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Postcard Album: Greetings from Nuthurst

30 Jul

The card below is what is known as a multi-view postcard, for obvious reasons. These views are of the village of Nuthurst, Sussex and each of the views are postcards in their own right.

Clockwise from the top-left the views are captioned: Nuthurst, Nuthurst Church, Nuthurst Rectory, View from Rectory Garden Nuthurst, Nuthurst Street, Nuthurst Church Interior, Nuthurst Post Office, Nuthurst Schools.

Postcards of Nuthurst are pretty hard to find, in fact I don’t think I have ever seen the full size version of any of these eight cards, let alone having any of them in my collection.

The style of the writing on the captions suggests that this was published by Cecil Travers, there is a postmark but it is not particularly clear, it was definitely posted in Nuthurst and the year may have been 1914 but I can’t be certain.

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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Postcard Album: Interior, Bolney Church, Sussex

29 Apr

It may not be Westminster Abbey, but this is more typical of the sort of place where my ancestors were married (sorry I just had to get in a reference to the Royal Wedding).

As the caption says this is the interior of Bolney Church. The church of St. Mary Magdalene in the village of Bolney, West Sussex has more family associations than just the usual baptisms, marriages and burials. Many of the individuals in my family tree passed through the doors to this church, including GASSON, WALDER, HARMES and LEWRY families.

Both of the other family associations relate to the church bells. Several generations of the WALDER family and at least one GASSON have served as bellringers in the church and are remembered on boards in the church tower.

Secondly it seems that one of my probable ancestors, Michael HARMES, paid for four of the eight bells in the church tower. That is one branch of my family tree I would really like to investigate and prove that I am related.

The reason for choosing this postcard today is because hopefully tomorrow I will be walking to Bolney, not strictly speaking for genealogy purposes, but I might “accidentally” end up wandering into the churchyard.

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Putting Sussex Postcards on the map

27 Apr

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.

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Happy Easter 2011

24 Apr

However you choose to celebrate it, I wish you all a Happy Easter!

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