SPAIN family of Kent & Hull. A Victorian carte-de-visite photograph album containing 49 CDV cards relating to the Spain family of Kent and Hull. Only a few are named, including William and his wife Thirza Spain, Pol Spain, Harry (Henry) Spain and his wife, plus references to others ('Grandpa; Gran's mother, Gran's sister') who may be traceable way of relationship. The last card in the album is of the headstone of William Spain who died 4 September 1873 aged 57 years. The location of photographic studios includes several in and around London (Haverstock Hill; Old Kent Road; Regent Street; Walworth), Hastings, Dover, St Leonards, Bridlington, Hull, Liverpool, Louth and Edinburgh. The CDVs are contained in an embossed leather album (6 x 8 inches) with brass clasps. The album comes with a number of relevant copies of census records.
William Spain whose portrait is present as well as the photograph of his headstone, was born about 1816 in Dover, Kent and in 1848 married at St George Hannover Square, London, Thirza Ledbury, born circa 1815 at Warminster, Wiltshire, where she died in 1882. William and Thirza are found in the 1861 census employed as butler and cook in the household of George & Alfred Christy, hat manufacturers. Henry Spain was a gorocer's manager, born in Canterbury circa 1831, who settled in Liverpool with his wife Charlotte.