Yeovil people

Frederick Christopher



From my collection


Frederick George Christopher was born in 1851 at Upwey, Dorset,

Much of his early life was spent on the railways and in the 1881 census he was listed as a Railway Guard living with his family in Bedminster, Bristol.

He became a professional photographer around this time and had a photographic studio at 131 Victoria Street, Bristol, certainly between 1885 and 1887 (the carte de visite at left dates from this period).

By 1891 he was lodging in Crewkerne (without his family) but established his studio there during the following decade in Abbey Street.

Probably in the early 1890s, but certainly by 1893 he had established a studio at 38a Middle Street, Yeovil, managed by Walter Pead and most likely the former studio of Adam Gosney.

He was listed in Whitby's Yeovil Almanack Advertiser from that year until 1903. Collins' Yeovil Directory listed him in 1907 and the Post Office Directory of 1919 was his final trade listing.

Frederick Christopher died in Crewkerne on 22 February 1925. His son, Frederick James, also became a photographer.




From my collection

A cabinet card by Frederick Christopher ‘of Crewkerne & Yeovil’. The registered back of the card dates to the early 1890s by CE&G and this date is reinforced by the nascent ‘leg of mutton’ sleeves of the sitter which are typical of this period.


From my collection

An attractive, yet very unusual portrait in landscape format, dating to between 1900 and 1910.


From my collection

Two cartes de visite by Christopher, again dating to between 1900 and 1910. That to the right is from the latter part of the decade when Christopher opened a studio in Chard.


From my collection

During the Edwardian period (1901-1910), Christopher slowly stopped producing cartes de visite and cabinet cards, moving almost exclusively to the postcard format, as in these two examples - that at the left showing a fashionable young lady, while at the right are two members of the Yeovil Temple of the Salvation Army in uniform..