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James Robert Board

of 9 Cavendish Circus, Buxton

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James Robert Board was born at Ramsbottom, Lancashire, son of a policeman Robert Amos Board and his wife Mary Eliza Whittaker.

According to a review of a book on Board's photographs on Bygone Derbyshire, Board originated from Sheffield, where he may have worked and trained at a photographic firm called Watsons.  J.R. Board was in Derby by 1922, and operated a photographic studio at 9 Cavendish Circus, Buxton from at least as early as 1926 until the firm closed in the 1970s.  Picture the Past has images of a large number of examples of his work from many towns and villages in Derbyshire, including dated photographs from 1922 to 1948, some possibly taken by Board's step-son John Meddins.

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by J.R. Board of Cavendish Circus, Buxton
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1920s or early 1930s

Format: Post Card
Size: Card 82 x 134.5 mm Photo frame 76.5 x 128.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne


Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Images provided by Brett Payne
1841-1901 UK Census - online from
North East Midland Photographic Record - Picture the Past
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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