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John Henry Waterhouse

of Chesterfield

John H. Waterhouse operated portrait studios at several premises in Chesterfield from c. 1911 until at least 1932.

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John Henry Waterhouse was born at Batley, Yorkshire in 1882, eldest son of an iron turner George Henry Waterhouse (1854-) and his wife Emily née Bateman.  The family moved to Chesterfield, Derbyshire in the late 1890s, where John became a wood turner.  In 1901, they were living at 5 New Street, Chesterfield.

He became a photographer around 1911 and had studio premises at Brewery Street (1911-1912), 7 Cavendish Street (1913-1915), Tapton Lane (1917) and 479 Chatsworth Road (1926-1932).  Acording to Adamson, he was also a inematographer, and developed and printed films and plates for amateur photographers.  Published postcards of Chesterfield views and events by Waterhouse are also known.

Image © & courtesy of Emma Sullivan
Young woman, identified only as "Pearl"
by J.H. Waterhouse of Corner of Brewery Street & Tapton Lane, Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken c. 1912-1920

Format: Post Card

Image © & courtesy of Emma Sullivan

Notes: Inscribed on the reverse, "From Pearl."

Image © & courtesy of Emma Sullivan

Images kindly provided by Emma Sullivan
1841-1901 UK Census - online from
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
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.

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