IOW Photographers - Nicholson
|Active Period||c1865 - 1901|
|Lifespan||Born: c1835 Bolton, Westmoreland||Died: 1911 IOW|
|Studio Addresses||Carlton House, Devonshire
High Street, Ventnor
20 Mill Street, Ventnor
|Associates||Eurenia Nicholson (wife), assistant|
Harrod & Co's Directory
Hampshire & IOW (page 1171)
W Nicholson, photographic artist, Carlton House, Devonshire Road, Ventnor
1875 Kelly's IOW PO Directory
1898 Kelly's Directory of IOW
1899 Kelly's Directory of Hampshire & IOW
|1878 - estimated date of photo -
1893 - estimated date of photo with negative number 3977
Example of a Nicholson photo and back, thought to be c1878 or earlier
My thanks to Marcia Cairns for supplying this lovely photo of Blackgang Chine.
Marcia is an avid collector of postcards and has about 600 pre-1940 relating to the
|Family History||William Nicholson was born c1835 in Bolton, Westmoreland.
Trade directory references indicate that he came to the Island prior to 1865. In the 1881
census, William was described as a 45 year old photographer living at 20 Mill Street,
Ventnor. Also living with him were his wife Eurenia, 31 from Godshill, and their 10 month
old son Leslie. Eurinia was described as a photogrphers wife, presumably acting as his
By the time of the 1891 census, the family had moved to the Esplanade, Shanklin, and had increased in size with the additional children - Mabel (9), Walter (8), Kate (8) and Arthur (5) - all having been born in Ventnor, though Arthur's birthplace was unspecified. Eurenia (now spelt Eurinia) was recorded as being an assistant photographer.
At the time of the 1901 census, the family was still living in Shanklin with William being described as a photographer publisher. Strangely, his wife seems to have adopted the name Mary by then, and her occupation had changed to that of lodging house keeper.
William Nicholson died at the age of 76 in January 1911, and was buried at Shanklin Cemetery. His wife Mary also died at the age of 76 in November 1925 and was buried with her late husband. Oddly, their daughter Mabel had died about a week earlier (age 44) and was buried in an adjacent grave.