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Photographers in the High


The High was a magnet for photographers, attracting both town and gown. Many of them produced their own picture postcards. The list below may help people in the dating of old pictures. Gillman & Soame are still going strong today.

Bracher, Edward
  • 1852–1863: 26 High Street
  • 1863: sold the business to Wheeler & Day
Day, George P.
  • 1875–1876+: 95 High Street (presumably breaking away from Wheeler & Day)
Gillman & Soame (incorporating Hill & Saunders):
  • 1939–1970: 56 High Street
Guggenheim, J.W.
  • 1866–1883: 56 High Street
Leslie, George (incorporating Gillman)
  •   1934–1941: 55 High Street
Miller, John G.
  • 1866–1875: 94 High Street
Penrose & Palmer
  • 1921–1941: 50 High Street
Rose, William R.
  • 1908–1914: 134 High Street
    1915–1964: 133 & 134 High Street
Soame, James (junior)
  • 1889–1894: 56a High Street
  • 1895–1909: 101 High Street
  • 1909: shop demolished to make way for the Rhodes Building
Studio Edmark
  • 1970–1976+: 130 High Street
Taunt, Henry
  • 1854: Started at the age of 14 with Edward Bracher at 26 High Street
  • 1863: Took over as manager when Bracher’s business was sold to Wheeler & Day
  • 1866: Took over a shop in Cornmarket, moving to 9–10 Broad Street in 1874
  • 1894/5: 41 High Street
  • 1896–1906: 34 High Street
Taylor, Norman
  • 1918–1947: 107A High Street
Wheeler & Day
  • 1866–1871: 106 High Street (bought Edward Bracher’s business)
  • 1872: Appears to have split into two separate businesses, with Wheeler remaining here and Day moving into 95 High Street
Wheeler, William Henry
  • 1872–1918: 106 High Street

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Last updated: 16 September, 2012

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