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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Frederick Holbrook

of Belper




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Frederick Holbrook was born c. 1864 in Belper, Derbyshire.  By the time of the 1881 Census he was living with his older brother Samuel at Common Side, Belper, and working as an engine man.  Trade directories later show Frederick Holbrook with studios at Albert Street (1895) and George Street (1912) in Belper.  The 1901 Census indicates that he was working as a photographer on his own account, and boarding with a family named Street in Chapel Street, Belper.  Adamson (1997) gives dates of 1906-1912 for the operation of the George Street premises.  A postcard photo taken c. 1915 suggests he also had a studio at New Road, and a 1925 directory gives the address of a studio at 14 Field Row in Belper, a building which, according to the Belper Research web site, burnt down.

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer A group of Belper postmen
by F. Holbrook
Undated, but probably taken in the 1890s
Format: Unmounted print

Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer School group - High Street Infants
by F. Holbrook of Belper
Taken 1894-1895
Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer


Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified teenage boy, possibly in costume
by F. Holbrook of Belper,
Undated, but possibly taken c. 1900
Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

No further information about this photo.

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Image © & courtesy of Robin Turton Joseph Turton (1882-1957) and Agnes Turton née Holbrook (1885-1906),
by F. Holbrook of George Street, Belper,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1905-1906
Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 108 x 166 mm Photo 95 x 138 mm

Image © & courtesy of Robin Turton

No further information about this photo.


Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Fanny Whiteman
by F. Holbrook, of George Street Studios, Belper
taken between 1910 and 1920

Format: Postcard

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock


Notes by CM:  This is Fanny Whiteman,
my grandfather Amos Whiteman's sister from Milford.  The family lived at Hopping Hill in her early days.
Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood
Louisa McAuslan (née Adshead) in Red Cross uniform
taken at Green Hall Hospital by F. Holbrook, of George Street Studios, Belper
taken between 1914 and 1918 (poss. dated Mar 1914)

Format: Postcard

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

No further information.

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Doris McAuslan (daughter of Louisa McAuslan, above) in Red Cross uniform
taken at Green Hall Hospital by F. Holbrook, of George Street Studios, Belper
taken between 1914 and 1918 (poss. Mar 1914)

Format: Postcard

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

No further information.

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood
Mary Rice with her grandson Geoffrey Storr, taken by F. Holbrook, of George Street & New Road Studios, Belper, c. 1915
Format: Postcard

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

No further information.

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer A group of wounded soldiers from Green Hall
by F. Holbrook of Belper
Undated, but probably taken between 1914 and 1918
Format: Postcard

Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer


Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood
Unidentified group, by Holbrook, of George Street, Belper, Unknown date
Format: Postcard

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

No further information.


Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin Three generations of the Watherston family from Heage, Derbyshire,
by F. Holbrook,
of George Street, Belper,
taken c. 1917
Format: Postcard

Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin

Annie Watherston née Rushworth (b. 1856) (back), her daughter Alathea Mary Yates Alton née Watherston (1886-1966) (right), and her grandchildren Freda Mary Alton (1909-1991) and Alfred George Alton (1910-1965)

Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin
Notes by Diane Alton-Kaighin:
Annie Rushworth - baptized 15 October 1856 at Heslington, Yorkshire, married Alfred Watherston from Heslington, Yorkshire (I've yet to find a marriage record).  I don't when she died but she had moved to Blackpool, England in about 1924 and I have mail that was sent to her in 1938.  My mother (b.1933) remembers an old woman living upstairs to his gran's who use to bang on the floor with a cane when they made too much noise.
Alathea  Mary Yates Watherston - born 20 December 1886 at Leeds, Yorkshire, married Thomas Alton 20 April 1908 at Heage, Derbyshire, died 21 March 1966 at Blackpool, Lancashire.
Freda Mary Alton - born 1909 at Heage, Derbyshire, never married, died 27 April 1991 at Blackpool, Lancashire.
Alfred George Alton - born 24 March 1910, married Doris May Harper 19 November 1931 at
Blackpool, Lancashire, died 14 June 1965 at Blackpool, Lancashire.
My great-grandfather Thomas Alton, Alathea's husband, died of pneumonia at the age of 34, on 1 February 1917, after six weeks of bootcamp.  I believe this photo was taken for him to keep with him if he was sent to the trenches.  All the photo's etc., are thanks to Freda.  They were unknown until discovered in a chest in 1987 when she was being moved into a nursing home.

References
Images kindly provided by Adrian Farmer, Cynthia Maddock, Robin Turton, Samantha Smith, Diane Alton-Kaighin and Robert Silverwood
1871-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
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.

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