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Other: Alfred Howarth Blake 
Other: Rev. Alfred Howarth Blake 
Dates:  1854 - ?
According to internet resources, the Revd. Alfred Howarth Blake was the chaplain at the Chapel of St. Elizabeth on the grounds of St. Mary Abbots Hospital in London as early as 1893: perhaps he decided on a course of career direction as a website states that he wasn't exactly able to minister with total freedom: "the Guardians found it necessary to put an end to certain High Church practices about which some members had complained, establishing a modus vivendi which they hoped would meet the views of all sections of the Board. The chaplain (Blake) was asked to abandon the procession of the choir outside the chapel, the use of a processional cross on certain occasions, and the use of wafer bread, though he was allowed to use lighted candles at early morning communion in recognition of 'the good and earnest work' he was doing." (Source: British History Online)
Blake later became a member of the British Linked Ring in 1908-his pseudonym was "Cockney". Blake was also the founder of the Society of Night Photographers of England and wrote the regular column, Our London Letter, for the periodical American Photographer. Source: Edinphoto:
Blake was a well published author on things photographic and published the book Things Seen in London (1920). Little else is known about Blake but he would certainly be someone worth investigating further!

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