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These photos were produced by Helmut Petschler and his wife
and were probably taken in 1866, before the construction of Central Pier, 1867-8.
Helmut Petschler 1832-69
Petschler was a Manchester photographer
active in the 1860s. He took several hundred photographs of locations
throughout England, Wales and Ireland. Many of these were published as carte de
visites or Stereoscopic photos.
Most of his English topographical
views are of Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumberland, Westmorland, Cheshire,
Derbyshire and Staffordshire. He took a large number of photos of Manchester at a
time when the city was expanding into the new Victorian suburbs.
The photographer, Helmuth (Helmut) Carl
Frederick Martin Petschler was born in Germany in 1832 and emigrated to
There was a large German community in
Manchester at this time CLICK HERE for more info (PDF Document).
In 1854 he married Alice Hadfield,
second daughter of John Bennett of Glossop, Derbyshire. They lived at Lime Grove,
Chorlton are known to have had at least three children.
In 1861 they were living at Lime Grove
with their daughter Millicent (b.1859). This Census lists his occupation as just
'Manchester Merchant' but he was in partnership with R Consterdine, Manchester, as
'Photographic Printers' but the partnership was dissolved in 1862.
Oxford Road Station is to the top and Lime Grove is marked in red to the
bottom right. Lime Grove is now part of the
University of Manchester Campus.
Map courtesy of mapseeker.co.uk
An example of a carte de visite photo by H
Petschler c1863. Many subjects in his portrait photos look
'Lytham Church' an example of a scenic carte de
visite photo by Petschler. Helmut and his wife were both
photographers and set up the Manchester Photographic Company in
Although the company
was declared bankrupt by November 1866 they appear to have
Their second daughter, Elise was born Sept
LONDON GAZETTE 7 APRIL 1868
Manchester Photographic Company
NOTICE is hereby given, that at a Special General Meeting of the Shareholders in
this Company, held March 9th, 1868, at the offices, No. 84, Market-street,
Manchester, it was resolved :—
1st. " That the Manchester Photographic Company (Limited) having proved
unprofitable, be wound up voluntarily, and that this Meeting proceed to appoint
Liquidators to carry out this
2nd. " That Wm. Scott Brown, Henry Verity, and K. C. Stonex be, and are hereby
appointed Liquidators of the Manchester Photographic Company (Limited), with full
powers according to the Act."
"Wm. Scott Brown, Chairman.
At a Special Meeting held March 26th, 1868, it was resolved :-
2nd " That the resolutions passed at the General Meeting, held March 9th, 1868, to
voluntarily wind up the Company, and also the appointment of Messrs. Brown, Verity,
and Stonex as Liquidators, be, and are hereby confirmed."
Wm. Scott Brown, Chairman
Death, Mental Illness & a National
Helmut died in 1869 and his wife Alice
moved to Altrincham, Cheshire, continuing to work as a photographer. Alice's
wealthy sister lived nearby, in 'North Bank' a large house in
In November 1871 Alice's sister had her
incarcerated in Parkside Lunatic Asylum, Macclesfield. Alice was released in Sept
1872 and the following June 1873 newspapers reported on the scandal
of Mrs Petschler's incarceration. More can be read HERE
and in contemporary newspapers.
By 1881 Alice had returned to
Fallowfield, Manchester. Her occupation was dressmaker and she was living at 43,
Egerton Road (North) when she died in October 1897.