The Lawrence Archive, “A Century of Gosport in Pictures”

“A photographic collection second only to the Chambré Hardman and Reeves archives in size and historical importance”  Michael Prittchard, Director General of the Royal Photographic Society

Circa 1885, James C. Lawrence founded his photographic business in Gosport.

Over the next 107 years, James, his sons Louis and Arthur, then grandson David, captured every aspect of life in the town in peace and war including street scenes, weddings and social events, naval vessels visiting the harbour, the military, Royal visits and family portraits. A unique archive which records the great events of the 20th century that were to change Britain as seen through the eyes of one town.

For many years this historic collection of old photographs lay forgotten amongst the dust and ephemera of  a bygone era, waiting to be rediscovered. On this website, the owner of the archive, J.C.Lawrence’s grandson Anthony Lawrence, has published pictures from the three exhibitions that t have been held in Gosport.

 The photographs on this site are arranged in galleries showing pictures that have been published in our exhibitions. The images from glass plates have immense detail, however, the pictures here are in low resolution and we apologise for the watermarks: measures which are necessary to prevent image theft.

All of the photographs on this website are available as prints in sizes A4, A3 & A2 from J.C.Lawrence & Sons on the finest quality Baryta photographic paper. The prints do not have a watermark on them and are much sharper and more detailed than they look on these pages. Every print comes with a certificate of authenticity. Our mounts are acid free to ensure the longevity of the photographs. Prices are as follows:          

A4 8.4" x 11.8" (21cm X 29.7cm)  £19.95 print only         £29.95  in mount

 A3 11.8"x16.8" (29.7cm x 42cm)  £44.95 print only          £64.95  in mount

A2 16.8"x 23.7" (42cmx 59.4cm)  £82.95 print only          £98.95  in mount

Strip 18.5"x8.5"(47cm x22cm)   £44.95 print only          £64.95  in mount

Licensing fees are calculated on an individual basis.

If you are interested in purchasing a print or licensing an image, please contact us at

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us to identify people and places from our photographs.

All images on this site are protected by Copyright with all rights reserved. The photographs are reproduced here by kind permission of Anthony Lawrence and may not be copied, edited, adapted, redistributed, altered or otherwise used in any way without the prior written permission of Mr Anthony Lawrence. Any unauthorised publication, copying, hiring, lending or reproduction is strictly prohibited and constitutes a breach of copyright. Gosport old photos  old photos Gosport

Anthony Lawrence asserts his rights as sole owner of all intellectual property rights in this archive.

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