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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
John William Wayne

of New Road, Chapel Street & King Street, Belper

J.W. Wayne worked as a photographer from a studio in Belper from at least 1895 until 1906.

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John William Wayne was born c. 1868 at Poplar or Bow in London, the second of nine children of a butcher John William Wayne senior (1843-1908), and his wife Susannah (Susan) Oram (born c. 1844, also at Poplar).  The family moved back to John William Wayne senior's original home county, Derbyshire, when John was very young, initially to Shottle, and then settling in the village of Idridgehay in about 1870.

John William Wayne first trained for a job in the post office, and was shown as the Idridgehay "sub-postmater" in April 1891.  However, by 1895 (Kelly) he had moved to Belper, where he had a studio on New Road until 1899.  After a brief spell in Chapel Street, he moved to premises in King Street, where he remained at least until 1906 (Adamson, 1997).


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Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified young woman
by J.W. Wayne of Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the mid-1890s
Format: Minette or Midget Card

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

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Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Two choirboys,
by J.W. Wayne of Belper,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1894-1895
Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Notes by SS: One of the boys is believed to be Horace Goodwin Smith, who was born at Belper on 13 January 1886 and died in 1972, also at Belper.


Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith Unidentified young man,
by J.W. Wayne of New Road, Belper,
Undated, but probably taken c. 1894-1897
Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Samantha Smith

Notes:


Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Brunswood House, Matlock Bank
by J.W. Wayne of New Road, Belper
Undated
Format: Carte de visite

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Notes:  This appears to be a photographic copy of a drawing or engraving.


Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Group of unidentified young men camping
by J.W. Wayne of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in the mid-1890s
Format: Carte de visite

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

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Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Unidentified young woman
by J.W. Wayne of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken c. 1895-1899
Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Brian Greer Louisa Wayne (1878-1952)
by J.W. Wayne of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken c. 1895-1899
Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Brian Greer


Notes:  Louisa Wayne was a sister of the photographer, J.W. Wayne.

Image © & courtesy of Brian Greer "Mrs Reeve" and Susannah Wayne née Oram (b. 1842)
by J.W. Wayne of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken c. 1896-1900
Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Brian Greer


Notes:  Susannah Wayne was the mother of the photographer, J.W. Wayne.

Image © & courtesy of Brian Greer Possibly John William Wayne (b. 1868) with wife and child
Self portrait by J.W. Wayne of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken c. 1897-1901
Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Brian Greer


Notes:  John William Wayne was shown as unmarried in the 1901 Census and, according to FreeBMD, married Florence Beatrice Bennett in the Derby Registration District in the June Quarter of 1910.  The "leg of mutton" sleeves of this woman suggest the photograph was taken in the late 1890s, so it is not clear if she was Wayne's wife or not.

References
Image kindly provided by Brian Greer, Cynthia Maddock, John Bradley and Samantha Smith
1871 Census of Idridgehay - online on John Palmer's Wirksworth Web Site
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
Derbyshire Wills transcribed by Michael Spencer - online on John Palmer's Wirksworth Web Site
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
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.

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