Samuel Stansfield Priestley was a photographer active in the Huddersfield area between the 1860s and 1880s.
He was born 17 April 1826, the son of tailor and druggist William Priestley and his wife Hannah Mary, and was baptised on 16 June 1827 at All Saint, Wakefield.
He initially apprenticed as a tailor and draper for his father, and was living on James Street in Bradford at the time of the 1851 Census. A few months later, he married Sarah Ann Maud, daughter of machine maker Joseph Maud, on 6 September at Bradford Cathedral.
By the 1861 Census, the couple and their four children had moved to Manchester Road, Huddersfield, where Samuel continued to work as a tailor. However, within a few years he had taken up photography and opened a studio on John William Street.
Sarah Ann Priestley died on 9 March 1874, aged 43.
By 1881, the family had moved to 28 Ramsden Street where William Priestley was assisting his widowed father as a photographer.
At some point prior to the 1891 Census, Samuel had moved to Cheshire, where he continued to work as a photographer until his death on 11 January 1894 at 21 Falkland Road, Egremont. He left an estate valued at £179.