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W.C. Kingham, photographer

Does anyone have any photographs taken by William Charles Kingham of Tingewick? If so, I’d love to hear about them.

His father, Joseph Kingham was born around 1855 in North Marston, a dozen or so miles south-east of Tingewick in Buckinghamshire.  He married in 1877 and had three sons by 1884.  He was a coachman in Quainton and Maids Moreton; then, in 1898, he moved to Tingewick to take on the tenancy of the Royal Oak.

That same year, William Charles Kingham – his oldest son – married Tingewick girl Fanny Amelia Steeden.  He described himself as a ‘cycle agent’ in the marriage register, but at the census two and a half years later he is a ‘photographer and cycle dealer‘.

I have one of his photographs- of Frank Floyd, at Wood Farm, looking splendid in his Bucks Yeomanry uniform.  Then, a few weeks ago, I had an email from Vic in Hampshire, asking for help identifying the people in a family group.  The smart young man with the bicycle in front of the same cottage is his grandfather, Charles Smith (b. 1885).  Could the others be relatives?

His grandfather’s grandfather was Tingewick labourer Edward Smith (1818-1853) who died in his mid-thirties, leaving his widow with six children to raise.  Vic is descended from the youngest, George (b. 1848), who moved to London.  The older siblings dispersed to Oxfordshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire, leaving just their oldest sister Ann (183-1911) 1in the village.  Her daughter Harriet (b. 1856 and Vic’s grandfather’s oldest cousin) married Richard James Coates (1858-1929) who plied a variety of trades in the village – painter and glazier, plumber, even grocer – before settling – by the turn of the century – as a ‘house decorator‘.   On the 1901 census, he and his six children are a near-perfect match for the group in the photograph above which probably dates from around the same time.

Update September 2019:

?Reginald Thomas Tarrant (1900-1949)

As can be seen in the comments below, another of W.C. Kingham’s photos was found in the attic of Tarrant House in Napton in Warwickshire and is now in the nearby  in Marton Museum of Country Bygones, along with a similar pram to the one in the photograph.

Press photo of museum founder George Tims with the pram in the 1970s

The museum looks well worth a visit – during 2019 it was open on Sunday afternoons until mid September, but it can be opened at any other time by appointment (contact details on their website).  Admission is free but donations welcome!

Returning to William Kingham: the photography business seems to have been a sideline to his main bicycle sales and repairs – it doesn’t appear in the local Kelly’s Directories where he is listed as a cycle agent and cycle repairer.  At some point after 1907 he moved to Stantonbury, now part of Milton Keynes, with his wife and two children.  In 1911 he is recorded there as an electrician’s labourer in the railway carriage works.  A year later, Fanny died; he remarried in 1915; and he died in Northampton General Hospital in 1948 without – as far as I know – continuing his career as a photographer.  Or does anyone else know differently?

6 thoughts on “W.C. Kingham, photographer

  1. Have a photograph of a child in a pram in sepia Pram has two large wheels and 4 small ones. child dressed in the period clothes. There is a similar pram in our village Museum in Marton Warwickshire. Photo with W C Kingham Tingewick at the botton
    Ann Gregory

      • Sadly no, we do not know who it is, but as it was found in the attic of Tarrant House Napton and the dress the child is wearing it might be possible to trace it to one of the children Tom and wife Daisy lived in this house in 1900-1909 ish, and he was a carpenter and coffin maker!!! It is thought that he might have made it One of the Tarrent’s was known as “Fligger Tarrent, and apparently nicknames were quite common in this village. Not very good with technology, but will get someone to scan and send it soon Cheers Ann

  2. I’ve managed to find Tom Tarrant and Daisy Jane nee Waring on the 1901 census – they seem to have married in June 1899 and their son Reginald Thomas was born in May 1900 so may be the child in the photo. He became a schoolteacher in Napton and died relatively young in 1949, survived by Daisy, who was in her 90s when she died in 1970.
    I don’t have any Tarrant families in my Tingewick database, but the name Waring crops up a few times. I’ll spend some time tracking them and see if I can find a connection to Daisy, and email you directly.
    Really looking forward to seeing a copy of the photo. I have a double interest as I also help to produce the magazine of the Historical group of the Royal Photographic Society. Who knows – the story might even get a mention there!
    Best wishes

    • Hi Su
      Just waiting for a friend to help me send a copy. Unfortunately, we do not know who the child in the photo is Our pram is VERY similar, and came from Tarrent House Napton on the Hill Waring was Daisy’s maiden name so some connection there perhaps. Fascinating isn’t it.
      Keep in touch

  3. Sorry Su, should explain – not young any more and some of this technology baffles me. Thank goodness for daughters and grandaughters who can sort me out lol

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