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George Statham

of Derby

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George Statham was born at Stanton-by-Bridge, Derbyshire on 17 December 1845, one of four sons and three daughters of an inn keeper, farmer and carrier, William Statham (1811-1876) and his wife Jane Bailey (d. 1874).  He married Anne Chittim in Derby in 1866, and appears to have lived there from about that date.  He worked first as a striker (1871 - home at 8 Mount Street, St Werburgh) and then as a blacksmith (1881 - home at 76 Shaftesbury Cres, Litchurch).

From the existence of a single cabinet card dated with a fair degree of confidence, George Statham is known to have operated a photographic studio from his home at 57 Sale Street, Litchurch, Derby, probably fairly briefly, in the late 1880s.  By 1891 he had become an insurance agent, and in 1901, shortly after moving to Castle Donington, he was working as an agent for a sewing machine company.

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Charles Hallam Payne (1870-1960)
by G. Statham of 57 Sale Street, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1886-1888

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Bunnie Ellison


Image © & courtesy of Bunnie Ellison

Images kindly provided by Bunnie Ellison
1841-1901 UK Census - online from
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
- Anon (1881) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
- Anon (1887) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
The following trade directories have been accessed using the University of Leicester's online collection, Digital Library of Historical Directories:
Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.

Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209. Courtesy of John Bradley

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