Thursday 23 December 2010

Richmond Bridge, Surrey, March 18th, 1915

The message on the back simply states 'Chummy on point duty, March 18 1915'. One must assume that Chummy is the name of the dog, not the policeman. It would have been a common sight in 1915 to see soldiers on horseback in any part of the country. I can't remember the last time I saw a horse on Richmond bridge. The buildings on the left are part of the entrance to the Bridge House Hotel (see below). Richmond bridge was opened in 1777 and widened in 1937. I have quite a lot of postcards of Richmond bridge and nearby locations so expect to see more here in the future. This postcard was published by Talbot Studios of Richmond.

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Bridge House Hotel was a popular spot for day trippers and tourists to take tea overlooking the river. The hotel is no longer there.
People taking tea in Bridge House Hotel garden in about 1910:

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