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This is background part of one the most copied Costello images showing the Jolly Drovers pub with St Ives church in background. The larger image shows the Eden Colliery to left foreground. Whilst researching I found this press cutting of the Jolly Drovers siege in Victorian times so used Billy's image with the story on a local heritage website. Someone this week lifted the image and posted on another heritage site so thought I should put  the bigger picture on the home page for context.

Billy Costello’s photos have been used in several books and journals. Currently his Durham City photograph is front cover of the Durham University History Society Journal.


His famous “The cricketers” photograph of his son’s Jonny & Donny (a decade before they went off to serve with The Northumberland Fusiliers in WW1) is currently being used in a piece of art underway by Karen Thompson. (http://www.artbykarenthompson.co.uk/

Following an enquiry about Clegg a commercial photographer with a studio in Leadgate it has emerged that he left for Yorkshire in 1901, close to the time when William Costello acquired his top of the range Victorian Field Camera. Research into Clegg’s cabinet cards below also turned up a W Costello of Leadgate cabinet card suggesting that Billy may have   acquired Clegg’s camera in 1901 and possibly have experimented with a similar template. As Clegg was the son of the general manager of Leadgate Co-Op it is likely the photographic studio was in the Co-Op premises just over the road from Billy’s house. This is possibly therefore where Billy learned or practiced his photography.


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