Leonard Norman, Photographer of Derby

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Leonard Norman of 36 Victoria Street, Derby
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Leonard Norman was born in 1864 at Litchurch, son of an engine smith William Gilford Norman and his wife Elizabeth née Leonard, who had moved to Derby in the early 1860s from Leicester. His older brothers worked in the printing trade and in 1871, at the age of 16, he described himself as an apprentice, but it is not clear what trade to which he was affiliated.

He disappears from view in the 1891 Census but then reappears in 1899, having taken over the top floor of the building at 36 Victoria Street, Derby from photographers Layton and Lamb. He advertised in Kelly's trade directory for that year, and Adamson (1997) shows him operating there as a photographer in 1900, but by April 1901 he had moved on. The census shows him boarding in Ipswich, Suffolk, and employed as a photographer. Details of his movements after this date are unclear, although in 1912 he is listed as a photographer at 63 Abbey Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

I always welcome new additions to the gallery of images, so please contact me by email if you have any photographs by this studio. Likewise, if you have further information on the photographer or any of the subjects shown below, I would be keen to hear from you.
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
Type I
Used c. 1899-1900
Diagonal signature
Black ink on buff card

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Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: lnorman01
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Norman of Derby
Negative No. -
Size: Cabinet card
Card Type: Type I
Card Thickness: -
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1899-1900
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her late teens or early 20s, vignetted head-and-shoulders portrait.


Historical Directories from the University of Leicester
Indexed 1841- 1901 Census Images from Ancestry.com
Partial Transcript of the GRO Index from FreeBMD


Many thanks to Robert Silverwood for kind contributions of images and information.

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