Hertfordshire Postcard Artists, Photographers, Publishers, etc.

Leonard Dunckley,


Drawing Room, Bedwell Park House, Essenden, post card by Dunkley

The Drawing Room at Bedwell Park    H.561


The Old Rectory, Essendon

The Old Rectory, Essendon   451

A family tree on Ancestry shows that Leonard Dunckley was born in Bethnal Green, London on 10 March 1882, the son of William Dunclkey (1843-??, bricklayer) and Sarah Stradling (1850-1889). In 1901 he was an assistant drug sundriesman living with, and working for, his brother-in-law, Henry Walker, (druggist sundriesman) in Islington. He married Rose Ellen Draper (1878-1970) at Chrischurch, Norwood, Lambeth on 24 April 1907  ands described himself as sub-postmaster of Sunset Cottage, Essendon. Their first child, Marjorie Rose Sarah Dunckley was born at Hatfield, Hertfordshire on 7 August 1909. A son Leonard Samuel Seymour Dunckley was born at Essendon on 11 February 1911 and the census shows him to be a sub postmaster at the village post office at Essendon, Hatfield. Further children were born at Essendon in 1913, 1915 and 1918. Leonard died on 31 December 1953 at Essendon Villas, Essendon, his wife surviving him and dying in Hatfield in 1970.
In 1914 Leonard Dunckley was described as the sub-postmaster at Essendon. Letters were received from Hatfield at 8 am & 4.30 pm; dispatched at 9.25 & 11.40am & 6.40 pm to Hatfield. Sundays, arrive at 8.25 am; dispatched at 9.20 am. There was also a letter box at Bedwell Park. Between 1922 and 1937 the Hertfordshire trade directory lists him as a stationer & post office.

Essendon Church, St Mary, Hertfordshire

Essendon Church    No 345


Essendon Church, St Mary, Hertfordshire

Interior, Essendon Church   No 347

Most village post offices sold post cards (and other stationery) but the majority were printed cards (often coloured) with their name added to the back - as the examples below - and it is often unclear who the actual photographer was. However the four cards shown above are real photographs with "Dunckley, Essendon" written on the negative - suggesting that Leonard was the photographer. As he had previously worked as an assistant drug sundriesman he would almost certainly been involved in selling photographic materials to chemists shops and  this strengthens the case for him being a competent amateur photographer who produced the real photographic cards he sold in his post office.

Bedwell Park House, Essendon

Bedwell Park House

  Belvedere Farm House, Essendon, Hertfordshire

Belvedere Farm House, Essendon


Essendon Place from Lawn, Eddendon, Hertfordshire

Essendon Place

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