~ J. CRAIK / JAMES CRAIK ~

PHOTOGRAPHER

51 BURGATE STREET & 33 ST. MARGARET'S STREET

THEN 4 ST. GEORGE'S GATE (Opposite the Cattle Market)

1870's - 1883 - 51 Burgate Street / 43 St. Peter's Street

March 16, 1883 - What offers in exchange for a capital double-geared rolling press, steel plate 11 x 8 1/2, folding tripod, six-inch bronze head, 12 x 10 mahogany case water tight bath, dark tent on three wheels, developing and chanign box, tent up to 12 x 10, two pneumatic holders, and a quantity of wet plate apparatus? Wanted, a portable tourist quarter or half-plate camera, swing back, with three or more double backs. - Address, J. C., 51, Burgate Street, Canterbury.

1876 - looks like #43 St. Peter's Street studio is up for sale

1885 Kelly's Directory of Chemists and Druggists this work manufacturing chemists...James Craik, 51 Burgate street & 33 St. Margaret's Street, Photographer

1889 - 1905 St. George's Gate

1891 - Also located at Herne Bay

B. & W. FISK-MOORE took over these premises

If you can supply any other information or photo's from these photographers, please

CONTACT ME _

4 ST. GEORGE'S GATE

 

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"LOVELY LADY " my photo above by J. Craik, interestingly enough the 43 St. Peter's Street is crossed out (did he have a business there too?) There seems to have been some type of photography business located at 43 St. Peter's street in 1876 (see St. Peter's Street)

Copied at the Canterbury Photo Copying Studio - J Craik Proprietor

Portrait studio at 51 Burgate Street, Canterbury

 

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"THE COUPLE" my photo above by J. Craik, interestingly enough the 43 St. Peter's Street is crossed out (did he have a business there too?) There seems to have been some type of photography business located at 43 St. Peter's street in 1876 (see St. Peter's Street)

Copied at the Canterbury Photo Copying Studio - J Craik Proprietor

Portrait studio at 51 Burgate Street, Canterbury

 

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"The Westgate" photo above by James Craik, Burgate Street, courtesy of a frequent visitor to the site

J. CRAIK, Artist & Wholesale Landscape Photo Publisher

Carte Series of Canterbury Views etc.

 

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"Lady" photo above by James Craik, 51 Burgate c. 1880, courtesy of a frequent visitor to the site

BURGATE STUDIO

 

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"FAMILY PORTRAIT" my photo above by James Craik, 51 Burgate c. 1880

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JAMES CRAIK

51 Burgate Street

Canterbury

Near the Cathedral

Copies of this picture can always be had

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Finished in Oil Water Colour or Crayon

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"YOUNG CHILD" my photo above by James Craik, 51 Burgate pre-1889

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"YOUNG MAN" my photo above by James Craik, 51 Burgate pre-1889, from my collection

* the most interesting thing about the photograph is that the photo is actually upside down on the backing

 

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Photograph by James Craik, 51 Burgate Street - Lovely young lady. Photo courtesy of the late Phoebe Louisa Sutton nee Conley

If you can identify the young lady in the photo, please

CONTACT ME

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Photograph by James Craik, 51 Burgate Street -
The Couple. Photo courtesy of the late Phoebe Louisa Sutton nee Conley

If you can identify the couple in the photo, please

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Photograph by James Craik, 51 Burgate Street - James LORD, aged 7 years

* Photo courtesy of a frequent visitor to the site

 

Showing 32a, 33 and part of 34 on the left

 

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"The Lady" my CDV above by J. Craik, 51 Burgate Street

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"Sisters?" Photograph by James Craik, 51 Burgate Street and 33 St. Margarets.

* Photo courtesy of a frequent visitor to the site

 

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Photograph by James Craik, 51 Burgate Street and 33 St. Margarets. On the banner it reads "Wishing you a happy Christmas and a ... New Year"

* Photo courtesy of a frequent visitor to the site

 

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"Mother and Child" my CDV above by J. Craik, 51 Burgate & 33 St. Margaret's Street

"Henry Halford RUGG presumably taken between 1881 and 1889" photo by J. Craik, Photographer, Canterbury, courtesy of P. White

51 Burgate St. J. CRAIK, 33, St. Margarets St.

See Bateman for other RUGG photo's

 

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"The Soldier" my CDV photo above by J. Craik, 51 Burgate and 33 St. Margaret's Street

 

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"Louisa MARTIN - 35 Wincheap Street" my CDV above by J. Craik, 51 Burgate & 33 St. Margaret's Street (c. early 1880's)

 

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J. Craik, Electric Light Portrait - written on the back "Dumpty Riddle..Mrs. Percival Marsh", from my collection c. 1880's

 

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J. Craik, Electric Light Portrait from my collection - same prop as the above photo

 

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Photo courtesy of M. Hankins. "Some of the group of eight girls in the first photograph are, I am certain, members of George Smith's family."

 

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Craik's Electric and Daylight Studios - 51 Burgate Street - Photo courtesy of a frequent visitor to the site

 

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Photograph by James Craik, on the back it reads possibly "Irene 1882"

* Photo courtesy of a frequent visitor to the site

 

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"Young Soldiers" my CDV photos above by J. Craik, 51 Burgate (the back of the photos is a solid forest green colour)

 

"A Young Man " my CDV photo above by J. Craik, 51 Burgate, the back of the card is a solid colour

 

"The Soldier" my CDV photo above by J. Craik, the back of the card is a solid colour

4, St. George's Gate, Canterbury & 55 William Street, Herne Bay

 

"The Lady and the flower basket" my photo above by J. Craik, the back of the card is a solid colour

Canterbury

 

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Photo courtesy of M. Hankins.

"The second, which appears to be blank is, in fact, inscribed in pencil "T. Ralph, 18 Ivy Lane Canterbury" you can just discern this if you blow it up enough. George Smith is recorded at No. 2 Ivy Lane on the 1861 Census and his daughter Rosa Marie was born in Ivy Lane (probably No. 2) in October 1858, only two years after the house was built."

 

Photograph by J. Craik, 51 Burgate St., Canterbury & Pavilion Studio, Herne Bay

Young gentleman with a great hat! Photo courtesy of the late Phoebe Louisa Sutton nee Conley

If you can identify the young man in the photo, please

CONTACT ME


 

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Photo's submitted by Margaret Steele (nee Johncock). These are her Great Grandparents - Banks JOHNCOCK (born Hoath 1821 - died 1896) and Annie JOHNCOCK (nee IRELAND) born Hoath 1825 died 1913

The back of Banks JOHNCOCK photograph

 

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He looks like a cavalry (corporal), with great chain mail epaulets on his uniform. They had a large Cavalry Depot at Canterbury, so if he wasn't from Canterbury he was likely stationed there. Photo courtesy of A. Housego

If you can supply any information regarding this couple please contact me

 

"SIBLINGS" a lovely staged water side photo by James Craik, submitted by a visitor to the site (thank you!)

Canterbury, 4 St. Georges Gate - Childrens Portraits a Specialite. Permanent Platinotype Portraits. Enlargements in all Styles.

Extra copies or enlargements can be had by quoting no. 1065

Herne Bay, 55 William Street

If you can supply any information regarding these children please contact me

 

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My Cabinet Card above by J.Craik has noted on the reverse "Philpot" which is a very familiar name in Canterbury

also at the bottom is noted Column (3.) wide with border No. 1069

 

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Photograph by Craik Art Studios, 4 St. George's Gate, Canterbury & Pier Pavilion Herne Bay No. 9842

Lovely young girl. Photo courtesy of the late Phoebe Louisa Sutton nee Conley

If you can identify the young girl in the photo, please

CONTACT ME

 

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Photograph by Craik Art Studios, 4 St. George's Gate, Canterbury & Pier Pavilion Herne Bay No. 9842

Well dressed young gentleman. Photo courtesy of the late Phoebe Louisa Sutton nee Conley

If you can identify the young man in the photo, please

CONTACT ME

 

Photo courtesy of the ELGAR family. If anyone can identify the people in the photo, please CONTACT ME

The family would love to know.

 

This picture above is from the Warren Family Album which is likely to be a member of the MOUNT family

if you have any information on the family or the photo's please CONTACT ME _(photo's courtesy of Sue Langley)

 

 

My Cabinet Card above by J.Craik has noted on the reverse in pencil "Childrens Governess to the Beer family" (back of photo is a solid colour)

 

In 1881 there were 51 Governesses in Canterbury, but many would have been too young for this photo...I did however find one very interesting oneb

52 Burgate Street..... Kate BEER, lodger, unmarried age 56, GOVERNESS born Canterbury, Kent and guess who is living right beside her... James Craik

(1851 James Beer, Retired Grocer, James Beer, son, Grocer, Fitz George Beer, son, Assistant, Arthur Beer, son, Assistant, Kate Beer, Governess, living at 29 St. George's Street, Canterbury)

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CDV above by J.Craik courtesy of a frequent visitor to the site

Possibly the Town Crier/Bellman (he was the towns means of communication since many people could not read or write)

c. 1882 - 1889 - Stephen Oakenfull

c. 1903 - 1911 - Mr. W. E. Black (of 14 Rose Lane)

1912 - the position was held by Mr. E. Jarvis (was the landlord of the Rose and Crown)

if you have any information on the gentleman or the photo please CONTACT ME

 

'A photo found recently hidden behind another in a frame for over 80 years and believed to be of John Murch, a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who arrived back in Britain, in 1916. He fought at Vimy Ridge and died in Arras in 1918. He appears to be driving three senior officers. Would love to see if part of a sequence if anyone has similar taken in Canterbury. Photo is marked only J Craik Canterbury.'

if you have any information on the gentleman or the photo please CONTACT ME

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JAMES CRAIK

James Craik was born in Tonbridge, Kent, in 1853

Working as a Grocer's Porter when he was 17, living with his mother and stepfather John Rogers in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. His mother Joanna was already widowed in the early 1860's, when James was 8. There was a death of a James Craik in 1859, in Tonbridge, Kent, which might have been his father*.

*In an 1855 directory of Kent, Essex and Herts there is a listing for a J. Craik, High Street, Watford noted under Market Gardeners (possible?)

1870's Tunbridge Wells with his mother and step father

James married his wife Louisa Jane G. Mills in 1878 in Thanet, Kent.

Aug. 8, 1879 - English Mechanic and World of Science No. 750 - It is much to be regretted that no Engraving of this truly exquiste Organ Case has ever been published; a photograph, may, however, be obtained of Mr. J. Craik, St. Peter's Street, Canterbury. price 7d, post paid.

In 1881 and 1882 he's located at 51 Burgate Street and noted as Artist and Photographer. He has the help of a female assistant in his shop.

Christening - Hilda May CRAIK, April 17, 1887, Canterbury, Kent to James and Louisa Ann CRAIK

1888 - "An hour or two in Old Canterbury" by E. Milton Small, Illustrated by 51 Photographs by James Craik

By 1889 he had moved locations and is now at 4 St. George's Gate.

1889 Directory - J. Craik Photographer, 4 St. George's Gate (right beside Burgate Lane)

1891 Directory - Jas. Craik. The Pavilion, Herne Bay S.O. & 4 St. George's Gate, Canterbury

In the early 1890's James is noted as Photographer, he is living at home with wife Louisa Jane and his daughter's Clara , Florence H., Maggie J., Hilda M. and his son James G. In his shop, he has the help of a young man, Charles Southee who is a Photographic retoucher from Canterbury.

I read somewhere that in 1894 James sold the shop to a Charles Nesbitt, but he kept the Herne Bay shop. Whether this is accurate or not I'm unsure, but see the photograph below.

A cabinet card by C. Nesbitt located at 4 St. George's Gate, the back of the card is blank

 

In the early 1900's James CRAIK is still working as a Photographer. Three of his young unmarried daughter's are working for him, Clara, Florence and Maggie. He also has daughter Hilda, and son James who are not in the business yet.

*Whitstable Parish Church Magazine December 1902 issue has an advertisement for James Craik Artistic Photographer, 4 St. George's Gate, Canterbury

A book entitled "A Peep at Old Canterbury,"Illustrated with twenty photographs by J. Craik, Canterbury, Gibbs 1889, Square Quarto, 45 pages (23 thick card leaves) with 20 mounted albumen paper photographs.

1903 - James CRAIK, photographer, 4 St. George's Gate

1905 - Fisk -Moore bought the shop

In 1913 there is a James CRAIK at 9 Alexandra road, Lower Walmer in Deal (possibly him?)

In 1917 Fisk-Moore is at this address - 4 St. George's Gate

 

*there is a Carte-de-Visite that I've been trying to acquire from him with the following info on the back:

Patronised by Prince Napoleon Murat, Duchesse d'Alencon, H.R.H. The Prince of Wales

J. Craik

Art Photographer and Cathedral View Publisher

4 St. George's Gate (opposite Cattle Market)

Canterbury

Copies of this portrait may always be obtained No.


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