Stapleton and Sons

Stapleton & Sons was a photographic studio based at 24 John William Street, Huddersfield.


Richard England Stapleton was born in 1863 at Ilkeston, Derbyshire, the son of builder John Stapleton.

Possibly his parents died when he was young, as the 1871 Census records Richard and his sister Mary living with their aunt, Hannah Stapleton. By 1881, he was working as a joiner and residing with his uncle, Charles Turton.

He married Ruth Ellen Chadwick, daughter of publican Howard Chadwick, on 18 June 1891 at Caverswall, Staffordshire. At the time of his marriage, he had been living in Stockport. The couple's whereabouts over the next two decades remains uncertain, but the fact their children were born in different locations implies that they were moving regularly around Yorkshire and Lancashire.

The 1911 Census records the family at 10 Princess Street, Huddersfield, with Richard's occupation given as a photographer and Ruth's as a phrenologist. Together with their surviving three children (Dorothy, Elizabeth and James), they also had an adopted son, photographer John C.W. Harrison (aged 28).[1]

Photographs taken by Stapleton and Sons gave their studio address as 24 John William Street, Huddersfield — an address also used by a photographer named Collins and by Windsor Studios. Apart from an entry in the 1910 Trade Directory for Huddersfield, no further records were found for the business.[2]

Richard England Stapleton died in April 1933 in North Yorkshire and was buried at Hipswell, near Richmond, on 29 August.


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Notes and References

  1. The couple had a total of 5 children, 2 of whom died before 1911.
  2. Although their named implies more than one son was involved in the business, the only other Stapleton son was James who was aged 9 at the time of the 1911 Census.