Tenby in old picture postcards

Tenby in old picture postcards

:   E. Skone
:   Pembrokeshire
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-3205-3
:   80
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This book contains reproductions of 76 picture postcards views of Tenby dated from about 1880 to 1930. It is not intended as ahistory of Tenby althoughI have tried to include as much historie information as possibIe in the captions to the views. The book is intended both for those who like to remember old Tenbyand those who like to visualise what Tenby looked like years ago. With so much to today's change seemingly being for the worse there is a growing interest in the past and a fascination in relating today's scene with the corresponding view ofyears ago. I hope this book will be of interest not only to Tenby residents but also holiday visitors particularly those who return to this lovely resort year after year.

The sending of picture postcards to relatives and friends became fashionable towards the end of the last century with the growth of holiday making which in turn has been facilitated by the extension of the railway network to all parts of Great Britain. Tenby's climate, scenic beautyand sandy beaches had started to attract visitors, only the wealthy at first, by the early nineteenth century. This marked a gradual rise in Tenby's fortunes. These had been in de cline since Tudor times when Tenby had been an important

trading and fishing port trafficking with Bristol, London, Cornwall, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal. By the turn of this century Tenby was weIl established as a holiday resort. By then it boasted of eminently satisfactory sanitory arrangements and freedom from water borne diseases, an important consideration in those days. The 1908 official guide gave prominenee to the fact that 'twice every day the streets are swept by a staff of scavengers' and that 'the sewers are ventilated on the shaft system and frequently flushed'. Every house and cottage by then had water laid on. The population of Tenby in those days excluding holidaymakers was 4,400. Today the corresponding figure is only 400 more.

The conneetion of Tenby to the Great Western Railways Paddington to Neyland main line at Whitland in 1866 stimulated Tenby's popularity. Besides branch line trains Tenby was in the early I900s served by through carriages from London which were detached from expresses at Whitland. Early I900s guides show that the 3rd class rail fare from London was fi Os. lld. (fl.OS).

Not so many visitors come to Tenby by rail today. But in the early 1900s the railway was not only irn-

portant in bringing the holiday makers to Tenby but played a significant part in transporting then to the local attractions. The line from Tenby to Pembroke Doek had intermediate stations at Pembroke, Lamphey, Manobier and Penally. In the early 1900s the GWR opened little halts at Lydstep, Beaver's Hill, Golden Hill and Llanion which were served by specially introduced steam rail cars. These were carriages self propelled by a small steam engine hidden in the coach work with a driving cab at each end of the coach. Such trains were the forerunners of the diesel multiple units which today provide most of the services on the line. Steam rail cars also linked Tenby with the new port of Fishguard which was being developed in preferenee to Neyland of the GWR's port for Ireland.

Since motor cars were beyond the reach of most holiday makers in the early 1900s the emphasis in the town guides besides local rail travel was on walking, char-à-banc (road coach) excursions and boat trips. The Royal Victoria Pier (no longer in existence) enabled pleasure steamers from Bristol, Western Super Mare, Newport, Swansea, Llanelly and Ilfracombe to run frequently.

An indication ofTenby's popularity as aresort can be gauged from the fact that copies survive of over 2,000 different picture postcard views of Tenby produced from 1880 to 1930. My own collection includes some 500 different cards and is far from complete; the museum in Tenby has many cards not in my collection. Consequently it was no easy task to select but 76 cards for inclusion in this book. In the main I have concentrated on views which can easily be compared with what is there today. But I have also included some views of Tenby which are no longer to be seen such as the Royal Victoria Pier and the bathing machines which were once so characteristic of Tenby. I am very grateful to the following people for their invaluable help in compiling this book - Tenby Museum, Tenby Observer, Clifford and Keith Skone, George and Barbara Rix, Mr. Hywel Davies for the loan of card 47, Reverend M.R. Connop Price for the loan of card 15 and so many ofthe older residents of Tenby who have so cheerfully given me their time and reminiscences.

1. The finely preserved tower in South Parade. Tenby is still a walled town although it has long outgrown its ancient fortifications. The first direct reference to the walls in the reign of Edward lIl. They were strengthened in 1457 when Jasper Tudor was Earl of Pernbroke and a tablet in the wall near the Five Arches shows that they were again restored in 1588.

2. A picture showing the Five Arches at around the turn of the century. The telegraph has obviously arrived but gas lighting still predominates. The crofts no longer exist. The Town Walls were vested as an ancient monument by His Majesty's Office ofWorks in 1915.

3. Approximately 11th July 1926 a group eonvenes for a photograph. The plaque on the wall on the left ean still be seen. The Arehes and Walls were preserved to the Town by an injunetion ofthe Court ofChancery obtained on 4th February 1873.

4. St. George's Street led directly to the South Gate and to a flight of steps rising up to the parapet walk which ran the length of the Town Walls. On the left of the card is Howells the jeweller. Next door to that is Raynes the bakers, on the opposite side of the road is a grocery shop and a gentleman's outfitters, all three stores are now gift shops. The dilapidated building on the right is now Fecci's Café.

5. Tenby's second station around the turn of the century. The first railway into Tenby was a line from Pembroke which opened in 1863. It ran into a terminus in Tenby situated near the junction of Lower Park Road and Marsh Road. The extension to Whitland, opened in 1866, necessitated a new alignment and a new through station. The old station was retained as a goods yard until 1965.

6. Another view ofthe 1866 station circa 1900. It was refurbished in the 1960s when the buildings on the is1and platform were rep1aced with new ones and the buildings on the main down (trains to Pembroke) platform were remodelled. The ornate canopied footbridge from which the picture was taken was rep1aced with the present open bridge. Steam trains were replaced by diesel multiple units in 1963. Unti11982 these were main1y of the Swindon cross country type. Since then most units have been Metro Camme1l2 or 3 car units.

7. A scene showing Lower Frog Street around 1906. Astreet hawker selling green groceries would pay regular calls on the residents. Frogmore Villas are to be seen on the left. The old police station was housed in this road before moving to Warren Street.

8. Decorations in Trafalgar Road at the time of King George V and Queen Mary's coronation in 1911. The street remains structurally the same with the exception of the trees.

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