Tuesday 31 January 2012

Feltham, Middlesex, Harlington Road c1912

Feltham, Middlesex, Harlington Road circa 1912. A peaceful scene from a hundred years ago. The elegant building on the right is Feltham Lodge, now used by the charity Age UK. The original Feltham Lodge was built between 1754 and 1800 for Mr John Cole Steele, who lived there until 1802. He was murdered on Hounslow Heath. In 1882 plans for the present lodge were drawn up and in the same year the old building was demolished. This new lodge, standing in some 6 acres, was built in 1888 (Thanks to Kathleen Hope for the information).

Postcard published by W. H. A. of Ashford. Click the postcard to enlarge.

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Saturday 28 January 2012

Richmond, Surrey, The Theatre c1904

Richmond, Surrey, The Theatre circa 1904. This is Richmond's fourth theatre and was built in 1899. It is still going strong today. The postcard was published in about 1904 by local photographer Frank Case. Below the Google Street View are some pages from a booklet published to celebrate the opening of the theatre, published in about 1900, called 'The Theatres of Richmond 1719 to 1899'. I particularly like the opulent bar. The theatre's interior is surprisingly unchanged today. Finally there is a postcard by Young and Co of Teddington showing the theatre from the other side taken in about 1910. Click on the pictures to enlarge. The theatre's official website is here and there is a wikipedia article here.

For more old pictures please visit the Sepia Saturday blog.

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Sunday 22 January 2012

Boscombe, Dorset, Gladstone Road c1910

Boscombe, Dorset, Gladstone Road circa 1910. Postcard by Young and Co of Teddington. Click the postcard to enlarge.

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Saturday 14 January 2012

Steamboat 'Hampton Court', somewhere on the Thames c1925

Steamboat 'Hampton Court', somewhere on the Thames circa 1925. The people on this boat appear to be having great fun. Some are playing to the camera, pretending to be drunk. Perhaps it was a works outing. Unknown location, somewhere on the Thames. If any readers know the location please let me know. Hampton Court is a pleasure steamer built and operated by Salters in 1923. Both the boat and the company are still going, though the boat is no longer steam powered. Postcard publisher not stated. Click the postcard to enlarge - if you save it to your computer you can see a high resolution version with more detail. No 'now' picture this time, I don't know the location.

For more old pictures visit the Sepia Saturday blog where this week's theme is hats.

Wednesday 11 January 2012

Farington, Lancashire, Spring Gardens c1912

Farington, Lancashire, Spring Gardens circa 1912. Farington is a village just north of Leyland. This part of Stanifield Lane used to be called Spring Gardens. One of the newspaper headlines on the left says 'Suffragist threat to blow up express' which may help to date the postcard. Click the postcard to enlarge.

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Friday 6 January 2012

New Heston Village, Middlesex, c1912

New Heston Village, Middlesex, circa 1912. The Elm Tree pub is still there on the right, but is much altered. The building in the distance just above the children's heads looks the same though. Postcard by W H Applebee. For more old photos visit Sepia Saturday. Click on the postcard to enlarge.

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