King’s Lynn Directory: P-Q


PORTER, Florence

Assistant of Jasper James Wright (q.v.). She is mentioned in the 1898-1900 diary of James Speight (q.v.), and is recorded in the 1901 census as a photographer living with her parents in Austin Street.

PRIDGEON, William Read

Originally a clock/watch maker and jeweller, Pridgeon briefly played host to the photographic business of Oliver Sarony (q.v.), before setting himself up as Sarony’s successor in March 1857. The last definite record of him as a studio photographer dates from 1865, and he withdrew from photography at some point in the later 1860s. (A photograph by him was exhibited in the town in 1869, but that may not be evidence that he was still practising professionally.) He continued with his original lines of business for many years.

Trade directory evidence:

103 High Street, Lynn



Hired to help in the studio of William Woodhouse (q.v.) from 1st January 1866, and billed as having London experience, Prout took over the Blackfriars Road premises in April 1866. Woodhouse reacquired the business in December 1867 or January 1868. Prout remained for a while in Lynn, advertising himself as a ‘Professor of Languages’, before moving to Sussex, where, in 1871, he was pursuing a career as ‘Tutor (classical)’.

PURDY, Amy Elizabeth

Amy Purdy’s parents were a pharmaceutical chemist and the proprietress of a young ladies’ boarding school. In 1891, she was a ‘student of pharmacy, teacher of botany, chemistry, drawing, languages’ at her mother’s school in York. By 1901 the family had moved to Lynn, and Amy was working as a ‘photographic artist’. She may not have had her own studio at this time, but by1907 she was established at 84 Lynn High Street, where she continued to practise for over twenty years. In the mid-1920s she briefly took on a second studio at 102 High Street. In 1929 she retired abroad, and the studio at 84 High Street was bought at auction by her employee, Percival Goodchild (q.v.).

Trade directory evidence:

84 High Street, Lynn

KN1908, KN1912, KN1916, KN1922, KN1925*, KL1928, KN1929, KL1930/1†

*Also refers to 102 High Street

†Studio changed hands between the collection of information and the date of publication


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