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Postcard Album: Mr Isaac Ingall

14 Oct

This postcard is a little different from my usual subject matter, very rarely do I stray from my usual topographical collecting themes, but I made an exception for this one because of the interesting story it tells.

The claim that Isaac Ingall lived to a great age is repeated many times on the internet, but I can’t see that any detailed research has been done that backs it up, but equally I can’t see anything that refutes the claim either, but I could be wrong. He is buried at Battle Abbey, where had he seemingly worked as a butler and a photo of his headstone can be seen here.

As for the postcard itself, there are no clues as to the age of the card, it is based on a much older portrait (which looks like it is now in The British Museum).

There is also a good reason why I chose this postcard today, because the 14th October marks the 945th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, which every schoolboy knows (or ought to) didn’t take place in Hastings but in nearby Battle, East Sussex, where Isaac Ingall was buried.

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Postcard Album: Slaugham Church, Sussex

5 Sep

As I am on a bit of a GASSON theme at the moment, here is another postcard of St Mary’s Church, Slaugham.

Back in March 2011 I showed you a similar image, in black and white and perhaps slightly older, but in writing about it I said that the family connection wasn’t particularly strong. Now I know that the connections are much stronger than I imagined back then. My 4x great-grandparents were buried here, my 3x great-grandparents were married here (I did know that before) and my 2x great-grandfather was baptised here (but I already knew that).

There a caption in the bottom-left corner, but it is not particularly clear either on this digital image or the original postcard, as the red ink merges with the green grass. It is possible to make out the word “Dolphin”. That is enough to identify the publisher as Harry Tullett of Haywards Heath, Sussex.

Postcard Album: Twineham Church, Sussex

12 May

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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Postcard Album: Birling Gap and Seven Sisters

5 May

This has nothing to do with family history, but lots to do with walking. This is a view of Birling Gap and Seven Sisters on the East Sussex coast, between Seaford and Eastbourne.

I have no idea who published this card and it is not particularly old. It was posted from Eastbourne, Sussex on the 9th August 1934 and sent to a Miss Jeffery in Maidstone, Kent. The message is probably quite typical of thousands of postcards sent from the South Coast every summer:

Am having a glorious time. The weather has been good to-day & Sunday. A bit patchy otherwise getting quite brown. Have been to some shows, played tennis, been to Hampden Park & to-day went to Beachy Head. It was glorious up there. Took some snaps, hope they’re alright.

As such it is not a particularly remarkable or outstanding postcard, but it finds a place in my collection because it reminds me of the handful of times that I have walked across the top of the cliffs.

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Postcard Album: Lych Gate, Bolney, Sussex

1 May

I have previously featured two postcards of the lych gate at Bolney, Sussex (here and here) but I make no apologies for featuring another one.

Being photographic this one has much more detail, despite the postcard being slightly damaged. As I have written before about the lych gate I won’t go into details again, but I will repeat the fact that it is a fabulous piece of workmanship.

The card has no mention of a photographer or publisher, but fortunately it was used so there is a postmark. It was sent from Horsham, Sussex (where I started my walk yesterday) on the 6th April 1914 to a Mr C. Tourtel of St. Martins, Guernsey on the Channel Islands.

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