Hopton on Sea

Hopton on Sea, Norfolk

Postcard dating from the 1960’s showing Hopton on Sea in Norfolk. We started to travel up here on our family holidays in the 1950’s. Dad worked on the railways so was able to get a reduced rate ticket. At that time Hopton still had a Railway and our holiday camp was next door to the Station. If you look at the lower section of this card you will see Station Road and the railway bridge in the distance. We use to pack our trunk about a week before and sent it ahead of us by train direct to the holiday camp. When we arrived at the station the local children were waiting to meet the train with the carts to carry to holiday makers cases to the camp to earn a few extra pennies. The site was called Grooms Holiday Camp, accommodation was a wooden chalet with no mod con’s. Meals were provided in a large hall, anyone coming in late would have to pay a forfeit. The photo below shows me and my brother running across the central field, the chalets are in the background with the railway embankment and station behind.


The beach was about 10 minutes walk, passing by a small newspaper shop where one could buy a bucket and spade and postcards and ice cream. The beach was accessed by a low cliff and was at that time a wide expanse of sand as shown on the postcard.72 HOP (1)

We spent many a happy hour there and later we could have a long walk along the cliff top. Times have changed, the railway has gone with only the road name to remind us that there ever was a Station here. The beach and cliff has been much eroded and there are new coastal defences to hold back the forces of nature. I still like returning this part of East Anglia, it brings back many memories of happy holidays.



More than a postcard

Paris, St. Denis (1)

Just a general view of Paris….until you read the message on the other side.

Paris, St. Denis (2)

An eyewitness account of the start of the First World War…the card reads;

Isleworth, Sunday 2nd August 1914.

Had to fly from here last evening, arrived home 7.30 this morning.                                         The scenes at Paris were heart rendering last evening, quite a panic.                                         So sorry about your papers, hope you are keeping well,                                                                  Its damp so take care.

Why ‘Heart Rendering’ scenes ?  Why ‘Panic’ ?                                                                                    It was the start of WW1.

On Saturday 1st August in at 4pm in France, the order for mobilisation was issued, though President Poincaré said it was a precaution and that a peaceful outcome might still be attainable. Posters appeared on the streets of Paris: General Mobilization. The First Day of Engagement is Sunday 2nd August.

So dear reader, not just another postcard but written testimony of how this news affected the population of Paris.

English Seaside

Brighton, Blackrock and PoolI have been collecting postcards since the 1970’s and have been revisiting the collection. Although most date from the early 1900’s  I have ‘modern’ cards dating from the late 1960’s. I purchased these on family holidays where we stayed in Caravan Sites and on day trips at the weekend. These are a wonderful record of resorts that have since undergone many changes through redevelopment or coastal erosion. This postcard shows the open air pool at Blackrock in Brighton on the South Coast. This is now the site of the Brighton Marina complete with a major Supermarket.

This is my first attempt of writing a blog so any comments most welcome.