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As we all know, during the Victorian era, thousands of photographic portrait studios were established in Britain.
The question is, how many have survived to this day in a recognisable form?
The only ones I have managed to identify so far are listed below.
I am sure that participants of this forum will know of others - please will you submit them?
R Clapperton, Selkirk. Built 1867. Ceased as a museum in 2017, but hopefully building still standing.
Grand Imperial Studio, Preston, Lancs. 1879-?. Existing but in ruinous state
Hayes, Hutton le Hole. 1902-1923. Relocated to Ryedale Folk Museum
Kevis, Petworth, West Sussex 1877-1908 (occasional use until 1953). Existing - holiday accommodation
Memorial Studio. Hastings, East Sussex 1864-?. Existing as artist's studio
Reeves, Lewes, East Sussex.1858-present. Existing as a photographic studio
Winter, Derby. 1867-present. Existing as a photographic studio
Bromley House, Nottingham. 1841-1955. How much of the original studio eg the glazed skylight, is existing?
(Not Victorian) Starr and Rignall, Ely, Suffolk 1929 - Existing. Glass roof intact, glazed wall present but boarded up.
I look forward to hearing about others
Kevis House, Petworth
The structure of the first photographic studio in Exeter dating from 1839 can still be seen atop the
Locomotive Inn, in New North Road. It was operated from 1842 by William Gill who obtained a daguerreotype licence from Richard Beard.