Tag Archives: England

Amateur Theatre in the 1960’s

I was fortunate to find an album of photographs kept by Peter Hibbitt, an amateur actor as a record of his stage performances.  These provide a great insight into stage production during the 1960’s.

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Peter Hibbitt (above) playing the role of ‘The Tramp’.

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Peter Hibbitt (above) playing the part of Frank Gibbons.

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A tribute to all actors past and present who give of their time to entertain us.

Down on the Hop Farm

These faded photographs from the early part of the 1900’s give an insight of life on Seabrook Brothers Hop Farm in Tonbridge Kent. The cart loaded up for delivery, the farmhouse, and the farmers children.                                                                                                                        seabrook-hop-farm-1

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Photographic Gems in a second hand shop.

We have a small house clearance shop just across the road from our church and I usually look in when I pass by. I have an interest in old postcards and photographs and this week I was lucky to find these two wonderful photographs from the 1940’s ?                                           tolley-portrait-07-12-16

What a wonderful  portrait, a work of art, undated, by Guttenberg Photographers, Manchester.

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I love the composition of this photograph, how ones eye is lead to the farmhouse, then the fields beyond. Again this photograph is undated but the chalk quarry in the far distance on the right suggest the home counties.

 

 

Newington Causeway Elephant & Castle

Wednesday 30th March 1949, a 24″ diameter water main has burst below the carriageway of Newington Causeway South London causing extensive damage to the roadway.

These wonderfully detailed original 6″ x 8″ prints were taken from Glass Plate Negatives.   These photographs were taken by the Metropolitan Water Board at the time to serve as a record of the damaged caused.

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All the views captured by the camera have long since vanishes, swallowed up in the 1960’s during the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle. I am glad to have been able to save and to share these great images with you.

Union Street Southwark 1950

A group of original photographs were taken along Union Street in the London Borough of Southwark. These detailed 6″ x 8″prints have been scanned at 600dpi and were originally printed from Glass Plate Negatives. Major water main work was due to take place along this road and as a safeguard against any claims for property damage during excavation works the photographer captured any pre existing damage on film.

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Hope you enjoyed this trip back to the past.

Day Trip to Brighton – Athina B

On Monday 21st January 1980 the merchant ship ‘Athina B’ ran aground on Brighton beach due to engine failure in bad weather. The following photographs were taken during a day trip to this South Coast resort on Saturday 26th January 1980. We had a trouble free journey on the A23 and parked on the Western Promenade near West Pier.                                                                                                                            Brighton (Athina B (2)As you can see by this photo it was a bright sunny day with many sightseers making their way to the eastern end of the promenade where the Athina B had beached.                                                                        Brighton (Athina B (3)All the beachside cafe were open including the seafront Volk’s Electric Railway to cash in on the large number of sightseers. It was more like a Summer Bank Holiday rather than a winter’s day in January.                Brighton (Athina B (5) My parents with the Athina B in the background.                                         Brighton (Athina B (10)The crowds viewing the ship.                                                                                Brighton (Athina B (15)A local artist recording the event.                                                                        Brighton (Athina B (18)The crowds viewing the wreck from the middle promenade.                     Brighton (Athina B (19)Making our way back to the car along with the many hundreds who enjoyed this unexpected day out in the winter sunshine.

Corton, Suffolk, years of change

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Spent many happy family holidays here in my childhood and later years.

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We stayed here at Corton Caravan Club, just a short walk to the long sandy beach. We first traveled up by train to Corton Station and later by car, a Standard 10 and Austin A40. Times change and both the camp and the beach has gone. The caravan club was demolished to make way for a new sewerage treatment works and the beach washed away by the sea. The following images are ‘before’ and ‘after’  showing these changes.

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This is a postcard showing the modern chalets.

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This photograph was taken in 1990, the camp was abandoned and derelict.

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The Clubhouse at Corton Caravan Site.                                                                                                       013 1990

Here is a photograph taken in 1990 showing the ruined clubhouse.

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This postcard from the 1960’s shows the wide expanse of sandy beach.

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This photo taken in 1967 shows coastal defense work being undertaken.

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This photograph was taken in 1990 from the base of the ramp.

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This photograph taken in 1995 shows the beach now overwhelmed by the sea. This ramp was later washed away and replaced by a steel staircase.

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And this photograph of 2012 taken where the base of the ramp and seawall was. The sea is now on the other side of the breakwater and the cliff is now badly eroded. This area is under continuous change but the fond memories of happy childhood holidays remain.