Plymouth in old picture postcards

Plymouth in old picture postcards

Auteur
:   Mary M. Davenport
Gemeente
:  
Provincie
:   Devon
Land
:   United Kingdom
ISBN13
:   978-90-288-2984-8
Pagina's
:   144
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:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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INTRODUCTION

A city of the sea and ships, with a shoreline of infinite variety,

Plymouth is a vibrant and exciting city, with a great historie past. You will find various pieces of local history scattered throughout the following pages, of people, places and events. Many legends and ancient myths abound from the early days of the settlement at Sutton Pool to the time the town took its name from the river Plym. It was in the fourteenth century that the friars moved into the area, giving their name to Black Friars Lane, and Black Friars House in Southside Street. In the sixteenth century Sir Walter Raleigh came here and sent ships at his own expense to colonise Virginia; from 1584 to 1586 the ships and pilgrims sailed from Plymouth for Roanoke Island, but these costly expeditions were not completely successful, and later expeditions could find no trace of the settlers. What happened is a great mystery. In

the seventeenth century came the Huguenot refugees, craftsmen in many arts and crafts.

In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers sailed, 150 brave souls who made history when they settled in the New World.

There is a time in Plymouth's history which is remembered throughout the world, this was during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. In this era merchants built fine houses here, there was much trade with Europe. Men of courage and daring were attracted to the port, men with the spirit of adventure in their blood. Hundreds of Devon men who sailed with Drake, Raleigh, Grenville, Gilbert and Frobisher would never have been as far as Exeter in their lives, but they knew the coasts of Europe and the far off Indies as weIl as they knew the narrow lanes and streets of their home towns and villages. At this time the chief streets were around Sutton Pool, and were soon spreading out into Old Town. Drake had a home

in Looe Street and the Hawkins lived in Kinterbury and Woolster streets. Ships were being built along the Cattewater bringing many trad es to the town. Ships came in with imports of cloth, linen, iron ore and wine. Many more great expeditions sailed from Sutton Pool: Captain Cook to Australia; Captain Robert Scott to the Antarctic; Edward Wakefield with a party of settlers to New Zealand.

So Plymouth has continued as a great commercial centre right up to the present day. The three towns Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse were amalgamated in 1914, and Plymouth became a city in 1928. Plymouth has suffered much through wars and it has always risen, Phoenix-like, from its ashes, alert to the changing times and yet ever mindful of its great past.

I hope the pictures in this book will stimulate an interest in the city's great history.

A cknowledgements:

I am most grateful to many people who have so generously helped me in compiling this book. In particular I wish to thank Mr. S. Rendell who has given me so many details of old Plymouth; MI. W. Best Harris; Commander L.R.R. Foster, R.N. Rtd; The Royal Western Yacht Club of England; DI. S.R. Dennison; MI. C.P. Dart; English China Clays; Mr. G. Little, Secretary, Plymouth Argyle Football Club; Mrs. J. Harris; The National Trust; Mrs. J. Tanner, Curator of the Cookworthy Museum, Kingsbridge; and to my husband for his splendid help.

For many of the postcards and photographs of old Plymouth 1 have drawn from my mother's collection, which she had formed with tremendous enthusiasm throughout the years.

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1. A peaceful scene in Guildhall Square. With the beautiful church of St. Andrew's dominating the scene.

2. A view of Union Street, postmarked June 1905. The policeman is on point duty. A high standing baby carriage with its large wheels stands outside the shop of the Plymouth Dairy Company, and a horse and trap outside the Florist. The hanging sign of Wright, Hair Dresser, is clearly visible. John Foulston, the architect, gave Union Street its name because it linked Plymouth with Stonehouse and Devonport.

3. Another view of Union Street, with the tram lines clearly visible. The wide pavernent allo wed the shop blinds to hang very low, I ex peet th ere were a few burnped heads. We ean see the sign on the side of one blind, which reads Stokes & Son Ltd., Cash Chemists.

4. A very fine photograph showing St. Andrew's Church and the old Guildhall; the card is postmarked 1902. Note the interesting ladies costumes, the policeman on point duty and the horse and cart making its leisurely progress. The cost of building the granite tower of the church was paid for by Thomas Yogge, on condition that the local people should provide the materials. The tower is 136 feet, the highest in Devon.

5. This picture taken in Edwardian days shows St. Andrew's Church and Guildhall Square. Note the neatly laid out garden with grass and shrubs.

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6. A rare view of Plymouth, circa 1914, taken from the Citadel. The obelisk in the foreground commemorates the men who fell in the Boer War. Other well-known buildings of those days are clearly visible.

7. A remarkable view of the Post Office, what a fine building it was, standing sedately in Guildhall Square. The whole picture has a curiously continental air about it.

8. A scene from Mutley Plain in Edwardian days. We see the tram trundling along, an advertisement for Fry's Pure Cocoa on its side. The building of the Plymouth Mutual Co-operative and Industrial Society is c1early marked. Mutley Plain was always a busy shopping area as it is today, although the actual buildings are much changed.

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