Farnham in old picture postcards

Farnham in old picture postcards

:   Annette Booth
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29. The Lion and Lamb court yard, like its hotel, dates back to at least the 1600's and, as can be seen on this 1929 postcard, the date of 1537 was, and still is, cut into the bricks, suggesting th at this is the age of the original building. It has always been a bustling place, no more so than today, with its shopping complex, opened in 1986, which has retained so much of the charm of the old buildings. When our postcard was published the Lion and Lamb was owned by William Kingham & Sons and motorised horsepower had replaced the four-Iegged kind. A century before, the stagecoach known as the Red Rover changed harses here on its journey from London to Southampton - a joumey which took eight hours and cost its passengers 4d a mile to travel inside and 2d if they braved the elements outside.

30. Charles Menk's butcher's shop stood at No. 2 West Street, proudly displaying the fact that he was 'Purveyor to H.I.M. The Empress Eugenie'. We believe the photograph was taken around 1895. As we can see, the shop was completely open to all the elements and I imagine that the straw underneath those carcasses was to catch any blood! Rather surprisingly, only the man on the extreme left is wearing any farm of head gear. When we think ofbutchers today we associate them with the traditional straw boater. This came into use a Iittle later than this photograph and is believed to have been designed to prevent the blood dripping onto the men from the carcasses hanging above them.

31. Just six doors away, at No. 8 West Street, was the equal!y impressive butcher's shop of I.M. Aylwin. Mr. Aylwin had already been 'Established over 80 years', when this photograph was taken atthe turn ofthe century. Once more, look at al! that me at hanging up in the open air and just imagine how the skirts of elegant ladies would brush against th ose carcasses as they passed by. Shopkeepers in general. but butchers in particular, were aften getting into trouble for spreading their wares too far outside their premises. In 1898 the police were asked to keep an eye on butchers in the town obstructing shopping streets. It didn't seem to make much difference. The practice continued wel! into this century. Looking at the smartly-dressed family group standing by the display and the two people in the window upstairs, I wonder whether Mr. Aylwin had this card specially printed to send out to his customers, wishing them "Ihe Compliments of the Season'.

32. A postcard of Miss Savage's Toy Shop at NO.SWest Street, kindly lent me by Childhood Memories of Farnham. No date is available for this photograph, but we believe it is about 1892, since the pavement appears very new and this was relaid in 1891. It certainly can be na earlier as, befare that date, "Ihe Old Toy Shop', as it was known, incorporated No. 4 West Street as weil. What a treasure house for youngsters this must have been. Just look at all those wooden hoops - available in every size imaginable. There are dolls, drums, wooden harses and, na doubt, Miss Henrietta Savage herself standing in the doorway. The Savage's had run this business since the latter part of the eighteenth century, when Henrietta's grandfather had opened the shop as an Italian Warehouse. Miss Savage died in 1904.

33. Another picture of Miss Savage's Toy Shop, taken, we believe, in 1895. To the rigbt can be seen Frederick J. Gray standing in the doorway of tbe Direct Meat Supply Company, of which be was the manager. With a magnifying glass, bis name can just be made out across the doorway. In 1897 he set up in business on his own next door at No. 7 - rather a cbancy thing one would think, when there are already three butchers within six doors of each other. He took out a large advert in the Farnham Directory extolling the virtues of his 'Celebrated Pork Sausages', but by 1901 he had gone bankrupt. On the left of Miss Savage's shop canjust be seen the corner of No. 4, which, in 1895, was occupied by J.W. Cooper, a photographer. He was only here for a year, a fact which helped us date the picture. In 1896 No. 4 was taken by Henry Hughes, the outfitter.

34. This 1904 postcard was not only produced by E.W. Langham, but the journalist in hirn decided to give us all the information we needed on the reverse of the card. I quote:

"Ioplady's Birthplace, 10 West Street Farnham, stood on the site on which Mr. 1. Alfred Eggar's house is now ere cted. The room in which the author of the famous hymn, "Rock of Ages" was bom, is the one on the left-hand side (first floor).lt was the only bedroom in the house which had a fireplace. At the time the photograph (from which this card was reproduced) was taken by Mr. Hoare, a photographer who lived next door at No. 9, the Toplady house was occupied by Mr. Fewtrell, whose daughter gave the photograph to Miss Henrietta Savage, of the old Farnharn Toy Shop. A memorial brass to Toplady. the gift of an anonymous donor, was erected in Farnharn Parish Church in January, 1904. lt was in this Church that the famous hymn writer was christened.'

35. Elphick's drapers and outfitters store in West Street before 1903, when the first of several major refurbishments was carried out. If you look carefully, you can just make out a door behind all those items hanging outside. The refurbishments involved moving this and partially re-fronting the store. Residents in Farnham must have looked forward to these improvements, as there was always a grand clearance sale beforehand! Mr. George Elphick had come to Farnham from London in 1881. He bought the drapers business of Chilton & Scammell at No. 13West Street, paying f2,575 for the freehold of the shop and n,344.11.6d for the stock. The firm has been in business ever since and now incorporates Nos. 10, 11 and 12, as weil as 13. I am very grateful to the present generation for allowing me to use several photographs from their impressive scrapbook which spans those 113 years.

36. Mr. George Elphick stands in the doorway of his newly-refurbished drapers and outfitters store in West Street in April 1904. As you can see, the doorway has now been positioned on the very left of the building and the whole fa├žade tidied up. Next to hirn at No.12 is w.R. Bunday, the picture framer, while the large private house at Nos. 10 and 11 is the home of J. Alfred Eggar, the auctioneer, who moved his business to No. 74 Castie Street in 1906. Three doors down from Mr. Eggar is Darracott's newly-built restaurant. They already had premises at Aldershot and Basingstoke. Opposite Elphick's the Daily Express billboard outside Pullingers, the newsagents, has two shocking headlines: 'Many negroes massacred in America' and 'Nude woman leaps from express train'. The first shows how far we've come in ninety years, the second that sensational headlines sold papers then - and still do!

37. The interior of Elphick's Store in 1926. The photograph was taken for an artiele in a magazine known as 'Town and Country News', Under the heading 'Why go to Londen?', the writer commented on the latestIadies Iashions, but was particularly interested in what the 1920's man was wearing: ' ... men are blossoming out with surprising recklessness in the matter of attire nowadays. One he ars that they are to have apple-green suits in the corning spring'. I don't think they went th at far, did they? Looking at the picture one can imagine that the customerwouldn't be kept waiting long. There are no less than eight assistants waiting to serve, including two young men on the right, and how about the chairs! Couldn't we do with those these days.

38. West Street in May, 1913. Onee more the newspaper headlines outside Pullingers make interesting reading for a picture researcher, although you need a good magnifying glass. They deseribe a 'Liverpool collision. Signal box sensation' and I am very grateful to Philip Atkins, the Librarian at the National Railway Museum in York, for helping me to date the picture aeeurately. Mr. Elphiek has just completed extensive alterations to his drapers and outfitters store, resulting in larger showrooms, a new millinery department and the installation of heating by radiators. Naturally, before work gat under way he had another of his wonderful clearance sales. Men's suits were reduced from 21/- to 17/6d, while ladies blouses were advertised at one shilling and a halfpenny eaeh. E.R. Robins, with his Farnharn Dairy, is now next door, at No. 12, having taken over the premises from W.R. Bunday in 1908.

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