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Stream Cottages, a look back in time

I would like to share with you my original detailed real photographic postcard, scanned at 1200dpi, which shows children paddling in the water at the end of Ditton Stream which is a road in the village of Ditton in Kent. This card shows Hall House which is now a pair of houses known as Stream Cottages and is Grade II* listed. The timber framed building was constructed around 1420-1450 and a solar wing was added around 1480-1500. It has a tiled roof with return gables at both ends, 16th century molded wooden barge boards and the remains of timber-framing inside. Also inside can be found a built in stack with carved Tudor arched wooden bressumers to fireplaces, molded beams and a crown-post over what was once the hall. The house now has 19th century cladding to the 1st floor. (information about Hall House from the Kent History Forum Website).                         Stream Cottages DittonCompare with the view from Google Maps below.                                                                         The Stream Ditton Kent

It is good to know that this building is still standing and listed and preserved.

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.







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





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.


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.




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.










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.