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Alexander Ayton senior

Londonderry Studios

Northern Ireland

 

Ayton in Londonderry

Thank you to Roger Grant, for sending an e-mail with the following additional information:

Kennedy Place Studio

"You have references to Alexander Ayton.

Should it be of interest, I note that this was also the name of a  studio at Kennedy Place Londonderry, Ireland, given  on the back of a carte de visite I have - I would guess from about 1880."

Roger Grant

Alexander Ayton.

Father and Son

The Alexander Ayton mentioned above was, in fact, the father of the Edinburgh photographer of the same name.

I had no idea,  when I received the comment above, just how much more information would be sent to me about the Ayton Studios in Londonderry.

Please see below.

-  Peter Stubbs:  February 16, 2008

 

Comment

1.

Ian Barlett

Thank you to Ian Bartlett for sending me a lot more information about the Ayton family and their studios in Londonderry.

Ian wrote:

Three Studios

The Crescent

"The trade directories for Londonderry show Alexander Ayton located at 'The Crescent' in 1868.  This was opposite the entrance to Kennedy Place which was built by 1867."

Kennedy Place

"The Crescent was demolished by 1872 and a shirt factory was built on the site, so I guess that this was when Ayton moved to Kennedy Place.

The Kennedy Place building in which he had his studio still exists but is scheduled for demolition, and a sheltered housing complex will be built on the site.

The family was resident at Kennedy Place in 1901.  [1901 Census]"

Shipway Place

"I plan to do some further research to discover when he moved his studio to Shipquay Place.  he was operating from there by 1884.

The studio building still exists and is used as offices. A local developer has bought the site and the buildings will become a hotel & restaurant. The exterior will be retained and the glass loft that was his studio will be restored."

Ian Bartlett, Londonderry, Northern Ireland

 

Comment

2.

Bobby Forrest

Crossgar, County Down, Ireland

Thank you to Bobby Forrest for telling me about a photograph by Alex Ayton, Londonderry, earlier than the dates mentioned for any of the three studios above.

Robert wrote:

Early Photo

"I have a photograph of David Forrest of Dromore, Ballykelly, taken by Alex Ayton of Londonderry.  David Forrest died on March 5, 1860 (from his will),  so the photo would have been  taken before then."

Bobby Forrest, Crossgar, County Down, Ireland:  May 30, 2009

 

 

Comment

3.

Ian Barlett

Kennedy Place

Ayton Family Photo

Thank you to Ian Bartlett for sending me a lot more information about the Ayton family and their studios in Londonderry.

Here is a  photocopy of an Ayton family photo photo sent to me by Ian.

This photo was taken outside Ayton's Kennedy Place studio in Londonderry in 1886.  It includes the photographers,  Alexander Ayton Sen (lower right) and Alexander Ayton Jun (near upper left).  Everybody in the photo is named, including the dog!

1886

    Alexander Ayton Sen + Alexander Ayton Jun + family

 

 

Comment

4.

Ian Barlett

 

Thank you to Ian Barlett for sending me more details of Ayton studios in Londonderry.  Ian also sent me this photograph taken around 1890, showing Ayton's studio at Shipquay Place, Londonderry, Northern Ireland:

Shipquay Place

Around 1890

   Photograph taken around 1900 of Ayton Studio at Shipquay Place, Londonderry

Ian also sent me this Valentine postcard from the early 1900s, showing same studio:

Early 1900s

Photograph taken in early 1900s of Ayton Studio at Shipquay Place, Londonderry

Ian also sent me an image of this advert from a 1901 directory for Ayton's studio (Proprietor George Ayton).

1901

Advert for Ayton Studio, Shipquay Place, Londonderry

The address given is Shipquay Place: also Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh.
The advert describes the company as 'established 1854'. (
Where?)

 

Ian also sent me images of :

-   the back of an Alexander Ayton carte de visite with studio address:
Kennedy Place, Londonderry.

-   the back of an Alexander Ayton carte de visite with studio addresses:
Kennedy Place, Londonderry and 1 Hanover Street, Edinburgh.
(Alexander Ayton had a studio at 1 Hanover Street from 1875 to 1880.)

-   two photographs, taken in the 1930s, showing Shipquay Place and the glass loft in the centre of the Place that was the Ayton Studio.

1930s

Photograph taken in 1930s of the former Ayton Studio at Shipquay Place, Londonderry       Photograph taken in 1930s of the former Ayton Studio at Shipquay Place, Londonderry

 

 

Comment

5.

Phil Gaskell

I received an email from Phyl Gaskell who wrote:,

Question

Cork?

"I have a photo, possibly taken in the early 1870s.  It has Alexander Ayton's Londonderry address on the back.

The photo is likely to be of an early ancestors, a JP who lived in Cork.  However, I think it unlikely that he would ever have travelled to Londonderry. 

Might Alexander Ayton, perhaps, have travelled to the Cork area to take photos,  or might he have had a branch studio in or around Cork?"

Phyl Gaskell, Mexico in July 2005

If you are able to offer an opinion on this, please e-mail me.

        Thank you. 

 -  Peter Stubbs, July 2005

 

Comment

6.

Pat Lockyer

 

Pat Lockyer wrote:

Thomson Studio

Previously owned by
 the Ayton Family

"I have been trying to find out more about my father's family who had photographic studios  in Londonderry and Belfast.  

I've seen some articles in the Derry Journal about the studio of my great grandfather, James Thompson which had belonged to  the Alton's Family.  What talented photographers they were."

Pat Lockyer:  1 September 2016

 

 

 

Ayton Photographers

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Alexander Ayton Sen
 and family

Alexander Ayton Sen + Alexander Ayton Jun + family      

Londonderry Studios

    Photograph taken around 1900 of Ayton Studio at Shipquay Place, Londonderry

Which Alexander Ayton?

Alexander Ayton Jun
and family

Alexander Ayton jun.  -  Edinburgh professional photographer     Alexander Ayton's wife and eight of his children

Edinburgh studios      family     lectures

enamelling + dry plates    cabinet prints

bazaar        cricket            rugby          

cdv 1- 5      cdv 6-12           death

Edinburgh, Leith, Portobello

Glass Plates

Platinotype

   Platinotype photo from the studio of Alex Ayton, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Photographic Convention - 1892

comments       photo

enlarged       detail      more

 

 

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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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