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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Frederick & George Julian Jackson

of The Butts, Belper

George Jackson started working as a photographer in the mid-1870s, and before 1881 moved to a studio at "The Butts" in Belper, where he remained in business until at least 1912.

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George Julian Jackson was born at Belper in 1849, the eldest of five sons of Belper nailmaker Frederick Jackson (1825-1873) and his wife Hannah (c.1820-1874).  As teenagers George and his brothers also became nailmakers.  The 1871 Census shows Frederick as a "photographer and nailmaker."

George married at Belper in late 1874, and in Wright's Trade Directory dated September that year was listed as a photographer, at Chapel Hollow in Belper.  By April 1881, although he was still living at Chapel Hollow, his studio had moved to The Butts in Belper.  It is likely that he had taken over this studio from Thomas B. Mellor, who used the premises from c. 1867 until 1874.

By April 1891, Jackson was living at Kiln Lane, Belper, but continued working from his studio at "The Butts" until at least 1912.  George and Hannah had no children.

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer
Belper Church and Cemetery, by F. Jackson of The Butts, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the early-1870s

Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer

Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin Unidentified family
by G. Jackson of The Butts, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1870s

Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin

Image © & courtesy of Stephanie Hitchcock Young woman
by G. Jackson of The Butts, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1870s or early-1880s

Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Stephanie Hitchcock

Notes by SH:  I am unable to identify this woman, except to say she is from either the Belshaw or Prince family.  Unfortunately this was my father's, who died 2 years ago, aged 86.  I only discovered it after his death, and his only surviving sister is unable to identify the subject.
Image © & courtesy of Stephanie Hitchcock

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Landslips, possibly at Crich Stand
by G. Jackson of The Butts, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the mid-1880s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63.5 x 104.5 mm Photo 58 x 94 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes (from "Alex"):  The 2nd stone tower was damaged by a landslip in June or July of 1882.  I believe that the photo shows upturned piles of earth/turf etc. in front of the tower (opened 1851).  I have other photos, same size, paper and backing and of different subjects that date from the early 1880's, all  from the same source.  I would assume that the photographer would have travelled to Crich after hearing of the landslip which also damaged/destroyed some cottages.

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Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer Street dressing with large group of men, women and children in Belper
by George Jackson of Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s

Format: Mounted albumen print
Size: unknown

Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer

Notes

Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin Unidentified man,
by G.J. Jackson of Belper,
Undated
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin
Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified young man,
by G.J. Jackson of Belper,
Undated
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Nothing further is known about this photo

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

References
Images provided by Adrian Farmer, Stephanie Hitchcock, Brett Payne, Samantha Smith and Diane Alton-Kaighin
1861 Derbyshire Census - CDROM published by ArchiveCD Books
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
Wright C.N. (1874) Directory of South Derbyshire, Third Edition, October 1874, Derby.
Anon (1881) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
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.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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