Having discovered the location of the Hall at Mere from the previous posted glass negative, we have been able to track down through our own incoming collections archive, exactly where the negatives came from.
The Library holds the muniments archive of Langford Brooke Of Mere, containing wills and documents dating back to the 17th Century. This collection originally came to the library in 1957, and has been added to throughout the years. Looking through various correspondence, we were able to find the exact details relating to the negatives. The glass plates were gifted to us in June of 1983, by a Mrs. Dunkerley, who’s father originally owned them, and was possibly one of the people that took the images. Mrs. Dunkerley’s father inherited the Mere estate, however most of the photographs were taken in Staffordshire before the inheritance.
The correspondence between the Library and Mrs. Dunkerley is very interesting in itself, we gave her various prints from the negatives, to which she gave some amusing comments;
“One small boy, who I remember being particularly naughty and bad mannered, is now a retired Bishop!”
Unfortunately, this is all we know as of yet, Mrs. Dunkerley offered her services in identifying any people or places in the photographs, however we have since lost contact and there is no correspondence relating to this. The investigation is ongoing!