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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Frederick Joseph Boyes

of Osmaston Road, Derby

Frederick J. Boyes worked from a studio in Osmaston Road, Derby from about 1887 until at least the mid-1920s.

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Frederick Joseph Boyes was born in 1861 at Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales, son of a Methodist clergyman, John Boyes and his wife Caroline Boyes (formerly Hughes née Sturch).  He married Sarah Winifred Patson (born at Peterborough c. 1874) in Derby in 1900.

Although the electoral registers only show him in Derby from November 1889, Boyes was operating from premises at 22 Osmaston Road, Derby by early 1887 (Kelly) and was still there in 1891 (Kelly).  By 1895 (Bulmer & Kelly), the studio appears to have expanded to occupy the neighbouring building (No. 24) as well, although the electoral registers continue to show him living at No. 22.  He was still in Derby at the time of the 1901 Census, and later directories show that the business was operating as late as 1926-27.  He is also shown variously as a picture frame and art dealer.  The Picture the Past web site includes a photograph of employees outside the main entrance to Derby Power Station on Sowter Road, taken by F.J. Boyes in the 1890s.


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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man with cap
by Frederick J. Boyes
of 22 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated but probably taken c. 1889-1891
Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 62 x 102.5 mm Photo 59 x 92 mm
Negative No. 4188
Card stock by Marion Imp. Paris

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Notes
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Image © & courtesy of Lies Ligthart Unidentified young woman
by Fred J. Boyes
of The Studio, 22 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated but probably taken c. 1893-1894
Format: Cabinet card
Negative No. 6634

Image © & courtesy of Lies Ligthart

Notes
Images © & courtesy of Lies Ligthart

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified baby
by Frederick J. Boyes
, Electric Light Studio, 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated but probably taken c. 1893-1894
Format: Carte de visite
Negative No. 9638

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Nothing further is known about this photo.

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young boy
by Frederick J. Boyes,
Electric Light Studio, 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated but probably taken c. 1893-1894
Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 64 x 106 mm Photo 58 x 90 mm
Negative No. 9814

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Unidentified young couple
by Frederick J. Boyes, Electric Light Studio, 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated but probably taken about 1894

Size: Mount 107.5 x 167 mm, Photo 101.5 x 139.5 mm
Format: Cabinet Card
Negative No. 10869

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by Frederick J. Boyes, Electric Light Studio, 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated but probably taken about 1894-1896

Size: Mount 107.5 x 167 mm, Photo 101 x 140 mm
Format: Cabinet Card
Negative No. 10953

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Notes: This woman may be a member of a Rhodes family from Derby, possibly identified in other photos in the same group by A. & G. Taylor and W.W. Winter

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman in maid's uniform
by Frederick J. Boyes, Electric Light Studio, 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated but probably taken about 1895-1897

Size: Mount 64 x 106 mm, Photo 58.5 x 89 mm
Format: Carte de Visite
Negative No. 11431

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Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson William Bull (1864-1946)
by Frederick J. Boyes, Electric & Daylight Studio, 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1896-1897

Format: Carte de visite
Negative No. 12538


Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson

Notes (MJ & BP): William Bull was born at Hollington, Derbyshire in 1874 (for further details, see Martin's web site).  He married Hannah Morley née Goodall (c.1857-1930) at St Chad's Longford in 1898, and they had two children.  He died on 16 November 1946 at Dragon Farm, Hollington, aged 81.
Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson

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Unidentified young woman
by Frederick J. Boyes, Electric & Daylight Studio, 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1896-1897

Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 107 x 166.5 mm Photo 100 x 144.5 mm
Negative No. 13885


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Notes:
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Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne Henry Payne (1842-1907) and Henrietta Payne née Benfield (1843-1914)
by Frederick J. Boyes,
Electric & Daylight Studio, 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Dated "about April 1898"

Size: 106 x 166 mm
Format: Cabinet Card
(Negative No. 12948 - on other copy)

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Henry & Henrietta lived at 83 St James' Road, New Normanton, Derby.  Another copy of this photo (courtesy of Barbara Ellison) is dated - by whom, it is unknown - "about April 1898", and there is no reason to doubt this.  The address on the reverse is "22 & 24 Osmaston Road".

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Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne Lucy Mary "Mag" Payne (1876-1953)
by Frederick J. Boyes,
Electric & Daylight Studio, 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated, but possibly taken c. April 1898
Size: 106 x 166 mm
Format: Cabinet Card
Negative No. 14446

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Mag was the eldest daughter of Henry & Henrietta Payne (shown above).  This photo is mounted on card is very similar to that of her parents - apart from the number - and also shows the same white spotting of the photograph.  It seems possible, therefore, that it was also taken c. April 1898, when she would have been 21 years old, and probably in service with a local family (perhaps the Boams).

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Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison Lucy Mary "Mag" Payne (1876-1953)
by Frederick J. Boyes of
Derby
Undated, but possibly taken c. April 1898
Size: Mount 191.5 x 242 mm Photo 99.5 x 146.5 mm
Format: Large Format

Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison


Notes: This is a copy of the cabinet card above, mounted on large format card.
Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison

Image © & courtesy of Tristan Martin Harriet Webster, taken at 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby by Frederick J. Boyes, in 1898
Large Format

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Nothing further is known about this photo


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Emily Ruth Briddon (b. 1901), probably dressed in christening gown
by Frederick J. Boyes,
Electric & Daylight Studio, 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. Nov 1901
Size: Mount 107 x 167 mm Photo 98 x 145 mm
Format: Cabinet Card
Negative No. 17249

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Notes: Inscribed in pen on the reverse, "Emily Ruth Briddon, age 6 months."  FreeBMD shows a birth registration for Emily Ruth Briddon in the Burton-upon-Trent Registration District for the 2nd Qtr of 1901.

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Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson Mary Davenport Morley née Bull (1871-1952) and son
by Frederick J. Boyes of 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1900-1903

Format: narrow cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson

Notes (MJ & BP): Mary Davenport Bull was born at Leek, Staffordshire on 3 February 1871 and died on 5 Dec 1952 at Boulton, Derbyshire (see Martin's web site for further details).  She married Tom/George Morley (1867-1950) at Findern in 1890, and had her first child William "Willie" Harold at Littleover in 1891.  Other sons Charles Davenport and were born in 1897 and Frank Ross in 1899, although Frank died in 1903.  It seems likely that he son shown in this photograph was the eldest, Willie, and that the photo was taken in the early 1900s.


Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison Lucy Mary Chadwick & Robert Chadwick
by Frederick J. Boyes,
Electric & Daylight Studio, 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Dated 7 July 1903
Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 167.5 x 108.5 mm Photo 137.5 x 99.5 mm

Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison

Notes
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Image © & courtesy of Hilary Booth Florence "Florrie" Swann, daughter of Harriet Clark
by Frederick J. Boyes,
Electric & Daylight Studio, 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. March-May 1904
Format: Cabinet Card
Negative No. 20025

Image © & courtesy of Hilary Booth

Notes: see Photo-Sleuth article

Image © & courtesy of Hilary Booth

Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne
Unidentified man
by Frederick J. Boyes,
Electric & Daylight Studio, 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1902-1904
Size: Mount 106.5 x 165.5 mm Photo 101 x 143 mm
Format: Cabinet Card
Negative No. 20766

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Notes:

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Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter Large group, possibly on a church outing
by Frederick J. Boyes,
22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated, but possibly taken c. 1910-1920
Format: Large format mounted print
Size: Mount approx. 205 x 150 mm (full extent of card mount not shown in image) Photo approx. 105 x 60 mm
Blind-stamped "Frederick J. Boyes, 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby" on mount at bottom right.

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter

Notes by JP:  I found this photo in an old box.  My gg-grandfather Walter Baker (1859, Heckworthy, Devonshire/1950, Derby, Derbyshire) is seated in the front row, third in from the right, with his black hat on his knee.

Notes by BP: Nigel Aspdin points out that the building in the background looks like it could be a tin tabernacle.


Image © & courtesy of Valerie Stern
Unidentified young woman
by Frederick J. Boyes,
22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1910-1920
Format: Postcard(?)
Blind stamped at bottom right, with studio & address

Image © & courtesy of Valerie Stern

Notes:


Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Unidentified young woman and baby
by Frederick J. Boyes,
22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated
Format: Postcard
Blind stamped at bottom, with studio & address

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man in uniform
by Frederick J. Boyes,
22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c.1914-1818
Format: Postcard
Size: 87.5 x 137 mm
Blind stamped at bottom, with studio & address

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Notes:  "A.O.R." shoulder flash.

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Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter Howard Cecil Baker (born 1899)
by Frederick J. Boyes,
22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1918-1922
Format: Postcard
Blind stamped at bottom right, with studio & address

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter

Notes by JP:  My great-grandmother's husband Hugh Baker's brother, Cecil (actually, his real full name was Howard Cecil Baker).  He was born on 1899 at Derby and died in London. He married Elise.

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter

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Unidentified group of young women, dressed as cast for Tennyson's "Dream of Fair Women"
by Frederick J. Boyes,
22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby, Undated, but probably taken c. 1910-1920
Format: Postcard - Size: 137 x 87 mm -
Blind stamped at bottom right, with studio & address
Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Notes: Inscribed in pen on reverse, Tennyson's "Dream of Fair Women."

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified couple
by Frederick J. Boyes of 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby, ca. 1914-1918

Format: Postcard Image
Size: 86 x 136 mm

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Notes: Inscribed on the reverse, in ball point pen, "Auntie Hilda & Uncle Bill," and in pencil, "Notts & Derby Shoulder Title."
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Image © & courtesy of Sally Jackson Alfred & Charlotte Horobin and their nieces
by Frederick J. Boyes of 22 & 24 Osmaston Road, Derby, ca. 1915-1916

Format: Postcard

Image © & courtesy of Sally Jackson
 
Image © & courtesy of Sally Jackson

Notes by Sally Jackson:  A postcard pic of my grandparents, Alfred Irvin Horobin (b. 1885 Derby) and his wife Charlotte Louisa Brady (b. Belturbet, Cavan, Ireland). The two girls I believe are the daughters of his half brother, Arthur Swinfield Newton (b. Derby) and his wife Lillia Tomlinson.  Winifred was born in in Derby in 1901.  I believe the younger one was called Doris, and have yet to find her birth.  It must have been a wartime visit from Ireland to Derby for my grandparents, as he was in the British army.  I would therefore put the date around 1915-16, as the older girl looks about 16.  The picture has an imprint in the bottom right hand corner: "Frederick J Boyes, 22 & 24 Osmaston Rd Derby".  I would love to get in touch with any descendants of the Newtons. There were three brothers, Charles Edward Gibson Newton and John Basil Newton, whose mother Mary Newton then married William Henry Horobin.  My grandfather was the middle son with older brother William Henry Horobin (b. 1882), and younger Frederick Horobin (b. 1891) who I believe was in the fire brigade at Derby.  The Irish family had no contact with the Derby one... apart from this one photograph!

References
Images kindly provided by Barbara Ellison, Nigel Aspdin, Hilary Booth, Lies Ligthart, Jane Porter, Cynthia Maddock, Valerie Stern, Martin Jackson, Brett Payne, Tristan Martin and Sally Jackson
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
North East Midland Photographic Record - Picture the Past
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.

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