Thomas Edge, photographer, Preston & Llandudno.
Thomas Edge was born in Preston c1821; little is known of his early life but he
was probably a cotton weaver and may have attended evening classes at the Institution for
the Diffusion of Knowledge. Local artist Thomas Ogle was teaching there and they were
partners in a photographic business in the late 1850s.
Thomas Edge married Jane Innerdale1 in July 1859 and the
partnership with Thomas Ogle was dissolved in January 1860. This was probably because Ogle was
moving to the Lake District. Thomas Edge retained the studio at 28, Great Avenham Street and in
1861 was living at 15 Deepdale Terrace Preston.
Ogle & Edge had already produced a series of stereoviews
of Llandudno in the late 1850s and Edge was fond of the resort. Each summer he migrated
to Llandudno with his family and ran a photographic studio there. He took portraits and sold
carte de visites and stereoviews.
By 1871 he was living at 51, Great Avenham Street, Preston, with Jane and
their six children.
In March, 1875 he closed his studio in Preston and spent the rest of his life at
Llandudno. He died in 1900, aged about 79.
1 Jane Innerdale was the son of James Innerdale 'Supr BR Segt & Chelsea Pensioner' at
Preston Barracks in the 1851 Census.
Elizabeth Brown Arminson
1867-1933. A carte de visite photo taken by Thomas Edge. Elizabeth was the daughter of Dr.
John Arminson 1835-89, a G.P. in Preston for nearly 30 years. Elizabeth later became a school
governess in Preston. Photo © courtesy of the Harris Museum,