Friday, April 26, 2013

The Old White Hart Public House.

The Old White Hart Public House.
For way over a hundred year this building has been known as the White Hart and like so many public houses, the breweries or new free house owners decide without consultation that a name change is in order. The old White Hart has had two such name changes in the last few years. To a lot of old residents, though it has had a name change, still refer to it as the White Hart. The emblem of the White Hart was adopted as a royal emblem by Richard II for his livery, and an albino Hart Stag was a very rare find in Windsor Great Park, which at one time included Cookham.
I can only conclude that the present owner must be a great fan of Mazo de la Roche who wrote the book, “The White Oaks of Jalna.”

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Second Ferry at Cookham Lock.

The Second Ferry at Cookham Lock.
I have mentioned the Three Ferries in this blog before. Here is another photograph attributed to William Bailey. Summer Sunday afternoons were most popular with the village residents to walk the  three ferries and stop off at the lock keepers garden for a cream tea provided by the lock keepers wife. If my memory is correct a tea for three was 1/6 (one shilling and six pence.) That was around 1936-37.
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Cookham from the Moor.

Cookham from the Moor.
This is another photograph attributed to the work of William Bailey who lived at East Flint in the High Street and was a painter and decorator by trade. It is about 115 years since this photo was taken, and before Colonel Ricardo and his Rolls Royce came on the scene. It is good to note that most of the buildings in the picture are still standing today. One hopes that this scene will be preserved for a good many years to come.
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Monday, April 15, 2013

A Sunday afternoon at Odney.

A Sunday afternoon at Odney.
Those lazy hazy days of summers gone by, when folks from London would arrive by train early in the morning with their picnic baskets, to spend a quiet day by the Thames backwater. Also to enjoy a tuppenny wafer or a threepenny choc-ice from old Joe, the Walls Ice Cream vendor. Who use to arrive on his "Stop me and buy one, tricycle", which was kept cool by using dry ice.
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Another Then and now photographs.

Churchgate in 1898.

Here above is another early photograph attributed to the village painter/decorater William Bailey. Note that it is a gravel road and one can set up a tripod without fear of being run over!
Churchgate Today.
Now here is a recent photograph of the changes that have taken place in the past 115 years. Gone is the ivy growth over the building, also the elm trees that suffered from the Dutch Elm discease.
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