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Joshua Evans (1833-1907) of Bradwell
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
Image © & courtesy of Peter Evans (Left) Sarah Evans née Barber (1811-1881)
CDV portrait probably taken by Joshua Evans c. 1869 at Bradwell
Image © & courtesy of Peter Evans

Joshua Evans was born at Bradwell, Derbyshire in 1833, the eldest son of a lead miner Robert Evans (1811-1874) and his wife Sarah Barber (1811-1881). Sarah Barber was an aunt of Frederick Barber, who later became a prominent photographer in Sheffield & Matlock. Joshua started off by following his father into the mining industry, and at the time of the 1851 Census he was working as a lead miner. In the same census, however, Joshua's younger brother Stephen - then aged 14 - was described as an apprentice optician, and Joshua himself followed suit soon after. Both worked for their uncle Isaac Barber, another brother of Sarah Barber and husband to Margaret Evans, who was sister to Robert Evans. Isaac Barber, possibly after an initial apprenticeship in Sheffield, had opened up a business in Bradwell in 1850 to manufacture telescopes, opera glasses & possibly camera lenses. His apprentices included Stephen, Isaac and Joshua Evans, who eventually opened their own business, "Evans Bros." in an old hat factory belonging to another uncle, the wealthy and locally well known hat-manufacturer, William Evans.

Joshua married Hannah Greaves on 11 Jul 1859 and their first child Alwin/Alvin Wilson Evans was born at Bradwell in April 1860. By the time of the census a year later, Joshua was working as an optician and living in the household of his mother-in-law at Smalldale, a hamlet in Bradwell parish. They continued living at Bradwell until at least 1867, but by the April 1871 census they had moved to Sheffield in Yorkshire, where daughter Louisa was born in 1874. Family member Peter Evans (pers comm) believes that new machinery and industrial methods of manufacture had made it impractical for the Evans Brothers to continue meeting governement contracts.

Image © & courtesy of Peter Evans The census of April 1881 shows them living at Vicar Lane, Sheffield, with Joshua now working as the manager of an "Oil and Colour Warehouse." They later moved to 38 Glover Road in nearby Eccleshall Bierlow, where Joshua described himself as a "traveller" - presumably a salesman in todays terminology - in April 1891. Joshua & Hannah Evans had returned to live in Bradwell by 1901, where he was once again an "Oil & Colour Dealer."

It is not clear exactly how long Joshua Evans operated a photographic studio in Bradwell, although it appears from a portrait included below (#jevans05) that he was probably in business by early 1865. Adamson (1997) only gives a date of 1869 and he is not described as a photographer in any of the census records. It is perhaps worth noting that Joshua's cousin Frederick Barber had returned from London to Sheffield in about 1867 and opened a studio there, perhaps influencing Joshua's brief foray into photography.

Joshua Evans died at Bradwell on 19 October 1907 at the age of 74. He had been a local Methodist preacher in Bradwell and Sheffield for over thirty years.

(Left) Stephen Evans, brother of Joshua Evans
(Right) Maurice Evans, nephew of Joshua Evans
Photographer unknown
Images © & courtesy of Peter Evans

Image © & courtesy of Peter Evans

If you have any further information about Joshua Evans 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.
CARD TYPES
Image © & Collection of John Bradley Image © & Collection of John Bradley Image © & Collection of John Bradley
Type I
Used c. 18
Description
Type II
Used c. 18
Description
Type III
Used c. 18
Description

PORTFOLIO Contribute a Photo
Image © & Collection of Brian Abbott ID #: jevans05
Source: Collection of Brian Abbott
Artist: J. Evans of Bradwell
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type I - "J EVANS BRADWELL" and single line frame printed on recto.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1864-1865
Notes: Square corners.
Subject: Septimus Ollerenshaw (1802-19 May 1865), in his 60s, three-quarter length seated portrait. The subject lived all his life at Hathersage about a mile east of Bradwell.

Image © & Collection of John Bradley Image © & Collection of John Bradley ID #: jevans06
Source: Collection of John Bradley
Artist: Joshua Evans of Bradwell
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type II - Four lines of ribboned text, stylised scrollwork and additional text.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1866-1870
Notes: Square corners.
Subject: Two men, possibly in their 50s, full length seated portrait. These two have been tentatively identified by Peter Evans and myself as Joshua Evans (i.e. the photographer himself) and Isaac Hall, a Methodist school teacher.

Image © & Collection of John Bradley Image © & Collection of John Bradley ID #: jevans07
Source: Collection of John Bradley
Artist: Joshua Evans of Bradwell
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type II - Four lines of ribboned text, stylised scrollwork and additional text.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1866-1870
Notes: Square corners.
Subject: This gentleman has been tentatively identified as William Bocking (1782-1869), a Wesleyan Sunday School teacher from Bradwell, by Andre Hallam, to whom I am very grateful. William Bocking, son of William Bocking (1753-1820) and Hannah Hill (1757-1824), was the Sunday School Superintendant of the Wesleyan Church in Bradwell for over 60 Years. He married Alice Dearnley (1784-1821) in 1806, and they had nine children. Further information regarding Andre's identification of this gentleman, and clarification by Peter Evans, may be found in my Photo-Sleuth article.

REFERENCES

Historical Directories from the University of Leicester
Indexed 1841- 1901 Census images from Ancestry.com
Transcript of the GRO Index from FreeBMD
International Genalogical Index (IGI) presnted online by the LDS Church at FamilySearch
North West Derbyshire Sources, by Marjorie Ward
White, F. & Co. (1857) History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Derby. Transcribed by Neil Wilson .
Derbyshire Wills: 1525-1928 by Michael Spencer on John Palmer's Wirksworth web site
Hallam Family Tree, by Andre Hallam


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many thanks to John Powell, Brian Abbott, Andre Hallam, Peter Evans and John Bradley for kind contributions of images and information.


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