Moses Bowness
Susan Premru
Moses Bowness
Ambleside’s first Photographer    Active 1856-1894
To short history

Views of Coniston   from Cat Bank


Moses’ family in Coniston.


 BirthApril 1833 in Coniston, Lancashire

to - John  Bowness, b. Langdale  - copper miner

       d.19th March 1883 age.75      br. in Coniston                

                 Age about 22yrs at Moses’ birth.


             & Jane Mossop daughter of Moses Mossop & Jane Dixon                     d. 1885 age.81 , br. in Coniston

                          age about 23 at Moses’ birth.



  Siblings in 1841 Census  -  Mary (10),  Moses (8),  Jane (5),  Agnes (3),  John (1)   * William . (d.1852, age 10 *Isabella d.1852 age 8)


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For extensive Mossop trees click here
Print from an old book showing Coniston as it looked in Moses’ youth
Compare this view of the bridge with the donated views from H. Ogden  Click here
    The cottages across the bridge are now owned by The Coppermines Lake Lets
    and their web-cam looks down the road towards us.


Moses Bowness


b.  Coniston 1833 into a copper-miner’s family                                          

d.  Belmount, Hawkshead 1894 – after a carriage  accident, Sawrey

br. Coniston. – in his father’s grave


               Built the largest photographic business in Ambleside.

               Built & ran a private hotel- Vale View now called The Churchill.

               He was an entrepreneur in Ambleside engaged in many projects.


                Wrote poetry and knew Poet Close. They promoted eachother’s businesses.


               Some eminent sitters.              

                                        And links to sites where they may be found.

                Harriet Martineau;  W E Forster MP;  

                Charlotte Mason;  some younger Wordsworths;  

                and many local people.



                 1) Widow Isabella Slater

                 2) Helena Hudlestone.


Names of the buildings
provided by H. Ogden