Natural Lore

Following yesterday’s puzzler about the odd postcards of the long-gone Lichfield Canal, the wonderfully observant Kate from Lichfield Lore delved into the darkest recesses of her oversized cardigan, and pulled out the fantastic book, ‘Lichfield, Then & Now’ by Annette Rubery. This book was published only a few months ago, and is still available in WH Smith, Lichfield, and the gift shop at the Heritage Centre (formerly St. Mary’s) in the marketplace.

What Kate remembered was the original, undoctored image upon which these cards were based. Annette suggests the image was dated around 1905, and the white object I could see in the distance was indeed the Fosseway signal box at the level crossing.

As pointed out, the barge was indeed a fictitious addition, and was horribly out of scale, as is the horse if one looks closely.

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The original image as featured in Annette Rubery’s fantastic book, ‘Lichfield, Then & Now’, available from all the usual Lichfield history sources.

As to location, Annette points out that this was between locks 16 and 17, and taken, as Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler contends, from Wall Lane. The image he suggested of mine is in the same rough spot, but facing the other direction. I’d be interested on the opinion as to the building with the chimney: Is that the brewery, or Sandfields Pumping Station?

I shall get up there as soon as I can and take a current image.

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eBay item no: 170984989574 – listed for £4, and it didn’t sell. Wish I’d noticed. Posted in 1909, but where is it? Click to go to the listing on eBay – sorry, no higher resolution version available.

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eBay item no: 310549822358 – it went for £4.99. Note the horse and more complex background. I think this may actually be a photo. Click to go to the listing on eBay – sorry, no higher resolution version available.

While we’re on the subject, reader Elaine King tweeted the following in relation to the travel season ticket belonging to one Eva K. Richardson, featured in the same post, which raises some interesting questions, I think.

But that would make her only 45 at the time? I’m interested in the stamp on the ticket that states ‘Staffordshire E.C.’ – Staffordshire Education Committee?

That really is an interesting suggestion, and one I’d not considered. Can anyone help, here? I note the ticket says ‘half rate’ rather than ‘Adult’ Or ‘Child’.

It’s an interesting one, and about all we’ve got so far. Can anybody help illuminate this a little, please?

My thanks go to Elaine for looking into that. Without readers like you, this blog would be nothing. Wonderful stuff. Cheers.

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A curious ticket to ride.

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5 Responses to Natural Lore

  1. Barry Carpenter says:

    The give away on the post cards was the change in texture in the water around the boat, B/W has a ring of different tone and the colour version has a ring of waves in smooth water!

  2. Andy Dennis says:

    An Eva Newton born 12 Jan 1905 died aged 69 registered registered Lichfield Apr-Jun 1974.

    The ticket is clearly for a Miss Richardson.

  3. tony Martin says:

    Also of note, the ticket was issued in September 1949, 20 months after the railways were nationalised, but is still marked ‘LMS’. No doubt Brownhills were using up old stock.

  4. morturn says:

    If she was a teacher, I wonder if the railways gave her a half fair concession?

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