Hertfordshire Postcard Artists, Photographers, Publishers, etc.

Charles William Allen

of Canterbury & Haileybury (circa 1886)



date   source   data
1828   Baptism   Baptised at Broxbourne, 7 September, the son of George & Martha Allen
1841   Census   Charles Allen was living in the High Street, Hoddesdon, with his parents George (ironmonger) and Martha and 7 siblings.
1852   *   His wife's name is Emma Lucy (nee Parker) b. St. James Middlesex. The couple were married in Australia in 1852.
1853   Census   Emma Martin M Allen born in Adelaide, Australia.
1855   *   Adelaide Amelia Allen was born January 28, 1855 in [Adelaide] Australia. She married Henry Beauchamp Collis another photographer in Canterbury.
1861   Census   Charles W Allen (33, Commercial Clerk, Ironmonger, born Hoddesdon) was living in the High Street, Broxbourne, with his wife Emma (34, born St James, Middlesex) and children born in Adelaide, Australia ages 8 and 5.
1871   Census   49a Beresford Road, Woolwich - "nil" occupation with family, Roland (5 born at Hoddesdon
1881   Census   1 Hanover Place, Canterbury - photographer - with family
1883   *   Nov. 19  Westgate Studio, he has a copyright for a photograph of an oil painting by Henry Hayman
1885   Directory*   Kelly's Directory of Chemists and Druggists this work manufacturing chemists...Charles William Allen, St. Dunstan's Street, Photographer


Photographed by C.W. Allen, Westgate Studio, Canterbury and Eastgate Studio, Haileybury, Hertford

[It is not known whether this CDV was taken in Hertfordshire or Kent.]

1886   Directory   C. W. Allen, Hailey Lane, Great Amwell, Ware - Photographer (not listed there in 1882)
1886   *   On October 30th, 1886, Henry (age 28) married Adelaide Amelia Allen (29), at St. Paul, Bow Common, Middlesex, London. Adelaide was living at 243 Bundett Road in London at the time of their marriage, her father is Charles William Allen a photographer. Witnesses at the wedding are: Henry Collis, Walter Allen and Amy Hayward Collis.
1889   *   In 1889 he's at Westgate Studio, St. Dunstan's Street, the corner of Station Road. Portrait, landscape and architectural photographer
1889   Probate   Died 31 December at 1 Hanover Place, Canterbury
1890-95   Directory   A. V. Elsden now photographer at  Hailey Lane address.
1891   *   Charles Wm. Allen (exors. of) Westgate Studio, St. Dunstan's St., Canterbury
1891   Census   Emma Lucy Allen (widow, living on own means) and son Roland (no occupation given) at 1 Hanover Place, Canterbury.
1891   Probate   1 July. Will proved by Roland Allen, of 1 Hanover Place, photographer, the son the sole executor.
1890s   *   Henry Beauchamp Collis (son in law) was photographer at Westgate Studio, Canterbury.
    *   There is an online biography with examples of his work on the Historic Canterbury web site.  Some (but not all) of the photographs illustrated  on the site have the Haileybury address. Information marked with an * come from this source.

It is clear that most of this photographer's pictures will have been taken in Kent - and I would be very interested to know of any relating to Hertfordshire. These could include pictures of boys educated at Haileybury college.

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