LevelFonds
Ref NoPHDEW
TitleAlfred Dewey Photographic Collection
Date1897-1914
DescriptionAlfred Dewey Photographic Collection consists of glass plate negatives and photographic prints taken in and around Sidcup at the turn of the 20th Century. The photographs record a time when Sidcup was on the cusp of changing from a rural suburb of Kent to a metropolitan suburb of London. Subjects include: public houses, shop fronts mainly in Sidcup High Street; houses; group photographs of Sidcup police and firemen; wedding and other formal family and group portraits,
FormatDigital Image
Extent181 items
Access StatusOpen
CopiesLocal Studies Photograh Collection
AdminHistoryAlfred Joseph Dewey was born in 1862 in Tottenham, Middlesex to Joseph, a pianoforte dealer, and Marian Dewey, He was their eldest son. He married Clara Emma Wise in 1888 and soon after this they moved to Sidcup where Alfred opened his own 'Music Warehouse' in the High Street.Alfred and Clara had two children, the eldest was Donald Dewey who was born in 1892 and the second was Valentine Dewey who was born in 1897.Alfred Dewey remained in business until just before the First World War, when he sold the shop and moved to 'Turn Again Lodge' in Wilmington. By coincidence the business was purchased by AHT Boswell, a prominent Bexleyheath photographer.Apart from his business Alfred was a member, and later Chairman, of Footscray Urban District Council. He was also an enthusiastic beekeeper, helping to form the Kent Bee Keepers' Association in 1917, and a keen amateur ventriloquist. Alfred Dewey died on the 1st June 1931 following a stroke.
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