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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
William Davies

of Nottingham Road, Ripley

William Davies was a part-time photographer, but nevertheless operated in Ripley over some years, from the mid-1880s until his death in 1900.

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William Davies was born c. 1829-1830 in Carmarthen, Wales.  He married Sarah Anne Bailey (1834-1886) at Derby in 1859.  By April 1861 they were living in Chapel Street, Ripley, and William was working as a book keeper to the Butterley Company.  They had two daughters, Margaret, Bertha and Mary Ann, although their youngest child died in infancy.  Davies remained an agent and clerk to the Butterley Company, and the only sign of his photographic work in the census records is his daughter Bertha's occupation, "photographist," in 1891.

Trade directories show William Davies operating a studio in Nottingham Road, Ripley from at least 1887 until 1912.  However, since he died in 1900, it is possible that his daughter Bertha continued to operate the studio in his name after the tuirn of the century.  Several early carte de visites also exist (see below) suggesting that he had premises at various other addresses in Ripley, including Bridle Lane and Greaves Street (Rose Villa Studio).  These were possibly taken prior to the earliest known directory entry in 1887.

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Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Unidentified young lady
by Wm. Davies of Bridle Lane, Ripley,
Undated, possibly mid-1880s
Format: Carte de Visite
Mount: Marion Imp. Paris

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

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Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Unknown young man with bowler hat,
by William Davies of Rose Villa Studio, Greaves Street, Ripley,
Date unknown, possibly mid-1880s
Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

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Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Image © & courtesy of Prue McKay and The Rootschat Collection of Victorian & Edwardian Photography Unidentified children with doll,
by William Davies of Rose Villa Studio, Greaves Street, Ripley,
Undated, possibly taken in the mid-1880s
Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of Prue McKay and The Rootschat Collection of Victorian & Edwardian Photography

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Image © & courtesy of Prue McKay and The Rootschat Collection of Victorian & Edwardian Photography

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Unidentified young man with bowler hat & walking stick,
by W. Davies of Ivy House, Nottingham Road, Ripley,
Undated, possibly late 1880s
Format: Carte de Visite
Mount: Marion Imp. Paris

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

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Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Portrait of unidentified gentleman,
by W. Davies of Outram Villa (Close to the National Schools), Ripley,
Undated, possibly late 1880s
Format: Carte de Visite
Mount: Marion Imp. Paris

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

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Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Two unidentified children with a parasol,
by Davies of Ripley,
Undated, possibly late 1880s to early 1890s
Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

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Image © & courtesy of Christine Hibbert Unidentified baby,
by William Davies of Ivy House, Nottingham Road, Ripley,
Undated, possibly early to mid-1890s
Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of Christine Hibbert

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified family
by W. Davies of Ivy House, Nottingham Road, Ripley
Undated, probably early 1890s
Format: Cabinet card, with bevelled gilt edge
Size: Mount 109 x 165 mm Photo 103 x 137 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

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Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin The children of William Slater
by W. Davies of Ripley
Undated, but probably taken in late 1890 or early 1891
Format: Cabinet card
Size: Mount (trimmed) 100 x 160 mm Photo 100 x 139 mm

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Notes by NA: The 5 children of William Slater of 19 Vernon St, Derby, stone merchant & lessee operator of  Coxbench Quarry and partner of W.H. & J. Slater Brick and Pipe Works, Denby (near Ripley), and builders, Walker & Slater, Derby.
(Standing, L to R) Harry J. Slater born 3 Oct 1882, died 21 Sep 1940
Alice Elisabeth Slater, born 3 Jan 1879, died 22 or 23 Dec 1956
Beatrice Slater, born 26 April 1889, died 6 Dec 1937
William Slater, born 24 Dec 1880, died 29 Jan 1964
(Seated) Evelyn Amelia Slater, born 11 Apr 1887, died 5 Sep 1967

Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley Unidentified young man with a watch chain
by W. Davies of Ivy House, Nottingham Road, Ripley
Undated, probably early 1900s
Format: Carte de Visite

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

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References
Images kindly provided by Nigel Aspdin, Prue McKay, Brett Payne, John Bradley and Christine Hibbert
1841-1901 Census from Ancestry.com
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.
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843-1914, Supplement to The PhotoHistorian, No. 118, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209. Extract courtesy of John Bradley.

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