I have only been to Whitby on one occasion, for the 2008 Regatta, but these views from 199 steps up to Whitby Abbey always make me want to go back.
Both of these studio portraits seems to be referencing a very romantic view of country life.
A couple pose by a garden wall in front of a country cottage, which is actually a painted backdrop hanging in a photographic studio in Scarborough (on the back of the photograph is printed “E Taylor. 63 Eastboro[ugh]. Scarboro[ugh]“). The garden wall appears to have a rather rough, realistic, texture to it, whilst the cottage is a rather fantastic assortment of architectural feature, complete with flowers climbing up the wall.
In the second photograph a lady stand behind a crude constructed gate or fence, which stands at the end of a country lane. The lane is lined with clumps of flowers and in the distance can be seen a very stylised pair of buildings; a farm house possibly, with some very substantial trees behind it. The back of this photograph only has half of a label, “Stephen Young, Shields Row, S…“. Could that be Shields Row, Stanley, County Durham? It appears that Shields Row is not a common place name or so it would seem following my internet search engine enquiries.
What do these photographs tell us? Perhaps they’re about an increasingly urban and industrialised society looking back to an idealised vision of it’s rural beginnings.
Although it’s not my cup of tea, you can’t help but notice all the “Ghost Tours” around York, but I can’t say I’ve ever noticed “The Ghost Bus Tour”. I first noticed it on Tower Street and it was still parked there when I reached the top of Clifford’s Tower, so I took the opportunity to photograph it from above as well.
I wonder if spotting this black iconic 1960’s Routemaster will become a regular feature of my visits to York?
You can read more about The Ghost Bus Tour here.
I only found out that The Poachers would be exercising their freedom of Cleethorpes the day before the parade was due to take place, but as it happened I had the day off work and was able to attend. Two Companies of the Regiment marched down St. Peter’s Avenue, through the Market Place and down Alexandra Road with their band playing, swords drawn, bayonets fixed and colours flying to mark their return from operations in Afghanistan.
I ended up watching the parade from quite a quiet section of Alexandra Road (I didn’t see how busy St. Peter’s Avenue was) and it was only after the parade marched passed that I got a more accurate impression of how many people were lining the route, as those lining the roads began to follow The Poachers up to the Memorial Gate, where veteran standard bearers from the British Legion and some flag waving school children were waiting for them.
Quite a crowd gathered to hear the various civic and military dignitaries make speeches and every opportunity was taken to applaud. The band played outside the National Westminster bank, but the crowd was so dense that I could not see them, despite their scarlet tunics. You can read more about the parade in the Grimsby Telegraph: ‘Proud moment’ for Lincolnshire Poachers as more than 100 soldiers parade through Cleethorpes.
Exactly how this photograph made its way up to Lincolnshire from Ilford we will probably never know, but on the reverse is written “Alf & Billie, 1920”, so presumably it was either delivered to them by hand or in a letter that the photograph has long since been parted from.
The photographer, “F. G. Paget, 195 High Road, Ilford“, must have had quite a substantial studio, because that is a very impressive backdrop behind this charming couple. I think Mr. Paget must have taken on a lot of wedding related commissions, because the couple’s wedding rings are clearly on display and the composition of the photograph reminds me of the signing of the register photographs common to most modern wedding albums (either that or the position of the hands is a complete coincidence).
I was in the Lincolnshire market town of Louth this morning and managed to acquire some more photographs for my collection; this was my favourite. It was the hair of the chap on the left that caught my attention; what volume! I also like the pointed collar, cricket jumper and double breasted jacket look he’s sporting. His companion also seems to be sporting a cricket jumper under his suit jacket, but he seems to be affecting a smarter look with his slicked back hair, buttoned up collar and tie.
The photographers were kind enough to put their full address on the back of the postcard: A. E. Wrate. 17 Lumley Road and The Beach Studio, Skegness. Also High St. and The Kiosk, Mablethorpe. My last visit to Skegness was over three years ago, but my vague memories and a bit of map work, lead me to believe that this photograph was taken in Skegness, on the corner of Lumley Road and Lumley Avenue (the building on the right is still recognisable today as the HSBC bank).
The only thing written on the reverse is “Enolin Tooth Paste”.
With the Tour de France officially departed from Yorkshire I expected the number of yellow bicycles to have decreased since my last visit to York, but if anything I seemed to have noticed even more yellow bicycles and Tour themed decorations around the city today! Here are some of my favourites: