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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
David Chapman Latham (1844-1922)

of The Grove Studio, Station Road, Buxton

David C. Latham worked as a photographer in Buxton from at least 1881 until 1913, although he may only have operated from his own studio, located at The Grove in Station Road from about 1891.

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David Chapman Latham was born on 26 May 1844 at Boden Place, Ardwick near Manchester, Lancashire.  He maried Elizabeth Thomas (born c. 1839, also at Ardwick) at St John's, Manchester on 30 March 1865.  They moved from Cheetham, near Manchester, to Buxton, Derbyshire after the birth of their first child Henrietta, later in 1865.  They then had three sons, Herbert, Alfred and Thomas in Buxton between 1868 and 1874.

David C. Latham was working as a photographer at least as early as 1871, when he was listed at Eagle Parade, Buxton in the census, and in 1881 was shown living at 1 St James Villas, Hartington road in Buxton.  Entries in Kelly's 1881 and 1887 trade directories, however, show that this was a lodging house, and suggest that his primary business was in letting out "first-class furnished apartments."  It is possible that he was then working as an assistant at one of the longer established studios such as that of B.W. Bentley, since he was not listed in trade directories as a photographer until 1891.  Information from a great-grandson suggests that he was indeed working for Bentley.  By the census of April 1891, however, he had opened a studio at The Grove on Station Road, and his eldest son Herbert, then aged 22, was working there as an assistant.  The younger sons Alfred (20) and Thomas (16) were a commercial traveller and stationer's assistant, respectively.  The family later lived at 24 Bath Street.

David Latham was still in Buxton in 1901, when both Herbert and Thomas appear to have been working in the studio.  Alfred had by this time married and moved to Levenshulme, Lancashire, where he is described in the census as a tea traveller.  Adamson (1997) states that Latham was in business until 1913, but Kelly's 1912 directory has no listing for this studio.  D.C. Latham died at Buxton on 5 August 1922.


Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of David Simkin Unidentified man
by D.C. Latham of Grove Studio, Buxton
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s

Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of David Simkin

Notes:


Image © & collection of Brett Payne Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Group of three unidentified young women, by D.C. Latham of Grove Studio, Buxton
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s

Format: Carte-de-visite  Size: Mount 106 x 64 mm Photo 93.5 x 59 mm
Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Stew Unidentified man
by Latham of Grove Studio, Buxton
Undated, but probably taken in the mid-1890s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63 x 105 mm Photo 58 x 90 mm

Image © & courtesy of Stew

Notes by Stew: she was born 1887, so photo possibly late 1890's.


Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified man with top hat and cane
by Latham of Grove Studio, Buxton
Undated, but probably taken in the mid-1890s

Format: Cabinet cards
Size: Mount 107 x 164 mm Photo 99 x 144.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne


Notes
Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Unidentified couple
by Latham of Grove Studio, Buxton
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s

Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 108.5 x 166.5 mm Photo 100 x 144.5 mm

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

References
Images and information provided by Brett Payne, Nigel Aspdin, Stew, Brett Payne, Peter Howard Latham & David Simkin
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
Anon (1881) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1887) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
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 (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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