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72 Bridge Street, Stearn the photographers

History of Stearn the photographers, 72 Bridge Street


Thomas Stearn, 36, tailor, b Middlesex


Walter James Stearn, 47, photographer, b Cambridge

Stearns, Bridge Street, unknown subject (MoC)

A collection of Stearn’s photos is kept by the Cambridgeshire Collection. Their guide to the collection can be found here:


Empire Day photo by Stearns (MoC198/75)

Reverse of Empire Day photo


Norman Mace, Freshman photo 1925

Norman Mace, Freshman photo 1925

Norman Mace, Freshman photo 1925

The photo was taken and framed by Stearns for Mr Mace of Jesus College.

Norman Mace circa 1944. He was born 1906 in Stapleford, Notts, and died 1968, Melbourne, Australia.he was awarded an Open Mathematics Exhibition to Jesus College in 1925.


Stearn & Sons, photographers

Photowork Ltd

In 2016 Joan Robertson recounted how her husband, Stan, had come to Cambridge in the 1940s and joined Stearn’s as a photographer:

Stan became one of the leading university photographers and a fellow and president of the Master Photographers Association:



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