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England, Vintage Images circa 1900 (2018 Calendar)

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We should stop at the Old Post Office for tea (fruits in season). Sidewheel steamers ply the Thames beneath London’s Tower Bridge, and Piccadilly is overrun with horse-drawn carriages. This is the England we think of fondly for Queen Victoria and thatched-roof villages and towns. England, Vintage Images circa 1900 will confirm those impressions of
a time lost, but not forgotten.

Published by Tide-mark, the 2018 calendar opens to 13.75 by 20.5 inches.

English locales featured in the England, Vintage Images circa 1900 include:

 

January

The Old Post Office in Lee, North Devon offered refreshment for travelers. Lee is in southwest England near the coast of the Bristol Channel that opens onto the Atlantic Ocean.

February

The Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames near the Tower of London. Completed in 1894, the bridge design used water pressure to raise the bascules of the bridge.

March

Located in England’s Peak District, Buxton was famous in Roman times for its thermal springs. In the 18th century, the 5th Earl of Devonshire developed the crescent and adjoining hotels to compete with Bath as a spa destination. The Pump Room pictured here was added in the 19th century beside St. Ann’s Well on the crescent.

April

Valley Gardens in Harrogate includes 17 acres of park, woodland, floral displays, and 36 of the town’s 88 mineral wells. It is believed that more mineral springs come to the surface in Valley Gardens than in any other location on earth.

May

Offering the most southwesterly deep port in England, Falmouth, on the south coast of Cornwall, was frequently the first stop for naval vessels returning to Britain. By the 1900s, tourists had discovered Falmouth’s five beaches and set the direction for the town’s future.

June

The Borough Gardens in Dorchester were designed by William Godring and opened to the public in 1896. The bandstand was donated by Col. W.E. Brymer, MP as a tribute to the people of Dorchester and as a memorial of Her Majesty Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

July

The Norman castle on the hill in Launceston, Cornwall suggests the significance the town once enjoyed. Formerly the capital of Cornwall, Launceston enjoyed a strategic location in the Tamar Valley near the Devon border.

August

Part of Portsmouth at the end of Portsea Island, Southsea was developed in the 19th century as a Victorian resort. The beach of flint gravel doesn’t seem to have much to recommend it, but apparently low tide revealed a sandy an appealing sandy edge.

September

This view of Weymouth’s 17th century waterfront includes vessels at anchor in the River Wey. The picture was taken from the Nothe Peninsula that juts into the sea and provides shelter for the harbor.

October

Established by Benedictine priests, Whitby Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII in the late 1530s. The ruins overlook the North Sea from Whitby in North Yorkshire and became a tourist attraction along with the town in the 19th century.

November

Rochester Castle on the bank of the River Medway in Rochester, Kent was constructed in the 12th century to protect England’s southeast coast. The castle’s stone tower, or keep, is considered to be one of the finest structures of its age.

December

Picadilly Circus in London’s West End was built in 1819 to connect Regent St. with Piccadilly. The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, shown it its original location at the center of the Circus, was erected in 1893 to commemorate the philanthropic work of Lord Shaftesbury. The winged figure atop the fountain was designed by Alfred Gilbert and is believed to be the first sculpture in the world to be cast in aluminum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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