Woolston portrait photographer James Eltringham also produced many postcards of buildings and street scenes in the Southampton area between the 1890s and 1920s.
Cartoon of the Floating Bridge between Woolston and Southampton early 1900s
James Eltringham was born in Newcastle, and his family moved to Woolston Southampton in the 1870s. His father was listed as an engine fitter in the 1881 census. In the early 1890s James Eltringham worked as a photographer in Gosport High St, but the business was not successful. In 1895 photographer James Eltringham appeared in the London Gazette's list of first meetings and public examinations in relation to insolvency. A separate article in the same issue reported that James Thomas Eltringham of 46 High Street Gosport had been residing at Victoria Road Woolston for at least 6 months and 'carried on business there, as a photographer'.
Tatchbury Mount House by Eltringham. (Demolished 2006)
In 1897 Eltringham married in Alverstoke, Gosport and made a new start. The 1901 census recorded Eltringham as an insurance agent in Portsmouth Road, Woolston. Kellys Directory for 1902 also listed him as an insurance agent. In 1907 he was listed as a photographer again, and carried on working from the same shop in Portsmouth Road, Woolston, until he retired and moved to Bitterne in the early 1920s. Eltringham's shop in Portsmouth road was taken over by the firm now known as Parkers Photographic in 1925.