Archive for the ‘Peterborough’ Category

Edwardian Post Card Album

In 1st world war, Buckworth, Cork, Edwardian, Peterborough, postcards, Thorney on May 26, 2009 at 7:24 pm

I am in the process of scanning around half a dozen post card albums and in so doing exploring any socal history I can discover from the back of the cards. I have finished the 1st album and posted this on to flickr
The first album is an Edwardian postcard album containing 74 cards. Most of the cards have Edwardian halfpenny stamps and have been addressed to Wisbech Road, Thorney Near Peterborough, England. A photo of Wisbech Road at Thorney can be seen herewww.thorney.org/about_thorney_mod.html . This would appear to be a 19th century model vilage with properties built for the agricultural workers by the Duke of Bedford. The postcards are mostly addressed to Miss Marie Buckworth. Although others are addressed to Master Francis Buckworth, Mr Rowland Buckworth, Mr Leonard Buckworth and a Miss H R Brodie. For this reason this appears to be an intact album of postcards and not one made up off odd postcards by a dealer. The postcards have been sent from Daddy, Mother, Auntie Laura Collen, Auntie Ellen, Auntie Ede, Auntie Hettie, Uncle Frank, Connie and Herbert. Most of the cards appear to be addressed to Marie Buckworth and this appears to be her postcard album which she has collected and added cards from the rest of the family. Most of the cards date between 1906 and 1914 though some are earlier to around 1903. Whilst many are seaside post cards from various holiday destinations there are a handful of cards which are photo portraits. Carte-de-visite and cabinet cards gradually went out of fashion from 1900 onwards due to the arrival of a cheap alternative that could be posted namely the photo postcard.

The portrait of the lady in the studio standing holding the back of a chair could be Mrs Buckworth but as the postcard isn’t named this is pure speculation.

The last of the postcards with a date stamp seems to be 1914 just at the time of the out break of the 1st world war. There are a handful of photo portraits such as the young soldier. Again the postcard doesn’t indicate who this is but could well be Mr Buckworth prior to the outbreak of war.

One of the cards from Cork sent in 1907 refers to an explosion and the death of some sailors. I have yet to find if this event is recorded anyway on the internet?

You can view the entire album on flicker here

Moreton Hall Circular Run Suffolk

In barnack stone, Moreton Hall, Peterborough, River Lark, suffolk on September 30, 2005 at 7:27 pm

5.30pm 7.6 miles in 1hr 2 mins.

Year to date mileage 950

Month to date 141 miles

Average miles per month 106

Average weekly rate 24.4

Weather: Heavy rain showers

Course: Set of through the Town Centre along Cullum Rd and the Water Meadows. Along by the River Lark and No Mans Meadow then over the A14 bridge. I did a circuit around Moreton Hall before returning home via the Town Centre.

When looking at the low level of the River Lark in Bury St Edmunds you would hardly believe it was once navigable, however the barnack stone used to build the Abbey was transported up this river. The Barnack Hills are near Peterborough and the original medieval quarry is now a nature reserve.

September has been my second most successful month of the year for mileage

Jan 127 No of Runs 19
Feb 45 No of Runs 7
Mar 94 No of Runs 14
Apr 97 No of Runs 15
May 84 No of Runs 12
Jun 89 No of Runs 13
Jul 145 No of Runs 21
Aug 130 No of Runs 18
Sep 141 No of Runs 20

Total Runs for the year 139 out of 273 days which of course is a run every 2 days approximately.

My average distance that I run is 6.83 miles.