Thundersley White Hart

Post card

By David J

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This page was added by David J on 13/01/2016.
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A great picture, from an age before the motor car had blighted the scene. But when was it taken? Not so very long ago, I suggest. The street lighting, lack of road markings, type of car and large aerial suggests a 1950s date to me. The quaint cottages on the right came down in the early 1960s, so I'm going to stick my neck out and say 1957! I'm very much looking forward to someone with a more intimate knowledge of the area disagreeing with me.

Incidentally, this was just one of many postcard views which helped inform my "reconstruction painting" for the cover of Robert Hallmann's fascinating Thundersley & Daws Heath History book. (Yes, there are still some left, I understand but, when they've gone - they've gone!)

It's a source of continual delight that these old pictures are still coming to light. If you have any, do please share!

By David Hurrell
On 14/01/2016

The question is, had the houses opposite the White Hart been built?  It is difficult to see from this postcard but I know that we moved into No. 85 when it was first built in the early 1950's, possibly 1953 or 1954 and we moved out in 1959.

By Susan Fogg
On 14/01/2016

That's frustrating, Susan – so near, yet so far (if only the photographer had stood a yard to the right, eh?)  But it occurs to me, that someone else might have a copy of the same post card with a cancelled stamp on the back. That, at least, would give us a "photographed before" date. Fingers' crossed...

By David Hurrell
On 18/01/2016

The houses opposite the White Hart were built in 1946 by Wiggins (I was born in No 101) later additional houses were built to a similar design nearer the shops. You can see the difference by looking at the concrete supports for the porches.

By charles summers
On 12/12/2016