1914) operated studios with premises at Furnival Street (1877-1884), 79 Cemetery Road (1879-1881) and 184 South Street (1879-1891).  In 1891 the census shows Walter as a "photographer & greengrocer," and by 1901 the photography had been dropped altogether.

Portfolio
Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by Chas. F. Dalton of Corporation Street, Station Road, Chesterfield
Undated

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 64 x 104.5 mm Photo 56 x 92 mm

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by Chas. F. Dalton of Corporation Street, Station Road, Chesterfield
Undated

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 62 x 98.5 mm (slightly trimmed at base) Photo 57.5 x 95.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by Chas. F. Dalton of Corporation Street, Station Road, Chesterfield
Undated

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63.5 x 105 mm Photo 56 x 105 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified couple
by Chas. F. Dalton of Corporation Street, Station Road, Chesterfield
Undated

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 62.5 x 104 mm Photo 58.5 x 96 mm Arched frame 51.5 x 78.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

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References
Images and information provided by Brett Payne
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1887) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1983) Professional Photographers in Sheffield & Rotherham, 1843-1900, publ. by the RPS Historical Group.
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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