Walton-on-the-Naze in old picture postcards

Walton-on-the-Naze in old picture postcards

:   Bernard J. Norman
:   Essex
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-2829-2
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69. This view is from the top of the Church tower, looking south in 1896. Numbers 13 and 15 Station Street are nearing completion, and land to the west of Church Road has yet to be developed. Situated on what is the present day car park is the town's gasworks which was built, together with the waterworks, by Peter Bruff in 1862. The Railway Station is at the top of the hill, and in the distance to the right Burnt House Farm can be seen, on the cliff edge.

70. Morton Terrace, Old Pier Street, is seen here from the centre of the Six Releat. Morton House, the home of Barnabas Wilson, is at the nearer end of the Terrace and at the far end is the High Street, showing the picket fence at the side of Shell Cottages. In 1889 when this scene was photographed, the Terrace, designed by Mr. Penrice of Colchester and built when the town was deveioping as a seaside resort, still retains its attractive railings and frontages. However, as will be seen in picture 71 this was to change befare many more years had elapsed.

71. Old Pier Street which, a few years earlier than this 1904 photograph, had consisted of mainly private residences, has by this time been transformed into a commercial area, the ground floors of the original houses having been converted into shops. On the left, at number 3, is the striped pole of Alfred Webb's barber's shop. Next is the printing business of Abraham Quick, the company responsible for publishing the Walton News and Coast Times every Saturday, On their wall a large thermometer registers 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Nurnbers 7, 9 and 11 are Goddard's. Alderton's London Stores and Mrs. Mary Modlen's pharmacy, respectively. At the far end of the row, in front of Grimwades, the outfitters, is a row of large white gas larnps, but electric lamps were in use to light the street. Across the Six Releat Morton House and three of the terrace houses (picture 70) are now commercial prernises.

72. The unveiling of the memorial to Private H.G. Columbine, Victoria Cross, took place at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday November 21st, 1920, and the picture shows the parade, which had formed up at the Parish Church at 3.15 p.m., nearing the Marine Gardens. After arriving in the Marine Gardens the ex-servicemen were inspected by Lord Byng of Vimy, who then unveiled the memorial bust of the brave Waltonian. Prayers were said by Reverend W. Harrison and Reverend H.C. Knocker and Reverend E. Bocock read from the scriptures. Mr. C.F.J. Barker, chairman of the memorial committee, gave the commendation and the Band of the 2nd Batalion The Suffolk Regiment from Colchester Barracks accompanied the singing of the three hymns. After the Last Post the ceremony ended with the National Anthem.

73. A bust of Private Herbert G. Colurnbine V.C., rnounted on a stone plinth, was placed in his home town and, at his mother's request, faced across the sea towards the battlefields of the 1914-1918 War. Private Columbine was killed in action on 22nd March 1918 and the London Gazette of 4th May 1918 announced the award of the Victoria Cross 'for most co nspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice'. Because of casualtles he took command of a gun post and held it for four hours against a large number of the enemy. When aerial bombing enabled the enemy to gain a footing he ordered his two men to get away, but he refused to retire and 'kept his gun firing and inflicted tremendous losses. He was eventually killed by a bomb which blew up hirn and his gun.' His mother presented the medal to the town and it could be seen in the Town Hall. The custody of this decoration has since passed to the Wa1ton branch of the Royal British Legion, and his memorial is now in the gardens near the Church.



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74. On a morning in 1901 in Esmeralda Place, SuffoIk Street, milkman Jimmy James ealls on his customers Mrs. Skinner and her daughter Lilian. The eighteen gallon brass churn contains milk from Burnt House Farm. It is sold for Y2d per pint. The five red brick cottages have been recently repaired and look very smart with their new chimney pots and cement rendering. Further down the street is Rose Cottage, a convalescent home, and beyend is a well proportioned house at the present time known as 'Sidestrand' .

75. The Walton String Orchestra is seen here, at the Round Gardens in 1909. Standing, left to right, are Messrs. Barnard, Snare, Strutt, Bailey, Balls, and Wightman, and seated, left to right, are Messrs. Weston, Noy, Gaskin. Padfield, and Sutton. The orchestra performed in the large conservatory which, together with a restaurant, gardens, and reading room constituted the entertainment arnenities of the Round Gardens, an attractive enelosure laid out on the site formerly occupied by Martello Tower J. The Gardens were owned by the Coast Development Corporation Ltd., who were also the proprietors of the Pier Hotel to which the Gardens were linked by means of a subway.

76. Bedecked in bunting the Royal Albion Hotel provides a splendid background as His Royal Highness Prince George, Duke of Kent, officially opens the Princes Esplanade on July 30th, 1930. It was a day of great celebrations in the town and a very large crowd turned out to see the ceremony, the new esplanade with its curved sea wall being the latest achievement by the Walton Urban District Council. The members of the Council, some of whom can be seen on the left of the picture, are Councillor G. Snare I.P. (Chairman), Councillor H.I. Wright (Vice-chairrnan), and Councillors W.H. Stevens, C. Wright, A.A. Appleton, A. Bishop, r.s. Blyth, LW. Eagle, LP. C.C., S. Ellis, I.A. Jones I.P., G. Kerns, E.H. Munnings, Mrs. A.M. Siehei, R.H. Titchmarsh and E.A. Wiggins. Also in the group are Stanley Nieholson the Town Clerk and W.H. Holmes the Surveyor.

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