Snapshot of the past in historic photo studio

Having his own darkroom and finishing room allowed photographer William Hayes to quickly develop his images – if the shots were not good enough he could take some more while the customer was still in the studio.

Sophie Cheal (6) in typical Christmas dress in the the Edwardian Hayes studio, believed to be the oldest daylight photographic studio in the country at Ryedale Folk Museum. Pictures: Tony Bartholomew

He was a familiar character in the area surrounding Hutton-le-Hole and would be seen out and about on his bicycle, his heavy camera slung about him, taking portraits capturing everyday life.

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Mr Hayes, a former pupil at the York School of Art, and his wife, Margaret, even celebrated their wedding by holding the reception in the daylight studio on July 28 1904.

While between 1925 and 1927 Mr Hayes and his family lived in the studio as a new family home was being built in Hutton-le-Hole.

Sophie Cheal (6) in typical Christmas dress in the the Edwardian Hayes studio, believed to be the oldest daylight photographic studio in the country at Ryedale Folk Museum. Pictures: Tony Bartholomew