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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Pollard Graham

of Belper, Wirksworth & Derby

Pollard, Graham & Co. had branches in many parts of England, and operated studios in Belper, Wirksworth and Derby from 1881 until at least the early 1930s.

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Barker Pollard Graham was born c. 1845 in Blackburn, Lancashire.  The 1861 Census describes him, at the age of 15, as a bill inspector (clerk) in Birkenhead, Cheshire.  In late 1867 Graham married Margaret Charnock, and a son James was born at Southport at around the same time, although his bith was registered under the name James Graham Charnock.  In 1871, they were living in North Meols, where Barker was working as an upholsterer, and Margaret as a dressmaker.  There is no sign of his wife in subsequent census records, even though he continues to be shown as "married" rather than "widowed" until at least 1901.

Graham moved to Belper in Derbyshire, probably in the late 1870s. An article in The Derby Mercury dated 4 August 1880 mentions a portrait having been taken by "Mr. Pollard Graham."  He was shown as "Barker P. Graham" working as a photographer on census night, 3 April 1881.  With him at a house in Queen Street are his son "James C. Graham," aged 13, and his brother-in-law Michael Charnock, also described as a photographer.
  Kelly's Trade Directory for 1881, probably compiled in late 1880, lists "Graham Pollard & Co. gelatine dry plate manufacturers, New rd. Belper."  It seems likely that he started off supplying the local studios with stocks of photographic plates, and subsequently opened his own studio.  The fairly accurately dated carte de visite photograph of Florence Anthony (born in 1878) shown below appears to be from around this time, i.e. early to mid-1881.  A second CDV shown below, of Ann Rebecca Appleby (born in 1866) shows Pollard Graham with studios in Belper and Southport, and may date from the mid-1880s.  By mid-1881, however, he was in financial trouble, as a notice in The London Gazette of 21 June 1881 gives notice of "the First General Meeting of the creditors" of "Barker Pollard Graham of Belper ... Photographer and Manufacturer of Photographic Materials, trading as Pollard Graham & Co."  An article dated 13 July 1881 in The Derby Mercury reports this "meeting of the creditors of Mr. Barker Pollard Graham, trading as 'Pollard Graham and Co., of Belper, photographer' ... held last week at the office of Mr. W.B. Hextall, solicitor, Derby," which resulted in an agreement to liquidate, and the appointment of a trustee.  The Daily News of London carried a report on 17 February 1886 of an appeal in the Supreme Court in the case of the "Derby Photographic Dry Plate Company v. Pollard Graham & Co.," but no details are provided.

The next mention found in trade directories for Pollard Graham is in Kelly's 1887, when the firm was operating from premises in Agard Street, Derby.  An advertisement in The Derby Mercury of 2 February 1887 notifies the public of the conversion to and registration of a company, "Pollard Graham and Company, Limited," of the "business of gelatine bromide photographic dry plate manufacturers, carried on by Messrs. Barker Pollard Graham, Arthur Frederick Longdon, W. Elliott Taylor and Arthur John Cox" on 15th January.  The shareholders of the new company, all in equal proportions, were the aforementioned Graham, Longdon (a surgical bandage manufacturer), Taylor (an agent) and Cox (a wine and spirit merchant), as well as T.H. Harrison (a chartered accountant from Duffield), F. Longdon and W.H. Goody (both also surgical bandage manufacturers).  B.P. Graham was appointed first managing director.  A further advertisement in the same newspaper on 6 February offers shares for sale in this company, with applications to made at 175 Siddals Road.

On 19th March 1890, Derby auctioneers Messrs. J. & W. Heathcote advertised in The Derby Mercury the sale by auction of the "stock-in-trade and working plant, including about 700 lbs. of gelatine, chemicals, photographic apparatus, about 30 cwt. of various papers, string, glass, a large quantity of plate boxes of various sizes, centrifugal copper tanks, Gardener's patent chopping machine, kettles, buckets, bottles, jars, and utensils in trade" of Pollard Graham & Co., Limited, Agard Street, Derby.  The same advert appeared in The Birmingham Daily Post on 12 April 1890.  It appears that the business had again failed, and a notice of liquidation of "Pollard Graham & Co., Limited, Derwent Dry Plate Works, Agard-street, Derby" appeared in the Mercury three months later on 11 June.

Pollard Graham, however, was still taking portraits as shown by an article in the Mercury of 27th August that same year, stating "The photograph [of Mr. Richard Ramsay Dinnis, proprietor and editor of The Derbyshire Advertiser] was produced by Mr. Pollard Graham, of Rodney Chambers, and reflected the highest credit upon him."  Kelly's trade directory for 1891 shows his studio at
Rodney Chambers (or Rodney Yard) in Corn Market, Derby.  The census for 5 April 1891, when he was lodging with a grocer in Newland Street, St Werburgh's,Derby, shows him once again as "Barker P. Graham, photographer."  By this time, his son James had married and had two children.  The son was living, under the name James Graham, in Howard Street, New Normanton, Derby, and showed his profession as "photographic artist."  Presumably he was working for his father in the studio at Rodney Chambers.

In October 1892, Pollard Graham displayed some of his prints at an exhibition of the "new gelatino-chloride [photographic] papers invented by the Eastman's Photographic Material Company ... known as 'Eastman's solio paper'," at the Bell Hotel in Derby.

Later directory entries for 1895, 1899 and 1912 show the studio at the same premises until at least 1926.  Pollard Graham was boarding at a house in Cowley Street, Derby in 1901, describing himself as a "photographer - employer."  His son James C. Graham was still working as a "photographic operator," but had moved with his family, which had by this time grown, with the addition of three more children, to Ashfield Road in South Manchester.

In the early 1900s, Pollard Graham was in partnership with one Albert Hutchinson, presumably an investor in the business, and this partnership may have resulted in the profusion of new branch openings in Burnley, Rotherham, Coventry and Longton.  The London Gazette reports the dissolution of this partnership on 22 March 1915.  Graham's son appears to have subsequently been a partner in the business, as evidenced by another London Gazette notification, dated 19 July 1927: "the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us, the undersigned, Pollard Graham and James Charnock Graham, carrying on business as Photographers at 12A Bridge-street, Northampton, 25 Newland-street, Kettering and Exchange-arcade, Wellingborough, all in the county of Northampton, and at Rodney Chambers, Cornmarket, in the county borough of Derby, under the style or firm of Pollard Graham & Son, has been dissolved by mutual consent as and from the 4th day of October, 1926."  Pollard Graham retained his interest in the Derby branch, while his son took over all three Northamptonshire branches.

During the 1890s and 1900s Pollard Graham (later Pollard Graham & Co.) operated studios in many other locations, including Rotherham & Burnley (Yorkshire), Northampton & Peterborough (Northamptonshire), two addresses in Station Street, Burton-upon-Trent (c1890-1900), Burslem, Longton & Leigh (all in Staffordshire), Luton (Bedfordshire), Lincoln (Lincolnshire), Coventry & Birmingham (Warwickshire), Southport and Wigan (Lancashire).  Craven (1993) describes the studio in Derby as staying in business until 1912, and a large format photograph taken at around this time shows the "head office and works" at 108A Friargate.  Kelly's directory for that year shows Pollard Graham living at 5 Arboretum Square in Derby, and a post card photograph included in the portfolio below shows two maids in a garden, probably at this address.  Another post card photograph dated c.1932 indicates that they were operating at least until that date.

The following is a complete list of all Pollard Graham's
branch studios found thus far, with locations and known dates of operation.  Please contact me if you have details of any other studio sightings, premises or additional dates.  I am especially interested in dated photographs which are known to have come from particular studio.

Town (County) Studio Name Address Date(s) Source(s)
Luton (Bedfordshire) Pollard Graham & Co. - c.1912 oth
Belper (Derbyshire) Pollard Graham New Road c.1881 cdv/cab, Census, Kelly (1881)
Derby (Derbyshire) Pollard Graham Agard Street 1887 Kelly (1887)
Pollard Graham (& Co.) Rodney Chambers, Corn Market 1891-c.1932 cdv/cab/pc, Kelly (1891, 1895, 1899, 1912, 1926)
Pollard Graham & Co. Head Office & Works, 108A Friargate c.1912-1920 oth/pc
Pollard Graham & Son Derby c.1920s oth/pc
Wirksworth (Derbyshire) Pollard Graham North End c.1881 cdv/cab
Leigh (Lancashire) Pollard Graham 59 Leigh Road c.1891-1902 cdv/cab/other
Southport (Lancashire) Pollard Graham - c.1884-1887 cdv
Wigan (Lancashire) Pollard Graham Borough Studio, Market Place c.late 1890s cdv
Pollard Graham Borough Studio, 22 Market Square c.1898-1902 cab/other
Lincoln (Lincolnshire) Pollard Graham & Co. St Mary's Chambers, St Mary's Street 1913 oth, Kelly (1913), Directory (1913) [F. Mayle, manager]
Kettering (Northamptonshire) Pollard Graham & Son
- c.1920s pc
Northampton (Northamptonshire) Pollard Graham & Co. 12A Bridge Street c.1900s oth

Pollard Graham & Co. 123 Bridge Street 1910-1925 oth/pc, Kelly (1910, 1914)
Pollard Graham & Son - c.1920s pc
Peterborough (Northamptonshire) Pollard Graham EastMid Studio, 5 Market Place 1906 cdv/cab, Kelly (1906)
Wellingborough (Northamptonshire) Pollard Graham & Son - c.1920s pc
Burslem (Staffordshire) Pollard Graham & Co. 1 Market Place 1900s, 1912-1932 oth/pc, Kelly (1912, 1928, 1932, in Harbach)
Burton-upon-Trent (Staffordshire) Pollard Graham 12 Station Street c.1890-1896 cdv/cab, Kelly (1896, in Harbach)
Pollard Graham 113a Station Street 1900 cdv/cab, Kelly (1900, in Harbach)
Longton (Staffordshire) Pollard Graham & Co. Royal Studio, Commerce Street
c.1900s
oth
Pollard Graham & Co. 23 Commerce Street 1912 oth, Kelly (1912, in Harbach)
Coventry (Warwickshire) Pollard Graham & Co. City Studio, 1 Norton street (& Jesson Street)
1900s, 1912-1914 oth, Kelly (1912), Spennell (1912-1913), Bennett (1914)
Burnley (Yorkshire) Pollard Graham 1 Ormerod Road c.early 1900s cdv & cab
Rotherham (Yorkshire)
Pollard Graham & Co. Central Studio, Croft c.1900s
oth
Pollard Graham & Co. 32 Moorgate Street 1911-c.1912 oth, White (1911)

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Florence Anthony (b. 1878), aged 2½
by Pollard Graham, probably at the Alexandra Studios in New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken in early to mid-1881

Size: 64mm x 104mm
Format: Carte de Visite
Card printed by Marion Imp Paris

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Notes: Inscribed on reverse, "Florence Anthony aged 2½".  Florence's father William Bennet Anthony was Headmaster of Belper Grammar School.  Her mother Annie Sarah was the second daughter of Jonathan Fletcher of Pentrich.  Her birth registration was in the 3rd Quarter 1878.

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Unidentified young woman
by Pollard Graham of New Road, Belper & North End, Wirksworth
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1880s

Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Unidentified young man
by Pollard Graham of Belper & Wirksworth
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1880s

Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood


Notes

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson Ann Rebecca Appleby (1866-)
by Pollard Graham of Belper & Southport
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s

Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson

Notes (MJ & BP): Ann Rebecca Appleby was born at Thurvaston, Derbyshire, and baptised at Christchurch, Long Lane, Derbyshire on 5 May 1866 (see Martin's web pages for more details).  As a teenager she worked as a general servant on a farm at Sutton-on-the-Hill, Derbyshire.  This photograph was probably taken in the late 1880s, when she would have been in her early 20s.

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Mary Ann Fletcher (neé Roberts) and daughter Ethel Ada Fletcher (1884-1974), taken by Pollard Graham, at Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby, c. 1896
Size: 108mm x 167mm
Format: Cabinet Card
Plain back

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Nothing further is known about this photograph
 
 

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Lies Ligthard Unidentified young woman
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1890s

Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of Lies Ligthard


Notes

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson Hannah Appleby neé Bull (1831-1907)
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1890s

Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson

Notes (MJ & BP): Hannah Bull was born at Hollington, Derbyshire and baptised there on 12 February 1832 (see Martin's web pages for more details).  She married Anthony Appleby (1832-1902) at Brailsford in 1852; they lived at Hollington and had six children between 1852 and 1870.  Hannah Appleby died aged 75 in 1907.
Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson Anthony Appleby (1832-1902)
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1890s

Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson


Notes (MJ & BP): Anthony Appleby was born in May 1832 at Sutton-on-the-Hill, Derbsyhire and baptised there on 10 Jun 1832 (see Martin's web pages for more details).  He married Hannah Bull (1832-1907) at Brailsford in 1852; they lived at Hollington and had six children between 1852 and 1870.  Anthony Appleby died aged 70 in 1902.
Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson John Tipper (1841-1931)
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1890s

Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson


Notes (MJ & BP): John Tipper was born at Hollington, Derbyshire and baptises on 24 October 1841 (for further details, visit Martin's web site).  He married Mary (surname unknown) in about 1863, and they had ten children in Hollington betwen then and 1881.  John Tipper was a wheelwright, shopkeeper and postmaster.  He died at Ebenezer Cottage, Hollington on 19 Apr 1931, aged 89.

Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne Charles Vincent Payne (1868-1941), taken by Pollard Graham at Derby, c1888-1891
No design or markings on reverse
Size: 107 x 167 mm
Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne

Notes: C.V. Payne married Amy Robinson at St. Thomas Church, Derby on 18 May 1891, and they left for the United States before August that year, giving August 1891 as the latest date that photograph could have been taken.  It is suspected that the fancy dress was used in order to publicise Charles' intended career in vaudeville in the US.  The mounting does not, unfortunately, show the address of the studio.  However, the following photo, taken before February 1892, does indicate that he had moved to Rodney Chambers by that time, so perhaps this mount was used at the previous premises in Agard Street.


Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Unidentified woman
by Pollard Graham
Undated, but probably taken c. 1893-1898

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 108 x 157.5 mm (trimmed at base) Photo 101.5 x 146 mm

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Notes:
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Image © & courtesy of Carole Haywood Mary Haywood née Wood (c1843-), taken by Pollard Graham at Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby, c1890-1891
Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Carole Haywood

Note by CH: Samuel & Mary Haywood emigrated to the USA some time between 6 April 1891 and 11 February 1892, so the latter date is the latest that this photograph could have been taken.
Note by BP (Feb 2007): Samuel and Mary Haywood and their three children, Mary Ann, Thomas & Ellen arrived in New York on board the "City of Berlin" from Liverpool on 18 April 1891.  Assuming that they left England about two to three weeks earlier, the latest date for this photograph is therefore revised to March 1891.


Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by Pollard Graham of
Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby & 113A Station Street, Burton on Trent
Undated, but probably taken c. 1897-1900
Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 108 x 168 mm Photo 101 x 145 mm
Negative No. 34D

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by Pollard Graham of
Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby & 113A Station Street, Burton on Trent
Undated, but probably taken c. 1897-1900
Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 108 x 168 mm Photo 101 x 145 mm
Negative No. 40D

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified young man
by Pollard Graham of 113A Station Street, Burton on Trent & Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1897-1900
Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 108.5 x 169 mm Photo 100 x 143.5 mm
Negative No. 338

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

No further information available

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Image © & collection of Brett Payne Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Size: Mount 64 x 107 mm
Photo 58.5 x 92.5 mm
Size: Mount 64 x 107 mm
Photo 57 x 93 mm
Size: Mount 64 x 107 mm
Photo 56.5 x 93 mm

Unidentified young woman (left), man (centre) and woman (right)
by Pollard Graham of 113A Station Street, Burton on Trent & Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1897-1900
Format: Carte de Visite
Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Brian Goodhead Annie Crump (b. 1873)
by Pollard Graham, Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby (& 113A Station Street, Burton-on-Trent)
Undated, but probably taken c. 1897-1900
Format: Carte de visite

Image © & courtesy of Brian Goodhead

No further information available

Image © & courtesy of Brian Goodhead

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by Pollard Graham of
113A Station Street, Burton on Trent & Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1897-1900
Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 64 x 106.5 mm Photo 59 x 93 mm
Negative No. 2082

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Clive Greatorex Elderly woman, possibly Annie Dolman née Spencer
by Pollard Graham of
113A Station Street, Burton on Trent & Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1897-1900

Format: Carte de visite

Negative No. 2205(?)

Image © & courtesy of Clive Greatorex

Notes

Image © & courtesy of Clive Greatorex

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Bertie Dyche Aspdin (1871-)
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1893-1898

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 108 x 166 mm Photo 101.5 x 145 mm

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Notes:
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Bertie Dyche Aspdin (1871-)
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1893-1898

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 107 x 160 mm (trimmed at base) Photo 101 x 149.5 mm

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Notes:
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Unidentified young child
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken
c. 1893-1898
Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 108 x 167 mm Photo 102 x 144 mm

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Notes: The same child as that shown in photo above, and almost certainly taken on the same occasion.
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Unidentified mother and young child
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c.
c. 1893-1898
Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 108.5 x 166.5 mm Photo 102 x 146 mm

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Notes:  The same child as that shown in photo above, and almost certainly taken on the same occasion.
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Two unidentified boys
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c.
c. 1893-1898
Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 107.5 x 166 mm Photo 102 x 144.5 mm

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Notes:
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson Wedding portrait of George Sharpe & Annie Holmes
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. August 1904

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Martin Jackson

Notes:  FreeBMD has a marriage registration for a George Sharpe and an Annie Holmes at Shardlow R.D., Derbyshire in the September quarter of 1904.

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by Pollard Graham of
Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
taken in the early 1900s

Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 108 x 168 mm Photo 102 x 144.5 mm
Negative No. 2582

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Derek Smith Charlotte Caroline Riley (1880 - 1947) of Derby
by Pollard Graham of Derby & Burton-on-Trent
taken c1897-1899

Size: 110 x 1658 mm
Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Derek Smith

Notes by DS:  Pollard Graham was probably selected because her cousin Letitia Harber was a retoucher at P G in Derby certainly up to 1901. The book has an advert for Players Navy Cut inside the back cover.


Image © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder Unidentified young woman
by Pollard Graham of EastMid Studio, Market place, Peterboro' & Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1900-1905

Format: Carte de visite
Negative No. 4687

Image © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder
Image © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder Unidentified older woman
by Pollard Graham of EastMid Studio, Market place, Peterboro' & Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1900-1905

Format: Carte de visite

Negative No. 4688

Image © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder

Image © & courtesy of Kevin Rhodes Elderly woman, possibly the mother of Mary Rankin née Saddington of Derby
by Pollard Graham of EastMid Studio, Market place, Peterboro' & Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1900-1905

Format: Cabinet Card

Size: 110 x 1658 mm

Image © & courtesy of Kevin Rhodes

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Kevin Rhodes

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Unidentified woman
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c.
c. 1893-1898
Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 109 x 165 mm Photo 103 x 146.5 mm
Negative No. 10633

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Notes:
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by Pollard Graham of EastMid Studio, 5 Market place, Peterboro' & Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s

Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 64 x 106 mm Photo 58.5 x 92.5 mm

Negative No. 6571

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes
Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan Unidentified woman
by Pollard Graham of EastMid Studio, 5 Market place, Peterboro' & Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s

Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 64 x 105 mm

Negative No. 7562

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan Unidentified young woman
by Pollard Graham of EastMid Studio, 5 Market place, Peterboro' & Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s

Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 64 x 105 mm

Negative No. 7563

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan Unidentified young woman
by Pollard Graham of EastMid Studio, 5 Market place, Peterboro' & Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1900s

Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 63 x 105 mm

Negative No. 7853

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan


Notes
Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan

Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne Sarah Emma Payne née Parker (1870-1946)
by Pollard Graham at Derby
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s or early 1900s

Size: 110 x 168 mm
Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes: Sarah Emma Parker married Charles Hallam Payne (1870-1960) at St Mark's, Leicester on 11 July 1894.  They lived at 38 St. James' Street, New Normanton, Derby, where they ran the family grocery/off licence until soon after the First World War, when they retired to live at Dale Cottage, Ingleby.


Image © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder Unidentified young girl
by Pollard Graham of 1 Ormerod Rd, Burnley, 59 Leigh Rd, Leigh, 5 Market Place, Peterboro' & Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1902-1907

Format: Carte de visite
Negative No. 5316

Image © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by Pollard Graham of
1 Ormerod Rd, Burnley, 59 Leigh Rd, Leigh, 5 Market Place, Peterboro' & Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
taken in the late 1890s to early 1900s

Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 64 x 106 mm Photo 58.5 x 93 mm
Negative No. 21469

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified young woman
by Pollard Graham of 1 Ormerod Rd, Burnley (also at Peterboro & Derby)
taken in the early 1900s

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 111 x 170 mm Photo 92 x 136.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by Pollard Graham of
Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby (& 22 Market Square, Wigan & 59 Leigh Rd, Leigh, Lancs.)
taken in the early 1900s

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 111 x 168.5 mm Photo 93 x 136 mm
Negative No. 21975

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan Arthur Barrett (b. 1895)
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby (& 22 Market Square, Wigan & 59 Leigh Rd, Leigh, Lancs.)
Undated, but probably taken c. 1901-1903

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 110 x 169 mm

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan

Notes by MM: Here is a photo of my grandmother's nephew, Arthur Barrett.  He is the son of her older brother, Arthur Barrett.  My mother told me that he had lost an eye and that was why photos of him were taken from the side.


Image © & courtesy of John Copley Leonard Boaz Burgess (1849-1918) and Ann Elizabeth Burgess née Perkins (b. 1848)
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby (& 22 Market Square, Wigan & 59 Leigh Rd, Leigh, Lancs.)
Undated, but probably taken at Derby c. 1900-1903

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of John Copley

Notes by JC:  The subjects are my gg-grandparents.  Leonard was born Oakley, Bedfordshire in 1849, Ann born Bromham, Bedfordshire in 1848. They married on 3 July 1870 at the Parish Church in Oakley. The first child was born in Oakley, but by the time of the 1871 census they were living in Derby. From 1881 to 1901 they were at 12 Fox St. Derby. In 1871 and 1901 he is descibed as "railway porter", so we think moved up the Midland mainline from Bedford to Derby with the railway company.

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan Sarah Ann "Sally" Barrett (b. 1896)
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby (Wigan & 59 Leigh Rd, Leigh, Lancs.)
Undated, but probably taken c. 1901-1903

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 110 x 168 mm

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan

Notes by MM: Here is Sally Barrett, Arthur's (see above) sister.  It looks like it was taken the same day but they moved the props around.


Image © & courtesy of Angus Graham Unidentified young man
by Pollard Graham of 59 Leigh Rd, Leigh, Lancashire (& Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby) - possibly taken at their Wigan branch
Undated, but probably taken c. 1901-1903
Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Photo 92 x 136 mm
Negative No. 14342

Image © & courtesy of Angus Graham

Notes by AG: possibly Robert Brown.  The Browns were a Wigan family, and the Penningtons were at that time Golborne (outlying village from Wigan). All of these places are a morning's walk from each other, but Wigan seems more likely, if only for proximity (but the card says Leigh ... then why would you walk 2 miles more to get to Leigh of all places? even then it was a dump!). I was back in the area a few weeks ago for a funeral. P-G's shop is currently swallowed by Smith's bookshop, which seems to have been knocked through from next door.
Image © & courtesy of Angus Graham

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan Sarah Barrett née Hamis
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby (& 59 Leigh Rd, Leigh, Lancs.)
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1900s

Format: Large format circular print in embossed frame
Size: Mount 171 x 228 mm

Image © & courtesy of Marilyn McMillan


Notes by MM: This is my great grandmother, Sarah (Hamis) Barrett.

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young boy
by Pollard Graham of Corn Market, Derby, 59 Leigh Road, Leigh & Borough Studio, Market Place, Wigan
taken in the late 1890s to early 1900s

Format: Carte de visite
Size: Mount 61 x 102.5 mm Photo 50 x 79 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes
Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of David Roughley Henry "Harry" Martland Collinson (b. 1881)
by Pollard Graham at
22 Market Square, Wigan (also of Corn Market, Derby & 59 Leigh Road, Leigh)
Undated, but probably taken c. 1898 to 1902

Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount 116 x 175 mm Photo 97 x 141 mm
Negative No. 28329 W

Image © & courtesy of David Roughley


Notes by DR: Henry was born Henry Collinson to Martha Ellen Collinson in 1881 when she was working as a "servant" at Rodgers Farm in Lathom, Lancashire, which was run by Ann Martland at the time.  She married Ann's son, Thomas Elisha Martland in the June quarter of the same year and he is probably Henry's father as Henry changed his name to Martland on susequent census forms. He was known in the family as Harry.
Image © & courtesy of David Roughley

Image © & courtesy of Clive Greatorex Clara Jane Morton née Dolman (b. 1875)
by Pollard Graham of
Corn Market, Derby, 59 Leigh Road, Leigh & Borough Studio, 22 Market Square, Wigan
Undated, but probably taken c. 1897-1900

Format: Large format mounted print on embossed card

Size: Mount approx. 170 x 230 mm

Image © & courtesy of Clive Greatorex

Notes


Image © & courtesy of Caroline Dean Unidentified young woman
by Pollard Graham of Corn Market, Derby, 59 Leigh Road, Leigh & Borough Studio, 22 Market Square, Wigan
taken in the late 1890s to early 1900s

Size: Mount 135 x 190 mm Photo 95 x 135 mm
Large Format

Image © & courtesy of Caroline Dean 

Nothing further is known about this photo.


Image © & courtesy of Helen Frost Two portraits of unidentified women
by Pollard Graham of Corn Market, Derby, 59 Leigh Road, Leigh & Borough Studio, 22 Market Square, Wigan
taken in the early 1900s

Format: Print mounted on large card
Size: (Left) Mount 140.5 x 177 mm (trimmed) Photo 95.5 x 134.5 mm
(Right) Mount 126.5 x 171 mm (trimmed) Photo 97 x 134.5 mm

Images © & courtesy of Helen Frost

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Helen Frost

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified girl
by Pollard Graham of Rotherham, Burslem, Longton, Coventry & Northampton
taken in the early 1900s

Format: Large format mounted print
Size: Mount 169 x 229.5 mm Photo 55 x 127.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes
Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Kevin Rhodes Image © & courtesy of Kevin Rhodes
Frances Rankin (seated at right) & unidentified young woman, by Pollard Graham & Co
Undated, but probably taken c. 1911-1912 at 5, Arboretum Sq. Derby

Format: Post Card, posted in Derby 
Size: 85 x 135 mm
Image © & courtesy of Kevin Rhodes

Note: The stamp appears to be the one of the green half-penny George V stamps issued in 1911 and 1912 (shown at right), and replaced by another issue in 1912, but it is difficult to be sure.
Images courtesy of Ross TaylorImages courtesy of Ross Taylor
If the identification of the stamp is correct, then the post card can be dated to c. 1911-1912, or shortly before the First World War.  The style of clothing seems to be about right for this era.  Kelly's 1912 Directory for Derbyshire shows the occupant of 5 Arboretum Square to have been Pollard Graham, the photographer, so it would seem safe to assume that Frances Rankin, and perhaps her companion, worked as maids for the photographer.

Image © & courtesy of Alan Radford Robert Musson (1870-1962) and his daughter Gladys (1904-1986)
by Pollard Graham & Co of 108A Friargate, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c.1912

Size: Mount 170 x 230 mm Photo 95 x 136 mm
Large Format

Image © & courtesy of Alan Radford

Notes by AR: Grandfather was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire in 1870, and died in 1962 as the result of an accident, aged 91.  Mother was born in 1904 at Olcoates, Nottinghamshire, and died in 1986, aged 81.

Image © & courtesy of Alan Radford

Image © & courtesy of Graham Pare Probably  Robert Stanley Lee Pare (born Ripley 1887)
by Pollard Graham & Co of 108A Friar Gate (Head Office), Derby

Undated, but probably taken between 1912 and 1916
Format: Large
Size: Mount 250 x 350 mm
Negative No. 68770 N

Image © & courtesy of Graham Pare

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Graham Pare

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by Pollard Graham & Co., Head Office & Works, 108A Friar Gate, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1915-1916

Format: Postcard
Size: Card 87.5 x 137.5 mm Photo frame 79 x 128 mm
Negative No. 55926

Image © & collection of Brett Payne


Notes:
Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne
George Frank Brown (c1899-1963), Ethel Brown (1894-1978), Arthur James Brown (1896-1964), Edith (Edie) Newman Brown née Miller (1872-1956), Percy (Punch) Miller Brown (1904-1971) & Frederick Montague Brown (1870-1960)
by Pollard Graham at Derby, probably on 13 July 1917

Size: 129 x 86 mm   Format: Postcard  Negative No. 70932
Image © & courtesy of Brett Payne
The date written on the reverse of the post card fits the known ages of all the parties present in this family group photograph.  AJ Brown is known to have served as a Corporal Dispenser with the 57th North Midlands Field Ambulance Unit, RAMC, although he appears to have the rank of Sergeant at this time.  Ethel and her mother Edie are both wearing army badges on necklaces.

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by Pollard Graham & Co., Head Office & Works, 108a Friar Gate, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1918-1920

Format: Postcard
Size: 90.5 x 136 mm
Negative No. 086729

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes: Inscribed on the front, "Yours sincerely Agnes."
Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings Unidentified boy
by Pollard Graham & Co., Head Office & Works, 1 Market Place, Burslem
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1910s

Format: Postcard
Negative No. 24102

Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings

Image © & courtesy of Fran Powles Corporal Robert Hollis, in the uniform of the Machine Gun Corps
by Pollard Graham of Friar Gate, Derby
taken c. 1918

Format: Post card
Negative No. 81310

Image © & courtesy of Fran Powles

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Fran Powles

Image © & courtesy of Boz Margaret Alicia Mackay, by Pollard Graham Studios of Derby,
Taken c. 1920
Size: 158mm x 207mm (photo), 254mm x 355mm (mount)

Image © & courtesy of Boz
 

Image © & courtesy of Boz

Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir Conrad Muir (1904-1956), taken by Pollard Graham at Derby, in 1920
Format: Postcard

Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir

Notes from Barry: My father Conrad Muir was born in Derby on 19 Apr 1904, and died in Derby on 27 Jul 1956.  The rear of the photo shows 1920, so he would have been 16.

Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir

Image © & courtesy of Valerie Stern
Marjorie Dawson (b. 24 Apr 1920) aged 5
by Pollard Graham at Derby
Dated on the reverse, 1925

Format: Postcard
Negative No. ?2346

Image © & courtesy of Valerie Stern

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Valerie Stern

Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir Florence Ellen Muir (b. 3 Feb 1903 Derby), taken by Pollard Graham at Derby, c.1922
Format: Postcard
Negative No. 92985

Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir

Image © & courtesy of Caroline Dean Caroline Sadler née Wileman
by Pollard Graham of Derby & Northampton
Undated, but probably taken in the 1920s

Format: Postcard
Negative No. 8477 12(?)

Image © & courtesy of Caroline Dean 

Nothing further is known about this photo.

Image © & courtesy of Caroline Dean

Image © & courtesy of Brian Coxon Florence Elizabeth ?, aged 13 yrs
by Pollard Graham of Derby & Northampton
Undated

Format: Postcard
Negative No. 91745

Image © & courtesy of Brian Coxon

Image © & courtesy of Brian Coxon

Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings Unidentified girl
by Pollard Graham of Derby, Northampton & Kettering
Undated, but probably taken in the 1920s

Format: Postcard
Negative No. 8?14

Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Two unidentified young girls
by Pollard Graham of Derby, Northampton & Kettering
Undated, but probably taken in the 1920s

Format: Postcard
Negative No. 54947

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Notes by CM:  This is of two sisters from Milford who were friends of my mother's family, but no-one can tell me their names!
Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings Unidentified woman and young girl
by Pollard Graham of Derby, Northampton & Kettering
Undated, but probably taken in the 1920s

Format: Postcard

Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings

Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings Unidentified young man
by Pollard Graham of Derby, Northampton, Kettering & Wellingborough
Undated, but probably taken in the 1920s

Format: Postcard
Negative No. 1896

Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings

Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings Unidentified young man
by Pollard Graham of Derby, Northampton, Kettering & Wellingborough
Undated, but probably taken in the 1920s

Format: Postcard
Negative No. 3855

Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings

Notes
Image © & courtesy of Rob Jennings

Image © & courtesy of Boz Margaret Alicia Mackay, by Pollard Graham Studios of Derby,
Taken c. 1923
Size: 155mm x 206mm (photo), 254mm x 355mm (mount)

Image © & courtesy of Boz
 

Image © & courtesy of Boz

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Eva Selby (born 1901)
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby

Undated, but prob. taken in the 1920s
Format: Postcard
Negative No. 29590

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock
Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Lucy Selby née Whiteman
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby

Undated, but prob. taken in the 1920s
Format: Postcard
Negative No. 29591

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Notes by CM:  These two photos are of my grandfather Amos Whiteman's sister Lucy (left) and her daughter Eva (above left).  In 1900 Lucy married George Selby, who became manager of the Co-op store in Milford.  When Eva was quite young, they moved to Derby, where they bought a greengrocer's shop on Normanton Road and lived in Society Place, Derby.

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Image © & courtesy of Kerrie Brailsford
Unidentified woman
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby

Undated, but prob. taken in the late 1920s to early 1930s
Format: Postcard
Negative No. 31939

Image © & courtesy of Kerrie Brailsford

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Kerrie Brailsford

Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir Walter Muir (1860-1934)
by Pollard Graham of Rodney Chambers, Corn Market, Derby
Undated but taken c.1932

Format: Postcard
Negative No. 33435

Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir

Notes from Barry: Photo of my grandfather, Walter Muir, born Govan, nr Glasgow, Scotland on 20 Nov 1860, a blacksmith.  He died in Derby on 23 Nov 1934, and I can only refer you to another photo, dated 24 Feb 1928, wearing a bowler hat.  He has obviously aged somewhat within that period of some 6 years so I am assuming that it might well have been taken about 1932.

Image © & courtesy of Barry Muir

Image © & courtesy of Graham Robinson Ada Mary Oxspring (b. 1905),
by Pollard Graham Studios of Derby,

Undated, but prob. taken in the mid- to late 1920s
Format: Postcard
Negative No. 33912

Image © & courtesy of Graham Robinson

Notes from Graham: Ada Mary Oxspring was born at Wirksworth in 1905, and was married there to William Rhodes on 10 August 1929.

Image © & courtesy of Graham Robinson

References
Images provided by John Copley, Angus Graham, David Roughley, Clive Greatorex, Marilyn McMillan, Nigel Aspdin, Lies Ligthard, Cynthia Maddock, Rob Jennings, Helen Frost, Graham Pare, Fran Powles, Lynne Tedder, Kevin Rhodes, Kerrie Brailsford, Valerie Stern, Alan Radford, Caroline Dean, Martin Jackson, Derek Smith, Graham Robinson, Boz, Robert Silverwood, Brett Payne, Carole Haywood, Brian Goodhead, Barry Muir and Brian Coxon
International Genealogical Index
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com

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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.
Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire, 1906. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire, 1910. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire, 1912. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Spennell's Annual Directory of Coventry & District, 1912-1913. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Directory of City of Lincoln, 1913. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Bennett's Business Directory for Warwickshire, 1914. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire, 1914. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
White's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham, 1911. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Genuki Staffordshire Photographers' Index, by Mike Harbach
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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