I have no bicycle photographs in my collection and have exhausted hats and caps lately with previous Sepia Saturday postings. So I have gone along another pathway by looking at different ways of getting about. Some of these photographs have appeared before in my blog, but may not have been seen by more recent readers.
A carter in Newcastleton, Roxburghsire in the Scottish Borders.
From the postcard collection at the Heritage Hub, Hawick.
How many of us have carter ancestors? This was the occupation of my great great grandfather Robert Rawcliffe of Hambleton, near Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire.
The old Peebles Railway Station in the Scottish Borders, c. 1908.
From the postcard collection of the Heritage Hub, Hawick.
Peebles is 27 miles south of Edinburgh and the first passenger trains ran there in 1855, ceasing in 1962. The site of the station is now a car park.
Tommy Roger, born c. 1845, Ironbridge, Shropshire
The famous Ironbirdge, built in 1779, can be seen on the left of the picture. My father John Weston grew up in Broseley on the other side of the river from Ironbridge, and this photograph was found in the collection of his older brother Fred.
You might be wondering, where is the mode of transport is here? Well, it is on the back of Thomas Rogers, coracle maker of Ironbridge in Shropshire. A coracle is a small, lightweight boat with a loosely woven frame traditionally covered in animal hide, but in more recent times calico, canvas and coated with a substance such as bitumen. When the Iron Bridge was opened in 1779 locals objected to paying the tolls, so they used their coracles to cross the river instead.
Tommy Roger was well known as a poacher and the local newspaper reported his appearance in court on poaching charges. He also helped to build the new police cells and court room in Ironbridge in 1862 - only to be one of the first people to use them.
Waiting for the Bus
Not a very good photograph, but the man on the left in the peak cap is my great uncle Bob, a postman in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, standing by the bus ready to take passengers into Blackpool. I don't know if I would feel all that safe on the top of this vehicle.
Charbanc ride, c. 1920's
I know next to nothing about this photograph. It was in the collection of my Great Aunt Jennie of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, and judging by the style of dress e.g. cloche hats it must have been taken in the 1920's. There was no inscription on the reverse, but the photographer/publisher was identified as Arthur Hadley, Photographer, Ramsey, Isle of Man. This could be a clue, as one of Jennie's many brothers. Albert, worked on the Isle of Man ferry between Fleetwood, Lancashire and the Isle of Man.
I like it as a happy holiday photograph, though again I wonder how safe I would find the vehicle with so many people on it. I could imagine someone might need to get out and push, if going up hills!
My father John Weston and his brother Charles c. 1936.
I get the impression that the car was the most important feature of this photograph!
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