Tag Archives: History

Batchelors Farm, Barns Green.

This is a scan of my original postcard showing an interior view of the farm house at Batchelor’s Farm near Horsham in Sussex. This shows their Study in the early 1900’s complete with all furnishings and provides a wonderful insight of the Victorian Era.

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3Bye for now, hope you have enjoyed this trip back in time with me.

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Coffee Stained Pin up.

This is a wonderful postcard that could have been overlooked because of the coffee stains, I can imagine a German soldier, perhaps sheltering in a dugout, drinking coffee, being uplifted by her beauty and giving the will to overcome the terrible conditions at that time. This is portrait of  Henny Porten, who was a German actress and film producer of the silent era, and Germany’s first major film star.  She appeared in more than 170 films between 1906 and 1955. Many of her earlier films were directed by her husband Curt A. Stark, who died during World War I on the Eastern Front in 1916.     Henny Porten (German Actress)

In 1921, she remarried to Wilhelm von Kaufmann. When the Nazis took power, she famously told Hitler where he could go to when he castigated her for being married to a Jew,  when she refused to divorce her Jewish husband she found that her career (while doing twelve films a year ), dissolved immediately.  When she resolved on emigration, she was denied an exit visa to prevent a negative impression.  She made ten films during the Nazi era. Her placid and reassuring persona helped calm audiences confronted with Allied bombardment. In 1944, after an aerial mine destroyed her home, she and her husband were out on the streets, as it was forbidden to shelter a full Jew.

Frieda Ulricke “Henny” Porten (7th January 1890 – 15th October 1960)

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.

Ingoldmells, a trip down memory lane.

We had a holiday in Ingoldmells in June 1992, an unbelievable 25 years ago. At that time it was a fairly quiet holiday resort on the East Coast in Lincolnshire just a few miles north of Skegness. I took all the following photographs in the morning, starting outside the camp and walking down to Sea Lane which runs from the village east to the promenade. The more recent photographs are from Google Maps.

This is the main entrance to Coastfields Caravan site in June 1992.                                        INGOLDMELLS-COASTFIELD CARAVAN PARK-JUNE 1992

This is the same entrance today.                                                                                                         Coastfields

This is a view down Roman Bank towards Sea Lane in June 1992.                                           INGOLDMELLS-ROMAN BANK -JUNE 1992

Here is the same view today, note the rides in Fantasy Island on the horizon.                       Roman Road

Now we come to the area of greatest change, Sea Lane, here is my photograph taken in June 1992, looking west towards the traffic lights at the junction of Roman Way.                 INGOLDMELLS-SEA LANE-JUNE 1992 (1)

Here is the same view now.                                                                                                                 Sea Lane

The only building still standing in my original photograph is now a Spar Supermarket which is on the other side of the crossroads and not visible in the photo above.   INGOLDMELLS-SEA LANE-JUNE 1992 (1)

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This photograph was taken at Sea Lane at the junction with Roman Way, view west towards the village.                                                                                                                               INGOLDMELLS-SEA LANE-JUNE 1992 (2)

And the same view now, buildings on the left replaced by Fantasy Island.                             Sea Lane Roman Bank

And now my last photograph of my walk. This is Sea Lane view west just down from the junction with Roman Way.                                                                                                                    INGOLDMELLS-EASTGATE CENTRE-JUNE 1992

Here is the same view today.                                                                                                               Sea Lane (West)

Hope you have enjoyed my walk down memory lane. Ingoldmells will continue to grow and change in the years to come but in the past 25 years one thing has remained completely unchanged, my relationship with The Lord Jesus, He is forever constant and unchangeable.

 

 

 

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.

‘B’ Western Movies of 1950’s

Last week I passed by the window of John Tolley Antiques on the way home from King’s Church in Catford Hill London and there was a group of photographs on display. I like collecting old photographs so when the shop opened again I purchased them. It was only a group of four 8″ x 10″ prints from the USA published by the 20th Century Fox Studio, two depicted scenes from Western Movies, a third image was of the movie star Kathleen Crowley. On the reverse  of these three prints was the name of the film ‘The Quiet Gun’, which I found came out in 1957. The fourth print had no details so dear reader if you recognize the film or the actors I would welcome the information. My friend Angela told me that theses publicity photographs were issued alongside the posters to accompany the film when it was issued to the Cinema.                                                                                                     the-quiet-gun-1957-a

Kathleen Crowley who was one of the actors in The Quiet Gun.

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Kathleen Crowley, interesting to note that this scene does not appear in the film, nor the cowboy !!! This role is played by Forrest Tucker and the characters do not kiss on screen. The only conclusion is that this image came from an early screen test.

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Here is another scene that does not appear on screen, the film cast the actor Lee Van Cleef as the bad guy and has no ‘gang’ with him. So another mystery ! The director moves to a distant view of the main street and the shooting is not shown in any detail.

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Here is the last photograph, this image is from a film but no details are shown on this image. I would imagine this still dates from the late 1950’s but will require a bit of detective work to find out which one. So dear reader if you recognize the female actor  or the film please let me know.

 

 

 

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.