Chichester in old picture postcards

Chichester in old picture postcards

Auteur
:   Kenneth A.A. Green
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:  
Provincie
:   Sussex, West
Land
:   United Kingdom
ISBN13
:   978-90-288-5383-6
Pagina's
:   80
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INTRODUCTION

In recent years there have been several books published containing pictures from Chichester's past. They have all been enthusiastically received, bath by the older inhabitants, who can remember many of the features illustrated, and by more recent residents, who wish to learn about the city as it on ce was.

European Library have published similar books for many towns throughout Europe, over 500 of them in the United Kingdom. It is unthinkable th at such an historie city as Chic hes ter should not be included in their series and sa I was delighted when they invited me to produce this present volume.

The collecting of picture postcards is reputed to be the second most popular hobby in bath Europe and America, stamp collecting being the first. The earliest cards date from the late Victorian era and cover nearly every conceivable subject.

The picture postcard occupied a special place in peoples' lives at the turn of the century, befare the

days of the telephone. For a halfpenny one could send a message that would be delivered the next day. Cards could be used to send a brief item of news, a birthday greeting or to confirm the details of a forthcoming visit.

As today, cards were sent by th ose on holiday and it is clear by reading sorne of the cards that Chichester was a busy tourist centre, the Cathedral and the Market Cross being the most popular subjects. Institutions such as the Bishop Otter Teacher Training College aften provided cards for the students to write home on and almast every aspect and room of the college can be found on these cards. On one, dated June 1910, I discovered that the girls we re given an afternoon off, apparently as 10,000 troops were engaged in maneuvres on the Downs to the north of Chichester. Others teIl of home-sickness and exams. Sometimes the message is more interesting as a comment on life at the time, than the picture itself.

Local photographers such as Walter Malby, whose studio was in East Street; Arthur Morey of St. Pancras and Thomas RusselI of Southgate, all produced postcards illustrating local events and personalities. They seemed happy to print cards that could only have had a very small circulation. These are now the most sought after items for the enthusiast, studying local history.

W.H. Barratt's, the stationers, whose shop by the Cross can be seen in many of the cards, competed with the more famous national publishers of postcards, such as: Raphael Tuck, Valentines and Frith, in providing pictures of the city's landmarks for the visitor.

Also rare, but of great local interest, are the advertising cards given out by shopkeepers and other tradesmen to promote their business.

In addition to the teacher training college mentioned earlier , there we re other institutions that became the subject of postcards. Soldiers at the

Barracks and patients at the Royal West Sussex and Graylingwell Hospitals sent cards depicting their establishments. Many of these cards have survived to be returned to their town of origin. Graylingwell was used as a military hospital during the First World War and the cards sent home by patients were of ten the first news to be received in many months by anxious relatives.

As far as is possible I have tried to include in the succeeding pages only pictures that have not previousIy been published in other books. I would like to acknowledge the debt I owe to those who have lent me, or let me copy, their pictures, particularly to Alfred Sivyer who had the foresight to start his colIection before postcard-collecting became so popui ar (and expensive!) and who generously let me take my piek from it. Finally to my wife, Sheila, for anyone who has undertaken a similar project, will appreciate the help and toleranee required from one's partner during its production.

1. The building that most visitors remember and associate with Chichester is the Market Cross. It was built in 1501 and given to the citizens of Chichester by Bishop Edward Storey to provide them with a place under cover to seIl their wares. This picture, taken from South Street at the turn of the century, shows Charge's drapery shop, in the distance the sign ofthe Anchor Inn in North St reet ean be seen.

2. The four main streets of Chichester radiate from the Cross, the series of pictures that follow, depiet these streets over the last century. In this 1936 picture of North St reet one can see Bull's hardware shop on the left and Turner's shoe shop is in the building formerly occupied by The Anchor. In these pictures, it is always surprising to note the amount of advertising that was written on the walls of buildings. Thankfully this is a feature th at has mostly disappeared.

3. This earlier picture was taken a little further along North Street in about 1890. Certainly it was before the advent of the motor car. There is an interesting truck by the pavement on the left, possibly for carrying sacks or, as it is outside the premises of Lambert & Norris the brewers, maybe barrels. Egbert Moore at No. 21, is described in the directories of the time as an outfitter and house furnisher. It is also noted th at he owned a pawnbroker's shop in Chapel Street.

4. A 1930's postcard taken in East Street. A street trader is seen to be seIling vegetables outside what was th en the Westminster Bank. T.E. Jay's, the ironmongers, are still remembered by many of the city's ol der residents. The shop hasnow made way for the Tesco Supermarket, although the family name is still to be seen in the Jay Walk shopping arcade in St. Martin's Street.

5. East Street in 1912. One of the early effects of the motor car upon city life can be seen on the left, where A.T. Humphry has opened his garage in wh at by today's standards would be seen as a most unsuitable site. Rogers and Sans' premises we re a popular restaurant. They also ran a hotel on the upper floors of the building. Another well-known Chichester business can be seen on the extreme right, Storry's musical shop, later to be re-Iocated to North Street.

6. This view of South Street was taken one hundred years ago. It is remarkable how little it has changed.in that time, for certainly, all of the buildings on the left can be seen today. The horse-drawn carriages have plates indicating th at they were probably hired vehicles making their way to and from the railway station.

7. A little further down South Street and fifty years later than in the last picture. The Congregational Church, th at can be seen on the left, was completed in 1893. It is one of the many pi aces of worship within the city that have been demolished in recent years. The building to the right of it was at one time Chitty's mineral water factory and depot, but by the time ofthis postcard, it was occupied by Field's Garages. Unusually, there is no sign of any traffic in the picture although some evidence of horses will be spotted by the sharpeyed reader.

8. To complete our tour of the main streets, this turn-of-the-century view of West Street shows the railings which surrounded the Cathedral churchyard until they were removed in 1941 to help in the war effort. We can also see two good examples of the city's gas lights. The citizens of Chichester had always been proud of the fact th at they achieved st reet Iighting in 1823, a week before it appeared in Portsmouth.

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