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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39. Westmoreland Road is regarded by some people as an outer extremity of Shortlands. in th at roads leading out of Shortlands feed into it at their Bromley end. The nearer buildings have changed amazingly little. Even some of the trees still exist, a lot larger and more mature. though ot hers fell during the 1987 hurricane. Between the world wars some of the large houses farther up the hili were used as schools. These included the preparatory school called Kerrywood whose creed was (in 1938/9): 'A sound education ... aiming at producing a human being at his best - physically, mentally, morally and spiritually.' Nearby was the si mil ar mixed and kindergarten establishment Crofton 'conducted on public school lines' which boasted one very unusual extra facility - the schaars own private cinema.

40. Annie Hall and a co mp anion at 'Glenthorne' in Highland Road, a good example of the system whereby, between the wars and again in the 1950s, personal snapshots could be returned looking exactly the same as commercial postcards, with printed post-office-preferred backs. These were sent in the same way to relatives and friends. The coat on the right, with its huge collar, is a fair illustration of the 'bundled up' look; even on a summer day ladies would wear such a coat and a hat to go out, making themselves feel what was termed 'respectable'. Today's casu al bare-armed attire would be unimaginable to thern, in their eyes the gear of a hussy - orworse.

41. A marvellous example of a wicker bath-ehair with tricycle wheels, manoeuvred by Miss Minnie Tritton, accompanied by Miss Emily Finch. They were photographed in the early 1920s and the picture was printed in postcard form for personal mailing.

42. Madeira Avenue as only surviving pre-war residents would now reeall it. Over the hedges and walls on the right walkers could stop and look down through thick trees into Shortlands valley, as if on a true country road. Colloquially, until building-up ate into these leafy glades, the steep wooded slopes bisected by this and a few other peaceful roads were known to residents as Highland Road Woods after astreet whose name derivation was fairly obvious, climbing as it did steeply upwards through these 'Shortlands Highlands'.


43. Just off Glassmill Lane there is still the millpond accounting for the name, though heavily dredged and concreted after the disastrous 1968 flood that destroyed the contents of the ground floors of hundreds of homes. Through it still flows the Ravensbourne river , past two artificial islands whose willows, planted to soften the effect, are now large and mature. The ancient mill house, roo, survives, entirely weatherboarded and with its old pump still intact. The present name derives from the glass once produced at this mill, including unusual glass walking sticks.

44. A Shortlands resident of the 1930s, George Jessop, is shown on a personal postcard wearing typical male dress of the period. The hat in particular dates the card pretty accurately. He was of French Huguenot descent. and at one time manager - for about ;(3 a week - of Moreton Crouch's ironmongery shop on a corner at the bottom of Masons Hili, adjacent to what is now the H.G. Wells Centre. The shop-building itself is still there.

45. Cycling clubs proliferated befare the universality of motoring. congregating in great numbers at such popular starting points as Green-Street-Green, Farnborough or Cudham. Here Shortlands Wheelers pre pare to set off in 1909.

46. Ravensbourne Avenue was popular with postcard companies in the days when ordinary residential roads sold as weil as did main street views. In general, it is little changed today compared with this early 20th century picture, inc1uding the nearest lodge-like house with its unusual little narrow triangular bottom window. However, the Ravensbourne flowing just behind it was culverted after the 1968 flood, and does not emerge into the open until it reaches the c1ubhouse area of Shortlands Golf Course, a little farther down this same wad on the right.

47. Ravensbourne Avenue when the chestnut trees we re still quite young, revealing the dignified Edwardian period architecture that is still in evidence today.

48. Ravensbourne Avenue as it looked in about 1923, when the great horse-chestnuts were approaching maturity. Only a few now rernain, at the Ravensbourne station end where the last few yards of raad are still not made up. Most of the rest, from Shortlands outwards, also remained only roughly surfaced, deeply rutted and muddy in winter, until about twenty to twenty-five years ago, one of the last major unmade roads in the district. When proper surfacing was begun, sadly, many of the great trees were felled. making it na langer the conkering mecca of Short lands children in autumn.

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