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The Photographs & Postcards of Coles of Watford

 

Old Herts

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Watford

William Coles (1853-1938)

 

In 1881 William Coles was an assistant chemist working for Theophilus John Piggot, photographer, at Leighton Buzzard. By the late 1880s he was trading as a photographer in Queens Road, Watford, and was still trading there in 1926. For a short time around 1890 he also had a studio on the Broadway, Chesham, and by 1899 had a studio in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, which continued for about 10 years. His carte de visite and cabinet cards usually have a negative number and the time line below suggests dates for various backs. Later backs say "by special appointment of Princess Eulalia of Spain - possibly after the Princess's visit to Watford in 1899.

 

He was selling views of many local towns and villages by the early 1890s, and was producing a wide range of view post cards in the 1900s - some of which may have been from earlier negatives. He also produced a number of post cards of news events, which are normally dated.

Time Line

1853

 

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William Coles born at Great Missenden, Bucks (registered Amersham October-December 1983)

1861

 

Census

 

William Coles (7) was living with his parents George Coles (44, druggist & grocer) and Jame (38) of High Street, Great Missenden

1871

 

Census

 

William Coles (17, apprentice, born Great Missenden, Bucks) working for Joseph Herrington(46, chemist)  of High Street, Leighton Buzzard.

1881

 

Census

 

William Coles (27, assistant chemist, born Great Missenden, Bucks) working for Theophilus John Piggott (36, chemist and photographer) of High Street, Leighton Buzzard. [Theophilus later employed James Thomas Newman.]

1886

 

Directory

 

No entry

1888?

 

 

 

 

CDV 605

  

CDV 1043

1890

 

Directory

 

William Coles, photographer,60 Queen's Road, Watford

1890?

 

 

 

CDV 1398a  Plain back

 

CDV 3608c

1890

 

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William Coles married Rhoda Isaac (registered Marylebone  April-June)

1890?

 

 

William Coles

60 Queens Road, Watford

 

CDV 3800

 

 

1890

 

William Coles, 60 Queens Road, Watford, and the Broadway,  Chesham

Denis 19 months. April 1890

CDV 4435 [gold pattern on back faded unevenly]

Cabinet 4553

1891

 

Census

 

William Coles (37, photographer, born Great Misssenden, Bucks) and his wife Rhoda (33, born Kentish Town, Middlesex) living at 60 Queen's Road, Warford.

   

 

Cabinet 5207

with view photo back

 
   

CDV by Coles of Watford

 

CDV by Coles of Watford

 

CDV by Coles, Watford, Herts

 

CDV 5153   CDV 5206    CDV 5420   All same back

1895

 

Directory

 

William Coles, photographer,60 Queen's Road, Watford

   

 

 

Cabinet 9358       Cabinet 9375

1899

 

Directory

 

William Coles, photographer, 64 Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

William Coles, photographer, The Broadway, 60 Queen's Road, Watford

1899

 

On Special Appointment

To H.R.H. Princess Eulalie of Spain

 

William Coles

Marlowes,

Hemel Hempstead

and at Watford

 

Princes Eulalia of Spain lived apart from her husband after the birth of her younger son in 1888. She maintained residences in Spain and Paris, but often visited England. The Times of 24 January 1899 reported "The Infanta Eulalia of Spain has left London on a short visit to Watford. She is expected to visit the Queen at Osborne this week." This could well be the occasion of the "by special appointment" mentioned on the back of the CDV and cabinet cards of the time.

 

Portrait by William Coles, Hemel Hempstead & Watford

 

William Coles, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead & Watford

CDV - unnumbered

1901

 

Census

 

William Coles (47, photographer, employer) and wife Rhoda were living at 119 St Albans Road, Watford.

?

[Card trimmed]

Hemel Hempstead - Cabinet 278 Watford - Cabinet 17642a

1902

 

Directory

 

William Coles, photographer, 64 Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

William Coles, photographer, 60 Queen's Road, Watford

1905       By this date he was regularly publishing a large number of local view post cards.

1905

 

Photograph

 

 

Apsley Football Club

1904-5

Coles, Hemel Hempstead

1906

     

News Post Card

1906 January 24th

West Herts Election: Declaration of the Poll

1908

 

Directory

 

William Coles, photographer, 64 Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

William Coles, photographer, 60 Queen's Road, Watford

1911

 

Census

 

William Coles, photographer (portrait) and wife Rhoda (married 20 years, no children) now living at 7Granville Road, Watford.

1912

 

Directory

 

William Coles, photographer, 16 Queen's Road, Watford. TH 149

1916?      

WW1 Officer Group photographed at or near Watford by Coles

The details of this photograph are not known - beyond what can be deduced from the picture - which shows a variety of cap badges, and the fact that the mount is signed ? Coles, Watford.

circa 1916

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1923

     

 

Watford Coral Union

Male Voice Choir

Huntley Challenge Shield

London Music Competition Festival

1923

 

37649B

1924

 

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Death of Rhoda Coles, 68, registered at Watford, Jan-Mar 1924

1926

 

Directory

 

William Coles, photographer, 16 Queen's Road, Watford. TN 149

1929

 

Directory

 

Reginald. Grenville was photographer at 16 Queens Road, Watford

1938

 

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Death of William Coles, 84, registered at Watford, Apr-Jun 1938

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Please tell me if you have any further information on William Coles's photographs & cards.

 June 2011

 

Page updated

March 2014

 

Major update

June 2014

 

2 more CDV

August 2016

 

Major timeline & CDV update