Derbyshire Photographers Profiles : William Milton of Derby
Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
William Milton

of Derby

William Milton operated a studio very briefly in St Peter's Street, Derby, from 1898 until early 1900.

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William Edmund Barter Milton was born in 1864 at Plymouth, Devon, son of a shoe factory worker William John Barter Milton and his wife Sarah Jane Prettejohns.  In 1887 he married Florence Rebecca Robinson, daughter of Derby police sergeant Edward Robinson, at Derby.  The 1891 Census shows them living at 170 & 172 Normanton Rd, Litchurch, Derby with their three year-old daughter Florence Margaret, and William was a publican.  Adamson (1997) shows William Milton to have operated as a photographer from the Victoria Studio, at 26½ St. Peter's Street, Derby, from 1898 to 1900.  Kelly's trade directory for 1899 does indeed show him at this address, but it seems likely that Thomas Frost had already taken over the studio by February 1900. Certainly, by April 1901 Milton appears to have abandoned the photographic profession and was working as a railway clerk in Peterborough.

Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison
Tentatively identified as Fred Payne (1879-1946)
by William Milton of Victoria Studio, St Peter's Street, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. late 1899 or early 1900

Format: Carte-de-visite

Image © & courtesy of Barbara Ellison

Notes: see Photo-Sleuth article.  The photographer's wife Florence M. Robinson was a first cousin to Amy Robinson (1867-1932), wife of Fred Payne's oldest brother Charles Vincent Payne (1868-1941).

Images kindly provided by Barbara Ellison
1841-1901 UK Census - online from
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1895) History, Topography, and Directory of Derbyshire, T. Bulmer & Co. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith
Anon (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Derby Electoral Registers 1868-1900
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209. Courtesy of John Bradley.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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