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W Wort, photographer, Oscott

Glennys Jean

master brummie
On the back of an old photo which we are trying to date, is "W Wort, Oscott". Would anyone know anything about him please?
With thanks
Glennys
 

mikejee

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All I can find is a reference to him in Bennetts Warwickshire directory for 1914 where he is described as a photographic artist in Victoria road, Sutton Coldfield.
He is not listed in the 1912 or 1924 Kellys Warwickshire directory. However the 1896 Kellys lists a Mrs Wort in Victoria Road as a private address. It would seem therefore that his photographic career, as an independent worker anyway, was short, and possibly he was killed in WW1. Can find no Wort in Sutton in 1901 or 1911 census
 

Glennys Jean

master brummie
My thanks Mikejee for such a quick reply.
To continue further, would you know of anyone who could judge the decade by the women's dress fashion?
A friend has an old family album, (probably all Townshend's) but no names to the photos.
 

Richard McNeill

master brummie
There are two photos in 'Birmingham Faces and Places, Volume II,' (published 1890), of Oscott college. They were credited to 'W Wort.'

The list of photographers on the cardeviste website includes a 'William Wort.' See: https://www.cartedevisite.co.uk/photographers-category/photographers/

In the 1871 census there are three generations of the Wort family living in New Oscott. They include William Wort, born 1837, with the occupation of 'Photographer.' He had been born in Camerstone, Somerset. He appears again in the 1881 census with a birth year of 1836 but birthplace and occupation unchanged. However, he had moved from New Oscott to 'Sutton The Dene.'

A search for a William Wort born c.1836 who died in Warwickshire (with no other filters) delivered just one candidate: a Willam Wort who was born in 1836 and died in 1894. However, this does not align with the listing in Bennetts that there was a photographic artist named W Wort operating in Sutton Coldfield in 1914. In the 1881 census he had at that time no sons and four daughters, none of whom had an initial 'W.' I can't find any mention of the family in the 1891 or 1901 census for Warwickshire.

I will update if I find out any more
 
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Glennys Jean

master brummie
There are two photos in 'Birmingham Faces and Places, Volume II,' (published 1890), of Oscott college and credited to 'W Wort.'

The list of photographers on the cardeviste website includes a 'William Wort.' See: https://www.cartedevisite.co.uk/photographers-category/photographers/

In the 1871 census there are three generations of the Wort family living in New Oscott. They include William Wort, born 1837, with the occupation of 'Photographer.' He had been born in Camerstone, Somerset. He appears again in the 1881 census with a birth year of 1836 but birthplace and occupation unchanged.

A search for a William Wort born c.1836 who died in Warwickshire (with no other filters) delivered just one candidate: a Willam Wort who was born in 1836 and died in 1894. However, this does not align with the listing in Bennetts that there was a photographic artist of that name operating in Sutton Coldfield in 1914. In the 1881 census he had at that time no sons and four daughters, none of whom had a initial 'W.' I can't find any mention of the family in the 1891 or 1901 census for Warwickshire.

I will update if I find out any more
Thanks Richard for this, it ties in with my Foden family of College farm, Oscot in the 1860's and the 70's for the Townshends.
 
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