Fonds MC 3574 - Additional Glass Slide Negatives of Sydney Denny

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MC 3574


Additional Glass Slide Negatives of Sydney Denny


  • nd [early 20th century] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1016 glass slides

Name of creator


Biographical history

Sydney William Denny (1886-1960) was born in Harleston, the son of George Denny (1860-1903), ironmonger, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Denny, née Everson (1861-1943). The couple had three other children: Hedley (b 1885), Violet (b 1888) and Grace (b 1896). After the death of George Denny in 1903, his widow carried on the family ironmongers, G. Denny and Sons, at 1, The Thoroughfare, Harleston, until Hedley and George were old enough to take over the business.
Sydney Denny was a keen photographer, and some 752 of his glass plate photographs of local people, buildings and views survive, most relating to Harleston, but some to nearby villages in Norfolk and Suffolk. Denny is not listed as a professional photographer in local directories.
In 1909 Sydney married May Cutting (1881-1931). The couple had two sons, George b 1910 and Moreton b 1913. The family lived in a house called Haroldstone on Needham Road, Harleston, and then moved to The Old House in the Old Market Place, Harleston, which they ran as a guest house. It is believed that they also started a tea room in the former Grice's grocery store opposite their own shop, which began as a Sunday afternoon enterprise, but had become a restaurant by 1917, and expanded to include also the premises of Eastman the butcher's. After May's death from tuberculosis in 1931, Sydney married Nellie Wilkinson (1893-1987).
Hedley and Sydney Denny ran the ironmongers business together, and were later joined by Sydney's son Moreton. Sydney died in 1960. There is a series of stained glass windows in St John's church, Harleston in his memory. Moreton Denny continued to run the ironmongers until he sold the business in 1979.

Archival history

Found in Denny's ironmongers in Harleston.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 13 August 2018 (ACC 2018/78 numbered MC 3574/946-1016) and 20 April 2022 (ACC 2022/7 numbered MC 3574/1-945). Catalogued May 2023.

Scope and content

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Some of the series descriptions are based on the box descriptions supplied on transfer. Originally received in 15 wooden trays, and repackaged into archive boxes, which follow the same numbering as the original trays.

Conditions governing access

Not for production to the searchroom.

Conditions governing reproduction

Please contact the curator at Harleston Museum (which owns copyright) for permission to use images for commercial purposes. Copies may be taken for personal research use without the need to apply to the Museum for permission.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Some are cracked and broken. Possibility of sharp edges and broken glass. All were cleaned and re-packaged by NRO volunteers in 2022-2023.

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Existence and location of copies

Use digital copies. Available onsite only.

Related units of description

For another collection of Denny's glass negatives, see MC 3274. For notes on the Denny family and a descriptive list of the glass plate negatives, see MC 3431.

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