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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
F.W. Scarratt

of Derby

F.W. Scarratt had a studio in Derby from at least 1900 to 1914, initially located at 114 Abbey Street but later at 115 Normanton Road.  He was probably better known for the publication of landscape views and post cards.

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Francis William Scarratt was born at Hadley End, Yoxall, Staffordshire in 1876, second son of Thomas Scarratt and Annie Atkins.  In the mid-1880s, the family moved to Derby, where Thomas worked as a coachman.  Francis William married Mary Johnson at Burton in 1897, and they settled in Derby, where he worked initially as a "designer for wall paper."

According to Craven (1993) Scarratt operated a studio first from 114 Abbey Street, and then from 115 Normanton Road, in Derby, between 1900 and 1914. 
F.W. Scarratt was also renowned as a publisher of landscapes and postcards.  One of his postcards, tentatively dated at c. 1912-14, shows an F.W. Scarratt stall at one end of the Market Hall in Derby.

Image © & courtesy of Neil Wilson
Image © & courtesy of Neil Wilson
Kedleston Road, Derby, by F.W. Scarratt of 115 Normanton Road, Derby,
Post card franked "20 AUG ??", probably from c. 1912-1914

Format: Post Card
Image © & courtesy of Neil Wilson

Images kindly provided by Neil Wilson 
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1871, 1891 & 1901 UK Census - online from
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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