IOW Photographers - Hicks
|Active Period||c1858 - 1864 on IOW, thereafter until 1878 at Eastbourne, Sussex|
|Lifespan||Born: 1829 Heathfield, Sussex||Died: 1888 Heathfield, Sussex|
|Studio Addresses||60½ Union St, Ryde|
|Associates||John Hicks (son)|
|Trade History||1859 White's Directory of IOW
William Hicks, photographer, 60½ Union Street, Ryde
March 1864 - William Hicks advertised his "First-class Photographic Studio" at 4 Cornfield Road, Eastbourne
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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 '60½' 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 60½ 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.