Hythe in old picture postcards

Hythe in old picture postcards

:   Tony Pritchard
:   Hampshire
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-2102-6
:   80
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For five years I have been a fanatica! collector of postcards and photographs of the Waterside Area. This volume shows seventy-six from the collection of Hythe pictures.

Changes in the village can be displayed and often dated using picture postcards, so for the last eighty years we have a good photographic record. Before 1900 photographs were much less common and the record is poor.

Changes within the centre of Hythe are comparatively small, its basic shape is the same today as it was in 1900. Like many other villages and towns, Hythe has exploded to envelope much of the surrounding countryside. Gone are many of the large houses with spacious grounds and in their place are large housing estates created to cater for the influx of industry back in the 1950's and 1960's.

I would like to offer my greatfull thanks to everyone who has permitted me to copy and enjoy their pictures, each one is a treasure. A mention also for those responsible for taking the original picture, most if not all are no longer with us, but what a legacy they left for our pleasure. The Waterside was catered for by several photographers, but one above all reigns supreme Mr. E.W. Mudge of Fawley who, for fifty years, took great pains to cover every occasion large or small. Finally to my wife Trecia and our children for their toleranee to my obsession.

If you the reader finds one tenth the pleasure in brousing these pages that I did in compiling them, then my time has been weil used, and thank you for taking the time to view.

1. Hythe Pier as it was until 1909. The Pier, 2,100 feet (646 meters) long, was built during 1880 and officially opened on January l st, 1881. A wise visitor to Hythe from Southampton wou1d arrive and depart, if possible, on high tide as the ferry alighted its passengers at the landward end of the Pier. The low tide travelIer had to walk the length of the Pier, a grim joumey on a cold, wet winter day. Two ferries can be seen in the right of the picture, one at the landing place, the other at its mooring posts. This photograph is the work of a Southampton photographer - Willsteed.

2. The ferry 'Hampton', leaving the Hythe landing place for Southampton on a high tide.

3. A view of the Hythe Pier, viewed from the 'Drummond Arrns', as it was from 1881 to 1908. Is it the work of a well-known Southampton postcard producer-photographer, F.G.O. Stuart?

4. Another view of the Hythe Pier.

5. The Pier joy ride. During 1909 tracks were laid along the north side of the Pier for the conveyance of luggage and merchandise on hand propelled trolleys, making the walk along the Pier for visitors much less arduous. The picture shows a rather special cargo being transporred along the Pier.

6. The Pier soon became a very important asset for Hythe, not only in a commercial way. With its Sailing Club facilities at the seaward end, the many yachts that visited, it naturally became the centre point for the Hythe Regatta. The Regatta consisted of many events, including swimming (weather permitting), sailing and rowing.

7. The start of one of the Regatta events.

8. During the summer of 1922 the Pier was fitted with a narrow gauge, electrically driven railway, taking ferry passengers the fulliength of the Pier. The drivers (locomotives) came from an Avonmouth munitions factory , lnitially they operated at 100 Volts, this was changed to locally generated 200 Volts and later 240 Volts to be compatible with standard mains electrical supply.

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