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Mystery Photographs from Beyond Cambridgeshire

Photos shown here are believed to be from outside Cambridgeshire. Do you recognise the location or occasion? Any help in identifying these will help us to get them to an owner who will appreciate them and ensure their future safekeeping. Can you help us to rescue these strays?

We also have some mystery masonic photographs on which we would welcome information.

If you recognise any of these images please contact webmaster@fadingimages.uk.

1. Do you recognise the interior of this shop? Location and photographer unknown, 7in x 5in print. It's very reminiscent of Cambridge Sainsbury's in pre-supermarket days, but probably quite a bit smaller.

Interior of unknown shop

2. Any idea where these houses are (or were) - possibly from somewhere in Norfolk. Two nicely mounted 6 x 4 in prints, from around the 1890s. No photographers details

Photo of house c.1890 house, c.1890

3. Recogise this location? This print, 10in x 8in, probably from around the 1880s is of some sort of business or other large organisation - all male, around 60 men and a row of 13 boys, outside a large building with semi-basement

Large works group

4. Another mystery location. Recognise this narrow alleyway? There is a pawnbrokers on the right with a sign in a light over the door and another high on the wall..

Narrow alley with pawnbrokers

5. Any idea of the organisation and unit? What unit and organisation might wear these uniforms?

Unknown military unit with youths

6. Seen this car before? Is it perhaps still on the road today? It looks like a bull-nosed Morris, part of the number plate is visible which looks like the numbers 501. The photo is 4 in x 2.5 in and doesn't appear to have been a professional shot.

Unknown Morris car

7. Can anyone identify this photograph, which has a postcard printed reverse, probably early 20th century, showing a heavy horse being clipped in a cobbled yard by three men. The more senior of the three men is doing the clipping and the youngest is operating the hand crank on what appears to be a Burman Patent flexible drive power clipper, patented and made by Burman and Sons Ltd Lee Bank Works, Birmingham. The details of the machine are just discernible from the embossed writing on the spokes of the large crank wheel. It was a three man operation - one powering the machine by winding the crank, one doing the clipping and one holding and soothing the horse. This image is from Pat Saddington's Collection (Ely Cambs) but could be from anywhere. This reference describes the use of these manually operated clippers: http://www.forgottenbooks.com/readbook_text/Horse_Buying_and_Management_1000010461/99

Horse clipping, Burman clipper

8. Can you help to identify this occasion and location please? From the straw boaters and large ladies hats, this is early 20th century. Here we have around 90 people, adults and mid teens upwards, men and women, arranged standing or seated outside an ivy clad building. All are in their best clothes, many are wearing flowers in their button holes. It's too big a group for a wedding and there are no bride and groom visible. Is it a church outing or a works outing? This could have originated anywhere in the country. The reverse is printed as a post card and pencilled into one corner is a date - 1911. This is from the Pat Saddington Collection.

Mystery Group

9. The first two images show a social divide betwen "the haves" and "have nots". These are two group photos from a school or Sunday school, one with well dressed children from rich homes, the other with children in the dress of farm labourers. From the clothing they could date to around 1900 plus or minus 10 years. The two photographs are framed and measure around 12in x 9 in. There are no photographer's details. These were purchased near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk (but could have come from anywhere). We would love to identify the location of the photographs, which we think can be identified from the unusual stonework in the background. It appears that an ornamental double arch has been created from stonework from an old arched window with pillars each side made from a pair of old pinacles from a tower - through the archway is a small building like a folly or garden temple.

Sunday school group, folly, stonework, Suffolk?

Sunday school group - the wealthy folly, stonework, Suffolk?

Details of stonework in the background, folly, stonework, Suffolk?

10. This is a wonderful old photo from 1906. There is a mass of information pasted on the rear, but the one salient fact - the location is missing. In which country was this taken? Here is what it says on the back of the photo: Taken at The Deanery Oct 20th 1906. Key, left to right rear row: Robert (errand boy), Helen (kitchenmaid), Cook, Florence (Housemaid and Butler), Parris (Washer and general factotum). Front row left to right, Myself, M.E.Martin, Canon Martin, B.M.Lysous, W.J.Udall, and the dog in front - Brian. Canon Martin had this taken as a memento of our stay at the Deanery. His daughter is the one beside him. We had another taken in which I was beside Canon Martin on the other side, but it did not come our well. It is just outside the gallery windows"

Thanks to David Gobbitt who has identified Canon Martin as Canon Henry Martin (1844-1923), who was appointed as Commissary to the Bishop of Barbados in 1906 - we are in the process of checking whether the location is Barbados.

Canon Martin, The Rectory, Barbados?

11. A real long shot - but do you recognise this wonderful old house - probably taken in the 1890s

Old House

12. Who were these athletes? A number of these 24 cups appear to be from Burton Amateur Regatta - including the Brewers Plate and Borough Plate, dated late 1890s, 1900, 1901. As the silverware is from a regatta presumably these are rowers. The photographer is Ernest Abrahams from Burton on Trent.

Athletes with cups c1902, Burton on Trent, Regatta, Rowing

13. postcard - postally unused, of military group. Ward 2 Squad, RASC Nov 5th 1940 - who were they?

RASC Ward 2 Squad 1940

14. an old (motorcycling?) garage from the 1930s. I don't know why, but it looks more South of England than North. A glass shows the whole building is called "The Terrace". There are signs for Lodge plugs, Pratts Perfection Motor Spirit, Ferodo brake linings, Avon and Mitchelin tyres. There is a motorcycle outside with the index number HO4289 (a Hampshire index number). Five men and a child are outside. The photo was found in a junk shop in Rutland and measures 6 x 4.5 inches.

garage, Hampshire

15. Where is this magnificent school hall - from an old glass negative from around 1890-1900? The seller of this thought it was from somewhere in the Midlands

School Hall, Midlands?

16. This photo from the 1950s? shows some sort of structure in a park or the countryside. At first sight it is a bit like a gasometer frame, or the frame for a huge tent like structure. On closer examination it looks like the large structure has a large tree at its centre and walkways round the tree as different levels - reminiscent of the tree walk at Kew - but where is this and why was it constructed?

Strange structure in park

17. What is going on here? Any idea of the location? This is an 8 x 6 in sepia albumin print, probably from the 1880s. This shot looks like a tea party in a cemetery - or is the winged statue not from a cemetery. The photographer, written on the reverse is Kilpatrick, 55 Denegal Place, Belfast.

Tea party in graveyard or cemetery

18. Carte de visite of an unknown attractive young woman, by Phillips of Biggleswade. This one is from David Gobbitt's collection and David would like to know: "What is the white object the sitter is holding? Is it a studio prop like a fan, or could it be something more personal connected with the young woman's background or employment?"

Portrait by PhillipsReverse of Phillips carte de visite


Any ideas please about these etchings. Below are four etchings possibly around 1910-20. Three of them depict a specific car - a four seat open tourer with curved bonnet placed in front of a bulkhead mounted radiator. It could be that these etchings were produced to be used in advertisements for the car. The fourth etching depicts a foundry. These etchings were all said to have come from somewhere in British Leyland. Can you recognise the make and model of the car or the work of the artist / engraver?

Etching - car advertisement 1920s, 1930s, British Leyland

Etching - mystery auto - at home in the countryside during the harvest

French Automobile advertisement 1920s

Etching - mystery auto at home in the city with the construction boss

Automobile factory 1920s

Etching - mystery auto being built at the automobile works.

Foundry interior

Etching - foundry interior.

Mystery photos already identified through this page

a. Magnificent old Greengrocer's shop around 1900 - photo now removed - this location was identified by David Gobbitt as the shop of John Henry Creasey (1856-1934) and his son William Abraham (b. 1889) at 186 (Upper) Fore Street, Edmonton, London N1. Photo now sent to the London Metropolitan Archive.

b. This tiny photo shows flooding, but where? Photo now removed - identified as Ipswich 1939 by David Gobbitt. Photo now sent as a donation to Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich.

c. Where was Forder's Cafe at number 317? Again, photo now removed - identified by David Gobbitt as 317 Sydenham Road, London SE26 some time between 1958 and 62. Photo now sent as a donation to The Sydenham Society.

d. Lovely Victorian Butcher's shop with the staff outside. Photo now removed - this has been identified by David Gobbitt as the shop of Joseph Seal at 7 High Street, Barnes. Scan sent to them for their company website.


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