It was a couple of years ago that I first mentioned the excellent Sussex Postcards website and it is the first place I look when trying to find out who published the postcards in my collection.
The information on the site has continued to grow over the last couple of years and a new feature has been added which will probably be of more interest to the casual visitor. With the use of Google Maps it is now possible to view the postcards in their geographical context.
Selecting the “Search using map” option on the homepage will take you to a Google map of Sussex and initially the postcard markers are grouped together but once you start to zoom in on your selected area the colour-coded individual markers start to appear. Selecting one of these pins brings up a thumbnail image of the postcard, the name of the publisher and a link to view a larger version of image.
This is probably of more interest to the casual visitor rather than those seriously interested in postcard publishers, although it may be possible to identify the publisher of a particular postcard if they were prolific in a particular area. This is however a really great way to view historic images of Sussex, making it very easy to go on a postcard tour across the county.
Copyright © 2011 John Gasson.
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It is always rewarding to be able to be able to identify a view on a postcard and I have had a couple of successes recently, and yesterday I was able to pinpoint the exact location of the postcard below.
It wasn’t too difficult with this one and the name printed on the front is a bit of a giveaway, but I have been able to pinpoint the exact spot in West Dean, (West) Sussex where the photographer was pointing his camera, using Google Maps and Old Maps.
These cottages are just north-west of main road from Chichester to Midhurst that runs through the village, near The Selsey Arms pub and West Dean school. The photographer was looking in a north-easterly direction, and although most of the buildings are the same there are a lot more trees now.
Several generations of my MITCHELL ancestors lived at Warren Farm/Warren Barn Farm which isn’t actually shown on this view, but I am sure that there will have been relations of one sort or another living in these houses at some time in their life.
Of course I was down in West Dean last Saturday so I should really have got my act together earlier and made the effort to go and get a photograph as it is now, but I have only just got around to looking into this postcard. The card itself was posted in 1918 from West Dean, to an address near Alton, Hampshire but despite have ancestors in both West Dean and Alton it doesn’t look like they are anything to do with me.