Souvenir of Thundersley

Photo:Souvenir of Thundersley - By my ain Fireside

Souvenir of Thundersley - By my ain Fireside

Photo:Showing the base

Showing the base

From Thundersley Post Office

By David Hurrell

Is this possibly the only surviving example of a little mantle-shelf ornament manufactured by the famous Stoke pottery of Wiltshire & Robinson under the brand name Carlton China? It measures just 77 mm high and 85 mm wide and is made from bone china. On the front it sports a Thundersley "crest" and the Latin inscription VINCIT OMNIA VERITAS – “Truth conquers all”. At a guess, the two buildings represented on the shield are Thundersley Lodge and Thundersley Hall, two fine buildings which survive to this day as private residences (albeit outrageously overshadowed by urban development). This ornament was a standard W&R "stock" item which was customized as a “souvenir” by the addition of a local crest. Underneath the piece is the legend: F W Harrod, Post Office, Thundersley. It dates from around the First World War, when Harrod ran the Thundersley Post Office situated on the Rayleigh Road, uphill and on the opposite side of the road from the Woodmans Arms. The Post Office building still stands.

This page was added by David Hurrell on 23/09/2013.
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A lovely souvenir. What would the relationship have been of F.W. Harrod to the grocer and ‘Peculiar’ Bishop Samuel Harrod?

By Robert Hallmann
On 24/09/2013

F. W. Harrod, who was actually Frederick William Warner Harrod, was the youngest son of "Bishop" Samuel Harrod. Like his father he had a variety of occupations before settling on becoming subpostmaster in the Rayleigh Road P.O.

By Bob Delderfield
On 21/10/2013