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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Herbert Batteson

of Chesterfield

Henry Batteson worked as a photographer from at least the age of 17, when he assisted in one of the Chesterfield studios.  He was operating his own studio in Packer's Row by 1912.


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Herbert Batteson was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire in 1884, son of a slater and beerhouse keeper Mark Batteson (1848-1899) and his wife Sarah Singleton (1842-1913).  By the time of the 1901 Census, he was working as a photographer's assistant.  He was married in 1904, and had opened his own studio at 31 Packer's Row, Chesterfield by 1912.  In 1915 and 1917, he is also shown as operating from premises at Knifesmith Gate, but maintained the studio in Packer's Row until at least the late 1920s.
Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Emma Sullivan Unidentified family
by H. Batteson of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1905-1915

Format: Post card

Images © & courtesy of Emma Sullivan

Notes: Blind stamped "H. Batteson, Chesterfield"
Image © & courtesy of Emma Sullivan

Image © & courtesy of Emma Sullivan Unidentified family
probably by H. Batteson of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1905-1915

Format: Post card

Images © & courtesy of Emma Sullivan

Notes:  no photographer's imprint, but the backdrop is identical to that shown in the postcard above.
Image © & courtesy of Emma Sullivan

Images © & courtesy of John Frearson Ennis Jane Shearer née Wragg and baby
by H. Batteson of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken in October 1909

Format: Post card
Size: 134 x 84 mm

Images © & courtesy of John Frearson


Notes by JF: The baby was born on 8 October 1909 and the post card is postmarked "Chesterfield PM 23 De[cember] [19]09".  Blind stamped H(?). Batteson, Chesterfield in lower right hand corner.
Images © & courtesy of John Frearson

Image © & courtesy of June Knowles
Maria Siddal née Lewis (b. 1874) and her children Elizabeth (b. June 1903) and John (b. c1908)
by H. Batteson of 31 Packer's Row, Chesterfield
Not dated accurately, but probably taken c. 1913-1915

Format: Large photo mounted on stiff embossed and printed card
Size: Mount 150.5 x 225 mm Photo 81 x 127 mm

Images © & courtesy of June Knowles

Notes by JK: They lived at Sandforth Street, Newbold Moor near Chesterfield.  Inscribed on the reverse, "Maria Siddall and her two youngest children, Elizabeth born June 1902 and John born 1908?, about 1914."

Image © & courtesy of June Knowles
Image © & courtesy of June Knowles

References
Images kindly provided by John Frearson, Emma Sullivan & June Knowles
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Anon (1917) Chesterfield Year Book & Directory for 1917, Printed by The Derbyshire Courier, Chesterfield, Dec 1916 - by kind courtesy of Rita Effnert
Anon (1932) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1932, Kelly's Directories Ltd., 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.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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