King’s Lynn Directory: R


RALPH, Frederick William

Partner in Ralph & Julyan (below), St John’s Terrace – a business that was active some time between 1895 and 1899. Ralph was the older son of Frederick Ralph, studio photographer in Dersingham and Hunstanton and Usher to the Servants’ Hall at Sandringham. After working with his father, the younger Frederick ran his own studio in Hunstanton from about 1895 until at least 1904. For him, the Lynn partnership was effectively a branch studio. 

RALPH & Julyan

Partnership between Frederick Ralph (q.v.) & Frederick Julyan (q.v.) Their studio on St John’s Terrace is believed to have been active some time between 1895 and 1899.  No directory entries have been found, but in October 1897 they made a copyright application to Stationers’ Hall.


Reference has been found to:

1) a postcard by F Randall, showing St Margaret’s Church, and posted 1918.

2) a photographer William Randall of South Lynn, date not known.

RAY, William

Ray was the son of a Lynn porter and sugar-dealer, who made a brief trade directory appearance towards the end of the 1850s. There is no sign of his presence in the 1861 census. 

Trade directory evidence:

Tower Street, Lynn


REEVE, Lewis

Junior assistant to Jasper Wright, mentioned in 1900 by James Speight (q.v.) and listed as photographic apprentice in the 1901 census. By 1911 he was running his own photographic business, working from his parents’ home in nearby Tilney All Saints.


Reynolds worked in the town as a photographer for many years before running his own studio. He was born in Suffolk, the son of a fisherman, and by 1881 his widowed mother was working (possibly briefly) in photography. In 1891 William was in Lynn and working as a photographer’s assistant. His employer is not known, but it may have been John Smith, of T Smith & Son (q.v.), for whom he was certainly working by 1895. By 1908 (and probably some time before) he had become manager for Boughton & Sons (q.v,). He took over their High Street studio at a date somewhere between 1908 and 1911, and he continued operating there under his own name until about 1919, or perhaps a year or two later.

Trade directory evidence:

102 High Street, Lynn

KN1912, KN1916, AN1916


Recorded in the 1891 census as a photographer, aged 25, boarding in Friars Street, King’s Lynn. Either a travelling photographer or an employee (studio unknown).


In 1886 Robertson, of 14 Windsor Terrace, acted as agent and canvasser for, successively, A & G Taylor (q.v.) and T Smith & Sons (q.v.).  When working for Smith he collaborated with a Mr Thompson (q.v.). Both were disowned and replaced within months.


No other evidence than below.

Trade directory evidence:

93 High Street, Lynn



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