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W.G. Helesby Jnr. (Denbigh) and various photographers. An album of 88 photographs of Denbigh and North Wales commissioned by Stanley circa 1900, recording the places and scenery of his childhood 1841-1858, including views of Denbigh (Moses Parry's house, the parish church of St Hilary's, Bowling Green Cottage, Denbigh Castle), Ffynnon Beuno, St Asaph Union Workhouse, Holywell, Brynford and others, the majority of the photographs captioned in ink, the album 9¾ x 12½in. (247 x 317mm.) overall; together with a folder of 23 additional photographs of North Wales, one with a note by Dorothy Stanley "North Wales - These are photographs of Stanleys birth place - And he had them photographed"; together with an 1860s carte de visite of Moses Parry's House published by Helsby of Denbigh.
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A fascinating photographic record of Stanley's Childhood, including photographs of the place of Stanley's birth and infancy (Moses Parry's house, Denbigh), the parish church of St Hilary's (where he was baptised and named John Rowlands), Bowling Green Cottage by Denbigh Castle, where he boarded with the Prices in 1846, St Asaph Union Workhouse where he stayed 1847-1856, and his aunt Mary Owen's farm Fynnon Beuno, Brynford where he boarded 1856-57.
The photographs were commissioned by Stanley in April 1902 as he was working on his autobiography, retracing the haunts of his childhood in North Wales. The photographs of his birthplace and of the St Asaph Union Workhouse were illustrated in the Autobiography edited by Lady Stanley, published in 1909. "Forty years of my life has passed, and this delving into my earliest years appears to me like an exhumation of Pompeii, buried for centuries under the Scoriae, lava and volcanic dust of Vesuvius. To the man of the Nineteenth Century, who paces the recovered streets and byeways of Pompeii, how strange seem the relics of the far distant life! Just so appear to me the little fatherless babe, and the orphaned child.'(Autobiography, p.6).



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