Many months ago I showed you a postcard of the school in Framfield, Sussex which was really the school building rather than todays postcard which hardly shows anything of the building, but instead shows the school in terms of the children that made up the school.
This really is a delightful postcard, admittedly the quality is not brilliant but what I really like is that this doesn’t have the formality of normal school photos, with children lined up in rows. Here we find the children all over the place, some in the road, some peering through the hedge and some even climbing in the hedge by the look of it.
The majority are standing, but there are some kneeling, one little boy on his hands and knees and a couple of boys lying in the road. If you look really closely it looks like four of the boys have bottles in their hands, one boy in the middle looks like he might be saluting, but I think he is probably taking a swig from his bottle. And not a teacher to be seen anywhere.
The sad thing of course is that we don’t know who any of these children are, although I feel sure that there must be several HEMSLEY children among this lot and probably a few other relatives. Unfortunately I don’t have any other photos to compare this against, but I would guess this dates from around 1910.
Interestingly when you compare this with the other postcard it also looks like the photograph has been flipped, the school building should be on the left hand side of the postcard. I wonder whether this was an accident or whether the publisher (A.H. Homewood of Burgess Hill, Sussex) thought it looked better this way?
The postcard below shows the parish church of St. Peters in Twineham, Sussex, the church of some of my WELLER relatives.
To be honest this is not a particularly good quality image, the postcard has seen better days, but postcards of Twineham seem few and far between so it will have to do until a better quality one turns up.
The postcard was published by A. H. Homewood of Burgess Hill, Sussex a prolific Sussex postcard publisher. The postcard hasn’t been used, but it probably dates from around 1906-08. The photo below was taken by me on the 31st August 2009 from a slightly different angle, as you can see there were more leaves on the trees when I was there.
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Happy St. George’s Day to all my readers, and that is about the limit as far as my celebrations of St. George’s Day will stretch. As I said last year, there is not really any great outpouring of patriotism surrounding the Patron Saint of England.
Perhaps it is because of this that I have struggled to find any historic postcards that celebrate St. George’s Day. I am sure there must be some with depictions of St. George but I haven’t found any. Instead I present you with a postcard of a church dedicated to him.
This is St. George’s Church in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. I am not aware of any direct family link with this church, although there were several of my ancestors living nearby. This postcard was published by A.H. Homewood from nearby Burgess Hill, probably around 1905.
Personally, this card reminds me of my Sussex Day (16th June) walk last year when I visited Hurstpierpoint and passed by St. George’s Church.
Sadly the church is not in use any more, or at least it wasn’t last year and I don’t expect the situation has changed since. I am sure that in the future a new use for it will emerge, at least it is now a Grade II listed building so it should receive some protection in the future.
Hidden underneath all the ivy (or whatever it is climbing up the walls) is the house where my grandmother Dorothy Annie TROWER lived and worked before her marriage to my grandfather in December 1936 at Keymer parish church.
Ockley Manor, Keymer, Sussex
I know nothing about this place other than what is recorded on the marriage register entry, and in the newspaper report of the marriage (which I wrote about here).
The newspaper cutting records that she was employed by Mr Randall G. Davidson of Ockley Manor, Hassocks. On the marriage register her occupation is recorded as a domestic and her address as Ockley Manor, Keymer.
I don’t know whether my grandmother continued working at Ockley Manor after her marriage, I doubt it very much because she would very soon be raising a family and the newspaper cutting records that my grandparents were going to live at Rose Cottage, Ruckford Farm, Hurst[pierpoint] after their marriage.
The postcard itself was published by A.H. Homewood, a prolific postcard publisher from nearby Burgess Hill. This particular card was sent from Brighton to an address in Lewes on the 18th August 1904.
I first saw this card a few months ago on eBay, but I missed out then, I left it to the last minute to bid and then forgot. Since then I have not seen a copy until last Saturday at Haywards Heath, when I actually found three copies of this card.