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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
William Housley (1822-1910)

of Matlock Street, Bakewell

William Housley trained as a boot and shoe maker in the family tradition, and remained in this profession in Bakewell, the town of his birth, all of his working life.  However, he also operated a photographic studio for about 35 years between 1861 and the mid-1890s.

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William Housley was born at Edensor in 1822, son of Ann Housley of Bakewell, and John Norton.  He probably grew up in Bakewell, in the house of his grandparents George and Mary Housley, and took up the family business of shoemaking.  He married Sarah Newbold at Bakewell in 1850 and they settled in Church street, Bakewell.  By the mid- to late 1850s, he was listed in trade directories as a boot and shoemaker, with premises at Vicarage lane in Bakewell.  The April 1861 census shows him and Sarah with 3 year-old son Charles living in New Street - he was described as a cordwainer, with one employee.

It is not clear when William Housley took up photography - Adamson (1997) states that he started in 1861 - but certainly by 1870 trade directory listings showed him as a "bootmaker & photographer," with new premises in Matlock street, Bakewell.  He continued operating the studio for about 35 years.  The 1895 edition of Kelly's directory demonstrates that he was still working at both trades, although by the time of the census in April 1901, he was described merely as a bootmaker.

William Housley died in 1910.  Charles Housley did not follow his father into photography, and is shown in later census records as a tobacconist.


Portfolio
Unidentified young man
by W. Housley of Matlock Street, Bakewell
Undated, but probably taken c. 1872

Format: Carte de Visite
Size: 63 x 105.5 mm (mount) 60 x 90 mm (photo)

Photo © Brett Payne & courtesy of David Simkin

No further information available.


Photo © & Collection of Brett Payne Unidentified woman with hat
by W. Housley of Matlock Street, Bakewell
Undated, but probably taken in the late-1860s

Format: Carte de Visite
Size: 63.5 x 106 mm (mount) 58.5 x 92.5 mm (photo)

Photo © & Collection of Brett Payne

No further information available.

Photo © & Collection of Brett Payne

Photo © & courtesy of Frank Dunn Hannah Nuttall née Mountney (1842-1939) and her daughter Sarah Katherine "Kate" (b. 1865)
by W. Housley of Matlock Street, Bakewell
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1860s or early 1870s

Format: Carte de Visite
Size: 63 x 105.5 mm (mount) 60 x 90 mm (photo)

Photo © & courtesy of Frank Dunn

Notes by FD: Hannah Mountney (b. 5 Jan 1842 at Elton, d. Burbage Buxton) married William Nuttall, an architect reknowned for restoration of many buildings in and around Derby. Sarah Katherine Nuttall was born in Derby and married John Lowe.

Photo © & courtesy of Frank Dunn

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified elderly couple
by W. Housley of Matlock Street, Bakewell
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1860s or early 1870s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63 x 105.5 mm Photo 62 x 91 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by W. Housley of Matlock Street, Bakewell
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1870s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 62 x 96 mm Photo 58.5 x 92 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young man
by W. Housley of Matlock Street, Bakewell
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1870s

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63.5 x 105 mm Photo 61 x 97 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes:

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Unidentified child
by W. Housley of Matlock Street, Bakewell
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1870s or early 1880s

Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Nothing further is known about this photo.


Unidentified young man,
by W. Housley of Matlock Street, Bakewell
Undated, but probably taken in the late 1870s or early 1880s
Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of John Bradley

Nothing further is known about this photo.


References
Images & photographs provided by Frank Dunn, Brett Payne, David Simkin & John Bradley
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
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Bagshaw (1846) History, Gazetteer and Directory of Derbyshire. Collection of Brett Payne.
Anon (1855) The Post Office Directory of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
White, F. & Co. (1857) History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Derby. Transcribed by Neil Wilson.
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 (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.
Derbyshire Wills (1525-1928) by Michael Spencer on John Palmer's Wirksworth web site

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