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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Henry Hinge

of Station Road, Ashbourne

Henry Hinge was a cabinet maker by training, but started working as a photographer from the mid-1890s, and operated a studio in Station Road, Ashbourne from about 1904 until the mid-1930s.


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Henry Edward Hinge was born in 1861 in the village of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, son of a butcher and publican of the White Swan Inn, William Absalom Hinge (c1831-1881) and his wife Mary Ann Hurd (1832-1889).  As a young man, Henry was apprenticed to a cabinet maker, and he continued working in this profession after his marriage to Henrietta Esther Getliffe (1863-) at Ashbourne in 1884.

Henry, or "Harry" as he was often known, became a professional photographer probably i
n the late 1890s, although it is not clear when he first started taking photographs.  Some unattributed photos (see below) from the mid-1890s are possibly early examples by Hinge, although the first proven portraits date from c.1897-1899.  He is known to have operated a studio at the Refreshment Rooms in Station Road, Ashbourne from at least 1904 until 1936 (Adamson, 1997).

I am greatly indebted to Ian Ward, grandson of Harry's sister Mary Louisa Hinge, for sending me information about the Hinge family, and for contributing many images of photos of family members, taken by Henry Hinge and other photographers.  These photographs came from an album left to Ian by his aunt Alice Ward.


Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward Henry "Harry" Hinge (b. 1861)
probably by Henry Hinge of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1890s

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: 96 mm x 139 mm

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward

Notes: An earlier photo of a clean-shaven Harry Hinge from Ian Ward's album was taken at the studio of J.L. Hart, probably in the early to mid-1890s.  It is suggested, therefore, that this example of a bearded Harry may have been one of his own early attempts, taken with the help of an assistant.  At a guess, he looks to be in his mid- to late 30s, which would agree with a date, tentatively estimated from his clothing, of the mid- to late 1890s.


Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward Mary Louisa Hinge (b. 1872), probably with her nieces, from left to right, Elsie Lillian, Emily Louisa, Eleanor A, and Henrietta Annie Hinge (daughters of the photographer)
probably by Henry Hinge of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1890s

Format: Carte de visite
Size: 62 mm x 103 mm

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward

Notes: Mary Louisa Hinge was Henry Hinge's younger sister, born at Ashbourne in late 1872.  By my estimate, the nieces look to be aged roughly nine, four, six and eleven, respectively, dating the photograph to approximately 1896, when Mary Louisa would have been 24 years old.  The clothing is typical of the mid-1890s.  The photograph appears to have been taken in a makeshift studio, probably outdoors in a brick-paved courtyard.  The canvas backdrop although painted with some sort of scene is either faded or has much of the "scene" washed out by the sunlight.  The rug upon which they are seated and standing has been placed fairly roughly in position.  I would guess that, if taken by Henry Hinge, this was obviously done at an early stage of his career, when he had not established proper studio facilities.  An earlier photograph of Mary Louisa taken by J.L. Hart possibly dates from around 1890-1891.  At around this time, she worked as a domestic cook in the house of magistrate Thomas O. Farmer, in the nearby village of Sturston.

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward Henrietta Annie Hinge (b. 1885)
by Henry Hinge of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s

Format: Carte de visite
Size: 62 mm x 103 mm

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward

Notes: Henrietta Annie Hinge was Henry & Henrietta Esther Hinge's eldest child, born at Ashbourne in late 1885, a year after their marriage.  By my estimate, she appears between ten and thirteen years old in this photograph, which dates it to the late 1890s.

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward Mary Louisa Hinge (b. 1872)
by Henry Hinge of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s or early 1900s

Format: Cabinet card
Size: 106 mm x 167 mm

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward

Notes: Mary Louisa Hinge married Thomas Ward (see below) at Ashbourne in late 1904, and this photograph probably dates from slightly earlier than that, perhaps around 1899-1902, when she was employed as a domestic housemaid in a household in Matlock Bridge (Source: 1901 Census).  Another photo in Ian Ward's family album, taken by W.N. Statham, obviously dates from this period.

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward Henrietta Esther Hinge née Getliffe (b. 1863)
by Henry Hinge of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s or early 1900s

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: 106 mm x 167 mm

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward

Notes: Henrietta Esther Getliffe, a daughter of Ashbourne tailor George Getliffe (1827-) and his wife Annie née Tilbury (c1834-1908), married Henry "Harry" Edward Hinge at Ashbourne in 1884.  They had four daughters, including Henrietta Annie (b. 1885; see above), Elsie Lillian (b. 1887), Eleanor/Ellenor A (b. 1890) and Emily Louisa (b. 1892), pictured in a photo with their aunt Mary Louisa above.

Image © & courtesy of Jo Bevan Two unidentified children
by Henry Hinge of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1900s

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Jo Bevan

Notes by JB: Possibly Florence Mary Holmes (b. 1900) & George Redfern Holmes (b. 1898) of Ashbourne.

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward Thomas Ward
by Henry Hinge of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken c.1904

Format: Cabinet cards
Size: 106 mm x 167 mm

Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward

Notes: Thomas Ward married Mary Louisa Hinge at Ashbourne in late 1904, and Henry Hinge may have taken this pair of photographs of his son-in-law, with boutonnière, at the time of the wedding.  The photos are the first in the series from Ian Ward's album to have the Station Road address printed on the card stock.
Image © & courtesy of Ian Ward

Image © & courtesy of Ellen Oakley
Unidentified couple
by Henry Hinge of Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken c. 1914-1916

Format: Post Card

Image © & courtesy of Ellen Oakley

Notes

Image © & courtesy of Ellen Oakley

References
Images kindly provided by Jo Bevan, Ian Ward & Ellen Oakley
Information kindly provided by Sandy Barrie
1861 Derbyshire Census - CDROM published by ArchiveCD Books

1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1851, 1871, 1891 & 1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
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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