IOW Photographer - Lacy



Photographer William George Lacy
Active Period 1857 - 1861
Lifespan Born:  c1829  Portsea, Hants Died:  1861  London
Studio Addresses 4 Royal Arcade, Ryde
Trade History 1859 White's Directory of IOW
William George Lacy, photographer, Arcade, Ryde


Evidence Found
Examples of
Trade Cards,
Adverts, etc

A Lacy advert dated July 1857, publication source unknown

A Lacy advert from the IW Observer 26 February 1859

My thanks to Ann Barrett for supplying the above adverts.

Family History William George Lacy was born c1829 in Portsea, Hants.

In the 1851 census William Lacey [sic] is recorded as being a 22 year old unmarried french polisher from Portsea, Hants, lodging at 4 Colonade Street, Ryde along with four other lodgers of various occupations. The head of the lodging house was Robert Jenkins (a mason), supported by his wife Eliza and their young family.

At the time of the 1861 census, William Lacey [sic] was still lodging at the same address run by Robert and Eliza Jenkins. In this census, William was recorded as a 31 year old photographer, still unmarried. William died later that year, his death being registered in Westminster, London.

According to the Probate Registry entry of January 1862, William died on 21 November 1861 at 379 Oxford Street, London. His will was proved by his executors George Wharton Simpson (a gentleman of Islington) and John Lacy (his uncle and builder of Battersea). His effects were valued at under 450, but this was changed to under 1000 in March 1862.

The photographer Jabez Hughes may have taken over Lacy's studio, as he was located in the Royal Arcade from 1862, albeit at number 6.

It is not known if the late W G Lacy was related to the photographer William Lacy who was active at St John's Road, Ryde in 1865.

... Mr Lacy of the Arcade was among a list of some 62 'Gentlemen of Ryde' who had volunteered to become Active Members of the Ryde Company. Their names had been forwarded to the Governor of the Isle of Wight Viscount Eversley, through his Deputy, Charles Wyatt Eastcourt Esq, for submission to the Secretary of State for War... this being the first offer of Service made from the Island, the Ryde Company will become No. 1 of the Isle of Wight Corps...
- IW Observer, 12 November 1859



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