Henry Lord (c.1816-1887)

Henry Lord was a painter and an early photographer with a studio on St. Peter's Street.


He was born around 1816 in Almondbury, the son of schoolmaster John Lord.

He married Mary Wilson, daughter of gardener James Wilson, on 11 December 1837 at Huddersfield Parish Church. They had five known children:

  • James W. Lord (c.1839-?)[1]
  • Henry B. Lord (c.1846-?)
  • Thomas C. Lord (c.1853-?)
  • Ralph Herbert Lord (c.1855-?)
  • John Edwin Calvert Lord (1860-?)[2]

The 1841 Census listed him as a painter residing at Bay Hall. At the time of the 1851 Census, Henry Lord was recorded as a painter employing 2 men and residing on Zetland Street, Huddersfield.

By 1861, he was a "photographic artists" residing at Edward's Yard off King Street. As such, he was one of only a handful of people recorded as a "photographer" in the Huddersfield area in 1861. By 1871, his son Ralph was helping as a "photo artists' assistant".

Around the 1860s, Henry also had a studio at Spring Gardens, Buxton, and it seems likely that he would have visited during the holiday season.[3] From a court case held at Buxton on 26 August 1861, it is known that he lodged with John Gibbons, an agricultural labourer of Spring Gardens. Gibbons had confronted Lord about "not keeping reasonable hours, and returning to [the] lodgings later than was agreeable" and an argument ensued. This led to Lord assaulting the labourer and "unceremoniously divesting him of his outer garment".[4]

On 6 December 1865, Thomas Lord was crossing King Street near to the Globe Inn when "a man on horseback, dressed as a butcher" galloped furiously up the road and the boy was unable to get out of the way in time. Despite the horse hitting Thomas, the rider failed to stop, and Thomas was left lying unconscious. A assistant surgeon was passing at the time and gave assistance, ascertaining that the boy's shoulder blade was broken and crushed.[5]

In August 1871, he was charged with "allowing his dog to be at large in King Street" and ordered to pay costs.[6] Soon afterwards, he appears to have moved to the Crystal Buildings on Green Street.

On Sunday 5 May 1872, Mary Lord was found dead on her bed. As she had apparently threatened those around her many times that she would poison herself, it was initially suspected she had committed suicide by taking potassium cyanide. However, at the subsequent inquest it was reported that the autopsy had shown evidence of heart disease and that Mary had "the liver of an old drinker", but there was no evidence of poisoning. The medical opinion was that she had died of a heart attack and jury recorded it was "induced by habitual drinking."[7]

In May 1874, together with fellow photographer Reginald Spurr, he was an official photographer at the formal opening of the new Somerset Bridge by Lady Guendolen Ramsden, daughter of the Duke of Somerset.[8]

By 1881 Henry had moved to Commercial Street. Also residing with him was his youngest son, joiner John, their housekeeper Maria Brook, and boarder Arthur Pridgeon, the Curate of St. Paul's Church. By then, Ralph had married and moved to Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, where he continued to work as a photographer.

Henry Lord died at Huddersfield Infirmary on 5 October 1887, aged 71.


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Notes and References

  1. Occupation given as "professor of music" in 1861 Census.
  2. Born 11 May 1860.
  3. Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles.
  4. Derby Mercury (04/Sep/1861) and "A Lordly Freak: Midnight Encounter"(!) in Buxton Advertiser (31/Aug/1861).
  5. "Serious Accident from Furious Riding" in Huddersfield Chronicle (09/Dec/1865).
  6. Huddersfield Chronicle (26/Aug/1871).
  7. "Sudden Death of a Female" in Huddersfield Chronicle (11/May/1872). "The Suspected Suicide by Poisoning at Huddersfield" in Illustrated Police News (11/May/1872).
  8. "The Opening of Somerset Bridge" in Huddersfield Chronicle (27/May/1874).