Hertfordshire Postcard Artists, Photographers, Publishers, etc.

Athelstane Basebe

(circa 1890)

of Hertford, Hemel Hempstead & Watford (& elsewhere)




Hemel Hempstead



For a very detailed account of the Basebe family of artists and photographers see photohistory-sussex.

Timeline - Athelstane Basebe (1853-1909)

There is a relevant family tree on Ancestry

date   source   data
1853   FreeBMD   Born St Pancras
1861   Census   Charles Basibe (Portrait Painter, 44, born Wallington, Surrey) was living at 59, Pratt Street, Pancras, with his mother, Elizabeth Basibe (70, born Yelding, Kent), wife Caroline (38, born London, and children Charles (18, artist pupil), Catherine (12), Mabel (10), Athelstane (7), Harold (4) and ? (Edgar Allen, 1), all born Pancras
1871   Census    The 17 year old Athelstane Basibe (Photographer) was living in the family household in Pratt Street, St Pancras, Middlesex, his father Charles John Basibe being an artist, as was his older brother Charles Edward Basibe.

Basebe & Sons

Artists & Photographers.

Fore Street, Hertford & London


The 1871 census suggests that Athelstane was the family photographer at this time.


By 1878 Athelstane had his own studio in Brompton  Road.

1874   Directory   Charles Basebe, photographer, Fore Street, Hertford
1874   Baptism   Athelstane Basebe (born March 1853) son of Charles John (Artist) and Caroline, of 68 Pratt Street at Christchurch, St Pancras.
1878   FreeBMD   Athelstane Basebe married Frances Louisa Reid (Sep 1878 Pancras 1b 16a)
1880   FreeBMD   Charles John Basebe died aged 62 (Mar 1880, Islington 1b 193)
1880   Probate   Charles John Basebe (26 February). Administration of the Personal Estate of Charles John Basebe, late of 21 Langdon-road, Islington, Middlesex, who died 22 January 1880 at 21 Langdon Road was granted at the Principal Registry to Caroline Basebe of 21 Langdon-road Widow the Relict.
1881   Census   Athelstane Basebe (Portrait Painter and Photographer) was living at 199, Brompton Road, Kensington, with his wife Frances L, and a 1 year old son, Frank A.
    from CDV  

1882   Directory   Athelstane Basebe, photographer, 199 Brompton Road
1890   Directory   Atherstone Basebe, photographer, Alexandra Road, Hemel Hempstead. (attends here Thursday & Friday)
1891   census   He was described as an artist living at 52 Banbury Terrace, Grover Road, Watford, with his family. The youngest child (aged 2) was born in Norwood, Surrey.
1894   directory   Athelstane Basebe, 53 Fortune Gaze Road, Harlesdon, Middlesex
1899   Directory   Athelstane Basebe, Marlborough Rd, Watford

Portrait of young baby

Cabinet Card

taken by

Basebe & Son

16 High Street



No 0177

1901   Census   He was living at 36 Marlborough Road, Watford, an Artist (Portrait painter). His oldest son Frank was an Artist Student
1902   Directory   Athelstane Basebe, Marlborough Rd, Watford
1908   FreeBMD   Frank Atherstane Basebe  married Winifred Ashdown Allen (Sep 1908 Canterbury 21 1924)
1909   FreeBMD   Athelstane Basebe died aged 56 (Jun 1909 Croydon 2a 176)
1938   FreeBMD   Frances L Basebe died aged 81 (Dec 1938 Surrey Mid E 2a 259)
1952   FreeBMD   Frank A Basebe died aged 72 (Sep 1952 Surrey N 5g 310)
December 2012   Page created
March 2104   Hertford CDV & other information