This image is of Nottingham, in the English Midlands, down the road from where I live. The figure on the top of the building points to the studio of James Byron. He was a member of the Clayton photographic family , who were operating in the city throughout the second half of the 19th century.
The building fronts on to Nottingham’s Market Square, while Long Row runs along on the left. Also prominent is Beecroft’s Toy and Fancy Goods emporium, which remained in business well into the 20th century. The building was later the site of Nottingham’s Council House.
This image shows the studio of W.W. Winter, situated on Midland Road in Derby. Unlike Byron’s Nottingham studio, Winter’s was some way from the centre of Derby but convenient for the nearby railway station. After more than a century in existence Winter’s still runs as a photo studio, with some of its original features intact. Many of my family were ‘snapped’ there over the years.
Recently many old glass photographic plates were discovered in bricked up- cellars there. These plates are now being cleaned and conserved and will add more chapters to the history of photography in Derby.