06 January 2011

Is this Joseph Gould Bullingham 1849-1910


Joseph Gould Bullingham was born in Bromsgrove Worcestershire in 1849, the son of Henry Bullingham & Sarah née Gould.

Births Mar 1849
Bullingham  Joseph Gould     Bromsgrove  18 246

Christening:  07 FEB 1849   Bromsgrove, Worcester, England
  Mother:  SARAH 

  Spouse:  SARAH GOULD
  Marriage:  28 OCT 1846   Bromsgrove, Worcester, England
Marriages Dec 1846
Bullingham  Henry    Bromsgrove  18 312   
Gould  Sarah     Bromsgrove  18 312 

In 1880 Joseph married Mary Ann Rendle and they had a son named Francis Carl born soon after.

Marriages Mar 1880
Bullingham  Joseph Gould     Strand  1b 745   
RENDLE  Mary Ann     Strand  1b 745  

Joseph died in 1910 & Mary Ann in 1925:-

Deaths Dec 1910
Bullingham  Joseph G  61  Wokingham  2c 238

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941
Bullingham Mary Ann of 46 Eastern-avenue Reading widow died 13 Jun 1925 Probate London 31 Jul to Francis Carl Bullingham farmer. Effects £4951 7s 9d.

Below are the various census entries for Joseph Gould from birth to death:-

Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 2047; Folio: 75; Page: 24; GSU roll: 87456-87457.
1851 Census
Star & Garter Inn, High St, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Henry Bullingham head mar 26 innkeeper & farmer born Bromsgrove
Sarah wife mar 24 born Worcester Worcestershire
Gould son 2 born Bromsgrove
Ann dau 6m born Bromsgrove

Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 2113; Folio: 79; Page: 6; GSU roll: 542919.
1861 Census
Hanover St, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Henry Bullingham head mar 68 butcher & farmer born Bromsgrove
Elizabeth wife mar 64 shopkeeper (green groceer) born Inkberrow Worcestershire
Joseph G grson 12 scholar born Bromsgrove

Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 2119; Folio: 24; Page: 41; GSU roll: 831796.
1871 Census
8 Eton Place, Plymouth St Andrew, Devon
Joseph G Bullingham head unm 22 photographer born Bromsgrove
3 siblings & mother at home

Source Citation: Class: RG11; Piece: 2197; Folio: 53; Page: 16; GSU roll: 1341529
1881 Census
7 Eton Place, Plymouth St Andrew, Devon
Joseph G Bullingham head mar 32 photographer employing 5 men, 4 women, 2 boys born Bromsgrove
Mary wife mar 30 born Plymouth Devon

Source Citation: Class: RG12; Piece: 1427; Folio 59; Page 4; GSU roll: 6096537.
1891 Census
Stebbing Park, Stebbing, Essex
Joseph G Bullingham head mar 42 farmer born Bromsgrove
Mary A wife mar 40 born Plymouth St Andrews Devon
Francis C son 9 scholar born Plymouth St Andrews Devon

Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1155; Folio: 117; Page: 10.
1901 Census
Hartley Court Farm, Shinfield, Berkshire
Joseph Bullingham head mar 52 farmer employer born Bromsgrove
Mary wife mar 50 born Weymouth Devon
Amelia Bullingham sister in law mar 46 born Preston Lancashire

Reference RG14PN6624 RG78PN328 RD122 SD1 ED11 SN73
1911 Census
Hartley Court Farm, Nr Reading
Francis Carl Bullingham head 30 mar farmer employer born Plymouth Devon
Ida Bullingham wife 30 mar 5 yrs 2 children 2 living born Somerset
Mary Ann Bullingham mther 60 widow independent income born Plymouth Devon
2 daughters Evelyn Mary 4 and Frances Kathleen 2 both born Wokingham Berkshire

Although his occupation is listed only as ‘farmer’ in the two census before his death it seems he was still practicing as a photographer in 1897 as I found mention of him having taken the photos of various people on this website here including the Countess of Essex.

National Portrait Gallery



I originally thought this was a photo of J G Bullingham but in the course of my research I found that Joseph was also a photographer and at some stage was in business with William Heath. I can’t make up my mind about his name on the back of the photo either, is it finely hand written or is it a stamp made from his signature? So that leaves the question as to whether this is a photo of James Gould Bullingham or just a photograph taken by him of someone unknown? I would have thought if it meant he was the photographer then it should say ‘photographer’ and not just ‘photo’.


If anyone knows anything about or is connected to Joseph Gould Bullingham please do contact me, I would love to pass this photo onto either a family member or someone interested in Heritage Photography. Contact by email is preferable but if you are going to leave a comment please don’t forget to include your email address.

Dawn Scotting


Ezekias said...

To me it would seem odd that a photographer would simply write or stamp his name below the imprinted company name and follow it with "photo." It would seem far less odd for it to be an indication that this is a photo of J. G. Bullingham. Of course this is just my impression, and it proves nothing.

courtneycotton01@gmail.com said...

I've now found out that J G Bullingham was in business with William Heath from about 1877 so it seems more likely that this photo is of an unknown person.