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Fred Smith of Brewery Street, Chesterfield
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Alfred Edward Smith was born at Coventry (Warwickshire) in 1846 and baptised on 29 September 1846 at Holy Trinity church, son of a ribbon weaver Charles Smith and Ann née Reading. Some time in the 1860s the family moved from Coventry to Chesterfield in Derbyshire, where Charles was appointed relieveing officer for the Chesterfield District. Alfred married Martha Hughes, a shool teacher from Scotland, at Chesterfield in 1872.

Adamson (1997) records "Frederick" Smith as having operated from premises in Brewery Street, Chesterfield from 1869 until 1879. J.G. Harrod & Co.'s 1870 directory has no entry for Smith, but by April 1871, when he was living with his parents at 39 St Helen's Street, he described himself as a photographer. The CDV portrait below (#fsmith01), probably taken c.1869-1873 shows him working from a studio on the corner of Tapton Lane and Brewery Street, Chesterfield. Trade directory entries for 1876 and 1879 also show Smith's studio in Brewery Street, but by April 1881, he and his wife were in Holdenhurst near Bournemouth in Hampshire. He probably died between 1881 and 1891.

When photographer Alfred Seaman first arrived in Chesterfield in the late 1870s, it is recorded that he established his first studio in a wooden hut on the corner of Brewery Street and Tapton Lane. It is possible that this was Smith's old studio.

If you have any further information about Alfred "Fred" Edward Smith and his studio, or if you have any photographs by him, please email me. I welcome contributions of images to increase the variety of coverage on this site. If you are able to identify or have an interest in any of the subjects in the photographs shown below, I would also be very keen on hearing from you.
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
Type I
Used c. 1869-1873
Scroll and ivy, red ink

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Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: fsmith01
Artist: F. Smith, corner of Tapton Lane & Brewery Street, Chesterfield
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 62 x 103 mm; Photo 58 x 92 mm)
Card Type: Type I - Scroll & ivy, red ink
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1869-1873
Notes: Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified elderly woman with bonnet, at least in her 60s, full length seated portrait with side table, book and vase of flowers


Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, Royal Photographic Society, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209, Courtesy of John Bradley.
Historical Directories from the University of Leicester & Ancestry
Indexed 1841- 1901 Census Images from Ancestry
Partial Transcript of the GRO Index from FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index from FamilySearch

Trade Directory entries

1876 Post Office Directory
- Smith Fredk. photographer, Brewery st, Chesterfield
White's Directory of Sheffield, Rotherham ..., 1879
- Smith Fred, pattern maker (Cundey & S.) & photographer, Brewery street, Chesterfield; h. 1 West street


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