Northampton snapper whose firm photographed 10,000 weddings also captured historic moments in the town

Edgar Tippleston, his wife Phyllis outside the EC Tippleston store shortly after it opened in either the 1930s or early 1940s. Readers might know someone who remembers this remarkable heavy snow and who the woman standing with them is.
Edgar Tippleston, his wife Phyllis outside the EC Tippleston store shortly after it opened in either the 1930s or early 1940s. Readers might know someone who remembers this remarkable heavy snow and who the woman standing with them is.
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From thousands gathering at the Guildhall, to close ups of a visiting king - some of the best snaps of Northampton’s most prolific photographers have been unearthed in a bid to learn more about their origins.

Edgar Tippleston set up a photography studio on Harborough Road in Kingsthorpe in 1931 and 84 years later, having been succeeded by his son Peter and grandson Stuart, the business is still going strong.

This unusual shot seems to show a group of women racing greyhounds on a jump course, but what was this bizarre spectacle? Get in touch if you can shed any light on the situation.

This unusual shot seems to show a group of women racing greyhounds on a jump course, but what was this bizarre spectacle? Get in touch if you can shed any light on the situation.

The three generations of Tippleston men have not only captured thousands of soon-to-be married couples and newlyweds on film, but with have also been witness to some of the most important moments of 20th Century Northampton through freelance work for the Chronicle & Echo.

But while several bound folders contain the best of Edgar and Peter Tippleston’s work, much of the pictures taken are not labelled with dates or details.

This week, wife of the late Peter Tippleston, Pamela, has dug out some of her husband and her father-in’law’s most extraordinary pictures in a bid to learn more about them - and even find out who took them.

Among the best show Winston Churchill’s wife visiting officers in Northamptonshire, a Mother’s Union Rally through Kingsthorpe and women hurdling a greyhound jump fence.

Even now people always come up to me to say your husband or your father-in-law did my wedding

Pamela Tippleston

Pamela, now 79 and living in Merefield, said: “People have been saying to me for some time when they se the pictures, why don’t you get in touch with Chron?

“I just want to see if anyone can recognise themselves or a relative in the pictures to help update the records.”

It is believed Edgar Tippleston carried out some freelance work for the Chronicle & Echo during the early days of his business, but many of his pictures could have been taken simply as a keen observer of Northampton.

Pamela said that around 10,000 couples have had their wedding photographs taken by the Tippleston family since 1931, but many would not have been aware of her husbands’s and her father in law’s work outside of weddings.

This picture of two women on a pair of motorbikes could well have been taken for the Chronicle & Echo, but we are not sure who the two motorcyclists are here.

This picture of two women on a pair of motorbikes could well have been taken for the Chronicle & Echo, but we are not sure who the two motorcyclists are here.

The family’s shop on Harborough Road, which began life as EC Tippleston, had a studio to the rear and a dark room in the basement.

Pamela married Peter in 1956 and worked for the firm herself developing films and helping out in the studio for several years.

On one of its busiest days father son Edgar and Peter shot 14 weddings in a day with the help of freelancers.

“Even now people always come up to me to say your husband or your father in law did my wedding,” she said. “When I see pictures in the Chron of people celebrating their diamond anniversary, I can usually tell whether their wedding day picture was my husband’s work.

The banner a the centre of this march here would appear to represent Kingsthorpe Mother's Union in a shot taken most likely from Edgar Tipplestion's photography studio on Harborough Road in the village. But his daughter-in-law Pamela Tippleston would like to know when this took place.

The banner a the centre of this march here would appear to represent Kingsthorpe Mother's Union in a shot taken most likely from Edgar Tipplestion's photography studio on Harborough Road in the village. But his daughter-in-law Pamela Tippleston would like to know when this took place.

“It was just the way he used to set people up.”

Sadly Edgar Tippleston died in 1960 and son Peter passed away in 2012.

Today Tippleston Photography is run by grandson Stuart from the firm’s new offices in Cedar Road.

If you have any information about Edgar and Peter Tippleston’s pictures here, then email the Chron at editor@northantsnews.co.uk.

Crowds gather outside the Guildhall in Northampton to bear witness to an announcement, but can you reveal where Edgar Tippleston was when he took this photograph and when it was taken?

Crowds gather outside the Guildhall in Northampton to bear witness to an announcement, but can you reveal where Edgar Tippleston was when he took this photograph and when it was taken?

A street party celebrates in what appears to be 1930s Northampton. A crest a the top of the picture seems to show a royal couple, so the snap could depict celebrations around the coronation of King George VI in 1936 - but can you reveal more?

A street party celebrates in what appears to be 1930s Northampton. A crest a the top of the picture seems to show a royal couple, so the snap could depict celebrations around the coronation of King George VI in 1936 - but can you reveal more?

Clementine Churchill visits Northamptonshire - but which members of the armed forces is she meeting and when?

Clementine Churchill visits Northamptonshire - but which members of the armed forces is she meeting and when?