Postcards Pt.1 - August 2019


Flying Machine 640

A carnival entry and I hope it won first prize! The view behind the ‘flying machine’ is Town Street, Marple Bridge but at first I doubted this because of the trees. However, follow this link to see the proof.

 Windlehurst Farm 640

In 1911 John Russell, a woollen cloth merchant, lived here with his sister Martha who was his housekeeper. Frances Lambourne was their domestic servant.


Butcher shop 640

The young man, second from the left, is Arthur Joe Hawley, standing outside Critchlow’s Butchers shop in Bakewell, Derbyshire, circa 1898. Why is this postcard included in the collection? Answer: because Joe, as he was known, owned a butcher’s shop in Marple (See photo via this link) In the 1911 census, Joe, his wife Coralie and their 3 children lived ‘above the shop’ at 41 Market Street. Joe changed career later in life and became the owner of a fish and chip shop in Church Lane. (link). What goes around comes around – this building is now a fish restaurant.

Queenie Hall 640 Queenie was born in 1907 and lived at Druid’s cottage, Mill Brow, near to the Hare & Hounds. The first cottage to the east of the Hare & Hounds was The Druids Arms, a beer house from 1850 – 1910. Queenie appears to be helping with the haymaking but it looks contrived to me.


Brabyns 640 WW1

Taken at the back of Brabyns Hall during WW1, I haven’t seen this particular image before. I can only name Miss Hudson and her dog, “Our Laddie”. The ornate glass veranda/entrance can be seen in a much later photo (link ).


Glossop Beef 640


This postcard made me smile! Postmarked 1911,the message on the back is “This is the class beef they feed in Glossop. Am having a grand time. Tell Mrs Grove she won’t know me, if I get that size when I come home. May”


Hilary Atkinson

August 2019