UK Photo And Social History Archive: Blog https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog en-us (C) UK Photo And Social History Archive (UK Photo And Social History Archive) Fri, 24 Sep 2021 18:49:00 GMT Fri, 24 Sep 2021 18:49:00 GMT https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/img/s/v-12/u502980628-o746350825-50.jpg UK Photo And Social History Archive: Blog https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog 80 120 The Denshire Family Of Ashtead House https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/9/the-denshire-family-of-ashtead-house When I was writing a book on the history of Ashtead 20 years ago I was lucky enough to be loaned a  Victorian photo album by the then owner of Ashtead House in Surrey. The album was from the Denshire Family who lived there in the 1800s and with the album were details about the family.

Ashtead House Farm Lane Ashtead Surrey 1865Ashtead House Farm Lane Ashtead Surrey 1865Standing in Farm Lane , this house was the residence of Captain Nathaniel Smith and his wife Hesther from the late 18th century. Their three surviving daughters remained unmarried, this was believed to be due to the opposition from their mother, despite their being suitable suitors. George their son married a beautiful young woman, Sarah Hardman, who again was not accepted by Hesther. The marriage ended in disaster, Sarah leaving George with five young children who were brought up by his mother and sisters at Ashtead House. The eldest son, also called Nathaniel, married and had two children. Elizabeth their daughter married Charles Denshire in 1841, sadly to be widowed 12 years later. In 1859 Elizabeth married the widower Reverend William Denshire , her late husband's cousin, and with the marriage came eight step children.

This photo of Ashtead House, which stands in Farm Lane was taken c.1865. Nathanial Smith who had made his fortune in India moved to Ashtead House around 1790 with his wife Hester. He had the house substantially rebuilt around 1800. Their three surviving daughters, who lived in the house with them, remained unmarried. This was believed to be due to opposition from their mother, despite their being suitable suitors. George, their second son married a beautiful young woman called Sarah Hardman who again was not accepted by Hester. The marriage ended in disaster, Sarah leaving George with five young children, who were brought up by his mother and sisters at Ashtead House. The couple's eldest son, also called Nathaniel, married and had two children. Elizabeth, their daughter married Charles Denshire in 1841, sadly to be widowed 12 years later. In 1859 Elizabeth married the widower The Revd William Denshire, her late husband's cousin and with the marriage came eight step children six girls and two boys. The family are pictured below outside Ashtead House in 1861.

The Denshire Family Outside Ashtead House 1861The Denshire Family Outside Ashtead House 1861From Left To Right Elizabeth, Hester (Aged 9) , Isabella (13) Mrs Elizabeth Smith (Elizabeth's Mother), Emma (15), Selina (11), Miss King (The governess), Mary (8), Seated on the grass Henrietta (6), Charles (4) and William (7). The history of the Denshire family at Ashtead House can be read here.

The Denshire Family From Left To Right : Elizabeth, Hester (Age 9), Isabella (Age 13), Mrs Smith (Elizabeth's mother), Emma (Age 15), Selina (Age 11), Miss King (the governess), Mary (Age 8).
Seated on the grass Henrietta (Age 6), Charles (Age 4) and William (Age 7).

 

Isabella was the first of the Denshire daughters to marry. She married Henry Bailey on the 8th Nov 1870. On the day of the wedding Miss Denshire arranged for St Giles School in Ashtead to be closed and the infant children to throw rose petals at the ceremony. 

The Wedding Of Isabella Denshire And Henry Bailey At Ashtead House Surrey 8th November 1870The Wedding Of Isabella Denshire And Henry Bailey At Ashtead House Surrey 8th November 1870

On the 24th July 1872, Selina Denshire married Charles Wilde pictured below under what was reputed to be the largest tulip tree in England which stands in the grounds of Ashtead House. Her brother William Denshire, aged 18, is standing on the left. The remaining Denshire daughters, except Emma, had all married by 1889. Emma Denshire, the eldest daughter was considered to be the most beautiful of the sisters, but it was said she was jilted and after that remained unmarried, inheriting Ashtead House on her step-mothers death and living there until 1939 when she died in her 92nd year. Emma is buried in St Giles churchyard Ashtead.

The Wedding Of Selina Denshire And Charles Wilde Ashtead House Surrey 24th July 1872The Wedding Of Selina Denshire And Charles Wilde Ashtead House Surrey 24th July 1872

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) ashtead local history https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/9/the-denshire-family-of-ashtead-house Fri, 24 Sep 2021 18:48:44 GMT
The Mystery Of The Crump Family Of Gravelly Hill https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/9/the-mystery-of-the-crump-family-of-gravelly-hill   A very interesting photo I have in my collection is one which has been posted as a postcard and has a message on the back. It is of a couple with a little girl outside their house. I love it much more than any studio shot as somehow their personalities are in the photo. When whoever took this photo asked them to pose, the mother and daughter chose to proudly stand with their bikes. Both of them wearing their outside clothes before setting off on a ride. I'm amazed at how they chose to dress for a bike ride in those days. What would they make of all the lycra and helmets worn by cyclists today I wonder.

Lewis. Blanche And Elsie Crump 1903Lewis. Blanche And Elsie Crump 1903Lewis Crump as born on 2nd Oct 1862 in Dudley, Worcestershire. In 1892 he married Blanche Sidney Oram in Birmingham and they had one daughter Elsie Kate born 1893. Lewis died on the 16th April 1936 in Gravelly Hill, Birmingham and Blanche died on the 28th September 1953 in Bournemouth. In this photo the family are outside their home "Pendennis" 49 Minstead Road, Erdington, Warwickshire.

Lewis Blanche And Elise Crump Outside
"Pendennis"65 Oval Rd, Gravelly Hill, Warwickshire
 

The postcard was sent in 1903 to an address in Cardiff and the message was signed Lewis and Blanche Crump. I managed to find them quite easily with such unusual names. Lewis Crump was born on the 2nd Oct 1862 in Dudley, Worcestershire. In 1892 he married Blanche Sidney Oram in Birmingham and they had one daughter Elsie Kate born 1893. On the 1911 census the family lived at "Pendennis" 65 Oval Rd, Gravelly Hill Warwickshire. If you look closely on the photo you can see the name "Pendennis" on the wall above the front door. It was also recorded that Lewis and Blanche had one daughter Elsie and no children had died.

The postcard message is quite cryptic. Posted to a Mr Maton, Langland House, Oakfield Street, Roath, Cardiff. It read : Dr Mr Maton, Many thanks for the interesting communication. We both join in hearty congratulations & trust the progress will be maintained. Very Kindest Regards from Lewis & Blanche Crump. 

Lewis Blanche And Elise Crump Outside"Pendennis"65 Oval Rd, Gravelly Hill, WarwickshireBackLewis Blanche And Elise Crump Outside"Pendennis"65 Oval Rd, Gravelly Hill, WarwickshireBackPosted to a Mr Maton, Langland House, Oakfield Street, Roath, Cardiff. It read : Dr Mr Maton, Many thanks for the interesting communication. We both join in hearty congratulations & trust the progress will be maintained. Very Kindest Regards from Lewis & Blanche Crump.

By the late 1920s a strange thing happened to the records. On the electoral register Elsie is no longer living with Lewis and Blanche but a woman called Daphne Queenie Crump. I presumed Elsie had left home to get married, although I couldn't find a marriage record for her, and another female relative had moved in but it became even more confusing in 1931 when Elsie appeared on the register too.

Crump RegisterCrump Register

Lewis Crump died on 16 April 1936 when he was 73 years old in Bournemouth. After this the mystery deepens. On the 1939 register Blanche now registered as a widow is living with Daphne Queenie who's date of birth is the same as Elsie's in 1893 and she is listed as daughter. There seem to be only two possibilities, either Elsie changed her name to Daphne Queenie or the couple adopted another daughter who coincidentally was born in the same month and year as Elsie. Blanche died on the 28th September 1953 and the sole beneficiary of her will was Daphne Crump, spinster. Daphne died in Bournemouth in 1976 and appeared not to leave a will as a notice was posted in the London Gazette asking for people who may have a claim on her estate to contact the bank. I can not know for sure if little Elsie in the photo changed her name to Daphne Queenie and if she did what was the reason, but it makes me realise, the more research I do there are mysteries in every family. 

The house at 65 Oval Rd, Gravelly Hill still stands but everything looks very different today. Gravelly Hill, an area of Birmingham, is home to the present day interchange known as Spaghetti Junction. If only walls could talk 65 Oval Road may be able to answer the puzzle of what happened there to the Crump family in the 1920s, it seems it will remain a mystery.

 

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) family history https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/9/the-mystery-of-the-crump-family-of-gravelly-hill Wed, 22 Sep 2021 15:47:25 GMT
The History Of Sutton Station https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/9/the-history-of-sutton-station The first railway to Sutton was opened in 1847. It took to years to build and cost the lives of four young men, aged between fourteen and twenty four, who were killed in accidents during it's construction and are buried in St Nicholas churchyard. A small wooden hut served Sutton's residents as a station for nearly twenty years and although it seems very small, Sutton had only 1,500 residents at the time. In 1865 the Epsom Downs line was opened and many additional passengers travelled on the railway as a result. In Derby week 1865, 70,000 people travelled on the new line. The old wooden shed was dismantled and moved to Sutton cricket ground on the corner of Gander Green Lane for use as a scorers shed. I took this photo of it in 1997. 

The Old Sutton Station At Sutton Cricket GroundThe Old Sutton Station At Sutton Cricket GroundTaken in 1997

The new station, which is pictured here in a drawing from around 1880, had a booking office, waiting rooms and a shop. It was much better suited to the new passengers who travelled through to the coast on the newly opened Brighton line, from Leatherhead. This station continued in use until 1883 when it was demolished and another new building was erected.

Sutton Station 1880Sutton Station 1880

Sutton Railway Station 1883Sutton Railway Station 1883

Sutton was a busy town when this photo as taken around 1918. Horse drawn cabs line the edge of the pavement and at the corner of Mulgrave road, just out of view was a horse trough and drinking fountain for thirsty passers by! 

Sutton Station c.1915Sutton Station c.1915

Charles Gardner was one of the Station Masters at Sutton station. He joined the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway company in May 1870 as a booking clerk at Clapham Junction with a weekly wage of £1.00. He worked at different stations in South London rising to become Station Master at Old Kent Road in 1881. By 1891 he was working at Purley, and by 1901 he was in charge at Sutton. Charles retired at the end of 1913.He stayed in the area until his death in 1938.

Charles Gardner Station Master at Sutton Station Taken On 8th May 1905Charles Gardner Station Master at Sutton Station Taken On 8th May 1905Charles Gardner who was the Station Master at Sutton station. He joined the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway company in May 1870 as a booking clerk at Clapham Junction with a weekly wage of £1.00. He worked at different stations in South London rising to become Station Master at Old Kent Road in 1881. By 1891 he was working at Purley, and by 1901 he was in charge at Sutton. Charles retired at the end of 1913.He stayed in the area until his death in 1938. (Source research carried out on behalf of the HLF funded Past on Glass/Ordinary Lives)
Photo copied and cropped from The Past on Glass at Sutton Archives. Photographer David Knights-Whittome. Shared under the Creative Commons Non Commercial

                 Photo copied and cropped from The Past on Glass at Sutton Archives. Photographer David Knights-Whittome.

Shared under the Creative Commons Non Commercial
 

The population of Sutton continued to grow and the numbers of rail commuters increased. The new station pictured here was opened in 1928 to keep pace with the growth. New motor cabs replaced the horse drawn cab and the horse trough at the corner of Mulgrave Road moved to Brighton Road. 

Sutton Station 1940sSutton Station 1940s
This station still stands today and due to the pandemic the commuters are a fraction of what they were a few years ago. Will passengers ever return in the numbers pre-pandemic? Only time will tell.

Sutton Station Taken From Platform 4 Towards Platform 3Sutton Station Taken From Platform 4 Towards Platform 3Taken on 3rd January 2020.

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) Sutton Sutton Station https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/9/the-history-of-sutton-station Fri, 17 Sep 2021 09:37:24 GMT
The Royal Albert Asylum And A Little Boy https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/9/the-royal-albert-asylum-and-a-little-boy Two photos I added to my collection recently really brought home to me changes in our society over the last 100 years. They were of two brothers Fergus Kay Crook and Laurence Gilmer Crooks taken in the 1920s. The sons of Robert Kay Crooks and his second wife Edith Margaret Crooks (Nee Smith) they were born in Wigan Lancashire at a time after so many families had been torn apart. Sadly the eldest son Fergus was born with what would be called today a learning disability. In the 1920s however, it was a different time. He must have been so loved. His parent took him to the same studio as his brother to have his portrait taken but over the next few years the bothers paths separated. Lawrence lived with his parents but by the time of the 1939 register Fergus was registered at the Royal Albert Asylum. The hospital was built between 1868 and 1873 and was originally called "The Royal Albert Asylum for idiots and imbeciles of the seven northern counties" It's hard to even imagine a time when this was considered an acceptable title for an institution. The hospital was established under the Lunacy Act 1845, at a time when there was little understanding of the difference between learning difficulties and mental illness but by 1909 it had been renamed "The Royal Albert Institution, Lancaster". There was no mainstream schooling for children such as Fergus in those days and there would have probably been little choice for his parents but an institution. 

Royal Albert Asylum LancasterRoyal Albert Asylum Lancaster
By the time of the introduction of the National Health Service in 1948 the hospital had 886 patients and it was renamed "The Royal Albert Hospital", and by 1968 on it's 100th anniversary there were over 1,000 patients. It wasn't all bad though, many of the staff worked very hard and there are records of an annual staff play, a toy jazz band, football and cricket teams and children’s shows. The implementation of the ‘Care in the Community’ policy in the 80s meant that mentally disabled people were to be treated and cared for in their homes rather than in an institution, Royal Albert Hospital’s patients started relocating back into the community. However it was too late for a new start for poor Fergus. He died in the hospital that had been his home his whole adult life, in August 1981 aged 62 years. The hospital closed in 1996.

Fergus Kay Crooks Dec 1924Fergus Kay Crooks Dec 1924Read Fergus's story here

Fergus's younger brother Laurence appears not to have married or had children. He lived in Wigan all his life coincidentally dying exactly three months to the day, in December 1981, after Fergus aged 60. Both brothers are buried in Lower Ince Cemetery in Wigan. I really hope they are together.

Laurence Gilmer Crooks Jan 1925Laurence Gilmer Crooks Jan 1925Read Laurence's story here

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) asylums family https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/9/the-royal-albert-asylum-and-a-little-boy Thu, 16 Sep 2021 20:36:02 GMT
Remembering Rose Bourne https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/5/remembering-rose-bourne  One of the memorial cards I have had in my collection is to Rose Bourne, a 21 year old young woman who died in 1921 aged just 21 years old. When Rose Bourne was born in January 1900 in Eastbourne, Sussex, her father, Spencer, was 32, and her mother, Jane, was 30. She had four brothers and three sisters. The family lived at 15 Carlton Road in the town. The house still stands, a pretty well tended terraced house, minutes walk away from the seafront. Rose lived with her father Spencer, who on the 1911 census is listed as a refuse destructor. This role appears to literally mean he was responsible for the destruction of the waste after it's collection. Rose was an 11 year old at school on this census and there was no record of any disability for her. She must have been a normal happy young girl, with the fun of living at the seaside and lots of brothers and sisters to play with.

The Wish Tower Eastbourne 1920sThe Wish Tower Eastbourne 1920s
At some point after this census was recorded Rose must have become ill. The family's carefully chosen words on her memorial card give a hint to how much poor Rose must have suffered. 

Memorial Card Rose Bourne FrontMemorial Card Rose Bourne Front Memorial Card Rose Bourne Inside 1Memorial Card Rose Bourne Inside 1 Memorial Card Rose Bourne Inside 2Memorial Card Rose Bourne Inside 2 Rose died on the 31st May 1921 and was buried in the family grave at Ocklynge Cemetery, Eastbourne with her mother who only died the year before at the age of 50. It seemed all so sad but searching on Ancestry the large family seem to have produced many descendants to remember Rose. At a time in the country of the great loss of the First World War this family certainly seemed to have their own heartache.

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) cards memorial https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/5/remembering-rose-bourne Thu, 27 May 2021 21:17:19 GMT
The 102 Year Old Man And His Secret Of Living A Long Life https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/5/the-102-year-old-man-and-his-secret-of-living-a-long-life I am lucky enough to have in my collection this photo of Alfred James Stubbs with his daughter Winifred, taken on 27th November 1959 at Great Witchingham Norfolk. The more I researched this elderly man the more impressed I became.

Alfred James Stubbs Aged 101 With His Daughter Lucy Winifred Chilvers (Nee Stubbs)Alfred James Stubbs Aged 101 With His Daughter Lucy Winifred Chilvers (Nee Stubbs)Taken on 27th November 1959 at Great Witchingham Norfolk.

  Alfred was born on the 28th March 1858 in Norwich, Norfolk. He was the tenth of 11 children of Charles and Sarah Stubbs (Nee Smith). The family lived at no 3 Woolpack Yard, Golden Ball Street, Norwich and Alfred's father Charles worked as a poulterer. After his father's death in 1878 Alfred took over the family business. In 1887 he married Jane Louisa Smith and the couple had six children, four surviving to adulthood.  For nearly 80 years he ran the family business. When their home was bombed out during World War 2 and they moved out to Great Witchingham, Alfred continued to travel into work until he was 95.

 The couples second daughter, Lucy Winifred is pictured here with her father in 1959. Lucy was born on the 25th Jan 1894. On the 15th August 1915, at 21, Lucy married Henry Chilvers, a 21 year old young man who also lived in Norwich. Henry had volunteered to become a soldier in the Norfolk Regiment during world war one and Lucy served herself in France during the war with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. Tragically Henry was killed in action in France, less than two years after their marriage, on the 23rd April 1917. Like so many young widows at the time Lucy never remarried and she lived with her parents until her mother's death aged 95 in 1951 and with her father until he died on 12th December 1960 at the incredible age of 102. Because of his longevity Alfred had been quite a local celebrity giving interviews to local papers. Only retiring six years before his death he gave the secret of his long life to eggs and more eggs. So maybe that should be a lesson to us all! Lucy died four years after her father in 1964 aged 70 years old. This photo was taken outside their home at 2 King's Head Terrace, Great Witchingham Norfolk where the family lived in the final years of their lives.



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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) Family History https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/5/the-102-year-old-man-and-his-secret-of-living-a-long-life Tue, 25 May 2021 21:32:38 GMT
The Mayhew Family Remembering A Boer War Soldier https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/5/the-mayhew-family-remembering-a-boer-war-soldier Following on from the post two days ago, the other photo in my collection with identical writing on the back is this one of the Mayhew family. On the back is written "Mayhew family c.1900 Mother Edna (nee) Edwards". Edna Ellen Edwards was the elder sister of Alice Edwards and the third child of nine children of Harry and Kate Edwards (Nee Durden). She was born on the 30th March 1870 in Birmingham. On the 8th October 1898 she married Frank Martin Mayhew. Frank was a local man, being born in Birmingham in 1873, son of John Smith Mayhew and Caroline Mayhew (Nee Smith). In 1900 their son Harold Clarence was born, named after Edna's eldest brother Harry Clarence who was a colour sergeant killed on 14th May 1900 in the Boer War, and in 1904 the couple had a daughter Doris Edna.

Frank Martin Mayhew And Edna Ellen Mayhew Nee Edwards c.1910Frank Martin Mayhew And Edna Ellen Mayhew Nee Edwards c.1910Frank Martin Mayhew was born in 1873 in Birmingham. He married Edna Ellen Edwards at Christ Church, Sparkbrook, Warwick on the 8th October 1898. Edna was also born in Birmingham on 30th March 1870. They had two children who are in this photo Harold Clarence (Born 22nd April 1900) and Doris Edna (Born 15th Dec 1904) . Frank died on 9th Aug 1924 age 64 and Edna on 29 Apr 1959 age 89.


The family lived at 64 Doris Road Sparkhill Birmingham.

Although it is written on the back c.1900. I think this photo would have been taken around 1906. Little Harold looks about six and Doris about two. In 1911 the family lived at 64 Doris Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham and Frank was working as a travelling salesman in the brass and iron industry. Frank died in 1924 aged 51 and Edna lived another 35 years as a widow until her death in 1959 aged 89. Harold remained unmarried and died in 1976 and although Doris married twice she died without any children aged 89. 

 I think this rather serious little family photo, typical of the time, was probably taken on a family holiday as the children are holding spades and there is a bucket on the floor. It has captured one tiny moment in their family life, that has now been preserved in the future. 

 

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) family https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/5/the-mayhew-family-remembering-a-boer-war-soldier Sun, 23 May 2021 20:38:47 GMT
The Travels Of A Young American Man https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/5/the-travels-of-a-young-american-man  Two of the photos in my collection have the same handwriting on the back and I have managed to work out the connection. The first photo, is of a young boy. On the back is written : Edward Bernard Butler b. 6th Sep 1919 Garfield Park Hospital, Chicago, USA. Son of Alice (Nee) Edwards. 

Young Boy Named Edward Bernard ButlerYoung Boy Named Edward Bernard Butlerb. 6th Sep 1919 Garfield Park Hospital Chicago USA
Son of William Bernard Butler and Alice Butler (nee Edwards)

When I started researching the little smiling boy in the photo I was amazed at what an interesting life he had led. I found out so much, but annoyingly there are still so many gaps I couldn't fill in. Edward's mother Alice Edwards was born on 7th March 1881 in Birmingham, England. She was the seventh child of nine children of Harry and Kate Edwards (Nee Durden) . In 1910 she married Bertram Alcock, also from Birmingham, and the couple emigrated to Chicago, Illinois where Bertram worked as a toolmaker. Sadly in 1917 Bertram died leaving Alice a widow at only 36 years old. 

  The following year, Alice married William Butler a 56 year old grocer, nearly twenty years her senior, who was also originally born in Birmingham, England and who had emigrated to Chicago in 1889. William was the eldest of seven children to Richard and Frances Butler (Nee Sneath). I love to think of them meeting at some sort of ex-pats group! How nice it must have been for them both to talk about home. In 1919, their son Edward Bernard was born and it should have been a new beginning for the little family, but tragically in 1925, at 44 years old and when her little boy was only 5 years old, Alice died too. 

Poor William, alone in America with a five year old. By the following year he had returned to England with Edward, giving an address in Cleethorpes, where is younger sister lived, as his destination. It must have been a very different England to the one he had left in 1889.

The next reference I could find to the family is on the 1939 register, when William and Edward were still living in Cleethorpes. William had retired and Edward gave his occupation as a clerk at a fish merchants. The next document I came across was from 1943. It was a draft card, for a 24 year old Edward who had returned to America to join the army during WW2. He gave his father's address as 9, Prince's Road, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire and his occupation as a student at Hull University. What happened next to Edward I am unsure of. His father William died in Cleethorpes in 1946 but sadly I can find no other definite mentions of Edward after he joined the army. An Edward Bernard Butler with the same birthday died in Croydon Surrey in 2001. I wonder, could this be the little boy in the photo. I can find no other mention of this name in the area or any family links so I can't just presume. Even though I have moved on to the next family photo, I'm not completely giving up. I will keep going back to the records as I would love to complete the journey of the life of the little smiling boy in the photo.

 

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) Children family https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/5/the-travels-of-a-young-american-man Fri, 21 May 2021 09:37:54 GMT
A Long Career In London Transport https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/5/a-long-career-in-london-transport  I bought this framed certificate at our local charity saleroom recently for just a couple of pounds. It was presented to Frederick C Bowley on his retirement after 40 years five months service. 

Frederick Charles Bowley Certificate Of Service London Transport  ExecutiveFrederick Charles Bowley Certificate Of Service London Transport ExecutiveFrederick Charles Bowley Certificate Of Service London Transport Executive

What a different time it was working for a company like London Transport in those days. The London Passenger Transport Board was formed in 1933 and unified services in the London area for the first time. The London Passenger Transport Act 1933 removed responsibility for 167.17 miles (269.03 km) of tram route from the London County Council, three county boroughs and a number of other local authorities in the Greater London area. It brought the UERL lines under the same control, and took over supervision of buses from the Metropolitan Police. The period also saw massive expansion of the tube network and was directly responsible for the expansion of the suburbs. 
 

Bus 200 To Wimbledon Station CLE 149 1930sBus 200 To Wimbledon Station CLE 149 1930sBus 200 To Wimbledon Station CLE 149 1930s

By 1948 The London Transport Executive had become the transport authority. This period saw the start of direct recruitment from the Caribbean and the repair and replacement of stock and stations damaged during the war as well as completion of delayed projects such as the Central line eastern extension. The AEC Routemaster bus was introduced in 1956. Trams were withdrawn in 1952 and trolleybuses in 1962. 

London Transport MXX 7 80A Sutton Garage 1950sLondon Transport MXX 7 80A Sutton Garage 1950sLondon Transport MXX 7 80A Sutton Garage 1950s

Frederick must have witnessed all these changes in his career. I'm sure he enjoyed the stability of a long career after already suffering so much in his life. Frederick Charles Jesse Bowley was born on 21 June 1893 in Lambeth, Surrey, his father, Frederick, was 20 and his mother, Emily, was 19. He had one brother and five sisters. During World War One Fred went to France on the 15th March 1915 with the 24th London Regiment. He was wounded on the 29th October 1915 with a gun shot wound to his abdomen and was subsequently discharged from the army because of his wounds. A few years after this Frederick must have recovered enough to commence working at London Transport and he married Gladys Dyer in April 1923 in Willesden, Middlesex. In 1939 his occupation is listed as an Electric Motor Mechanic. The couple didn't appear to have any children and Fred died in June 1975. All those years of loyal service and the certificate sells for just £2. I really hope one day it can be reunited with family.

Search For London Transport Collectables On Ebay
 

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) Buses London https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/5/a-long-career-in-london-transport Tue, 18 May 2021 08:35:24 GMT
The Tragedy Of The Lost Children https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/5/the-tragedy-of-the-lost-children  One of the saddest subjects in the photos I collect are the little lost children. When I start researching the details written on the back of the photo my heart sinks when I realise what has happened to the little child in the photo. Tragically in 1901 in England and Wales, 127,000 infants and 81,000 children aged 1 to 14 died. 200 per 1000 under fives died at this time which equals a tragic 1 in 5 children. If a large family escaped a loss they were very lucky and some families lost several children. Measles, tuberculosis, influenza and diarrhoea were all childhood killers and in poor families the death rate would be even higher. 

One of the photos I bought recently was of this little boy identified as Percy Victor Sims taken in February 1912, aged 3 years 3 months.

Percy Victor Simms Aged 3 years 3 months in Feb 1912Percy Victor Simms Aged 3 years 3 months in Feb 1912Percy Victor Sims Aged 3 years 3 months in Feb 1912

   Percy Victor Sims was born on 30th Nov 1908. He was the only child of Percy and Rosa Sims (Nee Biddle). In 1911 the family lived at 14 Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. His father was a fishmonger. Sadly only 2 years later, in 1913, Percy died just 4 years old. His mother and father moved to 7 Brizlincote Street, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire by 1939. The couple didn't appear to have had any more children. 

   I worry that the line of this little family has died and Percy Victor will be forgotten. Somewhere in Lichfield, Percy may have a tiny headstone in a cemetery. I hope that by sharing this photo, someone may search for details about him and his short life will always be remembered. 

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) Children https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/5/the-tragedy-of-the-lost-children Sat, 15 May 2021 21:07:57 GMT
A Victorian Bride Found In A Charity Shop https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/5/a-victorian-bride-found-in-a-charity-shop  I found this beautiful old photo in a charity shop. On the back was written Meta Josephine Lacy (Nee Henry) Born 25th Nov 1869 Died 5th Oct 1961 Married 1892. With this starting point I was able to find out so much more. 

Meta Josephine Lacy (Nee Henry) Born 25th Nov 1869 Died 5th Oct 1961 Married 1892Meta Josephine Lacy (Nee Henry) Born 25th Nov 1869 Died 5th Oct 1961 Married 1892

Meta Josephine Henry was born on 25 November 1869 in Ireland to Sarah Lucy Hickson, age 33, and Thomas Shuldham Henry, age 33. She married Saumarez Dacre Lacy in October 1892 when she was 22 years old. Her son Alexander Dacre was born on 6 May 1894 in Weymouth, Dorset and her son Richard Saumarez was born on 2 December 1895 also in Weymouth, Dorset. Meta Josephine Henry died on 5 October 1961 in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, when she was 91 years old.

  This beautiful young woman led such a full life into old age and because someone took the time to write on the back of the photo, all these years later the photo has come to life again.


 

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) victorian weddings https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/5/a-victorian-bride-found-in-a-charity-shop Fri, 14 May 2021 21:31:18 GMT
Remembering Ashtead Residents https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/1/remembering-ashtead-residents  Following on from my post yesterday about the children at St Giles' School I wanted to share a photo given to my Mum and Dad 20 years ago by a man who used to live in Ashtead. Meredith Worsfold lived in Rectory Lane in Ashtead and apart from a short spell living in Effingham, was born and spent his whole life in Ashtead. When my Dad and I wrote a book on Ashtead in 2000 Meredith was an enormous help. He had written a book himself called Ashtead The Street In The 1920s, which is a lovely book, full of anecdotes and information that only a person who had been there would be able to tell so beautifully. Not only did he have such interesting tales to tell about the local area, he was really good company. A genuinely kind man we greatly enjoyed the time spent in his company. He gave my Mum and Dad this lovely photo of his Mother, Alice Jackman, sitting at the window of their house when she was a little girl.

Alice Jackman At The Window Of West Lodge Ashtead Park c.1900Alice Jackman At The Window Of West Lodge Ashtead Park c.1900Alice Maud Mary Jackman was born in 1892 in Totten Hampshire. Her father William, a railway porter at Lyndhurst, was tragically killed in an accident being hit by a train when Alice was only a few weeks old. Her Mother Fanny remarried Arthur Dibben a train driver, and the family moved to Rectory Lane Ashtead, Alice attended St Giles School Ashtead and was one of the pupils who took turns to sit in the window of West Lodge Ashtead Park and open the gates for approaching carriages. The headmaster of St Giles School made this agreement with Thomas Lucas, the owner of Ashtead Park in exchange for renting the lodge at the cost of £40 per annum.
Alice married a local man Jack Worsfold in 1920 and gave birth to two sons, Howard and Meredith. She lived locally all her life until her death in 1974 aged 82.

  Meredith's mother Alice Maud Mary Jackman was born in 1892 in Totten Hampshire. Her father William, a railway porter at Lyndhurst, was tragically killed in an accident being hit by a train when Alice was only a few weeks old. Her Mother Fanny remarried Arthur Dibben a train driver, and the family moved to Rectory Lane Ashtead, Alice attended St Giles School Ashtead and was one of the pupils who took turns to sit in the window of West Lodge Ashtead Park and open the gates for approaching carriages. The headmaster of St Giles School made this agreement with Thomas Lucas, the owner of Ashtead Park in exchange for renting the lodge at the cost of £40 per annum.

  Alice married a local man Jack Worsfold in 1920 and gave birth to two sons, Howard and Meredith. She lived locally all her life until her death in 1974 aged 82. 

   Meredith walked a mile every day until well into his 80s, to keep active after a hip operation, and regularly stopped on his walk to chat with my Mum and Dad. We were all so upset to hear he had died, aged 90, in October 2012. I have included this photo of him taken as a child, as I feel if Ashtead residents are being remembered he should certainly be included.

Meredith Worsfold 1922-2012Meredith Worsfold 1922-2012

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) ashtead family history https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/1/remembering-ashtead-residents Sun, 17 Jan 2021 21:01:52 GMT
The Children Of St Giles' School Ashtead Surrey https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/1/the-children-of-st-giless-school-ashtead-surrey In 1852 the original part of the present St Giles' School was built on land given by Mrs Mary Howard and erected at her expense. The school was then conveyed to the Rector of the parish and his successors for ever. This lovely old photo, taken around 1880, shows children leaving the school.

Children Leaving St Giles School c.1880Children Leaving St Giles School c.1880In 1852 the original part of the school was built on land given by Mrs Mary Howard and erected at her expense. The school was then conveyed to the Rector of the parish and his successors for ever. Prior to this in Ashtead there had only been charity schools. One in Park Cottage in Park Lane was paid for by a bricklayer David White, who left money for educational purposes, and donations from the Howard family. In 1818 this school was attended by some seventy children under the care of James Penny and Elizabeth Huck.
Initially the school was in three parts, infants, boys and girls but the boys and girls were amalgamated in 1900, despite protests from the girls' mistress that although she would loyally do her part, she thought there was great moral harm in mixing the sexes! The head teacher would record daily the problems of running the school including the mystery of the missing dinners from the cloakroom, which was solved when a rat was found with it's nose in one of the baskets!

St Giles School Pupils 1911St Giles School Pupils 1911Back Row 4th From Left Emily Ada Lisney Born 1904. Aged 7 or 8.
 The normal school day was 9am to 4.30pm with eight weeks holiday a year. There were however, often problems with attendance as children could be kept at home to help with work such as haymaking and in bad weather attendance often dropped due to problems with travelling to school. Until 1925 when a new school was built in Langley Bottom, sixty children from the area were driven to school in a horse drawn wagon. In this photo taken in 1911, Emily Ada Lisney is pictured aged about 7 years old in the back row 4th from the left. 

St Giles School 100th AnniversarySt Giles School 100th Anniversary

In 2002 St Giles' School celebrated it's 150th Anniversary with a special Victorian Day and church service at St Giles Church. St Giles School 150th AnniversarySt Giles School 150th Anniversary   

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) ashtead history local https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2021/1/the-children-of-st-giless-school-ashtead-surrey Sat, 16 Jan 2021 14:46:52 GMT
Using The 1939 Register To Research Old Photos https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2020/10/using-the-1939-register-to-research-old-photos I find that both Find My Past and Ancestry.co.uk are excellent resources for researching family history. Infact it is virtually impossible to manage without sites like these. I remember spending days at public records offices and libraries in my early years of researching but now it is nearly all online. I can't help but miss those days out though. I have such fond memories of eating a sandwich in the sunshine, watching the signets on the pond outside the Public Records Office at Kew. Everyone was so chatty and you could build up quite a freindship with other regulars in those days. We offered each other advice and compared notes.  The "help" section on a family history website doesn't quite seem the same. I suppose that is the price for technology!

Without the internet, I doubt I would have been able to find out anything about the family in a collection of recent photos I purchased. There were very few clues, but a magazine cutting gave me a starting point. 


William Brownbill, Joseph Rainford, John McEgan Retirement Notice. D L Boult Divisional Works Manager.William Brownbill, Joseph Rainford, John McEgan Retirement Notice. D L Boult Divisional Works Manager.

One of the men in the photo is in other photos of a couple identified as Mum and Dad, but how to find which is his name as they are not identified individually in the photo. Another of the photos was of two young women in the back yard of a house with the caption Doreen and Lilian 308 Boundary Road, St Helens 1952. 

Lilian And Doreen Brownbill 308 Boundary Road St Helens Lancashire 1952Lilian And Doreen Brownbill 308 Boundary Road St Helens Lancashire 1952Lilian (Lily) Brownbill was born in 1934 and she is here on the left with her elder sister Doreen who was born in 1931.

With this information I could search the 1939 register on Find My Past which has a really useful address search option. I scrolled to number 308 and the family who lived where the Brownbill family. I had found the family so quickly. William and his wife Elizabeth with their daughters Doreen and Lily. Without the internet I'm sure it would have been days of trawling through files at The Public Records Office. For anyone who is trying to research family around that time I have found the 1939 register to be one of the most useful resources. I can now add photos of the Brownbill family to the website in the hope that one day a family member may find them.

William And Elizabeth Brownbill Scarborough 1965William And Elizabeth Brownbill Scarborough 1965William Brownbill was born in Prescot in Lancashire in 1900 he married Elizabeth Gillibrand who was also born in 1900 in 1924 and they had two daughters Doreen and Lilian.

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) 1939 family history register https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2020/10/using-the-1939-register-to-research-old-photos Wed, 14 Oct 2020 09:01:39 GMT
Happy Birthday Bagpuss! https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2020/2/happy-birthday-bagpuss On this day in 1974 Bagpuss appeared on our televisions for the first time. Made by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate through their company Smallfilms. The series of 13 episodes was first broadcast from the 12th February to the 7th May 1974. The title character was "a saggy, old cloth cat, baggy, and a bit loose at the seams".Although only 13 episodes were made, it remains fondly remembered, and was frequently repeated in the UK until 1987. In early 1999, Bagpuss topped a BBC poll for the UK's favourite children's television programme.

Large Soft Plush BagpussLarge Soft Plush Bagpuss

Even as a teenager, as I was when Bagpuss started, I loved him. I couldn't resist buying this lovely Bagpuss toy for just 10p at a jumble sale last year. Even though he is just a "a saggy, old cloth cat" . 

 

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) 1970s Bagpuss Children's television https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2020/2/happy-birthday-bagpuss Wed, 12 Feb 2020 20:35:35 GMT
Social History Is All Around Us https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2020/1/social-history-is-all-around-us I have always been so intersted in social history. Before I even knew what it really was. I can pinpoint the moment in my childhood when I became interested in collecting other peoples once loved items. I was five years old at school and our teacher told us tomorrow there would be a Bring and Buy Sale that we could attend at the end of the day and we could look round before the parents came to pick us up. I had no idea what a Bring and Buy Sale was but it sounded exciting. The next day my Mum gave me a three penny bit to put in my little school purse and off I went. I can still remember how I felt as I looked around the tables of goods that day. I couldn't believe I could possibly afford any of these beautiful items with just threepence and was too scared to speak. One kindly Mum who was serving asked me if there was anything I liked and I chose a little bead purse. She asked me how much money I had and when I told her threepence she said that was just how much it was. I was overjoyed.

Women At A Jumble Sale In The 1960sWomen At A Jumble Sale In The 1960sWomen At A Jumble Sale In The 1960s

I can remember clearly skipping all the way home with my Mum regaling the wonders of Bring and Buy Sales to her. When I got home I ran upstairs to examine my wonderful purchase. Inside the purse there was a little zip pocket. I unzipped it and inside was a shiny sixpence. I couldn't believe it a beautiful purse and a profit as well. I thought and thought about the person who had owned the purse and where it had been. It seemed so special to me because it had a history. I was hooked and still am. 

To me social history is in every item around us. Every little item from a train ticket to an old diary is a little moment in time to be preserved. I hope other people enjoy browsing the photos of the ordinary little items from the past on this site.

 

 

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) history jumble sales social https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2020/1/social-history-is-all-around-us Sun, 26 Jan 2020 11:28:17 GMT
Abandoned And Rusty Cars https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2019/12/abandoned-and-rusty-cars  

Cars are an enormous part of our lives. Most people work so hard to own their car, love it and polish it. It can become almost part of the family. I remember with such pleasure cars from my childhood. A Vauxhall Cresta and a Humber Sceptre. They are two I remember with such nostalgia. If I am at a show that has beautiful restored old cars and I am lucky enough to find one of these two I can't resist looking inside. Family holidays, days out at the seaside all come flooding back. My sister and I in the back with our little poodle. Happy days! If I found out one of our cars had been lovingly restored and was still driving around after all these years I would be so pleased. I was recently contacted by a man who was trying to locate a car he had owned in the late 1960s and found a photo of it on the site. He still hasn't found the car but between us we have managed to find out more of it's history. I photograph interesting cars all the time. Everyone of them has a past. This beautiful 1967 Volvo Amazon has been perfectly restored. How thrilled the original owner would be to know of its condition.

1967 Volvo 122S NYC 783F1967 Volvo 122S NYC 783F    However this is not how most cars end their days. I feel such a twinge of sadness when I see a once beautiful car abandoned and rusty. This lovely gold 1975 Mercedes 350 SE must have been a wonderful sight when brand new. It would definitely have been someones pride and joy.

1975 Mercedes 350 SE Auto KEH 628N1975 Mercedes 350 SE Auto KEH 628N
    Maybe in this present world, when we are constantly being told the worlds resources are not infinite, more of us should be restoring old cars and preserving what we have. One day it may become a necessity.

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) abandoned cars classic vintage https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2019/12/abandoned-and-rusty-cars Sun, 22 Dec 2019 10:35:22 GMT
The Joy Of Ladybird Books https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2019/12/the-joy-of-ladybird-books One make of books that takes me back to childhood almost more than any other are Ladybird books. I still have so many, some from when I was a child, but many have been given to me over the years by friends whose children have grown up, for my children when they were younger. Even though the stories are rather dated now, my children loved them and I had such pleasure reading them again. 

One of my favourites was Mick The Disobedient Puppy who was a little poodle puppy always getting in to scrapes. However he managed to save his family from a fire and all was forgiven, he was the hero of the day. I loved this story as we had a little poodle too. 

Ladybird Book Mick The Disobedient PuppyLadybird Book Mick The Disobedient PuppyThis book has lost it's dust jacket which would have had 2/6 printed on it. Printed between 1952 and 1965.

Mick THe Disobedient Pup InsideMick THe Disobedient Pup Inside

When I was at a jumble sale I discovered another Ladybird book from my childhood. It was in lovely condition and I couldn't resist buying it. It was called Tiptoes The Mischievous Kitten.

Ladybird Book Tiptoes The Mischievous KittenLadybird Book Tiptoes The Mischievous KittenMatt Boards. Priced 24p. Printed between 16 June 1975 – 10 January 1978.
Tiptoes The Mischevious KittenTiptoes The Mischevious Kitten
Every picture takes me back. It is a lovely little book telling the story of Mr Moffat who bought a kitten called Tiptoes as a present for his baby. Tiptoes is very naughty and Mrs Moffat is in despair. They discuss getting rid of her and she runs away only to return home a long time later a grown up and sensible cat with kittens of her own. 

I entirely blame Mr Moffat for being so irresponsible to buy a kitten as a present for a baby!

I'm sure everyone has a favourite Ladybird book and this is definitely mine! You can view all the Ladybird books in my collection Here

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) books children's ladybird https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2019/12/the-joy-of-ladybird-books Sat, 07 Dec 2019 09:08:22 GMT
Fun At The Seaside Between The Wars https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2019/9/fun-at-the-seaside-between-the-wars During the Edwardian era the annual holiday was for the privelidged few but by the 20s and 30s for large numbers of people it was becoming a way of life. Lido's, cinemas, piers and hotels were appearing all along sea fronts and Billy Butlin opened his first holiday camp, in Skegness in 1936. In this photo taken in the 1920s at an unknown seaside resort, the band is playing on the promenade while paddle steamers chug along in the background. It looks like an idylic, restful day out.
Sitting On The Promenade With The Band Playing 1920sSitting On The Promenade With The Band Playing 1920s

While older people enjoyed a restful break, for teenagers in the 1920s the war had changed life dramatically. Many young women found life was much less restrained. I love this next photo taken on Brighton beach in the late 1920s. The fun is so clear to see. All but one of the youngsters are identified on the back.

Left to Right Bob Penning, Elsie Ash, Gladys Punter, Don Penning, Alice Piper, ?, Heathcote Penning. I'm sure they looked back on this day with such happiness.
 

Teenagers On Brighton Beach 1920sTeenagers On Brighton Beach 1920sLeft to Right Bob Penning, Elsie Ash, Gladys Punter, Don Penning, Alice Piper, ?, Heathcote Penning. Taken 1928 or 1929.

Another traditional favourite at the seaside in the 1920s and 30s was Punch And Judy, incredibly dating back to the 1660s, by the late Victorian era the target audience had changed to children and the mobile seaside booth had become popular. This photo shows Uncle Lew's Punch And Judy at Great Yarmouth beach in the 1930s.

Uncle Lew's Punch and Judy Great Yarmouth Beach 1930sUncle Lew's Punch and Judy Great Yarmouth Beach 1930s

Finally of all the photos I have to choose from at the seaside in the 1930s I couldn't resist this showing this wonderful group of people dancing in the sea at Selsey Bill Sussex. I often look at my old photos and hope the people in them had a happy life. It is impossible to imagine that this group of people could not have done!

Dancing In The Sea At Selsey Bill Sussex 1930sDancing In The Sea At Selsey Bill Sussex 1930s

 

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) 1920s.1930s Britain leisure seaside https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2019/9/fun-at-the-seaside-between-the-wars Tue, 24 Sep 2019 19:06:49 GMT
The Joy Of A Robin https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2019/4/the-joy-of-a-robin I thought about one of the old photos in my collection yesterday when I was looking after my granddaughter Scarlett. Not yet two years old she loves animals and wildlife. We have been teaching her the names of different birds and while out and about she was overjoyed to see a “Rodin” . We were so pleased that she had recognised one without prompting from us.

That afternoon in the spring sunshine we were out in the garden. She was sitting on the bench with my youngest daughter watching me watering some new plants when another little robin starting running about in the flower bed. So tame and cheeky it was right next to us and Scarlett could not contain her joy at the moment.

Later that evening after Scarlett had gone I was thinking how wonderful moments like this make memories but I doubt Scarlett will remember it . If only we had been ready and taken a photograph it may have become a memory in life. One to hold onto in adulthood as a precious childhood moment. It is a lesson learned. Forget selfies with your children and grandchildren but capture the moment around you.

This is the lovely photo I thought of, look at the expressions on the women’s faces, it really is a tiny moment in time to bring joy forever. It certainly brings me joy when I look at it.

Feeding A Robin In The Garden 1950sFeeding A Robin In The Garden 1950s

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) feeding photo robin https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2019/4/the-joy-of-a-robin Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:10:11 GMT
Raising Money To Build Sutton Hospital https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/9/raising-money-to-build-sutton-hospital  

On 11th July 1931, after months of preparation, a carnival and fete to raise money for the building of Sutton and Cheam Hospital, was held. The day was attended by 22,000 people in Collingwood Road Recreation Ground. It was in bright sunshine that a procession of decorated cars set off from North Cheam and wound through back roads round Cheam and Sutton until it's final stretch down the High Street and Bushey Road to The Recreation Ground in Collingwood Road. This float shows Beauty Queen Miss Pat Louis accompanies by her child attendants.

Sutton Fete 11th July 1931Sutton Fete 11th July 1931The procession of cars set off from North Cheam wound through back roads round Cheam and Sutton until it's final stretch down the High Street and Bushey Road to The Recreation Ground in Collingwood Road. This float shows Beauty Queen Miss Pat Louis accompanies by her child attendants.

Ron & Ernest Webb, pictured below in their garden in Benhill Avenue Sutton,were among the hundreds of people collecting money throughout the day of the fete. The fete continued until midnight with attractions such as steam roundabouts, Punch & Judy, pony rides and swing boats. With the Sutton Red Cross Band providing the music for dancing in the evening the enormously popular day raised £2140 towards the building of the new Sutton and Cheam Hospital.
 

Ron And Ernest  Webb Sutton Fete 11th July 1931Ron And Ernest Webb Sutton Fete 11th July 1931Ron & Ernest Webb were among the hundreds of people collecting money throughout the day of the fete. This photo was taken in the back garden of their home Sundew in Benhill Avenue, Sutton. The fete continued until midnight with attractions such as steam roundabouts, Punch & Judy, pony rides and swing boats. With the Sutton Red Cross Band providing the music for dancing in the evening the enormously popular day raised £2140 towards the building of the new Sutton and Cheam Hospital.

More photos from the fundraising fete

 

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) hospital sutton https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/9/raising-money-to-build-sutton-hospital Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:29:32 GMT
Petticoat Lane In The 1960s https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/6/petticoat-lane-in-the-1960s Anyone who remembers London in the 1960s will remember how vibrant and exciting it all felt. Carnaby Street, Piccadilly Circus Petticoat Lane, as a child I remember how much I enjoyed visits "into town". Incredibly, with hardly any traffic on the road we could drive from Surrey into central London in 40 minutes to have a look round and Sundays were often spent window shopping when all the shops were closed. How sad those days have gone. I have added this photo of Carnaby Street in 1968 to the London section. There certainly was a buzz of activity there.

Petticoat Lane 1968Petticoat Lane 1968A photo of two ladies and a car in Petticoat Lane taken in 1968. More photos of London in the 1960s, 70, and 80s are available here.

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) 1960s 1968 lane london petticoat https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/6/petticoat-lane-in-the-1960s Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:23:30 GMT
Kidderminster In The 1970s https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/6/kidderminster-in-the-1970s I have added new photos taken in 1977 to the Worcestershire section with photos of The Swan Centre, John Fane Wine Shop, TV Minster TV Rentals and Fosbrooks. There are also photos of the industrial chimneys in the background. The fashions worn by the girls in the photo below are brilliant. They so take me back to the type of clothes I wore on nights out in the 1970s.

Kidderminster 1977Kidderminster 1977A photo of Kidderminster in Worcestershire taken in 1977 showing people at the entrance to the Swan Centre, John Fane Wine Shop, TV Minster TV Rentals and Fosbrooks Fashion Store. More photos from this collection can be seen here.

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) 1970s 1977 fashion kidderminster worcestershire https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/6/kidderminster-in-the-1970s Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:41:07 GMT
Lytham St Annes In The 1970s https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/6/lytham-st-annes-in-the-1970s I have added several photos of Lytham St Annes in the Lancashire section of the website. Some lovely shots of old cars, shops and fashions of the time. Here is one with the Gateway Building Society in the row of shops. What a blast from the past that is! There are eleven photos in total so if you feel nostalgic about the area in the 1970s it is well worth a look. Lytham St Annes 1977Lytham St Annes 1977A photo of Lytham St Annes taken in 1977 showing Gateway Building Society, shops, people and cars. View more photos here.

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) 1970s 1977 fashion lytham st annes https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/6/lytham-st-annes-in-the-1970s Tue, 12 Jun 2018 10:38:42 GMT
Commercial Airlines In The 1970s https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/6/commercial-airlines-in-the-1970s In the newly updated aeroplane section there are photos of an Singapore Airlines Jumbo Jet and Concorde featuring the Singapore Airlines livery. The jointly operated British Airways & Singapore Airlines Concorde service was only in operation from 1977 – 1980. The Singapore Airways livery was only on one side of the fuselage, as the other side was adorned with the British Airways Negus livery. There are a some very interesting photos of the cockpits which of course now because of security reasons would not be allowed to be taken. 

Singapore Airlines Concorde 1980 Photo No 2Singapore Airlines Concorde 1980 Photo No 2Photo of a Singapore Airlines Concorde taken in 1980.

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) 1970s airlines https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/6/commercial-airlines-in-the-1970s Thu, 07 Jun 2018 10:57:05 GMT
Family Home Movies https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/6/family-home-movies Is there ever a more nostalgic scene than those beautiful family moments captured in the silent family home movies of the past. Sadly discarded and lost from the families my hope is that one day a family member may spot the films and they can be reunited with their rightful owners. Take a bit of time and be transported back in time to this new section on the website which will be added to regularly. 

Home Life 1961

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) cine family films home movies vintage https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/6/family-home-movies Sun, 03 Jun 2018 08:02:37 GMT
Around Carshalton In Photos. https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/2/around-carshalton-in-photos I have been adding photos to the Carshalton section in Surrey Photos today. As it is my local area I always like to take photos when I am out and about. I hope anyone who has lived in the area and has left will enjoy a trip back to their old home town.

The Woodman CarshaltonThe Woodman Carshalton The Woodman in Carshalton High Street.

Carshalton PondsCarshalton PondsTaken on 14th May 2017 Carshalton Ponds.

The Clock House Pound Street CarshaltonThe Clock House Pound Street Carshalton The Clock Shop.

Waterfall On The River Wandle Grove Park Carshalton 2010Waterfall On The River Wandle Grove Park Carshalton 2010

The waterfall in Grove Park. Carshalton is certainly a lovely place to live.

 

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) carshalton grove park photos https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/2/around-carshalton-in-photos Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:53:59 GMT
The Castle Irwell Campus University Of Salford Agecroft Power Station And Kersal Flats https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/2/the-castle-irwell-campus-university-of-salford-and-kersal-flats I was lucky enough recently to come across an old box of slides from 1980 totally unidentified but with some interesting views. After copying them I uploaded them to a group on Flickr where people try to identify just such photos. Within weeks they were identified as views from The Castle Irwell Campus University Of Salford towards Kersal flats, all of which have been demolished, and surrounding areas. If you are local to that area or attended the university they are really worth looking at. I am so grateful to the people on Flickr for all their help.

Agecroft Power Station Manchester 1980Agecroft Power Station Manchester 1980Taken from the Chemistry Tower which was demolished in 1993. The view towards Agecroft Power Station Manchester 1980.

View From Chemistry Tower University Of Salford 1980View From Chemistry Tower University Of Salford 1980Looking West To The Tower Blocks In The Belvedere Area Of Salford View From Chemistry Tower University Of Salford 1980. Looking West To The Tower Blocks In The Belvedere Area Of Salford.

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) agecroft castle flats irwell kersal power salford station university https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/2/the-castle-irwell-campus-university-of-salford-and-kersal-flats Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:19:06 GMT
St Mary's Infant School West Street Carshalton https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/2/st-marys-infant-school-west-street-carshalton The section of photos looking at school days has been updated with new photos in the St Mary's Infant School Carshalton album. There are new photos for the centenary celebration in 1990 of both infant children and St Mary's Junior School children who came over for the country dancing display. Didn't Mr Hennessey and Mrs Hulme look good?

St Mary's Infant And Junior School Carshalton Centenary Celebration 1990 Photo 8St Mary's Infant And Junior School Carshalton Centenary Celebration 1990 Photo 8 There must be so many children who remember this day fondly. Here's Mrs Juster surveying the proceedings. 

St Mary's Infant And Junior School Carshalton Centenary Celebration 1990 Photo 4St Mary's Infant And Junior School Carshalton Centenary Celebration 1990 Photo 4 The other photos added are of the building of the school hall in 1999, there is also an inside photo of the old school hall. There are 25 photos in the section now so it is well worth a look if you have happy memories of the school.

The Building Of The New School Hall St Mary's Infant School Carshalton 1999 2The Building Of The New School Hall St Mary's Infant School Carshalton 1999 2

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) days school https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2018/2/st-marys-infant-school-west-street-carshalton Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:36:23 GMT
Tuesday 12th December Is National Postal Workers Day https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2017/12/tuesday-12th-december-is-national-postal-workers-day Today is National Postal Workers day. We should really spare a thought for our hard working postmen and women today as they struggle with a mountain of cards and parcels. Unless you have worked outside all day with freezing cold hands and feet you can't really appreciate how hard it is. They have a mountain of post now, most of it people don't even want and yet always seem to remain cheerful. Over the years postal workers jobs have changed enormously. The postman in the photo dates to around 1910.

A British Postman c 1910A British Postman c 1910A British Postman c 1910

    He may not have had mountains of junk mail to carry about but he would have had to make four deliveries a day over a very large area, all on foot. So take a moment to appreciate your hard pressed postman or woman today in this busy run up to Christmas.

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) postal postmen workers https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2017/12/tuesday-12th-december-is-national-postal-workers-day Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:56:00 GMT
Children's Birthday Parties In The 1950s https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2017/7/childrens-parties-in-the-1950s   Nowadays children's parties are big business. Entertainment, themes and events make for weeks of planning and great expense. Simple parties from the 1950s and 60s when musical chairs and pin the tail on the donkey was the order of the day are a distant memory. I have added some photos of one little girl's party in the late 1950s and they really are a nostalgic look back to a different time.

UK Photo Archive: One Little Girl's Party 1950s &emdash; Blowing Out The Candles

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) 1950s birthday party childrens https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2017/7/childrens-parties-in-the-1950s Mon, 03 Jul 2017 19:36:02 GMT
The London Underground In The 1970s https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2017/7/the-london-underground-in-the-1970s The London Underground photo section has been updated today with some new photos taken in the 1970s. I find these photos very nostalgic as I used to work in Regent Street in the 1970s and regularly travelled to these stations. I particularly like the photo of Tottenham Court Road station ticket hall. I remember well buying 10p tickets, I don't think you would travel very far for that today.

UK Photo Archive: The London Underground &emdash; Tottenham Court Road Station 1970s

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) 1970s London Underground https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2017/7/the-london-underground-in-the-1970s Sat, 01 Jul 2017 20:10:24 GMT
Primrosing In The 1960s https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2017/6/primrosing-in-the-1960s    I recently was given some photos of a family with the description "Primrosing In Canwick Lincolnshire Spring 1960". It was a term I had never seen before and after research found it referred to the practice of people going out to the countryside and picking wild primroses in the spring. Presumably this was a popular pastime at the time as there was so much countryside with an abundance of wild flowers. I would think in present times it would frowned upon but it's lovely to look back at a time when days out were as restful and simple as this.

UK Photo Archive: Primrosing In Canwick Lincolnshire Spring 1960 &emdash; Primrosing (Picking Primroses) Canwick Lincolnshire Spring 1960

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) 1960 Canwick Lincolnshire primroses primrosing https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2017/6/primrosing-in-the-1960s Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:29:32 GMT
Remembering The Men Who Died At The Battle Of Vimy Ridge https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2017/4/remembering-the-men-who-died-at-the-battle-of-vimy-ridge UK Photo Archive: Canadians In World War One &emdash; The Canadian Light Horse Going Into Action On Vimy Ridge

The Canadian Light Horse Going Into Action On Vimy Ridge

UK Photo Archive: Canadians In World War One &emdash; A Canadian Soldier At The Graves Of His Comrades At Vimy Ridge

A Canadian Soldier At The Graves Of His Comrades At Vimy Ridge

The attack at Vimy Ridge was undertaken by the Canadian Corps (of the First Army) on Easter Monday, the 9th of April, 1917. Today we remember all the men who died in this battle.

 

 

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) Canadians Ridge Vimy https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2017/4/remembering-the-men-who-died-at-the-battle-of-vimy-ridge Sun, 09 Apr 2017 12:12:16 GMT
Work Continues On The Marks And Spencer Site In Ashtead Street https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2017/4/MarksSpencerAshtead UK Photo Archive: The Present Day &emdash; The Marks And Spencer Site Ashtead Street 7th September 2016

Taken on the 7th September 2016.

UK Photo Archive: The Present Day &emdash; The Marks And Spencer Site Ashtead Street 7th April 2017

Taken on 7th April 2017.

These photos were are taken seven months apart and work is progressing on the new Marks And Spencer site in Ashtead Street. I wish I had taken a photo of the petrol station that used to stand here, I am already starting to forget it.

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(UK Photo And Social History Archive) Ashtead Building Marks Spencer and https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/blog/2017/4/MarksSpencerAshtead Sat, 08 Apr 2017 13:57:23 GMT