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In 1949 two brothers,George and Douglas Weaver started a photographic business in Ashford, Kent. They mainly took photographs of people,places and events, such as Christmas parties, dog shows, village fetes, schools, churches, weddings, and major news events that would regularly appear in the national and local newspapers. The area they covered was from Ashford, Kent (their base) out to Sussex and on occasions London. The indexes written at the time were not always that comprehensive, especially in the earlier years. They usually gave the reference number, name or place and the date although at the beginning just the month was shown.

George and Douglas Weaver with Ian Gambrill 1972
George and Douglas Weaver with Ian Gambrill 1972

In 1963 when Ian Gambrill was 16 years old he went to work as an apprentice to the Weaver Brothers. After he completed his apprenticeship he continued working alongside the other photographers, Dave Downey, Tom Bader and Brenda Sacre the receptionist. Just after Ian started working for the Weavers he met Sue Draper, courted and eventually married her in 1969.Three years later the Weaver Brothers decided to retire and suggested that Sue and Ian might like to buy the business, which they did. Included in the sale were all their old negatives, together with the copyright, going back to 1949.

Sue Gambrill 2006
Sue Gambrill 2006

Over the years Sue and Ian moved their business premises four times and each time they moved the negative library which continued to grow and grow. In 2005 they sold their main business (industrial and aerial photography) but kept the old negatives so that they could be digitised and put onto this website.

Initially a couple of thousand images were put onto the website with the intention of adding more images regularly. For various reasons it did not happen and unfortunately after a very serious illness Ian died in January 2009. Sue is now ready to try to add as many images as possible, hopefully on a weekly basis.

Circus in Ashford 1953 Hop Picking Tenterden 1954 North Modern Boys Football Team Ashford 1949
Circus in Ashford 1953 Hop Picking Tenterden 1954 North Modern Boys Football Team Ashford 1949

There will be no charge for searching the images, but good quality prints can be obtained either by using the online ordering service or by contacting Sue by telephone.

The early indexes have few details so if anyone has any information regarding any of our images we would be grateful to receive it. Please send us an email using our HELP US page.

Queen Mother at Ferry Field, Lydd Airport 1958 Millennium Dome, Greenwich 2001 Wedding 1950
Queen Mother at Ferry Field, Lydd Airport 1958 Millennium Dome, Greenwich 2001 Wedding 1950

If anybody objects to any of the images being on this website would they please send an email to info@reflections-images.co.uk

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