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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Joseph Noble Perks

of Woodville & Swadlincote

Joseph Perks operated studios in Woodville and Swadlincote from the late 1890s until at least 1926.

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Joseph Noble Perks was the second son of a mechanical engineer John Perks (1846-1915) and his wife Annie.  He was born at Woodville, a small village on the Derbyshire-Leicestershire boundary in 1877, shortly after his parents and elder brother had moved there from Marsden in Yorkshire, to work in the sanitary earthenware manufacturing works.  By the age of 13 - from the April 1891 census - Joseph was working as an office clerk, possibly at the pipe works.  Ten years later in the 1901 census, however, he was working as a photographer, and it was probably at around this time that he opened his first studio on Swadlincote Road, Woodville.

By 1912, J.N. Perks had moved his studio to Church Street, Swadlincote, and he moved again - to the High Street, Swadlincote - prior to the compilation of the 1926-1927 Midlands Counties Trades Directory.

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Claire Casey Unidentified elderly couple
by J. Perks of Swadlincote
Undated, but probably taken c. 1895-1900
Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Claire Casey

Notes


Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Unidentified young lady
by J. Perks of Swadlincote Road, Woodville
Undated, but probably taken c. 1900-1903
Format: Carte de visite

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Notes


Image © & courtesy of Ben Hodgkiss Emily Stirland (b. c. 1879)
by J.N. Perks of Swadlincote
Undated, but probably taken c. 1904
Format:
Large mounted print

Image © & courtesy of Ben Hodgkiss

Notes by BP:  Emily Stirland was the daughter of Joseph Chambers Stirland (1846-1897) and Annie Archer (1839-1910).  She was born in Blackwell, Derbyshire in late 1878 or early 1879, and the family  moved to the Swadlincote/Church Gresley area shortly afterwards.  She married Joseph Evans in the Burton Registration District in 1915. (see also the photo below, which shows the wedding party at the marriage of Emily's sister Charlotte)


Image © & courtesy of Ben Hodgkiss Wedding party of William Hodgkiss & Charlotte Hannah Stirland (b. 1876)
by J. Perks of Swadlincote
Undated, but taken in 1904
Format:
Large mounted print

Image © & courtesy of Ben Hodgkiss

Notes by BH:  This is of my grandfather William Hodgkiss' wedding to Charlotte Stirland in 1904.  Emily Stirland  (see photo above) also appears at second from right in the bottom row.  The vicar in the middle row is Reverend Edward Maxlow, M.A., of Emmanuel Church, Swadlincote.


References
Images kindly provided by Ben Hodgkiss, Claire Casey & John Bradley
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1895) History, Topography, and Directory of Derbyshire, T. Bulmer & Co. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Anon (1927) Midland Counties of England Trades' Directory 1926-27, Trades' Directories, Limited, Edinburgh
Derbyshire Wills 1525-1928 by Michael Spencer on John Palmer's Wirksworth web site

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