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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Louis Bosworth Twells (1829-1885)

of Ashbourne

Louis B. Twells probably worked as a photographer in Ashbourne only briefy, during the early 1870s.


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Louis (or Lewis) Bosworth Twells was born in 1829 at Castle Donington, Leicestershire, son of Thomas Twells and Mary Bosworth (1802-).  His father died when he was young, and his mother supported him and his younger sister by working as a boot and shoe maker.  The 1851 Census shows him living with his aunt in London, and working as a perfumer, presumably learning the trade.  He must have settled in Ashbourne, Derbyshire shortly afterwards, as an 1855 directory shows him there, working as a hairdresser.  In early 1857 he married Theresa Snelson (1829-1903), daughter of a schoolmaster from Ashby-de-la-Zouch - between then and 1877, they had six children.  Census records and trade directory entries between 1857 and 1884 various show him as a hair cutter/dresser, perfumer, jeweller, silversmith, watch maker, importer of general fancy goods, sponges, &c., and a proprietor of "large show rooms for glass, china, and earthenware."  Louis B. Twells died at Ashborne in 1885.  His wife and son Louis B. Twells junior continued with the shop until 1903, when Theresa Twells died.

No directory or census entries showing L.B. Twells working as a photographer have been found.  However, a single carte de visite (see below), tentatively dated at c. 1871-1875 is known, suggesting that he did this as a sideline, at least for a brief period.

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Jo Bevan
Unidentified man with beard
by L.B. Twells of Church St, Ashbourne
Undated, but probably taken c. 1871-1875

Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Jo Bevan

Notes

Image © & courtesy of Jo Bevan

References
Images kindly provided by Jo Bevan
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1855) The Post Office Directory of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
White, F. & Co. (1857) History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Derby. Transcribed by Neil Wilson.
Anon (1861) Gazetteer & Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1863) History, Gazetteer & Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1870) Harrod & Co.'s Postal & Commercial Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Staffordshire. - from University of Leicester - Digital Library of Historical Directories.
Wright C.N. (1874) Directory of South Derbyshire, Third Edition, October 1874, Derby.
Anon (1884) Business Directory of London,
University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
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 (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, 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.

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