IOW Photographers - Hicks


Photographer William Hicks
Active Period c1858 - 1864 on IOW, thereafter until 1878 at Eastbourne, Sussex
Lifespan Born:  1829   Heathfield, Sussex Died:  1888   Heathfield, Sussex
Studio Addresses 60 Union St, Ryde
Associates John Hicks (son)
Trade History 1859 White's Directory of IOW
William Hicks, photographer, 60 Union Street, Ryde

March 1864 - William Hicks advertised his "First-class Photographic Studio" at 4 Cornfield Road, Eastbourne

Evidence Found
None found to date.
Examples of
Trade Cards,
Adverts, etc
RydeShop.jpg (18822 bytes)
Photo of shop at 60 Union Street, probably taken c1900
Shop sign says "Royal Photographers"
This shop (also called 'Regina House') was used by a succession of photographers including Jabez Hughes.
Number '60' may have been a back or upper room with access via the gated entrance to the right.
Family History William Hicks was born in 1829 at Heathfield, Sussex. He married Ann Unknown from Sampford, Devon and, sometime prior to 1858, moved to the IOW. The couple had two children born at Ryde - Clara c1858 and John c1860. At the time of the 1861 census, the family was living at 60 Union Street, Ryde, and William was described as a 30 year old photographic artist.

By 1864 the family had moved from the IOW to Eastbourne, Sussex, where William set up his "First-class Photographic Studio". William continued as a photographer in Eastbourne until about 1878.

In the 1881 census, the family was recorded as living at Mayfield, Eastbourne, with William being described as a builder. His son John Hicks (age 21) was listed at the same address and his occupation was given as photographer. Also living with them was Elizabeth Westlake, a niece from Devon who was listed as a photographer's assistant.

William Hicks died on 13 Nov 1888 at his residence of Woodlands, near Heathfield in Sussex.

John Hicks ran a photographic studio in Horsham from 1887 to 1901 and then worked as a professional photographer in Bexhill from 1901 to beyond the Edwardian period. 

My thanks to David Simkin for contributing to the above historical notes.

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