Shortlands in old picture postcards

Shortlands in old picture postcards

:   Muriel V. Searle
:   Greater London
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-5325-6
:   80
:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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19. Even residents usually have no idea why the road at extreme left (with lamp-post) ends at a fence by the railway, whereas old maps show it continuing over the line and up to Bromley. Looking again, it is easy to see that this was once so, and that a level crossing would have been here instead of today's footbridge. The reason for its closure was a whole series of grisly accidents on the crossing in the 1880s. It was replaced in 1887 by the bridge intended 'so th at in a short time there will be one less death trap in the vicinity ... where the pedestrian may cross without being liable at any moment to be knocked down'. The most gruesome 1887 accident killed a Bromley publican's daughter, caught by the Granville Express from the coast. Contemporary papers, fond of gore and guts, described in detail how the remains were shredded by the pistons and spe wed out in fragments near the waterworks, seen on the left.

20. A private snapshot printed in postcard format and used as such. Taken between Shortlands and Bromley South Stations, it shows a coastal express at speed in the early 1960s. As eJectrification stopped short at Gillingham wh en the Second World War broke out, and was not resumed for about twenty years, trains running to Dover, Ramsgate and Folkestone were still under steam until the mid-1960s.


Beckenham Lane, Bromley.

21. Few Shortlands or Bromley residents would dream of speaking of th is steep hili under its proper name of Beckenham Lane. Universally it is known as Swan Hili, from the Swan & Mitre inn at the top corner, where it emerges into Bromley High Streel.




22. The great mansion of Bromley Court had huge grounds dropping right down into Shortlands, where is now the Golf Club, and at least two lodges. This one, halfway up Swan HilI, was sadly hit by a Second World War bomb. A greater contemporary bomb tragedy concerned the home of Sir Josiah Stamp, 'Tantallon'. In 1938, raised to the peerage, he took the title First Baron Shortlands. In April 1941 'Tantallon' was totalIy destroyed by a direct hit, killing Lord and Lady Stamp, three servants, and their heir. The younger son was absent at the time. A unique House Of Lords hearing was called to decide if he could inherit the title. It was decided that, technically, the eider son lived just one second longer than the father, thus inheriting the title, which could then be passed on to the younger as Third Baron Shortlands.

23. Even in the early twentieth century, nostalgia postcards were in fashion, as the world changed all around residents' ears almost as fast as is happening now. This view ofthe lodge halfway up Swan Hili dated from 1866, but was re-issued about fifty years later.

24. A view of Church Road issued in about 1910, but not actually used unti11945 as the postmark wrongly stamped on the front shows. Possibly it was found tucked away in a drawer by someone who hated wastage, even of an outdated postcard. Specially prominent are the lamp standards, a great improvement on the service proposed in the original 'Lighting of Shortlands' counci! debates of the 1880s. At that time the place was already behind the time as other communities installed gas lamps. 'They in Shortlands paid the lighting rate, and yet they were denied that which was absolutely necessary to the district,' one committee memher grumbled. The result was that th ree additionallamps were added to Shortlands allocation. when work should finally begin.


25. One cannot now imagine being able to - or wanting to - sit on a bench in the middle of a wad, even though today this area remains relatively quiet by the standards of the area in general. Nevertheless, there is still too much traffic to make ruminating on a centra! seat much of a pleasurc.


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26. Postcard publishers once covered almost every residential road in the average town, whereas today their sales are much more limited in both numbers and subjeets. Postcards acted like today's telephone, for conveying trivial everyday messages, dasbed off virtually daily to relatives and contaets for arranging meetings or enquiring on a person's welfare. Here Chureh Road is seen in a 'Tuppence Coloured' version. done by hand and then reproduced; the cernpanion 'Penny Plain' counterpart was printed straight from the original negative.

27. Loeally the two fine houses on the right are referred to as 'The Chalets', from their deep balconies and overhanging eaves. The centre ofthe wad looks unnaturally bare, not only beeause ofthe lack oftraffie but also beeause the Shortlands War Memorial had not at this time been built, out in the eentre of the crossroads close to St. Mary's.

28. Two small boys in the dress of about 1915-1918 are the only sign of life in a half-rurallooking Church Road, leading up to St. Mary's Shortlands.

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