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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
James Slinn (1818-1873) & Abraham Slinn (1853-1916)

of High Street, Glossop and Sheffield & Manchester

James Slinn operated a studio in Glossop from 1862 to 1873, after which it was probably taken over by Abraham Slinn until at least 1876.


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James Slinn was born in Eyam, Derbyshire in about 1818.  He married Hannah Goodwin (1818-1872) at Glossop in 1846, and by the time of the 1851 Census, he was a stationer and bookbinder living in Chapel Street, Glossop.  Adamson (1997) shows James Slinn as having operated a studio in the High Street, Glossop from 1862 until 1870, although the 1871 Census also shows him as a photographer, and it is likely that he continued taking photos until his death in 1873.

Abraham Slinn was born on 22 May 1853 at Eyam, son of a farmer Samuel Slinn (1817-1903) and his wife Hannah Farnworth Smith.  He may have been related in some way to the abovementioned James Slinn, but this has not yet been proved.  In 1871 he was working as an apprentice to James Slinn in his Glossop High Street studio.  Adamson records him briefly operating as a photographer at High Street West, Glossop in 1876, so presumably he took over James Slinn's studio after the latter's death in 1873.  He married Jane Lomas (1852-1900) at Glossop in 1874.  By 1881, however, Abraham had moved to 78 Mitchell Street, Sheffield, where he was still working as a photographer, although probably employed by a studio, as he is not listed in Adamson (1983).  In about 1885, Abraham moved with his wife Jane and six children to Manchester, where another daughter and son were born.  He worked from variously premises at 54 Halston Street (1886), 208 Oldham Street (1889), 71 Oldham Street (1890), 123 Bury New Rd, Cheetham (1891), 25 Clayton St (1895), 5 Tamworth Street (1896-1899), 30 Drake Street, Stretford Road (1899-1900) and 199 Radnor Street, Hulme (1903).  Abraham Slinn died in April 1916.

Portfolio
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Unidentified woman
by J. Slinn of High Street, Glossop
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1860s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63.5 x 103.5 mm Photo 57.5 x 91.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

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Unidentified woman
by J. Slinn of High Street, Glossop
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1860s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 64 x 103.5 mm Photo 57.5 x 91.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified woman with two young children
by J. Slinn of High Street, Glossop
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1860s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63 x 101.5 mm Photo 60 x 94 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by Abraham Slinn of 208 Oldham Road, Manchester
Undated, but probably taken c. 1889

Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 107 x 164.5 mm Photo 102.5 x 142.5 mm

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References
Images provided by Brett Payne
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
North East Midland Photographic Record - Picture the Past
Bagshaw (1846) History, Gazetteer and Directory of Derbyshire. Collection of Brett Payne.
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.
Anon (1881) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1886 - from University of Leicester - Digital Library of Historical Directories.
Slater's Manchester & Salford Directory, 1895 - from University of Leicester - Digital Library of Historical Directories.
Slater's Manchester, Salford & Suburban Directory, 1903 - from University of Leicester - Digital Library of Historical Directories.
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1983) Professional Photographers in Sheffield & Rotherham, 1843-1900, publ. by the Royal Photographic Society Historical Group.
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.

Read, Gillian (1982) Manchester Photographers, 1840-1900, publ. by the Royal Photographic Society Historical Group.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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