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The SPEIGHT FAMILY of RUGBY - PHOTOGRAPHERS  - Background and Research

STOP PRESS - Recent research findings

An example of a Cabinet Print by Harrison Speight at his Redditch studio has just been acquired on EBay for the Speight Archive collection.  A CDV was known previously, held in a family collection in Rugby.
Harrison Speight - Redditch - Cabinet print Harrison Speight CDV - Redditch studio
  Harrison Speight - Cabinet photo from Redditch studio - Recently acquired on EBay for the Speight Archive.  

 CDV photo portrait of William J. Tomlinson c.1898; taken by Harrison Speight  - Redditch studio [private collection]













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Edward Hall Speight, headmaster turned photographer, worked in Rugby from the early 1870s.  His subjects ranged from town scenes to family groups, from the workhouse poor to local worthies, including the Brooke family and their son who was the famous Poet, Rupert Brooke.  Edward Hall Speight had eight children: his six sons and elder daughter all became photographers, as did one of his grand-daughters.  The sons were sent out “with five pounds, a bible and a tin trunk” and set up studios in Market Harborough, Exmouth, Nuneaton, Kettering, Leamington Spa, Redditch and Sutton Coldfield. 

To find out more about the family please follow the links.

Click here to see the Speight family

Research has been carried out on the family and photographic businesses of the Speight family of Rugby and later elsewhere.  The Speight Photographers Research Project has identified a number of individuals, either in photographs taken by the Speight family, or from entries in James Speight's diaries and autograph book and elsewhere.

Various Speight archives have been obtained and are being prepared for deposit at the Warwickshire County Record Office.

To assist Family History Researchers, this List of Names is detailed on a separate page.

Click here for Rugby and other Names in the Speight Archive

Thanks to the generous assistance of the Speight family and members of the public, in Rugby, around the UK and as far away as the USA and Australia, and the cooperation of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and record offices, the story of the lives and work of the members of this talented family can now be told.

A Research Report and Booklet have now been published.

Click here for more details of these publications

Lectures are also available on the "Speight Family of Photographers".  This can be a general talk or can focus on the work of the individual photographers and their work in Rugby, Market Harborough, Nuneaton, Kettering or Sutton Coldfield.

The author, John Frearson, is a researcher and family historian, living in Rugby, who came upon some photographs by Gulliver Speight, found that he was born in Rugby, and had to know more!  A Research Report and a Booklet have been published by John Frearson Publications.

Further details can be obtained from:- John Frearson -