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.
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been carried out on the family and photographic businesses of the
Speight family of Rugby and later elsewhere.
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.
Speight archives have been obtained and are being
prepared for deposit at the Warwickshire County Record
To assist Family History Researchers, this List of Names
is detailed on a separate page.
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Names in the
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
have now been published.
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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 - firstname.lastname@example.org