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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Charles Samuel Swift

of Normanton Road, Derby

Charles Samuel was one of two Swift brothers who had photographic studios in Derby in the 1880s and 1890s.  He worked from premises in Normanton Road, Derby between 1891 and 1933.

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Charles Samuel Swift was born in Coventry, Warwickshire in 1854, younger brother to William Edward Swift, another Derby photographer.  In April 1881, both brothers were living - with their mother and two other siblings - at 58 Warner Street, Derby St. Werburgh.  William described himself as a lithographic artist, while Charles was a photographic artist.  Charles married Emma Wadsworth (born c. 1855 at Allestree, Derbyshire) at Chesterfield in 1886, and they had one daughter Lydia May born in 1891 but died the following year.

C.S. Swift set up his studio at 106 Normanton Road before 1891 (Kelly & Census), and was still shown at that address in 1895 (Kelly & Bulmer) and 1901 (Census).  In 1903 he opened a second studio at 125 Normanton Road, where he remained until at least 1926-27.  The premises at 106 Normanton Road appear to have remained open until 1906 (Adamson, 1998).  Craven (1993) states that he was in business until 1933, and that he also had a studio in Skegness, Lincolnshire.  The 1891 Census shows his brother W.E. Swift working as a photographer in Skegness. 


Portfolio
Images © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified boy
by Chas. S. Swift of The Midland Art Photographic Studio, 106 Normanton Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1888-1892
Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount

Images © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes
Images © & collection of Brett Payne

Images © & courtesy of Claire Casey Unidentified young woman
by Chas. S. Swift of Midland Art Studio, 106 Normanton Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1891-1898
Format: Cabinet Card

Images © & courtesy of Claire Casey

Notes

Images © & courtesy of Claire Casey Unidentified young woman
by Chas. S. Swift of Midland Art Studio, 106 Normanton Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1898-1905
Format: Cabinet Card

Images © & courtesy of Claire Casey

Notes

Images © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young child with model ship
by Chas. S. Swift of Midland Art Studio, 125 Normanton Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1903-1906
Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 108 x 165.5 mm Photo 102 x 143 mm

Images © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes
Images © & collection of Brett Payne

Images © and courtesy of Jane Porter Elizabeth Beeby
by C.S. Swift of Derby
Dated on the reverse, "May 18th, 1905"
Format:
Large print mounted on card

Images © and courtesy of Jane Porter


Notes by JP:  "Granny Beeby" was housekeeper to my 2 times great-grandfather Walter Baker and his children, Hugh, Cecil and Constance after Walter lost his first wife, Mary Ellen Oughton.  He was lodger at Mrs Beeby's house before she lost her husband Thomas in 1891.  Mrs Beeby was "retired" after Walter married Emma Allsop (2nd wife), and her keep paid for by Mr Walter Baker and children.
Images © and courtesy of Jane Porter
Images © and courtesy of Jane Porter

Images © Paul Ogdon and & courtesy of John Palmer Samuel Keith Walker (1890-1982) son of George Wigley Walker,
by Charles S. Swift of 125 Normanton Road, Derby,
taken in 1908
Size: 4" x 6"
Format: Cabinet Card

Images © Paul Ogdon and & courtesy of John Palmer

Nothing further is known about this photograph.
 
Images © Paul Ogdon and & courtesy of John Palmer


References
Images provided by Jane Porter, Brett Payne, Claire Casey, Paul Ogdon & John Palmer
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
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Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, and Nottinghamshire. - from University of Leicester - 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
Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland pub. London, 1899: Matlock & Matlock Bath - from The Andrews Pages
Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire pub. London, 1908: Matlock & Matlock Bath - from The Andrews Pages
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire pub. London, 1916: Matlock & Matlock Bath - from The Andrews Pages
Anon (1917) Chesterfield Year Book & Directory for 1917, Printed by The Derbyshire Courier, Chesterfield, Dec 1916 - by kind courtesy of Rita Effnert
Anon (1927) Midland Counties of England Trades' Directory 1926-27, Trades' Directories, Limited, Edinburgh
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.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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