Wednesday 10 July 2013

Hampton, Middlesex, Church Street c1950

Hampton, Middlesex, Church Street circa 1950. Church Street is actually the road to the right, obscured by the minibus in the Google Street View. The photograph was taken from Thames Street. In the postcard we can see the overhead power lines for the trolleybuses which superceded the trams in the 1920s. The trolleybuses were phased out in this area in the early 1950s. The church you can see, St Mary's, is the parish church of Hampton. The postcard was published by E. A. Wilson of Sunbury, a relative by marriage of W. H. Applebee, the prolific early 20th century postcard publisher from Ashford. Click the postcard to enlarge.

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  1. The photographer must have given up trying to get a shot without that grid of lines. Surely overhead tram wires were as visually intrusive to people of the era as they seem to us now.

  2. It's nice to see this old photo of Thames Street. There were very tall wood gates for the tram to pass through at the location in my picture where there is a tall column in the wall.



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