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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
William Plowright Booth

of Eckington & Worksop

W.P. Booth operated a studio at Church Street, Eckington for a brief period in 1883-1884.


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William Plowright (or Ploughwright) Booth was born in 1853 at Moulton, Lincolnshire, son of a farmer and grazier William Plowright Booth (1828-1881) and his wife Mary Diggle.  In 1877 he married Sarah Jane Mitchell at Bury, Huntingdonshire, and by 1881 he was living in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.  They had five children.

Heathcote & Heathcote (n.d.) state that W.P. Booth operated a studio at 5 Bridge Place, Worksop, Nottinghamshire from 1879 until 1888.  The 1891 Census shows him living at 6 Bridge Place in Worksop, the premises described as a "photo shop," and he was still working as a photographer, while his wife was a "photo assistant."

Adamson (1997) shows a William Philip [sic] Booth with a studio in Church Street, Eckington, Derbyshire in 1883 and 1884.  There is little doubt that these two are the same person - images of cartes de visite included below show both addresses.

Portfolio
Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified woman
by W.P. Booth of Bridge Place, Worksop & Church Street, Eckington
Undated, but probably taken c.1883-1884

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 64 x 103.5 mm Photo 57 x 94.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified woman
by W.P. Booth of Bridge Place, Worksop & Church Street, Eckington
Undated, but probably taken c.1883-1884

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63 x 104.5 mm Photo 56.5 x 95.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

References
Images provided by Brett Payne
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
North East Midland Photographic Record - Picture the Past
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
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 (1899) 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.
Heathcote, Bernard & Heathcote, Pauline (n.d.) Pioneers of Photography in Nottinghamshire, 1841-1910, Nottinghamshire County Council.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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