Derek Medhurst

Early Sevenoaks photographers

My interest in taking photographs led to an interest in some historical aspects of photography, including early photographers in my local area in and around Sevenoaks in Kent, England.

Sevenoaks supported a number of photographers in the 19th and early 20th centuries, including

  • H G Inskipp, High Street : probably the first professional photographer in Sevenoaks, opening his studio in 1864.
  • R Wicks of St John's Photography Gallery & St John's Studio
  • T H Challis, St John's Studio
  • Charles Essenhigh Corke, 39 London Road (he took over St John's Studio from Challis)
  • Henry Essenhigh Corke (son of Charles)
  • Beatrice Essenhigh Corke (daughter of Charles)
  • Howard King
  • Stanger & Son, 26 High Street
  • T S Swatridge
  • W E Wallis of 74 High Street (also Wallis & Barton at same address)
  • Cranbourne Photo Co Ltd, 74 High Street
  • James Brunton
  • W Brunton
  • Ernest Fielder
  • Frank Holbrook
  • Francis H Jeffery
  • Albert Jeffery (son of Francis H)