John Thomas Pentney was a Suffolk-born printer, newspaper editor and photographer who established a photography studio in Huddersfield circa 1900.
He was born in Bury St. Edmunds in 1855, the son of brush maker John Pentney and his wife Harriett.
He married Rose Ann Jolly of West Stow, Suffolk, on 8 October 1878. The couple had 3 children:
By the time he was 15 years old, he was apprenticing as a printer. The 1881 Census records him working as a printer's clerk but by 1891 he was recorded as a "manager of printer and newspaper publishing business" and was residing at 16 Out Risbygate, Bury St. Edmonds. The newspaper was the Suffolk Bury Free Press.
The family had moved to Huddersfield by 1895 where John Thomas established a photography studio at 6 South Parade.
The 1911 Census records Cecil Claud as an "engineer's photographer" whilst Oliver Gordon worked as an "engineer's fitter". The family had also taken in two lodgers.
John Thomas Pentney died in 1937, aged 81.
Cecil Claud married Alice "Elsie" Butterworth in May 1913 at St. Thomas's Church on Manchester Road. He continued in the family business and was a photographer and painter, eventually running his studio from 8 South Parade. In the early 1930s, he became addicted to gambling and borrowed money under false pretences from Miss Cecilia Bradley of Berry Brow, a spinster friend of his parents. In total, he gambled away £2,045 before being arrested and was sentenced to 12 months' hard labour in November 1933. By 1939, he had returned to Bury St. Edmunds where he is listed as an "engineer's photographer" in the 1939 Register. He died on 2 January 1945 in Pershore, Worcestershire, aged 56.
May Florence did not marry and by the 1930s had moved to Hykeham, Lincolnshire, where she worked as a poultry farmer. She returned to Huddersfield, possibly visiting friends, where she died on 22 February 1952, aged 70, and was cremated at Cottingley Crematorium, Leeds, on 25 February.
Several of the photographs reproduced below are of Jessie Louise Pyrah (c.1884-1957).