Spencer Thorn worked as the shop manager, jeweller and watchmaker for Mr Goldsworthy, in his Strand shop in Bude, Cornwall.
Spencer bought the shop and changed its name in 1921. At that time Bude was a popular holiday resort for relatively wealthy people and Spencer counted many amongst his most regular customers. The shop thrived and he was able to buy two more premises at the top of Belle Vue in Bude. One his mother ran as a gift shop. The second house he converted into a shop in 1937. This shop continues today in the hands of his family, the third and fourth generation of Thorns.
The Thorn family were pioneer photographers in Bude from the mid 1850's. We, family relatives, have many of the old glass negatives which we use today to reproduce their amazing images. They are made using modern techniques digitally, using Museum Archive quality inks and photographic paper.