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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
David Sherwood Jones

of The "Gem" Studio, Matlock Bath

D.S. Jones operated a studio known as the "Gem" in Matlock Bath from about 1879 until the late 1880s.

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David Sherwood Jones was born c. 1856 at Rugby, Warwickshire.  He married Marian Clarke at Rugby in 1871, and they moved to Derby shortly after, where their first two daughters were born.  Between 1876 and 1879 they moved again, to Matlock Bath, where Jones set up a photographic studio at Matlock Bridge.
 
D.S. Jones was shown as a photographer in the April 1881 census, and listed his studio at Matlock Bridge, Matlock Bath in both the 1881 and 1887 Kelly's trade directories.  However, by 1891 he was no longer listed in Kelly's, and the census for that year shows that while his wife and children were living on Starkholmes Road, he was absent.  Marianne was still living with her youngest daughter in Matlock in 1901.  Adamson (1997) shows Jones only woperating in Matlock Bridge until 1888.
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Image © & courtesy of Paul Ellis Unidentified young man
by D.S. Jones of The "Gem" Studio, Matlock
Dated 25 April 1881
Format: Cabinet card

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Dated on the reverse in what appears to be a contemporary hand. Paired with photo below.

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Image © & courtesy of Paul Ellis Unidentified young woman
by D.S. Jones of The "Gem" Studio, Matlock
Dated 25 April 1881
Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Paul Ellis

Dated on the reverse in what appears to be a contemporary hand. Paired with photo above.

Image © & courtesy of Paul Ellis

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by D.S. Jones of Matlock
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1880s
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 64 x 104.5 mm Photo 56.5 x 97.5 mm Frame 50 x 85.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne


Notes:
Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by Jones of Matlock
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1880s
Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 62.5 x 103 mm Photo 60.5 x 99 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne


Notes:
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References
Images provided by Brett Payne & Paul Ellis
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Wright C.N. (1874) Directory of South Derbyshire, Third Edition, October 1874, Derby.
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

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