Arthur and Mabel Asher : The Cheapside Photo Co c 1890-1912
The Cheapside Photo Co late 1880s - 1912 Run by Arthur and Mabel Asher 1890s - c 1912
Until the late 1880s number 4 was the home address and studio of photographer George Southgate. The Cheapside Photo Company worked from number 4 from the late 1880s, and made use of one of Mr Southgate's cards to mount the portrait above. The back was adapted with their own stamp in the top right corner.
In 1881 number 4 Bernard Street was George Southgate's studio and his home address. The 1891 census listed 2,3 and 4 Bernard Street as a large draper's shop at that time. The draper's shop may have taken over number 4 when George Southgate and his wife moved out, and then The Cheapside Photographic Co could have worked from a studio space inside the draper's shop. The names of the photographers at The Cheapside Photo Co before the early 1900s have not been found.
Stevens Directory 1895
The Cheapside studio was listed at number 5 Bernard Street in 1895, and then in 1901 numbers 2, 3 and 4 were still the Draper's Emporium,and number 5 was a private address. Arthur Asher, Railway Clerk, married Mabel Barron, photographer, in 1906. Arthur and Mabel took over the Cheapside Photographic Studio at around the same time. The 1907 trade directory listed The Cheapside Photo Studio at 5 Bernard St.
In 1911 the census recorded Arthur Asher, (Railway Clerk b Southampton 1882), his wife Mabel, (Photographer b 1885 Manchester), and their young daughter resident at 5 Bernard St. The 1912 street Directory listed Arthur H Asher, photographer, at number 5.
Mabel and Arthur may have lived at 5 Bernard St, and operated the photography business in the former studio of George Southgate within the large Drapery Store at 2, 3 and 4 Bernard St. No trace of Arthur or Mabel has been found after the 1912 directory.