The Wesleyan Methodist Church is on the extreme left of this Valentine's Card, with the Castle hotel in the foreground. Is that car the predecessor of the stretch limo? There is a modern view of the same scene, here, in my Photograph Album.
The Wesleyan Church has a page in my Church Album.
Here is a view of the interior of the church from a postcard posted in 1912. The message on the back starts "Dear Gertie, We start hop picking tomorrow...."
Here is a view from a Camburn postcard looking into Vale Royal, which connects London Road to Mount Pleasant. The wall of the Wesleyan church is visible on the right and Martin Winsert's garage in the background. The post office, the large building behind the tank, has recently been converted into extremely expensive luxury apartments. The presence of a tank means the photograph was taken between the wars.
Here is another view of the post office looking towards London Road taken in about 1910 by H Camburn in his Real Photo Series. Other cards in this winter series can be viewed here.
At the top of London Road, in the triangle formed as it approached Mount Ephraim, there is an outcrop of rocks amongst which have been built a cottage. This area is known as Gibraltar. This area can also be seen from another angle in the card of Mount Ephraim and in this view on the Common.
The houses beyond the rocks face onto London Road.
This card is No. 68962 and was published by Photochrom Co. Ltd, Royal Tunbridge Wells.
The next card, entitled "The Common from Mount Ephraim" is in fact an early view looking down London Road. It is number 631 in a series painted by F W Burton and published by J Salmon of Sevenoaks. It was posted in 1913.
This view, published by E A Sweetman during the 1940s shows the same view 50 years or so later. Notice the distance spire of St Mark's Church in both pictures. The rear of the card carries the exhortation "Express your thanks by building tanks."
Scanned antique postcards
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