This is one of the postcards I picked up last Saturday at the WSFHS Open Day and Family History Fair at Woking, Surrey.
There were three, no actually four reasons why I bought this card:
- I thought it was such a charming picture.
- When I went walking over at Buxted a few months ago I walked up the avenue and emerged through the gateway on to the road, conveniently next to a bus stop.
- My great-grandmother Minnie DRIVER (later HEMSLEY) is said to have worked at Buxted Park, at the far end of the avenue.
- The card was priced at £2.50, which I thought was a real bargain.
The card was sent on the 22nd July 1905, from Hadlow Down, Sussex to Miss H Player at North Cray Rectory, in Toats Cray (at least I think it is Toats Cray), Kent. The message reads:
This is a place not very far from us. I thought it would be nice for your album hope you are keeping well this hot weather with much love Annie
I seem to have started a collection of Buxted Park postcards now, what with the spotted deer and now the avenue, I really must try and find out if my great-grandmother did in fact work there before I get too carried away.
The entrance to Pine Avenue, Buxted Park hasn’t changed a great deal since this postcard was published. Below is a photo I took of the entrance whilst I was waiting for the bus home. The house is partially hidden behind some trees now and the wall has been replaced (or covered) by a fence.