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Laurence Studios

of Leicester, Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool, Bristol, Burslem, Nottingham, Kettering, Norwich, Birmingham, Derby & Coventry

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Roger Vaughan, in his list of Bristol Photographers 1852-1972, shows the firm at 25 Bridge Street in Bristol from 1926 until 1939, with additional premises at 126 Gloucester Road in 1937 and 1938.  The company Laurence (Portraits) Ltd. (registration number 219950) was registered in 1927 [Source: entry in The National Archives Catalogue]. A 1930 listing for Laurence (Portraits) Ltd at 158 Mount road, Leicester has been found in the British Phone Directories on Ancestry.  The Derby branch may have operated in 1928.

According to Sandy Barrie, who has extracted details from a large number of old trade directories, there were several branches of this studio, as follows, with approximate dates of operation:-
203 Corporation St., Birmingham: 1928-35
483 Coventry Road, Small Heath, Birmingham: 1928-35
25 Bridge Street, Bristol: 1926-1938
121 Friargate, Derby: 1928
Piccadilly Buildings, Kettering: 1928-1932
Granby Studio, 118 Granby Street, Leicester: 1932
(Head Office and Works) 158-164 Mount Road, Leicester: 1928
103 Byrom Street, Liverpool: 1927-1932
4 Redwell Street, Norwich: 1929
Exchange Walk, Nottingham: 1928

Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified young child with doll
by Laurence Studios
Undated, but probably taken c.1929-1931

Format: Mounted print
Size: 134 x 171 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne


Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Roger Vaughan Unidentified young woman
by Laurence Studios
Undated, but probably taken in the 1930s

Format: Post card

Image © & collection of Roger Vaughan


Images and information provided by Sandy Barrie, Roger Vaughan & Brett Payne
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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