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John William Hilder

of Matlock Bath

J.W. Hilder operated a studio at South Parade and then Museum Parade, Matlock Bath from about 1890 until at least 1907.

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John William Hilder was born at Lewisham, Kent in 1857, the eldest son of painter and decorator John Hilder senior (1828-1891) and his wife Charlotte Perrett (1831-1910).  John Hilder senior was originally from Sevenoaks in Kent, and may have been from the same family as the landscape and portrait artists John Hilder (1811-1839) and Richard Hilder (1813-1848).  The family moved to Eltham, also in Kent, in the early 1860s, where John William grew up.
 
J.W. Hilder married Ann Guy at Hastings in 1877, and by April 1881 they were living at Park Place, Eltham, where he was practising as a photographic artist.  An 1884 trade directory entry demonstrates that by late 1883 he was operating a studio at 20 Victoria Street, Clifton, Bristol.  However, some time between 1887 and 1890, took over a studio at South Parade, Matlock Bath from John Clark, who retired to Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire.  Hilder was first shown at that address in an 1891 directory (Kelly), probably compiled in late 1890, and was living at South Parade in Matlock Bath in April 1891 (Census).

F.C. Graffton, a photo artist originally from Aberdeen, was also living with Hilder at that time.  Further trade directories for 1895 and 1899 indicate that he was still operating from South Parade at that time, and the 1901 census shows that he was in business as a photographer and stationer at 7 South Parade in April of that year.  Bradley (2004) states that he continued in business until 1907 - a 1908 trade directory for Matlock Bath shows no sign of him.


Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Unknown couple
by J.W. Hilder of Beethoven House, 20 Victoria Street, Clifton
Unknown date
Format: Cabinet card
Negative No. 2280

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Nothing further is known about this photograph.

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Image © & courtesy of Chris Dewey
Image © & courtesy of Chris Dewey
Mrs. Mary Widdowson, by J.W. Hilder of Matlock Bath, possibly taken c. 1894-1895
Format: Unknown
Image © & courtesy of Chris Dewey
This photo appears to have been sent to Mrs Mary Widdowson in an envelope postmarked Clifton, Bristol, 23 June 1895.

Image © & courtesy of Denis Potter The family of Charles & Catherine Potter of Wensley,
by J.W. Hilder of Matlock Bath, taken c. 1895
Size: 232 x 173mm (photo), 303 x 253mm (mount), with pale grey mount (see above for label on reverse of photo)

Image © & courtesy of Denis Potter

Notes: (Standing) Mrs. Catherine Potter, Frederic, George & Charles "Herbert", (Seated) Mr. Charles Potter, Henriette "Hetty", Kate & John A, (Front, on grass) Annie Marion "May"

Image © & courtesy of Denis Potter

Image © & courtesy of Denis Potter The Card Players,
by J.W. Hilder of Matlock Bath,
taken c. 1895
Size: 218 x 172mm (photo), 303 x 253mm (mount), with pale grey mount (label on reverse of photo as above)

Image © & courtesy of Denis Potter

Notes: (from left to right): George, John A, Frederic and Herbert Potter


Image © & courtesy of John Bradley
"Statuary Chatsworth", by J.W. Hilder of Matlock Bath
Unknown date

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Nothing further is known about this photograph.

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

References
Images kindly provided by John Bradley, Chris Dewey & Denis Potter
1871 & 1891 English Census - online from Ancestry.com
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO, and trancript on Ann Andrews' Matlock & Matlock Bath Pages
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Matlock & Matlock Bath Pages - by Ann Andrews
Bristol Photographers, U.K. (1852-1972) by Roger Vaughan
Anon (1881) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1887) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
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
Kelly (1899) Directory of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, pub. London, pp.301-302, Ann Andrews' Matlock & Matlock Bath Pages
Anon (1908) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, pub. London, pp. 323-325, Ann Andrews' Matlock & Matlock Bath Pages
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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