Reference Number:
GB 3075 HAL
Mountain scenery photographs by Richard L Hall
4 folders
Creator Name 1:
Hall | Richard Laurence (1906-1991)
Biog/Admin History:
Richard L Hall was born 13th March 1906 of Richard J and Hannah S Hall of Wigton in Cumberland. He was the only surviving child and his parents were conservative rural Quakers which created an environment he found somewhat claustrophobic. Richard L Hall gained his enthusiasm for mountaineering from his fathers cousin, Richard W. Hall (1882-1935) of Cockermouth, a member of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club and a prominent Lakeland climber during the early part of the twentieth century. Richard L Hall was educated at Bootham School, the Quaker school in York and at Manchester University, from which he graduated with a BSc Hons in chemistry in 1927. His professional career started with him teaching at Gainsborough and Thetford before being employed as Science Master at Colchester Royal Grammar School in Essex in 1936. He served as Head of the Science Department between 1941 and 1969. In later life he found companionship with Ida Blythe, a widowed friend, with whom he shared his home at Straight Road, Colchester.

He listed his hobbies as photography, climbing, travel, music and literature. His proficient expertise at photography enabled him to take and develop the photographs featured in this collection within his home darkroom. He was a thoughtful man, widely read, conservative in outlook, with both a large and small c, essentially, a traditional bachelor schoolmaster.

Richard Hall moved to a nursing home and collated these photographs into two albums. He died there, at Lexden, near Colchester on 10th December 1991. He had already passed family papers and over twenty other photograph albums to his second cousin Christopher N Hall and to C. Hall's nephew, Dr Winchester.

Biographical information courtesy of Dr. A Winchester

Archival History:
Images taken between1950-1969 were arranged and placed in two separate photograph albums during 1989. One album (Cumbria etc) was labelled and indexed whilst the latter (Skye and Arran) was labelled only. However all photographs were annotated on the reverse. Their removal was due to damaging adhesive inherent to this type of album.
Acquisition Source:
Donated by relative, Dr A.J.L. Winchester.
Accession Number:
Scope and Content:
Black and white photographs of mountain scenery, including panoramic views covering Cumbria, Snowdonia, Isle of Skye and Isle of Arran
Original order from positioning in photographic albums maintained
Access Conditions:
This collection is open for consultation. Readers are advised to contact the Mountain Heritage Trust in advance of their visit in order to make an appointment.
Reproduction Copyright:
Copyright remains with A. J. L. Winchester
Related Material:
other photograph albums with the RGS
Description compiled by Maxine Willett, Archivist,
Access Points:
Hall, Richard Laurence (1906-1991)
Lake District
Related Entities:
Cambridge University: King's College Archive Centre
West Sussex Record Office
2011-09-23 00:00:00
M Willett