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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
William Edmund & Harold Percy Keetley

of The Avenue, Bakewell

Bakewell brothers William and Percy Keetley operated a studio briefly from their home at The Avenue, Bakewell in the early 1900s.


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William Edmund Keetley was born in 1882 and his brother Harold Percy Keetley in 1885, both at Bakewell, Derbyshire, sons of gardener William Keetley (1858-1949) and his wife Annie née Johnson (1860-1948).  By 1901 the two young men were working as pupil teachers in Bakewell.  The existence of a cabinet card with commercially produced mount (see below) and several other photographic prints suggests that William and Harold briefly operated a studio from the family home at The Avenue, Bakewell in the mid-1900s.  However by 1912, when the Kelly's directory of that year was published, Harold had moved to Smedley street, Matlock Bank, where he was a sub-postmaster.  There was no listing for the photographic business in that year under Bakewell, although William may have moved it elsewhere.

William married Millicent Clare in 1910.  Harold married his first wife Annie Emma Thurlow in 1909, but both she and their first child died a year later.  He remarried in 1915, to Dorothy A. Crowe, and they had a son, Peter H. (b. 1918), and a daughter Diana M. (b. 1921).  William and Harold Keetley also had a younger sister Alice Annie (born in 1889) who married Harry Nelson in 1911, and two other siblings who died young, Gladys Flora (b. & d. 1887) and Charles Herbert (1891-1899).  Alice bought her parents' house in Bakewell in 1935.
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References
Information kindly provided by Tim Ryan
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
The following trade directories have been accessed using the University of Leicester's online collection, Digital Library of Historical Directories:
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Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London.
- Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
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Anon (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London.
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Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Anon (1895) History, Topography, and Directory of Derbyshire, T. Bulmer & Co. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith
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.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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