TENCH / LLOYD family. A group of three ambrotypes as follows:
1. A sixth plate tinted ambrotype of an older lady in a bonnet engaged in crochet work, and with a number of other hand-finished articles to her right. Mounted in a full leather case (scuffed and joint weak), with an identifying handwritten label on the inside reading "Mrs Edward Lloyd. Dear Grandmother" and another on the case front reading "Mrs Ed. Lloyd".
2. A sixth plate tinted ambrotype of a lady with a book in her lap. Mounted in a full leather case (scuffed, joint repaired), with an identifying handwritten label on the inside reading "Mrs D W Tench (ne Lloyd. My dear Mother" and another on the case front reading "Mrs Tench dear mother".
3. A quarter plate tinted ambrotype of an older lady, mounted in a half case. This bears no identification but came with the 2 ambrotypes above, and is likely to be another family member.
"Mrs D W Tench" can be identified as Martha Georgina Lloyd, born about 1811 in Cheshire, the daughter of Edward Lloyd and his wife (name unknown) the subject the first ambrotype. Martha married Donald William Tench (1809 -1890), at the time Major in the 15th Dragoons, and Staff-Officer of Pensioners, and later Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Artillery. They had two daughters, the first, Mary born in Ireland about 1848, and Maude, born about 1853 in Ireland, who died unmarried at Upton on Severn in 1940. From the census returns Maude appears to have lived with her parents throughout their lifetimes, her mother dying in 1884 and her father in 1890