Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Staffordshire Photographers: Henry Bloomfield of Burton-on-Trent

Image © and collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified young woman, Carte de visite portrait, c.1880-1884
by Henry Bloomfield, Waterlooo Street, Burton-on-Trent

Henry F. Bloomfield is something of an enigma. He arrived in the brewing town of Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire around 1880, and described himself as an "artist in photography." Although he remained in Burton until his death in 1900, and was listed as a photographer in trade directories from 1888 onwards, few examples of his work appear to have survived. The carte de visite shown above must date from fairly early during his stay in Burton.

Image © and collection of Brett Payne
H. Bloomfield, artist, photographer, engraver & writer

As well as photography, he advertised his services as artist, engraver and writer, and it is possible he was emplyed by one of the Burton newspapers. Both he and his wife Jane (or Jenny) were born in London around 1830, but nothing further is known about his life prior to his arrival in Burton.

Please do get in touch if you have any further images or information about this photographer.


  1. Hi Brett, there is a record of a
    Henry Blomfield marrying a Jane Kelsey in Whitechapel in June 1866.
    Check June 1866 vol 1c page 807. I may be wrong of course, there are two marriages for this record and it doesn't state which is which. It may be worth a look though despite the spelling difference in the surname.

  2. Thanks Howard, I think you may well have found their marriage, which I'm guessing I missed because of the different surname spelling.


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