Photographers in the Camborne Area - David Thomas, 2009

Alfred Bartle. Beacon, Camborne. In business c.1900. In the 1891 census there is an Alfred Bartle, a carpenter, aged 23, living at Beacon, Camborne. He was born in Crowan, c.1868. In 1902 in business as a photographer at 7 Wesley Street, Camborne.

William John Bennetts. Beacon, Camborne and Hayle. Born in Camborne 1850, died 13 December 1943, aged 93. (Son of James Bennetts who died in Havana, Cuba, 1865). In c.1875 living in Calumet, Michigan, USA. Returned to Beacon, Camborne, c.1875-1878. In business c.1880-1943 and succeeded by other members of the family. In 1891 described as photographer and grocer, Beacon, Camborne. Served on the local Urban Council and was a supporter of the Higher Condurrow Primitive Methodist Chapel, Beacon, Camborne. In early 1890s had new business premises built in Cross Street, Camborne. Main business premises then at Cross Street, Camborne, once the largest photographic business in Cornwall, but also at Commercial Road, Hayle. Photographic training received at Plymouth, c.1880. Wife Mary Williams, born at Sithney and died 24 July 1941, aged 84. Both buried in Troon Cemetery. His son George Bennetts listed as photographer, Commercial Road, Hayle, 1923.

John Charles Burrow. Camborne. Born at Truro 11 March 1852, died 28 October 1914, aged 62, buried in Camborne Cemetery. Scientific and mining photographer. Pioneer of underground photography with magnesium flares. Business premises at 38 Trelowarren Street, Camborne. Listed as photographic artist, Trelowarren Street, Camborne, 1891. Also Registrar of births, marriages and deaths in Camborne, and connected with North Parade United Methodist Free Church, Camborne. Wife Mary Jane, born at Perranuthnoe. See also William James Sandry.

Edward John Champion. Camborne. Business premises at 2 Carnarthen Street, Camborne. In business c.1906-1939? Mainly produced portrait photography while his street scenes are extremely rare. Born in Camborne c.1861. Formerly employed as a tin dresser. Producing postcard images of Camborne as early as 1906.

Samuel John Govier. Chacewater. First occurs there in Kelly's 1906 Directory, but is not in the 1902 edition. Some earlier evidence from a photograph in a private collection that the Goviers as photographers were in business at Ponsanooth, Cornwall. The business is also known to have had a travelling horse drawn photographic waggon/studio in Edwardian times, which went as far afield as the Breage area in West Cornwall. Born at Gunnislake, Calstock, Cornwall on 28 March 1871, son of Samuel and Patience Govier and in the 1891 census was living at 15 Calstock Road, Calstock, Cornwall, working as a stationary engine driver, possibly at Devon Great Consols mine. Lived to be 96 years of age and died on 22 January 1967. Resided at Chacewater near Truro in later life. Connected with the Methodist Church as a Trustee, Society Steward, Lay Preacher and on the Band of Hope Committee. Producing postcard views in period c.1904 onwards of the Chacewater area. Married Annie Coleman of Kerley Farm, Chacewater in December 1905. Worked in a brick works from 10 years of age (in c.1882) and later with an unknown travelling photographer. Purchased photographic equipment from the latter in c.1890 after fire had partially destroyed travelling photographic caravan. New photographic studio erected for Govier at Chacewater by March 1907. By 1913 also possessed a studio at St Agnes, being purchased from Ernest C Argall. From 1919-1939 in business also as a grocer. Last known postcard view taken in May 1928.

Alfred Herbert Hawke. Helston. Photographer and postcard publisher c.1904-c.1951. Business premises at 43 Meneage Street, Helston and later, after the First World War, at 5 Meneage Street. Born at 11 Richmond Terrace, Lower Easton, Bristol on 7 February 1881. Died at 5 Meneage Street, Helston, 15 May 1958.

Carte de Visite by William Piper of Elizabeth Gribble Carah (1824-1886). //(Warren B. Carah Collection)//
Carte de Visite by William Piper
of Elizabeth Gribble Carah (1824-1886).
(Warren B. Carah Collection)

Joshua Lukey. Photographic artist, 6 Trelowarren Street, Camborne, in business c.1905-1906. Occurs in 1906 Kelly's Directory under Camborne. In 1891 a Joshua Lukey, as a 19 year old tin miner, was living at Trethewey, Germoe, being born at Breage. Probably born, c.1872, being the son of another Joshua Lukey. Family buried at Germoe Wesleyan Chapel at Balwest. By 1906, at the age of only 35, Joshua was a widower, but on 20 October in that year he was married again at Camborne Parish Church to Bessie Berriman, a widow, of Basset Street, Camborne, aged 38, the daughter of Richard Bennett, a miner. One of the witnesses at this wedding was a Herbert Harrison, not a local Camborne name. It is highly likely that this is Herbert Watkins Harrison, born at Falmouth on 22 February 1886, one of the children of William Marsden Harrison, a Falmouth photographer. Herbert died in Charleston, South Carolina, USA in February 1967.

Major and Darker. Church Street, Camborne and branches elsewhere at Falmouth, Penzance and St Austell. Took over the premises of William Piper at Church Street after Piper's death in 1890. In business in Church Street, Camborne, 1897 and 1902, opposite the parish church.

William Piper. Camborne. Born Abbotsham, Devon in 1829. Died in Camborne, 1890. In business at Church Street, Camborne 1858-1890. Married 1857 to Eliza Jane Mayne Rule at Redruth Wesley Chapel. The first commercial photographer in Camborne. See image of interior of Camborne Parish Church taken prior to restoration of 1861-62. Produced many portrait cartes de visite in the 1860s, with distinctive studio table furniture to accompany portraits of individuals. Began business as a "photographic artist" in 1858.

John Rule. Camborne. Amateur photographer at Park Bracket in Camborne, c.1860.

Tom Saunders. Born c.1861 and died of a cycle accident 18 October 1934, aged 74. Buried in Trevenson Churchyard, Pool, Illogan. Producing real photographic postcards c.1906. Known examples are street scenes around Pool, Illogan and Methodist tea treats for the Pool and Brea areas, either in the TS or TT series of cards. Not common cards. Possibly only producing photographic postcards for a short period around 1906. In 1891 a watch and clock maker living in Illogan parish, aged 30, his father being a Thomas T Saunders, born c.1831 at St Agnes, whose name may have been the inspiration for the TT series of cards, with the TS cards being named after Tom Saunders himself (see Postcards of Illogan and Pool). In 1902 a watch maker, jeweller and cycle dealer at Pool, in 1906 a watch maker and jeweller and in 1910 a fancy jeweller and watch maker at Pool, Illogan.

William James Sandry. Born at Perranuthnoe, c.1843. In 1871 living at Silver Cross, Perranuthnoe, aged 22, and occupation given as photographer. Resident at 129 Trelowarren Street, Camborne, 1881. Business premises there and at Roskear Terrace, Camborne. Also in business for a period of time with John Charles Burrow as Sandry and Burrow in the 1870s. Wife Annie, born at Lamorran. In 1891 in business at 131 Trelowarren Street, Camborne, music depository as photographer (notem).

Percy E Surbey. Camborne and Truro. In business for a very short period in the 1920s and could not make a success of the business. Taking photographs in Camborne, c.1921-1926. Born c.1881 in Stratton, Wiltshire. In 1923 listed as photographer at 122 Trelowarren Street, Camborne. A postcard of 1925-1926 lists the business at Camborne and Truro.

William Whitford. Camborne. Amateur photographer, Basset Road / Cross Street, Camborne, c.1860. Born Truro, Cornwall. Died Camborne May 1885, aged 74 years. Also in business as a gilder and painter. Buried Camborne Churchyard. Wife Louisa.

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