Festival of Postcards: Spotted Deer at Buxted Park, Sussex

18 Oct

The theme for the latest Festival of Postcards is Quadrupeds, I searched my postcards for animals, and to be honest most of my postcards are of rural nature, so there was no shortage of four-legged animals to choose from.

In the end I settled on these fine looking animals from Buxted Park in Buxted, East Sussex.

Spotted Deer close-up

I have not really been able to find out much about these deer beyond what was written on the back of the card. It looks like these may well be chital deer, but I am no expert on deer.

In case you can’t make out the handwriting the message reads:

My dear Arthur I thought you would like this card for your book there are no other in England like them they are never hunted I was quite close to them the other day as I often take a walk in the park They belong to Lord Portman and there are about four hundred they are very pretty hope you are quite well from your Aunt Lucy

The card must have been sent in an envelope or delivered by hand, so there is no postmark to help with dating it, and no clues as to who the publisher was either, but I would think it probably dates from the 1920s.

I was walking over at Buxted a couple of months ago, and I didn’t see any deer (only sheep). My great-grandmother Minnie HEMSLEY is said to have worked at Buxted Park, in the house which is now a very nice looking hotel.

In case you are wondering what they look like out in the open here is another postcard of the deer out in the park.

Spotted Deer, Buxted Park

4 Responses to “Festival of Postcards: Spotted Deer at Buxted Park, Sussex”

  1. evelynyvonnetheriault October 18, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    Very nice, John – and I think they’re the only deer in the Festival.
    They certainly look comfortable – especially since there’s no longer the likes of a hungry Robin Hood around!
    Evelyn in Montreal

  2. John Gasson October 19, 2009 at 8:20 pm #

    Hi Evelyn, glad you like them. It is rare to see a group like this in the wild these days, but I do occasionally see single ones or pairs when I am out walking, and it is such a treat to seem them in the wild.

  3. sheilaspostcards November 1, 2009 at 8:18 pm #

    I’m sorry to have taken away your unique standing as posting a deer postcard. I put in a late entry which showed the deer at Knole Park. We used to live in Hampshire, backing on to woods where there were deer. I always thought they were lovely until I caught them in the garden, devouring everything in the vegetable patch, and then worked their way towards the rose bushes.

    • John Gasson November 1, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

      You are more than welcome to join me as a deer poster, especially as it is such a nice card and from the South of England as well. Ever since posting this card I have seen deer nearly every morning from the bus on my way to work. It is as if they have put in an appearance specially.

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