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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Paul Turner

of West Bars, Chesterfield

Paul Turner operated a photographic studio from premises at West Bars, Chesterfield from at least 1868 until 1891.


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Paul Turner was born c. 1818-1819 at Boston, Lincolnshire.  Nothing is known of his early years, but in 1861 he appears in Chesterfield, working as a photographer with John Stringfellow.  In 1866 he married Cecilia Lambe at Sheffield, and they had a daughter Cecilia Betsey, born at Chesterfield in 1867.

The first trade directory to show Paul Turner as a photographer in Chesterfield is that of Harrod (1870).  Thereafter, he appears regularly in both directories and census records, with a studio at West Bars, until 1891.

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Image © & courtesy of Bill Horne Unidentified couple (left) and young woman (right)
by Paul Turner of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1860s

Format: Carte-de-visite

Images © & courtesy of Bill Horne

Notes by BH:  These are copies of photos found in a old album by my cousin after she had moved into her parents house.  My Marsden ancestors emigrated to Wisconsin in 1844 with 10 of their 12 children the 2 who stayed in England married 2 Vickers brothers, both families living at Whittington near Chesterfield. Later one of the daughters also joined her parents in the States leaving just one family in England. I have had contact with the families in the States who told me there were many exchanged visits between the families, which was news to me as I had no knowledge of any American relations until I started my family history.  Going on the messages written on the back of some of the photos, some were sent from there to my great-grandfather who died in 1876.

Image © & courtesy of Bill Horne
Notes by BP:  As the subjects of the first photograph appear to be aged approximately in their late 20s or 30s, and my estimate is that it was taken c. 1863-1867, it seems possible that they are members of your Marsden family.  Perhaps the woman is one of the two Marsden daughters who remained behind in England and married the a Vickers brother?  If she married at around this time, then it would have been a suitable occasion for the portrait to have been taken.

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified woman
by Paul Turner of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1860s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63.5 x 101 mm Photo 59 x 89.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified elderly man
by Paul Turner of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1870s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63.5 x 102 mm (trimmed at base) Photo 57.5 x 92 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified man
by Paul Turner of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1870s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63 x 105
.5 mm Photo 60 x 96 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified young man
by Paul Turner of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken in the mid-1870s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63.5 x 104 mm Photo 60 x 96.5 mm
Card mount by Marion Imp. Paris

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young woman
by Paul Turner of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken in the mid-1870s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 62.5 x 102 mm (trimmed at base) Photo 58.5 x 93 mm Cameo Frame 52 x 73.5 mm
Card mount by Marion Imp. Paris

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified girl
by Paul Turner of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken in the mid-1870s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 62 x 105.5 mm Photo 59 x 97 mm Cameo Frame 48.5 x 67.5 mm
Card mount by Marion Imp. Paris

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified girl or young woman
by Paul Turner of Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken in the mid-1870s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63 x 104 mm Photo 58 x 92.5 mm Cameo Frame 51.5 x 73 mm
Card mount by Marion Imp. Paris

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Unidentified young woman
by Paul Turner of Wset Bars, Chesterfield
Undated, but probably taken in the early to mid-1880s

Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

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Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

References
Images provided by John Bradley, Bill Horne and Brett Payne
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Harrison, Harrod & Co. (1860) Directory and Gazetteer of Derbyshire, London.
Anon (1870) Harrod & Co.'s Postal & Commercial Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Staffordshire. - from University of Leicester - Digital Library of Historical Directories.

Anon (1879) White's Directory of Sheffield, Rotherham etc. - from University of Leicester - Digital Library of Historical Directories.
Wright C.N. (1874) Directory of South Derbyshire, Third Edition, October 1874, Derby.
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 
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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