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Photograph of Church Street and a new view of the shop


One of the photographs featured in ‘Images of Rugby’, our new display in the social history gallery, is a view of Church Street showing Redding’s Photographic Studio.

The photograph was taken in 1953 by Rodney Huntingford, who owned the studio at that time. You can also see Arthur Harris’s florists next to the studio, St Andrew’s Church in the background and The Squirrel pub on the right of the picture.

The demolition of the art school building in front of Rodney’s studio made a real difference to the immediate vicinity and visibility of the studio, or ‘the shop’ as he called it.

This photograph is part of a series which Rodney took before, during and after the demolition of the school building, which was first built in the 1830s. The area was then used for the market which had previously been situated in Market Place. He captured this with a shot of the busy market taken from the first floor window of his studio.

Rodney had purchased the studio and business from George Redding in 1936. During the Second World War he was commissioned in the RAF and following training in photographic reconnaissance, he was posted to Sri Lanka.   His wife Dora kept the business going back in Rugby. The core business of the studio was portraiture and weddings and he also took photographs for local businesses and schools. He ran the studio until his retirement in 1977.