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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Thomas Barker Mellor

of The Butts, Belper

Thomas Mellor worked as a photographer at The Butts in Belper from c. 1867 until c. 1877, when he moved to Bakewell.  There is no evidence that he had a studio there - he was an organist and teacher of music.

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Thomas Barker Mellor was born at Belper in 1849, son of a draper John Mellor (1812-1900) and his second wife Jane Barker.  He was shown as a photographer and music teacher at The Butts, Belper, in Wright's 1874 Trade Directory.  A photo contribution from Robert Silverwood dated tentatively at c. 1867, however, suggests that he was in business at least seven years earlier, and the census of April 1871 also shows him working in this profession.

Thomas married Mary Ann Allsop (b. 1852) at Belper in 1874.  They had two daughters in Belper, and moved to Bakewell in about 1877, after which they had another four children, three daughters and a son.  It is possible that George J. Jackson took over his studio at The Butts.  Mellor appears to have ceased working as a photographer at this time, and was listed as an "organist and teacher of music" in both the 1881 and 1891 censuses.  In April 1881, the family lived at 30 North Church street, and in April 1891 at Chantry House.


Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock
Unidentified family outside Belper cottage, by T.B. Mellor, of Nottingham Road, Belper, Undated but probably taken in the mid-1860s
Format: Carte de Visite
Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer
Unidentified school group, by T.B. Mellor, of Belper, Undated but probably taken in the late 1860s or early 1870s
Format: Carte de Visite
Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Jonathan and Alice (née Bowmer) Fletcher and their family at Pentrich Lane End, taken by T.B. Mellor, of Belper, Date unknown, c. 1867
Size: 66mm x 102mm
Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Back row: Alice Jane, Anthony Woodward and Anne Sarah.
Centre: William Henry, Jonathan and Alice.
Front: Thomas Bowmer, Ellen, Mary, Florence, Jonathan jnr and Lucy.

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of T.B. Mellor of Belper & sourced from Picture the Past Butterley Company Workers,
by T.B. Mellor, of Belper,
taken 5 May 1874

Image © & courtesy of T.B. Mellor of Belper & sourced from Picture the Past

Note from Picture the Past: A portrait showing eleven miners allegedly victimised by the Butterley Company in May 1874. The individuals named are (back row L to R) S Shooter, G Brown, S Cox, G Taylor, T Vickers and J Statham, and (front row L to R) J Seal, W Purdy, T Wheeldon, J Wright and T Purdy. It is noted on the photograph that the miners were never charged, although what their alleged crime was is unclear. It is possible that they were trying to organise a trade union (the first two trade union members were elected to Parliament in this year).


References
Image kindly provided by Adrian Farmer, Cynthia Maddock, Picture the Past and Robert Silverwood
1861 Derbyshire Census - CDROM published by ArchiveCD Books
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
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Wright C.N. (1874) Directory of South Derbyshire, Third Edition, October 1874, Derby.

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