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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
James William Ingham

of 71 High Street West, Glossop

J.W. Ingham was a Glossop High Street draper who briefly operated a photographic business, probably around 1912.

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James William Ingham was born at Charlesworth, near Glossop, Derbyshire in 1862, youngest child of stone mason Peter Ingham (1821-1874) and his wife Hannah.  When his father died in 1874 - James was only twelve - his mother and a sister Eliza opened a draper's business on the High Street in nearby Glossop.  Another sister, Mary Jane, became a teacher, while his two brothers, John and Peter, were stone masons like their father.

After finishing school James too went to work in the draper's shop.  This business continued until at least the early 1900s.  In 1912, however, probably after the death of his mother, his unmarried sister Eliza was running the shop.  A directory for that year shows her as a dressmaker at 71 High Street West, Glossop.  James was at the same address, but described as a picture frame maker.  It seems likely that he took up photography at around this time, and that the business was fairly short-lived.  Adamson (1997) states that he was operating as a photographer in 1912 and 1913.  By 1926, James may have moved to New Mills, as a directory for that year shows "J & A Ingham, tailor, 25 New Road."

The only example of his work seen so far (below) is a standard postcard with a simple maker's stamp on the reverse.

Image © & courtesy of Karen Fraser
Image © & courtesy of Karen Fraser
Jane Ellen Bowden née Grime (third from left, looking at the camera), probably in a church sermons parade in Glossop, taken by J.W. Ingham of Glossop, Date unknown but probably 1910s
Format: Post Card

Image © & courtesy of Karen Fraser

Nothing further is known about this photograph.

Image © & courtesy of Karen Fraser

Images kindly provided by Karen Fraser
International Genealogical Index - by the LDS church
1861 UK Census CD-ROM - from ArchiveCD Books
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Anon (1926) Midland Counties of England, Trades Directory of 1926-27, Graham Hadfield's Glossop Site
Anon (1932) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1932, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.

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