Portishead 1900-1920 / The photographs of E.H. Wright

Portishead 1900-1920 / The photographs of E.H. Wright

:   Kenneth Crowhurst
:   Somerset
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-5629-5
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Fragmenten uit het boek 'Portishead 1900-1920 / The photographs of E.H. Wright'

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7. Corner of Nore Road and High Street (BB). This delightful scene appears on an early EHW postcard view which bears the postmark August 1905. A number of boys and one girl are playing in the littered High Street at its junction with Nore Road and Burlington Road which led to the Great Western Railwaystation. MI. and Mrs. Thomas's sweetshop and café prominently displays its advertisements for Cadbury's and Fry's chocolate produets which are being avidly studied by three of the boys. The shop next to Thomas's, the Bon Marché, was later to become Eric Wright's own premises in 1911; he lived over the shop and used its windows to display his photographs on easels. Miss Lydia Frowd across the road sold china, glass, stationery and fancy goods, and Mr. and Mrs. Roberts' shop advertises Rudge Whitworth cycles and Pratt's Spirit. Behind the Roberts' shop were the District Council offices.

8. Stade Raad (MIT). E.H. Wright has given his view ofSJade Road a seasonaJ touch by the addition ofthe greeting 'A Jolly Xmas'.

9. Adelaide Terrace (KW). Adelaide Terrace dates from the 1850s and received its name through the first occupant of number one - the Honourable Caroline Boyie, a former lady-in-waiting to Queen Adelaide, consort of William IV. This postcard was sent on Christmas Eve 1913 by Eric's mother Lucy to her other son Leonard, who at that time lived in Exeter. She thanks hirn forthe cream which he has sent them for Christmas and adds that they will be on their own, because Eric and Annie are going to be away.

10. Beach Raad (MiT). The need for a new road to conneet WoodhilI Road with the bottom of Beach Hili, parallel with Nore Road, was first considered by the Portishead Improvement Committee in 1887, but it was not laid out and lined with trees unti11894. EHW took this charming view from the foot of Beach Hill around 1906.

11. The path through the woods (KW). Before Eric Wright was married in 1912, he lodged with Mrs. Bishop at 7 Slade Terrace. This postcard is in his own handwriting and was sent to her with the following message: 'Have you ever been by this pretty style (sic), it is very nice. It has proved to be a very popu1ar card. Thought you would like it. Eric.'

12. Woodland beauty (MJT). This footpath still runs between Battery Point and Woodlands Road as it did in EHW's day. He has added animation to his photograph by getting some young people to pose for hirn - this is a feature whieh distinguishes many of his loeal views trom those taken by other photographers.

13. Off Battery Point (ReH). Photographed by EHW around 1908, the three-masted barque 'Inca' rounds the Point undersail-she is flying the Polish national flag and is weil-laden. A tug fellows her up Channel to see her safely into port - probably Sharpness, because Avonmouth was at that time being developed as a quick turnround doek for steam vessels.

14. S.S. 'Royal Edward', The S.S. 'Royal Edward' (11,117 tons) and her sister ship S.S. 'Royal George' (11,147 tons) were both a familiar sight in the Bristol Channel from 1910 to 1915 when they ran a regular service between Avonmouth and Canada, carrying many thousands of emigrants during that time. They were owned by Canadian Northern Steamships Ltd. and sailed to Quebec and Montreal in the summer months. During the winter months when the River St. Lawrence was frozen up, the liners sailed to Halifax. The Clevedon Mercury records that, following the tragic loss of the 'Titanic' in April 1912, the liners' safety standards we re upgraded to ensure that they had sufficient lifeboats and rafts. Powerful searchlights were installed, and a day and night wireless service was provided by Marconi operators. The 'Royal Edward' was requisitioned for war service during the First World War, but sadly was torpedoed in the Aegean Sea in August 1915 with the loss of 935 Jives.

15. Beach and Esplanade (PC). This is an early EHW view, taken around 1904, looking along the stony beach towards Portishead Down. Pressurefor a seafront esplanade built up during the 1880s, especially in 1887 atthe time of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, but it was not until September 1893 that the Clevedon Mercury was able to report that the long-awaited esplanade was to be built by Bristol Corporation. They received 21 tenders and approved that of Messrs. Lloyd & Powell in January 1894 to construct an esplanade and broad carriage drive for f3,100. The Mercury reported in July 1894 that the esplanade had been completed and that it was a great attraction to both residents and visitors. The War Office used Woodhill Bay as a rifle range for over twenty years, setting up targets on the Battery rocks and firing points along the beach at 300, 500 and 600 yards, but this practice was stopped after the opening of the esplanade, because of the potential danger to members of the public.

16. Adelaide Terrace and Woodhill (PC). This view shows the rear of Adelaide Terrace together with some of its carriage houses at the foot ofthe gardens, fronting Battery Lane. Many of the large houses in the Terrace and WoodhilI Road were used as private schools or lodging houses, and during the First World War, No.I, WoodhilI was used as the local Red Cross Hospital for wounded servicemen. The castle-like battlements of Fir Cliff, standing out against the trees above the Terrace, date from around 1870; the house was built for Mr. John Daniels, Secretary and General Manager of the Portishead Docks, Gas and Water Companies.

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