Can you shed more light on this 100-year-old South Tyneside wedding photo?

A fascinating insight into South Tyneside in the early 1900s has been discovered by a South Shields man – but he wants your help to find out more.

The original photo.
The original photo.

Paul Dix, from South Shields, uncovered this superb wedding photo when he bought it from a market stall.

But now he wants to find out more about the photo after becoming intrigued by its exquisite detail despite its age.

He told the Gazette: “I am a life long local photographer and have been going to the Shields market since the late 1960's.

The photo in its original frame and mount.

"My wife spotted a large vintage wedding photo, taken by a local photographer of a wedding group in South Shields at the turn of the century. It is a stunningly unique photo, which friends are saying was an amazing find.”

The photo is set in a large 16" x 20" double mounted, double frame and ‘nailed closed as they did back then and is completely original’, said Paul.

The photographer is thought to have been a William Henry Warren of South Shields who had a photography studio on Fowler Street in 1914.

Paul added: “The quality of the photo is stunning and this is about its journey. It would have had pride of place in someone’s house.

The back of the frame.

"It might have been passed on to someone else after that. Everyone who is in the picture problem is not with us any more.

"Going by the clothes worn by the people in the picture, it is probably a photo from just before 1914.”

If you can help shed more light on the photo, get in touch by emailing [email protected]

A message from the Editor:

The photographer's signature.

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