Stanley and Co Peterborough – portrait of a group

Stanley and Co, photographers, of Peterborough, remain something of an enigma – it was possibly a business owned by Stanley Crippen from Bradford and managed by William Henry Simmons (see the entry for the firm at: More information about the firm would be helpful and so the recent discovery of the postcard portrait below by the firm was particularly welcome.


Dated 1912, the studio portrait lists the names of the four smart young men shown as  “Walter Scott, Gordon Ames, Walter Lancing and Harold Goodwin”. The date, names and Peterborough location alone have not enabled us to identify these individuals. What was the occasion captured by this photo in 1912? Not far from Stanley and Co was St Peters College – where young men trained as teachers – could this be a group from the College? The  census return has all the students there listed in 1911, but it is not known whether any records survive from the following year. Does anyone have any other photos by Stanley and Co, or photos of St Peter’s College students they are wiling to share?

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