IOW Photographers - Alderslade
|Photographer||John Kenneth Alderslade|
|Active Period||1871 - 1881|
|Lifespan||Born: 1843 Carisbrooke, IOW||Died: 1924 IOW|
|Studio Addresses||8 Lower St James Street, Newport (1871)
9 Lower St James Street, Newport (1881)
|Associates||Charles Alderlade, son|
|Trade History||1871 Census
John K Alderslade, photographer, 8 St James Street, Newport
1875 Kelly's Directory IOW
1898 Kelly's Directory IOW (page 165)
1899 Kelly's Directory IOW (page 619)
|pre-1871 - estimated date of photo
- see below
1874-76 - estimated date of photo - see below
1896 - print of a photo by Charles Alderslade - see below
An early example of J K Alderslade's photo and back estimated pre 1871
Note the address - "5 Lower St James St, Four doors below the Star Inn"
My thanks to Anna Buckett for the above photo.
My thanks to James Downer (Maidstone) for the above photo.
The above photo is of Joseph Cheverton JUPE (James' g-grandfather) who was a boy sailor at Portsmouth on HMS St Vincent from July 1874 - April 1876.
My thanks to Ann Barrett for finding the above print.
|Family History||John Kenneth Alderslade (JKA) was born in 1843 at Carisbrooke, the son
of a master plumber John Alderslade and his wife Mary, nee Pibworth, both originally from
Portsmouth. The 1851 census records 8 year old JKA living with his parents and siblings at
Lower St James Street, Newport. The birth dates of his older sisters indicate the family moved to
the Island some time between 1833 and 1838.
By the time of the 1861 census, the family had moved to nearby 48 High Street, Newport, and 18 year old JKA was now occupied as a painter; presumably working for his father who was a plumber & painter employing 2 men & 2 boys.
In 1965, John Kenneth Alderslade married a Jane Maria Butler from Cowes and, by the time of the 1871 census, had produced three children; Mary (1866), Charles (1868) and John Butler (1870). The 1871 census records the family living at 8 St James Street, with 27 year old John occupied as a photographer. Meanwhile, his parents and siblings had apparently moved from 48 to 45 High Street, Newport.
By the time of the 1881 census, the family had apparently moved to an adjacent property at 9 St James Street, Newport, and John was recorded as being a photographer & picture framer. Also living with John in 1881 were his wife Jane and their previously listed children Mary, Charles & John plus an additional daughter Martha Annie who had been born in 1872. The eldest daughter Mary, now 14, was recorded as being a photographer's assistant. John and Jane also had a further son, William Marden born in 1875, but at the time of the 1881 census he was living with his aunt and uncle in Lincoln.
JKA's father plumber John snr died in 1888 and, by the time of the 1891 census, JKA and his and family had moved to his parent's former home at 45 High Street. Meanwhile, his recently widowed mother, Mary, had swapped places and was living at 9 St James Street along with her daughter Mary. In the 1891 census, JKA was recorded as being a painter & plumber, and living with him were his wife, Jane, sons Charles (a picture frame maker), John (a solicitor's clerk), William (a printer's shop assistant) and daughter Mary. His daughter Mary (the photographer's assistant in 1881) had married Alfred Abraham in 1888 and was living nearby.
It is likely that the swapping of houses occurred soon after John senior's death in 1888 so that JKA could continue his father's decorating business at 45 High Street. By this time, his son Charles was old enough to manage the photographic and picture framing business by himself. Charles married Alice Cave in 1893 and, with his grandmother's death in 1895, probably took this opportunity of moving his business to 9 St James Street.
At the time of the 1901 census, John Kenneth Alderslade was still working as a painter & plumber, Charles as a picture frame maker and William as a printer & plumber's assistant.
John Kenneth Alderslade died in July 1924, age 81 - just two months after his wife Jane Maria; being buried in adjacent graves at Newport Fairlee Cemetery.
It is thought that Charles Alderslade moved away from the Island sometime after 1901 as no further evidence of him being there has been found.
|Further Notes||Note - despite further research, it has not been possible to determine if JKA's published studio addresses of 5, 8 & 9 Lower St James Street were actually different premises. It is possible that he stayed in the same place and the premises were renumbered. Likewise, the same for his parent's recorded addresses of 45 & 48 High Street.|
|Lifespan||Born: c1879 Newport, IOW||Died:|
Station Road, Freshwater
|Associates||John Kenneth Alderlade|
|Trade History||1898 Kelly's Directory IOW (pages 104 & 551)
Charles Alderslade, Station Road, Freshwater
1899 Kelly's Directory IOW (pages 609 &
|1897-98 - estimated date of photo below - note the address of Newport|
Example of a Charles Alderslade's photo estimated date 1897-98
My thanks to Angela McMurtry (Queensland) for the above photo.
The photo is of Alfred John DAVIS (sailmaker of Cowes), his wife Amelia Louise (nee STEPHENS) and the first three of their eventual nine children.
|Family History||Charles Alderslade was probably the son of the photographer
John Kenneth Alderslade; being born c1879 in Newport. The 1881 census shows that JK had a
son named Charles who was listed as a 12 year old scholar. Furthermore, it is likely that
Charles took over his father's photographic business c1890; thereby freeing his father to
manage his own father's decorating business. If that is the case, then Charles may have
relocated the photographic studio to Freshwater, or managed both the Newport and
Freshwater studios in parallel. The above photo example and Kelly's Directory references
indicate both locations were in use by Charles c1898.
Interestingly, Kelly's 1898 & 1899 Directories also list a Charles Alderslade at 9 St James Street, Newport (where John Kenneth and son Charles were living in 1881), but this Charles is listed as a 'picture frame maker & artists' materials dealer'. Perhaps this was another of photographer Charles' occupations!
|Further Notes||I would welcome any further directory lookups, photo examples
or other evidence that might help to confirm the photographic activities of John Kenneth
and Charles Alderslade.
PARKHURST ... "CHARLES ALDERSLADE, 9 St James's Street,
Newport. - Just opened, Art and Photographic Studio and Gallery. Photography in all
branches; old and faded photos copied and enlarged to any size and finished in oil or
water-colour monochrome. Lessons given and amateurs supplied with photographic materials.
Outdoor photography will receive special attention. Groups, family, wedding, and football.
Photographic department under the management of Mr A Benjafield."
My thanks to Ann Barrett for locating the above article.
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