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Henry Lord (c1815-1887)

of Huddersfield (Yorkshire) & Buxton

Henry Lord was an established Huddersfield photographer who probably only briefly operated in Buxton.

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Henry Lord was born c. 1815 in the village of Almondbury, south-east of Huddersfield in Yorkshire.  He married Mary Wilson in 1837 and they settled in Huddersfield, where Henry worked as a painter, and where five sons were born between then and 1860.  By 1861, when Henry Lord was living at 1 Edward Yard, King Street, Huddersfield, he described himself as a photographic artist.  By 1866, although still living in KIng Street, he was operating a studio in St Peter's Street, and remained at that address until at least 1871.  The 1881 Census shows him living in Commercial Street, but the studio may have been elsewhere.  His son Ralph Herbert Lord (1854-), by then married and living in Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, was also described as a photographer, but it is not clear whether he was working on his own account, or employed in a studio.  Henry Lord died at Huddersfield in 1887, aged 71.  His son Ralph continued as a photographer in Chesterton until at least 1901.

Thus far, I have been unable to find any other documentary evidence of Lord's visit (or visits) to Buxton. Buxton was a tourist town, even then, and a huge industry had grown up around catering for the many summer visitors to the mineral springs. Spring Gardens is shown by a later post card and trade directories of the period as a row of four-storey buildings with many lodging houses. I suspect that Henry Lord would rent a room there during his visits to Buxton, presumably designed to look for business at the peak of the holiday season, when many of his more affluent Huddersfield clientele would presumably be out of town.

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley
Unidentified young man
by H. Lord of St. Peters Street, Huddersfield and Spring Gardens, Buxton
Undated, but probably taken in the lid- to late 1860s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 61.5 x 103.5 mm Photo 57.5 x 91 mm

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Notes: see Photo-Sleuth article

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Image © & courtesy of Roger Vaughan
Unidentified young couple
by Henry Lord of Saint Peter's Street, Huddersfield
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1870s

Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Roger Vaughan


Image © & courtesy of Roger Vaughan

Images kindly provided by Roger Vaughan & John Bradley
1841-1901 UK Census - online from
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
North East Midland Photographic Record - Picture the Past
White, F. & Co. (1857) History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Derby. Transcribed by Neil Wilson.
Harrison, Harrod & Co. (1860) Directory and Gazetteer of Derbyshire, London.
Anon (1870) Harrod & Co.'s Postal & Commercial Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Staffordshire. - from University of Leicester - Digital Library of Historical Directories.
Wright C.N. (1874) Directory of South Derbyshire, Third Edition, October 1874, Derby.
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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